Alex White, a Hillsboro graduate, wasted little time in etching his name in the record books at Parkland College.
The sophomore golfer, who helped the PC Cobras win the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship as a freshman, and three of his fellow Cobras started the season by setting a record for the lowest single round as a team.
In the opening round of the Heartland Community College Invitational, White shot a 65, the lowest of any Parkland Cobra and any golfer in the first round. Another Cobra shot a 67, while two others shot 70 to total a 272 as a team for 18 holes. It broke the old record of 277, which was set at the NJCAA Division II National Championships in 2018.
“Everything was on in the first round,” said White. “I was making all my putts and I was striking the ball very well. That first round gave us a little momentum moving forward.”
White would shoot a 76 in the second round and finish with a stroke count of 141, which was good for fourth. All four of the Parkland scoring golfers finished in the top five. They would win the ten-team tournament, which was held at the Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield. They shot a 555 to win by 13 strokes. Heartland took second with a 568.
“In the second round, I was hitting some good putts, they just were not falling like they did in the first round,” said White. “It was reflected in my score.”
Dane Huber (Hillsboro) shot a 158 for 36 holes at the Illinois Valley Community College Invite. He opened with a low round of 77 and shot an 81 in the second and final round. The Illinois College athlete shot on the IC Blue Team, which finished 10th overall with a stroke count of 657. The IC White Team took third.
Lexi Throne (Litchfield) finished 180th in the Michigan State University Spartan Invitational. The University of Illinois-Springfield cross country runner finished the 6,000-meter race in 26 minutes, 48.8 seconds. Illinois-Springfield took 13th with 415 points. Michigan State won the meet with 36 points.
Isaiah Atkins (Hillsboro) and Elijah Atkins (Hillsboro), both Greenville University cross country athletes, ran at the Augustana College hosted Brissman/Lundeen Cross Country Invitational, which was held at the Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island. Isaiah Atkins finished the 8,000-meter race in 28:58.2, which was good for 184th. Elijah Atkins took 237th in 30:10.2. They helped the GU Panthers take 11th with 312 points. University of Chicago won the meet with 38 points.
Cara Pence (Litchfield) had eight assists for North Central University lost a 3-0 decision to University of Northwestern. She also had two assists in North Central’s 3-1 loss to University of Minnesota-Morris. North Central is 4-8 overall and 1-2 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.
Becky Painter (Litchfield) made seven saves, but it was not enough to power the Parkland Cobra women’s soccer team beyond Wabash Valley College, who won a 2-0 decision. Painter, who played 90 minutes in goal, allowed two goals. Painter is 2-5 in goal. Parkland is 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
Raymond Wille (Hillsboro), a Lyon College football player, had two assisted tackles for Lyon as they lost a 76-10 decision to Ottawa University of Arizona. At the time of the contest, Ottawa of Arizona was ranked 23rd in the country among NAIA teams. Lyon is 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Jordan Ramey (Litchfield) played defense for the Lincoln Land Community College women’s soccer team as they tied John Wood Community College 1-1. Ramey did not have any stats. The LLCC Loggers are 2-7-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the MWAC.
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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at Dan62801@aol.com.