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Dayton Flyers Men’s Basketball announces 2014-15 TV Schedule


Flyers Expect All Games To Be Televised

DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team expects all regular season games to be televised nationally, regionally or locally.

The landmark package represents the most televised games in a regular season for the Flyers.
The schedule currently lists all broadcast partners with the exception of the Flyers away game at Miami University on Dec.3.  University officials are currently working with Miami and the Mid-American Conference to secure the broadcast.

Dayton’s television schedule is highlighted by a school-record 21 contests on national television in 2014-15. Counting three games in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Dayton will play eight games on the ESPN family of networks, seven on CBS Sports Network, four on NBC Sports Network and two on SNY.

The elite television appetite for Flyer basketball is no surprise. Last season, the Dayton television market was the eighth-best in the country when it comes to ESPN college basketball for the second straight year, according to research analyzed by ESPN. ESPN examined the 56 metered markets that carried college basketball games in 2013-14, and ranked them by ratings.

This was the 12th year ESPN compiled the data and Dayton has always been in the top 14 markets. The Dayton area has been in the top 10 four consecutive years and five of the last seven.

“Coming off an Elite Eight season, we’re very excited about the exposure opportunities created for our men’s basketball program,” UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Tim Wabler said. “The fact is that our television partners recognize that we are a valuable commodity. We not only bring our local market viewership like no one else in the country, we are gaining viewership nationally.”

The combination of strong local, regional and national coverage is exciting for the Flyer Faithful.
Locally, UD will also continue its long-standing local television package with WHIO-TV, a partnership that dates back to the 1951-52 season. WHIO-TV is the No. 1 CBS affiliate in the country. Cox Media Group also produces the Flyer Men’s Basketball radio broadcasts on WHIO Radio.

WHIO will air the home opener against Alabama A&M on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. The network will also carry home games against La Salle on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., Richmond on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and George Mason on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

FOX Sports Ohio will broadcast the games against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m., Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and Fordham on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.

Regionally, FOX Sports Ohio reaches over five million households in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, western New York, and West Virginia.

The Flyers will also be shown on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Tuesday, Dec. 9 as UD hosts Bowling Green and Saturday, Dec. 20 versus Boston University.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is a 24/7 sports network found across the state of Ohio on TWC channels 1311 HD and 311, whose content is also available on Local on Demand 411. TWC SportsChannel is also now available in the former Insight areas of Columbus, on channel 510, and Northern Kentucky, on channels 511 HD and 510. Through its partnerships with the Mid-American Conference, Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and the University of Dayton, TWC SportsChannel brings viewers more than 200 collegiate and scholastic events, along with other original programming.

The game at Fordham on Saturday, Jan. 10 will air on the Atlantic 10 Network and be picked up by a local television outlet at a later date.

Dayton is also working with its television partners on steaming opportunities for local games, and will be announced at a later date.

Dayton men’s basketball finished 2013-14 ranked 18th in the final USA Today Coaches Poll. UD’s 26 wins were the third-most in school history. The Flyers return the bulk of UD’s “True Team” 11-man rotation for next year. That includes leading scorer Jordan Sibert (12.2 ppg) at guard and NCAA All-Region selection Dyshawn Pierre (11.2 ppg) at forward.


Dayton Flyers travel to PFL favorite San Diego Saturday night

(courtesy University of San Diego)

