NATASHA GEIGER | SPORTS EDITOR
With one game left in the regular season, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams continue on a straight path to a Midwest Conference Championship. Both teams are number one in the MWC. The men stand at 16-0 in conference play and 19-2 overall, while the women are also 16-0 in conference play and 17-4 overall.
History has been in the making for both teams with each win this season. With the win against Lake Forest (10-9), the men are the first team in 65 years to win four consecutive MWC titles. As for the women, even with a share of the MWC title, they’ve extended their league record to their fourteenth consecutive title along with this being their eighteenth conference title in the 39 seasons the Green Knights have been part of the MWC.
Recently, the men’s team has not only earned rights to host the MWC tournament at the end of the month, but, due to winning big against Lake Forest, have claimed outright ownership of the MWC title. On the backs of stars D.J. DeValk’18, Ben Bobinski’17 and Terrence Garner’17, the Green Knights will look to go all the way to win the MWC tournament after falling short last season.
Not only did the men win big; the women won big, too. After a victory against Lake Forest (11-9), the Lady Green Knights have claimed a share of the MWC title. Throughout the season, Regan Carmichael ’17 and Mallory Nickerson ’17, have stood out to keep the Green Knights on top of the conference. This share of the MWC Championship could also bring the women’s MWC tournament to St. Norbert College.
The success of these two teams in the same season is nothing new. Last season both teams won the MWC title and earned the right to host the tournament at St. Norbert College. While the women came out on top last season, the men lost in their second game of the tournament.
With each team continuing success, the chances of both teams hosting the league tournament and winning that tournament at the end of the month are in their favor.
Strength and dedication has shown year in and year out from these two teams. With many stand-out starters and eager bench players, the Green Knights continue to blaze a trail through the MWC.