By Rob Gordon
Rossview split dual meets Thursday night with Northwest and West Creek.
In the first match against Northwest, Bryce Elkins, Curtis Thomas, Donovan Sandusky and Garrett Ladd all notched pins for the Hawks.
Jake Beatty earned an 8-2 decision to cap the Rossview 51-27 victory.
Rossview lost a hard fought match to West Creek 40-30.
Curtis Thomas opened the scoring for Rossview against West Creek with a 2nd period pin.
Garrett Ladd earned a 7-2 decision and was followed by a 3rd period Tyrone Gaston pin and a Zax Kost early pin.
Adrian Gonzalez captured a 11-9 decision to round out the wins for Rossview
Kevin Knier, Preston Painter, Christian Macias, Gerard McQueen, Robert Zamborski, Nick Raines, Arturo Martinez and Jacob Kuhns won for West Creek.
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AUSTIN PEAY LADY GOVS (0-0, 3-6): Austin Peay fell at Middle Tennessee (76-56) before defeating St. Catharine (84-62) last week. The loss at MTSU marked the sixth straight road loss dating back to last season. Senior Meghan Bussabarger recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at MTSU and followed that up with a 25-point performance against St. Catharine. Senior Leslie Martinez notched her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds against St. Catharine. She recorded 11.5 points and 9.5 boards per game last week. Junior Nicole Olszewski led the team with 14 points at Middle Tennessee while freshman Jennifer Nwokocha had 11 points. Austin Peay will have the next seven days off for finals and will return to the court on Dec. 17 as it travels to Arkansas State.
BELMONT BRUINS (0-0, 4-5): Belmont picked up a 58-54 win at Indiana in its only game of the week, marking the first victory over the Hoosiers in program history. Junior Molly Ernst led the team with 16 points, knocking down four three-pointers in the victory. Senior Jordan Coleman was one rebounds shy of recording her third double-double as she put up 15 points and brought down nine rebounds. Coleman shot 60 percent from the floor while also making all three of her free throw attempts. The Bruins played Georgia State on Thursday before traveling to Ole Miss on Sunday.
EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS (0-0, 5-3): Eastern Illinois earned a pair of home victories last week, defeating Evansville (70-57) and Sacramento State (72-67, OT). The Panthers improved to 4-1 at home this year with the win over Sacramento State and also improved to 2-0 in overtime contests. In EIU’s two overtime contests this year, the Panthers have outscored their opponents 20-4 while holding them to 2-for-16 shooting. Senior Ta’Kenya Nixon recorded her second double-double of the year and 13th of her career in the win over Evansville, posting 17 points and 11 rebounds. She put up 13 points in the overtime win against Sacramento State. Nixon has scored in double figures 82 times in her career to go along with 15 games with 10 or more rebounds. Senior Sydney Mitchell posted her first double-double of the year with 12 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench against Sacramento State. Eastern Illinois will travel to Wisconsin on Saturday and Western Illinois on Monday.
EASTERN KENTUCKY LADY COLONELS (0-0, 5-5): Eastern Kentucky dropped a pair of road games last week, falling at Ohio (58-49) and Cincinnati (69-58). Senior Alex Jones recorded her 27th career double-double at Ohio with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also had a career-high five steals versus the Bobcats. Freshman Alexus Cooper poured in a career-high eight points at Ohio while also recording two rebounds and one block. The Lady Colonels will have the week off and will return to action on Dec. 18 as they host West Virginia State.
JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS (0-0, 0-8): Jacksonville State’s struggles continue as it dropped contests to Reinhardt (65-60) and Lipscomb (67-54) last week. The Gamecocks allowed 18 three-pointers combined, including 13 by Lipscomb. Junior Dashauna Truss led the team in scoring with 26 points over the two games. She notched a season-best 14 points against Reinhardt. Freshman Destany McLin pulled down eight defensive rebounds against Reinhardt to go with five points and four assists. In the game with Lipscomb, she scored a season-best 11 points. Jacksonville State traveled to Chattanooga on Wednesday and will play in the Hampton Inn Oceanfront Classic. The Gamecocks will face host North Florida on Friday and play Campbell on Saturday.
MOREHEAD STATE EAGLES (0-0, 1-8): Morehead State fell to Western Kentucky (62-38) and Ohio (79-72, OT) last week. The Eagles were held to a program-low eight points in the first half versus WKU, but then outscored the Toppers 30-27 in the second half. Junior Terrice Robinson scored a career-high 30 points to go with eight rebounds against Ohio. Her total was just two points shy of the school’s single-game scoring record. Sophomore Casey Ryans registered a career-high 13 points and seven rebounds at OU. Ryans is now hitting 80 percent from three-point range this year and has made eight consecutive field goals in the last three games. Morehead State is idle this week for finals and will return to action on Sunday at Georgia State.
