Alums of Union rivals Ryle and Cooper have big weeks in college sports

Mar 12, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; DePaul Blue Demons guard Ashton Millender (1) and guard Lexi Held (10) celebrate their win against the Marquette Golden Eagles in the women's Big East Conference Tournament at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Ryle and Cooper are five miles apart in Union, and both Boone County district schools have produced an abundance of college talent in recent years. 

In the past several days, many of them have either set personal milestones, school records, or been involved in big wins. Here is an update on those athletes: 

Women’s basketball

Maddie Scherr, Oregon – The 2020 Ryle graduate and Kentucky Miss Basketball is off to a great start to her sophomore season with the national power Ducks. Scherr has started all five games so far, averaging 8.4 points and 4.2 assists.

She had 10 points and five assists in a loss to top-ranked South Carolina last week. Oregon is 3-2.

"Maddie is one of the best two-way guards in the country.' said head coach Kelly Graves in a release. "Her versatility is her strength – she can play point guard, she shoots over 40 percent from three-point range, and she is a great rebounder and post-up player. Maddie is one of the nation's best defenders, as well. She is a winner, a competitor, an unselfish superstar, and a great student and leader."

Oregon's Maddie Scherr brings the ball down court against Dixie State.

Lauren Schwartz, Washington – The Ryle 2018 graduate transferred to Washington in the Pac-12 after two seasons at Rice, following her head coach Tina Langley who left Rice to take the UW job. Schwartz has averaged eight points per game while starting all three games this year, including a defeat to Jeff Walz’s highly ranked Louisville Cardinals Nov. 20. She has made 4-of-10 3-pointers so far. 

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