With the help of my wife, we try to pick out the most interesting. This time we picked a volleyball player because I have not done very many interviews on the sport or with many players who play the sport in my 30-plus years as a broadcaster/reporter.
We chose Kayla Peterson, senior of the West Liberty-Salem Tigers Volleyball team. I had been told since she was a freshman, that she is an excellent interview. I found out, she is outstanding!
Kayla not only concluded a successful career for the Tigers, but a successful senior season. She recorded 526 assists, 188 kills, 74 aces, 272 digs as the team’s setter and outside hitter. Also in 2010, she was selected Ohio Heritage Conference Player of the Year, Division III District 9 Player of the Year and 2nd Team All-Ohio honors.
With all of those great stats and accolades, Division I College Volleyball coaches would be calling. I’m sure they did, but Kayla said that she did not want to go to a big school. She was looking at a program that had a good team, had solid academics and teammates who get along and have fun, and a school and town that is small like West Liberty, Ohio.
Kayla has chosen Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. The Battlers are an NCAA Division II liberal arts
school with 800 students, which is affiliated with American Baptist Churches and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.
The Rural school, nicknamed the Battlers, was established in 1871 with the motto of “Learning to Succeed, Learning to Serve.”
The athletics teams nickname of the “Battlers” which is derived from the 1861 Battle of Philippi. Their colors are blue and gold and they compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which includes: Bluefield State, Charleston, Concord University, Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Ohio Valley University, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Seton Hill University, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Wesleyan University and Wheeling Jesuit University; all told, a 15-school conference.
Alderson-Broaddus has several notable alumni:
* Lt. General John E. Jackson, President of Fork Union Military Academy.
* Richard F. Wilson, President of Illinois Wesleyan University.
* Major General Jessica L. Wright, first woman Adjunct General of Pennsylvania National Guard. The second woman to hold this position in the United States.
* Ed Schrock, United States Congressman, a Republican from Virginia, 2001-2005.
Kayla says that she’ll be a setter in college and is looking forward to being in a role that has been trained to do.
The Alderson-Broaddus finished tied for third in the WVIAC at 23-14 overall, 11-3 in the league. The Lady Battlers were 8-2 at home, 7-5 away, 8-7 on neutral courts. The kingpin of the conference is Wheeling Jesuit at 33-5 overall, 14-0 in the league; Fairmont State finished second at 20-10 overall, 12-2 in the WVIAC and Charleston at 19-10 overall and 11-3 in the WVIAC.
Kayla Peterson is pleased with her decision and she should be a good fit as Alderson-Broaddus drives for the WVIAC Volleball championship in the years to come.
Alderson-Broaddus website: www.ab.edu/
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference website: www.wviac.org
Kayla Peterson & West Liberty-Salem photos by megasportsnews.com
When football fans in Ohio think of Newark Catholic High School, they think of championship football and former head coach J.D. Graham who is still a legend around the city.
Newark Catholic is a private, Catholic co-educational high school, located in Newark, Ohio. Newark is in Licking county, 33 miles east of Ohio’s capital city, Columbus and has a population of 47,413.
The Green Wave resume’ in football is solid with 8 championship titles in football (1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991 and 2007), the second most in Ohio High School Athletic Association.
They also have been State of Ohio runner-ups in football.
Every student-athlete that plays football is expected to uphold the tradition because they have uncles, dads, cousins and grandparents who have played their and experienced a championship or a runnerup status.
Case-in-point, is our Sports Spotlight feature guest, Britt Wilder. The 5’11, 190-pound Wilder is a senior running back and a captain. His uncle Todd, won a football title in 1978 and was a runner-up in 1980. His dad Rod, played on a championship team in 1982 and two runner-up finishes in 1981 and 1983.
Britt was a member of the freshman team in 2007 when the varsity won the state championship.
The past two seasons, the Green Wave hasn’t made the playoffs the last two years at 6-4. That 6-4 record and the Newark Catholic team was not a bad team, but the school plays in the rugged Mid-State League, Ohio Division which includes five division III schools in football. The MLS Ohio Division teams are: Bexley, Columbus Academy, Granville, Heath, Lakewood, Licking Valley and Whitehall.
The Green Wave play in the OHSAA Division VI (6), Region 23 which includes such schools as Shadyside, Malvern, Bridgeport, Willowood Symmes Valley, Fairfield Christian and Glouster Trimble.
In 2008, Wilder was a linebacker; in 2009 as a junior, he rushed for 700 yards and in 2010, he rushed over 1,100 yards, scoring over 17 touchdowns and a 7.2 yards per carry.
