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Crown Point's Courtney Kvachkoff sits bench before participating 3 point  shooting contest Valparaiso University December 28 2009. | Mark

Crown Point's Courtney Kvachkoff sits on the bench before participating in the 3 point shooting contest at Valparaiso University on December 28, 2009. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media

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Michigan...71, Western MichiGAN 41

Western Michigan (6-2 )........21 20 == 41

Michigan...............(8-0)....... 35 38 == 73

12-4-12 in Ann Arbor

WESTERN MICHIGAN

Field goals/Free throws/(Points)

Nate Hutcheson...... f 3-11 0-4 (6)

Darius Paul......... f 3-12 4-7 (10)

Shayne Whittington.. c 1-5 2-3 (6)

Brandon Pokley...... g 1-5 0-0 (3)

AUSTIN RICHIE...(LOWELL).... g 2-3 0-0 (5)

Connar Tava......... 2-4 0-0 (4)

Hayden Hoerdemann... 0-0 2-2 (2)

Jared Klein......... 0-2 2-4 (2)

Taylor Perry........ 0-0 (3-4) 3

Charles Harris...... 0-2 0-1 (0)

Totals.............. 13-45 13-21 (41)

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MICHIGAN (8-0)

Field goals/free throws/(Points)

GLENN ROBINSON..f (Lake Central) 3-10 1-1 (7)

Jordan Morgan ... f 4-6 0-0 (8)

Trey Burke..... ......g 8-11 2-3 (20)

Tim Hardaway Jr.... g 3-10 2-3 (9)

Nik Stauskas..... g 3-6 2-4 (11)

MICHAEL ALBRECHT..(CP)........... 1-2 0-0 (2)

MITCH McGARY..(Chesteron)...... 5-5 0-0 (10)

Eso Akunne.......... 0-1 0-0 (0)

Matt Vogrich.......... 1-1 0-0 (3)

Jon Horford........ 0-0 0-0 (0)

Caris LeVert.......... 1-4 0-0 (3)

Totals.............. 29-58 7-11 (73)

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Updated: December 11, 2012 1:54PM



Must have felt good to see familiar faces last week wehn Western Michigan faced Michigan in Ann Arbor.

WMU (6-3), which starts Lowell graduate Austin Richie (2011) at guard, carried a six-game winning streak but Michigan (8-0), which starts Lake Central graduate Glenn Robinson II (2012), rolled to a 73-41 win.

Robinson scored seven to back up Michigan’s All-American guard, who scored 20. Chesterton’s Mitch McGary (2011) scored 10 with three rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

Crown Point’s Michael “Spike” Albrecht (2011) played just seven minutes behind Burke with two points and twio assists.

Richie, the 6-foot-2 sophomore who scored 32 points a game at Lowell in 2011, scored five points with three assists and just two turnovers in 22 minutes in his role as the starting point guard.

For the season, Richie was averaging 6.4 points and 3.9 assists after eight games. The Lowell grad had taken just 41 shots but in an average of 27 minutes per game, he had made just 17 turnovers all season.

Western Michigan plays at No. 25 North Carolina State on Dec. 29

Crown Point’s Michael Lipton (2009) scored nine points and grabbed three steals in a 95-77 win for St. Joseph’s College over Holy Cross on Nov. 29. Lipton, a 6-foot-2 starting guard, played 25 minutes without a turnover.

On Dec. 6, Lipton, a former CPHS basketball, soccer and football star, collected four points and four assists, playing 23 minutes in a 76-69 loss to Cedarville.

Merrillville’s Raveen Murray (2012) is alive and well at Northeast Community College, a Division I junior college in Nebraska.

Murray, a 5-foot-5 guard, scored 19 with six assists, six rebounds and two steals in an 82-72 overtime loss to Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapid, Iowa last week.

For the season, the former Pirate was averaging 10.6 points, 3.8 assists, three turnovers and 1.6 steals per game over 13 games.

Murray has started every game for the RedHawks (11-2), who are off to the best srar in school history.

Hanover Central’s Nick Bollenbacher (2012) is averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 assists and 1.8 gurnovers in 10 games sp far for IU-East (6-4), an NAIA school in Richmond.

Crown Point’s Alexis Joseph (2012) has become a starting forward for Division III Bendictine College in Lisle, Ill. The 6-foot-1 former Lady Bulldog is averaging 8.8 points on 69 percent (28 of 47) shooting over eight games.

Joseph had 10 points. 11 rebounds and three blocked shots in just 20 minutes last Saturday in a 77-66 victory over Rockford College.

And I know former Highland offensive lineman Ryan Grigson is from Highland (1987) (so I admit bias) but it isn’t an overstatement to say that he has been in the center of two of the greatest football redemption stories of our time.

Hired as general manager of the National Footbal League’s Indianapolis Colts, Grigson had to know that Colts’ owner Bob Irsay would release Peyton Manning, the Colts greatest all-time Indianapolis player, as well as a dozen other belloved veterans.

Manning recovered from neck surgery, has gone to Denver and is almost certainly the Most Valuable Player of the NFL in perhaps the greatest comeback from career-threatening injury in recent history.

So Grigson had to replace all those players and he had to get it done yesterday.

In January, he began signing and then drafting players for a team that was 2-14 last year, in last place and expected to stay there.

Stanford’s Andrew Luck was an easy choice as the new QB but Grigson also picked four players who are starting for the Colts, who improved to 9-4 on the season with a 27-23 win Sunday over Tennessee.

They aren’t a great team. The Colts have allowed far more points than they’ve scored but if they win one of their last three games, they will make the NFL playoffs.

Seven of the players who started on offense last Sunday were not even in the organization in February.

Throw in the fact that Grigson’s handpicked coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with lukemia in the third week of the season.

Pagano had to walk away from an all new team, a group of young men who probably didn’t even know where Indianapolis was 12 months ago.

But they suddenly began winning games before sellout crowds.

Boys and girls are shaving their heads in honor of their cancer-stricken coach. In the midst of an ugly year in the NFL with player deaths, cheating and thug life behavior in places like New Orleans, the Indinaapolis Colts are a welcome port in an ugly storm.

This unscripted success, largely due to the judgment and player decisions made by Grigson, might be the most amazing one-season team comeback story in the modern history of the NFL.



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