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Streams of unconsciousness from the world of sports:

Kylie Giebelhausen: For the third straight season the SIU women’s basketball team is saying goodbye to one of the program’s all-time great players.

Two years ago the Salukis lost the program’s all-time leading scorer Cartaesha Macklin. Last year Rishonda Napier wrapped up a stellar career. This time around, the Salukis are biding adieu to Kylie Giebelhausen.

Giebelhausen will close out her career in the next week or so having left an indelible mark on the Saluki women’s program. In Saturday’s win over Evansville, Giebelhausen shot her way into SIU’s Top Ten scoring list. She also ranks third in blocked shots.

During her four seasons in a Saluki uniform, Gielbelhausen compiled more than 300 assists, 550 rebounds, and close to 150 steals. That’s the kind of player you can build a program around.

Like Macklin and Napier before her, Gielbelhausen has been an outstanding representative for the program. Like her teammates before her, Giebelhausen is a keen analyst of the game and her own performances. Through the years she has never shied away from tough questions after gut-wrenching losses.

In addition to her abilities on the floor, Giebelhausen is also a star in the classroom. She was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team Tuesday.

Unfortunately, given the attendance numbers for women’s basketball, not many of you have seen Giebelhausen play. You haven’t seen the long 3-pointers slice cleanly through the net, the blocked shots or the tough rebounds.

Your loss.

Paul Lusk: After being picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference in the preseason, Paul Lusk’s Missouri State Bears sputtered all season. The Bears finished seventh in the MVC, forcing them to play in the dreaded Thursday night play-in round.

Missouri State disposed of Valparaiso in the preliminaries, then had to face SIU.

The Salukis eliminated Lusk’s Bears, winning by four points. For the season, SIU defeated Missouri State three times, by one, two and four points. It was just that kind of year for Lusk and Missouri State.

Less than 24 hours later, Missouri State announced Lusk, a former Saluki standout, was fired.

Granted, everyone realized Lusk was on life support. His firing was discussed openly during the last month of the season. But, you’d think Missouri State would at least have had the courtesy to wait until after the tournament concluded to make the announcement.

Really, would another 36 hours have made a difference? It just seems low class to announce the firing while the tournament is still in progress.

Mike Shannon: I don’t watch or listen to St. Louis Cardinals games with the frequency and intensity I once did. But, I’m looking forward to spending another summer with veteran Cardinals’ broadcaster Mike Shannon.

Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard all the criticism -- he tells too many stories. He sometimes ignores the game to reminisce about the Cardinals’ glory days. Shannon sometimes trips over his words – using eludes for alludes.

Yes, he does those things. But, listening to Shannon call a game is like spending a couple hours with an old friend. He brings a passion to the microphone every night. Shannon has the ability to entertain, even when the game is a stinker.

And, his “Get up, get up, get up baby!” home run call … well, it makes me smile just thinking of it.

LES WINKELER is the sports editor for The Southern Illinoisan. Contact him at, or call 618-351-5088 / On Twitter @LesWinkeler.


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Les Winkeler is sports editor and outdoors writer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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