Newark Catholic uses the I-formation mixed with the spread.
The Green Wave are coached by Bill Franks, an alumnus of the school who has experienced championships under the legendary J.D. Graham and college football at the University of Dayton under another coaching legend, Mike Kelly.
The 2010 Green Wave has a team of talented players including a senior class of 21. The offense is led by Britt Wilder and junior QB Garrett Vernau. The defense is led by DL Zack Shane, a 6’4, 239-pound playmaker who is a major college recruit, who was a first-team all-district choice in 2009.
In addition to playing their Mid-State League, Ohio Division teams, the Green Wave played World Harvest Prep and Nelsonville-York who was 8-2 in 2009.
By playing a tough schedule in 2010, New Catholic made the playoffs in Division 6, Region 23. The Green Wave, rated number 3 at 7-3 will play 6th ranked Fairfield Christian who is 9-0.
**We like to thank Newark Catholic Athletic Director and Football Coach Bill Franks for helping set up the interview with Britt Wilder; allowing us to visit practice to take photographs and gave us a chance to meet his coaching staff.
Also, we’ll be featuring Coach Franks on the radio show Sports Spotlight and have it as a podcast on the website next week.
We want to wish the Green Wave good luck in their quest to get football championship number 9!
Our Sports Spotlight feature takes us to the small town of Cedarville, Ohio.
Cedarville is a village in Greene County, located between Springfield to the west, Xenia to the south and Jamestown to the east.
Population for Cedarville according to the 2000 census is 3,828 people.
Cedarville is the home of Cedarville University and Cedarville High School.
Cedarville may be a small town, but it has several notable and famous people who have been born there or who have been residents:
Mike DeWine, former U.S. Senator and Lt. Governor of the State of Ohio.
Actress Eleanor Parker.
James H. Kyle, Politician and Father of Labor Day.
Bumpus Jones, Major League Baseball player.
Whitelaw Reid, Newspaper Publisher & Statesman.
David Jeremiah, American Evangelist.
Cedarville, Ohio is a part of the greater Dayton area.
This week’s feature is on Corey Shelton, quarterback for the Cedarville High School Indians. He is 6’0, 180 and a senior. He was an offensive guard the past two seasons, but was asked to switch to quarterback by head coach Austin Steward.
After a 5-player tryout at quarterback during preseason practices, Coach Steward selected Corey as the Number 1 signal-caller. That decision has helped the Indians become one of the most improved teams in the tough Ohio Heritage Conference.
With Shelton at quarterback, the Indians use the triple-option attack on offense. He has good speed and that one of the reasons why the team has improved dramatically in 2010. He has several teammates which can give defenses fits: running backs Gabe Sayers and Zeke Young. The wide receivers have talent and speed, Luke Sheridan, Taylor Kordic and Seth Wright.
Shelton’s stats are impressive; a 61-yard touchdown run against Springfield Northeastern, over 700 yards running and over 500 passing with 7 rushing touching downs.
As mentioned before, Cedarville plays in the Ohio Heritage Conference which includes Mechanicsburg, Springfield Catholic Central, West Liberty-Salem, North Lewisburg Triad, Springfield Northeastern, South Charleston Southeastern and Jamestown Greeneview. The league was established in 2001. Most of the schools used to play in the now-defunct West Central Ohio Conference (WCOC) which was a good league, but rarely got teams into the state playoffs because they couldn’t get the computers needed. The OHC sometimes has as many has three teams in the playoffs because it’s a tougher league and more balanced.
The Cedarville Indians are a Division VI team and they play in Region 24 of the state. The school used to be one of the top football teams in the state under long-time coach Jim Villinger who is still very popular around town. The Indians have played in 9 state playoffs (1986, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001. Their best playoff finish was in 1994 when they went to the Division VI Finals. Their last league title was in 1998 and their last winning season was in 2001.
Coming into 2010, Cedarville had plenty of experience only losing five players through graduation. The number of players had decreased over the years, but this season the roster went from 22 to 34. The team had 9 starters back on offense and defense.
On defense, Cedarville employs the 4-4 formation. In 2009, they allowed a whopping 332 points, which was the most in the Ohio Heritage Conference and second most in the Springfield area. This season they have allowed just 200 through eight games. But they play explosive and high-scoring West Liberty-Salem next week to end the season.
Reviewing the season, after eight games, the Indians are 4-4, 3-3 in the Ohio Heritage Conference. That is a big improvement over last year’s 2-8 overall record and 0-7 in the OHC. Shelton says that he feels that head coach Austin Steward has the program going in the right direction.
