Sports Digest January 29-30

Here’s the latest in Wildcat sports, courtesy of John Schild and the C-SC Sport Information Department.  For complete information, visit

Madison Matney placed in two events to lead the Culver-Stockton College track team in its second meet at the Graceland University Winter Indoor Series #3 Saturday afternoon in Lamoni, Iowa.

Matney placed second in the in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 13.04 meters. She followed that up by placing seventh in the shot put with a throw of 10.36 meters. Sarah Pribble was the only other woman to place in the top eight, finishing eighth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 10.68 seconds.

In men’s action, Maurice Silas was the top finisher for the men, placing third in the triple jump with a leap of 11.48 meters.

In the running events, Verlyn Johnson placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with time of 23.15 seconds, while Ahmed Barrow was sixth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.10 seconds. Tyrin Holder, in his first meet of the season, made the finals of the 55-meter dash and finished eighth with a time of 6.76 seconds.

The Wildcats will make a final trip to Lamoni, Iowa, next Friday to compete in the final Graceland Indoor Winter Series. That meet is slated to begin at 11 a.m.

Park University held off a late rally by the Culver-Stockton College men’s basketball team to post an 83-73 Heart of America Athletic Conference victory at Charles Field House Saturday afternoon.

The Pirates shot 56 percent from the field overall, including a blistering 64 percent in the first half, to take as much as a 20 point lead midway through the second half. Park, which led 37-25 at halftime, extended that lead to 63-43 with 10:40 remaining in the game.

However, the Wildcats rallied and ripped off a 19-4 run over the next five minutes to pull within five points at 67-62 when Jim King laid in a basket with 5:42 to play in the game.

A basket by the Pirates stopped the bleeding momentarily, but the Wildcats answered by with a layup by Robert Fry II and then split two free throws by Javon Modester to pull within 69-65 with 3:56 to play.

The Pirates made one of two free throws to go up 70-65, King grabbed the rebound of a Michael Johnson miss and scored on the offensive put back to pull with 70-67. However, the visitors scored the next five points and then salted the victory away at the free throw line by making six out of eight free throws in the final two minutes.

Fry led four Wildcat players in double figures with 19 points while pulling down a team-best six rebounds. King, who was saddled with two fouls early in the first half, finished with 15 points, while Johnson totaled 15 markers and Ray Adams contributed 13 points.

The Wildcats, now 4-7 overall and 3-7 in the Heart, is scheduled to play at Peru State College this Monday, Feb. 1, in Peru, Neb. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

Park University used a 10-2 run midway through the fourth quarter pull away for a 66-58 Heart of America Athletic Conference victory over the Culver-Stockton women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at Charles Field House.

The Wildcats pulled to within 48-47 on a layup by Jada Summers with 5:49 to play in the game. However, the Pirates responded by netting 10 of the next 12 points over the next two minutes to increase their lead to 58-49.

C-SC closed to within seven points on three different occasions, the last coming with 59 ticks left on a basket by Payton Curley, but could never get any closer the rest of the game.

Park forced 25 Wildcat turnovers, turning those miscues in to 25 points, and outscored the C-SC bench 22-9 in the game. C-SC was limited with just eight players dressed for the game due to injuries.

The Wildcats were paced by Curley, who registered 24 points in the game. Curley moved past Meleia (Musgrove) Niemann for 14th place on the Wildcat all-time scoring list and now has 1,197 career points. Curley also garnered five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Nya Taylor also reached double figures for the Wildcats with 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out a game-high five assists. Summers nearly recorded her fourth career double-double, but finished with just nine points to go along with her game-high 13 caroms.

The Wildcats are now off until Wednesday, Feb. 3, when they travel to Marshall, Mo., to face Missouri Valley College in a cross-divisional battle. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. Their scheduled game on Monday at Peru State is postponed due to Peru State halting women’s basketball activities do to Covid-19. It will be made up Feb. 22.

The Culver-Stockton College men’s volleyball team dropped its fourth straight match, falling to Graceland University in four sets 25-17, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19 at the Morden Center in Lamoni, Iowa, Friday night.

The Wildcats, who haven’t won since a season-opening victory on Jan. 14 at University of Health Science and Pharmacy, was led by Kyle Browne with a double-double. Browne recorded a season-high 19 kills and 11 digs in the match. Browne recorded a .102 hitting percentage with 14 errors on 49 swings. Browne also had three service aces.

Akeel Oxley added nine kills with a .135 hitting percentage. Oxley had four hitting errors on 37 attempts. Jeremy Belgrave and Aidan McGuire totaled six kills each, while Mark Jango registered a team-high 16 digs. McGuire also was in double figures with 10 digs.

The Wildcats, now 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, return home Tuesday, Feb. 2, to face Clarke University in a conference contest. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.