Where Are They Now? Springs' Fulghum signs with Denver Cutthroats of CHL

Staff reports Updated: October 10, 2011 at 12:00 am • Published: October 10, 2011

This online-only feature curates releases and emails about area athletes, coaches and administrators who have gone on to compete elsewhere. Please email any such information (and photos) to sports@gazette.com and put WHEREARETHEYNOW in the subject line for future inclusion.


6/28/12

Luke Fulghum, Colorado Springs

The Denver Cutthroats announced they’ve signed forward, and Colorado Springs native, Luke Fulghum to their roster for their upcoming inaugural season in the Central Hockey League.

The University of Denver product will begin his ninth professional season in October, and has averaged nearly a point-per-game in that span – scoring 384 points in 391 contests.

“Luke is veteran forward who can put the puck in the net, and is coming home to continue his career,” said head coach Derek Armstrong.  “He’s a good, all-around player up front both passing and shooting.  And with him being from the area, our fans have another player they can connect with on and off the ice.”

After appearing in 161 games over four years at the University of Denver, the 31-year-old Fulghum (FUHL-juhm) spent his first three full seasons as a pro between the ECHL and American Hockey League, registering 58 goals and 49 assists in 170 contests. 

The 6-foot, 185-pound forward then shifted his game overseas, where he’s spent the past four years competing in the UK-based Elite Ice Hockey League.  From 2008-2012, he tallied 276 points (141 goals, 135 assists) in 219 EIHL games with three different clubs.  The upcoming season will be Fulghum’s first time competing professionally in North America since 2008.

Fulghum has appeared in 24 AHL games in his career with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  He played four years of junior hockey in the USHL – three with the Waterloo Black Hawks and his final campaign with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2000-01.

He becomes the second player signed by the Cutthroats this offseason, joining defenseman Aaron MacKenzie.


6/21/12

Will Percy, St. Mary's

Will Percy, a former All State, Gazette 1st teamer in 2008, just finished a fine four-year career at NCAA Division II Flagler College in St Augustine, Fla. Just recently the American Baseball Coaches Association awarded him with a Rawlings Gold Glove for the Southeast region NCAA Division 2. And he was runner-up nationally for the award. Percy was also awarded Defensive Player of the Year for Flagler.

2011 (JUNIOR): Played in 40 games with 35 starts, all at second base...Collected 23 hits including six doubles...Went 3-for-6 with a double, a run batted in and scored two runs vs. Valdosta State (Feb. 9)...Singled, doubled and scored two runs vs. Florida Tech (Feb. 4)...Singled twice and scored two runs at Florida Southern (Feb. 22)...Singled, doubled and scored a run at USC Aiken (Apr. 3).

2010 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 45 games with 44 starts...Batted .287 with 49 hits, 24 RBI and 33 runs...Went 3-for-5 with a triple, scored four runs and drove in two runs against Saint Xavier (Mar. 5)...Went 3-for-3 with two runs against Armstrong Atlantic (Apr. 24)...Drove in a season-high four runs twice...Had 14 multi-hit games...Had a six-game hitting streak three times.

2009 (FRESHMAN): Played in 37 games with 34 starts...Batted .323 with 42 hits and stole nine bases...Had 15 multi-hit games and also had an 11-game hitting streak...Had a season-high three hits and a game three times...Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and another driven in at Nova Southeastern (Feb. 28)...Went 2-for-5 with a double and four RBI vs. Bridgeport (Mar. 20). 

Erin Elsner, Vista Ridge

When Erin Elsner committed to Trinidad State Junior College to play soccer, it was through NCSA Athletic Recruiting.

If you would like more information about Erin, visit her recruiting profile at: http://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/clientrms/profile/recruiting_profile/863307



6/14/12

Trevor Lewis, Pikes Peak Miners

In 2002, Trevor Lewis arrived in Colorado Springs from Utah for an opportunity to develop and play on a national stage with the Pikes Peak Miners. On Monday night, the 25-year-old made history by capturing the Stanley Cup. During the final game, he netted two goals as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1.

During his first season with the Miners ('02-03), Lewis recorded 35 goals and 22 assists, and slowly started to gain recognition as a legitimate national prospect. The following season Lewis arrived. He once again led the Miners in scoring, more than doubling his point output from the previous season to 118 points in 70 games. A deceptively quick natural goal scorer, Lewis helped lead the Miners to a milestone 50-plus win season, and the program’s first top-10 national ranking.

The following season Lewis landed in the United States Hockey League with the Des Moines Buccaneers. After recording 22 points in 52 games his first season, he continued to remain committed to intensive training in the off-season, and returned only to display one of the most impressive performances in USHL history. In his second junior season, Lewis tallied 75 points (35 goals-40 assists), helped lead his team to a Clark Cup Championship, was named USHL player of year, and captured the Curt Hammer Award. The Curt Hammer Award has been presented annually since the 1988-89 season and recognizes the USHL player who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, leadership, pride, and determination.

A month later, Lewis was selected in the first round of the NHL draft (17th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings. After spending several seasons with the Kings affiliate club in Manchester (AHL), in 2010 Lewis became a regular in the NHL. This season he found his niche, averaging close to 15 minutes per game, which included playing a key role on the penalty kill, which recorded an impressive 92.1 percent success rate during the playoffs. In total, Lewis finished the 2012 post-season with 9 points in 20 games (3 goals and 6 assists).

Even more fitting was the fact that two of Trevor’s former Pikes Peak Miners teammates shared the ice with his parents after winning the cup. Kyle Gover and Mike Testwuide were on hand to witness this historic night (http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/19335156/video-kings-trevor-lewis-celebrates-winning-the-cup-with-family-friends). The following morning, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported the following: “It’s crazy, it’s insane," said Salt Lake City’s Kyle Gover, a longtime friend who attended the game and savored those goals. "Trevor had a fantastic game. He was working hard, and it’s good to see him get rewarded."

Lewis will continue to pave the way for Miners players for years to come. His hard work, dedication, and passion to the sport culminated with hockey’s top prize. He is proof that players from the Rocky Mountain region that take advantage of developmental opportunities in the Pikes Peak Miners program can achieve the ultimate dream of hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Jeff Dimmen, Pikes Peak Miners

At every level in hockey, Jeff Dimmen has excelled.  As a former CSAHA Jr. Tiger and Pikes Peak Miner, Dimmen has led teams from squirts through midgets.  He was a part of the Tigers Pee-Wee AA national championship tournament appearance, and played a key role in the historic 50-plus game-winning season with the Miners in 2003-04. In 2007, he was a leading member of the Tier 2 Junior A national champions St. Louis Bandits. After a successful career at the University of Maine where he served as a captain, in 2011 Dimmen signed a pro contract with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.  

