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Marion County College Report

Centralia graduate Westbrook part of historic upset of S. Indiana

Many military generals never fired a shot, but were nonetheless instrumental in winning wars. Such was the life of Centralia graduate Carlton Westbrook on Jan. 5.

Westbrook, a Missouri University of Science and Technology senior, was the starting point guard, running the offense, as the Miners defeated University of Southern Indiana 62-55. At the time, USI was ranked second in the NCAA Division II poll.

"It was a great night," said Westbrook. "Everyone came together. We have heard it was the biggest win for our school in over 10 years. After we won, we went crazy. USI did not play that bad, we played that well."

Westbrook fired only two shots but neither scored. Westbrook played 20 minutes in the upset victory, finishing with one assist and one blocked shot.

It was the first of three consecutive games in which the Miners would face NCAA Division II nationally ranked teams. They were topped by No. 4 Kentucky Wesleyan (91-58) and No. 8 Northern Kentucky (62-36). Westbrook finished with two points and two assists against KWC, and scored five, pulled down two rebounds and doled out two assists in the loss to NKU. Missouri University of Science and Technology is 2-12 overall and 1-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

"The game against USI gave us a big boost of confidence," said Westbrook. "We are continuing to grow and get better."...

The Illinois College Blueboys have lost their last four games, even though Zeke Light, a former Salem Wildcat and current IC sophomore, has been in double figures in two of the contests.

In a 115-113 loss to Grinnell College, Light poured in 27 points by hitting 9-of-15 field goals including 6-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc. IC was also topped by Ripon College (83-73) and Lake Forest College (64-46).

Light scored 12 against Ripon, hitting 5-of-10 from the field, which included two treys. IC is 3-8 overall and 1-5 in the Midwest Conference. ...

Women’s Basketball

Southern Indiana continues to search for their first win in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Former Salem player Stephanie Carpenter, a USI sophomore guard, has started every game and is averaging 25.1 minutes.

Over USI’s first 12 games, Carpenter has scored 104 points, doled out 26 assists and 24 rebounds, which averages to respective totals of 8.7, 2.2 and 2.0 per game. She also has 14 steals and three blocked shots. She has scored her points by hitting 34-of-90 from the field and 17-of-24 from the stripe. She has hit 19-of-44 from beyond the arc. Southern Indiana is 6-6 overall and 0-4 in the league. ...

St. Louis Community College freshman Kirstie Owen, a Salem grad, is averaging 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Besides her 69 points and 34 rebounds in her 10 games of play, she also has 28 assists and 14 steals. The 5-foot-5 freshman has 26 field goals (11 treys) and six free throws. St. Louis Community College is 5-7. ...

Taylor Welch, a Salem grad, has scored 41 points, an average of 3.4 points per game, for the University of Montevallo thus far. Welch, a senior guard, also has nine rebounds, eight assists, two blocked shots and two steals. Welch has hit 14 field goals (11 treys) and two free throws. Montevallo is 6-7 overall and 1-3 in the Peach Belt Conference. ...

Swimming

Erin Carey, a Centralia grad, competed in six non-scoring events at the Delta State Christmas Invitational.

Individually Carey swam in the 50-yard freestyle (25.86 seconds), 200-yard freestyle (2:01.65) and the 100-yard freestyle (55.38). She was also a member of the Evansville non-scoring 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.93), 800-yard freestyle (8:19.01) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:41.10).

Evansville easily won the outing, scoring 1,205 points. The host school finished second with 656 points. ...

Golf

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale junior Jeffery Miller shot a low round of 69 this fall. The former Centralia Orphan golfer shot 1,045 over 14 rounds for an average of 74.6 per 18 holes. SIU-Carbondale will resume their season on February 19 at the Frito Lay Invitational, which will be played in Jackson, Miss. ...

Maryville University's Kenny Evischi and Michael Fowler, both Centralia grads, each got their swings in for the Saints this past fall. Evischi, a sophomore, shot 11 rounds and finished with a 868 stroke count, for an average of 78.9 per round. Fowler finished with a stroke count of 1,030 over 13 rounds for an average of 79.2. Each athlete posted a low round of 74.

Maryville will resume its season on Mar. 5 at the Mississippi College Spring Invitational, which will be played at the Black Bear Golf Course in Delhi, Louisiana. ...

Message from Daniel L. Chamness

We are back after the Website had been down for maintenance and server transition. We are now associated with GoDaddy.com, meaning the column will get broader exposure. For the reading public, it should mean quicker updates.

Not much else has changed. We owe the sponsors that agreed to sponsor the column a little over one year ago eight more weeks. We will run every week. We will also be looking for some sponsors for an abbreviated 20-week schedule.

Not only will we cover the spring athletes, but each senior, who finished during the 2011-12 school year, will get a feature during the summer.

Since I did not cover the fall, if anyone wants to alert me of any athlete that finished their career during the fall months of 2011, please e-mail me (Dan62801@aol.com). As always put "Marion County College Report" in the subject line of the e-mail.

There are two rules to be included in this column. The athlete must be involved in intercollegiate athletics, meaning their chosen college/university plays other schools.

In addition, they must be from one of the towns in Marion County or from one of the five high schools (Centralia, Salem, Odin, Patoka, Sandoval or Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School). I will not only need the name of the athlete, but the former high school, the college/university they are attending and of course, the sport they are playing.