Introducing the Sabre Tribune, content written by current and former Marian student-athletes on the topics that matter to them. Join us as we take an inside look at the life of a Marian student-athlete throughout the year and gain an inside perspective of life outside of the court, pitch or field. The opening Sabre Tribune post comes from junior Marcus Kadinger of the Marian men's basketball team and the unique recruiting experience he went through along with the reasoning behind his choice to choose Marian.
I wasn't heavily recruited as an athlete by any stretch of the means. Most college basketball programs hardly paid any attention to me. One program even said they didn't think I could play at the next level. But one program saw what I had to offer, and that one happened to be Marian University.
I come from a small town in Western Wisconsin called Glenwood City. Most, probably 99% of people in Fond du Lac, have never heard of it. Most, probably 99% of people in Glenwood City, have never heard of Marian University. I knew when it came time to choose where I was going to continue my education that I wanted to get out of the shell that was the town of 1,200 people on the western side of the state. I wanted to meet new people and form an experience that was my own. Part of that experience for me though, had to include playing basketball.
I grew up like the stereotypical hooper. Dad was my biggest inspiration and coached me until middle school while my Mom was always my biggest supporter. I started varsity my freshman year of high school and never looked back. I was team captain my sophomore through senior years. I earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior. I thought I was in a good position to get some college looks. I went to the exposure camps, played on the summer teams, and even took my senior year off from football to work on my game. However, the interest just never stirred up. It's possible one little detail might have scared off some college coaches. I'm not talking about grades, I was top five in my class with a 3.87 GPA. I'm not talking about off the court issues either, I've never even had a parking fine. No, in all honesty, I think most coaches doubted me because of a perceived physical limitation. And that was the fact I had been born without my left hand.
There was no accident or disease or anything like that. I was just born the way I was. I never asked anyone to feel sorry for me or make excuses because of it. It's only fueled me to want to prove to myself that I can accomplish anything. When you see me now in a Marian uniform, you'd be right in saying I'm not the fastest, strongest, quickest, or most athletic guy on the team. But you talk to any of my teammates, professors, or coaches they will say I'm one of the hardest workers they've ever come across. That's something I've always taken pride in and know is the main reason why the Marian basketball coaching staff believed in me. I never wanted to be on a college basketball team because people felt sorry for me or thought it would be a 'feel good story.' I wanted to be on a team because I was good enough and could contribute.
Unfortunately, not many programs saw that potential in me. But fortunately, Marian did, and I couldn't thank them enough for the opportunity. They treat me exactly like everybody else. I've had to earn every minute of playing time that I've received. My overall basketball career here at Marian has had its ups and downs for me personally, but my teammates and staff believe in me and it's given me the confidence and drive to improve. On the brink of another season about to start, I can't help but feel optimistic about what's in store for both me and most importantly, my team.
I had to work hard to get to where I'm at and I know with where I want to go in life, both in my academic, occupational, and remaining athletic career, that it will only get harder. Marian is preparing me for just that. My coaches push me to get better every day and I understand that my position on the team is earned, not granted. My professors challenge me to go beyond the basic expectations of the average student and because of that, I'm sitting on a 3.9 GPA. It's not a one-way street either, I know anytime I need help or have a question there are professors, advisors, coaches, or administrators who are more than willing to help. Marian gave me a chance to succeed and be myself both athletically and academically, something that other universities couldn't exactly offer me. Entering my junior year, there's no doubt in my mind that Marian is where I was meant to be.
WAUKESHA, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball has been picked just outside of the NACC Tournament in seventh place in the preseason poll.
Aurora University was picked to win the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference men's basketball championship, voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
The Spartans finished second last season with a 15-5 NACC record (17-9 overall).
Aurora received 16 of 22 first-place votes and 232 points in the preseason poll.
Concordia University Wisconsin was second with 210 points and four top nods, defending champion Benedictine University was third with 205 and a pair of first-place votes, and Wisconsin Lutheran College was fourth with 176.
MSOE was fifth with 135 points, followed by Dominican University in sixth with 119 and Marian University seventh with 108.
