A Page -- Dec. 30, 2011

Larry Kehres named honorary member of 

American Football Coaches' Association

WACO, Texas – University of Mount Union head football coach and director of athletics Larry Kehres has been named an Honorary Member of the American Football Coaches Association. 

His continued dedication to football and bettering the community embodies the goals and values of the AFCA. As honorary members, Kehres will have a lifetime membership and access to all the educational and coaching resources available from the AFCA, as well as the opportunity to attend the annual AFCA Convention each January.

Kehres has been the head coach at Mount Union since 1986 and boasts an overall record of 317-24-3 at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

Kehres attended Mount Union from 1967-1971. He returned in 1974 as an assistant football coach, before becoming the school's athletic director in 1985, and head football coach in 1986.

He has led the Purple Raiders to 10 NCAA Division III National Championships, 20 undefeated regular seasons and 22 Ohio Athletic Conference championships. From 1994 through 2005, his teams won 100 consecutive games against Ohio Athletic Conference opponents.

Kehres has been named AFCA National Coach of the Year eight times and AFCA Regional Coach of the Year 16 times, both records with the AFCA. In 2010, he served as President of the Association.

Along with Kehres, businessmen Bill Proulx, Jon Butler, Ted Miller each received honorary member status.

The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football." 

For more information on the AFCA and its programs, log on to the AFCA's website at www.afca.com.




Eastern Michigan vs. Seattle, 3:15 PM

Eastern Michigan advances to the championship game of the Holiday Hoops Classic as they defeated Saint Louis University, 66-55, here at KeyArena in the opening round. Seven Eagles registered points in the game, with four players posting double-figure numbers in the points column. Tavelyn James (Detroit, Mich.-Mumford) paced the Green and Whites' offensive effort with 19 points this afternoon. Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) added 10 points with six assists and recorded a career-high seven steals in the contest, while Olivia Fouty (Sylvania, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) and India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) each contributed with 11 points apiece.  The Eagles will face host Seattle who had a 74-70 victory over Saint Francis Thursday afternoon on the first day of the Washington Dental Service Holiday Hoops Tournament at KeyArena.


Kent St. at Bethune-Cookman, 5:30 PM 

The Kent State women’s basketball team wraps up its 2011-12 non-conference slate of games Friday (Dec. 30) with a trip south to Daytona Beach, Fla., to square off with Bethune Cookman. Opening tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Golden Flashes (1-8) are looking to put an end to a six-game losing streak and seek their second victory of the 2011-12 campaign. Kent State downed Morehead State, 65-64 on Nov. 18 courtesy of a three pointer with five seconds left by junior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.).Krewson has emerged as Kent State’s top offensive threat so far in 2011-12. The Sandusky, Ohio, native is averaging a team-best 12.1 points per game and is shooting at a .370 clip -- including .350 from behind the arc. She also leads the squad in rebounding, hauling in 6.4 boards per game. Two of the Lady Wildcats’ last three games have required multiple overtimes to decide a winner -- including a 66-63 double-overtime victory Wednesday (Dec. 28) for Bethune-Cookman over North Florida. Eight days earlier, the Lady Wildcats dropped a tough 71-70 decision to Florida Atlantic in their opening game of the Stetson Hatter Classic. Junior guard Jasmine Elum netted a game-high 22 points -- including the winning jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining -- to help lift Bethune-Cookman to its second victory of the season and first since a season-opening 74-52 win over Ave Maria on Nov. 12.


Chicago St. at Akron, 7:00 PM

Akron welcomes Chicago State to Rhodes Arena Friday. Coach Jodi Kest and her staff will coach the game barefoot in order to raise funds and awareness for Samaritan's Feet. Game time for UA's final nonconference game of the year is 7:00 p.m. Akron lost its fifth-straight game Wednesday, losing 78-65 to Providence at Rhodes Arena. UA overcame an early 12-point deficit to tie the game at half 31-31. PC used a 9-0 run halfway through the second half to take control of the game. Sina King scored a career-high 19 points and hauled in eight rebounds in the loss to Providence. In three games since junior forward Rachel Tecca suffered a season-ending knee injury, King is averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. UA has shot less than 40-percent from the field just four times this season. The Zips were ranked 19th in the country in field goal percantage (.450) in the last NCAA stats update (Dec. 19). Chicago State is 1-13 coming into Friday's contest, most recently losing to Miami, 74-60, in Oxford, Ohio on Wednesday. The Cougars', members of the Great West, lone win came against Western Michigan on Dec. 6. Janay Dockery is the lone Cougar scoing in double-figures, totaling 17.4 points per game. As a team, CSU is scoring just 49.9 points per contest and shoots 32.9-percent from the field.


