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Sinclair’s Shepherd earns OCCAC Baseball Player of the Week honors


March 5, 2018



By Kyle Kuhlman/OCCAC Sports Information

Shepherd Player of the Week Mar 5SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Believe it or not, Spring sports have begun in the OCCAC and the conference’s first Baseball/Softball Athletes of the Week (Feb. 26-March 4) have been awarded. Lakeland’s Kallista Hribar (position player) and Abby Takacs (pitcher) swept the softball accolades while Colin Shepherd of Sinclair picked up baseball player of the week recognition and Cuyahoga’s Doug Smith is the pitcher of the week.

Shepherd (Sophomore Infielder – Olentangy, OH) hit .500 (8-16) during a 4-1 opening week for the Tartan Pride of Sinclair Community College. He drove in seven runs and posted a pair of extra-base hits (a double and a triple). Once on the base paths, Shepherd swiped two bags and scored a run in four different games. He stepped it up in a series victory over No. 18 McHenry, going 7-for-13 (.538) with three straight multi-hit games and a half dozen RBI.

Sinclair is 6-3 overall this year and currently ranked 15th in NJCAA Division II.  The Pride will host Kellogg this weekend in a three game series at Athletes in Action.


2015-16 OCCAC Conference Champs
“Sinclair Community College, widely acclaimed as one of the best…colleges in the nation.” New York Times, 08/15/09




This Week’s Big Ten Hockey News

• Six teams take this ice this week in a trio of conference series, highlighted by a top-10 matchup between No. 6/6 Ohio State and No. 10/9 Minnesota in Minneapolis. Five games will be carried live on linear networks and can be streamed nation-wide via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN2Go or WatchESPN …

• With a 2-1 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 9, Notre Dame clinched the outright Big Ten Championship. In addition to their first Big Ten regular-season crown, the Fighting Irish secured the No. 1 seed and accompanying first-round bye in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament …

• Ohio State remains in second place with 37 points, five more than third-place Michigan. Minnesota sits three points behind Michigan in fourth place and currently holds the final home ice spot for the first-round, best-of-three series in the Big Ten Tournament. The Gophers have two games in hand on Michigan, with the Wolverines closing out their Big Ten slate this weekend …

• Wisconsin and Penn State remain alive in the race for home ice in the first round of the tournament. Wisconsin is fifth with 28 points, while Penn State is sixth with 25 points. The Badgers are idle this weekend …

• The 2018 Big Ten Tournament will feature a new three-weekend format with all games taking place on the campus of the higher-seeded teams. The tournament will open March 2-4 with three best-of-three quarterfinal series, as the second-, third- and fourth-seeded teams will each host a series …

• As the top-seeded team, Notre Dame will have a bye to the single-elimination semifinals, which are scheduled for Saturday, March 10. The highest-seeded team remaining after the semifinals will host a championship game scheduled for Saturday, March 17 …

• Minnesota goalie Matt Robson stopped 61 of the 64 shots he faced for a .953 save percentage in a series sweep of Wisconsin last weekend at the Kohl Center. Over the last five games, Robson leads all Big Ten goalies with four wins, a .942 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average …

• Ohio State continues to lead the nation on the penalty kill, stopping 90.4 percent of opponent opportunities (104-of-115). The Buckeyes are the only team above 90 percent nationally …

• Notre Dame and Ohio State currently rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense. The Fighting Irish rank third nationally and pace all Big Ten teams by allowing just 2.07 goals per game, while the Buckeyes check in at No. 6 at 2.17 …

• The men’s hockey tournament at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games opened this week with seven players from Big Ten schools representing their countries on the ice, including three each for the United States and Canada and one for South Korea. Chad Kolarik from Michigan, Jim Slater from Michigan State and Ryan Stoa from Minnesota are skating for the U.S., while Michigan’s Andrew Ebbett and Wisconsin’s Rene Bourque and Cody Goloubef are representing Canada. Michigan State’s Brock Randunske is playing for South Korea …

• Five former players at Big Ten schools are behind the bench at the Olympics. Current Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato is leading the U.S. team and is joined by fellow Badger Chris Chelios. Former Ohio State player Matt McIlvane is serving as an assistant coach for Germany, while former Gophers Robb Stauber (head coach) and Brett Strot (assistant coach) are guiding the U.S. women’s hockey team …

• Big Ten official Fraser McIntyre is also on the ice in PyeongChang, where he is serving as a linesman …




Daily Almanac for Friday, February 2, 2018: 33rd Day of 2018; 232 left in the year

A Groundhog is a rodent in the family of ground squirrels 2005 photo By Marumari at English Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0, https

Today is Groundhog Day

The observance of Groundhog Day in the United States first occurred in German communities in Pennsylvania, according to known records.

The earliest mention of Groundhog Day is a February 2, 1840 entry in the diary of James L. Morris of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, according to the book on the subject by Don Yoder. This was a Welsh enclave but the diarist was commenting on his neighbors who were of German stock.

Is a popular tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog (DeitschGrundsauGrunddaxDax) emerging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, spring season will arrive early.

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DePauw University hires Kristina Corona to lead Women’s Soccer program


Story Courtesy of DePauw Sports Information Department

Kristina Corona, previously a head coach at University of Dallas and Austin College and an assistant at Florida Southern, has been named DePauw head women’s soccer coach.

