Two of Quincy University's newest varsity sports will enjoy the chance to play for a conference championship right away.
The Great Lakes Valley Conference, a 14-team NCAA Division II league which Quincy has been a member of since 1995, recently announced it will sponsor women's lacrosse and women's bowling as championship sports beginning with the 2019-20 season.
The Quincy women's lacrosse program is scheduled to play its inaugural season in the spring of 2020 with the women's bowling program planning to begin competition in the fall of 2020.
The GLVC will have seven schools participating in women's lacrosse next season -- Indianapolis, Lewis, Lindenwood, Maryville, McKendree, Quincy and Rockhurst. Lindenwood and Rockhurst previously were associate members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for lacrosse, while Indianapolis, Lewis, Maryville and McKendree were associate members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The GLVC Tournament will take place April 24-26 at the site of the No. 1 seed.
"It's always gratifying for our league to be able to enhance the student-athlete experience by providing them with an opportunity to compete in the GLVC, host a conference championship for their sport, and provide them with access to an NCAA Division II championship," GLVC commissioner Jim Naumovich said in a release.
The inaugural season of GLVC women's bowling will feature four full-time league members -- Drury, Lewis, MAryville and McKendree -- as well as associate members Central Missouri, Lincoln and Upper Iowa. Quincy makes it an eight-team league during the 2020-21 season.
McKendree is the most accomplished and established program among the bunch. The Bearcats won the Intercollegiate Team Championship in 2017 and finished as the runner-up each of the past two seasons. Central Missouri has one national championship and three runner-up finishes in the last 20 years.
The GLVC Tournament will take place March 21-22 at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville, Ill.
Ogle to represent C-SC on league commission
The Heart of America Athletic Conference is giving its student-athletes some say.
The league recently commissioned the Heart Association of Student-Athletes, a group that will feature one representative from each school and help guide the league on a variety of matters both regionally and nationally.
According to the Heart, the goal of the group is "to actively promote a positive relationship between student-athletes and both conference and campus athletic administrators through open communication, support, representation and constructive feedback while creating unity, academic success and well-being among all student-athletes."
Kaelee Ogle, a junior guard on the women's basketball team, will represent C-SC, Ogle is a graduate of Mark Twain High School who transferred to C-SC from Quincy University.
HASA members were appointed by their respective institutions for their character, leadership skills and an ability to understand a conference-wide big picture. The committee will serve the following functions:
• Discuss and provide feedback on conference topics affecting student-athlete welfare;
• Assist in educating student-athletes about Heart/NAIA issues on their home campus;
• Increase and improve student-athletes' understanding of the Heart and NAIA legislative process;
• Promote student-athlete participation in Champions of Character programs;
• Provide a forum for addressing student-athlete concerns.
The group's first meeting will take place July 29 in Olathe, Kan., during the Heart of America Athletic Conference Summit.
Leathernecks' Gilbeck gets summer league opportunity
Former Western Illinois University forward Brandon Gilbeck received an invitation to participate in the NBA Summer League with the Denver Nuggets. The 7-footer participated in a four-day mini-camp before lacing it up for game action, beginning last Friday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
"This is a big-time opportunity for Brandon," WIU coach Billy Wright said. "Earning a spot on an NBA Summer League roster is the next best thing to being drafted. He will have an opportunity to play with and against many of the players who were selected in the NBA draft. I'm happy for him and know he will do a great job representing our university and basketball program."
Last winter, Gilbeck became the third player in Summit League history to be named Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. The Spring Green, Wis., native was the NCAA Division I leader with 3.42 blocked shots per game and currently sits atop Western's career and single-season records with 285 and 106 blocks, respectively. Gilbeck averaged 9.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season.