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Kelliher is Midwest Region Player of the Year

ROMEOVILLE – Lewis University senior forward Jessica Kelliher has been named as the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association Women’s Basketball Midwest Region Player of the Year by the region’s sports information directors.

Kelliher, a three-time Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year, is on the first team for the third year in a row after averaging 24.3 points and 9.8 rebounds a game for the regular season and in the GLVC Tournament. Her efforts have helped lead the Flyers to the No. 2 seed in this week’s NCAA D-II Midwest Region Tournament.

In 2018-19, Kelliher became the GLVC’s all-time leading scorer and currently has 2,715 career points and 1,015 career rebounds. She now advances to the national ballot for All-American and Player of the Year consideration.

Aylward honored: University of St. Francis forward Kaitlin Aylward has been named an NAIA Second-Team All-American and a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American. Aylward, an honorable mention NAIA All-American last year, ranked in the top 25 in NAIA Division II in points a game (18.0) and field-goal percentage (.484).

A four-time Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Aylward was also among the league leaders in rebounding (7.1) and free-throw percentage (.767). She earned her first NAIA National Player of the Week award on Jan. 22 and reached 1,000 career points on Dec. 1. In the NAIA National Tournament, Aylward averaged 20 points as 24-9 USF, the CCAC regular season co-champions, made its fourth straight appearance.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Two locals athletes named honorable mention All-State picks: Bolingbrook’s Joseph Yesufu and Lemont’s Nate Ferguson were honorable mention selections to the Associated Press Class 4A All-State team released Thursday. The AP selects first and second teams of five players each with the remaining vote-getters earning honorable-mention status. The leading vote-getter was Belleville West’s EJ Liddell, who, along with his teammates, eliminated Bolingbrook, 72-60, at the ISU Supersectional.

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