Colleges: Neuqua grad Doody shines in rivalry game
BY DAN CHAMNESS For Sun-Times Media January 16, 2013 3:08PM
Neuqua Valley graduate Megan Doody scored 21 points to lead St. Norbert past rival Monmouth recently. | St. Norbert photo
Updated: February 19, 2013 1:55PM
Neuqua Valley graduate Megan Doody is only a St. Norbert College freshman, but she is aware enough to know that St. Norbert versus Monmouth College is a big game.
“It was a huge game,” said Doody, who scored 21 points to lead St. Norbert to a 65-55 win over their conference rival.
“I think it will come down to us, Monmouth and Cornell College at the end. Monmouth is a great team, but we were ready for them. The win gives us confidence.”
Doody hit 5-of-15 from the field, which included a 4-of-10 performance from beyond the arc, and 7-of-8 free throws. The 5-foot-5 freshman guard also had three assists and two rebounds.
Doody also scored in double figures in St. Norbert’s third game of 2013, a 49-43 loss to Ripon College. Doody, who shot 5-of-12 from the field and one free throw, hit three treys. She also had two rebounds.
St. Norbert has a Midwest Conference record of 7-2 (10-4 overall). They are currently tied for second in the league with Monmouth. Cornell leads with a 9-0 mark.
Ohio Valley’s David Sinickas (Naperville North) scored 17 points but it was not enough to power Ohio Valley beyond Concord University. Sinickas, who hit 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from the stripe, also had six rebounds in the 86-66 OVU loss. Sinickas struck four times from beyond the arc. Sinickas emerged off the bench and played 28 minutes. Ohio Valley is 2-11 overall and 1-6 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Hartwick College split their first swimming outing of 2013, beating Union College (125-105), but losing to Springfield College (153-83). Hartwick swimmer Mallory Weber (Waubonsie Valley) placed third in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 2 minutes, 25.83 seconds. She was also a member of the Hartwick 400-yard medley relay, which finished third in 4:12.25.
Rockhurst lost its first three games of 2013, all in Great Lakes Valley Conference action, as they were topped by Saint Joseph’s College of Indiana (72-70), University of Indianapolis (86-74) and Wisconsin-Parkside (85-63). Rockhurst junior Kareem Amedu (Neuqua Valley) had his best game against Saint Joseph’s, scoring seven points. Amedu, who started, played 22 minutes. He started all three games, scoring four against Wisconsin-Parkside and three against Indianapolis. Rockhurst is 1-9 overall and 0-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Austin Peay State got three points from Matt Hasse (Naperville North) in an 86-84 loss to Southeast Missouri State. Hasse, who played 14 minutes, pulled down two rebounds. Austin Peay State is 5-12 overall and 1-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Emma Donahue (Naperville Central), a freshman center at Drake, scored two points as her team lost a 67-49 decision to Indiana State. Donahue also had two rebounds and two blocked shots in 12 minutes of play. Drake slipped to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Illinois-Chicago won its first swimming dual meet of the new year, beating Wisconsin-Green Bay on both the men’s and women’s level. The men won a 129-114 decision, while the women won a 123-120 battle. For the men, UIC junior Joel Demuth (Naperville North) recorded a pair of victories. Individually, he won the 100-yard freestyle (:47.38). He was also a member of the winning 400-yard medley relay, which finished in 3:30.7. He also finished third in the 50-yard freestyle (:21.87). Teammate Mike Greco (Naperville Central) won the one-meter dive, finishing with a score of 318.53. Greco was second in the three-meter dive with a score of 298.58. John Mordach (Neuqua Valley) was third in both the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:14.31) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:59.39). The Illinois-Chicago sophomore was also on the third place 400-yard freestyle relay, which finished in 3:16.98. UIC freshman Zachary McClernon (Metea Valley) took fifth individually in the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.45). He was also a member of the 400-yard medley relay, which finished fourth in 3:36.61. In the women’s competition, UIC junior Alisa Penkala (Neuqua Valley) finished fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.92) and eighth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:22.66).
Illinois State blasted Nebraska-Omaha 207-90 in women’s swimming. They did so with the help of five former Naperville swimmers — Jeannette Nolte (Neuqua Valley), Alexis Nash (Naperville North), Courtney Taylor (Neuqua Valley), Sarah Rendek (Naperville North) and Kelly Healy (Neuqua Valley). Nolte recorded three first place finishes. Nolte won the 100-yard butterfly (:57.76), the 100-yard freestyle (:53.26) and the 50-yard butterfly (:26.69). She was also a member of ISU’s 200-yard freestyle relay, which took third in 1:41.43. Nash finished second to Nolte in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall at :59.31. She was also a member of the 200-yard medley relay, which won in 1:49.99. Taylor was third in the 50-yard breaststroke (:31.67).
Rendek was a member of ISU’s 200-yard freestyle relay, which finished fourth in 1:44.63. Individually, she was fifth in the 50-yard butterfly (:27.73). Healy was also a member of the fourth place 200-yard freestyle relay.