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Marion County College Report

Salem Grad lands on AMC honorable mention team


Kirstie Owen was shocked, surprised and honored.

But, most athletes are that way when they are selected as an all-conference player. The Salem graduate, who was named to the honorable mention team in the American Midwest Conference.

"I am surprised that I was selected for sure," said Owen, a senior. "I just did my job on the basketball court. I think coaches saw that about me. I just tried to be the best point guard I could be."

For her, that meant passing the ball to one of the most prolific scorers in the league in Breese Central graduate and fellow senior Shelby Kohrmann. Owen finished the year with 120 points, an average of 4.1 points per game. She also had a team-leading 99 assists on the year.

"I wanted 100 assists," said Owen. "We had so many good scorers out there. As far as Shelby, we had great communication on the floor."

The 28-game starter, who played in 29 games, averaged 26.7 minutes per game. She also had 54 rebounds and 23 steals. She scored her points by hitting 40 field goals (30 treys) and 10 free throws. LU-Belleville was 17-14 overall and 16-8 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Danielle Meadows (Centralia) scored 106 points for Webster University this year. The 5-foot-10 sophomore, who played in 25 games and made 17 starts, averaged 17.3 minutes per game.

In addition to averaging 4.2 points per game, she also had 42 rebounds, an average of 1.7 rebounds per game, also had 29 assists, 10 steals and seven blocked shots. She scored her points by hitting 38-for-94 from the field, which included six treys, and 24-for-46 from the free throw line.

Webster finished 10-15 overall and 7-11 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

Hannah Shores (Centralia) scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale this year.

Shores, a 5-foot-7 junior guard, also had four assists and three steals. She had seven field goals (two steals) and two free throws. She helped SIUC finish 17-13 overall and 10-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference. ...

Track and Field

Quincy Knolhoff (Christ Our Rock) finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, which was hosted by Western Illinois University.

The Eastern Illinois University junior finished the race in 12 minutes, 9.74 seconds. Eastern Illinois easily won the team title with 285 points. Western Illinois took second with 189 points. ...

DeVantre Whitelow (Centralia) helped the Michigan State University 1,600-meter relay team take fourth at the Big Ten Conference/Atlantic coast Conference Challenge that was hosted by University of Louisville and held at the Louisville Cardinal Park.

Whitelow and his three Spartan teammates finished the race in 3 minutes, 15.64 seconds. Individually, the Spartan senior was sixth in the long jump (21 feet, 6 inches) and eighth in the 400-meter dash (:48.81). Team scores were not kept. ...


Mason McReaken (Centralia) has a 2-0 mark with a pair of saves for Kaskaskia College.

McReaken, who has made 11 appearances, has worked 26.0 innings. He has allowed four earned runs on 19 hits for a 1.38 earned run average. He has fanned 16 and walked six.

Fellow KC Blue Devil Ryan Miller (Centralia) has played in four games. He has two walks and two runs scored. Kaskaskia is 22-10 overall and 12-9 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. ...

Pete Colclasure (Salem) and Cole McReaken (Centralia) helped Lindenwood University-Belleville defeat Culver-Stockton College 16-3. Colclasure was 1-for-3 with one walk. He scored twice and drove home one. McReaken was 1-for-1. In the 3-1 win over Oakland City University, Colclasure, a junior, was 2-for-3. LU-Belleville is 19-23 overall and 11-11 in the American Midwest Conference.

Lindenwood-Belleville has won four in a row. ... Jeff Tolliver (Salem) and John Tolliver (Salem), both McKendree University baseball players, each had hits against University of Indianapolis, but their efforts did not lead to a victory in either case.

In the 13-3 loss to Indianapolis, Jeff Tolliver was 1-for-2 with a double. He scored once and drove home one. John Tolliver was 1-for-3, smacking a solo homer in the 7-5 loss to the Greyhounds. McKendree is 7-27 overall and 6-18 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

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