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A total of 29 Student/Athletes were named to the 2010 team. 

Northern Illinois (Chandler Harnish, Nabal Jefferson, Mike Krause, Joe Pawlak and Jason Schepler) and Western Michigan (Ben Armer, Alex Carder, John Potter, Phil Swanson and Mitch Zajac) topped the 2010 Academic All-MAC squad with five selections each. Central Michigan (Matt Berning, Sean Murnane, Mike Petrucci and Cody Wilson) and Toledo (T.J. Fatinikun, Kevin Kowalski, Dan Molls and Mike VanDerMeulen) each had four honorees.
Ball State (Scott Kovanda, Ian McGarvey and Briggs Orsbon) and Kent State (Jacquise Terry, Spencer Keith and Dorian Wood) each placed three selections. Eastern Michigan placed two on the team (Alex Gillett and Ben Thayer). MAC Champion Miami (Pat Hinkel), Ohio (Jordan Thompson) and Temple (Elisha Joseph) rounded out the selections.

Western Michigan’s Phil Swanson was named to the squad for the fourth consecutive season. Three-time selections include Matt Berning (Central Michigan), Chandler Harnish (Northern Illinois) and Ian McGarvey (Ball State). Two-time selections include Ben Armer (Western Michigan), Mike Krause (Northern Illinois), Sean Murnane (Central Michigan), Briggs Orsbon (Ball State), John Potter (Western Michigan), Jacquise Terry (Kent State) and Ben Thayer (Eastern Michigan).

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a Student/Athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

The number of honorees on the Academic All-MAC team is equivalent to the number of first-team selections or 33% of the number of nominees, whichever is greater. The remaining Student/Athletes have been recognized as Academic Honorable Mention selections.

2010 Academic All-MAC
Scott Kovanda, Ball State, Sophomore, 3.95 GPA, Business, (Hartland, Mich.)
@#Ian McGarvey, Ball State, Senior, 3.43 GPA, Psychology, (Greenwood, Ind.)
@Briggs Orsbon, Ball State, Junior, 4.00 GPA, Business, (Convoy, Ohio)
@#Matt Berning, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.80 GPA, Marketing, (Duisburg, Germany)
@Sean Murnane, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.44 GPA, Marketing, (Green Oaks, Ill.)
Mike Petrucci, Central Michigan, Junior, 3.70 GPA, Mathematics, (Milford, Mich.)
Cody Wilson, Central Michigan, Sophomore, 3.91 GPA, Undeclared, (Rochester Hills, Mich.)
Alex Gillett, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore, 3.72 GPA, Chemistry, (Green Springs, Ohio)
@Ben Thayer, Eastern Michigan, Senior, 3.60 GPA, Math Secondary Education, (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
@Jacquise Terry, Kent State, Junior, 3.66 GPA, Aeronautics, (Phenix City, Ala.)
Spencer Keith, Kent State, Sophomore, 3.79 GPA, Mathematics (Pre-Med), (Little Rock, Ark.)
Dorian Wood, Kent State, Senior, 3.41 GPA, Biology (Pre-Med), (Austell, Ga.)
Pat Hinkel, Miami, Sophomore, 3.50 GPA, Sports Studies, (Westlake, Ohio)
@#Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois, Junior, 3.59 GPA, Business Management, (Bluffton, Ind.)
Nabal Jefferson, Northern Illinois, Sophomore, 3.91 GPA, Business, (Chicago, Ill.)
#Mike Krause, Northern Illinois, Senior, 3.43 GPA, Business Management (Grad Student), (Germantown, Wisc.)
Joe Pawlak, Northern Illinois, Junior, 3.31 GPA, Sociology/Criminology, (Grayslake, Ill.)
Jason Schepler, Northern Illinois, Junior, 3.89 GPA, Electrical Engineering, (Sycamore, Ill.)
Jordan Thompson, Ohio, Sophomore, 3.45 GPA, Engineering, (Rockford, Ohio)
Elisha Joseph, Temple, Senior, 3.37 GPA, Criminal Justice, (Hartford, Conn.)
T.J. Fatinikun, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.41 GPA, Communication, (Perrysburg, Ohio)
Kevin Kowalski, Toledo, Senior, 3.67 GPA, Education, (Macedonia, Ohio)
Dan Molls, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.57 GPA, Exercise Science, (North Royalton, Ohio)
Mike VanDerMeulen, Toledo, Junior, 3.32 GPA, Human Resource Management, (Marshall, Mich.)
@Ben Armer, Western Michigan, Junior, 3.68 GPA, Exercise Science, (Janesville, Wis.)
Alex Carder, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 3.22 GPA, Communication, (Shawnee, Kan.)
@John Potter, Western Michigan, Junior, 3.97 GPA, Business, (Grand Haven, Mich.)
@#*Phil Swanson, Western Michigan, Senior, 3.85 GPA, Journalism (Master’s of Communication), (Grand Haven, Mich.)
Mitch Zajac, Western Michigan, Junior, 3.81 GPA, Mechanical Engineering, (Holt, Mich.)
@2009 Academic All-MAC selection
#2008 Academic All-MAC selection
*2007 Academic All-MAC selection
Honorable Mention
Troy Gilmer, Akron
Tony Martin, Ball State
Aaron Mershman, Ball State
Andrew Puthoff, Ball State
Zack Akenberger, Bowling Green
Ben Bojicic, Bowling Green
Peter Fardon, Buffalo
Alex Neutz, Buffalo
Josh Violanti, Buffalo
Brian Bennyhoff, Central Michigan
Jordan McConnell, Central Michigan
Ryan Radcliff, Central Michigan
Mike Repovz, Central Michigan
A.J. Westendorp, Central Michigan
Kyle Zelinsky, Central Michigan
Eric Davis, Eastern Michigan
Ryan Downard, Eastern Michigan
Andy Mulumba, Eastern Michigan
Javon Reese, Eastern Michigan
Dominique Sherrer, Eastern Michigan
Michael Fay, Kent State
Jake Dooley, Kent State
Brad Bednar, Miami
Jordan Gafford, Miami
Jason Semmes, Miami
Alan Baxter, Northern Illinois
Issa Braithwaite, Ohio
Keenan Chapman, Ohio
Kevin Culver, Ohio
Vaughn Charlton, Temple
Martin Wallace, Temple
Stephen Yuan, Temple
Zac Kerin, Toledo
Colin McHugh, Toledo
Malcolm Riley, Toledo
Mark Singer, Toledo
Christian Smith, Toledo
Jared Strait, Toledo
Nick Clemens, Western Michigan

