Duo making key contributions as Rangers navigate RMAC slate

Former high school teammates Michael MacKelvie and Kevin Marshall have buoyed the Regis men’s basketball team this season.

MacKelvie, who transferred to the Denver school from Alaska-Anchorage, scored a season-high 24 points and collected eight rebounds Jan. 24 in the Rangers’ 67-61 win over Western State. Marshall added 15 points.

The following day, Regis topped Colorado-Mesa 82-73 thanks to 18 points from Marshall as well as 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds from MacKelvie.

In a 75-66 win over Black Hills State at home Jan. 31, MacKelvie tallied 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Marshall contributed 11 points and seven steals.

MacKelvie logged a team-high 21 points and Marshall added seven in the Rangers’ 86-78 loss to Chadron State at home Feb. 1.

Regis (7-13, 4-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) will return to action Feb. 7 on the road against Colorado Christian.


Wilsonville alumnus Akiharu Kitagawa won the men’s mile run as the University of Mount Olive track and field team opened its indoor season Jan. 25 at the Tar Heel Open in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Kitagawa placed first out of 30 runners overall and joined teammates Austin Steagall and Pol Domenech-Ferrer in beating out 11 runners from Division I programs, including three runners from North Carolina and two from Duke.

Kitagawa posted a time of 4 minutes 21.60 seconds to beat his previous best by five seconds. He now owns the second-fastest time in school history.

Kitagawa clocked an 8:37.24 in the 3,000-meter run Jan. 31 during the Hilton Garden INNvitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Trojans will continue their season Feb. 7-8 with meets in New York and Virginia.


Kody Rhodes competed alongside Olympic champion Ashton Eaton during the Husky Invitational track and field event Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Dempsey Indoor Stadium in Seattle.

A Wilsonville alumnus who is now part of the Western Oregon program, Rhodes took seventh place in the 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 8.48 seconds.

Eaton, a former Oregon Ducks star who now represents Nike, won the event with a meet-record 7.61.

Rhodes also ran the 400 in 50.1 seconds as part of the Wolves’ distance medley relay squad, which placed fifth with a total time of 10:04.79.


Seth Gearhart scored 16 points to lead the Rice men’s basketball team in a 71-69 victory over Charlotte in a Conference USA game Jan. 25 at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston.

The junior was 5-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, while adding four rebounds, two assists and a steal for the Owls.

Through 20 games, the Wilsonville alumnus was averaging 7.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 29 minutes per game.


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