2004-05 Athletics News
RSS Feeds RSS
June 30, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT — Centenary volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced the addition of six players for the upcoming 2005 season. Freshmen Danielle Bochat, Ashlee Freeman, Rebecca Lunceford, Chevy White, and Liliana Williams will all join the Ladies volleyball team for the first time when players report for preseason workouts in August. In addition, sophomore Deborah Badie will return to the squad for her second year of eligibility after transferring following the 2003 campaign.   Danielle Bochat , Boerne , Tex. , is a 6-foot outside hitter from Boerne High School . She helped her prep team to a 2004 4A State Tournament appearance while garnering All-District, All-Area, Sports Writer’s Association All-State, “O” Award, and Academic All-District accolades.   “Dani is a great addition to our squad,” said Hazelwood. “She has excellent ball control and brings good size to the front row.”   Ashlee Freeman , Houston , Tex. , played her prep ball at Bellaire High School . The 6-foot middle blocker was a 2003 and 2004 All-District selection, was named the Houston Chronicle Athlete of the Week, and was twice selected as the Most Valuable Player.   “We are excited to have Ashlee for the upcoming season. She is very strong technically and will challenge our middle blockers for playing time,” said Hazelwood.   Rebecca Lunceford comes to Centenary from The Dunham School in Baton Rouge , La. At 5’11”, Lunceford was a middle blocker in high school, but she will play right side for the Ladies. She was twice named All-District and All-Metro, was selected to several All-Tournament teams, and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman National Nominee. She also led her team to four consecutive district titles and a state runner-up finish in 2004 as well as a third place state finish in 2003.   “Rebecca is a good athlete that brings some depth to our team,” stated Hazelwood. &l
June 27, 2005 | Athletics
BATON ROUGE, La. – Centenary senior David Kiefer concluded his college baseball career by being named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Second Team.   The team was compiled based on nominees from the baseball sports information directors at the various schools and the nominees were voted on by a group of LSWA members. All statistics are based on the conclusion of the conference tournament season prior to the beginning of NCAA Tournament.   Kiefer led the Gents in every major offensive category including batting average (.370), runs (56), hits (77), doubles (20), triples (6), home runs (t-3), RBI (53), total bases (118), on base percentage (.468), and slugging percentage (.567).   The Albuquerque, NM, native finished no less than third in the Mid-Continent Conference in any offensive category with the exception of home runs.   He tied for the lead in doubles and triples, and was the league leader in on base percentage.   Kiefer became just the sixth Gent in school history to hit two triples in the same game against Oakland this season, and repeated the feat again against Chicago State.   His 179 defensive assists are second most in a single season, six short of the Centenary record.   In addition to his LSWA honor, the senior shortstop earned a bevy of other accolades for the 2005 season.   Kiefer was named Mid-Con player of the Week twice and was selected as the conference Men’s Athlete of the Month for April.   He earned Second Team All-Mid-Con honors as well, was named Academic All-Mid-Con, and was added to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List for the National Player of the Year.   In 2004 he was named Academic All-Mid-Con and represented Centenary on the Mid-Con All-Tournament Team.   Centenary College is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 890. Founded in 1825 and located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississ
June 20, 2005 | Athletics
Chase Wooten SHREVEPORT —Centenary women’s soccer coach Chase Wooten has announced the additions of Carissa Barney and Caitlin Crawford to the 2005 Ladies roster. Barney and Crawford join eight previous signees to take the total number of new players for the upcoming season to 10. The team lost seven seniors at the conclusion of the 2004 campaign.   Carissa Barney is a sweeper out of Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville , Tex. , that Wooten has become very familiar with. The second year coach likes her strong tackling and her ability to read the game at a Division I level.   “We have been watching Carissa since Thanksgiving and have been impressed each time we have seen her play since,” said Wooten. “We have high expectations for her as a freshman to come in as a center back and compete for a starting position right away.”   Caitlin Crawford is a goalkeeper from Byrd High School in Shreveport , La. She comes to Centenary after earning All-City and All-District accolades as a prep standout.   “Caitlin is someone that we have watched over the years mature into a very nice goalie,” said Wooten. “She has lots of accolades and will give us the depth in the goalkeeping position that we were looking for in 2005.”   Centenary is a member of the Mid-Continent Conference and is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 890. Located in Shreveport , La. , Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River having been founded in 1825.
June 13, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – Forty-one Centenary student-athletes have been named to the Mid-Continent Conference Academic All-Conference Teams for the winter and spring seasons.   A total of 427 Mid-Con student-athletes from the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball were honored for their academic excellence.   Centenary finished fifth in selections overall in the Mid-Con behind Valparaiso (86), Western Illinois (82), Southern Utah (60), and Oakland (48).   Oral Roberts (38), IUPUI (30), UMKC (24), and Chicago State (18) rounded out the selections.   In order for a student-athlete to be selected to the Academic All-Conference team, he/she must meet the following criteria: carry a 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average; achieve sophomore academic standing at the institution; and lettered in the sport in which he/she is nominated, in the season that corresponds with the selection of the award. Transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates must have completed one academic year at the nominating institution. True freshmen, redshirt freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible for the award.   The full list of Centenary students that have earned the Academic All-Conference honor are listed below by sport:   Baseball J.C. Biagi, Jonathan Christian, Cam Feightner, Brandon Fulenchek, A.J. Howes, David Kees, David Kiefer, David McElroy, Jared Vincent   Men’s Basketball Chad Maclies, Ian Maxwell   Women’s Basketball Lindsay Way, Holli Wilkins    Men’s Golf Jay Binderim, Brian Grone, Brett Kaufman, John Kizer, Mackey Miles, David Viviano   Women’s Golf Andrea Sanchez   Softball Dana Davis, Megan Hall, Kate Harwick, Janis Kelley, Lory Kowaleski, Micah Rhodes, Natalie Scho
June 13, 2005 | Athletics
BATON ROUGE, La.—Freshman Jennifer Mango and sophomore Micah Rhodes were selected to the 2005 All-Louisiana softball team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Both players picked up second team accolades while Mango was also honored as the Freshman of the Year. Mango and Rhodes played key roles in helping Centenary to a 31-28 record and the Ladies second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.   Mango, from Sugarland , Tex. , led the Ladies in batting average and hits in her debut season. She finished with a .325 mark while collecting 53 hits in 163 at bats. The part-time shortstop and third baseman was named to the LSWA second team at the utility position in addition to being tabbed Freshman of the Year. Mango was also voted to the All-Mid-Continent Conference first team by coaches in the league.   Mango placed second on the Ladies’ team with 28 RBI, third with 27 runs, and fourth with four homers. She locked up a spot on the Mid-Con All-Tournament Team with a grand slam in the tournament championship game and hit safely in 13 of her last 15 regular season games.   A sophomore from Grapevine, Tex. , Rhodes was a second team All-Louisiana selection in the outfield. She led Centenary with eight home runs and 35 RBI while hitting at a .311 clip. Her 13 doubles and 51 hits were second on the team while she topped all Ladies with 88 total bases.   Rhodes was also a first team All-Mid-Con selection in the outfield for the second straight season. She displayed her power in two of the biggest games of the year as her two-run walk-off blast ended the Mid-Con title game and her mammoth shot against McNeese State in the NCAA Regional brought the Ladies within one run.   The LSWA All-Louisiana softball team is voted on by members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Softball playing college institutions in the state of Louisiana send in nominees for the team via their sports information directors.
June 10, 2005 | Athletics
Tyrone Hamilton Clarke Jackson SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent for the 2005-06 season. Xavier Burnette, Eric Holmes, Larry Logan, Alexander Starr, and Christopher Watson are all junior college transfers while Bryan Baumann and Ronnie Martin are prep standouts. The signees are the first recruiting class for Flaska who took over as the Gents head coach in April.   Baumann ( Allen , Tex. ) is one of two high school signees to join the Gents roster for the upcoming season. The 6-2 point guard from Allen High School averaged 16.5 points to go with four rebounds and three assists per game. He also shot 88 percent from the free throw line and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee in addition to being named to the All-District 8-5A team.   Martin ( Temple , Tex. ) rounds out the high school talent from this year’s class as he comes to Centenary from Temple High School . He averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game en route to being named the District 13-5A MVP and was rated as the No. 50 prospect in Texas by Texashoops.com. At 6-4, he will add size to the Gents’ backcourt rotation.   “ Bryan is a very solid player that is a lights out shooter,” said Flaska. “He will give us depth at both the point guard and two-guard positions while Ronnie is a big wing that really knows how to play the game of basketball. He is a proven winner and does whatever it takes to help you win.”   Burnette ( Topeka , Kan. ) is one of five juco transfers that will help add experience to a Centenary squad that only returns three players from the 2004-05 campaign. He averaged 13 points and six assists at Cowley Community College while being named All-Region and All-State. He is heralded for his leadership abilities by Coach Flaska.   “Xavier has the kind of leadership qualities that you look for in a point guard,&rdqu
June 8, 2005 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—Centenary head men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced that Brandon Curran will join the Gents’ coaching staff on July 1 st . Curran will serve in all assistant coaching capacities as he takes the place of former assistant Sean LeBeauf, who is currently an assistant coach at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.   Curran comes to Centenary after serving as the head coach of the Jacksonville College Jaguar basketball program in Jacksonville , Tex. , over the last four years. While at JBC, Curran’s teams compiled a combined 49–44 record over his final three seasons, including a tie for second place in the very challenging Region 14 athletic conference in 2002–2003. His teams reached postseason play every year under his guidance, and made five consecutive postseason tournament appearances since he joined the program in 1998–1999 (the second longest string of consecutive tournament appearances in the Region).  Curran worked for three years as the assistant men's basketball coach for  Jacksonville College from 1998 to 2001. Coach Curran's first recruiting class at JBC saw six players sign Division I scholarships, including former Centenary player Melvin Dews.   Curran began his coaching career at the University of Texas at Austin where he served as a student assistant on the Longhorn's 1997 Sweet Sixteen Team. After graduating from Texas , he joined the Galveston Storm of the Southwest Professional Basketball League as an assistant coach for the 1997-1998 season.
June 7, 2005 | Athletics
Head Coach Eric Mayo SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team has inked eight players to National Letters of Intent for the 2005 fall season, Head Coach Eric Mayo has announced.   The Gents will add two transfers and six freshmen to a team that lost seven seniors to graduation.   Joseph Aaron Volanski (Memphis), Michael Smith (Western Michigan), Edward Behrens (Pearland, Texas), Rick Guerrero (Baton Rouge, La.), Stephen Longinotti (Little Rock, Ark.), Nicholas Orta (Shereveport, La.), Will Todd (Lafayette, La.), and Skye Vergenal (New Iberia, La.) will bolster a Gent squad that Mayo hopes to make the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time since joining in 2003.   “I am very excited to have these recruits join us at Centenary,” said Mayo, a former Gent captain and standout. “I believe this is a very good class for us and will contribute to our program immediately.   Each of these players fill an important need for us and it will be fun to see where they take us over the next four years.”   Volanski (Memphis) and Smith (Western Michigan) transfer in from the Division I ranks as a sophomore and redshirt freshman, respectively.   Volanksi saw action with Memphis as part of a Tiger team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2004.   “Aaron is a player that I am very excited about,” Mayo said. “He is very creative going forward and is a proven goal scorer.   He is a hardworking player with solid technical and tactical abilities.”   Smith comes to the Gents after redshirting his freshman season with the Broncos.   He is a versatile player and should be able to step in wherever help is needed on the pitch.   “Michael is technically sound and can strike the ball very well,” said Mayo. “I expect him to be a valuable leader on the field from his experiences with Western Michigan and their conference winning side.” &n
May 28, 2005 | Athletics
TULSA, Okla – The Centenary baseball team ended the 2005 season and their run at the Mid-Continent Conference Championship with a 9-1 loss to top seeded Oral Roberts.   The Gents kept the game close before a five run inning led by Mid-Con Co-Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Michael Hollimon’s three run home run put the game out of reach for the Gents.   Oral Roberts put their first run on the board on a bases loaded error by third baseman J.C. Biagi, and extended the lead to 2-0 an inning later on an RBI double to left center by Tim Torres.   The Gents answered back in the fourth with a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Biagi, but were unable to plate another run.   Biagi, along with junior centerfielder Tim Ryan and sophomore pitcher Brandon Fulenchek, was one of three Gents to be named to the All-Tournament team.   Hollimon’s homer in the fourth started the five run inning and also marked the end of Centenary starting pitcher David McElroy’s day.   McElroy (8-3), who earned the Gents’ victory over Western Illinois a day earlier in relief, tossed 3.1 innings while giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks.   The Golden Eagles added an RBI double by Dennis Bigley and an RBI single by Ricky Rivera to round out the inning’s scoring.   Sophomore Jared Vincent led the Gents at the plate, collecting three hits in four at-bats.   Senior David Kiefer, who along Biagi was playing in his final collegiate game, added a pair of hits.   Biagi finished the tournament with a team-high five RBI, while Ryan added five hits and three RBI to earn All-Tourney honors.   Fulenchek tossed a complete game, six hitter against Southern Utah for his first collegiate win and a place on the All-Tourney team.   Centenary finishes the 2005 season 27-30 with a second place finish in the Conference Tournament, the team’s second year in the Mid-Con.   Six Gents (Biagi, K
May 28, 2005 | Athletics
TULSA, Okla – The Centenary baseball team won a pair of games in the losers bracket of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament to reach a conference championship game for the first time since 1994.   The Gents defeated Western Illinois 6-5 before downing Southern Utah 7-3.   Centenary must defeat undefeated, top-seeded Oral Roberts twice to win the Mid-Con title.   The Gents found themselves with a 5-0 deficit in the opening game against Western Illinois after giving up a lone run in the third followed by four in the fifth.   Centenary began to battle back a half inning later, scoring one run on a double play ball by J.C. Biagi, driving home Jared Vincent.   Centenary added another pair of runs an inning later as Justin Darr’s single drove home David Kiefer before Vincent’s sacrifice fly to right field scored freshman Chris Wilson.   The beginning of the seventh marked a 5-3 lead for the Leathernecks, but also signaled the end for Centneary starter Will Kaage.   The sophomore hurler threw six innings, giving up just two earned runs on eight hits before being relieved by David McElroy (8-2).   McElroy would shut down WIU the rest of the way, allowing for a late Centenary comeback.   Biagi, A.J. Howes, and Alex Valdivia each drove in runs in the eighth to give Centenary a 6-5 lead they would not relinquish.   Vincent scored the game-winning run on a short chopping groundout to the shortstop.   The second game was marked by a standout performance by sophomore pitcher Brandon Fulenchek (1-0).   The southpaw tossed his first complete game of the season for the victory, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out six.   Fulenchek gave up the first run in the third on two hits before surrendering solo home runs in the eighth and ninth innings.   Offensively, the Gents plated four runs in the third and never looked back.   RBI singles by Biagi and Tim Ryan gave Centenary th
May 26, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Matt Clark TULSA, Okla – The Centenary baseball team dropped its first game of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament against top-seeded Oral Roberts, 6-1.   The Gents became the first conference team to score an earned run on Mid-Con Pitcher and Co-Player of the Year, Dennis Bigley, this season.   Bigley entered the contest with a 41.1 inning streak without giving up an unearned run in Mid-Con play this season.   With two down and a man on first, back-to-back singles by A.J. Howes and J.C. Biagi in the fifth spoiled Bigley’s record, scoring Justin Darr.   Oral Roberts (37-18) plated two runs in the first inning without collecting a hit, reaching on a leadoff walk followed by a sacrifice bunt off of starting pitcher Matt Clark (2-4).   Walking the next batter, a possible double play ball turned error loaded the bases as Clark threw his third walk of inning for a 1-0 ORU lead.   The Golden Eagles scored their second run on a fielder’s choice when Centenary (25-29) couldn’t pull of a double play.   Clark lasted 3.1 innings, surrendering five runs (only two earned) on five hits, three walks, and a hit batsman.   He struck out three Golden Eagles on the night.   The Golden Eagles added three more runs in the fourth, forcing a Centenary pitching change to Kris Calhoun .   The junior reliever finished the final 4.2 innings, allowing one run in the fifth while fanning five.   Centenary will play Western Illinois on Friday, May 27, at noon.   The second seeded Leathernecks fell to Southern Utah in the tournament opener.   Will Kaage (7-3) will take the mound for Centenary, the Gents leader in wins (4), complete games (4), innings pitched (37.2), strikeouts (17), and opponent batting average (.261) in Mid-Con play.
May 25, 2005 | Athletics
Head Coach Ed McCann David Kiefer ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary baseball Head Coach Ed McCann has been selected as the Mid-Continent Conference’s Coach of the Year, as voted by the coaches from participating schools.   Senior shortstop David Kiefer and sophomore pitcher David McElroy also took home Second Team All-Mid-Con honors.   McCann led the Gents to a 25-28, 12-12 in conference, overall record and the team’s second consecutive trip to the Mid-Con tournament.   In his seventh year at the helm, he also captained Centenary to the school’s first victory over in-state powerhouse LSU, 6-1, since 1956, a span of 22 games.   Kiefer earned second team honors after leading the Mid-Con in doubles (tied with 20), triples (tied with 6), RBI (51), Slugging Percentage (.591), and On Base Percentage (.477).   He finished second in Batting Average (.378), runs scored (55), and hits (73).   Kiefer was named Mid-Con Player of the Week twice and was also tabbed as the Mid-Con Men’s Athlete of the Month for April.   McElroy made an immediate impact in his first season at Centenary, pacing the Gents with a 7-2 record and a 3.84 ERA.   McElroy led the Maroon and White in games started (11) and innings pitched (70.1).   He also tossed three complete games, tied for the Gents’ only shutout of the year, and was the winning pitcher in the postseason clinching victory over Valparaiso.   McElroy was also named Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week once this season.
May 23, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt NEW ORLEANS, La .- Centenary standout Anja Schmidt capped off her record breaking career by adding yet another award to her collection by being named Louisiana Women’s Tennis Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association this week. The 5’7'' junior from Gilforn, Germany, plundered opponents posting a flawless spring season, going 17-0 at No. 1 singles, including an 8-0 record in Mid-Continent Conference play. As league leader in singles victories for the second year in a row, Schmidt wrapped up her season with a team-best 25-3 overall mark while also posting the third-most double victories (13) in the conference with partner Heather Kelley. The Ladies duo completed the year with a 13-8 record. Schmidt evolved throughout the years into one of Centenary’s most dominant and consistent players, earning her a spot in the Maroon and White history books. Her sophomore record of 23-2 resulted in a .920 winning percentage, which is the best single season effort of all-time. She finished her three-year career at Centenary ranking second in all-time singles wins with 25 single-season victories in 2004-05, right behind Jasmina Tonejc’s 1988-89 record of 26. The nine-time Mid-Con Player of the Week award winner also holds the school’s highest career winning percentage of .864. In all, the Ladies player’s career has been highlighted with numerous accolades such as co-winner of the Mid-Con Scholar Athlete Award for the 2003-04 season, several Mid-Con Player of the Week honors, and has twice been named Mid-Con’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Year. Schmidt joined Southeastern Louisiana’s Emilija Arnaudovska and McNeese’s Ann Grobbelaar, Dominique Bell from Xavier, Madeleine Hakansson from McNeese and Tulane’s Maria Ivanov on the All-Louisiana First Team. Arnaudovska also received Freshman of the Year as Grobbelaar took home Newcomer of the Year and Tulane’s head coach David Sch
May 23, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —Centenary cross country coach Shelley Armstrong has announced the signing of four new runners. William Boothe, Ryan Duplantis, and Adam Walton are new additions to the Gents lineup while Ashley Voorhies will join the Ladies squad in 2005-06. Armstrong also announced that Laura Deas and Alysha Wallace will be joining the Ladies roster in the fall as walk-ons.   Boothe ( Sterling , La. ) comes to Centenary from Ouachita Christian School where he posted times of 4:41 in the 1600, 10:28 in the 3200, and 17:29 in the 5k. Duplantis ( Chauvin , La. ) attended South Terrebonne High School where he finished seventh at the state cross country meet at 16:54 and eighth at the state track meet in the 1600 with a time of 4:42 . He earned first team all-state honors as well as first team all-district, district runner-up, and was the Parish Champion Runner.   “Will’s experience and dedication will add depth to our team,” said Armstrong of Boothe. The coach then added, “I expect highly competitive times from Ryan Duplantis, who will be a dual athlete at Centenary. His athletic talent and work ethic will make him a valuable asset to both the cross country team as well as the swim team.”   Walton ( Dover , Penn. ) had a 5k time in 2003 of 16:48 at Dover Area High School . He has been attending Louisiana Tech-Barksdale while serving in the Air Force. Since completing high school, Walton has participated in two Boston Marathons and finished first in the Air Combat Command Fitness Challenge.   “Adam will make an immediate impact on the men’s team,” said Armstrong. “His dedication to the sport has enabled him to run in the last two Boston Marathons and he continues to be one of Northwest Louisiana ’s top 5k and 10k competitors.”   Voorhies ( Winnfield , La. ) will enroll this fall after running at Winnfield High School . She placed second at the district meet this year and finishe
May 23, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary freshman Chris Wilson has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after helping the Gents clinch the fourth and final bid to the conference baseball tournament.   The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native hit .500 (7-for-14) over the weekend, hitting safely in all four contests against Valparaiso.   Wilson collected three hits and drove in three RBI in the playoff clinching game three.   He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the season opener.   Wilson is the fifth Gent to earn Mid-Con Weekly accolades.   Jonathan Colgin and David Kiefer (twice) were previously named Player of the Week, while J.C. Biagi and David McElroy both earned Pitcher of the Week honors.   The Gents next travel to Tulsa, Okla., where the face top seeded Oral Roberts in the first round of the Mid-Con Tournament.   Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday and can be followed live, online, at www.orugoldeneagles.com/stats/bbc/livestats/xlive.htm
May 23, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —Centenary cross country coach Shelley Armstrong has announced the signing of four new runners. William Boothe, Ryan Duplantis, and Adam Walton are new additions to the Gents lineup while Ashley Voorhies will join the Ladies squad in 2005-06. Armstrong also announced that Laura Deas and Alysha Wallace will be joining the Ladies roster in the fall as walk-ons.   Boothe ( Sterling , La. ) comes to Centenary from Ouachita Christian School where he posted times of 4:41 in the 1600, 10:28 in the 3200, and 17:29 in the 5k. Duplantis ( Chauvin , La. ) attended South Terrebonne High School where he finished seventh at the state cross country meet at 16:54 and eighth at the state track meet in the 1600 with a time of 4:42 . He earned first team all-state honors as well as first team all-district, district runner-up, and was the Parish Champion Runner.   “Will’s experience and dedication will add depth to our team,” said Armstrong of Boothe. The coach then added, “I expect highly competitive times from Ryan Duplantis, who will be a dual athlete at Centenary. His athletic talent and work ethic will make him a valuable asset to both the cross country team as well as the swim team.”   Walton ( Dover , Penn. ) had a 5k time in 2003 of 16:48 at Dover Area High School . He has been attending Louisiana Tech-Barksdale while serving in the Air Force. Since completing high school, Walton has participated in two Boston Marathons and finished first in the Air Combat Command Fitness Challenge.   “Adam will make an immediate impact on the men’s team,” said Armstrong. “His dedication to the sport has enabled him to run in the last two Boston Marathons and he continues to be one of Northwest Louisiana ’s top 5k and 10k competitors.”   Voorhies ( Winnfield , La. ) will enroll this fall after running at Winnfield High School . She placed second at the district meet this year and finishe
May 22, 2005 | Athletics
VALPARAISO, Ind.—The Centenary Gents got the final day split they were looking for against Valparaiso on Sunday to claim the fourth and final spot in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. The Gents ended the suspense early with a 10-1 thumping of the Crusaders before Valpo wrapped up its season with a bang by taking game two 15-4. The #4 Gents will join #1 Oral Roberts, #2 Western Illinois, and #3 Southern Utah in Tulsa, Okla., on the campus of ORU for the Mid-Con Tournament starting on Thursday.   Centenary (25-27, 12-12 Mid-Con) received a strong pitching effort for the third consecutive game of the series from its starters as David McElroy allowed only a single run in the first inning. Valpo lead-off man, Brian Rzepka, opened the home portion of the frame with a home run to tie the score at 1-1, but the Crusaders would be held scoreless the rest of the way. McElroy tossed eight innings in the win, striking out six, to improve his record to 7-2 on the season.   The Gents would provide all the offense McElroy would need in the top of the third when Centenary posted four runs on three hits and an error. With the bases loaded after a walk and two singles, a wild pitch advanced all runners and scored A.J. Howes from third base. David Kiefer’s ground ball to the shortstop was misplayed, allowing Alex Valdivia to cross the pay station just before Chris Wilson’s double plated Tim Ryan. After a pitching change, Kiefer scored on a ground out by Justin Darr.   From there Centenary would go on to add single runs in the final five innings to put the game away and take the 10-1 tournament-clinching victory. The Gents pounded out 13 hits in the contest led by Wilson’s 3-for-5 effort with three RBI.   Valparaiso (21-31, 10-12 Mid-Con) opened game two with revenge on their mind as the Crusaders exploded for eight runs on eight hits and a walk in the first inning. The Gents found themselves down 11-0 before they scored three times in
May 21, 2005 | Athletics
Matt Clark VALPARAISO, Ind.—The Centenary Gents came into their final four-game series of the season needing to at least split on the road at Valparaiso to earn their second consecutive berth into the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. The Gents are par for the course after day one action, splitting with the Crusaders 4-2 and 2-4. With all other league teams finished with conference play, Centenary needs a win on Sunday to grab the final ticket to Tulsa, Okla.   Valparaiso (20-30, 9-11 Mid-Con) would be the direct beneficiary if the Crusaders can keep the Gents from reaching the tournament. Valpo has played two less games than Centenary and would have a better winning percentage with a sweep on Sunday.   Centenary (24-26, 11-11 Mid-Con) received a great pitching effort from Matt Clark in the series opener as the southpaw went seven innings and did not allow an earned run while walking only one batter. However, a fielding error in the second inning by the Gents led to four unearned runs and put Centenary in a hole it could not get out of.   After a leadoff single to start the second, Jon Rupno reached on an error by Centenary shortstop David Kiefer. A sacrifice bunt and a groundout plated Valparaiso’s first run of the game and would have been the third out of the inning. Instead, another single followed by a Kevin Perri home run quickly made it a 4-0 contest.   The Gents scratched out single runs in the fourth and the eighth innings but could not mount a sizeable threat to turn the tide.   Centenary struck first in the second game of the twinbill when Kiefer doubled to center field to score Tim Ryan in the first inning. Valparaiso answered in the home half of the second and the score remained knotted at 1-1 until the sixth inning.   Alex Valdivia and Ryan were both retired to start the sixth before Kiefer drew a walk to begin the rally. Chris Wilson, Justin Darr, Alex Moldonado, and Jonathan Ahearn then sent four consecuti
May 21, 2005 | Athletics
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Centenary softball team was eliminated from the College Station Regional of the NCAA Softball Tournament with a 5-2 loss to McNeese State. The Ladies surrendered three early runs before mounting a comeback but fell just short in a seventh inning rally. The Cowgirls (34-34) started the game off with a bang as leadoff hitter Jessica Denham took a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run. McNeese added another pair of runs on a two-out, bases loaded bloop single into left field in the third. Centenary (31-28) put their first run on the board a half inning later as freshman Lindsey Jones scored on a single by Dana Davis . Jones initally reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and advanced to third a batter later on a passed ball. After shutting the Cowgirls down in the fourth, sophomore Micah Rhodes led off the Ladies portion of the inning with a towering 240 foot home run over the centerfield wall. The solo shot put Centenary within striking distance down 3-2. The Ladies had a chance to tie the game in the fifth as Jennifer Mango reached on a two-out error by the McNeese second baseman with senior Katie Harwick on board. With the ball past the plate, Harwick made an aggressive turn around third to get caught in a 2-6-1-5 rundown. McNeese looked to put the game away in the top of the seventh, plating two runs to post a 5-2 lead. With the bases loaded and two outs, Tonya Edlund flied out to shallow center to a waiting Lauren Flowers . Flowers caught the ball and appeared to gun down Shayla Cormier at the plate, but the official ruled her safe for the first of two runs. The Cowgirls scored on an RBI single the next batter up. Not giving up, the Ladies put runners on first and second with singles by Davis and Harwick, putting the Ladies most consistent hitter, Mango, at the plate with two down. After working into a full count, Mango struck out swinging to end the 2005 Ladies Softball season. After the game, Head Coach Mark M
May 20, 2005 | Athletics
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Centenary softball team fell 5-0 in the opening game of the College Station-Region 5 of the NCAA Softball Tournament hosted by Texas A&M. The third seeded Ladies drew eight walks but managed just two hits, stranding nine runners on base. The loss brings Centenary’s all-time record against the Big Ten to 0-8. Centenary (31-27) started off by putting their two leadoff batters on as Lauren Flowers drew a full-count walk followed by an infield bunt single by Katie Harwick . Megan Hall was called out for batters interference for the first out before Flowers and Harwick both advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch by Nittany Lion pitcher Missy Beseres (16-12). Beseres would calm down to strike out the next two Centenary batters to end the inning. Second seed Penn State (35-21) would put their first run on the board in the second inning courtesy of a solo home run over the left field fence by Hollee Haines. The freshman catcher got hold of an inside fastball to give PSU a 1-0 lead. The Nittany Lions would add four more runs, two each in the fourth and fifth innings, to complete the shutout. Shortstop Jen Acunto nailed a two-out double down the rightfield line to drive in a pair of runs in the fourth. An inning later, Katie Stauffer’s single through the left side plated another two runs. Centenary loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh, but relief pitcher Jenn Reynolds struck out Hall to end the game. Jessica Ivins (12-13) picked up the loss for the Ladies, tossing 4.2 innings and striking out three. She was replaced in the fifth inning by fellow freshman Kristan Morton , but ended up re-entering to close out the inning herself. "Jess pitched great," Head Coach Mark Montgomery said, "scattering seven hits for four runs, especially for not intending to bring her back in." Also unexcpected was the Ladies drawing eight walks without scoring a run. The Ladies stranded nine runners throughout the game, includin
May 19, 2005 | Athletics
COLLEGE STATION, Tex. —The Centenary Ladies softball team made the trip to College Station , Tex. , and Texas A&M University for their second NCAA Tournament experience on Wednesday. On Friday, the Ladies will play Penn State at 1 pm in the opening round with aspirations of winning the program’s first NCAA postseason game.   Centenary (31-26) will play its third game this season against a Big Ten opponent when it faces Penn State (34-21) on Friday. The Ladies battled #22 Illinois in two games at the Baylor Tournament to open the year, but lost 4-2 and 8-3 in those contests.   If the Ladies win, they will play the winner of the Texas A&M (44-8) and McNeese State (33-33) match-up at 12 pm on Saturday. Should Centenary lose their opener to the Nittany Lions, the Ladies would take on the loser between the Aggies and Cowgirls at 2:30 pm. (See bracket below)   The Ladies have never faced Penn State , but have met both Texas A&M and McNeese State on the diamond. Centenary is 0-9 against the Aggies and 19-26 against the Cowgirls. The Ladies swept McNeese State in both meetings last season by scores of 8-4 and 4-1.   Freshman Jennifer Mango leads the Ladies offensively with a .340 batting average to go with four homeruns and 28 RBI. Sophomore Micah Rhodes is hitting .312 with a team-leading seven dingers and 34 RBI while freshman Jennifer Flowers has posted a .304 average with five homers.   The arm of freshman Jessica Ivins has carried Centenary throughout the season as she has notched a Mid-Con best 19 victories. She has also struck out 205 batters in 205.2 innings of work while posting an ERA of 2.69. Fellow freshman Kristan Morton (9-9, 4.34 ERA) and senior reliever Janis Kelley (3-4, five saves) have also performed well when seeing time in the circle.   Ashley Esparza sports a .401 batting average for Penn State while Jen Acunto is hitting .357 with nine homers and 33 RBI. Jen Williams is the only base-stealing thre
May 15, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team completed a series sweep over visiting Chicago State at Shehee Stadium, making a second consecutive Mid-Continent Conference tournament birth theirs to lose.   The Gents’ 20-5 and 4-2 victories put them in a tie for third place at .500 (10-10 Mid-Con) with just a four game series at fourth place Valparaiso (8-10 Mid-Con) to go.   Centenary is guaranteed a trip to Tulsa if they at least split with the Crusaders.   The Gents (23-25, 10-10 Mid-Con) opened ‘Senior Day’ with a bang, bidding farewell to upperclassmen J.C. Biagi and David Kiefer with a 20-run salute.   Kiefer helped his cause by going 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored.   Biagi scored twice while going 1-for-3 at the plate.   Jared Vincent added three singles while Alex Valdivia joined Kiefer with four trips across the plate.   Freshman Chris Wilson delivered a team-high four RBI as every starter collected a hit in the game and all but one scored.   Starter David McElroy (6-2) picked up the win with five innings of seven hit ball, giving up four runs.   Chad Harper the next three innings, giving up one run on three hits, before David Kees finished the scoreless ninth, fanning two.   The nightcap proved to be a lower scoring affair with the pitchers doing most of the work.   Brandon Fulenchek threw 4.2 innings of three hit ball but received little run support, walking six, and was replaced at 1-1 in the fifth.   Kris Calhoun (4-3) retired the next batter with runners on the corners to get out of the jam.   After picking up a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning, Jonathan Christian finished out the game for his first save of the year.   Jonathan Ahearn , Kiefer, and Valdivia all collected a pair of hits in the win.
May 15, 2005 | Athletics
INDEPENDENCE, Mo.—The Centenary Ladies softball team used a grand slam and a shutout pitching performance to defeat Western Illinois in the Mid-Continent Conference championship game 9-0 on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Ladies remain undefeated in Mid-Con Tournament play (6-0) and repeat as tournament champions. Centenary has now earned the Mid-Con’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament for the second time in only two years in the conference.   Centenary (31-26) jumped on Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year Karenmarie Pena for the second time in as many days. The scoring began immediately as the Ladies posted a six-run first inning and sailed to the title behind stellar pitching from Jessica Ivins and Janis Kelley.   Ivins (19-12) held Western Illinois (25-29) scoreless through 4 1/3 innings for the win while scattering eight hits and striking out three. The freshman did not allow a run in all 11 1/3 innings of work in the tournament. Kelley tossed the final 1 2/3 innings for the Ladies to secure the Mid-Con crown.   With two outs in the first inning, the bases were loaded for Centenary’s Jennifer Mango after two walks and a single. The freshman took advantage of the pressure situation by launching her fourth homerun of the season and the first grand slam of her career to give the Ladies an early 4-0 lead.   A Lindsey Jones walk and a Lory Kowaleski single primed Centenary for another scoring opportunity. Jones and Kowaleski then pulled off a double steal, but the throw to third sailed high, allowing Jones to score and Kowaleski to move into third base. Dana Davis promptly singled to left field to stake the Ladies to a 6-0 advantage and ended the day for the WIU hurler.   The score remained the same until Centenary struck again in the bottom of the fifth when a Jones double plated Kelley with the Ladies seventh run of the afternoon. The game then ended on a two-run walk-off homer by Micah Rhodes in the sixth to force the
May 14, 2005 | Athletics
INDEPENDENCE, Mo.—Centenary freshman pitcher Jessica Ivins shut down the Western Illinois offense to give the Ladies a 4-0 victory in the opening round of the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament. Sophomore Lindsey Jones provided a clutch hit to propel the Ladies into the second round where they will face the top-seeded Southern Utah Thunderbirds tonight at approximately 6 pm.   Ivins (18-12) came out of the gate strong by recording six of the first eight outs via the strikeout. Overall, the Centenary (29-26) ace fanned 10 Westerwinds on the day while allowing only five hits in the shutout effort.   Western Illinois (23-28) pitcher and Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year, Karen Marie Pena (16-15), matched Ivins in the early going before running into trouble in the sixth inning. Senior Katie Harwick reached first with a one out single and promptly stole second. After Megan Hall flew out to center field, Micah Rhodes singled home Harwick to put Centenary on the board. A walk followed by an error on the WIU third baseman kept the inning alive for Lindsey Jones. Jones responded with a bases-clearing double to blow the game open and give the Ladies the lead for good.   Ivins would make the four-run cushion stand as she retired six of the next seven hitters to close out the win.   Harwick completed the game with two stolen bases to push her team-leading total to 18 on the season. Rhodes and Jones each went 1-for-3 from the plate as no Centenary player recorded multiple hits in the contest. Dana Davis, Janis Kelley, and Harwick each tallied a hit as the Ladies managed only five in the tournament opener.
May 14, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Matt Clark SHREVEPORT – With only eight Mid-Continent Conference games remaining and on the outside looking in for the fourth and final postseason bid, the Centenary baseball team won both games of their opening doubleheader against Chicago State 8-7 and 10-1, moving into a tie for the final spot with Valparaiso.   The Gents face the Cougars twice more this weekend while the Crusaders are idle in league play before the two squads match up next weekend to determine tournament bids.   Centenary’s David Kiefer went 3-for-6 on the day, hitting nothing but triples in the doubleheader.   He again accomplished a feat only five other Gent players has, hitting two triples in a game, for the second time this season.   He added four RBI and three runs scored while collecting the game-winning RBI on a hit by pitch in the first contest.   The opener saw Chicago State (6-44, 3-15 Mid-Con) rally from a five run deficit to knot the game at 7-7 in the eighth.   Freshman Matt Clark tossed a strong seven inning outing, giving up just one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts.   The Cougars plated four runs in the top of the eighth courtesy of three walks and a hit batsman by reliever Jonathan Christian .   Southpaw Chad Harper   (1-3) picked up his first win of the year, closing out the final 1.2 innings with one hit and a pair of strikeouts.   Will Kaage (6-3) dominated the second game for the Gents (21-25, 8-10 Mid-Con), throwing a complete game four-hitter.   The sophomore fanned five Cougars and allowed just one run on back-to-back doubles in the sixth.   Gents’ second baseman Alex Valdivia chimed in by scoring five runs on 3-of-5 batting, including his second triple of the year, a leadoff shot into the right field gap in game one.   Freshman Chris Wilson added a trio of hits and RBIs while fellow Californian Alex Mald
May 14, 2005 | Athletics
INDEPENDENCE , Mo. —The Centenary Ladies scored four runs in the bottom of the final inning to defeat top seed Southern Utah 4-3 in the winner’s bracket game of the Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament on Saturday evening. With the victory, the Ladies advance to the championship game for the second consecutive year and notch their first ever back-to-back 30-win seasons.   Centenary (30-26) was held to just one hit by the Thunderbirds’ Amy Sauer heading into the bottom of the seventh inning trailing 3-0. With one out, Janis Kelley began the rally when she reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by the Southern Utah second baseman. Jennifer Mango followed with a walk before Lindsey Jones singled to center field to push across the Ladies first run.   After Bre Fletcher pinch ran for Jones, Lory Kowaleski singled to score Mango and move Fletcher to third base. Kowaleski stole second to put two runners in scoring position for Dana Davis. Davis ’ ground out to the shortstop plated Jennifer Martin, who checked in for Fletcher, and brought Kowaleski to third with two outs. Jennifer Flowers drew the second walk of the inning to bring pinch-hitter Natalie Schoppe to the batter’s box with the game on the line. Flowers stole second and shortly after Schoppe beat out an infield hit to score Kowaleski with the game-winning run.   Southern Utah (23-24) took the initial three-run lead by scoring single runs in each of the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. Sauer helped her own cause with a solo homerun to start the scoring and an RBI double by Erin Niederhauser made the SUU lead 2-0. Bobbi Jo Merrill notched her fourth homerun on the year in the top of the seventh to round out the scoring for the Thunderbirds.   Kelley made just her fourth pitching start of the year for Centenary and kept the Ladies within striking distance, surrendering three runs on nine hits in six innings of work. Kristan Morton tossed one s
May 12, 2005 | Athletics
— The Centenary Ladies are set to defend their 2004 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title as the team qualified for the championship for the second time in as many years in the league. The Ladies will serve as the #3 seed and will begin play on Friday at 12:30 pm against #2 seed Western Illinois.   Southern Utah closed out the 2005 conference slate by sweeping four games from second place Western Illinois , giving the Thunderbirds their third consecutive regular-season title and the top seed in the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Softball Championship.   The double-elimination tournament, which is hosted by UMKC, will be contested at Adair Park in Independence , Mo. , on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. Western Illinois earns the second seed in the tourney, while Centenary and IUPUI round out the field as the third and fourth seeds, respectively.   Southern Utah will meet No. 4 seed IUPUI in the first game of the tournament, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 13. Second-seeded Western Illinois and No. 3 seed Centenary will square-off at 12:30 p.m. The championship round will be played on Saturday, May 14. The winner of the 2005 Mid-Con Softball Championship receives the conference’s automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Softball Tournament.   Head Coach Jodi Hermanek stepped in to lead Southern Utah (38-16, 19-5 Mid-Con) to its third consecutive regular-season crown in her first season at the helm and will now look to guide the T-Birds to their first ever Mid-Con Championship. SUU has hit a league-leading 47 home runs this season, led by Kristen Carmicheal (8 HR), Tiffany Burt (11 HR) and Jentry Jo Johnson (5 HR). Carmichael is ranked nationally in batting average (.398) and leads the conference in slugging percentage (.676), on-base percentage (.464) and RBI (37). Burt is tied for the league lead in home runs with 11 blasts, while Johnson has driven in 27 runs to go along with her .328 batting average. Amy Sauer le
May 12, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill.—The abundant amount of young talent on the Centenary softball team was recognized this season by the Mid-Continent Conference coaches as a league best seven Ladies earned all-conference honors on Thursday evening. Centenary also tallied the most first team selections at the Mid-Con Softball Championship Banquet as Lindsey Jones, Micah Rhodes, Janis Kelley, and Jennifer Mango were all rewarded for their exceptional play this year. Dana Davis, Megan Hall, and Lauren Flowers received second team all-conference accolades.   Rhodes hit .318 this season for the Ladies while leading the team in homeruns with six. She ranks in the top three in the conference in RBI (31) and doubles (13). The sophomore is a first team selection in the outfield for the second consecutive season and was the 2004 Newcomer of the Year.   Senior Janis Kelley batted .280 with 28 RBI and five homeruns to take the all-conference nod as the top designated player. Kelley was a second team selection in 2004. She showed her versatility again this season by collecting three wins and five saves as a pitcher.   Sophomore Lindsey Jones and freshman Jennifer Mango each earned their first all-Mid-Con citation for their hard work at second base and shortstop respectively. Jones collected six doubles and 14 RBI while hitting at a .284 clip while newcomer Mango led the Ladies with a lofty .345 average. Although she played mostly at shortstop, Mango did play several games at third base, earning her the all-league utility player honor. She also led the team with 51 hits while finishing third in runs (24) and RBI (24).   Sophomores Megan Hall and Dana Davis took home second team honors at the corners with Hall playing third base and Davis manning first base this season. The award is the second for Hall in as many years as she took home first team accolades last year. The dependable third sacker hit .284 to go with four homeruns, 23 runs, and 22 RBI. Davis garners her first
May 8, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 TULSA, Okla – The Centenary baseball team dropped their second consecutive doubleheader to Oral Roberts, falling 7-1 and 2-1.   The Golden Eagles became the first Mid-Continent Conference team to sweep the Gents this season.   ORU took control of the first game, outscoring Centenary 6-1 after three innings.   The Golden Eagles allowed just four hits, two of them to junior Tim Ryan , including the Gents’ lone RBI single in the third.   Rene Recio threw four innings for the no decision while Dane Towery(3-2) tossed an additional five for the victory.     Jonathan Christian (2-6) picked up the loss for the Gents (19-25, 6-10 Mid-Con), giving up six runs on nine hits in two and third innings of work.   Brandon Fulenchek finished the game for Centenary, giving up just one run in five and a third innings.   The second match up was a closer affair as the Gents took their first lead of the series with a fourth inning RBI double by Chris Wilson to score senior shortstop David Kiefer .   ORU (30-16, 15-1 Mid-Con) answered right back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, and put the game-winning run on the board in the fifth.   Daniel Greenwalt (5-1) secured the win for the Golden Eagles with 2.1 innings of one-hit ball.   The Gents’ Will Kaage (5-3) pitched a solid game, going the distance and giving up just two runs on six hits, but suffered the defeat.   Centenary returns home for their final series at Shehee Stadium as they face Chicago State for a four-game stretch.   Seniors Kiefer and J.C. Biagi will be recognized for their contributions to the program that weekend.
May 7, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 TULSA, Okla – The Centenary baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against Mid-Continent Conference foe Oral Roberts.   The Golden Eagles used their strong starting pitching to blank the Gents 6-0 and 4-0.                         Taylor McIntyre (5-6) and Dennis Bigley (8-3) both tossed complete games for ORU (28-16, 13-1 Mid-Con).   McIntyre struck out 11 for the win in the first game while Bigley fanned four in the second.   Bigley has yet to give up an earned run in conference play.   Justin Darr collected three hits on the day for the Gents (19-23, 6-8 Mid-Con), while Tim Ryan and Jonathan Ahearn each added a pair.   Starting pitcher J.C. Biagi (2-5) picked up the loss in game one, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks in 1.2 innings of work.   David McElroy (5-2) threw a complete game in the nightcap, surrendering three earned runs on nine hits in the loss.
May 7, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Centenary vs. Oakland Boxscore (Game One) Centenary vs. Oakland Boxscore (Game Two) ROCHESTER, Mich - Centenary’ final twinbill of the regular season went down to the wire in both games as the Ladies finished the Mid-Continent Conference series 1-3 with Oakland on Saturday. The Golden Grizzles came from behind to win the opener in the bottom of the seventh and in the nightcap drove home five runs in the top of the first to sweep a doubleheader from the Ladies, 2-1 and 5-4 at the OU Softball Complex. Jessica Ivins was masterful on the mound during the first game, holding the Golden Grizzles scoreless through the first five innings. The rookie, out of Houston Tex., struck out 10 OU batters while allowing just two runs. The opener was a battle on the mound with both Ivins and OU’s Nicole Marzano performing well. Centenary broke through in the sixth when Lindsey Jones walked and later advanced to second on Lory Kowaleski’s sacrifice. Jennifer Martin came up to the plate sending pinch runner Natalie Schoppe to third on an infield single. Centenary attempted their signature double steal, but Schoppe was thrown out at home. With Martin on third, Lauren Flowers walked putting runners on the corners. The Ladies went for the double steal again, pushing Martin home to take to 1-0 advantage.  Ivins shut down the Golden Grizzles once again in the sixth and struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, OU rallied as consecutive batters knocked out singles followed by Stephanie Zellner’s RBI single that tied the game. The next batter, Camie Knorr responded with the game winning shot to center field to end the game. In the nightcap, Oakland batted around in the bottom of the first to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Davis Davis held the Golden Grizzles scoreless for the remainder of the game, while her teammates cut into the lead. Jennifer Mango ’s solo homerun in the fourth got the Ladie
May 6, 2005 | Athletics
ROCHESTER, Mich .- The Ladies came from behind to split a conference doubleheader with Oakland at the OU Softball Complex on Friday afternoon. The Ladies rallied from five runs down to take the first contest 7-5, before falling 10-6 in the nightcap. After allowing five runs on six hits in the first two innings, Centenary’s Jessica Ivins settled down and did not allow another base hit for the remainder of the first game. The righty struck out five improving her record to 17-10. Trailing 5-0 in the second, the Ladies sent nine hitters to the plate to score six runs. The one-out rally began with back-to-back singles by Micah Rhodes , Jennifer Mango , and Lindsay Jones . Senior Lory Kowaleski then drove in a pair of runs with a bases loaded double to right field followed by Natalie Schoppe ’s RBI single which plated Jones. Dana Davis reached on a fielder’s choice which gave the Ladies their first lead of the day as Schoppe scored and Kowaleski touched home on an error by the catcher. Lauren Flowers also posted her 14th double of the season during the inning. Another run in the top of the seventh off of Rhodes’ 30th RBI of the year insured the win. In the nightcap, both teams came out strong in the first stanza. The Ladies knocked in two runs, courtesy of Flowers running home on a wild pitch and Rhodes’ RBI-double to center field. Oakland took back the lead knocking in four runners in the bottom of the first. With Kowlaeski stealing home and freshman Brittany Broussard busting a RBI single to right field, the Ladies tied the game in the second, 4-4. Centenary tacked on another run in the fifth when Rhodes blasted her second double of the game and later touched home on a wild pitch. The sophomore right fielder has 12 doubles on the season. The Golden Grizzlies (8-39, 2-13) answered knocking in fours runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth for the victory. Ivins (17-11) took the loss, after coming in for Kristan Morton
May 5, 2005 | Athletics
Chad Maclies The Centenary community is saddened and mourns the death of  beloved student Chad Maclies.  He was pronounced dead in his room in Cline Hall at approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3rd. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Maclies family. Chad was from Kingwood, Texas , a senior with a double major in math and physics and a minor in computer science, and was a Dean's List student.  He planned to become a computer analyst following graduation next fall.  A star basketball player, he was a leader of the Gents in many ways, including points and rebounds per game this year.  Just a few days ago, he received the Athletic Achievement Award at Honors Convocation and previously he had earned All-Louisiana and All-Conference honors. In many ways, both on and off the court, Chad was a leader with a big heart, a disarming smile and a can-do spirit.  He was a superb young man, a model student-athlete and an integral part of the Centenary family.  He will be greatly missed on our campus. There was no indication of foul play and the cause of death will be determined by the coroner's office. A Memorial Service has been planned for Friday, May 6th, at 11 am in Brown Chapel on the Centenary campus.  Please join with me in prayers and condolences for Chad , his parents and sister, and his many, many friends on our campus and beyond.  
May 4, 2005 | Athletics
Butch Jordan SHREVEPORT - Records are bound to fall as Centenary’s incoming 2005 swimming class of seven women and four men recruits join the Maroon and White. Head Coach Butch Jordan announced the signing of the new student athletes this week as all 11 swimmers have the capability of breaking Centenary and Mid-Continent Conference records. Jordan’s incoming class includes Taryne Cantillo , Leslie Clampitt , Murphy Crain , Ryan Duplantis , Beth Geis , Ally Gann , Alana Gregory , Chase Lambert , Randy Myers , Byran Myers , and Nicole Turner . A South Terrebonne HS captain, out of Chauvin, La., Duplantis is a multi-talent athlete focusing his ability in the stroke events while also competing on Centenary’s cross country team. “Ryan will be dividing his training time in the early season with the school’s cross country team,” said Jordan. “We look to him to develop as a Mid-Con scorer in the IM and backstroke events.” Lambert is a versatile swimmer that will strengthen Jordan’s already talented squad. The Benton, Ark. native was dubbed Arkansas’ HS champion in the 200 fly and 500 free last year and will compete in the butterfly and middle distance events for Centenary. He already holds a 1:53.30 in the 200 fly and a 1:44.0 in the 200 free that bests Centenary’s all-time record. “Chase is a very important signee,” stated Jordan. “He will be a major factor for us in conference competition in the 200 and 500 free along with the 200 fly. He will also make a significant contribution in the relays.” Randy Myers will join older brother Dustin Myers on the 2005 squad in the fall. The 6’2 swimming standout made the TISCA All-State Team and is a school record holder at Round Rock HS in Round Rock, Tex. “Randy has the potential to stand out as high scorer at the Mid-Con championships his freshman year,” said Jordan. “We will look for him to excel in the 100, 200, and
May 4, 2005 | Athletics
Butch Jordan SHREVEPORT - Records are bound to fall as Centenary’s incoming 2005 swimming class of seven women and four men recruits join the Maroon and White. Head Coach Butch Jordan announced the signing of the new student athletes this week as all 11 swimmers have the capability of breaking Centenary and Mid-Continent Conference records. Jordan’s incoming class includes Taryne Cantillo , Leslie Clampitt , Murphy Crain , Ryan Duplantis , Beth Geis , Ally Gann , Alana Gregory , Chase Lambert , Randy Myers , Byran Myers , and Nicole Turner . A South Terrebonne HS captain, out of Chauvin, La., Duplantis is a multi-talent athlete focusing his ability in the stroke events while also competing on Centenary’s cross country team. “Ryan will be dividing his training time in the early season with the school’s cross country team,” said Jordan. “We look to him to develop as a Mid-Con scorer in the IM and backstroke events.” Lambert is a versatile swimmer that will strengthen Jordan’s already talented squad. The Benton, Ark. native was dubbed Arkansas’ HS champion in the 200 fly and 500 free last year and will compete in the butterfly and middle distance events for Centenary. He already holds a 1:53.30 in the 200 fly and a 1:44.0 in the 200 free that bests Centenary’s all-time record. “Chase is a very important signee,” stated Jordan. “He will be a major factor for us in conference competition in the 200 and 500 free along with the 200 fly. He will also make a significant contribution in the relays.” Randy Myers will join older brother Dustin Myers on the 2005 squad in the fall. The 6’2 swimming standout made the TISCA All-State Team and is a school record holder at Round Rock HS in Round Rock, Tex. “Randy has the potential to stand out as high scorer at the Mid-Con championships his freshman year,” said Jordan. “We will look for him to excel in the 100, 200, and
April 30, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Senior Janis Kelley hit her fifth homerun of the season, while sophomores Megan Hall and Dana Davis both hit their fourth dingers on the year as Centenary's softball team earned a split in the second day of conference play with Southern Utah. Battling through the rain in first game, the Ladies shutout the Thunderbirds 3-0, but dropped the second contest 5-2. Faced with two outs, Davis broke the first game open in the bottom of the fourth with a high drive into the trees behind the leftfield wall that plated Lory Kowaleski and pinch runner Bre Fletcher . That was all the Ladies needed as Kelley allowed only one hit during the remainder of the game. The Keithville, La. native was superb on the mound going all seven innings allowing just three hits, while striking out six batters. Between games seniors Katie Harwick , Kelley, Kowaleski, student-assistant coach Craig Snider , and graduating junior Natalie Schoppe were all honored for their significant contributions to the Centenary program over the years. In the second game, after the Thunderbirds (18-23-1,14-6) took a 4-0 lead, the Ladies cut into the deficit when Hall blasted SUU’s Amy Sauer’s first pitch of the sixth over the left field fence only to be followed with Kelley’s homer one play later. SUU notched another insurance run in the sixth to take the 5-2 victory. The Ladies (27-22, 10-6) will travel to Rochester, MI to battle conference-foe Oakland in a four game series,wrapping up regular season play. The first day of competition is slated for Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
April 30, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team used a second final inning, come-from-behind rally in as many days to earn a doubleheader and series split with visiting Southern Utah.   The Gents dropped the first contest 8-3 before downing the Thunderbirds 3-2 in the second game, an extra inning affair.   Senior David Kiefer beat out a double play attempt with runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth inning of game two to drive in the game-winning run.   Jonathan Ahearn started off the rally with a hard chopper down the first base line, careening past the Thunderbird first baseman for a double.   A pinch-running Steven Rodriguez advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Valdivia , forcing Southern Utah to intentionally walk Tim Ryan and try to draw a double play.   Kiefer also sparked the two-run, game-tying rally in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff double into left field.   First baseman Chris Wilson then singled up the middle to put runners at the corners, and Jonathan Colgin followed suit with an RBI single of his own, advancing to second on an error by the SUU centerfielder.   J.C. Biagi knotted the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to score Wilson and advance Colgin to third.   With two-down and a man on third, Jared Vincent hit a sharp grounder down the third base line, but had the ball knocked down by the Thunderbird’s Darren Duckworth.   Duckworth regrouped and fired to ball to first just in time to beat Vincent sliding headfirst and negating the would-be winning run.   Southern Utah plated two runs in the sixth on an RBI single to center and a suicide squeeze bunt by Jeff Oliverson.   Sophomore Will Kaage threw five and a third innings, giving up both earned runs on just three hits.   Jonathan Christian (2-5) picked up the victory after tossing two and a third perfect innings.   Justin Abbott
April 29, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt ELMHURST, Ill .- Once again, Centenary’s tennis star Anja Schmidt was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year after a perfect 17-0 spring season at the top slot as she dominated league opponents posting a 8-0 conference record. She finished the season with a team-best 25-3 singles mark, including a 13-8 dual record. Schmidt etched her name in the Mid-Con history books as the fifth player to earn the award twice and the fourth to be awarded in consecutive seasons. She also joined six league players on the All-Conference First Team. For the second year in a row, Schmidt led the conference in singles victories while teaming with doubles partner Heather Kelley marking the third-most double victories (13) in the league. Her consistency on the court has also placed her in the Maroon and White history books. Her sophomore record of 23-2 resulted in a .920 winning percentage, which is the best single season effort of all-time. She also holds the highest career winning percentage of .864. The 5’7'' junior from Gilforn, Germany, will finish her three-year career at Centenary ranking second in all-time singles wins with 25 single-season victories in 2004-05, right behind Jasmina Tonejc’s 1988-89 record of 26. She received Mid-Con Player of the Week nine times during her collegiate career and was the co-winner of the Mid-Con Scholar Athlete Award for the 2003-04 season.
April 29, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - By taking advantage of a series of errors in the first contest and blasting three homeruns in the second, Southern Utah swept a doubleheader from the Centenary Ladies 10-2 and 8-3 Friday night at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Thunderbirds knocked in two runs in their first at-bat thanks to a pair of miscues by Centenary’s infield. The Ladies chipped away at the two-run lead when Megan Hall plated Lauren Flowers, who hit a double to lead off the inning, in the bottom of the first. SUU mirrored their first at-bat in the top of the second, rallying with two outs as Tiffany Burt clubbed a shot to centerfield followed by Erin Neiderhauser’s double to the same spot. Both runners came in on Kristen Carmichael’s infield single for the 4-1 lead. The T-birds stretched the lead to 8-1 when Jentry Johnson hit a bases loaded dinger off relief pitcher Janis Kelley in the top of the fourth. Centenary’s Micah Rhodes answered that homerun with one of her own as she led off the Ladies in the next rotation. Both teams played exceptional defense in the fifth, keeping the score at 8-2. Pitcher Jessica Ivins re-entered the game with no outs and runners on first and second as Amy Sauer singled to leftfield, loading the bases. Ivins walked the next two batters, plating Carmichael and Johnson for the game. The Ladies regrouped for the second contest and took an early lead thanks to Lory Kowaleski’s sacrifice fly, which allowed Davis to tag-up for the first run of the game. Carmichael tied the game in the fourth with her seventh homerun of the year followed by four more runs, including Bobbi Jo Merrill’s solo homerun to make the score 5-1. Centenary countered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the Thunderbirds retired three consecutive batters in the bottom of the seventh for the win. Amy Sauer picked up both wins for SUU allowing five runs on 11 hits over 13 innings, while striking out six to pick up her 11th and 12th w
April 29, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team split the opening doubleheader of the series versus visiting Southern Utah, falling 8-0 before winning 7-6.   The Gents took advantage of three consecutive Thunderbird errors in the last half inning of the second game to pull out a one-run, come-from-behind victory.     In the second contest, Centenary (18-20, 5-5 Mid-Con) found themselves down one run in the bottom of the seventh.   David Kiefer drew a one-out walk before SUU first baseman Aaron Nelson misfired a double-play attempt to second on a Chris Wilson grounder, putting men on first and second.   Another error, this time by T-Bird third baseman Darren Duckworth, allowed Jonathan Colgin to reach and loaded the bases.   The Thunderbirds (18-20, 6-6 Mid-Con) then committed their third consecutive error as Duckworth fielded a chopper by Justin Darr and threw wide-right attempting to force Kiefer out at the plate.   The miscue scored the senior shortstop and a pinch-running Jared Vincent from second.   Kris Calhoun (3-3) earned his third victory of the year in extended relief, taking over for starter David McElroy in the third.   He allowed one unearned run on three hits, fanning two in process.   Centenary looked to jump to a comfortable lead in the first when Tim Ryan hit his first of two homeruns of the game.   The liner over the leftfield wall scored Alex Valdivia , who drew a four-ball walk to start the inning.   Kiefer then walked and stole second, and was advanced to third on a fly ball to right by Wilson.   Kiefer scored on a Colgin double, while Colgin later scored on a sacrifice fly by J.C. Biagi .   Not to be outdone, Southern Utah showed why they lead the Mid-Continent Conference in homeruns and team slugging percentage.   Tyson Olson hit his second homer on the day in the second, a two run shot to right. &
April 28, 2005 | Athletics
Ken Dupree SHREVEPORT – Centenary Head Coach Ken Dupree has signed four more women’s golfers to National Letters of Intent, raising the number of incoming freshman to five.    Bethany Cox , Jessica Garza , Elizabeth Lyles , and Leigh Newton bolster a promising Ladies team for the next four years.   A native of Ruston, La., Cox attended Cedar Creek High School.   “Bethany is going to be a good fit for what we have planned for the team,” said Coach Dupree. “She has a good work ethic and is very coachable, and we expect her to develop into a fine golfer.”   Garza comes to Centenary out of McKinney, Texas, where she attended McKinney High School North.   “A player with the caliber of Jessica will make an immediate impact on the program,” Dupree said.   “Her game is solid all around and she possesses a cool, calm demeanor on the course.”   Lyles is a local product from Shreveport out of Caddo Magnet.   She played at Captain Shreve her freshman and sophomore years.   “I’m excited to bring a local player like Lizzie [Lyles] to the Centenary program,” said Dupree.   “She’ll add a level of consistency that will help push the Ladies program to the next level.”   The program’s first Canadian player, Newton hails from Edmonton, Alberta, where she attended Strathcona Composite High School.   “Leigh is the first international student I have recruited,” Dupree said.   “She has good size and a John Daly-like golf swing that will make her a strong and immediate presence on the golf course.”   The foursome joins incoming-freshman Tracy Williams as Dupree’s largest class since taking over the helm in 2002.
