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B-W Senior Defensive End Derron Hamilton is Known as the "Sackmaster" for Good Reason


By Kevin Ruple

BEREA --  In today’s world of collegiate football, size counts. When most offensive linemen, even at the NCAA Division III level, seem to be massive, how is a six-foot and two-inch and 195-pound defensive end supposed to be effective?  Just ask Baldwin-Wallace College senior Derron “Sackmaster” Hamilton (Euclid).
  
 
In B-W’s (6-1 overall and 5-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference) first seven contests,Hamilton has record an NCAA Division III-high 11 quarterback sacks, including 9.5 sacks in a three-week span. He enters game on Saturday October 29 with Muskingum eighth on the team in total tackles with 31. Hamilton is first with 11 sacks for 69 yards in losses, 13.5 tackles for lost yardage totalling 73 yards and he is one of three Yellow Jackets who have recovered a pair of fumbles.

According to B-W Defensive Coordinator Jim Meyer, Hamilton is his best lineman this season. And Meyer, who coached one of the pass rushers in NFL history in Jason Taylor of the Miami Dolphins when he was an assistant coach at the University of Akron, ought to know a good one when he sees one.

 
Derron is probably our hardest worker in practice and has all kinds of desire,” said Meyer, who also praises his entire line, includng his other defensive end Sonny Hazelwood (Elyria). “Derron has a ton of raw talent and continues to get better each day, each week and each game.  It is just fun to watch him play. He just stalks the opposing quaterback. They know he’s coming and they know he’s generally too quick to block.

"But the thing that Derron has done more of this season is play strong, solid run defense,” continued Meyer. “He knew that working on his run-defense was an important part of him getting additional playing time this season and being a starter. He has done that and more. We are very pleased with his effort so far, and he knows he has to keep getting better to help his team. Derron comes to practice every day looking to get better and working to help us win.”

Four years ago, Hamilton entered the Yellow Jacket program all of 175 pounds. His progress has been nothing short of progressive.

As a freshman, he strictly played on the junior varsity team and got an opportunity to rotate at defensive end with a number of other players.

As a sophomore, Hamilton began to split time between the varsity and junior varsity and received limited varsity playing time. It was that offseason that the transformation from simple DE to “sackmaster” began to materialize.


“You could see Derron change from just being one of our sophomores to being a junior who was committed and really wanted to play and help his team,” said Assistant Defensive Line Coach and 2011 B-W graduate and All-American Kevin Phipps. “He got bigger and stronger and more committed. What he did in our scrimmage last year against Case Western Reserve was just a prelude to what has occurred the past two seasons.  Now, Derronis one of the best DE’s in the OAC.”

So, what happened in that scrimmage against CWRU in late summer 2010?  Hamilton dominated everyone who tried to block him, and although “official” statistics are not kept in a scrimmage, He registed five and possibly six quaterback sacks and totally disrupted anything that the Spartans wanted to accomplish.

“It was like someone just unleashed him,” said current senior defensive tackle Max Wagner. “It was fun just watching him from the sideline. When you are on the field with him, it is even more fun to watch him play. He’s relentless when chasing a quaterback. Just relentless.”

As a junior, Hamilton continued his emergence and contributed 34 total tackles, including 22 solo stops, 5.5 QB sacks, two forced fumbles by QBs while being sacked, two fumble recoveries and at least two deflected passes.

“It is fun playing football and helping your team,” saidHamilton, who is a sport management major, interned with the Akron Racers Professional Softball team and works both with the Lou Higgins Recreation Center and sports information staffs at B-W. “I enjoy chasing and catching the opposing quaterback. But I knew that I needed to get better at run defense to start this season. This year, it is a bit more of a controlled rush, but that has diminished my desire to sack the quaterback.”

So, what does Hamilton think about his nickname, “Sackmaster”?

