Alec Schwab has landed more recognition to cap his hoops career at Illinois Valley Community College.
The sophomore guard from St. Bede is now a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American nominee. After Schwab and Michael Harris of Region IV champion South Suburban were unanimously chosen by coaches for the Region IV first team, they automatically qualified for the Division II All-American nomination, said IVCC athletic director Tommy Canale.
Schwab, a St. Bede Academy graduate, averaged 19.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Eagles, 18-11.
Teammate Michael Murray, a sophomore from Princeton, was named second team All-Region, averaging 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2.2 steals and 1 block per game.
Freshman Jacob Fisher and the Sauk Valley Skyhawks finished the season at 21-11. The freshman from Princeton was playing behind two sophomores at the small forward position, and Sauk coach Russ Damhoff says his stats are not representative of his talent level. Damhoff looks for Fisher to have a major role in the Skyhawks’ effort for a third-straight 20-plus win season.
Freshman Kelle Nett saw action in seven games for Gustavus Adolphus College (15-11).
Sophomore Emily Considine and the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans finished the season at 18-8. The former St. Bede Lady Bruin averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Kevin Fay and William Penn University fell to Cardinal Stritch 73-59 in the NAIA Division II National championship game in Point Lookout, Mo., on Tuesday.
Fay is a former Putnam County High School standout.
Track and field
• Cody Taylor, a sophomore from Bureau Valley, was part of the Iowa Western Community College’s 3,200-meter relay team that placed eighth (8:01.97) at the NJCAA National Championships on March 1-2. He will continue to run with the Reviers as they turn to the outdoor season.
• In other conference meets, Illinois State University’s Kendall Rush, a senior from Spring Valley, placed eighth in the triple jump (39-4) and 16th in the long jump (17-3 1/4) in the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships that were held Feb. 23-24 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater sophomore Anthony Urbanski of Hall placed 10th in the 800 meters (1:56.34) in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 22-23 in Stevens Point, Wis.
• University of Illinois senior Hunter Mickow of Princeton received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. To qualify, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have either earned All-America status or finished in the NCAA region’s top 15 in 2012. Mickow carries a 3.75 GPA in the master’s program in accountancy.
Princeton’s Reid Clary is off to a hot start with the South Dakota Jackrabbits, batting .438 (7-16) in a reserve role. He went 2-for-3 with a RBI as the starting catcher in the Jacks’ most recent action on March 9 in a 5-4 loss at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. The former BCR two-time Player of the Year has played in eight games with five starts for the 8-6 Jackrabbits, a redshirt sophomore after transferring from Illinois-Springfield and sitting out the 2012 season.
Former St. Bede Bruin Nick Hueneberg, a sophomore third base man/outfielder, has started in all games for the Tiffin (Ohio) University Dragons (4-7), batting .200 (7-35). Another area collegian is Manlius’ John King, a junior pitcher at North Central College.
A local contingent of Jack Click, Michael Murray of Princeton, Kyle Pikula and Scott Coutts of Hall, and Nick Passini of St. Bede are suiting for IVCC this spring.
The hottest hitter in the Bradley University Braves lineup is former St. Bede Lady Bruin Brittany Burgess. The sophomore outfielder went 8-for-11 with five runs scored to be named to the all-tournament team at Tennessee State University on Feb. 23-24. After a slow start, the former BCR Player of the Year has raised her average to .281.
• Princeton’s Alyssa James and the Graceland University Yellowjackets are returning to action at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla., their first action since Feb. 24 in the Winter Dome Tournament at Ashford University. James, a senior second baseman, is batting .227 (5-22) with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored for the 3-5 Lady Jackets.
• Taylor Hewitt (Manlius, BV) is a freshman infielder/pitcher at Lincoln College.
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