St. Laurence graduate Toriano Clinton rewrote many of the record books during his career at the University of Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of University of Indianapolis

St. Laurence graduate Toriano Clinton rewrote many of the record books during his career at the University of Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of University of Indianapolis

College Notebook: St. Laurence alum rewrites Greyhound record book

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By Mike Walsh 
Correspondent

As senior seasons go, it’s tough to top the one authored by University of Indianapolis running back Toriano Clinton.

Clinton, who prepped at St. Laurence, was one of three Greyhounds chosen for the 2022 D2CCA All-Super Region 3 Team, and the only one to make the first team.

This fall, Clinton concluded one of the greatest careers ever by an Indianapolis football player. The Chicago native rewrote the record book during his time at the Division II school, surpassing nearly all the program’s career and season rushing marks. He held the title of DII’s active career rushing leader throughout the 2022 campaign while notching his second straight 1,000-yard season, despite playing in only eight games.

For the season, Clinton tallied 147 carriers for 1,001 yards (6.8 yards per carry, 125 yards per game) while scoring 11 rushing touchdowns. He added 14 catches for 166 yards and a pair of scores.

Clinton is the first five-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honoree in Indianapolis history. In 2022, he made his second straight All-GLVC First Team, having earned honors at both running back and kick returner in 2019 and Second Team recognition as a true freshman in 2018.

Over his career, Clinton played in 43 games, amassing 4,538 yards rushing on 593 carries (7.7 YPC) and scoring 48 touchdowns.

Another Greyhound, sophomore defensive back Kivonte Houston, earned a place on the All-GLVC Defense Second Team. Houston, a Marist graduate, finished 2022 with 67 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. This is Houston’s first time being chosen All-GLVC.

 

On the Court 

Two local athletes received postseason plaudits from the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin for their efforts in women’s volleyball during the 2022 season.

Outside/right side hitter Kaitie Rohe of Carthage College was chosen to the All-CCIW Second Team. The sophomore tallied 312 kills, 19 assists and 283 digs with a total of 985 total attacks, 41 total blocks, 22 service aces and a .190 hit average.

Rohe, a Shepard alum, was third on the Firebirds in kills and kills per set, and second in digs.

 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Also lauded by the CCIW this season was Illinois Wesleyan’s Evy Makris. The Sandburg graduate was one of the RESPECT Award recipients for women’s volleyball.

The RESPECT Award recognizes the intangible traits a student-athlete possesses that exemplify great character and encourages inclusiveness and a positive culture.

Makris, a senior middle hitter, played in 24 matches this season, accumulating 131 kills, 18 digs and six assists while posting a .188 hitting percentage for the season. She recorded 77 total blocks, bringing her career total to 252, 16th most in program history. Makris added 61 block assists on the season to bring her career total to 208, 13th most in program history.

 

Amazing Grace
University of Chicago guard Grace Hynes was named the University Athletic Association’s Athlete of the Week in women’s basketball for the period ending Nov.21.

A senior, Hynes averaged 24 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game to lead the Maroons to a pair of wins. She netted a career-high 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists in an 83-72 win over Colorado College.

Hynes had 16 points and five rebounds in a 72-49 win over North Park University.

In two games, the Mother McAuley graduate shot 51.7 percent from the floor (15-for-29), 42.9 percent from three-point range (3-of-7), and 88.2 percent from the free throw line (15-for-17).

 

Great Scott
University of Rochester athlete Scott Sikorski was named the University Athletic Association’s Athlete of the Week in men’s cross country for the period ending Nov. 21.

The Nazareth graduate earned All-America honors with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championship in Lansing, Mich.

The senior covered the 8-kilometer course in 25:25.5 to improve 174 places from his finish at the 2021 championship. Sikorski became the 16th runner in Rochester history and the first since 2011 to earn All-America honors.

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