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Case Reserve's Tricia McCutchan Awarded Prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS – Case Western Reserve University volleyball student-athlete Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) has been named one of just 29 fall female student-athletes from around the nation to be awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association Postgraduate Scholarship.

A biomedical engineering major with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, McCutchan will graduate in May as the most accomplished player in CWRU Volleyball history. Upon graduation, she will attend medical school in the state of Ohio.

"I am incredibly honored to have been selected for this scholarship out of the many accomplished female student-athletes across the nation," said McCutchan. "I have worked very hard to balance academics, athletics and leadership positions as an undergraduate, and I am excited to be rewarded with a scholarship for those efforts. I have greatly valued my time as a student-athlete at Case, and my volleyball memories will stay with me forever."

A three-time Capital One Academic All-American®, McCutchan's senior season included a second career American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region nod and a first-team All-University Athletic Association selection. The senior led the UAA with 457 kills, while ranking second with 116 blocks and seventh with a .316 hitting percentage. She also posted 277 digs while playing in all 118 sets.

A four-time All-UAA selection and three-time Academic All-UAA performer, McCutchan finished her career with the CWRU records for kills (1,917), sets played (495) and blocks (489) in addition to earning UAA Athlete of the Week honors seven times.

McCutchan, a two-time Case School of Engineering Outstanding Student (2009-10 and 2010-11) and the University's Dorothy L. Hoza Award winner in 2011, also maintained heavy involvement on campus. Amongst her leadership positions, she has served as Undergraduate Chairperson for CWRU's Relay for Life.

Case Western Reserve University has a strong tradition of producing NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners, with eight recipients in the last six years. The program was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. An equitable approach is employed in reviewing each applicant's nomination form to provide opportunity to all student-athlete nominees to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.

W&J Men, Grove City/Westminster Women Take Lead in 2011-12 PAC All-Sports Trophy Races After Winter Season

WEXFORD, Pa. - The Washington & Jefferson men hold a narrow lead and the Grove City and Westminster women are tied at the top in the race for the 2012 PAC All-Sports Trophies, through the 2011-12 winter sports season. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition. First-place finishes are worth 10 points (nine for men), second place is worth nine points (eight for men) ... last place is worth one point.

On the men's side, the Presidents earned 16.5 points this winter season to earn first place with 32.5 points, just ahead of Saint Vincent (32) and followed by Grove City (30.5), Thomas More (27), Thiel (26), Bethany (24.5), Waynesburg (23), Geneva (22.5), and Westminster (21). Washington & Jefferson has won or shared the last seven PAC Men's All-Sports Trophy titles.

The women's race saw Grove City use its PAC winter championship in swimming & diving to hold onto a share of first place, while Westminster used a second place finish in swimming & diving to tie the Wolverines. Both teams have earned a total of 44 points. Grove City and Westminster are followed by Saint Vincent (39), Bethany (38), Thomas More (33.5), Waynesburg (33.5), Washington & Jefferson (28.5), Geneva (27), Thiel (19.5), and Chatham (13). Grove City broke Westminster's four-year hold on the PAC Women's All-Sports Trophy title in 2010-11.

Founded in 1955, the Presidents' Athletic Conference continues its mission of promoting intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Consisting of 10 select private institutions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high pressure intercollegiate athletics. With academics at the center of each member's philosophy, the PAC is built on the principle that an athletic program is a part of college life, but not an entity in itself. The PAC annually crowns champions in 19 sports (10 men, nine women) as a member of NCAA Division III. 

Following are the current 2011-12 PAC Men's & Women's All-Sports Trophy Standings through the 2011-12 winter season:

Current 2011-12 PAC Men's All-Sports Standings
1. Washington & Jefferson (W&J) - 32.5 points
2. Saint Vincent (SVC) - 32 points
3. Grove City (GRO) - 30.5 points
4. Thomas More (TMC) - 27 points
5. Thiel (THI) - 26 points
6. Bethany (BET) - 24.5 points
7. Waynesburg (WAY) - 23 points
8. Geneva (GEN) - 22.5 points
9. Westminster (WES) - 21 points

Mount Union to play Indiana Wesleyan in Sweet 16

Nationally ranked Mount Union (#6 in D3hoops.com and ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches polls) plays No. 16 Illinois Wesleyan in the sectional round (round of 16) of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Friday at 7 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The game will also be LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and WDPN AM 1310 and simulcast online with LIVE AUDIO and LIVE STATS right here.  D3hoops.com will be providing a LIVE VIDEO feed of every game at the site.