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Northern Illinois at Central Michigan, 2 pm
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The Huskies face Central Michigan (9-4, 1-0 MAC) Saturday at 1 p.m. in the newly renovated Rose Arena. NIU has been led by Marke Freeman, averaging a team-best 15.9 points per game. The senior has added a deadly tool to her arsenal for 2010-11, hitting an audacious 49.1 percent of her three-pointers, fourth-best in the nation. Freeman makes an average of 2.0 treys per game. Sophomore Brittney Callahan scored a career-high 11 points against EMU. Callahan has averaged 6.8 points per game in the last six contests after averaging just 1.5 ppg over the first eight games. Shonda Long needs just three 3-pointers to become CMU's career leader (191 by Molli Munz, 1999-02). Kaihla Szunko needs just three steals to become just the fourth player to snare 200 steals in CMU history. She is also just 188 rebounds shy of becoming only the third player to grab 1,000 career rebounds. If she reaches both marks, she'd be only the second player in program history to score at least 1,000 points, grab 1,000-plus rebounds and snare 200-plus steals. The Chippewas boast the nation's top scoring offense at 86.9 points per game and have scored 96 points or more three times in their last seven contests. CMU boasts the top two scoring freshmen in the Mid-American Conference in Niki DiGuilio (12.1) and Taylor Johnson (10.4 ppg). Johnson is also the top rebounding freshman in the MAC (7.4/game).

Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 2 pm
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The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team welcomes Ball State University to the Convocation Center Saturday afternoon, Jan. 8, for a Mid-American Conference West Division contest. The opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. Ball State enters today's contest with a 5-9 overall record and 0-1 Mid-American Conference mark after dropping its league opener on the road at Toledo Wednesday by a score of 63-46. The high scorer for the Cardinals was senior forward Emily Maggert who chipped in 18 points. Head Coach Kelly Packard is now 2-1 when it comes to MAC openers. Watch for Maggert to possibly move into fourth all-time in the Ball State women's basketball scoring list at EMU as she needs only 13 points to pass former Cardinal Emma Jones who currently holds that spot with 1,513 points. Eastern Michigan enters the game with a mark of 10-5 after cruising to a 79-63 victory over Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., Jan. 5. With her 12-for-12 performance from the free throw line versus Northern Illinois, Jan 5, senior Cassie Schrock became the Eastern Michigan career leader - both men or women - in free throws attempted in a career. Schrock has attempted 634 charity tosses, besting Nikki Knapp's (2002-06) total of 636. Schrock also holds the EMU record for career made free throws with 467.

