B Page -- Dec. 1, 2010

Collinwood alum Cecil Shorts III

Mount Playoff Grid Preview  

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Alfred is 10-2 and won the Empire 8 title for an automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs. The Saxons are making their second-straight and third-ever playoff appearance and have a 2-2 record in the playoffs claiming their first two NCAA post-season wins this season.


All Mount Union football playoff games will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker at http://athletics.mountunion.edu. Ric Brienza and Mark Grossman broadcast the games on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM. You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.


The two schools have never met on the football field. Mount Union is 5-0 against current members of the Empire 8 as the Raiders beat Ithaca (N.Y.) 42-18 in 2007 playoffs then went 4-0 against St. John Fisher with playoff games in 2006 (26-14) and 2007 (52-10) and regular season games in 2008 (33-3) and 2009 (52-10).


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 301-22-3 (.927) in his 25th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history as he is one of only 11 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. His teams have won 21 OAC Championships, including the last 19 in a row, along with 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships. This year he is president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Dave Murray (Springfield, Mass. '81) is 86-49 (.637) in his 13th season as head coach of the Saxons. He has led Alfred to back-to-back Empire 8 conference titles and NCAA Division III playoffs appearances. It is Murray's second head coaching trip to the playoffs as he went in 1990 as head coach at Cortland State (N.Y.). In seven seasons as head coach at Cortland and a season as head coach at Lebanon Valley (Pa.) his combined record is 130-89-1 in 20 seasons.


For the sixth year the NCAA Division III Football Championship consists of a 32-team field. For perspective, in Mount Union's first appearance in the playoffs in 1985, the field was 16 teams. This year's field breaks down like this: Automatic bids will be given to 23 conference champions, three spots are reserved for teams that are independents or in conferences not granted automatic bids and the final six spots are national at-large bids.


The winner of this game plays the winner of a matchup between Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals Bethel and St. Thomas next Saturday. If St. Thomas wins, they will host the game in St. Paul, Minn. at 1 pm (eastern time).


Alfred won its first five games then sandwiched between a pair of non-conference losses to R.P.I. (N.Y.) (27-24) and Rochester (N.Y.) (24-14) was a big conference win against then No. 19 in the nation St. John Fisher (42-31). The Saxons finished the regular season with a pair of wins against Ithaca (N.Y.) (31-17) and Utica (N.Y.) (37-20) to claim the conference title and NCAA bid.

The offense is led by freshman running back Austin Dwyer, who has rushed for 1,390 yds. (217 carries) with 8 TD's. Linebacker Nick Clark is a short-yardage back as he has rushed for 12 TD's. Clark is also the Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Year as he has at team-high 96 tackles with three sacks and three interceptions.

Junior Tom Secky has thrown for 2,640 yards completing 61.8-percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns and 13 inteceptions. His top target is senior wide receiver Ryan Thon 71 catches for 931 yards with 15 touchdowns.

Aside from Clark on defense, junior Marcellus Jones and sophomore Mike Raplee anchor's the defensive line with 85 tackles and six sacks. Junior defensive back Roland O'Brien has seven interceptions and leads a secondary that has 23 interceptions.

Mount Academic All OAC  

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All four earned All-OAC First Team honors on the field and Ferrara, Kershaw and Miller were all named to the ESPN/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American team.

Ekkens has started all 12 games at center and anchored one of the nation's top rated offenses.  He has a 3.61 grade point average as a health and physical education major.


Ferrara is second on the team with three interceptions and is a business administration major with a 3.82 gpa.

Kershaw is second on the team in tackles and has a 3.45 gpa as a business administration major.

Miller is third on the team in receptions and yards while also handling the team's long snapping duties.  He is a health and physical education major with a 3.48 gpa.

Also honored was sophomore safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood), who was an Academic All-OAC Honorable Mention selection.  He has a team-best five interceptions and is an exercise science major with a 3.62 gpa.


The five players have helped lead the No. 2 ranked Purple Raiders back to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Playoffs for a record 19th straight year.  Mount Union takes on Alfred (N.Y.) Saturday at noon in Alliance.


To qualify, a Student/Athlete must have maintained a 3.25 GPA, be a sophomore academically and is in at least his second year of participation. He must also have been a starter or key reserve who has made a significant athletic impact

Mount Basketball/Kilgore  

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With 6:05 left in the first half, the visitors held a 32-25 lead before Mount Union battled back to take a 38-37 lead into halftime.

