QC Sports Shorts from May 4

Posted Online: May 04, 2013, 10:23 pm
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College softball
MCC Tournament: Jenna Harshbarger tossed a three-hit shutout, and Kristen Paulson and Erin O'Donnell had big days offensively to lead top-seeded St. Ambrose to today's winners' bracket finals with a 5-0 victory over Clarke. The win was the 15th straight for the Queen Bees (39-13). Paulson hit a two-run homer to highlight a four-run, second-inning for the hosts, with action moved indoors by rain to the St. Ambrose Dome. O'Donnell also had three hits, including a triple, and two RBIs against Clarke (9-26) and star pitcher Danielle Stralow, of Morrison.

College baseball
Black Hawk sweeps: Moline's Seth Fuller and Erie-Prophetstown's Eann Cox both tossed complete-game shutouts to power the Braves to a pair of wins at Heartland, 2-0 and 5-0. Fuller (3-1) and Cox (4-3) combined to allow seven hits and three walks vs. 15 strikeouts, 10 of them by Cox. Assumption's Tommy Argo also went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the nightcap, and Jake Johnson drove in runs in both games for BHC (29-15), which goes for a 13th straight win today to open a twinbill at Illinois Valley to end the regular season.

MCC Tournament: St. Ambrose reached the late-night championship round at Davenport's Modern Woodmen Park with a 4-2 win over top-seeded William Penn in the day's first game. Zach Rohlf (5-5) extinguished any comeback hopes for the Statesmen (23-18) with four scoreless innings of relief. The Fighting Bees (15-25) took advantage of a fielding error in the second and a wild pitch on a strikeout in the sixth to forge a pair of leads. Luke Flanagan broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with a sacrifice fly, and Adonis Brown gave the hosts some breathing room with a two-out RBI single.

College women's lacrosse
Augustana 10, North Central 9: Emily Handrahan (35th of the season) and Allie Roehrenbeck (27th) scored goals less than 90 seconds apart in the final 4:25, and the Lady Vikings (16-3) clinched an NCAA Division III Tournament bid by rallying from a late comeback by North Central (12-5). Augie's CCIW rivals rallied from an 8-3 deficit with 15:24 remaining to tie the score 8-8 with 5:48 left. Handrahan's second goal of the game came with 4:25 showing on an assist by Roehrenbeck, who also scored at the 2:59 mark. Rebecca Pollard led the Vikes with three goals and an assist.

College men's track & field
CCIW Championships: Alex Rindone won four times in leading the Augustana Vikings to a second-place finish at the CCIW Men's Track & Field Championships held at Millikin University. The senior sprint standout won the 100 (11.04) and 200 (21.70) and anchored the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

The Vikings had three other individual winners: Keith Sands won the 5,000 in a time of 14:48.78 ahead of Moline's fifth-place Jonathan Smith (14:52.68); David Voland (52.84) won the 400 hurdles; and Greg Patton (48.26) won the 400 ahead of third-place teammate Antonio Owens (48.81). Patton also finished second to Rindone in the 200 with a time of 22.31.

With Rindone on the 4x100 relay (41.62) were David Devore, Patton and Jay Graffagna. Rounding out the 4x400 relay (3:15.87) were Dan Doubet, Owens and Voland.

The Vikings totaled 216 points but finished behind North Central (264), which won its 35th outdoor title.

MCC Championships: St. Ambrose (102 points) trails Grand View (138) with half of the events remaining for today's last of two days in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Wes Vaden won the shot put and finished third in the discus for the Fighting Bees. Ryan Buchanan (10,000) and Kaz Johnson (high jump) also were runners-up in their events for SAU, and Joseph Torres (high jump) and Nick Wager (pole vault) earned third-place points for the hometown team.

College women's track
CCIW Championships: The Augustana Vikings finished fourth with 117 points, placing behind North Central (228.50), Illinois Wesleyan (170.50) and Carthage (129) at the CCIW Championships at Millikin.Distance phenom Sarabeth Jones won both the 5000 (17:28.01, winning by nearly 15 seconds) and 10,000 (37:22.36). Kierra Smith also won twice for Augie, sweeping the hurdles with times of 15.17 in the 100 and 1:01.56 in the 400. Rock Island's Jessica Bacon was second in both the 800 (2:17.16) and 1500 (4:39.11) and placed third in the 5000 (17:46.98).

MCC Championships: St. Ambrose (93 points) owns an 11-point lead on the six-team field heading into today's second and final day of competition in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Morgan Meseke (10,000) and Jaclyn Scavuzzo (pole vault) both won events for the Queen Bees. Mandy Streu also finished second in the shot and third in the discus. Mary Adlfinger (10,000), Tara Goehrke (400 hurdles) and Celeste Raya (pole vault) also got third-place points for SAU.

College men's tennis
CCIW Tournament: Augustana finished fourth at the league meet in Bloomington, falling to Carthage, 5-4, in the bronze-medal match indoors at the Evergreen Raquet Club. Kevin Bayles won both his singles (No. 4) and doubles (No. 3) matches, pairing with Will Palmer in the latter. Augie also got victories from Patrick Lenz (No. 6 singles) and the Jack Cullen-Colin Arnold tandem (No. 2 doubles).

College men's golf
Midwest Conference Championship: St. Norbert (783 strokes) won the title for the first time, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championships by edging Monmouth by five shots at Rockford's Aldeen Golf Club. The three-day tournament was shortened to 45 holes by rain Friday. Britt Bothast (195) led the Fighting Scots by finishing third overall. Ryan Suttles (197) and Cory Fell (198) also finished in the all-conference Top 10 for Monmouth.

College honors
Academic All-District 5: St. Ambrose standouts Zach Rohlf (Davenport), Niki Green (DeWitt), Erin O'Donnell (Evergreen Park, Ill.) and Sarah Frerichs (Fisher, Ill.) have been named to the Capital One baseball and softball teams. As voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the playing field and in the classroom. Nominees must be starters or important reserves, sophomores or older, with at least a 3.30 GPA. The quartet is among the representatives from NAIA and two-year colleges from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin. They move on to the Academic All-America ballot.

Prep girls' soccer
Orion-Sherrard 6, Rockford East 0: Malerie West and Alicia Sierer each scored a pair of goals, and Orion-Sherrard (12-4-2) capped a successful two-game weekend visit to Rockford. Baillie McCunn also scored a goal and added three assists. West also assisted on two of the scores, and Sydney Early added a goal on a direct free kick.

Prep boys' tennis
Moline round-robin: In place of the two-day, rain-canceled Moline Invitational, the hosts played a round-robin format with Rockford Guilford, South Elgin and Morton. Moline's only unbeaten entrant in the three-match day was the No. 2 doubles team of Derrick Stabler and Will Wallace. The rest of Moline's entrants were a combined 4-5.

Prep boys' track & field
Thornton Classic: Marquez Ryan (high jump) and Kyle Moore (pole vault) won events for Moline (59 points), which finished fourth in the seven-team field of Chicagoland heavyweights. Zach Gray (1600) and Matt Tuttle-Timm (3200) also just missed wins for the Maroons. Moline got third-place points from Matt Roche (400) and the 4x800 relay team of Roche, Gray, Jacob Barr and Koffivi Vonor. Evanston (167 points) won the event with eight first-place finishes.


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