It will be the second of two games at the site as No. 22 Centre (Ky.) plays Carthage (Wis.) in a game that will tip-off at 5 pm. 

Tickets will be available at the door starting at 3:30 pm for $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Mount Union won its third-straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship and knocked off LaRoche (Pa.) 73-63 in the opening round then rallied from a double-digit second half deficit to knock off No. 25 Muhlenberg, 61-55 in the second round.

Illinois Wesleyan won its fifth-straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship and blew out both Maryville (Tenn.) 84-42 and No. 23 Thomas More (Ky.) 87-50 in the first two rounds.

The OAC and CCIW are two of 43 conferences that receive automatic bids into the tournament. There were also 20 national al-large bids and a final spot reserved for teams not in one of the automatic bid conferences to make up the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.  

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Purple Raiders are making their third-straight and sixth ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Mount Union has a 16-5 record in NCAA Tournament games making it to the round of 16 in 1995 and 2010, losing in the national championship game in 1996 and finishing third in the nation in 1998.

The Titans are in the "Sweet 16" for a fourth year in a row and are making their ninth overall and sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance with a 13-9 record.  A year ago, they finished fourth in the nation and hosted of the national semifinals and finals.

THE SERIES

This will be the first-ever meeting between the schools in women's basketball.  The two schools have met in NCAA post-season play on the football field with the Raiders scoring wins in 1992 (49-27) and 1996 (49-14).

COACHES

Suzy Venet (Mount Union '98) is 132-62 in her seventh season at her Alma mater.  Venet was an All-American for the Purple Raiders and is the OAC's all-time assists leader.  As head coach, the Raiders have won two OAC regular season titles, three OAC Tournament titles and made three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.  She is a two-time OAC Coach of the Year and was WBCA Region and D3hoops Region Coach of the Year in 2012.  She was an assistant coach at Bowling Green and Minnesota State-Mankato then got her first heading coaching job at Manchester (Ind.) College.  Including her season at Manchester, her career coaching record is 143-78.

Mia Smith (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville '86) is 278-108 in her 14th season at Illinois Wesleyan.  She is the Titans' all-time wins leader and is a four-time CCIW Coach of the Year including this year.  She has led IWU to six conference titles and seven NCAA Tournament appearances highlighted by a fourth place finish a year ago.


Baldwin-Wallace Softball Earns Split on Day Four of Rebel 


Spring Games

KISSIMMEE, FLA. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team earned a split today (Wednesday, March 7, 2012) against Albion (Mich.) College and Bluffton University on the third day of the annual Rebel Spring Games at Osceola  County Softball Complex.

The Yellow Jackets shutout Albion by a final score of 7-0 and then fell to Bluffton 6-1 in the final game of the day. B-W ends its spring break trip with a pair of games on Thursday, March 8.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets offense produced seven runs on seven hits led by sophomore third baseman Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) as she went 2-for-3 with a double, homerun and three runs batted in.  


Freshman shortstop Brittany Lightel (Tallmadge) went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored.  Sophomore first baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) went 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored.

On the mound, sophomore Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) picked up her second win of the season as she pitched five scoreless innings.  Murray struck out five batters and allowed one walk and just two hits.  Sophomore Nikki Peskura (Strongsville) made her collegiate debut in relief as she pitched two scoreless innings.  Peskura struck out one batter and allowed just one hit.
In game two, the B-W offense scored one run on seven hits and was led by Mullen and Lightel who each went 2-for-3.


Greene


B-W Women’s Tennis Team Loses to Elizabethtown (Pa.), 8-


1, in Hilton Head, S.C.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team lost to Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, 8-1, this morning (Wednesday, March 7, 2012) in the sixth match of its Annual Spring Break Trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. B-W also plays Alvernia (Pa.) College in its final spring trip match later today at 2:30 p.m.

