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June 28, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary men’s basketball head coach Rob Flaska has announced the addition of a pair of post players to the upcoming 2006-07 roster.   Jerrald Bonham and Xabi Zusperreguy have signed National Letters of Intent and will begin their careers with the Gents as a freshman and junior, respectively.   Bonham (Plano, Texas/Plano West HS) is a 6’8 forward who averaged 12.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 1.6 assists per game as a senior.   He earned second team All-District 8-5A honors and was ranked one of the top 50 players in the state by Texas Hoops recruiting service.   “Jerrald brings us great athleticism and quickness to our post game,” Flaska said.   “He has good ability to score in our half-court and fast-break offense.   His upside as a player is tremendous.”   Zusperreguy (Paris, France/Highland CC) adds another dimension of size and experience to the Gents frontcourt.   The 6’8 forward/center averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block a game as a freshman at Illinois Central College in 2004-05 before transferring to Highland CC where he received a medical redshirt.   “Xabi brings us much needed athleticism and scoring ability inside,” said Flaska.   “Versatile enough to post up or step out and shoot the three pointer, his maturity and physical strength inside will be an important factor to the success of our team.”   “The signings of both Xabi and Jerrald gives us inside players that have the ability to match-up with inside players of the better teams we play,” Flaska added.   “Both bring a good inside size with athleticism and scoring ability.”   Centenary College is a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference. Centenary is located in Shreveport, La., and having been founded in 1825, it is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.
June 27, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball staff has announced their 2006 Fall Camp beginning with a clinic on September 9 th through October 22 nd at Shehee Stadium.   All camp coaches will be current or former Gent coaches and players, and the league is intended for players ages 14-18 who are part of a high school baseball program and want to advance their baseball skills through professional instruction and a guaranteed 10 games of peer competition.   The league will be on Saturdays and Sundays for a cost of $175.   Tuition includes a Centenary hat and T-Shirt, a one-day instructional clinic, and 10 guaranteed games where everyone will play.   Players should bring their glove, baseball shoes, suitable baseball attire, and a great attitude!   For more information, contact Centenary Baseball at (318) 869-5298 or 5095.  
June 23, 2006 | Athletics
Todd Russ SHREVEPORT—Centenary head men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the hiring of Todd Russ as assistant coach. Russ joins current coaching staff members Mike Smith and Joey Tolis and takes the position vacated by Brandon Curran who left Centenary in order to pursue educational goals.   Russ is a Louisiana native from the town of White Castle. He joins the Gents staff after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Nicholls State University. Other stops along his career include positions at Ascension Catholic High School and The Dunham School. He also enjoyed a collegiate playing career at Nicholls State where he helped the Colonels earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament in the 1995-96 season.   “Todd brings us a wealth of experience in recruiting, particularly in the state of Louisiana,” said Flaska. “He is a home-grown talent who played Division I basketball and knows the coaching business. We are excited to have Todd join our staff.”   Russ will serve as the recruiting coordinator at Centenary and will coach the perimeter players in addition to various other duties.
June 19, 2006 | Athletics
BATON ROUGE, La.—Centenary freshman volleyball player Danielle Bochat has been named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-Louisiana Team for her efforts on the court this season. The 5’11” outside hitter earned honorable mention accolades on the LSWA team while breaking several school records in her debut campaign.   Bochat, from Boerne, Texas, led the Ladies squad in kills (439), kills per game (3.35), attempts (1,334), attack percentage (.204), digs (362), and digs per game (2.76), while finishing second in service aces (40). She set a new Centenary single-season mark for kills and finished just seven attempts short of reaching the top of that list. Her 362 digs are fifth most in a season and her 30 kills against Texas Southern tied her for the most ever in a single match.   Bochat was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week in mid-September and finished fifth in the league in kills. She recorded 11 double doubles on the year and notched double-digit kills in 23 matches.
June 9, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Jennifer Mango Emerald Doria RUSTON—The Centenary Ladies softball team placed three players on the 2006 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana team. Micah Rhodes, Emerald Doria, and Jennifer Mango each were voted a spot on the team by LSWA members after players were nominated by state sports information directors.   A junior from Grapevine, Texas, Rhodes was selected first team All-Louisiana as an outfielder. The power-hitting lefty has also been named first team All-Mid-Continent Conference, second team NFCA All-South Region, and earned multiple Mid-Con Player of the Week awards. She led the team in hitting with a .416 batting average and belted nine homeruns to go with 42 RBI.   Mango earned the honor of being chosen to the All-Louisiana team for the second consecutive season. The sophomore from Sugarland, Texas, was a second team honoree at third base this season after getting the nod as a utility player as a freshman. She hit .314 while driving in 32 RBI en route to a second team All-Mid-Con citation as well.   Just a freshman, Doria enjoyed an outstanding debut campaign. The San Anotnio, Texas, native was named to the LSWA second team and finished in a three-way tie for Freshman of the Year. She led all Centenary players with 10 homeruns and 48 runs scored. In addition, she hit a solid .339 from the plate while starting every game of the season for the Ladies at shortstop. Doria was also a second team All-Mid-Con member as well as the conference’s Newcomer of the Year.
June 8, 2006 | Athletics
Steve Curtis SHREVEPORT – Centenary women’s basketball head coach Steve Curtis has announced the addition of a pair of student-athletes to join the 2006-07 program.   Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala. / Ramsay HS) and Tinesha Jones (Mansfield, La. / Mansfield HS) have signed their National Letter-of-Intent and will play for the Ladies as freshmen next season.   Jefferson is a 5-6 guard who averaged 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, and five steals a game playing in Alabama’s 5A competition.   She was named second-team All-State as a senior and the MVP of the 5A Alabama State Championships as her Ramsay Lady Rams won their third consecutive state title.   She also participated in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game as well as the North/South All-Star game.   “Monique played a big part in Ramsay’s three consecutive state championships,” Curtis said.   “She is a great addition to our program.”   Jones, product from nearby Mansfield HS, led her team to a semi-finals appearance in the 3A state championship tournament as a senior.   She earned first-team All-District honors while averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and four steals per game.   “We are looking for Tinesha to provide a post presence for us this season,” said Curtis.   “She is an excellent rebounder who should compete for playing time immediately.”   Jefferson and Jones join early signees Leslie Forest and Samantha Gillespie, as well as recent additions Jasmine Bothwell and Bethany Joseph for the 2006-07 season.     2006-07 Centenary Ladies Basketball Signees Monique Jefferson, guard, 5-6, Birmingham, Ala. (Ramsay HS) Tinesha Jones, forward, 6-1, Mansfield, La. (Mansfield HS)
June 2, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—Centenary volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent. Sarah Chambers, Lauren Fielding, Rebekah Hill, and Christina Nichols will all join the Ladies’ squad for the upcoming season, which begins in August. The Maroon and White roster currently includes 11 players after also adding Sarah Witherington.   Chambers, from Plano, Texas, is a 5’10” outside hitter that attended Plano West Senior High School. She earned All-District Honorable Mention in 2004-05 and was Player of the Week Honorable Mention during her senior season. She helped her prep team to district, area, and regional quarterfinal championships as a junior and also led the program to a bi-district championship and regional quarterfinal appearance in 2005-06.   “Sarah’s height and ball control will be an asset to our program,” said Hazelwood. “We look forward to having her on the court.”   A 5’5” libero, Fielding is also from Plano, Texas. She comes to Centenary from Plano Senior High and the Dallas Force club team. She was a member of the All-Area and First Team All-District teams in 2005, was named Honorable Mention in 2003 and 2004, and was selected as the Defensive MVP at the Birdville Tournament twice. She helped guide her prep team to the Elite Eight in 2005 and her club team has advanced to the national tournament in each of the last two attempts.   “Lauren is an outstanding defensive player. Her ability and leadership will help take us to the next level,” said Hazelwood.   Hill is a 6’1” middle blocker from nearby Carthage, Texas. She earned First Team All-District honors three times, was All-State Honorable Mention, Academic All-District and Team Offensive Player of the Year twice each, and was named District Co-Blocker of the Year as a senior. She played her prep career at Carthage High School and also plays club
June 2, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Northwest Louisiana Invitational Schedule SHREVEPORT – The 2006 Northwest Louisiana Invitational baseball tournament schedule has been set and is now available, featuring high school, American Legion, and summer teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas.   Teams will compete at four different sites around the Shreveport-Bossier area from Friday, June 9 th to Sunday, June 11 th .   Sites include Airline and Parkway High Schools in Bossier City, Captain Shreve High School in School in Shreveport, and Shehee Stadium on the Centenary College campus.   The top four teams will play for the championship on Sunday with semifinal games at Captain Shreve and Centenary, and the title game held at Centenary.   Tickets are $5 per adult, $3 for children under 10, and $15 tournament passes are also available.   Scouts with proper ID are admitted free.   Contact Mike Diaz at (318) 869-5095 for more information.   CAPTAIN SHREVE Time                        Friday                                               Saturday                                          Sunday 9 a.m.                       Dyson Motors (OK) vs.                    Dyson Motors (OK) vs.          &n
June 1, 2006 | Athletics
Bill Hardy SHREVEPORT—Centenary gymnastics coach Bill Hardy has announced the signings of Whitney Daugherty and Courtney Hawkins to National Letters of Intent. The pair of gymnasts add to a strong Maroon and White team that lost only three Ladies from last year’s squad that qualified for the USA Gymnastics Nationals.   Daugherty joins the Centenary team from the Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta in Kennesaw, Ga. She placed 10 th in the all-around and sixth on the vault as well as second on the floor exercise at the 2006 Region VIII Level 10 Regionals. She was also third on the floor and 24 th in the all-around at the 2005 Level 9 Eastern Nationals.   “Whitney is a very clean and technically sound gymnast,” said Hardy. “I think she will contribute quite significantly to our team in the upcoming 2007 season.”   Hawkins trained at Gymnastics, ETC in Sulphur, La., where she was a Level 10 gymnast. She placed 19 th in the all-around at the 2006 Region VIII Level 10 Regionals.   “Courtney is a very explosive gymnast who should make an impact while contributing immediately on all four events for us,” said Hardy.   Centenary is a Division I school located in Shreveport, La. Founded in 1825, Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.
May 31, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—Centenary head volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced the 2006 schedule for the Maroon and White. The Ladies will take part in three road tournaments including events hosted by NCAA Tournament participant Tennessee and TCU in addition to sponsoring their own tournament. Altogether, Centenary will host 14 matches under the roof of the Gold Dome and will begin Mid-Continent Conference play at home on September 23 rd .   “We are excited about the upcoming season,” said Hazelwood. “With our strong returning players and a great incoming class, we are looking forward to starting competition play in the fall.”   The Ladies begin the 2006 fall campaign with the Tennessee Tournament where Centenary will go up against the host Lady Vols as well as Miami of Ohio and Virginia. The team then bounces back to Shreveport for a home tournament with Jackson State, Nicholls State, Central Arkansas, and Southern.   The second week of September finds the Maroon and White traveling west down I-20 to the TCU Tournament. In Ft. Worth the Ladies will take on more strong competition in Ole Miss, Davidson, and the host Horned Frogs.   “We have some challenging tournaments on our schedule in addition to some other tournaments that we feel we can be very successful in,” said Hazelwood. “The tournaments are good for us as we get the opportunity to test ourselves against teams that will present many different styles of play.”   The Ladies will also participate in the Prairie View A&M Tournament as well as various other mid-week matches against familiar opponents such as Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State, Texas Southern, and Southern. Teams appearing on the mid-week docket for the first time in recent years include Louisiana Tech (Oct. 10 in Ruston, La.) and the Air Force Academy (Oct. 16 in Lorman, Miss.).     Centenary will also open Mid-Con play at home in 2006, something Coach
May 26, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jimmy Baker Justin Darr Nate Santiago Alex Valdivia TULSA , Okla.- Playing in the opening consolation game of the 2006 Mid-Continent Conference baseball tournament after a heartbreaking extra-inning loss to Oral Roberts, Centenary fell to Oakland 10-5 and was eliminated from Play.   The Golden Grizzlies got to Gents starter Matt Clark early, scoring three runs in the first two innings on six hits.   Oakland plated one run in the first on back-to-back singles while scoring twice in the second frame.   Centenary answered back in the third with a pair of runs on RBI singles by Justin Darr and Jimmy Baker.   Nate Santiago and Tim Ryan scored on the hits before Matt Webb grounded into a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded to end the inning down 3-2.   Keeping the scoring steady, OU added another run in the third with a leadoff single before Will Kaage relieved Clark on the mound.   A double on the next at-bat put a pair of runners in scoring position, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice as Santiago tagged the runner on second out in the base path.   Not to be outdone, the Gents took their first lead of game in the fifth off a three-run homerun off by Baker to make it a 5-4 ballgame.   Ryan led off the frame with a hit batsman before Alex Valdivia’s single fell into right.   After what would turn out to be an unneeded sacrifice bunt by Darr, Baker connected with a solid shot that sailed over the wall in left center.   Oakland made sure to make a game out of it, retaking the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs.   The Golden Grizzlies took advantage of two errors by the Centenary corner outfielders and scoring on a two-RBI double by Drew Jenson.   Looking to turn the tide once again, the Gents squandered the bases loaded with one out and the heart of the order at the plate.   Darr connected with a solid line drive to the second baseman before Bak
May 25, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Justin Darr Jimmy Baker Tim Ryan Brandon Fulenchek Kris Calhoun TULSA , Okla.- In the opening round of the 2006 Mid-Continent Conference baseball championships, fourth-seeded Centenary and top-seed Oral Roberts played an extra-inning thriller with the Golden Eagles pulling out a 5-4 victory.   ORU scored on a wild pitch with a runner on second to claim the victory in the tenth inning.   The Gents (23-29) jumped on the board first, plating a pair of runs in the fourth inning.   With one out, Justin Darr doubled down the leftfield line, careening a shot off the third base bag to safely reach second.   Jimmy Baker then advanced Darr to third with a single through the left side, allowing Darr to score two batters later on a passed ball.   Catcher Alex Maldonado would make it a moot point, adding another single in the inning to bring home Baker and take a 2-0 lead.   Centenary added another two runs in the fifth with Nate Santiago leading off with a walk followed by a Tim Ryan single.   After ORU starter Nick Jones fanned the next two Gents, Darr and Baker came through in the clutch with back-to-back hits to drive in Santiago and Ryan.   Oral Roberts (36-14) finally got to Gents starter Brandon Fulenchek in the sixth as Golden Eagles third baseman Carter McQuigg hit a solo homerun over the leftfield fence to pull within 4-1.   Fulenchek held ORU scoreless for 5 2/3 innings prior to the homer, allowing just four hits.   Not willing to concede anything, the Golden Eagles answered with two runs in the seventh to make it a 4-3 ballgame.   ORU connected with three consecutive hits, followed by an error by Baker with runners on the corner to plate two.   Calming down, relief pitcher Kris Calhoun (4-5) struck out ORU’s top hitters back-to-back before forcing a meek grounder back to the mound to end the threat.   The Golden Eagles then tied the game in the eighth
May 24, 2006 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: 2006 Mid-Con Baseball All-Conference Release Tim Ryan Jimmy Baker Justin Darr   Three Centenary baseball players were awarded First Team All-Mid-Continent Conference honors, as voted by the head coaches of participating institutions.   Senior Tim Ryan and juniors Jimmy Baker and Justin Darr each earned accolades for their performances as the Gents qualified for the Mid-Con tournament for the third time in as many years of league play.   Ryan, a senior outfielder from Oshkosh , Wis. , led the Mid-Con in hitting with a .398 regular season average and topped the list in hits with 74, walks with 36, and on base percentage with .491. He is also ranked in the top ten in the Mid-Con in slugging percentage, runs scored, runs batted in, doubles, triples, and stolen bases.   Baker is a junior college transfer from Chelsea , Mich.   He hit .305 for the Gents to earn first-team honors at third base while knocking in a Gents best 38 RBI.   Baker also collected 14 doubles, good enough for seventh place in the Mid-Con.   Darr, a three-year letterwinner from The Woodlands, Texas , hit .339 as the designated hitter.   He drove in 35 runs on 57 hits and was named Mid-Con Player of the Week once this season.   The Gents take on defending champion and top-seed Oral Roberts in the Mid-Con’s opening round of the tournament.   Play will begin at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on www.ORUGoldeneagles.com .                   2006 Baseball All-Conference teams FIRST TEAM* Andy Bouchie, Oral Roberts      C         Jr.     Chad Rothford, Oral Roberts     1B      Jr.     Jake Kahaulelio, Oral Roberts   2B      Jr.     Tim Torres, Oral Roberts    
May 23, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - Centenary head swimming coach Butch Jordan has announced the signing of 10 men’s swimmers to National Letters-of-Intent for the upcoming 2006-07 season.   The signees will bolster the Gents squad that placed third at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships in 2004-05, fifth in 2005-06, and lose just one graduating senior from last year’s squad.   Clayton Carter (Houston, Texas / North Shore HS), Dane Chambers (Austin, Texas / Lake Travis HS), Rustin Green (Campbell, Texas / Campbell HS), Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La. / Alexandria HS), Quinn Larwood (Colleyville, Texas / Colleyville Heritage HS), Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M. / La Cuena HS), Wladamir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas / Cedar Park HS), David Moss (Chelsea, Okla. / Chelsea HS), Alex Opland (Marietta, Ga. / Mount Paran Christian School), and Jamie Stultz (Allen, Texas / Allen HS) will all enter Centenary as freshman this coming year.   Carter will compete in the distance freestyle events, and could prove to be a force in the Mid-Con in the 200, 500, and 1650 free.   He swam for coach Steve Wilson at the Blue Tide Swim Club.   “Clayton brings needed depth to out freestyle events,” said Jordan.   “His attitude and enthusiasm will spread throughout the team.   He is expected to improve quickly at Centenary.”   Chambers is a relatively untested swimmer, but the Gents coaching staff expect him to be solid performer for the squad next season.   “We expect Dane to be a real contributor in the sprint freestyles.   He has a very enthusiastic approach to his training and competition.”   Green swam for Brent Mitchell and the METRO Swim Team in Allen, Texas, the program that also produced Centenary Ladies standout Sara Hansen.   “Rustin will prove to be a versatile and valuable addition to the men’s squad.   He can go several directions including breast, fly, and IM.   We expect R
May 23, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Seven additional women’s swimmers will join the 2006-07 Ladies program, head coach Butch Jordan announced today.   The group will add depth and skill to a program that broke almost every school record in the 2005-06 campaign.   Jessica Brown (Flower Mound, Texas / Flower Mound HS), Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas / Flower Mound HS), Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood HS), Kendra Norman (Powder Springs, Ga. / Powder Springs HS), Sarah Schultz (Tulsa, Okla. / Edison Preparatory HS), Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss. / Clinton HS), and Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood, Colo. / Cherry Creek HS) will all enter Centenary as freshman in 2006-07.   Brown swam for Jason Kiplinger at Flower Mound HS and for Matt Rowe’s Lakeside Aquatic Club.   She was a teammate of current Gents captain Ross Gilbert at Lakeside.   “With four years of swimming under her belt,” Jordan said, “Jessica has huge potential for improvement in all her events.   She will be a valuable asset in the 100 and 200 fly, and the 50 free.”   Loy was a teammate of Brown’s at Lakeside and also swam with Gilbert and current Ladies swimmer Alana Gregory.   “Becca has the potential to be the fastest breaststroker on the Centenary team her freshman year.   We expect her to final at the Mid-Con championships her freshman year.”   Nazzal joins Centenary with fellow Blue Tide club team teammates David Berude and Clayton Carter.   “Natalie will be another valuable weapon in our sprint group.   She has great potental for us in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles and will be a strong leg of our 200 and 400 relays.”   Norman swam for Yit Lim’s Marietta Marlins Swim Club with fellow incoming freshman Alex Opland.   She began her swimming career in locally for Jordan’s City of Shreveport Swim Team (COSST) as a nine-year-old.   “It will be good having Kendr
May 22, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Seeded fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the second consecutive year, the Centenary baseball team looks to repeat their magic from the 2005 season for a repeat trip to the championship game.   The Gents qualified for their third postseason appearance in as many years in the Mid-Con as Chicago State completed a Sunday sweep over Southern Utah to eliminate the Thunderbirds from contention.   Centenary (23-28, 11-11 Mid-Con) faces top-seeded and eight-time defending champions Oral Roberts (35-14, 17-2 Mid-Con) in the first round.   The Golden Eagles are hosting the conference tournament at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Okla., for the second straight year.   Also vying for the Mid-Con’s automatic berth to an NCAA Regional are second-seeded Western Illinois (30-30, 14-8 Mid-Con) and three-seed Oakland (19-36, 13-11 Mid-Con).   Senior outfielder Tim Ryan leads the Gents with a .398 average, ranking him 34 th in the nation and tops in the Mid-Con.   He also leads the conference in hits (74), walks (36), and on base percentage (.491).   Third baseman Jimmy Baker leads the way with 38 runs batted in and 14 doubles.   Fellow juniors Justin Darr , Justin Huff , Matt Webb , and Torey Williams are all also hitting above .300 for the year.   Sophomore catcher Alex Maldonado is hitting .322 and has thrown out a Mid-Con best 26 runners on steal attempts.   On the mound, junior Will Kaage leads the way with a 4-3 record and a 3.46 ERA.   Also with four wins, both out of the bullpen, are seniors Kris Calhoun (4-4) and Cam Feightner (4-3).   Calhoun leads the Gents with 42 strikeouts while Feightner’s two saves lead the staff.   The Gents take on ORU on Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m.   Live stats will be available throughout the tournament for all games, and can be found at the following link: http://live.orugoldeneagles.com/stats/bbc/livestats/xlive.htm . Also, all
May 21, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—Centenary Director of Athletics Taylor Moore has announced an agreement between the Centenary Athletics Department and Adidas that makes the company the official provider of all Ladies and Gents apparel and equipment. The deal goes into effect immediately and all Centenary teams will sport Adidas uniforms, practice and travel clothing, and game gear for the upcoming 2006-07 athletic seasons.   “We are pleased to partner with Adidas in providing our student-athletes with the best quality equipment and apparel possible,” said Moore. “We look forward to working with Adidas over the course of the next several years and I think our student-athletes will be very happy with the new products they will be using in their respective competitions.”   The agreement is a three-year deal between Centenary and Adidas and includes all athletic staff, players, and teams.   
May 17, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes STARKVILLE, Miss.—Centenary softball standout Micah Rhodes has received yet another accolade for her accomplishments on the field this season. The junior outfielder was named to the 2006 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region Second Team. The selection comes after Rhodes was named first team All-Mid-Con for the third consecutive year and following an appearance in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd section. She was also honored as Centenary’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete.   Rhodes (Grapevine, Texas) led the Mid-Continent Conference in batting average for most of the season and finished with a lofty .416 average. Her 42 RBI were a team-best and her nine homeruns and 41 runs were among the Ladies' top totals as well. She is also in the top five of several other league categories. In addition, she owns almost every major single season and career offensive record at Centenary. Rhodes has also been recognized as the conference player of the week more than a handful of times in her career and was the 2004 Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year.
May 16, 2006 | Athletics
Lauren Flowers CEDAR CITY, Utah—Centenary softball players Lauren Flowers and Megan Hall earned the Mid-Continent Conference’s final honors of the season by being named to the 2006 Softball All-Tournament Team. Tiffany Burt of Southern Utah took home MVP honors while 13 other players were selected to the squad.   Flowers (San Antonio, Texas) patrolled centerfield for the Ladies during the Mid-Con Tournament. She went 5-for-8 (.625) at the plate with a pair of RBI over the two games while playing solid defense. The sophomore finished the season with a .290 batting average to go with five homeruns and 47 runs scored.   Hall (Jefferson, Texas) batted .333 for the doubleheader while serving as a solid battery mate as the catcher for the Centenary pitching staff. A junior, Hall batted .340 on the year with 15 RBI while committing only three errors defensively.   Flowers and Hall helped the Ladies end the season with a 31-25 overall record. This is the third consecutive campaign in which head coach Mark Montgomery’s team has notched at least 30 wins. Prior to his arrival, Centenary had accomplished that feat only two times in the previous 15 years of the program.
May 14, 2006 | Athletics
Johnny Noland Alex Maldonado Nate Santiago Matt Clark ROCHESTER, Mich.—The Centenary baseball team concluded the Mid-Continent Conference portion of its schedule on Sunday with a split at Oakland. The Gents fell 11-7 in game one against the Golden Grizzlies then rebounded for a 7-1 victory in the finale to earn the series split. The Maroon and White currently sit at 11-11 in league play and in fourth place. The top four finishers advance to the conference tournament on May 25-27 on the campus of Oral Roberts, but the Gents have a bye and will have to wait and see how things play out in the final weekend of Mid-Con action starting next Friday.   Centenary (23-28, 11-11 Mid-Con) found itself down 3-0 heading into the third inning of game one after Oakland scored two in the first and one in the second off of Gents starter Matt Clark. Centenary cut into the deficit in the third when Nate Santiago walked and Justin Huff and Torey Williams followed with singles to get the visitors on the board.   The Gents erupted for four runs in the fifth to grab the lead at 5-3 while Clark settled into a grove on the hill. Robbie Knowles led off the scoring with a bunt single and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Santiago. Knowles swiped third base and Huff coerced a walk to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch by Oakland pitcher Dan Stinchcombe pushed Knowles across the pay station and allowed Huff to move all the way to third base. Williams walked, which chased Stinchcombe from the game, and Matt Webb promptly doubled down the left field line off of the new OU hurler to score Huff. An RBI groundout by Justin Darr and a single by Jimmy Baker accounted for two more Centenary runs.   Oakland (19-32, 13-7 Mid-Con) finally started to put some offensive momentum together in the seventh inning after the Gents added another run in the sixth to make the score 6-3. Two singles and a costly error on a sacrifice bunt attempt allowed the Golden Grizzlies to score their
May 13, 2006 | Athletics
Will Kaage Brandon Fulenchek Matt Webb Alex Maldonado Justin Darr ROCHESTER, Mich.---The Centenary baseball team fell victim to a six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to lose its series opening game with Oakland 9-8 in Mid-Continent Conference play on Saturday. The Gents did recover on the pitching arm of Will Kaage to earn the day one split by taking the nightcap 6-1.     Centenary (22-27, 10-10 Mid-Con) scored four runs in the first inning to jump out to an early led in game one. Tim Ryan started things off with a single and Torey Williams drew a walk. Matt Webb then singled to left field to drive in Ryan before Oakland committed a pair of errors on defense to open things up for the Gents.   Jimmy Baker’s grounder to second resulted in a poor throw to load the bases with one out and Justin Huff’s dribbler to third base was thrown away to plate another run. Having already had the opportunity to be out of the inning, Centenary’s Alex Maldonado made the Golden Grizzlies pay by stroking a two-run single to left center to put the Gents up 4-0.   Oakland (18-30, 12-6 Mid-Con) scratched back with two runs in the fourth before the Maroon and White extended its lead to 7-2 with three in the seventh all on Webb’s fourth long ball of the season.     Centenary starter Brandon Fulenchek cruised through the first six innings but ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh. He allowed four hits and a walk in the frame but left with two outs after surrendering only a single run after two Oakland runners were thrown out on the bases. Kris Calhoun recorded the final out to end the threat.   Fulenchek left after 6 2/3 innings of work and allowed only three runs on 11 hits, two free passes, and a strikeout.   The Gents added what they thought was an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Justin Darr’s two-out single pushed Ryan across for the third time in the game. Now leading 8-3, Centenary would strug
May 12, 2006 | Athletics
Lauren Flowers Emerald Doria – For the two-time defending Mid-Continent Conference tournament champion Centenary softball team, the third time wasn’t the charm as they were eliminated in two games at the 2006 championships.   The Ladies dropped their first game 3-1 to Western Illinois before falling to Oakland 4-3.   The first game saw a pitching match-up between the Westerwinds’ first-team All-Mid-Con performer Kamren Ferguson (13-10) and the Ladies second-team selection Ashley Lail.   Ferguson tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on 10 Centenary hits while striking out a pair in the win.   Lail also pitched well, going the distance and giving up three runs on eight hits, fanning five.   Western Illinois jumped to an early 1-0 lead with a leadoff triple by Maureen Troller, who later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jennifer Garcia.   The Ladies would respond in the fifth, tying the game at 1-1 with back-to-back-to-back singles by Dana Davis, Emerald Doria, and Lauren Flowers.   Flowers’ hit to left field drove Davis in from second.   WIU plated another pair of runs in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs on a pair of walks and an infield single.   While the Ladies managed to get the initial force at home for the first out, the Westerwinds scored with a pair of singles for what would prove to be the game-winning runs.   Flowers went 3-for-4 in the first contest and drove in the only Centenary run.   Doria and Lail each added a pair of hits while Megan Hall, Jennifer Martin, and Davis each collected hits in the game.   The second game saw early scoring, followed by a drought of runs in comparison.   Playing as the visitors, Centenary scored a pair of runs in the opening frame, only to be matched and surpassed with three by the Golden Grizzlies.   Facing another first team All-Mid-Con pitcher, this time Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year Laura Chomokos, the Ladies had a
May 11, 2006 | Athletics
Heather Kelley ELMHURST, Ill.—Centenary women’s tennis player Heather Kelley has been named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Conference Team for her accomplishments on the court this season. The senior was selected second team All-Mid-Con after posting a 3-5 mark in league play while playing in the #1 singles position for the Ladies.   Kelley, from Georgetown, Texas, earned an overall record of 7-15 on the year while battling the top players from each opposing team roster. Her Mid-Con wins included victories over Oakland, Western Illinois, and UMKC’s top players and she also added wins in Centenary’s matches with Grambling and LeTourneau. In addition, Kelley was 6-11 in doubles play this spring.
May 11, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Emerald Doria Jennifer Mango ELMHURST, Ill.—Four Centenary softball players were named to the All-Mid-Continent Conference softball team, the league office announced on Thursday. Junior Micah Rhodes was selected to the first team for the third time in her three-year career while sophomore Jennifer Mango and freshmen Emerald Doria and Ashley Lail were given second team honors. Doria was also tabbed as the Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year, the second time in three years a Centenary player has received the accolade.   Rhodes (Grapevine, Texas) led the Mid-Con with a .432 batting average and finished in the top five in hits (63), home runs (9), RBI (42), and runs scored (41). She has set or tied Centenary single season records this year for hits, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, batting average, and walks. In addition, she owns Ladies career marks in home runs, batting average, and RBI to name just a few. She was the Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year in 2004 and was named conference Player of the Week three times this year and Louisiana Sports Writers Hitter of the Week as well.   Doria (San Antonio, Texas) enjoyed an outstanding debut season playing shortstop and batting lead-off for the Ladies en route to earning the Newcomer of the Year award. She led the team and set a new Centenary record with 47 runs scored and her 10 home runs were also a team best. She batted .337 on the year and tied Rhodes’ record of 103 total bases. She ranks in the top five of several conference offensive categories.   Mango (Sugarland, Texas) was named to the second team after hitting at a .325 clip from her position at third base. The Ladies cleanup hitter also had five homers and 31 RBI and enjoyed a 14-game hit streak during the season. She was named first team All-Mid-Con, Mid-Con All-Tournament Team, and second team All-Louisiana in 2005.   Lail (Ft. Worth, Texas), also a second team selection, served as Centenary’s pitching ace as a fre
May 11, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball player Micah Rhodes has garnered her share of attention for her accomplishments on the field over her stellar three-year career with the Ladies. However, this week the heavy-hitting lefty is receiving attention on the national level as she is featured in the current issue of Sports Illustrated. The junior right fielder is one of seven amateur athletes highlighted in SI’s Faces in the Crowd section.   Rhodes (Grapevine, Texas) leads the Mid-Continent Conference in batting average with a lofty .432 average and is in the top five of several other categories. She owns almost every major single season and career offensive record at Centenary and just earned her third consecutive All-Mid-Con first team selection. She has also been recognized as the conference player of the week more than a handful of times in her career and was the 2004 league Newcomer of the Year.   Off the field, Rhodes is very successful in the classroom and has been rewarded with representing Centenary at the 2005 NCAA Leadership Convention. In addition, she was recently named the school’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete.   Her appearance in this week’s Sports Illustrated can be found on page 28 of the magazine.
May 9, 2006 | Athletics
Jon Christian Tim Ryan Matt Webb Jimmy Baker A.J. Howes SHREVEPORT – In a match-up between amateurs and professionals, the Centenary baseball team took on the Shreveport Sports minor league team in an exhibition game at Fair Grounds Field on Tuesday evening.   The Gents came out on top 8-4, controlling the game from the beginning to show that you don’t have to get paid to field a top-notch team.   Although they were allowed to use metal bats, the Gents declined in order to have a more fair competition with the Sports.   Using wood bats for the first time all season, and for many of the Centenary players their first time ever, the Gents out-hit the Sports 14-7.   While out-scoring and out-hitting their opponent, Centenary’s most dominant performance came from the mound with their starting pitcher.   Senior Jon Christian tossed a remarkable game, going five innings while allowing just one hit and no walks.   Centenary’s upperclassmen did the most damage on the offensive slate as senior Tim Ryan led the way with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.   Junior Matt Webb connected with a towering two-run home run while Jimmy Baker added a pair of RBI on a double and a sacrifice fly.   A.J. Howes , who played three different defensive positions in the game, also added a hard-hit double to the gap in left center.   Down 6-0 in the sixth inning, the Sports plated four runs in the frame thanks to a Centenary error and a missed turned double play.   Johnny Noland would earn a strikeout to end the inning and hold the Sports scoreless in the seventh.   The eighth and ninth innings saw junior pitchers David McElroy and David Kees , respectively, hold down the fort for the victory.   Kees allowed an inning-opening bunt single, followed by a strikeout and a forced double play to end the game.   Centenary concludes their Mid-Continent Conference season this weekend as they travel to Rochester, Mich.,
May 7, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 2 Box Score - Game 3 Box Score - Game 4 Justin Huff Tim Ryan Kris Calhoun Cam Feightner Matt Clark SHREVEPORT – Playing or completing three separate games in one day, the Centenary baseball team laid claim to a series victory over visiting Mid-Continent Conference foe Valparaiso with two wins and a loss.   The Gents finished Saturday’s rain suspended game with a 6-5 victory followed by a come-from-behind 4-3 win in the bottom of the ninth.   Valpo took home the final game 10-6 to stop a potential sweep by the Maroon and White in the final home series of the 2006 campaign.   Outfielders Justin Huff and Tim Ryan both went .500 on the day, each scoring twice and driving in three runs with one double.   Ryan’s two-RBI single with two outs in the bottom of ninth capped the Gents 4-3 comeback victory.   Kris Calhoun (4-3) earned the win in the suspended game, shutting down the Crusader (13-28, 5-10 Mid-Con) offense to allow an extra-inning Gent rally capped by Jimmy Baker drawing a walk with the bases loaded for the victory.   Calhoun tossed two innings, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, striking out three in the win.   The first full game saw a pitcher’s duel between Centenary’s Matt Clark and Valpo’s Kyle Obenauf, though neither hurler was credited with a decision.   Clark tossed seven innings of seven hit ball allowing three runs, only two of them earned.   He struck out five before being relieved by Cam Feightner (4-2), who eventually picked up the win.     Obenauf went eight strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits while fanning nine.   He was replaced in the ninth by Derek Smith (1-2) who allowed three runs, though none earned, on four hits.   Playing first base in the game, Justin Darr led the way with a 3-for-4 performance with a pair of runs.   Huff would add a pair of base knocks while scoring
May 6, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Brandon Fulenchek Jimmy Baker Justin Darr SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team defeated visiting Valparaiso 8-1 in the opening game of a doubleheader before torrential rain and lightning forced the suspension of the second game until Sunday.   The nightcap was tied 5-5 going into the eighth inning when it was called.   Gents (19-25, 7-8 Mid-Con) starter Brandon Fulenchek (3-6) pitched a gem in the opener, tossing seven innings of one-run ball.   The junior southpaw allowed just four hits while striking out three.   Kris Calhoun and Derek Bross finished out the game without allowing another run to score.   Jimmy Baker and Justin Darr combined for five hits and five RBI, while Justin Huff and Torey Williams each added a pair of base knocks.    Williams and Matt Webb each scored twice in the opener.   The nightcap, suspended at 5-5 going into extra frames, will be continued Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m.   Sunday’s originally scheduled doubleheader will follow, including a Senior Day celebration to honor the Centenary career of six seniors; Calhoun, Jon Christian , Cam Feightner , A.J. Howes , Tim Ryan , and Alex Valdivia .
May 6, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT--The Centenary softball team will serve as the #2 seed in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament hosted by Southern Utah next weekend. The Ladies doubleheader with Western Illinois on Saturday was cancelled due to the threat of incoming weather and poor field conditions as a result of the rainy conditions this morning. With Oakland losing earlier today against SUU, the final seedings have been set. Top seed Southern Utah will play #4 Oakland in the first round of the championship tourney while #2 Centenary will take on #3 Western Illinois. Both games will be a rematch of this weekend's action. 
May 5, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-WIU #1 Box Score CC-WIU #2 Box Score Lauren Flowers Micah Rhodes Jennifer Mango SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team retained its second place ranking within the Mid-Continent Conference with a split against Western Illinois on Friday. The Westerwinds pounded out 17 hits in a 6-0 game one victory, but the Ladies rode the arm of pitcher Ashley Lail in game two to grab the 6-1 win.   Centenary (31-23, 13-9 Mid-Con) managed only three hits in the opening game off of WIU starter Kamren Ferguson. The right-hander struck out five and walked only two Ladies in improving to 12-11 on the season with the complete game.   Western Illinois (20-31-1, 12-9 Mid-Con) used back-to-back doubles by Jennifer Garcia and Ashley Gilland with two outs in the second inning off of Centenary starter Jessica Ivins to claim the early lead. The Westerwinds added a pair of runs in each the fifth and sixth innings on a barrage of singles before pushing their final run across in the seventh.   It was Centenary that struck first in the nightcap with three runs in the first inning. Lauren Flowers singled and Micah Rhodes walked with one out. Jennifer Mango’s grounder was then fielded cleanly by the WIU third baseman but her throw was mishandled at second base. The miscue allowed Flowers to score and kept the rally alive for the Ladies.   After Meghan Hall struck out, Lail helped herself with a single through the left side of the infield to plate Rhodes. Centenary then successfully pulled off a double steal with runners on the corners for the three-run advantage.   The Ladies scored again in the second inning with the help of another Western Illinois error and added two more insurance runs in the sixth on pure hustle.   With two outs in the frame, Flowers beat out an infield single to second base. She moved up on a steal and then scored all the way from second on another infield hit by Rhodes. Rhodes’ tapper up t
May 4, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Emerald Doria SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team will welcome Western Illinois to town for a two-day, four-game Mid-Continent Conference series starting Friday. The match-up could be a preview of the opening round game in the conference tournament held in Cedar City, Utah, next weekend.   Centenary (30-22, 12-8) has not played for two weeks after rain forced the cancellation of its mid-week game with Louisiana Tech and the Ladies had a bye weekend from league play. However, the Maroon and White did take three of four games from Valparaiso in its previous action to remain in second place.   The Ladies are led by the dangerous hitting duo of junior Micah Rhodes and freshman Emerald Doria. Rhodes ranks 23 rd in the NCAA in batting average with a sizzling .433 mark while Doria is 29 th in the nation with .90 runs per game. The Centenary sluggers appear in the top five of various Mid-Con offensive categories 17 times including hits, homeruns, runs, slugging, and on-base percentage.   Western Illinois (19-30, 11-8) is just a half game back of the Ladies in third place and will look to gain ground this weekend. The Westerwinds will rely on the arm of three-time Pitcher of the Week Kamren Ferguson who leads Mid-Con play with a 1.36 ERA. WIU took three of four games last weekend from Valpo.   Rain and inclement weather is expected both Friday and Saturday and could make the series one that will hinge on execution. The Ladies are 7-4 all-time against Western Illinois.   Friday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. while Saturday’s twinbill will start at 2:30 p.m. Log on to Centenary’s official athletics website www.GoCentenary.com for updates on cancellations or postponements as the weather dictates.
May 2, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team has signed a pair to National Letters of Intent to play starting the 2006-07 season, new head coach Steve Curtis announced.   Guards Jasmine Bothwell (Birmingham, Ala. / Clay Chalkville HS) and Bethany Joseph (New Iberia, La. / New Iberia HS) will help solidify the Ladies’ backcourt with the departure of two graduating starters.   Bothwell, a point guard out of Clay Chalkville High School in Birmingham, Ala., averaged 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals a game as a senior.   She was the MVP of the North/South All-Star Game and was named Birmingham Area First Team, Birmingham North-East Player of the Year, and All-Metro Second Team.   Joseph comes to Centenary from New Iberia High School in New Iberia, La., where she will graduate as the Valedictorian of the 2006 class.   She averaged 14.6 points, three rebounds, five assists, and three steals per game.   Boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA, Joseph was named to Louisiana’s Academic All-State 5A Team, All-State Academic Composite Team, and was tabbed Second Team All-District.   The new additions join early signees Leslie Forrest and Samantha Gillespe, both Louisiana natives.   2006-07 Centenary Ladies Basketball Signees Jasmine Bothwell, G, 5-6, Birmingham, Ala. (Clay Chalkville HS) Bethany Joseph, G, 5-5, New Iberia, La. (New Iberia HS)  
May 1, 2006 | Athletics
Tim Ryan ELMHURST, Ill.- Centenary senior outfielder Tim Ryan has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after leading the Gents to a doubleheader sweep over Chicago State on Saturday.   Ryan hit .727 in the two games, going 8-for-11 with three doubles, six runs scores, and 11 RBI.   The leadoff lefty also stole a pair of bases.   His best performance came in Saturday’s opener, going 5-for-6 with four runs, three doubles, and seven RBI.   Now the Mid-Con batting leader, Ryan is hitting at a .391 clip this season.   He also leads the league in hits with 61 in 43 games.   The Gents (18-25, 6-8 Mid-Con) next host Valparaiso for a four-game series, starting Saturday at 2:30 p.m.  
May 1, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—Despite having a bye last weekend from Mid-Continent Conference play, the Centenary Ladies softball team clinched its third consecutive trip to the league’s championship tournament in as many years in the conference. The tournament field has now been set with Southern Utah, Centenary, Western Illinois, and Oakland claiming the four spots in Cedar City, Utah, for the weekend of May 12-14.   Although the top four teams have been determined, the seeding for the three-day event is still up in the air. Southern Utah (28-29, 18-2 Mid-Con) has earned the top seed and cannot lose the honor no matter what happens in the final weekend of play. However, Centenary (30-22, 12-8 Mid-Con), Western Illinois (19-30, 11-8 Mid-Con), and Oakland (25-24, 11-9 Mid-Con) are all fighting for the #2, #3, and #4 seeds.   The final order of finish will most likely come down to the final day of play as Centenary hosts Western Illinois on Friday and Saturday while Oakland welcomes Southern Utah for the weekend.   The Ladies have won the Mid-Con Tournament the last two years and have earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on both occasions.
May 1, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary women’s golf head coach Ken Dupree has announced the signing of Texas prep standout Brittany Blackwell (Grapevine, Texas / Grapevine HS) to a National Letter of Intent.   Blackwell will join a young but talented Ladies roster for the 2006-07 season.   “I’m overjoyed by the signing of Brittany,” Dupree said. “She’s a highly motivated and determined player who’s tenacity will be a welcome addition to our team.”   Blackwell will add athleticism to the Ladies program that should translate to lower team scores and add a challenge to the team’s top veteran performers.   Centenary qualified for their first Mid-Continent Conference championship team appearance this season, finishing fifth.   “We’re improving with every signee,” said Dupree.   “And with no seniors and just one junior set for next year’s team, I see a lot of clear skies ahead for the Ladies program.”     2006-07 Centenary Ladies Golf Signee Brittany Blackwell – Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine HS)
April 29, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Tim Ryan Kris Calhoun Jimmy Baker Cam Feightner David McElroy CHICAGO – Looking to keep in the hunt for a Mid-Continent Conference tournament bid, the Centenary baseball team took another step in the right direction by sweeping a doubleheader against Chicago State 17-8 and 13-10.   The Gents collected 29 hits in the contest, led by a career day by Tim Ryan with eight hits, six runs, and 11 RBI.   Ryan increased his season batting average to .391 with a 5-for-6 performance in the opener, including a trio of doubles, and a 3-for-5 showing in the seven-inning night-cap.   The senior lefty also drove in seven runs in the first game, crossing the plate three times.   The Gents (18-25, 6-8 Mid-Con) jumped to a 6-1 lead in the first four innings of game one before the Cougars (4-33, 0-10 Mid-Con) answered with four in the fifth.   Centenary would respond emphatically with a nine-spot in the sixth to put the game out of reach.   Kris Calhoun (3-3) picked up the victory for the Gents after relieving Brandon Fulenchek in the fifth.   Fulenchek has continued to pitch well throughout the season though, allowing just three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four.   Juniors Jimmy Baker and Justin Darr each added three hits in the opener, both driving in a pair of runs.   Torey Williams added two RBI, as did freshman Robbie Knowles on a pair of hits.   Nate Santiago scored four runs in the game while Baker, Knowles, and Alex Maldonado each crossed the plate twice.   The nightcap saw Centenary squander a 7-0 lead before rallying in the top of the seventh for a 13-10 victory.   Chicago State scored all 10 runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings before a Gents four-spot put them ahead for good.   Cam Feightner (3-1) picked up the victory after coming on in relief in the sixth.   Regular starter David McElroy earned hi
April 28, 2006 | Athletics
Shelley Armstrong SHREVEPORT—Centenary cross country coach Shelley Armstrong has announced the signing of Sunny LaGrone and Adam Nerio to National Letters of Intent. LaGrone will participate on the Ladies’ squad in the fall after choosing to stay close to home in Shreveport while Nerio hails from San Antonio and will join the Gents’ lineup.   LaGrone (Shreveport, La.) is currently the team captain at Byrd High School where she runs the mile in 5:55. She won both the mile and two-mile events at Captain Shreve High School’s track meet in March and is very active off of the course as well. She represented her high school at the Girl’s State Conference in Baton Rouge, she is the yearbook editor, and attended a conference in New York City with her yearbook faculty members recently.   “Sunny is the ideal Centenary College student-athlete,” said Armstrong of her newest women’s recruit. “She is a team player, she is willing to push and motivate others, and she will immediately impact the Ladies’ team with her leadership abilities and passion for the sport.”   Nerio (San Antonio, Texas) will don the Maroon and White for the Gents this coming fall after graduating from Ronald Reagan High School. He has posted a 5K time of 16:48 and finishes the mile in 4:50.   “Adam has been highly successful at the high school level and his presence will be felt within the team from the start,” said Armstrong. “He is a perfect fit for our men’s program. Adam is a hard worker and a strong runner that should excel at the longer distances in college.”
April 28, 2006 | Athletics
Shelley Armstrong SHREVEPORT—Centenary cross country coach Shelley Armstrong has announced the signing of Sunny LaGrone and Adam Nerio to National Letters of Intent. LaGrone will participate on the Ladies’ squad in the fall after choosing to stay close to home in Shreveport while Nerio hails from San Antonio and will join the Gents’ lineup.   LaGrone (Shreveport, La.) is currently the team captain at Byrd High School where she runs the mile in 5:55. She won both the mile and two-mile events at Captain Shreve High School’s track meet in March and is very active off of the course as well. She represented her high school at the Girl’s State Conference in Baton Rouge, she is the yearbook editor, and attended a conference in New York City with her yearbook faculty members recently.   “Sunny is the ideal Centenary College student-athlete,” said Armstrong of her newest women’s recruit. “She is a team player, she is willing to push and motivate others, and she will immediately impact the Ladies’ team with her leadership abilities and passion for the sport.”   Nerio (San Antonio, Texas) will don the Maroon and White for the Gents this coming fall after graduating from Ronald Reagan High School. He has posted a 5K time of 16:48 and finishes the mile in 4:50.   “Adam has been highly successful at the high school level and his presence will be felt within the team from the start,” said Armstrong. “He is a perfect fit for our men’s program. Adam is a hard worker and a strong runner that should excel at the longer distances in college.”
April 27, 2006 | Athletics
Mark Montgomery SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced the signing of three Texas players to National Letters of Intent. Kelsey Greeson, Lauren Highsmith, and Allison Shepperd have all chosen to spend their collegiate careers wearing the Maroon and White and will be part of the 2006-07 Ladies softball roster.   Greeson (Temple, Texas) is a pitcher and utility player from Belton High School where she earned All-District honors in her first three years of play. She was named the 2005 Most Valuable Player and is enjoying a fine 2006 campaign. She also played basketball and volleyball at the prep level.   “Kelsey will be a key addition to our pitching staff,” said Montgomery. “She has the ability to throw several pitches with good speed. However, what makes her truly special is her outstanding defensive skills both as a pitcher and a position player.”   Highsmith (Houston, Texas) will come to Centenary upon graduation from Lamar High School. She is a pitcher who was named All-District in 2003, District Most Valuable Player in 2004, and Preseason All-Houston second team in 2005.   “Lauren is a big time pitcher with great velocity and movement,” Montgomery said. “She will have the opportunity to be the foundation in our pitching rotation for next season.”   Shepperd (Marshall, Texas) is a catcher attending Marshall High School. She hit .429 with six homeruns and 30 RBI in 2005 and owns the school record for most long balls in a career. The 5’6” right-hander was named 2005 first team All-District, first team All-East Texas, and first team All-State. She was also named 2004 first team All-District and the Offensive MVP.   “Allison is an incredible player with tremendous offensive and defensive capabilities. Her impact on our team will be felt immediately,” said Montgomery.   The trio of Greeson, Highsmith, and Shepperd join early signe
April 26, 2006 | Athletics
Head Coach Steve Curtis SHREVEPORT – New Centenary women’s basketball head coach Steve Curtis was officially introduced at a Wednesday press conference as the school’s fourth head coach since starting a Division I program in the 1999-2000 season.   Curtis addressed current and former Centenary athletes, staff, and faculty, as well as fans and members of the local media in the Wilhite Media Room in the Gold Dome.   Curtis brings a wealth of high-level experience to his new post at Centenary as he has served as an assistant coach at two Southeastern Conference institutions and two Big 12 schools for a total of 16 years. His stops include Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas A&M and most recently Mississippi State, where he has spent the last three seasons as the top assistant. Over his entire coaching career, Curtis’ teams have compiled an overall record of 309 wins and 224 losses. He also spent a season as the head coach at Clarke College.   The Ladies enter their fourth season in Mid-Continent Conference play in 2006-07.   Curtis will have his first test in league play against four-time defending regular season champions Western Illinois on Saturday, January 6, 2007, at home in the Gold Dome.
April 25, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2005-06 Mid-Con Men's Golf Championship Final Results David Viviano John Hogan Zach Bruhnke INDIANAPOLIS – The Centenary men’s golf team wrapped up their 2005-06 season with an 8 th place finish at the Mid-Continent Conference golf championships at The Fort Golf Club.   The Gents shot a final round 330 on Tuesday to go with their first day scores of 335 and 340 for 1005.   Junior David Viviano posted a team best 73 in the final round to go with Monday’s 77 and 82 to tie for 24 th place with 232.   John Hogan (79-83-80, 242) finished 35 th while Matt Williams (87-82-84, 253) ended play a slot behind in 36 th .   Mike Lowbardino (92-93-93, 278) finished 38 th while Zach Bruhnke (92-96-100, 288) finished out of scoring consideration and in 40 th place.   Preseason favorites Western Illinois took home the team championship with an 869, followed by Southern Utah (882) and Oral Roberts (886).   Oakland (895) and UMKC (897) battled for the next spot, while IUPUI (915), Chicago State (965), and Centenary (1005) rounded out the competition.
April 25, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2005-06 Mid-Con Women's Golf Championship Final Results Jessica Garza Chloe' Mims Leigh Newton Tracy Williams Bethany Cox INDIANAPOLIS – Centenary freshman Jessica Garza earned second team All-Mid-Continent Conference women’s golf honors after finishing tied for 10 th place at the conference championships at The Fort Golf Club.   Garza shot an 81 on Tuesday to go with Monday’s two-round total of 155 for 236.   The Ladies finished in fifth place with a 977 after posting rounds of 321 and 334 on Monday along with Tuesday’s 322.   Sophomore Chloe’ Mims matched Garza’s second day 81 to finish tied for 13 th with 242 after shooting 161 yesterday.   Leigh Newton also posted a final round 81, placing her 23 rd with 254 after a day one total of 173.   Tracy Williams shot the Ladies best round on Tuesday with a 79.   She finished 18 th with 245 after a 166 in the first two rounds.   Freshman Bethany Cox posted a 95 to go with her Monday totals of 89 and 95 to finish in 29 th place at 279.   Oral Roberts took home the women’s title with a Mid-Con Championship record 902 in 54 holes.   Oakland (929) took second while Western Illinois (947) was third, boasting the individual champion and Player of the Year Karra Johnson.   Johnson shot a 219, another Mid-Con record in a 54-hole championship.   UMKC (956), Centenary (977), and IUPUI (1024) rounded out the competition.
April 25, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes David McElroy SHREVEPORT—Centenary College held its annual Honors Convocation to recognize its top students and leaders in their respective fields of study and interests last week. Many student-athletes received awards and honors for their exceptional efforts including baseball’s David McElroy and softball’s Micah Rhodes who each received the athletic department’s Athletic Achievement Award.   McElroy and Rhodes each garnered All-Mid-Con accolades last year in leading their teams to postseason success. The Gents advanced to the title game of the Mid-Con baseball tournament and the Ladies won the conference tournament and went on to the NCAA Tournament. Both student-athletes were named conference player of the week multiple times and both carry a GPA of 3.5 or higher.   All total, 37 awards or honors were handed out to current or former Centenary athletes on the evening. Below is a list of all the recipients and the awards they received.             Ancient and Modern Languages: CODOFIL Award – Elizabeth Lyles (Golf) Church Careers: Minnie Hall Brown Award – Holly Richardson (Cross Country) D.L. Dykes Founder Award – Holly Richardson (Cross Country Education: Vroonland Secondary Education Award – Andrea Sanchez (Golf) Frost School of Business: Institute of Management Accountants Award – Wes Hardin (Soccer) Woodrow W. Pate Economics Award – Brandon Fulenchek (Baseball) Faculty Award – Wes Hardin (Soccer) Health/Exercise Science:             Tip Davidson Award – Sarah Ball (Gymnastics) History and Political Science:             Weems, Schimpf, Gilsoul, Haines & Carmouche Pre-Law Award – Ali Hilsher (Soccer) Mathematics:             Virginia Carlton Mathematics Award –
April 24, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Mid-Con Men's Results - Day 1 2006 Mid-Con Women's Results - Day 1 David Viviano John Hogan Zach Bruhnke INDIANAPOLIS – The Centenary men’s and women’s golf teams competed at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships Monday, finishing the first two rounds in eighth and fifth places respectively at The Fort Golf Club.   The Gents shot rounds of 335 and 340 for 675 while the Ladies posted scores of 321 and 334 for 655.   In men’s action, junior David Viviano shot 77 and 82 for 159 to tie for 31 st place.   John Hogan ’s 79 and 83 put him in 35 th at 162 while Matt Williams is just behind at 36 th with rounds of 87 and 82 for 169.   Mike Lowbardino ’s 185 place him 38 th with rounds of 92 and 93 while Zach Bruhnke shot a 92 and 96 to tie for 39 th with 188.   Western Illinois leads the way with a 574, five strokes ahead of Oral Roberts with 579.   Southern Utah is in third with 584, while Oakland (593) and UMKC (595) are battling for the next spot.   IUPUI (611), Chicago State (633), and Centenary (675) round out the day’s action.   On the women’s side, freshman Jessica Garza paces the Ladies with rounds of 75 and 80 for 155, tying her for ninth place.   Chloe’ Mims finished the day at 161 with rounds of 79 and 82 for a tie at 16 th .   Tracy Williams ended the day five strokes behind Mims with identical rounds of 83 and a tie for 19 th place.   Leigh Newton ’s 84 and 89 put her in 24 th place at 173 while Bethany Cox finished the day in 29 th place at 184, shooting rounds of 89 and 95.   Oral Roberts (598) holds a 16 stroke lead over Oakland (614).   Western Illinois is in third with 623, followed by UMKC (632), Centenary (655), and IUPUI (687).   A final round will take place for both the men and the women on Tuesday.
April 24, 2006 | Athletics
Christine Majchrowicz Heather Kelley CHICAGO, Ill.—The Centenary women’s tennis team wrapped up its season by going 1-2 in the Mid-Con cluster hosted by Chicago State this weekend. The Ladies fell to Southern Utah and IUPUI by scores of 6-1 and 5-0, but defeated UMKC 7-0 to finish at 3-5 in conference play.   Christine Majchrowicz led the way for the Ladies by capturing wins in two of her three individual matches. She tallied Centenary’s lone point against SUU with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the second slot before besting Anna Grodinsky of UMKC 6-0, 6-0. She also added an 8-0 doubles win with partner Heather Kelley over the Kangaroos’ top doubles team.   Kelley defeated UMKC’s Molli Boyd in the top singles position 6-2, 6-0 and came up on the short end of a hard fought 2-6, 7-6, 10-6 match against Southern Utah’s ace. Kristina Collins, Courtney Myers, and Jennifer Majchrowicz also recorded wins over their UMKC opponents.
April 24, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Mid-Con Women's Results - Day 1 2006 Mid-Con Men's Results - Day 1 Jessica Garza Chloe' Mims Tracy Williams Leigh Newton Bethany Cox INDIANAPOLIS – The Centenary men’s and women’s golf teams competed at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships Monday, finishing the first two rounds in eighth and fifth places respectively at The Fort Golf Club.   The Gents shot rounds of 335 and 340 for 675 while the Ladies posted scores of 321 and 334 for 655.   Freshman Jessica Garza paces the Ladies with rounds of 75 and 80 for 155, tying her for ninth place.   Chloe’ Mims finished the day at 161 with rounds of 79 and 82 for a tie at 16 th .   Tracy Williams ended the day five strokes behind Mims with identical rounds of 83 and a tie for 19 th place.   Leigh Newton ’s 84 and 89 put her in 24 th place at 173 while Bethany Cox finished the day in 29 th place at 184, shooting rounds of 89 and 95.   Oral Roberts (598) holds a 16 stroke lead over Oakland (614).   Western Illinois is in third with 623, followed by UMKC (632), Centenary (655), and IUPUI (687).   On the men’s side, David Viviano shot 77 and 82 for 159 to tie for 31 st place.   John Hogan ’s 79 and 83 put him in 35 th at 162 while Matt Williams is just behind at 36 th with rounds of 87 and 82 for 169.   Mike Lowbardino ’s 185 place him 38 th with rounds of 92 and 93 while Zach Bruhnke shot a 92 and 96 to tie for 39 th with 188.   Western Illinois leads the way with a 574, five strokes ahead of Oral Roberts with 579.   Southern Utah is in third with 584, while Oakland (593) and UMKC (595) are battling for the next spot.   IUPUI (611), Chicago State (633), and Centenary (675) round out the day’s action.   A final round will take place for both the men and the women on Tuesday.
April 23, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Robbie Knowles Matt Webb Derek Bross Kris Calhoun Matt McGlathery SHREVEPORT – After splitting the opening Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader on Saturday, Oral Roberts swept the Centenary baseball team in a Sunday twin-bill to claim a 3-1 series victory.   The Gents lost the opener 10-4 before falling in the nightcap 11-2.   Golden Eagles starters Daniel Greenwalt (3-2) and Nick Jones (4-3) both pitched complete game victories.   Johnny Noland (0-3) and David McElroy (3-1) picked up losses for the Gents.   Oral Roberts (22-13, 6-1 Mid-Con) was in control from the beginning, posting an 8-0 lead in the opener before the Gents scored in the sixth inning.   Centenary (16-25, 4-8 Mid-Con) would plate a pair in the sixth and another two in the eighth to make it a 10-4 contest.   Freshman Robbie Knowles went 3-for-4 at the plate in game one, adding a pair of runs.   Tim Ryan also had multiple hits with two, while Matt Webb drove in two runs on a pair of groundouts.   Noland tossed four innings of seven hit ball with only three of his runs allowed earned.   He struck out two before being replaced by Derek Bross who threw three innings, allowing four runs on four hits and also fanning a pair.   David Kees would close out the contest, holding the Golden Eagles hitless and scoreless through the final two innings.   The Golden Eagles scored in every inning but two in the nightcap, including three in the first and four in the sixth.   McElroy lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.   He was replaced by a platoon of relievers, the most effective being Kris Calhoun for 2 2/3 innings.   Calhoun allowed two runs on three hits, but also struck out a game-best five batters.   Webb and Alex Maldonado both produced a pair of hits for Centenary, while Knowles and Justin Huff drove in the runs.   Freshman
April 22, 2006 | Athletics
Steve Curtis SHREVEPORT—Centenary Director of Athletics Taylor Moore has announced the hiring of Steve Curtis as the next head coach of the Ladies’ basketball program. Curtis becomes the fourth head women’s basketball coach since the program was revived in 1999 at the Division I level after a 17-year absence. Curtis replaces Elizabeth Wamsley who resigned from her position at the end of March.   “Steve has great credentials and really has an enthusiasm for the program,” said Moore. “We feel that he can elevate this program and his hiring shows our commitment to providing our women’s basketball student-athletes with the tools necessary to be successful as the sport continues to evolve on our campus.”   Curtis brings a wealth of high-level experience to his new post at Centenary as he has served as an assistant coach at two Southeastern Conference institutions and two Big 12 schools for a total of 16 years. His stops include Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas A&M and most recently Mississippi State, where he has spent the last three seasons as the top assistant. Over his entire coaching career, Curtis’ teams have compiled an overall record of 309 wins and 224 losses. He also spent a season as the head coach at Clarke College.   All total, Curtis has helped take his teams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, three Sweet 16 bids, two Elite Eight showings, and an SEC Championship. He has coached over 25 players who went on to play professionally, including three first round draft picks (Tan White, Indiana Fever, WNBA-2005; Nicole Kubik, L.A. Sparks, WNBA-2000; Sharon Thompson, San Jose Lasers, ABL-1998).   “I’ve been in great situations as an assistant coach, but it was time to slide over and start making decisions rather than just making suggestions,” stated Curtis. “The Centenary community and the Shreveport-Bossier area are a great place to live and a great place to raise a
April 22, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Nate Santiago Justin Huff Kris Calhoun Robbie Knowles Matt Webb SHREVEPORT – Hosting the defending Mid-Continent Conference champions to a four-game series, the Centenary baseball team split the opening doubleheader 8-7 and 5-3 in a pair of closely fought battles.   The Gents used a seven run inning in the opener to propel them to their first win over the Golden Eagles since joining the Mid-Con before falling just short in the second game with a bases loaded in the last at-bats.   The Golden Eagles (20-13, 4-1 Mid-Con) jumped to a 4-0 lead in the opener, plating single runs in the first, second, fourth, and fifth innings.   Centenary (16-23, 4-6 Mid-Con) would respond by putting up a seven spot in the fifth.     Nate Santiago led off the rally with a walk, advancing to second on an error by ORU third baseman Carter McQuigg on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Justin Huff .   After a strikeout by starter Taylor McIntyre (1-4), the Gents put together back-to-back-to-back singles followed by three straight walks, including consecutive free passes with the bases loaded to Alex Maldonado and Robbie Knowles .   Having batted around the inning, Santiago knocked a two-RBI single to right side in his second at-bat of the inning.   The Golden Eagles would get out of a jam though, forcing Huff into a double-play line-out to second baseman Jake Kahaulelio.   Oral Roberts would score again in the seventh to make it a 7-5 ballgame, but the Gents answered back with a run of their own that inning.   With two-outs, Knowles led the rally with a bunt single down the third baseline, immediately stealing second a batter later.   Santiago then forced a walk, and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by Chance Chapman.   Huff then beat out a single to Kahaulelio to score Knowles before Santiago got caught in a rundown to end the inning.
April 22, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo #3 4-22-06 CC-Valpo #4 4-22-06 Jennifer Mango Lindsey Jones Emerald Doria VALPARAISO, Ind.—The Centenary softball team took care of business on Saturday, taking both ends of a doubleheader with Valparaiso by identical 4-2 scores. The wins allowed the Ladies to take three of the four games in the series and kept the Maroon and White in second place within the Mid-Continent Conference.   Centenary (30-22, 12-8 Mid-Con) received solid pitching performances from Ashley Lail as she improved to 17-13 on the season after capturing both victories. She notched a complete game in game one, allowing only four hits while striking out four Crusaders. In game two, the freshman struck out five and allowed only a single earned run in six innings of work.   The Ladies struck first in the opening inning as Emerald Doria homered to begin her second consecutive game.   Valparaiso (18-25, 5-11 Mid-Con) scratched out a run in the second inning when Lail walked Alicia Ashburn with the bases loaded. However, the right-hander would recover with a strike out, a force out at the plate, and a ground out to get out of the jam.   After taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth, Centenary added two runs in the top of the seventh to secure the win. With a runner on second and one out, Valparaiso coach Randy Schneider walked Doria to face Flowers for the second straight day. Flowers hit a grand slam in the same situation yesterday, but went down on strikes this time. Schneider then walked Micah Rhodes to load the bases but Jennifer Mango answered with a two-run single.   The Ladies scored the initial run of the second contest as well when Megan Hall scored on a Lindsey Jones sac fly after opening the second inning with a double. Two frames later Centenary posted three runs thanks to RBI singles from Lail and Brittney Broussard.      Doria finished her day with a 2-for-3 effort in limited opportunities. She scored twic
April 21, 2006 | Athletics
Adam Walton Michael Haydel NACOGDOCHES, La.—Cross country runners Adam Walton and Michael Haydel represented Centenary in its first-ever track competition at the Dogwood Invitational hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University. The long distance runners competed in the 1500 meter run and the 5000 meter run respectively.   Walton (Shreveport, La.) placed fifth in the 1500 meter jaunt with a time of 4:07.93, only 20 seconds behind the winning time of 3:47.88. Haydel (Bossier City, La.) made his way through the 5000 meter run in 15:54.74, good enough for 11th place.
