KENOSHA — The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team will have plenty of hardware in the school’s trophy case to remember a seemingly unforgettable season.
Parkside coach Luke Reigel and senior forward Jeremy Saffold continued to pile up postseason awards with a pair of impressive accolades handed out by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Friday.
UW-Parkside’s Jeremy Saffold believed he played his final collegiate basketball game.
After leading the Rangers to one of the finest seasons in school history and just their second NCAA Tournament appearance, Saffold was chosen to compete in the NABC Reese’s Division II College All-Star Game 7 p.m. March 29 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The team responsible for producing one of the most unique seasons in NCAA Division II history finally ended its magical run.
Despite a one-game stint in the NCAA Division II Tournament, respect flowed for the UW-Parkside men’s basketball program and its seniors in the wake of the team’s first-round exit on Saturday night in Springfield, Mo.
Led by the departing Jeremy Saffold, Nick Neari, Kevin Senechelle, Conrad Krutwig and Ryan Callozzo, the Rangers went from Great Lakes Valley Conference doormat to Great Lakes Valley Conference power in one season.
Here’s a look at the rest of Saturday’s action at the NCAA Division II Tournament Midwest Regional at the O’Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Mo.:
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A key player in one of the most memorable seasons ever for the UW-Parkside men’s basketball has been dismissed.
Let the games begin.
After waiting an entire week to play one of the biggest games in school history, the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team makes its second NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in a first-round Midwest Regional against Michigan Tech 8:30 Saturday night at the O’Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Mo.
KENOSHA — Another week, another award for UW-Parkside men’s basketball player Jeremy Saffold.
The senior forward was named to the NCAA Division II District 4 All-Region team on Thursday. This citation came a week after Saffold was named first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and the conference’s player of the year.
KENOSHA — Upon leaving for the big time, Western Illinois assistant coach Josh Wolfe could see this coming.
In his first year at Division I, the former UW-Parkside men’s basketball assistant is not surprised that his former team is in the midst of a historic season that will continue Saturday with an NCAA Division II Tournament game against Michigan Tech in Springfield, Ohio.
The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team’s stay in Evansville, Ind., turned sour quickly.
Facing a nationally ranked team playing in its home city, Parkside suffered its worst loss of the season in falling to 18th-ranked Southern Indiana, 81-62, in a Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament semifinal at the University of Evansville’s Ford Center on Saturday.
KENOSHA — After ousting one perennial powerhouse from the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team looks to repeat the feat when it faces the University of Southern Indiana in a semifinal game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
The 17th-ranked and second-seeded Rangers (20-7) advanced by beating Kentucky Wesleyan 65-56 in a quarterfinal on Thursday. It was Parkside’s third victory of the season over the Panthers. If the Rangers are to make an appearance in the GLVC title game, they will have to knock off the 18th-ranked and third-seeded Screaming Eagles (21-6) for a third time.
Thanks to a second-half surge, the great ride continued.
The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team downed Kentucky Wesleyan 65-56 in a quarterfinal of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Thursday night at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
KENOSHA — Kentucky Wesleyan is a perennial NCAA Division II powerhouse with eight national championships, 13 Great Lakes Valley Conference titles, 31 NCAA Tournament appearances and five 30-win seasons.
The Panthers (20-7) opened the season with 14 consecutive victories and were ranked as high as No. 3 in the NABC Division II Top 25 Poll, but entered the GLVC Tournament as the seventh seed.
KENOSHA — After guiding the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team to one of the most remarkable turnarounds in NCAA Division II history, Luke Reigel was rewarded in being named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
Reigel is the first coach in Parkside history to receive the honor.
KENOSHA — Delivering a breakout season is difficult for a player who’s always performed at a high level.
After spending three years as one of the better players in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, UW-Parkside’s Jeremy Saffold became the first player in school history to be named the league’s Player of the Year on Tuesday.
Next stop: Evansville, Ind.
The 13th-ranked UW-Parkside men’s basketball closed the regular season with a 68-61 loss at Lewis in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Romeoville, Ill., on Thursday night.
The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team had its nine-game win streak snapped in losing to host Indianapolis, 72-70, in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game Saturday at Nicoson Hall.
The Rangers, ranked 13th in the NABC Division II Top 25 Poll, couldn’t hold a late, nine-point lead. Conrad Krutwig sank a layup to make it 68-59 with 3 minutes, 15 seconds remaining when the Greyhounds (18-7, 10-7 GLVC) answered with a 13-2 run to close the game.
