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The College Report: Laura Hobbie on furious scoring streak

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By Dan Chamness

The Greenville College Panthers would like to start a streak similar to the one Vandalia grad Laura Hobbie just started.

The Lady Panther has a streak of her own going. It has been five games since Hobbie, a sophomore on the squad, has been out of double figures. In the last two weeks, Hobbie has scored in double figures against MacMurray College, Blackburn College, Webster University and Monmouth College.

Greenville has split the four games, beating MacMurray College (76-56) and Monmouth College (71-60), but losing to Webster University (83-71) and Blackburn College (73-60).

Hobbie had her best performance in the most recent game, the win over Monmouth. She finished with 20 points by hitting 7-of-10 shots from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Hobbie, who struck twice from beyond the arc, also had seven rebounds and two assists.

She also finished with 16 points against Blackburn, 12 against Webster and 10 against MacMurray. In the loss to Blackburn, she did not score any points from the charity stripe. She hit 7-of-11 field goals, which included 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Hobbie, who started, played 30 minutes. She also had two rebounds.

Vandalia grad Eric Hobbie poured in 30 points to power the McKendree University Bearcats to a 79-67 win over Harris-Stowe State University. Hobbie, who hit 8-of-16 from the field, which included 5-of-11 from beyond the arc and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe, completed the double-double with 11 rebounds and two assists. He started and played 40 minutes. Hobbie also scored in double figures in McKendree's 71-60 loss to Park University. Hobbie, who hit 6-of-15 from the field, finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and two steals. He had two treys.

McKendree is currently third in the American Midwest Conference with a 5-2 record. They trail only Park University, which is a perfect 6-0, and Columbia College, which is 6-1 in league play. McKendree is 11-11 overall.

Isaac Grapperhaus, a South Central grad, was in double figures three times in the past two weeks, but it did not lead to an Illinois College win in either case. In IC's 91-82 double overtime loss to St. Norbert College, Grapperhaus, who hit 8-of-14 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, finished the contest with 21 points, four rebounds and two steals. Grapperhaus had three treys. The IC sophomore, who started, played 21 minutes.

They lost a three-point decision, 81-78, to Carroll University as well. Grapperhaus, who emerged off the bench and played 22 minutes, hit 5-of-6 field goals and 2-of-2 from the stripe. He also had five rebounds. Grapperhaus finished with 11 points in IC's other loss, a 77-65 loss to the Lake Forest  College Foresters. Grapperhaus finished with three field goals (one trey) and four free throws. He also grabbed two boards in his 21 minutes of play.

IC is 11-6 overall and 7-5 in the Midwest Conference. They are in fifth place in the MWC, only half a game from fourth place. Carroll University is sitting at 7-4 in the league, while Lawrence University and Ripon College are both 8-4. St. Norbert College has an 11-2 mark. Only four teams make the MWC Tournament.

University of Illinois harrier Drew Bell competed in both the University of Illinois, hosted Illini Classic and the Illinois Intercollegiate. Both races were held at The Armory. In the Illini Classic, Bell finished 17th in the mile run, finishing in 4:34.43. He was seventh in the 800-meter run at the Illinois Intercollegiate, finishing the middle distance race in 2:02.60. The Illini won both team battles, scoring 238 points in the Illini Classic and 255 points at the Illinois Intercollegiate. The University of Wisconsin finished second at the Illini Classic with 164, while Eastern Illinois University finished second in the Illinois Intercollegiate with 149 points.