April 27, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Centenary softball team closed out their non-conference slate, coming close to avenging an earlier season loss to Northwestern State on Wednesday night at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Lady Demons picked up both games of the twinbill with the help of releif pitching in the first 3-2 victory while a damaging Centenary error late in the second contest allowed the game winning run for the second 3-2 win. The Lady Demons’ school-record topping play posed a threat to the Ladies as they started scoring early with Margaret Patterson’s RBI single through the left side. The Ladies answered that run in the bottom of the second when Megan Hall maneuvered her way out of a pickle along the third base line, knotting the score at one a piece. Northwestern (35-26, 15-12 SLC) retook the lead in the top of the third as Amanda Glenn doubled to right and later scored on a powerful shot through the right side by Lyndsey Gorski. Amanda Perdue added another run in the top of the seventh as she clubbed her first homer of the year off relief pitcher Janis Kelley. Kelley halted the Lady Demons’ drive striking out a looking Patterson to take it to the bottom of the seventh. Not to be outdone, Ladies pinch hitter Jennifer Mango mirrored Perdue’s solid shot over the left field fence posting her second homerun of the season to bring the Ladies within one. With two outs, Amanda Glenn came in for the Lady Demons walking Lory Kowaleski and pinch hitter Natalie Schoppe. With the winning run on base, Glenn came through striking out a looking Lauren Flowers for her eighth save of the year. Loni Rasberry got the win (17-9) while Jessica Ivins took the loss (16-9). The second game was equally thrilling as Northwestern notched two runs in the top of the first stanza. The Ladies tied the game with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth as Rhodes doubled, pushing in Mango and Flowers. Northwestern’s Kelley Corliss broke the tie laying down a p
April 26, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score NATCHITOCHES, La – Northwestern State handed the Centenary baseball team their third shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory in Natchitoches on Tuesday evening.   The Gents were unable to keep up with the Demons in the fast paced contest, falling for the second time this year.   Host Northwestern State (32-14) put the go ahead and eventual winning runs on the board in the third inning.   Brandon Morgan’s two RBI double plated the Demons first runs off of Centenary   (17-19) starter Jonathan Christian (1-5).   Christian went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits.   Sophomore Brandon Fulenchek picked up the action in the fourth, throwing four innings of long relief for the Gents.   The southpaw didn’t allow a hit or a run while on the mound, extending Centenary’s chances into the eighth.   The Demons struck again in the eighth, scoring on a fielders choice after consecutive singles off of reliever Chad Harper .   Jonathan Colgin paced the Gents with a pair of hits, including an eighth inning double to right field.   David Kiefer added a ninth innings single for Centenary’s only hits of the game.
April 24, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Matt Clark MACOMB, Ill – The Centenary baseball team survived their first Mid-Continent Conference series sweep of the season after splitting a second doubleheader against Western Illinois.   The Gents dropped the first contest 5-4 before winning the second game 9-6.   Freshman pitcher Matt Clark threw six and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits.   He struck out five WIU (15-23, 6-2 Mid-Con) batters before being relieved by Kris Calhoun down 2-1 in the seventh.   The Gents (17-18, 4-4 Mid-Con) evened the score in the top of the eighth on an RBI single to right by Justin Darr .   Tim Ryan scored on the play after doubling down the right field line and advancing to third on groundout to second by David Kiefer .   The Leathernecks responded with a three run eighth, capitalizing on three hits and an inning opening walk.   Down three in the top of the ninth, Kiefer hit his second homerun of the season to put Centenary within one.   The two-out, two-run shot scored Alex Valdivia , but the Gents couldn’t plate another run in the 5-4 loss.   Centenary came out firing in the second game, determined not to leave the state of Illinois without a victory.   They scored five runs in the first three innings, including a three run first, and capped the contest off with a three run ninth.   Jonathan Colgin hit 2-for-3 in the second game with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.   Kiefer, Valdivia, and Chris Wilson also scored twice while Valdivia notched his first triple of the year.   Sophomore Will Kaage (5-2) moved himself into a tie for the team lead in wins with five with the victory.   He gave up four runs on six hits in five and a third innings of work.   The Gents continue their road trip as they face Northwestern State on Tuesday, April 26 in Natchitoches at 6:30 p.m.   Centenary will then return to
April 23, 2005 | Athletics
MACOMB, Ill .- The Centenary men's tennis team dropped their final match of the season in a close 4-2 contest to conference rival Western Illinois at the Brophy Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Gents finish with a Mid-Con record of 1-5 and an overall record of 2-15. The Leathernecks (8-10, 1-4) secured the point in the doubles portion of the match as Centenary forfeited the No. 3 pairing and WIU’s Justin Junck and Josh Wittenberg defeated Josh Pinto and Arthur Okura 8-2 at the No. 2 position. In singles, Russ Patrick registered another win at No. 2 over WIU’s Sisay Selassie while teammate Arthur Okura bested WIU’s No. 4 in two easy sets, 6-1, 6-0. Despite the two wins, Centenary (2-15, 1-5) was forced to forfeit the No. 6 slot as the Leathernecks prevailed posting wins in the top slot and the No. 3 position to register a final score of 4-2. Oral Roberts (11-12, 6-0 Mid-Con) took the Mid-Con regular-season title by finishing the conference season undefeated with a 6-0 mark. The Golden Eagles will face #4 IUPUI (3-13, 3-3) in the first semifinal match on Thursday followed by #2 Valparaiso’s (8-12, 5-1) match against #3 UMKC (5-9, 4-2) at the Indianapolis Tennis Center. On the Friday, the winners of each match will fight for Mid-Con top honors and for the chance to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament. RESULTS: DOUBLES 1. Brian Roberts/Russ Patrick (CC) leading Mike Tiu/Sisay Selassie 7-3 2. Justin Junck/Josh Wittenberg (WIU) def. Josh Pinto/Arthur Okura 8-2 3. Pat Lowder/Drew Forsberg (WIU) win by forfeit SINGLES: 1. Junck (WIU) def. Roberts 6-1, 7-5 2. Patrick (CC) def. Selassie 7-5, 6-3 3. Rob Coventry (WIU) leading Pinto 6-2, 2-6, 1-1 DNF 4. Okura (CC) def. Forsberg 6-1, 6-0 5. Lowder (WIU) def. Cody Andrews 6-1, 6-1 6. Kyle Offerdahl (WIU) won by forfeit
April 23, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 MACOMB, Ill – The Centenary baseball team dropped both games of their opening doubleheader of a four-game series with Mid-Continent Conference foe Western Illinois, 4-2 and 4-0.   Four Gent errors in the first game led to the initial loss while the Leathernecks allowed just two hits in the second game shutout.   The Leathernecks (14-22, 5-1 Mid-Con) jumped to an early lead, plating two runs on two Centenary (16-17, 3-3 Mid-Con) errors in the bottom of the first.   The Gents answered back with a pair of runs of their own in the third on RBI doubles by David Kiefer and Justin Darr .   Western Illinois scored the eventual winning run in the fifth after starting pitcher J.C. Biagi loaded the bases with a back-to-back hit batsman and walk after surrendering a double to right field.   The Gents were unable to convert a one-out double play, allowing the runner on third to score.   Biagi (2-3) allowed two unearned runs on six hits in loss.   The senior fanned six batters en route to his third complete game of the year.   WIU’s Pat Kohorst (5-3) also struck out six in a complete game appearance.   Leatherneck starter Clint Buchen (4-1) allowed just two hits and a walk in the second contest.   Centenary pitcher David McElroy (5-1) recorded his first loss of the season after giving up four runs in the bottom of the second.   All four staring pitchers tossed complete games in the doubleheader.   McElroy allowed a leadoff triple in the second followed by an RBI single to right for the game-winning run.   After a walk and a hit batsman, WIU notched a two RBI single to right with the bases loaded and plated their fourth run on a wild pitch with runners on the corners.
April 22, 2005 | Athletics
QUINCY, Ill .- Inclement weather forced a delay and a change in location at the Mid-Continent Conference men’s tennis cluster on Friday hosted by Western Illinois. The Gents dropped matches to league-foes Valparaiso and UMKC at the Quincy Racquet Club. The pair of losses drops the Gents to a 2-14, 1-4 record. In the morning contest, Valparaiso (6-12, 3-1) won two of the doubles matches, taking the third by default to claim the doubles point. Centenary went on defaulting the sixth singles spot to give the Crusaders the automatic lead. Valpo’s Nic Kooyers and David Bukowski registered wins at the No.1 and No. 5 spots respectively to earn the 4-0 victory. In the second match of the day, Centenary battled UMKC (5-7, 4-0) to the edge in doubles. Brain Roberts and Russ Patrick posted their first league No. 1 doubles win over UMKC’s Richard Harrison and Grant Gelina, 8-5, but the Kangaroos were able to take the crucial No. 2 match for the point. In individual play, Arthur Okura defeated Justin Ghani, 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 4 slot but, it wasn’t enough as UMKC’s top three players were able to seal the 6-1 triumph, recording wins in their respective matches to remain undefeated in conference play. Centenary will return to the courts tomorrow morning for their final day of play at the conference cluster. The top four teams advance to the Mid-Con Championships next weekend in Indianapolis, Ind. to fight for the conference crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. RESULTS: Valparaiso 4, Centenary 0 DOUBLES: No. 1 – Dunham-Freer/Mike Shideler (Valpo) def. Roberts/Patrick, 8-2 No. 2 – Kooyers/Shabbi Kahn (Valpo) leading Pinto/Okura, 6-4 DNF No. 3 – Joe Venegas/David Bukowski (Valpo) won by default SINGLES: No. 1 – Nic Kooyers (Valpo) def. Brian Roberts, 6-0, 6-1 No. 2 – Ben Dunham–Freer (Valpo) up 6-4, 1-5 against Russ Patrick, SUSPENDED No. 3 – Joe Venegas (Valpo) up 6-4 against Josh Pinto, SUSPENDE
April 19, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt ELMHURST, Ill .- Centenary’s tennis ace Anja Schmidt was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season for her incredible talent on the court. She continued her unbeatable ways remaining undefeated in spring and conference play over the weekend with five wins in the top slot, topping off her Centenary career at the Mid-Con Cluster hosted by Oral Roberts. During last weekend’s three-day cluster, Schmidt overpowered top players from Oral Roberts (6-3, 6-2), Western Illinois (6-1, 6-2), UMKC (6-0, 6-0), IUPUI (6-3, 6-1), and Southern Utah (6-0, 6-2). Her remarkable play improved her overall spring record to 17-0. She also teamed with fellow junior Heather Kelley to beat four conference teams at No. 1 doubles. This season she has posted an 8-0 record against league opponents and finished with a team-best 25-3 singles mark, including several matches against nationally-ranked opponents. She also posted a 13-8 dual record in first position doubles. Her stellar play and consistency on the court has placed her into Centenary’s history book. Her rookie season ended pacing the Ladies with a 22-6 record. Her talent grew over the next year as her sophomore record of 23-2 resulted in a .920 winning percentage, which is the best single season effort of all-time. She also holds the highest career winning percentage of .864. The 5’7’’ junior from Gifhorn, Germany, will complete her three-year career at Centenary ranking second in all-time singles wins with 25 single-season victories in 2004-05, right behind Jasmina Tonejc’s 1988-89 record of 26. This is the ninth time the junior has received the conference weekly accolade as she was named Mid-Con Player of the Week five times during the 2004 regular season. She was also honored with the 2004 Mid-Con’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Year award and was the co-winner of the Mid-Con Scholar Athlete Award for the 2003-04 season.
April 19, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Centenary softball team racked up 13 hits in each game of the doubleheader against Grambling on Tuesday night. The Ladies offensive power quickly turned the first game into an 8-0 blowout, earning Kristan Morton a perfect game in the pitching circle. In the nightcap, conference-leading Centenary continued to show its offensive talent finishing the sweep in dramatic fashion with an 11-2 victory. Morton (8-7) took the mound in the first game striking out the first three batters she faced and never looked back. The rookie right-hander pitched her first perfect game, striking out seven to register the school’s seventh no-hitter. The Ladies came alive offensively after two innings of scoreless play in the first contest. Amy Wiedeman launched her first collegiate homerun, putting the Ladies on the board in the bottom of the third. A third-inning offensive explosion followed as Centenary posted four runs on five hits, including a double by Janis Kelley who later stole home and RBI singles from Dana Davis and Micah Rhodes. The hitting spree continued throughout the rest of the frames as the Ladies notched another run in the fourth and three more in the fifth for the win. The Lady Tigers (3-52) tried to bounce back in the second contest taking a 2-0 lead in the first frame. Mandy Young led off Grambling’s only run-scoring inning with a hard shot to third followed by Asia Anders' single to leftfield. Ashley Williams’ base hit down the right field line scored Young, moving Anders to third. After Monica Ward reached on a fielder’s choice, Kiki Johnson came through with a single to right center to push home Anders. With the bases loaded, Jessica Ivins ended the offensive threat striking out a swinging Katoya Fields and Stacey Pearson. Leading off for the Ladies, Flowers started the second game the same as the first doubling to centerfield. Jennifer Martin walked before Megan Hall reached on a fielder’s choice pushing Flowers to the
April 19, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Results - Men's Final Results - Women's MACOMB, Ill – Centenary’s Brett Kaufman capped off his collegiate career by earning First Team All-Mid-Continent Conference Honors for finishing fourth at the Conference Championships.   The senior shot 222 to finish six strokes behind the leader.   As a team, the Gents finished seventh with 927, shooting rounds of 314, 301, and 312.   Kaufman was tied for second after two rounds going into the final day of play with rounds of 75 and 72.   He shot another 75 on the final 18 holes to edge the competition for fourth.   David Viviano (231) finished 21 st with rounds of 81, 73, and 77, followed closely behind by Brian Grone (234) in 23 rd place with 77, 77, 80.   John Kizer (243) tied for 35 th with rounds of 84, 79, and 80 and Mackey Miles (248) 37 th with 81, 83, 84.   Chloe’ Mims shot rounds of 85, 86, and 84, for a 255 to finish in 15 th place.   Mims played as an individual as the Ladies did not qualify for team competition.   Oakland’s Brian Stuard defeated Southern Utah’s Kenny Ebalo in a playoff to earn Player of the Year.   Ebalo shot a 69 in the last round to catch up to Stuard at 216.   Winning the Mid-Con Championships was IUPUI with 902.   They held off three teams by three strokes, as each squad was one stroke of off the next.   Southern Utah finished second with 905, Western Illinois third with 906, and UMKC fourth with 907.   Oral Roberts (911), Oakland (912), Centenary (927), and Chicago State (1028) rounded out the men’s competition.   Oral Roberts shot 939 to win the women’s draw by 50 strokes.   The Golden Eagles swept the Mid-Con honors, earning four of five First Team nods, Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year.
April 18, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt Versha Sharma TULSA, Okla .- The 2005 Ladies tennis team finished their season strong this weekend at the Mid-Continent Conference Cluster hosted by Oral Roberts. Centenary placed sixth overall with Christine Majchrowicz and Anja Schmidt posting a perfect 5-0 mark in singles play at the ORU Tennis Courts. The Ladies ended the 2005 season with a 5-14 overall record and went 3-5 in league play. Schmidt remained untouchable keeping her undefeated spring play record alive with five wins in the top slot, boosting her overall spring record to 17-0. Her consistency on the court has placed her in the Maroon and White history book. Her sophomore record of 23-2 resulted in a .920 winning percentage, which is the best single season effort of all-time. She also holds the highest career winning percentage of .864. This season she has posted an 8-0 record against Mid-Con opponents and finished with a team-best 25-3 singles mark, including a 13-8 dual record. The 5’7'' junior from Gilforn, Germany, will finish her three-year career at Centenary ranking second in all-time singles wins with 25 single-season victories in 2004-05, right behind Jasmina Tonejc’s 1988-89 record of 26. Centenary compiled a 2-3 mark during the three-days of competition. The Ladies opened conference play with a 4-2 loss to Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles were able to slide past the Ladies by taking the doubles point as Heather Kelley, Schmidt, and C. Majchrowicz all tallied victories in singles play. Later in the afternoon the Ladies notched a 5-2 victory over Western Illinois when Ashlee Mantooth clinched the match in the fourth position by coming from behind to pull out the tie-breaker 1-6, 6-4, 10-7. The Ladies spilt on Saturday taking a match from UMKC 4-3 before falling to IUPUI, 5-2. Centenary earned the sixth-place finish, dropping a close 4-3 match to Southern Utah on Sunday.  IUPUI (13-8, 7-1) will look to three-peat as Mid-Con Tournament champions as they take on SUU
April 18, 2005 | Athletics
LUBBOCK, Texas – Centenary shortstop David Kiefer has been added to the College Baseball Foundation’s 2005 Brooks Wallace Award final watch list for the College Baseball Player of the Year.     Kiefer joins 125 of the Nation’s premiere baseball players and, along with Oral Roberts’ Dennis Bigley, is one of only two representatives from the Mid-Continent Conference.   The Wallace Watch list of 2005 nominees will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by Tuesday, May 22 and will be further narrowed to three finalists after the NCAA Super Regionals on Thursday, June 16 in Omaha.   Dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech shortstop and assistant coach, Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A 4-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984 he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27.
April 18, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Results - Women's Final Results - Men's MACOMB, Ill – Chloe’ Mims shot rounds of 85, 86, and 84, for a 255 to finish in 15 th place at the Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championships.   Mims played as an individual as the Ladies did not qualify for team competition.   Oral Roberts shot 939 to win the women’s draw by 50 strokes.   The Golden Eagles swept the Mid-Con honors, earning four of five First Team nods, Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year.   The Gents’ Brett Kaufman capped off his collegiate career by earning First Team All-Mid-Con honors for finishing fourth at the Conference Championships.   The senior shot 222 to finish six strokes behind the leader.   As a team, the Gents finished seventh with 927, shooting rounds of 314, 301, and 312.   Kaufman was tied for second after two rounds going into the final day of play with rounds of 75 and 72.   He shot another 75 on the final 18 holes to edge the competition for fourth.   David Viviano (231) finished 21 st with rounds of 81, 73, and 77, followed closely behind by Brian Grone (234) in 23 rd place with 77, 77, 80.   John Kizer (243) tied for 35 th with rounds of 84, 79, and 80 and Mackey Miles (248) 37 th with 81, 83, 84.   Oakland’s Brian Stuard defeated Southern Utah’s Kenny Ebalo in a playoff to earn Player of the Year.   Ebalo shot a 69 in the last round to catch up to Stuard at 216.   Winning the Mid-Con Championships was IUPUI with 902.   They held off three teams by three strokes, as each squad was one stroke of off the next.   Southern Utah finished second with 905, Western Illinois third with 906, and UMKC fourth with 907.   Oral Roberts (911), Oakland (912), Centenary (927), and Chicago State (1028) rounded out the men’s competition.
April 17, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – A two-out error with runners on the corner lifted the Centenary baseball team to 8-7, 10-inning victory over visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Shehee Stadium.   The win puts the Gents above .500 for the first time this season since winning the season opener against Loyola of New Orleans.   Having already come from behind to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, the Gents (16-15, 3-1 Mid-Con) found themselves down a run going into the second half of the tenth.   Islanders (28-18-1) reliever Michael Hatfield hit Alex Valdivia with the first pitch of the frame before Tim Ryan screamed a deep line drive against the wall in right center to score Valdivia.   Attempting to advance to third, Ryan found himself in a pickle, eluding the third baseman before oversliding past third for the out.   Hatfield hit the next batter, David Kiefer , and gave up a single to Justin Darr to put runners at first and second.   Jonathan Colgin ’s fly out to deep center advanced Kiefer to third, bringing up A.J. Howes .   Down 0-2 in the count, Howes battled back, delivering a chopper to the shortstop who misplayed the hop, giving the Gents the win.   The Gents collected 17 runs on the day, three each by Valdivia and Jared Vincent .   Colgin, Ryan, Alex Moldonado and Chris Wilson all recorded multiple hits while Kiefer scored a team-high three runs.   David McElroy pitched the first five innings for Centenary, giving up two runs on seven hits for the no decision.   Relievers Kris Calhoun and Will Kaage (4-2) finished the day, with Kaage picking up the victory after pitching the 10 th .   The Islanders jumped on the board early courtesy of a solo homerun by Chuck Carter in the top of the first.   The Gents responded with two runs of their own thanks to the first of three errors by TAMUCC shortstop Jaime Landin.   Centenary would trade leads with
April 17, 2005 | Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo .- The Gents tennis team showcased their stellar play against three Mid-Continent Conference opponents this weekend. Centenary seized a 5-2 victory over Chicago State and pushed a series of matches to the brink but, unfortunately, the close matches went against the Gents as they dropped a 6-1 decision to IUPUI on Saturday and a 4-0 match to Oral Roberts on Sunday. After the three days of play, Centenary's record moved to 2-12 and 1-2 in the Mid-Con. On Friday, Centenary’s doubles pairing of Arthur Okura and Josh Pinto started out strong for the Gents as they took CSU’s No. 2 pairing, 8-5. The duo continued to play well individually, nabbing victories in singles action. Pinto won 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 2 position as Okura found himself down a set in the fourth slot, but remained tenacious taking the next two sets 6-3, 10-3. Jeffrey Krulin posted his first win of the season defeating Arthur Talley at the fifth position while Russ Patrick beat CSU’s No. 2 player, 7-5, 7-6. In the second day of play, IUPUI swept in doubles giving them the first point of the day. The Gents battled back in singles play with three matches going down to the wire. In the top slot, IUPUI’s Juan Mas took the first set 6-3 before Centenary’s Brain Roberts rebounded earning the second, 7-6 in a tiebreak. Roberts dropped the tight decision as Mas pulled out the final set 6-3, taking the victory. Patrick’s match mirrored Robert’s as he went to the tiebreaker in the second slot. The Maroon and White sophomore came from a set behind to knot the match, taking the second set 6-4. IUPUI’s Marc Pyatt was able to hold on for the dramatic third set finish, earning the final set, 7-6. Okura posted the third close match of the afternoon taking on the Jaguars’ No. 4 player. Okura came out on top in the first set 6-4, but Ross Gehlahausen walked off the court with the win taking the next two sets, 7-5, 6-4. Josh Pinto claimed a 6-0,
April 16, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC Game 3 CC-UMKC Game 4 SHREVEPORT--The Centenary Ladies softball team took both ends of their doubleheader with Mid-Continent Conference enemy UMKC 4-2 and 5-3 at the Centenary Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon to win the series 3-1. Janis Kelley picked up a win and a save on the strength of her arm while also driving in a game-winning run with her strong bat.   Centenary (24-18, 9-3) battled back from a 2-1 deficit in the first game of the double dip to tie the game in the fourth inning. Megan Hall led off with an infield single and was immediately replaced with pinch runner Amy Wiedeman. Micah Rhodes walked to place runners on first and second just before Kelley lined out to right field. With one out, Jennifer Mango singled through the left side to score Wiedeman on a close play at the plate.   The Ladies kept the pressure up as the following inning Centenary sent seven hitters to the batter’s box. The rally began with a single to left field by Dana Davis. Lauren Flowers walked which brought up Katie Harwick in a sacrifice bunt situation. Harwick laid down the bunt which UMKC catcher Eryn Knecht grabbed and threw to third. The toss was too late to force out Davis , allowing Harwick to reach safely on the fielder’s choice. With the bases loaded, Hall grounded into a third to home to first double play.   The Kangaroos then intentionally walked Rhodes to load the bases, bringing Kelley to the plate with an opportunity to help her own cause. The senior sent a ringing double down the left field line to push Flowers and Harwick across with what turned out to be the game-winning runs.   Kelley (2-3) hurled three scoreless innings in relief of Jessica Ivins to pick up her second win of the week. She surrendered only one hit and one free pass while facing 11 batters.   UMKC (7-35, 3-9) again took the early lead in game two as Kim Hoiting scored on a wild pitch from Ivins after doubling to
April 16, 2005 | Athletics
ITHACA, NY. - With a very gutsy floor performance, Sarah Racioppi tied for third during the individual event finals of the 2005 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals at Cornell Saturday afternoon. The Centenary junior perfectly executed an E-valued full twisting double on her first tumbling pass, marking the highest degree of difficultly of the floor routines at the Newman Arena. Her third place finish brought her career All-American total to four. Performing first did not hinder Racioppi as she displayed her tumbling expertise with a variety of difficult elements to score a 9.775. A slight stumble on her second pass allowed University of California-Davis’ Tiffany Chan and Seattle Pacific’s Debra Huss to slide past as the two tied for the floor title with a 9.850. “Regardless of the score, it was Sarah’s best performance all year, said Head Coach Bill Hardy. “By performing first she set the bar extremely high for the other competitors and attained new heights for herself." Teammate Kristina Menne continued to add awards to her young career receiving 2nd Team All-American honors on the bars along with freshman Meredith Smith who won her first USAG Second-Team All-American accolade on the vault. Upper classmen Sarah Ball, Tara Mitchell, Racioppi, and Carmen Reid were also recognized as Scholar Athletes during the three-day meet for maintaining a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
April 16, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 SHREVEPORT – The Centenary and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball teams split the opening doubleheader of their three-game series at Shehee Stadium, each winning by a 10-6 margin.   The Gents took the first game courtesy of a six run eighth inning while the Islanders evened the series behind a strong five run head start.   Centenary (15-15, 3-1 Mid-Con) spotted TAMU-CC a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh of the first match-up.   Second baseman Alex Valdivia drew a walk and promptly stole second base, putting a runner in scoring position for David Kiefer .   The Mid-Continent Conference’s leader in batting average, hits, and doubles, Kiefer smashed his second two-bagger of the game into right field, scoring Valdivia.   With two-down, Justin Darr singled up the middle to score Kiefer before crossing the plate on a towering 400 foot double off the centerfield wall by Jonathan Colgin .   The Islanders (28-17-1) responded with the go ahead run in the eighth before the Gents rallied for their game-breaking six run inning.   Opening the inning with a single to left, Jared Vincent was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Moldonado .   Pinch hitter Chris Wilson careened a double into left center to tie the score and force TAMU-CC to bring in help from the bullpen.   Normally a relief pitcher, Steven Rodriguez saw his first action in the basepaths running for Wilson.   The sophomore moved to third on a Valdivia groundout and was joined on the corners by Tim Ryan , who drew a four ball walk.   Not willing to take chances with the nation’s 10 th best hitter for average, the Islanders intentionally walked Kiefer to load the bases.   With the pressure on, TAMU-CC hurler Michael Hatfield hit Darr to force in the go-ahead run.   Colgin would put the game away with a two RBI single through the right sid
April 15, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC Game 1 CC-UMKC Game 2 SHREVEPORT--The Centenary Ladies softball team easily won the opening game of their Mid-Con series with UMKC 9-3, but their bats fell silent in the nightcap as the Ladies lost to the Kangaroos 2-1. Jessica Ivins tossed her 17 th complete game on the season to give Centenary the game one win while UMKC’s Veronica Weaver notched just her fourth full game of work to earn the game two victory for the visitors.   Centenary (22-18, 7-3 Mid-Con) erupted for five runs in the second inning of the opener after initially trailing UMKC 2-0. Micah Rhodes started the action with a single and a stolen base. Janis Kelley reached on a fielder’s choice that advanced Rhodes to third before being lifted for a pinch runner, Amy Wiedeman. On the very next pitch, Wiedeman and Rhodes pulled off a perfectly executed double steal to plate the Ladies first run. Wiedeman scored on a wild pitch and the next three Centenary batters all walked to load the bases. Jennifer Flowers then connected on a pitch from UMKC’s Tisha Abell, belting a bases-clearing double into left center field to put the Ladies ahead 5-2.   It was clear sailing from there for Centenary who added a pair of insurance runs in the third inning on a two-run homer from Rhodes and scored again in the fourth and sixth frames. Ivins scattered 11 hits in going the distance while striking out 10 Kangaroos to improve her record to 14-8.   UMKC (7-33, 3-7 Mid-Con) turned the tables on Centenary in the second game as this time it was the visitors who came from behind. The Ladies struck first in the bottom of the third when an error on the Kangaroos’ second baseman Kylie Williamson allowed Dana Davis to score. Davis pierced a one-out double to center field and was not able to advance when Flowers’ line drive was snared by Williamson. Katie Harwick then hit a ball up the middle that Williamson gloved before leaping and turning in
April 14, 2005 | Athletics
ITHACA, NY. - Centenary’s gymnastics team performed exceptionally well during the opening round of the 2005 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals hosted by Cornell University on Thursday evening at the Newman Arena. The team missed the finals by .025 points placing fifth on the first day of competition. Juniors Sarah Ball and Sarah Raciooppi and sophomore Kristina Menne received All-American status by placing inside the top eight of their respective events. University of California-Davis claimed top honors, finishing with 193.550 points, followed by Seattle Pacific with 191.550. Rutgers was third with 191.275 points, followed by Texas Woman’s (190.450), Centenary (190.425), Cornell (190), Air Force (187.625), and Alaska-Anchorage (186.850).        “I am so proud of the team as each athlete poured their heart and soul into their performances," said Head Coach Bill Hardy. “The combination of one too many mistakes and tough competition from eight talented teams proved to be a difficult obstacle as we came up just short.” Ball began the meet for the Ladies on the bars registering a 9.30 followed by Laura Wright sticking her landing for a solid 9.650. Menne led the event with a 9.70 while Jessie Angus added a 9.675 to the team’s overall 47.775 points. Centenary moved on to the beam where Menne scored a 9.625 while senior Tara Mitchell registered a 9.550 accumulating a team total of 46.975. Entering their third event, the Ladies dazzled the crowd with a spectacular showing on the floor as every gymnast scored a 9.550 or higher. Sarah Racioppi led the onslaught with a 9.750 showing trailed by Menne and Ball’s 9.650 routines. The Ladies wrapped up the meet on the vault where freshman Meredith Smith received a 9.600 and Mitchell came through once again for the team with a 9.525 performance. Menne earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year by placing third in the all-round with 38.425 point
April 13, 2005 | Athletics
ITHACA, New York--The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team arrived on Tuesday in Ithaca, New York, for the 2005 USA Gymnastics National Championships hosted by Cornell University. This year's squad is ready to defend their 2004 USAG title in hopes of sending their seniors off in style. The Ladies begin the team competition on Thursday with the top four teams advancing to the finals on Friday. Individuals that place in the top eight on their respective events advance to the event finals on Saturday. Centenary enters their title defense as the #1 ranked team in the USAG division with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 193.290. In addition, the Ladies rank first on the floor exercise (48.945) and the balance beam (48.090) while placing second on the vault (48.165) and third on the uneven bars (47.915). Seniors Jennie Jackson and Tara Mitchell have been to several USAG Championships and will provide experience and leadership to a team that sports seven underclassmen on its 12-man roster. Jackson was an All-American and National Champion last year after winning the uneven bars while Mitchell was an All-American in the all-around. Junior Sarah Racioppi currently ranks second among all USAG floor competitors with a RQS of 9.860. Racioppi is also one the Ladies biggest threats on the balance beam after earning All-American status on both events last season. Kristina Menne is fresh off of her second trip in as many years to an NCAA Regional after qualifying as an individual. The sophomore leads the USAG division in the all-around (38.950) and the floor exercise (9.885) while ranking second on the bars (9.765). At the 2004 championships, she won the all-around and earned All-American accolades on the uneven bars and the balance beam. You can follow the 2005 USAG National Championships live on the internet at http://cornellbigred.collegesports.com/sports/w-gym/spec-rel/041205aae.html .
April 13, 2005 | Athletics
RUSTON—The Centenary softball team completed its season sweep of I-20 rival Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night by downing the Lady Techsters 7-4 on the road. The Ladies used timely hitting to capitalize on Louisiana Tech fielding miscues to come away with the victory.   Centenary (21-17) struck four times in the fifth inning to overcome a two-run deficit and take the lead 4-2. The scoring began with a one out solo home run to center field by Dana Davis. Jennifer Flowers followed with a single while Katie Harwick reached on an error by pitcher Lesl Aycock to put runners on first and second. Megan Hall promptly doubled to right center to plate Flowers and Harwick and scored two batters later when Tech third baseman Brittany Welch could not field Janis Kelley’s grounder.   Louisiana Tech (18-31) battled back with two runs in the bottom half of the sixth to knot the game at four apiece. With one out and Kristan Morton pitching in relief of Centenary starter Jessica Ivins, Christine Echols doubled to left center. After a hit batter put two runners on base, Morton forced Ashley Palma to foul out to left field. Rochelle Sandberg then came through with a single to push both Jessica Elson and Echols across the plate. Kelley entered the game to pitch for the Ladies and immediately ended the threat by getting Ashley Cameron out on a come-backer to the pitcher’s circle.   The Ladies responded in the top of the seventh as Harwick walked and stole second base to start the rally. After an infield single by Hall, Micah Rhodes doubled to left center to drive in Harwick. Pinch runner Jennifer Martin then scored on a passed ball that also advanced Rhodes to third base. Kelley helped her own cause, ripping a double to left center to give the Ladies the 7-4 lead that they would not relinquish.   Kelley (1-3) recorded her first win on the season with a perfect one and a third innings of work in relief. The senior did not allow a batter to reach base
April 12, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary shortstop David Kiefer continues to collect accolades for his excellence on the diamond in his senior season, earning Mid-Continent Conference Men's Athlete of the Month honors for March.   The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native hit .411 for the month, collecting 23 hits and 13 runs.   He also hit seven doubles and drove in 15 RBI for a .536 slugging percentage and a .500 on base percentage.   Kiefer recorded game-winning RBI against then #2/#3 LSU and against Arkansas-Little Rock in a ten-inning, come from behind victory.   Named Mid-Con Player of the Week twice so far in 2005, Kiefer currently leads the conference in batting average (.449), hits (48), doubles (12), RBI (29), total bases (67), slugging percentage (.626), and on base percentage (.534).
April 11, 2005 | Athletics
Chad Maclies SHREVEPORT – Centenary basketball players Laura Kizyte and Chad Maclies have received All-Louisiana accolades by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.   Kizyte was named Honorable Mention All-Louisiana while Maclies earned Second Team honors.   A junior transfer, Kizyte had also been named the Mid-Continent Conference Newcomer of the Year for her rookie efforts for the Ladies.   She averaged 11.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.   Maclies led the Gents in scoring (18.0 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), field goal percentage (52%), and steals (1.4 spg) as a senior.   He also earned Second Team All-Mid-Con honors this season as well.   The pair are the fourth and fifth Centenary athletes to have their achievements recognized by the LSWA.   Ladies soccer’s Mindi Levinski and Lindsey Stafford were named First Team and Honorable Mention respectively, while Volleyball’s Lindsay Bekelja took home Second Team honors.
April 11, 2005 | Athletics
Chad Maclies SHREVEPORT – Centenary basketball players Laura Kizyte and Chad Maclies have received All-Louisiana accolades by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.   Kizyte was named Honorable Mention All-Louisiana while Maclies earned Second Team honors.   A junior transfer, Kizyte had also been named the Mid-Continent Conference Newcomer of the Year for her rookie efforts for the Ladies.   She averaged 11.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.   Maclies led the Gents in scoring (18.0 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), field goal percentage (52%), and steals (1.4 spg) as a senior.   He also earned Second Team All-Mid-Con honors this season as well.   The pair are the fourth and fifth Centenary athletes to have their achievements recognized by the LSWA.   Ladies soccer’s Mindi Levinski and Lindsey Stafford were named First Team and Honorable Mention respectively, while Volleyball’s Lindsay Bekelja took home Second Team honors.
April 11, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary shortstop David Kiefer has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week for the second time this year after dominating the opposition at the plate.   He led the Gents to a 3-2 record on the week, including a 3-1 conference mark.   Kiefer hit .632 in the five-game week, collecting 12 hits in 19 at-bats.   The senior from Albuquerque, New Mexico, drove in six runs and recorded a 1.053 slugging percentage.   He also averaged a .667 on base percentage, increasing his Mid-Con lead in the category to .534 on the year.   More impressively, Kiefer became just the sixth player in Centenary history to hit two triples in one game.   He nailed back-to-back shots in the first and second innings of the fourth game against Oakland, part of a 4-for-5 performance with two doubles, two triples, five RBI, and four runs scored.   This is the fifth Mid-Con award for the Gents and the second for Kiefer.   Jonathan Colgin won for February 21 while Kiefer was also named Mid-Con Player of the Week for March 7.   Pitchers J.C. Biagi and David McElroy were named Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week for March 7 and March 21 respectively.
April 10, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 3 Box Score - Game 4 SHREVEPORT - The Centenary baseball team’s offense ignited for 20 runs in the second game of a doubleheader with Mid-Continent Conference foe Oakland, claiming a 3-1 series victory.   The Gents won 9-6 and 20-3 en route to evening their season record to .500.   David Kiefer was one of three Gents (14-14, 3-1 Mid-Con) to hit 4-for-5 in the second victory, driving in five runs and scoring four times.   The senior shortstop became only the sixth Centenary player to hit two triples in one game.   Kiefer hit back-to-back three-baggers in the first and second innings.   Also going 4-for-5 five were Justin Darr and Jared Vincent .   Darr drove in five runs and scored three times, while Vincent collected four RBI and hit his first homerun of the season.   Centerfielder Tim Ryan also hit his first homerun of the year, four batters after Vincent.   Ryan went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in a pair.   Picking up the win in the second game was Will Kaage (3-2).   The sophomore hurler tossed a seven-inning, complete game for his third win of the year.   Kaage gave up 11 hits to yield three runs, all in the final inning.   Centenary picked up the first victory behind a solid outing by freshman Matt Clark (2-1).   The southpaw threw six and a third innings, allowing five runs on six hits, fanning three.   Kiefer reached base all five times at the plate in the first contest, going 2-for-2 with a walk and was hit by pitches twice.   For both games, he reached on eight consecutive appearances and nine of his final ten to increase his Mid-Con leading on base percentage to .534.   The Gents take a weekend off of Mid-Con action to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three game series this weekend.   Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 12 noon.
April 10, 2005 | Athletics
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.--Centenary's Kristina Menne competed in her second NCAA Regional in as many years with the Ladies gymnastics team on Saturday evening. Last year she participated only on the uneven bars, but this year the sophomore was given the opportunity to showcase her abilities in the all-around. In her first go-around as an all-arounder at a regional, Menne finished in 19th place with a score of 37.525. Menne also posted scores of 9.125 on the beam, 9.325 on the floor exercise, 9.475 on the vault, and 9.600 on the bars.
April 10, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt VALPARAISO, Ind .- The Ladies tennis team posted their second loss of conference play on Sunday afternoon battling Valparaiso. With the 6-1 victory over Centenary the Crusaders won their second straight Mid-Continent Conference regular season title registering a flawless 8-0 mark for the second straight year at home during the women’s tennis cluster. Valparaiso opened the match taking the doubles point with wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 spot. In singles competition, Anja Schmidt continues to lead the Mid- Con with yet another victory at first singles, boosting her overall record to 20-3. The Crusaders clinched the title with wins in the following five singles matches. The Ladies (3-11, 1-2) will prepare for their second conference cluster traveling to Tulsa, Okla. this weekend to take on Oral Roberts (6-11, 3-1) Western Illinois (2-9, 0-4), UMKC (0-8, 0-5), IUPUI (9-7, 3-1), and Southern Utah (8-3, 3-1). Their first match will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday against Oral Roberts. RESULTS: DOUBLES: 1. Monika Danko/Christina Scala (Valpo) even with Anja Schmidt/Heather Kelly 5-5, stopped 2. Rachel Janssen/Jill Dierberg (Valpo) def. Christine Majchrowicz/Ashlee Mantooth 8-4 3. Whitney Chada/Kate Evangelist (Valpo) def. Jennifer Majchrowicz/Lindsay Claire Ezell 8-1 SINGLES: 1. Schmidt (CC) def. Janssen 6-1, 6-3 2. Dierberg (Valpo) def. Kelly 6-2, 6-4 3. Scala (Valpo) def. C. Majchrowicz 6-0, 6-0 4. Chada (Valpo) def. Mantooth 6-2, 6-4 5. Evangelist (Valpo) def. J. Majchrowicz 6-0, 6-0 6. Stanislaw (Valpo) def. Ezell 6-0, 6-0
April 9, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt VALPARAISO, Ind .- The Ladies tennis team earned their first Mid-Continent Conference victory on Saturday afternoon against Oakland. The Ladies took four of the singles points and the doubles point for the 5-2 win. Centenary’s top two doubles teams demolished Oakland as Anja Schmidt and Heather Kelley easily took the No. 1 match 8-1 and Christine Majchrowicz and Ashlee Mantooth nabbed the No. 2 win 8-2. Veterans Schmidt, Kelley, and Christine Majchrowicz led the team in singles competition posting impressive victories. Freshman Lindsay Ezell registered her first conference win battling through the third set in the sixth slot, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Centenary (3-10, 1-1) will finish conference action tomorrow taking on Valparaiso at 9:00 a.m. RESULTS: DOUBLES 1. Anja Schmidt/Heather Kelly (CC) def. Teuta Lulgjuraj/Lisa Pellafone 8-1 2. Christine Majchrowicz/Ashlee Mantooth (CC) def. Angie Trecola/Lauren Sanchez-Murphy 8-2 3. Jessica Erickson/Laura Blankenship (OU) def. Jennifer Majchrowicz/Lindsay Ezell 8-1 SINGLES 1. Schmidt (CC) def. Lulgjuraj 6-1, 6-0 2. Kelly (CC) def. Pellafore 6-3, 6-1 3. Majchrowicz (CC) def. Trecola 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 4. Erickson (OU) def. Mantooth 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 5. Sanchez-Murphy (OU) def. Majchrowicz 6-1, 6-2 6. Ezell (CC) def. Blankenship 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
April 9, 2005 | Athletics
MACOMB, Ill .- Centenary softball split the second conference doubleheader with Western Illinois, out hitting the opposition in the first game for the 8-3 win before dropping the nightcap 4-3 because of a defensive miscue in the seventh at the Mary Ellen McKee Stadium. In the first contest of the afternoon, Centenary’s sparkling offense saw six batters register hits as Megan Hall knocked in her seventh double of the season. Centenary pushed in their first run when Lauren Flowers scored on a wild pitch in the first and continued to knock in runs in the second when Hall blasted a three-run RBI double to left center to make the score 4-1. The Ladies posted another two runs in the fourth and seventh to pick up their twentieth win of the season. Right-handed hurler Jessica Ivins (13-8) picked up her fourth conference win striking out five and allowing two earned runs on six hits. During the second game, WIU (14-17, 5-3) was able to score in the bottom of the seventh to rally from a 3-2 deficit. Amber Lessen led off the bottom of the seventh with a double down the left field line followed by Brin Zeller’s intentional walk. Melissa Dempsky reached on a perfectly laid bunt as Lessen scored the game-winning run off an error by Centenary’s catcher. Next up for the Ladies (20-17, -6-2) is a Wednesday night game in Ruston, La. against Louisiana Tech. The first pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
April 9, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team split the opening doubleheader of the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference season with visiting Oakland.   The Gents won the first game, a back-and-forth affair, 7-6 before falling in extra innings in the second game 3-2.   Centenary (12-14, 1-1 Mid-Con) spotted the Golden Grizzlies (3-18, 1-1 Mid-Con) a 4-1 lead in the opening game before pounding in four runs in the sixth to take a one-run lead.   OU answered back to take the lead with two runs in the seventh before the Gents responded with two of their own in the seventh for the win.   Tim Ryan went 2-for-4 in the first contest, driving home three runs in the process.   Alex Valdivia added a pair of runs while drawing three walks.   Senior J.C. Biagi took the mound as the starting pitcher, striking out four in six innings for the no decision.   Also hitting, Biagi notched a base hit and scored twice.   Earning his first win of the year, Kris Calhoun (1-2) threw 2 and 2/3 innings of relief work.   The strong-armed righty fanned three and allowed just two hits.   The Gents sent undefeated David McElroy to the hill for what would turn out to be a pitchers duel in the seven-inning game two.   Both McElroy and Oakland’s Paul Phillips went the full seven giving up two runs each, forcing the match-up into extra innings.   With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and men on the corners, OU’s pinch-hitter Brad Noel hit a soft chopper to the left side.   Communication problems between the shortstop David Kiefer and third baseman Biagi caused Kiefer to mishandle the grounder and allow the go-ahead and eventual winning run score.   Centenary and Oakland play another doubleheader tomorrow, starting at 12 noon at Shehee Stadium.
April 8, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt VALPARAISO, Ind .- The Ladies’ tennis team performed well during the first day of competition at the Mid-Continent Conference cluster hosted by Valparaiso at the Chesterton High School. Continuing her consistency on the court, Anja Schmidt picked up her 10th straight victory at No. 1 singles as the Ladies dropped a 6-1 decision late Friday afternoon. Centenary’s No. 1 duo of Schmidt and Heather Kelley downed Robbie Barnett and Edyta Urban 8-3, but Chicago State was still able to grab the doubles point by defeating Centenary's No. 2 and No.  3 pairings. In singles, Schmidt was Centenary’s lone victor at the top slot. Heather Kelley posted a 7-5, 6-1 hard-fought loss while Christine Majchrowicz registered a quick No. 2 match, going under 6-0, 6-1. Jennifer Majchrowicz battled hard against Cougars’ Cristina Vlase, but came up short 7-5, 6-3 at the fifth spot. Centenary (2-10, 0-1) continues conference action tomorrow taking on Oakland at 1:00 p.m. RESULTS: DOUBLES 1. Anja Schmidt/Heather Kelly (CC) def. Robbie Barnett/Edyta Urban 8-3 2. Roberta Sowell/Cristina Vlase (CSU) def. Christine Majchrowicz/Ashlee Mantooth 8-2 3. Colette Hurt/Anna Olin (CSU) def. Jennifer Majchrowicz/Lindsey Claire Ezell 8-4 SINGLES 1. Schmidt (CC) def. Barnett 6-4, 6-1 2. Urban (CSU) def. Kelly 7-5, 6-1 3. Sowell (CSU) def. C. Majchrowicz 6-0, 6-1 4. Vlase (CSU) def. Mantooth 6-2, default 5. Hurt (CSU) def. J. Majchrowicz 7-5, 6-3 6. Olin (CSU) def. Ezell 6-0, 6-1
April 8, 2005 | Athletics
MACOMB, Ill - The Centenary softball team spilt a doubleheader on Friday afternoon battling conference foe Western Illinois at Mary Ellen McKee Stadium. The first game was a pitching duel between the top two Mid-Continent Conference pitchers. The Westerwinds’ pitching ace Karenmarie Pe?a pocketing the 1-0 win as Centenary took the second contest 3-2. The first game was scoreless until WIU’s Maureen Troller drew a based loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth for the win. Pe?a (9-7) took the win fanning eight batters and walking three.  She recorded 17 straight outs before allowing a one-out walk in the seventh inning. Jessica Ivins (12-8) came up one short of tying her season high by striking out ten to take the loss. Lauren Flowers was impressive at the plate showcasing her team-leading hitting ability in the second game. She went 3-for-4 with two doubles, and one RBI. Flowers got Centenary started singling through the left side and was pushed to second on a sacrifice fly from Katie Harwick . The rookie later stole third and scored on an error by the catcher for the Ladies’ first run. The Ladies added another in the second when Dana Davis scored off a double by Flowers. Western Illinois got into the game in the third when Jess Stanforth reached on an error by Centenary’s second baseman and was later pushed past the plate by Erin Zeller’s RBI double. Centenary took the 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth as Jennifer Mango ’s double to left center scored Micah Rhodes . The Westerwinds mustered one more run in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough as Janis Kelley came in for her third save of the season. Right-handed hurler Kristan Morton took the win tying her career-high of seven strikeouts while allowing two runs on four hits over 5.1 innings. The Ladies (19-16, 5-1) will finish the four game series on Saturday afternoon with the first game of the doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
April 8, 2005 | Athletics
—The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team has accomplished a lot of great things in their history including an NAIA National Championship and a USAG National Championship. However, until last year there was one thing that a member of the Ladies team had never done, attend an NCAA Regional. Kristina Menne ended the drought in 2004 when she qualified on the uneven bars in her debut season. Now as a sophomore, the Pearland, Texas , native is heading back for the second time in as many years to compete in the all-around on Saturday, April 9th.   Menne made quite a splash in her freshman campaign as she was the USAG All-Around National Champion in addition to earning All-American accolades for the uneven bars while leading the Ladies to the USAG title. She has kept the momentum going this year as she was named Midwest Independent Conference (MIC) gymnast of the week, MIC All-Conference after winning the all-around and floor exercise, and is now heading to Tuscaloosa , Ala. , for regionals with a date set for USAG Nationals next week.     The sophomore broke school records this year with a 9.95 on the uneven bars and an all-around score of 39.325. She also ranks first in the USAG division in the all-around and floor exercise while placing second on the bars and fourth on the beam.   Menne hopes to move on to the NCAA Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships with a good showing at the regional. The top two teams will advance along with the top two individual peformers on each event that are not a part of the two teams already advancing. The teams competing in Tuscaloosa are Alabama , Iowa State , Utah State, Auburn , Kentucky , Kent State, Ohio State , Western Michigan , Eastern Michigan , and Ball State .
April 6, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill- David Viviano has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Golfer of the Week after winning Centenary’s annual Hal Sutton Intercollegiate.   He shot a 214 in the three round event to help the Gents place second in the tournament’s team standings.   After carding a 76 in the first round, Viviano caught fire, shooting the a tournament low 67 on the next 18 holes.   The sophomore from Lafayette, La., was the only golfer to shoot below par in the third stanza with a 71, good enough to take the victory by one stroke.   Viviano’s 67 is tied for the third best round in the Mid-Con this year.   This is the second Mid-Con Golfer of the Week award for the Gents this season.   Senior Brian Grone earned the accolade on February 23 after winning the Jackson State Pizza Hut/Bell South Classic.
April 5, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Ladies softball team came close to tying the program’s record for consecutive wins during Tuesday afternoon’s windy doubleheader against Southeastern Louisiana at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Lady Lions’ aggressiveness at the plate helped earn the 10-3 victory in the first game while Centenary won the second game 4-2 after taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Janis Kelley pushed her hitting streak to seven consectutive games going 2-for-4 while Micah Rhodes went 3-for-4 in the second game including a game winning RBI. In the first contest, Southeastern Louisiana (14-19, 7-8) had a 4-0 lead after the first three innings of play. With two outs and a full count, Lory Kowaleski smacked a single to dead center scoring Dana Davis and pinch runner Amy Wiedeman to put the Ladies on the board in the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Lions answered the Ladies’ runs with three of their own in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one more in the top of the seventh. The Ladies had a chance to rally in the bottom of the seventh as they pushed one across the plate, but it wasn’t enough as Lady Lions’ defense stepped up to take the win. Jessica Ivins collected her seventh loss of the season, fanning six in seven innings. In the nightcap, Southeastern Louisiana took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second after Jenaye Zeringue singled through the left side, scoring Lisa Chapman. The Ladies pulled ahead in the bottom of the third as Centenary had five consecutive batters reach base. Jennifer Mango ’s RBI single pushed Kelley and Rhodes past home, creating the 2-1 advantage. The Lady Lions knotted the game in the top of the six only to be answered with Rhodes’ RBI double and Mangos’ RBI single up the middle. One out away from the win, Kelley came in to close striking out a looking Katie Smergalski to earn her second save of the season. Kristan Morton (6-6) came through for the Ladies on the mound to pick u
April 5, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Results BOSSIER CITY, La – The Centenary men’s golf team shot a 893 to edge out Sam Houston State by two strokes for second place of the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate at the Golf Club at StoneBridge.   David Viviano won the tournament, shooting 214 in the three round event.   Viviano piggybacked the tournament’s lowest round of 67 on Monday with a 71, the only player to shoot below par in the third round.   Jason Jenkins, Preston Smith, and Derek Busby of Louisiana tech finished second through fourth with scores of 215, 217, and 219 respectively.   La. Tech won the Intercollegiate with a 870, 22 strokes better than the second place Gents.   Windy and rainy conditions forced the Bulldogs to shoot their only team round over 300 with a 301.   Mackey Miles tied for ninth with 224, while Brett Kaufman tied for 21 st with 230 followed right behind by John Kizer in 25 th with 231.   Brian Grone shot a 246 to finish 43 rd while Jay Binderim shot a 251 to finish 44 th playing as an individual.   Following Louisiana Tech (870), Centenary (893), and Sam Houston State (895), were Texas State (903), Nicholls State (914), Jackson State (924), Western Kentucky (933), and Idaho State (938).   McNeese State had to withdraw from team competition after failing to complete the second round.
April 5, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – Down four runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Centenary baseball team put a pair of runs on the board and a man in scoring position with two outs before falling to visiting Northwestern State 8-6.   The Demons recorded all their runs in the first four innings, while the Gents did their damage in the final six.   Centenary (11-13) out hit the Demons 13-12, thanks in large part to a 4-for-4 performance by shortstop David Kiefer .   The senior captain raised his Mid-Continent Conference leading batting average to .439.   He drew a walk in his only other at-bat, raising his on base percentage to .527, another Mid-Con best.   Although out hit, Northwestern State (24-10, 8-1 SLC)made their count, launching a pair of two-run homeruns.   Blake Jones nailed his fifth of the season in the first inning off of starting pitcher Chad Harper while Miles Durham recorded his third four-bagger of the year in the third.   Tim Ryan and Alex Moldonado each added multiple hits for the Gents, but it was a two-out error in the ninth that gave Centenary hope for the win.   Chris Wilson hit a groundball to Demon shortstop Curtis Burkhalter.   With Ryan on third and Kiefer on second, Burkhalter couldn’t control the ball as it careened off his glove to allow both runners to score.   The next batter Beaux Waddell singled to put two on for Moldonado.   The freshman catcher slapped a tough ball to the right side hole, but NSU first baseman Durham made a nice grab and the unassisted putout to seal the win for the Demons.   Centenary opens Mid-Con play this weekend as they host Oakland for a four-game series at Shehee Stadium.   Saturday’s doubleheader starts and 12 noon, as does Sunday’s.
April 4, 2005 | Athletics
KYLE, Tex – The Centenary women’s golf team is in eighth place of the CenturyTel Bobcat Spring Invitational after the first day of competition.   The Ladies shot 401 and 415 to finish the first two rounds of the three round event with 816.   Chloe’ Mims shot 83 and 90 to lead Centenary in 29 th place with 173.   She is closely followed by Repsie Schirmer (T-73, 179) and Andrea Sanchez (39 th , 181).   Lauren Mills is fourth for the Ladies with 283.   Lamar leads the tournament with 618, followed by Texas-Pan American (630), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (633), host Texas State (641), and Northern Colorado (643).   Rounding out the competition is Tyler CC (671), McLennan CC (688), and Centenary (816).
April 4, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Day 1 Results - Rounds 1 & 2 BOSSIER CITY, La – Louisiana Tech leads the annual Hal Sutton Intercollegiate at the Golf Club at StoneBridge after the first day, shooting 569 in two rounds of play.   All five of the Bulldogs golfers are in the top ten including a pair tied for first.   Host Centenary shot par on the second stanza to pull in second.   Centenary’s David Viviano had the round of the day, shooting the tournament low of 67.   He finished tied for third on the day with a 143.   LaTech jumped out of the gates early, taking a commanding lead after the first round of play with 283.   Derek Busby and Preston Smith shot identical 69’s while Jason Jenkins joined them below par with 70.   Chad Carter and Logan Riester both shot 75’s to help give the Bulldogs a 12-stroke lead after 18.     Smith and Jenkins shot 72 and 71 respectively in the second round to finish the day tied for first with 141.   LaTech held off the Gents by two strokes on round two to come away with the best showing of the round with 286.   Brett Kaufman’s 74 paced the Gents through the first 18 holes and posted a 75 in the second round to finish at 149, tied for 15 th with Mackey Miles who shot a reverse 75 and 74.   John Kizer shaved off nine strokes from his first round score to finish tied for 25 th with 153, shooting 81 and 72.   Brian Grone finished the day 43 rd with 168 and Jay Binderim , playing as an individual, finished 44 th with 171.   Louisiana Tech leads Centenary by 22 strokes (569 to 591), while Sam Houston State (598), Nicholls State (599), and Texas State (602) are hot on the Gents trail.   Battling for the next spot are Jackson State (608) and Western Kentucky (609), followed by Idaho State (627).   McNeese State did not finish because of a lack of players able to continue.
April 2, 2005 | Athletics
NEW ORLEANS, La .- The Centenary Gents 2005 soccer team dropped a close 1-0 match to the New Orleans Shell Shockers at the Pelican Park on Saturday night.   This was the first scrimmage for the Gents as the team welcomes a handful of new talent after losing seven seniors.   The Gents will have a chance to avenge the loss on April 9 th when the teams meet again at Mayo field. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
April 1, 2005 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—Centenary Athletics Director Taylor Moore has announced the hiring of Rob Flaska as the Gents new head men’s basketball coach. The former first assistant at the University of Arkansas will start immediately and will represent Centenary at the Mid-Continent Conference meetings at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in St. Louis this weekend.   “We were very pleased with the pool of applicants that we had to work with but we only brought in two prospects,” said Moore . “Rob’s recruiting involvement helped make him stand out. He has excellent recruiting ties and will be ahead of the game for us in that area.”   Flaska is known for his recruiting abilities as his 2001 class at Texas Christian University ranked 34 th in the nation by Hoop Scoop Magazine and his 1999 class of Horned Frogs was touted as the 13 th best by the publication. The 1999 class at TCU was also rated as the best in the Western Athletic Conference by Basketball News , Basketball Times , Street & Smith’s , The Sporting News , and Dick Vitale’s .   “I am excited about the challenge of being the head coach at Centenary and I appreciate the opportunity that I have been given,” said Flaska. “I’m excited about being in Shreveport , especially having recruited the area for the last several years. Centenary and the city of Shreveport have a lot of great things to offer and I plan to use them to our advantage.”   Flaska comes to Centenary after spending three seasons as the top assistant for Arkansas coach Stan Heath. He helped the razorbacks earn an 18-12 record this year and an invitation to the NIT, which the school chose not to accept.   “This is a great opportunity for Rob. He will do an outstanding job at Centenary,” said Heath of his former assistant. “His work ethic and passion for the game will infuse energy into their program. He is well-prepared and h
April 1, 2005 | Athletics
Chase Wooten SHREVEPORT – Centenary women’s soccer head coach Chase Wooten has announced the signing of eight players to National Letters of Intent for the 2005 season.   The incoming freshman will help bolster a team that loses eight seniors from a team that has made back-to-back appearances in the Mid-Continent Conference postseason tournament.   Tracy Apgar, Sarah Balkey, Ashley Caldarola, Debra Cummings, Katherine Dougherty, Ashley Lowe, Lauren Stanley, and Michael Anne Wheeler are all Texas products, giving the Ladies a strong presence from the Lone Star State.   A Round Rock native, Apgar will have the opportunity to see action at multiple positions on the pitch.   “Tracy is a crafty player,” Wooten said, “and does well going at people 1v1.   She will get looks as both an outside mid and a forward in 2005.”   Balkey is a quality netminder who has been an All-District goalkeeper for the past three years at R.L. Turner HS in Farmers Branch and as an Olympic Development keeper for North Texas.   “We are very excited about having Sarah here next year,” said Wooten. “She is athletic, strong, and technically sound and will challenge for a spot as a freshman in our nets.”   Losing a pair of quality senior center midfielders to graduation, the Ladies expect Caldarola to fill in as a viable replacement.   The San Antonio native has been an All-District player for the past three years at Ronald Reagan HS and is a former member of the South Texas Olympic Development team.   “Ashley is a quality front runner with loads of creativity,” Wooten said.   “We have high hopes for her to come work in our midfield.”   Cummings is a midfielder with excellent vision and good timing.   The Flower Mound native should see time at outside mid.   “As soon as we saw Debra play we were impressed,” said Wooten. “She sees
March 31, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Ladies softball team avenged an earlier season loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday night to keep their seven-game winning streak alive, improving to 17-14 overall. The Ladies took the first game of the doubleheader 3-1 and the second game was called in the bottom of the fifth because of dangerous weather conditions. In the first game, Centenary jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Janis Kelley ’s two-run double. Freshman Lauren Flowers and sophomore Micah Rhodes added solid hits in inning as well. The Ladies added another run in the fourth off singles by Lindsay Jones and Natalie Schoppe to push the lead to 3-0. The Lady Indians (12-31) threatened in the top of the fifth when Heather Williams drew a walk with the bases loaded. Dana Davis ended the inning and ULM's offensive attempt catching Nicole Bethurum’s infield pop-up. Jessica Ivins pitched seven strong innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs, while striking out six ULM batters. The Ladies take the weekend off and return to the Centenary Softball Complex on April 5th to battle Southeastern Louisiana. The twinbill action will begin at 1 p.m.
March 30, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Centenary Ladies softball team continued their winning ways by snatching a pair of shutout victories over Texas Southern in doubleheader action on Wednesday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex. In the first contest, pitcher Jessica Ivins locked up her third shutout of the season by defeating the Tigers 5-0. Micah Rhodes broke the second game open with a two-run homer as the Ladies finished for the fourth straight game out-hitting their opponent, 8-2 for the 8-0 win. Coming off her third Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week award, Ivins continued to impress fanning a season-high 11 batters in the first game. The consistent right-hander went seven innings giving up two hits and just one walk. The fifth and seventh innings were the only times that she had a runner in scoring position. The first game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Lauren Flowers powered through to first after colliding with the first baseman, bringing home Katie Harwick . Lory Kowaleski and Lindsay Jones also came home on the play giving the Ladies a 4-0 lead. The Ladies scored again in the sixth as Jones singled and later advanced to second on an error while plating pinch runner Kristan Morton . The sophomore was 3-for-2 in the game with one RBI. Her .351 battling average for the season is tops on the team. The bats were at it again in game two as Centenary took a quick lead in the bottom of the first. Jennifer Mango led off the Ladies first rotation with a shot to left field and later reached home when Rhodes grounded out to the second baseman. Centenary would score two runs in the third inning courtesy of Rhodes’ third homerun of the season, taking the lead for good. They would add five more in the fifth inning, instating the 8-run rule for the win. Morton was also solid in the circle during game two, allowing two hits while striking out four in five innings. The Ladies take on Louisiana-Monroe (10-30) on Thursday at the Centenary So
March 30, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt ELMHURST, Ill.- Centenary’s Anja Schmidt received Mid-Continent Conference Tennis Player of the Week honors for her exceptional play last week. Schmidt’s domination on the court continued as she recorded a pair of victories in the top slot against Alcorn State and Louisiana Tech. The junior advanced to 9-0 in spring singles play and leads the Mid-Con with 17 wins. The Gilforn, Germany native took the Lady Braves top player 6-2, 6-2 and joined with her doubles partner Heather Kelley for a 8-4 win in No. 1 singles. Later in the week she defeated the Lady Techsters’ lead player, 6-3, 6-3 improving her overall record to 17-3. This is the eighth time the junior has received the weekly accolade as she was named Mid-Con Player of the Week five times during the 2004 regular season. She was also honored with the 2004 Mid-Con’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Year award and was the co-winner of the Mid-Con Scholar Athlete Award for the 2003-04 season. In two weeks the Ladies (2-9) will travel to Valparaiso, Ind. to participate in their first conference matches of the season. The Mid-Con cluster will include Chicago State, Oakland, and Valparaiso. The matches begin on April 8 and will be played throughout the weekend.
March 28, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill .- Centenary softball player Jessica Ivins has been named Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week after picking up three victories on the mound last weekend. The weekly honor is the third in Ivins’ young collegiate career as she leads the Mid-Con with 10 wins while holding a 2.54 ERA. The Houston native was instrumental during Centenary’s series sweep of conference foe Valparaiso, improving the Ladies’ overall record to 14-14 and 4-0 in conference play. The right-handed rookie tossed 18.2 innings while allowing just three earned runs. She struck out 16 and walked two as the Crusaders hit .288 against her. In 19 appearances and 16 starts, Ivins (10-6) has struck out a team-high 98 batters and threw two complete game shutouts, blanking North Texas and Steven F. Austin. The Ladies play at home again on Wednesday battling Texas Southern at the Centenary Softball Complex. The first pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 3 p.m.
