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June 28, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Ladies basketball coach Elizabeth Wamsley has announced the hiring of former Columbia head coach Jay Butler to fill the position of first assistant. The hiring is the first for Wamsley, who took over at the helm of the women’s basketball program in April. “Jay Butler will be a tremendous asset to our women’s basketball program here at Centenary,” said athletics director Taylor Moore. “He brings a wealth of experience and basketball knowledge with him and we are excited to have Coach Butler in this position.” Butler has spent the last eight seasons as the head coach at Columbia University, where he has advanced the Lions to a level of respectability within the Ivy League that had been previously unmatched. In 2001-02, Butler’s team finished with 12 wins to tie the school record for most wins since the program turned Division I in 1986. Last season he led Columbia to its first season sweep of Cornell since 1989-90 and its third sweep of rival Princeton in three years. Both are teams Centenary has dropped games to within the past several seasons. “I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to work with Jay Butler and I feel very blessed that he has chosen to become part of our Centenary family,” said Wamsley. “I truly believe that hiring a coach with his remarkable amount of experience, and such an impeccable reputation, only serves as further proof that Centenary is serious about building a solid women’s basketball program.” Wamsley added, “I have no doubt that Coach Butler’s admittedly ‘old school’ style of coaching will be a perfect fit for our program’s new commitment to fundamentals and discipline. This is an exciting time to be a part of Centenary Ladies Basketball.” Prior to his stint at Columbia, Butler was the head coach at St. Mary’s College in Maryland for back-to-back seasons. He also spent five years as the first a
June 28, 2004 | Athletics
New Orleans, La. —Centenary senior baseball players Blake Adkison and Tony Cardone were selected to the 2004 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Team over the weekend. Adkison was named to the second team while Cardone received honorable mention accolades. For Adkison (Tyler, Tex.), the honor caps a fantastic final season after which he was selected as a first team member to both the All-Mid-Continent Conference and All-South Central Region teams. Earlier this week the first baseman signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals and is currently playing for the Arizona Royals of the Arizona Rookie League. Adkison hit .395 for the Gents this season with 16 homeruns and 58 RBI. Cardone (Shreveport, La.) received honorable mention status for his exceptional play both in the infield and at the plate. The shortstop, known for making the difficult play look easy defensively, excelled offensively in his final season with the Gents. Cardone led the team with 78 hits and finished second with a .377 batting average. He recorded a team-best 17-game hit streak and collected 23 multi-hit games, including five games with four hits.
June 21, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Former Centenary first baseman Blake Adkison continues to benefit from his successful senior season. The first team All-Mid-Continent Conference selection and American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings all-South Central Region team member has signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals. Adkison (Tyler, Tex.) batted .395 in 2004 and finished with 16 homeruns and 58 RBI. He ranks in the top ten of seven Centenary single-season records and four career categories despite playing only two seasons with the Gents after transferring from Richland Community College. Adkison is the fourth Centenary player to sign a professional contract during the tenure of head coach Ed McCann . Overall, 32 Gents have played professional baseball including Cecil Upshaw (Atlanta Braves) and current major leaguer B.J. Ryan (Baltimore Orioles). Adkison has reported to Surprise, Ariz., where he will play for the Arizona Royals, Kansas City’s rookie club.
June 16, 2004 | Athletics
Mobile, Ala. —Centenary first baseman Blake Adkison has been named to the 2004 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings all-South Central Region first team for his efforts this season. The senior from Tyler, Texas, was given the honor by head coaches of 33 schools representing seven conferences in the region. Adkison was named the first base representative on the all-South Central Region team after hitting .395 on the season with 16 homeruns and 58 RBI. His batting average, total hits, doubles, homeruns, total bases, slugging percentage, and runs batted in for the year all rank in the single season top ten in the Gents record book. He recorded 21 multi-hit, 13 multi-RBI, and three multi-homerun games including three in one contest against Mid-Con foe Oakland. Adksion was twice named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week and received first team All-Mid-Con accolades after finishing near the top in numerous conference offensive categories. In all, 14 players were selected to the all-South Central Region first team while 12 were named to the second team. All first team members, including Adkison, become eligible for All-America status. The All-America teams will be announced later this week at the College World Series in Omaha.
June 4, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Ladies volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced the hiring of assistant coach Brianne Smedley . Smedley replaces Krissi McFarland who left the program to pursue other career opportunities after serving as an assistant for three years. Smedley comes to Centenary after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Saint Leo University. Prior to that, she taught volleyball courses at both UNC-Greensboro and Mississippi State in addition to working camps at North Alabama and MSU. “I am excited about the opportunity to help the Centenary volleyball program reach its potential,” said Smedley. “I know Coach Hazelwood very well and I look forward to working with her and the team in our pursuit of a Mid-Continent Conference championship.” Smedley graduated with both a bachelor of science degree in 2001 and a masters of science in 2002 from Mississippi State. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and earned second team All-SEC accolades in 2000. She was the team MVP in 1999 and 2000 and was named to the SEC Volleyball Academic Honor Roll four times in her career. “We are very excited to have someone with Brianne’s qualifications and experience on our staff,” said Hazelwood. “Her knowledge of the game and ability to motivate players will help take our team to the next level.” Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. With an enrollment of 860 undergraduates, Centenary is the smallest Division I school in the nation and is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River, having been founded in 1825.   -30-
June 1, 2004 | Athletics
RUSTON, La. – Adding to their already-clustered trophy cases from the 2004 season, Jordan Lansdale and Micah Rhodes have been voted First Team All-Louisiana, while Cheyenne Daries was named Second Team All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). Lansdale, a senior from Gloster, La., completed her collegiate career with a solid season as the team’s leadoff hitter, batting .333 in 63 games played. She led the Ladies with 63 hits and 40 runs scored, both new Centenary single-season records. Lansdale now holds the school career records in runs, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, slugging percentage, runs batted in, and walks. Rhodes started off her collegiate career by leading the team with a .348 batting average and a .652 slugging percentage. The freshman from Grapevine, Tex., earned 49 hits, 28 runs, nine doubles, two triples, ten home runs, and 27 runs batted in despite not seeing regular action in the postseason due to a knee injury. Against Manhattan College on February 21, Rhodes became the first Centenary player in history to hit two home runs in a single game. Barely missing the first team by one point, Daries carried the Ladies through the Mid-Con Tournament and into a near-upset situation against then top ranked Arizona in the NCAA Regionals. The senior from Salinas, Calif., finished the 2004 season with a 25-16 record and a 1.90 ERA in 46 appearances, 42 of them starts. In 247 1/3 innings of work, she struck out a school-record 228 batters while walking only 49, an impressive 4.65 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. These three Ladies were all named First Team All-Conference as they led Centenary to a second-place finish in the Mid-Continent Conference standings during the regular season, with Rhodes earning Newcomer of the Year and Daries winning Pitcher of the Year honors. During the Mid-Con Tournament, Daries went 3-0 with 22 strikeouts in 18 innings to earn Tournament MVP honors, and Lansdale hit 5-for-11 with three runs score
May 29, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — For the seventh consecutive year, the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles needed only one game on the final day to win the Mid-Con Baseball Tournament, defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 12-4, Saturday afternoon at Shehee Stadium. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Matt VanDerBosch legged out a double to left field, and the Golden Eagles started the onslaught. Josh Lex singled, Grant Plumley tripled, Scott Modeste was hit by a pitch, Ricky Rivera singled, and Jon Tackett doubled to give Oral Roberts a 5-0 lead. The Thunderbirds did not help their cause, as the pitching staff could not find the strike zone. In the first two innings alone, three different Southern Utah pitchers hit three batters and walked two others. The Golden Eagles put six more runs on the board in the second inning, with Ricky Rivera accounting for half of those with a home run. With a double-digit lead, Oral Roberts starter Taylor McIntyre was able to comfortably pitch, giving up only two hits and a walk in the first five innings while striking out six Thunderbird batters. In the sixth inning, Southern Utah put four hits together and took advantage of two Oral Roberts errors to score three runs. McIntyre settled down and retired nine of his last eleven batters to earn the victory for the Golden Eagles. Jason Gillins pitched well for Southern Utah, scattering eight hits and giving up only one run in 6 2/3 innings of relief. Lex, Plumley, Rivera, McIntyre, and Brian Hanson all represented Oral Roberts on the All-Tournament Team, with Rivera winning the Most Valuable Player award after batting .571 during the weekend with five runs scored, two home runs, and ten runs batted in. Southern Utah placed four players on the All-Tournament Team, with Shelby Guest, Amos Burgess, Justin Abbott, and Ryan Zimmerman being honored. Western Illinois also had four representatives in Ryan Schmidgall, Blake Schultz, Kyle Malan, and Corey Ferger, while David Kiefer was the only repres
May 28, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Timely hitting by Southern Utah and the lack of the same by Centenary led to a 7-4 victory by the Thunderbirds in Friday afternoon’s elimination game of the 2004 Mid-Con Baseball Tournament, sending the Gents home without a victory in their first Mid-Con tournament appearance. Centenary could not drive runners in when it needed to, leaving 13 runners on base in the game. Twice the Gents left the bases loaded, and two runners were stranded at the end of three other innings. The Thunderbirds could have put the game away sooner, but left nine runners on base. Southern Utah took advantage of its first opportunity in the bottom of the first inning, as Amos Burgess singled to right field, driving in Jason Ruiz to give the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead. Southern Utah had a chance to score more runs, but Kory Drew ran too far off third base after a bad pitch and was caught in a rundown. The Gents took the lead in the top of the second inning thanks to fundamental bunting and bad fielding by Southern Utah. After Alex Valdivia singled, the Thunderbirds committed errors on back-to-back bunts by Jared Vincent and Jordan Standefer . A popup by David Kiefer turned into a sacrifice fly as Vincent hustled home, and a Blake Adkison single scored Bobby Gilliam to give Centenary a 3-1 lead. The Thunderbirds tied the game in the bottom of the third inning on four consecutive singles from the top of the order. Then with two outs in the same inning, Tony Cardone was unable to handle a bad hop on a grounder by Shelby Guest, allowing Burgess to score and chasing Centenary starter Will Kaage from the game. After a Kiefer home run in the fourth inning knotted the game at 4-4, the two teams stayed tied until the bottom of the seventh, when the Thunderbirds struck for three runs off of Centenary reliever Kevin Cassidy (3-7) to take a 7-4 lead. Doubles by Burgess, who drove in three runs during the game, and Guest gave Southern Utah the margin it needed to remain alive in th
May 28, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — After Centenary was eliminated in Friday’s first game, Oral Roberts (8-5) and Southern Utah (6-5) both defeated Western Illinois and will meet in Saturday’s championship round of the 2004 Mid-Con Baseball Tournament. In the second game of the day, Oral Roberts jumped out to a 5-0 lead with four runs in the first inning and one run in the second. The Golden Eagles took advantage of the wildness of Western Illinois starter James Kalinowski, who walked four batters in just over one inning of work. The Leathernecks chipped away at the lead, getting as close as 6-5 in the fifth inning. However, Western Illinois left ten runners on base and hit into two double plays to take themselves out of the game. Southern Utah did the same to Western Illinois in the nightcap that Oral Roberts had previously done, putting three runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. As in the previous game, the Leathernecks chipped away at the lead, scoring one run in the third inning. Southern Utah struck back in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runs of its own to seemingly put the game away. Western Illinois put on a rally in the top of the ninth inning, scoring three runs to cut the Thunderbird margin to one at 5-4. With a runner on third base and two outs, Dane Ainsworth watched as a passed ball scored Dan Davy to tie the game. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Mike Martin hit a walk-off home run to right field to give the Thunderbirds the victory. The championship game between Oral Roberts and Southern Utah will be held Saturday at Shehee Stadium beginning at 1 p.m. If the Thunderbirds win that game, a second game will be played at 4:30 p.m. to determine the tournament champion.
May 27, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – In a vote of Mid-Con baseball coaches, first baseman Blake Adkison was named First Team All-Conference, while second baseman Jesse Newell and outfielder Bobby Gilliam earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Adkison, a senior from Tyler, Tex., is in the middle of one of the best offensive seasons in Centenary baseball history. His .397 batting average, 16 home runs, and 55 runs batted in place him second in the conference in all three categories. He racked up 21 multi-hit games, earned three multiple-homer games, and led the Mid-Con with a .771 slugging percentage and nine home runs in conference games. Newell has made the most of his final collegiate season after transferring from Southeastern Louisiana. The senior from Everson, Wash., batted .317 with eight home runs and 47 runs batted in. In the first month of the season, he was named Mid-Con Player of the Week twice as well as Player of the Month by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). Newell hit for the cycle in his first game as a Gent against Prairie View A&M on February 14. A senior from Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, Gilliam continually found his way on base from the leadoff spot. He is batting .321 with 49 runs scored, 26 runs batted in, 27 walks, a .416 on-base percentage, and 23 stolen bases. Gilliam became Centenary’s career leader in at bats (737), runs scored (182), walks (136), and stolen bases (78) during the season. These three players lead the Gents into the Mid-Con Baseball Tournament, being held today through Saturday at Shehee Stadium. Centenary, the third seed in the tournament, faces second seed Western Illinois at 7 p.m. Thursday night, following the 3:30 p.m. game between top seed Oral Roberts and fourth seed Southern Utah.
May 27, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Western Illinois Leathernecks got an early lead and held on to win their first Mid-Con Tournament first round game since 1998, a 5-3 victory over the Centenary Gents Thursday night at Shehee Stadium. Western Illinois jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning with one out. Ryan Cougill singled to center field and Blake Schultz continued to feast on Centenary pitching with an RBI double to the gap in right-center field, scoring Cougill. The Leathernecks added another run in the second inning when Pete Tronick doubled down the right field line, scoring Kyle Malan. With two outs in the top of the third inning and Jordan Standefer on first base, David Kiefer singled to left field. Leatherneck leftfielder Malan booted the ball, allowing Standefer to come around and score. The combination of Cougill and Schultz brought the Leatherneck lead back to two runs in the fifth inning when Cougill singled and Schultz drove him in on a double to make the score 3-1. After Aaron Milliken reached on an error and Nick Simmons was intentionally walked, Malan singled home Schultz and Milliken to give Western Illinois a 5-1 lead. Centenary started a threat in the top of the seventh inning with singles by Standefer and Bobby Gilliam , followed by a walk to Kiefer. After Jesse Newell struck out, Blake Adkison laced a single to center field to drive in two runs and cut the Leatherneck lead to 5-3. After a pitching change, A.J. Howes popped up to third base to end the rally. Until the seventh inning rally, Western Illinois starter Pat Kohorst, who moved into a tie for third place on the Leathernecks’ single-season win list, pitched a solid game and received the win, with reliever Corey Ferger pitching 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief to pick up the save. Centenary starter David Ruffing took the loss, giving up all five runs. Centenary must now play Southern Utah in an elimination game Friday at noon, while Western Illinois faces Oral Roberts in a winner
May 25, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. –With a solid offensive effort that led the Centenary Gents to a spot in the Mid-Con Baseball Tournament, Blake Adkison has been named the Mid-Con Player of the Week for the second time this season. The senior first baseman from Tyler, Tex., batted .615 (8-for-13) for the week with four home runs and seven runs batted in. He started the week last Tuesday with a 4-for-5 effort, including a solo home run, in a 12-5 loss to Northwestern State. In game one of a pivotal conference series against Oakland, he hit three two-run home runs, tying the Centenary record for homers in a single game. The third home run came in the eighth inning and provided the Gents with the winning margin in their 12-10 victory. The Golden Grizzlies started pitching around Adkison, as he drew six walks in the other two games of the series. Adkison now has 16 home runs on the season, second in the Mid-Continent Conference. Adkison and the rest of the Gents begin play in the Mid-Con Baseball Tournament Thursday evening at 7 p.m. against second seed Western Illinois at Shehee Stadium. Regular season conference champion Oral Roberts will face fourth seed Southern Utah on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., also at Shehee Stadium.
May 23, 2004 | Athletics
Rochester, Mich. —The Centenary Gents clinched a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament and will serve as the #3 seed as a result of a 5-3 win against Oakland on Sunday afternoon. The two teams were originally scheduled to meet in a doubleheader, but rain forced the cancellation of the series finale and cost Oakland its chance at a tournament berth. Centenary (23-29) scored first in the top of the second inning when Bobby Gilliam singled up the middle to drive in Jared Vincent , but the Golden Grizzlies responded in the bottom of the frame. A lead off single by John Sullivan and a single by Chad Winkler put runners on first and third with one out. Sullivan then scored on a ground ball to shortstop Tony Cardone to knot the game at 1-1. The Gents would use a two out rally in the fourth inning to get four runs and put the game out of reach for Oakland. Gilliam singled and stole second after Alex Valdivia and Jordan Standefer each failed to reach base. David Kiefer was hit by a pitch and Blake Adkison walked to load the bases. A wild pitch from starter Dominic Carmosino scored Gilliam and advanced the runners just ahead of a three-run homer by A.J. Howes . Oakland (20-34) answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a homerun by Sullivan that brought Ty Herriott around. However, the host Golden Grizzlies would not score again. Freshman pitcher Will Kaage came up big for the Gents for the second consecutive weekend. The right-hander tossed 6 2/3 innings to improve to 3-1 on the season. He struck out five batters while scattering six hits and walked only two on the afternoon. Last weekend Kaage notched a win over Western Illinois on the final day of the series to keep Centenary’s hopes at a spot in the Mid-Con Tournament alive. Josh Hill and Kevin Cassidy combined for 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief in the win. Cassidy closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning to garner his third save of the year. With the win, Centenary finished leagu
May 22, 2004 | Athletics
Rochester, Mich. —Senior Blake Adkison belted three homeruns in a 12-10 game one victory for Centenary but the Gents would have to settle for a split as they dropped the second game of the doubleheader to Oakland 6-4. The game two loss coupled with a Southern Utah win over Oral Roberts means the Gents must sweep both games from Oakland on Sunday to earn a spot in the Mid-Con Tournament next weekend. Centenary (22-29, 9-11 Mid-Con) outlasted the host Golden Grizzlies in the series opener as both teams held the lead several times throughout the contest. After Oakland got on the board with a single run in the second inning, the Gents responded with three runs in the third on back-to-back homeruns by Adkison and A.J. Howes . Adkison’s blast was a two-run shot. Oakland (20-33, 10-12 Mid-Con) posted four runs on five hits in the fourth inning to regain the advantage at 5-3. The scoring was highlighted by four consecutive hits, including two doubles by the lower half of the Golden Grizzlies’ batting order. The determined Gents plated five runs in the top of the fifth frame on six hits. After Jesse Newell led off with a single, Adkison connected on a pitch from Oakland starter Steve Kniebbe for his second homer of the day. Howes and Tony Cardone singled in front of a double by Jared Vincent to add another run and Alex Valdivia drove in two more with a single up the middle. Oakland tied the game at 8-8 in the home half of the fifth, but Centenary added two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put the game away on two-run dingers by Vincent and Adkison. The shot by Adkison was his third of the game and his team-leading 16th of the year. David Ruffing improved to 8-4 on the season with the win for the Gents. He tossed six innings and allowed nine runs, six earned, but benefited from 18 Centenary hits including five homeruns. Kevin Cassidy picked up his second save of the year with three strong innings of work, during which he surrendered only one run. C
May 21, 2004 | Athletics
TUCSON, Ariz. – By committing three errors in the fourth inning, the Centenary Ladies allowed South Carolina to score six runs as the Gamecocks won Friday morning’s game, 8-3, eliminating the Ladies from the 2004 NCAA Softball Tournament. The top of the fourth inning was one of the ugliest of the season for Centenary defensively, as the errors led to five unearned runs for the Gamecocks. Pitcher Cheyenne Daries (25-16) was not on her game, hitting a batter, committing an error on a sacrifice bunt, and giving up several RBI hits. The Ladies were victimized by the home run ball for the second consecutive game, as McKenna Hughes hit a home run to right field in the top of the first inning to put South Carolina (28-23) in the lead. Centenary tied the game in the bottom of the third inning, as Jordan Lansdale scored while Lauren Koehn forced a rundown as the two players attempted a double steal. Centenary threatened to close the gap in the fifth inning, loading the bases with one out on singles by Traci Smith , Lindsey Jones , and Lansdale. Koehn drove in Smith on a ground out to second base, but Gamecock starter Melanie Henkes (9-7) struck out Janis Kelley to end the threat. Each team scored one run in the seventh inning, but the Ladies did not go down without a fight. Lansdale reached on an error and Koehn singled to left field, putting runners at first and third base with two outs. Another strikeout by Henkes stranded the runners and ended Centenary’s postseason run. Lansdale and Smith, two of Centenary’s eight seniors, ended their playing careers with two-hit games. Daries gave up two earned runs and eight hits, walking one and striking out five Gamecocks. The Ladies finish the 2004 season with a 36-28 overall record, the program’s best season since 1991. The team earned a lot of respect from the Arizona fans after taking the top-ranked Wildcats to the seventh inning before losing, 2-1, Thursday evening.   -30-
May 20, 2004 | Athletics
TUCSON, Ariz. – After going scoreless in the first five innings, top-ranked Arizona came from behind with single runs in the last two innings to defeat the Centenary Ladies, 2-1, in the fourth game of the NCAA Tucson Regional Thursday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jackie Coburn electrified the home crowd with a mammoth home run over the center field wall to tie the game at one. Then in the seventh inning, Crystal Farley led off with a single and was sacrificed to second base. After an infield single by Autumn Champion, Wendy Allen singled to right field to score Farley and give the Wildcats the victory. After going down in order in the first three innings, the Ladies started to hit Arizona starter Wendy Allen in the top of the fourth inning. Jordan Lansdale led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lauren Koehn . After Janis Kelley reached on an error, Megan Hall hit a flare to left field that fell to the ground and scored Lansdale. Cheyenne Daries (25-15) kept the Ladies in the entire game, stranding nine Arizona runners on base while striking out three and walking nobody. When Centenary jumped ahead, Alicia Hollowell (40-2) was brought into the game to pitch, throwing 3 2/3 hitless innings with one walk and five strikeouts. With Centenary employing a unique defense of five infielders and nobody in right field, Caitlin Lowe was unable to do her normal damage, going 0-for-3 in the leadoff spot. The defense was also used against Champion, but she went 3-for-4 in the game. Centenary (36-27) will now have to fight through the regional from the loser’s bracket, starting with an elimination game against South Carolina on Friday at 9 a.m. local time.  
May 18, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents had 18 hits but managed to score only five runs in losing to the Northwestern State Demons 12-5 at Shehee Stadium on Tuesday night. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, but due to heavy rains, the game was moved to Shreveport. The Gents (21-28) were led by a pair of standout performances from shortstop David Kiefer and first baseman Blake Adkison . Kiefer was 4-for-5 at the plate, including two homeruns and three runs batted in. The junior blasted a solo shot in the bottom of the third, then followed that in his next at bat by hitting a two-run blast to left center in the fifth inning. Adkison had an equally productive day at the plate, going 4-for-5 also with a solo home run to center field in the fifth, just one out after Kiefer’s second dinger. With the great night at the plate, Adkison is now hitting a team-best .392. The Demons (29-20) also hit the ball well, getting 15 hits on the night, while being helped out by eight Centenary errors. NSU leading hitter Brandon Morgan improved his average above the .390 mark as well, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs. Northwestern State struck first, getting a two-run home run by Miles Durham to spark a four-run second inning. Centenary would pull to within 5-4 in the fifth on Kiefer and Adkison’s homers, only to have the Demons put three more on the board in the sixth, led by a two-run homer from Bobby Barbier. Both teams used several pitchers in an effort to rest their starters for conference play this weekend. The Gents sent seven hurlers to the mound while Northwestern State threw four. Eric Broaddus (2-1) picked up the win for the Demons, while Brandon Fulenchek (0-4) was saddled with the loss. The Gents return to action for their final Mid-Continent Conference series when they travel to Rochester, Mich., to face the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The first game of the Saturday doubleheader begins at noon.
May 15, 2004 | Athletics
Champions MACOMB, Ill. – With another dominating performance by Cheyenne Daries and manufactured runs throughout the game, the Centenary Ladies softball team completed a perfect weekend with a 4-0 victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders, winning the Mid-Con Softball Tournament. Centenary was placed in NCAA Region 1 of the tournament, to be held at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. The Ladies will face the University of Arizona Wildcats, the top-ranked team in the country, on Thursday, May 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. Shreveport time). Oklahoma, Northwestern, South Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, UC-Santa Barbara, and Temple are also competing in the Tucson regional. Daries continued to not give anything to the Crusaders, giving up only two hits while striking out eight batters. With the two shutouts on Saturday as well as her winning pitching performance on Friday against Western Illinois, she was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Centenary started the scoring in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Jordan Lansdale reached on a fielding error. After advancing to second base, she scored on a bloop single to left field by Megan Hall . The Ladies added another run in the third inning when Janis Kelley hit an opposite-field double scoring Lansdale from first, who reached base with a single. In the fifth inning, Katie Harwick led off with a single to left field, advanced to second base on a sacrifice, stole third, and scored on a passed ball to give the Ladies a 3-0 lead. An RBI single by Sherilyn Bossier completed the scoring for Centenary. Daries, Lansdale, Lory Kowaleski , Lauren Brownlee , and Lauren Koehn were named to the All-Tournament Team.   -30-  
May 15, 2004 | Athletics
MACOMB, Ill. – With another dominating performance by Cheyenne Daries and manufactured runs throughout the game, the Centenary Ladies softball team completed a perfect weekend with a 4-0 victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders, winning the Mid-Con Softball Tournament. Centenary was placed in NCAA Region 1 of the tournament, to be held at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. The Ladies will face the University of Arizona Wildcats, the top-ranked team in the country, on Thursday, May 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. Shreveport time). Oklahoma, Northwestern, South Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, UC-Santa Barbara, and Temple are also competing in the Tucson regional. Daries continued to not give anything to the Crusaders, giving up only two hits while striking out eight batters. With the two shutouts on Saturday as well as her winning pitching performance on Friday against Western Illinois, she was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Centenary started the scoring in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Jordan Lansdale reached on a fielding error. After advancing to second base, she scored on a bloop single to left field by Megan Hall . The Ladies added another run in the third inning when Janis Kelley hit an opposite-field double scoring Lansdale from first, who reached base with a single. In the fifth inning, Katie Harwick led off with a single to left field, advanced to second base on a sacrifice, stole third, and scored on a passed ball to give the Ladies a 3-0 lead. An RBI single by Sherilyn Bossier completed the scoring for Centenary. Daries, Lansdale, Lory Kowaleski , Lauren Brownlee , and Lauren Koehn were named to the All-Tournament Team.   -30-
May 14, 2004 | Athletics
Macomb, Ill. — Cheyenne Daries was named Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year and Micah Rhodes earned Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year honors as four Centenary Ladies were named first team All-Conference in a ceremony during the pre-tournament banquet held on the campus of Western Illinois Thursday night. Daries, also named one of the two first team All-Conference pitchers, finished the regular season with a 22-14 record, a 1.96 ERA, and 198 strikeouts in 218 innings of work. In conference games, she started 17 of the team’s 24 Mid-Con games, finishing 12-5 with a 1.57 ERA and 97 strikeouts in just over 100 innings pitched. As part of the All-Mid-Con first team outfield, Rhodes delivered runs for the Ladies, especially during the non-conference season. She led the team with a .353 batting average, a .662 slugging percentage, a .417 on-base percentage, and 92 total bases. The freshman earned nine doubles, two triples, ten home runs, and 27 runs batted in 50 games played and earned the newcomer award despite missing the last two conference weekends with a knee injury. Jordan Lansdale was elected first team All-Conference at second base after leading the Ladies in conference play with a .361 batting average, 26 hits, 18 runs scored, six doubles, 11 walks, and a .452 on-base percentage. Overall, the senior is batting .322 and has set Centenary career records for runs scored (102), hits (177), triples (nine), total bases (253), and walks (81). Another Centenary freshman cracked the Mid-Con first team, as Megan Hall was named at the utility position after seeing action as a catcher, designated player, and right fielder during the season. In Mid-Con games, Hall leads the Ladies with 12 runs batted in, plus she has contributed 15 hits, three doubles, and two triples. Two more Ladies were voted to the second team in Centenary’s first season in the conference. Catcher Lory Kowaleski was honored for her timely hitting (six doubles, 12 sacrifice bunts) and her ability to
May 14, 2004 | Athletics
Macomb, Ill. — Cheyenne Daries dominated the Valparaiso Crusaders, giving up only one infield hit while striking out 12 batters as the Centenary Ladies moved one step closer to a conference title with a 1-0 win Saturday at McKee Stadium. Daries' only mistake was not having quicker reflexes, as a shot by Beth Adamski in the fifth inning hit her glove and fell to the ground for an infield single. Daries faced only one batter over the minimum, and all but one of her strikeouts came with the Crusader batter swinging at the third strike. Centenary (35-26) scored its only run in the third inning, as Traci Smith led off with a walk and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out to the right side. Lauren Koehn hit a single up the middle to drive in Smith. The lack of Crusader offense wasted a solid pitching perfomance by Ashlee Blankenbaker, who gave up only three hits and one walk in seven innings of work. She struck out six Centenary batters during the game. Centenary advances to the championship round against the winner of the Valparaiso-Western Illinois game being played now. The Ladies' game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., and Centenary will win the Mid-Con tourney title with a victory.   -30-
May 14, 2004 | Athletics
MACOMB, Ill. – In a three-hour game with comebacks and controversy, the Centenary softball team took advantage of the wildness of Western Illinois’ pitching to defeat the Westerwinds in extra innings, 6-5, in the first round of games at the Mid-Con Softball Tournament at McKee Stadium. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Centenary loaded the bases on a single, a walk, and a throwing error by relief pitcher Christy Drankiewicz (2-2). After a long delay due to a dispute over the number of pitching conferences held by Westerwind head coach Kathy Veroni that led to her ejection from the game, Drankiewicz threw a wild pitch that scored Lory Kowaleski and ended the contest. After a two-hour delay due to overnight rains, the Ladies jumped on top in the first inning when Lauren Koehn scored on a Megan Hall single. Western Illinois took the lead with one run in the third inning and two more in the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ursula Maroski and Lauren Brownlee led off with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt by Kowaleski, pinch hitter Micah Rhodes was walked to set up a force at every base. Jordan Lansdale made the Westerwinds pay for that decision with a single that scored pinch runner Katie Harwick. Koehn followed with a bases-clearing double to the left-center field gap to give Centenary a 5-3 lead. After Janis Kelley started the game and pitched the first four innings, Cheyenne Daries (23-14) came on in relief to try to shut the door on Western Illinois. However, in the sixth inning, she gave up back-to-back doubles to Jessica Stanforth and Cassandra Hallstrom, both of whom later scored to tie the game and eventually send it to extra innings. Lansdale, Koehn, Kelley, Hall, and Brownlee all had two hits each as the Ladies pounded out 13 hits against KarenMarie Pena and Drankiewicz. Centenary (34-26) also stole seven bases off of catcher Erin Zeller, led by Koehn’s two stolen bases. Four Western Illinois players
May 13, 2004 | Athletics
Houston, Tex. —Centenary softball player Janis Kelley has been selected as a first team member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District VI team. Kelley, a junior designated player from Keithville, La., earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.39 through her first three years at Centenary while majoring in health and exercise science. She currently leads the Mid-Continent Conference in homeruns and saves, showcasing her skills as both a hitter and a pitcher. She also places in the top ten in several Mid-Con categories including slugging percentage, runs batted in, and total bases. Kelley has twice been named the Mid-Con Player of the Week and ranks third in the NCAA among all Division I pitchers in saves. She has set school records for most homeruns in a season (13), most homeruns in a career (22), most saves in a season (8), and most saves in a career (12). She also tied the NCAA record for most doubles in a game with three against Grambling State. Kelley looks to help the Centenary Ladies to their first NCAA Tournament birth as the team opens play as the #2 seed in the Mid-Con Tournament on Friday afternoon in Macomb, Ill..   -30-
May 11, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Ladies swim coach Butch Jordan has announced the signing of five swimmers to a National Letter of Intent. The 2004-05 roster additions include; Sara Hanson , Samantha Horton , Lori Von Pingel , Traci Wimberly , and Erica Young . Sara Hanson (Allen, Tex.) comes to Centenary from Allen High School and Metro Aquatics. Her best times include a 24.5 second 50-yard freestyle and a 53.8 second 100-yard freestyle. Samantha Horton (Plano, Tex.) is a product of Plano High School and the City of Plano swim club. “Sara has great potential in several events,” said Jordan. “She will be moved around in the early meets to see where her skills will help the team the most. Samantha will bolster our freestyle events and she could be successful in the backstroke as well.” Lori Von Pingel (Madison, Miss.) will join the Centenary swim squad from Jackson Prep and the Sunkist Swim club team. She has posted times of 55.4 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle and 1:12.6 in the 100-yard breaststroke. “Lori will certainly help us in sprints and middle distance freestyle races as well as the breaststroke. She has a long frame and a great feel for the water,” said Jordan. Traci Wimberly (San Antonio, Tex.) currently swims for the San Antonio Wave club team and attends Ronald Reagan High School while Erica Young (Dallas, Tex.) is out of the Lake Highlands High School program and swims club with ATAC. “Traci is very versatile but will be most valuable in the backstroke and individual medley. She is very enthusiastic and is a team player,” said Jordan. “Erica’s range is very wide from sprint to distance and could be used in the sprint fly. She will certainly help our relays.” The five late signees will join Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Tex.) from Round Rock High School who signed in the early period. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary College is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Confe
May 11, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Ladies swim coach Butch Jordan has announced the signing of five swimmers to a National Letter of Intent. The 2004-05 roster additions include; Sara Hanson , Samantha Horton , Lori Von Pingel , Traci Wimberly , and Erica Young . Sara Hanson (Allen, Tex.) comes to Centenary from Allen High School and Metro Aquatics. Her best times include a 24.5 second 50-yard freestyle and a 53.8 second 100-yard freestyle. Samantha Horton (Plano, Tex.) is a product of Plano High School and the City of Plano swim club. “Sara has great potential in several events,” said Jordan. “She will be moved around in the early meets to see where her skills will help the team the most. Samantha will bolster our freestyle events and she could be successful in the backstroke as well.” Lori Von Pingel (Madison, Miss.) will join the Centenary swim squad from Jackson Prep and the Sunkist Swim club team. She has posted times of 55.4 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle and 1:12.6 in the 100-yard breaststroke. “Lori will certainly help us in sprints and middle distance freestyle races as well as the breaststroke. She has a long frame and a great feel for the water,” said Jordan. Traci Wimberly (San Antonio, Tex.) currently swims for the San Antonio Wave club team and attends Ronald Reagan High School while Erica Young (Dallas, Tex.) is out of the Lake Highlands High School program and swims club with ATAC. “Traci is very versatile but will be most valuable in the backstroke and individual medley. She is very enthusiastic and is a team player,” said Jordan. “Erica’s range is very wide from sprint to distance and could be used in the sprint fly. She will certainly help our relays.” The five late signees will join Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Tex.) from Round Rock High School who signed in the early period. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary College is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Confe
May 10, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — The Centenary softball team travels to Macomb, Ill., this week for the 2004 Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament on May 14-15 with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. The Ladies (33-26, 16-8 Mid-Con) finished the season in second place in the conference, three games behind regular season champion Southern Utah. As the second seed, Centenary will face third seed Western Illinois in the first round of games Friday afternoon at 12:15 p.m. Centenary will play again later Friday afternoon against either Southern Utah or fourth seed Valparaiso. As long as they don't lose both Friday games, the Ladies will continue action in the double-elimination tournament on Saturday. If the softball team wins the tournament, it will be the first Centenary squad to win a Mid-Con title since the school joined the conference this past fall. The Ladies are led by the pitching of Cheyenne Daries , who enjoyed one of the best seasons ever by a Centenary pitcher. The senior from Salinas, Calif., finished the regular season with a 22-14 record, a 1.96 ERA, and 198 strikeouts. In conference games, she earned a 12-5 record, a 1.57 ERA, and 97 strikeouts. On the offensive side, senior Jordan Lansdale continually set the table for the Centenary power hitters. Batting leadoff, Lansdale batted .322 with 55 hits, including ten doubles, 18 runs batted in, 25 walks, a .417 on-base percentage, and 11 stolen bases. She led the team in hitting in conference games, batting .361 with 26 hits, 18 runs scored, and 11 walks. Janis Kelley led the way in driving runners in, hitting a school-record 13 home runs and earning 36 runs batted in. Lauren Brownlee led the team with 12 doubles and also drove in 26 runs, while Micah Rhodes had a sensational freshman year with a .353 batting average, nine doubles, ten home runs, and 27 runs batted in. However, Rhodes suffered a knee injury before the Western Illinois series and is questionable for the tournament. Traveling by bu
May 10, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary men’s swimming coach Butch Jordan has announced the signing of seven swimmers to a National Letter of Intent for the 2004-05 academic year. The new Gents include; Adam D’Aquin , Ross Gilbert , Roddie Haley , Jonathan Harrop , Robert Scott James , Kyle McKee , and Dustin Myers . Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La.) is a member of Crawfish Aquatics and attended Catholic High. Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Tex.) was the captain and MVP of his Flower Mound High School team and swam for the Lakeside Aquatic Club. “Adam has relatively little experience having started swimming only three years ago,” said Jordan. “Ross comes from a great program and he thrives on hard work. He will bring a great deal of enthusiasm to our program,” he added. “I am looking forward to coaching both of these young swimmers in their freestyle events.” Two swimmers that will help Centenary in the sprint events are Roddie Haley (Texarkana, Tex.) and Jonathan Harrop (McKinney, Tex.). Haley brings his tall 6’3” frame to the Gents squad from Texas High while Harrop was All-District at McKinney High School. “Roddie has a lot of untapped potential and he will be used primarily as a sprinter for us,” said Jordan. “Jonathan will have an immediate impact for us in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events. His high school and club coaches have produced many great sprinters.” Also hailing from McKinney High School is Robert Scott James (McKinney, Tex.). James posted a 21.9 second 50-yard freestyle and served as vice president of the National Honor Society while swimming with Metro Aquatics. “Robert will fit into our sprint relays and has good potential in the breast stroke,” said Jordan. Rounding out the new signees are Kyle McKee (Baton Rouge, La.) and Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Tex.). McKee was a member of the Crawfish Aquatics team that also produced new teammate Adam D’Aquin
May 10, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —All-session and single-day tickets are now on sale for the 2004 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Tournament, to be held at W. Peyton Shehee Stadium, adjacent to the Centenary College Gold Dome, from Thursday, May 27 to Saturday, May 29. For each of the sessions on Thursday, May 27 and Friday, May 28, tickets are ten dollars ($10) for adults and five dollars ($5) for senior citizens, children ages 3-18, college students with valid I.D.s, and active duty military personnel. Tickets for the championship session on Saturday, May 29, are 12 dollars ($12) for adults and six dollars ($6) for the previously mentioned groups. Fans can also buy all-session tickets, which are good for admission to all of the games during the three-day tournament. All-session tickets are 30 dollars ($30) for adults and 15 dollars ($15) for senior citizens, children ages 3-18, college students, and active duty military personnel. Advance tickets can be purchased by coming to the Centenary athletic office on the second level of the Gold Dome between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Tickets will be sold on game days at Shehee Stadium beginning one hour and 30 minutes prior to the first game scheduled that day. Tickets may also be ordered over the phone by calling (318) 869-5067. Those orders can be charged to VISA, MasterCard, or Discover, and can be picked up at the Centenary athletic office before the tournament or at the ticket window on the day of the game. The May 27 session, beginning at 3:30 p.m., will consist of two games, while the May 28 session will consist of three games and begin at 12 p.m. The session on May 29 will include at least one game beginning at 1 p.m. and may also see another game played at 4:30 p.m., depending on the first game’s result. The field for the four-team double-elimination tournament will be announced after the last regular season conference game on May 23.
May 10, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary men’s swimming coach Butch Jordan has announced the signing of seven swimmers to a National Letter of Intent for the 2004-05 academic year. The new Gents include; Adam D’Aquin , Ross Gilbert , Roddie Haley , Jonathan Harrop , Robert Scott James , Kyle McKee , and Dustin Myers . Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La.) is a member of Crawfish Aquatics and attended Catholic High. Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Tex.) was the captain and MVP of his Flower Mound High School team and swam for the Lakeside Aquatic Club. “Adam has relatively little experience having started swimming only three years ago,” said Jordan. “Ross comes from a great program and he thrives on hard work. He will bring a great deal of enthusiasm to our program,” he added. “I am looking forward to coaching both of these young swimmers in their freestyle events.” Two swimmers that will help Centenary in the sprint events are Roddie Haley (Texarkana, Tex.) and Jonathan Harrop (McKinney, Tex.). Haley brings his tall 6’3” frame to the Gents squad from Texas High while Harrop was All-District at McKinney High School. “Roddie has a lot of untapped potential and he will be used primarily as a sprinter for us,” said Jordan. “Jonathan will have an immediate impact for us in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events. His high school and club coaches have produced many great sprinters.” Also hailing from McKinney High School is Robert Scott James (McKinney, Tex.). James posted a 21.9 second 50-yard freestyle and served as vice president of the National Honor Society while swimming with Metro Aquatics. “Robert will fit into our sprint relays and has good potential in the breast stroke,” said Jordan. Rounding out the new signees are Kyle McKee (Baton Rouge, La.) and Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Tex.). McKee was a member of the Crawfish Aquatics team that also produced new teammate Adam D’Aquin
May 9, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —After splitting a pair of games on Saturday, Centenary and Western Illinois did the same again on Sunday at Shehee Stadium to earn a series split. The Leathernecks took game three 14-9 while the Gents bounced back to win the series finale 5-3. Western Illinois (24-32, 10-10) roughed up Centenary starter Adam Oakley in game one of the Sunday twinbill scoring six runs in the first inning highlighted by a Kyle Malan grand slam. WIU sailed through the rest of the contest fueled by the hitting of right fielder Blake Schultz. Schultz finished the game with a 4-for-4 effort that included a homerun, two doubles, a single, a sacrifice fly, and a walk. All total, Schultz drove in nine runs and scored twice to account for 11 of the Leathernecks 14 runs in the victory. Centenary (21-27, 8-10) would pull within four at 13-9 with three-run innings in both the sixth and seventh frames. However, the Gents would never get within serious striking range as Ryan Schmidgall moved over from shortstop to finish out the game for Western Illinois on the hill. Schmidgall did not allow a runner to reach base over the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up his second save of the season. The pitching of freshman Will Kaage and one big inning with the bats helped Centenary secure the split with a victory in game two. The Gents got on the board first in the opening inning when David Kiefer belted his third homerun of the season over the left field fence. Western Illinois answered with single runs in the top of the second and third innings to pull ahead at 2-1. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Centenary’s Jesse Newell drew a lead off walk and moved to second on an errant throw by the pitcher on a failed pick off attempt. Blake Adkison also walked and both runners advanced a base on a ground out by A.J. Howes . Tony Cardone ’s ground out to the shortstop scored Newell just ahead of a double by Alex Valdivia that allowed Adkison to cross home plate. With the Gents up 3-2, J
May 8, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents remained alive in the Mid-Con race for the fourth and final spot in the conference tournament after splitting a doubleheader with Western Illinois on Saturday. The Leathernecks took the series opener 6-1 before the Gents prevailed 6-5 in an 11-inning battle in the nightcap. With the split, Centenary is now in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league standings with Southern Utah and Valparaiso. Centenary (20-26, 7-9 Mid-Con) struggled to put hits on the board in game one as the Gents finished the contest with only three safeties. The two teams were involved in a pitchers duel through the first five innings as Western Illinois led 1-0 on two hits before the Leathernecks broke through in the sixth frame with three runs. After three singles, Nick Simmons drove in two runs with a double down the left field line to give the visitors the edge it would need. Western Illinois (23-31, 9-9 Mid-Con) received a strong pitching performance from starter Pat Kohorst (6-5) as he notched his fifth complete game on the year. He allowed only one run on three hits and struck out four Centenary hitters. His counterpart, Kevin Willborn , also went the distance but surrendered six runs to fall to 5-4 on the season. After combining for 14 hits, 11 by Western Illinois in the first game, each team totaled 14 hits in game two. The Leathernecks pushed a run across in the first inning but the Gents answered with a four-run second inning. Alex Valdivia led off with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout. A.J. Howes doubled in Valdivia to knot the game at one apiece and was followed by a bunt single and a hit batter to load the bases. Bobby Gilliam legged out an infield single to advance all runners and David Kiefer singled to right center to score two more. Western Illinois fought back with three runs in the fifth inning on three hits and the help of three Centenary errors to tie the game at 4-4. Both teams added another run in their next at-bat
May 6, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced that Shayla Andreas , Lindsay Bekelja , and Emily Longerot have all signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Ladies volleyball team for the 2004-05 academic year. Andreas (El Campo, Tex.) is a 6’1” middle blocker that collected 333 kills and 84 blocks in her senior season at El Campo High School. She was named the District MVP and Co-MVP of Wharton County in 2003 as well as third team All-State by the Sports Writers Association. Off the court, Andreas served as president of the National Honor Society, received the Academic Excellence Award, and was a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students. “Shayla is a versatile player that can do it all,” said Hazelwood. “She will bring much needed height and ability to the middle blocker position.” Bekelja (League City, Tex.) is a 5’7” setter who tallied 798 assists in 88 games during her final season at Clear Creek High School. She was named first team All-District, Most Valuable Setter, and team MVP while helping her team to back-to-back state playoff appearances. “Lindsay is a great athlete and a great competitor. She has tremendous leadership skills and we look for her to make an immediate impact on our program right away,” said Hazelwood. Longerot (Alvin, Tex.) collected 116 kills, 302 digs, and 91 blocks at Alvin High School. The 5’9” outside hitter garnered first team All-District and All-County honors to go with other accolades such as Best All-Around Player in 2002 and 2003, Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2003, and Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2002. “Emily is a steady player that has exceptional ball control and hits very well. I am looking for her to be an impact player for us right away,” added Hazelwood. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference. With an enrollment of 860 stu
May 5, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary women’s basketball coach Elizabeth Wamsley has announced the signing of Brittany Barbee to a National Letter of Intent for the 2004-05 academic year. Barbee is the first signee for Wamsley who was named head coach of the Ladies basketball program on April 21st. Barbee (Hernando, Miss.) averaged 10.4 ppg, 7.1 apg, and 3.7 spg while playing point guard at the Southern Baptist Education Center (SBEC). She is a member of the 1,000-point club and accumulated several TSSAA Division II honors such as All-Tournament Team, Small School All-State, All-District, and Best of Preps. In addition, Barbee was recognized as the top basketball underclassmen by the Clarion Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Miss., in the 2002-03 school year. “Brittany brings an incredible work ethic and tremendous spirit to our team,” said Wamsley. “As a solid point guard, she should have an immediate impact on the court and we are excited that she has chosen to come to Centenary.” Barbee has also excelled in the classroom as she was selected as the valedictorian of her class and served as the class president and the president of the National Honor Society. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference. With an enrollment of 890 undergraduate students, Centenary is the smallest Division I school in the nation and is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River having been founded in 1825.
