The College Report: Things Heating Up For County Players

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Abby Brockmeyer, a Lincolnwood graduate, is ending her basketball season simply on fire. 

While she is ending on fire for the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Salukis, Kendra Jacob, a Hillsboro graduate, and Reid Detmers, a Nokomis native and Chatham-Glenwood graduate, are starting their respective seasons on fire. 

Brockmeyer helped the Salukis split a pair of Missouri Valley Conference games by posting double-doubles in both games. SIU-Carbondale is 14-14 overall and 7-ten in the MVC.

Personally, the sophomore did better in the 76-67 loss to University of Northern Iowa, than she did in the 80-61 victory over Indiana State University. 

In the loss, she finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. She nailed two field goals, but was 13-of-16 from the charity stripe. The starter, who played 31 minutes, also had two steals. 

She finished with 15 points and ten rebounds in the win. From the floor, the Salukis could not have gotten much better production, as she drained 78 percent of her shots from the field, hitting 7-of-9. She was 1-of-1 from the free throw line. In her 29 minutes of court time, the starter had three assists and two blocked shots. 

Through the first 14 softball games, Jacob, a Hannibal-LaGrange sophomore outfielder, has a .450 batting average. In 40 trips to the plate, she has 18 hits (three doubles, one homer). She has played in and started 13 games. Other stats include ten RBIs, five runs scored and one walk. 

In the most recent two games, Jacob helped HLG down Trinity Christian College and Cornerstone University. Both games were decided by scores of 7-6. 

In the win over Cornerstone, she was 2-for-4. She drove home four runs and scored twice as well. In the triumph over Trinity Christian, she was 1-for-4 and drove home a run. Hannibal-LaGrange is 6-8. 

Detmers improved to 3-0 for the University of Louisville as he was the Cardinals' pitcher of record in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener, a 4-0 win over Boston College. He worked 7 2/3 innings, allowing only three hits. He fanned 13 batters and did not issue a single walk. Thus far this season, the pitcher has allowed only one earned run in 27 2/3 innings. 

University of Louisville is 12-4 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Louisville is currently ranked eighth in the country among NCAA Division I teams. 

Abby Frerichs (Litchfield) has a .321 batting average. The Blackburn College sophomore outfielder, who has played in eight games, has nine hits (one double) in 28 at-bats. She also has six RBIs and two runs scored. She has an on-base percentage of .321 and a slugging percentage of .357. Blackburn is 3-6.

Tessa Beckham, another Litchfield grad, has made six appearances on the mound for Blackburn, striking out 29 batters in 13.2 innings. At the plate, Beckham has nine hits in 21 at-bats, good for a .429 batting average, with two runs batted in and two runs scored.

Tessa Steffens (Litchfield) smacked a solo homer for Purdue University-Northwest in their 8-2 loss to Lock Haven University. Steffens, who also walked, scored twice and drove home one run. In the 3-1 win over Emporia State University, Steffens was 1-for-2 with a walk. She also had a hit in the 4-1 win over University of Charleston. The games against Charleston and Lock Haven were played in Clermont, Florida. PU-Northwest is 5-3. 

Andrew DeLaCruz (Litchfield), a Three Rivers Community College player, was 2-for-4 to help Three Rivers down St. Charles Community College 19-2. Three Rivers is 9-9-1 overall. 

Lexi Law (Litchfield) was 1-for-4 and stole two bases, as her college team, Lindenwood University-Belleville, defeated Georgetown College 2-0. In LU-Belleville's 6-2 loss to Indiana University-Southeast, Law scored one of the runs. Both games were at the Elizabethtown Invitational in Kentucky. LU-Belleville is 5-7. 

Lexi Throne (Litchfield) finished 17th in the 5,000-meter run at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Championships, which was hosted by University of Indianapolis. The University of Illinois-Springfield harrier finished the race in 19 minutes, 34.98 seconds. Illinois-Springfield took seventh with 33 points. Lewis University won the team title with 168.50 points.

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