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Twelve Baldwin-Wallace College Football 

Student/Athletes Named All-OAC

BEREA, OHIO – Twelve Baldwin-Wallace College football Student/Athletes have been selected to the 2011 All-Ohio Athletic Conference squad announced today (Monday, November 21, 2011), including eight first-team honorees.

The first-team is comprised of six seniors, one junior and one sophomore.  The seniors included safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor), tight end Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/ Columbian), offensive tackle Travis Barnhill (Findlay), defensive ends Derron Hamilton (Euclid) and George “Sonny” Hazelwood (Elyria) and linebacker Brett Thompson (Shelby). The junior is  running back Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt) and the sophomore is wide receiver/ kickoff return specialist Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview). On the second-team are senior offensive center Jimmy Basar (Parma) and senior safety Corey Hildreth (Massillon/Washington) and junior defensive tackle Max Wagner (Mentor) and junior outside linebacker J.J. Laseak (Mentor) are honorable mention choices.
Hildreth (L), Laseak (R)

Dugan, an exercise science major and one of four team captains, is a three-time All-OAC honoree. This accolades follows two straight All-OAC second-team selections (2009 and 2010). This season, he had 57 tackles, including 30 solo stops, and two interceptions. He had seven total pass breakups and recovered a fumble. He end his career with 186 career tackles and 12 interceptions. Dugan’s 12 thefts ranks fifth all-time in school history and his 45 career pass breakups is fourth all-time. He also earned OAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for a career-high 16-tackle performance in a 20-6 victory against Ohio Northern University.

Hurd, who is a business administration major, moved up to the first team this season after being a second team performer in 2010. He was third on the team in receiving with 12 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown. He also was a key blocker for a Yellow Jacket running game that accounted for 196.8 yards per game. Hurd ends his career with 54 catches for 627 yards and six TDs.

Barnhill, a six-foot and three-inch and 295-pound tackle, started all 10 games on an offense that ranked fourth in the OAC in total yardage (370.1 ypg.) and scoring (30.2 ppg.). He has been a starter for the past three seasons.

Hamilton, a sport management major, was a three-year varsity contributor who had his best season as a collegian this fall. He had a career-high 39 tackles, including an OAC-leading 15 tackles for loss and 11.0 quarterback sacks for minus 80 yards. His 11 QB sacks ranks fourth in Division III and were two shy of tying a B-W single-season record. He also recovered two fumbles and had one pass breakup. Hamilton ends his career with 75 tackles, including 20.5 tackles for losses and 15.5 QB sacks. He was named as the OAC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 17-7 win at Marietta College.

Hazelwood, a business administration and marketing double major, was a three-year varsity contributor who started every game as a junior and senior. He transferred to B-W from OAC-rival Heidelberg University after his freshman season. Hazelwood finished third in the OAC in quarterback sacks with 7.5 and tied for third in tackles for loss with 13.0. He ends his career with 69 tackles, including 19.0 tackles for losses and 9.5 QB sacks.

Thompson, a mathematics and education major, led the Yellow Jackets with 63 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for losses of 34 yards and 2.0 quarterback sacks. He also led the team with 35 solo tackles and with four interceptions, including two he returned for TDs. Thompson’s 95-yard interception return for a TD in the win against ONU was a B-W and The George Finnie Stadium record. The four-year letterman and three-year starter leaves the program with 219 career tackles, including 28.5 tackles for losses and 7.0 QB sacks and five interceptions.

Lohr, a criminal justice major, was B-W’s “feature back” this season. He led the team and ranked third in the OAC as he rushed for 924 yards in 190 carries with seven TDs. He had five 100-yard rushing games, including three straight contests. Lohr also caught five passes for 28 yards. He was named as the OAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 27-21 win at Otterbein University.

Holt received his honor for being one of the top kick return specialists in Division III for the second straight year. He returned 11 kickoffs for a 30.7-yard average and two TDs. He now has three career kick return TDs. In addition this season, Holt rushed the ball eight times for 51 yards and one TD and tied for first on the team in receptions with 23 for 245 yards and two more TDs.

Basar, a physics major and team captain, was in his third season of handling the center duties on the offensive line. The three-year starter helped lead an offense that ranked fourth in the OAC in yardage (370.1 ypg.) and in scoring (30.2 ppg.).

Hildreth, an exercise major, was a four-year varsity contributor and three-year starter who also had his best season as a collegian this fall.  He had 53 total tackles, seven pass breakups and three interceptions. For his career, the four-year letterman had 144 tackles, including 87 solo stops, seven tackles for loss, 18 pass breakups and six interceptions.