On June 9, the Admirals completed a storybook 2011-12 season by capturing the franchise’s first Calder Cup championship with a 6-1 win over the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.  The Calder Cup is the AHL version of the Stanley Cup.

The Admirals, the top development team of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, finished off a four-game sweep of the Marlies in the Calder Cup Finals. After completing the regular season with a professional hockey record 28-game winning streak, Norfolk went 15-3 in the postseason to finish with 70 victories in 94 games overall, including 43 in their final 46 games of the year. In his rookie season, Dimmen appeared in 70 games for the Admirals, tallying 18 points (3 goals and 15 assists), including an assist in the playoffs.  

As the assistant captain for the final two seasons of his collegiate career for University of Maine Black Bears, Dimmen earned the 2010 Shawn Walsh Defensive Player of the Year award and earned a spot on the 2010 Hockey East Second team. He was co-winner of the Hockey East Top Scholar-Athlete award after posting 4.0 grade point average in senior year, and led the U. of Maine in game-winning goals (3) during the 2008-09 season. 

The Jr. Tigers and Miners organization is proud to boast the accomplishments of one its most successful members, and looks forward to witnessing more displays of excellence by Dimmen to come.  


6/8/12

Steven Leonard, Palmer Ridge

Steven Leonard earned a baseball scholarship to attend one of the top Junior College Baseball Colleges. Iowa Western Community College.  He is a freshman catcher and outfielder. Recently, Iowa Western won the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction.

His stats: Catcher/Outfield – AB-120, R40, H-49, 2B-13, 3B-2, RBI-24, K-0, BB-7, SB-5

BA-.408, OBP-.448

The Iowa Western Community College Reivers won the Junior College World Series title 6-5 over San Jacinto (Texas) College-North. It was the second straight time the Reivers defeated the Gators to win the title. Iowa Western also took the crown in 2010.

http://www.gjsentinel.com/sports/videos/reivers-win-juco

Latika Clanton, Coronado

Fort Hays State University head volleyball coach Kurt Kohler announced the signing of five more players for the 2012 season. The signings are Lauren Lorenz, Aubrie VanSteenburg, Latika Clanton, Sarah Mamot, and Summer Alford. These five join Mallory Flagor as the six newcomers to the program in 2012, after Flagor inked with the Tigers in the early signing period of the 2011-12 school year. Lorenz is a junior transfer, while the remaining five will be freshmen in 2012.

Clanton comes to the program from Coronado High School. As a senior in 2011, she was named a Colorado Class 4A All-State Second Team selection. She was selected to participate in the Colorado All-State Game for volleyball and helped her team to a state runner-up finish in 2011. She also garnered all-state academic honors during her prep career. Clanton has good all-around ability and could help the Tigers at the outside hitter position or as a defensive specialist.


6/1/12

Boris Berian, Widefield

Various Adams State athletes

For the first time in Adams State history on Saturday night the Grizzly men celebrated a team title.

Never before in the school history had any Adams State track and field team topped the field at a national championship meet, but the Grizzly men changed that on Saturday as the a trio of point scorers in the men's 5,000 meter run secured at least a share of the team title. Those points boosed the ASU lead to 10 points over second place Lincoln (Mo.), and as the Blue Tigers crossed the line third in the final event of the meet, the 4x400 meter relay, the massive Grizzly cheering section let out a roar as the team title was secured.

The final tally had ASU on top of the field with 77 points, followed by Lincoln with 73. Third place was shared by St. Augustine's and Western State with 54 points apiece, and Abilene Christian rounded out the top five with 50.

With the win, the Grizzlies became the first men's team to take home the DII team title besides Abielene Christian or St. Augustine's since 1980.

In all, ASU's men took home 13 all-American accolades and claimed two individual national titles, both on Saturday from senior Drew Graham in the 1500 meter run, and freshman Boris Berian in the 800 meter run. Berian, the indoor champ this winter at 800 meters, is now a 2-time national champion.

The men's 4x100 team then posted a seventh best time of 41.13 seconds as action got under way on the track for the Grizzly men. The foursome of freshman Derek Brown, senior Rushane Scott, senior Justin Cropper (Fountain) and freshman Justin Smit (Monument) had qualified for the final with the eight best time in the prelims.

A furious men's 800 final didn't break until 200 meters remained. Berian came on strong from the inside down the final stretch for his second national title, while Graham, who had completed his 1500 meter title defense just one hour earlier moved up to third down the homestretch before fading to fifth. Berian's winning time was clocked at 1:54.45 with Graham crossing in 1:56.38.

Redshirt-freshman Tabor Stevens (Canon City), fresh off a third place effort in the 3,000 meter steeplechase Friday, added a final point with an eight place finish in 15:26.44 in the 10,000, while junior David Sanchez narrowly missed out on all-American honors with a ninth place race in a time of 15:32.04.

Wind wreaked havoc on runners throughout the three-day meet, and saw the slowest ever winning times clocked at both 10,000 and 5,000 meters for the men.

The team title ensured ASU at least one DII team title in every year since 2000, and wrapped up the program's third straight U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Program of the Year title in as many years of the award's existence.

Bobby Burling, Lewis-Palmer

If Bobby Burling ends up playing on the Rapids backline, it will be a long, round-about landing where he started. The former Colorado Springs prep standout, who went on to play for Chivas USA and San Jose, last week played a full 90 minutes for the Rapids’ reserve side, the Denver Post reported.

Burling, 27, is on trial with Colorado, after leaving Montreal because of a contract dispute. The Impact, though, still carry his rights, so the Rapids can’t sign him without some kind of trade. The Rapids have an unsettled backline, with an injury to Marvell Wynne throwing them for a loop. Six players have played among the defense this season.

Burling played in 71 MLS games since entering the league in 2007, and was selected by the Impact in the 2011 MLS expansion draft. When things didn’t work out there, he went on trial with Belgian squad Sint-Truiden earlier this month and, before that, trialed with Kickers Offenbach of the German third division.

Burling would likely relish a chance with the Rapids.

Matt Moore, Air Academy

Matt Moore, a senior catcher at Webster University, was named first team all-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and to the NCAA D-III Central Region All Tourney Team.  The Webster University Baseball Team recently competed in the NCAA D-III World Series for the first time in the school's history.

5/24/12

Christine Anderson, Lewis-Palmer

Washington College freshman outfielder/pitcher Christine Anderson concluded her first season with the Washington College softball team.  She started in all 40 games she played in for the Shorewomen in 2012.

