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Buckeyes move into CCHA Quarterfinals beating Notre Dame, 8-2

courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Hunter Bishop scores hat trick (osu)

Chris Reed had 4 assists (osu)

The Ohio State men’s hockey team advanced to the CCHA tournament quarterfinals, completing a series sweep over Notre Dame with an 8-2 this past Saturday night in the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes scored twice in the first four minutes of the game and led 4-0 after the first period. The team extended the lead to 6-1 after two periods and scored two late goals for the 8-2 final.

Buckeye junior Hunter Bishop had a hat trick and added two assists, the first five-point night for a Buckeye since 1999. Junior defenseman Chris Reed had a career-high four assists and a +5 mark in the win. Junior goaltender Dustin Carlson matched his career high with 47 saves in the victory. Sergio Somma scored twice and chipped in with an assist for three points. Kyle Reed and Zac Dalpe each had two assists and C.J. Severyn had two points on a goal and an assist.

The Irish outshot the Buckeyes, 49-25.

Hunter Bishop had the first five point night for a Buckeye since Hugo Boisvert had five at Cornell, January 16, 1999. It was the first hat trick since Corey Elkins’ three-goal night in game two of the CCHA playoffs first round last season in the OSU Ice Rink.

Cincinnati Bearcats freshman Lance Stephenson chosen to Big East All-Rookie Team

courtesy of UC athletics

University of Cincinnati freshman guard Lance Stephenson was one of two unanimous selections to the 2010 Big East Conference All-Rookie team.

Stephenson became the third Bearcats player to earn the distinction since UC began play in the Big East in 2005-06, joining teammates Deonta Vaughn (2006-07) and Yancy Gates (2008-09).

The preseason Big East Rookie of the Year, Stephenson led all Big East freshmen in overall scoring (12.0 ppg) and conference-only games (12.1 ppg). He also finished in the Top 5 overall in rebounds (5.3 rpg/4th) and assists (2.4 apg/4th).

Lance Stephenson goes in for a layup (AP)

Four times this season, the 6-foot-5 guard from Brooklyn, N.Y. has been named Big East Rookie of the Week, the most by any incoming player. Stephenson won the award the last two weeks of the regular season after averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over Cincinnati’s last four games. He also added 11 assists and five steals during the stretch.

Sports Spotlight Feature Interview: Bruce Ward, Columbus Beechcroft High School Head Football Coach

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.

Columbus Beechcroft (BHS)

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.

Beechcroft Cougars (BHS)

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.)

44 465 Bruce Ward Taking over as head coach continuity being an assistant coach

44 466 Bruce Ward Knowing the demands of job Preparing as an assistant coach

44 467 Bruce Ward His playing days players academics Beechcroft very stable program

44 468 Bruce Ward His mentor Tom Dunlap Players petition to make him head coach

44 469 Bruce Ward His first 3 games as head coach Setting up scrimmage schedule

44 470 Bruce Ward Family atmosphere in program 2008 seven shutouts by defense

44 471 Bruce Ward Beat Columbus Centennial 96-0 in 2008 with a 55 point first quarter

44 472 Bruce Ward Shortening blow out games Being featured by ESPN & SI

44 473 Bruce Ward Beechcroft always has athletes Facilities Brookhaven rivalry

Down 16 Points, Lavender is unstoppable in leading Ohio State to Big Ten Tournament Title

Another trophy for women's basketball (espn)

Jantel Lavender was on top of her game on Sunday. She had to be or the Ohio State women’s basketball team would’ve been blown out by a hungry and pesky Iowa team on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

Lavender tied a Big Ten tournament record with 35 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, went over 2,000 career points and led her team to an unbelievable comeback when it seemed all afternoon that they were going to lose.

She capped the exciting second-half comeback by making two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to give number 10 Ohio State, the Big Ten Tournament title, 66-64 over Iowa.

The junior center was named the tourney’s most Outstanding Player for the second time. The only other two-time winner was Purdue’s Shereka Wright.