Flyers Will Play Their Third Road Game In Four Weeks At USD

The University of Dayton football team heads on the road again to take on the San Diego Toreros on Saturday, Oct. 25.  Game time at Torero Stadium is 9 p.m. ET.
This is the third game road game in four weeks for the Flyers.
Dayton is 5-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Pioneer Football League, while San Diego is also 5-1 and 3-1 in the PFL.  Dayton is coming off its fourth straight victory, a 41-7 win over Morehead State.  San Diego is coming off its fourth straight victory as well, a 27-21 road victory over Butler.
UD has not been shut out in a school-record 426 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.
• Dayton leads the series 15-6.  Last year in Dayton, UD won 45-38 in double overtime on Oct. 19.  In the last meeting in San Diego, the Toreros won 41-9 on Oct. 27, 2012.
• Dayton is 7-3 all-time on the road against the Toreros.
• Against a strong schedule, San Diego has the seventh-ranked offense in the PFL.  Defensively USD is ranked fourth overall, and has the top-ranked pass defense, giving up under 200 yards passing on average per game.
• On the offensive side of the ball, San Diego is led by sophomore running back Jonah Hodges, who is second in the PFL with 114 yards per game.  On the defensive side of the ball the Toreros have a bevy of players that are near the top of statistical categories, most notably sophomore defensive back Jamal Agnew, who leads the PFL is passes defended and is tied for the lead in interceptions.
• The Pioneer Football League is entering its 22nd season.  The original (and now the only) Division I strictly need-based football league began with charter members Butler, Dayton, Drake, Evansville, San Diego and Valparaiso.
• The Flyers’ 92-29 PFL record is the best in league history.
• The Flyers were picked to finish second in the Pioneer Football League in this year’s preseason poll of the league’s coaches, behind San Diego.
• Senior Connor Kacsor needs 42 yards to reach 1,000 yards for the 2014 season.
• Had another career game vs Morehead State with 10 carries for 232 yards and four touchdowns.  Three of his touchdowns were of 50+ yards.
• Earned his third PFL Offensive Player of the Week honor after the Morehead State game.
• Kacsor leads the PFL and is second in FCS in rushing per game (159.7).
• He is the only player in FCS this season with three “top twelve” rushing performances — the year’s best 301 yards against Georgetown, the ninth-best effort of 232 yards vs Morehead State, and the 12th best of 213 at Davidson.
• A true senior, Kacsor has 11 games of 100+ yard in 24 career games, and eight in his last 13.
• Four of those 13 were 200 yards or more.
• He now has four of the eight Flyer single-game rushing performances of 200 yards or more. (Gary Kosins has two, Dave Jones has one and Jermaine Bailey has one).
• The 66-yard touchdown run by Kyle Sess that closed out the scoring in the Morehead State win, might be the longest run from scrimmage this season for UD, but it might not have been Sess’ most impressive run of the day.
• As soon as the game ended, Sess sprinted across the parking lot between Welcome Stadium and the team locker room at the Donoher Center in UD Arena so he could change and make a 5 pm flight at Dayton International Airport.  The flight took him to the wedding of a close family friend in Chicago.
• Luckily for Sess, Dayton’s ground dominance translated into the game being the shortest of the year (two hours and 39 minutes) for the Flyers.
• Recruited to Dayton as a quarterback, Sess was moved to receiver in 2013.  Due to injuries, he was moved to running back before the Marist game.  After the Morehead State win, Connor Kacsor remarked to WHIO Radio’s Larry Hansgen “(Sess) has learned in two weeks what it took me two years to figure out!”
Dayton is back home on consecutive weekends for the only time this season.  The Flyers will play Valparaiso on Saturday, Nov. 1, and then Drake on Saturday, Nov. 8.  Both games kickoff at 1 p.m. ET.

Lorenzo, Sabol 2nd half goals leads ONU Men’s Soccer over Heidelberg


2nd – 59:14 - Dustin Lorenzo (Ohio Northern)
2nd – 61:37 - Patrick Sabol (Ohio Northern)


G: N/A
A: N/A
Sv: Matthew Stevens – 3
G: 2 Players (#3#17 – 1)
A: Keegan Ross – 1
Sh: 4 Players (#3#5#16#17 – 2)
Sv: Dean McNeil – 5



Shots (on goal)

14 (5)
11 (5)





Corner Kicks




By Ashley Birchmeier

ADA – The Polar Bears defeated Heidelberg Wednesday evening 2-0 at Kerscher Stadium.

Ohio Northern improves to 10-6-1 overall and 3-2-3 in the OAC, while Heidelberg falls to 7-6-3 overall and 3-2-1 in the OAC.

Heidelberg came out on the attack to start the first half, firing off four shots in the first 16 minutes of the game.

Heidelberg out shot Ohio Northern in the first half 8-5.

The Polar Bears, however, dominated the second half scoring two goals within two minutes of one another.

The first came in the 60th minute, as sophomore Dustin Lorenzo was able to score from the 18 to give ONU a 1-0 lead.

Ohio Northern would strike again in the 62nd minute, as sophomore Patrick Sabol was able to play a deflected ball just out of the reach of goalkeeper Matthew Stevens.

Heidelberg outshot the Polar Bears in the game 14-11.

Freshman goalkeeper Dean McNeil had five saves in the game and recorded his fourth shutout of the season.

With the win the Polar Bears improve its home record to 6-0-1.

Ohio Northern is next action Saturday as they travel to New Concord to take on Muskingum.



Texas Rangers hire Pirates’ bench coach Jeff Banister as its new manager

Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers recently that the club has hired Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as the club’s new manager.

Banister, who received a multi-year contract, becomes the 18th full-time manager in club history.

“On behalf of the entire organization, I want to welcome Jeff Banister and his family to the Texas Rangers,” said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. “We believe that Jeff is the right individual to lead our club going forward. His energy, knowledge, integrity, and passion for the game stood out during a very intensive and thorough interview process. We’re excited to get started on the task at hand.”

