Rangers fall short against Drury in opening round of NCAA Tournament

Despite an 11-1 run late in the game, our Rangers (23-7) lost to the defending NCAA champion Drury University Panthers (26-3) 69-64. The game started out very slowly for both teams, Parkside going 2 of 11 from the field in the opening minutes, and Drury turning the ball over on their first three possessions. After the first media timeout is when Parkside made their first push, going on a 7-1 run, taking an early 17-10 lead. After that, it was pretty even for a while, both teams exchanging leads (seven total lead changes in the first half). Both teams were playing extremely tough going into the half, not wanting to give each other any momentum going forward. But, around the 1:05 mark of the first half is when Drury began to pull away. After a Parkside turnover, they took it coast to coast for an easy dunk and didn’t look back. Drury took a 33-26 lead into halftime.

Parkside’s First-Team All-Conference player, Ziggy Riauka led the Rangers in both points and boards in the first half (8 in both categories). Jimmy Gavin added 6 points and 3 dimes in the first half and Jordan Mach chipped in 8 points.

Drury started out the second half triple teaming Ziggy in the post, not allowing the All-Conference player to get into any sort of rhythm. Drury started out the half very strong, eventually getting their biggest lead of the game (15). Around the 7:50 mark is when Parkside went on their last and strongest push of the game, going on an 11-1 run and getting as close as five points. Drury slowly began to pull away again, but Andy Mazurczak, who finished with eleven points, gets a very clutch and-one basket to bring the Rangers back to within five with a minute and seven seconds on the clock. As Drury began to use clock and force Parkside to foul and seemingly pull away, Colt Grandstaff, who finished with eleven points, hit a three pointer with fourteen seconds left, making it a 65-61 point game. But, even a Jimmy Gavin three point basket as time expired wasn’t enough to lift Parkside passed the defending champions, as they fell short 69-64.

The Rangers went far and beyond expectations for the year. Going 23-6 before the loss on Saturday and picking up a second consecutive GLVC East Division regular season title. The Rangers went on an early 10 game winning streak to kick-start the season, and got as high as 16th in the rankings. Though they may have fallen short on Saturday, we should all be proud of the program for what they accomplished this season and for the bright future ahead.

Article by Jalen Perry

Parkside Advances to GLVC Semifinals

Parkside’s women’s basketball team opened up the Great Lakes Valley Conference Playoffs against Bellarmine University Saturday afternoon. Coming off of their best regular season conference record in program history, Parkside continued their success with a 69-59 victory at DeSimone Gymnasium.

The game’s opening pace wasn’t too unlike that of a heavyweight-boxing contest. Both sides started slow and methodical, but it was Parkside that really started establishing themselves as the game opened up. Parkside was able to work through Bellarmine’s zone defense early, as well as get second chance opportunities with offensive rebounds.

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Hogen’s Heroes: Parkside Upsets Quincy, 83-60

The Parkside Rangers were set for a huge showdown on Senior Day against the top team in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Their opponent was the Quincy University Hawks, who entered DeSimone Gymnasium Monday evening as the eleventh ranked team in the country. They featured a conference best 15-1 record, and were unbeaten in the North Division. In what was their biggest game of the season, Parkside didn’t disappoint at home. The women’s basketball team capped the upset, and blew away Quincy, 83-60.

The pre-game introduction featured a special tribute for Senior Day. Parkside’s two senior athletes, Allison Smaglik and Brittany Hogen, were introduced with their family. They were both presented with special gifts from the team and given a warm ovation from those in attendance.

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Parkside Tops Lewis, 73-61

The Parkside women’s basketball team returned to DeSimone Gymnasium after a road stretch that saw them win one and lose the latter. Their contest tonight against the Lewis University Flyers, which was postponed a night due to this week’s severe weather, saw Parkside return to winning ways, and extend its home winning streak to an incredible seventeen games dating back to last year. When all was said and done, Parkside came out on top with a clean 73-61.

“This is a rivalry,” states women’s head coach Jenny Kenesie. “They’re a very good basketball team. They’re very talented. Well coached. When you have a rival school, and you’ve kind of been able to establish that, it’s neat at the college level to have that.”

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Hogen nets point 1,000, Rangers win 70-60

Coming off of a thrilling triple overtime contest against Missouri S&T on Thursday night, the women’s basketball team picked up their sixteenth straight win at home Saturday afternoon. Parkside played an in-conference match up against the Maryville Saints, and came out with a 70-60 victory.

“I felt like we lacked a lot of energy out on the floor. We’re fortunate to get this one,” notes head coach Jenny Kenesie. “We pulled just enough away down the stretch to get the win.”

This game was rough in the first half for Parkside. The offense appeared to be getting flustered with Maryville’s defense, and was being forced away from high percentage shooting areas. At the same time, Parkside was not doing themselves any favors with the amount of turnovers being dealt out. The team combined for twelve turnovers in the first half, which lead to thirteen points for Maryville.

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