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Sept. 15, 2014
DIXON—Playing its second tournament in as many days, the Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team finished fifth in the Timber Creek Classic on Friday at Timber Creek Golf Club.

The Chargers’ Red team posted a total of 328 and finished just eight shots behind runner-up DuPage. Black Hawk Gold won the tournament with a team total of 312. Sauk Valley (321) was third and Rock Valley (322) fourth in the 11-team event.

Sophomore Austin McDougall...

Sept. 12, 2014
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team finished fourth in the Carl Sandburg Classic on Thursday at Lake Bracken Country Club, the Chargers’ lone home event of the fall season.

Facing a strong field of competition, Sandburg Red shot 313 as a team and shaved 13 shots off its score from the Chargers’ first 18-hole tournament of the season. Parkland totaled a 295 to win the event, followed by Monmouth Red (302) and Black Hawk Gold (308)....

Sept. 12, 2014
GLEN ELLYN—The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team earned its second straight Region IV Premier Division road victory with a 5-1 win over DuPage on Thursday night.

The Chargers (2-2-0, 2-0-0) got two goals and an assist from sophomore Jake Kirchoff-Sleet (Tamworth, England/Queen Elizabeth’s Meridian) as well as a goal and a pair of assists from sophomore Robert Hamrick (Eufaula, Ala./Eufaula).

Sandburg, which led 2-0 at halftime, also...

Sept. 11, 2014
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College men’s golf coach Ryan Twaddle likes what he’s seen from the Chargers after two events this fall, but he still sees plenty of room for improvement.

“We’ve played OK, but I know we’re capable of putting together some really low numbers,” Twaddle said. “That’s what we’re going to have to do if we want to get back to nationals.”

Their next step toward that is 1:30 p.m. today in the Carl Sandburg Classic at Lake...

Sept. 10, 2014
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team picked up its first victory of the season with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-16 Arrowhead Conference sweep of Illinois Valley on Wednesday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.


Freshman outside hitter McKenna Weaver (Limestone) paced the Chargers (1-5, 1-1) with a solid all-around performance in the team’s home opener. Weaver led Sandburg with six kills and four aces. She also added 2.5 blocks and nine digs.


Sept. 8, 2014
KANKAKEE—The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team earned its first win of the season with a 3-1 victory at Prairie State on Saturday afternoon.

The victory also was the first for first-year Chargers coach Ariel Pesce, and it was the program’s first match in the Region IV Premier Division after moving up from the Champions Division this season.

Sandburg (1-2-0, 1-0-0) got goals from freshman Andy Anane-Asane (Madison, Wis./Memorial),...

Sept. 5, 2014
GALESBURG—With four sophomores returning for this fall on both the Carl Sandburg College men’s and women’s cross country teams, Chargers coach Bruce Tracy is optimistic his squads can make some positive strides this season.

“Our people coming back as sophomores are, many times, in better shape than they were the last year, which I’m pretty happy about,” Tracy said. “At this point, everybody’s moving along and making progress.”

The Chargers...

Sept. 3, 2014
GALESBURG—Starting the season 0-4 would raise a red flag for most teams, but that’s not the case for Carl Sandburg College volleyball coach Todd Winkler.

The Chargers opened their year by dropping all four of their matches in the Battle of the Dells on Aug. 22-23, but three of those losses came against teams ranked in the initial NJCAA Division II poll of the season (No. 1 Parkland, No. 4 Illinois Central and No. 17 Iowa Central).


Sept. 2, 2014
MARION, Iowa — The Carl Sandburg College women’s golf team opened its season at the Mount Mercy Invite Friday and Saturday at Hunters Ridge Golf Course.


Sophomore Skylar Houzenga (Erie, Ill./Erie) shot 105 and 100 in the two rounds to finish 29th overall, and sophomore Danielle Kenney (Toulon, Ill./Stark County) posted rounds of 112 and 104 to finished 33rd.


“Skylar and Danielle didn’t play their best, so they have plenty of shots to clean...

Sept. 2, 2014
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team fell 6-1 at Marshalltown (Iowa) on Sunday afternoon in the Chargers’ first road contest of the season.

Sandburg (0-2-0) trailed 2-0 at halftime and got its lone goal in the 87th minute from sophomore Jake Kirchoff-Sleet (Tamworth, England/Queen Elizabeth’s Meridian) off an assist from sophomore Robert Hamrick (Eufaula, Ala./Eufaula).

