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Marion County College Report

Centralia graduate Nick Profancik again dominating SLIAC golf

It is springtime. It means many things to many people, but to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference golf teams, it means Maryville senior Nick Profancik is once again dominating the conference.

In the first two weeks of the season, the Centralia grad placed in the top 15 of both the Spring Hill Badger Invite and the Millikin University Spring Opener. 


Profancik finished the Millikin Spring Opener with a 151 and took third overall. He was five strokes from the winning total of Monmouth College's Rodney Clayton. As a team, Maryville won the tournament with a stroke cout 619. Monmouth finished second with a 623.

"Nick has been a major contributor to our progam since his first day," Maryville coach Glenn Paulus, said. "He has gotten better every year and I think he is the best NCAA Division III player in the area. Nick is an exceptionally hard worker."

He began the season by taking 13th at the Spring Hill Badger Invite, which was held at the Spring Hill College Golf Course. Profancik shot a 159 with a low round of 77. As a team, Maryville took sixth with a 652. Lindenwood University won the outing with a 611.

Not surprisingly, Profancik was named the SLIAC Player of the Week for the first two weeks of the season and looks to be well on his way to winning yet another SLIAC Golfer of the Year honor. …

Miranda Gibson, a Salem grad and McKendree golfer, finished 23rd at the Maryville Invitational. Gibson shot a 97 over 18 holes in the weather-shortened event. As a team, McKendree finished second with a 365. Lindenwood University finished first with a 328. ...

Baseball

Kyle Walker, a Centralia grad and Coker College senior, was 4-for-6 as Coker topped Pfeiffer University in a 14-13 slugfest. Walker also drove home one and stole one base in the win. Walker also finished 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, three RBI and one run scored during a 14-7 loss to Pfeiffer.

Coker is 15-14 overall and 3-7 in the Conference Carolinas. ...

Salem grad and Maryville senior pitcher Scott Murfin is 1-2 with a 4.87 earned run average. Over his 20 1/3 innings of work this season, Murfin has allowed 11 earned runs 25 hits and eight walks against 16 strikeouts. Maryville is 8-9 overall and 5-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

Centralia graduate and Southwestern Illinois College sophomore Chris Thomas is hitting .393 after 30 games this season. Thomas, who has played in 14 games, has 11 hits (three doubles, two homers) and eight RBI. Southwestern Illinois is 21-9 overall. ...

McKendree University hurler and Odin graduate Alex Young improved to 3-2 as McKendree upended Harris-Stowe State. Young, who worked five innings, allowed only one earned run on six hits. He fanned two and walked one. …

Young got some help from fellow Marion County resident and Centralia graduate Craig Session. Session was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and one RBI in the win. Session, a senior catcher, was also 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in McKendree's 11-8 loss to St. Ambrose. McKendree is 18-13-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Dayton Spears, a Centralia grad and Kaskaskia College sophomore, had his best game of the first week of April against Olney Central College. In the 8-7 KC loss, Spears was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Kaskaskia is 19-9-1 overall. ...

Men's Basketball

Andy Wolff, a Centralia resident and Metro East Lutheran grad, was one of two McKendree University basketball players to start every game this year. Wolff averaged 29.2 minutes per game, 247 points and pulled down 168 rebounds for respective per-game averages of 6.9,and 4.7. He also led the team in assists (131) and steals (55). Wolff nailed 90-of-187 field goals and 57-of-88 free throws. Of his field goals, 10 were treys.

McKendree finished 30-6 overall and 14-0 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Matt Shaw, a Centralia grad and UB LaPalma rookie, was held in single digits as UB LaPalma lost twice in LEB Oro league play this past week. The 6-foot-6 Shaw finished with eight points, two rebounds and two assists against Melilla Baloncesto (83-70), and seven points and four rebounds against Tenerife Rural (85-74). UB LaPalma is now 11-14. ...

Track and Field

Eastern Illinois finished second in the Indiana State Quadrangular. Salem grad Justin Helpingstine, an EIU sophomore, helped the Panthers finish fifth in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3-minutes, 28.37-seconds. Individually, Helpingstine took ninth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:10.39. Eastern Illinois scored 178.50 points and Indiana State University finished first with 244.5 points. ...

Softball

DePauw University hurler Kristin Barrow, a Centralia grad, worked three innings during an 8-4 loss to Texas-Tyler. Barrow, who did not suffer the loss, allowed two earned runs on four hits in the loss. She also walked two and fanned one.

At the time of the contest, Texas-Tyler was ranked third in the latest NCAA Division III poll, while DePauw was ranked fourth. DePauw slipped to 10-4 with the loss, while Texas-Tyler improved to 19-1. ...

Amanda Brendel and the University of Southern Indiana are still searching for their first Great Lakes Valley Conference win. USI is 8-20 overall and 0-4 in league paly.

Brendel had her best game of the week against Missouri University of Science and Technology, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the 7-1 USI loss. In a 4-3 loss to University of Missouri-St. Louis, Brendel was 1-for-2 with one walk and one RBI. ...

Salem grad Ashley Bolton was 2-for-5 as her college team, Kaskaskia, defeated Forest Park College. In the pair of games, Bolton drove home four and scored twice. ...