As the winter sports season comes to a close, a few former Geneseo athletes will see their college careers come to an end, while other alumni will take a short break before getting ready for next year’s season.
Kevin Gillespie (GHS Class of 2008) is one of those athletes, whose basketball career at North Central College is winding down.
Gillespie, a senior guard for the men’s basketball team, has played in 28 games this season and has started in all 28. He has currently played 1,026 minutes this season where he has raked in 242 points. Gillespie has knocked down 54 shots from beyond the arc, 18 field goals and 44 free throws.
He also has grabbed 81 total rebounds with nine offensive and 72 defensive boards. He has contributed 90 assists, one block and 31 steals this season.
North Central currently sits at 22-7 overall and 12-2 in the conference, but the Cardinals’ season is not done yet as they have reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championships and will take on Wittenberg University in Wooster, Ohio March 9.
The Cardinals also nabbed the conference title and won the conference tournament.
Tyler Storm (Class of 2008) is another senior whose career with the Northern?Illinois men’s basketball team is coming to an end.
Storm, a senior forward, has played in 29 games this season and received the start in one. He has played a total of 411 minutes for the Huskies this year and has scored 110 points. Storm has hit 37 shots from the field, 14 three pointers and has gone 18-of-19 from the free-throw line.
Storm also has pulled down 78 rebounds, 37 offensive and 41 defensive, 14 assists, six blocks and 12 steals.
The Huskies are currently 5-25 overall and 3-13 in the conference. NIU was in action March 7 against Western?Michigan in Cleveland, Ohio in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Others seeing action on the basketball court include: Sam Hamer and Jared Kuban at Black Hawk?College.
Hamer (Class of 2010), a sophomore forward, played in 28 games this season where he scored 71 points off 24 field goals, a three pointer and 20 free throws.
He also came up with 67 rebounds, 28 offensive and 39 defensive; 36 assists; 17 steals and one block.
Kuban (Class of 2011), a freshman center, played in 29 games his first season where he racked up 113 points on 45 shots from the field and 23 free throws.
Kuban also contributed 91 rebounds, 41 offensive and 50 defensive; 25 assists; 16 steals and 15 blocks.
Black Hawk?College finished the season at 10-20 overall.
Erik Dornfeld (Class of 2009) saw action in 25 games during his junior season as a forward for the Elmhurst College men’s basketball team.
Dornfeld played 392 minutes where he scored 86 points on 25 field goals and 36 free throws. He also pulled down 74 rebounds, 42 offensive and 32 defensive; along with 12 assists, one block and four steals.
Page 2 of 4 - Elmhurst ended the year at 12-13 overall and 6-8 in the conference.
After two years at Black Hawk College, Geneseo’s Derek Griffin (Class of 2009) transferred to the University of Dubuque where he is a junior center for the men’s basketball team.
Griffin saw action in 26 games and started in 22 during his first season with the team. He played 455 minutes and scored 132 points with 59 shots from the field and 14 free throws. He also had 75 rebounds, 27 offensive and 48 defensive; six assists; seven blocks; and three steals.
The University of Dubuque ended the season at 17-9 overall and 11-5 in the conference.
Two former Lady?Leaf basketball players have continued their careers at the collegiate level.
Jena Rice (Class of 2010) is a sophomore forward for the Saint Mary’s College women’s basketball team in Minnesota.
Rice played in four games this season where she scored two points on a field goal and contributed four rebounds, one offensive and three defensive; and one steal.
Saint Mary’s finished the year at 14-13 overall and 13-9 in the conference.
Allison?Wiese (Class of 2011) has completed her first year with the Truman State University women’s basketball team where she is a guard.
Wiese saw action in 15 games this season for a total of 75 minutes. She scored 25 points off five shots from beyond the arc, two field goals and six free throws. She also grabbed 14 rebounds, one offensive and 13 defensive; four assists and three steals.
Truman State ended the year at 17-10 overall and 11-9 in the conference.
Geneseo’s wrestling team is being represented on the college mats by West Cathcart (Class of 2011) and Adam Sheley (Class of 2009) this season.
Sheley has continued his successful wrestling career at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where he earned his second straight conference title.
Sheley, a junior member of the UW-LaCrosse wrestling team, currently has a record of 24-3 at 133 pounds. He captured the WIAC title at 133-lbs. with an 8-0 major decision win over his UW-Stevens Point opponent. To reach the championship bout, Sheley defeated an opponent from UW-Oshkosh in an 19-6 major decision and an opponent from UW-Whitewater in a 3-1 decision in overtime.