Miami at Bowling Green, 2 pm
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The Falcons of head coach Curt Miller will open the home portion of the Mid-American Conference schedule with a Saturday (Jan. 8) game vs. Miami University. Miami will enter Saturday's game with an overall record of 8-6, and the RedHawks are 0-1 in MAC action. MU dropped a 76-62 decision at Kent State in Wednesday's conference opener. MU is averaging 73.7 points per game, while surrendering 73.4 ppg. Individually, sophomore guard Courtney Osborn has 17.7 points per game to pace three double-digit scorers. Osborn has made 33 three-point field goals to lead the RedHawks in that department, and she also tops the team in assists (4.7 apg) and steals (2.1 spg). A pair of juniors, guard Maggie Boyer and forward Rachael Hencke, have 13.5 and 10.2 ppg, respectively. The Falcons have not lost since losing their first game of the season as they are now 13-1 after defeating Ohio, 66-54, to begin MAC play on Wednesday. BG is led by two-time defending MAC Player of the Year, senior guard Lauren Prochaska. This year she is averaging 20.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Earlier this season she set an NCAA record when she made 70 consecutive free throws. Senior point guard Tracy Pontius is also a key player for the Falcons. She averages 13.0 points and 4.1 assists per game. Bowling Green has yet to allow an opponent to reach 70 points this season, while it has scored at least 80 in five games. 




CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's swimming programs were both winners on Saturday, January 8, edging Notre Dame College in a dual meet in the Veale Natatorium. Freshman diver Dan Jacobson (Solon, OH/Solon) - pictured - took first on both boards as the men's team earned a 123.5-99.5 decision. Another rookie, Maggie Dillione (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North), paced the women with two wins in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle as the women's squad won 108-88.

On the men’s side, the Spartans claimed eight individual wins and another victory in the relays to move to 5-0 on the season in dual meet competition.

In the 1,000-yard freestyle, sophomore Chris Emr (Rockville, MD/Thomas Sprigg Wootton) and freshman Tyler Piedimonte (Cranberry Township, PA/Seneca Valley) finished in the top two spots for Case. Emr turned in a winning time of 10:09.50, while Piedimonte touched behind in 10:16.84.

Freshman Scott McHenry (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury) was a runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle event, notching a time of 1:47.25.

In the 50 free, freshman Gus Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) took first in 21.56 as another rookie, Sean Corcoran (Harleysville, PA/Souderton Area), placed second with a time of 22.91.

Freshman Nick Clyde (Ann Arbor, MI/Huron) and senior Robby Browning (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South) also went first and second in the 200 yard IM, with Clyde recording a winning time of 2:03.17. Browning, who also won the 100 yard backstroke event in 53.18, touched the wall right behind in 2:05.16.

Another freshman took first for the Spartans in the 100-yard butterfly, with Sean Nickley (Springfield, VA/West Springfield) winning in 53.64. Heath Hudgins (Chapel Hill, NC/East Chapel Hill) was a winner in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.61.

Junior Sam Geiger (Westlake, OH/St. Edward) was a second-place finisher in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:54.55.

Jacobson, who is already an NCAA provisional qualifier, won the one-meter dive event, edging his closest competitor 271.40-210.40. In the three meter, Jacobson put up a score of 281.30 to win by 91.3 points.

Case’s ‘A’ foursome also took first in the 200-yard medley relay to score for the Spartans.

The women produced a 20-point victory on the strength of eight individual wins and another first-place result in the relays and improved to 3-2 for the 2010-11 season.

Freshman Sara Tillie (Fallston, MD/Fallston) and senior Kelsey Zeller (Cincinnati, OH/Anderson) finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Tillie, who also won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:21.92, took the event in 11:22.67 as Zeller touched close behind in 11:25.44.