KENOSHA — With its first Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division championship in hand, the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team doesn’t plan on changing anything heading into its final regular-season games.
“Let’s just keep this thing rolling,” Parkside coach Luke Reigel said.
SOMERS — It was a feat few, if any, believed possible.
KENOSHA — If at first glance it appears the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team received a well-deserved break with slumping Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) arriving on Senior Night, all that’s needed is a quick peek at the schedule to prove otherwise.
The Rangers (18-5, 13-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference) can clinch at least a share of their first GLVC East Division title in an intriguing rematch against the Pumas (6-16, 4-11) at 7:30 Thursday night at the DeSimone Gymnasium.
The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team was ranked third in the first NCAA Division II Midwest Region rankings of the season, which were released Wednesday.
The poll is used to select participants for the 64-team NCAA Tournament, which starts March 16. The top squad in each region earns the right to host the opening three rounds of the tournament.
KENOSHA — UW-Parkside fever is sweeping the nation.
Behind its incredible seventh victory against a nationally ranked opponent, the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team skyrocketed to 13th in the National Association of Basketball Coaches NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll released Tuesday.
The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team moved one step closer to completing one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the 35-year history of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Just one season after finishing 1-17 in the most talented NCAA Division II conference in the country, Parkside (18-5, 13-2) is closing in on its first GLVC championship in edging 13th-ranked Bellarmine, 74-72, in nail-biting fashion Saturday afternoon at the DeSimone Gymnasium.
KENOSHA — Few people believed the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team would be involved in a late, regular-season game as significant as this one.
The Rangers, ranked 21st in the NABC Division II Top 25 Poll, host 13th-ranked Bellarmine (Ky.) in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game 3 p.m. Saturday at the DeSimone Gymnasium. The game will be aired live on WRJN-AM 1400 and on the Internet at Gatewaysportsweb.org.
11—at Minnesota-Duluth, 3 p.m.; 13—Indiana-Dabney, 7 p.m.; 23—vs. Morehouse, 4 p.m. (at Melbourne, Fla.); 24—vs. Florida Tech or Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. (at Melbourne, Fla.), TBA.
1—Cedarville, 3 p.m.; 4—Northland International, 7:30 p.m.; 8—Clarke, 3 p.m.; 29—Michigan Tech, 3 p.m.
3—at Missouri S&T, 7:30 p.m.; 5—at Drury, 3:15 p.m.; 10—Rockhurst, 7:30 p.m.; 12—William Jewell, 3 p.m.; 17—at Bellarmine, 7 p.m.; 19—at McKendree, 3 p.m.; 21—Lewis, 7:30 p.m.; 24—Southern Indiana, 7:30 p.m.; 26—Kentucky Wesleyan, 3 p.m.; 31—at Saint Joseph’s, 5:30 p.m.
2—Indianapolis, 3 p.m.; 7—at Kentucky Wesleyan, 7:30 p.m.; 9—at Southern Indiana, 2:15 p.m.; 14—McKendree, 7:30 p.m.; 16—Bellarmine, 3 p.m.; 21—Saint Joseph’s, 7:30 p.m.; 23—at Indianapolis, 2:15 p.m.; 28—at Lewis, 7:30 p.m.
No. Player Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown
3 Andy Mazurczak G Fr. 6-1 175 Norridge, Ill.
4 Jordan Mach G Jr. 6-2 185 Antigo
12 Bryant Smith G Jr. 6-1 170 Chicago
13 Nick Neari G Sr. 6-2 190 St. Charles, Ill.
15 Zygimantas Riauka F So. 6-8 235 Downers Grove, Ill.
21 Stefano Mancini G Fr. 6-2 175 Falmouth, Maine
22 Colt Grandstaff G Jr. 6-2 185 Apache Junction, Ariz.
23 Kevin Senechalle F Sr. 6-7 225 St. Charles, Ill.
24 Conrad Krutwig F Sr. 6-6 220 Algonquin, Ill.
30 Ryan Callozzo G Sr. 5-11 185 Homer Glen, Ill.
33 TJ Hemauer F Fr. 6-4 200 Stockbridge
34 Jeremy Saffold F Sr. 6-6 195 Hazel Crest, Ill.
40 David Mlachnik G Fr. 6-2 165 Muskego
Coach: Luke Reigel
Assistants: Tom Reigel, Ben Chamness, Andy Atkins
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