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State qualifying hurdler Tierra Moore 

heads up proven sprint, hurdling, 

jumping crews for Canton South girls


Feb. 24, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

CANTON -- With the return of 300-meter hurdles state qualifier Tierra Moore at the heart of the corps, Canton South’s girls’ track team is banking on its sprint and hurdles crew to carry itself through the season.

 

“We should have great depth in the sprints and hurdles, and we should have good depth in the field events,” said Greg Williams, the head track coach at South. “This depth will allow us to be flexible in our relays.”


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Moore broke school records in the 100 hurdles (15.8) and 300 hurdles (46.35).

 

In addition to the hurdles, Moore is also a jumper and sprinter. Other veterans returning to the sprint crew are senior Rebecca Hamilton, sophomore Alexis Lancaster, junior Deja Rizzo and sophomore Dentale White. White and Rizzo are also jumpers.

 

Among the incoming student/athletes who are expected to add depth to the sprints are freshman Imani Bush, (also competes in the jumps), senior Tori Cotopolis, and junior Taylor Warner.

 

“We should be strong in the sprints and sprint relays,” .Williams said. “We will also be very strong in the hurdle events and be very competitive in all field events.”

 

Sophomore Angie Grace brings back versatility, specializing in all three – sprints, hurdles and jumps. Besides the aforementioned high and long jumpers, the Wildcats have sophomore and regional qualifier Natalie Skelley in the high jump, junior, Danielle Torrence in the throws, junior Kendra Britzman in the throws, and senior Christina Cullor in the high jump. . Moore is also a long jumper. A new thrower this year is sophomore Talya Ideozu.

 

Heading up the distance crew is junior Sarah Weaver. Williams has added three new milers and two milers in seniors Amanda Steiner and Crystal Steiner and junior Alex Aquino.

 

Canton South is aiming to win its 1st Northeastern Buckeye Conference championship. This group has the potential to send a record number of girls to the regional and state track meets. Depth might be the key for the Cats.

 

“We should have great depth in the sprints and hurdles, and we should have good depth in the field events,” said Williams. “This depth will allow us to be flexible in our relays.”

 

In addition to the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC), Canton South will also participate in the Sandy Valley Relays, Sandy Valley Invitational, East Canton Invitational, Stark County meet, and Jackson Twilight.

 

“We are looking to compete for a league title this year,” said Williams. “We have some experience and depth, and the girls have been working hard since December.  We will look to take a record number of athletes to the regional and state meets.”

 

Past accomplishments should work in the favor of Canton South.

 

We have several girls who have achieved success in the past years,” Williams said. “Tierra Moore has broken multiple school records and ran in the state meet in the 300 Hurdles last year.  We also have 2 returners from a relay team that made it to state 2 years ago (Moore and Rebecca Hamilton).  We also have returning girls who qualified for the regional meet last year in Natalie Skelley , and Angie Grace and Rebecca Hamilton (400 Relay).  Our confidence should be high because of the success we have had in the past.

 

Williams is taking over the head position this year, replacing Scott Stayer. Mike Hedrick is taking over the hurdles and high jumping coaching duties.

 

“They are dedicated to working out in the offseason, and most of them are very committed to being excellent in the classroom,” said Williams.

Great Yeowomen Effort Comes Up Short in Quarterfinals
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By Mike Mancini

Delaware, Ohio –
 First-year sensation Allison Anderson scored 26 points and classmate Kelly Warlich added her second straight double-double, but it wasn't quite enough as the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops were able to outlast the Oberlin College women’s basketball team 62-56 in NCAC Quarterfinal action on Tuesday night. 

Oberlin, which was the seventh seed in the tournament, benefited from cold shooting by the second-seeded Bishops who shot just 31.5-percent (23-of-73) overall and 1-of-20 from long range. However, the free throw line is where the game was decided as OWU cashed in 15-of-20 (75%) charity tosses – including four in the closing seconds, while the Yeowomen went to the stripe just three times and made two. 

In addition to her game-high point total, Anderson added nine rebounds and three assists. Warlich finished with 10 points and 11 boards, while fellow rookie Ellen Neumann added eight points off the bench in her 12 minutes of work. 

