A Page -- Jan. 17, 2012

   
L to R -- Choi, Long, Konow


Three Oberlin track Student/Athletes honored 

by Westlake-based NCAC

Westlake, Ohio – Three Oberlin College track and field stars were honored by the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office announced on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Jerry Choi wasted no time making an impression on the collegiate stage as he was named as the NCAC Sprints/Hurdles Runner of the Week for his performance at Oberlin’s own Dan Kinsey Invitational on Friday. 

The New Hyde, New York, native flew through the 60-meter hurdles in 8.92 to finish in second place and was also the highest Division III finisher in the 60-meter dash with a mark of 7.46.

Junior Erica Long was tabbed as the female Distance Runner of the Week as she took second place in the 1,000-meter run in 3:16.51.

Completing the list of award winners was senior Courtney Konow who earned the distinction as female Field Athlete of the Week. Konow won the shot put at the Dan Kinsey Invitational with a life-time best toss of 35-06.5.

All three of these athletes will be in action again this weekend when the teams travel to Wooster on January 21.


Mount gal tankers fall for the first time


ADA, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's swimming and diving team suffered its first dual match loss of the year, 198-93, at Ohio Northern in Ada.


Ohio Northern improved to 8-2 overall and at 4-0 in the OAC have clinched at least a share of its sixth-straight regular season conference title, while Mount Union falls to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the OAC.


The Purple Raiders claimed wins in two events as sophomore Shelby Mitchell (Stow/Stow) won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.37 and fellow sophomore Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont-Ross) won the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.32

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Mount Union next competes Friday at 5:30 pm with a dual meet at Wooster then returns home next Saturday against Wilmington at 1 pm.


Track & Field Completes Dan Kinsey Invite


Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College track and field team had many strong showings during the Dan Kinsey Invite at the John W. Heisman Club Field House.

The throwing tandem of Courtney Konow and Sam Dudzinski got the Yeowomen started off on the right foot as they claimed the top two spots in the shot put. Konow launched her toss 35-06.5, while Dudzinski was close behind with a heave of 34-09.75.

On the running side of the leger, the Yeowomen 4x200 foursome of Ava KeatingJasmine OwensAshley Parish, and Marissa Clardy edged a team from Division II Findlay with a mark of 1:51.75 compared to 1:51.97, taking first place in the event.

In the women’s 1,000-meter run, Erica Long came in second place with a timestamp of 3:16.51. Clardy and Amanda Gracia also claimed second and third in the 500-meter dash with times of 1:21.47 and 1:21.53, respectively.

The Yeomen had strong performances in the field events, led by Alex Guo who won the long the jump with a leap with a leap of 19-08. Guo, along with rookie teammate Evan Finch also cleared 6-0.5 in the high jump.

Vlad Bursuc tied Jacob Miller of Findlay for first place in the pole vault as they both cleared 11-11.75.

Freshman Jerry Choi turned in an impressive run in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 8.92 to place second overall.

Oberlin returns to action on Saturday, January 21 at the brand new rec center on the campus of the College of Wooster.



Mount Union to host softball clinics


Mount Union will host two softball clinics for girls in grades 1-12.  The first will be a pitching/catching and hitting clinic on Feb. 12 with an infield/outfield hitting clinic on Feb. 19.


A pitching/catching and hitting clinic for girls (grades 1-12) will be held on Sunday, February 12.  The clinic will feature a warm-up, introductions, position-specific defensive drills, pitching/catching drills and hitting instruction.


An infield/outfield and hitting clinic for girls (grades 1-12) will be held on Sunday, February 19.  The clinic will feature a warm-up, introductions, position-specific defensive drills and hitting instruction.


Both clinics will be in the Peterson Field House on campus in Alliance. 

Attending an individual camp is $45 per camper and if a camper comes to both camps, it will cost $80.


Each camper receives a free T-shirt (while supplies last) and instruction from an expert teaching staff, including Mount Union coaches and players.

