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Getting used to college


20130131dj kyle wuest photo Kyle Wuest, the Daily Journal's 2011-12 Johnson County Player of the Year, is a freshman at NCAA Division III Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. He helped lead Edinburgh to Class sectional and regional championships last season. Photo courtesy Elmhurst College.

Details of the Edinburgh-Loogootee semistate basketball game played last March are brought up every now and then on the campus of Elmhurst College.

More specifically, in the dorm room of freshman guard Kyle Wuest.

Rooming with former Lions swingman Bryant Ackmerman means constant reminders of Loogootee’s 61-50 victory at raucous Southport Fieldhouse whether Ackerman is saying anything or not.

“He’s a great guy. He doesn’t rub in the semistate game too much, but every now and then he brings it up if I’m on his nerves about something,” said Wuest, the former Lancers’ standout named the Daily Journal’s 2012 Player of the Year. “I’ve joked about hiding his (Class A state championship) ring. Maybe selling it on eBay.”

Forming a close friendship with the player who most haunted Edinburgh that unseasonably warm Saturday with 25 points is but one of many life adjustments Wuest has experienced at Elmhurst, a Division-III program located 20 miles west of downtown Chicago.


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