This week in the SLIAC is a weekly review of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Read the recaps of the prior weeks results and highlights of upcoming events. You can also find the latest standings, statistics, schedules and awards.
Feature Friday with Blake Wisniewski (March 25, 2016)
This week's Feature Friday is with Blake Wisniewski, a men's tennis player from Fontbonne University. Blake has fun talking about his affinity for Mark Wahlberg and just like Snoop Dogg, has money on his mind and his mind on his money.....MORE
Westminster's Thompson Named NATA D3 Trainer of the Year (March 29, 2016)
The National Athletic Trainers' Association announced Westminster's head athletic trainer Josh Thompson, MED, ATC, LAT, CSCS as the 2016 NCAA Division III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year. He will receive the award on June 24 at the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Clinical Symposium in Baltimore, Md.....MORE
SLIAC Game of the Week: MacMurray at Eureka (March 29, 2016)
This week's SLIAC Game of the Week is a meeting between two of the top offensive teams in SLIAC softball, MacMurray College and Eureka College. MacMurray will visit Eureka on Thursday, March 31 for a SLIAC double header on the softball diamond, pitting the league's top hitting team (Eureka) against the third best hitting team (MacMurray). Game one is set for a 3:00 p.m. start in Eureka, Ill....MORE
SLIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
The SLIAC Players of the Week are honored for their performances during the week. Click on the sport link below to see the full list of 2015-16 Players of the Week. For this week's SLIAC Players of the Week release - HERE
|Softball Hitter||Katelyn Sullens
|Softball Pitcher||Kali George
|Men's Golf||Justin Onken||Webster University|
|Men's Tennis||Code Power
|Men's Track||Andrew Sharp||Greenville College|
|Women's Track||Kayla Riggs||Spalding University|
SLIAC SPRING STANDINGS
AROUND THE SLIAC
Blackburn baseball senior Matt Mokriakow became the program's all-time leader in runs batted in last weekend during a non-conference double header against Northland College. Mokriakow drove in two runs with a single in the fifth inning of game one of the double header, breaking the Beavers mark. Mokriakow is currently hitting .333 with 11 runs batted in this season and is a two-time First Team All-Conference performer.
Eureka men's basketball coaches and players recently assisted in two separate clinics, helping teach the fundamentals of basketball to youth boys and girls. Red Devil Head Coach Chip Wilde and his two assistants, Amos Arbogast and Ryan Mulcrone, joined coaches from around the state as part of IBCA "Learning from the Legends" clinic in Peoria, Ill. The next day the Red Devil coaching staff and players partnered with the Kiwanis Downtown Early Birds of Peoria for a clinic at Dunlap High School.
The Fontbonne softball team swept Division II opponent Lindenwood University in a double header on Tuesday, pushing the Griffins win streak to three games. The Griffins won game one 3-0 and took game two 9-8. Melanie Russo delivered all the Griffins would need in game one, with a solo home run as Madison Leonard picked up the win, going seven innings and striking out eight. Diamond Thomas picked up the win in game two as the Griffins scored the game-winning run on a squeeze play in the eighth inning.
The Greenville baseball team powered their way to a 10-5 win over St. Norbert last Saturday. Leading the way was Mike Hardin, knocking out three home runs in the win. Trevor Montgomery and Shane Olmsted each added a long ball as Ryan Strohm notched the win for the Panthers. Greenville is now 6-13 overall this season and 1-2 in SLIAC play. They will face Principia in a conference game on Friday and Westminster in a double header on Saturday.
The Tigers baseball team started SLIAC play with a sweep of Eureka on Tuesday, winning game one 24-2 and game two 9-2. The Tigers broke out their bats, tallying 23 hits in game one, and setting a new school record for runs scored in a conference game. Matt Murphy lead the team with four hits while Tanner Anderson, Alex Payne, and Ruben Ramirez each added three hits. Iowa Wesleyan is now 6-7 overall and sit at 2-0 in SLIAC play. They are set to face Webster in a three game series this weekend.
MacMurray junior pitcher Luke Jarvis threw a no-hitter last weekend in a 1-0 win over Webster University. Jarvis went seven innings, allowing just two base runners the entire game; a hit by pitch and error. Jarvis recorded 10 strikeouts in the win and at one point retired 16 consecutive hitters. The lone run of the game came off the bat of Drew Johnson in the form of a solo home run in the top of the first inning. Jarvis, from Kankakee, Ill., was named the SLIAC/Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Week this week for his effort.
The Principia softball team opens up 2016 SLIAC play this week with a pair of conference double headers. The Panthers are on the road Thursday to face Greenville College and then head north to Iowa Wesleyan University on Saturday. Principia is currently 2-10 overall this season and are led by A.C. McMullen, second in the SLIAC in batting average (.529) and Noelle Shoemake, first in the SLIAC in earned-run averge (1.43).
Spalding's Kayla Riggs was named the SLIAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week, in the first week of the outdoor season. Riggs helped her team to a 10th place finish at the Pioneer Invitational, with a pair of fourth place finishes. Riggs ran the first sub 5:00 minute mark in program history in the 1500 with a time of 4:59.56. She followed with a fourth place finish in the 800 meter with a time of 2:25.72, a personal best.
It was mixed emotions for the Webster softball team on Monday in a double header split against Illinois College. The Gorloks picked up a 3-2 extra inning win in game one when Katelyn Johnson drove in Karissa Cardenas. The Gorloks appeared heading to a sweep, holding a 3-0 lead after three innings in game two. The Gorloks held a 5-3 lead heading into the seventh but an eight run inning by the Lady Blues erased the notion of a double header sweep by the Gorloks.
The Westminster softball team is currently playing in California on their spring break. The Blue Jays opened the year with eight consecutive home games but now will embark on 13 straight games away from home, including their California games. The Blue Jays are 7-9 overall and will conclude their west coast trip with a game against Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday. The return this weekend for a double header against Eureka.
THIS WEEK'S SLIAC SCHEDULE
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