April 21, 2006 | Athletics
Tim Ryan Justin Darr David McElroy Will Kaage Johnny Noland SHREVEPORT – In a rematch of the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference championship, the Centenary baseball team host last year’s defending champs Oral Roberts to a four-game series this weekend at Shehee Stadium.   The Golden Eagles defeated the Gents twice in last season’s double-elimination tournament in Tulsa, Okla.   Centenary comes into the weekend with a 15-22 overall record, including a 3-5 mark after two weekends of Mid-Con action.   The Gents begin the season against the league’s three other top programs, culminating with a show-down against the Golden Eagles.   Oral Roberts is 19-12 on the year with a perfect 3-0 mark in league play.   The Golden Eagles took three games against Valparaiso before the fourth was cancelled because of poor weather.   Leading the way for the Gents offensively are Tim Ryan (.364 BA, 3 3B, 3 HR), Justin Darr (.356 BA, 25 RBI), and Matt Webb (.341 BA, 10 2B, 3 HR).   Alex Maldonado , Torey Williams , and Justin Huff are all also hitting over .300 while Jimmy Baker is a shy .001 points off the mark at .299.   Baker leads team with 12 doubles and 28 RBI while sharing the lead for homeruns with three.   On the mound for the Gents this weekend will be Matt Clark and Will Kaage on Saturday, followed by Johnny Noland and David McElroy on Sunday.   McElroy leads the Gents with a 3-0 record, including a 3.13 ERA and a .259 opponent’s batting average.   Clark has won his last two outings, both against conference opponents Western Illinois and Southern Utah.   Kaage and Noland both delivered solid performances against SUU last weekend for no decisions.   The Golden Eagles are hitting .310 as a team, lead by seven players batting over .300.   ORU has hit 31 homeruns on the year, leading the Mid-Con and ranked 21 st in the nation.   Pitching for Oral Roberts this weekend will be Taylor
April 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo #1 4-21-06 CC-Valpo #2 4-21-06 Emerald Doria Lauren Flowers Micah Rhodes VALPARAISO, Ind.—The Centenary softball team committed two errors that led to three unearned runs in losing the opening game of their series with Valparaiso 4-3, but used a pair of grand slams in the second game to salvage a split by winning 12-5. Emerald Doria and Lauren Flowers each tallied five RBI in the nightcap to pace the Ladies.   Centenary (28-22, 10-8 Mid-Con) received an outstanding pitching effort from Ashley Lail in the opener as the freshman struck out six and allowed only six hits. However, the defense would falter behind her in allowing three unearned runs in the game.   Valparaiso (18-23, 5-9 Mid-Con) jumped into the lead with a three-run second inning. A lead-off single turned into two runners on base and no outs when a sacrifice bunt attempt was mishandled. After another sac bunt advanced the runners again, back-to-back singles and a sacrifice fly provided the Crusaders with the three-run edge.   The Ladies tied the game with a single run in the fourth on an RBI single by Lail and two more runs in the sixth. Amy Wiedeman and Brittney Broussard came up with clutch pinch-hit singles to propel the Maroon and White to the tie.   Lail struck out the first Valpo hitter in the bottom of the seventh but another error on a ground ball gave the Crusaders hope. A sacrifice bunt put the baserunner in scoring position for Courtney LaFerle. LaFerle singled up the middle to drive in the game-winner despite a close play at the plate.   The Ladies got on the board quickly to start game two as Doria led off with a homerun and Lail’s sacrifice fly plated Flowers. Centenary staked itself to a 4-0 lead in the third after Flowers homered and Micah Rhodes and Megan Hall each doubled.   The game looked in hand for pitcher Jessica Ivins who cruised through the first two innings. However, Valpo responded with
April 19, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-NSU Box Score 4-19-06 Dana Davis Jennifer Mango Micah Rhodes SHREVEPORT—Centenary freshman Ashley Lail provided four innings of relief pitching to pick up her 14 th win on the season and went 3-for-3 at the plate, which included a bases loaded double, to carry the Ladies to a 7-3 win over in-state rival Northwestern State on Wednesday evening. The win provided Centenary with a 2-2 season series split with the Lady Demons.   Centenary (27-21) trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom portion of the fourth inning. Kristen Lindley doubled home Jaimee Stinson in the second inning for NSU and the duo combined for another run in the fourth when Stinson doubled and Lindley’s single brought her to the pay station.   Northwestern State (22-29) hurler Amanda Glenn (9-20) struck out four hitters in the first six outs of the game but began to tire in the fourth. With one out, Micah Rhodes singled up the middle to get things started for the Ladies. A Jennifer Mango walk and a single by Megan Hall loaded the bases for Lail, who had only eight previous at-bats on the season. Lail drilled a ringing two-run double off of the left-center field fence, missing a grand slam by inches.   After a pitching change by the Lady Demons, the bases were loaded again when Allison McClain was hit by a pitch. Dana Davis promptly followed with a single up the middle to score another run and give the Ladies a 3-2 lead. Jennifer Martin’s fielder’s choice plated a fourth Centenary run and two more runs were pushed across when the NSU shortstop’s throw on an Emerald Doria grounder sailed over the first baseman.   The Ladies added an insurance run in the fifth when Mango singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Hall.   Lail (14-12) replaced starter Jessica Ivins to begin the third inning and allowed only one run over four innings of work. She scattered two hits and walked three while striking out five. Ivins
April 18, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Robbie Knowles Torey Williams Justin Huff Jimmy Baker SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team completed their 2006 non-conference schedule with a 7-5 loss to visiting Sam Houston State.   A controversial play at the plate ended the Gents comeback hopes after trailing by three with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.   With runners on first and second with two down in the ninth, freshman Robbie Knowles knocked a deep shot into the gap in right center, scoring Torey Williams from second easily.   Attempting to score from first, Alex Maldonado appeared to have gotten the outside angle on a headfirst slide home but was called out by the home plate official to end the game.   Williams would lead the Gents (15-21) with three hits on the night while Knowles added a pair.   Justin Huff also got a hold of a pair of hits, driving in three runs in the process.   Williams also scored three times while Jimmy Baker crossed the plate twice.   Sam Houston State (21-18) got to an early 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in the first and third innings.   The Gents would respond in the fourth, singling to centerfield with two outs and the bases loaded to score Baker and Williams.   Centenary starter Derek Bross earned a no decision in his first collegiate start.   He gave up two runs on six hits in four innings of work before being relieved by Jon Christian .   Christian (2-5) would throw another 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits to pick up the loss.   Senior Cam Feightner would close out the final 2/3 of the game for the Gents.   The Gents rallied back again in the sixth after falling behind 4-2.   Maldonado would score Baker on a sacrifice fly to right field while Huff again knotted the game with his second RBI single to center.   With a chance to take the lead, the Gents loaded the bases in the sixth but Bearkats winning pitcher Brandon Alford struck
April 18, 2006 | Athletics
Holli Wilkins BATON ROUGE - Centenary junior guard Holli Wilkins has been named Honorable Mention All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.   She averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists a game while her 3.4 steals per game average ranks sixth in the nation.   Wilkins adds the accolade to her 2005-06 Mid-Continent Conference Honorable Mention selection.   Wilkins, an Evadale, Texas, native, set career highs in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks in a game.   Her back-to-back 27- point performances against Southern Utah and Oakland were season-bests for the Ladies, and her 12 rebounds against IUPUI as part of a double-double were a career high.     She nabbed nine steals in the season opener against UNO, tied for the school’s best single-game mark and tied for seventh best in the country this year.   Wilkins set the single season mark for steals at Centenary with 82, beating the previous record by eight.     Her six-assist day at Chicago State was a career best, and her six blocks against Oakland are tied for a school record.   Wilkins also tied a school record with six three pointers made in a game against Southern Utah.   Her .714 field goal percentage in a victory over Sam Houston State tied for the season best mark for the Ladies.
April 17, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes BATON ROUGE – Along with earning her third Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week honor, Centenary junior Micah Rhodes also won her first Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association Player of the Week award this season.   Breaking five school records, she tied the Ladies single season homerun record (27) with a three-run walk-off shot to beat Oakland on Saturday, also breaking the season RBI (41) and total bases (94) marks, as well as career total bases (274).   Rhodes’ game-tying RBI double on Friday night put her in a tie for career doubles (32) as well.   A two-time first-team All-Mid-Con selection, Rhodes hit .529 over the week as the Ladies went 3-2, splitting a home conference series with the Golden Grizzlies and downing Grambling State on the road.   She posted a 1.118 slugging percentage, including a double and three homeruns, for six RBI.   Rhodes also took home player of the week honors for the weeks of Feb. 20 th and 27 th from the conference offices in Elmhurst, Ill.   The Ladies have also claimed five Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week awards, including a conference leading four by Ashley Lail .   Freshman shortstop Emerald Doria and pitcher Kristan Morton have also won Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively.   The LSWA honor is the first this season for Rhodes or any other Centenary player.  
April 16, 2006 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: 2006 USAG Individual Finals Meredtith Smith Julia Cornelius Kristina Menne ITHACA, NY – Centenary sophomore Meredith Smith took home her first individual National title at the 2006 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National championships on Saturday.   Smith, a College Station, Texas, native, topped all competitors with a 9.750 on the vault in her second consecutive All-America performance.   “Meredith has been showing us all year that she’s one of the top performers in the country on the vault,” Ladies Head Coach Bill Hardy said.   “Now she’s had the opportunity to show everyone else that she’s the best.”   Also competing for individual titles were All-Americans Kristina Menne and Julia Cornelius .   Menne finished fifth in the floor exercises with a 9.700 while Cornelius was 10 th on the beam with an 8.250.   All three Ladies earned their All-America honors by finishing in the top eight of their events during Thursday’s preliminary team rounds.
April 15, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Micah Rhodes Emerald Doria Lauren Flowers SHREVEPORT – Centenary junior Micah Rhodes tied the school’s all-time mark for homeruns on Saturday, belting a pair to spark and cap a late-inning come-from-behind victory over Oakland.   Rhodes hit her eighth and ninth homeruns of the year in the second game of the doubleheader split, passing her own 2005 mark for third most in a season and giving her 27 in her three-year career.   The Ladies dropped the opener 5-0 before Rhodes’ hot bat claimed a 5-3 victory with a walk-off three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh.   Down 3-0 in the sixth, Rhodes led off the inning with a solo shot down the leftfield line, clearing the foul pole by less than a foot.   Ashley Lail , also the game’s winning pitcher, added another run with an RBI single to score Brittney Broussard and make it a one-run contest.   With Lail holding serve in the seventh, the Ladies (26-21, 9-7 Mid-Con) used back-to-back singles to left field by Emerald Doria and Lauren Flowers to put pressure on Oakland pitcher Laura Chomokos with one out.   Rhodes then took advantage by blasting her first offering deep over the centerfield wall for the win.   Lail (13-12) tossed a complete game in the victory, striking out four while allowing two earned runs on six hits.   Chomokos (9-10), the winner of game one, came in relief in the first, allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings.   The first contest was all Oakland (14-19, 5-7 Mid-Con) as Chomokos tossed a complete game, four-hit, shutout with seven strikeouts.   Stephanie Zellner added two of her four hits on the day, including a pair of RBI.   Centenary’s non-conference game against Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday has been cancelled.   It will be made up as part of a home-and-home series in the 2007 campaign.   The Ladies next travel to Valpar
April 15, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 2 Box Score - Game 3 Box Score - Game 4 Justin Darr Matt Clark Tim Ryan Johnny Noland CEDAR CITY, Utah – Southern Utah took two of three games from the Centenary baseball team on Saturday, including a 6-5 extra-inning win from a postponed game, to pull off a series victory over the weekend.   The Thunderbirds dropped the next game 7-4 before rallying in the bottom of the seventh of the last game for a 4-3 victory.   The Gents (15-21, 3-5 Mid-Con) initially fell in the completion of Friday’s second game, postponed in the fifth at 5-5 because of rain and lightning.   Centenary jumped to an early 4-0 lead in the first, thanks to back-to-back-to-back RBI hits by Justin Darr , Jimmy Baker , and Tim Ryan .     SUU (20-13, 6-2 Mid-Con) would answer back with four runs in the next five innings, tying the contest at 5-5 before the postponement was initiated.   Kali’i Zablan would score the winning run on a Trevor Dimick single after reaching third on a failed pickoff attempt by losing pitcher Kris Calhoun (1-3).   The second game saw a solid pitching performance by sophomore Matt Clark (2-3), earning his second win of the season after tossing 7 1/3 innings of six-hit ball for three runs.   Ryan collected three hits in the game, including his third triple of the year, to lead four Gents in double-hit numbers. Matt Webb , Darr, and Nate Santiago all added a pair of base-knocks to the fold, with Webb driving in a pair of runs with a double down the leftfield line in the seventh.   Cam Feightner would close out the game, tossing 1 2/3 inning of slid relief work, coming in with a 7-3 lead.   The final game of the series saw a pitcher’s duel between Centenary’s Johnny Noland and Southern Utah’s Matt Wilson.   Noland would earn a no-decision with a six-inning, five-hit, two-run performance.   Wilson got his fourth victory of the seaso
April 14, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Justin Darr Robbie Knowles Matt Webb CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Centenary baseball team dropped the opening game of a four-game series at Mid-Continent Conference foe Southern Utah 13-7 before lightning and rain forced the postponement of the nightcap that was tied a 5-5 in the fifth inning.   Saturday’s doubleheader will follow the completion of the unfinished seven-inning contest.   Gents (14-19, 2-3 Mid-Con) starter Brandon Fulenchek (2-6) couldn’t repeat a magic performance against Southern Utah that earned him Mid-Con All-Tournament Team honors last season.   The junior southpaw allowed six earned runs on 12 hits in four innings, striking out four in the process.   Southern Utah (18-12, 4-1 Mid-Con) scored in every inning but two, including a five-spot in the eighth.   Thunderbird starter Kasey Hubbard (4-3) tossed 6 1/3 innings of six hit ball, allowing six runs, three unearned, while fanning seven.   Justin Darr paced the Gents with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, driving in a pair of runs.   Robbie Knowles and Matt Webb also chipped in with a pair of hits each, including doubles for all three.   Several Thunderbirds also had proficient games as Charlie Hahl and Trevor Dimick each collected four hits on the day.   Four other SUU players also had multiple hits.
April 14, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Amy Wiedeman Emerald Doria Micah Rhodes SHREVEPORT – With back-to-back rallies by visiting Oakland in the top of both seventh innings in Friday’s Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader, the Centenary softball team mounted their own comeback in the nightcap to salvage a series split.   The Golden Grizzlies took the opener 4-2 behind a three-run seventh down by one, while the Ladies claimed the second game 4-3 in eight innings on an RBI double by Amy Wiedeman .   The first match-up came down to a pitcher’s duel until the last out.   Oakland (13-18, 4-6 Mid-Con) starter Laura Chomokos went the distance, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out seven.   Her counterpart, Ashley Lail , tossed six innings of three hit ball, striking out three but walking five.   She was relieved by Kristan Morton in the seventh after loading the bases, earning the loss in the process.   Emerald Doria was good for a pair of homeruns on the day, one in each contest.   Both solo shots, her first one gave the Ladies a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning of game one, while her leadoff blast in the nightcap tied Centenary (25-20, 8-6 Mid-Con) at 1-1 early before Micah Rhodes would also homer that inning to give the home team a 2-1 lead.   Game two pitcher Jessica Ivins pitched solidly for the Ladies, earning the win after going all eight innings, allowing nine hits and striking out five.   Two of the Grizzlies three runs in the game came off solo homeruns.   One of OU’s homers tied the contest in the sixth, as Camie Knorr’s shot cleared the fence in left.   Tosh Hodgkinson would put Oakland ahead in the top of the seventh, hitting the foul pole on the left field line for her solo shot.   Rhodes would come up big for the Ladies in their last outs, connecting with an opposite field double to the left center gap with a man on second a
April 13, 2006 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: 2006 USAG Preliminary Results Julia Cornelius Kristina Menne Meredith Smith Sarah Ball ITHACA , NY- Three Centenary Ladies earned All-America honors at the 2006 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals by finishing in the top eight of their respective events during the preliminary round.    Julia Cornelius scored a 9.750 on the beam to place seventh Meredith Smith placed eighth on the vault with a score of 9.650, and Kristina Menne earned her third consecutive All-America honor with a 9.725 on the floor for fifth place.   Menne also finished second in the All Around with a 38.400, earning her additional All-America accolades as well.   The Ladies as a team finished in sixth place overall, eliminating them from team contention for the national title they won two years ago on the Cornell University campus.   Cornelius, Menne, and Smith, however, will go on to compete for individual honors on Saturday.   “I’m proud of our performance today,” Ladies head coach Bill Hardy said after the day’s events. “Six straight years in the championships, including our big win two years ago, along with our girls’ All-America honors year-after-year just shows the impressive drive and determination of our Ladies.   And, it’s not over yet.”   Drive and determination are perfect words to describe Menne, a three-time All-America who was almost unable to compete in the day’s events.   Suffering from flu-like symptoms the night before competition, including a trip to the hospital for IV fluids, Menne gathered her strength to perform at the highest level she’s known to produce.   Menne finished second in the All-Around just 0.050 points behind leader Michelle Kulovitz of California-Davis, posting fifth in the floor, 10 th on bars (9.525), 12 th on beam (9.700), and 33 rd on vault (9.450).   No other competitor scored over 38.00 in the All-Around, 0
April 12, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Grambling Box Score 4-12-06 Emerald Doria Micah Rhodes GRAMBLING, La.—The Centenary softball team received outstanding pitching performances from all three of its hurlers in leading the Ladies to a 4-1 win over Grambling on Wednesday. Kristan Morton, Ashley Lail, and Jessica Ivins combined for 11 strikeouts on the day while allowing only four hits.   Centenary (24-19) plated single runs in the both of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead. The Ladies scored in the opening frame when Lindsey Jones singled home Emerald Doria, but Jennifer Mango was gunned down at home to end the rally. Dana Davis singled with two outs in the second and scored from first on Doria’s double for the second run.   Grambling (5-36) answered with a run in the bottom of the second to cut the deficit in half. A double to the right field wall was followed by a single to put the only run of the game on the board for the Lady Tigers.   The Ladies added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning when Mango singled home Doria, who reached on her third hit of the game. The bases were loaded after Jones drew a walk and Micah Rhodes then scored when Brittney Broussard was hit by a pitch.   Morton (6-1) looked dominant in her predetermined three innings of work. She allowed just two hits and no earned runs while striking out six batters. Lail was effective in the fourth and fifth frames, as she did not surrender a hit in striking out three. Ivins picked up her first save of the season by tossing two scoreless innings to close out the contest.   Doria finished the day with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate with two runs and a RBI. The freshman was only retired in her final at-bat when her screaming line drive was snagged by the GSU third baseman. Rhodes was 2-for-3 at the dish in her first game back after suffering an injury that kept her out of the last five games. She extended her hit streak to eight games in the win.  
April 12, 2006 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the signing of Lance Hill and Nicholas Stallings to National Letters of Intent. The two new Gents join Chase Adams and Milutin Marjanovic, who signed in the early period, to comprise the second recruiting class for Flaska since taking the reigns of the Centenary program before last season.   Hill (Houston, Texas), a 6’7”, 225-pound forward out of Jacksonville College, averaged 10.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg in conference play as a freshman. He will have three years of eligibility at Centenary upon arrival. While playing for Klein Forest High School in Houston, Hill was a first team All-District selection and was named to the Texas Top 100.   “Lance brings great versatility to our team,” said Flaska. “He can post up to score or stop outside and shoot the three. He brings needed scoring and rebounding ability to our roster.”   Stallings (New Orleans, La.) is a 6’2”, 200-pound guard from Southwest Mississippi JC. He put up 10 ppg, 3.0 apg, and 4.0 rpg in junior college after averaging 23.4 ppg and six assists per contest at Chapel Hill High in Atlanta, Ga. He was part of the 2002 AAU National Championship team, was the All-Star game MVP, and was named first team All-District in addition to District Player of the Year.   “Nick is a big time athlete that adds toughness and maturity to our squad,” added Flaska. “Nick has great ability to get to the basket and finish, while still being a strong defender on defense.”   The early Centenary signees of Adams and Marjanovic provide both speed and size. Adams (Baltimore, Md.) is a 5’10” point guard from Mt. St. Joseph High School. Marjanovic is 6’10” and 260 pounds from Belgrade, Serbia.   Centenary College is a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference. Centenary is located in Shreveport, La., and having been found
April 11, 2006 | Athletics
BONN, Germany—Former Centenary basketball standout Andrew Wisniewski has continued his stellar play that filled the Gold Dome at Centenary College just two years ago with screaming fans. Upon finishing his time as a member of the Gents, the point guard attended several NBA tryouts before landing in Europe. Now, the New York native is setting the German Basketball League on fire.   Wisniewski led the 2003-04 Gents to a second place finish in Centenary’s first year in the Mid-Continent Conference. As a senior he averaged 21.9 ppg and 4.3 assists en route to being named to both the All-Mid-Con and All-Louisiana teams. He places fifth on the all-time Gents list in scoring (1,758 points, 21.2 avg), assists (400), and three-pointers (172) while placing fourth in steals (173), fifth in 30-pt games (12), and ninth in free throw percentage (.794) despite playing just three seasons.   The “Wiz” as teammates and fans called him, is currently playing for Telekom Baskets Bonn in the German Basketball League (BBL). His team sits in seventh place at the moment in the 16-team league, but Wisniewski is turning heads with his individual play. He is leading the BBL in scoring at 21.6 ppg and is fifth in assists at 4.2 pg, numbers that are very similar to those he put up while wearing the Maroon and White of Centenary.   Bonn is about 12 miles south of Cologne on the banks of the Rhine River. Wiz came to the German town after a successful season with Crvena Zv. of the Slovenia Basketball League (SBC). He has caught the attention of the German fans and members of the media as he was just named the BBL Newcomer of the Year and was selected as a member of the Player of the Week team. He scored 30 points and dished out seven assists to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory that has his squad still in the middle of the playoff hunt.   The 6’3” guard doesn’t plan to stop there as he waits patiently for his chance to bring h
April 10, 2006 | Athletics
Kristina Menne Sarah Ball Meredith Smith Bethannie Bowie SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team will be heading to Ithaca, New York, for the USA Gymnastics National Championships on Tuesday. The three-day event begins on the campus of Cornell University on Thursday and for the sixth consecutive year the Ladies will be one of the eight qualifying teams to compete for the crown. The Maroon and White brought the USAG title home to Shreveport just two short years ago.   The Ladies rank fifth in the USAG standings heading into the championship event with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 189.660. Texas Woman’s University (191.530), UC Davis (191.085), Rutgers (191.060), and Seattle Pacific (190.785) round out the top four in the rankings. Centenary has the third best team scoring average on the floor exercise at 47.925 and is fifth on the vault with an average of 47.780. The team is sixth on the balance beam and seventh on the uneven bars with averages of 47.200 and 47.070 respectively.   Individually the Ladies are led by junior Kristina Menne, senior Sarah Ball, and sophomore Meredith Smith. Ball is a solid contributor on all four events and ranks eighth overall in the USAG Division in the all-around. Smith, Centenary’s most improved gymnast as voted by her peers, is second on the vault with a RQS of 9.765 and seventh on the floor exercise with a 9.665.   Menne started the year battling an injury but has regained the form that led her to several USAG All-American accolades as well as back-to-back trips to the NCAA Regionals. She is second in the all-around at 38.500, third on the beam with a 9.685, and third on the floor with a 9.750.   Although the Ladies are excited to be back in the championship hunt, one particular member of the team is especially looking forward to the trip. Freshman Bethannie Bowie is from Binghamton, New York, and for her this jaunt is a homecoming of sorts. Along with some familiar voices providing ch
April 9, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Matt Clark Jimmy Baker Matt Webb Justin Darr David McElroy SHREVEPORT – A day after dropping a pair of Mid-Continent Conference games to visiting Western Illinois, the Centenary baseball team responded by sweeping Sunday’s doubleheader 6-4 and 13-3.   The Gents matched their solid pitching performances from Saturday and added aggressive and timely hitting to the mix, collecting 21 hits on the day.   Game one starter Matt Clark (1-3) dominated the Leathernecks on the mound, striking out eight batters in five innings of work.   He allowed just one run on five hit en route to his first victory of the season.   The Gents (14-18, 2-2 Mid-Con) scored all six of their runs in the opener in the first two innings, jumping on WIU starter Aaron Madill early.   Jimmy Baker went 3-for-3 while knocking in five runs, all on a pair of back-to-back doubles in the first and second innings.   The top of the Centenary order, Tim Ryan , Alex Valdivia , and Matt Webb , scored all six Gents runs.   Western Illinois (10-22, 2-2 Mid-Con) looked for a comeback, plating three runs in the seventh off Kris Calhoun before Johnny Noland and Cam Feightner closed the door on the Leathernecks chances.   Feightner picked up his first save of the season.   In the nightcap the Gents scored in every inning but the fourth, including eight in the first three innings.   The Gents loaded the bases in the fourth with one out, but Nate Santiago ’s hard-hit liner right to WIU first baseman Matt Newquist allowed for the easy double play force out.   Baker added another pair of RBI in the contest, again on a double down the right field line in the first, scoring Valdivia and Webb who both walked.   Justin Huff added another double to the attack, scoring Baker before Alex Maldonado laid a perfect squeeze bunt down the first baseline to score Justin Darr .  
April 8, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Brandon Fulenchek Will Kaage Matt Webb Jimmy Baker Alex Maldonado SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team started their 2006 Mid-Continent Conference season on a down note, dropping both games of the opening doubleheader to Western Illinois 1-0 and 6-2.   The Gents starting pitchers turned in strong performances but the home bats couldn’t back them up.   Game one starter Brandon Fulenchek found himself in a pitcher’s duel with the Leathernecks’ Quinn Leath to start off the day.   Leath tossed eight innings of scoreless one-hit ball while Fulenchek allowed no runs on four hits in seven frames.   Western Illinois (10-20, 2-0 Mid-Con) plated the only run of the opener in the top of the ninth inning.   Tyler Johnson singled to left with one out, leading to an error by Gents shortstop Nate Santiago on a double-play ball that would have ended the inning.   Instead, the Leathernecks remained alive, drawing a walk on Kris Calhoun (1-2) to load the bases.   Joe Pacyga the singled up the middle to score Johnson before Centenary got out of the inning on a double play the next at-bat.   Bobby Mahon picked up the first of two saves on the day in the game.   He struck out one and walked one in the ninth, holding the Gents hitless in the process.   In the second game, Gents starter Will Kaage went five innings, allowing just one run on seven hits.   He was also embroiled in a pitcher’s duel with John Paul Shore (2-3), leaving the game tied 1-1 in the sixth.   Shore lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.   The Gents (12-18, 0-2 Mid-Con) jumped on the board early with a 1-0 lead in the first.   Tim Ryan led off with a double down the leftfield line and was advanced over by Justin Huff a batter later.   Ryan would be thrown out at home on Matt Webb ’s squeeze attempt, which ignited a
April 8, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Southern Utah #3 Box Score CC-Southern Utah #4 Box Score Dana Davis CEDAR CITY, Utah—A day after taking a doubleheader from Southern Utah on the road, the Centenary softball team dropped both ends of its Saturday twinbill to the Thunderbirds 4-0 and 14-4. Amy Sauer picked up wins in both games for the host school while the Ladies were out-hit 20-11 on the day and allowed five unearned runs.   Centenary (23-19, 7-5 Mid-Con) could not solve Sauer (6-6) in game one despite having runners in scoring position on several occasions. The hurler scattered five hits while striking out nine Ladies. Three of the five hits for Centenary were doubles, but Sauer worked out of all the threats to preserve the shutout.   Southern Utah (13-26, 6-2 Mid-Con) got on the board in the bottom of the third when Marci Pratt came through with a two-out, two-run homerun off of pitcher Jessica Ivins. Single runs were added in the fifth and sixth innings by SUU. A walk, a stolen base, and a double accounted for the third run of the game while the fourth run was forced in when a batter was hit by a pitch with the bases were loaded after the third out would have been recorded if not for a fielding error.   Ivins (6-6) allowed three runs on four hits in 4.2 innings. Kristan Morton finished the game with an unearned run in 1.1 innings of action.   Centenary wasted no time in the second game as the Maroon and White erupted for four runs off of Sauer in the opening frame. With the bases loaded after a pair of hits and a walk, Brittney Broussard lined a double to left field to score three. Dana Davis promptly singled to right field to push a fourth run across for the Ladies.   The lead would not hold as Southern Utah chased starter Ashley Lail (12-11) from the game after recording just one out in the bottom of the first. Four hits and a walk resulted in five runs for the Thunderbirds as they claimed the advantage at 5-4 and never loo
April 8, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Southern Utah #1 Box Score CC-Southern Utah #2 Box Score Dana Davis Emerald Doria Jennifer Martin Lauren Flowers CEDAR CITY, Utah—Despite competing without two of its top hitters, the Centenary softball team won its Friday doubleheader over preseason Mid-Con favorite Southern Utah. The Ladies prevailed 5-4 and 11-7 to sweep day one action with top hitters Micah Rhodes and Megan Hall not on the trip due to injury and illness.   Centenary (23-17, 7-3 Mid-Con) got on the board in the first inning of the opening contest when Jennifer Mango’s single plated Emerald Doria.   Southern Utah (11-26, 4-2 Mid-Con) took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth before the Ladies answered with three of their own in the fifth. Doria scored when the Thunderbird shortstop committed an error that would allow for two additional unearned runs. The extra out brought Lindsey Jones to the plate, who doubled home Lauren Flowers and Jennifer Martin.   SUU responded again to tie the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and the game would stay deadlocked until the seventh. Martin connected on the first offering she saw from pitcher Amy Sauer (4-6) for her second homerun of the season to put the Ladies on top for good at 5-4.       Kristan Morton (5-1) picked up the win for Centenary with 2.2 innings of scoreless one-hit ball in relief. Jessica Ivins allowed four runs on six hits while striking out three in 4.1 innings as the starter.   Game two saw the Ladies stake a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single by Brittney Broussard. Southern Utah pecked away at the deficit with single runs in the second and third innings.   The fifth frame would prove to be lucky again for Centenary as the Maroon and White broke through for four runs en route to a 6-2 lead. Flowers drew a bases loaded walk to force in the initial run. An error on the right fielder allowed thre
April 7, 2006 | Athletics
Ben Caldarera Will Todd DALLAS – The Centenary men’s soccer team pulled off their biggest win of the spring season with a 2-1 victory on the road over Southern Methodist.   The Mustangs made an appearance in the NCAA semifinals in 2005, ending the season ranked #4 nationally.   SMU took the initial lead as Chase Wileman booted a free kick from the right side of the box, bending the shot around the Gents defensive wall five minutes in for the goal.   The Gents would respond less than 10 minutes later as Ben Caldarera collected a pass from Gabe Silvas for the goal, knotting the score at 1-1.   Second team All-Mid-Con performer Aaron Volanski netted the game-winner later in the half, controlling a chipped free kick from Will Todd in front of the net for the score.   “I’ve got to congratulate our guys for a well played game,” head coach Eric Mayo said. “They played a complete game and deserved the result.   The win helps solidify our spring training, especially our work on defense and communication.”   “This win gives us confidence going into next year’s schedule against some big-time ranked opponents that we can play with these guys and we can beat these guys.”   Centenary concludes their 2006 spring schedule on Friday, April 21, as they host the DFW Tornados.   Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. at Mayo Field.
April 7, 2006 | Athletics
Tim Ryan Alex Maldonado Will Kaage David McElroy SHREVEPORT – With all but one non-conference games in the books, the Centenary baseball team opens the Mid-Continent Conference season as they host Western Illinois to a four-game series this weekend at Shehee Stadium.   The squads played five times last season with WIU holding a 3-2 advantage, however the Gents got the last laugh as they eliminated the Leathernecks from the conference tournament.   Tim Ryan leads five Gents (12-16) that are batting .300 or better with a .374 average.   Alex Maldonado is hitting .354 and leads the team with 19 RBI.   Justin Darr (.338), Matt Webb (.327), and Justin Huff (.300) round out Centenary’s batting leaders as the Gents are hitting .291 as a team.   Juniors Jimmy Baker and Nate Santiago are also having productive seasons as of late, with Baker tied for second on the team with 18 RBI and Santiago fourth with 17.     Probable starters for Saturday’s doubleheader are Brandon Fulenchek (2-5) and Will Kaage (3-2).   Fulenchek, a junior southpaw, is second on the team with 20 strikeouts in nine appearances.   Kaage, also a junior, leads the Gents in wins and holds the second best ERA for regular starters at 4.12.   Sunday’s twin-bill should see sophomore lefty Matt Clark (0-3) and 2005 second team All-Mid-Con selection David McElroy (2-0) take the hill.   Clark has 17 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings this season, while McElroy owns the team’s best ERA at 3.34.   Opponents are hitting just .261 against McElroy.   Western Illinois (8-20) has three players batting over .300 with Travis Check (.330), Steve Knapp (.317), and Ryan Schmidgall (.301).   Knapp leads the Leathernecks with 14 RBI, one of only four players in double-figures.   On the mound for WIU will be Quin Leath (2-1) and John Paul Shore (1-3) on Saturday and Aaron Madill (0-3) and Jon Adams (0-2) on Sunday.   Leath has
April 5, 2006 | Athletics
Lauren Flowers Amy Wiedeman Dana Davis NATCHITOCHES, La.- Playing their rubber match after splitting a doubleheader at the Arkansas tournament earlier this season, Northwestern State took home the series win with a 5-0 shutout over the Centenary softball team Wednesday night.   Lady Demon pitcher Michelle Castellano (5-1) struck out nine Ladies on the day, allowing just three hits for the complete-game shutout victory.   Seldom thrown pitcher Dana Davis (0-1), Centenary’s regular starting first baseman, took the mound for the Ladies.   She allowed two runs on three hits in two innings for the loss.   She struck out a pair and walked one before being relieved by Jessica Ivins .   Ivins tossed three innings of relief, striking out three while allowing three runs.   Northwestern (19-23) didn’t allow a Ladies runner past second, and had just two opposing players reach scoring position.   Lauren Flowers singled in the fourth, advancing to second on an error by the centerfielder an again reched second on a seventh-inning lead-off single and a subsequent walk.   Amy Wiedeman recorded the Ladies only other hit in the third with a single up the middle.   The Ladies (21-17) hit the road this weekend as they travel to Cedar City, Utah, to face Mid-Continent Conference foe Southern Utah.
April 4, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Texas State CenturyTel Bobcat Classic Final Results Jessica Garza Leigh Newton Bethany Cox KYLE, Texas – In their final tune-up before the Mid-Continent Conference championships, the Centenary women’s golf team finished 11 th at the Texas State CenturyTel Bobcat Classic.   The Ladies shot rounds of 332, 353, and 336 for 1021.   Jessica Garza shrugged off a tough first round score of 84 to post 78 and 77, tying her for 19 th place with 239.   Leigh Newton (88-83-87) tied for 50 th with 258 while Bethany Cox (96-102-97) finished 69 th with 295.     Chloe’ Mims and Tracy Williams didn’t post total scores as they withdrew their third and second rounds respectively.   Mims opened with a first-round 73 before posting a 90 on the first day’s second 18.   Williams shot an opening 87 before withdrawing Monday, but came back to fire the Ladies best round on Tuesday with a 75.   Louisiana-Monroe took home team honors with a 939, followed by Lamar with a 943.   McNeese State (953), host Texas State (955), Texas-Pan American (957), and Sam Houston State (959) battled for third.   The next tier included Xavier (966), St. Edwards (968), McLennan CC (970), and Texas-San Antonio (996).   Rounding out the competition was Centenary (1021), Lon Morris CC (1077), Tyler JC (1113), and Texas-Brownsville CC (1138).
April 4, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate Final Results David Viviano John Hogan Zach Bruhnke BOSSIER CITY, La.- Hosting their final tournament before the Mid-Continent Conference championships, the Centenary men’s golf team finished the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate in 13 th place.   The Gents shot a 334 on the final day to finish at 994 after Monday’s scores of 333 and 327.   Louisiana-Lafayette won the event with rounds of 286, 297, and 291 for 874.   The edged out New Orleans (289-291-297) and Birmingham-Southern (289-284-304) by three strokes and Louisiana Tech (293-288-297) by four.   Kenji Murayama of New Orleans took home first place, shooting a tournament low opening round of 67 to go with a pair of 71’s for 209.   McNeese State’s Brandon Eaton (69-73-71) finished four strokes behind Murayama for second while Brad Risenhoover (70-75-69) finished third.   Louisiana Tech’s Amrith de Soysa (74-70-72) and Birmingham-Southern’s Austin Frye (70-70-76) tied for fourth with 216.   David Viviano shot the best round of the day for the Gents Tuesday, adding a 77 to his 75 and 82 to tie for 49 th place with 234.   John Hogan (83-78-83) finished 63 rd with 244 while Matt Williams (89-84-87) and Mike Lowbardino (91-83-87) both shot rounds of 87 to finish 66 th and 67 th respectively.   Zach Bruhnke (86-99-93) finished 69 th at 278.
April 3, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate Results - Day 1 David Viviano John Hogan Zach Bruhnke BOSSIER CITY, La.- Birmingham-Southern leads the annual Hal Sutton Intercollegiate after the two-round first day of action at the Golf Club at Stonebridge.   The Panthers shot rounds of 289 and 284 to take a seven-stroke lead going into the last round.   Kenji Murayama of New Orleans holds the individual lead six under at 138 with rounds of 67 and 71.   Following closely and under-par are BSC’s Tommy Jensen and Austin Frye at –4 with 140, Michael Smith of Louisiana-Lafayette, Brian Ward of Northeastern State, and Brandon Eaton of McNeese State are all at –2 and 142.   Andrew Carr of Birmingham-Southern’s B-team is –1 at 143 while Louisiana Tech’s Amrith de Soysa is even par at 144.   Junior David Viviano paced the host Gents with 157 after the first day, shooting rounds of 75 and 82 to tie for 51 st .   John Hogan cut five strokes off his first round of 83 for a 78, finishing the day in a tie for 60th at 161.   Matt Williams and Mike Lowbardino finished the day a stroke off each other, with Williams shooting an 89 and 84 to place 67 th with 173 while Lowbardino’s 91 and 83 put him in 68 th at 174.   Zach Bruhnke couldn’t match his first round 86 as he added a 99 to wind up in 70 th with 185.   Fin. School Scores 1. Birmingham-Southern        289 284 573    -3 2. New Orleans                      289 291 580   +4 3. Louisiana Tech                   293 288 581   +5 4. Louisiana-Lafayette             286 297 583   +7 5. McNeese State          
April 2, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Robbie Knowles Justin Huff Tim Ryan Alex Maldonado CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Centenary baseball team scored four runs in the final three innings against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi but couldn’t overcome an early 5-1 deficit, falling 7-5 on Sunday afternoon.     Three Gents (12-16) hit three triples in the loss, tying a single-game record for the Maroon and White.   Robbie Knowles , Tim Ryan , and Justin Huff each collected a three-bagger, each driving in runs in the process.   Knowles finished the day with three RBI.   Will Norman (3-2) earned the win for A&M-Corpus Christi (14-19), striking out 12 Gents in a complete game.   Three of his five runs were earned and he gave up seven hits and a pair of walks.   Will Kaage (3-2) picked up the loss for Centenary.   He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in two innings of work.   The Islanders plated five runs in the first three innings, followed by lone runs in the fifth and seventh.   Centenary put their first run on the board in the second with Alex Maldonado leading off with a single, followed by back-to-back sacrifice bunts by Huff and Alex Valdivia to move him to third.   Knowles then picked up his first RBI with a single through the right side to score Maldonado.   The Gents wouldn’t score again until the seventh, plating a pair on Knowles triple.   Maldonado, who again led off the inning with a base hit, scored along with Huff who reached on a fielder’s choice.   In the eighth, Huff’s triple scored Jimmy Baker to make the game a 7-4 contest.   Baker singled to left field for his only hit of the game.   Holding the Islanders in the eighth, the Gents had one last chance to pull out a come-from-behind victory.   Knowles was hit by a pitch in the leadoff spot, followed by Ryan’s RBI triple to left center, but Centenary was unable to pr
April 1, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Justin Huff Robbie Knowles Kris Calhoun Nate Santiago Tim Ryan CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Hot bats came alive for the Centenary baseball team as they combined for 27 hits while splitting a doubleheader with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday afternoon.   The Gents took the first game 9-4 before falling in the second 11-9.   Justin Huff connected for three doubles in the opener, scoring on all three trips to the base paths. Robbie Knowles and Matt Webb both added a pair of hits, including Webb’s third homerun of the season.   The Gents (12-15) put single runs on the board in the first two innings, scoring on a throwing error by the Islanders shortstop in the first and an error by their third baseman in the second.   A&M-Corpus Christi (12-19) plated a lone run in the third before taking the lead with a three-run fourth inning.   Centenary responded with a six-spot in the sixth, led off by Webb’s homer.   Back-to-back-to-back doubles by Jimmy Baker , Alex Maldonado , and Huff plated another run and loaded the bases after Alex Valdivia was hit by a pitch.   Robbie Knowles then singled home Maldonaldo, allowing Nate Santiago to bring home another pair with a ground-rule double.   Knowles scored on a passed ball the next at-bat to end the scoring explosion.   Kris Calhoun (1-1) picked up the win in the opener, tossing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.   Calhoun allowed a lone hit and no walks.   Scoring and hits came early and often in the second game, as Centenary outhit the Islanders 15-14.   A&M-Corpus Christi got to starter Jon Christian (2-2) early, plating seven runs in 2 1/3 innings off eight hits.   The Islanders scored a pair in the first, three in the second, and another pair in the third before Brandon Fulenchek took over for Christian.   Fulenchek gave up three runs on five hits in 3 2/3 in
April 1, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-IUPUI #3 Box Score CC-IUPUI #4 Box Score Emerald Doria Jennifer Mango Allison McClain Lauren Flowers SHREVEPORT—Day two of the series between IUPUI and Centenary concluded the same as the first, a split. The Jaguars pounded out 13 hits to take the opener on Saturday morning 9-3, but the Ladies responded with the pitching of Jessica Ivins to secure a victory in the finale 4-2.   IUPUI (6-21, 3-4 Mid-Con) took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one before the Ladies put up two to go on top in the bottom of the frame. Lauren Flowers continued her hot hitting by doubling home Emerald Doria and Micah Rhodes with two outs.   Three singles loaded the bases in the second for the Jaguars and the fourth plated Stacey Speshyock to tie the score at two apiece. The Ladies then handed IUPUI another run and the lead when a wild pitch from Ashley Lail allowed Caryn Hill to score.   Centenary (21-16, 5-3 Mid-Con) went down silently over the next several innings as IUPUI hurler Devan Craig found a groove. The visitors added another run in the fifth before posting five runs in the sixth to put the game away.   Lail fell to 11-10 on the season with the loss after surrendering five earned runs, six total, on 10 hits in five innings. Craig improved to 3-10 with her second complete game win over the Ladies in as many days.   Playing without starting left fielder Jennifer Martin and catcher Megan Hall due to injury and illness seemed to catch up with the Maroon and White at the plate. Their replacements went a combined 1-for-12 on the day.   Game two saw each team score a single run in the opening inning before the pitchers began to settle down. Centenary struck again in the second when Dana Davis singled home Amy Wiedeman after she doubled over the head of the right fielder for a 2-1 lead.   The Ladies added two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Doria led off with a double and an inf
March 31, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-IUPUI #1 Box Score CC-IUPUI #2 Box Score Lauren Flowers Micah Rhodes Jennifer Mango SHREVEPORT—The IUPUI Jaguars came into Shreveport and stole a game from Centenary 2-1 before the Ladies responded with a 7-5 win in the nightcap on Friday in Mid-Continent Conference action. Game one proved to be a pitchers duel and was won with offensive efficiency while game two featured an offensive explosion that totaled 24 hits between the teams.   Centenary (20-15, 4-2 Mid-Con) struggled to put a rally together in the opener as the Ladies tallied a hit in almost every inning but could not cash in. IUPUI (5-20, 2-3 Mid-Con) managed only six hits off of pitcher Ashley Lail (11-8), but lumped them together to maximize their opportunities.   The Jaguars scratched out their first run in the second inning. Jenna Crockett and Stacey Speshyock began the frame with back-to-back singles that resulted in runners on second and third with no outs after Speshyock advanced on the throw to third. Stephanie Thompson then lofted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Crockett before Lail used a strikeout and a grounder to second base to end the scare.   The sixth inning began much the same way as Sarah Needy singled and Devan Craig doubled her home to stretch the IUPUI lead to 2-0. The Jaguars only totaled two other hits on the entire game other than those in the two scoring situations.   The Ladies finally responded in the bottom of the seventh when Jennifer Mango and Megan Hall sent two bullets into the outfield to start the inning. Allsion McClain then executed her sacrifice bunt perfectly to advance the runners. After an unproductive groundout, Amy Wiedeman came through with a clutch two-out hit down the left field line.   Mango scored easily on the hit and pinch runner Leslie Postles was waved around third by coach Mark Montgomery. The left fielder, Speshyock, fielded the ball cleanly and heaved her toss to the plate.
March 30, 2006 | Athletics
Dustin Forward Brody Sager Osama Buazza Ben Caldarera CONWAY, Ark.- Centenary’s men’s soccer team dropped their first exhibition game of the spring season with a 4-3 loss to Central Arkansas Wednesday afternoon.   The Gents traveled with a shorthanded bench consisting of just one position substitution and one reserve goalkeeper, forcing the entire squad to play the full 90 minutes each.                         Falling behind 1-0, the Gents knotted the game as Dustin Forward ’s header off Brody Sager ’s corner kick found the back of the net.   Aaron Volanski scored Centenary’s second goal with assists from Osama Buazza and Ben Caldarera .   Newcomer Gabe Silvas netted the third goal unassisted.   “We played well,” head coach Eric Mayo said after the loss.   “Unfortunately we had to deal with some unfavorable field conditions and some serious injury issues that limited our availability.”   “Although we started off a bit slow, it was a good test offensively and we got to work on some plays we’ve been practicing.   Defensively, we need to be a bit tougher mentally and work on our communication.   But, of course, that’s why we play these exhibitions.”   When asked about the roster disparities, Mayo could only shrug it off with a laugh.   “With all their reserve players,” Mayo said, “they’d sub in six guys at a time and just run right at us.   It was like watching a hockey game.   Besides the last 10 minutes or so, when anybody’s team would be dead tired, we handled it pretty well.”   The Gents next travel to face Southern Methodist in spring play on April 6, in Dallas.
March 29, 2006 | Athletics
Russ Patrick Seva Kostelanetz SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s tennis team fell on Wednesday afternoon to a very tough Southeastern Louisiana squad 7-0. The Lions are ranked #58 in the latest ITA National Rankings, but Russ Patrick and Seva Kostelanetz did not go down easy in their singles matches.   Patrick pushed SLU’s Matthieu Leboucher to a third set tiebreaker before going down 6-7 (6), 6-4, 10-8 in the third singles slot. Kostelanetz dropped his first set 6-0 to Olivier Zieleniecki, but bounced back to force a tiebreaker before coming up short 7-6 (3) in the sixth position. #1 Josh Pinto lost 6-0, 6-2, #2 Dylan Dyer went down 6-3, 6-2, #4 Arthur Okura fell 6-0, 6-2, and #5 Matthew Shoptaugh came up short at 6-3, 6-0.   In doubles action, Pinto and Patrick were upended 8-2 by Haris Huremovic and Ondrej Krivka before Illie Babincuic and Vladimir Paunic dismissed Shoptaugh and Kostelanetz 8-1. The second doubles position was not finished after SLU clinched the doubles point by winning two out of three.   The Gents will see their next action when they travel to face Alcorn State on Sunday at 2 p.m.
March 29, 2006 | Athletics
Emerald Doria Micah Rhodes Jennifer Mango BATON ROUGE, La. —The Centenary softball team hung close with the 11 th -ranked LSU Tigers for four innings, but a seven-run fifth inning by the home team gave the Tigers the 9-1 win. The Ladies found it hard to solve the pitching of Dani Hofer, who compiled 14 of Centenary’s 15 outs in the contest via strikeout.   Centenary (19-14) allowed a run in the first inning after a lead-off walk, a stolen base, and a two-out single. LSU scored again in the fourth inning, but the Ladies cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth. Dana Davis started the rally when she was hit by a pitch and Emerald Doria followed with a single. After a bunt moved the runners up a base, Micah Rhodes was also hit by a pitch. Rhodes left the game after taking the blow in the face. Jennifer Mango then drew the bases loaded walk to make the score 2-1.   LSU (32-5) used three hits and was aided by a Centenary error in putting up seven runs in the fifth to end the game on the NCAA run rule. Stephanie Hill’s three-run homer served as the final blow in carrying the Tigers over the Ladies.   Doria finished 2-for-3 for Centenary. Rhodes , Mango, and Allison McClain each picked up a hit in the loss.   The Ladies’ next competition will come Friday and Saturday when the Maroon and White host IUPUI in Mid-Continent Conference play. Friday’s doubleheader action begins at 4 p.m. while Saturday’s games are scheduled for 11 a.m.
March 28, 2006 | Athletics
Justin Huff, Sherri Allen, Brandon, Mike Davis, and Seth Salinas SHREVEPORT – Members of the Centenary baseball team and KTBS Channel 3’s Sherri Allen teamed up to shoot a profile for ArkLaTex Angels to air Wednesday, March 29, at 5 p.m.   Thirteen-year-old Brandon took fielding and hitting lessons from current Gents players at Shehee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Allen profiles a child in need of a home on the last Wednesday of every month during KTBS 3 News at Five.     Junior Justin Huff and freshmen Mike Davis and Seth Salinas jumped at the opportunity to introduce Brandon to baseball.   Having never played before, Brandon took to the game quickly.   The southpaw youngster learned to catch, throw, and hit in the relaxed small-group atmosphere.   Brandon capped his visit to Centenary with a ride around the infield with Head Coach Ed McCann on the drag three-wheeler.   Tune in to KTBS 3 News at Five tomorrow, March 29, to see the full story.
March 27, 2006 | Athletics
Cam Feightner ELMHURST, Ill.- Centenary senior Cam Feightner has been selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week for his relief efforts against #11 Arkansas and North Dakota State.   The honor is the first of the season for Feightner.   Picking up his second win of the season, Feightner (2-1) tossed six innings of scoreless ball in three appearances.   He allowed just six hits while striking out seven and giving up just a pair of walks.   Feightner is the third Gent to earn Pitcher of the Week honors this season, as Brandon Fulenchek and David McElroy, twice, have as well.   The Gents (11-14) next travel to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three game series this weekend.
March 27, 2006 | Athletics
Jennifer Majchrowicz Kristina Collins RUSTON, La.—Centenary’s Jennifer Majchrowicz picked up her fifth win of the week in the Ladies loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. The Maroon and White fell 5-2 to its in-state rival as Majchrowicz continued her torrid play and Kristina Collins grabbed a win as well.   Centenary (1-8) lost a hard fought doubles match in the #1 slot as the duo of Heather Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz pushed their opponents to the limit but came up on the short side of the 9-7 score. Jennifer Majchrowicz and Versha Sharma went down 8-1 as the Lady Techsters earned the doubles point.   Collins emerged victorious from her battle with Gaspar of Louisiana Tech in the #3 position 6-4, 6-1 before Jennifer Majchrowicz finished off her opposition 6-3, 6-3 for the Ladies in the fifth slot.   Kelley fell in the first position 6-3, 6-2 and Christine Majchrowicz lost 6-3, 6-4 to her counterpart in the second slot. #4 Courtney Myers was downed 6-0, 6-0 and Sharma fell to #6 Tran 6-0, 6-0.   The team will now get a week to regroup after playing five matches in five days. The Ladies will make their way to Mississippi to mix it up with Alcorn State on April 2 nd at 2 p.m.
March 27, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Gents vs. Grambling Dual Match Results John Hogan David Viviano BOSSIER CITY, La. – Centenary freshman John Hogan fired a career best 68 as the men’s golf team defeated Grambling 310 to 327 at Olde Oaks Golf Course on Saturday.   The Gents used the meet as a warm-up before they next host the Hal Sutton Invitational in April.   Brandon Williams and Devon Reymond shot identical 75’s to tie for second place for the Tigers, followed behind by David Viviano ’s 78 and Nick Orta ’s 80 for fourth and fifth places.   Mike Lowbardino shot an 84 while Zach Bruhnke added a 97 to finish out of scoring consideration.
March 27, 2006 | Athletics
Elizabeth Wamsley SHREVEPORT— Centenary Athletics Director Taylor Moore announced on Monday that head women’s basketball coach Elizabeth Wamsley resigned from her position effective immediately. Current assistant coach Jason Keene has been named the interim head coach until a search to fill the vacated post can be completed.   “We certainly appreciate the time and effort Coach Wamsley has put into our women’s basketball program over the last three years as both an assistant and a head coach,” said Moore. “I know she is as frustrated that the program has been unable to reach the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament as we are. We thank her for her hard work and wish her the best.”   Moore expects his search for Wamsley’s replacement to move quickly as to not lose any time in the recruiting process.   Wamsley was 4-49 in her two seasons as head coach of the Ladies basketball team. Her teams finished ninth in the Mid-Con in both campaigns, but did produce conference Newcomer of the Year Laura Kizyte in 2004-05. This season Centenary had a chance to earn a berth in the Mid-Con Tournament until Southern Utah moved ahead of the Ladies in the final week of the regular season.
March 26, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC Box Score 3-26-06 Allison McClain Jennifer Mango KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary softball team was six outs from completing the four-game series sweep over Mid-Continent Conference foe UMKC before the Kangaroos belted three homeruns to comeback for the 5-3 victory. Taia Jones had a pair of long balls in the game, as four of UMKC’s nine hits were round-trippers.   Centenary (19-13, 3-1 Mid-Con) jumped all over starting pitcher Jessica Heimann, scoring two runs in the first inning. Emerald Doria and Jennifer Flowers led off the contest with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. The tandem pulled off a double steal to claim the first run and several batters later, Megan Hall singled in Flowers. The Ladies would load the bases with two outs, but Heimann got Lindsey Jones to foul out to end the threat.   Heimann was replaced by Emily Dye (4-8) who kept Centenary off the board the rest of the way despite being pounded for nine hits. The Ladies collected 12 hits in the loss.   UMKC (5-20, 1-3 Mid-Con) tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with the first of the four homers. With two outs, Katelyn Cummings singled and Jones followed with her first blast to even the score at 2-2.   The Ladies reclaimed the advantage in the fifth when a double play scored Micah Rhodes from third base. Rhodes led off the frame with a single and moved up to second on a throwing error. Jennifer Mango advanced Rhodes to third with an infield single and Hall’s sharp grounder resulted in a twin-killing, but plated Rhodes. McClain then drove a triple to center field but was stranded there when Jennifer Martin went down swinging for the third out.   Centenary starter Ashley Lail (11-7) ran into trouble in the sixth when Cori Mead led off with a homerun to tie the game at 3-3. Monica Canisales struck out just before Cummings launched her first homer of the season, which chased Lail from the g
March 25, 2006 | Athletics
Jennifer Mango Emerald Doria Micah Rhodes KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary softball team took both ends of a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader with UMKC on Saturday 3-2 and 7-3. The wins improve the Ladies overall record to 19-12 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in league play. Jennifer Mango’s bat led to the game one victory for Centenary while pitcher Jessica Ivins got back on track with seven strong innings in the nightcap.   Game one proved to be a pitcher’s duel as UMKC’s Jessica Heimann matched Centenary’s Ashley Lail in the early going. The Kangaroos broke through first, ending the scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Taron Brewer and Cori Mead put together back-to-back doubles for the initial run and Mead later scored from third on an infield single. Kristan Morton replaced Lail and struck out Eryn Knecht to end the rally.   The Ladies responded for Morton in the top of the sixth. Emerald Doria opened the frame with a double and Jennifer Flowers reached on an error. Micah Rhodes struck out but Mango followed with a three-run homerun to right center field to place Centenary on top.   Morton (4-1) would make the lead stick as she tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless, no-hit ball to pick up the win. Lail did not figure in the decision after surrendering two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings. She struck out seven batters in the outing.   UMKC (4-20, 0-3 Mid-Con) also held an early lead in game two. Centenary plated a single run in the first inning when Flowers scored from third while Rhodes intentionally got caught in a rundown between first and second. The Kangaroos responded with three runs off of Ivins in the bottom of the inning after a walk and three doubles.   Ivins quickly found a groove and did not allow a run the rest of the contest in going the distance. The Ladies knotted the game in the third when Doria was doubled home by Rhodes. Mango then singled to right field, which brought Rh
March 25, 2006 | Athletics
Kristina Menne Jessie Angus Meredith Smith CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.—The Centenary gymnastics team took fourth place at the Midwest Independent Championships hosted by Southeast Missouri State on Saturday. The Ladies posted a team score of 190.575 while Texas Woman’s University won the meet with a score of 193.200. Kristina Menne won the all-around title with a combined score of 38.650.   Menne placed second on the balance beam with a 9.775 effort and took third on the floor exercise with a 9.825. Jessie Angus ranked sixth on the balance beam with her 9.625 and Meredith Smith’s 9.725 on the beam tied her for eighth on the event.   The Ladies will now receive some time off before heading to the USAG Nationals in Ithaca, New York. The competition begins on April 13 th .
March 25, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Tim Ryan Justin Huff Alex Valdivia Nate Santiago Will Kaage SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team had no problems handling North Dakota State in Saturday’s doubleheader opener, cranking out 15 hits for a 12-2 victory.   The day’s second game was a different story the Gents matched the Bison hit-for-hit but stranded 11 runners on base in the 3-2 loss.   Tim Ryan had a career day for the Gents, collecting six hits, three RBI, and a pair of runs.   The senior lefty belted his third homerun of the season in the first game, a two-run shot over the rightfield fence in the second inning.   Justin Huff went three-for-three in the opener with three runs scored, while Alex Valdivia added a pair of hits and three RBI.   Shortstop Nate Santiago was also responsible for two hits and five RBI in the first contest.   Alex Maldonado scored three times as well.   Will Kaage (3-1) picked up the opening win in relief, tossing two innings of scoreless, one-hit ball.   Kris Calhoun earned his first save of the year after finishing the final four innings of scoreless play.   Centenary (11-14) plated two runs on NDSU miscues in the second game, including a failed pickoff to second with two runners in scoring position.   The Gents also perfectly executed a delayed double steal to push their lead to 2-0 in the second.   The Bison (2-18) answered back with a run in the fourth to pull within one.   They then led off the sixth with a triple to left center followed by a single up the middle to tie the score at 2-2.   After loading the bases later in the frame, Cam Feightner walked home the winning run before the Gents got out of the inning.   With one last shot in the seventh, the Gents loaded the bases with two-outs and a chance for a walkoff victory.   North Dakota State pitcher Jake Laber, who gave Centenary fits all day, j
March 24, 2006 | Athletics
The new Shehee Stadium Entrance SHREVEPORT -- Centenary College will dedicate its new entrance to the W. Peyton Shehee, Jr. Baseball Stadium and honor the late Mr. Shehee and his family during ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the stadium.   The college will also unveil a plaque commemorating the entire complex.   Following the festivities, attendees will be able to cheer on the Gents as they meet North Dakota State.   The stadium was initially dedicated by the Centenary Board of Trustees on Feb. 15, 2001. Due to a rain storm, Centenary produced its first-ever "virtual dedication," using animation, photographs and a Powerpoint presentation in the then-new Carlile Auditorium.   "The March 25th event offers a second chance to celebrate this wonderful addition to our athletic complex," said Centenary President Kenneth L. Schwab.   Members of the late Mr. Shehee's family to be honored at the event and on the plaque are his wife, Dr. Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee; son, Andrew Shehee; and daughters, Margaret, Nell and Shane Shehee.   -Courtesy Lynn Stewart, Centenary Public Relations
March 24, 2006 | Athletics
Dylan Dyer Matthew Shoptaugh LONGVIEW, Texas—Both the Centenary tennis teams easily won their respective matches with LeTourneau University on Friday. The Ladies dominated their competition in winning 7-0 while the Gents earned a decisive 6-1 victory. Jennifer Majchrowicz picked up her fourth win of the week for the Ladies and freshman Dylan Dyer earned his first collegiate victory for the Gents.   The win was the first of the season for the Ladies, who improved to 1-7 on the year. Heather Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz disposed of their opponents in the #1 doubles slot with an 8-3 effort. Kristina Collins and Courtney Myers dropped their opposition in the #2 slot 8-1 while Jennifer Majchrowicz and Lindsay Ezell beat Sarah Mintz and Michelle Miller of LeTourneau 8-1 to round out the doubles sweep.   All six Ladies picked up victories in the singles action as no Centenary player allowed their opponents more than three points in a set.   The Gents won their second consecutive match in downing LeTourneau. The men also swept their doubles competition as #1 Josh Pinto and Russ Patrick came out on top of an 8-5 score, #2 Dylan Dyer and Arthur Okura won 8-2, and the duo of #3 Matt Shoptaugh and Seva Kostelanetz outscored their counterparts 8-4.   Hal Hawkins of LeTourneau pulled out a tight 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 win over Pinto in the #1 singles slot to hand Centenary its only defeat. Dyer’s landmark win came over Justin Llanes in the second position by a 6-2, 6-1 count. The remaining Gents all easily cruised to their wins.
March 24, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jimmy Baker Tim Ryan Matt Clark Torey Williams Cam Feightner SHREVEPORT – Looking at a three run deficit in the bottom of the eighth, the Centenary baseball team pounded North Dakota State for seven runs in the bottom of the frame to claim a 12-8 victory.   Playing in unseasonably cold weather more suited to the visitors from Fargo, the Gents bats caught fire at the right time for the come-from-behind victory.   Jimmy Baker and Tim Ryan each collected a pair of hits for the Gents (10-13), with Baker driving in four runs and Ryan three.   Ryan also scored three runs batting in the leadoff spot.   North Dakota State (1-17) put the Gents in an early hole, plating four runs in the third inning off starter Matt Clark .   Clark tossed seven strong innings, striking out six Bison batters while giving up four runs on seven hits.   He was removed with a 5-4 lead in the eighth.   Centenary scored their first run in the third as Matt Webb was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.   For the second time this season, Webb tied the Gents single game record by recording three hit by pitches.   Baker would single to left center a batter later to cut the lead to 4-2.   Ryan tied the game an inning later with a two-RBI double to left center, scoring on the next at-bat as Torey Williams singled him home.   Holding on to a one run lead, Kris Calhoun took the mound for Clark in the eighth with a 504 lead.   North Dakota State took advantage of a pair of walks to score four runs in the frame, retaking the lead at 8-5.   Not willing to let the Bison take home the win, the Gents loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs as Nate Santiago beat out a would-be sacrifice bunt for an infield single.   Ryan picked up his third RBI with a walk, followed by a sacrifice fly by Williams to pull within one.   Webb would then get tagged with his third hit batsman, loading the
March 24, 2006 | Athletics
Jennifer Martin Lauren Flowers KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary softball team opened the Mid-Continent Conference portion of its schedule with a 6-3 win over UMKC. The originally scheduled doubleheader was cut to just a single game when the wind chill temperature hovered around the freezing point. Saturday’s doubleheader will be played as planned beginning at 1 p.m. and the series will conclude with a single game on Sunday.   Centenary (17-12, 1-0 Mid-Con) received a stellar pitching effort from freshman Ashley Lail (11-6). The right-hander tossed a complete game while allowing just three hits and one earned run. She dominated the Kangaroo hitters as she compiled a career-high 14 strikeouts on the evening.     The Ladies took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Megan Hall scored on a fielder’s choice. Hall reached base on an infield single, advanced to second on an error, and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jennifer Martin.   UMKC (4-18, 0-1 Mid-Con) jumped ahead of Centenary 2-1 after pushing across a pair of runs in the bottom half of the third inning. Taia Jones walked to lead off the frame and an error allowed her to advance all the way to third base. A sac fly by Eryn Knecht and a single off the bat of Kim Hoiting gave the home team the advantage.   The Ladies tied the game with a single run in the fifth when Micah Rhodes’ triple plated Lauren Flowers. The Maroon and White added another run in the sixth when Martin belted her first long ball of the season and then exploded for three tallies in the seventh. Flowers started the scoring when she stepped on the plate courtesy of a wild pitch. Rhodes later scored on a double by Allison McClain and Martin drove in McClain with a single to put the game away.   Martin finished with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate with two RBI and a run to go with her first dinger. Flowers went 2-for-3 with a run, Rhodes was 1-for-2 with two walks, a RBI, and a run, and Jenni
March 24, 2006 | Athletics
Jennifer Majchrowicz Courtney Myers LONGVIEW, Texas—Both the Centenary tennis teams easily won their respective matches with LeTourneau University on Friday. The Ladies dominated their competition in winning 7-0 while the Gents earned a decisive 6-1 victory. Jennifer Majchrowicz picked up her fourth win of the week for the Ladies and freshman Dylan Dyer earned his first collegiate victory for the Gents.   The win was the first of the season for the Ladies, who improved to 1-7 on the year. Heather Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz disposed of their opponents in the #1 doubles slot with an 8-3 effort. Kristina Collins and Courtney Myers dropped their opposition in the #2 slot 8-1 while Jennifer Majchrowicz and Lindsay Ezell beat Sarah Mintz and Michelle Miller of LeTourneau 8-1 to round out the doubles sweep.   All six Ladies picked up victories in the singles action as no Centenary player allowed their opponents more than three points in a set.   The Gents won their second consecutive match in downing LeTourneau. The men also swept their doubles competition as #1 Josh Pinto and Russ Patrick came out on top of an 8-5 score, #2 Dylan Dyer and Arthur Okura won 8-2, and the duo of #3 Matt Shoptaugh and Seva Kostelanetz outscored their counterparts 8-4.   Hal Hawkins of LeTourneau pulled out a tight 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 win over Pinto in the #1 singles slot to hand Centenary its only defeat. Dyer’s landmark win came over Justin Llanes in the second position by a 6-2, 6-1 count. The remaining Gents all easily cruised to their wins.    
March 23, 2006 | Athletics
Jennifer Majchrowicz Christine Majchrowicz NATCHITOCHES—Centenary sophomore Jennifer Majchrowicz won both her singles match and her doubles contest over her opponents from Northwestern State on Thursday. However, the Ladies as a team were not as fortunate as the Maroon and White lost to the Lady Demons 6-1.   Majchrowicz and teammate Lindsay Ezell defeated NSU’s tandem of Alcantara and Grimes 8-6 in the third doubles position. She then pulled off a 6-0, 6-0 head-to-head win over Grimes in the #6 singles slot.   Heather Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz both played highly contested singles matches in the first and second singles positions. Kelley lost to Villegas of Northwestern State 6-3, 7-5 while Majchrowicz forced a third set in falling 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 to Silva. On the double side, Kelley and Majchrowicz went down 8-1 in their team effort while Kristina Collins and Courtney Myers lost 8-0.   Myers and Ezell both dropped their singles matches 6-1, 6-0 and Collins was swept 6-0, 6-0 in the #3 slot.   The Ladies and the Gents both travel to Longview, Texas to lock up with LeTourneau University at 2 p.m. on Friday.
March 22, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jimmy Baker Tim Ryan Justin Huff Cam Feightner Derek Bross FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Centenary baseball team allowed seven Arkansas runs in the first three innings before taking control for the final six with a 4-1 scoring advantage, but the early lead by the 11 th ranked Razorbacks was too much to overcome in the 8-5 loss.   The Gents relievers held their hosts to five hits over the latter span, striking out five in an effort to get the Maroon and White back in the hunt.   Jimmy Baker and Tim Ryan each collected a pair of hits as the Gents put nine knocks on the board to Arkansas’ 10.   Both squads stranded 11 runners on base.   Centenary (9-13) jumped on the boards first, leading off the first with a double by Ryan to left center.   With Torey Williams moving him to third on a sacrifice bunt, Matt Webb ’s sac fly to right field brought in the first run of the game.   The Razorbacks (19-3) would respond with two runs in the first, three in the second, and another pair in the third.   Gents’ starter Johnny Noland (0-2) allowed all seven runs, six earned, on five hits and five walks.   Baker would drive in the Gents second run in the fifth, taking advantage of a two-out single by Williams and a hit batsman on Webb.   Nate Santigo would make it 7-3 an inning later, beating out an infield single to score Justin Huff who led off the innings with a double down the right field line.   After plating another Arkansas run in the sixth, catcher Alex Maldonado singled up the middle to score Baker who had walked and advanced on a passed ball.   Huff would score later in the inning on a wild pitch.   Maldonado also threw out a pair of Razorback runners on the basepaths.   The Gents bullpen held Arkansas to just one run in the final five innings of play.   Cam Feightner struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief while Derek Bross fin
March 22, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team’s scheduled doubleheader against Texas-Arlington today has been cancelled. UTA’s field suffered extensive damage as a result of the last line of storms to come through the Arlington area. The Lady Mavericks are forced to stay and attend to their stadium in hopes of having it ready for Southland Conference play this weekend. The games have not been rescheduled as of this time.
