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Week 8 Football action in the Columbus City League

Beechcroft hosts Linden-McKinley


Centennial hosts Mifflin


East at Northland


Northland hosts Columbus East


Whetstone travels to Northwood, Ohio to take on the Rangers


Africentric at Columbus West


Briggs at Eastmoor Academy


Independence hosts Columbus South


Marion-Franklin hosts Walnut Ridge



Sports Spotlight: Kole Carter, Leader for Capital Crusaders defense

Kole Carter (courtesy Capital Athletics)


Kole Carter DB Capital Crusaders 8 2019

Kole Carter has picked up in 2019 where he left off in 2018, leading the Capital Crusaders stat sheet.

After 3 games, playing DB, he has 19.0 tackles, half a sack and an interception.

But knowing the type of leader he is, Carter would rather those stats have brought wins instead of losses. Currently, the Crusaders are 0-3 to start the season with losses huge margins: at Westminster, Pa., 66-7, Marietta 44-7 and at Heidelberg 55-6. None of those teams are slouches but Capital wanted to fare better.

Kole Carter at 2019 OAC Media Days in August ( photo)

The senior from Gallipolis, Ohio, Gallia Academy High School, was All-OAC honorable mention and Academic All-OAC. He appeared in 10 games, totaled 67 tackles, 28 solo and assisted on 39 others, second on the team. The 5’11, 195 pounder led the team with a career-high three sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. He had two interceptions while breaking up two passes, forced and recovered a fumble.

His best games:

* blocked a kick on October 27 at Otterbein.

* recorded sacks in back-to-back games on October 20 and October 27 against Ohio Northern and Otterbein.

* intercepted a pass and recorded a pass breakup on November 10 at Muskingum.

* had six games of at least eight total tackles, including five straight to end the season.

The multi-talented athlete, who also played QB and LB in high school, who went to Morehead State University to play football. But injuries curtailed his career there. So he decide to play baseball for Capital University after transferring.

After awhile, Carter’s heart kept leaning toward football, the sport he loved the most. So he decided to do both.

But trying to play college football and baseball can be taxing at times. Because in college, baseball plays in the fall and spring and so does football. So something had to give. “Unfortunately, with playing football and being a pitcher, the timing isn’t good to properly train and do bullpen sessions, he said. So I decided to focus only on football.”

He is a big Michael Jordan fan. He has a collection of the former NBA star’s line of shoes. At one point, he had the #1 through #17 shoes of Jordan’s at one point. He still has the Classic Brand of 1,3 and 4. He only likes the shoes that Jordan actually wore, not anything that came out when he retired. After college and he starts getting a regular paycheck, he wants to add some more shoes to the collection Lebron James 10 “corks” than run around $3,000 dollars.

He is looking ahead to life after football with graduate assistant jobs, sport administration and teaching possibilities.

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week & Newsletter for September 9, 16 & 23


North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Sept. 9


Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Cole Martin, DePauw

DePauw senior Cole Martin (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) clocked an 8k time of 25:47.2 at the Calvin Knight Invitational, finishing 24th out of 218 runners. His finish helped the Tigers secure seventh out of 24 schools competing at the event.

Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Isabelle Hoover, Wooster

Wooster sophomore Isabelle Hoover (Millersport, OH/Fairfield Union) broke the tape at the Denison-Wooster dual meet for the second straight year. Hoover crossed at 20:23.3 in the three-mile race Thursday.

Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Meg Murphy, Earlham

Earlham sophomore Meg Murphy (Chico, CA/Chico) recorded a pair of shutouts in goal while leading the Quakers to a pair of victories last week. Murphy had five saves in a 1-0 overtime win over Wilson College on Saturday. In Sunday’s contest against Sewanee, she charted five stops in the cage while leading the Quakers to a 2-0 triumph over the Tigers. The two wins have propelled Earlham to a 3-1 record to open the 2019 season, the program’s best start since 1987 (also a 3-1 record through four games).

Offensive Football Athlete of the Week – Matt Jolliffe, Kenyon

Kenyon senior tight end Matt Jolliffe (Warren, MI/Cousino) led the Lords’ receiving corp with a career-high eight catches for 155 yards and one touchdown as the Lords snapped their 26-game losing streak during a 32-31 double-overtime win at Catholic on Saturday.

