SPRINGFIELD — Danville Area Community College will host the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the 29th time beginning March 15, but the host Jaguars saw their hopes of playing in the tournament dashed on Saturday.
The John Wood Community College Trail Blazers advanced to the NJCAA Region 24 Tournament Championship Game with a 51-50 win over the Jaguars.
Brandon Knacht of the Trail Blazers made two free throws with 8 seconds remaining to give John Wood a 1-point lead and ultimately the win when DACC missed his final shot at the buzzer.
Stephen Atkinson had a team-high 13 points for the Jaguars, who finished the year at 18-7, while Ahmoni Weston contributed with 12. Atkinson also finished with a team-high 10 rebounds.
Gabe Cox and Garrett Snow were John Wood’s top scorers with 9 points each.
In the other semifinal, Parkland defeated Rend Lake 61-60. The Cobras were led by Savon Wykle, Kieon Gill and Jordan Jenkins, each with 10 points.
Parkland beat John Wood 80-75 in Sunday’s title game as Wykle had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists, Daniel Reed had 18 points, Josh River had 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals and Marcus Johnson had 11 points and five rebounds.
The Cobras will return to the NJCAA Division II tournament for the second time in three years.
71 Colorado St., 68 Boise St.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Danville native Kendle Moore had 19 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists as the Rams won their final home game of the season on Saturday.
Colorado State ends the regular season with a 24-4 record and a 14-4 mark in the Mountain West and will start the tournament Thursday against Utah State or the Air Force.
North Dakota St. 82, Denver 62
SIOUX FALLS, SD — Danville native Tevin Smith had 10 points with three rebounds and two assists, but the Pioneers lost in the Summit League quarterfinals.
Denver ends its season at 11-21.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Lincoln Land 72, DACC 70
QUINCY – The Lady Loggers survived a frantic fourth quarter comeback to beat the Lady Jaguars in a Region 24 semifinal at John Wood Community College.
Danville Area Community College, which ends its season with a 13-15 record, overcame a 12-point deficit to take a 68-66 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining, but Lincoln Land, ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA poll Division II took the lead for good on an offensive rebound basket from Colby Burt in the final minute.
It’s the third time the Loggers have beaten the Jaguars this season to go along with a 73-66 triumph on Jan. 26 and a 75-66 overtime win on Feb. 16.
“Every time we play against Danville, it’s a battle,” Lincoln Land coach Chad Jones told the school’s official website.
Lincoln Land lost to Illinois Central College 76-69 on Sunday. The Cougars will compete in the NJCAA Division II tournament in Port Huron, Michigan.
Mercer 73, Furman 54
ASHEVILLE, NC — In her freshman year of college, Danville graduate Erin Houpt will compete in the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
Houpt and the Bears beat Furman 73-54 on Sunday to win the Southern Conference tournament at Harrah’s Cherokee Center.
Houpt had 12 points with five rebounds and two assists for Mercer, who trailed 25-24 at halftime but edged Furman 30-4 in the third quarter to put the game away.
With the win, the Bears are 23-6 and won their fourth title in five years. They will await their first-round tournament opponent when the NCAA roster is released on March 13.
Notre-Dame falls in the semi-finals
GREENSBORO, NC — The Irish beat Georgia Tech 71-53 on Friday but lost to Miami 57-54 on Saturday in the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Schlarman Academy graduate Anaya Peoples had a rebound in the win over Georgia Tech and had five points and two steals against Miami, which would lose to NC State in Sunday’s championship game.
The Irish are 22-8 and will wait for who they face in the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
IUPUI 86, Oakland 63
INDIANAPOLIS — Fountain Central graduate Macee Williams had 27 points and 15 rebounds as the Jaguars contested a Horizon League semifinal.
Sydney Gouard, a Schlarman Academy graduate, had six points and three rebounds for Oakland, which finished the season at 15-15.
IUPUI is 23-4 and will face Cleveland State today in the Horizon League title game. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Seattle 57, State of Chicago 54
CHICAGO — Schlarman Academy graduate Janiah Newell had four points and three steals, but the Cougars lost their season finale to Seattle on Saturday.
Chicago State ends the season at 4-23 and 3-15 in the WAC.
Mojonnier wins at the invitation
CHARLESTON — Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin’s Eli Mojonnier won Saturday’s 800-meter race with a time of 2 minutes, 2.40 seconds at the EIU Indoor Invitational.
Mojonnier was also third in the 1,600 meters (4:42.87) while teammate Emerson Thorlton was 10th (4:55.17).
On the girls’ side, Mia Martinez of Schlarman Academy was fourth in the triple jump (9.43m) and 10th in the long jump (4.32) and Allie Morris of Oakwood was ninth in the 1600m race ( 5:51.47).
Salt Fork participates in Cogdal Invite
NORMAL — The Salt Fork boys’ and girls’ teams competed in the Cogdal Invitational on Saturday at Illinois State University.
On the girls’ side, Brynlee Keeran won the pole vault (3.40 metres) and the long jump (4.85) for the Storm, while Olivia Birge won in the shot put (11.28 metres) , Shelby McGee was second in the triple jump (9.76) and third in the 60 hurdles (10.22), Macie Russell was second in the 800 (2:30.98), Alexa Jamison was eighth in the 60 hurdles (8 .52) and Keeran was fourth in the 60 hurdles (10.29).
On the boys’ side, Garrett Taylor won in the shot put (15.26) for Salt Fork, while Nathan Kirby was third in the hurdles (8.63), Ethan McLain was fifth in the 60 dash (7.35) and seventh in the long jump (5.72), Brysen Vasquez was sixth in the 400m (55.77) and Dylan Diaz was sixth in the triple jump (12.09). The 800 relay team of McLain, Kirby, Diaz and Vasquez finished second in 1:37.20.
DACC begins its spring journey
MYRTLE BEACH, SC — The Jaguars began their annual spring trip on Sunday.
Danville Area Community College started the day with a 7-2 win over Penn State-Dubois. Noah Laurent hit a two-run homer and four RBIs, while Dustin Dupont and Jackson Micheels each hit solo homers and Luke Olson had eight strikeouts.
In Game 2 on Sunday, the Jaguars were tied 5-5 heading into the seventh with Mid-Michigan College, but Mid-Michigan scored 10 points in the seventh for a 15-7 win. Micheels had three hits with a home run and three RBIs while Jacob Mote had two hits and three RBIs.
On Monday, the Jaguars beat Penn State Hazelton 14-11 as Angel Lobo had two home runs with five RBIs, while Kyle Bartman had two hits with a home run and three RBIs, Isaiah Ruch had a two-run homer, Dupont had three hits and an RBI, Jacob Spear had two hits and an RBI, and Jaden Miller hit a solo home run.
After playing Penn State-Hazelton again on Monday night, the Jaguars will face Northhampton Community College today.
Bobcats 0-3 for the weekend
DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Bobcats couldn’t pull off a win this weekend, losing 2-0 on Friday to the Evansville Thunderbolts and to the Huntsville Havoc 5-1 on Saturday and 3-1 on Sunday.
In Saturday’s game, Hunter Atchison scored Vermilion County’s lone goal while Mitch Atkins had an assist and Chase Perry made 36 saves.
Houston Wilson scored the Bobcats’ lone goal in Sunday’s game, while Perry made 30 saves.
The Bobcats remain at David S. Palmer Arena on Wednesday when they face the Peoria Rivermen at 7 p.m.