A Page -- June 9, 2010







By Keri Alexander Luchowski

June 9, 2010

WESTLAKE -- DePauw University of Greencastle, Indiana, has accepted a unanimous invitation to join the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office here announced today. 

The NCAC was founded in 1983 based upon the principles of a strong commitment to equality for women, a firm belief in a broad-based athletic program as part of an institutions’ greater academic mission and a reliance on presidential leadership. With the addition of women’s golf for the 2010-11 season, the NCAC will sponsor 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women. 

DePauw will begin NCAC competition in 2011-12 in all sports with the exception of football, which, due to existing contracts, will begin play in 2012.

“The North Coast Athletic Conference is home to many of the most outstanding undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the lower Great Lakes states. We are as proud that all members host chapters of Phi Beta Kappa as we are of the high level of athletic competition that makes the NCAC one of the leading conferences in NCAA Division III,” said Dale Knobel, president of Denison University and president of the NCAC. “DePauw University already partners with other NCAC colleges in a variety of academic activities. It just seems natural that DePauw's student-athletes should now join their peers and friends of the NCAC on the playing field.”

The expansion brings the core NCAC membership to 10 NCAA Division III institutions stretching from Pennsylvania through Ohio to Indiana. DePauw joins Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.), Denison University (Granville, Oh.), Hiram College (Hiram, Oh.), Kenyon College (Gambier, Oh.), Oberlin College (Oberlin, Oh.), Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Oh.), Wabash College (Crawfordsville, In.), Wittenberg University (Springfield, Oh.) and the College of Wooster (Wooster, Oh.). 

This addition provides permanent quality opponents for North Coast athletic teams and moving back to a 10-team core conference will help the NCAC retain its position in a region composed of conferences of similar or larger size.

Founded in 1837, DePauw is a private, selective, coeducational, residential, undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and School of Music with an enrollment of 2,349. More than one out of every five students is a member of an intercollegiate team and the Athletic Department strives to enhance the total educational experience of each Student/Athlete. The Tigers compete in 21 sports and have won five consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference all-sports trophies, including the 2009-10 award, and six in their 12 years of SCAC competition. Prior to membership in the SCAC, DePauw was a founding member of the now-defunct Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference.

“The move to the NCAC aligns DePauw with strong institutions with a similar focus on academic excellence and the overall development of the student with fewer strains on both schedules and budgets,” explained DePauw President Brian Casey.

Allegheny, Denison, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster are charter North Coast members. Wittenberg joined in 1988-89; Hiram and Wabash followed in 1999-00. Charter member Case Western Reserve University relinquished NCAC membership in 1998-99; Earlham College, which joined the league in 1988 with Wittenberg, will begin participating in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on a full-time basis this coming fall, but will be an affiliate North Coast member in field hockey. 

What people are saying:

“DePauw's national reputation as an exemplary liberal arts institution makes them an ideal candidate to join the North Coast Athletic Conference. Student/Athletes at NCAC member schools are scholars, campus leaders, and competitive athletes. I'm looking forward to President Casey's contributions to the NCAC Presidents' Council.”

Tom Chema – President, Hiram College, President Elect, NCAC

"I am very pleased to welcome DePauw to our league. They share our same institutional values, commitment to academic excellence and support for outstanding athletics and Scholar/Athletes. DePauw is a wonderful addition to our league. Their commitment to academic excellence and the core values of Division III athletics make them a perfect fit for the NCAC."

Mark Erickson – President, Wittenberg University, Vice President Elect, NCAC

"We welcome DePauw University to the North Coast Athletic Conference. It will be great to carry on our legendary rivalry within the conference. The high quality of DePauw's academic programs, as well, make them a good fit for the NCAC and the conference's commitment to academic and athletic excellence."

Pat White – President, Wabash College

“We are delighted that DePauw will be joining us as a member of the North Coast Conference. In both an academic and an athletic sense, the Conference will be most happily enriched by the Tigers, and many among us have long hoped for this event.”

Tim Shutt – Faculty Athletic Representative, Kenyon College; Co-Chair NCAC Sports Caucus

“We are thrilled to welcome DePauw University to the North Coast Athletic Conference. We are excited about the new opportunities DePauw brings to the NCAC and can’t wait for competition to begin. DePauw’s commitment to all sports and its support for its student-athletes make it a first-class addition to our league. I look forward to seeing how they enrich our league as they move into full membership.”

Keri Alexander Luchowski, Acting Executive Director, NCAC

“The NCAC is committed to broad-based athletic programs, gender equity, and the campus integration of Student/Athletes. We are very excited about this new partnership, which is a great fit for DePauw.”