May 4, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary softball head coach Mark Montgomery has announced the signing of five student-athletes who will attend Centenary College and play for the Ladies softball team beginning in the 2004-05 academic year. Lauren Flowers is a middle infielder from San Antonio, Tex. During her junior season at James Madison High School, Flowers batted .471 with eight doubles, four triples, three home runs, and a .809 slugging percentage. The three-time first team All-District performer also plays for the San Antonio Royals during the summer. “Lauren is not only a great hitter but a versatile defensive player as well,” Montgomery says. “Look for her to have an immediate impact in a Centenary softball uniform.” With two senior pitchers graduating, Jessica Ivins was recruited to help stabilize the future pitching staff. Ivins, a resident of Houston, Tex., was 27-5 with a 0.66 earned run average in her junior year at Stratford High School, striking out 190 batters in 149 innings pitched. The coaches like her command and control of a variety of pitches. “Jessica has a chance to come in and immediately compete for quality innings,” says Montgomery. A native of Sugarland, Tex., Jennifer Mango will compete for a variety of positions thanks to her strong defensive skills. Mango, who plays for Kempner High School and the Sugarland Outlaws, is a power hitter who the coaches hope will find a way into the everyday batting order. Jennifer Martin comes from All Saints Episcopal High School in Fort Worth, Tex., the same high school that produced 2003 Centenary graduate and four-year softball player Katie Meinen . Playing for the Texas Speed in the summer, Martin brings another powerful bat to the Centenary lineup. From Waltrip High School comes Amy Wiedeman , another versatile defensive player who will play several roles with the Centenary Ladies. The Houston, Tex., native is a left-handed slap hitter with very good speed who will challenge
May 4, 2004 | Athletics
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) presented former Centenary star Andrew Wisniewski with the Pete Maravich Memorial Award for the Louisiana Major College Player of the Year at its annual Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 1. Already named Player of the Year and First Team All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA), Wisniewski add this award to All-Conference honors from the Mid-Continent Conference and All-District honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Wisniewski was one of 64 seniors who took part in the Portsmouth Basketball Invitational, an invitation-only tournament where the top college seniors can show off their skills to pro scouts. The guard from Staten Island, N.Y., led the Gents in scoring and assists for the third consecutive season, the first Centenary player to ever accomplish that feat. He averaged 21.9 points per game, 12th in Division I in scoring, and 4.3 assists per game. He shot 51.2 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from the three-point line, and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. After transferring from St. Peter’s College in New Jersey and sitting out one year, Wisniewski finished his three-year Centenary career near the top of several career statistical lists. He is fifth on Centenary’s all-time lists for points (1,758), three-point field goals made (172) and attempted (426), 30-points games (12) and assists (400). He also finds himself fourth in Centenary history in steals (173). The winner of the Pete Maravich Memorial Award is selected by the men’s college basketball coaches in the state of Louisiana. More information about the LABC can be found by going to the organization’s website at www.labball.com.
May 1, 2004 | Athletics
Cedar City, Utah —Southern Utah and Centenary posted a pair of lopsided victories as the two teams came away with a split a four-game weekend series in Cedar City. After losing the series opener on Friday 10-5, Centenary bounced back to take the second game by a similar 10-5 score. On Saturday, the Gents scored eight first-inning runs in pounding the Thunderbirds, 16-1, in the opener while SUU’s Justin Abbott came through with a dominating performance in SUU’s 13-2 win in the seven-inning series finale. The Gents (19-25/6-8 Mid-Con) registered only three hits in their decisive first inning, but took advantage of two costly T-Bird infield throwing errors along with two walks and two hit batters in the frame, which chased T-Bird starter Chris Mower (L, 1-4) before he could register an out. Centenary tacked on a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and five more in the ninth. SUU avoided being shut out for the first time this season with a run in the seventh, set up by a three-base error in right field on a ball hit by Burgess with one out. Designated hitter Josh Bolingbroke then grounded out to drive in Burgess to get Southern Utah on the board. Centenary righthander David Ruffing (W, 7-4) went the distance in the nine-inning game, holding SUU’s offense to just three hits and one unearned run while striking out seven. The Gent offense finished with 12 hits, including a pair of two-run home runs by first baseman Blake Adkison . In the nightcap, the Thunderbird bats erupted for five first-inning runs on six hits to take a quick 5-1 lead in the finale, thanks in part to consecutive RBI-singles from Charlie Hahl, Burgess and Elliott. Jona Droubay also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, which was promptly followed by a two-out, run-scoring double off the bat of catcher Mike Martin. SUU struck again for four more runs in the second thanks to a Hahl two-RBI single and a two-run homer by Elliott. That would be all the runs Abbott would need as he held
May 1, 2004 | Athletics
VALPARAISO, Ind. – After dropping the first game to Valparaiso, 9-4, the Centenary softball team received a brilliant pitching performance from Casi Hendricks and took advantage of several Crusader errors to win the second game, 6-1, splitting Saturday’s doubleheader and winning the weekend series. Hendricks (2-0) picked up her first-ever conference victory, pitching a complete game by scattering six hits while striking out five Crusader batters. She stranded runners in three consecutive innings before giving up the only Valparaiso run in the sixth inning. Centenary (33-26, 16-8 Mid-Con) jumped on top in the fifth inning when Lauren Brownlee led off with a single and scored on a Valparaiso error. Lory Kowaleski , who reached base on the error, scored on a sacrifice fly by Lindsey Jones . Jordan Lansdale followed with a double and scored on a single to center field by Lauren Koehn . Another Valpo error in the sixth inning led to another Centenary run to make the score 4-0. More Crusader mistakes in the seventh inning led to runs by Lindsey Virdell and Lansdale. Both Lansdale and Koehn hit 3-for-4 in game two, with Lansdale scoring two runs. Centenary earned the early lead in the first inning of game one. Lansdale led off with a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Koehn and a bunt single by Janis Kelley . Megan Hall grounded out to the shortstop, but earned an RBI when Lansdale scored to give the Ladies a 1-0 lead. Valparaiso (18-28, 12-8 Mid-Con) came back in the bottom of the first inning when the Crusaders loaded the bases on two hits and a walk off Centenary starter Cathy Byrne (7-9). The inning was seemingly over when Monica Rowan hit a fly ball to left field, but Koehn dropped the fly ball and all three Crusader runners scored. Hall tied the game in the top of the third inning with a triple that scored Lansdale and Kelley. In the bottom of the inning, Bridget Schwoegler hit a single to drive in Karen Constien and give the Crusaders a lead they w
April 30, 2004 | Athletics
VALPARAISO, Ind. - The Centenary softball team used the long ball to take the lead in both games, then needed to hold on for two one-run victories, 1-0 and 5-4, Friday afternoon over the Valparaiso Crusaders. Game one was scoreless until the fourth inning, when Janis Kelley hit her 13th home run of the season to give the Ladies a 1-0 lead. Despite several other chances, led by Traci Smith's 2-for-3 effort, Centenary could not score any more runs. Cheyenne Daries made sure the one-run advantage would hold up, pitching a complete game. She gave up only two hits and two walks while striking out seven Crusader batters. The second game was also scoreless through the first few innings. In the fifth inning, Dana Davis came up as a pinch hitter and drove an Amanda Gilbertson pitch over the centerfield fence for her first career home run, giving the Ladies a 2-0 lead. The Ladies continued the offensive onsluaght in the sixth inning, scoring three runs to extend the lead to five. Third baseman Lauren Brownlee , who went 2-for-3 and scored on Davis' home run, drove in a run and later scored another run. Centenary also executed a double steal, as Lindsey Jones scored the fifth run of the game, a run that would prove valuable. Giving up only two hits coming into the seventh inning, Daries (22-14) struggled through the seventh inning, giving up two hits before getting two outs. A two-run double by Gilbertson gave Valparaiso its first runs of the day and chased Daries from the game. Kelley gave up a two-run single to Beth Adamski, but forced Crusader leading hitter Karen Constien to hit into a fielder's choice to end the game and pick up her eighth save of the season. Weather permitting, these two teams will meet in another doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon at the Valparaiso Softball Field.   -30-
April 29, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary men’s soccer player Greg Clarke has been selected by the NCAA to participate in its eighth annual Leadership Conference at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The leadership conference is designed to enhance student-athletes’ leadership and communication skills to enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators when they return to their campuses. The conference is an extension of the NCAA’s successful CHAMPS/Life Skills Program – a development program structured to prepare student-athletes for graduation and success in life. Each NCAA college and university that has a CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is asked to nominate four student-athletes who have demonstrated an ability or strong desire to be a leader on their campus or who would benefit from a significant leadership experience. The NCAA Leadership Conference Selection Committee received 1175 nominations submitted by 295 institutions. Clarke was one of 324 student-athletes chosen to take part in this year’s event. To be eligible for the conference, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic year. Clarke recently finished his junior season as a member of the Gents soccer team. In his career, he has played in 51 matches and tallied ten goals and seven assists for a total of 27 points. He also has maintained a superb grade point average in his three years at Centenary.   -30-
April 28, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Down 2-1 entering the seventh inning, Stephen F. Austin scored two runs with two outs to end its season on a positive note with a 3-2 victory over Centenary Wednesday evening at the Centenary Softball Complex. Nicole Carter led off the inning with a sharp single to center field. After a sacrifice bunt moved Carter to second, Ladyjack leading hitter Carrie Woydziak hit a single to center field to score Carter and tie the game. Woydziak, who advanced to third on the throw home, then scored on a pinch-hit single by Dawn Thomas. Senior pitcher Crissy Autry (13-16) shut down the Ladies in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting Lory Kowaleski to ground out to third base before striking out Traci Smith and Lindsey Virdell to end the game. Autry struck out 13 Centenary batters and scattered four hits in pitching a complete game. Centenary (30-25) jumped on top in the first inning when Jordan Lansdale led off with a walk and Lauren Koehn was hit by a pitch. After a double steal put runners at second and third, Megan Hall hit a bloop single to right field to score Lansdale. Stephen F. Austin (23-27) tied the game in the second inning when Chelsea Lundberg hit a double to left-center field and scored on a single to right field by Lee Lara. Lundberg was the only Ladyjack batter to earn two hits in the game, singling in the fourth inning. The Ladies took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. After singles by Hall and Lauren Brownlee , Kowaleski doubled down the leftfield line to score pinch runner Katie Harwick . Centenary threatened to score more runs with runners on second and third and one out, but Autry notched back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat. Cheyenne Daries started the game for Centenary, pitching 6 1/3 innings and giving up two runs and six hits while striking out five batters. Janis Kelley (2-3) gave up the two run-scoring hits in the seventh inning and took the loss. Centenary travels to Valparaiso, Ind., for a four-game confere
April 28, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – With a 23-2 singles record, a perfect conference season, and victories over the top players from two SEC schools, Anja Schmidt has been named the Mid-Continent Conference’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches. Schmidt, a native of Germany, started the spring season with straight-set victories over Anastasia Kugakolova of Mississippi State and Jessica Ferguson of LSU, the 58th-ranked player in the country. Schmidt won her first ten singles matches of the spring before dropping two matches at a tournament hosted by Southern Mississippi. Also named First Team All-Conference, the sophomore saved her best for her first season in the Mid-Con, winning all eight regular-season matches in straight sets, losing a total of just 18 games in those wins. In doubles action, she teamed with Heather Kelley to post a 13-6 record at number-one doubles, including a perfect 5-0 mark in conference play. Schmidt, presently the 116th-ranked player in the country according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), helped the Centenary Ladies earn a fourth-place finish in the conference, good enough for a spot in last week’s Mid-Con Women’s Tennis Tournament. Even though the team lost to regular-season champion Valparaiso, Schmidt was able to defeat fellow All-Conference First Team member Mara Sonkin in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) for the second time in a span of 11 days. This is the sixth award for Schmidt from the conference, as she was named Mid-Con Player of the Week five times during the regular season. In its first year of competition in the conference, Centenary earned eight honors during the year in women’s tennis, with Kelley and senior Brandy Smith each being named Player of the Week once.   -30-
April 26, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – An RBI double by Lauren Koehn in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Ladies the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, but Western Illinois jumped on top early in game two to salvage a split of the doubleheader and the weekend series. The two teams could not score in game one, even though both teams had their chances, especially the Westerwinds. Western Illinois left 11 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the second and sixth innings as well as two runners on in the first and third innings. Centenary starter Janis Kelley pitched out of several jams, but was lifted after loading the bases with one out in the sixth inning. Cheyenne Daries came on in relief, induced a pop out by Jessica Stanforth, and struck out Amber Lessen to end the Westerwind threat. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Megan Hall singled sharply to center field with one out. Lindsey Virdell pinch ran for Hall and scored from first base on the double to left-center field by Koehn, giving the Ladies the 1-0 victory. In 1 2/3 innings, Daries made 16 pitches, all of them strikes, for her 20th victory of the season. Daries (20-14) was not as dominating in starting game two, as Stanforth led off the game with a first-pitch home run to left-center field. Before the first inning was over, Western Illinois (22-25, 11-9 Mid-Con) had scored five runs, the big hits being a two-run single by Meghan Strazar and a two-run home run by Maureen Troller. The Westerwinds continued using the long ball to extend the lead, as solo home runs by Cassandra Hallstrom in the second inning and Erin Zeller in the fifth inning gave Western Illinois a 7-1 lead. In the sixth inning, an RBI single by Brooke Benson gave the Westerwinds the final margin at 8-1. The only run for Centenary (30-24, 13-7 Mid-Con) came off a solo home run to right field by Lauren Brownlee in the second inning. Mixing up her pitches successfully, Christine Drankiewicz (2-1) picked up the complete-game victory, scat
April 24, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The 22nd-ranked Oral Roberts Eagles got an 8-for-9 effort from Matt VanDerbosch to sweep a doubleheader over the Centenary Gents 5-2 and 22-5 in the first day of a Mid-Continent Conference series at Shehee Stadium. Weather delayed the start of the first game for four hours, but did little to dampen the hitting of ORU’s (33-7, 10-0 Mid-Con) conference player of the year candidate VanDerBosch, who went 4-for-4 with a walk in the first game of the doubleheader with two runs and three RBIs. He continued his streak in the second game, reaching base seven straight times before finally grounding out in his second at bat in the evening game. He would add four more hits in the nightcap to go along with four runs and five RBI. All total, the centerfielder compiled eight RBI and six runs to go with two stolen bases on the day. Centenary (17-23, 4-6 Mid-Con) rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the first game in the late innings, but had the door shut on them by the relieving staff of the Eagles. Adam Lesko and Justin Ramsey combined for 2.1 innings of work and allowed only one base hit. The lone bright spot on the day for the Gents was first baseman Blake Adkison . After ORU had put up a three-run spot in the top of the first inning in game two, the senior drove a pitch deep from ORU starter Dennis Bigley over the 30-foot high center field wall for a mammoth two-run home run. Adkison finished the evening 5-for-8 with four RBI and two runs scored. The ace for the Eagles, Bigley, settled in after the homer to throw a complete game. He did surrender five runs on ten hits but ORU’s early lead was never threatened. Bigley improved to 8-1 with the victory. On the mound, Kevin Cassidy pitched well in relief in game one, shutting out the Eagles for 5.1 innings. He relieved Josh Hill (2-2), who gave up all five runs in the loss. In game two, the Eagles found their bats in the fifth inning, scoring 12 runs while hammering out nine hits to break open a 7-2 game. D
April 24, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary softball team played solidly in winning game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, 5-1, but Centenary baserunning mistakes as well as timely hitting by Western Illinois led to the Westerwinds earning a split with a 4-2 victory in game two at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Ladies jumped on top in game one when Jordan Lansdale , who went 2-for-3 in game one with an RBI, led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a wild pitch. Western Illinois tied the game in the second inning as Brooke Benson hit a leadoff home run to right field. Centenary was able to score in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit. Lauren Koehn reached base when Jessica Stanforth could not handle a line drive. Koehn stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a squeeze bunt by Megan Hall . The Ladies pulled away with two runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning. Cheyenne Daries (19-13) kept the Westerwind hitters guessing, striking out 12 batters in pitching a complete game. In the process, Daries broke the Centenary single-season record for strikeouts with her 166th strikeout in the fourth inning. Western Illinois (21-24, 10-8 Mid-Con) took the early advantage in game two, scoring two runs in the second inning on an RBI double by Richele Dorsey. The Ladies stormed back in the bottom of the third inning, taking advantage of two Westerwind errors to score two runs and tie the game. The game turned into a pitcher’s duel between Daries, who relieved starter Cathy Byrne , and KarenMarie Pena (15-12), who settled down after giving up the two unearned runs. In the top of the sixth inning, Cassandra Hallstrom led off with a double, but Daries was able to get a strikeout and a popup for the first two outs. However, catcher Erin Zeller hit a home run to center field to give Western Illinois the lead for good. Centenary (29-23, 12-6 Mid-Con) had its chances in both the sixth and seventh i
April 22, 2004 | Athletics
Indianapolis, Ind. — Despite the 13th consecutive singles victory by Anja Schmidt , the Centenary Ladies lost to the Valparaiso Crusaders, 4-2, Thursday morning in the semifinals of the Mid-Con Women's Tennis Tournament. The Crusaders jumped on top by taking the doubles point from the Ladies. Rachel Janssen and Jill Dierberg defeated Elizabeth Pitts and Ashlee Mantooth , 8-1, while Monika Danko and Christina Scala clinched the point with an 8-2 victory over Christine Majchrowicz and Brandy Smith . Centenary earned the first singles point when Valparaiso was penalized for an illegal substitution at the number six position. Dierberg defeated Heather Kelley , 6-0 and 6-3, and Whitney Chada defeated Pitts, 6-1 and 6-1, to give Valpo a 3-1 lead. Schmidt, the 95th-ranked player in the country, continued her dominance over Mid-Con opponents, defeating Valpo's Mara Sonkin in straight sets (6-2, 6-2). However, Danko clinched the match for the Crusaders by defeating Smith, 6-0 and 6-2. Valparaiso moves on to Friday's tournament final against the winner of the match between Southern Utah and IUPUI. Centenary finishes its first season in the Mid-Con with a 10-16 overall record.   -30-
April 21, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary athletic director Taylor Moore has announced that Elizabeth Wamsley has been named the fourth head coach of the Centenary Ladies basketball program. Wamsley replaces David Winkler who resigned last week to help run the family business. Winkler compiled a 21-62 record in three seasons at the helm. “Elizabeth served as an assistant in the Ladies basketball program for the last season and we are extremely happy to be able to promote Liz to the position of head coach,” said Moore. “In the brief time she has been at Centenary, I have been most impressed by her work ethic and willingness to take on all tasks with great enthusiasm. Although she has not previously been a head coach at the college level, she has an extensive network of contacts that should enable her to recruit, schedule, and promote our program at Centenary.” Wamsley joined the staff of the Centenary women’s basketball team prior to the start of the 2003-04 season after serving as a head coach in the Alcorn Central Schools system in Mississippi. In addition to playing four years at Mississippi State where she competed in three postseason tournaments (WNIT in 1998, NCAA in 1999 and 2000), Wamsley served as the head coach of several AAU championship teams in her home state. “I have been blessed to be given the opportunity to take the reigns of a program of which, in my opinion, holds such tremendous potential,” said Wamsley. “I have inherited a wonderful group of young ladies who are truly devoted to doing whatever it takes to turn our program into one that will bring yet another sense of pride to Centenary College.” Wamsley also added, “The Centenary athletic administration has been a tremendous advocate for our program, and I had no doubt that they would do what they felt was in the best interest of the team when filling our coaching vacancy. I must say that I am very flattered that they have placed enough faith and tru
April 20, 2004 | Athletics
Indianapolis, Ind. —The Centenary Gents entered the final round of the Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championship leading by three strokes but were unable to hold on as Western Illinois defeated the first day leaders by one stroke. Centenary finished in second place with a three-round total of 917 (+53) while the Leathernecks totaled a final score of 916. Freshman Bryan Elliott led the Centenary charge, firing a final round 72 to finish second among all individuals with a final score of 225 (+9). By virtue of his top five finish, Elliott was selected as a first team All-Mid-Continent Conference member. In addition, he was named the Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year after recording the best finish of all freshman or transfers in their first year of competition at their respective schools. Brett Kaufman and Brian Grone missed second team All-Mid-Con honors by one stroke after shooting a 231 (+15) and finishing in a tie for 11th place. John Kizer ’s 238 (+22) and David Viviano ’s 239 (+23) effort placed them in 22nd and 24th place respectively to round out the Centenary participants. On the Ladies side, individual qualifier Repsie Schirmer placed inside the top 20 at 17th after posting a three-round total of 260.
April 19, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary athletic director Taylor Moore has postponed Tuesday’s baseball game featuring Centenary and Northwestern State in Natchitoches. A Centenary baseball player suffered a non-athletic related illness that required immediate surgery on Sunday afternoon while the Gents where playing a Mid-Continent Conference contest at Chicago State. The player is expected to be hospitalized indefinitely and head coach Ed McCann has stayed in Chicago to tend to the athlete. The game between the Gents and Demons will be played at a point later in the season after both coaches have had a chance to discuss alternate dates.
April 19, 2004 | Athletics
Indianapolis, Ind. —In windy conditions on an already-tough course, the Centenary men’s golf team shot the best round of the day in the afternoon, shooting 301 to take a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mid-Con Golf Championships at The Fort Golf Club. After shooting 312 (24-over-par) in the morning session, the Gents’ score of 13-over-par in the second round gave Centenary a cumulative score of 613, three strokes ahead of Western Illinois and UMKC. Oral Roberts, one of the favorites entering the tournament, struggled to a 317 in the early round, but came back with a 301 in the second round to finish the day five strokes behind the Gents. After an opening-round 83, Brian Grone led the second-round charge with an even-par 72, the best individual round of the day, to finish day one in 11th place with 155 (+11). Brett Kaufman posted a solid 74 in round two, matching it with an opening-round 79 to post a score of 153 (+9), the same two-round score as freshman Bryan Elliott (77-76). Both players find themselves tied for sixth place heading into Tuesday’s third round. David Viviano , despite struggling on the final two holes in both rounds, posted back-to-back scores of 79 for a two-round total of 158 (+14), good enough for a tie for 21st place. John Kizer followed a 77 with an 83 for a two-round total of 160 (+15), placing him in a tie for 26th place. On the women’s side, Repsie Schirmer improved in the afternoon, lowering her score from an opening-round 92 to an 85 in the second round. Schirmer (177) finds herself in 19th place entering Tuesday’s final round. If the Gents hold on to their lead after Tuesday morning’s final round, they will win Centenary’s first Mid-Continent Conference championship since the school entered the conference last fall. The Gents will also earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
April 18, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents baseball team earned a split in its Sunday Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader against Chicago State in windy and humid conditions. As a result, the Gents took the series from the host Cougars, three games to one by winning 19-11 before falling 10-9 in the finale. Chicago State (3-32, 1-7 Mid-Con) collected season-highs in hits with 19 and runs scored with 11, but Centenary used a nine-run fifth inning to take a commanding 15-6 lead and put game one away. CSU took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Brandon Candiano hit a two-out RBI double off Gents starting pitcher Kevin Cassidy that brought home B.J. Guyse. The Cougars added another run in the inning on an RBI double by Bryan Grippo to increase its lead at 2-0. The Cougars continued the scoring in the second inning when Dave Walter singled down the left field line to score Jason Grace and Derrick Bass for a 4-0 advantage. Centenary (17-21, 4-4 Mid-Con) finally got on the board in the top of the third inning when David Kiefer hit a solo homer off CSU starting pitcher, junior Ryan Payne, to cut the Cougars’ lead down to 4-1. CSU came back to add four more runs off Cassidy to increase its lead at 8-1 in the bottom half of the third inning. The Gents scored five runs off Payne to cut CSU’s advantage at 9-6 before they scored nine runs in the fifth inning off CSU relievers Jonathan Duncan and Scott Fritzler to take a 15-6 lead. The lead served as first of the game for the Gents. A three-run homer by Jared Vincent to left field helped increase the Gents’ lead to 18-9 in the seventh. Chicago State would add two more runs but would not complete the comeback. In the second game, Centenary took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on solo homers by Bobby Gilliam , Jesse Newell and Blake Adkison off CSU starting pitcher Paul Darby. After a single run in the bottom of the first for the Cougars, the Gents came back to score a run in the second and
April 18, 2004 | Athletics
Elmhurst, Ill. —Thanks to a 5-3 conference record, the Centenary Ladies tennis team clinched the fourth and final spot for the Mid-Con Women's Tennis Tournament, to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., on April 22-23. The Ladies did not participate in this past weekend's conference cluster hosted by Southern Utah. However, their spot in the tournament was secured when Chicago State lost to IUPUI, Valparaiso, and Southern Utah during the weekend. Centenary (10-15, 5-3 Mid-Con) is led by Anja Schmidt , a five-time Mid-Con Player of the Week who brings a 22-2 spring singles record into the tournament. Schmidt won all eight of her conference singles matches, plus she teamed with Heather Kelley to win all five completed doubles sets. Kelley, also a past Mid-Con Player of the Week, went 4-4 in singles competition in the Mid-Con. Senior Brandy Smith , another Mid-Con Player of the Week earlier this season, earned a winning singles record in conference play, going 5-3 at number-four singles, while freshman Christine Majchrowicz posted a solid 4-4 singles record and teamed with Smith to go 5-2 in doubles. The Ladies will face regular-season conference champion Valparaiso in the semifinals of the Mid-Con Tournament on Thursday, April 22, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Weather permitting, the match will take place at the Indianapolis Tennis Center on the campus of IUPUI. Valparaiso defeated Centenary, 5-1, on April 11 in Chicago, Ill.   -30-
April 17, 2004 | Athletics
Chicago, Ill. —The Centenary Gents baseball team evened its league record at 3-3 after taking the first two games of the series from Chicago State by scores of 5-4 and 6-3 in Mid-Continent Conference action at Cougars Field on Saturday. In game one, Centenary took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Blake Adkison hit a two-out RBI single off CSU starting pitcher Houston Mad that scored Alex Valdivia . The Gents added a run in the second inning off an RBI single by A.J. Howes to increase its lead at 2-0. RBI singles by Tony Cardone and David Keifer off Mad in the third inning helped expand Centenary’s lead to 4-0. Chicago State (2-31, 0-6 Mid-Con) got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when junior Elliott Reyes scored on an RBI groundout by freshman Brian Packard to cut the Gents’ advantage at 4-1. Centenary (16-20, 3-3 Mid-Con) added a run in the fourth inning on a RBI sacrifice fly by Jesse Newell to center field that brought home Bobby Gilliam for a 5-3 lead. CSU scored two more runs in the sixth inning and a run in the eighth inning off two Centenary errors for the final margin. Cardone went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI to lead Centenary. Adkison hit 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Gents. The second game began with the Gents scoring early off two Cougars throwing errors for a 1-0 lead in the first inning. CSU rebounded in the bottom of the first inning after sophomore John Torres laced an RBI triple off Centenary starter Adam Oakley to right center that scored freshman Jonathan Sakurai to tie the game at 1-1. Torres later scored on an RBI groundout by senior Brandon Candiano to give CSU a 2-1 lead. Centenary would then torch CSU starter Aaron Lang for five runs off five hits to take a 6-2 lead in the fourth inning and the visiting Gents never looked back. Cardone, Gilliam and Newell each hit 2-for-3 with a combined three RBI’s to lead the Gents in the second game. Gilliam also stole his thir
April 17, 2004 | Athletics
Kansas City, Mo. —Centenary pitcher Cheyenne Daries did not surrender a hit through six innings of the second game against UMKC on Saturday, but that didn't prevent the Kangaroos from scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to salvage a split with the Ladies at Adair Park. Kacie Tietgen's RBI single off Centenary reliever Janis Kelley gave UMKC a 2-1 victory. The Ladies took the opener 6-1 as Daries (19-10) went six innings in the circle and Micah Rhodes blasted a grand slam in the top of the seventh to open up a tight game. UMKC (7-27, 5-7 Mid-Con) got doubles from Lindsey Ramsey and Eryn Knecht to tie the nightcap 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Both hits were off Daries who had allowed only a walk and a hit batter through six innings. With two outs, pinch-hitter Emily Adkins singled through the left side off Kelley, who then yielded Tietgen's soft liner into right center which plated Knecht with the game-winning run. Centenary got its only run of the game in the fourth when Kelley drove her league-leading 12th homer of the season over the fence in right center field. UMKC freshman Tisha Abell (4-8) went the distance, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out three. UMKC took a 1-0 lead in the opener when Kristen Caldwell led off the bottom of the first with a double. Sarah Allen sacrificed her to second, and Caldwell scored on Ramsey's bunt single. Centenary (28-20, 11-5 Mid-Con) put two runs on the board in the second when Lauren Brownlee hit her third homer of the season scoring pinch-runner Lauren Koehn . The score remained 2-1 until the top of the seventh when Rhodes smacked UMKC reliever Jenny Schade's pitch out to right center.   -30-
April 16, 2004 | Athletics
Kansas City, Mo. —Centenary's Cheyenne Daries allowed just one run in nine innings of work Friday and picked up a win to help lead the visiting Ladies to a softball sweep of the UMKC Kangaroos in Mid-Continent Conference action. Centenary (27-19, 10-4 Mid-Con) won the opener 4-1 and took the nightcap 5-1. Jordan Lansdale went 3-for-6 with two runs and a pair of RBI, including her first home run of the season to power the Ladies past UMKC (6-26, 4-6 Mid-Con). It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Daries (18-10) started both games and worked hardest in the opener. She fired six innings of four-hit ball, yielding the only run on Veronica Weaver's RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. She walked two and struck out four. Weaver (3-12) went four innings for UMKC, giving up two runs (one earned) while fanning five. The Ladies scored first getting an unearned run in the second. Micah Rhodes led off with a double. After Weaver retired Ursula Maroski on a groundout, Rhodes stole third and scored on a UMKC error. Centenary added another run on Lory Kowaleski's RBI single in the fourth. UMKC cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth, but Centenary got insurance by way of Lansdale's two-run homer off UMKC reliever Jenny Schade in the seventh. Janis Kelley pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to save her seventh game of the season. Centenary took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, getting four hits and a walk off of Tisha Abell (3-8). Megan Hall delivered a two-run double to right field and later scored on Maroski's RBI double. Schade relieved Abell in the first and held Centenary scoreless until the fourth. A walk and a UMKC throwing error led to a pair of unearned runs. Lauren Koeh n had the only hit of the inning, and Sherilyn Bossier added a sacrifice fly. Trailing 5-0, UMKC scored once in the sixth off CC reliever Cathy Byrne . Sarah Allen singled, stole second and scored on Weaver's double to left field. Allen swiped a pair of bags in the game, givin
April 13, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —Athletic director Taylor Moore has announced that David Winkler has resigned his position as head women’s basketball coach at Centenary College. Winkler, a Shreveport native and Centenary alum, will leave his post with the college to pursue an opportunity to join the family business which includes managing gas, oil, timber, and real estate interests. “I enjoyed my time at Centenary,” said Winkler. “I worked with some great people that I enjoyed being around for three years. I will definitely miss those folks, but my father is close to retirement and I am really excited about the opportunity to work with him.” “On behalf of the college, we appreciate the three years of service that David Winkler has given us,” said Moore. “He inherited a struggling program and brought quality to it. However, I totally understand his desire to get into the family business. That is something that becomes more and more important to you the older you get.” After taking over a program that was only two years old and was dangerously close to setting an NCAA record with 55 consecutive losses, Winkler led the fledgling Centenary team to a 9-19 mark in his first year. The 8 ˝-game turnaround from the previous season ranked the Ladies as the 12th most improved team in the nation. He followed his initial campaign with an 8-20 record in 2002-03 and a 4-23 mark last season, the team’s first in the Mid-Continent Conference. “In my time at Centenary, my staff and I took a program that was on the verge of setting a dubious NCAA record and got things moving in the right direction. I am very proud of that,” he said. “This program is ready to take the next step forward and I am excited to see that happen. I am going to be a big fan of the team next year and I wish them great success.” Moore has named assistant coach Elizabeth Wamsley as the interim head coach for the immediate future. Wamsley joi
April 12, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Two of the major reasons for Centenary’s 6-0 record over the past week were honored by the Mid-Continent Conference as Micah Rhodes and Cheyenne Daries have been named Mid-Con Player and Pitcher of the Week. Rhodes entered the week on a 3-for-26 (.115) slump, but broke out of it in a big way. She hit home runs in each game of a doubleheader sweep over Grambling State, a three-run homer in the first game and a two-run dinger in the second game. In Friday’s doubleheader against IUPUI, Rhodes hit 5-for-6 in the two victories, going 3-for-3 with a stolen base in the first game. In the first inning of the second game, her hit drove in Katie Harwick for the only run of the game. That 1-0 margin stood up because of the pitching of Daries, who tossed a complete game. Daries won all four games of the weekend conference series, giving up only one earned run and one walk in 24 innings of work. For the entire week, which included a victory over Grambling State, Daries went 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA, allowing only 21 hits and one walk in 28 innings of work. Her 16 wins so far this season are the most by a Centenary pitcher in 13 seasons. Centenary will look to continue the momentum on the road, first traveling to Ruston, La., to face Louisiana Tech in a single game Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Ladies then head to Kansas City, Mo., for another key conference series against the UMKC Kangaroos beginning on Friday.   -30-
April 12, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – After going undefeated in conference play for the second consecutive weekend, sophomore Anja Schmidt has picked up her second consecutive, and fifth overall, Mid-Con Women’s Tennis Player of the Week honor. In improving her spring singles record to 22-2, Schmidt defeated the number-one players from Chicago State (6-1, 6-0), Oakland (6-3, 6-0), and Valparaiso (6-2, 6-0). She also teamed with Heather Kelley to beat Chicago State (8-3) and Oakland (8-2) at number-one doubles. Thanks to Schmidt’s leadership, Centenary won two of three matches during the Chicago conference cluster, finishing the conference season with a 5-3 record. Schmidt finished the conference season 8-0 in singles and 5-0 in doubles. Unless Chicago State sweeps all its matches in next weekend’s conference cluster in Las Vegas, the Ladies will qualify for the Mid-Con Women’s Tennis Tournament in their first year of competition in the conference. The tournament, involving the top four teams in the conference standings, will take place in Indianapolis, Ind., on April 23-24.   -30-
April 11, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —A day after winning the USAG National Gymnastics Championship for the first time in school history, four Centenary Ladies competed in the event finals for their chance to be crowned as an individual national champion on their respective events. Kristina Menne sealed her title in the all-around, which was contested on the first day of team qualifying and Jennie Jackson posted a 9.625 on the bars to tie for first place on the uneven bars. The win for Jackson marked the first time Centenary has ever had two national champions in the same year. Centenary coach Bill Hardy was voted the USAG Coach of the Year by the other seven coaches who led teams into the championship event. The award was the first for the fourth- year Ladies coach. Hardy guided his team to a #1 USAG ranking, a national championship, and saw five of his gymnasts earn All-American status. In addition, his 2004 squad broke numerous team and individual school records. Sarah Racioppi narrowly missed providing the Ladies with a third individual champion when she scored a 9.825 and placed second on the floor exercise. Other Centenary gymnasts that competed on the final day included a fifth place effort on the bars from Menne, Kaela Meinert's fifth place performance on the beam, along with a tenth place showing from Racioppi on the beam.
April 10, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Valparaiso used a pair of two-out last inning rallies to come from behind and take both games of a doubleheader against Centenary on Saturday at Shehee Stadium. The Gents were failed by their relief corps and allowed two run leads in the final inning of both contests to slip away as the home team fell 13-9 and 7-5 to drop to 1-3 in Mid-Con play. Centenary (14-20, 1-3 Mid-Con) dominated the early going in game one and entered the eighth inning ahead of the Crusaders 5-2. Pitcher Kevin Cassidy baffled the Valparaiso hitters for seven innings but allowed the first two hitters to reach in the eighth. After a failed pick-off attempt, Cassidy was ejected from the game for questioning the umpire on the call. With Cassidy gone, Valpo gained the momentum and with two outs and runners on second and third, Kevin Kutansky promptly singled in both baserunners to pull the visitors within one. Two additional doubles and an error gave the Crusaders a 7-5 advantage. The Gents answered in the bottom half of the inning when Alex Valdivia singled to right field with the bases loaded. Valdivia attempted to advance to second on the throw to the plate but the Valpo first baseman cut the throw off and threw the ball away. The errant throw brought Bobby Gilliam and Valdivia around to score and gave Centenary a 9-7 lead. Valparaiso’s (7-19, 3-1 Mid-Con) Jeff Rickert worked a leadoff walk in the ninth and advanced to third on a double by Kevin Perri. After a sacrifice fly plated a run and gave the Gents two outs, Keith Keslinke singled Perri home to knot the game at 9-9. Eddie Hannan followed with a home run to give the Crusaders the lead and they added three more runs with two outs to take the victory. Game two was a seven-inning affair and saw the Gents take a 5-3 lead into the final inning. The frame began with two singles and a sacrifice bunt to place runners on second and third for Valparaiso. Rickert singled and moved to second on an error by the Centenary left
April 10, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Cheyenne Daries continued her solid pitching and the Centenary Ladies used one big inning in each game to sweep a doubleheader from the IUPUI Jaguars, 3-1 and 5-0, completing a four-game sweep of the Mid-Con series. Daries (16-10) pitched 11 innings in the two games, scattering 11 hits and giving up one run while striking out five opposing batters. Janis Kelley relieved Daries in both games, picking up the save in game one with a perfect seventh inning. Kelley pitched two innings in game two, giving up a hit and a walk. The first game was scoreless until IUPUI scored its first run of the weekend in the top of the third inning. Whitnie Darvell and Jennifer Owens each picked up a hit and a stolen base, and Darvell scored on a groundout by Sarah Needy. The Ladies came right back in the bottom of the inning, starting with a single by Lory Kowaleski . With the bases loaded, Jordan Lansdale singled to center field to score pinch runner Katie Harwick and Traci Smith . Lansdale and Lindsey Virdell perfectly executed a double steal, with Virdell scoring to give Centenary the final margin of victory. As in Friday’s first game, it took Centenary (25-19, 8-4 Mid-Con) a few innings to figure out Angelica Espinosa, who started game two on Saturday. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Lansdale led off with a single, followed by walks from Harwick and Micah Rhodes . Dana Davis laid down a perfect squeeze bunt, scoring Lansdale to put the Ladies on the board. Megan Hall hit a two-run pinch-hit single to score Rhodes and Davis, followed by another perfect double steal play, this one executed by Hall and Lauren Brownlee , who scored to give Centenary a 4-0 lead. Brownlee also scored the Ladies’ fifth run on a two-out double by Kowaleski in the sixth inning to set the eventual final score. Lansdale led the Ladies with three hits and three stolen bases in the doubleheader. She now has 159 career hits, which is the new Centenary career record, passing Robi
April 10, 2004 | Athletics
Denton, Tex. —The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team added to their list of firsts accomplished in the 2003-04 season on Saturday. The team finished the regular season ranked first in the USAG standings, sent an individual to an NCAA regional, placed first after the opening round at the USAG championship event, and now, the team has won a USAG National Championship, all for the first time.     2004 USAG Championship Gymnastics Team from Centenary College of Louisiana Pictured after capturing the USAG Championship at the tournament hosted by Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, on April 10 are: (left to right, back row) Assistant Coach Bonnie Kulosa, Tara Mitchell, Laura Wright, Jessie Angus, Kaela Meinert, Kristina Menne, and Head Coach Bill Hardy, and (front row) Jessica Hayes, Jennie Jackson, Sarah Ball, Sarah Racioppi, and Carmen Reid.     Heading into the event as the favorite did not faze the Ladies as they posted a 193.500 to best the host school, Texas Woman’s University, by nine-tenths of a point. The meet was still within question after two rotations but the Ladies used a 9.800 from Kaela Meinert on the beam to acquire a .350 lead. Centenary pulled out the victory with a dominant performance on the floor exercise where they scored a 49.200 as a team and dropped a low score of 9.800. TWU dropped a 9.250 and was forced to keep a 9.275 to allow the Ladies to gain a .550 advantage and clinch the championship. Kristina Menne and Tara Mitchell posted solid all-around performances to pace the Ladies with scores of 38.700 and 38.775 respectively. Sarah Racioppi ended the meet with a bang as she totaled a 9.925 on the floor exercise for Centenary. Eight Ladies will advance to compete in the individual championships with the possibility of as many as ten Centenary gymnasts participating on the final day, as two more are alternates on an event. Last year three Ladies earned All-American status while five received the honor this sea
April 9, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The pitching of Cheyenne Daries and the hitting of Micah Rhodes proved to be a formidable combination as the Centenary Ladies swept the IUPUI Jaguars, 3-0 and 1-0, Friday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex. Daries (14-10) pitched 13 of the 14 innings in the doubleheader, giving up only eight hits and one walk while striking out seven Jaguars. In the fifth inning of the second game, IUPUI had runners on second and third with one out, but Daries induced two pop flies to end the threat and save the sweep. At the plate, Rhodes led all players by going 5-for-6 with a double, a stolen base, and a run batted in. Her RBI came in the first inning of the second game, as she drove in Katie Harwick with the only run of the game. The big inning for the Ladies in the first game came in the fifth, as Centenary finally figured out the off-speed pitches of IUPUI starter Angelica Espinosa (5-6). After Lory Kowaleski hustled for a double, pinch hitter Megan Hall drove in pinch runner Harwick with another double. A third consecutive double by Jordan Lansdale scored Lindsey Virdell , and Lansdale scored as Lauren Koehn induced a rundown by attempting to steal second base. Second game starter Devan Craig (6-7) of IUPUI pitched a solid six innings, giving up only five hits and the first-inning run. Despite two hits by Susan Jones in game two, the Jaguars (11-16, 4-6 Mid-Con) were unable to push any runs across throughout the day. Centenary (23-19, 6-4 Mid-Con) will host IUPUI in another doubleheader Saturday, April 10, beginning at 12 p.m.   -30-
April 9, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents committed three errors and fell in their Mid-Con debut to Valpo, 7-5, in the first game of a twinbill at Shehee Stadium on Friday. However, the Gents bounced back behind a complete game by pitcher Kevin Willborn to earn a split after day one of the four-game series with a 9-6 victory. Centenary (14-18, 1-1 Mid-Con) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in game one, but starter David Ruffing fell out of rhythm in the second inning and allowed three runs on only two hits thanks to a walk, a hit batter, and two wild pitches. The runs snapped an 18-inning scoreless streak posted by the hurler over his previous three outings. Valparaiso (5-19, 1-1 Mid-Con) added three more runs over the next three innings to extend its lead to 6-2. The Gents battled back to pull within one at 6-5, but could not overcome the decficit. Game two was a different story as Centenary jumped on top with three runs in the first inning and never looked back. The victory was sealed in the fifth inning when A.J. Howes doubled in a pair of runs and a back-to-back singles plated two more to give the Gents a 9-2 advantage. Willborn improved his record to 4-3 on the year while striking out six and surrendering five earned runs. Howes finished the day with a 4-for-4 effort to go with three RBI and a run. Jesse Newell knocked in two, scored three times, and went 4-for-7 at the dish while Blake Adkison was 5-for-9 with three RBI and a run. The two teams will meet again on Saturday for the final two games of the series beginning at 12 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.
