Sports / The Prairie Fire / March 5, 2014

Knox College sports briefs

Tennis drops two of three

GALESBURG – The Prairie Fire men’s tennis squad, hoping to continue their two-game win streak, were only able to split a pair of matches against Lawrence University and Wartburg College on Saturday. The match against Lawrence featured multiple lead changes and boiled down to a three-set number six singles contest, which the Prairie Fire dropped, falling 5-4.

Junior Walter Palmer serves the ball during a tennis match against Illinois College Saturday, April 21 at Merdian Tennis Courts. (TKS Archives)

Junior Walter Palmer serves the ball during a tennis match against Illinois College Saturday, April 21 at Merdian Tennis Courts. (TKS Archives)

Rebounding with conviction later in the day, Knox downed Wartburg 5-4, the third straight match for Knox that was decided by one point. Coming into the final match of the homestand against Illinois Wesleyan, the Prairie Fire could have gone to spring break with a bang, but instead fell 6-3 to the Titans. They will not play again until after break.

Track teams finish tenth at MWC Championships

MOUNT VERNON – In spite of 10th place finishes for both the men’s and women’s track teams, several individual performances were good enough to earn a spot on the All-Time Top 10 Individual List: senior Weston Chenoweth, junior Jake Swider-Rogers, sophomores Sam Reading, Hamad Alizada and Ezekiel Jere, freshman Josh Tvrdy and the Distance Medley Relay Team for both men and women were able to make the list.

Pair of wrestlers win at Central Regional

DUBUQUE – Freshman Matt Surprenant and junior Greg Ventris were the only Prairie Fire wrestlers to earn victories at the NCAA DIII Central Regional on Saturday. Surprenant was able to pin Jared Bevins of Simpson College less than 45 seconds into his second match after falling to Donnie Horner of Coe College in the first round. Surprenant then added another win before falling in the semifinals to Alex Coolidge from Cornell College, the eventual champion of the 197-pound championship. Ventris was only able to snag a second round win against Joe Butler of Loras College. (Source: Knox College Sports Information)

Tags:  ezekiel jere greg ventris hamad alizada jake swider-rogers josh tvrdy matt surprenant sam reading weston chenowith

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Gavin Crowell
Gavin Crowell is a junior with interests in neuroscience and psychology. He has been playing baseball ever since he could walk, playing throughout his childhood and winning two IHSA regional titles in his three years of varsity baseball at Walter Payton College Prep. He currently plays on the Knox College Ultimate team. Gavin is an Illinois State Scholar and has been involved with writing throughout high school. This is his third year working with TKS. Over the summer after his sophomore year, he had a sports internship at the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago's second largest paper.

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