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Dayton Athletics Has Had At Least One Academic All-American For 28 Straight Years
University of Dayton redshirt senior safety Steve Wirkus has been named a University Division Capital One First Team Academic All-American, it was announced Thursday.
Wirkus, an Accounting major, led the Pioneer Football League in interceptions per game (0.5).  Despite missing three games with injuries, he led UD in solo tackles (37), and was second on the team in passes broken up (7).  He was also second on the team in tackles per game (6.8).  Injuries caused him to miss all or a part of three of UD’s four losses in the Pioneer Football League.
The Dayton football program has produced 22 Academic All-Americans since the 2000 season. That's the most by any school at any level of college football, and includes the 2007 Division I ESPN The Magazine All-American of the Year, Brandon Cramer.
In the history of the Academic All-America program, UD football has had 52 Academic All-Americans. Among schools currently playing Division I football, only Nebraska (101), Penn State (59) and Notre Dame (55) have had more. UD has had at least one football player named an Academic All-American in 25 of the last 27 years.  In all sports, Dayton has had at least one Academic All-American for 28 straight years.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a Student/Athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

20th-ranked Mount Union to face Capital

The No. 20 ranked Mount Union women's basketball will host Capital University after playing its first two Ohio Athletic Conference games away from the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance. Both teams are coming off wins over John Carroll in their most recent game.

Mount Union enters the weekend 6-1 overall and 1-1 in OAC play. The Purple Raiders dropped their first conference game of the season to previously unbeaten Otterbein, 63-52, on Saturday, but responded by defeating John Carroll, 69-55, Wednesday night.

The game will feature Mount Union's high-powered offense against Capital's stingy defense. The Raiders score a conference-best 69.4 points per game and also lead the OAC in field goal percentage (.437), three-point field goal percentage (.375), and three-point field goals made (6.86 per game). The Crusaders are limiting its opposition to a conference-best 47.9 points per game. They also lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (.322) and are second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.234).

Mount Union also takes pride in its defense. Using a full court press that terrorizes opponents, the Raiders lead the conference with 12.9 steals per game, which has allowed them to get easy baskets in transition.

Junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) is the catalyst for the Purple Raiders both ends of the floor.

 LaMattina is averaging 15.6 points, 4.1 assists and a conference-best 3.7 steals per game while shooting 46-percent from beyond the arc. Along with senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted), LaMattina is tied for the conference lead with 2.3 three-point field goals made per game. Wiedt is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game to go with 4.0 rebounds per game.

LaMattina (L), Saunders (R)

Senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) scored a season-high 17 points off the bench Wednesday night, ending a streak of 67 consecutive games started. She is averaging 9.4 points and a team-best 4.7 rebounds per game on the season. Junior guard Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) and sophomore forward Megan Saunders (Lakewood/Lakewood) average 7.7 points and3.3 points, respectively, to round out the starting lineup for the Raiders.

Head coach Suzy Venet (Mount Union '98) has used a 14-player rotation as of late. Seniors Erin Schmidt(Akron/Walsh Jesuit), and Kelly Evans (Twinsburg/Twinsburg), juniors Maggie Miller (Salem/United Local),Marybeth Leitch (Rocky River/Rocky River), and Kensie Kimble (Dennison/Claymont), and sophomoresAmanda Turner (Wooster/Wooster), Olivia Holt (Williamsfield/Pymatuning Valley), and freshmen Aly Daniel(Willard/Willard) and Amanda Tamerlano (North Royalton/North Royalton) all see action for the Raiders.

Capital is 5-2 and 1-1 in OAC play. The Crusaders opened the season 4-0, earning a No. 25 ranking in the process. They only managed to score a combined 72 points in their next two games, losses to Maryville and Wilmington. A 71-39 win over John Carroll on Saturday evened their conference record.

The Crusaders feature a balanced scoring attack that includes six players who average between 10.7 points and 7.3 points per game on the season. Senior forward Shalena Hawkins (10.7) leads the way, followed by senior guard Hilary Kuhns (8.7), junior forward/center Stacy Timmerman (7.7), sophomore forward Jamie Caton (7.6), junior guard Rebekah Will (7.4), and sophomore guard Cookie Geroski (7.3). Kuhns grabs a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game and Hawkins adds 6.0 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Emilee Ritchie is the only other player averaging double figures at 12.2 points per game for a Blue Streak team that tallies 57.7 points a contest. Ritchie ranks third in the conference in both free throw percentage (.880) and three-point field goals per game (1.83), trailing only the Raiders' LaMattina and Wiedt in the latter category.

