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College report: Joey Guth carries scoring load at Cornell College

AurorCentral Catholic product Joey Guth now junior Cornell College have averaged 16.3 points over his last three games. | LaurScott~Cornell

Aurora Central Catholic product Joey Guth, now a junior at Cornell College, have averaged 16.3 points over his last three games. | Laura Scott~Cornell College Sports Information

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Updated: March 2, 2013 11:56AM

Three and counting.

Since Jan. 15, Aurora Central Catholic graduate and Cornell College junior Joey Guth has scored in double figures in three straight games. Cornell is 2-1 during that stretch.

Cornell defeated Monmouth College (92-78) and most recently, Knox College (90-72). Sandwiched between the pair of wins was a 80-63 loss to St. Norbert College.

“Against Monmouth, we wanted the victory so bad and we needed the victory,” Guth said. “If we would have lost, we would not be in the conversation about the upcoming conference tournament. We needed to be included in that conversation. We want to be included. We had some great passing against Knox.”

Guth scored 19 points against Knox. The 6-foot-1 forward hit 8-of-12 from the field, which included 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. He also had five steals and four assists.

He had 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals against Monmouth. He nailed 5-of-12 field goals and 4-of-6 free throws. Of his field goals, three were treys.

Against St. Norbert, he finished with 13 points once again hitting 5-of-12 from the field. Guth, who hit two treys, also hit 1-of-2 free throws. He added four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“We were too streaky against SNC,” Guth said. “We had patches of great play, but not enough of them and nothing sustained. With those wins, we gained a bit of confidence. We need it because there is a tough stretch coming up.”

Cornell is 7-10 overall and 6-6 in the Midwest Conference. Guth is averaging 16.1 points per game this season.

Eastern Illinois sprinter Sean Wiggan (Waubonsie Valley) won the 600-meter run at the John Craft Invitational, hosted by EIU and held at Lantz Fieldhouse in Charleston. Wiggan finished the race in 1:21.47. Wiggan was also a member of the EIU 1,600-meter relay team, which finished third in 3:27.73. Team scores were not kept.

Elmhurst College freshman wrestler Miguel Venecia (West Aurora) went 2-3 at the Al Hanke Invitational, finishing sixth overall. Venecia won his first two matches, but suffered an injury and was hindered in future matches. Elmhurst, which is ranked second in the country in the latest NCAA Division III poll posted by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, won the team title with 127 points.

University of Illinois wrestler Mario Gonzalez (West Aurora) suffered only his second loss of the year when he was topped 4-2 by Minnesota’s Scott Schiller at 197 pounds. Fellow Illini wrestler Logan Arlis (Batavia), who wrestles at 141 pounds, lost 10-3 to his Minnesota counterpart, Nick Dardanes. Minnesota defeated Illinois 18-14. At the time of the match, Illinois was ranked fifth in the country, while Minnesota was ranked fourth. Illinois is 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten Conference.

University of Illinois thrower Brett Einbecher (Waubonsie Valley) competed in two events at the Illini Classic, which was held at the Illinois Armory in Champaign. He was eighth in the shot put (15.71 meters) and 11th in the weight throw (16.96 meters). The Illini won the team title with 241.5 points.

Roosevelt University put two more in the win column, beating Holy Cross College (86-80) and Indiana University-South Bend (60-59). In the win over Holy Cross, Becky Williford (Waubonsie Valley) and Erica Jordan (Waubonsie Valley) each scored six points. Williford had three rebounds and two assists, while Jordan had three rebounds. In the triumph over IU-South Bend, Jordan had six points and two rebounds, while Williford tallied three points and three rebounds.

Western Illinois swimmer Lizzie Hollopeter (Metea Valley) competed in three events at a three-team meet. Individually, Hollopeter took fifth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.24). She was also a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay (third, 1:44.86) and the 200-yard medley relay (fourth, 1:57.68). Western Illinois was topped by Eastern Illinois University (90-44) and University of South Dakota (125-21).

Butler freshman Amy Lundstram (Metea Valley) golfed two rounds this fall. She shot a 187 for those two rounds, with a low round of 90. Butler will resume its season at the Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 11.

Robert Morris University-Chicago freshman Tre’Sean Mackey (Metea Valley) had four carries for 10 rushing yards this year. Mackey, who played in two games, scored one touchdown. Robert Morris was 8-3 this year.

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