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OSU Senior Night a success for Daniel, Little, Moeller & Walker

Jantel Lavender (OSU)

Every basketball season around the end of February and early March, colleges across the country get ready to say goodbye and thank you to their seniors.

Just was the case for the Ohio State women’s basketball as they honored four seniors, Cherise Daniel, Shavelle Little, Maria Moeller and Andrea Walker. This group came in when the team had two Big Ten titles in the trophy case and they’ll be leaving with four more as the legacy continued on their watch. This group has 106 wins, three shy of the school record, 109.

The night was set up beautifully as Northwestern was in town. This is a team that the OSU women usually beat. OSU has a record of 37-15 overall in the series, 17-9 in Columbus, 19 wins in a row plus they were 18-1 at home for the season.

But this season, Northwestern has been tough to beat. In Evanston, Ill., on New Year’s Eve, Ohio State escaped with an 86-80 win. And last night the final score before 5,429 fans, The score was 78-47. It took a second half scoring binge of 48 points to put the game away.

The OSU women came out and started off quick and led 18-4 and 20-6 before Northwestern knew what hit them.

After a Wildcats timeout at 10:33 of the 1st half, the visitors started to make their way back into the game. Northwestern was able to shoot 3′s and Ohio State started to miss shots and turn the ball over and score read, OSU 25  Northwestern 21. But then the Buckeyes showed why they’re the class of the Big Ten, by pushing the lead out to 30-25 at the half.

But in the 2nd half, it was a different game. Ohio State  took control on fast break points, 10-0, in the paint, 26-10 and bench points, 17-3. Plus, they made 6 of 8 for 75% on three-point goals and 21 of 34 from the field for 61.8% and 51.6% for the game.

The fun continued late in the game as head coach Jim Foster put all of the seniors on the floor to get their last applauses before the home crowd. Each of the seniors scored a basket but Cherise Daniel and they tried to get her the ball but time ran out.

The 27-4, 15-3 Buckeyes were led by Jantel Lavender with 26 points, 12 rebounds; Samantha Prahalis chipped in with 14 points and 14 assists.

Northwestern, which has had one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation from 7-23, 3-15 in the Big Ten to 16-12 and 7-10, was led by center Amy Jaeschke with 22 points and Cincinnati native Kendall Hackney with 11 points and 7  boards.

Ohio State is off until Friday March 5 when they play the 6 p.m. game against the winner of the #8-#9 game. Northwestern will play in the Thursday March 4 games which hasn’t been determined as of yet.

SOUNDS OF THE GAME

44 339 Jim Foster on why the 2nd half OSU able to push ball44 342 Samantha Prahalis OSU G 2nd half play gets team in sync44 344 Jantel Lavender OSU F in 2nd half they wasnt going to lose. ..44 345 Samantha Prahalis OSU G 2nd half was fun for team... 44 348 Maria Moeller OSU G leaves OSU.with Big Ten titles staying put.

GAME NOTES

* The Big Ten women’s basketball player of the week honors have been going back and forth between two Buckeyes all season. Samantha Prahalis has won it four times: November 23, January 11, January 18 and February 8. Jantel Lavender has been selected three times: November 16, December 7 and December 29.

* Samantha Prahalis is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16 points and 8 assists per game. La’Terrica Dobin (16.0) and 8.0 assists per game from Northwestern State accomplished it in 2003-04.

* Brittany Johnson is shooting 48.8 percent from 3-point land this season, the best in the Big Ten and fifth-best in the NCAA.

* The Ohio State Buckeyes since Jim Foster has been head coach, have made it tough on opposing teams. 87-5 at Value City Arena and 12-1 at St. John Arena.

2002-03   14-0

2003-04  13-4

2004-05 17-0

2005-06 16-1

2006-07 16-1

2007-08 16-1

2008-09 16-2

2009-10 19-1

Total         127-10

* Northwestern freshman Dannielle Diamant and fifth-year senior Kristin Cartwright did not have to go very far to get feedback on their hoops skills growing up. Diamant is the granddaughter of legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. Cartwright is the daughter of former Chicago Bulls star and current Phoenix Suns assistant coach Bill Cartwright.

* Northwestern head women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown is bringing in a familiar face next basketball season. It’s his daughter, Meghan.

BIG TEN CONFERNCE NOTES

* If you look close at the conference standings, you’ll see that every Big Ten team has at least 6 wins for the first time in history. Never before had every Big Ten squad recorded five or more conference wins. Also, every Big Ten team has at least 13 overall wins, which is a conference first. Prior to this year, never before had every Big Ten team posted 10 overall wins in a season. The Big Ten is the only conference in the nation with all of its teams at or above 13 wins on the season and at or above six conference wins.

* Michigan State’s Allyssa DeHaan became the NCAA’s all-time leader in blocked shots last week with a career total of 490. Also, when she leaves the Spartans program, she’ll be remembered as one of the most decorated players in the program’s history. Currently, the tallest women’s basketball player in the nation at 6’9, DeHaan hopes to become a pediatrician.

* The Big Ten continues to boast one of the strongest RPI rankings in the nation, remaining the only conference in the country to place all its teams within RPI’s top 90. In addition, no other conference places all of its teams within the top 100. Number 10 Ohio State continues to lead the Big Ten, followed by Number 16 Michigan State and Number 29 Wisconsin. Penn State made the Big Ten’s largest leap, jumping eight spots, while Illinois and Northwestern both improved six places last week.

* Ohio State’s Sarah Schulze aspires to become a missionary after her basketball career is over. The comparative religious studies major has not missed a Sunday church service since high school, even when the Buckeyes are on the road. She says a Rosary prayer before every game and would like to do missionary work in Africa or Haiti after graduation.