Jantel tied the tournament scoring record, a feat that had been achieved three other times, most recently in 2001 by Illinois’ Allison Curtin. Lavender needed less than 10 minutes to extend Division I’s longest active streak of consecutive double-figures scoring games to 100 and Lavender became the third Buckeye to top 2,000 career points on the same day the Buckeyes (30-4) tied a school record for victories.

Lavender’s record-setting day also included helping the Buckeyes four seniors tie another school record with their 109th career victory and most important, locked up the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Ohio State is the first team, other than Purdue, to win back-to-back tourney titles since Penn State in 1995 and 1996.

Jim Foster racking up titles at Ohio State (osu)

If the women’s basketball team is going to advance in the upcoming NCAA tournament, they’ll need more than Jantel Lavender to do all of the scoring.

Yesterday, point guard Samantha Prahalis was slowed by foul trouble and lost her poise several times. Ohio State’s 3-point shooters struggled, going 5 of 17, and Iowa (19-13) was not intimidated and played their game most of the day, pressure defense, driving to the basket and getting the Buckeyes into foul trouble.

Kamille Wahlin led Iowa with 20 points, Kelly Krei scored 18 and grabbed 8 rebounds.

The Hawkeyes took control of the game from the beginning, quickly leading 20-9 at the 14:02 mark in the first half en route to a 41-33 halftime lead.

Iowa kept the pressure on Ohio State in the second half. They went on an 8-0 run, 1:35 into the period to go up 49-33 while drawing the 3rd fouls on Samantha Prahalis and Brittany Johnson.

But Ohio State why they’re the best in the Big Ten, by rallying for the win.

Prahalis led them on a 10-0 run to get OSU to within 51-47 with 10:17 to go. Lavender made it a 2-point game with a 5-foot bank shot with 5:25 to go, and Prahalis followed with a driving scoop shot to tie the score at 60 with 5:04 left.

Lavender followed up with two free throws to break the tie, and Iowa scored four straight points to retake a 64-62 lead with a 2:34 left. Jantel Lavender then tied it with a rebound follow at 1:18.

Iowa committed a turnover and then Ohio State went to its leader, Jantel Lavender and she made to free throws to win the game. There were 6, 832 fans in attendance at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

All-Tournament Team

Kachine Alexander, Iowa

Kelly Krei, Iowa

Kamille Wahlin, Iowa

Jantel Lavender, Ohio State

Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State

Most Outstanding Player

Jantel Lavender, Ohio State

Kurt Busch wins Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta on second restart

Kurt Busch wins Kobalt Tools 500 (HHL)

With Kurt Busch leading in the final laps Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, there were several distractions . A life-threatening accident involving two feuding drivers, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski;  and several other cars being involved in an accident.

Busch started to worry what would happen on the restarts. Not a problem for him at least in this race. Busch survived a couple of  overtime restarts and 16 extra laps to defend his 2009 title at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, for his first win of 2010.

The race was marred with accusations that Carl Edwards purposely wrecked Brad Keselowski’s car, sending it hurling toward the main stands upside down.

Busch wins the race at the 1.54-mile trioval beating Matt Kenseth by nearly half a second. Juan Pablo Montoya, who is always in the top 10 but doesn’t win races, was third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard.

Kurt Busch wins Atlanta for the second year in a row (wfe)

The race went 341 laps instead of its scheduled 325 because of two big wrecks near the end of the race.

Edwards, who was running 156 laps behind, clipped Keselowski and caused his car to spin, then lifted into the air near the 190 mph mark; smashing into a barrier in front of the stands roof-first, then flipped back onto the track. Brad Keselowski was fine, but NASCAR officials ordered Edwards to park his car and demanded he meet them in their track offices. There won’t be any decision made on Edwards and his status as a driver until sometime this week.

Other notable drivers in the field include Jimmie Johnson finishing 12th. Pole winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 15th. His winless streak is now 61.

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