Varsity alumna hoops update

March Madness is almost upon us. Lets check in and see how some DDHS Alumna basketball players are doing on the college courts.

Alana Cesarz

Now a sophomore for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Cesarz started the first 19 games of the season before tearing her ACL. She was averaging 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Division I Mountain West Conference program. She had ranked in the top six in the conference in four categories, including points and rebounds. She was also among the leaders in free throw percentage (84.3 percent) and minutes played (36.8 mpg).

“The DDHS girls program is wishing Alana a speedy recovery and we are proud of what you have become at UNLV,” said Comets coach Hank Johnson. “We are looking forward to watching you the next two years.”

Michelle Wenzel

Wenzel is a junior at Carthage College in nearby Kenosha, Wisconsin. He helped lead the team to a conference championship with a 23.3 overall record and 13-1 conference record.   Carthage won the conference tournament over Wheaton College and is now an automatic qualifier for the Division 3 playoffs.

Wenzel finished the regular season with these stats:

  • 10.5 points per game in conference which ranked her 14th
  • 5.9 rebounds per game ranked her 7th in conference
  • 1.6 blocks per game which ranked her 5th in conference

Wenzel was named to her conference’s Third Team, coming off the bench and ringing a huge spark to the Carthage Lady Reds. 

“Congratulations Michelle on an amazing season and making All CCIW 3rd Team,” Johnson said. “We also would like to wish you and the Lady Reds the best of luck in the playoffs.”

Karli Collins

Collins is a senior playing for the Coast Guard Academy, which finished its season 10-15 overall and 8-10 in conference play.

Collins started 21 games this past season, averaging 4.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

In her last season with the team, she had six games where she had double-digits in rebounds, three of those being 22, 20 and 18. Her game with 22 boards tied a team record for rebounds in a game.

“Karli was a player who understood what she needed to be as a player for her team to win,” Johnson said. “She took pride in playing hard and rebounding in high school and it continued in college. The DDHS girls program would like to congratulate Karli on a great career at the Coast Guard Academy throughout her three years of playing.”

Collins will forever be in the Coast Guard record books with 512 career rebounds (14th in team history) and rebounds in a game (22, tied a school record).

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