W. Michigan at American, 7:00 PM 

Western Michigan enters play Friday following a 73-64 loss to Detroit on December 22. The Broncos began the season with five straight losses, but have since played 3-3 basketball in their last six contests. Western Michigan's wins this season have come against UW-Milwaukee, Southeast Missouri State, and UT-Arlington. American (7-5) will look to get back on the winning track following Wednesday's 72-59 loss to Quinnipiac in Bender Arena. Alexis Dobbs led the way for AU with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting while Jen Dumiak registered a career-best 12 points off the bench. 


Buffalo vs. Iowa State, 8:30 PM

The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was able to overcome an early seven-point deficit, using a balanced effort to defeat NJIT, 66-53, in the opening round of the Cyclone Challenge, Thursday night at the Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University.  The win improves UB's record to 5-8 on the year. The Bulls were led by a career-high 19 points from Longar, who was playing near her hometown with friends and family in the stands.  Longar added eight rebounds, two steals and a block.  Brittany Hedderson struggled from the floor, but ended up with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal.  Chelsea Poppens recorded her fifth double-double of the season (14 points/16 rebounds) to help Iowa State cruise to a 71-57 win over New Hampshire Thursday night in Hilton Coliseum.



B-W Women Lose to No. 17-Ranked Hope 

(Mich.), 62-45, in Florida

MAITLAND, FLORIDA  – Junior forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/ Miami Trace) had a double-double with team-highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds, but the No. 17-ranked Hope (Mich.) College women’s basketball team defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 62-45, today (Thursday, December 29, 2011) in the Championship Game the RDV Classic in the RDV Sportsplex.  The Yellow Jackets (7-5) advanced to the final with a 54-50 victory against Olivet (Mich.) College on Wednesday.

The double-double by Coulter was her second this season after missing most of last season with an injury. The Yellow Jackets return to Ohio Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 when they host OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center at 7:30 p.m.  B-W also hosts OAC-rival Capital University in Berea on Jan. 7 at 3:00 p.m.  Hope, 12-1 overall with 12 straight wins, was led by junior forward Courtney Kust with 19 points. In addition, freshman forward Rebekah Llorens had 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Flying Dutch opened the scoring at the 19:50 mark when Kust made a jump shot for a 2-0 lead. The lead grew to 5-0 when senior guard Maddie Burnett made a three-pointer at 19:06 before B-W cut the lead to 5-1 via a foul shot by sophomore center Natalia Simovic (Seven Hills/ Parma Normandy).

Following a pair of Hope baskets gave the Dutch a 9-1 lead, Coulter grabbed an offensive rebound and scored at 16:28 to trail 9-3. Following a 5-0 Hope run that made the score 14-3, B-W junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) made one of two foul shots at 10:55 to cut the lead to 14-4. After a Dutch foul shot made it 15-4, Coulter countered wth a pair of charity tosses at 9:55 and then a jumper at 8:49 to make it 15-8. But Hope came right back with a triple from Kust to regain a 10-point lead at 18-8 at 8:28.

After Carpenter canned a jumper at 7:55 to make it 18-10, Hope gained a point on a foul shot by Llorens at 6:49 to up the lead to 19-10.  B-W then got within seven points at 19-12 at 6:17 when freshman guard Audrey Smolik (Strongsville) made a jump shot. But a 5-0 run by Hope increased the lead to 12 points at 24-12 before a jumper by Yellow Jacket freshman forward Jenna Andreas (Pickerington/ North) cut the lead to 24-14 with 2:50 left before the intermission.

Another 4-0 Hope run made it 28-14 with 1:42 left before Coulter grabbed a rebound and scored at 1:09 and Smolik added a jumper with 32 seconds left to cut the lead to 10 points again at 28-18.  Hope got the final basketball of the half when Llorens made a jumper with 13 seconds left for a 30-18 advantage.

In the second half, B-W scored first to make the score 30-20 when sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville/ Senior) made a jumper at 19:35.  After the teams split 12 points, Yellow Jacket junior point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) made one of two foul shos at 16:12 to make it 36-27. That was as close as the Jackets would get for the rest of the contest as a pair of subsequent Hope runs ended matters.

A 9-4 run by Hope pushed its lead to a game-high of 14 points at 45-31 with 11:12 left before a Lairson jumper at 10:27 ended the run and pulled B-W to within 45-33. The Flying Dutch then scored nine straight point to push the lead to 21 points at 54-33 with 5:13 left when Llorens made one of two foul shots. The closest B-W would get after that point was 17 points at 62-45 when Smolik canned a three-pointer with 14 seconds left.

For her efforts in the tourney, Lairson was named to the all-tournament team.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise two men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders on regional cable network SportsTime Ohio. The games are the January 28 doubleheader versus Wilmington and the February 18 twinbill versus Ohio Northern University. B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.