Richie on a high at Western Mich.
By Mark Smith email@example.com December 24, 2012 11:16AM
Anne Kvachkoff, right, poses for a photo with her daughter Taylor Equihua, left, and niece Courtney Kvachkoff. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 24, 2012 11:38AM
Lowell’s Austin Richie (2011) has seemingly made the transition from “boy wonder” scorer to college man distribution specialist.
Friday night in Kalamazoo, Richie, the 6-foot-2 colleg sophomore and Lowell graduate, had five points and eight assists in 26 minutes of an 87-66 win over Mount St. Mary’s.
Richie, who averaged 32 points per game his senior season in high school, is now running the show for the Broncos (8-4) averaging 5.8 points and 3.9 assists in an average of 26 minutes per game.
Richie, who was coached by his brother Nate Richie at Lowell, has committed just 26 turnovers in eight games in his secvond sreason at WMU.
Crown Point’s Courtney Kvachkoff (2012) was averaging 8.7 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per night after seven games for St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer but she’s probably not vert happy withn it.
Kvachkoff, a 5-foot-8 guard, was 7-of-15 from three-point range for the Pumas (2-4) inside an avearge of 25.3 minutes per game. But St. Joe’s was 0-7 afterseven games.
CP’s Michael “Spike” Albrecht (2011) is along for the ride behind All-Big 10 guard Trey Burke (17.4 ppg.) at the University of Michigan.
No surprise. Albrecht, the 6-foot-2 former Bulldog, plays only an average of 7.6 minutes per night. He is 5-of-12 from three-point range with 14 assists in 12 games off the bench.
You won’t hear him complain, I’m sure, as Michigan is 12-0 and No. 3 in the nation.
Lake Central grad Glenn Robinson (2012) averages 30 minutes, 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for Michigan. The 6-foot-5 guard has started every game for the Wolverines.
Chesterton’s Mitch McGary (2010) plays 14.6 minutes a night and is averaging 5.6 points and 5.8 rebounds for Michigan. Michigan does not play Indiana University (11-1) until Feb. 2 in Bloomington.
Crown Point’s Daniela Tarailo (2009) scored a season-best 21 points on Dec. 18 as the undefeated Division II No. 3 University of South Carolina-Aiken (9-0) topped Anderson College 63-59. Tarailo sank four three point shots for USC-Aiken, which rallied from a 10-point deficit
Former Andrean guard Courtney Pishkur, 24, is back on the court for Andrean as the junior varsity coach for new Andrean head girls basketball coach Tony Scheub. Courtney was an all-Lake Athletic Conference guard her senior year in 2009 and she played at Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle.
It’s been tough year for the 59ers, coaches included.
“It’s nerve wracking,” she said last week. “It’s so frustrating. On the varsity, we just can’t finish games. We’re better than our record and nobody believes it.”
Courtney is the daughter of Hall-of-Fame Andrean baseball coach Dave Pishkur and both of her brothers played baseball for their dad and the 59ers.
Crown Point grad Alexis Joseph (2012) is averaging 6.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in an average of 15.7. minutes for Illinois Benedictine (5-6). Crown Point’s Kendall Brown (2012) and Lisa Kurth (2011) are also on the roster at Bendictine, a Division III school.
Hanover Central graduate Nick Bollenbacher (2012) passed out four assists in 12 minutes of playing time Saturday coming off the bench for NAIA IU-East in a 63-52 win over Michigan-Dearborn in Richmond. Bollenbacher, a former Porter County Conference MVP at Hanover is averaging 4.9 points per game in a backup guard role.
The former Wildcat two-sports star is struggling from the foul line, shooting just 41 percent but he is 8 of 24 from three-point range in his rookie season in college.