DDHS Grad earns college hoops honors

Michelle Wenzel in game action for Carthage College. (Carthage College Athletics Photo.)

Michelle Wenzel in game action for Carthage College. (Carthage College Athletics Photo.)

DDHS Grad Michelle Wenzel was honored this week for her stellar play on the college basketball court. She was a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the week for her efforts.

Wenzel, a senior center at Carthage College, averaged 22.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two league triumphs last week for the 16th ranked Reds.

The Delavan-Darien product scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, along with six rebounds, in a 71-58 win against North Park on Wednesday.

Wenzel scored a career-high 26 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the field and pulled down nine rebounds in a 119-78 win over North Central on Saturday.

She was the first Carthage women’s player to be honored this season. The Reds are 12-2 and 3-0 in the CCIW.

UPDATE – More on Michelle’s career at Carthage…

Stats through Jan. 9

  • Scoring – 12.8 ppg – second on team
  • Rebounding – 6.8 per game – first on team
  • Blocks-  26 total – first on team, third in conference
  • Shooting percentage – .618 – 10th in nation

Season Honors:

  • D3 hoops classic in Las Vegas- All tournament team selection
  • Kenosha News for Athlete of the Week

Team — 11-2, 2-0 in conference

In School (from DDHS Coach Hank Johnson): Wenzel has already completed her undergrad and earned a degree in Biology, with a minor in Spanish. She’s taking a J-term class to remain eligible to play basketball this season.

She has been accepted at Washington University for Occupational Therapy. She is not sure at this time where she will be going and is applying also to UW-Milwaukee.

“The DDHS Girls Basketball program is extremely proud of Michelle and everything she has accomplished in her college career,” Johnson said. “All too often these days, if you do not start it seems like you should quit. However, Michelle came off the bench last year and had a great season. She was rewarded with Third Team All Conference for the CCIW (last season). This year, she is starting and taking advantage of her hard work last season.

“Congratulations, Michelle on being a great representative of the DDHS community and basketball program.”

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