CCIW Weekend Report: 18-20 November 2022

NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championship
North Central finished seventh on the team in the NCAA Division III Championship at the Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan. Andrew Guimond was 29th in 25:30.5 and Connor Riss was 38th in 25:36.0.

NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championship
Annalese Chudy from Illinois Wesleyan was the top CCIW finisher on the 6K course in East Lansing, Michigan with a 23:24.9 for 96th place. Alyssa Mantia was 112th in 23:33.0.

NCAA Division III Football Playoffs
North Central advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs for the sixth straight year and the 13th time in program history as the Cardinals beat Lake Forest 50-0 in the opening round, Saturday afternoon at the Benedetti Wehrli Stadium in Naperville. The Cardinals totaled 558 yards of offense. Luke Lehnen was 15-to-21 for 215 yards and three touchdowns and Ethan Greenfield rushed 18 times for 131 yards and a score. Defensively, NCC set a new single-game program record by limiting Lake Forest to 66 yards total offense… Wheaton dropped his contest to Bethel in the first round, 34-32, ending Thunder’s 13th trip to the NCAA postseason. The Thunder’s 2-point conversion attempt that would have leveled the game 3-10 in the fourth quarter was unsuccessful. Giovanni Weeks had 182 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Jalen Shaffer led the WC defense with 12 tackles.

Culver’s Isthmus Bowl
Wisconsin-River Falls defeated WashU 31-24 in the second annual Culver’s Isthmus Bowl, on a cold Saturday night at Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. WashU signal caller Clark Stephens completed 34 passes for 431 yards and a touchdown. Collin Goldberg caught eight receptions for 198 yards. Cole Okmin and Kenneth Hamilton caught touchdowns for the Bears.

Men’s Basketball
#23 Elmhurst went 4-0 up for the third time in four seasons thanks to an 88-60 win at Buena Vista Saturday afternoon. Jonathan Zapinski had a monster game for EU with 16 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots… JT Welch scored 19 points for Millikin in the Big Blues’ 74-62 win over Wisconsin-Stout at Decatur on Saturday. MU is now 4-0 up in the season… North Central held off two game-winning field goal attempts from Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Cardinals’ 87-86 away win. Matt Helwig ended NCC’s first real road win of the season with 28 points and six assists.

Carthage defeated Marian 82-74 on Saturday afternoon. It was the second straight win for the Firebirds, who conceded double-doubles from Filip Bulatovic (20 points, 11 rebounds) and AJ Johnson (10 points, 15 boards)… #21 Illinois Wesleyan won the opener of the Small College Basketball Champions Classic Friday morning, a 73-67 triumph over Nebraska Wesleyan. Lucas Heflen’s three with 5:36 left broke a 60:60 draw. The Titans dropped Saturday’s contest in overtime to #13 St. Joseph (Conn.), 73-64. Cody Mitchell recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds for IWU… #24 Wheaton beat Hannover 65-48 in the opener of the Lee Pound Classic at the King Arena on Friday. Tyson Cruickshank scored 21 points in the win. The Thunder dropped Saturday’s championship game 60-56 to John Carroll.

Carroll went 1-1 over the weekend, Downing Northland Friday evenings, 90-74. Five Pios scored in double digits, including Kobe Simpson’s 18 points. CU lost to Illinois Tech Sunday, 65-59, despite Eckhelo Simpson’s 14-point, 12-rebound double-double… Aurora defeated Augustana Saturday, 81-76. Daniel Carr had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Vikings, who committed just five turnovers… North Park lost at Hope, 80-73. The Vikings had 15 steals as a team and Kolden Vanlandingham had 23 points.

Women’s Basketball
Wheaton won twice on his trip to the Pacific Time Zone and the Doug McArthur Classic, routing Pacific Lutheran late Friday night, 71-41, and following up with a 62-56 win over #24 Puget Sound on Saturday. Annika Richardson’s 25 points led Friday and Caylee Hermanson had 15 points and seven rebounds on Saturday… Illinois Wesleyan celebrated their home opener with a 73-62 win over Capital. Lauren Huber accelerated the Titans with 27 points and 13 rebounds… Carthage defeated Lawrence 63-52 for the first win of the season. Lauren Knight had 17 points, Margueret Spear hit four 3-pointers, and the Firebirds had a season-low 10 turnovers.

