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Sept. 4, 2015
CRYSTAL LAKE — For the second straight game, the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team pulled within a goal in the second half but could get no closer as the Chargers dropped a 4-1 decision at McHenry County on Thursday.

The Scots (2-2-1) took a 2-0 lead into halftime before the Chargers (1-4) go on the board in the 48th minute as sophomore Sandro Aldana (Spring Valley, Ill./Hall) scored on a goal that was assisted by sophomore Jalen Jones (Roanoke,...

Sept. 4, 2015
OTTUMWA, Iowa — The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team lost in four sets at 12th-ranked Indian Hills (Iowa) on Thursday, falling 25-13, 25-11, 21-25, 25-16.


Freshman Chelsea Lesniewski (Fulton) had 13 kills and six digs to lead the Chargers (2-5), who have had three losses this season against ranked opponents.


Sophomore Brenna Combs (Abingdon-Avon) had 11 assists, while fellow sophomore Brea Simkins (United) added nine.



Sept. 3, 2015
OGLESBY — The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team opened Arrowhead Conference play Wednesday night at Illinois Valley with a 25-20, 25-21, 8-25, 25-19 loss to the Eagles.


Sophomore McKenna Weaver (Limestone) had a team-best 13 kills for Sandburg (2-4, 0-1), while freshman Chelsea Lesniewski (Fulton) added 10.  Weaver also had a tem-leading three aces. Sophomores Brenna Combs (Abingdon-Avon) and Brea Simkins (United) had 16 and 11 assists, respectfully,...

Sept. 1, 2015
GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College women’s cross country team gave coach Rodney Blue a victory in his debut as the Chargers edged Knox in a men’s and women’s dual meet Tuesday evening at Kiwanis Park.

The Chargers’ women’s team earned a 29-28 victory, while Dylan Brooks (Ophiem, Ill./AlWood) led Sandburg’s men’s team in a 67-17 victory for the Prairie Fire.

Knox had three of the first four finishers in the 2-mile women’s race, but the...

Aug. 31, 2015
FREEPORT — Carl Sandburg College sophomore men’s golfer Trevor Lay (Kewanee, Ill./Wethersfield) finished fifth individually at the Highland 36 on Friday at Park Hills.


Lay posted a 3-over-par 75 on the opening 18 holes and came in at 2 over in his final round for a 149 total. He finished eight strokes behind medalist Jared Hippen of Sauk Valley, who won a tiebreaker over Madison’s Adam Miller, and two shots back of Madison’s Mike Wiebe and Black Hawk’s...

Aug. 30, 2015
MARION, Iowa — Sophomore Justin Peel (Little York, Ill./United) finished third overall and the Carl Sandburg College women’s golf team made a 24-stroke improvement Sunday during the final round of the Mount Mercy Invite at Hunters Ridge.

Peel posted an 8-over-par 80 for a two-day total of 159 in her first tournament as a Charger. Only Vrishali Sinha (70-144) and Vidushi Sinha (82-158) of Grinnell finished ahead of Peel on the leaderboard.


Aug. 30, 2015
GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team pulled within a goal in the second half but couldn’t get the equalizer in a 2-1 loss to Marshalltown (Iowa) on Sunday afternoon at Kleine Field.

After allowing a pair of first-half goals, the Chargers (1-3) got on the board in the 52nd minute. Sophomore Brandyn Murray intercepted a pass near midfield and made a run down the left side before freshman Denzel Whittich put home Murray’s centering pass...

Aug. 29, 2015
MARION, Iowa — Carl Sandburg College women’s golfer Justine Peel (Little York, Ill./United) posted a 7-over-par 79 and is in third place after Saturday’s opening round of the Mount Mercy Invite at Hunters Ridge.


Making her Sandburg debut, Peel helped the Chargers post a 387 total, good for fifth in the team standings. She trails only Vrishali Sinha (74) and Vidushi Sinha (76) of Grinnell heading into Sunday’s final round.


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Aug. 27, 2015
GALESBURG — Sophomore Nikki Scott (Williamsfield) had a career-high nine kills and added a team-best three blocks as the Carl Sandburg College volleyball team posted a 25-19, 25-14, 25-16 sweep of Southeastern (Iowa) in its home opener Thursday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.