Wagner, a pre-physical therapy and exercise science major, had his best season as a collegian as he recorded a career-high 40 tackles, including 16 solo stops, 8.5 tackles for lost yardage and 5.5 QB sacks.  The three-year varsity standout and two-year starter has 66 career tackles, including 10 for loss and 6.5 QB sacks.

Laseak, an education major, was one of the best linebackers in the OAC again this season. Since transferring to B-W from NCAA Division I Bowling Green State University in the spring of 2009, he has been a key mainstay and leader. This season, Laseak was second on the team with 59 tackles, including six tackles for lost yardage and 3.5 QB sacks. He has 166 carerr tackles, including 17.5 for loss and 5.5 QB sacks.

The Yellow Jackets had an outstanding season and finished with an 8-2 overall record and second in the OAC at 7-2.

'Berg Looks to Even Up at Earlham

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University women's basketball team continues a
nearly 1,800 mile road trip this week as it faces Earlham (Ind.) College in
a non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in Richmond, Ind.  Tip-off is
slated for 5 p.m.

A live broadcast and live stats will be available at

Heidelberg (1-2) is coming off a loss to No. 4 William Paterson (N.J.)
University in the championship game of the Emmanuel (Mass.) College Saints
Invitational.  Sophomore guard Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire), who made the
game-winning free throw with five seconds on the clock in a 70-69 win
against Emmanuel, and junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) were both
named to the all-tournament team.

Giel averaged 9.0 points per game and passed for six assists, while Ickes
averaged 8.5 ppg., passed for five assists of her own and pulled down four
rebounds over the two-day tournament.

On Thanksgiving night, the University of Dayton Flyers face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 7 p.m. ET from  the HP Pavilion in Orlando, Fla. The game will be televised on ESPN2, carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live streaming video, stats on Gametracker and streaming audio at DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton enters the tournament 2-1 overall and showcasing a balanced offense. UD has four players who average  in double figures. Paul Williams leads the Flyers with 13.3 points per game, while Kevin Dillard (11.3 ppg), Chris Johnson (11.0 ppg) and Josh Benson (10.7 ppg) add to the offensive attack. Part of the reason for the offensive success is improved field goal shooting. Last year the Flyers shot .410 from the floor and .355 from 3-point range. Fast forward to this season where UD is connecting on .489 of its field goals and .386 percent from beyond the arc.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are off to a fast 3-0 start with all three victories at home.  Wake Forest ranks second in the conference in scoring averaging 82.0 points per game.  Part of that success comes from the Demon Deacons possessing the top two scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sophomore Travis McKie leads the ACC with 22.3 points per game, while junior C.J. Harris is close behind with 20.7 points per game.
Wake Forest was picked to finish 11th in the ACC this season after finishing 8-24 last year. McKie was named a Freshman All-American and to  the ACC All-Freshman team in 2010-11.
Wake Forest leads the all-time series 2-1, but the two programs have not played each other since the 1959-60  season. That year Dayton and Wake Forest played twice with the two teams splitting.
The Flyers have proved they can handle the big-name programs. Dayton is 12-5 in the last four years against BCS programs and won five of its last seven games against BIG EAST opponents. Dayton’s 12 victories have come against Ole Miss (twice), North Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Auburn, Cincinnati, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh.
The University of Dayton has won two of the four early-season basketball tournaments it has played in since 2003. The Flyers won the EA Sports Maui Invitational in 2003. In 2008, Dayton defeated No. 15 Marquette in the finals of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. The Flyers’ in-season tournament history goes all the way back to 1949 when they placed second in the National Catholic Invitational in Denver. In addition to the 2003 Maui Invitational, UD has won 11 other in-season tournament championships, including the 1955 University of Kentucky Invitational and the 1999 CoSIDA Classic played at The Pit in Albuquerque.
Dayton has had six consecutive winning November months dating back to the 2005-06 season. Over the last six seasons, UD is 25-6 (.806 winning percentage) during the November months.
Archie Miller is part of the most prolific active coaching tree in college basketball. A total of nine of Arizona State coach Herb Sendek’s former full-time assistant coaches (not former players, managers or GA’s) are currently Division I head coaches. They are Jim Christian (TCU), Charlie Coles (Miami of Ohio), John Groce, (Ohio), Larry Hunter (Western Carolina), Ron Hunter (Georgia State), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Archie Miller (Dayton), Sean Miller (Arizona) and Mark Phelps (Drake). Rick Pitino has seven branches on his coaching tree, while Jim Calhoun and Mike Montgomery each have six
Dayton will play either Arizona State or Fairfield on the second day of the Old Spice Classic.
• The Flyers are 12-5 against BCS opponents in the last four seasons. Dayton’s 12 victories have come against Ole Miss (twice), North Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Auburn, Cincinnati, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh.
• The 2011 Old Spice Classic will be the fourth consecutive in-season tournament Dayton will have participated in. The Flyers won the Chicago Invitational Challenge in 2008, played in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and came in second at the Global Sports Main Event last season. Next season, the Flyers will play in the DIRECT TV Charleston Classic.
• Dayton has won two straight and three of the last five against ACC opponents.
• The Flyers are second in the Atlantic 10 in assists per game (18.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4).
• The Flyers were picked to finish sixth in the 2011-12 Atlantic 10 preseason poll. Chris Johnson was named a preseason A-10 Second Team selection.
• Chris Johnson, a three-time Atlantic 10 award winner, scored a season-high 19 points against UNCWilmington. Johnson is tied for the team lead rebounding (6.3 rpg) and is third in scoring (11 ppg).
• Paul Williams leads Dayton in scoring averaging 13.3 points per game and has scored in double figures in two games this season. Both of his double-digit scoring efforts have come off the bench.
• Matt Kavanaugh leads the A-10 in offensive rebounding with 4.3 per game. He snagged seven offensive boards against UNC-Wilmington.
• Kevin Dillard, a transfer from Southern Illinois and the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Rookie of the Year, is averaging 6.0 assists per game. He scored a season-high 18 points against UNC-Wilmington.
• There is a marked difference in Dayton’s offensive efficiency this season. Last year UD shot .410 from the field. Through three games this season, the Flyers have a .489 field goal percentage.
• The NCAA Graduation Success Rate report released on Oct. 25 placed the University of Dayton in familiar territory: among the nation’s best in graduating its student-athletes. UD’s 95 GSR in this year’s report placed the University tied for 21st in the nation and tied for first in the Atlantic 10.
• In men’s basketball, the Flyers’ 100 GSR was the only perfect score in the Atlantic 10.
• UD returns three starters from last year’s 22-14 team that reached the championship game of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
• Dayton has advanced to the postseason in four consecutive seasons going to the NIT three times and NCAA Tournament once. The last time that happened was when the Flyers made it to the postseason in five straight seasons from 1999-2000 to 2003-04.
• In 2010-11 the Flyers played eight teams who advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won against three (Xavier, George Mason & Akron).
Wagers (L), Rogers (R)

