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Standridge's Rockford College hitting streak reaches 35 games

Monday, May 03, 2010  
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By Jay Taft
Posted May 03, 2010 @ 09:34 PM

Rockford College outfielder Kyle Standridge extended his season-long hitting streak to 35 games this weekend, which now ranks as the 16th longest hitting streak in NCAA Division III history.

Standridge mustered a 1-for-5 performance in Sunday’s Game 1 loss to Concordia Chicago, and then went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the Game 2 victory.

A Minnesota D-III player, Augsburg College’s Joe Pierce, saw his 31-game hitting streak come to an end over the weekend, leaving Standridge as the only one left at that level with a season-long streak at the plate.

"Kyle just keeps it going,” Regents head coach Bob Koopmann said. "He may hit in every game this year; he’s the kind of kid that could do it.”

Rockford (24-10-1, 16-4 NAC) hosts Illinois Wesleyan at 6 p.m. Tuesday before wrapping up the regular season on the road against North Central (Wednesday) and Benedictine (Sunday). The Regents host the NAC baseball tourney starting on May 14.

Two NIU coaches bail out
A pair of Northern Illinois head coaches recently announced they will be stepping down.

Women’s basketball coach Carol Owens, a Hall of Fame player for Northern Illinois from 1985-90, said last week she felt this was the right time for her to "turn the program over to new leadership.” Owens finished with a 66-81 record in five seasons as NIU’s head coach, highlighted by a 19-12 mark in 2006-07.

NIU’s head wrestling coach Dave Grant will retire from coaching following the 2011 season, the 14-year NIU veteran announced last week. At the end of the 2011 season, Grant will have spent 26 years as a collegiate wrestling coach, including 25 on the Division I level. He is one of only two wrestling coaches in NIU history with over 100 dual meet victories (122).

Huskies in NFL camps
NIU offensive lineman Eddie Adamski signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, while punter Mike Salerno took part in last week’s Chicago Bears Rookie Camp. They joined Jason Onyebuagu, who tried out for the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend, as the most recent former NIU football players to participate in NFL camps.

Vandiver still grappling
Chad Vandiver (Harlem, NIU) became a national runner-up at the Senior Mens Nationals Greco Roman Wrestling championships in Cleveland on April 24. Vandiver  defeated current world team member and No. 1 seed Jeremiah Davis to advance to the finals.

Miles provides lift
The 10th-seeded UW-Whitewater women’s bowling team reached the second round of the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championship in El Paso, Texas, before bowing out last month. Freshman Katelyn Miles (Jefferson) had the Warhawks’ third-highest game (240) and fourth-highest series (610) of the season, and was part of the team’s top single game score (977).

Kellen finishes strong
The Illinois State men’s golf team, led by Jeff Kellen (Rockford Lutheran), finished in third place at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships last Tuesday. Kellen, who finished tied for eighth place after firing a 23-over-par 233 (82-75-76), wound up with his second All-Valley selection.

College reporter Jay Taft can be reached at 815-987-1384 or

This story appeared at on May 3, 2010.

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