“This game was a true testament to how far our team has come in the last two years,” Head Coach Kerry Jenkins said. “I couldn’t be more proud of everyone on this team and the effort they put forth this season.”

The first half was played extremely close with no more than seven points separating the two squads throughout the frame. The stanza featured five lead changes and four ties, but the Bishops took the slightest of margins into the locker room at 32-31.

In the second half, OWU built its lead up to 14, 53-39, with 5:35 left to play as the Yeowomen suffered through a six-and-half minute scoreless streak. However, this team wouldn’t go down without a fight as they ripped off a 17-5 run of their own to make it a 58-56 game with 43 seconds left to play.

After using most of the shot clock, the Bishops’ Lauren Gentene would trigger a jumper that was off the mark, but Rachel Seibel came down with a huge offensive rebound for the Bishops, forcing the Yeowomen to foul with just 10 ticks left. OWU’s Pam Quigney, who shot just 1-of-10 from the floor, would connect on both freebies and Tyler Cordell would add two more to secure the win. 

Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan each recorded 42 rebounds in the game, but the Yeowomen were plagued by 26 turnovers that translated into 26 points for the victors.

ZIPS, Flashes still deadlocked in 

MAC East, Kent at Bee Gee,

Buffalo to visit JAR tonight

Feb. 24, 2010

By Jeremy Guy

MAC Men’s Basketball Weekly – Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kent State (20-8, 10-3 MAC) at Bowling Green (14-12, 6-7 MAC)

7 p.m.  • BCSN • Bowling Green leads series 80-63

•  Kent State travels to Bowling Green for a Centennial Game match-up.  With a win the Golden Flashes can clinch a first round bye in the MAC Tournament.  Kent State has won 10 of the last 11 games.  With a 74-72 BracketBuster win over Western Carolina on Saturday, the Golden Flashes reached the 20-win plateau for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons.  KSU is currently one of just 10 teams in the country to have accomplished such a streak...Bowling Green has won three of the last four games after an 87-70 win over Valparaiso in the BracketBuster of Saturday.  Scott Thomas leads the team with 12.6 ppg while Dee Brown is averaging 11.1 ppg.  The duo hit eight three-pointers and combined for 48 points in the first meeting with KSU this season.  

 

Buffalo (16-9, 8-5 MAC) at Akron (20-8, 10-3 MAC)

7 p.m. • FSN Ohio • Akron leads series 23-18

• After playing four of its last five games on the road (went 4-1 in that stretch), Akron closes out the regular season by playing two of its final three games at home Akron  has won five of its last six and seven of its last nine games. The Zips’  had a five-game win streak snapped in Saturday’s 70-53 loss at VCU, and posted a season-long six-game win streak from Dec. 12-Dec. 30. A Zips’ victory over Buffalo would assure UA of a first-round bye in next month’s league tournament... The Bulls are looking to sweep the season series from Akron for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Buffalo is coming off a 77-75 overtime win at Saint Peter’s on Saturday. John Boyer leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.30) and has 21 assists to only one turnover over the last four games.


 

Western Michigan (14-13, 6-7 MAC) at Toledo (3-25, 0-13 MAC)

7 p.m.  • Toledo leads series 76-52

• Toledo hosts Western Michigan on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the first of two home games this week. UT will close out its home campaign on Saturday vs. Ball State. The Rockets will be looking to rebound from Saturday’s 87-63 setback at Cleveland State. Jake Barnett is UT’s top scorer with 13.0 ppg, with Anyijong ranking second on the team with 8.9 ppg and also grabbing a team-best 5.3 rpg...Western Michigan is coming off an 89-72 loss at Southern Illinois on Saturday and has dropped three of its last four contests. Senior G David Kool is leading the MAC in scoring at 21.5 points per game and ranks second with an 88.8 free-throw percentage.

