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Collegiate Update: Jill Anspaugh leads Franklin College cross country in season opener

Shelbyville graduate Jill Anspaugh led Franklin College’s women’s cross country team with a 19th-place finish Saturday in the Hanover Invitational in Hanover, Indiana.

Anspaugh (photo) ran the course in 21:37.

Franklin College’s season-opening event at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville on Sept. 3 was rained out. In what became their first event of the year, the Grizzlies finished fourth in the team standings with three individuals finishing in the top 25 of the five-kilometer race.

Following Anspaugh, a senior, across the finish line for Franklin College were sophomore Ella Bashor (21st in 21:52) and freshman Wynn Wellington (25th in 22:30).

Here is a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level.



Brooklyn Schiffli

The Triton Central graduate had 17 digs and one service ace Saturday for Jacksonville State’s volleyball team in a 17-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 win over Samford to keep the Gamecocks undefeated this season at 9-0.

Jacksonville State opened its own invitational Friday with wins over Nicholls (25-21, 25-10, 25-23) and South Dakota State (25-14, 25-23, 25-20). Schiffli combined for nine digs, three aces and one assist.

The Gamecocks are off to their best non-conference start in the program’s Division I history.



Maggie Schweitzer

The Triton Central graduate recorded 19 assists, three aces and seven digs Saturday in Hanover College’s 16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 loss to Thiel College in the final contest of the Pam Briggs Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

Hanover opened the event with a 25-16, 25-17, 25-15 win Friday over Capital University. Schweitzer had two kills, nine assists, one ace and 10 digs.

The Panthers were then swept by Birmingham-Southern College, 25-20, 25-9, 25-12. Schweitzer had one kill, three assists and three digs in the loss.

On Wednesday, Hanover traveled to Centre College and lost, 22-25, 27-25, 25-12, 25-12. Schweitzer notched 17 digs, one kill, six assists and three aces.

Hanover is 2-6 this season.



Julia Sanders

The Triton Central graduate had one kill, one assist, two aces and five digs Saturday in IU Kokomo’s 23-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-14 win at Aquinas College to close out the Aquinas/Cornerstone Invitational in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

IU Kokomo opened the event Friday with a 22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 28-26 win over St. Xavier University (Illinois). Sanders had one kill, one ace and nine digs in the win.

The Cougars’ only loss of the weekend came Friday to Cornerstone University, 25-20, 25-20, 30-28. Sanders finished with three digs.

In its first match Saturday, IU Kokomo defeated Judson University, 25-23, 25-11, 25-14. Sanders had one ace and two digs.

IU Kokomo is 9-3.



Kenneth Gipson

The Triton Central graduate was a starting offensive lineman for Rose-Hulman in a 24-23 loss to Trine Saturday in Terre Haute.

Trine scored 21 second-half points to secure the win and improve to 2-0 this season.

Rose-Hulman is 0-2 with both losses coming by a combined four points.



Austin Perry

The Shelbyville graduate lost two singles matches and a doubles match Saturday competing for Rose-Hulman in the DePauw Invitational.

Perry started the No. 6 singles flight with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to DePauw’s Ikkei Oguma. Perry lost the third-place match, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

In a No. 3 doubles match, Perry and Corey Pollard were defeated by DePauw’s Oguma and Christian Prokopear, 8-3.



Hayden Kermode

The Triton Central graduate was credited with one tackle Saturday for No. 6 Concordia in a 41-24 victory over St. Ambrose at Cardinal Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Concordia used a 21-point third quarter to take control of the game.



Elizabeth Kemper

The Triton Central graduate finished 11th overall Saturday for No. 16 Taylor at the Players Club Invitational at The Players Club at Woodland Trails in Yorktown, Indiana.

Kemper carded rounds of 77, 76 and 71 to help Taylor to a runner-up finish in an event that featured seven top-25 NAIA golf programs.

Taylor’s 291 final-round team score tied the lowest single round total in program history. And the 889 three-round total was one shot off the best 54-hole score in program history.

Taylor opened the season with a win on Sept. 6 in the Battle at Brookwood played at Brookwood Country Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Kemper’s 10-over par 154 total over two days put her in fifth place overall.

Taylor bested the six-team field with a 603 team score over two rounds of play.



Layton Stieneker

The Shelbyville graduate teamed with Dustin Garrison in an 8-4 doubles loss to Trine’s Cole Goodman and Drew Dixon Saturday. Stieneker then lost a No. 3 singles match to Aaron Streit, 7-5, 6-1 in Franklin College’s 8-1 loss to Trine in its season debut.

Also on Saturday, Webster defeated Franklin College, 6-0, in a rain-shortened match.

Steineker and Garrison were defeated at No. 1 doubles by Alex Pinkston and Matthew Birchmeier, 8-0.

Carson Fisher topped Stieneker at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-2.



Michael Fox

The Shelbyville graduate finished 86th for Manchester University Saturday in the Wittenberg Collegiate Cross Country Invitational in Springfield, Ohio.

Fox completed the 8-kilometer course in 31:21.