Dillione, a winner in the 200 free with her time of 1:56.52, was followed by junior Stephanie Campbell (Highland Heights, OH/Mayfield) in second place with a time of 2:01.18. The pair also ran first and second in the 100-yard butterfly, with Dillione finishing in 59.84 and Campbell turning in a time of 1:02.61.

Senior Roxanne Leyshon (Cambridge, OH/Mercersburg Academy) led the way with a 25.18, first-place result in the 50-yard freestyle, while freshman Catie Gormley (North Royalton, OH/North Royalton) pulled in second at 25.56.

Senior Emma Call (Baltimore, MD/Baltimore Polytechnic Institute) scored a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:20.90.

In the 100-yard freestyle, junior Jessica Nuhfer (Warren, PA/Warren Area) was a winner in a time of 55.64. Ellen Crummy took first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.68.

In the relays, Case’s 200-yard medley relay ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams went one-two to highlight the afternoon.

Next up for the Spartans will be a dual match at local rival Baldwin-Wallace College on Friday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Bennies alum Cory Pecoraro 

named one of the captains for 

Case Reserve baseball team

Jan. 8

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND– Following a school-record 24 wins last season, expectations are high for the 2011 Case Western Reserve University baseball team. The Spartans return seven starting position players and eight pitchers from last year’s rotation as the team looks to contend for a University Athletic Association Championship and a berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Fifth-year head coach Matt Englander is embracing the lofty outlook and anticipates his team will do the same.

“I would hope that our expectations are affected by last season, especially when talking about some of the older guys who came in more believing in what Case Western Reserve baseball could be and what we could accomplish,” said Englander. “Experiencing some of that vision last year has really proved to those players that they were right, and that we can be the type of program we want to be.”

The Spartans finished the 2010 season at 24-18 with a second-place showing at the UAA Championship in early March in Sanford, Florida. In addition to the school-record 24 victories, Case’s .571 winning percentage was the best in merged University history and the UAA runner-up finish was the program’s best in 21 years of UAA competition.

“I would be disappointed if our success last year, as mild as it may have been, didn’t affect our expectations going into this year,” noted Englander. Hopefully we can manifest our success into how hard we work and prepare for this year as opposed to just expecting to win. We don’t get to bring any of those wins from last year into 2011, so we really have to try to build off of the experience and make ourselves better.”

Englander has the luxury of returning his top three hitters from a season ago, including two that batted .400 or better, and seven players overall that batted at least .300. The Spartan pitching staff continues to grow and returns eight arms from last year’s squad. The head coach has named senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale), senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) and designated hitter/infielder Cory Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine) as the team captains for the season.

The Spartans return their entire starting infield, which includes four All-UAA selections. Englander values the quality of his returning infielders more than the quantity. The head coach also appreciates that his players are taking nothing for granted.

“The biggest benefit is who we bring back and the fact that they don’t see it as ‘the job-is-mine’,” said Englander. “They know they still have to go out and earn it every day. We have guys like Matt Keen (sophomore shortstop) who had a great freshman year and still goes out and works just as hard, if not harder. And we have guys like Chad Mullins, who is one of the best players in program history and continues to set an example to get better.”

The aforementioned Mullins and Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) were each first-team All-UAA picks last season.

Mullins led the league in batting average (.445), hits (69), and runs batted-in (50), while slugging five homeruns and scoring 45 runs. His 69 base-hits and 18 doubles also ranked fifth and 10th in the country, respectively. Mullins has led the Spartans in batting average in each of his three seasons and is a two-time first-team All-UAA honoree.

Keen finished eighth in the UAA in average (.400) and led the team in homers (8) and runs (48) en route to being named the conference’s Rookie of the Year. He also finished second on the squad with 58 hits, 41 RBI, 11 stolen bases in 13 attempts and was named the MVP of the UAA Championship.

Case also returns a pair of second-team All-UAA infielders in senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) and sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School). In 38 games and 33 starts behind the plate, Bills batted .327 with two home runs, 27 RBI and eight doubles. Ossola was third on the team with a .370 average and totaled 11 doubles, 31 RBI and 30 runs scored.

Also returning from last year’s .300 club is senior designated hitter/infielder Cory Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine) and junior second baseman Bobby Marko (Lyndhurst, OH/Brush)Pecoraro batted .323 with 12 doubles and 24 RBI. Marko hit .311 with three triples and 15 RBI.  