 

Miami (12-15, 8-5 MAC) at Ohio (15-13, 5-8 MAC)

7 p.m. • Ohio leads series 95-89

• Miami returns to MAC play, hitting the road for a two-game stretch beginning with a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Ohio. With three games left in the regular season, Miami is trying to make a move in the Mid-American Conference standings and working to earn a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament. Miami leads the Mid-American Conference in league games in scoring defense, allowing just 59.9 ppg. The RedHawks have held six MAC opponents under 55 points and restricted Toledo to a mere 47 points on Feb. 10, a season-best sum for the Miami defense... The Bobcats are coming off a 64-59 win against Wright State on Saturday as part of the ESPN BracketBuster series. Ohio’s scoring offense is led by Armon Bassett, who averages 15.4 ppg. On the boards, the Bobcats have a consistent presence in Kenneth van Kempen, who is averaging 6.7 rpg. D.J. Cooper is a steady all-around threat for Ohio as he leads the team with 154 assists, and is second on the team in ppg and rpg with 14.2 and 5.3, respectively.

 

Eastern Michigan (14-13, 6-7 MAC) at Ball State (15-11, 8-5 MAC)

7 p.m. • Ball State leads series 55-35

• Ball State wraps up the home portion of the 2009-10 regular season Wednesday night as it hosts Eastern Michigan at Worthen Arena at 7 p.m. Ball State enters the game with a 15-11 overall record and sit alone in first place in the MAC West Division with an 8-5 record. BSU has won three straight games and seven out of its last nine contests. Since MAC play began, Randy Davis leads the Cardinals in scoring against conference foes at 12.2 points per game as he has scored 158 points in 13 games... The Eagles have won two straight MAC games with wins over Western Michigan and Toledo. EMU is averaging 65.8 points per game this season while allowing 65.1 points per game against ... The Eagles are out-rebounding opponents by a 34.6-32.8 margin this year. Junior forward Brandon Bowdry leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game and leads the MAC in rebounding at 9.7 boards per game

 

Central Michigan  (13-13, 7-6 MAC) at Northern Illinois (8-18, 4-9 MAC)

8 p.m. • Northern Illinois series 47-42

• NIU will jump back into Mid-American Conference West Division play Wednesday, when the Huskies take on visiting Central Michigan at the Convocation Center beginning at 7 p.m. CMU, the preseason MAC-West favorite, has recorded eight-straight wins over NIU. The Huskies are being led offensively by junior guard Xavier Silas, who is averaging a MAC second-best 19.7 points per game, including 20.5 points per contest in conference play... The Chippewas, who have lost four-of the last six games, are 4-10 on the road this season. CMU’s last road win took place on Jan. 30 at Bowling Green. The Chippewas are being led by senior guard Robbie Harman, who is averaging team-highs in both points (14.4 ppg) and assists (2.8 apg). Classmate Jordan Bitzer has added 14.3 points per contest, including a team-best 17.2 points per game in MAC play

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Men's Basketball - Mount 


Union's Season Ends With Loss 


at Wilmington in OAC Tournament

Feb. 24, 2010


By Lenny Reich


(WILMINGTON, OH)--Mount Union saw its season end with a 71-60 loss tonight in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.

Wilmington (19-7) got 21 points and 11 rebounds from senior forward Brandon Rodgers to win its first OAC Tournament game since 2006.  The Quakers will take on Capital in the semifinals Friday at 8 pm at John Carroll.

Junior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had a game-high 25 points while sophomore forwards Matt Wier (New Castle, PA/Mohawk) and Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) had 12 and 10 points respectively to lead Mount Union (11-15).
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Dave Pellerite


Wilmington never trailed in the game and led by seven, 34-27 at the half. 

Mount Union closed to within a point, 41-40 midway through the second half but missed on three straight possessions to gain the lead.

The Quakers then put the game away with a 10-2 run and went on to the victory. 



2010 OAC Men’s Basketball Tournament

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Quarterfinals (at higher seeds)
No. 1 John Carroll 86, No. 8 Marietta 75
No. 2 Wilmington 71, No. 7 Mount Union 60
No. 3 Capital 84, No. 6 Baldwin-Wallace 73
No. 5 Heidelberg 63, No. 4 Ohio Northern 61

Friday, Feb. 26
Semifinals (at John Carroll - University Hts., OH)
No. 1 John Carroll vs. No. 5 Heidelberg, 6  pm
No. 2 Wilmington vs. No. 3 Capital, 8 pm

Saturday, Feb. 27
Championship (at John Carroll)
Semifinal winners, 3 pm


Capital Men’s Basketball Team 


Defeats B-W,84-73, 


in OAC Tournament


Quarterfinals 

By Nick Minerd


BEREA, OHIO -- Spencer Niekamp scored a game-high 22 points as the third-seeded Capital University men’s basketball team defeatedOhio Athletic Conference rival and #6-seeded Baldwin-Wallace College, 84-73, today (Wednesday, February 24, 2010) in the OAC Tournament quarterfinals at the Capital Center in Columbus.

