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Greg Tonagel starred at LaPorte and Valparaiso University. He’s proving he’s a pretty good coach, too.

Tonagel guided Indiana Wesleyan to the 2014 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship on Wednesday. The Wildcats beat Midland (Neb.) 78-68 in Point Lookout, Mo., in the title game.

“We were in control throughout the game,” Tonagel told “I felt good about our guys and they have been locked in since we got out here. To win every single game by double digits speaks of the focus and the energy that we had.”

Munster’s Nathan Bubash, a key contributor off the bench all season, had seven points, two rebounds, two assists and a block.

Tonagel was also named the NABC/NAIA Division II Coach of the Year. Indiana Wesleyan finished 31-6, earning the most victories in the program’s history.

* Saint Xavier’s Brad Karp (Valparaiso) was named to the NAIA Division II All-America first-team.

Karp, a senior, was just one of 10 players nationally to make the first team. The talented guard, who also took care of business in the classroom, was also named a 2013-14 Daktronics-NAIA Division II Basketball Scholar Athlete. The biology major carries a 3.56 cumulative grade-point average.

Karp, who became SXU’s all-time leading scorer this past season, averaged 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. He added 83 steals and was sixth in the NAIA in scoring. He was named a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week seven times and led the Cougars (30-5) to the second round of the NAIA Division II National Championship.


Washington University’s Luke Dobben (Homewood-Flossmoor) finished sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle, earning All-America honors for the second straight year at the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis.

Lauren Carlos (Crete-Monee) competed in the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 100 butterfly for Washington and helped the team to an eighth-place finish in the team standings.

College bowling

Grand View (Iowa) University’s Nathan Maciejewski (Lake Central) will compete in the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles national championships April 14 in Reno, Nev.

Maciejewski, a freshman, finished as the high qualifier for the nationals in Addison, Il., when he led the way with 1,401 (233.5 average). He had games of 238, 195, 203, 256, 230 and 279. Also, qualifying were Calumet College’s Ryan McCoy (Griffith), Dakota Daniels and Mitch Katic.

Elsewhere, Jeff Tinich (Griffith) helped Purdue take third at the Allentown (Pa.) Sectional, while Marian University advanced out of the Fort Worth (Texas) Sectional because of efforts from Matt Staninger (Highland) and Kevin Rush (Lake Central).

Grand View’s women’s team also moved on thanks to Allison Sellers (Lake Central) and Elizabeth Kras (Griffith). Also, Paige Kraushaar (Boone Grove) helped Stephen F. Austin advance.

The men’s and women’s finals will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network in May.

Women’s tennis

Thanks to Andrean grad Katie Klyczek, Indiana University beat Purdue for the first time in four years, 5-2.

Klyczek and her partner, Carolyn Chupa, defeated Purdue’s nationally-ranked doubles team of Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany at No. 1 doubles. They were down 7-5 and rallied to tie the set and eventually pull out the win.

Klyczek, a Munster native, also beat Daniela Vadal at No. 1 singles. IU lost last week to nationally-ranked DePaul, but Klyczek again did her job with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles.

On March 20, Klyczek also won at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, respectively, in IU’s 5-2 victory over Kansas in Orlando.


Arizona State left-hander Brett Lilek (Marian Catholic) continues to impress. He has posted .129 opposing batting average and 0.96 ERA, which both rank as the second lowest in the Pac-12. The sophomore is second in strikeouts (26), including 10 looking, and is 3-0 on the season.

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