A Page -- Nov. 24, 2011 -- AM Edition



WESTLAKE -- Ohio Wesleyan won one outright championship and finished tied for first in another to take the lead in the race for the 2011-12 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports championship.

The Battling Bishops captured the men's soccer title outright for the fourth-consecutive year and shared the women's soccer championship with Allegheny. The Bishops also posted top-three finishes in men's cross country (second) and women's cross country (third). OWU also finished in a three-way tie for fourth in football to go along with a sixth-place tie in field hockey and an eighth-place tie in volleyball to earn 49.5 points and a three-and-a-half point lead over second-place DePauw 
(46.0) in the race for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. The Tigers posted top-five finishes in all six NCAC-sponsored sports this fall, including the school's first-ever NCAC title with a tie for first in field hockey.

Denison (41.5), which tied for the team title in field hockey, is four-and-a-half points behind the Tigers in third place, women's soccer co-champion Allegheny (40.0) placed fourth, while Wittenberg (39.0) and Wooster (39.0) sit in a fifth-place tie. Wittenberg logged its best finish in volleyball as the Tigers captured their sixth-consecutive league title, while Wooster finished third in women's soccer and tied for third in both field hockey and volleyball. Rounding out places seven through 10 in the all-sports standings are Kenyon (37.0), Oberlin (34.5), Hiram (25.0) and Wabash (23.5). Oberlin earned its third-consecutive league title in women's cross country, while Wabash captured the NCAC crown in men's cross country and football.

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 131 team championships during the NCAC's 28 playing seasons. Denison is next with 117 titles, followed by Allegheny (107), Kenyon (96) , Wittenberg (74), Wooster (72), Oberlin (11), Wabash (10), Hiram (2) and DePauw (1).

Wright State Women Beat Western Kentucky, Score 57 in Second Half

Down 30-16 with 5:35 remaining in the first half, the Wright State women's basketball team outscored Western Kentucky 70-36 the rest of the way for a 86-66 win Tuesday night in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

A Shaunda Sandifer three gave the Raiders an early 5-4 lead, but the Hilltoppers followed with 10 straight points and later went up 30-16 on a Teranie Thomas three-point play with 5:35 to play in the first half.

A WSU 13-3 run, however, over the next three minutes, seven coming from Kim Demmings, cut the deficit to four before Western Kentucky tallied the final four points to lead 37-29 at the break.

Both teams shot 33 percent from the field in the first half and had three three-pointers, but WKU was also 12 of 19 at the foul line compared to six of eight for WSU.

Jasmine Johnson put the Hilltoppers up 10 to start the second half, but Wright State responded with a 19-8 run over the next five minutes, nine by Demmings and six from Courtney Boyd, to go back in front 48-47 with 13:06 to play.

Western Kentucky tied it with a free throw before the Raiders broke it open with 13 unanswered, capped off by a pair of Kayla Lamotte threes.

The Hilltoppers would get no closer than 10 the rest of the way as WSU closed out the contest with a 15-5 burst over the final 5:29 to pick up its first-ever win over a Sun Belt Conference program in five tries.

Ignatius-Whitmer on 1420-'HK this week

The high school football game - Division I, State Semi Final Game - Saturday November 26th between St. Ignatius High School and Toledo Whitmer High School at Arlin Stadium at Mansfield High School (Mansfield, OH) will air LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:45 pm.

Six Others Also Honored By League
Three University of Dayton football players have been named First Team All-Pioneer Football League.  Redshirt senior defensive end Devon Langhorst, senior running back Taylor Harris and senior linebacker Bryan Bailin were all selected in a vote of the league’s coaches.
Langhorst, a co-captain from Sidney, Ohio, was among the PFL’s leaders in sacks (2nd, 1.23 per game), tackles for loss (3rd, 1.64) and tackles (5th, 7.09).  He was also 7th in the Football Championship Subdivision in sacks.  Langhorst had 31 solo hits (2nd on the team), eight QB hurries (double anyone else on the team), a fumble recovered and a fumble forced.
Harris had the best season for a Flyer running back in eight years.  Despite missing the last game-and-a-half with a hamstring injury, Harris gained 899 yards on 132 carries and scored nine touchdowns.  The Highland High School graduate (Centerburg, Ohio) was the second-leading rusher in the PFL, and his 6.8 yards-per-carry led the league. 
Bailin started all 11 games at linebacker for UD.  Hailing from Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North High School), Bailin was third on the team in tackles (55).  He intercepted one pass, broke up three others and blocked a kick.
Senior offensive tackle Dan Prindle (Fairborn, Ohio) was named Second Team All-PFL.  Senior wide receiver Luke Bellman (Ottawa, Ohio), redshirt freshman wide receiver Branden Johnson (Lexington, Ky.), redshirt senior offensive guard Justin Griffis (Sidney, Ohio), redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Brannon Dunn (Brookville, Ohio) and redshirt sophomore linebacker Colin Monnier (Chicago, Ill.) were all named Honorable Mention All-PFL.