Lake Erie Women Move to 3-0 For First Time 

Ever With 96-72 Win Over Notre Dame Sunday 


Alyssa Wagers (Stow) and Stephanie Rogers (Mentor) each 

have double-doubles to lead four Storm players in double 



PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A pair of double-doubles by its veteran frontcourt led the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team to a 96-72 win over traditional nonconference rival Notre Dame College Sunday night (Nov. 20) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center. The win moved the Storm to 3-0 to start the season for the first time in program history.

Graduate senior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) led all players with 23 points and 11 rebounds and senior Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had 21 and 10 to power the Storm. Senior wing Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored a season-high 17 points and Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) added 10 off the bench.

The Storm hasn’t trailed yet this season and opened the game with a 10-0 run.  The Falcons (0-4) never got closer than eight points the entire contest, though the Lake Erie lead never got higher than 16 until the closing seconds of the first half. 

A 7-1 run to open the second half pushed the lead over 20 for the first time. The closest the game got was 13 points at 70-57 with 8:44 to play but a three-point play by Rogers stunted the Notre Dame momentum and put the Storm back in control.

Lake Erie shot 45.6 percent in the game, going 31-of-68 from the field.  The Storm took advantage from the foul line as well, hitting on 29-of-36 free throws. 

While Notre Dame became the first team to score more than 39 points or hit better than 40% (26-of-62, 41.9%) against the Storm, the Falcons got off to a slow start and were never able to really get into the game.  Notre Dame committed 25 turnovers which led to 26 LEC points. 

Martha Nagbe scored a career-high 21 points and added five assists off the bench to lead Notre Dame.  Lauren Macer added 14 and Danielle Ledrich scored 11 points for the Falcons. 

Behind Wagers and Rogers, who recorded the 35th and 16th double-doubles of their careers, respectively, the Storm held a 45-39 advantage on the boards. 

Wagers, who missed all of the 2010-11 season after suffering a preseason knee injury, had scored a total of 14 points in Lake Erie’s first two games.  She went 11-of-13 from the foul line to become Lake Erie’s career leader in made free throws (303).  Wagers also surpassed the 700-rebound mark for her career (704).

