A Page -- Oct. 27, 2011

McLauchlan

Oberlin's Chris McLauchlan named NCAC 

Swimming and Diving Men's Athlete of the 

Week

Westlake, Ohio- The NCAC office announced that freshman Chris McLauchlan has been named athlete of the week for his performance at Transylvania on Saturday.

At the contest, McLauchlan posted an NCAA provisional qualifying score of 288.7 on the one-meter board to help the Yeomen capture a 143-73 dual meet victory over Transylvania.

McLauchlan and the Yeomen travel to West Virginia Weslyan this Saturday, October 29th when they compete in a tri-meet. It is scheduled for 1 p.m.

CSU soccer to play at Wright State tomorrow

Cleveland State closes the regular season on Friday (Oct. 28) when the Vikings play at Wright State at 7:00 p.m. CSU enters the week at 9-6-2 overall and in sixth place in the Horizon League with eight points (2-3-2 record), while Wright State is 8-6-3 overall and in fourth place in the league with 11 points (3-2-2 record). Friday's match will go a long way in determining seeds for the upcoming Horizon League Championship. The Vikings need to secure just one point to clinch a berth in the tournament and could be seeded anywhere from fourth to sixth depending on the outcome of their match with WSU and other league contests on Friday.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK: The Vikings played two times last week. Here are brief recaps of the matches:

Match #16: CSU 2, Youngstown State 1 (Oct. 20, Cleveland, Ohio)
Taylor Vidovic scored a pair of goals and Cleveland State secured three key points with a 2-1 win over Youngstown State.

Match #17: CSU 0, Detroit 0 (2 OT) (Oct. 23, Cleveland, Ohio)
CSU and Detroit battled to a scoreless draw over 110 minutes. Becky Williams made four saves to earn her fifth shutout of the season for the Vikings.

Holy Name alumna Becky Williams

2011 SEASON PREVIEW: Coming off the best season in school history, eighth-year head coach Derrek Falor has high expectations for this year's squad. Falor has blended six returning starters and 13 letterwinners with 12 freshmen and three transfers to form this year's team. Headlining the returners is senior Natalie Daniels (3 g, 6 a, 12 pts) who has anchored the midfield. She is joined in the midfield by junior Jaime Avona (3 g, 6 pts) and freshmen Shea Levi (1 g, 2 pts) and Kelcey Fischer (1 g, 1 a, 3 pts). Seniors Samantha Salamon (1 g, 1 a, 3 pts) and Jessica Bound (1 a, 1 pt) add experience and depth in the midfield. The defense is once again strong with the return of second team all-league junior Valerie Stahl (2 g, 1 a, 5 pts) and sophomore Frederike Dubeau (2 a), who was an all-newcomer team pick last year. SeniorMarina Taylor, junior Carla Ragone sophomore Sarah Zawie and and freshmen Sabrina Abram add depth to the defense. Up front, Falor has relied on the duo of sophomore Taylor Vidovic (6 g, 1 a, 13 pts), senior transfer Nancy Newcomer (3 g, 6 pts) and freshman Lynsay Strahorn (2 g, 1 a, 5 pts) to provide an offensive burst. Senior Becky Williams (0.96 GAA, 61 svs), a transfer from Ohio Dominican, has stepped in as the starting goalkeeper after the Vikings lost freshman Sarah Wood to a season-ending knee injury.

TOURNEY TALK: With eight points in the Horizon League, the Vikings have not officially clinched a berth in the league tournament. Following are the scenarios of what needs to happen for CSU to clinch one of the six available spots...

• Clinches tournament berth with a point at Wright State. 
• Will be No. 4 seed with win at Wright State AND Butler tie/loss vs. Loyola. 
• Will be No. 5 seed with win at Wright State AND Butler win vs. Loyola. Will be No. 5 seed with tie at Wright State AND Butler loss to Loyola. 
• Will be No. 6 seed with tie at Wright State AND Butler win vs. Loyola. Will be No. 6 seed with loss at Wright State AND a Green Bay loss at Milwaukee.

CHASING A WINS RECORD: With a 9-6-2 mark this season, the Vikings have tied the school record for most wins in a season, which was also set last year when CSU went 9-8-2.

GOALS, GOALS, AND MORE GOALS: Cleveland State is close to setting a school record for most goals scored in a season in program history. With one regular season match left, the Vikings have scored 23 goals - with 10 different players tallying a goal. The school record for goals in a season is 24, set last year.

... AND NOT GIVING THEM UP: The Vikings are also on pace to set a school record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 20 goals against this year. Last year's squad holds the school record with 25 goals allowed.

... AND SCORING TWO OR MORE: CSU has scored two or more goals in eight matches this season, the most in school history. The 2008 and 2010 squads had held the previous record with seven contests of two or more goals. In addition, the Vikings have scored at least three goals three times this year, tied with last year's squad for the most in school history.

TAYLOR MADE: Sophomore Taylor Vidovic scored both goals in CSU's 2-1 win over Youngstown State on Thursday (Oct. 20), giving her a team-leading six goals and 13 points. It was the second time this year Vidovic scored two goals in a match, as she also netted two in a 3-0 win over Ohio (Sept. 4). She is just the third player in school history to have more than one multi-goal game in the same season, joining Shayna Back (2006) and Jennifer Wieand (2007).

DANIELS DISHING IT OUT: Natalie Daniels is ranked fourth in the Horizon League with six assists this year, but is also chasing a CSU single season record. Lisa Conway currently holds the school record with seven assists in 2006. Daniels also had six assists in 2008.

... AND LIKES RECORDS: Natalie Daniels has 12 points (3 goals, 6 assists) this year, allowing her to add to her CSU career records. She enters the final regular season contest as the all-time leader in school history in goals (19), assists (19), points (57), shots (154) and shots on goal (96).

IN THE NET: Senior Becky Williams was out of soccer until joining the Vikings four games into the season to replace Sarah Wood as the starting goalkeeper after Wood injured her knee. Since then, she has started every game in goal, posting a 7-5-2 mark. She is ranked fourth in the league in saves (61) and shutouts (5) and fifth in goals against average (0.96).

OUT OF CONFERENCE: CSU went 7-3 record in nonconference games this year, setting a school record for most nonleague wins in a season. The old record was five set in 2008.


Olmsted Falls' Julie Radigan named OAC 


volleyball player of the week


AUSTINTOWNOhio—University of Mount Union senior Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the second time this season.


Mount Union won both of its matches last week, defeating Baldwin-Wallace 3-1 and Capital 3-2 and securing a home match in the first round of the OAC Tournament.



Radigan played a key role as the Raiders came back from a 2-0 deficit against Capital on Saturday. She recorded a season-high 57 assists to go along with five kills, nine digs, and four service aces. For the week, Radigan posted 98 assists, 23 digs, and 11 kills with a hitting percentage of .346.


Mount Union travels to Muskingum Tuesday and will host Otterbein in the regular season home finale on Saturday.  The lone senior on the roster, Radigan will be recognized prior to the match.


CSU's Olsson named swimmer of the week in Horizon

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Cleveland State junior swimmer Joanna Olsson has been named the Horizon League `Swimmer of the Week' for the second time in her career after her performance against perennial power Green Bay last Saturday (Oct. 22). The league office made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

Olsson, a member of the Horizon League's All-Academic Team last season, was a perfect three-for-three over the weekend in the Vikings 137-106 victory over Green Bay.


She won the 200 fly (2:07.29) and 200 IM (2:07.18) in addition to the 1,000 free (10:37.15). By going a perfect three-for three, Olsson racked up 27 points to propel the Vikings to victory.

"Joanna Olsson is an outstanding swimmer," head coach Wally Morton said. "What makes her special is she can swim any stroke - and she can swim it well - and she can do it at any distance. We're excited about the start to our dual meet season and the high level that Joanna is performing at."

Olsson's strong start to her junior campaign comes after a breakout sophomore season that saw her break four individual school records. Additionally, she swam on four relay quartets that shattered school records in 2010-11.

She first won the `Swimmer of the Week' award on Nov. 23, 2010. 

 

 


The Vikings are off from competition this week but will be in action a week from Friday (Nov. 4) in Columbus when they take on the host Buckeyes, Denision and Virginia Tech at 6:00 p.m.

Brunswick native Josh Gonzalez named Horizon's swimmer of week
 
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - For the second time in three weeks, Cleveland State senior diver Josh Gonzalez (Brunswick, Ohio) has been named the Horizon League `Diver of the Week'. It marks the fifth time in his career that he has won the weekly award. The league office made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

"I was really happy to see how Josh competed," diving coach Rich Karban said. "Daniel Pogue from Green Bay is one of the top divers in the league and it was fun to watch him and Josh compete. They both rose to the occasion and I think it sets Josh up for a nice season. It was a great performance and I think he'll continue to get better throughout the season."

Gonzalez, competing in his second meet of the season, helped the Vikings get past Green Bay, 158-84. He won the 3-meter diving event with a season-best score of 316.95 and later placed second in the 1-meter with a score of 299.77.

Last year, Gonzalez won the weekly award on three separate occasions (Oct. 18, Nov. 23, Jan. 18) in addition to receiving the honor earlier this season (Oct. 13).

Since transferring from East Carolina University to Cleveland State in his sophomore year, Gonzalez has twice qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Last season, he scored a 189.45 in the 1-meter and placed 36th in the 3-meter with a score of 226.70.

The Vikings are off from competition this week but will be in action a week from Friday (Nov. 4) in Columbus when they take on the host Buckeyes, Denision and Virginia Tech at 6:00 p.m.

No. 2 Mount Union hosts Otterbein


No. 2 ranked Mount Union returns home to host Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.


Mount Union's defense forced four turnovers and held Capital to a season-low 156 yards in a 27-7 win last Saturday in ColumbusNick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had two interceptions, Arthur Smith (Miami, Fla./Killian) returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown and Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had nine tackles with a pair of sacks to lead the defense. On offense, Jake Simon (Parma Heights/Holy Name) came off the bench for an injured Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) and rushed for a career-high 169 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. Quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) also ran for 75 yards with a touchdown as Mount Union rushed for 328 yards on a season-high 53 carries.


