Colleges: South Suburban’s Anotonio Levy scores NJCAA honor
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media April 17, 2014 10:58PM
Lewis' BJ Boldog | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 19, 2014 4:38PM
South Suburban men’s basketball player Antonio Levy was named an NJCAA First Team All-American.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard out of Thornton averaged 20.5 points, 4.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals in helping the Bulldogs to a 31-6 record, the Region IV championship and the consolation championship in the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.
Former Bulldog Marcus Lewis won the State Farm/Denny’s College Slam Dunk Champions, which was held in Dallas. Lewis, who played for the Bulldogs during the 2011-12 season, helped Eastern Kentucky reach the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament.
“This is an unprecedented feat by a former player. We are very proud of Marcus’ accomplishments” South Suburban coach John Pigatti said.
Flyers eyeing final round
Lewis is favored to advance to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship match. Loyola (24-1), the No. 1 team in the nation, is the top seed.
Lewis (21-6), the No. 11 team in the country, faces Grand Canyon (14-17) for the third time in seven days in quarterfinal action at 7 p.m. Friday in Romeoville. The winner faces No. 3 Ball State (21-7) or Lindenwood (19-11) Wednesday at the higher-seeded team. The championship game is slated for April 26.
Lewis swept Grand Canyon last week in Romeoville to earn the No. 2 seed.
“It’s going to be another hard-fought match against Grand Canyon,” setter BJ Boldog said. “Whoever we play in the second round is going to be tough and, hopefully, things line up and we can get to the championship.”
“Now, it’s about getting geared up, getting ready and turning the page,” Friend said. “It’s a clean slate, and we’re in a good spot. We have to take care of our first game, take those couple of days to get ready for the semifinals and take it from there.”
During the regular season, Lewis split with Ball State and No. 4 IPFW (20-6). Ball State is ranked 13th in the nation, IPFW is 14th.
“We know each other so well because this is the third time we’re playing all these teams,” Boldog said. “We’re going to have to play well. We’re going to have to continue the momentum we’ve built toward the end of the season and play two-way volleyball.”
A year ago, then-No. 1 seed Lewis fell to Loyola in the MIVA championship.
Cougars, Saints in Top 25
St. Xavier and St. Francis have each earned spots in the NAIA Football Coaches Spring Top 25 Poll.
The Cougars, who went 7-4 a year ago, are ranked No. 16. The Saints, also 7-4 in 2013, are No. 20.