March 21, 2006 | Athletics
Alex Maldonado Matt Webb Jimmy Baker Torey Williams FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Looking to pick up their first win against a ranked opponent in five tries, the Centenary baseball team came up short as they fell to host #11 Arkansas 10-2 on Tuesday afternoon.   Alex Maldonado collected a pair of hits for the Gents (9-12) while Matt Webb hit his second homerun of the season in the loss, a two-run, opposite field shot in the eighth.   Jimmy Baker and Torey Williams also notched hits in the game.   Junior southpaw Brandon Fulenchek (2-5) picked up the loss for Centenary, tossing three innings while giving up five runs on five Razorback hits.   Arkansas (18-3) plated seven runs in seven innings before Webb’s blast put the Gents on the board.   Four Razorbacks collected multiple hits, led by Danny Hamblin with three.   Craig Gentry scored twice and drove in four runs, three on a homerun in the bottom of the eighth to cap the home team’s scoring.   James Gilbert earned the win for Arkansas, allowing just three hits in five innings while striking out four.   He didn’t allow a run.   Centenary and Arkansas tangle again tomorrow at 3 p.m.   The Gents then return home to host North Dakota State for a three-game series starting Friday at Shehee Stadium.
March 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Samford Intercollegiate Final Results Chloe' Mims Jessica Garza BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Centenary women’s golf team finished the extended second day of the Samford Intercollegiate in 10 th place with a 662.   The Ladies finished the final two holes of Monday’s round, postponed because of rain, before shooting another 18.   Centenary shot 330 for the first round with 332 in the second.   Chloe’ Mims paced the Ladies with a pair of sub-80 rounds, shooting 79 and 78 to finish tied for 20 th with 157.   Freshman Jessica Garza matched 80s to tied for 25 th at 160.   Tracy Williams and Leigh Newton finished tied for 61 st and 65 th respectively, with Williams shooting 83 and 89 for 172 while Newton scored a 173 on rounds of 88 and 85.   Bethany Cox finished 75 th with rounds of 92 and 93 for 185.   Birmingham-Southern took home first place with a 602, defeating second place Jacksonville State (616) by 14 strokes.   McNeese State (626) and Middle Tennessee State (629) battled for third, while South Alabama (634), New Orleans (639), Belmont (652), Western Kentucky (654), Samford (654) Centenary (662), Tennessee Tech (664), and Lipscomb (667) finished middle of the pack.   Rounding out the competition was Nicholls State (674), Troy (699), and Tennessee State (752).
March 21, 2006 | Athletics
Heather Kelley Christine Majchrowicz SHREVEPORT—The Centenary women’s tennis team fell 7-0 to McNeese State at the Centenary Tennis Complex on Tuesday afternoon. The Ladies battled hard and Heather Kelley almost pulled out a win playing in the top singles slot.   The Ladies dropped to 0-5 on the season with the loss to the Cowgirls. Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz fell 8-2 in doubles play before Kristina Collins and Courtney Myers went down 8-0 in the second doubles position. Jennifer Majchrowicz and Lindsay Ezell also dropped their double match by the score of 8-1.   On the singles side, Kelley held a 4-1 lead in the second set while playing some of her best tennis of the year. At that point her opponent, Noelia Furno, called for a three-minute bathroom timeout but returned to the court over 10 minutes later. A discussion then took place, but the official did not punish the McNeese player. Furno then rallied to take the match 6-2, 6-4 after regrouping.   Christine Majchrowicz fought to a 6-0, 6-3 loss in the #2 position and Lindsay Ezell came up a little short with a 6-2, 6-2 decision in the sixth slot. Jennifer Majchrowicz dropped her match 6-1, 6-1 playing in the #5 singles and both Collins and Myers were beaten by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores, playing #3 and #4 respectively.   The Ladies return to action tomorrow when they travel to Monroe, La., to take on the University of Louisiana-Monroe at 2 p.m.
March 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 SFA Crown Classic Final Results David Viviano Nick Orta John Hogan LUFKIN, Texas – The Centenary men’s golf team finished the Stephen F Austin Crown Classic in 12 th place, shaving 13 strokes off their first round score of 346 to finish with a 679.   Junior David Viviano tied for 40 th place to lead the Gents, adding a second-day 79 to his initial 77 for 156.   Nick Orta cut 10 strokes off his initial 89 to finish 63 rd with 168, while John Hogan matched Monday’s 86 to tie for 64 th place with 172.   Zach Bruhnke subtracted seven strokes from his day one 96 to end up in 68 th place with 185 and Mike Lowbardino finished in 69 th with scores of 94 and 100 for 194.   Missouri State took first overall with 592 over Oral Roberts in a tiebreaker.   Texas-Pan American (569) and Sam Houston State (599) finished just behind the lead.   The middle of the pack had Southern Illinois (602), McNeese State (604), host Stephen F. Austin (607), Nicholls State (609), and Texas State (610) finished within eight strokes of each other.   UMKC (630) and Centenary (679) rounded out the competition.
March 20, 2006 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Original Release via SamfordSports.com From Samford University Sports Information Department CALERA, Ala. - The first round of the 2006 Samford Women's Intercollegiate Golf Tournament was postponed on Monday, due to inclement weather. The teams played approximately 16 holes of the first round at the Timberline Golf Course, before stormy weather forced a suspension. The teams are set to finish the first round on Tuesday, before playing the second round. The remainder of the 2006 Samford Women's Intercollegiate Golf Tournament is set to tee off at 8:30 on Tuesday, with a shotgun start. Results will be posted upon completion of the tournament at www.samfordsports.com.
March 20, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: SFA Crown Classic Day 1 Results David Viviano John Hogan Nick Orta LUFKIN, Texas – The Centenary men’s golf team is in 12 th place with a score of 346 after the first day of the Stephen F Austin Crown Classic.   Monday’s initial double-round was cut to just 18 holes because of poor early weather.   David Viviano paces the Gents with a 77, tied for 45 th place.   Following him are John Hogan (56 th , 86) and Nick Orta (T-66, 89).   Finishing out the Gents scores are Mike Lowbardino (68 th , 94) and Zach Bruhnke (69 th , 96).   Missouri State leads the pack with 287, followed closely by Texas-Pan American at 288.   Oral Roberts (292) and Texas A&M (JV) (293) edge Stephen F. Austin (294) and Sam Houston State (294), while Texas State (295), McNeese State (296), Southern Illinois (298), and Nicholls State (298) are right behind.   Rounding out the competition is UMKC (305) and Centenary (346).
March 20, 2006 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill.-Centenary softball pitcher Ashley Lail has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week by the league office. The accolade is the fourth of the season in six weeks for the freshman hurler.   Lail (Ft. Worth, Tex.) picked up her tenth win of the season in a victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday. She tossed five innings, allowed two hits, one run, and struck out seven Lady Indians. She came on in relief in the Ladies loss to Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday, pitching 3.2 innings and scattering two hits and just one unearned run. For the week, Lail was 1-0 and recorded an ERA of 0.81 while striking out eight and surrendering just two runs (one unearned).      Centenary will host Texas-Arlington in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m.
March 20, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary men’s soccer head coach Eric Mayo has announced the signing of seven new players for the 2006 season.   Mayo bolsters the Gents squad that loses just three seniors with a pair of college transfers and five high school players.   Joining the Gents in 2006 will be transfers John Marquart (Huntsville, Texas / Jacksonville University) and Gabriel Silvas (Euless, Texas / Hartwick College) as well as incoming freshmen Mouhamed Assi (Spring, Texas / Klein Collins HS) , Cole Campbell (Colleyville, Texas / Grapevine HS) , Todd Faulkinberry (Bossier City, La. / Parkway HS) , Stephen Rifai (Spring, Texas / Klein HS) , and Sam Robinson (Houston, Texas / Cy-Fair HS) .   “I am very excited to have these recruits join us at Centenary,” Mayo said. “I believe this is a very good class and they will contribute to our program immediately.   They are proven winners with their club and high school programs.   Each of these players fills an important need for us and it will be fun to see where they take us over the next four years. “   Marquart is a 6’2” central defender who comes to Centenary from Jacksonville University.   He is an athletic defender with extended experience after playing summers with the Fort Worth Tornados of the Premier Development League.   Marquardt was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman and All-Academic teams in 2004.   “John is player that I am very excited about.   He is a hardworking player with solid technical and tactical abilities, and I expect him to come in and lead our back four.”     A 5’5” midfielder/forward, Gabriel Silvas transfers to Centenary from Hartwick College.   Silvas was an All-District performer at Colleyville Heritage High School, earning second team honors in 2004 and first team accolades in 2003 and 2005.   “Gabe is another transfer player who brings NCAA
March 20, 2006 | Athletics
Kristina Menne SHREVEPORT—The Midwest Independent Conference has chosen Centenary’s Kristina Menne as their Gymnast of the Week. The junior captured the individual titles on the bars, floor, and all-around while leading the Ladies to a season-high team score in defeating Texas Woman’s University 192.325 to 191.700.   Menne posted scores of 9.900 on both the bars and the floor to take those titles while adding a 9.750 on the beam for second place. She compiled a 39.075 in the all-around for her highest total of the year. Menne’s scores on the bars and floor exercise were also personal bests for the season.   The Ladies will be back in action this Saturday as the team will compete in the Midwest Independent Championships in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, at 2 p.m.  
March 18, 2006 | Athletics
The final game of the Centenary baseball team's three-game series against Alcorn State has been cancelled because of rain and unplayable conditions.  The Gents won the opening doubleheader 6-5 and 5-4 on Friday. Centenary (9-11) returns to action as they travel to face nationally ranked #10 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Gents then return home to host North Dakota State next weekend.
March 17, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Torey Williams Cam Feightner Matt Webb Jon Christian SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team snapped their nine-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, winning both their games of a doubleheader against Alcorn State with walkoff hits in the Gents last at-bats.   The Gents took the first game 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth before winning the nightcap 5-4 in the extra eighth inning of the scheduled seven-inning contest.   Torey Williams ended the first contest on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to score Tim Ryan and give the Gents (9-11) the win.   Williams collected a pair of hits in the game, and four on the day, while driving in a pair of runs and scoring twice.   Alcorn State (12-7) jumped on the board in the first inning, plating a run on starting pitcher Kris Calhoun with a pair of hits for the early lead.   The Gents would respond with three runs in the next two innings, and match the Braves run-for-run in the fifth to hold serve.   The Braves would put another pair on the board in the seventh, knotting the game at 5-5 with a two-out, two RBI double to left field.   Cam Feightner (1-1) would come in for the Gents to right the ship, striking out five batters in the next 2 1/3 innings for the win.   In the nightcap, ASU put two runs on the board in the first by taking advantage of three David McElroy walks to take the lead.   Catcher Alex Maldonado would help cut the danger by throwing out two Braves in the frame, and three total on the day.   Centenary had four runners cross in the second thanks to five consecutive singles by the bottom of the order.   A sacrifice fly by Ryan and an RBI single by Matt Webb finished the inning’s output.     Webb, Williams, Justin Huff , and Robbie Knowles each collected a pair of hits in the nightcap while Webb’s double down the left field line in the eighth seal
March 16, 2006 | Athletics
Kris Calhoun David McElroy Justin Darr Alex Maldonado SHREVEPORT – Coming into this weekend having lost nine straight, the Centenary baseball team looks to right the ship as they host Alcorn State for a three-game series.   The Gents have 11 games remaining before they start their trek for their third consecutive Mid-Continent Conference tournament appearance.   Kris Calhoun (0-1, 4.03 ERA, 18 K) will take the mound in the series opener, set for a Friday doubleheader at 3 p.m., for his first start of the 2006 season.   Calhoun has made a team-high 11 appearances in relief so far this season, tossing 22 1/3 innings of work.   Opponents are hitting just .253 against the hard-throwing righty.   The second game will see two-time Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week David McElroy (2-0) take the hill.   McElroy leads the Gents (7-11) with a 2.81 ERA and 25 2/3 innings pitched.   He’s struck out 11 batters in five appearances this season.   Weather permitting, the Braves (12-5) and Gents will tangle for a third game on Saturday at 12 noon.   Junior southpaw Brandon Fulenchek (2-4, 5.66 ERA, 15 K) will get the nod for Centenary in the game.   Fulenchek started the season 2-0, but three of his four losses are against programs that made appearances in the NCAA postseason a year ago.     Offensively, Justin Darr leads the Gents with a .382 batting average.   Joining him at the top of the hitting charts are outfielders Matt Webb (.373 BA) and Tim Ryan (.339 BA), and catcher Alex Maldonado (.327 BA).   Maldonado leads Centenary in RBI with 16, followed just behind by Darr with 15.     Jimmy Baker and Ryan each have accounted for a pair of homeruns this season while Baker and Webb are tied for the team lead in doubles with four.   Also a threat on the basepaths, Webb and Justin Huff each have stolen nine bases, Darr and Nate Santiago six each, and Ryan five.   The Gents next travel to Fa
March 16, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SFA Box Score 3-16-06 Jennifer Mango Emerald Doria Lauren Flowers Dana Davis SHREVEPORT—The Stephen F. Austin softball team came into Shreveport on Thursday night and outplayed a lethargic looking Centenary squad. The 6-4 win for the LadyJacks ended the Ladies home win streak of six games and was the first home loss this season for the Maroon and White.   SFA (9-15) got off to a good start when Ladies starter Jessica Ivins hit the first batter of the contest. A sacrifice bunt and two singles later and the LadyJacks owned a 1-0 lead.   Centenary (16-12) responded in the bottom of the opening inning when Jennifer Mango hit a two-out, two-strike homerun to move the Ladies ahead 2-1.   The LadyJacks continued to hit the ball well in the second frame. Ivins retired the first two batters but struggled to end the stanza as the next six hitters reached base on five singles and a hit by pitch. SFA scored three runs in the rally to jump out to a 4-1 advantage over the stunned Ladies.   Ashley Lail replaced Ivins in the third inning, but the visitors tacked on another run. Centenary began to chip away at the deficit with two runs in the bottom half of the third. Mango plated Emerald Doria on an RBI fielder’s choice and Micah Rhodes scored on a double steal to end the inning as the Ladies were content to trade outs for runs in the early going.   Lail would only allow an unearned run the rest of the way, but Centenary would not be able to mount another offensive surge. SFA rotated in three pitchers to keep the Ladies from getting comfortable and made several outstanding defensive plays to stab what otherwise would have been hits for the home team.   Ivins (3-5) took the loss for Centenary with a final line of 2.1 innings pitched, eight hits, five runs, and four earned runs. Lail tossed 3.2 innings, allowing just the unearned run in the sixth while scattering two hits. Kristan Morton increased her s
March 16, 2006 | Athletics
Courtney Myers Jennifer Majchrowicz NACOGDOCHES, Tex.—The Centenary women’s tennis team traveled to Stephen F. Austin State University on Thursday and fell at the hands of the LadyJacks 7-0. With the loss, the Ladies drop to 0-4 on the season in dual matches.   Centenary’s top doubles team of Christine Majchrowicz and Heather Kelley fell to Kama Scott and Megan Langston by the score of 8-2. Lindsey Ezell and Jennifer Majchrowicz also lost by the same count while Kristina Collins and Courtney Myers went down 8-0 in the second slot.   SFA proved to be dominant on the singles side as their #1, #2, #3, and #6 players all won with identical 6-0, 6-0 scores. Myers proved to be the biggest challenge as she fought to a 6-2, 6-2 loss to #4 Lauren Nowicki and Jennifer Majchrowicz came up on the short side of her match with #5 Mary Harrison 6-3, 6-0.     The Ladies will continue their current road trip with a dual match at Texas-Arlington on Saturday at 2 p.m.
March 15, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ULM Box Score 3-15-06 Allison McClain Jennifer Martin MONROE, La.—The Centenary softball team played small ball and used timely hitting to get back to their winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday night. Solid pitching from Ashley Lail and Kristan Morton sealed the road win for the Ladies. Morton extended her scoreless innings streak to 14.1 consecutive with two shutout innings of relief.   Centenary (16-11) relied on the arm of the freshman Lail in the early going. After the Ladies failed to score with a runner on third and only one out in the first inning, the game moved quickly as neither team could muster a rally. Lail was dominant from the start as she retired the first seven batters she faced, four via the strikeout.   The Ladies got on the board first with a single run in the top of the fourth. Allison McClain led off the frame by reaching and advancing to second base on an error by the ULM shortstop. Dana Davis laid down a sacrifice bunt to move McClain to third and Jennifer Martin drove her in on a squeeze play.   Still with only one hit in the contest, the Lady Indians’ Megan Miller drew a lead-off walk in the home half of the fifth. Miller moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then trotted to third on a wild pitch. Calli Baker then connected for ULM’s second single off of Lail to tie the game at 1-1.   With one out in the sixth, McClain singled to start what would be Centenary’s winning push. Davis followed with a base on balls and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Martin loaded the bases as a result of being hit by a pitch and Amy Wiedeman made the second out when she lined out sharply to first base. Brittney Broussard was then called on to pinch-hit and the sophomore came through with a big two-run single to plate both McClain and Davis. Broussard and Martin then pulled off a double steal to give the Ladies a three-run cushion. &nbs
March 15, 2006 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Shreveport Times Article Coach Montgomery SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery and the accomplishments of his program over the last several years where highlighted in a recent article by Jimmy Watson of the Shreveport Times. The article appeared as the feature story on the sports section of the March 15 edition and elaborates on how Montgomery has been able to jumpstart the Ladies softball team into a perennial Mid-Con title contender and a two-time NCAA Tournament participant.   The full article is provided below. A link has also been provided above to the article on the Shreveport Times website.   Big man on campus Centenary softball coach helps set winning standard   By Jimmy Watson (Shreveport Times, March 15, 2006)   Mark Montgomery thought long and hard about whether or not to accept the Centenary softball job four years ago when then-athletic director David Bedard came calling. Montgomery talked to friends in the business about the job and the feedback wasn't exactly positive.   "Because they were independent and because they had a history of not being successful in the program, several coaching peers advised me against taking the job at Centenary," Montgomery said. "Their comment was, 'You cannot win there.' I've been more than happy to prove them wrong." Boy has he. It took the Kentucky native a year to start bringing in his own players and instilling a coaching philosophy of success into the Ladies program, but once the school entered the Mid-Continent Conference in 2003, Montgomery's girls began taking off. No program in the history of Centenary, the smallest and the oldest private liberal arts college west of the Mississippi, had ever advanced to an NCAA Tournament until the Ladies won the 2004 Mid-Con tourney and advanced to Tucson, Ariz. Although it was a short, two-and-out visit, the Ladies liked it so well that they repeated the NCAA tourney trip last year, advancing t
March 13, 2006 | Athletics
Emerald Doria ELMHURST, Ill.—For the fourth time in five weeks a Centenary hurler has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week. Sophomore Kristan Morton collects the honor this week for her first such accolade while freshman Ashley Lail has been selected three times in her debut season for the Ladies. Freshman Emerald Doria was also named to the Leigh’s Athletic Wear Panther Classic All-Tournament Team for her efforts over the weekend.   Morton (Texas City, Tex.) got the nod from the league office after going 2-0 on the week with a pair of wins over Alcorn State, including a complete game four-hitter where she struck out seven Lady Braves. For the week, she pitched 12.1 innings, compiled a 1.70 ERA, allowed nine hits, three earned runs, fanned nine hitters, and held her opponents to just a .196 batting average.   Doria (San Antonio, Tex.) hit .333 at the tournament hosted by Birmingham-Southern. She collected seven hits, one double and one homerun, three RBI and scored four times. She had 11 total bases to lead the team and finished with a .524 slugging percentage in addition to stealing a base.   The Ladies return to action when they travel to face Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Centenary will host Stephen F. Austin back in Shreveport on Thursday at 5 p.m.  
March 12, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Tim Ryan Matt Webb Justin Darr Alex Maldonado Jimmy Baker NORMAN, Okla. – The Centenary baseball team rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to force a tie with 23 rd ranked Oklahoma, but couldn’t hold on as the Sooners responded in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-6 victory.   The Gents outhit OU 13-11, but three singles in the ninth for the Sooners sealed the one-run victory.   Down 6-2 in the eighth, Tim Ryan and Matt Webb led off the inning with back-to-back singles followed by a walk to Jimmy Baker to load the bases.   Justin Darr then singled up the middle, driving home a pair, and Justin Huff and Alex Maldonado also added RBI hits to knot the game at six.   Cam Feightner (0-1) held the ship in the bottom half of the inning, allowing the Gents (7-11) another shot to take the lead in the ninth.   Centenary couldn’t plate another run despite putting a pair of runners on, leaving the Sooners (16-4) a chance to answer in the ninth.     After giving up consecutive singles to put runners on the corners, Feightner intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases with no outs.   Oklahoma came through, picking up the game-winning single through the right side by Kody Kaiser.   Feightner gave up allowed one run on four hits in an inning and two thirds of work in relief.   He took over for Johnny Noland in the seventh after the southpaw starter tossed 101 pitches in six and a third innings.   He allowed six runs on seven hits for no decision.   Four Gents collected a pair of hits in the game, as Ryan, Darr, Huff, and Maldonado eached collected two.   Darr and Maldonado would both drive in a pair of runs while Baker scored twice, including once on a solo homerun over the centerfield wall in the sixth.   Centenary returns home to Shehee Stadium looking to end their nine game losing streak against Alcorn State.   The Gents host
March 12, 2006 | Athletics
Kristina Menne Sarah Ball Sarah Racioppi Carmen Reid SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team tallied its best team score of the season in its final home meet while besting Texas Woman’s University 192.325 to 191.700. The Ladies honored seniors Sarah Ball, Sarah Racioppi, and Carmen Reid but it was junior Kristina Menne that turned in the stellar performance as she captured the all-around title with a score of 39.075.   TWU sparkled on the uneven bars to start the meet and carried the momentum over to the vault, pushing out to a one-point lead after the first two rotations. Centenary made up ground after edging the Pioneers on the beam to gain two-tenths of a point back and then outscored the visitors by almost two points on the floor exercise to claim the victory.   Meredith Smith showed why she has been the Ladies top vaulter by capturing second place with a 9.750. Reid earned a 9.600 on her run to snag third place on the event for Centenary. Smith also placed third on the floor exercise.   Menne earned identical scores of 9.900 on both the bars and the floor to win each rotation while her 9.750 on the beam was good enough for second. Jessie Angus ranked third on the bars with a 9.825 effort and Ball finished second in the all-around with a combined total of 38.425.   Centenary will compete next on March 25 when the Ladies travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo., for the Midwest Independent Championships hosted by Southeast Missouri State University.
March 12, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Alcorn #3 Box Score CC-BSC #2 Box Score Emerald Doria Micah Rhodes Jennifer Mango BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Centenary softball team nearly battled its way from the play-in game in the bracket portion of the Leigh’s Athletic Wear Panther Classic to the championship game on Sunday. The Ladies (#4) defeated Alcorn State (#5) 5-0 to advance to the semi finals before falling to Birmingham-Southern (#1) in extra innings 6-5.   Centenary (15-11) easily handled Alcorn State (1-17) in the opener, pounding out 12 hits and cruising behind the pitching of Kristan Morton. The Ladies scored two runs in the first inning on three hits and a double steal before adding two more in the fourth. Emerald Doria plated both runs with a single through the right side and the Maroon and White added another score in the fifth.   Morton (3-1) picked up the win after tossing a four-hit complete game shutout while allowing only one walk. The sophomore struck out seven Lady Braves in the contest.   Offensively, Doria collected three hits while Micah Rhodes and Jennifer Mango each picked up two for Centenary. Megan Hall added an RBI in going 1-for-2 towards the winning cause.     The Ladies struck first in their match-up with host Birmingham-Southern (17-4), who went undefeated in round robin play to earn the top seed in the championship round. Mango tripled to begin the second inning and Megan Hall promptly singled her home, but the team failed to cash in with the bases loaded as Doria flew out to end the threat.   The Panthers answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame on four hits and two Centenary throwing errors to grab the 4-1 lead. The Ladies cut the deficit to two runs by cashing in on a pair of errors and pulling off a double steal in the top of the third.   Centenary pulled ahead 5-4 with three runs in the fifth on hits by Doria, Rhodes, and Hall. Mango, who reached on a fielder’s choice, was t
March 11, 2006 | Athletics
Chase Wooten MONROE, La. – The Centenary women’s soccer team re-takes the field today as they participate in Louisiana-Monroe’s 7v7 tournament Saturday, March 11 at Brown Stadium.   The Ladies field a team comprised solely of returning players for 2006 without the benefit of graduating seniors or their talented crop of incoming freshman.   “This tournament will give us a change of pace from out offseason weights and conditioning,” head coach Chase Wooten said.   “Although we’ll just be using our core group of players, it’s exciting to get back out on the field against other school’s again.”   Games are half field contests starting every 75 minutes.   Teams playing include ULM White, ULM Maroon, Grambling State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Northwestern State, and Centenary.
March 11, 2006 | Athletics
Alex Maldonado Tim Ryan Kris Calhoun NORMAN, Okla. – The 23 rd ranked Oklahoma baseball team shutout visiting Centenary 12-0 in the second game of a three game series Saturday afternoon.   The Sooners assaulted the Gents with a barrage of 18 hits, scoring in very inning except for two.   Alex Maldonado and Tim Ryan each collected a pair of hits for the Gents, but couldn’t capitalize on eight team base-knocks.   Centenary (7-10) stranded nine runners on the day.   Oklahoma (15-4) again jumped on the board early, scoring seven runs against Gents starter Matt Clark (0-3) in just two and a third innings of work.   Senior Kris Calhoun took over in the third, tossing four and two thirds innings while striking out four and giving up four runs on eight hits.   Seven Sooners recorded multiple hits, led by shortstop Freddy Rodriguez with three.   Rodriguez also knocked in a pair of runs and scored once.   Steven Guerra (6-0) picked up the win for the Sooners after tossing six innings of scoreless ball, striking out three.   Centenary and Oklahoma finish the series with a final game on Sunday at 1 p.m.   The Gents then return to Shehee Stadium as they host Alcorn State for a three-game series starting next Friday.
March 11, 2006 | Athletics
Russ Patrick Arthur Okura Matthew Shoptaugh Seva Kostelanetz SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s tennis team garnered its first win of the spring with a 5-2 victory at home over Grambling on Saturday. The Gents swept the Tigers to grab the doubles point and then won four singles matches to close the door.   Josh Pinto and Russ Patrick defeated GSU’s #1 doubles team 8-6 and Dylan Dyer and Arthur Okura repeated the feat with an identical score over the Tiger’s #2 combo. Matt Shoptaugh and Seva Kostelanetz completed the sweep with a dominant 8-0 performance in the third doubles slot.   Grambling’s Jamon Clayton and Dellon Lorimer, playing in the #1 and #2 positions on the singles side, defeated Centenary’s counterparts of Pinto (6-4, 7-6 (6)) and Dyer (7-5, 6-2). However, three through six belonged to the Gents as Patrick (6-0, 6-0), Okura (6-4, 6-4), Shoptaugh (6-4, 6-4), and Kostelanetz (7-5, 6-3) fell in line to secure the win.     Centenary will next travel to Alcorn State on March 20, to face the Braves at 2 p.m.
March 11, 2006 | Athletics
Heather Kelley Christine Majchrowicz SHREVEPORT—The Centenary women’s tennis team received a doubles win from Heather Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz as well as singles wins from each in its match with Grambling on Saturday. Unfortunately, the individual efforts would not be enough as the Ladies lost to GSU 5-2.   Kelley and C. Majchrowicz defeated the Lady Tiger’s top doubles team 8-2. But, the #2 team of Jennifer Majchrowicz and Lindsay Ezell fell to Eja Amen and Patricia Gallegos of Grambling 8-2. The result was the same in favor of GSU in the third match as Courtney Meyers and Versha Sharma were up-ended by Ariea and Ashley Williams 8-0.   #1 Kelley and #2 C. Majchrowicz started Centenary off right in the singles portion of play by dismissing Amen (2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-6) and Ariea Williams (6-0, 6-0) respectively. Grambling then rebounded to take the final four matches in the three through six slots. Kristina Collins (6-1, 6-1), J. Majchrowicz (6-1, 6-2), Ezell (6-1, 6-1), and Sharma (6-0, 6-0) all fell to their GSU opponents for the Ladies.   Centenary will next travel to Nacogdoches, Texas, on March 16, to take on Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m.
March 11, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Alcorn State #2 Box Score 3-11-06 CC-BSC Box Score 3-11-06 Dana Davis Emerald Doria Jennifer Mango BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Centenary softball team split their day two action in the Leigh’s Athletic Wear Panther Spring Classic hosted by Birmingham-Southern. The Ladies used a comeback effort to defeat Alcorn State 9-7 in game one before coming up short to the host BSC Panthers 5-1 in the last game of the twinbill.   Centenary (14-10) fell behind early to Alcorn State after allowing four runs in the first inning on four singles and a walk. Pitcher Jessica Ivins struggled in the second inning as well as the right-hander retired the first two hitters before issuing a base on balls to Melissa Mason. Mason stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She scored on a single, which was followed with a two-run homerun from Tonya Nelms.   Kristan Morton replaced Ivins to end the inning, but the Ladies were down 7-1. Centenary added a run in the second before cashing in on multiple errors by the Lady Braves in the third frame.   Jennifer Mango singled to start the scoring and two errors and three batters latter, scored when Brittney Broussard coerced a bases loaded walk. Amy Wiedeman’s drive to right field was misplayed to plate another run and Dana Davis’ walk pushed across the third run of the rally. Lauren Flowers then forced in another run on a free pass before Davis scored when Micah Rhodes was hit by a pitch. Mango drove in the sixth run of the stanza on a fielder’s choice to put the Maroon and White on top 8-7 despite collecting just one hit in the inning.   Davis homered in the fourth for the final run of the game. Morton (2-1) picked up the win after shutting out Alcorn State over 5.1 innings while striking out two and scattering two hits. Emerald Doria also belted a long ball in the win for Centenary.   Birmingham-Southern (15-4) took a 2-0 lead over the Ladies in game t
March 10, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-OU Event Results 3-10-06 Kristina Menne Meredith Smith Sarah Ball NORMAN, Okla.—The Oklahoma Sooners are the fifth-ranked gymnastics team in the NCAA and showed why they are regarded so highly after defeating Centenary 196.000 to 188.425 at the Lloyd Noble Center on Friday night. The loss is the second for the Ladies in as many meetings against the Sooners.   Oklahoma held the upper hand on all four events and swept the top three spots individually on each apparatus. Kiara Redmond and Brittney Koncak-Schumann tied for the lead in the all-around with scores of 39.475. Haley DeProspero took third with a total of 38.500 while Centenary’s Kristina Menne placed fourth with a combined score of 38.025.   Top performers for the Ladies on each event included Meredith Smith on the vault (9.675), Menne on the bars (9.700), Sarah Ball on beam (9.400), and Menne on the floor exercise (9.850).   Centenary will host Texas Woman’s University in its final home meet of the season on Sunday. Start time is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Gold Dome.
March 10, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Kennesaw State Box Score 3-10-06 CC-UTEP Box Score 3-10-06 Emerald Doria — Day one of the Leigh’s Athletic Wear Panther Spring Classic hosted by Birmingham-Southern did not go as planned for the Centenary softball team. The Ladies lost 8-0 to Kennesaw State and 9-0 to UTEP in a pair of mercy rule shortened games on Friday afternoon. Centenary managed only two hits in the opener before being no-hit for the second time this season in game two.   Centenary (13-9) began the top of the first inning against Kennesaw State (14-9) with a lead-off double from Emerald Doria. After two hitters both struck out for the Ladies, failing to advance the runner, Doria was thrown out trying to steal third to end the scoring threat.     The Owls posted a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to jump ahead 2-0 on Centenary pitcher Ashley Lail (9-4). Back-to-back infield singles followed by a walk and another single provided KSU with the advantage.   Lisa Lamb (7-2) retired the next 11 Centenary hitters until Megan Hall singled to begin the fifth. By then the Ladies were five runs down after Kennesaw State added three more runs in the fourth. The Owls loaded the bases on a hit batter, a catcher’s interference, and a single before Keri McKee doubled to clear the bases.   Lail finished her day after giving up five runs (four earned) in five innings while striking out five and walking three. Kristan Morton allowed three runs without recording an out in the sixth inning for Centenary. Lamb earned the complete game, surrendering just the two hits despite only striking out two Ladies for KSU .   The Ladies bad luck at the plate continued into the second game as UTEP’s Veronica Flournoy (4-4) tossed a no-hitter while only striking out three Centenary batters in six innings. The Ladies were not fooled by Flournoy, they just could not find a whole in the Miner’s defense.   Texas-El Paso (7-1
March 10, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Tim Ryan Torey Williams Robbie Knowles NORMAN, Okla. – The Centenary baseball team couldn’t bring an end to their six-game losing streak as they fell to #23 Oklahoma 17-6 on the road Friday night.   The Gents allowed 16 hits and three multiple-run innings of three, five, and eight in the loss.   Brandon Fulenchek (2-4) picked up the loss after being pulled after just one and a third innings of work.   The junior southpaw allowed six hits for five runs, but only one run was earned.   Offensively, the Gents (7-9) only mustered six hits but took advantage of six Sooner walks and a pair of hit batsmen for their six runs.   Senior Tim Ryan tripled in the seventh inning to spark a four-run frame for the Maroon and White.   With runners of the corners an one out, pinch-hitting Torey Williams singled to left field to drive home Ryan and advance Nate Santiago to second.   Santiago would then score on a RBI single by Robbie Knowles .   Back-to-back hit batmen on Seth Salinas and Justin Huff plated another run before Knowles scored on a passed ball.   Ryan would score his second run of the game an inning later with an RBI by Williams while Salinas scored in the ninth from a sacrifice fly by Justin Darr .   Sooners (14-4) starter Daniel McCutchen (4-2) held Centenary in check through six innings for allowing the four runs across in the seventh.   He struck out nine Gents in the victory.   The Gents and the Sooners return to action tomorrow at 3 p.m.   LiveStats are available online at www.SoonerSports.com .
March 8, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-LaTech Box Score 3-8-06 Micah Rhodes Lauren Flowers Allison McClain SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team collected 14 hits and cruised behind the pitching of Ashley Lail to throttle Louisiana Tech 10-2 Wednesday evening at the Centenary Softball Complex. The win is the third straight for the Ladies over the I-20 rival Lady Techsters, as the Maroon and White swept the two meetings last season.   Centenary (13-7) received timely hitting from slugger Micah Rhodes as the junior went 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBI to up her team-leading batting average to .491 on the season.   Rhodes put the Ladies first runs on the board with a two-out single in the third inning. The hard grounder up the middle plated Emerald Doria immediately but an errant throw by the Louisiana Tech first baseman while attempting to catch Lauren Flowers trying to advance from first to third base, sailed down the left field line. Flowers scored and Rhodes, who never stopped running on the play, came all the way around to stake the Ladies to a 3-0 lead.   Centenary benefited again on a poor throw from the Tech defense in the fifth inning. Flowers singled home Dana Davis from third and moved all the way to third base when the left fielder overshot her toss into second base. Rhodes followed with another hard single up the middle and three batters later, Allison McClain’s base hit pushed two more runs across for a 6-0 advantage.   Lail kept the Lady Techsters off balance the entire contest as she mixed her change-up in frequently and then fired her rise ball past the hitters. The freshman improved to 9-3 on the season with five innings of shutout, two-hit ball while striking out seven. Jessica Ivins closed out the game, allowing two runs in the sixth inning on three hits.   The Ladies slammed the door closed in their last at-bat as Brittney Broussard reached to led off the frame on a fielding error by the Tech third basem
March 7, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Lady Jaguar Invitational Final Results Chloe' Mims Leigh Newton MOBILE, Ala. – The Centenary women’s golf team added nine strokes to their opening round score of 319 to drop two spots and finish the 2006 Lady Jaguar Invitational at Azalea City Golf Course in 14 th place.   The Ladies shot a 328 to hold off hot rounds by Samford, Arkansas State, Nicholls State, and Belmont to finish in the middle of the pack.   Chloe’ Mims couldn’t match her 77 from Monday, carding an 83 to finish tied for 53rd, Centenary’s best score at 160.   Freshman Leigh Newton continued to show improvement and consistency as she added a second round 80 to go with her previous 81 to finish tied for 60 th with 161.   Just behind Mims and Newton was Tracy Williams , whose 162 (78 and 84) tied her for 65 th and Jessica Garza (83 and 81) whose 164 was good enough to tie for 71 st place.   Bethany Cox finished in 105 th with rounds of 94 and 92 for a 186.
March 6, 2006 | Athletics
Meredith Smith Kristina Menne Sarah Ball COLUMBIA, Mo.—The Missouri Tigers defeated the Centenary gymnastics team 195.575 to 187.525 on Friday night. The Tigers nearly swept the top three positions on each event, but sophomore Meredith Smith posted a 9.800 on the vault for the Ladies to tie for third place.   Kristina Menne and Sarah Ball claimed second and third place respectively in the all-around as Menne totaled a 38.225 with her top score being a 9.650 on the floor. Ball tallied a 37.250 with the help of a 9.650 on the vault.   In addition to Smith’s score on the vault and Menne’s on the floor, both of which were top scores for the Ladies, other high marks for Centenary included a 9.575 on the bars and a 9.575 on the beam, also from Menne.   Complete Scores for Centenary -Vault 1)       Jessie Angus: 9.275 2)       Kristina Menne: 9.425 3)       Sarah Ball: 9.650 4)       Carmen Reid: 9.550 5)       Meredith Smith: 9.800 -Bars 1)       Sarah Ball: 9.100 2)       Julia Cornelius: 7.900 3)       Mandy Bennett: 8.725 4)       Jessie Angus: 9.450 5)       Kristina Menne: 9.575 6)       Kristen Cox: 9.275 -Beam 1)       Jessie Angus: 9.400 2)       Meredith Smith: 8.400 3)       Julia Cornelius: 9.300 4)       Sarah Ball: 8.875 5)       Diana Janda: 8.725 6)       Kristina Menne: 9.575 -Floor 1)       Mandy Bennett: 9.400 2)       Julia Cornelius: 9.400 3)       Diana Janda: 9.575 4)       Sarah Ball: 9.625 5)  &
March 6, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Lady Jaguar Invitational Results - Round 1 Chloe' Mims Tracy Williams MOBILE, Ala. – The Centenary women’s golf team used strong first round performances from Chloe’ Mims and Tracy Williams to finish the first day of action at the 2006 Lady Jaguar Invitational at Azalea City Golf Course in 13 th place.   The Ladies shot a 319 as a team in a highly competitive field as the top 13 teams are separated by just 22 shots.   Mims round of 77 is good for a tie in 28 th place while Williams finished the day a stroke off at 78 to tie for 36 th .   Leigh Newton ’s 81 tied her for 59 th after shooting the Ladies best front nine score of 39 while Jessica Garza shaved seven strokes off her front nine 45 to tie in 79 th place with 83.   Bethany Cox finished the opening round in 104 th place with a 94 to finish out of scoring consideration.
March 6, 2006 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill.—Centenary pitcher Ashley Lail was selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season in a release by the league office on Monday. The freshman improved to 8-3 with a 3-2 week and tossed complete games in all five of her starts.   Lail earned wins over Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern, and Northwestern State before losing to Jacksonville State and Arkansas. Her best outings were against Texas Southern (7 IP, 1 hit, 0 R, 5 strikeouts) and SEC foe Arkansas (7 IP, 2 hits, 1 R, 6 strikeouts). For the week, Lail posted a 1.03 ERA in 34 innings, allowed 22 hits, struck out 28 and allowed just five earned runs.   The freshman from Fort Worth, Texas, currently leads the Mid-Con in wins (8), strikeouts (61), complete games (8), starts (10), appearances (12), and innings pitched (71.1).
March 6, 2006 | Athletics
Meredith Smith Kristina Menne CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.—The Centenary gymnastics team bested Ball State 188.775 to 187.325 in a quad meet hosted by Southeast Missouri State on Sunday afternoon. The Ladies did come up short against SEMO (191.975) and Missouri (195.550) in falling to 6-9 on the season.   For the second meet in a row, Meredith Smith was Centenary’s top finisher in an event. She took third place with a 9.800 on the vault. Kristina Menne placed second in the all-around with a total score of 38.550 as Adrienne Perry of Missouri won the title with a 39.100.   Menne earned the top scores on each event for the Ladies other than Smith’s effort on the vault. She recorded a 9.650 on the bars, a 9.675 on the beam, and a 9.625 on the floor.   Complete Scores for Centenary -Vault 1)       Jessie Angus: 9.375 2)       Kristina Menne: 9.600 3)       Sarah Ball: 9.650 4)       Carmen Reid: 9.600 5)       Meredith Smith: 9.800 -Bars 1)       Sarah Ball: 9.225 2)       Julia Cornelius: 8.950 3)       Mandy Bennett: 9.250 4)       Jessie Angus: 9.525 5)       Kristina Menne: 9.650 6)       Kristen Cox: 8.600 -Beam 1)       Jessie Angus: 9.125 2)       Carmen Reid: 8.800 3)       Julia Cornelius: 9.400 4)       Sarah Ball: 8.675 5)       Kristina Menne: 9.675 6)       Bethannie Bowie: 9.500 -Floor 1)       Bethannie Bowie: 9.525 2)       Julia Cornelius: 9.375 3)       Diana Janda: 8.975 4)       Sarah Ball: 9.550 5)   
March 6, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Arkansas #1 3-5-06 CC-Arkansas #2 3-5-06 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The Arkansas Lady Razorbacks took both games from Centenary in the final pairing of their own tournament on Sunday, holding the Ladies scoreless on the afternoon. Centenary managed just four hits in the combined 14 innings of play, which included no hits in the final contest. Arkansas took the sweep by the scores of 3-0 and 1-0 despite a great pitching effort by Ashley Lail in game two.   Lail (8-3) tossed her eighth complete game in ten starts this season and only allowed two hits to the Arkansas hitters in the nightcap. She struck out six but issued four walks and it was one of those free passes that scored the only run of the game for either team. With two outs in the fifth inning, Lail walked Dayna Huckabee. Huckabee promptly stole second and was singled home by Mindy O’Malley to give the Lady ‘Backs the win.   Katy Henry (6-2) hurled a no-hitter while striking out 13 Ladies in the victory for Arkansas. Only two Centenary hitters successfully reached base, Micah Rhodes on a walk in the first inning and Lauren Flowers on an error in the seventh. In between, Henry retired 16 consecutive Centenary batters.   Arkansas (11-8) scored its first run in the opening game when O’Malley scored on a sacrifice fly after being hit by a pitch in the third inning. She moved to second on a bunt single and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt.   Centenary (12-7) fell behind 2-0 in the fifth frame when catcher Shana Easley drove an offering from Jessica Ivins (3-3) over the fence. O’Malley legged out a two-out triple in the sixth inning and then scored on a wild pitch from Kristan Morton after a pitching change for the Lady ‘Backs final run.   Blaire Perry (3-3) picked up the win after striking out eight and walking only one in seven innings of work for Arkansas. Ivins was saddled with the loss for Centenary. She thre
March 4, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Northwestern State #1 Box Score CC-Northwestern State #2 Box Score Micah Rhodes Emerald Doria FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The Centenary softball team split its doubleheader at the Arkansas Tournament on Friday, winning game one 4-2 over Northwestern State before falling in the second contest 4-1. The loss ended the Ladies’ record-breaking win streak at 12 games. The day was also historic for another reason as junior Micah Rhodes belted her 23 rd career homerun in just over two years of play to become the all-time Centenary long ball leader.   Centenary (12-3) grabbed the win in the morning session with timely hitting and the strong pitching of freshman Ashley Lail. Jennifer Mango helped put the Ladies on top in the fourth inning when she tripled to right field and then scored on a single by Megan Hall.   Northwestern State (10-9) answered with a single run in the bottom of the inning before the Maroon and White scored three in the fifth on one swing of the bat. Emerald Doria and Lauren Flowers each earned walks to start the inning before Rhodes drove both in with her fifth homerun on the year.   Lail improved to 8-1 in her debut campaign after notching another complete game. She scattered eight hits, but allowed only one run while striking out five Lady Demons.   NSU jumped out on top in the final game after scoring quickly in the first inning on a hit-by-pitch, a triple, and a sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead. The Ladies tied the contest at 2-2 in the third when Centenary put together four consecutive singles. The last basehit was a two-run single up the middle off the bat of Rhodes.   Northwestern State benefited from three straight singles in the sixth and then successfully pulled off a double steal to seal the win.   Jessica Ivins pitched four innings and gave up two runs before being relieved by Kristan Morton in the fifth. Morton (1-1) took the loss after allowing two runs in her three in
March 4, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Jacksonville State #1 3-4-06 CC-Jacksonville State #2 3-4-06 Micah Rhodes Lauren Flowers FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The Centenary softball team dropped both games to Jacksonville State in the Arkansas Tournament on Saturday in large part to seven errors committed by the Ladies infield. The miscues resulted in four unearned runs in the pair of contests as the Maroon and White fell 5-4 and 5-2.   Centenary (12-5) shot itself in the foot on more than one occasion with its shaky infield play. The Ladies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of the opening game when Megan Hall singled in Jennifer Mango. But Centenary gave two unearned runs back to Jacksonville State (13-4) in the bottom of the frame after a throwing error resulted in runners on second and third. The next batter singled home both Gamecocks on base to provide JSU with the 2-1 advantage.   The Ladies benefited from an error in the fifth when Dana Davis scored on an errant throw. Davis doubled, stole third, and advanced home on a bad throw by the catcher to tie the game at 2-2.   Jacksonville State scored two runs in their half of the fifth on a bases loaded single and then plated another unearned run in the sixth to go on top 5-2.   Micah Rhodes hit her second homerun in as many days, a two-run blast in the seventh, to bring the Ladies within one at 5-4. However, it would not be enough to overcome the deficit.   Rhodes finished 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI to go with her sixth dinger of the year while Hall went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI for Centenary. Emerald Doria was 0-for-3 on the morning to end her hit streak at 14 games.   Ashley Lail fell to 8-2 on the season after allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks. She tossed her seventh complete game in nine starts while striking out four.   Jennifer Flowers started the scoring in the second game for the Ladies with a solo homerun in the first inning. Centenary t
March 3, 2006 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: SLAM! Baseball Player of the Week David McElroy TORONTO – Centenary junior pitcher David McElroy has added another in-season accolade to his resume after being named SLAM! Sports Baseball All-Canadian Player of the Week.   The Victoria, British Columbia, native shares the honor with Shawn Schaefer of the NAIA school University of British Columbia.   The award recognizes the best of the 562 Canadians playing south of the border.   McElroy (2-0) earned the award after leading the Gents to an 8-1 victory over Coppin State, throwing six innings of scoreless one-hit ball while striking out four.   He was named Mid-Continent Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week for his efforts and earned the honor again last week as he tossed another six innings against Northern Iowa, allowing just one unearned run a week later.   The Gents (7-8) have their first open weekend of the 2006 season before traveling to Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma for a three-game series starting March 10.   McElroy is tentatively schedule to start the third game of the series on Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m.
March 1, 2006 | Athletics
Holli Wilkins ELMHURST, Ill. – Centenary junior guard Holli Wilkins has been named to the Mid-Continent Conference Honorable Mention team.   She averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists a game while her 3.4 steals per game average ranks sixth in the nation.   Wilkins, an Evadale, Texas, native, set career highs in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks in a game.   Her back-to-back 27- point performances against Southern Utah and Oakland were season-bests for the Ladies, and her 12 rebounds against IUPUI as part of a double-double were a career high.     She nabbed nine steals in the season opener against UNO, tied for the school’s best single-game mark and tied for seventh best in the country this year.   Wilkins set the single season mark for steals at Centenary with 82, beating the previous record by eight.     Her six-assist day at Chicago State was a career best, and her six blocks against Oakland are tied for a school record.   Wilkins also tied a school record with six three pointers made in a game against Southern Utah.   Her .714 field goal percentage in a victory over Sam Houston State tied for the season best mark for the Ladies.
February 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Texas Southern #1 2-28-06 CC-Texas Southern #2 2-28-06 Dana Davis Lauren Flowers Jennifer Mango HOUSTON, Tex.—The Centenary softball team set a new team record for longest winning streak by sweeping both ends of Tuesday’s doubleheader with Texas Southern by identical 12-0 scores. The current streak now stands at 11 games, eclipsing the old mark of nine games set during the 2004 season. Freshman pitcher Ashley Lail narrowly missed tossing a perfect game in the record-breaking victory. A looping single in the final inning would provide TSU with its only runner to reach base against the hurler.   Centenary (11-2) displayed solid defense in game one as Lail (7-1) struck out five batters, but benefited from her teammates behind her in the field. The right-hander sat down the first 18 Tiger batters she faced until Robynn Cannon singled on a 3-2 pitch to start the seventh inning. Lail would retire the next three opposing hitters to end the game without a walk and allowing only the one hit while picking up her first complete game shutout on the season.   The Ladies’ bats came alive in the third inning when Jennifer Mango doubled home Lauren Flowers to start the scoring. Mango later scored when a busted squeeze play resulted in Micah Rhodes being tagged out by the catcher. Mango advanced to third on the play and then caught the defense napping while returning to their original positions to sneak across the plate.   Flowers belted a three-run homer in the fourth and after posting single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, Centenary put up five runs in the seventh to close out the win thanks to a two-run shot by Dana Davis.   Game two followed much the same formula as solid pitching and timely hitting led to a shortened five-inning affair because of the NCAA mercy rule. Jessica Ivins (3-1) and Kristan Morton combined for the Ladies’ sixth shutout by surrendering just four hits without issuing
February 28, 2006 | Athletics
Matt Clark Kris Calhoun Tim Ryan Justin Darr HUNTSVILLE, Tex.—The Centenary baseball team collected two runs in the first inning but could not generate any offensive production the rest of the game in falling on the road to Sam Houston State 3-2 on Tuesday evening. The loss was the sixth straight for the Gents who could not cash in on a strong performance by the Centenary pitching staff.   Matt Clark (0-2) tossed 4.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, and only four hits although the southpaw did walk four batters. Kris Calhoun relieved the sophomore with 3.2 scoreless innings for the Gents while facing just two hitters over the minimum after giving up just one base hit and a walk.   Centenary (7-8) loaded the bases to begin the contest on two walks and a single by Tim Ryan. Justin Darr’s ground ball resulted in a RBI force out before an error on the first baseman allowed Ryan to score all the way from second. With only one out and runners on second and third, the Gents failed to add to their early lead when Jimmy Baker flew out to right field and Nate Santiago struck out swinging.   Sam Houston State (6-5) answered with a single run in the bottom half of the first. After two quick outs, Clark issued a base on balls, which was immediately followed by an error on Santiago at shortstop. With the inning still alive, Dustin Martin found an opening up the middle to cut the deficit in half for the home team.   The score remained 2-1 in Centenary’s favor until the Bearkats added two more runs in the fifth. Clint Mann led off the frame with a walk and two batters later Karl Krailo redeemed himself for his error in the first inning with a two-run homerun. With the blast, SHSU claimed the lead and would not surrender it the rest of the way.   Jesse Marshall picked up the win for Sam Houston State to improve to 1-0 on the season. He pitched 5.2 innings, struck out six Gents, and cruised after the initial hiccup to start the nig
February 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Ladies Invitational Final Results Jessica Garza Chloe' Mims Tracy Williams SHREVEPORT – In a showdown between the top two freshman golfers in the Mid-Continent Conference, Oral Roberts’ Christy Carter defeated Centenary’s Jessica Garza in a two-hole playoff at the 6 th Annual Centenary Ladies Invitational at the Shreveport Country Club.   Garza posted the best score of the second round with 76 to force the playoff with the first day’s leader.   Garza’s (77-76, 153) put from the fringe in the second playoff hole lipped out, allowing Carter (74-79, 153) to sink a six-footer for the victory.   In full control of the fast greens all day, Garza’s luck finally ran out as she missed a four-foot putt that would have closed the door for the win in the first playoff hole.   Sophomore Chloe’ Mims shot an 81 to go with her first day 82 to finish tied for 16 th at 163.   Tracy Williams (85-88, 173) tied for 36 th , while Leigh Newton (93-92, 185) and Bethany Cox (106-98, 204) finished 56 th and 61 st , respectively.   Playing as an individual, Lizzie Lyles shot 113 and 102 to finish tied for 63 rd at 215.   As a team, the Ladies matched their first round score of 337 to finish in seventh, the position they came into the second round in.   The Maroon and White knocked in seven birdies, third best in the Invitational.   In team scoring, Oral Roberts (625) won by almost 20 strokes despite adding 13 to their first round score.   Second was a battle between McLennan CC (644), Lamar (646), Louisiana-Monroe (649), and New Orleans (652).   The next tier included Texas State (660), host Centenary (674), Nicholls State (680), and Jackson State (687).   Rounding out the competition was Arkansas Tech (699), Rhodes (752), Chicago State (763), and IUPUI (766).
February 28, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Emerald Doria Jennifer Martin PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Centenary softball team extended its winning streak to nine games with a pair of victories over Prairie View A&M on Monday. The Ladies took advantage of several Lady Panther misques in claiming the opening game 7-1 before peppering 15 hits en route to a 12-0 win in the nightcap. The current streak ties the all-time record for most consecutive wins with the 2004 club.   Centenary (9-2) was held at bay by the Prairie View A&M (0-8) pitching staff throughout the early going in game one. Freshman pitcher Ashley Lail (6-1) surrendered a solo homerun to Amberly Fuller to lead off the bottom of the second inning that put the Ladies behind 1-0. Lail cruised the rest of the way allowing five hits and a walk while striking out eight hitters.   The score remained 1-0 until Micah Rhodes powered her fourth homerun of the season to start a three-run rally for the Maroon and White in the fourth. The long ball tied Rhodes for the Centenary career record with 22 round-trippers. Jennifer Mango later scored on a Jennifer Martin groundout before Megan Hall crossed the plate on a passed ball.   The wildness of PVAM pitcher Analissa Gonzales (0-1) would catch up with her in the seventh inning as Centenary scored four insurance runs on three wild pitches and another passed ball.     Jessica Ivins received all the run support she would need in game two when Lauren Flowers scored on yet another passed ball to give the Ladies a 1-0 lead in the third. Ivins tossed her second consecutive scoreless effort and has not issued a walk in her last two outings (10 innings). She improved to 2-1 after scattering three hits and striking out seven in five innings of work. Kristan Morton closed out the game with two scoreless frames for the Ladies.   Centenary scored two runs in the fourth and sixth innings that sandwiched a single score in the fifth to create a 6-0 deficit for the home Panthers.
February 27, 2006 | Athletics
David McElroy ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary pitcher David McElroy has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after a solid outing against visiting Northern Iowa.   McElroy (2-0) tossed six innings of five hit ball, giving up just one unearned run for no decision against the Panthers on Sunday.   It is the third Pitcher of the Week honor for the junior from Victoria, British Columbia in his career with the Gents.   He also earned the honor once last season as he was named Second-Team All-Mid-Con.
February 27, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Round 1 Results Jessica Garza Chloe' Mims Tracy Williams SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s golf team finished the first round of the 6 th Annual Centenary Ladies Spring Invitational in seventh place with a team score of 337.   Freshman Jessica Garza is tied for fifth place after shooting an opening round 77.   Garza shot a 37 on the back nine, tied for the third best half on the day, to match her beginning 40.   Sophomore Chloe’ Mims shot matching 41s to finish tied for 16 th at 82 while Tracy Williams is tied for 28 th with an 85.   Leigh Newton celebrated her birthday by shaving 11 strokes off her front nine 52 to finish tied for 50 th at 93 and Bethany Cox carded a 106 for 61 st .   Playing as an individual, Lizzie Lyles shot a 113 to finish the day in 64 th place.   Defending champions Oral Roberts claims three of the top five places, including leader Christy Carter at 74.   Hillary Zeigler of Lamar and Tara Watters of New Orleans are tied for second at 76, while ORU’s Sharon McAlpine and Garza are tied fifth with 77.   Oral Roberts leads all teams at a comfortable lead with 306, ahead of a competitive field that is separated by less than 10 strokes between second and sixth place. McLennan CC sits second with 322, just ahead of Lamar in third with 324 and New Orleans and Louisiana-Monroe tied in fourth with 325.   Texas State is just behind the pack in six with 333 while Centenary is in seventh with 337, Nicholls State eighth with 343, and Jackson State ninth at 348.   Arkansas Tech (362), Rhodes College (374), Chicago State (387), and IUPUI (388) round out the competition.   Tuesday’s final round will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.   Weather is expected to be in the mid-70’s with clear and calm skies.
February 27, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes ELMHURST, Ill.—For the second consecutive week, Centenary outfielder Micah Rhodes has been selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week. The honor is the third in as many opportunities for the Centenary softball program, which improved to 7-2 on the season with a pair of wins over Grambling State last Wednesday.   Rhodes (Grapevine, Texas) batted 1.000 in the doubleheader with the Lady Tigers as Grambling failed to retire her all afternoon. The powerful lefty went 4-for-4 with two walks, four runs, and five RBI while earning a 1.000 on-base percentage. She compiled a slugging percentage of 1.750 after belting her third homerun of the season and played a flawless right field for the Ladies.   Rhodes looks to continue her torrid hitting when Centenary jumps back into action with a twinbill on Monday at Prairie View A&M before a double dip with Texas Southern in Houston on Tuesday.
February 26, 2006 | Athletics
Meredith Smith Kristina Menne SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team tallied its highest point total of the season in hosting LSU in the Gold Dome on Sunday afternoon. The Ladies posted a score of 190.425 to mark the second time this year that the team cracked 190. The Tigers had no problem in eclipsing that mark as LSU finished with a score of 196.525.   Kelly Phelan won the all-around for the Tigers with a combined score of 39.250, which included a first place effort of 9.925 on the floor exercise. She also placed second on the vault and third on the uneven bars. April Burkholder, Emily Ellis, and Nicki Butler all scored a 9.825 on the vault for LSU to tie for the top spot while Lisa Rennie posted a 9.825 and a 9.900 on the bars and beam respectively to rank first.   Meredith Smith and Kristina Menne claimed Centenary’s best finishes on the day. Smith garnered third place after a score of 9.750 on the vault while Menne placed third in the all-around with a total of 38.600. The Ladies best team score came on the beam where Julia Cornelius, Sarah Ball, Diana Janda, and Menne all posted scores of 9.600 or higher.   Centenary will next travel to face Missouri on Friday, March 3 rd at 7 p.m.
February 26, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s golf team will host their annual Ladies Spring Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at the Shreveport Country Club.   Head Coach Ken Dupree has brought in 12 teams from around the region and the Mid-Continent Conference to make this one of the deepest and most competitive fields in the history of the event.   Non-Conference opponents making their way to Shreveport are Arkansas Tech, Jackson State, Lamar, McLennan C.C., Nicholls State, Rhodes College, Texas State, Louisiana-Monroe, and New Orleans.   Mid-Con foes competing will be Chicago State, IUPUI, and defending team champions Oral Roberts.   The Golden Eagles won the Invitational last year, posting rounds of 313 and 317 for a two stroke victory over Lamar’s 632 (315 and 317).   The Cardinals’ Casey Cain won individual honors in a three-hole playoff over teammate Christa Gunn and ORU’s Candice Satow after each shot a 154.   Other previous scores of teams returning from last year include:   Nicholls State 665 (327 and 338), Rhodes 757 (383 and 374), Texas State 644 (333 and the Invites best round of 311), and IUPUI 705 (353 and 352).   Host Centenary finished at 863 with rounds of 405 and 398.
February 26, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 2 Box Score - Game 3 Johnny Noland Tim Ryan Alex Maldonado Ben Wilson Matt Webb SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team struggled to manufacture runs against the Northern Iowa pitching staff, dropping a pair of decisions at Shehee Stadium on Saturday evening.   In the continuation of Thursday’s 1-1 rain-postponed contest, the Panthers prevailed with a three run eighth inning to pull out a 6-2 victory.   UNI continued the night with an offensive surge, belting 16 hits for 10 runs in a 10-4 win against the Gents.   After Justin Darr ’s two-out RBI single extended Thursday’s game into Saturday, the Panthers started things off with a run in the top of the seventh to begin the evenings events.   Centenary answered in turn as Tim Ryan laced a 0-2 single to left, advanced to second on a passed ball and then to third on a wild pitch.   Catcher Alex Maldonado would lay a beautiful squeeze bunt down the first baseline that the UNI pitcher couldn’t handle for the RBI infield single.   Northern Iowa (5-0) plated three runs in the eighth after taking advantage of a pair of hits, walks, and Centenary errors.   Reliever Kris Calhoun (0-1) would pick up the loss after tossing two innings of five-hit ball, giving up four runs.   Game one starter Johnny Noland pitched well to get things going on Thursday, going five innings and giving up just one run for the no decision.   The sophomore southpaw allowed six hits and struck out three in his first start of the season.   The second game didn’t start until well after nine o’clock after the Gents spent most of the day getting the field in proper playing condition after storms dumped more than an inch and a half of rain on the Shreveport-Bossier area.     Will Kaage (2-1) got the start and the Gents immediately spotted Northern Iowa a pair of runs, both unearned, as the Panthers took a
February 26, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Tim Ryan Alex Maldonado Nate Santiago David McElroy Jimmy Baker SHREVEPORT – Down 5-1 in the eighth inning, Northern Iowa used a six-run top half of the inning to complete a four-game series sweep over the Centenary baseball team.   The Gents fell to .500 on the year after starting the season with a 7-2 record.   Centenary (7-7) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second innings, plating the pair of runs on a two-out rally.   Tim Ryan collected the first of four consecutive hits for the Gents, advancing to second with his fifth stolen base of the season.   Gents RBI leader Alex Maldonado then singled Ryan home and advanced to second with a bunt single by Torey Williams .   Shortstop Nate Santiago kept the rally going with an RBI single through the right side to bring home the innings final run.   Northern Iowa (6-0) couldn’t find a way to score on Centenary starter David McElroy until the sixth inning, taking advantage of a bases loaded error by Santiago with two outs to pull within one run.   McElroy went six innings in the game, giving up five hits and only one unearned run in the no decision.   He struck out one and walked three.   The Gents would answer with another run in their half of the sixth, leading off with back-to-back doubles by Jimmy Baker and Ryan to regain the two-run advantage.   Looking to put the game away, the Gents added another two runs in the seventh to go ahead 5-1.   Maldonado and Ryan each added their second RBIs of the game on a single and a sacrifice fly respectively.   Things looked to start smoothly for the home team in the eighth as the Gents appeared to convert a 6-4-3 double play before the first base umpire declared Matt McGlathery pulled off the bag at first early.   UNI took advantage of the missing out and jumped on reliever Brandon Fulenchek with forced walks and infield hits with the bases loaded.   Jon Chris
February 25, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic Laura Kizyte Van'esha Brabson TULSA, Okla – Down six at halftime, the Centenary women’s basketball team was outscored by Oral Roberts 40-19 in the second frame as they fell 70-43 in their final regular season game of the season.   The Ladies are on the outside looking in for the conference tournament, but are still alive pending Monday’s action.   Three Ladies scored in double figures, led by Jelena Aleksic with 12.   Laura Kizyte and Van’esha Brabson added 11 and 10 respectively, while Centenary’s leading scorer Holli Wilkins was held scoreless after playing limited minutes because of foul trouble.   Centenary (3-24, 2-14 Mid-Con) traded leads with the host Golden Eagles through the first 12 minutes, leading by as many as three with eight minutes to play in the opening half at 18-15.   ORU would close out the half on a 15-6 run to regain the lead for good going into the break at 30-24.   Oral Roberts (15-11, 9-6 Mid-Con) outshot the Ladies 46.3 to 36.7 percent from the floor, including hitting half of their 14 shots from downtown.   The Ladies turned the ball over 19 times compared to Oral Roberts’ eight, and were outrebounded 38-27.   A trio of Golden Eagles scored in double figures, led by Elisha Turek with a game-high 15 points and a game-best nine rebounds.   Leah Cannon added 12 points while Rachel Watman scored 10.   Despite the loss, Centenary can still make the Mid-Continent Conference postseason tournament through several scenarios.   Tonight’s contest between Southern Utah and IUPUI, and Monday’s action between Oakland and SUU, UMKC and Western Illinois, and Chicago State and IUPUI all have significant impact of the future of the Ladies 2005-06 season.
February 24, 2006 | Athletics
Justin Darr SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team came up big in the bottom of the sixth inning against Northern Iowa as steady rain caused unplayable field conditions.   Down 1-0, the Gents used a two-out RBI single by Justin Darr to knot the score at 1-1, forcing a postponement until tomorrow at 5 p.m.
