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Sept. 10, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team earned its first Arrowhead Conference victory with a 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23 defeat of Black Hawk East on Tuesday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.


Sophomore middle hitter Caitlin McVay (Rockridge) led the Chargers (5-4, 1-1) with a team-high 17 kills and four aces, and sophomore setter Lexa Mahr (Macomb) added 25 assists, 11 kills and 15 digs in a solid all-around performance. Freshman libero Justine...

Sept. 9, 2013
PORT BYRON—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team shot its lowest round of the season and finished 10th on Friday in the Duane Chanay Classic at Byron Hills Golf Course.


The Chargers shot 312 as a team — five strokes better than their previous season low — finishing just three shots out of fifth and seven shots out of third. Sophomore Joey Juergens (Galesburg) and freshman Ryan Ballard (Metamora) each shot a 6-over-par 77 to lead Sandburg. Sophomore...

Sept. 9, 2013
PEORIA—The Carl Sandburg College men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their season Friday with the Bradley Intercollegiate at Detweiller Park.


The Chargers women’s team posted a ninth-place finish in the 13-team field. Sophomore Haley Bolliger (Tremont) led the way for Sandburg in the 3-mile race, placing 53rd in 19 minutes, 57 seconds. Freshman Marisa Miller (Galesburg) also posted a top-100 finish, placing 94th in 22:12. Other finishers for...

Sept. 9, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College women’s golf team posted a pair of 10th-place finishes in the Knox Invitational on Friday at Soangetaha Country Club and the Fighting Scot Invitational on Saturday at Gibson Woods Golf Course in Monmouth.


The Chargers’ team score of 390 on Friday was their lowest of the season and a 51-stroke improvement from their first round of the season. Danielle Kenney’s 15-over par 87 tied her for 24th individually overall....

Sept. 5, 2013
DIXON—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team pushed Sauk Valley to the limit but came up short in a 26-24, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 17-15 loss Wednesday in the Chargers’ Arrowhead Conference opener.


Sophomore Caitlin McVay (Rockridge) put down a team-leading 26 kills for Sandburg, and sophomore setter Lexa Mahr (Macomb) had 39 assists. Freshman libero Justine Bodenhamer (Avon) had 27 digs for the Chargers and freshman Rachel Barr (Mendota) added nine kills...

Sept. 3, 2013
MARION, Iowa—The Carl Sandburg College women’s golf team opened its season with a 19th-place finish at the Mount Mercy Fall Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Hunters Ridge Golf Course


The Chargers shaved 38 shots off their first-round score by shooting 403 as a team in Saturday’s second round. Sandburg finished the tournament with a total of 844. Every player for the Chargers improved their score by at least two strokes in the second round.


Sept. 3, 2013
GALESBURG—Jesse Bathelt scored the go-ahead goal in the 60th minute and the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team held on to beat Waubonsee 3-2 on Monday at Kleine Equipment Field.


Bathelt’s unassisted goal was his second of the game and helped the Chargers (2-2-0) pick up their second straight victory. Bathelt won a ball at midfield, beat a couple Waubonsee defenders and drove home a shot in the upper corner for his third goal in the last two games....

Aug. 30, 2013
GALESBURG—Freshman Jake Kirchoff-Sleet scored twice and had an assist as the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team beat Indian Hills (Iowa) 4-0 on Friday evening at Kleine Equipment Field for the Chargers’ first victory of the season.


“It’s about time we finally had a complete performance,” Sandburg coach Allen Eskridge said. “We’ve had moments of playing to our potential, but tonight was the first time we put it all together.”



Aug. 30, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College men’s and women’s cross country season opener scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Western Illinois Early Bird has been canceled because of extreme heat.

The Chargers’ next scheduled event is Bradley Intercollegiate on Sept. 6 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. The women’s race will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s race at 6:15 p.m.


Aug. 29, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team won for the fourth time in its last five matches with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-13 sweep of Lincoln on Thursday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium in the Chargers’ home opener.


Sophomore middle hitter Caitlin McVay (Rockridge) led Sandburg (4-3) with a team-high 15 kills and four aces. Sophomore setter Lexa Mahr (Macomb) had 22 assists for the Chargers, and freshman libero Justine Bodenhamer (Avon) had a team-leading...

