Our professional staff of journalists reports on collegiate athletes. Why? Because as long as your favorite collegiate athletes are out strutting ther stuff, we believe you should know about it. Often, while these athletes are out pursuing athletic and academic excellence, their local newspapers may not have the resources to document those achievements.That doesn't stop us. We go the extra mile to contact the universities, coaches and athletes to bring you their stories. If you are interested in having your local college athletes appear on our website, please contact us via e-mail.

Marion County College Report

Centralia’s Jones shines at SIUE

He is a definite spark off the bench.

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville's Anthony Jones has yet to start a game for the Cougars this season.

But the Centralia graduate has been in double figures twice, most recently in SIUE's 83-67 loss to Northern Kentucky. Jones scored 20 points hitting 6-of-16 from the field and 4-of-7 from the charity stripe. Four of those field goals came from beyond the 3-point arc.

"Anthony has become a vocal leader and is leading by example," SIUE coach Lennox Forrester said. "He is continuing to work hard. We are still trying to find the right combination of players to start and Jones is being considered. When he comes off the bench, he brings not only the ability to hit the 3-point shot, but great energy as well.".

Jones has scored 50 points this year for the Cougars in five games. In his time on the floor, Jones has hit 17-of-47 field goals including 11-of-29 from 3-point range. He also has five assists, five steals and four rebounds. ...

McKendree University earned its seventh win of the season with a 99-75 rout of Indiana Institute of Technology. Centralia resident Andy Wolff, who did his prep work at Metro East Lutheran, had eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the win. The Bearcats freshman has helped McKendree post a 7-4 mark. ...

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale has lost its past two basketball games, falling most recently to Indiana University (64-51). Former Centralia Orphan Matt Shaw, a SIUC senior, finished with nine points and five rebounds in the loss.

The team also lost a 70-45 battle to University of Southern California at the ESPN Tournament, held in Anaheim, Calif. Shaw tallied six points and three steals in that loss. SIUC is 3-2. ... Kaskaskia College defeated the Lindenwood University junior varsity squad (97-61) and Parkland College (88-71) at the Kaskaskia Classic. Salem grad John Fischer had six points in the win over Lindenwood and five points in the victory over Parkland. KC is a perfect 9-0 overall. ...

Women's Basketball

Salem grad Ellen Young poured in 26 points for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in a 75-72 loss to Austin Peay State. It was the fourth consecutive game that the freshman guard hit double figures. She drained 8-of-14 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Two of her field goals were from beyond the 3-point arc. The former Wildcats star also had five rebounds and two assists. SIUC is 1-5 on the young season. ...

Maryville University junior Samantha Maines scored 14 points, but it was not enough to power Maryville past University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The former Centralia Annie, who hit 5-of-10 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws in the 93-74 loss to Maryville, also had three rebounds and three steals.

Maines had five points, three rebounds and three steals in a 92-77 win over Robert Morris College-Springfield. Both games were held at the Coaches versus Cancer Tournament held at Millikin University. Maryville is 1-1. ...

Air Force finished second at its own tournament, beating Hampton University 85-84 in the semifinal contest before losing 78-68 in the final to undefeated Utah Valley State. Salem grad Kim Kreke, an Air Force senior, scored eight points in each game. In the win over Hampton, she had five rebounds. She grabbed six boards in the loss to Utah Valley State. Both games were held at the Air Force Classic. Air Force is 3-4. ...

The McKendree University women's basketball team has split their first 10 games. Former Centralia player Julie Garrison, a McKendree junior, has averaged 14.6 minutes in that stretch, racking up 57 points, 29 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Garrison has hit over 50 percent of her shots from the field and the free throw line. She has nailed 24-of-47 from the field and 9-of-16 from the charity stripe.

In McKendree's most recent game, a 97-86 loss to Olivet Nazarene University, Garrison had four points and three rebounds. ...

Former Salem Wildcats star Shana Stein, a University of Illinois-Springfield sophomore, scored four points and pulled down five rebounds as UIS thumped Stephens College 83-58. For the year, the former Salem Wildcat has 28 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and two blocked shots. She has appeared in every game and made three starts. Stein has hit 9-of-24 field goals and 9-of-18 free throws. She has struck once from beyond the arc. UIS is 3-5. ...

The Kaskaskia College Blue Angels women's basketball team has started the year with a 4-2 mark. Whitney Williams (Centralia) and Erin Pea (Salem) have both logged time for the Blue Angels. Williams has played in five games and has 26 points, 13 rebounds and eight steals. Pea has scored 12 points on four field goals and four treys. She also has four steals and three rebounds. ...

Football

In his final football game as an Anderson University football player, Salem graduate Ryan Kell caught three passes for 31 yards. With a 19-14 loss to Manchester College, Anderson finished the year with a 4-6 overall record. They were also 3-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. ...

The Greenville College Panthers lost their final football game of the season, falling 30-20 to Washington University. The Panthers finished 5-5, winning four of their final five games. Greenville sophomore and Centralia graduate Scott Schneider started at free safety in the loss, finishing with three tackles. Schneider started at free safety. Greenville was 4-3 in the Illini Badger Football Conference. ...

Swimming

Eastern Illinois University swimmer Holly Hooe, a Salem grad, scored points in three events in EIU's 153-90 loss to Western Illinois. Individually, Hooe finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 11.74 seconds) and fifth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.38). She was also a member of the Panthers 200-yard medley relay, which finished fourth in 2:08.40. In EIU's 168-74 loss to St. Louis University, Hooe finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:12.34. ...