Men's Basketball / Guard / First-Year / North Palm Beach, Fla.
Skyler Twyman is a first-year guard on the UChicago men's basketball team. He has appeared in four games for the Maroons this season.
Head Coach Mike McGrath: "Skyler has been an invaluable member of the men’s basketball team throughout the year. The steadiness of his approach and his commitment to the team are unsurpassed – and this is without not receiving significant playing time so far in his career. Skyler comes to work, supports his teammates and competes every day. There is never any drama from him, just consistent effort. And on top of that, he is always the last person to leave the gym. He is constantly working to get better by putting in extra time and seeking help from his coaches. Skyler’s approach and demeanor are tremendously positive for the team."
Teammate Mattia Colangelo: "Skyler has come in and really had a great first year. On the court, he goes hard every single day and is a constant source of energy out there. I haven't heard him complain once all year and he has been an exemplary teammate. Off the court, I've really enjoyed getting to know him and his personality has shown through the last few months. He's funny, loyal, and a guy you want in your corner."
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Will Shine (Men's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Will has gotten off to a great start to his junior season. I believe he may have been a bit miscast in his first two years here as someone I viewed more as a 3K runner. At the end of last indoor season, Will put together a couple of really strong races in the 800 and as our lead-off leg in the DMR (1,200). We learned from that experience that he was going to have more success as a true middle distance runner in the events from 800 through the mile. This past weekend, Will ran a lifetime best in the 800 (1:56.64) and is currently leading the UAA conference at that distance. He has shown a lot of confidence in his ability and his races have shown he not only feels comfortable in these distances, but that he has natural instincts on how to run the races."
Steve Bonsall (Wrestling)
- Head Coach Leo Kocher: "On Saturday, Steve Bonsall was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Elmhurst College Al Hanke Invitational by the head coaches of the participating teams. In the 157-pound championship match, Steve defeated an outstanding opponent who was ranked second nationally among junior college wrestlers at 165 pounds. Steve earned NCAA All-American honors in 2017 and he appears to be on track to make it back onto the podium."
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