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Hall paces Knights
Bellarmine University junior guard Vance Hall continues to have a strong season for the Knights’ nationally ranked basketball team.
On Saturday Hall, a graduate of Franklin County High School, led No. 6 Bellarmine with 22 points in an 86-69 home victory over 18th-ranked Kentucky Wesleyan.
The win extended Bellarmine’s school record, and the nation’s longest active home winning streak, to 29 games.
The Knights are now 16-3 overall and 8-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Bellarmine is at home Thursday, taking on Indianapolis at Knights Hall.
Meyer named Player of the Week
Transylvania University senior guard and Franklin County High School graduate Barrett Meyer was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 26 after leading the Pioneers to two wins.
For the week, Meyer averaged 22.5 points and three rebounds per game, while shooting 62.5 percent (15 of 24) from the field and 66.7 percent (8 of 12) from 3-point range.
The Pioneers moved back into the top 25 last week, at No. 22, in the D3hoops.com coaches’ poll.
It was the first time the team had been ranked since the first week of the season.
This past week Transy defeated Earlham 82-45 in Richmond, Ind., with Meyer scoring a team-high 19 points.
The Pioneers lost to No. 23 Rose-Hulman 54-49 Saturday in Lexington.
Now 16-5 overall and 11-3 in the HCAC, Transylvania plays again Wednesday in Cincinnati against Mount St. Joseph.
Gillig earns conference honor
Grinnell College sophomore Beth Gillig, of Frankfort, has been named the Midwest Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week.
That helped complete a Pioneer sweep, as teammate Dylan Gray was named MWC Men’s Performer of the Week.
Gillig claimed three events while helping the Pioneers roll past Macalester College 190.5-92.5 Jan. 26.
She took top honors in the 100-yard butterfly and 400 individual medley in times of 1:00.76 and 4:55.21, respectively, while also guiding the 200 medley relay team to victory in 1:56.58.
She has the top time in the MWC this season in the 100 butterfly and ranks fourth in the 400 individual medley.
KSU basketball players honored
Several Kentucky State basketball players were honored by the SIAC in its weekly awards Jan. 28.
Junior Style Harper was named Newcomer of the Week. The 5-8 guard from Cincinnati averaged 6.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals as KSU went 1-1 with a win against Miles and a loss to Stillman.
Selected as a top performer for the week in women’s basketball was Sharnita Lloyd, one of the SIAC’s top scorers, who averaged 18.5 points and five rebounds in the two games.
Ulysses Thomas III and Darquell Pulliam were named top performers for the week in men’s basketball. Thomas averaged 19 points and six rebounds and Pulliam averaged 18.5 points and five rebounds for the Thorobreds, who went 1-1.
Wrestling regions realigned
The growth of wrestling across the state has led the KHSAA to realign the regions for the sport.
There are currently eight regions, and that number doesn’t change when the new alignment goes into effect next season.
Franklin County and Western Hills are competing this season in Region 7 with the Lexington schools, Madison Central, Woodford County, Montgomery County, Bourbon County and Harrison County.
In the realignment for next season the two local teams will be in Region 5 along with Anderson County, Grant County, North Oldham, Oldham County, Scott County, South Oldham, Spencer County and Woodford County.