“We are excited to welcome Kristina to DePauw and to our athletics staff,” said Stevie Baker-Watson, DePauw Associate Vice President for Campus Wellness and Theodore Katula Director of Athletics.

“The candidate pool was very talented and Kristina showed that she was very passionate about soccer and is thrilled to be working with students that strive for excellence both in the classroom and on the field. Kristina’s experience as a head coach at both Dallas and Austin give her great experience to take on the role at DePauw.”

Corona, a 2009 Tulsa University graduate, served as head coach at Dallas for three seasons with a 30-26-4 record. Prior to her arrival, the Crusaders had won a combined seven games in the previous three seasons. Conrona’s teams finished 7-11-1, 11-7-2 and 12-8-1. The second winningest coach in program history, Corona was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2012.

From there, she stayed in the SCAC to coach four seasons at Austin in Sherman, Texas. Her Kangaroos teams compiled a 20-37-3 mark.

In 2014, she was recognized by the then National Soccer Coaches Association in their “30 Under 30″ program and was an NSCAA Class of 2015 Rising Star honoree.

In the spring of 2016, Corona moved on to NCAA Division II Florida Southern College where she served as an assistant coach for the 2016 season. Since then she has served as a professional coach in Iceland.

Cornona earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Tulsa and is working toward a Master of Arts in Teaching from Florida Southern. As a student-athlete athlete, Corona played three years at Tulsa before her career was cut short by injury. During her time with the Golden Hurricane she was a member of the Conference USA All-Academic Team.

She also played two seasons and served as an assistant coach for the Fort Worth Panthers in the Women’s Premiere Soccer League, and holds a United States Soccer Federation National “B” coaching license




Wright State Raiders sweep the Detroit area with thrilling wins at Detroit Mercy and Oakland University


Raiders start strong in 1st half; holds off high-scoring Titans 80-73


The Wright State men’s basketball team stayed perfect in Horizon League play at 3-0 with its fourth straight win overall Friday night at Detroit Mercy 80-73.

Senior Grant Benzinger scored 18 of his 23 points on five threes in the first half as freshman Loudon Love continued his solid play as he registered his fifth double-double of the year with 13 points and 14 rebounds. First-time starter Cole Gentryfinished with 14 points, and Justin Mitchell pitched in 12 points.

Wright State, now 11-5 and 3-0, has won 11 of the last 13 games.  It is WSU’s best league start since 2012-13 season when they started 4-0.

Grant Benzinger


First Half Highlights

  • The Raiders held a 43-27 lead at halftime with a 14-0 run in the middle of the period that included nine points from Benzinger.
  • Benzinger had five threes in the first half, tying his season high for an entire game.
  • Love had nine rebounds and eight points in the first half.


Second Half Highlights

  • Benzinger tied his career-high six threes made that he set last year at Georgia State.
  • His 23 points set a season best, one better than the 22 he scored at Georgia Tech.
  • It was the fourth time the Raiders scored 80 or more points this season.



  • The Raiders dominated on points off turnovers 23-8 but the Titans narrowly outscored WSU in the paint 38-34.
  • The Titans shot just 33% from the field in the first half but shot 56% in the second half when they scored 46 points.


“It’s hard to believe how well we played in the first half and how bad we were in the second when we came out with low energy.  Any road win in conference play is a big win.  We made big plays when we needed it.  The defense got locked in and it helped our offense and helped us win.”
–WSU head coach Scott Nagy



Raiders win tough, close game in overtime, 86-81


The Wright State men’s basketball team went to Michigan this weekend and came away with two wins as they posted an impressive win at Horizon League preseason favorite Oakland Sunday afternoon 86-81 in overtime.  WSU won at Detroit Mercy Friday 80-73.

Loudon Love

Freshman Loudon Love collected his sixth double-double of the season as he dominated the Grizzlies with 25 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs.  Grant Benzinger collected a double-double as well with 14 points and 10 rebounds asMark Hughes finished with his career-best 19 points.

The Raiders were down by three as time was about expire when Cole Gentry nailed a step-back three pointer from the corner that tied the game at 71-71 to force the overtime.  WSU went to work and outscored the Grizzlies 15-10 in the extra session to secure its first win at Oakland since 2014.Gentry added two late free throws to end the game with 10 points.  Everett Winchester scored seven of his eight points in the overtime period.



First Half Highlights

  • The Raiders took a 40-32 lead into the locker room.
  • Love secured his second straight double-double in the first half as he posted 11 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Benzinger held the hot hand as he collected 12 points and six boards with two assists.
  • The Raiders held the Grizzlies to just 28% shooting from the floor.


Second Half Highlights

  • Love was 9-14 from the field and perfect from the line at 7-7.  He added five blocks and two steals as well.
  • Gentry played 37 minutes with seven assists.
  • Ernsthausen had eight points.
  • WSU shot 47.5% from the field in the game and 80.8% from the line as both teams grabbed 40 rebounds.
  • The Raiders’ defense held the Grizzlies to 35.7% from the field.


  • The Raiders have won 12 of their last 14 games.
  • WSU scored 36 points in the paint to 26 for Oakland.
  • Wright State led for 29:30 of the 45 minutes.


“I am proud of these kids.  You can see them believe and know we are going to make the plays even when things are not going well.  We held a really good offensive team to 35% from the field.  Two things we didn’t do real well was take care of the ball and we gave up too many offensive rebounds.  Loudon was aggressive and confident all night as was Everett.  I am really proud of them.”
–WSU head coach Scott Nagy






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