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Marion County College Report

Centralia's Schwartz leading Kaskaskia in hits and honors


Raigan Schwartz, a Centralia graduate, believes if you shoot for the stars, you will land among the stars.

The Kaskaskia College freshman had a goal of hitting .370 this year, finishing two points short at .368. The former Orphan played in 46 games and finished the year with 56 hits in 152 trips to the plate. Of her hits, three were doubles and one was a triple.

She had 34 runs, 11 RBIs and stole six bases. Her walks and hits pushed her on-base percentage to .404. In addition to reaching base over 40 percent of the times she was up to bat, she also had a slugging percentage of .401 during the campaign, leading the team in hits and runs scored.

"It was amazing to see the improvement," Schwartz said. "Coach Torey Crowell and the coaching staff always had us so well prepared. I want to do even better and plan on get into the batting cages. This year taught me that there are some things I need to learn to do better."

Schwartz finished the year on the NJCAA Division I All-Region 24 Tournament Team after she finished with a 2-for-4 performance against Lake Land College, who won a 10-6 decision. In the 12-2 loss to Wabash Valley College, Schwartz had one hit.

"Raigan will be a leader for us next year," Crowell said. "She is going to be nothing but better. It does not show up in the box scores, but she is tremendous as a defensive player. I know of a couple of times she robbed the opposition of home runs." Kaskaskia finished 27-23 overall and 17-11 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. ...

Track and Field

DeVantre Whitelow (Centralia) finished seventh in the 100-meter dash at the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State in an event held at the historic Jesse Owens Stadium. Whitelow finished the race in 10.69 seconds. He was also a member of Michigan State University's 4x400 relay team, which finished fifth in 3:09.41. Team scores were not kept. ...

Quincy Knolhoff (Christ Our Rock) competed in the University of Illinois Twilight and the Billy Hayes Invitational, which was hosted by Indiana University and held at the Robert C. Hough Track and Field Complex.

The Eastern Illinois University distance runner finished seventh in the 3K steeplechase at the Billy Hayes Invitational with a time of 11:40.63. She was also 21st in the 5K, crossing the finish line in 18:48.44.

EIU took third at the event with 114 points. Western Michigan won the meet with 179.


Mason McReaken (Centralia), a Kaskaskia College pitcher, worked three innings to improve to 4-0. McReaken, who allowed five hits, fanned five and walked two in the 5-2 win over Shawnee Community College. Kaskaskia is 29-12 overall and 13-11 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. ...

Jeff Tolliver (Salem) had a pair of multi-hit games for McKendree last week against Bellermine, though the Bearcats lost the series.

Tolliver was 4-for-5 with a double in a 9-5 loss and was 3-for-3 with two-run homer and a pair of doubles in the 10-7 contest. Tolliver scored twice and drove home two. McKendree is 9-39 overall and 8-28 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Lindenwood University-Belleville standout Pete Colclasure (Salem) had hits in all three games in the American Midwest Conference Tournament, which was held in Springfield.

In LU-Belleville's 12-4 win over Hannibal-LaGrange, Colclasure was 3-for-4 with a walk and scored three runs. The LU-Belleville junior outfielder was 2-for-4 with a walk in the 10-7 loss to Freed-Hardeman. LU-Belleville is 26-27 overall and 14-13 in the AMC. ... ...

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