For more information contact: Sandy Douglas, Head Softball Coach at (330) 823-4779 ordouglass@mountunion.edu

Solon's Kinnaman, Madison's Dickman, Cortland's Scannell, Avon Lake's Riley shine

for Miami track and field

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Despite not competing for over a month, the Miami University women’s track and field team had a strong showing at the BGSU Team Challenge Saturday at Bowling Green’s Perry Field House, taking second place behind a pair of event wins and six runner-up finishes.

Miami finished with 122 points while Western Michigan won the seven-team meet with 151.66 points. The RedHawks were second of the five Mid-American Conference teams at the meet, as the host Falcons took third with 70.33 points, Toledo (62) was fourth and Ball State (55) fifth. Wright State and IPFW rounded out the team scoring in sixth and seventh, respectively.

“We didn’t put everyone in their main events but even still, in all areas the ladies competed really well,” head coach Kelly Phillips said.

  
Dickman (L), Kinnaman (R)

A pair of RedHawks shared the pole vault title as seniors Hannah Tabler (Wapakoneta, Ohio) and Sarah Kinnaman (Solon, Ohio) each cleared 3.65m/11-11.75, marking personal bests for both as they are now tied for fourth in school history with sophomore Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio), who placed fourth Saturday by also topping 11-11.75 but in more attempts. No jumpoff occurred so Tabler and Kinnaman each earned nine points for Miami while Tatman gained another four.

Senior Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio) was Miami’s other event winner, doing so in the shot put for the second time in as many meets this season. She fired a season-best heave of 15.09m/49-6.25 to earn 10 points while winning by over four feet. Her mark was the second-best throw in indoor school history behind only her school-record heave from last year.

Senior Krista Stillson (Naperville, Ill.) took third in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 11.07m/36-4, gaining six points.

On the track, the RedHawks claimed 12 points in the 60m dash finals as senior Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.) was the runner-up in 7.60 seconds while junior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took fourth in 7.85, after placing third in the prelims. Graves picked up another eight points in the 200m dash as she was the runner-up in that event as well, clocking 24.84, losing by just six one-thousandths of a second. Senior Rachael Clay (Rossford, Ohio) and freshman Gretchen Walter (Piqua, Ohio) gained an extra three points in the 200m dash by taking fifth (25.73) and sixth (25.89), respectively, with Clay’s mark a personal best.

Miami claimed second and third in the 3000m run as senior Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) and freshman Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) combined to earn 14 points, clocking 10:07.45 and 10:15.95, respectively. Redshirt freshman Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) crossed in second in the 5000m run in 18:08.33 for another eight points while freshman Mattie Moncayo (Lexington, Ohio) was fourth in 18:28.64 for four more points.

  
Riley (L), Scannell (R)

Freshman Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) picked up another runner-up finish and eight points for the ‘Hawks in the 800m run, clocking a personal-best 2:18.42 while sophomore Erin Riley (Avon Lake, Ohio) was fifth in 2:21.79 to grab an extra two points. In the 400m dash, freshman Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) claimed third to earn six points in 59.17 in her first individual collegiate race. Classmate Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) nabbed another four points with her fourth-place finish in the mile run in a personal-best 5:08.07.

 Redshirt sophomore Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) was fourth in the 60m hurdles finals in a personal-best 8.81, which ranks her ninth in school history and earned four points for the ‘Hawks. Zaper also competed in the long jump, recording a distance of 5.35m/17-6.75 to place fifth, good for two more points.

Miami garnered a sixth runner-up finish in the 4x400m relay, as junior Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio), Myers, Clay and Walter combined to clock 3:50.10, which is eighth in Miami history. They finished just 13-hundredths of a second behind the Broncos, who clocked 3:49.97.

The RedHawks return to action next weekend at Indiana University’s Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., Jan. 20-21.

Green alumna Amanda Rose named OAC POW

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Amanda Rose (Green/Green) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week.



Rose averaged 18.0 points and 5.5 points as she led the nationally ranked Purple Raiders to a pair of wins against Baldwin-Wallace (53-45) and at Heidelberg (73-67).

She scored the team's final eight points and had 14 of her game-high 16 points in the second half in the win over B-W then had a season-high and game-high 20 points in the win at Heidelberg.


For the season, Rose is averaging 11.4 points per game and leads Mount Union in rebounding at 5.3 rebounds per game.


