Blake Doehring was not entirely shocked that he earned the Blackburn College men’s basketball team’s Newcomer of the Year award at its recent sports banquet.
The numbers simply do not lie.
Doehring, a Vandalia grad, finished his freshman year with 165 points, which is an average of 6.9 per game. He earned 14 starts and played in all 24 games. Doehring also finished his season with 37 rebounds, 33 assists and 13 steals.
Doehring’s goal for next year is to help improve his team’s numbers. Blackburn was just 5-19 overall and 3-13 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last winter.
‘If I have one goal for next year, it is to help us win more games,’ said the Beavers freshman. ‘I gained some valuable experience this year. Everyone at this level is good. The difference between a great player and an average player is not very much.’
Brownstown grad Aaron Lovett, a University of Kentucky pitcher, posted his fifth win of the year recently, beating the University of Alabama, 9-3.
Lovett, who worked nine innings, allowed three earned runs on eight hits. He fanned 12 hitters and walked two. The game was Kentucky’s first in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. They lost the next two games, including one to Alabama, and were ousted from the tournament. The Wildcats are now 42-17 overall and 16-14 in the SEC.
St. Elmo grad Logan Mahon pitched 6 1/3 innings, but did not get a decision in Kaskaskia College’s 5-4 loss to Lincoln Trail College in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 24 Tournament. The KC hurler allowed only one earned run on four hits. He fanned five and walked two. KC lost its next game, 6-1, to Wabash Valley College, bowing out of the Region 24 Tournament.
Kaskaskia finished 29-18 overall and 14-9 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
Greenville College’s Bryan Hobbie, a Vandalia grad, was 1-for-3 recently with a double in Greenville’s 11-1 loss to Westminster College in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Greenville finished their baseball season with a 20-19 mark. They were 14-10 in the SLIAC.
Rachel Bell, a Vandalia grad, competed in two meets in the last three weeks. The Iowa State University freshman steeplechaser finished 15th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the Big 12 Conference Finals, which was held in Boulder, Colorado.
Bell finished the race in 12 minutes, 43.53 seconds. As a team, Iowa State was ninth with 36.5 points. Texas A&M University, the second-ranked team in the country, won the team title with 157 points.
In the University of Nebraska Invitational, Bell finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She crossed the finish line at 11:39. The Nebraska Invitational was unscored.
Parkland College’s Spencer Patton, a South Central grad, worked seven innings recently, as Parkland downed Heartland Community College, 4-3. Patton allowed two earned runs on eight hits. He fanned nine batters and walked one. Patton did not get a decision. Parkland finished the year with a 37-16-1 mark.
Lake Land College’s Marcus Smalls and Trevor Summers, both Vandalia grads, recently finished their respective baseball seasons. Summers, who played in 24 games, had a .311 batting average. He had 19 hits (one triple) and seven RBIs. Smalls, who played in 22 games, had 12 hits (three doubles, two triples, one homer) and six RBIs. Smalls finished with a .261 batting average.
St. Elmo grad Kelsey Stolte had two hits this year for Kaskaskia College. Kaskaskia finished 8-16 overall.
Next week is the final regular article of the year. After that, we will have a senior article, if necessary. I know of only one athlete that wrapped up his career this spring. That athlete is Lovett. If there are additional athletes that are seniors, now is the time to speak up. If Lovett is the only senior, we will simply lead with him in one week.
We are looking for names for next year. A start date for the 2008-09 version of the column has not yet been established and will be announced later during the summer months. If anyone wants to make sure his or her son/daughter is on my list for next year, please e-mail me ([email protected]). I will need the name of the athlete the former high school, the college/university they are attending and of course, the sport they are playing.