#14 Millikin dumped Coe Friday night, 66-57, at WashU’s McWilliams Classic in St. Louis. Sarah Isaf scored 20 points for MU. Saturday’s championship ended in overtime, a 72-66 loss to host WashU despite 29 points from All-American Elyce Knudsen… Augustana defeated Dubuque, 64-61, on Friday at the opener of the Hyatt Place tournament. Gabriela Loiz scored 15 points and Emily Brenneisen broke a 59-59 tie with a 3-pointer with 1:05 in the game. The Vikings dropped the championship Saturday to #22 Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 64-49… Carroll went away empty-handed in a 58-52 loss at Wisconsin-La Crosse. Olivia Rangel had 14 points while Allison Thompson filled the stats list with 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks…

North Central couldn’t match Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Saturday afternoon’s 83-51 loss to the Pointers. Allison Pearson paced the Cardinals by 17 points to… North Park dropped two contests at Chicago’s Midway Classic. The Vikings fell to the hosts Maroons 72-49 on Friday and later on Saturday lost to Calvin 79-73. Ether Miller had 29 points and five steals for NPU on Saturday.

Women’s Bowling
Aurora’s total of 6,201 topped the field at the inaugural CCIW event of the 2022/23 season in Bettendorf, Iowa. Marian was second with 6,138 and Carthage third with 6,035. Caitlin Powers of Carthage had a tournament-high average of 206.67.

Swimming and diving for men
Wheaton defeated Carthage, 190.5-141.5. Abe Plimpton was key to the Thunder’s success on the men’s side as the senior recorded wins in both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events… Illinois Wesleyan hosted the IWU Invite on Saturday and took second place with the team behind WashU. Ethan Lowder placed second and third in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle, respectively… Augustana placed second out of five teams at the Luther Invitational in Decorah, Iowa. The Vikings scored 522 points.

North Central lost a duel at Beloit, 123-40. Ben Laurich (200 yard freestyle) and Gavin Sheehan (100 yard backstroke) finished second for the Cardinals.

Swimming and diving for women
Wheaton was a winner in his duel with Carthage, 213-98. Katie Yonan was one of several standout swimmers for The Thunder, winning the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events and swimming a stage in four relay wins…Natalie Wajda (100-yard backstroke) and Hadley Fudge (100-yard breaststroke) highlighted Illinois Wesleyan’s second place finish at the IWU Invite with runners-up in their respective races… Augustana was the fifth-place team at the Luther Invitational in Decorah, Iowa. Highlighting Friday’s action was Emily Martin, who finished second in the 100-yard medley and set a school record with a time of 1:02.57.

Beloit brought down North Central in double action, 187-47. Abigail Anderson was second in the 100 yard breaststroke and Tori Robinson had two top five finishes.

Men’s wrestling
Concordia Wisconsin hosted the 29th annual CUW Open on Saturday, which included league enemies Carthage, Wheaton, Elmhurst and North Central. NCC’s Robert Precin won the 133-pound bracket. North Central’s Alex Villar (157) and Andrew Demas (197) finished second in their brackets… Jordan Carson (141) and Nathan Callaway (157) were champions for Millikin at Coe Invite Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Second were Zac Blasioli (125) and DJ Millet (133) … Tyler Lovejoy and Nidal Farah both scored wins for Lakeland at the 8 Man Battles event hosted by Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday. Lovejoy was seventh with 184.

women’s wrestling
Angie Guy was the best Augustana performer at the Albion Invitational on Sunday with a second place at 191. Hannah Suboni-Kaufman was third at 123… Carthage’s Natalie Majer (116) and Adele Senzig (143) placed in Albionfourth and fifth in their weight classes.

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The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) was founded in 1946 and currently serves nine member institutions, including Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois), Carroll University (Waukesha, Wis.), Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.), Elmhurst University (Elmhurst, Illinois), Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Illinois), Millikin University (Decatur, Illinois), North Central College (Naperville, Illinois), North Park University (Chicago, Illinois), and Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) .

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