Trailing 37-31, the Raiders bridged an 18-2 run across both halves. They began it in the first with a seven-point run: Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) made two free throws, Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) buried a three-pointer and then Erin Schmidt (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) put in the go-ahead layup.

Walsh Jesuit alumna Erin Schmidt

Early in the second half, Wittenberg's Kim Replogle made a jumper and gave the visitors a 39-38 lead -- their final advantage -- before Mount Union went on an 11-point streak.

Five different Raider scorers led the second-half charge. Crider capped the outburst with a three-pointer, giving Mount Union a 49-39 lead with 14:44 remaining.

Wittenberg (2-3) trimmed its deficit twice to two points, but never found its way back into the lead.

The Tigers pulled the score to 55-53 with 7:57 left, but seven straight Mount Union points gave the hosts some breathing room. Later, the Purple Raiders put the game out of reach with an eight-point run during the final two minutes.

LaMattina made five assists for the Raiders, who had a solid day at the free-throw line (14 of 17 for 82.4 percent).

Sarah Watson

Hudson High alumna Sarah Watson (32)

For Wittenberg, Hudson native Sarah Watson scored 18 points while Replogle contributed 12 points and nine rebounds. Katherine Hueter added 13 points, Lyndsey Clark grabbed 11 rebounds and Lauren Cassel dished six assists.

The Raiders, who are ranked seventh on the D3Hoops.com poll and ninth on the ESPN/USA Today poll, will open up Ohio Athletic Conference play on Saturday. They will visit Otterbein for a 5 p.m. matchup..


Hiram Basketball  

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It would be the tail of two halves for Hiram in the second period as the Terriers shot 40.0 percent (12-of-30) from the field, including 50.0 percent (six-of-12) from behind the three-point line.  Smyers would also provide a spark scoring 10 of her 17 points in the second period.

Wooster maintained its double-digit lead in the early minutes of the half and led by 11 points, 39-28, with 16:32 left to play.  But Hiram would then make its move with a 17-0 scoring run which ended in a triple by Smyers, giving the Terriers a 45-39 lead at the 9:54 mark.  

Hiram led by as many as nine points and never trailed the rest of the way despite the Scots coming back to tie the game at 58-58 with 27 seconds left to play.  A pair of free-throws by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) and junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) in the final seconds gave the lead back to the Terriers and secured a 62-58 win.

Wooster had three players score in double-figures led by Karley Walker with 15 points on six-of-16 shooting (37.5 percent).  She also grabbed seven rebounds.  Keshia Butler was second with 14 points and Kristen Schwartz added 12 points to go along with a game-tying high nine boards.

Hiram was led by Smyers 17 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent).  She was the only Terrier score in double digits.  Junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) also grabbed a game-tying high nine rebounds.


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To qualify, a Student/Athlete must have maintained a 3.25 grade point average, be a sophomore academically and is in at least his second year of participation. He must have also been a starter or key reserve who has made a significant athletic impact. The recipients are voted on by the faculty athletic representatives.

Miller is returning to the Academic All-OAC team for a second season. After his third year starting at quarterback, Miller also picked up multiple honors for his performance on the field. He also set many records, and brought Heidelberg its best record since 1997. He will finish his degree in business administration in May

Ferrell will be earning a double major in criminal justice and political science, while Klein will be returning in the fall to finish his degree in early childhood education..

Oberlin Movember for Cancer  

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There is still time to donate to and support our mission. To donate to the athletics staff team, the Yeo Mo’s, click here. To add to the cross country team’s efforts, click here. 

We would like to extend a special thank you to all who donated and participated in Movember.


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Eastern Michigan at UMKC, 7 pm

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The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team hits the road for a two-game road swing through the state of Missouri. The Eagles tangle first with the Kangaroos of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) today, Dec. 1, at the Swinney Recreation Center.

With her 13 free throw made versus Cal State Northridge, Nov. 21, senior Cassie Schrock became the EMU career leader in free throws made with 417. Nikki Knapp (2002-06) held the previous standard of 411 makes.

Cassie Schrock

Wadsworth's Cassie Schrock

The Wadsworth, Ohio native is still 62 attempts shy on Knapps' record of 626 free throws attempted. Junior Tavelyn James moved into second place all-time with 486 three-pointers attempted, 92 shots short of Kristy Maska's (1997-01) record of 578 in a career. James has also made 150 triples, which is tied with Dru Bishop (1999-03) for the fifth-most three-pointers made in the program history. The Kangaroos have been a force coming off the bench so far this season.