Three Juniors Earn OAC Football Awards; 

Raiders Have 10 All-OAC First Team Picks

Three Mount Union football juniors in offensive lineman Antonio Tate (Cleveland/Villa Angela St. Joseph), defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) and safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) each earned OAC special awards and were three of 10 Raiders named to the All-OAC First Team by the conference's 10head coaches.

Former Viking Antonio Tate

Tate received the Ken Wable Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award as he startedall 10 regular season games at left tackle for a unit that topped the conference in scoring and total offense. He is the 17th Mount Union player to win the award named for former Raider head coach Ken Wable and first since Derek Blanchard in 2007.

Dieuseul earned the Paul Hoernemann Oustanding Defensive Lineman award as he started all 10 regular season games and was among conference leaders with 5.5 sacks and 12.0 tackles for loss and is a two-time All-OAC First Team pick. He is the 11th Raider to win the award named for College Football Hall of Famer and former Heidelberg coach Paul Hoernemann and first since James Herbert in 2008.

Driskill nabbed the Lee Tressel Outstanding Defensive Back award as he started all 10 games and leads the Raiders in tackles and interceptions while he is the conference leader in passes defended who has earned Academic All-OAC and two-time Academic All-District honors. He is the ninth Raider to win the award named for College Football Hall of Famer and former Baldwin-Wallace coach Lee Tressel and is the first Mount Union player since Drew McClain in 2009 to win the award.

The trio were joined on the All-OAC First Team by senior center Brett Ekkens (Kentwood,Mich./East Kentwood) along with juniors Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) at wide receiver, Matt Mattox (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) on the offensive line and Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) at running back on offense. On defense was senior linebacker Arthur Smith (Miami, Fla/Killian) and senior defensive back Alex Ferrara(Independence/Walsh Jesuit) along with sophomore Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg).

Rounding out the first team selections was senior kicker Tyler Almeida (Elyria/Elyria).

All-OAC Second Team selections include senior wide receiver A.J. Claycomb (Medina/Medina) and juniors in defensive lineman Frank Orteca (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) and defensive back Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield).

Senior linebacker Jorge Carbonell (Miami, Fla./Archbishop Carroll) and junior offensive lineman Mac Knisely (Perrysburg/Perrysburg) were both All-OAC honorable mention selections.

The group helped lead No. 2 ranked Mount Union to a 20th consecutive and 23rd overall OAC football championship.  The Purple Raiders (11-0) take on No. 25 ranked Centre (Ky.) in the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs this Saturday at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance, Ohio.

#13 Mount Union Women's Basketball Hosts 

Inaugural M Club Shootout This Weekend

The No. 13 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team will host the inaugural M Club Shootout this Friday and Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Friday's game will feature the Purple Raiders against Allegheny (Pa.) at 5 pm then Manchester (Ind.) vs.Waynesburg (Pa.) at 7 pm.

The winners will play at 5 pm Saturday with the consolation game starting at 3 pm Saturday.

Mount Union is 3-0 to start the season including a season-high 74 points in a 74-54 win over Carnegie Mellon(Pa.) last Saturday.  The Raiders enter the weekend on a 19-game non-conference win streak that dates back to the 2008-09 season.

The guard tandem of junior Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) and senior Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) are leading the Raiders so far this season.

LaMattina is averaging a team-best 15.0 points, 3.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game, while Wiedt, who had a 23-point effort against Carnegie Mellon to claim tourney MVP honors, is averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) is taking care of things inside for Mount Union as she is averaging 10.3 points per game with a team-best 4.7 rebounds per game.

Who is the M Club

Anyone lettering or who has lettered in a varsity sport at Mount Union is eligible to be a member of M Club upon graduation.

