Thursday, March 20, 2008 Regional Honors: Wooster's Cooper is men's Player of the Year

Here are the Great Lakes Region's all-stars and award winners from among our member institutions, as named by the popular website


Regional Player of the Year: James Cooper, Wooster

Rookie of the Year: Kodey Haddox, Kenyon

First team: James Cooper, Wooster;
Dustin Rudegeair, Ohio Wesleyan
Second team: Nate Stahl, Capital; Terry Walsh, John Carroll; Andrew Lemmon, Heidelberg
Third team: Ross Banaszak, Otterbein; Steve Kyser, Capital


Rookie of the Year: Lee Jennings, John Carroll

First team: Katie Streck, Wilmington
Second team: Laura Roth, Otterbein; Jessica McKenzie, Muskingum
Third team: Lee Jennings, John Carroll; Anne Dugan, Kenyon

-- Bob Burke

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Xavier Women Get to Dance, Too

Xavier’s women’s basketball team earned its way into the NCAA Division I tournament by winning the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, and on Monday learned it had been seeded ninth in its regional. They will play Nebraska in a first-round game Sunday in College Park, Md.

-- Bob Burke

Monday, March 17, 2008

Ashland, Findlay wrestlers place in NCAA Division II meet

Findlay’s Antonio Guerra finished second in the 157-lb. class at last weekend’s Division II NCAA wrestling national championships, held at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Also placing in the top eight in their weight classes were:

157-lb.: Muhammad Abdur-Rahman, Ashland
174-lb.: Justin Ferguson, Ashland
184-lb.: Hiram Smith, Findlay
197-lb.: Josh Ohl, Ashland

Ashland’s team finished 11th and Findlay’s 13th among the 37 competing teams.

-- Bob Burke

Kenyon’s women are NCAA swimming champs … again

Last weekend, Kenyon’s women won the NCAA Division III swimming championship, the 22nd time in the 25-year history of the meet. Denison finished third in the 52-team event.

Kenyon’s Carla Ainsworth, who competed from 1992 to 1995, was named Division III Most Outstanding Swimmer as part of the celebration marking the NCAA’s 25th anniversary of women’s championships.

The Division III men’s meet comes this weekend at Oxford, Ohio, hosted by the College of Wooster. We’ll post these results, as well as those from the Division II meets, when they’re complete and available.

-- Bob Burke

More Basketball: Dayton hosts NCAA 1st round as always

One of best nights in the men’s Division I tournament takes place at one of our member campuses, as the University of Dayton annually hosts the “first-round” game between the 64th and 65th seeded teams. Tuesday night, Mount St. Mary’s plays Coppin State at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are reasonable and available, and these play-in games usually are intense and fun.

Meanwhile, Dayton’s own team is in the National Invitation Tournament, playing host to Cleveland State Wednesday night at the UD Arena.

-- Bob Burke

Basketball Tourney Results

AICUO member Xavier University was seeded third in the West Region of the NCAA Division I men’s tourney, and plays its first game Thursday afternoon in Washington D.C. against the University of Georgia.

In the meantime, Michigan’s Hope College held its home-court advantage in the NCAA Division III tournament to defeat Ohio Wesleyan University, the basketball team from our membership that advanced the furthest into the tournament, 71-63 in a Great Lakes regional game last Friday night.

The Bishops’ defeat marks the end of AICUO members’ participation in postseason NCAA men’s and women’s basketball below Division I. Friday also marked the exit of all remaining AICUO members from the NAIA Division II men’s and women’s tournaments. However, we are proud of the achievements of these squads and look forward to seeing the continued success of Xavier, the last remaining AICUO member still playing.

Detailed postseason results:

NCAA Division III men
Capital: First round, defeated Bethany (W. Va.) 92-70; second round, lost to Hope 92-72.

Heidelberg: First round, lost to Ohio Wesleyan 83-62.

Ohio Wesleyan: First round, as noted above, defeated Heidelberg 83-62; second round, upset Centre (Ky.) 82-65 to advance to the regional round.

Wooster: First round, lost to Washington (Mo.) 79-74. (Thanks to reader Andrew Waldman for pointing out we had omitted this result.)

NCAA Division III women
Baldwin-Wallace: First round, defeated D’Youville (N.Y.) 83-53; second round, lost to Hope 68-48.

Denison: First round, lost to DePauw (Ind.) 70-53.

Wilmington: First round, lost to Washington (Mo.) 73-72.

NAIA Division II men
: First round, defeated Jamestown (N.D.) 83-59; second round, lost to Mid America Nazarene, 79-73.

Mount Vernon Nazarene: First round, lost to Oregon Tech, 77-74.

Walsh: First round, defeated Judson (Ill.) 91-57; second round, lost to Northwood (Fla.) 66-59

NAIA Division II women
Ohio Dominican: First round, lost to Dakota State (S.D.) 76-73.

Rio Grande: First round, lost to Black Hills (S.D.) 63-61.

-- Bob Burke (Revised 20 March 2008)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Independent College Candidates for the Statehouse

Since primaries are past, the question on everyone’s mind is: Where did the candidates attend college? Naturally, independent colleges educated a substantial number of our state’s elected leaders, but what of the new officials who may start work in Columbus next year?

AICUO has completed the homework for you. As a time-saving measure, we did not compile a list of every candidate’s background. Incumbents are known quantities, as are people moving from House to Senate or Senate to House.

We also did not review every candidate’s bio. Yes, every House seat and half of the Senate seats are up for election, but we know that Ohio is a well-gerrymandered state. Most candidates from the departing incumbent’s party are likely to win this fall. (Frankly, by only focusing on candidates from incumbent parties, we cut our work down from more than 125 profile searches to about two dozen.) For the upsets where there is a partisan shift, we will let you know in November.

