Mike Johnson's do-it-all mentally made him one of the toughest players to defend in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
It made him one of the best players in the NAIA as well.
Johnson, a senior guard on the Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team, was named an honorable mention All-American this week, garnering such accolades for the second consecutive season.
Johnson, a 6-footer from Jackson, Mich., was second in the Heart and eighth in the NAIA in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per game. A transfer from Lansing (Mich.) Community College, Johnson scored 1,373 career points, which ranks 15th on the school's all-time list. Johnson was named first-team All-Heart for the second time as well.
Johnson also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He led the Heart and was seventh in the NAIA in total steals with 66. Johnson scored in double figures in 26 of the 32 games played, netting 20 or more points 11 times. Johnson registered a career-high 38 points against Clarke (Iowa) on Jan. 10.
Weather alters weekend schedules
The rain dumped on the region this week, coupled with more forecasted thunderstorms Saturday, forced area college baseball and softball teams to alter their schedules.
The Quincy University baseball team, ranked sixth in the nation and looking to rebound from a mid-week loss to Illinois-Springfield, pushed back the start of its three-game Great Lakes Valley Conference series at William Jewell. The Hawks (18-5, 10-2 GLVC) and the Cardinals (9-16-1, 3-9 GLVC) will play a doubleheader beginning at noon Sunday in Liberty, Mo., and wrap up the series with a single-game at noon Monday.
The QU softball team also pushed everything back one day. The Hawks (13-13, 3-5 GLVC) will play a doubleheader at Southern Indiana on Sunday and a doubleheader at Bellarmine on Monday.
The Culver-Stockton College softball team was scheduled to play Peru State in Canton, Mo., on Saturday, but the games have been postponed. No makeup date has been announced.
Marshall tops GLVC in saves
Maryville sophomore reliever Tanner Marshall leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference in saves, having been the back-end stopper in four of the Saints' 11 victories. That includes three in GLVC play.
The Quincy Notre Dame graduate earned a save in four straight appearances, beginning with a hitless, scoreless three innings in a 4-2 victory over Winona State on March 2. He didn't allow a run in his next three appearances, working around two hits for a one-inning save in a 5-4 victory over Indianapolis. He earned a three-inning save in a 13-6 victory against William Jewell, allowing two hits, striking out seven and walking one.
In a 6-4 victory against Illinois-Springfield last weekend, Marshall worked 12/3 innings with two hits allowed, three strikeouts and no walks. In a 4-3 mid-week victory against Missouri S&T earlier this week, Marshall earned the start pitched 52/3 innings, allowing one run and two hits with six strikeouts and six walks. He left with a 3-1 lead but earned a no-decision.
Overall, Marshall has a 5.32 earned run average with 34 strikeouts and 14 walks in 232/3 innings.
Wienhoff leading Wildcats' staff
Sophomore right-hander Hunter Wienhoff is trying to push the Wayne State baseball team to the top of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Quincy High School graduate owns a 5-1 record and enjoyed one of the top efforts from the Wildcats' starters during the current seven-game winning streak.
In a 2-1 victory over Minnesota Duluth, Wienhoff worked seven innings, allowing one run and four hits with seven strikeouts and six walks. He allowed a run in the top of the first inning when he walked in a run, before tossing six consecutive scoreless innings.
Overall, Wienhoff has a 2.65 earned run average with 34 strikeouts and 17 walks in 371/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .205 against him.
Jarvis leads Saints in victories
Freshman pitcher Olivia Jarvis had a three-game win streak snapped last weekend by defending national champion Southern Indiana, but the Canton, Mo., product continues to thrive as part of the Maryville softball team's two-pitcher rotation.
Jarvis leads the Saints with a 10-7 record and has posted a 3.18 earned run average in 1052/3 innings. She has struck out 56, walked 30 and allowed 48 earned runs. However, in Great Lakes Valley Conference play, she has been at her best. She has allowed seven earned runs in 34 innings in conference play with a 4-2 record.
In three straight victories -- two against Lewis and one against Bellarmine -- Jarvis allowed two earned runs with 12 strikeouts and one walk. In the 2-0 loss to Southern Indiana, she allowed two earned runs and six hits over seven innings with one strikeout and one walk.
Walker takes over at Missouri S&T
Former Illinois-Springfield men's basketball coach Bill Walker is heading back to where it all began.
Walker was named the coach at Missouri S&T this week, returning to his alma mater more than 30 years after graduating from the Rolla, Mo., school. Walker graduated from S&T in 1987 after playing four years for legendary Miners coach Billy Key.
"I always loved my time at the university and no matter where I've been, I have followed the program closely and have been rooting for it from afar," Walker said. "I know this is a program with a lot of potential. Missouri S&T itself has done a number of things that are trending in the right direction, including improving the facilities and growing the enrollment, and my goal is to bring the men's basketball program back to that past level of excitement."
His task is a monumental one. The Miners have experienced 21 consecutive losing seasons. They were 5-21 overall last winter and 3-15 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, prompting Jom Glash to retire at season's end. Glash coached Missouri S&T for 10 seasons, compiling a 77-186 record overall and 38-141 mark in the GLVC.
Walker was let go after five seasons at Illinois-Springfield in which he compiled a 59-80 record. The Prairie Stars went 14-14 in each of the last two seasons but haven't made the GLVC Tournament field since 2016.