GHS grads excel at the college level

Amy Carton
Joe Paradiso competes in the shot put for Southern Illinois University- Carbondale.

Local college athletes concluded their spring seasons in June as some earned honors at the national level and others captured conference titles.

Representing Geneseo High School in track and field were Valerie Bustle, a senior member of the Augustana College women’s track and field team, competed in three meets for the Lady Vikings. Bustle took 23rd at the Lee Calhoun Invite in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 20.7 seconds, followed by a 21st-place finish in the 800-m run in 2:36.25 at the Augie Invite. Bustle took 17th in the 400-m hurdles at the Fighting Scot Invite in 1:15.17.

Luke Reschke, a senior member of the Monmouth College men’s track and field team, closed out his career with a third-place finish at the national meet in the 400-m dash with a time of 47.06 to claim All-American status. He also compete in the 200-m dash prelims at nationals, but didn’t qualify with a time of 21.82.

Reschke claimed the 400-m dash conference title, taking the tape in 46.75, which is the nation’s top time in Division III. He also took second in the 200-m dash at the conference meet.

Other first-place finishes came at the Washington University Invite in the 400-m dash in 49.19; the Augustana Meet of Champions in 47.52, a school record; the Loras Open in the 200-m dash in 22.16; the Fighting Scot Invite in the 400-m dash in 47.98 and in the 200-m dash at 21.84; and the Central Open in the 200-m dash in 21.83.

He was named the Midwest Conference’s Performer of the Year for men’s track and field.

Shane Reschke, a sophomore member of the Monmouth College men’s track and field team, competed in the 200-m dash and 400-m dash this season.

He earned top 5 places in the 400-m dash at the Fighting Scot Invite with a time of 50.63 for fifth; the Midwest Conference Meet in the 400-m dash in fifth and took fourth in the Augie Twilight Qualifier in 50.01 in the 400-m dash.

Joe Paradiso, a senior member of the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale men’s track and field team, captured a conference title in the shot put with a throw of 57-9 3/4 and took second in the hammer throw with a mark of 198-4.

Paradiso also took second in the shot put at the SIU Spring Classic at 53-5 1/2; fifth in the hammer throw at 185-2 at the Joey Haines Invite; and fourth in the hammer throw at 182-3 at the Indiana State Quad.

At the NCAA Regional Meet, Paradiso took 20th in the hammer throw at 194-10 and placed 13th in the shot put prelims at 56-9 1/2.

Curt Jensen found success in his first year of collegiate track as a member of the Illinois State University men’s track and field team.

Jensen, a freshman, earned his highest finishes of the season in the shot put — second at the EIU Big Blue Classic at 52-7 1/4 and second at the Illinois State Redbird Invite at 51- 8 1/2.

Other top five finishes include fourths at the SIU Spring Classic in the shot put at 50-2 1/2 and in the discus at 153-10.

At the conference meet, Jensen placed fifth in the shot put at 55-7 1/2; 10th in the discus at 145-7 and 13th in the hammer throw at 141-1.

In the NCAA West Regional, Jensen took 46th in the shot put with a mark of 49-4 1/2.

Dan Chenoweth, a junior member of the Harvard University men’s track and field team, only competed in one event this season, according to results on the Harvard University Web site.

Chenoweth took third in the 5000-m run at the Stanford Invite with a time of 13:49.43.

Meghan Wethington, a freshman member of the Augustana College women’s tennis team, closed out the season with an overall record of 9-4, 8-2 in duals and 1-2 in tournaments.

In the spring season, Wethington captured five singles wins — 6-2 and 6-0 against her Roanoke opponent; 7-5 and 6-1 over her York opponent; 6-1 and 6-2 over her Cornell opponent; 6-0 and 6-1 over her Eureka opponent and 6-1 and 7-5 against her Loras opponent.

At No. 3 doubles, Wethington and her doubles partner beat their St. John Fisher opponents, 8-6.

Augustana finished the fall and spring seasons with an overall record of 14-13 and a conference mark of 2-4.

Ted Keopple, a junior member of the Augustana College’s men’s golf team, competed in four events over the spring season.

Keopple tied for 29th at the Augustana Invite with a score of 157; took 30th in the Mary Hardian-Baylor Spring Invite with a 181; 40th in the Scot-Fire Classic with a score of 159 and 52nd in the Prairie Fire Classic with a 170.

Six former Lady Leaf softball players have continued their careers on the collegiate diamonds.

Brooke Anderson, in her first year as a member of the Monmouth College softball team, ended the season with a .308 batting average, having played in 11 games and started in three.

Anderson made 13 trips to the plate with four hits, four RBIs and one double.

Monmouth finished the year with an overall record of 14-22 and 7-5 in the conference.

Samantha Fleming, a sophomore outfielder for the Black Hawk College softball team, played in 55 games this season, which included 159 trips to the plate.

In her at bats, Fleming ended the year with a .252 batting average, which included 40 hits, two doubles, 13 RBIs, 30 runs and one home run.

Black Hawk finished the year with a record of 39-14.

Annie Lenz took her talents to the Illinois Wesleyan University softball team.

Lenz, a freshman, saw action in 25 games, including seven starts and made 31 trips to the plate. She finished with a .290 batting average and contributed four runs, nine hits, three doubles, one home run and six RBIs.

Illinois Wesleyan finished the year at 33-16 overall and 9-5 in the conference.

Jenna Howard concluded her college softball career at St. Ambrose University where she started all 38 games and had a batting average of .277.

Howard made 101 trips to the plate and scored 19 runs with 28 hits, three doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs.

She pitched four innings this season to earn a victory with a 15.75 ERA. She allowed six hits, seven runs, 10 walks and struck out two.

St. Ambrose closed out the season with an 18-20 overall record and a 12-10 conference mark.

At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Alli Rivera, a sophomore member of the softball team, started all 46 games for the Phoenix and finished the year with a .304 batting average.

Rivera made 138 trips to the plate where she scored 22 runs, had 42 hits, nine doubles, five home runs and 31 RBIs.

Green Bay finished the year at 27-20 overall and 11-11 in the conference.

Heather VanHyning took her talents to the University of Central Missouri for her junior season of softball behind the plate.

VanHyning played in 34 games for Central Missouri, starting in 30 with a .202 batting average. She had 89 at bats with eight runs, 18 hits, one double, two home runs and five RBIs.

Central Missouri ended the year at 26-27 overall and 10-10 in the conference.

On the baseball diamond, Manny Rivera and Joey Bergles represented Geneseo.

Manny Rivera ended his college baseball career at St. Ambrose University.

On the mound, Rivera had a .920 ERA with one win and zero losses. He allowed 20 hits, 17 runs, 12 walks, five doubles, four home runs and  struck out 13 in 63 at bats.

St. Ambrose ended the year at 21-22 overall and 12-11 in the conference.

Joey Bergles, a junior outfielder for the Viterbo University baseball team, played in 27 games and started 11.

Bergles had a .241 batting average with 29 at bats, 10 runs, seven hits, one double and one RBI.

Viterbo finished the season at 28-21-1 overall and 16-8 in the conference.

Alli Rivera waits for her pitch for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay softball team.