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Cleveland Indians single-game tickets to go sale March 6

The American League champion Cleveland Indians will put single-game tickets on sale to the public on Monday, March 6, online only at There will be no sales at the Progressive Field Team Shop or Ticket Office until Monday, March 13.

Limited inventory will be available for the team’s Home Opener on April 11 vs. the White Sox during the public on-sale on March 6. Additionally, lower bowl tickets for prime summer weekend games are sold out or nearly sold out; the Indians encourage fans to purchase early to lock in this year’s best games at the lowest prices.





Horizon League honors go to Wright State’s Merriweather and Welch

Katrina Merriweather

Chelsea Welch

Wright State junior guard Chelsea Welch was named to the First Team and head coach Katrina Merriweather was selected as the Coach of the Year as the Horizon League announced its women’s basketball postseason awards on Tuesday.

Welch (Kettering, OH/Fairmont) put together a strong first season for the Raiders after transferring from Pittsburgh.  Named the Horizon League Player of the Week on January 30 and February 20, Welch leads the league in scoring at 18.7 points per game and is fifth in steals per game (2.1), fifth in free throw percentage (.781), tied for eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), ninth in assists per game (3.3), tied for 13th in blocks per game (0.6) and 15th in field goal percentage (.441).

In league play, Welch again led the way in scoring (19.9) and was tied for fourth in steals per game (2.1), fifth in free throw percentage (.767), 11th in blocks per game (0.7), tied for 13th in assists per game (3.1), 14th in field goal percentage (.453) and 20th in rebounds per game (5.3).

Welch has scored in double figures in all but one game so far this year and has scored 20 or more points on 10 occasions, including in seven of the last 10 games.  Her season-best 33 points against Detroit Mercy on January 27 are tied for the third-most by a league player in a game this season.

Welch is the fourth Raider to be named First Team All-Horizon League in the last seven seasons, joining Kim Demmings (2011-12, 2013-14, 2015-16), Ivory James (2013-14) and Tay’ler Mingo (2014-15).

Merriweather, in her first season at the helm, directed the Raiders to a share of the league title for the first time in program history.  After a 4-4 start, WSU won 18 of its next 19 games, including a 13-game winning streak during January and February that tied for the best in school history.  The 8-0 record in January was the first perfect month for Wright State since November 2004.

The Raiders received a vote in the Associated Press poll for the first time ever on February 20 and the 15 league wins are the most in school history, passing the 12 won in 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Merriweather is the fourth WSU coach to earn Coach of the Year honors, joining Mike Bradbury (2014-15), Bridgett Williams (2007-08) and Terry Hall (1991-92).

Wright State (23-7, 15-3 Horizon) opens Horizon League Tournament play on Saturday, March 4, as the #2 seed Raiders face Friday’s winner between #7 seed Northern Kentucky and #10 seed UIC in second round action starting at 2:00 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.  The final is set for Noon Eastern on Tuesday, March 7, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The following is the 2016-17 women’s basketball All-Horizon League teams:


Name School Yr.
Chelsea Welch
Wright State Jr. G
Mehryn Kraker Green Bay Sr. F
Rosanna Reynolds Detroit Mercy Sr. G
Ashanti Abshaw Cleveland State So. F
Hannah Little Oakland Sr. F


Name School Yr.
Dani Franklin Valparaiso Jr. F
Khayla Livingston Cleveland State Jr. G
Jessica Lindstrom Green Bay Jr. G/F
Steph Kostowicz Milwaukee Jr. F
Brianne Cohen Detroit Mercy Jr. F


Name School Pos.
Mary Dunn Youngstown State F
Jade Ely Cleveland State G
Anja Marinkovic Detroit Mercy G
Lizzie Odegard Milwaukee F
Caitlyn Hibner Green Bay G


Name School Yr.
Hannah Little Oakland Sr. F
Jen Wellnitz Green Bay So. G
Jessica Lindstrom Green Bay Jr. G/F
Amber Lindfors Valparaiso So. C
Rebecca Lyttle Northern Kentucky Sr. F

Player of the Year: Mehryn Kraker, Sr., F, Green Bay

Freshman of the Year: Mary Dunn, F, Youngstown State

Defensive Player of the Year: Hannah Little, Sr., F, Oakland

Sixth Player of the Year: Taylor Jones, So., G, Oakland

Coach of the Year: Katrina Merriweather, Wright State




WSU women’s basketball beats Milwaukee to gain first-ever Horizon League regular season championship

Lexi Smith

Emily Vogelpohl

A 21-9 third quarter proved to be the difference as the Wright State women’s basketball team clinched a share of its first-ever Horizon League regular-season title Sunday with a 62-52 victory over Milwaukee at the Wright State Nuttter Center.

The Raiders jumped out to a 7-2 lead just two minutes into the contest, only to see the Panthers eventually go in front 15-13 on a Jenny Lindner basket in the final minute of the first quarter.

Category WSU UWM
Points 62 52
FGM-A 24-55 20-52
FG% .436 .385
3-Pt. FGM-A 4-15 4-14
3-Pt. FG% .267 .286
FTM-A 10-16 8-8
FT% .625 1.000
Rebounds (O-D-Tot.) 8-21-29 11-28-39
Assists 12 9
Turnovers 13 23
Blocks 3 0
Steals 10 7
Points in Paint 36 30
Points Off Turnovers 19 8
2nd Chance Points 9 8
Fast Break Points 8 0
Bench Scoring 0 7
Category WSU UWM
Points Smith – 21 Lindner – 17
Rebounds Simmons – 7 Lindner – 9
Assists Three Players – 3 Two Players – 2
Steals Two Players – 3 Kostowicz – 3
Blocks Simmons – 2 None

Lexi Smith, though, put WSU back ahead 17-15 with a layup and two free throws to close out the period and the margin grew to 26-19 on a Symone Simmons layup at the 5:04 mark of the second quarter.