February 23, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Matt Clark David Kees Robbie Knowles Nate Santiago Matt Webb SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team lost their series opener against visiting Northern Iowa 5-0 Thursday afternoon at Shehee Stadium.   The Panthers manufactured runs early and took advantage of their timely hitting while the Gents scattered nine hits on the game and stranded five runners on base the final two innings.   Northern Iowa (3-0) chipped away runs off of Gents starter Matt Clark , scoring single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings while adding a pair in the seventh.   The majority of the Panther’s hits off the sophomore southpaw were bunts and bloop singles, allowing UNI to plate five runs on 10 hits.   Clark (0-1) tossed 6 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, and striking out two in the loss.   Kris Calhoun finished the seventh for Clark and David Kees tossed two innings of scoreless ball to finish out the day.   Down five, Centenary loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs with singles by Robbie Knowles and Nate Santiago , and a walk by Justin Huff .   With the heart of the lineup set to bat, three-hole hitter Matt Webb grounded into a one-two-three double play and Jimmy Baker flied out to right to quell the Gents scoring threat.   The Gents (7-4) loaded the bases again in the ninth, this time as part of a two-out rally.   Pinch-hitters Alex Valdivia and Torey Williams reached base on a hit and walk, respectively, followed by Knowles’ second hit of the game to load the bases.   Unable to score, Huff struck out swinging to end the game.   Northern Iowa’s pitching staff combined for the shutout, striking out four and walking three.   Starter Jeff Hille (1-0) picked up the win after throwing six innings of five-hit ball.   Santiago, Webb, and Knowles each collected a pair of hits for the Gents.   Webb’s double in the sixth wa
February 23, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oral Roberts #2 Box Score Ian Maxwell Chris Watson Xavier Burnette SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team wrapped up its season on Thursday evening in the Gold Dome with an 83-57 loss to Oral Roberts. The win improved the Golden Eagles’ record to 12-3 in Mid-Con play and kept their chances alive for a share of the league title heading into the final weekend of action. For the Gents, the focus will immediately turn to next season as head coach Rob Flaska finished his debut season with a 4-23 overall mark, which included a 2-14 record within the conference.   The game was decided in the opening minutes as Oral Roberts (17-11, 12-3 Mid-Con) scored the first six points before Centenary’s Ian Maxwell drilled a three-pointer after being recognized before the game as the lone Senior Day honoree for the Gents. The Golden Eagles then rattled off the next 13 points backed by three trifectas from Chris Riouse to soar out to a 19-3 lead.   The Gents trailed by as much as 27 points with 7:53 remaining before they made one last push. An 11-2 run by the Maroon and White pulled the home team within 18 points, but that would be as close as Centenary would get as ORU closed out the game strong.   Oral Roberts dominated the boards as the Golden Eagles held a 42-28 advantage on the glass, including 14 offensive rebounds compared to only six for the Gents. Centenary shot 81.8 percent from the free throw line (18-of-22) but was not as fortunate in its efforts from the field, managing to hit on just 35.3 percent.   Caleb Green led the victors with 26 points, 10 from the charity stripe. Ken Tutt came off the bench for ORU to net 16 points while Larry Owens finished with 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Riouse made good on 4-of-10 long distance attempts to contribute 12 points in the win.   Chris Watson led Centenary with 16 points off the bench, including several strongly delivered dun
February 22, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Grambling #1 Box Score CC-Grambling #2 Box Score Micah Rhodes Jennifer Martin Emerald Doria SHREVEPORT—The Centenary offense pounded out 24 hits while the pitching tossed a pair of shutouts as the Ladies softball team easily took a doubleheader from Grambling State on Wednesday evening. Centenary won 12-0 and 18-0 as both games were shortened to only five innings because of the NCAA mercy rule. The victories push the Ladies win streak to seven games and made the Maroon and White a perfect 5-0 at home this season.   Centenary (7-2) used a six-run first inning in the opener to grab control from the start. With two runs already in as a result of three walks, a wild pitch, and a passed ball, Allison McClain singled to right center field to add a third run for the Ladies. After another walk, Amy Wiedeman laced a double to the right center field gap to plate the fifth and sixth runs of the frame.   The Ladies added four more runs in the third inning highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Micah Rhodes. The final runs of the game came in Centenary’s last at-bat in the fourth when Leslie Postles scored from second on a wild pitch followed by an errant throw from the catcher. Dana Davis then singled in Jennifer Martin who reached on an error by the Grambling shortstop.   Jessica Ivins notched her first win of the season by earning the shutout, scattering three hits, and striking out nine. She did not walk a single batter.   Grambling State’s (0-16) Victoria Patterson hit a ringing double in the opening inning of game two, but pitcher Ashley Lail shut the Tiger bats down after that, not surrendering a hit the rest of the way. She would improve her record to 5-1 after throwing four innings of scoreless ball and striking out six without a walk. Kristan Morton would close out the game with a quick fifth inning for the Ladies. The Centenary staff did not issue a free pass the entire day.   T
February 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Brandon Fulenchek Matt Webb Justin Darr Kris Calhoun Torey Williams NATCHITOCHES, La. – Three errors by the infield proved costly for the Centenary baseball team in a 6-3 loss at Northwestern State on Tuesday night.   The Gents traded leads with the Demons through the first five innings before Centenary miscues and missed opportunities put the game out of reach.   Northwestern State (5-3) jumped on the board early, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.   The Demons put two runners in scoring position with a fielder’s choice followed by a double to right center, bringing both across the plate by a single in the next at-bat.   Gents starter Brandon Fulenchek would settle down from there, finishing the inning with a strikeout and a pickoff at second.   The Gents (7-3) responded in the top of the fourth, knotting the score at 2-2.   Matt Webb reached on an error by the Demons third baseman before Jimmy Baker singled up the middle for Centenary’s first hit of the game.   With both runners advancing a base on a wild pitch, Justin Darr knocked Webb home with a single through the left side.   Tim Ryan then evened the score with a deep sacrifice fly to left center, easily scoring Baker from third.   Centenary took the lead an inning later, loading the bases with no outs to start the frame.   Alex Maldonado led things off with a hard-hit single to center, followed by a hit batsman by Nate Santiago .   An infield single to the shortstop by Justin Huff then loaded the bases, allowing Alex Valdivia to score Maldonado with a deep sac fly to right field.   Not to be outdone, Northwestern State regained the lead with a two-run fifth, taking advantage of the Gents second error of the game to pull ahead 4-3.   A pair of singles and a walk and a run ended Fulenchek’s night, bringing in Kris Calhoun with runners on first and second and one
February 20, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes ELMHURST, Ill.—For the second consecutive week a position player and pitcher from the Centenary softball team have been named the Mid-Continent Conference Players of the Week by the league office. Junior Micah Rhodes was selected as the position Player of the Week for the Ladies while freshman Ashley Lail recorded her second straight Pitcher of the Week accolade.   Rhodes is the Player of the Week after leading Centenary to a 3-0 week, including a win over SEC foe Arkansas. The junior hit at a .625 clip, recorded a .727 on-base percentage and sported a 1.000 slugging percentage over the three games. She also scored four runs, collected three RBI, walked three times, swiped three bases and hammered her second home run of the season.   Lail is the Pitcher of the Week for the second-consecutive week after continuing her strong start to her rookie season. The freshman picked up a pair of wins for the Ladies over UT-Tyler and Arkansas, improving her record to 4-1. Against the Patriots, Lail allowed just two hits while striking out seven in six innings of work. She also held the Lady Razorbacks to three runs on five hits. For the week she was 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 12 strikeouts while allowing just seven hits.   Last week, freshman Emerald Doria joined Lail as the Mid-Con Players of the Week. Centenary has swept all four awards that have been handed out by the conference in the first two weeks of the 2006 season.
February 19, 2006 | Athletics
Meredith Smith Jessie Angus SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team fell to the visiting #17 Auburn Tigers in the Gold Dome on a chilly Sunday afternoon 195.850 to 188.350. The Tigers were fresh off of a victory over LSU and showed why as they swept the top three places on all four individual events. The Ladies’ score was their second highest of the season and their team effort on the floor exercise was the best of the year thus far.   Centenary’s Meredith Smith and Jessie Angus each enjoyed success on the day. Between the two gymnasts, they recorded the Ladies’ top scores on all four events. Smith placed fifth on the vault with a 9.800 and fourth on the floor with a 9.750. Angus captured fifth place on the bars with a 9.675 and took seventh on the beam with a 9.550.   Sarah Ball and Kristina Menne landed in second and third place in the all-around with scores of 37.100 and 36.300 for the Ladies while Lindsey Puckett claimed the all-around title with a final tally of 39.350 for Auburn.   For the Tigers, Julie Dwyer took first place in the vault and beam with scores of 9.875 and 9.925. A.J. Mills finished on top on the bars with a 9.900 and Claire Seiffert won the floor exercise with a 9.825.   The Ladies will next host the LSU Tigers in the Gold Dome on Sunday, February 26, at 2 p.m.    
February 19, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2005-06 Mid-Con Swimming & Diving Championship Results Leslie Clampitt Taryne Cantillo Bryan Myers Dustin Myers Chase Lambert INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – The Centenary men’s and women’s swimming teams combined to break 18 school records over the weekend at the 2005-06 Mid-Continent Conference Swimming & Diving Championships held at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.   Oakland swept the event, winning both the men’s and women’s title for the seventh consecutive year.   The Ladies and Gents each finished in fifth place overall.     Seven of the new records broken were relay events, as the Gents toppled old marks in the 200-free, 400-free, and 800-free relays.   Chase Lambert , Bryan Myers , Dustin Myers , and Adam D’Aquin set the new 200-free relay mark at 1:26.63 with a third place finish, while the same squad combined to finish third in the 400-free relay and set the new Centenary best at 3:10.78.   Lambert, D. Myers, D’Aquin, and Ross Gilbert teamed to crush the school record in the 800-free relay by over 28 seconds at 7:01.68 for yet another third place finish.   The Ladies set new relay records in the 200-free, 400-free, 800-free, and 400-medley relays.   Lori Von Pingel , Alana Gregory , Nicole Turner , and Leslie Clampitt posted a 1:40.88 in the 200-free relay for a new record while Clampitt, Gregory, Von Pingel, and Taryne Cantillo broke the 400-free relay in 3:39.02.   In the 800-free relay Cantillo, Von Pingel, Beth Geis , and Kayli Leblanc set the new mark at 8:06.13 while the 400-medley relay was broken by Cantillo, Betsy Smith , Sara Hansen , and Clampitt in 4:08.36.   Lambert set new solo marks in the 500-free at 4:42.48, finishing sixth in the final heat.   He also broke Centenary records in the 200 free (1:43.34) and the 200 butterfly (1:54.92), finishing third and fourth at the Championships in each respectively.  
February 19, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2005-06 Mid-Con Swimming & Diving Final Results Leslie Clampitt Taryne Cantillo Bryan Myers Dustin Myers Chase Lambert INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – The Centenary men’s and women’s swimming teams combined to break 18 school records over the weekend at the 2005-06 Mid-Continent Conference Swimming & Diving Championships held at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.   Oakland swept the event, winning both the men’s and women’s title for the seventh consecutive year.   The Ladies and Gents each finished in fifth place overall.     Seven of the new records broken were relay events, as the Gents toppled old marks in the 200-free, 400-free, and 800-free relays.   Chase Lambert , Bryan Myers , Dustin Myers , and Adam D’Aquin set the new 200-free relay mark at 1:26.63 with a third place finish, while the same squad combined to finish third in the 400-free relay and set the new Centenary best at 3:10.78.   Lambert, D. Myers, D’Aquin, and Ross Gilbert teamed to crush the school record in the 800-free relay by over 28 seconds at 7:01.68 for yet another third place finish.   The Ladies set new relay records in the 200-free, 400-free, 800-free, and 400-medley relays.   Lori Von Pingel , Alana Gregory , Nicole Turner , and Leslie Clampitt posted a 1:40.88 in the 200-free relay for a new record while Clampitt, Gregory, Von Pingel, and Taryne Cantillo broke the 400-free relay in 3:39.02.   In the 800-free relay Cantillo, Von Pingel, Beth Geis , and Kayli Leblanc set the new mark at 8:06.13 while the 400-medley relay was broken by Cantillo, Betsy Smith , Sara Hansen , and Clampitt in 4:08.36.   Lambert set new solo marks in the 500-free at 4:42.48, finishing sixth in the final heat.   He also broke Centenary records in the 200 free (1:43.34) and the 200 butterfly (1:54.92), finishing third and fourth at the Championships in each respectively.   Kyle M
February 18, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Van'esha Brabson Laura Kizyte Karolina Sokalska Holli Wilkins SHREVEPORT – In her final home game of her career, Centenary senior Van’esha Brabson moved into third place all-time in the school’s women’s basketball list in a 78-53 loss to visiting Oakland.   Brabson passed Ladies Hall-of-Fame player Zebber Satcher-Jackson with a double-double, including 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, for a career total of 878 points.   Fellow seniors Laura Kizyte and Karolina Sokalska also bid farewell to the Gold Dome in Saturday’s contest, but it was junior Holli Wilkins who added her name to the Centenary record books as well.   Wilkins scored 13 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals, and her six blocks tied the Centenary single game record.   The game started off a close contest, as the Ladies lead 3-2 early and trailed by as few as four at 16-12 with 11:45 to go play in the half after a Brabson three.   Oakland (12-12, 8-5 Mid-Con) wouldn’t let the game get any closer as Anne Hafeli and Jayme Wilson each lit the Ladies for over 20 points on the night.   The Golden Grizzlies, up 15 at the break, began the second half on a 9-0 before the Ladies responded with back-to-back baskets.   Down as many as 34 with 4:27 to play, the Ladies showed no quit in them as they battled back by outscoring Oakland 13-4 down the stretch, including nine points by Wilkins.   Centenary (3-23, 2-13 Mid-Con) next travels for their season finale against defending Mid-Continent Conference champions Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla., next Saturday.   Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
February 18, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT--The second day of the Quality Inn Centenary Classic softball tournament was rained out on Saturday. After a look at the incoming weather into the Shreveport area on late Saturday night, it was decided to call off the Sunday action as well. Therefore, the tournament has been cancelled and the lost games will not be made up. Centenary and UAB both finished 2-0 in the classic. Nicholls State went 1-1 in splitting a doubleheader while Alcorn State and Arkansas both recorded an 0-2 mark against the field. 
February 18, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oakland2 Box Score 2-18-06 Ronnie Martin Bryan Baumann Clarke Jackson Alexander Starr Chris Watson SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team saw its hopes of a postseason berth under first-year head coach Rob Flaska swished away at the free throw line on Saturday evening in the Gold Dome. The Gents fell to Oakland 86-76 in a game which was largely decided from the charity stripe as the visiting Golden Grizzlies sank 34-of-38 attempts compared to only 9-of-12 for the Maroon and White. With the loss Centenary can only tie for the eighth spot in the conference tournament field with Western Illinois, but the Leathernecks hold the tiebreaker after sweeping the season series over the Gents.   Centenary (4-22, 2-13 Mid-Con) scored the opening basket of the game on an inside move by senior Ian Maxwell but that would be the only lead for the home team until three-quarters of the way through the half. Oakland managed to stay in front of the Gents until a drive by Chris Watson resulted in a three-point play after being fouled with 8:22 remaining in the first period. The points knotted the game at 17 apiece before a lay-up by Xavier Burnette put Centenary on top by two. The Golden Grizzlies responded by hitting on 5-of-6 consecutive free throws to retake the lead and carried the advantage into the half at 33-30.   Oakland (10-16, 5-9 Mid-Con) roared out of the gate to begin the second half on a 9-0 run on contributions from four different players. The 12-point lead at 42-30 would be the biggest for the Golden Grizzlies in the contest. The Gents slowly chipped away at the deficit and trimmed the difference to just two points at 52-50 on the legs of six straight three-pointers, three each from Bryan Baumann and Clarke Jackson.   The teams traded baskets over the next three minutes before Oakland made its move with under eight minutes to go in the affair. With a three-point lead, Patrick McCloskey scored insid
February 17, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Alcorn State Box Score 2-17-06 CC-Arkansas Box Score 2-17-06 Jennifer Mango Amy Wiedeman Emerald Doria SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team powered seven homeruns in a doubleheader sweep of Alcorn State and Arkansas in taking the first day of action in the Quality Inn Centenary Classic. The Ladies easily discarded Alcorn State 16-3 before coming from behind to take Arkansas in the nightcap 6-4. The pair of victories extend Centenary’s current win streak to five games.   Centenary (5-2) used a seven-run second inning to blow the game open against Alcorn State. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs, sophomore Amy Wiedeman connected on an offer from pitcher Krista Mueller for her first grand slam in a Centenary uniform. Dana Davis followed with a walk before freshman Emerald Doria launched her second long ball of the season and minutes later junior Micah Rhodes provided the Ladies with their third homerun of the inning, a solo shot to right field.   The Maroon and White would cruise the rest of the way, adding two runs in each the third and fourth innings before delivering the knock-out blow in the fifth with five more runs. The scoring barrage in the final frame was highlighted by sophomore Jennifer Mango’s second homer on the year.   Alcorn State (1-8) collected only three hits in the loss as Centenary pitcher Kristan Morton kept the Lady Braves off balance. Morton (1-0) collected the win in going the distance while striking out three and surrendering only one earned run.   In the evening contest, the Ladies fell behind early when Whitney Cloer made freshman pitcher Ashley Lail pay for her wildness. The right-hander walked one batter and hit another to provide Arkansas (1-7) with a spark in the top of the first inning. Cloer followed with a line drive shot to right field that just cleared the fence to spot the Razorbacks with the 3-0 lead.   Lail (4-1) would sett
February 17, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Justin Darr Jon Christian Alex Maldonado David McElroy SHREVEPORT – In a tale of two games, the Centenary baseball team came out with wins in both despite using very different measures to get there.   In the opener, the Gents pounded Jackson State 15-2 for an easy victory.   The nightcap proved trickier, as the Tigers out hit the Gents and scored early, forcing the Maroon and White to play from behind and stage a late inning rally to win 6-5.   Justin Darr collected three hits and three RBI on the day, including the game winner with the bases loaded in the second match-up.   Down five in the sixth inning of the seven-inning game, the Gents rallied to knot the score at 5-5 without earning a hit.   Darr would seal the victory after Jon Christian (1-0) picked up the win by tossing a scoreless seventh in relief.   Jackson State (3-3) walked 23 Gents batters on the day, including 13 in the opening loss.   Tim Ryan and Matt Webb each earned three free passes that led to three and two runs respectively.   Ryan also drove in a pair of runs, as did Darr and A.J. Howes , but Alex Maldonado’s three RBI were the best on the day.   After giving up two runs in the first inning, game one starter David McElroy (2-0) calmed down to pick up his second win of the year.   McElroy, the reigning Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week, gave up six hits and two runs in five innings of work.   The Gents (7-2) and Tigers play one more game this weekend, depending if weather permits.   Saturday’s game is tentatively scheduled for 12 p.m.
February 16, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-IUPUI2 Box Score 2-16-06 Alexander Starr Bryan Baumann SHREVEPORT—Two streaks were extended Thursday night in the Gold Dome when IUPUI defeated Centenary 65-49. For the Gents, the loss was the seventh straight while the Jaguars notched a school-record ninth consecutive win. IUPUI also clinched a share of its first-ever Mid-Continent Conference regular season championship and secured at least the #2 seed in the conference tournament to be played in Tulsa, Okla., beginning March 4 th .   Centenary (4-21, 2-12 Mid-Con) got off to a bad start as the game began with a 12-0 run by IUPUI led by three long distance shots from Brandon Cole. The Gents finally got on the board at the 14:40 mark when Bryan Baumann scored inside. Cole continued to torch the Centenary defense, dropping 14 of IUPUI’s first 19 points with the help of another three-pointer.   IUPUI (18-7, 13-1 Mid-Con) pushed its lead to 13 points at 22-9 with just over 10 minutes to play when George Hill found the net from downtown. Centenary then responded, going on a 12-4 run over an eight-minute stretch that featured five points from Alexander Starr. The Gents’ climb would bring the team within five at 26-21 until a 7-0 run inside the last minute provided the visiting Jaguars with a 33-21 halftime advantage.   After going 7-of-12 from behind the three-point line in the first period, IUPUI cooled down considerably in the second half, but the Gents would not be able to take advantage. Centenary cut the deficit to seven on two separate occasions on a Baumann lay-up and a pair of free throws from Xavier Burnette before the Jaguars pulled away for good over the final seven minutes.   IUPUI was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the second half, finishing the game 14-of-15. The Jaguars also out-rebounded the Gents 25-19 while holding Centenary to just 18.2 percent (2-of-11) on three-pointers.   Cole totaled 23 poin
February 15, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UT-Tyler Box Score 2-15-06 Micah Rhodes Emerald Doria Jennifer Mango SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team won its home opener on Wednesday evening 2-0 over visiting UT-Tyler. The Ladies manufactured both runs and emerged victorious despite collecting only four hits on the night. Freshman pitcher Ashley Lail kept the Patriots at bay as she made the lack of run support hold up, allowing Centenary to push its current win streak to three games on the young season.   Centenary (3-2) scored early to go ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. After two quick outs, junior Micah Rhodes legged out an infield single to the shortstop and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jennifer Mango followed with another infield single to place runners on the corners for Allison McClain. However, the freshman would not get a chance for the RBI as the Ladies pulled off a double steal to plate the first run of the contest.   Lail allowed two runners to reach in the opening frame but settled down after that. She struck out the side in the second inning and fanned two of three in the top half of the third.   Freshman Emerald Doria smoked a hanging change-up to centerfield with one out in the home portion of the third for a double to set the table for Centenary’s second run. She then moved to third on a wild pitch before Lauren Flowers reached on a fielder’s choice when the shortstop unsuccessfully elected to try to catch Doria of base. The Ladies tried the double steal again, but this time the Patriots didn’t bite, allowing Flowers to take second base. Rhodes then singled the second run home, but the Maroon and White would not score again despite having runners on second and third with only one out.      UT-Tyler (0-1) would never threaten offensively and did not advance a runner to second base after the first inning.   Lail (3-1) finished with six innings of shutout pitching while giving
February 15, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Matt Webb Tim Ryan Brandon Fulenchek BATON ROUGE, La. – Looking for lightning to strike twice after shocking then-second-ranked LSU in Shreveport last season, the Centenary baseball team couldn’t repeat the magic as they fell 15-3 to the #16 Tigers at Alex Box Stadium.   The Gents controlled the game early before the host Tigers put together a trio of at least four-run innings to seal the victory.   Centenary (5-2) put their first run on the board almost immediately as Matt Webb doubled with a hard liner off the leftfield wall, scoring Justin Huff from second.   Huff had picked up the Gents first hit of the game, a single that careened off the diving second baseman’s glove, then put himself in position to score with his seventh stolen base of the season.   After holding the Tigers to quick three-and-out, the Gents came right back with another lone run in the second inning.   Tim Ryan connected with a solo shot to deep right field, clearing the fence 350 feet away.   The homerun was Ryan’s second of the season   LSU (3-1) responded in the third, drawing a pair of two-out walks before Bruce Sprowl’s dying quail landed deep between second and short, scoring the runner from second.   Right fielder Quinn Stewart would take it from there, belting a homerun over the leftfield wall to drive in three runs and take a 4-2 lead.   Pitching on just two days rest, Gents starter Brandon Fulenchek (2-1) went 3 1/3 innings in the loss.   He easily retired the first eight batters before giving up three hits and two walks for four earned runs.   With a scoreless fourth and Gents fifth, LSU doubled their score with a four run bottom of the fifth.   The Tigers took advantage of a pair of hit batsmen by putting together four hits, three of them up the middle, to push their lead to 8-2.   The Tigers would add seven runs, including six in the seventh
February 13, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SUU2 Box Score 2-13-06 Van'esha Brabson Cierra Bush Brittany Barbee CEDAR CITY, Utah—The Centenary women’s basketball team could all but clinch a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference tournament with a win Monday evening at Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds, also needing a win for any hope of a postseason, looked like they wanted it more as they crashed the boards relentlessly to put the Ladies away 73-61.   The game began with the Centenary (3-22, 2-12 Mid-Con) providing strong defensive pressure and forcing several turnovers. However, Centenary would not convert on the ensuing possessions on offense and Southern Utah soon took a 10-2 lead backed by four points from Julie Stradling. The SUU leading margin would stay above 10 almost the entire first half except for a brief moment when Van’esha Brabson netted a jumper and Karolina Sokalska scored three consecutive points to cut the deficit to six at 22-16.   Although the Maroon and White defense stayed tenacious, there was a lack of effort on the glass. The Thunderbirds owned a 32.5 shooting percentage compared to 40.9 percent for the Ladies, but still led 34-23 at the half thanks to a rebounding advantage of 30-12. Centenary did not grab an offensive board in the first period whereas Southern Utah misfired frequently when shooting but grabbed 16 offensive rebounds for easy put-backs. Stradling nearly accomplished a double double in the first stanza with eight points and 10 boards.   Southern Utah (9-14, 2-10 Mid-Con) continued to dominate in the second half. The Ladies put together one strong push when they scored 10 unanswered points over a three-minute span but it would not be enough. Brittany Barbee drilled two of her four trifectas while Cierra Bush added a lay-up and a three-pointer to bring the score to 50-43 with seven minutes remaining.   For the game, the Thunderbirds out-rebounded Centenary 51-24, which included 22 on the offensive
February 13, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SUU2 Box Score 2-13-06 Eric Holmes Ronnie Martin Xavier Burnette CEDAR CITY, Utah—Playing without starter Alexander Starr and needing a win to make a run at the Mid-Con Tournament, the Centenary men’s basketball team put fourth a valiant effort in losing 72-64 to Southern Utah on Monday evening. The loss drops the Gents to 2-11 in league play while the Thunderbirds improved to 6-6 within the conference.   Southern Utah (8-17, 6-6 Mid-Con) opened the first half on fire as the Thunderbirds shot 6-of-9 from behind the three-point line to race out to a 24-14 lead. Playing without second leading scorer and rebounder Alexander Starr, and despite leading scorer Chris Watson only playing four minutes in the first period, the Gents hung tough with the home team. Centenary (4-20, 2-11 Mid-Con) finished the opening 20 minutes on a 12-2 run on five points from Eric Holmes and a three-pointer at the buzzer by Clarke Jackson to take the lead 29-28 in the low-scoring affair.   Starr was hospitalized after suffering a bout of dehydration on the flight out to Las Vegas. The junior was treated and sat out the game for precautionary measures.   After the lead changed hands several times in the opening minutes of the second half the game came to a crawl when the officials took control of the game. Southern Utah pulled out to a nine-point lead at 55-46 on a free throw by Henry Uhegwu. There would not be much live action the rest of the way as 45 free throws were shot between the two teams in the second half alone. 59 free throws were shot total in the game.   Eric Holmes led Centenary with a career-high 18 points on the night. Ronnie Martin added a personal best 12 points in the loss for the Gents while Xavier Burnette finished with 10 points.   Southern Utah saw five players reach double figures in scoring led by Uhegwu’s 19 points on 11-of-12 from the free throw line.    
February 13, 2006 | Athletics
David McElroy ELMHURST, Ill. – For the second consecutive week a Centenary pitcher has been selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week as junior David McElroy shares this week’s honor with Taylor McIntyre of Oral Roberts.   McElroy shook the rust off of his season opening no decision to pick up his first victory of the year against Coppin State.   McElroy tossed six scoreless innings of one-hit ball for the win.   He struck out four batters on the day, including the side in the first.   The accolade is McElroy’s second of his career, earning Pitcher of the Week honors once last season.   He was also tabbed Second-Team All-Mid-Con in 2005 after posting a 8-3 record.
February 13, 2006 | Athletics
Emerald Doria ELMHURST, Ill. – Centenary freshmen Emerald Doria and Ashley Lail were selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as they led the Ladies to a 2-2 record on the opening weekend.   The Ladies dropped their first two contests in the Auburn Tiger Invitational before winning the last two against Minnesota and the host #17 Tigers.   Both players were named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts.   Doria hit .385 for the week with a .789 slugging percentage and a .500 on base percentage.   She knocked in three RBI and scored four runs over the weekend, hitting a two-run homer in the 9-6 victory over #17 Auburn.   Lail picked up both of the wins for the Ladies, posting a 2.41 ERA while striking out 15 batters.   She tossed a complete game in the Ladies 4-2 victory over Minnesota and came in for the relief win against #17 Auburn.   The Ladies (2-2) return to Louisiana as they host Texas-Tyler for their home opener on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.   They then host the Centenary College Classic over the weekend, with Alabama-Birmingham, Alcorn State, Arkansas, and Nicholls State participating.
February 12, 2006 | Athletics
Sarah Ball Diana Janda COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Centenary gymnastics team topped Air Force and Wisconsin-Stout for the second time in three days, posting a 185.750 over the Falcons’ 183.100 and the Blue Devils’ 177.550.   Sarah Ball finished second in the overall for the Ladies with a 37.375 while Diana Janda was the top finisher in the floor exercises with a 9.575.   Other event highs for the Ladies included Mandy Bennett finishing second on the uneven bars (9.425), Meredith Smith second on the vault (9.600), and Julia Cornelius second on the beam (9.575).   The Ladies return home on Sunday, February 19, as the host Auburn at 2 p.m. in the Gold Dome.
February 12, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score David McElroy Justin Darr Nate Santiago Jimmy Baker Derek Bross SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team completed their weekend sweep over visiting Coppin State with a 8-1 victory on Sunday at Shehee Stadium.   The win moves the Gents to 5-1 on the year, the school’s best opening record in 20 years since the Maroon and White started the 1986 campaign 5-0.   After struggling in his season opening outing against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, David McElroy (1-0) found his rhythm as he tossed six scoreless innings of one-hit ball against the Eagles.   McElroy fanned four in the contest including striking out the side in the first.   Centenary (5-1) put three runs on the board in the third inning, sparked by Robbie Knowles reaching base from a leadoff error by the shortstop.   Knowles would advance to second on a wild pitch, and then to third as Tim Ryan grounded out to the right side of the infield.   With two outs, Matt Webb beat out an infield single to the shortstop, driving Knowles home for the Gents first run of the day.   Stealing second, Webb later scored on an RBI single by Jimmy Baker while Baker then scored on back-to-back singles by Justin Darr and Nate Santiago .   Darr continued his hot start to the 2006 season, hitting 3-for-3 on the day to raise his season average to .652 on the year.   Baker, Santiago, and Webb all collected a pair of hits each, with Baker and Webb scoring twice as Santiago drove in a game-best two runs.   The Gents added another three runs in the fifth, starting the inning by putting Darr and Baker on second and third, respectively, with no outs.   Putting on the squeeze, Santiago couldn’t slide his bunt past the Eagles pitcher who made a glove toss home to catch a sliding Baker for the out.   With Darr and Santiago pulling off a double steal, senior A.J. Howes drew a walk to load the bases for Alex Maldonado .   A b
February 12, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Lindsey Jones Emerald Doria AUBURN, Ala. – Aggressive base running and timely hitting, along with taking advantage of six Auburn errors, lifted the Centenary softball team to a 9-6 victory over the nationally ranked #17 Tigers.   The Ladies plated four runs in the first inning and five in the fourth en route to knotting their record at 2-2 and handing Auburn their first loss of the season.   The Ladies (2-2) started off with a bang as Micah Rhodes knocked a two RBI double into left center, scoring Emerald Doria and Lauren Flowers .   Back-to-back errors by the Tigers scored Rhodes, but Jennifer Mango was caught out in a rundown at third after making a strong turn towards home.   Jennifer Martin then singled to bring home Lindsey Jones and ended Auburn’s starting pitcher’s day just two outs into the first.   Auburn (4-1) would respond in the third, loading the bases with no outs to start the inning.   Sharp fielding by Jones allowed just a single run as the second baseman got the force at second on the next play before firing home to catch the Tiger runner attempting to score from second.   The Tigers added two more runs in the inning until freshman Ashley Lail relieved starter Jessica Ivins and ended the inning with a strikeout.   Centenary showed the power their lineup possesses in the fourth, belting a pair of two-run homeruns.   Brittany Broussard knocked home Leslie Postles with a shot over the left field wall while Doria’s jack to left brought home Dana Davis two batters later.   Not picky about where the runs come from, the Ladies plated their fifth of the inning as Rhodes scored on the Tigers sixth error of the game.   The Ladies would hold off Auburn from there, allowing just three runs over the next four innings.   Lail (2-1) picked up the victory after going 4.1 innings in relief, striking out four.   Centenary returns home to host Texas-Tyler in the Ladi
February 11, 2006 | Athletics
Allison McClain Lindsey Jones AUBURN, Ala. – Freshman Ashley Lail struck out eight batters en route to leading the Centenary softball team to their first victory of the 2006 season.   The Ladies downed Minnesota 4-2 in the second day of action at the Auburn Tiger Invitational.   Centenary (1-2) plated four runs in the first two innings, a pair each, and held the Golden Gophers (1-2) scoreless until the fourth.   Allison McClain and Lindsey Jones collected RBI singles in the first while both runs in the second were courtesy of errors by the Minnesota catcher.   The Ladies second game on Saturday against Evansville was cancelled.   Sunday’s final contest against host Auburn will be played at 2 p.m.
February 11, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Ladies-CSU2 Box Score 2-11-06 Jelena Aleksic Laura Way Holli Wilkins CHICAGO, Ill.—A definite size advantage and the hot shooting of Chandra Timberlake provided the Chicago State Lady Cougars with all they needed in defeating the Centenary Ladies 62-47 in Mid-Continent Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Ladies to 2-11 in league play while Chicago State improved to 5-6 within the conference with the win.   Centenary (3-21, 2-11 Mid-Con) hung tight with the home squad for the entire first half. Chicago State went on an 8-1 run fueled by six points from Ayesha Neasley to jump on top 21-14, but the Ladies responded with an old fashioned three-point play from Laura Way and six points from Jelena Aleksic to pull within two at 27-25 at the break.   After another Aleksic bucket tied the game at 29 apiece in the opening seconds of the second half, Chicago State (10-12, 5-6 Mid-Con) scored 13 unanswered points before Way ended the Centenary drought with a basket inside. However, the damage had been done as the Lady Cougars now led 42-29 with ten minutes left in the contest.   The Ladies would get no closer than six points the rest of the way as Timberlake provided 14 of her 17 points over the final eight minutes. She finished 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe and added seven rebounds on the day.   Wendi Walker notched a double double in the winning cause for the Lady Cougars as she dropped in 12 points and grabbed 10 boards. Neasley added 10 points in 25 minutes of action.   Aleksic paced Centenary with 16 points and four rebounds while Way pumped in 14 points on the strength of a 10-of-12 effort from the free throw line. Holli Wilkins recorded a game-high six steals in addition to her six assists.   The Ladies will now travel to Cedar City, Utah, on Monday to face-off with Southern Utah. The game will play a big part in determinin
February 11, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Brandon Fulenchek Matt Webb Nate Santiago Will Kaage Johnny Noland SHREVEPORT – Strong performances by the Centenary baseball pitching staff highlighted a pair of wins, 5-1 and 9-1, in Saturday’s doubleheader against visiting Coppin State.   The Gents staff struck out 15 in the twinbill while allowing a lone earned run off of 11 total hits.   Brandon Fulenchek (2-0) picked up his second win of the season in the opener after hurling a predetermined three innings, all of them perfect.   The southpaw junior struck out four in a tune-up for Tuesday’s start against nationally ranked #17 LSU.   The Gents (4-1) put their first run on the board in the third inning as the Coppin State right fielder dropped a two out fly ball from Jimmy Baker , scoring Matt Webb from third.   Centenary would add lone runs in the fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to seal the 5-1 victory.   Justin Darr would collect a pair of hits in the first win, scoring once.   Junior shortstop Nate Santiago picked up his first hit for the Maroon and White in the eighth with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.   Junior Will Kaage (2-0) pitched the Gents to their second victory of the day, tossing six innings of one run ball.   The Eagles’ (0-3-1) only run against Kaage was a solo shot by Eric Miksitz that was carried by the wind over the right field wall.   Centenary scored early in the second contest, plating four runs in the first three innings.   Things cooled down, unfortunately, as Miksitz suffered a leg injury in the fourth inning after a collision with his catcher going for a foul ball.   The game was halted for almost 45 minutes as he received medical care, cooling the hot Gents bats and putting a lull around the next few innings.   After four scoreless innings, the Gents found their spark again in the eighth. &nbs
February 11, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Gents-CSU Box Score 2-11-06 Chris Watson Eric Holmes Clarke Jackson CHICAGO, Ill.—The Centenary men’s basketball team desperately needed a win at Chicago State on Saturday to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Despite controlling most of the contest, and leading for all but 1:09 of regulation, the Gents fell in overtime 77-69 after squandering a 12-point lead in the second half. The loss drastically hurts Centenary’s chances of any postseason tournament action and is the sixth close loss for the Maroon and White in league play this year.   Centenary (4-19, 2-10 Mid-Con) had a chance to win the game and thwart Chicago State’s comeback effort in the final seconds. After Aaron Williams corralled his own miss and made the subsequent basket with 1:02 remaining, the Gents took possession of the ball. Chris Watson’s three-pointer missed left, but Alexander Starr tipped the ball back out and gave Centenary the opportunity to play for the last shot.   The Gents chose to run down the clock and then call a timeout with 8.8 seconds to play despite having a mismatch at the top of the key with guard Xavier Burnette handling the ball with CSU forward Camron Clay guarding him. During the timeout, the Cougars made the adjustment on defense and decided to foul as they had one to give. The foul was whistled with four ticks left, giving the ball to Centenary on the sideline. The Gents turned the ball over on the inbounds play and never got a shot attempt to win the game.   Chicago State (6-17, 5-7 Mid-Con) owned the overtime period as they out-rebounded Centenary 6-1. They also made good on their only three-point attempt and sank all six of their free throws.   The Gents came out of the gates in the first half on fire and jumped to a 9-2 lead. A missed put-back, two missed free throws, and a botched fastbreak in the early going by Centenary kept the Cougars
February 10, 2006 | Athletics
Jennifer Mango Jennifer Martin Emerald Doria Allison McClain Micah Rhodes AUBURN, Ala. – The two-time defending Mid-Continent Conference champion Centenary softball team lost their opening pair of games in the 2006 Auburn Tiger Invitational Friday.   The Ladies fell 4-1 in their season opener to North Carolina State before succumbing 10-9 in a game-long thriller against Miami (Ohio).   Spotting the Redhawks a three run lead in the first inning of the nightcap, Centenary evened the score with a two-run homerun by Jennifer Mango and an RBI single by Jennifer Martin .   Lindsey Jones was caught rounding third for the third out of the inning, a precursor to the action to come.   Miami would add another three-spot to the board in the second, answering Mango’s jack with a three-run shot of their own.   Ladies pitcher Jessica Ivins would make it out of the inning without surrendering another run despite another hit and a Centenary error.   Not to be outdone, the Ladies took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second, plating a pair of runs after the Redhawks committed a two-error, bases-loaded play with two outs.   Allison McClain’s subsequent two RBI double to left put the Maroon and White up 7-6 before the inning was over.   The third would be one of only two scoreless innings in the contest, but Miami would add another three runs in the fourth and a single tally in the fifth.   Centenary would chip away at the lead as Martin stole home on a trick play after a single by Emerald Doria .   A pinch hitting Brittney Broussard couldn’t make it home from first on a two out RBI double by Doria in the ninth, ending the game 10-9 in an exciting fashion.   Ivins (0-1) tossed four innings while giving up 10 runs, eight of them earned.   She struck out one before Ashley Lail , game one’s starter, relieved her the final three innings.   Lail (0-1) struggled in her collegiate
February 10, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-AFA Tri-Meet 2-10-06 Sarah Ball Meredith Smith Diana Janda Jessie Angus COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The Centenary gymnastics team easily discarded the Air Force Academy and Wisconsin-Stout powered by four first place individual performances on Friday evening. Sarah Ball, Jessie Angus, Meredith Smith, and newcomer Diana Janda all won event titles while leading the Ladies to a 187.750 to 181.650 victory over the host Falcons. Wisconsin-Stout rounded out the participants, claiming third place with a final total of 174.575.   Competing without two-time NCAA Regional Qualifier Kristina Menne, Centenary stepped up to the challenge and claimed the top score on three events. Sarah Ball’s 9.600 on the floor placed her in a tie for the top spot with teammate Diana Janda on the event. Ball also totaled a 37.650 in the all-around, good enough for second place. Jessie Angus recorded a 9.500 on the uneven bars to garner the rank on top and Meredith Smith tallied Centenary’s highest score of the meet with a first place score of 9.725 on the vault.   Other top scores included Smith’s second place effort on the floor (9.500) and a second place showing from Carmen Reid on the vault (9.575). Julia Cornelius and Mandy Bennett both scored a 9.300 on the bars to finish second on that apparatus as well. Bethannie Bowie also claimed second place on the beam with a 9.450.   The Ladies will enjoy only one day of rest before facing Air Force again on Sunday at 2 p.m.  
February 10, 2006 | Athletics
Brandon Fulenchek Justin Darr Jimmy Baker Tim Ryan Will Kaage SHREVEPORT – Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in the final game of a 2-1 series victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Centenary baseball team retakes the field this weekend against visiting Coppin State.   The Gents look to right the ship after committing three errors and stranding 10 runners on base against the Golden Lions.   Leading the way will be the reigning Mid-Continent Conference Player, Justin Darr , and Pitcher, Brandon Fulenchek , of the Week.   Darr hit .667 with eight hits, five RBI, five runs, and three stolen bases last weekend against the Golden Lions.   Fulenchek tossed seven shutout innings, striking out six without allowing a walk en route the team’s first win of the season in the opener.   The Gents will also look for help from the bats of Jimmy Baker and Tim Ryan , both of whom own the Gents pair of homeruns so far this season.   Also expected to continue with their strong contributions at the plate are outfielders Justin Huff and Matt Webb .   Huff is hitting .500 with three RBI with Webb just behind at a .455 clip, adding four runs on the year.   On the mound for Centenary will be juniors Fulenchek, Will Kaage , and David McElroy .   Kaage pitched six innings of shutout ball against UAPB for his first win the season,   McElroy struggled in his 2006 debut for a no decision, is expected to regain his top form this weekend that made him the staff ace a year ago.   Coppin State comes into Shreveport with a 0-1-1 record after tying Navy in the nightcap of a doubleheader called because of darkness.   Ryan Deakyne and Michael Prats lead the Eagles with .500 averages, while relievers Jesus Melendez and Dennis Lane anchor the CSU pitching staff.   Melendez has given up just one hit in 3.2 innings of work, striking out four while walking three.   Lane has five K’s in 4.1 innings pitched and is holding
February 9, 2006 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Jennifer Mango AUBURN, Ala.—The Centenary softball team begins its pursuit of a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament when the Ladies open their 2006 campaign on Friday at Auburn University. Centenary will play five games over the weekend in a tournament hosted by the Tigers, which also includes North Carolina State, Miami (OH), Minnesota, and Evansville.     The Ladies open their participation in the tournament on Friday at 1 pm when they match up with NC State. The Wolfpack finished 41-25 last season, and 7-7 in the ACC. Later that day at 5:30 p.m., Centenary will take on Miami (OH). The Redhawks were 34-26 in 2005 and placed second in the East division of the MAC with a 13-8 conference mark. The Maroon and White have not faced either team since the softball program began in 1987.   On Saturday, Centenary will lock up with Minnesota at 10 a.m. and Evansville at 8 p.m. The Golden Gophers finished in the middle of the pack with a fifth place showing in the Big Ten last year with a 10-10 record in league play and a 33-23 mark overall. The Aces of Evansville struggled in 2005 with a 16-34 won-loss total and were 7-20 in the MVC to claim eighth place. The Ladies are 0-1 all-time against Minnesota, but have never faced Evansville.   The round-robin tournament concludes on Sunday with a single game for Centenary against the host school at 2 p.m. Auburn is ranked #17 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Tigers were 50-18 last year and 21-8 in the SEC West, good enough for second place in the division. The Ladies are 0-2 all-time versus Auburn.   Centenary enters the 2006 campaign fresh off their second consecutive visit to the NCAA postseason after winning their second Mid-Con Tournament in as many years in the conference. The Ladies were 31-28 last season, 11-9 within the league, and placed third in the regular season.   Coach Mark Montgomery is excited about his team this year as his pitching staff has m
February 6, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Mid-Con Weekly Baseball Release (2-6-06) Justin Darr Brandon Fulenchek – Centenary baseball players Justin Darr and Brandon Fulenchek were named Mid-Continent Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after leading the Gents to a 2-1 record over the weekend.   The Maroon and White swept the opening doubleheader over Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11-0 and 10-0 before falling 6-5 on Sunday.   Darr, a senior catcher/designated hitter from The Woodlands, Texas , earns his first Mid-Con accolade after hitting .667 for the series.   He went 8-for-12 in three games against the Golden Lions, including a perfect 4-for-4 in the second game of the twinbill.   Darr also added five runs, five RBI, and three stolen bases on the weekend.   Fulenchek picks up his first weekly honor after being named to the Mid-Con All-Tournament Team last season.   The southpaw from McKinney , Texas , was perfect through the first three of his seven scoreless innings, striking out six without surrendering a walk.   Fulenchek (1-0) allowed just one batter to reach third base in his first win of the season.   The Gents (2-1) remain home to host Coppin State for a three game series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12 p.m.   First pitch for Sunday’s single contest will also be at 12 noon .
February 6, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush Holli Wilkins Laura Kizyte VALPARAISO , Ind. – Coming off a near upset of Mid-Continent Conference leading Western Illinois , the Centenary women’s basketball theam was unable to match their opponents hot handed shooting, falling on the road to Valparaiso 91-44.   The Crusaders took exploited their size advantage, outscoring the Ladies 46-14 in the paint while hitting 62.7 percent of their shots on the night.   Cierra Bush led the Ladies with nine points while Holli Wilkins chipped in with eight.   Bush grabbed a game-best eight rebounds while Laura Kizyte nabbed a game-high four steals in just 17 minutes.   Valpo (14-8, 8-3 Mid-Con) came out in the first half firing, converting 75.0 percent of their shots from the floor, including 71.4 percent from downtown.   The Crusaders jumped out to an early 13-3 lead less than four minutes in.   Centenary cut the 13-0 run with a pair of baskets by Jelena Aleksic , but the hot handed home squad put together another 9-0 stretch for a 28-9 lead at the 10 minute mark.   Centenary (3-20, 2-10 Mid-Con) had trouble hitting shots, seeing more than their share of in-and-out baskets the entire half.   Shooing just 26.7 percent from the floor, the Ladies managed just another nine points in the half, four by Laura Way and five by Van’esha Brabson , on the way to a 44-18 halftime deficit.   The second half was all Valpo, heading out of the gates on a 12-0 run and jumping to a 40 point lead at the 12:10 mark.   Wilkins, playing limited minutes on the night, would score eight consecutive Centenary points in a two minute stretch.   The Ladies couldn’t put a dent into the Crusader lead, watching all their late game attempts answered in turn.   Both squads were sloppy with the ball, but Valparaiso took advantage by scoring 34 of their points off Centenary turnovers.   The Crusaders turned the ball
February 5, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 3 Justin Darr Jimmy Baker Alex Maldonado SHREVEPORT—The Centenary baseball team extended its all-time record to 15-0 over Arkansas-Pine Bluff with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday by outscoring the Golden Lions by a combined total of 21-0. Sunday, however, was a different story as timely hitting and a power surge by UAPB provided the visitors with their first ever win over the Gents by the score of 6-5.   Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-4) got on the board first in the top of the second inning when Jose Rivera reached and advanced to second on an error by the Centenary defense. Only a few pitches later, Jerome McCollum singled up the middle to push across the game’s opening run.   Centenary (2-1) answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame and posted another pair of runs in the third inning on a two-run homer by Jimmy Baker to stake its lead at 4-1. UAPB responded in the top of the fourth with three runs on back-to-back long balls from Aaron Wright and Russell Malcolm and a run-producing single by Marcus Rodgers to knot the game once again.   The Gents took the upper hand briefly in their half of the fourth when Alex Maldonado doubled home Justin Darr. Moments later, Centenary would fail to capitalize on another scoring opportunity when two players struck out with runners on second and third with only one out.   The Golden Lions re-tied the score in the fifth when what should have been a double play ball was misplayed allowing Reggie Barker to score from second base. Two innings later, UAPB plated the winning run as a result of another Centenary misque.   Barker led off the inning with a looping single to right center for Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Expecting a bunt, the Gents ran a deceptive pick-off attempt by crashing the corner infielders in hopes of throwing behind the runner as the second baseman crept in. A miscommunication in the infield led to a balk by pitcher Johnny Noland, a
February 5, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins Laura Kizyte Karolina Sokalska Jelena Aleksic Laura Way SHREVEPORT – Down by two points to Mid-Continent Conference leading Western Illinois with 15 seconds left to play, the Centenary women’s basketball team couldn’t get off a shot attempt before finally losing 57-53.   The Ladies outshot the Westerwinds on the floor 42.0 percent to 37.2 percent, but WIU’s 23 more trips to the free throw line made all the difference.   Down six with less than a minute to play, the Ladies pulled within one on a three pointer by Laura Kizyte with 20 seconds remaining.   Rachel Reed missed the first of two free throws to give the Ladies a chance to tie or win, but Holli Wilkins got caught in traffic in the paint while driving for a layup, turning the ball over to seal the Westerwinds victory.   Wilkins scored 15 points, the only Centenary player in double-figures.   Jelena Aleksic and Kizyte each added eight, while Karolina Sokalska and Laura Way chimed in with seven apiece.   Sokalska led the way with six rebounds, while Brittany Barbee dished out five assists and Wilkins added four steals.   Western Illinois pulled out to an early 10-point lead, up 16-6 with 11:29 to play in the first.   The Ladies battled back, hitting big shot after big shot, including a three pointer by Barbee as time expired, to pull within three into the break at 26-23.   Centenary wouldn’t relent in the second half, inspired by a raucous Homecoming crowd decked out in Maroon and White.   The Ladies would see themselves down by seven, by kept chipping away at the Westerwinds lead until Wilkins’ three at the 7:09 mark gave the home team their first lead of the day at 38-37.   The Ladies wouldn’t see the lead again after relinquishing it, but scratched back to single-possession scores on big time jumpers and threes by Aleksic and Way.   Back on the road
February 4, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-WIU2 Box Score 2-4-06 Eric Holmes Larry Logan Xavier Burnette SHREVEPORT—Western Illinois delivered a crucial blow to Centenary’s chances at gaining a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference tournament with a 68-59 win in men’s basketball action Saturday evening. The homecoming loss dropped the Gents a full game behind the Leathernecks for the final spot in the league standings with only five games to play. Centenary must pass Western Illinois and win the position outright as WIU now holds the tiebreaker having swept the season series from the Gents.   Centenary (4-18, 2-9 Mid-Con) could not get its offense started in the early going and the Gents were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game. After Western Illinois scored the initial basket of the night, Eric Holmes found nothing but net for the Maroon and White on a 25-foot three-pointer as the shot clock expired. The 3-2 lead would be the only advantage for Centenary all evening as the Leathernecks then scored the next 10 points and went into halftime on top of the Gents 32-27.   Western Illinois (7-15, 3-8 Mid-Con) would extend its lead to as much as 15 points, but Centenary pulled within two at 41-39 with 14:45 remaining on a jumper by Chris Watson. Shortly after, the Gents offense began to misfire again and the Leathernecks quickly raced back up by nine points where the differential would stay for most of the rest of the contest.   Although the Gents forced Western into committing 22 turnovers, the Leathernecks out-rebounded Centenary 39-32 and won the shooting edge 45.5 percent to 38.9 percent. The long distance shots would prove costly to the home team as the Gents converted on only 4-of-19 trifectas in the loss.   Fred Oguns notched a double double for Western Illinois with 17 points and 10 boards. Sammy Hunter was on target with his shooting as he finished with 20 points on 7-of-10 from the field, which included 4-of-6 from the
February 4, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Brandon Fulenchek Alex Valdivia Tim Ryan Justin Darr Will Kaage SHREVEPORT – Riding behind the strong arms of a pair of junior pitchers, the Centenary baseball team won their season opening split doubleheader against Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11-0 and 10-0.   The Gents staff allowed just 12 hits on the day, striking out 16 Golden Lions on the day and allowing only two walks.   Brandon Fulenchek (1-0) took the hill for the games opener, tossing seven innings of three-hit, scoreless ball en-route to just his second victory of his career.   UAPB couldn’t find an answer to Fulenchek’s offspeed arsenal as they were retired one-two-three each of the first three innings.   The Golden Lions managed just one runner to reach third base against Fulenchek.   The Gents (2-0) got on the board early in the first, drawing a hit batsman and subsequent stolen base by Alex Valdivia , then advancing to third on a fly ball to right by Nate Santiago .   Junior third baseman Jimmy Baker would then pick up what would be the game-winning RBI, singling Valdivia home past the sliding UAPB shortstop.   Baker would later score as the Golden Lions failed to get a two-out force at second, overthrowing the second baseman for a two-run deficit.   Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-4) would hold off the Gents offense attack for the next few innings, until senior Tim Ryan ’s inside-the-park homerun highlighted a three run inning.   Ryan hit a towering shot to straightaway center, forcing the UAPB centerfielder to take an awkward angle on the ball.   Overestimating the distance, Ryan’s shot careened off the outfielder’s head in far left center, the deepest part of Shehee Stadium.   Torey Williams and Justin Darr would also score in the inning on an RBI single and sacrifice fly respectively.   Williams collected three hits in the game, and was one of t
February 3, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary women’s soccer head coach Chase Wooten has announced the signing of seven incoming freshman to National Letters of Intent.   Joining the Ladies for the 2006 season will be Kortney Causey (Wylie, Texas), Lauren Cheaney (Shreveport, La.), Kate Donnelly (Seabrook, Texas), Brittany O’Neal (Nacogdoches, Texas), Stefani Robbs (Farmers Branch, Texas), Mattie Weatherspoon (Longview, Texas), and Kristine Weaver (Prosper, Texas).   Causey, an All-Region performer at Wylie HS, spent the summer of 2005 overseas in Beijing, China.   She played in five games, including two against the U-19 National Team, notching a goal and a pair of assists.   Causey has amasses 26 goals in her prep career, splitting time as a forward and in the backfield.   “Kortney is a very quick frontrunner,” Wooten said, “extremely crafty on the ball.   She should be one of our best one v one players going to goal this fall.”   Homegrown talent Cheaney makes the short move down Kings Highway from Loyola College Prep where she earned first team All-District honors from 2003-05.   “We’ve been able to watch Lauren grow into a fantastic player and leader,” said Wooten. “We are more that thrilled to have her with us for next fall.   She is a versatile player and we see her contributing right away in the back.”   At 5-10, with great size for a Division-I goalkeeper, Donnelly provides a depth between the pipes that the Ladies will need for the next four years.   She is back-to-back All-League and All-District performer out of Clear Lake HS.   “Kate is a quick and athletic keeper,” said Wooten.   “She should come in and challenge for a starting position right away.”   O’Neal prepped at Nacogdoches HS and with East Texas Spirit Club Team.   She has a blue-collar work ethic with loads of speed and has a good knack for f
February 2, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo2 Box Score 2-2-06 Chris Watson Clarke Jackson Eric Holmes VALPARAISO, Ind.—Valparaiso entered Thursday night’s game with Centenary on a four-game losing streak after having several of their top players miss due to injury. However, with a full complement of Crusaders and back on their home court, Valparaiso had no problem with the undersized Gents in sailing to a 99-73 victory in Mid-Continent Conference action.     The Gents (4-17, 2-8 Mid-Con) jumped out on the Crusaders in the early going, stunning the home crowd of the Brown and Gold. Valpo’s Dan Oppland made good on only one of two free throws to open the contest and Centenary answered with seven straight points backed by a three-pointer from Eric Holmes.   Valpo (12-8, 5-5 Mid-Con) responded with a three-point barrage of six long distance shots, which included a pair by Oppland. The Gents looked out of sync during the Crusader 18-3 run, leaving men open outside and mishandling the ball inside. Valparaiso forced seven Centenary turnovers by the third media timeout and efficiently converted the misques into 14 points.   Down by as many as 15 in the first half at 32-17, the Gents clawed their way back to within nine points on six points by Jason Underwood and a trifecta from Xavier Burnette.   Just like the first half, Centenary looked good in the opening minutes of the second period. A Holmes drive netted two points, but he missed on the chance for the three-point play with an errant free throw attempt. However, the guard scored two more points on an inbounds play underneath and then drained a three-pointer to bring the score to 45-39.   On the next Valparaiso possession, the Gents forced a missed shot but allowed Oppland to grab the rebound. The forward scored on the put-back and was fouled. He missed the free toss, but again Valpo hauled in the board and quickly drained the three to extend the lead to 11. That sparked
February 2, 2006 | Athletics
Brandon Fulenchek Will Kaage Alex Maldonado Tim Ryan SHREVEPORT – Coming off an appearance in the Mid-Continent Conference championship game in 2005, the Centenary baseball team looks to again challenge for the league title, beginning with a six-game homestand at Shehee Stadium.    The Gents finished last season 27-30, 12-12 in league play, their best finish since the 1996 season and most wins since 1993.   Centenary opens with a three-game series against Arkansas-Pine Bluff starting on Friday at 4 p.m.   Saturday’s contest has been moved from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. to coincide with the school’s Homecoming festivities, while Sunday’s match-up is scheduled for 12 p.m.   Leading the way for the Maroon and White will be an experienced pitching rotation led by juniors Brandon Fulenchek , Will Kaage , and David McElroy .   Fulenchek, an All-Tournament selection a year ago, gets the nod in Friday’s opener while Kaage and McElroy will finish out the series.   Returning starters are catcher Alex Maldonado , first baseman A.J. Howes , second baseman Alex Valdivia , centerfielder Tim Ryan , and designated hitter Justin Darr .   Maldonado is the only non-senior of the group, leaving Darr, Howes, Ryan, and Valdivia to provide solid leadership through experience and on-field production.   Newcomers to the Gents starting lineup are third baseman Jimmy Baker , shortstop Nate Santiago , and outfielders Justin Huff and Matt Webb .   Friday’s action marks the first of the season for Centenary, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff is coming off a doubleheader sweep by Arkansas-Monticello.   The Golden Lions fell 3-1 and 9-7, managing just one extra base hit between the two contests.   Next weekends the Gents host Coppin State to a three-game series before traveling to Baton Rouge, La., to face national powerhouse LSU at Alex Box Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
January 30, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins Jelena Aleksic Van'esha Brabson SHREVEPORT – Matching their opponent closely in almost every statistical category, the Centenary women’s basketball team couldn’t match visiting Oral Roberts’ hot shooting from the floor in a 72-50 loss at the Gold Dome on Monday night.   The Ladies struggled to hit shots from the floor, downtown, or even the charity stripe, but battled hard on the boards and forced 17 turnovers to keep the game from getting out of hand and stay competitive down the stretch.   Holli Wilkins led Centenary with 11 points, playing only 25 minutes because of early second half foul trouble.   She was joined in double-figures by Jelena Aleksic with 10 points, with Aleksic tying game-highs with nine rebounds and four assists in only 24 minutes of action.   Wilkins added to her Mid-Con best 3.6 steals a game with four on the night.   Centenary (3-18, 2-8 Mid-Con) jumped on the board first with a three in the opening minute by Van’esha Brabson and held off the initial Golden Eagle lead with a pair of Aleksic free throws to knot the game at 5-5.   Oral Roberts would take over from there, putting together runs of 12-0 and 11-2 while holding the Ladies scoreless for stretches of four and six minutes.     Down 19 with four minutes to play in the half, the Ladies would score six unanswered points to pull within 13, but ORU would shut Centenary down the remainder of the way and take a 34-17 lead into the break.   Oral Roberts (10-9, 4-4 Mid-Con) would jump out to an early 7-0 second half run before Wilkins picked up her fourth foul at the 17:00 minute mark.   Things got worse for the Ladies as Brabson picked up her fifth foul less than 10 seconds afterwards, earning a technical after slamming the ball to the ground in frustration of a holding call at the top of the key.   Without their top two scorers on the floor, the Lad
January 29, 2006 | Athletics
Josh Pinto Arthur Okura Matthew Shoptaugh BATON ROUGE, La.—The Centenary men’s tennis team opened its 2006 campaign with a trip to Baton Rouge to take on the 10 th ranked LSU Tigers on their home courts. The Tigers prevailed 7-0 by taking all six of the singles points as well as the doubles point from the Gents.   The afternoon started with Matt Shoptaugh and Seva Kostelanetz of Centenary falling in doubles action to Kevin Dessauer and Jonathan Tragardh of LSU 8-2. Shortly thereafter the Tigers #1 team of Paul White and James Cluskey discarded Russ Patrick and Josh Pinto 8-2 before Eric DeRoche and Jose Moncada completed the sweep for LSU by downing Dylan Dyer and Arthur Okura 8-1.   In singles action, Tragardh bested Centenary’s Kostelanetz 6-0, 6-0 from the sixth slot and Moncada came up on top of Russ Patrick 6-0, 6-1 playing in the third position. LSU’s top player, Ken Skupski, showed why he is ranked #66 in the ITA with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Pinto and Dessauer also won in the second spot over Dyer by the score of 6-1, 6-1. Rounding out the action with wins for the Tigers were William LeFevre (6-2, 6-2) and DeRoche (6-4, 6-4) from the fifth and fourth positions in the line-up. The combo defeated Centenary’s Shoptaugh and Okura in their respective slots.   With the win, LSU improved to 2-0 on the season while the Gents fell to 0-1. Centenary will next play on February 7 th when the Maroon and White host Alcorn State in Shreveport at 2 p.m.   Results   Doubles Pinto, Patrick (CC) vs. White, Cluskey (LSU) – LSU 8-2 Dyer, Okura (CC) vs. Deroche, Moncada (LSU) – LSU 8-1 Shoptaugh, Kostelanetz (CC) vs. Dessauer, Tragardh (LSU) – LSU 8-2   Singles Pinto (CC) vs. Skupski (LSU) – LSU 6-4, 6-2 Dyer (CC) vs. Dessauer (LSU) – LSU 6-1, 6-1 Patrick (CC) vs. Moncada (LSU) – LSU 6-0, 6-1 Okura (CC) vs. Deroche (LSU) – LSU 6-4, 6-4 Shoptaugh (CC) vs. Lefevre (LSU) – LSU
January 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Van'esha Brabson Holli Wilkins Jelena Aleksic Laura Kizyte Cierra Bush SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team picked up their second Mid-Continent Conference victory of the season, defeating UMKC 52-44 despite shooting less than 30 percent from the field.   The Ladies battled behind a solid defense, forcing 21 Kangaroo turnovers and holding their opponent to less than 50 points for the first time this season.   Van’esha Brabson led all players and four Ladies in double-figures with 13 points, including a trio of three pointers.   She was joined in double-figures by Holli Wilkins with 12 while Jelena Aleksic and Laura Kizyte both chimed in with 10 each.   With 832 career points, Brabson needs just 44 more to move into third all-time in school history.   Kizyte led the Ladies in rebounds with nine, while Wilkins collected seven boards to go along with three steals and a pair of blocks.   Neither team could pick up a discernable advantage in the first half, combining for a total of 12 ties or lead changes in the frame.   UMKC (7-13, 5-4 Mid-Con) led by as many as five early, but the feisty Ladies wouldn’t accept a repeat of a 84-66 loss in Kansas City earlier this season.   Centenary (3-17, 2-7 Mid-Con) took their first lead with just under six minutes to go in the first half after a steal by Cierra Bush led to an Aleksic jumper.   The Ladies wouldn’t trail again in the half, but the Kangaroos had an answer for everything the Maroon and White could throw at them, including matching a layup by Bush with 16 seconds left with a time-expiring shot of their own to knot the game at 24-24 going into the break.   After a slow start to the second half, the Ladies took the lead for good at the 12:25 mark on a basket by Kizyte while holding UMKC to just four points in a seven-minute span.   The Kangaroos would chip away at the Centenary l
January 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC2 Box Score Chris Watson Alexander Starr Xavier Burnette SHREVEPORT— In a game that featured several runs, the UMKC Kangaroos held on to a nail-biter in Mid-Continent Conference play in the Gold Dome on Saturday evening. The Gents fought back from an early deficit to briefly take the lead, but could not convert in the waning seconds in falling 70-67.     UMKC (9-10, 6-3 Mid-Con) jumped all over the Gents in the early going as Centenary looked lethargic from the tip. The Kangaroos outscored the Maroon and White 15-0 over the first 4:17 of the contest and out-rebounded the home team 10-1 over that span. UMKC made their living in the early minutes from the three-point line where the Kangaroos connected on 4-of-5, including a pair by Tim Blackwell.   Centenary (4-16, 2-7 Mid-Con) finally found a rhythm and responded with a 15-2 run of their own to bring the score within two at 17-15. The Gents run was fueled by two trifectas, one each from Xavier Burnette and E.J. Kusnyer, and a pair of three-point plays the old fashioned way.   The hot stretch by Centenary came to a hault when Quinton Day netted seven points over a two-minute span to spark UMKC on a 10-1 push that put the visitors back on top 30-19. The game would finally settle down over the final four minutes and the Kangaroos took a 40-28 lead into the break.   In almost an exact mirror image of the first half, the Gents raced out to a 15-0 run to begin the second period. Chris Watson and Eric Holmes drained back-to-back three-pointers and Burnette added his second long distance shot just ahead of a lay-up by Alexander Starr to give Centenary its first lead of the game at 43-40. Blackwell connected again on another three-pointer and proceeded to score eight straight points for UMKC to retake the lead by five.   The Gents pulled within one with 11:54 remaining on a bucket by Watson and a free throw to make good on the three-point play. Th
January 26, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ORU1 Box Score 1-26-06 Alexander Starr Xavier Burnette Larry Logan TULSA, Okla.—The hard play of Larry Owens coupled with timely three-point shooting by Moses Ehambe carried Oral Roberts to a 74-53 Mid-Continent Conference win over the Centenary Gents Thursday evening in Tulsa, Okla. The win for the preseason league favorites ended any question of a possible slump after falling unexpectedly to Western Illinois on Tuesday. For the Gents, the loss was the first by more than 15 points in conference play this season.   In a rough first half of play that saw very few fouls called, the Gents overcame the disadvantage in the early going to claim a surprising lead over ORU. After the Golden Eagles put up the first four points of the game, Centenary responded with three driving baskets by Xavier Burnette and a dunk on a back-door cut by Alexander Starr to jump out to an eight-point advantage at 14-6.   Oral Roberts (11-9, 6-2 Mid-Con) answered with back-to-back buckets by Larry Owens and a pair of three-pointers by Moses Ehambe to grab a slight edge at 16-14. Jason Underwood’s put-back off of a miss finally ended the 10-0 ORU run. The lead then changed hands several times before Centenary made the score 24-21 in their favor on a Chris Watson jumper in the paint with 7:30 left in the half. However, Owens took over control of the game and guided the Golden Eagles into the lockerroom on a 13-0 run and on top of the Gents 34-24. Centenary did not score in the first period after Watson’s jumper.   Rarely enough with all the physical play, neither team shot a free throw in the first stanza and the home Golden Eagles were not called for their second foul of the first 20 minutes of action until the 1:17 mark of the first half.   The Gents (4-15, 2-6 Mid-Con) were only in the game for a short time in the second half as Starr hit a trifecta coming out of the gate and minutes later Clarke Jackson drained his
January 26, 2006 | Athletics
Jennifer Mango Micah Rhodes ELMHURST, Ill. – Two-time defending Mid-Continent Conference softball tournament champions Centenary has been picked to finish second in 2006 in the preseason poll comprising of the league’s seven head coaches.   The Ladies earned 32 points, including a pair of first place votes, just behind Southern Utah (35 points, 5 first place votes).   Head coaches could not vote for their own teams.   Finishing third was Western Illinois (23 points), followed by Valparaiso (20 points) and IUPUI (17 points).   UMKC (14 points) and Oakland (six points) rounded out the voting.   “It’s nice to be thought well of by our peers,” Ladies head coach Mark Montgomery said, “especially based on our performance the last two years in the league.   But, as good as it is to be ranked highly in the beginning poll, we’re aiming to be at the top of the Mid-Con at the end of the year.”   Now in their third season in Mid-Con play, Centenary has yet to drop a game in the conference tournament with a 6-0 record.   The Ladies back-to-back championships earned them consecutive berths to the NCAA Softball Regionals where they almost upended top-ranked Arizona in 2004.   Returning for the Maroon and White are six All-Conference selections, including the last two Newcomers of the year, Jennifer Mango and Micah Rhodes , both first-team selections in 2005.   Also back is sophomore pitcher Jessica Ivins and her 19 wins, 211 strikeouts, and 2.81 ERA.