The Crusaders are now 19-7 overall and advance to the OAC Tournament semifinals on Friday. With the loss, B-W ends its season at 14-12 overall. The Yellow Jackets’ 14 victories were six more than the team totaled last season.

In addition to Niekamp for Capital, Scott Robertson totaled 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. B-W was led by sophomore point guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior) and junior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) with 13 points each. Senior forward Kyle Brown (Strongsville) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.



Scott Voiers


In the first half, B-W erased a four-point deficit and tied the game at 12 apiece on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Scott Voiers (Lutheran West) at the 12:51 mark. Capital answered with a 16-0 run and led 28-12 following a Niekamp jumper at 6:44. The Yellow Jackets chipped away and pulled within 10 on two occasions, the second coming at 35-25 when freshman guard Brandon Schmidt (Wellington) connected on a three-pointer at 2:37. The Crusaders were able to outscore B-W 4-1 over the remainder of the half and led 39-26 at intermission.

In the second half, Capital built its lead to 18, at 51-33, on a Tyler Munro layup at 13:22. B-W rallied with a 6-0 run capped off by an Ed Householder (Tallmadge) layup at the 12:12 mark. However, the Crusaders quickly stopped the B-W run and scored five straight to lead 56-39 at 11:03. The lead grew to a high of 21 at 65-44 at 7:09 and never dipped below 11 the rest of the way.

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Storm’s Upset Bid Comes Up Just 

Short in Season Finale, #8 IUP Prevails 

72-66

Ethan Bradshaw scored a game-high 20 points in the defeat, LEC’s five-game win streak stopped

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – For the third time this season, the Lake Erie College men’s basketball team had a nationally-ranked opponent on the ropes, but the Storm couldn’t deliver the knock out blow in a 72-66 loss to No. 8 Indiana University of Pennsylvania in its season finale Monday night (Feb. 22) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

The loss snapped the Storm’s (11-16) season-long five-game winning streak.  Earlier this season, Lake Erie lost on the road to No. 6 Kentucky Wesleyan (75-73) and No. 12 Florida Southern (88-86) in the final seconds.

Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) scored a game-high 20 points, including 10 in the first seven minutes of the second half that helped Lake Erie turn a six-point halftime deficit into a seven-point lead. 

The Storm had a four-point lead with seven minutes to go before faltering down the stretch. Lake Erie made just two of its final nine shots and scored just six points in the final seven minutes. The Crimson Hawks (23-2) closed it out with a 16-6 run, going 11-of-16 from the foul line to overcome a 60-56 LEC lead.

Freshman Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) scored 16 points off the bench and senior Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) added 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks in his final game.

As a team, the Storm shot just 37.3% (22-of-59), including just six-of-23 (26.1%) from three-point range.  The Crimson Hawks hit on 45.1% (23-of-51) and were 24-of-34 from the foul line.

Akida McLain scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead IUP, which won for the fifth straight time and 12th time in 13 games.


8 Seeds still need to be determined 


in Horizon League Men's Hoops


By Will Roleson

Entering the final week of the Horizon League regular-season schedule, eight of the 10 seeds in the Speedway Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship have yet to be determined.

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• Butler (17-0) has clinched its fourth consecutive regular-season title and the #1 seed and will host at least the second round and semifinals of the League tournament March 5-6 at historicHinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  The Bulldogs also would host the championship game if they advance. 

• The Horizon League game of the week this Friday on ESPNU will match #15/10 Butler against state-rival Valparaiso.  Game time from the ARC is 9 p.m. ET.

