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Batavia alum Grizaffi produces records at North Central

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  • Larkin graduate Quentin Ruff (1) has been a key contributor for the Ferris State University men's basketball team this season.

    Larkin graduate Quentin Ruff (1) has been a key contributor for the Ferris State University men's basketball team this season.
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By Mike Miazga
Daily Herald Correspondent

Former Batavia girls basketball player Miranda Grizaffi recently wrapped up her college career at North Central in Naperville in record-breaking fashion.

A four-year player at North Central, Grizaffi broke the school's career 3-point record earlier this season. She is the only player in program history to eclipse the 200 3-point field-goal mark. She also holds the school single-season 3-point record with 65, set in the 2015-2016 season. She also made 49 in her sophomore season, which ties her for fifth in program history.

Grizaffi was part of North Central teams that made one appearance each in the conference tournament semifinals and finals, as well as in the 2015 NCAA Division III tournament.

This season, Grizaffi averaged 6.6 points per game in 25 contests (24 starts). She made 53 of 177 3-point attempts, while also averaging 2.1 rebounds per game.

Grizaffi closed out her career making three 3-pointers (accounting for her 9 points) in a 94-82 win over Augustana.

North Central finished the season 14-11 overall and 8-8 in conference play.

Grizaffi is scheduled to graduate in June with a degree in exercise science and intends on pursuing a master's degree in physical therapy.

Ruff at Ferris State: Larkin graduate Quentin Ruff is having a strong season for the Ferris State University men's basketball team. Through Wednesday, Ruff, a senior guard who previously played at Olive-Harvey junior college, was averaging 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

In a recent 81-76 victory over Michigan Tech, Ruff had 20 points, which included a 4-for-9 shooting night from the 3-point line.

In a 96-74 win against Northern Michigan, Ruff had 13 points and also had 14 points in a 107-71 victory over Northwood.

Ruff's season high this year was 28 points in a loss to Findlay where he made 7 of 9 3-point attempts. Ruff scored 23 points each in games against Ohio Valley (7-for-10 3-pointers), Lake Erie (5 3-pointers) and Wayne State (6-for-7 3-pointers).

Ruff is averaging 2.7 3-pointers a game and is shooting 38 percent from the 3-point line for a Ferris State team that is 23-4 overall and 17-3 and in first place on its side of the conference.

Rueffer at Lake Forest: Batavia graduate Mike Rueffer has been a contributor to the Lake Forest College men's basketball team this season.

Through Wednesday, Rueffer has played in 21 games (21 starts) and is averaging 8.1 points per game to go with 3.7 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per contest.

In a recent win against Lawrence, Rueffer had 16 points, which included a 3-for-6 effort from the 3-point line.

He also had 13 points in a loss to No. 14-ranked St. Norbert where he made 3 of 5 3-point attempts and was 5-for-8 overall from the field.

Egekeze at Belmont: Huntley product Amanze Egekeze has been a key cog this season for the Belmont University men's basketball team in Nashville.

Through Wednesday, Belmont was 21-5 overall and in first place in the conference with a 14-1 record.

Egekeze was third on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game. In 26 games, he is shooting .500 from the field and .381 from the 3-point line (45-for-118), while also shooting .825 from the free-throw line on 63 attempts. He ranks third on the team in rebounding at 5.4 per contest.

In a recent 96-45 win over Trevecca Nazarene, Egekeze had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, while shooting 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

In an 89-73 win over Morehead State, he had 11 points and 3 rebounds and had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in a 76-72 win over Eastern Kentucky.

Kozak at Washington University: Marmion Academy graduate Kyle Kozak is a 2016 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he was named to the American Baseball Coaches' Association Rawlings Gold Glove Team. He was the first Washington University player to earn the award since its inception in 2007.

Kozak started 46 of the 50 games he played in last season, recording a .993 fielding percentage. He committed 2 errors and 2 passed balls in 298 chances, while adding 47 assists and 7 pickoffs. He threw out 23 of 49 (46.9 percent) of runners trying to steal. At the plate, he hit .290 with 7 doubles and 21 RBI.

Kozak, who played football and baseball at Marmion, has been working as a medical scribe and is applying to medical school.

Childs at Blackburn: South Elgin graduate Tommy Childs just wrapped up his sophomore season on the Blackburn College men's basketball team in Carlinville, Ill. Childs played in 25 games this season (17 starts) and averaged 8.6 points per game. He shot 49.1 percent from the field and made 20 3-pointers, while also averaging 3.2 rebounds to go with 49 steals and 67 assists (against only 46 turnovers).

In a recent 126-104 loss to Greenville, Childs had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. In a 61-59 loss to Spalding, Childs scored 8 points to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists.

Blackburn finished the season 12-13 overall and 9-9 in Midwest Conference play.

Off at College wants your help: Send information and/or statistics on Fox Valley area athletes playing collegiately to Mike Miazga at mjm890@gmail.com. Both winter and spring sports submissions are encouraged.

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