September 28, 2011

Sports roundup

Men’s Golf
The men’s golf team kicked off their fall season by competing in the Scot-Fire-Viking Classic at Gibson Woods, GC in Monmouth last Thursday.
The Prairie Fire placed fifth with a team score of 339, and were led by top-ten performances from sophomore James Fenner and senior Bobby Steubi. Fenner’s 77 was good for a tie for third, while Steubi tied for fifth with a 78.
Fenner and Steubi also performed well at the University of Dubuque Invitational in Galena, Ill. this past weekend. In a field of over 120 golfers, Fenner’s two round total of 157 resulted a tie for 46th, while Steubi’s 159 earned him a tie for 53rd. As a team, Knox finished with rounds of 341 and 360, which gave them a 22nd place finish.
Knox’s final fall event is this weekend, as the team will compete in the Big Blue Classic in Forsyth, Ill.

Women’s Tennis
In their final home matches of the season, the women’s tennis team split a Saturday double-header with Ripon College and Carroll University.
Knox opened the day with a 6-3 victory over Ripon, as the Prairie Fire took each of the top four singles matches, while also taking two of the doubles matches. Seniors Megan Funk and Jordan Kuban each claimed victories that included winning a tiebreaker, while sophomore Charlotte Garvin cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win against her opponent.
Garvin followed up her performance in the morning session with an afternoon win over Carroll’s Kate Rasmussen and has now won five straight singles matches to improve her season record to 5-2. Unfortunately for Knox this was the only victory posted against the Pioneers, and the Prairie Fire lost the match 8-1.
The team heads to Rock Island, Ill. on Friday to take on the Augustana Vikings then has a week off before returning to conference play against Lake Forest on Oct. 8.

Volleyball
With five games in three days it was a busy week for the women’s volleyball team. On Thursday Knox continued their conference schedule with a match against Grinnell. The Prairie Fire dropped the first set but responded by winning the second 25-22. From there the Pioneers dominated, winning the final two sets in convincing fashion to take the match.
The team then traveled to Decorah, Iowa for four games at the Luther College Tournament. On Friday the Prairie Fire took on Luther and Alverno Colleges, falling in both ends of the doubleheader. Knox also came up empty on Saturday, as Simpson and Waldorf Colleges beat them.
On a positive note, junior Kristin McDonald was named to the All-Tournament team after compiling 15 kills and 24 assists in the four games. McDonald ranks third on the team with 58 kills and second with 50 assists this season.
This weekend Knox makes the trek up to Wisconsin for a pair of road games against St. Norbert and Lawrence.

Cross Country
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Forester Invitational hosted by Lake Forest College last weekend. The women placed ninth in the team competition while the men’s race was not scored.
Leading the women in the 5K Run were senior Emma Swanson, who cracked the top 25 in the individual standings with a time of 20:56, and sophomore Yael Cody who clocked in at 22:49.
In the men’s 8K competition junior Sean Choate continued his solid season by securing a top-ten finish with a time 28:26. Sophomore Gabe Moreno crossed the finish line four seconds later, earning him twelfth place finish.
The teams will not run again until Oct. 8, when they stay close to home for the Carl Sandburg Invitational.

Women’s Golf
The women’s golf team competed in their first two-round tournament of the season when they played in the Central College Fall Invitational last weekend.
Knox shot a total of 485 on the first day, then improved to a 482 in the second round. On both days the Prairie Fire were led by junior Monica Price, who shot rounds of 99 and 98 to finish 21st individually. Fellow junior Mia Savard followed Price with scores of 103 and 105 over the two days, earning her 23rd place.
The Grinnell College Invitational on Oct. 1 will be the last regular season meet for the Prairie Fire, as the following week the team heads to Springfield, Ill. to compete at the Midwest Conference Championships.

Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for cornbeltbaseball.com, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.


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