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Morton College
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3801 South Central Avenue
Cicero IL 60804-4398

PH: 708-656-8000 X 2370
FX: 708-656-3161
www.morton.edu

President
Dr. Dana Grove

Athletic Director
Rich Fullriede

Athletic Trainer
Heather Smott

Sports Information Director
Jim O'Connell

General email
rich.fullriede@morton.edu

Region
4

FTE Enrollment
2485








College News
Men's basketball standout Miller helps Clarion to prestigious academic award
March 26, 2014

Morton College graduate Demarius Miller helped the men’s basketball team at Clarion University in Pennsylvania receive the Carlson Cup Team Award. 

The award goes to the intercollegiate athletic team at Clarion that shows the biggest overall increase in grade-point average during the past calendar year. The award is named after Bob Carlson, who started the Scholar Athlete luncheon in 1991 and was Clarion's athletic director from 1990 to 2005.

The 6-2 junior guard was among 166 Clarion athletes named a Scholar-Athlete, which goes to those with a grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. He was one of five men’s basketball players honored.

Miller, the fourth all-time leading scoring in Morton College history with 1,208 points, led Clarion in scoring this season at 16.4 points per game. He shot 77 percent from the free-throw line and scored 30 or more points three times this season. His season-high was 42 against Penn State Beaver on December 15, 2013. Two nights later, Miller scored 34 against Kutztown.

Clarion competes at the NCAA Division II level.



Former men's soccer player carries Chicago Mustangs to Ron Newman Cup
March 26, 2014

Guilherme Veiga’s dream season ended with the Chicago Mustangs indoor professional men’s soccer team hoisting the Ron Newman Cup after defeating Hidalgo La Fiera 14-5 March 16 before 4,000 fans at the Sears Centre.

The Newman Cup goes to the best professional indoor soccer team as the Mustangs capped off an undefeated season. The Mustangs also were the Professional Arena Soccer League’s Eastern Division champions.

The 29-year-old Veiga was born in Brazil and came to the United States eight years ago. He attended Union University, a NAIA school in Jackson, Tennessee, where Veiga made Transouth All-Conference Second Team honors in 2007. He helped Morton College to a 15-4 season in 2010 before going on to play professionally with the defunct Chicago Storm.

Veiga is the Mustangs’ director of soccer operations. He helps run the team’s youth indoor soccer leagues, tournaments and camps.



Battle named NAIA Honorable Mention Men's Basketball All-American
March 26, 2014

Former Morton College student-athlete Floyd Battle, a senior at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, has been an Honorable Mention 2013-14 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball All-American.

Battle helped lead the Bobcats to a second round appearance in the NAIA National Championships and a regular-season Sun Conference Championship under second-year Head Coach Patrick Gayle.

Battle, a 6-1 guard, led the Bobcats win scoring (15.3 ppg) and made three-pointers (47).  On the defensive end, Battle ranked ninth in the nation and third in The Sun Conference with an average of 2.41 steals-per-game.

Battle, a first-team All-Conference selection, was named the NAIA National Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 21 after scoring 24 points in a win over then-No. 1 Embry-Riddle.  He followed that game with a career-best 28 points in a win at Northwood.       

At Morton College, Battle was the co-player of the year in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, a Region IV First Team selection and a Second Team NJCAA Division II All-American during the 2010-11 season.

He helped the Panthers to a 24-8 season that included a Morton College single-season record 19 straight wins. Morton College also finished conference play undefeated at 14-0 for a second straight year and were ranked 14th in the final NJCAA Division II poll.

Battle, a three-time Player of the Week in Region IV, averaged 16.6 points and 7 assists per game.

In other news about former Morton College student-athletes:
Marcus Elston, a 6-4 senior guard at Concordia University Chicago, was named to the 10-player All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Team.

Elston led the NACC in rebounds with 274 (11.0) and was ninth in scoring with 384 points (15.4). Elston shot .532 from the field, good for seventh in the conference. He recorded 16 double-doubles for the season with high games of 32 points versus Silver Lake College on Dec. 3, 2013 and 19 rebounds versus Aurora University on Jan. 16, 2014.
          
“I am so happy for Marcus at his being named one of the top 10 players in our conference,” said Tyler Jones, CUC head men’s basketball coach in a press release issued by the school. “Marcus gave us everything he had, and he was a better, stronger and smarter player as the season progressed. He is a tough kid who is stronger than he looks. At 6-4, he would normally be considered undersized for a power forward, but he played with the strength of a 6-8 or 6-9 guy.”

Elston also was a member of Morton College’s 2011 conference championship team.

