Head Coach: Cheri Harrer
Overall Record: 23-4
OAC Record: 15-3 (Co-champs)
THIS WEEK -- The 2004 Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champion Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team will wait to see if it receives an At-Large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament which will be announced on Sunday night (Feb. 29)
The OAC Regular Season Title -- The OAC regular season title for BW is its fourth in the last six years. BW also won OAC Tournament titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
LAST WEEK -- The Yellow Jackets won an OAC Tournament quarter final game against Heidelberg, 84-58, and lost to Otterbein, 59-56, in the semifinals.
In the win versus Heidelberg, senior forward Erika Schultz (Waterville/ Anthony Wayne) led the team in scoring with 14 points. She also had four rebounds. Schultz was supported in double figures by sophomore Nikki Altenweg (Perry) with 11 points and senior Karissa Kusick (Chicora, Pa./ Karns City) who scored 10 points.
In the loss to Otterbein, freshman guard Kelly Williams (Canfield) scored a career and team-high 10 points. Freshman forward Jessica Latimer (Brooklyn) grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. Erika Schultz finished with seven points ending her career with 1,059 points which places her in eighth on the BW all-time scoring list.
Schultz Named OAC Player of the Year -- Erika Schultz was named as the Helen Ludwig OAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year.
All-OAC -- Schultz earned first-team All-OAC honors. She was joined on the team by Nikki Altenweg as an honorable mention pick.
Final Statistical Leaders -- After 27 games, Erika Schultz tops the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game and in rebounding with 6.7 rpg. She shot 55.3 percent from the floor (141 of 255) and 73.6% from the foul line. Schultz finished second with 17 three-pointers and third with 23 steals. Stephanne Musser is second in scoring with 8.5 ppg. She is also first with 29 three-pointers and third with 47 assists. Michelle White is third in scoring at 6.7 ppg. and finished second with 3.9 rpg. Lindsay Mamula is fourth in scoring at 6.5 ppg. She was also tied for fourth in rebounds at 3.4 rpg. Karissa Kusick is fifth in scoring at 6.3 ppg., tied with Mamula for fourth with 3.4 rpg. and is second with 59 assists. Lindsay Mamula is fifth in scoring at 6.6 ppg. and fourth with 3.3 rpg. Sophomore point guard Nikki Altenweg is sixth in scoring at 5.8 ppg. and first with 86 assists and 58 steals and tied for third with 15 treys. She is also 24 of 28 at the foul line for 85.7 percent. Freshman guard Kelly Williams is fourth in assists with 37 and second with 38 steals.
Erika Schultz Has 1,057 Career Points -- Erika Schultz scored 19 points last week and has 1,057 career points and is ninth all-time. She also grabbed 10 rebounds and has 738 career rebounds to rank fourth all-time.
Harrer Winningest All-Time Coach -- Cheri Harrer has 278 career wins and is the winningest women's basketball coach in BW history. She is 278-108 in her 14 seasons in Berea.
Schultz and Meek Named Academic All-District IV -- Erika Schultz and Lindsay Meek each earned third-team CoSIDA Academic All-District IV accolades. Schultz carries a 3.76 grade average in health and physical edducation and Meek has a 3.982 GPA in HPE. Both want to be teachers and coaches.
Kusick Moves to Golf -- Senior guard Karissa Kusick will be interested to hear what the NCAA decides. If BW is in the "Big Dance", Kusick will have to put her golf clubs away for another week. This year's spring golf trip begins next Saturday, March 6.
Head Coach: Steve Bankson
Overall Record: 18-8
OAC Record: 13-5 (tied for 2nd)
THIS WEEK -- The men's basketball team has completed its season.
LAST WEEK -- The Yellow Jackets lost an OAC Tournament quarter final game to Mount Union, 80-74, at the Ursprung Gymnasium last Wednesday night.
In the loss to MUC, freshman forward Tori Davis (Elyria/ Open Door) scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He was supported in double figures by sophomore guard Keith Aufmuth (Brooklyn) with 15 points, freshman guard Nick Meyer (Mentor) with 12 points and junior point guard Tom Harrington (North Royalton/ Parma Hts. Holy Name) who scored 11 points. Junior All-OAC forward Thad Davis (Elyria/ Open Door) was held to just nine points but managed to grab 11 rebounds .
Thad Davis is 13th in School Scoring History -- With his nine points last week against MUC, Thad Davis has scored 1,341 career points and stands 13th on the all-time scoring list. His 655 career rebounds are seventh all-time.
