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Marion County College Report

Profancik Knocking 'em Stiff

Maryville University golfer Nick Profancik finished up the fall portion of his golf season exactly the way he wanted.

The Centralia grad, now a college junior, had a goal to average between 74-75 strokes per 18 holes during the fall portion of his season. Profancik shot 11 rounds this fall and finished with a total stroke count of 822, which is an average of 74.72 strokes per round.

"For some reason, I have never shot well during the fall months," said Profancik. "I worked hard to get the average down. I have always had a good spring and this may help me qualify for nationals. During the winter, I want to keep my hands on a club and hit. Other than that, just stay in good shape."

In the last two weeks, Profancik has placed in the top 10 of two different tournaments. The highlight of his fall was a seven-stroke victor at the Big Blue Fall Classic. For the first time during the fall months, Profancik dipped below 70 for two rounds. He shot a 68 in the first round and a 69 in the second round to finish with a 137 total. Lindenwood University's Niall O'Reilly finished second with a 144.

Profancik's win helped Maryville finish third as a team. Maryville shot a 610. Lindenwood won the outing with a 588.

"The course was not tremendously tough at the Big Blue Classic," said Profancik. "It was great to put together two good rounds. I have shot good rounds, but not two in a row like this."

He followed that performance with a seventh place performance at the Maryville Fall Classic. Shooting on his home course, Profancik finished with a 152, which was 17 strokes from the winning score of 140 shot by Quincy University's Tim Schrage. ...

Former Salem golfers Travis Oglesby and Josh Sapp helped the McKendree University golf team win the Maryville University Invitational. Sapp, a freshman, shot a 144 and took second overall. He shot a 69 in the final round. Oglesby, also a Bearcat freshman, shot a 147 and finished third. His low round occurred in the first round. He had a 72. McKendree finished with a 603, while Quincy University took second with a 621. ...

Centralia grad Brad DeMattei placed 10th in the Greater Louisville Classic-Blue Division. The Southeast Missouri State University senior, who completed the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 37.96 seconds, helped SEMO finish first. He was the third SEMO runner to cross the finish line. SEMO scored 41 points, which was well ahead of second place Franklin College. Franklin scored 91. ...

Scott Schneider, Centralia grad and Greenville College's starting free safety, had seven tackles (four solos) as Greenville lost a 16-0 battle to Aurora University. Greenville is 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the Illini Badger Football Conference. ...

Lincoln Land Community College's Lucas Schilling, a former Centralia Orphan goal keeper, has built a record of 7-3 thus far. Schilling, who has played 910 minutes between the pipes, has allowed 12 goals, while making 39 saves. Lincoln Land is 10-4-2 overall. ...

Centralia grad James Gullen finished fifth overall at the Vincennes University Invitational. The freshman linkster shot a 157 and helped the Blue Devils take fourth with a 647. ...

Salem grad Ryan Kell has caught four passes for 59 yards this year. The Anderson University senior wide receiver had one catch for 10 yards in Anderson's most recent game, a 37-0 loss to College of Mount St. Joseph. Anderson has lost three consecutive games after winning their first contest of the year. ...

Eureka College's Josh Johnson, a Salem grad, has played in four games for the Eureka soccer team. Johnson, who is a defensive player, has no stats. Eureka is still looking for their first win. They are 0-10 overall and 0-5 in the Northern Athletic Conference. ...

It is great to be back. We are planning to do one article a week and will have a senior special at the end of the year. This column will cover the athletes from Marion County that are now competing in college. If anyone wants to add any names to my list, please contact me by email (Dan62293@cs.com). The athlete must either live in a town in Marion County or they have to be a graduate of Centralia, Salem, Sandoval, Odin or Patoka High Schools. When emailing, I need the name of the athlete, the former high school and of course the sport they are playing.

As I start the column, I have a couple of announcements. First, you will notice there are businesses positioned around the article. I am greatful to these businesses for sponsoring the article and it is my hope that if you can do business with these merchants, please do so. We are also hoping to get more sponsors in the very near future.

Secondly, there maybe some people reading this that don't know who I am and my connection with Marion County. I have written a similar column for eight years for other areas, but this is my first time doing this column on the internet. Prior to doing "The College Report", I was a sports reporter for papers in Chicago, Centralia and Nashville. At the present time, "The College Report" is featured in papers in four states (Illinois, Idaho, Texas and Connecticut).

It is our goal to cover everyone that is competing in college regardless of sex, governing body of the athletic competition and sport the athlete is playing. We want to give the proper amount of coverage to our fine athletes that are competing out of town at various schools.