The Spartans lost a pair of starting outfielders to graduation in All-UAA rightfielder Sam Keefe and co-captain Clay Hurley. Despite the losses, Englander expects significant production from all three spots  and believes that all six outfielders on his roster will contribute.

“We have three outfield spots and all six guys are certainly in the running to play,” said Englander. “Outfield is an interesting position for us, because we have a lot of older guys who have different experiences. None of the guys are really alike; they all bring different skill-sets which helps them contribute to our team.”

Junior Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams), who also has split time at first base, moves to the outfield full-time after batting .336 with two homers and 25 RBI last season. Also back is junior Matt Richards (San Juan Capistrano, CA/San Clemente), who played in 33 games with 18 starts and is expected to make an impact after a strong offseason, and juniors Jackson Stone (Arlington, TX/Lamar) and Jimmy Abed (Westlake, OH/Westlake), who each saw action in more than 20 games last season.

The head coach also sees junior Eric Gobuty (Granada Hills, CA/Granada Hills) and freshman Jordan Dague (Barberton, OH/Barberton) in the outfield mix.

Most of the main components of Case’s rotation are back from last year, and Englander expects plenty of competition for time on the mound.

“Last year we really had a young pitching staff and were able to get a lot of guys innings,” noted Englander. “It is still up in the air as to who is going to play what role. But, we have a versatile staff and each guy brings a different look and that is going to allow us to match up well with our opponents.”

The early frontrunners for the four starting spots are junior left-hander A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, GA/St. Pius X), senior righties Devin Dye (Canton, OH/Jackson) and Cory Smith (Chagrin Falls, OH/NDCL), and sophomore lefty Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg).

Boshinski was 3-4 with a 6.17 earned run average and 36 strikeouts in 46.2 innings pitched. Dye had a 5.83 ERA and two saves in 29.1 IP, while Smith was 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA. Hora was 2-2 with a 4.82 ERA, two saves and three complete games in 37.1 innings pitched.

Englander also expects senior righty Zach Fry (Colorado Springs, CO/Air Academy) to return strong from arm surgery after posting a 7-3 record with a 4.93 ERA in a team-high 49.1 innings.  

The Spartan freshman class consists of eight players and Englander expects each to see significant time in 2011. Left-handed pitchers John Fortunato (Toledo, OH/St. Francis DeSales)Ray Kelly (Rochester, NY/Aquinas Institute) and Matt Varley (Copley, OH/Copley) along with infielder Andrew Frey (Mentor, OH/Mentor) and the previously mentioned Dague are likely to contribute early.

Fowler Scores Career-Best 22 as 

Spartan Men win UAA Opener at 

Carnegie Mellon

PITTSBURGH, PA – Sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed a game-best 12 rebounds as the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team won its University Athletic Association opener, 64-62, at Carnegie Mellon University (PA) on Saturday, January 8 at Skibo Gymnasium.

The Spartans improve to 5-7 overall and have now won three of four. Carnegie Mellon falls to 3-8.

In addition to Fowler’s fourth double-double of the season, senior wing Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) scored 13 points and senior center Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) totaled 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

Carnegie Mellon was led by Christian Manoli with 14 points.

The Spartans never led in the first half and Carnegie Mellon built a nine-point lead when Matthew Pettit hit a layup to make the score 19-10 at 9:16. Case rallied with an 8-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Anderson at 7:19. The Spartans then got to within one on two more occasions -- the last coming at 24-23 when senior forward Alex Hildebrandt (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) made a tip-in with 4:42 left in the half. However, CMU was able to finish the half on a 10-5 run to lead 34-28.

In the second half, the Spartans opened on an 8-0 run to grab their first lead, of 36-34, when junior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) hit a jumper at 17:23. The lead then changed hands several times before a 5-0 CMU run ending with an Andre Moore three-pointer gave the Tartans a 52-46 advantage with 8:35 left to play.

Case rallied with another 8-0 run ending in a triple by freshman point guard Mike Byrne (Newton, PA/Holy Ghost) that made the score 54-52. After CMU tied the score twice, the Spartans built their advantage to five, at 62-57, when Fowler nailed a jumper with 3:23 left on the clock. The Tartans chipped away down the stretch and had a chance to tie it, but a Manoli jumper at the buzzer missed, giving the Spartans the 64-62 victory.

For the game, the Spartans held a key 48-36 advantage on the boards.

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