Sports / The Prairie Fire / October 9, 2013

Knox College sports briefs

Women’s soccer drops fifth straight in MWC play

GALESBURG – In their last home match before Homecoming and Senior Day, the Prairie Fire were defeated 2-0 by Grinnell, as Grinnell’s midfield was able to hold possession for most of the game. Despite numerous setups, Knox was only able to manage one shot, not on goal. In another poor offensive performance, Knox fell to the Lady Blues of Illinois College 5-0. The Prairie Fire managed a solitary shot on goal, while the Lady Blues pounded the Knox net with 23 shots, 14 of which were on goal. (Source: Prairie Fire Athletics Department)

Freshman goalie Theresa Birzer stops one of Grinnell’s shots on Saturday, Oct. 6. Birzer made 13 saves in the Prairie Fire’s 2-0 loss to the Pioneers. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

Freshman goalie Theresa Birzer stops one of Grinnell’s shots on Saturday, Oct. 6. Birzer made 13 saves in the Prairie Fire’s 2-0 loss to the Pioneers. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

Football loses,  still breaks record

GALESBURG – Knox could not hold a 21-17 third quarter lead against Ripon on Saturday, falling 37-29 to the Redhawks. The Prairie Fire fought back from a 10-point deficit, capitalizing on the receiving of sophomore Ilir Emini, who had 11 receptions and 153 yards and the ground game of senior Derek Mortensen, who ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. On a third quarter carry, Mortensen broke the football program’s career rushing record of 3177 yards, a feat previously held by Kevin Megli (2003-06). Mortensen’s accomplishment was spoiled by the Redhawks, who scored 14 points off of fumbles on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, which all but sealed the victory for Knox. (Source: Prairie Fire Athletics Department)

 

Volleyball suffers three consecutive losses

GALESBURG – On Friday night, Prairie Fire volleyball allowed Lake Forest College its first MWC victory in straight sets.. De

Freshmen Lauren Metcalf and junior Katie White block an attack by Aurora University Spartans. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

Freshmen Lauren Metcalf and junior Katie White block an attack by Aurora University Spartans. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

spite stellar play from senior Kaylie Prince, who recorded nine kills, a service ace, an assist and two digs, Knox was handed its second straight defeat in conference. Things got no better against Beloit, who also took the Prairie Fire in straight sets, though none were uncontested: the Buccaneers were barely able to eke out a win in three sets. In their final contest of the week, the Prairie Fire were able to come back from trailing two sets to none to tie things at two, but ultimately lost the fifth set to Iowa Wesleyan College. (Source: Prairie Fire Athletics Department)

 

 

Gavin Crowell
Gavin Crowell is a senior psychology major with minors in neuroscience and journalism. He has been writing and editing for TKS since his freshman year. He has won three ICPA awards: 1st Place Sports News Story, 2nd Place Sports Feature Story and 3rd Place Sports Page Layout. During the summer after his sophomore year, Gavin had an internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, covering teams such as the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and Fire. Following graduation, he intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

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Gavin Crowell
Gavin Crowell is a senior psychology major with minors in neuroscience and journalism. He has been writing and editing for TKS since his freshman year. He has won three ICPA awards: 1st Place Sports News Story, 2nd Place Sports Feature Story and 3rd Place Sports Page Layout. During the summer after his sophomore year, Gavin had an internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, covering teams such as the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and Fire. Following graduation, he intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.




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