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Marion County College Report

Dinkelman Enters Missouri Valley Conference Meet With Top Time

Uneasy is the head that wears the crown.

But, Lindsay Dinkelman, a Centralia grad and Illinois State University sophomore swimmer, has not been crowned yet, but the Redbird is not only the tip 100-yard breastroker at her school, but she currently has the top time in the Missouri Valley Conference. With no remaining meets for any of the MVC teams, Dinkelman's time of 1 minute, 5.99 seconds will be the top time entering the meet. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale freshman Kristin Geppert has the second fastest time of the year with 1:06.15. "Lindsay had a great freshman season with us and she is following that up with a phenomenal sophomore season," said ISU Coach Steve Paska. "She is constantly wants to improve. Her swimming success at Illinois State can be directly tied to our success as a team."

Besides her time in the 100-yard breastroke, she is also ranked second on the ISU team in the 200-yard breastroke (2:27.28). She is ranked seventh in the MVC in that event. In ISU's final regular season meet, a double dual with Youngstown State University and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dinkelman finished second in the 200-yard breastroke (2:30.65). She was also fifth in the 100-yard breastroke (1:09.69) and was also a member of the fifth-place 400-yard medley relay (4:09.40). ISU defeated Youngstown State (208-91), but lost to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (178-120). ...

He was battling illness for approximately one month, but Centralia grad Andrew Langenfeld has returned to full strength. In a battle of Big 10 swimming powers, Purdue University defeated University of Wisconsin (222-131), but lost to University of Minnesota (205-148). Individually, Langenfeld, a Purdue senior, finished first in the 50-yard freestyle (:20.18) and 100-yard butterfly (:48.67). He was also a member of Purdue's 400-yard freestyle relay, which finished second in 3:00.31. ...

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Salem grad Ellen Young poured in 21 points as her college team, University of Southern Indiana, blasted University of Missouri-St. Louis 92-73. Young, who posted a double-double, hit 8-of-13 field goals, which included 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. She also grabbed 10 rebounds and doled out two assists. Southern Indiana is 10-8 overall and 3-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Salem product Shana Stein scored 14 points, but it was not enough to power University of Illinois-Springfield beyond Columbia College. In the 57-56 UIS loss, Stein hit 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. She also had six rebounds and two assists. UIS is 3-14 overall and 1-4 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

The McKendree University Lady Bearcats leveled their American Midwest Conference by beating Williams Baptist College (62-49) and Hannibal-LaGrange College (82-72). Centralia grad Julie Garrison, a McKendree senior, hit 6-of-10 from the field to finish the evening with 12 points and five rebounds against WBC. She tallied eight points and five rebounds in the win over HLG. McKendree is 11-7 overall and 3-3 in the AMC. ...

The United States Air Force Academy is still looking for their first Mountain West Conference win. They were recently topped by Texas Christian University (79-43) and Colorado State University (55-50). Former Salem Wildcat Kim Kreke, an Air Force Academy senior, scored 10 points in both games. Against TCU, she hit 5-of-12 field goals and pulled down nine rebounds. She had 14 rebounds against Colorado State. Kreke had four field goals (one trey) and one trey in the loss to CSU. The Air Force Falcons are 4-14 overall and 0-5 in the league. ...

The Maryville University women's basketball team is well on their way to winning their second St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in as many years. They are now 11-5 overall and 7-0 in the league after beating Westminster College (78-66) and Blackburn College (78-73). Samantha Maines, a Maryville senior and Centralia grad, scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in the double overtime win over Blackburn. Maines had five field goals in 32 minutes of play. In the win over Westminster, Maines had eight points and five rebounds. ...

DePauw University's Kristin Barrow scored two points in DePauw's 85-51 win over Milsaps College. Barrow, who played 12 minutes for DePauw, also had five rebounds. DePauw has won 11 consecutive games. They last lost on December 5, 2008. DePauw is 14-3. ...

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Centralia resident Andy Wolff has helped the McKendree Bearcats win their last 10 consecutive games. Consecutive wins nine and ten came at the expense of Columbia College (68-65) and Williams Baptist College (84-68). Wolff scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds in win over Columbia. He finished with four points, seven rebounds and six assists in the triumph over WBC. McKendree is 17-4 overall and 5-0 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Former Centralia High and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale basketball player Matt Shaw is suiting up for the U.B. LaPalma professional team in Spain. On January 23rd, Shaw scored two points in five minutes of play as LaPalma defeated Plus Pujol Lleida 74-66. Thus far this year, Shaw has averaged 18.8 minutes per game through 14 games. He averages 5.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. LaPalma is 8-10. ...

BASEBALL

Centralia grad Kyle Walker smacked a homer in his second at bat of his senior season. The Coker College Catamounts thumped Chowan University by scores of 10-1 and 13-6. In the 10-1 win, Walker, who smacked a solo homer, went 2-for-3 in the first contest. The former Orphan player, who also walked twice, drove home a pair and scored once. In the second game of the twin bill, the Coker senior was 4-for-5 with a double. He scored twice and drove home a pair. Coker is 2-0. ...

TRACK

Salem grad Justin Helpingstine finished second in the mile run at the Eastern Illinois University hosted Mega Meet. The Panther sophomore crossed the finish line at 4:24.82. He was less than two seconds from the winning effort of 4:22.63 posted by Eastern Illinois junior Jason Springer. Team scores were not kept. ...

FOOTBALL

Greenville College's Scott Schneider, a Centralia grad, played in 10 football games this year. Schneider had 26 solo tackles and eight assisted tackles. He had three interception returns of nine yards. The former Orphan player also had two fumble recoveries and returned them 32 yards. Greenville College posted a 6-4 overall record. They were 5-2 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

NAMES, NAMES, NAMES

Names, names, names. There were a total of 13 names from Marion County in this article. I am sure there are many more. If you want to make sure that your favorite athlete that suited up for Centralia, Salem, Sandoval, Patoka or Odin High Schools and is now competing in college, please e-mail me (Dan62801@aol.com). I will need the name of the athlete, the former high school, the college/university they are attending and of course, the sport they are playing. Please put "Marion County College Report" in the subject line of each and every e-mail. ...