St. Mary College mens basketball notches first win of the season
St. Mary and coach Phil Connor earned their first win in seven tries with a 78-77 victory against Lindenwood in the Buzz Levick consolation game.
Bobby Burkin, at THS graduate, had a solid effort for SMC, tallying 22 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot.
The Spires lost in the opening round to host Wartburg College, 96-78.
The men are now off until Dec. 5, when they open KCAC play at Bethel.
Frear named coach of year
On Wednesday the KCAC announced the All-Conference honors for the football season. The Spires, which finished with a 5-4 record this season, placed several athletes on the respective teams.
Spire coach Scott Frear led the list of honors, as he was named 2002 KCAC Coach of the Year.
Wide receiver Chris Medlen (sr.), linebacker Corey Hamilton (sr.) and defensive lineman Adrian Garcia (sr.) were all selected to the KCAC first-team at their respective positions.
Spires on the second team included running back John Phillips, defensive back Brandon Shelley, offensive lineman Mitch Meier and wide receiver Pat Lord.
Honorable mention selections included defensive back Derrick Byrd, quarterback Brain Caler, offensive lineman Phillip Cantrell, kicker Mitch Martinez, defensive lineman Matt Mayes, linebacker Matt
Price, and defensive lineman Dallas Thompson.
Volleyball All-KCAC team
St. Mary placed one athlete on the All-KCAC Volleyball team. Junior Carrie Jacobs, who led the team in kills and hitting percentage, earned first-team all-conference recognition.
Women's basketball wins
The Spires continued their improved play this week with victories against Haskell and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The team is now 5-2 on the season and continues to be paced offensively by Kelly Day (14.1 ppg) and Kim Hankins (13.1 ppg). Hankins also leads the team with a 10.4 rebound average.
The women will highlight the holiday-shortened week with a home contest against Principia College on Tuesday. Immediately following the break, St. Mary will play NCAA Division II opponent Washburn on Monday.