REGION COLLEGIANS: Thornwood’s Stallworth a record breaker at North Central College

2014-02-02T18:00:00Z 2014-02-02T18:34:33Z REGION COLLEGIANS: Thornwood’s Stallworth a record breaker at North Central CollegeBrian Waddle Times Correspondent
February 02, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

Ebony Stallworth is throwing out all the records.

On Saturday, the North Central College junior and Thornwood grad took first place in the shot put with a toss of 44 feet, 9 ¾ inches to lead the Division III No. 12-ranked Cardinals to the team title at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Classic.

Stallworth, a South Holland native, added a new varsity record in the 20-pound weight throw as well, heaving it 47-1/4.

A junior, Stallworth already owns school indoor and outdoor records in the shot put

* Bradley’s Kyela Specht (Munster) clocked the third-best 600-meter time in the program’s history at the Eastern Illinois John Craft Invitational on Jan. 25.

Specht, a junior, topped her previous career-best effort by more than one second, and was second overall at 1:37.42. Her time ranks third overall in school history and is the best time at Bradley since 2003.

Specht also helped the team claim first in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:09.20, which is ninth-best in school history, and was 22 seconds better than runner-up Murray State.

Men’s basketball

Saint Xavier’s Brad Karp (Valparaiso) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) men’s player of the week for the fifth time this season.

Karp led the Cougars on a 16-game winning streak. The senior guard averaged 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game in victories over Calumet College and the University of St. Francis (Ill.) last week.

St. Xavier is ranked No. 4 in the NAIA coaches’ top 25 poll.

* Austin Richie (Lowell) had eight points, three rebounds and three assists Saturday as Western Michigan edged Central Michigan, 75-72.


Oklahoma’s Andrew Howe (Hanover Central), the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 174 pounds, bumped up to 184 pounds on Thursday and won a 22-9 major decision over Missouri’s Cody Johnston. Howe (16-0) had nine takedowns in the bout.

* Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point) was one of only two winners for the Wildcats in Friday’s 31-6 loss to No. 2 Iowa.

Tsirtsis beat Brody Grothus 5-2 at 149 pounds. It was Tsirtsis’ third victory over a ranked opponent this season and improved his record to 18-3.

Women’s basketball

St. Joseph’s College ended a 21-game losing streak to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday in a 62-52 victory.

Courtney Kvachkoff (Crown Point) had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals, while Kiki Lyons and Jasmyne Reynolds both had 18 points.

* Andriana Moore (E.C. Central) leads Wabash Valley College in points (16.3) and rebounds (9.3). The team is 17-3 this season and 9-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.


Anderson is the preseason pick by the coaches to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball championship, but Manchester, backed by Jordan Nieman (Michigan City), will have a lot to say about that.

Nieman is a preseason All-American pick after leading the club with a conference-best 71 RBI and 11 home runs last season. Nieman, a senior third baseman, hit .335 and led the Spartans to a 22-3 league crown last spring, as well as claiming the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional crown and advancing to the NCAA Division III World Series in Appleton, Wis. Manchester finished the season with a 39-7-1 overall record.

* Anderson returns junior outfielder Jake Craft (LaPorte), who hit .339 with 42 runs, 27 RBI, 13 doubles and seven homers. Jake Eaton (LaPorte) also returns on the mound, as the junior was 6-1 with a 3.64 earned-run average last spring.


Manchester is picked as the HCAC preseason favorite among the coaches. The Cougars have Kylie Planck (Wheeler) on the list of players to watch. The senior third baseman hit .333 with 25 runs, seven doubles, five triples and 19 RBI.


Benedictine University’s Trent Altieri (Highland) was first team all-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference at linebacker and voted the team’s MVP on defense this past season.

Altieri was a four-year starter.

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