JOLIET – Just as Joliet Junior College men’s basketball coach Joe Kuhn had wanted to see happen, he gained his 500th career victory Saturday in the new JJC Events Center as his Wolves whipped Wilbur Wright, 84-74, in the final regular-season home game.
Mitch Kwasigroch (Lincoln-Way Central) scored 23 points, Jarret Gmazel (Lincoln-Way Central) added 17 and Quincey Butler contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds for JJC.
“I’ve been blessed with great assistant coaches and guys working with me,” said Kuhn, who accumulated the 500 wins between stints at Rich East High School and JJC. “Obviously, at the end of the day, you cannot win that many games without players. I’ve been blessed to have a lot of good players over the years. End of the day, it’s a players’ game. Players are going to win games, lose games and make plays. It’s our job to put them in the right position. We’ve been able to do that a little more than we haven’t been able to.”
Lincoln-Way West 63, Lincoln-Way Central 39: West (26-3, 11-1) wrapped up the Southwest Suburban Red championship. The Warriors, who made 10 3-point field goals, established a school record for victories in a season. Taylor Gugliuzza scored 21 points, Tara Hastings 16 and Tara Gugliuzza 14. Abi Baumgartner totaled 13 points and seven rebounds for the Knights (14-14, 7-5).
Minooka 57, Joliet Central 35: Minooka (21-8, 11-3) tuned up for this week’s regional with the Southwest Prairie victory. Cierra Bachmann scored a career-high 27 points, and Savannah Johnson added eight.
Wethersfield 84, Reed-Custer 80: At the Riverton Shootout, Gavin Grace scored 29 points, Russell Page 25, and Josh Loomis 10 for Reed-Custer (10-15). Dylan Hutchison chipped in 11 assists and nine points.
Dwight 52, Iroquois West 35: Cal Schultz scored 12 points and Morgan Fritz nine for Dwight.
Lincoln-Way East 70, Westinghouse 62: The Griffins (19-4) scored a victory in the H-F Shootout that was big with the sectional seeding voting approaching.
Other score: DeKalb 63, Morris 44.
St. Francis 80, Holy Cross 60: Kamari Jordan (Bolingbrook) scored 27 points set the USF career record for 3-pointers with 283. Kaitlyn Aylward chipped in 24.
Lewis 75, Wisconsin-Parkside 63: Jessica Kelliher scored 37 points, one shy of her career high, and grabbed 12 rebounds for Lewis (20-5, 13-2 GLVC). Rachel Hinders added 13 points and Tierney Lockett nine. Lockett recorded career highs in points (24) and assists (10) Thursday night as Lewis won at Maryville, 75-66. Kelliher had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Dajae Black scored 10 off the bench.
JJC 110, Wilbur Wright 55: JJC (21-7) received 36 points, nine assists and eight rebounds from Deesha Brefford. Kianna Campbell had 12 points, nine assists and three steals. Destiny Villalejo scored 14 and Shenea Best 10.
Holy Cross 76, St. Francis 57: Iain Morison scored 19 points for USF (10-17, 7-11) and moved into ninth place on the school’s all-time scoring list. Ryan Peter (JCA) and Hayden Witt (Lincoln-Way West) grabbed five rebounds each.
Lewis 71, Wisconsin-Parkside 57: Lewis (12-13, 7-8 GLVC) erased a 26-23 halftime lead. Adam Pischke scored 14 points, Delaney Blaylock and Cristen Wilson 11 and Dre Bell nine off the bench.
The Flyers lost Thursday night at Maryville, 83-81, on a last-second tip-in. Pischke scored 22 points, Wilson 15, Blaylock 14 and Donovan Oliver 10.
Lewis 25-26-25, Lindenwood 20-24-13: No. 8 Lewis (7-3, 1-0) opened MIVA play Friday with its seventh straight victory. Mitch Perinar had 11 kills and Tyler Mitchem, Kyle Bugee and Ryan Coenen chipped in six each. Matt Yoshimoto totaled 27 assists Michael Simmons had seven digs.
St. Francis 9-9, Martin Methodist 4-10: At Pulaski, Tennessee, St. Francis split its season-opening doubleheader Friday, with the second game going 15 innings.
Pat Michalak (Lincoln-Way Central) had three hits and two RBIs, Kevin Rada hit a two-run homer and Kevin Mampe (Lincoln-Way Central) got the victory while Michael Quiram (JCA) earned the save in the opener.
In the marathon Game 2, Travis Schoonover (Reed-Custer) had four hits, including three doubles, and Tom Jeffries (Providence/JJC) pitched four shutout innings in relief.
Winona State 3-2, Lewis 0-0: Cassie Shaw, the losing pitcher in Game 1, had three of Lewis’ seven hits on the day, two in the nightcap.
Lewis seventh: Lewis finished day three of the GLVC Championship in seventh place with 163 points. Mads Knoblauch scored for Lewis in the 100 backstroke, placing fifth in 49.40.
Lewis eighth: Lewis finished day three at the GLVC Championship in eighth place with 161 points. Stephanie Palcyznski earned a B standard in the 100 backstroke, finishing fourth in 56.46.
Grand Valley State Big Meet: Lewis’ Shabari Bailey finished third in the 60 hurdles in 8.29 seconds. John Partee placed fourth in the 800 in 1:54.34.
Grand Valley State Big Meet: Lewis’ Allison Heinzer earned a provisional in the 200 where she placed first in 24.57. She also posted a provisional times in the 400 (55.46).