Defensive Football Athlete of the Week – Luke Buck, Oberlin

Oberlin junior linebacker Luke Buck (Collins, OH/Western Reserve) led a stout Yeomen defense that allowed a conference-low three points last week against Kalalmazoo. Buck finished with a team-high eight tackles while also factoring in on two of the Yeomen’s four takeaways as he had an interception and also forced and recovered a fumble late in the game.

Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Nick Burris, DePauw

DePauw senior Nick Burris (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) finished second at Franklin College’s Dick Park Invitational after shooting a six-under, 138. He shot a four-under, 68, in the opening round and a two-under 70 in the second to finish one stroke off of the lead. The team won the tournament with a 585 (291-294). For the season, Burris is averaging a 71.2 with two top-five finishes.

Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Emmy Timberlake, Denison

Denison senior Emmy Timberlake (Charlottesville, VA/ Charlottesville) earned medalist honors after playing 36 holes at the Safari Fall Invitational. Timberlake fired an even-par 72 on Saturday and followed that up with a 73 on Sunday. Her two-day total of 145 broke the program’s 36-hole scoring record of 148 held by Brynn FitzGerald. Her performance also helped Denison win its first tournament of the 2019-20 season.

Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Dylan Brown, Denison

Denison junior goalkeeper Dylan Brown (Rochester Hills, MI/Rochester Adams) collected two victories in net  as the Big Red improved to 3-1 this season. Brown began the week with nine saves in goal against Marietta before adding another four  against Baldwin Wallace.

Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Ashley Smiley, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan junior Ashley Smiley (Delaware, OH/Hayes) set up a game-winning goal and followed with an insurance goal in a 4-0 victory against Manchester on Wednesday. She then scored twice against Washington & Jefferson on Saturday, including what proved to be deciding goal, in a 3-1 win. She finished the week with three goals and an assist as the Battling Bishops improved to 3-1 on the season.

Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Lindsey Walker, Hiram

Hiram junior Lindsey Walker (Akron, OH/St. Vincent St. Mary) helped the Terriers to a 4-0 week, including three wins at the NCAC/MIAA Challenge. She dished out a season-high 18 kills against Alma, rounding out the week with 50 kills (3.13 per set), 44 digs (2.75 per set) and five blocks (0.31 per set).


NCAC Milestones & Records (Sept. 2 – Sept. 8)

Denison, Women’s Golf – Denison set a new 36-hole program record with a 593 to win the OWU Invitational by 53 strokes. Emmy Timberlake (Charlottesville, VA/ Charlottesville) broke the individual 36-hole scoring record (145) and Megan Wong set a new 18-hole scoring record with a 69 (-3) in the final round.

Ohio Wesleyan, Volleyball - At the NCAC/MIAA Challenge, Jordan Brandt (Vail, CO/Battle Mountain) had 13 service aces in a four-set match vs. Alma, breaking both the NCAC record of 12 set by Julie Stowers of Denison against Hiram on Oct. 27, 2004, and the OWU record of nine set by Sheila Gisbrecht against Denison on Oct. 17, 1992.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Sept. 16


Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Ben Foster, Denison

Denison senior Ben Foster (Westport, CT/Staples) finished first in a field of 129 runners Saturday at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational. His performance helped lead the Big Red to a second-place finish with 75 team points. Foster broke the tape by covering the 8K course at Liberty Park in 26:05.8.

Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Emma Becker, Kenyon

Kenyon sophomore Emma Becker (Rocky River, OH/Magnificat) led the Ladies cross country team to a first-place finish at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational. Becker clocked a time of 22:52.9 which was tops among a field of 124 total runners.

Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Ashley Barno, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan senior Ashley Barno (Bexley, OH/Bexley) tallied the only goal of the game as the Bishops came away with a 1-0 victory against Wooster on Saturday. Barno notched the goal in the final minute of the first half. Ohio Wesleyan improved to 4-1, which is tied for the best record in the conference.

Offensive Football Athlete of the Week – Jaheem Washington, Wittenberg

Wittenberg senior running back Jaheem Washington (Naples, FL/Palmetto Ridge) busted off two 30-plus yard runs, racking up 99 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns in the Tigers win over Hiram. His two touchdowns currently rank him in a tie for second among rushers in the conference.