April 9, 2004 | Athletics
Denton, Tex. —The Centenary Ladies performed well in the opening round of the USA Gymnastics Championships in Denton, Texas. The team posted a 193.275 to finish first on the first day of competition and advance to the finals. Freshman standout Kristina Menne totaled a 38.975 in her four events to become the National Champion in the all-around. Junior Kaela Meinert and sophomore Tara Mitchell placed fifth and seventh respectively in the all-around competition to earn All-American status. All-American Jennie Jackson won the uneven bars with a 9.825 and will compete along with Menne on the event in the individual finals on Saturday. On the balance beam, Menne, Meinert, and Sarah Racioppi earned All-American accolades and will advance to the finals. Racioppi won the event with a performance that yielded a 9.825 while Menne and Meinert tied for fifth place. Racioppi and Menne finished second and fourth on the floor exercise to earn the honors in that event as well. The top eight individuals on each event are named All-Americans and those eight advance to the individual finals where they battle for the right to be crowned a national champion.
April 8, 2004 | Athletics
NATCHITOCHES, La. – The honors for Andrew Wisniewski continue to pour in, as the Centenary point guard has been named the Louisiana Player of the Year in voting sponsored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). Also named First Team All-Louisiana, Wisniewski adds these awards to All-Conference honors from the Mid-Continent Conference and All-District honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Wisniewski is presently one of 64 seniors taking part in the Portsmouth Basketball Invitational, an invitation-only tournament where the top college seniors can show off their skills to pro scouts. The guard from Staten Island, N.Y., led the Gents in scoring and assists for the third consecutive season, the first Centenary player to ever accomplish that feat. He averaged 21.9 points per game, 12th in Division I in scoring, and 4.3 assists per game. He shot 51.2 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from the three-point line, and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. After transferring from St. Peter’s College in New Jersey and sitting out one year, Wisniewski finished his three-year Centenary career near the top of several career statistical lists. He is fifth on Centenary’s all-time lists for points (1,758), three-point field goals made (172) and attempted (426), 30-points games (12) and assists (400). He also finds himself fourth in Centenary history in steals (173). This is the second time in four seasons that a Centenary player has been named Louisiana Player of the Year, with Ronnie McCollum earning the award after the 2000-2001 season. Voting was done by a panel of media from throughout the state of Louisiana, along with sports information directors.
April 7, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary softball team gained some momentum going into a key weekend conference series, sweeping Grambling State, 11-1 and 15-5, Wednesday night at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Ladies exploded offensively, as 12 of their 25 hits went for extra bases, including home runs in each game of the doubleheader by Micah Rhodes . Rhodes drove in five runs during the night, hitting both home runs to the opposite field. The first game was delayed over an hour by thunderstorms that passed through the area. Those storms did not stop the Ladies, who scored at least two runs in every inning they batted in the first game. Besides Rhodes, Sherilyn Bossier also had two hits and scored two runs in the first game, while Jordan Lansdale walked three times and scored twice. Cheyenne Daries (12-10) kept the Lady Tigers at bay in game one, giving up only two hits and one run in four innings while striking out seven batters. Cathy Byrne (6-7), who picked up the victory in game two, came on in relief in both games, pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up only two hits and one walk while striking out five batters. There were early fireworks in game two, as all 20 runs came in the first three innings for the two teams. Starting pitchers Casi Hendricks of Centenary and Kerri Luxton of Grambling State lasted only 2 1/3 innings each, with Luxton taking the loss and Hendricks unable to pick up the victory. In game two, Janis Kelley went 3-for-3 with three doubles, two runs scored, and four runs batted in. Dana Davis also was perfect in the second game, earning four singles, scoring a run, and driving in a run. Ursula Maroski and Lauren Brownlee each earned two hits, including a double and a run batted in for each senior. Natalie Schoppe played solidly in both games, going 2-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored, and two RBI. Centenary (21-19) will now prepare to host IUPUI in an important Mid-Con series this weekend. Both teams come into the series with 4-4 conference r
April 6, 2004 | Athletics
Hammond, La. —For the third consecutive season, Centenary Ladies basketball player Alexis Pettway has been given honorable mention All-Louisiana honors by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The award is the second of the season for the senior as she was named as a second-team All-Mid-Continent Conference performer in March. A four-year member of the Ladies basketball team, Pettway led Centenary in scoring (14.4 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg), and field goal percentage (49.8%). She finished the 2003-04 season with seven double-doubles and collected 18 in her career. She is the first Centenary player to ever score 1,000 points and pull down 500 boards and ends her career ranked first in both all-time categories for the Ladies with 1,416 points and 797 rebounds. Pettway also earned Mid-Con Player of the Week recognition during the season and was a preseason second-team All-Mid-Con selection.
April 6, 2004 | Athletics
BOSSIER CITY, La. – The Centenary men’s golf team could not take advantage of good scoring conditions, slipping to fourth place after Tuesday’s final round of the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate at the Golf Club at StoneBridge. The Gents shot a final-round 297, their best round of the tournament, but not good enough to stop McNeese State (289) and Texas-Pan American (285) from passing them in the final standings. Centenary’s three-round total of 898 was 29 strokes behind team champion Sam Houston State, who blistered the course with a final-round 283 (-5). Texas-Pan American’s move up the standings from sixth to third place was led by Rudy Celedon (208), who set a new tournament record with a six-under-par 66 to win the individual title. Celedon finished two strokes ahead of Jeremy Dean of Sam Houston State, who shot a 68 to finish the tournament at 210 (-6). Derek Busby of Louisiana Tech also finished below par with a one-under-par 215 after firing a 72 in the final round. Bryan Elliott finished as Centenary’s top golfer, shooting a 71 in the final round to finish in a tie for ninth place with 221 (+5). Brett Kaufman shot 74 in Tuesday’s round to stand alone in 11th place with 223 (+7), while David Viviano and Brian Grone tied for 20th place with three-round scores of 227 (+11). After Sam Houston State, the next several teams were bunched in the standings, with McNeese State (894), Texas-Pan American (896), Centenary (898), Louisiana Tech (900), and Newman University (903) within nine strokes of each other from second to sixth places. Jackson State (914) finished seventh, followed by Nicholls State (922), and Birmingham-Southern’s two teams (934 & 944). Centenary now prepares for the Mid-Con Golf Championships, to be held April 19-20 at The Fort Golf Club in Indianapolis, Ind.
April 5, 2004 | Athletics
BOSSIER CITY, La. — Using home course knowledge to their advantage, the Centenary Gents placed four golfers in the top 20 to take second place after two rounds of the Hal Sutton Collegiate Invitational Monday at the Golf Club at StoneBridge. The Gents shot 298 in the first round Monday morning, four strokes behind Sam Houston State heading into the second 18 holes. A combination of solid golf by the Bearkats and a couple of tough holes for the Gents led to a 303 from Centenary in the second round, who fell 15 strokes behind Sam Houston State (292 in second round, best team round of the day) heading into the final round. Brett Kaufman was one of the consistent forces for the Gents all day, shooting 74-75 to place in a tie for ninth with a 149. David Viviano (76-74) and Bryan Elliott (75-75) also had few problems with the StoneBridge course, finishing day one in a tie for 12th place with a 150. Brian Grone started the day well, shooting Centenary’s best round of the day with a 73 in the morning 18 holes. However, he struggled in the second round, shooting 79 to find himself in a tie for 20th place with a 152. Ryan Oliver shot 81 in each round for a two-round score of 162, good enough for a tie for 45th place, while John Kizer improved seven strokes from round one to round two, shooting 86-79 to find himself in a tie for 50th place with a 165. The round of the day was turned in by Rudy Celedon of Texas-Pan American, who followed a 74 with a four-under-par 68 to grab a share of the lead after the first day. Jeremy Dean of Sam Houston State shot a first-round best 69, but followed that with a 73 to fall into the first-place tie with Celedon, both posting scores of two-under-par 142. The leaders are followed closely by Louisiana Tech’s Derek Busby, who was the most consistent golfer of the day, shooting 71-72 to finish at 143. David Ward of Sam Houston State is fourth with a 145 (72-73), and Tommy Jensen of Birmingham-Southern and Steve Luminais of Nich
April 5, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. — With a perfect weekend that helped the Centenary Ladies to a 3-2 record in the first Mid-Con tennis cluster, sophomore Anja Schmidt has been named Mid-Con Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. Schmidt finished the weekend 8-0 in completed singles and doubles matches. She teamed with Heather Kelley to win at number-one doubles against Western Illinois (8-1), Oral Roberts (8-3), and Southern Utah (8-2). The native of Germany won all five singles matches during the weekend in straight sets, losing only 16 of the 76 games she played. After dropping two matches a few weeks ago, Schmidt has now won nine matches in a row at the number-one singles position to improve her spring singles record to 19-2. This is the fourth time this spring that Schmidt has earned the weekly honor from the Mid-Con, the most of any female tennis player in the conference this year. Centenary has earned the honor six times with Kelley and Brandy Smith each receiving the honor once during the spring. The Ladies head to Chicago to finish conference play next weekend in a cluster hosted by Chicago State. Centenary (8-14, 3-2 Mid-Con) will face the host Cougars as well as Oakland and Valparaiso with the hope of finishing in the top four in the conference standings and qualifying for the Mid-Con Tennis Championships later this month.     -30-
April 4, 2004 | Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thanks to solid performances from the entire team, the Centenary Ladies tennis team finished its first Mid-Con cluster 3-2 and kept itself in contention for a berth in the Mid-Con Women’s Tennis Tournament. The Ladies (8-14, 3-2 Mid-Con) started the weekend hitting on all cylinders, sweeping Western Illinois and UMKC on Friday. The team of Anja Schmidt , Heather Kelley , Christine Majchrowicz , Brandy Smith , Elizabeth Pitts , and Ashlee Mantooth dominated the competition, as the closest doubles set finished 8-3 and only one of the 12 singles matches needed to go three sets. On Saturday, Centenary ran into defending conference champion IUPUI, losing to the Jaguars 6-1. Schmidt continued her winning streak, defeating IUPUI top player Brookley Crews in straight sets (6-2, 6-4). The top four players for the Ladies (Schmidt, Majchrowicz, Kelley, and Smith) bounced back on Sunday morning with convincing victories over Oral Roberts in both doubles and singles. Sunday afternoon, the Ladies took the doubles point from Southern Utah, but could not close the deal as the Thunderbirds, who went 4-0 during the cluster, came back to win five of the six singles matches. Schmidt defeated Cristina Garcia of Southern Utah, 6-0, 6-1, to finish the weekend 8-0, 5-0 at the number-one singles position and 3-0 at the number-one doubles position with Kelley. The number-two doubles combination of Majchrowicz and Smith finished 4-1 during the weekend, with both players going 3-2 in singles. Centenary travels to Chicago, Ill., next weekend for another conference cluster. The Ladies will face Oakland, Chicago State, and Valparaiso during the weekend.   -30-
April 3, 2004 | Athletics
Corpus Christi, Tex. — David Ruffing threw a complete game shutout and Kevin Willborn allowed only two runs in 8 2/3 innings as the Gents swept the first two games of a four-game set against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. Centenary used the long ball for the second consecutive weekend to defeat the Islanders 2-0 and 4-2. In a low scoring contest in the series opener, the Gents would provide the only offensive fireworks of the game in the first inning. After Bobby Gilliam was retired, Alex Valdivia and Jesse Newell belted back-to-back home runs to give Centenary the 2-0 advantage. The roundtripper was the first on the season for Valdivia while Newell recorded his fifth and his team-leading 32nd RBI with the blast. The early runs would prove to be the winning margin. Ruffing dominated the game as he surrendered only four hits and one walk to improve to 5-2 on the year. He faced just three batters over the minimum and sat down 15 straight Islanders at one point. Texas A&M-CC earned two hits in the opening frame, but the senior did not allow another hit until the seventh and final inning. The numer two proved to be prevelant throughout the day for both teams. After scoring two runs on two homers in game one, the Gents took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning of game two to start the scoring when Gilliam smacked a two-run homer with two outs. The home team would answer with its only scoring output of the day in the bottom portion of the seventh inning. The Islanders scored two runs to knot the game at two apiece after the lead-off hitter was hit by a pitch and was followed by two extra base hits, a double and a triple. Centenary (13-14) broke the tie in the ninth inning on a two-run double by Jared Vincent . The winning hit was set up by a two-out double by David Kiefer and a walk by Jonathan Ahearn. Willborn evened his record at 3-3 while narrowly missing a complete game of his own. The senior scattered 11 hits and issued three free
April 2, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — The Centenary Gents tennis team started the Mid-Con season on the right foot, defeating the Chicago State Cougars, 6-1, Friday morning at the Centenary Tennis Courts. The Cougars only brought five players on the trip, meaning that the Gents received a free point at the number-six singles position. Also, Centenary would have to win only one of the two remaining doubles sets to clinch the doubles point. Arthur Okura and Russ Patrick took care of business, winning their doubles set 8-3 to clinch the doubles point for Centenary. While the doubles matches were going on, Andrew Barkley defeated Chicago State basketball player turned tennis player Craig Franklin, 6-0 and 6-0, to bring the Gents within one point of victory. Patrick made short work of Rajneesh Ali, 6-0 and 6-0, to give the Gents their first conference victory of the season. The top three matches were close affairs, with two of them going to a third-set super-tiebreaker. Josh Pinto defeated Danai Samurino at number-one singles, 6-3 and 7-6 (2). Brian Roberts could not finish off his comeback, losing to Amit Wadhwani at number-two singles, 6-2, 1-6, and 14-12. At number-three singles, Okura came from a set down to defeat Dejan Auramovic, 4-6, 6-2, and 10-4. In other action, IUPUI defeated UMKC, 5-2, Friday morning at Southern Hill Tennis Club, and Oral Roberts defeated Valparaiso, 6-1, Friday afternoon at the Centenary Tennis Courts. Centenary continues action in the conference cluster with two matches on Saturday, both at the Centenary Tennis Courts. At 9 a.m., the Gents face IUPUI, followed by a match with Oral Roberts at 5 p.m.   -30-
March 31, 2004 | Athletics
Freshman Kristina Menne Fuels Surging Ladies- Shreveport —For the Centenary Ladies gymnastics team, the 2003 season was one that ended in disappointment. Sure the team set several school records, had three individuals selected as All-Americans, and advanced for yet another trip to the USAG Nationals, a feat that has come to be expected of the talented Ladies. But it was at the USAG Nationals where the disappointment set in. Only a few moments into the first rotation at the 2003 championship event, senior Tasha Rogers injured her knee on a tumbling pass in her floor routine. The injury sent the Centenary team into a somber state knowing that Rogers was to compete in three events that evening for an already thin squad. “Tasha was our leader, and when she went down it was a devastating blow,” said coach Bill Hardy . “We regrouped and gave a courageous effort, but everyone was shocked and the team never fully recovered from it.” As Hardy plugged in substitutes that rarely competed in various events to fill the void created by Rogers’ injury, the Ladies still found themselves within striking distance of advancing to the finals. Yet, even with an admirable show of teamwork, which included already injured Tara Mitchell’s willingness to lose her redshirt season by filling in on the bars, Centenary fell out of the top four day-one qualifiers at the last minute. Despite losing five seniors off last year’s team and performing all year long in 2004 without the benefit of a single senior on the roster, the current version of the Centenary gymnastics team has accomplished things that others could not. The Ladies finished their regular season ranked first in the USAG Collegiate standings for the first time in recent memory with a regional qualifying score of 193.435. Centenary also placed at the top of the team rankings on the balance beam and the floor exercise. The hard-working girls set school records on the vault with a 48.425 a
March 30, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — The Centenary Ladies softball team broke a 15-game losing streak to the Northwestern State Demons Tuesday night, using solid pitching and timely hitting to win, 6-1, at the Centenary Softball Complex. Lindsay Leftwich hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning, but that would be the only bright spot for the Demons. After Jordan Lansdale singled and Katie Harwick walked, Lauren Brownlee hit a two-out single to left field that scored both runners and gave the Ladies the lead for good. With two outs in the third inning, Micah Rhodes hit a towering home run to right field to extend the Centenary lead to 3-1. The Ladies loaded the bases in the fourth inning and pushed across two more runs thanks to a Demon error and a single by Harwick to make the score 5-1. Centenary (18-16) finished the scoring with a solo home run by Ursula Maroski to lead off the fifth inning. Lory Kowaleski was the only player with two hits in the game, one of them on a bunt single that continued the fourth-inning rally. Cheyenne Daries (10-9) pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two hits while striking out two batters. Cathy Byrne pitched the next 1 2/3 innings, striking out three Demon batters, and Janis Kelley finished the game with a perfect seventh inning. The Ladies had not defeated Northwestern State (18-19) since February 22, 1997, an eight-inning 1-0 victory on a neutral field. The last time Centenary defeated the Demons in Shreveport was a doubleheader sweep on March 17, 1994. Centenary returns to Mid-Con action this weekend, traveling to Cedar City, Utah, to face the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. The Ladies and Thunderbirds enter the weekend tied for the conference lead with 3-1 records after the first weekend of conference play.   -30-
March 29, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Thanks to solid performances both at the plate and in the pitching circle over the past week, Janis Kelley has earned her second Mid-Con Player of the Week honor of the season. Last Tuesday against Louisiana-Monroe, the junior from Keithville, La., went 4-for-5 in a doubleheader with two walks, a run scored, and two runs batted in. She hit her eighth home run of the season, breaking the Centenary record for most home runs in a season. After struggling in game one of Friday’s doubleheader against Oakland, Kelley went 2-for-3 in game two, hitting a two-run home run in the third inning to give the Ladies a three-run lead. That was her 18th career home run, setting a new school record for career home runs. Also, she pitched three perfect innings of relief to pick up her fourth save of the season, another school record. On Saturday, she combined with Cheyenne Daries to give the Ladies two shutout victories. She gave up only two hits in 5 1/3 innings of work, picking up the victory in the second game of the doubleheader. In the second inning of game one of the twinbill, she hit another two-run home run, her tenth of the season, to extend Centenary’s lead to 7-0. For the week, Kelley batted .438 (7-of-16) with five runs scored, four walks, three home runs, and six runs batted in. She had a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage. She presently leads the Mid-Con in slugging percentage (.677), runs batted in (28), home runs (10), and total bases (63). Centenary (17-16), presently tied for first in the Mid-Con with a 3-1 conference record, steps out of conference to host Northwestern State (18-18) Tuesday night, March 30, at 6 p.m. at the Centenary Softball Complex.   -30-
March 29, 2004 | Athletics
Elmhurst, Ill. —For the fourth time this season, a Centenary baseball player as been named the Mid-Con Player of the Week. Blake Adkison earned the honor for his efforts last week after hitting .500 over his last five games, during which the Gents went 3-2. The senior was also selected as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Hitter of the Week. Adkison (Tyler, Tex.) continued his hot hitting at the plate by going 9-for-18 with four home runs, eight RBI, and five runs scored over the last seven days. He started the week by picking up a pair of hits, including a solo homer, against the #1 LSU Tigers at Fair Grounds Field. He put on a power display a few days later in a doubleheader sweep of IPFW, belting three home runs in the two games, including solo shots in each of his first two at-bats in the nightcap. Adkison, who recorded four multi-hit contests last week and extended his hit streak to 11 games, is now batting a league-best .432 this season. Adkison and the rest of the Gents will travel to face Texas-Arlington on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Centenary will open the Mid-Con portion of its schedule on April 9th and 10th when it hosts Valparaiso at noon each day.
March 27, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — The pitching combination of Cheyenne Daries and Janis Kelley shut down the Golden Grizzlies, and the Ladies jumped on the board early in both games to sweep a doubleheader from Oakland, 10-0 and 2-0, Saturday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex. With Centenary coach Mark Montgomery utilizing favorable matchups learned in Friday’s doubleheader, Daries (9-9) and Kelley (2-1) gave up only two hits each. Daries struck out six batters in 6 2/3 innings, while Kelley did not give up a walk in 5 1/3 innings of work. After failing to earn anything off of Oakland lefty Nicole Marzano in Friday’s first game, the Ladies used her wildness to their advantage in Saturday’s first game. Marzano walked Jordan Lansdale and Kelley, setting up a two-run double by Ursula Maroski that started the scoring. Later in the bottom of the first, Katie Harwick and Lauren Brownlee each earned RBI singles, then worked together to execute a double steal that scored Harwick to make the score 5-0. Centenary (17-16, 3-1 Mid-Con) extended its lead thanks to the offense of the featured pitching combination. Kelley hit a two-run home run in the second inning to make the score 7-0, while Daries’ solo shot in the third inning gave the Ladies a 9-0 and the opportunity to end the game in the fifth inning. The Ladies did all the damage they would need in the first inning of the second game. Lansdale led off with a double and scored on a single by Megan Hall . After a Micah Rhodes walk and a Maroski single loaded the bases, Harwick drew a walk to force in the second run of the inning. Besides a lack of offense, Oakland (9-12, 1-3 Mid-Con) hurt itself with errors, committing five mistakes in the two games. Marzano (8-6) took the loss in the first game, while Camie Knorr (0-1) gave up both runs in the second game to earn the loss in her first start of the season. After a single game at home against the Northwestern State Demons on Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Ladies t
March 27, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents used a second come-from-behind victory in as many games to squeak out a 9-8 win over IPFW on Saturday before running out of steam in the final game of the series, losing 13-7 to the Mastadons. With the doubleheader split, the Gents took the first-ever series between the teams 3-1 after sweeping a twinbill from IPFW on Friday. Centenary (11-13) got on the board first in the opening game when Jesse Newell plated Jordan Standefer on a sacrifice fly and Blake Adkison singled home Bobby Gilliam in the third inning. After three walks and an error allowed IPFW to score four times in the fourth inning, the Gents responded with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on a Tony Cardone sacrifice fly and another Adkison single. IPFW (6-14) used three singles to load the bases in the seventh inning and scored three runs without the benefit of another hit in the frame. With one out, Centenary pitcher Will Kaage walked a run in and then unleashed two consecutive wild pitches to bring in two more runs. The Gents evened the score in the bottom of the inning and then surrendered a single run to the visitors in the eighth to set up the climactic finish. Alex Valdivia walked to open the inning and Newell promptly singled. After Cardone advanced both runners on a ground out, Adkison was intentionally walked to fill the bases. A.J. Howes came through with a pinch-hit single to push across Valdivia and knot the game at 8-8, but Newell was gunned down at the plate. With two outs, David Kiefer proved to be the hero when he singled home Adkison for the game-winner. Game two proved to be a high-scoring affair as both teams were thin on pitching. IPFW used a five-run fourth inning to blow the game open with the use of two singles, a triple, and three hit batters. The Mastadons went on to collect 14 hits, led by Eric Lambert’s 3-for-4 effort with four RBI, to stave off the four-game sweep. Centenary will travel to face Texas-Arlington on Tuesday at
March 26, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — After being held to two hits in ten innings in the first game, the Centenary Ladies exploded for 12 hits in the second game as they split a doubleheader with the Oakland Golden Grizzlies Friday evening at the Centenary Softball Complex. The first game was a pitching duel between Oakland’s Nicole Marzano (8-5) and Centenary’s Cheyenne Daries (8-9). Both players struck out 11 opposing batters and neither pitcher gave up a run in the first nine innings, with Marzano not giving up a hit until the seventh inning. In the top of the tenth inning, Toni Salo led off with a single and was advanced to second base by a sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk to Camie Knorr, Daries committed a throwing error on a Marzano grounder that allowed Oakland to score both of its runs. After giving up a one-out hit to Lauren Brownlee , Marzano struck out Lory Kowaleski and induced a line drive by Traci Smith to win the first game for Oakland, 2-0. Oakland (9-10, 1-1 Mid-Con) jumped on top of the second game thanks to a solo home run to left field by Christina Schulte. Centenary (15-16, 1-1 Mid-Con) came right back in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs on an RBI groundout by Micah Rhodes and a sacrifice fly by Ursula Maroski . The Ladies earned a bigger lead in the third inning when Janis Kelley hit her 18th career home run, setting a new school record for career home runs. After Oakland closed the gap to one in the fourth inning, Centenary added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to salvage the split, 6-3. Rhodes drove in both insurance runs, one on her sixth home run of the season to lead off the fifth inning, and the other on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that drove in Jordan Lansdale . After struggling in the first game, Lansdale went 3-for-3 in the second game with a walk and three runs scored. For the Golden Grizzlies, Schulte finished the doubleheader 5-for-7 with a run, a RBI, and a stolen base. For the Ladies, Maroski was als
March 26, 2004 | Athletics
Fort Worth, Tex. —Former Centenary baseball player Jon Marshall was selected with the tenth pick by the Fort Worth Cats in the Central League draft held this week. Marshall played his senior year with the Gents in 2003 after transferring to Centenary from Texas Christian University. At Centenary, Marshall batted just .222 but was second on the team with 36 RBI at year’s end. The defensive-minded catcher boasted a .993 fielding percentage while throwing out 23 runners in 78 stolen base attempts. The Fort Worth Club has ten days to offer a good faith contract to Marshall to maintain his reversionary rights. If he is signed, he must be carried by the Cats on its 28-man spring training roster. Spring training begins on April 26.
March 26, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents used the power duo of pitcher David Ruffing and hitter Blake Adkison to take the first two games of a four-game set with IPFW on Friday. The Gents discarded the Mastadons 7-0 and 6-5 to improve to 10-12 on the season. Ruffing improved his record to 4-2 on the year with a solid seven-inning performance in game one. The senior scattered seven hits and walked only two while striking out five and did not allow a run in the outing. Freshman Brandon Fulenchek closed out the contest by tossing two innings, facing only batter over the minimum. A rare Centenary homerun barrage put the Gents on the board early. Jesse Newell blasted a pitch from IPFW starter Jason Horvath over the right field fence for his third round-tripper of the season in the first inning. The following inning, Blake Adkison and David Kiefer belted homers to left field in back-to-back fashion to extend the advantage to 3-0. The Gents would add three runs in the seventh inning to put the game away for good. Game two proved to be a back and forth affair, but the hitting of Adkison once again stole the show. In his first at-bat, the senior from Tyler, Texas, blasted his fifth home run of the season to left field to tie the game at 1-1. Trailing by one again in the bottom half of the fourth, Adkison ripped the first pitch he saw over the left-center field wall for his third home run on the day. Centenary carried a 4-3 lead into the last inning but surrendered two runs in the top of the seventh to fall behind. In their final at-bat, the Gents used three walks and a clutch base hit by freshman Jared Vincent to pull off the come-from-behind victory. Centenary and IPFW will meet again at Shehee Stadium for a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.
March 25, 2004 | Athletics
MACON, Ga. – Willie Jackson , the all-time leading scorer in Centenary basketball history, has been voted onto the Atlantic Sun 25th Anniversary Team by fans who voted on the Atlantic Sun’s website. Jackson, who played for the Gents from 1980-84, was the top vote getter from the two-week poll. He is the only player in conference history to win the player-of-the-year award three times and is the league’s all-time scorer with 2,535 points. “I’m elated. This is a true honor and could not have happened without my fellow players and coaches,” Jackson said when told of the results. “It is a joy to see the other players who I played with doing well and that the league is continuing to get stronger.” Fans were allowed to vote for any student-athlete who played in the conference. When the voting ended on February 27, over 500 votes had been tabulated. Jackson, now the boys’ basketball coach at Loyola Prep in Shreveport, is joined on the Anniversary Team by Thaddeous Delaney (College of Charleston), Shernard Long (Georgia State), Sam Mitchell (Mercer), and Jeff Sanders (Georgia Southern). The Atlantic Sun Conference was formally known as the Trans America Athletic Conference. Centenary was a charter member of the TAAC from 1979 until 1999. After four years as an independent, Centenary is presently in its first year of competition with the Mid-Continent Conference.
March 23, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —After letting the Centenary Gents stay with them for six innings, the top-ranked LSU Tigers exploded in the final three innings to take a 9-3 victory Tuesday night in front of 4,178 fans at Fair Grounds Field. In the top of the seventh inning, Will Harris led off with a single, followed by a walk by Dustin Weaver. J.C. Holt laced a double to left-center field to score Harris and Weaver, and Ryan Patterson hit the next pitch over the wall for a two-run home run to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead. Centenary loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out, but LSU reliever Jordan Faircloth struck out Tony Cardone and forced Jacob Willett to ground out, ending the threat. Holt continued his solid play at Fair Grounds Field, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base. In last year’s game against the Gents, Holt went 3-for-6 with a double, a triple, and a home run. Centenary (8-12) was able to earn 11 hits off of the LSU pitching staff, led by Bobby Gilliam’s 3-for-5 effort. Cardone and Blake Adkison each earned two hits, with Adkison hitting his third home run of the season in the second inning. LSU (19-3) jumped on the board in the first inning, when Holt led off the game with a double to the gap in left-center field. Holt advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Blake Gill. The Gents tied the game in the bottom of the third thanks to an infield single by Gilliam and two balks by LSU starter Jason Determann. The Tigers used the long ball to regain the lead, as Weaver hit a two-out home run to left field in the fourth inning to give LSU a 3-2 lead. The Gents tied the game again in the fifth inning, as Jared Vincent reached on an infield single and scored on a single to center field by Gilliam. Michael Bonura (2-0) pitched two innings of relief to earn the victory for the Tigers after Determann, normally a reliever, pitched the first four innings. Kevin Cassidy (2-4) t
March 22, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – For the fifth time this spring, a Centenary women’s tennis player has been honored by the Mid-Continent Conference, as Heather Kelley has been named the Mid-Con Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after her performance over the weekend. Kelley, a sophomore from Georgetown, Tex., went 4-0 in singles and doubles as the Ladies defeated Prairie View A&M on Saturday and Grambling State on Sunday. In both matches, she teamed with Anja Schmidt to win the number-one doubles set. On Saturday, she won her first match of the year in the number-two singles position, defeating Michele Scurry of Prairie View A&M, 7-6 and 6-1. Less than 24 hours later, she moved back to her normal number-three slot and took out Grambling State’s third player in three sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-0). Kelley becomes the third different Ladies tennis player to win the conference weekly honor. Schmidt has won the award three times this season, while Brandy Smith was named Player of the Week on February 3. The Ladies travel to Ruston, La., for a match with Louisiana Tech on Saturday morning, followed by a match at Alcorn State on Sunday. These are the final two non-conference matches of the season for the Ladies.   -30-
March 21, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — In a match much closer than the final score indicated, the Centenary Ladies defeated the Grambling State Lady Tigers, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the Centenary Tennis Courts. However, the Gents could not follow suit, as Grambling State won the men’s match, 6-1, at Southern Hills. In the women’s match, four of the six singles contests went three sets, with Centenary taking three of them to clinch the victory. The clinching win came from Ashlee Mantooth , who won the number-six match, 6-4, 5-7, and 6-3. For the second consecutive day, the Ladies swept the top four singles matches. Anja Schmidt (6-4, 6-0) and Christine Majchrowicz (6-2, 6-0) easily won at number-one and number-two singles respectively. Both Heather Kelley (2-6, 6-4, 6-0) and Brandy Smith (7-6, 4-6, 7-6) needed three sets to win the number-three and number-four positions. Elizabeth Pitts played well throughout her match, but could not close the deal, losing in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 7-6) at the number-five position. The lone bright spot in the Gents’ contest came from Arthur Okura , who picked up Centenary’s only point with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Victor Gallegos of Grambling State. Okura teamed up with Russ Patrick to nearly win their doubles set, but they could not win the tiebreaker as the Gents lost all three doubles sets. The Centenary tennis teams will travel east next weekend. The Ladies will stop in Ruston, La., to face Louisiana Tech next Saturday at 11 a.m. Then both teams will face Alcorn State in Mississippi next Sunday at 2 p.m., Centenary’s last non-conference matches of the season.   -30-
March 20, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —After a four-hour delay due to scheduling conflicts, the Centenary Ladies tennis team defeated the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers, 6-1, and the Gents took a forfeit victory over the Panthers as a result of the scheduling issues. In a match scheduled for 1 p.m., the Ladies and Lady Panthers finally took the court at 5:30 p.m. to play the doubles point. Centenary swept the three doubles sets to win the first point of the match. Centenary’s domination continued in the singles matches. Anja Schmidt broke her two-match losing streak with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Marika Dawkins in number-one singles. At number-two singles, Heather Kelley defeated Michele Scurry, 7-6, 6-1. Christine Majchrowicz won in the number-three singles position, 6-2, 6-2, while Brandy Smith took the victory at number-four singles, 6-2, 6-0. Elizabeth Pitts won her match at number-five singles, 6-0 and 6-1. Ashlee Mantooth came back from a set down to force a super-tiebreaker, but could not sustain the momentum in losing at the number-six singles position, 6-1, 3-6, 10-4. Because some of the Gents had other commitments later in the day, Centenary asked for and received a forfeit victory due to Prairie View A&M not being ready to start on time. Both the Ladies and Gents are back in action Sunday afternoon against Grambling State. The Ladies will play at the Centenary Tennis Courts, while the Gents will compete at Southern Hills. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.   -30-
March 19, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary starter David Ruffin g pitched seven strong innings and the Gents made the most of their scoring opportunities to easily defeat Texas College at Shehee Stadium Friday evening, 11-2. Centenary (8-11) scored three runs in both the second and third innings to run out to a 6-0 lead and built on the advantage throughout the contest. The final blow was dealt to the Steers in the home half of the seventh inning when the Gents plated four runs on three hits. Ruffing (3-3) picked up the win after allowing only two runs on six hits while striking out six hitters. Adam Oakley pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game while giving up only one hit. Designated hitter Jacob Willett led the Centenary offensive attack finishing 2-for-2 with four runs, two RBI, and his first home run of the season. Shortstop Tony Cardone , the new all-time career hits leader at Centenary, went 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI and David Kiefer added two runs and two RBI in the win. Senior Jesse Newell belted his second home run of the year and added two runs in his 1-for-4 effort. The Gents will host #1 LSU in the Christus Schumpert Fair Grounds Field Classic on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
March 18, 2004 | Athletics
Elmhurst, Ill. —The Mid-Continent Conference released its list of Golfers of the Week through the first two months of the spring season, and Centenary's John Kizer has been honored twice for his performances in Centenary's last two events. At the Moe O'Brien Invitational at Lake Charles County Club on March 1-2, Kizer shot 72-75-72 to finish in a tie for 13th place with a three-over-par 219. He helped the Gents claim sixth place in the tournament with an 891, 27-over-par. This past weekend, Kizer continued his solid play with a 19th place finish at the Sam Houston Bearkat Classic. He shot an even-par 72 in the final round, helping the Gents move into 11th place in the team competition. Kizer, a native of Brighton, Mich., has been Centenary's most consistent golfer this season, finishing as the Gents' top golfer in four events, including all three spring events the team has entered so far. In 14 competitive rounds, Kizer has shot even-par 72 in four rounds and is averaging 74.4 strokes per round. Kizer and the rest of the Centenary men's golf team are now practicing for the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate Tournament, to be held at The Golf Club at StoneBridge on April 5-6.
March 17, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The fifth-ranked LSU softball team used the long ball in the fourth inning to take the lead, and pitcher Emily Turner worked out of every jam to hold it as the Tigers defeated the Centenary Ladies, 4-0, Wednesday evening. After three scoreless innings, Lauren Delahoussaye hit a one-out home run to left field in the fourth inning to put the Tigers on the board. After Julie Wiese drew a walk, Stephanie Hill hit a home run to left-center field to give LSU (26-5) a 3-0 lead. Centenary had their chances early in the game, but could not push a run through. In the second inning, the Ladies loaded the bases with two outs before Lindsey Virdell popped up to Delahoussaye. The bases were loaded again in the third inning when Megan Hall hit a hard line shot towards left field. However, Delahoussaye got in the way, catching the ball and throwing it to third base to double off Jordan Lansdale . Turner (10-2) settled down after those two scares, scattering seven hits while striking out seven Centenary batters. Hill and LaDonia Hughes each earned two hits in the game, while Wiese scored twice for the Tigers. For the Ladies, Ursula Maroski notched hits in both of her plate appearances, while Lansdale, Katie Harwick , Janis Kelley , Micah Rhodes , and Lauren Brownlee each earned one hit in the game. Cheyenne Daries (8-7) took the loss for the Ladies even though she struck out five batters in four innings. Centenary (13-14) will hit the road early next week, facing Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday and Grambling State on Wednesday in doubleheaders. On Friday, March 26, the Ladies return home to open Mid-Continent Conference play against Oakland University in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.   -30-
March 17, 2004 | Athletics
Fayetteville, Ark. —The Arkansas Razorbacks pounded out 15 runs on 19 hits to complete a series sweep of the Centenary Gents with a 15-3 victory Wednesday afternoon. Arkansas improved to 14-6 overall, while Centenary dropped to 7-11 with the loss. Daryl Maday (3-0) earned the win after throwing four innings of shutout ball. Maday allowed just two hits in notching his third win of the season. Kevin Cassidy (2-3) took the loss for the Gents after giving up six runs, all earned, on 10 hits in six innings of work. Cassidy also walked one and struck out four. Arkansas jumped on the scoreboard in the second inning on Devin Day's two-run home run to left field. It was Day's first home run of the season and it came with Brady Toops aboard. Centenary mounted its best scoring threat on Maday in the fourth inning. A single and two hit-by-pitches loaded the bases with one out. Maday got Jared Vincent to pop up to first for the second out and then got Jordan Standefer to fly out to right to end the inning without a runner crossing the plate. The home team scored seven more unanswered runs to take a 9-0 lead before the Gents got on the board. Centenary ended the shutout bid when David Kiefer doubled home Jacob Willett and Blake Adkison in the top of the eighth inning. Vincent then singled home Kiefer to make it a 9-3 game. The Razorbacks answered the Gents' runs in the bottom half of the inning. Dugger doubled home Rowlett for a 10-3 lead and later scored on a single to left by Hamblin for an 11-3 lead. Still in the eighth, Toops doubled to center with the bases loaded to increase the Arkansas lead to 13-3. Day then followed with a single to shallow left for a 14-3 lead. A ground ball double play by Bridges plated the sixth run of the inning and gave the Hogs a 15-3 win. Centenary will host Texas College in a single game on Friday at 4 p.m. before facing #1 LSU in the Christus Schumpert Fair Grounds Classic at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
March 16, 2004 | Athletics
Huntsville, Tex. — After a slow start on Sunday, the Centenary men's golf team posted a solid final round 290 (+2) on Monday to finish in 11th place at the Sam Houston Classic at Raven's Nest Golf Club. Due to the weather on Sunday, the teams were only able to finish one round instead of two as scheduled. Centenary shot 311 in the first round, but took advantage of the change in the format to shoot nine strokes lower in the second round Monday morning and 12 strokes lower than that Monday afternoon. The Gents finished with a score of 903 (+39), ahead of Louisiana Tech, Iowa, Boston College, Texas-Pan American, and Army. Oklahoma City shot a final round 279 (-9) to run away with the tournament title, 21 strokes ahead of Texas State-San Marcos. Individually, John Kizer led the Gents for the fourth time this season, shooting an even-par 72 in the final round to finish in a tie for 19th place with 221 (+5). David Viviano shot 71-73 on the final day to move up 21 spots to a tie for 26th place with 223 (+7). After struggling the first two rounds, Brian Grone shot Centenary's best round of the tournament, as a final round 70 (-2) moved him to a tie for 35th place with 225 (+9). Brett Kaufman tied for 68th place with 234 (+18), Bryan Elliott placed in 76th place with 236 (+20), and Ryan Oliver shot 242 (+26) to finish in a tie for 86th place. The Gents now have a couple of weeks to prepare to host the Hal Sutton Collegiate Classic at StoneBridge Golf Club on April 4-6. That will be Centenary's last tournament before the Mid-Continent Conference Championships in mid-April.
March 16, 2004 | Athletics
Fayetteville, Ark. —The Centenary Gents benefited from five unearned runs on three Arkansas errors in the first inning, but could not hold on for the win as the Razorbacks took the first contest of a two-game series 10-9 on Tuesday evening in Fayetteville. Centenary (7-10) held a 6-2 advantage until the bottom off the third inning when the Gents surrendered four runs on six Razorback hits. After four consecutive safeties that produced two runs to begin the frame, Brady Toops’ grounder to pitcher Kevin Willborn resulted in a force out at home plate. Devin Day then answered with a two-run game-tying single to right field for his only two RBI of the night. Arkansas (13-6) struck again in the home half of the fifth inning with three unearned runs to take the lead at 9-6. With two outs and runners on second and third, Scott Bridges struck out, but reached base when catcher Alex Valdivia failed to hold on to the pitch and was charged with a passed ball. One run scored on the mistake and kept the inning alive for the Razorbacks. Bridges then stole second and was plated along with Haas Pratt when Kern Watts’ grounder to second base was muffed by Jesse Newell . The Gents scored single runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings and missed out on other opportunities to add more runs in the contest. In the seventh, a two-out single to right field by Valdivia plated Tony Cardone but Blake Adkison was gunned down at home while trying to score from second base. Centenary had another chance in the following inning to pull closer but Cardone was caught stealing to end the inning with Bobby Gilliam at third base. Three Gents earned multi-hit games in the loss led by Adkison’s 3-for-4 effort. The senior scored three times and belted his first home run of the season in the ninth inning. Valdivia finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and run while Cardone collected two hits in five trips to the plate.
March 13, 2004 | Athletics
Norman, Okla. — Solid pitching and timely hitting were the keys as the Centenary softball team extended its winning streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep over the New Mexico Lobos, 6-1 and 3-2, at the OU/Worth Invitational on Saturday. In the first game, Centenary opened the scoring in the second inning when Lindsey Virdell drove in Lory Kowaleski with a bloop single to right field. After a three-hour rain delay in the bottom of the third inning, Lauren Brownlee hit a bases-loaded single to drive in Katie Harwick and make the score 2-0. Janis Kelley broke the game open in the fourth inning with a three-run home run to right field. The homer was Kelley's seventh of the season, tying the Centenary single-season record for home runs with half of the season remaining. Another Centenary record was broken in the sixth inning when Jordan Lansdale picked up her 65th career walk, breaking Lauren Jackson's record of 64 free passes. For the second consecutive day, Cathy Byrne (3-5) came within one inning of a complete game shutout, scattering eight hits and giving up one seventh-inning run to earn her third victory of the season. Centenary (13-11) again scored the first run in game two of the doubleheader, as Kowaleski drove in Micah Rhodes with a two-out single to right-center field. In a repeat of the first game, Brownlee hit a bases-loaded single in the third inning to plate another Centenary run, and a throwing error by New Mexico (16-13) gave the Ladies a 3-0 lead. Cheyenne Daries (8-5) held the Lobos scoreless through the first five innings, but a two-run double by Sabrina Sandberg in the sixth inning chased Daries from the game. Kelley came on in relief and pitched 1 2/3 innings to pick up her third save of the season. The Ladies will attempt to pull off at least one upset Sunday afternoon when they face the sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.     -30-
March 12, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary baseball team collected 23 hits and 32 runs in only ten innings of play as the Gents pounded Wiley College 20-2 and 12-0 in doubleheader action Friday at Shehee Stadium. Both games were shortened to five innings due to a previously agreed upon ten-run rule limit. Centenary (7-9) played perfect defense on the afternoon and a bevy of pitchers kept the Wildcats at bay while striking out 13 in the twinbill. The Gent bats set the tone early as they erupted in the second inning of game one to post 13 runs in the frame. The home team cruised to easy victories the rest of the way. Several individuals enjoyed success at the plate for Centenary in the triumph. Senior Tony Cardone finished 4-for-5 on the day with three runs and five RBI while freshman Jonathan Ahearn collected six RBI, going 2-for-3 with a grand slam, the first long ball of his collegiate career. Senior Jesse Newell also compiled six RBI with his 2-for-4 effort and junior Jacob Willett went 2-for-3 with five runs scored. The Gents will next face the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and again on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
March 12, 2004 | Athletics
Norman, Okla. - The Centenary softball team started the OU/Worth Invitational on a positive note, sweeping the McNeese State Cowgirls in a doubleheader on Friday, 8-4 and 4-1. In the first game, Centenary scored in the top of the first inning when Micah Rhodes hit a two-run home run to center field. The Ladies scored two more runs in the fourth inning when Ursula Maroski hit a single that scored Lory Kowaleski and Sherilyn Bossier. After McNeese State (11-19) cut the lead in half in the sixth inning, Centenary broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh inning. After the Ladies loaded the bases, Lauren Brownlee cleared them with a double to give Centenary an 8-2 lead. Cheyenne Daries (7-5) pitched 6 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits while striking out four Cowgirls. Janis Kelley came on in relief in the seventh inning, getting a strikeout to end the game. The second game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Brownlee stepped up with the bases loaded and hit a single to drive in the first run of the game. Traci Smith followed with an RBI single, and a throwing error by McNeese State brought in two more runs. Cathy Byrne (2-5) pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up only five hits and an unearned run. As in the first game, Kelley relieved the starter in the seventh inning, picking up the last two outs to earn her second save of the season. The Ladies (11-11) continue tournament action Saturday morning with a doubleheader against the New Mexico Lobos beginning at 10 a.m. at the Oklahoma Softball Complex.   -30-
March 12, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team performed well but was over powered by the #6 LSU Tigers in the Gold Dome on Friday evening 197.650 to 194.725. The evening was highlighted by two perfect routines by Terin Martinjak and April Burkholder of LSU. Both scored a 10.0 on the balance beam to share the individual title on the event. Centenary’s Kristina Menne took first place on the floor exercise with a 9.950 and also claimed the all-around crown with a school-record 39.275. Tara Mitchell placed third on the floor with a mark of 9.900. The Ladies also set a new standard on the vault with a team score of 48.425 paced by Sarah Ball ’s 9.725 effort. LSU claimed the top spots on the beam as well as the vault and bars. Burkholder and teammate Nicki Butler both scored a 9.975 on the vault to take the title for LSU while Annie Gagnon recorded a 9.950 on the uneven bars to garner first place. The Ladies will travel to Norman, Ill., next Saturday for the Midwest Independent Championships before competing in the USAG National Championships in Denton, Tex., April 9-11.
