College report: Jordan Myers excels at Wisconsin-Whitewater
By Dan Chamness For Sun-Times Media December 3, 2012 6:02PM
Waubonsie Valley graduate Jordan Myers compiled a 16-5-1 record this year as the goalkeeper for Wisconsin-Whitewater. | Photo courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Updated: January 5, 2013 6:20AM
Waubonsie Valley graduate Jordan Myers is looking forward to her next two years at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Her resume during her first two seasons would be enough for most athletes. The sophomore goalkeeper has helped the Warhawks advance to the NCAA Division III playoffs twice. Previously, Whitewater had never advanced to the national tournament in women’s soccer.
“I was happy with the entire year,” said Myers, who posted a 16-5-1 mark during her sophomore campaign. “I just wish it would have ended a little better. I think my communication skills on the field were better this year. I need to make better decisions when the ball is in the air and close to the goal.”
Wisconsin-Whitewater won its first game of the playoffs, beating Wittenberg University 4-0. Myers, who played 90 minutes between the pipes, made five saves. The Warhawks were shut out in the second round by Wheaton College, losing a 7-0 decision. Myers, who played 45 minutes, allowed seven goals and made five saves.
“It always feels great to get a shutout, especially in the playoffs,” Myers said. “It boosted our confidence. It confirms you belong in the playoffs. Against Wheaton, we played our worst game of the year against the best team that we played all year.”
Myers played 1,878 minutes, 50 seconds in goal this year. She played in all 22 games and made 21 starts. In the 22 games, she made 115 saves and allowed only 23 goals. She had eight shutouts this year.
Wisconsin-Whitewater finished 16-5-1 overall and 8-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
In men’s basketball, Connecticut downed New Hampshire, 61-53. UConn sophomore Ryan Boatright (East Aurora) poured in 19 points and doled out four assists. Boatright hit 5 of 10 field goals and 9 of 11 free throws. The starting guard played 36 minutes in the contest.
South Dakota State will advance to the second round of the NCAA Division I-AA football playoffs after beating Eastern Illinois 58-10 in the first round. T.J. Lally (Marmion), a SDSU redshirt freshman linebacker, had seven tackles (six solos). He broke up one pass. South Dakota State will play North Dakota State in the second round. They will enter the game with a 9-3 mark. They were 6-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Quincy’s basketball team got 13 points from Tyler Thompson (West Aurora), but it was not enough to overcome Central Missouri, which won 77-59. Thompson, who hit 5 of 11 from the field and 2 of 2 from the charity stripe, also had six rebounds and two assists. The starter, who played 29 minutes, hit one trey. Quincy is 2-2.
The University of Illinois women’s soccer team bowed out of the NCAA Division I playoffs with a 9-2 loss to North Carolina in the second round. Illinois junior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo (Waubonsie Valley) assisted the first goal of the contest, which was scored at the 1:29 mark. With the loss, Illinois ended the season with a 10-9-4 mark. They were 6-4-1 in the Big Ten.
In men’s soccer, Loras College’s JoJo Schmidt (Metea Valley) assisted the second goal of the contest between Loras and Wheaton. Loras won 2-1. The goal was scored at the 67:10 mark. Loras (23-1-1) will advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
Dazmine Chaney (West Aurora) scored six points to help Concordia-Chicago defeat Benedictine, 64-61. Chaney, who started and played 33 minutes, also had two assists and two steals. Concordia-Chicago is 1-4 overall and 1-0 in the Northern Athletics Conference.
Bellarmine University (4-0) has yet to taste defeat in men’s basketball. Jelani Johnson (Waubonsie Valley), a Bellarmine senior, has started every game and averages 23.5 minutes per game. Johnson has scored 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Besides his 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, he also has seven assists, six steals and two blocked shots. Johnson has hit nine field goals (two treys) and two free throws.
Roosevelt University has built a 7-1 mark in women’s basketball. The team is 5-1 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Kiara Towles (West Aurora), who gas played in eight games and started four, averages 19.1 minutes per game. Towles has 43 points and 38 rebounds, with averages of 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She also has five steals and three assists. Towles has drained 16 of 33 from the field and 11 of 19 from the free throw line.
Jasmine Johnson (West Aurora) scored five points as Monmouth College defeated North Central, 98-87. Johnson, who played 10 minutes, also had five rebounds. Monmouth is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Midwest Conference.
Dwight Harris (Waubonsie Valley) had one assisted tackle in Western Illinois’ final game of the year, a 35-0 loss to Southern Illinois. Western Illinois finished 3-8 overall and 1-7 in the Missouri Valley.
Winthrop University freshman volleyball player Brittany Rampersad (Waubonsie Valley) had 34 kills on the season. Rampersad, who appeared in 13 matches, also had 17 block assists, 11 digs and three assists. Winthrop finished 14-16 overall and 8-6 in the Big South Conference.