Lakeland University with eighth with 84, Edgewood College ninth with 81 and Rockford University 10th with 62. Concordia University Chicago filled out the final spot with 40 points.
The NACC's regular season standings determine the teams that qualify for the six-team conference tournament, while the tournament champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA III Championship Tournament.
2017-18 NACC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Aurora (16), 232
2. Concordia Wisconsin (4), 201
3. Benedictine (2), 205
4. Wisconsin Lutheran, 176
5. MSOE, 135
6. Dominican, 119
7. Marian, 108
8. Lakeland, 84
9. Edgewood, 81
10. Rockford, 62
11. Concordia Chicago, 40
First-place votes in parentheses
Voted by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors
11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale used
Student-athletes competing in the conference must maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or higher for the academic year to be eligible for the honor. Each academic year stands by itself for determination of this award.
Myles Cochran, 6-2, Bolingbrook (IL)
WAUKESHA, Wis. - The Marian University men's basketball frontcourt duo of junior Alex Manhardt and freshman Will Polczynski have been named All-NACC.
Manhardt (West Bend, Wis.) had another big year down low for the Sabres and recorded six double-doubles on the season and was named second-team All-NACC. The junior led the Sabres in scoring for most of the year with 14.5 points per game and ranked fourth in the NACC with 8.4 rebounds per game. Manhardt also showed his prowess for the ball down low ranking fifth in the NACC with 1.48 blocks per game. At the charity stripe, he ranked second for free throw attempts (143) and free throws made (95).
In his first season, Polczynski (New Berlin, Wis.) started in 17 games for the Sabres averaging 6.6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game, while also shooting 50-percent from the field to earn himself a spot on the All-NACC Freshman team. Polczynski ranked second on the team with nine blocks and also nabbed 15 steals on the season. One of his best performances came at Wisconsin Lutheran with the freshman scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds with three steals.
The full release from the NACC and the full All-NACC teams can be viewed at http://naccsports.org/sports/mbkb/2016-17/releases/20170222f2977g.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (8-17, 7-13 NACC) closed out the 2016-17 season with an overtime win over MSOE 91-89.
In a game that was close throughout with MSOE leading for most of the first half. However, a 6-0 run by the Sabres around the 11-minute mark cut the Raider lead to two at 18-16. The Raiders would respond and expand their lead to seven at 33-26 with under five minutes to play. A Marian jumper to beat the buzzer saw the Sabres cut the Raider lead to two heading into halftime at 38-36.
Marian and MSOE started the second half of play trading basket for basket. Marian would find their stride from the offensive side of the ball as they connected on five of their six offensive possessions of the half claiming the lead at 52-46.
Out of an MSOE timeout, the Raiders would rally back to cut the Sabre lead to six with under 13 minutes to play. Three three-pointers by sophomore Ryan Biffert then extended the Sabre lead to 65-55. MSOE would crawl their way back into the game cutting the Sabre lead to two off back-to-back layups at 78-76. The Raiders regained the lead in the closing seconds of regulation at 81-79 however, Marian would answer back to knot the game at 81. A Sabre desperation shot went wide forcing overtime.
Both the Sabres and Raiders picked up where they left off from regulation with Marian holding a slim two-point lead with under three minutes to play. A Sabre jump shot and two clutch Marian free throws would seal the victory for MU.
Three of the five starters for the Sabres finished with double-digit points on the day with junior Alex Manhardt collecting his sixth double-double on the season finishing with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Ryan Biffert had a career night scoring 22 points going 6-8 from beyond the arc, while junior Reggie Roemer chipped in 21 points.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (7-17, 6-13 NACC) held off a late Regent push defeating Rockford 86-82 at home in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference action.
The Regents jumped out to an early 11-10 lead before Marian used a quick 8-2 run to take an 18-13 lead, a lead they would not relinquish in the first half. The Sabres would extend their lead out to as large as 11, but the Regents were able to battle back and cut the deficit down to three at 41-38 heading into halftime.
Rockford continued to stick around with Marian eventually tieing the game at 57-57. The Sabre offense then went back to work and went on an 11-2 run to retake the lead at 68-59 with 9:03 left to play. A layup from junior Reggie Roemer extended the lead out to 13 at 76-63 with 7:15 left to play when Rockford began to mount a comeback.