March 10, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — Down to their final strike in the seventh inning, the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters drove in a run to tie the game and then scored another run in extra innings to defeat the Centenary Ladies, 2-1, Wednesday night at the Centenary Softball Field. Mary Cohn led off the seventh inning with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. After pinch runner Kristin Blodgette advanced to third on a groundout, Amber Miles singled to left field to drive Blodgette in with the tying run. Cohn again started the Louisiana Tech rally in the ninth inning with a double over the leftfielder’s head. Aimee Coleman singled down the right field line to score Cohn and give the Lady Techsters a 2-1 lead. Marla Pinkston (7-8) finished a complete-game victory by setting down the Ladies’ number-two, three, and four hitters in order in the bottom of the ninth inning. She scattered four hits and gave up an unearned run while striking out nine Centenary batters. Katie Harwick was the hitting star for the Ladies, earning half of Centenary’s four hits and driving in the only run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Janis Kelley (1-1) took the loss for the Ladies, pitching 3 1/3 innings of relief, giving up five hits and two runs. Brittany Stanley and Bridget Broadnax each went 3-for-4 for Louisiana Tech (11-11) as the Techsters totaled 12 hits, but left eight runners on base. Cohn and Coleman each went 2-for-4 at the bottom of the lineup to keep the pressure on the Centenary defense. Centenary (9-11) leaves Thursday afternoon for Norman, Okla., to participate in the Oklahoma/Worth Invitational. The Ladies will play doubleheaders against McNeese State on Friday, New Mexico on Saturday, and sixth-ranked Oklahoma on Sunday.   -30-
March 7, 2004 | Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Centenary men's basketball team could not improve its shooting from the previous week, losing in the first round of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament to the Chicago State Cougars, 70-54, Sunday night at Kemper arena. The biggest problem for the Gents was their free throw shooting, as they made only 11-of-25 shots from the charity stripe (44 percent). They also could not hit many shots from the three-point line, as they made only 3-of-13 attempts from the arc. Andrew Wisniewski , Centenary's representative on the All-Conference Team, scored only eight points before fouling out with three minutes remaining. Ronald Mickel led the Gents with 12 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots, and Michael Gale contributed ten points and three steals. Craig Franklin led the Cougars with 18 points, plus he grabbed five rebounds. Rubeen Perry scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out four assists. Jeleel Akindele added ten points, six rebounds, and four blocked shots in the winning event. The Cougars (12-19) move on to face IUPUI in the semifinals on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. The Gents (16-12) lose six seniors and will have to reload before beginning the 2004-05 season.
March 2, 2004 | Athletics
LAKE CHARLES, La. – The Centenary Gents lowered their scores each round to finish sixth at the Moe O’Brien Memorial Invitational at Lake Charles Country Club. After shooting an opening-round 304 Monday morning, the Gents came back that afternoon to post a score of 295 and finish the first day tied for sixth. A 292 in the third round on Tuesday gave the Gents a cumulative score of 891 (+27) and their sixth-place finish. Individually, John Kizer again led the way for the Gents, finishing in a tie for 13th place with a three-round score of 219 (+3). He shot even-par 72 in two of the three rounds. Bryan Elliott shot an opening-round 71 and finished in 21st place with a 221 (+5). Brian Grone played consistently throughout the tournament, posting scores of 75, 75, and 74 to finish tied for 28th place with a 224 (+8). After struggling in the first round, David Viviano shot 73-73 over the last two rounds to finish in a tie for 51st place with a score of 232 (+16). Brett Kaufman finished in a tie for 64th place with a 241 (+25) over the three rounds. Kyle McCotter was disqualified from the first round, but his scores of 72 and 73 in the last two rounds helped the team solidify its position in the standings. Tulane University won the team title with a five-under-par 859, five strokes ahead of host school McNeese State. Those two schools also played a role in the individual championship, as Michael Thompson of Tulane defeated D.J. Schexnider of McNeese State in a playoff after both players finished the tournament with scores of five-under-par 211. The Gents return to action in two weeks at the Sam Houston Bearkat Classic in Huntsville, Tex.
March 2, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – After winning three singles matches in three days, Centenary tennis player Anja Schmidt has been named the Mid-Con Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for the third time this year. The sophomore from Germany started the weekend with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Mounia Hassib of Sam Houston State in a match that had been rescheduled due to weather. Schmidt came close to winning her doubles set with Heather Kelley , but they lost in the tiebreaker. On Saturday, Schmidt earned Centenary’s only point of its match against 75th-ranked Texas-Arlington, defeating Marketa Cizova, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. The team traveled back to Shreveport for a Sunday match with Alcorn State. In dreary conditions, Schmidt defeated Jacque Riddle, 6-0, 6-2, leading the Ladies to a 6-0 victory over the Lady Braves. Schmidt has won all ten singles matches she has played in so far this spring. She and the rest of the team will next play on March 13 in an invitational tournament in Biloxi, Miss.   -30-
March 2, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — The IUPUI Jaguars shot a 319 to win the rain-shortened Centenary Ladies Spring Invitational Tuesday at Shreveport Country Club. In the individual standings, Lisa Westman of McNeese State shot a five-over-par 76 in wet conditions to take the title. Westman finished two strokes ahead of Shawna Fraser of Nicholls State, Berni Rosero of Tyler Junior College, and Emily Hallberg and Ryan Slayback of IUPUI. IUPUI finished just one stroke ahead of Tyler Junior College to take the team title. Jackson State finished third with a 328, just ahead of Nicholls State (329) and McNeese State (331). Rhodes College finished sixth with a 349, the host Ladies took seventh with a 406, and Chicago State finished in eighth with a team score of 424. Repsie Schirmer was the best finisher for the Ladies, finishing in 19th place with an 84, her best single-round score at this event. Andrea Sanchez shot a 95 to finish in 31st place, Ashly Neal tied for 32nd place with a 102, and Michelle DeRouen finished in 38th place. The Ladies travel to Mobile, Ala., next week for a tournament hosted by the University of South Alabama.
March 2, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Thanks to her All-Tournament performance at the Holiday Inn Select-Tulsa Festival last weekend, Micah Rhodes has been named the Player of the Week by the Mid-Continent Conference. Rhodes, a freshman outfielder from Grapevine, Tex., batted .600 (6-for-10) in four games with two doubles, a triple, a home run, three walks, a run scored, and two runs batted in. She notched a 1.300 slugging percentage and a .692 on-base percentage. Rhodes leads both the team and the conference with a .431 batting average, a .491 on-base percentage, 22 hits, and five doubles. The freshman has also been perfect in the field, making 17 putouts without an error. In only four weeks, Centenary has won the Player of the Week honor twice and the Pitcher of the Week honor twice. Janis Kelley and Cheyenne Daries swept the conference awards on February 16, with Daries repeating as Pitcher of the Week last week. Centenary College is the smallest Division I school in the country with just under 900 students. The school is presently in its first year of competition in the Mid-Continent Conference and is eligible for all conference championships and NCAA Tournament automatic bids.   -30-
March 2, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary second baseman Jesse Newell has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, and has been selected as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Player of the Month. Newell, Everson, Wash., hit .415 in the month of February, going 17-for-41 with ten of those hits going for extra bases. He totaled 17 RBI on six doubles, three triples, and a home run. Newell hit for the cycle in the Gents’ season-opener and was named Mid-Con Player of the Week for Feb. 16th. Last week, the senior went 7-for-14 at the plate, including a 7-for-10 stretch in a doubleheader sweep of Iowa. In the two games, he finished 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI and followed that up with a 4-for-5 performance with two doubles and six RBI in the nightcap to earn the Mid-Con weekly honor for the second time. Centenary has swept the three Mid-Con Player of the Week awards given since the beginning of the season. Shreveport native Tony Cardone received the honor in week two of the season.
March 1, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Due to heavy overnight rains that soaked the Shreveport Country Club course, the first round of the 2004 Centenary Ladies Spring Invitational has been rained out. The eight teams that are participating in this year’s tournament will play one 18-hole round on Tuesday, March 2, beginning at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The public is invited to come out and watch the action.
March 1, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies were officially eliminated from the field for the upcoming Mid-Con Tournament with an 81-50 loss to Oral Roberts at home on Monday night. Seniors Alexis Pettway , Julie Danieles , and Louise Smyth were all honored for their four years of service before the game. The trio are the first four-year seniors in the history of the young program. Centenary (4-23, 2-14 Mid-Con) fell victim to a sizzling hot Golden Eagles team that raced out to a halftime lead of 46-21 while shooting 60 percent (18-of-30) from the field in the opening period. Oral Roberts (15-12, 9-7 Mid-Con) also used their height advantage to haul in 48 boards in the game compared to only 32 for the Ladies. Pettway finished her career with her 18th double-double, posting 16 points and 12 rebounds. The all-time scoring and rebounding leader for Centenary, Pettway ended her tenure in a Ladies uniform with 1,416 points and 797 rebounds. Danieles also scored in double figures in her finale with 13 points. She surpassed the 1,000-point barrier earlier in the season and ended her career with 1,038 points as the most prolific three-point shooter in the history of the program. Smyth did not score in her final game but did pull down a season-high four rebounds. She owns the Centenary career mark for three-point shooting percentage and ranks second for most treys made. Oral Roberts was led by Katie Langford’s 16 points. Elisha Turek added 13 points to the winning cause while Claudia Louis and Alycia Seay contributed 11 points and ten points respectively. Leah Cannon finished with nine points and nine assists and Maureen Obudho collected ten boards to go with her nine points.
February 29, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary gymnastics team set two new school records and tied another while recording a season-high 195.375 in a loss to Auburn in the Gold Dome on Sunday afternoon. The 18th ranked Tigers posted a 196.725 to defeat the Ladies. Freshman Kristina Menne tied the Centenary mark with a 39.225 in the all-around shared by teammate Tara Mitchell . Menne earned a 9.650 on the vault, a 9.950 on the bars, a 9.900 on the beam, and a 9.725 on the floor to collect the lofty total. Her 9.950 on the uneven bars set a new Centenary standard on the event. The Ladies trailed by only .650 after two rotations, but Auburn pulled away with a 49.600 on the balance beam despite Centenary setting a new record team total on the event with a 49.325. The Tigers were led on the deciding event by Rachael Tarantino’s perfect 10.0 and a 9.950 by Kayce Stein. Courtney Puckett took home the all-around title for Auburn with a total of 39.350 while also finishing first on the vault and floor exercise. Tarantino nabbed the beam title and Centenary’s Menne claimed first place on the bars. Centenary will travel to face the #17 Arkansas Lady Razorbacks on Friday, March 5th and the #14 Missouri Tigers the following day in Columbia, Mo. The Ladies will return home to host the #10 LSU Tigers in the Gold Dome on March 12th.
February 28, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents took both games of a Saturday doubleheader with Iowa to take the series 2-1 after falling at home on Friday evening. The Gents collected 31 hits in the two games to win handily 7-3 and 13-8. Centenary (5-5) took a 3-1 lead in the opening game before Iowa plated two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game. The Gents answered with three runs in the bottom half of the sixth when Jesse Newell drove in two runs after a sacrifice fly by Tony Cardone . The cushion would prove to be more than enough for starting pitcher David Ruffing . Ruffing (1-1) kept the Hawkeye bats at bay the entire game as he allowed only three hits in seven innings of work that resulted in only two earned runs. Jacob Willett pitched two hitless innings to secure the victory for the Gents. Iowa (1-2) jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the top of the first inning in the final game as the Hawkeyes put together five hits, including three doubles, off of Centenary starter Kevin Willborn . The Gents responded with four runs of their own in the bottom portion of the frame with the help of some shaky defense by the visitors. After Newell scored two on a double to left field, Alex Valdivia laid down a bunt single. Opposing pitcher Ryan Dupic fielded the bunt cleanly, but threw the ball away to allow Newell and David Kiefer to cross home plate. The potent Centenary bats proved to be too much for the Iowa pitching staff as the Gents posted three runs in the fourth and four runs in the sixth inning to go with single runs in the third and seventh frames. Centenary collected 18 hits in the win, six for extra bases, including homeruns by Blake Adkison and Jared Vincent . Willborn (2-1) settled down after his rocky start to collect the win. He completed seven innings on the mound and surrendered five runs while scattering 12 hits. Dupic (0-1) took the loss for Iowa, giving up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. Newell finished the day 7-for-10 with eight RBI, six in the nightcap, to
February 27, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Athletics Director Taylor Moore has announced the hiring of Shelley Schneider as head men’s and women’s cross country coach. Schneider replaces Julie Cavalier who coached the Ladies and Gents teams for six years. “We are excited about getting Shelley on board with her love and enthusiasm for running,” said Moore. “She is an active participant in the greater Shreveport running community and her ability to recruit should benefit from her contacts in that area.” Schneider is a Centenary alum, former member of the cross country team, and former assistant coach. She is currently a part-time instructor at Centenary in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. In the fall of 2004, she will become a full-time instructor in addition to her coaching duties. “This is a dream opportunity for me,” said Schneider. “I have a passion, a desire, and a love for running that I want to bring to this program. With the support of the school and the community and a lot of heart from myself and the runners, I believe we can build a successful program that can compete in the Mid-Continent Conference.” “We are committed to participate in and support all Mid-Con sponsored sports,” said Moore. “I believe this hiring is a step in the right direction for our cross country program and our commitment to the Mid-Con.” Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River and is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 860 students.
February 27, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Athletics Director Taylor Moore has announced the hiring of Shelley Schneider as head men’s and women’s cross country coach. Schneider replaces Julie Cavalier who coached the Ladies and Gents teams for six years. “We are excited about getting Shelley on board with her love and enthusiasm for running,” said Moore. “She is an active participant in the greater Shreveport running community and her ability to recruit should benefit from her contacts in that area.” Schneider is a Centenary alum, former member of the cross country team, and former assistant coach. She is currently a part-time instructor at Centenary in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. In the fall of 2004, she will become a full-time instructor in addition to her coaching duties. “This is a dream opportunity for me,” said Schneider. “I have a passion, a desire, and a love for running that I want to bring to this program. With the support of the school and the community and a lot of heart from myself and the runners, I believe we can build a successful program that can compete in the Mid-Continent Conference.” “We are committed to participate in and support all Mid-Con sponsored sports,” said Moore. “I believe this hiring is a step in the right direction for our cross country program and our commitment to the Mid-Con.” Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River and is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 860 students.
February 26, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – For the second consecutive week, Cheyenne Daries has been named the Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week for her performances in the pitching circle over the past seven days. The senior from Salinas, Calif., went 1-2 with a 1.69 earned run average in 20 2/3 innings of work. She allowed only 13 hits and struck out 12 opposing batters during the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Tex. Daries lost to Houston on Friday and Indiana on Saturday, both by a 1-0 count. On Sunday morning, she pitched 6 2/3 innings, not giving up a hit until the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Ladies upset Florida, 7-4. Daries leads the Ladies with five victories, a 1.83 earned run average, five complete games, two shutouts, and 47 strikeouts. With 433 career strikeouts, she has already passed Donna Krolczyk to become Centenary’s all-time leader in strikeouts and has her sights set on breaking Krolczyk’s single-season record of 165 strikeouts set in 1994. The Centenary softball team is in Tulsa, Okla., for the Holiday Inn Select Tulsa Festival this weekend. The Ladies will face Drake, Tulsa, Saint Louis, UAB, and Texas Tech during the tournament.   -30-
February 26, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — Andrew Wisniewski hit a three-pointer with four seconds remaining as the Centenary Gents capped a perfect season at the Gold Dome with a 71-68 victory over Oral Roberts Thursday night. After scoring only four points in the first half, Wisniewski torched the Golden Eagles for 22 points in the second half, including ten consecutive Gent points midway through the period. He hit 9-of-10 shots from the field in the second half, including both three-pointers he attempted. After a close first half in which neither team held more than a four-point advantage, Centenary started the second half on a 10-3 run to gain a 41-33 lead with 16 minutes remaining. Thanks to the scoring of freshmen Ken Tutt and Caleb Green, Oral Roberts (16-10, 9-6 Mid-Con) slowly closed the gap, eventually tying the game at 68-68 on a Tutt jumper with 56 seconds left. Wisniewski was fouled on Centenary’s next possession, but missed the front end of the one-and-one, giving the Golden Eagles a chance to take the lead. Tutt missed a jumper and Joseph Polite grabbed the rebound, setting up the final shot of Wisniewski’s career at the Gold Dome. The seniors made solid contributions on Senior Night. Besides Wisniewski’s 26 points, Shawn Davis scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Rickey Evans earned ten points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Michael Gale added eight points, and Ronald Mickel contributed four points and four rebounds. Tutt led the Golden Eagles with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 from the three-point line. Green shot 8-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line to score 25 points, plus he grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. The Gents closed the home portion of their schedule with a 13-1 record, including a perfect 8-0 mark in conference games. The 13 home victories are the most by a Centenary team since the 1974-75 season, and the Gents will carry an 18-game Gold Dome winning streak
February 26, 2004 | Athletics
Elmhurst, Ill. —For the second consecutive week a Centenary player has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Player of the Week. Senior Tony Cardone earned the honor in the second week of the season after fellow senior Jesse Newell was selected as the recipient in week one. Cardone, a Shreveport native and Southwood HS standout, put together three consecutive multi-hit games for the Gents last week in action against Texas-Arlington and Friends University, and hit a scorching .556 (10-for-18) with six runs scored and four RBI for the week. In a loss to UTA, Cardone went 4-for-5 and scored a run. Later in the week, he went 4-for-5 again, this time with three runs scored and three RBI in an 11-4 win over Friends. He also handled 16 chances without an error while splitting time between shortstop and catcher. The Gents open a three-game series with the University of Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. at Shehee Stadium. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.
February 25, 2004 | Athletics
Cleveland, Miss. —The Centenary Ladies and Gents swim teams wrapped up their season at the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Championships over the weekend. The Ladies finished seventh out of nine teams with a final score of 142 while the Gents placed seventh out of seven teams with a score of 210. The trip to the NSISC Championships was highlighted by Robert Trempski’s effort in the 200 Yard Backstroke. Trempski took first place with a time of 1:52.09 to narrowly defeat Cagri Sapmaz of Delta State who posted a time of 1:52.20. The Centenary men’s team took fifth place in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:19.58. Other participants on the final day of action from Centenary included Jacob Stevens (16th in the 200 Yard Backstroke), Devin Rourke (13th in the 200 Yard Breaststroke), and Matija Fojs (12th in the 200 Yard Butterfly). On the Ladies side, Elizabeth Staton placed 13th in the 200 Yard Breaststroke while the relay team finished seventh in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.   -30-
February 25, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — At this time last season, the Centenary Gents had already finished their season, their fourth as an independent. There was no conference tournament, no chance at the NCAA Tournament. Boy, how things change in the course of just one calendar year. Thursday night, the Gents host the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in the last home game of the 2003-04 season. Centenary, on a 17-game Gold Dome winning streak, has a chance to complete a perfect season at the Gold Dome and post its best record at home in almost 30 years. But wait, there’s more. Centenary and Oral Roberts, along with IUPUI, are tied for second place with a 9-5 conference record, a half-game behind Valparaiso in the standings. The winner of Thursday night’s game can earn at least a share of the conference title with a win on Saturday. The loser drops to the middle of the conference standings and will probably have a tougher draw in the conference tournament. Need more excitement? Well, this is the last home game for six seniors, including Michael Gale , the team’s only four-year player, and Andrew Wisniewski , one of the best players in Centenary history. With friends and family in attendance, those players will want to perform at their best in the home finale. This will not be an easy game for the Gents. Oral Roberts is one of the best offensive teams in the country, averaging 81.6 points per game. The Golden Eagles have a dynamic freshman duo in Ken Tutt and Caleb Green, who have combined to average 37.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 4.16 assists per game. Centenary will counter with the best defense in the conference, giving up only 68.0 points per game. At the Gold Dome, opposing Mid-Con schools are averaging just under 60 points per game. IUPUI scored 15 points under its average, while Southern Utah fell 20 points shy and UMKC was 18 points off its scoring average. The Golden Eagles won the first meeting on January 15 in Tulsa, Okla., 85-71. Wisniewski scored 19 first-half
February 25, 2004 | Athletics
Cleveland, Miss. —The Centenary Ladies and Gents swim teams wrapped up their season at the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Championships over the weekend. The Ladies finished seventh out of nine teams with a final score of 142 while the Gents placed seventh out of seven teams with a score of 210. The trip to the NSISC Championships was highlighted by Robert Trempski’s effort in the 200 Yard Backstroke. Trempski took first place with a time of 1:52.09 to narrowly defeat Cagri Sapmaz of Delta State who posted a time of 1:52.20. The Centenary men’s team took fifth place in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:19.58. Other participants on the final day of action from Centenary included Jacob Stevens (16th in the 200 Yard Backstroke), Devin Rourke (13th in the 200 Yard Breaststroke), and Matija Fojs (12th in the 200 Yard Butterfly). On the Ladies side, Elizabeth Staton placed 13th in the 200 Yard Breaststroke while the relay team finished seventh in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.   -30-
February 24, 2004 | Athletics
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. – In a tournament shortened to one round due to rain, John Kizer shot a 73 to lead the Centenary men’s golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Pizza Hut/Bell South Classic at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club. Kizer, the defending champion of the tournament, finished in fourth place, two strokes behind individual winner Jeff Moulder of IUPUI. Kyle McCotter also placed in the top 15, finishing in a tie for ninth place with a 76. As a team, the Gents shot 306 (+18), only four strokes behind tournament champion and fellow Mid-Con school IUPUI. Centenary did finish with a much better score than conference rivals UMKC and Chicago State. After the first round was played on Sunday, Kizer and his teammates were primed to make a similar advance up the leaderboard that happened in last year’s tournament. However, rain wiped out Monday’s round, not giving anybody a chance to improve their scores. David Viviano shot a 77 to finish in a tie for 16th place, while Brett Kaufman and Bryan Elliott finished in a tie for 22nd place with a 78 and Brian Grone tied for 27th place with a 79. The Gents return to action next weekend, playing in the McNeese Collegiate Classic in Lake Charles from February 29 to March 2.
February 24, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Gents soccer coach Eric Mayo has announced the signing of four players for the 2004 season. The signees are the first for Mayo as a head coach after being promoted to the position on Feb. 20th. The new Gents include Osama Buazza , Dustin Forward , Ransone Rose , and James Speed . Buazza (Houston, Tex.) was captain of his Mayde Creek High School team and played on the South Texas ODP State team in 2003. He was also captain for the Albion Hurricanes U-15 & 16 Futbol Club. “Buazza is a very creative, attacking player that can play forward or midfield. He has a vast knowledge of the game and will fit in well with our system,” said Mayo. Forward (Katy, Tex.) was a three-time All-District defender at Cinco Ranch High School in addition to playing on the South Texas ODP State team. “Forward is an amazing signing for us,” said Mayo. “He is technically and tactically superior to most of his peers and I look for him to come in and help anchor our defense.” Rose (Houston, Tex.) is a 6’1” goalkeeper with three varsity letters from Cypress Creek High School. He is leaving the prep ranks after three seasons to take college credit law courses and has a standing offer from Leicester City’s youth academy team in the English Premier League. “Rose has the ability to come in and compete for a starting position immediately,” said Mayo. “He has a very strong presence in goal and is a solid shot stopper.” Speed (Corpus Christi, Tex.) served as the keeper at Richard King High School where he earned four All-District honors. He was named District Newcomer of the Year in 2001 and the Region 4 All-Region goalkeeper in 2002 and 2003. He also received Academic All-State accolades in 2003. “Speed is a great example of how hard work and dedication can pay off,” said Mayo. “He will also compete for a starting job and I am looking forward to working with him.” Locat
February 23, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — The Centenary College women’s golf team and the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority are sponsoring the fourth annual Centenary Ladies Spring Invitational, to take place March 1-2 at the Shreveport Country Club. Eight teams will be participating in this year’s tournament, six Division I schools plus Rhodes College, a Division III school from Memphis, Tenn., and Tyler Junior College from Tyler, Tex. Three Louisiana schools, Centenary, McNeese State, and Nicholls State, will be playing, as will Jackson State from Mississippi. Also coming to Shreveport for the first time will be two members of the Mid-Continent Conference, IUPUI and Chicago State. Centenary is presently in its first year of competition in the conference and will look to qualify for the conference tournament to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., in April. The teams will be playing practice rounds at the Shreveport Country Club on Sunday afternoon, February 29. The competition on both Monday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 2, is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. The public is welcome to come out and watch the action.
February 23, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The UMKC Kangaroos shot 57.7 percent from the field and outrebounded Centenary 35-27 to take an 83-69 win over the Ladies on Monday night in Mid-Continent Conference action. With the win, the Roos hold on to second place in the league with a 10-4 mark, trailing only Western Illinois. UMKC (13-12) trailed for only 21 seconds in the contest as Centenary scored the first bucket of the game on a layup by Julie Danieles . The Kangaroos responded with five consecutive points, including a three-pointer by Katie Houlehan. Houlehan sank five trifectas in the first half and finished 6-of-7 from downtown on the evening. Centenary (4-21, 2-12 Mid-Con) refused to let the visitors pull away as the Ladies trailed by less than ten points for most of the half. UMKC extended its lead to 16 points on Houlehan’s final three-pointer of the first half, but Centenary answered with an 8-2 run to bring the score to 42-32 at the break. UMKC took charge in the opening minutes of the second half as the Kangaroos exploded for a 15-4 run that brought their advantage to 21 points at 57-36. The Ladies would never get closer than ten points the rest of the way as the depth of UMKC proved too much for Centenary. The Kangaroos received bench contributions of 11 points from Liz Obrecht and eight points from Jayme Sweere. The Centenary bench was led by Louise Smyth and Lindsay Way , each finishing with three points. Houlehan poured in 18 points, all on three-pointers, while Carlai Moore did the damage inside with 22 points and 11 rebounds to collect the double-double. Casey Ellis added five assists to go along with her eight points in the win. Alexis Pettway scored a game-high 25 points and narrowly missed a double-double of her own with nine boards for Centenary. Holli Wilkins pitched in with a career-high 14 points on 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the three-point arc to go with five steals. Carly Melvin added nine points, six rebounds, and five assists in the loss. Th
February 22, 2004 | Athletics
HOUSTON, Tex. – For the second consecutive year, the Centenary softball team defeated the University of Florida on a neutral field, as the Ladies upset the Gators, 7-4, Sunday morning at the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston. In the previous four games of the tournament, the Ladies’ offense had been stifled by better competition, as Nebraska, Houston, and Indiana held Centenary to no runs and four hits in 19 innings of action. Centenary showed some signs of breaking out of its hitting slump in a 13-1 victory over Manhattan College on Saturday, but the Ladies were facing Jenny Gladding, Florida’s best pitcher. After spotting Florida a run in the second inning, the Ladies scored in the top of the fourth inning, as Ursula Maroski drove in pinch runner Natalie Schoppe to tie the game. Then pinch runners Katie Harwick and Dana Davis executed a double steal to perfection, with Davis scoring to give the Ladies a lead they would never relinquish. Centenary (8-7) exploded in the sixth inning for five runs, chasing Gladding from the game. Lauren Brownlee earned a RBI single and Traci Smith drew a bases-loaded walk off of Amanda Knowles. With the bases still loaded, Jordan Lansdale hit a bases-clearing double off of Amanda Moore to give the Ladies a 7-1 lead. Cheyenne Daries (5-4) did not give up a hit until Lindsey Cameron hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. However, Daries gave up three consecutive doubles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh as Florida cut the Centenary advantage to three runs. Janis Kelley came in to pick up her first save of the season, getting Cameron to strike out to end the game. The Ladies continue their month-long road trip Wednesday with a doubleheader against first-year program North Texas in Denton, Tex., at 1 p.m. Centenary will then travel to Tulsa, Okla., for a tournament next weekend featuring Tulsa, St. Louis, Drake, UAB, and Texas Tech.   -30-
February 21, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Friends University won two of three games from the Centenary Gents to take the first-ever series between to the two teams. After losing to the Falcons 8-3 on Friday night, the Gents managed only a split in the Saturday doubleheader. Centenary collected 14 hits in game one to easily win 11-4, but struggled with only four hits in game two to fall 5-2. Centenary (3-4) allowed three first inning runs in game one but surrendered just one run the rest of the contest to stifle the Falcons. Kevin Willborn tossed eight innings and struck out five batters to earn his first win of the season. The Gents carried a 6-3 lead into the sixth inning before posting four runs on three hits, including a triple by Jesse Newell that scored two runs. Tony Cardone went 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs and three RBI while Newell finished 3-for-5 with three runs and one run batted in. Friends (2-1) played solid baseball all the way around in game two for the victory. The Falcon defense did not commit an error, the offense pounded out 11 hits, and Jeff Robinson allowed only two runs in 6.1 innings of work on the mound. Chris Fox drove in two runs while hitting 2-for-3 at the plate. Centenary senior Bobby Gilliam scored two runs in the Gent win in the first part of the double dip to tie the all-time Centenary record for runs scored with 141 in a career. He currently shares the honor with Dennis Traynor who compiled the same total from 1989-1991. The Gents will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face the University of Alabama at 6:30 p.m. in Tuscaloosa.
February 20, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Director of Athletics Taylor Moore has announced the promotion of Eric Mayo to head men’s soccer coach. Mayo has served as the interim coach since Jed Jones stepped down from the position on January 19th. “Eric has served Centenary well as both a graduate assistant and a volunteer assistant coach in our men’s soccer program,” said Moore. “His experience as both a player and a coach at Centenary should allow him to immediately begin to move the program forward.” Mayo has been an assistant at Centenary for two years after graduating from the college in 2002. He served as coach of the Airline High School varsity and junior varsity women’s teams in Shreveport in 2001, as well as both women’s teams at Southwood High School in 2000. While at Airline, he was named District Co-Coach of the Year. Mayo also coached the University Soccer Club U-18 men’s select team and holds a United States Soccer Federation “B” license. He spent four years as a starter for the Gents soccer team and was selected as the captain by his peers in his senior season. “Centenary has been my life over the past six years and I feel very fortunate to be able to continue this relationship,” said Mayo. “My wife and I are both Centenary alums and we are very excited to be given such an opportunity by the college and the athletic department.” Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 890 students and is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.   -30-
February 20, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team continued its march toward the USAG Nationals by posting a season-best 192.750 while defeating Texas Woman’s University in the Gold Dome on Friday evening. Centenary trailed TWU after two rotations but used a 48.950 on the balance beam to cut the deficit and then sealed the win with a 48.775 on the floor exercise. Jennie Jackson and Kristina Menne each tied the Centenary record with a 9.900 on the uneven bars to take first place in the category. Menne also ranked first on the floor exercise with a 9.950 and took the all-around with a total of 39.025. Sarah Ball and Tara Mitchell each placed inside the top three on multiple rotations as Ball finished second on the vault, floor, and in the all-around. Mitchell battled through injuries to place second on the balance beam and third on the bars. Texas Woman’s University finished just fractions of a point behind the Ladies with a final score of 192.100. The Pioneers were paced by Catherine Rodriguez and Amber McMeans. Rodriguez scored a 9.675 to win the vault competition and McMeans posted a 9.900 to take home first place on the balance beam. The Ladies return to action on Sunday, Feb. 29th when they host Auburn in the Gold Dome at 2 p.m.
February 20, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Tickets for the LSU vs. Centenary baseball game at Fair Grounds Field will be available beginning Monday, February 23rd at various ticket outlets. The game will be held on Tuesday, March 23rd with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets for the game will range from $10 to $25 depending on the location of the seats. Sky Box seats will be $25, Field Box and Loge Box seats will be $20, and all General Admission seats will be $15. Tickets for students with a valid I.D., senior citizens (ages 60 and over), and active military are $10. Select ticket outlets have been authorized to sell tickets to specific seat locations for the game. Field Box seats on the third base side are available through the Shreveport Sports (636-5555) and Centenary College (869-5067). All other Field Box seats can be purchased from the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority (429-0660). Loge Box tickets are available through the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority, Shreveport Sports, and Centenary College while Sky Box tickets will only be sold by the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority. General Admission seating will be sold at all outlets. Other ticket locations include; Shreveport Gymnastic Supply (869-1206), Sportspectrum (798-1241), Sports World-Bossier City (752-2442), Sports World-Shreveport (686-1880), and Steadman’s Sports Center-Bossier City (742-1763).
February 20, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After spotting the Centenary Gents two runs in the first inning, the Friends University Falcons came back and eventually pulled away with an 8-3 victory Friday night at Shehee Stadium. The Falcons started their comeback with single runs in the third and fifth innings to tie the game at two. After Josh Hill (0-1) walked Scott Jay to start the eighth inning, Kyle Roth pinch ran for Jay and made it to third base on a single by Cody Larson. Roth scored on a double play, putting Friends ahead for the first time in the game. The game got away from the Gents in the ninth inning, as the Falcons hit three consecutive doubles to score three runs. Friends added two more runs in the inning and then held off Centenary’s ninth-inning rally, as Jon Qualls earned two strikeouts with the bases loaded to end the game. Five of Centenary’s eight hits came from the top two batters in the order. Bobby Gilliam went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored, while Tony Cardone hit 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and a run batted in. Kevin Cassidy pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. For the Falcons, Brad Cline led the offense by going 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two runs batted in. Justin Thurman went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a run batted in. After starter Ryan Bensch settled down to pitch the first six innings, Ryan Schamborn (1-0) earned the victory for the Falcons by pitching a scoreless seventh inning, giving up only one walk. Qualls pitched two innings to earn the save. The Gents (2-3) and Falcons (1-0) will play a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Shehee Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.
February 19, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents tightened up their defense in the second half and used a balanced offensive attack to hold off the UMKC Kangaroos, 63-55, Thursday night at the Gold Dome. Michael Watson scored UMKC’s first nine points as the Kangaroos jumped out to a 13-6 lead eight minutes into the game. Centenary slowly closed the gap and eventually tied the score at 25, but a Watson jumper with 28 seconds remaining gave UMKC a two-point lead at halftime. The key to the second half was Centenary’s ability to hold the Kangaroos to one shot, as the Gents won the rebounding battle, 39-23. UMKC shot 29.2 percent from the field in the second half after hitting 63.2 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half. Watson was held to 2-of-10 shooting from the field in the second half after making 8-of-10 field goal attempts in the first period. Chad Maclies earned his third double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Shawn Davis came off the bench to score 13 points and grab five rebounds, while Michael Gale contributed eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Coming into the game averaging over 22 points per game, Andrew Wisniewski was held to ten points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, missing all four of his three-point attempts. He did dish out four assists, grab four rebounds, and earn two steals. The Gents struggled from the three-point line, making only two of their 19 attempts from behind the arc. One of those made three-pointers came from Ronald Mickel as time ran down on the shot clock in the first half to tie the game at 23. Watson finished the game with 28 points, and Mike English came off the bench to give UMKC (12-12, 7-6 Mid-Con) 13 points, three rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals. Javon Clark, who hurt the Gents in the first meeting with 16 points, was held to two points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field. Centenary (15-9, 9-4 Mid-Con) has now won 17 consecutive games at the
February 18, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents baseball team fell in its home opener to Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night 13-4. The Mavericks pounded out 16 hits in the contest and scored in five different innings to take the victory at Shehee Stadium. Centenary (2-2) collected 12 hits in the loss, but could not string many together for a big inning. Starting pitcher David Ruffing had a rough go of it as the senior allowed 12 hits and eight runs in five innings of work. Texas-Arlington (2-2) got the scoring started in the second inning with a pair of runs. The Mavericks kept the pressure on as they posted four runs in the third inning highlighted by four consecutive singles with two outs. UTA added two more runs in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead before Centenary responded. The Gents posted two runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning when Joel Hoffman doubled in Alex Valdivia and later scored on a single by Jared Vincent . Centenary pulled within five runs at 8-3 before Texas-Arlington scored again in the sixth inning. The visitors then exploded for four more runs in the top of the ninth when Hunter Pence drove in two with a two-out double after the bases had been loaded on two walks and a hit batsman. Pence finished the evening 3-for-6 from the plate with two RBI and two runs to pace the Mavericks. Four other players collected two hits in the game while Carey Avants drove in a game-high three runs while going 1-for-2. Tony Cardone led the Centenary offensive attack with four hits and was not retired until his final at-bat in the ninth inning. Blake Adkison went 3-for-5 with the bat and Valdivia recorded two hits. Centenary returns to action on Friday when it hosts Friends University in the first of three games this weekend. The Friday game will begin at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader will follow on Saturday at 1 p.m.
February 17, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Janis Kelley and Cheyenne Daries , who led the Centenary Ladies to a 5-0 record last week, have been named the Mid-Con Player and Pitcher of the Week. Kelley, a junior from Keithville, La., showed off her power as she drove in several of Centenary’s runs during the past seven days. She batted .563 (9-for-16) with three home runs and 13 RBIs. All three home runs, which came against Southern Arkansas, Texas Southern, and Prairie View A&M, drove in three runs each, and she drove in two runs in each of the other two games. In the first game of a doubleheader sweep against Texas Southern, Kelley went 3-for-3 with a double and one of her home runs. Presently she leads the team with a .448 batting average, a .931 slugging percentage, 13 hits, four home runs, and 14 runs batted in. A senior pitcher from Salinas, Calif., Daries made Centenary history as she pitched three complete-game victories during the week. She threw her second career no-hitter against Southern Arkansas, giving up a leadoff walk before setting down the next 18 batters. In Centenary’s 11-0 victory over Texas Southern on Saturday, Daries struck out seven batters, becoming the Ladies’ career strikeout queen. She saved some of her best pitches for Sunday’s matchup against Prairie View A&M, when she struck out a career-high 15 batters as Centenary defeated the Lady Panthers, 4-1. Centenary, in its first season in the Mid-Continent Conference, returns to action on Friday at the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston.   -30-
February 17, 2004 | Athletics
Elmhurst, Ill. —Centenary second baseman Jesse Newell was honored with the Mid-Continent Conference’s first Hitter of the Week award for the 2004 baseball season. The selection is the first for the Gents in their inaugural year as a member of the Mid-Con. Newell, a native of Everson, Wash., got off to a hot start in the season-opening series at Prairie View A&M. The senior transfer hit for the cycle in game one when he singled in the fifth inning, doubled in the sixth, homered in the seventh, and tripled in the eighth inning of a 14-3 triumph for the Gents. He also went 2-for-3 in the last game of the series, an 8-3 win. For the week, Newell hit .545 (6-11) while driving in six runs and scoring three times. Newell and the rest of the Centenary team will host Texas-Arlington on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the 2004 home opener. The game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. but was pushed back as the result of rain on Monday. U.S. Congressman Jim McCrary will throw out the first pitch.
February 16, 2004 | Athletics
Rochester, Mich. —The Centenary Ladies battled from a 13-point deficit to take the lead on the road against Oakland University on Monday night, but could not hold on as the Golden Grizzlies stormed back to win 75-60. Centenary (4-19, 2-10 Mid-Con) found itself in a big hole early as Oakland scored the first 13 points of the game with the aid of three consecutive turnovers by the Ladies. Julie Danieles stopped the bleeding when she made a three-pointer at the 15:01 mark to put Centenary on the board. Oakland (16-8, 9-4 Mid-Con) increased its advantage back to 12 points before the Ladies put together an 18-2 run over a five-minute span to pull ahead at 22-18. Five different players scored for Centenary and the Golden Grizzlies made good on just one shot attempt during the spurt. Petra Manakova answered for the home team with back-to-back buckets to tie the game at 22 apiece. Whitney Rushing converted on one of two free throws to put Centenary back up by one before Oakland reeled off another 13-0 run to take the lead for good. The Ladies fell behind by as much as 19 points in the second half, but did manage one last push that pulled the team within five points with 4:48 to play. The Golden Grizzlies were paced by a 23-point effort from Jayme Wilson. Amanda Batcha scored 16 points in the win while Manakova and Anne Hafeli contributed 12 points and 11 points respectively. Alexis Pettway led Centenary with 17 points and nine rebounds to narrowly miss a double-double. Danieles finished with ten points shooting 4-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-3 from the three-point line. The Ladies will travel to Indianapolis to face IUPUI on Saturday.
February 15, 2004 | Athletics
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex. — After struggling to get their offense going in the first game, the Centenary Ladies exploded for 15 runs in the last seven innings of play to sweep the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers, 4-1 and 11-1, Sunday afternoon at Lady Panther Field. It took the Ladies five innings to figure out Prairie View pitcher Natalie Adamson, as they managed only two hits. However, in the sixth inning, two errors set up RBI singles by Janis Kelley and Micah Rhodes and a double by Ursula Maroski to give Centenary a 3-0 lead. Cheyenne Daries kept the Lady Panthers off the scoreboard until the last inning, giving up only four hits while striking out 15 opposing batters. At the plate, Daries walked twice and scored a run to help her own cause. The second game of the doubleheader got off to a slow start, as the Ladies scored only one run in the first two innings. They exploded for seven runs in the third inning, with Kelley hitting a three-run home run and Traci Smith adding a two-run double. Centenary (6-4) scored three runs in the fourth inning, as Lauren Brownlee drew a bases-loaded walk and Lindsey Virdell knocked in two runs with a single. Cathy Byrne pitched four scoreless innings to earn her first win of the season. The Ladies return to action next weekend at the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston. Centenary will face Big 12 school Nebraska, SEC power Florida, Big Ten member Indiana, Manhattan of the MAAC, and host school Houston from Conference USA.   -30-
February 15, 2004 | Athletics
Prairie View, Tex. —The Centenary Gents split their doubleheader with Prairie View A&M on Sunday to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Panthers received a strong pitching performance from Terrance Sparks in game one as Prairie View held on to a 4-3 victory. In the final game, the Gents used a six-run second inning to ease by the Panthers 8-3. Prairie View used timely hitting in the first game to jump out to a 3-0 lead after three innings. The Panthers added another run in the sixth after a lead-off walk, a wild pitch, and an error set up the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Three of Prairie Views’ four runs in the game were unearned because of two Gent errors. Centenary rallied in the last inning to put together three runs, but it was not enough. After Jacob Willett opened the frame with a single, the bases were soon loaded when Bobby Gilliam walked and David Kiefer singled. Blake Adkison responded with a bases-clearing double, but was unable to score to extend the game. The Panthers would not be as fortunate in the final game of the series. The Gents got on the board early with a run in the first inning. Centenary kept up the pressure with six runs in the second inning, five with two outs, highlighted by a double with the bases loaded by Jesse Newell to drive in three. J.C. Biagi hurled five innings to pick up the complete game win in the shortened affair. The contest was called after the fifth when the Prairie View head coach was ejected from the game and refused to leave the grounds. The umpires then called the game and left, leaving the Gents with the 8-3 victory. The Centenary offense was led by Newell’s four RBI in the two games and a 2-for-5 performance. Gilliam scored four times on the day while going 2-for-5 at the plate and Kiefer finished with two runs scored while collecting three hits in five at-bats. The Gents will open the home portion of their schedule when they host Texas-Arlington at Shehee Stadium on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
February 14, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies ended their nine-game Mid-Con losing skid by dropping Southern Utah in the Gold Dome on Saturday, 75-62. Four Centenary players scored in double figures and, for the first time since the program began playing at the Divison I level in 1999, two players notched double-doubles in the same game. Centenary (4-18, 2-9 Mid-Con) led 33-30 at the half after five ties and seven lead changes in the opening period. Although the Ladies weren’t ahead in field goal percentage, the team was dominating the boards. Carly Melvin pulled down nine rebounds by the intermission and Louise Smyth nailed two three-pointers to put Centenary on top. Southern Utah (15-7, 6-5 Mid-Con) never led after the 1:39 mark in the first half but did pull within one point at 50-49 with 10:48 remaining in the second half. The Ladies answered the Thunderbird threat with eight straight points capped by Smyth’s fourth and final trifecta of the game. Smyth finished with 15 points on 5-of-5 from the field, including 4-of-4 from three-point land. The Thunderbirds made one final run but missed six consecutive free throws to put themselves out of contention. The Ladies made good on eight of their final ten free throw attempts with less than two minutes to play to seal the victory. Centenary shot 56.2 percent from the three-point arc paced by Smyth’s long-range precision off the bench. The Ladies were 9-of-16 from downtown in the contest as Julie Danieles nailed three big three-pointers and Tori Alloway and Lindsay Way also added a field goal from behind the line. The Ladies received double-doubles from Melvin and Danieles in the victory. Melvin grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go with her 12 points while the 5’6” Danieles hauled in 12 boards and added a game-high 19 points. Alexis Pettway contributed 15 points and seven rebounds to go with Smyth’s 15-point effort. Southern Utah was led by Casey Cooke’s 13 points though she struggle
February 14, 2004 | Athletics
Prairie View, Tex. —Newcomer Jesse Newell hit for the cycle and Kevin Cassidy hurled seven innings to lead Centenary past Prairie View A&M, 14-3, in the Gents 2004 season opener. Centenary collected 14 hits on the day as four players recorded multiple hits and multiple RBI's. Newell, a senior transfer from Southeastern Louisiana, began the game 0-for-2 before singling in the fifth inning, doubling in the sixth, homering in the seventh, and legging out a triple in the eighth inning to accomplish the feat. He also finished with two runs and two RBI. Cassidy struck out four batters and allowed only four hits to earn his first win of the season. Blake Adkison went 2-for-4 with two RBI, A.J. Howes collected two hits in five trips to the plate and freshman Jared Vincent finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored in his collegiate debut. The Gents will attempt to play at least one more game on Sunday, weather permitting, before returning to Shreveport for their season-opener on Wednesday against Texas-Arlington.
