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Academic Heisman

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Kershaw is one of 121 national semifinalists, the only one from the Ohio Athletic Conference and just 27 inNCAA Division III.  The field will be trimmed to 15 finalists and each will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and be invited to 2010 NFF National Awards banquet on Dec. 7 in New York City.  There the Campbell Trophy winner will have his scholarship increased to $25,000. 

Two Mount Union players have been among the 15 national finalists in recent years -- quarterback Greg Micheli in 2008 and offensive lineman Eric Safran in 2007.

In 2008, Kershaw replaced an injured starter midway through the season and ended up leading the Purple Raiders in tackles on their way to a record 10th National Championship. Last season, Kershaw again was among the team's top tacklers, earned All-OAC first team honors and won the OAC's Gene Slaughter Award as the conference's top linebacker in helping the Raiders get back to the Stagg Bowl.  Now in 2010 he is just one of four returning starters on a young defense hoping to lead the Raiders to another successful season.

Off the field, he is a business administration major with a 3.45 grade point average, a 2009 Academic All-OAC selection and spent this past summer interning with The Ruff-D'Herete Investment Group and UBS Financial Services in Columbus, Ohio.

Notre Dame game preview

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RB Pedro Powell and WR Derrick Paster have each notched back-to-back 100-yard performances for

Notre Dame -- Powell in the running game and Paster as a receiver. Pedro Powell ran for 106 yards in

NDC’s game against Walsh (Sept. 18) and for 105 yards in last week’s loss at Taylor. The powerful

freshman runner from Liberty, Ohio, is averaging 5.2 yards per carry over the Falcons’ last three

games. Paster notched 104 receiving yards in the Walsh game and another 124 against Taylor. The

Berea, Ohio, native is a two-year member of the Falcon program, having played on last year’s

developmental squad. Paster comes into Saturday’s contest at Central State ranked eighth in the

NAIA in receptions, with 27; he has at least four grabs in each of Notre Dame’s five games. Powell

(264 yards rushing) and Paster (381 yards receiving) are the Falcons’ respective leaders in yards

gained on the ground and through the air.

Mount gals 13th at All Ohio

October 2, 2010 

CEDARVILLE, Ohio--The University of Mount Union women's cross country team posted a 13th place finish at the All-Ohio Championships Friday in Cedarville.

The Purple Raiders had 346 points which left 14 beind 12th place John Carroll (332).  Case Western Reservehad two finishers in the top five and took the team title with 60 points.

Senior Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) was the top Mount Union individual at 45th overall (19:42).

Mount Union will next run at the Oberlin Regional Rumble on Oct. 16.

Team Standings

1. #30 Case Western Reserve 60, 2. #24 Oberlin 68, #21 Ohio Northern 102, 4. Denison 147, 5. Kenyon 160, 6. Baldwin-Wallace 164, 7. Ohio Wesleyan 179, 8. Otterbein 186, 9. Wilmington 231, 10. Wittenberg 248, 11. Wooster 268, 12. John Carroll 332, 13. Mount Union 346, 14. Capital 396, 15. Heidelberg 399, 16. Defiance 469, 17. Muskingum 567, 18. Bluffton 584, 19. Mount Saint Joseph 592.

Top 5 Individuals

1. Joanna Johnson (OC) 17:40, 2. Alison Steinbrunner (ONU) 18:03, 3. Natalie Cabrera (CWRU) 18:10, 4. Justine Jeroski (CWRU) 18:11, 5. Molly Martorella (OC) 18:13.

Mount Union Individuals

45. Christin Handley 19:42, 55. Chelsey Bruce 19:52, 80. Rachel Smith 20:27, 81. Sylvia Cintron 20:31, 85.Lesley Sherwood 20:36, 89. Emily Mazzaferri 20:50, 92. Caitlin Goggin 20:52.

Yeowomen Place Second at All-Ohio
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Cedarville, Ohio – Senior Joanna Johnson was the top Division III finisher as she led the Oberlin College women’s cross country team to a second-place finish at the All-Ohio Championships on Friday afternoon.

Johnson completed the 5k trek in just 17:40.4, claiming the top spot by 23 seconds. In fact the Chico, California, native finished sixth overall in the field that featured 277 runners from Divisions I, II and III.

The Yeowomen, who registered 68 points as team, ended just eight points back of Case Western Reserve.

“We were very happy with the result, but still obviously wish we could have won the event,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “We got Case last time out and they got us this time. However, we will have our chance to beat them again when they come here for the Rumble.” 

First-year Molly Martorella continued to impressive season by placing fifth overall with a mark of 18:13.0.

Sophomore sensation and 2009 NCAC Newcomer of the Year Sara Terashima came through the chute in 18:52.2, earning ninth place. 

The second-year paring of Kristina Witcher and Caroline Martin rounded out the Oberlin placers in 26th and 27th place, respectively. Witcher stopped the clock 19:16.7, while Martin followed closely behind at 19:19.7. 

The Oberlin harriers will host the Third-Annual Inter-Regional Rumble on October 16.