MURRAY STATE RACERS (0-0, 6-3): Murray State defeated Mid-Continent, 110-28, in its only game of the week. Junior Erica Burgess scored 17 points to g along with seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals. She also hit seven of her nine free throws. Freshman Kelsey Dirks scored 20 points and brought down 11 boards in the victory. She shot 81.8 percent from the floor while also making both of her attempts at the charity stripe. The Racers will host Alabama A&M on Sunday.
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI REDHAWKS (0-0, 5-5): Southeast Missouri fell at Southern Illinois (58-57) before defeating Western Illinois, 56-47. The Redhawks have held their last three opponents to under 60 points, including giving up just 47 at WIU. Junior Jordan Hunter led all players with 17 points and three assists at Southern Illinois. It marked her fourth double-digit point total in the last five games. Freshman Olivia Hackmann scored a game-high 15 points in the win over Western Illinois. It was her second double-figure scoring outing this year. She also added a career-best two blocks and a season-high three steals at WIU. Southeast Missouri will travel to Western Kentucky on Saturday.
SIUE COUGARS (0-0, 6-4): SIUE defeated Sacramento State (75-57) and IPFW (61-54) last week. Senior Raven Berry averaged a double-double last week with 14.5 points and 14.0 point each time out. With her two double-doubles last week, she now has 27 for her career. Berry moved to No. 10 on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,179 points in her career. Senior Michaela Herrod move to ninth all-time at SIUE in rebounds with 604. Herrod is just the 10th player in school history to pass 600 rebounds. Sophomore Ashley Capotosto recorded her first double-digit scoring contest as she scored 10 points against Sacarmento State. The Cougars will travel to Indiana on Sunday.
TENNESSEE STATE LADY TIGERS (0-0, 4-3): Tennessee State had last week off and will return to action on Sunday as the Lady Tigers host Cleveland State. TSU is coming off a five-game road trip in which it went 2-3.
TENNESSEE TECH GOLDEN EAGLES (0-0, 5-4): Tennessee Tech picked up wins over Samford (65-56) and Western Carolina (61-56). The victory at WCU was the first time Tech won a game which it was trailing at the half. Sophomore Diamond Henderson scored 12 points against Samford and followed that up with 18 versus Western Carolina. Against WCU, Henderson shot 50 percent from the floor and went 2-for-3 behind the arc. Senior Lashay Davis scored 16 points while shooting 50 percent from the field over the two games. Tennessee Tech will travel to the St. John’s Chartwell’s Holiday Classic this weekend. The Golden Eagles will play host St. John’s on Saturday and either UCLA or St. Mary’s on Sunday.
UT MARTIN SKYHAWKS (0-0, 4-7): UT Martin defeated Saint Louis, 78-62, and fell to No. 14 Purdue, 68-60. Four of the Skyhawk’s seven losses this season have come against Top 20 teams (Baylor, Stanford, Louisville and Purdue). Junior Heather Butler scored 28 points in each game last week. Butler is averaging 25.2 points against nationally ranked teams this year. Butler extended her double-digit scoring streak to 74 straight games. With her 21 points against Purdue, junior Jasmine Newsome past Pat Head Summitt on the school’s career scoring list. Newsome sits fifth with 1,418 points. Senior Rickiesha Bryant had one block against Purdue to give her 13 on the season and 81 in her career which is fourth best in school history. UT Martin will host Indiana State on Sunday.
THIS WEEK IN THE OVC
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
Jacksonville State at North Florida – 2:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
Tennessee Tech at St. John’s – 11 a.m.
Jacksonville State vs. Campbell (@Jacksonville, Fla.) – 12 p.m.
Eastern Illinois at Wisconsin – 2 p.m.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
Tennessee Tech at St. John’s Holiday Tournament (@New York, N.Y.) – TBA
Alabama A&M at Murray State – 12 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Belmont at Ole Miss – 2 p.m.
Morehead State at Georgia State – 2 p.m.
Southeast Missouri at Western Kentucky – 2 p.m .
SIUE at Indiana – 2 p.m.
Indiana State at UT Martin – 2 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Cleveland State at Tennessee State – 2 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 17
Eastern Illinois at Western Illinois – 7 p.m.