The Raiders have won nine-straight games and clsoe out he first half of OAC play Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Muskingum.


Mentor's Rob Brocious wins two events but 


Mount tankers fall


ADA, Ohio--Mount Union's men's swimming and diving team fell by a score of 226.5-67.5 to No. 16 ranked Ohio Northern in an Ohio Athletic Conference dual in Ada.


Brocious


Ohio Northern stayed undefeated on the season at 9-0 and at 4-0 in the OAC clinched at least a share of its sixth OAC regular season title, while Mount Union fell to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the OAC.

Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) touched first in the 100 and 200 Backstroke, with times of 55.21 and 2:01.00, respectively.


The Purple Raiders return to action next Friday, when they travel take on non-conference foe Wooster. The dual meet will start at 5:30 pm.


Spartan Women Ice Cold in 63-38 Loss to No. 8/9 Washington-St. Louis

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Much like the weather in northeast Ohio, the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team was ice cold, scoring a season-low 38 points on 25.9 percent shooting from the field in a 63-38 loss to No. 8/9 nationally-ranked Washington University-St. Louis on Friday at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans drop to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the University Athletic Association with their second-straight top-10 opponent, No. 2 University of Chicago (Ill.), coming to town on Sunday, January 15 for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off. The Bears improve to 11-2 and 1-1 in the UAA.

Washington jumped out to an early 6-0 lead when Claire Schaeperkoetter hit a jumper at 17:30, but the Spartans scored the next five and pulled within one when junior guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) drilled a three-pointer at 15:56. Play then went back-and-forth over the ensuing five minutes before the Spartans once again got within one as senior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) hit a triple to bring the score to 12-11 with 10:03 left in the half. The Bears were then able to finish the period on a 16-8 run, with Schaeperkoetter providing the final basketball on a three-pointer at 2:25, making the score 28-19.

The Spartans never got going in the second half as Washington opened on a 15-0 run that increased the deficit to 24, at 43-19, with 14:43 left to play. A three-pointer by Hollinger at 13:24 broke the run and a 9:19 scoreless stretch.

For the game, Hollinger led the Spartans with seven points, while freshman guard Destinee Henton (Mason, Ohio/Mason) totaled four points and six rebounds – five of which came on the offensive glass.

Melissa Gilkey and Schaeperkoetter finished in double-figures for the Bears with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The Bears held a 30-8 scoring advantage in the paint.


Oberlin swimmers conclude senior night against OWU

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College swimming and diving team finished their senior night dual meet against Ohio Northern Friday night. Both teams swam well, but came up a little short. The men’s final score was 144-99, and the women’s final score was 147-92.

 
The night began with a ceremony congratulating and honoring the 10 seniors who swam their last meet at Robert Carr pool in their college careers. The ceremony was concluded with seniors Bud Stracker and Mike Sabatka playing the national anthem on the cello and viola for the crowd.
 
The women had a strong showing in the 1,000 yard freestyle as Ellen Drake and Simone Christen took first and second place in the event. Drake clocked in at a time of 11:24.72, while Christen finished with a mark of 11:27.96.
 
Senior Kate Melanson won the 200 yard freestyle by finishing with a time of 2:02.27. Aubrey Pongluelert took first place in the 100 yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:12.84. She won the race by just .01 of a second, giving her team nine points.
 
The Yeowomen swimming team also welcomed back senior Jane McIntyre to the team as she was studying abroad the first semester. McIntyre finished second in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:19.84.
 
The men had yet another great performance by freshman sensation and national qualifying hopeful Chris McLauchlan, as he took first place in the one and three meter diving competitions. His final scores were 285.75 (one meter), and 295.80 (three meter). 
 
Chris Ayoub got things going for the Yeomen as he won the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:32.99. He won the race by almost five seconds. Senior Jebran Haddad kept things going for his team on a night where he was honored, and won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 22.57. He then finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke as he completed the course in 1:02.18.
 
Chris Pickens touched in first in the 500 yard freestyle by a time of 5:00.46. Senior Mike Sabatka also swam one of the best meets in his career, as he clocked in at 1:03.79 in the 100 yard breaststroke and 2:07.75 in the 200 yard individual medley.
 