Otterbein knocked off Muskingum, 17-13 to end a game losing streak and pick up its first OAC win of the season. Otterbein quarterback Austin Schlosser posted his third 300-yard passing game over the last four games with 314 yards on 21-of-33 passing with a touchdown and also rushed for a score. Trey Fairchild was his top target with seven catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Korpieski had six tackles and broke up four passes to lead a defense that had two interceptions and a pair of sacks.


MOUNT UNION FOOTBALL ON THE RADIO, TV AND ONLINE

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


The remaining home games will also 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), Massillon Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). Image Video produces the broadcasts with Joe Tait and Harry Paidas.


THE SERIES

This is the 44th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 39-4 lead in the series dating back to a 12-7 Otterbein win on October 16, 1937 in Alliance. The Raiders have won 33 straight meetings going back to a 24-17 Otterbein win in 1977 in Alliance.


THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 310-23-3 (.926) in his 26th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history. His teams have won 21 OAC Championships, including the last 19 in a row, along with 10 of the last 18 NCAA Division III National Championships.


Joe Loth (Otterbein '91) is 48-40 (.545) in his 9th season at his Alma mater. He led the Cardinals to a 9-2 record and first-ever NCAA postseason appearance on his way to OAC Coach of the Year honors three seasons ago. Loth, also the 2005 OAC Coach of the Year, has a combined coaching record is 55-62 as he was the head coach at Kean (NJ) prior to Otterbein. He had assistant coaching stints at Southern Methodist, Western Connecticut, Capital and Rhode Island.

UP NEXT ...

The Purple Raiders host Baldwin-Wallace in the regular season home finale next Saturday at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS

Four of Otterbein's five losses have been by a touchdown or less and one of those was in double overtime so don't let the 2-5 record fool you.


The Cardinals feature the OAC's No. 1 ranked passing offense led by the OAC's passing yards leader in senior quarterback Austin Schlosser (270.7 passing yds/game). Schlosser leads the conference with 1,895 yards, a 63.6 completion percentage and 16 touchdowns. His top target is fellow senior Trey Fairchild, who tops the OAC in receiving yards (884 yds) and is second in receptions (52). Junior running back Cody Green leads Otterbein and is fourth in the OAC in rushing at 76.8 yards per game.


Otterbein's defense is led by senior linebacker Shane Centers, who is third in the OAC with 77 tackles and leads the team with 8.0 tackles for loss. Senior defensive back Anthony Korpieski leads the OAC with eight pass breakups on the season.


LEC's Milinkovskyi Takes GLIAC Athlete Of The Week Award In First College Meets


PAINESVILLE, OHIO - It took just one week and a pair of college meets for freshman Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) to win his first GLIAC Male Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week Award the conference office announced today.



Swimming in his first college meets, freshman Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) went six-for-six in winning his individual races in 

Lake Erie College's opening weekend of swimming against Urbana University and the University of Findlay. Milinkovskyi hit two NCAA 'B' Cut times, in the 100 Yard Breaststroke and 200 Yard IM. 


On Friday, Milinkovskyi took the 200 Yard Freestyle (1:44.21), 200 Yard IM (1:59.51) and 200 Yard Breaststroke (2:09.74).  Two of Milinkovskyi's set new Lake Erie records.


On Saturday, Milinkovskyi flew through the sprints winning the 200 Yard IM (1:53.06), 100 Yard Freestyle (47:15) and 100 Yard Breaststroke (57:84).  Both 100 yard races were new Storm records. Milinkovskyi holds the top GLIAC time in three of his five races and is second in the other two.


'BERG VOLLEYBALL CLAIMS THIRD 

STRAIGHT OAC REGULAR SEASON 

CHAMPIONSHIP; FORGE'S MELISSA 

ECK HONORED 


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University volleyball team closed a perfect 9-0
Ohio Athletic Conference schedule and won its third consecutive OAC regular
season championship by sweeping Ohio Northern University (25-19, 25-16,
25-16) tonight on Senior Night at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.
Senior reigning OAC player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel) recorded
her 2,000th career dig during the match.

The win closes a second straight 9-0 conference season, improves the Berg to
28-2 overall, extends its winning streak to 19 consecutive matches and
extends its winning streak against OAC foes to 21 matches.   The Polar Bears
slip to 13-15 overall and 4-4 in the OAC.
Eck

Competing in their last regular season home match, senior outside hitter
Melissa Eck (Parma/Valley Forge), senior middle hitter Venessa Haase
(Miamisburg) and Reinhart were honored prior to the contest.

  


OHSAA Football Computer Ratings

 

Division I

Region 1 - 1. Mentor (9-0) 29.0278, 2. Solon (8-1) 23.7111, 3. St. Ignatius (7-2) 23.4175, 4. St. Edward (7-2) 22.7029, 5. Cleveland Heights (8-0) 21.3118, 6. Willoughby South (7-2) 20.6333, 7. Cle. John F. Kennedy (8-1) 17.2313, 8. Boardman (6-3) 16.0051, 9. Eastlake North (7-2) 13.9, 10. Brecksville-Broadview Hts. (5-4) 12.9278, 11. Mayfield (5-4) 12.6333, 12. Fitch (6-3) 11.5613

 

Region 2 - 1. GlenOak (8-1) 26.7222, 2. Southview (8-1) 25.1389, 3. Whitmer (9-0) 24.6989, 4. Hudson (8-1) 24.1222, 5. Wadsworth (8-1) 22.35, 6. Findlay (8-1) 21.5556, 7. Canton McKinley (7-2) 21.4293, 8. Avon Lake (7-2) 20.05, 9. Jackson (6-3) 19.5889, 10. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (7-2) 19.3167, 11. Massillon  (7-2) 18.1793, 12. North Ridgeville (8-1) 17.2111

 

Region 3 - 1. Hilliard Davidson (8-0) 24.4306, 2. Troy (7-2) 23.6889, 3. Dublin Coffman (8-1) 21.1869, 4. Westerville Central (7-2) 20.6056, 5. Pickerington Central (6-2) 20.1111, 6. Gahanna Lincoln (7-2) 20.0147, 7. Lewis Center Olentangy Orange (7-2) 18.6444, 8. Upper Arlington (7-2) 18.197, 9. Pickerington North (7-2) 16.3636, 10. Westerville South (6-3) 16.3, 11. Lewis Center Olentangy (4-5) 13.2167, 12. Reynoldsburg (6-3) 12.7944

 

Region 4 - 1. Middletown (8-1) 28.2278, 2. St. Xavier (7-2) 27.2177, 3. Colerain (8-1) 25.6859, 4. Moeller (7-2) 23.8081, 5. Sycamore (8-1) 21.9333, 6. Cin. Walnut Hills (7-2) 19.1667, 7. Princeton (7-2) 17.6111, 8. LaSalle (6-3) 17.5657, 9. Mason (6-3) 17.4, 10. Lebanon (6-3) 16.8833, 11. Centerville (6-3) 15.1689, 12. Loveland (4-5) 14.55

 

Division II

Region 5 - 1. Walsh Jesuit (7-1) 21.0794, 2. Madison (7-2) 18.9167, 3. Tallmadge (7-2) 18.6889, 4. New Philadelphia (7-2) 18.6061, 5. Warren Howland (9-0) 18.596, 6. Aurora (8-1) 18.2611, 7. Canfield (6-3) 17.0, 8. Roosevelt (8-1) 16.1222, 9. Kenston (6-3) 14.7944, 10. Chesterland West Geauga (6-3) 14.7611, 11. Copley (5-4) 14.75, 12. Louisville (5-4) 12.9444

 

Region 6 - 1. Avon (9-0) 27.3778, 2. Maple Hts. (8-0) 22.3666, 3. Tol. Central Cath. (7-2) 20.6389, 4. Sandusky (8-1) 19.2778, 5. Medina Highland (6-3) 17.2278, 6. Perrysburg (6-3) 16.1278, 7. Olmsted Falls (6-3) 15.8889, 8. Fremont Ross (5-4) 14.8611, 9. East Cle. Shaw (5-3) 14.2216, 10. Tiffin Columbian (7-2) 13.9, 11. Maumee (6-3) 13.2111, 12. Grafton Midview (7-2) 12.1

 

Region 7 - 1. Cols. Marion-Franklin (9-0) 26.7222, 2. New Albany (7-2) 22.0051, 3. Dresden Tri-Valley (8-1) 21.1389, 4. Sunbury Big Walnut (7-2) 20.4, 5. Cols. Beechcroft (8-1) 18.9141, 6. New Carlisle Tecumseh (6-3) 14.5, 7. Ashland (5-4) 14.1833, 8. Cols. Mifflin (8-1) 12.6333, 9. Ashville Teays Valley (4-5) 11.6111, 10. Canal Winchester (6-3) 11.4899, 11. Bellbrook (5-4) 11.2333, 12. Wooster (4-5) 10.2778

 

Region 8 - 1. Trotwood-Madison (9-0) 27.7667, 2. Kings Mills Kings (9-0) 27.2278, 3. Tipp City Tippecanoe (9-0) 22.0111, 4. Franklin (8-1) 21.6167, 5. Wapakoneta (9-0) 20.0889, 6. Cin. Turpin (7-2) 17.9278, 7. Vandalia Butler (6-3) 15.3222, 8. Cin. Mount Healthy (7-2) 14.6556, 9. Hamilton Ross (7-2) 14.1056, 10. Cin. Northwest (6-3) 14.0944, 11. Harrison (6-3) 13.3333, 12. Cin. Anderson (4-5) 12.9056

 

Division III

Region 9 - 1. Chagrin Falls (9-0) 24.0722, 2. Lake Cath. (8-1) 21.3322, 3. University School (8-1) 21.1722, 4. Ravenna (8-1) 20.3111, 5. St. Vincent-St Mary (8-1) 19.4089, 6. Benedictine (7-2) 18.8485, 7. Southeast (9-0) 17.8667, 8. Firelands (9-0) 15.9, 9. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Acad. (7-2) 15.2111, 10. Jefferson Area (7-2) 13.3222, 11. John Hay (6-3) 12.3283, 12. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (5-4) 11.9556

 

