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Marion County College Report

RJ Kwiatkowski Adjusting to College Basketball

"We simply play better with RJ Kwiatkowski on the floor," said Southwestern Illinois College head coach Jay Harrington.

That is Harrington's ringing endorsement of RJ Kwiatkowski, a Centralia grad.

The Southwestern Illinois College freshman has helped his squad post a 12-5 mark. He has played in every game thus far. He has scored 63 points, hitting 20-of-50 field goals and 10-of-12 free throws. Of his field goals, 13 were from beyond the arc. He also has 21 rebounds, 11 assists and six steals.

"We want RJ to shoot a little bit more," said Harrington. He needs to show a bit more confidence out there. He is a great kid and exactly the type of athlete we want in this program."

Kwiatkowski did start against Lincoln Trail College, as SWIC won an 85-66 decision. Kwiatkowski, a 6-3 freshman guard, finished with three points and a pair of rebounds.

"I need to get a quicker shot off," said the former Orphan. "I need to have a breakout game. On defense, there is so much switching going on. It is amazing how much of it is done of the fly. It feels great that the coach enough confidence in me to let me start. Once I can establish a quicker shot, I think I will score more."...

Illinois College's Zeke Light (Salem) was in double figures twice this week. Unfortunately, neither performance led to a victory.

In IC's 76-73 loss to Carroll University, Light hit 6-of-9 from the field, which included a 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.He finished with 17 points and two rebounds.

He tallied 10 points in Ripon's 82-72 triumph over IC. Light had three field goals (one trey) and three free throws. Illinois College is 3-11 overall and 1-8 in the Midwest Conference. ...

Missouri University of Science and Technology slipped to 3-15 overall and 2-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with losses to Rockhurst University (70-56) and Quincy University (69-58). Missouri University of Science and Technology senior Carlton Westbrook (Centralia) finished with nine points, a team-leading eight assists and three rebounds in the loss to Quincy. He had eight points, three rebounds and three assists in the loss to Rockhurst. ...

INDOOR TRACK

Michigan State University freshman DeVantre' Whitelow (Centralia) won his first ever college race, winning the 200-meter dash at the Bob Eubanks Open, which was hosted by Grand Valley State University and held in Allendale, Michigan.

The Spartan raced to the finish line in 22.00 seconds. He was also a part of the Michigan State 1,600-meter relay, which finished fourth in 3 minutes, 22.43 seconds. Team scores were not kept. ...

Jordan Jones (Salem) finished ninth in the 3,000-meter run at the Eastern Illinois University Early Bird, which was contested at Lantz Fieldhouse. The EIU redshirt junior finished in 9:29.36. Team scores were not kept. ...

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

University of Southern Indiana split their pair of games this week. In the 78-70 loss to Bellarmine University, USI sophomore guard Stephanie Carpenter (Salem) finished with 13 points by draining five field goals (one trey) and two free throws. She also had four rebounds and three assists. She started and played 31 minutes.

USI defeated Saint Joseph's College 58-55 to earn their first Great Lakes Valley Conference win of the year. Carpenter had nine points. She started and played 34 minutes. Southern Indiana is 7-11 overall and 1-9 in the league. ...

SWIMMING

University of Evansville freshman Erin Carey (Centralia) competed in two scoring events and one non-scoring events as Evansville defeated Vanderbilt University 162-132. Carey was part of two placing relays. She swam in the 400-yard freestyle relay (fifth, 3:49.62) and in the 200-yard medley relay (sixth, 1:56.78). Individually, she swam in the 100-yard freestyle and finished in 57.34. ...

TENNIS

Salem resident Joy Dice, a Cedarville University sophomore, has a record of 4-4 at number three singles. Dice, who was home schooled, also teamed with Newberg, Oregon resident Melissa Stoltzfus to post a 3-5 record at number two doubles. Cedarville will start the spring portion of their season against Judson University in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The two squads are scheduled to play each other on March 5. ...

GOLF

University of Illinois-Springfield senior Zach Phillips (Salem) golfed four rounds this fall and finished with a 343 stroke count for an 85.75 average. He finished two rounds with a stroke count of 83, which was his low round. UIS will resume their season on February 19 as they compete in the Frito Lay Invitational, which will be held in Jackson, Mississippi. ...