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Marion County College Report

Centralia grad Carleton Westbrook aiming for standout senior season

For Centralia grad Carlton Westbrook and the rest of the Missouri University of Science and Technology men's basketball team, the 2011-12 season started on February 21, 2011.

Two days after the end of the 2010-11 season ended with a loss to Missouri-St. Louis, Westbrook was already working out with several of his teammates in preparation for his senior season.

"We have so much coming back next year," Westbrook said. "We all wanted to start working toward becoming a better team. We know with the athletes coming back, we can accomplish that."

In the 71-64 overtime loss to UMSL, Westbrook, a junior guard, bucketed 17 points by hitting 5-of-12 from the field and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. He struck twice from beyond the 3-point arc. The starting guard played 37 minutes and had five rebounds and two steals.

"We all played hard in that final game, but things just did not go our way," Westbrook said. "During the next year, I want to continue working on my shooting performance. I was pretty happy with my stats this year, but there is always room for improvement."

Westbrook played in all 25 games and averaged 21.6 minutes per game. Westbrook finished with 213 points and 42 rebounds for respective averages of 8.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. He also had 39 assists and 28 steals. Westbrook hit 69-of-158 field goals and 60-of-84 from the charity stripe.

Of the athletes who started 19 or more games for the Miners, three will return next season. In addition to Westbrook, the two leading scorers on the 2010-11 squad also return. Bryce Foster, a Hazelwood Central (Missouri) grad, and Nashville grad Tommy Pelczynski both averaged over 10 points per game. The Miners finished 7-18 overall and 3-15 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Andy Wolff, a Centralia resident and McKendree senior, had five points, five assists and nine rebounds to help the Bearcats blast Harris-Stowe State 76-51. The Metro East Lutheran grad is closing in on the McKendree career assists record. McKendree is now 16-11 overall and 10-2 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Dakota Tucker, a Salem grad and Blackburn regular, helped the Beavers defeat Fontbonne 82-78. It was the final game of the season for the BC Beavers, who finished the year 6-19 overall and 3-13 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Tucker finished the contest with three points and two rebounds. He started and played 18 minutes. ...

Women's Basketball

Former Salem Wildcats player Ellen Young scored 13 points for Southern Indiana in their final regular season game, a 73-63 loss to Northern Kentucky. Young hit four field goals (one trey) and four free throws, adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals. USI is 16-10 overall and 12-6 in the GLVC. ...

Dominican University advanced to the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament semifinals before being ousted by Concordia University-Wisconsin (81-64). To earn a spot in the semifinals, Dominican topped Marian University 94-54.

Former CHS Annie and DU Star player Danielle Miller finished contest against five points and two rebounds. In the loss to CU-Wisconsin, she had two points and 11 rebounds. Dominican finished the season with a 20-7 mark. They were 14-3 in the NAC-South to claim the division title. ...

Golf Southern Illinois-Carbondale's Jeffery Miller, a Centralia grad, finished 56th at the Frito Lay AT&T Intercollegiate, which was held at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Philadelphia, Miss. Miller finished the 36 holes with a stroke count of 163. As a team, SIU-Carbondale finished fifth with a 618. Mercer won the outing with a 590. ...

Illinois-Springfield will resume its golf season on March 16. Former Salem golfer Zach Phillips, now a UIS golfer, played six rounds in the fall and finished with a total stroke count of 492 for an average of 82 strokes per 18 holes. He shot a low round of 77 in the fall. UIS is scheduled to restart its season at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. ...

Baseball

Former Centralia baseball player Aaron Newcomb, now a Delta State pitcher, earned his first victory at the NCAA Division II level this past week. In Delta State's 10-5 triumph over Lambut, Newcomb worked five innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He fanned six. Newcomb is 1-0. DSU is 4-4. ...

Bradley hurler Patrick Flanagan, a Salem grad, worked two innings and suffered the loss in Bradley's 9-5 loss to Lipscomb. Flanagan allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks. Flanagan is 0-1 and the Braves are 2-2. ...

Alex Young, an Odin grad and McKendree senior, worked two innings in McKendree's 2-1 win over Campbellsville. Young allowed only one hit. He fanned four and walked one. McKendree is 3-9 overall. ...

Softball

Salem grad Amanda Brendel has started every game for the Southern Indiana thus far. Brendel has made 21 trips to the plate and has eight hits (two doubles, one homer) for a .381 batting average. Brendel also has five runs scored, five RBIs and four walks this year. She has a slugging percentage of .619 and an on-base percentage of .500. USI is 4-4 in the early going. ...

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.

Daniel L. Chamness