February 14, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s basketball team shot 57.1 percent from the field, including 66.7 percent from the three-point line, as the Gents dominated the Southern Utah Thunderbirds from the opening tip in winning, 86-44, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. Andrew Wisniewski scored 14 of the first 16 points for the Gents as they jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first six minutes and never looked back. Wisniewski hit his first six three-pointers, eventually making 8-of-9 (.889 – a new Gold Dome record for three-point field goal percentage) from behind the arc on his way to 31 points, plus he dished out five assists. Many of Wisniewski’s baskets came as a result of passing by Michael Gale , who notched a game-high eight assists to go along with five points and three steals. Jarmorrow Moragne hit his first six shots, four of them from the three-point line, to score 16 points. Chad Maclies was a force on the defensive end for the Gents, who set a new Gold Dome record for fewest points allowed. Maclies grabbed seven rebounds and stole the ball four times. Rickey Evans contributed 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Shawn Davis added eight points and four rebounds off the bench. Centenary (14-9, 8-4 Mid-Con) kept Southern Utah’s David Palmer from getting into a rhythm, as most of his 14 points came with a hand in his face. The Gents forced Southern Utah (8-15, 4-8 Mid-Con) into 15 turnovers, and they outrebounded the Thunderbirds 31-16 in the game, grabbing 11 offensive rebounds to Southern Utah’s 14 defensive rebounds. The Gents are now one game behind Valparaiso in the Mid-Con standings, tied with IUPUI for second place. They will face the UMKC Kangaroos, who are tied for fourth place one game behind Centenary, on Thursday night, February 19, beginning at 7:05 p.m. at the Gold Dome.
February 13, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. - Despite facing tough competition from other basketball players as well as swimmers, divers, and track athletes, Andrew Wisniewski was named the Mid-Con Male Student Athlete of the Month for January. Wisniewski, a senior guard from Staten Island, N.Y., averaged 24.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.8 steals per game as Centenary went 5-4 in January. He scored at least 19 points in eight of nine games, recorded 20 or more points seven times, and had three games of 30 or more points, all on the road. During the month, Wisniewski had a stretch of five straight games scoring at least 26 points. Included in that streak was a 13-of-14 performance at the free throw line as Centenary upset Conference USA school Houston and a 30-point effort as the Gents defeated Western Illinois on the road. He wrapped up the month with an 8-for-9 shooting night from the field against IUPUI, scoring 19 points as the Gents defeated the conference-leading Jaguars. His performances against Western Illinois and IUPUI earned him Player of the Week honors from both the Mid-Continent Conference and the Louisiana Spors Writers Association. The Mid-Continent Conference awards a Student-Athlete of the Month honor to a deserving male and female student-athlete for their performances in a certain month. This is the first time a Centenary athlete has won this award since the school joined the conference last fall.
February 12, 2004 | Athletics
Rochester, Mich. —Oakland’s defense seemed to have hands in all of the passing lanes tonight against Centenary College, as the Golden Grizzlies came up with a season-best effort of 17 steals against the Gents on their way to a 76-64 win in Mid-Continent men’s basketball action. DeMarcus Ishmeal (Detroit, Mich.) led OU with six of the thefts as the Golden Grizzlies took advantage of 23 Centenary turnovers and broke a two-game losing streak to improve to 10-15 and 4-9 in the Mid-Con. Centenary, the second place team in the conference coming into the contest, fell to 13-9 overall and 7-4 in the Mid-Con. Neither team looked comfortable on the floor at the beginning of the game, with the two squads combing to commit five turnovers in the first two minutes of the game. The result was a low scoring affair over the opening minutes and when Chad Maclies hit a shot at the 13:37 mark for the Gents, the game saw its third tie at 8-8. After Centenary had taken a 10-8 lead, back-to-back three-point shots by Mike Helms (Detroit, Mich.) and Kelly Williams (Detroit, Mich.) gave OU a 14-10 lead. It turned out that Oakland would never trail the rest of the evening. The Gents did come back to tie the score for the fourth time in the half at 16-16 on a Andrew Wisniewski trey with nine minutes to play, but Oakland scored the next seven points and the Gents never got closer than three points the rest of the way. Leading 23-20 Oakland out scored Centenary 9-1 over the final minutes of the half, taking a 32-21 lead on a pair of Cortney Scott (Lansing, Mich.) free throws with a minute and a half left and went on to take a 34-25 lead into the locker room. After shooting 42 percent in the first half, Oakland increased that mark to 54 percent in the second half. The Golden Grizzlies put their strong shooting on display right away, starting the second half on a 10-2 run over the first three minutes to take a 44-27 lead on a dunk by Helms. Centenary could not make a dent in the
February 11, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Ladies soccer coach Chase Wooten has wasted little time as the newly promoted coach has announced the signing of seven players for the 2004-05 school year. The new signees include; Rachel Alexander , Cori Dullnig , Ali Hilsher , Jenny Mather , Anna Pendergast , Tara Sageser , and Neelou Shekarabi . The new recruits look to add to a Centenary team that finished third in the Mid-Continent Conference in 2003 with a 10-7-3 mark (3-2-1 Mid-Con). Alexander (Bossier City, La.) ranks second in the nation for career goals scored with 234 while playing at Parkway High School. She was named All-District, All-City, and All-State in each of her four seasons at the prep level and was twice named district MVP. Dullnig (San Antonio, Tex.) collected 18 goals and 18 assists as a defender while playing for Clark High School. She was selected as the defensive MVP at the Woodlands Tournament and first team All-District in 2003. Dullnig was also a member of the All-Greater San Antonio Super Team and was a KSAT TV Scholar Athlete of the Week. “Rachel is a natural goal scorer and is very clever with the ball at her feet while Cori has great speed and can serve a ball with tremendous pace,” said Wooten. Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla.) was a four-time All-District goalkeeper at Washington High School and was the Ladies’ first verbal commitment of the 2004-05 recruitng class. She was also a member of the Oklahoma ODP team, the Bishop Kelley All-Tournament Team, and was selected as the team MVP. Mather (Cedar Park, Tex.) played two seasons at defender for Leander High School before deciding to focus on playing in the club ranks with the Capitals Soccer Club. She also ran cross country and track at the prep level. “Ali is very athletic and technically sound in goal and a very good leader,” said Wooten. “She will come in and challenge for a starting position as a freshman. Jenny is a quick player that is a solid defender and a great ball wi
February 10, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary softball team earned six extra-base hits and Cheyenne Daries pitched a no-hitter as the Ladies defeated Southern Arkansas in their home opener, 8-0, Tuesday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Ladies jumped on the board quickly, as Micah Rhodes drove in Jordan Lansdale with a double in the bottom of the first inning. In the second inning, Traci Smith hit a one-out double and was driven home by a Lauren Koehn single. After Koehn’s single, Janis Kelley hit a towering home run to left field to break the game open for the Ladies, 5-0. Freshman catcher Megan Hall started the third inning with a line drive home run to left field, and Centenary (2-4) added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to end the game. After giving up a leadoff walk in the top of the first inning, Daries did not allow another Southern Arkansas player to reach base. Only two Lady Muleriders were able to hit the ball to the outfield, as Daries struck out six opposing batters in earning her second victory of the season. Koehn, Rhodes, and Smith each earned two hits, while Smith and Lansdale each scored two runs. The Ladies will go back on the road this weekend, traveling to the Houston area to face Texas Southern on Saturday and Prairie View A&M on Sunday. The Ladies do not play another home game until March 10 against Louisiana Tech. -30-  
February 9, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Western Illinois dominated the glass as the Westerwinds outrebounded Centenary 51-23 and sailed to a 74-52 victory in the Gold Dome on Monday evening. With the win, Western extended its win streak to six games and moved into a tie for first place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings as a result of a UMKC loss to Oakland. Western Illinois (15-7, 9-2 Mid-Con) pulled down more offensive boards (29) than Centenary managed in the entire game. Sophomore Zane Teilane recorded a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds while Orinta Kavaliauskaite led all scorers with 20 points. Preseason Mid-Con Player of the Year, Tiffany Cornelius, added 12 points and seven rebounds in the win. Centenary (3-18, 1-9 Mid-Con) took care of the ball in the first half as the Ladies committed only eight turnovers, but shot a meager 30.8 percent from the field. The Ladies improved their shooting in the final half (42.1 percent) but could not put both parts of their game together as they committed 15 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. The deficit stood at 16 points to begin the second half before Western Illinois began the period on a 10-0 run to extend its advantage to 26 points. Alexis Pettway became more aggressive offensively for the Ladies and ended the run with six consecutive points of her own. However, the size of the Westerwinds proved to be too much as they attempted 19 more shots than the Ladies as a result of their ability to get to the boards. Pettway and Lindsay Way led all Centenary scorers with 12 points while the Ladies’ second leading scorer on the season, Julie Danieles , was held to only one shot attempt and turned the ball over eight times. Centenary will look to end its nine-game conference losing streak when it hosts Southern Utah in the Gold Dome on Saturday as the first part of a doubleheader with the Gents. Tip time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
February 7, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Andrew Wisniewski tied his season high with 32 points as the Centenary Gents fought off a determined Western Illinois squad, 78-64, Saturday evening at the Gold Dome. After the Gents opened the game with three-pointers by Wisniewski and Rickey Evans , the Leathernecks scored seven unanswered points to take their only lead of the game. Centenary then went on an 8-0 run, five of those points scored by Wisniewski, to take the lead for good. Wisniewski shot 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-7 from the three-point line, and 14-of-17 from the free throw line, to earn his fourth 30-point game of the season. He also notched his first double-double of the season, grabbing a career-high ten rebounds, plus he contributed four assists and three steals. Evans scored 13 points, and Shawn Davis came off the bench to contribute 12 points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots. Chad Maclies also had two blocked shots to go along with five rebounds, while Ronald Mickel scored ten points, grabbed five rebounds, and had one blocked shot. Western Illinois (3-20, 1-10 Mid-Con) was led by T.J. Gray’s 19 points and five assists. Gray hit five shots from three-point land to keep the Leathernecks in the game. Bobby Carter scored 12 points, and Will Lewis added nine points and seven rebounds. Centenary (13-8, 7-3 Mid-Con), which has won 15 consecutive games at the Gold Dome, must try to continue its four-game winning streak on the road with a matchup against Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., on Thursday, February 12.
February 7, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies basketball team dropped its eighth straight game as they fell at home to Valparaiso, 76-38, on Saturday evening at the Gold Dome. The Ladies set a school record for fewest points in a half as they trailed the Crusaders 30-8 at the intermission. Valparaiso (12-10, 7-4 Mid-Con) shot 46.2 percent for the contest while converting on 24-of-27 free throw attempts. The Crusaders were led by Betsy Rietema’s 16 points and 12 points from Kathryn Knoester. Tamra Braun finished with a quality effort both in scoring and on the boards, collecting a double-double with 12 points and ten rebounds. Centenary (3-17, 1-8 Mid-Con) did not have a player reach double figures in scoring as Lindsay Way led the Ladies for the second consecutive game as she contributed eight points in the loss. The Ladies will host Western Illinois to finish out their four-game homestand at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Gold Dome
February 5, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents continued to defend their home court, winning their 14th consecutive game at the Gold Dome by defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders, 78-73, Thursday night. As it turned out, the difference was the first half for both teams, as Centenary went into the locker room up by five at 36-31. Each team scored 42 points in the second half, with both teams shooting over 53 percent from the field but under 61 percent from the free throw line in the second half. Each team used a balanced attack, as four players on each side scored in double figures. Valparaiso held a slight rebounding edge, 35-31, but Centenary (12-8, 6-3) used eight blocked shots to stop the Crusaders. Michael Gale had his best game of the conference season, scoring 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field. Andrew Wisniewski scored 17 points, dished out three assists, and earned two steals. Chad Maclies earned his second double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds off the bench. After missing his first six shots, Rickey Evans hit four of his next five to contribute 11 points, plus he dished out a team-high four assists. Ronald Mickel scored only two points and grabbed two rebounds in 30 minutes on the court, but his five blocked shots were key to the Gents’ defense. Two of his blocks came in the last two minutes on shots that would have tied the game and possibly changed the momentum. For Valparaiso (10-10, 7-4), Dan Oppland hit 7-of-10 shots from the field and 8-of-9 attempts from the free throw line to lead all players with 22 points. Joaquim Gomes also went 7-of-10 from the field, scoring 19 points and grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. Ali Berdiel scored 18 points and dished out four assists, while Roberto Nieves added ten points and seven rebounds. Centenary returns to action Saturday against Western Illinois on Homecoming. The game, televised by Fox Sports Net affiliates in Chicago, the Midwest, and New York, will begin at 5 p.m. a
February 4, 2004 | Athletics
BATON ROUGE, La. – For the third time this season, Centenary senior guard Andrew Wisniewski (Staten Island, NY) has been named Player of the Week by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) for his recent performances. Wisniewski, named Co-Player of the Week by the Mid-Con on Monday, averaged 24.5 points per game as the Gents went 2-0 in conference play and moved into fourth place in the Mid-Con standings. In the two games, victories over Western Illinois and IUPUI, he shot 76 percent from the field (19-of-25), including 60 percent from the three-point line (6-of-10), and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (5-of-6). At Western Illinois last Thursday, he notched his third 30-point game of the season and ninth of his career. Wisniewski scored 30 points, dished out six assists, grabbed four rebounds, and earned two steals. He followed that up with a 19-point effort against then-conference leader IUPUI, grabbing three rebounds, dishing out two assists, and committing one steal. Wisniewski is in the conference top ten in eight different statistical categories and has moved into 15th place in Division I in scoring, averaging 21.8 points per game. In conference games, he is second in the Mid-Con in scoring (23.8 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (53.7%) and three-point field goals made (3.62 per game). Wisniewski and the Gents will return to action Thursday night at the Gold Dome against conference leader Valparaiso beginning at 7:05 p.m.
February 4, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport — After consecutive victories over Western Illinois and IUPUI, the Centenary Gents begin the second half of the conference season with a pivotal clash against the Valparaiso Crusaders Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Gold Dome. The Gents and Crusaders are two of four teams that come into the weekend at the top of the conference standings with three conference losses. Ironically, the other two teams, IUPUI and Oral Roberts, will also face each other on Thursday night. Andrew Wisniewski is one of the hottest players in the country, earning Player of the Week honors from both the Mid-Con and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Wisniewski averaged 24.5 points per game last week, hitting 76 percent of his shots from the field, including 6-of-10 from the three-point line. Another player who has made a significant impact the past two games is Jarmorrow Moragne . Coming off the bench, Moragne has averaged 14.5 points per game over the last week, hitting five three-pointers plus two crucial free throws with ten seconds left at Western Illinois. Freshman Joseph Polite took advantage of his second career start against IUPUI, scoring eight points and grabbing a career-high ten rebounds to help the Gents knock the Jaguars out of first place in the conference. Valparaiso has won six consecutive games to take over first place in the Mid-Con with a 7-3 conference record. Included in that streak is a 77-66 victory over Centenary in Indiana on January 22 as well as road victories over IUPUI and Western Illinois. In the first meeting between Centenary and Valparaiso, Wisniewski led all players with 32 points, but he could not overcome four Crusaders scoring in double figures. Dan Oppland led Valparaiso with 16 points, while Joaquim Gomes earned a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. This is the second of a three-game homestand for the Gents, who have won 13 consecutive games at the Gold Dome. The game, scheduled to tip off at 7:05 p.m., will be broad
February 3, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – For the third consecutive week, a Centenary women’s tennis player has been honored by the Mid-Continent Conference, as senior Brandy Smith has been named Mid-Con Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. Smith, a native of Jacksonville, Tex., won three of the four matches she participated in during the past week. On Friday, she teamed with Christine Majchrowicz to defeat Catalina Villegas and Camila Prado of Northwestern State, 9-8 (7-5) to clinch the doubles point for the Ladies. At Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, she once again teamed with Majchrowicz to help Centenary win the doubles point, defeating Stacy Gayne and Kayla Dauzat, 8-2. Smith then won her singles match over Dauzat in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) to give the Ladies their first victory of the season. Smith is the first Centenary player other than Anja Schmidt to win a singles match this spring. Schmidt won the Mid-Con Player of the Week award the previous two weeks. The Ladies are back in action Sunday, February 8, against McNeese State at the Centenary Tennis Courts beginning at 1 p.m.   -30-
February 2, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies dropped what could turn out to be a pivotal Mid-Con contest at home to IUPUI on Monday night by the score of 66-60. With the loss, the Ladies complete their first run through league play just one game ahead of Chicago State for the eighth seed in the Mid-Con Tournament. IUPUI held onto the seventh seed and moved to two games in front of Centenary with the victory. However, the Ladies still have eight conference games remaining to make their move. Centenary (3-16, 1-7 Mid-Con) got off to a slow start as the Ladies converted on only one of their first nine shot attempts. Trailing by ten with 13:13 remaining in the opening half, Centenary went on a 13-1 run to take its only lead of the game at 17-15. The score remained within three points until Jessica James made good on two free throws and Kia Hayes sank a layup to give the visiting Jaguars a 32-25 halftime advantage. IUPUI (6-14, 3-6 Mid-Con) threatened to pull away several times in the second half as it reached a lead of ten points three times, but Centenary always managed to turn the momentum. The lead hovered around seven points until late in the contest when Lindsay Way reeled off seven straight points for the Ladies to cut the deficit to five at 65-60 with 11 seconds left. The Jaguars would add a late free throw to seal the win. Hayes led all scorers with 27 points in the winning cause for IUPUI. James collected 13 points mostly from a 9-of-9 free throw shooting effort while Natalie Hendricks was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe for 12 points. Way narrowly missed her first career double-double while leading the Ladies with 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Alexis Pettway scored 14 points in the loss and Carly Melvin contributed 11 points for Centenary. The Ladies will begin the second round of conference play when they host Valparaiso on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. in the Gold Dome. Centenary will close out its four-game homestand with
January 30, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. — For the second consecutive week, Centenary sophomore tennis player Anja Schmidt used a victory over an SEC opponent to earn the honor of Mid-Con Women's Tennis Player of the Week. Last Saturday, Schmidt defeated Jessica Ferguson, the top singles player for 49th-ranked LSU, in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) for the Ladies' only point of the match. Schmidt has now defeated the top singles players from both the Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Earlier today, Schmidt continued her winning ways, first teaming up with sophomore Heather Kelley to defeat Anneline Zerwick and Alexandra Nieto of Northwestern State in doubles, 8-2. Then Schmidt earned the only singles point for Centenary, defeating Zerwick in straight sets (6-2, 6-3). Schmidt will attempt to extend her singles winning streak Saturday afternoon as the Ladies travel to face Louisiana-Monroe beginning at 2 p.m.   -30-
January 29, 2004 | Athletics
Macomb, Ill. —The Centenary Gents found themselves trailing by one at the half despite shooting 62.5 percent from the field in the opening period. However, spectacular three-point shooting led the Gents to a 75-72 win over Western Illinois on the road on Thursday. Centenary (10-8, 4-3 Mid-Con) shot 47.8 percent from behind the three-point line for the contest, converting on 11-of-23 attempts. Jarmorrow Moragne led the way with five trifectas while Andrew Wisniewski added four of his own. The duo of Moragne and Wisniewski finished with 17 points and 30 points respectively. Western Illinois (3-17, 1-7 Mid-Con) shot an impressive 50 percent from the field on the night but came up short in the end. J.D. Summers led the Leathernecks with 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the three-point arc. Keith Archie finished with 16 points and Will Lewis added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Centenary will host 2003 Mid-Con Champion IUPUI in the Gold Dome on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard locally on KYLA 106.7 FM and over the internet at SportsJuice.com.  
January 27, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary Athletic Director Taylor Moore has announced the promotion of Chase Wooten to head women’s soccer coach. Wooten was formerly an assistant coach for the Ladies under Jed Jones, who resigned to explore other career opportunities. Wooten, a Centenary graduate, played three years of men’s soccer at the collegiate level for the Gents. Upon completion of his degree, he coached both the men’s and women’s teams at Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport where he earned High School District Coach of the Year accolades three times. He led the men’s team to three consecutive district championships and directed the women’s team to a state runner-up finish in 2001. Wooten coached the goalkeepers at the University of Alabama in 2002 before returning to Centenary as an assistant coach in 2003 where he helped the Ladies to a third place finish in their inaugural season in the Mid-Continent Conference. “Centenary is an amazing school with a beautiful campus and a great college environment,” said Wooten. “My wife and I are both Centenary alums and we are very excited to be given such an opportunity by the college and the athletic department. The women’s team has had tremendous success over the years and we share a great commitment towards carrying over that success into the future.” Wooten becomes only the third head coach in the history of the Centenary women’s soccer program. Jones led the Ladies from 1997-2002 where he amassed a 77-45-7 career mark. Centenary soccer pioneer Glenn Evans served as the first Ladies coach from 1992-1996 and accumulated a 66-25-3 record. Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the smallest Division I school in the nation and the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.   -30-
January 26, 2004 | Athletics
Valparaiso, Ind. —The Centenary Ladies dropped their fifth consecutive Mid-Continent Conference game as they fell on the road to Valparaiso, 66-49. The Ladies shot 53.6 percent in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome their first half effort of 26.1 percent and a 48-16 halftime deficit. Valparaiso (11-8, 6-2 Mid-Con) jumped out to a 20-6 lead over the first nine minutes of play thanks in large part to seven Centenary turnovers. The Crusaders continued to dominate the opening half by putting together a 28-10 run to put the contest away at the mid-point. Centenary (3-14, 1-5 Mid-Con) made a valiant effort at a comeback in the second period as they held Valpo to 14.7 percent shooting and opened the half on a 10-2 run. However, the Ladies were not aggressive enough and earned only five free throw attempts in the entire game while committing 25 turnovers. Suzie Hammel paced the Crusaders with 20 points, 18 in the first half. Jenna Stangler added 15 points and nine boards in the win. The Ladies were led by Julie Danieles ’ 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the three-point line. Alexis Pettway and Holli Wilkins each scored ten points in the losing cause. Centenary will travel to Western Illinois on Saturday before returning to the Gold Dome to begin a four-game homestand on Monday.
January 23, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team improved to 2-1 on the season with a convincing 191.975 to 181.225 thumping of Winona State in the Gold Dome on Friday evening. The Ladies took 13 of 15 individual honors in the victory. Sophomore Tara Mitchell led the Ladies as she garnered two first place finishes and a second place showing. Mitchell recorded a 9.900 on the balance beam and a 9.575 on the vault to take both events while posting a 9.700 on the uneven bars to place second. Freshman standout Kristina Menne took the all-around in her third consecutive meet with a total of 38.275. She also finished second on the bars and beam while taking the top spot on the floor exercise with a 9.875. Centenary gymnasts took first, second, and third place in three of the four rotations as Emily Brys of Winona State prevented the sweep with a third place showing on the beam. Brys also took third place in the all-around with Kaela Meinert ranking second in the competition for the Ladies. Centenary will travel to Monroe on Sunday for a rare off-campus home meet. The Ladies will host Winona State on the campus of Louisiana-Monroe at 2 p.m.
January 22, 2004 | Athletics
Elmhurst, Ill. —Centenary tennis player Anja Schmidt has been named the Mid-Con Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week. The sophomore from Gifmorn, Germany, is the first Centenary tennis player to earn the weekly honor. Schmidt opened her spring season in strong fashion, winning at the No.1 singles slot in the Ladies’ 4-1 loss at Mississippi State. Schmidt took her match from the Bulldogs’ No.1 player Anastasia Kugakolova in straight sets (7-5, 6-2), picking up Centenary’s only point of the match in the process.   -30-
January 22, 2004 | Athletics
Valparaiso, Ind. —Four players scored in double figures for the Valparaiso Crusaders as they outshot and outrebounded the Centenary Gents on their way to a 77-66 conference victory Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Dan Oppland led the Crusaders with 16 points and also grabbed nine rebounds, while Joaquim Gomes earned another double-double with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Oumar Sylla scored 13 points, and Ali Berdiel contributed 12 points and seven assists. Andrew Wisniewski continued his outstanding play of the past two weeks, scoring 32 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field, including 6-of-9 from the three-point line. However, Wisniewski missed four of eight free throw attempts as the Gents made only 14-of-23 attempts from the charity stripe (60.9 percent). The Gents also had problems hitting field goals, as they made only 34.6 percent (9-of-26) of their field goal attempts in the first half. That enabled Valparaiso, who shot 54.9 percent from the field in the game, to jump out to a 16-point lead in the first half. Valparaiso (7-9, 4-3 Mid-Con) expanded a nine-point halftime lead to 17 points with 12 minutes remaining in the game. Led by four three-pointers by Wisniewski, Centenary went on a 18-6 run over the next five minutes to cut the lead to five, but that would be as close as the Gents got before the Crusaders pulled away. Rickey Evans made a solid contribution on behalf of the Gents, scoring 14 points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out four assists, and earning five steals. Centenary was unable to nullify Valparaiso’s size advantage, as the Crusaders grabbed 36 rebounds while the Gents were able to get only 26 boards. Centenary (9-8, 3-3 Mid-Con) gets a much-needed week off before returning to action next Thursday, January 29, against the Western Illinois Leathernecks. Game time in Macomb, Ill., is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM.
January 21, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary’s Andrew Wisniewski was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s player of the week for the second time this season. The senior guard from Staten Island, NY, led the Gents (9-7) to a 2-1 mark in three games last week. Wisniewski began the week with a 26-point effort in a 85-71 road loss to fellow Mid-Continent Conference member Oral Roberts. He followed that up with 28 points in a 83-68 conference win over Mid-Con preseason favorite Oakland. In that contest, Wisniewski converted on 9-of-14 shot attempts and nailed seven three-pointers. On Monday, the Centenary floor leader pumped in 27 points in a 63-57 road win over Conference USA member Houston in which he connected on 13-of-14 from the free throw line, including eight straight in the final five minutes to seal the win. For the week, Wisniewski averaged 27 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.3 steals per game. Wisniewski and the Gents are on the road for a tough Mid-Con battle with Valparaiso on Thursday. Tip time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard in Shreveport on KYLA 106.7 FM and over the internet at SportsJuice.com.
January 19, 2004 | Athletics
Houston, Tex. — Andrew Wisniewski scored 27 points, made 13-of-14 shots from the free throw line, and earned seven steals as the Centenary Gents came back from a 12-point first-half deficit to defeat the Houston Cougars, 63-57, Monday night at Hofheinz Pavilion. After Houston extended its six-point halftime lead to 11 points early in the second half, Centenary went on a 19-8 run to tie the game at 44 with 5:29 remaining in the half. Wisniewski hit a three-pointer as time ran down on the shot clock to pull the Gents into the tie. After Andre Owens hit a floater to give the Cougars the lead again, the Gents went on a 10-1 run thanks in part to four Wisniewski free throws and a steal and layup by Ronald Mickel to take a 54-47 lead with two minutes remaining. Houston was led by the duo of Marcus Oliver and Andre Owens, who combined for 37 of the Cougars’ 57 points. Oliver went 8-of-15 to score 19 points, while Owens hit 8-of-16 shots to add 18 points. Ramon Dyer dominated the boards, grabbing 16 rebounds for Houston. Centenary (9-7) received almost all of its offense from Wisniewski, Chad Maclies , and Rickey Evans . Evans scored 15 points and Maclies, playing in front of his friends and family, added 11 points for the Gents. The Gents struggled in the first half, making only 37.5 percent of their shots from the field and 50 percent of their free throw attempts. Houston (7-8) was the team to struggle in the second half, hitting only 33.3 percent of its shots from the field and missed all ten second-half attempts from the three-point line. Centenary goes back on the road Wednesday, traveling to Indiana to face Mid-Con foe Valparaiso Thursday night beginning at 7:05 p.m. That game will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and on Sportsjuice.com.
January 19, 2004 | Athletics
Tulsa, Okla. —The Centenary Ladies opened some eyes as they put a scare into Oral Roberts Monday night in Mid-Con action. The Ladies failed to hold a three-point advantage with 1:24 remaining as they fell on the road 68-67. Centenary (3-13/1-4 Mid-Con) turned in its best shooting performance of the season as the Ladies shot a sizzling 50.9 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles managed only 40.7 percent shooting but won the battle of the boards (35-27), committed less turnovers (17-13), and took advantage of a big disparity at the free throw line (17-of-20 to 6-of-9) to steal the win. Oral Roberts (10-7/4-2 Mid-Con) carried a two-point lead into the half and never led by more than seven points in the game. The second half was a seesaw affair as both teams held the lead several times. ORU went up on the Ladies 62-55 on a made shot from freshman Elisha Turek at the 6:50 mark. Centenary then answered with an 8-0 run that gave the Ladies the lead at 63-62 with 3:04 left to play. Turek drained another basket to regain the lead for the Golden Eagles, but Holli Wilkins quickly put Centenary back on top at 65-64. Julie Danieles then scored to extend the Ladies advantage to three at 67-64 with just over one minute to go in the contest. A foul by Tori Alloway sent Leah Cannon to the line where she sank both free throws to pull the home team within one point. After a shot attempt by Wilkins was blocked by Maureen Obudho, Alycia Seay grabbed the rebound of a miss by Turek and put it back to give ORU the lead again at 68-67 with 14 seconds showing on the game clock. Centenary received one more chance but Alexis Pettway’s shot was also blocked by Obudho to end the game. Whitney Rushing led the Ladies in scoring with 14 points. Pettway added 13 points and eight boards while Danieles and Louise Smyth each pitched in 11 points in the loss. Oral Roberts was paced by Turek’s 19 points and 13 rebounds. Seay finished with 16 points and Claudia Louis contributed 15
January 18, 2004 | Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC Kangaroos came back from a 12-point deficit, using a big free throw advantage to hand the Centenary Gents their first conference loss of the season, 62-57, Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium. The Gents took a 34-22 lead two minutes into the second half, but the Kangaroos started their comeback with a 9-0 run over the next five minutes. Centenary was able to extend the lead to eight points twice before UMKC made its final push. Led by Javon Clark, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half, UMKC went on a 15-3 run over a five-minute period to go up on the Gents, 52-48. With three layups, Centenary was able to tie the game at 54 with 1:46 remaining, but the Kangaroos went 8-of-10 from the free throw line down the stretch and kept the Gents from scoring to gain the victory. Michael Watson led all players with 22 points, plus he contributed eight rebounds and five assists. Mike English nearly earned a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, plus he committed four steals. Michael Gale led the Gents with 13 points, while Derek Sallis provided a spark off the bench with four three-pointers to score 12 points. Andrew Wisniewski was held to eight points, only the second time all season he scored less than 17 points, but he did dish out a season-high ten assists. Centenary (7-6, 2-1 Mid-Con) was called for twice as many fouls as UMKC, leading to 27 free throw attempts for the Kangaroos and only eight attempts for the Gents. The Gents committed 18 turnovers, but held the Kangaroos to 36.5 percent shooting from the field. After returning to Shreveport for the start of the spring semester, the Gents head back out on the road for a matchup with conference leader Oral Roberts next Thursday night in Tulsa, Okla.
January 17, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —In a game that featured nine ties and seven lead changes in the first half, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies outlasted the Centenary Ladies in Mid-Con action on Saturday to take the 68-53 victory. Centenary (3-12/1-3 Mid-Con) could not gain ground after losing the lead for good with 2:14 remaining in the first half in large part to a 29.1 percent shooting effort. The Ladies were just 3-of-16 from behind the three-point arc and were outrebounded by the Golden Grizzlies 45-35 for the game. The Ladies dropped their third consecutive Mid-Con match-up and their third straight contest overall with the loss. Oakland (10-6/3-2) shot just 38.6 percent from the field, but made up for their poor shooting with a 23-of-28 performance from the free throw line. Mid-Con leading scorer Jayme Wilson was held below her average with 13 points, but sophomore Anne Hafeli picked up the slack as she poured in 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field. Amanda Botcha earned a double-double for the Golden Grizzlies with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Petra Manakova added ten points in only 17 minutes. Centenary’s Alexis Pettway turned in an outstanding individual performance as she recorded her fifth double-double of the season, and the 16th of her career, with 26 points and ten boards. Pettway was 7-of-9 from the field and 12-of-14 from the charity stripe in the game. Julie Danieles was the only other Centenary player to score in double figures as she finished with 14 points. The Ladies return to Mid-Con play with the first game of a three-game conference road trip at Oral Roberts. Centenary will also play at Valparaiso and Western Illinois before returning home to host IUPUI on February 2nd.
January 17, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents shot 73.1 percent from the field in the first half, opening a 30-point lead before holding off Mike Helms and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 83-68, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. The Gents seemingly could not miss a shot as they jumped out to a 35-8 lead halfway through the first half. Andrew Wisniewski hit four of his seven three-pointers in the first ten minutes of the game, while Chad Maclies and Ronald Mickel combined to go 5-for-5 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the first half. The lead for the Gents grew as large as 30 points at 68-38 four minutes into the second half. In an eight-minute span, Helms scored 20 points to key a Golden Grizzly 24-5 run to bring Oakland within 11 with eight minutes remaining. Wisniewski scored eight consecutive points on two free throws and two three-pointers from the top of the key to put the game away for the Gents. Overall, he scored 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, including 7-of-10 from the three-point line, and 3-of-3 shooting from the free throw line. Helms was a one-man show for Oakland, scoring 39 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the field and 20-of-21 shooting from the charity stripe. His 20 made free throws tied a Gold Dome record that has not been equaled in 13 years. Cortney Scott nearly earned a double-double with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Rickey Evans came off the bench to score 14 points, his highest point total since November. Maclies did not miss a shot in scoring 12 points, while Mickel added ten points and led the Gents with six rebounds. Both teams committed 12 turnovers, and the Gents held a slight rebounding edge, 28 to 23. Oakland (7-11, 1-5 Mid-Con) went 30-of-35 from the free throw line, while Centenary (8-7, 3-2 Mid-Con) hit 21-of-25 attempts from the charity stripe. Centenary does not have much time to relax, as the Gents leave Sunday morning to travel to Houston to face the Cougars Monday night. Game time is 7:30
January 16, 2004 | Athletics
Cedar City, Utah —After opening their season with a win over Texas Woman's University, the Centenary Ladies gymnastics team fell to Southern Utah on Friday, 193.450 to 191.350. The loss brought the Ladies record to 1-1 on the season. Centenary struggled slightly on the vault, posting a team score of 46.900. However, the Ladies powered past the Thunderbirds on the floor exercise for a season-high 48.925 team score. Individually, Kristina Menne took home the all-around crown for the second consecutive meet. She recorded a 38.375 to easily defeat SUU's Carly Geronimo who earned a 37.875. Menne tied for second place on the uneven bars and on the beam, while earning sole possession of second place on the floor exercise. Sophomore All-American Sarah Racioppi won the floor exercise with a score of 9.875. The Ladies will return to Shreveport for their first home meet on Friday, January 23rd when they host Winona State at 7 p.m.
January 16, 2004 | Athletics
Cedar City, Utah —After opening their season with a win over Texas Woman's University, the Centenary Ladies gymnastics team fell to Southern Utah on Friday, 193.450 to 191.350. The loss brought the Ladies record to 1-1 on the season. Centenary struggled slightly on the vault, posting a team score of 46.900. However, the Ladies powered past the Thunderbirds on the floor exercise for a season-high 48.925 team score. Individually, Kristina Menne took home the all-around crown for the second consecutive meet. She recorded a 38.375 to easily defeat SUU's Carly Geronimo who earned a 37.875. Menne tied for second place on the uneven bars and on the beam, while earning sole possession of second place on the floor exercise. Sophomore All-American Sarah Racioppi won the floor exercise with a score of 9.875. The Ladies will return to Shreveport for their first home meet on Friday, January 23rd when they host Winona State at 7 p.m.
January 15, 2004 | Athletics
Tulsa, Okla. —Led by freshmen Caleb Green and Ken Tutt, Oral Roberts went on a 9-0 run to start the second half to take control of the game and defeat the Centenary Gents, 85-71, Thursday night at the Mabee Center. Green scored 30 points, shooting 11-of-14 from the field and 8-of-12 from the free throw line, and grabbed nine rebounds. Tutt added 17 points, hitting three shots from behind the three-point line, including one in the second-half run. Jonathan Bluitt notched a double-double, scoring 11 points and dishing out a game-high 11 assists. Josh Atkinson contributed nine points and six rebounds as the Golden Eagles outrebounded the Gents, 33-26. Andrew Wisniewski took control in the first half, hitting 7-of-10 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the three-point line, to score 19 first-half points. However, he was held to seven points in the second half, finishing with 26 points and three assists. Shawn Davis enjoyed one of his best games of the season, scoring 12 points and tying for the team high with five rebounds. The Gents struggled from the field in the second half, making only 33.3 percent of their shots, missing all six attempts from the three-point line after making 6-of-11 shots from behind the arc in the first half. The game was well-played, as the Gents committed only ten turnovers while the Golden Eagles were guilty of 11 mistakes. Oral Roberts enjoyed a significant advantage from the free throw line, hitting 29 of 37 free throw attempts, while the Gents made 19 of 24 attempts from the charity stripe. Centenary returns to the Gold Dome for the first time in three weeks, hosting preseason conference favorite Oakland Saturday night at the Gold Dome beginning at 7:05 p.m.
January 13, 2004 | Athletics
Denton, TX —The Centenary gymnastics team opened its 2004 season with a win on the road over rival Texas Woman’s University over the weekend. The Ladies handily defeated the Pioneers 190.500 to 185.650 to begin the season with a win for the first time since 2001. The Ladies struggled on the vault in the early going, but provided a good showing on the bars led by freshman Kristina Menne ’s 9.600 effort. Centenary then pulled away, posting a 48.025 on the floor exercise and a 48.175 on the beam. 2002 All-American Kalea Meinert recorded team-high scores of 9.775 on the beam and 9.750 on the floor to pace Centenary. Sophomore Tara Mitchell sat out the 2003 season due to injury but looked good in her first 2004 outing as she garnered a 9.750 on the beam. Menne easily took the all-around competition with a score of 38.175. The Ladies will travel to Southern Utah to take on the Thunderbirds on Friday at 8 p.m. CST. Centenary will open the home portion of its schedule when the Ladies host Winona State in the Gold Dome on Friday, January 23rd at 7 p.m.
January 12, 2004 | Athletics
Cedar City, Utah —The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their second consecutive Mid-Con contest as the Ladies fell on the road at Southern Utah 75-59. The Ladies held a 50-39 advantage on the boards, but committed 29 turnovers in the loss. Centenary (3-11/1-2 Mid-Con) trailed 30-14 at the half due in large part to a 14-2 Thunderbird run that sent the game from a 6-6 tie in the early going to a 20-8 SUU lead. Louise Smyth ended the drought with a three-pointer, but the Ladies would never get closer than nine points the rest of the way. Centenary shot just 17.2 percent in the first half including 8.3 percent from behind the three-point arc. Southern Utah (11-3/2-1 Mid-Con) received big games from Lacey Yates and Casey Cooke who each finished with 15 points. Yates added seven rebounds to her point total while Cooke tallied seven assists. Janis Beal and Katy Cooke each contributed ten points in the win. Smyth led the Ladies in scoring with 13 points off the bench on a 4-of-8 effort from the field, all from the three-point line. Alexis Pettway collected her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 boards and Holli Wilkins added ten points. Point guard Tori Alloway scored nine points while garnering four steals and dishing out seven assists. Centenary will return to action on Saturday when the Ladies come home to host Oakland in another Mid-Con match-up at 4:30 p.m. in the Gold Dome.  
January 10, 2004 | Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Four players scored in double figures for UMKC and the Kangaroos held the Centenary Ladies to 32.6 percent shooting from the field on their way to a 70-46 victory Saturday afternoon at Swinney Recreation Center. Katie Houlehan and Carlai Moore led a balanced attack for the Kangaroos with 12 points each, while Jayme Sweere contributed 11 points. Liz Obrecht dominated the paint for UMKC with ten points and eight rebounds. UMKC (6-7, 3-0 Mid-Con) broke the game open in the first half with a 13-0 run that gave the Kangaroos an 18-4 lead. Houlehan hit two three-pointers during that stretch on her way to ten first-half points for UMKC. The Ladies committed 12 of their 26 turnovers and shot 21.7 percent from the field in the first half. Alexis Pettway did not score a point in the first half as she was stymied by UMKC’s defense as well as foul trouble. Tameika McHenry came off the bench to lead the Ladies with a career-high ten points. Pettway and Whitney Rushing contributed six rebounds each, and Holli Wilkins earned four steals. Centenary (3-10, 1-1 Mid-Con) will travel to Cedar City, Utah, to play the Southern Utah Thunderbirds Monday night beginning at 8 p.m. Central time.  
January 8, 2004 | Athletics
Baton Rouge —Centenary’s Andrew Wisniewski was named the Louisiana men’s basketball player of the week by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association earlier this week. The honor is the first for Wisniewski this year, but the senior guard from Staten Island, NY, has earned the accolade in previous seasons. Wisniewski averaged 22.0 points per game in the Gents’ split of Stephen F. Austin and Chicago State in late December. He scored 27 points in Centenary’s loss to SFA and then hit for 17 points in the Mid-Continent Conference opening win over Chicago State. Wisniewski also collected eight rebounds and five assists in the win over CSU. Wisniewski currently places in the top five of the Mid-Con individual rankings for points per game and assists. He has scored at least 17 points in 10 of the team’s 11 games and will lead the Gents into their first road contests this weekend as a member of the Mid-Con. Centenary will face Southern Utah on Thursday before taking on UMKC on Saturday.
