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Next level: Kaneland grad Ty Carlson scores 18 in NCAA D-III tourney game

Aurora University’s Ty Carlson followed up a great week with an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

The junior forward from Kaneland was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championship Men’s Basketball Student Athlete of the Week when he averaged 21 points and four rebounds a game in the semifinal and championship games of the conference tournament. Carlson shot 61.5 percent from 3-point range and 63.5 percent form the field.

All but the rebounding totals exceeded his season averages of 15 points and five rebounds a game. He shot 46 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range in the regular season. Aurora won the regular season and tournament championships.

In an 82-80 win against Washington University on Friday at the D-III Tournament, Carlson had 18 points and five rebounds.

The Spartans ended their season Saturday with an 82-61 loss to Nebraska Wesleyan, and Carlson had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists.

In his first season at St. Cloud State, DeKalb grad and Rock Valley transfer Jace Kitchen averaged 3.2 points a game. The junior forward played just more than six minutes a game.

Bailey Gilbert has wrapped up her junior season at Carthage. The 5-foot-8 junior guard from Sycamore averaged 9.6 points and 5.1 rebounds a game.

She led the Red with 59 3-point field goals. She scored a season-high 20 points on Valentine’s Day against North Central.

In Carthage’s season-ending 69-54 loss to Wheaton on Feb. 23, Gilbert had eight points, two assists and a steal.

Playing time increased for Ripon sophomore guard Alyssa Burgess as the season progressed. The DeKalb product averaged 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds a game for the Red Hawks.

She scored a season-high 10 points three times, the latest on Feb. 13. In the season finale, a 78-75 loss to Lake Forest, she played 19 minutes, scored seven points and had two rebounds.

Baseball season is in full swing, and at Rock Valley, Sycamore graduate James Marcinkowski has a .304 batting average in seven games.

The freshman outfielder has seven hits, one of which is a triple. He’s driven in three runs and has stolen two bases.

Second baseman Tim Sommerfeld was 11 for 11 in fielding chances in the first three games for Illinois College. The sophomore from Indian Creek has led off all three games and went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk Sunday in a 12-6 loss to Mitchell College.

With starts in three games and an appearance in another, DeKalb grad Daniel Garcia has started to see the field in his sophomore season at Judson University. The outfielder has a .250 batting average and has scored a run.

Columbia College is off to a 13-4 start, and sophomore outfielder Jordan Wright has been a key contributor. The Sycamore grad has a .394 batting average, third-best on the team. Wright has 10 runs scored, 11 RBIs and three steals for the Missouri school.

In a 22-7 win Saturday against Trinity Christian College, Wright went 3 for 5 with two runs scored, an RBI and two walks.

In softball, Morgan Newport has a .250 batting average, a double and three RBIs for Northwestern.

A two-way player, Newport has been a key contributor inside the circle for the Wildcats. The sophomore pitcher/utility player from DeKalb has a 4-2 record, a save and a team leading 1.87 ERA.

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