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Cary Travel Express honored as 2022 Elite Diamond Preferred travel agency – Shaw Local

ALG Vacations recognized Cary Travel Express as a 2022 ALGV Elite Diamond Preferred travel agency based on its “exceptional sales” in 2021.

Diamond Preferred is the highest of ALALG Vacations’s four tiers of distinction, according to a news release.

All ALG Vacations Elite agencies are rewarded with a variety of benefits and perks, such as in-resort training, exclusive promotional codes to pass on to their customers, and access to a VIP support desk.

For more information about Cary Travel Express, go to or call 847-639-3300.

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Rice Named Coach of the Year, Four Others Honored in Media Poll

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State men’s basketball head coach Leon Rice and forward Tyson Degenhart were named Mountain West Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively, Monday, in a poll of media members that cover the league.

Forward Abu Kigab and guard Marcus Shaver, Jr. were each named second-team All-MW, while Degenhart and guard Emmanuel Akot picked up honorable mention accolades.

Rice, who received eight of 11 votes, led the Broncos to an outright regular-season Mountain West Championship in 2021-22, the team’s first conference title since 2014-15, and the first outright conference championship since 1987-88. Boise State enters the 2022 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Basketball Championship with an overall record of 24-7, tied for the third-most wins in school history. The Broncos went 15-3 during conference play, the most league wins in school history and the highest conference winning percentage in school history (.833).

Rice was last named MW Coach of the Year in 2014-15.

Degenhart, the unanimous selection for Freshman of the Year after receiving all 11 votes, started 25 of the Broncos’ 31 games, averaging 10.2 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game. He was 113-of-226 from the floor during the regular season (.500), including 40-of-96 from 3-point range (.417). Degenhart was named MW Freshman of the Week nine times, more than the rest of the league’s freshmen combined.

Kigab, who received one vote for MW Player of the Year, started each of the Broncos’ 31 games, averaging a team-best 14.7 points per game on 50.8 percent shooting (156-of-307). He also averaged 5.9 rebounds per game, ranked second on the team in assists (2.3 per game) and led the Broncos in steals (1.2 per game). Kigab led the Broncos in scoring 10 times, and had a team-best six 20-point games on the year. Kigab received second-team all-conference honors in 2020-21 from the coaches, and was named third-team All-MW by the media.

Shaver, Jr. started each of his 30 games played, scoring in double figures a team-high 25 times and averaging 13.9 points per game. Shaver, Jr. had five 20-point games this season, and knocked down 3-pointers against Utah State (Jan. 20), San Diego State (Jan. 22), Fresno State (Jan. 28) and Colorado State (Feb. 13) that either secured a victory or forced overtime. He ranked third on the team in assists (2.1 per game) and second in steals (1.2 per game). He picked up all-conference honors in the WCC following the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons (honorable mention).

Akot started 25 of his 27 games played this season, averaging 10.3 points per game and a team-best 2.9 assists per game. His 49 3-pointers ranked second on the team, and he scored in double figures 14 times, including a pair of 20-point games. Akot was named to the Charleston Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this season.

The Broncos will travel to Las Vegas for this week’s 2022 Air Force Reserve MW Men’s Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed. Boise State will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 8 Nevada and No. 9 New Mexico, and tip is scheduled for Thursday (March 10) at noon PT/1 p.m. MT in a game nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.

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Kersgieter and Chatzileonti honored by Big 12

IRVING, Texas – Holly Kersgieter and Ioanna Chatzileonti were selected as honorees to the 2020-2021 Phillips All-Big 12 Awards, as announced by the league on Wednesday afternoon.

Kersgieter earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention status. The sophomore paces the offensive efforts for Kansas with 16.7 points per game while shooting 41.0 percent through her 24 starts. This season she is shooting an efficient 85.5 percent from the free throw line and 32.2 percent from deep. Kersgieter is one of the Jayhawk’s top rebounders, averaging 6.6 rebounds per game as a guard. She also cracks the top-100 nationally in Division NCAA Women’s Basketball for field goal attempts (85), final points (85), free throw attempts (78), free throws made (51), and free throw percentage (38).

The freshman forward, Chatzileonti notched a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She anchors the defensive post for Kansas with 6.8 rebounds per game. On the season she tallied 32 blocks, 15 steals, 160 total points, 143 total rebounds, and 38 assists. Chatzileonti is shooting 43.8 percent from the floor and 75.6 percent from the charity stripe for the Jayhawks. Nationally she is ranked for blocked shots (76), blocked shots per game (86), and rebounds per game (249).

