• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway Univ. men’s basketball hires assistant coach


SENIORS HONORED. The Midway University men’s soccer team celebrated its two seasons by picking up a 3-1 victory over Ohio Christian on Senior Day. The seniors and coaches are from left, Tim Wolz (head coach), Colby Bicksler, Joe Jessop and Paul Patton (assistant coach). (Photo by of Midway Univ. Athletics)

Midway University head men’s basketball coach, Joe Krupinski, recently announced the hiring of Marquis Estill as the assistant men’s basketball coach. “We are very excited to add Marquis to our basketball family at Midway,” said Krupinski. “With his combination of coaching and playing experience at the highest levels, and his commitment to developing student-athletes on and off the court and in the classroom, he is an ideal fit to help us get our program off the ground and achieve success – both in the short and long term.” Originally from Richmond, Estill played at the University of Kentucky for three seasons from 2000 to 2003 under then-head coach Tubby Smith. Prior to joining the Wildcats, Estill starred at Madison Central High School. He completed his career for the Indians by averaging 20.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game as a senior leading Madison Central to a berth in the KHSAA Sweet 16. Estill was named the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year as well as being named a finalist for Mr. Basketball. He received numerous all-tournament team honors such as All-District, All-Region and was voted All-State by the Associated Press, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Louisville Courier-Journal. Estill finished his three-year career with UK scoring a total of 936 total points for an average of 9.3 points per game. For the 2002-03 season, Estill was named to the All-NCAA Regional Team, All-SEC (Second Team) and the All-SEC Tournament Team. Estill left Kentucky as one of the most efficient shooters in the history of the men’s basketball program. He holds the record for the best career field-goal percentage in Kentucky basketball history. He recorded a 60.13 shooting percentage making 365 field goals in 607 attempts. After finishing up his three year career at Kentucky, Estill joined the professional ranks playing professionally overseas. In 2003, he signed to play for Messina of the Italian League where he played in 25 games averaging 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per games. The following year, Estill played for Udinese, also in the Italian league. Estill averaged 8.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 14 games. He also went on to play professionally in Japan, Dubai and Argentina. Estill returned to Kentucky in 2012 and joined John Calipari’s staff as an undergraduate assistant. While working under Calipari, Estill completed his degree and graduated from the University of Kentucky in May of 2013. Recently, Estill has served as an assistant at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to 33 wins and just six losses as they won the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament. “Marquis has been around some of the best coaches in the country and has been a part of successful teams wherever he has been, added Krupinski. “We look forward to him bringing his knowledge and winning attitude to our program.” In addition to the hiring of Estill, Midway’s women’s basketball season got underway, while the soccer teams continued to play strong. Here’s a look at Midway’s week in sports. Women’s Basketball The Midway University women’s basketball team got their 2016-17 campaign off on the right foot after they won its season opener on the road at Lourdes (Ohio) on Saturday, Oct.29. It was a familiar opponent for head coach John Kenger, as he served as an assistant coach at Lourdes University in 2014-15 prior to coming to Midway in July of 2015. The Eagles had four players score in double figures in the game as they had 11 different players score on the way to a 92-75 victory over the Gray Wolves. The Gray Wolves jumped on the Eagles in the early going, as they sprinted out to a 14-6 lead just four minutes into the game. The lead for the home team wouldn’t last that long at all as the Eagles bounced back in a big way. Midway responded with a 20-2 run over the next four minutes to take a 26-16 advantage with two minutes remaining in the opening stanza. Lourdes cut the Eagle lead in half, 26-21, heading into the second period. In the second period, the Gray Wolves continued to trail by five at 28-23, but the Eagles went on another big run. Midway closed out the second frame on a 23-6 run to lead by 22, 51-29, heading into the locker room. The Eagles got a big boost from senior transfer Breanna Ball over the first half. Ball finished with 21 points in the first 20 minutes going 10-of-13 from the floor. The Eagles as a team torched the nets shooting 60.5 percent from the field over the first two quarters. The Eagles continued to build on their lead in the second half as they made it 81-44 heading into the final 10 minutes. The Gray Wolves battled back in the final period, but it was too little too late as Midway came away with a 92-75 victory. Ball led the way for the Eagles with team-high 28 points. Ball was also efficient in her shots, as she went 13-of-17 from the field. Junior Patrice Tonge added 12 points and eight rebounds in her first game in a Midway uniform, while junior Courtney Pfister and freshman Timitryi Patterson each collected 11 points apiece. Men’s Soccer The Midway University men’s soccer team wrapped up their home portion of the 2016 schedule when they hosted Ohio Christian University in a River States Conference showdown at the Midway Soccer Field on Thursday, Oct. 27. Prior to the game, the Eagles honored their two seniors, Joe Jessop and Colby Bicksler for their senior Day. After being held scoreless in the first half, the two teams each scored in the second frame, but the Eagles, who are 9-6-1 overall and 6-2 in the RSC, scored three goals over the final 45 minutes to come away with the 3-1 victory. With the win, the Eagles were able to lock up a third place finish in the River States. Midway will now host the quarterfinals of the River States Conference tournament. Midway hosts Point Park (Pa.) on Saturday, Nov. 5, in the River States Conference tournament quarterfinals at the Midway Soccer Field. It looked as though the Trailblazers were going to take a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of the game when they had a one-on-one opportunity against Midway junior goalkeeper Christian Neira, but Neira was right there for the diving save. In the first half, both teams had their opportunities to score, but both goalkeepers came up with saves to keep the game scoreless as the game moved to halftime in a scoreless draw. The Eagles broke the scoreless tie early in the second half in the 50th minute. Freshman Alex Enzweiler controlled the ball in the box and made a pass out to Jessop, who fired the ball at the far post, bounced off the post and into the back of the net giving Midway the 1-0 advantage. It looked as though Midway was going to push its lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute, but junior Pol Marco saw his header hit off the crossbar. The Eagles, however, struck in 55th minute to extend their lead to 2-0. Junior defender Harry Kirwan played a cross into the box right in front of the goal and found Jessop who headed in his second goal of the game and his fifth of the season. After the Trailblazers scored in the 62nd minute to cut the lead in half, the Eagles had answered four minutes later in the 66th minute. Junior Kyle Robertson played a ball ahead of junior Brad Wilson who slid the ball past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net to make the final margin of victory 3-1 in favor of the home team. Neira picked up his eighth win of the season as he played the first 85 minutes and 30 seconds in goal making three saves. He was pulled for senior Bicksler who played the final four minutes in 30 seconds in goal for the Eagles. Women's Soccer For the fourth time this season, junior Kindsay Miller-Riney was named the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday, Oct. 24. This is fourth time in her career that she has won the weekly honor. She also won the award three weeks in a row on Sept. 12, 19, and 26. In a pair of Midway victories last week, the Bardstown native scored four goals and collected one assist totaling nine points. She also tallied 10 total shots, including seven on goal. In a 5-0 win over Kentucky Christian University on Tuesday, Oct. 18, Miller-Riney tallied two goals. Later in the week in an 8-0 conference win over Brescia (Ky.) on Saturday, Oct. 22, she scored two goals and an assist. Miller-Riney is currently leading the River States in four different statistical categories. She leads in goals (20), goals per game (1.54), total points (44) and points per game (3.38). Her numbers are not only the best in the conference, but she also ranks in several categories in the NAIA. She ranks fourth in goals per game, points per game and shots on goal per game (3.46). She also ranks sixth and seventh in total goals and total points, respectively. (Information provided by Dylan Brown/Midway Sports Information)

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