Men's basketball: Cardinals guard Yulander Wells earned some well-deserved recognition after helping North Central (6-7, 2-0 CCIW) get off to an impressive start in the conference. Wells was named the CCIW Player of the Week after North Central handed previously-unbeaten Carthage a 67-62 loss. Wells, the third leading scorer in the conference who averages 20.1 points a game, scored 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor and 6-for-6 from the line. North Central plays host to Millikin at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Women's basketball: The Cardinals (7-5, 1-1 CCIW) will play host to Millikin at 6 p.m. Saturday after splitting their first two CCIW games. Amanda Orsburn scored a season-high 28 points in a 72-60 win over Augustana. York graduate Katie LeFevour added a pair of late baskets to help ice the win. North Central lost 71-68 to Illinois Wesleyan despite 20 points from Tracy Farrell and 18 by Orsburn.
Wrestling: This is one of the biggest weekends of the year for the Cardinals, who will host the 15-team North Central College Invitational today and Saturday. The Cardinals are coming off four dual-meet wins last weekend to improve their dual record to 6-2. Senior Darrick Snyder continued his dominating season with 4 wins to improve his record to 14-1. Ryan Dannhorn (Elgin High School) also went 4-0 and is 13-2 overall at 197 pounds. Miguel Silva, a 125-pounder from West Chicago, won all four of his matches to even his record at 7-7.
Men's basketball: This is it, the game Wheaton College fans circle on their calendars when the schedule comes out: Illinois Wesleyan. The Titans of Illinois Wesleyan come to Wheaton Saturday (7:30 p.m.) to renew their annual rivalry with the Crusaders. If you want to see this one in person, better get to Wheaton College early. Seats can be hard to find. In 1996, an overflow crowd forced many to be turned away. The last three years also have been packed. Wheaton College officials expect close to the near 3,000 capacity the gym holds.
Year in and year out this game goes a long way to deciding the CCIW race, and this year should be no different. Wesleyan (9-3, 1-0 CCIW) and Wheaton (9-2, 0-0) both had strong non-conference campaigns. The Crusaders capped their nonconference schedule last weekend with two wins in Georgia. Senior point guard Travis Senick led the way, scoring a career-high 25 points on 6-for-6 shooting from 3-point range in an 84-81 won over LaGrange College (Ga.), then scoring all 18 of his points in the second half to help Wheaton College rally from a 5-point halftime deficit and beat Covenant College (Ga.) 90-83.
Wesleyan enters the game with the leading scorer in the conference in sharp-shooting Korey Coon, who is averaging 23 points per game. He is shooting 43 percent from 3-point range (37 of 85) and a near-perfect 96 percent from the foul line (75 of 78).
Women's basketball: Two Crusaders seniors found themselves on the all-tournament team at last weekend's Savannah College of Art and Design tournament. Heather Pancake and Kate Elsen both received the honor after helping Wheaton College finish second. The Crusaders opened with a 66-54 win over Flagler College (Fla.) before losing to host Savannah 70-63 in the championship game. …