Former DDHS hoops stars shining at colleges

Delavan-Darien High School alumni basketball players continue making headlines on the college courts this season.

Michelle Wenzel

Michelle Wenzel

Michelle Wenzel is a junior at Carthage College on the #23-ranked women’s basketball team.

She started her first game of the season Nov. 25 vs. #27 Chicago College and responded with her best game of her career at Carthage.

She scored 18 points to lead the team in scoring, had four rebounds, and was 8 of 9 from the free throw line.

On the season, Michelle has played in all four games and is averaging 8.5 points per contest, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks.

“Just like we are with all of our former players, we are extremely proud as a program, school, and community of Michelle,” DDHS varsity girls basketball coach Hank Johnson said. “Michelle made the most of her opportunity to start Sunday vs. Chicago. She is a bright and intelligent player who knew she had to make the most of this chance and she responded.  This is what every coach wants out of their players.”

Karli Collins

Karli Collins

Fellow DDHS grad Karli Collins is a senior this season for the United States Coast Guard Academy Women’s Basketball Team.

Karli who played and started some games as a freshman and sophomore forward, but decided to take a year off from the program last year. However she decided to come back. Now healthy and playing for a new coach, Karli in her last game vs. Curry College played 23 minutes and had six rebounds and two blocks. On the season, Karli is shooting 75 percent through three games for the Coast Guard.

We also proud of Karli, who made a very tough decision to take a year off from basketball last season yet wanted to come back this year to help her team win,” Johnson said. “Karli was known as a defensive stopper for us here at DDHS throughout her high school years. She is a very tough and physical basketball player who was always willing to dive on the floor for a loose ball. We wish Karli the best this season and are very proud of her.”

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