Heidelberg game preview

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Quick Stat of the Afternoon: Heidelberg is coming off a setback to Otterbein last weekend, but cannot help to be optimistic about what lies ahead following some career outings. In the loss, senior signal caller Andrew Miller completed 29-of-46 passes for a career-high 423 yards. It was the first time he has eclipsed the 400-yard mark and topped his previous best of 381. His 29 completions was just on shy of the single game mark. Miller has set the single season passing touchdown record in each of the last two years. On Saturday he had four TD passes which increased his career total to 50, tying the career mark held by Shane Fulton, who played from 1983-86. On the receiving end of 15 passes against Otterbein was senior wide receiver Mike Preston. Preston’s 15 receptions was a career-best and was one shy of the single game mark. He recorded 210 yards, marking the first time he has passed the 200-mark and topped his career-high of 192. And finally, senior placekicker Jesse Hawkins connected on four point after’s to increase his career total to 92, which topped the record of 90 held by Rusty Bartley (1972-75). Hawkins is three field goals shy of tying the career made field goals record of 28.

In Memory: Heidelberg’s players are playing with some extra meaning for the remainder of the year in memory of assistant coach Jason Bendekovic. Coach Bendo, as he was affectionately referred to by all, passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 27, from complications from a blood clot that started in his lung. He was 37 years old and had been an assistant at Heidelberg for five years. Coach Bendo oversaw the offensive line and was the recruiting coordinator, as well as taught classes for Heidelberg’s health and physical education department. His brother, Ron, passed away five years ago from a similar condition. Ron was a coach at Ohio Northern University at the time. All players are wearing a sticker on their helmets that reads JB in honor of Jason Craig Bendekovic.

The Series: Heidelberg and Capital will be meeting on the gridiron for the 64th time on Saturday. The series dates back to 1928 with the Berg holding a 32-30-1 advantage. The Crusaders have held a tight grip on the win column as of late, posting a victory in the last 10 consecutive meetings. Prior to the 2000 season, Heidelberg had won eight of the previous nine games. The last time the Berg topped Capital was exactly 11 years ago on Oct. 2, 1999. Heidelberg won its fourth straight game over the Crusaders, a 33-9 road victory.

Saturday’s Opponent: Capital enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 1-2 and is 1-1 in the OAC. The Crusaders are under the guidance of first-year head coach Henry Stanford and are coming off a 42-21 setback at home to no. 3 ranked Wesley College. For the year, Capital is averaging 12.7 points a game, while giving up 19.7. Offensively Capital has put up on average 349 yards a game, with just under 200 coming through the air. The Crusaders defense has kept its opponents to under 100 yards on the ground through three games.

Last Time Out: Otterbein found the end zone with just under five minutes to play and held on for a 35-34 victory over Heidelberg last Saturday. The Berg finished with 559 yards, with 423 coming though the air, while Otterbein tallied 378 yards of total offense. Andrew Miller completed 29-of-46 passes for a career-best 423 yards. His leading receiving threats wereMike Preston with career-highs of 15 receptions and 212 yards, as well as Mario Walton with 119 yards on eight catches. Germany Woods led the ground game with 59 yards in 13 carries. Defensively, Vaughn Klein and Andy Fadenholz led the way with 13 and 12 tackles, respectively. Travis Coates had two interceptions.

Crusaders Last Outing: Last weekend Capital entertained no. 3 ranked Wesley. Trailing 28-13 in the fourth quarter, Capital scored a touchdown and added a two-point conversion to cut the deficit to seven. However, Wesley scored the final 14 points en route to a 42-21 victory in Capital’s home opener at Bernlohr Stadium. The loss was the first regular season non-conference loss since 2002. In his second career start, Kory Hartinger was 24-for-40 for a career-high 335 yards and one touchdown and one interception. He became the first Crusader quarterback to pass for more than 300 yards since 2007.

Campus News: The weekend of Sept. 18 Heidelberg dedicated its newest facility, the recently renovated Adams Hall, which is the new home to the School of Business. Next up is a new residence hall and university commons which is slated to open in the fall of 2011. The new facility will include a 120-student Residence Life Hall and a 9,000-square-foot student University Commons area for all students. The as-yet unnamed residence hall will be located in the center of campus, between Brown Hall, the Bryenton Honors House and Gundlach Theatre. The new residence hall will address Heidelberg’s two paramount strategic goals, improving academic excellence and improving the student experience. Ground breaking for the new residence hall is set for Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m.

Passing By: Senior quarterback Andew Miller is on the verge of passing by Shane Fulton’s career passing touchdown record. Against Otterbein Miller threw for four scores which increased his career total to 50, which ties Fulton. In each of the last two seasons, Miller has passed the single season mark for passing touchdowns. As a sophomore he threw for 20 which topped the record of 19 held by Fulton and James Ruth. A season ago he connected for 22 to pass his own mark.

