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Dixon grad Jarrett dazzles in season debut for Cincinnati

Bearcat back on the bump

Dixon graduate Cal Jarrett underwent Tommy John surgery on June 1, 2018, after taking a medical redshirt for the 2018 season. But he came back and pitched for the first time Thursday night, striking out the side and allowing a hit and a walk in an inning of relief in the Bearcats’ loss to Xavier. (University of Cincinnati/Joseph Fuqua II)
Dixon graduate Cal Jarrett underwent Tommy John surgery on June 1, 2018, after taking a medical redshirt for the 2018 season. But he came back and pitched for the first time Thursday night, striking out the side and allowing a hit and a walk in an inning of relief in the Bearcats’ loss to Xavier. (University of Cincinnati/Joseph Fuqua II)

While his sister Elle has been a key cog in the Dixon softball team’s turnaround this spring, Cal Jarrett has been on the road to recovery for the University of Cincinnati baseball team.

His journey back to the mound after Tommy John surgery finally came to fruition Thursday night.

Cal Jarrett, a 2015 Dixon graduate, struck out the side in his first appearance since 2017. He also allowed a hit and a walk in his lone inning of relief, as the Bearcats lost 11-2 at home against rival Xavier.

Cincinnati will head to Clearwater, Florida for the American Athletic Conference Tournament next week after finishing the regular season with two more games against Xavier.


Tyler Willman struck out one and allowed one hit in two innings of relief in Heartland’s 11-8 loss to Danville Area in the NJCAA Region 24 Tournament on Thursday in Normal. The 2018 Sterling grad improved to 3-1 in the first game of a home doubleheader last Friday vs. Lewis & Clark in Normal, striking out four and allowing one run, three hits and two walks in two innings of a 6-5 victory.

Erik North, a 2018 Fulton grad, allowed two runs and two hits in 2/3 of an inning of relief in the second game of Illinois Central’s home doubleheader versus Lincoln Land last Friday in East Peoria. The Cougars lost 7-2.

Carl Sandburg lost 9-7 and won 6-5 in its NJCAA Region IV Tournament series at home against Black Hawk last Saturday in Galesburg. Jordan Chandler, a 2017 Erie grad, went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the first game, and 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run in the second game for the Chargers. Devon Ballard, a 2016 Fulton grad, bounced back from an 0-for-5 performance in the first game by going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in the second game.

Sandburg’s season came to an end a day later in a 6-4 loss to Black Hawk. Ballard went 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Chandler was 0-for-3 with a run. Fellow 2017 Erie grad Kale Orman took the loss, allowing all six runs, 10 hits and one walk while striking out six in 6 2/3 innings.

Brett Swalve, a 2018 Eastland grad, went 1-for-4 with a run in Rock Valley’s season-ending 8-6 loss to Illinois Valley in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament at home last Friday.


Hannah Escamilla went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run in Coe College’s 7-3 win over Eureka last Saturday in the NCAA Division III Tournament UW-Whitewater Regional. The 2016 Sterling grad was 1-for-3 in a season-ending 4-2 loss to the host Warhawks later in the day.

Rock Valley won its
seventh straight NJCAA Division III Region IV Championship last Sunday with a 5-0 win over Joliet Junior College in Glen Ellyn. Emily Perkins, a 2017 Oregon grad, went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Golden Eagles en route to being named second-team All-Region.

Joliet beat Rock Valley 6-5 a day earlier. Perkins went 0-for-2 with an RBI, while 2018 Sterling grad Cara Alexander, who was named first-team All-Region, was 1-for-4. The Eagles beat Elgin 19-0 last Friday in their Region IV Tournament opener, as Alexander went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs and Perkins was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run.

RVC also beat Joliet 4-3 last Friday. Perkins was 0-for-3 with an RBI, and Alexander went 0-for-5.

Lexi Meurer, a 2017 AFC grad, went 1-for-1 with a run for Joliet against RVC. Twin sister Laci was 0-for-2 with a run. The Wolves beat Elgin 10-2 earlier last Friday in their Region IV Tournament opener. Lexi Meurer went 0-for-2 with an RBI and a run, and Laci was 1-for-2 with a run.