Sophomore point guard Allie Lustig averages 8.3 points per game while pacing the conference at 6.0 assists per game. She had a career-best 13 assists in the Blue Streaks' only home game of the season against Ohio Wesleyan. Freshman forward/center Meghan Weber is the top rebounder at 5.3 per game and has come off the bench the past two games after starting the first four.

The Series

Mount Union has won the previous four meetings between the teams, going back to the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament final in Bexley. The Raiders swept the Crusaders in the regular season a year ago and added a third victory in the semifinals of the OAC Tournament.

Last Meeting

Mount Union defeated Capital, 79-55, in the semifinals of the OAC Tournament last year. The Raiders opened the game on a 18-4 run and took a 41-32 lead into the locker room at halftime. A 15-6 run in the second half propelled the Raiders to the tournament final.

Amanda Rose had a career game for the Raiders, scoring 19 points along with a career-high 14 rebounds and team-best five assists. Kori Wiedt added 14 points. Brittany Kilgore (10), Katie Crider (9), and Erin Schmidt (7) led a bench that score 31 points for the Raiders.

Hilary Kuhns led the way for Capital with 14 points and seven rebounds. Brea Tackett came off the bench to score 13 points for the Crusaders.

Hiram College Head Volleyball Coach Ellen Dempsey Steps Down to Assume Administrative Role


December 9, 2011


HIRAM, OHIO – Hiram College head volleyball coach Ellen Dempsey will step down from her current head coaching position to assume an administrative role at the College as an Associate Director of Athletics. She will also maintain her position as Senior Woman Administrator in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.


Dempsey, who recently completed her 11th season at Hiram, is the program’s all-time winningest coach with a 267-113 record. This past fall, the Terriers posted a 27-9 overall record and finished second in the North Coast Athletic Conference with a 13-3 mark. Hiram qualified for the NCAC Tournament for the 11th consecutive season and advanced to the tournament title match for the 10th straight year. Also in 2011, Hiram earned a spot in the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the fourth time in program history, all coming after Dempsey took over the program prior to the 2001 season.


Dempsey has taken a program that hadn’t had a winning season in over a decade to the upper echelon of the North Coast Athletic Conference and all of Division III. In her stellar career coaching at Hiram, her teams have posted eight seasons of 20 or more victories, including a school-record 33 wins in 2006 in which the Terriers captured the NCAC Tournament Title and made what was at the time, their second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Dempsey has coached 18 All-Conference players, including six first-team award winners, in addition to six AVCA All-Region and three AVCA All-Americans. She has had three players named NCAC Newcomer of the Year as well as three players named NCAC Player of the Year. In addition, Dempsey has been named the NCAC Coach of the Year on four separate occasions (2001, 2003, 2005, 2009).


“Ellen has dedicated herself to developing a championship level volleyball program at Hiram,” said Hiram Athletic Director Tom Mulligan. “Her coaching success is well documented. Equally impressive has been her efforts to help young people strive for success off the court. In her new role she will be able to impact the lives of many Hiram students for years to come.”

Overall in 19 seasons as a head volleyball coach, Dempsey has a 457-271 record. Prior to being named head coach at Hiram, Dempsey served as Assistant to the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine in Orono. Prior to that, she spent six seasons as head coach at Ohio University in Athens where she won a school record 86 matches from 1994-1999 and took the Bobcats to the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time, posting two twenty-win seasons along the way, as well as the school’s first winning record in 19 years.


Before her experience at Ohio University, Dempsey was an assistant coach at the University of Maryland from 1990-1993, where she helped the Terrapins claim the 1990 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Dempsey also headed the volleyball program at Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) where she was named the 1989 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District II Coach of the Year. She began her career as the head coach at Lansing (MI) Community College from 1984-1985 and was an assistant coach at Northern Michigan University from 1986-1987.


Outside of the collegiate ranks, Dempsey was an assistant coach for the south squad at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival and was a court coach for the 1993 Junior National Team.


Dempsey graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science in natural resources in 1986 and earned a master’s degree in exercise science at Northern Michigan University in 1988.

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Strongsville's Tim Kamczyc hits free throws during crunch time as Vikings win another close one; now 6-0 in games decided by five points or fewer
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Tre Harmon tied his career-high with 24 points and Cleveland State capped its seven game road trip with a 62-58 win at Robert Morris on Thursday night.

CSU improved to 9-1 overall and finished its seven game road trip with a 6-1 mark. Robert Morris fell to 7-3.

Harmon hit 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-8 from three point to equal his career-high set last season against UIC. Jeremy Montgomery added 10 points and Aaron Pogue scored nine.

Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm early in the game as the Colonials held a 7-6 lead seven minutes in. But a 7-1 spurt by RMU over the next three minutes gave them a 14-7 lead at the 10:13 mark when Lucky Jones split a pair of free throws.

CSU answered with six straight points as Harmon started the run with a three-pointer and Aaron Pogue was fouled after the shot was released. Pogue hit one of two free throws for a four-point possession. Two free throws by Jeremy Montgomery pulled CSU within one at 14-13 with 8:06 to plHowever, Velton Jones hit two three-pointers, sandwiched around a Pogue bucket, to extend the Colonial lead back to 20-15 with 4:47 left.

That's when Harmon took over, scoring eight of CSU's final 10 points to close out the half, including a 30-foot three-pointer at the buzzer, sending the Vikings into the locker room with a 27-24 lead.

Harmon scored 14 points in the half, playing just 12 minutes. He picked up his second foul at the 17:23 mark, but re-entered the contest with 11:44 left, providing the Vikings with an offensive boost during the rest of the half.

The Vikings used a strong full-court press over the first part of the second half to jump out to their biggest lead of the game, 53-37, with 9:43 left in the game, on Montgomery's second straight three-pointer.

However, the Colonials sliced the deficit to nine points (53-44) with 7:22 left and all the way to one (57-56) with 56 seconds to play.

CSU did not hit a field goal after Montgomery's three pointer, but hit 9-of-10 free throws to maintain the lead.

Tim Kamczyc hit 5-of-6 in the final minute and also came up with a key defensive rebound after RMU missed a shot that could have cut the Viking lead to one.

The Vikings finished 23-of-29 (.793) at the free throw line.

Cleveland State is back in action on Saturday (Dec. 10) when the Vikings host Akron at 2:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center. It will be CSU's first home game since a win over St. Bonaventure on Nov. 18.

Saturday's contest is being dubbed "Championship Saturday" with the men's basketball team raising the 2011 Horizon League Championship and 2011 NIT banners to the rafters. In addition, the 2011 Horizon League Champion men's golf and men's tennis teams will be honored.

The first 2,000 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a free Backyard Battle t-shirt.

Storm Has Four Named to OCF.com All-Ohio NCAA FCS/II Team, Including Three First-Teamers

QB Bedevelsky, OLB Chapman,  OT Gritz and WR James named to website all-star team


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College football team had four players named to the 2011 OhioCollegeFootball.com All-Ohio NCAA FCS/II Team, including three players named to the first team. The announcement was made by the website on Thursday, Dec. 8.


Senior quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), senior offensive lineman Mike Gritz (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush) and fifth-year senior wide receiver Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) were named first-team All-OCF Offense while senior outside linebacker Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) was a second-team All-OCF Defense pick.

Bedevelsy (L), Chapman (R)


All four players were early named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Team.  James was a second-team selection at receiver while the others received honorable mention.


On the season, James caught a school-record 72 passes for 879 yards with four touchdowns. He had three 100-yard receiving games and three others with over 80 yards. 


Bedevelsky completed 186-of-289 passes for 2,179 yards with 13 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also rushed for 535 yards, second on the team, with school-record 12 touchdowns.  He had at least two touchdowns passing and rushing in each of the last three games.

Gritz (L), James (R)

Gritz started all 11 games at right tackle for the second straight year and the third year overall on the line starting every game.  He was part of a group that paved the way for the Storm to be ranked in the top 50 nationally in rushing offense and total offense for the third straight season.


Chapman, who earlier in the season earned GLIAC and d2football.com Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the win over Gannon University, led the team with 81 total tackles.  He made 11 of those behind the line of scrimmage, including 5.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one.


The four players selected to the OCF All-Ohio Team are the most the Storm has had in the three years the website has been selecting all-star teams.

Lake Erie College (7-0, 2-0 GLIAC) at Ashland University (6-1, 2-0 GLIAC)

When: Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.

Venue: Kates Gymnasium in Ashland, Ohio

Broadcast: WNCO AM-1340 (Ashland broadcast)


NOTABLE: Off it its best start in school history, Lake Erie (7-0, 2-0 GLIAC) travels to Ashland (6-1, 2-0 GLIAC) for its first conference road game on Sunday… the Storm is 2-0 after the opening weekend of conference play for the first time and are tied for first in the GLIAC South Division with Ashland… Lake Erie’s last game was a 68-64 home win over Hillsdale last Saturday.  Alyssa Wagers (Stow) had her second straight double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. She was one of four Storm players in double figures… LEC has played six of its first seven games at home. It’s only previous road game was an 86-62 win at Pitt-Johnstown the day before Thanksgiving… Ashland has won six straight after a season-opening road loss… the Eagles are 5-0 all-time against LEC.