Interestingly, all of the new candidates profiled here are from the House. The reason is that most of the likely same-party turnover in the Senate involves former House members switching chambers.

And so, the candidates with independent education backgrounds are:

District 34. Peter Strautberg is a lawyer with Fifth Third Bank from Cincinnati. He earned his undergraduate degree at Kenyon College before receiving his J.D. from Ohio State. (Current incumbent: Tom Brinkman.)

District 36. Seth Morgan is a member of the Huber Heights city council and a business consultant. He earned his undergraduate degree from Park College (Pa.) and his M.B.A. from the University of Dayton. (Current incumbent: Arlene Setzer.)

District 37. Kettering City Council Member Peggy Lehner earned her baccalaureate degree in history and political science from St. Mary’s of the Woods College (Ind.). (Current incumbent: Speaker Jon Husted.)

District 38. Terry Blair is president of Buckeye Pools, and earned his B.B.A. from Loyola College Chicago, and his M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (Ind.). (Current incumbent: John White.)

District 50. Todd Snitchler in Stark County earned his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College (Pa.) in history and secondary education/social science before earning his law degree at the University of Akron. (Current incumbent: John Hagan.)

District 70. Jerrod Martin is a healthcare financial consultant and a Beavercreek City Council Member. He graduated with a business administration degree from the College of Mount Saint Joseph and is currently an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Dayton. (Current incumbent: Kevin DeWine.)

District 80. Dennis Murray is a trial lawyer with Murray and Murray of Sandusky. He earned his baccalaureate and juris doctor from Georgetown University (D.C.). (Current incumbent: Chris Redfern.)

District 83. Dave Burke not only graduated from Ohio Northern University, but met his wife there. His degree was in pharmacy. He then earned an M.B.A. from Capital University. Naturally, he runs Dave’s Pharmacy in Marysville. (Current incumbent: Tony Core.)

District 84. Bob Hackett earned a B.A. in economics from Columbia University (N.Y.) and today is a financial manager. (Current incumbent: Chris Widener.)

District 94. Troy Balderson co-owns Balderson Motor Sales in Zanesville. He attended both Muskingum College and Ohio State. (Current incumbent: Jim Aslanides.)

There were a few candidates whose educational background was not readily apparent. If we missed anyone, please accept our apologies.

Good luck to all of them.

— C. Todd Jones

Thursday, March 6, 2008

NCAA Division III Wrestling Starts This Weekend

The NCAA Division III wrestling tournament is this Friday and Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a dozen students from seven AICUO members qualified for the event:

Heidelberg: Ryan Bowers, Jerrad Hoxie, Zach Mizer, Nicholas Sanchez.
Ohio Northern: David Penny, Benjamin Plowman
John Carroll: Ben Adams, Adam Pizzuro.
Baldwin-Wallace: Gino Russo.
Case Western Reserve: David Manoogian.
Mount St. Joseph: Elliott Spence.
Muskingum: Patrick Minner.

You can follow the progress of these competitors through the tourney at the NCAA championships web site.

Bob Burke

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Our Members in NCAA, NAIA Small College Basketball Tourneys

“March Madness” basketball begins two weeks earlier for the NCAA’s nonscholarship Division III than it does for Division I, and AICUO is well represented in both the men’s and women’s playoff that begins this week, as well as in the NAIA Division II tournament that takes place next week. Follow the host schools’ highlighted links for information about tickets.

NCAA Division III
First round games will take place at two of our members. Baldwin-Wallace, winner of both the regular season and tournament women’s championships in the Ohio Athletic Conference, hosts a full weekend of first- and second-round games on its campus in Berea. On Friday, B-W plays against D’Youville (N.Y.); the next night, the victor will play the winner of Friday’s first game between Hope (Mich.) and Juanita (Pa.).

In the men’s tournament, Capital, regular season champion of the Ohio Athletic Conference, on Thursday won its first-round game 92-70 over Bethany (W. Va.); Capital will play Saturday at Hope, which received a first-round bye.

Two other AICUO members travel to Greencastle, Ind., for Friday first-round games in the women’s tournament. Denison, tournament champion of the North Coast Athletic Conference, will play the host school, DePauw, while Wilmington from the OAC faces Washington (Mo.); the winners will face each other on Saturday.

Three men’s teams must also travel for their first-round games. Heidelberg, tournament champ of the OAC, faces Ohio Wesleyan, tournament champ of the NCAC, on Friday night in a first-round doubleheader at Danville, Ky., where the host school, Centre, plays Franklin (Ind.) in the second game. On Saturday, the winners play in the second round. The longest trip award goes to Wooster, regular season champ of the NCAC, which plays Washington (Mo.) on Friday at Rock Island, Ill.; the victor faces the winner of the game between the host, Augustana, and Aurora (Ill.).

Finals in the women’s tournament are March 21-22 on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Mich., while finals for the men are March 21-22 at the Salem, Va., Civic Center.

Other divisions in the NCAA have not yet announced their basketball playoff fields.

NAIA Division II

The NAIA women’s Division II tournament will include two AICUO members – Ohio Dominican, champion of the America Mideast tournament, and at-large selection Rio Grande – along with Shawnee State University. All teams play at Sioux City, Iowa, from March 12 to 18.

The men’s NAIA Division II tournament also has three Ohio representatives, all from AICUO members: American Mideast conference champion Cedarville, along with regular season champion Walsh and at-large pick Mount Vernon Nazarene. This tourney takes place March 12 to 18 in Point Lookout, Mo.
NAIA has not yet announced the pairings.

-- Bob Burke

updated 7 March 2008 with Thursday's score