A Page -- Dec. 11, 2011 -- PM Edition


Hiram’s Fields, McCurley named Student/Athletes of the week for swimming in NCAC

In swimming, HIRAM was the only North Coast Athletic Conference squad in action last week. The Terriers traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to take on Chatham and Grove City. The men came up short against Grove City by a 123-90 decision, while the women were defeated by both Chatham, 147-141, and Grove City, 166-121.

Both Swimmers of the Week come from Hiram, Job Fields in Men’s and Caitlin McCurley in Women’s.

Men’s Athlete of the Week: Job Fields, Hiram

Hiram sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe) captured the only men’s individual event victory

in a 123-90 loss against Grove City.


He won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:13.66, winning the race by 10 one-hundredths of a second. Fields also posted a second-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 11:01.04.

Women’s Athlete of the Week: Caitlin McCurley, Hiram

Hiram senior Caitlin McCurley (Apple Valley, OH/Granite Hills) posted a first-place showing in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:51.83) in a tri-meet with Chatham and Grove City on Saturday. McCurley also recorded a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:33.18 

Fields (Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe) captured the only men’s individual event victory in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:13.66, winning the race by 10 one-hundredths of a second. Fields also posted a second-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 11:01.04.

EC alumna Rachel Buckley

The women had two individual event winners in McCurley (Apple Valley, OH/Granite Hills) and freshman Rachel Buckley (Amherst, OH/Elyria Catholic).

McCurley touched the wall first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:51.83 and Buckley posted the top overall time in the 100-yard backstroke with a mark of 1:07.33.

Wright (L), Polmanteer (R)

McCurley also finished second in the 200-yard IM (2:33.18) and Buckley also recorded a second-place finish in the 50-yard back (31.22 seconds). Other top finishes of note was a second-place finish by freshman Becca Wright (New Carlisle, OH/Northwestern Local) in the 50-yard butterfly (30.69 seconds) and a third-place showing by freshman Samantha Polmanteer (Berkley, MI/Berkley) in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:18.27).


HIRAM earned its first league win of the season in its only action last week against Oberlin, 83-73. Senior Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid, OH/Brush) paced the Terriers in the victory with 27 points and seven rebounds.

South Euclid native Jamaal Watkins

OBERLIN posted a 2-1 record last week, defeating PSU-New Kensington, 74-50, and Alma, 74-66, and falling to Hiram in league action by an 83-73 decision. Sophomore Geoff Simpson (Simsbury, CT/Simsbury) scored a career-high 21 in the loss against Hiram, while senior Josh Merritt (San Francisco, CA/International) poured in a career-high 33-point effort against Alma.

Woodridge alumna Morgan Korinek

KENYON rallied from an eight-point deficit with seven minutes left in the game to earn a 66-62 victory over Wittenberg in the NCAC lid-lifter for the Ladies. Senior Morgan Korinek (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) not only scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in the victory, but also chalked up a career-high 11 assists, which was just one shy of the Kenyon single-game record.

In addition, Korinek also tied the school’s career steals record (193) after notching two against the Tigers.

OBERLIN freshman Christina Marquette (Huntington Beach, CA/Edison) turned in one of the greatest single-game performances in school history with 35 points and 16 rebounds in the Yeowomen’s 73-60 victory over Hiram on Wednesday. Oberlin was defeated in non-conference action against Carnegie Mellon, 69-46, on Friday, and dropped an NCAC tilt against Allegheny, 74-59, on Saturday.

In Saturday’s loss against the Gators, sophomore Allison Gannon (Shelburne, VT/Champlain Valley Union) tossed in a career-high 25 points

WITTENBERG came up just short against Kenyon, 66-62, despite a 16-point, eight-rebound and four-assist performance from senior Sarah Watson (Hudson, OH/Hudson).


WOOSTER dropped a pair of non-conference decisions against Bluffton, 53-50, and Case, 68-37, last week. Senior Samantha Sulzer (Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph Academy) recorded her second-career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Bluffton and then registered a career-high 15 points against Case Reserve on Saturday.

