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Regents happily, and successfully, make winter leap

Wednesday, December 01, 2010  
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By Jay Taft
Posted Dec 01, 2010 @ 07:14 PM

Rockford College athletes and fans were happy to jump into winter sports. An 0-10 football season will do that.

Now the Regents are posting more positive headlines. This week, Rockford players earned Northern Athletics Conference Player of the Week awards.

Senior Megan Lawler led Rockford (2-3) to a 2-0 mark while averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. She also recorded her second and third double-doubles of the season.

Senior Robert Malone averaged 22.3 points and 8.7 boards for the Regents (3-3) last week, and in Wednesday’s victory at Knox College, he went off for 30 points and 13 rebounds.

Rockford ends with awards

Despite a winless campaign, Rockford still placed six players on the Northern Athletics Conference all-conference football team as voted on by coaches.

Senior linebacker Josh Ross was a first teamer, while four others received Honorable Mention: Linebacker Brent Alexander; offensive lineman Cordell Chavers; linebacker Kurt Kabala; and defensive lineman Chris Scott. Offensive lineman Greg Wilken was named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Schwarz finishes strong

Valparaiso fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ryan Schwarz (Boylan) was named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Schwarz is the first Crusader men’s soccer player to earn Academic All-American honors.

Schwarz, a two-time Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year, posted seven wins this season and set career bests for goals-against average (0.93) and save percentage (.806). He had four shutouts, giving him 17 in his career, the most in Crusader history.

Schwarz also ended his career as Valpo’s all-time leader in GAA (1.45) and third in program history in saves (291).

Catching up

Carroll College senior DB Nick Schwartz (Hononegah) recently was named all-conference for the second year in a row. He had a sack and fumble recovery in his last play in college football.

Concordia-Chicago’s Jeff Weberg (Rockford Lutheran) was 7 for 7 with 16 points in the second half in a 68-67 overtime win over Lakeland. He finished with 23 points.

Junior Bill Clift (Byron), a cross country and track runner for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, helped his team finish second at the NCAA Midwest Regionals and fourth at last week’s NCAA nationals. Clift finished 83rd.

Junior defensive end Michael Prosser (Hononegah) earned NAIA Defensive Player of the Game honors for No. 3 Saint Xavier in its 66-19 victory over Cumberlands (Ky.) in first-round action of the 2010 NAIA FCS playoffs. Prosser had a team-best 11 tackles, including a sack. Sophomore end Wes Gastel (Freeport) had four catches for 72 yards and a TD, while sophomore receiver Shane Zackery (Boylan) hauled in three receptions for 64 yards and a TD.

Trent Miller (Guilford) of Dominican was named to Northern Athletics Conference All Freshman Men’s Soccer Team.

Jay Taft’s Quick Shots on college sports appears Thursday. He can be reached at
815-987-1384 or

This story appeared at on December 1, 2010.

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