January 25, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2006 Mid-Con Preseason Baseball Poll Tim Ryan Alex Valdivia David McElroy Will Kaage Brandon Fulenchek ELMHURST, Ill. – Coming off an appearance in the Mid-Continent Conference Championship game last season, the Centenary baseball team has been tabbed to finish fourth in 2006 by a vote of the league’s coaches.   The Gents collected 20 points, finishing behind defending champs Oral Roberts (36 points, 6 first place votes), Western Illinois (29 points), and Southern Utah (25 points, 1 first place vote).   Rounding out the voting was Oakland (16 points), Valparaiso (15 points), and Chicago State (6 points).   The Gents are coming off a 27-30 season, the best under reigning Mid-Con Coach of the Year Ed McCann , and finished the conference slate with a 12-12 mark, Centenary’s best since 1995.   Returning five position player starters and the majority of their pitching staff, the Maroon and White looks poised to make their third appearance in the conference tournament in as many seasons of Mid-Con play.   Centenary will rely on returning seniors Justin Darr , A.J. Howes , Tim Ryan , and Alex Valdivia to provide the offensive attack in 2006.   Returning sophomore catcher Alex Maldonado hopes to carry his hot play down the stretch of last season’s campaign to this season.   Joining them are incoming junior transfers Jimmy Baker , Nate Santiago , and Matt Webb , all of whom are expected to provide quality play both in the field and at the plate.   Pitching is expected to provide a strong foundation for the 2006 season as the Gents return eight pitchers, including five starters and their closer, from last season.   Second-team All-Mid-Con pitcher David McElroy returns with eight wins from a year ago, joined by junior Will Kaage ’s seven victories.   A senior laden bullpen, led by Kris Calhoun , Jon Christian , and Cam Feightner , should give Centenary extra con
January 23, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic Holli Wilkins Van'esha Brabson Indianapolis , Ind. – In a rematch of a closely fought loss against IUPUI, the Centenary women’s basketball team struggled in the second half as they fell on the road to IUPUI 68-41.   The Ladies shot poorly all night, hitting just 24.6 percent of their shots despite forcing 17 Jaguars turnovers.   Jelena Aleksic led the Ladies with 14 points while Holli Wilkins added to her Mid-Con leading 3.47 steals a game by collecting five before fouling out.   Van’esha Brabson led the Ladies with six rebounds while chipping in eight points, and Tracee Byrd scored three points in her debut for the Maroon and White.   IUPUI (12-6, 7-1 Mid-Con) pulled ahead early in the first half, grabbing a six point lead within the first two minutes on a three by Kia Hayes.   Centenary would respond with a Brittany Barbee three as the shot clock sounded, pulling within three before a three point play by Brykeesha Tate pushed the Jaguars lead back to six.   The Ladies (2-17, 1-7) hit back by putting together a 14-2 run, including six of Aleksic’s 12 first half points, to take the lead at 22-19 going into the second media timeout of the frame.   IUPUI would dominate the rest of the half, holding Centenary scoreless and compiling their own 11-0 run to close out the period and enter the break up 30-22.   IUPUI didn’t miss a beat coming out for the second half, adding to their run with a 13-2 advantage through the first seven minutes.   During the stretch, Wilkins was whistled for foul beneath the offensive glass and a technical foul on the same play as the defender’s own momentum carried her to the floor hard.   The pair of penalties, assessed at the14 minute mark, put her at four fouls and forced more cautious play for the Ladies strongest defender.   Hayes led the Jaguars with 16 points, joined in double figures by
January 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins Laura Kizyte Jelena Aleksic Karolina Sokalska ROCHESTER , Mich. – The Centenary women’s basketball team fell 78-63 to Oakland on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics Center O’Rena.   Keeping it close initially, the Ladies couldn’t hold off the Golden Grizzlies offensive attack in the second half, as the host squad hit over 70 percent of their field goals in the frame and dominated the rebounding battle all game.   Holli Wilkins led all scorers, tying a career high 27 points in the loss.   She was joined in double-figures by Laura Kizyte and Jelena Aleksic with 14 and 13 respectively.   Wilkins also collected a game high six steals, almost twice her Mid-Continent Conference leading 3.29 a contest.   Things started off slowly for the Ladies after taking an early one point lead off a three pointer by Van’esha Brabson , falling behind by as many as 13 points and shooting less than 20 percent through the initial 10 minutes of the half.   Oakland would put together runs of 7-0 and 8-0, bookending a 5-0 Ladies run, to take a 23-10 advantage at the 7:25 mark.   Centenary (2-16, 1-6 Mid-Con) would respond, finding their shooting touch and sparking a 10-2 run, capped by Wilkins’ first three of the day to pull within five.   The Golden Grizzlies would then string together a 9-0 run to take another double-digit lead with less than two minutes to go, but Wilkins would score six of the half’s final 10 points, including a 25 foot three as time expired to cut the OU halftime lead to six.   The Ladies would keep things close initially in the second half, answering the Golden Grizzlies shot-for-shot and holding the lead to five through the first five minutes.   Oakland would take it from there, shooting a remarkable 70.8 percent in the half and leading by as many as 20 late.     Oakland (7-11, 3-4 Mid-Con) dominated the boar
January 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Chris Watson Alexander Starr Xavier Burnette Clarke Jackson Jason Underwood – Needing big Mid-Continent Conference road wins to help ensure a conference tournament berth after missing out in the 2004-05 season, the Centenary men’s basketball team came through down the stretch to pull out a 75-66 victory on the road at defending Mid-Con tournament champions Oakland .   The Gents took advantage of several Golden Grizzlies turnovers and hit key free throws in the final minutes to take home the team’s first road win of the season.   Chris Watson led all scorers with 23 points, joined in double figures by Alexander Starr and Xavier Burnette with 12 and 10 points respectively.   Burnette and Starr, both of whom had previously been in an offensive slump, converted clutch free throws in the final minute to help seal the victory.   Starr led all players with five steals while Burnette dished out a game-high six assists.   The first half proved to be a back-and-forth affair as the action saw a combination of 13 lead changes and tie scores.   Centenary (4-14, 2-5 Mid-Con) started out ahead thanks to buckets by Burnette and Watson, but Oakland came back to take a four-point lead with an 8-0 run.   Clarke Jackson’s three would then spark an 11-2 Gents run to pull ahead five, but the Golden Grizzlies would respond with nine of the next 11 points to retake the lead again.   A pair of baskets by Jason Underwood would place Centenary back on top for the rest of the half, capped by an emphatic dunk with 12 ticks left by freshman Ronnie Martin that quieted the rowdy OU fan base.   Underwood, making a Michigan homecoming after attending nearby Mt. Clemens High School and St. Clair Community College, matched six points with six rebounds off the bench while providing a strong defensive presence all night.   The Gents would enter the break up four wi
January 21, 2006 | Athletics
Kristina Menne Sarah Ball Meredith Smith Diana Janda SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team enjoyed a second-place finish in its first home meet of the 2006 season in the Gold Dome Friday evening. The Ladies posted a 190.100 to finish behind Missouri but well ahead of the Air Force Academy. The Tigers from the Big 12 conference tallied a 195.575 to win the meet, while the Falcons finished with a score of 175.050.   The tempo of the meet was set in the early going as Centenary garnered a 47.600 on the vault paced by Meredith Smith’s 9.700 from the fifth slot in the lineup. Air Force struggled out of the gate as the Falcons were forced to count two scores below 9.000 on the beam and finished with a 44.350 on the event. Meanwhile, Missouri executed nicely on the bars to the tune of a 48.550 led by Jodie Heinicka’s 9.925.   The final team standings were clear after the second event when the Tigers grabbed a team score of 49.125 on the floor exercise. The Falcons would notch their best team score on the night with a 44.900 on the vault, but the Ladies secured their spot in second place with a 47.300 on the bars behind three scores of 9.500 or better by Julia Cornelius, Mandy Bennett, and Kristina Menne.   Menne then received a 9.900 for her work on the balance beam, which placed her second among all participants behind Lauren Schwartzman of Missouri who was awarded a 9.950 on the apparatus. Centenary finished strong on the floor exercise with good showings from Sarah Ball and Diana Janda who each recorded scores of 9.625, but it was Menne who earned the Ladies’ best score on the floor with a 9.675.   Ball also scored a 9.550 on the vault, a 9.325 on the bars, and a 9.700 on the beam to total 38.200 points, good enough for third place in the all-around. In addition to her efforts on the bars, beam, and floor, Menne added a 9.400 on the vault to ease past Ball into second place in the all-around with a score of 38.475. Adriann
January 19, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bryan Baumann Chris Watson Larry Logan – Coming off their first Mid-Continent Conference victory of the season, the Centenary men’s basketball team fell 63-52 on the road at IUPUI on Thursday night.   After overcoming a 12 point first half deficit to take the lead in the second with 10 minutes to play, the Gents had trouble getting good looks and hitting free throws down the stretch to close out the contest.   Bryan Baumann led the Gents with 17 points off the bench, going 6-of-8 from the floor and nailing four of his five shots from beyond the arc. Junior Chris Watson joined him in double figures with 12 points, while Larry Logan grabbed a team high 10 rebounds and blocked four shots in the loss.   Down seven at half, the Gents chipped away at the deficit from the beginning, starting with six straight points by Watson.   Centenary would tie the score at the 13.35 mark on a three by Clarke Jackson , and after IUPUI retook the lead, on a four point play by Baumann two minutes later.   The Maroon and White would take their only lead of the second half as Watson nailed a three pointer from the right side, pulling head by one at the 10:35 mark.   After trading the lead, and tying even again on a 15 footer by Logan, IUPUI would retake the lead for good by out scoring the Gents 19-8 the final nine minutes of play.   Centenary (3-14, 1-5 Mid-Con) kept the game within reach during the first half despite turning the ball over nine times and shooting just 38.1 percent from the floor.   After taking the initial led, the Gents trailed the entire period despite holding off IUPUI rallies and knocking on the door to retaking the lead.     Down five with eight minutes to play, Baumann’s putback on the offensive glass, followed by a spot up three on the next possession, cut the Jags lead to two.   The Jaguars (10-7, 5-1 Mid-Con) would later lead by as many as 11 wi
January 16, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins Brittany Barbee Jelena Aleksic Van'esha Brabson Laura Kizyte SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team used an inspired outing from their starting five to end their 13-game long losing streak as they defeated visiting Southern Utah 76-67 at the Gold Dome on Monday night.   All five starters scored in double-figures, including a pair of career high performances, as they matched the school record for three pointers made in a game with 12.     The win is the first Mid-Continent Conference victory for the Ladies (2-15, 1-5 Mid-Con) since the 2003-04 season, and is the first league win for head coach Elizabeth Wamsley since taking over the program at the beginning of last season.   Junior Holli Wilkins led all scorers with a career-high 27 points, including 18 from behind the arc to tie a school record for threes made in a game with six.   Brittany Barbee matched her career-best 14 points, converting on six clutch free throws in the final two minutes of play.   Also scoring in double-digits were starters Jelena Aleksic , Van’esha Brabson , and Laura Kizyte with 13, 11, and 10 points respectively.   The Ladies began the game on a tear, jumping to an early 15-6 lead on the second of Wilkins’ six threes in the game.   Centenary would then put together a 26-6 run over the five minutes, including four of five threes made consecutively, to take a 24 point lead, their largest of the game.   Southern Utah would then clamp down, trimming the lead to 17 by halftime, to enter the break with a 45-28 Ladies advantage.   The Thunderbirds (7-10, 0-6 Mid-Con) were determined not to go down without a fight, however, and came out of the gate in the second frame on a 10-0 run to pull within eight.   Centenary would keep SUU at bay, not allowing their opponent to get within eight points until T-Birds leading scorer Cassie Hahl scored five strai
January 15, 2006 | Athletics
Sarah Ball Jessie Angus DENTON, Tex.—The Centenary gymnastics team took fourth place at Texas Woman’s University on Sunday afternoon in its first meet of the 2006 season. The Ladies posted a team score of 188.125 to finish behind LSU (194.050), Utah State (192.875), and the host TWU pioneers (190.475).   Senior Sarah Ball recorded Centenary’s best showing in the vault with a 9.650 and in the all-around with a combined total of 37.625. Junior Jesse Angus posted a 9.675 to lead the Ladies on the bars while fellow junior Kristina Menne was tops on the beam with a 9.625. Newcomer Diana Janda’s 9.700 on the floor exercise paced the Maroon and White while freshman Julia Cornelius was close behind with a 9.650.   The Ladies were without senior Sarah Racioppi on three events due to injury. Menne, a two-time NCAA Regional qualifier struggled a touch in her 2006 debut on the bars (8.300) and floor (9.250), traditionally two of her stronger events.   Centenary will return to action on January 20 th at 7 pm in the Gold Dome when the Ladies host Missouri and Air Force.
January 14, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SUU1 Box Score 1-14-06 Alexander Starr Clarke Jackson Chris Watson Larry Logan SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team snapped its eight-game losing streak with a thrilling 67-65 win over Southern Utah Saturday night in the Gold Dome. Alexander Starr’s tip-in with .2 seconds remaining sealed the win for the Gents much to the dismay of the Southern Utah contingent. The game ended on a made shot by the Thunderbirds that was disallowed at the buzzer to provide first-year Centenary coach Rob Flaska with his initial Mid-Continent Conference victory.   Centenary (3-13, 1-4 Mid-Con) held a comfortable double-digit lead the entire evening until the Gents ran into a spell with four minutes remaining. Holding the upper hand at 63-53, a turnover by Bryan Baumann was followed by a foul on a SUU three-point attempt. Henry Uhegwu made good an all three free throws and moments later, following another turnover, Eric Holmes was whistled for a hard foul. Uhegwu made both attempts again and the Thunderbirds scored on the ensuing possession to trim the deficit to 63-60. A third turnover by the Gents led to two free tosses for Southern Utah and a three-pointer by Uhegwu gave the visitors their first lead of the second half at 65-63 with 1:42 left to play.   The 12-0 run by SUU (3-14, 2-3) finally ended when Larry Logan found Xavier Burnette underneath for an easy bucket for the Gents. After several possessions in which both teams failed to score, Centenary took control of the ball after forcing a shot clock violation with 37.1 ticks in the contest.   The Gents began their game-winning move with eight seconds on the shot clock and looked as though they might not get a shot off in time. Burnette finally forced up a fade away from the baseline and the buzzer from the shot clock sounded as the ball was in mid-air. Alertly, Alexander Starr followed the shot and was there to tip the miss through the net as time s
January 14, 2006 | Athletics
Sarah Ball Sarah Racioppi Carmen Reid DENTON, Tex.—The Centenary gymnastics team opens its 2006 season in pursuit of a return trip to the USA Gymnastics National Championships with its first meet on Sunday. The Ladies will travel to Texas Woman’s University for a 2 p.m. meet that also features LSU and Utah State.   Seniors Sarah Ball, Sarah Racioppi, and Carmen Reid, each of whom bring a wealth of experience to the team, lead the Ladies. Ball and Racioppi each earned USAG All-America status last year for Centenary. Ball reached the honor with an exceptional performance in the all-around while Racioppi earned the accolade with her solid floor routine.   Juniors Jesse Angus and Kristina Menne also provide a punch to the team with their always-steady efforts. Angus looks to be a fixture in the bar and beam line-up for the Ladies while Menne takes her usual position as the top all-around performer for the Maroon and White. Menne was also a USAG All-America selection in 2005 after outstanding performances in the all-around and on the bars.   Meredith Smith rounds out the returning All-Americans from last year’s squad as the sophomore earned her recognition on the vault. Kristen Cox and transfer Callae Canfield fill out the rest of the sophomore class for Centenary while freshmen Mandy Bennett, Bethannie Bowie, Julia Cornelius, and Diana Janda look to contribute to the team immediately.   The Ladies return to the Gold Dome for their first home meet of the season when they host Missouri and Air Force on January 20 at 7 p.m.   
January 14, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Van'esha Brabson Jelena Aleksic Holli Wilkins SHREVEPORT – Key free throw shooting down the stretch helped visiting Chicago State pull out a 53-51 victory over the Centenary women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Gold Dome.   The Ladies led by as many as five in the second half but couldn’t hold on, despite holding the Cougars to less than 30 percent shooting from the floor.   Van’esha Brabson led the Ladies with 15 points, joined in double-figures by Jelena Aleksic and Holli Wilkins with 14 and 13 respectively.   Wilkins would add three steals, moving her into a tie for second place all-time on the school’s career steals list with 116.   After trading the lead or pulling even 10 times in the first six minutes of the second half, Centenary put together a 7-0 run, capped by a Brabson three, to pull ahead by five with 5:30 remaining.   The Cougars would respond with a 9-0 run of their own to retake the lead with two minutes to play.   Wilkins would then nail a three pointer to end the run and pull the Ladies within one, but Ayesha Neasley would convert the next four points, all from the charity stripe.     Brabson would hit a final three with three ticks remaining, and after the Cougars missed both free throws, one intentionally, the Ladies couldn’t get their final attempt to fall before the buzzer.   Chicago State (7-9, 2-3 Mid-Con) led for the majority of the first half, jumping to a 6-0 start and leading by as many as eight with 10 minutes to play.   The Ladies would then put together a 11-2 run to take a one point lead, but the Cougars would head into halftime up 23-21 after Neasley’s put back of a missed free throw as time expired.   The game marked the second in a row that the Ladies allowed a team to post a pair of double-doubles against them.   Tina Hill led all scorers and rebounders with 20 and 13 res
January 12, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-CSU1 Box Score 1-12-06 Chris Watson Bryan Baumann Larry Logan E.J. Kusnyer SHREVEPORT— The Chicago State Cougars used a plethora of offensive rebounds to slip past Centenary 67-63 in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening. The game featured sub-par shooting efforts from both teams and a last minute flurry by the Gents, but the visiting Cougars made their free throws when it counted to snap their 12-game losing streak. The win improves CSU to 1-4 in Mid-Con play while Centenary falls to 0-4 in the league.   Centenary (2-13, 0-4 Mid-Con) raced out to an 11-2 lead in the opening minutes of play powered by several fast breaks and five points by Larry Logan, including a powerful dunk. When it looked as though the Gents would run away with it, Chicago State began to chip away with easy put-backs. Centenary went cold as the home team could not buy a bucket and the Cougars attacked with an 11-0 run that landed the visitors in front at 21-16 with 7:11 remaining in the half. The game then slowed to a crawl as neither team could generate any offense and the buzzer sounded to end the period with CSU in front 27-23.   Chicago State (2-14, 1-4) allowed Centenary to climb back into the lead as the Gents stormed out of the break with a 7-1 run. Chris Watson hit a jumper and tipped in a Logan miss and Xavier Burnette hit his only three-pointer of the night to give the Maroon and White the 30-28 advantage less than three minutes in.   The contest see-sawed back and forth over the next several possessions before a long distance three by CSU’s David Holston made the deficit five for the Gents. Centenary would never move back in front the rest of the way, but the Cougars could not put the game out of reach. Chicago State’s biggest lead would be only eight points and Centenary managed to shrink it back to three on several occasions. The Gents best chance to pull closer was disrupted by a turnover with 1:03 left in the ga
January 11, 2006 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s head basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced an agreement with Buffalo Wild Wings on the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City to host a weekly coach’s show starting next Monday, January 16 from 5 to 6 pm.   The Rob Flaska Coach’s Show will be broadcast on the Centenary flagship station, Sunny 92.1 FM (KSYR) and over the internet on SportsJuice.com on the following Mondays: January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 20, and February 27. All shows will air from 5 to 6 pm.   The show will provide the community the opportunity to ask Coach Flaska direct questions about the Centenary basketball program and other topics around college hoops. In addition, the broadcast will feature various guests from the Centenary administration, athletic department, staff, and faculty, and will involve customers from Buffalo Wild Wings.   “This is the first time Centenary has hosted a live radio show from a sports establishment,” said Flaska. “I want to make this a social gathering for the entire Centenary family as well as for fans in the Shreveport-Bossier area.”   “In addition, I want to thank Buffalo Wild Wings, Sunny 92.1 FM, and our sponsors for making this exciting endeavor possible,” added Flaska.   Centenary College is the only NCAA Division I institution in the Shreveport-Bossier area and participates in the Mid-Continent Conference.
January 10, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Chris Watson Xavier Burnette Bryan Baumann Larry Logan BOSSIER CITY, La. – Down 17 at halftime, the Centenary men’s basketball team cut their second half deficit to six before eventually falling to visiting Georgia Tech 85-69 Tuesday night at the CenturyTel Center .   The Yellow Jackets were coming off an upset victory over #11 Boston College , while the Gents had something to prove after two close losses in winnable road games against conference opponents.   Chris Watson led the Gents with 18 points off the bench, joined by Xavier Burnette in double figures with 16 points.   Watson also led the way with seven rebounds while Bryan Baumann ’s six assists were a game high.   The Yellow Jackets (9-4) started the game on a 12-0 run, holding the Gents scoreless through the first media timeout until Baumann hit a jumper at the 15:11 mark.   Georgia Tech would lead by as many as 21 in the first frame and looked ready to pull away with the game, but a tenacious Gents defense made up for the lack of early scoring as they forced 19 turnovers in the contest.   Centenary (2-12) was fueled in the second half by a rambunctious student section, cheering on the Maroon and White as they chipped away at the Georgia Tech lead until Larry Logan ’s three pointer made it a six point contest with 7:34 to go.   After a missed three pointer by Watson, the Yellow Jackets came back with a 10-0 run over the next five minutes to pull comfortably ahead for the remainder of the game.   Four Georgia Tech players scored in double figures, as Ra’Sean Dickey and Jeremis Smith led the way with 19 points each.   Zam Fredrick would add 18 while Anthony Morrow chipped in with 12.   Smith would grab a game-high 10 boards for the double-double.   Georgia Tech took advantage of a larger inside presence to outscore the Gents 48-34 in the paint.   Outrebounding Centenary 46-
January 9, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins Van'esha Brabson Karolina Sokalska Laura Kizyte SHREVEPORT – A career night by junior Holli Wilkins couldn’t lift the Centenary women’s basketball team to their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the year as they fell to visiting IUPUI 70-62.   Wilkins scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both career highs, but the Ladies couldn’t overcome an 11-0 deficit to start the game.   Down 12 early in the second half, the Ladies rallied back to pull within three at the 8:32 mark.   IUPUI wouldn’t see another double-figure lead, and Centenary would close the gap to three with 26 ticks remaining on a Wilkins three pointer, but the Jaguars would hit clutch free throws to end the game on a 5-0 run.   Van’esha Brabson and Karolina Sokalska would join Wilkins in double-digit scoring with 11 and a career high 10 respectively, and Laura Kizyte would add 10 boards in the loss.   Two Jaguars recorded double-doubles, with Jernisha Cann scoring 17 points and pulling down 14 rebounds off the bench, and Tanika Mays collecting 12 and 10 on the night.   IUPUI (8-6, 3-1 Mid-Con) jumped to an early 11-0 lead in the first half, looking to take advantage of multiple Ladies turnovers.   Back-to-back threes by Sokalska in the final minute would close the gap to eight, but Mays layup with five seconds left in the half would give the Jags a 10 point lead going into the break.   Centenary (1-14, 0-4 Mid-Con) remains home as the host Chicago State as part of a mixed school doubleheader with the men’s team on Saturday.   The Ladies tip off at 4:30 p.m., while the Gents take on Southern Utah at approximately 7 p.m.   Both games can be heard locally on KSYR “Sunny” 92.1 FM and online at www. SportsJuice.com.
January 7, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Setting a school record for attempted three pointers in a game, the Centenary women’s basketball team couldn’t find enough firepower to take down host UMKC in a 84-66 loss Saturday afternoon. The Ladies gave up 23 points off turnovers and couldn’t match the inside presence of the Kangaroos post players. The Maroon and White took 34 shots from downtown, toppling the previous mark set earlier this season against New Orleans. Four Ladies scored in double-figures, led by Van’esha Brabson with 13. Joining her in double-digits were Laura Way with 11 and Jelena Aleksic and Holli Wilkins with 10 each. Laura Kizyte pulled down a team high 11 rebounds. The Ladies (1-13, 0-3 Mid-Con) kept pace in the first half with a barrage of three pointers, connecting on seven in the first frame. Back to back trifectas by Brabson gave Centenary their first lead of the contest at 6-4. The Maroon and White would push their lead to as many as five after Cierra Bush connected from downtown at the 11:40 mark. UMKC (5-10, 3-1 Mid-Con) would battle back behind a 13-3 run to take the lead for the remainder of the first half. The Ladies would trim their deficit to two on Brabson’s second three of the half and Barbees one-on-one fast break jumper, but the Kangaroos would close out the half scoring the final five points, including a three by Sammi Knapic as time expired, to take a seven point advantage into the break. The Kangaroos took control of the second half early, jumping to a 13 point lead within the first three minutes and a 19-8 run to start the period. Centenary would pull within single digits as Wilkins hit the Ladies 11 th and final three to make it an eight point ball game. UMKC would respond, finishing the game on a 18-8 run to seal the victory. Centenary returns home to take on Mid-Con foe IUPUI in the Gold Dome on Monday, January 9. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be heard locally on KSYR
January 7, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bryan Baumann Xavier Burnette Eric Holmes E.J. Kusnyer Larry Logan KANSAS CITY , Mo.-   The Centenary men’s basketball team put together a late game comeback that fell just short in the waning minute of a 69-63 loss to UMKC.   Down 10 with less than two minutes to play, the Gents sparked a late 8-1 run to pull within three but couldn’t pull out the victory.   Bryan Baumann and Xavier Burnette led Centenary with 11 points each, while Eric Holmes and E.J. Kusnyer added nine each.   Larry Logan led all rebounders with eight while Baumann tied for a game best six assists.   Kusnyer scored all of his career-high nine points in the second half, nailing back-to-back threes to pull the Gents within three at the 10:25 mark and another three pointer to cap Centenary’s late run with 26 seconds remaining.   UMKC put the ball in the hands of star guard Quinton Day at the end, securing the win with clutch shots from the free throw line.   Day led the Kangaroos with 27 points, joined by Dee Ayuba and Brent Stephens in double figures with 19 and 10 respectively.   The game started out with a UMKC advantage, leading by six five minutes into the game.   After a three pointer by Burnette tied the game at 14-14 four minutes later, the half saw a combination of eight ties or lead changes.   Centenary took the lead at the 9:10 mark on a three by Holmes, and after trailing by no more than three for the next seven minutes, regained the advantage on a trifecta by Clarke Jackson .     Seven of the Gents 11 field goals in the first half came from behind the arc, but it was a traditional three-point play with one second remaining by UMKC’s Tim Blackwell that put the ‘Roos up one going into the break.   Centenary returns home to face ACC powerhouse Georgia Tech at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City , La.   Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be hear
January 6, 2006 | Athletics
Mark Montgomery SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced the addition of Eva Harshman to the Ladies coaching staff. Harshman will serve as assistant coach and fills the vacated position left by former assistant coach Alison McNulty, who resigned to pursue an employment opportunity in professional baseball in December. Harshman will begin her new position immediately.   “We are extremely lucky that Eva has decided to become part of the Centenary Softball family,” said Montgomery. “She is a tremendous young coach. Her intensity and competitiveness will help elevate our program to the next level.”   Harshman comes to Centenary with a collection of experience as both a coach and a top-tier player. She has coached the varsity softball team at Southside High School in San Antonio, Texas, for the past year and a half while spending the previous two years as the head coach at Lytle High School in Texas. In addition, she has coached several summer travel softball teams, including her most recent stint as the skipper of the 2005 San Antonio Royals.   During her playing days, Harshman was a second baseman and left fielder in the Big 12 Conference at Texas Tech University. She was picked as a member of the San Antonio Armadillos National Pro Fastpitch Team and played on the Sonic Stars, a semi-pro team formed to play against the U.S. Olympic team during its final tour before earning the gold medal in Athens in the summer of 2004.   “I am very excited about the opportunities that Centenary presents for my young coaching career,” said Harshman of her new position. “I look forward to being apart of the relentless pursuit of excellence that the Centenary Softball program has become over the last several years.”   Harshman joins a Centenary Softball team that has advanced to the NCAA Tournament by earning the Mid-Continent Conference automatic bid two years in a row. She is confi
January 5, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Chris Watson Larry Logan Clarke Jackson Xavier Burnette MACOMB, Ill. – The Centenary men’s basketball team couldn’t hold on to a 15 point second half lead as Western Illinois shut down the Gents for the final 10 minutes of play to pull out a 66-59 come-from-behind victory. Entering the half up by nine, WIU pulled within three before the Gents looked to have the game in hand after a 14-2 run. With Centenary up by 15 with 11:19 to play, Western Illinois got hot to put together a 27-2 run to take the lead with five minutes remaining. The Leathernecks held Centenary to just two field goals for five points the final 11:33 of the game. Chris Watson scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds, both team highs, to lead the Gents in the loss. Clarke Jackson added nine points and Bryan Baumann chipped in with eight. Xavier Burnette led all players with six assists. Tenacious Gents defense from the start put a halt to Western Illinois’ (5-7, 1-0 Mid-Con) initial offensive attack, holding the Leathernecks without a field goal for the first 11 minutes of the game. Both squads would trade leads on free throws until then, as Troy Okeson’s three pointer tied the game at 11-11. With Centenary (2-10, 0-2 Mid-Con) on the offensive, the Gents battled to a six point lead before a pair of Leatherneck trifectas tied the contest at 24-24 with 4:20 to play in the first half. Watson would take over from there, scoring eight of the Gents next 14 points en route to the Maroon and White closing out the period on a 13-4 run. E.J. Kusnyer’s second three of the half with five ticks remaining finished the run and gave Centenary a 37-28 lead at break. Centenary continues their conference road trek as they travel to Kansas City, Mo., to take on UMKC as part of a doubleheader with the women’s team. The Ladies will tip-off at 4 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium followed by the Gents approximately 30 minutes afterwards.
January 4, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo Box Score 1-4-06 Holli Wilkins Cierra Bush SHREVEPORT—Valparaiso outscored the Centenary Ladies 42-12 in points in the paint and out-rebounded the Maroon and White 45-34 in utilizing its size advantage for a 66-47 win Wednesday evening in women’s basketball action. The win improves Valpo’s Mid-Con mark to a perfect 3-0 while the Ladies fell to 0-2 in league play.   Centenary (1-12, 0-2 Mid-Con) suffered through one of its worst shooting halves of the season as the Ladies converted on just 14.8 percent (4-of-27) of their attempts in the first period. Valparaiso kept Centenary in the contest as the Crusaders were unable to put the game away because of a dismal 31.4 percent shooting effort of their own. Valpo dominated the boards in the first stanza 32-18 , which included 12 offensive rebounds. Betsy Rietema hauled in nine boards alone to lead the Crusaders to a 29-12 advantage heading into the break.   Valparaiso (8-5, 3-0 Mid-Con) pulled away in the opening minutes of the second half as the shooting effort from both teams drastically improved. The Crusaders continued to pound the ball inside to Tamra Braun and Rietema and built up a comfortable 27-point lead with eight minutes left to play.   The Ladies made a final push as they outscored Valpo 15-1 over a four-minute span powered by 10 points from Holli Wilkins. The junior came up with a pair of steals, made good on four free throws, and drilled two trifectas to pull Centenary within 13 at 57-44 with 3:46 to play. However, the visitors responded to hold on to the win.   Bruan led all scorers as she paced Valpo with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting, all inside the paint. Rietema recorded a double-double with 14 points to go with 11 boards in the winning cause.   Wilkins led Centenary with 16 points, which included four three-pointers. She also finished with four assists, four steals, and six rebounds. Cierra Bush added six points an
January 3, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Houston Box Score 1-3-06 Larry Loagn Xavier Burnette Clarke Jackson SHREVEPORT— The Houston Cougars were out-rebounded and out-shot by the Centenary Gents in the Gold Dome on Tuesday evening but prevailed 75-62 behind hot shooting from Oliver Lafayette and a defense that forced 25 turnovers. The Cougars molded the Centenary misques into 36 points compared to only 15 points off of turnovers for the Gents.     Houston (8-3) showed off its high-energy style defense to the crowd at the Gold Dome immediately as the visitors forced the Gents into 13 first-half turnovers. The Cougars began to pull away early going on a 12-0 run fueled by seven consecutive points by Brian Latham to extend the Cougar lead to 17-5 just four minutes into the game.   Centenary (2-9) cut the deficit back to a manageable nine points at 26-17 with over eight minutes to play on a trifecta by Clarke Jackson. Houston’s Oliver Lafayette showed why he came into the game averaging 20 points when he caught fire late in the period. The junior drilled 5-of-6 three-pointers to go into the lockerroom with 16 points, but the Gents used a drive and a last-second steal and jumper by freshman Bryan Baumann to make the score 44-33 at the break.     The Gents kept the Houston lead at 11 seven minutes into the second half but back-to-back-to-back three-point plays by the Cougars widened the gap to 66-47. The run began with 13:21 on the clock when Latham fired and missed on a long distance attempt. Centenary’s Baumann was called for a questionable foul on the play and Latham made good on all three free throws. Immediately following, Ramon Dyer nailed a triple which was succeeded by Lafayette’s sixth three-pointer on the night.   From there Houston sailed to the victory but never pulled away for good. The game would not end without controversy though as new head coach Rob Flaska picked up his first technical foul inside the
December 31, 2005 | Athletics
Van'esha Brabson Laura Kizyte Cierra Bush MACOMB, Ill. – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their Mid-Continent Conference opener 83-37 on the road at Western Illinois.   The Westerwinds controlled the game from the start, jumping to an 11-0 lead before the Ladies could put their first point on the board eight minutes into the half.   The loss is the worst ever for the Ladies in Mid-Con play and the largest margin of defeat since falling to Wisconsin-Green Bay 97-48 in the 2003-04 season.   Seniors Van’esha Brabson on Laura Kizyte led the Ladies with 11 points each.   Freshman Cierra Bush grabbed a game-high eight rebounds off the bench.   Centenary (1-11, 0-1 Mid-Con) shot just 26.5 percent from the floor, including only 18.5 in the first half.   WIU converted 54.4 percent on their field goals, including 61.5 percent from beyond the arc.   Western Illinois (9-2, 1-0 Mid-Con) also controlled the boards, outrebounding the Ladies 44-25.   Four WIU players scored in double figures, led by Laura Reeves with 23.   The Ladies return home to host Valparaiso on Wednesday, January 4 at 7 p.m. in the Gold Dome.
December 29, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo Box Score 12-29-05 Larry Logan Alexander Starr Bryan Baumann SHREVEPORT—Valparaiso’s full contact style of play proved to be too much of an adjustment for the Gents as the Crusaders bested Centenary on its home court 89-74 on Thursday night. Larry Logan and Alexander Starr combined to score 41 points for the Maroon and White, but Dan Oppland and Seth Colclasure provided enough punch to seal the victory for Valpo.     Centenary (2-8, 0-1 Mid-Con) hung with the Crusaders, who were picked second in the Mid-Con preseason poll, in the early going. The Gents held a 27-24 lead with 6:54 remaining in the opening half before Valpo scored seven consecutive points fueled by three Centenary turnovers. The Crusaders held off the home team the rest of the half and took a 41-35 advantage into the break.   Valparaiso (6-4, 1-1 Mid-Con) turned up the defensive intensity in the first minutes of the second half and extended the Gents deficit to 21 points at 67-46. Centenary used a 20-7 run behind six points from Starr and Logan each to close within 12 points but that would be as close as it would get.   Oppland dropped in 22 points to lead the Brown and Gold and hauled in a game-high nine rebounds. Colclasure showed off his sharp-shooting by draining 5-of-6 three-pointers and 6-of-8 shots overall to finish with 17 points off the bench. Ron Howard rounded out the top scorers for Valpo with 12 points.   Logan pumped in a career-high 22 points to match Oppland’s effort and pulled down a team-high seven boards in 36 minutes of action. Starr tied his career-best with 19 points while Bryan Baumann added nine points in the loss for the Gents.   Centenary will host the University of Houston in the Gold Dome on January 3 rd for the final game of its current two-game homestand. Tip time for that contest is scheduled for 7 pm.
December 23, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Nicholls State Box Score 12-22-05 Larry Logan Xavier Burnette Alexander Starr THIBODAUX, La.—Nicholls State’s Stefan Blaszczynski pumped in 28 points in leading the Colonels over Centenary 89-80 in men’s basketball action on Thursday afternoon. The Gents could not find an answer for the junior from Sydney, Australia, and were outshot 56.1% to 42.4% from the field as a team. That proved to be the difference in the game as the Maroon and White outrebounded Nicholls State 37-29 while the two teams were just about even on turnovers, free throws, and three-point shooting.   Centenary (2-7) scored the opening basket of the contest and surrendered the lead only twice in the first half. The Gents extended their advantage to 11 points at 22-11 on a three-pointer by Bryan Baumann and again pushed the margin to double digits at 24-14 on a pair of free throws from Alexander Starr with 9:09 left in the half.   Nicholls State (3-7) answered with a 9-0 run over the next two minutes and then grabbed its first lead on a lay-up by James Dixon. The Gents responded with seven consecutive points to regain a five-point cushion and controlled the rest of the half until Blaszczynski’s basket made the score 41-39 in the Colonel’s favor at the intermission.   The opening minutes of the second half belonged to the home team as Nicholls State rattled off a 10-2 stint powered by eight more points from Blaszczynski. Centenary struggled to keep pace and the Gents quickly found themselves down 20 points at 72-52 with 7:35 to play.   Larry Logan turned up his aggressiveness and poised the Maroon and White for one last push. The junior poured in seven points over the next three minutes to fuel a 15-3 charge to bring Centenary within eight at 75-67.   The Colonels once again responded and kept the Gents at bay while Blaszczynski added eight more points down the stretch. E.J. Kusnyer and Xavier Burnette each
December 22, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins Brittany Barbee Laura Way Jelena Aleksic ITTA BENA, Miss. - Finishing their non-conference schedule on the road at Mississippi Valley State, the Centenary women’s basketball team fell 73-55 on Thursday afternoon.   Tired arms and legs from playing four games in six days showed themselves early as the Ladies allowed the Delta Devilettes to run out to a 28-7 advantage with 8:25 remaining in the first half.     Down 21 points early and the home team getting the majority of favorable calls, as evidenced by a 7-0 Mississippi Valley foul count, Centenary would put together their own 6-0 run and hold Valley scoreless for six minutes in the process, pulling within 15 with four minutes to go.   The Devilettes (4-3) would finish out the half on a 9-2 run to take a 22 point lead into the break.   Holli Wilkins led the Ladies with 15 points, joined in double figures by Laura Way with 13 and Brittany Barbee with 10.   Junior Jelena Aleksic added eight points with a game-high seven rebounds off the bench.   Barbee led the way with five assists and was joined by Aleksic and Wilkins with three steals each.   The beginning of the second half was decidedly in favor of the Ladies (1-10), sparking a 14-4 run to start the frame and pulling within 12 on a three pointer by Wilkins five minutes in.   Centenary fared much better on offense in the second stanza, more than doubling their first half output of 15 to 40 and outscoring Mississippi Valley 40-36.     Unfortunately, the combination of a large double-digit deficit and the Devilettes hitting clutch shots down the end wouldn’t allow the Ladies to move within single figures.   A three pointer by Barbee with 1:26 left to make it a 14 point ballgame would be the last points by Centenary.   Mississippi Valley would tack on four extra points on free throws to end the game after the Ladies were forced to f
December 20, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic Van'esha Brabson Laura Way Laura Kizyte Holli Wilkins STARKVILLE , Miss. – Playing their third game in four days, the Centenary women’s basketball team dropped the consolation game of the Mississippi State Classic to Morehead State 67-51.   The Ladies had lost to #20 Purdue in the opening game in a hard-fought contest on Monday.   Jelena Aleksic led the Ladies with 15 points, followed by Van’esha Brabson and Laura Way with nine each, and Laura Kizyte and Holli Wilkins with eight apiece.   Kizyte would lead all rebounders with a career-high 15 boards while Brittany Barbee would dish out a career-high and game-best eight assists.   Way’s three steals were also tops in the contest.   Morehead State (6-3) controlled the pace of the game early, reeling off a 16-3 run after both teams traded baskets to start the first half.   The Ladies would respond to the 13 point deficit, putting together their own 12-5 run to make it a six point contest with eight minutes to play in the half, paced by Way’s first six points.   Not content for a close game, the Lady Eagles scored 11 unanswered points to push their lead back to double digits with just under five minutes to go in the half.   Centenary (1-9) would trade baskets and free throws with MSU for the remainder of the period, but Morehead State would take an 18 point 43-25 advantage into the break on a three pointer with 58 ticks left on the clock.   Down 18 at the half, the Ladies wouldn’t let the game get out of hand, holding Morehead State to almost half their first half offensive output and outscoring the Lady Eagles in the frame.   MSU took a game-high 23 point lead with 8:10 remaining before Aleksic hit seven consecutive points to pull within 16, followed by a cutting layup by Way to close the game to 14, the Ladies closest of the half.   Centenary finishes out their non-co
December 20, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UAB Box Score 12-19-05 Chris Watson Clarke Jackson Alexander Starr Bryan Baumann BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Centenary men’s basketball team has struggled to correct two problems that have plagued it throughout the early going this season, rebounding and turnovers. In the Gents 72-58 loss at UAB on Monday evening, the maroon and white won the battle on the boards 53-37, but committed a staggering 37 turnovers. The Blazers turned those Centenary miscues into 33 points, which were more than enough to put the Gents away.   Centenary (2-6) got off to a rocky start as the host Blazers reeled off a 20-0 run just minutes into the contest to put the Gents in their rearview mirror at 24-2. The visitors finally got on the board with a Clarke Jackson lay-up and a Bryan Baumann three-pointer, but UAB had the game well under control and took a 38-20 lead into the break.   UAB (5-3) kept constant pressure on the Gents, but for a stretch in the second half Centenary seemed to find the solution. The two teams traded baskets directly out of the intermission before the Gents answered with a Jackson trifecta and a three-point play the old fashioned way by Alexander Starr to trim the deficit to 12 points. Just over a minute later, Chris Watson found Jackson again from long range to pull Centenary within nine at 40-31.   The Gents would be unable to keep the momentum going as the Blazers rebounded with 12 unanswered points over the next two minutes to rebuild their advantage to 21 points. UAB held a comfortable 20-point margin over Centenary the rest of the way until a pair of free throws by Starr, a three-pointer by Larry Logan, and one more free throw by Watson over the final 1:28 made the difference 14 at the buzzer.   Marvett McDonald paced the Blazers with 15 points as UAB finished the game with 19 turnovers of its own and shot just 38 percent from the field. Brandon Tobias and Wen Mukubu added 11 and 10 points off th
December 19, 2005 | Athletics
Mark Montgomery SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced the cancellation of the 2006 Winter Softball Camp scheduled for January 7 th . Facility issues, including minor damage to the softball complex from the last storm to pass through Shreveport, are the main cause for the change of plans.   “We are very disappointed that we cannot offer our annual winter camp, but we will bounce back with our two summer camps and hopefully be able to be back on track with the winter camp next year,” said Montgomery.   The departure of camp director Alison McNulty, former Centenary softball assistant coach, combined with the damaged facilities made the likelihood of putting on a first class camp improbable. McNulty resigned in December to pursue her dream job in the front office of a minor league baseball organization.   Montgomery and his team will now turn their full attention on preparation for the upcoming season. The Ladies kick off their 2006 campaign with a scrimmage against Bossier Parish Community College on February 4 th before opening regular season play on February 10 th in the Auburn University Tiger Invitational.
December 19, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Van'esha Brabson Holli Wilkins Laura Way Cierra Bush STARKVILLE , Miss – Playing their first nationally ranked team during the tenure of head coach Elizabeth Wamsley , the Centenary women’s basketball team dropped the opening game of the Mississippi State Classic 70-48 to #20 Purdue.   Van’esha Brabson paced the Ladies with 15 points, joined in double-figures by Holli Wilkins with 14.   Sophomore Laura Way , coming off back-to-back double-doubles, added seven points in limited minutes because of an illness.   Freshman Cierra Bush tied a career high with a game-best eight rebounds.   The Ladies (1-8) played strong with the Boilermakers through the first half, battling Purdue possession-for-possession.   Brabson scored 10 of Centenary’s first 16 points, including a baseline jumper with 11 minutes to play in the half to cap a 5-0 run and pull within one.   Purdue (7-2) would then roll off 11 unanswered points to take a 12 point lead, their biggest of the half.   Wilkins would answer in turn, following a three pointer with a field goal to keep the Boilermaker lead in single digits at seven.   With under two minutes to play and the Ladies in the bonus, Way, the Mid-Con’s seventh best free throw shooter coming in at .829, made sure to get to the line to add to the Centenary score.   Her four made shots from the charity stripe were the Maroon and White’s final points of the half as the squads entered the break with 35-25 Purdue advantage.   The Boilermakers looked to put the game away early in the second half, not taking any chances and pounding the ball inside for a 13-2 run to start the second half and increase their lead to 21.   Purdue wouldn’t look back as they used their size advantage and deeper roster to keep the Ladies at bay.   The Ladies next face the loser of the Mississippi State/Morehead State match-up in the con
December 19, 2005 | Athletics
Xavier Burnette ELMHURST, Ill.—The Mid-Continent Conference announced today that Centenary’s Xavier Burnette has been selected as the Mid-Con Player of the Week for his efforts in leading the Gents to a 79-70 win over Birmingham-Southern. The junior transfer from Cowley County JC dropped 20 points on the Panthers in securing the first win over a Division I opponent for new Centenary coach Rob Flaska.   Burnette (Topeka, Kan.) connected on 3-of-4 trifectas in the first half and scored 10 of Centenary’s final 14 points before the break to provide the Gents with all the breathing room it would need in defeating BSC. The 6’2” guard also used his driving ability to get to the line where he converted on 11-of-14 attempts on the evening. Burnette’s statline also included two steals, two rebounds, and an assist.   Burnette ranks third in the Mid-Con with a .533 three-point field goal percentage. After leading the Gents in scoring the last two games (13 points at Stephen F. Austin), he is now third on the team in scoring at 8.3 ppg to go with 2.6 assists per contest.
December 17, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Laura Way Van'esha Brabson Cierra Bush Laura Kizyte Holli Wilkins SHREVEPORT – In a game that tied the programs best offensive production against a Division I opponent, the Centenary women’s basketball team couldn’t quell a late run by Stephen F. Austin for a 95-86 loss at the Gold Dome.   The Ladyjacks used a 12-0 run to close out the contest after trailing by three with just 2:40 to go.   Although the Ladies have scored more against D-II, D-III, and NAIA opponents, including a school best 110, the Maroon and White’s 86 matched the D-I record set against Gardner-Webb in the 2001-02 season.   Sophomore Laura Way recorded her second consecutive double-double of the season, scoring a career high 21 points to go with 11 rebounds.   The last time a Centenary player notched back-to-back double-doubles was last year, as Jelena Aleksic accomplished the feat against Chicago State and UMKC.     Four other Ladies joined Way in double-figures, as Van’esha Brabson , Cierra Bush , Laura Kizyte , and Holli Wilkins dropped 17, 12, 12, and 17 respectively.   Kizyte led all players with nine assists while Wilkins, playing for the first time in almost three weeks, nabbed a game-high five steals.   Playing from behind for most of the second half, including a nine point deficit with nine minutes to play, Centenary battled back with a 10-0 run including a pair of threes by Brabson, to take the lead with 7:10 to go.   After a 6-1 SFA run put the Ladyjacks back up by five, Wilkins nailed back-to-back three pointers within a minute of each other to put the Ladies back on top.   Centenary would lead by as many as three, but saw their advantage disappear on a three-point play by Kendria Smith with 2:15 remaining and would never recover.   The first half was mostly controlled by Stephen F. Austin, pulling ahead by as many as eight before a 12-2 Centenary run half
December 17, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-BSC Box Score 12-17-05 Xavier Burnette Chris Watson Alexander Starr Eric Holmes SHREVEPORT—New Centenary head coach Rob Flaska collected his first win at the helm of the Gents in the season opener against UT-Tyler, a Division III opponent. Saturday afternoon in the Gold Dome, the Gents new coach added to his list of firsts by collecting his first victory over a fellow Division I member. The maroon and white ended their five-game losing skid with a 79-70 win over Birmingham-Southern.   The scoring was limited in the opening minutes of the first half as both teams were content to run through several of their offensive options. Centenary got on the board first when Larry Logan spun and made good on his jumper to give the Gents the 2-0 advantage. Birmingham-Southern answered on its next possession and the score would remain tight, but always in the Gents’ favor until Thomas Viglianco netted his third three-pointer of the first half to put the Panthers ahead at 30-29.   BSC claimed its largest lead of the first period at 32-29 before Xavier Burnette tied the game with his third trifecta of the half. Burnette would score 10 of the Gents’ final 14 points to carry the maroon and white to a 40-35 lead at the break. Centenary shot a sizzling 60.9 percent in the first 20 minutes, including 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from downtown.   Centenary (2-5) struggled to find good looks at the basket early in the second half and managed only two field goals over the first 7:50. The Gents continued to stay aggressive and were rewarded for their diligence with opportunities at the free throw line. Centenary’s defense also clamped down, allowing only six field goals to Birmingham-Southern until the 2:51 mark when Dwayne Paul’s move inside paid off.   After both teams had combined for only 14 first half free throw attempts, the two squads attempted 54 free tosses in the final period as the referees took con
December 16, 2005 | Athletics
Michael Haydel LAKE CHARLES, La.—Centenary freshman Michael Haydel has been named to the 2005 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Cross Country Team. The newcomer for the Gents was the only freshman to be selected to the seven-man team. Patrick Gavin of LSU took home the Runner of the Year award while Frank Bwambale earned Freshman of the Year accolades.   Haydel (Bossier City, La., Parkway High School) provided an immediate impact for the Gents this season, finishing as Centenary’s top runner in all six meets. He recorded three top ten finishes, five top 15 finishes, and was named the Mid-Continent Conference Runner of the Week once. He shaved over 1:40 off of his 8k effort from the beginning to the end of the year when he notched his best time of 27:31.1.   The Gents were vastly improved this season with the help of Haydel. Centenary bested Northwestern State four times and placed in the top five as a team in five of their six meets with the freshman leading the way.
December 13, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball program will be holding their second winter camp from December 27-29 at Shehee Stadium.   The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-17 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm each day.   Tuition is $195 and lunch is not provided.   Winter baseball camp brings out the skills and the fun of camp experience.   Players will be grouped according to age, ability, and prior experience.   The session will emphasize hitting and will focus on the offensive part of the game.   Campers will be taken through many drills that will enable him or her to become a better hitter, utilizing Centenary’s all-weather batting cages and pitching machines that campers will be able to use each day.   Campers provide their own glove, shoes, and suitable baseball attire.     For further information, contact head coach Ed McCann at (318) 869-5298 or (318) 869-5095 during business hours, Mon.-Fri., 9 am – 4 pm.
December 13, 2005 | Athletics
Cheyenne Daries SHREVEPORT—In the Spring of 2004, Cheyenne Daries led the Centenary softball team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after mowing down opponents in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Now she is mowing down a different kind of opponent as she toes the rubber playing a familiar game in a very unfamiliar place. The former Centenary star is pitching for the Amsterdam Pirates of the Dutch Major Leagues in Holland and earning a living doing what she loves the most.   Daries enjoyed a successful career at Centenary, leaving the Ladies program as the all-time leader in strikeouts (428), innings pitched (691.1), earned run average (2.63), games started (108), and no-hitters (2). In addition to also holding many single-season records (strikeouts, innings pitched, and games won), she was named First Team All-Mid-Con and Mid-Con Tournament MVP.   Upon leaving Centenary after graduation in 2004, Daries was approached about the possibility of continuing her softball career in Europe. She fielded offers from three teams from Italy, two from Germany, and two more from Sweden before settling on Amsterdam.   Daries became immediately comfortable with her new surroundings and fit in nicely with her new team despite being the only American on the squad.   “Everybody speaks English, so that made it easier for me,” said Daries. “The experience was awesome and I got to travel around Europe. Hopefully, I will get to see even more of Europe this year.”   The 5’8” gunslinger made an immediate impact in her new league as many coaches are saying she is one of, if not the best, pitcher in the league. Her stats from her debut season back up those words of praise as the righty finished second among all pitchers with 127 strikeouts and led the league in innings pitched, games pitched, games started, and complete games. She also ranked fifth in wins and shutouts. Daries completed her first season as
December 10, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Van'esha Brabson Cierra Bush Laura Way Jelena Aleksic Laura Kizyte SHREVEPORT – Career days by Van’esha Brabson , Cierra Bush , and Laura Way weren’t enough as the Centenary women’s basketball team fell to visiting Georgia Southern 85-79 Saturday afternoon in the Gold Dome.   Down by as many as 12 late in the second half, the Ladies pulled within three with less than two minutes to go but couldn’t push past the Lady Eagles.   Brabson led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, adding four rebounds and three assists to the mix.   Way recorded the Ladies first double-double of the season, chipping in with 11 points and a game and career-high 11 rebounds.   Her five assists and three steals were also team bests.   Joining Brabson and Way in double figure scoring were freshman Bush with a career-high 15 points off the bench and junior Jelena Aleksic with 12.   Aleksic and Bush would chime in with four and seven rebounds respectively.   After trading the lead back-and-forth early in the first half, Georgia Southern (2-4) looked to take the game by storm after a 15-0 run to make the score 22-7 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half.   The Ladies would respond in kind, going on a 15-1 run of their own paced by 10 points by Brabson.   Centenary (1-6) would continue to chip away at the Lady Eagle lead, eventually regaining the lead on a Way free throw with 4:40 left to play in the first stanza.   Not to be outdone, GSU would battle back to take a five point 42-37 lead into halftime.   The second frame saw Georgia Southern hold a three-possession lead through most of the action.   Down 10 with 5:25 to go, Laura Kizyte ’s fast break layup, made possible by a Way steal and assist, sparked Centenary’s 13-4 run to pull within three with just 1:50 left to play.     Georgia Southern would put the clamps on the Ladi
December 10, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SFA Box Score Xavier Burnette Larry Logan Alexander Starr NACOGDOCHES, Tex.—The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks easily disposed of the Centenary Gents in Nacogdoches, Texas, Saturday night 94-57. The loss is the 29 th on the road in the last 30 attempts for the Gents and features the biggest margin of defeat to another mid-major school since Tulsa beat Centenary 84-44 in 2000.   Centenary (1-5) shot 36.4 percent in the first half compared to 56.4 percent for SFA to find itself down 33 points at the break, 56-23.   The game was never close as the Gents tied the game at 2-2 on a shot by Ian Maxwell just ahead of a 17-4 run by the home team, aided by seven Centenary turnovers. After the teams traded baskets over the next two minutes, the Lumberjacks exploded for a 22-3 spurt over the final 6:57 of the half to put the game away before the intermission. A lone free throw by Larry Logan and a bucket by Chris Watson would be all the maroon and white would manage during that span.   Stephen F. Austin (5-2) only outscored the Gents 38-34 in the second half but the damage had been done. Centenary was forced into committing 21 turnovers in the loss and was badly out-rebounded 41-30. The extra possessions for the Lumberjacks proved useful as SFA attempted 73 shots in 40 minutes of play compared to only 49 for the visiting Gents.   Josh Alexander led the Jacks with 18 points mostly due to a 4-of-7 shooting effort from behind the three-point line. Chaz Dykes provided 16 points off the bench and Matt Kingsley made good on his limited time, scoring 11 points in 17 minutes of action. Antuane Miller added 10 points to the cause while hauling in a game-high nine rebounds for SFA.   The only Centenary player to reach double figures was junior Xavier Burnette who tossed in 13 points on 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-3 from downtown, and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Logan and Alexander Starr each finished with nine poi
December 9, 2005 | Athletics
Danielle Bochat SHREVEPORT—Centenary volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood announced the 2005 winners of four different team awards at a dinner this week for the Ladies. The awards for Top Defensive Player, Top Offensive Player, the Leadership and Commitment Award, and Best All-Around Player were distributed. The awards are only voted upon by the players, without any input from the coaching staff.   Freshman Danielle Bochat took two of the awards after completing her debut season for the maroon and white in fine fashion. The outside hitter received the Top Offensive Player award as well as the Best All-Around Player accolade after leading the Ladies in six statistical categories including kills, kills per game, attempts, attack percentage, digs, and digs per game.   Bochat tied the Centenary record for kills in a single match with 30 in a September 17 th win over Texas Southern and set a new record for kills in a season with 439, smashing the old mark by 32 kills. Her exceptional year also placed her second all-time in attempts in a single season (1,334), fifth for digs in a season (362), and tenth for aces in a season (40).   Seniors Tracee Byrd and Kelley Heckman claimed the final two honors with Byrd seizing the Leadership and Commitment Award and Heckman taking possession of the Top Defensive Player trophy. Both leave their Centenary days behind them with their names written throughout the record books.   Byrd was the only senior on the court for all but the final six matches of the season when Heckman returned from injury. The four-year starter provided experience to a young squad and even switched positions in the best interest of the team. She departs the court for the final time holding the Centenary career record for kills (1,250), kill attempts (3,446), and block assists (159). She also places in the top 10 of three other career categories as well as four single-season categories. She appears more than once in the single-season catego
December 7, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—Centenary assistant softball coach Alison McNulty has announced her resignation from the Centenary Athletics family effective immediately. The third-year coach has accepted a position in the sales department of the Birmingham Barons, a minor league affiliate of the World Champion Chicago White Sox. She plans to use this opportunity to continue towards her dream of working in a major league baseball front office.   “Alison was a tremendous asset to our program for the last two and a half years,” said head coach Mark Montgomery. “She did an outstanding job with our hitters and will truly be missed by myself and all of our players.”   McNulty is pleased about the opportunity to break into professional baseball, but expressed her affections for the Centenary Ladies softball program upon her departure.   “I am sad to leave behind such a wonderful group of girls and also a great working environment,” said McNulty. “I can’t thank Coach Montgomery enough for the opportunity he gave me to coach and learn at the highest level. I learned more about the game of softball in two years under his guidance than I did in 15 years of playing. I know the team is going to be great and very successful, and I will be their biggest fan.”   “Working in professional baseball has always been a dream of mine,” McNulty continued about her new position. “To be able to work with such an amazing organization like the Birmingham Barons is an opportunity I could not pass up. Although I will miss softball, I will be around my one true love of baseball all day everyday.”   Centenary Director of Athletics Taylor Moore can relate to McNulty’s eagerness to get into professional baseball after owning a minor league affiliate himself before entering the college athletics scene.   “It’s been a pleasure to have Alison on staff for the past several years,” state
December 7, 2005 | Athletics
Alexander Starr Chris Watson Larry Logan BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Centenary Gents jumped out to a 16-point lead on the road at Birmingham-Southern Tuesday night, but could not hold on as they fell 87-79 to the Panthers. Centenary shot a sizzling 64.4 percent from the field but allowed BSC to out-rebound them 30-20, which included 17 offensive boards for the home team.   Centenary (1-4) used an 8-0 run just three minutes into the contest backed by a pair of three-pointers by Bryan Baumann and Chris Watson and a layup by Alexander Starr to surge ahead 18-9. After a trifecta by Birmingham-Southern, the Gents responded with another unanswered eight points on three-pointers from Clarke Jackson and E.J. Kusnyer to go with a pair of free throws by Larry Logan to extend the lead to 16 points at 28-12.   The double-digit advantage would still be intact for the maroon and white with 3:47 to play in the half, but the Panthers were whittling away at the deficit. Ifeanyi Ehirim sank a jumper with seven seconds left to bring BSC back to within five points at 46-41 at the break. The Gents shot an amazing 73.9 percent and converted on 6-of-8 three-point attempts in the opening period but the momentum had shifted away from Centenary.   Birmingham-Southern (4-2) took the lead at 50-49 for the first time all game four minutes into the second half after an 8-0 run capped by a tip-in by Kyle Rowland. The score would be tied six times and feature 11 lead changes over the next six minutes until a free throw by Thomas Viglianco put the Panthers ahead for good.   Centenary had 10 fast break points compared to none for BSC and won the battle in the paint 34-30. However, the Panthers outscored the Gents 20-12 on points off of turnovers and 18-8 on second chance points.   Five players scored in double figures for Centenary led by Starr’s 19 points on 8-of-9 from the field. Watson added 16 points and four rebounds but committed seven of the Gents’ 17 turn
December 5, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Laura Way Brittany Barbee Cierra Bush Van'esha Brabson Julia Bowie SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team fell to visiting Jackson State 73-61 in a back-and-forth battle in the Gold Dome Monday night.   Three Ladies, Brittany Barbee , Cierra Bush , and Laura Way , scored career highs but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Tigers used second half runs of 14-0 and 15-3 to pull away for the victory.   Way, a sophomore, came off the bench with 5-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, to lead Centenary with a career-high 17 points.   Fellow sophomore Barbee’s 14 points and freshman Bush’s nine were also career highs.   Centenary (1-5) jumped to a quick six-point lead in the first half as the Ladies held Jackson State scoreless through almost the first four minutes of the game.   The Lady Tigers would answer back with a 8-0 four-minute run to pull ahead by two.   The next six minutes would see 14 ties or lead changes until JSU took the lead for good with 6:40 remaining on a jumper by Lashonda Gaines.   Two Jackson State (2-3) players scored at least 20 points, with Shelita Burns leading the way with 21 and Shante Stanford adding 20.   Stanford would also grab a team-high nine rebounds, while Angel Liddell would score eight to go with nine steals and five assists.   The second half looked to start where the first left off, with Barbee connecting on a three pointer to pull the Ladies within two.   JSU would then pound the Ladies with a 14-0 run to increase their lead to 14.   After trading points, Centenary would battle back to pull within five after a pair of free throws by Way.   Jackson State wouldn’t let up though, pushing their lead to as many as 18 on a 15-3 run before a field goal by Barbee and a three pointer by Way ended the game at a 12 point loss.   Van’esha Brabson led Centena
December 4, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: UALR Christmas Invitational Results Adam D'Aquin Bryan Myers Dustin Myers Chase Lambert Ryan Duplantis LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Centenary men and women’s swimming teams competed in the Arkansas-Little Rock Christmas Invitational over the weekend, setting two school records while collecting 20 top-ten finishes.   Freshman Leslie Clampitt set the Ladies record in the 50-yard freestyle (25.07) and was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that set the Centenary record at 1:43.29.   Alana Gregory , Melanie Zimmerman , and Lori Von Pingel joined her in the setting the relay mark.   Clampitt also placed 5 th in the 400-yard medley relay (4:17.87) with Zimmerman, Taryne Cantillo , and Betsy Smith , 5 th in the 200-yard medley relay (1:57.12) with Zimmerman, Smith, and Cantillo, and 5 th in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:47.77) with Cantillo, Zimmerman, and Gregory.   Also successful on the day was Cantillo, who along with her relay finishes, placed 4 th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:43.95), 10 th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.75), and 4 th in the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.01).   She was also part of the 5 th place finishers in the 800-yard freestyle relay (8:18.89) with Sara Hansen , Beth Geis , and Kayli LeBlanc .   Hansen finished 10 th in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.91) and 9 th in the 200-yard IM (2:18.34).   LeBlanc placed 6 th in the 1650-yard freestyle at 18:38.42.   On the men’s side, Bryan Myers , Dustin Myers , Adam D’Aquin and Chase Lambert teamed to place 4 th in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.65) and 4 th in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:14.61).   Ryan Duplantis would team with D’Aquin, Lambert, and Dustin Myers to finish 5 th in the 400-yard medley relay at 3:41.67.   In individual action, D’Aquin would place 9 th in the 100-yard backstroke (54.12) and 9 th in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.97).   Kyle McKee finishe
December 4, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: UALR Christmas Invitational Results Leslie Clampitt Alana Gregory Melanie Zimmerman Lori Von Pingel Taryne Cantillo LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Centenary men and women’s swimming teams competed in the Arkansas-Little Rock Christmas Invitational over the weekend, setting two school records while collecting 20 top-ten finishes.   Freshman Leslie Clampitt set the Ladies record in the 50-yard freestyle (25.07) and was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that set the Centenary record at 1:43.29.   Alana Gregory , Melanie Zimmerman , and Lori Von Pingel joined her in the setting the relay mark.   Clampitt also placed 5 th in the 400-yard medley relay (4:17.87) with Zimmerman, Taryne Cantillo , and Betsy Smith , 5 th in the 200-yard medley relay (1:57.12) with Zimmerman, Smith, and Cantillo, and 5 th in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:47.77) with Cantillo, Zimmerman, and Gregory.   Also successful on the day was Cantillo, who along with her relay finishes, placed 4 th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:43.95), 10 th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.75), and 4 th in the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.01).   She was also part of the 5 th place finishers in the 800-yard freestyle relay (8:18.89) with Sara Hansen , Beth Geis , and Kayli LeBlanc .   Hansen finished 10 th in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.91) and 9 th in the 200-yard IM (2:18.34).   LeBlanc placed 6 th in the 1650-yard freestyle at 18:38.42.   On the men’s side, Bryan Myers , Dustin Myers , Adam D’Aquin and Chase Lambert teamed to place 4 th in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.65) and 4 th in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:14.61).   Ryan Duplantis would team with D’Aquin, Lambert, and Dustin Myers to finish 5 th in the 400-yard medley relay at 3:41.67.   In individual action, D’Aquin would place 9 th in the 100-yard backstroke (54.12) and 9 th in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.97).   Kyle
December 3, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Van'esha Brabson MONROE, La – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped its second straight game, falling to Louisiana-Monroe 66-45 on the road.   The loss is the third of the season for the Ladies against Louisiana schools, having already lost to New Orleans and Northwestern State at home.   Van’esha Brabson led Centenary with 13 points, adding four rebounds to the mix.   Her first board of the game put her into third place all-time in the Ladies rebounding charts.   The Ladies (1-4) were competitive early, jumping to a 7-2 lead early in the game.   ULM (4-2) would answer with a 9-0 run to take a four point lead, with Centenary responding with seven unanswered points to retake the advantage.   The Lady Indians would clamp down with runs of 13-3 and 8-3 to close out the final nine minutes of the first half.   Aishie Banks led all scorers with 15, adding a game-high nine rebounds.   Michelle Biley chipped in with 10 points.   Louisiana-Monroe shot poorly from the floor all game, keeping the Ladies relatively close most of the game.   The Lady Indians shot 29.2 percent from the floor, including just 16 percent from three point range.   ULM converted just 24-of-42 free throws for 57.1 percent.   ULM controlled the boards all night, pulling down 31 offensive and 30 defensive rebounds, compared to 30 total for Centenary.   Louisiana-Monroe’s rebounding production led to 22 second chance points.   The Ladies return home next to host Jackson State on Monday at 7 p.m.     
December 1, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s golf team has signed Nick Faitz to a National Letter of Intent to play starting in the 2006-07 season.   Faitz will join a young Gents squad that will return just one upperclassman from this season’s roster.   A four-year letterwinner at Catholic High School in Little Rock, Ark., Faitz was named the 2005 Class AAAAA MVP in 2005, leading the Rockets to their first conference championship since 1991 and a share of the state title.   He is a two-time all-state selection and is ranked as one of the top five junior golfers in the state.   Faitz has won three Arkansas State Golf Association junior tournaments in 2005, including shooting a course record 65 at the Course at River Oaks in Searcy.   He was also a medallist at the Optimistic Junior Championship held at the PGA National in West Palm Beach, Fla.   2006-07 Men’s Golf Signees Nick Faitz – North Little Rock, Ark. (Catholic HS)
December 1, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will be returning to Alaska during the 2006 season to take part in the BP Top of the World Classic hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The visit will be the second for the Gents in four years as the maroon and white faced off against Nebraska, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and UC Santa Barbara in the tournament during the 2002-03 season. The Gents will be one of three returning teams participating in the event as Utah State will be making its third trip to the Classic while Weber State will be taking part for the second time.   The BP Top of the World Classic will take place Nov. 16-19, 2006 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. The complete tournament field includes the host Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks, an NCAA Division II team, the University of Rhode Island, Drake University, Troy State University, and Southeast Missouri State University in addition to Utah State, Weber State, and Centenary.
November 30, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—Tickets for the Centenary Gents basketball game against perennial ACC power, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, will be available for sale beginning Thursday, December 1 st at 10 a.m. central standard time. Tickets can be purchased for the 7 p.m., January 10 th contest at the CenturyTel Center through Ticketmaster or the CenturyTel Center itself, but will not be available through Centenary College.   Ticket prices are $15 for VIP seating, $12 for Prime Reserved seating, and $8 for Reserved seating.   Those wishing to purchase tickets can do so through Ticketmaster via the website www.Ticketmaster.com or over the phone at 1-800-488-5252. Fans can also buy tickets in person at Ticketmaster’s Bossier City retail office F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment) located at 2950 East Texas Street, Suite 212. The CenturyTel Center box office will also be selling tickets for the game over the phone at 318-741-9700 and on site. The box office hours are 9 am to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.     
November 29, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic Van'esha Brabson Laura Way Laura Kizyte Holli Wilkins SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball fell to in-state rival Northwestern State 78-56 in the opening game of a men and women’s doubleheader between the two schools.   The Ladies, coming off their best shooting performance of the season in a victory over Sam Houston State, couldn’t repeat their magic as they struggled to covert field goals.   Three Centenary players scored in double-figures, led by Jelena Aleksic with 13.   Van’esha Brabson and Laura Way chimed in with 12 each.   Senior Laura Kizyte pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, joined by Way with six.   The Ladies (1-3) shot just 21.1 percent from the floor, including 20.8 from three-point range.   Northwestern State (4-1) countered with a solid 49.2 percent, with an even 50 percent from downtown.   Centenary held close throughout the first half, trailing by as many as 18 before closing the gap to nine at the close of the frame thanks largely to an almost even rebounding margin in the stanza.   Down 16 with just over seven minutes to go, junior Holli Wilkins was fouled hard as she converted a layup, sending the playmaking guard to the floor.   Seeing one of their most explosive players unable to play, the Ladies rallied for a 13-6 run to close out the half.   The second half saw more back and forth action through the first eight minutes.   Trading scoring runs, 9-3 for Northwestern State and 12-5 for Centenary, the contest was narrowed to an eight point Lady Demon advantage.   Northwestern State took over from there, outscoring the Ladies 28-14 the rest of the way.   Centenary travels to take on Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Monroe, La.   The Ladies fell to the Lady Indians 74-40 last year in the Gold Dome, as ULM holds a 9-1 all-time series lead.
