October 5, 2011

Fall sports roundup: Individual performers shine

Women’s Golf
Junior Mia Savard finished tied for second at the Grinnell College Invitational last Saturday after firing a season best 83.
“I’m really happy with my tie for second,” Savard said, “but there were a few putts here and there that I could have made to put me on top, I guess every golfer could say that about every round. It was still a very solid round. I finally started playing how I should have been this whole season, better late than never.”
The performance helped give the Prairie Fire a fifth place finish in the event, and could be the springboard to a strong showing at the conference tournament this weekend.
“This definitely boosts my confidence for our conference tournament. My team was really happy for me and I think this will help all of us. It will show us that we really can be contenders in this tournament,” Savard said, who has high expectations for the last meet.
“My goal at the beginning of this season was to win conference and I’m still sticking to that goal; I believe I can, and will, do it.”

Women’s Tennis
Sophomore Charlotte Garvin continued her strong season for the women’s tennis team by taking down Katie Scharnagle 6-1, 6-0 in a non-conference match against Augustana last Friday.
Garvin also combined with senior Megan Funk to take down Krista Panko and Meghan Wethington 8-6 in their number one doubles match.
Unfortunately these were the only two victories for the Prairie Fire, as the Vikings swept the rest of the matches for a 7-2 team win.
The team closes the regular season this weekend when they hit the road to take on Lake Forest.

Men’s Golf
The men’s golf team competed in their final fall event last weekend, placing seventh out of nine teams in the Big Blue Classic at Red Tail Run Golf Club in Forsyth, Ill.
Knox was fourth in the team standings after a first round that featured scores in the seventies by senior Bobby Steubi (73), sophomore James Fenner (75) and senior Jacob Lewis (77). The second round did not go as well for the Prairie Fire, as Steubi and Fenner were the only members of the team to break 80.
Steubi’s two round total of 148 earned him a tie for fifth, while Fenner finished tied for 15 with a total score 153. Lewis (164) and fellow senior Ben Wetherbee (168) closed out the top four for Knox.

It was struggle this weekend for the volleyball team, which dropped both matches of their two-game road trip to Wisconsin.
On Friday the Prairie Fire took on a red-hot St. Norbert squad, falling 3-0. The Green Knights have now won eleven in a row, and are 14-4 on the year.
The next game again pitted Knox against a team on a roll, as Saturday night they faced a Lawrence side that had yet to lose in conference play. The Vikings took the match in straight sets, and have now won six of their last seven.
Senior Kelly Ricketts led Knox with 11 kills over the two games, while senior Lisa Blagg paced the Prairie Fire with 17 assists.
Knox returns home for two matches this weekend. On Friday the Pioneers of Carroll University enter Memorial Gymnasium, while Saturday the Prairie Fire take on Ripon College

Men’s Soccer
After last Sunday’s 5-0 loss to Beloit the men’s soccer team may not want to hear the names Marc Robinson or Jackson Wilkins ever again.
The duo combined for five goals and four assists in the game, and were the only Buccaneer’s to register points.
As for the Prairie Fire, offense was in short supply. Knox managed just four shots for the game, only one on goal.
Knox followed the MWC contest with a 4-1 non-conference loss to Webster College on Tuesday. The Prairie Fire fell behind 3-0 after the first half, but received a second half tally from sophomore Maxwell Gatayas.
The Prairie Fire’s next game is a home contest against Ripon College this Saturday at 1 pm.

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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