Kostas Doxakis, a key reserve on Morton College’s 2013 conference championship squad, averaged 8 points per game this year at Concordia. He had back-to-back 20-point games in January, dropping 21 on Milwaukee School of Engineering and coming back four days later for a 29-point effort in a 98-93 overtime win against Concordia of Wisconsin.

The Cougars were 6-20 overall.

Floyd Campbell, a member of Morton College’s 2011 conference title team, averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds this season at West Virginia Tech. Campbell, a 6-6 forward, scored a season-best 15 points against West Virginia-Parkersburg. West Virginia Tech ended up 19-13.

On the baseball beat,
Joe McCaw, a 2013 All-Skyway selection, is hitting .383 with a pair of triples and 8 RBI through 13 games at Trinity Christian College. The outfielder has a .574 slugging percentage as the Trolls are 5-8.

Joe Presutti is hitting .125 through March 26 at Trinity Christian.

Logan Karse is at Lakeland College in Wisconsin where he is coached by former Panther player Mike Bachar. Karse is hitting .243 through 10 games. He has committed only one error in 47 chances and is tied for second on the team with six runs scored.

Andres Ortegano is a senior at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina. While the shortstop is batting .192, he leads the team with six stolen bases. He’s also third with 10 walks.

J.C. Burrell also is in his senior year at Lewis University in Romeoville. He’s hitting .211 in nine games for the Flyers.



Men's basketball makes one last great run, but falls short in Region IV semifinals
March 4, 2014

When Morton College dictated the tempo, good things usually happened for the Panthers.

Morton College was at its best when the Panthers worked the ball inside and attacked the basket, then looking to the outside for the open three-pointer.

The Panthers didn’t do that at the onset of their 86-80 season-ending loss to Triton March 2 at the Region IV men’s basketball semifinals in Oglesby. Morton College, which finished 18-14 overall, trailed 36-29 at intermission.  The deficit grew to 12 with six minutes to go.

Morton College resorted to a half-court trap and took a 1-point lead with two minutes left. 

“We went to a half-court trap,” Morton College men’s basketball coach Conte Stamas said. “We had a big run to take the lead. We wanted to keep what we were doing, but we got very conservative and lost our attack mode. Once we got the lead, we backed off and Triton got some easy baskets.”

Triton (23-8) moves on to face South Suburban in the Region IV title game Saturday, March 8, in Elgin.

“We came out against Triton and we weren’t attacking inside first, like we did against Illinois Valley,” Stamas said. “We came out and scored 51 points in the second half. Triton scored 50, though. It felt like we were trading baskets.”

While Morton College didn’t return to the Region IV title game for the second straight year, the Panthers rode the backs of seven players to end up with back-to-back Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championships.

Nick Dixon, the Skyway’s MVP, capped a fantastic freshman season. His 25 points gave him 805 on the season, making him just the third player in Morton College history to score 800 or more points in a single season. Arran Skinner, a 6-5 freshman, came up with two solid games in the playoffs, adding 15 points against Triton.

Two-year standouts Jimmy Stamas (13), Tino Vazquez (12) and Kylan Anderson (10) gave the Panthers five players in double figures, while Alonso Singletary and Chris Jenke also contributed.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing that we’re not advancing,” Stamas said. “We had just seven players the second half of the year and it was part of the reason we struggled at times – we got worn down.”



Women's basketball gives Moraine Valley run for its money in playoff defeat
February 28, 2014

The Morton College women’s basketball team overcame a season-long wave of injuries to make a strong  run at the end.

While the sixth-seeded Panthers ended a nine-game losing streak with a win over Elgin in the regular-season finale, No. 3 seed Moraine Valley ended Morton College’s season with a 74-67 loss in the Region IV quarterfinals February 27 in Palos Hills.

Although it was Moraine Valley’s third victory over Morton College this season, this by far was the Panthers’ best showing. Morton College trailed 30-29 at halftime, but committed three turnovers in the opening minutes of the second half that allowed Moraine Valley to go up eight points.

“We fought hard and were right there,” Morton College coach Larry Lanciotti said. “We had so many injuries. I was playing people in spots they didn’t know.”

Christine Yazzie, a second-team, all-Region IV selection, capped her career at Morton College with 17 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Samantha Bruce added 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Maricella Ruiz had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Brooke Bell and Franchessa Gill finished with 7 points apiece.

“It was a frustrating year because of the injuries,” Lanciotti said. “We were in every game this year. It was nice to beat Elgin to end the regular season, but I would have liked to beat Moraine Valley, too.”



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