“It is fun to have that nickname in particular,” said Derron, who always seems to have a big, wide smile on his face. “It implies that I’m pretty good at something, and that’s a good thing. But the most important thing is that we win as a team. I’m here to contribute to my team.  That is my one and most important goal every time I step on the field.”

Hamilton comes from strong football roots. His father, Chris Hamilton, played football at The College of Wooster.  It made for a fun beginning of the season the past two years when the Yellow Jackets opened the season against the Fighting Scots.

“I really enjoyed the game and the experience,” said Derron, who was featured with his father during this fall’s SportsTime Ohio telecast of the B-W versus Wooster contest. “I think my Dad was both proud of his son and also happy to see us play at Wooster. He got to go back to campus and to his college roots. It was just a special experience for both of us.”

n that game, a 23-0 Yellow Jacket victory, Hamilton had 1.5 QB sacks and both forced a fumble and then returned it for a touchdown. Unfortunately a penalty negated the score.

Two weeks later, he had 2.5 sacks in a 14-11 upset loss to Capital University. Following the game, he received the 34th Annual Lee Tressel Shrine Classic B-W Player of the Game for his efforts.

"It was nice, but I would trade it in a minute for a win," said Hamiltonwith that trademark grin. "A happy team is much better than a happy individual."

Then, the following week, he again stood out in a 3.5-sack performance in a 17-7 win at Marietta College. Hamilton was subsequently selected as the OAC Defensive Player of the Week as well as a Beyond Sports College Network (BSN) Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

"I liked that honor much better," said Hamilton. "It's not that I didn't apreciate the award on Shriners' Day. It's that we won at Marietta and I could share that game and effort with my teammates."

“It is just a joy to watch him play,” said injured senior running backTim Miker (Parma). “Just the way he goes after the quarterback and the way he plays the game.  The desire that he exudes. It just makes you proud to be a Yellow Jacket.”

It seems that Hamilton's trademark smile and laugh rubs off on his teammates.

Saturday when the Yellow Jackets take the field against the Muskingum University Fighting Muskies, keep your eyes on number 93 for Baldwin-Wallace. You can bet the Muskies will be looking for him every time they even think about passing the football!

Heidelberg Women's Basketball Team Picked to Finish 10th in 

OAC


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University women's basketball team was picked to
finish 10th in the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season standings during
the 2011-12 season in a vote by league coaches, announced today by the
league office.  The 'Berg received 10 points.

The University of Mount Union was predicted to win the regular season
championship in a unanimous vote with 81 points and nine first-place votes.
Baldwin-Wallace College came in second with 70 points and one first-place
vote.  Coaches could not vote for their own team.

Following Mount Union and B-W were Ohio Northern University in third place
with 63 points and Capital University and Otterbein University in a tie for
fourth place with 50 points each.  Rounding out places 6-10 were Muskingum
University (45), Wilmington College (36), John Carroll University (23),
Marietta College (22) and Heidelberg.

  
Sandusky's Kathleen Phillips (L), Burton's Emily Giel (R)


Fourth-year head coach Marcie Alberts welcomes back seven letter winners and
four starters from a season ago.  Sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips
(Sandusky/St. Mary's) leads all returners with a 12.7 points per game
average from 2010-11, along with 3.4 rebounds per game, 38 steals and a 33.3
field-goal percentage (101-of-303).  Sophomore guard Emily Giel
(Burton/Burkshire) brings her 6.2 ppg. average, team-high 64 assists and 29
steals back to the court.  Junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway), who
averaged 4.1 ppg. and tallied 32 assists and 27 steals, will look to
increase her role this season.  All three student-athletes started at least
16 games last season.

Incoming guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) and forward Ally
Blum (Galion/Northmoor), and transfer Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) are
expected to have an immediate impact on the team.

The Berg returns 41.6 percent of its scoring and 32.4 percent of its
rebounding from last season.