Final Statistical Leaders -- After 26 games, Thad Davis tops the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game and leads the OAC in rebounding at 10.0 rpg. He is third in the OAC in blocked shots with 44. He is also shooting 51.8 percent from the floor (175 of 338) and 71.8% from the foul line (135 of 188). Freshman forward Tori Davis is second in scoring at 13.7 ppg. and second with 7.3 rpg. He is first in the OAC in blocked shots with 54. He is also shooting 58.1 percent from the floor (132 of 227) to rank second in the OAC and 71.3% from the line (92 of 129). Keith Aufmuth is third in scoring at 12.9 ppg. and first with 43 three-pointers, second with 87 assists and first with 42 steals. He shoots 79% from the foul line (83 of 105). Junior point guard Tom Harrington is scoring 8.2 ppg. and is first in the OAC with 135 assists. He is second on the team with 34 treys and shoots 75% from the line. Matt Marks is fifth in scoring at 7.5 ppg. and third with 24 treys. Off the bench, Jeremy Coffey scores 3.5 ppg. and grabs 2.4 rpg., freshman guard Nick Meyer (Mentor) scores 5.6 ppg. and has 19 treys, and sophomore guard Dan Gundert (Wellington) averages 1.4 ppg. in 15 contests.
OAC Leaders -- Three Yellow Jackets won OAC statistical titles. Thad Davis led the OAC In rebounding at 10.0 rpg. Tori Davis had the most blocked shots with 54. Tom Harrington had the most assists with 135.
Double-Doubles -- Thad and Tori Davis combined for 20 double-figure scoring and double-figure rebounding games. Thad had 12 and Tori eight.
15th in 16 Years -- For the 15th time in the last 16 years, BW had a .500 or better record.
Bankson at 626 -- Head Coach Steve Bankson is the winningest men's basketball coach in school history. Bankson has 626 career wins, including 345 at BW. He is 626-409 overall and 345-290 at BW in 24 years.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Head Coach: Mike Gallagher
Women: 8-6 overall, 4-0 OAC
Second at OAC Meet
Men: 7-6 overall, 3-1 OAC
Third at OAC Meet
THIS WEEK -- The swimmers and divers are idle until freshman diver Julie Stancliff (Erie, Pa./ McDowell) competes at the 2004 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet from March 11-13 at Principia (Ill.).
TWO WEEKS AGO-- A select group of swimmers and divers competed at the annual Case Western Reserve Classic/ National Qualifying Meet in University Circle in the Veale Center on Saturday (Feb. 21).
For the women, freshman Sara Gombash (Perrysburg/ Toledo Notre Dame) qualified for the national meet with a time of 1:00.07 in the 100-yard butterfly, but it did not best her 59.57-second timing at the OAC Championship Meet two weeks ago.
Others competing at CWRU were freshman Alex de la Pena (Elyria/ Catholic) with a 2:05.44 timing in the 200-yard individual medley; senior Maryana Yocum (Canal Winchester/ Pickerington) with times of 26.22 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle and 1:03.03 in the 100-yard backstroke; sophomore Stephanie Zurca (Aurora/ Twinsburg Senior) at 27.71 in the 50 free and 1:13.57 in the 100-yard breaststroke; senior Scott Roberts (Sandusky Perkins) with times of 53.58 in the men's 100 fly and 1:02.96 in the 100-yard breaststroke; senior Teri Miller (Dublin/ Coffman) with times of 1:01.82 time in the 100-yard free and 1:02.61 in the 100 back; and junior Keith DeVore (Mansfield/ Ontario) with a 1:02.43 time in the 100-yard backstroke.
Rochford and Stanliff are OAC Most Outstanding Divers -- Chris Rochford and Julie Stancliff were named as the 2004 OAC Divers of the Year. Both won titles at both one and three meters. As a team, the BW women placed second and the men were third.
Stancliff was honored on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at halftime of the BW women's OAC Tournament second round game.
Rochford was honored on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at halftime of the men's OAC tourney game against Mount Union.
Head Coach: Rich Fleming
Overall Record: 6-7
OAC Record: 3-3
THIS WEEK -- Senior 141-pounder Sayre Wuhr (Hudson) will participate at the 2004 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
LAST WEEK -- The Yellow Jackets finished third of seven teams at the 2004 OAC Championships in University Heights at John Carroll. Highlighting the tourney for BW was Sayre Wuhr who compiled a 3-0 record and qualified for this week's national tourney. Overall, BW placed five wrestlers in the finals.
