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Jeremy Saffold Wisconsin-Parkside basketball. | Supplied photo

Jeremy Saffold, Wisconsin-Parkside basketball. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 8, 2013 6:50AM



University of Wisconsin-Parkside basketball player Jeremy Saffold closed out his college playing career in memorable fashion.

The 6-foot-6 senior forward was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season after averaging a GLVC-best 19 points per game overall and 18.2 points per game in conference play. Saffold is the first Ranger to be so honored.

The Hazel Crest native was second in the GLVC in scoring in league play, 13th in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and ninth in blocks (16). Saffold finished in double figures in scoring in 23 of the Rangers’ 26 games, including two 30-point performances. He had a double-double Feb. 14 against McKendree, totaling 16 points with 10 boards.

The Homewood-Flossmoor graduate also was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches NCAA Division II All-Midwest District First Team, as well as the Daktronics First Team All-Region for District 4.

Saffold, who is one of three Rangers in program history to finish with 1,500 points and 500 rebounds for his career, was one of three GLVC players to appear on the six-player All-Midwest District First Team.

Saffold finished his career at UW-Parkside with 1,573 points, good for fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Mentioning Mitch

Marian University (Mich.) athlete Mitch Kriz (St. Rita) was chosen to the 2013 All-Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association team.

Kriz, a senior defenseman, finished the season with six goals and 11 assists for a career-best 17 points. His points total was good for third on the team and fourth in the league among defensemen.

Kriz also was one of eight Marian hockey players named to the Academic All-MCHA Team. For Kriz, this was the second time he was recognized for his scholastic success.

Talented Tiger

Hillcrest graduate Kellen Thornton received two honors as he finished his career as a member of Tennessee State’s basketball team.

Thornton, a 6-8 senior forward, was chosen to the All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team. Thornton led the Tigers in rebounds (8.1 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.537). He was second in scoring (15.8 ppg), third in assists (35) and steals (31) and fourth in blocks (22).

Thornton also was named to the OVC’s five-man All-Tournament Team as Tennessee State’s lone representative.

In the Tigers’ two tournament games, Thornton averaged double digits in points (18.5) and rebounds (10.0), leading TSU in both categories.

In an 88-75 victory over Morehead State, Thornton scored 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting and had eight rebounds.

Thornton made 10-of-18 shots for a team-high 22 points in an 82-73 loss to Belmont and also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

TSU has had a player named to the All-OVC Tournament team in consecutive seasons.



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