August 27 at Madison Plains, a 28-0 win.
September 3 against Cincinnati Christian, the Indians won 48-7 as they held Cincinnati to 127 yards of total offense. Corey Shelton, Gabe Sayers and Zeke Young scored two touchdowns apiece.
September 10, they were supposed to play Yellow Springs, but the week became an open week.
September 17, they ran up against the best team in the Ohio Heritage Conference, Springfield Catholic Central and lost 42-0. Corey Shelton ran for 104 yards on 14 carries.
September 24, Northeastern beat them 28-21.
October 1, Cedarville traveled eight miles to the east to play arch-rival Greeneview and won 45-24. Zeke Young scored four tochdowns and had an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
October 8, they traveled to Mechanicsburg and were shutout 28-0.
October 15, Cedarville beat Southeastern, by putting the game away in the second half, 40-16. They had 4 scores in the second half. Corey Shelton rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown and passed for 97 yards and two more scores. Zeke Young had a nice game as well, rushing for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
October 22, they ran into the second-best team in the OHC, the Triad Cardinals and lost 35-7.
The improvement in the Cedarville Indians has been seen all season and hopefully, the team can get back to the days when they are a yearly threat to win conference championships and get to the state playoffs!
Special thanks goes out to Cedarville head football coach Austin Steward and quarterback Corey Shelton for taking out of their busy schedules to help with the interview and article.
This article contains audio from Jamie McMurray and Chip Ganassi
NASCAR Photo used with permission from NASCARmedia.com media relations department
Car owner Chip Ganassi received a positive result from an unexpected driver in last Sunday’s Brickyard 400 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as Jamie McMurray joined one of NASCAR’S most exclusive clubs.
Restarting second due to a smart two-tire call by crew chief Kevin Mannion, McMurray powered his Number 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet past Kevin Harvick on a restart with 11 Laps to go and pulled away to the finish line by 1.391 seconds.
McMurray gave Ganassi, a former driver in his own right, his first Daytona 500 win in February. In May, Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 in another of Ganassi’s car’s. On Sunday, July 25, 2010, Ganassi pulled off an unusual triple crown. No other car owner has won all three major races, especially in the same year.
McMurray set some history records as well. He joined Dale Jarrett (1996) and Jimmie Johnson (2006) as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year.
The Brickyard win was sweet for McMurray, but it was bitter for his teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya, tabbed as the driver more likely to win the Brickyard 400.
Montoya led the race for 86 laps, more than anyone else. He lost the lead when McMurray and Harvick opted for two tires on the Lap 140 pit stop under caution for debris. Montoya made the mistake of taking four tires. He ultimately dropped four spots lost control of his car and crashed on Lap 145.
For the second straight year, Montoya ended the Brickyard 400 in disappointment. In 2009, he led 116 of 160 laps only to lose by a pit road speeding penalty.
SOUNDS FROM THE CHRIS ECONOMAKI PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM POST-RACE PRESS BRIEFING WITH JAMIE McMURRAY AND CHIP GANASSI
During the football season during our Friday night High School football broadcasts, we feature a coach, athlete, athletic administrator or Hall of Famer on WPKO-FM/WBLL-AM, the Peak of Ohio.com. This past 2009 season, we had a chance to feature a former NFL running back and current Lancaster Golden Gales head football coach, Rob Carpenter.
Robert Joseph Carpenter, Jr., was born April 20, 1955 in Lancaster, Ohio. He played at Miami of Ohio in the Mid-American Conference for Bill Mallory.
He was drafted in the third round, 84th pick by the Houston Oilers. He played with Houston from 1977-1981; the New York Giants from 1981-1985 and the Los Angeles Rams in 1986.
Carpenter rushed for 4,363 yards in a 10-year NFL career.
He has four sons. Bobby Carpenter, the former Ohio State linebacker is now with the Dallas Cowboys; Jonathan Carpenter played at Cincinnati and is a graduate assistant there; Georgie is at Marshall University and Nathan Carpenter played for his dad this past season at Lancaster and will be playing in college in 2010.
The 6’1 220 pound Rob Carpenter had several good seasons in the NFL:
With Houston in 1977, 652 yards, 1 touchdown and a 4.5 yards per game.
With the New York Giants in 1981, 748 yards, 5 touchdowns.
With the New York Giants in 1983, 624 yards, 4 touchdowns.
With the New York Giants in 1984, 795 yards, 7 touchdowns.