Region 10 - 1. Cols. St. Francis DeSales (5-3) 17.9445, 2. Clyde (7-2) 17.4944, 3. Cols. Eastmoor Acad. (7-2) 16.5455, 4. Bellevue (7-2) 15.45, 5. Elida (6-3) 13.7389, 6. Urbana (7-2) 12.8389, 7. Napoleon (4-5) 10.5389, 8. Caledonia River Valley (6-3) 10.5222, 9. Port Clinton (5-4) 10.4944, 10. Bryan (7-2) 9.5944, 11. Cols. Independence (5-4) 9.4167, 12. Cols. Bishop Watterson (3-6) 9.2222

 

Region 11 - 1. Steubenville (9-0) 28.1075, 2. Minerva (9-0) 23.8944, 3. Dover (8-1) 22.9222, 4. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (5-3) 21.7658, 5. Northwest (7-2) 19.0505, 6. Wintersville Indian Creek (7-2) 17.6317, 7. Poland Seminary (6-3) 17.1389, 8. Thornville Sheridan (8-1) 16.6778, 9. Alliance Marlington (7-2) 15.7333, 10. Granville (8-1) 15.6167, 11. Newark Licking Valley (6-3) 13.65, 12. Cambridge (7-2) 13.5606

 

Region 12 - 1. Plain City Jonathan Alder (9-0) 23.5222, 2. Springfield Shawnee (9-0) 22.0389, 3. Day. Thurgood Marshall (8-1) 21.8469, 4. The Plains Athens (9-0) 21.7222, 5. Circleville Logan Elm (9-0) 20.85, 6. Kettering Archbishop Alter (9-0) 19.7944, 7. Jackson (9-0) 16.8737, 8. New Richmond (7-2) 15.1722, 9. Cin. Indian Hill (6-3) 14.3, 10. Cin. Taft (6-3) 13.7971, 11. Gallipolis Gallia Acad. (6-3) 12.3444, 12. Eaton (7-2) 12.1722

 

Division IV

Region 13 - 1. Girard (8-1) 20.6556, 2. Orrville (6-3) 17.4833, 3. Creston Norwayne (8-1) 16.2278, 4. Black River (7-2) 15.2056, 5. Brookfield (8-1) 13.9444, 6. Canton Central Cath. (8-1) 13.3039, 7. Manchester (6-3) 11.8167, 8. Leavittsburg LaBrae (5-4) 11.7944, 9. Cle. Central Cath. (6-3) 11.2677, 10. Cortland Lakeview (5-4) 9.517, 11. Streetsboro (5-4) 9.4278, 12. Beachwood (6-3) 9.2667

 

Region 14 - 1. Cols. Bishop Hartley (8-0) 22.3125, 2. Kenton (9-0) 22.0778, 3. Pemberville Eastwood (9-0) 20.6944, 4. Genoa Area (9-0) 18.7889, 5. Richwood North Union (8-1) 17.1833, 6. Ottawa-Glandorf (7-2) 16.7333, 7. Huron (8-1) 16.2944, 8. Wellington (6-3) 13.95, 9. Ontario (8-1) 12.4111, 10. Oak Harbor (5-4) 9.55, 11. Galion (7-2) 8.7167, 12. Bellville Clear Fork (3-6) 7.8333

 

Region 15 - 1. St. Clairsville (8-1) 21.551, 2. Johnstown-Monroe (9-0) 19.9778, 3. Coshocton (7-2) 16.7653, 4. Amanda-Clearcreek (7-2) 16.2525, 5. Martins Ferry (7-2) 15.7, 6. Ironton (5-4) 13.9899, 7. Chesapeake (7-2) 13.2323, 8. Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (6-3) 11.7611, 9. Pomeroy Meigs (6-3) 9.3444, 10. Piketon (5-4) 8.0333, 11. Wellston (4-5) 7.8389, 12. Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (4-5) 6.0333

 

Region 16 - 1. Waynesville (9-0) 22.5056, 2. Cin. Madeira (9-0) 18.5944, 3. Day. Chaminade-Julienne (7-2) 16.2879, 4. Williamsport Westfall (7-2) 16.1889, 5. Cin. Hills Christian Acad. (7-2) 14.8322, 6. West Milton Milton-Union (7-2) 14.5056, 7. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (7-2) 14.4222, 8. Cin. North College Hill (7-2) 13.197, 9. Brookville (6-3) 12.3944, 10. Lees Creek East Clinton (7-2) 12.1919, 11. Middletown Bishop Fenwick (7-2) 10.3667, 12. Cin. Finneytown (5-4) 9.8182

 

Division V

Region 17 - 1. Kirtland (9-0) 19.85, 2. Woodsfield Monroe Central (8-1) 17.1212, 3. Columbiana Crestview (8-1) 14.6722, 4. New Middletown Springfield (7-2) 13.5389, 5. Sugarcreek Garaway (7-2) 13.0167, 6. Campbell Memorial (7-2) 12.7833, 7. Cuyahoga Hts. (8-1) 12.5333, 8. Salineville Southern (8-1) 12.2222, 9. Columbiana (7-2) 11.9611, 10. St. Thomas Aquinas (5-4) 10.3152, 11. Barnesville (7-2) 9.9569, 12. Atwater Waterloo (6-3) 8.6717

 

Region 18 - 1. Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (9-0) 21.8278, 2. Liberty Center (9-0) 20.2778, 3. Lima Central Cath. (9-0) 18.7, 4. Northwood (8-1) 15.7833, 5. Hamler Patrick Henry (7-2) 14.1444, 6. Findlay Liberty-Benton (8-1) 13.2611, 7. Hicksville (7-2) 12.9833, 8. Carey (7-2) 12.6565, 9. Archbold (7-2) 11.7278, 10. Spencerville (7-2) 11.1667, 11. Columbus Grove (6-3) 9.6556, 12. Defiance Tinora (7-2) 8.9889

 

Region 19 - 1. Bucyrus Wynford (9-0) 21.5056, 2. Lucasville Valley (9-0) 20.1222, 3. Nelsonville-York (9-0) 18.4833, 4. Grandview Hts. (9-0) 15.3222, 5. Portsmouth West (8-1) 15.2444, 6. West Lafayette Ridgewood (7-2) 15.1056, 7. Ashland Crestview (9-0) 15.0333, 8. Smithville (7-2) 14.3667, 9. Jeromesville Hillsdale (9-0) 14.35, 10. Centerburg (7-2) 12.6061, 11. Baltimore Liberty Union (8-1) 12.2222, 12. Wheelersburg (7-2) 11.6889

 

Region 20 - 1. Marion Pleasant (9-0) 19.4722, 2. West Liberty-Salem (9-0) 16.6056, 3. Frankfort Adena (8-1) 15.5944, 4. Covington (9-0) 14.9722, 5. Coldwater (7-2) 13.8444, 6. West Jefferson (7-2) 11.2222, 7. Versailles (7-2) 11.1222, 8. North Lewisburg Triad (7-2) 11.05, 9. Cin. Summit Country Day (6-3) 10.6443, 10. Miamisburg Day. Christian (8-1) 10.5964, 11. Milford Center Fairbanks (6-3) 9.9611, 12. Casstown Miami East (5-4) 9.2

 

Division VI

Region 21 - 1. Berlin Center Western Reserve (9-0) 15.4167, 2. Youngstown Christian (9-0) 13.2667, 3. Thompson Ledgemont (6-3) 13.24, 4. Shadyside (8-1) 14.8472, 5. Malvern (8-1) 12.4278, 6. Mogadore (6-3) 11.1333, 7. Warren John F. Kennedy (5-4) 8.0075, 8. Wellsville (4-5) 7.9556, 9. Strasburg-Franklin (5-4) 7.8111, 10. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (5-4) 7.2576, 11. McDonald (5-4) 6.7, 12. Toronto (6-3) 6.4242

 

Region 22 - 1. Delphos St. John's (6-3) 13.9444, 2. Leipsic (8-1) 13.9222, 3. Tiffin Calvert (7-2) 13.5404, 4. McComb (7-2) 10.6778, 5. Edgerton (7-2) 10.3333, 6. Edon (6-3) 8.596, 7. Tol. Ottawa Hills (6-3) 8.298, 8. Arcadia (6-3) 7.7944, 9. Convoy Crestview (4-5) 7.3278, 10. Norwalk St. Paul (5-4) 6.85, 11. Fremont St. Joseph Central Cath. (4-5) 5.7071, 12. Arlington (5-4) 5.5556

 

Region 23 - 1. Willow Wood Symmes Valley (8-1) 12.0253, 2. Beallsville (7-2) 11.7018, 3. Danville (6-3) 11.0, 4. New Washington Buckeye Central (7-2) 10.6444, 5. Crown City South Gallia (7-2) 10.3586, 6. Portsmouth Sciotoville (6-3) 9.2727, 7. Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (5-4) 9.197, 8. Portsmouth Notre Dame (7-2) 8.9674, 9. Hannibal River (5-4) 8.7273, 10. Glouster Trimble (6-3) 8.702, 11. Newark Cath. (4-5) 8.45, 12. Waterford (5-4) 6.4444

 

Region 24 - 29. Maria Stein Marion Local (0-9) 0, -. Fort Loramie (0-9) 0, 1. Springfield Cath. Central (7-2) 13.9399, 2. Ada (8-1) 13.6263, 3. Lewisburg Tri-County North (7-2) 13.0778, 4. Cin. Country Day (8-1) 12.6444, 5. Minster (7-2) 11.1944, 6. Waynesfield Waynesfield-Goshen (6-3) 9.7801, 7. Lockland (6-3) 9.1889, 8. Ansonia (6-3) 7.8889, 9. Arcanum (6-3) 7.8838, 10. S. Charleston Southeastern Local (6-3) 7.75.



Jason James Named Oberlin Captain

Oberlin, Ohio- Head baseball coach Adrian Abrahamowicz announced on Tuesday that senior Jason James has been named as team captain for the upcoming 2012 baseball season.'

James, a native of Lakewood, Colorado and lone senior on the team, has been a key member of the pitching staff in his four years at Oberlin. He has amassed 74 career innings pitched with 54 career strikeouts. He nearly threw a no-hitter against Hiram College (4/30/11) as he carried it into the seventh inning. In that game, threw 6.2 innings, giving up only one hit, while striking out seven.


Last year James was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Second-Team in district 4. Jason has cumulative GPA of 3.91 while majoring in both creative writing and environmental studies. He and the Yeomen look to continue to build the program throughout the 2012 season.