Women’s golf

Carl Sandburg finished 11th at the NJCAA National Championship with a total of 1,111 strokes (+247) over the 3-day tournament that wrapped up Thursday at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida. Monday’s first round was scratched due to weather, making it a 54-hole tournament.

Jaeden Workman led Sandburg with 275 strokes. The 2017 Morrison grad fired 93s in the first two rounds before finishing with an 89.

Hayley Guilinger, a 2018 West Carroll grad, led the Chargers with a first-round 91, followed it up with second-round 93, and finished with final-round 92 for a 276 total. Guilinger also had a team-high five birdies in the tournament.

Madison Newton shook off a first-round 102, with team-bests of 90 and 87 on the final 2 days. The 2018 Erie grad’s total of 279 strokes also featured a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole in the final round.

Seminole State led wire-to-wire, taking the team title with an even 900 strokes (+36).

Men’s track & field

Loyola-Chicago senior Regan Todhunter made his first finals appearance at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships last Sunday in Terre Haute, Indiana. The 2015 Newman grad finished his career with a time of 14.98 seconds in the 110 hurdles, good for seventh place. Todhunter was sixth in the 110-hurdle preliminaries (14.80) and 24th in the 100 (11.25) a day earlier.

Fellow Newman grad Chris Ahlers finished 15th in the 800 (1:56.15) for DePaul at the Big East Outdoor Championships last Saturday in Randall’s Island, New York.

Blain Masterson, a 2017 Dixon grad, placed 43rd in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:57.01) for D-II Wisconsin-Parkside at North Central’s Dr. Keeler Invitational last Friday in Naperville. Twin brother Sean was 63rd in the 1,500 (4:11.80) for the Rangers.

Fellow Dixon grad Jared Harrison took 12th in the 110 hurdles (15.37) and 15th in the 400 hurdles (56.32) for D-III Washington University-St. Louis at the Dr. Keeler Invitational. Harrison improved by finishing seventh in the 400 hurdles (56.06) and eighth in the 110 hurdles (15.31) at the North Central’s Gregory Invitational on Thursday.

Another Dixon grad, Kyle LeBlanc, won the high jump by clearing 2.02 meters (6 feet, 9 inches) for the host Cardinals at the Gregory Invitational.

Mason Wright, a 2017 Polo grad, placed seventh in the long jump (6.29 meters, 20-7 3/4) for D-III host Augustana at the Twilight Qualifier on Thursday in Rock Island.

Mason Muur, a 2016 Morrison grad, took 23rd in the 10,000 (37:02.41) for D-III Central College at the American Rivers Conference Outdoor Championships last Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Women’s track & field

Maggie McPherson, a 2017 Sterling grad, finished 18th in the 5,000 (18:17.76) for Eastern Illinois at the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championships last Saturday in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Fellow Sterling grad Erin Long was 34th in the 100 (13.01) for UAB at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships last Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shannon Lahey, a 2016 Dixon grad, anchored Valparaiso’s eighth-place 4x100 relay to a season-best time of 50.44 seconds at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships last Sunday.

Lexy Duncan, a 2014 Dixon grad, finished second in the long jump (5.50 meters, 18-0 1/2) for D-II Grand Valley State at Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Eagle Open last Friday.

Courtney Kruthoff, a 2017 Erie grad, placed ninth in the high jump (1.53 meters, 5-0 1/4) for Central at the American Rivers Outdoor Conference Championships last Friday.

Emma Jacobs took 14th in the shot put (11.55 meters, 37-10 1/2) and 21st in the hammer throw (37.61 meters, 123-5) for Wartburg at the ARC Outdoor Championships last Friday. The 2017 Fulton grad claimed ninth in the discus (39.18 meters, 128-6) a day later.

Jacobs was 15th in the discus (37.59 meters, 123-3 1/4) and 20th in the shot put (11.28 meters, 37-0) at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier on Thursday. Lizzie Oswalt, a 2018 Newman grad, took 12th in the 100 (13.07) for the host Vikings.

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