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Snubbed teams: Zip it! Too much mediocrity to cry

Thursday, March 17, 2011  
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By Jay Taft
Posted Mar 17, 2011 @ 12:07 AM

Members of the Colorado, Virginia Tech, Alabama and Saint Mary’s men’s basketball teams have been crying out loud for four days now. It’s time to zip it.

At the end of a season like this one, it was impossible to make everyone happy come NCAA Tournament selection time. Even if the field was bumped to 68. Why? Because other than Kansas and Ohio State, and maybe Duke and Notre Dame at times, there are few teams out there that strike fear in their opponents. There is instead a whole lot of mediocrity.

It should make for an interesting bracket breakdown, however.

RVC’s Turner honored twice
Rock Valley’s Jeron Turner was named first-team All-Region for Region IV men’s basketball. Turner led RVC in scoring (12.7 average), rebounds (9.3 average) blocked shots (16) and was tied for second in steals (28). The 6-foot-5 sophomore forward from Detroit also was named second-team All-Conference for the N4C.

Heaslip slips in, excels
Matt Heaslip (Guilford) was named the starting pitcher just minutes before the University of Illinois-Chicago’s March 6 baseball game and earned his first win as a Flame in a 5-1 victory over Missouri. Heaslip (1-1), a junior transfer from Kankakee Community College, fired 113 pitches over 82/3 innings, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out three.

Latella fifth at nationals
Whitewater junior Adam Latella (Hononegah) earned All-America honors with a fifth-place finish at 197 pounds during the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Lacrosse, Wis. He went 4-2 in the tournament and 36-7 on the season.

Nicholson lifts Regents
Rockford College junior right-hander Jake Nicholson (Stillman Valley) was named NAC Pitcher of the Week after pitching shutout ball from the eighth inning until the 12th in Sunday’s 8-5 win over Western New England College. He allowed one hit while striking out four.

In two appearances, Nicholson has allowed three hits and one earned run in six innings with five strikeouts.

The Regents return to action March 25, the start of three consecutive days of doubleheaders at Road Ranger Stadium.

Freeman Earns All-MAC Honors
Senior Marke Freeman, who led the Northern Illinois women’s basketball team with 16.1 points and 2.5 steals a game, was voted to the All-Mid-American Conference second team. Freeman ranked in the league’s top-10 in six categories.

Folven does it again
Minot State senior Caroline Folven (Byron) earned her second straight Dakota Athletic Conference postseason award, making first team all-conference after being placed on the third team last season. The 6-foot center is Minot State’s seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,092 points.

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