The Prairie Fire tennis team is off to a running start after defeating MWC North foe Cornell College 6-3 on Saturday. The Prairie Fire knocked Cornell off in every doubles competition and added a trio of singles victories to beat the Rams.
Last year, Knox dropped their contest against Cornell 7-2 in Mount Vernon. This year’s win was the team’s first against Cornell since 2003.
Coach Miriam Skrade said of the win that, “They were prepared both mentally and physically for the Rams. I was proud of how the guys played as a team and supported one another while playing. Today set a great tone for the season. Under pressure they held strong and were able to adapt their games when needed.”
Men’s basketball falls to Lake Forest, Monmouth games
Powered by their impressive three-point shooting, Lake Forest College rolled by the Prairie Fire on Saturday, taking the win 92-67. The Foresters were on fire all over the floor, shooting 57 percent overall, including 61 percent from the field in the second half and 52 percent from beyond the arc.
Knox, on the other hand, was outplayed in nearly every aspect of the game, as they were out-shot (they shot 42 percent from the field), out-rebounded (34-26) and lost the turnover battle (they gave up 28 points off turnovers, scoring only nine themselves).
Knox had an opportunity for redemption against Monmouth, who had lost their last nine games and 11 of their last 12. The Prairie Fire nearly took the first contest against the Fighting Scots, losing 74-70 to Monmouth at Memorial Gym on Dec 10.
The Prairie Fire, however, couldn’t keep this one close, losing 93-76. Knox committed a whopping 15 turnovers in the first half, leading to 21 Monmouth points. The Prairie Fire came out strong in the second half, shooting 57 percent, but the deficit was too much to handle and the Fighting Scots cruised to victory, thereby securing themselves the season series over Knox.
Knox faces Beloit at home this Saturday. The Buccaneers won the first matchup of the season 75-69.
Wrestling dominated by Lincoln College
The regular season closed on a sour note for the Prairie Fire wrestling squad following a 45-3 dual loss to Lincoln College at Memorial Gym.
Freshman Kyle Heller was the only Prairie Fire performer who managed to get points on the board for Knox, following his 9-6 decision over Luke Dunn in the 165-pound match.
Junior Greg Ventris was close to pulling one out for Knox, as he was locked in a tight one against his opponent in the 174-pound division, Archie William. William ended up pulling away in the third period, however, and took the match 12-7.
Knox, a little banged up of late, had a week off prior to the Northern Wrestling Association Championships, which take place on Saturday in Milwaukee, Wis.
Reyes, Lenihan stand out at track’s Jim Green Invitational
At the Jim Green Invitational, a 16-team meet hosted by Illinois College on Saturday, the Prairie Fire were able to place four separate performers in the top five in their respective events.
Freshman James Lenihan had the best showing on the men’s side, finishing third in the shot put with a season-best throw of 44’ 8 ½”, a performance good enough for 10th on the all-time individuals list. Senior Weston Chenoweth was two spots behind Lenihan with a throw of 43’ 9 ¼”.
On the women’s side of things, sophomore Elizabeth Reyes had perhaps the best Knox performance at the meet, winning the 5000 meters at a career best (and fourth best on the all-time individuals list) time of 19:52.08.
The Prairie Fire women came in 10th of the 16 teams, while the men placed 13th. Knox next competes at the Monmouth Fighting Scots Invitational on Saturday.