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Aug. 20, 2013
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer coach Allen Eskridge learned a lot about restarting a program from scratch.
 

“It takes a whole lot of hard work to have a winning program,” the second-year Chargers coach said. “We had a whole lot of highs and a whole lot of lows last year. I’m hoping we can be a lot more consistent and smart about the way we play our game.”
 

Sandburg finished 5-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in division play last season...

Aug. 14, 2013
GALESBURG—Todd Winkler has something he hasn’t seen much in his 11 seasons as Carl Sandburg College volleyball coach — a good balance between returning sophomores and incoming freshmen.
 

A year after working with a team of three sophomores and nine newcomers, the 2013 Chargers boast six returning players and seven freshmen.
 

“This is one of those years it just happened to work out,” Winkler said. “I don’t think I’ve probably had that two...

Aug. 2, 2013
GALESBURG—Six runners have signed to compete for the Carl Sandburg College cross country teams this fall.
 

Bayleigh Harrison of Knoxville high School, Chrissy Kokjohn of Clinton (Iowa) Prince of Peace High School, Marisa Miller of Galesburg High School and Tessa Vowels of St. Joseph-Ogden High School have signed to run for the Chargers women’s cross country team.
 

Harrison was a Class 1A sectional qualifier in all four of her seasons with the...

Aug. 2, 2013
GALESBURG—Leah Pence of Illini West High School has signed to play next season with the Carl Sandburg College softball team. Pence, a 5-foot-11 third baseman, helped the Chargers to a 22-8 record last spring during her senior season.
 

Pence joins a Chargers squad that finished 29-23 overall and 12-8 in the Arrowhead Conference in 2013. Sandburg at one point won 16 of 17 games and reached as high as No. 20 in the NJCAA Division II rankings.
 

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July 31, 2013
GALESBURG—Austin McDougall of Pekin High School has signed to play next season with the Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team. McDougall averaged 38 per nine holes last fall during his senior season with the Dragons.
 

Sandburg last season made its third appearance in four years at the NJCAA Division II national tournament and tied for 12th at the event, the best finish in program history. The Chargers open their fall season Aug. 30 with the Highland “36”...

July 29, 2013
GALESBURG—Former Carl Sandburg College men's golfer Cody Reiber won the 2013 Galesburg Men's All-City golf tournament title by shooting a 4-over-par 76 on Sunday at Soangetaha Country Club to claim the championship by four strokes. Reiber finished the tournament with a four-day total of 290 and didn't relinquish the top spot after leading by a shot at the end of the second round.

 

Reiber played for the Chargers from 2011-2013, earning All-Arrowhead...

July 22, 2013
GALESBURG—Galesburg High School graduate Kenzie Payton has signed to run next season for the Carl Sandburg College women’s cross country team.
 

Payton, a 2010 graduate of GHS, previously ran for the women’s track and field team at Monmouth College. A four-year member of the track and field team at GHS, she was part of the school record-setting 4x400-meter relay team that placed third at the 2009 Class 2A state meet and the 4x200 relay that also finished...

July 22, 2013
GALESBURG—Ryan Ballard and Dylan Mullins of Metamora High School and Bryer Anderson of Farmington High School have signed to play next season for the Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team.
 

Ballard earned second-team All-Mid-Illini Conference honors as a senior with the Redbirds, helping them to a second-place finish in the league. He also finished third overall at the Class 2A regional as Metamora finished second and advanced to sectionals. Ballard placed...

July 1, 2013
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball and women’s golf coach Mike Bailey has been promoted to athletic director following approval Thursday by the College’s Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting. Bailey began his new position today.
 

Bailey has been at Sandburg since 1997, and he will be entering his eighth season as the Chargers’ women’s basketball coach and third as women’s golf coach. He’s also spent the past seven years as the...

June 27, 2013
GALESBURG—The registration deadline is July 5 for the fifth annual Carl Sandburg College Alumni & Friends Golf Outing, which will take place July 15 at Lake Bracken Country Club.
 

Registration for the four-person scramble begins at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and an awards dinner at 5 p.m. The cost is $80 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental and dinner. Participants without a full four-person team will be assigned to a...