The UMKC bench has out-scored its opponents in all but one contest this season. The `Roos bench combined for 48 points against Rockhurst and out-scored the Cardinals, 35-8, despite the loss.

Youngstown State at Kent State, 7 pm

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The Kent State women's basketball team (5-0) will look to continue its strong start to the 2010-11 campaign Wednesday evening when the Golden Flashes host regional foe Youngstown State Dec. 1 for a 7 p.m. contest.

Kent State has won 23 of its last 30 games against non-MAC opponents. Kent State continued its hot start to the season Sunday afternoon as the Golden Flashes defeated Marshall 79-55 in their home opener. Five players scored double figures for Kent State, led by 15-point gems by reserves senior Ellie Shields and sophomore Tamzin Barroilhet. Senior Taisja Jones added 14 points while senior Chenel Harris and sophomore Leslie Schaefer chipped in 10 points apiece.

After being mired in a 39-game losing streak, Youngstown State enters Wednesday's game with two consecutive wins under their belt. After defeating Bucknell, 71-54, on Nov. 24 the Penguins followed up with a 60-52 victory over Ohio Nov. 27. Brandi Brown is averaging an impressive 20.2 points per game, which is just under 35 percent of Youngstown State's offense through five games. She is also the team leader in rebounding at 7.0 rpg. Second on the team in scoring is Bojana Dimitrov with 6.2 ppg to go with 5.6 rebounds per contest.

Vanderbilt at Bowling Green, 7 pm
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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, having won six consecutive games, returns to Northwest Ohio for a two-game homestand. 

The Falcons of head coach Curt Miller put a long homecourt regular-season win streak to the test with a midweek game vs. a nationally-ranked opponent. BG will host #23/23 Vanderbilt University in Wednesday (Dec. 1) action, with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. at Anderson Arena. Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 7.6 rebounds per contest. Classmate Tracy Pontius has 14.0 ppg, and has a team-leading 17 three-point field goals made. Prochaska and Pontius are shooting 35.9 and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc, respectively. Prochaska is 51-of-52 (98.1%) from the free-throw line on the year.

Vanderbilt will bring a record of 4-1 into Wednesday's game. The Commodores were ranked 23rd in the nation in both the latest Associated Press poll, released Monday (Nov. 29), and the most recent USA Today ESPN poll (released Tuesday, Nov. 30). Individually, freshman center Stephanie Holzer leads a balanced and potent scoring attack. Holzer is averaging 14.5 points per game to pace four double-digit scorers, and also has 6.8 rebounds per contest.

Buffalo at Canisius, 7 pm
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The Bulls end their five-game stretch away from Alumni Arena tonight as they face crosstown rival Canisius at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Bulls are looking for their first win over the Griffs since the 2000 season. UB returns home for three straight games starting
next Monday.
Solon alumna Kourtney Brown now part of all time blocks duo

 Seniors Kourtney Brown and Jessica Fortman have become UB's all-time career blocking duo as the two have combined for 273 blocked shots. Jessica Kochendorfer and Kim Kipela, who graduated in 2004, finished with 268 combined blocks, which was the previous record. Brown holds the school record for career blocks with 175, while Fortman is eighth in school history with 98 career blocks. 

Canisius is 2-2 on the season following a 58-52 win over Towson this past Saturday. The Golden Griffins have won two in a row after dropping their first two games of the season. The Griffs are led by Ashley Durham, who is averaging 14.0 points per game. Micayla Drysdale is also averaging double figures with 10.3 points per game. Jen Lennox leads the team in rebounding at 6.3 points per contest, while also adding 7.5 points per game. .0 pp�.�.n. .p�.8��.m-leading 17 three-point field goals made. Prochaska and Pontius are shooting 35.9 and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc, respectively. Prochaska is 51-of-52 (98.1%) from the free-throw line on the year. Vanderbilt will bring a record of 4-1 into Wednesday's game. 

The Commodores were ranked 23rd in the nation in both the latest Associated Press poll, released Monday (Nov. 29), and the most recent USA Today ESPN poll (released Tuesday, Nov. 30). Individually, freshman center Stephanie Holzer leads a balanced and potent scoring attack. Holzer is averaging 14.5 points per game to pace four double-digit scorers, and also has 6.8 rebounds per contest.

