Rosendale native Tyler Semenas slams the ball off a pass from Cal Schultz, right.
Rosendale native Tyler Semenas slams the ball off a pass from Cal Schultz, right.

   The Ripon College men’s basketball team had been waiting for an energy play Saturday during its home game against Knox College.

   Cal Schultz provided it.

   The junior dove into the stands early in the second half to save a loose ball. He threw it to Trent Jones, who raced down the court for a layup to cut the deficit to 40-35.

   Schultz followed up that hustle play on the ensuing possession with a steal and easy layup of his own.

   The two plays sparked a 10-1 run that gave the Red Hawks a lead they didn’t relinquish as they ran away from the Prairie Fire for a 79-65 win to close the regular season.

   With the win, Ripon finishes tied with St. Norbert for second place in the Midwest Conference. It will face St. Norbert Friday in the first round of the tournament.

   It had a chance to earn a share of the regular-season title with St. Norbert and Monmouth, but Monmouth held on to defeat Cornell 70-64 for the outright title and the right to host the conference tournament.

   “We feed offensively off of our energy defensively and we didn’t quite have that for the first 20-some-odd minutes of the game until Cal made that play,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said.

Read the full story, which includes information on a strong performance from Rosendale native Tyler Semenas, in the Feb. 18, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.