January 8, 2004 | Athletics
CEDAR CITY, Utah – Rickey Evans hits a three-pointer from the right corner with two seconds remaining in overtime to give the Centenary Gents a 67-65 victory over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds Thursday night at the Centrum Arena. With the score tied at 56 heading into overtime, Andrew Wisniewski hit a three-pointer while being fouled, making the free throw to give Centenary a four-point lead. The Thunderbirds dominated the next two minutes, going on a 9-0 run to go up 65-60 with 2:20 remaining in the overtime. Centenary slowly worked its way back, with Chad Maclies and Evans each making one of two free throws to cut the Southern Utah lead to three with a minute left. The Thunderbirds, who made their first six free throws of the overtime, proceeded to miss four in a row in the last minute to keep the Gents in the game. After the first two missed free throws, Evans made a driving layup with 37 seconds remaining to bring the Gents within one point at 65-64. After two more missed free throws by Southern Utah, Wisniewski found Evans in the corner for the game-winning shot. With Southern Utah (4-9, 0-2) up 30-27 at halftime, Centenary started the second half on a 11-0 run to go up 38-30 six and a half minutes into the period. The Thunderbirds came right back, going on a 12-0 run of their own over the next three minutes to take a four-point lead at 42-38. The teams traded baskets until five minutes remained on the clock, when Centenary went on a 9-2 run to take a 56-54 lead, highlighted by a three-pointer by Wisniewski. However, David Palmer made two free throws with 2:12 remaining to tie the game, and neither team could score in the last two minutes, forcing overtime. Wisniewski led all players with 30 points, his highest point total this season. He hit 11-of-19 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from the three-point line, and 4-of-5 shots from the free throw line. Wisniewski also contributed four assists and three steals in 42 minutes of action. Evans’s
December 30, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies ended the non-conference portion of their schedule in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night in the Gold Dome with a thrilling come-from-behind victory. The Ladies fought back from a 14-point deficit with 6:45 remaining to take the 72-69 win over Birmingham-Southern thanks to a near half-court three-pointer by Carly Melvin as time expired. The game-winning 32-footer by Melvin was the climax to an exciting last six minutes as the Ladies outscored the Panthers 21-4 to close out the contest. With under three minutes left to play, Centenary senior Alexis Pettway missed four consecutive free throws that would have cut the Birmingham-Southern lead to one point. Instead the Ladies still trailed by five at 65-60. After a free throw by Ricka Spears to extend the BSC lead to six points, the visitors committed three straight turnovers and Centenary took advantage to knot the game at 66 apiece with 45 seconds left on the game clock. Birmingham-Southern set up a shot for Lindsay Boyett but failed to convert and the Ladies took possession. Freshman Holli Wilkins then sank the biggest shot of her career to date when she netted a three-pointer from the corner to give Centenary its first lead since the 18:55 mark of the first half. Just as Centenary could feel a win, Boyett nailed an off-balance, line drive desperation heave from 23 feet to tie the game again at 69-69 with 3.4 seconds remaining. After a Centenary timeout, the Ladies inbounded the ball to Pettway from underneath the opposing goal. Pettway quickly fed Melvin just across mid-court and the junior took one dribble and launched her shot, which banked off the backboard and in as the closing buzzer sounded. Centenary (2-9) snapped an eight-game losing skid and will enter Mid-Con play on Saturday against Chicago State on a positive note. Four Ladies scored in double figures led by Julie Danieles ’ 15-point performance. Pettway added 14 points in the win, but converted on just 4-of-13
December 27, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After a close first half, Centenary started the second half with a 10-2 run and shot 63.6 percent from the field in the final period to pull away from Chicago State, 72-50, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. The Centenary starting lineup accounted for 56 of the team’s 72 points, led by Andrew Wisniewski’s 17 points. Wisniewski hit all eight of his free throw attempts and contributed eight assists, five rebounds, and two steals in the victory. Michael Gale went 7-of-12 from the field to score 16 points. He also dished out four assists, blocked two shots, and stole two balls. Chad Maclies scored a career-high 15 points and shared the lead in rebounds with five boards. The Gents forced 20 turnovers by the Cougars and held them to 40.9 percent shooting from the field. Chicago State (1-12, 0-1 Mid-Con) was led by Tony Weeden with 14 points and Tony Hansbro with 13 points. Craig Franklin, one of the top players in the conference entering the season, was held to two points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field before fouling out in the second half. Centenary (6-3, 1-0 Mid-Con) got off to a great start, scoring the first eight points of the game in a five-minute span. Chicago State came right back, scoring the next seven points in the subsequent two minutes. The Cougars took the lead at 16-14 with eight minutes remaining in the first half, but the Gents went on an 8-2 run to take the lead for good. This was the first regular season conference win for the Gents since a 69-67 victory over Georgia State on February 8, 1999. Before tonight, Centenary played 118 consecutive non-conference games after leaving the Trans America Athletic Conference in 1999. Centenary returns to non-conference action Tuesday night against McNeese State in Lake Charles. The game begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and on Sportsjuice.com.
December 27, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After a close first half, Centenary started the second half with a 10-2 run and shot 63.6 percent from the field in the final period to pull away from Chicago State, 72-50, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. The Centenary starting lineup accounted for 56 of the team’s 72 points, led by Andrew Wisniewski’s 17 points. Wisniewski hit all eight of his free throw attempts and contributed eight assists, five rebounds, and two steals in the victory. Michael Gale went 7-of-12 from the field to score 16 points. He also dished out four assists, blocked two shots, and stole two balls. Chad Maclies scored a career-high 15 points and shared the lead in rebounds with five boards. The Gents forced 20 turnovers by the Cougars and held them to 40.9 percent shooting from the field. Chicago State (1-12, 0-1 Mid-Con) was led by Tony Weeden with 14 points and Tony Hansbro with 13 points. Craig Franklin, one of the top players in the conference entering the season, was held to two points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field before fouling out in the second half. Centenary (6-3, 1-0 Mid-Con) got off to a great start, scoring the first eight points of the game in a five-minute span. Chicago State came right back, scoring the next seven points in the subsequent two minutes. The Cougars took the lead at 16-14 with eight minutes remaining in the first half, but the Gents went on an 8-2 run to take the lead for good. This was the first regular season conference win for the Gents since a 69-67 victory over Georgia State on February 8, 1999. Before tonight, Centenary played 118 consecutive non-conference games after leaving the Trans America Athletic Conference in 1999. Centenary returns to non-conference action Tuesday night against McNeese State in Lake Charles. The game begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and on Sportsjuice.com.
December 22, 2003 | Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, Tex. – Centenary shot 32.6 percent from the field and Stephen F. Austin went on a 14-2 run to begin the second half as the Lumberjacks defeated the Gents, 70-58, Monday night at Johnson Coliseum. Marcus Clark took control at the beginning of the second half for the Lumberjacks, scoring eight of the team’s first 12 points as Stephen F. Austin expanded a three-point halftime lead to 12 points. The Gents were cold from the field right from the start, not hitting a shot for the first seven and a half minutes of the first half. Derek Sallis came off the bench to hit two three-pointers and cut the Lumberjack lead from nine to three. However, the Gents still hit only 22.7 percent of their first half shots. Andrew Wisniewski led all players with 27 points, tying his season high. He hit 7-of-16 shots from the field and 12-of-15 shots from the free throw line. Michael Gale was the only other Gent in double figures, scoring 17 points. Five players reached double figures for the Lumberjacks, led by Clark and Dedrick Sanders, who scored 17 points each. Taylor Moore earned a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Jasen Gast contributed 12 points and Antonio Burks added ten points in the victory. Stephen F. Austin (7-2) enjoyed an advantage on the boards, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds and outrebounding the Gents, 42-33. Centenary (5-3) kept the game close in the first half by hitting 14 of its 18 attempts from the free throw line. Neither team was able to hold onto the ball in the first half, as the Gents committed 20 turnovers while the Lumberjacks made 16 turnovers. After taking some time off for the Christmas holiday, the Gents will prepare to face the Chicago State Cougars in the first Mid-Con game of the season. Centenary will play the historic game Saturday night at the Gold Dome beginning at 7:05 p.m.
December 22, 2003 | Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, Tex. – Centenary shot 32.6 percent from the field and Stephen F. Austin went on a 14-2 run to begin the second half as the Lumberjacks defeated the Gents, 70-58, Monday night at Johnson Coliseum. Marcus Clark took control at the beginning of the second half for the Lumberjacks, scoring eight of the team’s first 12 points as Stephen F. Austin expanded a three-point halftime lead to 12 points. The Gents were cold from the field right from the start, not hitting a shot for the first seven and a half minutes of the first half. Derek Sallis came off the bench to hit two three-pointers and cut the Lumberjack lead from nine to three. However, the Gents still hit only 22.7 percent of their first half shots. Andrew Wisniewski led all players with 27 points, tying his season high. He hit 7-of-16 shots from the field and 12-of-15 shots from the free throw line. Michael Gale was the only other Gent in double figures, scoring 17 points. Five players reached double figures for the Lumberjacks, led by Clark and Dedrick Sanders, who scored 17 points each. Taylor Moore earned a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Jasen Gast contributed 12 points and Antonio Burks added ten points in the victory. Stephen F. Austin (7-2) enjoyed an advantage on the boards, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds and outrebounding the Gents, 42-33. Centenary (5-3) kept the game close in the first half by hitting 14 of its 18 attempts from the free throw line. Neither team was able to hold onto the ball in the first half, as the Gents committed 20 turnovers while the Lumberjacks made 16 turnovers. After taking some time off for the Christmas holiday, the Gents will prepare to face the Chicago State Cougars in the first Mid-Con game of the season. Centenary will play the historic game Saturday night at the Gold Dome beginning at 7:05 p.m.
December 21, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —Southern Miss won its tenth consecutive game and improved its record to 10-0 on the season with a 74-54 victory over the Centenary Ladies on Sunday afternoon. The Ladies attempted a school-record 35 three-pointers in the loss, converting on just nine attempts for a shooting percentage of 25.7 percent. Centenary (1-9) stunned the visitors early as the Ladies jumped out to an 18-7 lead. The Ladies held an advantage for the first 16 minutes of play until Michelle Poindexter reeled off five straight points to put the Golden Eagles in front at 27-25. Southern Miss outscored the Ladies 16-3 to close out the first half with an eight-point lead. Poindexter single-handedly kept her team in the game in the opening period as she scored 14 points in the half. The Golden Eagles shot 50 percent in the second half and took advantage of Centenary’s poor shooting to put the game away. Southern Miss’ biggest lead would reach 27 points before the Ladies posted an 11-4 run to finish the contest. Tierra Lassiter used a nine-point second half effort to finish with a game-high 17 points. Her ten rebounds made her one of two Golden Eagles to earn a double-double on the afternoon as Poindexter collected 15 points and ten boards. Denise Wilson added 14 points while Allison Story contributed ten points in the win. No Centenary player reached double figures in the losing effort. Whitney Rushing , Carly Melvin , and Holli Wilkins each scored nine points as Tori Alloway and Julie Danieles pitched in eight points. The Ladies will take a nine-day break for the Christmas holiday before returning to the Gold Dome to host Birmingham-Southern on Dec. 30th at 7 p.m.
December 13, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Six Gents scored in double figures as Centenary jumped out to an 11-0 lead and cruised to a 98-70 victory over the Arkansas Baptist Buffaloes Saturday night at the Gold Dome. Andrew Wisniewski led all players with 17 points and eight assists in only 26 minutes of action. With the Gents holding a double-digit lead for almost 37 minutes of the game, head coach Kevin Johnson rested his starters to give the reserves a chance in a game situation. One of the bench players who took advantage of his opportunity was Joseph Polite, IV . The freshman forward scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in 15 minutes of work. Derek Sallis also made a major contribution off the bench, hitting four three-pointers to score 12 points. Chad Maclies continued his solid play of the past week, scoring 11 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Rickey Evans also scored 11 points and dished out five assists, while Shawn Davis contributed ten points and seven rebounds. DeMario Hooper helped the Gents both offensively and defensively, contributing nine points, three rebounds, two assists, and three blocked shots. Centenary outrebounded Arkansas Baptist, 42-25, and shot 50 percent from the field (30-of-60) and 80 percent from the free throw line (32-of-40). Cedric Thomas and Brannon Hargraves each scored 13 points to lead the Buffaloes, and Chris Watts added 11 points. Arkansas Baptist (6-10) shot 46.6 percent from the field (27-of-58) and 63.2 percent from the free throw line (12-of-19). The Gents will not play for nine days as the players take final exams over the next week. Centenary (5-2) travels to Nacogdoches, Tex., to face Stephen F. Austin on Monday, December 22, at 7 p.m.  
December 13, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Six Gents scored in double figures as Centenary jumped out to an 11-0 lead and cruised to a 98-70 victory over the Arkansas Baptist Buffaloes Saturday night at the Gold Dome. Andrew Wisniewski led all players with 17 points and eight assists in only 26 minutes of action. With the Gents holding a double-digit lead for almost 37 minutes of the game, head coach Kevin Johnson rested his starters to give the reserves a chance in a game situation. One of the bench players who took advantage of his opportunity was Joseph Polite, IV . The freshman forward scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in 15 minutes of work. Derek Sallis also made a major contribution off the bench, hitting four three-pointers to score 12 points. Chad Maclies continued his solid play of the past week, scoring 11 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Rickey Evans also scored 11 points and dished out five assists, while Shawn Davis contributed ten points and seven rebounds. DeMario Hooper helped the Gents both offensively and defensively, contributing nine points, three rebounds, two assists, and three blocked shots. Centenary outrebounded Arkansas Baptist, 42-25, and shot 50 percent from the field (30-of-60) and 80 percent from the free throw line (32-of-40). Cedric Thomas and Brannon Hargraves each scored 13 points to lead the Buffaloes, and Chris Watts added 11 points. Arkansas Baptist (6-10) shot 46.6 percent from the field (27-of-58) and 63.2 percent from the free throw line (12-of-19). The Gents will not play for nine days as the players take final exams over the next week. Centenary (5-2) travels to Nacogdoches, Tex., to face Stephen F. Austin on Monday, December 22, at 7 p.m.
December 11, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Andrew Wisniewski hit two three-point shots in the last two minutes as the Centenary Gents came from behind to defeat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 65-62, Thursday night at the Gold Dome. With the score tied for the eighth time in the second half, Wisniewski hit the first three-pointer of the game for Centenary to give the Gents a 58-55 lead. After two free throws by Dedrick Sanders, Wisniewski hit his second shot from behind the arc to give Centenary a four-point lead. Antonio Burks answered with his fourth three-pointer of the night to bring the Lumberjacks within one, but a layup by Rickey Evans and two Wisniewski free throws put the game away for the Gents. The Evans layup came off a pretty pass by DeMario Hooper , who led the team with three assists in the game. Wisniewski scored 21 points, 15 of them in the second half. He also contributed four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Evans went 9-of-11 from the free throw line to score 13 points, and Chad Maclies added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Shawn Davis played his best game of the season, coming off the bench to score 11 points and grab four rebounds. As a team, Centenary shot 50 percent (22-of-44) from the field and 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the free throw line. Stephen F. Austin (4-2) jumped out to an early lead, going up by as much as ten points at 22-12 in the first half. The Lumberjacks went cold in the last seven minutes of the first half, not making a field goal as Centenary went on a 17-1 run to take a six-point lead into the locker room as halftime. The Lumberjacks went on an 11-3 run to begin the second half to take the lead at 34-32. The game seesawed the rest of the way, as there were eight ties and seven lead changes before Wisniewski’s heroics. Burks led Stephen F. Austin with 18 points, while Taylor Moore scored 12 points and B.J. Banks contributed 11 points and six rebounds. Marcus Clark did a nice job of running the Lumberjack offense, dishin
December 11, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Andrew Wisniewski hit two three-point shots in the last two minutes as the Centenary Gents came from behind to defeat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 65-62, Thursday night at the Gold Dome. With the score tied for the eighth time in the second half, Wisniewski hit the first three-pointer of the game for Centenary to give the Gents a 58-55 lead. After two free throws by Dedrick Sanders, Wisniewski hit his second shot from behind the arc to give Centenary a four-point lead. Antonio Burks answered with his fourth three-pointer of the night to bring the Lumberjacks within one, but a layup by Rickey Evans and two Wisniewski free throws put the game away for the Gents. The Evans layup came off a pretty pass by DeMario Hooper , who led the team with three assists in the game. Wisniewski scored 21 points, 15 of them in the second half. He also contributed four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Evans went 9-of-11 from the free throw line to score 13 points, and Chad Maclies added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Shawn Davis played his best game of the season, coming off the bench to score 11 points and grab four rebounds. As a team, Centenary shot 50 percent (22-of-44) from the field and 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the free throw line. Stephen F. Austin (4-2) jumped out to an early lead, going up by as much as ten points at 22-12 in the first half. The Lumberjacks went cold in the last seven minutes of the first half, not making a field goal as Centenary went on a 17-1 run to take a six-point lead into the locker room as halftime. The Lumberjacks went on an 11-3 run to begin the second half to take the lead at 34-32. The game seesawed the rest of the way, as there were eight ties and seven lead changes before Wisniewski’s heroics. Burks led Stephen F. Austin with 18 points, while Taylor Moore scored 12 points and B.J. Banks contributed 11 points and six rebounds. Marcus Clark did a nice job of running the Lumberjack offense, dishin
December 11, 2003 | Athletics
Little Rock, Ark. —The Centenary Ladies basketball team dropped its second straight decision by the score of 74-60 as it fell on the road at Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday night. The loss was the seventh consecutive for the Ladies. Centenary (1-8) scored the first basket of the game on a layup by Carly Melvin and battled with the Trojans early. The Ladies held an 8-7 advantage with 13 minutes left in the opening half before UALR went on a 7-0 run fueled by five free throws. The home team would never relinquish the lead the rest of the way. Arkansas-Little Rock (3-4) shot only 39.2 percent from the field and 7.1 percent (1-of-14) from behind the three-point line, but attempted 40 free throws and made good on 33 of them as three Ladies fouled out of the contest. The Trojans were led in scoring by Tamara Humphrey and Jocelyn Love as each finished with 18 points. Alicia Cash and Heather Morris each added ten points in the winning cause. Melvin led the Ladies with 15 points and eight rebounds while Tori Alloway scored a career-high ten points in the loss. Alexis Pettway recorded nine points and Julie Danieles notched five assists and three steals to go with her eight points. Centenary returns to action on December 21st after a break for final exams. The Ladies will host Southern Miss in the Gold Dome at 3 p.m.
December 10, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents basketball team continues its four-game homestand Thursday night as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks come to the Gold Dome looking to end a couple of streaks. The Gents have won eight consecutive home games and seven consecutive games against Southland Conference schools. Included in the latter streak is a 75-69 victory over Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Tex., last season, led by a 35-point effort from Andrew Wisniewski . Centenary (3-2) is coming off a 77-71 come-from-behind victory over McNeese State last Saturday. After falling behind 12-0 in the first four minutes, the Gents fought back, taking their first lead with 4:41 remaining in the game thanks to a perfect 16-of-16 performance from the free throw line in the second half. “We’ve had a good week of practice after the McNeese game, and I think the guys are prepared to get off to a much better start than they did Saturday night,” head coach Kevin Johnson said. Chad Maclies was one of the stars of Saturday’s game, earning his first career double-double with ten points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He also led the team in assists with five and in steals with five. Michael Gale led the Gents with 19 points, while Wisniewski hit 12-of-13 attempts from the free throw line to add 18 points. Stephen F. Austin (4-1) started the season with four consecutive victories before losing to TCU, 84-62, Monday night in Fort Worth, Tex. The Lumberjacks are ranked 17th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll thanks to their hot start, which includes a 79-57 victory at Big 12 school Baylor. Antonio Banks, who scored 28 points in the victory over Baylor, leads the team in scoring with an average of 19.8 points per game. Taylor Moore (the 6’8” forward for Stephen F. Austin, not the Centenary athletic director) is second on the squad in scoring with 10.2 points per game and is first in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game. The trip will
December 10, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents basketball team continues its four-game homestand Thursday night as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks come to the Gold Dome looking to end a couple of streaks. The Gents have won eight consecutive home games and seven consecutive games against Southland Conference schools. Included in the latter streak is a 75-69 victory over Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Tex., last season, led by a 35-point effort from Andrew Wisniewski . Centenary (3-2) is coming off a 77-71 come-from-behind victory over McNeese State last Saturday. After falling behind 12-0 in the first four minutes, the Gents fought back, taking their first lead with 4:41 remaining in the game thanks to a perfect 16-of-16 performance from the free throw line in the second half. “We’ve had a good week of practice after the McNeese game, and I think the guys are prepared to get off to a much better start than they did Saturday night,” head coach Kevin Johnson said. Chad Maclies was one of the stars of Saturday’s game, earning his first career double-double with ten points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He also led the team in assists with five and in steals with five. Michael Gale led the Gents with 19 points, while Wisniewski hit 12-of-13 attempts from the free throw line to add 18 points. Stephen F. Austin (4-1) started the season with four consecutive victories before losing to TCU, 84-62, Monday night in Fort Worth, Tex. The Lumberjacks are ranked 17th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll thanks to their hot start, which includes a 79-57 victory at Big 12 school Baylor. Antonio Banks, who scored 28 points in the victory over Baylor, leads the team in scoring with an average of 19.8 points per game. Taylor Moore (the 6’8” forward for Stephen F. Austin, not the Centenary athletic director) is second on the squad in scoring with 10.2 points per game and is first in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game. The trip will
December 9, 2003 | Athletics
Elmhurst, Ill. —Centenary Ladies senior Alexis Pettway was named Mid-Con Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Pettway, a preseason second team All-Mid-Con pick, is the first Centenary basketball player to receive the honor. For the week, Pettway averaged 19.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg in three games. The forward posted 26 points and 12 rebounds against Northwestern State for her second double-double of the season. She then recorded 15 points and eight boards at Louisiana-Monroe before collecting 17 points and eight rebounds against Louisiana-Lafayette, despite playing only one minute in the first half due to foul trouble. Pettway (Rialto, Calif.) currently leads the Mid-Con in scoring at 17.2 ppg and ranks second in rebounds (8.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (.614). She is Centenary’s all-time scoring and rebounding leader with 1,166 points and 648 boards. Pettway is also the only women’s basketball player to ever reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in the history of the Ladies’ program.  
December 8, 2003 | Athletics
Indianapolis, Ind. —The Centenary swim team competed at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships over the weekend. Although there are not yet enough swimmers in the newly organized sport for Centenary to compete as a team at the event, several individuals performed well. Robert Trempski recorded Centenary’s highest finish in the meet with a second- place effort in the 100 Yard Backstroke. He also qualified for the finals of the 100 Yard Freestyle in which he placed 14th. Matija Fojs earned a third-place finish in his only event, the 200 Yard Freestyle, while Jacob Stevens placed fourth in the 200 Yard IM. Stevens participated in three events and landed in seventh and 11th place in the 500 Yard Freestyle and the 200 Yard Freestyle respectively. Although none of the Ladies finished in the top five of their events, several qualified for the finals. Elizabeth Staton placed eighth in the 200 Yard Breast Stroke, 12th in the 100 Yard Freestyle, and 13th in the 200 Yard IM. Kristin Moulden performed well with two seventh-place finishes in the 100 Yard Back Stroke and the 200 Yard Back Stroke. Kayli LeBlanc garnered a tenth-place spot in the 100 Yard Butterfly, Lauren Rose finished 14th in the 200 Yard IM, and Rita Stevenson placed 16th in the 50 Yard Freestyle to round out the Ladies that advanced to the finals. The Centenary swim team will now enjoy a couple of weeks off before returning to the pool for their spring season.
December 8, 2003 | Athletics
Indianapolis, Ind. —The Centenary swim team competed at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships over the weekend. Although there are not yet enough swimmers in the newly organized sport for Centenary to compete as a team at the event, several individuals performed well. Robert Trempski recorded Centenary’s highest finish in the meet with a second- place effort in the 100 Yard Backstroke. He also qualified for the finals of the 100 Yard Freestyle in which he placed 14th. Matija Fojs earned a third-place finish in his only event, the 200 Yard Freestyle, while Jacob Stevens placed fourth in the 200 Yard IM. Stevens participated in three events and landed in seventh and 11th place in the 500 Yard Freestyle and the 200 Yard Freestyle respectively. Although none of the Ladies finished in the top five of their events, several qualified for the finals. Elizabeth Staton placed eighth in the 200 Yard Breast Stroke, 12th in the 100 Yard Freestyle, and 13th in the 200 Yard IM. Kristin Moulden performed well with two seventh-place finishes in the 100 Yard Back Stroke and the 200 Yard Back Stroke. Kayli LeBlanc garnered a tenth-place spot in the 100 Yard Butterfly, Lauren Rose finished 14th in the 200 Yard IM, and Rita Stevenson placed 16th in the 50 Yard Freestyle to round out the Ladies that advanced to the finals. The Centenary swim team will now enjoy a couple of weeks off before returning to the pool for their spring season.
December 8, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the first half to take the lead at 24-23, but could not hang on as Louisiana-Lafayette outlasted the Ladies for the 74-60 victory. For Centenary (1-7), it was a tale of two halves. The Ladies lost their leading scorer in Alexis Pettway in the first minute of the game as she picked up two quick fouls and was forced to sit out the rest of the first half, without attempting a shot from the field. Julie Danieles picked up the slack and scored 13 points to keep the game close, but the Ladies did not benefit from the charity stripe, as the home team did not attempt a free throw in the opening period. The second half featured a 17-point effort from Pettway and only two Centenary turnovers. However, Danieles did not convert on any field goal shots as she went 0-for-7 in the final half. The Ladies failed to gel offensively throughout the evening. Louisiana-Lafayette (2-2) shot 49.1 percent from the field and made good on 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to hold on to the win. Sharee Glenn led all scorers with 18 points on 3-of-4 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Tiffany Washington notched a double-double with 16 points and ten rebounds to help the Ragin’Cajuns. Pettway finished with 17 points, all in the second half, and eight rebounds to lead the Ladies in both categories. Danieles was the only other Centenary player to finish in double figures with her 13 first-half points. The Ladies will travel to face Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday at 7 p.m. Centenary will then take a break for final exams and will return for a home contest against Southern Mississippi on December 21st at 3 p.m.
December 6, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After falling behind 12-0 in the first four minutes of the game, the Centenary men’s basketball team worked its way back into the game and eventually used perfect free throw shooting to defeat the McNeese State Cowboys, 77-71, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. Centenary (3-2) was behind 64-59 with seven minutes remaining in the game, but an 8-0 run in the next three minutes gave the Gents a three-point lead. Michael Gale hit four free throws and Andrew Wisniewski made two free throws in that span to key the final rally. Gale led the Gents with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Struggling from the field, Wisniewski hit 12-of-13 free throw attempts to score 18 points, plus he contributed five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Chad Maclies earned his first career double-double with ten points, making all six of his free throw attempts, and 13 rebounds. Maclies also dished out five assists, blocked two shots, and committed five steals. Josh Thibodeaux also scored ten points, and Rickey Evans added eight points and two blocked shots. Edward Garriet continued his hot shooting from the three-point line for McNeese State (3-3), hitting 6-of-12 shots from behind the arc. He scored 24 points to lead all players in the game. The Cowboys were in foul trouble throughout the game, as every player had at least three fouls at the end of the game, leading to 37 free throw attempts by the Gents. Centenary outrebounded McNeese State, 33-25, and had seven blocked shots to the Cowboys’ five blocked shots. The Gents made all 16 of their free throws in the second half as they outscored the Cowboys 38-30 in that half. Centenary will need a better performance when Stephen F. Austin comes to the Gold Dome Thursday night, December 11, beginning at 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and Sportsjuice.com.
December 6, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After falling behind 12-0 in the first four minutes of the game, the Centenary men’s basketball team worked its way back into the game and eventually used perfect free throw shooting to defeat the McNeese State Cowboys, 77-71, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. Centenary (3-2) was behind 64-59 with seven minutes remaining in the game, but an 8-0 run in the next three minutes gave the Gents a three-point lead. Michael Gale hit four free throws and Andrew Wisniewski made two free throws in that span to key the final rally. Gale led the Gents with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Struggling from the field, Wisniewski hit 12-of-13 free throw attempts to score 18 points, plus he contributed five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Chad Maclies earned his first career double-double with ten points, making all six of his free throw attempts, and 13 rebounds. Maclies also dished out five assists, blocked two shots, and committed five steals. Josh Thibodeaux also scored ten points, and Rickey Evans added eight points and two blocked shots. Edward Garriet continued his hot shooting from the three-point line for McNeese State (3-3), hitting 6-of-12 shots from behind the arc. He scored 24 points to lead all players in the game. The Cowboys were in foul trouble throughout the game, as every player had at least three fouls at the end of the game, leading to 37 free throw attempts by the Gents. Centenary outrebounded McNeese State, 33-25, and had seven blocked shots to the Cowboys’ five blocked shots. The Gents made all 16 of their free throws in the second half as they outscored the Cowboys 38-30 in that half. Centenary will need a better performance when Stephen F. Austin comes to the Gold Dome Thursday night, December 11, beginning at 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and Sportsjuice.com.
December 5, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After a convincing win Tuesday night over Northwestern State, the Centenary Gents continue their four-game homestand Saturday night with a matchup against the McNeese State Cowboys. This will be the first meeting between Centenary and McNeese State since 1977, and the 19th meeting overall between the two Louisiana schools. Centenary is in the middle of a three-game stretch against Southland Conference schools. The Cowboys come into Saturday night’s game with a 3-2 record, with their two losses coming at LSU and at Mississippi State. McNeese State is led by Edward Garriet, one of the best three-point shooters in the country. He is averaging 17.8 points per game thanks to a 42.6 percent effort (23-of-54) from behind the three-point line. Greg Tucker is averaging 15.4 points per game for the Cowboys, while Bryce May has added 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for McNeese State. Jerrick Oliver has been the team’s leading rebounder with 5.8 rebounds per game, and Eldridge Lewis has been successful at running the offense, averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 assists per game. “McNeese State is very tough and physical and plays extremely hard,” Centenary head coach Kevin Johnson said. “This will not be an easy game for us to win.” Thanks to a 24-point, five-assist effort against the Demons on Tuesday, Andrew Wisniewski continues to lead the Gents in scoring and assists with 19.2 points and five assists per game. Michael Gale has not missed too many shots from the field, hitting 70.4 percent (19-of-27) of his field goal attempts. Centenary (2-2) has its own three-point marksman in Josh Thibodeaux , who has come off the bench to hit 9-of-14 attempts from behind the three-point arc. Rickey Evans has contributed in many ways for the Gents, averaging 13 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game so far this season. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:05 p.m. at the Gold Dome on Saturday night, and it will be broadcast on
December 5, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After a convincing win Tuesday night over Northwestern State, the Centenary Gents continue their four-game homestand Saturday night with a matchup against the McNeese State Cowboys. This will be the first meeting between Centenary and McNeese State since 1977, and the 19th meeting overall between the two Louisiana schools. Centenary is in the middle of a three-game stretch against Southland Conference schools. The Cowboys come into Saturday night’s game with a 3-2 record, with their two losses coming at LSU and at Mississippi State. McNeese State is led by Edward Garriet, one of the best three-point shooters in the country. He is averaging 17.8 points per game thanks to a 42.6 percent effort (23-of-54) from behind the three-point line. Greg Tucker is averaging 15.4 points per game for the Cowboys, while Bryce May has added 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for McNeese State. Jerrick Oliver has been the team’s leading rebounder with 5.8 rebounds per game, and Eldridge Lewis has been successful at running the offense, averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 assists per game. “McNeese State is very tough and physical and plays extremely hard,” Centenary head coach Kevin Johnson said. “This will not be an easy game for us to win.” Thanks to a 24-point, five-assist effort against the Demons on Tuesday, Andrew Wisniewski continues to lead the Gents in scoring and assists with 19.2 points and five assists per game. Michael Gale has not missed too many shots from the field, hitting 70.4 percent (19-of-27) of his field goal attempts. Centenary (2-2) has its own three-point marksman in Josh Thibodeaux , who has come off the bench to hit 9-of-14 attempts from behind the three-point arc. Rickey Evans has contributed in many ways for the Gents, averaging 13 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game so far this season. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:05 p.m. at the Gold Dome on Saturday night, and it will be broadcast on
December 2, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s basketball team hit 55.2 percent of its shots from the field in the opening half and held Northwestern State to 28.6 percent shooting from the field in the first half to cruise to a 90-67 victory Tuesday night at the Gold Dome. After trading baskets in the first five minutes of the game, the Gents went on a 32-9 scoring run to take a 23-point lead at halftime. They then went on a 19-5 run in the second half to put the game away, allowing both coaches to play their reserves for a significant amount of time. Andrew Wisniewski led the Gents with 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 shooting from the three-point line. Wisniewski also maintained his assist average with five assists and grabbed six rebounds. Michael Gale continued his hot shooting from the field, making four of his five shots on his way to ten points and four steals in the game. Jarmorrow Moragne also notched his first career double-digit scoring game, hitting all eight of his free throw attempts on his way to 11 points in only 12 minutes. Ronald Mickel shook off an ankle injury that kept him out of the previous game to grab a team-high seven rebounds. Rickey Evans scored only three points, but he dished out six assists, grabbed six rebounds, and stole the ball twice. Josh Thibodeaux hit three shots from behind the three-point line to score nine points, and DeMario Hooper scored seven points and blocked three Demon shots. Shawn Davis and Chad Maclies also contributed seven points each, while Joseph Polite, IV , added six points in the victory. Jermaine Wallace was the only Demon to hit double figures in scoring, notching 14 points while contributing four assists and two steals. Jermaine Spencer and Demetrius Bell grabbed eight rebounds each, but the Demons were hurt by 20 turnovers and 3-of-18 shooting from behind the three-point line. Centenary (2-2) continues its four-game homestand Saturday night against the McNeese State Cowboys.
December 2, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s basketball team hit 55.2 percent of its shots from the field in the opening half and held Northwestern State to 28.6 percent shooting from the field in the first half to cruise to a 90-67 victory Tuesday night at the Gold Dome. After trading baskets in the first five minutes of the game, the Gents went on a 32-9 scoring run to take a 23-point lead at halftime. They then went on a 19-5 run in the second half to put the game away, allowing both coaches to play their reserves for a significant amount of time. Andrew Wisniewski led the Gents with 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 shooting from the three-point line. Wisniewski also maintained his assist average with five assists and grabbed six rebounds. Michael Gale continued his hot shooting from the field, making four of his five shots on his way to ten points and four steals in the game. Jarmorrow Moragne also notched his first career double-digit scoring game, hitting all eight of his free throw attempts on his way to 11 points in only 12 minutes. Ronald Mickel shook off an ankle injury that kept him out of the previous game to grab a team-high seven rebounds. Rickey Evans scored only three points, but he dished out six assists, grabbed six rebounds, and stole the ball twice. Josh Thibodeaux hit three shots from behind the three-point line to score nine points, and DeMario Hooper scored seven points and blocked three Demon shots. Shawn Davis and Chad Maclies also contributed seven points each, while Joseph Polite, IV , added six points in the victory. Jermaine Wallace was the only Demon to hit double figures in scoring, notching 14 points while contributing four assists and two steals. Jermaine Spencer and Demetrius Bell grabbed eight rebounds each, but the Demons were hurt by 20 turnovers and 3-of-18 shooting from behind the three-point line. Centenary (2-2) continues its four-game homestand Saturday night against the McNeese State Cowboys.
December 2, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies put together two long runs in the second half to erase a 15-point halftime deficit, but could not hold on as Northwestern State squeezed out a 76-70 victory in the Gold Dome on Tuesday night. Centenary (1-5) trailed at the conclusion of the first half 43-28 after allowing NSU to shoot a sizzling 50 percent from the field (18 of 36). The Ladies answered the call in the second period and outscored the Lady Demons 9-0 over a five-minute span to pull within four. The visitors pushed the lead back to ten points before Centenary put together a 15-2 run to take the advantage at 65-62 with 2:48 left in the contest. Northwestern State (3-1) answered with five consecutive points from Diamond Cosby to to regain the lead for the Lady Demons. Centenary was then forced to foul and eventually fell by six points. Alexis Pettway notched her second double-double on the season as she poured in 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, eight on the offensive end. Holli Wilkins added ten points and Louise Smyth provided a late spark as she drained three trifectas for nine points. Northwestern State was led by Diamond Cosby’s 26 points on 9-of-18 from the field, including 2-of-5 from behind the three-point arc. Amanda Bennett also scored over 20 points as she finished with 23 on the night and added ten rebounds. Centenary will continue it’s three-game tour of Louisiana teams as the Ladies travel to face Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday at 7 p.m. before hosting Louisiana-Lafayette next Monday. The game with the Lady Indians can be heard locally on KYLA 106.7 FM and over the internet at www.sportsjuice.com.
December 1, 2003 | Athletics
HAMMOND, La. – Centenary Ladies soccer players Mindi Levinski and Sam Savage have been honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, as Levinski was named to the All-Louisiana First Team and Savage earned Newcomer of the Year honors. Levinski, a junior from Allen, Tex., led the Ladies with eight goals and 11 assists on the year. She finished the season as the top scorer in the Mid-Continent Conference and helped Centenary close out the season with an 8-1-2 run to finish with a 10-7-3 overall record. Savage, a sophomore transfer from Grapevine, Tex., was the top defender on Centenary’s squad. She led a Centenary defense that recorded six shutouts, while also scoring a goal and adding three assists. Besides being named Newcomer of the Year, Savage earned honorable mention recognition in the voting. Both Levinski and Savage were named First Team All-Mid-Continent Conference after leading the Ladies to a third-place finish in the conference and a conference tournament berth, where they forced host school Oral Roberts to a penalty kick shootout. Freshman forward Rebecca Swilley , a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., was also given honorable mention recognition by the LSWA after a four-goal, three-assist campaign that earned Second Team All-Mid-Con Conference honors. The 2003 All-Louisiana soccer team was selected by the state’s sports information directors. The top 10 vote getters, regardless of position, were named to the first team, as well as the top goalkeeper. Players named on multiple ballots were eligible for honorable mention recognition.
November 29, 2003 | Athletics
Austin, Tex. —P.J. Tucker scored 15 points and James Thomas added 13 in No. 11 Texas' 94-59 victory over Centenary on Saturday night. Texas (3-0) led 42-33 at the half, and Thomas scored six straight points to open the second half and start a 25-9 run. The Longhorns' narrow lead at halftime and shot selection didn't sit well with coach Rick Barnes. "I thought we settled early," he said. "We took some bad shots early and allowed them to get some easy run-outs." Rickey Evans led Centenary (1-2) with 17 points, but no other player scored in double figures. Centenary shot just 34 percent in the second half (11-of-32). "I just don't think we came out focused early, myself included," Thomas said. "We changed that." Brandon Mouton recovered from a 1-for-7 start to finish with 10 points for the Longhorns. Royal Ivey added 10 points, including two 3-pointers, and had five of Texas' 11 steals. "I don't think the team that played in the first half was a typical Texas team," he said. Brad Buckman finished with nine points and nine rebounds for Texas, which outrebounded Centenary 44-34. "Texas is just good," Centenary coach Kevin Johnson said. "They broke through what we tried to do." The Longhorns were 13-of-22 from the free-throw line. Centenary only made it to the line five times, but made four of the shots.
November 29, 2003 | Athletics
Austin, Tex. —P.J. Tucker scored 15 points and James Thomas added 13 in No. 11 Texas' 94-59 victory over Centenary on Saturday night. Texas (3-0) led 42-33 at the half, and Thomas scored six straight points to open the second half and start a 25-9 run. The Longhorns' narrow lead at halftime and shot selection didn't sit well with coach Rick Barnes. "I thought we settled early," he said. "We took some bad shots early and allowed them to get some easy run-outs." Rickey Evans led Centenary (1-2) with 17 points, but no other player scored in double figures. Centenary shot just 34 percent in the second half (11-of-32). "I just don't think we came out focused early, myself included," Thomas said. "We changed that." Brandon Mouton recovered from a 1-for-7 start to finish with 10 points for the Longhorns. Royal Ivey added 10 points, including two 3-pointers, and had five of Texas' 11 steals. "I don't think the team that played in the first half was a typical Texas team," he said. Brad Buckman finished with nine points and nine rebounds for Texas, which outrebounded Centenary 44-34. "Texas is just good," Centenary coach Kevin Johnson said. "They broke through what we tried to do." The Longhorns were 13-of-22 from the free-throw line. Centenary only made it to the line five times, but made four of the shots.  
November 29, 2003 | Athletics
Green Bay, Wis. —After dropping the first game of the Oneida Bingo & Casino Holiday Tournament to the host team (Wisconsin-Green Bay), 97-48, the Ladies played much better on Saturday but the end result was the same. Centenary fell to Austin Peay State in the consolation match-up by the score of 72-60. Centenary (1-4) trailed at the half 35-22 after shooting 29.6 percent in the opening period. However, the Ladies improved in the second half, winning the final 20 minutes 38-37. Alexis Pettway led the Ladies with 14 points and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Holli Wilkins contributed nine points in the loss while Louise Smyth collected a game-high five steals in only ten minutes of action. Austin Peay State (2-2) found themselves in the consolation game after dropping their opening round contest to Missouri. The Lady Govs were paced by Gerlonda Hardin who scored 23 points and pulled down 11 boards. Cassandra Peek and Ashley Haynes each added 13 points on the evening. Centenary will return to action on Tuesday when the Ladies host Northwestern State at the Gold Dome at 5 p.m.
November 26, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary baseball coach Ed McCann has announced the signing of four players during the early period. Curtis Grimes , Chad Harper , Beaux Waddell , and Chris Wilson comprise the largest fall signing class in McCann’s five years at the helm of the program. Curtis Grimes is a 6’3”, 175-pound right-handed pitcher from Big Sandy, Tex., and Harmony High School. He posted a 1.61 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 86 innings of work during his junior season. Also expected to bolster the Gents pitching staff is left-hander Chad Harper. Harper is 6’3” and 200 pounds out of Panola JC and Mt. Vernon, Tex. “Curtis is an outstanding young pitcher who we expect will be something special here at Centenary,” said McCann. “Chad will add experience and a quality arm to our pitching staff.” The Gents also signed two position players, both out of the high school ranks. Shreveport native Beaux Waddell is a 5’10”, 165-pound shortstop from Southwood High School. He batted .457 as a junior while serving as a teammate to Nick Cardone, a freshman on the Centenary squad this season. The Gents will also receive help at first base and outfield with the addition of Chris Wilson from Rancho Cucamonca, Calif. The 6’1”, 185-pound senior it .430 last season at the prep level. “Beaux is an exciting player who is going to contribute significantly to the future of our ball club,” said McCann. “Chris is a special player who will add athleticism as well as a smooth left-handed swing to our lineup.” Centenary will begin play in the Mid-Continent Conference for the first time in February and will serve as the host site for the Mid-Con Baseball Tournament in late May. The winner of the tournament will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
November 26, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary baseball coach Ed McCann has announced the signing of four players during the early period. Curtis Grimes , Chad Harper , Beaux Waddell , and Chris Wilson comprise the largest fall signing class in McCann’s five years at the helm of the program. Curtis Grimes is a 6’3”, 175-pound right-handed pitcher from Big Sandy, Tex., and Harmony High School. He posted a 1.61 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 86 innings of work during his junior season. Also expected to bolster the Gents pitching staff is left-hander Chad Harper. Harper is 6’3” and 200 pounds out of Panola JC and Mt. Vernon, Tex. “Curtis is an outstanding young pitcher who we expect will be something special here at Centenary,” said McCann. “Chad will add experience and a quality arm to our pitching staff.” The Gents also signed two position players, both out of the high school ranks. Shreveport native Beaux Waddell is a 5’10”, 165-pound shortstop from Southwood High School. He batted .457 as a junior while serving as a teammate to Nick Cardone, a freshman on the Centenary squad this season. The Gents will also receive help at first base and outfield with the addition of Chris Wilson from Rancho Cucamonca, Calif. The 6’1”, 185-pound senior it .430 last season at the prep level. “Beaux is an exciting player who is going to contribute significantly to the future of our ball club,” said McCann. “Chris is a special player who will add athleticism as well as a smooth left-handed swing to our lineup.” Centenary will begin play in the Mid-Continent Conference for the first time in February and will serve as the host site for the Mid-Con Baseball Tournament in late May. The winner of the tournament will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
November 25, 2003 | Athletics
OXFORD, Miss. – In a game much closer than the final score indicated, the Centenary men’s basketball team led for almost 34 minutes before Ole Miss went on a 20-8 run in the last six minutes to take a 72-60 victory over the Gents Tuesday night at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels were led by their two senior stars, who combined for 52 of the team’s 72 points. All-SEC performer Justin Reed led all players with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Aaron Harper contributed 24 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Andrew Wisniewski led the Gents with 21 points, but shot only 7-of-19 from the field. Centenary shot 40.4 percent from the field and made only one of its 11 attempts from behind the three-point line. Michael Gale made all five of his shots from the field to score ten points, while Ronald Mickel added eight points and five rebounds before fouling out of the game. Junior Chad Maclies led the Gents with nine rebounds. The Gents were up by as much as nine points in the first half and led 33-27 at halftime. Mississippi cut into the lead and had several chances to gain the advantage earlier in the second half, but Centenary kept making baskets to hold off the Rebels until the six-minute mark, when Ole Miss went on the deciding run. Ole Miss (1-1) earned a big advantage at the free throw line, as the Rebels made 24 of 31 free throw attempts while the Gents hit 13 of 18 attempts from the charity stripe. In fact, Reed himself went 12-of-14 from the line, almost as many attempts as the entire Centenary team. Centenary (1-1) next plays on Saturday, November 29, in Austin, Tex., against the Texas Longhorns. That game will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by Fox Sports Southwest and KYLA 106.7 FM.
