Jacksonville State University senior volleyball player and former Ottawa High School standout Mackenzie Rombach was recently presented with the school's Eagle Owl Award.
The award, which was established in 1994, is given each year to a male and a female senior athlete who possess several outstanding qualities. To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve during his/her senior season and carry a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher. The student-athlete must excel in his or her sport, be a positive role model for others and exemplify the well-rounded student-athlete.
She currently holds a 4.0 grade-point average as a biology major and has made the Commissioner's Honor Roll each year, as well as been awarded the Ohio Valley Conference Academic Medal of Honor following each season. She was a leader in community service alongside her team, helping cleanup surrounding neighborhoods and prepare the former Kitty Stone Elementary building to open for JSU classes following the March 2018 tornado. She's also visited local elementary schools to read to children for the Dr. Seuss "Read Across America" initiative.
On the court, Rombach was a two-time All-OVC recipient, playing in 136 matches and 506 sets of action. She finished her career with 1,005 kills, 473 blocks, 180 digs and 40 service aces. She also this spring became the first Gamecock ever to compete for four years for both JSU's indoor and beach team and became the 20th Gamecock in program history to reach 1,000 career kills in JSU's final match of the year.
University of Indianapolis' TJ LeSeure (Jr., Ottawa) recently helped the Greyhounds finish third overall at the 60-team NCAA Division II Nationals. LeSeure, who had a 16th-place mark (2:00.03) in the 200-yard breaststroke and a 17th in the 100 breaststroke (:54.89), was named Honorable Mention All-American.
Track and Field
Alexandra Draves (Fr., Seneca) placed sixth in the hammer throw (49.07 meters) and 16th in the shot put (10.79 meters) to help North Central College finish fourth of the 26 teams at the Benedictine Eagle Relays. Benedictine's Emma Roberts (Jr., Sandwich) set a school record at the event after posting a time of 2:18.52 in the 800-meter run.
Taylor Bushman (Fr., Seneca) continues to swing a hot bat this season for Lindenwood University (24-14). Bushman has appeared in 31 games (27 starts) for the Lions and is batting .367 with a pair of doubles, eight RBIs and 10 stolen bases. She recently went 3-for-3 with a pair of steals in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Lincoln University of Missouri.
Elmhurst College pitchers Bailee Krantz (Jr., Somonauk) and Emily Despain (Jr., Ottawa) have each thrown the ball well for the Bluejays (7-16) so far this season. Krantz has made 10 appearances (three starts) and has a 2-2 record with a 2.86 earned-run average in 36 2/3 innings. Despain has a 4-3 mark in eight appearences (seven starts), 3.13 ERA and has fanned 22 batters in 31 1/3 innings of work,
Pitcher Jaclyn Thompson (Sr., Serena) is currently 3-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 19 appearences (10 starts) for Upper Iowa University (20-14). Thompson, who also has a save and two complete games, has struck out 35 batters in 47 2/3 innings.