Anderson, an all-Centennial Conference second-team selection, batted a team high .375 with 13 RBIs. She had a team best 54 hits and tied for second on the team in total bases with 61.  She finished tied for seventh in the conference in batting. 

In the circle, she went 0-0 with an 8.75 ERA in three appearances where she pitched four innings. She struck out one batter.

The Shorewomen finished 21-20 and 11-5 in the Centennial Conference.  The 21 victories tied the program’s best for wins in a year with the 1997 and 2011 teams.  The team reached the championship round of the Centennial Conference Tournament for the first time ever. The team had its first winning season since 2005.

Ashley Willis, Coronado

Ashley Willis is playing for the Seattle Sounders team this summer before returning to the University of Alabama for her senior year.

Katherine Slogic, Liberty

Dr. Katherine Slogic, a 2004 Liberty High School graduate and a 2008 Air Force graduate, graduated from medical school at the Uniform Services of the Health Sciences University on May 19, 2012.  She will move to San Antonio to complete her anesthesiology internship and residency. Katherine was the 2004 Metro Area soccer player of the year as well as a Colorado All-State player in her junior and senior years. Katherine was a four-year starter on the USAFA women's soccer team as well as a MWC All Academic Team member in her junior and senior years.

Bobby Burling, Lewis-Palmer

Bobby Burling is a member of the Colorado Rapids Reserve team.


5/10/12

Anthony Hincy, Pine Creek

Doane College senior shortstop Anthony Hincy was named as the co-GPAC Player-of-the-Year.  Hincy helped lead Doane to their second straight regular season conference title.  Doane heads into the NAIA National Opening Round Tournament on Thursday when they face Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Marion, Ind.

Joining Hincy as a First Team All-GPAC selection were outfielder Mike Albert, catcher Anthony Dunn (Papillion), starting pitchers Chance Brull and Tim Carlson along with relief pitcher Nathan Roth.

Named Second Team All-GPAC for the Tigers were third baseman Ethan Schroeder, outfielder Thomas Albert  and starting pitcher Elliott Engle.  Receiving honorable mention honors were designated hitter Andres Rivera and relief pitcher Brandon Stennis.

Three Tigers also earned Gold Glove honors for their efforts on the defensive side.  Hincy was recognized as the top defensive shortstop in the conference for the third straight year.  Mike Albert received his second honor in right field while Dunn was honored for the first time behind the plate.

Doane Head Coach Jeremy Jorgensen was also honored by the conference coaches, named the GPAC Coach-of-the-Year for the first time in his five years at Doane.  He is the first Doane baseball coach to receive this honor.

Mitch Magrini, Cheyenne Mountain

The Doane Tiger men's track and field team claimed their fifth straight Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) outdoor title as they scored 234 points on the day. The outdoor championships were held in Lincoln this year at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The Prairie Wolves finished second at the championships with 150 points.

Mitch Magrini was fifth in the javelin.


5/4/12

Chucky Jeffery, Sierra

Junior track phenom Shalaya Kipp earned the Colorado-Boulder Female Athlete of the Year Award honor.  Kipp led the Buffs in every race this season for the cross country team, helping the Buffs to an upset victory at the Pac-12 Championships, allowing CU to sweep the championships and claim the school’s first two conference championships in its new league. She won the Rocky Mountain Shootout with the 10th fastest time in course history and was fourth both at the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA Regionals, with the Buffaloes also won.  She earned first-team All-Pac-12 and first-team All-Region honors. 

Kipp, who ran the fastest collegiate time in the steeplechase, topped Erika Ghent (skiing), Chucky Jeffery (basketball) and Alex Stewart (golf) for the honor.


4/26/12

Chris Knowlton, Colorado Springs

John Ryder, Rampart

A pair of former Colorado Springs residents were among the award winners at the University of Denver hockey postseason awards night.

Junior co-captain Drew Shore (Denver) was named Most Valuable Player, Best Offensive Player and Three Stars of the Game Point Leader as the University of Denver celebrated its 56th Annual Hockey Awards Evening tonight at the Cable Center on the DU campus.

The Pioneers (25-14-4) advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional and played in the WCHA Final Five championship game for the second consecutive season. DU advanced to its school-record fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament and joined Michigan as the lone teams in college hockey to post 11 consecutive 20-win seasons. The Pioneers also landed 18 members on the All-WCHA Academic Team.

In addition, the Pioneers said goodbye to seniors Nate Dewhurst, Dustin Jackson, John Lee, John Ryder (Colorado Springs), Luke Salazar (Thornton) and student assistant coach David Carle, as well as Drew Shore and sophomores Jason Zucker and Beau Bennett, who signed pro contracts with Florida, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, respectively.

The DU senior class of 2012 became the second in school history to play in four NCAA tournaments. The seniors finished their careers with 100 wins, two Denver Cup Classic titles and one WCHA regular-season title.

Shore earned the Bill Masterton Memorial Award (MVP) for his leadership on and off the ice. Shore tied a career high with 53 points (22g, 31a) and tied for first in the nation with 11 power-play goals and finished second with seven game-winning goals. He became the 94th member of the Pioneer Century Club for 100-point scorers with a five-point effort on Jan. 13 against Bemidji State.

Sam Brittain earned the Dr. Ralph Verploeg Award for most inspirational player for his strong return in net after missing the first 25 games of the season with a knee injury. While sidelined, Brittain’s attitude and determination permeated the locker room. Brittain went 8-4 with a 2.36 goals against average and .932 save percentage in 12 games. He also recorded a school record 67 saves in the Pioneers’ double-overtime victory over Minnesota Duluth in the WCHA Final Five semifinals.

HCA National Rookie of the Year and WCHA Rookie of the Year Joey LaLeggia earned the Barry Sharp Memorial Award as top freshman, while junior Chris Knowlton (Colorado Springs) won the Murray Armstrong Award as most improved player.

Salazar earned the Dr. Ken Bredesen Award for sportsmanship, while freshman Larkin Jacobson earned the Dr. Art Mason Memorial Award as top scholar-athlete.

All-WCHA Rookie Team and All-INCH Rookie Team goaltender Juho Olkinuora  netted the Keith Magnuson Memorial Award as best defensive player and fellow netminder Adam Murray earned the Bob Martin Memorial Award for community service.

DU Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Nancy Sampson recognized DU's 18 All-WCHA Academic honorees and four WCHA Scholar-Athlete winners. Beau Bennett, Brittain, Carle, Dewhurst, Jackson, Knowlton, Lee, David Makowski, Jarrod Mermis, Murray, Dan Olszewski, Shawn Ostrow, Paul Phillips, Ryder, Salazar, Nick Shore (Denver), Drew Shore and Zucker were all honored for earning a 3.0 GPA or better this season. In addition, Bennett, Olszewski, Ostrow and Phillips were recognized for GPA's of 3.5 or better.