March 28, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt NATCHITOCHES, La .- The Centenary Ladies tennis team fell on the road to Northwestern State, 6-1 at the Jack Fisher Tennis Complex on Monday afternoon. Centenary’s Heather Kelley and Anja Schmidt teamed together in doubles action and came close to seizing an aggressive No. 1 match but fell, 8-5 to NSU’s Anneline Zerwick and Alex Nieto. Northwestern captured the doubles point by sweeping all three spots. The Lady Demons (5-9) went on to nab five singles points, including one win by default. Centenary sophomore Christine Majchrowicz battled to beat NSU’s No. 2 player in 6-4, 7-6 (11-9), earning Centenary’s only point of the dual match. Centenary (2-9) will travel to Valparaiso, Ind. to participate in Mid-Continent Conference play in two weeks. The Mid-Con cluster will include Chicago State, Oakland, and Valparaiso. The matches will begin on April 8th and will be played throughout the weekend.  DOUBLES: 1. A. Zerwick/A. Nieto (NSU) def. Anja Schmidt/ Heather Kelly (CC) 8-5 2. F. Silva/ M.Van den Bergh (NSU) def. Christine Majchrowicz/ Ashlee Mantooth (CC) 8-3 3. C. Villegas/ C. Prado (NSU) def. Jen Majchrowicz/ Lindsay Ezell (CC) 8-0. SINGLES: 1. Anneline Zerwick (NSU) def. Heather Kelly (CC), 6-3, 6-0 2. Christine Majchrowicz (CC) def. Fernanda Silva (NSU) 6-4, 4-6, (11-9) 3. CatalinaVillegas (NSU) def. Ashlee Mantooth (CC), 6-0, 6-1 4. Magali Van den Bergh (NSU) def. Jen Majchrowicz (CC), 6-0, 6-0 5. Marcia Alcantara (NSU) def. Lindsay Ezell (CC) 6-0, 6-0
March 26, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team picked up it’s first series sweep with a 11-4 victory over visiting Mississippi Valley State in the third game at Shehee Stadium.   The Gents collected 14 hits to overcome five fielding errors on the day.   Sophomore Will Kaage (2-2) threw seven innings of four hit ball for the win.   He struck out three and gave up only one earned run before being relieved by Brandon Fulenchek for the final six outs.   The Gents (11-12) scored their first run early as Tim Ryan walked and stole second.   David Kiefer then beat out an infield grounder for a single, but the Delta Devils’ first baseman couldn’t handle the late throw by the shortstop to score Ryan.   Mississippi Valley State (11-15) answered by putting a run on the board in each of the next two innings.   In the second, Greg Thomas reached on a nicely placed bunt to the second baseman, advanced to second on a hit batsman, then stole third.   He scored on a sacrifice fly to right.   With two down in the third, right fielder Jonathan Colgin dropped a fly ball with a man on third to give MVSU a 2-1 lead.   Unphased, Centenary amassed five runs in their half of the third.   Ryan drew another walk and was immediately driven home by a Kiefer double into left center.   Justin Darr singled to put Kiefer on third as Colgin redeemed himself by singling home Kiefer in the next at-bat.   Freshman Chris Wilson cleared the bases with his second triple of the year and scored the fifth run of the inning on a sacfrifice fly to right by J.C. Biagi .   The Gents put two more runs in the scorebook in the fifth and seventh innings, and a single run in the eighth.   Mississippi Valley State scored again in the fourth and seventh.   Centenary has a week off before returning to action as the host Northwestern State at Shehee Stadium on Tuesday, April 5 at
March 26, 2005 | Athletics
DENTON, Tex.—The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team took third place at the Midwest Independent Championships on Friday night. The Ladies recorded a 194.100 while Illinois-Chicago posted a 194.200 for the win. Texas Woman’s University locked up second place with a final score of 194.125.   Kristina Menne and Sarah Racioppi earned All-Conference accolades by finishing in the top three on their respective events. Menne was given the honor after finishing in first place in the all-around (39.100) and on the floor (9.900) in addition to placing third on the uneven bars (9.750). Racioppi tied with Menne for the top spot on the floor (9.900) while ranking third on the balance beam (9.900).   The Ladies tallied the highest team scores on both the balance beam with a 48.900 and the floor exercise with a total of 48.925. Racioppi’s 9.900 on the beam led the way on the event, but Tara Mitchell (9.850), Jessie Angus (9.800) and Kristina Menne (9.800) all turned in exceptional performances. Sarah Ball notched Centenary’s top score on the vault with a 9.675.   Centenary will take a few weeks off in order to prepare to defend their 2004 USAG National Championship. This year’s event will take place in Ithaca , New York , hosted by Cornell University and runs from April 14th through April 16 th .
March 26, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Centenary Ladies showcased their torrid hitting ability for the second consecutive day by completing the four game sweep of conference rival Valparaiso at the Centenary Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Ladies took the first game 7-2 and won the second in dramatic fashion with a three run game-winning homer in the sixth. With the victories, Centenary improved its overall record to 14-14 and 4-0 in conference action. In the opener, The Ladies bats exploded as Janis Kelley ’s RBI double scored a sprinting Jennifer Mango followed by Dana Davis ’ three-run dinger in the bottom of the first, lifting the Ladies to a 4-0 advantage. Crusaders’ Megan Carroll was also able to knock one over the fence in the third to chip away at the lead. Centenary received more run support in the sixth when Micah Rhodes , Lindsey Jones , and Lory Kowaleski blasted RBI doubles, scoring three runs. In Valparaiso’s final at-bat, Carroll continued to hit the ball, doubling and advancing to third off a Centenary error. With a runner in scoring position, Jessica Ivins (10-6) retired the last two batters to earn her tenth win of the season. The freshman righty allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking just one. In the nightcap, Mango’s RBI single broke open a tight 1-1-game in the bottom of the fifth. The Ladies continued to plate runners accumulating three runs off four hits to pull further ahead, 4-1. The Ladies shut down Valparaiso in the sixth and came alive offensively once again in the bottom half of the inning. Centenary scored fives runs to instate the 8-run rule, ending the game. Mango chipped in a sacrifice fly, while Kelley smashed a three run homerun to left field. It was the seniors’ fourth homer of the season. Freshman Kristan Morton (4-6) pitched the complete game allowing one run on three hits over six innings, striking out four and walking two. The Ladies will
March 25, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team won both games of their series opening doubleheader against visiting Mississippi Valley State at Shehee Stadium.   The Gents used two complete games by both their starters to win 5-4 and 7-4.   J.C. Biagi (2-2) took the mound in the first game, striking out four in seven innings of work.   The senior righthander allowed four runs on just five hits as the Gents committed three errors in the game.   A two-run homerun by Jonathan Colgin put Centenary (10-12) on the board first in the third inning.   David Kiefer doubled into left center before Colgin smashed his second homer of the season over the leftfield fence.   The Gents added another run with a double by Chris Wilson and a subsequent triple by Jared Vincent .   The Delta Devils (11-15) answered back in the fifth, scoring three runs of their own.   After walking the second batter, Biagi overthrew the first baseman on a pickoff attempt, advancing the runner to third.   Singling in the runner, MVSU collected their own triple to pull within one run.   The tying run came on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.   Mississippi Valley State pulled ahead in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead.   With a man on second, the Greg Thomas laid a bunt down the third base line, flirting with foul territory before hitting the bag and skipping away towards the home bullpen.   The hit scored freshman Kyle Latiolais who just entered the game as a pinch runner.   Not to be outdone, Centenary loaded the bases with one out in the sixth with a single by Cam Feightner .   Hitless in the game, leadoff man Alex Valdivia singled to right field, scoring two for the game-winning RBI.   David McElroy (5-0) started the nightcap for the Gents and picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season.   The reigning Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week
March 25, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Centenary softball team jumped started conference action at the Centenary Softball Complex on Friday by sweeping Valparaiso in a pair of close contests. The Ladies nabbed the first game by a score of 9-7 and took the second contest 4-2. The victories push the Ladies overall record to 12-14 and 2-0 in Mid-Continent Conference play. Right-handed pitcher Jessica Ivins went the distance in both games, earning her eighth and ninth victory of the season. She pitched five innings in the first game allowing two runs, one earned, while walking just one and striking out five. In the nightcap the freshman fanned seven while allowing seven hits and no earned runs. In the first game, the Crusaders (0-15, 0-2) took advantage of a Centenary error to get on the scoreboard during their first at-bat. Centenary fought back rallying with two outs by successfully getting six consecutive batters on base, including five hits and one walk. After the first inning of play, the Ladies led 4-1. The Maroon and White continued to plate runners, including three in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Janis Kelly relived Ivins in the sixth as the Crusaders came alive knocking out five hits to score five runs, cutting the deficit to just two. Ivins reentered in the sixth and finished the game striking out a swinging Stacey Adamski and moments later caught Maggie Seidel off the bag for the final out of the contest. The nightcap also started with Valpo knocking in one run in the first. Centenary responded in the bottom of the second with Lindsey Jones ’ powerful double down the left field line which drove home Jennifer Mango . The Crusaders chipped in a run in the fourth, but the Ladies kept the lead for the win with one run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth, courtsey of Lauren Flowers ’ RBI single and Megan Hall ’s third homerun of the year. Centenary and Valpariso face off  again on Saturday with the first game of the doubleheader be
March 25, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt SHREVEPORT - The Ladies tennis team avenged an earlier season loss to Alcorn State on Friday afternoon beating the Lady Braves 4-3 at the Southern Hills Tennis Complex.   The Ladies came out fighting from the start winning the doubles point while Anja Schmidt , Heather Kelley , and Ashlee Mantooth were victorious in singles play.   The Ladies opened the match by dominating the doubles pairings.   Centenary’s No.1 twosome of Schmidt and Kelley defeated ASU’s Swetha Devaraja and Elana Rood, 8-4 while Christine Majchrowicz and Mantooth took on Alcorn’s No. 2 duo, winning 8-2.   After a slow start in singles, the Ladies came together taking three of the six matches. Schmidt won 6-2, 6-2 playing in the No 1 slot, boosting her spring record to 9-0. Heather Kelley came through for the Ladies with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win at the No. 3 court, while Mantooth followed earning a difficult 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 win in the No. 5 seat.   The victory boosts the Ladies overall record to 2-8.   Next up for the Ladies is a road trip to Natchitoches, La. to battle Northwestern on Monday with doubles beginning at 3 p.m.   RESULTS:   DOUBLES:   1. Anja Schmidt/Heather Kelley (CC) def. S. Devaraja/Rood (ASU), 8-4 2. C. Majchrowicz/Ashlee Mantooth (CC) def. Miranda/Frevndt (ASU), 8-2 3. F. Chen/ A. Verdejo (ASU) def. J. Majchrowicz/Lindsay Ezell (CC), 8-5   SINGLES: 1. Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Swetha Devaraja (ASC), 6-2, 6-2 2. Elana Rood (ASU) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CC), 6-2, 6-2 3. Heather Kelley (CC) def. Nitya Miranda (ASU), 6-2, 7-6 (4) 4. Felicia Chen (ASU) def. Jennifer Majchrowicz (CC), 6-2, 6-1 5. Ashlee Mantooth (CC) def. Shu-Hwei Huang-Freundt (ASU), 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 6. Ariadna Verdejo (ASU) def. Lindsay Ezell (CC), 6-2, 6-1
March 23, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - Centenary softball’s home winning streak ended at four as they fell in doubleheader action to Arkansas on Wednesday night at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Lady Razorbacks used timely hitting and a cluster of homeruns to slide past the Ladies 3-1 in the first game and earned the sweep with a 6-5 win in nightcap. Jessica Ivins (7-6) took both losses for Centenary pitching seven innings in the first contest, giving up just six hits and two earned runs, while striking out eight. The freshman relieved Janis Kelley in the sixth of the nightcap, fanning two batters in 1.2 innings. The Ladies (10-14) trailed 2-0 early after Rachel LeMaster homered inside the park and Kallie Foglesong’s RBI single down the leftfield line. Centenary had a shot in the fifth when Megan Hall singled up the middle advancing Jennifer Mango to second and scoring Lauren Flowers . The Ladies offensive charge was short-lived as Zenobia Davison’s four-bagger added the insurance run for the win. The Ladies restructured their infield for the second game as they began to showcase their power at the plate. Leading off for Centenary, Flowers got the Ladies started belting her fourth homerun of the season in the bottom of the first. A successful double steal attempt by Amy Wiedeman and Dana Davis put up another run in the second, giving the Ladies the 2-0 advantage. The Lady Razorbacks retaliated with Dayna Huckabee’s solo homerun in the top of the fourth. Centenary replaced starter Kristan Morton (3-6) with Kelley (0-2) after the roundtripper as she retired three consecutive batters ending Arkansas’ offensive push. The Ladies were unable to push a run across the plate as Arkansas went ahead in the fifth scoring three runs off of a pair of Centenary defensive miscues. In the bottom of the fifth with one out, Centenary unloaded three runs trying to put the game out of reach. Micah Rhodes drove a hard ball up the middle, scoring a sprinting Mango
March 23, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT –   The Centenary team surrendered nine runs on 10 hits in the first inning as visiting Arkansas handed the gents their second straight double-digit loss 14-1.   The Razorbacks collected 25 hits on the day and held the Gents scoreless until the eighth inning.   Craig Gentry went 5-for-5 for the Razorbacks (20-2) and was one of seven Arkansas players with multiple hits.   Three others slapped three hits while another three recorded a pair.   Chad Harper (0-2) picked up the loss, giving up 13 runs in five innings of work.   The junior southpaw struck out two.   Junior Alex Valdivia led the Gents (8-13) with a pair of hits and the team’s only RBI.   Pinch hitter Jared Vincent laced a single to right field, followed by a hit batsman by Cam Feightner in the next at bat.   With two on, Valdivia knocked a two-out single through the right side to bring home Vincent.   Arkansas started the game off by successfully putting 12 of the first 13 batters on base, 11 of them with hits.   The Razorbacks outscored the Gents 13-1 in the first innings combined of the two game series.   They also tallied three runs in the fifth and scored single runs in the fourth and seventh.   The Gents host Mississippi Valley State for a three game series this weekend, starting with a doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m.   Saturdays game is set for 12 noon.
March 22, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt SHREVEPORT - Tuesday’s windy weather was not ideal as the Centenary Ladies tennis team dropped a 5-1 decision to Louisiana Tech at the Centenary Tennis Complex. The match consisted of only singles play as Anja Schmidt’s undefeated spring singles record continued, picking up another win in the top slot. Schmidt was the only point scorer, keeping her spring singles record of 8-0 intact. The 5’7 junior notched another No. 1 win overpowering Saharai Uriarte, 6-3, 6-3. Monica Kelly defeated Centenary's No. 2 Heather Kelley 6-2, 6-0, Holly Ready took a 6-2, 6-4 No. 3 win over Christine Majchrowicz and Tech’s Katie Westbrook was victorious over Ashlee Mantooth by the score of 6-2, 6-3 in No. 4 action. Tennis action continues for Centenary this week as the Ladies try to avenge an earlier season loss to Alcorn State at home on Friday at 1 p.m. RESULTS: SINGLES: 1. Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Saharai Uriarte (Tech) 6-3, 6-3 2. Monica Kelly (Tech) def. Heather Kelley (CC) 6-2, 6-0 3. Holly Ready (Tech) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CC) 6-2, 6-4 4. Katie Westbrook (Tech) def. Ashlee Mantooth (CC) 6-2, 6-3 5. Anabella Duque (Tech) def. Jennifer Majchrowicz (CC) 6-0, 6-0 6. Avril Martinez (Tech) def. Lindsay Ezell (CC) 6-0, 6-0
March 22, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Matt Clark SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team gave up 10 runs on 10 hits en route to a 10-1 loss to visiting Arkansas.   The fifth ranked Razorbacks posted four runs in the first inning and never looked back as a crowd of 885 looked on at Shehee Stadium.   The Gents put their one run on the board in the bottom of the first as Justin Darr single up the middle to drive home Tim Ryan .   Darr finished the day 2-for-4, the only Centenary player with multiple hits.   Freshman Matt Clark (1-1) pitched seven innings for Centenary, his longest outing of the year.   Picking up the loss, he threw over 130 pitches, striking out six and walking five.   Arkansas fanned just one Gents all game.   The Razorbacks started the game on a tear, doubling down the left field line and then singling through the left side to put two runners in scoring position with no outs.   After driving in their fit run on a fielder’s choice, Arkansas loaded the bases with a hit batsman.   Another hit-by-pitch and back-to-back walks with the bases full pushed the Razorbacks’ lead to four.   Clark settled down to hold Arkansas scoreless until the fifth.   Walking consecutive batters, the southpaw gave up an RBI single through the right side.   The errant throw by rightfielder Jonathan Colgin skipped out of play, advancing the batter to second and scoring the man from first.   A wild pitch by Clark eventually accounted for the third run of the inning.   Arkansas added single runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings.   The Gents opportunities to score were few and far between with their best shot coming in the seventh.   Reaching on a fielder’s choice, Colgin advanced to second on Jonathan Ahearn ’s single up the middle.   Catcher Alex Moldonado drew a walk to load the bases, but freshman Beaux Waddell lined out to centerfield to end the
March 22, 2005 | Athletics
CALERA, Ala – The Centenary women’s golf team is in 16 th place after shooting 356 during the first day of the Third-Annual Applebee's/ Up The Creek Samford Intercollegiate at Timberline Golf Course.   The second day of competition was cancelled because of poor weather.   Freshman Chloe’ Mims led the Ladies with an 83 after shooting a team-low 39 on the back nine.   She finished tied for 52 nd place.   A stroke behind Mims was newcomer Billie Cook who didn’t seem to have missed a step in her first tournament of the year, finishing the competition tied for 59 th with 84.   Seniors Repsie Schirmer and Andrea Sanchez , both on the cusp of qualifying for the Mid-Continent Conference Championships, shot 92 and 97 respectively.   Junior Lauren Mills finished out of scoring consideration with 128.   Campell won the field of 17 teams with 295 followed by Jacksonville State with 300 and Middle Tennessee State with 302.   In a tough battle for the next positions, South Alabama (311) edged Garnder-Webb (313), Troy (314), Mercer (316), and UAB (318).   The next tier of scores consisted of Eastern Kentucky (322), Nicholls State and Western Kentucky (325 each), Tennessee Tech (327), and Belmont (335).   Rounding out the invitational was host Samford (341), Austin Peay State (348), Centenary (356), and Montevallo (418).  
March 21, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – Sophomore David McElroy earned his first Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week award after posting a 2-0 record and earning both Gents victories in the 2-2 week.   McElroy (4-0) threw eight and a third innings of two-run ball, striking out five in the pair of contests.   He now leads Centenary (8-11) with a 2.62 ERA and holds wins over Loyola of New Orleans, Indiana, Wiley, and Connecticut.   The Victoria, British Columbia, native is the Gents second Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week.   Senior J.C. Biagi earned the accolade for the week of March 7.
March 20, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team was one out away from completing their come from behind victory before giving up a bases loaded error to hand BIG EAST leading Connecticut a 9-8 victory.   The Gents committed six errors on the day and didn’t give up an earned run past the fourth inning.   Only playing seven innings because of weather and time constraints, the Gents (8-11) found themselves down three in the bottom of the sixth.   After scoring one run on a bases loaded error by the Huskies shortstop, David Kiefer found himself down 0-2 in the count with two down.   The senior shortstop slugged a double on the next pitch into left center, clearing the bases with his only hit of the day to put Centenary up 8-7.   A leadoff single started things off for UConn (11-4) in the seventh before pitcher Will Kaage (1-3) got the next two batters to pop up to the catcher and second base respectively.   With the next batter drawing a walk, the Huskies stayed alive as second baseman Alex Valdivia bobbled a grounder that would have sealed the game for the Gents.   Instead, the next Connecticut batter slapped a two-run single through the left side to take the lead permanently.   Valdivia finished the day 2-for-2 including a two-run triple in the fifth.   He drew two walks and scored three times but also accounted for three of Centenary’s six errors on the day.   Connecticut scored in each inning but the first, taking advantage of the Gents’ miscues.   Of the nine Huskies runs, only four were earned.   The Gents host #8/#15 Arkansas for a two-game series this week at Shehee Stadium.   Tuesday’s match-up will start at 5 p.m. while Wednesday’s game will begin at 3 p.m.  
March 19, 2005 | Athletics
BATON ROUGE, La.--The top-ranked team in the NCAA in the LSU Tigers easily dismissed the #1 Centenary Ladies of the USAG division on Friday by a 196.900 to 190.375 score. LSU's April Burkholder powered the Tigers to the victory with her 39.600, first place showing in the all-around. Burkholder, one of the nation's top gymnasts, also turned in the top marks on the vault (9.950), balance beam (9.900), and on the floor exercise (9.925). Lisa Rennie claimed the win on the uneven bars with a score of 9.900 for LSU. Centenary's Kristina Menne finished in third place in the all-around and the floor exercise with a total effort of 38.650 and a 9.875 on the floor. Sarah Ball's 37.775 was good enough for fourth in the all-around while her 9.675 on the beam led her to a fifth place showing. Sarah Racioppi also took fifth place on the floor with a routine that earned a 9.825. The Ladies will return to action next Friday when they compete in the Midwest Independent Championships hosted by Texas Woman's University in their final tune-up before the USAG National Championships in mid-April.  
March 19, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 SHREVEPORT – The Centenary and Connecticut baseball teams combined for 52 hits in two games as they split the opening doubleheader of their three-game series at Shehee Stadium.   The Huskies won the first game 11-4 and the Gents responded with a 10-2 victory in game two.   The Gents scored a trio of runs in three separate innings to pick up their eighth win of the year.   David Kiefer and Alex Valdivia each collected three hits in the game, while Kiefer scored three times.   Jonathan Ahearn knocked in a game-high three RBI.   Sophomore pitcher David McElroy (4-0) produced another quality start for the Gents (8-10).   After giving up an early run in the first, the righty settled down to allow just one more run the entire game.   He struck out three in eight and a third innings.   The first game was full of back-and-forth action as the Huskies (10-4) took a two-run second inning lead, only to it erased by solid play at the plate by Jonathan Colgin and Ahearn.   Colgin’s leadoff double, his fifth of the season, sparked the two-run rally capped by an infield RBI single by leftfielder Jared Vincent .   Centenary added another pair of runs in the fourth as Valdivia hit a two-out screamer up the middle with men on second and third.   Alex Moldonado and Vincent scored on the play.   The Huskies put themselves up for good in their next trips to the plate, drawing a leadoff walk and putting men in scoring position on the ensuing at-bat.   A UConn single up the middle drove the runners in, followed by a double that would be eventually be the game-winning RBI.   J.C. Biagi (1-2) picked up the loss in his third start of the season.   Colgin and Kiefer each hit safely twice.   The Gents and the Huskies finish the series with a rubber match at Shehee Stadium tomorrow at 11 a.m.
March 18, 2005 | Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, La. – Stephen F. Austin recently announced the hiring of former Centenary Gents soccer standout Jamie Frias as the new 2005 women's soccer head coach.   Frias replaces Nicole Nelson, who became an assistant coach at Baylor. Frias has been with the SFA soccer program for the past three years. As an assistant coach in 2003, he guided the Ladyjacks to their first Southland Conference tournament title and received their first postseason bid to the NCAA Championships.   The Katy, Texas native served as an assistant coach for the Centenary Ladies for two seasons while studying for his masters degree. Before joining the Ladies coaching staff, Frias coached the SFC U-16 select team and was also the head coach of the Booker T. Washington varsity team and the Caddo Magnet junior varsity team in Shreveport. A 2000 graduate from Centenary College, Frias was a captain as a junior and a senior and started all four year for the Gents.  
March 17, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHEREVEPORT - Unbelievable power at the plate gave the Centenary Ladies a two-run edge over Louisiana Tech on Thursday evening at the Centenary Softball Complex. During the 3-1 win, Centenary accumulated three homeruns off five hits to keep their undefeated home winning-streak alive with four. Keeping the Lady Techesters at bay,  Jessica Ivins  (7-4) scattered four hits while striking out seven as Janis Kelley  entered in the seventh to pick up her second save of the season. LA Tech jumped out in the second, scoring one run with two outs on a fielding error by  Amy Wiedeman . Ivins struck out Amber Miles looking to end the offensive threat. Taking the plate in the bottom half of the second, Micah Rhodes blasted her second homerun of the year, knotting the score at one a piece. The Ladies’ bats continued to swing in the sixth as Jennifer Mango cranked her first collegiate homerun over the left field fence only to be followed three at-bats later by Megan Hall ’s crushing long ball to the same exact location. With two outs, Rhodes narrowly missed posting her second homerun of the game as her powerful blast banged off the left field fence, allowing her to reach second. The sophomore rightfielder was stranded when Kelley struck out, but the Ladies' homerun rally was good enough to give Centenary the lead for good. Centenary (10-12) will remain at home hosting the University of Arkansas next Wednesday, March 23rd. The opening game of the doubleheader will begin at 3:00 p.m.
March 16, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: NATCHITOCHES, La.- Both the Centenary Ladies and Northwestern experienced offensive difficulty during the first rotations of Wednesday night’s frigid in-state rivalry at the Demon Diamond. Despite Centenary’s quickness on the base paths, the Demons were able to overcome their hitting lull, banging out 11 hits including two homeruns, securing the 7-2 win. Lauren Flowers put the Ladies in front in the top of the third, drawing a walk and later scoring when Megan Hall reached on a throwing error. Northwestern (14-15) struck back in the fourth, taking the lead as Shira Walker knocked her first long ball of the night over the left field fence, scoring Amanda Glenn from second. The Demons continued to hammer the ball putting up a sturdy five runs in the sixth. Walker started the inning with another roundtripper followed by a series of hits to take Northwestern ahead by six. The Ladies made a valiant effort in the seventh as Jennifer Martin reached on an error while Flowers walked, advancing Martin to second. Katie Harwick grounded out to the third baseman which allowed Martin to move to third and Flowers to advance to second. Using her sheer speed with two outs, Martin scored on a wildpitch to cut the deficit, but it wasn’t enough as the Demon’s reliever struck out a swinging Hall, earning the save. Despite the loss Jessica Ivins (6-4) performed well mowing down nine Northwestern hitters in seven innings. Centenary (9-12) looks to remain undefeated at home as they take on Louisiana Tech (14-15) on Thursday, March 17th at the Centenary Softball Complex. The contest will begin at 6:00 p.m.
March 15, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt   ELMHURST, Ill. - Centenary’s Anja Schmidt was dubbed Mid-Continent Conference Tennis Player of the Week for her exceptional play last week. The talented Gilforn, Germany native registered a pair of victories in the top slot on the road against LeTourneau, keeping her undefeated spring record alive with seven.   Schmidt easily took the Lady Jackets’ No. 1 player in straight sets 6-0, 6-0, and later teamed with doubles partner Heather Kelley for an effortless 8-0 win. Her notable weekend performance helped boost her overall record to 15-3 this season. This is the seventh time the junior has received the weekly accolade as she was named Mid-Con Player of the Week five times during the 2004 regular season. She was also honored with the 2004 Mid-Con’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Year award and was the co-winner of the Mid-Con Scholar Athlete Award for the 2003-04 season. Now 1-7 on the season, the Ladies host Louisiana Tech on Tuesday, March 22 at the Southern Hills Tennis Complex.   The first serve is set for 3 p.m.
March 14, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team used a combined five pitchers to shutout visiting Wiley, a NAIA institution.   The Gents out hit the Wildcats 12-1 and struck out eight for their seventh win of the season.   David McElroy (3-0) picked up the win after starting the two inning pitching rotation.   Freshman Matt Clark pitched a pair, followed by one inning of work each by David Kees , Chad Harper , and A.J. Howes .   The game lasted only six and a half innings because of a pre-agreed 10 run rule.   Centenary (7-9) put the game-winning run on the board in the bottom of the first after Justin Darr singled in centerfielder Tim Ryan , who had just stolen second after notching a hit of his own.   The Gents’ big inning came in the third as they batted around the order, scoring six runs.   David Kiefer led things off with a single to left center and advanced to second after Darr reached on an error by the shortstop.   Kiefer subsequently stole third and , after a walk by Jonathan Colgin , scored on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Ahearn .     After a passed ball put runners of second and third, J.C. Biagi’s double down the right field line scored another run for the Gents.   Drawing a walk, Howes loaded the bases for Jared Vincent , who knocked in Colgin for another run.   Second baseman Alex Valdivia then delivered a single to left field to score Howes, and was then driven home by Ryan’s hit to left center.   Ryan then stole second before Kiefer ended the inning on a grounder to the pitcher.   The Gents rotation didn’t allow a hit until the top of the seventh when Howes, normally the first baseman, took the mound.   Harper struck out the side an inning earlier and Kees fanned two in his season debut.   Centenary remains home this weekend as the face Connecticut for a three game homestand at Shehee Stadium.   A d
March 12, 2005 | Athletics
LONGVIEW, Tex .- By sweeping the doubles pairings and racking up three individual wins, the Gents nabbed their first dual-match win of the spring season over LeTourneau at the University Tennis Courts . Centenary used their depth and veteran talent to walk away with the 4-3 victory on Saturday afternoon.   The Gents had little trouble in doubles action as Russ Patrick and Arthur Okura downed the Yellow Jackets No. 1 duo, 8-4. Brain Roberts and newcomer Cody Andrews mirrored that performance as 8-4 winners in the No. 2 spot.   In singles play, Roberts kept up the pressure throughout the tightest match of the matinee, defeating Hunter Cippele in the top slot, 6-3, 6-3.   Patrick was also victorious in second singles, overpowering Jeremy Martinez 6-0, 6-3 while Okura notched his fifth season win dominating Zac Dodson in two easy sets, 6-1, 6-0.   The Gents look for another victory when the take on Alcorn State at home on March 25 th at the Southern Hills Tennis Complex.   Doubles will begin at 1:00 p.m.   RESULTS:   DOUBLES: 1. Patrick/Okura (CC) def Martinez/Cippele (LETU) 8-4 2. Roberts/Andrews (CC) def Ehmke/Bartholomew (LETU) 8-4   SINGLES: 1. Brian Roberts (CC) def Hunter Cippele (LETU) 6-3, 6-3 2. Russ Patrick (CC) def Jeremy Martinez (LETU) 6-0, 6-3 3. Arthur Okura (CC) def Zac Dodson (LETU) 6-1, 6-0 4. Jim Albright (LETU) def Cody Andrews (CC) 6-2, 6-3    
March 12, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —On an emotional night in the Gold Dome where the Centenary Ladies gymnastics team bid farewell to two seniors competing in their final home meet, the Ladies came through with a fitting send-off by downing Southeast Missouri State 192.575 to 191.425. Centenary used a season-high score of 49.300 on the floor exercise to avenge a loss to the Redbirds earlier in the year.   SEMO began the event with a shaky performance on the uneven bars as both of their first two gymnasts fell from the apparatus. The Redbirds were forced to count an 8.050 on the bars and finished the first rotation with a team score of 46.050.   Meanwhile, the Ladies responded well following the senior presentations of Jennie Jackson and Tara Mitchell by posting a 48.000 on the vault behind a third place performance by Sarah Racioppi who garnered a 9.675 to give Centenary the early lead.   The two teams nearly recorded the same score on the balance beam before the Ladies pulled away with three near-perfect floor routines. Freshman Meredith Smith tallied a 9.900 as Centenary’s third competitor on the event before Sarah Racioppi and Kristina Menne each earned a 9.950 to seal the win. All three secured top billing on the exercise as Smith took third place and Racioppi and Menne shared the first place honor.   Menne also turned in top efforts to take first place on the uneven bars with a 9.775 and in the all-around as she finished with a 39.050. Laura Wright placed second on the bars with a run of 9.675 while Menne ranked second on the balance beam with her score of 9.700.   Centenary returns to action on Friday when the Ladies take on the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge , La. , at 7 pm .
March 12, 2005 | Athletics
HUNTSVILLE, Tex – The Centenary men’s golf team finished tenth at the Sam Houston State Bearkat Classic, shooting a 922 in the three round event.   The Gents shot 303, 308, and 311 to finish in a logjam of six teams scoring within seven strokes of each other.   Brett Kaufman finished tied for 11 th with 223, the best finish for Centenary.   He shot a low round of 71 for the Gents in the first frame.   Mackey Miles’ 229 tied him for 34 th , John Kizer ended up tied for 44 th with 231, and Brian Grone finished tied for 67 th with 241.   David Viviano was disqualified in the third round, throwing out his score after shooting 78 and 80 in the first two rounds.   McNeese State won the tourney with 875, followed by Stephen F. Austin with 885 and host Sam Houston State with 889.   Fourth was Southern Illinois with 892, followed closely by William & Mary (896), Texas State (902), Oral Roberts (904), and Tennessee State (908).   Battling for the middle spots were Boston College (921), Centenary (922), Nicholls State (924), George Washington (925), Sam Houston State –White (926), and UMKC (933).   Rounding out the competition was Boston College – Gold (992) and Prairie View A&M (1125).
March 12, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt LONGVIEW, Tex.- The Centenary women’s tennis team came close to sweeping LeTourneau at the University Courts on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Jackets earned their lone point when Centenary was forced to default court #5 in singles because of a shortened roster. The 6-1 triumph marked the first win of the 2005 season. The match started well for Centenary as they quickly swept doubles, with Anja Schmidt and Heather Kelley leading off with an 8-0 win over LETU's Sarah Carroll and Jamie Bastian.   Fellow Ladies pairing of sibling duo Christine Majchrowicz and Jennifer Majchrowicz followed suit, winning 8-0 in the second doubles spot. Schmidt posted her 15 th season win in the top spot, sweeping Sarah Carroll in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Kelley and C. Majchrowicz also reregistered straightforward victories in singles action.   Kelley notched a 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No. 2 slot over LETU’s Jaime Bastian while C. Majchrowicz pounded Katy Harclerode 6-0, 6-0 at third singles.   Freshman J. Majchrowicz earned another Centenary point with a 6-1, 6-1 conquest in the fourth slot.   The Ladies return to the courts on March 22 to battle Louisiana Tech at home at 1:00 p.m.   RESULTS:   DOUBLES: 1. Schmidt/Kelley (CC) def Carroll/Bastian (LETU) 8-0 2. Majchrowicz/Majchrowicz (CC) def Bancroft/Harclerode (LETU) 8-0   SINGLES: 1. Anja Schmidt (CC) def Sarah Carroll (LETU) 6-0, 6-0 2. Heather Kelley (CC) def Jaime Bastian (LETU) 6-0, 6-1 3. Christine Majchrowicz (CC) def Katy Harclerode (LETU) 6-0, 6-0 4. Jennifer Majchrowicz (CC) def Joy Bancroft (LETU) 6-1, 6-1  
March 12, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Box Score LAFYATTE, La – The Centenary softball team dropped a pair of games to Louisiana-Lafayette, collecting just one hit in the two shutouts.   The seventh ranked Ragin’ Cajuns no-hit the Ladies in the opener 8-0 and handed the Maroon and White a 9-0 loss in the second match-up.   Brooke Mitchell and Ashley Kirchberg combined for the no-hitter in the first game, walking just three batters and not allowing a runner past second.   Centenary’s Kristen Morton (3-6) picked up the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in two innings.   Janis Kelley finished the game for the freshman, also giving up four runs in a pair of innings, striking out one.   The Ragin’ Cajuns (21-2) used a five run third inning in the second contest to push past the Ladies 9-0.   ULL did not let a runner advance to scoring position in the nightcap.   Jennifer Mango collected Centenary’s (9-11) only hit of the day, a single to the shortstop.   Jessica Ivins (6-3) earned the loss, striking out five in four and two-thirds innings of work.
March 10, 2005 | Athletics
MONROE, La – The Centenary baseball team gave up 12 runs, 11 hits, and seven walks in the first three innings of their 18-2 loss against Louisiana-Monroe.   The Gents gave up 11 base on balls as the Indians scored in every inning but two.                         Centenary (6-9) starter Chad Harper (0-1) started the first inning in trouble, walking the first two ULM batters before earning the first out with a shallow fly to center.   Drawing another walk, the Indians loaded the bases and scored their first run of the ballgame on a wild pitch.   Harper would walk two more batters in the inning, one with the bases loaded, before retiring the side down 2-0.   The Indians (12-5) opened the second frame with a bunt single down the third base line, followed by a one-out single back to the pitcher.   Tony Lamothe slapped a single into left field, driving home another run.   ULM’s next batter, James Bennett cranked a two-run triple into right center, ending Harper’s night on the mound.   Coming in relief, sophomore Will Kaage walked his first batter before giving up an RBI single to left and an RBI double to deep right field.   After striking out the next batter, Kaage gave up another single, a two run chopper up the middle for the Indians’ seventh run of the inning, eventually getting out of the jam with a comebacker to the mound.   The third wasn’t any kinder to the Gents as Bennett nailed his second triple in as many innings into the left center warning track.   Kaage walked the next batter, putting runners on the corners, before giving up a three run homer by Daniel Raymond over the left field fence to push the ULM lead to a dozen.   Centenary put their first runner in scoring position in the sixth as Alex Moldonado , getting his first start at third, drew a leadoff walk. &
March 10, 2005 | Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, Tex.- The Ladies remained focused despite an hour and half delay in softball action, blanking Stephen F. Austin 2-0 on Wednesday night at the Coy Simms Softball Complex. In the circle, Jessica Ivins continued to blossom, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth to register Centenary’s third shutout of the year. Centenary took an early lead in the first with Micah Rhodes doubling to right center to score a speedy Katie Harwick from second. The score would remain tight until the Ladies' final at-bat. Ivins’ continued pitching a no-hitter into the bottom of the fourth when Kristina Swart reached on a Centenary defensive miscue. The freshman right-hander kept her cool demeanor striking out the next two-batters as Amy Wiedeman snatched a pop up, ending the first threat on the contest. The Ladyjacks had another chance in the fifth when Carrie Woydziak singled, ending the hitless game. She later advanced to third only to be stranded when Ivins struck out a swinging Julie Morse. The Ladies were unable to reach in the top of the sixth, but remained strong in the field forbidding SFA (5-11) to equalize the nightcap. Swart singled and advanced to second on a throwing error as Dahlquist’s sacrifice bunt advanced her into scoring position. Once again Ivins stayed solid down the stretch, retiring the final two batters. Up by one and in their final at-bat, Lindsey Jones continued to mash the ball. The sophomore second baseman exhibited her powerful swing doubling to right field, plating Lory Kowaleski to add an insurance run, making the final margin 2-0. Jones paced the Ladies’ offense going 3-for-2 while Harwick and Kowlaski chipped in stolen bases to boost the Ladies' team stolen bases to 50 on the season. With the win, Ivins (6-2) picked up her second shutout of the season. The newcomer tossed a complete seven innings allowing just one walk and seven strikeouts. Centenary (9-9) will travel to Lafayette, La., on Saturday, taking on the 2004 Sun B
March 9, 2005 | Athletics
Biagi Kiefer ELMHURST, Ill – Seniors J.C. Biagi and David Kiefer were tabbed the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, as they led the Centenary baseball team to a 3-2 weekly record.   The Gents picked up wins against nationally ranked LSU, as well as Indiana and Arkansas-Little Rock during the stretch.   Biagi also was also selected Louisiana Baseball Player of the Week by the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association.   The College Place, Wash., native pitched a complete-game two-hitter against then #2/#3 LSU.   Biagi struck out six while holding the Tigers hitless through seven innings and didn’t give up an earned run in the 6-1 victory.   The senior also saw action in the field, playing third base as Centenary hosted the annual Gent Classic.   Biagi hit .385 with three doubles, three RBI, and four runs, with a .615 slugging percentage in the double round robin tournament.   Kiefer earns his first Mid-Con Player of the Week award after batting .526 with a .684 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.   The senior shortstop from Albuquerque, New Mexico, collected 10 hits and five runs scored.   Two of his 10 RBI were game-winners, a two-run double against LSU and a 10 th inning two-out single against UALR.   Although it’s his first conference award this season, Kiefer was named to the Mid-Con All-Tournament team in 2004 and earned Academic All-Conference Honors as well.   The Gents now have three Mid-Con accolades this season.   Junior outfielder Jonathan Colgin earned Player of the Week honors for February 21.   Biagi has now earned three awards for his efforts over the week, including the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pro-Line Cap Pitcher of the Week.
March 9, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – The Centenary softball team swept the Mid-Continent Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week.   Freshmen Lauren Flowers and Jessica Ivins earned Player and Pitcher respectively for their efforts over New Mexico and UC-Riverside as the Ladies went 2-1 at the Texas Tech Red Raider Classic.   Ivins earned her second consecutive Pitcher of the Week accolade after picking up a pair of wins over the weekend.   She pitched a complete game six-hitter in the Ladies 4-3 victory over New Mexico and picked up the win against UC-Riverside in a relief appearance.   Ivins struck out 11 batters on the weekend.   Flowers picks up her first Player of the Week award batting .375 over the weekend.   She finished the tournament with a homerun, triple, and a double to go with her three RBI and four runs scored.   The award is the second of the year for Ivins, the first for Flowers, and the fifth for Centenary.   Ivins and Janis Kelley won last week while Lindsey Virdell won for the week of February 7.  
March 9, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team committed three costly errors as Louisiana-Monroe handed them their eighth loss of the season, 5-2.   The Gents walked four batters and hit three more to give the Indians ample opportunities to score.   A two-run single by reigning Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week David Kiefer put the Gents on the board first.   With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Kiefer’s hard grounder down the first base line bounced off the diving ULM first baseman’s chest, rolling to the visiting dugout.   Alex Valdivia and Beaux Waddell scored to put Centenary up two.   Kiefer finished the night 2-for-4 while Valdivia added a team-high three hits, all singles.   Louisiana-Monroe answered back in the top half of the fourth, scoring two runs to knot the game at 2-2.   With two outs and runners on the corners, Julian Tafoya attempted to steal second, forcing the Gents to choose between holding the tying run on or getting out of the inning.   Centenary chose the latter, allowing Tafoya to score and continuing with a tied ballgame.   Indians’ pitcher Matt Lane (2-2) wouldn’t allow another run, striking out nine to pick up his second win of the season.   Jared Jennings struck out five in two innings of relief to pick up the save.   An error by Waddell in the fifth with two down allowed ULM to score what would be the winning run.   The Indians added two more insurance runs in the sixth to put the game at 5-2.   J.C. Biagi (1-1) picked up the loss for the Gents.   The senior righty went five innings, striking out a pair.   Matt Clark and Kris Calhoun finished the game, with Calhoun throwing three innings of hitless ball.   The Gents look to even the score with ULM as the travel to Monroe to face the Indians on their ground.   Scheduled for 6:30 p.m., it will be the first road game of the season for Centenary.
March 9, 2005 | Athletics
MOBILE, Ala – The Centenary women’s golf team shaved 16 strokes off their first day score to finish in 18 th place with a 768 at the South Alabama Lady Jaguar Invitational.   Chloe’ Mims and Repsie Schirmer shot identical 173’s to finish tied for 75 th place.   Mims struggled on the first day of action, shooting a season-high 92 before rebounding to shoot an 81 in the second round of play.   Schirmer was the Ladies most consitent golfer of the tournament, shooting 88 and 85.   Senior Andrea Sanchez shot a first-round low 85 for Centenary, finishing the tournament at 177 for 83 rd place.   Lauren Mills continued to chip significant strokes off her score, recording a 127 followed by a 118.   Middle Tennessee State won the invitational with a 602, followed closely behind by McNeese State with 604 and Birmingham-Southern at 608.   Three schools tied for fourth as Troy, host South Alabama, and Southern Miss all shot 621’s.   New Orleans (630), West Florida (631), Bethune-Cookman (633), and Winthrop (636) finished seventh through tenth.   Jackson State (651), Nicholls State (660), Samford (662), Belmont (670), Lipscomb (676), Spring Hill (697), Mobile (727), and Centenary (768) rounded out the competition.
March 8, 2005 | Athletics
DALLAS – Centenary senior pitcher JC Biagi has been tabbed the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pro-Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week for his efforts against then #2/#3 LSU.   Biagi pitched a complete-game two-hitter against the Tigers, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning.   The College Place, Wash., native struck out six and didn’t give up an earned run in the 6-1 victory over the in-state powerhouse.   The victory was the first for the Gents over LSU since 1956, a span of 22 games.   After earning the award, Biagi’s name is automatically placed on the watch list for the Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.
March 8, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Centenary men’s tennis team played host to in-state foe Grambling on Tuesday afternoon at the Southern Hills Tennis Complex. Playing under the 4-1 format, the Gents fell to the Tigers 4-1 in the first dual match of the doubleheader and were unable to regroup, dropping the second decision 5-0. Grambling took an early lead over the Gents in doubles competition, winning both matches, securing the first points. In singles action, Arthur Okura came out strong, winning his first match of the day. Competing in No. 4 seat, Okura easily defeated Jairo Anquiera, 6-4, 6-1, but had difficulty during his second contest in the #2 slot. GSU’s Marcus Ashley and Okura went back and forth during the close affair, but Ashley was able to keep up his intensity in the second set to pull off the victory, 7-6, (6), 6-4. Josh Pinto also played well in the No. 3 spot, but was overcome by Dellon Lonmer in a hard fought two-set match, 7-6, (5), 6-2. The Gents are back in action Wednesday, March 13 when they travel to Longview, Texas to take on Letourneau. The first serve is set for 1:00 p.m. RESULTS: GSU- 4    Centenary- 1 DOUBLES: Edwards/Hicontuka (GSU) def. Jeffrey Krulin/Michael Krulin (CC), 6-0, 6-0 SINGLES: 1. Jamon Clayton (GSU) def. Brain Roberts, (CC), 6-4, 6-1 2. Dexter Mahose (GSU) def. Russ Patrick (CC), 6-2, 6-4 3. Dellon Lonmer (GSU) def. Josh Pinto (CC), 6-4, 6-1 4. Arthur Okura (CC) def. Jairo Anquiera (CC), 6-4, 6-1 GSU- 5    Centenary- 0 DOUBLES: 1. Mahose/Clayton (GSU) def. Russ Patrick/Josh Pinto (CC), 6-2, 6-3 SINGLES: 1. Dellon Lonmer (GSU) def. Brain Roberts (CC), 6-3, 6-1 2. Marcus Ashley (GSU) def. Arthur Okura (CC), 7-6 (6), 6-4 3. Herve Hicontuka (GSU) def. Jeffrey Krulin (CC), 6-0, 6-1 4. Chad Edwards (GSU) def. Michael Krulin (CC), 6-0, 6-1  
March 6, 2005 | Athletics
LUBBOCK, Tex . – Lauren Flowers ’ four-bagger in the top of the first set the stage during Sunday morning’s Mutual of Omaha Red Raider Classic make-up game against California-Riverside. Flowers registered three of the Ladies’ six RBI, while Jessica Ivins earned her fifth victory of the season on the mound as the Ladies overpowered the Highlanders 6-1 at the Rocky Johnson Field. The Ladies wasted no time during their final contest of the Omaha Red Raider Classic, notching runs in their first two rotations. Following her solo shot over the left field fence, Flowers banged out her second RBI double of the year, scoring Amy Wiedeman in the top of the second, creating a two-run advantage. CA Riverside (3-16) posted their lone run in the next at-bat when Jennifer Thompson singled up the middle scoring Melissa Sanchez. With one down, Ivins relieved Kristan Morton in the pitching circle. With the tying runs on first and second, the freshman righty established her dominance striking out consecutive batters to end the opposing threat. Janis Kelley continued the Ladies’ offensive attack in the sixth homering to left center followed by back-to-back RBI doubles by Lindsay Jones ’ and Wiedeman. The Ladies’ five run lead held strong as Kelley came in to close in the sixth, giving up a hit and striking out one. Ivins worked 4.1 innings, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out five. The Ladies (8-9) host Arkansas Pine Bluff on Tuesday at the Centenary Softball Complex. The first pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.
March 6, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Matt Clark SHREVEPORT – Already having the game-winning run negated in the bottom of the ninth, the Centenary baseball team showed it’s poise as they rallied past Arkansas-Little Rock in extra innings for the victory.   Down one, the Gents used a two-out rally to notch a pair of runs in the bottom of the tenth for the 12-11 win in the final game of the Gent Classic.   With two down, Alex Valdivia laid a perfect bunt parallel to the third base line, grazing the Trojan third baseman’s fingertips before rolling foul for the hit.   Tim Ryan then smacked his second double of the game off the right field wall, driving home Valdivia for the tying run while advancing to third on the throw.   On the ensuing at-bat, David Kiefer singled past the diving UALR shortstop for the game-winning RBI.   Arkansas-Little Rock took a one run lead in the top of the tenth courtesy of a one-out double with men on first and third.   With two runners in scoring position, the Trojan’s Jimmy Scott flied out to right field, hoping to score Tommy Bryant from third.   Gents right fielder Chris Wilson had other ideas, firing a perfect shot down the right field line to nail Bryant at the plate to end the inning.   Although they eventually claimed the victory, Centenary thought they had the game won in the bottom of ninth.   Tied at 10-10, Justin Darr singled through the left side before being pinch run for by freshman Beaux Waddell .   Designated hitter Jonathan Ahearn then singled into right field, putting runners on first and third for the Gents with one out.   The next batter, Jared Vincent , put the ball into play to the shortstop, who flipped it to the Trojan second baseman Eric Bowman for the force out.   Trying for two, Bowman’s throw sailed wide as Waddell crossed home plate for the win, but was overturned as the official called the sliding Ahearn for inter
March 5, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 (UALR) Box Score - Game 2 (Indiana) SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team split their doubleheader on the second day of the Gent Classic, falling to Arkansas-Little Rock in the opener 9-4 before avenging an earlier loss to Indiana with a resounding 11-3 victory.   Despite playing at Shehee Stadium, the Gents played the role of the visiting team in both match-ups for the first time this season.   Centenary jumped to an early four run lead in the opener against UALR, but gave up 10 walks as the Trojans stormed back by scoring nine runs in five innings.   Arkansas-Little Rock did not allow a hit by Centenary after the fourth inning.   Will Kaage (1-2) picked up the loss after relieving starter Chad Harper in the fifth.   Kaage gave up 10 hits and six runs in four innings of work, with most of the damage coming in the Trojan eighth.   The two pitchers combined to walk 10 batters, including the leadoff man in five separate innings.   On the offensive front, David Kiefer and Tim Ryan both went 2-for-4 with an RBI.   Ryan scored once as part of the four run Gents second.   The second game was a different story for Centenary as they looked for a little payback for a come from behind Indiana victory the night before.   The Gents came alive behind steady offensive production and the strong arm of David McElroy (2-0), scoring early and often while allowing just three runs on 12 Hoosier hits.   The Gents jumped out to a two run, first inning lead as the catcher Justin Darr singled through the right side with the bases loaded to drive home Alex Valdivia and Ryan.   Valdivia walked to start the game while Ryan reached on a misplayed fly ball to the left fielder.   Kiefer’s sacrifice fly advanced Valdivia to third before Ryan stole second, followed by Chris Wilson drawing a walk to load the bases.   Indiana answered right back with back-to-ba
March 4, 2005 | Athletics
Chad Maclies Tyrone Hamilton ELMHURST , Ill. —Centenary men’s basketball players Chad Maclies and Tyrone Hamilton have been named to a pair of Mid-Continent Conference all-league teams for their efforts this season. The honor is the first for both players and is the second time a Gents player has been saddled with a postseason Mid-Con honor in as many years in the conference.   Maclies, a senior from Kingwood, Texas , received second team All-Mid-Con accolades after posting 18 ppg. and 8.1 rpg. in his final season at Centenary. He accounted for 28% of the Gents total offense and finished fourth in the conference in rebounding. He leaves Centenary ranking 17 th on the all-time rebounding list with 591 and ninth in both field goal percentage (.523) and blocked shots (47).   Hamilton, a freshman from Shreveport , La. , was named to the Mid-Con All-Newcomer Team after averaging 12.5 ppg. and 3.9 apg. for the Gents. He placed among the conference leaders in assists, three-point field goals made, and three-point field goal percentage throughout the season. He led Centenary in assists (93) and made three-pointers (50) while finishing second in points and field goals made to Maclies.
March 4, 2005 | Athletics
LUBBOCK, Tex . – The Ladies softball team spilt the first day of play at the Mutual of Omaha Red Raider Classic on Friday at Texas Tech’s Rocky Johnson Field. The Ladies used a strong performance in the circle by rookie Jessica Ivins to notch the 4-3 victory over New Mexico, but were unable to avenge an earlier season loss to A&M Corpus Christi, dropping the second game of the day 7-2. Katie Harwick ’s gutsy base running carried Centenary’s offense during the first day of competition. The senior outfielder collected two hits in five at bats with a pair of RBI and two stolen bases.  In the opening contest, New Mexico came out swinging. The Lobos were able to push one run across the plate in their first rotation before Ivins stuck out a swinging Becky Dover, ending New Mexico’s offensive surge. The Centenary bats also came through in the first, starting with lead off hitter Lauren Flowers ' triple to left field. Harwick followed with a powerful shot to center field, scoring Flowers and later advanced to second on Jennifer Mango ’s sacrifice bunt. The senior outfielder continued on the base paths, making her way to third on a wild pitch and stole home a play later, notching her tenth stolen base of the season. The Ladies ended the first inning of play up 2-1. Centenary would take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Harwick reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on the throw, scoring Flowers and Jennifer Martin . The Lobos cut the lead to one, scoring on an infield single and Ashley Allen’s solo homerun, but that was all New Mexico could muster as Ivins pitched a perfect seventh to end the game. The right-handed pitcher from Houston (4-2) allowed three runs off six hits and struck out six in the complete game win. In game two the Ladies scored a run in the first on Mango’s RBI single through the left side. The Islanders were able to answer that run when they loaded the bases off an infi
March 4, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – In a game of big hits and strong pitching, it was a two out ninth inning error that cost the Centenary baseball team their opening game of the Gent Classic against Indiana, 4-3.   Four triples and a homerun yielded just two runs in eight innings as the Hoosiers, down one run in the top of the ninth, rallied to score two more and eke out a victory over the Gents.   With starting pitcher Kris Calhoun throwing eight strong innings and building a 3-2 lead, junior Jonathan Christian (1-2) came in to close the game out for Centenary (4-6).   After giving up a leadoff double, Christian allowed a single through the left side of the infield to put runners on the corners with nobody out.   Striking out the next batter, he gave up another single to tie the game and then walked the bases loaded.   With the next batter popping out into foul territory, shortstop David Kiefer misplayed a grounder that would have gotten the Gents out of the inning tied at 3-3, but instead scored what would be the winning run for Indiana (5-1).   The Gents built an early lead, scoring one run in each of the first three innings.   Drawing the leadoff walk, Alex Valdivia stole second before Tim Ryan ripped his second triple of the year down the left field line into the Hoosiers bullpen.   Freshman Chris Wilson added to Centenary’s big hit production in the second, lacing a liner over the head of the charging Indiana left fielders head for a triple of his own.   Jared Vincent drove Wilson home with a grounder to the shortstop to middle on the next at-bat.   Despite the error, Kiefer was the only Gent to notch multiple hits in the game.   The senior from Albuquerque, New Mexico, led off the third with a double down the left field line, scoring as catcher Justin Darr singled to center three batters later.   Indiana put a run on the board in the fourth when first baseman Ryan
March 3, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —Centenary athletic director Taylor Moore has announced that Mike Smith will serve as interim head men’s basketball coach. Smith served as the first assistant for the Gents program this season and fills the role after the resignation of former head coach Kevin Johnson.   “In the wake of Kevin Johnson’s resignation, I am honored to be named the interim head coach,” said Smith. “In my desire to serve the college in any way necessary, this is a prime opportunity to display my commitment to the Centenary men’s basketball program. I appreciate Kevin Johnson for the opportunity to work with, and learn from him what it takes to become a good college basketball coach.”   “Mike Smith has done an outstanding job for us as an assistant coach,” said Moore . “I feel confident that placing him in the interim position will enable us to maintain the quality of our program while we actively perform a search for our new basketball coach.”   Smith has been a member of the Centenary coaching staff for one season. He came to the Gents program after coaching at Southeastern Louisiana under former Centenary coach Billy Kennedy. He helped the Lions to a 20-9 record and the Southland Conference regular season championship in 2003-04. He also coached at Brebeuf Preparatory Jesuit High School and Pearl River Community College prior to his stint with the Lions.   A national search to fill the head coaching position is currently under way. The Centenary athletic administration intends to have a new coach named prior to the NCAA Final Four, which is scheduled for the first week of April.
March 2, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT— The Centenary Gents upset the #3 LSU Tigers 6-1 on Wednesday night at the Christus Schumpert Fair Grounds Field Classic. J.C. Biagi pitched a magnificent game in his first start of the season, going the distance while allowing only two hits in the victory. The win was the first for the Centenary program over Louisiana State since the 1956 season, a span of 22 consecutive games.   The Gents got on the board first in the bottom of the opening frame after senior David Kiefer legged out an infield hit and promptly stole second base. The throw from catcher Dustin Weaver sailed high and wide into center field, allowing Kiefer to advance to third with only one out. Tim Ryan then plated Kiefer on a sacrifice fly to the outfield to put the Gents in front 1-0.   LSU (9-2) placed its first two batters on base, courtesy of back-to-back errors by Centenary third baseman Beaux Waddell to begin the second inning. Biagi then showed his first signs of dominance on the night, responding with three straight strikeouts to end the Tiger threat.   Centenary (4-5) struck again in the bottom of the second to plate three and extend its lead to 4-0. Justin Darr walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch to begin the scoring. After a pair of walks to Jared Vincent and Alex Valdivia, Kiefer came through with his second safety in as many at-bats, doubling in both runners.     Meanwhile Biagi continued to quiet the LSU bats. The senior righthander sailed into the fifth inning before the first Tiger reached base without the assistance of a Centenary error when Quinn Stewart walked before Derek Hebert was hit by a pitch. The rally was again stymied when Biagi safely fielded a come-backer to end the inning.   The Gents provided their pitcher with two insurance runs in their half of the fifth. Valdivia and Kiefer led off the inning with a single and a walk just ahead of a single by Ryan that pushed acros
March 2, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – Laura Kizyte has been tabbed the Mid-Continent Conference Newcomer of the Year for women’s basketball after an impressive opening season in Maroon and White.   The junior transfer averaged 11.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.   Kizyte came to Centenary from Weatherford College where she helped the Coyotes win the Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference championship and Region V championships.   She made an immediate impact in her Ladies debut, scoring 33 points in the season opener against LeTourneau, a Centenary Division I record.   In Mid-Con games only, Kizyte led all players in steals per game with 2.44 and finished the regular season 10 th in assists per game with 3.25.   Her 29.0 percent shooting from three-point range was good enough for 9 th in league play.   In just her first season, the Kaunas, Lithuania native ranks fifth all-time in three-pointers made in a career with 46 and needs just five more to take over fourth place.   For season-highs, Kizyte has scored 20 points or more twice, grabbed 13 rebounds against LeTourneau, dished out eight assists versus IUPUI, blocked two shots against Louisiana-Monroe, and has nabbed five steals five times, most recently against Oral Roberts at home.
March 1, 2005 | Athletics
DENTON , Tex. —Centenary gymnast Kristina Menne has been named the Midwest Independent Conference Gymnast of the Week for her role in helping the Ladies defeat Texas Woman’s University and Air Force on Saturday evening. The honor is the second for the Centenary squad this season as Sarah Ball earned the accolade for the week of February 7 th .   Menne, a sophomore from Pearland , Texas , took the all-around title in Centenary’s victory with a score of 39.125. She also placed second on the uneven bars with a 9.875 and on the floor exercise with a 9.875 despite technical difficulties with the audio system during her routine. She currently ranks #1 on both the floor and all-around in the Midwest Independent Conference. The Ladies as a team now rank #1 in USA Gymnastics. Centenary won the USAG National Championship last season.
March 1, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Results SHREVEPORT – Lamar University had two players competing in a three-way playoff but it wasn’t enough as Oral Roberts edged past them by two strokes to win the 5 th Annual Centenary Ladies Spring Invitational at the Shreveport Country Club.   The two teams shot identical 317’s on the second day of action, leaving the Golden Eagles first round best 313 the deciding factor.   Casey Cain claimed the individual title by defeating fellow teammate Christa Gunn and ORU’s Candice Satow in a playoff.   After shooting 154’s in the two-round event, each golfer parred the initial sudden death hole, forcing another go-round on the par four 18 th .   Cain laid a beautiful approach shot three feet from the pin that led to a match-winning birdie.   The Ladies’ Chloe’ Mims paced the host school with 168, shooting a pair of 84’s for the tournament to finish tied for 23rd.   Seniors Repsie Schirmer (38 th ) and Andrea Sanchez (t-39 th ) finished with 178 and 181 respectively, both shooting in the 80’s during Monday’s play.   Lauren Mills shot a 276 in her first action of the year with Centenary after spending the fall with the soccer team.   The junior shaved 12 strokes off her first day score, showing signs she can shake off the rust from not having played full time all season.   Texas State finished third in the Invitational after posting a tournament-best 311 in the second round.   The Bobcat’s Danielle Mask shot the best round of the event with a 75 on Tuesday.   Rounding out the finishers were Northeastern State (663), Nicholls State (665), Western Illinois (697), IUPUI (706), Rhodes (757), Tennessee State (765), Mobile (769), and Centenary (803).
March 1, 2005 | Athletics
Kevin Johnson —Centenary Athletic Director Taylor Moore has announced the resignation of Kevin Johnson from the position of head men’s basketball coach at Centenary College of Louisiana. Johnson’s resignation comes after the conclusion of a disappointing 3-24 season in the Gents second year as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference.   “In April of 1999, Centenary College made a bold statement hiring me as the head men’s basketball coach and the first African-American head coach in the history of the college,” said Johnson. “I accepted the challenge and was convinced that with help, I could build a program that could win on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. In six years, I know we were successful in doing that.”   “At this time however, I feel like I have come to the end of a journey and it is time to look for some new challenges,” stated Johnson. “I certainly am thankful for all who helped our program in the last six years including faculty, staff, administrators, coaches, players, friends, and family.”   Johnson leaves Centenary after serving eight years as a member of the Centenary athletic family. He was hired under then coach Billy Kennedy as an assistant in 1997 and upon Kennedy’s departure in 1999, Johnson was promoted to the helm.   In six years as the Gents head coach, Johnson compiled a 65-100 record. He enjoyed three seasons of .500 or better basketball including a 16-12 mark in 2003-04. Johnson coached the Gents to a 50-17 record at home in the Gold Dome over his tenure which included a perfect 13-0 run just two years ago. He also coached the Division I scoring leader of 2001 in Ronnie McCollum.   “We have certainly enjoyed working with Kevin Johnson during the past several years,” said Moore . “He has brought our program from being an NCAA Independent to a member of the Mid-Continent Conference. While this past seas
February 28, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Centenary softball’s Janis Kelley and Jessica Ivins swept the Mid-Continent Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week awards after their outstanding performances during Saturday’s at home victories over Prairie View A&M. Kelley picks up her third Player of the Week award after reaching on every at-bat and insuring the second Maroon and White shutout of the season. She pitched a perfect fifth wrapping up the Ladies 10-0 win. The senior designated hitter collected three hits in four at-bats, including an explosive two-run double and a powerful three-run dinger to earn five of Centenary’s 11 RBI. Kelley has been a source of power at the plate this season and leads the team with 11 RBI and is tied for the lead in team doubles and homeruns. Ivins was an equally impressive force on the mound in Saturday’s opener. She was overpowering in the first three innings, holding the Panthers scoreless. The right-handed rookie finished the game fanning five batters and allowing two runs off six hits, earning the complete-game victory. She is currently 3-2 with an ERA of 2.52 through 41.2 innings pitched. This is the Houston native’s first Mid-Con award. Centenary will look to continue their three-game winning streak on the road, traveling to Lubbock, Texas to participate in the Red Raider Classic this weekend. The Ladies will face host school Texas Tech, A&M Corpus Christi, California Riverside, and New Mexico during the three-day tournament. The Ladies will jump start tournament play, facing the Lobos on Friday at 10:00 a.m.