Austin Peay at Arkansas State – 7:05 p.m.
adidas® OVC Players of the Week – Dec. 11
Heather Butler, G • Jr., 5’6 • Medina, Tenn. • UT Martin
Butler led the Skyhawks with 28 points and seven rebounds in the win over Saint Louis. She also scored 28 points to go with six rebounds versus No. 14 Purdue. She hit a pair of three-pointers in the first half against the Boilermakers to give the Skyhawks the 29-25 edge at the break. Butler is averaging 25.2 points against nationally ranked opponents this year. For the week, she made 14 of her 15 free throw attempts.
Terrice Robinson, G • Jr., 5’6 • Ft. Pierce, Fla. • Morehead State
Robinson scored a career-high 39 points, including 28 in the second half, while also grabbing a career-best eight rebounds versus Ohio. Her point total came within two of the school’s single-game record. Robinson’s fourth three-pointer of the game tied the contest with six seconds left and sent it into overtime. She was 16-for-32 from the field. She also led the team with 18 points on 6-of-7 free throw shooting against Western Kentucky. For the week, she averaged 28.5 points and 2.0 steals.
Others Nominated: Meghan Bussabarger, Austin Peay; Molly Ernst, Belmont; Ta’Kenya Nixon, Eastern Illinois; Alex Jones, Eastern Kentucky; Erica Burgess, Murray State; Jordan Hunter, Southeast Missouri; Raven Berry, SIUE; Diamond Henderson, Tennessee Tech
Jordan Coleman, F • Sr., 5’11 • Orlando, Fla. • Belmont
Coleman was one rebound short of her third double-double of the season at Indiana with her season-high 15 points and nine boards. She shot 60 percent from the floor and drilled what would be the victory securing free throws with 2.6 seconds left in the game. She is ranked 60th nationally in rebounds per game.
Others Nominated: Dashauna Truss, Jacksonville State; Jordan Hunter, Southeast Missouri; Ashley Capotosto, SIUE; Lashay Davis, Tennessee Tech
Kelsey Dirks, F • Fr., 6’3 • Robinson, Ill. • Murray State
Dirks scored 20 points and brought down 11 rebounds to help lead the Racers to a win over Mid-Continent. It was her second-straight double-double. Dirks went 9-for-11 from the field in the contest.
Others Nominated: Alexus Cooper, Eastern Kentucky; Destany McLin, Jacksonville State; Olivia Hackmann, Southeast Missouri; CoCo Moore, SIUE; Katie Schupert, UT Martin
Clarksville Tn – Everyone growing up has been schooled about the virtues of sportsmanship, be it in sports or in other kinds of competition, but earlier this week a 107-2 victory by Bloomington (Ind.) South High School girls basketball team over Arlington (Ind.) has brought the question of sportsmanship back to the forefront of discussion on a national level.
This isn’t the first time a huge blowout win by a team has brought this question up, and it won’t be the last, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve found that sportsmanship – like beauty – is in the eye of the beholder.
It’s a common dilemma in blowout games, when — and how — should teams let up?
Now before I go much further, I just want to make it clear that I’m not one of those persons that feel that everyone should get a trophy at the end of the season and a pat on the back saying you’re the best thing since sliced bread, even though you didn’t win a game all year. But I am a person that feels sportsmanship today isn’t quite the same as the sportsmanship I was brought up with, and in this case the change may not be for the good.
Nowadays, you see lopped-sided scores in many sports and people never think twice about it, even at the college and professional levels, but when you see a 107-2 type of final margin it gets your attention. When is enough, enough. When does common sense show up?
Yes, Bloomington’s coach played all of his players and rotated them in and out, and no you don’t want to tell your team not to play hard. But in a game with no mercy-rule — the Indiana High School Athletic Association doesn’t have a mercy-rule — like some state high school associations have, including Tennessee, common sense say’s a 105-point win is unsportsmanlike.
To score 107 points in a high school basketball game you have to average 3.34 points per minute for the entire game to finish with that total, so that means three or four shots per minute – at least. The Bloomington coach said he didn’t tell his girls to stop shooting because that would have been more embarrassing and that Arlington was playing an aggressive 2-3 zone defense.
How aggressive was it if you scored 107 points?
Here is where common sense should have taken over.
Set up individual things to work on like getting the ball to a specific area on the court, making eight or nine passes before a shot, working on reversing the ball, no 3-point shot attempts or fast breaks, practice on their weakest moves, work on off handed dribbling, and offhand shots. These are just a few things a team can still work hard on during a game, which they would still win by a wide margin despite these actions.
The coach at Bloomington South was put in a tough situation, but he also had a great opportunity to display grace and he failed to take advantage of that chance. He could use the game as a teaching moment — to show what sportsmanship is about .
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This week the national spotlight descends upon Tennessee as the Titans (4-9) host the New York Jets (6-7) on Monday Night Football. Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 17.
