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Crown Point senior Jason Tsirtsis, photographed Tuesday March 6, 2012 in Crown Point, Ind., is the 2012 Post-Tribune Wrestler of the Year. Tsirtsis is a four-time state champion. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Division II women’s basketball

National rankings

I. Ashland (Ohio) College (15-0)

2 (Walthan, Mass.) Bentley College (11-0)

3 (Atlanta) Clayton State (11-0)

4 South Carolina-Aiken (11-0)

5 University of Indianapolis (9-1)

6 (Erie, Pa.) Gannon (13-1)

7 (Barnaby, BC, Canada) Simon Fraser U. (11-1)

8 University of Colorado-Mesa (12-0)

9 Chico (California) State (10-0)

10 University of Tampa (10-0)

Division II power USC Aiken, behind three early 3-pointers from Crown Point’s Daniela Tarailo (2013), showed no ill effects from its 15-day holiday hiatus in a 84-51 Peach Belt Conference victory against Georgia Southwestern on jan. 3,

The win helped the Pacers improve to a perfect 10-0 start and USC Aiken is now just two wins away from tying the 2011-12 Pacer squad for the longest winning streak in program history.

Tarailo. a 5-foot-8 guard who was averaging 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists after 11 games, piled up 14 points in the opening minutes against Southewestern and finished with a career-high, 26 points, while knocking down a total of five 3-pointers.

Daniela was 9-for-13 from the field and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. She also posted 10 with seven rebounds two days later in a 70-55 win over Columbuis State and was named USC-Aiken’s Athlete of the Week.

For the week, the senior older sister of present CPHS forward Katija Tarailo, shot 54.2 percent (13-for-24) from the field on the week.

She made 46.7 percent (7-of-15) of her 3-point attempts and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the foul line on the week.

Last season, Daniela averaged 9.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game and was second in the Peach Belt Conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.3 percent (58-for-137)

The CP native entered hers senior campaign sixth all-time in school history in 3-pointers made with 119 and she has twice been named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team.

Crown Point’s Jason Tsirtsis (2012), who has redshirted this season at Northwestern, did wrestle “unattached” at the Midlands wrestling tournmant at Northwestern last month.

Tsirtsis, who did not lose a match his final three years in high school, placed eighth, losing in the semifinals of the 141-pound division to Kendrick Maple of Oklahoma, the defending Midlands 141-pound champ.

Tsirtsis was 3-2 in the two-day meet although, officially, I do not believe he has begun his Northwestrn career.

Tsirtsis will be a red-shirt freshman next season.

Crown Pomt folks know that Tsirtsis was a four-time state champion at CPHS, becoming only the eighth wrestler in Indiana state history to win four individual state titles. Jason finished high school with 176-2 record.

Hanover Central’s Nick Bollenbacher (2012) is averaging 5. 3 points per game after 17 games coming off the bench for IU-East (11-6), an NAIA schoool in Richmond.

Bollenbacher, now an acounting major, averaged 24.9 points, 6.3 assists and 6.7 steals per game as a senior.

He established Hanover Central’s career and single-game school records for points, assists and steals.and he helped boost the Wildcats to a 42-24 record over his last three seasons.

Crown Point’s Alexis Joseph (2012) collected 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes of play on Jan. 8 in a 64-58 victory for Illinois Benedictine (6-9) over Dominican College in Divisison III play.

Joseph, who spent three years on the varsity at CPHS, was shooting 55 percent from the field after 14 games with averages of 6.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in 16.4 minutes played.



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