February 28, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oakland Box#2 Chad Maclies Jarmorrow Moragne —The Oakland Golden Grizzlies shot 65.5 percent from the field and 75 percent from the three-point arc in the first half Monday night to cruise to a 28-point halftime lead and eventually the 86-60 win over Centenary. The Gents did not qualify for the conference tournament and finished the season with a 3-24 record, 1-15 in Mid-Con play.   Oakland (9-18, 7-9) came out running and gunning in the opening minutes of play as the Grizzlies jumped out to an 18-4 advantage powered by eight points from Courtney Scott. The Gents finally broke the spell with a three-pointer from Kevin Taylor off the bench, but it would not stop the bleeding. The visitors responded with a 12-0 run over a six-minute span to extend the lead to 33-9 with 5:59 remaining in the first half.   The Grizzlies led 48-20 at the intermission, holding Centenary to its lowest first half offensive output at home this season. The duo of Scott and Rawle Marshall were too much for the Gents as they notched 14 points and 17 points respectively by the break.   The second half wasn’t pretty either as Marshall scored seven of Oakland ’s first 11 points. The Grizzlies pushed their lead to 42 points at 73-31 on a jumper by Brandon Cassie with 10:28 to play in the game. The Gents did not give up though, and ended their season with a positive push that saw Centenary outscore the Oakland reserves 29-13 the rest of the way.   Marshall paced all scorers with 24 points in only 28 minutes of action for Oakland . Scott added 18 points in the victory while DeMarcus Ishmeal totaled 14 points with the help of three trifectas.   Seniors Chad Maclies and Jarmorrow Moragne led the Gents on senior night as each finished in double figures in their final game. Maclies pumped in 16 points while collecting nine rebounds. Moragne tallied 10 points and five boards to go with three assists.
February 28, 2005 | Athletics
CHICAGO, Ill. – Five Chicago State players scored in double-figures as the Centenary women’s basketball team lost its season finale 75-52.     Junior Van’esha Brabson moved into third place on the Ladies all-time rebounding list after grabbing three boards off the bench.   She added 11 points in a reserve role.   Holli Wilkins paced the way for Centenary (1-25, 0-16 Mid-Con) with a game-high 16 points while fellow sophomore Jelena Aleksic added 14.   Laura Kizyte chipped in with a team-high six rebounds.   The Cougars (13-14, 8-8 Mid-Con) dominated the inside, outscoring the Ladies 36-16 in the paint.   The CSU frontcourt accounted for 50 of the Cougar’s 75 points.   Renada Blackburn scored 15 while Chandra Timberlake and Wendi Walker added 13 and 11 respectively.
February 27, 2005 | Athletics
DENTON, Tex.—The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team continues to improve and climb its way up the USA Gymnastics rankings as the squad posted an impressive 194.300 on Saturday evening. The total was easily enough to defeat USAG foes Texas Woman’s University (191.125) and Air Force (189.650), but came up short of Big Ten member Illinois who took the meet title with a 195.750.   The Ladies blew the competition away on the floor exercise as they posted a team effort 49.225, crushing the nearest opponent, Illinois, by half a point (48.725). Each Centenary gymnast scored a 9.800 or better on the event which was won by Sarah Racioppi who scored a 9.900. The Ladies had the top three showings on the floor as Kristina Menne garnered second place with a 9.875 and Sarah Ball and Laura Wright each posted a 9.825 to tie for third place honors.   Menne claimed the all-around title on the evening as she finished with a 39.125, which included a 9.875, second place performance on the uneven bars. Sarah Ball continues to flourish in her all-around role for the Ladies as she placed second behind Menne with a total of 38.725. Tara Mitchell rounded out the individual finishers for Centenary with a third place finish on the beam with a score of 9.800.
February 27, 2005 | Athletics
Chad Maclies Clarke Jackson MACOMB, Ill.—The Centenary Gents dropped their final road game of the 2004-05 campaign to Western Illinois on Saturday evening, 66-55. The Leathernecks shot 60 percent from the field, converting on 21-of-35 shot attempts while attempting 32 free throws compared to just 10 for the visiting Gents. Western Illinois grabbed 11 steals in the win and forced Centenary into committing 16 turnovers.   Centenary (3-23, 1-14) continued its shooting troubles from the field as the Gents shot just 37.3 percent (19-of-51) in the contest. They launched 27 three-point attempts, but did not fare any better from long distance, as the Gents made only 10 trifectas for 37 percent.   Western Illinois (10-16, 6-9) worked for high percentage shots led by the inside play of Eulis Baez. Baez finished with 19 points while Troy Okeson contributed 13 points to the victory. Seven different Leathernecks came away with at least one steal on the night.   Chad Maclies turned in another outstanding performance for Centenary as he scored a game-high 20 points and recorded his seventh double double on the season by hauling in 11 boards. Clarke Jackson sank three long range shots to finish with a career-high 11 points.
February 26, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT- The Ladies proved the importance of gusty offensive quickness as they posted 13 stolen bases and plated 15 runs, in a doubleheader sweep of Prairie View on Saturday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex.   The Ladies took the first contest, 5-2 and claimed their second shut-out of the season, wiping out the Panthers 10-0 in the night-cap.   The Ladies produced runs early in the first game, keeping a 2-0 lead until the top of the fourth.   The Panthers were able to knot the score, but Centenary would pounce back, notching runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth inning. Freshman Lauren Flowers began the rally with a single to left field. After Harwick’s unsuccessful bunt attempt, Megan Hall doubled, but was caught at third, allowing Flowers to score. With two outs, Micah Rhodes singled through the right side and was later pushed past the plate by Janis Kelly ’s double to right field which extend the Ladies lead, sealing the win.   Jessica Ivins , who improved to 3-2, pitched well, going all seven innings, allowing a pair of earned runs on six hits, and striking out five.   In the second game, Centenary’s bats rejuvenated in the bottom of the fourth when the Ladies erupted, producing six runs.   Kelley continued to be the big bat for the Ladies, scorching a three-run home run in the fourth.   The right-handed pitcher’s monster shot clinched the second victory for the Ladies as she finished the day 3 for 4 with five RBI.   Also finishing the day 3 for 4 was freshman Jennifer Mango .   The Sugarland, Tex. native’s two-bag RBI double gave the Ladies the lead in the first game and she belted another double in the bottom of the third during the night-cap.     Kristan Morton (3-5) took the shut-out win, giving up four hits and striking out two.   Centenary's (6-8) doubleheader against Texas Southern has been postponed due to forecasted
February 26, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – Already guaranteed at least a share of the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title, Western Illinois claimed the honors outright for the third consecutive year with a 65-48 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team.   Laura Way scored a team-high 13 points off the bench, shooting 50 percent from three-point territory. Van’esha Brabson also scored in double figures with 10 while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds.   Brabson needs just three more boards in to move into third place all-time in Centenary history.   The Ladies (1-24, 0-15 Mid-Con) wouldn’t roll over without a fight, taking a mid-first half lead from the Westerwinds (18-7, 13-2 Mid-Con) and trimming the lead to within 10 with just over four minutes left to play.   A free throw by Holli Wilkins gave Centenary a 12-11 lead at the 9:21 mark in the first half and one of Way’s four points from the charity stripe put the Ladies down 10 and within striking distance with four and a half minutes remaining in regulation.   Unfortunately for the Ladies, there was no stopping WIU’s Zane Teilane.   The preseason Mid-Con Player of the Year scored a career-high and game-best 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds while blocking three shots.   The junior from Latvia was 10-of-16 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.   Jessica Cook recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Westerwinds.   Wilkins added seven for the Ladies and Jelena Aleksic dropped eight in limited playing time.   Freshman Brittany Barbee dished out a game-high four assists off the bench for Centenary.   The Ladies travel to face Chicago State in the 2004-05 season finale.   The Cougars handed Centenary a 69-64 loss in the Gold Dome earlier this season.   Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
February 26, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 SHREVEPORT – Hitless in his first seven at-bats of Centenary baseball’s double-header with Michigan State, David Kiefer came through when it counted, driving home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to seal a 3-2 victory for the Gents.   The Spartans won the first two games of the series and carried a one run lead into the last half of the ninth with a chance to sweep.   J.C. Biagi led things off for the Gents in the ninth with a hit by pitch, followed by a single past the diving Spartans shortstop by Justin Darr .   Local product Doug Williams’ (Captain Shreve HS) sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third, forcing a pitching change.     Alex Valdivia then grounded to the pitcher, putting Biagi into a pickle between third and home.   With a high throw from the MSU third baseman to the cather, Biagi avoided the tag to knot the score at 2-2.   After Tim Ryan was intentionally walked, Kiefer knocked his only hit of the day through the left side of the infield, bringing a pinch running Beaux Waddell in for the win.   In his first start of the year, Chad Harper pitched well for the Gents.   The junior southpaw gave up one run on five hits in six and a third innings before being replaced by Will Kaage .   Kaage (1-1) picked up the win after striking out two and giving up just two hits on the night.   The day didn’t start as well for the Gents, giving up a leadoff homerun to start the double-bill.   Game one starter Kris Calhoun (0-2) regrouped, however, and pitched eight strong innings, striking out nine.   The Gents struggled offensively in the day’s opener, garnering only four hits and putting four runners in scoring position in the first game.   The Gents next face #2/#3 LSU (7-1) at Fair Grounds Field on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
February 25, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt SHREVEPORT - The Ladies put up a strong fight at the Centenary Tennis Complex, but lost to nationally ranked Abilene Christian in women’s tennis action on Friday afternoon. The Ladies were unable to steal the 11th-ranked Division II Lady Wildcats’ momentum during singles play as they surrendered five of six singles points, dropping the match 6-1.   Despite the defeat, Anja Schmidt continued her six-match singles winning streak. The junior posted Centenary’s lone singles victory at the top of the order and teamed with Heather Kelley , notching a 8-3 win in No. 1 doubles.   In a hard-fought match at third singles, Christine Majchrowicz just missed pulling out a win against ACU’s Holly Lindloff, dropping the match 0-6, 6-1, 10-7.   Up next, the Ladies (0-8) will travel to Longview, Texas to take on Letourneau on March 12. The first serve is slated for 1:00 p.m.   RESULTS : DOUBLES : 1. Anja Schmidt/Heather Kelley (CC) def. Yarbrough/Beesley (ACU), 8-3 2. L.Parlin/ J. Israel (ACU) def. C. Majchrowicz/ Ashlee Mantooth (CC), 8-1 3. M. Brown/ H. Lindluff (ACU) def. Jennifer Majchrowicz/Versha Sharma (CC), 8-0 SINGLES : 1. Anja Schmidt (CC) def. S. Brown (ACU), 6-2, 6-2 2. L.Pavlin (ASU) def. Heather Kelley (CC), 6-1, 6-1 3. H. Lindloff (ASU) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CC), 0-6, 6-1, 10-7 4. J. Israel (ACU) def. Ashlee Mantooth (CC), 6-0, 6-0 5. A. Tetrick (ACU) def. Jennifer Majchrowicz (CC), 6-0, 6-0 6. L. Yarbrough (ACU) def. Versha Sharma (CC), 6-0, 6-0
February 25, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – Giving up nine runs on 15 hits, the Centenary baseball team couldn’t capitalize on 11 of their own hits in a 9-3 loss to visiting Michigan State.   The Spartans spread their offensive attack over the entire game, scoring in five of nine innings, but no more than two runs in any.   Michigan State starter Tim Day (1-0) held the Gents scoreless through six innings, striking out two and walking one.   After giving up two runs in the top of the first, Centenary (2-4) had the opportunity to put runs on the board with runners on first and second with back-to-back singles by David Kiefer and Tim Ryan .   Spartans second baseman Oliver Wolcott misplayed a two out grounder up the middle but managed to recover in time to throw out Kiefer attempting to score.   The Gents would put just four batters in scoring position through the next five innings, none past second base.   With MSU (1-0) reliever John Dwan starting the seventh, Centenary took advantage by taking three runs of the lefty in one and a third innings.   Down four in the ninth, Gents reliever Brandon Fulenchek gave up two runs after pitching two solid innings of shutout ball.   Jonathan Christian (1-1) picked up his first loss of the season, giving up 10 hits in six innings of work.   The righthander struck out four and has a team-high 13 on the year.   Centenary and Michigan State’s scheduled game on Sunday has been changed to be part of a double-header on Saturday.   The first game is set to start at 12 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.
February 23, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – Senior Brian Grone has been tabbed the Mid-Continent Conference’s Co-Golfer of the Week after finishing first at the Pizza Hut/Bell South Classic.   Grone shot a 71 at the rain-shortened tournament to help the Gents win their first meet of the year in a field with five other Mid-Con teams.   The senior from Mesa, Arizona, defeated conference foe Zack Guthrie of Western Illinois in a one-hole playoff en route to his best performance of the year.   The Gents next hit the links when they participate in the Sam Houston State Bearkat Classic March 11-12 in Huntsville, Texas.
February 22, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt ELMHURST, Ill . – Centenary’s Anja Schmidt has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Tennis Athlete of the Week after wiping out her competition last week, posting a pair of victories in No. 1 singles. The 5’8 junior is undefeated in spring action, 6-0, playing in the Ladies’ top slot. Schmidt, who was ranked 75th in the country according to the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, cruised past Alcorn State’s top player, Swetha Devaraj, 6-4, 6-1 and overcame Lamar’s Andrea Martinez, 6-3, 2-6, 10-7. Her outstanding play boosts her overall record to 13-3 on the season. This is the eighth conference award for the Gifhorn, Germany native, as she was named Mid-Con Player of the Week five times during the 2004 regular season and was honored with the 2004 Mid-Con’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Year award. She was the co-winner of the Mid-Con Scholar Athlete Award for the 2003-04 season.
February 22, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Team Results Player Results PHILADELPHIA, Miss – Powered by two top three finishers, the Centenary men’s golf team claimed the Pizza Hut/BellSouth The Real Yellow Pages Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club over a field that included six Mid-Continent Conference teams.   Senior Brian Grone shot a one-under-par 71 to win the rain-shortened tournament.   The Gents shot 298 as a team to tie North Alabama and force a playoff.   Although North Alabama won the playoff, they were ineligible for the victory because they are a Division II program.   Grone also won in a playoff by defeating conference foe Zach Guthrie, playing as an individual, of Western Illinois to claim his first victory of the season.   Sophomore David Viviano helped the Gent’s cause, shooting an even-par 72 to finish tied for third.   Mid-Con opponent IUPUI finished one stroke back from Centenary shooting 299 while Oral Roberts finished fifth at 303. Conference rival Western Illinois, who defeated the Gents by one stoke at the 2004 Mid-Con Championships, tied for sixth place with 304.   UMKC (309) and Chicago State (348) rounded out the Mid-Con’s participation, finishing 11 th and 17 th respectively.   Brett Kaufman finished tied for 17 th with 75 and John Kizer shot 80 to finish tied for 51 st .   Mackey Miles rounded out Centenary’s participation, shooting 83 to finish out of scoring consideration.   Other team finishes included SE Missouri State (299), Southern Illinois (304), Nicholls State (305), Lewis University (307), host Jackson State (308), Newman University (325), Morehouse (328), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (340), Alabama A&M (341), Southern (346), Prairie View A&M (366), and Alcorn State (391).
February 21, 2005 | Athletics
ELMURST, Ill – Local product Jonathan Colgin (Airline HS, Bossier Parish CC) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference’s player of the week as the Gents went 1-2 against visiting Northern Iowa.   Batting .500 for the series, Colgin recorded seven hits with two doubles and a homerun.   He also produced a .857 slugging percentage while driving in six RBI.   The homerun, Colgin’s first of the season, was a towering three-run shot over left center.   Colgin and the Gents (2-4) look to add to their accolades this season as the host Michigan State for a three-game series this weekend at Shehee Stadium.   Friday’s action is set for 4 p.m., followed by 1 p.m. game times both Saturday and Sunday.
February 21, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – Oakland brought their high-powered offense to the Gold Dome as three Golden Grizzlies scored in double-figures, downing the Centenary women’s basketball team 72-50.   Holli Wilkins led three Ladies in double-figures with 16 while grabbing seven rebounds.   Jelena Aleksic scored 11 with six boards and Laura Kizyte chipped in with 10 points.   The Ladies were cold all night from the floor, shooting 20.6 percent in the first half and 28.8 overall.   Oakland responded by outscoring Centenary 43-17 in the first half while shooting 51.7 percent of their shots from the floor.   The Golden Grizzlies’ Amanda Batcha flirted with a triple-double, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds while dishing out a career-high eight assists.   She added five points in the effort.   Centenary outplayed Oakland in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 26 point halftime deficit.   Wilkins scored 15 of her 16 points and all seven rebounds in the second half.   The sophomore playmaker was 3-for-5 from downtown and perfect from the charity stripe.   Outshooting the Golden Grizzlies 40 percent to 34.4 percent in the second, the Ladies outscored OU 33-29.   Centenary also won the battle of the boards in the half, 22-20.   The Ladies conclude their home schedule as they host Mid-Continent Conference leader Western Illinois on Saturday.   Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
February 21, 2005 | Athletics
NORMAN , Okla. —The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team defeated Texas Woman’s University despite falling to Big 12 powers Oklahoma and Missouri on Sunday. The Ladies outscored the Pioneers 192.075 to 191.350 on the evening. Oklahoma took the meet with a team score of 196.500 while Missouri finished second with a final tally of 193.925.   Kristina Menne captured two of the highest placements for the Ladies by taking the fifth spot on the uneven bars (9.675) and in the all-around (38.775). The sophomore also captured sixth place on the floor exercise with a 9.850.   Sarah Racioppi garnered a seventh place finish on the balance beam with a 9.800 effort and grabbed the eighth spot on the floor with a 9.825.   The win for Centenary is the third consecutive over a fellow USA Gymnastics opponent. The Ladies will travel to Denton to take on Texas Woman’s University on Saturday at 7 pm .
February 20, 2005 | Athletics
CLEVELAND, Miss . – Thirteen records fell as 10 swimmers etched their names into Centenary’s record book this weekend, competing in the New South Conference Championships at the Delta State Aquatics Center. Over the course of the three-day meet, both the men and women’s teams saw a series of swimmers obtain season-best times and set new records, ending the 2004-05 season in style. Sara Hansen , Lori Von Pingel , Melanie Zimmerman , and Kayli LeBlanc set the stage, opening the meet with the 200 yard free relay. The foursome set a school record with an impressive 1:43.66 and also established a new record in the 400 IM relay, touching at 4:14.71. The time was nearly three seconds better than Centenary’s previous mark this season. The Gents relay teams mirrored the Ladies, notching a new record in the 400 IM relay with a time of 3:36.85 and tied Centenary’s previous record in the 200 free relay with 1:27.63. The 800 free relay team of Jonathan Harrop , Dustin Myers , Ross Gilbert , and Adam D’Aquin also got into the history books with a time of 7:06.35. Gilbert had an outstanding meet, breaking all three Gents’ distance records and registered Centenary’s highest finish, nabbing third place in the 1650 free. Centenary's record-breaking weekend was made possible by individual record breakers Robert Trempski (200 IM, 1:58.46), Myers (200 free, 1:45.09), LeBlanc (500 free, 5:27.82), Kyle McKee (400 IM, 4:18.09), Gilbert (500 free, 4:45.31, 1000 free, 9:56.44, and 1650, 16:29.31), and Hansen (200 free, 2:14.86 and 100 fly, 1:00.85). The future looks even brighter as Centenary will continue to improve, gearing up for next year as both teams welcome new talent and build on this year’s banner season.
February 20, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team gave up a monster third inning while stranding 13 batters of base as Northern Iowa defeated the Gents 12-2 at Shehee Stadium.   With the score tied 1-1, Gents (2-3) starting pitcher Will Kaage (0-1) hit UNI’s first two batters of the third before giving up a double to drive both runners home.   The Panthers (2-1) would send 10 batters to the plate without recording an out until David McElroy closed out the inning, but not before scoring eight runs to take a 9-1 lead.   Tim Ryan continued to hit the ball well for the Gents, going 3-4 with an RBI while drawing a walk.   Ryan is hitting .526 on the season with a .625 on base percentage.   Also delivering strong performances for Centenary were David Kiefer and Jonathan Colgin , both of who had two hits on the day. Kiefer collected his first stolen base of the season after singling in the bottom of the first.   Colgin’s fourth double of the year drove in the senior shortstop to knot the game at 1-1.   The Gents remain home to host Michigan State starting February 25 as part of a three game series.   Friday’s series opener is set for 4 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.
February 20, 2005 | Athletics
CLEVELAND, Miss . – Thirteen records fell as 10 swimmers etched their names into Centenary’s record book this weekend, competing in the New South Conference Championships at the Delta State Aquatics Center. Over the course of the three-day meet, both the men and women’s teams saw a series of swimmers obtain season-best times and set new records, ending the 2004-05 season in style. Sara Hansen , Lori Von Pingel , Melanie Zimmerman , and Kayli LeBlanc set the stage, opening the meet with the 200 yard free relay. The foursome set a school record with an impressive 1:43.66 and also established a new record in the 400 IM relay, touching at 4:14.71. The time was nearly three seconds better than Centenary’s previous mark this season. The Gents relay teams mirrored the Ladies, notching a new record in the 400 IM relay with a time of 3:36.85 and tied Centenary’s previous record in the 200 free relay with 1:27.63. The 800 free relay team of Jonathan Harrop , Dustin Myers , Ross Gilbert , and Adam D’Aquin also got into the history books with a time of 7:06.35. Gilbert had an outstanding meet, breaking all three Gents’ distance records and registered Centenary’s highest finish, nabbing third place in the 1650 free. Centenary's record-breaking weekend was made possible by individual record breakers Robert Trempski (200 IM, 1:58.46), Myers (200 free, 1:45.09), LeBlanc (500 free, 5:27.82), Kyle McKee (400 IM, 4:18.09), Gilbert (500 free, 4:45.31, 1000 free, 9:56.44, and 1650, 16:29.31), and Hansen (200 free, 2:14.86 and 100 fly, 1:00.85). The future looks even brighter as Centenary will continue to improve, gearing up for next year as both teams welcome new talent and build on this year’s banner season.
February 19, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-IUPUI Box Score 2-19-05 Chad Maclies Clarke Jackson SHREVEPORT--David Tolefree scored a career-high 16 points while filling in for the injured Tyrone Hamilton (12.5 ppg), but it was not enough as IUPUI held Centenary to just 23.8 percent shooting in the first half en route to the 64-56 victory. The loss in the Gold Dome on Saturday afternoon gave the Gents their seventh consecutive Mid-Con home loss.   IUPUI (14-10, 8-5) jumped out to a 14-4 lead through the first eight minutes of the contest in large part to a 1-for-10 shooting effort and seven turnovers by the Gents. Centenary began to chip away at the deficit by holding the Jaguars to just one point, a free throw by Johnny Miller, for well over a five and a half-minute span. During that time, the home team closed the gap to 17-15 highlighted by a trio of three-pointers by Kevin Taylor. The teams entered the break with IUPUI holding the upper hand at 24-21.   Centenary (3-22, 1-13) scored the first five points coming out of the half and took the lead briefly on a Clarke Jackson bank shot. The Jaguars answered with a 12-0 run from the 18:07 mark to just under 14 minutes remaining in the game to acquire the 36-25 advantage. Chad Maclies ended the drought for the Gents with four straight points to pull his team within seven.   IUPUI extended its lead to as many as 14 points on two occasions. However, the maroon and white would not go down without a fight on homecoming. Centenary once again battled back as Tolefree scored five points in just over a minute to go along with a Jackson trifecta and a Maclies tip-in to make the score 56-50. The Jaguars answered every Gent basket the rest of the way and made enough free throws to seal the win down the stretch.   Maclies scored 15 points for Centenary to go along with Tolefree’s 16 points to pace the Gents. The senior also hauled in nine rebounds, narrowly missing his seventh double double of the season. Taylo
February 19, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – A career day by junior Van’esha Brabson wasn’t enough as visiting IUPUI hit a three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to spoil the Centenary women’s basketball team’s homecoming, 57-56.   Brabson scored a career-high 20 points while tying the school record for made threes in a game with six.   Jelena Aleksic added 16 points and eight rebounds for Centenary (1-22, 0-13) while Holli Wilkins chimed in with 12 points.   Whitney Rushing pulled down a team-high 10 boards while Laura Kizyte dished out a game-high and career-best eight assists.   Down six with just over 13 minutes to go, IUPUI (6-18, 4-9 Mid-Con) clamped down and went on an eight minute 15-2 run to take a seven-point lead at the 5:45 mark.   A pair of threes by Brabson pulled the Ladies within one, and Wilkins’ second trifecta of the game after an IUPUI basket tied the game at 47-47 with four minutes remaining.   After more back-and-forth action, Brabson’s record-tying sixth three at the 1:25 mark put the Ladies up two, but the Jaguars responded with a three of their own on the ensuing possession.   At the line with 42 ticks on the clock, Brabson converted both her free throws to give Centenary a one point advantage, their final of the game.   IUPUI’s Belinda Drake hit the clinching three with 35 seconds remaining, her only field goal on the day.   Starting the game trading threes-for-threes, the tempo was set for a long distance shootout.   IUPUI only took 12 shots from behind the arc but made them count, nailing 66.7 percent.   The Ladies took 29 shots from downtown, converting on only eight.   Centenary took a 10 point lead late into the first half thanks to a 15-3 run with Aleksic accounting for eight of the points.   IUPUI responded however, outscoring the Ladies 12-2 over the next seven minutes to knot the action at 28-28.   T
February 19, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT- The Centenary men’s baseball team used a seven run sixth inning and a strong performance by it’s starting pitcher to even their series with visiting Northern Iowa with a 9-5 victory at Shehee Stadium.   Jonathan Christian (1-0) pitched seven and a third strong innings, striking out nine Panther batters en route to his first victory of the year.   Down one run going into the bottom of the sixth, the Gents (2-2) put a pair of runners on with back-to-back hits by Jonathan Colgin and Justin Darr .   In to pinch hit, Chris Wilson singled to center, scoring Colgin after an error by the UNI (1-1) centerfielder.   With the game knotted at 1-1, Centenary capitalized on two bases loaded hit batsmen and a bases loaded walk to push the lead to 6-1.   A sacrifice fly by Darr in his second at bat of the inning scored David Kiefer to cap off the inning’s scoring.   Jake Hansen, Northern Iowa’s starting pitcher, was impressive in his season debut, giving up just three hits while striking out eight Gents in five scoreless innings.   The Panther bullpen, however, couldn’t keep the up the momentum, giving up nine runs on seven hits and four walks with only one strikeout.   Eric DeJong (0-1) picked up the loss for UNI.   The Gents and Northern Iowa finish their series with a rubber match tomorrow afternoon at Shehee Stadium.   Game time has been changed to 4 p.m.
February 18, 2005 | Athletics
LORMAN, Miss .- With a delayed start and sunlight fading, the Gents dropped their sixth match, 5-1 on the road to Alcorn State on Wednesday at the Willie Mae Latham Taylor Park.   Josh Pinto continued his stellar play, pushing through the tiebreaker to earn his second third set win of the season.   Due to a late start, the Gents began the match with singles play.   The Braves came out strong winning the No. 1 and No. 2 slots, before Pinto took the tiebreaker in the third position, beating ASU’s Marcos Hernandez. Pinto won the first set, 6-3, but Hernandez came back to win the second 6-4.   In the third set, Pinto blazed past his opposition, defeating the ASU sophomore, 10-5, to earn Centenary’s lone win. The Gents (0-6) will next host Lamar on Feb. 18 th at the Southern Hills tennis courts. The dual match will begin at 1:00 p.m. SINGLES: 1. Tim Verlin (ASU) def. Brain Roberts (CC), 6-4, 7-5 2. Abhay Prakash (ASU) def. Russ Patrick (CC), 6-2, 6-0 3. Josh Pinto (CC) def. Marcos Hernandez (CC), 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 4. Shoshank Kulkarni (ASU) def. Arthur Okura (CC), 6-3, 6-4 5. Roman Leuochkin (ASU) def. Michael Krulin (CC), 6-0, 6-0 6. Dimitri Belooussau (ASU) def. Jeffrey Krulin (CC), 6-0, 6-0  
February 18, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – On the heels of a momentum changing homerun to tie the game in the fifth, the Centenary baseball team committed three errors en route to a five run sixth to lose the opening game in their series with Northern Iowa 11-7.   Jonathan Colgin ’s three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth knotted the score at five apiece, swinging the flow into the Gents (1-2) favor.   The rightfielder’s blast to sailed over the left field fence, scoring David Kiefer and Tim Ryan to bring the maroon and white back from a 5-1 deficit.   Kiefer drove in the first run of the inning with a chopper over the leaping Panthers (1-0) third baseman, scoring Alex Valdivia who walked and subsequently stole second.   The sixth didn’t start well for the Gents, as UNI’s leadoff hitter reached base after an error by starting pitcher Kris Calhoun .   Junior Chad Harper replaced Calhoun and struck out the first batter he faced before hitting the next batsmen to put two men on base.   Ryan Norman doubled down the left field line, scoring both runners as the ball got tangled in the bullpen.   Nick Cameron singled to center to drive in Norman from first, but was thrown out attempting to steal by Alex Moldonado .   After walking the next batter, Harper’s pickoff attempt was too wide for A.J. Howes to handle at first, advancing the runner to third.   Another double put the fifth run on the board, but Harper managed to strike out Andrew Farmer, who scored the inning’s first run, despite another error by the Gents infield.   Senior J.C. Biagi came in to finish the final three innings for the Gents, striking out seven while surrendering only one run.   Calhoun (0-1) picked up the loss in his second start for Centenary.   Tommorrow game is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 pm because of weather issues.   If the game cannot be played, there will either be
February 16, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt LORMAN, Miss .- Due to a late start and fading daylight, the Ladies dual match against Alcorn State eliminated doubles play as Centenary suffered a close 4-2 loss to the Lady Braves on Wednesday at the Willie Mae Latham Taylor Park. Continuing their winning streaks in singles action, Anja Schmidt and Christine Majchrowicz paced the Ladies posting wins in the No.1 and No. 3 slots, respectively.   Majchrowicz (4-9) demolished Avernelle Holder in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 while fellow teammate Schimdt (12-3) took Swetha Devaraj, 6-4, 6-1, earning the Ladies’ two points.   The match came down to the second position with Heather Kelley battling ASU’s Nitya Miranda. Kelley had a strong start, nabbing the first set, 6-3, but the ASU sophomore knotted the series at one game apiece, winning the second set, 6-3. With the pressure of the team win resting on the final set, Kelley had a series of unfortunate rallies, falling 10-5 in the tiebreaker. The Ladies (0-5) will next host Lamar on Feb. 18 th at the Southern Hills tennis courts. The dual match will begin at 1:00 p.m. RESULTS: SINGLES: 1. Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Swetha Devaraj (ASU), 6-4, 6-1 2. Nitya Miranda (ASU) def. Heather Kelley (CC), 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 3. Christine Majchrowicz (CC) def. Avernelle Holder (ASU), 6-0, 6-0 4. Elana Rood (ASU) def. Ashlee Mantooth (CC), 6-0, 6-0 5. Felicia Chen (ASU) def. Jennifer Majchrowicz (CC), 6-1, 6-2 6. Shu-wei Frreyndt (ASU) def. Versha Sharma (CC), 6-0, 6-0  
February 16, 2005 | Athletics
GRAMBLING, La . – Senior Janis Kelley stole the spotlight on Wednesday  afternoon during Centenary’s 13-1 win over Grambling at the Lady Tiger Field. The Keithville, La. native went 3-for-3, launching her fist homerun of the season in the top of the fourth and recorded three RBIs in the chilly matinee. Centenary’s stellar offensive performance improves the Ladies overall record to 4-8.   The Ladies got on the board in the top of the second when Dana Davis ripped a shot up the middle, scoring Kelley for the first run of the game.   Grambling knotted the score at 1-1 in their next rotation, forcing the Ladies to step up their offensive intensity.   Centenary continued to push runs across the plate in the third and fourth innings before a power surge in the top of the sixth.   The Ladies used a five-run sixth inning to build an insurmountable lead, including RBI singles from Kelley, Jennifer Martin , and Jennifer Mango to put the Lady Tigers away, 13-1.   Newcomer Kristan Morton (2-5) recorded her second win of the season, working six innings allowing five hits and striking out six.   The Ladies (4-8) return to the field February 23 rd traveling to Natchitoches, Louisiana to take on Northwestern State at 6:00 p.m.
February 14, 2005 | Athletics
CEDAR CITY, Utah – Looking to pull out their first Mid-Continent Conference road win, the Centenary women’s basketball team fell to Southern Utah, 68-58, in their second to last away game of the season.   Four Ladies scored in double figures in the loss led by Jelena Aleksic and Laura Way with 14 points each, a career-high for Way.   Holli Wilkins added 12 points while Laura Kizyte chimed in with 11.   Southern Utah’s Cassie Warburton led all scorers with 19 while her teammate Kristin Pierce had a game-high 12 rebounds.   Centenary shot an impressive 40.9 percent from downtown with five of the seven active players hitting a three-pointer.   The Ladies didn’t fare as well from the floor, hitting only 36.4 percent from the floor.   Way was perfect from the floor, nailing all five of her shots from the field, including both three-point attempts.   Turnovers were again a problem for the Ladies as more than a third of the Tunderbirds points came off of miscues.   Southern Utah scored 23 points of turnovers compared to just 15 by Centenary.   The Ladies return home as part of a three-game homestand where they face IUPUI on Saturday, February 19.   The game is part of a Homecoming double-header with the Gents.   Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
February 14, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Valparaiso at Centenary Box Score Chad Maclies Jarmorrow Moragne Tyrone Hamilton SHREVEPORT—Valparaiso outscored Centenary in the paint 28-4 in the second half while outrebounding the Gents 49-30 en route to the 61-51 win in the Gold Dome on Monday evening. A trio of Crusaders combined to provide 58 of Valpo’s 61 total points as only two other players scored in the victory.   Centenary (3-21, 1-12) led for all but six minutes of the opening period of play and went into the locker room with a 25-24 advantage. The Gents held Valparaiso to a meager 22.2 percent shooting effort from the floor, but the Crusaders kept the game within reach by converting on 9-of-11 free throw attempts in the half. Centenary held Valpo without a field goal from for almost eight and a half minutes from the 11:55 mark to 3:25 remaining on the clock.     Chad Maclies led the Gents offensively in the early going, amassing 12 points in the first 20 minutes. Valpo’s Ron Howard matched Maclies, dropping in 12 points of his own on 3-of-6 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.   Valparaiso (13-12, 9-4) took control from the start of the second half, acquiring the lead at 26-25 on a layup by Howard. The Gents battled back from a six-point deficit to tie the game at 42 apiece on a jumper from Kevin Taylor. Minutes later, Centenary grabbed the advantage when David Tolefree made good on a pair of free throw tries.   Kenny Harris answered the Gents call with a basket inside that put Valparaiso ahead for the remainder of the contest. The Crusaders embarked on a 13-0 run that began at the 5:06 mark and didn’t subside until Jarmorrow Moragne knocked down one of two free throws with 59.4 seconds left.   Howard and Dan Oppland each tallied double doubles for Valparaiso on the night. Howard finished with 20 points and 10 boards while Oppland pumped in 20 points to go with 11 rebounds. Harris powered his way
February 13, 2005 | Athletics
Chad Maclies Clarke Jackson CEDAR CITY, Utah--The Southern Utah Thunderbirds foiled Centenary's bid to win back-to-back games by downing the Gents on Saturday evening 70-63. The three-point shooting of Rand Janes and the inside play of DeAngelo Newsom proved to be too much for the Gents on the road as the two players combined for 37 points. Although the Centenary bench outscored SUU 29-11 in the loss, the Thunderbirds used their size to take advantage down low. Southern Utah (12-12, 5-8 Mid-Con) edged the Gents 30-18 on points in the paint. Centenary (3-20, 1-11 Mid-Con) trailed 31-26 at the half despite only converting on 1-of-6 shots from behind the three-point arc. Southern Utah never relinquished its lead in the second half, but the Gents did get as close as two points on a pair of occasions. After a layup by Newsom put the Thunderbirds ahead by five, Kevin Taylor knocked down a trifecta to pull Centenary within two with 7:53 remaining at 58-56. SUU answered with a 5-0 run to bring the advantage back to seven before another long range shot by Taylor narrowed the deficit to four points. A Chad Maclies layup off of a dish by Tyrone Hamilton at the 5:07 mark made the margin just two points, but the Gents would not score again until Clarke Jackson's tip-in with 37 seconds to go. Maclies turned in another strong performance for Centenary, scoring 21 points and grabbing seven boards. Jackson tallied a career-high nine points off the bench while Hamilton finished with just two points on a 1-of-10 shooting effort. Newsom notched his second double double in as many tries against the Gents as he totaled 21 points and 11 rebounds on the evening for Southern Utah. Janes nailed four of his six attempts from downtown to knock down 16 points while Tim Gainey added 13 points in the win.    
February 12, 2005 | Athletics
SAN ANTONIO, Tex .– Playing through the drizzling rain, The Ladies finished their final day of play at the Fastpitch Express College Classic on Saturday at the UTSA Softball Complex. Centenary amassed 12 hits in the first contest of the day, drubbing Texas-El Paso 11-6 in extra innings.   As daylight began to break through the clouds in the nightcap, the Ladies had difficulty hitting against A&M-Corpus Christi’s All-American pitcher, falling 2-1.   The Ladies came out of the chute hard, knocking in two-runs in the first rotation, highlighted by Megan Hall ’s two-bag RBI. Centenary notched in another run in the third off Jennifer Mango ’s RBI double to leftfield, building their lead over the Miners.   Feeling the pressure of being down by three, UTEP’s Simone Holland blazed a long 3-run shot over the fence, knotting the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. With two runners on, centerfielder Natalie Schoppe got the Ladies out of a jam, catching a high fly ball, ending the threat and pushing the contest into extra innings.   With the tie-breaking rule in effect, Hall took second as Micah Rhodes jump-started the top of the eighth.   Eight Centenary batters reached bases as the Ladies hammered in eight runs off of seven hits, highlighted by Lauren Flowers ’ two-run round-tripper and a successful home plate steal by Lindsey Virdell .   With the score 11-3, the Miners were able to plate three before Brittany Brousard nabbed a fly ball, ending the game.   Jessica Ivins (2-2) earned her second complete game win of the season.   The right-handed rookie struck out a season-high nine, allowing eight hits and four walks during her eight innings of work.   The Ladies were able to post just one run during their second game of the day against the Islanders.   The Ladies did not reach base until Flowers singled on a bunt in the third. The rookie second baseman continued to
February 12, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – Loyola of New Orleans used three high scoring innings to salvage a series split with the Centenary baseball team, winning 17-7 at Shehee Stadium.   The Wolfpack took advantage of five Gents errors while posting six runs in the third, four in the fourth, and seven in the ninth.   Centenary (1-1) put themselves on the board early thanks to David Kiefer ’s first homerun of the season.   The senior shortstop’s shot sailed over left center, driving home leadoff batter Alex Vadivia .   Armed with a two run lead, the Gents looked poised to take control of the game.   Starting pitcher Cam Feightner (0-1) looked solid through the first two and two thirds innings without having given up a hit.   But with two down in the top of the third, he gave up six runs on six hits including a bases loaded triple.   With the Wolfpack (4-5) batting around, senior J.C. Biagi replaced Feightner getting Brad Rodrigue to strike out for the second time that inning.   Looking to come back in the third, freshman Beaux Waddell singled into center and advanced on a Valdivia grounder to short.   Kiefer added to his heavy hitting performance by doubling to left and driving in Waddell.   Tim Ryan ’s sacrifice bunt advanced Kiefer to third, but Loyola managed to get out of the inning giving up only one run.   The Wolfpack used two hits, two errors, and two hit batsmen to add another four runs in the fourth, increasing their lead to seven, 10-3.   Squeezing out one run each in the seventh and eighth innings, Centenary took the field in the ninth down only five.   Sophomore pitcher Will Kaage , who finished the game with seven strikeouts in four innings of work, gave up seven runs, but only one earned because of two Valdivia errors.   The Gents host Northern Iowa for a three-game series starting February 18 at Shehee Stadium.   Game times are set f
February 11, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – Down one run in the bottom of the ninth, the Centenary baseball team rallied behind the heart of their order and won their season opener 5-4 over Loyola of New Orleans at Shehee Stadium.   Local product Jonathan Colgin ’s (Airline HS, BPCC) hard hit single to right center clinched the come-from-behind victory for the Gents (1-0).   Alex Valdivia led off the bottom of the ninth, pulling off a slow rolling bunt down the third base line.   The subsequent overthrow by the Wolfpack’s (3-5) Brian Mason advanced Valdivia to second, putting a runner in scoring position with no outs.     Senior David Kiefer reached safely after his liner ricochet of the Loyola pitcher, putting runners on the corners for Tim Ryan , who came to the plate having already gone 2-for-2 with a triple and a pair of walks.   Ryan singled, tying the game at 4-4 with two runners on, and Colgin put the game away two batters later.   Newcomer Kris Calhoun gave up two early runs in the first and second innings but regrouped for a solid six-inning performance.   Striking out three, he held the Wolfpack to hitting only .190 from the plate.   David McElroy (1-0) picked up the win after a Loyola comeback in the ninth.   Ryan was exceptional in his Centenary debut, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a triple and a pair of singles.   His triple in the fifth gave him his first of two RBIs, driving in Jared Vincent to knot the game at 2-2.   After playing third last season, shortstop Kiefer seemed to have no problems with the transition from the hot corner.   He displayed his athleticism early, tracking down a deep blooper in the first and leaping to snare a high liner to end the third.   Offensively, Kiefer went 2-for-4 with a walk, scoring twice.   The Gents and Loyola play again tomorrow, February 12 at Shehee Stadium.   Game time has been changed from noon
February 11, 2005 | Athletics
SAN ANTONIO, Tex . – Centenary’s softball team spilt a doubleheader on Friday competing in the Fastpitch Express College Classic, hosted by the University of Texas-San Antonio. The Ladies picked up their first shut-out of the season over North Texas, 3-0, courtesy of a seventh inning scoring rally, but ran out of steam falling, 12-1 to UTSA, ending the first day of tournament play.   Centenary faced off with North Texas in the first game of the three-day tournament. After six innings of scoreless play, Centenary’s bat exploded in the top of the seventh, putting the Ladies comfortably ahead of the Mean Green.   Senior Janis Kelly reached on an infield error, scoring pinch runner Jennifer Martin for the first run of the morning.   The offensive attack continued as Lindsey Virdell connected, reaching second on yet another North Texas error, pushing pinch runner Kristan Mortan into scoring position.   With one out, Dana Davis blasted a shot to left field driving both teammates past the plate, putting the Ladies up 3-0.     The Ladies defense held the Mean Green in their final at-bat, posting their first shutout of the season.   Rookie pitcher Jessica Ivins (1-2) pocketed her first collegiate victory, scattering three hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking two.   Battling UTSA (2-5) in the afternoon, the Ladies fell behind early with Roadrunner’s Jennifer Davis knocking a two-run homer in the bottom of the first followed by a three-run shot over the center field fence by teammate Amiee Murray in the bottom of the second.   The Ladies answered back with Micah Rhodes ’ first solo homerun of the season in the top of the fifth, but UTSA’s pitcher Amanda Nikolenko halted the offensive burst, retiring Centenary’s final batter of the inning.   With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Jessica Rodgers juiced UTSA’s fourth homerun of the game se
February 11, 2005 | Athletics
ABILENE, Tex . – The Gents pulled off a series of individual victories in men’s tennis action on Thursday and Friday taking on Texas Tech, Hardin Simmons, and Abilene Christian at the Eager Tennis Pavilion. During the first day of competition the Gents were unable to overcome undefeated Texas Tech falling, 1-6 and had difficulty adjusting to indoor facilities dropping the Hardin Simmons match, 5-2. On Friday, Centenary battled Abilene Christen, but was unable to regroup as the Wildcats skimmed past the Gents 7-0. Arthur Okura had an impressive two days of play in the fourth slot, easily taking HSU’ Wade Morgan 6-1, 6-2 and battled TTU’s Chris Ramsey to a tiebreaker. Okura was down 0-5 in the final set against the Red Raider freshman, but rallied back winning the match, 3-6, 7-5, 10-8. Josh Pinto also came out on top in No. 2 singles, demolishing HSU’s Wes Kidd, 6-1, 6-2. In doubles action, Okura teamed with Russ Patrick to take their first No. 2 doubles win of the season against HSU’s Reed Stafford and Bjorn Subia, 8-4. Centenary (0-5) will return to the court on February 15, taking on Alcorn State at the Willie Mae Latham Taylor Recreation Park in Lorman, Mississippi. RESULTS : Texas Tech- 6   Centenary-1 DOUBLES : 1. Bojan Szumanksi/Michael Innerebner (TTU) def. Brian Roberts/Josh Pinto (CC), 8-1 2. Adrian Prpic/Dimitrio Martinez (TTU) def. Russ Patrick/Arthur Okura(CC), 8-0 3. Teddy DiBlasi/Ryan Vogl (CC DEFAULT) SINGLES : 1. Bojan Szumanksi (TTU) def. Brian Roberts (CC), 6-0, 6-0 2. Adrian Prpic (TTU) def. Russ Patrick (CC), 6-1, 6-1 3. Teddy DiBlasi (TTU) def. Josh Pinto (CC), 6-4, 6-0 4. Arthur Okura (Centenary) def. Chris Ramsey (TTU), 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 5. Dimitrio Martinez (TTU) def. Chris Champion (CC), 6-0, 6-0 Hardin Simmons- 5   Centenary- 2 DOUBLES : 1.Wu/Grace(HSU) def. Brain Roberts (CC) 8-3  2.Russ Patrick/Arthur Okura (CC) def. Stafford/Subia (HSU) 8-4 3. Palmatier/Morgan (HSU) (Centenary DE
February 10, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Three UMKC players scored in double figures as the visiting Kangaroos outlasted a strong effort by the Centenary women’s basketball team, winning 55-41.   Sophomore Jelena Aleksic led the Ladies (1-20, 0-11 Mid-Con) with 15 points while nabbing a career-high five steals.   Laura Kizyte joined her in double-digit scoring with 13, adding five rebounds on the night.   UMKC jumped to an early 7-2 lead before Centenary charged back to knot the score at 11 at the 11:10 mark.   The two squads traded threes by the Kangaroos’ Katie Houlehan and Kizyte until Van’esha Brabson gave the Ladies their first lead of the night from downtown.   Both sides traded baskets until UMKC went on a 9-0, 90 second run, capped by back-to-back by threes by Houlehan.   Down six with just under four minutes left in the half, the Ladies battle back, evening the score at 29-29 on one of Brittany Barbee ’s two three-pointers of the night.   The second half saw more back-and-forth action, starting with another 7-2 UMKC run, putting their lead to five.   The Ladies battled back to pull within one at the 8:47 mark before the Kangaroos finished the game on a 14-1 run to close out the victory.   Centenary travels to Southern Utah for a rematch against the Thunderbirds.   The Ladies fell 70-61 in the Gold Dome earlier this season.   Tip-off is set for 5:15 p.m. on Monday, February 14.
February 10, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Ladies hosted their second home match of the spring season on Thursday afternoon against Louisiana-Monroe. Although the Ladies dropped the match 6-1, Anja Schmidt continued her winning ways, posting a 6-2 victory in No. 1 singles to improve her overall record to 11-3.      The Lady Indians jumped out to an early afternoon lead, winning all three doubles matches. Schmidt and Heather Kelley just missed grasping a victory in the No.1 spot against Nataliya Ostrovska and Pauline Burlet, falling 9-8.   In singles action, Kelley and Christine Majchrowcz played tough in the second and third spots respectively, but were unable to pull out a wins against ULM's Ostrovska and Noelia Leon.   The Ladies (0-3) return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 15 to take on Alcorn State in Lorman, Mississippi.   RESULTS: Singles No. 1 - Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Diana Espinal (ULM), 6-2 (retired) No. 2 - Nataliya Ostrovska (ULM) def. Heather Kelley (CC), 6-3, 6-1 No. 3 - Noelia Leon (ULM) def. Christine Majchkowicz (CC), 6-1, 6-0 No. 4 - Pauline Bourdet (ULM) def. Ashlee Mantooth (CC), 6-1, 6-0 No. 5 - Elodie Burlet (ULM) def. Jennifer Majchkowicz (CC), 6-1, 6-1 No. 6 - Camelia Urdea (ULM) def. Versha Sherma (CC), 6-1, 6-1 Doubles No. 1 - Ostrovska/Burlet (ULM) def. Schmidt/Kelley (CC), 9-8 (7-3) No. 2 - Leon/Bourdet (ULM) def. C. Majchkowicz/Mantooth (CC), 8-1 No. 3 - Espinal/Ashlea Spillers (ULM) def. J. Majchkowicz/Sherma (CC), 8-0  
February 10, 2005 | Athletics
Tyrone Hamilton Chad Maclies CHICAGO, Ill. – Undaunted by their controversial overtime loss at Valparaiso, the Centenary men’s basketball team defeated Chicago State for the first time in their last four tries, 66-63.   The win is the first in the Mid-Continent Conference this season for the Gents and breaks a 14 game slide.   Tyrone Hamilton led the Gents with 23 points in only 25 minutes of action before fouling out.   Juniors Curtis Tillman and Kevin Taylor joined him in double-figures with 15 and 11 respectively, with Tillman grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.     Chad Maclies , Centenary’s leading scorer with 18.7 points per game, added just six before fouling out but also contributed three assists, three steals, and four boards.   The Gents took a five point lead into halftime, 30-25, thanks to 46.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 37.5 percent from downtown.   Hamilton was perfect from behind the arc and from the charity stripe, hitting four-of-four threes and all three free throws.   He also shot 66.7 percent from the floor coming off the bench.   Although both squads gave the ball up 19 times, Centenary took advantage, outscoring the Cougars 21-14 off turnovers.   Chicago State’s Tony Weeden commited five turnovers and was held scoreless on the night despite averaging 14.1 points per game.   Centenary swapped leads with the Cougars for the first three minutes until Tillman knocked down a field goal at the 17:39 mark to give the Gents a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.   Chicago State wouldn’t give in without a fight, and despite being down as many as 15 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation, clawed back to within five in the waning seconds.   The effort was too late for host CSU despite holding Centenary without a field goal for the last 3:18.
February 9, 2005 | Athletics
Kevin Cassidy '04 SHREVEPORT – Former Centenary pitcher Kevin Cassidy has signed a free agent contract with the Houston Astros.   The Gents’ career leader in strikeouts will become the fifth player to play professionally during the tenure of head coach Ed McCann.               Selected first team All-Independent in 2003, Cassidy (Paso Robles, Ca.) concluded his collegiate career as Centenary’s all-time leader in strikeouts (218) and innings pitched (295.1) while finishing third in career wins (18) and tied for sixth in career saves (3).               Cassidy will likely report to the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League (A).
February 8, 2005 | Athletics
Sarah Ball DENTON , Tex. —Centenary junior Sarah Ball has been named the Midwest Independent Conference gymnast of the week for her efforts in leading the Ladies to an upset victory over USAG #1 ranked Seattle Pacific over the weekend. The honor is the first of the season for a Centenary gymnast.   Ball ( Alpharetta , Ga. ) took the all-around title for Centenary to lead the Ladies in the tri-meet over SPU (191.800) and host Air Force (188.600) with a total score of 193.525. Ball received the all-around crown with a 38.850. She also placed second on the uneven bars with a routine that scored a 9.750. Centenary will now take two weeks off before traveling to Denton , TX , to battle Texas Woman’s University on Feb.26 th .
February 8, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Ladies softball team won their first game of the season during their home opener on Tuesday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex.   Centenary’s efficient offense, which accumulated five runs on seven hits, leaving only three on base, earned the Ladies the 5-4 victory over Southern Arkansas.    By beating the Lady Muleriders for the second consecutive year, Centenary now leads the all-time series 4-3.   Centenary’s defense held SAU scoreless for the first three innings, as the Ladies knocked in one run in the opening stanza and two more in the bottom of the third.   Sophomore Lindsey Virdell jump-started the two-run rally, belting a shot into the left center field gap. Senior Katie Harwick reached on a single, moving pinch runner Lauren Flowers to third. A wild pitch scored Flowers and advanced Harwick to third base. Jennifer Mango ’s RBI single pushed Harwick across the plate, giving the Ladies the 3-0 lead.   The Ladies’ offensive onslaught continued into the bottom of the fifth as sophomore Megan Hall homered to center field, plating Mango.   SAU was able to knock in another run in the bottom of the sixth before Cassie Blackwood flied out to left field to end the rally.   With Southern Arkansas picking away at the lead and Centenary only three strikes away from the win, Head Coach Mark Montgomery sent senior closer Janis Kelley to the mound.   Trailing 5-2 in the top of the seventh, SAU fought back on the strength of Christina Joseph’s two-run double to right field. However, with the tying run at the plate and a full count, Kelley struck out Lindsey Haas looking, earning her first save of the season.   Taking the win in the pitching circle for Centenary was Kristan Morton (1-3) who gave up two runs on five hits, and struck out two in four innings.   The Ladies will travel to San Antonio to compete in their second regular-season tournament this weekend. &nb
February 7, 2005 | Athletics
WACO, Tex .- Sophomore Lindsey Virdell was named to the Getterman Classic All-Tournament Team and Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week for her outstanding play during this weekend’s three-day tournament hosted by Baylor University.   The Ladies starting shortstop posted hits in four of the six games and is tied for the team lead in stolen bases in the early season with two.   In the Ladies first tournament of the regular season, Virdell hit .438 with a double, an RBI, and scored three times.   Virdell shares the honor with Baylor’s Lisa Ferguson , Kelly Osburn, Harmony Schwethelm, Cristin Vitek, KimWilmoth, Illinois’ Molly Lawhead, LeAnn Butcher and Julie Balicki, and Louisiana-Monroe’s Lindsey Taylor.   Centenary (0-6) will open up home season action at the Centenary Softball Complex tomorrow as the Ladies welcome Southern Arkansas. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m.
February 7, 2005 | Athletics
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Centenary women’s basketball team concluded their extended road trip as they faced the Mid-Continent Conference’s top offensive team, losing 69-50 on the road to Oakland.               Laura Kizyte paced the Ladies with 15 points and eight rebounds, both game-highs.   Jelena Aleksic dropped 11, grabbing six boards, while fellow sophomore Holli Wilkins came off the bench to add 10 points               Oakland boasted three of the top five conference scorers and came into the game first in points per game (72.4), field goal percentage (43.9), and three-point field goal shooting (41.2).   Anne Hafeli led the Golden Grizzlies with 14 while Amanda Batcha and Petra Manakova each added 10.                 The Golden Grizzlies started the game on fire, scoring the first 11 points of the contest while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor five minutes in.   Kizyte’s jumper ended the OU run as the Ladies kept pace, matching point-for-point for the next seven minutes.     Five consecutive points by OU’s Jayme Wilson sparked another 8-0 Golden Grizzlies run, pushing the lead to 17 at the 5:55 mark.   A three-point play by Brabson followed by a Kizyte layup pulled the Ladies withing three, but OU pulled out a final 13-4 run to close out the first half and enter the locker room with a 20 point lead, 40-20.               Centenary wouldn’t let OU run away with the game in the second half, answering the Golden Grizzlies offense with shot of their own and a barrage of three pointers.   The Ladies improved their shooting percentage from 25.9 in the first half to 50 percent in the second, including hitting 40 percent of their shots from downtown.  
February 6, 2005 | Athletics
WACO, Tex .- The Centenary Ladies were unable to grasp a win in the final day of competition at the Getterman Classic on Sunday. In the opener, an offensive run by #22 Illinois in the top of the fifth, allowed the Fighting Illini to slide past the Ladies 8-3.   During the nightcap, the Ladies were unable to overcome #17 Baylor’s powerful pitching trio, posting a 3-1 loss in their final contest of the tournament.   In the first contest, both teams got on the scoreboard quickly, knocking in a series of hits during the first inning of play. After the first rotation, the Fighting Illini were up 4-2.   Both teams were unable to put points on the board until Illinois notched in another run in the top of the fourth.   With the score 5-2, the Fighting Illini’s Julie Balicki hit a double into the centerfield gap and later advanced to third on a wild pitch by Kristan Morton . Four back-to-back singles, which brought in two runners, sent Centenary’s closer Janis Kelley into the pitching circle. Illinois was able to sneak in one more run before Kelley closed out the top of the fifth.   With Centenary behind 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth, senior Katie Harwick came up with one runner on and singled to third, advancing  Lauren Flowers into scoring position. With one out, Harwick stole second, as Megan Hall hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, bringing in Flowers from third.   Unfortunately, the ladies offensive rally was cut short as Micah Rhodes popped one up to centerfield, ending the game 8-3.   Morton went 4.1 innings, allowing eight runs off of 12 hits and struck out one to push her record to 0-3.   The Ladies played well in the second game of the day, battling nationally ranked Baylor.   The Bear’s pitching staff kept Centenary guessing, allowing only two hits, walking four, and striking out six as the Bear’s slipped past the Ladies with a final score of 3-1.   Rookie pitcher Jessica I
February 6, 2005 | Athletics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team outscored both Air Force and the USAG #1 ranked Seattle Pacific squad to take their second consecutive meet. The Ladies posted a 193.525 to defeat SPU (191.800) and Air Force (188.600). Sarah Ball led the victorious Centenary team by taking the all-around title with a 38.850. Kristina Menne also enjoyed a big night for the Ladies as she finished second behind Ball in the all-around with a composite score of 38.700. The sophomore also won the floor exercise with a score of 9.825 and placed second on the beam with a 9.775. Centenary enjoyed success on the even bars as a team, scoring a 48.425 led by freshman Niki Bynum's first place effort of 9.800. Ball garnered second place with her 9.750 routine while Laura Wright added a 9.725 to grab fourth place. Carmen Reid led the Ladies assault on the vault with a second place showing of 9.725.
