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  • Over the past fall sports season, Geneseo High School had several alumni conclude their collegiate athletic careers.
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  • Over the past fall sports season, Geneseo High School had several alumni conclude their collegiate athletic careers.
    Collin DeBuysere, a senior linebacker for the Northwest Missouri State University football team finished his career playing and starting in all 13 games and totaling 74 tackles (34 solo, 40 assisted).
    He also came up with nine tackles for a loss of 30 yards and two-and-a-half sacks for 17 yards. He nabbed four interceptions of 21 yards and a fumble return which he ran back 86 yards for the touchdown.
    DeBuysere was named first-team defense All-Region, second-team Daktronics All-American and MIAA Player of the Week Nov. 5.
    Northwest Missouri State finished the year at 10-3 overall and 8-2 in the conference. They lost to Minnesota State in the second round of playoffs, 38-35.
    Kelsey Lieving, a senior golfer for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville golf team, concluded her golf career competing in six meets this season.
    Lieving placed 11th at the Illinois College Invite with a 172 (85-87), followed by seventh at UW-Oshkosh with a 179 (87-92). At the IWU Fall Classic, she placed 66th with a 174 (94-80) and was 11th at the UW-Whitewater Invite with an 88.
    She finished 21st at the Mad Dawgs Invite with a 178 (94-84) and was eighth at the WIAC Championships with a 257 (88-90-79).
    Lieving received All-Tournament honors at conference as well as the All-Sportsmanship Team honors.
    Jordan Wagner, a senior mid/forward with the University of Southern Mississippi University women’s soccer team ended her career playing and starting in 17 games where she scored two goals, two assists and had 21 shots and eight shots on goal.
    She was a 2012 C-USA All-Academic Selection.
    The team finished the year at 4-12-1 overall and 1-9 in the conference.
    Meghan Wethington, a senior member of the Augustana College women’s tennis team, competed in her final season of college tennis in 2012.
    Wethington saw action in 14 matches this season. She and Krista Panko defeated their Grinnell opponents, 8-6 and at the Warhawk Invite with partner Katie Scharnagle won 7-6 and 6-2; lost 6-4 and 6-2 and lost 6-4, 4-6 and 10-6. At North Central, Wethington and Panko won 8-4 and were victorious at Loras with Panko, 8-0.
    Wethington and Panko defeated their Millikin opponents, 8-0, while beating their Illinois Wesleyan opponents, 8-5 and Carthage opponents, 8-2. Against Elmhurst, the duo won 8-6, but fell to Upper Iowa, 9-7. The girls rebounded against Cornell with an 8-2 win, but suffered a 8-2 loss to Wheaton, and beat their St. Ambrose opponents, 8-1.
    At the ITA Fall Championships, Wethington lost both her matches in singles play, 6-0 and 6-0 and 6-0 and 6-1. In doubles play, Wethington and Lauren Kaczmarek went 2-1, winning 8-1 and 8-6, but losing, 8-3.
    In the CCIW championships, Wethington and Panko took second place as the girls won their opening matches, 8-1 and 8-5, but fell in the championship match to Wheaton, 8-0.
    Page 2 of 3 - Shawn Gerhardt, senior outside hitter for the St. Ambrose University volleyball team, concluded her season on the junior varsity roster. No statistics were available.
    Other Geneseo alumni competing at the collegiate level included:
    Nicole Adams, a junior middle hitter for the Benedictine University volleyball team, racked in 342 kills in 34 matches played, along with six assists, 54 digs and 112 blocks (23 solo, 89 assisted).
    Adams was named to the AVCA Midwest Region First Team, Honorable Mention All-American and first-team All-Conference. She was second on the team in kills, led the team and second in conference in hitting percentage, third in the conference in blocks, and was ranked in the Top 25 through the season.
    Benedictine finished the year at 30-5 overall and 11-1 in the conference. The squad won the NAC Championship, but lost to the University of Chicago in the NCAA Regional.
    Jason Johnson, a junior defensive lineman and punter for the William Penn University football team, saw action in 12 games this season where he had one reception for 26 yards, 12 rushing yards and 11 punts for 404 yards, the longest was 58 yards.
    He also came up with 24 tackles (10 solo, 14 assisted), seven and a half tackles for a loss of 25 yards and three sacks for 18 yards.
    William Penn ended the year at 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
    Stephanie Kennett, a junior runner for the Concordia University women’s cross country team in Wisconsin, competed in three races this season.
    She finished the Falcon Invite with a time of 28 minutes and 32.1 seconds; the Brissman-Lundeen Invite in 27:33.4 and the Wisconsin Private College Championships in 28:14.03.
    Michael Atwell, junior quarterback for the Hope College football team, played in 10 games for Hope where he ran for 54 yards on 42 carries and three touchdowns.
    He totaled 2,254 yards through the air for 18 touchdowns on 177 completions with the longest being 84 yards. He also had 11 interceptions.
    Atwell was named the team’s Offensive MVP, All-MIAA Second-team honoree and Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17.
    Hope College finished the year at 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
    Anthony Roome and Alex Anderson, both sophomore offensive linemen for the Augustana College football team, concluded their second season with the Vikings, who finished with a record of 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
    Branden Smith, a sophomore runner for the St. Ambrose cross country team, raced in six meets this season.
    He placed 16th in the Augustana Early Fall Open in 18:25, followed by an 80th finish in the Midwest Classic in 30:13.88, and 323rd in the Brissman-Lundeen Invite in 30:00.2.
    At the Fighting Bee Invite, Smith placed 61st in 30:47, while he took 39th at the Sauk Valley Invite in 30:49. He finished 36th in the MCC Championships with a time of 29:44.
    Page 3 of 3 - Eli Flynn and Drew Haars, both members of the Ashford University men’s soccer team, concluded their sophomore season on the junior varsity squad. No statistics were available.
    Taking part in their first season of college athletes Alex Radue, a freshman mid-fielder for the Parkland College women’s soccer team, played in 14 games and started in 10. She had four goals, two assists and took two shots on goal.
    The squad finished the season at 13-2-2 overall.
    Brittany Mielke, a freshman defender on the Heartland College women’s soccer team, played in 18 games this year with nine starts where she had two goals, two assists and one shot on goal.
    Heartland was 13-3-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the region. The team lost the District Championship to St. Louis Community College, 3-1.
    Allison Farrell, a freshman golfer for the Western Illinois University women’s golf team, competed in one match this year, the WIU Autumn Invite where she tied for 10th with a 169 (89-80).
    Paige Gatter, a freshman runner for the Lewis University women’s cross country team, raced in six meets in her first season.
    Gatter placed 33rd in the 2012 Illini Challenge in 16:15, followed by 77th at the UW-Parkside Midwest Open in 21:13.4, and 35th at the National Catholic Invitational in 19:30.1.
    She also took 118th in the Greater Louisville Classic in 19:24.48, 25th at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship in 23:07.10, and 125th at the Midwest Regional Championships in 24:13.
    Rebecca Barnhart, a freshman member of the North Central College women’s tennis team, did not see any action in her first season with the team.

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