Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Men's Baseball: UIS baseball picked fifth in GLVC preseason coaches poll

The University of Illinois Springfield baseball team was picked to finish fifth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s preseason coaches poll that was released on Tuesday.

UIS, which will be led by first-year coach Ryan Copeland, received 169 points in the poll.

The Prairie Stars finished one-game back of the GLVC title and appeared in the NCAA Division II super regionals last season. UIS won the league’s regular season championship in 2018.

The Prairie Stars have had the top offense in the GLVC the past three seasons and return all-conference position players in Chris Monroe, Brandon Bannon and Ruben Markham. Cameron Zunkel and Colton Hale, all-conference pitchers from 2018, also return to the team. Pitchers Jordan Mikel and Evan Snyder are Division I transfers expected to compete for innings.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on January 28, 2020.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Men's Basketball: Stars’ break slide against Lindenwood

University of Illinois Springfield senior guard Daniel Soetan sparked a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer past midway with under seven minutes remaining and the Stars snapped a five-game losing streak with a 95-88 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory over Lindenwood at The Recreation and Atheltic Center.

Soetan finished with a team high 22 points, shooting 10 for 13 from the floor, along with six rebounds and six assists.

Chase Robinson and Soetan helped UIS to a 53.3 field goal percentage in the first half.

Jesus Castillo followed up Soetan’s trey in the second half with another 3-pointer and Robinson converted the old-fashioned three-point play to put the Stars ahead by double digits.

Keymonta Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds for UIS, going 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on January 25, 2020.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Women's Basketball: UIS women’s basketball breaks out of slump

The University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball team pulled ahead 26-17 by halftime after a dominant second quarter and the Prairie Stars snapped a four-game skid with a 60-48 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory over Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

After falling behind 12-11 early in the second frame, Katelyn Rosner delivered the go-ahead jumper with 8 minutes 26 seconds remaining and teammate Tehya Fortune went on to score eight of the team’s next 13 points for a nine-point advantage at intermission. That included a 3-pointer at the buzzer, assisted by Jasmine Sangster. A pair of Lauren Ladowski free throws expanded the Stars’ lead to 34-19 with 6:41 left in the third quarter.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on January 23, 2020.

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