Illinois Valley Community College sophomore guard Alec Schwab of Peru has been named Region IV, District A, Division II player of the week.
Schwab, a graduate of St. Bede Academy, scored 53 points, including a season-high 33 in a pair of wins over Ancilla, Ind., and the Aurora University junior varsity. He shot six of 10 from three -point range, had five steals and four assists in the two games combined.
With 10 wins against only three losses, IVCC is off to its best start in years. The Eagles next game is at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at Chicago’s United Center vs. Prairie State. The team and fans will then stay for the 7 p.m. Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game.
IVCC’s men and women open Arrow-head Conference play at home Jan. 10 vs. Kishwaukee starting at 5:30 p.m.
• Other area college cagers include LaMoille’s Chelsea Gross, a senior at Monmouth College; Lindsay Wallaert, a senior at Lake Forrest College; Emily Cons-dine, a sophomore at Illinois Wesleyan; and Princeton’s Jacob Fisher, a freshmen at Sauk Valley Community College.
Indoor track and field
• Two Bureau County athletes, Kendall Rush and Kimi Sanden, teamed up for a third-place finish (4:16.4) on Illinois State University women’s 1,600 meter relay in the ISU Open on Dec. 8. Rush, a senior from Hall, also won the triple jump and took second in the long jump. Sanden, a freshman from Bureau Valley, placed fifth in the 800 meters (2:24.03).
• Former Bureau Valley standout Derrick Johnson, a freshman from Wyanet, is running for Eastern Illinois University.
Two local players from the 2012 Monmouth College softball team were recently named All-America Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
Outfielders Brittany Forney (Spring Valley/Hall) and Samantha Sons (Dalzell, St. Bede) were one of six Fighting Scots named to the team based on last season’s grade point average. To be eligible for All-America Scholar Athlete recognition, nominees must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Forney, who graduated in May and now teaches fourth grade at Spring Valley JFK, played in 31 of the Scots’ 36 games. She hit .257 and drove in 11 runs, tying for fifth on the team in RBIs. The Midwest Conference this spring also named Forney to the league’s Academic All-Conference team.
Sons, a senior, majoring in communication and public relations, started in 26 of her 27 games last spring. A fleet-footed outfielder, she committed just one error last season, tops among outfielders. Sons was also named Academic All-Midwest Conference.