February 5, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Centenary women’s basketball traveled to Valparaiso looking to avenge their Mid-Continent Conference season opening loss to the Crusaders, instead suffering their 18 th consecutive loss of the year, 59-39.               Sophomores Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic scored in double-figures for the Ladies, dropping 12 and 11 respectively.   Aleksic pulled down a team-high six rebounds while Laura Kizyte , Laura Way , and Wilkins added five boards each, a career-high for Way.                 After giving up a six-point lead to start the game, Way dropped the Ladies’ first points of the contest at the 17:00 minute mark, sparking a 13-1 Centenary run.   Van’esha Brabson scored five of her seven game points during the stretch, including a three to give the visiting Ladies the lead eight minutes into the initial stanza.               Centenary would hold on to the lead for another six minutes until a pair of threes by Valpo’s Lauren Bechtold and Jamie Gutowski knotted the score at 17 apeice with just under six minutes to go.   The Crusaders took control from there, holding the Ladies to a lone field goal and a pair of free throws for the remainder of the half and taking a 27-21 advantage into halftime.               Valparaiso came out of the locker room attacking, scoring the first 12 points of the second half while holding the Ladies scoreless for six minutes.   Kizyte’s field goal at the 14:05 mark ended a 26-6 Crusader run spanning both halves and over 12 minutes of play.   Not giving up, Centenary outscored Valpo 20-10 for the next ten minutes, pulling within 10 at the 4:45 mark on Wilkins’ sec
February 5, 2005 | Athletics
WACO, Tex .- The Centenary Ladies dropped a doubleheader during their second day of softball action at the Getterman Classic on Saturday. Taking on host school Baylor, the Ladies had trouble pushing runs across the plate going down 8-0 to the Bears. Later in the afternoon, Centenary went toe-to toe- with Louisiana-Monroe, falling 12-10.   The Bears took advantage of a trio of defensive miscues, leading to their eight-run cushion in the top of the fifth. Centenary had runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth inning, but were unable to materialize as Baylor’s relief pitcher Sarah Hauser, retired the final Centenary batter to hand Baylor the 8-0 run-rule victory.   Tessa Lynam earned the shutout victory for the Bears after allowing one hit in three innings as Kristan Morton pitched 2.1 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits, taking the loss for Centenary.   Battling ULM in their second contest of the day, the Ladies took an early advantage, capitalizing on double steal attempts to create a three-run lead in the bottom of the first.   The Lady Indians got on the board in the top of the third off a Centenary throwing error, which led to a RBI double, pushing the score to 3-1. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, the Ladies were unable to answer back with Brittney Brossard flying out to left field.   Jessica Ivins relieved Morton in the top of the fourth, as ULM loaded the bases on two wild pitches and a single to left, scoring four runs to take the lead 5-3.   With two runners on and one out, Micah Rhodes ’ sacrifice fly to centerfield, scored Lindsey Virdell adding a run for the Ladies. Kelley grounded out to short to finish the inning, trailing 5-4.   ULM began the fifth inning with a solo home run to centerfield and was able to advance runners off a fielding error, tallying another four runs to cap off the top of the fifth 9-4.   The Ladies offense answered back with six runs off of si
February 5, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Chad Maclies Jarmorrow Moragne Tyrone Hamilton Valparaiso, Ind. - The Centenary men’s basketball team came within six seconds of picking up their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the season at Valparaiso, but wound up on the wrong side of two questionable calls, falling 81-75 in overtime.               Four Centenary players scored in double-figures, led by Chad Maclies with 20.   Jarmorrow Moragne added 16 while Tyrone Hamilton and Curtis Tillman dropped 13 and 12 respectively.               Valparaiso’s Ron Howard nailed seven of his school record 18 free throws in the extra period to help the Crusaders escape a home defeat to the visiting Gents.               The Gents came out to start the game intent on making the Crusaders earn every point.   In a first half that saw three ties and eight lead changes, Centenary jumped to the quick lead off a jumper by Tillman, but Valpo answered right back with a three by Dan Oppland.               The Crusaders would hold the lead for the next seven minutes, trading points with the Gents but never leading by more than five.   Hamilton’s jumper at the 12:25 mark gave the Gents their second lead, but a Kenny Harris’ putback put Valpo back at a one-point advantage.               Down a pair, Moragne’s shot fell as he was fouled driving to the basket, giving the Mid-Con’s third best free throw shooter (81.7 percent) a chance at a bonus point.   Converting the free throw, the Gents took their third lead of the contest and increased their lead to four at the 10 minute mark as Hamilton’s trifecta hit it’s mark.   &n
February 4, 2005 | Athletics
WACO, Tex .- Opening up the first game of the Getterman Classic hosted by Baylor University, the Ladies faced   #22 Illinois on Friday at the Getterman Stadium.   The Fighting Illini’s offensive speed proved to be too much for the Ladies as they fell, 4-2. Regrouping from the early morning loss, the Ladies took an early lead against Louisiana-Monroe, courtesy of Dana Davis' solo homerun in the top of the third. An unfortunate error late in the game allowed ULM to score as the Ladies dropped the game 2-1.   The Fighting Illini jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, capitalizing on a fielding error and a two-run double to left field. Centenary had a difficult time at the plate, until the Ladies broke through in the top of the sixth.   Jennifer Martin led off the inning with an infield single and would later advance to second off of Megan Hall ’s single to center field.   With runners on first and second, Micah Rhodes reached base on a fielding error, which allowed Martin to score and moved Hall into scoring position.   Freshman Amy Wiedeman came in to pinch run for Rhodes, attempting to execute a double steal in hopes of scoring Hall from third. However Hall was tagged out on the play, but Wiedeman advanced safely to third on the play. After Janis Kelly walked, Wiedeman stole home, this time on a successful double steal attempt, pushing across Centenary’s second run of the morning. Dana Davis struck out swinging to end the inning.   Illinois shut down Centenary in the top of the seventh to seal the 4-2 victory.   Rookie Jessica Ivins pitched all six innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits. She also walked four batters and struckout five.   In their second contest of the day against ULM, the Ladies bobbled a ball in the infield, which allowed the Lady Indians to score two runs, taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Centenary was unable to answer in their final at bat, drop
February 3, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ORU2 Box Score Chad Maclies Jarmorrow Moragne SHREVEPORT — A 50-minute delay to fix the height of the basketball goal was not enough to cool off the red hot Oral Roberts Golden Eagles as they flew past the Centenary Gents 91-67 in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening. The win was the sixth in seven games for ORU who improved its record to 17-5, 8-2 in Mid-Con play.   Centenary (2-18, 0-9) scored the first four points of the game on a jumper by David Tolefree and a driving basket by Jarmorrow Moragne. Oral Roberts answered with an inside bucket by Caleb Green and a three-pointer by Luke Spencer-Gardner to take the lead. Chad Maclies reeled off five consecutive points to help the home team regain the advantage at 9-6 before the Golden Eagles put together a 21-2 run over a six-minute span that began at the 14:26 mark.   Down by 16 points at 27-11 eight minutes before the intermission, Centenary began to battle its way back into the game. Tolefree hit a big three-pointer to stop the bleeding and the Gents ended the half on a 6-2 run highlighted by a Maclies break-away dunk to pull within nine at 38-29.   A missed dunk by ORU’s Matt Gastel late in the first half jarred the south goal, causing it to lower by inches. The change went unnoticed until the Gents began to warm-up with three minutes left in the intermission. The result was a 50-minute delay that sent both teams back to the locker room.   The opening minutes of the second half looked like a one-on-one contest as Maclies battled Green down low in the paint. The two forwards traded moves that resulted in the first 13 points of the half, six by Maclies and seven by Green. After a pair of free throws by Centenary’s Moragne, another Maclies tip-in brought the score within eight at 47-39. With a 12-point advantage, the Golden Eagle put the game out of reach with a 10-0 run over two minutes that put the visitors up by 22 points.   Oral Rober
January 31, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team looked to pick up their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the year and a little payback for an earlier defeat this season by visiting Oral Roberts.   Instead, the Ladies had two players sent to the hospital in a roughly contested loss, falling 87-48.   Freshmen Ricquel Crockrom and Laura Way were helped off the court bleeding in the second half and didn’t return to the game.   Whistles were few and far between compared to the aggressive defenses and multiple scrums for loose balls.   Centenary was forced to finish the game with only five players and no reserves.               Three Ladies scored in double-figures, led by Jelena Aleksic with 17.   Sophomore Holli Wilkins made her return to Mid-Con action after missing two weeks with a wrist injury, scoring 13 including shooting three-of-six from three-point range.   Laura Kizyte joined in with 10 points of her own and five rebounds.               Claudia Louis and Katie Langford paced the Golden Eagles with 20 points each while Louis added a game-high 13 rebounds.   Elisha Turek, the Mid-Con’s leader in both scoring and rebounding, finished with 16 and five respectively.               Down 14 at the half, the Ladies came out of the locker room primed, shooting 75 percent from the floor through the first five minutes before Way was struck in the nose beneath her own basket.   The Golden Eagles proceeded to go on an 11-2 run before Crockrom was injured wrestling for a loose ball at the 11:51 mark.   ORU outscored Centenary 20-9 the rest of the game.               The Ladies next travel to Valparaiso as part of an extended Mid-Con road trip on Saturday, February
January 31, 2005 | Athletics
Ed McCann SHREVEPORT — Tickets for the annual Christus Schumpert-Fair Grounds Field Baseball Classic featuring the LSU Tigers and the Centenary Gents will be available beginning Tuesday, February 1st at various ticket outlets. The game will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd 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).  
January 29, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Ladies swim team split their final double dual meet of the season against Ouachita Baptist and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday afternoon at the Centenary Fitness Center. The Ladies skimmed past UALR, 60-58, but fell 96-25 to OBU, ranked second in NCAA Division II.   The Gents were also unable to overcome OBU’s talented distance swimmers, dropping the meet 176-82.   On the women’s side, freshman Sara Hansen led the squad, winning top honors in the 200 IM, touching at 2:19.72.   She also nabbed runner-up in the 200 free (2:03.68) and third in the 200 fly (2:21.44).   Team captain Kayli LeBlanc and Lori Von Pingel had impressive swims in the 1000 free (2:03.68) and 100 free (57.71) respectively.   LeBalnc, VonPingel, and Hansen also contributed to the 200 free relay’s second place time of 1:47.27.   The Gents were strong in the two backstroke races, taking two of the top three places in the 100 back. Robert Trempski picked up top honors in the 100 and narrowly missed nabbing his second straight sweep off the backstroke events, finishing second in the 200 back. Freshman Adam D’Aquin was third in 58.80, swimming in the 200 back and beat his season best time in the 50 free with 23.02.   Also garnering a first place finish was freshman Jonathan Harrop in the 200 free, out stretching OBU’s Rinaldo Sintjago in 1:47.20.   The Gents tallied five second-place finishes including Devin Rourke in the 100 breast (1:04.78), D’Aquin in the 50 free, Kyle McGee in the 200 breast (2:18.49) and Jacob Stevens in the 200 IM (2:05.16).   Centenary finishes its season on the road at the NSISC Championships on February 17th in Cleveland, Mississippi.  
January 29, 2005 | Athletics
MACOMB, Ill. – Coming off their two strongest Mid-Continent Conference showings this season, the Centenary women’s basketball team traveled to face undefeated conference leader Western Illinois.   Jelena Aleksic scored a career-best with 26 points, her second time in as many games, but it wasn’t enough as the Ladies fell 64-49.               Aleksic went 11-of-17 from the floor, adding six rebounds in 39 minutes of action.   Laura Kizyte joined her in double-figures with 12 points while nabbing five steals.     Despite a 15-point halftime deficit, Centenary (1-16, 07 Mid-Con) kept strong and refused to concede to the Westerwinds.   Aleksic dropped 18 of her 26 in the second stanza, helping the Ladies keep pace with Western Illinois (13-5, 8-0 Mid-Con), matching their offensive output to finish the game.   Five WIU players scored eight or more points, led by Rita Castans and Samantha Grier.   Rachel Reed capped the Westerwind’s participation with 27 minutes as Western Illinois spread their minutes through their entire bench, outscoring Centenary’s reserves 37-4.     The Ladies hung tough early, jumping to an initial three-point advantage and answering the Westerwinds point-for-point through the first nine minutes of the contest.   After knotting the game at 16 apiece at the 11:05 mark, WIU pulled away and outscored Centenary 20-5 in the final 10 minutes of the half.   Western Illinois held the Ladies scoreless for the final eight minutes of the first period.   The Ladies return home to face Oral Roberts on Monday, January 31 at the Gold Dome.   The Golden Eagles defeated Centenary 59-44 in Tulsa earlier this season.   Tip off is set for 7 p.m.   -30-
January 29, 2005 | Athletics
BATON ROUGE, LA. - Rain postponed matches by over four hours, as the Gents dropped a 6-0 decision to LSU in non-conference tennis action on Saturday afternoon at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium. Josh Pinto and Arthur Okura played well in the loss against the number 12-ranked Tigers, marking the best Maroon and White efforts of the contest. In singles play, Pinto captured points in both sets for the Gents in the third position, but Tiger’s Jonathan Tragadh was able to outlast the sophomore to the earn the 6-2, 6-2 victory. Okura posted set points against LSU’s Kevin Dessauer in the fourth slot, but was unable to subdue Dessauer’s consecutive point rally, dropping the match 6-2, 6-3. Brian Roberts and Russ Patrick were also able to register points in the first and second slots, respectively. Doubles were not played in the contest. The Gents (0-2) will look for their first season win as they travel to Abilene, Texas on February 11th to battle Texas Tech.   RESULTS: SINGLES: 1. Peter Richman (LSU) def. Brian Roberts (CEN) 6-0, 6-1 2. Paul White (LSU) def. Russ Patrick (CEN) 6-1, 6-0 3. Jonathan Tragardh (LSU) def. Josh Pinto (CEN) 6-2, 6-2 4. Kevin Dessauer (LSU) def. Arthur Okura (CEN) 6-2, 6-3 5. Martel Campbell (LSU) def. Andrew Barkley (CEN) 6-0, 6-0 6. William LeFevre (LSU) def. Abram Darzutzer (CEN) 6-0, 6-0
January 29, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Ladies swim team split their final double dual meet of the season against Ouachita Baptist and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday afternoon at the Centenary Fitness Center. The Ladies skimmed past UALR, 60-58, but fell 96-25 to OBU, ranked second in NCAA Division II.   The Gents were also unable to overcome OBU’s talented distance swimmers, dropping the meet 176-82.   On the women’s side, freshman Sara Hansen led the squad, winning top honors in the 200 IM, touching at 2:19.72.   She also nabbed runner-up in the 200 free (2:03.68) and third in the 200 fly (2:21.44).   Team captain Kayli LeBlanc and Lori Von Pingel had impressive swims in the 1000 free (2:03.68) and 100 free (57.71) respectively.   LeBalnc, VonPingel, and Hansen also contributed to the 200 free relay’s second place time of 1:47.27.   The Gents were strong in the two backstroke races, taking two of the top three places in the 100 back. Robert Trempski picked up top honors in the 100 and narrowly missed nabbing his second straight sweep off the backstroke events, finishing second in the 200 back. Freshman Adam D’Aquin was third in 58.80, swimming in the 200 back and beat his season best time in the 50 free with 23.02.   Also garnering a first place finish was freshman Jonathan Harrop in the 200 free, out stretching OBU’s Rinaldo Sintjago in 1:47.20.   The Gents tallied five second-place finishes including Devin Rourke in the 100 breast (1:04.78), D’Aquin in the 50 free, Kyle McGee in the 200 breast (2:18.49) and Jacob Stevens in the 200 IM (2:05.16).   Centenary finishes its season on the road at the NSISC Championships on February 17 th in Cleveland, Mississippi.
January 28, 2005 | Athletics
  SHREVEPORT – The crowd of over 1,200 fans energized Centenary's gymnastics team as the Ladies upset nationally ranked Southern Utah 194.175-193.975 on Friday night. Centenary posted seven 9.800 or better performances with Kristina Menne breaking the school record, winning her first all-round competition of the season in 39.325.   The sophomore also tied the school record on bars with 9.950.   The Ladies started the meet on the right foot by marking a season best score on the bars. Centenary’s 48.925 bar score toppled Southern Utah’s 48.025 with Menne bursting past the competition in a first-place 9.950 routine. Following behind her was teammate Laura Wright with a 9.825 performance.    The Ladies improved dramatically on the floor with a season best of 49.125. Keeping up with the Thunderbird’s 8 th nationally ranked floor team, the Ladies trio of Menne (9.925), Sarah Ball (9.900), and Carmen Reid (9.875) all scored season best marks. Ball performed well throughout the night, producing the Ladies top vault score of 9.675.   Sarah Racioppi recorded her best beam performance of the year with a 9.825, tying with Southern Utah’s leader Carly Geronimo for first-place honors.   “This was a huge win for us,” said head coach Bill Hardy . “The Ladies were consistent throughout practice this week, which was evident in their solid routines tonight.   We will continue to concentrate on perfecting our landings in preparation for Colorado next week.”   The Ladies travel to Colorado Springs on February 5 th to take on the Air Force squad.  
January 27, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Tyrone Hamilton Chad Maclies SHREVEPORT— The visiting Western Illinois Leathernecks snapped their 28-game road losing streak by downing Centenary 85-68 in the Gold Dome Thursday evening. WIU shot 56.9 percent from the field to earn the win while outrebounding the Gents 35-27. The victory also gives the Leathernecks their first back-to-back wins in Mid-Con play since the 2002-03 season after they disposed of Valparaiso earlier this week.   Western Illinois (7-11, 3-4) took control of the game in the first four minutes of the second half, building its lead to 14 points at 53-39 after a lay-up and three-pointer by sophomore Troy Okeson. Centenary received 18 second-half points by freshman Tyrone Hamilton , but it was not enough as the Leathernecks continued their hot shooting from the floor. WIU notched a 61.3 percent shooting percentage over the final 20 minutes of the contest.   Centenary (2-17, 0-8) did not have an answer for the inside game of Fred Oguns and Eulis Baez. The Gents switched from a man-to-man defense to a zone in the second stanza, but it did not produce the results coach Kevin Johnson had hoped for. The Western Illinois duo combined for 39 points with Baez leading the offensive charge with 24 points in the win.   Baez completed his double double by pulling down 12 rebounds. Oguns contributed 15   points to the cause for the Leathernecks while T.J. Gray added 13 points with a 5-of-7 shooting effort.   Hamilton paced the Gents, pumping in a career-high 29 points, which included four trifectas. Chad Maclies tallied his fifth double double of the season by scoring 17 points and hauling in 11 boards in the loss.      In the opening minutes of play, after the teams had worked the score to a 5-5 tie, Western Illinois went on a 7-0 run thanks to seven consecutive points by Oguns. The Leathernecks worked their advantage up to 13 points at 28-15 before Hamilton answere
January 25, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC#2 Box Tyrone Hamilton Chad Maclies Jarmorrow Moragne KANSAS CITY, Mo.--Carlton Aaron scored a career high 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the UMKC men's basketball team came from behind to defeat Centenary 82-70 in a Mid-Continent Conference game at Hale Arena Monday (Jan. 24).The victory was UMKC's ninth straight.   UMKC (9-7, 7-0) trailed nearly the entire first half as Centenary (2-16, 0-7) utilized the hot hand of Tyrone Hamilton, who scored 14 first half points. The Gentlemen also converted five of 11 three-point shots while UMKC was 0-for-8 from long range.   However, the strong inside play of Aaron kept the Kangaroos close. Aaron scored 21 points in the first half as UMKC went to halftime down just 30-29.The Kangaroos opened the second half with a 21-9 run, capped by a three-pointer by senior guard Brandon Temple to make it 51-39 with 13:07 remaining. Another three-pointer by freshman guard Tim Blackwell nearly a minute later put UMKC up 54-40.   The Kangaroos extended the lead to 15 with 6:38 to go, but Centenary refused to quit. The Gentlemen shaved the UMKC advantage to 76-70 with 1:07 to play on a Chad Maclies three-pointer, but three missed three-point attempts in the game's last minute sealed the Gents’ fate.   Aaron recorded his sixth double-double of the season for UMKC. Senior forward Mike English recorded his first double-double of the campaign as he scored 17 points and snared 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Quinton Day also chipped in 17 points and Temple added 10 points.   Centenary had four players in double figures, led by Hamilton 's 19 points thanks to a 5-of-6 effort from three-point land. Maclies finished with 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing only 26 minutes because of early foul trouble. Kevin Taylor notched 11 points in the loss while Jarmorrow Moragne contributed 10 points.     For the game, UMKC hit 28-of-56 field goal attempts for a 50.0
January 25, 2005 | Athletics
Versha Sharma ELMHURST, ILL. - Centenary freshman Versha Sharma was named this week’s Mid-Continent Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after her collegiate debut performance against nationally ranked LSU on Saturday afternoon. The rain delays that lasted throughout the morning did not faze Sharma as she led the Ladies in singles play. Playing in the #4 slot, she scored Centenary’s lone point in the difficult match against the Tiger’s Anastasiya Dubova. The Ladies (0-1) will bring the action home on Feb. 5th, hosting Sam Houston State. The dual match will begin at 11:00 a.m.
January 24, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - With a rotation of only six, the Ladies overcame a twenty-four point deficit to go ahead of conference foe Southern Utah with 2:58 left in the second half. The nail-biting game went down to the final seconds with Southern Utah passing by the Ladies 70-61 in women’s basketball action on Monday night at the Gold Dome. Van’esha Brabson nabbed her second double-double of the season, with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Jelena Aleksic registered five rebounds and a career-high 23 points and six assists. A solid offense based on double screens and hot scoring from the tip allowed Southern Utah (8-9, 4-2) to outscore the Ladies in the first half. The Thunderbirds tallied 46 points in the opening stanza, making 55.9 percent of its shots from the floor compared to Centenary’s 37.5 percent. The Ladies (1-15, 0-6) trailed by 17 at halftime, but an impressive 19-0 run, beginning at the 11:16 mark allowed the Ladies to get back in the game and overtake the lead. Holding the Thunderbirds scoreless for over fourteen minutes, the Ladies took the lead for the first time, 61-58, courtesy of a series of threes from Laura Kizyte and Laura Way . Southern Utah knotted the game at 61 with Janis Beal’s second triple of the night. A Centenary turnover allowed Southern Utah’s Cassie Warburton to drive the lane, drawing a foul. Warburton made the free throw, taking back the lead, 64-61, with 1:25 left. Centenary had a chance to tie it with an attempted shot outside the arc, but Southern Utah grabbed the defensive board and took it down the court, drawing another foul. With 39 seconds left on the clock, the Ladies had an unfortunate turnover as the Thunderbirds kept the lead until the buzzer. The Ladies outscored Southern Utah, by a 32-24 margin in the second half and held the conference foe to 5-for-24 shooting from the floor and 2-for-9 from beyond the three-point arc in the second period. Centenary will continue its conferen
January 24, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, ILL . - Centenary swimmer Robert Trempski was named Mid-Continent Conference Male Swimmer of the Week after his outstanding performance against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. With his strong dolphin kick and powerful pull, the 6’6 sophomore dominated opponents in the backstroke events, winning top honors in the 100 and 200 and captured third in the 200 individual medley.   Trempski burst off his third turn in the 200 back, turning at the halfway point in 57.78, pulling even further ahead of the field. He continued at a blazing pace to power home, finishing a body length ahead of his nearest competitor at 1:59.31.   His 100 back swim was equally impressive as he spilt 26.91 on his way to his final time of 55.32.   Participating in his third individual event of the night, Trempski was edged out at the wall in the 200 IM, finishing behind ULM swimmer Julien Amlieach (2:04.43) in third place with 2:04.68.   The Poland native is Centenary’s top backstroker and holds the second-best Mid-Con marks this season in the 100 (52.72) and 200 (1:52.52) backstroke.   Centenary will host their third and final home meet of the season on Saturday against OBU and UALR.   The meet will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Centenary Fitness Center.  
January 22, 2005 | Athletics
MONROE, LA. – Competing without divers, the Ladies swim team avenged November’s loss against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday afternoon at the Oxford Natatorium. The 115-107 victory was the Ladies first Division I win, placing in the top two in every event with five first-place performances. On the men’s side, the Indians swept the relays, pushing past the Gents 151-101.     Kayli LeBlanc , Sara Hansen , and Lori Von Pingel started the meet in spectacular form, taking the crown in the 1000 free, 200 free, and 100 breast respectively.     Going neck and neck with teammate Melanie Zimmerman in the 500 free, LeBlanc turned up her kick in her last 25, sweeping the distance events with a time of 6:24.19. LeBlanc also finished second in the 200 IM, touching at 2:31.32. Zimmerman followed in suit, nabbing two second-place finishes in the 500 free and 50 free.   Hansen followed her strong performance in the 200 free with another first-place showing in the 100 fly with a time of 1:04.68.   Despite the loss, the Gents had many solid swims by several athletes, snatching four first-place finishes. Robert Trempski went out hard in the backstroke events, topping opponents in the 100 back (55.32) and 200 back (1:59.31).   Freshman Robert Hendricks took out the field quickly, turning in a 10:21.26 performance in the 1000 free.   Placing behind Hendricks in second-place was Ross Gilbert , touching the wall at 10:36.52.   The Gents had three solid swims in the 200 free, led by Matija Fojs ’ second place finish with a time of 1:51.94. Jacob Stevens and Dustin Myers finished third and fourth respectively.   Stevens rounded out the Gents first-place performances with a 4:57.69 in the 500 free, followed by Gilbert runner-up 4:58.84 finish.   Next up for Centenary will be their third and final home meet of the season on January 29 against OBU and UALR.   The meet will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Centenary Fitne
January 22, 2005 | Athletics
Jarmorrow Moragne Tyrone Hamilton Chad Maclies INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Centenary men’s basketball team dropped it’s tenth consecutive game of the year, falling 75-53 to IUPUI.   The Gents surrendered a 12-2 run early in the first half to give the Jaguars a double-digit lead just over seven minutes into the game.   The loss is the sixth of the year in the Mid-Continent Conference for the Gents, who remain winless in league play this season.               Jarmorrow Moragne led the Gents with 19 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.   He was joined by Tyrone Hamilton with 18 and Chad Maclies with a season-low eight points.   Maclies grabbed a team-high six rebounds.               Centenary led early in the game, up by two in a game that had the makings of a back-and-forth thriller.   A jumper by George Hill tied the game at the 17:05 mark, sparking a 12-2 run by the Jaguars.   A Maclies field goal accounted for the only Gents points during the six and a half minute run.               The Jaguars shot 61.5 from the floor in the first half, including going 4-of-6 from downtown, to enter the break with an 18-point lead.   The Gents weren’t shy about shooting the ball either, taking only four less shots than IUPUI.   Centenary shot 40.9 from the floor, but converted only 12.5 of their eight three point attempts.               The second half didn’t help the Gents much as their shooting percentage dropped as their attempts increased.   Centenary shot 34.5 percent   from the floor in the second frame compared to IUPUI’s 56 percent.   Shots from behind the arc came more easily for the Gents though, hitting 7-of-13.     &nb
January 22, 2005 | Athletics
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Looking for their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the year, the Centenary women’s basketball traveled to face IUPUI, the only other winless team in the conference.   The Ladies (1-14, 0-5 Mid-Con) played tough down to the wire, pulling within two in the final minutes of the games, but came up short 67-54.               Laura Kizyte led the Ladies with 20 points while Jelena Aleksic added 14 with seven rebounds.   Laura Way scored a career best 11 points off the bench and Van’esha Brabson pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.               The Jaguars (3-14, 1-5 Mid-Con) took a quick eight-point lead through the first five minutes of the game on a trio of threes from Kia Hayes and a pair field goals from Jasmine Baines. Brabson answered with a three of her own, igniting a 9-2 Centenary run that pulled the Ladies within one.   Jessica James had other ideas for IUPUI, scoring eight consecutive points to increase the lead to 10 at the 9:12 mark.               Seeing their first double-digit deficit of the game, the Ladies battled back, holding the Jaguars scoreless for the next five and a half minutes while trimming the lead back down to three.   IUPUI’s defense clamped down in turn, allowing only one Centenary point in the final four minutes of the half.     Aleksic took control of the Ladies offense in the paint, dropping 11 first half points against Mid-Con shot block leader Brooke McAfee.   Aleksic added four rebounds in the first period while hitting 55.5 percent of her shots from the floor.               The Ladies looked to further trim the score in the second stanza, but IUPUI seemed to have an answer for every Centenary basket of the half
January 22, 2005 | Athletics
Matija Fojs MONROE, LA. – Competing without divers, the Ladies swim team avenged November’s loss against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday afternoon at the Oxford Natatorium. The 115-107 victory was the Ladies first Division I win, placing in the top two in every event with five first-place performances. On the men’s side, the Indians swept the relays, pushing past the Gents 151-101. Kayli LeBlanc , Sara Hansen , and Lori Von Pingel started the meet in spectacular form, taking the crown in the 1000 free, 200 free, and 100 breast respectively. Going neck and neck with teammate Melanie Zimmerman in the 500 free, LeBlanc turned up her kick in her last 25, sweeping the distance events with a time of 6:24.19. LeBlanc also finished second in the 200 IM, touching at 2:31.32. Zimmerman followed in suit, nabbing two second-place finishes in the 500 free and 50 free. Hansen followed her strong performance in the 200 free with another first-place showing in the 100 fly with a time of 1:04.68. Despite the loss, the Gents had many solid swims by several athletes, snatching four first-place finishes. Robert Trempski went out hard in the backstroke events, topping opponents in the 100 back (55.32) and 200 back (1:59.31). Freshman Robert Hendricks took out the field quickly, turning in a 10:21.26 performance in the 1000 free. Placing behind Hendricks in second-place was Ross Gilbert , touching the wall at 10:36.52. The Gents had three solid swims in the 200 free, led by Matija Fojs ’ second place finish with a time of 1:51.94. Jacob Stevens and Dustin Myers finished third and fourth respectively. Stevens rounded out the Gents first-place performances with a 4:57.69 in the 500 free, followed by Gilbert's runner-up 4:58.84 finish. Next up for Centenary will be their third and final home meet of the season on January 29 against OBU and UALR. The meet will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Centenary Fitness Center.
January 22, 2005 | Athletics
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. – With tight scoring and pushing through falls, the Ladies gymnastics team battled through their second meet of their weekend road trip on Saturday afternoon at the Houck Field House. Even with the highest individual score of the afternoon and two first-place showings, Centenary was unable to break Southeast Missouri’s home winning streak, falling 190.450-189.050.   Starting the meet on bars, Centenary posted a 46.900, led by improved performances via sophomore Jessie Angus and senior Jennifer Jackson .   Both gymnasts put up well executed 9.525 routines, tying for third overall.   The Ladies saw their best rotation of the meet on the vault.   Centenary narrowly missed taking the event scoring a solid 47.500 compared to Southeast’s 47.575. Showing consistency throughout the meet, veterans Kristina Menne , Sarah Racioppi , and Carmen Reid scored 9.5500, tying for second overall.   Menne followed her strong vault performance, nabbing first place honors with her 9.675 floor routine. Junior Sarah Ball and Racioppi finished fifth with a score of 9.550.   Wrapping up the meet on the beam the Ladies accumulated 47.325, thanks to Ball’s breakthrough 9.800 performance. This performance was a season high for Ball and the highest mark of the meet. Also boosting Centenary’s beam point totals, Menne scored 9.6575, earning her third place.   Along with topping her opponents on the beam, Ball posted Centenary’s top all-round score, finishing third with 38.150 and teammate Menne followed behind her with a score of 38.075.   The Ladies welcome Southern Utah on Jan. 28th, opening up home season action at the Gold Dome. The meet will begin at 7:00 p.m.  
January 22, 2005 | Athletics
BATON ROUGE, LA. – The Centenary Ladies were unable to post a win against in-state foe #23 LSU in their first dual-match of the 2005 spring season. The defending Southeastern Conference Western Division champs swept the doubles pairings, leading to the 7-0 triumph over the Ladies on Saturday morning at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium.   LSU pushed its all-time record over the Ladies to 17-0 with shutout performances by No. 1 singles Amanda Mang over Heather Kelley and in No. 3 singles Staten Spencer over Ashlee Mantooth .   Mantooth paired off with Christine Majchrowicz in No. 2 doubles falling 8-1, followed by Anja Schmidt and Kelley’s loss to LSU’s Lauren Seaman and Tiffany Tucker in No. 1 doubles. Schmidt was unable to continue after her doubles contest, finishing with a 2-1 career record against LSU. Centenary’s Versh Sharma was able win a set over Anastasiya Dubova 6-1, but could not pick up another set win, losing the following 6-0.   The Ladies will bring the action home on Feb. 5 th, hosting Sam Houston State . The competition will begin at 11:00 a.m.   RESULTS:   DOUBLES 1. Seaman/ Tucker (LSU) def. Schmidt/Kelley (CC) 8-0 2. Espinal/Caliari (LSU) def. Majchrowicz/Mantooth (CC) 8-1 3. Dubova/Chiarelli (LSU) def. Sharma/Myers (CC) Won by default SINGLES 1. Amanda Mang (LSU) def. Heather Kelley (CC) 6-0, 6-0 2. Lauren Seaman (LSU) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CC) 6-0. 6-0 3. Staten Spencer (LSU) def. Ashlee Mantooth (CC) 6-0, 6-0 4. Anastasiya Dubova (LSU) def. Versh Sharma (CC) 6-1, 6-0 5. Marina Chiarelli (LSU) def. Kristin Johnson (CC) Won by default 6. Tiffanay Tucker (LSU) def. Sarah Myers (CC) Won by default
January 21, 2005 | Athletics
COLUMBIA, MO. – The Centenary gymnastics team was honored to participate in the University of Missouri’s inaugural Pink Out Meet, benefiting breast cancer research on Friday night at the Hearnes Center. With a crowd of over 1,600 fans, Centenary had several strong showings in the 191.275- 188.225 loss, registering five top five finishes from experienced veterans. The Ladies had an unlucky start on the bars , with only three gymnasts scoring higher than a 9.20. Kristina Menne tied for second with a score of 9.525, and Laura Wright rounded out the Ladies top five finishes, garnering the fifth spot with a score of 9.275. Centenary regrouped and moved on to the vault.   Unfortunately, Mizzou swept the event scoring 48.650 compared to Centenary’s 47.525 points. Shifting on to the floor, the Ladies posted their highest team finish of the night, 48.025, courtesy of 9.700 performances from Menne and Sarah Racioppi . Also having a sound floor routine was junior Sarah Ball who earned a sixth place finish with a score of 9.600. In their fourth and final event, the Ladies were led by Tara Mitchell ’s impressive 9.700 beam performance, landing her second place honors. The beam also saw solid routines from juniors Racioppi and Ball. Tiger freshman Ashley Khederian nabbed top honors in the all-round competition with Menne posting Centenary’s top all-around score, finishing third at 37.775. With the win, the Tigers push their record to 2-4, while Centenary (0-2) looks to break their losing streak, traveling to Cape Girardeau taking on Southeastern Missouri on Saturday. The meet will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Houck Field House.
January 21, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST , ILL. — With the first semester of the 2004-05 academic year in the books, the Mid-Continent Conference has announced its Academic All-Conference Teams for the fall season. A total of 208 Mid-Con student-athletes from the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball were honored for their academic excellence.   Valparaiso led the way with a league-best 42 selections to the Academic All-Conference squad, edging out Centenary (30 recipients) for the top spot. Oakland landed 29 student-athletes on the academic list, followed by IUPUI with 25 recipients and Western Illinois with 24 selections. Oral Roberts (23), Southern Utah (15), Chicago State (11) and UMKC (9) also had student-athletes recognized for their academic achievements.   Of the 208 student-athletes that were honored, three have maintained perfect 4.00 grade point averages throughout their careers. Those student-athletes with perfect GPAs are Centenary senior Kylie Garrett (soccer), Oral Roberts senior Stephen McCarthy (soccer) and Southern Utah sophomore Ashley Smith (soccer).   In order for a student-athlete to be selected to the Academic All-Conference team, he/she must meet the following criteria: carry a 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average; achieve sophomore academic standing at the institution; and lettered in the sport in which he/she is nominated, in the season that corresponds with the selection of the award. Transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates must have completed one academic year at the nominating institution. True freshmen, redshirt freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible for the award.   The full list of Centenary students that have earned the Academic All-Conference honor are listed below by sport:   Men’s Cross Country Steven Deas, David Reiland, Jeffrey Stotts, Richard Thomas, Brian Williams   Women’s Cross Country Stacy Nelson, Ho
January 20, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Chad Maclies SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s basketball team lost it’s ninth consecutive game of the season 63-54 to visiting Southern Utah.   Chad Maclies ’ fourth double-double of the season wasn’t enough to get the Gents their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the season or end the team’s four-game losing streak after winning 20 straight in the Gold Dome.               Maclies led all scorers with 21 and rebounders with 13.   The Mid-Con’s leading scorer has scored at least 20 points in each of the Gents last four games and in five of the last six.               Centenary entered the break leading by a pair but surrendered a 14-2 run to the Thunderbirds through the first 10 minutes of the second half.   Southern Utah never looked back, holding the Gents to 35 percent shooting in the second period while hitting 48.1 percent of their shots from the floor in the second frame.               DeAngelo Newsom recorded a double-double of his own, tallying 17 points and 12 boards, both team-highs for the Thunderbirds.   Tim Gainey added 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Southern Utah.               The first half was a see-saw battle for the two teams, with the lead changing four times and both squads putting up almost identical numbers.   Centenary shot 40 percent from the floor to Southern Utah’s 39.3 percent and both teams hit 20 percent of their shots from downtown.   The Thunderbirds narrowly edged the Gents from the charity stripe, converting 75 percent of their free throws compared to 73.3 percent for the home team.              
January 17, 2005 | Athletics
DALLAS, Tex. – The SMU Mustangs had their second shutout of the early 05’ season beating the Gents 7-0 on Monday afternoon at the Haager Stadium. In their first jaunt of the spring season, The Gents were able to snatch nine games throughout the dual match, en route to the loss. Junior Brain Roberts turned in a solid performance losing a difficult match to Paul McNaughton in 6-4, 6-2. Roberts teamed up with sophomore Josh Pinto in doubles taking on McNaughton and Federico Murgier. The Centenary duo took a set from SMU’s No. 1 doubles pairing before dropping the match 8-1. Seizing singles wins in straight sets for SMU were Gwinyai Chingoka, who defeated Russ Patrick , 6-0, 6-0, Federico Murgier and Peter Oredsson. The Gents will travel to Baton Rouge next weekend, Jan. 29, to challenge #12 LSU, beginning at 4:00 p.m. DOUBLES McNaughton/Murgier (SMU) def. Pinto/Roberts (CC) 8-1 Oredsson/Kuezer (SMU) def. Patrick/Okura (CC) 8-1 Chingoka/Engberg (SMU) def. Barkley/Darnutzer (CC) 8-1 SINGLES 1. Gwinyai Chingoka (SMU) def. Russ Patrick (CC) 6-0, 6-0 2. Paul McNaughton (SMU) def. Brian Roberts (CC) 6-4, 6-2 3. Elliot Engberg (SMU) def. Josh Pinto (CC) 6-0, 6-1 4. Peter Oredsson (SMU) def. Arthur Okura (CC) 6-0, 6-0 5. Federico Murgier (SMU) def. Andrew Barkley (CC) 6-0, 6-0 6. David Kuezer (SMU) def. Abram Darnutzer (CC) 6-2, 6-0
January 15, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score TULSA, Okla. – Injury plagued and looking for their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the season, the Centenary women’s basketball team hoped to take advantage of a struggling Oral Roberts team coming off of back-to-back home and conference losses.   Instead, the Ladies turned the ball over 23 times while the Golden Eagles held them to 32.7 percent shooting in a 59-44 loss.               Dressing only seven players in the contest, the Ladies were both undermanned and undersized to a Golden Eagle squad that carries five players at least six feet tall and freely rotated 11 in the game.   Six of the seven Centenary players played 24 minutes or more while only one ORU player saw more than 30 minutes of action on the hardwood.               Van’esha Brabson and Laura Kizyte scored in double-figures to pace the Ladies with 12 and 15 respectively. Ricquel Crockrom tied a career-high with six points.   Despite the height disadvantage, Centenary stayed close in the battle of the boards, pulling down 35 rebounds compared to ORU’s 38.   Kizyte and Whitney Rushing each grabbed a team-high seven for the Ladies while Brabson added six.               On the ORU side of the ball, Elisha Turek recorded her 11 th double-double of the season in only 28 minutes of action, leading all scorers and rebounders with 19 and 10.   The Golden Eagles shot 42.6 percent from the floor but failed to hit a three-pointer in the contest.               Centenary started off strong, as Brabson matched Turek shot-for-shot and board-for-board through the first 16 minutes of action.   The Golden Eagles buckled down and held Centenary scoreless for the final four minu
January 15, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Chad Maclies Jarmorrow Moragne Tyrone Hamilton Clarke Jackson   TULSA, Okla. – Five Oral Roberts players scored in double-figures as the Gents suffered their worst Mid-Continent Conference loss since joining in the 2003-04 season, falling 88-65.   Centenary lost to the Golden Eagles last season by a then-record 16 points.   Three of the top five Mid-Continent Conference scoring leaders took the floor as the Gents’ Chad Maclies and the Golden Eagles’ Caleb Green and Ken Tutt accounted for over 40 percent of the games scoring.   Green led all scorers with 23 while Tutt and Maclies added 21 and 20 respectively.                    Maclies took control of the Gents offense in the first half, scoring 14 of the team’s 22 points in the initial frame.   Shooting only 29.6 percent from the floor as a team, Maclies (6 for 11 shooting) was the only Centenary player to shoot above 50 percent or hit more than one basket in the half.                         The Golden Eagles came out of the locker room on a 19-3 run to open the second half and give ORU a 21 point lead five minutes into the half.   Tutt hit a pair of threes in the stretch on the way to finish the night five-of-seven from downtown.   ORU found their shot in the second stanza, hitting 59.4 percent of their shots from the floor, including 44.4 percent from beyond the arc.               Tyrone Hamilton and Jarmorrow Moragne joined Maclies in double-figures with 14 and 11 respectively.   Freshman Clarke Jackson scored his first collegiate points, dropping nine in the waning minutes of the game.              
January 13, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, ILL. - The Centenary Ladies have been selected to finish fifth out of nine teams in the Mid-Continent preseason poll. In their inaugural season of Mid-Con play, the Ladies completed the ’04 season with a 10-16, 5-3 record, qualifying for the Mid-Con Championships. With a mixture of returnees and new talent, the 2005 squad looks to make another impact at the conference tournament in April. Anja Schmidt returns for her junior year, looking to build on her spectacular 23-2 singles record. The Germany native went undefeated in conference play last season and was named the Mid-Con women’s tennis player of the year. On the men’s side, the Gents were ranked seventh and have a series of veterans returning to boost their 2-11, 1-5 record from last year. Oral Roberts ranks first in the men’s bracket with 31 points, followed by IUPUI (29), Valparaiso (28), Western Illinois (22), UMKC (18), Chicago State (12), Centenary (7). For the women, IUPUI rests atop the nine teams with 61 points overall, followed by Valparaiso (59), Southern Utah (45), Oral Roberts (38), Centenary (37), Chicago State (31), Oakland (23), Western Illinois (22), and UMKC (8).
January 12, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill.- The Centenary baseball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Mid-Continent Preseason Poll, as voted by the coaches of participating schools.   The Gents finished third in the Mid-Con last season and anticipate a repeat appearance in the conference tournament.                                     Returning for the Gents is senior David Kiefer , who will make the transition from third to short this season.   Kiefer was named to the Mid-Con All-Tournament Team after hitting .500 with a homerun in two postseason games at Shehee Stadium.   Other returning starters include juniors A.J. Howes and Alex Valdavia and sophomores Will Kaage and Jared Vincent .               Oral Roberts was picked to repeat as Mid-Con champs, receiving six first place votes and 36 points overall.   The Golden Eagles are ranked #24 nationally by Baseball America and only lost a single conference game last season.   Western Illinois received the only other first place vote, finishing second with 27 overall points.   Southern Utah is third (25 pts.), just ahead of the Gents (22 pts.).   Rounding out the poll is Oakland (17 pts.), Valparaiso (13 pts.), and Chicago State (7 pts.).  
January 11, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Chad Maclies Tyrone Hamilton Jarmorrow Morange HOUSTON, TX. – Centenary was unable to snap its six game losing streak as Houston improved its record in home games to 7-0, avenging last season’s loss to the Gents on Tuesday night. The Gents fell 93-82 in a fast-paced aggressive game, which saw 45 fouls whistled at the Hofheinz Pavilion. The Gents had three players scoring in double-figures, including Chad Maclies , who scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed four boards. Tyrone Hamilton netted 20 points and Curtis Tillman registered 17 points. Despite Houston shooting at 25 percent for the first 10 minutes to Centenary’s 50 percent, the Gents found itself with only a three point lead with 11:48 left. Boosting their offensive effort, Cougar’s senior Andre Owens was able to knot the score at 15 with a three pointer outside the arc at the 11:10 mark. The Cougars went on to compose a 15-0 run with 2:51 left to play, courtesy of a series of Centenary turnovers. The Cougars continued to surge ahead, putting points on the scoreboard with a duo of three pointers from sophomore Lanny Smith with 1:07 left. Houston was able to acquire 18 points off of Centenary’s 11 turnovers, gaining an 18-point edge at the break. Trying to eliminate the offensive lull they had at the end of the first half, the Gents boosted their defensive intensity and held the Cougars scoreless three minutes into the second period. Each time the Gents cut into the deficit, the Cougars would answer back with a tireless offensive drive. Houston pushed its lead to 69-47 at the 12:42 mark, thanks to improved team foul shooting. Hamilton came off the bench, making a valiant effort to erase the deficit going 4-5 from downtown. With 7:20 left on the clock Jarmorrow Moragne fouled out of the game with a season high of seven rebounds followed by Kevin Taylor and Maclies. The Cougars were able to keep up their momentum late in the second pe
January 11, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – After winning the Mid-Continent Conference tournament in their first year of conference play, the Centenary softball team has been tabbed as the preseason favorite to repeat in the 2005 season.   The Ladies received three of a possible seven first-place votes, accumulating 33 overall points, as voted by the head coaches of participating schools.               “We’re honored to be selected number one,” Coach Mark Montgomery said.   “It goes to show the hard work our players gave last season and the caliber of talent we have returning this year.”               Back for the Ladies are sophomores Micah Rhodes and Megan Hall , both selected first-team All-Conference last season.   Rhodes led Centenary with a .348 batting average and .652 slugging percentage, both third-best in the Mid-Con, and was named Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year for her efforts.   Hall hit .289 with a five doubles and a pair of triples.               Also returning for Centenary are seniors Lory Kowalski and Janis Kelley .   Both were selected second-team All-Conference and Kowalski earned All-Tournament honors as well.               “Beginning at number one is all good and well,” Coach Montgomery says, “but finishing at number one is what matters.   All you have to do is look at what Valparaiso did last year to know that everyone has a chance to win.”               Valparaiso (25 points) was chosen to finish last in the 2004 preseason poll, but battled hard, finishing second as the runner-up to the Ladies.   The Crusaders have been selected to finish third this year behind Centenary and Western
January 8, 2005 | Athletics
Tyrone Hamilton Chad Maclies SHREVEPORT –   The Centenary men’s basketball team dropped their sixth consecutive game, losing 70-66 to UMKC.   The Kangaroos went on a 13-3 second half run to hand the Gents their third consecutive Mid-Continent Conference loss.               Tyrone Hamilton and Chad Maclies led the Gents with 21 points each, a career-high for Hamilton.   Maclies grabbed seven rebounds and nabbed three steals while shooting 7-for-11 from the floor.               UMKC’s Tim Blackwell led all scorers with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including shooting 5-for-7 from downtown.   Mike English and Carlton Aaron joined Blackwell in double-figures with 14 and 18 points respectively.     The Gents had match-up problems with the 310 pound Aaron, who picked up his fourth double-double of the season by grabbing a game-best 16 rebounds.   The 6’9 center went 9-of-11 with a pair of blocks, but missed all five of his shots from the charity stripe.   Blackwell scored 10 of the Kangaroos first 12 points, including a pair of threes, to pace UMKC to an early eight point lead.   Down as many as 11 in the first half, the Gents battled back, holding UMKC scoreless through the last three minutes of the half and evening the score at 29 on a pair of free throws by Hamilton to enter the intermission tied.   Centenary took the lead early in the second half with a three by Maclies to make the score to 32-31 at the 19:17 mark.   The Gents pushed the advantage to eight just under five minutes later on another trifecta by Maclies.   The senior from Kingwood, Tex. hit all four of his attempts from behind the arc, despite attempting only nine three in the last 12 games.   UMKC wasn’t done as English took control of the game, dishing the assist for the go-ahead basket to
January 8, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Kansas City, Mo. – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their eleventh consecutive game, falling to Mid-Continent Conference foe UMKC 62-55.   Sophomore Jelena Aleksic recorded her second consecutive double-double, but it wasn’t enough to earn the Ladies their first conference road victory since joining the Mid-Con in the 2003-04 season.               Centenary (1-12, 0-3 Mid-Con) stayed strong with UMKC (5-8, 2-1 Mid-Con) and entered the half down five.   Both teams shot poorly, hitting just under 30 percent from the floor, but the Kangaroos took the advantage by hitting 4-of-10 shots from behind the arc compared to the Ladies 2-of-12.               The Ladies trailed by as many as 11 in the second frame but Laura Kizyte ’s jumper pulled Centenary within three with 12 minutes remaining.   UMKC wouldn’t let the lead slip past three, however, as they earned their second Mid-Con win of the year..   Kizyte and Holli Wilkins each scored 18 for the Ladies, joining Aleksic in double-digit points.   Kizyte nabbed five steals while Wilkins pulled down six rebounds.   UMKC’s Katie Houlehan led all scorers with 22, connecting on six of 11 shots from downtown.   She was joined in double-figures for the Kangaroos by Liz Orbecht and Jowan Ortega with 15 and 11 respectively.               Despite the loss, Centenary outrebounded their opponent for the second consecutive game.   Aleksic’s 10 led all rebounders while the Ladies grabbed 39 shots off the glass compared to UMKC’s 37.               The Ladies continue their stint away from the Gold Dome as they face Oral Roberts on Saturday, January 15.  
January 7, 2005 | Athletics
AUBURN, AL. – The Ladies gymnastics team opened their 2005 campaign with a loss to Auburn on Friday evening at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, 195.325-187.650. Centenary was led by veterans Kristina Menne and Sarah Racioppi who captured second place finishes in the all-around and floor exercise respectively. The Ladies opened the meet on the uneven bars scoring a 47.325, led by fourth place finisher Menne with a 9.75 performance. Rookie Niki Bynum also had a solid performance at her first collegiate meet, earning Centenary’s second best score of 9.65. The floor exercise was the Ladies best event of the night with three gymnasts scoring 9.75 or higher, led by Racioppi’s 9.850 that was tied with Tiger’s Rachael Tarantino for second place. Freshman Meredith Smith and Menne contributed to the Ladies final floor score of 48.275. The Ladies travel to Columbia to face #22 Missouri in the inaugural Pink Out meet in the Hearnes Center on Fri., Jan. 21. The meet will begin at 7 p.m.  
January 6, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-CSU Boxscore Chad Maclies SHREVEPORT— The Centenary Gents dropped their fifth consecutive game and their Mid-Con home opener to Chicago State in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening 64-57. The Gents battled back from a 14-0 deficit to take a 47-46 lead with 6:40 remaining in the game, but a 3-of-9 effort from the charity stripe in the final half doomed their comeback hopes.   Centenary (2-10, 0-2 Mid-Con) struggled from the field converting only one of its first 14 shot attempts in the early going but managed to never let Chicago State put the game away. The Cougars led the entire contest until Cody Hopkins nailed a three-pointer from the corner and David Tolefree hit a jumper from the baseline to tie the game at 46 apiece. After a CSU turnover and a timeout, Curtis Tillman put the Gents in front, making one of two free throws.   Chicago State (2-9, 1-0 Mid-Con) grabbed the lead back when Tony Weeden finished strong off an offensive rebound. Tillman drove through the lane to put Centenary back on top momentarily before Royce Parran’s lay-up put the Cougars ahead for good. Parran carried CSU the rest of the way, scoring 11 of their last 16 points to finish with 13 in the win.     Chicago State raced out to a 14-point advantage to start the game as the Gents did not record their first tally until the 13:27 mark when Chad Maclies sank a pair of free throws. Maclies began the contest 0-of-5 from the field but rallied to lead a late first half Centenary surge.   Trailing 20-11 with just over eight minutes to play in the opening half, the Gents reeled off six consecutive points, including two Maclies free throws and a put-back off of a Kevin Taylor three-point attempt. A Chicago State turnover opened the door for Centenary to tie the score, but missed trifectas by Tyrone Hamilton and Jarmorrow Moragne left the home team just short. The Gents had three more chances to pull even before the half, but w
January 5, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT- Down 15 with just over seven minutes remaining, the Centenary women’s basketball team fought back to within three with 90 ticks left before falling to visiting Chicago State 69-64.   Four Ladies scored in double-figures, including a pair of double-doubles by sophomores Jelena Aleksic and Holli Wilkins , en-route to the team’s eleventh consecutive loss.               Aleksic led all scorers with a career-high 18 points while grabbing a career-best 11 boards, five of them on the offensive glass.   To add to her career night, the Serbian import hit her first collegiate three and was the only player to see all 40 minutes of action on the hardwood.               Things didn’t look well for Centenary (1-11, 0-2 Mid-Con) as a Renada Blackburn jumper pushed the Chicago State (7-6, 2-0 Mid-Con) lead to 16, minutes into the second half.   Not to be pushed around on their home floor, the Ladies buckled down and went on a 10-0 run capped by a Wilkins three.   Wilkins scored 10 points for the Ladies while adding 11 rebounds and four assists.   Despite the strong performances by the second year duo, the Ladies struggled to take care of the ball, committing an above-average 25 turnovers leading to 34 Cougar points.   Centenary managed only 12 points off 18 Chicago State miscues.   Back down by 15 with under eight minutes left, the Ladies still had life in them yet.   Aleksic drew a charge by Chandra Timberlake leading to the Ladies shaving off seven quick points, including five by junior Van’esha Brabson .   Brabson finished with 10 points, seven boards, and dished out a team-high five assists.   After some back-and-forth action and a pair of Aleksic free throws, Tina Hill’s inbounds pass sailed over the head of a streaking Co
January 3, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – Entering the 2004-05 Mid-Continent Conference season on a nine game losing streak, Centenary’s schedule did them no favors as they hosted defending Mid-Con tournament champion and pre-season favorite Valparaiso, falling 79-56.               Five Crusaders (7-5, 1-0) scored in double figures led by Tamra Braun with 13.   Lauren Bechtold added 12 while Jenna Stagler, Betsy Rietema, and Carrie Myers all scored 10.   Meredith Baugher grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and finished with nine points.                 Junior Laura Kizyte paced the Ladies (1-10, 0-1) with 13 points and was joined by sophomore Holli Wilkins in double-figures with 10.   Wilkins nabbed seven steals as Centenary forced the Crusaders to a season-high 23 turnovers.               Valparaiso started the contest by converting on a pair of free throws after Centenary was whistled for a technical foul after failing to report their lineup on time.   The Crusaders used the instant momentum to go on a 10-0 run in the first three minutes before a Wilkins’ three put the Ladies on the board.               After another 11-0 run by Valparaiso, Centenary faced a 19-point halftime deficit before Laura Way ’s steal and layup in the waning moments of the period trimmed the Crusader lead to 17.   Way finished with a career-high eight points.               Though undersized and unable to keep up with Valpo on the glass, the Ladies entered the intermission matching the Crusaders shot-for-shot from downtown.   Valparaiso outshot Centenary from the floor in the first stanza 56.7 percent to 45.8 while both sq
January 3, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oakland Boxscore Jarmorrow Moragne Chad Maclies Tyrone Hamilton Rochester, Mich. – The Centenary Gents opened the Mid-Continent Conference portion of their schedule with a loss despite one of their best shooting efforts of the season. The Gents shot 49.1 percent from the field but fell on the road 93-83. Oakland sizzled from the floor, connecting on 61.1 percent of its attempts to outscore Centenary on the evening. Jarmorrow Moragne’s career-high 30 points were not enough as the Gents fell to 2-9 on the season with the loss.   It was a close contest in the early going as the teams traded the lead nine times in the first five minutes of the game. A steal and a dunk by Chad Maclies gave Centenary (2-9, 0-1 Mid-Con) a 11-10 lead, but on the next trip down the court Cortney Scott connected on two of his 18 points to give Oakland (3-8, 1-0 Mid-Con) back the lead for good. Pierre Dukes nailed one of his three treys on the night for a four-point advantage and Oakland never let the Gents get any closer than four the rest of the way.   A lay-up by DeMarcus Ishmeal gave Oakland a 12-point lead with four minutes to play in the half, but Centenary put together a 9-2 run that pulled them to within five at 39-34 on a three-point play by Maclies. A three-point shot from Brandon Cassise ended the run and OU went into the locker room with a 44-37 advantage after shooting 57 percent and hitting 5-of-10 three-point shots in the half.   Oakland wasted no time in the opening minutes of the second half, hitting five of its first seven shots from the floor to open up a 55-40 lead on a Scott basket at the 16:32 mark. The Golden Grizzlies kept up the pressure and extended the lead to 19 points on a Kris Krzyminski three-pointer with 12:34 to play.   Just when it looked as if Centenary might fold, the Gents turned things around and got back into the game with some solid shooting of their own. Led by Maclies and Moragne,
December 30, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT— The Centenary Ladies basketball team fell in its final non-conference game to Louisiana-Monroe 74-40 in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening. The Ladies shot only 27.3 percent from the field in the fist half, which included a 2-for-18 stretch (11.1 percent). Louisiana-Monroe used 15 players to apply full-court pressure throughout the opening period, taking advantage of Centenary’s short bench.   Centenary (1-9) scored the opening basket of the contest on a jumper by Jelena Aleksic, but the Ladies would not sink another shot for nine minutes. ULM took advantage of the home team’s inability to find its mark and reeled off a 14-0 run. After a three-pointer by Holli Wilkins ended the scoring drought, the Lady Indians tallied 12 straight points to take a 26-5 lead.   Louisiana-Monroe (6-4) extended its advantage to as much as 26 points in the first half after a layup by Renata Dorsey made the score 41-15. Aleksic scored four of the final six points of the half for Centenary to shrink the deficit to 20 points at the intermission.   The visitors continued to pressure the Ladies in the second half and easily put the game away. The Lady Indians forced 21 turnovers and built their largest cushion of 36 points at 61-25 with eight minutes to play. Centenary battled hard and managed to bring the ULM lead under 30 points on several occasions, but could not keep the momentum long enough to sustain a comeback.   The Ladies were led offensively by Aleksic who finished with 12 points on 6-of-23 shooting from the field to go with eight boards. Whitney Rushing added nine points and seven rebounds in the losing cause.   Thirteen players scored for Louisiana-Monroe led by three Lady Indians with 10 points each. Michelle Biley, Nina Randle, and Nedra Winston all tallied double digits in the win while April O’Neal, Melanie Williams, and Dorsey each finished with eight points on the nigh
December 28, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Chad Maclies Tyrone Hamilton MONROE, La. – The Centenary men’s basketball team continued their struggles away from the friendly confines of the Gold Dome and were unable to pick up their first road win, falling to Louisiana-Monroe 71-55.   The Gents (2-8, 0-0) have lost all seven of their road contests this season.               Chad Maclies’ double-double paced the Gents, scoring 18 points while collecting a season-high 14 rebounds, both game-highs.   Tyrone Hamilton and Cody Hopkins joined him in double-figure scoring with 13 and 11 respectively.                 Initially a close game, the lead changed five times in the first 10 minutes before ULM grabbed a permanent advantage on the night.   Maclies dominated Centenary’s scoring in the first half, dropping 10 of the team’s first 14 points.   His mix of power and low-post moves caused problems for the Indians while the senior also grabbed five first-half rebounds.               Poor shooting from the free throw line prevented ULM from running away with the first half, hitting only 33 percent of their shots from the charity stripe.   Their offense was firing on all cylinders otherwise, shooting 52 percent from the floor while nailing 60 percent of their shots from downtown.   The Indians headed into the intermission up 14 and on a 16-4 run.                         Centenary picked up the pace in the second half, doubling their offensive output from the first period.   Increasing their shooting from the floor to 43 percent, the Gents nailed half of their 12 second half threes compared to hitting none in the first.  
December 22, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Texas Boxscore Chad Maclies AUSTIN, Tex.- With five players scoring in double figures, Texas used sharp shooting and a discernable size advantage to defeat the visiting Gents 97-52.   The Longhorns shot 62 percent from the floor while scoring 44 points in the paint to down Centenary for the second consecutive season.                                     Kevin Taylor led the Gents with 14 points coming off the bench on four-of-five shooting from behind the arc.   He was joined in double-digits by Andre Lowe’s career-high 10 and Chad Maclies’ 12.   Both Lowe and Maclies chipped in with five rebounds apiece.               Texas scored a quick six in the first half before Tyrone Hamilton’s three, followed by Maclies’ first points, pulled the Gents within one.   Centenary couldn’t keep up, however, and fell to a 17-8 disadvantage.   Host Texas put the brakes on the Centenary offensive output, holding them to 20 percent from the floor in the first period.   The Gents went scoreless for two separate five-minute spans and entered the break 42-12.               Centenary turned up the heat coming out of the locker room, more than tripling their offensive output from the first stanza.   Taylor scored all his points in the second half as the Gents drastically improved their shooting, dropping 46 percent of their shots.               The Gents travel to Louisiana-Monore on December 28 for their second-to-last non-conference game before starting Mid-Con play.   Centenary downed the Indians in the Gold Dome 84-82 in an overtime t
December 21, 2004 | Athletics
NATCHITOCHES, LA . – Northwestern State’s dominating defense proved to be too much for the Ladies on Tuesday afternoon at Prather Coliseum. Poor shooting in the first half paralyzed the Ladies on the floor, leading to the 79–55 defeat.   The defending Southland Conference Champions came out of the gate strong, piling up a 14-0 run through the first five minutes. Northwestern (5-3) converted on 15-of-42 field goal attempts compared to just 7-of-32 for Centenary in the first half. The Lady Demons built a double-digit lead in the scoring column at the break, mounting a 38-17 advantage.   The Ladies (1-8) came out of the locker room determined to bounce back and began gnawing away at the deficit. An offensive spurt fueled by Holli Wilkins ’ trio of wide-open threes midway through the second half cut the lead to 61-50. Northwestern kept the lead in double-figures en route to the win, thanks to 39 points from the bench.   Whitney Rushing finished the afternoon with 19 points and nabbed eight rebounds, while Wilkins added 16 points and Laura Kizyte notched 14 for Centenary.   The Ladies will take a holiday break, returning home to host in-state rival Louisiana-Monroe Dec. 30 th at the Gold Dome. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
December 21, 2004 | Athletics
BATON ROUGE—Centenary volleyball player Lindsay Bekelja has been named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-Louisiana Second Team. The honor is the second postseason award for the freshman setter after being selected to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Freshman Team in November.   Bekelja ( League City , Texas ) became the first Ladies volleyball player to be named to a Mid-Con all-conference team since Centenary joined the league for play in 2003. She made an immediate impact with the Ladies in her debut season, recording 1,150 assists to break the Centenary single-season record. Amazingly, that total already places her third on the all-time career assist list, a mark (1,405) she should surpass within the first third of the 2005 campaign.   Bekelja also set a new school record for most assists in a match with 58 against Grambling State after recording 57 assists just days before to tie the previous mark. For the season, she finished with a 9.35 assist per game average to go along with 30 service aces and 248 digs.
December 18, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SFA Boxscore Jarmorrow Moragne Tyrone Hamilton Chad Maclies SHREVEPORT—A late run and a three-point play the old fashioned way by Stephen F. Austin put an end to Centenary’s 20-game Gold Dome win streak on Saturday night. The Lumberjacks refused to fade away as the Gents led by 13 points in the second half and emerged with a 73-70 last second win. SFA placed five scorers in double figures and outrebounded Centenary 39-24 on its home turf to steal the victory.   Centenary (2-6) held a commanding 42-29 advantage at the first media timeout of the second half paced by 13 first half points by senior Jarmorrow Moragne. After Stephen F. Austin entered the one plus one bonus because of the Gents’ seven team fouls at the 13:12 mark, the Lumberjacks were able to chip away at the Centenary lead with the clock stopped quite frequently. Leonard Brown’s three-pointer with under five minutes to play brought the visitors to within three at 59-56.   Stephen F. Austin (3-5) took its first lead of the evening at 61-59 with just over two minutes left when Shreveport native Josh Porter nailed a three-pointer from the corner after gathering a loose ball. The Lumberjacks pushed their advantage to four points before Moragne hit a baseline jumper to cut the deficit in half with 43.8 ticks on the clock. After a pair of SFA free throws, Tyrone Hamilton found the net on his three-point attempt with 27 seconds remaining to bring the game to 68-67. The freshman hit his second consecutive trifecta 12 seconds later after two more Lumberjack free throws to knot the game at 70 apiece.   With time running out, SFA’s Marcus Clark took control of the ball and drove down the left side of the lane. As he left his feet, Centenary’s Chad Maclies attempted to take a charge, sending both players falling to the court. Clark managed to release his shot on the way down, and after touching both the backboard and the rim, t
December 13, 2004 | Athletics
Chad Maclies ELMHURST , Ill. —Centenary men’s basketball player Chad Maclies has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Co-Player of the Week after leading the Gents to back-to-back wins over Arkansas Baptist and Louisiana-Monroe. For the week, Maclies averaged 23.5 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, and two steals per game to extend Centenary’s Gold Dome winning streak to 20 games. Dan Oppland of Valparaiso also earned the Mid-Con honor after averaging 22.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg while helping the Crusaders to a 1-1 mark over the last seven days.   Maclies, a senior forward from Kingwood, Texas , scored a career-high 24 points in the Gents 90-71 victory over Arkansas Baptist on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. He also accounted for six rebounds and two steals. Maclies followed that performance with 23 points on 5-of-9 from the field and 13-of-14 from the charity stripe in an 84-82 overtime victory against in-state rival Louisiana-Monroe. He added eight boards and two more steals in that contest, including a steal with under 20 seconds remaining that sealed the win.   Maclies averaged 5.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg for his career before exploding this season. On the year, he is leading the Gents at 19.6 ppg and 8.3 rpg. He is at the top of the Mid-Con leaders in both points and rebounds per game and has collected five consecutive 20-point games.