November 29, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-NSU Box Score Chris Watson Bryan Baumann Alexander Starr SHREVEPORT—It came down to a three-point shot with 17 seconds remaining in the game for the preseason picked Southland Conference champion Northwestern State Demons to defeat the Centenary Gents 76-74 in the Gold Dome Tuesday evening. Second chance points and rebounding kept the cold shooting Demons in the game despite a well-played game from Centenary.   Centenary (1-3) looked unbeatable in the opening minutes of the contest as two quick lay-ups and a three-pointer from freshman Bryan Baumann staked the Gents to a 7-2 lead. A driving basket by Chris Watson with 9:06 to play in the first half provided the maroon and white with its biggest margin of 12 points at 22-10.   Despite the lead, there was an uneasiness from the home fans in attendance. With three minutes to play until the intermission, the visiting Demons had only been called for one team foul by the Southland Conference officiating crew. Centenary did not attempt a free throw until the 1:04 mark in the opening half as Watson made good on both to push the score to 28-19 in the Gents favor. The pair of free throws would be the only charity attempts for Centenary until the 10:40 mark of the second half.   Northwestern State (3-1) trailed 30-24 at the half after a late push and continued to stay in the game in large part to a 42-29 rebounding advantage. The Demons grabbed 24 offensive boards and converted those opportunities into 24 second chance points compared to only seven for the Gents in the game.   The maroon and white still held the lead without relinquishing it until Keenan Jones’ lay-up gave NSU the advantage with six minutes to play. There would be two ties and 13 lead changes the rest of the way as the two rivals battled it out to the end.   After a lay-up by Watson put Centenary on top 70-69 with 1:57 left, the Gents widened the gap to three points on another breakaw
November 28, 2005 | Athletics
Laura Kizyte Clarke Jackson SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s and women’s basketball teams will square off against their counterparts from Northwestern State University in the Interstate 49 rivalry on Tuesday in the Gold Dome. The Ladies will battle the Lady Demons at 5:30 p.m. while the Gents and Demons will tip off at approximately 7:30 p.m.   The two schools have a long history against each other on the hardwood floor as NSU is located just 45 minutes south of Shreveport on I-49. The women’s squads have tangled 13 times in the Ladies brief nine-year history with NSU taking every meeting, while the men’s teams have faced off 148 times since their first contest in 1921. The Gents hold the all-time series advantage by 16 games at 82-66, but the Demons took last year’s game 83-76 in Natchitoches.   The Lady Demons are off to a 3-1 start and are coming off of wins over Alcorn State and Southern Miss. Tena Matthews and Shenise Milliner lead NSU with 12.3 ppg and 12 ppg respectively. Stopping the balanced offensive attack of NSU will be a focus area for Centenary as Chassidy Jones and LaTonya Perry are each posting over 11 ppg as well.   Centenary heads into the match-up with a 1-2 record after the Ladies defeated Sam Houston State in the Gold Dome 68-63 on Saturday. 2004-05 Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year Laura Kizyte leads the way for the Ladies at 15 ppg while junior Holli Wilkins is contributing 14 ppg.   On the men’s side, the two teams have split the last 10 meetings going back to the 1997-98 season. The usually familiar opponents will not recognize each other this time around as the Gents are sporting a new coach in Rob Flaska and 10 new players.   Mike McConathy’s Demons boast a roster that contains seven seniors led by Clifton Lee. Lee is posting 15.3 ppg and 8.3 rpg to pace NSU in both categories. The experienced Demons narrowly missed a victory at Missouri over a week ago and pulled off an up
November 28, 2005 | Athletics
Laura Kizyte Clarke Jackson SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s and women’s basketball teams will square off against their counterparts from Northwestern State University in the Interstate 49 rivalry on Tuesday in the Gold Dome. The Ladies will battle the Lady Demons at 5:30 p.m. while the Gents and Demons will tip off at approximately 7:30 p.m.   The two schools have a long history against each other on the hardwood floor as NSU is located just 45 minutes south of Shreveport on I-49. The women’s squads have tangled 13 times in the Ladies brief nine-year history with NSU taking every meeting, while the men’s teams have faced off 148 times since their first contest in 1921. The Gents hold the all-time series advantage by 16 games at 82-66, but the Demons took last year’s game 83-76 in Natchitoches.   The Lady Demons are off to a 3-1 start and are coming off of wins over Alcorn State and Southern Miss. Tena Matthews and Shenise Milliner lead NSU with 12.3 ppg and 12 ppg respectively. Stopping the balanced offensive attack of NSU will be a focus area for Centenary as Chassidy Jones and LaTonya Perry are each posting over 11 ppg as well.   Centenary heads into the match-up with a 1-2 record after the Ladies defeated Sam Houston State in the Gold Dome 68-63 on Saturday. 2004-05 Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year Laura Kizyte leads the way for the Ladies at 15 ppg while junior Holli Wilkins is contributing 14 ppg.   On the men’s side, the two teams have split the last 10 meetings going back to the 1997-98 season. The usually familiar opponents will not recognize each other this time around as the Gents are sporting a new coach in Rob Flaska and 10 new players.   Mike McConathy’s Demons boast a roster that contains seven seniors led by Clifton Lee. Lee is posting 15.3 ppg and 8.3 rpg to pace NSU in both categories. The experienced Demons narrowly missed a victory at Missouri over a week ago and pulled off an up
November 26, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Brittany Barbee Laura Kizyte Holli Wilkins Van'esha Brabson Linsday Way SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball over came a late second half surge by visiting Sam Houston State to earn their first win of the 2005-06 season 68-63.   Down 10 with just over three minutes remaining, the Bearkats pulled within one point with 13 seconds to go before Ladies sophomore Brittany Barbee converted a pair of free throws, followed by a Laura Kizyte steal, to seal the victory.   The victory was the first against a Division I opponent for Ladies head coach Elizabeth Wamsley since taking over the program at the beginning of the 2004-05 season.   Four different Centenary (1-2) players scored 14 points on the day, as starters Van’esha Brabson , Kizyte, Lindsay Way , and Holli Wilkins shared the team-lead.   Kizyte would add eight rebounds, five steals, and three assists to the fold, while Wilkins chipped in with four rebounds and three blocks.   Way’s seven boards and four steals were second on the team in both categories.   Barbee would add a game-high and career-best five assists in the win.   Jamie Davison paced the Bearkats (0-2) with a game-high 15 points and eight rebounds.   Jamie Barr and Adah Wells added 10 points each in the loss.   Sam Houston State took control of the game early, jumping out to a quick 10-2 lead.   The Bearkats would hold on to the lead for the entire first half as the Ladies slowly chipped away at the lead, pulling within one at 30-29 going into the break.   Both squads came out in the second half with an added fire, swapping leads and ties through the first four minutes of the frame.   The Ladies put their final deficit behind them as sophomore Ricquel Crockrom crashed the boards hard for an offensive rebound off Kizyte’s missed three, leading to Wilkins tying the contest at 34-34 from an assist by Cierra Bush . &
November 26, 2005 | Athletics
Chris Watson Clarke Jackson Larry Logan Ronnie Martin OXFORD, Miss – The Centenary men’s basketball dropped their second consecutive game on the road, falling to Mississippi 107-67 in Oxford.   Ole Miss had five players score in double-figures as they converted on 66.7 percent of their shots from the floor, including 45.8 percent from downtown.   The contest marked the first time a team had scored over 100 points against the Gents since the 2002-03 season.   Chris Watson scored 21 off the bench for Centenary, joined in double-digits by starters Larry Logan and Clarke Jackson with 12 and 10 respectively.   Jackson added a team-high five rebounds, while freshman Ronnie Martin dished out four assists while seeing his first action of the season.   The Gents (1-2) took an early lead at 4-2 in the beginning of the game, but never saw the lead again.   Dwayne Curtis led the Rebels with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting in 27 minutes of action.   Only one of the 11 Ole Miss (3-1) players that attempted a shot converted on less than 50 percent of his attempts.   Centenary shot 43.5 percent from the floor as a team, but hit on just 28.6 percent of their three point attempts.   The Gents also struggled at the charity stripe, converting less than 50 percent of their free throw attempts.   The Gents return home to host in-state rival Northwestern State on Tuesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m.   The game is part of a doubleheader with the Ladies.   Both contests can be heard locally on KSYR 92.1 FM and online at www.SportsJuice.com .
November 25, 2005 | Athletics
Laura Kizyte Holli Wilkins Lindsay Way SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team looks to pick up their first win of the 2005-06 season as they host Sam Houston State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Gold Dome.   The Ladies dropped their first pair of games this year against New Orleans and Arkansas-Little Rock.   Senior guard Laura Kizyte lead the Ladies (0-2, 0-0 Mid-Con) offensive attack at 15.5 points per game, followed by junior Holli Wilkins at 14.0 a contest.   Kizyte also paces the Maroon in White in rebounds with 4.5 a clip while Wilkins is averaging 5.0 steals a game.   Senior Lindsay Way ’s 2.30 assist to turnover ratio tops the team.   The Bearkats are coming off an 83-33 loss to #18 Texas in Austin on Monday.   Sam Houston State (0-1, 0-0 SLC) edged Centenary last season in a hard fought 70-68 contest in Huntsville , Texas , last year.   The Ladies rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to tie the game with 40 seconds left before the Bearkats hit the final basket for the win.
November 25, 2005 | Athletics
Rob Flaska OXFORD, Miss.—The Centenary Gents are coming off an 85-67 loss at the hands of SMU as they look to rebound against Ole Miss on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Oxford, Miss. With 10 newcomers and only two returners on the court, the Gents are getting to know their personnel and continuing to grow as a team with each game.   Centenary (1-1) will take on an Ole Miss (2-1) team that opened its season with three games in the Jim Thorpe Classic. After squeaking by fellow Mid-Con member Southern Utah by only six points, the Rebels were dealt a 95-42 loss to New Mexico, but finished out the tournament with a 71-47 win over South Carolina State.   The Gents opened with a win over Division III member UT-Tyler before falling to SMU on Tuesday. New coach Rob Flaska is still in search of his first win over a Division I program and will look to guide Centenary to better fortunes on the road than the past has provided for the maroon and white.   Jason Underwood’s average of 14 ppg is tops for a Gents squad that looks to avenge a 72-60 defeat in Oxford in 2003. In that game, Centenary led well into the second half but was unable to pull out the victory in large part to a 1-for-11 effort from the three-point line.   The game will be broadcast locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSYR Sunny 92.1 FM and can be heard over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com with the pre-game show beginning at 6:45 p.m.
November 23, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Laura Kizyte Holli Wilkins Cierra Bush LITTLE ROCK, Ark – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their second consecutive game to start the 2005-06 season, falling to Arkansas-Little Rock 73-48.   The 25-point loss was the worst against the Trojans in school history.   Senior Laura Kizyte led the Ladies with nine points, adding five rebounds and four assists to the fray.   Cierra Bush and Holli Wilkins added eight points each, with Bush grabbing a team-high seven rebounds in the contest.   The Ladies (0-2, 0-0 Mid-Con) were again plagued by the hot second half shooting of their opponent.   UALR (2-0, 0-0 Sun Belt), who hit just 25.9 percent from the floor and 11.1 percent from downtown in the first half, recovered to convert 60 percent from the floor in the second frame with 75 percent free throw percentage.   The difference changed an eight point contest at the half to a 25 point loss at the end of the game.   Renee Renz notched a double-double for UALR, converting 11-of-14 free throws on the day.   She added 12 rebounds in the effort.   The Ladies next return home to host Sam Houston State on Saturday at 1 p.m.   Centenary battled back from a nine point deficit last season against the Bearkats to tie the game with 40 seconds remaining before falling 70-68 in the Gold Dome.
November 22, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SMU Box Score Jason Underwood Clarke Jackson DALLAS, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team continued its road woes with an 85-67 loss at the hands of SMU at Moody Coliseum on Tuesday evening. The loss is the first for new head coach Rob Flaska as the Gents lack of size caught up with them against a much bigger Mustang team.   Centenary never led in the first half as a three-pointer by freshman Bryan Baumann with just under three minutes into the game knotted the score at 5-5. The Gents would not be as close the rest of the way after a three-point play by SMU’s Dez Willingham the old fashioned way followed by two easy baskets by the Mustangs made the deficit seven points for the Gents in the early going.   As the first half continued Centenary struggled with its shooting, finishing the opening period with a 36.7 percent effort from the field and only 14.3 percent from the three-point line. The Mustangs size advantage held true as the Gents were outrebounded severely 24-10 at the break despite switching to a zone defense in the final minutes. The maroon and white compounded their problems by committing a plethora of fouls leading to 18 made free throws on 23 attempts for SMU in the first stanza.   The Gents stormed out of the half, scoring the first seven points highlighted by another trifecta from Baumann, this one of the fadeaway variety with one second left on the shot clock on an out-of-bounds play. Centenary pulled within 15 points before the first media timeout but again the Gents could not find an answer for the post play of SMU. Forward Devon Pearson scored 22 points by the 17-minute mark of the second period as he had his way in the paint all evening.   SMU opened the door slightly for the visitors when it committed a break-away intentional foul with 8:51 to play while holding a 14-point advantage at 63-49. The Gents could not convert though as Clarke Jackson missed both free th
November 22, 2005 | Athletics
Ali Hilsher HAMMOND , La – Centenary women’s soccer goalkeeper Ali Hilsher has been named first team All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.   Hilsher, a sophomore from Tulsa , Okla. , set the single season saves record with 142 for the Ladies between the pipes.   Hilsher ranked fourth in the nation in saves per game with 9.47, and was 12 th in save percentage at a .877 clip.   She helped the Ladies as a team rank 20 th in the nation in save percentage at .855.   Along with setting the season saves record, Hilsher also set, and subsequently broke, the school record for saves in a game.   Her 19 saves against Southern Utah passed her own mark of 17, set twice, against Southern Miss and Western Illinois .   Hilsher also had six games where she collected 10 or more saves.   She was named Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice for her efforts.   Hilsher returns in the 2006 season to lead a Centenary team that brings back 10 starters from last year, and 11 players with full-time, extensive, starting experience.
November 21, 2005 | Athletics
Butch Jordan SHREVEPORT—Centenary swim coach Butch Jordan has announced the signings of men’s swimmers David Berude and Clay Malinovski, as well as Rebecca Simmons on the women’s side, to National Letters of Intent. The group will attend Centenary and receive their first collegiate action with the Ladies & Gents swim teams in the fall semester of 2006.   Berude currently attends Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas. He comes highly recommended by his club coach as an up and comer with limited experience. Jordan believes his minor swimming background is a plus as he will be able to be developed into a potent individual medley swimmer and will be a great addition to the fly events. He is expected to be a Mid-Con scorer for the maroon and white in his first year.   Malinovski comes from Hebron High School in Frisco, Texas, where he was an All-District and State Qualifier. He swam for the City of Plano Swim Team under coach Steve Mateer, the same program that produced current Centenary swimmers Kayli LeBlanc and Robert Hendricks. Jordan is excited to have the versatile Malinovski as he sees a great deal of potential for the newcomer in many areas.   Simmons will join the Ladies team after swimming for coach Christy Patterson at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. Her best times include a 25.5 second showing in the 50-yard freestyle and a 100-yard freestyle of 55.4 seconds. Her father Rusty is a Centenary graduate.   “Becca will add needed depth to our sprint freestyle events,” said Jordan. “We are hoping to develop her backstroke as well, and I think she has untapped potential.”   Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is a member of the Mid-Continent Conference and is the smallest Division I member in the nation with an enrollment of 905 undergraduates. Founded in 1825, Centenary is also the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.
November 21, 2005 | Athletics
Alexander Starr Jason Underwood DALLAS, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team will open the road portion of its 2005-06 schedule at SMU on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Gents are primed for the upset after an 84-73 win in their season opener over the University of Texas at Tyler on Friday in the Gold Dome. The contest will be the first of three consecutive home dates for the Mustangs in Moody Coliseum after opening with a 71-64 loss to Louisiana-Monroe on the road.   Centenary (1-0) newcomers Alexander Starr, Jason Underwood, and Xavier Burnette all turned in fine performances for the Gents in their debut on Friday. Starr and Underwood each dropped in 14 points while Burnette added 12 points in the win. Transfer Larry Logan enjoyed a solid game in the paint as well, securing a game-high 11 rebounds.   SMU (0-1) suffered through shooting woes in its opener with ULM as the Mustangs managed just a 38.1 percent effort from the field. Derrick Roberts led the way with 19 points while Dez Willingham contributed 14 points in the loss. Devon Pearson will be a major concern for the Gents inside as he hauled in 16 rebounds against the Indians.   Centenary trails 9-2 in the all-time series against SMU, but the two teams haven’t met each other on the hardwood for almost ten years. The Mustangs prevailed 86-73 in the 1996 victory, a tough loss for the Gents as they dominated almost every category on the stat sheet. However, 19 turnovers for the maroon and white proved costly in the end.   The game will be the first against a Division I opponent for new head coach Rob Flaska. The Gents have not faired well on the road in the past and have not enjoyed a winning record away from the Gold Dome in 15 years. Flaska will look to change that trend tomorrow and will have help from the Dallas-area Centenary alumni as they have organized a dinner and will be in attendance to support the Gents at the game.
November 21, 2005 | Athletics
Butch Jordan SHREVEPORT—Centenary swim coach Butch Jordan has announced the signings of men’s swimmers David Berude and Clay Malinovski, as well as Rebecca Simmons on the women’s side, to National Letters of Intent. The group will attend Centenary and receive their first collegiate action with the Ladies & Gents swim teams in the fall semester of 2006.   Berude currently attends Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas. He comes highly recommended by his club coach as an up and comer with limited experience. Jordan believes his minor swimming background is a plus as he will be able to be developed into a potent individual medley swimmer and will be a great addition to the fly events. He is expected to be a Mid-Con scorer for the maroon and white in his first year.   Malinovski comes from Hebron High School in Frisco, Texas, where he was an All-District and State Qualifier. He swam for the City of Plano Swim Team under coach Steve Mateer, the same program that produced current Centenary swimmers Kayli LeBlanc and Robert Hendricks. Jordan is excited to have the versatile Malinovski as he sees a great deal of potential for the newcomer in many areas.   Simmons will join the Ladies team after swimming for coach Christy Patterson at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. Her best times include a 25.5 second showing in the 50-yard freestyle and a 100-yard freestyle of 55.4 seconds. Her father Rusty is a Centenary graduate.   “Becca will add needed depth to our sprint freestyle events,” said Jordan. “We are hoping to develop her backstroke as well, and I think she has untapped potential.”   Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is a member of the Mid-Continent Conference and is the smallest Division I member in the nation with an enrollment of 905 undergraduates. Founded in 1825, Centenary is also the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.
November 19, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Laura Kizyte Holli Wilkins Van'esha Brabson Laura Way SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team dropped their 2005-06 season opener against visiting New Orleans 77-70.   The Ladies took a six-point lead into halftime, but the Lady Privateers mounted a comeback behind red-hot 87.5 percent shooting from three-point range in the second half.   Laura Kizyte and Holli Wilkins both scored in double-figures for the Ladies, dropping 22 and 20 points respectively.   Wilkins also tied the Centenary single game record for steals in a game, collecting nine in 36 minutes of action.   Also adding 10 points was senior Van’esha Brabson , whose three-pointer with 10 seconds left moved her into fourth place all-time in Ladies scoring.   After forcing a tie or trading leads 22 times in the first half, Centenary (0-1) took the lead with 2:33 left on a three pointer by Wilkins.   The Ladies would push the lead to as many as six as sophomore Laura Way converted on a pair of free throws with just two ticks remaining on the clock.   New Orleans (1-0) made the most of their halftime adjustments, outscoring Centenary 7-1 in the first two minutes of the second half to draw the game to a tie.   Trading leads five more times, the Lady Privateers took the lead for good with 15:06 remaining to play on one of seven second half threes, this one by Jada Frazier.   Ashley Sentimore led UNO with a double-double, scoring 18 points to go with a game-high 13 rebounds.   Frazier, Le’Della English, and Cookie Johnson all chimed in with double-digit points, scoring 23, 14, and 10 respectively.   Not playing a single player over six feet tall, the Ladies were at a significant height disadvantage against New Orleans.   The Lady Privateers pulled down 46 rebounds compared the Centenary’s 22.   Despite the loss, Centenary set or tied team records in the game. &nb
November 18, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s golf team has signed Mary Kate Byrne to a National Letter of Intent, Ladies head coach Ken Dupree announced today.   The Natchez, Miss., native will add skill and depth to a young Centenary squad.   “Mary Kate is a great fit to the squad we have now,” Coach Dupree said.   “She adds depth to our young squad which is on the upswing.   She’s a very hard worker and has the qualities of an excellent leader, on and off the course.”   A proven winner on the links, Byrne won both the Natchez Girls City Junior Championship and the Ladies City Championship in the summer of 2004.   This last summer, she was the top finisher in the Big I tournament played at the Mississippi State University Golf Course in Starkville, Miss.   Byrne’s academic resume is just as impressive, as she is ranked third in her class with a 4.3 GPA.   She is a member of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll, is an All American Scholar, and the president of the Key Club, along with many other clubs and organizations.   Centenary College is an NCAA member of the Mid-Continent Conference.   Founded in 1825 and located in Shreveport, La., with an enrollment of 905, it is the smallest Division I school in the nation and the oldest liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River.   2006-07 Centenary Ladies Golf Signing Mary Kate Byrne – Natchez, Miss. (Natchez Cathedral HS)
November 18, 2005 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the signing of Chase Adams to a National Letter of Intent. Adams joins Milutin Marjanovic (6’10” post, Belgrade, Serbia) as Centenary’s early signees set to join the Gents roster in 2006.   Adams is a 5’10” point guard from Mt. St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, Md. He averaged 10 points, six assists, three steals, and four rebounds per game as a junior while leading his squad to a 31-4 record. In his three years as a starter for the Gaels, his teams have won three consecutive Baltimore Catholic League Titles and were ranked #1 in the city of Baltimore in 2004. His current team is nationally ranked in the top 30 by USA Today and 37 th by The Sporting News.   “Chase is a winner,” said Flaska of his latest signee. “He has been the starting point guard at Mt. St. Joseph for the last two years and his team has averaged 30-plus wins each season, including the City Championships, and he played on the 2004 AAU National Championship team, the Baltimore Stars.”   Flaska describes Adams as a pure point guard that has a great understanding of the game and is a speedster with the ball.   “I have recruited some good point guards such as Corey Santee at TCU (all-time program assist leader, second in scoring) and Eric Ferguson at Arkansas (four-year starter who will finish in the top three in all-time assists) and Chase will be of the same caliber,” said Flaska. “He will be great in our style of play and will serve as a coach on the floor. He will be an impact player for our program.”   Centenary is a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference. Located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River having been founded in 1825.
November 18, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UTT Boxscore Alexander Starr Jason Underwood Xavier Burnette Larry Logan Clarke Jackson SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska earned his first Division I victory and his first as the Gents’ leader with an 84-73 win over visiting Texas-Tyler in the Gold Dome on Friday evening. Four Gents scored in double figures and three more nearly missed the feat as the maroon and white prevailed in a contest that featured 58 personal fouls and 48 turnovers.   Centenary (1-0) raced out to an early and decisive lead by scoring 13 of the first 15 points in the game. Junior transfer Alexander Starr opened his career in fine fashion, scoring six points in the first six minutes while fellow transfer Xavier Burnette added four points over that span.   The Gents still held a double-digit advantage with 8:05 left to play in the opening half at 24-11 before Texas-Tyler began to fight its way back into the game. With just under three minutes left to play in the period, Patrick Branche made good on a layup and Ryan Salters converted on one of two free throws to bring the Patriots to within three at 30-27. However, Starr answered with five more points to provide the home team some breathing room with a 40-32 advantage.   The University of Texas at Tyler (0-1) shot a dismal 1-of-7 from the three-point line in the first half, but rebounded to sink 5-of-12 trifectas in the final 20 minutes. One of those long-range shots by Brandon Weasby sparked a 9-0 run for the Patriots that shrunk a 12-point deficit to just three at the 12:41 mark. Centenary again responded with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes with contributions of four points each from junior Jason Underwood and freshman Bryan Baumann. Texas-Tyler never got closer than eight points the rest of the way as the Gents seized control of the remaining eight minutes.   Starr led Centenary with 14 points despite playing only 22 minutes because of fou
November 17, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced the signing of Haley Bassett and Brittany Williams to National Letters of Intent. The duo are expected to add an infusion of power to the 2006-07 Ladies while solidifying the first base, catcher, and designated player positions for the maroon and white.   “Both Haley and Brittany are gifted athletically, but more importantly, both are great students,” said Montgomery. “They have both received top academic awards and are great examples of the student athletes we strive to obtain here at Centenary.”   Bassett (Bossier City, La.) will join the Ladies after the conclusion of her senior season at Airline High School. The catcher/utility player helped the Vikings to the playoffs in all three of her prep seasons while garnering All-District and All-City accolades each year. She was named honorable mention All-State at the conclusion of her junior campaign after belting five home runs. Academically, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the BETA Club.   “Haley is a great player,” said Montgomery of his new signee. “She is a strong power hitter and is very versatile with the ability to play several positions. She should make an enormous impact with our team.”   Williams (Antioch, Tenn.) chose Centenary after three seasons at Ezell-Harding High School where she notched four All-District awards in softball for the Eagles. She also excelled in the classroom earning Honor Roll, Principal’s List, and Journalism awards. Coach Montgomery expects Williams will see time at both first base and designated player.   “Brittany is one of the best power hitters I have ever seen,” said Montgomery. “Her bat should be an immediate impact in our lineup next year.”   Centenary is a Division I member of the Mid-Continen
November 15, 2005 | Athletics
Doug Greenwald SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Athletics Department has reached an agreement with The Radio Group to broadcast 47 Ladies and Gents basketball games on KSYR Sunny 92.1 FM during the upcoming 2005-06 season. The entire Gents schedule of 27 games and 20 Ladies games will be available on the station throughout Shreveport-Bossier and the surrounding areas. In addition, all games played in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament by both teams from March 4-7 will be aired.   After several seasons of being on KOKA 980 AM, another of The Radio Group’s stations, the Centenary basketball teams will now be heard by a potentially bigger audience while avoiding conflicts with paid programming.   The Centenary Athletics Department would also like to announce that all games broadcast on KSYR Sunny 92.1 FM can be heard over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com . Centenary has renewed its agreement with the webcasting company and looks forward to its fourth season with SportsJuice.com. Direct links to all internet broadcasts can be found on www.GoCentenary.com as well as all other up-to-date scores, stories, and information regarding Centenary Athletics.   Doug Greenwald is back for his sixth season as the play-by-play voice of Centenary basketball and will bring you all the action of Ladies and Gents basketball courtside both at home and on the road. As always, listeners can correspond with Doug over instant messenger by sending a message to the screen name “CentenaryRadio” or listeners can send an email to CentenaryRadio@aol.com.  
November 15, 2005 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the signing of Milutin Marjanovic to a National Letter of Intent. The 6’ 10”, 260-pound post from Belgrade, Serbia, will provide much-needed size to the Gents roster.   Marjanovic attended Radoje Dake, a secondary mechanical engineering school in Belgrade, and would be a freshman upon his arrival at Centenary.   “Milutin brings an inside presence to our team. He is a very physical and tough player in the lane area,” said Flaska. “His rebounding and defense on the block will be a major impact to our program.”   When asked about the importance of the signing, Flaska replied, “This is a big signing for our program to get a player with the size and ability that Milutin possesses. He is being pursued by numerous professional teams in his home country of Serbia, but he wants to play college basketball in the United States.”   Centenary is a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference and is located in Shreveport, La. Founded in 1825, Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.
November 15, 2005 | Athletics
Doug Greenwald SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Athletics Department has reached an agreement with The Radio Group to broadcast 47 Ladies and Gents basketball games on KSYR Sunny 92.1 FM during the upcoming 2005-06 season. The entire Gents schedule of 27 games and 20 Ladies games will be available on the station throughout Shreveport-Bossier and the surrounding areas. In addition, all games played in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament by both teams from March 4-7 will be aired.   After several seasons of being on KOKA 980 AM, another of The Radio Group’s stations, the Centenary basketball teams will now be heard by a potentially bigger audience while avoiding conflicts with paid programming.   The Centenary Athletics Department would also like to announce that all games broadcast on KSYR Sunny 92.1 FM can be heard over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com . Centenary has renewed its agreement with the webcasting company and looks forward to its fourth season with SportsJuice.com. Direct links to all internet broadcasts can be found on www.GoCentenary.com as well as all other up-to-date scores, stories, and information regarding Centenary Athletics.   Doug Greenwald is back for his sixth season as the play-by-play voice of Centenary basketball and will bring you all the action of Ladies and Gents basketball courtside both at home and on the road. As always, listeners can correspond with Doug over instant messenger by sending a message to the screen name “CentenaryRadio” or listeners can send an email to CentenaryRadio@aol.com.  
November 14, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins Van'esha Brabson Laura Way Lindsay Way Julia Bowie SHREVEPORT - The Centenary women’s basketball team won their exhibition game against cross-town institution LSU-Shreveport 85-65 at the Gold Dome Monday night.   Tested early, the Ladies used strong shooting performances from the floor and from three-point range to dominate the Lady Pilots as the game progressed.   Junior Holli Wil kins led all scorers with 18 points while grabbing four rebounds and swatting a game-high four blocks.   Fellow Ladies Van’esha Brabson , Laura Way , and Linsday Way all chimed in with double-figures, scoring 11, 13, and 14 respectively.   Freshman Julia Bowie pulled down a team and game-high seven boards.   “I’m extremely pleased with the way we played,” Ladies head coach Elizabeth Wamsely said after the game. “It was a total team effort.   If you go down each players line, everything’s positive.”   The Lady Pilots took control early, leading by as many as nine halfway into the first period, 26-17 with 8:44 remaining.   Centenary would take over from then, holding LSUS to just four more points in the half including only one field goal.   Down nine with just under seven minutes remaining, Laura Way sparked a 12-0 Ladies run with a 10-foot jumper from the left side.   Wilkins would continue to chip away at the LSUS lead, nailing a pair of back-to-back threes to pull within one with 4:50 to go.   Way would then finish the comeback she started, putting the Ladies ahead for the remainder of the game.   The second half saw more of the same as the Ladies outscored LSUS 48-35 behind separate runs of 10 and 11 points.   Lindsay Way scored 12 of her 14 points in the frame including the Ladies final basket, a three pointer to put Centenary up 29 with 3:20 remaining.   “Lindsay played incredibly,” Coach Wamsley
November 13, 2005 | Athletics
Van'esha Brabson SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s basketball team will host cross-town LSU-Shreveport to a preseason exhibition game on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m.   The Ladies will use the contest as the final warm-up for their 2005-06 season opener against New Orleans on Saturday.   The Ladies, coming off a disappointing 2004-05 campaign, return eight letterwinners, including four starters.   With a deeper rotation and more experience from a year ago, Centenary looks not only to qualify for the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time, but to make a splash and last deep in the pool.   LSUS comes to the Gold Dome with a 2-0 record under their belt.   The Lady Pilots, an NAIA program, are averaging 77 points a game and boast a 30 point scoring differential over their opponents.   With five active Centenary players currently in the all-time top-25 in career scoring, the Ladies should become a more dangerous offensive threat now they are more comfortable with the system of second-year head coach Elizabeth Wamsley .   Senior Van’esha Brabson , currently fifth all-time in scoring, needs just eight points to move into a tie for fourth place and can move into third with a solid season on the hardwood.   Monday’s action can be heard on-air on KOKA 980 AM in Shreveport, and online at www.sportsjuice.com .   Play-by-play announcer Doug Greenwald is back for his sixth season as the voice for Ladies basketball.   Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
November 12, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: TCU-UTPB-McMurray Meet Results UNT-SMU Meet Results Taryne Cantillo Leslie Clampitt Lori Von Pingel Murphy Crain DENTON, Texas – The Centenary men’s swimming team struggled in a pair of meets over the weekend, while the women’s squad split their competition while setting three team records.   The Maroon and White took on McMurray, Texas Christian, and Texas-Permian Basin in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, while the Ladies competed against North Texas on Saturday as the Gents battled Southern Methodist.   In Friday’s quadrangular meet, the Ladies downed McMurray 78-15 and UTPB 47-39, while falling to TCU 51-40.   The Gents didn’t fare as well, losing to McMurray 62-30, TCU 67-22, and UTPB 50-44.   In Fort Worth, freshman Taryne Cantillo set a pair of Centenary records in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.56) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:43.58).   Fellow Ladies swimmers Alana Gregory , Melanie Zimmerman , and Murphy Crain helped Cantillo break the relay mark.   On the men’s side, Chase Lambert won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:50.62 while Adam D’Aquin finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.85, just .19 seconds behind the winner.   Saturday’s action saw SMU down the Gents 105-66 as the Ladies fell to UNT 122-70.   The dual meet saw another three records fall, as Cantillo set the mark in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.60), Lambert took down the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.25) mark, and Lori Von Pingel broke the two-year-old 200-yard breaststroke (2:32.28) record.   Other highlights of Saturday’s competition included Leslie Clampitt finishing second in the 50-yard free in 25.43, just .02 seconds behind her school-record mark she set earlier this season, Ryan Duplantis taking first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.26), and Clampitt, Zimmerman, Gregory, and Von Pingel winning the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:43.79).   Thre
November 12, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oakland Boxscore 11-12-05 ROCHESTER, Mich.—The Centenary volleyball team wrapped up its 2005 season with a 3-0 loss to Oakland on Saturday. The Ladies bid farewell to seniors Tracee Byrd and Kelley Heckman in disappointing fashion as the maroon and white fell by the scores of 30-22, 30-20, and 30-24. Heckman, Centenary’s all-time leader in digs, turned in her finest individual match of the year with 19 digs in the loss.   Centenary (12-26, 1-13 Mid-Con) hit just .025 for the match but the true cause of the defeat was its serve receive passing. The Ladies allowed 14 aces by the Golden Grizzlies and could not consistently provide adequate passes in order to jump-start the offense.   Oakland (6-26, 5-9 Mid-Con) fed the combination of Heather Lippert and Adrienne Leone successfully as the pair combined for 31 kills. Lippert finished with a match-high 19 kills, while Leone notched a double double with 13 digs to go with her 12 spikes. Becca Moller added 33 assists in the victory for OU and Lauren Duquette collected 19 digs in the finale for the Golden Grizzlies.   Danielle Bochat led Centenary with eight kills while Byrd tallied seven kills in her final match. Ashlee Freeman recorded four total blocks to go with six kills in the loss for the Ladies.
November 12, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: TCU-UTPB-McMurray Meet Results UNT-SMU Meet Results Chase Lambert Adam D'Aquin Ross Gilbert Robert Hendricks DENTON, Texas – The Centenary men’s swimming team struggled in a pair of meets over the weekend, while the women’s squad split their competition while setting three team records.   The Maroon and White took on McMurray, Texas Christian, and Texas-Permian Basin in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, while the Ladies competed against North Texas on Saturday as the Gents battled Southern Methodist.   In Friday’s quadrangular meet, the Ladies downed McMurray 78-15 and UTPB 47-39, while falling to TCU 51-40.   The Gents didn’t fare as well, losing to McMurray 62-30, TCU 67-22, and UTPB 50-44.   In Fort Worth, freshman Taryne Cantillo set a pair of Centenary records in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.56) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:43.58).   Fellow Ladies swimmers Alana Gregory , Melanie Zimmerman , and Murphy Crain helped Cantillo break the relay mark.   On the men’s side, Chase Lambert won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:50.62 while Adam D’Aquin finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.85, just .19 seconds behind the winner.   Saturday’s action saw SMU down the Gents 105-66 as the Ladies fell to UNT 122-70.   The dual meet saw another three records fall, as Cantillo set the mark in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.60), Lambert took down the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.25) mark, and Lori Von Pingel broke the two-year-old 200-yard breaststroke (2:32.28) record.   Other highlights of Saturday’s competition included Leslie Clampitt finishing second in the 50-yard free in 25.43, just .02 seconds behind her school-record mark she set earlier this season, Ryan Duplantis taking first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.26), and Clampitt, Zimmerman, Gregory, and Von Pingel winning the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:43.79).   Three ev
November 11, 2005 | Athletics
VALPARAISO, Ind.—The Valparaiso Crusaders showed why they are first in the Mid-Con volleyball standings with one regular season match left to play by dismantling Centenary on Friday evening 30-20, 30-15, 30-17. With the victory, the Crusaders improved to 12-1 in league play. Although the Ladies lost, another single-season record fell as freshman Ashlee Freeman notched two block assists to take sole ownership of the mark she tied in Tuesday’s win over Alcorn State.   Centenary (12-25, 1-12 Mid-Con) traded points with Valpo in game one until a pair of kills by Katie Bova and another by Jessie Fox gave the Crusaders the advantage at 14-9. The Ladies then tallied two points but allowed Valpo to reel off nine of the next 10 points to secure the opening game win.   Valparaiso (23-6, 12-1 Mid-Con) made its move in game two around the same point as game one. The Ladies trailed by only one at 9-8 when the Crusaders claimed ten of the next 11 points, with six of those points coming off of Centenary errors. The lead would be too great to overcome for the maroon and white as the team looked out of sync the entire game.   Despite falling behind 7-2 in the opening minutes of the final game, the Ladies did not give up and fought back to within two at 9-7 after sophomore Lindsay Bekelja hooked up with Freeman on several kills. Moments later Centenary’s inconsistent play would catch up with the Ladies and Valpo would sail to the win.   Freshman Danielle Bochat led all players with 11 kills for Centenary. Freeman added five kills while collecting her 76 th block assist to become the Ladies single-season record holder in the category. Junior Stephanie Scanlan added 11 digs to pace Centenary defensively.   Jessie Fox forced down 10 kills in only two games for Valparaiso while Brittany Marks and Amy Palash chipped in with 12 digs and 11 digs respectively. Palash and Bova each contributed three aces to the win for the Crusaders.   Centenar
November 11, 2005 | Athletics
by Jeff Messman   You couldn’t blame him if he wanted to quit.   Not after working so hard to recover from groin surgery, just to make it back in time to contract mononucleosis and lose 30 pounds.   Not after beating mono, returning to play, and cracking his sternum in a freak in-game accident.   Not after going 2-7 with an ERA approaching 10.   Not after struggling for playing time in a season he was expected to be the staff ace.   Circumstances like these would make almost anyone second guess if they should still be playing baseball.   Not Jon Christian.   Mind you, things didn’t start off so terribly for Christian.   At 6’3” and 205 pounds, with a fastball consistently hitting the low 90’s, he worked his way into the D-I ranks after transferring to Centenary from Bossier Parish Community College.   After a strong showing in fall workouts, the bar was set for high expectations come February.   And at first, he delivered.   Christian saw his first action of the season in the Gents fourth game against visiting Northern Iowa, a 9-5 victory.   He tossed 7.1 strong innings, giving up just three earned runs while striking out nine batters.   It looked as if the expectations were going to pan out.   But then it happened.   It happens on college campuses throughout the country every year.   It happens to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.   It happens to fraternities and sororities, to the campus paper staff, to the student government.   And yes, it happens to college athletes too.   Mononucleosis.   It took a while for everyone to realize what was happening.   As the fatigue kicked in, Christian thought it was just the combination of the season and his strenuous class load.   So he kept pitching, but not pitching well.   After less then stellar outings against Michigan State, Indiana, and Arkansas-Little Rock, he
November 11, 2005 | Athletics
      CLEVELAND, Tenn-- Former Centenary College assistant volleyball coach Brianne Smedley, in her first season as the head coach at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., was named the Southern States Athletic Conference Coach of the Year at the SSAC’s annual awards banquet in Cleveland, Tenn., Thursday evening.      Smedley, who spent the 2004 season on Centenary head coach Jenny Hazelwood’s staff, led the Vikings to a 24-8 regular season record and a No. 2 ranking in NAIA Region XIII in 2005.  Berry has also won its first two matches in this week’s SSAC Tournament to improve to 26-8 overall.        Smedley will lead the Vikes against Lee University, the tournament’s top seed after going undefeated in conference play, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. (EST) for the right to play for the conference championship.  Lee is the only conference team to defeat Berry this season.
November 10, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary men’s soccer midfielder Aaron Volanksi has been selected second-team All-Mid-Continent Conference, as voted by coaches of participating institutions.   The sophomore led the Gents in scoring with 13 points (five goals, three assists) including all three game-winners on the year.   Volanski, a transfer from the University of Memphis, was named Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Week earlier this year as he led Centenary to a pair of back-to-back home victories over IUPUI and Ouachita Baptist.   He scored four of the Gents seven goals in that frame, adding an assist into the mix.   With the 2005 season completed, Volanski will lead a young 2006 Gents squad that returns eight starters.
November 9, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Battle on the Bend Final Results MANY, La – The Centenary men’s golf team finished up their fall 2005 schedule at Louisiana-Lafayette’s Battle on the Bend, placing 13 th with a score of 956.     Freshman Reid Petree shot a 231 for a tie at 44 th to pace the Gents.   Following him were David Viviano (t-56, 236), Nathan Hensley (t-60, 242), and Ryan Oliver (64 th , 247).   Zach Brunke shot a 294 to end up 66 th .   New Orleans took home the victory at 860 with Southeastern Louisiana right behind them with 869.   Rice shot 877 for third place, while Tulane (882) and Sam Houston State (887) battled for fourth.   Host ULL (895), Houston JV (899), Stephen F. Austin (905), Texas State (909), and Nicholls State (911) outlasted McNeese State (918), Texas-Pan American (921), and Centenary.
November 9, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ASU Boxscore LORMAN, Miss.—The Centenary volleyball team, fresh of its first ever Mid-Con win, drove on to the campus of Alcorn State Tuesday evening and easily discarded the Lady Braves 3-0 by the scores of 30-15, 30-16, 30-24. The Ladies continue to set new records for the volleyball program as sophomore Lindsay Bekelja surpassed her own single-season mark for assists and freshman Ashlee Freeman tied the single-season record for most block assists in the victory.   Centenary moves to 12-24 on the season with the win to double last year’s win total. With two matches remaining, the Ladies have a chance to win at least 14 matches for the first time since 1998 when the maroon and white toted a win-loss mark of 16-22.   The Ladies dominated Alcorn State in its home gym by using a strong service game and several blocks. Senior Tracee Byrd recorded three of Centenary’s nine aces while sophomore Shayla Andreas accounted for four total blocks.   Alcorn State (0-25) struggled to find an offensive rhythm all night as the Centenary blockers forced the Lady Braves to hit –0.40 for the match. In the meantime, the Ladies swung away and notched kill percentages above .300 in two of the three games.   Three Ladies tallied 10 kills to pace Centenary. Byrd’s 10 kills were added to five digs while Freeman also managed 10 spikes to go with a pair of block assists. The blocks give Freeman 74 on the season to tie the maroon and white record. Freshman Danielle Bochat turned in a 10-kill, 10-dig effort for her 11 th double double of the 2005 campaign.   Bekelja dished out 32 assists to the Centenary hitters, setting the new single-season assist record at 1,223 and counting. The setter nearly missed a double double of her own as she finished with nine digs.   The Ladies will leave Thursday for Valparaiso and Oakland, the final two matches of the season. Friday’s match versus the Crusad
November 9, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary women’s basketball head coach Elizabeth Wamsley has announced the signing of Louisiana products Leslie Forest and Samantha Gillespie to National Letters of Intent for the 2006-07 season.   The pair are the first early signings for Wamsley since taking the helm for the Ladies prior to last season.   Forest, a 6’3” center from East St. John High School in Reserve, La., brings much needed size to the Centenary frontcourt.   She averaged six points and seven rebounds a game last season, helping coach Troy Giordano’s Lady Cats to their second Sweet 16 appearance in the last three years.   Forest also set the school record for blocks in a game with 10 against Terrebonne High School.   “Leslie is young to the game of basketball,” Wamsley said, “but has tremendous potential.   She’s a hard worker with a solid skill set, and we expect her to become a major contributor in the future.”   Gillespie is a three-time All-District selection from Glenmora High School in Glenmora, La.   She averaged 21.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.3 steals per game as a junior, leading coach Robert Flowers’ Lady Wildcats to a state championship and earning All-State and State MVP honors in the process.   The 5’8” guard will bring another viable scoring threat to the Ladies rotation.   “A true competitor and proven winner, Samantha has very strong fundamentals and understands the game of basketball,” said Wamsley.   “She plays with a ton of heart and desire, and we are excited to have her bring that attitude to the team.”   Centenary opens the 2005-06 season at home against New Orleans on Saturday, November 19, at 1 p.m.     2006-07 Centenary Ladies Basketball Signees Leslie Forest – 6-3, Center (East St. John HS / La Place, La.) Samantha Gillespie – 5-8, Guard (Glenmora HS / Glenmor
November 8, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Results - Day 2 Reid Petree David Viviano After finding themselves in the very middle of the pack after the first round of the “Battle on the Bend” golf tournament, the Centenary Gents struggled in the wind in round two to fall to last place after shooting a 328.   Things appeared to be going well for Centenary after round one’s 299 score, but the front nine of the second round was the undoing for the Gents on the 6,707-yard par-72 Cypress Bend Resort course in Many, La. The five golfers for Centenary were 38-over par on the front nine, but were fifteen shots better to close the round on the back.   The lone bright spot for Centenary was the continued strong play of Reid Petree , who followed up his first-round 73 with a 76 in round two to finish tied for twentieth in the individual standings at five-over par.     Thirteen of the 66 golfers in the field were even par or better, led by a six-under 138 from Parker LaBarge of Rice. Michael Smith of ULL and Matthew Carvell of Southeastern Louisiana are both four under and tied for second.     New Orleans sits in first at 567 (-9), ten shots ahead of Rice at 577. Southeastern Louisiana (581), Tulane (586) and Louisiana-Lafayette (590) round out the top five. Sam Houston (591) is in sixth, followed by Nicholls and Houston tied at 606, Stephen F. Austin in ninth at 607 and Texas State and McNeese tied for tenth at 611. Texas-Pan American (615) and Centenary round out the final two of the 13 teams participating.   David Viviano posted the second-lowest score of the afternoon for Centenary, carding a nine-over 81, followed by Nathan Hensley ’s 82 and Ryan Oliver ’s 89. Zach Brunke rounded out the Centenary finishers, firing a 93, seven shots better than yesterday’s score.   The final round of the “Battle on the Bend” will be tomorrow morning, with groups teeing off of both the first and tenth tees to a
November 7, 2005 | Athletics
Reid Petree Ryan Oliver Nathan Hensley David Viviano MANY, La.--Led by an opening-round 73 from freshman Reid Petree, the Centenary Gents golf team finds itself in seventh place after the first round of the Battle on the Bend golf tournament at Cypress Bend Golf Resort in Many, La.   The Gents fired a 299 on the hilly 6,707-yard par 72 Cypress Bend layout. Centenary is 15 shots back of first-round leader New Orleans, which carded a four-under par 284. Rice came in second with a 288, while Southeastern Louisiana shot 292 to finish third. Tulane finished fourth at 295 as Sam Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette tied for fifth at 298. McNeese and Texas State (301) were tied for eighth, followed by the Houston JV team (302) and Nicholls State (303). Stephen F. Austin and UT-Pan American tied for last at 305.   Robert Gwin of Sam Houston State was one of ten players under par, shooting a four-under 68 to lead the individual medalist race after the first round. Parker LaBarge of Rice shot the only other round under 70 with his three-under 69.   Petree, playing in the number two slot in the Centenary order, carded two birdies, including a three at the 341-yard par four finishing hole to pace the Gents. He was bolstered by solid play from the Gents’ numbers three and four players, senior Ryan Oliver and freshman Nathan Hensley.   Oliver shot 74 to open his tournament play, thanks to a terrific rally late on the front nine. After starting four over par for his first six holes, Oliver birdied the par-five seventh and par-five ninth to post a two-over front nine. He parred out on the back to remain two over par.   Hensley staged a similar rally, firing a two-under par 34 on the back nine after posting a five-over 41 on the front. He ended his round the same way as Petree, carding a birdie on the final hole.   Senior David Viviano, out last as the team’s number-one player, posted a 77 to complete the scoring for the Gents. The team’s
November 7, 2005 | Athletics
Mid-Con Tournament Champs SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball program will be holding its annual Winter Clinic on Saturday, January 7 th . The clinic will be broken up into three sessions including pitchers and catchers, hitting, and position players. Centenary head coach Mark Montgomery directs the camp with help from assistant coach Alison McNulty and current Ladies softball players. Montgomery has led the maroon and white to back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament as Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Champions.   All players who attend the camp will be grouped by age and ability. Lunch and a T-shirt are included in the price of the camp and the activities will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather.   The one-day camp will begin at 9 am with pitchers and catchers until 11:30 am. From 12 pm to 2:30 pm will be a hitting camp and rounding out the afternoon from 3 pm to 5:30 pm will be the position players.   Cost for each session is $40 or those interested can attend all three sessions for the discounted price of $100. All participants should bring athletic shoes, cleats, glove, and bat. Catchers should bring their own equipment.   For more information on the Centenary Softball Winter Clinic, contact head coach Mark Montgomery at (318) 869-5094.
November 6, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Donnie Henderson Ben Calderara TULSA, Okla – The Centenary men’s soccer team dropped its final contest of the 2005 season to Oral Roberts 2-0.   The Golden Eagles posted an early goal in the fifth minute to take the lead and wouldn’t relinquish it.   Eric Mattison scored both goals for ORU, the first at the 4:31 mark and the second in the 81 st minute.     Gents keeper Donnie Henderson collected four saves in the loss as Centenary fell to 3-13-0 on the season, 1-4-0 in Mid-Con play.   Offensively, sophomores Aaron Volanski and Ben Calderara were credited with team-highs of three shots apiece.  
November 5, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-CSU Boxscore SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team couldn’t have picked a better time for its first ever Mid-Continent Conference win since joining the league for play in the fall of 2003. On senior night, with Centenary saying goodbye to two of its most prolific players in program history, the maroon and white would not be denied as the Ladies dropped Chicago State 3-1 (32-30, 28-30, 30-23, 33-31) in a fitting tribute to seniors Tracee Byrd and Kelley Heckman.   Centenary (11-24, 1-11 Mid-Con) came out slow in game one and quickly fell behind 12-3. However, the Ladies responded with a pair of kills by Danielle Bochat and several blocks by Byrd to pull within four at 14-10. Centenary continued to inch closer before finally pulling ahead at 22-21 on a ball handling error by Chicago State’s Catherine Everist. With what seemed to be a commanding lead at 28-24, the visiting Cougars ran off several points, in large part to multiple Centenary hitting errors, and jumped back in front at 30-29. A determined Byrd answered back for the Ladies with an emphatic kill to knot the score at 30 apiece before a key block by Lindsay Bekelja and Ashlee Freeman and another kill by Bochat sealed the win.   Chicago State (2-26, 1-11 Mid-Con) squeaked out a game two win, 30-28, despite hitting just .102 as a team. A fiery Shamara Clark put down five kills and collected an ace to help the Cougars even the match.   The Ladies ran away with game three, 30-23, while holding the CSU offense to a negative hitting percentage (-.020). After a tie game at 10-10, Centenary’s Bochat and Byrd alternated kills to make their advantage seven at 17-10. The Cougars would not recover from the run and dropped behind 2-1 in the match.   Game four was a tough back-and-forth battle for both teams as neither squad held a lead bigger then three points throughout the majority of the contest. A late Chicago State run put the Ladi
November 5, 2005 | Athletics
JJ Meyer Brody Sager Dustin Forward Donnie Henderson KANSAS CITY, Mo – The Centenary men’s soccer team was eliminated from Mid-Continent Conference postseason contention with a 4-1 loss at UMKC.   The Gents needed to win their last two games and have Oral Roberts lose their final pair to make the four team tournament.   The Kangaroos (3-10-3, 2-4-0 Mid-Con)   jumped to an early lead in the fourth minute as Robby Borchardt’s header found the bottom left corner of the net.   UMKC would add another goal to take a two goal lead in the 39 th minute.   Centenary (3-13-0, 1-4-0 Mid-Con) would pull within one as senior J.J. Meyer scored in the 54 th minute with assists from Brody Sager and Dustin Forward .   UMKC would pull away at the end of the match, scoring a pair of goals within five minutes of each other at the 81:16 and 85:37 marks.   Gents keeper Donnie Henderson , the NCAA leader in saves per game coming into the weekend, grabbed a game-high six saves.   Centenary will close out their 2005 season with a road game at Oral Roberts on Sunday.
November 4, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-IUPUI Boxscore 11-4-05 SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team began its final weekend of play at home in the Gold Dome with a 3-0 loss to IUPUI on Friday evening. The Ladies fell 30-26, 30-20, 30-21 while IUPUI’s Erin Jones notched her 2,000 th career dig in the win. Centenary will try for its elusive first Mid-Con victory on Saturday when the maroon and white welcome Chicago State to Shreveport.   Centenary (10-24, 0-11 Mid-Con) startled the visiting Jaguars in the opening game of the match, jumping out to an early lead. The Ladies still held control at 9-7 before IUPUI’s Casey Chrzastowski began to find her offensive groove. The sophomore from Bloomington, Ind., finished game one with nine kills on 17 attempts. Centenary hung close and put together two long runs late in the game to pull within one point, but untimely service errors gave control back to the visitors.   IUPUI (13-14, 6-5 Mid-Con) pulled away in games two and three. The Jaguars held Centenary to a .047 hitting percentage in the second game and hit its highest percentage of the match at .317 in the final game. Jones conquered her feat of 2,000 career digs in the final points of the match as she tallied six digs in game three to end the night at 2,001 picks. With her accomplishment she joins an elite group as just the 14 th player in NCAA history to break the barrier.   Chrzastowski finished the match with 22 kills and nine digs to lead IUPUI. Tracy Bailey and Carol Newell added 11 and 10 kills respectively in the winning cause while Jones contributed 13 digs. Devika Bellamy posted an ace and five digs to go with her match-high 38 assists.   Danielle Bochat paced the Ladies with 11 kills, the 20 th time in her freshman campaign that she has recorded at least 10 kills. Senior Kelley Heckman also played well in only her second match this season after sitting out from injury. One of the team leaders, she compiled 12 digs from
November 4, 2005 | Athletics
Lauren Mills ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary’s Lauren Mills has been selected second-team All-Mid-Continent Conference in women’s soccer, as voted by the head coaches of participating institutions.   Mills provided a strong defensive presence for the Ladies, anchoring a backfield that helped provide four shutouts on the season.   Mills, a junior from Austin, Texas, was a co-captain for the Ladies in 2005.   She scored her first career goal against Northwestern State earlier this year.   The lone All-Conference selection for the Ladies, Mills returns next season to a Centenary squad that returns 10 starters and injured co-captain defender Joanna Bunn.   Having missed the Mid-Con postseason for the first time since joining the league in 2003, the Ladies are set to regain their place as one of the elite programs in the conference.
November 4, 2005 | Athletics
Weeks of 10-4 through 10-26-05               These past four weeks have been crazy.   With Mid-Con play and midterm tests, we haven’t had time to even sleep.   The first week started off with a much-needed break as school was let out until Wednesday due to Hurricane Rita.   But that just meant that we had more free time to spend at the gym.             We spent Monday and Tuesday practicing and watching game film to prepare for our upcoming matches.   Then our slow week turned hectic as school started back and our professors loaded us down with work to try to make up for lost time.   A couple of us even had three tests on one day.   As if that wasn’t enough stress, we also had three matches over the next four days.             The first was Wednesday night versus Prairie View.   We beat Prairie View the last time we played them, even though they tried to psyche us out with their national anthem flag people.   We ended up winning in three, an improvement over our last two 3-1 victories.   The next night, we had our last practice of the week and then we raced off to late night in the cafeteria.   This was no ordinary late night though.   This was the night of the big chicken nugget eating contest between Dani and Centenary swimmer Ross Gilbert.   We’d advertised all week and finally the day had come.   Dani and Ross took their places at the end of the table and the entire caf started doing the slow clap.   For some reason this particular night, the caf employees were limiting you to five nuggets at a time, so each competitor selected runners to shuttle plates of nuggets back and forth.   Then the cheering section gathered around waving their signs and Rebecca took her seat as the official scorekeeper.  &
November 3, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team will host its final two home matches of the season this weekend as IUPUI and Chicago State come to the Gold Dome. Saturday’s contest with the Cougars will also be Senior Night for Tracee Byrd and Kelley Heckman.   Centenary will take on IUPUI for the second time this season. The Jaguars handed the Ladies a 3-0 loss on October 8 th (30-23, 30-21, 30-17). Game time for Friday is set for 7 p.m.   In Saturday’s 5 p.m. contest between the Ladies and Chicago State, Centenary is seeking revenge of a 3-1 loss (30-17, 29-31, 30-17, 32-30) to the Cougars in early October. The maroon and white will also be hosting its first Senior Night festivities since 2003 to honor Byrd and Heckman.   Byrd (Long Beach, Miss.) ranks first all-time in career kills (1,213) and block assists (154). She is second in career kill attempts with 3,325, third in aces (136) and total blocks (174), and ninth in digs with 553.   Heckman (Baytown, Tex.) places first all-time in career digs (1,158), third in career kills (767) and attempts (2,811), and fourth in aces (120).   Both Byrd and Heckman also hold several single-season marks. A complete list of accomplishments will be read in their honor at Saturday’s match.
November 1, 2005 | Athletics
Taryne Cantillo ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary freshman swimmer Taryne Cantillo has been selected the Mid-Continent Conference’s women’s Swimmer of the Week after leading the Maroon and White to first place finishes in the Hendrix Classic and Hendrix Relay’s over the weekend.   Cantillo broke three school records en route to claiming seven first place finishes.   Setting school records in the 200 free (2:00.21) and 200 butterfly (2:10.88), Cantillo also took first place finishes in a pair of 400 medley relays, the 800 free relay, the 300 medley relay, and the 300 butterfly relay in which she broke another Ladies record at 3:13.44.   Cantillo has won all 11 events she has entered this season.   The Ladies look to continue their success as they travel to Arkadelphia, Ark., to take on Ouachita Baptist and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.   The Gents will also compete on Saturday against OBU.
November 1, 2005 | Athletics
Jessica Garza Leigh Newton MONTGOMERY, Ala – The Centenary women’s golf team cut 19 strokes off their first round score of 345 to finish tied for 10 th at the Troy Women’s Invitational at the Lagoon Park Golf Club with a 671.   The Ladies’ Jessica Garza tied for the second best round of Tuesday with 76 to finish with 163 in a tie for 26 th place.   Freshman Leigh Newton finished tied for 42 nd after shooting identical 84s, her best team showing of the year.   Sophomore Chloe’ Mims and freshman Tracy Williams shot 170 over the tournament to tie for 49 th .   Bethany Cox’s 177 was good enough for 56 th place.   New Orleans took home the victory with a 617, followed closely behind by South Alabama (622) and Southern Miss (626). Belmont (640), host Troy (641), Louisiana-Monroe (644), and Samford (649) battled for the next tier, with Kennesaw State (654), Nicholls State (661), and Centenary and Lipscomb (each with 671) rounding out the competition.
November 1, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ULM Boxscore CC-GSU Boxscore SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team dropped both their contests in Tuesday’s tri-match, falling to Louisiana-Monroe (30-21, 30-25, 30-27) and Grambling State (30-23, 30-22, 30-25). Danielle Bochat turned in an excellent performance, accounting for 28 kills in the two matches while Ashlee Freeman posted 22 kills of her own.   Centenary (10-23) split the first two meetings with Grambling this year and fell behind early 2-0 to the Tigers on Tuesday evening. The Ladies surrendered seven aces to the visitors through the first two games and hit for a .000 attack percentage in the second game. Senior Kelley Heckman, who was red-shirting the season due to injury, entered the match at the libero position to try to provide a lift for the Ladies in game two, but GSU still forced the 30-22 win.   Grambling (14-14) built on its momentum and easily closed out the contest. Okina Alford tallied 11 kills for the Tigers while Inez Wheeler has five aces to go with 39 assists.   In the Ladies first match of the day, Centenary posted one of its better efforts offensively as the home team hit at a .282 clip, which included a percentage of .378 in game two. However, the maroon and white committed seven ball-handling errors and allowed Louisiana-Monroe to record a kill percentage slightly better than theirs at .317 despite out-blocking the Indians 6-1 on the afternoon.   Megan Gloor led ULM (13-13) with 18 kills while Brittany Winters collected 14 kills in the win. Eveta Gambrah added 11 kills and Sei Hee Hwang had 12 digs for the Indians.   Centenary also placed three players in double figures with Danielle Bochat leading the way with 12 kills. Tracee Byrd and Ashlee Freeman each finished with 11 kills respectively while Byrd completed the double double with 12 digs.   Lousiana-Monroe went undefeated in the tri-match, downing Grambling 3-0 (30-15, 30-20, 30-18) before its ma
October 31, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Results - Hendrix Classic Results - Hendrix Relays Taryne Cantillo Leslie Clampitt Robert Hendricks Chase Lambert CONWAY, Ark – The Centenary men’s and women’s swimming teams broke a combined nine school records as both squads dominated the weekend’s events at the 38 th Annual Hendrix Classic and the 43 rd Annual Hendrix Relays.   The Ladies and Gents won 11 of the 22 swimming events at the Classic on Friday and followed that with winning 16 of the 22 swimming events at the Relays on Saturday.   Freshman Taryne Cantillo set three Centenary records as she finished in first place in two individual and five relay events.   She set records in the 200 free with a time of 2:00.21, 200 fly at 2:10.88, and was on the 300 fly relay team that set the mark at 3:13.44.   Fellow freshman Leslie Clampitt added her name to the record books, setting top times in the 50 free (25.41), and the 500 free relay (4:55.90).   Clampitt also took home wins in both events’ 400 free relays (3:48.42 and 3:48.97) and 400 medley relays (4:12.46 and 4:14.94).   Also breaking the record in the 500 free relay was Caitlin Cunningham , Amanda Graves , and Beth Geis , while Cantillo was joined by Ally Gann and Sara Hansen in the record setting 300 fly relay.   Graves, Gann, and Melanie Zimmerman also toppled the school mark in the 300 back relay at 3:15.63.   On the Gents side, sophomore Robert Hendricks set three different relay records over the weekend.   Along with Randy Myers , Ross Gilbert , and Dustin Myers , Hendricks placed third in the 500 free relay in a Gents best ever time of 4:24.46.   He and Gilbert teamed up again, along with Matija Fojs , to break the record in the 1500 free relay at 15:17.79.   With a time of 2:52.59, Hendricks, Bryan Myers , and Adam D’Aquin took home the victory and record in the 300 back relay in 2:52.59.   Freshman Chase Lambert had a
October 31, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Results - Hendrix Classic Results - Hendrix Relays Taryne Cantillo Leslie Clampitt Robert Hendricks Chase Lambert CONWAY, Ark – The Centenary men’s and women’s swimming teams broke a combined nine school records as both squads dominated the weekend’s events at the 38 th Annual Hendrix Classic and the 43 rd Annual Hendrix Relays.   The Ladies and Gents won 11 of the 22 swimming events at the Classic on Friday and followed that with winning 16 of the 22 swimming events at the Relays on Saturday.   Freshman Taryne Cantillo set three Centenary records as she finished in first place in two individual and five relay events.   She set records in the 200 free with a time of 2:00.21, 200 fly at 2:10.88, and was on the 300 fly relay team that set the mark at 3:13.44.   Fellow freshman Leslie Clampitt added her name to the record books, setting top times in the 50 free (25.41), and the 500 free relay (4:55.90).   Clampitt also took home wins in both events’ 400 free relays (3:48.42 and 3:48.97) and 400 medley relays (4:12.46 and 4:14.94).   Also breaking the record in the 500 free relay was Caitlin Cunningham , Amanda Graves , and Beth Geis , while Cantillo was joined by Ally Gann and Sara Hansen in the record setting 300 fly relay.   Graves, Gann, and Melanie Zimmerman also toppled the school mark in the 300 back relay at 3:15.63.   On the Gents side, sophomore Robert Hendricks set three different relay records over the weekend.   Along with Randy Myers , Ross Gilbert , and Dustin Myers , Hendricks placed third in the 500 free relay in a Gents best ever time of 4:24.46.   He and Gilbert teamed up again, along with Matija Fojs , to break the record in the 1500 free relay at 15:17.79.   With a time of 2:52.59, Hendricks, Bryan Myers , and Adam D’Aquin took home the victory and record in the 300 back relay in 2:52.59.   Freshman Chase Lambert had a
October 30, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC Boxscore 10-29-05 KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary volleyball team wrapped up its two-game Mid-Con road trip with a loss to UMKC on Saturday evening. Vanessa Portella led the Kangaroos to a solid 3-0 win (30-19, 30-21, 30-24) by posting 22 kills while committing only two errors in 35 attempts.   Centenary (10-21, 0-10 Mid-Con) slowly solved the UMKC attack and for the second straight night improved steadily as the match went on. However, the strong hitting of Portella along with Lauren Starks (10 kills), and 10 team services aces allowed the home team to dispose of the Ladies before the maroon and white could take a game.   UMKC (7-18, 5-6 Mid-Con) tallied only one block in the victory, but hit well posting a kill percentage of .305 against Centenary. Kristy Waltemeyer handed out 28 assists for the Kangaroos and Mandy Tipton recorded 10 digs to lead the blue and gold defensively.   Freshman Danielle Bochat continued her bid for a spot on the Mid-Con Newcomer team by tallying a team-high 16 kills in the loss for the Ladies. Lili Williams notched a match-high 12 digs in the match while Lindsay Bekelja added 30 assists.   Centenary will next host Louisiana-Monroe and Grambling State in a pair of matches in the Gold Dome on Tuesday. The Ladies will face off against ULM at 5 p.m. before battling the Tigers for the third time this season at 7 p.m.        