Despite its loss, B-W is now 4-7 overall, including a 4-2 mark in Hilton Head. Elizabethtown, an NCAA Division III Tournament participant a year ago,  is now 4-0 overall.

EC gained a 3-0 lead in doubles and then won five of six singles matches to win for the fourth time down south.

In singles play, senior No.1 player Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) won by the scores of 6-3 and 6-2. With her victory in singles, Greene has 49 career wins and moves up to rank 10th all-time.

Following its two matches today, the Yellow Jackets return to Berea and begin northern play on March 23 when it travels to Gambier to play another NCAA Div. III tourney team in Kenyon College. The first home match is on Saturday, March 31 when B-W hosts OAC rival Muskingum UNiversity on the “Pop” Collins Courts at 1:00 p.m.

DEPAUW ASSUMES LEAD IN 2011-12 NCAC ALL-SPORTS RACE 

CLEVELAND, OH -- DePauw won one outright league championship to go along with one third-place finish and three fourth-place finishes to vault into the lead in the race for the 2011-12 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship.

The Tigers, who are in their inaugural season as members of the Westlake-based NCAC, won the women's basketball title outright and also posted top-four finishes in men's swimming & diving (third), women's swimming & diving (fourth), men's indoor track & field (fourth) and women's indoor track & field (fourth). DPU also finished in a tie for sixth in men's basketball to earn 89.5 points and a three-and-a-half point lead over second-place Ohio Wesleyan (86.0) in the race for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. The Battling Bishops posted top-three finishes in three sports this winter, including the school's sixth-consecutive NCAC title in women's indoor track & field.

Denison (83.0), which won both the men's and women's swimming & diving  titles for the fourth consecutive season, is three points behind the Battling Bishops in third place. Kenyon (76.5) placed fourth after finishing second in men's and women's swimming & diving and tying for second in women's basketball, while Wittenberg (75.0) sits in fifth after taking home the men's basketball crown for the first time since 2004. Allegheny is in sixth (72.0) followed by Wooster (70.0), Oberlin (62.5), Wabash (47.5) and Hiram (37.0). Wabash earned its second-straight men's indoor track & field title.

The All-Sports champion earns the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy, given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 23 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice), a tie between Denison and OWU in 2009, Wittenberg in 2010 and finally Denison's title last year. 

Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 132 team championships during the NCAC's 28 playing seasons. Denison is next with 119 titles, followed by Allegheny (107), Kenyon (96) , Wittenberg (74), Wooster (72), Oberlin (11), Wabash (11), Hiram (2) and DePauw (2).

North Coast Athletic Conference 
2011-12 All-Sports Standings
(Winter)
   School                  Points
1.  DePauw             89.5
2.  Ohio Wesleyan     86.0
3.  Denison             83.0
4.  Kenyon                     76.5
5.  Wittenberg             75.0
6.  Allegheny             72.0
7.  Wooster             70.0
8.  Oberlin                     62.5
9.  Wabash*             47.5
10.  Hiram                     37.0
   * Wabash is an all-male institution 

Akron native Bethany Haver qualifies for NCAA 

nationals

WASHINGTON, Pa. --  The NCAA Division III diving committee released the 22-woman national championship field on Tuesday afternoon and Washington & Jefferson College senior Bethany Haver (Akron, Ohio/Harvey S. Firestone) earned her second-straight invitation.

The NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships will be held March 21-24 at the Indiana Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.  Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corporation will serve as hosts. 

Last year, Haver became the first woman in Presidents’ Athletic Conference history to compete in the national diving championships.  She excelled on both boards, becoming a two-time All-American.  On the 3-meter board, Haver posted 423.10 points to claim fifth place.  She then took seventh place on the 1-meter board two days later with a total of 412.50 points. 


Haver battled through injuries this winter to earn a return trip to the NCAA Championships.  In February, she dominated both boards once again at the PAC Championships, sweeping the 1-meter (410.85) and 3-meter (427.95) competitions.  Haver was also selected as the PAC Diver of the Year for the third time during her career after raising her career conference title total to seven. 

