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Elyria's Almeida (L), Medina's Claycomb (R)

Mount Union Turned Over By UW-Whitewater 

in Stagg Bowl

SALEM, Va. – No. 2 ranked Mount Union rallied in the fourth quarter but three turnovers resulted13-10 loss to No. 1 ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater in Stagg Bowl XXXIX Friday night in Salem, Va.

Whitewater (15-0) won its third-straight NCAA Division III National Championship and extended the nation's longest winning streak to 45 games.

The most costly of the Purple Raider turnovers came late in the third quarter with Whitewater holding a 3-0 lead.  Warhawk defensive lineman Loussaint Minett forced a fumble of Mount Union quarterback Matt Piloto(Rotonda West, Fla./Lemon Bay) which was recovered by the Warhawks on the one-yard line.  The play earned Minett the game's most outstanding player honor.

One play later Coppage punched it in and extended the Whitewater lead to 10-0. 

Mount Union got on the scoreboard with just over 11 minutes to go in the game as Tyler Almeida (Elyria/Elyria) hit a 19-yard field goal.

Eric Kindler, who kicked a 44-yard field goal in the first half, then answered with a 30-yard field goal with 5:34 to play.

The Raiders then went 72 yards in eight plays as Piloto hit A.J. Claycomb (Medina/Medina) with an eight-yard touchdown pass with 3:20 left.

Mount Union's defense, which held Whitewater to 210 total yards, forced a punt and got the ball back with just over two minutes to play but ran out of time.

Piloto finished with 177 yards passing (21-of-38) with a touchdown and two interceptions, Jeremy Murray(Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had 59 yards rushing on 22 carries and Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had nine catches for 68 yards.

Whitewater All-American running back Levell Coppage had 91 yards rushing on 32 carries, quarterback Matt 

Blanchard was 9-of-13 passing for 97 yards with an interception while Tyler Huber had four catches for 35 yards.

Linebacker Jorge Carbonell (Miami, Fla./Archbishop Carroll) had 10 tackles, Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) had nine stops and Chaz Jordan (Medina/Buckeye) had an interception to lead a stellar performance by the nation's top defense.

For the first time in the seven-game series there was a scoreless first quarter.

Whitewater got on the board with a 44-yard field goal from Eric Kindler with just over 11 minutes in the half.  

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Defeated by Kenyon College

December 17, 2011

GAMBIER, OHIO  –  Freshman forward Samantha Morford (Jefferson) scored a game-high 18 points in a 63-40 loss against Kenyon College today (Saturday, Dec. 17) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Gambier.  [Game Stats]


Following today’s game, the Terriers are now 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC.  The Ladies improve to 7-2 overall and 2-0 NCAC.

Geisman (L), Morford (R)

Kenyon jumped out early, scoring the first nine points of the game to take an early 9-0 lead.  Hiram didn’t record its first basket until the 13:15 minute mark on a jumper by junior guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark).  Following the Geisman bucket, the Ladies then went on a 7-2 scoring run to increase the margin to 16-4 with 10:50 left before halftime.  Kenyon led by as many as 18 points, 27-9, in the half, but Hiram battled back to get to within eight points, 32-24, on a layup by Morford just before the end of the period.  The Ladies recorded the final points of the period as time expired to extend the deficit back to double-digits with a halftime score of 34-24.

Woodridge alumna Morgan Korinek


Hiram trailed by nine points, 42-33, with12:05 left to play when a Kenyon 17-1 run, which included a 7:37 scoring drought by the Terriers, blew the game open and gave the Ladies a commanding 59-34 lead with just over three minutes to play.  Kenyon went on to lead by as many as 27 points en route to the final score of 63-40.

Kenyon shot 63.2 percent (24-of-38) from the floor and held Hiram to 30.8 percent (16-of-52) shooting, including 15.8 percent (three-of-19) from three-point range.


The Ladies were led by Maureen Hirt with 14 points on six-of-nine shooting (66.7 percent).  Kayla Ernst and Morgan Korinek rounded out the high scorers with 10 points each.


Morford was the only Hiram player to score in double-figures with her game-high 18 points on seven-of-nine shooting (77.8 percent). 


Hiram will look to rebound from today’s loss when the Terriers travel to Waynesburg, Pa. for a non-conference game against Waynesburg University on Monday, Dec. 19.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.