December 11, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ULM Boxscore Chad Maclies Tyrone Hamilton Ian Maxwell SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Gents needed an extra period to extend its Gold Dome win streak to 20 games, but did so with an 84-82 overtime victory over in-state rival Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday evening. Newcomer Kevin Taylor’s three-pointer from the corner with 41 seconds remaining allowed the Gents to stave off the ULM charge that forced the extra stanza.   Centenary (2-5) scored on a Taylor drive to provide a two-point lead at 69-67 on the first possession of overtime. Louisiana-Monroe (4-2) made good on only one of two free throws when DeAndre Alexander’s first attempt bounced to the left and the Gents led the rest of the way.   Freshman Tyrone Hamilton’s pull-up jumper increased the advantage to five points with 3:30 to play before ULM had a chance to cut the lead to just two. Cecil Hood converted on a twisting drive and was fouled by Centenary’s Ian Maxwell with just over a minute left to bring the score to 79-76, but missed the ensuing free throw. Jarmorrow Moragne drove the baseline on the next Gent possession and found Taylor with a bounce pass while falling out of bounds. Taylor calmly squared up to the basket and drained his third trifecta of the night to put Centenary up 82-76. Two long distance shots by the Indians’ Adrian Harper were not enough after Chad Maclies sealed the win with a pair of free throws.   ULM claimed the lead only once as Centenary held control throughout the game until the Indians moved ahead at 67-66 with 33.1 seconds remaining in regulation on a jumper by Gary Robinson. Maxwell then split two defenders and was fouled as he went up with 15 ticks on the clock. He missed the first of the freebies but made good on his second attempt to knot the score at 67 apiece. The teams were then forced into overtime as Louisiana-Monroe was unable to score on its final possession.   The Gents led by as
December 11, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score BEAUMONT, Tex. – Poor shooting and a distinct disadvantage in depth off the bench were crucial factors in Centenary’s 78-47 loss to host Lamar on Tuesday afternoon.   The Ladies shot 22 percent from the floor while contending with a Cardinals squad that had only one of fifteen participants see over 20 minutes of action on the hardwood.   Sophomore Holli Wilkins scored a career-high 21 points with five rebounds and four assists to lead the Ladies.   The game was a homecoming for the Beaumont native who was named District MVP, All-State, and All-Region while playing prep ball at nearby Evadale High School.   Three players scored in double figures as Lamar outscored Centenary 38-6 off the bench.   Audrea Samuel led the host Cardinals with 16 points on seven-of-nine shooting.   Freshman Ricquel Crockrom grabbed a career-best and game-high eight rebounds in her third start of the season.   The Ladies won the battle of the offensive glass 12-9, but lost the rebounding war 52-39.   Jelena Aleksic added five boards and nine points on the day.   The Ladies are idle for a week before traveling to face in-state rival Northwestern State on Tuesday, December 21 at 2 p.m.   The Ladies have never defeated the Lady Demons in 12 meetings, including a close 76-70 loss at home last season.   Having won the Southland Conference last year, Northwestern State is one of two teams from the 2003-04 NCAA tournament that Centenary will go up against this season.
December 9, 2004 | Athletics
2004 Mid-Con Softball Champions SHREVEPORT - With the success of last year’s clinic, the 2005 Centenary Softball Team will host their second annual winter clinic for ages 8-18, on January 8th at the Centenary Softball Complex. The daylong clinic will cover the fundamental skills of hitting, pitching and catching, and fielding from a coaching staff of Division I coaches and players from the defending 2004 Mid-Continent Conference championship team. The clinic will be broken down into three sessions: pitching and catching (9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.), hitting (12 p.m.-2 p.m.), and defensive skills (3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.). These three separate sessions will provide individual instruction focusing on the essentials of the game. The catching session will be led by Georgetown College assistant coach Valdez Floyd, who was instrumental in forming the first fast pitch league in Lexington, Kentucky. His decorated softball coaching career also includes coaching All-State and All-Conference players at Georgetown College and Lafayette High School, as well as specializing in catching instruction at the Player Edge Baseball and Softball Academy. The cost is $40 for each individual session, or $100 for all three sessions. Players may register as late as the first day of camp and should have their own athletic shoes, glove, and bat. Catchers should bring their own equipment as well. For more information or registration forms, contact Assistant Coach Alison McNulty at 318-841-7230.
December 7, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – For the second game in a row, the Centenary women’s basketball team played down to the wire, falling short in the waning seconds of the game.  The Ladies gave up as much as a 10-point second half lead to visiting Arkansas-Little Rock, losing 52-48.               Sophomore Jelena Aleksic led Centenary with 14 points and was joined in double figures by Holli Wilkins with 10.   Laura Kizyte , the team’s leading scorer this season, was held to seven points and played only 19 minutes because of foul trouble.               Van’esha Brabson played solidly after missing the last two games with an injury, tallying seven points and grabbing eight boards.   Junior Whitney Rushing , one of only two Centenary players to start all seven games this season, added a team-high 11 rebounds with six points.               The game was a tale of two halves, as the Ladies dominated UALR defensively, kept turnovers to a minimum, and fell into a groove shooting in the first stanza.    Centenary’s lack of depth haunted them in the second half, as they were limited in options for the foul-laden Wilkins and Kizyte.                   Centenary kept a steady lead throughout the majority of the first half, leading by as many as 13 with six and a half minutes left in the period.   UALR pushed back behind All-Sun-Belt Conference senior Alicia Cash as she led all scorers with 21 points and 13 boards on the day.   The Ladies kept the rest of the Trojans at bay, holding them to 25 percent shooting from the floor and a 26-17 halftime deficit.               The Trojans came ou
December 7, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ABC Box Score Tyrone Hamilton Chad Maclies Jarmorrow Moragne —The Centenary Gents extended their Gold Dome win streak to 19 games with a 90-71 win over Arkansas Baptist on Tuesday evening. Centenary placed five guys in double figures while surviving a hard fought contest which featured 62 total fouls. The Gents have not lost on their home court since January of 2003 when they fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 93-92.   Centenary (1-5) scored on its first possession of the second half to raise its leading margin to 10 points at 43-33. The Gents controlled play in the final period, using a double-digit cushion to keep the Buffaloes at bay. Arkansas  Baptist (2-4) mounted only one true run as it pulled within six points with just under 11 minutes remaining after back-to-back Centenary turnovers. The Gents put the game out of reach by converting on 24-of-31 free throw attempts in the second half.   The Gents jumped out to a 19-9 lead to start the contest fueled behind six points from Chad Maclies and three Centenary trifectas. The home team would not hold the advantage long as Arkansas Baptist stormed back with a 10-0 run to tie the game at 19 apiece behind six Gent turnovers in four minutes.   Jarmorrow Moragne ended the Centenary scoring drought with a basket inside off of a nice pass by Tyrone Hamilton. Johntae Markham answered immediately for the Buffaloes with a driving bucket and teammate Alvin Morris put the visitors ahead at 23-21 on a jumper in the lane. Maclies provided the answer again as his drive inside tied the score and ignited a 20-10 Centenary push that put the Gents up 41-33 at the half.   Maclies pumped in a career-high 24 points in the Gents first victory of the season. Curtis Tillman chipped in with 17 points while Moragne added 14 points. David Tolefree notched his first career double-digit scoring effort with 10 points and Hamilton recorded his first double-double with a seas
December 4, 2004 | Athletics
Chad Maclies Jarmorrow Moragne IOWA CITY , Iowa —The Centenary Gents never led in the consolation game of the Gazette Hawkeye Challenge hosted by Iowa on Saturday. Southern Miss ran out to a 10-0 lead to start the contest and held of the charging Gents early in the second half to claim third place with the 70-53 victory.   Southern Miss (4-2) built a 13-point margin in the opening minutes of the game as a result of poor shot selection by Centenary. The Gents missed their first five attempts and made good on only one of their first 10 shots before finally finding their touch. Once back on track, Centenary slowly climbed back into the contest behind the blazing hand of Chad Maclies.   Maclies single-handedly kept the Gents within striking distance as the senior scored 13 of Centenary’s 14 points at one time with only a free throw by Curtis Tillman helping the strong forward. The Golden Eagles began to misfire on offense and Maclies brought the Gents within five points at 19-14 with 7:21 remaining in the half on a spinning hookshot in the lane. Two minutes later a reverse layup by Tyrone Hamilton inched Centenary closer at 22-18, but four points by USM’s Jasper Johnson inside and a driving basket by Michael Ford gave the Golden Eagles a 31-23 lead at the half.   Centenary (0-5) forced three turnovers coming out of the break and a put-back by Troy Williams followed by a pair of free throws by Maclies shaved the Southern Miss lead to just four points at 33-29 with 15 minutes to play. The teams then traded baskets for several minutes before the Golden Eagles extended a six-point margin back to 13 points with a 7-0 run capped by Ford’s fade away jumper.   The Gents always managed to keep Southern Miss from putting the game away as USM’s biggest advantage of the night, 17 points, came just before the buzzer. Centenary attempted to make one last run with under three minutes to go as the Gents pulled within 10 points at 61-51
December 4, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score HUNTSVILLE, Tex.- Down nine with just under five minutes to play, the Centenary women’s basketball team pushed Sam Houston State to the brink before falling 70-68.   Laura Kizyte’s free throw with 40 seconds left in regulation capped a four-minute nine-point Ladies run, evening the game at 68 apiece.   Jamie Davison’s jumper with 17 ticks remaining lifted the host Bearkats to victory.               Kizyte led all scorers with 19, shooting three-for-four from long range while adding six rebounds.   Sophomores Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic added 14 and 12 respectively, while junior Whitney Rushing joined the trio in double-digits with 10 points of her own and a game-high seven boards.               Despite the loss, Centenary showed signs of the offensive threat their team can be.   By improving their field goal percentage and drastically reducing turnovers that have plagued them throughout the early part of the season, the Ladies broke the 60-point barrier for the first time since their season-opener against Division III LeTourneau.   Shooting 60 percent from the floor and 83 percent from behind the arc in the first half, Centenary refused to let the Bearkats run away with the game.   Facing a nine-point deficit going into the half, freshman Brittany Barbee nailed one of her two threes on the day as time expired to cut the SHSU lead to a manageable six.   Centenary returns home to the friendly confines of the Gold Dome as they host Arkansas-Little Rock as part of a double-header with the men’s team.   The Ladies tip-off at 4:30 pm and are followed by the Gents’ match-up with Arkansas Baptist at 7 p.m.
December 4, 2004 | Athletics
2004 Mid-Con Male Coach of the Year Harrop and Haley Place in 100 Fly Devin Rourke ROCHESTER, MICH. - The 2004 Mid-Continent Championships came to an end on Saturday evening with Centenary’s head swim coach Butch Jordan receiving the Mid-Con Conference Male Coach of the Year award. Jordan led the men’s squad to a third place finish in the Gents first year of team competition and had eight swimmers obtain All-Conference honors. Oakland University men's and women's teams made conference history by defending their titles, earning their sixth straight on both sides. Oakland’s men’s team finished with 808 points, which beat runner-up Western Illinois with 643. The Gents earned 598 points ahead of IUPUI (573) and Valparaiso (387). Being a squad comprised of only swimmers, the Gents were at a disadvantage competing at the conference meet due to their inability to score diving points. This hindrance only motivated the Gents, as they proceeded to place in the top three in 10 of the 18 events. Robert Trempski was successful in the 200 backstroke taking another second place finish, timing in at 1:52.52. Ross Gilbert , Matija Fojs , and Robert Hendricks went three-four-five in the 500 free, while freshman Jonathan Harrop grabbed third in the 100 fly with a time of 52.14. Freestyle sprinter, Dustin Myers demolished his collegiate best time in the 100 free, touching the wall at 47.76, to place fourth. The men’s 400 freestyle relay team of Roddie Haley , Harrop, Adam D’Aquin , and Myers swam their way to a season-best time of 3:13.66. Hendricks led the Gents with a first place finish in the 1650 free, earning First-Team All-Conference honors. Teammates Fojs, Gilbert, Haley, Myers, Devin Rourke , Jacob Stevens , and Trempski received Second Team All-Conference honors for their extraordinary individual finishes over of the course of the three-day meet. Oakland’s women’s squad collected 996 points to top Western Illinois, which finishe
December 4, 2004 | Athletics
2004 Mid-Con Male Coach of the Year Hansen Places in 100 Fly Ladies 400 Free Relay ROCHESTER, MICH. - The 2004 Mid-Continent Championships came to an end on Saturday evening with Centenary’s head swim coach Butch Jordan receiving the Mid-Con Conference Male Coach of the Year award. Jordan led the men’s squad to a third place finish in the Gents first year of team competition and had eight swimmers obtain All-Conference honors. Oakland University men's and women's teams made conference history by defended their titles, earning their sixth straight on both sides. Oakland’s men’s team finished with 808 points, which beat runner-up Western Illinois with 643. The Gents earned 598 points ahead of IUPUI (573) and Valparaiso (387). Being a squad comprised of only swimmers, the Gents were at a disadvantage competing at the conference meet due to their inability to score diving points. This hindrance only motivated the Gents, as they proceeded to place in the top three in 10 of the 18 events. Robert Trempski was successful in the 200 backstroke taking another second place finish, timing in at 1:52.52. Ross Gilbert , Matija Fojs , and Robert Hendricks went three-four-five in the 500 free, while freshman Jonathan Harrop grabbed third in the 100 fly with a time of 52.14. Freestyle sprinter, Dustin Myers demolished his collegiate best time in the 100 free, touching the wall at 47.76, to place fourth. The men’s 400 freestyle relay team of Roddie Haley , Harrop, Adam D’Aquin , and Myers swam their way to a season-best time of 3:13.66. Hendricks led the Gents with a first place finish in the 1650 free, earning First-Team All-Conference honors. Teammates Fojs, Gilbert, Haley, Myers, Devin Rourke , Jacob Stevens , and Trempski received Second Team All-Conference honors for their extraordinary individual finishes over of the course of the three-day meet. Oakland’s women’s squad collected 996 points to top Western Illinois, which finished
December 3, 2004 | Athletics
Gents Cheering on Relay Fojs and McKee Place in 200 Fly Gents 200 Free Relay ROCHESTER, MICH - With a series of second place finishes, the Centenary Gents swim team remains in third with 364 points after the second day of action at the Mid-Continent Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. The Ladies are still in fifth place with 180 points after 12 events.   The Ladies foursome of Rita Stevenson , Melanie Zimmerman , Traci Wimberley , and Kayli LeBlanc got the meet started by setting a Centenary record in the 200 free relay, timing in at 1:45.09. The Gents 200 free relay placed third, setting a school record of 1:27.63 , thanks to freshman sprinters Roddie Haley , Jonathan Harrop , Adam D’Aquin , and Dustin Myers .   Haley performed well throughout the night, nabbing runner-up in the 50 yard free with a season-best time of 21.75. Sophomore Robert Trempski also touched second in the 100 back, clocking in at 52.72.   In the 200 fly final, Matija Fojs powered home to touch in second place with 1:58.14, while rookie Kyle McKee , finished fourth with a season-best time of 2:01.29.   Myers touched the wall third in the 200 free, setting a school record with 1:45.65, while teammate Jacob Stevens finished in fourth place, clocking in at 1:46.09.   Devin Rourke garnered a fifth-place spot in the 100 breast , with freshman Robert James touching at 1:05.38 for 10 th overall.   Although none of the Ladies finished in the top five, several school records were broken. Top Ladies sprinter, Lori Von Pingel touched the wall in the 100 breast with a season-best of 1:12.07.   Sara Hansen was the lone Ladies swimmer in the 200 fly, swimming a 2:17.83 for eighth place. Zimmerman shaved time in the 200 free placing 12 th , touching at 2:03.32.   Tomorrow marks the conclusion of the 2004 Mid-Con Swimming and Diving Championships. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. with finals at 6 p.m.
December 3, 2004 | Athletics
200 Free Relay ROCHESTER, MICH - With a series of second place finishes, the Centenary Gents swim team remains in third with 364 points after the second day of action at the Mid-Continent Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. The Ladies are still in fifth place with 180 points after 12 events.   The Ladies foursome of Rita Stevenson , Melanie Zimmerman , Traci Wimberley , and Kayli LeBlanc got the meet started by setting a Centenary record in the 200 free relay, timing in at 1:45.09. The Gents 200 free relay placed third, setting a school record of 1:27.63 , thanks to freshman sprinters Roddie Haley , Jonathan Harrop , Adam D’Aquin , and Dustin Myers .   Haley performed well throughout the night, nabbing runner-up in the 50 yard free with a season-best time of 21.75. Sophomore Robert Trempski also touched second in the 100 back, clocking in at 52.72.   In the 200 fly final, Matija Fojs powered home to touch in second place with 1:58.14, while rookie Kyle McKee , finished fourth with a season-best time of 2:01.29.   Myers touched the wall third in the 200 free, setting a school record with 1:45.65, while teammate Jacob Stevens finished in fourth place, clocking in at 1:46.09.   Devin Rourke garnered a fifth-place spot in the 100 breast , with freshman Robert James touching at 1:05.38 for 10 th overall.   Although none of the Ladies finished in the top five, several school records were broken. Top Ladies sprinter, Lori Von Pingel touched the wall in the 100 breast with a season-best of 1:12.07.   Sara Hansen was the lone Ladies swimmer in the 200 fly, swimming a 2:17.83 for eighth place. Zimmerman shaved time in the 200 free placing 12 th , touching at 2:03.32.   Tomorrow marks the conclusion of the 2004 Mid-Con Swimming and Diving Championships. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. with finals at 6 p.m.
December 3, 2004 | Athletics
Tyrone Hamilton Chad Maclies —The Centenary Gents put on a strong showing in the first half of their opening game in the Gazette Hawkeye Challenge against tournament host Iowa . The 23 rd -ranked Hawkeyes were not hospitable in the second half of the contest as Iowa pulled away for an easy 88-53 win. Centenary will face Southern Mississippi at 5:45 pm on Saturday in the third place game as the Golden Eagles fell in the tournament opener to UNC Greensboro, 79-78.   Iowa (5-1) began the second half on a 6-0 run to add to their 38-26 lead at the intermission. The final period of play saw Centenary (0-4) plagued with the foul bug as the Gents reached the double bonus with over eight minutes left in the matchup. The Hawkeyes widened their lead down the stretch with easy buckets from their quick pace of play and free throws. For the game Iowa displayed their superior shooting ability by connecting on 33-of-60 shots for 55 percent.   Pierre Pierce led the Hawkeye charge with 19 points on the evening. Greg Brunner added 14 points in the victory and 10 other players scored in the contest.   Centenary’s Chad Maclies scored in double figures again as he led the Gents with a game-high 21 points. Tyrone Hamilton finished with 12 points.   Iowa scored the first four points of the game before Jarmorrow Moragne hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to pull the Gents within one point. A Hawkeye layup off of transition gave the home team a 12-5 lead before Centenary began to whittle away the advantage. Three-pointers by Hamilton and Cody Hopkins brought the score to 13-11 and a pair of free throws by Curtis Tillman tied the score at 15 apiece after nine minutes of play.   Jeff Horner made the lead two again for Iowa after two free throws and the Gents missed their only chance to pull ahead when Moragne’s long distance shot was off target. A put-back by Mike Henderson sandwiched between trifectas by Adam Haluska capped a 10-0 run by th
December 2, 2004 | Athletics
ROCHESTER, MICH . – Freshman Robert Hendricks made Maroon and White history on Thursday by nabbing first-place in the 1650 free during the first day of competition at the Mid-Continent Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. Hendricks’ victory marks the first individual Mid-Con swimming title in school history. As a team, the Gents finished the night in third-place with 99 points, one point behind IUPUI, while the Ladies sit in fifth-place with a total of 71 points.   Hendricks dominated the opposition in the 1650 free, finishing with a time of 16:37.11. Powering through the water, the six-foot freshman won the race with a series of negative splits. Also racking up points for the Gents was freshman Ross Gilbert who finished in second behind Hendricks, touching at 16:50.67.   On the women’s side, team captain Kayli LeBlanc swam the 1650 free for the Ladies. Holding an even pace throughout the race, LeBlanc finished in eighth place with a time of 18:34.16.   Each of Centenary’s relay teams had impressive showings on the first day of competition. The Gents 200 medley relay team of Robert Trempski , Jacob Stevens , Jonathan Harrop , and Roddie Haley placed fifth with a time of 1:38.74.   The 800 free relay team comprised of Devin Rourke , Dustin Myers , Matija Fojs , and Stevens nabbed second, touching the wall at 7:07.29.   The Ladies 200 medley relay team of Traci Wimberley, Lori Von Pingel, Sara Hansen, and LeBlanc touched in fifth-place with a time of 1:54.89, while the foursome of Melanie Zimmerman , Von Pingel, Hansen, and LeBlanc finished third in the 800 free relay with a time of 8:08.10.   The Mid-Con Championships continue on Friday with the Gents 200 free relay team entering day two of competition with the top conference time (1:30.02). The prelims begin at 10 a.m. with the finals set for 6 p.m.  
December 2, 2004 | Athletics
ROCHESTER, MICH . – Freshman Robert Hendricks made Maroon and White history on Thursday by nabbing first-place in the 1650 free during the first day of competition at the Mid-Continent Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. Hendricks’ victory marks the first individual Mid-Con swimming title in school history. As a team, the Gents finished the night in third-place with 99 points, one point behind IUPUI, while the Ladies sit in fifth-place with a total of 71 points.   Hendricks dominated the opposition in the 1650 free, finishing with a time of 16:37.11. Powering through the water, the six-foot freshman won the race with a series of negative splits. Also racking up points for the Gents was freshman Ross Gilbert who finished in second behind Hendricks, touching at 16:50.67.   On the women’s side, team captain Kayli LeBlanc swam the 1650 free for the Ladies. Holding an even pace throughout the race, LeBlanc finished in eighth place with a time of 18:34.16.   Each of Centenary’s relay teams had impressive showings on the first day of competition. The Gents 200 medley relay team of Robert Trempski , Jacob Stevens , Jonathan Harrop , and Roddie Haley placed fifth with a time of 1:38.74.   The 800 free relay team comprised of Devin Rourke , Dustin Myers , Matija Fojs , and Stevens nabbed second, touching the wall at 7:07.29.   The Ladies 200 medley relay team of Traci Wimberley, Lori Von Pingel, Sara Hansen, and LeBlanc touched in fifth-place with a time of 1:54.89, while the foursome of Melanie Zimmerman , Von Pingel, Hansen, and LeBlanc finished third in the 800 free relay with a time of 8:08.10.   The Mid-Con Championships continue on Friday with the Gents 200 free relay team entering day two of competition with the top conference time (1:30.02). The prelims begin at 10 a.m. with the finals set for 6 p.m.
December 1, 2004 | Athletics
LAFAYETTE, La.- Two Centenary Ladies scored in double-figures in women’s basketball action on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough as Louisiana Lafayette defeated the shorthanded Ladies 67-42 at the Earl K. Long Gym. Both teams struggled early from the floor with Centenary (1-4) scoring first, after four minutes of play. The Ladies found their rhythm, leading by as many as five points, 10-15, with eight minutes left in the first. The Cajuns (4-1) chipped away at the lead, knotting the score at 18-18 at the 5:07 mark. The Cajuns continued their offensive attack as Tiffany Washington connected on a three-pointer giving UL Lafayette a 26-21 lead. Junior Laura Kizyte answered back with a jumper at the bottom of the key with eight seconds left, leading the Ladies into the locker room with a three-point deficit. Down 23-26 heading into the second half, the Ladies were unable to control the advancing Cajuns as they used a second-half run to increase their point margin. Centenary was able to stay within striking distance, courtesy of lead scorer, Jelena Aleksic . With a little more than 11 minutes to play, the six-foot sophomore cut the lead to 42-35, when she drove the lane and hit a jumper. Unfortunately, a series of three pointers allowed the Cajuns to increase their lead to 53-35 at the 7:01 mark. UL Lafayette kept its lead in double-digits for the rest of the game. Aleksic had season high of 14 points and four rebounds, while Kizyte had 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds. The Ladies will travel to Huntsville, Texas on Saturday to take on Sam Houston at the Johnson Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.
November 30, 2004 | Athletics
2004-05 Ladies and Gents Swim Team SHREVEPORT - Momentum continues to build as the Gents and Ladies gear up for the 2004-05 Mid-Continent Conference Swimming Championships in Rochester, Michigan, this week. By doubling the numbers of student athletes, the 2005 season will mark the first time under the direction of head coach Butch Jordan that Centenary will be able to compete as a team rather than individually. Jordan has molded a squad of 23, which has the potential to make history for the Maroon and White by bringing home top Mid-Con accolades.   Centenary swimming is on a record setting pace, surpassing the overall team win record and demolishing 14 school records. So far, the season has been highlighted with Mid-Con athlete of the week honors, record-breaking times, surpassing personal bests, and stand out victories.     “Our training regimen has been intense for the last couple of weeks,” said Jordan. “It is unfortunate that our last week of training falls over Thanksgiving break, but the team is dedicated to our goal and will continue to train until we regroup on Monday.”   The Gents will have a tough road ahead as last season’s Mid-Con men’s championship saw Oakland win 17 of the 20 events. Leading the charge is returning sophomore Robert Trempski .   He recorded Centenary’s highest finish at the Mid-Con meet last season with a runner-up effort in the 100 yard backstroke (53.72) and also qualified for the finals of the 100 yard freestyle (50.40) in which he placed 14 th . This season, the Gents have depended on the 6’6 swimmer’s consistency to score points. He leads the team with five first- place finishes, just ahead of junior Jacob Stevens and freshman sprinter Roddie Haley , each with four.   As 2004-05 team captain, Stevens continues to dominate in non-conference competition, placing in the Mid-Con top ten in the 200 free, 1000 free, 100 back, and 500 free. At last year&r
November 30, 2004 | Athletics
2004-05 Ladies and Gents Swim Team SHREVEPORT - Momentum continues to build as the Gents and Ladies gear up for the 2004-05 Mid-Continent Conference Swimming Championships in Rochester, Michigan, this week. By doubling the numbers of student athletes, the 2005 season will mark the first time under the direction of head coach Butch Jordan that Centenary will be able to compete as a team rather than individually. Jordan has molded a squad of 23, which has the potential to make history for the Maroon and White by bringing home top Mid-Con accolades.   Centenary swimming is on a record setting pace, surpassing the overall team win record and demolishing 14 school records. So far, the season has been highlighted with Mid-Con athlete of the week honors, record-breaking times, surpassing personal bests, and stand out victories.     “Our training regimen has been intense for the last couple of weeks,” said Jordan. “It is unfortunate that our last week of training falls over Thanksgiving break, but the team is dedicated to our goal and will continue to train until we regroup on Monday.”   The Gents will have a tough road ahead as last season’s Mid-Con men’s championship saw Oakland win 17 of the 20 events. Leading the charge is returning sophomore Robert Trempski .   He recorded Centenary’s highest finish at the Mid-Con meet last season with a runner-up effort in the 100 yard backstroke (53.72) and also qualified for the finals of the 100 yard freestyle (50.40) in which he placed 14 th . This season, the Gents have depended on the 6’6 swimmer’s consistency to score points. He leads the team with five first-place finishes, just ahead of junior Jacob Stevens and freshman sprinter Roddie Haley , each with four.   As 2004-05 team captain, Stevens continues to dominate in non-conference competition, placing in the Mid-Con top ten in the 200 free, 1000 free, 100 back, and 500 free. At last year&rs
November 30, 2004 | Athletics
Chad Maclies Tyrone Hamilton NATCHITOCHES , La. — Northwestern State ended Centenary’s three-game win streak over the Demons with an 83-76 victory at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches on Tuesday night. The size of the NSU lineup proved to be too much for the Gents in a game that featured one of Louisiana ’s oldest basketball rivalries. Despite the loss, Centenary holds the all-time series advantage at 82-66.   Northwestern State (3-2) held off an impressive second-half three-point shooting display by Centenary to claim their third consecutive victory at home. The Gents, trailing by 16 points with 8:43 remaining, pulled to within six points twice in the second half after converting on 7-of-9 attempts from behind the three-point arc.   Trailing by eight points at 71-63, Centenary had back-to-back possessions to try to pull closer. However, a shot clock violation and a second turnover by Cody Hopkins led to a Colby Bargeman three-pointer from the corner that put the game away.   Centenary (0-3) could not contain the inside game of the Demons as 22 of NSU’s first 41 points came from within the paint. The duo of Jermaine Spencer and Clifton Lee proved to be too much for the Gents down low as each accounted for 11 points. Keenan Jones led the way with 20 points with 10 points coming from the free throw line while Jermaine Wallace and Bargeman chipped in with 15 points and 10 points respectively.        Chad Maclies turned in a career game for the Gents as he finished with 23 points and 13 boards, both game-high totals. Tyrone Hamilton added 14 points highlighted by 3-of-5 from three-point land and Jarmorrow Moragne scored 10 points and dished out eight assists in the loss.   The first half began slowly as both teams struggled to find offensive production in the opening minutes. Northwestern State scored on a layup 48 seconds into the contest, but neither team would score again until Centenary’s Kevin Ta
November 28, 2004 | Athletics
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Jarrius Jackson scored 22 points and Ronald Ross added 17 as Texas Tech beat Centenary 93-41 Saturday night. Tech led 52-20 at halftime, thanks to an early 29-4 run and 54 percent shooting in the half. Devonne Giles added 16 for Tech (2-1), which sailed to the easy victory at home. Freshman Damir Suljagic played and scored 12 for Tech on 5-of-6 shooting. Chad Maclies scored nine points and Jamorrow Moragne had eight for Centenary (0-2). Tech's defense and size also caused big problems for Centenary. The Red Raiders held the Gents to 25 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers, converting them into 33 points. Tech outscored the Gents 56-14 in the paint and outrebounded them 52-36.
November 28, 2004 | Athletics
HAMMOND, La. – Senior Midfielder Mindi Levinski earned her second consecutive first-team Louisiana Sports Writers Association Soccer Team honor, capping off a record setting career with the Ladies.   Her six assists in 2004 vaulted her to first in the all-time Centenary assists leaderboard with 27.   In the Mid-Continent Conference, Levinski was tied for sixth in points (19), tied for seventh in goals scored (6), and finished fourth in assists (6).   She was a perfect 2-2 on penalty kicks, and a perfect 5-5 in her career.   Levinski scored the quickest goal in Centenary history, scoring 22 seconds into the Ladies match against Western Illinois.   She was named Mid-Con Co-Offensive Player of the Week for October 11.   Levinski also earned first-team All-Mid-Con honors for the second consecutive year as she led the Ladies in assists for the third year in a row.   She was selected first-team All-Louisiana in 2003, and first-team All-Independent in 2002.   Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Stafford joined Levinski in LSWA accolades, earning Honorable Mention All-Louisiana honors.   She collected a school single-season record 118 saves, ranking her first in the Mid-Con.   Tied for second in the conference with six shutouts, Stafford compiled a 1.02 goals against average.   She had five double-digit save matches, including a Mid-Con best 13 against Southern Miss, and was responsible for 13 of the Ladies 14 wins.   Stafford was named first-team All-Mid-Con this season and was selected Defensive Player of the Week three times for August 30, October 4, and October 25.  
November 27, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score MEMPHIS – Playing their third game in six days, the Centenary women’s basketball team fell to 1-3 on the season with a 69-45 loss to South Alabama.  Already a depleted squad, the Ladies came in down a starter from the previous night’s game and had just seven players available for action.                     With regular starter Van’esha Brabson sitting out, freshmen Brittany Barbee and Ricquel Crockrom made their first collegiate starts for the Ladies.   A Hernando, Mississippi native, Barbee grew up in the shadows of Memphis, playing her AAU ball at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.               Holli Wilkins led Centenary with a career high 19 points while adding four rebounds and three steals.   Laura Kizyte and Jelena Aleksic joined her as the only Ladies players to score, dropping 16 and 10 respectively.   The Ladies won the opening tip, their first of the season, scoring first and trading the lead with South Alabama through the first five minutes.   With the Lady Jaguars taking an eight-point lead with seven minutes left on the clock, Centenary stayed in contention despite shooting .250 in the half and turning the ball over 11 times.   A 19-22 first half rebounding margin kept the Ladies competitive through the majority of the period.               With Centenary rotating only seven, South Alabama’s depth caught up with the Ladies by the end of the first half.   The fresh legged Lady Jags took advantage, pushing to a 21-point halftime lead.               South Alabama entered the second half shooting, launching threes and extending their lead to as much as 32.   Determined to make
November 26, 2004 | Athletics
    MEMPHIS – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their first game of the Kroger/Lady Tiger Classic 65-42 to host Memphis.  Despite playing the entire game from behind, the Ladies stayed determined and outplaying the Lady Tigers through stretches of the game            Memphis started the first half on a 23-2 run, taking advantage of ten Centenary turnovers while overpowering the Ladies in the paint.   Sophomore Holli Wilkins scored the pair before earning her second foul in just over two minutes, sending her to the bench.   The Lady Tigers took the advantage, crashing the boards and dominating through the first ten minutes of the game.               Centenary wouldn’t give up, countering with a 15-2 run of their own. After a timeout by the Ladies, the Maroon and White regrouped and their shots started falling.   Back on the floor, Wilkins took control of the Centenary offense, giving the Memphis defenders fits while drawing fouls and pulling down rebounds.   She finished the first stanza with four points and three rebounds.   Playing aggressively on defense and pressuring the Lady Tigers into bad defensive fouls and eight turnovers, the Ladies pulled within eight with four minutes remaining in the half.   Laura Kizyte , the Ladies leading scorer this season, contributed five in the first half, adding four rebounds.   She was joined by Jelena Aleksic with a team-high six in the first half and four boards, as Centenary entered the break down 14.   The Ladies’ shorthanded bench caught up with them in the second half, as a deeper Memphis squad began to pull away.   With only eight active players, Centenary was unable to keep up with a Lady Tigers squad that none of their players saw more than 12 minutes on the hardwood in the first half, and 24 in the game.   Cen
November 24, 2004 | Athletics
  ELMHURST, Ill. - Centenary swimmer Lori Von Pingel was selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Co-Swimmer of the Week for her impressive effort last weekend in the Ladies first win of the season. The 104-91 win over McMurry at the Dallas Invitational, solidified the 5’10 swimmer as one of the fastest sprinters in Maroon and White history.   Using her long arms and exceptional leg strength, Von Pingel came out of her last turn in the 100 free at last week’s meet to beat her competition in 56.75. Later in the meet, she racked up another win in the 100 breast by edging out the competition at the wall, clocking in at 3:38.33.   The freshman swimmer has demolished two Centenary records in the 50 free (26.35) and 100 free (56.75) and is an integral part of the Ladies record breaking relay teams .   After their success at last week's Invitational, Centenary travels to Rochester, Michigan to compete in the Mid-Con swimming championships. Von Pingel is sure to solidify her reputation as a top sprint freestylist, swimming in the 200 free, 100 breast, 50 free, 100 free, and anchoring the medley and freestyle relays.  
November 22, 2004 | Athletics
  SHREVEPORT - Centenary softball head coach Mark Montgomery has announced the signing of four athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2006 season. Emerald Doria , Kendall Howard , Ashley Lail , and Allison McClain , each high school athletes hailing from Texas, have committed to play for the defending Mid-Continent Conference champions.   Doria is a four-year starter from Holmes High School in San Antonio. The shortstop broke the school record for hits and stolen bases as a freshman, and she has been named first-team All-District for the past two seasons.   “Emerald is one of the most physically talented athletes we have ever signed,” said Coach Montgomery. “She plays a great defensive shortstop, hits extremely well, and has both speed and quickness. There is no doubt she will be an impact player here at Centenary.”   A catcher and four-year letterman from Denison, Howard was named 2004 Defensive Player of the Year in District 11-4A after committing only one error and compiling a .994 fielding percentage. The Denison High School product also batted .358 with four homeruns and a .597 slugging percentage in 2004 while being named Texoma All-Area Catcher of the Year.   “While she won defensive player of the year, what makes Kendall the catcher she is, is her offensive prowess,” Coach Montgomery said. “She can hit for both power and average and could be a driving force in next year’s lineup.”   Lail joins the quartet of early signees as the lone pitcher. At R.L. Paschal in Fort Worth, Lail put together an impressive 2004 season on the mound. In 203 innings pitched, she racked up 17 shutouts, struck out 348 batters, and compiled a .24 ERA.   “We feel Ashley is an outstanding pitcher who not only changes speeds very well, but has exceptional movement on all of her pitches,” said Coach Montgomery. “Ashley also plays outfield and hits extremely well. Look for
November 21, 2004 | Athletics
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – With a shorthanded squad of only eight available players, the Centenary women’s basketball team fell to host Arkansas 86-54 for their first loss of the season.  The Ladies played strong against the Lady Razorbacks, showing a strong competitive spirit despite facing a bigger, deeper, and more experienced team.                Both teams initially had trouble taking care of the ball, combining for 10 turnovers in the first four minutes of the game, including a traveling call against the Lady’Backs three seconds into the contest.   Turnovers would plague the Ladies all afternoon, giving up 27 for 34 points in the first half alone, 41 for 43 on the day.   Arkansas used strong mid-floor pressure to prevent the Ladies from running a half-court offense early, forcing Centenary to rely on three-point shots and second-chance points off the glass.   The Ladies were able stay within 10 points through the first 10 minutes of the second half behind seven points by junior Laura Kizyte, the team’s leading scorer.   She finished with 16 in the game.   But the Lady’Backs began to pull away, forcing consecutive turnovers under the Ladies’ basket after an inbounds pass, adding to an 18-point lead with eight minutes remaining.   Centenary kept strong, whittling away at the lead with fast-break points from Ricquel Crockrom and Kizyte, and back-to-back threes by freshman Brittany Barbee, pulling within 14 before Arkansas ran into the half with a 51-25 lead.   Both squads shot well in the first half, with the Ladies shooting for 41.7 percent from the floor and Arkansas shooting just about 51 percent.   Although Centenary’s trouble with controlling the ball gave the Lady’Backs an extreme 20-3 steals advantage, the Ladies outrebounded the bigger Arkansas team 18-16, led by Jelena Aleksic’s
November 20, 2004 | Athletics
Chad Maclies Jarmorrow Moragne  JONESBORO, Ark- Plagued by foul trouble and a lack of Division I experience, the Centenary men’s basketball team dropped their season opener to host Arkansas State, .  The Gents stayed competitive through the first period, but were unable to catch up after a strong second half run by the Indians.   The first half began at a staggered pace, as clock difficulties forced frequent stoppage of play and prevented either squad from establishing any type of momentum.   After play returned to a regular pace, both teams traded one big shot for another, with Arkansas State gaining the upper hand after a David Tolefree foul turned an ally-oop into a three-point play.   The Indians took off on a 14-4 run, giving Arkansas State a double-digit lead halfway through the first period.   The Gents didn’t give up though, tightening their defensive effort and adding extra pressure to the Indians on the offensive front.   Senior Jarmorrow Moragne picked up the scoring slack, dropping 11 first half points while adding three rebounds.   Fellow senior Chad Maclies, the Gents’ leading rebounder last season, paced the first half with a team-high five boards while scoring six points of his own.   Centenary entered the break down seven, keeping Arkansas State on their heels.   Both teams came out of the gates strong in the second half, with the Gents shooting well and forcing turnovers and bad shots by Arkansas State.   Maclies continued his aggressive play, quickly joining Moragne in double-figures, but couldn’t keep up with Sun Belt All-Conference players Dewarick Spencer and J.J. Montgomery.   Cody Hopkins gave the Gents a spark off the bench, contributing 11 points after returning missing last season with a medical redshirt.   The junior’s tenacious defense led him to play much of the game in foul trouble.           
November 20, 2004 | Athletics
Robert Trempski SOUTHLAKE, TEX. – Centenary swimming split their third double dual meet of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Dallas Invite. The Gents polished off McMurry 120-91, but came up short against Trinity 122-91. The Ladies also defeated the Indians 104-91,but fell to Trinity 142-74. The Gents got out of the gate quickly, winning the 200 medley relay with a mark of 1:40.80. Sophomore Robert Trempski showed his heels to the field, finishing seven seconds ahead of his competitors with a time of 2:01.24. Freshman Robert Hendricks also had a substantial twelve second lead over his competition in the 1000 free, touching first at 10:19.68. Bursting off the blocks, Jacob Stevens looked like he was on his way to victory, but touched .43 seconds behind the leader in the 500 free with 4:57.70. Stevens captured another second place finish in the 200 IM. Also posting second place finishes were Matija Fojs (200 free and 200 fly), Roddie Haley (50 free), Kyle McKee (200 breast), and Ross Gilbert (1000 free). The Ladies started the meet by breaking the school record in the 200 IM relay clocking in at 1:57.28. Rookie Lori Von Pingel continues to be one of Centenary’s top sprint freestylists as she seized first in the 100 free, touching at 56.75.   Later in the meet, she shaved off over five seconds from her 200 breast time, 2:38.33, notching another first place finish. Teammates Sara Hansen and Kayli Leblanc also shaved time in the 200 fly and 1000 free, respectively. Centenary will have a week to prepare for Dec 2 nd when they attempt to break Oakland’s five-year streak as conference champs at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships in Rochester, Michigan. The meet runs through Saturday, with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day.
November 20, 2004 | Athletics
SOUTHLAKE, TEX. – Centenary swimming split their third double dual meet of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Dallas Invite. The Gents polished off McMurry 120-91, but came up short against Trinity 122-91. The Ladies also defeated the Indians 104-91,but fell to Trinity 142-74. The Gents got out of the gate quickly, winning the 200 medley relay with a mark of 1:40.80. Sophomore Robert Trempski showed his heels to the field, finishing seven seconds ahead of his competitors with a time of 2:01.24. Freshman Robert Hendricks also had a substantial twelve second lead over his competition in the 1000 free, touching first at 10:19.68. Bursting off the blocks Jacob Stevens looked like he was on his way to victory, but touched .43 seconds behind the leader in the 500 free with 4:57.70. Stevens captured another second place finish in the 200 IM. Also posting second place finishes were Matija Fojs (200 free and 200 fly), Roddie Haley (50 free), Kyle McKee (200 breast), and Ross Gilbert (1000 free). The Ladies started the meet by breaking the school record in the 200 IM relay clocking in at 1:57.28. Rookie Lori Von Pingel continues to be one of Centenary’s top sprint freestylists as she seized first in the 100 free touching at 56.75.   Later in the meet, she shaved off over five seconds from her 200 breast time, 2:38.33, notching another first place finish. Teammates Sara Hansen and Kayli Leblanc also shaved time in the 200 fly and 1000 free, respectively. Centenary will have a week to prepare for Dec 2 nd when they attempt to break Oakland’s five-year running streak as conference champs at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships in Rochester, Michigan. The meet runs through Saturday, with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day.  
November 19, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT –   The Centenary women’s basketball team won their first game under new head coach Elizabeth Wamsley , defeating visiting LeTourneau 96-66.   Junior transfer Laura Kizyte scored 33 points en-route to breaking Centenary’s NCAA Division I single game scoring record previously held by Alexis Pettway.               Kizyte’s double-double paced the Ladies, adding 13 rebounds and five steals while contributing five assists.   She was joined by junior Van’esha Brabson with a double-double of her own, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 boards on he night.   Sophomore Jelena Aleksic added 13 points and seven rebounds of her own.               Centenary dominated the first half, outscoring LeTourneau 51-28, including 32-8 in the paint.   The undersized LadyJacks centered their offensive effort from behind the arc, launching 18 three-pointers in the first half and landing five.   The barrage of outside shots helped keep LeTourneau close, pulling within four after a trio of unanswered threes at the 9:37 mark.                 The Ladies responded, and took off on a 15-0 run, including 10 by Kizyte.   Centenary controlled the boards for the rest of the half, doubling LeTourneau’s rebounds while pulling down 13 on the offensive side, and went into the break with a 51-28 lead.               LeTourneau came out of the second half gates strong, cutting the lead to 16 before letting the Ladies pull away.   Kizyte began to get hot midway through the half, slashing and scoring while adding to a 35 point lead and an eventual 30 point victory.               Junior Lindsay Way provided solid minutes off
November 18, 2004 | Athletics
—The Mid-Continent Conference announced its All-Conference team on Thursday at the 2004 Volleyball Championship Banquet held in Tulsa , Okla. Centenary newcomer Lindsay Bekelja earned the Ladies first post-season citation since the team joined the conference last year as she was named to the All-Freshman squad.   Bekelja ( League City , Tex. ) directed the Centenary offense efficiently from her setter position throughout her debut campaign. The freshman filled the role that head coach Jenny Hazelwood envisioned for her when she recruited her last spring.   “Lindsay has done a great job this season running our offense,” said Hazelwood. “It is very difficult for a freshman to come in and lead a team the way a setter needs to, but her hard work and leadership abilities allowed her to easily make the adjustment to the Division I level. We are very proud of Lindsay’s accomplishments this year and I believe they are a reflection of where our program is headed in the future.”   Bekelja has already made a major impact in the pages of the Centenary Volleyball record books as she claimed the top ranking in two categories while vaulting herself near the top of a distinguished career mark as well. Her 1,150 asissts in 2004 set a new single-season total and her 58 assists against Grambling State placed her atop the all-time single-match leaders. After just one season of play, Bekelja already sits in third place for total assists in a career, a record she is on pace to break within the first quarter of the season next year.   Other members of the Mid-Con All-Freshman team include outside hitters Casey Chrzastowski of IUPUI, Chelsea Licavoli of Oakland, and Amy Palash of Valparaiso as well as middle hitter Mary Olson of Western Illinois and Lauren Starks of UMKC, who plays right side for the Kangaroos.
November 17, 2004 | Athletics
Butch Jordan SHREVEPORT – Head Coach Butch Jordan signed two new student athletes this week to national letters of intent to study and swim at Centenary College. Swimming for the 2005-06 Ladies squad will be signees Amanda Graves and Betsy Smith . Graves, an all-around swimmer, is expected to compete in the sprint events for the Ladies when they open next year’s season in October. “Amanda is incredibly fast and will have an immediate impact in our sprints,” said Jordan. “She was recruited primarily as a backstroker, but her versatility will expand into our freestyle and individual medley events.”   A California native, Graves is gearing up for her senior season at Buena High School. The 5’10’’swimmer holds the 100 backstroke league champion title and was runner-up in the 100 freestyle. With her recorded lifetime bests of: 54.67 (100 free), 2:14.03 (200 back), 2:10.33 (200 IM), and 59.76 (100 back), she will definitely make an impact for the Ladies in the Mid-Continent Conference. “We are very excited about acquiring Betsy,” said Jordan. “She will add depth to our middle distance and breaststroke events and brings an enthusiasm that will be contagious.” Smith, a senior at Loyola College Prep, was named to the Louisiana All-State team.   Her times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke already compete with Centenary top five records. Smith follows family tradition, as both her parents graduated from Centenary. Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Founded in 1825, Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River and with an enrollment of 905, it is the smallest Division I school in the nation.
November 17, 2004 | Athletics
Shelley Armstrong SHREVEPORT —Centenary cross country coach Shelley Armstrong has announced the signing of Michael Haydel to a National Letter of Intent. Haydel is considered one of the top male runners in the state of Louisiana and is the first signee for the Gents during the current recruiting period.   Haydel, a native of Bossier City , La. , and Parkway High School , finished second in the Louisiana State Meet on November 16 th with a time of 16:36 for the three mile race. He is an All-City and All-Area track performer for his efforts in the 3200m event. He placed fourth at the Louisiana State Track Championships, was named the 2004 Male Track Outstanding Performer, and was an All-District cross country selection in 2002.   “Michael is one of the top recruits in the state,” said Armstrong. “His talent and dedication will have a huge impact on the direction of our program. I’m excited for him to join us and I feel that his abilities will have a synergistic effect over the next four years.”
November 17, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - Centenary baseball head coach Ed McCann has announced that four players have signed national letters of intent to play for the Gents for the 2006 season.   James Baker , Derek Bross , Matthew McGlathery , and Ben Wilson match last years total for most fall signees since McCann took over the program in 1999.               Baker is the only player with collegiate experience of the three, having played at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan.   He was named Honorable Mention All-State and made the All Regional Tournament team as a freshman for the Bruins, hitting .320 with nine homeruns and 50 RBI.               “Jimmy has put up great numbers at the JUCO level and we feel he will do the same here,” said McCann.   “He is an ideal corner infielder with power potential.   We feel like he will step right into the middle of our lineup, adding depth and power.”               Joining Baker from the state of Michigan will be Bross from St. Joseph High School.   He went 6-3 with three saves, 85 strikeouts, and a 1.44 ERA as a junior, leading him to be named All-District while helping his squad win the District Championship.                 “We are very exited about Derek joining our program,” McCann said about the prospect of another solid pitcher.   “We feel like he could be an impact player as a freshman, which says a lot about his potential.”               McGlathery is from Lake Charles and has already earned several in-state accolades.   He hit .390 and was named second-team All-District as a sophomore in 2003, and All-District and All-Southwest Louisiana while h
November 16, 2004 | Athletics
Kevin Johnson —Centenary men’s basketball coach Kevin Johnson has announced the signing of Jason Underwood to a National Letter of Intent. Underwood is the first prospect for the 2005-06 recruiting class to sign with the Gents.   “Jason will be a welcomed addition to our team,” said Johnson. “He will give us some size, skill, and diversity at the power forward position.”   Underwood ( Mt. Clemens , Mich. ) will come to Centenary from St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron , Mich. , where he was named the Co-MVP of the Skippers last season. He averaged 14.2 ppg and 9.1 rebounds while being named to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association All-Conference Team.   “Jason is a great young man who, athletically, can score inside due to his size and strength,” boasts St. Clair County Community College head coach Dale Vos.   Centenary is a Division I member of the NCAA and the Mid-Continent Conference. Founded in 1825, Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River and with an enrollment of 880, it is the smallest Division I school in the nation.
November 16, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary women’s golf coach Ken Dupree has announced that Tracy Williams has signed her national letter of intent and will join the Ladies for the 2005-06 season.               Williams is a three-sport athlete at Van Alstyne High School in Van Alstyne, Texas.   She has spent four years with the Panther’s varsity golf squad, finishing second in District as a freshman and first as a sophomore.   Williams finished her junior campaign first in both District and Region II while earning a 15 th place finish at the 3A State Tournament.   “I’m ecstatic about the future of the Ladies’ golf team with the addition of Tracy Williams,” Coach Dupree said. “ She will be a serious impact player for the women’s golf team in the 2005-06 season.   Her athleticism is what all coaches look for, and our program is lucky enough to have been able to sign a player of Williams’ caliber.”               Williams has also excelled on the hardwood, lettering three years in basketball while earning second team All-District as a point guard her junior year.   She also played volleyball for the Panthers junior varsity squad as a freshman.               Along with her athletic achievements, Williams is also active in other school and church activities.   She has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for four years and participates in PALS (Peer Assistance & Leadership) as well as serving as a youth volunteer at First Baptist Church.
November 14, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —The Centenary Ladies volleyball team suffered a spirited season-ending loss to the visiting IUPUI Jaguars in the Gold Dome on Sunday afternoon by the scores of 30-17, 30-20, 30-28. Although the Ladies lost in three games, the team improved throughout the match and narrowly missed a game-three win over IUPUI, the fourth seed in next weekend’s Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.   Centenary (6-30, 0-14 Mid-Con) started off sluggish in the rare Sunday early afternoon contest and IUPUI took advantage. The Jaguars hit at a .270 clip led by Katie Hahn’s opening game effort of four kills while the Ladies managed a negative kill percentage. Centenary’s Kelley Heckman kept pace with Hahn as she also tallied four kills in game one.   IUPUI (15-16, 9-5 Mid-Con) continued to apply pressure in game two by adding Tracy Bailey and Michelle Sobocinski to the offensive arsenal. Bailey racked up six kills in game two without an error while Sobocinski notched five kills. Centenary hung tough and even grabbed the lead in the early going but could not keep up as the Jaguars stifled the Ladies offensively. Heckman finished with only one kill in the game while Emily Longerot converted on just two of her 14 attempts.   With the possibility of only one more game left in their season, the Ladies came out gunning in game three. After IUPUI took a 3-1 advantage, Centenary stormed back behind two aces by Tracee Byrd and a host of kills from Ashley Templer to gain the edge at 12-10. The two teams battled back and forth for several points that featured multiple long rallies before IUPUI broke ahead at 27-25. The Ladies pulled back within one at 29-28 before a Centenary hitting error ended the match. Bailey added six more kills in the game for IUPUI as did Templer for Centenary.     Bailey led all players with 15 kills in the match for IUPUI while Sobocinski (12) and Katie Hahn (10) also finished in double figures. Four players totaled
November 12, 2004 | Athletics
Melanie Zimmerman SHREVEPORT – Although the Centenary Ladies shaved off time in their respected events, the Houston Cougars surpassed the Ladies 116-50 on Friday night at the Centenary Fitness Center.     The Ladies had no individual winners in any races, but did have several notable swims.   Freshman Melanie Zimmerman finished the 50 free in 26.49 seconds, the second fastest time in Centenary history. Also breaking into Centenary’s top five was freshman Sara Hansen who touched the wall at 59.47 in the 100 free. Her time in the event ranks her fourth in the school’s record books.     Team captain Kayli LeBlanc also had an impressive night finishing third with a season best in the 200 individual medley, fourth in the 100 fly and swam the third leg on the 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:58.59.   Lori Von Pingel glided into the wall at 1:14.28 in the 100 breast, marking her quickest effort of the season to date.   Next up for the Centenary Ladies and Gents is a tri-meet against McMurry and Trinity in Southlake, Tex., on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.      
November 12, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —The Chicago State Cougars held off a hard-charging Centenary Ladies volleyball team in game one of the match on Friday evening in the Gold Dome to take the contest 3-0. The Cougars downed the Ladies by scores of 30-28, 30-23, 30-15 to keep their chances alive at a Mid-Continent Conference Tournament berth.   Centenary (6-29, 0-13 Mid-Con) surprised the visiting Cougars in the opening game, controlling play throughout to take a 22-18 lead. However, after a timeout, Chicago State regrouped and stormed back to win the game in large part to superior hitting. Alison West, Katie Zillner, and Shakeila Castile-Jones each tallied five kills in the opening victory as CSU hit for a .273 kill percentage.   Chicago State (12-18, 7-6 Mid-Con) jumped out to a 6-0 advantage in the second game, only to have the Ladies close within two points at 23-21 on a kill by Tracee Byrd. Back-to-back aces by Lakeisha Davis widened the Cougar lead and another ace by Catherine Everist closed out the game. West continued to be the driving force behind the Cougar offense as she recorded seven more kills in game two.   The Ladies again took an early lead in the final game at 6-4 only to see Chicago State reel off 13 consecutive points behind the serving of West. The rally finally ended when Chrissy Davis misguided her attack attempt into the net. With the score at 17-7, Centenary would not be able to muster enough momentum to complete the comeback as the Cougars took the game 30-15.   Davis, who came on strong in the last game, finished with a match-high 17 kills to pace Chicago State . West added 13 kills in the win while Castile-Jones and Zillner contributed 11 kills and 10 kills respectively.   Tracee Byrd led the Centenary offensive charge with 11 kills, but Shayla Andreas and Stephanie Scanlan each played well despite limited opportunities. Andreas notched five kills with only one error while Scanlan recorded three kills without a mistake. Ashley Temp
November 9, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT--The Centenary Ladies volleyball team began their three-game season-ending homestand with a hard fought loss to I-20 rival Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday evening in the Gold Dome. ULM outlasted the Ladies in four games by the scores of 30-27, 30-26, 22-30, 30-23.   The Ladies started out slow in game one as Louisiana-Monroe jumped out to a 10-3 lead before Centenary coach Jenny Hazelwood called a timeout. The Ladies responded with a kill by Tracee Byrd on a slide followed by an Ashley Templer kill. After play shifted back and forth, Stephanie Scanlan collected her first kill of the night and ULM ’s Ashley Duzan committed an attack error to tie the game at 12 apiece. The Lady Indians reeled off four consecutive points to regain the lead and held that advantage until the Ladies tied the game again at 23-23 on back-to-back kills by Emily Longerot. With the score knotted at 25-25, attack errors by Lindsey Bekelja and Byrd provided the visitors with enough room to close out the game with the 30-27 win.   Centenary held a 6-4 advantage in game two before a kill by Megan Gloor placed ULM back in front at 7-6 in the early going. Although the Ladies held on to stay within striking range, they would only manage to tie the game one more time before eventually falling 30-26. Lindsey Ehlert paced the Lady Indian offense as she collected 10 kills through the first two games with only one hitting error.   Louisiana-Monroe took a 5-3 lead to begin game three before the Ladies put together a rally that landed the home team in front at 12-9, forcing ULM to call a timeout. Centenary continued its strong play after the short break and built its winning margin to five points at 21-16 before another Lady Indian timeout. The move paid off this time as ULM responded with four straight points to pull within two at 22-20. A timeout called by Hazelwood helped the Ladies regain the momentum as Longerot’s kill on a long rally directly after the break seemed t
November 8, 2004 | Athletics
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Seniors Ashley Bouillion and Jamila Smith were named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Tournament Team after their season ending loss to Valparaiso, 1-0 on Saturday.   The two upperclassmen had strong performances in Centenary’s second consecutive early departure from conference post-season play.               Both Bouillion and Smith end their careers after playing 73 matches in their four years at Centenary.   Bouillion has 33 career points and was the Ladies’ second leading scorer in 2001.   Smith has helped anchor a Centenary defense that has posted 31 shutouts in her tenure on the back line.               Centenary finished their second season in the Mid-Con with a 14-5-1 record and going 4-2 in conference during the regular season.   The Ladies earned their second consecutive post-season appearance and served as the second seed in the conference tournament.     -30-
November 6, 2004 | Athletics
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Centenary Gents closed their season with a 1-0 loss to IUPUI on Saturday afternoon at Kuntz Stadium.   The extremely aggressive conference match saw 60 fouls whistled, including 33 on Centenary, as a total of five yellow cards were issued. Centenary’s offense overwhelmed the Jaguars in the first 45 minutes, courtesy of seniors Jack Goodloe and Michael Krulin . The Gents outshot IUPUI 11-3, but were unable to get one in the net before the buzzer.   Going into the second half, IUPUI’s Matthew Smith weaved through Centenary’s defense scoring the game winner in the 54 th minute. The Jaguars collected 12 shots forcing Gents keeper James Speed to make six saves, while IUPUI’s Peter Brasovan tallied fives saves off of Centenary’s 18 shots. Centenary has lost a series of close matches, this being the fifth loss by a one goal deficit. The Gents end their 2004 season with a 4-9-2 regular season record and a 0-5-1 conference record.  
November 6, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary and Texas Christian squared off for the second time this year on Saturday afternoon at the Centenary Fitness Center. The defending Conference USA champions defeated the Gents 107-87 and the Ladies 88-70. The 200 medley relay team of Traci Wimberley , Kayli LeBlanc , Lori Von Pingel , and Melanie Zimmerman started the meet for Centenary with a third place finish touching the wall at 1:59.97. The Gents 200 medley relay also finished third with a time of 1:42.16. Freshmen Roddie Haley and sophomore Robert Trempski contributed heavily to the Gents point total, winning the 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke respectively. Dustin Myers broke his season-best time in the 200 free swimming a 1:50.85, finishing right behind teammate Matija Fojs for third place. Freshman Sara Hansen broke yet another Centenary record, touching the wall at 1:02.08 in the 100 fly. She also had an impressive 50 free, finishing in 26.88. The Centenary Ladies return to the water next weekend, hosting Houston on Friday at 6 p.m. -30-
November 6, 2004 | Athletics
Matija Fojs SHREVEPORT – Centenary and Texas Christian squared off for the second time this year on Saturday afternoon at the Centenary Fitness Center. The defending Conference USA champions defeated the Gents 107-87 and the Ladies 88-70. The 200 medley relay team of Traci Wimberley , Kayli LeBlanc , Lori Von Pingel , and Melanie Zimmerman started the meet for Centenary with a third place finish touching the wall at 1:59.97. The Gents 200 medley relay also finished third with a time of 1:42.16. Freshmen Roddie Haley and sophomore Robert Trempski contributed heavily to the Gents point total, winning the 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke respectively. Dustin Myers broke his season-best time in the 200 free swimming a 1:50.85, finishing right behind teammate Matija Fojs for third place. Freshman Sara Hansen broke yet another Centenary record, touching the wall at 1:02.08 in the 100 fly. She also had an impressive 50 free, finishing in 26.88. The Centenary Ladies return to the water next weekend, hosting Houston on Friday at 6 p.m.  
