College Showcase: SL's Howe, Pennell starring at Lake Forest College

Spring Lake graduate Alec Howe rushed eight times for 39 yards and had an 11-yard touchdown run on Saturday in Lake Forest (Ill.) College's 34-13 victory against Knox College.
Nate Thompson
Sep 25, 2012

After a season-opening loss to Concordia (Ill.), the Foresters have won three-straight games.

Howe, a 5-foot-9, 195-pound junior, is second on the team with 163 yards and two rushing touchdowns this season. He also has seven receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Opening up holes for Howe on the offensive line is another former Laker, Bob Pennell, a 6-4, 300-pound sophomore. Pennell is the Foresters’ starting right guard, and helping the team average 28.5 points per game.

Lake Forest faces a 3-1 Carroll University squad on the road this Saturday.

VANHEEST A CAPTAIN AT WHEATON

Grand Haven graduate Sam VanHeest has been named one of four team captains for the Wheaton College football team this season.

Under the senior’s leadership, the Thunder have opened their season with a 2-1 record, including Saturday’s 53-7 blowout victory of Luther (Iowa) College.

In the win, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound outside linebacker had five tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.

This season, VanHeest, a mathematics and secondary education major, has totaled 10 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss.

Wheaton, located just west of Chicago, is a Division 3 school that plays in the College Conference of Illinois and & Wisconsin.

WEYKAMP, ILLINI START STRONG IN BIG 10

Grand Haven graduate Aliina Weykamp has helped the University of Illinois’ women’s soccer team to a strong start in the Big 10 Conference.

After handing Iowa its first loss on Sept. 16, the Illini scored another impressive home victory with a 1-0 shutout of Ohio State on Friday. Weykamp, who played all 90 minutes, was part of a defensive unit that helped limit the Buckeyes to just four shots on goal.

Illinois’ hot streak came to an end on Sunday, however, as it was dealt a 4-0 setback by No. 11-ranked Penn State. The loss drops the Illini to 5-4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big 10.

Weykamp has seen game action in all 10 games, with four starts. She has three shots in 645 minutes.

KARSTEN, WHEATON SOCCER ON FIRE

Laura Karsten is making the most of her senior season at Wheaton College.

The Thunder have started their season with an impressive 7-1 record, with their lone setback coming during Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime loss at Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Wheaton is still the top-ranked team in NCAA Division 3 polls, as voted on by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and D3soccer.com.

Individually, last week Karsten was named the College Conference of Illinois and & Wisconsin’s Defensive Player of the Week. She’s the leader of a Thunder defense that has limited opponents to seven goals in eight games this season. The team’s most impressive showing was a 4-0 shutout of ninth-ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Sept. 15.

Karsten also has two goals for Wheaton, which travels to Dubuque, Iowa to challenge Loras College today.

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