Winning big for the home crowd


Madison College women’s basketball player Thresia Elskamp (24) looks to pass the ball around two defenders as Tanya Kaufmann (42) works to get open.

Clarion staff report

When Madison College hosted its annual Jam the Gym event on Feb. 18, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were looking for a boost after three-straight losses.

A large crowd, including several former players, seemed to provide the boost both teams needed to end their losing streaks.

The WolfPack men’s team defeated College of DuPage, 55-43, while the WolfPack women’s team defeated College of DuPage, 49-44.

Garrett Borgrud led the WolfPack men with 24 points and nine rebounds. Alex Cook added 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyler Kowalkowski had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The WolfPack men are now 8-18 overall, with two games left before post-season play begins. Madison College will travel to Harper College for a game on Feb. 22, and then host Triton College on Feb. 25 to end the regular season.

Tanya Kaufmann scored 23 points and had nine rebounds against the College of DuPage to help the WolfPack women end a rare three-game losing streak. Thresia Elskam added five points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

The WolfPack women are now 15-9 overall, with one game remaining before the NJCAA Region IV playoffs begin. Madison College will play at Gogebic Community College on Feb. 26.

In other recent men’s games, it was:

Rock Valley College 70, Madison College 57

A tough shooting night on the road on Feb. 15 resulted in a loss for the WolfPack. Madison College made just 31 percent of its shots from the field. Kowalkowski  and Santiago Silva each scored 11 points, but the team’s leading scorer Borgrud was held to just nine points in the game.

Wilbur Wright College 67, Madison College 60

On Feb. 11, Borgrud scored 22 points and Kowalkowski added 18 in a losing effort for the WolfPack.

Madison College had more assists, more rebounds and a better shooting percentage than Wilbur Wright, but could overcome a free-throw deficit.

Wilbur Wright outscored Madison College, 17-4, from the free throw line.

In other recent women’s games, it was:

Rock Valley College 65, Madison College 50

Despite a strong game from Calli Dahl, who scored a team-high 14 points, Madison College fell to fourth-ranked Rock Valley College on Feb. 15. Courtney Spangler added 10 points for Madison College. The WolfPack struggled shooting, making 16 of 72 shots.

Loras College 75, Madison College 64

Turnovers caused problems for the WolfPack against Loras College JV in Dubuque, Iowa, on Feb. 9. Madison College committed 26 turnovers that resulted in 29 points for  Loras College.  Thresia Elskamp led Madison College with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Morgan Lass added 11 points.