Aug. 28, 2013
GALESBURG—Despite a pair of second-half goals, the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team lost 3-2 to Knox on Wednesday at Kleine Equipment Field.


Charlie Harned scored twice in a 95-second span early in the second half to give the Prairie Fire a 3-0 lead in the 51st minute. The Chargers (0-2-0) got on the board in the 67th minute when freshman Jalen Jones put home a cross from Carlos Viganoni.


Freshman Brandyn Murray notched his second...

Aug. 27, 2013
BYRON—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team opened its season by taking third in the 12-team PrairieView Preview on Friday at PrairieView Golf Club.


The Chargers shot 317 as a team and were led by sophomore Joey Juergens (Galesburg), who posted a 4-over-par 76. Freshman Austin McDougall III (Pekin) came in with a 77, freshman Dylan Mullins (Metamora) shot 81 and sophomore Patrick Lewis (Williamsfield) added an 83 to round out Sandburg’s team score....

Aug. 27, 2013
SOUTH HOLLAND—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team opened its season with a 3-3 showing Thursday through Saturday at the South Suburban Invite. After dropping their first two matches, the Chargers (3-3) won three of their final four contests.


Sandburg picked up its first victory Friday with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-16 sweep of Prairie State and followed that up with a 25-17, 25-22, 20-25, 23-25, 16-14 win over Ancilla (Ind.).


The Chargers...

Aug. 23, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team couldn’t rally from an early two-goal deficit in a 2-1 loss to Prairie State on Friday at Kleine Equipment Field in the Chargers’ season opener.


The Pioneers, Region IV runners-up a season ago, got on the board in the eighth minute when Felipe Garcia da Silva knocked a left-footed shot off the far post and in. Da Silva then converted a penalty kick in the 25th minute after Sandburg’s Connor Benson was...

Aug. 23, 2013
GALESBURG—Despite several new faces, the goal remains the same this season for the Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team.

“My expectations this season are to return to the national tournament,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “This program’s used to performing at national tournaments, and we can get back to that level if we get consistent play out of our freshmen.”

Sandburg is coming off its third appearance in four years at the NJCAA...

Aug. 20, 2013
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer coach Allen Eskridge learned a lot about restarting a program from scratch.

“It takes a whole lot of hard work to have a winning program,” the second-year Chargers coach said. “We had a whole lot of highs and a whole lot of lows last year. I’m hoping we can be a lot more consistent and smart about the way we play our game.”

Sandburg finished 5-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in division play last season...

Aug. 14, 2013
GALESBURG—Todd Winkler has something he hasn’t seen much in his 11 seasons as Carl Sandburg College volleyball coach — a good balance between returning sophomores and incoming freshmen.

A year after working with a team of three sophomores and nine newcomers, the 2013 Chargers boast six returning players and seven freshmen.

“This is one of those years it just happened to work out,” Winkler said. “I don’t think I’ve probably had that two...

Aug. 2, 2013
GALESBURG—Six runners have signed to compete for the Carl Sandburg College cross country teams this fall.

Bayleigh Harrison of Knoxville high School, Chrissy Kokjohn of Clinton (Iowa) Prince of Peace High School, Marisa Miller of Galesburg High School and Tessa Vowels of St. Joseph-Ogden High School have signed to run for the Chargers women’s cross country team.

Harrison was a Class 1A sectional qualifier in all four of her seasons with the...

Aug. 2, 2013
GALESBURG—Leah Pence of Illini West High School has signed to play next season with the Carl Sandburg College softball team. Pence, a 5-foot-11 third baseman, helped the Chargers to a 22-8 record last spring during her senior season.

Pence joins a Chargers squad that finished 29-23 overall and 12-8 in the Arrowhead Conference in 2013. Sandburg at one point won 16 of 17 games and reached as high as No. 20 in the NJCAA Division II rankings.


July 31, 2013
GALESBURG—Austin McDougall of Pekin High School has signed to play next season with the Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team. McDougall averaged 38 per nine holes last fall during his senior season with the Dragons.

Sandburg last season made its third appearance in four years at the NJCAA Division II national tournament and tied for 12th at the event, the best finish in program history. The Chargers open their fall season Aug. 30 with the Highland “36”...