November 25, 2003 | Athletics
OXFORD, Miss. – In a game much closer than the final score indicated, the Centenary men’s basketball team led for almost 34 minutes before Ole Miss went on a 20-8 run in the last six minutes to take a 72-60 victory over the Gents Tuesday night at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels were led by their two senior stars, who combined for 52 of the team’s 72 points. All-SEC performer Justin Reed led all players with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Aaron Harper contributed 24 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Andrew Wisniewski led the Gents with 21 points, but shot only 7-of-19 from the field. Centenary shot 40.4 percent from the field and made only one of its 11 attempts from behind the three-point line. Michael Gale made all five of his shots from the field to score ten points, while Ronald Mickel added eight points and five rebounds before fouling out of the game. Junior Chad Maclies led the Gents with nine rebounds. The Gents were up by as much as nine points in the first half and led 33-27 at halftime. Mississippi cut into the lead and had several chances to gain the advantage earlier in the second half, but Centenary kept making baskets to hold off the Rebels until the six-minute mark, when Ole Miss went on the deciding run. Ole Miss (1-1) earned a big advantage at the free throw line, as the Rebels made 24 of 31 free throw attempts while the Gents hit 13 of 18 attempts from the charity stripe. In fact, Reed himself went 12-of-14 from the line, almost as many attempts as the entire Centenary team. Centenary (1-1) next plays on Saturday, November 29, in Austin, Tex., against the Texas Longhorns. That game will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by Fox Sports Southwest and KYLA 106.7 FM.  
November 25, 2003 | Athletics
Lake Charles, La. —Despite an outstanding individual effort from senior Alexis Pettway , Centenary fell to McNeese State on the road 80-69 on Tuesday. The Ladies committed 24 turnovers in the game and shot a dismal 59.3 percent from the free throw line as the Cowgirls won their home opener. Centenary (1-2) scored the opening basket of the game to take an early 2-0 lead before Tara Abdul-Hadi tied the game with a layup. The Cowgirls took the lead on a Regina Spivey jumper at the 18:33 mark and never trailed again in the contest. McNeese continued to widen its margin and held as much as a 22-point advantage with 5:52 left in the first half. The Ladies cut into the deficit briefly but McNeese held its own and took a 40-26 lead into the locker room at the half. Hadi scored 13 first-half points as she connected on five of eight from the field and was three of six from the free throw line. In the second half Centenary cut the Cowgirl lead to nine (48-39) with 14:05 left in the game after going on a 13-8 run in the first six minutes of the half. McNeese got things rolling again and went on a scoring run to lengthen their lead to 18 points with 7:07 left in the game. Pettway poured in 30 points on 11 of 15 from the field and collected a double-double by pulling down 15 rebounds. Julie Danieles finished with ten points in the losing cause. Abdul-Hadi paced the victors with 23 points while Spivey and Clarissa Clark added 19 points and 14 points respectively. Centenary will spend the holiday weekend in Wisconsin as the team will take part in the Oneida Bingo Classic hosted by Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Ladies will battle the host school on Friday and will face either Austin Peay or Missouri on Saturday.
November 24, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary set a new team scoring mark and Carly Melvin recorded a career-high 27 points as the Ladies blew by LeTourneau, 110-64, Monday night in the Gold Dome. Four players scored in double figures and the Ladies held the LadyJackets to only 27.1 percent shooting as Centenary discarded of the only non-Division I school on its schedule this season. Centenary (1-1) never trailed in the contest but the Division III school from the American Southwest Conference did not go down quickly. With 9:12 remaining in the first half, LeTourneau only trailed 27-22 after reeling off seven straight points before Melvin found her stroke. The junior from Shreveport (Byrd HS) outscored the LadyJackets 16-0 on two 3-pointers, three jumpers, and four free throws over the final 3:40 to give Centenary a comfortable 28-point (58-30) advantage at the intermission. LeTourneau (1-1) launched 30 trifectas in the game but converted on only 30 percent of their attempts. Lauren Westerman was 4-of-14 from behind the arc to lead the LadyJackets with 16 points. Julie Owen scored 12 points while Heidi Sanders added 11 points in the loss. The Ladies used their size advantage to haul in a new team-high 72 rebounds, 35 more boards than the visitors from Longview, Texas. Whitney Rushing grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds while Melvin picked up a double-double with 11 boards of her own. Centenary’s all-time leading scorer Alexis Pettway poured in 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds in only 16 minutes of work. Newcomer Jelena Aleksic was 7-of-12 from the field for 16 points and collected eight rebounds in her first collegiate contest while Louise Smyth rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Ladies with 13 points. Centenary also tied its mark for most shots attempted in a game with 90 in the blowout. The Ladies will not get to rest long as they travel to Lake Charles to face McNeese State tomorrow at 7 p.m.
November 22, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After a close first half in which both teams shot well from the field, the Centenary Gents continued their hot shooting but solidified their defense in defeating the Belhaven Blazers, 106-72, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. After holding a slim four-point lead at halftime, the Gents started the second half on a 20-2 run over the first seven minutes. Rickey Evans scored ten of the team’s points in that run on his way to a career-high 28 points. Evans shot 10 of 15 from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the three-point line. Andrew Wisniewski started his senior season on a solid note, scoring 27 points and dishing out eight assists. He shot 10 of 14 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Michael Gale contributed 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and also led the team in rebounding with seven boards. Besides Evans, Josh Thibodeaux also was perfect from behind the three-point line, making all four of his attempts on his way to 14 points. As a team, the Gents shot 62.9 percent from the field, 71.4 percent from the three-point line, and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The shooting from the charity stripe got better as the game went along, as Centenary made 13 of its last 14 attempts. For the Blazers, Justin Pierce led the team with 15 points powered mostly by a 10-for-10 performance from the free throw line. Hugo Rangel hit three three-pointers to score 13 points, while Chris Smith added 11 points and five rebounds. After shooting 60 percent in the first half, including 75 percent from the three-point line, Belhaven (2-3) was held to 17.9 percent shooting in the second half, missing all eight three-point attempts. The Blazers also committed 23 turnovers in the game. Centenary (1-0) hits the road next week, traveling to Oxford, Miss., to face the Ole Miss Rebels on Tuesday, November 25 at 7 p.m. The Gents will then face the Texas Longhorns next Saturday, November 29, in Austin, Tex., at 7 p.m.
November 22, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After a close first half in which both teams shot well from the field, the Centenary Gents continued their hot shooting but solidified their defense in defeating the Belhaven Blazers, 106-72, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. After holding a slim four-point lead at halftime, the Gents started the second half on a 20-2 run over the first seven minutes. Rickey Evans scored ten of the team’s points in that run on his way to a career-high 28 points. Evans shot 10 of 15 from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the three-point line. Andrew Wisniewski started his senior season on a solid note, scoring 27 points and dishing out eight assists. He shot 10 of 14 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Michael Gale contributed 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and also led the team in rebounding with seven boards. Besides Evans, Josh Thibodeaux also was perfect from behind the three-point line, making all four of his attempts on his way to 14 points. As a team, the Gents shot 62.9 percent from the field, 71.4 percent from the three-point line, and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The shooting from the charity stripe got better as the game went along, as Centenary made 13 of its last 14 attempts. For the Blazers, Justin Pierce led the team with 15 points powered mostly by a 10-for-10 performance from the free throw line. Hugo Rangel hit three three-pointers to score 13 points, while Chris Smith added 11 points and five rebounds. After shooting 60 percent in the first half, including 75 percent from the three-point line, Belhaven (2-3) was held to 17.9 percent shooting in the second half, missing all eight three-point attempts. The Blazers also committed 23 turnovers in the game. Centenary (1-0) hits the road next week, traveling to Oxford, Miss., to face the Ole Miss Rebels on Tuesday, November 25 at 7 p.m. The Gents will then face the Texas Longhorns next Saturday, November 29, in Austin, Tex., at 7 p.m.
November 21, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents begin their 80th season of intercollegiate basketball Saturday evening by facing the Belhaven Blazers at the Gold Dome beginning at 7:05 p.m. The Gents, coming off back-to-back 14-win seasons, will be competing in the Mid-Continent Conference this season, a change from the past four years when Centenary competed as an independent. If the Gents win the Mid-Con Conference Tournament in March, they will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Seven seniors, including preseason First Team Mid-Con selection Andrew Wisniewski , lead an experienced squad into the 2003-2004 season. In fact, the Gents return 94 percent of their scoring and 82 percent of their rebounding from last season. In the preseason conference poll of coaches, sports information directors, and media members, Centenary was picked sixth in the conference. Oakland, the overwhelming favorite to win the conference, has already played three games, defeating San Diego and Illinois-Chicago before losing to host school Xavier in the Dell BCA Classic. Belhaven, a NAIA school from Jackson, Miss., will be playing its fifth game of the season and its second in as many nights. The Blazers are 1-2 entering Friday night’s game at Millsaps College. Junior center Chris Smith leads the Blazers with 12 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. This will be the first meeting ever between Centenary and Belhaven. The game will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM in Shreveport/Bossier and on the Internet at Sportsjuice.com. The pregame show will begin at 6:50 p.m.
November 21, 2003 | Athletics
Las Vegas, NV —The Centenary Ladies basketball team fell in their season-opener on the road to UNLV, 77-41, Friday night. The Ladies allowed 34 points off of 32 turnovers while a tough Lady Rebel defense collected 19 steals in the contest. Centenary (0-1) made good on only 16 of 54 shot attempts for 30 percent and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line while UNLV was 21-of-29 from the charity stripe and shot 38 percent from the floor. The home team also held a significant rebounding advantage at 56-34 with 30 offensive boards. The Ladies were led by senior Julie Danieles ' 14 points on a 6-of-15 performance, including two 3-pointers. Carly Melvin pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in only 16 minutes of work while Alexis Pettway added eight points in the loss. UNLV (1-0) received key performances from RanDee Henry and Sherry McCracklin. Henry pumped in a game-high 24 points and totaled 11 rebounds while McCracklin also earned a double double with 21 points and 14 boards. Nikki Hitchens was the only other Lady Rebel in double figures as she contributed 12 points. The Ladies head right back into action as they return to Shreveport for their home-opener against LeTourneau on Monday at 5 p.m. Centenary is 2-0 all-time versus the Division III LadyJackets.
November 21, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents begin their 80th season of intercollegiate basketball Saturday evening by facing the Belhaven Blazers at the Gold Dome beginning at 7:05 p.m. The Gents, coming off back-to-back 14-win seasons, will be competing in the Mid-Continent Conference this season, a change from the past four years when Centenary competed as an independent. If the Gents win the Mid-Con Conference Tournament in March, they will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Seven seniors, including preseason First Team Mid-Con selection Andrew Wisniewski , lead an experienced squad into the 2003-2004 season. In fact, the Gents return 94 percent of their scoring and 82 percent of their rebounding from last season. In the preseason conference poll of coaches, sports information directors, and media members, Centenary was picked sixth in the conference. Oakland, the overwhelming favorite to win the conference, has already played three games, defeating San Diego and Illinois-Chicago before losing to host school Xavier in the Dell BCA Classic. Belhaven, a NAIA school from Jackson, Miss., will be playing its fifth game of the season and its second in as many nights. The Blazers are 1-2 entering Friday night’s game at Millsaps College. Junior center Chris Smith leads the Blazers with 12 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. This will be the first meeting ever between Centenary and Belhaven. The game will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM in Shreveport/Bossier and on the Internet at Sportsjuice.com. The pregame show will begin at 6:50 p.m.
November 20, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary swim coach Butch Jordan has announced the early signing of Melanie Zimmerman and Robert Hendricks . Both swimmers have returned their national letters of intent and will begin to participate for the Ladies and Gents in the 2004-05 school year. Zimmerman hails from Round Rock, Tex., where she attended Round Rock High School. She is expected to help the Ladies program immediately upon her arrival as she has posted a time of 25.6 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 56.3 seconds in the 100 freestyle. “Melanie will help us tremendously in the sprint and freestyle events,” said Jordan. “She has had a limited background in swimming and I think her best years in the pool are still to come.” Hendricks currently attends Plano East High School in Plano, Tex. The 6’0”, 160-pound senior will help the Gents in the distance events. He recorded a time of 9:48.00 in the 1000 freestyle. “I am very excited to get Robert. He comes from a great club program in Plano and has the work ethic to be successful,” said Jordan.
November 20, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary swim coach Butch Jordan has announced the early signing of Melanie Zimmerman and Robert Hendricks . Both swimmers have returned their national letters of intent and will begin to participate for the Ladies and Gents in the 2004-05 school year. Zimmerman hails from Round Rock, Tex., where she attended Round Rock High School. She is expected to help the Ladies program immediately upon her arrival as she has posted a time of 25.6 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 56.3 seconds in the 100 freestyle. “Melanie will help us tremendously in the sprint and freestyle events,” said Jordan. “She has had a limited background in swimming and I think her best years in the pool are still to come.” Hendricks currently attends Plano East High School in Plano, Tex. The 6’0”, 160-pound senior will help the Gents in the distance events. He recorded a time of 9:48.00 in the 1000 freestyle. “I am very excited to get Robert. He comes from a great club program in Plano and has the work ethic to be successful,” said Jordan.
November 18, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary women’s golf coach Ken Dupree has announced that Lindsay Lewis and Chloe’ Mims have signed national letters of intent to come to Centenary and play on the Ladies golf team beginning in the 2004-05 school year. Mims is a native of Texarkana, Tex., and attends Pleasant Grove High School. The 5-7 athlete has played several sports throughout her high school career, but recently decided to concentrate on golf. Lewis comes from Spring, Tex., where she has been the top golfer on the Oak Ridge High School squad for four years. “I feel extremely lucky to sign the caliber of player such as Chloe’ and Lindsay,” Dupree said. “They will immediately enhance our efforts to build a solid women’s golf program at Centenary College.” Centenary College of Louisiana is a Division I member of the NCAA. Centenary is presently in its first year of competition in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Ladies golf team hosts a collegiate tournament every March at the Shreveport County Club, with the fourth annual Ladies Spring Invitational coming on March 1-2, 2004.
November 17, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary men’s basketball head coach Kevin Johnson has announced that the Gents have signed Marcellis Kizer to come to Centenary beginning with the 2004-05 school year. Kizer is a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., who is presently playing for Marshalltown Community College, the same junior college that produced senior guard Derek Sallis . Last season Kizer averaged 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game. The 6’3”, 185-pound point guard was named All-City while at Southside High School in Fort Wayne. Kizer has also played for Eric Vaugh on the Blessed IJN AAU team. “I’m so excited about signing Marty. He’s tough, aggressive, and extremely smart on the floor. He has superb vision and always makes the right decision,” Johnson said. Centenary College of Louisiana is a member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference, a Division I organization. The Gents have won 14 games in back-to-back seasons and bring back an experienced squad for the 2003-04 season.
November 17, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary men’s basketball head coach Kevin Johnson has announced that the Gents have signed Marcellis Kizer to come to Centenary beginning with the 2004-05 school year. Kizer is a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., who is presently playing for Marshalltown Community College, the same junior college that produced senior guard Derek Sallis . Last season Kizer averaged 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game. The 6’3”, 185-pound point guard was named All-City while at Southside High School in Fort Wayne. Kizer has also played for Eric Vaugh on the Blessed IJN AAU team. “I’m so excited about signing Marty. He’s tough, aggressive, and extremely smart on the floor. He has superb vision and always makes the right decision,” Johnson said. Centenary College of Louisiana is a member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference, a Division I organization. The Gents have won 14 games in back-to-back seasons and bring back an experienced squad for the 2003-04 season.
November 15, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s basketball team shot 63.2 percent from the field in the first half to open a 22-point lead, and then held on to defeat Spirit Express, 96-81, Saturday night in an exhibition game at the Gold Dome. Andrew Wisniewski led the Gents with 29 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. In all, four players scored in double figures for Centenary, as Rickey Evans scored 20 points, with Michael Gale and Chad Maclies each adding ten points. Evans also dished out five assists. In his first appearance since last December, DeMario Hooper made contributions all over the court, scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds, earning three assists, blocking two shots, and making two steals. Derek Sallis hit two three-point shots on his way to eight points and a team-high three steals. Spirit Express made the game close in the second half, going on a 13-2 run over a five-minute span late in the half to cut the Centenary advantage to six points with three minutes remaining. The traveling squad would get no closer as the Gents hit their free throws down the stretch to solidify the victory. Spirit Express enjoyed an advantage in free throws throughout the game, hitting 29 foul shots while Centenary attempted only 18 free throws. Seth LeGrand, who played the entire game, led Spirit Express with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Jason Smith added 22 points and eight rebounds. The Gents will open the regular season next Saturday as they host the Belhaven Blazers at the Gold Dome beginning at 7:05 p.m.      
November 15, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s basketball team shot 63.2 percent from the field in the first half to open a 22-point lead, and then held on to defeat Spirit Express, 96-81, Saturday night in an exhibition game at the Gold Dome. Andrew Wisniewski led the Gents with 29 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. In all, four players scored in double figures for Centenary, as Rickey Evans scored 20 points, with Michael Gale and Chad Maclies each adding ten points. Evans also dished out five assists. In his first appearance since last December, DeMario Hooper made contributions all over the court, scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds, earning three assists, blocking two shots, and making two steals. Derek Sallis hit two three-point shots on his way to eight points and a team-high three steals. Spirit Express made the game close in the second half, going on a 13-2 run over a five-minute span late in the half to cut the Centenary advantage to six points with three minutes remaining. The traveling squad would get no closer as the Gents hit their free throws down the stretch to solidify the victory. Spirit Express enjoyed an advantage in free throws throughout the game, hitting 29 foul shots while Centenary attempted only 18 free throws. Seth LeGrand, who played the entire game, led Spirit Express with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Jason Smith added 22 points and eight rebounds. The Gents will open the regular season next Saturday as they host the Belhaven Blazers at the Gold Dome beginning at 7:05 p.m.
November 15, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies easily won their only exhibition of the preseason with an 81-66 victory over Texas A&M-Commerce in the Gold Dome Saturday night. The Ladies sank 11 three-pointers on the evening and allowed only one to the visiting Lions. The lead changed hands three times in the early going after Centenary scored the first basket of the game on a jumper by senior Julie Danieles . The Ladies then took control of the contest as senior Alexis Pettway sank one of two free throws at the 5:14 mark of the first half to give Centenary a 26-25 advantage. The Ladies never trailed the rest of the way as they led by as much as 21 points in the second half. Danieles paced Centenary with 20 points on 7-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-7 from behind the three-point line. Pettway notched a double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds while freshman Holli Wilkins pumped in 15 points on five three-pointers in her first collegiate contest. Texas A&M-Commerce was led by Tamikki Williams and Amy Putman who each finished with 21 points. Putman also pulled down a game-high 15 boards. Hazel Woods rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Lions with 15 points. Centenary will begin its regular season on Friday when the Ladies travel to Las Vegas to take on UNLV at 7 p.m. (CST).
November 14, 2003 | Athletics
Elmhurst, Ill. —Centenary Gents soccer player Garret Pickard was named second team All-Mid-Continent Conference as announced by the conference office. The senior from Cedar Hill, Tex., finished second on the Centenary squad with four goals, four assists, and 12 total points. Pickard, a 2002 NSCAA/Adidas All-Region selection, places in several of Centenary’s career scoring categories. He finished his eligibility ranked second all-time with 28 assists and is fourth in goals (27) and total points (82). His 16 assists in 2002 were the second-most in a single season for the Gents. Trey Vaut of Oral Roberts took home the Offensive Player of the Year award while Jason Perry of Oaklnd was the Defensive Player of the Year. Miguel Menduina, Vaut’s teammate at ORU, garnered Newcomer of the Year status and Rick Benben of UMKC was named Coach of the Year.
November 8, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport — The UMKC Kangaroos used a balanced offense, tough serving and solid defense to sweep the Centenary Ladies, 30-26, 30-12, and 30-23, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. Lindsey Zerr led the Kangaroos with 14 kills and five blocks, and Sara Foster contributed 12 kills, two service aces, eight digs, and four blocks. In game two, Foster connected on all seven of her attacks as UMKC (7-24, 5-8 Mid-Con) made only one attack error and hit .515 for the game. Angela Melka contributed throughout the match, earning seven kills, three service aces, nine digs, and four blocks. Jenni Watts earned nine kills and three blocks, while setter Kristy Waltemeyer had 37 assists and also added nine digs. Heather Stapleton led all players with 17 digs, while Kim Freeman added 12 digs. Kelley Heckman led the Ladies with 11 kills and also contributed eight digs. Ashley Templer earned nine kills and Tracee Byrd added eight kills. Senior Casey Varnado , in her last match at the Gold Dome, led the defense with 14 digs, while Kim Gladu added 12 digs. Centenary (5-26, 0-12 Mid-Con) will finish the season on the road next weekend, traveling to face IUPUI on Friday and Chicago State on Saturday.
November 7, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Junior Jenna Yurs earned 12 kills, a .450 hitting percentage, and five total blocks for Western Illinois as the Westerwinds swept the Centenary Ladies, 30-27, 30-24, and 30-16, Friday night at the Gold Dome. The first two games were close affairs, as Centenary matched Western Illinois point for point. With the score tied at 26 in the first game, the Westerwinds scored four of the next five points to win the game. The Ladies took a five-point lead in the second game at 15-10, but the Westerwinds went on a 7-1 run after a timeout and then finished the game with a 6-0 run to go into the intermission up two games to zero. Western Illinois took control of game three right away, starting the game by winning 13 of the first 15 points. The Westerwinds connected on 16 kills and made only three attack errors as they easily finished off the game and match. Patty Melinauskas and Ashley Baker each earned eight kills and three blocks for Western Illinois (6-20, 5-7 Mid-Con), while Kali Landis added seven kills, two service aces, 11 digs, and three blocks. Lisa Suellentrop (21 assists) and Lisa Esmond (16 assists) split the setting duties, while libero Jennifer Alexander also contributed 11 digs. For Centenary (5-25, 0-11 Mid-Con), Ashley Templer led the offense with 13 kills, while Tracee Byrd and Kim Gladu had eight kills each. Kelley Heckman led the defense with 13 kills, while Casey Varnado contributed 11 digs. Stephanie Scanlan notched a double-double with 19 assists and 12 digs. The Ladies will play their final home match of the season Saturday night as the UMKC Kangaroos come to Shreveport. The match will begin shortly after 7 p.m., as Varnado will be honored in Senior Night ceremonies before the match.
November 7, 2003 | Athletics
Tulsa, Okla. —The Centenary Ladies fell in an overtime shootout to Oral Roberts, 1-1, (4-1 shootout) in their first-ever Mid-Continent Conference Tournament appearance on Friday evening. Keeper Lindsey Stafford collected 13 saves in the match, the second highest total in tournament history. Oral Roberts controlled the game offensively for most of the night but could not break through on a determined Centenary defense. Finally in the 75th minute, the Golden Eagles posted a goal as a result of Stafford being screened from the play by one of her own players. Centenary stayed within striking distance and Heather Kasparek earned a corner kick with just under 30 seconds left in the match. The Ladies quickly scrambled to get in place and Mindi Levinski sent her pass into the crowded box where Rebecca Weise tied the game on a diving header with 14 seconds remaining. The match remained tied through both overtime periods and the teams lined up for a shootout to determine who would move on in the tournament. Oral Roberts converted on all four of their attempts to advance to the championship match as the Ladies managed only one score. Levinski and Stafford were named to the All-Tournament Team as a result of their efforts on the evening. Levinski and Sam Savage were selected first team All-Conference, while Rebecca Swilley earned second team honors for their play over the entire season.
November 6, 2003 | Athletics
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Aaron Elrod , a junior on the Centenary men’s soccer team, has been named a member of the Academic All-District Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Elrod, a native of Little Rock, Ark., has played in 49 of Centenary’s 52 matches in his career. Heading into the season finale at UMKC on Saturday, he has started in the Gent defense in 45 consecutive matches. He has anchored a defense that has seven shutouts over his three-year career. He has also made contributions to the Centenary offense, earning an assist last season against Wiley College and scoring a goal earlier this year at Central Florida. Majoring in English, Elrod has maintained a 3.79 grade point average so far at Centenary. By being named to the All-District Team, Elrod is now eligible for Academic All-America honors. The CoSIDA Academic All-America Team is voted on by sports information directors throughout the country. District VI is made up of colleges in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
November 4, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – After a close first game, the Northwestern State Demons took advantage of Centenary mistakes to cruise through games two and three and sweep the Ladies, 30-24, 30-19, and 30-13, Tuesday night at the Gold Dome. The first game was tightly contested, as neither team could gain an advantage without the other one coming back. The Demons eventually took control, winning eight of the last nine points to win the game. That seemed to give Northwestern State confidence, as it pulled away midway through the second game, turning a 14-13 deficit into a 30-19 victory. Game three was controlled by the Demons, as they took an 11-3 lead and never looked back, taking advantage of 14 attack errors by the Ladies in that game. Shannon Puder led the Demons with 11 kills and a .556 hitting percentage. She also notched four blocks, the same as setter Flavia Belo, who ran a smooth offense with 39 assists. Becky David led the defense with 19 digs, all coming in the first two games, while libero Cathy Herring added 16 digs and Beth Freeland contributed five blocks. For the Ladies, Tracee Byrd led the offense with eight kills, while Kelley Heckman and Ashley Templer each contributed seven kills. Heckman led the defense with 16 digs, with Kim Gladu adding 15 digs and Casey Varnado contributing 14 digs. Lauren Sledge notched a double-double with 13 assists and ten digs. Centenary will return to conference play on Friday when it hosts Western Illinois at the Gold Dome beginning at 7 p.m. That is followed by the final home match of the season against UMKC on Saturday, also at 7 p.m.  
November 3, 2003 | Athletics
Elmhurst, Ill. —The Mid-Continent Conference announced on Monday that Centenary’s Mindi Levinski was selected as its Offensive Player of the Week. Levinski is the third member of the Ladies soccer team to earn the award this season. Levinski had an outstanding week as she led Centenary to a 1-0-1 record and helped her squad clinch a trip to their first-ever appearance in the Mid-Con Tournament. In a 3-1 win over Mid-Con opponent IUPUI, the junior drove home two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist. Two days later, Levinski went on to score her third goal of the week against Valparaiso to give the Ladies a 1-1 tie with the Crusaders. Levinski finished the regular season as the Mid-Con leader in assists (10) and total points (26). Her ten assists in 2003 ranks her second all-time at Centenary for most assists in a single season. The Ladies will begin their run at a conference championship this Friday when they travel to Tulsa, Okla., to battle Oral Roberts at 7 p.m.
October 31, 2003 | Athletics
Indianapolis, Ind. —The Centenary Ladies became the first Centenary team to clinch a spot in a postseason Mid-Continent Conference tournament since the school began play in the league this fall with a 3-1 victory over IUPUI. The Ladies will be the first team to participate in a conference tournament since the 1999 Gents baseball team accomplished the feat in Centenary’s last year in the Trans America Athletic Conference (now the Atlantic Sun). The Ladies and Gents competed as an independent the previous four years before joining the Mid-Con. Centenary (10-7-1, 3-2 Mid-Con) entered Friday’s game at IUPUI needing one win with two matches remaining to qualify for the postseason tournament. The determined Ladies did not wait long to start the scoring as junior Mindi Levinski lofted a shot over the Jaguars’ keeper from 18 yards out just 4:49 into the match. The Ladies kept the momentum going in the 31st minute when Levinski struck again for her seventh goal of the season from 20 yards out on an assist from freshman Rebecca Swilley . IUPUI (2-13-2, 0-5-1 Mid-Con) cut the deficit in half in the 47th minute as Sarah Leonard beat Centenary keeper Lindsey Stafford to the right side of the net. The Jaguars were unable to score again in the match as the Ladies defense tightened. Junior Sara Thompson added an insurance goal at the 55:29 mark for her second goal on the year. Levinski collected her team-leading tenth assist on the play to claim second in the Centenary record books for most assists in a single season. The midfielder needs just two more dishes to move into a tie for first place. Centenary will round out its regular season schedule with one last conference match on Sunday at Valparaiso. The Ladies have clinched the #3 spot in the Mid-Con Tournament and will play #2 Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla., next Friday. Oakland will serve as the #1 seed in the tournament as the #4 seed is still to be determined.
October 27, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary men’s and women’s basketball teams invite the public to come to the Gold Dome on Saturday, November 1, beginning at 7 p.m., for a free open house featuring contests and intrasquad scrimmages. Following the 5 p.m. Centenary Ladies volleyball match against Oral Roberts, the basketball teams will be introduced to the crowd, followed by a series of competitions featuring members of those teams. The Ladies basketball team will then hold an intrasquad scrimmage, followed by a scrimmage by the Gents. There will be opportunities for members of the audience to win prizes through various contests to be announced at the open house. The coaches and players for both the Ladies and Gents will be available throughout the evening to meet with their fans and talk about the upcoming season. Both the Ladies and Gents are entering their first season of competition in the Mid-Continent Conference. The two teams are aiming to qualify for the Mid-Con Conference Tournament to be held at historic Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., on March 6-9, 2004. By winning that tournament, Centenary will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  
October 27, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary men’s and women’s basketball teams invite the public to come to the Gold Dome on Saturday, November 1, beginning at 7 p.m., for a free open house featuring contests and intrasquad scrimmages. Following the 5 p.m. Centenary Ladies volleyball match against Oral Roberts, the basketball teams will be introduced to the crowd, followed by a series of competitions featuring members of those teams. The Ladies basketball team will then hold an intrasquad scrimmage, followed by a scrimmage by the Gents. There will be opportunities for members of the audience to win prizes through various contests to be announced at the open house. The coaches and players for both the Ladies and Gents will be available throughout the evening to meet with their fans and talk about the upcoming season. Both the Ladies and Gents are entering their first season of competition in the Mid-Continent Conference. The two teams are aiming to qualify for the Mid-Con Conference Tournament to be held at historic Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., on March 6-9, 2004. By winning that tournament, Centenary will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
October 25, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents earned their first shutout of the season as they easily disposed of Belhaven College, 2-0, Saturday night at Mayo Field. The Gents attempted a season-high 23 shots in the contest as they dominated the action offensively. Centenary (2-12-1) battled the Blazers in the first half of play but neither team could manage a goal. The Gents came out aggressive in the second half as they outshot Belhaven 23-7 for the match with 15 of those shots coming in the final period. Alex Smith proved to be the spark for the Centenary offense as he was involved in both scores for the Gents. Smith netted the game-winner in the 52nd minute when he blasted a pass by keeper Matt Paschal that originated from Justin Clark and was redirected by Jason Williams . The goal was the fifth on the year for the freshman. Less then ten minutes later, Smith took control of a ball outside the right edge of the box and sent a cross in front of the goal. Jeff Krulin won the pass and found the net with a header over the Belhaven keeper. Belhaven (6-9) received an outstanding effort from Paschal who finished the match with 11 saves. Centenary net-minder Stefan Nicola earned four saves en route to his first shutout of the 2003 campaign. The Gents return to action on Friday when they host Drury in their final home contest of the season at 7 p.m.
October 24, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies moved a step closer to securing a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference tournament with a 1-0 blanking of Southern Utah on Senior Night Friday evening at Mayo Field. The shutout was the sixth on the season for the Ladies and keeper Lindsey Stafford . Centenary (9-7-1, 2-2 Mid-Con) controlled the tempo in the match from the start as the Ladies broke through early for what would prove to be the game-winner in the 23rd minute. Senior Angela Tryba found herself alone on the sideline and drove to the middle of the field where she fed a cutting Rita Coolidge . Coolidge dribbled the ball past one defender and shot by the outstretched arms of SUU keeper Megan Flowers for her third goal on the season. The Ladies outshot the Thunderbirds 20-6 in the contest and held Southern Utah without a corner kick until the final minutes of the match. Stafford recorded two saves in the winning effort while Tryba, Coolidge, and Mindi Levinski each attempted four shots to pace the offense. Southern Utah (1-16, 1-4 Mid-Con) could not find a rhythm offensively but did come alive in the final five minutes of play. The Thunderbirds managed several scoring chances on goal as the Centenary defense tired but could not take advantage. Flowers proved to be strong between the pipes for the visitors as she collected eight saves. Centenary currently holds down the fourth and final spot in the Mid-Con tournament and controls its own destiny with two conference matches remaining. The Ladies will travel to Indianapolis to face IUPUI next Friday before finishing up the regular season at Valparaiso.
October 23, 2003 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Andrew Wisniewski was named to the men’s basketball preseason first team and Alexis Pettway was voted onto the women’s basketball preseason second team as the Mid-Continent Conference released the preseason polls and all-conference teams today. The Centenary Gents, coming off their second consecutive 14-win season, were picked to finish sixth in the conference, according to a vote of conference coaches, sports information directors, and selected media members. In a similar vote, the Ladies were picked to finish ninth in the women’s basketball preseason poll. Wisniewski is coming off a season in which he was named the Independent Player of the Year, averaging 22 points per game, good enough to finish 17th in Division I in scoring. He is one of seven seniors that will lead Kevin Johnson’s squad into its first season in the Mid-Con. Centenary will be chasing the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, who earned 26 of a possible 33 first-place votes to lead the poll. Defending regular season champion Valparaiso finished second in the poll, receiving six first-place votes, while 2003 tournament champion IUPUI received the other first-place vote and finished third in the poll. Oakland has three players on the preseason all-conference first team, including Mike Helms, the nation’s top returning scorer and the preseason selection as Player of the Year. IUPUI was the only other team with multiple players earning honors, as Odell Bradley was voted onto the first team and Matt Crenshaw earned placement on the second team. Pettway enters her senior season as Centenary’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Last season she averaged 14.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game and was named first team All-Independent. She is one of three seniors leading the Ladies into Mid-Continent Conference play. Western Illinois, the regular season champion in 2002-03, received 17 first-place votes and was picked to win the conference title this seaso
October 23, 2003 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Andrew Wisniewski was named to the men’s basketball preseason first team and Alexis Pettway was voted onto the women’s basketball preseason second team as the Mid-Continent Conference released the preseason polls and all-conference teams today. The Centenary Gents, coming off their second consecutive 14-win season, were picked to finish sixth in the conference, according to a vote of conference coaches, sports information directors, and selected media members. In a similar vote, the Ladies were picked to finish ninth in the women’s basketball preseason poll. Wisniewski is coming off a season in which he was named the Independent Player of the Year, averaging 22 points per game, good enough to finish 17th in Division I in scoring. He is one of seven seniors that will lead Kevin Johnson’s squad into its first season in the Mid-Con. Centenary will be chasing the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, who earned 26 of a possible 33 first-place votes to lead the poll. Defending regular season champion Valparaiso finished second in the poll, receiving six first-place votes, while 2003 tournament champion IUPUI received the other first-place vote and finished third in the poll. Oakland has three players on the preseason all-conference first team, including Mike Helms, the nation’s top returning scorer and the preseason selection as Player of the Year. IUPUI was the only other team with multiple players earning honors, as Odell Bradley was voted onto the first team and Matt Crenshaw earned placement on the second team. Pettway enters her senior season as Centenary’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Last season she averaged 14.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game and was named first team All-Independent. She is one of three seniors leading the Ladies into Mid-Continent Conference play. Western Illinois, the regular season champion in 2002-03, received 17 first-place votes and was picked to win the conference title this seaso
October 22, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary volleyball team made a stirring comeback after losing the first two games, but the Prairie View A&M Panthers made the plays in the fifth game as they defeated the Ladies, 30-27, 30-22, 24-30, 27-30, and 15-12. Mary Reese did a lot for Prairie View A&M (13-9) in the match, earning 23 kills and 24 digs. Setter Ashley Hausman also notched a double-double with 48 assists and 18 digs, while Summer Davis contributed 13 kills and Jonette Ozen added 11 kills, nine digs, and seven blocks. For Centenary (5-20), Kelley Heckman earned her seventh double-double of the season with 16 kills and 12 digs. Kim Gladu also notched a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs, while Stephanie Scanlan added a career-high 45 assists, ten digs, four blocks, and three service aces. Lauren Sledge converted on a team-high four service aces, three of them coming in the fourth game as the Centenary momentum grew. Tracee Byrd earned 13 kills, while Ashley Templer contributed 12 kills, eight digs, and four blocks. Casey Varnado tied her career high with 25 digs in the match. Prairie View hit at a .514 percentage in game two to take a two-game lead into the intermission. Centenary came back strong after the break, converting nine of its 11 service aces in games three and four to tie the match and force a fifth game. The Panthers made only one attack error and blocked three Centenary attacks in the deciding game, scoring the last three points of the game to win the match. The Ladies return to Mid-Con play this weekend, traveling north to face Oakland on Friday night and Valparaiso on Saturday night.  
October 20, 2003 | Athletics
Tulsa, Okla. —The Centenary Ladies soccer team suffered its first loss in nearly a month as Oral Roberts emerged with a 2-1 victory on a goal in the final minute of play. The defeat snapped a six-game win streak for Centenary and dropped the Ladies to 1-2 in Mid-Continent Conference play. Centenary (8-7-1, 1-2 Mid-Con) got on the board early with a 1-0 lead when Angela Tryba netted an unassisted goal in the 28th minute. The Ladies carried the one-goal advantage into the half. Oral Roberts (8-5-1, 3-1 Mid-Con) evened the score in the 53rd minute on an unassisted goal from freshman Mandy Evans. The game remained knotted at 1-1 until the final minute of the match when Michelle Hoogveld took a Gentry Detter pass and found the net with 41 seconds remaining to claim the win. Centenary keeper Lindsey Stafford collected eight saves on the evening as she defensed 18 shots by the Golden Eagles. The Ladies return to action on Friday when they host Southern Utah in the final home match of the season. Gametime is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Mayo Field.
October 18, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents soccer team played well against Oakland University despite losing 1-0 Saturday night at Mayo Field. The Grizzlies were favored in the Mid-Con preseason poll to win the conference and were ranked in the top 25 for several weeks earlier in the year. Centenary (1-11-1, 0-4-1 Mid-Con) controlled the offensive tempo early but could not cash in on several lapses by the Oakland defense. The Gents’ best chance at a score came in the first half when Greg Clark e slipped behind the defense and launched a strong shot at keeper Jeff Wiese, only to have the Grizzlies’ netminder make a diving save. Oakland (6-3-4, 2-1 Mid-Con) capitalized on a defensive let down in the first half for the only score of the match as Philip Braathen dribbled into the box, lost the ball, regained possession, and then found the back of the net. The goal was the fifth on the season for Braathen. The Gents outshot Oakland for the match 12-10 and held a first half advantage of 7-3. Centenary also earned six corner kicks compared to four for the Grizzlies. Keeper Stefan Nicola recorded three saves on the evening for the Gents. Centenary will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face Alabama-Birmingham at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match.
October 18, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The IUPUI Jaguars, led by Tracy Bailey’s 15 kills and Angela Vinson’s seven total blocks, swept the Centenary Ladies, 30-15, 30-18, and 30-19, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. After losing a 2-0 lead the previous night at Oral Roberts, the Jaguars (10-11, 4-3 Mid-Con) started strong and did not let up, earning 49 kills, five service aces, 66 digs, and ten team blocks. Bailey hit at a .520 hitting percentage, making only two errors in 25 attack attempts. Setter Tanna Smith assisted on 38 plays while also notching four kills, two aces, and six digs. IUPUI libero Erin Jones led all players with 23 defensive digs, while Rebekah Pallikan added 11 kills, nine digs, and four blocks. The Ladies hit at a negative percentage throughout the match, finishing at -.050. Ashley Templer was the only player to hit for a positive percentage, earning a team-high five kills. Casey Varnado led the defense with 14 digs, while Kelley Heckman earned 12 digs and Kim Gladu added 11 digs. Centenary (5-19, 0-7 Mid-Con) will step out of the conference to host Prairie View A&M at the Gold Dome Wednesday, October 22, at 5 p.m. The Ladies defeated the Panthers earlier this season in four games during the Centenary Volleyball Tournament.  
October 17, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —Andrea Rose hit at a .632 hitting percentage and Stacey Cole earned 13 kills, three service aces, and eight digs as the Chicago State Cougars swept the Centenary Ladies, 30-17, 30-25, and 30-24, Friday night at the Gold Dome. The Cougars won their second consecutive conference match by outhitting the Ladies, .286 to .085. Chicago State earned eight service aces and three total blocks while allowing only five service aces and one block by Centenary. Tracee Byrd made the most of her attack opportunities, leading the Ladies with nine kills and a .368 hitting percentage. Byrd also notched a team-high three service aces. Kim Gladu contributed eight kills and 11 digs, while Kelley Heckman led the defense with 15 digs. Kelly Klotter distributed 44 assists for Chicago State (3-16, 2-4 Mid-Con) and contributed seven digs. Rose earned 12 kills and nine digs, while Shakeila Castile-Jones added 11 kills. Carrie Cederlund led the Cougars with 12 digs. The Ladies (5-18, 0-6 Mid-Con) will attempt to break their nine-match losing streak Saturday night against the IUPUI Jaguars starting at 7 p.m. at the Gold Dome.
October 15, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary women’s soccer team took advantage of an outmanned Alcorn State squad as it won its sixth consecutive match, 14-0, Wednesday afternoon at Mayo Field. Rebecca Wiese started the scoring early, converting in the fourth minute of the first half. By the 15th minute, Wiese had earned a hat trick and given the Ladies a 4-0 lead. Mindi Levinski continued to set up the offense, notching three assists within the first 22 minutes of the game. In total, 11 different players scored for the Ladies in the match, with Rita Stevenson contributing two goals. Ashley Bouillion and Courtney McCotter came off the bench to add a goal and two assists each, while Ashlee Mantooth also earned two assists in the match. The Ladies outshot the Lady Braves, 51-0, and took 17 corner kicks while not allowing any. Alcorn State came to Shreveport with only eight players, as the rest of the team could not leave Mississippi due to midterms. After playing a full first half, the two teams agreed to play a 25-minute second half eight-on-eight. Centenary (8-6-1) will now make its push to qualify for the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, as its last four matches are against conference foes. That stretch begins Monday, October 20, when the Ladies travel to face Oral Roberts beginning at 6 p.m.  
October 15, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents soccer team fell to Oral Roberts 4-0 in Mid-Con play Wednesday night at Mayo Field. Centenary outshot the Golden Eagles 16-14 in the contest, but could not settle into a comfortable rhythm offensively in the match. Oral Roberts (5-7-1) improved to 2-1 in Mid-Con play as they took advantage of their scoring opportunities all evening. Trey Vaut scored the first of his two goals in the 22nd minute on a give and go from Miguel Menduina. Menduina then added a goal of his own at the 36:22 mark to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 advantage. The scoring continued for ORU in the 57th minute when Andrew Spencer broke through for his third goal on the season. Vaut then added the final score with 8:25 remaining in the contest to notch his team-leading seventh goal. Centenary (1-10-1, 0-3-1 Mid-Con) received five saves from keeper Stefan Nicola . Alex Smith took five shots to lead all Gents while Jack Goodloe attempted four shots. Centenary returns to Mid-Con action on Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Gents host Oakland University at Mayo Field.
October 13, 2003 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – For their efforts in the past week to extend the Centenary Ladies soccer team’s winning streak to five matches, freshman Rebecca Swilley and sophomore Lindsey Stafford have been named the Mid-Continent Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Swilley, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., scored the game-winning goals in both of last week’s victories. Her goal in the 77th minute against Louisiana-Lafayette broke a 1-1 tie and gave Centenary a 2-1 victory last Thursday. On Sunday against Western Illinois, she scored the first goal of the game in the 32nd minute, helping the Ladies give the school its first-ever Mid-Con victory in any sport with a 4-0 victory over the Westerwinds. Stafford, from Tyler, Tex., made sure that the Ladies scored more goals than they allowed. Against the Ragin’ Cajuns, the goalie made six saves to keep the Ladies in the match until Swilley scored the deciding goal. She followed that up with a solid performance against Western Illinois, making two saves to record her fourth shutout in five matches. This is the second time this season that Stafford has been named the conference’s defensive player of the week. Swilley, Stafford, and the rest of the Ladies host Alcorn State in Centenary’s final non-conference match Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at Mayo Field.