Aside from sponsoring this tournament, the organization that supports current Mount Union student-athletes through membership gifts.  Membership levels are available to support at a level you're comfortable with plus a portion going directly to the sport of your choice. 

Click here to go to the M Club website

Scouting Allegheny

Allegheny started the season with three-straight wins but suffered a 75-71 loss to Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) this past Tuesday to sit at 3-1 on the season.

The Gators have not played a road game yet this season and average 67.0 points per game and give up 63.2 points per game.

Sophomore guard Erica Restich leads the team in scoring (18.0 ppg), assists (11) and steals (10), while junior forwardoDaryl Ford averages 15.5 points and team-best 9.3 rebounds per game.

This will be the ninth meeting between the teams with series tied at 4-4.  The teams have not met since 2008-09 season when Mount Union won 74-63 in Meadville.

Scouting Manchester

Mount Union head coach Suzy Venet spent a year as the head coach at Manchester before heading to Alliance.  Current head coach Josh Dzurick was her assistant coach and took over after she left and has gone 95-69 and guided the Spartans to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of Heartland Conference titles.

This season's Manchester team took a 48-43 loss to Calvin (Mich.) in the opener but came back with home wins against St. Mary's (Ind.) (66-54) and Baldwin-Wallace (59-45).

Freshman guard Jamie Childress has come off the bench to lead the Spartans in scoring (9.3 ppg) while senior center Kailey Honn averages 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as Manchester averages 56.0 points per game.

Scouting Waynesburg

Waynesburg is a perfect 2-0 to start the season as the Yellowjackets have scored wins against Franciscan (75-37) and Hood (Md.) (69-45).

The Jackets average 72.0 points per game and feature a 1-2 punch of Jessi Drayer (16.0 ppg/8.5 rpg) and Brittany Spencer (11.5 ppg/8.5 rpg).

Head coach Sam Jones is a Mount Union alum who spent three years as a assistant men's basketball coach for the Raiders and one season on Suzy Venet's staff (2006-07).

Projected Mount Union Starters

Rosa LaMattina, PG - 15.0 ppg, 4.0 spg, 3.0 apg

Kori Wiedt, G - 13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Amanda Rose, F - 10.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg

Brittany Kilgore, C - 7.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Tierney Allen, G - 6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Mount Union Player Notes

Rosa LaMattina

Rosa LaMattina, Jr., PG, Westlake/Westlake

  • Season-high 18 points at Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) (11/19/11)
  • Season-high 5 steals vs. Case Western Reserve (11/18/11)
  • Has started 63 of the last 64 games played
  • Career-high 27 points vs. Baldwin-Wallace (2/10/10)
  • Two-time All-OAC Second Team
  • 2009-10 OAC Freshman of the Year 

Amanda Rose, Sr., F, Green/Green
  • Season-high 14 points, 8 rebounds at Westminster (Pa.) (11/15/11)
  • Has started 64-straight games, played in 89 games and has started 88 games
  • Career-high 21 points vs. Marietta (2/9/11)
  • 2011 All-OAC Honorable Mention
  • Two-time Academic All-OAC
  • Her father -- Dennis Rose '75 played basketball at Mount Union 
Kori Wiedt, Sr. G, North Olmsted/North Olmsted
  • Season-high 23 points at Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) (11/19/11)
  • Made 5 three-pointers at Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) (11/19/11)
  • Started all 30 games last season and has played in 87 career games
  • Career-high 31 points vs. Muskingum (12/6/08)
  • Three-time All-OAC
  • 2011 All-Great Lakes Region
  • 2011 Academic All-OAC

Brittany Kilgore, Jr., C, Northfield/Nordonia
  • Season-high 10 points at Westminster (Pa.) (11/15/11) and at Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) (11/19/11)
  • Season-high 5 rebounds at Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) (11/19/11)
  • Has played in 62 career games and made 10 starts
  • Career-high 30 points vs. John Carroll (12/8/10)
Tierney Allen, Jr., G, Alliance/Alliance
  • Season-high eight points at Westminster (Pa.) (11/15/11)
  • Came off the bench in all 30 games last season, played in 43 career games and made three straight starts
  • Career-high nine points vs. Marietta (2/9/11

Erin Schmidt, Sr., G, Akron/Walsh Jesuit
  • Season-high seven points at Westminster (Pa.) (11/15/11)
  • Came off the bench in all 30 games last season and has played in 67 career games
  • Career-high nine points vs. Marietta (3/5/11)