Head coach George Gwozdecky concluded the evening by naming Phillips as team captain for the 2012-13 Pioneers. Nick Shore, Knowlton and Ostrow will serve as the alternate captains.

Chucky Jeffery, Sierra

Chucky Jeffery, a junior on the women’s basketball team and Shannon Sharpe, a junior-to-be on the men’s basketball squad, joined Caroline Danneberg, a senior soccer player, as the winners of the Most Improved Student-Athlete Awards for the University of Colorado-Boulder. 

4/19/12

Roy Barnett, Air Academy

Roy Barnett, a 2011 high school graduate, was honored with the Most Improved Swimmer Award for the Luther College Swimming and Diving Team of 2011-12. He was also presented his first letter. Both awards were presented at the Luther College awards banquet held April 15.

Barnett helped lead Luther to a second place finish at the season ending Liberal Arts Championships. The Norse also captured an eighth consecutive Iowa Conference team title and posted a dual meet record of 6-2

Barnett is the son of Brian and Susan Barnett of Colorado Springs. 

Luther College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and is located in Decorah, Iowa.

Chantall Cross, Sierra

Alex Ochoa, Fountain Valley

The 2011-2012 basketball season will be a season to remember for the Otero Junior College Lady Rattlers. While still enjoying the tremendous success of winning their first Region IX championship, finishing No. 8 in the nation at the National Tournament and posting the most successful season in the program’s history, with a record of 33-3, the Lady Rattlers recently learned that they had been awarded the Sportsmanship Award at the NJCAA National Tournament.

“The award was not announced at the National Tournament,” said Head Coach Taylor Wagner, “so we were completely surprised last week when we got the call and the plaque arrived on campus. What a great honor this is for our team. This team has always conducted itself with class and those of us close to the team recognize that fact, but to have their sportsmanship recognized by others at the National Tournament is an outstanding accomplishment,” said Wagner.

The Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Award is voted on by the tournament staff and the referees. Alberta Lee Cox was the first woman to coach a U.S. Olympic team sport and the first woman to coach a U.S. women's basketball team on foreign soil. This award is given on her behalf at the NJCAA National Women’s Tournament to the team that has shown exemplary and outstanding sportsmanship skills throughout the championship tournament.

Jim Rizzuto, president of Otero Junior College, attended the National Tournaments, held March 20-24 in Kansas. Reflecting on the experience, Rizzuto said that the college and community can be proud of how OJC’s student athletes represented them at the tournaments.

“The sportsmanship awards that the women’s team and Brandon Harris brought home are without a doubt well-deserved,” said Rizzuto. “I have never known a group of student athletes who exemplified sportsmanship like this year’s teams did. They play and study hard and they do it with the utmost of class and dignity. We congratulate the members of the teams and their coaches for truly epitomizing what is good about collegiate athletics,” said Rizzuto.

 

Chucky Jeffery, Sierra

The University of Colorado women's basketball team celebrated the 2011-12 season with its annual awards banquet attended by nearly 200 school administrators, family members, donors and fans Sunday afternoon at the Byron R. White Club Level of Folsom Field.

Junior Chucky Jeffery received the Lisa Van Goor rebounding award after leading the Buffaloes at eight boards per contest. The award was presented by Van Goor, CU's all-time leading rebounder. Jeffery ranked eighth in the Pac-12 Conference in rebounding and her 280 boards were the most ever by a CU guard in a single season and overall the ninth-best total in team history. Jeffery had 10 double-figure rebounding games – all double-doubles -- including a career-high 17 in the WNIT win over Villanova.

Coach Lappe also presented Jeffery with a commemorative ball representing her 1,000th career point milestone.

Jeffery and classmate Meagan Malcolm-Peck shared the Defensive MVP award. Jeffery was named to the coaches Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, ranking fifth in the league in steals at 2.3 per game, and improving her average to 2.7 during conference contests. Malcolm-Peck was routinely called upon by the staff to guard the opponent’s best offensive player and could handle both front and back court players. She collected 16 blocks, 15 steals and ranked fourth on the team in rebounding at 4.1 per game.

The Buffaloes ushered in the Pac-12 era with a 21-14 overall record in 2011-12; the school’s first 20-win season in eight years, advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2012 Postseason WNIT.

Wes McKenzie, Liberty

Moorpark College’s Coltrane Powdrill and Otero Junior College’s Lucas Archuleta and Wes McKenzie all signed a National Letter of Intents to continue their collegiate academic and basketball careers at Fort Lewis College, Skyhawk head coach Bob Hofman announced.

McKenzie, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wing, helped the Otero Rattlers win the NJCAA Region IX title and advance to the national tournament as a sophomore. He earned All-Region IX third team and regional all-tournament honors for Otero, which went 30-6 and advanced to the NJCAA Elite Eight. McKenzie scored a team-high 16 points against Casper in the Region IX title game and led the region in three-point percentage (47.3 percent, 35 of 74). He averaged 10.4 points, 3.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals during his sophomore campaign.

“We are thrilled to have Wes join our program,” said Hofman. “Wes is a tremendous competitor, plays extremely hard, and is a great leader. His ability to play hard on both ends of the floor will really help our basketball team.  Wes is a winner … he was a captain on an outstanding team this year. He comes from a great junior college program and has been coached well. It is always nice to add another in-state player, as we have always prided ourselves on winning with Colorado players. We believe Wes will help us continue our successful tradition at Fort Lewis.”

A 2010 graduate of Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., McKenzie was a three-time all-state performer in basketball and football, starting at shooting guard and wide receiver for the Lancers.

The son of Scott and Tina McKenzie of Colorado Springs, McKenzie plans to major in Exercise Science at Fort Lewis.


4/12/12

Tyler Helton,  Pikes Peak Miners


Former Miners standout forward, Tyler Helton, has committed to play his NCAA D-1 hockey at the University of Connecticut beginning in the fall of 2012.

Tyler played as a Colorado Springs Jr. Tiger from mini-mites through bantams, before moving into the Pikes Peak Miners Midget AAA program. Helton played two seasons for the Miners 16UAAA team where he began developing into a skilled power forward. In his second season, Tyler was the team captain and led the Miners in scoring. Helton then moved up to 18UAAA where he was an integral part of the Miners 2009 Colorado State Championship team which earned a number 12 ranking in the country. "I am extremely happy for Tyler, he worked really hard, persevered, and earned every bit of that college scholarship. He wants to be a hockey player and is an excellent kid," said Miners head coach Greg Vanover.