• The final HLN Game of the Week airs this Saturday and features Detroit at Youngstown State.  Tip-off is 2 p.m. ET at Beeghly Center.   The game will air live on MyNDY 23 (Indianapolis), MyYTV (Youngstown), ESPN Full Court/ESPN360.com and HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv and tape-delayed on Time-Warner Sports 32 (Wisconsin) on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.

• According to The RPI Report, three Horizon League teams are ranked among the top 100 in RPI through Feb. 21 -- Butler-18th, Wright State-93rd and Green Bay-98th.

 

 

Upcoming Games [all times Eastern]

 

Thursday, Feb. 25

Detroit at Cleveland State* [HLN]..................... 7:30 p.m.

Wright State at Youngstown State*

        [HLN -live / MyYTV tape-delay, 10 p.m.]...................... 7:30 p.m.

Green Bay at UIC* [HLN]..................................... 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at Loyola*

        [HLN / Lakeshore / Sports 32]................................... 8 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 26

#15/10 Butler at Valparaiso* [ESPNU]..................... 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Feb. 27

Detroit at Youngstown State*

        [HLN / HLN Game of the Week]................................. 2 p.m.

Milwaukee at UIC* [HLN / Sports 32]........................... 2 p.m.

Wright State at Cleveland State*

            [HLN / SportsTime Ohio]....................................... 2 p.m.

Green Bay at Loyola* [HLN / Lakeshore]....................... 4 p.m.

 

 -- End of regular season --

 

2010 Speedway Horizon League

Men’s Basketball Championship

Tuesday, March 2 (four games at campus sites)

First-round games [HLN].............................. 7 p.m. local

Friday, March 5

(at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.)

Second-round games [HLN]........................... 6 & 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 6

(at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.)

Semifinals [ESPNU]................................... 5:15 & 8 p.m.

[First game will be tape-delayed and will air on ESPNU at 10 p.m.]

Tuesday, March 9 (at higher remaining seed)

Championship [ESPN/ESPN360.com]............................. 9 p.m.

 

Brecksville qualifies to 

district hockey for first time

in 

school history with 4-3,


2-OT sectional championship 


win over Amherst



Feb. 24, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

BROOKLYN – In a game that was anticipated to be the closest battle of the week here at the Coyne Recreation Center, no one was let down nor proved wrong, as Brecksville won its first-ever sectional championship tonight, 4-3, in double overtime over Southwestern Conference and White Division foe Amherst to advance to Tuesday’s district semifinal game against Saturday’s St. Ignatius-Holy name winner.

 

Brecksville (17-13-1) becomes the first White Division team to qualify to the Brooklyn districts. It is also the 60th win for the Bees since Danny Holden took over the varsity head coaching reigns in 2007-08.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees

 

“We lost a double overtime game to Strongsville at a tournament during Thanksgiving time,” sad Holden. “In between the first and second overtime, I told them that there was no way that this was going to happen again, to go out and get the goal and get it fast.”

 

The Bees took Holden’s leadership cue and put away the Comets at the 47-second mark of the second overtime on a goal by Matt Iwaszkiw assisted by Kyle O’Donnell.

Iwaszkiw

 

“We’ve been beaten so many times by their goalie (John Miller) and the other Millers they have had in goal and Kyle,” said Amherst coach Steve Morris. “

 

Miller saved 41 shots in goal.

 

“I’ll take 45 shots any time; I cannot complain about our effort” Morris said.

 

With the quick ascension of the Brecksville program since getting forced out of the old Metroplex by the then new ownership three years ago and moving here to Brooklyn, the Bees are primed to move up to the Red Division, but won’t next year because the decision not to was made by off-ice administrators in the district without consulting those in the hockey program.

Varsity

 

“There was a lot of emotion in the locker room; this could have gone either way with Amherst just coming off that overtime win over Strongsville,” said Holden. “The first period and a half we were not putting the puck to the net and the seniors all said that they had to step it up or this would be the end to their high school careers.”

 

Amherst, which split four games with Brecksville (2-2) during the season, dominated the first period, outshooting the Bees by a 3-1 margin, 18-6.

 

The Comets had a two-man advantage for 30 seconds after tripping and hooking penalties on the Bees in the first period, but Brecksville killed it as well as the 1:30 of  both 5-on-4 skates at each end of the 5-on-3.