DAYTON TO PLAY 1,000TH GAME IN SCHOOL HISTORY SATURDAY @ VALPO
The University of Dayton football team will play the 1,000th game in school history on Saturday when the Flyers visit Valparaiso.  Game time is 2 p.m. ET.
Dayton enters the game with an all-time record of 627-345-27, the 10th-most wins in FCS football history.  UD will be the 34th FCS team to reach 1,000 games. The Flyers enter the game 5-3, and 3-2 in the PFL, while Valparaiso is 0-7 and 0-4.  
The Flyers return 11 starters (four offense, six defense, and one specialist) from a team that won a share of the 2010 Pioneer Football League title with a record of 10-1 and was ranked 25th nationally.
Among the Flyers’ 11 returning starters is senior defensive end Devon Langhorst. Langhorst is a National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy semifinalist. 
Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Third Team AP FCS All-America team and was First Team All-Pioneer Football League. He ranked second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77. 
This season Langhorst leads the team in hits (61), sacks (10.5), QB hurries (8) and TFL (14).He is currently third in FCS in sacks.  UD is first as a team (4.25).
Taylor Harris ran for 216 yards at Morehead State, the most yardage by a Dayton runner in 11 years, and the most in the PFL in three seasons.  He has four 100+ yard games this year.
GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING
The Flyers entered the 2011 season with the second- best winning percentage (.792, 97-24) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (21) at any level of competition in this century.
SERIES STUFF
Dayton leads the series 18-2 and has won the last seven encounters.  Last year, the Flyers won 48-14 at home on Oct. 2.  UD has won eight of the nine games at Brown Field. 
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS                       
Valparaiso is seeking its first win of the year.  In fact, VU is looking to snap a 21-game losing streak. 
Coach Dale Carlson is relying on young players in key positions.  The team’s leading tackler is sophomore linebacker Pat Derbak, who is third in the PFL in hits (8.0).
At quarterback, redshirt freshman Eric Hoffman has completed 57.1% of his passes (133-233) for 1,413 yards, with six touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Freshman kicker Adam Weinell is the last perfect PAT kicker in the PFL this season (10-10).
STREAKING                                                     
UD has not been shut out in a school-record 394 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.  That is also the all-time FCS record. 
THE MAN AT THE TOP                                  
Head coach Rick Chamberlin guided UD to 28 wins in his first three seasons, going 9-3 in 2008, 9-2 in 2009 and 10-1 last year. That’s the best three-year start by any Flyer football coach. Dayton has won a share of PFL championships in two of his three years, and missed the third by just five points at JU in the last game of 2008.
MORE THAN HIS FAIR SHARE
Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 327 of UD’s 627 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 33 as a head coach.  He has also been a part of 414 of UD’s 1,000 games.
PEER PRESSURE
Rick Chamberlin’s career .786 (33-9) winning percentage is the best among PFL coaches.  Drake’s Chris Creighton is next (.763, 122-38).  In PFL games only, Chamberlin is #1 (.828, 24-5) and Jacksonville coach Kerwin Bell is second (.763, 29-9).
LEADING FROM THE FRONT                       
LONG TIME STARTERS                                                                
You will find the Flyer 2011 captains in the trenches.  DE Devon Langhorst and OT Dan Prindle are UD’s co-captains this season.  Both are redshirt seniors and part of three PFL title teams in their careers.
Nine Flyers own double-digit start totals.  Justin Griffis leads with 30 (although 22 were at center and he is now a guard).  Right behind is Dan Prindle with 29.  Devon Langhorst and Matt Pfleger each have 19.  Tyler Hujik, Brian Mack and Eric Robbe all have 18.  Zach Weber has 17 and Kyle Sebetic has 16.
FIRST TIME STARTERS                                                                
UD has had two players lead the team in tackles in their first career start, both on the road.  RS soph LB Colin Monnier did at CSU where he had eight.  True freshman CB Matt Bianco had eight (all solo) at Jacksonville.  Twelve Flyers started for the first time at RMU.  They were QB Will Bardo, RB Taylor Harris, WR Jordan Boykin, FL Branden Johnson, OT Tom Corcoran, C Bill Petraiuolo, DT Phil DeBoer, DE Anthony Sadler, LB Sean Belanger, and Flyer Andre Crawford.  OT’s Jamie Mewhinney (Duquesne) and Chris Cortopassi (CSU), DT Brannon Dunn (CSU), CB Howard Savage (Marist) and safety Nick Weston (Davidson) have also started for the first time this year.
FIRST TIME QB                                                                             
Redshirt freshman Will Bardo took over at quarterback for Dayton at Robert Morris, following two-time PFL Offensive Player of the Year Steve Valentino.  That was the first game that Bardo played in (that counts, at least) since his Ft. Thomas Highlands High School won the 2009 Kentucky 5A Championship.  In his debut, Bardo was 14 of 24 for 180 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.  A dual threat, he is the only PFL quarterback with at least 200 rushing yards this season (391) and is eighth in rushing in the league.
NOT HIS FIRST RODEO                                                               
Having an inexperienced quarterback step into the starting lineup is nothing new for Dayton offensive coordinator Dave Whilding.  Of the 17 new starting quarterbacks in Whilding’s 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit (including Steve Valentino and two QB’s now in the UD Hall of Fame – Kevin Johns and Steve Keller).  Three (Kevin Wilhelm, Kelly Spiker and Brandon Staley) had the same number as new QB Will Bardo -- zero.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN                                                                
Backup quarterback Zach Splain has played in all eight games.  Against Marist, Splain entered the game late in the first half and guided UD to four scoring drives in the next five possessions.  He was 11 of 18 for 161 yards and two TD’s.
SACK RACE                                                                                    
Dayton leads FCS football in sacks, averaging 4.3 sacks a game.  UD had nine sacks (and seven QB hurries) in the Davidson win, and eight sacks at Robert Morris. Eleven different Flyers have gotten into the sack act in 2011, led by Devon Langhorst’s 10.5.  Langhorst is third in sacks in FCS. UD also has 21 QB hurries, led by eight from Langhorst.
DEFINTELY DEVON                                                                      
Defensive end Devon Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Associated Press Championship Subdivision All-American Third Team and was First Team All-PFL.  He was second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77. Langhorst was nationally recognized as a Preseason Third Team All-American by College Sporting News.   He has 38 tackles, 7.5 sacks and seven QB hurries in the last four games.   For the season, he leads UD in total tackles (61), sacks (10.5), TFL (12.0) and QB hurries (8).  He is currently third in sacks at the FCS level.  Langhorst also has a fumble recovery and a forced fumble this season.
LANGHORST IS CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMINIFINALIST          
Devon Langhorst was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, which is the major award of the NFF’s Scholar-Athlete Award program.  Langhorst is one of just 127 college football players selected.  UD has had at least a semifinalist for six straight years.  Among Division I schools, the Flyers are one of 12 institutions with a semifinalist in the last six years.  The others are Austin Peay, Bucknell, Columbia, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Rutgers, South Dakota State, Texas, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.
ROLE REVERSAL                                                            
Devon Langhorst played quarterback on offense at Sidney High School, but now he collects them, with 24.5 in the last two seasons.
WIRKUS UP                                                                                   
Safety Steve Wirkus is tied for third nationally in FCS football in interceptions (0.67 per game).  He was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week after getting two interceptions, two pass break ups and six tackles (4 solo) in the Marist win.  Against Robert Morris in Week One, he was CollegeSportsMadness.com’s PFL Player of the Week after leading UD with nine tackles (7 solo), getting the interception that set up Dayton’s go-ahead touchdown and diving to bat away a pass at the goal line.  He is tied for second at UD in tackles (48) and leads in solo hits (33) in 2010. He added another INT and shared team honors with eight hits vs. Duquesne.  After suffering an ankle injury in the Butler game, he missed two games. He returned for Morehead State, coming up with 10 tackles (8 solo) in the win. 
BB GUN                                                                                         
Linebacker Bryan Bailin is tied for second on the team in tackles (47). 
DEAL WITH DUNN                                                                       
Redshirt sophomore DT Brannon Dunn is second on the team and fifth in the PFL in sacks (8) despite only starting four games this season.  He had a defensive lineman’s “helmet trick” at Jacksonville, getting a sack, forcing a fumble and recovering the fumble on the same play. Dunn also leads the team and is tied for second in the PFL in forced fumbles (3). 
SAVAGE HITS
Sophomore cornerback Howard Savage led UD with two “Hammer Hit of the Week” awards to his credit last season.  Fittingly, he got the first one of 2011 at Robert Morris.  He led UD in tackles (8, tied with four other Flyers) and passes broken up (3) against Duquesne and started for the first time against Marist.  He is second for UD in pass breakups (5).  Savage missed the Jacksonville game with an injury.
GOOD HANDS PEOPLE                                                                
Four Flyer receivers have combined for 76 of UD’s 92 receptions this season.  Luke Bellman leads in catches (27), yards (386), yards per catch (14.3) and TD’s (3).  He had six for 121 in the Marist win.  Branden Johnson has 19 for 264 (13.9 avg.) , Tyler Hujik has 16 receptions for 79 yards, and Jordan Boykin has 14 for 142 yards (10.1 avg.).  Johnson had five for 100 at Jacksonville.  Oddly, five of UD’s 10 scoring passes are among the remaining 16 catches (TD’s by Brian Mack, Jordan Elmore, Tyler Schutz, Nik Gillum and Taylor Harris). 
TAYLOR’S 200
When Taylor Harris ran for 216 yards at Morehead State, it was the most yards by a Dayton runner since Jermaine Bailey ran for 251 against Drake in 2000.  It was also the first time any PFL runner gained 200 since Jacksonville’s Rudell Small had 216 in 2008.  Harris also went over 1,000 yards for his career during the Morehead game.  Harris was named a BSN Offensive Player of the Week for his game at MSU.
TEAR UP THE TURF, TAYLOR
Taylor Harris’ 83-yard touchdown run against Duquesne was the third-longest in Dayton history, and the longest at Welcome Stadium.  Leroy Ka-Ne (the Hawai’ian Hyphen) holds the record of 94 yards vs. Scranton in 1949 at Baujan Field, and J.P. Ragon scampered 85 yards at Morehead State in 1997. 
BEEN A WHILE
With three games left on the schedule, Taylor Harris’ 781 yards this season is already the most since Cliff Sachini had 1,042 in 2003.  Harris has four games of at least 100 yards rushing this season (110 yards against Duquesne, 101 at Central State, 148 at Jacksonville, 216 at Morehead State). Sachini is the last Flyer runner to have at least four 100-yard games in a season.  Sachini had five in 2003.  Harris leads UD in rushing and yards per carry (7.1).  He has scored five more TD’s than other UD player (8).  He was second in the PFL in scoring last year with 13 touchdowns.  This year he is first in the PFL in per carry average, second in rushing (97.6) and tied for fourth in touchdowns (8).
STABLE SITUATION
UD returns its entire stable of top running backs from 2010 -- seniors Taylor Harris, Dan Jacob and Brian Mack.  They combined for 946 yards and 22 TD’s between them last year with a 4.7 yards per carry average.  Harris is currently listed at starter but all three have started in the past. 
SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER
Sophomore Gary Hunter led the PFL and was ranked eighth in FCS football in kickoff return average as a freshman in 2010.  Hunter averaged 28.2 yards a return.  He had what is believed to be the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a freshman in the history of University of Dayton football when he had an 82-yard scamper against Valparaiso.  Early records are incomplete, but no Flyer freshman has returned a kickoff for a TD in the modern era of UD football.  After playing corner last year, Hunter has moved to the offensive side of the ball and is a wide receiver.  He is eighth in the PFL in kick return average (20.4) even though he has just two 30+ yard returns in 2011.
KICKOFF ECLIPSE                                                                         
Dayton’s game with Davidson had a rare event occur, or rather not occur.  Davidson never kicked off in the game.  UD won the toss and chose the wind, DC took the ball in the second half and was shutout.
HEAD’S UP HUJIK                                                                                        
Senior wide receiver Tyler Hujik was named FCS Co-Punt Returner of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com for his touchdown at Morehead. Hujik scored UD’s only TD in the first half when he scooped up a punt that had been touched but not controlled. Hujik darted between two players to scoop it up and run 32 yards for a touchdown.
DOUBLE DUTY                                                                             
Senior Nate Miller was named the Pioneer Football League’s Special Teams Player of the Week after the MSU win.  Miller accounted for 12 of the 30 Flyer points in the win, making field goals of 23, 26 and 32 yards, and converting all three PAT’s he attempted.  He also averaged 38.8 yards a punt on five punts, placing three inside the 20-yard line and on fair catch.  Miller’s 11 field goals this season are tied for the best mark in the PFL this season, and his 18 punts inside the 20-yard line are six more than anyone else in the league. He leads UD in scoring (52 pts.) and averages 37.5 yards per punt.
DOING GOOD WORK      
Redshirt senior offensive tackle Dan Prindle was a member of the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Honorees were selected based on their contributions to their community and campus.  Prindle has volunteered at Children’s Medical Center, St. Vincent DePaul and the Bombeck Center on campus. In addition, he was a part of Christmas on Campus, YMCA Summer Camp and has also helped with the Special Olympics. This summer he was a camp counselor at UD’s engineering camp for gifted students.  He is also an executive officer of Dayton’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has served as a representative at the NCAA’s APPLE Conference which concentrates on improving substance abuse prevention programming and policies in athletics departments.  Prindle was UD’s Offensive Player of the Week in the Marist win.
FLYER FAMILY                                                                              
Seven current members of the Flyer football team have had relatives who also played for UD, including four players whose fathers played -- Austen Alber (Tim, 1986-88), Alex Johnston (Jim, 1973-75), Matt Dorenkott (Brian, 1976-78) and Kyle Pignatiello (Mike, 1980-82).
600 CLUB
The Flyers became the 11th NCAA FCS team (and the first west of the Alleghenies) to win at least 600 games in its football history when UD beat Davidson on October 18, 2008. Here are the 14 members of the club, heading into the 2011 season.  Yale (864), Penn (813), Harvard (812), Princeton (785), Fordham (748), Dartmouth (651), Lafayette (650), Delaware (649), Lehigh (639), Dayton (622) Cornell (620), North Dakota State (613) Northern Iowa (610), North Dakota (604) and Colgate (603).  Of the 600 Club members, Dayton has played the fewest seasons (103, nine fewer than Northern Iowa’s 112).  UD moved into the Top 10 in 2010.
PFL POWER
The Flyers’ 78-21 PFL record is the best in the history of the league. UD has won 11 league championships (including ties) in the 18 years the PFL has existed. The rest of the league has 13 combined.
COMPLETIONS FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS CHARITY INITIATIVE
After picking up “Loose Change” for Catholic Social Services in 2008, scoring “Touchdowns for Tots” in 2009, and taking down “Sacks For Groceries” in 2010, the University of Dayton has a new charity of choice this season.  It is “Completions For Cystic Fibrosis.”  For every pass completion during the 2011 season, PNC Bank will make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 
TUESDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
For the fifth straight year, the Flyers sponsored “Tuesday Night Lights,” the free program where pee wee football teams take the field for a practice with the University of Dayton football team. Every Tuesday from Sept. 6 to Oct. 25, teams that sign up in advance get a pre-practice talk from Flyer head coach Rick Chamberlin, take the field to warm up with the UD football team, and observe practice until they go home at 8:30 p.m. 
WELCOME MAT
The UD Flyers moved to Welcome Stadium in 1974. The word “Welcome” implies hospitality, but UD has been anything but hospitable to its opponents at home, where it is 201-42-2 (.824). The “Welcome” is not a greeting, but an honor to the late Percival Welcome, longtime AD for the Dayton Public Schools.   
PLAYER OF THE WEEK SCORECARD
Three times:  Taylor Harris; Twice:  Devon Langhorst, Bill Petraiuolo, Tyler Shutz, Steve Wirkus; Once:  Will Bardo, Bryan Bailin, Pat Dowd, Brannon Dunn, Owen Elger, Gary Hunter, Joe Janasek, Nate Miller, Colin Monnier, Dan Prindle, Eric Robbe, Chase Walton, Ben Welsh
SCOUTS OF THE WEEK SCORECARD
Four times:  Anthony Davis, Twice:  Kevin Cripe, Ross Smith, Tommy Zervas; Once:  Austen Alber, Ryan Aske, Jack Beebe, Joe Blume, Miles Clark, Dylan Dearwester, Grant Georgic, Connor Kacsor, Soern Osborne, Tim Pallay,  Jake Rumpke, Mitch Sanders, Mitch Yinger
SEEING THE FUTURE                                                                                 
Freshman running back Anthony Davis has already earned four  Scout Team Player of the Week awards, and the week of the Jacksonville game he did something unprecedented -- he was both the Offensive and Special Teams Scout of the Week.  Davis was the Indiana high school rushing yardage leader last year for Indianapolis Warren Central High School.
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LAST TIME OUT--DAYTON 30, MOREHEAD STATE 28          
UD  got big performances from its big performers, and withstood a 21-point fourth quarter by Morehead State to defeat MSU 30-28 Saturday in Morehead, Ky. Senior running back Taylor Harris ran the ball 28 times for 216 yards for the Flyers.  It was the first time a Dayton runner ran for 200 yards or more since Jermaine Bailey did it against Drake in the 2000 season.   Senior end Devon Langhorst was UD’s top tackler with 13 hits. Langhorst came into the game leading Dayton in tackles and sacks, and he added two more sacks to give him 10.5 on the year.
The Flyers led at halftime 13-7, and scored the only points in the third quarter when the Flyers ran the ball 11 straight times before Will Bardo hit Jordan Boykin for a six-yard pass to put UD up 20-7. 
Against a lot of teams this would have been a comfortable lead, but against the Pioneer Football League’s highest-scoring offense, it wasn’t going to be enough.  The Eagles found another gear, gaining 243 of their 349 yards of the day in the final 18:26 of the game.  MSU scored TD’s on three drives of 70+ yards, but the Flyers answered after each score.
MSU’s last TD with 1:07 on the clock, making it a two-point game, 30-28.
Harris recovered the onside kick, and ran the first nine yards of Dayton’s final possession.  When Bardo gained the first down on a quarterback sneak, the Flyers only had to take a knee once to secure the road win.
Will Bardo backed Harris on the ground with 63 yards on 12 attempts.  Bardo had a tough day through the air (7 of 26 for 69 yards) but completed four of his last nine passes for 50 yards, two TD’s and two other first downs to keep drives alive.
Along with Langhorst’s 13 tackles, safety Steve Wirkus added 10 (one in the backfield) in his first game back after missing the last two with an ankle injury. 
HALLOWED HALL
Any list of the best coaches in college football history has to include the University of Dayton’s Mike Kelly.  And now it does.
Kelly was inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame July 16 at the 2011 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in South Bend, Ind. 
Kelly’s 27-year record of 246-54-1 is the best by far at UD (nearly twice as many wins as fellow NFF Hall of Fame member Harry Baujan’s 124), and his .819 winning percentage is fourth-best among college coaches with 25 or more years experience.
Kelly was a seven-time national coach of the year, six-time PFL coach of the year, and guided his teams to three national championships (1989, 2002, 2007).  Forty-eight of UD’s 50 Academic All-Americans played for Kelly, as did a total of 84 First Team All-Americans.  Seventy of his former players went into coaching, including 16 in college. 
The Mike Kelly Coaching Endowment Fund was established this summer with a $1 million commitment from the family of a UD football alumnus.
SUPER STAT
When Jon Gruden coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl championship in 2003, he became the second UD grad to coach a Super Bowl winner. Former UD co-captain and 1993 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Noll won four Super Bowls (IX, X, XII & XIV) as coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Noll started at center and linebacker for the Flyers and graduated from the University in 1953. Gruden played quarterback at Dayton and earned his degree in 1986. UD became only the third school (now there are four) to have two alumni coach Super Bowl winners. The others are San Jose State, with grads Bill Walsh (XIV, XIX, XXIII) and Dick Vermeil (XXXIV), Arkansas with grads Jimmy Johnson (XXVII, XXVIII) and Barry Switzer (XXX), and Eastern Illinois with Mike Shanahan (XXXII, XXXIII) and Sean Payton (XLIV).
 
