A Page -- Nov. 29, 2011 -- PM Edition

Mount Union to make 20th consecutive appearance in NCAA quarterfinals

#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (12-0, 9-0 OAC) vs.
#9 Wabash Little Giants (12-0, 6-0 NCAC)
Sat., Dec. 3 - 12 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

TV:

Joe Tait (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color): 
WIVM Ch. 52 (Tape Delay - Sat. Dec. 3 at 11 pm, Sun. Dec. 4 at 1 pm) 
SportsTime Ohio (Tape Delay - Sat. Dec. 3 at 11 pm; Mon. Dec. 5 at Noon)

RADIO:

WDPN 1310 AM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE
WRMU 91.1 FM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE

LIVE STATS: http://livestats.prestosports.com/mountunion

Complete Mount Union Game Notes in PDF Format: CLICK HERE

WABASH:

THE GAME

No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts No. 9 ranked Wabash in the national quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs Saturday at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Mount Union (12-0) completed its sixth straight undefeated regular season to win its 23rd overall and 20th straight Ohio Athletic Conference and an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament. The Raiders then won their opening round game 47-7 over Benedictine (Ill.) and scored a 30-10 second round victory over Centre (Ky.). The Raiders are making their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance with a 71-12 record. Mount Union has advanced to the Stagg Bowl 15 times with a record 10 National Championships.


Wabash (12-0), located in Crawfordsville, Ind., scored a 38-20 first round win over Illinois College then rallied from a 28-7 deficit to defeat No. 6 ranked North Central (Ill.) 29-28 in the second round. The Little Giants won the North Coast Athletic Conference championship and automatic bid to the tournament. Wabash is making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance with a 9-6 record. The Little Giants lost to Widener (Pa.) in the 1977 Stagg Bowl.

Wabash is led by fourth-year head coach Erik Raeburn, who played and coached at Mount Union and is the nephew of Purple Raider head coach Larry Kehres.


MOUNT UNION FOOTBALL ON TV, RADIO AND ONLINE

All Mount Union football games are broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker. You can also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.


This game will be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillion Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). Image Video produces the broadcasts with Joe Tait, who just finished a 39-year run as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, does the play-by-play and Harry Paidas handles the color commentary.


THE SERIES

This will be the second-ever meeting between the two teams, which previously met in the quarterfinals of the 2002 NCAA Playoffs which Mount Union scored a 45-16 win in Alliance.


THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 315-23-3 (.927) in his 26th season as head coach and is one of the most successful coaches in college football history as he is one of only 11 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. His teams have won 22 OAC Championships, including the last 20 in a row, along with 10 of the last 18 NCAA Division III National Championships. He is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association and this past summer was the offensive coordinator for Team USA as they won the gold medal in the IFAF World Championships.

Erik Raeburn (Mount Union '91) is 39-6 (.867) in his 4th season as head coach at Wabash. Raeburn has led the Little Giants to two NCAC titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances while earning 2011 NCAC Coach of the Year honors. He has a career head coaching record of 97-32 as he was the head coach at Coe (Iowa) College for 8 years leading the Kohawks to three conference titles and two NCAA Playoff appearances. For six years he was an assistant coach at Mount Union and part of national championship teams in 1996, 1997 and 1998.


UP NEXT ...

The winner of this game plays the winner of a matchup between Mary Hardin-Baylor and Wesley (Del.) next Saturday. The NCAA will announce a site on Sunday.


SCOUTING THE LITTLE GIANTS

Wabash trailed only twice during the regular season and never more than a single score until falling behind 28-7 in the second half last week to North Central.  The Little Giants then scored 22 fourth quarter points and took their first lead on a two-point conversion, 29-28, with just under a minute to play.


There is nothing little about the Little Giants (No. 5 vs. the run and No. 13 total defense) and their play on defense as linebackers in senior CJ Gum and freshman AJ Akinribade lead the way.  Gum is an All-American who leads the team in tackles and was the NCAC Defensive Player of the Year while Akinribade is third on team in stops with a team-best 6.0 sacks and was NCAC Newcomer of the year.        


On offense, junior Chase Belton started the first 11 games this season before suffering an injury and in came senior Tyler Burke who tossed for 311 yards and 4 TD's to lead the comeback against North Central.  Who will play under center this week is still a question.


What is not a question is who will be catching the passes in the 1-2 punch of Jonathan Horn (59 rec. 841yds 8 TD's) and Wes Chamblee (53 rec. 805yds 10 TD).  Chamblee is also third in the nation in punt returns.  Vann Hunt is leading rusher with 760yds and 4 TDs.


Storm signs center


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College men's basketball team announced the signing of high school senior Steve Walczak out of Olentangy High School to a National Letter of Intent during the November signing period.


A first-team All-District and special mention All-Ohio Capital Conference selection, Walczak was namedOlentangy team MVP as a junior.  Walczak is ranked as the ninth-best center prospect in Ohio by Prep Spotlight. 


At 6'10", Walczak is a true center and would currently be the tallest member of the Storm squad.  His combination of size and athleticism is one of many things that stood out to Lake Erie Head Coach Cliff Hunt.


"Steve is an athletic big man who will excel in our program and style of play," said Hunt.  "He plays really hard, runs the floor, has a great post game and is the kind of team-oriented player that we want in our program.  Steve will make us better immediately and will challenge for quality playing time."


Walczak is also a standout in the classroom as a recipient of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Scholarship Society Silver Certificate, given to players who demonstrate exemplary work in the classroom and high citizenship and sportsmanship.



