The College Report: Ex-Panther Radtke Takes Shot Put Title


Greenville University’s Maurice Radtke, a Litchfield graduate, like many athletes, has an important decision ahead of him. 

If he does ride off into the sunset and decides to end his track career, he will do so as a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion in the shot put. The Panther thrower won the individual title with a put of 46 feet, 4.0 inches. He was almost six feet ahead of the second place competitor, Westminster College’s DeAndre White. White finished second with a throw of 40-4.25. 

“I did not hit my shift properly, but I was fast through the ring and hit a strong block allowing me to put more velocity on the shot put,” said Radtke, who threw the 14.12 meters on his final throw, which is his personal best. “I am a senior academically, but only a junior in eligibility. I have not decided what I am going to do yet. If I do return, one of my goals would be to set a new school record. The current one is 15.38 meters. I am only four feet away and would love to get it.”

The Panthers dominated the shot put. In addition to Radtke’s first place finish, they also took third, fourth and fifth. 

Radtke also scored points in the discus, finishing fifth with a throw of 109-11. 

“I don’t care much for the discus, but it was a decent day,” said Radtke. 

Isaiah Atkins (Hillsboro) and Elijah Atkins (Hillsboro) both ran in the 10,000-meter run for Greenville. Isaiah Atkins took fifth by running a time of 37 minutes, 16.54 seconds, while Elijah Atkins finished sixth with a 39:32.84. Both scored points in the event. 

Greenville dominated the team battle winning with 296 points. Webster took second with 111 points.

Sam Painter (Litchfield), an Illinois Wesleyan track athlete, scored points in two events at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships, which were hosted by Augustana College and held at Paul V. Olsen Track in Rock Island. In the 400-meter relay, Painter was the anchor leg. Painter and his three Illinois Wesleyan Titan teammates finished in :41.93 to take third. Individually the freshman sprinter/jumper took sixth with a jump 21-9. As a team, IWU took seventh with 61 points. North Central College took first with 193 points. 

Shelby Houchlei (Hillsboro) was Kaskaskia College’s pitcher of record in their 7-1 loss to John A. Logan Junior College. In 5 2/3 innings of work, Houchlei allowed one earned run on five hits. She fanned four and walked three. The contest occurred at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Region XXIV Tournament/Central District Championship. The game was held at JAL in Carterville. In the last two weeks of the regular season, Houchlei suffered the loss in KC’s 8-1 loss to Olney Central College. Houchlei, who worked seven innings, allowed one earned run on seven hits. She struck out two and walked two. Houchlei finished her season with a 16-9 mark. KC finished 23-28 overall and 13-19 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. 

Ryan Janssen (Nokomis) and Carter Sabol (Nokomis), both Lake Land College baseball players, helped the Lakers dump Shawnee Community College 24-15. Janssen was 1-for-3 and drove home one run. On the hill, Sabol worked 1 1/3 innings. He allowed one earned run on two hits. Sabol, who did not get a decision, fanned a pair and walked two. Lake Land is 27-28 overall and 13-17 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. ...

Evan Hopper (Lincolnwood) had one hit for the Blackburn College baseball team this year. Hopper, who appeared in nine games, also walked twice and drove home one run. In the field, the freshman catcher made 16 putouts, three assisted putouts and one error for a .950 fielding percentage. Blackburn finished 8-24 overall and 8-20 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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