2020-21 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards

Coach of the Year: Jim Littell, Oklahoma State (10th season at Oklahoma State, 10th overall)
Player of the Year: NaLyssa Smith, Baylor, F, 6-2, Jr., Converse, Texas
Defensive Player of the Year: Natasha Mack, Oklahoma State, F, 6-4, Sr., Lufkin, Texas
Newcomer of the Year: DiJonai Carrington, Baylor, G, 5-11, Gr., San Diego, Calif.**
Freshman of the Year: Lexi Donarski, Iowa State, G, 6-0, La Crosse, Wis.**
Sixth Player Award: DiJonai Carrington, Baylor, G, 5-11, Gr., San Diego, Calif.**

All-Big 12 First Team (honors listed alphabetical by school)
NaLyssa Smith+**, Baylor (Jr., F)
Ashley Joens+**, Iowa State (Jr., G/F)
Ayoka Lee+, Kansas State (So., C)
Madi Williams**, Oklahoma (Jr., G/F)
Natasha Mack%**, Oklahoma State (Sr., F)
Lauren Heard+, TCU (Sr., G)
Charli Collier+**, Texas (Jr., F/C)
Vivian Gray+^, Texas Tech (Sr., G)
Kysre Gondrezick**, West Virginia (R-Sr., G)
Esmery Martinez, West Virginia (So., F)

All-Big 12 Second Team
DiDi Richards%, Baylor (Sr., G)
Moon Ursin, Baylor (Sr., G)
Kristin Scott>, Iowa State (Sr., F/C)
Taylor Robertson, Oklahoma (Jr., G)
Ja’Mee Asberry, Oklahoma State (R-Jr. G)

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
DiJonai Carrington (Baylor), Queen Egbo (Baylor), HOLLY KERSGIETER (KANSAS), Christianna Carr (Kansas State), JoAnne Allen-Taylor (Texas), Kyra Lambert (Texas), Celeste Taylor (Texas), Kirsten Deans (West Virginia), Kari Niblack (West Virginia).

** Unanimous First Team Selection (coaches cannot vote for own players, unanimous denotes voted first team by other nine coaches)
+ 2019-20 All-Big 12 First Team Selection
% 2019-20 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection
^ 2018-19 All-Big 12 First Team Selection
> 2018-19 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
DiDi Richards+^, Baylor (Sr., G)
Moon Ursin, Baylor (Sr., G)
Natasha Mack^**, Oklahoma State (Sr., F)
Lauren Heard, TCU (Sr., G)
Charli Collier, Texas (Jr., F/C)

** Unanimous Selection (coaches cannot vote for own players, unanimous denotes selected for team on other nine ballots)
^ 2019-20 Big 12 All-Defensive Team Selection
+ 2018-19 Big 12 All-Defensive Team Selection

Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Lexi Donarski** Iowa State (Fr., G)
Emily Ryan** Iowa State (Fr., G)
Nevaeh Tot, Oklahoma (Fr. G)
Taylen Collins, Oklahoma State (Fr., F)
Lexy Keys, Oklahoma State (Fr., G)
Tie in voting resulted in a six-person All-Freshman Team

** Unanimous Selection (coaches cannot vote for own players, unanimous denotes

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Thursday (March 4) Quincy Notre Dame Raiders Continue Preparing For Their Season Opener On The Prep Soccer Pitch Against Macomb And Western Illinois Basketball Standout Will Carius Honored Today By The Summit League

It’s been a busy week on the turf at Quincy Notre Dame. The Raiders soccer team, under the watchful eye of longtime head coach Greg Reis, are gearing up for their 2021 season opener on the pitch. That contest is coming up next Tuesday in Macomb. That’s where the “Blue and Gold” will face the Bombers to open their 15 game spring schedule that was brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic. . We’ll check in with Coach Reis and standout forward Seth Anderson and get their thoughts on being back together again at 10th and Jackson.

The Suns of Southeastern will return to action on the prep hardwood tonight. Danny Stephens and his teammates are set to travel to Warsaw to tip-off against the Titans of West Hancock. We’ll also take a look at some of the other prep games on the schedule in the “Land Of Lincoln” that we’ll be watching very closely this evening.

Western Illinois University’s Will Carius is certainly one Leatherneck who has shown he understands how to score the basketball on the college hardwood. For his sensational exploits this season, the Iowa native was honored today by the Summit League in a very special way. We’ll have an update from Macomb.

Iowa All-American center Luka Garza is also back in the national spotlight. The reining Big Ten Player Of The Year is still in the running for one of the top awards in the country for college basketball players. We’ll have the latest from Iowa City. That’s where the 5th-ranked Hawkeyes are preparing to face Nebraska later tonight. We’ll have details on what’s coming up at Carver-Hawkeyes Arena.

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