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Local college athletes wrap up pre-turkey day seasons

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010, at 6:12 PM

Greencastle High School graduate Andy Weatherford finishes at the NCAA National Cross Country Championship.
The Olney Central Blue Knights have battled their way back to a .500 mark after drilling Greenville College's junior varsity team by an 86-57 score last weekend. OCC tied its record up at 3-3 overall after a tough start against some nationally ranked opponents.

Former Northview guard, Austin Akers, currently a sophomore at OCC, scored 13 points on five-of-12 shooting to go with three buckets from 3-point range. Akers also added four rebounds and two steals in the victory.

Terre Haute South grad, John Michael Jarvis had 14 points to lead the team and hit a 3-pointer to go with three assists.

The following afternoon, Olney Central bounced back to win its fourth consecutive contest with a 96-46 pounding of Southwest Academy. The Blue Knights held the visitors to just 13 points in the first half in what coach Mike Burris called the team's best defensive performance of the season.

The Blue Knights also dominated the boards with a 52-to-24 advantage with Akers tallying 10 points with four assists. Jarvis had 10 rebounds for Olney.

"We got everybody some minutes and got our starters some rest," Burris told the Olney Daily Mail. "We shot the ball well over the weekend (70-of-144, 49 percent) and had 34 assists and only 24 turnovers in two games."

Next up for OCC is a home game tonight against Vincennes at 7:30 p.m.

The Danville Lady Jaguars dropped a 69-41 decision to NJCAA Division I school, Wabash Valley Junior College last week.

While Dani Gooch led the Jaguars in scoring, former Northview athlete, Kirsten Kimball, had a solid game as well according to head coach Kyle Bent.

"I think Dani played every second of the game,'' Bent told The Commercial-News in Danville. "She shot the ball well and Kirsten Kimball and Cassidy Grey did a good job of helping to create opportunities for her. Kimball and Grey did a nice job of occupying defenders on the offensive end, and I thought overall our defense did a nice job."

The team split a pair of games at the John A. Logan Tourney last weekend, defeating Trine and falling to the host Volunteers, 91-45.

Danville hosts Olney this evening at 5:30 p.m.

Also in Illinois, Josiah Brock, who is a Northview High School graduate, scored 15 points for Lincoln Christian University to help the Red Lions rally for a 78-76 victory on Nov. 23.

The Red Lions trailed 76-72 with 2:24 remaining, but scored the final six points of the game to improve to 4-1 this season.

LCU will be on a holiday break until Dec. 8 when its faces Principia College.


Cross Country

Taylor senior Adam Schroer finished 238th out of 326 runners at the 2010 NAIA National Cross Country Championships at Fort Vancouver Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday.

Running in wet and muddy conditions, Schroer competed in his first cross country national championship event with a time of 27:57 for a mile pace of 5:38.

Kennedy Kithuka, a freshman from Wayland Baptist (Texas), won the race with a time of 24:02. Southern Oregon won the team title with 105 points.

The Indiana University men's cross country team earned the program's best finish in 33 years at the NCAA Championships on Monday, taking seventh-place. Andrew Poore earned All-America honors with a 38th-place finish.

Terre Haute North graduate, Zach Mayhew, placed 78th for the Hoosiers and former Greencastle High School standout Andy Weatherford placed 169th overall.

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