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Jason is back.

No, this isn’t a horror film trailer – well, maybe for wrestling opponents – but Crown Point’s Jason Tsirtsis is back on the wrestling mat.

And doing good things.

The Arizona State senior, who sat out last season after transferring from Northwestern, won the 149-pound title at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

The tournament is self-dubbed the “Toughest Tournament in the USA”.

Tsirtsis earned five straight wins on his way to the title. He knocked off Oklahoma State’s Boo Lewallen and N.C. State’s Beau Donahue in the semifinals and finals, respectively.

Tsirtsis was the 2014 NCAA champion at 149 pounds and a two-time Big Ten champion. At Crown Point, the 2012 Tim Bishop Memorial Times Athlete of the Year won four state championships and finished 176-2 during a stellar prep career.

Men’s basketball

Siena’s Roman Penn (Bishop Noll) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. The freshman guard averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games.

Penn, who shot 64 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range, capped a solid week by just missing a double-double with a season-high 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the team’s 87-68 win over Bryant.

Penn’s been terrific in his first season for Siena, where he’s averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and a team-high 2.8 assists per game as the team’s point guard.

• Northern Illinois sophomore Eugene German (21st Century) scored a game-high 26 points in Monday’s 79-70 loss to Marquette.

German has scored in double figures in 12 straight games for the Huskies.

Women’s basketball

Owens Community College’s Brenda Pennington (Bishop Noll) is eighth in NJCAA Division II with 5.9 assists per game.

The sophomore guard is averaging 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds a game. The team is 9-1 on the season.

• Trinity Valley (Texas) sophomore Michal Miller (Michigan City) is second on the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game, while also grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Cardinals are 13-1 and ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA Division I rankings.

Dana Evans (West Side) had a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists in No. 3 Louisville’s 87-63 victory over Kentucky.

• Lake Central products Vicki Gard (11.1 ppg) and Kylie Fehrman (7.1 ppg) have Indiana University South Bend off to an 11-5 start. Kyleigh Kubik (LaPorte) is averaging 10.9 points per game.

• Indiana Tech’s Rachel Bell (Lake Central) has played in every game and averaging 4.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, respectively, for the 13-2 squad.

• Lincoln University of Missouri senior Citlali Lopez (Whiting) is leading the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game. She’s also tops in assists and third in rebounding for the NCAA Division II Blue Tigers.


Palm Beach Atlantic’s Ally Rohn (Cedar Lake/Calumet Christian) was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, becoming just the second volleyball player in school history to receive the honor.

The junior standout was named an All-American by the D2CCA and AVCA as well. Rohn topped all of NCAA Division II with 12 triple-doubles, while also surpassing 1,000 career kills, digs, and assists this past season.

She was also named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year after recording 3.36 kills per set. Her sister, Faith, was Academic All-America in 2015 for the school. Ally carries a 3.93 grade-point average as a journalism major.

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