At the time of their wins, Gruden was the second-youngest coach to win a Super Bowl and Noll is the fifth-youngest.  As a matter of fact, UD has ties to 19 Super Bowl rings. In addition to Noll’s four and Gruden’s one, six former members of Dayton coaching staffs own a total of 14 Super Bowl rings between them. They are the late Len Fontes (New York Giants, Super Bowl XXI), Jon’s father Jim Gruden (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowls XXII & XXIV), current Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi (XLIV), John McVay (49ers, XVI, XIX, XXII, & XXIV), current Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore (Steelers, XIII & XIV, Colts XLI) and George Perles (Steelers, IX, X, XII & XIV). McVay was the Flyers’ head coach from 1965-72, and Fontes, Jim Gruden, Moore and Perles were on his staff.  Lombardi, an Air Force Academy grad and the grandson of Vince Lombardi, began his coaching career at Dayton.  He coached for three seasons on Mike Kelly’s staff while stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Spartans Set to Open UAA Schedule, Close Out Home Slate versus Rival Chicago on Seniors' Day

Winners of five straight, the Case Western Reserve University football team opens its three-game University Athletic Association schedule with Seniors' Day versus rival University of Chicago (Ill.) on Saturday, October 29 at Case Field in Cleveland. The Spartans are 6-1 overall following a thrilling, 24-21 overtime victory at The College of Wooster. Chicago is 5-2 overall after its 41-17 Homecoming win versus Kenyon College. Prior to the game, CWRU will honor its 17 football senior student-athletes.

