Jared Brownridge (Waubonsie Valley) always has dreamed of playing professional basketball in some fashion.
On Dec. 14, he set the new Santa Clara record for threes in a single game, hitting 7-of-14 in the Broncos’ 97-61 win over La Sierra. The owner of the previous record — NBA star Steve Nash, now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
“To break a record like that my freshman year that belonged to a player like Steve Nash is pretty heady stuff,” said Brownridge. “I was hoping to eventually do great things, but not as a freshman. It gives you a jolt of confidence.”
Brownridge finished the evening with 24 points, hitting 8-of-15 from the field. He also had a team-leading seven assists, two rebounds and two steals.
“My teammates did a great job of locating me off the screens,” Brownridge said. “They are as much responsible for me getting the record as I am.”
Brownridge has helped Santa Clara to a 9-8 record so far. In their most recent game on Saturday, he led the Broncos’ scoring with 29 points in an 86-81 overtime win over Loyola Marymount.
Yoel Wonsey (Neuqua Valley) had 76 tackles for Wisconsin-Platteville this year. Wonsey was not only third in total tackles, but third in solos (44) and assists (32) as well. He finished with two tackles for two yards of loss, two fumble recoveries, a pass breakup and one pass defended. Fellow Wisconsin-Platteville player Trevor Hall (Naperville North) finished the year with 67 receiving yards on seven catches. He played in seven games. Wisconsin-Platteville was 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
College of DuPage got 16 points from Paris Dunlap (Naperville North) in an 80-68 loss to Olive-Harvey College. Dunlap, who nailed 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the stripe, grabbed six rebounds and doled out three assists. College of DuPage is 3-9.
Drew Crawford (Naperville Central) scored 10 points as Northwestern lost a 76-49 decision to Wisconsin in their Big Ten Conference opener. Crawford had three field goals (one trey) and three free throws. In a 74-51 loss to Michigan on Sunday, Crawford led the Wildcats with 17 points. Teammate Dave Sobolewski (Benet) had five points in the Wisconsin game and posted four assists but did not score against Michigan. Northwestern is 7-8, 0-2 in the Big Ten.
Western Illinois freshman Jabari Sandifer (Neuqua Valley) scored 10 points in the Leathernecks’ 64-62 win over Alcorn State. Sandifer drained 3-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, and both free throw opportunities. The starting guard, who played 37 minutes, also had four assists and three rebounds. In the other contest, a 67-64 loss to Texas-El Paso, Sandifer was held to eight points and had five assists, three rebounds and two steals. WIU is 6-8.
Millikin senior Bria Williams (Neuqua Valley) has scored 108 points and pulled down 76 rebounds, averaging 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. She also has 12 steals and 11 assists. The 5-10 forward has drained 37-of-68 field goals and 34-of-56 free throws. Millikin is 6-5.
New York University-Polytechnic’s Ryane Pappa (Waubonsie Valley) has scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds this year. She also has two steals and two assists. Pappa, who has played in six games and started three, is averaging 14.0 minutes. NYU-Polytechnic is 2-4.
Sean Sarkauskas (Waubonsie Valley) has compiled a 3-10 mark for the Milwaukee School of Engineering wrestling team. The freshman, who is listed at 157 pounds, has wrestled all of his matches at 165 pounds. Of his three wins, two were gained by pinfall, while one was a decision.