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KENOSHA — UW-Parkside women’s basketball coach Jenny Kenesie credited her players for completing the finest regular season in school history. There’s good indication the coaching had plenty to do with it as well.
In a vote conducted by the league coaches, Kenesie received the ultimate compliment from her peers in being named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year on Tuesday. The St. Joseph graduate led the Rangers to a record 22 regular-season wins and the second division championship in program history.
“I’m very honored and I appreciate it, but it’s hard for me to accept something like that,” Kenesie said. “The credit goes to the kids. This is a team award and something they deserve. They are the ones who go out and execute and put in all the time. I’m lucky to be a part of such a good group.”
Kenesie, in her 10th season at Parkside, is the school’s all-time win leader with a record of 172-113. The former University of Louisville standout guided the Rangers to three straight 20-win seasons and three consecutive NCAA Division II Tournaments.
Parkside, the GLVC East Division champion, improved its record in each of the last five seasons.
The Rangers (22-4) had five players recognized in the league’s awards. Jadee Rooney and Brittany Beyer were unanimous All-GLVC first-team selections, while Amy Selk was a second-team pick.
Kaityln Bettiga and Jaleesa Trussell were chosen to the GLVC’s inaugural all-defensive team.
“All five of those kids, I’m so thrilled for them,” Kenesie said. “They really deserve the awards. It’s a credit to them and their teammates as well.”
Northern Kentucky’s Casse Mogan was named GLVC Player of the Year, while Shelby Miller from Maryville (Mo.) was chosen as the Freshman of the Year.
Rooney (16.3 points per game) and Beyer (16.6 ppg) were two of the league’s top scorers. It was the third all-conference honor for each player.
“They were at a disadvantage because they were likely splitting (Player of the Year) votes,” Kenesie said. “Our teams have always been very balanced and it showed this year in the voting. Nobody would win any individual awards without all 15 kids putting in the time and dedicating themselves to the program.”
Selk earned her first postseason award. The senior forward averaged 9.1 points, and 6.5 rebounds in the regular season.
Bettiga and Trussell played a major role in the Rangers’ second-ranked GLVC defense, allowing just 56.7 points per game. Parkside held opponents to 24.3 percent from behind the three-point arc, which was fifth-best in NCAA Division II.
“They gave us that extra spark,” Kenesie said. “We’re always asking them to guard the best kids on the floor and they’re always willing to do the little things. Our team values those two tremendously.”
Parkside received a first-round bye in the GLVC Tournament. The Rangers, ranked 15th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, play Kentucky Wesleyan (15-12) in a second-round game 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill.
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High School Basketball
KENOSHA — Another boys swim meet, another record-setting performance by Bradford junior Ivar Iverson.
Iverson set records in two individual events on Saturday at the Bradford Invitational, winning the 200-yard individual medley in a a pool-record 1 minute, 54.08 seconds and breaking both the pool record and his own school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.28.
KENOSHA — Those not among the large and boisterous crowd at Madrigrano Gymnasium will simply dismiss Saturday night’s Metro Classic Conference showdown as a lopsided affair.
The final score doesn’t tell the whole story, however.
Fifth-ranked Carthage defeated Trinity International, 25-7, 25-12, 25-11, and Hannibal LaGrange, 25-23, 25-14, 25-20, in a triangular at Tarble Arena on Saturday. ... “We are a team in development,” Carthage coach L.J. Marx said. “We lost five seniors from last year, so we have a lot of new faces in a lot of new positions. It’s a work in progress.” ... Griffin Shields had a team-high 17 kills and 12 blocks in the two matches, while Tyler Saieg had 52 assists.
In what Carthage men’s basketball coach Bosko Djurickovic called “as tough a loss as I can remember,” the Red Men were crushed on a difficult jumper by Wheaton’s Joel Smith with 0.4 second left that delivered the Thunder a 46-45 win in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin thriller on Saturday night at King Arena in Wheaton, Ill.
After Carthage’s Ellis Matthews missed a 3-pointer with 10.5 seconds left that would’ve given the Red Men (7-10 overall, 3-4 CCIW) a two-possession lead, Wheaton’s Caleb DeMoss grabbed the rebound, and the Thunder pushed ahead with no timeouts left. Smith nailed the winning jumper despite being tightly defended.
The Carthage women’s basketball team faced its second top-25 team in a row Saturday, and the Reds’ losing streak grew to three after a 58-53 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin loss to No. 16 Wheaton at King Arena in Wheaton, Ill.
After giving up 101 points to No. 22 North Central on Wednesday, Carthage (11-7 overall, 4-3 CCIW) was in prime position to grab a win from Wheaton when it opened the game with an 11-0 run. But Wheaton charged back and closed the half with a 19-11 run to cut Carthage’s lead to 22-19.
The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team rallied late to extend its winning streak to seven, beating Bellarmine, 63-58, in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game Saturday afternoon at Knights Hall in Louisville, Ky.
“You have to love 7-0, especially with how hard the girls have been working and especially with some of the games,” Parkside coach Jacob Yorg said.
The No. 19 UW-Parkside men’s basketball team’s 12-game winning streak ended with a thud on Saturday afternoon at Knights Hall in Louisville, Ky.
No. 7 Bellarmine seized control almost from the opening tip en route to a 75-52 Great Lakes Conference victory to climb into a tie with Parkside for second place in the East Division.