October 12, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies soccer team claimed the first-ever Mid-Continent Conference victory for any Centenary sport as it easily disposed of Western Illinois Sunday at Mayo Field. The 4-0 win extended the Ladies’ win streak to five matches. Centenary (7-6-1, 1-1 Mid-Con) got on the board in the 32nd minute when Rebecca Swilley scored on a header off an indirect free kick from Mindi Levinski . The goal proved to be the game-winner, the second in as many matches for Swilley. The Ladies turned up the offensive pressure in the second half where they attempted 12 of their 19 shots in the contest. Angela Tryba scored her second goal of the season at the 60:58 mark as she easily drove home a five-yard shot off a rebound. Centenary continued the scoring as Kylie Garrett broke through in the 80th minute after taking advantage of an open net as the Western Illinois keeper was caught out of position. Courtney McCotter added a late goal with 1:02 remaining in the match to round out the scoring on the afternoon. Western Illinois (1-13, 1-3 Mid-Con) managed only seven shots in the match and did not attempt a corner kick as Centenary dominated the action. Keeper Lindsey Stafford recorded her fourth shutout in her last five games for the Ladies. Centenary will return to action on Wednesday as the Ladies wrap up a four-game homestand against Alcorn State.
October 11, 2003 | Athletics
Tulsa, Okla. —The Centenary Ladies cross country team recorded its first victory of the season as they defeated Oral Roberts at the Subway ORU Classic on Saturday. Centenary won the meet by the score of 27-28. Esther Seitz placed second to lead the Ladies with a time of 25:38.57 in the 6K run. Seitz finished 39 seconds behind the individual winner, Amanda Moore from Oral Roberts and 20 seconds ahead of the next closest finisher. Angela Tryba placed fifth in her first-ever cross country meet while Louise Smyth (7th), Taylor Robertson (9th), and Holly Richardson (10th) rounded out the Centenary contributors. The Gents also competed in the competition, placing third in the contest. David Reiland was Centenary's top finisher, claiming 12th place. Brian Williams placed 16th, Jeff Stotts was 17th, Michael Marcelli was 18th, and Steven Deas landed in 20th for the Gents.
October 11, 2003 | Athletics
Tulsa, Okla. —The Centenary Ladies cross country team recorded its first victory of the season as they defeated Oral Roberts at the Subway ORU Classic on Saturday. Centenary won the meet by the score of 27-28. Esther Seitz placed second to lead the Ladies with a time of 25:38.57 in the 6K run. Seitz finished 39 seconds behind the individual winner, Amanda Moore from Oral Roberts and 20 seconds ahead of the next closest finisher. Angela Tryba placed fifth in her first-ever cross country meet while Louise Smyth (7th), Taylor Robertson (9th), and Holly Richardson (10th) rounded out the Centenary contributors. The Gents also competed in the competition, placing third in the contest. David Reiland was Centenary's top finisher, claiming 12th place. Brian Williams placed 16th, Jeff Stotts was 17th, Michael Marcelli was 18th, and Steven Deas landed in 20th for the Gents.
October 11, 2003 | Athletics
MACOMB, Ill. - The Centenary volleyball team improved as the weekend went along, but it could not prevent UMKC and Western Illinois from completing three-game sweeps this past weekend in conference action. UMKC, in defeating the Ladies 30-19, 30-23, and 30-23, took control of the Friday night match from the start, hitting at a .225 percentage in game one while holding the Ladies to a .000 hitting percentage. Centenary showed some improvement as the match went on, but only managed a .035 hitting percentage for the match. The Kangaroos held a 44-30 advantage in kills, a 10-4 lead in service aces, and a 12-7 advantage in team blocks. Against the Kangaroos, Kelley Heckman earned her sixth double-double of the season, leading the Ladies with ten kills and 11 digs. Kim Gladu earned seven kills and six digs, while Gretchen Conlin contributed six kills and five blocks. Stephanie Scanlan added 25 assists and seven digs to Centenary's cause. Western Illinois swept the Ladies on Saturday night, 30-14, 30-21, and 30-24, but the match was much closer than the final score indicated. Each team had three total blocks, and Centenary had only one fewer dig than the Westerwinds. Western Illinois earned 12 service aces and took advantage of six ball-handling errors and 19 attack errors by Centenary to gain the victory. Tracee Byrd performed well all around the court, earning eight kills, two service aces, seven digs, and two blocks. Scanlan contributed seven kills, 22 assists, and five digs, while Gladu added six kills, three service aces, and seven digs. Heckman led the team defensively with 13 digs. Centenary (5-17, 0-5 Mid-Con) returns to the Gold Dome on Friday, October 17 to face Chicago State at 7 p.m.  
October 9, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies soccer team posted its fourth straight victory on Thursday night at Mayo Field by dropping Louisiana-Lafayette, 2-1. The lone score by the Ragin’ Cajuns snapped a three-game shutout streak by the Ladies. Centenary (6-6-1, 0-1 Mid-Con) dominated the match in all facets in the early going as they applied offensive pressure to the ULL defense from the start. The Ladies broke through with their initial score just 14:15 into the contest when Sara Thompson lofted a pass over the Ragin’ Cajun back line and Rebecca Wiese placed her shot into the bottom left corner of the goal. Louisiana-Lafayette (4-7-1) answered 12 minutes into the second half to knot the score at 1-1 after Kelli Good took advantage of a lapse in the Centenary defense and dribbled into the box before finding the back of the net. Despite outshooting ULL 17-8 in the match, the Ladies could not solve keeper Anna Brannon as she recorded eight well-earned saves on the evening. Her luck would not last as Rebecca Swilley penetrated the box off a pass from Mindi Levinski and scored the game-winner in the 76th minute. Centenary keeper Lindsey Stafford collected six saves in the winning effort for the Ladies. Centenary returns to action on Sunday at Mayo Field when it hosts Western Illinois in a Mid-Con matchup at 1 p.m.
October 5, 2003 | Athletics
Valparaiso, Ind. —The Centenary Gents soccer team could not build on Thursday's win over Drury as they dropped a Mid-Con contest to Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon, 3-2. Owen Hoyt put Valpo (1-7-2, 1-1 Mid-Con) on the board first just 14:50 into the contest after hammering home a pass from Chris Goss from five yards out. The Crusaders added to their lead less than four minutes into the second half when Jon Brighton scored off a give-and-go play from Sean Marshall. Centenary (1-9-1, 0-2-1 Mid-Con) narrowed the margin at the 54:44 mark as Jason Williams took a feed from Alexander Smith and beat keeper Jeff Oleck for the goal. The game would remain at a 2-1 score for 20 minutes until Adam Newell capitalized on a cross from Mickey Miller II to drive home the game-winner. The Gents would add a late goal in the 87th minute on a header from Joseph Sidaros and an assist by Garret Pickard , but it would not be enough to overcome the Crusaders. Centenary will receive a break as the Gents won't return to action until next Wednesday when they host Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. in another Mid-Continent Conference match.
October 4, 2003 | Athletics
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts University volleyball team defeated Centenary College 3-0 (30-12, 30-12, 30-16) Saturday evening at ORU’s Cooper Aerobics Center. For the Golden Eagles, freshman middle blocker Maja Devic recorded the tenth-best hitting percentage performance in NCAA history. Devic collected 16 kills and only one error in 18 attempts en route to a hitting percentage of .833. Tracee Byrd represented Centenary’s only statistical bright spot as she posted six kills in 12 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. ORU scored the last nine points of game one, and reeled off 11 straight at one point during game two. ORU hit .412 as a team on the night, while Centenary hit .035. ORU evened its record at 10-10 (2-1 Mid-Con), while Centenary dropped to 5-15 (0-3 Mid-Con). Centenary is back in action on Friday, October 10, as the Ladies travel to Kansas City, Mo., to face UMKC.
October 3, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies soccer team posted its third consecutive shutout en route to a third straight win by downing Alabama A&M, 2-0, Friday afternoon at Mayo Field. Centenary (5-6-1, 0-1 Mid-Con) jumped out to an early lead when Alabama A&M was called for a penalty inside their own box. Mindi Levinski drilled home the resulting penalty kick to give the Ladies a 1-0 lead just 7:24 into the contest. The goal was the third in two games for Levinski. Although Centenary outshot the Lady Bulldogs 17-8 in the match, AAMU keeper Priscilla Mensah kept the Ladies from taking advantage by recording eight saves. Centenary keeper Lindsey Stafford earned her third shutout on the year while collecting five saves in the match. The Ladies could not break through despite placing heavy pressure on the AAMU defense until Kylie Garrett was taken down inside the box to give Centenary another penalty kick. Ashley Grannan drove home the attempt with less than ten minutes left in the game to seal the victory for the Ladies. Centenary will host Louisiana-Lafayette at Mayo Field on Thursday at 7 p.m. before returning to Mid-Con play next Sunday against Western Illinois.
October 2, 2003 | Athletics
Springfield, Mo. —The Centenary Gents visited Drury's Hutchens Field Thursday evening and came away with a 3-2 win in a physical contest in which 46 fouls were called. The win was the first of the year for the Gents who are now 1-8-1 while the Panthers continue to look for that elusive first win. Drury is now 0-10-0 on the year. This evening the game was an evenly-played contest with the Panthers taking 12 shots to the Gents' 13 shots. Drury had 10 corner kicks to Centenary's six and in the foul department it was Drury that was called for 25 while Centenary was whistled for 21. But the most important statistic is goals scored and the Gents came out on top. Centenary stunned Drury with a quick goal just a little more than three minutes into the game. Garret Pickard had a break away and popped one in from less than 10 yards out. However, it was not long before the Gents were whistled for a foul in their penalty area. Drury's Ian Shepherd tied the game at 1-1 with the Panthers' first goal off a penalty kick on the year. But unbelieveably the Gents' Pickard enjoyed another break away less than two minutes later to put Centenary back up, 2-1. That was the score at the half. Centenary took a 3-1 lead about 10 minutes into the second stanza on a goal by Alexander Smith . Drury would add a goal late in the contest but could not score again as the Gents took the contest 3-2.
October 1, 2003 | Athletics
Ruston, La. —The Centenary Ladies soccer team won its second straight contest by downing Grambling State, 4-0, on Wednesday afternoon. Mindi Levinski collected six points in the contest on two goals and two assists as she played a part in all four Centenary scores. Centenary (4-6-1, 0-1 Mid-Con) claimed its first goal at the 22:30 mark in the first half when Levinski sent a corner kick into the box. Angela Tryba finished the play by sending a header past the GSU keeper to put the Ladies on the board. Just 1:46 later, Levinski blasted a shot into the net from eight yards out off a pass from Rebecca Swilley . The tandem hooked up again in the 65th minute when Levinski took another corner and Swilley tapped it into the left side of the goal. The scoring ended when Levinski drove home a penalty kick that was awarded to Centenary as a result of a handball with a little more than 15 minutes left in the match. Levinski now leads the Ladies in scoring with four goals and four assists on the season. Centenary keeper Lindsey Stafford posted her second consecutive shutout in the victory as she collected one save on the afternoon. Grambling (2-9) managed only three shots on the afternoon while allowing 22 shots to Centenary to go along with 12 corner kicks. The Ladies look to extend their current win streak to three games when they host Alabama A&M at Mayo Field on Friday at 3 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was rescheduled at the request of Alabama A&M.
September 28, 2003 | Athletics
Jonesboro, Ark. —The Centenary Ladies soccer team snapped Arkansas State's three-game winning streak and posted their first shutout of the season as the Ladies dropped the Lady Indians 3-0 in non-conference action on Sunday. Centenary (3-6-1) scored all three of its goals in the first 20 minutes of the match. Melinda Levinski started things off for the Ladies, dribbling through the penalty box and netting the opening goal in the eighth minute. Ashley Bouillion kept the momentum for Centenary by scoring a goal off a through pass from Rebecca Swilley on the right side in the 12th minute, and Ashley Grannan capped off the Ladies' victory with a goal off a cross pass from Sara Thompson on a free kick in the 17th minute. Goalkeeper Lindsey Stafford picked up her first shutout of the season, recording five saves in 90 minutes of play. Both squads had 11 shots apiece. Six of Centenary’s shots were on goal while ASU (4-5-0) had five shots on goal. Jenny Graham and Jen Widener both had three shots for the Lady Indians.
September 27, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —Sophomore Stephanie Linz earned 20 kills while making only two errors and setter Becca Moller earned a double-double with 37 assists and 13 digs as the Oakland Grizzlies handed the Centenary Ladies their second consecutive conference loss, 30-23, 30-25, and 32-30, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. Linz hit at a .545 hitting percentage in leading the Grizzlies to their first victory in nine matches. Along with her double-double, Moller earned seven of her team’s 11 service aces. Heather Lippert led the Oakland defense with four blocks, with Amanda Fowler adding three blocks and Lauren Bramos contributing 11 digs. Oakland (2-9, 1-1 Mid-Con) and Centenary (5-13, 0-2 Mid-Con) each made eight service errors as both teams took some time getting into the flow of the match. Oakland was able to break away from the Ladies in games one and two to take a 2-0 lead into intermission. Centenary came out strong in game three, gaining as much as a five-point lead in the game and serving for the game at 29-27. Even though the Ladies made only four attack errors in that game, the Grizzlies came back and eventually took game three and the match. The Ladies were led by Kelley Heckman , who earned her fifth double-double in six matches with ten kills and 14 digs. Ashley Templer led Centenary with 11 kills and contributed nine digs, while Tracee Byrd earned ten kills and Kim Gladu added 15 digs. Centenary will play a non-conference match at TCU on Tuesday, September 30, before returning to Mid-Con play at Oral Roberts next Saturday, October 4.
September 27, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies and Gents cross country teams hosted the Red River Classic at the Clyde Fant Parkway Frisbee Golf Course on Saturday. Both the Ladies and Gents placed third in the contest paced by Esther Seitz and Aaron Hudman respectively. Seitz jumped out to an early lead in the women’s 5K race and held her advantage over Grambling’s Hamidya Scipio until the last minute. Scipio pushed with a final sprint to earn the individual victory while Seitz cruised easily into second place 13 seconds ahead of the next closest finisher. The team victory on the women’s side went to Northwestern State as the Lady Demons placed five runners in the top ten. Grambling finished second, Centenary claimed third, and Louisiana Tech garnered fourth. Grambling swept both individual titles as Feedly Bonneau ran the 8K race in 25:41.03 to take first for the Tigers in the men’s division. Hudman led the Gents, finishing eighth for his first top ten finish of the year. Northwestern State also took home the men’s team championship with Grambling taking second and Centenary finishing third.
September 27, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies and Gents cross country teams hosted the Red River Classic at the Clyde Fant Parkway Frisbee Golf Course on Saturday. Both the Ladies and Gents placed third in the contest paced by Esther Seitz and Aaron Hudman respectively. Seitz jumped out to an early lead in the women’s 5K race and held her advantage over Grambling’s Hamidya Scipio until the last minute. Scipio pushed with a final sprint to earn the individual victory while Seitz cruised easily into second place 13 seconds ahead of the next closest finisher. The team victory on the women’s side went to Northwestern State as the Lady Demons placed five runners in the top ten. Grambling finished second, Centenary claimed third, and Louisiana Tech garnered fourth. Grambling swept both individual titles as Feedly Bonneau ran the 8K race in 25:41.03 to take first for the Tigers in the men’s division. Hudman led the Gents, finishing eighth for his first top ten finish of the year. Northwestern State also took home the men’s team championship with Grambling taking second and Centenary finishing third.  
September 26, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Despite double-double efforts from Kelley Heckman and Ashley Templer , the Ladies could not overcome the height at the net of Valparaiso as the Crusaders swept Centenary, 30-23, 30-23, and 30-23, in the Mid-Con opener for both schools Friday night at the Gold Dome. Valparaiso (13-4, 1-0 Mid-Con) earned the victory based on its advantage in kills (52 to 33) and team blocks (10 to 3). The Crusaders were led by Liz Mikos, who earned ten kills and seven blocks. Katie Bova earned a double-double for Valparaiso, notching 15 assists and 22 digs on the evening. In the first two games of the match, the two teams played close until midway, when the Crusaders broke away for the wins. Valparaiso came out strong after the intermission in game three, forcing Centenary to play catch-up after giving up ten of the first twelve points. Heckman earned her fourth double-double in five matches with ten kills and a team-high 18 digs. Templer led all players with 11 kills and also earned ten digs. Kim Gladu , playing the libero position for the injured Casey Varnado , helped Centenary’s defense with 16 digs. Valparaiso used a balanced offense to keep Centenary guessing, as six different players earned at least six kills. Michelle Robinson tied Mikos for the team lead with ten kills, with Jessie Fox adding eight kills and Jessi Novak, Lauren Moulton, and Heather Hynds contributing six kills each. Centenary (5-12, 0-1 Mid-Con) returns to action Saturday night to face the Oakland Golden Grizzlies at the Gold Dome beginning at 7 p.m. Oakland will be coming off a Friday night match at Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla.
September 25, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents soccer team battled the IUPUI Jaguars to a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods at Mayo Field on Thursday night. The game was the first-ever home Mid-Continent Conference match for the Gents. IUPUI (1-7-1, 0-0-1 Mid-Con) struck first early in the second half despite being outshot 22-11 by the Gents in the game. Mike Sullivan netted his second goal of the season after finishing a pass from Ricky Del Toro at the 60:17 mark. Centenary (0-7-1, 0-1-1 Mid-Con) answered with the tying goal with 7:30 left in the second half when senior Garret Pickard recorded his team-leading third assist to set up freshman Alexander Smith . Smith pushed his shot to the bottom-right corner of the goal past IUPUI keeper Drew Deffner to send the game into overtime. Deffner tallied ten saves in the contest for IUPUI while Centenary’s Stefan Nicola saved four shots including a breakaway by the Jaguars that was thwarted by the keeper. Centenary will travel to Dallas to take on sixth-ranked Southern Methodist University on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Gents return to Mid-Con action on October 5th when the team travels to Valparaiso.
September 25, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —As part of a basketball doubleheader on Saturday, January 3, 2004, the Centenary men’s basketball team will host the LSU Tigers at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La. Tickets for the doubleheader are now available at the CenturyTel Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (318) 741-9700 or 1-800-488-5252, and online at www.ticketmaster.com . In the first game of the doubleheader, the Centenary women’s basketball team will host the Chicago State Cougars in the Ladies’ first-ever Mid-Continent Conference game. That game will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the LSU-Centenary men’s basketball game scheduled to tip-off at 7:05 p.m. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us,” head men’s basketball coach Kevin Johnson said. “It speaks volumes for Centenary to be able to bring an SEC school to our town to play and have it listed as a home game for us.” This will mark the second time in the last five seasons that the Tigers have traveled to the Shreveport/Bossier area to play Centenary. On December 21, 1999, the Tigers defeated the Gents, 80-52, in front of a near-capacity crowd at Hirsch Coliseum. Even though the game was played in Shreveport, it is listed in the Centenary record books as a home game for LSU, as Shreveport native Stromile Swift was given a chance to play a college game in front of his family and friends. This season’s game is a home game for the Gents, the first Shreveport/Bossier home game for the Gents outside of the Gold Dome since January 10, 1980, when Centenary defeated Alaska-Anchorage, 121-92, at the Hirsch Coliseum. The Ladies will be playing a Shreveport/Bossier home game outside of the Gold Dome for the first time ever. The Gents are coming off their second consecutive 14-win season. Seven seniors lead an experienced squad into Centenary’s first season in the Mid-Continent Conference, including preseason All-America candidate Andrew Wisniewski. The
September 25, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —As part of a basketball doubleheader on Saturday, January 3, 2004, the Centenary men’s basketball team will host the LSU Tigers at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La. Tickets for the doubleheader are now available at the CenturyTel Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (318) 741-9700 or 1-800-488-5252, and online at www.ticketmaster.com . In the first game of the doubleheader, the Centenary women’s basketball team will host the Chicago State Cougars in the Ladies’ first-ever Mid-Continent Conference game. That game will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the LSU-Centenary men’s basketball game scheduled to tip-off at 7:05 p.m. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us,” head men’s basketball coach Kevin Johnson said. “It speaks volumes for Centenary to be able to bring an SEC school to our town to play and have it listed as a home game for us.” This will mark the second time in the last five seasons that the Tigers have traveled to the Shreveport/Bossier area to play Centenary. On December 21, 1999, the Tigers defeated the Gents, 80-52, in front of a near-capacity crowd at Hirsch Coliseum. Even though the game was played in Shreveport, it is listed in the Centenary record books as a home game for LSU, as Shreveport native Stromile Swift was given a chance to play a college game in front of his family and friends. This season’s game is a home game for the Gents, the first Shreveport/Bossier home game for the Gents outside of the Gold Dome since January 10, 1980, when Centenary defeated Alaska-Anchorage, 121-92, at the Hirsch Coliseum. The Ladies will be playing a Shreveport/Bossier home game outside of the Gold Dome for the first time ever. The Gents are coming off their second consecutive 14-win season. Seven seniors lead an experienced squad into Centenary’s first season in the Mid-Continent Conference, including preseason All-America candidate Andrew Wisniewski. The
September 23, 2003 | Athletics
McCALLA, Ala. —Juniors Brett Kaufman and John Kizer shot even-par 72, but the Gents could not gain any ground on the field, finishing in seventh place at the Buffalo Rock Showdown Tuesday at Bent Brook Golf Club. Centenary shot 294 as a team in the second round to finish at 583 (seven-over-par), 14 strokes behind tournament champion Troy State. Four teams finished the tournament under par, while Belmont and Birmingham Southern both shot better scores in the second round to finish ahead of the Gents. Kaufman shot his second consecutive even-par round to finish in a tie for 15th place, six strokes behind individual champion Jason Henley of Mercer. Kizer's 72 moved him up 18 spots into a tie for 20th place with a cumulative score of 146 (two-over-par). Both Brian Grone and Bryan Elliott slipped a little bit, as Grone shot 77 and Elliott fired a 76 in the second round. They both finished at 148 (four-over-par), good enough for a tie for 37th place. Kyle McCotter shot a 74 in the final round for a two-round score of 151 (seven-over-par) and a tie for 51st place. The men's golf team will play for the third consecutive week next Monday and Tuesday at the ULM/Fred Marx Intercollegiate Tournament. The women's golf team returns to action next week as well, traveling to Tennessee to compete in the Bison Collegiate Classic hosted by Lipscomb University.
September 22, 2003 | Athletics
McCALLA, Ala — The Centenary men's golf team kept the momentum from its second-place finish at last week's tournament, as three Gent golfers finished at par or better to lead Centenary to a tie for third place after the first round of the Buffalo Rock Southern Showdown at Bent Brook Golf Club. Junior Brian Grone (Mesa, Ariz.), who needed to go through intrasquad qualifying just to play in this tournament, shot 33 on the back nine to post a score of 71 (1-under-par) and finish in a tie for fifth in the individual standings. Grone is only two shots behind leader J.C. Fernandes of Troy State. Bryan Elliott, the freshman from Haughton, La., who led the Gents last week, continued his solid play with an even-par 72. Junior Brett Kaufman (Dubuque, Iowa) also shot a 72 as both golfers finished the first day in a tie for 13th place. John Kizer played consistently, shooting 37 on each side of the course to finish at two-over-par 74 and in a tie for 38th place, while Kyle McCotter shot a 77 to finish the first round in a tie for 62nd place. The Gents shot a season-best 289 as a team, tied with host school Birmingham Southern for third place. Centenary is only three strokes behind leading team Troy State and one stroke behind second-place Tennessee Tech. Once again, the Gents will have to shoot another low round to keep its position, as four schools are within three shots of Centenary. Due to rain in the area, the first day was reduced from 36 holes to 18 holes. The teams will play 18 holes on Tuesday, beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.  
September 21, 2003 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies soccer team fell in the first-ever Mid-Continent Conference home game in a rain-soaked match. Oakland University, the defending conference champion and preseason favorite in 2003, downed Centenary 1-0 on the historic date. Oakland (4-3-1, 1-0 Mid-Con) outshot Centenary 17-3 for the match, but managed only one goal in the contest. After a scoreless tie at the half, the Ladies turned the ball over just outside their own goalie box and Marianne Samdal quickly found Shelley Piccirillo to cash in on the mistake at the 63:41 mark. Centenary (2-5-1, 0-1 Mid-Con) played a strong game and received six saves from keeper Lindsey Stafford on the day. However, the Ladies could not penetrate through the Oakland defense to gain any momentum on offense. The Ladies best chance to score came in the first half when Oakland keeper Sarah Buckland found herself in a one-on-one situation with Centenary's Rebecca Swilley. Buckland dove and missed as Swilley slipped the ball past the keeper, but the spin was too much as the shot missed the left corner of the goal by inches. Centenary will travel to play Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday at 4 p.m. The Ladies receive a break from Mid-Con action, as they do not play another conference match until October 12th when Western Illinois comes to Shreveport.
September 18, 2003 | Athletics
MACOMB, ILL.— The Centenary Gents soccer team was toppled by Western Illinois 5-0 on Wednesday night to open Mid-Continent Confernce play. The match was the first conference contest for any Centenary sport since the school left the Trans America Athletic Conference (now the Atlantic Sun Conference) in May of 1999. Western (4-1-0, 1-0-0) tallied the game winning goal in the 22nd minute on an acrobatic shot by Nowaf Jaman. Jaman received a crossing pass from P.J. Blackford and sent a bicycle kick past Centenary goalkeeper Stefan Nicola. The Leathernecks tallied the second goal in the 35th minute, with Daniel Bustos recording his team-leading third goal of the season on a touch and go play with Justin Langan. Western’s third goal came just after halftime in the 46th minute, as Sean McMullen took a pass from Bob Wallace on a corner kick from Langan. Langan tallied a goal and two assists on the night. His goal, the second of the season, was the fourth on the night for Western and came on a penalty kick. The final goal came in the 83rd minute by Matt Wieclaw with an assist from Brett Thomas and Nickolas Bohnenkamp. Stefan Nicola recorded 12 saves in the loss while the Gents managed only four shots in the match. Centenary will return to action on September 25th when they host IUPUI at 7 p.m.
September 17, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents led the entire night, but had to hold on to defeat the IUPUI Jaguars, 67-65, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. The Gents continued their hot shooting from Thursday night, hitting 59.6 percent of their field goal attempts as they led by as much as 12 points. The Jaguars would not go away, hitting 83.3 percent of their free throw attempts and outrebounding Centenary, 32-20, to pull themselves back within one point late in the game. Centenary (11-8, 5-3 Mid-Con) had its chances to seal the victory sooner, but the team made only 6-of-14 free throw attempts. Most of the misses came in the second half, allowing IUPUI (13-7, 6-3 Mid-Con) back in the game with a chance to win it on its last possession. Andrew Wisniewski led all players with 19 points, making 8-of-9 shots from the field. Jarmorrow Moragne scored 12 points, all in the first half, while Michael Gale scored eight of his ten points in the second half. Rickey Evans contributed eight points, five assists, and three steals. Freshman Joseph Polite made four of his five shots to score eight points, plus he pulled down a career-high ten rebounds. For the Jaguars, Matt Crenshaw hit all nine of his free throw attempts to score a team-high 15 points. Danorris Harvey scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Brandon Cole added 11 points and seven rebounds. Odell Bradley, second in the conference in scoring at 23.1 points per game coming into the game, was held to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field. Bradley committed seven of the Jaguars’ 15 turnovers in the game. Centenary, which has now won 13 consecutive games at the Gold Dome, continues its three-game homestand Thursday night against Valparaiso at 7:05 p.m.
September 16, 2003 | Athletics
GRAMBLING, La. —The Centenary Ladies played two long matches Tuesday, defeating Alcorn State in five games (30-21, 16-30, 30-32, 30-18, 16-14) before fighting off Grambling State in another five-game contest (30-32, 30-26, 30-16, 27-30, 16-14). In the first match, Centenary held a 27-22 lead in game three before Alcorn State came back by going on a 10-3 run to win the game and take a 2-1 lead. The Ladies dominated game four to force a deciding fifth game, one in which Centenary fell behind early and faced match point at 14-13. However, the Ladies took the next three points to win the match. Ashley Templer earned a double-double with a team-high 17 kills and 16 digs, as did Kelley Heckman with 11 kills and 15 digs. Kim Gladu contributed 16 kills, while Tracee Byrd notched 11 kills and four service aces. As has been the case throughout the season, Lauren Sledge (33 assists) and Stephanie Scanlan (28 assists) split the setting duties. Centenary (5-9) had to come right back and face Grambling State after fending off Alcorn State. The Ladies dropped the first game, but came back to win the next two. They lost an opportunity to end the evening early by losing game four, forcing yet another fifth game. As in the match against Alcorn State, the Ladies fell behind and held off match point for Grambling at 14-13 by taking three straight points to win their second match of the day. The last two points were clinched by blocks from Gladu, who earned her first career triple-double with 12 kills, 25 digs, and 10 total blocks. Three other players earned double-doubles, led by Templer with 23 kills and 16 digs. Templer had 86 kill attempts, setting a new Centenary record for kill attempts in a match. Heckman earned 20 kills and 18 digs for her second double-double of the day, while Sledge had 40 assists and 10 digs. Gladu's nine block assists led the way as Centenary had a total of 26 block assists, a new team record. Byrd notched eight block assists to go along with 14 kills
September 16, 2003 | Athletics
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- Freshman Bryan Elliott, playing in his first collegiate tournament, shot a 69 on the second day of the Gulf Coast Classic at The Bridges Golf Resort to lead Centenary to a second place finish. The Gents shot a combined score of 596 to land ten strokes back of Tennessee State, the tournament champion. Elliott, a Shreveport native, posted a 74 on day one and fired a 69 on the final day to finish in third place for the tournament. His round of 69 was the second-best 18-hole score for the entire two-day event. Elliott finished three strokes back of individual champion Robert Dinwiddie of Tennessee State who bested the field with a score of 140. Three more Gents placed in the top 20 as Brett Kaufman, John Kizer, and Kyle McCotter all tied for 15th with a two-round score of 151 (seven-over-par). Brian Grone shot 79 and 81 to finish in 48th place. Centenary will look to keep the momentum next week as the Gents head to Birmingham, Ala., to participate in the Buffalo Rock Showdown.
September 15, 2003 | Athletics
ELMHURST, ILL.-- Centenary Ladies goalkeeper Lindsey Stafford was named Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The accolade marks the second consecutive time the Ladies have earned a player of the week honor as Lyndsay Bigler took the award on the offensive side just seven days ago. Stafford (Tyler, Tex.) helped the Ladies to a 2-2 tie in double overtime at Louisiana-Monroe last Friday. Although playing through the rainy conditions, Stafford recorded 12 saves while facing 19 shots. She made seven of her saves in the second half and now has 41 saves on the season. Centenary (2-3-1) will travel to Natchitoches on Wednesday to tangle with Northwestern State at 4:30 p.m. The Ladies will then return to host Oakland University in the first-ever Mid-Con home game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mayo Field.
September 15, 2003 | Athletics
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. —Freshmen golfers Kyle McCotter and Bryan Elliott shot 74 in their first collegiate rounds of golf to lead the Centenary Gents to third place after the first round of the Gulf Coast Collegiate Classic Monday at The Bridges Golf Resort. McCotter (Shreveport, La.) and Elliott (Haughton, La.) finished the first round in a tie for tenth place in the individual standings. They are four strokes behind tournament leader Stephen Fritsch of Tennessee-Chattanooga. As a team, the Gents shot 300 (12-over-par), eight strokes behind team leader Tennessee State and only one stroke behind second-place Tennessee-Chattanooga. Centenary will need another solid round on Tuesday to keep its position, as six teams are within six shots of the Gents. Junior John Kizer (Brighton, Mich.) also placed in the top twenty after the first day, finishing in a tie for 17th with a 75. Brett Kaufman is tied for 26th with a score of 77, while Brian Grone shot a 79 to finish the first round in a tie for 38th place. Centenary will play the second and final round of the tournament on Tuesday, September 16.
September 8, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary men's basketball head coach Kevin Johnson has announced the hiring of Greg Wright as an assistant coach with the Gents. Wright comes to Centenary after serving as assistant coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, Okla. He was responsible for pre- and post-season workouts, scouting, academic mentoring, and off-campus recruiting. “I've known Kevin Johnson for many years and know of his reputation as an outstanding person,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with him and Coach (Lemuel) Jones this season.” Wright was an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi under Ronnie Arrow for the first three years of the Islander program. He assisted with off-campus recruiting, coordinated workouts and team travel, and directed the Ronnie Arrow Basketball Camps. He has also worked basketball camps at Texas A&M, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and Creighton University. “Greg has great experience at different levels of play, and that experience will help us as we move into the Mid-Continent Conference,” Johnson said. Wright replaces Roy Garcia, II , who left Centenary after two years as an assistant to become a physical education teacher and girls' varsity basketball coach at Mathis High School in Texas. Centenary College of Louisiana is a NCAA Division I institution located in Shreveport, La. The 2003-04 school year is the first one in which Centenary is competing as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference.
September 8, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT-- Centenary Ladies soccer player Lyndsay Bigler was named Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts over the last seven days. The honor is the first for any Centenary player since the school began play in the conference in late August. Bigler led Centenary to a 5-1 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Friday night at Mayo Field by recording her first hat trick on the season. The senior from Baytown, Tex., scored two goals within a 2:25 span in the first half, including the game-winner. Her third goal of the contest came 5:34 later for a total of three goals in 7:59. Bigler now leads the Ladies on the season in points (6) and goals (3) and is tied with Oral Roberts' Jessica Kellogg for the most points in the conference.  
September 8, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary men's basketball head coach Kevin Johnson has announced the hiring of Greg Wright as an assistant coach with the Gents. Wright comes to Centenary after serving as assistant coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, Okla. He was responsible for pre- and post-season workouts, scouting, academic mentoring, and off-campus recruiting. “I've known Kevin Johnson for many years and know of his reputation as an outstanding person,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with him and Coach (Lemuel) Jones this season.” Wright was an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi under Ronnie Arrow for the first three years of the Islander program. He assisted with off-campus recruiting, coordinated workouts and team travel, and directed the Ronnie Arrow Basketball Camps. He has also worked basketball camps at Texas A&M, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and Creighton University. “Greg has great experience at different levels of play, and that experience will help us as we move into the Mid-Continent Conference,” Johnson said. Wright replaces Roy Garcia, II , who left Centenary after two years as an assistant to become a physical education teacher and girls' varsity basketball coach at Mathis High School in Texas. Centenary College of Louisiana is a NCAA Division I institution located in Shreveport, La. The 2003-04 school year is the first one in which Centenary is competing as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference.
September 7, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT-- The Centenary Ladies fell to 2-3 on the season after losing to Stephen F. Austin State University, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Mayo Field. Stephen F. Austin (2-2) got on the board with their first goal at the 19:33 mark when Shahin Pabani lofted the ball over Centenary keeper Lindsey Stafford . Sarah Johnson earned the assist on the play after a long pass that left Pabani with a one-on-one with Stafford. The Ladies found themselves down by one at the half despite leading in shots (7-4) and corner kicks (2-1). The pressure was put on the LadyJack keeper early by Centenary, but Natascia Michalezki answered the call with four saves in the first half. Michalezki finished the match with a total of seven saves. Stafford compiled four saves, two in each half, but could not get her hands on a blast from 10 yards off the right side from SFA's Kendra Cannon 8:53 into the second period. The goal by Cannon seemed to deflate the Ladies as they were unable to mount any real offensive threat after that point. After playing three matches in five days, Centenary now will take five days to rest as they do not play again until next Friday. The Ladies travel to Monroe to tangle with area-rival Louisiana-Monroe on Friday at 7 p.m.
September 6, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —The Demons of Northwestern State did not lose a game as they swept through the Centenary Volleyball Tournament, defeating the host Ladies in the deciding match, 30-22, 30-23, and 30-20, Saturday night at the Gold Dome. The Demons hit at a percentage of at least .250 in every match, giving up not more than 23 points in any game. The Demons were led by tournament MVP Janel Fisher, who notched 36 kills while making only seven attack errors over the weekend. Joining Fisher on the all-tournament team are Evelyn Getzen, who earned ten kills in three of the matches, and Latoya Sanders, who led the defense of the Demons with 16 blocks in the four matches. Centenary and Northwestern State reached the final match of the tournament undefeated, winning their early matches on Saturday. The Demons defeated Grambling State, 30-18, 30-19, and 30-22, while the Ladies swept Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-14, 30-22, and 30-22. Gretchen Conlin was named to the all-tournament team after earning 41 kills, eight blocks, and seven service aces. Ashley Templer was named to her second all-tournament team in as many weeks, contributing 41 kills and 38 digs as Centenary won its first three matches of the season over the weekend. Prairie View A&M won back-to-back matches to finish third in the tournament, sweeping Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-21, 30-16, and 30-20 before fighting off a resilient Grambling State team in four games, 30-20, 30-28, 28-30, and 30-26. The Panthers were led by all-tournament team member Jonette Ozen, who gave her team 62 kills in the four matches. Mary Reese had a huge match against Grambling State, notching 24 kills and 21 digs, while Lindsey Taylor earned nine total blocks. Grambling State defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-17, 30-26, and 30-23, on Saturday to gain its only victory of the weekend. The Lady Tigers were led by all-tournament player Latasha Smith, who earned 13 kills in the match against the Lady Lions. Arkansas-Pine Bluff received solid play f
September 5, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT— The Centenary volleyball team played its best matches of the young season, sweeping Grambling State three games to zero and then defeating Prairie View A&M three games to one on Friday at the Centenary Volleyball Tournament. In the first match of the day, junior Gretchen Conlin led the Ladies with ten kills, four service aces, and six blocks. Tracee Byrd added nine kills, three service aces, and three blocks to lead the Ladies over the Lady Tigers, 30-21, 30-25, and 30-19. In an evenly played match against the Panthers of Prairie View A&M, the Ladies took the first two games, 30-20 and 30-23, before dropping the third game, 30-28. Prairie View had a lead through most of the fourth game, but the Ladies fought back, and two tough serves by Kim Gladu gave Centenary its margin of victory, 30-28. Freshman Ashley Templer led the Ladies in their second match with 16 kills, while Byrd added 13 kills and five service aces. Defensively, Kelley Heckman led the way with 21 digs, with libero Casey Varnado adding 19 digs. The setting combination of Lauren Sledge and Stephanie Scanlan combined for 73 assists in the two Friday matches. Prairie View A&M was led by Jonette Ozen's 22 kills and Mary Reese's overall play. Reese finished the match against Centenary with 20 kills, 35 digs, three blocks, and two aces. The Panthers were able to stay in the match by out-digging the Ladies, 96-72, and out-blocking them nine to one. In other matches of the tournament, Northwestern State earned back-to-back sweeps, dominating Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-21, 30-11, and 30-9, before defeating Prairie View A&M, 30-23, 30-20, and 30-18. Evelyn Getzen earned ten kills in each of the matches, while Flavia Belo kept the offense moving with 63 assists in the two matches. Grambling State came back from its opening match defeat to the Ladies to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 30-17, 30-26, and 30-23. Latasha Smith led the Lady Tigers with 13 kills, while Lacey Cormie'r added te
September 5, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT-- The Centenary Ladies fought back from an early 1-0 deficit to score five unanswered goals and easily dispose of Mississippi Valley State 5-1 on Friday evening. Senior Lyndsay Bigler led the way with her first two goals of the season and added an assist in the contest. Mississippi Valley State (0-1) surprised the Ladies early as Brendalee Britto slipped behind the Centenary defense to score just 38 seconds into the match. The scoring shot would be the last for Britto and the Devilettes would manage only seven more attempts the rest of the way as the Ladies clamped down on defense. Centenary (2-2) did not trail for long as Bigler found the net at the 10:10 mark and swiftly assisted Angela Tryba a mere two minutes later to claim the lead for the Ladies. Rita Coolidge blew past the MVSU defense for her first goal on the year to keep the momentum with Centenary 17:34 into play. Coolidge then hooked up with Tryba to provide back-to-back smooth passes that led to Bigler's second goal on the night only 35 seconds later. Freshman Rita Stevenson added an insurance goal with 5:34 left in the second half off of a cross from Ashley Grannan to put the game away. The score was the first collegiate goal for Stevenson. The Ladies return to action quickly as they gear up to host Stephen F. Austin on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mayo Field. Centenary is 8-1-1 all-time against the LadyJacks.  
September 3, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT-- The Centenary Ladies could not manage to gain any momentum offensively as they fell for the sixth straight time to Texas Christian University on Wednesday night, 2-0. The shutout marked the first time the Ladies have been blanked in nine games. Jessi Moore got the scoring started for the Horned Frogs at the 11:59 mark in the first half when she pounded home a rebound into the right side of the net. Centenary keeper Lindsey Stafford dove to deflect a shot and left the goal exposed as Moore waited all alone on the backside of the goal to score easily. After the TCU score in the first period, the Ladies recovered to play solid defense the rest of the way. Most of the second half was played in the midfield area as neither team could successfully generate any offense. Centenary's best scoring chance was thwarted when TCU keeper Katie Buchanan dove to deflect a crossing pass that was headed for Angela Tryba less than five feet in front of the goal. The Horned Frogs put the game away with just 2:03 remaining in the contest when Elizabeth Walsh won a skirmish in front of the Centenary net for her first goal of the season. Centenary (1-2) returns to action on Friday when the Ladies host Mississippi Valley State at Mayo Field at 7 p.m.
August 31, 2003 | Athletics
EL PASO, TX-- The Centenary Ladies soccer program kicked off its season by splitting a pair of games in El Paso, Tex., over Labor Day weekend. The Ladies dropped their opener to Northern Iowa 2-1 on Friday before bouncing back to defeat Texas-El Paso by the same score on Sunday. The Ladies got off to a slow start against Northern Iowa as they managed only two shots in the first half. However, no damage had been done as the Panthers could not get on the board and the teams were knotted at 0-0 at the intermission. UNI's Jessica Iseman broke the scoreless drought by posting two goals within a six-minute span to give the Panthers the lead with only 17 minutes to play. Centenary responded quickly when Sam Savage banged home a centering pass from Ashley Bouillion, but it was not enough as time expired. Game two brought better fortunes for the Ladies as the team made due with very little. Centenary was outshot during the contest by the tune of 24 to 8 by Texas-El Paso and the Miners earned ten corner kicks compared to just one for the Ladies. UTEP got the scoring started in the first half at the 22:16 mark on a goal by Ann Birchall. The Ladies stood their ground in the second half and scored just 35 seconds in when Ashlee Mantooth found Rebecca Swilley for her first collegiate goal. Less than six minutes later, Mantooth converted on her first goal of the year off a pass from freshman Heather Kasparek. The goal at the 51:30 mark proved to be the game-winner.
August 31, 2003 | Athletics
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.-- The Centenary Gents soccer team dropped two close matches to open their 2003 season, falling 3-2 in two overtimes to IPFW and losing 2-1 to Western Michigan at the "Pops" Drayer Classic hosted by IUPUI. Michael Krulin and Felipe Pereira were both named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts. In game one, IPFW rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win a 3-2 double overtime thriller. Barry Morgan put home the game-winner in the 106th minute by drilling a rebound past Centenary goalkeeper Stefan Nicola. The scoring started early in the match as Felipe Pereira put home a slick pass from Garret Pickard in the tenth minute to stake CC to a 1-0 lead. IPFW answered less than three minutes later when Garrett Buck's free kick found Trevor Peaslee in stride as he headed a shot past Nicola. Centenary took a 2-1 edge early in the second half when Michael Krulin beat IPFW goalkeeper Peter Hachaj for an unassisted goal. Centenary had numerous other opportunities to add an insurance goal including an attempt from Greg Clarke that went wide of an awning net. Paul Otachel knotted the score at 2-2 in the 75th minute when he rifled a shot past Nicola, setting up Morgan's overtime heroics. For the match, the Gents outshot IPFW 21-15 including 8-4 on goal, but Hachaj posted six saves in the win. Hachaj was extremely busy in the second half as he posted five of his six saves after halftime. In game two, despite playing a man down over the final 50 minutes of the match, Western Michigan was able to knock off Centenary to claim the 2003 IUPUI 'Pops' Drayer Classic championship. Centenary had the best scoring opportunity in the early going as Ryan Nicholson hit the cross bar in the 20th minute of play. Some fancy Bronco passing got WMU on the board midway through the first half as Guisseppe Ianni played a ball downfield to Jeff Hughes. Hughes sent a pass to Edgar Rivera on a run down the middle of the field and Rivera put a shot past Stefan Nicola for a 1-0 lead. Centenar
August 11, 2003 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT— Centenary baseball coach Ed McCann has announced the hiring of Zachary Cazzelle as assistant coach. Cazzelle will oversee the outfield play and serve as hitting instructor. “We are extremely excited to have Zac join our staff,” said McCann. “He is a proven winner and has gained valuable experience while working with a program with a winning tradition at Oklahoma State.” Cazzelle played both baseball and basketball at Centenary during the 1996-97 school year. He then transferred to Northern Oklahoma Junior College before moving on to Oklahoma State University. He has worked as a baseball camp instructor and the baseball grounds manager at Oklahoma State since 2000. Cazzelle was a Big 12 All-Academic selection during his playing days with the Cowboys and graduated in 2002 with a degree in Sociology.