Tyler Semenas passes the ball to a teammate as Kyle Rutkowski (50) watches. Semenas, a Laconia High School graduate, transferred to Ripon for his senior year.
Tyler Semenas passes the ball to a teammate as Kyle Rutkowski (50) watches. Semenas, a Laconia High School graduate, transferred to Ripon for his senior year.

   Ty Sabin closed the book on a storied Ripon College basketball career last season with a Midwest Conference tournament championship and NCAA tournament berth.

   But the rest of the Red Hawk men’s basketball team still is looking to author its spot in the history books.

   Ripon, which graduated a three-time all-Midwest Conference player of the year and all-American in Sabin, as well as second-leading scorer Brendan McCoy and role players Liam Lesniak, Mason Stangl and Jordan Stiede, remains optimistic about the future.

   “As much as we lost last year, this program has kind of been built with this particular season’s [senior] class and the class that just left,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “So there’s still a great deal of experience left here, there’s a great deal of hunger left here, there’s a great deal of talent still here. So we’re excited about the direction that the program is headed, but realizing that each year is its own chapter and this team has to write their own story yet this year, we’re as excited as anybody to find out how they’re going to write it.”

   The biggest void that is going to be left to be filled is Sabin’s program-record 30.7 points per game he averaged last season.

   Kane knows no one player is going to be able to accomplish that.

Read the full story, which includes information on some of the players who will be looked upon to step up, in the Nov. 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.