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Carthage College draws in local basketball talent

Carthage College's men's and women's basketball teams have 36 players on their rosters including 27 from Illinois and 20 from the TribLocal area. Women's coach Tim Bernero, a former assistant with the men's squad, has deep area ties as he grew up in Buffalo Grove and attended Mundelein Carmel High School and Lake Forest College. The women's team is flirting with a top-25 ranking in Division III this year after reaching No. 5 last season and reaching the Sweet 16 in the national tournament two years ago. The Reds are off to a 10-2 mark through their first 12 games and are eying their first College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title since sharing it with Millikin in 1996. On the men's side, Carthage posted 24-6 and 16-9 marks the last two seasons but opened 2011-12 with a 6-6 mark. Read the complete story

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