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On Campus Report: Staub claims conference title at MSOE

Thursday, February 24, 2011  
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By Daniel L. Chamness
For The Journal-Standard
Posted Feb 24, 2011 @ 10:19 PM

Dakota has long had some dominant wrestlers.

Caleb Staub, a Milwaukee School of Engineering sophomore, is just the latest example of a Dakota wrestler moving onto the college ranks and showing his dominance at the next level. Staub only wrestled two matches to win the 184-pound Northern Wrestling Association Conference title.

Both wins were decisive as he defeated Knox College’s Isaac Juarez by fall at the 1:59 mark. He defeated Concordia University-Wisconsin’s Shane Brandl by major decision, 16-3, in the title match.

Staub and two other Raiders won NWAC individual titles to help them finish second in the team battle. They scored 94.5 points, losing only to Lakeland College, which finished first with 102 points.

Carthage College’s Christine Nelson (Dakota) and Aurora University’s Carly Blask (Forreston) each scored points for their teams at the Chicagoland Championships, which was held at North Central College. Both were involved in relay races. Nelson helped the Carthage 1,600-meter relay take third in 4 minutes, 5.85 seconds. Blask was on the Aurora 800-meter relay, which took fourth in 1:53.40.

As a team, Carthage took third with 92 points. Aurora finished 13th with eight points. North Central College took first with 153.33 points.

The Rockford College women’s basketball team won its final three games of the regular season, including the final game, the NAC Challenge over Edgewood College. The Regents topped Milwaukee School of Engineering (77-61) and Edgewood (59-55). Megan Lawler (Pearl City) and Dani Buttel (Pecatonica) both scored in double figures for the Rockford Lady Regents in their win over MSOE.

Lawler, an RC senior, finished with 16 points by draining 7-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed five boards and had two steals. Buttell emerged off the bench and hit 4-of-4 from the field and 3-of-4 from the stripe to finish with 11 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Fellow Rockford players Nicole Lawler (Pearl City) and Nicole Olson (Eastland) each had their best games of the week against Edgewood. Nicole Lawler, a Regent sophomore, finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and two steals. She hit 5-of-11 field goals. Olson had five points and three assists.

Rockford will enter the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament with a 13-12 overall record. They finished the NAC season with a 10-7 mark. They will enter as the sixth seed and will travel to Concordia University-Wisconsin to play the Lady Falcons tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Southeast Missouri State Unviersity got 10 points from Courtney Shiffer (Freeport), but it was not enough to power SEMO beyond University of Tennessee-Martin. In the 85-55 SEMO loss, Shiffer, who hit 5-of-10 field goals, also had six rebounds. Fellow SEMO player Katie Norman (Freeport) finished with eight points in 13 minutes of play.

In SEMO’s 54-34 loss to Murray State, Shiffer finished with seven points and five rebounds, while Norman had six points and three rebounds. The SEMO Lady Redhawks have lost three consecutive games and are 8-18 overall and 4-12 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Augustana College slipped to 22-2 overall and 11-2 in the College Conference of Illinois Wisconsin after losing to North Central 50-46. Augustana got two points from Chris Anderson (West Carroll), who played 12 minutes. Their CCIW destiny is in their own hands. While the NCC Cardinals, who are 11-3 in league play, do not have any CCIW contests left, the Vikings will play the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans tonight in Bloomington. If Augustana loses, they will share the CCIW season title with the NCC Cardinals.

If they win, they claim the title outright. As of the February 13 poll posted by D3Hoops.com, Augie is ranked third. IWU has been ranked in the nation as well, but are not at this time.

In the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 82-54 loss to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Matt Weik (Freeport) scored three points. The 6-foot-5 Wisconsin-Platteville junior forward played six minutes. Wisconsin-Platteville finished the regular season with 16-9 overall mark. They were 9-7 in the WIAC.

Western Illinois University lost two games last week as they were topped by North Dakota State University (65-50) and Southern Utah University (65-53). Jackie Barton (Freeport) finished with four points, four rebounds and three assists in the loss to NDSU. The Western Illinois senior had three points, seven rebounds against SUU. The Leathernecks have lost five in a row. They are 7-18 overall and 5-10 in the Summit League.

This story appeared at http://www.journalstandard.com/sports/x582666094/ON-CAMPUS-REPORT-Staub-claims-conference-title-at-MSOE on February 24, 2011.

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