November 5, 2004 | Athletics
ROCHESTER, Mich. – For the second time in as many years, the Centenary women’s soccer team lost in the first round of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.   The Ladies found themselves on the opposite end of a heartbreaking 1-0 match after having defeated the Crusaders by the same score October 1.               Valparaiso outshot the Ladies 7-3, including 6-1 in the first half, but both teams managed only three shots on goal for the entire match.   The Crusaders tallied the only goal of the game as Allison Swanson collected a pass from Kristi Dixon, putting it past keeper Lindsey Stafford in the 27 th minute.                 The Ladies bid farewell to eight seniors, including all-time assist leader Mindi Levinski and single-season saves record holder Stafford.   Centenary finishes the year 14-5-1 as four players earned All-Mid-Con honors.   Levinski and Stafford, along with Newcomer of the Year Tara Sageser and junior Sam Savage , received First-Team accolades.   -30-
November 5, 2004 | Athletics
Kansas City, Mo – Coming off a tough five game loss to Grambling, the Centenary women’s volleyball team continued their struggles on the road, falling to UMKC 30-15, 30-24, and 30-19.   The Ladies (6-26, 0-11 Mid-Con) lost to the Kangaroos (6-19, 4-8 Mid-Con) for the second time this season.               Junior Tracee Byrd led Centenary with 12 kills and the team’s only ace of the match.   Byrd and junior Catey Batte were the highlights of the Ladies offense, hitting .308 and .250 respectively.   Freshman Lindsay Bekelja added 26 assists and nine digs, tied for the team high with junior Kelley Heckman and Batte.     UMKC controlled play at the net with two players posting double-digit kills and more than doubling the Ladies total team blocks 15-6.   The Ladies conclude their 2004 road matches game at Western Illinois Saturday, November 6.   -30-
November 5, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —The fans in the Gold Dome got their first look at some new faces on the Centenary Gents basketball team Friday night as Ouachita Baptist downed the host team 65-58. The 2004-05 Gents feature nine new players and all but two received playing time in the only exhibition for Centenary this season.   Despite shooting just 26.7 percent from the field in the first half, Ouachita Baptist carried a 28-24 advantage into the locker room at the intermission. Centenary outscored the Tigers 10-5 over the first three minutes of the second half to take the lead at 34-33. The run was capped by a made shot by Jarmorrow Moragne and a good free throw to complete a three-point play after being fouled. However, the Gents would relinquish their lead quickly as Kennis Green nailed a three-pointer to put OBU ahead 36-34. The Tigers held off Centenary the rest of the game to hold on for the preseason victory.   Newcomer Curtis Tillman pumped in a game-high 20 points for Centenary although he struggled a bit from the field. In his Division I debut, the junior-transfer converted on only four of his 17 shot attempts but managed to get to the free throw line where he was 10-of-16 for the evening. Senior Jarmorrow Moragne added 14 points and nine rebounds from his guard position and freshman Tyrone Hamilton contributed 11 points in his collegiate debut. Senior Chad Maclies played only 17 minutes due to his early foul trouble but still picked up seven points and eight rebounds in the loss.   Ouachita Baptist emerged victorious from the foul-layden game that featured 53 personal fouls and three players that fouled out. Green led the Tigers with 16 points while Travis Williams added 15 points. Kevin White proved to be a force underneath for OBU has he pulled down 11 boards to go with his 13 points to record the double double. David Mercer rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points on the night.   The Gents will return to action on Saturday, November 2
November 5, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their first exhibition game of the season to visiting Ouachita Baptist 71-62.   The Ladies were forced to play with a depleted squad of nine players and were unable to keep up with the constantly fresh Lady Tigers.               While Ouachita Baptist kept a consistent flow of substitutions, none of their players saw more than 25 minutes of action, Centenary’s starters were forced to play the bulk of the team’s minutes.   Each player logged more than 30 minutes, with the exception of sophomore Holli Wilkins who spent much of the second half on the bench because of foul trouble.             Despite her limited playing time, Wilkins led all scorers with 21 points on seven for 13 shooting.   Sophomore Jelena Aleksic had a strong all-around game, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds and six assists.   Junior transfer Laura Kizyte showed promise in her Centenary debut, adding seven points and five assists with a pair of steals.               The Ladies kept with Ouachita Baptist for the much of the second half, recovering from a seven point halftime deficit to pull ahead by six with 12 minutes remaining.   The Lady Tigers pulled away on an 18-2 run, thanks to solid shooting and a string a Centenary fouls.   OBU shot .429 from the floor, including an impressive 40 percent from behind the arc.               Centenary dominated Ouachita Baptist on the glass, almost tripling their offensive rebounds 17-6.   Junior Whitney Rushing led all players with 13 rebounds and matched the Lady Tigers with six offensive boards of her own.                 The Ladies begin thei
November 4, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. - Four Centenary women’s soccer players earned First-Team All-Mid-Continent Conference accolades, representing one third of the players selected.   Senior Mindi Levinski and junior Sam Savage were honored for the second consecutive year, while junior Lindsay Stafford and freshman Tara Sageser are both first time recipients, with Sageser also being named Newcomer of the Year.               Levinski became the Ladies’ all-time assists leader this season, amassing six on the year to surpass Krista Camplen (1993-96).   She has also scored six goals on the year, including the game-winner against Grambling, and is second in team scoring with 18 points.   Levinski was named Mid-Con Co-Offensive Player of the Week for October 11.               Stafford also set a Centenary record in 2004 as she collected 117 saves, passing her own school-best of 109 in 2003.   She is responsible for 13 of the Ladies 14 wins, and has posted six shutouts this year.   Stafford was named Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Week three times for August 30, October 4, and October 25.               Sageser made an immediate impact for Centenary this year, scoring at the 1:12 mark in her first collegiate match.   She led the Ladies in scoring, compiling 23 points off 10 goals and three assists.   Her five game-winning goals this season are third-most in a season by a Centenary player.   Sageser was also named Mid-Con Co-Offensive Player of the Week for September 13.               Savage anchored the Ladies’ defensive line, serving as a catalyst for a team that recorded seven shutouts on the year.   Her presence in back helped ensure that Centenary opponents shot a mere .096 against the Ladi
November 1, 2004 | Athletics
ROCHESTER , Mich. —The Centenary Gents cross country team competed in the Mid-Continent Conference Championships on Saturday hosted by Oakland University . Southern Utah emerged from the meet as the 2004 Champions as the Thunderbirds posted a team score of 18 paced by five finishers in the top six spots. IUPUI (56) and Western Illinois (76) rounded out the top three teams while Centenary finished ninth with a team score of 246.   Andrew Deas placed 48 th in the 8k run with a time of 31:55 to lead all Centenary finishers. Steven Deas ranked second on the Gents squad in 49 th place overall (32:58) while Ricky Thomas (54 th – 34:19), Brian Williams (57 th – 36:41), David Reiland (58 th – 36:53), Jeff Stotts (60 th – 37:04), and Michael Maricelli (63 rd – 39:21) rounded out the Centenary contingent.
November 1, 2004 | Athletics
—The Centenary Ladies cross country team competed in the Mid-Continent Conference Championships on Saturday hosted by Oakland University . Southern Utah emerged from the meet as the 2004 Champions as the Thunderbirds posted a team score of 58 paced by three top 10 finishers. Western Illinois (69) and Valparaiso (78) rounded out the top three teams while Centenary finished ninth with a team score of 258.   Lori Von Pingel placed 47 th in the 6k race with a time of 27:39 to lead all Centenary finishers. Jennifer Bouso ranked second on the Ladies squad in 55 th place overall (28:20) while Taylor Robertson (60 th – 31:24), Halley Grantham (62 nd – 31:48), Stacy Nelson (64 th – 32:23), and Cecilia Chea (67 th – 39:02) rounded out the Centenary participants.
October 31, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Mindi Levinski set the school record for assists as Centenary defeated McNeese State 3-1 in the Ladies’ final home match of the season.   Graduating upperclassmen scored all three goals in a fitting farewell on ‘Senior Day’ at Mayo Field.               The Ladies jumped to a quick lead in 10 th minute as senior Rita Coolidge scored her third goal of the season off a corner kick from Levinski.   The assist was the 27 th of her career, breaking the school record previously held by Krista Camplen (1993-1996).   Coolidge played in her 75 th consecutive match, placing her tied for second place all-time.               McNeese State stuck with the Ladies for the first half, evening the score at the 34:33 mark.   Amy Osteen scored the tying goal, driving through Centenary’s defense and beating Ladies keeper Lindsey Stafford one-on-one.   Stafford collected four saves in her final home appearance.               Centenary came out in the second frame aggressively, putting the pressure on the Cowgirls defense.   In the opening moments, senior Kylie Garrett barely missed wide left in front of the net, but redeemed herself with a game-winning header off Rebecca Swilley’s pass just minutes later at the 49:25 mark.   The goal was Garrett’s first of the season and the third game-winner of her career.               The Ladies added an insurance goal in the 68 th minute, as senior Ashlee Mantooth scored her first goal of the year, beating the McNeese State keeper one-on-one.   Freshman Rachel Alexander earned the assist, pushing the ball through the Cowgirls’ defense to the streaking Mantooth.           
October 31, 2004 | Athletics
TULSA, Okla.- With the rain pouring down, the Gents fought hard for a Mid-Continent Conference postseason bid, but fell 4-0 to UMKC. Centenary played in their second conference match of the weekend against UMKC on Sunday afternoon at Oral Roberts.   The match was deadlocked for the first 20 minutes with neither team having a discernable advantage until Gents keeper Ransone Rose slide tackled an advancing UMKC player in the box, forcing a penalty kick.   The Kangaroos’ Brain Garcia was able to push it past Rose for the first goal of the afternoon.   Minutes later, the Kangaroos scored again as Kyle Perkins controlled an attempted Centenary defensive clear putting the ball home at the 30:19 mark. In the Gents effort to regroup and intensify their defense, junior Ryan Nicholson received his first red card of the year after colliding with Kangaroo player. Playing the rest of the match a man down, the Gents were unable to score a goal of their own. The Kangaroos slammed the door with two more goals in the 37 th and the 76 th minutes to solidify a bid to the Mid-Con tournament in November. The Centenary Gents (4-8-2, 0-4-1) will travel to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI (9-6-1, 1-3-1) in their final match of the season on Saturday at 2 p.m.      
October 31, 2004 | Athletics
CONWAY, Arka . - Centenary swimming had an exceptional showing at the 37 th Annual Hendrix Classic and Relays on Friday and Saturday nights at Hendrix’s Courtway swimming pool.   The Gents dominated six teams, winning Friday’s meet by finishing in the top three in every individual event.   The men also swept the relays on Saturday winning nine of the 11 events. Junior Jacob Stevens was the Gents top performer on Friday, racing the 20 pool lengths of the 500 free with a top finishing time of 4:56.63.   Stevens also nabbed first in the 200 free, touching at 1:49.69. Robert Trempski and Robert Hendricks finished first and third respectively in the 200 back, while freshman Roddie Haley dropped time with an impressive season-best of 22.22 in the 50 free. The 400-medley relay team of Trempski, Devin Rourke , Jonathan Harrop , and Haley finished over three seconds ahead of the field, touching the wall at 3:44.52. The Ladies had equally impressive races as Kayli LeBlanc subtracted three seconds off her season-best in the 500 free, swimming a 5:44.44 to finish third. LeBlanc also broke the Centenary record in the 1000 free with a time of 11:35.69. Freshman Sara Hansen was victorious in the 200 fly and picked up second in the 200 free, finishing in 2:05.73. The 800 free relay foursome of Hansen, LeBlanc, Traci Wimberley , and Melanie Zimmerman beat the competition by over six seconds, winning the event while setting a Centenary record of 8:33.91. Centenary stays at home to host the 2004 Conference USA champions Texas Christian on Saturday at 12 p.m.   -30-
October 31, 2004 | Athletics
CONWAY, Arka . - Centenary swimming had an exceptional showing at the 37 th Annual Hendrix Classic and Relays on Friday and Saturday nights at Hendrix College's Courtway swimming pool.   The Gents dominated six teams, winning Friday’s meet by finishing in the top three in every individual event.   The men also swept the relays on Saturday, winning nine of the 11 events. Junior Jacob Stevens was the Gents top performer on Friday, racing the 20 pool lengths of the 500 free with a top finishing time of 4:56.63.   Stevens also nabbed first in the 200 free, touching at 1:49.69. Robert Trempski and Robert Hendricks finished first and third respectively in the 200 back, while freshman Roddie Haley dropped time with an impressive season-best of 22.22 in the 50 free. The 400-medley relay team of Trempski, Devin Rourke , Jonathan Harrop , and Haley finished over three seconds ahead of the field, touching the wall at 3:44.52. The Ladies had equally impressive races as Kayli LeBlanc subtracted three seconds off her season-best in the 500 free, swimming a 5:44.44 to finish third. LeBlanc also broke the Centenary record in the 1000 free with a time of 11:35.69. Freshman Sara Hansen was victorious in the 200 fly and picked up second in the 200 free, finishing in 2:05.73. The 800 free relay foursome of Hansen, LeBlanc, Traci Wimberley , and Melanie Zimmerman beat the competition by over six seconds, winning the event while setting a Centenary record of 8:33.91. Centenary stays at home to host the 2004 Conference USA champions Texas Christian on Saturday at 12 p.m.    
October 29, 2004 | Athletics
Ransone Rose TULSA, Okla.- The Centenary Gents lost 4-0 in a challenging match against undefeated conference foe Oral Roberts at the ORU Soccer Complex on Friday night.   The Golden Eagles took an early lead with junior Dave Leng scoring his first of three goals in the second minute.   Oral Roberts (10-4-1, 5-0-1) pounded Centenary’s keeper Ransone Rose with shots, as Leng struck again before the buzzer. ORU continued to dominate the match in the second half with Leng dribbling past Rose in the 63 rd minute finishing off his hat trick. ORU's offensive attack concluded with sophomore Kellon Sanders who scored off a cross from Miguel Peralta at the 86:40 mark. The Golden Eagles outshot the Gents 18-8. Rose had six saves on the night.   The Centenary Gents (4-7-2, 0-3-1) will stay in Tulsa to battle UMKC (3-10-0, 2-3-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m.  
October 29, 2004 | Athletics
TULSA , Okla —The Centenary Ladies volleyball team fell in straight games to Oral Roberts University 30-22, 30-15, 30-18 on Friday night at the Aerobics Center in Tulsa , Oklahoma . The Golden Eagles used 10 service aces and nine team blocks to overpower the Ladies en route to the win.   Centenary (6-24, 0-10 Mid-Con) came out of the blocks gunning in game one as the Ladies reeled off six consecutive points, including three kills by Tracee Byrd, after trailing 7-6 to take a 12-7 lead. Centenary led for the next 16 serves until Oral Roberts tied the score at 18 apiece on an ace by Becky Brunelle. Following a Golden Eagle attack error to give Centenary a 19-18 advantage, ORU took control scoring five points to take the lead for good and claim the opening game at 30-22.   Oral Roberts (15-11, 7-3 Mid-Con) kept the momentum heading into the opening minutes of game two as the Golden Eagles jumped ahead by a 14-5 score. After the two teams traded points, ORU extended its leading margin to 12 at 21-9 on a block of an Emily Longerot attack. The combination of strong serving and powerful hitting by Ori Zuzic left no chance for the visiting Ladies to muster a comeback. Zuzic finished the second game with nine kills and three service aces in the 30-15 victory.   Game three saw Oral Roberts continue its domination as the host Golden Eagles grabbed the lead at 5-4 and never looked back. Centenary stepped up its play to keep the score within five points until a 6-1 run capped by another Zuzic ace put the game out of reach.   Zuzic recorded a match-high 16 kills and four aces on the evening. Kim Snow and Brittany Arnold contributed eight kills and seven kills respectively while each only committed one hitting error. Becky Dreher tallied 16 digs defensively to lead Oral Roberts.   Tracee Byrd’s eight kills with three errors for a .238 percentage led the Centenary offensive attack. Emily Longerot also totaled eight kills while Catey Batte added
October 27, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – The Centenary golf team earned their first accolade of the year as the Mid-Continent Conference named Chloe’ Mims women’s golfer of the week.   Mims shot a 244 at the Sam Houston State Ellingson Classic, her best showing in three-round play, including a Ladies’ season low 79 in the first round of action.                 Mims has anchored the Ladies squad this fall as a freshman, providing the lowest score for Centenary in all four tournaments this year.   Her 82.4 average leads the team by more than six strokes.               Centenary has concluded their fall schedule, finishing 9 th at Nicholls State’s Lady Colonel Classic, 16 th at Oral Roberts’ Battle at the Lake, 14 th at Arkansas State’s Lady Indian Classic, and 14 th at the Sam Houston State Ellingson Classic.   -30-
October 27, 2004 | Athletics
HUNTSVILLE, Tex. – Centenary’s women golfers continue to show signs of steady improvement as all four Ladies posted season low rounds in the Sam Houston Ellingson / Waterwood Fall Women’s Classic.   The Ladies finished 14 th in the tournament, but managed to shave off several strokes from their season averages.               Freshman Chloe’ Mims led Centenary with 244, shooting the team’s lowest round this year of 79.   Seniors Andrea Sanchez and Repsie Schirmer also tallied personal bests; shooting season lows of 86 and 85 respectively.   Freshman Lindsay Lewis added her lowest round of the year with 93, dropping a team-high three strokes from her season average.   -30-
October 26, 2004 | Athletics
JJ Meyer SHREVPORT – Junior JJ Meyer scored a pair of goals, as the Gents polished off Dallas Baptist 3-1 in their last home match of the season on Tuesday night.   Centenary dominated the flow of the first 45 minutes by spreading the field and using their passing game to create scoring opportunities. Centenary outshot the Patriots 10-5 and held a 3-0 advantage in corners. The buzzer sounded with both teams going into intermission scoreless.   Entering the second half, the Gents refocused as senior Joseph Sidaros found Jason Williams open in the middle of the box for the first point of the night at the 61:10 mark.   Less than three minutes later, DBU evened the score at 1-1 on a goal by Jared Billups.     After the Patriots tied it, the Gents powered their way back into their opponent's box as freshman Brody Sager flicked a ball to a charging Meyer for the diving header giving Centenary a 2-1 advantage in the 68th minute.   With one minute left on the clock, Meyer materialized once again, pounding in a deflected shot for his second goal of the night. Meyer i s tied for the team lead in goals for the season with four.   Being the last home game of the season, it was the final home match for seniors Greg Clarke, Aaron Elrod, Jack Goodloe, Michael Krulin, Jeffrey Krulin, Joseph Sidaros, and Jason Williams.   With three conference matches remaining, Centenary travels to Tulsa to take on Oral Roberts on Friday and UMKC on Sunday.   The Gents need to win in order to help the team’s chances for a Mid-Con tournament bid.      
October 26, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Centenary freshman swimmers, Dustin Myers and Sara Hansen have been selected as the Mid-Con Athletes of the Week for their impressive individual finishes at the OBU/Delta State tri-meet.   Myers set a personal best, shaving off more than a second, finishing the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.05.   His time in the event is the second-best mark in the Mid-Con this season and ranks third in Centenary’s record books.   Hansen broke the Centenary 200 IM record, bursting off the blocks with a 29.65 split in the butterfly, touching the wall at 2:17.89. Her time in the event also ranks second in the Mid-Con this season.   Myers and Hansen are the first Centenary swimmers to earn Mid-Con Athlete of the Week honors.   Centenary will get back in the water this weekend to participate in the Hendrix Classic and Relays in Conway, Ark. beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m.   -30-  
October 26, 2004 | Athletics
HUNTSVILLE, Tex. – The Centenary women’s golf team is currently in 14 th place, finishing the first day of action at the Sam Houston State Ellingson / Waterwood Fall Women’s Classic at 715.   The Ladies shot 357 and 358, and are 101 shots off the lead.                                     Freshman Chloe’ Mims leads Centenary at 162, putting her in 30 th place at +18.   She is followed by Andrea Sanchez (T-67, +33), Repsie Schirmer (71, +36), and Lindsay Lewis (77, +52).
October 26, 2004 | Athletics
BEAUMONT , Tex – Five Lady Cardinals recorded double-digit kills on Tuesday night as the Lamar volleyball team took a 3-1 victory over Centenary College by scores of 28-30, 32-30, 30-25 and 30-24. The win snapped an eight-match losing streak for the Lady Cards, upping their overall record to 8-17 on the year.  Centenary lost for the third consecutive time and fell to 6-23 for the season. The match opened with a tight first game which saw 13 ties and nine lead changes.  After trading points for much of the frame, Centenary opened a 26-20 lead after back-to-back kills by Emily Longerot.  Moments later, Shari Hicks helped fuel a 7-0 run with three kills, putting Lamar up 27-26.  Centenary responded with a 4-1 run to pull out the game one win 30-28. The second game was equally tight, but Lamar used a late charge to regain the momentum.  Trailing 25-18, the Lady Cards strung together a 5-1 run to pull within three (26-23).  Back-to-back kills tied the score at 28-28 and the two teams then traded a pair of points.  Abel and Alisa Jackson followed with consecutive kills to give LU the 32-30 win. A 7-1 start put the Lady Cardinals in front in game three, as Lamar held off all challenges while cruising to a 30-25 win.  Lamar found its offensive rhythm in the frame with 18 total kills and a .342 hitting percentage. LU concluded the match with another solid offensive effort, posting a single-game best .361 hitting percentage in game four.  Centenary was led by Longerot with a match-high 18 kills and a team-high 22 digs.  Kelley Heckman added a double-double with 11 kills and 17 digs, while Tracee Byrd chipped in 14 kills and Ashley Templer added 12.  Lindsay Bekelja led the Ladies with a .571 hitting percentage to go with 51 assists and 14 digs.
October 26, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Centenary freshman swimmers, Dustin Myers and Sara Hansen have been selected as the Mid-Con Athletes of the Week for their impressive individual finishes at the OBU/Delta State tri-meet.   Myers set a personal best, shaving off more than a second, finishing the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.05.   His time in the event is the second-best mark in the Mid-Con this season and ranks third in Centenary’s record books.   Hansen broke the Centenary 200 IM record, bursting off the blocks with a 29.65 split in the butterfly, touching the wall at 2:17.89. Her time in the event also ranks second in the Mid-Con this season.   Myers and Hansen are the first Centenary swimmers to earn Mid-Con Athlete of the Week honors.   Centenary will get back in the water this weekend to participate in the Hendrix Classic and Relays in Conway, Ark. beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m.      
October 25, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – A day after setting Centenary’s single season save record with 113, Ladies goalkeeper Lindsey Stafford was named Defensive Player of the Week by the Mid-Continent Conference.   Her 22 saves in two wins, including a league high 13 against Southern Miss, ensured the junior her third accolade of the season.                                     Stafford collected nine saves against visiting IUPUI on Friday to help ensure the Ladies their second consecutive Mid-Con postseason appearance.   Her 13 save performance two days later vaulted her past her own record of 109 which she held with Martha Chaney (1993).               The Ladies host their final regular season match on Sunday, October 31 st at 1:00 pm at Mayo Field.   Stafford will be honored as one of eight graduating players on Senior Day.
October 24, 2004 | Athletics
MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. – The Centenary men’s golf team finished competition at Oral Roberts’ Shangrila Shootout at 949 with rounds of 314, 318, and 317.   The Gents finish in 15 th place, 85 strokes above par.               Brett Kaufman led the Gents with 234, tied for 51 st   place at +18.   David Viviano and Ryan Oliver both shot 240 and finished tied for 63 rd .   Mackey Miles and Brian Grone rounded out Centenary’s participants in 66 th and 70 th places respectively.
October 24, 2004 | Athletics
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – With a season high 13 saves, Centenary keeper Lindsey Stafford broke the school record for saves in a season as the Ladies won their 13 th match of the year, defeating Southern Miss 2-1.   Sophomore Rebecca Swilley notched her fourth game-winning goal of the season, increasing her point total to 13 on the year.                 The Ladies faced 23 shots in the match, helping pave the way for Stafford’s record setting day.   Her 113 saves this season surpass her own record of 109 last year which she shared with Martha Chaney (1993).   Stafford has posted five double-digit save matches this season.               Centenary (13-4-1, 4-2) found themselves down by one just before halftime after the Lady Eagles (5-10-1, 1-8) scored off a corner kick at the 42:39 mark.   Senior Mindi Levinksi knotted the score at one apiece in the 57 th minute while Swilley put the match away 13 minutes later, heading home a free kick from senior Sara Thompson.               The Ladies return home for their final regular season match Sunday, October 31 st , at 1:00 pm at Mayo Field.   Seven seniors will be honored on Senior Day as Centenary hosts McNeese State.
October 23, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents missed posting their first Mid-Con conference win in the final seconds of Saturday’s match as Western Illinois came from behind to win 2-1 at Mayo field.   The first half was full of back and forth action with both teams having ample opportunities to score. The Gents used their backfield to push the ball up the field, hammering WIU’s keeper with shots until senior Jeffrey Krulin lofted the ball to a jumping Greg Clarke who headed in his first goal of the season in the 31 st minute.   Eight minutes later, freshman Dustin Forward received his second red card of the year in a controversial altercation with a Leatherneck player.   The Gents played the next seven minutes one-man down ending the half with a 1-0 lead.   Showing no signs of slowing down, the Gents entered the second half with only ten players and were able to control the tempo of the very physical match.   In the 75 th minute WIU’s Andy Swentik received the second red card of the afternoon by pulling down a Centenary player while battling for possession. Competing with the same number of players, both teams intensified their offensive attack, hungry for the conference win.     Centenary’s defense held the Leathernecks scoreless despite their numerous shots on goal until WIU forward Lorenzo Zignago zigzagged his way into the box pushing the ball past Ransone Rose tying the match at the 87:48 mark. With just under one minute to go in the second half, the Leathernecks brought it back into Gents territory blasting a ball which hit the post and found WIU’s Nowaf Jaman's left foot for the game winner at the 89:52 mark.       The Leathernecks increased their shot output in the second half, outshooting the Gents 17-11 for the game.   Rose had seven saves, which ties his season high, raising his total to 31 on the season.   Centenary continues their home stay hosting Dallas Baptist o
October 23, 2004 | Athletics
AUSTIN, Tex. – The Centenary Gents tennis team was unable to win a match in the final days of the Wilson/ITA South Central Championships at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.     In singles consolation, both Brain Roberts and Russ Patrick received second-round byes allowing them to rest Saturday morning.   Playing in the afternoon, Roberts struggled in his second match of the season falling to Louisiana-Lafayette’s Shaun Ellison, 6-0, 6-0. Patrick also posted a loss in his bracket to Lamar’s Ignacio Melus 6-0, 6-3.   Results: SINGLES Shaun Ellison (Louisiana-Lafayette) def. Brain Roberts, 6-0, 6-0 Ignacio Melus (Lamar) def. Russ Patrick, 6-0, 6-3  
October 23, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT--The Centenary Ladies volleyball team fell in straight games to Mid-Con foe Oakland University 30-24, 30-25, 30-22 on Saturday night in the Gold Dome. The size of the Golden Grizzlies front line proved to be too much as they combined for 12 and a half team blocks compared to three for the Ladies.   Centenary (6-22, 0-9 Mid-Con) hit at a .196 clip in game one, the best percentage they would manage in the match, but Oakland one-upped the Ladies with a .263 kill percentage. That would be the story all evening as Centenary rallied only to have the Golden Grizzlies answer the call each time.   Oakland (4-17, 2-7 Mid-Con) took both of the first two games but let the Ladies climb back into the contest in game three. Trailing 4-1 in the opening minutes, Centenary strung together eight consecutive points to take the lead at 9-4 behind three kills by Tracee Byrd. However, Oakland battled back to go ahead 10-9 on a Centenary attack error and added a kill by Karen Conger that would put the game away as the Ladies would never regain the lead.   Kelley Heckman led the Ladies with 10 kills while adding 14 digs in the match. Catey Batte led all players with 16 digs and Lindsey Bekelja tallied 36 assists in the loss for Centenary.
October 22, 2004 | Athletics
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – The Centenary swim team lost a difficult double dual meet against Delta State and Ouachita Baptist at the Ouachita Waggoner pool on Friday night. The Gents dropped a 64-31 decision to the Tigers and a 92-19 decision to the Statesmen, while the Ladies fell to the Tigers 92-13 and the Lady Statesmen 96-16.   Despite the loss, Centenary performed well individually, subtracting time in their respected events. Freshman Dustin Myers shaved off over a second from his prior showings in the 200 free, finishing third with a time of 1:51.05. Freshman Jonathan Harrop finished right behind Myers with a time of 1:51.46.   Also snatching third place finishes were Gents team captain Jacob Stevens in the 200 IM (2:03.11), Robert Trempski in the 200 back (2:03.20), and Robert Hendricks in the 1000 free (10.22.10).   The Ladies were lead by freshman swimmers Sara Hansen and Melanie Zimmerman .   Hansen led the pack in the 200 IM with an impressive 29.65 fly spilt, but fell behind finishing third, touching the wall at 2:17.89.   Zimmerman also finished third in the 50 free touching at 26.99.     Centenary will return to the pool next weekend to participate in the Hendrix Classic and Relays in Conway, Ark. beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m.   -30-    
October 22, 2004 | Athletics
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – The Centenary swim team lost a difficult double dual meet against Delta State and Ouachita Baptist at the Ouachita Waggoner pool on Friday night. The Gents dropped a 64-31 decision to the Tigers and a 92-19 decision to the Statesmen, while the Ladies fell to the Tigers 92-13 and the Lady Statesmen 96-16.   Despite the loss, Centenary performed well individually, subtracting time in their respected events. Freshman Dustin Myers shaved off over a second from his prior showings in the 200 free, finishing third with a time of 1:51.05. Freshman Jonathan Harrop finished right behind Myers with a time of 1:51.46.   Also snatching third place finishes were Gents team captain Jacob Stevens in the 200 IM (2:03.11), Robert Trempski in the 200 back (2:03.20), and Robert Hendricks in the 1000 free (10.22.10).   The Ladies were lead by freshman swimmers Sara Hansen and Melanie Zimmerman .   Hansen lead the pack in the 200 IM with an impressive 29.65 fly spilt, but fell behind finishing third, touching the wall at 2:17.89.   Zimmerman also finished third in the 50 free touching at 26.99.     Centenary will return to the pool next weekend to participate in the Hendrix Classic and Relays in Conway, Ark. beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m.    
October 22, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team clinched their second consecutive Mid-Continent Conference playoff appearance by defeating IUPUI 2-1.   Both sides played extremely aggressive, knowing that a win by either team would guarantee a postseason appearance, as five cautions were handed out on the night.               The Ladies put themselves on the board as the first half was winding down, scoring in the 43 rd minute.   Bre Fletcher notched the initial score as Ashley Bouillion redirected a corner from Mindi Levinski to the freshman at the top of the box.   Centenary (12-4-1, 4-2) entered halftime with a five shot advantage and lopsided 6-0 on corners.               Leading scorer Tara Sageser added another goal at the 57:20 mark, collecting a pass from Levinski and blasting it past the keeper.   Sageser’s goal was her fifth game-winner of the season, increasing her total to 10 on the year.               IUPUI (9-5-0, 3-2) kept up their intensity, responding with a goal of their own just over five minutes later.   Sarah Leonard took advantage of the confusion of an overcrowded Ladies defense on a corner kick, and pushed the ball past keeper Lindsey Stafford , who otherwise collected nine saves in the match.                 The Ladies finish their second season of Mid-Con play with a 4-2 league record and a trip to Rochester, Michigan on November 5 th for the conference tournament.   They round out their regular season schedule with non-conference opponents Southern Mississippi and McNeese State.
October 22, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Ladies volleyball team lost Friday night to Mid-Continent Conference leader Valparaiso in the Gold Dome 30-16, 30-19, 30-16. The win extended the Crusader’s league winning streak to eight games and pushed their overall record to 19-3 (8-0 Mid-Con) on the season.   Valparaiso jumped out to a quick advantage in game one behind a balanced offensive attack and a swarming defense. Lauren Moulton recorded three kills without an error while five other players notched two kills for the Crusaders. Defensively, Sara Silcox managed six digs in the opening game and two others tallied five digs in the 30-16 win.   Centenary (6-21, 0-8 Mid-Con) grabbed an early lead in game two at 5-3 on an Emily Longerot kill. The two teams battled back and forth with the Ladies pulling even at 15-15 on a piercing shot from Ashley Templer that found open court. However, Jessie Fox supplied the answer for Valparaiso as her kill gave the visitors a 19-16 lead that they would never relinquish in winning 30-19.   The Crusaders did not wait as long to deliver the final blow in game three after Centenary shot out to a 5-4 lead. Three points later, with Valpo holding a 7-5 edge, Alex Chism fired a pair of service aces that gave her team a four-point margin that the Ladies would not recover from in losing 30-16.   Emily Longerot of Centenary and Lauren Molton of Valpo each finished with nine kills in the contest. Ashley Templer notched eight kills for the Ladies while Lindsay Bekelja added 11 digs to go with her 24 assists. Catey Batte pitched in with 10 digs for the home team while Tiffany Meikle contributed 15 digs to the Valparaiso victory.   Centenary will host Oakland in the final game of their three-game homestand on Saturday at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.
October 22, 2004 | Athletics
AUSTIN, Tex. –The Centenary Gents tennis team got off to a rough start at the Wilson/ITA Men's South Central Championships at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center on Friday. The Gents were unable to pull out a win in a series of difficult matches.   Junior Arthur Okura played hard in a grueling match early Friday morning, but was overtaken by Martin Knobloch of TSU, 7-6, 6-4.   Okura was unable to bounce back that afternoon as Prairie View’s Kudzai Chiridza posted a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the first round of consolation play.     Both Brian Roberts and Russ Patrick faced tough competition, falling to their opponents 6-0, 6-0 in their first showing of the season.    Both players have a chance to comeback, receiving first-round byes in the consolation round which begins Saturday morning.   In doubles action, Okura and Patrick teamed to face Okura’s prior tournament opponent, losing their first match of the season, 8-2 to TSU’s Oscar Castenada and Martin Knobloch.   Schools participating in the tournament are Baylor, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, UT-Pan American, Rice, SMU, TEXAS, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, TCU, Texas Southern, Texas Tech, UT-Arlington, UT-San Antonio.   Tournament play continues through Monday.     Results: SINGLES Martin Knobloch (TSU) def. Arthur Okura (CC), 7-6, 6-4 Kudzai Chiridza (Prairie View) def. Arthur Okura (CC), 6-2, 7-5 Jeremy Blandin (TAMU-CC) def. Russ Patrick (CC), 6-0, 6-0 Emilio Kirby (Lamar) def. Brain Roberts (CC), 6-0, 6-0   DOUBLES   Castenada/Knobloch (TSU) def. Okura/Patrick (CC),   8-2      
October 21, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT — The Centenary Ladies volleyball team won its third straight match this season over Prairie View A&M, downing the Lady Panthers 30-24, 30-24, 30-27 in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening. The match was the first of three consecutive for the Ladies who will host Valparaiso and Oakland on Friday and Saturday in back-to-back Mid-Con tilts.   Centenary (6-20) received a boost from Kelley Heckman who returned to the lineup Thursday after missing almost a month with an injury. The junior immediately made her presence felt by leading the team in digs with 16 in the victory, furthering her school-record career total to 1,044 digs in just over two seasons. Fellow junior Catey Batte followed suit with the defensive intensity as she racked up 13 digs in the contest.   Offensively, the Ladies were led by Ashley Templer’s 12 kills on 32 attempts. Tracee Byrd also found several holes in the Prairie View block defense as she totaled 11 kills in the win. Emily Longerot played well, especially on the right side, as she finished with seven kills while Heckman contributed eight kills. Lindsay Bekelja led Centenary with 34 assists and three service aces.   Prairie View (8-19) received a good effort from Tamika Neuman as she paced the Lady Panther offense with 12 kills while committing only three errors. The rest of the PVAM offense was held in check by a determined Centenary team that never allowed the visitors a chance to gain the momentum.   The Ladies’ match with Valparaiso will begin at 5 pm in the Gold Dome on Friday while Saturday’s contest with Oakland will start at 7 pm .
October 19, 2004 | Athletics
The Centenary men’s golf team concluded play at the Squire Creek Intercollegiate Tuesday afternoon with a 16 th place finish. Texas-Arlington won the tournament with a 15 over par 879 team score for their three-round tournament. The University of Houston (+3), Stephen F. Austin (+14), Oral Roberts (+18), and Rice (+18) rounded out the top five.   Centenary (933) was led by Brett Kaufman who posted a 226 over his three rounds to place in a tie for 27 th place. The senior from Avon , Ohio , led the field in par three scoring with a -1, 2.92 average. Brian Grone and Mackey Miles recorded scores of 232 and 238 respectively while Ryan Oliver (242) and David Viviano (245) finished out the Centenary contingent.   The Gents will next travel to Monkey Island , Okla. , to participate in the Oral Roberts Invitational on Oct. 23 rd .
October 18, 2004 | Athletics
RUSTON, La--The Centenary men’s golf team finished its first 36 holes in the Squire Creek Intercollegiate in 15 th place on Monday afternoon. The tournament hosted by Louisiana Tech saw Texas-Arlington jump out to the early lead with a combined 11 over par 587 with Stephen F. Austin (+3) and Houston (+5) close behind.   Centenary shot 621 as a team on the opening day to find themselves 34 shots back of the leader. However, the Gents are only two shots back of 13 th place as they look to surge into the top 10 on day two. Centenary improved on the second 18 holes by five strokes scoring a 308 after posting a 313 through the first round of play.   Brett Kaufman notched Centenary’s low round of the day with an even par 72 out of the gate. He finished with a team-leading 151 on the day to place 24 th overall, three strokes better than Brian Grone’s 154 (79 & 75). Mackey Miles’ 159 (81 & 78), Ryan Oliver’s 162 (86 & 76), and David Viviano’s 163 (81 & 82) rounded out the Centenary participants.
October 18, 2004 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill. – Jack Goodloe has been named Mid-Con Co-Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two unassisted goals last week, as the Gents polished off Birmingham-Southern 3-0.   His dominating offense boosted the Gents record to 3-5-2, and 0-1-1 in conference.   In the shutout victory over the Panthers, Goodloe got the Gents on the board first by drilling a shot past BSC’s keeper from 40 yards out in the 48 th minute.    He used the same long-distance power to launch a ball from 30 yards out into the upper left hand corner to win the Gents first shutout of the season.     The senior midfielder is tied for the team lead in goals for the season with four. Goodloe shares this week’s Mid-Con accolade with Oakland’s junior forward Chris Edwards.   The Gents will take on conference rival Western Illinois this Saturday at 2 p.m. on Mayo field.      
October 18, 2004 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt COLLEGE STATION, Tex. –Junior Anja Schmidt was unable to pull out a win in the ITA Southwest Regional consolation quarterfinals at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on Monday.   Schmidt rallied back from an early loss in the tournament, defeating LSU’s Marina Chiarelli, 6-2, 6-4 and posted a 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 victory over Ristine Olson of Corpus Christi.   Advancing to the consolation quarterfinals, Schmidt ran out of momentum dropping a 7-5, 6-3 decision to A&M’s Anna Blagodarova.   In doubles, Schmidt and Heather Kelley lost their final match of the tournament, 8-3 to Lamar’s Tara Shelander and Andrea Martines, pushing their doubles record to 2-5.         Results: SINGLES Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Marina Chiareli (LSU), 6-2, 6-4 Anja Schmidt (SFA) def. Ristine Olson (Texas-CC), 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 Anna Blagodarova (A&M) def. Anja Schmidt (CC), 7-5, 6-3   DOUBLES Shelander/Martines (Lamar) def. Schmidt/Kelley (CC),   8-3     -30-
October 17, 2004 | Athletics
DEKALB, Ill. – The Centenary women’s soccer surpassed their win total from the 2003 campaign, shutting out Northern Illinois 1-0 for their 11 th win of the season.   The Ladies (11-4-1, 3-2) remain undefeated in the Land of Lincoln this year, coming off a 3-2 overtime victory over Mid-Continent Conference foe Western Illinois.               Although Northern Illinois (6-4-5) outshot the Ladies 13-5, Centenary only needed one score to put the Huskies away.   Freshman Rachel Alexander provided the game-winning goal in the 35 th minute, heading the ball home off a Sara Thompson free kick.   Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Stafford recorded her seventh shutout of the year, collecting four saves in the contest.               Centenary returns home for their final Mid-Con match when they face IUPUI, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Mayo Field.  
October 16, 2004 | Athletics
COLLEGE STATION, Tex. – The Centenary Ladies had an upsetting first two days of competition at the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Women’s Tennis Championships hosted by Texas A&M.   Sophomore Christine Majchrowcz was unable to win a set in her first two matches falling to Lamar’s Tara Shelander and UTSA’s Paula Erausquin 6-0, 6-0.   Majchrowcz tried to regroup early Saturday morning and just missed pulling out a win, falling to UTPA’s Silke Buksik 6-3, 6-7, 10-8.     Junior Anja Schmidt also struggled, as her six-match winning streak was broken Saturday afternoon by Tulane’s Dorottya Magas in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.   Schmidt will compete Sunday morning in the consolation bracket against LSU’s Marina Chiarelli.   In doubles action, Schmidt and Heather Kelley were defeated in the first round by Seva Iwinski and Anna Blagodarova of A&M, 8-3. The duo received a bye in the first round of doubles consolation and will play Sunday afternoon at 3:30.     Results: SINGLES Tara Shelander (Lamar) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CC), 6-0, 6-0 Paula Erausquin (UTSA) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CC), 6-0, 6-0 Silke Buksik (UTPA) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CC), 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 Dorottya Magas (Tulane) def. Anja Schmidt (CC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2   DOUBLES Iwinski/Blagodarova (A&M), def. Schmidt/Kelley (CC) 8-3   -30-
October 16, 2004 | Athletics
CHICAGO , Ill.—The Centenary Ladies volleyball team lost its second consecutive Mid-Continent Conference match in as many days as they fell on the road to Chicago State 30-16, 30-28, 30-23 on Saturday evening.             Centenary (5-20, 0-7 Mid-Con) got off to a slow start in game one, but rallied to make game two a real test for the host Lady Cougars. The Ladies out-hit CSU (8-13, 3-4 Mid-Con) in game two .078 to .058, the only game in which Centenary accomplished the feat. However, the duo of Stacy Cole and Chrissy Davis proved to be too much for the Ladies as they combined for 24 kills in the contest.             Emily Longerot led the Centenary offensive attack with 10 kills in the loss. Lindsay Bekelja recorded another double double with 26 assists and 11 digs while Catey Batte and Ashley Templer notched 11 digs and 10 digs respectively.             The Ladies return home on Thursday, Oct. 21, when they host Prairie View A&M at 5 p.m. in the Gold Dome. The match is the first of a three-game homestand for Centenary.         
October 15, 2004 | Athletics
MACOMB, Ill. – The Centenary women’s soccer team squandered an early two-goal lead, eventually defeating Western Illinois 3-2 in overtime.   The Ladies match their win total of 10 from last season as they push their conference record to 3-2.               The Ladies (10-4-1, 3-2) jumped to an immediate lead as senior Mindi Levinski collected a pass from defender Jamila Smith , pushing the ball home 22 seconds into the match.   The goal was the quickest scored by Centenary this year, as freshman Tara Sageser scored the first goal of the season in the second minute of the first match.   Levinski assisted on the next goal for the Ladies, connecting with freshman Cori Dullnig from a corner kick less than five minutes later.               Western Illinois (2-9-3, 0-4) forward Robyn Ruypers made sure to keep the Westerwinds in the match, scoring the next two goals and pushing the game into overtime.   Ruypers pulled the advantage from Centenary keeper Lindsey Stafford , scoring her first goal off a rebound from the netminder and beating her one-on-one for the tying goal.   Stafford finished the match with five saves.               No stranger to overtime, the Ladies didn’t waste much time putting Western Illinois away.   Sageser, Centenary’s leading scorer, added to her numbers as she put the match away with her goal eight minutes into overtime.                 Centenary faces Northern Illinois on the road on Sunday before returning home for their last conference match against IUPUI.
October 13, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – Mid-Con scoring leader Jessica Kellogg notched two early goals as the Ladies fell to Oral Roberts 2-1.   Centenary drops to .500 in league play, while the Golden Eagles remain the only undefeated squad in the Mid-Continent Conference.   Centenary (9-4-1, 2-2) started out sluggish, allowing Kellogg and the Golden Eagles (10-3-0, 2-0) to score two quick goals in the 18 th and 25 th minutes.   Oral Roberts outshot the Ladies 10-2 in the first frame, forcing keeper Lindsey Stafford to stay on her toes as she collected five of her six saves on the day.   Both teams got a bit of a scare at the end of the first half as Centenary senior Ashlee Mantooth and Oral Roberts’ Chelsea Ryden collided on a 50-50 ball, leaving both players hurt and bloodied.   The Ladies entered the second period on a tear, dominating possession and controlling the pace of the match.   Senior Rita Coolidge dented ORU’s lead, penetrating through the Golden Eagles defense and blasting the ball past the out-of-position goalkeeper.   Although Centenary outshot their opponent 6-3 in the second stanza, the two-goal lead was too much to overcome.   Centenary looks to rebound from their first home loss as they travel to face Mid-Con foe Western Illinois on Friday and Northern Illinois on Sunday.  
October 13, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Jack Goodloe chipped in two goals to lead the Centenary Gents past Birmingham-Southern in their first shutout of the season, 3-0 at the BSC soccer park Wednesday night.   In a very physical first half, Centenary’s defensive line was able to hold off BSC’s (6-4, 2-1) nationally ranked offense. BSC held a 15-2 advantage in shot attempts through the first 45 minutes.   The Gents seized control of the match, minutes in to the second half as Goodloe scored his third goal of the season at the 47:30 mark. The Gents continued putting points on the board when junior J.J. Meyer sent a cross that found freshman Osama Buazza open up front in the 71 st minute. Centenary’s defense held strong for the remainder of the half as Goodloe struck again in the 80 th minute, drilling a shot from 35 yards out putting the match away.   Freshman Ransone Rose had six saves earning the win in goal for the Gents, while BSC’s Joseph Anthony made two saves.   Centenary (3-5-2, 0-1-1) returns to Mayo field on Saturday Oct. 23 to host conference rival Western Illinois (6-7, 2-1-0) at 2 p.m.    
October 12, 2004 | Athletics
JONESBORO, Ark. – Centenary freshman Chloe’ Mims shot her best round of the year in the only action of the rain-shortened Lady Indian Classic.   Her 80 led the Ladies to a 14 th place finish, as she finished tied for 21 st .               Senior Repsie Schirmer and freshman Lindsay Lewis also delivered personal bests for the year, shooting 88 and 99 respectively.   Schirmer ended the day tied for 66 th while Lewis claimed 86 th .               North Texas won the event, shooting 309, good enough for 21 over par.   Texas State (+25) finished second, followed by Southern Illinois (+26), Texas-Pan American (+29), Northern Iowa (+31), Tennessee Tech (+33), host Arkansas State (+34) and Lamar (+34).   Rounding out the field of play was Sam Houston State (+36), McLennan CC (+36), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (+37), Nicholls State (+46), Arkansas Tech (+55), Centenary (+73), Rhodes (+77), St. Louis (+81), and Lyon (+95).
October 12, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: SFA Crown Classic Results LUFKIN, Tex. – Gents senior Gary “Mackey” Miles finished tied for sixth at the Stephen F. Austin Crown Classic, shooting 220 in individual play over the three-round event.   Miles finished four shots over par, including a team best 69 in the second round.               The rest of the Centenary squad didn’t fare quite as well, finishing eighth overall with 944.   Ryan Oliver led the team with 233, 17 shots over par, followed closely by Brett Kaufman at +19.   John Kizer and Brian Grone rounded out the Gents scoring with 238 and 242 respectively.   David Viviano shot 244 to conclude Centenary’s participation.               Host Stephen F. Austin won their event, shooting 871, good enough for seven over par.   Sam Houston State (+23) finished second, followed by McNeese State (+26), Rice (+39), UMKC (+49), Texas-Pan American (+65), Texas State (+66), Centenary (+80), and Southwestern (+97).
October 11, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Grambling vs. Centenary Box Score ELMHURST, Ill. – Centenary senior midfielder Mindi Levinski was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the Mid-Continent Conference for her role in the Ladies 3-0 victory over Grambling.   Her two goals against the Lady Tigers lifted the Ladies to their ninth win of the season and fourth in a row.                 Levinski is the third Centenary player to be selected Player of the Week by the Mid-Con.   Freshman forward Tara Sageser also earned a share of the award for the week of September 13 th while junior goalkeeper Lindsey Stafford has taken home the award for defense twice this season, first for August 30 th and again for October 4 th .               Centenary will host Mid-Con foe Oral Roberts on Wednesday at 2 p.m. after having to reschedule their initial match because of unplayable field conditions.   The Golden Hurricane defeated the Ladies twice last year, 2-1 during the regular season and again in a shootout in the conference tournament.
October 9, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - Centenary's swim teams fell to Louisiana Monroe on Saturday afternoon at the Haynes Fitness Center.   ULM swept the relays for the win, beating the Gents 101-67 and the Ladies 119-82.   The Indians came out on top in 14 events, winning their first meet of the season. Despite the loss, Centenary had many impressive individual finishes. Freshman Robert Hendricks pulled out early in the 1000-free holding the lead for the win, touching at 10:18.85.   Fellow freshman Ross Gilbert finished third, being edged out at the wall by ULM’s Sebastiar Sanchez.   Also finishing first was sophomore Robert Trempski, who came off the blocks strong and finished a body length ahead of the field in the 200-back with a time of 1:57.80. In the 50-free, freshman Roddie Haley had a flawless start touching the wall at 22.28 for the victory.   The Ladies were led by freshman Traci Wimberley who earned first place in the 200-back (2:24.83) and took second in the 200 IM with team captain Kayli LeBlanc right behind her in third.  Freshman Lori Von Pingel clocked in at 26.35 in the 50-free to finish second.   Centenary will head to Arkadelphia, Ark., on October 22 to take on Ouachita Baptist and Delta State.   The meet will start at 6:00 p.m.
October 9, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT— The UMKC Kangaroos needed only three games to take their second Mid-Continent Conference match of the season as they downed Centenary 30-22, 30-21, 30-16 on Saturday evening. The win moved UMKC to 2-4 in league play and dropped the Ladies to 0-5 on the year against conference foes.             Centenary (5-18, 0-5 Mid-Con) could not stop the attack of Vanessa Portela and Angela Melka as each contributed six kills in leading UMKC to a game one victory. The Ladies served well in the opening game tallying four aces, but the Kangaroo defense would tighten up and allow only three more over the final two games.             UMKC (4-14, 2-4 Mid-Con) dominated game two behind the torrid hitting of Melka. The junior recorded seven of the 14 kills posted by the Kangaroos and finished the match with 16 kills in all. No Centenary player managed more than two kills and the Ladies finished with six kills as a team in the second game.             The Ladies were led by Emily Longerot and Ashley Templer who each had 10 kills in the loss. Lindsay Bekelja narrowly missed her second consecutive double double as she compiled 22 assists to go along with her nine digs. Templer also finished with nine digs.             Portela led all players with 17 kills for UMKC. Lauren Starks contributed 11 kills in the victory while Kristy Waltemeyer notched 45 assists and 10 digs. Defensively, the Kangaroos received an outstanding effort from Mandy Tipton who added 16 digs in the match.             Centenary will take almost a full week off as they return to play on Friday at IUPUI at 7 pm . The Ladies will round out their weekend conference trip with a 5 pm match on Saturday at Chicago State .
October 9, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - Centenary's swim teams fell to Louisiana Monroe on Saturday afternoon at the Haynes Fitness Center.   ULM swept the relays for the win beating the Gents 101-67 and the Ladies 119-82.   The Indians came out on top in 14 events winning their first meet of the season. Despite the loss, Centenary had many impressive individual finishes. Freshman Robert Hendricks pulled out early in the 1000-free holding the lead for the win, touching at 10:18.85.   Fellow freshman Ross Gilbert finished third being edged out at the wall by ULM’s Sebastiar Sanchez.   Also finishing first was sophomore Robert Trempski, who came off the blocks strong and finished a body length ahead of the field in the 200-back with a time of 1:57.80. In the 50-free, freshman Roddie Haley had a flawless start touching the wall at 22.28 for the victory.   The Ladies were led by freshman Traci Wimberley who earned first place in the 200-back (2:24.83) and took second in the 200 IM with team captain Kayli LeBlanc right behind her in third.  Freshman Lori Von Pingel clocked in at 26.35 in the 50-free to finish second.   Centenary will head to Arkadelphia, Ark., on October 22 to take on Ouachita Baptist and Delta State.   The meet will start at 6:00 p.m.    
October 8, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT— The Centenary volleyball team played hard but lost their fourth consecutive Mid-Con match this season as Western Illinois disposed of the Ladies 30-13, 30-15, 30-19. With the loss, Centenary moved to 0-4 in conference play.             Western Illinois (7-11, 4-1 Mid-Con) came out of the gate strong, hitting at a .619 clip in the opening game. The Westerwinds racked up 13 kills on 21 attempts without committing an error to sail to the 1-0 lead.             Centenary (5-17, 0-4 Mid-Con), still recovering from a rash of injuries, won several long rallies in the second game but could not string together points in order to gain momentum. Although the Ladies managed to control the Western Illinois offensive attack the rest of the way, they could not take advantage as they recorded a hitting percentage below zero in the final two games.             Ashley Templer collected her fifth double double in six matches as she finished with 11 kills and 12 digs to lead Centenary. Lindsay Bekelja also accomplished the feat with 26 assists to go along with her 11 digs. Catey Batte tallied 10 digs despite playing injured in the contest.             Western Illinois did not have a player reach double figures in kills as they successfully spread around their offensive to keep the Ladies moving. Amanda Barnard recorded a team-high nine kills in the victory while Jennifer Alexander compiled 20 digs. The Westerwinds used their size to block 15 Centenary attempts while the Ladies finished with one team block for the match.             The Ladies will return to the Gold Dome tomorrow where they host UMKC at 7 p.m. in another Mid-Con match. UMKC (3-14, 1-4 Mid-Con) fell 3-0 to Oral Roberts on Friday eve
October 7, 2004 | Athletics
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The rain did not stop the Centenary Gents as they continue their come from behind ways to beat the Drury Panthers 3-2 on Thursday night at Hutchens Field.   With the win, the Gents even the all-time series at 5-5-1.   Goalie James Speed was unable to get his hands on Cody Reinberg’s close shot putting the Panthers up by one in the 12 th minute.   Three minutes later, senior Jeffrey Krulin took the ball into Panther territory angling a shot ten yards out that found the back of the net tying the game at the 15:01 mark.   Going into the break, the score was deadlocked at one a piece.     Drury (3-6-1) came out eager in the second half scoring in the 49 th minute taking the lead once again.   At the 63:28 mark, freshman Ben Caldarera fought his way through a crowd scoring his fourth goal of the season evening the score.   The game-winning goal came off of an own goal by the Panthers in the 76 th minute.   Centenary (2-5-2) returns home to host their third conference match of the season against UMKC (1-7-0) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.      
October 6, 2004 | Athletics
FORT WORTH, Tex .- The Centenary swim team jump-started their season Wednesday afternoon in a double dual meet battling Texas Christian and McMurry at the University Recreation Center. The Gents overpowered the Indians 68-25, but came up short against TCU 46.5-37.5. The Ladies were unable to pull out a win falling to MuMurry 42-30 and TCU 44-30.   Centenary’s exceptional freshmen were impressive in their collegiate debut posting eight second place finishes. Freshman Ross Gilbert led the Gents earning second place in the 200-free (1:51.71) and nabbing third place in the 500-free (5:02.58). The Gents seized three 2-3 finishes in the 200-free, 500-free, and 100-back. Also grabbing runner up finishes were Dustin Myers (100-free), Robert Hendricks (500-free), Jonathon Harrop (100-fly), Kyle McKee (100-breast), Robert Trempski (100-back), Roddie Haley (50-free) and Traci Wimberley (100 Back).   The Gents 200-free relay team of Meyers, Haley, Adam D’Aquin , and Devin Rourke also placed second with a time of 1:30.02 while the Ladies 200-medley relay of Wimberley, Lori Von Pingle , Kayli LeBlanc , and Sara Hansen took third place touching the wall at 1:58.21.   Centenary returns home to host their first meet on Saturday against Louisiana Monroe at the Haynes Fitness Center. The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. -30-  
October 6, 2004 | Athletics
FORT WORTH, Tex .- The Centenary swim team jump-started their season Wednesday afternoon in a double dual meet battling Texas Christian and McMurry at the University Recreation Center. The Gents overpowered the Indians 68-25, but came up short against TCU 46.5-37.5. The Ladies were unable to pull out a win falling to McMurry 42-30 and TCU 44-30.   Centenary’s exceptional freshmen were impressive in their collegiate debut posting eight second place finishes.   Freshman Ross Gilbert led the Gents earning second place in the 200-free (1:51.71) and nabbing third place in the 500-free (5:02.58). The Gents seized three 2-3 finishes in the 200-free, 500-free, and 100-back. Also grabbing runner up finishes were Dustin Myers (100-free), Robert Hendricks (500-free), Jonathon Harrop (100-fly), Kyle McKee (100-breast), Robert Trempski (100-back), Roddie Haley (50-free) and Traci Wimberley (100 Back).   The Gents 200-free relay team of Meyers, Haley, Adam D’Aquin , and Devin Rourke also placed second with a time of 1:30.02 while the Ladies 200-medley relay of Wimberley, Lori Von Pingle , Kayli LeBlanc , and Sara Hansen took third place touching the wall at 1:58.21.   Centenary returns home to host their first meet on Saturday against Louisiana Monroe at the Haynes Fitness Center. The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m.    
October 5, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team was in total control in a 3-0 victory over visiting Grambling, bombarding the Lady Tigers with 31 shots on the night.   The Ladies spent most of the match in Grambling’s half of the field, allowing only two shots on goal and earning their sixth shutout of the season.               Senior Mindi Levinski led the charge, logging 11 shots and scoring the Ladies’ first two goals.   She put Centenary on the board early, collecting a pass at the top of the box from sophomore Rebecca Swilley and blasting the ball into the upper left corner of the net.   Her second goal came on a penalty kick in the 62 nd minute after freshman Tara Sageser was taken down right in front of the frame.               On the other half of the pitch, Centenary’s defense kept Grambling from putting any kind of pressure on keepers Lindsey Stafford and Ali Hilsher , who combined for the shutout.   After missing four matches this season with a knee injury, senior Sarah Thompson is getting back into her groove and adding more depth to the backfield.   Along with Joanna Bunn , Heather Kasparek , Samantha Savage , and Jamila Smith , the Ladies defense held Grambling (8-6) to three shots, none from closer than 25 yards.   Centenary’s defense even added to the offensive onslaught as sophomore Rita Stevenson added the insurance goal on the 87 th minute.               Centenary (9-3-1, 2-1) returns to conference play as they face Oral Roberts, undefeated in Mid-Con action, on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mayo field.   The Ladies faced the Golden Eagles twice last season, losing 2-1 in regular season play and falling in a shootout in the Mid-Con tournament.   -30-  
October 5, 2004 | Athletics
— The Centenary Ladies volleyball team jumped out to a one game lead on the road against Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday evening, but could not hold on, eventually losing to the Lady Indians 3-1. Emily Longerot bounced back from an injury suffered on Saturday to lead the Ladies with 18 kills in the contest.   Centenary (5-16) lost in four games to the host team by the scores of 33-35, 30-25, 30-25, 30-24. The Ladies outlasted ULM in the opening game and finally took the victory after eight extra points were needed to determine a winner. Centenary hit the ball well in game two, racking up a .213 hitting percentage but the Lady Indians enjoyed a better game as they hit at a .484 clip.             Louisiana-Monroe (5-12) received a good effort from Eveta Gambrah as she led all players with 19 kills. Three other players also tallied double-digit kills and Darci Mika recorded 51 assists in the win.             In addition to Longerot’s fine play, Ashley Templer compiled 14 kills and 10 digs to earn yet another double double for Centenary. Tracee Byrd added 12 kills and three service aces while Shayla Andreas finished with 10 kills on the night.             The Ladies will return to conference action this weekend when they host Western Illinois and UMKC on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.
October 5, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Oral Roberts Invitational Results MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. – Centenary posted two of it’s best women’s golf rounds so far this year, shooting a pair of 371’s at Oral Roberts’ Battle of the Lake Invitational at the Shangri La Resort.   The Ladies finished 16 th in their first three-round event, finishing 175 strokes off the lead and 258 over par.                 Freshman Chloe Mims led the Ladies with rounds of 88, 92, and 83, good enough for her to claim 56 th (+47) place.   Seniors Andrea Sanchez and Repsie Schirmer finished 71 st (+60) and 76 th (+72) respectively while freshmen Liz Hendrickson and Lindsay Lewis finished 78 th (+79) and 81 st (+103).               Host Oral Roberts finished first, ending the two-day event 83 strokes above par.   In a close fight for second, Arkansas State (+102) outlasted Texas-Pan American (+103), Oklahoma City (+105), and McNeese State (+108).   Rounding out the finishers was SE Missouri State (+121), Lamar (+124), Northern Iowa (+137), Northeastern State (+142), Wichita State (+153), UMKC (+166), Sam Houston State (+167), McLennan CC (+168), Redlands CC (+185), South Dakota State (+221), and Centenary (+258).   -30-
October 4, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: LaTech vs. Centenary Box Score Valpo vs. Centenary Box Score UALR vs. Centenary Box Score Links associated with this release: Mid-Con Players of the Week for 10-4-04   ELMHURST, Ill. – Junior Lindsey Stafford earned Defensive Player of the Week honors by the Mid-Continent Conference, picking up three wins and a pair of shutouts in Centenary’s last three matches.   She also earned the accolade for the week of August 30 th , as well as twice last season.               Stafford helped lead the Ladies (8-3-1, 2-1) to two shutout victories, a 4-0 win over Louisiana Tech and a close 1-0 contest with Mid-Con foe Valparaiso.   In her third win, she hauled in 10 saves as Centenary defeated Arkansas-Little Rock in overtime.   Stafford has collected double-digit saves in four matches this season, and has 75 on the year.               Centenary finishes up their six-match homestand this week, hosting Grambling on Tuesday at 7 p.m., followed by Mid-Con leader Oral Roberts on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Tulsa on Sunday at 1 p.m.     -30-
October 4, 2004 | Athletics
—The Centenary men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the Northwestern State Cross Country Invitational on Monday afternoon. It was a full field of competition as nine teams ran on the men’s side and eight teams battled for the women’s title.   The Centenary Ladies finished fifth out of the field of eight with a final score of 141. Louisiana-Lafayette won the meet with 39 points as ULL placed their top five runners all within the first 13 finishers. Lori Von Pingel led the Centenary contingent with a 17 th place finish with a time of 25:56.6 for the 6k race. The rest of the Ladies’ top five included Holly Richardson (20 th ), Jennifer Bouso (30 th ), Taylor Robertson (36 th ), and Halley Grantham (37 th ).   The Gents did not fare as well against the tough competition as they finished last in the nine team, 8k race. Louisiana-Lafayette again took the victory with a final score of 36 points, beating Louisiana Tech by half their final team mark of 72. Andrew Deas paced the Gents with his 44 th place finish and a time of 31:04.2. Steven Deas (48 th ), Ricky Thomas (53 rd ), Brian Williams (55 th ), and David Reiland (56 th ) rounded out Centenary’s top five.
October 4, 2004 | Athletics
—The Centenary men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the Northwestern State Cross Country Invitational on Monday afternoon. It was a full field of competition as nine teams ran on the men’s side and eight teams battled for the women’s title.   The Centenary Ladies finished fifth out of the field of eight with a final score of 141. Louisiana-Lafayette won the meet with 39 points as ULL placed their top five runners all within the first 13 finishers. Lori Von Pingel led the Centenary contingent with a 17 th place finish with a time of 25:56.6 for the 6k race. The rest of the Ladies’ top five included Holly Richardson (20 th ), Jennifer Bouso (30 th ), Taylor Robertson (36 th ), and Halley Grantham (37 th ).   The Gents did not fare as well against the tough competition as they finished last in the nine team, 8k race. Louisiana-Lafayette again took the victory with a final score of 36 points, beating Louisiana Tech by half their final team mark of 72. Andrew Deas paced the Gents with his 44 th place finish and a time of 31:04.2. Steven Deas (48 th ), Ricky Thomas (53 rd ), Brian Williams (55 th ), and David Reiland (56 th ) rounded out Centenary’s top five.
October 4, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Centenary Ladies softball team continues to excel, academically and athletically, ranking 25 th in the 2004 Division I GPA poll and going undefeated in their first showing of the of the season. The Ladies’ dedication and determination used to win the 2004 Mid-Con conference title expanded into their academic domain posting a 3.27 combined average. Centenary ended the season 36-28 with a roster that featured six freshmen. Losing eight seniors has not fazed the Ladies, as they have beaten all three teams they faced over the weekend in their first home fall ball tournament.   Centenary overtook Texas Wesleyan 5-3 with the help of sophomore Megan Hall’s 3-run dinger in the seventh. Later in the afternoon, Centenary defeated Henderson State 6-4 and overpowered Louisiana-Monroe 11-3 courtesy of Hall’s and sophomore Dana Davis’ dominating offense. Pitchers Jessica Ivins and Kristan Morton were also impressive in their first collegiate appearances .   The Ladies enter the 2005 campaign with great anticipation, returning nine players while bringing in seven talented freshmen.   Centenary continues their fall schedule on Saturday Oct. 9 hosting their second tournament at the Centenary Softball Complex.   Louisiana Tech., Bossier Parish Community College, and Grambling State will be participating in the tournament.  
