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Illinois Wesleyan senior guard Rebekah Ehresman was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's Most Outstanding Player and the Titans' Mia Smith was tabbed the CCIW Coach of the Year on Friday.

Ehresman, an El Paso-Gridley High School graduate, was the first IWU player to win the award since Olivia Lett in 2012. In 16 conference games, Ehresman led the CCIW in three categories: assists (4.69), steals (2.94) and assist/turnover ratio (4.17).

Smith was selected for the sixth time after leading the Titans to their eighth conference regular-season title in program history. Smith has been head coach for all of those championships. Wheaton sophomore forward Hannah Frazier was named CCIW Newcomer of the Year.

Joining Ehresman on the eight-player all-CCIW first team was senior guard and Central Catholic graduate Molly McGraw. Ehresman was a unanimous pick. IWU's Maddie Merritt and Ashley Schneider, both juniors, were second-team selections.

Glueck sets conference record: IWU senior Amelia Glueck set a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin meet record in the long jump on day one of the conference indoor meet at Kenosha, Wis.

Glueck, a Tremont product, had a distance of 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches to eclipse the previous mark set by IWU's Lauren Alpert in 2012. The IWU women are in third place with 46 points behind Wheaton (54) and Carthage (50). The IWU men's team is fifth.


Baseball suffers loss: Tennessee Tech scored five runs in the third inning and went on to a 7-4 nonconference victory over Illinois State's baseball team at Cookeville, Tenn.

John Rave had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run for ISU (2-2). Collin Braithwaite added two hits and Owen Miller hit a solo home run.

Starter Brady Huffman (0-2) was the losing pitcher. The teams meet again at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Softball falls in tourney: Alex Caliva had three hits as Illinois State's softball team dropped a 7-4 decision to Georgia Southern in the Aquafina Invitational at Gainesville, Fla.

Shannon Felde added two hits and Allison Spence drove in two runs for the Redbirds. Sarah Finck took the loss.


Byrd joins football staff: University Illinois football coach Lovie Smith named longtime NFL assistant Gill Byrd to the Illini defensive staff as passing game coordinator and safeties coach.

Byrd spent one season as defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills following stops with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15), Chicago Bears (2006-12) and St. Louis Rams (2003-05).


Webster tops women's basketball: Taylor Lucas had 13 points to lead balanced Webster past Eureka College, 56-52, in the semifinals of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference Tournament at Greenville. Pontiac graduate Ashley Harfst scored 20 points to lead Eureka (18-8).

Eureka senior guard Hayley Reneau was named the SLIAC Player of the Year prior to the game. She also was a first-team all conference pick. Harfst made the All-Sportsmanship Team for the second straight year.


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