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Illinois State junior forward Milik Yarbrough was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District first team, while junior Phil Fayne was named to the second team, it was announced Tuesday.

Yarbrough had previously been named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year and had earned a spot on the all-conference first team, while Fayne was named to the all-MVC second team. Both also earned spots on the MVC All-Tournament Team.

Yarbrough averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. His season totals of 531 points, 210 rebounds and 152 assists make him one of just three players in the country this season to record season totals of 500 points, 200 rebounds, and 150 assists.

Fayne, a 6-foot-9 junior forward, averaged 15.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while also leading the team with 35 steals and 28 blocked shots. Fayne made 181-of-304 shots from the field during the season. He was the only player in the country to average at least 15.5 points per game with 25 blocks and 35 steals, while shooting at least .595 from the field.

Sims ties for fifth: ISU's Caitlin Sims fired a 1-over-par 74 in the final round of the Bradley Spring Invitational at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch,Texas.

Sims finished with a 227 total, three shots behind co-medalists Kaity Cummings of Houston Baptist, Jacinta Pikunas of Akron and Brielle Ward of Northern Illinois.

ISU shot a final-round 320 and took seventh in the 16-team field with a 942 total. Houston Baptist took the title with a 909.

ISU golfers tied for third: ISU's David Rauer shot a 2-over-par 73 and is fifth with a 142 total after the second round of the Oral Roberts Invitational at the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in Dallas.

The Redbirds fired a 292 for a 582 total, tied for third with Stephen F. Austin and five strokes behind leader Rice heading into Wednesday's final round.

Softball falls: Riley Strandgard's solo home run in the fourth inning was all Illinois State's offense could muster as No. 24-ranked Oklahoma State downed the Redbirds, 9-1, in a six-inning game in Stillwater, Okla.

ISU (9-17) had four hits against Oklahoma State (20-6). Shannon Felde (0-5) took the loss, lasting two innings and giving up seven runs, although three were unearned.


Shea powers baseball win: Garrett Shea blasted a grand slam among his four hits and drove in five to lead Illinois Wesleyan past Fredonia, 10-3, at Winter Haven, Fla.

The Titans (6-1) had 18 hits, with John Bosco and Gino Cavalieri each getting three. IWU staked Joe Prestamer (1-0) to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first and the freshman right-hander responded with seven strong innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out five.

Ehresman, Rose honored: IWU senior Rebekah Ehresman was chosen to the first team and junior Brady Rose was a second-team honoree on the women's and men's All-Central Region squads.

Ehresman finished her senior campaign averaging 10.9 points per game alongside a team-high 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Rose led the Titan men with a 21.4 scoring average and also handed out a team-high 3.1 assists per game.  

Brune wins award: Illinois Wesleyan’s Nick Brune were selected as a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Baseball Players of the Week.

Brune, a junior, pitched six scoreless innings of a 4-3 win over Rhodes on Friday. He struck out six and walked two.


Feehan nets all-region: Eureka College junior guard Shea Feehan has been named to the All-Central Region second team. Feehan was the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and averaged a school-record 30.6 points per game, second best in the nation in Division III.

Reneau earns honor: Eureka College senior guard Hayley Reneau has been voted to the All-Central Region second team. The SLIAC Player of the Year, Reneau averaged 21.4 points per game to lead the league and rank 10th nationally. It was the fourth-highest scoring average in school history.


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