Aurora University junior and former Streator High School standout Max Vickers is part of the Spartans men's basketball team that captured the outright Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference regular-season title last week with wins over Dominican University (81-63) and Marian University (96-75). It was the first championship since the 2014-15 season and now gives AU (17-8, 16-4) the top seed in the upcoming league tournament. The Spartans have now won seven-straight contests.
Vickers had a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds in the win over Dominican and followed that with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double in the victory over Marian.
Indiana University East completed a perfect run (17-0) through the River States Conference — the first team to do so since the 2013-14 season — while extending its winning streak to 22 consecutive games with victories over Carlow University (115-59) and Ohio Christian University (92-68).
Keating Rombach (So., Ottawa) had two points, two rebounds and three assists in the Wolves' triumph over Carlow and five points in the win over Ohio Christian. IUE (28-2) is the top seed in the upcoming RSC Tournament.
Milwaukee Technical College split a pair of North Central Community College Conference games last week, falling to Wilbur Wright College 106-87, but rebounding for a 102-68 win over Harper College.
D'Angelo Young-Pryor (Fr., Streator) posted five points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in the loss to Wilbur Wright, then recorded 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks against Harper. Young-Pryor is averaging 13.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks this season for the Stormers (12-17, 4-10).
Illinois State University split a pair of Missouri Valley Conference games last week, losing to Bradley University 70-58, but bouncing back for a 79-75 triumph over Northern Iowa. Isaac Gassman (RS-Fr., Ottawa) had seven points, five rebounds and two assists against Bradley, then played a career-high 27 minutes, scoring nine points on 3 of 4 from beyond the arc verses Northern Iowa. The Redbirds are now 15-13 overall and 9-7 in the MVC.
Brady Sanders (Sr., Fieldcrest) had five points, seven rebounds and three assists to help Eureka College to a 93-77 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over Iowa Wesleyan. It was the Red Devils (18-7, 13-5) fifth-straight win and gives them a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.
Addison Bode (Fr., Somonauk) registered three points, four assists and a steal to help Waubonsee Community College (17-9) to a 79-71 win over Lake County.
T.J. LeSeure (So., Ottawa) advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships with a pair of third-place finishes and the University of Indianapolis captured the first Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in school's history.
LeSeure posted a time of 54.80 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke and followed with a 2 minute, 1.26 second mark in the 200 breaststroke. He was also 16th in the 200 individual medley. The National Championship s will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina on March 14-17.
Eastern Illinois' Matt Jacobs (Sr., Ottawa) finished a fine career for the Panthers by setting the school record in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.28) at the Summit League Championships. Jacobs was also part of the 200 medley (1:32.16) and 200 freestyle (1:22.82) relays teams that placed fourth.
Jasmin Bailey (Sr., Ottawa) had two points in Elmhurst College's 60-58 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin win over North Park. The Bluejays improved to 13-11 overall and 9-6 in the CCIW.
Waubonsee Community College split a pair of games last week, defeating Lake County 76-58, but falling to Prairie State 66-57. Mozelle Kempiak (So., Serena) had eight points and 13 rebounds against Lake County, then nine points and 10 boards verses Prairie State.
Track and Field
Benedictine University's Emma Roberts (So., Sandwich) broke the school record in the 800-meter run, posting a time of 2:22.14 at the F. Lee Slick Invitational at North Central College.