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Marion County College Report

Former Centralia hurler leading Delta State in conference race

Just a few days ago Delta State righty Aaron Newcomb said, "I am hoping we can win the Gulf South Conference title.”

Thanks to his efforts on the hill, Newcomb and his Delta State teammates are well on their way to realizing that hope with an 8-1 conference mark and a full-game lead over Harding in the GSC-West.

Newcomb, a former Centralia standout, has played a leading role in DSU’s success with a team-high five wins including a 2-1 mark in GSC play. In DSU's first conference victory of the year, Newcomb was given the ball and did not disappoint, working from bell-to-bell for a complete game victory. He allowed three earned runs on five hits, fanned nine and walked three.

"It was a huge confidence builder for me to have the ball in that first conference game," Newcomb said. "I am not surprised we are doing this well. We just needed to get on a roll and we did."

More recently, Newcomb powered the Statesmen to a 16-6 decision win over Christian Brothers. Newcomb once again threw a complete game and allowed five earned runs on 10 hits. He fanned nine batters and did not issue a single walk. Newcomb has struck out 48 over 50 1/3 innings, allowing 30 earned runs on 62 hits and 40 walks.

The Delta State hitters have given Newcomb and the other hurlers plenty of backup with a team batting average of .319. ...

Brian Dinkelman, a Centralia grad, had multiple hits in each the Rochester Red Wings first two victories this season. The former McKendree standout had his best game in Rochester's 7-2 win over Pawtucket finishing 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. In the 7-6 win over Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Dinkelman was 2-for-6 with a double and one run. Rochester, the Class AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, has started 2011 at 2-1. ...

Alex Young, an Odin grad, improved to 3-2 as the pitcher of record in McKendree's 3-2 win over Williams Baptist. Young allowed three hits in two innings of work, struck out two and walked two. Young also worked two innings in McKendree's 15-5 win over Lindenwood. In that contest, he allowed one hit and fanned one. McKendree is 17-19 overall and 7-5 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Centralia grad Cody Stevenson was 2-for-3 with a double to help Webster defeat Blackburn 6-4. Stevenson also scored twice and stole one base in the win. Webster is 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

Former Salem pitcher Logan Bolton, now a Millikin hurler, worked five innings in MU's 10-4 loss to Illinois College. Bolton allowed two earned runs on six hits, striking out two and walking two. …

Fellow Salem grad Josh Lusch, also at Millikin, was 1-for-3 and drove home a run in the loss to IC. In Millikin's 4-2 loss to Illinois Wesleyan, Bolton was 1-for-4 and drove home a run. The Big Blue baseball team is 4-13 overall and 0-3 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. ...

Softball

Salem product Amanda Brendel was 2-for-4 with a triple to lift Southern Indiana past Wisconsin-Parkside 8-0. Brendel tripled for the first time this year, scored twice and drove home one in the shutout. In USI's 4-3 triumph over UWP, the former Wildcats star was 1-for-3 with one walk, one run and one stolen base. USI is now 15-15 overall and 6-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Bailee Winkler, a Lindenwood player and Centralia grad, walked once in a 1-0 win over Culver-Stockton. Lindenwood is now 16-14 overall and 4-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. ...

Golf

Maryville University and Illinois-Springfield both competed at The Jewell, an event hosted by Northern Kentucky at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown, Ky. Centralia grad Kenny Evischi, Salem grad Zach Phillips and Centralia grad Michael Fowler each hit the links for their respective teams.

Evischi played for Maryville and finished 68th with a 157 over the 36 holes. Phillips played for UIW and carded a 162 to finish 96th. Michael Fowler, also a Centralia grad and Maryville golfer, shot a 180 with a low round of 85. Evischi shot a low round of 78, while Phillips shot a low round of 80.

As a team, Maryville took 12th with a 610, while UIS was 20th with a 626. Missouri-St. Louis won the team title with a 588. ...

Men's Basketball

Salem grad and Blackburn junior Dakota Tucker recently finished his basketball season. The 6-foot-4 forward started 23 games and played in 25 and averaged 26.8 minutes per game. Tucker scored 230 points and pulled down 104 rebounds, adding 21 assists and 53 3-pointsers. Blackburn was 6-19 overall and 3-13 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

 

Message from Daniel L. Chamness

Has your son or daughter finished their athletic career this year? If so, you need to know we will be doing senior articles during the summer months.

A decision has not been made on how much of these particular articles will run in the Marion County Observer, but they will run in their entirety on this Website.

Even though we did not cover any football or volleyball players during the 2010-11 school year, the seniors will be eligible to be included in the senior articles. Like last year, we will do a feature on each athlete.

If you want to remind me of any athletes that are currently competing in college, or any athletes that finished their careers this year, 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.

There are only two rules to be included in this column. One is the athlete must be an intercollegiate athlete, meaning their chosen school competes against other schools. Also, the athlete must be a resident of Marion County or a graduate of high school in Marion County.