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College Notebook: Manchester Valley grad Mackenzie DeWees named to’s ‘Starting Five’

There’s a weekly honor given out by that recognizes the top Division I women’s basketball players, and Quinnipiac junior guard Mackenzie DeWees found herself with the accolades this past week.

The Manchester Valley High School grad and former four-time Times Player of the Year joined Tulane’s Krystal Freeman, Michigan’s Naz Hillmon, Wake Forest’s Ivana Raca, and Texas A&M’s Aaliyah Wilson for the previous week’s honors.


DeWees averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and shot 59% (22-for-37) from the field as the Bobcats won three times. DeWees began the week with a career offensive performance as she scored a career-high 20 points in the Bobcats 59-55 win Jan. 4 over Marist. She added nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

In the opener of a two-game weekend series with Saint Peter’s on Jan. 9, DeWees scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She also added four assists and three steals in Quinnipiac’s 55-40 win. DeWees then led the Bobcats in the series finale Jan. 10 as she tallied 18 points, three rebounds and three assists as the Bobcats topped Saint Peter’s 68-56.


Quinnipiac is 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. DeWees is averaging 12.5 points and 8.3 rebounds, along with 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals this season.

Hot start for another Bobcat

Frostburg State University junior Morgan Dombroski (Westminster/St. John’s Catholic Prep) was averaging 18.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game through the first three games of this season. She scored 21 in the Bobcats’ season-opening win Jan. 7 over Davis & Elkins, then followed that with 20 in beating West Virginia Wesleyan on Jan. 10. Dombroski posted a double-double in the opener (10 rebounds, along with five assists) and grabbed seven boards three days later.

Dombroski spent her first college year at Clarion University before transferring to Frostburg. She made 23 starts and appeared in 28 games as a sophomore, and put together a pair of 20-point efforts along the way. Dombroski scored 24 points, a season high, in a game against West Virginia State, and netted 20 in the Bobcats’ season finale against Fairmont State. She averaged 8.3 points per game and shared the team lead with 57 assists (2.0 per game).

She had a season-high seven rebounds in her Frostburg debut against East Stroudsburg, and dished out seven assists against Davis & Elkins. Dombroski and the Bobcats traveled to West Liberty on Saturday for another Mountain East Conference matchup.

The mullet returns

Coastal Carolina redshirt senior Silas Kelly (South Carroll) took to Twitter on Friday to make a statement regarding his college football playing days with the Chanticleers, after he helped lead Coastal to an 11-1 record and a national ranking in 2020. “My career at Coastal Carolina has been one of the best experiences of my life, and it’s not over yet! I will be returning in 2021 for one last season on the surf turf,” Kelly wrote, meaning a Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year finalist is coming back in 2021.

Kelly finished this season with 80 tackle (6.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, and one interception.