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Marion County College Report

Wolff cracks McKendree Top 10

Andy Wolff is 10th in career assists at McKendree University and is climbing fast.

You have to forgive the Centralia resident and Metro East Lutheran grad. He simply isn’t the kind of guy who sits around adding up his numbers.

If he were, he would know his 223 career assists passed former McKendree star Joe Oliver, who played from 1997-2001. Oliver is now in 11th position all time with 222.

"I did not know that," Wolff said when told of his top-10 ranking. "I don't think too much about individual stats."

Very true. Wolff has many other, much more pleasant, things to think about these days.

Thinking of how to beat Harris-Stowe State in the first round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament would be one.

Another would be smiling about how McKendree rumbled through the AMC season with an undefeated 14-0 mark, successfully cleaning out the conference twice. McKendree won its final 19 games of the regular season and will advance to the AMC Tournament with a 26-4 mark and No. 4 ranking in the most recent NAIA poll.

"As a team, we think about the next game and that is it," Wolff said. "With each win, we got more and more confident. It also got more fun with each win. In the next two years, I want to become a better scorer. This year, I think teams had a hard time concentrating on any one of us."

Over the final two games of the regular season, McKendree downed Hannibal-LaGrange College (77-64) and University of Illinois-Springfield (80-69). Wolff finished with seven points, five assists and four rebounds in each contest. He also had two steals against UIS.

For the record, Wolff is only 14 assists behind Todd Grigg, who played for McKendree from 1990-’94. The record holder at McKendree is Tim Schumacher, who doled out 513 assists during the early part of this decade. ...

Greenville College's John Fischer and Dakota Tucker, both Salem grads, recently finished their basketball season.

Fischer, a junior guard, started 18 games and played in all 24, averaging 16 minutes per game. In that time, Fischer finished with 97 points, 41 rebounds, 32 assists and 16 steals. Fischer hit 32-of-84 field goals and 18-of-23 free throws. Of his field goals, 15 were treys.

Tucker, a freshman, played most of the year on the Greenville junior varsity squad. He finished with two points in six minutes of play over three games.

Women's Basketball

Some things are just forgone conclusions, like a Hoyt Wilhelm knuckleball. Anyone who did not think that Maryville University would win the SLIAC Tournament simply had not been paying attention during the regular season.

In the tournament title game, an 83-59 win over Fontbonne University, former Centralia player and Maryville senior Samantha Maines scored 11 points, hitting 5-of-8 field goals and 1-of-2 free throws. She also pulled down four rebounds and doled out two assists in her 22 minutes of play.

Maryville will travel to Wisconsin-Stevens Point to take on the Pointers in the first round of the NCAA Division III Regionals. Maryville will enter the game with a 22-5 mark and Wisconsin-Stevens Point will enter with a 24-3 mark.

The time has yet to be announced, but the contest will be played on Friday. Friday morning, there will be a new column posted on this Website and will include the time as well as information on how to listen to the contest through your computer. Last year, Maryville lost to Illinois Wesleyan in the first round of the NCAA Division III Regionals. ...

Whitney Williams, a Kaskaskia College sophomore and Centralia grad, posted an almost inhuman double-double in KC's 82-74 win over Rend Lake College one week ago.

Williams had 23 rebounds to go along with 25 points, dominating on both ends of the floor to give KC their first ever Great Rivers Athletic Conference Championship and the top seed in the upcoming NJCAA Region 24 Tournament. ...

University of Southern Indiana got 19 points from sophomore Ellen Young to overcome the University of Missouri-St. Louis 83-74. The Salem grad, who played 31 minutes in the victory, hit 7-of-12 including all four of her 3-pointer attempts. She also hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe and grabbed four rebounds. The USI Screaming Eagles are 14-11 overall and 6-9 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Kim Kreke, a Salem grad and United States Air Force Academy senior, poured in 17 points as the Air Force Lady Falcons lost a 65-54 battle to Colorado State University. Kreke drained 7-of-15 field goals and 1-of-3 free throws, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked three shots. She led the team in all three categories. Air Force is now 4-22 overall and 0-13 in the Mountain West Conference. ...

Salem grad Shana Stein, an Illinois-Springfield senior, scored 10 points against Hannibal-LaGrange this past week during a 75-55 loss. Stein hit three field goals (one trey) and three free throws, adding seven rebounds and three steals. UIS is 6-21 overall and 4-10 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

McKendree University was a little more fortunate against HLG. The Lady Bearcats topped Hannibal-LaGrange 61-51, thanks in part to the efforts of Centralia grad Julie Garrison. The former Annie finished with six points and five rebounds over her 20 minutes. McKendree is 16-10 overall and 8-6 in the AMC. ...

Swimming

Andrew Langenfeld, a Purdue University senior and Centralia grad, established a new school, pool and Big 10 Conference record in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big 10 Conference Championships this past weekend. The former Centralia High athlete finished the race in 19.34 seconds following a preliminary race time of 19.38.

In addition to his first place finish in the 50-yard sprint, the Purdue Boilermaker senior scored points in five other events. Individually, he competed in the 100-yard butterfly (second, 46.15) and the 100-yard freestyle (fourth, 43.50). He was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay, which finished fourth (2:54.31) and sixth (1:26.67) respectively.

As a team, Purdue finished fourth with 494 points. University of Michigan finished first with 829. …

Softball

Salem grad Amanda Brendel, a University of Southern Indiana softball player, has compiled a .258 batting average thus far over 10 starts. The junior has eight hits (two homers, one double), six runs scored, five RBI and two walks.

In USI's first win, a 14-13 victory over Columbus State University, Brendel was 1-for-2 with one double, one walk, three runs scored and one RBI. The game was held at the Alabama-Huntsville Charger Chillout in Decatur, Ala. …

Baseball

Centralia grad and Coker College player Kyle Walker finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks this past week during a 19-2 rout of St. Augustine's College. In addition, Walker drove home two and scored one. Walker also had a hit, two runs scored and one RBI in a 19-3 win over Paine College. Coker is now 7-6. ...