Jeff Banister (courtesy

The 50-year-old Banister has spent the last 29 seasons as a player, minor league manager, and major league coach in the Pittsburgh organization since being selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the June 1986 amateur draft. He has served as manager Clint Hurdle’s bench coach the last four seasons after originally assuming that position on an interim basis on August 8, 2010. The Pirates have gone to the National League playoffs as a Wild Card entry in each of the last two years after a string of 20 consecutive losing seasons.

“I want to thank the Texas Rangers for giving me this opportunity,” commented Banister. “I am elated to have the chance to make an impact on the organization, and I look forward to getting started on that task.

“I also want to express my gratitude to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the last 29 years. My experiences in that organization have prepared me well for this new opportunity, and I thank all of the individuals who have poured into my life along the way.”

Pittsburgh was 94-68 in 2013 and 88-74 in 2014, finishing second in the N.L. Central Division in both seasons. In 2013, the Pirates defeated Cincinnati in the N.L. Wild Card game before losing to St. Louis in five games in the NLDS. This season, the club was defeated by San Francisco in the N.L. Wild Card game.

“The entire Pirates organization is extremely proud of Jeff and happy for him and his family,” said Hurdle. “We believe it will be an excellent fit for him and the Texas Rangers.

“He has been an instrumental reason for the success the Pirates organization has had over the course of his tenure with the ballclub. Jeff has put forth as much sweat-equity and hard work into the game of baseball as any man I have had the privilege of working with.”

Banister’s last managerial stint came with the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions in 2009. He was originally scheduled to manage at Scottsdale again this fall but withdrew once he became involved in the Rangers’ interview process.

Pittsburgh’s minor league field coordinator from 2003-10, Banister was previously on the major league staff as field coordinator under managers Gene Lamont and Lloyd McClendon from 1999-2002. He managed in the Pirates’ minor league system from 1994-98 with a 299-330 record while winning the 1995 South Atlantic League championship at Augusta. Banister was also a manager in the Hawaiian Winter League in 1995 and 1996.

Banister’s amateur and professional playing career was a testament to his courage and determination. The right-handed hitting catcher and first baseman compiled a .247 batting average in 515 games in Pittsburgh’s minor league organization from 1986-1993. He appeared in just one major league game, recording a pinch single off Atlanta’s Dan Petry on July 23, 1991. Banister missed all of the following season due to right elbow surgery and concluded his playing career as a player-coach at Carolina (AA) in 1993.

The Houston-area resident has lifelong Texas ties, as he attended high school in LaMarque and played baseball at Baytown Junior College and the University of Houston. Research indicates he is the first manager in club history to have gone to high school or college in Texas. Banister had seven operations on his left ankle and leg for bone cancer and osteomyelitis while in high school in 1980 and was temporarily paralyzed from the neck down in a home plate collision while playing at Baytown J.C. in 1983.

Banister, his wife Karen, daughter Alexandra (19) and son Jacob (12) currently reside in League City, Texas.



Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders earns 2014 Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award

Michael Saunders Seattle (2012 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Seattle Mariners RBI Club has conferred its top community service award on Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders. The 2014 Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award will be presented to Saunders on November 15, at the RBI Club’s annual Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. The RBI Club is an organization of Mariners season ticketholders who are active in the community.

The Moose Clausen Award is given to a member of the Mariners organization (active or retired) for significant contributions to the community. This year’s award is being presented to Saunders in recognition of his community service to the Seattle area.

Saunders’ life has been touched by cancer and his community involvement reflects that personal connection. Saunders’ mother died in 2011 at the age of 50 after a 13-year fight with cancer. Each season, Saunders is involved with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Major League Baseball’s “Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative. Saunders also spends time during the offseason on the Mariners Caravan talking with elementary school students about education and staying drug-free and visiting children at Boys & Girls Clubs.

This year, Saunders joined Felix Hernandez and manager Lloyd McClendon as spokesmen for the Refuse To Abuse® anti-domestic violence public service campaign. The campaign is part of the 17-year partnership between the Mariners and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The RBI Community Service Award is named for Al “Moose” Clausen who is a Seattle born and raised baseball fanatic. During his years at Ballard High School, Clausen’s baseball coaches nicknamed him “Moose.” The name stuck, and he has been fondly called Moose ever since.

In 1982, Clausen joined the Mariners Front Office as Director of Sales and was part of the Mariners family until he retired in 2012. Due to his decades of service with Northwest baseball and the community, the RBI Club and Seattle Mariners named their Community Service Award for Moose in 2001.

Previous Moose Clausen Award Winners are:

2001   Jamie Moyer

2002   Dan Wilson

2003   Edgar Martinez

2004   Jay Buhner

2005   Rick Rizzs/David Henderson

2006   Raul Ibanez


2007   Dave Valle

2008   John Olerud

2009   Howard Lincoln

2010   Bill Krueger

2011   Julio Cruz

2012   Jack Zduriencik

2013   Eric & Kate Wedge



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