Heidelberg opens its 2011-12 slate at the Emmanuel (Mass.) College Saints
Invitational in Boston, Mass. on Nov. 18-20.  Other non-conference games
include playing at Earlham (Ind.) College (Nov. 22), at Kenyon College (Nov.
30), hosting Case Western Reserve University (Dec. 5), and at Oberlin
College
 (Jan. 2).

The OAC schedule features a double round-robin among the league's 10 teams,
with each team playing all other teams once at home and once on the road.
The top eight teams in the final regular season standings advance to the
2012 OAC Women's Basketball Tournament.

The team, along with Heidelberg's men's basketball team, will officially
kick off the 2011-12 season tonight with Hoopapalooza at Seiberling
Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Fans can meet the teams, take in dunk and
three-point shooting contests and have a chance to win $300.  The first 75
fans to sign up with receive a free 6th Man Club t-shirt.  Admission is
free.




In derivatives of three, 13th-ranked Mount 


Union basketball eyeing big national prize this 


season; two legs of Columbia Road Connection 


to be the backbone of the Raiders


Mount Union's women's basketball team, ranked No. 13 in the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25, hopes "three is a charm" in 2011-12 as the Purple Raiders bring back three starters, look for a third-straight Ohio Athletic Conference title and third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.


Two of those three starters hail from the Columbia Road corridor on the West Side Cleveland suburbs.


Seventh year head coach Suzy Venet's three returning starters -- seniors Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and Amanda Rose (Green/Green) along with junior Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) -- all earned All-OAC accolades a year ago.

Wiedt is a three-time all-conference selection who was also an all-region pick that averaged 12.3 points and 4.6 rebounds pergame.


  
Columbia Road Connection -- North Olmsted's Wiedt (L), Westlake's LaMattina (R)
 


Rose, an All-OAC honorable mention pick, worked inside and scored 9.0 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game a year ago. LaMattina runs thepoint as a two-time all-conference selection that was the conference's freshman of the year two years ago averaged 12.0 points and 3.7 rebounds last year.

   
Green's Rose (L), Walsh's Schmidt (R)


Six other bench players -- seniors Kelly Evans (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) and Erin Schmidt (Akron/Walsh Jesuit), juniors Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance), Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) and Maggie Miller (Salem/United Local) along with sophomore Megan Saunders (Lakewood/Lakewood) -- are also all back and each averaged at least six minutes a game in the Raiders' fast-paced full court system.


A group of talented freshman led by Aly Daniel (Willard/Willard), Leah Haught (Brecksville/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.), Oliva Keene (Thornville/Sheridan), Nancy Osborne (Canton/GlenOak) and Amanda Tamerlano (North Royalton/North Royalton) will also battle for playing time.

   
Lakewood's Saunders (L), Twinsburg's Evans (R)


An always competitive schedule awaits the Raiders with eight of the first 11 games away including tournaments in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Daytona Beach,Fla. Mount Union opens its home schedule hosting the inaugural M Club Shootout November 25-26 with Allegheny (Pa.), Waynesburg (Pa.) and Manchester(Ind.) filling the field. The OAC schedule starts on December 4 with a road game at Otterbein.

D3hoops.com Top-25 Poll

1. Amherst (Mass.) (13)
2. Chicago (Ill.) (7)
3. George Fox (Ore.) (3)
4. William Patterson (N.J.) (2)
5. Babson (Mass.)
6. Calvin (Mich.)
7. Washington (Mo.)
8. Rochester (N.Y.)
9. Lebanon Valley (Pa.)
10. DePauw (Ind.)
11. Wis.-Stevens Point
12. Denison
13. Mount Union
14. Bowdoin (Me.)
15. Greensboro (N.C.)
16. Colby (Me.)
17. Illinois Wesleyan
18. Thomas More (Ky.)
19. Hope (Mich.)
20. Muhlenberg (Pa.)
21. Wis.-Whitewater
22. Messiah (Pa.)
23. Howard Payne (Texas)
24. St. Vincent (Pa.)
25. Lewis and Clark (Ore.) 