 

It at least wore down the Bees, since the Comets took a 1-0 lead 46 seconds after the second penalty ended, Kyle Bilancini scoring an unassisted goal at 13:36 of the first.

 

The Comets (22-12-1) used an all-freshman line to take a 2-0 lead at 1:38 of the second period with Paul Miller scoring the goal and classmates Connor Morris and Kevin Burgette setting him up with the prelim passes.

 

However, Amherst spent most of the rest of the period killing penalties, going 3 of 4 on the extinguishing of Brecksville power plays.

 

Just eight seconds after the Comets killed a penalty, a hooking call gave the Bees another man advantage situation, which became a two-man ad for 10 seconds when an interference penalty on Amherst put the Brecksville power play in gear.

 

The Bees went 5-on-4 for 25 seconds before getting another break when Amherst was called for hooking. This time Brecksville took advantage of the 5-on-3 when Kevin Allen took a shot from the top of the circle that was redirected into the net by Dan Ringen at 13:04, making it 2-1. Tony O’Neil also assisted.

O'Neil

 

Amherst killed the rest of the other power play and held on for a 2-1 lead after two, but Brecksville narrowed the gap offensively, outshooting the Comets, 11-5, in the second. Amherst held a 23-17 advantage in shots after the first 30 were complete.

 

The Bees swung the pendulum in the third period. An early third-period goal shifted the weight of the game the way of Brecksville. Ryan O’Donnell scored at the 54-second mark to make it 2-2. Andrew Bell and Ringen assisted.

 

Another Brecksville hooking penalty gave Amherst another power play that transpired into nothing in terms of goals.

 

On a breakaway, Brecksville took the lead for the first time at 8:17, Evan Harcourt beating both defenders down the ice to score the even-strength goal. Kevin Allen fed him the puck off the faceoff at the other end that led to his speedy scoring charge.

 

Amherst tied it on the power play nine seconds gaining the advantage through a hooking penalty. The all-freshman line did it again, Miller scoring with assists from Morris and Burgette at 10:57.

 

“I don’t like to think of that as a freshman line because we had some seniors out there on defense and in power-play situations with them,” Morris said.

Brecksville was able to get into the power play in the first overtime when Amherst was called for too many men on the ice but did nothing with it.



NCAC Softball Special



DENISON VOTED PRESEASON 

FAVORITE IN 14TH NORTH COAST 

SOFTBALL SEASON; NDCL 

ALUMNA ALEX MURRAY 

AMONG ALL-LEAGUE 

RETURNEES FOR BIG RED  


February 24, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTALKE -- 2009 NCAC champion Denison emerged as the preseason favorite in balloting by North Coast Athletic Conference softball coaches in their annual preseason poll, the league office here announced today.
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The Big Red, who last spring finished the regular season with an 11-3 league record, a 21-8 overall mark and their sixth NCAC crown, earned three of eight first-place votes from league coaches for 58 points. Denison edged Ohio Wesleyan, which was voted second with 57 points and four first-place votes. Defending NCAC tournament champion Hiram was predicted to finish third with 48 points. Wittenberg was fourth with 38 points and the remaining first-place vote. Kenyon (29) was fifth, while Allegheny (25) andWooster (25) tied for sixth, and Oberlin (8) was selected to finish eighth.

Last spring the Big Red earned their first NCAC title under the leadership of head coach Tiffany Ozbun, and their sixth overall. Ozbun has accumulated a 49-30 (.620) record in two seasons at Denison and was named NCAC Coach of the Year in 2009. Heading the list of returnees are seniors and first-team All-NCAC performers Samantha Rumschlag (Carmel, IN/Cathedral), Brie Berkopec (Mars, PA/Mars Senior) and Alex Murray (Mayfield Hts., OH/NDCL).
 
NDCL's Alex Murray

Since the North Coast began sponsoring softball as a championship sport, four schools have claimed championships: Allegheny in 1998, '99, '04 and '08, Denison in the years 2001-03, 2006-07 and 2009, Wittenberg in 2000 and Ohio Wesleyan in 2004 and '05. Denison also won the first two NCAC Softball tournaments, which began in 2001 to help determine the league's automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament. DU also took conference tournament titles in 2006 and 2008. Wittenberg claimed the tourney title in 2003, followed by Allegheny in 2004, '05 and '07. Hiram claimed its first tourney title in 2009.
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Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny CollegeDenison UniversityEarlham CollegeHiram CollegeKenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster. The NCAC sponsors 22 championship sports, 11 for men and 11 for women.

