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College Report: Huntley grad Omo Tseumah on the mark for Marquette University

Huntley graduate Omo Tseumah has whigh jump her first two indoor meets for Marquette. |  Provided Photo

Huntley graduate Omo Tseumah has won the high jump in her first two indoor meets for Marquette. | Provided Photo

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Updated: January 27, 2014 3:00PM



Omo Tseumah, a Huntley graduate and a Marquette University freshman, will probably not win every high jump competition that she competes in the next four years. But so far, so good.

In her first two Marquette indoor meets, Tseumah has been victorious, including the most recent one. At the John Tierney triangular, which was hosted by Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she recorded a leap of 5-6.

“I am happy and satisfied, but not shocked about the height,” said Tseumah, who won the Class 3A state title in the high jump last spring. “It shows that I have been not only working hard, but doing the right type of work. I just want to keep getting better.”

Tseumah passed on the first few jumps. Tatyana Pashibin, a Marquette sophomore, finished second with a leap of 5-4.

“When I cleared 5-6, I did not feel the bar at all and I know I cleared it by a bit,” said Tseumah.

“By the end of the year, I want to be jumping 5-10. I just want to progressively get better during the year and jump my best jumps at the Big East Indoor and Outdoor Conference meets.”

Fellow Marquette track athlete Haley Loprieno (Huntley) finished eighth in the mile run, crossing the finish line in 5 minutes, 31.03 seconds. The women defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee 84-49. ...

In the men’s competition, Marquette’s William Hennessy (Jacobs) took fifth in the 3,000-meter run. He finished in 8:54.79. The Marquette men defeated Illinois-Chicago (86-32), but lost to Wisconsin-Milwaukee (78-55).

Melanie Schwerdtmann (Jacobs) and Fiona McMahon (St. Francis) had 22 points and 16 points, respectively, but it was not enough to power Elmhurst past North Central. In the 111-92 loss, Schwerdtmann shot 8-of-11 and 6-of-12 from the line and had four rebounds in her 19 minutes. McMahon shot 8-of-15 and completed a double-double with 15 rebounds and two blocked shots. She started and played 21 minutes. Elmhurst is 10-7 overall, 2-4 in the CCIW.

Roosevelt defeated Holy Cross (82-69) and Indiana-South Bend (69-66) behind the double-digit efforts of Maria Tamburrino (Jacobs). In the win over Holy Cross, Tamburrino scored 17 points by nailing 6-of-14 field goals and 4-of-6 free throws. The senior also had seven rebounds, five steals and two assists. In the other win, Tamburrino had 11 points, three rebounds and three steals. Roosevelt is 16-6 overall, 7-3 in the CCAC.

Lexi Baltes (St. Charles East) was in double figures twice as Illinois Wesleyan downed Wheaton (93-85) and North Central (115-106). Baltes had 13 points and four assists in the win over Wheaton. She shot 5-of-11, which included a 2-of-6 performance from beyond the arc. She finished with 12 points against NCC. Wesleyan, which has won all six of its January games, is 12-5 overall, 6-0 in the CCIW.

Kyle Nelson (St. Charles North) helped Lewis overcome Illinois-Springfield 86-73. The 6-7, 205-pound sophomore, who started at center and played 21 minutes, had seven points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Lewis (13-2 5-2 GLVC) is ranked 23rd among NCAA Division II teams.

Dana Sibley (St. Charles North) and Chrissy Heine (Hampshire) have helped the Saint Xavier women’s basketball team post an 18-3 record, including an 8-1 mark in the CCAC. Sibley, a senior forward who has played 20 games and made one start, averages of 3.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.3 minutes. She also has 18 assists, 10 blocked shots and 10 steals. A senior forward, Heine has played in 19 games and made one start. She averages 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds, adding 16 steals, 14 assists and seven blocked shots.

Kristin Conniff (Bartlett) has played in 12 games and averaged 9.3 minutes for Wisconsin-Parkside. They are 6-9 overall, 2-5 in the GLVC. She averages 3.2 points and 1.0 rebounds. She also has five steals. She has converted seven three-pointers.

Sean Saxton (South Elgin) has two kills and five blocks in the first five Grand Canyon volleyball matches. He has played in and started one match. Grand Canyon is 3-2.



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