Case Reserve seniors

SERIES NOTES

The Spartans and Maroons have a young history on the gridiron which dates back to the 1990 season. Chicago holds the all-time series lead, 12-9, but Case has won four of the last five meetings. Chicago won last season's matchup, 24-21, at Stagg Field in the "Windy City." The first-ever meeting between the two resulted in a 25-0 Spartan victory at home in 1990.

COACHING MATCHUP

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his eighth season in 2011 with a 58-23 (.716) record. Debeljak led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons from 2007-09 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 45-6, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons (2007-09). In addition, Case has been ranked in the AFCA top 25 in each of the past four seasons (2007-10).

Chicago is coached by Dick Maloney, who is in his 18th season with an overall mark of 90-73. Maloney began his tenure in 1994 and is a four-time UAA Coach of the Year with three conference championships. His .537 winning percentage is the second-best in Chicago history, behind only the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg.

LAST MEETING

Chicago handed Case Western Reserve its first loss of the 2010 campaign and snapped the Spartans' 38-game regular season winning streak with a 24-20 victory at Stagg Field on Saturday, October 30. Spartan wide receiver Zach Homyk made eight receptions for 142 yards to break the CWRU record for catches in a season. Maroon wideout Dee Brizzolara had 104 yards receiving and two touchdowns -- the second of the scores was a 46-yarder to win the game with just over a minute remaining.

Aurora's Dee Brizzolara 

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

Through seven games, the Spartans average 25.3 points, 106.9 yards rushing, 193.9 yards passing and 300.8 total yards. Case opponents average 14.1 ppg, 90.6 yards rushing, 199.1 yards passing and 289.7 total yards per game. The Spartans have a +6 turnover margin after checking in at +11 last season.

SPARTAN LEADERS

Offensively, junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has completed 114-of-189 passes (60.3%) for 1,216 yards with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) has a team-high 387 yards on 98 carries (3.9 ypc) with four touchdowns. Sicre also has 21 receptions for 119 yards and a score. Sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) has 277 yards rushing on 67 carries (4.1 ypc). Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) has team-highs of 39 receptions and 449 yards (12.4 ypc) to go along with three touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Sean Lapcevic (Presto, Pa./Chartiers Valley) has 26 receptions for 307 yards (11.8 ypc).

  
Holy Name grad English (L), NDCL alum Calabrese (R)
Defensively, junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) leads the team with 69 tackles to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss and both an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) is second with 67 tackles, including seven for loss, and has 1.5 sacks and an interception return for a TD. Junior linebacker Kevin Nossem (Munster, Ind./Munster) has 46 tackles with a team-high tying four sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has 35 stops with a team-high nine tackles for loss and a team-high tying four sacks. Junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) has 30 stops with a team-high four interceptions, including two for touchdown, and a forced fumble.

SCOUTING THE MAROONS

Through seven games, Chicago averages 27.7 points, 152.7 yards rushing, 138.7 yards passing and 291.4 total yards per game. Chicago opponents average 25.4 points, 135.6 yards rushing, 240.9 yards passing and 376.5 total yards per game. The Maroons have a -6 turnover ratio.

MAROON LEADERS

Offensively, sophomore QB Vincent Cortina has completed 43-of-86 passes for 548 yards, six TDs and nine INTs. Junior QB Kevin Shelton is 32-of-56 for 415 yards, five TDs and seven INTs. Senior RB Francis Adarkwa has rushed for a team-high 381 yards on 99 carries (3.8 ypc) with two TDs. Freshman RB Zak Ross-Nash has 310 yards rushing on 56 carries (5.5 ypc) with one TD. Sophomore Ian Gaines has 179 yards and a team-high three TDs on the ground. Junior WR Dee Brizzolara has 25 receptions for 443 yards (17.7 ypc) with 10 TDs. Brizzolara also has a rushing TD, 11 punt returns for 199 yards (18.1 ypr) and two TDs, and 15 kick returns for 300 yards (20.0 ypr).

Defenisvely, senior LB Danny Polaneczky leads the team with 52 tackles, including a team-high tying seven for loss, and is second on the squad with four sacks. Junior LB Alex Dzierbicki has 44 tackles, including for loss, with three sacks and two interceptions. Senior DL Matt Sargent has 28 tackles, including seven for loss, and leads the team with 4.5 sacks. Senior CB Emmett Carrier has 28 tackles and a team-high three INTs. 

GETTING DEFENSIVE

The Spartans currently lead the UAA in total defense (289.7 ypg), rush defense (90.6 ypg), scoring defense (14.1 ppg) and turnovers forced (20). Nationally, Case ranks 17th in rush defense and 23rd in scoring defense.

AN "ENGLISH" LESSON

Three-time All-UAA senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons. Through seven games in 2011, English has 35 tackles, including nine for loss, with four sacks, eight quarterback hurries, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery. English now has 28.5 career sacks -- two shy of tying the school record of 30.5 set by Brian Calderone (2005-08).

ALL BY WADE "SELF"

Junior linebacker Wade Self (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) played a key role in Case's overtime victory at Wooster last week. Self totaled 10 tackles and a sack in addition to forcing the fumble that set up the winning drive in overtime. For his efforts, Self was labeled the UAA Defensive Player of the Week.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Senior kicker Daniel Vasil (Erie, Pa./McDowell) kicked the game-winning 31-yard field goal in overtime at Wooster last week and was named the UAA Special Teams Player of the Week. In the last three games, Vasil is 12-for-13 on extra point attempts and 5-of-6 on field goal tries with a career-best of 34 yards.

FEEL THE "CALA-BREEZE"

Junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin), also the team's holder, has been an impact player for the Spartans this season. He has a 23-yard TD pass on a fake field goal, four interceptions with two returned for TDs, one punt return for a TD, and a forced fumble. 


2011-12 CASE RESERVE Women’s Swimming & Diving Preview

CLEVELAND (U District) – Fresh off of a season that saw nine program records re-written, the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming & diving program is geared up for a new level of success during the winter of 2011-12.

The Spartans improved a spot (to sixth) in the University Athletic Association standings last season and set seven school records at the conference championship meet. The team also produced four NCAA "B" cut qualifying marks at the championship.

"The most important aspect this season is to keep improving," said second-year head coach Doug Milliken. "We made some nice strides last year and surprised some people. We want to keep that momentum going, and with that will come higher expectations and loftier goals. If the team works hard, which I have no doubt about, they will be able to accomplish what they have set out to achieve."

Under the tutelage of Milliken, the Spartan women roll out a roster of experienced veterans with championship experience and a number of talented youngsters.

Despite the graduation of several key scorers from last year's squad, Milliken is confident in the leadership that his current senior class will provide.

"This group has seen the program go through a transition and has had to adapt to a lot of changes," noted Milliken. "With that being said, they have never wavered, they have never complained, all they have done is go out and work like crazy to make themselves better and their teammates better. We are fortunate to have a tremendously talented group of women who mean a lot to me as their coach because I know that I can always count on them -- whether it is to push a teammate, to win an event, or to be the leader helping to take this program to the next level."

Mayfield High alum Steph Campbell

Stephanie Campbell (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) leads the Spartan senior class along with Lucy Bollinger (Boulder, Colo./Fairview), Taylor Dorsey (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West), Jessica Nuhfer(Warren, Pa./Warren Area) and Laura Thompson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon).

Campbell set two individual school records at the UAA Championship Meet in the 100-yard backstroke (59.25) and 200 back (2:09.11) and was a member of the record-setting 200 and 400 medley relay teams – each quartet hit NCAA "B" cuts. Campbell also swam a leg on the All-UAA 200-yard freestyle relay in 2010.

Amongst the roster is also an accomplished group of youngsters, specifically in the sophomore class with Maggie Dillione (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) and Sara Tillie (Fallston, Md./Fallston).


Dillione set three school records as a freshman, including the 100 fly (57.41) and 200 fly (2:06.07) at the season-ending Midwest Invitational and the 200 individual medley (2:10.96) at the UAA Championship Meet. Also a two-event "B" cut qualifier, Dillione swam a leg on the school record-setting 200 and 400 medley relays at UAAs and earned individual All-UAA honors with a runner-up finish in the 100 fly and a third-place finish in the 200 fly. She was a two-time UAA Athlete of the Week and the recipient of the CWRU Nancy Gray Rookie of the Year award.
  

Dillone (L), Tillie (R)

"Maggie is one of those student-athletes that any coach would love to have on their team," said Milliken. "She is hard-working, energetic, supportive of teammates, and holds herself to a high standard.  She is someone that I know we can always count on to give it her all. Maggie has placed very high expectations upon herself, whether it's winning an individual conference championship or making the NCAA meet. I expect her to keep performing at her best, and the rest will take care of itself."