Cincinnati at Miami, 2:00 PM

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It's a battle between local rivals, as the Miami women's basketball team welcomes Cincinnati to Millett Hall on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest. It is part of a doubleheader that will see the men's basketball team take on Belmont at 4:30 p.m. After scoring 10 points in the win vs. Wright State on Wednesday, senior guard Maggie Boyer is closing in on the 1,000-point career mark for Miami. She currently has 980 points, and is only 20 points away. She would become the 20th player in school history to reach that historic mark. Junior forward Kirsten Olowinski looks to continue her record setting rebounding performance from last season. Her average of 11.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2010-11 was the highest single-season average in school history. Her 332 total rebounds was the second-highest single-season total. She currently leads Miami with an average of 8.2 rebounds per game this season after recording her 18th, 19th and 20th career double-doubles against Iona (Dec. 2), Duquesne (Dec. 6) and Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 10) respectively. Cincinnati is 6-3 on the season. The Bearcats have dropped their past three games after opening the season on a six-game winning streak. That includes a 64-59 defeat at the hands of 13th-ranked Louisville in their Big East opener on Wednesday. Cincinnati is led by sophomore guard and Michigan transfer Dayeesha Hollins. She averages 14.3 points and 4.4 assists. She suffered a shoulder injury in the game against the Cardinals however, and her availability against the RedHawks is currently unknown. Another key player for the Bearcats is sophomore guard Bjonee Reaves. She averages 13.1 points per game. 



Northern Illinois at Indiana, 6:00 PM

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Northern Illinois plays its fourth road game of the year with its fourth all-time meeting with Indiana. The Huskies are led in scoring by Claire Jakubicek who pours in 10.8 points per game while shooting 56.7 percent from the field for the season so far. NIU is holding opponents to 59.9 points per contest and is outrebounding opposing teams by a +6.9 margin. NIU ranks first in the MAC in opponent field goal percentage (.362). The Huskies are 4-2 when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting and are 4-1 when outshooting their foes. Freshman Claire Jakubicek ranks second in the MAC in field goal percentage (.567). Over the past two games, she has been incredibly proficient as she's gone 19-for-24 (79%) from the field for 40 points. Her 21-point, 8-rebound, 5-assist performance at Chicago State was the first 20-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist game since Marke Freeman tallied 24 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds on Feb. 20, 2010, against Toledo. She then earned her first start in the next game and scored 19 against Illinois Chicago. The Hoosiers opened the year with a 2-1 record before dropping five straight games. Sunday's win at IUPUI ended the skid. IU also has wins over Murray State and Belmont, while its losses include Central Arkansas Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Virginia, Oklahoma State, and St. Bonaventure.

Baldwin-Wallace College Junior Lindsay 

Cooper Named All-Great Lakes Region by 


BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College junior midfielder Lindsey Cooper (Westerville/ New Albany) has been named as a third-team Division III All-Great Lakes Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). It is the third honor that Cooper has received this fall.


Cooper, who transferred to B-W from NCAA Division I High Point (N.C.) University in 2009, had her best season in 2011. She also was both a second-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference choice and an Academic All-OAC selection. She was named to the All-OAC honor squad for the second straight season.

This season, Cooper finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points as she scored a team and career-best six goals and added two assists.  She was first on the team with three game-winning goals, shots with 51 and shots on-goal with 21. In addition to being an outstanding soccer player, Cooper is a strong student and carries a 3.3 grade point average in pre-physical therapy.

“We are pleased for both Lindsay and her family,” said 10th-year Head Coach Reid Ayers. “She is a leader in the classroom, on the field and on campus. Lindsay serves as a strong role model for all of our younger student-athletes.

“Lindsay is an extremely hard-working young woman who consistently puts the goals of the team ahead of any personal recognition,” continued Ayers.  “It is nice to see that she is being rewarded for being both a very good individual student-athlete and for her team effort.”

Cooper helped to lead the Yellow Jackets to an 11-9 overall record.


Trine (Ind.) Defeats Heidelberg Men's 

Basketball, 86-76, in Tiffin

TIFFIN, Ohio-Ian Jackson poured in a game-high 34 points and Scott Rogers
scored 28 points of his own to lead Trine (Ind.) University to an 86-76
victory over Heidelberg University today in a non-conference game at
Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  The loss snapped a two-game winning
streak for the Berg.

Junior second-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard Dane Givner
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Prep) led the Student Princes (2-6, 1-3 Ohio
Athletic Conference) with 20 points on a six-of-12 shooting performance.
Sophomore forward Victor Fortkamp (St. Henry) added 12 points and seven
rebounds and senior guard Darion Capers (Clayton/Madison-Trotwood) scored 10
points and passed for a game-high five assists.  Sophomore guard Lee Renner
(Gibsonburg) added a career-high nine points.

Jackson was 14-of-24 shooting from the field and Scott Rogers was one
rebound away from a double-double for the Thunder (6-2).

