Mundelein graduate Brust helps Wisconsin upset Indiana
Ben Brust is starting for Wisconsin. | FILE PHOTO
Updated: January 28, 2013 12:16PM
Mundelein alumnus Ben Brust helped lead the Wisconsin men’s basketball team to a 64–59 victory over then-No. 2 Indiana Jan. 15 in Bloomington, Ind. The junior guard played a team-high 35 minutes and chipped in nine points, three rebounds and two assists, while shooting 4-for-7 from the floor.
With the win, the Badgers improved to 14-3 on the season and 4-0 in the Big Ten. Brust is the team’s third-leading scorer through those 17 games, averaging 10.9 points per game. He is also averaging 6.1 rebounds per game from the guard position and leads the team in minutes (31.9 per game), assists (3.1 per game) and steals (1.2 per game).
St. Joseph alumna Octavia Brown, a sophomore on the Saint Mary’s (Minn.) women’s basketball team, led the Cardinals in scoring off the bench during their 68–56 win against St. Olaf Jan. 16 in Northfield, Minn. She finished with seven points in 25 minutes.
With her scoring off the bench, the Broadview native has helped the Cardinals to an 11-3 start. Brown has played in each of the team’s first 14 contests and is averaging 4.1 points per game.
Hayley Levin, a Deerfield alumna and freshman on the Grinnell College women’s swim team, was recently named the Midwest Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week.
The honor came as a result of the Pioneers’ dual meet against Connecticut College Jan. 8 in Naples, Fla., at which Levin, a Highland Park native, took first place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 10.10 seconds. She ranks second in the Midwest Conference in that event.
Levin took second place in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:44.74, which was the second-best time in the conference so far this season. She also finished in second place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.49 seconds, which ranks fourth in the conference.
In December, Maine South alumnus and Saint Xavier senior quarterback Jimmy Coy was named the 2012 Rawlings-NAIA National Football Player of the Year. He was only the second player in his program’s history to earn the honor.
Coy, a Park Ridge native, played at Saint Xavier for two seasons and amassed 7,688 passing yards and 82 total touchdowns. As a starter, he led the Cougars to a 25-2 record, and in 2011 he helped Saint Xavier to its first national title.