Area collegiate athletes are back on campus. Here’s a quick review:
• Sophomore Taylor Hewitt (Bureau Valley) wracked up 45 digs and 27 points for Lincoln College in its four-match sweep of its own Hampton Inn Classic last week. She also is a member of the Lynx softball team.
• Hall graduate Kelle Nett, a sophomore for Gustavus Adolphus College, had 37 kills as the Gussies went 3-1 to place second in their own tournament over the weekend. Nett had a match-high 13 kills in a 3-0 win over Bethany Lutheran.
• Former St. Bede and IVCC standout Hailee Brayton is knocking ‘em down for Augustana College this season. The Lady Vikings junior had 11 kills in a 3-2 loss to Dubuque on Oct. 10. For the season, she has 50 kills and a team-high 16 blocks.
• Another St. Bede product, Bethany Stavrakas, a sophomore middle blocker for Beloit College, had six aces, 63 digs and 26 kills in six matches for the Lady Bucs (3-3).
• Other area volleyballers are Princeton’s Allie Youngren, a junior MH for North Central, and Spring Valley’s Amy Stanke (St Bede), a sophomore DS for Webster University in St. Louis.
• Three area products are suiting up for their senior season for football at Monmouth College. Quarterback Brik Wedekind (Princeton) threw for 231 yards and three TDs to help coach Steve Bell celebrate his 100th career victory at Monmouth. He also averaged 47.8 yards on four punts.
In the season opener, Wedekind threw for 267 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions in a 23-22 loss to Coe College. Bureau Valley’s Ryan Hix (8 tackles) and Austin Peterson (7 catches, 70 yards) also gave big contributions for the Scots.
• Former Bureau Valley standout Michael Weidner is a senior linebacker for North Central College. His brother, Adam, is not playing football this fall for NCC, now focusing solely on throwing weights for the Cardinals track and field team.
• Tiskilwa’s Jacob Robison (PHS) is a senior tackle for Rockford College.
• LaMoille’s Lorraine Stamberger has chipped in for two winning efforts for Augustana College. The junior, two-year letter winner placed eighth (19:07) in the Sept. 6 Bradley Invite and 11th (16:09) in the season-opening Fighting Bee Opener at St. Ambrose.
• Three former Hall runners are teaming up for the Mount Mercy University Mustangs. T.J. Mosbach, a senior, placed seventh in the Mustangs’ season-opening Mustang Gallop 5K with a time of 17:24. Sophomore Liz Mosbach led the Mount Mercy women to a first-place team finish with a winning effort of 16:44. Freshman Katie Hoffert came in 12th (17:32).
• In Normal, former Hall standout and BCR Runner of the Year Scott Janusick finished seventh for Illinois State University, 14th overall (13:16.11) in the Redbirds’ season-opener at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa County. Kimi Sanden, a sophomore from Bureau Valley, came in 16th (11:58.69) for the ISU women.
• Spring Valley’s Daniela Acamovic (Hall) is a senior runner for the University of St. Francis. Wyanet’s Derrick Johnson (Bureau Valley), is redshirting his sophomore year at Eastern Illinois University.
Ashford University sophomore Alizabeth Fiorini (Princeton) recorded a 97 in the Augustana Invite at Highland Springs Golf Course in Rock Island.
Bekki Prokup (St. Bede) is a senior member of the golf team at Quincy University. Another former Lady Bruin and BCR Golfer of the Year, Katie Gregorich, a junior for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, shot a 197 to place 25th in the UW-Oshkosh Invite on Sept. 7-8.
Jordan Twidell, senior from Bureau Valley, was the co-leader for Judson University with an 80, placing 38th overall, in the season-opening St. Francis Fall Classic.
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