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Illinois Wesleyan senior linebacker Jordan Hassan has been named North Region Defensive Player of the Year by and was joined on the first team all-region squad by junior safety Trevor Staley.

Hassan helped the Titans win a share of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship, recording 108 tackles. His 76 solo tackles broke the school record of 72 by Sean Garvey in 2014.

Hassan had 11 tackles for loss and 5 ½ sacks in the regular season, including three tackles for loss among his 14 tackles in a 14-10 win at Wheaton. He was the CCIW's Defensive Player of the Year.

Staley was third on the team with 56 tackles, including 44 solo. He had a team-leading three interceptions for 77 return yards.


Barth, Reasnover all-region: Eureka College junior offensive tackle Ryan Barth, a Fieldcrest High School graduate, and junior running back LeAnthony Reasnover have been selected for the All-West Region second team.

Barth was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Lineman of the Year. He started all 10 games at left tackle and paved the way for Eureka to break single-season school records with 401 points and 3,033 rushing yards.

Reasnover claimed six program records and earned the UMAC's Offensive Player of the Year award. He set single-season Eureka records of 1,875 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns. His 355-yard effort against St. Scholastica was a program record, as was his seven rushing touchdowns at Martin Luther.


Weltha second-team All-American: McKendree senior linebacker Austin Weltha, a former Bloomington High School standout, was named a second-team NCAA Division II All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

Weltha, the Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, led 7-4 McKendree with a career-high 129 tackles, including 55 solos. He also had a team-high 12 ½ tackles for loss, five interceptions and three INT returns for touchdowns.

Weltha's five interceptions and three returns for scores tied school records. He had a career-best 21 tackles at Davenport University and later at Truman State.

His 11.7 tackles per game ranks sixth among all NCAA Division II players.

Billington wins twice: Central Catholic graduate Michael Billington, a senior at Washington (Mo.) University, won twice this past weekend in the Titans First Chance indoor track and field meet at Shirk Center.

Billington captured the 300-meter dash in 36.50 seconds and was on the victorious 4 x 400 relay (3:25.0).

Pantagraph staff


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