Tyler has played his last three junior seasons in the Alberta Junior League with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and Drayton Valley Thunder. Tyler finished the 2011/2012 season eighth overall in scoring while posting 20 goals, 46 assists, for 66 total points and 54 penalty minutes. "Tyler has a knack for scoring. He was excellent around the net and had the ability to finish. I expect that he will bring the same types of numbers to UConn simply because he works so hard" said Vanover. In 188 games in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Helton amassed 61 goals, 100 assists, and 175 penalty minutes.

Kelly Stevens, Pine Creek

Melanie Niehus, Air Academy

Pacific 18, Concordia (Wis.) 10

Carmen Taplin came up big for Pacific with a seven-goal performance, scoring five of those in a dominant second half as the Boxers finished their Midwestern road trip with an 18-10 victory over Concordia (Wis.) in women’s lacrosse action at Fitting Field.

Brooke Painter scored three goals in her best game in a Pacific uniform this far, matching the three goals of Melanie Niehus.  Kelly Stevens  added two goals and four assists, tying her own single game assist record set last season. 

Concordia opened the game with a 3-1 lead, with Reiter scoring the opening goal and the third goal of the game 10 minutes in.  Pacific took control from there, using three straight strikes from Niehus, two off of Stevens assists, to pace a five-goal run.  Killingbeck closed the run with her unassisted strike at the 12:11 mark, giving Pacific a 6-3 lead.

Carthage 15, Pacific 7

Mayhugh scored three goals for the second straight game, but Pacific's offense had little answers for a tight Carthage defense as the Lady Reds downed the Boxers 15-7 in women's lacrosse action at Art Keller Field.

Kelly Stevens added two goals and an assist while Kacey Killingbeck and Jenna Nickle scored one goal each.

The two teams traded goals in the first two minutes before the Lady Reds took control with a string of five unanswered goals.  Olivia Nino started the run with her unassisted strike at the 24:44 mark. By the time Lauren Chatham tallied with 7:22 left, Carthage owned a 6-1 lead.  Stevens ended the run with her goal with six minutes left and Mayhugh tallied on a free-position shot with 14 seconds left.  Ceis responded with a goal with two seconds left to give Carthage a 9-3 halftime lead.

Carthage outscored Pacific 3-1 over the first 14 minutes of the second half before the Boxers tallied their first back-to-back goals of the game.  Stevens scored with 15:44 to go and Nickle tallied for the Boxers with 13:07 left. 

Pacific 13, North Central (Ill.) 9

A trio of Pacific players scored three goals each as the Boxers held off a furious second half rally by North Central (Ill.) to win the first game of their Midwest trip, 13-9, in women's lacrosse action at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

Kelly Stevens, Kacey Killingbeck and Carmen Taplin all tallied three goals to lead the Boxers offensively. Stevens and Killingbeck scored all of their goals in a first half that saw the Boxers jump out to a commanding 10-3 halftime lead.

Stevens also added two assists and a school record 11 draw controls, breaking her own record of nine draw controls, which she shared in the 2011 season with Sydney Vincent and Kaitlyn Harper.


4/6/12

Adam Link, Falcon

The Otero Junior College Rattler men’s first matchup at the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. was against Wabash College on March 21, where they secured a win, 64-62 and advanced to the tournament’s Elite 8. Their next opponent was NW Florida College on March 22. The Rattlers dropped that game 77-71. Their final game of the tournament was against Columbia State Community College (Tenn.) where they lost to the Charges 79-67

At the conclusion of the tournament, Adam Link, a 6-6 forward was named to the National All-Tournament Team.

Chucky Jeffery, Sierra

Colorado’s perimeter shooting was as good as it’s been all season. Unfortunately, Oklahoma State’s inside game, combined with timely outside shooting of its own, was just a little better.

Colorado drained 15 3-pointers and Chucky Jeffery recorded her second career triple-double but Oklahoma State’s inside presence was the difference as the Cowgirls defeated the Buffaloes 78-70 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 WNIT Sunday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Colorado’s season ends at 21-14 while OSU (20-12) moved on to the semifinals.

Jeffery ran the offense smoothly, helping the Buffaloes to their best point total since a 77-59 win over Weber State on Dec. 17. She finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and tied a career high with 10 assists, her second career double-double and third in team history.

Colorado finishes the season at 21-14, its best win total since finishing the 2003-04 season at 22-8.

Chucky Jeffery recorded her second career triple double and just the third in CU history. She tied a career-high with 10 assists. It was just the second triple-double in the Pac-12 Conference this season, joining UCLA’s Markel Walker, and the 13th in the nation heading into Sunday’s games.

Jeffery averaged 15.8 points and 11.8 rebounds during the WNIT. She also had four of season’s 10 double-doubles in the last six games and three straight to end the season. Jeffery now has 20 career double-doubles.

Jeffery’s 541 points rank as the ninth highest single-season total in team history. She also finished her season fourth in minutes played (1,161), fifth in field-goal attempts (474), seventh in steals (82), eighth in field-goals made (211), ninth in rebounds (280) and 11th in assists (133).

Kelly Stevens, Pine Creek

Melanie Niehus, Air Academy

Pacific 18, Millsaps 4

For the second time on their three-game road trip, Pacific showed little southern hospitality to their hosts Wednesday as the Boxers posted an 18-4 blowout over Millsaps Wednesday in women's lacrosse action at Harper Harris Field.

The Boxers (4-4) proved quite dominant over the Majors (3-8), limiting the hosts to one first half goal while outshooting them 35-17 for the contest.  Seven different players scored goals, led by another five-goal performance by Kelly Stevens.  Stevens also added four assists, tying her own record, which she set last year against Morrisville State.

Kasey Killingbeck tallied four goals, Brooke Painter scored three and Melanie Niehus and Carmen Taplin each scored two.

Pacific opened the game by scoring the first six goals, including back-to-back strikes from Stevens that came within 13 seconds of each other in the eighth minute of the contest. Painter, Killingbeck and Niehus all followed with goals that gave Pacific their 6-0 lead with 14:30 left in the half.

Page broke up the run with her unassisted goal at the 13:01 mark before the Boxers closed the frame with five straight scores.  Stevens had two of the goals, including the last of the half with 1:34 left to give Pacific an 11-1 halftime lead.

Pacific 11, Whittier 8

Pacific put an appropriate period on Whittier’s three-game Northwest road trip Friday, getting through a physical contest to write off the Poets 11-8 in women’s lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Kelly Stevens led Pacific in scoring for the third straight contest with three goals.  Melanie Niehus and Kasey Killingbeck each scored.