Tillie hit her own provisional qualifying mark of 4:36.69 in the 400-yard individual medley and was a member of the school-record 200 medley relay. Tillie also posted team-best times in the 1,650 freestyle (18:16.22), 500 free (5:11.27) and 1,000 free (11:02.53). In addition, she swam a leg on both the 400 medley relay and 400 free relay that hit NCAA "B" cuts.

Case's junior class consists of three letterwinners in Sarah Greenlee (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township), Krysta Payne (Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley) and Brittany Sussman (Englewood, Ohio/Northmont).

Milliken also returns five additional sophomores that lettered as freshmen in 2010-11, including Hannah Altman-Kurosaki (New York, N.Y./Fiorello H. LaGuardia), Alison Brooks (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central), Catherine Gormley (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton), Kathryn Madalena (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and Kristen McKee (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson).

"We are fortunate to have a lot of women on the team that are self-motivated student-athletes who tasted some success last season and now want more," said Milliken. "It's exciting to have so many women with the same competitive spirit."

Milliken is also excited about bringing a large freshman class into the mix – his first complete recruiting class at CWRU.

"I have a lot of expectations for this group of newcomers," noted the head coach. "Overall, there is a ton of talent and potential, but the quality I like the most is their work ethic.  They are an energetic group that comes to practice, does what we ask of them, and works every day to get better.  We will be counting on them a lot in big spots to come through for us.  They will be a lot of fun to work with and to watch develop over their careers. I am extremely excited for them."

The Spartans open the 2011-12 campaign in quad meet action with UAA foes New York University, Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) and host University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Friday-Saturday, October 28-29. Action is slated to begin on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

The squad's first home action will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 11-12, with the annual Veale Classic Duals at Veale Natatorium.

Hiram College Football To Host

First-Ever Night Game This Saturday

 

HIRAM, OHIO  --  The Hiram College football team will host the first-ever night game at Charles A. Henry Field on Saturday, Sept. 29 against North Coast Athletic Conference opponent The College of Wooster.

 

As part of the Henry Field renovations that took place this past summer with the installation of field turf, the facelift also included the installation of lights.  The multi-purpose playing surface has been transformed to not only be the home site for Terrier football, but will also be the home field for the Hiram men’s and women’s lacrosse teams which will begin varsity competition in the spring of 2013.  The field is also a secondary site for the Terrier men’s and women’s soccer teams.

 

The Terrier football team (1-6, 1-2 NCAC) will look to end a five-game winless drought against the Fighting Scots (2-5, 1-2 NCAC) on Saturday.  Hiram has been led all season offensively by sophomore quarterback Brandon Hanna (Ashtabula/Lakeside) who has completed 113-of-202 passes for 919 yards and three touchdowns.   He is also the team’s leading rusher having accumulated 453 yards on 93 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and four TD.  Defensively, Hiram has been led this season by the duo of senior All-NCAC linebackers Oliver Dickerhoof (Allliance/Central Catholic) and Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek).  Dickerhoof leads the team, and is second in the conference, in tackles with 80 (42 solo and 38 assists).  He also leads the team in fumble recoveries with three.  Hull is second in tackles with 67 (28 solo and 39 assists) and is third in tackles for loss at six.  In addition, Hull’s 67 stops this season also rank fourth most in the NCAC.


Spartan Women Move Up Again in Two National Polls

CLEVELAND (U District) – The rise in the national polls continues for the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team. The Spartans moved up one spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll to No. 18 and jumped five spots in the D3Soccer.com poll to No. 19.


Case defeated Hiram College its last time out on Friday, October 21, to improve to 11-2-2 overall and 8-1-1 in its last 10 matches.

With three regular-season matches remaining on the schedule, the Spartans are one win and one shutout shy of tying the 1991 squad (12-6 overall/10 shutouts) for the most in school history.

Also 3-1 in the University Athletic Association, the Spartans return to action with a pair of key conference road matches this weekend, starting at the University of Chicago (Ill.) on Friday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. (CDT).

Ed's-Ignatius game on 1220/'HKW this week

The high school football game Saturday October 29th between St. Ignatius High School and St Edward High School at Lakewood Stadium (Lakewood, 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. 
 Extended Pre-Game begins at 6:30 pm  

St. Edward alumnus Germany Woods named 


OAC Offensive Player of the Week

TIFFIN, Ohio-Heidelberg University sophomore second-team All-Ohio Athletic,Conference running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/St. Edward) and junior linebacker Craig Sykes (Centerburg) were named OAC offensive and defensive player of the week, respectively, for their performances in the

Student Princes' 42-20 win at Marietta College on Saturday, announced today
by the league office.

Woods rushed for a game and season-high 226 yards on a career-high 34
carries to lead a Heidelberg ground game that piled on a season-high 456
yards against the Pioneers.  Woods, who has rushed for 100 yards in five of
seven games this season and in nine of his last 11 contests dating back to
2010, had touchdown runs of one and three yards.

Germany Woods
Woods

Woods is threatening to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the second
consecutive season.  He has 913 net rushing yards in 171 attempts with five
TDs and is averaging 5.3 yards per rush and 130.4 yards per game in 2011,
second in the OAC.

Sykes recorded a game-high-tying two sacks to lead a defensive unit that got
to Marietta quarterbacks for a season-high 8.5 sacks, finished the day with
six tackles, and notched his OAC-leading fourth interception of the season.
Heidelberg held Marietta to just 33 rushing yards.  This season, Sykes leads
the team and ranks seventh in the OAC with 65 tackles, has seven tackles for
loss, including three sacks, two pass break-ups, a quarterback hurry, and
has forced and recovered one fumble.

The weekly honors are the fourth and fifth of the season for a Student
Prince.  Junior kicker Dan Kilger (Novi, Mich./Novi) (twice) and sophomore
running back/kick returner Cartel Brooks (Kokomo, Ind./Galion) (once) have
been named special teams player of the week previously this season.

The Berg returns to the gridiron Saturday, Oct. 29 when it hosts Wilmington
College
 (0-7, 0-6 OAC) at 1:30 p.m. at Mayer Field in Tiffin.

Cleveland State men's soccer to take on Canisius this weekend


The CSU men's soccer Vikings, now in a three-way tie for first place in the Horizon League standings with 10 points, will look to get back on the right track after dropping two home matches last week. First up is a road league match at Butler on Wednesday (Oct. 26) night at 7:00 p.m. The Bulldogs, picked to win the Horizon League in the preseason, are 1-2-1 in the league and tied for sixth place with four points. Canisius, currently 4-11-1 overall and 2-5-1 in the MAAC, will come to Cleveland for a 1:00 p.m. contest on Sunday. The Golden Griffins will conclude the league portion of their schedule with a Friday evening match against rival Niagara in Lewiston, N.Y. before battling CSU. Canisius goes into Friday's match as winners in just one of their last six matches. Sunday's showdown will be the final regular season match of the season for Canisius before they head to Florida to participate in the conference tournament.


REVIEWING LAST WEEK: Cleveland State dropped a pair of home matches  last week. Below is a quick recap of both matches: 


Match 14: IUPUI 1, Cleveland State 0 (Oct. 19, Cleveland, Ohio)

A goal in the 59th minute helped IUPUI pick up a non-league win at soggy Krenzler Field. The Vikings put three shots on goal, but couldn't find the back of the net. Brad Stuver made two saves in defeat.

Match 15: Green Bay 2, Cleveland State 1 (Oct. 22, Cleveland, Ohio)

Jordan Hart scored just over two minutes into the match to put the Vikings up 1-0. That goal held up until Green Bay scored in the 85th minute on a penalty kick after a hand ball was called in the box. In the final minute, Green Bay's Luke Goodnetter headed home a ball to give the Phoenix the road win.


2011 SEASON PREVIEW: When looking at the Vikings 2011 roster, you’ll notice a lot of familiar names. The 2010 team finished 9-10-1, but expectations are high this season with nine of the team’s top 10 scorers returning from last season. Junior Brad Stuver (6-7-1, 57 saves) is one of the best goalkeepers in the league. He was named Horizon League 'Goalkeeper of the Year' last season when he had three shutouts and 87 saves - 14 more than the second place finisher. Stuver already has pitched four shutouts this season. The backline is led by sophomore Zach Ellis-Hayden (one goal, two assists) who has started all 15 games in the back, as well as Justin Mancine (12 starts) and Al James (11 starts). Brian Donnelly has moved around but the experienced defender has started 10 games for the Vikings. Sophomore Justin Cree (seven starts), junior John Gulden (three starts) and senior Chris Koy (three starts, one assist) have added experience and depth. Senior Manuel Conde (two assists), first on the 2010 team in points, leads the charge in the middle. With injuries allowing John Wargo to only appear in three matches, the club has needed major minutes from Aslinn Rodas (one goal, three assists) and freshman Mike Derezic (one goal) who has started the first 12 games of his college career and excited the coaching staff with his level of play. The Vikings forwards have scored 16 goals in the 2011 season, with Admir Suljevic and Aaron Adkins each scoring a team-best six goals in addition to Jordan Hart (three times) and Cazz Warren finding the back of the net. Adkins and Suljevic, tied for fourth in the league in goals, are the most well known of the bunch but Caleb Eastham (six starts) and Hart (10 starts) are also very experienced for sophomores at the forward spot for the Vikings.


LEAGUE LEADERS: Aaron Adkins and Admir Suljevic are tied with Butler's Austin Oldham for fourth in the league with six goals. Suljevic and Oldham are tied with Milwaukee's Robert Refai for third in the league in points with 15 while Adkins (13) is tied for seventh. With three assists each, Suljevic and Aslinn Rodas are tied for ninth in the league. Goalkeeper Brad Stuver is second in both shutouts (four) and saves (57) while ranking fifth in the Horizon League with a 1.39 goals against average.


RPI RANKINGS: Despite being tied for the league lead with 10 points, the Vikings are seventh in the Horizon League when it comes to the RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Oct. 25. UIC, 1-2-1 in the league, tops the group at 65th, while Green Bay is 76th. Wright State is 111th and Butler, Cleveland State's next opponent, is 131st. Two spots behind the Bulldogs sits Valparaiso. Milwaukee is 142nd, two places ahead of the Vikings who are 144th. Detroit and Loyola round out the league at 179th and 182nd, respectively.