Smyers (L), Sulzer (R)

HIRAM saw its four-game winning streak snapped against Oberlin, 73-60, in its only action last week. Junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron, OH/Coventry) scored 11 points and pulled down three rebounds in the loss against the Yeowomen
It's Mount Union and Whitewater in the Stagg Bowl again

December 10, 2011 

Ticket and Game Information

No. 2 ranked University of Mount Union and No. 1 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater play in the NCAA Division III Football National Championship game -- The Stagg Bowl -- Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 pm at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia.

The teams have played in each of the last six Stagg Bowls with Mount Union winning in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and Whitewater taking the title in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Mount Union (14-0) completed its sixth straight undefeated regular season to win its 23rd overall and 20th straight Ohio Athletic Conference and an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament then won its opening round game 47-7 over Benedictine (Ill.), a 30-10 second round victory over #25 Centre (Ky.), a 20-8 win against #9 Wabash (Ind.) in the quarterfinals before a 28-21 victory over #7 Wesley (Del.) in the semifinals.

The Purple Raiders are making their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance with a 73-12 record in NCAA Playoff games.  Mount Union has advanced to the Stagg Bowl (National Championship game) 15 times and have won a record 10 National Championships.

Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-0) earned an automatic bid by winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) title.  The Warhawks are making their 10th playoff appearance with a 32-6 record in NCAA post-season play.  Whitewater defeated Albion (Mich.) 59-0 in the first round, No. 17 Franklin (Ind.) 41-14 in the second round, a 34-14 win over No. 10 Salisbury (Md.) in the quarterfinals and beat No. 3 St Thomas (Minn.) 20-0 in the semifinals.

Aside from the six Stagg Bowls, the teams played a home-and-home regular season series in 2002 and 2003 in which Mount Union won both games to give the Raiders a 5-3 edge in the overall series.

The game will be broadcast LIVE on the television on ESPN2 and ESPN3 and on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and WDPN AM1310 (Alliance).


Tickets for the 2011 championship game will be $12.50 in advance. All seats are reserved.

The public can purchase Stagg Bowl tickets by using Ticketmaster or by contacting, Salem Civic Center, P.O. Box 886, Salem, Virginia 24153 (540/375-3004 or 888/VASALEM).

The public can purchase tickets for the Gagliardi Award Presentation ($25), Spotlight on Champions luncheon ($25) and Pre-Game Huddle meal ($20) by contacting Salem Civic Center Box Office (540/375-3004 or 888/VASALEM).

Mahoney, Mazzaferri set school records at Kent 


KENT, Ohio -- Mount Union All-American junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) and sophomoreEmily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) each set school records in the 400 and 500 meters respectively to lead the women's indoor track and field at the Kent State Open.

Mahoney bested her own school record in the 400 with a time of 56.66 while Mazzaferri knocked off a 16-year old record in the 500 with a time of 1:18.76.

Another school record almost went down as sophomore Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch) finished fourth in the 60 meter hurdles and in the prelimaries of the event posted a time of 8.91 which was only 0.01 off a school record.

Mount Union will take the winter break off and return to the track on January 21 at the Lake Erie Open at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Ludgood wins long jump for Raiders

KENT, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) won the long jump and finished second in the triple jump to headline the men's indoor track and field team Saturday at the Kent State Open.

Ludgood had a mark of 22-5 to win the long jump and leaped 47-7.75 in the triple jump to place second.

Ludgood (L), Clark (R)

The other top Purple Raider performances came in the pole vault as freshman Clay Densmere (Madison/Madison) placed second at 14-1.25 and senior Chase Clark (Belmont/Union Local) placed fourth at 13-7.25 along with Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) sixth place finish in shot put (51-5.75).

Mount Union will be off for winter break and next compete January 21 at the Lake Erie Open at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.