The teams are back in action tomorrow, January 13th as they fight the harsh winter conditions and travel to NCAC opponent Allegheny College. The meet is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.


Horizon League Weekly Men's Basketball Notes

This Week in the Horizon League:

Thursday, Jan. 19

Valparaiso at Loyola                             8 p.m. (Horizon League Network | HorizonLeague.com)

Butler at UIC                                          8:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

 

Friday, Jan. 20

Milwaukee at Youngstown State       7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Green Bay at Cleveland State            8 p.m. (ESPNU)

 

Saturday, Jan. 21

Wright State at Detroit                        12 p.m. (Horizon League Network | HorizonLeague.com | FS Detroit)

Butler at Loyola                                    2 p.m. (Horizon League Network Game of the Week [Midwest syndication] | HorizonLeague.com | ESPN3)

Valparaiso at UIC                                  4 p.m. (Horizon League Network | HorizonLeague.com | Comcast SportsNet Chicago)

 

Sunday, Jan. 22

Milwaukee at Cleveland State           2 p.m. (Horizon League Network | HorizonLeague.com)

Green Bay at Youngstown State        2:05 p.m. (Horizon League Network | HorizonLeague.com)

 

On the Horizon:

·         The first four weeks of Horizon League play have been arguably the most competitive in conference history.

·         Through the first 36 games of conference play, 17 have been within a single possession during the final minute of regulation. In the Horizon League Network Game of Week, Green Bay overcame a 17-point deficit in the final 13 minutes of play, using two free throws with 3.0 seconds left to get past Wright State, 57-56.

·         Through the first four weeks of League play, the average margin of victory stands at 8.0 points per game.

·         Presently, five teams are within 2 games of first place entering the halfway point of League play; at the same point in 2010-11, six teams were within the same margin. Last year, the League saw its first three-way tie for the regular season championship.

·         This weekend, first place could be on the line on Sunday, when Cleveland State (5-2 Horizon) hosts Milwaukee (6-1 HL). The Horizon League Network has live coverage of the game, beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

·         The taut contests are just one of the reasons why Horizon League teams have found NCAA Tournament success, holding a 7-year winning streak.

 

On the Tube:

·         Horizon League games will be available throughout the weekend, with five appearing on ESPN platforms and FS Detroit carrying the Detroit-Wright State contest on Saturday (12 p.m. ET). ESPN3 will have the feeds of Butler-UIC (Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET), Milwaukee at Youngstown State (Friday, 7 p.m. ET) and Valparaiso at UIC (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET).

·         ESPNU will have live coverage of the Cleveland State-Green Bay contest Friday night at 8 p.m. ET.

·         The Horizon League Network Game of the Week heads to Chicago on Saturday, when Loyola hosts Butler at 2 p.m. ET at the renovated Gentile Arena. ESPN3 will also pick up the feed of the game, which is syndicated across the Midwest.

 

Upcoming Games

·         A potential first-place showdown looms at the midway point of the conference season, when Milwaukee (13-6, 6-1 Horizon) visits Cleveland State (15-4, 5-2 Horizon) on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Before that game, though, Youngstown State (9-8, 4-3 Horizon) will host the Panthers on ESPN3 on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, while Green Bay (7-10, 3-4 Horizon) visits the Wolstein Center for an 8 p.m. ET tip on ESPNU on Friday.

·         The Horizon League Network Game of the Week will show off the renovated Gentile Arena when Loyola (5-12, 0-7 Horizon) hosts Butler (10-9, 4-3 Horizon) on Saturday. ESPN3 will also have the feed of the syndicated game, which tips at 2 p.m. ET.

 

The Week That Was

·         Green Bay’s Alec Brown set a new Horizon League single-game blocks record, swatting 11 shots in the Phoenix’s 57-56 win in the HLN Game of the Week on Saturday. Brown’s 11 blocks bested the previous record of 9, held by UIC’s Scott VanderMeer. Both Brown (27) and YSU’s Damian Eargle (28) are on pace to break the conference single-season record of 63, held by Marquette’s Jim McIlvaine (1990-91).