Miami at Wright State, 7 pm
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Miami will make the quick trip to the Nutter Center to take on local rival Wright State Wednesday at 7 p.m. The RedHawks have received scoring contributions from several sources this season, with seven players currently averaging 5.0 points per game or greater. 

In Miami's first five games, the team has had four different leading scorers, with only sophomore guard Courtney Osborn leading the team in scoring twice. Osborn (14.0 points per game) and junior guard Maggie Boyer (11.0 points per game) are the only two RedHawks averaging in double figures, but junior guard/forward Rachael Hencke (9.8), sophomore forward Kirsten Olowinski (8.6) and freshman guard Hannah Robertson (8.6) are each very close to reaching it. 

Wright State is 2-2 on the season. The Raiders are coming off a 91-61 defeat to Dayton on Wednesday. They previously played a MAC team on Nov. 14, when they fell to Ball State, 64-63. Wright State is led by senior guard LaShawna Thomas. She is averaging 16.0 points per game.

Chicago State at Western Michigan, 7 pm
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Western Michigan (2-4) hosts Chicago State (1-4) Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and travels to Cleveland State Friday. The Broncos are 2-0 at home this season. Western Michigan is avergaing 58.2 ppg this season and has three players averaging in double figures. Ebony Cleary leads the team in scoring (14.2) and rebounding (8.7). Taylor Manley is averaging 13.3 ppg, while Brenna Banktson is chipping in 11.0. WMU is shooting .366 from the field. Tressa Beckel led four Chicago State players in double figures with 15 points and a game-high three blocks in a 68-64 loss to Northern Illinois on Saturday. CSU is just 1-4 thos season with its lone win over Indiana University Northwest, 95-62. The Cougars are averaging 72.4 ppg, and have two players averaging just over 16 ppg in Courtney Waldon and Tressa Beckel.

Missouri at Ball State, 7 pm
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The Ball State women's basketball team improved its overall record to 3-2 Wednesday night after posting a 66-52 victory at Valparaiso. It was the Cardinals second straight win over an in-state rival. Senior forward Emily Maggert also grabbed her 25th double-double after scoring 19 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. Missouri enters tonight's game with an overall record of 2-3 after suffering a 61-46 loss to Georgia Tech Saturday. The Tigers have also taken losses to Eastern Illinois and Tennessee. Missouri has earned wins over Memphis and No. 12 Georgetown. RaeShara Brown leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding averaging 16.6 points per game and 8.4 rebounds.

Schroeder Scores 25 Points as 

Baldwin-Wallace Women Defeat 

Heidelberg, 67-50, in Tiffin

BEREA, OHIO -- Senior guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University, 67-50, tonight (Wednesday, December 1, 2010) in the Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin.  This was the OAC opener for each team.

With her 20 points, Schroeder moved into ninth place on the all-time Yellow Jacket scoring list with 1,054 points as she surpassed Stephanie Fleming (1986-90) who scored 1,047 career points.

In addition to Schroeder for B-W, now 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the OAC, sophomore guard Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoove), junior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) and freshman forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) each scored 10 points. Spisak also led B-W with nine rebounds. For Heidelberg, now 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the OAC, senior forward Jenny Miller led the way with 16 points and a game-high 18 rebounds

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Oberlin, Ohio – Poor shooting hindered the Oberlin College women’s basketball team as they fell to Otterbein University 77-45 on Wednesday night at Philips Gym. 

The Yeowomen offense was never really in rhythm all night and managed to shoot just 22.4 percent (15-of-67) from the floor.

Allison Anderson led Oberlin with 15 points, but did so on 5-of-22 shooting.Kelly Warlich added 13 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds.

Oberlin trailed by just six, 20-14, with just over five minutes left in the first half, but the Cardinals closed out the frame with a 13-4 run to lead 33-18 at the break. 

Five minutes into the second half Otterbein (2-3) would build its lead to 22, 44-22, and never look back. 

The Yeowomen, who rely so heavily upon the 3-point shot, went just 6-of-28 (21.4%) from long range. 

The Cardinals shot 50.8 percent (31-of-61) in the win while out-rebounding the Yeowomen 52-38.

The Yeowomen (2-3) will look to get back on track on Saturday afternoon when Carnegie Mellon University invades Philips Gym for a 1 p.m. showdown.