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College Notes: Cichy steps to forefront for Badgers; Hansen honored at Kentucky

Tessa Cichy (22) moved into the starting lineup early this season for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team and became one of the Badgers’ leading scorers. 1 / 3
Former Kentucky All-American gymnast Jenny Hansen, a Somerset native, was honored recently during Kentucky’s men’s basketball game against Auburn. Hansen, who competed for UK from 1993 to 1996, was an eight-time NCAA champion, won nine SEC titles and earned 13 All-America honors. She was the first Kentucky gymnast to have her jersey retired. 2 / 3
Sydney Kannel (in white) performed well in her freshman season at UW-La Crosse, seeing action in 18 games for the Eagles. 3 / 3

The seasons are wrapping up for most college winter teams, while several spring teams are just beginning to hit their stride.

Here is the second installment with updates on how local athletes are faring at the college level.

Tessa Cichy

The season for Cichy and the UW-Madison women’s basketball team came to an end when the Badgers were knocked off by Purdue in the Big Ten tournament on March 4. The Badgers finished the season with a 9-20 record.

Cichy had a breakout season for the Badgers this winter. She moved into the starting lineup in the opening weeks of the season and stayed there, starting 25 of the team’s 29 games. The 5-10 junior guard led the Badgers in minutes played, including playing the full 40 minutes in six games. Her 9.6 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists all ranked third on the Badgers. Her 28 steals ranked second on the team.

Cichy earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for 2015, the second time she’s received that honor.

Sydney Kannel

Sydney Kannel of New Richmond worked her way into the rotation for the UW-La Crosse women’s basketball team as a freshman this winter. Kannel had her best game of the season against UW-Oshkosh on Feb. 11. She scored a season-high seven points while playing 23 minutes of the game. She scored 29 points during the season, playing in 18 games. She amassed 13 assists in those games.

Jenny Hansen

Hansen wowed the crowd at the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena when she did a backflip from a standing position in street clothes at the age of 41.

This happened the weekend of Feb. 20-22, when Hansen became the first University of Kentucky gymnast to have her leotard retired. This was done to show the magnificence of Hansen’s collegiate gymnastics career. A jersey retirement is considered the top honor the university gives to its athletes. From 1993-96, Hansen was the greatest collegiate gymnast in the nation. She still ranks as one of the most successful gymnasts in NCAA history. She won an NCAA record eight individual titles, while being named an All-American 13 times. In 1994, she received the Honda Cup, recognizing her as the top women’s amateur athlete in the nation.

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for more than 30 years.

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