On campus report
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
By Dan Chamness
GateHouse News Service
Posted Sep 07, 2010 @ 11:26 PM
Freeport, Ill. — If the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has a freshman of the year, Galena grad Matt Hillard might be the shoe-in-winner.
Especially if the Loras freshman can have more games like his Saturday contest against Elmhurst. The Bluejays won the contest 26-14, but Hillard finished the contest with seven carries for 136 yards. Over half of his yards came on a 72-yard run at the 1:32 mark of the second quarter. The touchdown tied the contest 7-7. Loras held the ball for less than one minute on the drive, completing two plays in 54 seconds.
Fellow Galena grads and Loras football team members Gavin Kaiser and Jasper Henderson, as well as Durand grad Kyle DeMus, an Elmhurst senior, also played in the contest. Kaiser finished with 105 all-purpose yards. He had three kickoff returns for 69 yards, four catches for 29 yards and one carry for seven yards. Henderson finished with two solo tackles. DeMus had one solo tackle. It was the season opener for both teams.
Luther took it on the chin in its first game of the 2010 season as, losing 28-21 to St. Olaf. Former Warren football player Kyle McGivney, a Luther junior linebacker, finished the contest with 25 tackles, six of which were solos. Fellow Warren grad Jered Bourquin, also a Luther junior, finished with 34 receiving yards on four catches. Freeport grad Jared Krawczyk started on the Luther offensive line, helping the Norse finish with 336 yards of offense. Of those yards, 197 came through the air. Luther is 0-1.
North Central’s Matt Wenger returned to the gridiron after missing all but one game of the 2009 season due to an ACL tear. The Dakota grad, who helped North Central post a 41-7 triumph over Cornell, finished the contest with five tackles. Of his tackles, three were solos. He also had two tackles for five yards of loss. North Central is 1-0.
The Elmhurst volleyball team is 3-1 after the Elmhurst College Invitational. The Lady Jays defeated Gustavus Adolphus (3-0), Trine (3-1) and Saint Mary’s (3-0). They were defeated 3-2 by University of Chicago. Former Aquin volleyball player Erin Thill, an Elmhurst sophomore, finished the four matches with 46 assists and 13 digs. Her best outing was against Trine as she had 15 assists, five digs and four kills.
Eureka’s Steve Snider, an Orangeville grad, had four tackles (one solo) as Eureka bowed to Benedictine 42-7. Eureka is 0-1.
Christine Williams (Stockton) and Damaris Linker (Eastland) helped Quincy top Alderson-Broaddus College 3-2 for their first win of the year. Williams finished with 11 kills, 10 digs and three blocks (one solo). Linker tallied three digs. The match was the final match of the Quincy University Tournament. The Lady Hawks are 1-3.
Northern Illinois senior defensive end Jake Coffman, a Forreston grad, had two tackles (one solo) as NIU lost a 27-10 decision to Iowa State. Coffman was in on a tackle for one yard of loss. Northern Illinois is 0-1.
Rockford College lost a 41-7 battle to Dubuque in its season opener. Brandon Houghton, a Rockford senior and Dakota grad, had two assisted tackles. Fellow Rockford player Sam McNutt, a Warren grad, finished with one assisted tackle. Rockford slipped to 0-1 with the loss.
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This story appeared at http://www.journalstandard.com/sports/x353263426/On-campus-report on September 7, 2010.