Mount Union's Courtney Gabel named swimmer of week in 


OAC


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Sophomore Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont Ross) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week on Monday.

Courtney Gabel

Gabel won both the 50-yard butterfly (:27.23) and 50-yard freestyle (:24.96) as the Purple Raiders defeatedHiram on Saturday, 185-92. She also swam as a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that took first place


Other relay members were Jocelyn Gaydos (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional), Elizabeth Juran(Independence/Independence), and Madalyn Zalewski (New Kensington, Pa./Valley).


The Purple Raiders return to the pool Friday night for a conference meet at John Carroll.


Heidelberg Men's Basketball Team Picked to Finish Fifth in 


OAC


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's basketball team was picked to
finish fifth in the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season standings during
the 2011-12 regular season in a vote by league coaches, announced today by
the league office.  The 'Berg received 49 of a possible 81 points, sitting
between Capital University in fourth place with 50 points and Ohio Northern
University
 with 48 points.

Marietta College was predicted to win the regular season championship in a
unanimous vote with 81 points and nine first-place votes.  John Carroll
University
 came in second with 69 points and one first-place vote.  Coaches
could not vote for their own team.

Following Marietta and JCU were Otterbein University (59), Capital and
Heidelberg in places 3-5.  ONU, Baldwin-Wallace College (37), Wilmington
College
 (29), the University of Mount Union (17) and Muskingum (11)
completed the bottom five.

Fourth-year head coach Anthony Gholson returns 14 letter winners and three
starters to a team that finished 12-15 overall and 9-9 in the OAC a season
ago, including junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh,
Pa./Harvest Preparatory), junior honorable mention All-OAC forward Nate
Davis (Dayton/Stivers) and senior forward Darion Capers
(Clayton/Trotwood-Madison).

Givner enters his third season as the school's active career leader in
points with 694.  In 2010-11, Givner led the team by scoring 14.4 points per
game, was second with 4.6 rebounds per game and tallied team-highs of 147
field goals, 34 three-pointers, 99 assists and 45 steals.

Davis averaged 7.3 ppg. and a team-best 7.1 rpg. while posting a team-high
65 blocks.  His 50.7 (77-of-152) field goal percentage from a season ago
leads all returners.

Capers was second on the team in 2010-11 with 11.2 ppg. and third with 4.4
rpg. and connected on 47.4 percent (108-of-228) of his attempts from the
field.

Incoming guard Nick Wake (Goshen) and post players Cole Williams
(Tiffin/Columbian), Jack Hart (Albany/Alexander), Brian Crawford
(Delaware/Buckeye Valley), Chris Jefferies (Concord/Painesville Riverside)
and Doug Waldmannstetter (Oregon/Clay) are expected to see significant
minutes on the court.

As a team, the Student Princes return 74 percent of their scoring and 69
percent of their rebounding, as the 2011-12 returners scored 1,408 of the
team's 1,896 points, and pulled down 696 of its 1,005 rebounds.

Heidelberg opens its 2011-12 slate by hosting the 'Berg Alumni Classic on
Nov. 18-19 with games against Ohio State - Lima and Thomas More (Ky.)
College.  Other non-conference tilts include games at Albion (Mich.) College
(Nov. 22), Waynesburg (Pa.) College (Dec. 15), Trine (Ind.) University (Dec.
17), and Hiram College and the College of Wooster at Wooster's annual Mose
Hole Classic (Dec. 29-30).

The OAC schedule features a double round-robin among the league's 10 teams,
with each team playing all other teams once at home and once on the road.
The top eight teams in the final regular season standings advance to the
2012 OAC Men's Basketball Tournament.

The team, along with Heidelberg's women's basketball team, will officially
kick off the 2011-12 season tonight with Hoopapalooza at Seiberling
Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Fans can meet the teams, take in dunk and
three-point shooting contests and have a chance to win $300.  The first 75
fans to sign up with receive a free 6th Man Club t-shirt.  Admission is
free.

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