From there, however, the rest of the half belonged to Milwaukee with an 8-0 run, six by Steph Kostowicz, to give UWM a 27-26 halftime lead.

The Panthers shot 44 percent from the field in the first half compared to 33 percent for the Raiders.

Kostowicz extended the Milwaukee lead to three on a pair of foul shots to start the second half before Wright State answered with 17 straight points over a nearly seven-minute span, seven of those coming from Smith, to make it 43-29.

WSU led 54-40 on a Mackenzie Taylor three with 5:59 remaining in the game, only to see the Panthers use a 12-4 run to cut the deficit to 58-52 at the 1:27 mark.

UWM would get no closer, however, as the Raiders tallied the final four points of the game on two foul shots each by Chelsea Welch and Taylor.

The win clinched a share of WSU’s first-ever regular-season league title with Green Bay as each finished with 15-3 records.

Wright State shot 44 percent for the contest, 56 percent in the second half, while Milwaukee shot 39 percent overall, 33 percent after halftime.

The Raiders also led 36-30 in points in the paint and 19-8 in points off of turnovers.

Smith led all scorers with 21 points while Emily Vogelpohl had 13 points, Welch 12 and Taylor 11 for WSU.

Wright State (23-7, 15-3 Horizon) will be the #2 seed for the Horizon League Tournament, which begins Friday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.  The first action for the Raiders will be on Saturday, March 4, against the Northern Kentucky/UIC winner at 2:00.




Wright State men’s basketball handles UIC with ease in regular season finale, 87-49; 20th win for Raiders


Steven Davis

Justin Mitchell

The Wright State men’s basketball team shot 52 percent for the game and hit 13 three-pointers in rolling to an 87-49 Horizon League victory in the regular-season finale for both teams Sunday afternoon at Wright State’s Nutter Center.

UIC opened the scoring on a Marcus Ottey jumper, but it was all WSU from there, starting with a 12-0 run that featured a pair of Steven Davis three-pointers.

Category WSU UIC
Points 87 49
FGM-A 31-60 16-52
FG% .517 .308
3-Pt. FGM-A 13-29 3-25
3-Pt. FG% .448 .120
FTM-A 12-14 14-22
FT% .857 .636
Rebounds (O-D-Tot.) 7-30-37 9-23-32
Assists 19 4
Turnovers 11 16
Blocks 2 3
Steals 5 6
Points in Paint 28 26
Points Off Turnovers 13 10
2nd Chance Points 5 6
Fast Break Points 0 4
Bench Scoring 17 18
Category WSU UIC
Points Davis – 27 Kolawole – 18
Rebounds Benzinger – 9 Two Players – 6
Assists Alstork – 10 Four Players – 1
Steals Alstork – 2 Two Players – 2
Blocks Mitchell – 2 Three Players – 1

The Raiders then closed the first half with a 24-8 run over the final 7:28, nine by Ryan Custer on three three-pointers, to go up 40-19.

Wright State shot 48 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes compared to just 22 percent for the Flames.

The Raiders extended the margin throughout most of the second half, with the biggest lead being 87-40 on two Trey Stacey free throws with 4:42 remaining.

WSU shot 52 percent overall, including 13 of 29 behind the arc, and also made 12 of 14 foul shots while UIC shot 31 percent altogether and three of 25 from three-point range.

Davis tied a career high with 27 points to pace the Raiders while Justin Mitchell had 17, Mark Alstork 14 along with 10 assists and Grant Benzinger chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wright State (20-11, 11-7) will be the #5 seed for the upcoming Little Caesars Horizon League Championship, which begins Friday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.  The Raiders open tournament play on Sunday, March 5, at 7:30 against #4 seed Northern Kentucky.




Indianapolis Motor Speedway announces Multi-Year Partnership with Advance Auto Parts

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 27, 2017) – Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, has signed a strategic, multi-year partnership with the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

The agreement designates Advance Auto Parts as the official partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at events including the legendary Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, INDYCAR Grand Prix, Lights at the Brickyard, and more. Advance Auto Parts has more than 5,100 company-operated stores across the United States and Canada.

“Advance Auto Parts is a perfect fit with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Matt Davis, Advance Auto Parts marketing and sponsorships manager. “Indianapolis is the racing capital of the world, and we couldn’t be more eager to see the Advance Auto Parts brand represented with one of the most famous sports venues on Earth.”

The IMS Radio Network also will be renamed the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

“We’re thrilled to welcome a globally recognized brand and first-class company like Advance Auto Parts to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s family of sponsors and lineup of world-class events,” IMS President Doug Boles said. “Advance Auto Parts represents quality and places its customers first, and those values also are so important to us. We are grateful to LST Marketing for its skilled work in facilitating a partnership that showcases the growing and cross-generational reach of our fan base.”

“Our brand and the name ‘Indy’ are synonymous with excellence in automotive,” Davis said. “We can’t wait to get started.”

About Advance Auto Parts:

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of December 31, 2016, Advance operated 5,062 stores and 127 WORLDPAC branches and employed 74,000 Team Members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also serves approximately 1,250 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and Pacific Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, has been the worldwide leader in motorsports entertainment since opening in 1909. In 2017, IMS will host the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, the world’s largest single-day annual sporting event. Living up to its reputation as a bucket list sporting venue, throughout the upcoming season IMS will host the stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Head to for a full list of dates and ticket purchase options.




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