Slam Dunk for Kenosha Fun

1/17/2018 - Jared Rasmussen

Family-Friendly, Sports & Outdoors
Basketball games in the Kenosha Area are a Slam Dunk for FUN
Basketball games in the Kenosha Area are a Slam Dunk for FUN
Basketball games in the Kenosha Area are a Slam Dunk for FUN
Basketball games in the Kenosha Area are a Slam Dunk for FUN

Sports seasons in Wisconsin follows a predictable pattern, similar to the turning of the actual seasons:  there are multiple, distinct times of year that occasionally overlap.  Being a spectator of sporting events in the Kenosha Area always means a great seat – from cheering on the sidelines of a marathon to catching a collegiate summer league baseball game, there are plenty of opportunities to be active or watch sports here. Having seen the area’s last football until the fall, we move our focus on to the popular indoor sport of basketball.

Kenosha is home to two higher education institutes who compete in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).  The University of Wisconsin-Parkside competes in Division II, and Carthage College competes in Division III.  The distinction among the divisions relates to athletics funding and how many scholarships a school can offer its student-athletes.  This means that both Parkside and Carthage compete against schools with similar resources as opposed to large state schools like you’d find in the Big Ten, or private schools with large athletic endowments like in the Big East. However, this is not an indictment of the level of play – both schools’ student-athletes are every bit as dedicated and hard-working as their Division I counterparts!

The UW-Parkside Rangers are one of 15 teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference which serves Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky; next year, they will join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which serves Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. In both conferences, Parkside is the only school representing Wisconsin.  I attended my first UW-Parkside games on January 4 – an 83-77 win for the women’s team and a 75-65 win for the men’s team against the McKendree University Bearcats.  Home games are played in Alfred and Bernice De Simone Gymnasium in the Student Activities Center, located on the campus grounds in Somers.  Most games, and all remaining games on the schedule, are played in double-header format with the women’s team playing before the men’s team.  Tickets are just $5 for an adult with discounts available for students, children, and seniors.

The Carthage College Red Men and Lady Reds compete in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.  Besides Carthage, there are eight full-time members, all of whom play Carthage in the regular-season conference schedule.  Home games are played on the Lake Michigan campus in Tarble Arena.  Women’s and men’s games are often played in double-header format, though only about half of the remaining games are like this.  As of this writing, both Carthage basketball teams have winning records, which they look to maintain in the next two months as they head toward the CCIW and NCAA tournaments.

Of course, most people only think about college basketball when it comes time to fill out their brackets in March, but don’t wait that long!  Both UW-Parkside and Carthage College have key match-ups against divisional opponents in January and February. Whether you live in the Kenosha Area or are just visiting, basketball games can be a fun outing while the temperatures outside are cold. Games are affordable, fun, and family-friendly - so take the basketball fan in your life to an upcoming game before the shot clock expires on this season!

Jared Rasmussen

Community Blogger

Carthage College Graduate. Kenosha Resident by way of Racine.  Roommate to Allie, the cat. Living near HarborPark. Interests include art, animals, sports, music, and dining at Kenosha restaurants.