Trine took an early, 2-0 lead, but Heidelberg went on a 10-2 run and took a
10-4 lead at the 17:03 mark when Givner made a jumper.

A jumper by Tim Pearcy tied the game at 12-12 with 14:19 on the clock to cap
an 8-2 run.

Junior guard Quintin Aden (Canal Winchester/Harvest Prep) gave the Berg the
lead back when he nailed a three-pointer at the 13:02 mark, but Trine retook
a 16-15 lead less than a minute later with a lay-up by Jackson and completed
a 10-0 run that spanned three minutes when Chris Kent made a fast break
lay-up at 9:46 to give the Thunder a 22-15 advantage.

The Student Princes began to chip into the Trine lead and tied the game at
28-28 at the 3:20 mark as Renner canned a triple, capping a 13-6 jaunt.

The Thunder outscored Heidelberg, 14-5, to close the half and entered the
intermission with a 42-33 edge.

Trine took its first double-digit lead to open the second half, as Jackson
made a lay-up to extend the Thunder lead to 44-33.  Trine led by as many as
15 points in the second half on two separate occasions, with the last coming
at the 16:08 mark when Rogers made a lay-up, was fouled, and converted the
three-point play at the charity stripe.

The Student Princes cut the deficit back to eight points at 56-48 when
senior forward Zane Wildermuth (Botkins) made a pair of free throws.

The Thunder took its largest lead of the second half at 70-57 following a
three-point play from Dustin Hall with 8:55 on the clock.

Heidelberg again cut the deficit to as few as six points, with Givner making
one of two free throws with 3:37 on the clock, but Trine again built a
double-digit lead with less than 30 seconds to play to secure the victory.

Trine shot 55.6 percent (35-of-63) from the field and 72.7 percent
(16-of-22) from the free throw line, turned the ball over just 12 times and
outscored the Berg, 30-8, in the paint.

The Student Princes shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56) from the field and a
season-high 81.8 percent (27-of-33) from the charity stripe.  Heidelberg's
27 made free throws were also a season high.

The Berg will enjoy an 11-day break from competition before participating in
the Mose Hole Classic on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29-30 in Wooster, Ohio.
Heidelberg will match up with Hiram College at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and
with tournament host The College of Wooster at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Wood's 32 points not enough as Mount falls to 

Wilmington in OT

ALLIANCE, Ohio—Senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) became the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 points on his way to a career-high 32 points, but it was not enough as the Mount Union men's basketball team suffered a 75-71 overtime loss at home to Wilmington. The loss is the fifth straight for the Purple Raiders while the Quakers remain atop the Ohio Athletic Conference standings with an unbeaten 4-0 conference record.

With just 46 second remaining in regulation, Wood buried a three-pointer from the wing on a pass from juniorJusten Little (Galion/Galion), putting him at exactly 1,000 points for his career and giving Mount Union a 61-59 lead. The Raiders were just one defensive stop away from a storybook ending to the night.

Wilmington refused to let them happen, as Miles Bankston's layup with 31 seconds left tied the game. Mount Union was unable to score on the ensuing possession after a missed jumper and putback attempt. Malcolm Heard II was able to get behind the defense after a quick outlet pass but time expired before he was able to get to the basket for a layup attempt.

The Raiders took a 66-61 lead to begin the overtime period after two jumpers by Wood. Wilmington converted two three-pointers and a three-point play on their next three possessions to take a 70-66 lead with 2:15 remaining.

A three-pointer by freshman Clayton Patton (Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley) cut the deficit to a single point with 1:54 left, but that is as close as the Raiders would get. A three-pointer by Antonio Bowman gave Wilmington a 73-69 lead with only 43 seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Quakers.

Mount Union (3-6, 0-4) held a 36-25 advantage at halftime behind 13 points and five rebounds from Wood. Heard II, the conference's fourth-leading scorer, was held scoreless in the first half as the Quakers shot just 32-percent from the field.

Wilmington (5-4, 4-0) took its first lead of the game following a 17-4 run in just over six minutes of action to start the second half. The lead reached seven points with just 3:25 remaining before a 7-0 run by the Raiders.

Wood was the only Raider in double-figures with 32 points to go with a game-high nine rebound and six three-pointers. Patton, freshman Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson), and junior Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W. Va./Williamstown) added seven points apiece off the bench.

Bowman scored a team-best 21 points for Wilmington, followed by Heard II with 14 points and R.J.  Leppert with 13 points. Klarke Ransome scored all five of his points in overtime for the Quakers.

Mount Union will return to the hardwood Wednesday night when they host Muskingum in an OAC matchup at 7:30 pm.