Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013, 11:12 pm
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QC college men's basketball
Clarke 70, SAU 63: On a night when St. Ambrose sophomore standout Nick Frazier reached a career milestone, the Fighting Bees (9-18, 3-8 MCC) had a very forgettable outing in the Midwest Collegiate Conference setback.
Frazier came into the game needing just 12 points to be the third sophomore to reach 1,000 points and had that by the midway point in the first half to join Josh Miller and Jeff Stowasser with that accomplishment. Frazier finished with a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Darren Galloway scored 17 points and hauled down eight rebounds and Moline's Justin Blondell scored 14 points. SAU had only five players score, with only two points added off the bench with Michael Knoll's late bucket.
The final few minutes couldn't have gone much worse for the Fighting Bees, who were right in the game with five minutes left. The Bees turned the ball over three times in the final two minutes, had defensive breakdowns that allowed Clarke open drives to the hoop, and were out-hustled down the stretch.
Kris Brooks led four Clarke players in double-digit scoring, pouring in 17 points with the help of 9-of-11 free-throw shooting, He also hauled down a game-high 16 rebounds.
QC college women hoops
SAU 78, Clarke 64: Katie Jensen's 15-point, eight-rebound first half gave the St. Ambrose Queen Bees a nice start and a 47-27 halftime lead en route to the Midwest Collegiate Conference road victory. Jensen finished off her double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds to help the Queen Bees (21-6, 7-4 MCC) secure third place and a first-round home game in next week's MCC Tournament. Jensen had plenty of support as Lauren Cash poured in 17 points, Sam Saladino dropped in 14 and freshman reserve Devan Griffin added 10 points and hauled down five rebounds. Cash also grabbed five rebounds to go with five steals. The Queen Bees close out the regular season at home on Saturday vs. AIB.
QC college men's volleyball
SAU tops St. Xavier: The records deceived in this one as the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees (11-3, 7-1 MAMVIC) had to rally to get past visiting St. Xavier (2-10, 2-6) by games scores of 25-14, 24-26, 25-17, 29-27 and 15-8. George Langheld and Dan Dierking each shared kill honors for SAU with 12 and also logged 10 digs. Corey Grove led SAU with 21 digs and Ryan Kristensen stepped up with 54 assists on SAU's 70 kills.
QC college softball
Augie picked T3 in CCIW: The Augustana College softball team has been picked by league coaches to finish tied for third in the 2013 CCIW race. A preseason poll of league coaches was released on Wednesday. Illinois Wesleyan and Carthage, which tied for the 2012 crown, were picked first and second, respectively, in the poll. IWU garnered six first-place votes and 46 points with Carthage nabbing the other first-place nods and 44 points. The Vikings totaled 33 points, tying them with North Central in the poll. Rounding out the poll were Millikin (23-18, 9-5, 29 points); Elmhurst (25-16, 7-7, 16 points); Wheaton (22-18, 4-10, 15 points); and North Park (22-18, 3-11, eight points).
Augie coach Kris Kistler's club finished 25-13 last season and in fifth place in the CCIW with a 6-8 record. The Vikings return six starting position players – led by junior shortstop Krista Watson – and pitching ace Sarah Hintz, a junior who is two-time team MVP.
The Vikings open the 2013 season with a doubleheader against Ave Maria in Clermont, Fla., on Feb. 23.
QC college baseball
Augie tabbed fifth in CCIW poll: The coaches of CCIW baseball teams have made their preseason predictions and voted Augie as the fifth-best team in the league. In poll results released Wednesday, Coach Greg Wallace's Vikings received
Augie returns seven of nine starting position players from last season's 25-17 club that finished tied with Wheaton and Elmhurst for third place in the conference at 11-10.
Illinois Wesleyan (31-17, 12-9 CCIW in 2012) received five first-place votes in the poll and totaled 47 points. North Park (32-14, 14-7) had 40 points and two first place votes. Carthage (21-17, 9-12) was third with 31 points and North Central (20-19, 9-12), which received the other first-place vote, was fourth with 30 points. Augustana totaled 28 points, followed by Wheaton (22-18, 11-10 – 23 points), Elmhurst (23-20, 11-10 – 18 points) and Millikin (12-28, 7-14 – seven points).
The Vikings open the 2013 season on Feb. 21 against Brandeis in Winter Haven, Fla.