On Jan. 14, Haver broke her own school record in the 1-meter event during a dual meet at Grove City when posting 461.77 points.  She established the 3-meter school mark as a junior with 457.72 points. 

For the second-straight year, Haver will be the only diver representing a college or university from Pennsylvania.  Twelve of last year’s 22 competitors also participated last year at the University of Tennessee, including the defending 1- and 3-meter champion, Danica Roskos of The College of New Jersey. 

Also joining Haver from last year’s national championship field are: Trinity’s (Texas) Ruth Hahn, Springfield’s Jen Thompson and Courtney Keefe, Baldwin-Wallace’s Julie Pinter, Chicago’s Becky Schmidt, SUNY-Fredonia’s Sarah Ficcaro, Clark’s Eileen Garcia, TCNJ’s Sabrina Lucchesi, St. Thomas’ Jennifer Easton and Amherst’s Lizzy Linsmayer. 

Haver’s 2012 appearance will mark the 13th time in the 26-year history of the NCAA Division III Championships that a Washington Jefferson College swimmer or diver will be competing. The 13 different showings are the most among Presidents’ Athletic Conference schools.

Washington & Jefferson men’s and women’s swimming & diving is led by Head Coach Mike Orstein, a 15-time PAC Coach of the Year.  He has coached 17 NCAA Division III All-Americans.  Diving Coach Vic Galati is a five-time PAC Diving Coach of the Year.

MAC ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT FOR TEMPLE TO WITHDRAW FROM CONFERENCE


 

Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today in conjunction with Temple University that the two parties have reached an agreement for Temple to leave the Conference immediately. Temple spent five seasons (2007-11) with the Conference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Statement from MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher regarding Temple:

“Temple University requested to be released from its obligation, as a football-only member of providing two season’s prior notice before departing the Mid-American Conference.  As a result the Conference and its member institutions engaged in a dialogue with Temple regarding an appropriate resolution.  We have come to an agreement that is fair to the parties involved.”

 

“As a result, the Mid-American Conference has adjusted its football divisional alignment.  Bowling Green State University will compete in the East Division that will consist of seven member institutions.  The West Division will have six members.  The eight-game Conference schedule should be released within several weeks.”

 

Background Information For Media:

-The negotiated exit fee for Temple to leave the Mid-American Conference is $6 million.

 

-2012 MAC Football Divisional Alignment

East Division:  Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, UMass, Miami, Ohio

West Division:  Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan.

 

-Since 2007, the MAC has operated under a 13-member football membership model.


North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt, Green's Amanda Rose named 


Academic All OAC


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union seniors Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and Amanda Rose(Green/Green) were each named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference by the conference's 10 faculty athletics representatives.

  
Wiedt (L), Rose (R)

Wiedt, now a two-time Academic All-OAC selection, shared OAC Player of the Year honors this season with teammate Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) and is second on the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game and is fifth in the nation in three-point shooting percentage at .455.  A four-time All-OAC selection, Wiedt is fifth on the school's all-time list with 1,258 career points and is the all-time leader in three-pointers made with 238.  Off the court, she is a biology major with a 3.48 grade point average and is doing an internship with The Sherwin Williams Co. in Cleveland, Ohio.


Rose is a three-time Academic All-OAC pick that was named All-OAC Second Team earlier this season.  She is the Purple Raiders' top rebounder at 5.3 points per game and is third in scoring at 11.5 points per game.  A two-time All-OAC selection, she is 11th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,100 points.  Off the court, she is a business administration major with a 3.95 grade point average, who has done internships with Fannie May Confections in Akron, Mount Union's Office of Human Resorces and The Timken Company in Canton.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 gpa, be a starter or keyreserve and be in at least her second year of participation in the sport.


The duo have helped lead the Raiders to three OAC Tournament titles, two OAC Regular Season titles and Mount Union is currently ranked sixth in the nation and hosting the Sectional round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.   The Raiders "Sweet 16" matchup with Illinois Wesleyan will be Friday at 7 pm in Alliance.

 

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