Joining Wuhr in the finals were sophomore All-American Jared Selover (Wapakoneta) at 133 pounds, senior Joe Heiland (Shelby) at 165 pounds, senior Tom DeLuca (Norwalk/ Senior) at 197 pounds and sophomore Bryan Kmetz (Brunswick) at 285 pounds.
Six Wrestlers of the Week -- Five Yellow Jacket grapplers won OAC Wrestler of the Week honors a total of six times this winter, including Sayre Wuhr who did it twice. The others are Joe Heiland, Bryan Kmetz, Jared Selover and Devin Carman.
Statistical Leaders -- Bryan Kmetz led the team in victories with 28. Kmetz was 28-5 overall and led the team in winning percentage at .848. Sayre Wuhr is second in wins with 26 and is 26-7 overall with a .788 winning percentage prior to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Joe Heiland was fourth with 18 victories and is 18-6 overall with a .750 winning percentage. Jared Selover was third in wins with 22 and is 22-7 overall with a .759 winning mark, including a 10-3 mark and .769 winning percentage at 133 pounds.
Fleming's 100th is a Highlight -- Head Coach Rich Fleming also highlighted the 2003-2004 season by winning his 100th career match as coach of the Yellow Jackets.
DeLuca Almost Makes Incredible Comeback -- After not wrestling for four years, Tom DeLuca almost won an OAC title. The senior was 3-1 after joining the team in early February. A shoulder injury kept the three-time All-OAC football defensive back and kick return specialist from competing in wrestling.
All But Two are Back -- BW graduates seniors Sayre Wuhr and Tom DeLuca but the rest of the team is back.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
HEAD COACH: Dr. Bill Taraschke
THIS WEEK -- The men's and women's indoor track and field teams travel to Bexly and Capital to compete in the 2004 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at the Capital Center beginning on March 5.
LAST WEEK -- Both the men's and women's indoor track and field teams finished in second place at the Ohio Northern Friday Night Series Meet held at the King Horn Sports Center in Ada.
The Yellow Jacket women finished second with 101 points behind host school ONU who scored 172 points. The Yellow Jacket men also finished second behind host school ONU with 80 points.
The BW women were led by freshman Rihanna Knotts (Middletown Madison) who won the 800 meter run in 2:22.19, freshman Megan Via (Brookville) won the 1000 meter run in 3:10.77 and senior All-American steeplechaser Jen Southall (Willoughby/South) won the 1500 meter run in 4:56.33.
Individually for the men, freshman Sean Johnson (Alliance/ Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas) won the 500 meter dash in 1:08.39 and senior Alex Johnson won the shot put with a throw of 51-feet and three and three-quarters inches. Johnson is undefeated against Division III competition this winter and is BW's lone NCAA Division III national qualifier (52'11" at last Friday's Greater Cleveland College Indoor Championship Meet which was won by BW).
OAC Championship success -- The Yellow Jacket women's indoor track team will seek its 16th indoor track title in the last 17 years including a streak of 15 straight that was snapped last year by Otterbein College.
OAC Championship Meet at Capital -- The 2004 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place on March 5-6 in Columbus. The event takes place at The Capital Center.
Yellow Jacket Spring Sport Teams Begin Playing Next Sunday;
You can view the first Spring Weekly Update on our Web Site at www.bw.edu/athletics
BEREA, OHIO -- Annually, the Baldwin Wallace University spring sport teams are extremely successful. A year ago, seven of the eight spring sport teams entered OAC Championship action with a chance to win a title. This year, Berea is buzzing with even higher hopes.
Today (Sunday, February 29), we have unveiled the 2004 spring sport previews on our Web Site. You can see them at www.bw.edu/athletics.
Brian Rector '89 returns his entire men's tennis team that was two tie-breaker points from winning an OAC title a year ago...Joe Yocabet returns All-American catcher Nicole Loudin (Sheffield Lake/ Elyria Catholic), who will be one of the top homerun hitters in Division III....Bob Fisher's baseball team won 25 games in 2003. He returns four-year starting ace pitcher Dale Koler (Brunswick) ...Jack Bethlenfalvy gets senior No. 1 singles player Sara Juzwik (Ashland/ Senior) back this year...Bill Taraschke has senior All-American Jen Southall (Willoughby/ South) and senior shot putter Alex Johnson (Berea/ Olmsted Falls) back to lead the track teams....And, Chris Kibler '93 and Jim Meyer have two young, talented and potential OAC-champion golf teams.
Read more by going to our Web Site. Enjoy!