S. Page Cotton – Theodore S. Katula Director of Athletics, DePauw University

"Ohio Wesleyan is excited about the addition of DePauw University to the North Coast Athletic Conference. DePauw will bring an outstanding academic curriculum and a broad based athletic program that is highly competitive on both a conference and a national level. We are excited about the opportunity to compete daily against one of the finest Division III athletic programs in the country. DePauw will enhance the rich tradition and history of the North Coast Athletic Conference. " 

Roger Ingles – Director of Athletics, Ohio Wesleyan University

"We are delighted to learn that DePauw is joining the North Coast Athletic Conference. Of course, we have continued to play DePauw in all men's sports during their time in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and our rivalry remains intense and respectful. We admire the competitiveness of DePauw's teams, year in and year out. Now we will have the additional opportunity of playing them within the conference, so we expect our rivalry to be even more meaningful for us and for them. We look forward to playing the Tigers in conference play for years to come."

Tom Bambrey – Director of Athletics, Wabash College

“When the North Coast Athletic Conference was formed in 1984, it was based on strong presidential leadership which emphasized excellence in both academics and athletics. The NCAC's commitment to equity in both women's and men's sports has been its calling card and something that I am proud to have been associated with since the conference's formation 26 years ago. DePauw is an institution that supports the founding principles of the North Coast and we are very pleased to welcome them to the NCAC.”

Lynn Schweizer – Associate Director of Athletics, Denison University

"As president of the NCAC Student/Athletic Advisory Committee, I want to first thank the President's Council for their hard work and dedication to make this process such a great success. In adding DePauw University to this the list of already outstanding schools, our conference as a whole has grown both on the field and on all ten of our campuses. And while our friends at Earlham College will be dearly missed, we wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. I believe DePauw will add another great school to our long storied belief in fostering a supportive relationship between athletics and academics."

Brandon Jacobs – NCAC Student/Athlete Advisory Committee President, College of Wooster student-athlete, track & field

Buchtel's Nathaniel Harris has a hand 

in three state championships

 June 9, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS – Woodridge came with in six points of winning a state track team championship in Boys’ Division II, settling for runner-up honors, two points ahead of third-place winners Buchtel and Dunbar.


The Bulldogs were led by the state champion 3,200-meter relay team of Vibushan Sivakumaran, Kyle Cochrun, Jimmy Charles and Drake Sulzer.


Nathaniel Harris led the Griffens, by winning a state title in both the 100 and 200 dashes and anchoring the 800 relay team that raced to the top prize in the state. Joining Harris on the Buchtel sate titlist relay were Johnathan Coleman, Damarquis Owens. Ernest Calhoun.


St, Vincent St. Mary was led by Doran Grant’s state championship in the 110 hurdles.


Elyria Catholic’s Marty Coolidge won the state championship in the two-mile run.


Keystone’s state champion came win the long jump with Corry Sprouce doing the honors.




June 9, 2010

By Tim Calderwood

O'FALLON, Mo. - The Lake Erie Crushers connected on four homers but were outslugged by the River City Rascals 8-6 in a back and forth contest this morning.

Lee Huggins, who studied at the University of West Florida, connected on a two-run homer over the fence in left-center to spot the Crushers a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Travis Vetters was along for the ride after reaching on an infield single.
Lee Huggins 

River City battled back to tie the score in the third. Caleb Curry led off with a double and with the bases loaded, the Rascals connected on consecutive sacrifice flies to knot the game at 2-2. Josh Banda belted his third homer of the season for the Rascals in the bottom of the fourth to hand River City its first lead at 3-2.
Arden McWilliams
Shaker's McWilliams

Arden McWilliams, the Shaker Heights High alum who did his higher education work at both Indiana U. and Florida Southern, connected on his third deep fly of the season leading of the top of the fifth to tie the score at 3-3. The Rascals again immediately countered, scoring a run in the bottom of the inning on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Danny Sawyer. Travis Vetters went deep to center in the top of the sixth inning to put the Crushers ahead 5-4.

The lead was momentary as River City again equaled the score in the bottom of the inning. Josh Banda netted his second homer of the game leading off the sixth following a delay of over 30 minutes to tend to home plate umpire Mark Baden, who was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons, parking a 1-0 pitch from Cardoza Tucker over the fence in left. The Rascals took their largest lead of the game in the seventh, plating three runs to go up 8-5 as Chad Maddox doubled in a pair to take control. Arden McWilliams hit his second homer of the game leading off the ninth to account for the final tally.

Travis Vetters, a former Studnt/Athlete and the University of Portland, and Arden McWilliams each posted two hits in the contest. 
Travis Vetters

The roadtrip concludes tomorrow with an 8:05 p.m. contest. RHP Phil Rummel takes the ball for the Crushers with RHP Josh Lowey countering for the Rascals. 


Ø  The four homers were the first four hit of the roadtrip by the Crushers

Ø  Dom Duggan was caught stealing for the first time this season in the top of the first inning

Ø  Cardoza Tucker, activated from injured reserve yesterday, pitched .1 innings, facing four batters in the sixth