Scott posted her team-leading kill total on just 13 attacks as the Chargers (2-3) never trailed against the Blackhawks (0-1). A 6-foot-1 middle hitter, Scott has 17 total blocks through...

Aug. 24, 2015
ROCKFORD — The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team opened its season by shooting 350 and placing sixth in the Aldeen Preview at Aldeen Golf Course on Thursday.


Sophomores Trevor Lay (Kewanee, Ill./Wethersfield) and Caleb Newell (Monmouth, Ill./United) paced the Chargers as they began the quest for their fourth straight trip to the NJCAA Division II national tournament at the same course where the Region IV tournament will be held later this fall.


Aug. 24, 2015
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team opened its season by going 1-3 against some strong competition Saturday and Sunday in the South Suburban Invite.


The Chargers (1-3) debuted with a five-set victory over Muskegon (Mich.) on Saturday before closing the weekend with three straight losses. Two of those defeats, however, came against ranked teams: One a five-set loss Saturday to Rochester (Minn.), No. 6 in Division III, and the...

Aug. 22, 2015
GALESBURG — Freshman Pablo Piesca Fernandez’s golden goal in double overtime lifted the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Prairie State in the Chargers’ season opener Saturday afternoon at Kleine Equipment Field.


Freshman Denzel Whittick, who assisted on both goals for Sandburg (1-0-0 overall, 1-0-0 Region IV Premiership), helped set up the game-winner by finding sophomore Brandyn Murray streaking down the right side. Murray...

Aug. 21, 2015
GALESBURG — Despite a young roster, the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team looks to take a step in the right direction this season.


“I have great guys coming back from last year and recruits from all around the globe,” second-year Chargers coach Ariel Pesce said. “We’re an arrow. We’re going forward, moving forward.”


Sandburg opens its season by hosting Prairie State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kleine Equipment Field after finishing Pesce’s...

Aug. 12, 2015
GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team’s second annual Navy & Red Scrimmage will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 in John M. Lewis Gymnasium.


Admission is a freewill donation, and all proceeds from the scrimmage will be donated to Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center in Galesburg. There also will be a 50-50 drawing and other contests for those in attendance.


Eight of Sandburg’s 17 players are returners from last year’s squad,...

July 16, 2015
GALESBURG — Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of friendly competition for a good cause at the seventh annual Carl Sandburg College Alumni & Friends Golf Outing on Aug. 10 at Lake Bracken Country Club.


The outing begins with registration at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and an awards dinner at 5 p.m. Cost for the four-person team scramble is $75 per player for 18 holes, cart rental and dinner. If you do not register with a foursome, you will be...

July 1, 2015
GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball and women’s cross country teams each have been named NJCAA All-Academic Teams for their outstanding performances in the classroom during the 2014-15 academic year.


Teams had to have at least a 3.0 overall grade point average in order to qualify for the award. A total of 591 NJCAA teams qualified for All-Academic recognition out of 3,461 teams in 28 different sports.


Sandburg’s women’s...

June 29, 2015
GALESBURG — Former Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball player Seth Wickert has rejoined the program as an assistant on head coach Ryan Twaddle’s staff.

A native of Macomb, Wickert was a two-year starter for the Chargers from 2011-13 and averaged 11.3 points per game on 51.2 percent shooting. As a sophomore, Wickert earned first-team All-Region IV and second-team All-Arrowhead Conference honors after leading the Chargers in scoring (14.2), 3-point...

June 25, 2015
GALESBURG — Isaiah Thurmond of Alton High School has signed to play next season for the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team.

Thurmond, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, averaged 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game for the Redbirds as a senior this past season. He helped Alton, coached by former Monmouth College and Galesburg High School assistant Eric Smith, to a 27-5 mark, matching the school record for wins in a season.


June 8, 2015
GALESBURG — Tyler Jones of Williamsfield High School has signed to play next season for the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team.

A 5-foot-10 shooting guard, Jones averaged 12 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists for the Bombers as a senior last season, helping Billtown to a 23-12 record and its first regional title since 2007.

Jones scored a game-high 23 points in the Bombers’ upset of No. 10 Ridgewood in the Class 1A regional...

June 8, 2015
GALESBURG — Peoria High School graduate Shane Maple has signed to play next season for the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team.

A 6-foot shooting guard, Maple averaged 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists for the Lions as a senior last season. He helped the Lions to a 17-9 record and was an All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention selection.



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