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Media poll picks Akron, Toledo to win Mid-American Conference divisions in Men’s Basketball


Media that regularly cover the Mid-American Conference have selected Akron and Toledo to win their respective divisions in the annual preseason poll.

The Ohio Bobcats were picked to finish second in the East. Their best player, Maurice Ndour was selected to the All-MAC East team. The Bobcats have a new head coach in Saul Phillips, who took North Dakota State to the NCAA Tournament last season as a member of the Summit League.

The Akron Zips received 17 first-place votes to win the East. They return four starters from the 21-13 team of a year ago.

Toledo, who just a few years ago was one of the worst teams in the MAC, has been picked to win the conference tournament and go to the NCAA Tournament. The Rockets received 18 first-place votes to win the West and returns four starters from last season where they won a school-record 27 games.

Akron Zips end 30-game road losing streak by beating Miami (O.) 24-17

(courtesy U of Akron)

The Akron Zips ended their 30-game road losing streak by beating the Miami RedHawks on Saturday, 24-17.

They also ended another losing streak of 28 straight losses to Football Subdivision teams.

Akron’s Jawon Chrisholm rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns to fuel the win.

The Zips took control in the second half by pulling ahead 24-7.

Akron had not won on the road since a 45-35 win against Eastern Michigan on October 18, 2008. They also had not won at Miami since October 21, 1939. The Zips last beat an FBS team on November 28, 2010, against the Buffalo Bulls.

The Zips are now 2-6, 1-3 in the Mid-American Conference.

The Miami RedHawks are 0-7, 0-3 with their only bright spot being QB Austin Boucher who completed 23 of 34 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

Toledo ends regular season with 35-23 win over struggling Akron


Toledo Rockets QB Austin Dantin threw five touchdown passes to help defeat the Akron Zips in the regular-season finale for both teams earlier this week.

QB Austin Dantin

Dantin was 29 of 35 for 327 yards with an interception for Toledo who ends the regular-season at 9-3, 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

RB David Pasquale

David Pasquale hauled in seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 93 yards on 15 carries. Alonzo Russell caught nine passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Akron, under Terry Bowden in his first season in the Rubber City, led briefly in the game at 13-10 on Kyle Pohl’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Keith Sconiers.

Miami RedHawks baseball honors the late Walter Alston

Press release courtesy of Miami sports information


OXFORD, Ohio — Miami Baseball  honored a local legend on Saturday May 5, when it hosted Walter Alston Day at McKie Field, remembering the former Darrtown resident and Los Angeles Dodgers manager. The RedHawks played host to the Akron Zips that day.

Representatives of Alston’s family, still living in Darrtown,  threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Also before the game, the Walter Alston Room at McKie Field was opened, allowing fans to see several pieces of memorabilia on display at the stadium.

Walter Alston (L) with Tommy LaSorda (R) (file photo)

Born Walter Emmons Alston on Dec. 1, 1911, he lettered three years for Miami in both baseball and basketball. He played professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals organization, playing just one game at the major league level. After stints in the minors as both a player and manager, Alston returned to the big leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, then moved with the team to Los Angeles.

Alston won seven National League pennants in his 23 years tenure as Dodgers manager. The franchise won four world championships as well — in 1955 with Brooklyn and in 1959, 1963 and 1965 with Los Angeles. Named Manager of the Year six times, Alston also guided a victorious NL All-Star squad a record seven times. He retired after the 1976 season with 2,063 wins (2,040 in the regular season and 23 in the postseason) and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1983.

Usually before his Los Angeles Dodgers teams played a series in nearby Cincinnati against the Reds, Alston would ask the schedule-makers to have a day off.

During the day off, “Smokey” as he was called, would invite all of his coaches, players and team personnel up to his small hometown of Darrtown. The local natives would provide food and fun for the team.

Alston is still remembered today as Darrtown has signs on Route 177 entering the town announcing it as the Home of Walter “Smokey” Alston.

The Dodgers will be honoring the late manager in July at Dodger Stadium.

The Miami University Athletic Hall of Famer lived in Darrtown until his death on October 1, 1984.

Darrtown, Ohio is a small town in Butler County near the Miami campus located in Oxford.


Portions of this article written by with info from Miami University, Los Angeles Dodgers, Radio & TV news


POST-GAME NOTEBOOK: Columbus Crew 2 Montreal Impact 0


Columbus Crew Stadium. Columbus, Ohio

65 degrees

cloudy skies

Time of game: 1:58

Goals: Columbus, 30th minute, Milovan Mirosevic and 66th minute, Olman Vargas.

Records: Crew (1-1-0), Impact (0-2-1).

Saves: Andy Gruenebaum 6 (winner), Donovan Ricketts 7 (loser).



*The Impact are the 19th MLS team.

* They are the third Canadian team along with Toronto & Vancouver.

* One former Columbus Crew on the team in Josh Gardner.

* Jesse Marsch, a former MLS player is the head coach.

* 3 former Akron Zips soccer players are on the team; Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Zarek Valentin and Evan Bush.

* Evan Bush was born in raised in Concord Township in Ohio.

* Director of soccer operations Matt Jordan was an MLS goalkeeper for two seasons in Columbus with the Crew. In the middle of 2004, helping the team win the Eastern Conference championship and the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

Olympic Stadium, former home of the Expos, will be the Impact's home until their stadium is done. (2006 photo by Tolivero via wikipedia commons)

* The Impact will play their home games at Olympic Stadium, which seats 66,308. It is the former home of the 1976 Olympic Games and MLB’s defunct Montreal Expos, who are now the Washington Nationals. For their first home game against the Chicago Fire, the Impact had over 60,000 fans.

* The Impact use a 4-4-2 alignment.

* The team’s only goal in history to date has been off the foot of captain Davy Arnaud, who scored in the 56th minute of its match against Chicago, a 1-1 tie. Arnaud took a Sanna Nyassi cross and knocked it into the upper right corner of the Fire’s net.


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* The Crew are 6-1-2 vs. Canadian teams overall.

* Crew Stadium will be 13 years old in May 2012.

* Crew captain Chad Marshall made history in the season opener in Colorado. He became the third Columbus Crew player ever to make 200 appearances with the franchise. He joins Jeff Cunningham (203) and Mike Clark (221) who have played more games than any other with the Crew.

The 27-year-old Marshall will have plenty of time to catch those players.

* The Crew honored the NCAA Division III National Champion Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops at halftime of FIRST KICK 2012. OWU WENT 23-2 en route to winning their second men’s soccer title in school history.

Crew Soccer Academy product Travis Wall led the team with 19 goals and 15 assists, including a goal in the 2-1 win over Calvin College on December 5, to win the title.

* The Crew uses a 4-5-1 alignment on the field.

Milovan Mirosevic scored his first goal of season

Olman Vargas scored an insurance goal

Andy Gruenebaum in a rare start shows he's a capable goalkeeper, shutting out Montreal












Photos and logos courtesy of Major League Soccer


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