B Page -- Dec. 7, 2010


MAC Basketball Today

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Western Michigan at Southeast Missouri State, 8 pm

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Western Michigan (2-6) is looking to snap a four-game losing streak and for its first road win of the season. Western Michigan is averaging 58.2 ppg this season and has three players averaging in double figures. Ebony Cleary leads the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.9), while Taylor Manley and Brenna Banktson are chipping in 13.4 ppg and 11.9 ppg, respectively.

WMU is shooting 37.1 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from behind the arc. Southeast Missouri State is 3-5 this season and is in the final game of a three-game stretch at home. The Redhawks posted a 51-46 win over Tennessee State in its conference opener Saturday.

No one is averaging double figures for SEMO, however, four players are averaging six points or better, led by Brittany Harriel's 9.5 ppg. As a team, the Redhaws average 51.9 ppg and allow 59.6 ppg.


Cleveland State's Cole Collects Second Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week Accolade of Season
Senior led Vikings to first 10-0 start in school history

By Brian McCann

INDIANAPOLIS - Cleveland State senior guard Norris Cole (Dayton, Ohio) has been named Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week, for the week beginning Nov. 29.  The award is the second selection for Cole in three weeks this season.

Cole helped Cleveland State extend to its school-record start to 10-0 last week, leading the Vikings to victories over Robert Morris, Green Bay and Milwaukee, averaging 23.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game.

Against the defending Northeast Conference champion Colonials, Cole finished 10-for-18 from the floor, finishing with a season-best 29 points in the 58-53 defeat of Robert Morris.  The Dayton Dunbar H.S.-product helped the Vikings pull away early, and closed the game by scoring CSU's final 10 points, leading the defensive effort with five steals on the night.

Opening Horizon League play in Wisconsin, where Cleveland State had gone 1-19 in its last 20 contests, Cole overcame a 5-of-14 shooting night, going 15-for-16 from the charity stripe in pushing the Vikings past Green Bay, 83-75.  Playing just 29 minutes due to foul trouble, the senior concluded the game with 26 points.

Looking to wrap up its first undefeated League road trip through Wisconsin since 1999-2000, Cole was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor in Cleveland State's 82-59 rout of Milwaukee on Saturday.  In just 30 minutes, the 6-foot-2 guard handed out a season-high nine assists as the Vikings shot 63.8 percent for the game (30-for-47).  Cole was a part of a record-setting effort from three-point land, hitting both of his attempts from long range as the Vikings tied a school-record with 14 three pointers in the game.

Cleveland State resumes the non-conference portion of its schedule this week, hosting West Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Dec. 7, for a 7 p.m. ET tip.  The game will be carried live onHorizonLeague.com.  The Vikings will venture to the Lone Star State on Saturday, Dec. 11, for a 4:30 ET contest versus Sam Houston State.  


Mount football preview

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MOUNT UNION FOOTBALL ON TV, RADIO AND ONLINE

The game will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS and LIVE VIDEO 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 game will also be broadcast on TV (tape delay) in Canton/Stark County on WIVM Ch. 52 and regional cable sports network SportsTime Ohio.


THE SERIES

This will be the second ever meeting between the two schools and a rematch of the 2007 national semifinals where Mount Union got a 62-14 win in Alliance. Including that win, the Raiders have a 4-1 record against MIAC schools. Mount Union has a 3-1 record against St. John's (Minn.).


THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 302-22-3 (.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.


Steve Johnson (Bethel, Minn. '79) is 156-73-1 (.680) in his 23rd season as head coach of the Royals. He is a five-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, a two-time West Region Coach of the Year and has led Bethel to the NCAA Playoffs six times over the last 11 seasons.


PLAYOFFS ... TALKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS

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.


UP NEXT ...

The winner of this game plays the winner of a matchup between UW-Whitewater and Wesley (Del.) in next week's national championship game -- the Stagg Bowl. The game will be at 3:30 pm in Salem, Va. and broadcast on national TV on ESPNU.


KEHRES NAMED AFCA REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR

Larry Kehres was named American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year for a record 15th time.


Kehres has led the Purple Raiders to their 19th straight and 22nd overall OAC championship and a 16th straight appearance in the NCAA Playoff semifinals. He also became the 11th coach in college football history to win 300 career games this season and is currently 302-22-3 in his 25th season as head coach.


It was also a record for consecutive regional coach of the year honors (5) and Mount Union as a school now has a record 16 selections (Ken Wable 1, Larry Kehres 15).

Kehres is also the current president of the AFCA.


SCOUTING THE ROYALS

Bethel has literally been on a quite a run as the Royals have won three-straight road playoff games over nationally ranked teams by using a dominating rushing attack along with an equally dominating run defense.


On the ground on offense for the Royals is senior tailback Logan Flannery, who rushed for 200 yards last week at St. Thomas to become Bethel's and the MIAC's all-time rushing leader with 5,253 yards. This season Flannery has rushed 303 times for 1,857 yards (142.8 per game) and backfield mates Kevin Lindh (105 carries, 637 yds, 8 TD) and Josh Aakre (153 carries, 612 yds, 6 TD) as the Royals average 256.8 yards rushing a game. Aakre is also the quarterback and he has thrown for 1,430 yards with 12 TD's and 8 INT's. Mitch Hallstrom is the top receiver with 38 catches for 462 yds with 4 TD's.


The defense is the nation's No. 4 total defense (227.38 yards per game) and No. 4 scoring defense (11.23 points per game). Junior linebacker Billy Morgan leads the unit with 81.5 tackles with 3.5 sacks, junior defensive back David Vavra has a team-best six interceptions, while senior nose guard Trent Pearson has 5.0 sacks.


The kicking game is a question for the Royals as they are 2-for-7 on field goals and have missed 10 extra points on the season.


All Ohio football team

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Allen played in all 10 games with nine starts, missing just one start due to injury. He anchored a line that led the way for the University Athletic Association’s top offense (382.2 yards per game). In three seasonsAllen has played in 30 games and is a two-time first-team All-UAA selection.

English was third on the team with 64 tackles and led the Spartans with nine sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss. The three-time first-team All-UAA selection was just a half sack shy of the conference lead and had a stretch of seven games with at least a half-sack.

Homyk was named one of just 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to the Division III Player of the Year. He recorded school single-season records with 90 receptions for 1,165 yards and 12 touchdowns. He ranked fifth in the nation at 9.0 receptions per game, seventh in receiving yards and ninth in yards per game (116.50).Homyk also finished his career with school career records for receptions (211) and blocked kicks (6).

Kluczynski started all 10 games at left tackle and missed only one game for his entire career. He ends his career as a four-time first-team All-UAA pick and helped lead the way for some of the top-ranked offenses in the nation during the past four seasons.

Adams led the team with 91 tackles and totaled 2.0 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and the game-winning blocked extra point attempt in late October versus Allegheny College (PA). In his first season as a starter, Adams was second in the league in tackles and was tabbed as a first-team All-UAA selection.

Coffey finished his career as the most accomplished kicker in school history. In 44 games, the four-time first-team All-UAA selection converted a school-record 192 extra points and 37 field goals. He also owns school single-season records with 57 extra points in 2008 and 12 field goals in 2007. This season, he hit seven field goals, including a long of 44 yards, and 33 extra points. Coffey also averaged 60.2 yards per kickoff with six touchbacks.

The Spartans finished the season at 8-2 overall and were ranked in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll for a fourth straight season.


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