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Marion County College Report

Centralia grad eager to return to the gridiron

A stinger injury has kept Adrian Williams off the field, but he's itching to get back

 

Centralia graduate Adrian Williams has been sitting on the sidelines during the last two Lindenwood University-Belleville football games.

But, even given that, Williams, who has played a total of six games this year, while LU-Belleville has played in nine games, still is ranked fifth in overall tackles.

"I have been battling a few injuries," said Williams. "I am hoping to be back in there as soon as possible."

The former Orphan, who has had some stinger problems this year, has 42 tackles, 25 of which are solos. He has 3.5 tackles for nine yards of loss, which includes one quarterback sack for four yards of loss.

He also has two fumble recoveries and subsequent returns of 12 yards. For his play as a freshman in 2012, he was tabbed as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Pre-Season All-American.

"That preseason ranking is nice, but finishing as an All-American at the end of the year is what is important," said the 6-foot-0, 220-pound linebacker. "Over the next two years, I want to become a smarter player. I want to stay one step ahead of the competition."

As a freshman, Williams had 41 tackles. He also set the record for a single game, posting 13 tackles against Indiana-based University of St. Francis in 2012. This season, he played his most recent game against Menlo College.

In the 30-22 LU-Belleville loss, Williams had three tackles, two of which were solos. He was also in on a tackle for two yards of loss. With the loss, LU-Belleville slipped to 3-3. The Lynx are now 3-6. Lindenwood-Belleville is in their second year of organized college football.

"When I came to Lindenwood-Belleville, my immediate goal was to be a starter," said Williams. "I thought this is a new team and I have a good shot to be a starter. I am very happy with my career thus far overall. But, I am not happy sitting on the sidelines."...

Golf

Maryville University's Kenny Evischi (Centralia) golfed in both the Maryville University Fall Invitational and the Dan Salisbury Memorial Collegiate. Evischi finished 12th in both outings. At the Dan Salisbury Memorial Collegiate, which was hosted by University of Illinois-Springfield, Evischi shot a 154.

He shot a low round of 74 at the collegiate, which was held at Piper Glen Golf Course in Springfield. He opened with a low round of 80. Maryville finished eighth with a 623. William Jewell College won the outing with a 614.

At the Maryville Fall Invitational, which was held at The Quarry Golf Club at Crystal in St. Louis, Evischi shot a 156. He shot a 75 in the first round and an 81 in the second round. Maryville carded a 590 to win the team title. University of Illinois-Springfield shot a 609 to finish second. ...

Taylor Landers (Salem) helped the McKendree University women's golf team finish third at the Dan Salisbury Memorial, which was hosted by the University of Illinois-Springfield and held at the Rail Golf Course in Springfield.Landers took seventh individually, shooting a 169 for 36 holes. She opened with a low round of 79 and shot a 90 in the second and final round.

As a team, McKendree shot a 678. University of Illinois-Springfield shot a 648 to earn the victory. ...

Women's Basketball

University of Southern Indiana got 20 points from Stephanie Carpenter (Salem), but it was not enough to overcome University of Evansville, a NCAA Division I team, in an exhibition game. In the 78-68 loss to Evansville, Carpenter, a senior guard, hit 5-of-10 from beyond the arc and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. The starting guard played 27 minutes. ...

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's Hannah Shores (Centralia) played in both of SIUC's exhibition games.

In the 70-55 loss to Lindenwood University, Shores finished with five points and two rebounds. She also had two points and two rebounds in the 67-60 win over Maryville University. Once again, the sophomore emerged off the bench and played 12 minutes. ...

Lindenwood University-Belleville started the 2013-14 campaign with a victory, beating Stephens College 82-44. Kristie Owen (Salem), a Lindenwood-Belleville junior guard, had two points. She started and played 16 minutes. ...

Tennis

Newman University's Joy Dice (Homeschooled) helped Cedarville University defeat Indiana Tech 6-3. Dice, a Salem native, played number four singles and defeated her counterpart Anabell Cordero 6-3, 6-1. Dice also teamed with Lauren Jackson and the pair defeated Stephanie Perez and Barbara Oliveira 8-0 at number two doubles. With the win, Cedarville improved to 4-3 overall. They have two fall matches left. ...

Message from Dan Chamness:

During the months of October and November, the College Report will run every week. I will be in the county in the next two months trying to get sponsors. There are five athletes mentioned in this column. I am sure there are more than that.

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