2010 NCAC Preseason Softball Poll
First-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points:
  1.    Denison (3) 58
  2.    Ohio Wesleyan (4) 57
  3.    Hiram 48
  4.    Wittenberg (1) 38
  5.    Kenyon 29
  6.    Allegheny 25
    Wooster 25
  8.    Oberlin 8

Soccer Players Earn Recognition From OCSA
Soccer Awards
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2/23/2010 3:38:40 PM
By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – Three Oberlin College male soccer players and one female player were honored by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) for their success on the pitch last fall. 

Senior Skyler Dum headlines the list of recipients as he was named to the OCSA All-Ohio First Team. The Milford, Michigan, native led the North Coast Athletic Conference with 1.82 points per game and finished second in the league with 14 goals. A First-Team All-Great Lakes Region selection, Dum will graduate from Oberlin in the spring with 29 career goals in 71 games played.

Oberlin junior keeper Zach Lipshultz was named to the All-Ohio Third Team. A Second-Team All-NCAC selection, Lipshultz finished second in the league in save percentage (.839), saves (94), saves per game (5.53) and goals against (18).

A 2009 All-NCAC Honorable-Mention player, junior Wyatt Hayman was named to the OSCA All-Academic Second-Team. Hayman, who proved to be one of the best center-backs in the NCAC, posted a 3.46 GPA while majoring in engineering. 

Standout Yeowoman keeper Sarah Grabinski also garnered All-Academic Second-Team honors for her amazing work in the classroom and in the cage. The two-time All-NCAC First-Team selection finished second in the NCAC with 4.29 saves per game and was fourth in the league with 60 saves. She will graduate in the spring with a degree in biology.

Wimberly Named Sprints Runner of the Week
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Westlake  – Oberlin College senior Seth Wimberly was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Sprints Runner of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday evening. 

Wimberly, a native of Covington, Georgia, set a new school record in the 200 meters at the Kent State Tune-Up Meet on Saturday with a time of 22.34. He also posted a season-best time of 49.65 in the 400 meters. 

This is the first weekly award of the season for Wimberly and seventh of the season for the Oberlin track and field teams.

NCAC Men's Lacrosse Special    

DENISON PICKED PRESEASON 

FAVORITE IN ADVANCE OF 

26TH NORTH COAST MEN'S 

LACROSSE SEASON

February 24, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Defending North Coast Athletic Conference champion Denison emerged as the preseason favorite in balloting by NCAC men's lacrosse coaches in their annual preseason poll, the league office here announced today.

The Big Red, who posted a 5-0 league mark and a 14-2 overall record last spring, earned five of six first-place votes from league coaches to total 35 points. Ohio Wesleyan, last year's runner up, earned the remaining first-place vote and totaled 31 points. Wittenberg (20) was picked to finish third followed by Kenyon (19) in fourth and Wooster (15) and Oberlin (6) in spots five and six, respectively.
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Denison is under the tutelage of 17th-year head coach Mike Caravana. He has guided the Big Red to six North Coast titles and a159-68 (.700) record. Returning first-team All-NCAC performers are senior midfielder Connor Detjen (Winnetka, IL/Loyola Academy) and junior midfielder Tanner Smith (Boxford, MA/Brooks School). Denison made its 17th trip to the NCAA Division III tournament last spring, and advanced to the quarterfinals for the 11th time.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny CollegeDenison UniversityEarlham CollegeHiram CollegeKenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash CollegeWittenberg University and the College of Wooster. The NCAC sponsors 22 championship sports, 11 for men and 11 for women.

2010 NCAC Preseason Men's Lacrosse Poll
First-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points:
  1.    Denison (5) 35
  2.    Ohio Wesleyan (1) 31
  3.    Wittenberg 20
  4.    Kenyon 19
  5.    Wooster  15
  6.    Oberlin 6
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