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Tuesday, October 05, 2010  
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By Dan Chamness
GateHouse News Service
Posted Oct 05, 2010 @ 10:55 PM

Freeport, Ill. —
When Freeport grad Courtney Pehl and Pearl City grad Nicole Lawler both post double-doubles, the Rockford College volleyball team has a great chance of winning.

The Lady Regents downed Lakeland 3-2 this week for their second win of the year and their first Northern Athletics Conference victory. Pehl, a junior setter, finished the five-match set with 42 assists, 11 digs, three kills, two aces and two block assists. Lawler, a sophomore, had 13 digs and 11 kills. She also had three block assists, two assists and two aces. Lawler finished the contest with a .233 hitting percentage.

With the win, Rockford snapped a nine-match losing streak. The Lady Regents improved to 2-11 overall and 1-4 in the NAC.

The Northern Illinois football team has posted two big wins in the past two weeks. On Saturday the Huskies downed Akron 50-14 to win their Mid-American Conference opener. Former Forreston football player Jake Coffman finished the contest with three tackles, two of which were solos. He sacked the Akron quarterback once for a six-yard loss. NIU downed Minnesota 34-23 the week before. Coffman finished with two tackles (one solo) against the Golden Gophers. He had one tackle for two yards of loss. NIU is 3-2 overall.

Former Freeport volleyball player Kelsey Hoefer, a Towson sophomore, pounded down nine kills as Towson blanked Maryland-Baltimore County. Hoefer also had seven block assists and two assists in the contest. Towson is 12-6 overall.

Ryan Stodden, a Galena grad, had 11 tackles in the Dubuque football team’s 24-22 loss to Coe. The Dubuque defensive player led his team in total tackles, solo tackles (seven) and assisted tackles. Fellow Galena grad Skyler Gebhard put Dubuque’s first points on the board by kicking a 27-yard field goal with 5:23 left in the first quarter. He also kicked one extra point. Dubuque is 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Orangeville grad Leslie White, a senior with the Wisconsin-Platteville volleyball team, had 19 digs in the Pioneeers’ 3-2 loss to Wisconsin-Eau Claire. White finished with four digs and three aces in Wisconsin-Platteville’s 3-0 triumph over Wisconsin-Superior. Wisconsin-Platteville is 12-3 overall and 3-2 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Elmhurst football team blasted North Park 45-0 to earn its fourth win of the season, against no defeats, and its first College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin victory of the year. Former Durand player Kyle DeMus, a senior, finished with nine tackles (five solos). The Bluejay defensive player did plenty of work in the backfield, as he made three tackles for 23 yards of loss. One of his tackles was a sack for 13 yards of loss.

Polo grad Brian Tyne, a Bradley harrier, placed 99th at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, hosted by Loyola. Tyne finished the 8,000-meter race in 26 minutes, 24 seconds. Bradley took 16th with 395 points. Windsor, a Canadian school in Ontario, won the meet with 110 points.

Galena grad Taylor Soat, a sophomore with the MacMurray volleyball team, has 66 kills, 62 blocks (35 solos) and three digs this season. Soat leads the Highlanders in blocks, solo blocks and block assists. She is second on the team in kills. Soat has played in 12 matches and made two starts. MacMurray is 2-10 overall and 1-3 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Freeport grad Broc Kundert had five solo tackles as the Wisconsin-Platteville football team lost a 49-17 decision to Wisconsin-Whitewater. Wisconsin-Whitewater is the defending NCAA Division III national champions and the top-ranked team in the country. Kundert had a tackle for three yards of loss. Wisconsin-Platteville is 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Quincy volleyball team lost two matches in Great Lakes Valley Conference play this week. Former Stockton volleyball player Christine Williams had her best match of the week in QU’s 3-0 loss to Indianapolis. She finished with six digs and three kills. Damaris Linker, an Eastland grad, had six assists and six digs in a 3-0 loss to Saint Joseph’s College. Quincy slipped to 2-13 overall and 0-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Kyle McGivney, a Warren grad, had 11 tackles in Luther’s 30-24 victory over Simpson College. McGivney, a junior linebacker, recorded five solo tackles and six assisted tackles in the win. McGivney also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the first quarter that gave the Norse and early 7-0 lead. A pre-season All-American, McGivney is leading Division III with 83 tackles in four games, that includes 25 solo and four for loss.

North Central’s Nick Dace was named one of the CCIW’s Football Player of the Week Monday. Dace, a freshman kicker and Freeport grad, kicked four extra points and three field goals to account for 13 points in the Cardinals’ victory over Carthage. He made a 22-yard field goal as time ran out in the second quarter, then added a 27-yarder early in the fourth quarter before converting a 49-yard attempt with 5:35 remaining in the game. His 49-yard conversion was the second-longest made field goal in school history.

This story appeared at http://www.journalstandard.com/sports/x1594961146/On-campus-report on
October 5, 2010.

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