Defensive Football Athlete of the Week – Kea’Shaun Phillips, Wooster

Wooster junior Kea’Shaun Phillips (Toledo, OH/Toledo Central Catholic) led the Scots with eight tackles, as Wooster logged a shut out in its NCAC opener for the first time since 2000 on Saturday. Phillips also tallied 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and a 13-yard fumble return in the win.

Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Eric Lifson, Kenyon

Kenyon junior Eric Lifson (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) took home medalist honors as the Lords won Adrian’s Irish Hills Intercollegiate Invitational this past weekend. Lifson shot an opening-round 73 and followed that up with a three-under 69 on Saturday. Additionally, Lifson’s 142 tied him for the third-best 36-hole score in program history.

Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Camille O’Halloran, Allegheny

Allegheny freshman Camille O’Halloran (Northfield, NJ/Mainland Regional) finished tied for second at the Heidelberg Invitational, shooting equivalent rounds of 83 between the two days. In round one, she helped lead Allegheny to its best team round (347) since September 2017 at the Carnegie Mellon Fall Shootout.

Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Sean Williams, Wittenberg

Wittenberg freshman Sean Williams (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) posted a pair of goals in a 6-0 win against Mount St. Jospeh before closing out the week with another goal in a 2-1 victory against Bluffton. Williams is currently tied for first among conference goal scrorers with four this season.

Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Fallon Raviol, Kenyon

Kenyon senior forward Fallon Raviol (Bronxville, NY/Bronxville) tallied a team-high five points as the Ladies upset 15th-ranked and previously unbeaten Otterbein on Saturday in Gambier. Raviol scored the game’s first goal 33 seconds in and added another in the first half. Kenyon’s 5-4 victory against the Cardinals marked the first time since Aug. 31, 2007, against No. 5 Calvin that the Ladies beat a ranked team in the regular season.

Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Kayla Cole, Hiram

Hiram junior Kayla Cole (Louisville, OH/Louisville) notched three double-doubles on the week for the Terriers. Cole began the week with a 14-kill, 12-dig performance in a three-setter against Thiel before collecting 16 kills and 16 digs in four sets against Baldwin Wallace. She finished the week with 18 kills and 10 digs in three sets against Wooster. On the week, she averaged 4.36 kills, 3.45 digs and a .303 hitting percentage.



NCAC Milestones & Records (Sept. 9 – Sept. 15)

Kenyon, Women’s Soccer - Kenyon’s 5-4 victory against No. 15-ranked Otterbein marked the first time since Aug. 31, 2007, against No. 5 Calvin, that the Ladies beat a ranked team in the regular season.

Wooster, Men’s Tennis - Four of the last five Wooster vs. Walsh men’s tennis matches have come down to the last match on the courts. The Fighting Scots have won three of those matches, with junior Joaquin Abos Amo (Ayegui, Spain) clinching Sunday’s 4-3 victory with a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 3 singles.

Wooster, Football - Of the NCAA Div. III football teams that have played two games, only WPI has allowed fewer points (3) than Wooster (6).

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Sept. 23


Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Sam Henthorn, Wabash

Wabash senior Sam Henthorn (Carmel, IN/Westfield) completed the 8k course at Saturday’s John McNichols Invitational in 26:37.4 to finish 104th overall in a field of 268 NCAA Division I, II, and III runners. His time helped the Little Giants to an 18th-place finish overall and third among Division III teams.

Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Jenny Noll, DePauw

DePauw sophomore Jenny Noll (La Porte, IN/La Porte) was the top women’s Division III runner at the John McNichols Invitational hosted by Indiana State. She completed the 5k course in 19:23, good for 108th among the 234 runners in the field.

Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Victoria Holman, Kenyon

Kenyon junior Victoria Holman (Cottesloe, Australia/Perth Modern) helped the Ladies to a pair of shutout wins over Ohio Wesleyan, 1-0, and Rhodes, 2-0, last week. Holman helped the Kenyon defense allow a mere three combined shots, two for Ohio Wesleyan and one for Rhodes. Most impressively was Kenyon’s effort against Rhodes All-American Hayley Mules, a player that set Southern Athletic Association (SAA) records last season in goals (24) and points (63).