June 24, 2013
GALESBURG—Katie McGee of Galesburg High School and Samantha Roth of Stark County High School have signed to play next season for the Carl Sandburg College volleyball team.
 

McGee, a 5-foot-9 right side hitter, was an honorable mention All-Western Big 6 Conference selection as a senior last fall. McGee also will play for the Chargers’ softball team next season. A pitcher for the Silver Streaks, she finished third in the WB6 in strikeouts in 2011.
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June 24, 2013
GALESBURG—Jacob Wolf of Galesburg High School and David Kantor of Mercer County High School have signed to run next season for the Carl Sandburg College men’s cross country team.

 

Wolf was a two-year member of the Silver Streaks’ boys cross country team. He helped Galesburg qualify for the Class 2A sectional meet as a senior last fall.

 

Kantor finished ninth at the Class 1A Macomb Regional during his senior season, helping the Golden Eagles...

June 20, 2013
GALESBURG—Three recently graduated Carl Sandburg College student-athletes and the Sandburg women’s basketball team have earned honors from the NJCAA for their outstanding performance in the classroom during the 2012-2013 academic year.
 

Baseball player Brian Pflum and women’s basketball players Jessica Abel and Makenzie Frank each received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for posting a grade point average of 3.60-3.79 on a 4.0 scale. More...

June 7, 2013
GALESBURG—Thirty-seven Carl Sandburg College student-athletes from nine different sports — including six student-athletes who participated in multiple sports — earned academic All-Arrowhead Conference honors for their performances in the classroom during the 2012-2013 academic year. Student-athletes must have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average and pass a minimum of 12 hours each semester to qualify for the academic all-conference team.
 

The following...

May 24, 2013
SCOTTSBORO, Ala.—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team posted its best finish in program history and tied the school record for lowest total score during the final round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Friday at Goose Pond Colony.

 

The Chargers tied Clarendon (Texas) for 12th in the tournament, and their four-day total of 1,222 matched that of the 2011 team that placed 14th, the school’s previous best overall finish.

 

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May 23, 2013
SCOTTSBORO, Ala.—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team is alone in 12th place after Thursday’s third round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Goose Pond Colony and is in position to post the program’s best finish ever at nationals.

 

The Chargers shot 312 as a team Thursday and have a three-day total of 918. Sandburg is two shots ahead of 13th-place Allegany (Md.) and 12 shots behind Murray State (Okla.) for 11th. Kirkwood (Iowa) is in 10th...

May 22, 2013
SCOTTSBORO, Ala.—Sophomore Cody Reiber shot an even-par 72 and the Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team is tied for 12th after the second round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Wednesday at Goose Pond Colony.
 

The Chargers posted a 304 as a team during the second round, and their two-day total of 606 has them tied with Allegany (Md.) and three strokes behind 11th-place Murray State (Okla.). First-round leader South Mountain (Ariz.) shot 285 as...

May 21, 2013
SCOTTSBORO, Ala.—The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team sits in a three-way tie for 10th place after Tuesday’s first round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Goose Pond Colony.

 

Making their third appearance at nationals in the last four years, the Chargers shot 302 as a team – their second lowest score of the spring season – and are tied with Tyler (Texas) and Surry (N.C.) in the team standings. South Mountain (Ariz.) leads after posting a...

Courtesy of Knox College Athletics

May 16, 2013
GALESBURG—The Knox College baseball team’s fine season is reflected in the all-conference selections and awards.

 

Senior outfielder Caleb Weaver (Galesburg, Ill./ Galesburg) is among five Knox players named to the 2013 All-Midwest Conference South Division First Team. Weaver, who played at Carl Sandburg College from 2010-11 and graduated from Sandburg as a member of the Gale Scholars program, also is the South...

May 16, 2013
GALESBURG—Finals exams may be over, but five Carl Sandburg College students won’t start their summer break until next week.
 

The Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team still has business to take care of, as it will compete in the NJCAA Division II championship May 21-24 at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Ala.
 

It’s the third time in the last four years the Chargers have punched their ticket to nationals, but because the team didn’t qualify...

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