Former Streator High School standout volleyball player and 2007 Times Volleyball Player of the Year Weslie Gaff Sawyer was part of the 2018 class inducted into the University of Missouri-St. Louis Hall of Fame this past Friday night.
Sawyer was a member of the UMSL volleyball team from 2008-11 and is the only player in program history to be named All-Great Lakes Valley Conference all four years. She graduated ranking fourth all-time in career kills (1,140) and was also second in career hitting percentage (.331) and block solos (101), third in block assists (275) and fourth in total blocks (376). She earned First Team All-GLVC honors in each of her first three seasons and was also an AVCA All-Midwest Region pick each of those years, including a first team honoree as a freshman and junior. As a freshman, Sawyer was tabbed the AVCA Midwest Region Freshman of the Year and the GLVC Freshman of the Year. As a junior, she helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament, the program’s third appearance.
Brady Sanders (Sr., Fieldcrest) scored a career-high 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out three assists to help Eureka College defeat Principia 96-70. He then had 11 points, six rebounds and a pair of assists in the Red Devils 91-59 triumph over Westminster, which secured a berth in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the first time since 2013. Eureka College is now 16-7 overall and is in second place (11-5) in the league, just one game back of Greenville College. Sanders is averaging 6.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game this season.
Colin Bomstad (So., Earlville) had two points in Elmhurst College's 87-70 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin loss to Millikin University. The Bluejays are 12-11 overall and 5-9 in the CCIW.
Illinois State University's Isaac Gassman (RS-Fr., Ottawa) had two points and a rebound in the Redbirds' 74-58 Missouri Valley Conference loss to Valparaiso. ISU is 14-12 overall and 8-6 in the MVC.
Aurora University has won five straight, including a pair of Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference wins last week over Rockford University (80-72) and Lakeland University (94-89 in overtime). Max Vickers (Jr., Streator) posted 13 points, 11 rebounds and four assists against Rockford, then poured in 19 points with six boards and three assists against Lakeland. He is averaging 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season for AU (15-8, 14-4).
Indiana University East (26-2, 15-0 River Valley States Conference), ranked No. 2 in NAIA Division II, clinched its fourth consecutive RVS East Division title, the league's top record, home court advantage for the conference tournament and a spot in the NAIA National Championships with wins last week over University of Rio Grande (91-66) and West Virginia Institute of Technology (84-67). Keating Rombach (So., Ottawa) had 11 points and two steals against Rio Grande and two points verses WVIT. The Wolves have won a school record 20 straight contests.
Addison Bode (Fr., Somonauk) had four points and two rebounds in Waubonsee College's 66-64 win over Elgin College. The Chiefs are now 16-8 on the season.
Track and Field
Illinois State University's Tessa Holland (Jr., Fieldcrest) finished second in the pentathlon at the Jack Jennett Open hosted by Northern Iowa. Holland had top three marks in the high jump (5 feet, 3 1/4 inches), 800-meter run (2 minutes, 35.44 seconds) and shot put (35-6, personal-best).
Minnesota State-Mankato's Daniel Close (Jr., Ottawa) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestler of the week after taking down the nations top-ranked wrestler two weeks ago. This week Close (17-4) continued his strong season with wins in the Mavericks NSIC victories over Northern State (42-3) and Southwest Minnesota State (27-6). Close has now won four straight matches and 15 of last 16 for MSU.
Jasmin Bailey (Sr., Ottawa) registered seven points, six assists and a pair of steals in Elmhurst College's 93-86 CCIW loss to Augustana College, then three points, four assists and three steals in a 77-72 setback to Carthage College. Bailey is averaging 10.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Bluejays (12-11, 8-6) this season.
Waubonsee College (14-11) split a pair of games last week, first defeating Elgin College 79-55 but then falling to Kankakee Community College 87-63. In the win over Elgin, Mozelle Kempiak (So., Serena) had eight points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Savannah Arend (Fr., Serena) added three points and a pair of rebounds. In the loss to Kankakee, Kempiak had 13 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks, with Arend scoring two points and snaring two boards.
Lexie Collins (Sr., Earlville) had four rebounds in Rockford University's 82-37 loss to Lakeland College plus eight points and three rebounds in a 70-41 setback to Milwaukee School of Engineering. Kaylynne Terry (Fr., Streator) also had three rebounds for the Regents in the loss to Lakeland.