When Rob was in Houston, he played with Earl Campbell.
When Rob was with the New York Giants, his teammates included: Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms and Henry Carson.
Rob had his moments in New York. There was a 1985 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Joe Morris gained over 200 yards and lost a shoe on one of his touchdown runs. Rob Carpenter was blocking his head off opening holes for Joe Morris and had a beautiful 46 yard run. Carpenter was a fan favorite from what members of the media tell me who covered the team in those days.
Rob Carpenter is the head football coach at Lancaster and they had a decent season in 2009.
August 28, 2009 Logan 33 Lancaster 14 (0-1)
September 4, 2009 Lakota West 24 Lancaster 12 (0-2)
September 11, 2009 Lancaster 48 independence 35 (1-2)
September 18, 2009 Lancaster 17 Pickerington Central 14 (2-2)
September 25, 2009 Lancaster 42 Gahanna 31 (3-2)
October 2, 2009 Hilliard Davidson 45 Lancaster 14 (3-3)
October 9, 2009 Lancaster 15 Reynoldsburg 7 (4-3)
October 16, 2009 Pickerington North 15 Lancaster 14 (4-4)
October 23, 2009 Lancaster 32 Groveport Madison 14 (5-4)
October 30, 2009 Lancaster 63 Newark 13 (6-4)
November 7, 2009 Regional Playoffs quarterfinals, Hilliard Davidson 28 Lancaster 7 (6-5)
Lancaster plays in the tough Ohio Capital Conference which is one of the largest leagues in the state. Playing in that league and having a top-notch non-conference schedule, will get them computer points and a playoff berth.
The Golden Gales play in the Ohio Capital Conference, Ohio Division with Gahanna-Lincoln Lions, Grove City Greyhounds, Groveport-Madison Cruisers, Newark Wildcats, Pickerington Central Tigers, Pickerington North Panthers and the Reynoldsburg Raiders.
Lancaster has had several distinguished alumni: David Graf, Officer Tackleberry in the Police Academy Films; Rex Kern, former Ohio State Quarterback and Allan Anderson, former Lefthanded Pitcher of the Minnesota Twins, American League ERA and Robert G. Heft, designer of the American 50 star flag which was adopted by Congress on July 4, 1960.
Let’s go one-on-one with Lancaster Golden Gales head football coach Rob Carpenter. (to listen to an audio file, click the link.)
During our high school football broadcasts on Friday nights on WPKO-FM/WBLL-AM in Bellefontaine and the Peak of Ohio.com, we feature a one-on-one interview with a football player, or athletic administrator from the high school, college, professional or amateur ranks.
During the 2009 season, we featured Bruce Ward, Columbus Beechcroft High School head football coach.
When legendary coach Tom Dunlap retired during the spring of 2009 and was replaced by his defensive coordinator. Bruce Ward, “A Dawn of a New Era” chapter was opening for the Beechcroft football program.
Ward spent 9 years as an assistant at Beechcroft and prior to that experience, 3 years at his alma mater, Fairmont State College.
Coach Ward was Beechcroft’s defensive coordinator in 2008 when they shutout 7 opponents in making the Division II Playoffs finishing at 9-2 overall, 6-1 in the City League North. The Cougars received national recognition and attention from ESPN and Sports Illustrated during 2008 after beating Centennial, 96-0. The Cougars scored 55, first quarter points, tying the 4th highest point total in one quarter in National High School history. Those 96 points also tied for the second highest points in the nation in 2008.
The Beechcroft Cougars have reached the Ohio High School Athletic Association playoffs 13 times in football including a 5-season run of 199-2003.
“The Croft” as the school is called, opened in 1976 as a six-year junior/senior high school. Enrollment peaked at 1,200 students. Currently, there are 950 students.
Located on Columbus’ northside, Beechcroft plays in the City League North Division along with: The Brookhaven Bearcats, Centennial Stars, East Tigers, Linden-McKinley Panthers, Mifflin Punchers, Northland Vikings and Whetstone Braves. Their arch-rivals are Brookhaven.
Bruce Ward’s first season as head football coach ended up being a success. The Cougars went 7-3. They beat Whitehall, Whetstone, Linden-McKinley, East, Centennial and Northland. They lost two three very good teams: Upper Arlington, St. Charles and Brookhaven.
Some of his star players from the 2009 season included: Larez Harper, Wallace Hale, Rasean Moore, B.J. Watkins and Billy Croom.
SOUNDS FROM THE FOOTBALL FIELD (to listen to the audio file, click on the number.)