Offensive Football Athlete of the Week – Nick Hamman, Wabash

Wabash junior wide receiver Nick Hamman (Carmel, IN/Heritage Christian) caught a career-high seven passes for 192 yards with two touchdowns to help the Little Giants to a 48-35 win at Allegheny to open conference play. His 192 receiving yards ranks seventh on the Wabash career single-game list. Hamman caught a 75-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the game for the longest play this season for Wabash.

Defensive Football Athlete of the Week – Jonathan Seay, Wittenberg

Wittenberg senior linebacker Jonathan Seay (Miramar, FL/Miramar) helped propel the Tiger defense to another strong performance on Saturday, holding Wooster to less than 300 yards of total offense. The standout linebacker logged five solo tackles while getting in on four assisted takedowns for the Tigers. Seay added a forced fumble and jumped on the recovery for the Red and White.

Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Ben Kiesel, Wabash

Wabash senior Ben Kiesel (Evansville, IN/Reitz Memorial) tied for third individually at the Stateline Shootout hosted by Mount St. Joseph University over the weekend. The senior shot an opening round 73, his lowest 18-hole score of his collegiate career on Saturday. Kiesel carded a 152 over two rounds to earn the third top-five finish of his career. Wabash finished third out of six teams competing at the tournament.

Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Emmy Timberlake, Denison

Senior Emmy Timberlake (Charlottesville, VA/Charlottesville) led Denison with a two-day score of 151 (+7) to finish in second place at the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic over the weekend. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team after finishing in the top-five. The Big Red won the event, defeating three nationally ranked teams, including No. 4-ranked Rhodes and No. 14-ranked DePauw.

Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Manny Burton, Wooster

Wooster senior Manny Burton (Carnegie, PA/Carlynton) led the Scots to a 2-0 record last week after defeating No. 12-ranked Capital and giving Muskingum its first loss of the season. Burton scored twice and hit the game-winner against Capital, while adding an assist against Muskingum, finishing the week with five points.

Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Jenna McCarroll, DePauw

DePauw senior midfielder Jenna McCarroll (Crown Point, IN/Crown Point) delivered the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Aurora last week. She also contributed on the defensive end, helping the Tigers pitch their second consecutive shutout and third of the season.

Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Lucy Anderson, Denison

Denison freshman middle hitter Lucy Anderson (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington) helped the Big Red to a perfect 3-0 week, not dropping a single set in the three matches. On the week, Anderson collected 21 kills, eight blocks, seven digs, five aces and owned a .404 hitting percentage in eight sets. The freshman averaged 3.9 points per set.



NCAC Milestones & Records (Sept. 16 – Sept. 22)

Kenyon, Women’s Soccer - Head Coach Kelly Bryan earned her 200th career win after the Ladies’ 3-2 victory against Franklin College on September 21. Bryan earned 56 of those victories at North Carolina Wesleyan College before coming to Kenyon prior to the 2003 season. In the last 17 seasons, she has produced a 144-131-24 mark in Gambier.

Kenyon, Field Hockey - With Kenyon’s 1-0 win against Ohio Wesleyan on September 18, coach Jacque DeMarco reached the 100-victory milestone. Since taking over the program in 2013, she has attained a 100-45 record.

Kenyon, Men’s Soccer - The Lords’ 7-1 win over Thomas More helped coach Chris Brown reach career victory number 200. During the 1988-89 season at Wittenberg he tallied nine wins before working at Kenyon beginning in the 2005 season, where he’s posted a 191-66-33 mark.






Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Awards

Michigan State’s Kabengele, Ohio State’s Murr and Purdue’s Bush and Cleveland earn weekly honors


Player of the Week

Grace Cleveland, Purdue

OH So. Bloomington, Ill. Normal Community

• Led the Boilermakers to a 4-0 weekend, that saw Purdue out hit their opponents .322 percent to .171 percent on 214 kills to 171 kills

• Averaged 3.9 kills per set and a .344 hitting percentage, recording 15 kills in No. 21 Purdue’s defeat of No. 16 Kentucky and a career-best 25 kills against Eastern Michigan

• Also posted 19 digs, averaging 1.3 per set and 16 total blocks, averaging ‑‑ per set

• Garners her first career Player of the Week decoration

• Last Purdue Player of the Week: Sherridan Atkinson (Oct. 29, 2018)