AMATEUR BOWLING NOTES

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 11/28/11

 

Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center

 

    300 Games

Darrell Gorzelancyk, North Ridgeville, 10/19, Brookgate Lanes;

Daniel Comer, North Olmsted, 11/15, Buckeye Lanes;

Brandon Jarabek, Cleveland Heights, 11/25, Red Circle Lanes;

George Joseph, Lakewood, 11/25, Fairview Lanes;

Kenneth Kolberg Jr., Cleveland, 11/25, Cloverleaf Lanes;

 

 

    299 Games

Al Kan, Parma Heights, 10/19, Brookgate Lanes;

Jeff Schreiber, Fairview Park, 11/21, Brookgate Lanes;

Kevin Kaliszewski, Garfield Heights, 11/25, Red Circle Lanes;

James Bartko, Valley View, 11/28, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Dan Gillespie, Concord Township, 11/28, Cloverleaf Lanes;

 

 

    298 Games

James Schulte, Columbia Station, 11/9, Brookgate Lanes;

 

 

    800 Series

Darrell Gorzelancyk, North Ridgeville, 10/19, Brookgate Lanes (802);

Brandon Jarabek, Cleveland Heights, 11/25, Red Circle Lanes (857);




TONIGHT IN MAC WOMEN’S 


BASKETBALL – NOVEMBER 29, 2011


 

Western Kentucky at Bowling Green, 7:00 PM (Live on BCSN)

Western Kentucky Notes | Bowling Green Notes | Live Stats | Listen Live | Watch Live

The Falcons enter the Western Kentucky game with a record of 2-2 on the young season.  Junior Chrissy Steffen leads the Falcons in scoring with 14.5 points per game, and she also has 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 steals per contest to date. Steffen is fourth on the team in rebounding, and is second in steals and third in assists. Through four games, the Falcons are shooting only .315 from the field, .257 from beyond the three-point line and .675 from the free-throw line. 


The BG defense has limited opponents to .360 from the floor and .264 from beyond the arc, and foes have shot .712 from the stripe. BG has averaged 14.8 turnovers per game, and the Falcons have forced the opposition into 20.8 turnovers per contest. BGSU has averaged 12.3 steals per game so far.  WKU earned a 58-57 win over Samford on Friday before losing to the host Blazers 58-36 on Saturday. 


LaTeira Owens led WKU in scoring against Samford with 21 points and had 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Ellen Sholtes added a career-high 11 points, including what proved to be the game-winning free throw with 55 seconds remaining. Jasmine Johnson led WKU in scoring with seven points against UAB on Saturday, as the Lady Toppers shot only 19% from the field in the second half. Sholtes had six points and a career-high six rebounds, with Owens adding five points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

 

Ball St. at Evansville, 7:00 PM

Ball St. Notes | Evansville Notes | Live Stats | Listen Live | Watch Live 

The Ball State women's basketball team improved its overall record to 2-3 last Monday night at Worthen Arena after defeating Oakland City (0-3), 68-39.  For the game senior forward Suzanne Grossnickle along with teammate freshman Jonessa Moore led the Cardinals with 10-points apiece.  The 10-point performance by Moore was a personal best for the true freshman.  



Ball State also had two players that added eight points on the night, sophomore forwards Katie Murphy and Jazmin Hitchens.  Defensively the Cardinals out-rebounded their opponent 51-to-28 which was led by junior guard Shanee' Jackson, sophomore guard Brandy Woody and Hitchens each pulling down six boards. 


The Purple Aces enters Tuesday's game with a 1-4 overall record with its lone victory coming against Troy by a score of 59-49. Evansville was led by center Samantha Heck who scored 16 points and Meagan Collins who chipped in 11 for the win.  The game against Ball State marks the second Mid-American Conference opponent the Purple Aces have faced this season, Evansville suffered a 71-54 loss to Bowling Green, November 20.

 

Southern Illinois at Northern Illinois, 7:00 PM

Southern Illinois Notes | Northern Illinois Notes | Live Stats | Listen Live | Watch Live

Northern Illinois plays its fourth home game of the year with its 25th all-time meeting with Southern Illinois. Through five games, NIU has had four different leading scorers, with Ashley Sneed being the only one to repeat. Sneed got the season started with a team-high 12 points at Loyola. 


Jenna Thorp scored 18 versus Western Illinois. Amanda Corral led NIU with 16 versus Temple. Alicia Johnson tallied 11 against Bradley. Then Sneed turned in 14 at Illinois State. n her sophomore year, Ashley Sneed is developing quickly. She has already posted two double-figure scoring performances and both times led NIU in scoring.


 First, she dropped 12 in the opener at Loyola. Last Saturday, she netted 14 at Illinois State. Both performances gave her a new career high in scoring. Southern ran out to a 16-point halftime lead and never looked back, beating Tennessee State 89-68 in Nashville for its second consecutive win. Cartaesha Macklin led four Salukis in double figures with 20 points in addition to tallying seven rebounds and four assists. Teri Oliver was second on the team with 18 points while Charnise Mitchell chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds and Brooke LeMar added 11 points and six assists. Also for Southern, CiCi Shannon pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds to go along with five blocks.


DILLARD NAMED A-10 CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Guard Led Dayton To Old Spice Championship
University of Dayton junior point guard Kevin Dillard has been named Co-Player of the Week in the Atlantic 10 Conference for his performance in leading the Flyers to the championship of the Old Spice Classic.
Dillard was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.  He shared the conference honor with Saint Louis forward Brian Conklin, who was the MVP of the 76 Classic in Anaheim that SLU won.
 Ignatius ball game on 'HKW-1420 this weekend

The high school football game - DIVISION 1 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Saturday December 3rd between St. Ignatius High School and Pickerington Central High School at Fawcett Stadium (Canton, OH) will air LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:30 pm  
 
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