This week’s game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties while Jon Gruden provides analysis. Lisa Salters will be the sideline reporter. In the Nashville market, the ESPN broadcast will be carried by News 2 WKRN.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
Additionally, Dial Global Sports will broadcast the game to a national radio audience. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Tony Boselli (sideline reporter) have the call.
TITANS ON MONDAY NIGHT STAGE
The Titans will take center stage on Monday Night Football for the 37th time in franchise history and the first time since Oct. 18, 2010 at Jacksonville. They enter the game with a 20-16 all-time record in Monday night games, including a current three-game winning streak.
Mike Munchak will record his first Monday night game and his second primetime contest as a head coach. Munchak, who took the reigns in 2011, did not coach a primetime game in his first season at the helm. Earlier in 2012, the Titans defeated the Steelers 26-23 on Thursday night (Oct. 11).
This week’s game marks the second all-time Monday night matchup between the Titans and Jets. On Dec. 1, 2003, the Jets used the primetime showcase to defeat the Titans at the Meadowlands 24-17.
Last week the Titans traveled to Indianapolis and fell to the Colts by a final score of 27-23. The Titans took a 13-point lead into halftime, but in the second half, the Colts turned a pair of interceptions into 10 total points to clinch the victory.
In defeat, Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker completed 22 of 35 passes for 262 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jared Cook, but his primary target was wide receiver Kenny Britt, who caught eight passes for 143 yards. Britt’s reception and receiving yardage totals were each the second-highest of his four-year career.
Rob Bironas provided three field goals, and Tennessee’s other touchdown came on a 40-yard interception return by linebacker Will Witherspoon.
Additionally, running back Chris Johnson went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. In doing so, he became the eighth player in NFL history with 1,000 or more rushing yards in the first five seasons of his career. Johnson joined an elite list that also includes Barry Sanders (1989-98), Corey Dillon (1997-02), Curtis Martin (1995-04), Eddie George (1996-00), Eric Dickerson (1983-89), LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-08) and Tony Dorsett (1977-81).
The Jets, winners of two consecutive games and three of their last four contests, are in second place in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots, who have clinched the division title. Last week the Jets went to Jacksonville and earned a 17-10 victory to stay alive in the Wild Card race.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, currently in his fourth NFL season, has started all 13 games this season. He has completed 216 of 390 passes for 2,547 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Rex Ryan is in his fourth season as head coach of the Jets. In his first three seasons, the Jets defense finished first (2009), third (2010) and fifth (2011) in the NFL, respectively. This year, the Jets defense is ranked eighth overall and third against the pass.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Lady Vol freshman basketball player Andraya (on-DRAY-uh) Carter underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday morning to repair a labral tear in her right shoulder, according to UT associate director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak.
Doctors Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher performed the procedure to address instability in Carter’s shoulder. The 5-foot-9 guard suffered an injury to that shoulder last year in high school and reinjured it this season at UT.
Carter’s recovery is expected to take four to six months. Tennessee will apply for a hardship waiver after the season for Carter. She is expected to meet the requirements (playing in less than 30 percent of the team’s scheduled contests in the first half of the season) and would still have four years of eligibility remaining if the waiver is granted.
The rookie from Flowery Branch, Ga., played in all seven of Tennessee’s games thus far in 2012-13, starting the first five. She was averaging 5.3 points, 1.9 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 20.6 minutes per contest for the No. 13/12 Lady Vols.
Tennessee will travel to the Lone Star State on Saturday, where it will play at #18/20 Texas on Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. CT) and at #3/3 Baylor on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT). Carter is not expected to make the trip.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Austin Peay State University women’s soccer player Tatiana Ariza was named second-team All-South Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Wednesday.
Ariza, the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, scored 12 goals and assisted on eight others in 2012, after missing the season’s first two matches due to her commitments with the Colombian National Team at the 2012 London Olympics. Her 12 goals and 32 points led the OVC.
On the national scale, Ariza finished 23rd in points per match (1.68) and 33rd in goals per game (0.63). Despite missing two games, she still finished ranked 42nd in total goals and 36th in points.
Her play helped Austin Peay lock up the second seed in the OVC tournament, where they advanced to the title match for the second time in the last three seasons.
“This award was voted on by my colleagues,” said head coach Kelley Guth. “It’s definitely great recognition for her and shows that everyone recognizes what an outstanding player she is.”
It’s the second time in Ariza’s Austin Peay career she has earned NSCAA honors. She was a first-team pick in 2010 after scoring 11 goals – including six game-winners – and assisting on five more while leading Austin Peay to its first OVC Tournament Championship appearance. Her sister Natalia owns the Lady Govs only other All-Region honor, a second-team bid in 2010.