Soccer News: Ronaldo retiring after 2011

compiled from staff and wire reports

One of the prolific scorers in the world and 21st century will soon go down in history like his fellow countryman, Pele.

Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo says he will retire after the 2011 season. He recently signed a 2-year contract extension.

The 33-year old striker plans to play two more seasons with Corinthians before putting an end to a successful career of more than 17 years.

Ronaldo was the FIFA player of the year in 1996, 1997, and 2002. He helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1994 and 2002.

Ronaldo (EPL)

Denison picked to win North Coast Softball Title

compiled from NCAC and wire reports

The North Coast Athletic Conference softball coaches picked 2009 champion Denison to once again win the 14th edition of the softball championship.

The Big Red, who last spring finished the regular season with an 11-3 league record, a 21-8 overall mark and their sixth NCAC crown, earned three of eight first-place votes from the leagues coaches in the preseason poll for 58 points. Denison edged Ohio Wesleyan, which was voted second with 57 points and four first-place votes. Defending NCAC tournament champion Hiram was predicted to finish third with 48 points.

Last spring the Big Red earned their first NCAC title under the guidance of head coach Tiffany Ozbun, and their sixth overall. Ozbun has accumulated a 49-30 (.620) record in two seasons at Denison and was named NCAC Coach of the Year in 2009. She has a list of senior returnees who are All-NCAC first team performers: Samantha Rumschlag, Brie Berkopec and Alex Murray.

Since the North Coast Athletic Conference began sponsoring softball as a championship sport, Denison has won titles in the years 2001-2003, 2006-2007 and 2009. The Big Red also won the first two NCAC Softball tournaments, which began in 2001 to help determine the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.

Founded in 1983, the NCAC consists of 10 academicallyselective colleges and universities-Allegheny, Denison, Earlham, Hiram, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Wabash, Wittenberg and Wooster.

The NCAC sponsors 22 championship sports, 11 each for men and women.

Tiffany Ozbun (DU)

Rosie Jones named 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup captain

compiled from LPGA and Ohio State reports

Rosie Jones, a 13-time winner on the LPGA Tour who has played on seven different Solheim Cup teams during her long and storied career which spans nearly three decades, has been selected captain of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. The 2011 Solheim Cup will be played at Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland from Sept. 23-25.

Jones, a playing member on the first U.S. Solheim Cup Team in 1990 who also sank the putt to clinch the 2002 Solheim Cup.

“I am honored and absolutely ecstatic to be chosen as the 2011 Solheim Cup captain,” said Jones. “The Solheim Cup has been a huge part of my career as a player and now I couldn’t be more proud to represent the United States and have the opportunity to lead our players across the pond to Killeen Castle to retain the Cup.”

The 2011 Solheim Cup will be the 12th staging of the biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best 12 U.S.-born players from the LPGA and the best 12 European-born players representing the Ladies European Tour (LET). The U.S. leads the series, 8-3. Rosie Jones faces a challenge in Ireland, as the European Team has won all of its three Solheim Cup events on European soil. The European Captain will be the same as in 2009, Alison Nicholas.

In her days as a member of the U.S. squad, Jones recorded 12 points over seven Solheim Cups,including an overall singles record of 3-3-1. Her most recent appearance came at the 2005 competition played at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, where her U.S. team beat the Europeans by three points, tying the closest match in the history of the event.

Rosie Jones has had a very accomplished LPGA career, recording 13 victories and more than $8 million in career earnings. Her best year on Tour came in 1988 where she picked up three victories and finished third on the season-ending LPGA Official Money List. In addition to her 13 wins, highlights of her career include 187 top-10 finishes, five holes-in-ones and a 5-4 playoff record. She currently plays on the Legends Tour of the LPGA, where she has registered three wins.

Rosie Jones (LPGA)

The selection committee which chose Rosie Jones included the past three U.S. team captains, the LPGA Board Chairman, President of the LPGA Executive Committee, and the LPGA Commissioner.

Sports Spotlight: Nathan Weeks Marysville Football RB

Every week during the high school football season on WPKO-FM/WBLL-AM in Bellefontaine, we try to feature a football player, whether it be high school, college, the NFL, the Hall of Fame or from coaching.

One of the players we featured during the 2009 season was senior Nathan Weeks from Marysville High School.

Nathan Weeks had to earn his way onto the varsity team in 2007 by playing on the offensive line. Then in 2008, he became the Monarchs workhorse at Fullback, gaining 982 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and scored 12 touchdowns to lead Marysville to the state playoffs for the first time in seven years. The Monarchs were 7-4, 4-3 which tied for fourth in the tough Ohio Capital Conference, Cardinal Division which includes: Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Olentangy,Olentangy Liberty, Westerville Central,Westerville North and Westerville South. They ended up being a Division I Regional Quarterfinalist.

In 2009 Marysville finished at  3-7, 2-5 in the division. They beat Marion Harding, 39-6; Westerville Central, 27-7 and Westerville North, 37-7.

A throwback Fullback to the days of yesteryear, Weeks is a bruising Fullback who at 6’2, 230 pounds simply punishes tacklers.

A state semifinalist wrestler, who can squat 400 pounds, was voted captain by his teammates for 2009 football season.

Nathaniel Owen Weeks is the son of Scott and Loretta Weeks.

SOUNDS FROM THE FIELD

44 332 Nathan Weeks Marysville playing offensive line in 2007. 44 334 Nathan Weeks Marysville playing fullback and being physical44 335 Nathan Weeks Marysville on 2008 and triple option.     44 336 Nathan Weeks Marysville fullback in triple option and College. Marysville Monarchs    (MHS)

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