He may have another year-and-a-half of basketball left to play, but Bryce Lienhoop already has reached a major milestone.
The junior from Columbus East became the 36th player in University of Saint Francis history to go over the 1,000-point mark for his career last week. He did it with a 15-point performance in the Cougars’ 69-68 loss at Bellevue (Nebraska) in the finals of the Bellevue University Fairfield Inn and Suites Holiday Classic.
Lienhoop now has 1,010 points in two and a half seasons at Saint Francis, which entered the week ranked No. 2 in NAIA Division II. The forward is averaging 9.9 points and 3.1 assists a game and leads the 13-3 Cougars with 7.2 rebounds a game.
Evan Henry, a junior guard from Columbus North, averages 10.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists for Saint Francis. Connor Umphress, a sophomore forward from East, adds 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds.
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Meanwhile, several other Columbus natives are playing college basketball at various levels. Here are updates on the others:
•Parker Chitty made his second career start and played a career-high 32 minutes Wednesday in Eastern Kentucky’s 70-51 win against UVa-Wise. The freshman point guard from East recorded four points, four rebounds and four assists.
For the season, Chitty is averaging 2.2 points and 1.3 assists. He has played 12.6 minutes a game for the 7-9 Colonels.
•Sawyer Glick made his first start for Barry University a memorable one, hitting seven 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 27 points in Friday’s 90-70 win against Rollins.
The sophomore guard from North is averaging 13.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 21.8 minutes a game for the 10-1 Bucs. His brother, Kooper, also a sophomore guard from North, averages 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.7 minutes a game.
•Kevin Williams scored 17 points in two games to help lead Hanover to the championship in the Defiance (Ohio) Purple and Gold Financial Invitational.
The freshman forward from East had eight points in Thursday’s 81-67 semifinal win against Alma (Michigan) and nine in Friday’s 118-65 title game win against OSU-Lima. He is averaging 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 68.2 percent from the field in 14.5 minutes a game for the 9-1 Panthers.
•Audrey Wetzel came off the bench to lead the Hanover women with nine points and five rebounds in Thursday’s 76-47 loss to Trine and had a career-high 12 points and four rebounds in Friday’s 92-91 win at Spalding.
The freshman forward from East is averaging 6.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 14.2 minutes a game for the 5-6 Panthers.
•After battling back from an ACL tear that caused her to miss all of last season, Notre Dame’s Ali Patberg has been sidelined for part of this season with pneumonia.
The redshirt-freshman point guard from North has played in five games for the 12-2 Irish. She has six rebounds, three assists and a steal.
•Tayler Goodall has averaged 2.5 points a game for Florida Gulf Coast, which is off to a 10-6 start.
The redshirt-sophomore guard from North also averages 1.2 rebounds in 9.5 minutes a game.
•Kelsey Cunningham has helped Wisconsin-Milwaukee get off to a 9-4 start.
The junior guard from North is averaging 0.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 13.3 minutes a game.
•Elle Williams scored a career-high 13 points for Academy of Art (California) in a 74-64 win at Holy Names University.
The freshman forward from North moved into the starting lineup after two of her teammates were involved in a car accident. She is averaging 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 19.7 minutes a game for the 6-4 Urban Knights.
•Paige Littrell had two points and a rebound Thursday to help DePauw to a 78-39 win against Coast Guard in the championship game of the Tigers’ Amy Hasbrook Memorial Classic.
The freshman guard from North is averaging 2.9 points in 7.3 minutes a game for DePauw, which is 12-1.
•Sheyanne Street is averaging 8.5 points a game for Vincennes University.
The sophomore guard from North also averages 2.4 rebounds for the 11-2 Trailblazers.
•Amy Weisner has played in all 11 games for Earlham and is averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds.
The freshman forward from North has played 13.5 minutes a game for the 0-11 Quakers.