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Effingham graduate Mason Hull (25), now at Missouri State, is projected to be the top freshman in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Effingham’s Hull projected MVC top freshman

Baseball America projected Missouri State’s Mason Hull, a 2018 Effingham graduate, as the Missouri Valley Conference’s Freshman of the Year.

In an overview of the conference, Joe Healy of Baseball America wrote of Hull:

“(Hull) will have the unenviable task of replacing (Jeremy) Eierman at shortstop. No one is expecting him to be that type of player right out of the gate, of course, but he projects as a plus defender with good arm strength. Offensively, he’s coming off a huge senior season in high school, but even if that breakout campaign doesn’t necessarily carry over into big numbers as a freshman, simply proving to be a steady hand at a premium defensive position will make him incredibly valuable as the Bears aim for another conference title.”

Duesterhaus named swimmer of the week

Millikin freshman Brigid Duesterhaus was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Women's Swimmer of the Week.

Duesterhaus, a MacArthur graduate, won three events in the Big Blue's final dual meet against Lincoln College on Saturday. She took first in the 200-yard IM with a lifetime best time of 2:21.40 and won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.79. Duesterhaus clocked the fastest 50-yard freestyle split with a lead-off time of 26:15 on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:46.41) to close out the meet. Millikin won the meet by a score of 138-55.

Millikin wrestling wins three titles

The Millikin wrestling team won three individual titles and finished in second place in the team competition at the CCIW Wrestling Championships hosted by Elmhurst College last week.

Millikin finished two points behind North Central College 133.5 to 131.5. The second-place finish ties last year’s mark as the best team finish in school history.

Millikin senior Chris Williams and sophomores Tristan Birt and Bradan Birt won CCIW individual titles. Six Millikin wrestlers joined the trio earning All-Conference honors by finishing in the top three in their weight class.

Millikin coach Ryan Birt and North Central’s Joe Norton were named CCIW Co-Coaches of the Year.

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