Whittier opened the game by scoring two goals in the first seven minutes, but a tough Pacific defense made sure that goals would be few and far in between from that point.  Stevens doubled up the Poets 4-2 with her free-position shot with 8:33.

Plymouth State 22, Pacific 9

Amy Mayhugh's four goals were not enough to neutralize a balanced Plymouth State scoring attack Saturday as the Panthers romped to a 22-9 win over the Boxers in a neutral site women's lacrosse match played at the University of Dallas.

Kelly Stevens also scored a goal. 

Kelly Browne, Air Academy

Kaeli Vandersluis, Coronado

Four members of the Colorado College women’s soccer team earned Conference USA’s highest academic award, the Commissioner’s Academic Medal, while a total of 22 Tigers were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for their excellence in the classroom during the 2011-12 academic year.

The medal winners were among the 22 Tigers who earned spots on the honor roll by virtue of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Both totals represent all-time highs for CC, which has competed as an affiliate member of the conference since 2006.

In addition to the four Commissioner’s Academic Medal winners, among the other 18 Tigers named to the honor roll were:

Senior defender Kelly Browne and freshman midfielder Kaeli Vandersluis.

Ryan Marshall, CSCS

Ava Hildenbrandt, Pine Creek

The Colorado School of Mines had a total of 22 athletes (men and women) earn Academic All-RMAC honors in the sport of indoor track & field as announced by the conference office.

Included were:

Name  Hometown    Year  GPA   Major Team

Ryan Marshall     Colorado Springs, Colo. Junior      4.00  Metallurgical & Material Engineering First

Ava Hildenbrandt  Colorado Springs, Colo. Sophomore   4.00  Chemistry   Honor Roll

Brett Green, Peyton

Green, for Colorado School of Mines, was named to the 2012 Division II Bulletin Men's Basketball All-America third team.

Jeannie Folan, Fountain Valley

Forty-two Hamilton College student-athletes were recognized by the New England Small College Athletic Conference when the conference announced its 2011-12 winter all-academic team.

Each honoree is a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. The student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing at his or her institution to be considered for honors. Transfer students must have completed one year of study at the institution.

Women's Swimming & Diving: Jeannie Folan

 

3/24/12

Christina Whitelaw, St. Mary's

Jessika Stratton Caldwell, Coronado, UCCS

It was an uphill battle that started with a 20-hour bus trip to Winona Lake, Ind. Since then, Colorado Christian Women's Basketball looked past their number eight seed - and fought past teams that others might have thought they had no chance beating. The number one seed - beat them 67-56. Number five (the home team) - cruised to a 66-53 win. Finally, came a match-up against second-seeded Cedarville in the Championship game. The Cougars took that one in stride too, and after 40 minutes and a 62-44 win, CCU owned the NCCAA DI title, the first National Champion crown earned by any Colorado Christian program in University history.

Though NCCAA Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Christina Whitelaw was limited to seven points, sophomore guard BJ Moyes stepped up big. Playing clutch on her birthday, the Canberra, Australia native exploded for four makes from downtown on her way to a game-high 19 points. For her efforts, Moyes joined Whitelaw on the 2012 All-Tournament team.

As had been the case all week, Colorado Christian's defense proved too much for the Yellow Jackets as the game wore on. Though out of the gates, CU seemed to have little trouble with Christian's pesky press, the Cougars stayed aggressive and eventually wore the Cedarville squad down. Unable to score from behind the arc (the Jackets went a dismal 1-for-13), CU's woes extended inside, as the favorite shot a meager 29% from the field. Just 16 Jacket shots found the bottom of the net, as CU managed ten fewer attempts that did the Cougars.

Colorado Christian also had their hand in 22 Cedarville turnovers.

Caldwell is an assistant coach.

Moyes and Whitelaw led that assault, combining for eight of Christian's 16 steals.

Whitelaw was also given honorable mention for the Daktronics Division II all-American team.

Adam Link, Falcon

The Otero Junior College Rattler men’s first matchup at the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. was against Wabash College on March 21, where they secured a win, 64-62 and advanced to the tournament’s Elite 8. Their next opponent was NW Florida College on March 22. The Rattlers dropped that game 77-71. Their final game of the tournament was against Columbia State Community College (Tenn.) where they lost to the Charges 79-67.

At the conclusion of the tournament, Adam Link, a 6-6 forward was named to the National All-Tournament Team.

Chucky Jeffery, Sierra

Colorado’s perimeter shooting was as good as it’s been all season. Unfortunately, Oklahoma State’s inside game, combined with timely outside shooting of its own, was just a little better.

Colorado drained 15 3-pointers and Chucky Jeffery recorded her second career triple-double but Oklahoma State’s inside presence was the difference as the Cowgirls defeated the Buffaloes 78-70 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 WNIT Sunday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Colorado’s season ends at 21-14 while OSU (20-12) moves on to host San Diego, 58-47 winners over Washington, on Wednesday in the semifinals.

Jeffery ran the offense smoothly, helping the Buffaloes to their best point total since a 77-59 win over Weber State on Dec. 17. She finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and tied a career high with 10 assists, her second career double-double and third in team history.

Colorado finishes the season at 21-14, its best win total since finishing the 2003-04 season at 22-8.

Chucky Jeffery recorded her second career triple double and just the third in CU history. She tied a career-high with 10 assists. It was just the second triple-double in the Pac-12 Conference this season, joining UCLA’s Markel Walker, and the 13th in the nation heading into Sunday’s games.

Jeffery averaged 15.8 points and 11.8 rebounds during the WNIT. She also had four of season’s 10 double-doubles in the last six games and three straight to end the season. Jeffery now has 20 career double-doubles.

Jeffery’s 541 points rank as the ninth highest single-season total in team history. She also finished her season fourth in minutes played (1,161), fifth in field-goal attempts (474), seventh in steals (82), eighth in field-goals made (211), ninth in rebounds (280) and 11th in assists (133).

 

Kelly Stevens, Pine Creek

Melanie Niehus, Air Academy

Pacific 18, Millsaps 4

For the second time on their three-game road trip, Pacific showed little southern hospitality to their hosts Wednesday as the Boxers posted an 18-4 blowout over Millsaps Wednesday in women's lacrosse action at Harper Harris Field.

The Boxers (4-4) proved quite dominant over the Majors (3-8), limiting the hosts to one first half goal while outshooting them 35-17 for the contest.  Seven different players scored goals, led by another five-goal performance by Kelly Stevens.  Stevens also added four assists, tying her own record, which she set last year against Morrisville State.

