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Marion County College Report

Senior Salute: Centralia graduate
Scott Schneider Saves Best For Last

The Greenville College football team played some of its best football during the 2009 season. So did Scott Schneider.

The Centralia grad helped the Panthers finish 7-3 in his final collegiate season — a season that included a perfect 3-0 mark in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference-South Division standings and a trip to the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Victory Bowl. The Panthers a 29-28 nailbiter to Geneva College in the bowl game.

Schneider played in all 10 games and finished with 23 solo tackles, 14 tackle assists, one interception and 19 return yards.The free safety was named to the UMAC first team following the season.

"My senior year was the best," Schneider said. "The last game against Geneva was tough, but it was the first time Greenville had a chance to play in the post-season during my career. For anyone who wants to be a collegiate athlete, I would tell them to not get discouraged and work extremely hard."

As a freshman, Schneider did just that. He bided his time and waited, appearing in four games and finishing with one solo tackle and four tackle assists.

Schneider quickly earned a starting role during his sophomore season at Greenville, finishing a stellar career with 65 solo tackles, 44 tackle assists, tackle assists, four interceptions and 28 interception return yards.

"He was an offensive player at CHS," said former Greenville coach Eric Hehman. "Scott was a highly committed player and a team first guy. He did not grumble about it at all. The fact that he was a receiver and switched to free safety helped him. He knew what the receivers were going to do and he was ready."

While his football career isover, Schneider will stay around the sport for at least one year. He will help the GC football team through recruiting, film study and scouting.

The son of Alan and Trina Schneider of Centralia may have done better work in the classroom than he did on the football field. Scott earned a degree in physical education and is certified to teach any athlete from kindergarten through 12th grade. He also earned a minor in drivers education and coaching in May.

"He was the real deal," Hehman said. "We look for three things in an athlete. We want them to do well in the classroom, want them to play hard on the gridiron, and we want them be a Christian leader. He was all three for us. He had it all together."

Schneider was named to the UMAC All-Academic team in his final year as well as the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic team twice. Schneider landed on the Dean's List six times, carried a grade point average of 3.6, graduated Cum Laude and won the Bob Briner Award. The award is given to one GC senior who exhibits success in athletics, academics and demonstrates character.

Message from Daniel L. Chamness

We will be running senior articles during the month of August, though that is not the extent of news regarding The College Report Online.

In hopes of keeping this website up and running, I will be in Marion County during the coming two weeks seeking sponsors for the site.

Centralia and Salem are the two largest cities in Marion County, and we need to get six sponsors from each town. It is hoped the other three sponsors will come from other areas in the county.

Though this report is an online production, there are significant costs to producing The College Report Online each week. Money spent on commercial web space, research, writing, editing, travel to secure sponsorships and computer coding all add up.

We are hoping to begin publication at the start of September. If we have the required 15 sponsors, we will begin spotlighting the collegiate athletes representing Marion County. If we do not have the sponsors, we will not.

Other areas have chosen to support the work of the College Report. After more than three years of operating at a loss in Marion County, it no longer makes sense for my business and my business partners.

This is why I am spending my next two weeks on the road in an attempt to save The College Report Online for Marion County.

For the present time, however, keep your eye on this space as we spotlight the successes of graduating seniors in our Senior Salute articles. You will also find additional updates regarding the future of The College Report Online as we get closer to September. Thank you.

Daniel L. Chamness