·         The Butler-Valparaiso road trip once again proved to be the toughest swing in the Horizon League, as Youngstown State and Cleveland State became the 31st and 32nd teams to fail to sweep the trip. The Penguins became the 13th team to be swept on the trip since the Bulldogs and Crusaders became travel partners prior to the 2008-09 season.

 

League Notes

·         For the first time since the preseason polls, no Horizon League team is receiving votes in the AP or USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls. Cleveland State had been picking up votes in both polls after its win at Vanderbilt to open the year.

·         Through Jan. 15, the Horizon League is rated as the 13th-strongest conference in the nation, per RPIRatings.com. Since 2007, the League’s average final RPI ranking is 12. Cleveland State is presently the League’s highest rated team in terms of RPI, sitting at 68.

·         For the third straight year, and sixth time in 12 seasons, Butler was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Horizon League.

·         14 players who starred in the Horizon League last season are presently in Europe pursuing a professional career or waiting for the resumption of the NBA season to begin the year.

·         The Horizon League owns the longest winning streak in the NCAA Tournament among non-Power 6 conferences, having won a tournament game in each of the last 7 years.

 

Butler Bulldogs (10-9, 4-3 Horizon)

·         The Bulldogs, who entered 2012 in last place in the Horizon League in field goal shooting, have shot 45.1 percent (115-255) over the past five games, including a season-best 56.5 percent in a victory at Wright State. Junior Andrew Smith has shot 61.5 (24-39) percent from the field and 71.4 percent (5-7) from beyond the three-point arc over Butler’s last five games.

·         Butler freshman Kameron Woods recorded his third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 25-minute reserve stint against Youngstown State.  He had eight points and eight rebounds off the bench against Cleveland State.

·         Butler head coach Brad Stevens has moved ahead of his former boss, Todd Lickliter, on the all-time list for Horizon League coaching victories (66).     

·         Senior Ronald Nored has climbed to fifth on the Butler career assists chart with 391. The senior climbed into third on Butler’s all-time list for steals with 178. Nored also gave Butler its second straight Lowe’s Senior CLASS nominee, earning the honor this season. In 2011, Matt Howard was a finalist for the honor.

·         Butler has won at least 26 games in five consecutive seasons. Butler’s 155 wins over the past five-plus years are a school and Horizon League record. The Bulldogs are part of the Horizon League’s seven-year winning streak in NCAA Tournament play, claiming victories in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

 

Cleveland State Vikings (15-4, 5-2 Horizon)

·         Cleveland State’s eight road victories this season are the top mark in Division I.

·         Senior Jeremy Montgomery has gone 24-for-40 from beyond the three-point arc over his last seven games. With 190 career triples, Montgomery is second place all-time at CSU.

·         The Vikings are 7-0 in games decided by five points or less and are 9-3 in road/neutral games this season.

·         Freshman Anton Grady just missed his first career double-double with nine points and a career-high 10 boards at Valparaiso.

·         Senior D’Aundray Brown had five steals at Valparaiso, increasing his career total to 193. He is seven short of becoming the eighth player in program history to reach 200 career steals.

·         Junior Tim Kamczyc had 17 points and Butler and 18 points at Valparaiso, his eighth and ninth double-digit scoring outputs this season. He had nine in his 69 game career entering the season.

 

Detroit Titans (9-11, 3-5 Horizon)

·         Detroit eclipsed 70 points in both games this weekend, marking the 10th and 11th time this season the Titans have scored more than 70 points. Detroit is 7-4 this year when scoring 70 or more.

·         Senior Eli Holman registered his first double-double of the season at Milwaukee with 12 points and 11 rebounds. In his career, Holman now has 25 double-doubles.

·         Senior LaMarcus Lowe set a new career best with 13 points at Green Bay.

·         Sophomore Ray McCallum was named one of 20 finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation’s top point guard. McCallum, who is averaging 15.3 ppg and 3.7 apg, has scored in double figures in all but two games this year. A Preseason Wooden Award Watch List and Preseason Naismith Trophy honoree, the sophomore spent the summer with USA Basketball’s World University Games team. The youngest member of the team, McCa