Kasey Killingbeck tallied four goals, Brooke Painter scored three and Melanie Niehus and Carmen Taplin each scored two.

Pacific opened the game by scoring the first six goals, including back-to-back strikes from Stevens that came within 13 seconds of each other in the eighth minute of the contest. Painter, Killingbeck and Niehus all followed with goals that gave Pacific their 6-0 lead with 14:30 left in the half.

Page broke up the run with her unassisted goal at the 13:01 mark before the Boxers closed the frame with five straight scores.  Stevens had two of the goals, including the last of the half with 1:34 left to give Pacific an 11-1 halftime lead.

Pacific 11, Whittier 8

Pacific put an appropriate period on Whittier’s three-game Northwest road trip Friday, getting through a physical contest to write off the Poets 11-8 in women’s lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Kelly Stevens led Pacific in scoring for the third straight contest with three goals.  Melanie Niehus and Kasey Killingbeck each scored.

Whittier opened the game by scoring two goals in the first seven minutes, but a tough Pacific defense made sure that goals would be few and far in between from that point.  Stevens doubled up the Poets 4-2 with her free-position shot with 8:33.

Plymouth State 22, Pacific 9

Amy Mayhugh's four goals were not enough to neutralize a balanced Plymouth State scoring attack Saturday as the Panthers romped to a 22-9 win over the Boxers in a neutral site women's lacrosse match played at the University of Dallas.

Kelly Stevens also scored a goal. 

 

Kelly Browne, Air Academy

Kaeli Vandersluis, Coronado

Four members of the Colorado College women’s soccer team earned Conference USA’s highest academic award, the Commissioner’s Academic Medal, while a total of 22 Tigers were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for their excellence in the classroom during the 2011-12 academic year.

The medal winners were among the 22 Tigers who earned spots on the honor roll by virtue of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Both totals represent all-time highs for CC, which has competed as an affiliate member of the conference since 2006.

In addition to the four Commissioner’s Academic Medal winners, among the other 18 Tigers named to the honor roll were:

Senior defender Kelly Browne and freshman midfielder Kaeli Vandersluis.

 

Ryan Marshall, CSCS

Ava Hildenbrandt, Pine Creek

The Colorado School of Mines had a total of 22 athletes (men and women) earn Academic All-RMAC honors in the sport of indoor track & field as announced by the conference office.

Included were:

Name  Hometown    Year  GPA   Major Team

Ryan Marshall     Colorado Springs, Colo. Junior      4.00  Metallurgical & Material Engineering First

Ava Hildenbrandt  Colorado Springs, Colo. Sophomore   4.00  Chemistry   Honor Roll

 

Brett Green, Peyton

Green, for Colorado School of Mines, was named to the 2012 Division II Bulletin Men's Basketball All-America third team.

 

Jeannie Folan, Fountain Valley

Forty-two Hamilton College student-athletes were recognized by the New England Small College Athletic Conference when the conference announced its 2011-12 winter all-academic team.

Each honoree is a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. The student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing at his or her institution to be considered for honors. Transfer students must have completed one year of study at the institution.

 

Women's Swimming & Diving: Jeannie Folan

Brett Green, Peyton

Colorado School of Mines junior Brett Green was one of 16 players to be named to the 2012 NABC Coaches Division II All-America Team when the squad was released on Thursday afternoon. 

Green becomes the first player in program history to earn All-American honors from two different publications or associations after earning Second Team All-American honors from the Basketball Times earlier this week. The 2011-12 RMAC/Baden Player of the Year, Green was also named NABC First Team All-District, First Team Daktronics All-Region and unanimous First Team All-RMAC. 

The Peyton native also landed spots on the RMAC All-Tournament Team and Central Region All-Tournament team this season after leading the Orediggers to a 29-3 overall record and the school's first berth in the NCAA Division II Central Region Championship game. The team also won its second-straight RMAC regular season championship, its first-ever RMAC Shootout title and secured its first No. 1 national ranking.

Green averaged 15.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and shot 48 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3-point land and 87 percent from the foul line – the latter of the three being the 25th-best number in the country. 

He scored 10 or more points in 29 of 32 ballgames, including seven games with 20 or more points. He went over 1,000 career points in CSM's 77-57 win over Fort Lewis on Feb. 17, and he was twice named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week (11/28, 1/30). 

Players are selected and voted on by member coaches of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). 

He was also on the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) men's basketball All-Central Region Team.


Wes McKenzie, Liberty

Adam Link, Falcon

Chantel Cross, Sierra

In their first game of the NJCAA national tournament the Otero Junior College Rattlers advanced to the second round with a 64-62 win over against Wabash Valley College (Ill.). The Men’s NJCAA National Tournament is being held in Hutchinson, Kan.

The Rattlers maintained the lead throughout most of the game, coming down to the final 40 seconds when Wabash tied it up at 62-62. With only 5.5 seconds remaining, OJC’s Wes McKenzie, (Colorado Springs, Liberty High School) hit a field goal to clinch the win for Otero, 64-62. Otero’s record now stands at 30-4.

Otero will now move on to the second round of national tournament action. They will play on Thursday, March 22 at 8:30 p.m. against the winner of the Navarro College/NW Florida State game, to be played this afternoon (March 21) at 1 p.m.

Leading scorers for the Rattlers were:

Adam Link (Colorado Springs, Falcon High School) 14 pts.

Brandon Harris (Oklahoma City, Okla., North West Classen High School) 13 pts.

Wes McKenzie (Colorado Springs, Liberty High School) 9 pts.

The Rattlers lost to NW Florida State 77-71 despite a team-high 16 points by Link and 12 by McKenzie.

The women lost their first game at nationals, but won two consolation games

 

Micah and Gabe Burak, Coronado

Micah Burak, a Coronado graduate in 2007, earned All-American status by taking 7th place for the University of Penn at the NCAA National Wrestling Tournament.

Gabe Burak, from Northern Colorado, lost a close one to get into the medal round.

 

Chucky Jeffery, Sierra

Chucky had 19 points and 17 rebounds as CU continued its advance through the WNIT with a 48-47 win over Villanova at Boulder.


3/17/12

Adam Link (Falcon) First Team All-Region Player

Elliott Hamdeed (Pine Creek)

Kellen Link (Falcon)

Wes McKenzie (Liberty) All Tournament Team and Third Team All-Region Player

Chantel Cross (Sierra)

The Otero Junior College men’s and women’s basketball teams were to leave La Junta on Sunday, March 18 enroute to their respective National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournaments, a historic first for both teams. Both teams captured the Region IX championship earlier this week to qualify them for the national tournament.