DYNAMIC DUO: With six goals each, Aaron Adkins and Admir Suljevic are tied for fourth in the Horizon League in that category. The pair has combined to form one of the most formidable duos in recent school history. Josh Williams and Slavisa Ubiparipovic scored six goals apiece during the 2009 season, but before that you would have to go back to the 2003 campaign to find the last time a duo scored more than 12 goals in a season. In 2003, Stephen Ademolu (12) and Spencer Lappin (five) combined for 17 goals. In each of the last four Horizon League matches, either Adkins or Suljevic has recorded a point.


CLOSE CONTESTS: Since Ali Kazemaini took the reins of the Viking program before the 2006 season, he's developed a nice rivalry with Butler. In the eight meetings since Kazemaini has been in charge, the series is even at 3-3-2. Prior to his arrival, the Vikings had defeated Butler just once (2002) in the prior 15 meetings. All eight matches since 2006 have been decided by one goal or less and three matches have gone into overtime. In each of the last two seasons, Butler has defeated Cleveland State in the Horizon League Championships.


HOME SWEET HOME: This will be the fourth time that Canisius visits Krenzler Field, and the Golden Griffins are 0-3 in their first three trips. In those three matches (1997, 2000 and 2006), Cleveland State has outscored Canisius 8-1. 


NEXT UP: The Vikings will conclude their regular season when they host Detroit at 7:00 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 4). Prior to kickoff, the seniors will be honored as part of 'Senior Day'. Should Cleveland State qualify for the six team Horizon League Championships, the quarterfinal match would be held on Tuesday (Nov. 8) at the home field of the higher seed.

DAYTON’S TAYLOR HARRIS AND TYLER HUJIK HONORED

University of Dayton senior running back Taylor Harris and senior receiver/punt returner Tyler Hujik were honored for their efforts in last Saturday’s 30-28 win at Morehead State.
 
Harris was named Beyond Sports Network’s Offensive Player of the Week for his 216-yard performance in the 30-28 Flyer win over Morehead State. Harris was one of six offensive players at the Division I FCS level to earn this award, while only one other running back was recognized.
 
Harris ran the ball 28 times, averaging 7.7 per carry. His 29-yard run in the fourth quarter set up the eventual winning touchdown for UD. He later dashed any Morehead St. comeback hopes by recovering an onside kick with 1:07 to play.
 
Harris became the first Dayton running back to rush for over 200 yards in a game since Jermaine Bailey ran for 251 yards against Drake in 2000. The Centerburg, OH native was also the first PFL running back to have a 200 yard effort since Jacksonville’s Rudell Small had 216 in 2008. With his monster performance, Harris now has run for 781 yards on the season, eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark for his career.  
 
Hujik was named the Division I FCS Co-Punt Returner of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com for his touchdown in Saturday’s victory over Morehead State.
 Hujik scored the Flyers’ only touchdown in the first half when he capitalized on a Morehead mistake. A poor snap forced the Eagle punter to hurry his kick. The ball went off the side of his foot and rolled near the Morehead sideline. Two Eagles players touched the ball but failed to fully control it leaving room for Hujik to scoop it up and run 32 yards for a touchdown.
Hujik leads UD in punt returns, with 10 for a 7.0 yards per return average.
Dayton, 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the PFL, is at Valparaiso , 0-7 overall and 0-4 in  the PFL, on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m. ET.

No. 16 RedHawks Entertain No. 18 LSSU on Homecoming

Miami looks to snap three-game skid as Lakers come calling Thursday and Friday

THE GAME

No. 16 Miami (2-4-0, 0-2-0 CCHA) returns home after a pair of road series to host No. 18 Lake Superior State in a two-game CCHA series on Homecoming Weekend, Thursday and Friday at Steve Cady Arena. Both games start at 7:35 p.m. The RedHawks are looking to snap a three-game losing streak, its longest skid since a three-game drought Dec. 30, 2010 to Jan. 8, 2011, after being swept at then-No. 14 Ferris State to open league play last weekend. Miami was swept just once last year (Jan. 7-8 at Ohio State), something that has happened only four times in CCHA play since the 2007-08 season.

The RedHawks fell 4-2 to the Bulldogs on Friday as FSU broke a 2-2 deadlock in the third period and added an empty netter for the final tally. Senior Trent Vogelhuber and freshman Austin Czarniktallied goals for Miami in the loss. Saturday, the ‘Hawks were shut out for the first time this year, 2-0. Miami has been blanked just once each of the previous three years. Junior Reilly Smith leads the RedHawks with five points and four goals while senior Alden Hirschfeld has a team-high four assists.

No. 18 Lake Superior (5-1-0, 3-1-0 CCHA) comes to Oxford after splitting with Bowling Green last weekend, falling 1-0 Friday before rebounding for a 4-1 victory Saturday. LSSU started the year with sweeps at Alabama-Huntsville and over Michigan State to begin CCHA action. The Lakers are giving up just 1.83 goals per game, which ties for sixth nationally, led by sophomore goalie Kevin Kapalka’s 1.84 GAA and .926 save percentage, both of which rank in the top 20 nationally. Sophomore forward Kyle Jean leads the Lakers with seven points and four goals, including five points in CCHA play.

THE COACHES

Enrico Blasi (Miami ’94) is in his 13th season behind the RedHawk bench. He is a four-time CCHA Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005-06. He stands 264-173-46 in 13 seasons at his alma mater, where he has led Miami to seven NCAA Tournaments, including two Frozen Four berths, a National Championship game appearance, a pair of CCHA regular-season titles and the school’s first ever Mason Cup last year. Blasi is the the winningest coach in school history.

Jim Roque (Lake Superior ‘87)  is in his seventh season at the helm of the Lakers where he has compiled a 90-109-39 record at his alma mater. He was twice previously an assistant coach at Lake Superior from 1988-91 and during the 1994-95 season before returning in 2001 as an assistant where he stayed until becoming the head coach. He led the Lakers to their first winning season in seven years in his first year in charge and helped LSSU earn a berth in the CCHA Tournament semifinals in 2006-07.

THE SERIES

Miami is just 37-54-11 all-time against Lake Superior since 1979, but are 25-18-7 against the Lakers in Oxford. Miami has also had recent success against LSSU, going 9-0-1 vs. the Lakers since the 2007-08 season. The RedHawks went 3-0-1 against LSSU last year, including a win and a tie in Oxford and a sweep at Lake Superior. Head coach Enrico Blasi is 23-8-1 against LSSU at the helm of Miami.


Soccer Faces BGSU with Tournament Berth at Stake

RedHawks host Bowling Green Thursday to wrap up regular season

OXFORD, Ohio – Playing to continue its 2011 season, the Miami University women’s soccer team entertains Bowling Green Thursday in the regular-season finale, needing a win to assure itself of a spot in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field.

The RedHawks (9-8-0, 4-6-0 MAC) currently hold the eighth and final spot in the MAC Tournament, which starts Sunday, Oct. 30, but are just one point ahead of Akron, two points ahead of Eastern Michigan and three ahead of the Falcons. A win would land Miami anywhere from the fifth to eighth seed, but the top four seeds have already been clinched, meaning the ‘Hawks would be on the road for the quarterfinals Sunday. A tie could get Miami in depending on other results while a loss would eliminate them as Bowling Green would then be tied and hold the tiebreaker with Miami.

Miami enters the BGSU match having won three of its last four games. After topping Ohio and Akron two weekends ago, the RedHawks downed Northern Illinois, 3-0, last Friday as redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) pitched her fourth shutout of the year and second straight. Junior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) tallied two goals in the match en route to earning MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Western Michigan ended the RedHawks’ three-game win streak on Sunday however, with a 2-0 defeat, despite Miami controlling much of the contest and outshooting WMU, 23-11.

With her two goals last weekend, Kodiak now leads the MAC in goals with nine and points with 22 while her 1.29 points per game is by far tops in the league. Four of her goals have come in league play, which ties for third, along with sophomore Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio). Dolesh has seven goals on the year overall, as does classmate Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.), which ties for fifth in the MAC. Senior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) has four assists to lead the RedHawks, as does Kodiak and freshman Hailey Pleshakov (Brighton, Mich.), with all four of Mangal’s coming in league play, which ranks second.

As a team, Miami leads the MAC with 1.76 goals per game but are tied for fourth in conference action with 1.20 goals per game. On defense, the RedHawks have posted a 1.27 goals against average, which ranks sixth in the league, but rank eighth in MAC play with a 1.26 GAA. Norenberg has played every minute in net for Miami and sits eighth with her 1.27 GAA and 10th with a .732 save percentage.

Bowling Green (6-13-0, 3-6-0 MAC) comes to Oxford needing a win to have a chance at earning a MAC Tournament berth. The Falcons topped Northern Illinois 2-0 last Sunday but had dropped their previous four games by a combined score of 7-1. BGSU is averaging just 0.74 goals per game, which is second to last in the conference, while compiling a 1.62 GAA overall, which is 10th. In league play the Falcons are also 11th scoring 0.70 goals per game but are ninth with a 1.29 GAA. Alyssa Zuccaro leads BGSU with five goals and 10 points while Sarah VonderBrink has a team-best four assists. Becca Ison has seen most of the time in goal for the Falcons, posting a 1.66 GAA with a .754 save percentage, three clean sheets and a 5-12 record.

Miami is 10-7-0 all-time against Bowling Green, winning each of the last two meetings, including a 4-1 win in Oxford in 2009 and a 5-2 win in Bowling Green last year that clinched the East Division title. Prior to the two-game win streak however, the RedHawks had lost seven in a row to BGSU.

Miami students who attend the soccer game and sign in and sign out at the marketing table will be assured of a wristband for Thursday night’s hockey game, which can be claimed at the Goggin Ice Center ticket window.

Live stats will be available for Thursday’s game via Gametracker while the contest will also be streamed live on MURedHawks.com through the Miami All-Access subscription package.


Billy Donlon Radio Shows Return

The Billy Donlon Radio Show returns for another season to the Woodman Frickers on Monday, November 7.  The show will air live on WBZI, 100.3 FM from 6-7 pm with host and voice of the Raiders Chris Collins.

All shows can also be heard live on myclassiccountry.com and seen on the Horizon League Network.

Billy Donlon Radio Show Schedule

November 7

November 14

November 28

December 12

December 19

January 2

January 9

January 16

January 23

January 30

February 6

February 20

 

 

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