Also this season, Sheley placed third at the Luther Open, went 4-0 at the Comet Duals, 2-1 at the LaCrosse Duals (won 6-2 and by technical fall, but lost a match in an 8-6 decision), 2-0 at the Dual in the Dells (4-0 decision and 5-3 decision) and 4-0 at the NWCA National Duals (won by 16-0 technical fall, 13-1 major decision, 7-3 decision and 10-1 major decision).
In dual matches, Sheley defeated his UW-Whitewater opponent in a 3-2 decision; lost in an 8-6 decision to an opponent from UW-Platteville; won in an 11-1 major decision against Luther; defeated his UW-Oshkosh and Augsburg College opponents both by technical fall, 18-2 and 19-1, respectively; won by forfeit against UW-Eau Claire and took the 9-4 decision win over UW-Stevens Point.
Page 3 of 4 - Sheley will compete in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in LaCrosse,?Wis. March 9 and 10.
Cathcart, a freshman on the Lincoln College wrestling team, wrestled in five meets during his freshman season.
At the NIACC Open, Cathcart placed third at heavyweight, followed by a 1-1 record at the Muskegon Duals where he pinned his Olivet opponent in :41 seconds at heavy weight, but then lost in an 9-5 decision to his Niagara CC opponent.
Cathcart also took second at the Muskegon Open at heavyweight, fourth at heavyweight at Indiana Little State and sixth also at heavyweight at the Triton Open.
Several former Geneseo track and field athletes began their year during the indoor track and field season.
Shane Reschke (Class of 2008), a senior member of the Monmouth?College men’s track and field team, competed in six meet this season.
Reschke placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.47 seconds and was part of the second place 4x400-m relay that came in at 3:30.32 in Dubuque.
He took second in the 400-m dash in 51.95, first in the 4x200-m relay in 1:32.19 and second in the 4x400-m relay with a time of 3:24.95 at the Fighting Scots Invite.
At the Rose-Hulman Invite, Reschke took first in the 4x400-m relay in 3:22.76, a meet record; second in the 4x200-m relay at 1:32.29 and sixth in the 200-m dash in 23.35. He also placed ninth in the 400-m dash in 51.65 at Illinois College and second at the Wartburg Invite in the 4x400-m relay in 3:22.79.
Reschke also was part of two first-place relays at the Fighting Scot Meet, the 4x200-m relay with a time of 1:31.08 and the 4x400-m relay in 3:24.11. He came in 14th in the 200-m dash in 23.37.
Curt Jensen (Class of 2009) has had another successful indoor season as a junior member of the Illinois State University men’s track and field team.
Jensen earned a second-place finish in the shot put with throw of 59-1 1/2, followed by a sixth in the weight throw of 60-5 3/4 at the conference meet.
He nabbed top honors in the shot put at the Redbird Open with a throw of 58-9 1/2, Indiana State, 57-7 1/2; Illinois Wesleyan, 17.77 meters; and Purdue Invite, 58-1.
He took second in the weight throw at Indiana State at 61-2 3/4 and in the shot put with a throw of 57-7 1/2 at the WI Invite. Other finishes included fifth in the shot put and weight throw at the Indiana Relays with marks of 59-5 3/4 and 56-10, respectively; and sixth in the weight throw at Illinois Wesleyan at 17.44 m.
Jensen will compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend March 9 and 10.
Branden Smith (Class of 2011) is a freshman member of the St. Ambrose University men’s track and field team.
Page 4 of 4 - He competed in four events during the indoor season where he finished first in his heat in the 600-m run with a time of 1:34.46 at Mt.?Vernon; 28th in the 800-m run in 2:19.79 and fourth with the distance medley in 11:25.67 at the University of Chicago Duals; and 28th in the 400-m dash at the Jim Green Invite with a time of 56.89.
Amanda Egan?(Class of 2011) competed in two meets during her freshman season with the Bellarmine University women’s track and field team in Kentucky.
At the Mastodon Open, she placed 10th in the shot put with a throw of 10.49m and 13th in the weight throw at 10.95m, while at the Rose-Hulman meet, she set a freshman best for the school in the shot put with a mark of 37-10 1/2.
Stephanie Kennett (Class of 2009) is a sophomore member of the Concordia University women’s track and field team in Wisconsin. There were no results available for the indoor season.
Megan Wyffels (Class of 2009) is a junior vaulter for the Western Illinois University women’s track and field team. There were no indoor results available.