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Marion County College Report

Saints, Maines, again riding high

Centralia graduate Samantha Maines and the Maryville University Saints have won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference — again.

And it will be for the last time in the SLIAC or at the NCAA Division III level. Next year, Maines will be an alumni and Maryville will be moving to the NCAA Division II level and the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

But, that is the future. Right now, Maryville is entering the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a 20-5 overall record. They cleaned out the SLIAC twice, posting a 16-0 conference mark. It is the sixth consecutive year that Maryville has won the conference title. It is also the sixth consecutive time that Maryville has been undefeated in the league.

"Even though we locked up the overall league title, we still need to win the conference tournament," Maines said. "No athlete wants to sit by the phone and hope they get selected. This year, we prepared for each team the same. We will continue to take it one game at a time."

In the final regular season conference contest, Maines scored 12 points as Maryville defeated Blackburn College 90-63 on Feb. 24. Maines hit 5-of-8 field goals, which included 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. She also had eight rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

For the year thus far, Maines has started 22 games and played in all 25, averaging 20.8 minutes per game.

The 5-foot-10 senior guard has scored 188 points by hitting 66-of-203 field goals and 38-of-47 free throws. Of her field goals, 12 were from beyond the 3-point arc. She also has 108 rebounds, 43 assists, 40 assists and nine blocked shots.

Maryville will host the SLIAC Tournament and will earn an automatic NCAA bid with a bracket victory. One year ago, Maryville lost to Illinois Wesleyan University in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Every other team in the league has at least five losses and no team has more than 11 wins.

"I want to keep playing as long as possible," Maines said. "It has been a great three years at Maryville. I am looking forward to playing the conference tournament on our home floor."...

University of Southern Indiana sophomore Ellen Young exploded for 22 points to lead USI to 90-86 double overtime win over Drury University. Young nailed 9-of-14 from the floor including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Young also had five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Young also had 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in USI's 94-75 triumph over Lake Erie College. Young had six field goals (two treys) and one free throw in the rout. The USI Screaming Eagles are 13-9 overall and 5-7 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Salem grad Kim Kreke, a United States Air Force Academy senior, had her best game of the first two weeks of February against Brigham Young University. In the 60-41 Air Force loss, the former Salem Wildcat finished with 11 points and three rebounds. She hit 4-of-9 from the field including two treys.

The Air Force also lost to San Diego State University (55-37) and University of New Mexico (79-33). Against SDSU, Kreke finished with a team-leading 14 rebounds. She also tallied six points and two assists. She finished with three points and nine rebounds against New Mexico. The Lady Falcons are 4-19 overall and 0-10 in the Mountain West Conference. ...

The McKendree University women got eight points from Centralia grad Julie Garrison, but it was not enough to defeat William Woods University. Garrison, who played 11 minutes, also had two rebounds and two steals in the 72-59 McKendree loss.

Over 15 minutes of play against Harris-Stowe State University, Garrison finished with four points, six rebounds and two assists. McKendree defeated HSSU 79-50. McKendree is 14-9 overall and 6-5 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Salem grad Shana Stein posted her best effort of the last two weeks against Harris-Stowe State University. The University of Illinois-Springfield senior finished with five points and two rebounds in the 63-57 UIS win. Illinois-Springfield is 5-18 overall and 3-7 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Swimming

You can now call Lindsay Dinkelman an individual conference champion.

Dinkelman, an Illinois State University sophomore, did her Irvington roots proud by swimming to a time of 1-minute, 5.62-seconds in the 100-yard breastroke. With her time, the Centralia grad defeated Missouri State University's Fran Moody, who finished second in a time of 1:05.78. The race was highly competitive as three athletes broke 1:06 and a total of six broke 1:07.

Dinkelman was in the top 10 in three other events, scoring valuable points to help the ISU Redbirds finish second in the team competition. Individually, she finished seventh in the 200-yard breastroke (2:27.14). She was also a member of two third place relay teams. The 200-yard medley relay finished in 1:48.18, while the 400-yard medley relay finished in 3:55.13.

ISU scored 770 points. Missouri State won the outing with 944.5. ...

Andrew Langenfeld, a Purdue University senior and Centralia graduate, will enter the Big 10 Conference finals with Purdue's top times in six different events.

Individually, Langenfeld has the Boilermaker top times in the 50-yard freestyle (19.82) and the 100-yard butterfly (47.21). He has already provisionally qualified in both of those events.

He is also a member of the fastest Purdue times produced in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:21.72), 400-yard freestyle relay (2:57.01), 400-yard medley relay (3:12.61) and 200-yard medley relay (1:29.36). The Purdue team has provisionally qualified, also known as the "B Cut" in the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay. ...

Men's Basketball

The McKendree men won three more games in the first two weeks of February, beating William Woods University (66-46), Missouri Baptist University (76-56) and Harris-Stowe State University (86-61). Centralia native Andy Wolff, a graduate of Metro East Lutheran, scored 11 points against Harris Stowe. Wolff, who drained 5-of-9 from the field including his only trey opportunity, also had six assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Wolff also missed a double-double against William Woods by a mere point. Wolff finished with nine points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the contest.

McKendree, who has won its past 15 games in a row, is currently ranked sixth in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics poll. McKendree is 22-4 overall and 10-0 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Former Centralia High player Matt Shaw scored 11 points as his Spanish professional team, LaPalma, destroyed CB VIC 88-56. Shaw nailed 3-of-6 from the field, which included both three-point opportunities. The Southern Illinois University-Carbondale graduate hit 3-of-4 charity tosses. He also grabbed three rebounds. LaPalma is creeping closer to the .500 mark. They are 9-11 overall. ...

Baseball

Kyle Walker, a Coker College senior and CHS grad, hap a pair of multiple hit games against Claflin University and Limestone College. Coker posted wins in both games.

Against Limestone, Walker was 5-for-6 with a triple, his first of the year. He drove home two runs and scored two in the 7-6 Coker win. Coker defeated Claflin by a 5-2 count as Walker was 2-of-3 with a double and a walk. The Coker left fielder scored twice and drove home one. Coker is 5-4 overall and 1-0 in the Conference Carolinas. ...

Names, Names, Names

Names, names, names. There were a total of 10 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. ...