On campus report
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
By Dan Chamness
Posted Mar 22, 2011 @ 10:47 PM
Freeport, Ill. — Jessi Ditzler was playing so well, she got a promotion.
The Freeport grad, who normally plays No. 3 singles for the Edgewood College tennis team, briefly moved up to play No. 2. The result was very much the same: two more wins for Ditzler. This spring she has won eight consecutive matches, four singles and four doubles.
"Jessi has been a strong performer for us,” said Edgewood Coach Benjamin Oestreich. "Jessi is a real strong competitor and learns to play against whoever she is playing. She is a coach’s dream, because she implements what I tell her right away. She learns things on the fly really quickly.”
Recently, Edgewood defeated Messiah College (6-3) and Heidelberg University (8-1). In the win over Messiah, Ditzler defeated her opponent at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0). Ditzler then teamed with her usual partner, Amber Hemp, to defeat Steph Knepper and Cassie Beck 8-2. Against Heidelbert, Ditzler returned to her normal spot at No. 3 singles, winning a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Jackquelyn Earl. Ditzler and Hemp topped Earl and Linda Miller 8-3 at No. 2 singles.
"It is so nice to get a few wins,” Oestreich said. "We had some 6 a.m. practices and the girls work hard on and off the court. Jessi has had to juggle her academic schedule and her athletic schedule. She has the potential to beat anyone in our conference. She is a dominant force in doubles. She helps whoever she is playing with. We just want her to win.”
Augustana College basketball player Chris Anderson (West Carroll) scored 250 points and pulled down 61 rebounds this year, an average of 8.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He also had 29 assists, 15 steals and six blocked shots. Anderson hit 76-of-227 field goal attempts and 64-of-85 free throws. He made 34 3-point baskets.
The Vikings had one of their best seasons. Their 27-4 record was the second-most victories in Augustana history. It was also the first time in 17 years that Augustana reached the NCAA Division III Elite Eight. The Vikings shared the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin overall title with North Central College. Both teams finished with an 11-3 mark. Augustana won the CCIW Tournament and earned the automatic bid. ...
Rockford College hurler Ben Korth (Orangeville) worked 1 1/3 innings and suffered the loss as Rockford fell to William Patterson College 5-3 loss. Korth, who did not allow a single earned run, gave up three hits. He struck out one batter and walked one. Korth is 1-1. Rockford is 3-4 this season. ...
University of Dubuque softball players Lindsay Ellinor (Freeport) and Kate Wiersema (West Carroll) each had hits in an 8-4 triumph over St. Norbert College. Ellinor was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. She drove home one run. Wiersema was also 1-for-4. She stole a base and scored a run in the contest. ...
North Park University pitcher Travis Boyer (Freeport) worked 2 2/3 innings as NPU lost a 4-3 decision to Dubuque. Boyer, who allowed two earned runs on four hits, slipped to 0-1 on the year. He walked four and fanned one. ...
The Rockford softball team is 2-8 in its first 10 games, all of which were played in Florida. Nicole Lawler (Pearl City) has started nine games and played in 10 for the Lady Regents. She has four hits (one double, one homer), five runs scored, three RBIs, three walks and two stolen bases. ...
Winter sports are completed, which means we will need names for the spring months. To make sure your son or daughter is on my list, please e-mail me (Dan62801@aol.com). To be included in this column, athletes must live in a town or have graduated from a high school normally covered by the Freeport Journal Standard. They also must be competing intercollegiate athletics. I will need the name of the athlete, the former high school, the college or university and the sport.
The winter sports senior article will be published soon. Drop me a note to make sure we don’t overlook any student-athletes who completed their particular sport this year.
This story appeared at http://www.journalstandard.com/sports/x1777827848/On-campus-report on March 22, 2011.