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Marion County College Report

Schneider helps Greenville defeat Northwestern College

Winning a football game always feels good.

Beating a team in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the home of the Minnesota Vikings, has to feel extra special.

On Oct. 30, the Greenville Panthers, first year members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, defeated Northwestern College 26-20 in Minneapolis at the UMAC Dome Day, which featured five contests between 10 teams. Greenville and Northwestern locked up in the 8 p.m. finale. Centralia graduate Scott Schneider finished with five tackles in the victory.

"The atmosphere was tremendous," Schneider said. "Playing at a venue like the Metrodome was exciting. I haven’t had the best year personally, but we hope to win the UMAC-South Division title. That would be a great way to end the year."

The win came six days after Greenville lost a 14-10 road battle to Huntingdon College. Schneider finished with four tackles in that loss.

Since the contest against Northwestern, the UMAC-North Division leaders, Greenville has added yet another win.

The Panthers are 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the UMAC South and have clinched the division title. They will finish up the regular season with a nonconference tilt against LaGrange.

While Schneider is hitting the field and starting for the Panthers this year, another Schneider, Centralia grad Jered Schneider, is coaching the Panthers. Schneider, who was a Panthers player one year ago, is a student assistant coach this year. He was an offensive lineman during his playing days.

“Jered has been a great coach for us," Greenville head coach Eric Hehman said. "Scott has been instrumental to our success. I would love more coaches like Jered and more players like Scott. Jered has helped the team doing video highlighting, blogging and other miscellaneous tasks.”

"My brother and I were always very close, but the sport of football has brought us closer," Scott Schneider said. Greenville is 6-2 overall. ...

Women's Basketball

Ellen Young, a former Salem Wildcats star, opened her 2009 basketball season in Anaheim, Calif., at the NCAA Division-II Tip-Off West Coast Classic. Young, who plays for Southern Indiana, scored 14 points in USI's 71-64 win over Western Oregon. Young hit 4-of-11 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws. She also had four steals and three rebounds.

It was USI's only win in the tournament as they lost to San Francisco State (62-59) and Fort Lewis (84-81). Young finished with nine points and four rebounds in the loss to SFSU and four points and four rebounds in the loss to FLC. …

Golf

The Rend Lake College golf team finished the fall season at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational at PGA National/Palmer Beach Gardens in Florida.

In an event packed with four-year schools, Rend Lake took 13th with a stroke count of 697. Former Salem golfers Taylor Landers and Mallorie Cummings competed in the outing. Landers finished 52nd with a 173 and Cummings finished 67th with a 183. Nova Southeastern finished won the event with a 589. ...

Salem grad Miranda Gibson, a McKendree senior, finished with a stroke count of 620 over seven rounds this fall, averaging 88.57 strokes per 18. She had a low round of 84 in her final round at the Missouri-St. Louis Fall Invitational. She shot below 90 five times in her seven rounds. ...

Michael Fowler, a Centralia grad and Maryville freshman, finished the fall portion of his season at the Maryville Fall Invitational at the Aberdeen Golf Club in Eureka, Mo. Fowler cracked the top and finished eighth with a 77-76—153. As a team, Maryville finished sixth with a 637, 30 strokes off Southern Indiana’s winning pace. ...

Illinois-Springfield took fifth in the Lewis Mixed Fall Classic at the Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport. Salem grad Zach Phillips, who golfs for UIS, finished with a 79-77—156. As a team, UIS finished with a stroke count of 625. Lewis won the outing with a 597. ...

Volleyball

Salem grad Taylor Thomas doled out 40 assists for Southwestern Illinois during a 3-2 battle to Shawnee Community College. Thomas completed the double-double with 15 digs and seven kills. In SWIC's 3-0 loss to East Central, Thomas posted another double-double with 22 assists and 10 digs. SWIC is now 19-18 overall. ...

Fontbonne split its final two matches in the month of October. In the team’s 3-1 win over Principia Salem grad Kayla Sager finished with seven kills and hit .304. During a 3-0 loss to Greenville, Sager finished with six kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Fontbonne is 8-20 overall and 7-7 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

Swimming

Lindsay Dinkelman, a Centralia grad and Illinois State swimmer, and the rest of the Redbirds took it on the chin 183-117 from the Illinois this past week. Dinkelman finished third in the 100-yard breastroke (1-minute, 7.62-seconds) and sixth in the 200-yard breastroke (2:32.91). She was also a member of the ISU 200-yard medley relay team,which finished second in 1:49.98 and the ISU 200-yard freestyle relay, which took fourth in 1:43.77. ...

Men's Basketball

Centralia grad Matt Shaw scored two points in his first game in Portugal. Shaw, who starts for Illiabum Clube, played 30 minutes and had two points and three fouls. Illiabum Clube was doubled up by FC Porto Ferpinta 94-47. Illiabum Clube is 0-1. ...