October 29, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Mid-Con Championships-Men Mid-Con Championships-Women Michael Haydel Adam Walton William Boothe William Fell Ryan Duplantis VALPARAISO, Ind. – For the first time in eight years a Southern Utah team did not walk away with a team title at the Mid-Continent Conference Cross Country Championships. The Oakland men earned their second title in school history and the Oral Roberts women picked up their first-ever cross country crown at the Mid-Con Cross Country Championships in Valparaiso, Ind., on Saturday. The Centenary teams placed seventh (men) and ninth (women) while participating in their third league championship.   Oakland’s Adam Frezza won the individual title on the men’s side, while Faithy Kamangila, who was also the first to cross the finish line in 2004, became just the second women’s runner in conference history to win two career individual titles (Oakland’s Kristie Kieffer). Coach of the Year honors went to Oakland’s Paul Rice (men) and Oral Roberts’ Joe Dial (women), while Newcomer of the Year accolades went to Southern Utah’s Dallas Eborn and Valparaiso’s Laura Rolf. Oakland recorded 38 points to edge Southern Utah (42), which had won seven of the last eight Mid-Con men’s team titles. Oral Roberts (73) was third, followed by IUPUI (95) and Western Illinois (101). Rounding out the finishing order were Valparaiso (170), Centenary (196), UMKC (233) and Chicago State (264). The Gents were paced by Michael Haydel who finished 32 nd overall with a time of 27:31.1. Adam Walton (38 th – 27:50.0), William Boothe (40 th – 27:56.9), William Fell (41 st – 28:18.0), and Ryan Duplantis (45 th – 29:08.7) rounded out the scorers for the men’s squad. The men’s All Mid-Con first team selections were led by Frezza (24:51.3), who was joined by teammate Paul Kulisek (25:16.2). Southern Utah placed Eborn (25:24.7), Chad Sanada (25:25.0) and Sh
October 29, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Donnie Henderson JJ Meyer MACOMB, Ill – Centenary men’s soccer goalkeeper Donnie Henderson broke the record for saves in a season as the Gents fell to Western Illinois 4-1 on the road.   Henderson grabbed seven saves en route to setting the mark at 105, formerly held by Scott Wright who set it in 1988 at 102.   He becomes the second Centenary keeper to break the single-season mark for saves this season, as Ladies netminder Ali Hilsher broke the women’s record as well.   Western Illinois (5-8-2, 3-1-1 Mid-Con) put two goals on the board in the first half, as Nick Bohnenkamp scored a pair in the seventh and 43 rd minutes.   The Leathernecks outshot Centenary 12 to one in the first half, as Handerson collected five of his seven saves in the period.   Senior J.J. Meyer would score the lone Centenary (3-12-0, 1-3-0 Mid-Con) goal in the match, scoring in the 70 th minute with an assist from sophomore Aaron Volanksi .   Volanksi led the Gents with a pair of shots in the contest.   The Leathernecks would score two more goals in the match, one in the 61 st minute and the cushion goal to make it 4-1 in the 87 th minute.   Centenary has two more matches left in the 2005 season, both on the road.   The Gents travel next weekend to face UMKC in Kansas City, Mo., and Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla.
October 29, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Mid-Con Championships-Women Mid-Con Championships-Men Lori VonPingel Laura Deas Halley Grantham Ashley Voorhies Taylor Robertson VALPARAISO, Ind. – For the first time in eight years a Southern Utah team did not walk away with a team title at the Mid-Continent Conference Cross Country Championships. The Oakland men earned their second title in school history and the Oral Roberts women picked up their first-ever cross country crown at the Mid-Con Cross Country Championships in Valparaiso, Ind., on Saturday. The Centenary teams placed seventh (men) and ninth (women) while participating in their third league championship.   Oakland’s Adam Frezza won the individual title on the men’s side, while Faithy Kamangila, who was also the first to cross the finish line in 2004, became just the second women’s runner in conference history to win two career individual titles (Oakland’s Kristie Kieffer). Coach of the Year honors went to Oakland’s Paul Rice (men) and Oral Roberts’ Joe Dial (women), while Newcomer of the Year accolades went to Southern Utah’s Dallas Eborn and Valparaiso’s Laura Rolf. Oakland recorded 38 points to edge Southern Utah (42), which had won seven of the last eight Mid-Con men’s team titles. Oral Roberts (73) was third, followed by IUPUI (95) and Western Illinois (101). Rounding out the finishing order were Valparaiso (170), Centenary (196), UMKC (233) and Chicago State (264). The Gents were paced by Michael Haydel who finished 32 nd overall with a time of 27:31.1. Adam Walton (38 th – 27:50.0), William Boothe (40 th – 27:56.9), William Fell (41 st – 28:18.0), and Ryan Duplantis (45 th – 29:08.7) rounded out the scorers for the men’s squad. The men’s All Mid-Con first team selections were led by Frezza (24:51.3), who was joined by teammate Paul Kulisek (25:16.2). Southern Utah placed Eborn (25:24.7), Chad Sanada (25:25.0) a
October 29, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Western Illinois Boxscore MACOMB, Ill.—The Centenary volleyball team played its first match in a week on Friday night after a long bus trip to face Mid-Con opponent Western Illinois. The Westerwinds did not make the journey a worthwhile one for the Ladies as the host team dropped the maroon and white in three straight games (30-12, 30-23, 30-26).   Centenary (10-20, 0-9 Mid-Con) improved as the match went on, but unfortunately the Ladies ran out of time. After starting the night by hitting -.051 in the opening game, Centenary drastically enhanced its offensive prowess by notching hitting percentages of .206 and .256 in games two and three.   Western Illinois (14-10, 8-2 Mid-Con) would hold off the Ladies run with the powerful offensive attack of Ashley Baker and Amy Sauerwein. The duo combined for 24 kills on the evening and each hit over .450 in the victory. The Westerwinds finished the match overall with a sizzling .440 percentage compared to just .134 for Centenary. WIU swung away at the net as the Ladies managed only a single total team block on the evening.   Danielle Bochat recorded 12 kills to lead Centenary while committing only three errors. Stephanie Scanlan tallied seven kills, five assists, and two aces while Lindsay Bekelja finished with 25 assists in the loss.   The Ladies will travel overnight to Kansas City, Mo., to finish out the season series with UMKC at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Kangaroos took the first meeting between the teams this season in Shreveport in five games.
October 28, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Luiza Pegado Sam Savage Sarah Balkey Lauren Stanley SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team ended their 2005 season with a 4-0 loss at home to Mid-Continent Conference foe Oakland.   The match was the final game of the careers of seniors Luiza Pegado and Sam Savage .   Oakland (8-7-1, 4-2-0 Mid-Con) controlled the tempo of the first half, keeping the Ladies on their heels and outshooting them 14-0.   The Golden Grizzlies would manage just one goal going into halftime, a Kristi Swaving score in the 13 th minute off of teammate Jill Horan’s rebound.   The Golden Grizzlies would increase the pressure in the second half, firing 20 shots on the Ladies defense.   Playing in the second half, reserve keeper Sarah Balkey picked up 10 saves, the first double-figure saves match of her career.   Oakland would add goals in the 50 th , 52 nd , and 63 rd minutes to pull away from the Ladies.   Centenary (6-12-1, 1-5-0 Mid-Con) managed six shots on the OU defense, three on goal.   Freshman Lauren Stanley led the Ladies with two shots.   With the 2005 season in the books, the Ladies will now look ahead to a promising 2006 season.   Losing just two seniors, Centenary will return 10 starters and injured co-captain Joanna Bunn , a junior defender who went down with a knee injury in the Ladies’ season opener.   Along with the projected incoming class, the Maroon and White should contend for a Mid-Con playoff berth and championship.
October 27, 2005 | Athletics
Luiza Pegado Sam Savage SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team will play their final match of the 2005 season as they host Mid-Continent Conference foe Oakland on Friday at 7 p.m.   The Ladies initial season-ending game against McNeese State on Sunday has been cancelled.   Centenary will look to end their season on a high-note, giving them momentum to build on for a strong next season.   The Ladies lose just two seniors this year, Luiza Pegado and Sam Savage , and will return 10 starters in 2006.   Pegado and Savage will be honored by their teammates and coaches before the game for their contributions to the Centenary program.  
October 26, 2005 | Athletics
Lori VonPingel SHREVEPORT—Centenary long distance runners Michael Haydel and Lori Von Pingel have been named Mid-Continent Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week by the league office. The pair of runners led their respective teams at the Northwestern State All-Comers meet held last weekend. It is the first award of such kind for either individual and is the first for the Centenary programs since joining the Mid-Con in the fall of 2003.   Bossier City’s Haydel (Parkway HS) had a strong showing in Natchitoches as he placed 14 th among 42 participants on the 6k course with a time of 20:55.3 to help the Gents to a fifth place finish. The freshman has been Centenary’s top qualifier at every event this season.   Von Pingel, a sophomore from Madison, Miss. (Jackson Prep), garnered the weekly honor after a solid 21 st place effort. She completed the 4k trek in 17:11.0 to extend her streak as the Ladies top individual in each race.   The Ladies and Gents will now set their focus on the Mid-Con Championships this Saturday. Both teams look to make waves in the conference meet, which is being hosted by Valparaiso University.
October 26, 2005 | Athletics
Michael Haydel SHREVEPORT—Centenary long distance runners Michael Haydel and Lori Von Pingel have been named Mid-Continent Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week by the league office. The pair of runners led their respective teams at the Northwestern State All-Comers meet held last weekend. It is the first award of such kind for either individual and is the first for the Centenary programs since joining the Mid-Con in the fall of 2003.   Bossier City’s Haydel (Parkway HS) had a strong showing in Natchitoches as he placed 14 th among 42 participants on the 6k course with a time of 20:55.3 to help the Gents to a fifth place finish. The freshman has been Centenary’s top qualifier at every event this season.   Von Pingel, a sophomore from Madison, Miss. (Jackson Prep), garnered the weekly honor after a solid 21 st place effort. She completed the 4k trek in 17:11.0 to extend her streak as the Ladies top individual in each race.   The Ladies and Gents will now set their focus on the Mid-Con Championships this Saturday. Both teams look to make waves in the conference meet, which is being hosted by Valparaiso University.
October 25, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Results David Viviano Reid Petree TULSA, Okla – Gents golfer David Viviano finished tied for fifth place at the Oral Roberts Invitational after shooting a final round of 75 to go with his first day total of 148.   The junior’s 223 (78-70-75) was good enough to finish just four strokes off the lead.   As a team, Centenary finished ninth with a score of 961, adding 321 to their day one total of 640.   Reid Petree ’s 75 placed him 29 th (235) after finishing the first 36 holes with rounds of 83 and 73.   Freshman John Hogan ended play in 45 th place (85-82-87, 254) while Ryan Oliver improved significantly from the first day to wind up 46 th (87-88-80, 255).   Nathan Hensely ’s 258 (89-82-87) placed him 47 th .   Playing as an individual, Zach Bruhnke saved his best round for the final day, finishing 48 th (93-98-85, 276).   Host Oral Roberts (888) took home the victory after placing their entire team in the top 11.   Following them was UMKC (899), Southern Illinois (906), Bradley (907), Loyola (Ill.) (919), and Texas-Pan American (921).   Rounding out the competition was South Dakota State (927), North Dakota State (935), and Centenary (961).
October 24, 2005 | Athletics
Josh Pinto Arthur Okura Russ Patrick COLLEGE STATION, Tex.—Individuals from both the Centenary men’s and women’s tennis teams participated in the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southwest Regional Championships hosted by Texas A&M this weekend. Women’s players Heather Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz along with men’s team members Josh Pinto, Arthur Okura, and Russ Patrick all competed in their first outing of the season.   The Gents got off on the right foot when both Pinto and Okura advanced with walkover wins on day one. Pinto then lost to Michael Venus from the University of Texas 6-0, 6-0, the 16 th seed in the tournament. Okura was pitted in the next round against Jacobo Hernandez of Tulane who emerged victorious after a 6-0, 6-0 match as well. Russ Patrick was defeated by TCU’s Andrew Ulrich 6-2, 6-0 and fell in a tough battle to Andrew Rust of Texas-Pan American 1-6, 7-5, 10-6.   On day two of the tournament, Okura lost his final match to Anthony Portois of Texas-San Antonio, but Pinto won convincingly over Kris Gloc of Texas Southern. Pinto then advanced to the round of 16 before falling to Jonah Kane-West of Tulane 6-2, 6-0. He ended his play in the tournament with a 3-2 overall record.   The Ladies began play on Friday with Heather Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz each suffering opening round losses. Kelley took the win in her second match over Stephen F. Austin’s Lauren Nowicki 6-3, 6-3 but lost to Aziza Aba Butain of North Texas 6-1, 6-1 to end her run. Majchrowicz also played two more matches as she was downed by Giovanna Arrondo of Louisiana-Monroe (6-1, 6-1) and Christina Amo of Texas State (6-2, 7-6 [2]).   The tournament completes the fall season for both the Ladies and Gents as both teams look forward to mid-January when head-to-head dual matches begin.
October 24, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Results - Day 1 David Viviano Reid Petree TULSA, Okla – Centenary golfer David Viviano is tied for seventh place with 148 after the first two rounds of the Oral Roberts Invitational, three strokes off the lead.   The junior recovered from a first round 78 to a post a two-under 70 on the next 18 holes.   As a team, the Gents are in ninth place with 640.   After shooting a 333 in the first round, the highest of any team, Centenary regrouped themselves and returned with a solid 307 on the second round.   Shaving ten strokes off his first round score of 83 for a 73, Reid Petree ended the day tied for 27 th .   John Hogan is 44 th (85-82, 171), while Nathan Hensley (89-82, 171) is 46 th and Ryan Oliver (87-88, 175) is 47 th .   Playing as an individual, Zach Bruhnke shot rounds of 93 and 98 for 191, and is in 48 th place.   Host Oral Roberts (592) leads the pack by five strokes over UMKC (597), followed by Southern Illinois (599), and Bradley (605).   Ten strokes separate Loyola (Ill.) (613), Texas-Pan American (620), and South Dakota State (623), with North Dakota State (630) and Centenary (640) rounding out the competition.   One round of 18 holes is slated to finish the tournament on Tuesday.
October 24, 2005 | Athletics
COLLEGE STATION, Tex.—Individuals from both the Centenary men’s and women’s tennis teams participated in the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southwest Regional Championships hosted by Texas A&M this weekend. Women’s players Heather Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz along with men’s team members Josh Pinto, Arthur Okura, and Russ Patrick all competed in their first outing of the season.   The Gents got off on the right foot when both Pinto and Okura advanced with walkover wins on day one. Pinto then lost to Michael Venus from the University of Texas 6-0, 6-0, the 16 th seed in the tournament. Okura was pitted in the next round against Jacobo Hernandez of Tulane who emerged victorious after a 6-0, 6-0 match as well. Russ Patrick was defeated by TCU’s Andrew Ulrich 6-2, 6-0 and fell in a tough battle to Andrew Rust of Texas-Pan American 1-6, 7-5, 10-6.   On day two of the tournament, Okura lost his final match to Anthony Portois of Texas-San Antonio, but Pinto won convincingly over Kris Gloc of Texas Southern. Pinto then advanced to the round of 16 before falling to Jonah Kane-West of Tulane 6-2, 6-0. He ended his play in the tournament with a 3-2 overall record.   The Ladies began play on Friday with Heather Kelley and Christine Majchrowicz each suffering opening round losses. Kelley took the win in her second match over Stephen F. Austin’s Lauren Nowicki 6-3, 6-3 but lost to Aziza Aba Butain of North Texas 6-1, 6-1 to end her run. Majchrowicz also played two more matches as she was downed by Giovanna Arrondo of Louisiana-Monroe (6-1, 6-1) and Christina Amo of Texas State (6-2, 7-6 [2]).   The tournament completes the fall season for both the Ladies and Gents as both teams look forward to mid-January when head-to-head dual matches begin.
October 23, 2005 | Athletics
NASHVILLE, Tenn – The Centenary men’s soccer team, missing several starters to injury and mandatory suspensions, fell on the road to Lipscomb 7-0.   The Gents were forced to play without starting defender Aron Taylor because of injury, as well as defender Dustin Forward and midfielder J.J. Meyer after both collected their fifth yellow cards of the season against Birmingham-Southern.   Scott Mason scored four goals, two in each half, to pace Lipscomb.   The Bison outshot the Gents 24-6 in the contest.   Centenary keeper Donnie Henderson collected six saves in the loss.   The Gents finish out their season with three Mid-Continent Conference matches, all on the road.   Centenary faces Western Illinois on Friday, followed by a trip to take on UMKC and Oral Roberts the following weekend.
October 23, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Rachel Alexander Lauren Stanley Bre Fletcher Sam Savage Sarah Balkey SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team ended their three game losing streak with a 3-1 home victory over visiting Nicholls State.   The Ladies upped their offensive aggressiveness in the second half, scoring all three goals in the second frame, to pick up their second victory in their last nine games.   Centenary (6-11-1) put their first goal on the board just under two minutes into the second half, as local product Rachel Alexander (Bossier City, Parkway HS) took a feed up the middle from Lauren Stanley and fired the ball past the Lady Colonel’s keeper.   Stanley and Alexander would connect again in the 68 th minute on a similarly executed play, this time with the roles reversed.     Nicholls State (2-11-0) would make things interesting as the game wore down, scoring in the 81 st minute to pull the game within one.   The Ladies would answer immediately though, scoring exactly one minute later at the 81:19 mark by Bre Fletcher with an assist from Sam Savage .   Both keepers played solidly between the pipes, with Centenary freshman Sarah Balkey collecting eight saves in the win.   The Lady Colonel’s Sarah Neunzig picked up a game-high 11 saves in the loss, many of them spectacular efforts to take away sure-goals from the Ladies offense.   The Ladies wrap up their 2005 home slate with a Mid-Continent Conference match against Oakland on Friday at 7 p.m.   The game will be preceded by “Senior Night”, where the Centenary will bid farewell to graduating seniors Luiza Pegado and Savage in their final match at Mayo Field.
October 22, 2005 | Athletics
Lori VonPingel Ashley Voorhies Laura Deas NATCHITOCHES, La.--The Centenary women's cross country team added a last minute meet to their schedule in order to have enough events to qualify to participate in the Mid-Con Championships. That meet took place Friday evening in Natchitoches, La., where the Ladies tallied 146 points to place fourth ahead of Louisiana Tech (165). Centenary placed behind the top three finishers of Lamar (15), Northwestern State (59), and Louisiana-Lafayette (82). Lori VonPingel turned in the Ladies best effort in 21st place with a 4k time of 17:11.0. Ashley Voorhies (28th - 18:47.1), Laura Deas (29th - 18:48.2), Halley Grantham (32nd - 19:37.7), and Molly Broderick (36th - 20:00.7) rounded out the top five Centenary finishers. Complete Results Women: 1. Lamar 15; 2. Northwestern State 59; 3. Louisiana-Lafayette 82; 4. Centenary 146; 5. Louisiana Tech 165; Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana did not score. Women: 4k 1. Renee Graham, LU, 14:23.1; 2. Amanda King, LU, 14:38.9; 3. Stacey Monteau, LU, 14:43.5; 4. Clerc Koenck, LU, 14:46.6; 5. Jackie John, LU, 15:04.7; 6. Natasha Williams, LU, 15:31.0; 7. Amber Prather, LU, 15:57.2; 8. Margeaux Fisher, NSU, 16:05.8; 9. Abby Salomon, NSU, 16:06.4; 10. Jasmine Collins, ULL, 16:25.6.   11. Ruth Kinyanjui, NSU, 16:30.0; 12. Ashley Terrell, NSU, 16:32.6; 13. Kim Gastinell, SLU, 16:41.4; 14. Kayla Schineewess, SLU, 16:48.4; 15. Jennifer Gautreaux, ULL, 16:50.7; 16. Kim Schineewess, SLU, 16:53.4; 17. Casey Brown, ULL, 16:55.6; 18. Stacy Enright, ULL, 17:02.3; 19. Lesley Lambert, NSU, 17:06.3; 20. Stacy Jones, NICH, 17:07.4.   21. Lori Von Pingel, CC, 17:11.0; 22. Leah Lagere, ULL, 17:15.9; 23. Alix Stelly, ULL, 17:30.0; 24. Jaylin McDonald, SLU, 18:07.0; 25. Mirjam Barnes, LTU, 18:29.3; 26. Melissa Newsome, ULL, 18:35.2; 27. Jodi Dufrene, NICH, 18:43.9; 28. Ashley Voorhies, CC, 18:47.1; 29. Laura Deas, CC, 1
October 22, 2005 | Athletics
Michael Haydel William Boothe Adam Walton NATCHITOCHES, La.--The Centenary men's cross country team added a meet at Northwestern State to their schedule. The Gents ran at the meet in order to have enough events to qualify to participate in the Mid-Con Championships. The maroon and white tallied 108 points to best the host Demons by 24 points, but finished fifth overall behind Lamar (31), Southeastern Louisiana (61), Stephen F. Austin (79), and Louisiana-Lafayette (86). Michael Haydel turned in the Gents top performance in 14th place with a 6k time of 20:55.3. Will Boothe (17th - 21:00.3), Adam Walton (18th - 21:00.5), William Fell (27th - 21:23.9), and Ryan Duplantis (32nd - 22:11.9) rounded out the top five Centenary finishers. Complete Results Men: 1. Lamar 31; 2. Southeastern Louisiana 61; 3. Stephen F. Austin 79; 4. Louisiana-Lafayette 86; 5. Centenary 108; 6. Northwestern State 132; Nicholls did not score. Men: 6k 1. Danny Shaw, LU, 19:15.3; 2. Daniel Williams, SFA, 19:49.9; 3. Jake Champagne, LU, 19:54.0; 4. Gerardo Moreno, SFA, 19:58.2; 5. Joey Valwe, SLU, 20:01.1; 6. Justin Lemarie, ULL, 20:11.5; 7. Ben McBride, LU, 20:15.0; 8. Kurt Scoby, SLU, 20:17.0; 9. Hamish Meacheam, LU, 20:20.2; 10. Alex Ashewbrewer, SLU, 20:23.6.   11. Martin Husen, LU, 20:25.1; 12. Sean Allerton, SLU, 20:36.9; 13. DJ Hebert, ULL, 20:47.2; 14. Michael Haydel, CC, 20:55.3; 15. Steve Kemei, NSU, 20:56.7; 16. Aaron Hohn, SFA, 20:59.7; 17. Will Booth, CC, 21:00.3; 18. Adam Walton, CC, 21:00.5; 19. D.J. Bean, LU, 21:01.5; 20. Matt Zaunbrecher, ULL, 21:02.1.   21. Chris Pearson, NSU, 21:03.1; 22. Dustin Kelm, SFA, 21:04.7; 23. Philip Guidry, ULL, 21:19.6; 24. Ben Schexnayder, ULL, 21:21.0; 25. Colin Campo, NICH, 21:22.4; 26. Rosendo Vallejos, SLU, 21:22.8; 27. William Fell, CC, 21:23.9; 28. Joshua Falgout, ULL, 21:51.0; 29. Aaron Heflin, NSU, 21:52.7; 30. Andie Ory, NICH, 21:56.3.   31. Jobie Gisclair, ULL, 21:58.8; 32. Ryan Duplantis, CC, 22:11.9; 33. Gideon Rotich, NSU, 2
October 21, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Ali Hilsher SHREVEPORT – Sophomore goalkeeper Ali Hilsher set two separate Centenary women’s soccer records in the Ladies 2-0 loss to visiting Southern Utah.   Hilsher, who had come into the match tied for the single-season saves record with 118, collected 19 saves on the night to take the lead outright.   Her performance also bested the school’s single game record she had previously set twice at 17.   Southern Utah’s Catherine Johnson scored both of the Thunderbirds goals, one in the 24 th minute and the other in the 85 th minute.   SUU (5-3-6, 2-1-2 Mid-Con) outshot Centenary 39 to 6, although the majority of their shots were long range, low percentage ones.   The loss eliminates the Ladies (5-11-1, 1-4-0 Mid-Con) from postseason play for the first time since joining the league in 2003.   Centenary remains home this weekend where they face non-conference opponent Nicholls State on Sunday at 1 p.m.   They then play their final home match of the 2005 season on Friday, facing Oakland in their final Mid-Con game of the season.
October 21, 2005 | Athletics
Alana Gregory Melanie Zimmerman Murphy Crain Ally Gann Caitlin Cunningham SHREVEPORT – The Centenary swim team began the 2005-06 season with a solid showing against visiting Spring Hill College, placing first in all but one of the 10 events of the meet.   Centenary downed the Badgers by a combined team score of 212 to 148.   The meet began with a women’s 400 medley relay, won by the team of Murphy Crain , Nicole Turner , Melanie Zimmerman , and Alana Gregory in 4:16.29.   The men’s 400 medley relay followed, with the team of Adam D’Aquin , Kyle McKee , Chase Lambert , and Bryan Myers winning handily in 3:44.83.   The third even began six consecutive mixed relays, all won by Centenary.   The closest contest came in the mixed 200 backstroke relay, as the team of Dustin Myers , Ross Gilbert , Caitlin Cunningham , and Ally Gann nipped the Badgers by a quarter of a second in 1:52.23 to take the victory.   Spring Hill won their only event in the men’s 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:23.04, just 0.31 seconds ahead of the Gents team of Dustin Myers, Matija Fojs , Gilbert, and Robert Hendricks .   The Ladies and Gents face off with Spring Hill again on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Centenary Fitness Center.
October 21, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ORU Boxscore 10-21-05 SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team knew it had a tough battle ahead when hosting Mid-Con leader Oral Roberts in the Gold Dome on Friday after already having played the Golden Eagles on the road. ORU again showed the Ladies why it sits atop the conference standings by sweeping Centenary in three games by the scores of 30-21, 30-10, 30-17.   Oral Roberts (14-8, 7-1 Mid-Con) fell behind in the early going as Centenary stunned the Golden Eagles by tallying the first four points of the match. ORU responded with a 5-0 run of its own and the two teams settled into a seesaw affair that showed the Ladies still ahead after 25 points at 13-12. Cris Alves then stepped up her service game and notched two of her seven aces on the night and Ori Zuzic blasted seven of her 15 total kills to place the visitors ahead for good in game one.   Centenary (10-19, 0-8 Mid-Con) struggled offensively in the second game as the maroon and white finished with only four kills and a hitting percentage of -.250. On the other side of the net things were going well for Oral Roberts. Despite multiple blocks by the Ladies, the Golden Eagles continued to pound away and ripped 12 kills while committing only a single error for an impressive percentage of .579.   The Ladies stayed within striking distance in the final game, but the ORU service game puzzled Centenary all evening. Seven aces in game three gave Oral Roberts 17 on the night and allowed the Golden Eagles to complete the sweep.   Ashlee Freeman led Centenary with eight kills while Danielle Bochat added seven in the loss. Tracee Byrd recorded a team-high seven digs and Lindsay Bekelja finished with 17 assists.   Jackie Oliveira and JoJo Souza each contributed nine kills in addition to Zuzic’s effort of 15 to pace Oral Roberts. Oliveira and Alves notched 13 digs each while Brittany Arnold added 30 assists in the winning cause.   Centenary
October 21, 2005 | Athletics
Adam D'Aquin Chase Lambert Bryan Myers Dustin Myers Ross Gilbert SHREVEPORT – The Centenary swim team began the 2005-06 season with a solid showing against visiting Spring Hill College, placing first in all but one of the 10 events of the meet.   Centenary downed the Badgers by a combined team score of 212 to 148.   The meet began with a women’s 400 medley relay, won by the team of Murphy Crain , Nicole Turner , Melanie Zimmerman , and Alana Gregory in 4:16.29.   The men’s 400 medley relay followed, with the team of Adam D’Aquin , Kyle McKee , Chase Lambert , and Bryan Myers winning handily in 3:44.83.   The third even began six consecutive mixed relays, all won by Centenary.   The closest contest came in the mixed 200 backstroke relay, as the team of Dustin Myers , Ross Gilbert , Caitlin Cunningham , and Ally Gann nipped the Badgers by a quarter of a second in 1:52.23 to take the victory.   Spring Hill won their only event in the men’s 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:23.04, just 0.31 seconds ahead of the Gents team of Dustin Myers, Matija Fojs , Gilbert, and Robert Hendricks .   The Ladies and Gents face off with Spring Hill again on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Centenary Fitness Center.
October 20, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score JJ Meyer Wes Hardin Jon Wright Dustin Forward Brody Sager SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team dropped their last home contest of the 2005 season to visiting Birmingham-Southern, 5-2.   Senior J.J. Meyer scored the second of the Gents two goals in his final appearance at Mayo Field, which also marked the end of home play for Wes Hardin and Jon Wright .   By no means would Centenary (3-10-0) bid their seniors farewell without a fight, as the Gents played hard and aggressively the entire match.   Centenary was whistled for 21 fouls and five yellow cards, as well as picking up 11 offsides calls in their pursuit for the goal.   Birmingham-Southern (8-4-1) was just as aggressive, having never defeated the Gents in program history and looking for that elusive first victory.   The Panthers were credited with 24 fouls, six yellow cards, and a red card as they finally pulled out a victory.   The Panthers posted their first goal in the 37 th minute, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.   Birmingham-Southern would then add another two goals in the 53 rd and 68 th minutes.   Centenary took advantage of the red card given to the Panthers at the 71:32 mark, scoring on the ensuing free kick.   Sophomore Dustin Forward took the feed from Brody Sager at the top of the box for his first goal of his career.   Not finished scoring, Birmingham-Southern added another goal in the 78 th minute.   Seconds later, Meyer would take a long pass of the kickoff, use some fancy maneuvering on the surprised keeper, and easily dribble the ball into the back of the net.   Aaron Volanski was credited for the heads-up assist.   The Panthers would put their final goal on the board as time wound down, scoring with just 12 ticks left on the clock.   Despite giving up the five goals, Gents keeper Donnie Henderson collected nine saves on a busy night where BSC took 31 shots. &
October 19, 2005 | Athletics
Wes Hardin JJ Meyer Jon Wright SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team will finish the home portion of their 2005 schedule with a non-conference contest against visiting Birmingham-Southern.   The Gents will also bid farewell to graduating seniors Wes Hardin, J.J. Meyer, and Jon Wright in their final Mayo Field appearances.   The Gents are coming off a tough loss to Mid-Continent Conference foe Oakland, their first home defeat of the season.   Centenary (3-9-0, 1-2-0 Mid-Con) still has a possibility of making the Mid-Con postseason tournament for the first time since joining the league in 2003.   Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. with a pre-game ceremony to honor Hardin, Meyer, and Wright.   The Gents will then travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Lipscomb on Sunday.
October 18, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-TSU Boxscore CC-TAMUCC Boxscore Chevy White HOUSTON, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team split a pair of matches on Tuesday in Houston as the Ladies defeated Texas Southern 3-1 (24-30, 30-26, 30-13, 30-20) before falling to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3-0 (13-30, 21-30, 27-30). Danielle Bochat racked up 26 kills in the two matches while Ashlee Freeman totaled 22 kills on the day.   Centenary (10-18) started out slow in its opening match with Texas Southern, dropping game in large part to several costly service errors. The Ladies bounced back to hit .204, .407, and .262 over the final three games to earn the win. Bochat turned in a stellar performance as she accounted for 20 kills and 21 digs while hitting at a .395 clip and adding five aces. Lindsay Bekelja tallied 47 assists and 15 digs in her second consecutive exceptional outing. Freeman added 11 kills, Shayla Andreas notched 10 kills, and Chevy White pounded down a career-high seven kills to end the Ladies seven-game losing streak.   Texas A&M-Corpus Christi used 15 aces from its strong service game to ease by the Ladies in the nightcap. The Islanders raced out to a one-game lead, catching the tired Centenary team off guard. The Ladies climbed back into the match and improved each game, narrowly missing a victory in game three at 30-27.   Freeman duplicated her kill total from the first match with 11 on 30 attempts. Bochat was limited to only six kills and Rebecca Lunceford added five kills in the loss. Katrina Stephens recorded her first double digit digs effort with a team-leading 13 while Bekelja put up another double double with 21 assists and 12 digs.   Centenary will next host Oral Roberts in its only Mid-Con match this week. The Ladies and the Golden Eagles will hook up at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Gold Dome.
October 18, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Results Reid Petree John Hogan David Viviano Nathan Hensley Ryan Oliver CHOUDRANT, La – The Centenary men’s golf team finished 20 th at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Classic with a 952, shooting a their lowest team round of the tournament at 315 in the final round.   The Gents posted rounds of 320 and 317 in the first day of action.   Reid Petree’s 224 (76, 72, 76) was good enough to tie for 47 th place, followed by John Hogan at 238 (82, 77, 79) who tied for 93 rd .   David Viviano finished 100 th with a 246 (80, 86, 80), Ryan Oliver 102 nd with a 251 (89, 82, 80), and Nathan Hensley 103 rd with a 253 (82, 86, 85).   Ole Miss shot 855 to win the tournament, followed by Texas-Arlington (859) and Mississippi State (865).   The next tier included Louisiana-Lafayette and Rice (tied with 878), Louisiana-Monroe (880), Houston (881), Arkansas State (882), and Southern Miss (883), followed by New Orleans (888), Nebraska (889), South Alabama (891), host Louisiana Tech (896), North Texas and Sam Houston State (tied with 898), and Western Kentucky (902).   Rounding out the competition was Tulane and Arkansas-Little Rock (tied with 912), Stephen F. Austin (938), and Centenary (952).  
October 18, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-PVAM4 Boxscore PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—Sophomore setter Lindsay Bekelja recorded her 2,000 th career assist in the opening minutes of a five-game loss as the Centenary volleyball team fell to Prairie View A&M 3-2 (30-26, 20-30, 29-31, 30-26, 8-15) on Monday evening. Bekelja recorded 56 assists on the night but the Ladies could not overcome the boisterous Lady Panther fans and a pumped up Prairie View team on its home court. The loss was the first for Centenary against PVAM in four meetings this season.   Centenary (9-17) took game one without any major threat from the host team after the Ladies seized the lead for good at 11-10 on a kill from Bekelja. The maroon and white suffered a let down in game two as the teams switched benches and the Ladies moved directly in front of the loudly opinionated home crowd.   Centenary controlled game three from the initial play and reached its largest lead of nine points at 13-4 on a Shayla Andreas kill. However, with a 28-24 advantage, two Ladies attack errors partnered with a Prairie View ace and two kills rendered, Centenary down 29-28. The Lady Panthers took two of the next three points to complete the come-from-behind victory.   Prairie View A&M (11-11) racked up 24 kills in game four, but the resilient Ladies persevered behind six kills from senior Tracee Byrd to even the match at two games apiece. The Lady Panthers then pulled away in game five to claim the match.   Ashlee Freeman led Centenary with 20 kills and four total blocks. Danielle Bochat contributed 14 kills and three blocks in the loss while Andreas finished with 12 kills and four blocks. Bekelja completed her double double with a team-high 14 digs to go with her 56 assists. Rebecca Lunceford tallied a career-high 10 digs on the evening.   The Ladies will stay on the road as they travel to Houston to face Texas Southern at 3 p.m. before taking on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a neutral sit
October 16, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Ali Hilsher Bre Fletcher Rachel Alexander Sarah Balkey SHREVEPORT – Sophomore Ali Hilsher tied the year-old record of 118 saves in a season as the Centenary women’s soccer team dropped a non-conference match to visiting Stephen F. Austin 1-0.   Hilsher collected eight saves on the day in just under 50 minutes of work.   Hilsher’s 118 saves on the year tie her with Lindsey Stafford, who broke her own 2003 record of 113 a year afterwards.   With five matches left to play, Hilsher has ample opportunity to make sure any future keeper has a difficult time taking her name out of the Centenary record books.   She also holds the record for saves in a game with 17, a feat she has recorded twice this season.   After a scoreless first half, Centenary (5-10-1) had their best opportunity to jump on the board in the 71 st minute as freshman Bre Fletcher had a breakaway one on one chance with SFA keeper Natascia Michalezki.   Looking to put the Ladies up one, Fletcher tried to power her shot past the diving keeper, but Michalezki successfully cut off her angle and smothered the ball for the save.   The Ladies had another scoring opportunity taken away from the LadyJacks just over three minutes later.   Rachel Alexander found herself on a run with no one between her and the keeper, but was pushed down from behind by SFA’s Keyli Townsend who received a yellow card for her actions.   Alexander would miss the ensuing free kick wide left.   SFA (11-3-0) would take advantage of the pair of Ladies letdowns in the 77 th minute, as Summer Bradfield fed a long pass down the right side to Amanda Alders, who then beat two Centenary defenders for the game-winning goal.   Centenary played behind the strong defense of Hilsher and freshman Sarah Balkey in goal, who together grabbed 13 saves on the day.   Outshot 34-10, Centenary kept themselves in the game by forcing
October 15, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo Boxscore SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team began the 2005 campaign after learning that two of its top players would be out for the season. With an active roster of 10 players heading into Saturday’s match with defending Mid-Con champion Valparaiso, the Ladies were playing down another player after freshman libero Liliana Williams was suspended four games for violating team rules. The suspension meant several Ladies would play out of position in order to cover for Williams and the Crusaders took advantage, downing the depleted Centenary team 3-0 (30-13, 30-13, 30-27).   Centenary (9-16, 0-7 Mid-Con) struggled all match with its passing and could not organize a threat offensively. The Ladies allowed 11 Valparaiso service aces in the three games and managed to hit at only a .010 percentage in the loss. The maroon and white totaled just 11 kills through the first two games and did not record its initial kill until the eleventh point (9-2 Valpo) of the opening game.   Valparaiso (16-5, 6-1 Mid-Con) bounced back after dropping a five-game match to Oral Roberts on Friday evening to easily dispatch of the Ladies. The Crusaders hit .484 in the second game on 20 kills to only five errors in 31 attempts. Jessie Fox led the way with six kills in as many tries in the game while Brittany Marks chimed in with three aces.   Game three was a different story as Centenary regained its composure when senior Tracee Byrd entered the match for the first time. The Ladies responded with their best offensive game and led the majority of the way. However, with a 27-24 lead, Centenary could not hold on as its inconsistent passing allowed Valparaiso too many offensive chances. Jill Meyer, Tiffany Meikle, Sara Hughes, Allison Sears, and Nicole Schulz each posted three kills in the game for the Crusaders who used all its weapons in the win.   Fox finished with a match-high 12 kills for the visiting Crusaders whil
October 15, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Ben Calderara Will Todd Donnie Henderson SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer home winning streak ended at three after falling to Mid-Continent Conference foe Oakland 2-0.   The Gents had previously been undefeated at the Mayo Field this season with a record of 3-0-0.   In what would prove to be a well-fought match, Centenary and Oakland played even through the first 45 minutes, going into halftime with a scoreless draw.   Both squads spent significant time on the offensive side of the ball, but neither team could find away past their opponents keeper.   Centenary (3-9-0, 1-2-0 Mid-Con) just missed out on taking a 1-0 lead into the break as Ben Calderara ’s header of off Will Todd ’s free kick sailed just wide of the post in the 43 rd minute.   The second half saw more action, as well as extra aggressiveness of both teams trying to climb the Mid-Con standings.   The extra drive created extra fouls however, as four cautions were shown and team fouls more than doubled from 10 in the first half to 24 in the second.   Oakland (6-6-0, 2-1-0 Mid-Con) put what would be the game-winning goal on the board in the 62 nd minute.   Dave Stoffel dribbled down the left side, sliding the ball to fellow Wade Allan who’s one-touch pass to Doron Drai set up the score.   The Golden Grizzlies would add a cushion goal ten minutes later at the 71:03 mark, as Jim Denk scored with an assist from Brian Graham.   The game also saw two of the most active keepers in the Mid-Con go head to head.   Saves leader Donnie Henderson of Centenary picked up five in the loss, while third ranked OU keeper Jeff Wiese grabbed six in the shutout.   Centenary hosts Birmingham-Southern in their next home game, the final men’s match of the season at Mayo Field, on Thursday, September 20.   The Gents will honor seniors Wes Hardin, J.J. Meyer, and Jon Wright for th
October 14, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Ali Hilsher Michael Anne Wheeler Sam Savage Bre Fletcher SHREVEPORT – Centenary keeper Ali Hilsher tied her own school record for saves in a game with 17, but it wasn’t enough as the Ladies fell to visiting Western Illinois 5-1.     Hilsher previously set the saves mark in a scoreless double-overtime draw against Southern Miss.   Her 17 saves against the Westerwinds are the most for a 90 minute game.   With four games remaining, Hilsher needs just eight more saves to tie the single season record of 118, set last year by Lindsey Stafford.   The Westerwinds(6-3-3, 2-1-1 Mid-Con) outshot Centenary 39-7, including 20-4 in the first half, but only managed one goal against the Ladies going into overtime.   Hilsher saved a free kick by Ashley Hoch from just outside the box, but was unable to keep control of the ball to allow Kim Schuneman to mop up and score in the 13 th minute.   Western Illinois would add four more goals in the second half, including one with less than a minute to play, to seal the victory.   Hoch added a pair of goals to her performance while Bess Rapp and Tara Gallagher each scored as well.   Michael Anne Wheeler notched the lone goal for the Ladies (5-9-1, 1-3-0 Mid-Con), the first of her collegiate career.   Wheeler launched a shot from the top of the box past WIU keeper Loes Geurts in the 80 th minute.   Bre Fletcher and Sam Savage assisted on the goal.   Centenary stays home to host Stephen F. Austin in non-conference action on Sunday at 1 p.m.
October 14, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Centenary-Oakland Boxscore SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team battled hard and nearly came up victorious, but visiting Oakland came through with the points when it needed it as the Golden Grizzlies defeated the Ladies on Friday night 3-0 (30-20, 31-29, 30-27). Oakland was able to shut down a hot Danielle Bochat for Centenary in game three and held on for the win despite 15 service errors.   Centenary (9-15, 0-6 Mid-Con) looked sluggish in the opening game and the Golden Grizzlies took advantage, hitting at a .429 clip on 17 kills and just two errors in 35 attempts. Heather Lippert and Adrienne Leone led the way with five kills each for OU, but Bochat nearly matched with her effort of four kills for the Ladies.   Oakland (4-18, 3-3 Mid-Con) continued its exceptional hitting in game two as the visitors racked up 21 kills. Centenary fought hard to overcome an early deficit and matched OU point-for-point down the stretch, but the Ladies came up just short. Bochat and Shayla Andreas each had three kills for the maroon and white but five kills from Lippert and seven more from Leone sealed the game for Oakland.   The Ladies held the advantage several times in game three and out-hit Oakland .237 (16 kills) to .220 (15 kills). However, the Golden Grizzlies neutralized Bochat as the freshman collected only one kill on five attempts in the final game. Freshman Rebbeca Lunceford came off the bench to pick up some of the slack by notching three kills and three digs in limited action and served six consecutive points at one point for Centenary. But it was the tandem of Lippert and Leone for OU who pounded down five and four more kills respectively to preserve the win.   Leone finished the evening with a match-high 16 kills on 38 attempts while Lippert was more efficient with 15 kills on 26 attempts. Lauren Duquette led the way for Oakland with 19 digs and Leone rounded out her double double with 12 digs. Becca M
October 13, 2005 | Athletics
Bre Fletcher Sam Savage Ali Hilsher SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team returns home for a five-game homestand starting with a Mid-Continent Conference match against Western Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m.   The Ladies complete their season with five of their last six games at home, including the remaining three conference contests on the schedule.   The Ladies (5-8-1, 1-2 Mid-Con) look to qualify for the Mid-Con postseason tournament for the third time in as many years of league play.   After hosting the Westerwinds, Centenary welcomes Southern Utah and Oakland on consecutive Fridays to finish out the conference season.     Sophomore Bre Fletcher leads the Ladies with 10 points (3 goals, 4 assists) while senior Sam Savage shares the lead in goals with three of her own.   Defensively, keeper Ali Hilsher ’s 93 saves put her on pace to break the Ladies’ single-season saves record of 118.   She needs just 25 more saves in the next five games to accomplish the feat.   Centenary needs to win at least two of the next three conference games for a chance at postseason competition.   Last year, the Ladies fell to Southern Utah 1-0, but defeated WIU 3-2 in double overtime and Oakland 1-0 in overtime.
October 13, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2005-06 Mid-Con Preseason Poll Robert Hendricks Matija Fojs Ross Gilbert Dustin Myers Robert Trempski ELMURST, Ill – The Centenary men’s swimming team has been selected to finish second in a the 2005-06 Mid-Continent Conference preseason poll, as voted on by coaches of participating institutions.   The Gents’ 11 points follow six-time defending champion Oakland (16 points, 4 first place votes) and narrowly edges out Western Illinois (10 points, 1 first place vote) and IUPUI (9 points).   Valparaiso received four points.   Head Coach Butch Jordan , the 2004-05 Mid-Con Men’s Coach of the Year, returns a strong squad of swimmers that includes 04-05 first-team All-Mid-Con performer Robert Hendricks , the only non-Oakland swimmer to earn the accolade.   Joining Hendricks are last season’s second-team honorees Matija Fojs , Ross Gilbert , Dustin Myers , and Robert Trempski .   On the women’s side, Oakland is also the favorite, garnering 16 points and four first place votes.   Western Illinois (12 points, 1 first place vote) is second, followed by IUPUI (9 points), Valparaiso (8 points), and Centenary (5 points).   Centenary opens their season on Friday, October 21, as the Ladies and Gents host Spring Hill College.   The meet, which was postponed because of Hurricane Rita, will take place at 6 p.m. at the Centenary Fitness Center.  
October 12, 2005 | Athletics
Jessica Garza ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary Ladies golfer Jessica Garza earned her first Mid-Continent Conference Golfer of the Week award after a strong showing at the Arkansas State Lady Indian Classic.   The freshman shot rounds of 77 and 80 for a 157, good enough to tie her for 18 th place, just 10 strokes behind the leader.   Garza has been the top performer for the Ladies in two of the three tournaments Centenary has participated in, including a number one finish in her first-ever collegiate tournament.   Her 78.4 scoring average is good enough to rank sixth in the Mid-Con, and she holds the second lowest round in the Conference with a 73.   Centenary has two weeks off before their next tournament. The Ladies will travel to participate in the Troy Women’s Invitational on October 31 st and November 1 st in Montgomery, Ala.
October 12, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team will host their annual alumni game as part of “Coach James Farrar Day” on Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.   The game will be followed by a “Toast and Roast” for the Centenary Hall of Famer at the Shreveport Country Club at 5:30 p.m.   All of Sunday’s proceeds will go to the Centenary College Baseball Scholarship in the name of Coach Farrar.   Coach Farrar, a 2000 inductee to the Centenary Athletics Hall of Fame, was instrumental in bringing the Gents baseball program into national prominence.   During his seven years at the helm, Farrar had 10 players drafted into the pros and was the driving force behind the overhaul and capital improvements on then-named Centenary Park (now Shehee Stadium).   Now a scout for the Houston Astros, he has launched the Major League careers of talent such as former 20-game winner J.R. Richard and current ace Roy Oswalt.   The alumni game is free of charge for all former Gent players, but a small donation is appreciated in the spirit of the celebration for Coach Farrar.   The “Toast and Roast” at Shreveport CC includes a $25 donation, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.   Monday, November 7, marks the return of the 13 th Annual Curtis H. Stout Invitational Golf Tournament, hosted by Centenary Baseball at Olde Oaks Golf Club in Haughton, La.   The four-player scramble will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, and is followed by a silent auction and presentation of awards.   Fees for the tournament are $125 per player (individual players welcome) and $500 per team of four.   Included are greens fees, cart, beverages, lunch, and prizes for first to third place, hole-in-one, longest drive, and closest to the pin.   Sponsorships are also available, and the registration deadline is November 1 st .   For more information about the alumni game, “Toast and Roast&rd
October 11, 2005 | Athletics
Jessica Garza Chloe' Mims Tracy Williams Leigh Newton Billie Cook JONESBORO, Ark – The Centenary women’s golf team finished competition in the Arkansas State Lady Indian Classic in 12 th place, shooting rounds of 326 and 336 for a 662 (+86).   Freshman Jessica Garza led the Ladies with a 157 with rounds of 77 and 80 to finish tied for 18 th place.   Sophomore Chloe’ Mims tied for 47 th with 81 and 84 for a 165, followed by freshmen Tracy Williams (t-60, 82-86, 168) and Leigh Newton (t-68, 86-86, 172).   Senior Billie Cook (t-74, 88-89, 177) finished out of scoring consideration.   Sam Houston State shaved seven strokes off their Day 1 score to win with a 617.   A tight pack followed, as Louisiana-Monroe (621), Texas State (623), Murray State and Texas-San Antonio (625 each), and Arkansas State and Northern Iowa (628 each) finished within seven strokes of each other.   The next tier of finishers included McLennan CC (639), Belmont (640), Austin Peay State (645), and Arkansas Tech (659).   Rounding out the competition was Centenary (662), St. Louis (664), and Evansville (667).
October 10, 2005 | Athletics
Ali Hilsher ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary sophomore Ali Hilsher has been selected as the Mid-Continent Conference women’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week after posting back-to-back double-figure save matches over the weekend.   Hilsher grabbed 15 saves in a 2-0 loss to Mid-Con rival Valparaiso and another 10 in the Ladies 1-0 victory over IUPUI.     Hilsher is currently ranked 16 th in the nation in saves per game with 7.56.   Her 93 saves on the year are just 25 behind the Centenary all-time single season record, with six matches left to play.   She also won Player of the Week accolades for the week of Sept. 19 th .   The Ladies (5-8-1, 1-2 Mid-Con) begin a four-match homestand this weekend as they host Mid-Con foe Western Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m. and non-conference opponent Stephen F. Austin on Sunday at 1 p.m.
October 10, 2005 | Athletics
Carmen Reid Julia Cornelius The usually sleepy Saturday morning parking lot of Mall St. Vincent was wide awake this past weekend as the many runners and walkers arrived for Shreveport-Bossier’s annual Race for the Cure. Among this crowd of runners were members of the Centenary Ladies gymnastics team who came out to show their support for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.     The event consisted of three races; a 5K, a one-mile fun run, and a kid’s fifty-yard dash.   The gymnasts took on the 5K race and finished quite successfully. Senior Carmen Reid led the team with an impressive twenty-five minute finish followed closely by freshman Julia Cornelius at twenty-eight minutes. Junior Jessie Angus and freshman Mandy Bennett were close behind, both finishing in thirty-three minutes respectively. Endurance is a critical component of training for a gymnastics program, making Race for the Cure both a great opportunity for the Ladies to get involved in the community and to help prepare them for the upcoming season.
October 10, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary sophomore Aaron Volanksi has been selected as the Mid-Continent Conference men’s soccer Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Gents to a pair of home victories.   Volanksi’s scoring production played a vital role as the Gents won their first ever Mid-Con match since joining the conference in 2003.   In wins over Mid-Con foe IUPUI on Saturday and non-conference opponent Ouachita Baptist on Sunday, Volanski netted four goals and an assist, including both game-winning scores.   Centenary is now 3-0-0 playing in the friendly confines of Mayo Field this season.   Volanski leads the Gents (3-8-0, 1-1 Mid-Con) in goals with five, and scoring with 11 points.   He has also scored the game-winner in all three Centenary victories this season.     The Gents look to continue their home undefeated streak as they take on Mid-Con opponent Oakland on Saturday at 3 p.m.   The Gents have lost just once at home since the end of the 2003 season, holding a 4-1-2 record during that span.
October 10, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Results - Day 1 Jessica Garza Chloe' Mims Tracy Williams Leigh Newton Billie Cook JONESBORO, Ark – The Centenary women’s golf team is currently in 12 th place at the Arkansas State Lady Indian Classic after posting a 326 in the first round.   The Ladies are 23 strokes off the lead, but just 14 off the head of a pack of 10 other teams all separated by seven strokes.   Freshman Jessica Garza paces the Ladies with 77, good enough to tie for 15 th place.   She is followed by sophomore Chloe’ Mims ( 81, T-15), and fellow freshmen Tracy Williams (82, T-41) and Leigh Newton (86, T-65).   Senior Billie Cook finished out of scoring consideration for the day with an 88, tying her for 74 th .   Louisiana-Monroe leads all teams by nine strokes with a 303.   Murray State and Sam Houston State (312 each) begin a cluster of schools separated by just seven strokes, including Belmont (313), Texas State (315), Northern Iowa (316), Texas-San Antonio (317), host Arkansas State and McLennan CC (318 each), and Austin Peay State (319).   Rounding out the day’s action is St. Louis (322), Centenary (326), Arkansas Tech (330), Evansville (335), and Harding (351).
October 9, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Brody Sager Stevie Longinotti Ben Calderara Donnie Henderson SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team continued their winning ways as they the survived a late Ouachita Baptist scoring push, taking home a victory 4-3 in overtime.   The Gents played the second hard fought contest in as many days, but remained undefeated this season at the friendly confines of Mayo Field.   “This homestand has really shown our guys what they can do,” said Centenary Head Coach Eric Mayo. “Pulling out these victories, on back-to-back days no less, let’s our guys know that they’ll be in a position to win games the rest of the year.”   Centenary (3-8-0, 1-1 Mid-Con) looked to have the game in hand early on, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime.   Sophomore Brody Sager put the first goal on the board, bending his cornerkick past the OBU keeper in the 15 th minute.   Fellow sophomore Aaron Volanksi would add to the lead at the 28:30 mark, collecting a cross from Ben Calderara in front of the net, beating a defender, and firing the ball home.   Ouachita Baptist (3-6-0) would come out in the second half with fiery determination, cutting the Gent lead to one just five minutes into the second frame.   The Tigers Cory Leeder would score his first of two goals on the day off a missed clear, assisted by Phillip Pressley.   The Gents would respond quickly, pushing their lead to 3-1 in the 59 th minute as freshman Stevie Longinotti scored his first collegiate goal thanks to crisp passing by Volanksi and Sager.   Not to be counted out, OBU pushed back as Leeder scored his second goal just three minutes later off a throw in by Mark Leonard.   Leeder wasn’t done on the scoring front after his two goals.   His assist in the 70 th minute to Kyle Sun knotted the match at 3-3 and eventually would lead into Centenary’s first overtime game of the year
October 9, 2005 | Athletics
Emerald Doria Allison McClain Beth Krysiak SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team won all three of its contests on Saturday in the final fall tournament of the season. The Ladies defeated East Texas Baptist 4-2, downed BPCC 6-3, and finished off the day with a 6-2 victory over Louisiana Tech. With the wins, the maroon and white finished with a 5-1 record in their off-season scrimmages while using a variety of line-ups.   Just as last weekend, the newcomers continued to shine and prove their abilities while earning some needed experience. Freshman Emerald Doria blasted a pair of homeruns in the win over Louisiana Tech, one of them coming as part of back-to-back homers as she teamed with Allison McClain to accomplish the feat. Also, Beth Krysiak picked up her first hit as a member of the Centenary team by ripping a double for the Ladies. All three players earned praise from head coach Mark Montgomery for their defensive play as well.   In the circle, Centenary’s trio of Jessica Ivins, Kristan Morton, and Dana Davis pitched extremely well. Ivins’ and Morton’s success came despite nursing minor injuries.   “To have as many injuries that we have, I am extremely proud of this team’s ability to overcome,” said Montgomery. “I am really looking forward to the official start of the season in the spring and seeing what this team can accomplish at full strength.”   The Ladies will taste their first action in the spring with a scrimmage against BPCC on February 4 th at 12 p.m. Centenary will open its season the following weekend with a trip to Alabama for a tournament hosted by Auburn.
October 9, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jenny Mather Bre Fletcher Ali Hilsher INDIANAPOLIS, Ind- The Centenary women’s soccer team halted their season longest four-game losing streak by defeating Mid-Continent Conference foe IUPUI 1-0.   The Ladies complete the institutional soccer sweep, as the Gents took down IUPUI’s men’s team 3-2 on Saturday.   Sophomore Jenny Mather netted the game-winner for Centenary in the 10 th minute after a misclear by the Jaguar defense.   Fellow sophomore Bre Fletcher collected the ball, and connected with Mather on the cross for the 1-0 lead and eventual victory.   Ladies keeper Ali Hilsher put on another strong showing in goal by picking up her second consecutive 10 save match, her fourth on the season.   Hilsher has 93 saves in 11 matches so far, putting her just 25 behind the single-season record with five games to go.   Centenary returns home where they begin a four game homestand as they take on Western Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m. and Stephen F. Austin on Sunday at 1 p.m.
October 8, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Brody Sager Donnie Henderson Osama Buazza J.J. Meyer SHREVEPORT – In a contest that saw timely scoring, big time saves, and plenty of confrontation, the Centenary men’s soccer team won their first ever Mid-Continent Conference match with a 3-2 victory over visiting IUPUI.   Sophomore Aaron Volanksi’s goal in the 87 th minute, his second of the match, would prove to be the game-winner.   The Gent captain collected a swing pass from Brody Sager at the top of the box and fired it through traffic and past IUPUI keeper Drew Deffner.   Sager also assisted on Volanksi’s first goal, a header off a corner from the far post.   “It’s nice to finally get that first win,” Head Coach Eric Mayo said after the game, “just to get it out of the way.   I told my guys all season that our hard early schedule would prepare us for conference, and that we can definitely play with these guys and win some games.”   IUPUI (3-8-1, 0-3 Mid-Con) didn’t make the Gents win an easy one, as the Jaguars played Centenary (2-8-0, 1-1 Mid-Con) strong from opening to closing whistle.   The hard fought contest would see a total of 30 fouls, including eight cautions, with neither team willing to concede an inch of the field to the other.   Although the game went into halftime scoreless, IUPUI had a pair of perfect opportunities to post a two-goal lead early on.   The Jaguars’ Cameron Williams nailed what he thought was a perfect rifle of a shot past Gents keeper Donnie Henderson in the 23 rd minute, but instead hit teammate Chris Wey in the back, clearing the ball from in front of the net.   Wey would have a shot of his own to score just two minutes later, but his sure-fire header was blocked in goal by Centenary’s Osama Buazza , keeping the game tied 0-0.   The Jaguars would take the initial lead in the 50 th minute when Wesley Louiss
October 8, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-IUPUI Boxscore 10-8-05 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Centenary volleyball team showed signs of improvement on Saturday after suffering a disappointing loss the previous day to Chicago State. Although the Ladies took several steps in the right direction, according to head coach Jenny Hazelwood, the team still fell at the hands of IUPUI (30-23, 30-21, 30-17) to drop to 0-5 in Mid-Continent Conference play this season.   Centenary (9-14, 0-5 Mid-Con) played hard in the opening game but struggled with its passing, which prevented the Ladies from setting up their offense. The maroon and white hit for just a .030 percentage en route to committing 21 errors in addition to only 24 kills in the match.   IUPUI (10-8, 3-2 Mid-Con) used its middles to exploit the holes in the Centenary defense. The Jaguars’ Tracy Bailey ran an abundance of quick sets to take advantage of the Ladies single blocker, finishing with a match-high 13 kills.   The IUPUI offense clicked on all cylinders throughout the match as evidenced by its 49 kills on just 12 errors for a hitting percentage of .336. Carol Newell was the only player on either team to add double digit kills besides Bailey as she collected 10 kills in the win. Christy McConnell chipped in with 13 digs while Devika Bellamy passed out 33 assists for the Jaguars.   Tracy Byrd led Centenary with eight kills and 11 digs on the evening. Stephanie Scanlan played well defensively for the Ladies as she totaled 10 digs in the loss and Danielle Bochat recorded six kills to go with her nine digs.   Centenary will take five days to rest and prepare for next weekend’s Mid-Con slate, which brings both Oakland and defending conference champion Valparaiso to the Gold Dome. The Ladies will host OU on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Valpo at 5 p.m. on Saturday.   
October 7, 2005 | Athletics
CHICAGO, Ill.—The Centenary volleyball team dropped the first match of its current two-game Mid-Con road trip to Chicago State 3-1 (30-17, 29-31, 30-17, 32-30) on Friday evening. The Ladies handed the contest to the Lady Cougars in large part to 11 service errors and excessive reception errors, which allowed eight CSU aces.   Centenary (9-13, 0-4 Mid-Con) could not find the answer to jumpstart a rally all evening and struggled to play consistently as evidenced by the score. In addition to the free points allowed by the Ladies in the service game, Centenary had a hard time stopping Shakeila Castile-Jones who posted a team-high 18 kills in the win.   Chicago State (2-17, 1-3 Mid-Con) captured its first win in 2005 Mid-Con play with the help of Zuzana Pokovicova and Chrissy Davis. The duo each tallied impressive double doubles as Pokovicova finished with 15 kills and 17 digs while Davis added 12 kills and 17 digs to go with three aces. Setter Catherine Everist turned in an outstanding performance as well by running the offense with 51 assists.   Danielle Bochat led the Ladies in the loss with a match-high 19 kills alongside 17 digs of her own. Tracee Byrd contributed 13 kills, Lindsay Bekelja dished out 46 assists, and Liliana Williams accumulated 19 digs for the maroon and white on the night.   Centenary will try to bounce back when it travels to Indianapolis, Ind., for its match with the IUPUI Jaguars on Saturday at 7 p.m.   
October 7, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Ali Hilsher VALPARAISO, Ind – Despite a strong performance between the pipes by Centenary women’s soccer keeper Ali Hilsher , Valparaiso downed the visiting Ladies 2-0 for Centenary’s fourth loss in as many games.   Hilsher had another big day in the net, collecting 15 saves in the loss.   The first half looked as if it was going to end scoreless as Hilsher handled the Crusader onslaught of 16 shots, making nine of her 15 saves in the initial frame.   But with just over two minutes to play, the Centenary (4-8-1, 0-2 Mid-Con) defense lapsed, heading a cross by Ashley Shaneyfelt into their own net for an own goal at the 42:54 mark.   Valparaiso (7-4-1, 3-0 Mid-Con) would add an insurance goal in the 88 th minute, this time a legitimate score from Lori Johnson on a rebound from Reva Van Aartsen’s shot.   The Ladies continue their road trip as they face IUPUI in Indianapolis on Sunday at 1 p.m.
October 5, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Ladies softball team hosted the first of its two fall tournaments on Saturday, going 2-1 on the day with wins over Henderson State and Southern Arkansas. The Ladies are counting on several newcomers this year to fill some key spots in the lineup and freshmen Emerald Doria, Kendall Howard, and Allison McClain did not disappoint in their first collegiate action.   Returning players Micah Rhodes, Jennifer Mango, and Jessica Ivins set the tone for the 2005-06 Ladies as all turned in quality performances. Rhodes collected several doubles on the day, showing the form that has earned her All-Mid-Continent Conference honors after both her freshman and sophomore campaigns. Mango provided her typical offensive prowess while Ivins pitched 10 strong innings while surrendering only one run.   However, it was the debut of the much-anticipated freshman class that stole the show on the day. Doria flashed her defensive skills at shortstop in addition to belting her first home run of the fall while Howard was a strong presence behind the plate as the Ladies catcher and also showed her potentially powerful offensive side. McClain turned in a stellar freshman debut as well, going 3-for-6 with a homer and a pair of doubles while seeing time at both middle infield positions.   “The fall scrimmages are a chance for us to try out new things and put people in different positions and situations,” said head coach Mark Montgomery. “Overall we were pleased with the outcome, the effort of the team, and with several individual performances.”   The Ladies will host their second and final tournament of the fall season this Saturday at the Centenary Softball Complex. Games begin at 9:30 a.m. and run continuously throughout the afternoon with the final contest starting at 7:30 p.m.
October 4, 2005 | Athletics
Michael Haydel Adam Walton William Fell NATCHITOCHES, La.—The Centenary Gents cross country team placed fifth out of an eleven-team field at the NSU Cross Country Invitational hosted by Northwestern State University on Monday evening. The Gents scored a 135 to best NSU, Southern, Nicholls State, Stephen F. Austin (B), East Texas Baptist, and Louisiana College.   Freshman Michael Haydel again proved to be Centenary’s top runner as his time of 28:38.46 on the 8k course was good enough for 15 th place out of 78 total participants. Adam Walton (29:06.23) placed 22 nd for the Gents while William Fell (29:42.24) crossed the finish line in 27 th place. Will Boothe (30 th – 29:48.47) and David Pennywell (41 st – 31.21.78) rounded out the top finishers for the maroon and white.   The Gents narrowly missed a fourth-place finish as UL-Monroe landed just in front of Centenary with a score of 132. Louisiana Tech (30), UL-Lafayette (106), and Southeastern Louisiana (106) took the top three spots in the meet.   Centenary will now take a few weeks off before traveling to Valparaiso, Ind., for the Mid-Continent Conference Championships on Oct. 29 th .
October 4, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Results TULSA, Okla – The Centenary women’s golf team finished play in the Oral Roberts Shootout in 17 th place with rounds of 333, 334, and 345 for a 1012.   Sophomore Chloe’ Mims paced the Ladies with a 238 to tie for 32 nd .   She added an 82 on her final round to her pair of 78s on Monday.   Freshmen Jessica Garza (t-52, 246), Tracy Williams (t-67, 255), Leigh Williams (88 th , 273), and Bethany Cox (90 th , 288) completed the Ladies’ scores.     Host Oral Roberts (913) claimed the victory in their tournament with a six- stroke win over Kansas (919), followed by UTEP (926), Arkansas-Little Rock (934), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (940), and Texas-Pan American (946).   The next tier of finishers included Arkansas State (955), Lamar (956), Missouri State and McNeese State (tied with 960), North Texas (964), South Dakota State (974), and Northeastern State (976).   Rounding out the action was UMKC (991), Sam Houston State (998), Western Illinois (1003), and Centenary (1012).
October 4, 2005 | Athletics
Lori VonPingel Laura Deas Alysha Wallace NATCHITOCHES, La.—The Centenary Ladies cross country team placed seventh out of the ten-team field at the NSU Cross Country Invitational hosted by Northwestern State University on Monday evening. The Ladies scored a 213 to defeat East Texas Baptist, Nicholls State, and Louisiana College. Stephen F. Austin took the title with a total score of 16 while UL-Lafayette (69) and UL-Monroe (103) placed second and third respectively.   Sophomore Lori Von Pingel paced the Ladies with a 26 th -place showing with a time of 27:20.38 over the 6k trek. Freshman Laura Deas finished second for Centenary at 40 th (30:45.92) while fellow newcomer Alysha Wallace took 48 th (32:03.46). Jennifer Bouso (49 th – 32:04.78) and Molly Broderick (50 th – 32:14.19) completed the Ladies scorers.   Centenary will now take a few weeks off before traveling to Valparaiso, Ind., for the Mid-Continent Conference Championships on Oct. 29 th .
October 3, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Day 1 Results TULSA, Okla – Paced by strong back-to-back showings in the first two rounds by Chloe’ Mims and Jessica Garza , the Centenary women’s golf team finished the first day of the Oral Roberts Shootout in 15 th place with rounds of 333 and 334 for 667.   Mims’ pair of 78s put her in a tie for 20 th   (156) place overall, while the freshman Garza posted identical 79s to tie for 31 st (158).   Tracy Williams is in a tie for 66 th (170) after shooting 86 and 84, while Leigh Newton ’s 183 with scores of 90 and 93 ties her at 87 th .   Bethany Cox finished out of scoring consideration with a pair of 96s, putting her in 90 th (192) place.   Host Oral Roberts leads the field of 17 teams with a 609, followed closely behind by Kansas with 610.   Arkansas-Little Rock (626), UTEP (628), and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (629) represent the next tier, followed by Arkansas State (636), Missouri State and McNeese State (tied with 638), North Texas (639), Lamar (642), and South Dakota State (649).   Rounding out the competition is Northeastern State (657), UMKC (663), Centenary (667), Western Illinois (671), and Sam Houston State (672).   The final round of the three round even will begin tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
October 2, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Ben Calderara Brody Sager James Speed CHICAGO – The Centenary men’s soccer team dropped their second contest of the weekend, falling 8-1 on the road at Illinois-Chicago.   The Gents were outshot 23-2 as the Flames kept constant pressure on the Centenary defensive backfield and keeper.   After giving up four goals in the first half, sophomore Ben Calderara put the Gents (1-8-0) on the board at the onset of the second frame.   His shot from 20 yards out, assisted by Brody Sager , sailed past UIC keeper Rose Cain in the 47 th minute.   Illinois-Chicago (4-3-1) would respond by putting another four goals past keeper James Speed , the last three against a shorthanded Centenary squad playing a man down after freshman Skye Vergenal was ejected at the 58:12 mark.   Speed would collect 10 saves on the day as the Flames used an extremely aggressive attack which accounted for seven offsides calls.   The Gents return home for a four game homestand as they play Mid-Continent Conference foe IUPUI on Saturday before host Ouachita Baptist on Sunday.
