Men's College Basketball

College Notebook: McKenzie named Player of Year in Region 24, MWAC

#4 Gabe McKenzie
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 13, 2017 6:30 am Updated: Mar. 13, 2017 10:41 am

QUINCY – John Wood Community College sophomore basketball player Gabe McKenzie was named the Player of the Year in both Region 24 and the MidWest Athletic Conference.

McKenzie, a Canton, Mo., graduate, is the third Trail Blazer in the past four years to win both awards.

Sophomore Larry Plummer from Ferriday, La., was named to the 12-player All-Region 24 team and also was a second team All-MWAC selection. Freshman Aziz Fadika from Katy, Texas, also was named as a second team All-MWAC pick.

Sophomore Lexus Fox from Gary, Ind., was named to the 10-player All-Region 24 women's basketball team and was a second team All-MWAC selection. Sophomore Michaela Gronewold from Carthage also was named to the second team. Gronewold, freshman Shelby Connell from Quincy and freshman Autumn Voigt from Clintonville, Wis., were all honorable mention picks to the All-Region 24 team.

Harrison back at it

Cooper Harrison, a redshirt freshman on the Quincy University football team, raised $20,000 last year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through its Student of the Year campaign.

Harrison's goal this year is $50,000. The 10-week campaign started Feb. 22 and ends in May.

Diagnosed with leukemia when he was in the second grade, Harrison was forced to deal with being on the sidelines while his friends and classmates played the way normal 7- and 8-year-olds did. The DeSmet graduate is now 12 years in remission.

"This campaign is not about the money or the scholarship, but it is about giving hope to those in need," Harrison wrote on his page on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website. "I hope one day I can start my own charity so kids with terminal illnesses can play sports in college and high school. This is my first step to doing that."

The Delta Tau Delta will host "Jello-Wrestle 4 a Cure" and "Dunk a Delt" on March 25, which proceeds going toward Harrison's tally.

A grand finale celebration will be May 5 in St. Louis. To donate, contact Harrison at or (636) 368-6673.

QU soccer signs four

Quincy University recently announced the addition of four players to the men's program for the 2017 season.

Anthony Binaei, a forward from Chesterfield, Mo., played at Marquette High School, which won its district as a sophomore. His McMahon Ford Premier club team won the Missouri state title in 2013.

Simon Chrétien, a midfielder from Christchurch, New Zealand, he was selected for New Zealand's Wider Training Squad and played for the Canterbury United U-20 youth team in Christchurch's National League Club Team. In 2015, he was selected as the top Cashmere Technical Junior Sports Person of the Year. He captained his high school team to a No. 15 national ranking in New Zealand in 2016.

Noah Henry, a defender from Alton, plays for the Scott Gallagher NPL team.

Adam Whybrow, a goalkeeper from Brandon, England, is transferring from Saint Joseph's College, which is closing at the end of this semester. He was the starting goalkeeper for the Pumas in 2015 and 2016. He helped the Pumas reach the GLVC quarterfinals in 2015 while earning seven shutouts and a GLVC Defensive Player of the Week Award.

"Adam comes to us via a difficult situation at Saint Joseph's, but he has handled it with much maturity, and I commend him for that," Hawks coach Mike Carpenter said. "Adam caught my eye when he was brilliant against our 2015 team that lost 2-1 at Saint Joseph's. For me, he was the top reason we did not win that night."

Cole Hayes, a forward from Quincy Notre Dame, committed to play for the Hawks in the fall. He was a three-year starter at QND. He was named to the all-sectional team in 2015 and 2016 and ranks among the top 10 in career goals scored.

Gengenbacher's career ends

Quincy Notre Dame graduate Kassidy Gengenbacher's collegiate basketball career ended Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional in an 85-79 overtime loss to California Baptist. The Sea Lions finished their season at 24-6, with four of their six losses coming against CBU (32-2), which has won 29 straight games. It was the third meeting between the teams in the last 13 days.

Gengenbacher played 41 minutes and scored 16 points against California Baptist. She averaged 12.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, and she averaged 27 points per game coming off the bench.

Local line

Freshman pitcher Hunter Wienhoff is second on the Wayne State University baseball team with four appearances in the first 10 games. He has a 3.52 earned run average and a 1-1 record. He's thrown 7 2/3 innings and allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out 10 ... Junior pitcher Kyle Fulton from Monroe City, Mo., has a 3.00 earned run average in six innings over three appearances for the Central Methodist baseball team, which is off to a 14-4 start ... Sophomore Quenna Keating, a Quincy Notre Dame graduate, averaged 9.7 points per game for Mount Mercy (Iowa), which finished with an 18-16 record. Keating had 11 points and five rebounds in the Mustangs' 72-45 loss to Grand View in the first round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament.

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