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Marion County College Report

Matt Shaw finishes college career; professional basketball could be next

Centralia grad Matt Shaw has left the SIUC Saluki Arena for good.

But his career accomplishments in Carbondale may lead him to the professional level.

Shaw helped the Salukis advance to the second round of the National Invitational Tournament. SIUC whipped Oklahoma State 69-53 and got a team-high 21 points from the Centralia grad, who drained 6-of-11 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws. Of Shaw’s goals, four were treys. He also grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds in his 34 minutes on the floor.

It was SIUC's final win of the year.

"It is a privilege to play in any post season tournament," Shaw said. "I hope to get a chance to play professional basketball in the United States or Europe. I am never entirely happy and most competitors are not happy. I always think there is room for improvement."

In the second round, SIUC lost a 65-51 contest to Arizona State University in the second round. Shaw finished with 12 points by hitting five field goals (one trey) and one charity toss. The former Orphans star also grabbed eight rebounds, doled out four assists and had two steals. SIUC finished the year with an 18-15 overall mark. They were 11-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference. ...

Centralia grad Anthony Jones ended his basketball career with a double-digit celebration. Jones, a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Cougars senior, scored 10 points in SIUE's 73-71 loss to Saint Joseph's College. Jones, who played 21 minutes, hit 4-of-11 from the field, which included two from beyond the 3-point arc. The loss occurred in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE posted a record of 17-11 overall and 10-9 in the GLVC. ...

Andy Wolff, a Centralia resident and Metro East Lutheran grad, helped the McKendree University Bearcats advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Playoffs in Kansas City, Mo. The Bearcats downed Texas Wesleyan University (73-71) in the opening round thanks in part to five points, three assists and two rebounds from Wolf. MU lost its next game, falling 80-64 to Campbellsville University. Wolff had five rebounds and three assists over 12 minutes in the loss. McKendree finished 27-7 overall and 13-1 in the AMC. ...

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Salem grad Ellen Young ended her first season of college basketball with a pair of double-digit performances in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The SIUC freshman scored 11 points in the Salukis final game, a 77-65 loss to the Illinois State Redbirds. Young nailed 4-of-9 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws. She also doled out four assists and pulled down two rebounds. In their MVC Tournament opener, a 65-54 triumph over Bradley, Young finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 29 minutes of play. She hit 4-of-10 from the floor, which included two treys. SIUC finished 10-20 overall and 5-13 in the MVC. ...

The McKendree Lady Bearcats won the AMC Tournament to earn a trip to Jackson, Tenn., and the first round of the NAIA Playoffs. Unfortunately for McKendree, Idaho-entrant Lewis and Clark State College eliminated the Bearcats in the opening round.

Former Centralia player Julie Garrison emerged off the bench and scored 10 points. She was perfect from the charity stripe, nailing 4-of-4 opportunities. The junior, who also hit 3-of-7 from the floor, grabbed five rebounds and had two steals. McKendree finished 24-9 overall and 13-1 in the AMC. McKendree won the AMC regular season title as well as the tournament title. ...

Samantha Maines, a Centralia grad and Maryville University junior, scored nine points as Maryville lost a 111-77 battle to Illinois Wesleyan University in the first round of the NCAA Division III Regionals. Maines finished with nine points, two rebounds and two assists. Maryville was a perfect 16-0 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference. They posted a 24-4 overall record. ...

The University of Illinois-Springfield finished its women's basketball season with a 74-53 loss to Missouri Baptist University in the American Midwest Conference Tournament. Former Salem Wildcat Shana Stein, a UIS junior, tallied six points, three rebounds and two assists in the loss. Illinois-Springfield was 12-20 overall and 6-8 in the AMC. ...

Kim Kreke, a Salem grad, scored four points as her college team, the United States Air Force Academy, lost a 60-47 decision to Texas Christian University in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Kreke also had three rebounds and two assists. The USAF Lady Falcons finished with a 10-19 mark. They were 4-12 in the MWC. ...

BASEBALL

In 10 2/3 innings of work, Salem grad Scott Murphin has a 1-0 record for Maryville. The Saint junior has allowed four earned runs on 12 hits for a 3.38 earned run average. He has fanned 10 batters and walked six. Maryville is 4-7. ...

Chris Thomas and Tino Shafer, both Centralia grads, have helped the Southwestern Illinois College baseball team to an 8-6 start. Thomas, a freshman, has played in 10 games. He has four hits (one double) and three RBIs. Shafer has appeared in six games. He has two hits (one double), three RBIs and one stolen base. ...

SWIMMING

It was not Andrew Langenfeld's best time in the 50-yard freestyle, but it was the fastest time in Purdue University history. At the Big 10 Conference Championships, the Centralia grad finished 13th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.90 seconds. It broke the existing school record of 20.08 seconds set by former Boilermaker Frank Smardo in 1997. Langenfeld's best time in the event is a 19.87.

Ironically, the milestone for both Purdue and Langenfeld was also his worst placing event of the three-day outing. Langenfeld took 10th in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 48.08. He was also a member of the Purdue 200-yard freestyle relay (1:19.64) and 200-yard medley relay (1:28.88). They finished sixth and seventh respectively. As a team, Purdue finished fifth with 488.5 points. University of Michigan won the men's team title with 1,081. ...

Centralia grad Lindsay Dinkelman placed in the top 10 of three different events at the Missouri Valley Conference Swimming Finals, which were hosted by Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Dinkelman, an Illinois State sophomore, finished fourth in the 100-yard breastroke (1:07.08) and fifth in the 200-yard breastroke (2:26.36). She was also a member of the Illinois State 200-yard medley relay, which finished fourth in 1:51.12. As a team, Illinois State took third with 715.5 points. Missouri State University won the outing with 942 points. ...

NAMES, NAMES, NAMES

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