Similarly to the first half, the Regents cut into the Sabre lead slowly eventually bringing the game to an 84-82 Marian lead with 1:31 left in the game. Neither offense was able to find a rhythm in the final minute and a pair of free throws from junior Alex Manhardt helped seal the game at 86-82.
Manhardt led the way with a team-high 18 points and nine boards, while freshman Will Polczynski finished with 13 points. Freshman Danny Duchaj came off the bench to provide the Sabre offense 11 points.
Marian closes out the season hosting MSOE at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.
MADISON, Wis. - Marian University men's basketball (6-17, 5-13 NACC) fell to Edgewood College by a final score of 80-61.
The Sabres jumped out early scoring the first eight points of the game off of a pair of three-pointers and a layup. Edgewood bounced back quickly, however, tying the game at 12-12 shortly after. From there the Eagles were able to take their first lead of the game and slowly began to extend on their lead. Marian was able to hold off the Eagles from making an extended run and kept the deficit manageable.
The Eagles opened the second half fast coming out of the break with a 10-2 run. MU was able to rebound off the run and keep pace with Edgewood but were unable to chip away at their deficit leading to the 80-61 final.
MU held a +9 turnover differential in the loss forcing 14 Eagle turnovers while turning the ball over only five times.
Three Sabre starters scored double-figures led by junior Reggie Roemer who netted a game-high 20 points. Junior Alex Manhardt was able to produce his fifth double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 boards.
Marian opens the final homestand of the season hosting Rockford Saturday, Feb. 11 for a 4:15 p.m. tip.
MILWAUKEE - Marian University men's basketball (6-16, 5-12 NACC) got out to a slow start and could never recover in an 80-57 road loss at MSOE.
MSOE jumped out of the gates fast with a 23-8 run that forced a Sabre timeout with 8:42 remaining in the first half. The Sabres were able to rally following the timeout and keep pace with the Raiders but were unable to cut into the early deficit and headed into the locker rooms trailing 40-23 at half.
Junior Reggie Roemer started the scoring for the Sabres in the second half with a three-pointer and a layup, but the Raider offense was able to keep up with their first half pace. Marian would close out the game on an 8-2 run with five points coming from freshman Julian Lynch to build momentum into their next game.
Marian had one of their best games of the season beyond the arc shooting 7-20 (.350) from three-point land.
Roemer finished the game with a team-high 15 points, while junior Alex Manhardt had five rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
Marian plays their final road game of the season when they travel to Edgewood Wednesday, Feb. 8 for a 7 p.m. tip.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - In a game that saw four of the five Sabre starters hit double figures in scoring, Marian University men's basketball (6-15, 5-11 NACC) fell to Concordia Chicago in a close contest 80-77.
The game was close throughout with Marian taking a 13-11 lead early in the first half. The Cougars would tie the game at 15 a piece minutes later. Marian would make an 8-0 run to take a 36-28 lead until Concordia Chicago answered back. Both teams traded baskets to end the half with Marian taking a 43-41 lead into the intermission break.
The Sabres used the halftime break to expand their lead to 50-44 early in the half. Concordia Chicago would not go away quietly as they slowly chipped away at the Sabre lead and cut it to 69-65 with under eight minutes to go. CUC then tied the game at 71 apiece with three minutes left in regulation. The following minutes saw the Cougars and Sabres both hold a one-point lead. A pair of clutch Sabre free throws would knot the game at 77 with 32 seconds left. Concordia Chicago would sink a three-pointer and a Sabre three-pointer to tie the game would fall short sealing the victory for the Cougars.
Of the four Sabres to reach double figures for the day, junior Alex Manhardt led the Sabres finishing with 19 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Evan Hansen recorded 15 points and six rebounds while junior Reggie Roemer collected his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Freshmen Will Polczynski rounded out the scoring for the Sabres with 10 points and five rebounds.
The Sabres travel to MSOE Monday, Feb. 6 for a 7 p.m. tip and then head to Edgewood, Wednesday, Feb. 7 also for a 7 p.m. tip before the final homestand of the season.
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