Defensive Player and Co-Freshman of the Week

Kylie Murr, Ohio State

DS – Fr. – Yorktown, Ind. – Yorktown

• Helped Ohio State claim the Buckeye Invitational title finishing 3-0 over the weekend averaging 5.36 digs per set

• Finished the weekend with a .969 reception percentage marking only two errors on 64 attempts

• Named to the All-Tournament team and honored as tournament MVP

• Collects her first career Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week accolade

• Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Hannah Gruensfelder (Sept. 10, 2018)

• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Hannah Gruensfelder (Sept. 11, 2017)


Setter of the Week

Hayley Bush, Purdue

S – So. Union, Ky. – Ryle

• Guided No. 21 Purdue to a 4-0 weekend registering 167 assists, averaging 11.13 helpers per set

• Tallied 50+ assist performances and double-doubles in Purdue’s wins over No. 16 Kentucky and Eastern Michigan

•  Directed the Boilermakers to three matches with a .304 or better hitting percentage, including a season-best .548 performance against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

• Receives her first career Setter of the Week award

• Last Purdue Setter of the Week: Ashley Evans (Nov. 27, 2017)


Co-Freshman of the Week

Biamba Kabengele, Michigan State

OH Burlington, Ontario Corpus Christi Catholic

• Averaged 3.64 kills per set hitting .333 percent for the Spartans over the weekend

• Named to the All-Tournament team after establishing a new career-best with 18 kills against IUPUI and 15 kills against Auburn

• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week honor

• Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Alyssa Garvelink (Dec. 1, 2014)


2019 Big Ten Players of the Week

Sept. 3

P: Dana Rettke, Jr., WIS

D: Jayme Cox, Jr., MSU

S: Sydney Hilley, Jr., WIS

F: Kenzie Knuckles, NEB


Sept. 9

P: Kaitlyn Hord, So., PSU

D: Karysa Swackenberg, Sr., RU

S: Kylie Miller, Sr., MINN

F: Temi Thomas-Ailara, NU


Sept. 16

P: Stephanie Samedy, Jr., MINN

D: Regan Pittman, Jr., MINN

S: Kylie Miller, Sr., MINN

F: Temi Thomas-Ailara, NU


Sept. 23

P: Grace Cleveland, So., PUR

D/F: Kylie Murr, Fr., OSU

S: Hayley Bush, So., PUR

F: Kylie Murr, OSU

F: Biamba Kabengele, MSU





Family commitments will keep Martin St. Louis from returning as a special consultant to Blue Jackets


Martin St. Louis with Tampa Bay 2011 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

After serving half a season as a special teams consultant — and more — for the Blue Jackets, Hockey Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis will not return to the team this season.

St. Louis was hired in January and would fly in every couple of weeks during the rest of the 2018-19 season, working with the team’s power play and penalty kill while also serving as a sounding board to players who wanted to tap into his vast knowledge base.

But this season, St. Louis has not been with the team during fall camp, and he has officially decided not to return to pitch in with Columbus because of family commitments. All three of his sons are high-level youth hockey players, and St. Louis is heavily involved in their careers in Connecticut where the family has settled.

St. Louis’ oldest son, Ryan, joined the U.S. National Under-17 team this year and is committed to play college hockey at Northeastern University in Boston. His middle son, Lucas, is 14 and his youngest, Mason, is 11, and all three play hockey. St. Louis, who said he could see himself as a full-time NHL coach down the road when he joined the team last year, only took the job with Columbus last winter because he could still spend the majority of his time at home and continue to coach his kids.

St. Louis played under Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella in Tampa Bay, where the two won the 2004 Stanley Cup together, and finished his standout career with both the Lighting and Rangers in 2015 with 391 goals and 1,033 points in his NHL career.

He reunited with Tortorella last winter with the Blue Jackets, and the head coach said St. Louis’ impact went far beyond helping Columbus with special teams. St. Louis gave players his phone number and told them to reach out at any time if they had questions, and Tortorella said the Blue Jackets gravitated to the Hall of Famer whenever he was around.

“I really enjoyed working with the team last year and want to thank Jarmo, Torts and everyone at the Blue Jackets for the opportunity,” St. Louis said in a statement. “While I would have loved to do it again, my priority continues to be my family, and those commitments would make it too difficult this year. They have a really good, young team and I wish them the best of luck.”


STORY WRITTEN BY Jeff Svoboda; courtesy



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