Rogers, who scored her 1,000th career point in Tuesday night’s win over Salem International University, moved within nine points of fifth place on the school’s all-time scoring chart. 

Caiola moved within 51 points of the 1,000-point mark with her 17-point game.  She hit a pair of three-pointers, extending her school record total to 164.

The Storm will take its perfect record on the road for the first time this season on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 23, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  The game will tip the day before Thanksgiving at 1 p.m

Twinsburg's Matt Weller named Player of the Week in the MAC

Twinsburg's Matt Weller was named the Special Teams Player of the Week in the Mid American Conference for his effort this past weekend.
Special Teams Player of the Week:  Ohio K Matt Weller

Junior kicker Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) kicked the game-winning field goal from 23 yards out which gave Ohio a thrilling 29-28 victory over Bowling Green and the MAC East title. 

The game-winning field goal was his school record fifth on the night. Weller also drilled field goals from 31, 39, 24, 49 23 yards out. His 49-yard field goal was a season-long.

 Weller has still not missed a field goal from 40 yards or fewer this season.

Student Princes Face Albion in First Road Test 

of Season

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's basketball team will take to
the road for the first time this season when it takes on Albion (Mich.)
College on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in a non-conference game at Kresge Gym in
Albion, Mich.  Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The 'Berg (1-1) is coming off a split at its inaugural 'Berg Alumni Classic
season tip-off tournament, defeating Ohio State - Lima, 89-72, but losing to
Thomas More (Ky.) College, 84-63.  Sophomore forward Victor Fortkamp (St.
Henry) and senior guard Darion Capers (Clayton/Trotwood-Madison) were named
to the all-tournament team after combining for 62 points and 17 rebounds
over the two-game tournament.

Through two games this season, four Student Princes-Fortkamp (16.0), Capers
(15.0), junior forward Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) (10.5) and sophomore
guard Mike Petrie (Columbus/Beechcroft) (10.5)-are averaging double-digit
scoring per game.  Davis leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per game.

Albion (1-1) enters tomorrow's contest following a 78-67 loss to Grace
(Ind.) College.  Kolin Kazen is the Briton's top scorer and rebounder,
averaging 25.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg.  Anthony Wash and Sean Hendon each tally
11.0 ppg.

Mount Union men return home to face the 

'Minster tomorrow

ALLIANCE, Ohio—Mount Union's men's basketball seeks its third consecutive win when it hosts Westminster (Pa.) Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

The Purple Raiders (2-1), led by first-year head coach Mike Fuline, won a pair of games over the weekend at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament in Beaver Falls, Pa. After defeating Grove City (Pa.), 71-64, in overtime Friday night, the Raiders handled host Geneva, 63-47, on Saturday.

Freshman forward Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) earned Most Valuable Player honors after torching the nets for six three-pointers and 22 points against Geneva. He totaled 28 points, six rebounds, and eight three-pointers for the two games. Senior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) also earned all-tournament honors after averaging 12 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 2.0 spg over the weekend.


Wood leads the Raiders in scoring at 17.7 ppg and is tied with junior Tom Berlekamp (North Royalton/Holy Name) for the team lead in rebounding (7.0). Berlekamp is averaging 4.3 ppg and grabbed 14 rebounds Friday night against Grove City. Sophomore guard T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) scored a game-high 19 points against Grove City and is second in scoring (11.0) for the season. The starting lineup is rounded out by senior forward Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) and freshman guard Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers), who average 9.0 ppg and 8.7 ppg respectively.

Mount Union received a huge boost from its bench over the weekend. The Raider reserves, led by Griffin and junior Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown), contributed 49 points over the two games. Griffin has shot 52.9% from beyond the three-point arc on his way to scoring 10.3 ppg while Kiger is averaging 3.7 ppg and 3.0 rpg. Junior Justen Little (Galion/Galion) has also been a contributor in 19 mpg off the bench.

Westminster (1-2) is led by ninth-year head coach Larry Ondako. The Titans are 91-125 since Ondako took over the program and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2007.  This past weekend, they hosted the Buzz Ridl Classic and dropped a pair of games to Ohio Athletic Conference teams. The Titans lost to Otterbein, 94-92, on a buzzer-beater Friday night and then dropped a 82-62 decision to Capital on Saturday.

Junior guard Doug Smith and sophomore guard Anthony Thomas lead Westminster with 13.0 ppg. The duo has also combined to shoot 14-of-34 (.412) from three-point range on the season. Junior forward Adam Carswell leads the team in rebounding (7.3) to go along with 8.7 ppg. Guards Ron Martino and Ben Donlow provide a scoring punch off the bench for the Titans. In their most recent game against Capital, Donlow scored a team-high 15 points.