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Wilbur Wright College
4300 N. Narragansett
Chicago IL 60634

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Rams Last Second Shot Secures Win Against College of DuPage 61-59
February 7, 2013

Rams Start The Season with a Win
November 8, 2012

Shane Dunn, Editor

Wright Times

The Wright College Men's basketball team beat City College rival Malcolm X College 72-70 Tuesday night to start the season 1-0.  This is the first win over Malcolm X College for head basketball coach M.A. Harris.  The Rams travel to Moline and Galesburg this weekend to play Blawk Hawk College Friday and Carl Sandburg College Saturday.  The next home game will be November 29, 2012 at 7pm against Moraine Valley College.

With Season's End, Rams Look Toward the Future
April 19, 2012

Shane Dunn, Editor-in-Chief

Wright Times


With their quarterfinals loss on March 4 to the Triton Trojans on March 4, the Wright Rams men’s basketball team’s playoff hopes were dashed. Starting the season at 0-8 before winning 13 of the next 25 games and finished the season with a 13-20 record. They entered the playoffs and defeated first-round opponent the Kishwaukee Kougars 75-52, their first playoff win under head coach Michael Harris.

“I feel we did pretty good,” Rams guard Dwayne Harvey said of the team’s performance this season. “Overall, we took a lot of steps to become a better basketball team. We beat some good teams, but lost some games that we should’ve won..” Rams guard Marcus Stevens agreed with this assessment and believed that the Rams could have closed out games more efficiently. “Some games, we played physically, but we didn’t close out physically in the end…sometimes we played smart, but other times we made bad decisions. It was half and half.”

But for Harris, success is defined not on the court, but outside of it. “We need to close out this semester and if enough team members have enough credit hours and are on track to graduate, then I can say mission accomplished.” Harris cites Rams forward Mike Haderspeck as a primary example of achievement. “He came in as a walk-in, his skill set wasn’t at a college level and his grades weren’t up to par. He got a second chance with the Rams…he’s very deserving.” Haderspeck was named All-Academic at the Rams award banquet on March 21.

Already, Harris has major plans for the 2012-13 school year. To replace the sophomores that are leaving the Rams next school year, Harris has begun recruiting high school players. These prospects include McDonald’s basketball All-American nominee Hunter Ward, who has verbally committed, and Darius Randolph, who is transferring from Joliet Junior College. Harris also wants to establish a sports management team for Wright athletics. “We want a student team that will be in charge of promoting and supporting campus athletics both here and off campus,” he said.  As for next season’s team, the Rams expect vast improvements. “We’re going to have a much better team that’s more focused, start the season well, get more physical, and play faster and smarter,” Stevens said.


Wright Rams 2011-12 Season Stats per game (from NJCAA.org)

Scoring Leader:

#23 Marcus Stevens (freshman): 15.4 ppg

Assist Leader:

#22 Dwayne Harvey (sophomore): 7.2 apg

Rebound Leader:

#24 Dante Johnson (freshman): 9.0 rpg


Rams Awards, presented on March 21:

Most Valuable Player: #22 Dwayne Harvey (sophomore)

Most Improved: #44 Terrence Burrell (sophomore)

All-Academic: #31 Mike Haderspeck (sophomore)

Rams Compete In National Wrestling Tournament
March 21, 2012

Chicago – Three freshman wrestlers from Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett, one of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), are back on campus after waging battle at the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association Wrestling Championships in Rochester, Minnesota. Twin brothers Jameel and Jamal Carter and Angelo Rivera became the first Wright College wrestlers to qualify for the national tournament since 2003.

“Although this was my first time competing at the National level, I am grateful for the opportunity and will continue practicing on improving my skills both mentally and physically,” said Rivera.  “I learned that I have to take it one match at a time.”

a total of 3 rounds at nationals, not enough to take home the gold, but a strong showing from young competitors, says their Coach Eric Wetzel, Assistant Director of Athletics and head wrestling coach at Wright College.  Wetzel would know; he has known his students since they were pupils in his Chicago Crusader Wrestling Club for 7-14 year olds interested in the fundamentals of wrestling.  

In practices these days, Coach Wetzel says the team covers every facet of his formula for success: a guiding philosophy, daily practice plans, effective instructional methods, correct wrestling technique, and winning match strategies.   The athletic program at Wright College supplements the academic program and stresses the importance of physical fitness, self-confidence, leadership and teamwork.

“We are committed to providing our students with the opportunities to participate in intercollegiate sports that help them grow personally and socially,” says Wetzel.

All of the wrestlers plan to continue their studies and have their sights set on transferring to a four-year university after their graduation from City Colleges of Chicago.  Jameel and Jamal are recent graduates of Uplift Community High School and are currently in the second semester of their freshmen term.  Both are studying to meet their general education requirements and remain focused on transferring to four-year universities. Angelo Rivera is a graduate of De La Salle Institute, who is working on his general education requirements towards a degree in Business Management.

To learn more about athletics at City Colleges of Chicago, contact Michael Daigler, Associate of Vice Chancellor of Athletics at 312-553-2735.


Elem named Region IV Player of the Week
February 20, 2012

Freshman Sam Elem was named the Region IV player of the week.  Sam tallied 40 points, 22 rebounds and added 6 blocks in two N4C conference games last week.  "Sam has all of the necessary tools to play at the next level".  Sam is starting to understand our system and it is starting to show", said coach Harris.

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