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Marion County College Report

Danielle Miller: One of many glass cleaners at Dominican

The conference title is not Dominican University's yet.

But, Danielle Miller, a Centralia grad, is helping Dominican make the Northern Athletics Conference-South Division Title their very own.

With only four games to play on the regular season schedule, DU boasts an 11-2 mark and leads second place Benedictine by three games. Therefore any combination of wins by Dominican and losses by Benedictine that adds up to two and the DU Lady Stars are the NAC-South Division Champions.

Miller, who has played in 19 games and made 18 starts, has done her best work this year under the basket. She averages 20.4 minutes per game and has pulled down 100 rebounds for an average of 5.3 per game. In addition, Miller has scored 95 points for an average of 5.0 points per game. She has also pitched in with 19 steals, 13 assists and 13 blocked shots.

"We have taken our rebounding very seriously this year," Miller said. "We have been crashing the boards very hard. The team chemistry this year has been great. I don't care about the points that I score as long as we win."

Dominican has won its past three games, beating Milwaukee School of Engineering (84-53), Edgewood College (72-60) and Marian University (82-68). In DU’s most recent win over Marian, Miller was at her best cleaning the glass. She pulled down eight rebounds and also scored three points. ...

Salem grad and Southern Indiana senior Ellen Young, a Southern Indiana senior, has reached double figures in scoring in each of her past two games. In a 72-56 win over University of Missouri-St. Louis, Young exploded for 22 points by hitting 6-of-11 from the field including four times from beyond the 3-point arc. Young also finished with 17 points in a 62-49 triumph over Rockhurst, hitting 10 free throws. She also grabbed five rebounds. Southern Indiana is 15-8 overall and 11-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Men's Basketball

Centralia native Andy Wolff scored 12 points to help the McKendree Bearcats down William Woods University 81-63. Wolff, who drained 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-4 from the charity stripe, also had six rebounds and two steals. McKendree is 12-11 overall and 6-2 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Salem grad Dakota Tucker scored nine points to help Blackburn defeat Webster 74-71. Blackburn snapped their three game losing streak with the win to improve to 5-17 overall and 2-11 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletics Conference. Webster, who has established itself as one of the best teams in the league, slipped to 15-5 overall and 10-2 in the SLIAC. ...

Carlton Westbrook, a Centralia grad, scored seven points, but it was not enough to power Missouri University of Science and Technology beyond Bellarmine University, who is ranked second in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches poll. Westbrook also had three rebounds three steals and two assists in the 87-73 loss. The Miners are 6-15 overall and 2-12 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Indoor Track

Centralia grad Travis Lavin, a McKendree junior, finished eighth in the mile run at the Illinois Intercollegiate. Lavin finished the indoor distance race in 4 minutes, 32.74 seconds. Illinois won the outing with 255 points. McKendree finished seventh with 26 points. ...

Golf

Southern Illinois-Carbondale will resume their golf season in the next two weeks. Former Centralia Orphans golfer Jeffrey Miller, a SIUC sophomore, shot nine rounds in the fall and finished with a stroke count of 690, which is an average of 76.7 strokes per 18 holes. He shot a low round of 70 during the fall months. His fall average is 2.5 strokes per round lower than his freshman average. As a freshman, Miller finished with an average of 79.2 strokes per round. SIUC will resume their season on February 20 at the Dancing Rabbit in Jackson, Mississippi. …

Former Centralia golfers Kenny Evischi and Michael Fowler both played extensively for Maryville this past fall. Evischi, who is only a freshman, shot 10 rounds and finished with a total stroke count of 786. He averaged 78.6 per round.

Evishi, who had a low round of 71, had two top 20 finishes and one top 10 finish. Fowler, who finished with a 941 stroke count, shot 11 rounds for an average of 85.5 per round. He had a low round of 78. Maryville will restart its season on March 7. They will play at the MMC Redhawk Invitational in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The outing will be played at the Peninsula Golf Club. …

Message from Daniel L. Chamness

Sometimes you don't get what you want, but you get what you need. The line from the a Rolling Stone song might perfectly describe what is going on with this column.

I was determined to not start this column unless we have 15 sponsors. We do not have 15 sponsors, but we are very close. There are a few businesses that decided to sponsor the column, but for various reasons, did not want their name of their business posted. In short they chose to become a silent sponsor so the this column could continue.

There are a couple of site changes that bear mentioning. First, the focus of this column is for the next 20 weeks will be Centralia. Meaning, with rare exceptions, we will always lead with an athlete that is either from Centralia High School or is a resident of Centralia.

We had goals when we started to get sponsors this year. I met those goals in Centralia, but nowhere else in the county. Therefore, it is not hard to understand the focus of the column will be on the athletes, whose businesses have thrown their support behind this.

If anyone has a problem with this, I would tell them to encourage their local businesses to support this endeavor. They should not contact me and scream that what I am doing is not fair. It is simply a case of one town should not pay to read about the accomplishments of athletes from another town.

Secondly, this column, or at least the lead, will appear weekly in the Marion County Observer. The rest of the article will be available online on this website. I am happy to provide this service for the Observer.

Finally, if anyone wants to add a name to my growing list, 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. The only two rules to be included in this column is the athlete has to be a Marion County resident or a graduate of Centralia, Salem, Sandoval, Odin or Patoka. They also have to be involved in intercollegiate athletics, meaning their school plays other schools. We will have a full list of sponsors next time this article runs.

Daniel L. Chamness