Presto-”n” Offense: Senior wide receiver Mike Preston is off to a solid start through the first three games. He has set new career-highs in receptions (15) and receiving yards (210) already. For his career he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark on seven occasions. He has already recorded 17 career touchdowns, which is just off the career mark of 21 held by Chuck Ritzler (1982-85). His 15 receptions against Otterbein was one shy of the single game record.

Experience Counts: Heidelberg returned 10 starters on offense including its entire offensive line entering the 2010 campaign. The o-line, which includes senior right guard Nate Kater, junior center Ryan “Tank” Morgan, junior Cassady Willford at left guard, as well as juniors Paul Dunn and Derrick Arbogast at left and right tackle, respectively. The line enters Saturday’s game at Capital having combined for 98 career starts.

Mario Cart: Heidelberg’s offense has been able to ride Mario Walton’s cart for extra support through the air. In three games Walton has recorded 18 receptions for 275 yards. Included in the mix has been two 100-yard outings. He opened the year with his first 100-yard receiving game finishing with 135 yards at Alma. Walton returned last week against Otterbein and had eight catches for 119 yards. Walton has already surpassed his totals from a season ago. In 2009 he had 14 receptions for 274 yards.

Stepping Up: Heidelberg’s secondary graduated three all-conference performers and had some big spots to fill entering the new year. Joining returning corner back Tony Gordonhas been first time starters corner back Travis Coates, along with free safety Tyler Levanduski and strong safety Justin Stewart. The quartet has begun to settle in and are coming off one of their best outings on the young season. Against Otterbein Levanduski had a career-high 10 tackles, including a career-best eight solo stops. He also had an interception. Coates led the way with two interceptions, which was one shy of tying the single game record, to go along with three tackles. Gordon and Stewart each finished with five tackles.

A Leg Up: Senior placekicker Jesse Hawkins is in his fourth season as the primary kicker for the Berg and is on the verge of some impressive accomplishments. In the season opener, Hawkins was 6-for-6 in point afters and in week three he moved atop the career list for made PAT’s. He has 92 and counting, topping the previous record of 90 held by Rusty Bartley (1972-75). He is equally impressive with his field goal kicking. For his career he has 25 field goals, which is three off the school mark. As a freshman he set the single season record for made field goals at 14, while connecting for a 48-yarder to mark the longest made FG at the Berg.

Yeomen Claim All-Ohio Championship
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Cedarville, Ohio –
 The No. 19 Oberlin College men’s cross country team proved that they are best Division III team in the state, winning the All-Ohio Championships on Friday afternoon with 66 points. The Yewomen claimed second place with 60 points. 

Sophomore Eric Line guided the Yeomen’s effort by finishing third amongst Division III runners with a time of 25:33.8. In the process, Oberlin also beat local rival – the 30th ranked Case Western Reserve Spartans by 20 points. 

The junior tandem of Stephen Williams and Derek Lange checked in sixth and seventh, respectively. Williams completed the 8K course in 25:55.7, while Lange was close behind at 25:58.5. 

Two more talented juniors rounded out the point placers for the Yeomen asBen Schild was 16th with a mark of 26:14.9. David Cogswell touched the tape at 26:46.2 to place 34th. 

“It was a great day for the men as everyone on this team gave a great effort and their hard work paid off,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said.

October 1, 2010 

(ALLIANCE,OH)-- Mount Union women's tennis team (2-1) defeated La Roche College (1-7) by a score of 9-0 in Alliance,OH.

The Purple Raiders were led by senior Mari Miki (Kinjo, Japan) who recorded a nice 6-1,6-0 win at fifth singles. Also leading the way was junior Carolann Sterkenburg (Geneva/Geneva) who won 6-0,6-0 at sixth singles and 8-1 at third doubles with freshman partner Julie Amabeli (Alliance/West Branch)

The Raiders conclude the fall season with a 2-1 record, including back to back 9-0 wins to end the fall.

Tennis Match Results
La Roche vs Mount Union
Oct 01, 2010 at Alliance,OH

Mount Union 9, La Roche 0

 Singles competition
1. Krissy Hallett (MTU) def. Victoria Shields (LROC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Megan Czuchra (MTU) def. Lynka Ineza (LROC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Lauren Olivier (MTU) def. Yana Kancheva (LROC) 6-2, 6-0
4. Courtney Adamsky (MTU) def. Nicolette Flaherty (LROC) 6-3, 6-1
5. Mari Miki (MTU) def. Melanie Ward (LROC) 6-1, 6-0
6. Carolann Sterkenburg (MTU) def. Nana Esi Korsah (LROC) 6-0, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. Krissy Hallett/Megan Czuchra (MTU) def. Victoria Shields/Doria Shima (LROC) 8-2
2. Lauren Olivier/Courtney Adamsky (MTU) def. Lynka Ineza/Yana Kancheva (LROC) 8-2
3. Carolann Sterkenburg/Julie Amabeli (MTU) def. Melanie Ward/Nana Esi Korsah (LROC) 8-1

Match Notes:
La Roche 1-7
Mount Union 2-1

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