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OSU men’s golf team climbs to third at NCAA regional


The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s golf team shot a 9-under-par 279 and moved from 11th place to third in the second round at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Michael Cress lead the way by shooting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to boost Ohio State’s chances in the NCAA West Regional.

Michael Cress (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Dan Charen (69) and Brad Smith (70) shot under par for the Buckeyes.

USC leads the tournament with an 8-under-par 568 and arch-rival UCLA at 572 is second.

The top five teams advance to the NCAA championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma hosted by Oklahoma State.


Info courtesy of OSU athletics

OSU men’s golf team earns bid to NCAA Tournament in San Diego


Head men's golf coach Donnie Darr (courtesy of OSU athletics)

The Ohio State men’s golf team has earned a bid to the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional. The 32nd-ranked and fifth-seeded Buckeyes will be traveling to San Diego, California, to compete in the 54-hole San Diego Regional May 19-21.

Six regional tournaments will be conducted as 13 teams and ten individuals will compete in three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals. The low five teams and the low individual from each regional will advance to the finals. The NCAA Championships will take place May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with Oklahoma State hosting the tournament.

The selection is Ohio State’s first under second-year head coach Donnie Darr. It is the team’s 44th appearance overall, dating back to 1945. The Buckeyes’ last bid to the tourney was in 2009 as they finished tied for third at the Central Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Ohio State is one of 13 teams competing at the Farms Golf Club hosted by the University of San Diego. Ohio State is the lone Big Ten school in the regional. The others include: 1. UCLA, 2. Texas, 3. USC, 4. San Diego, 5. Ohio State, 6. UNLV, 7. North Texas, 8. Middle Tennessee, 9. Tulsa, 10. SMU, 11. Pacific, 12. San Francisco, 13. Cleveland State.


Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

Sponseller finishes fourth at NCAA Championships; earns All-America honors

Colt Sponseller (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Colt Sponseller, a senior captain for the Ohio State wrestling team, concluded his Buckeye career with a fourth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sponseller lost 14-6 to top-ranked Jordan Burroughs of Nebraska in a 165-pound semifinal match.

Despite the loss, the senior finished the meet as an All-American for the first time.

Sponseller, the #5 seed, beat fourth-seeded Josh Asper of Maryland 3-1 in a quarterfinal.

A three-time NCAA championships qualifier (2009, 2010, 2011), Sponseller was the 2010 and 2011 Big Ten Championships runner-up at 165 pounds. Academically, Sponseller was a 2008 NWCA Freshman All-Academic Team selection, 2010 NWCA All-Academic Team member, Academic All-Big Ten and two-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete.

compiled from Ohio State athletics news

NCAC Pam Smith Award Winner for 2010 is Ohio Wesleyan’s Sarah Shinn

Info courtesy of the North Coast Athletic Conference

Recent Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Sarah Shinn of Edinboro, Pennsylvania/General McLane High School, has been named the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference Pam Smith Award winner.

Shinn was a four-year member of the Battling Bishops’ indoor and outdoor track and field teams, as well as a three-year member of the Ohio Wesleyan University cross country squad. A five-time individual conference champion, she was part of seven NCAC championship teams and totaled 15 all-conference certificates in her career. Twice named team MVP, Shinn holds two school records and one conference record. The four-time All-Ohio champion’s best finish at the NCAA Championships was 10th in the 800 meters in 2010.

Sarah Shinn Ohio Wesleyan Track and Field (photo courtesy of the NCAC)

Shinn was presented OWU’s Top Female Athlete Award, and was a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary, as well as the Mortar Board national senior honor society. The summa cum laude graduate was named the top 2010 graduate in the business department, and was a three-time Top 50 Scholar Athlete award winner. The accounting major finished with a 3.96 grade-point average.

Her efforts on the track and in the classroom were matched by the energy she spent in volunteer roles. She is active in Pasta for Life, which supports St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Council. She served as a tutor in economics, assisted in grading calculus assignments and worked in the accounts payable office at Ohio Wesleyan University, all on a volunteer basis.

Sarah Shinn plans to attend Wake Forest University, in pursuit of a Master of Science in Accountancy.

Shinn was one of five outstanding nominees considered by the selection committee.

The other candidates include:

* Stephanie Boardman of Wittenberg University basketball

* Whitney Dropsey of Hiram College softball

Nora Erickson of Kenyon College soccer

Kymberly Wenz of The College of Wooster basketball

The NCAC Woman of the year Ward commemorates former Wittenberg women’s basketball Head Coach and Associate Director of Athletics Pam Smith who had a profound impact upon the athletes she coached and the students she taught over an illustrious career that spanned more than two decades. She was the architect of the women’s basketball program with the most wins and highest winning percentage in NCAC history through 2007. A 1999 Wittenberg Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee, Smith earned seven NCAC Coach of the Year awards and compiling a record of 401-170 after taking the reins of a struggling program prior to the 1986-87 season. She led the Tigers to eight NCAA Division III tournament appearances, twelve 20-win seasons and 11 NCAC regular season championship.

As the NCAC winner, Shinn will be nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA bestows. The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each NCAA conference, and independent institutions, can nominate one distinguished female student-athlete for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will meet in August to select the top 10 winners in each division. In September 2010, the selection committee will then evaluate the 30 honorees and choose the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the Woman of the Year. The Top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Division I, II and III will be honored and the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis October 17, 2010.

The “Wizard of Westwood” John Wooden dies at 99

compiled from staff, wire and UCLA news

John Wooden, known as a  gentleman as well as a kind person has died at age 99.

The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) said that Wooden died Friday night of natural causes at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he had been hospitlaized since May 26.

John Wooden, college basketball’s “Wizard of Westwood” built one of the greatest dynasties in all of  sports at UCLA and became one of the most famous and revered coaches ever.

John Wooden (indiana state photo)

With his signature rolled-up game program in hand game-after-game, Wooden led the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships, including an umatched streak of seven in a row from 1967 to 1973.

In 27 years, he won 620 games, including 88 straight during on stretch and coached many of the games greatest players such as Bill Walton, Lew Alcindor aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Vallely, Keith Wilkes to name a few.

Wooden began his career as a teacher during the Great Depression and was still teaching others long past his retirement. He was always a fixture at UCLA games played on the court named after him and his late wife, Nell.

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