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home : sports : sports   November 24, 2015

1/8/2013 10:38:00 AM
College Check-Up: Fay key for William Penn

Jackie Pokryfke
NT Correspondent

The William Penn University men’s basketball team is currently ranked No. 7 in the country in NAIA Division II, and a familiar face has been a key part of that success.

Kevin Fay (Jr., Putnam County/IVCC) is currently averaging 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Statesmen. He also has 34 assists, 14 steals and six blocks.

On Nov. 7, Fay tied the single-game school record with 10 3-pointers en route to a game-high 38 points in a 130-68 win over Nebraska Christian.

On Saturday in a key 89-80 road win over St. Ambrose in the Midwest Collegiate Conference opener, Fay finished with 11 points. He had 11 points, three rebounds and two steals in an 86-82 win over No. 10 Northwestern College on Dec. 29.
William Penn is currently 17-1, which is the best start in school history.

Illinois State University softball player Kelsey Turczyn (So., L-P) was one of 13 Redbird softball players recently named a 2011-12 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete. The award is given to a player who achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher during the 2011-12 academic year. Players must be nominated by their coach.

The University of Wisconsin’s Ethan Armstrong (RS Jr., Ottawa) finished with three solo tackles and one assisted tackle in the Badgers’ 20-14 loss to No. 8 Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Armstrong finished the year with 93 total tackles — 54 solo and 39 assisted — which was third on the team. He also had one interception and two tackles for a loss.

Men’s Basketball
Judson University’s Anthony Ahlers (Sr., Putnam County) leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 10.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He also is the team leader in blocks with eight and has 22 assists and eight steals.

Elmhurst College’s Taylor Baxter (Jr., Fieldcrest) is averaging 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game and also has a team-high 44 assists, eight steals and four blocks.

Sauk Valley Community College’s Jacob Fisher (Fr., Princeton) is averaging 0.9 points and 0.9 rebounds per game in nine games played. He also has one assist and one steal.

Women’s Basketball
Monmouth College’s Lauren Kellen (So., Mendota) is averaging 5 points and 1 rebound per game and also has 15 assists and six steals this season. Teammate Chelsea Gross (Sr., LaMoille) is averaging 1 point and 1.2 rebounds per game in five games played. She also has one steal.

Benedictine University’s Michelle Batty (So., L-P) is averaging 3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. She has a team-high 30 assists and four steals as well.

Eureka College’s Kourtney Ewald (Sr., Ottawa/IVCC) is averaging 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. She has two steals and one assist, as well.

St. Bonaventure University’s Kelcie Rombach (Fr., Ottawa) is averaging 1.1 points and 0.6 rebounds per game in nine games played. She also has one assist and one steal.

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Emily Considine (So., St. Bede) is averaging 2 points and 0.5 rebounds per game in four games played.

Lake Forest College’s Lindsay Wallaert (Sr., Hall) is averaging 0.8 points and 1 rebounds per game. She also has four steals and two assists.

Gustavus Adolphus College’s Kelle Nett (Fr., Hall) is averaging 1 point and 0.5 rebounds per game in two games played.

Indoor Track and Field
Iowa Western Community College’s Cody Taylor (So., BV) placed fourth in the 1,000 meters (2:46.60) at the Bill Easton Classic on Saturday.

The United States Naval Academy’s Brandon Swindler (Jr., L-P) placed third Sunday in the weight throw (53-11.25) in a dual-meet win over Princeton.

Jackie Pokryfke can be reached at 220-6939 or at

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