SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Vince Kmiec nets basketball honor at North Central College
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media March 7, 2014 5:08PM
Vince Kmiec, of North Central | Supplied photo
Updated: April 10, 2014 6:43AM
North Central’s Vince Kmiec was named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 10.
The 6-foot-4 senior guard guided the Cardinals to two conference road wins during the week. On Feb. 6, the Sandburg graduate scored a team-best 18 points, to go with two rebounds and two steals, in a 64-60 win at Millikin. Kmiec was 5-of-10 from the field in the game and also a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Two nights later, the Palos Park resident had a team-high 21 points, as well as seven rebounds, in an 83-62 victory over North Park. Kmiec was 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the three-point stripe. He added two assists and two steals.
Benedictine’s Tim McGinty was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Jan. 28.
In a 77-61 win at Wisconsin Lutheran in Milwaukee, the 6-foot-9 junior forward was 9-of-13 from the floor, including 5-of-5 from three-point range, to finish with a game-high 29 points for the Eagles.
McGinty, a graduate of St. Laurence, added nine rebounds two assists and one blocked shot in the game.
Go with Joe
Men’s volleyball player Joe Smalzer (Marist) was named one of Loyola’s Athletes of the Month for January.
Smalzer, a senior, helped the Ramblers reach the No. 1 spot in the national rankings at the time as he averaged 3.12 kills and 4.52 points per set as Loyola posted a 6-1 record during the month.
Smalzer, a 6-8 opposite/right-side hitter, posted 15 kills and 13 digs in a season-opening victory over two-time defending NCAA champion UC Irvine. He followed that with 10 kills and four aces as Loyola swept Brigham Young, last year’s NCAA runner-up.
As a result, Loyola moved up to No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s national poll for the first time in program history, sharing the top spot with UCLA.
Smalzer was a member of the AVCA’s All-American Second Team in 2013.
Bowling Green’s Richaun Holmes was among the nominees on two occasions for the Mid-American Conference’s East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Holmes, a 6-8 junior forward, was first nominated for the period ending Jan. 6. The Lockport graduate scored a game-high 16 points, to go with nine rebounds, in a 65-60 loss to visiting Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. Holmes was 5-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. He added two assists and two blocks.
A week later, Holmes again was nominated after beginning conference play with a game-best 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in a 56-51 setback to visiting Eastern Michigan.
Holmes followed that performance with a team-high 12 points, eight rebounds and six blocks in the Falcons’ 45-36 loss Jan. 12 to visiting Northern Illinois. Holmes was the only Bowling Green player to score in double figures in that game.
Holmes finished the week with 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting. He added 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots.