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Marion County College Report

Zach Phillips: The picture of consistency

Salem grad Zach Phillips has a goal to be consistent this year.

Thus far, the University of Illinois-Springfield sophomore is definitely reaching his goal. Over his first six rounds of golf during the fall season, he has shot no lower than 75 and no higher than 80.

At no time was his consistency tested more than at the Blackburn College Invitational, which was held at Timber Lakes in Staunton.

Even though he was confronted with two different types of courses at the event, he remained relatively even, shooting a 778-77—155.

"The 18-hole course was divided into two parts, one very tight nine-hole and one very open nine-hole," Phillips said. "I attacked the open nine and played very aggressively. This year I am shooting between 75 and 80 and I want to improve that to 70 to 75 by the end of the year. Golf is one of those sports that you have to emotionally even. I don't ever get too high or too low and just stay focused.

Phillips' 10th place finish helped the Illinois-Springfield Prairie Fire finished second as a team with a 622 stroke count. Millikin finished first with a 606.

Phillips was not the only athlete to compete in the Blackburn Invitational. Fellow Salem graduate Travis Oglesby finished 18th overall with a stroke count of 162. Oglesby shot a low round of 75 in the opening round, though McKendree did not post a team score. ...

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale freshman Jeffery Miller shot a 156 at the Murray State Invitational at Miller Golf Course in Murray, Kentucky. The Centralia grad shot a 79 in the opening round and a 77 in the second round to take 65th. As a team, SIUC finished ninth with a 592. Murray State won the event with a 569. ...

McKendree University star and Salem grad Miranda Gibson finished sixth at the McKendree Fall Invitational at the Scott Air Force Base's Cardinal Creek Golf Course. Gibson carded an 87 to help her team finish second at 353, just four strokes behind John A. Logan Junior College’s winning total of 349. ...

Salem grads Taylor Landers and Mallorie Cummings, both Rend Lake College golfers, competed at the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagle Golf Classic at the Cambridge Golf Club in Evansville, Indiana.

Landers finished 28th by shooting a 165, posting an 82 in the first round and an 83 in the second round. Cummings finished with a 174, which was good 40th. Rend Lake College finished ninth with a 672 stroke count. University of Indianapolis finished first with a 623. ...

Former Centralia golfer Michael Fowler, a Maryville University freshman, took 42nd at the Missouri Intercollegiate, which was held at The Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach, Missouri. Fowler shot a 238 over 54 holes, carding a low round of 77 over the middle 18. Maryville finished 14th with a 966. Central Missouri University won the outing with an 880. ...

Cross Country

Illinois State hosted the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships this year and it was the place to be if you were a former Marion County cross country runner. No fewer than seven area athletes competed in the outing.

Former Centralia High runner Travis Lavin finished 93rd in the men's race, touring the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 44 seconds. Lavin helped McKendree take ninth with 271 points. North Central College won the outing with 56.

The other area runners all ran for Kaskaskia College. Centralia grads Cameron Davis and Corey Meyers as well as Salem grads Jordan Jones and Tyler Hopkins competed in the men's race for KC.

Jones finished in 28:37, which was good for 189th. His fellow Salem grad, Hopkins finished 275th with a 31:24. Davis and Meyers finished 324th (35:21) and 329th (36:24), respectively. Kaskaskia finished 30th with 880 points.

In the women's race, Salem grads Danielle Helm, Mollie Owen and Jennifer Liggett all competed for the Blue Angels. Helm finished 182nd in the 5,000-meter women's race with a 21:38. Owen finished 226th in 23:02 and Liggett finished 266th in 25:17. Illinois State University won the outing with 25 points. Kaskaskia finished 25th with 824 points. ...

Football

Centralia grad Scott Schneider had five tackles to help Greenville College defeat Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 19-18. Of his tackles, four were solos. Greenville is 2-1 overall. ...

Volleyball

Jessica Schmidt, a former Centralia and Kaskaskia College volleyball player, is now a senior for the Chicago State University volleyball team. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter has 17 kills, 12 digs, four assists and three assisted blocks. Chicago State is 0-15 overall and 0-4 in the Great West Conference. ...