College Report: White Takes Third At Conference Tourney

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In golf, it would have to be considered a clean sweep. 

Or maybe more than a clean sweep. Hillsboro graduate Alex White was simply part of that sweep. The Parkland College freshman would leave the Champaign Country Club, which was the site of the Mid-West Athletic Conference Championships, with a bronze medal, symbolizing third place. He would shoot a 149, completing the first 18 holes with a 76. He shot a 73 in the second and final round.

“I struggled a little bit on the first 18 holes, but I stayed mentally focused and finished with a good score,” said the Cobra freshman. “I started off really hot on the second 18 holes. I had a rough stretch on the back nine, but I was able to get back on track. I am glad I has able to help the team earn a victory. One thing I could have done better is control the numbers a little better. I needed to limit the high numbers as I had a number of bogies that simply should have not been in the picture. I did mentally focus and stay mentally strong. I had some bad breaks and several bad shots, but I knew what I had to do and was able to execute when things did not go my way.”

Parkland would earn the first three spots in the conference championships, as Parkland freshman Corey Neville won the individual title with a 143, while Cobra sophomore Scott O’Brein took second. They shot respective totals of 143 and 147 for the 36 holes. Not shockingly, the individual efforts of those three golfers along with the efforts of Joel Petersson (fifth, 151) and Jack Halstead (seventh, 155) allowed Parkland to claim the conference team title by carding a 590. 

The Cobras, who are currently ranked ninth in the country among National Junior College Athletic Association Division II teams, would win the team title by 47 strokes. Heartland Community College was second with a 637. 

“I always expect for us to win,” said White. “But every athlete wants to win by as much as possible. Me included.”

This week the Cobras will advance to the NJCAA Division II Regionals, which will be held at Panther Creek in Springfield. 

“We want to continue to win as long as possible,” said White. “The conditions might not be ideal. I just need to not dwell on the bad shots. My high school coach (Jeff Eickhoff) really pounded that home over and over again. My college coach (Corbin Sebens) and all of my teammates have made me a better player. I am excited to see where everyone heads after Parkland. I think, with many of my teammates, the potential is honestly limitless.”

Sam Painter (Litchfield) was the anchor leg on the winning 400-meter relay team at the Indiana State University-hosted Sycamore Open, which was held at Gibson Track in Terra Haute, Indiana. The Illinois Wesleyan University foursome finished in 42.33 seconds. He was also 11th in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 9.5 inches. Illinois Wesleyan took 10th with 37 points. St. Louis University won the team title with 110 points.

Kendra Jacob (Hillsboro) had a pair of multiple hit games last week. One led to a victory. In the 10-0 win over Crowley’s Ridge College, Jacob was 2-for-3 with a double. She drove home two runs and scored two runs. In the 5-0 loss to Crowley’s Ridge, Jacob was 2-for-3. She also had hits in both games with Central Baptist College. In the 10-2 loss, she was 1-for-2 with a double and walk. She drove home one of the two runs. She was 1-for-4 and scored a run in the 10-7 loss. Hannibal-LaGrange is 10-21 overall and 5-9 in the American Midwest Conference. 

Jade Taylor (Litchfield) helped Greenville University win their first game of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Taylor, who did not have any stats, started at midfield. She played 48 minutes. The Lady Panthers were ousted from the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Fontbonne University. Taylor, who once again started at midfield, played 19 minutes. Greenville is 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 

Ryan Janssen (Nokomis) was 1-for-3 as his college team, Lake Land College, lost an 8-1 battle to Danville Area Community College. Lake Land is 21-26 overall and 9-16 in the MWAC. 

Evan Hopper (Lincolnwood) walked for Blackburn College in their 12-2 victory over Eureka College. Blackburn has won four consecutive games. They are 8-18 both overall and in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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