Basketball is a family affair in the Barwegen family. Dad, Michael Barwegen, played basketball for Olivet Nazarene in Illinois; his two oldest sons, Abe and Solomon also continued their basketball careers there after high school. Now, the third graduate, Liz, hopes to do the same by way of Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Liz made it official this week with her current and future coaches, family and friends by her side. She signed her letter of intent to join the women’s team, “I’m excited to be able to continue my career,” she says. Basketball has always been a part of her athletic career, she’s been on the Varsity team at Otsego since her freshman year and plays travel basketball as well. She’s not a stranger to the KVCC team; she’s been to camps there since middle school and known one of the assistant coaches who was her brother’s AAU travel coach.
She’s excited to get her college career underway locally, “I’m looking forward to being able to play at KVCC. It will be an easier transition going from high school college,” Barwegen says. Her eventual goal is to continue at Olivet Nazarene after the two years at KVCC. While some might say she felt the pressure to keep playing basketball like her older brothers and dad, she says it was more motivation. She loves the game, “I like being a part of a team,” she says.
She’s been a major contributor to the OHS team during high school; she’s been on varsity since her freshman year when she was honorable mention all-conference. She’s earned All-Conference honors her sophomore and junior year, as well. She was also a part of the OHS District championships teams in 2016 & 2017. “She’s a good leader, has good defense, she’s a winner and should do well at the next level,” says OHS coach Tony Koshar.
Barwegen plans to major in elementary education.
KVCC coaches put together a fun video welcoming Liz to the team when they came to OHS for the formal signing.