Illinois Valley Community College’s sophomore guard tandem of Alec Schwab and Michael Murray have been honored by the Arrowhead Conference.
Schwab of Peru, a graduate of St. Bede Academy, was named first team all-conference and Murray, a Princeton High School graduate, was named to the second team.
Schwab averaged 21.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in conference and Murray averaged 14.2 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the free throw line.
The 2013 co-BCR Athletes of the Year have been teamed up for quite the 1-2 punch for the Eagles, especially of late. Murray had 20 points with 15 rebounds while Schwab added 19 points in Saturday’s 82-77 win over Olive-Harvey. The game they combined for 48 had Murray firing in 28 in an 85-81 win at Black Hawk East on Feb. 21.
• Two area players met on the hardwood at Monmouth College on Feb. 16, wrapping up their senior seasons on the hardwood.
Cherry's Lindsay Wallaert had eight points with seven rebounds for Lake Forest in a season-ending loss to Monmouth College. On the other side of the court, LaMoille’s Chelsea Gross got the start in her final game at MC’s Glennie Gym, scoring five points with two steals in 10 minutes for the Fighting Scots.
Monmouth fell to Cornell 63-52 in the championship game of the Midwest Conference Tournament play Saturday at Mount Vernon, Iowa. Gross played but did not score.
• Two Putnam County products are having solid seasons. Junior Kevin Fay had a game-high 22 points for William Penn University in a 74-62 win over Grand View on Feb. 16. Former PC teammate Anthony Ahlers, a senior for Judson University, had 12 points and seven rebounds in a 70-60 win over Roosevelt on Feb. 13 in Elgin, his final home game for the Eagles.
Other area players include: Princeton’s Jacob Fisher, a freshman at Sauk Valley, Spring Valley’s Kelle Nett, a freshman at Gustavus Adolphus College and St. Bede’s Emily Considine, a sophomore at Illinois Wesleyan.
Track and field
• Adam Weidner, and the North Central College Cardinals claimed the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Indoor Championship for the 13th consecutive year at Kenosha, Wis., over the weekend. The fourth-ranked Cardinals won six of the 17 events and totaled 250 points, Weidner chipped in a third-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 50 feet, 1 1/4 inches.
Weidner, the BCR Track and Athlete of the Year for 2012, from Bureau Valley, recorded a school freshman record for North Central College, tossing the shot put 50-10 3/4 in a winning effort at the Feb. 8-9 Chicagoland Indoor Championships.
Three of Weidner’s classmates are also making their first go-around in college track — Kimi Sanden (distance, ISU), Derrick Johnson (distance, Eastern Illinois) and Natalie Swanson (weights, North Park University).
Bureau Valley product Cody Taylor is a sophomore distance runner for Iowa Western College.
• University of Illinois senior Hunter Mickow of Princeton ran a career-best time of 14:19.82 in the 5,000 meters to place 14th in the Big 10 Championships in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 23. The Illini men finished second as a team, their best finish since 2000.
• Augustana College sophomore Lorraine Stamberger of LaMoille took part in Augustana College’s 3,200-meter relay team that clocked a new PepsiCo Center record (9:34.93) at the Feb. 14 Augustana Invitational in Rock Island. She also placed placed third in the 600 meters (1:46.53.
Hall has produced five track and field athletes with Kendall Rush (jumps) and Scott Janusick (distance) at ISU, brother T.J. and sister Liz Mosbach at Mt. Mercy University and Anthony Urbanski (400, 800 meters, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater).
Two area players are swinging away in softball. Princeton’s Alyssa James, a senior infielder and the Graceland University Yellowjackets (3-6) have eight games under their belt, including a trip to Texas. James went 2-4 with an RBI in a 4-1 win over Waldorf in the Winter Dome Classic in Davenport, Iowa on Sunday. Graceland travels to Wichita, Kan. on Friday for the Friends University Tournament.
At Bradley, Brittany Burgess (St. Bede), and the Lady Braves are off to an 8-6 start with a trip to Fort Collins, Colo. on deck this weekend.