October 12, 2011

Fall sports near end of year

Women’s Tennis
In their most important match of the season the women’s tennis team fell 6-3 to Lake Forest last Saturday.
With a spot in the conference tournament on the line, the Prairie Fire were looking to close their season on a high note, but came up just short.
Knox split the individual matches, with sophomore Charlotte Garvin (6-3, 6-2) and juniors Emily Tyl (6-1, 6-0) and Sarah Bolitho (2-6, 6-3, 1-0) each emerging victorious against their opponent.
But Knox dropped all three of the doubles matches, leaving them out of the running for the conference tournament.
Knox finished the year 2-7, with a 1-2 record in the Midwest Conference’s south division.

Women’s Golf
After finishing day one of the Midwest Conference Championship in seventh place with a total score of 468, the women’s golf team shaved off 35 strokes in round two to jump into a sixth place finish.
The Prairie Fire were led by junior Mia Savard, who fired back-to-back rounds of 85 to finish tied for seventh individually. Sophomore Sarah Marin and junior Monica Price each finished tied for thirtieth with total scores of 323.
Carroll University took the conference title, led by individual champion Angelina Parrinello.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams had their best team finishes at the Titan Invitational in Normal, Ill. last Friday.
The men finished third in the team competition with help from outstanding performances by sophomore Gabe Moreno and senior Kevin Box. Moreno clocked a time of 27:17 in the 8K to finish second in the individual standings, while Box took third with a time 27:21.
On the women’s side Knox took fourth as a team aided by a thirteenth place individual finish by sophomore Kendall Sax-Stevens in the 5K. Knox also got solid performances from freshmen Melanie Kovacs and Esmeralda Alvarez, who each finished in the top thirty.

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer team dropped a pair of home games this weekend, falling 3-0 to Ripon College on Saturday and 5-3 to Benedictine University on Sunday.
Against Ripon the Prairie Fire was tied after the first half, but the Red Hawks dominated from there, scoring all three goals in the second half.
Knox had just two less shots on goal, but Ripon goaltender Daniel Mikesell proved to be too tough for the Prairie Fire to get by.
On Sunday Knox fell behind 3-0 after the first half, and though Knox would outscore Benedictine 3-2 in the second frame, the deficit proved to be too large to come back from.
Senior midfielder Jack Barthell notched one of the tallies for the Prairie Fire, while junior Donald Tchopya was responsible for the other two goals. Knox also got a point from sophomore Maxwell Gatyas, who recorded an assist on Barthell’s goal.

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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