The Tigers (2-2-0) got a hat trick from...

Aug. 28, 2014
GALESBURG—After teaming up in high school, Martel Hunter and Trayvon Smith now will do the same at Carl Sandburg College. The former Monmouth-Roseville High School standouts have signed to suit up for the Chargers men’s basketball team this season.

Hunter, a 6-foot guard, averaged 13.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Titans during his senior season. He was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 1A/2A All-State first team...

Aug. 27, 2014
GALESBURG—Illinois Central handed the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team a 5-1 defeat in the season opener for both teams Tuesday evening at Kleine Equipment Field.

Playing their first game under coach Ariel Pesce, the Chargers (0-1-0) surrendered three first-half goals and the first five of the match before freshman David Chiu-Hung (Miami, Fla./American) got Sandburg on the board in the 74th minute with an unassisted goal.

ICC (1-0-0...

Aug. 26, 2014
GALESBURG—Coming off the most successful season in program history, Ariel Pesce wants the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team to reach another level this fall.

“They had a phenomenal season last year, and I told them we’re not going to take a step down,” Pesce said. “We’re going to look to do better, and that means a lot of work.”

Sandburg had a scrimmage Friday evening at Monmouth and opens the regular season at 5 p.m. today against...

Aug. 25, 2014
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Facing three teams ranked in the initial NJCAA poll of the season, the Carl Sandburg College volleyball team dropped all four of its matches in the season-opening Battle of the Dells on Friday and Saturday.


The Chargers (0-4) opened play Friday with a 25-15, 25-12, 25-20 loss to top-ranked Parkland, followed by a 25-14, 25-15, 25-18 sweep at the hands of No. 17 Iowa Central that afternoon.


Sandburg tested Owens (...

Aug. 25, 2014
BYRON — The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team opened its season by taking sixth place at the PrairieView Preview on Friday at PrairieView Golf Club.


Making his collegiate debut, freshman Caleb Newell (Monmouth, Ill./United) led the Chargers’ Red team with a 7-over-par 79. Sophomores Ryan Ballard (Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora) and Austin McDougall III (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) each carded an 82, and sophomore Dylan Mullins (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) shot...

Aug. 15, 2014
GALESBURG—For the first time, the Carl Sandburg College volleyball team will have a preseason intra-squad scrimmage open to the public when it holds the Navy & Red Scrimmage at 6 p.m. Tuesday in John M. Lewis Gymnasium.

Admission is free for all Sandburg students, faculty and staff, and the general public is asked to bring an item to be donated to the Carl Sandburg College Resource Room.

The Resource Room was established in 2010 to...

June 24, 2014
GALESBURG—Three Carl Sandburg College student-athletes and two Chargers teams have earned honors from the NJCAA for their outstanding performances in the classroom during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Sophomore women’s golfer Ellen Corbin (Washington, Ill./Washington), sophomore softball player Whitney Freeman (London Mills, Ill./Spoon River Valley) and sophomore men’s basketball player Mitch Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens) each received the NJCAA Award for...

June 20, 2014
GALESBURG—Abingdon-Avon High School graduate Dakota Nagel has signed to play next season for the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team.

A 6-foot-5 forward, Nagel averaged five points, eight rebounds and five blocks per game last season as a senior for the Tornadoes. He was named to the All-Prairieland Conference second team and helped A-Town to a 16-11 overall record.

“Dakota is a tremendous athlete who can block shots from anywhere on the...

June 19, 2014
GALESBURG—Destinee Oenes of Amboy High School and Danielle Harper of Lewistown High School have signed to play next season for the Carl Sandburg College softball team.

Oenes, a 5-foot-3 third baseman/pitcher, helped lead the Clippers to a 22-11 record and fourth-place finish in the Class 1A state tournament as a senior this past spring. The state tournament appearance was Amboy’s first in school history, and Oenes’ walk-off home run against Orangeville...

June 17, 2014
GALESBURG—Sherrard High School graduate Elijah Secor has signed to run next season for the Carl Sandburg College men’s cross country team.

Secor was a Class 1A sectional qualifier last fall during his senior season with the Tigers, and he was part of Sherrard’s team that won a Class 1A regional title and finished 21st at the state meet in 2011.




Elijah Secor