A send off for the teams will be held at McDivitt Center Gymnasium on the OJC campus on Sunday morning. The women are scheduled to leave at 9 a.m.; the men are scheduled to leave at 10:30 a.m. Fans are welcome to attend the informal send-off.

The NJCAA National Women’s Tournament is being held in Salina, Kan. March 20-24, 2012. The Lady Rattlers will go into the tournament as the #7 seed. They will play on Tuesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. vs. #10 seed Walters State Community College, Tenn. Otero’s record going into the tournament stands at 31-1; Walters’ record is 27-2.

Fans can follow the Lady Rattlers in action by going to the webcasts, being broadcasted at:  www.ihigh.com/njcaatv/

The NJCAA National Men’s Tournament is being held in Hutchinson, Kan., March 20-24. The Rattler men will play their first game on Wednesday, March 21 at 11 a.m. against Wabash Valley College from Illinois. Otero’s record going into the tournament stands at 29-4; Wabash’s record is 25-8.

Fans can follow the Rattlers in action by going to the webcasts, being broadcasted at:

www.ihigh.com/njcaatv/

Updates will also be posted on the OJC Facebook site and Twitter account.

 

Kelly Stevens, Pine Creek

Melanie Niehus, Air Academy

A pair of newcomers led a trio of four-goal scorers for Pacific Wednesday night as the Boxers used a big second half to score an 18-8 rout of Linfield in women's lacrosse action at the Linfield Lacrosse Field.

Melanie Niehus, Amy Mayhugh and Carmen Taplin all finished with four goals, with Mayhugh scoring all of her goals in a second half that saw the Boxers (2-2) outscore the Wildcats 11-2.

Kristen Dick added two goals while Kelly Stevens registered a goal and a season-high three assists. Pacific outshot Linfield 35-16 and also owned a 15-12 advantage in draw controls while turning the ball over just nine times.

Chris Zaremba, Liberty

The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) has announced the Winter All-Academic Teams for the 2011-12 season, and the list includes 17 student-athletes from the Plymouth State University men’s ice hockey team with Chris Zaremba among them.

Brett Green, Peyton

The No. 1 Colorado School of Mines men's basketball team suffered through uncharacteristic poor shooting and a rebounding deficit and could not over come 50 percent shooting from the field and long range by visiting second-seeded and 13th-ranked Metro State in falling to the Roadrunners by a 73-64 score in the Central Region Championship game on Tuesday evening at Lockridge Arena in Golden.

The Orediggers (29-3) saw their 17-game win streak snapped in the loss and they suffered their first home loss of the season after posting an 18-0 record to start the year. The squad's 29 wins sets a new program record – eclipsing last year's record by four wins.
Green had 18 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the floor, including a 7-of-8 effort from the foul line.

Jordan Walker, Falcon

Miranda Lyndes, Falcon

After playing their last 13 games on the road, the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcat softball team seemed to have no problem getting back into the swing of things after sweeping Midland University (MU) at home.
 
The 'Cats took game one 2-0 and kept a steady lead for most of game two to win 6-3.  With the two wins, PSC improved to 11-8 while Midland fell to 1-10.

In the second game, Bodyk started things off with a single, followed by Emily Maresh getting walked.  Following a Bobcat out, Jordan Walker reached first on a fielder's choice, with Bodyk being put out at third. Miranda Lyndes singled, which brought in Maresh and Walker went to third.  Lyndes then stole second and Walker scored on the throw to second.  Blackwell stepped up the plate and was hit by a pitch.  Tesla Oldfield singled and then Toni Moffatt singled which brought in Blackwell and Lyndes. Choate then singled bringing in Oldfield for the final run of the inning, as the next batter flied out.
  
Moffatt had four hits, while Choate and Lyndes each contributed two hits.  Moffatt provided three RBIs, while Choate and Lyndes each had one.

 

3/9/12

Chris Zaremba, Liberty

Wentworth Institute of Technology rallied for three unanswered third-period goals Wednesday night, as the visiting Leopards pulled out a 3-1 victory over Plymouth State (N.H.) University in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament at a sold-out Hanaway Rink. 

Wentworth (21-6-1) extends its win streak to 11 games and moves on to the NCAA quarterfinal round this Saturday at Norwich University (23-2-2) at Kreitzberg Arena (7:00 p.m.) Plymouth State had its nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) snapped and completes the season at 17-7-3.
After a scoreless first period, each team had power play chances in the second frame but came up empty. The Panthers broke through with a power play goal with 5:15 to play as senior Chris Zaremba was parked at the goal mouth and redirected a centering pass from junior JC Richardson (Fort Collins) from the left circle for his 11th of the season. PSU had another man-advantage chance but the Leopards killed off the power play and the home team maintained a 1-0 lead into the third period.

 

Christina Whitelaw, St. Mary's

Brett Green, Peyton

School of Mines junior Brett Green and senior Dale Minschwaner added more honors to their illustrious careers on Wednesday when both were named to the Daktronics All-Region Teams, as announced on Wednesday morning.

Green was named to the First Team and Minschwaner earned a spot on the Second Team. He was also on the RMAC all-tournament team.

Green leads the top-ranked Orediggers (27-2) in scoring at 15.6 points per game, and was a unanimous First Team All-RMAC selection in addition to earning RMAC Player of the Year honors. Green also earned a spot on the RMAC All-Tournament Team this past weekend after averaging 12.7 points per game during the RMAC Shootout. He has scored in double figures in 27 of 29 contests this season with seven games of 20 or more points to his credit. A two-time RMAC Offensive Player of the Week this season (11/28, 1/30), Green went over 1,000 career points in Mines' 77-57 win over Fort Lewis on Feb. 17.  

Colorado Christian's Christina Whitelaw was named first team.

 

Kelly Stevens, Pine Creek

Melanie Niehus, Air Academy

The head start that Redlands got on their 2012 women’s lacrosse season was evident Friday night as the Bulldogs rolled in a big first half to bulldog a Pacific team playing in just their first game of the year, 16-6, in women’s lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Pacific opened the 2012 season without two key parts of their game as both Kelly Stevens and Hanna Landrus sat out with injuries.

Carmen Taplin led the way in a big second half for Pacific Saturday, scoring three of her five goals in the final 15 minutes as the Boxers picked up their first win of the season with a 14-7 victory over Puget Sound in women’s lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Melanie Niehus and Mikaila Way each added goals to the run for the victory.

 

Mitch Magrini, Cheyenne Mountain

Stick around to the end of a Doane track meet and you’ll see Tiger athletes picking up lunches, equipment, spike bags and training room supplies.

During the first week of sch

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