October 3, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: UALR vs. Centenary Box Score Shreveport —No stranger to overtime, the Centenary women’s soccer team downed visiting Arkansas-Little Rock 2-1 in their fifth overtime match of the season. The Ladies are undefeated at home this year, compiling a 4-0 record at Mayo Field. Centenary (8-3-1, 2-1) outshot the Trojans 20-14, but found themselves down by one early in the match. UALR (1-9-1) was able to capitalize on their first corner kick attempt, scoring in the 11th minute off a beautiful set by Roxanne Frilot to Stacie St. Julian. The Ladies regrouped and knotted the score at one-a-piece on a Rebecca Swilley goal in the 22nd minute. Her bending shot from the top of the box was too much for the Trojan keeper to handle, soaring over her head into the back of the net. The goal was the fifth of the year for Swilley, a career high. Centenary didn’t waste much time in the extra frame, scoring at the 95:22 mark. Freshman Tara Sageser added to her team high eight goals, ripping a shot from 18 yards out to seal the match for the Ladies. Between the pipes, Ladies keeper Lindsey Stafford had another solid outing. She added 10 saves to her season total of 75 and notched her eighth win of the season. Stafford has allowed only one goal in her last three appearances. The Ladies continue their six-match homestand on Tuesday as they host Grambling State at 7:00 pm at Mayo Field. Centenary defeated Grambling 4-0 last season.
October 3, 2004 | Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TEX. - The Centenary Ladies finished solid with junior Anja Schmidt going undefeated at the Stephen F. Austin tournament on Sunday afternoon. Schmidt blew past the competition again on Sunday beating SFA’s Robin Houston 6-1, 6-0 at Flight A singles. Schmidt went 3-0 for the tournament and has been victorious in her last six matches. Junior Heather Kelley was defeated playing Flight E singles by SFA’s Ashley Johnson 7-5, 6-0 and sophomore Christine Majchrowicz also posted a loss in her bracket. In doubles action, Schmidt and Kelley came back from yesterday’s loss to overtake SFA’s Robin Houston and Melissa Bass in an easy 8-1 match, boosting their overall doubles record to 2-3. The Ladies will travel to College Station, Tex. to participate in the ITA Southwest Regional Tournament on Oct 15. Results: SINGLES Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Robin Houston (SFA), 6-1, 6-0 Ashley Johnson (SFA) def. Heather Kelley (CC), 7-5, 6-0 Laura Harrison (SFA) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CC), 6-3, 6-0 DOUBLES Schmidt/Kelley (CC) def. Houston/Bass (SFA), 8-1 -30-
October 2, 2004 | Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TEX. – Competing in their second tournament of the spring season, the Centenary Ladies had a successful first day at the Stephen F. Austin Invitational on Saturday in Nacogdoches. Junior Anja Schmidt came out strong leading the Ladies capturing two victories over Louisiana Tech’s Monica Kelly in a quick 6-3, 1-6 match and overpowered Northeastern Oklahoma’s Holley McKee 6-1, 6-4. Fellow junior Heather Kelley notched a win over NEOK’s Katie Westbrook 6-1, 7-6, but was surpassed by Lamar’s Kendall Gibbs 6-0, 6-2. The third member of the Centenary’s trio, Christine Majchowicz had a disappointing morning falling short in both matches. The Ladies doubles team of Schmidt and Kelley missed posting their second win succumbing to Louisiana Tech’s Sahara Uriarte and April Martinez 8-4. Due to rain the Ladies were only able to play one round of doubles. The Ladies will finish out the tournament on Sunday at the SFA Tennis Courts. Results: SINGLES Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Monica Kelly (LT), 6-3, 1-6 (8) Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Holley McKee (NEOk), 6-1, 6-4 Sahara Uriante (LT) def. Christine Majchowicz(CC), 6-1, 6-0 Andrea Martinez (LU) def. Christine Majchowicz, 6-1, 6-0 Heather Kelley (CC) def. Katie Westbrook (NEOk), 6-1, 7-6 (5) Kendall Gibbs (LU) def. Heather Kelley (CC), 6-0, 6-2 DOUBLES Uriarte/Martinez (LT) def. Schmidt/Kelley (CC), 8-4
October 2, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —The Centenary Gents reloaded in the second half to even the score after trailing early to force double overtime against Valporaiso Saturday evening at Mayo field. The match ended 2-2 in Centenary’s second double overtime tie of the season. Minutes into the first half, Valparaiso defender Nate Hyde pulled the ball deep into the left corner sending a cross to Jon Brighton, who scored the first of his two goals at the 3:16 mark. The first half ended with the Crusaders on top 1-0. After the break, Valpo’s Brighton scored his second goal of match at the 54th minute. Despite being down by two, the Gents regrouped and began dominating offensively for the remainder of the half. Senior Jeffery Krulin found junior J.J. Meyer open in the middle for the Gents first goal at the 64:51 mark. Aggressive play continued as freshman Ben Caldarera faked out the goalie pushing it to the far right corner tying the match and forcing it into overtime. The Gents had two chances to take the match during the overtime periods. Senior Ryan Nicholson weaved through the Valpo defense and angled a hard shot to the left resulting in a brilliant save by Valpo keeper Jeff Oleck. As the final seconds ticked away, senior Jack Goodloe took Centenary’s last offensive attempt by blazing by a Valpo defender and hammering the ball off the cross bar. The match ended with Valpo outshooting the Gents 15-14, although Centenary had a 6-1 edge on corners. Freshman keeper James Speed made four saves while Jeff Oleck made three stops in goal for the Crusaders. The Gents (1-5-2) go back on the road as they challenge Drury (3-3-1) Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Hutchens field. Centenary faced the Panthers earlier this season, where the teams tied 1-1.
October 2, 2004 | Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, TEX. – The Centenary Ladies had a successful first day at the Stephen F. Austin Invitational on Saturday in Nacogdoches. Junior Anja Schmidt came out strong leading the Ladies capturing two victories over Louisiana Tech’s Monica Kelly in a quick 6-3, 1-6 match and overpowered Northeastern Oklahoma’s Holley McKee 6-1, 6-4. Fellow junior Heather Kelley notched a win over NEOK’s Katie Westbrook 6-1, 7-6, but was surpassed by Lamar’s Kendall Gibbs 6-0, 6-2. The third member of the Centenary’s trio, Christine Majchowicz had a disappointing morning falling short in both matches. The Ladies doubles team of Schmidt and Kelley missed posting their second win succumbing to Louisiana Tech’s Sahara Uriarte and April Martinez 8-4. Due to rain the Ladies were only able to play one round of doubles. The Ladies will finish out the tournament on Sunday at the SFA Tennis Courts. Results: SINGLES Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Monica Kelly (LT), 6-3, 1-6 (8) Anja Schmidt (CC) def. Holley McKee (NEOk), 6-1, 6-4 Sahara Uriante (LT) def. Christine Majchowicz(CC), 6-1, 6-0 Andrea Martinez (LU) def. Christine Majchowicz, 6-1, 6-0 Heather Kelley (CC) def. Katie Westbrook (NEOk), 6-1, 7-6 (5) Kendall Gibbs (LU) def. Heather Kelley (CC), 6-0, 6-2 DOUBLES Uriarte/Martinez (LT) def. Schmidt/Kelley (CC), 8-4 -30-
October 2, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles flew by the Centenary Ladies in Mid-Continent Conference volleyball action at the Gold Dome on Saturday afternoon. The preseason favorite Golden Eagles got off to a slow start, but took advantage of a key Centenary injury to down the Ladies 3-0. Centenary (5-15, 0-3 Mid-Con) looked sharp in the early going, catching Oral Roberts off guard. However, midway through the opening game, freshman Emily Longerot suffered an injury as a result of an ORU player landing under the net after an attack. Longerot would leave the match and not return. The misfortune left the Ladies with exactly six players and no substitutes en route to a 30-22 game one loss. Oral Roberts (9-9, 2-1 Mid-Con) exposed Centenary’s lack of depth and easily pulled away with wins of 30-18 and 30-14 in the final two games. Ori Zuzic proved to be the Golden Eagles biggest weapon against the Ladies as she compiled a match-high 16 kills on 25 attempts resulting in a .640 hitting percentage. Brittany Arnold also enjoyed an outstanding match as she finished with seven kills on nine attempts to go with 25 assists and three service aces. For Centenary, Tracee Byrd recorded seven kills without committing an error to finish with a .500 hitting percentage. Ashley Templer also tallied seven kills, but struggled a bit with her swing to end the day with nine errors. Lindsay Bekelja dished out 20 assists in the loss. The Ladies will next travel to face Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday at 7 pm before returning home to host Western Illinois and UMKC in back-to-back Mid-Con matches on Friday and Saturday.
October 1, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Valpo vs. Centenary Box Score Shreveport —After jumping to an early lead, the Centenary women’s soccer team held off visiting Valparaiso (3-5-1, 0-2) for their second win in the Mid-Continent Conference. The win moves the Ladies to 2-1 and second place in conference play, momentarily separating them from a logjam of 1-1 teams. The Ladies managed only two shots on goal in the match, but their first was all they needed as sophomore Rebecca Swilley scored in the 16th minute. Senior Kylie Garrett started the play off with a cross to Swilley, who slipped past the defense and found herself one-on-one with the Crusaders’ goaltender. After a bit of fancy footwork, she lofted the ball over the keeper’s head, just past a diving Valparaiso defender. The goal was Swilley’s third game-winner of the season. Ladies keeper Lindsey Stafford picked up her fifth shutout of the year, hauling in five saves in the process. She has given up only 10 goals in as many matches this season. Centenary (7-3-1, 2-1) hosts Arkansas-Little Rock in the third of their six-match homestand, Sunday, October 3, at 1:00 pm at Mayo Field. The Ladies suffered a 3-1 defeat to the Trojans last season.
September 30, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted their only home event of the 2004 season on Thursday when Grambling and Louisiana Tech came to town to participate in the Red River Classic. The Grambling Tigers proved to be the team to beat as both the men’s and the women’s teams from GSU took home victories.             In the women’s three mile race, Grambling’s Hamiyda Sapio finished first with a time of 19:50 while Centenary’s Holly Richardson finished second in 20:15 . The Tigers captured five of the top seven slots to win the meet with a score of 20 points. Lori Von Pingel gave the Ladies a sixth place effort to help secure second place in the team competition. Jennifer Bouso, Taylor Robertson, and Halley Grantham finished eighth, tenth, and 14th to round out the top five for Centenary. Louisiana Tech finished third.             On the men’s side, Grambling took the top five spots led by Feedly Bonneau’s time of 21:52 in the four mile race. Steven Deas posted Centenary’s best finish in seventh place with a time of 26:02. Andrew Deas (9 th ), David Reiland (11 th ), Jeff Stotts (12 th ), and Paul Marrow (13 th ) rounded out the Gents’ top five. Overall, Grambling defeated Centenary 15 to 40.  
September 30, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted their only home event of the 2004 season on Thursday when Grambling and Louisiana Tech came to town to participate in the Red River Classic. The Grambling Tigers proved to be the team to beat as both the men’s and the women’s teams from GSU took home victories.             In the women’s three mile race, Grambling’s Hamiyda Sapio finished first with a time of 19:50 while Centenary’s Holly Richardson finished second in 20:15 . The Tigers captured five of the top seven slots to win the meet with a score of 20 points. Lori Von Pingel gave the Ladies a sixth place effort to help secure second place in the team competition. Jennifer Bouso, Taylor Robertson, and Halley Grantham finished eighth, tenth, and 14th to round out the top five for Centenary. Louisiana Tech finished third.             On the men’s side, Grambling took the top five spots led by Feedly Bonneau’s time of 21:52 in the four mile race. Steven Deas posted Centenary’s best finish in seventh place with a time of 26:02. Andrew Deas (9 th ), David Reiland (11 th ), Jeff Stotts (12 th ), and Paul Marrow (13 th ) rounded out the Gents’ top five. Overall, Grambling defeated Centenary 15 to 40.  
September 28, 2004 | Athletics
MONROE – The Centenary men’s golf team concluded play at the Louisiana-Monroe/Fred Marx Invitational in last place, shooting a 932 and finishing 51 strokes off the lead. The Gents shot 309 on the day, with rounds of 317 and 306 on Monday. Brett Kaufman led Centenary with a 224, good enough to finish tied for 18th overall, ending eight strokes off par. He was followed by David Viviano (+19, 235), John Kizer (+20, 236), Ryan Oliver (+22, 238), and Brian Grone (+29, 245) who finished tied for 57th, 59th, t-61st, and t-67th respectively. In individual play, John Winkler shot a 242, finishing tied for 65th place. In a close contest, Stephen F. Austin finished first, shooting 17 over par with 881. Second was Louisiana Tech (+20), followed closely by host Louisiana-Monroe (+21), Sam Houston State (+23), and McNeese State (+24). Finishing out the pack was Birmingham-Southern (+30), Louisiana-Monroe (B) (+38), New Orleans (+39), Jackson State (+41), Texas State (+47), Nicholls State (+48), and Centenary (+68)
September 28, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: LaTech vs. Centenary Box Score Shreveport —The Centenary women’s soccer team ended their three-match losing streak in a dominating fashion, shutting out visiting Louisiana Tech 4-0. After scoring only one goal in their last three matches, the Ladies responded by outshooting the Lady Techsters 42-1 and not allowing a shot on goal. The Ladies (6-3-1,1-1) jumped on the board early as freshman Bre Fletcher scored her first collegiate goal in the 16th minute. After surviving a barrage of shots by Centenary’s offense, Lady Techster keeper Jade Berbert mishandled a bending shot by Fletcher from 18 yards out. Louisiana Tech (0-6) managed to enter the break trailing by one goal despite facing 22 first half attempts by the Ladies. Berbert played solidly between the pipes, making several spectacular saves, finishing with 21 on the night. Ladies goalkeeper Lindsey Stafford earned her fourth shutout of the year despite not recording a save. Centenary dominated possession in the second half as freshman Tara Sageser scored her team high seventh goal of the season. After maneuvering through the Louisiana Tech defense, she blasted a shot across the box, banking it against the far post as it fell past the diving keeper. Despite having a comfortable two goal lead, the Ladies remained persistent, scoring on a rebound shot by senior Mindi Levinski in the 71st minute and again in the 84th minute by freshman Rachel Alexander . The goal was the third of the year for Levinski and the first for Alexander. The Ladies continue their homestand Friday as they host conference foe Valparaiso. Centenary played the Crusaders to a 1-1 draw last season, their first in the Mid-Continent Conference.
September 27, 2004 | Athletics
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— At the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup in Bloomfield Township, Mich., The PGA of America announced that U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain Hal Sutton has chosen Centenary College of Louisiana to receive $100,000 to fund its "Golf: For Business & Life" Program. Sutton and the 2004 Ryder Cup Team members have designated a combined PGA of America contribution of $1.3 million to 14 colleges and universities across the country to fund Golf: For Business & Life classes. The Golf: For Business & Life program offers Centenary juniors, seniors and graduate students the opportunity to learn the basics of the golf swing, etiquette, and most importantly, how to use golf as a business tool regardless of their chosen careers. The classes are taught by PGA professionals and also feature business leaders who are asked to address students on how golf has enhanced their business. “These players make the Ryder Cup one of the most exciting events in sports,” said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. “In addition to competing for their country, the players are also able to make a difference by giving back to charities in various communities and supporting the growth of the game through Golf: For Business & Life.” Since Golf: For Business & Life was established in 1999, The PGA of America has contributed $4.5 million to this national program, which has expanded into 52 universities nationwide reaching more than 14,000 students. The program is run by The PGA of America as part of its national growth of the game campaign called “Play Golf America.” The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 PGA Professionals — men and women — who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.
September 26, 2004 | Athletics
Gents Soccer Falls Short to Detroit Titans DETROIT - Unable to continue putting points on the board, the Centenary men’s soccer team fell in a back and forth match against the Detroit Titans 5-3 on Sunday in Detroit. The Titans (4-4-0) scored once in the first half when Andrew Ornoch found the net in the 20th minute taking a 1-0 lead at intermission. After the break, Titan’s Ablaya Camara scored his first of four goals off a breakaway at the 56:11 mark. Two minutes later, senior Jack Goodloe scored with a powerful shot to the upper left corner to bring the Gents within one. The Titans gave it to Camara again, putting their third point on the board in the 64th minute. Freshman Ben Caldarera answered back scoring at the 67:38 mark off a Goodloe assist to draw the Gents once again within one, but Camara scored seventeen minutes later to put Detroit back on top. Continuing their relentless attack, freshman Osama Buazza scored his first goal of the year on a breakaway in the 85th minute. With less than three minutes on the clock, Camara broke past the Gents defense to score his fourth goal and earn the win for the Titans. The Gents (1-5-1) return to Mayo field looking to regroup, as they play their second conference match of the year against Valparaiso on Saturday at 7 p.m.      
September 26, 2004 | Athletics
DETROIT - Unable to continue putting points on the board, the Centenary men’s soccer team fell in a back and forth match against the Detroit Titans 5-3 on Sunday in Detroit. The Titans (4-4-0) scored once in the first half when Andrew Ornoch found the net in the 20th minute taking a 1-0 lead at intermission. After the break, Titan’s Ablaya Camara scored his first of four goals off a breakaway at the 56:11 mark. Two minutes later, senior Jack Goodloe scored with a powerful shot to the upper left corner to bring the Gents within one. The Titans gave it to Camara again, putting their third point on the board in the 64th minute. Freshman Ben Caldarera answered back scoring at the 67:38 mark off a Goodloe assist to draw the Gents once again within one, but Camara scored seventeen minutes later to put Detroit back on top. Continuing their relentless attack, freshman Osama Buazza scored his first goal of the year on a breakaway in the 85th minute. With less than three minutes on the clock, Camara broke past the Gents defense to score his fourth goal and earn the win for the Titans. The Gents (1-5-1) return to Mayo field looking to regroup, as they play their second conference match of the year against Valparaiso on Saturday at 7 p.m.
September 25, 2004 | Athletics
CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Centenary women’s soccer team lost their third consecutive match of the season, 8-0 to UC-Riverside. The loss marks the end of an eight-match road streak in which the Ladies finished 4-3-1. The Highlanders (8-0-0) dominated the pace of the match, out-shooting Centenary 27-5 and facing only one shot on goal. Junior keeper Lindsay Stafford surrendered five of the UCR goals before giving way to freshman Ali Hilsher in the 59th minute. The loss is the second shutout of the year against the Ladies (5-3-1, 1-1), who were unable to find any sort of offensive groove. Centenary was forced to play without senior Mindi Levinksi after she was ejected from Thursday’s match against Southern Utah. Freshman leading scorer Tara Sageser was held scoreless for only the second time this season. The Ladies (5-3-1, 1-1) return home to begin a much-deserved six-match homestand, hosting Louisiana Tech on Tuesday. Centenary has not played a home contest since August 29th.
September 25, 2004 | Athletics
ROCHESTER, MI. - The Centenary Gents were unable to snap Oakland’s five-game unbeaten streak on Saturday afternoon in Rochester. The Golden Grizzlies' shut out the Gents 4-0, in their first conference match of the year. In a very fast paced, aggressive match, Oakland’s Jim Denk was able to drive it past goalie James Speed in the 35th minute to put the first point on the board. The first half ended with Oakland outshooting the Gents 10-2 as they entered the break leading 1-0. Looking to even the score, the Gents challenged Oaklands’ defense by tripling their shots on goal in the second half lead by freshman Ben Caldarera and senior Jeffrey Krulin . Caldarera had an opportunity to tie the game on a break away in the 51st minute, but the ball hit the post and bounced out of play. Minutes later, freshman Alex McDonald received a pass from Nick Nelson and pushed it to the back of the net to give the Golden Grizzlies a two point advantage. With a less than 25 minutes left in the second half, Grizzlies senior Bret McNabb received a red card giving the Gents a one-man advantage. Playing one man down did not stop Oakland’s aggressive offense as they scored their third goal in the 79th minute and were able to score again with 10 seconds left on the clock. The Gents continue their weekend road trip, staying in Michigan to challenge first time opponent Detroit on Sunday at 12 p.m.
September 25, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary volleyball team dropped its second Mid-Con match in as many days as Valparaiso defeated the Ladies 3-0 on Saturday evening. The Crusaders hit at a .444 clip as a team and committed only five attack errors in 99 attempts to take the match 30-11, 30-13, 30-19. Valparaiso (11-3, 2-0 Mid-Con) earned nine blocks and 50 digs in their dominating win at the Athletics-Recreation Center to keep their hold on the conference lead. All 14 players saw time for the Crusaders in the victory, but no single player tallied double-digit kills. Amy Palash and Tiffany Meikle led the way with eight kills while Jessi Novak and Lauren Moulton each added seven put aways respectively. For Centenary (4-14, 0-2 Mid-Con), Ashley Templer recorded her second consecutive double double as she finished with 11 kills and 10 digs. Catey Batte compiled a team-high 13 digs in the loss. The Ladies will continue their road trip with a return visit to Prairie View A&M as Centenary will take on the Lady Panthers on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The two teams have already faced off at the Prairie View Tournament where the Ladies emerged with a win.
September 24, 2004 | Athletics
Rochester, Mich. —The Centenary Ladies volleyball team fell in its Mid-Continent Conference opener on Friday evening to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 3-1. The Ladies dropped the first two games before mustering a comeback to take game three. However, Oakland proved to be too much as the host team emerged victorious by the scores of 30-22, 30-19, 28-30, 30-25. Oakland’s (3-8, 1-0 Mid-Con) hitters were hot straight out of the gate as they combined for a team kill percentage of over .400 in each of the first two games led by Sara Miller’s seven kills in game one. The Ladies battled early, but a five-point rally by the Golden Grizzlies put the opening game out of reach. Centenary (4-13, 0-1 Mid-Con) suffered the same fate in game two before surging in game three behind six kills from Ashley Templer . Down by five points at 14-9, the Ladies put together three consecutive points to pull closer. Centenary drew even at 23 apiece on blocks by Emily Longerot and Tracee Byrd and minutes later Stephanie Scanlan’s ace gave the Ladies the insurance it needed for the win. Oakland rebounded in the final game to take the match. Although OU controlled play in game four, the Ladies hung in there and pulled within two at 26-24 on a Golden Grizzly attack error. After an Oakland timeout killed Centenary’s momentum, the home team won the final three points to take the match. Heather Lippert paced Oakland with 20 kills while Miller and Chelsea Licavoli each finshed with 13 kills. Becca Moller recorded a match-high 53 assists in the winning effort. Centenary’s Byrd and Templer each recorded 16 kills for the Ladies and Templer added 16 digs and four blocks to her stat line. Longerot tallied 14 kills on the evening and Lindsay Bekelja breached the 50-assist barrier again with 51 in her first Mid-Con match. The Ladies will travel to Valparaiso to tangle with the Crusaders in another conference tilt on Saturday at 7 p.m.
September 23, 2004 | Athletics
CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Centenary women’s soccer team dropped their first conference match, 0-1, at Southern Utah. The loss is the second straight for the Ladies (5-2-1, 1-1), while the victory moves the Thunderbirds (3-5-0, 2-0) into first place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings. Southern Utah took the lead in the 33rd minute as Sarah Sillitoe drilled a free kick from 30 yards out past Centenary keeper Lindsay Stafford . The Ladies failed to respond despite equaling the Thunderbirds shots on goal, and more than tripling their corner kicks, 10-3. Centenary was also forced to play a man down for over 20 minutes after senior Mindi Levinski was issued a red card in the 69th minute. The shutout loss was the first this season for Centenary and also marked the first scoreless match for leading scorer Tara Sageser , who tallied a game high five shots. Despite earning the loss, Stafford collected five saves while facing 15 shots on the day. Centenary will stay in Cedar City to face UC-Riverside on Saturday before heading home for a six game home stand.
September 21, 2004 | Athletics
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS – The Centenary women’s golf team continued their playing woes, finishing last in the Lady Colonel Classic. The Ladies (+152) finished 115 strokes off the lead, shooting a 728. Freshman Chloe’ Mims shot a 171 over the tournament to lead the Ladies, placing tied for 29th. Centenary’s other scoring participants didn’t fare as well, as Andrea Sanchez (180), Repsie Schirmer (185), and Liz Hendrickson (192) finished 41st, 43rd, and 47th respectively. McNeese State (+37) placed first, followed by South Alabama (+58), Texas State (+62), and Nicholls State (+71). Rounding out the day was New Orleans (+72), Sam Houston State (+78), Jackson State (+82), Lipscomb (+90), and Centenary.
September 21, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies volleyball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader in the Gold Dome on Tuesday evening. The host Ladies fell to Grambling State 3-1 (30-20, 23-30, 32-30, 30-26) before losing to Boise State 3-0 (30-15, 30-15, 30-20). Despite some fine individual play in game one, Centenary (4-12) could not manage to find a team rhythm. Freshman setter Lindsay Bekelja set a new school record for assists in one match with her total of 58. Bekelja becomes the sole leader in the category exactly one week after she tied the old mark of 57 in a loss to Northwestern State. Junior Tracee Byrd narrowly missed putting her name in the record book as she compiled 28 kills, just two off of Angela Soliz’s single-match mark of 30 set in 1994. Byrd was dominant in the match as she committed only five errors and hit for a .489 kill percentage. Grambling State (5-9) held off every Centenary run and helped put the match away with 11 service aces and 11 team blocks. Lacey Cormier proved unstoppable as she recorded 21 kills on 41 attempts with only three errors for the Lady Tigers. Game two featured a talented Boise State (10-2) team that took advantage of a tired and frustrated Centenary squad. The Ladies found it tough to score as the Broncos defense proved strong led by Kim Fenneman’s nine digs. Boise State attacked with an aggressive service game that resulted in 16 errors, but also produced 15 aces. Cameron Flunder played a solid game to lead the visitors as she finished with a game-high nine kills and five aces. Byrd again led Centenary as she tallied eight kills on 12 attempts. The Ladies struggled to find another option on offense as the team hit for a -.048 percentage on the match. Holli Wilkins was the only player on either side to collect double-digit digs as she squandered the Boise State attack 13 times. The Ladies will travel to Rochester, Mich., on Friday where they will open Mid-Continent Conference play against Oakland. Centenary will
September 19, 2004 | Athletics
DETROIT – The Centenary women’s soccer team suffered their first defeat of the season, falling on the road to Detroit, 6-1. After entering the break even at one apiece, the Titans went on a second half tear, putting the game away with five unanswered goals. The five-goal differential was by far the largest discrepancy for the Ladies (5-1-1, 1-0) this year, with freshman keeper Ali Hilsher getting her first collegiate start in goal. Centenary’s lone goal came from fellow freshman Tara Sageser , who kept her season-long scoring streak alive, tying the game in the 18th minute off a penalty kick. Detroit’s Mary Parker recorded her second consecutive hat trick, scoring three goals as the Titans (4-3-1) out-shot the Ladies 16-8. Shelly Piccirillo added two assists and a goal of her own. Centenary travels again this Thursday to face Mid-Con opponent Southern Utah, then matches up against UC-Riverside in Cedar City on Saturday. -30-
September 18, 2004 | Athletics
PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – Centenary volleyball swept the second day of action in the Prairie View A&M Invitational, finishing second in the round-robin tournament. The Ladies defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 30-20, 30-15, 30-16 before topping host Prairie View 30-28, 28-30, 30-26, 30-21. The wins move Centenary to 4-10 on the season. The Ladies started their day off strong, overpowering the Golden Lionettes and winning in straight games. Arkansas-Pine Bluff started the match on an even keel before Centenary took control and never looked back. Junior Tracee Byrd led all players with 10 kills, while freshman Emily Longerot added another eight. Sophomore Holli Wilkins played especially well in her first weekend of play with the Ladies. She was among the leaders in most statistical categories against the Golden Lionettes including kills (six), aces (two), digs (four), and blocks (two). Prairie View proved to be more of a challenge, pushing the Ladies to four games. Centenary took the first game 30-28 before the Panthers came back and won the second game 28-30. The Ladies responded in turn and closed the match out in four. Three Centenary players recorded double-digit kills; Byrd (14), Shayla Andreas (13), and Longerot (11) while freshman Lindsay Bekelja led all players with 23 assists. Byrd represented Centenary by being voted to the all-tournament team. She totaled 44 kills, seven aces, and seven blocks through the four matches. This was the third consecutive tournament she has made an all-tournament team, earning honors in New Orleans and Sam Houston State.   -30-
September 18, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Gents came back from a one-goal deficit in the second half forcing two exciting overtimes, which resulted in a 1-1 tie with the Drury Panthers. With a lot of back and forth action in the first half, Drury (2-2-1) was able to strike first with a left footed pass from Scott Deal to Spencer Smith who put it between the goal posts in 18th minute. The Gents sharp defensive line kept their shots to a minimum catching the Panthers offsides five times. Minutes into the second half, senior Greg Clarke and Drury defender Matt McLaughlin collided competing for a header, which resulted in a 30-minute delay. Both players were escorted off the field by ambulance. With the loss of their captain, the Gents fought hard for possession and drew a foul at the 75:16 mark. Senior Jack Goodloe quickly set up the free kick and evened the score with his first goal of the season. The tie continued for the remainder of the second half with Centenary obtaining a 10-4 shot advantage over the Panthers. Going into overtime, both teams had equal opportunities to take the lead. Senior Jeffrey Krulin had a break away chance that went just wide and Centenary defender Ryan Nicholson stole a scoring opportunity from the Panthers running down a break away in the second overtime. With the sun beating down, both teams settled for a draw in a match that lasted two hours and forty minutes. Centenary was plagued with injuries throughout the match. Senior Aaron Elrod and sophomore Faustino Leon were both unable to return after being involved in aggressive plays. The Gents (1-3-1) will be on the road next weekend to compete in their first conference match against Oakland (3-1-1) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
September 18, 2004 | Athletics
PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – Centenary volleyball swept the second day of action in the Prairie View A&M Invitational, finishing second in the round-robin tournament. The Ladies defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 30-20, 30-15, 30-16 before topping host Prairie View 30-28, 28-30, 30-26, 30-21. The wins move Centenary to 4-10 on the season. The Ladies started their day off strong, overpowering the Golden Lionettes and winning in straight games. Arkansas-Pine Bluff started the match on an even keel before Centenary took control and never looked back. Junior Tracee Byrd led all players with 10 kills, while freshman Emily Longerot added another eight. Sophomore Holli Wilkins played especially well in her first weekend of play with the Ladies. She was among the leaders in most statistical categories against the Golden Lionettes including kills (six), aces (two), digs (four), and blocks (two). Prairie View proved to be more of a challenge, pushing the Ladies to four games. Centenary took the first game 30-28 before the Panthers came back and won the second game 28-30. The Ladies responded in turn and closed the match out in four. Three Centenary players recorded double-digit kills; Byrd (14), Shayla Andreas (13), and Longerot (11) while freshman Lindsay Bekelja led all players with 23 assists. Byrd represented Centenary by being voted to the all-tournament team. She totaled 44 kills, seven aces, and seven blocks through the four matches. This was the third consecutive tournament she has made an all-tournament team, earning honors in New Orleans and Sam Houston State.
September 18, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —The Centenary Gents came back from a one-goal deficit in the second half forcing two exciting overtimes, which resulted in a 1-1 tie with the Drury Panthers. With a lot of back and forth action in the first half, Drury (2-2-1) was able to strike first with a left footed pass from Scott Deal to Spencer Smith who put it between the goal posts in 18th minute. The Gents sharp defensive line kept their shots to a minimum catching the Panthers offsides five times. Minutes into the second half, senior Greg Clarke and Drury defender Matt McLaughlin collided competing for a header, which resulted in a 30-minute delay. Both players were escorted off the field by ambulance. With the loss of their captain, the Gents fought hard for possession and drew a foul at the 75:16 mark. Senior Jack Goodloe quickly set up the free kick and evened the score with his first goal of the season. The tie continued for the remainder of the second half with Centenary obtaining a 10-4 shot advantage over the Panthers. Going into overtime, both teams had equal opportunities to take the lead. Senior Jeffrey Krulin had a break away chance that went just wide and Centenary defender Ryan Nicholson stole a scoring opportunity from the Panthers running down a break away in the second overtime. With the sun beating down, both teams settled for a draw in a match that lasted two hours and forty minutes. Centenary was plagued with injuries throughout the match. Senior Aaron Elrod and sophomore Faustino Leon were both unable to return after being involved in aggressive plays. The Gents (1-3-1) will be on the road next weekend to compete in their first conference match against Oakland (3-1-1) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.    
September 17, 2004 | Athletics
Ladies Split Day One Action at PVAM Prairie View, TX —The Centenary volleyball team split the first day of action in the Prairie View A&M Lady Panther Invitational, defeating Texas Southern 30-23, 30-20, 30-24 before falling to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 30-17, 30-28, 30-20 in back-to-back matches. The Ladies (2-10) face Arkansas-Pine Bluff and host team Prairie View A&M Saturday in the round-robin tournament. The Ladies began the day with a three-game victory over Texas Southern in their first match despite using only 7 players. Sophomore Ashley Templer led Centenary with 16 kills while junior Tracee Byrd added 15 kills of her own. Freshman Lindsay Bekelja led all players with 43 assists. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi came out strong and overpowered a winded Centenary squad, depleted by injuries in the second match. The Ladies never seemed to get into a groove as the Islanders took the first game 30-17. Centenary regained their composure in the second game, pushing it to the limit before falling 30-28 while dropping the final game 30–20. Templer once again led Centenary with eight kills while Bekelja added another 19 assists on the day.   -30-
September 17, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Centenary vs Oakland (Sep 17, 2004) Rochester, Mich. —The Centenary Ladies soccer team remained unbeaten through its first six games by besting the defending Mid-Continent Conference Champion Oakland Golden Grizzlies 1-0 in overtime on Friday evening. The overtime match was the fourth consecutive for the Ladies who now sit atop the Mid-Con standings. Centenary (5-0-1, 1-0 Mid-Con) received an outstanding game from keeper Lindsey Stafford . The junior recorded 11 saves in the match to keep the Ladies within striking distance despite being outshot on the day 21-11. Both teams had numerous chances to score as the Ladies placed six of their 10 shots in regulation on goal. Oakland (2-4, 0-1 Mid-Con) targeted ten of their first 19 shots accurately only to see Stafford thwart every attempt including a header from close range by OU’s Kristi Mitchell. Centenary, already battle-tested in overtime, wasted no time ending the contest. Less than three minutes into the extra time, Tara Sageser found Rita Coolidge and the senior laced her shot into the back of the net. The goal was the first of the season for Coolidge and the assist extended Sageser’s scoring streak to six matches. The freshman has tallied a goal or an assist in every collegiate outing of her short career. The Ladies will stay in Michigan to take on Detroit on Sunday at 11 a.m.   -30-
September 17, 2004 | Athletics
Prairie View, TX —The Centenary volleyball team split the first day of action in the Prairie View A&M Lady Panther Invitational, defeating Texas Southern 30-23, 30-20, 30-24 before falling to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 30-17, 30-28, 30-20 in back-to-back matches. The Ladies (2-10) face Arkansas-Pine Bluff and host team Prairie View A&M Saturday in the round-robin tournament. The Ladies began the day with a three-game victory over Texas Southern in their first match despite using only 7 players. Sophomore Ashley Templer led Centenary with 16 kills while junior Tracee Byrd added 15 kills of her own. Freshman Lindsay Bekelja led all players with 43 assists. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi came out strong and overpowered a winded Centenary squad, depleted by injuries in the second match. The Ladies never seemed to get into a groove as the Islanders took the first game 30-17. Centenary regained their composure in the second game, pushing it to the limit before falling 30-28 while dropping the final game 30–20. Templer once again led Centenary with eight kills while Bekelja added another 19 assists on the day.
September 14, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —The Centenary Ladies volleyball team put on a great show in the Gold Dome on Tuesday evening but came up empty in their first home matches of the season. The Ladies fell in consecutive games against TCU going down 30-26, 30-21, 30-19 before losing a heartbreaker to Northwestern State by the count of 33-31, 26-30, 30-22, 30-26. Centenary (1-9) battled hard against TCU in the Ladies first match of the day as they pushed the Horned Frogs to a tough 30-26 game one victory. TCU (6-2) then settled in to pull away from the home team behind 13 kills from Dominika Szabo and 11 kills from Anna Vaughn. Freshman Emily Longerot paced the Ladies as she recorded a career-high 15 kills in the loss. Ashley Templer collected 11 kills while Lindsay Bekelja led the Ladies with 31 assists. Northwestern State (4-5) fell to TCU before matching up with Centenary in the nightcap. The Ladies came out impressive to start the match, grabbing a 15-7 lead in the early going before Whitney King took over. The freshman piled up 15 kills in game one to single-handedly pull NSU to within striking distance. When Centenary failed to close out the game while serving with a 29-28 advantage, the Lady Demons took five of the final seven points to claim game one 33-31. The Ladies bounced back quickly as they set the pace again in game two, eventually taking the win 30-26. However, King would not be denied as she led the Lady Demons to victories in the final two games to close out the contest. King finished with 31 kills on 61 attempts with only seven errors. Bekelja highlighted the Ladies effort with 57 assists to tie the single match assist record for Centenary. Templer finished with 18 kills while Longerot bettered her newly established career-high with 17 kills. Tracee Byrd and Catey Batte also reached double digits with 16 kills and 10 kills respectively.   -30-
September 13, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Centenary vs Northwestern State Box Score Centenary vs Stephen F Austin Box Score Links associated with this release: Mid-Con Players of the Week for 9-13-04 ELMHURST, Ill. – Centenary freshman forward Tara Sageser earned her first award of her college career, being named offensive player of the week by the Mid-Continent Conference. Sageser scored all three goals for the Ladies over the weekend, assuring a victory over Northwestern State and a tie versus Stephen F. Austin. Sageser leads unbeaten Centenary (4-0-1) with 12 points (five goals, two assists) and has scored in every match this season. She is the second Ladies player to win player of the week honors, as junior keeper Lindsey Stafford took home the award for the week of August 30. Centenary travels this weekend for their first Mid-Con match Friday against defending champion Oakland, followed by a first-ever meeting with Detroit on Sunday.   -30-
September 13, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT — Centenary Gents soccer players Jack Goodloe and Jeffrey Krulin were named to the Wingate Inn Invitational All-Tournament team for their superior play this weekend in Macon, Georgia. The Gents spilt the tournament with a one-goal loss to Mercer College and a 2-1 victory over Georgia State. Krulin (Little Rock, AR) chipped in his first game-winning goal of the season in the last minutes of Sunday's afternoon match against Georgia State. By pressuring the defense from the first whistle, Goodloe (Little Rock, AR) was a crucial part of Centenary’s offensive attack and victory. Both seniors are leading Centenary (1-3-0) with Goodloe tied for a season high of assists and Krulin in a three way tie for goals scored.    
September 13, 2004 | Athletics
Nacogdoches, Tex. —The Centenary men's and women's cross country teams participated in a unique format hosted by Stephen F. Austin on Monday afternoon. Each team submitted a list of pairs whose times would be combined after the race. The partnership that produced the lowest combined time is declared the winning team. Centenary's chances for a victory on the women's side took a blow when last race's winner, Holly Richardson , suffered an injury that resulted in her having to withdraw from the competition. The tandem of Taylor Robertson and Lori Von Pingel produced the best finish for the Ladies in 10th place of 15 pairs with a combined time of 33:52.08 over the 8K stretch. For the Gents in their 12K race, Steven Deas and Ricky Thomas ' 48:23.98 effort paced the Centenary men with a 20th place finish out of 23 teams. The Centenary cross country teams will now host the Red River Classic in Shreveport on Thursday, September 30th beginning at 4:30 pm.
September 13, 2004 | Athletics
Nacogdoches, Tex. —The Centenary men's and women's cross country teams participated in a unique format hosted by Stephen F. Austin on Monday afternoon. Each team submitted a list of pairs whose times would be combined after the race. The partnership that produced the lowest combined time is declared the winning team. Centenary's chances for a victory on the women's side took a blow when last race's winner, Holly Richardson , suffered an injury that resulted in her having to withdraw from the competition. The tandem of Taylor Robertson and Lori Von Pingel produced the best finish for the Ladies in 10th place of 15 pairs with a combined time of 33:52.08 over the 8K stretch. For the Gents in their 12K race, Steven Deas and Ricky Thomas ' 48:23.98 effort paced the Centenary men with a 20th place finish out of 23 teams. The Centenary cross country teams will now host the Red River Classic in Shreveport on Thursday, September 30th beginning at 4:30 pm.
September 12, 2004 | Athletics
MACON, GA. — Senior Jeffrey Krulin scored his first goal of the season with less than four minutes left in the second half as the Centenary Gents outdo the Georgia State Panthers 2-1 with their first win of the season at the Mercer Invitational. After a scoreless first half, senior Jonathan Scraggs was able to score first for the Panthers off a tip in by Centenary defender Jonathan Wright . Junior J.J Meyer evened the score in the in the 75th minute with the set up and pass from freshman Osama Buazza . With only 3:64 left on the clock, Krulin was able to get it past the GSU keeper putting the second point on the board for the Gents and the game-winning goal in his pocket. The Gents controlled the offense out shooting the Panthers 18-12. Freshman goalie James Speed kept the Panthers scoreless in the first half and had a season high seven saves. Fouls were fairly even during the match with Centenary junior Ryan Nicholson receiving a yellow card in the 29th minute and GSU defender Armin Marquez receiving a red card at the 49:58 mark. The Gents (1-3-0) will be at home this Saturday to battle the Drury Panthers (2-1-0) at 2:00 p.m.   -30-
September 12, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Centenary vs Stephen F Austin Box Score Nacogdoches, Tex.- The Centenary Ladies continued their impressive start to the 2004 season with a 1-1 tie on the road against Stephen F. Austin. It was the third consecutive overtime match for Centenary, matching their total from a year ago. Freshman Tara Sageser added to her season long scoring streak in the 60th minute, collecting a pass from Senior Mindi Levinski five yards out and pushing the ball home. Levinski’s assist moves her into second place all-time in Centenary history. The Ladies defense provided another strong outing, facing a barrage of shots by an aggressive Ladyjack offense. Junior keeper Lindsey Stafford was solid between the pipes, collecting eight saves on the day. Centenary (4-0-1) travels this weekend for their first Mid-Continent Conference match Friday against defending champion Oakland, followed by a first-ever meeting with Detroit on Sunday. -30-
September 10, 2004 | Athletics
MACON, Ga.- Three Centenary men’s soccer players were issued red cards as frustrations mounted in another one goal loss, the Gents’ third straight. Host Mercer took advantage early, scoring the game winning goal in the 36th minute after keeper Ranson Rose was issued the first of four red cards in the match. Also receiving red cards were Dustin Forward and Aaron Elrod of Centenary and Mark McKeever of Mercer. Mercer (2-1) out-shot the Gents 21-9, scoring one goal despite having a two-man advantage at times. Centenary (0-3) takes on Georgia State in their next match of the Wingate Inn Invitational.    
September 10, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Centenary vs Northwestern State Box Score Natchitoches – The Centenary women’s soccer team continued their winning ways, defeating rival Northwestern State 2-1 in overtime. The Ladies improve to 4-0 on the season, avenging last year’s loss to the Demons (1-5). Centenary was once again led by freshman Tara Sagese r, who scored both goals for the Ladies. Her 10 points (four goals, two assists) lead the team, including two game-winners. Sageser has scored in every game this season. In goal, junior Lindsey Stafford had another strong showing. She matched her season high with 10 saves, raising her to 29 on the year. Centenary looks to keep their win streak alive when they travel to face Stephen F. Austin on Sunday. -30-
September 10, 2004 | Athletics
Monroe, La. —The Centenary men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Pine Hills Twilight Invitational hosted by Louisiana-Monroe on Friday. Junior Holly Richardson proved to be the top performer for Centenary as she finished first in the two mile women's division. Richardson placed first out of a field of 22 runners comprised of seven Centenary participants and 15 Louisiana-Monroe contestants. Her time of 13:11 gave her the victory in the first meet of the year by more than 17 seconds. Lori Von Pingel finished fourth for the Ladies while Jennifer Bouso (7th), Taylor Robertson (8th), Halley Grantham (12th), Stacy Nelson (13th), and Cecilia Chea (17th) rounded out the Centenary performers. On the men's side, Ricky Thomas turned in the Gents top time as he placed 13th out of 20 runners with a time of 27:22 over the four mile trek. The rest of the Centenary team filled out the 14 through 20 slots as follows: Steven Deas, Andrew Deas, David Reiland, Brian Williams, Jeff Stotts, Michael Maricelli, and Paul Marrow. Overall, the Ladies fell to ULM as a team by the score of 25-32. The Gents lost to ULM, 15-45, and dropped their dual meet with Louisiana Tech by a 15-45 total.
September 10, 2004 | Athletics
Monroe, La. —The Centenary men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Pine Hills Twilight Invitational hosted by Louisiana-Monroe on Friday. Junior Holly Richardson proved to be the top performer for Centenary as she finished first in the two mile women's division. Richardson placed first out of a field of 22 runners comprised of seven Centenary participants and 15 Louisiana-Monroe contestants. Her time of 13:11 gave her the victory in the first meet of the year by more than 17 seconds. Lori Von Pingel finished fourth for the Ladies while Jennifer Bouso (7th), Taylor Robertson (8th), Halley Grantham (12th), Stacy Nelson (13th), and Cecilia Chea (17th) rounded out the Centenary performers. On the men's side, Ricky Thomas turned in the Gents top time as he placed 13th out of 20 runners with a time of 27:22 over the four mile trek. The rest of the Centenary team filled out the 14 through 20 slots as follows: Steven Deas, Andrew Deas, David Reiland, Brian Williams, Jeff Stotts, Michael Maricelli, and Paul Marrow. Overall, the Ladies fell to ULM as a team by the score of 25-32. The Gents lost to ULM, 15-45, and dropped their dual meet with Louisiana Tech by a 15-45 total.
September 10, 2004 | Athletics
Huntsville, Tex. —The Centenary Ladies volleyball team lost both matches on the opening day of the Sam Houston State Invitational on Friday. The Ladies narrowly missed a victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, losing 3-2 in five games before getting shut out by Sam Houston State 3-0. Centenary (1-5) was down two games to none in the early going to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-2) in the tournament opener. However, the Ladies fought back to tie the match at two games apiece with a 30-28 win in game three and a 30-25 triumph in game four. The fifth and decisive game was exciting as the score was tied seven times and the lead changed hands three times. In the end, the Islanders pulled off the victory 30-25, 30-27, 28-30, 25-30, 17-15. Tracee Byrd continued her torrid play for the Ladies as she racked up a match-high 19 kills in the contest. Ashley Templer and Kelley Heckman posted 16 kills respectively while Templer hit at a team-best .351 clip. Emily Longerot added 12 kills on the morning and fellow freshman Lindsay Bekelja barely missed tying the Centenary record for assists in a match with 54 in the loss. The record currently stands at 57. Heckman was also impressive from the service line as she rifled four aces and Longerot led the Ladies with 17 digs. Catey Batte managed 15 digs while Stephanie Scanlan chipped in with 11 digs. Game two saw the Ladies improve again as the match got longer but Centenary ran out of time. The host Bearkats disposed of the Ladies in three games 30-21, 30-22, 30-28. Although the score seemed one-sided, the two teams were near even in all major statistical categories including blocks (4-4), digs (36-31), service aces (9-7), and service errors (10-10). The major difference, however, came in the hitting game as Sam Houston State tallied 48 kills and a .248 kill percentage while Centenary managed only 29 kills and a .118 kill percentage. Byrd finished with only eight kills to end her five-match streak with double digit kills, bu
September 5, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Nicholls State vs Centenary Box Score RUSTON – The Centenary women’s soccer team continued their winning ways, defeating Nicholls State 3-2 in overtime, sweeping their competition in the Grambling Tournament. The match was filled with back-and-forth action, with both squads having several scoring opportunities. Nicholls State (0-4-0) struck first, scoring in the 25th minute. The Lady Colonel’s Lynn Simmons collected a misplayed ball by Centenary’s defense and tapped the ball past keeper Lindsey Stafford . The goal was the first allowed by Stafford this season. The Ladies responded aggressively, attacking Nicholls State’s defense and scoring in the 38th minute on a Mindi Levinski penalty kick. Levinski started the play as she fed a streaking Rebecca Swilley deep towards the goal. Swilley drew the penalty in the far right side of the box and Levinski pushed the ball into the same corner past the diving Nicholls State keeper. Both teams continued to play evenly through the majority of the second half, with Nicholls State finally taking advantage with a penalty kick goal of their own in the 77th minute. Centenary was whistled for a foul at the top of their box and Tori Priddy took advantage by lofting her shot over Stafford on the ensuing kick. Centenary (3-0-0) didn’t give up though, and answered with a goal less than a minute later. Samantha Savage scored her first goal of the year, collecting a pass from Rita Coolidge in front of the net, and blasting the ball through the frame. Overtime ended almost as quickly as it began, as Swilley refused to go home empty handed. She collected a long pass from Tara Sageser , eluded both a Lady Colonel defender and keeper, and put the ball away for her second consecutive game-winning goal. Sageser’s assist ensured that the freshman had scored in all three of her collegiate appearances. The Ladies travel to Northwestern State on Friday and to Stephen F.
September 4, 2004 | Athletics
MEMPHIS —Playing in their second match of the Memphis Soccer Tournament, the Centenary Gents were surpassed by Western Kentucky 2-1 in an aggressive match on Saturday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Western Kentucky came out strong in the first half maximizing on attacking opportunities. At the 13:48 mark, WKU (1-1-0) senior Trey Alexander seized an attempted defensive clearing pass and took it to the net. The scoring continued for WKU when in the 29th minute junior Steven Medlock headed the ball in off a cross from junior Jacob Isenhour. The Gents fought back in the second half outshooting WKU. In the 62nd minute senior Jack Goodloe was able to place a precise ball off a free kick to freshamn Ben Caldarera for the header and goal. Centenary freshman goalie Ransone Rose had a season high of seven saves. The Gents (0-2-0) will be on the road next weekend playing in the Mercer Invitational in Macon, Georgia. They will be competing against Mercer on Friday at 7:00 p.m and Georgia State on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.    
September 4, 2004 | Athletics
New Orleans —The Centenary Ladies were downed by Troy University and Southeastern Louisiana on the final day of the UNO Wyndham Invitational. The Ladies finished the tournament with a 1-3 mark after losing by the scores of 3-1 and 3-0 on Saturday. Centenary (1-3) opened the first match of the day with an impressive 30-23 game one victory while hitting at a .345 clip. However, the Ladies were unable to carry that momentum into the final three games as Troy (1-3) discarded Centenary 30-22, 30-26, and 30-16 to take the win. Kelley Heckman led the Centenary offense with 15 kills in the loss while Tracee Byrd continued to play well, compiling 12 kills while committing only four errors. Emily Longerot came up with a team-high 17 digs in the match and Catey Batte notched three more aces to give her nine on the young season. In the second match of the day for Centenary, Southeastern Louisiana (4-1) proved to be too much as the Lady Lions sent the Ladies home with a 30-25, 30-20, 30-20 lashing. SLU used a balanced offensive attack, highlighted by Jennifer Jones exceptional play. Jones racked up 11 kills and did not commit a single error. The Lady Lions sparkled in game two, touting a .413 kill percentage while tallying 20 kills and just one error. Byrd recorded her fourth consecutive match with double digit kills as she picked up 12 on the afternoon. Ashley Templer added 10 kills and Heckman totaled 21 digs on the defensive side for the Ladies.   -30-
September 4, 2004 | Athletics
OXFORD, MS .—The Centenary Ladies had a disappointing season opener at the Ole Miss Fall Tennis Classic on Friday afternoon. The Ladies struggled in singles play producing only one win in the opening round. Sophomore Christine Majchrowicz lost a difficult match against USM freshman Kim Lennartsson. Majchrowicz was defeated in the first set 6-3, but stayed alive winning the second set 7-5 to force the tie-breaker. Lennartsson seized the third set 6-2 to win the match. Centenary’s only doubles team of Anja Schmidt and Heather Kelley fell to Ilona Somers and Mimi Renaudin of Ole Miss 8-4. Playing in the singles consolation, Kelley was unable to defeat Nikhila Narra of Southern Mississippi in two sets 6-0, 6-1. While her doubles partner captured her first win of the season over Marina Tasheva of TTU in three sets 6-2, 3-6,7-5. The Ladies will travel to Nacogdoches, Tex., on October 2nd to take part in the two-day Stephen F. Austin Invitational. RESULTS: SINGLES Sarah Sabin (OM) def. Heather Kelley (CEN) 6-0, 6-0 Kim Lennartsson (USM) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CEN) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 Nika Koukhartchouk (OM) def. Anja Schmidt (CEN) 7-5, 6-3 SINGLES CONSOLATION Narra (USM) def. Kelley (CEN) 6-0, 6-1 Schmidt (CEN) def. Tasheva (TTU) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 DOUBLES Somers/Renaudin (OM) def. Schmidt/Kelley (CEN) 8-4 -30-
September 3, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Nicholls State vs Centenary Box Score RUSTON — Centenary women’s soccer team continued their winning ways, topping Troy State in their first match in the Grambling Tournament. The Ladies (2-0-0) overcame a slow first half to defeat the Trojans (0-2-1) 2-0. The first half of the contest was even, with neither side fully dominating the match. Although both teams had quality scoring opportunities, nothing materialized and they entered the break in a scoreless tie. The Ladies came out extremely aggressive in the second half, dominating possession and keeping the ball in Trojan territory. Centenary took advantage as Senior Mindi Levinski slipped the ball through Troy State’s defense, where sophomore Rebecca Swilley finished into the back of the net in the 57th minute. Centenary added to their lead seven minutes later as freshman Tara Sageser collected a misplay by the Trojan keeper, dribbled around the confused defense, and tapped the ball home. The goal was her second in as many collegiate appearances. Junior keeper Lindsay Stafford recorded her second consecutive shutout, and has not allowed a goal this season. Centenary’s defense kept Stafford out of trouble, only allowing two shots on goal the entire match. Centenary’s next opponent in the tournament is Nicholls State, who lost to host Grambling 2-1. -30-
September 3, 2004 | Athletics
MEMPHIS- The Centenary Gents launched their season opener on Friday night with a 0-1 loss to the University of Memphis at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Memphis scored their only goal in the first half when junior Dayton O’Brien got it past goalie James Speed in the 16th minute off a free kick. The Gents were unable to answer back before the end of the half. Returning for the second half, Centenary had a chance to even the score but was unable to put one in the net. Memphis controlled the offense with a 25-5 shot advantage, but the defense collaboration of Dustin Forward, Aaron Elrod , Jonathan Wright , and replacement goalie Ransone Rose held the Tigers scoreless in the second half. This is the seventh time the two teams have met with Centenary having 2-5-0 all time record against the Tigers. The Gents (0-1) will play their second game of the tournament against Western Kentucky on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  
September 3, 2004 | Athletics
New Orleans —The Centenary Ladies volleyball team opened the 2004 season with a split on the first day of action at the UNO Wyndham Invitational Tournament. The Ladies fell to the University of New Orleans in the tournament opener before bouncing back to dismantle Morgan State in three straight games. Centenary (1-1) began the day with a tough 3-1 loss to the host school (24-30, 30-25, 18-30, 23-30) as the Ladies failed to shut down the offense of the Privateers. Four players recorded double digit kills for UNO (1-0) including a match-high 16 kills by Jennifer Cruz. Freshman Lindsay Bekelja tallied 33 assists while running the Centenary offense in her first collegiate match. Kelley Heckman and Tracee Byrd did most of the scoring for the Ladies as each finished with 12 kills on the afternoon. The second match of the day would provide the Ladies with their first win of the season, a 3-0 drumming of Morgan State (30-25, 30-15, 30-27). Junior Catey Batte rifled four aces to give her six on the day to go with her 35 digs in the doubleheader. Heckman (10) and Byrd (11) each totaled double digit kills for the second consecutive match while freshman Emily Longerot led the Ladies with 12 kills in the victory. Centenary did not claim its first win last season until the sixth match of the year. Morgan State (0-3) was held to a .089 hitting percentage while committing 22 errors. The Lady Bears managed only 30 kills in the loss compared to 43 for a Centenary team that boasted a kill percentage of .337 to go along with their 11 aces. Centenary will return to action in the UNO Wyndham Invitational on Saturday where they will face Troy State at 10 a.m. and Southeastern Louisiana at 2:30 p.m.   -30-
September 1, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary goalkeeper Lindsey Stafford earned her first accolade of the season, being named Defensive Player of the Week by the Mid-Continent Conference. Her 10 saves in the season opener helped the Ladies (1-0-0) shutout visiting Arkansas State (0-2-0), 3-0. Stafford is no stranger to the award. She earned the distinction twice in 2003, for the weeks of September 15th and October 13th. Her 109 saves led the Mid-Con in the 2003 season. Stafford’s mark also ties her for the all-time season-high in Centenary women’s soccer history. Her 1.12 goals against average is tied for fifth all-time in a season. The Ladies are on the road this weekend at the Grambling Tournament. They face Troy State (0-1-1) on Friday and Nicholls State (0-2-0) on Sunday.   -30-
August 29, 2004 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Arkansas State vs Centenary Box Score Shreveport —The Centenary women’s soccer team won their season opener 3-0, shutting out visiting Arkansas State Sunday afternoon. The Ladies were aggressive early, scoring almost immediately. Freshman forward Tara Sageser made a strong impression in her first collegiate match, scoring her first career goal, the game winner in the second minute. She led all players with six shots and three points on the day. Senior Mindi Levinski , a first-team all Mid-Continent Conference player in 2003, gave Centenary a cushion goal in the 55th minute. Her loft on a free kick from the top left side of the box sailed over the head of the Lady Indians keeper. Sophomore Rebecca Swilley added the insurance goal just under 10 minutes later, collecting a pass from Sageser in front of the goal and pushing it into the back of the net. Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Stafford led Centenary’s defense, collecting 10 saves and posting her first shutout of the season. The Ladies strong defensive presence forced Arkansas State to consistently take low-percentage shots from a distance. The Ladies are on the road this weekend as they take on Troy State in the Grambling tournament on Friday.   -30-
August 28, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT- Riding the momentum of Friday’s 2-1 win over UT-Tyler, the Centenary Gents came back in the last minutes to tie William Carey 3-3 at Mayo field on Saturday. Centenary came out strong in the first half and scored first when senior Michael Krulin lobbed a shot up and over William Carey’s wall and through the goal posts off a free kick. William Carey senior Eric Diaz answered back knocking the ball over the goal line off a corner kick in the 13th minute. The aggressive play continued, as William Carey was able to score one more goal from deep in the left corner before the half time buzzer. The Gents battled back in the second half getting pushed down inside the box. Senior Greg Clarke strategically knocked in his second penalty kick of the exhibition season. With Centenary down by one, William Carey midfielder Colin Hoey received a red card, which forced his team to play one man down. With less than two minutes on the clock, senior Jeffrey Krulin tied the game with a powerful shot to the back of the net. The Gents will travel to Memphis next weekend to participate in the Memphis Soccer Tournament playing Memphis on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Georgia State on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.    
August 27, 2004 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —The Centenary Gents won their second home exhibition game against the University of Texas at Tyler with a 2-1 victory, courtesy of their push up defense and aggressive front line at Mayo field. Centenary’s passing game paid off in the first half with freshman Osama Buazza putting the ball in the back off the net off of junior Ryan Nicholson’s blocked shot. Greg Clarke got the second goal with a strong low shot to the right on a penalty kick. The defensive trio of senior Aaron Elrod , junior Jonathan Wright , and freshman Dustin Forward kept the Patriots shots to a minimum, forcing freshman goalie Ransone Rose to make four saves. The Gents host another exhibition game against William Carey College on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. They will kick off their first regular season match next Friday when they visit the Memphis Tigers.
August 20, 2004 | Athletics
Chase Wooten Shreveport —The Centenary women’s soccer team has been picked third in the Mid-Continent Conference’s preseason poll, finishing behind 2003 champion Oakland (six first place votes) and Oral Roberts (one vote). The poll is rounded out by Valparaiso, IUPUI and Western Illinois (tie), and Southern Utah. In 2003, Centenary’s first year in the Mid-Con, the Ladies posted a 10-7-3 record, including a conference mark of 3-2-1. Their record earned them a spot in the conference postseason tournament, tying Oral Roberts in regulation before losing in penalty kicks, eliminating them from title contention. First-year coach Chase Wooten expects another solid year from the Ladies, including first-team all-league midfielder Mindi Levinski . She commanded the offense with eight goals, and led the Mid-Con with 11 assists and 27 points. Levinski currently ranks third on Centenary’s all-time list for assists. The top four finishers in the final regular-season standings are eligible for competition in the 2004 Mid-Con Women’s Soccer Tournament held on November 5 and 7. The winner of that event is granted the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup. -30-
August 2, 2004 | Athletics
Aurora, Ohio —The first round of the 74th Northeast Ohio Amateur Invitational (NEO) ended on Thursday with five-time champion Doug Hauenstein, 44, in first place with Joe Ungvary Jr., 39, and Centenary senior Brett Kaufman , 21, in a tie for second place just one stroke back. Hauenstein was the only player in the field of 67 to shoot an even-par 71 while Ungvary and Kaufman each fired a 72 to keep the pace. Kaufman, who will serve as the team captain for the Gents golf team this year, is a native of Ohio. He is a member of the Red Tail Golf Club where the second round of the NEO will be played on August 5th. Kaufman played with consistency and tallied four birdies in his opening round on Wednesday. That same focused play helped the Gents to a second place finish at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships in April.
July 1, 2004 | Athletics
Shreveport —Centenary men’s basketball coach Kevin Johnson has announced the hiring of Matthew “Mike” Smith as assistant basketball coach. Smith comes to Centenary after coaching at Southeastern Louisiana under former Centenary coach Billy Kennedy. Smith helped Southeastern Louisiana to a 20-9 record and the Southland Conference regular season championship in 2003-04. He also coached at Brebeuf Preparatory Jesuit High School and Pearl River Community College prior to his stint with the Lions last season. “We are excited to have Mike Smith at Centenary,” said Johnson. “He brings vast playing experience to our staff which will particularly benefit our post players.” Smith played professionally for seven seasons in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds over his professional career and finished as the league-leading rebounder in Turkey with an average of 15.6. During his collegiate career, Smith was a starting member of the University of New Orleans basketball team that won the American South Conference in 1988. While at UNO, he also participated in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 1988 and the NCAA Tournament in 1987. “I am very excited to become a part of the Centenary family and it is my pleasure to work with Kevin Johnson,” said Smith. “I feel fortunate for the opportunity to aid in the development of young men, both on and off the basketball court. Coach Johnson has brought a spark of enthusiasm and integrity, which I will also bring to the program. As I continue to develop in coaching it is certainly a privilege to work at Centenary College and with Kevin Johnson.”   -30-