October 1, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team lost to Western Illinois in three straight games (30-22, 30-16, 30-26) in the Gold Dome on Saturday evening. After a tough five-game loss to UMKC on Friday, the Ladies could not find the energy or the consistency needed to upset the Westerwinds. With the loss, Centenary falls to 0-3 in Mid-Continent Conference play while Western Illinois improves to 3-1 against the league.   Centenary (9-12, 0-3 Mid-Con) showed flashes of what Coach Jenny Hazelwood’s young team has to look forward to in the future, but also showed its youth by committing several costly mistakes. The starting lineup of five underclassmen battled the seasoned Westerwinds and reeled off several runs that carried the Ladies to leads. However, the rallies could not be sustained as untimely service and attack errors by Centenary led to its demise.   Western Illnois (7-9, 3-1 Mid-Con) did not dominate the Ladies as much as its solid play outlasted Centenary. Jennifer Alexander provided key service passes to allow Lisa Sullentrop to successfully orchestrate the offense from her setter position. Sullentrop dished out 33 assists in the win and added four kills while keeping the Ladies off balance most of the night.   Centenary posed its biggest threat to the visitors at the beginning of game three as the Ladies raced out to a 6-0 advantage. However, WIU would not allow the game to get out of hand as Mo Houston and Patty Melinauskas each dropped five kills in the game to carry the Westerwinds.   Melinauskas led Western Illinos with 11 kills in the match while Mary Olson hit at a .562 clip in tallying her 10 kills with just one error. Amy Sauerwein was one of three Westerwinds to collect double-digit digs as she finished with a match-high 15 to go with Houston’s 13 and Alexander’s 10.   Tracee Byrd was the most effective power source for Centenary as she pounded down 12 kills in the losing effort. Danielle Bochat added 10
October 1, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Donnie Henderson JJ Meyer Nicolas Orta VALPARAISO, Ind – The Centenary men’s soccer team fell on the road in their Mid-Continent Conference opener to Valparaiso 1-0.   The match was a hard fought contest, seeing a total of 39 fouls whistled and eight cautions handed out.   After playing the first 45 minutes to a scoreless draw, the Crusaders jumped on the scoreboard in the 53 rd minute with a goal from Clifton Brown.     Despite Valpo (3-6, 1-1 Mid-Con) getting off 18 shots in the match, Gents keeper Donnie Henderson played another strong game between the pipes, consistently giving Centenary (1-7, 0-1 Mid-Con) opportunities to even the score.   Henderson collected a game-high seven saves in the contest.   With 59 saves through the Gents’ first eight matches and ten to go, he is on pace to shatter the 16 year-old school record that currently stands at 102.   Senior J.J. Meyer led the Centenary offensive strike with three shots, two on goal, while Aaron Volanksi added three shots as well.   Freshman Nicolas Orta chimed in with a pair of shots coming off the bench.   The Gents continue their road play as they travel to take on Illinois-Chicago tomorrow at 1 p.m. before heading home for a four-match homestand.
October 1, 2005 | Athletics
Another week gone by and once again it was full of adventure and laughs.   I’d say that the one thing our team is definitely not missing is humor.   Something always happens that makes our lives more interesting, and for some reason it usually happens to me or Chevy, but I haven’t figured out why.     School was the same, and our routines continued.   After last week’s marathon training and a four-match weekend, we were all too tired to do anything.   So, I dressed in sweats and t-shirts everyday and ambled wearily around campus, stopping at the base of each hill to mentally prepare myself for the challenge.   I was too tired to even dodge the sprinklers, so I just let them spray me and kept on walking.   I walked into class one day with muddy shoes and a dotted water line across my shirt and everyone just nodded in understanding, no questions asked.   I think I even saw a few others who suffered the same fate.   After spending three decades practicing in the fitness center, we finally got back into our original home, the Gold Dome.   They had re-waxed the floor while we were away, and it was so sticky that you could trip just trying to walk…but I do that anyway, so maybe it had nothing to do with the floor.   But I will say that the first time we tried to dive on it, there was no sliding, and all you heard was the screech of skin sticking to the wood.    It’s much better than before though; they did a really good job.   In fact, cutting no corners, they even waxed over the holes for the volleyball net, and it took us an extra twenty minutes to pry open the hole cover.   Also, the crank on our new set of poles had somehow been broken in the transfer from the fitness center, and we had to use our old poles.   But after only wasting an hour of practice time, we pressed on in preparation for our first conference match.   After practice, Chevy wasn&r
September 30, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score SHREVEPORT – The Centenary volleyball team battled visiting Mid-Continent Conference foe UMKC to the fifth game of their conference home opening match, but fell just short of earning their first Mid-Con victory since joining the league two years ago.   The 30-24, 23-30, 20-30, 31-29, 10-15 loss was the Ladies first five game match ever in Mid-Con competition.   After winning the first game 30-24, the Ladies dropped the next two to the Kangaroos 30-23 and 30-20.   UMKC (3-10, 1-2 Mid-Con) looked to have the match in hand as they held a 28-26 advantage in the fourth game.   Centenary had other ideas however, and quickly negated the lead behind inspired defense and a raucous crowd of the Maroon and White faithful.   Senior Tracee Byrd would shave off the two point UMKC lead to tie the match at 28, and freshman libero Lili Williams would provide a stellar dig to save what would be the match point kill at 29-28.   Instead, her defensive prowess set up the tying kill by Danielle Bochat , evening the score at 29-29 and putting Williams on the line to serve.   After a commanding block by Ashlee Freeman to gain a one point advantage, UMKC couldn’t respond and gave the Ladies the fourth game 31-29 as their final attack sailed wide.   The fifth and deciding game started as a strong back-and-forth affair, with the two squads trading leads until they reached a 6-6 tie.   The Kangaroos’ Lauren Starks’ serving would help UMKC win four of the next five points and take a 10-7 advantage.   The Ladies (9-11, 0-2 Mid-Con) wouldn’t give up though, and pulled within two at 10-12, but couldn’t hold on as UMKC finished out the match with the next three points.   Bochat proved once again to be a viable threat for the Ladies attack, collecting a team-high 17 kills to go along with her game-high 15 digs.   Byrd and Freeman would join her in double-digi
September 28, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s volleyball team moved one step closer to returning to .500 play as they handily defeated visiting Prairie View A&M for the third time this season.   The Ladies moved to 9-10 on the year with the three game victory, winning 30-22, 30-25, 30-16.   Freshman Ashlee Freeman and senior Tracee Byrd paced the Ladies with double-digit kills, collecting 13 and 12 respectively.   Byrd would add nine digs and eight service aces, one shy of the Centenary single match record.   Sophomore Linsday Bekelja added 31 assists with nine digs in the win.   Freshman Danielle Bochat had another solid outing for the Maroon and White, picking up 8 kills with no errors on 26 attempts for a team best .308 percent.   She would also add a team-high 11 digs.   The Ladies stay home in the friendly confines of the Gold Dome as the host Mid-Continent Conference foes UMKC and Western Illinois on Friday and Saturday respectively.   The match against UMKC, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. , has been moved up to 5 p.m. , while the match against WIU will take place at 5 p.m.
September 28, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Sam Savage Bre Fletcher SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team dropped their third consecutive match as they fell to visiting Grambling State 2-1, their first loss to the Lady Tigers in program history.   The Ladies jumped to an early lead in the 10 th minute as senior Sam Savage scored off a cross by sophomore Bre Fletcher.   Centenary was in control for the early stages of the match and outshot Grambling 22-16 throughout the match.   Grambling would knot the match at 1-1 with just over a minute left in the first half, taking advantage of the traffic in front of the net off a corner kick.   Unable to cleanly clear the ball, the Ladies gave up the goal at the 43:58 point.   In a second half that saw about as many fouls from GSU as shots from Centenary, the Lady Tigers picked up 11 fouls to go with their three yellow cards of the match.   Grambling would score the game-winner in the 59 th minute off a breakaway collected off a short clear.   The Ladies will take the weekend off before traveling to Indiana to take on Mid-Continent Conference foes IUPUI and Valparaiso the following weekend.
September 28, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Ben Calderara Jonathan Wright Skye Vergenal Donnie Henderson SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team won their first game of the season, a 2-1 victory over visiting Dallas Baptist in the Gents home opener.   The Gents used a combination of muscle and steady offensive pressure to keep the Patriots on their toes.   The Gents came out firing in the first half, pounding the DBU defense and keeper with 19 shots, including a pair of goals.   Sophomore Ben Calderara collected a long pass from senior Jonathan Wright in the 16 th minute, beating Patriot keeper Jonathan Callahan one-on-one for Centenary’s first goal of the season.     Sophomore Aaron Volanski would add another, just minutes before the break, beating the DBU keeper across the net after a solid setup pass from freshman Skye Vergenal.   Dallas Baptist would keep things interesting as they closed the gap to a 2-1 deficit at the 51:01 mark.   The Patriots’ Edmond Freeman found himself free after a misplayed clear and attacked Gents keeper Donnie Henderson with a one-on-one chance of his own.   After making the initial diving save, Henderson couldn’t regroup in time to stop Freeman from scoring on the rebound.   Henderson would come up big in the second half, as the Patriots returned the favor and launched 15 shots on the Centenary keeper.   With seven of his eight saves coming in the second half, Henderson again came through in the clutch, making key saves down the stretch.   The Gents are on the road this weekend as they belatedly open their Mid-Continent Conference season at Valparaiso Saturday after having their initial match against Oral Roberts postponed because of Hurricane Rita.   Centenary will then travel to take on Illinois-Chicago in non-conference action on Sunday.
September 27, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ORU Box Score CC-Tulsa Box Score Ali Hilsher Sarah Balkey – The Centenary women’s soccer team fell twice on the road this weekend, including their opening match in Mid-Continent Conference play.   The Ladies fell to defending Mid-Con champs Oral Roberts 1-0 on Friday before losing to Tulsa a day later by a score of 4-0.   The Ladies held tough with a Golden Eagles squad that won the conference regular season and tournament titles a year ago.   Centenary battled ORU to a scoreless tie through the first 80 minutes of the match, eventually surrendering a lone goal at the 80:35 mark.   Sophomore keeper Ali Hilsher collected seven saves in the match before freshman Sarah Balkey took over for the final 2:20 , picking up a pair of saves of her own.   In the second game of the weekend, the Ladies ( 4-6-1 , 0-1-0 Mid-Con) took host Tulsa to halftime at 0-0, looking to salvage the road trip with a split.   Instead, the Golden Hurricanes scored less than a minute into the second frame, adding another three goals before the game was over.   Centenary returns home to face in-state foe Grambling State on Wednesday at 5 p.m. , part of a doubleheader with the Gents soccer squad.   The Ladies then have a week and a half break before heading to Indiana to take on Mid-Con opponents Valparaiso and IUPUI.
September 27, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Centenary Volleyball team looks to pick up their third victory of the season over Prairie View A&M on Wednesday in their first of three home matches in the next four days.   The Ladies have already defeated the Lady Panthers at a neutral site 3-1 (30-26, 30-23, 28-30, 30-16) and on the road in Prairie View 3-1 (21-30, 30-24, 30-26, 30-21).   The match is set for 7 p.m.   Offensively, freshman Danielle Bochet leads the Ladies with 202 kills, followed closely behind by fellow freshman Ashlee Freeman and senior Tracee Byrd with 188 and 181 respectively.   Sophomore setter Lindsay Bekelja leads the team with 617 assists.   Defensively, libero Lili Williams has 171 digs, while Byrd leads the team with 183 and Bochet collecting 168.   Freeman leads the Ladies blockers with 53 blocks, including 11 solo.   The Ladies (8-10, 0-1 Mid-Con) stay home this weekend to host Mid-Continent Conference foes UMKC and Western Illinois on Friday and Saturday respectively.
September 27, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT -   The Centenary men’s and women’s soccer teams will play their only home doubleheader of the 2005 season as the Ladies host Grambling state Wednesday at 5 p.m., followed by the Gents taking on visiting Dallas Baptist.   The Ladies are coming off a pair of road losses to Oral Roberts and Tulsa , while the Gents were forced to postpone their Mid-Continent Conference home opener against Oral Roberts because of Hurricane Rita.   Sophomore Bre Fletcher leads the Ladies in scoring with eight points (three goals, 2 assists) while keepers Ali Hilsher and Sarah Balkey have combined for 93 saves and three shutouts on the year.   The Gents are still looking for their first goal of the season, but have also played one of the toughest schedules in the history of the program.   With losses to three nationally ranked teams in three opening tournaments, Centenary feels they have collected enough experience against the highest quality opponents to begin to make noise on the pitch.
September 27, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT -   The Centenary men’s and women’s soccer teams will play their only home doubleheader of the 2005 season as the Ladies host Grambling state Wednesday at 5 p.m., followed by the Gents taking on visiting Dallas Baptist.   The Ladies are coming off a pair of road losses to Oral Roberts and Tulsa , while the Gents were forced to postpone their Mid-Continent Conference home opener against Oral Roberts because of Hurricane Rita.   Sophomore Bre Fletcher leads the Ladies in scoring with eight points (three goals, 2 assists) while keepers Ali Hilsher and Sarah Balkey have combined for 93 saves and three shutouts on the year.   The Gents are still looking for their first goal of the season, but have also played one of the toughest schedules in the history of the program.   With losses to three nationally ranked teams in three opening tournaments, Centenary feels they have collected enough experience against the highest quality opponents to begin to make noise on the pitch.
September 24, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-NDSU Boxscore SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Centenary volleyball team lost the second game of its current two-game road trip 3-0 to North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon. The Ladies did not show any of the spark that led them to their previous eight wins this season in losing 30-27, 30-21, and 30-21. Centenary (8-10) roared out to an 8-3 lead in the opening game but allowed North Dakota State to hang around by committing several costly errors. As the Bison closed in late in the contest, the Ladies seemed to lose their offensive balance and NDSU grabbed its first lead at 23-22. Centenary tied the score at 27-27 on a kill by Ashlee Freeman, but two kills by North Dakota State and an attack error by Rebecca Lunceford sealed the 30-27 victory for the Bison. North Dakota State (1-14) improved offensively throughout the match hitting just .208 in the first game compared to .351 and .421 in the final two sessions. NDSU took an early 2-1 advantage and never relinquished the lead in winning the second game 30-21. The Ladies tried to sustain a comeback in the final game of the day, but could not muster the firepower to gain any ground as the Bison easily took the 30-21 win. Freeman finished the day with 12 kills to pace Centenary while Tracee Byrd recorded a team-high 10 digs in the losing effort. Danielle Bochat and Lili Williams each added nine digs on the day. Kim Hebl led NDSU with a match-high 14 kills. Kelly Lopez and Christy Stuewe balanced out the Bison attack with 12 kills apiece while Sheila Parrish piled up 43 assists in the win. The Ladies will return to action on Wednesday when they host Prairie View A&M in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m.    
September 23, 2005 | Athletics
All Centenary home athletics events this weekend have been postponed or cancelled because of the impending effects of Hurricane Rita.   The men’s soccer Mid-Continent Conference home opener against Oral Roberts has been postponed, and officials for both schools will determine a rescheduling date.   The season opening swim meet between Centenary and Spring Hill College has been cancelled.
September 23, 2005 | Athletics
 TULSA, Okla.—On a day in which the Centenary volleyball team learned that it would not return to its home campus for some time, the Ladies played like they had something else on their mind in losing their Mid-Con opener to Oral Roberts 3-0 (30-19, 30-14, 30-19). Due to the potential effects of Hurricane Rita on Shreveport, Centenary will stay on the road in hopes of riding out the storm in a safe area.   Centenary (8-9, 0-1 Mid-Con) matched Oral Roberts point for point in the opening moments of game one. With the scored tied at 9-9, Ori Zuzic pounded down a blistering kill for the Golden Eagles, which was immediately followed by an attack error by Ashlee Freeman for the Ladies. The two-point margin would hold until 19-17 when ORU reeled off five consecutive points behind three kills and two Centenary errors. The Ladies would only manage two more points the rest of the way as the powerful service game of Zuzic would close out the game at 30-19.   Again the Ladies started out in contention, but game two would play out the same as the first. With the score at 8-7 in Oral Robert’s favor, Centenary would surrender nine straight points on several attack errors and a pair of kills each from Zuzic and Kim Snow. The Ladies hit at a .000 percent clip while allowing four more aces in the second game as the maroon and white never found a rhythm in losing 30-14.   Oral Roberts (5-5, 1-0 Mid-Con) took control in the third and final game early. The tandem of Zuzic and Snow proved too strong as the duo combined for five of ORU’s first six kills. Multiple Centenary attack errors and a pair of net violations put the Ladies in a hole they would not climb out of in dropping the game 30-19.      Tracee Byrd led the Ladies with nine kills in the match. Danielle Bochat and Ashlee Freeman each finished with seven kills while Liliana Williams defensed a team-high seven digs.   The Golden Eagles were led by Zuzic’s 14 kills an
September 23, 2005 | Athletics
All Centenary home athletics events this weekend have been postponed or cancelled because of the impending effects of Hurricane Rita.   The men’s soccer Mid-Continent Conference home opener against Oral Roberts has been postponed, and officials for both schools will determine a rescheduling date.   The season opening swim meet between Centenary and Spring Hill College has been cancelled.
September 23, 2005 | Athletics
All Centenary home athletics events this weekend have been postponed or cancelled because of the impending effects of Hurricane Rita.   The men’s soccer Mid-Continent Conference home opener against Oral Roberts has been postponed, and officials for both schools will determine a rescheduling date.   The season opening swim meet between Centenary and Spring Hill College has been cancelled.
September 21, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Alcorn State #2 Boxscore SHREVEPORT— The Centenary Ladies used a strong offensive attack and applied tremendous defensive pressure to sweep the Alcorn State Lady Braves 3-0 in volleyball action in the Gold Dome. The Ladies improved to 8-8 on the year and reached the .500 mark for the first time this late in a season since 1999 with the 30-15, 30-25, 30-12 victory.   Things started out well in the home opener for the Ladies, as they doubled up Alcorn in game one 30-15. The Lady Braves responded in game two, but Centenary was too much in the end and took a 30-25 final. In game three, Centenary came out strong, scoring seven of the first eight points before finishing off Alcorn 30-12.   Danielle Bochat led the Ladies offensively with 12 kills and an attacking percentage of .409. She was aided by a strong effort from Tracee Byrd and Ashlee Freeman, who had 11 kills each. Lindsay Bekelja earned her second double double of the season by notching 36 assists and 10 digs. Bochat and Byrd also tallied four aces apiece in the win.   Defensively, Centenary received solid performances from Bochat and Lili Williams, who came up with eight digs each, while Freeman was the most imposing defender on the front line, accounting for three block assists.   Centenary will travel to face Oral Roberts in its Mid-Con opener on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Ladies will then move on to Springfield, Mo., to battle North Dakota State in a neutral site match before returning home to the Gold Dome next Wednesday, where they will take on Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m.
September 20, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Results McCALLA, Ala – The Centenary men’s golf team finished in 11 th place of the Buffalo Rock/Southern Showdown, the Gents first tournament of the year.   The Gents shot a team best 291 in the third round of play for a 889 after posting scores of 297 and 301 on Monday.   Junior David Viviano shot a team-best 68 in his final round, finishing tied for 44 th (218, +5) after taking home matching rounds of 75 on Monday.   He was followed closely behind by Reid Petree who tied for 52 nd (220, +7) after shooting 74, 71, and 75.   Nathan Hensley (224, +11), John Hogan (228, +15) and Ryan Oliver (237, +24) each finished tied for 63 rd , 71 st , and 79 th respectively.   Zach Bruhnke withdrew from the final round for a DNF.   Troy (829, -23) upended Belmont’s 10-stroke lead coming into the final round, capitalizing on the Bruins (832, -20) worst outing of the tournament to take home the win.   Murray State and Tennessee Tech shared the third spot with 841s for 11 under par, followed closely behind by one stroke by Berry (842).   Samford (848, -4) and host Birmingham-Southern (854, +2) battled for a middle finish, while Tennessee-Martin (865, +13), Tennessee State (871, +19), Jackson State (877, +25), and Centenary (889, +37) rounded out the team action.    
September 20, 2005 | Athletics
This past week went by extremely fast and was very eventful.   But aside from the fact that we temporarily became the cross-country team, it was pretty normal.   Classes continued as usual.   We had a few more tests and got some grades we’ll send home for the refrigerator along with some we’d rather not mention.   The freshmen spent every free hour in mandatory study hall, and I spent every free hour still trying to put my contacts in.   Becca continued to make more friends than there are people at Centenary (though she chose some unusual methods this time), and Chevy decided to turn King’s Highway into a race track, only to get her ginormous Yucon blown away by the Nissan 350Z sports car she tried to take on, leaving all of us in the backseat with whiplash.    Our schedules seemed to get busier and our social life slimmer as we spent more and more time on the volleyball court.   And finally, I still don’t know anyone who can walk up that big hill on campus without stopping to catch their breath…..or maybe that’s just me.     Anyway, by this time, everyone seemed to be adjusted to being back in school and in our routines, one of which includes the pre-practice cafeteria grab-n-go, a very complex, well-planned series of events that ultimately leads to nothing more than a stomach ache.   You see, practice starts at 6:00, but the caf doesn’t open until 5:00, which is when some of our classes end.   But we really have to be at the gym around 5:20-5:30 to set the net up and see the trainer.   So we all sneak around the back entrance to the caf to avoid the long line, then we sprint around grabbing this and that, with each of us holding a spot in line at the different food stations so that we can let each other skip.   I’ve taken out quite a few people with my massive practice bag as I was racing for a fountain drink.   Then we sit down and shovel o
September 20, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Results BEAUMONT, Texas – Centenary women’s golfer Jessica Garza took home top honors at Lamar’s Lady Cardinal Invitational, the first tournament of the freshman’s collegiate career.   Her par-4 on the third playoff hole sealed the victory of the three-round event.   As a team, the Ladies finished sixth (991) with a squad of four freshmen and a sophomore as their elder statesman.   Centenary shaved strokes off of each round they played, posting 333, 330, and 328.   Garza won the tournament with a score of 224, shooting rounds of 73, 74, and 77.   Sophomore Chloe’ Mims finished 22 nd (245) with 86, 82, and 77.   Freshmen Tracy Williams (255), Leigh Newton (267), and Bethany Cox (274), finished 29 th , 33 rd , and 34 th , respectively.   Fellow freshman Lizzie Lyles shot 308 for 36 th place as an individual.   Host school Lamar (919) took home the team trophy with a 10-stroke victory over Texas State (929), followed by UT-San Antonio (938).   Louisiana-Monroe (967) and Sam Houston State (968) battled for the next spot, followed by Centenary at 991.
September 19, 2005 | Athletics
Ali Hilsher ELMHURST, Ill – Centenary keeper Ali Hilsher picked up her first Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week award as she collected 14 saves in two matches, including a 1-0 shutout victory over Arkansas-Little Rock.   The award comes a week after setting the Ladies single game record with 17 saves against Southern Miss.   Hilsher picked up five saves as the Ladies (4-4-1) dropped their first match of the week 2-1 to Arkansas State.   She was then instrumental to the Ladies turnaround as her nine saves against UALR paced Centenary to the 1-0 victory.   The Ladies travel to Oklahoma this weekend to face Mid-Con foe Oral Roberts and Tulsa on Friday and Saturday respectively.   The Ladies lost to ORU 2-1 at home last season and was forced to cancel their match against the Golden Hurricanes because of torrential downpours and unplayable field conditions.
September 19, 2005 | Athletics
Beaumont, Texas – Centenary freshman Jessica Garza is in first place after two rounds on the first day of Lamar’s Lady Cardinal Invitational at Brentwood Country Club.   Her rounds of 73 and 74 give her a one stroke advantage over the field.   As a team, the Ladies shot rounds of 333 and 330 to finish in sixth place for the day, 52 strokes of the lead and 23 behind fifth place Louisiana-Monroe.   Freshman Tracy Williams is tied for 23 rd with rounds of 86 and 80 for a 166, while the only non-rookie, sophomore Chloe’ Mims , is tied at 28 th with a 168 after shooting 86 and 82.   Freshmen Leigh Newton and Bethany Cox shot 182 and 183 respectively for 33 rd and 34 th places.   Playing as an individual, Shreveport native Lizzie Lyles’ 204 puts her in 36 th .   Host Lamar leads the pack with a 611, followed by a battle for second by Texas State’s 626 and UT-San Antonio’s 628.   Sam Houston State (639), ULM (640), and Centenary (663) round out the action for the day.   Play will finish with a lone round tomorrow.
September 19, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill.—The Mid-Continent Conference announced Monday that Centenary volleyball player Danielle Bochat has been named conference Offensive Player of the Week. The offensive award is the first for any Ladies player since Centenary joined the Mid-Con in 2003. Overall, it is the second player of the week accolade this season for the program as Lili Williams earned the defensive honor previously.   Bochat (Boerne, Tex.) helped the Ladies to a 3-1 week and a second place finish in the Lady Panther Invitational. The freshman totaled 77 kills, 44 digs, and hit .321 on the way to receiving All-Tournament team honors. She had at least 20 kills in three of the four matches and tied a school record that has stood since 1994 with a 30-kill performance in the Ladies victory over Texas Southern.   Centenary will open Mid-Con play at Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla., this Saturday at 5 p.m.
September 18, 2005 | Athletics
Donnie Henderson Aron Taylor STATESBORO, Ga.--The Centenary men's soccer team lost its final game of the 2005 Kick-Off Classic to Georgia Southern 4-0 on Sunday. Donnie Henderson tallied 11 saves in the contest, but it was not enough to hold off a strong Eagles offense. Henderson, along with Aron Taylor were named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts over the weekend. Lawrence Smith started the scoring for Georgia Southern (4-1-1) when he bounded a shot past Henderson in the 35th minute. Less than ten minutes later, Jeff Cox contributed on his second score of the day by scoring his first goal of the season after earning the assist on the opening score. Smith struck again midway through the second half off of a Georgia Southern corner kick to earn his fifth goal in only six matches. The Eagles rounded out their scoring efforts with a Tyler mullen goal at the 80:39 mark. The Gents will earn a much-needed rest this week as they do not return to action until they open Mid-Continent Conference play against defending champs Oral Roberts at home on Saturday at 7 p.m.  
September 18, 2005 | Athletics
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team put forth a tremendous effort on Saturday morning in outlasting Texas Southern to win in five games (30-27, 26-30, 27-30, 30-25, and 15-6). The Ladies took the final two games to gain the victory and improve to 2-1 in the Prairie View A&M Tournament. Several Centenary records fell in the match, including the all-time marks for most team kills (82) and team assists (75). Sophomore Lindsay Bekelja dished out 67 assists to best her own record of 58 set last season and freshman Danielle Bochat tied a long-standing maroon and white record with 30 kills.   “After a very up and down match, I am proud of how we pulled out this win,” said Centenary head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “Everybody contributed to this victory and we are starting to see more team unity. We look forward to continuing to grow so that we are prepared for conference play.”   Centenary (6-8) battled back from a 6-1 deficit in game one to take an 18-14 lead and seemed to have control of the contest when Texas Southern started a run of their own. TSU not only closed the gap behind several aces, but also benefited from two Centenary service errors to steal the advantage at 24-21. The Ladies answered the call behind the play of Rebecca Lunceford who entered the game as a sub. The freshman quickly recorded two kills and a block assist to carry Centenary to the 30-27 win.   Texas Southern (0-8) seemed to solve the Ladies serve receive scheme over the next two games as TSU had already totaled 12 aces by the start of game four. Centenary could not sustain a steady offensive attack and dropped the games 30-26 and 30-27.   The Ladies regained their composure to take the fourth game (30-25) behind six kills from senior Tracee Byrd and another four kills from Bochat. Centenary clearly looked like the stronger team in the fifth and final game as the Ladies had their way with Texas Southern in sailing to the 15-6 victory
September 18, 2005 | Athletics
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team avenged its loss earlier this season to Grambling State by disposing of the Lady Tigers 3-1 (23-30, 30-27, 30-23, and 30-24) on Saturday evening. The Ladies finished 3-1 in the Prairie View A&M Tournament to claim second place. With the win, Centenary surpassed its win total of last year (6-30) by improving to 7-8 on the season.   The Ladies needed a wake-up call after starting slowly against Grambling State. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 16-5 lead and held the 11-point advantage all the way up to 21-10 thanks to the strong offense of Lacey Cormier. Centenary whittled away at the lead, drawing within four at 24-20 behind three kills from Ashlee Freeman and an ace from Lindsay Bekelja. GSU and Cormier ended all hopes of a comeback with four more kills to close out the game.   Centenary responded by making several adjustments both offensively and defensively to keep Cormier at bay. The Ladies kept the Lady Tigers’ biggest player moving by spreading out their offensive opportunities. Tracee Byrd and Danielle Bochat both tallied six kills in the second game while Shayla Andreas added two blocks.   After tying the match at one game apiece, the Ladies easily won the final two games to sail to the victory. Centenary’s Freeman and Bochat added nine kills and eight kills respectively the rest of the way and four aces by the maroon and white service game proved timely.   Bochat finished with 20 kills on the match to mark the third time this season the freshman has accomplished the feat. She also added 16 digs to earn her second double double. Bochat was recognized for her outstanding play over the four-match stretch by being named to the All-Tournament Team. In addition, Freeman totaled 15 kills while Byrd pounded down 11 kills in the win.   Centenary will host Alcorn State in its home opener in the Gold Dome on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
September 18, 2005 | Athletics
Rachel Alexander Ali Hilsher LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The Centenary women’s soccer team narrowly escaped an overtime contest with Arkansas-Little Rock and took a 1-0 victory on a late goal by Rachel Alexander on Sunday afternoon. The goal, scored with just 3:59 to play, was the first of the year for Alexander and pulled the Ladies back to the .500 mark at 4-4-1 for the season.   Alexander’s (Bossier City, La., Parkway HS) game-winner came when she drove close to the box and fired a shot towards the Trojan keeper, Marsha Stewart. Stewart saved the attempt but was not able to control the ball as Alexander snatched the rebound and redirected it into the goal.   Arkansas-Little Rock (1-7-1) managed nine shots on goal in the contest, but all nine were stopped by Centenary’s Ali Hilsher. Hilsher recorded her second shutout of the season in the win in just her third start between the pipes.   Centenary outshot UALR 13-11 and guided eight of its shots on goal. Sam Savage, along with Alexander, made up for half that total with a pair of shots each.   The Ladies will next travel to Tulsa, Okla., to take on preseason favorite Oral Roberts University in their opening weekend of Mid-Continent Conference play. Game time for Friday is set for 7 p.m.  
September 17, 2005 | Athletics
LAFAYETTE—The Centenary women’s cross country team continued its 2005 schedule with a stop at the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette. Lori Von Pingel paced the maroon and white with a 23 rd place showing with a time of 22:36.73 on the 6k course.   The rest of the Centenary top five were: Ashley Voorhies (30 th – 23:31.46), Laura Deas (34 th – 24:26.41), Halley Grantham (38 th – 25:36.27), and Molly Broderick (41 st – 26:00.37).   Other finishers for the Ladies included Taylor Robertson (44 th ), Jennifer Bouso (48 th ), Cecilia Chea (52 nd ), and Sarah Smith (54 th ).   Women’s Team Standings Northwestern State – 34 Louisiana-Lafayette – 55 Southeastern Louisiana – 64 McNeese State – 92 Grambling – 112 Nicholls State – 125 Centenary – 137
September 17, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Donnie Henderson JJ Meyer STATESBORO, Ga – The Centenary men’s soccer team began play in the 2005 Kick-Off Classic with a 7-0 loss to Buffalo .   The Bulls posted three first half goals, two in the first eight minutes, en route to the victory.   Buffalo (5-0) scored in the seventh minute on a corner kick, adding another goal just 23 seconds later.   The Bulls would add goals in the 25 th , 57 th , 59 th , 84 th , and 87 th minutes.   Gents keeper Donnie Henderson collected nine saves on the day after facing 21 shots by Buffalo .   Senior forward J.J. Meyer paced the Gents (0-5) offensively with a pair of shots.   Centenary will face host Georgia Southern on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
September 17, 2005 | Athletics
LAFAYETTE—The Centenary men’s cross country team continued to show its improvement over last season at the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette. The Gents finished fourth in the field of eight teams and knocked off such schools as Northwestern State, Nicholls State, Louisiana College, and Grambling State.   Freshman Michael Haydel (Bossier City, La., Parkway HS) again led the Centenary team with a ninth-place showing out of 49 participants with a time of 29:11.54. Will Boothe (30:06.47) placed 13 th while William Fell (30:30.20) and Ryan Duplantis (31:12.86) rounded out the top 20 finishers for the Gents at 16 th and 19 th places respectively. Adam Walton narrowly missed a top 20 honor by placing 21 st with a time of 31:27.77 on the 8k course.   Other Centenary finishers included David Pennywell (25 th ), Gerrit Moeller (33 rd ), Ricky Thomas (36 th ), Brian Williams (37 th ), Andrew Deas (39 th ), Saul Castanada (40 th ), and David Reiland (43 rd ).   Men’s Team Standings McNeese State – 54 Southeastern Louisiana – 56 Louisiana-Lafayette – 74 Centenary – 92 Northwestern State – 117 Nicholls State – 153 Louisiana College – 221 Grambling – No Score
September 16, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-PVAM2 Box Score PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team overcame a sluggish start in an early morning match to defeat the host school in the Prairie View A&M Tournament on Friday. The Ladies regrouped after losing the opening game to drop the Lady Panthers 21-30, 30-24, 30-26, and 30-21. Freshman Danielle Bochat earned a double double with a match-high 20 kills to go with 11 digs.   Centenary (5-7) battled back and forth in game one, trading points with PVAM until sophomore Shayla Andreas was called for a block error to pit the score at 18-16 in favor of the Lady Panthers. Andreas followed with a kill to pull the Ladies within one, but the home team put the game away with a 9-0 run fueled by two aces and three Centenary attack errors.      After a fiery lashing by head coach Jenny Hazelwood between games, the Ladies finally began to show signs of life in game two. Centenary held the advantage for the majority of the contest but gave itself some breathing room when Bochat, Andreas, and Stephanie Scanlan combined on back-to-back blocks to push the score to 21-19. Four different Ladies recorded kills and Chevy White came off the bench for an ace to close out game two in Centenary’s favor.   “After a slow start, we really came out and focused in game two,” said Hazelwood. “Prairie View is a good defensive team and we had to work hard to earn points.”   Prairie View A&M (3-7) had the tables turned on them in game three as the Lady Panthers looked tired and Centenary raced out to a 7-2 lead. PVAM made a strong attempt at a comeback and actually stole the lead at 20-19 when Bochat’s attack was blocked. Andreas and Scanlan once again joined forces to put up a big block for the Ladies and two kills apiece from Bochat, Ashlee Freeman, and Andreas sealed the win for Centenary.   Game four was an easier task for the Ladies as the momentum had cle
September 16, 2005 | Athletics
PRAIRIE VIEW, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team was unable to pull off a doubleheader sweep on Friday as the Ladies fell to Portland State 3-0 in the Prairie View A&M Tournament after dropping the host school in the morning session. The maroon and white struggled to find its offensive rhythm throughout the entire match losing 30-16, 30-18, and 30-20.   Centenary (5-8) labored through the opening minutes of game one, but put together a small rally on a kill by Shayla Andreas and a service ace by Lindsay Bekelja to bring the score within one at 7-6. However, the momentum wouldn’t last long as Portland State stormed back behind several kills and a pair of blocks to take a commanding advantage at 17-9.   The Lady Vikings kept the Ladies at bay the rest of the way to easily take the opening game.   Portland State (7-3) again ran out to a decisive lead in game two at 13-3 behind seven attack errors by the Centenary offense. The Ladies could not consistently find the opening in the Lady Viks defense and never found the remedy en route to the 30-18 loss.   The Ladies did improve in the final game of the day as Tracee Byrd seemed to crack the Portland State block by finishing several balls down the line. The senior powered down five of her team-high nine kills but could not carry the load as Centenary fell in the end in large part to seven aces by Portland State.   Centenary will next face Texas Southern at 11 a.m. on Saturday before concluding their participation in the tournament against Grambling State in the afternoon.
September 16, 2005 | Athletics
Bre Fletcher Sam Savage Head Coach Chase Wooten JONESBORO , Ark - The Centenary women’s soccer team dropped their road match against Arkansas State 2-1.   The Ladies struggled in the first half before taking control for most of the second, but couldn’t hold on as they fell to 3-4-1 on the season.   Sophomore Bre Fletcher , the Ladies leading scorer, continued her scoring ways as she netted Centenary’s lone goal.   She missed out on an opportunity for her first multi-goal game of the year as she missed on a breakaway with the game tied 1-1.   Senior Sam Savage also had the opportunity to give the Ladies a 2-1 advantage as her attempt careened off the crossbar.   “It’s a frustrating loss,” head coach Chase Wooten said after the match. “But seeing the way we regrouped in the second half shows how well we know we can play.   We saw a lot of good things from new faces.”   The Ladies continue their road trip as they face Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday.
September 13, 2005 | Athletics
Nothing terribly exciting happened this week, but, I mean, excused absences from class, free food, and running 40 suicides…what more could you want?   We had our first papers and tests and continued to dodge sprinklers.   In fact, I actually made a friend this week when we dodged the sprinklers together.   This basketball player and I were sprinting across this bridge to avoid the water when it suddenly turned toward us.   I quickly ducked behind him and then dove into the grass and volleyball rolled up, losing my keys in the process.   He unfortunately caught a stream of water across his shirt as he was sprinting.   It seriously felt like a slow motion scene straight out of a war movie.   But now we’re friends, so I guess watering the sidewalks does serve some purpose.     Anyway, the week started with a game scheduled for Monday night vs. Grambling.   We arrived at our gym to catch the bus and began packing and changing.   However, five minutes to departure, we found out that Grambling’s gym was being used to house Hurricane Katrina evacuees, so the game was cancelled.   Unfortunately, some of our parents had driven in to see the match and weren’t able to see us play.   But we weren’t going to waste a day, so we suited up for practice.     Practice went as usual until we finished, and then Coach asked us to change into our running shoes and come back.   We usually always run in our court shoes, so we figured we were about to run outside or something.   Not knowing what we were about to be punished for, everyone started getting nervous and throwing accusations… “Did somebody say a cuss word?”   “Freshmen, did you not clean the bus?”   We started listing off things we’d usually have to run for, but we couldn’t figure it out.   So we hurried back, only to find out that half the team had broken c
September 12, 2005 | Athletics
Bre Fletcher ELMHURST, Ill – Sophomore Bre Fletcher has been named the Mid-Continent Conference women’s soccer Offensive Player of the Week after leading Centenary to a 1-1-1 record on the week.   Fletcher scored four points (1 goals, 2 assists) en route to her first accolade of the season.   The Ladies (3-3-1) hosted their first homestand of 2005, falling to Northwestern State 1-2, defeating Texas State 2-1, and tying Southern Miss 0-0.   Fletcher tallied the winning goal on against the Bobcats and assisted on each of Centenary’s scores.   Centenary travels to Arkansas this weekend as they take on Arkansas State on Friday and Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday.
September 12, 2005 | Athletics
Ed McCann Mike Diaz SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball staff has brought in a new class of 10 student-athletes to bolster the program for the 2006 season.   Head coach Ed McCann and recruiting coordinator Mike Diaz believe this is one of the strongest incoming groups in recent history.   Five freshman and five junior college transfers highlight a class that McCann and company believe will help set the framework to challenge for a Mid-Continent Conference title.   The Gents made it to the title game of the conference tournament last season for the first time since joining the Mid-Con in the 2003-04 season.   Juniors Jimmy Baker (Chelsea, Mich./Kellogg CC), Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Saddleback College), Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash./Bellevue CC), Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo./Cowley County CC), and Torey Williams (Alice Springs, Austrailia/Hutchinson CC) should all contend for a starting position when the Gents open their season in February.   Baker comes to Centenary from Kellogg CC where he led the Bruins to a 42-7 record while earning National Junior College Athletic Association second team All-America honors.   He hit .437 with a .796 slugging percentage, 11 homeruns, and 62 RBI.   Noland, a pitcher who was initially recruited to college baseball powerhouse Long Beach State out of high school, will add to an already strong a deep Gents pitching rotation that returns three full-time starters.   The southpaw helped the Saddleback Gauchos to a 2004 California State Championship.   Santiago will help solidify the left side of an infield that lost 2005 captains J.C. Biagi and David Kiefer to graduation.   A strong hitting middle infielder, Santiago helped the Bellevue CC Bulldogs to a 2003 NWAACC Championship appearance.   Webb brings speed and range to an outfield that returns just one starter from a year ago.   While at Cowley County CC, Webb helped the Tigers to back-to-back Jayhawk East Ch
September 11, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Ali Hilsher Rachel Alexander SHREVEPORT – Sophomore keeper Ali Hilsher set the Centenary women’s soccer school record for saves in a game as the Ladies played visiting Southern Mississippi to a scoreless draw.   Hilsher grabbed a record 17 saves in the double-overtime tie, passing former record holder Heather Lindsey’s 16.   Hilsher collected five saves in the first half, eight in the second, and four in the second overtime period.   The Golden Eagles (3-0-1) outshot the Ladies 33-9, but for the second consecutive game the Ladies defense forced their opponent into taking long-range, low-percentage shots.   In another rough match for the Ladies (3-3-1), Southern Miss was whistled for 17 fouls and earned a pair of yellow cards.   Centenary finished the game with just 11 fouls, none in the extra frames.   Offensively, Rachel Alexander led the Ladies with four shots, but a stingy USM defense kept the ball out of their back third for most of the match.   Golden Eagle keeper Christina Duvall had five saves in the game.   Centenary will travel to Arkansas and Oklahoma the next two weekends after finishing their first homestand of the season 1-1-1.   The Ladies will face Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock this Friday and Sunday respectively before heading off to take on Mid-Continent Conference foe Oral Roberts and Tulsa next Friday and Saturday.
September 11, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-North Texas Box Score DENTON, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team finished 1-2 in the Mean Green Classic after falling to tournament host North Texas 30-20, 30-24, 30-12 on Saturday night. The Ladies finished third in the four team event and freshman Ashlee Freeman was recognized for her efforts with a spot on the all-tournament team.   Despite the loss, Centenary coach Jenny Hazelwood was pleased with the performance of the Ladies after coming off a disappointing match against Wyoming on Saturday afternoon.   “We came out focused and played a much closer match,” said Hazelwood. “We still have a few areas in which we need to improve, but we got better through the weekend.”   North Texas (2-8) benefited from its exceptional defense and the outstanding play of setter Heidi Johnson. As a team, the Mean Green came up with 52 digs in the three-game match paced by Jessica Hulsebosch’s 15 digs. Johnson contributed 14 digs of her own while dishing out 39 assists as she moved the ball around well all evening.   Centenary (4-7) featured a much-improved offensive attack compared to its lackluster performance earlier in the day (.-029). Tracee Byrd put down 11 kills in leading the Ladies to a .119 hitting percentage in the nightcap. She also collected her sixth double double in 11 matches thus far with 10 digs.   Lili Williams and Danielle Bochat each stepped up their defensive intensity by recording 13 digs and 12 digs respectively.   Freeman earned her second career all-tournament team selection by compiling 23 digs and 12 total blocks over three matches. The complete team includes Tasha Weishahn (MVP) and Andrea Seele from Wyoming, Brooke Engel from North Texas, and Crystal Stigler from Prairie View A&M in addition to Freeman.   The Ladies will next play in the Prairie View A&M Tournament the weekend of Sept. 16 th and 17 th . It is the final tournament
September 10, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Wyoming Box Score DENTON, Tex.—The University of Wyoming proved to be more than the Centenary Ladies could handle as the Cowgirls handed the maroon and white its worst single game defeat this season, 30-8, in the opening game of the match. Wyoming defeated the Ladies 3-0, finishing out the scoring with 30-21 and 30-16 efforts.   “Wyoming served us off the court today and beat us in the mental game,” said Centenary coach Jenny Hazelwood. “A few of our key players had an off match and we will need them to step it up if we are going to be competitive tonight against North Texas.”   Wyoming (5-2) attacked Centenary’s serve-receive game all afternoon and was successful often, recording 17 aces in the victory. The Ladies won their share of rallies, but were unable to overcome poor passing.   Centenary (4-6) hit for a negative percentage for the match for only the second time this season (-.029). The first occasion also came at the hands of a 3-0 loss in the season opener against UNO. Stephanie Scanlan led all Ladies with five kills while Ashlee Freeman added four kills in the defeat. Danielle Bochat tallied a team-best 10 digs on the defensive side.   Rachel Smith turned in an outstanding performance for Wyoming by compiling 11 kills with only a single error to lead the Cowgirls offensive attack to a .277 hitting percentage. Carissa Lee and Jamie Schilling were almost solely responsible for the dominant Wyoming service game as the two combined for 13 aces, seven and six respectively.   The Ladies, 1-1 thus far in the Mean Green Classic, will take on host North Texas tonight at 7 p.m. in the final game of the tournament.
September 10, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Dustin Forward Ben Calderara SPRINGFIELD, Mo – The Centenary men’s soccer team dropped their second match of the Missouri State Tournament to Bradley by a score of 3-0.   Bradley (3-1-0) put a pair of goals on the board in the 14 th and 24 th minutes as the Braves pushed a 2-0 lead into halftime they wouldn’t give up.   They would add another score in the 60 th minute for the final goal of the match.   Sophomore Aaron Volanski again led the Gents (0-4-0) with four shots, but couldn’t help Centenary find a way to score on preseason All-American keeper Chris Dunsheath.   Dustin Forward and Ben Calderara earned All-Tournament Team honors for their efforts.   The Gents will participate in the third of three road tournaments to start the 2005 season next week as they travel to Statesboro, Ga., to play in the Georgia Southern Tournament.   Centenary will face Buffalo on Saturday at 12 p.m. and host Georgia Southern on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
September 9, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bre Fletcher Sam Savage Jenny Mather Ali Hilsher SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team won their first home match of the season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Texas State.   The Ladies evened their season record to 3-3 in a hard fought match that saw as many fouls as shots.   Centenary started the scoring in the 21 st minute as Bre Fletcher ’s one-on-one shot attempt with charging Bobcats keeper Brittany Beltramini was saved, careening the ball outside of the box.   Senior Sam Savage collected the loose ball and fired it in the top left corner of the net for her second goal of the season.   The Ladies had a chance to push to a 2-0 advantage in the 40 th minute, as Savage had a one-on-one against Texas State of her own.   This time the Bobcat netminder took the shot point blank, stealing a second goal from Centenary and keeping it a one-goal contest going into halftime.   Texas State (0-6) would even the match at 1-1 in the 69 th minute, as Amy Benton scored with assists by Natalie Holder and Delayna Spivey.     Not to be outdone, the Ladies came back just over two minutes later to score what would be the game-winning goal.   Fletcher took a pass from Jenny Mather and used some fancy footwork to dribble past a pair of Texas State defenders.   With yet another one-on-one opportunity, Fletcher banged home her team-leading third goal of the season.   Statistically, the Ladies were outshot once again, this time at a 21-9 margin.   But statistics can be misleading, as the majority of the Bobcats shots were fired far from the net, as Texas State had trouble penetrating the Centenary defense for most of the game.   Junior defenders Heather Kasparek and Lauren Mills anchored the defense with the help of Cori Dullnig and Carissa Barney .   In goal, sophomore keeper Ali Hilsher collected a career high 14 saves to pace the Ladies
September 9, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-PVAM1 Box Score DENTON, Tex.—The Centenary volleyball team entered game one of the Mean Green Classic, hosted by the University of North Texas, determined to put forth a performance that would wipe away the memory of the Ladies’ loss at Grambling a few days ago. Centenary did just that with a dominating 3-1 victory over Prairie View A&M which saw the Ladies finish off the match with a .400 hitting percentage behind 17 kills to only three errors in the final game.   Centenary (4-5) received a tremendous effort from sophomore Shayla Andreas who missed the team’s last match with an injured hand. The 6’1” middle blocker from El Campo, Texas, returned to the rotation in a big way by pounding down a team-high 13 kills while committing just two errors on 22 attempts (.500 percentage).   “Shayla returning to the lineup really gave our offense a boost and brought enthusiasm and leadership to the court,” said Centenary head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “She did a great job today.”   The loss for Prairie View A&M (2-5) was the second of the day for the Lady Panthers after they were downed by Wyoming in the tournament opener. Centenary provided no slack for the reeling PVAM squad as the Ladies were clicking on all cylinders for most of the match.   “After a tough loss Wednesday night, we came out looking to improve in a lot of areas. We picked up our serve-receive passing and our overall intensity,” said Hazelwood.   Four Ladies notched double figure kills in the win. In addition to Andreas, Tracee Byrd and Danielle Bochat each rifled 12 kills while Ashlee Freeman recorded 10 kills. Byrd picked up her fifth double double on the season by also collecting a game-high 19 digs. Lili Williams posted 13 digs on defense and Lindsay Bekelja racked up 49 assists in the contest.   Centenary will continue its participation in the Mean Green Classic
September 9, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Head Coach Eric Mayo Michael Smith SPRINGFIELD, Mo – The Centenary men’s soccer team dropped their second match of the year to a nationally ranked opponent, this time by a 4-0 margin to #11 Missouri State.   The Gents had previously lost to Memphis when the Tigers were ranked #24 in the country.   Missouri State (3-0) jumped to a quick lead with a goal in the seventh minute.   The Bears would add two more first half goals at the 28:12 and 32:29 marks to take a 3-0 lead going into halftime.   “Offensively, I thought we played better,” head coach Eric Mayo said.   “I saw a lot of good things that we can build on, as we gave a decent showing against the number eleven team in the nation.”   Sophomore Aaron Volanksi again led the Gents (0-3) on the offensive front, launching four shots on the Bears defense from the midfield.   Fellow sophomore Michael Smith added a pair of shots in his first action in Maroon and White after missing the first two games of the year with an injury.   While the first half saw the brunt of scoring in the match, the second half had more than it’s share of fouls.   Missouri State had 25 fouls on the day, including 18 in the second half, to Centenary’s 11.   “This is our hardest schedule in years,” Mayo said, “as shown by us having already played two nationally ranked teams. If we continue to play this well against quality opponents, it bodes well for us come conference play.”      The Gents continue play in the Missouri State tournament tomorrow as they take on Bradley at 5 p.m.
September 9, 2005 | Athletics
MONROE, La.—The Centenary men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their 2005 schedule with a trip to Monroe for the Louisiana-Monroe – Pine Hills Twilight Cross Country Meet. The Gents picked up a pair of wins under the dual meet scoring standards while the Ladies also captured their first team win on the evening.   The Gents were led by a sixth place finish by freshman Michael Haydel (Bossier City, La.) who covered the four-mile course in 21:43, just 39 seconds back of the winner. Newcomers Adam Walton (15 th , 22:54), Ryan Duplantis (18 th , 23:14), William Fell (21 st , 24:06), and David Pennywell (24 th , 24:29) rounded out the top five finishers for Centenary.   The top five scores were good enough to capture wins over Northwestern State (27-29) and Louisiana College (15-49), although the Gents came up short against ULM (24-31) and overall meet champion Louisiana Tech (17-46).   On the women’s side, the Ladies pulled out a 15-48 victory over Louisiana College paced by a seventh place showing from Lori VonPingel. The sophomore from Madison, Miss., made her way through the two-mile course in 13:49, 1:21 back of the leader. The Ladies fell to Louisiana-Monroe 19-41 and Northwestern State 22-35 in finishing 1-2 on the night.   Ashley Voorhies placed 12 th for Centenary with a time of 14:28, and Jennifer Bouso (14 th , 15:29), Halley Grantham (16 th , 15:43), and Alysha Wallace (17 th , 15:48) completed the top five finishers for the Ladies.   Both teams will prepare for their next meet hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 17 th . The Ladies will take part in a 6k race beginning at 9 am, while the Gents will take on an 8k course at 9:30 am.
September 9, 2005 | Athletics
Coach Shelley Armstrong MONROE, La.—The Centenary men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their 2005 schedule with a trip to Monroe for the Louisiana-Monroe – Pine Hills Twilight Cross Country Meet. The Gents picked up a pair of wins under the dual meet scoring standards while the Ladies also captured their first team win on the evening.   The Gents were led by a sixth place finish by freshman Michael Haydel (Bossier City, La.) who covered the four-mile course in 21:43, just 39 seconds back of the winner. Newcomers Adam Walton (15 th , 22:54), Ryan Duplantis (18 th , 23:14), William Fell (21 st , 24:06), and David Pennywell (24 th , 24:29) rounded out the top five finishers for Centenary.   The top five scores were good enough to capture wins over Northwestern State (27-29) and Louisiana College (15-49), although the Gents came up short against ULM (24-31) and overall meet champion Louisiana Tech (17-46).   On the women’s side, the Ladies pulled out a 15-48 victory over Louisiana College paced by a seventh place showing from Lori VonPingel. The sophomore from Madison, Miss., made her way through the two-mile course in 13:49, 1:21 back of the leader. The Ladies fell to Louisiana-Monroe 19-41 and Northwestern State 22-35 in finishing 1-2 on the night.   Ashley Voorhies placed 12 th for Centenary with a time of 14:28, and Jennifer Bouso (14 th , 15:29), Halley Grantham (16 th , 15:43), and Alysha Wallace (17 th , 15:48) completed the top five finishers for the Ladies.   Both teams will prepare for their next meet hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 17 th . The Ladies will take part in a 6k race beginning at 9 am, while the Gents will take on an 8k course at 9:30 am.
September 8, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-GSU Box Score SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team made a short trip to Grambling State on Wednesday, which turned into a long night. The Ladies quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Lady Tigers stormed back amidst plenty of controversy to take the victory 3-2. In the end, Grambling won the two-hour and 45 minute battle 27-30, 28-30, 31-29, 31-29, 15-12.   Centenary (3-5) took the lead for good in game one when back-to-back service aces by Tracee Byrd put the Ladies on top 7-6. Grambling always managed to keep the Ladies within striking distance, never falling further than three points behind. The Lady Tigers made a final push to tie the game at 27-27, but Centenary responded with kills by Byrd and Lindsay Bekelja to close it out.   Grambling (1-3) held the advantage in most of game two, including a two-point margin at 28-26 late in the contest. Again the Ladies stepped up their efforts and received clutch kills by Rebecca Lunceford and Ashlee Freeman to go with a big block from Freeman and Stephanie Scanlan to seal the win.   Although there were several contentions by the Centenary fans and coaches on calls made by the line judges to this point, the game seemed under the Ladies’ control. However, the pot began to boil in the third game when Centenary thought it had claimed a 29-25 lead on a service ace by Lili Williams.   The scorekeeper mistakenly added an extra point to Grambling to pull the Lady Tigers within three points at 29-26. After a lengthy delay, the referee was unable to sort out the problem within the official scorebook and the score remained incorrectly at just a three-point difference. The Centenary momentum had been stopped by the halt in action and the home team used a pair of kills by Okina Alford and an ace to claim a false 31-29 victory when the score should have been just 30-29.   The Ladies never recovered from the turn of events and dropped a hard fought fo
September 7, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Lauren Mills Bre Fletcher Sarah Balkey Ali Hilsher Head Coach Chase Wooten SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team fell to visiting in-state rival Northwestern State 2-1 in the 2005 home opener at Mayo Field.   The match was the first of three home contests for the Ladies in the next five days.   After battling back-and-forth with strong attacks at each end and very little midfield play, Northwestern State (3-1) put the first goal on the board in the 26 th minute.   Lady Demon Mya Walsh sailed a crossing pass parallel to the back line to a waiting Natalie Waguespack in front of the net, who then tapped the ball past Ladies keeper Sarah Balkey .   Centenary (2-3) looked to get even, as junior Lauren Mills ’ header drove just wide right off a free kick 30 yards out by Rachel Alexander in the 33 rd minute.   Mills wouldn’t go home without a goal though, scoring at the 60:47 mark off a corner kick from Ladies leading scorer Bre Fletcher .   Fletcher almost had the chance to even the match herself 12 minutes earlier, as she tore down the center of the pitch past the lone Lady Demon defenseman and tapped the ball past the diving NSU keeper.   As everyone gave chase to finish off the play, the ball slowly trickled just left of the goal post out of bounds to an audible groan from the Centenary cheering section.   Despite the Mills and Fletcher connection to even the match at 1-1, the Lady Demons pushed right back as Waguespack picked up an assist to go with her goal from a corner kick of her own in the 67 th minute, which would end up being the game-winner.   In goal, Centenary keepers Balkey and Ali Hilsher played strong, collecting four and six saves respectively in 45 minutes of action each.   “Our team played very well out there tonight,” Centenary head coach Chase Wooten said after the match. “We made a few costly mistakes, b
September 6, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT--The Centenary Ladies volleyball match with Grambling State that was originally scheduled for Monday has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. on the GSU campus. The match was postponed on Monday because of the use of the Grambling gym for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
September 6, 2005 | Athletics
This past week was one of the most physically and mentally trying weeks ever.   We got in from last week’s tournament at 3AM Sunday because all of the hurricane evacuations slowed traffic, so we pretty much started out the week exhausted.   Then, the hurricane made landfall on Monday, and I spent every waking moment flipping between news channels trying to find information about my hometown.   A few of the girls on our team were directly affected by the storm, and it was very emotionally draining to sit and wait for information that only got worse and worse.   But we eventually made contact with our families and we could rest a little easier.   With all the drama from the hurricane going on, volleyball became a much-needed time to peel myself away from the TV screen and take a break from it all.   And believe me, there were enough laughs in this past week to brighten even the darkest of moods.             First of all, both of our gyms were being used to house the evacuees from Dillard University in New Orleans.   So, Monday we had to drive to Loyola Prep, a local high school, to have practice over there.   Once again, this meant that we had to go through the dreaded equipment transport process.   Then, to make matters worse, Big Bertha wouldn’t start and I had to buy a new battery for her.   By the way, it’s bad enough that I have to drive the minivan in the first place, but if one more person asks me when soccer practice is, then I’m gonna take my grocery getter and run them over.             Anyway, for the next three days we practiced in the fitness center because the Dillard students had all been moved into the Gold Dome.   As always, this proved really exciting, and it once again took us an hour to set the net up before we could step onto the court and let the sun fry our r
September 6, 2005 | Athletics
Bre Fletcher Sam Savage Head Coach Chase Wooten SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team kicks off their home slate of the 2005 season as they host in-state rival Northwestern State to Mayo field on Wednesday at 7 p.m.   The Ladies were 7-1 at home last season and defeated the Lady Demons 2-1 in overtime on the road in Natchitoches.   The Ladies are 2-2 on the season after dropping their last contest to Louisiana Tech 2-0.   Centenary has wins over Tennessee-Martin in the season opener and against Sam Houston State.   Head Coach Chase Wooten has solid aspirations for his young squad, but realizes that he can’t expect perfection too early.   “Our team is at a place where we’re still learning how to play together,” Wooten said. “I see us play great soccer for 20 minute stretches at a time, but we’re still looking to put it together for a complete game.”   Sophomore Bre Fletcher leads the Ladies in scoring with a pair of goals on the season, including the game-winner against SHSU.   Senior Sam Savage , a two-time first-team All-Mid-Continent Conference selection, is second on the squad with three points (one goal, one assist).   The Lady Demons are 2-1 on the year after falling to Louisiana-Lafayette 1-0 on Friday.   NSU was slated to take on Alcorn State on Sunday, but the game was postponed because of power outages resulting from Hurricane Katrina.   “I think Northwestern will be a good test for us,” said Wooten.   “They have good speed and athleticism, and should prove a solid challenge.”   Centenary will continue their home play as they host Texas State on Friday and Southern Miss on Sunday.
September 6, 2005 | Athletics
Donnie Henderson Head Coach Eric Mayo MEMPHIS, Tenn – Sophomores Donnie Henderson and Aaron Volanksi were named to the seventh-annual Memphis Diadora All-Tournament team to represent Centenary men’s soccer.   The Gents dropped both of their contests, 4-0 to #24 Memphis and 1-0 to Belmont.   Henderson collected a tournament-high 18 saves, nine in both matches, to create a formidable presence between the pipes.   Head coach Eric Mayo was nothing short of impressed by the redshirt sophomore’s play.   “Donnie played fantastic,” Mayo said, “and solidified his starting role in goal.   As long as he keeps on his game, he’ll keep us close and competitive in games.”   Volanski, a sophomore transfer from Memphis, continued his quality play from the midfield.   He has proven to be the type of player and leader Mayo believed he would be coming into the season.   “AV works hard in the midfield,” said Mayo, “and is creating a lot of chances for us.   If we can just find more ways to get people involved in front of the goal, good things are going to happen.”   The Gents travel to Springfield, Mo., this weekend to take on Missouri State and Bradley in the Missouri State Tournament.
September 5, 2005 | Athletics
GRAMBLING, La.—The Centenary Ladies Volleyball match against Grambling State scheduled for Labor Day at 7 p.m. has been postponed. Grambling’s gymnasium is currently unavailable to host athletic events as evacuees from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina are being invited to occupy the building. The match will be rescheduled at a date to be determined later. The Ladies next match will be Friday against Prairie View A&M in the opening round of the North Texas Tournament. Centenary will also face Wyoming and North Texas on Saturday.
September 5, 2005 | Athletics
Donnie Henderson JJ Meyer MEMPHIS, Tenn – The Centenary men’s soccer team dropped their second match of the season 1-0 to Belmont in the seventh-annual Memphis Diadora Tournament.   The Gents were outshot 22-7 by the Bruins, but didn’t let the score get out of hand despite playing a man down for the final 22 minutes of play.   After a scoreless first half, Belmont (1-1) jumped on the board with an early second half goal in the 50 th minute.   The Bruins would fire 16 shots in the half on Gents keeper Donnie Henderson , who finished the match with nine saves, all in the second frame.   Senior forward J.J. Meyer was signaled with his second yellow card of the match at the 67:50 mark, disqualifying him for the remainder of the game.   The match was an aggressive one, as 38 total fouls were whistled, 23 on Belmont.   Aaron Volanksi continued to pace the Gents (0-2) offense from the midfield, firing a team-high two shots on goal.   The Gents continue on their trio of road tournaments to start off the 2005 season as they travel to Springfield, Mo., to take on Southeast Missouri and Bradley on Friday and Saturday respectively.
September 4, 2005 | Athletics
RUSTON, La. – The Centenary women’s soccer team fell to 2-2 on the season after a 2-0 loss on the road to Louisiana Tech.   The Lady Techsters (3-1) scored in the 12 th and 65 th minutes, both on first season goals by freshmen, to defeat the Ladies for the first time in program history.     Centenary (2-2) was again outshot by their opponent for the fourth time this season, this time by a 12-9 margin.   The Ladies return to the friendly confines of Mayo Field to kick off a three-match homestand this Wednesday against in-state rival Northwestern State.   Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
September 3, 2005 | Athletics
Donnie Henderson MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Centenary men’s soccer team fell 4-0 to nationally ranked Memphis at the seventh-annual Memphis Diadora Tournament.   The match was the season opener for both the Gents and the #24 Tigers.   Centenary survived an early barrage of shots, giving up a lone first half goal in the 23 rd minute.   Gents keeper Donnie Henderson collected nine saves on the day, three in the first half.   The second half saw Memphis continue their onslaught, firing 13 shots in the second stanza compared to the Gents four.   The Tigers would score three goals in less than a six-minute span to put the game away, scoring at the 73:38, 77:43, and 79:09 marks.   A rash of injuries in the days preceding the match forced the Gents to play with limited bench personnel.   Centenary used just two substitutions in the contest, playing a just a combined 37 minutes.   Centenary will face Belmont in their second match of the tournament on Monday at 5 p.m.   The Bruins suffered a heartbreaking 3-2, last-second, double-overtime loss to Mid-Continent Conference preseason favorite Oral Roberts in the opening game.
September 3, 2005 | Athletics
LAFAYETTE, La.--The Centenary Ladies volleyball team improved to 3-4 on their young season with a 3-2 win over Jackson State in the final match of the Scott Clause Advertising Classic hosted by ULL. The Ladies used 13 aces and 12 team blocks to hold off the persistant JSU squad. "We fought really hard tonight," said Centenary coach Jenny Hazelwood. "Jackson State came out ready to play and we had to work to stay focused in order to come out on top." The Ladies took game one of the match 30-28 despite hitting at just a .086 percentage. After a hard-fought second game in which Jackson State prevailed 36-34, Centenary lost the momentum and allowed the Lady Tigers to also claim game three 30-21. Ashlee Freeman and Tracee Byrd led the Ladies offensive attack to a 30-24 win in game four to force the fifth and decisive game. The Ladies then came through in the clutch, 15-11, to win their first five-game match of the season. "Ashlee did a nice job both offensively and defensively for us tonight. Tracee also picked it up on the outside and was steady on defense," said Hazelwood. Freeman rifled a team-high 14 kills in the victory while Byrd tallied 13 kills to go with 15 digs. The lone senior on the active roster, Byrd also led the Ladies with four aces. Danielle Bochat added 11 kills on the evening while Lindsay Bekelja piled up 39 assists. Centenary's blocking attack received a big boost from Shayla Andreas. The sophomore recorded a block solo and five block assists to finish with six total blocks. Freeman posted a pair of block solos in addition to her four block assists to also accomplish six blocks of the Lady Tigers. Jackson State (0-3) was the beneficiary of an outstanding performance by Verita White who turned in 20 kills, 17 digs and five aces in the losing effort. Mekisha Weaver added 14 kills for the Lady Tigers. Centenary will return to Shreveport for some much-needed rest on Sunday before traveling on Monday to face Grambling State at 7 p.m.   
September 3, 2005 | Athletics
Chevy White LAFAYETTE, La.--The Centenary volleyball team dropped their second match of the Southern Spikes Select Classic against Louisiana Tech 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Ladies fell to the Lady Techsters 30-27, 30-25, 30-32, 30-15 in the first contest of their scheduled doubleheader. Centenary will now battle Jackson State to wrap-up their participation in the Louisiana-Lafayette sponsored tournament at 5 pm today. "We played much better today," said head coach Jenny Hazelwood on this morning's match after the Ladies suffered a disspointing loss to ULL on Friday. "Our passing is not where we need it to be, but we managed to work the ball around." Despite her sub-par performance against the Ragin' Cajuns, setter Lindsay Bekelja bounced back to her All-Mid-Con form of 2004 with 31 assists in the loss on Saturday to Louisiana Tech. Ashlee Freeman led the Ladies with 12 kills while Tracee Byrd notched another double double with 10 kills and 16 digs. Centenary also received contributions from freshmen Chevy White (10 digs, 2 service aces) and Lili Williams (13 digs, 2 service aces). Louisiana Tech (3-1) was led offensively by the duo of Ambra Hayes and Shannon Phillips who each powered down 16 kills in the victory. The Lady Techsters also featured a top-notch service game as Meghan Haas and Brittney Nakamura each finished with four aces. Centenary (2-4) now looks ahead to its next match against Jackson State. "Jackson State is a very athletic team. We need to come out with a lot of energy and focus on minimizing our errors," said Hazelwood. "If we do this, it should be a good match for us."  
September 2, 2005 | Athletics
Dustin Forward Ben Calderara Head Coach Eric Mayo SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team begins their 2005 season this weekend at the seventh annual Memphis Diadora Tournament in Memphis, Tenn.   The Gents open with a match-up against #27 Memphis on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and face Belmont on Monday at 5 p.m.   This weekend’s competition marks the fourth year of participation in the tournament for Centenary.   Leading the way for the Gents will be former Memphis midfielder Aaron Volanksi and fellow sophomore defender Dustin Forward , who was named to the Memphis Diadora All-Tournament team in 2004.   Also returning is ’04 All-Tournament selection Ben Calderara .   “We definitely expect Aaron to start scoring goals based on his energy and work ethic in the midfield,” Head Coach Eric Mayo said, adding “and he wants to beat Memphis because he played there, of course.”   Mayo has been extremely impressed with the play of Forward in the backfield during the preseason.   “Dustin has been outstanding in back,” said Mayo. “He’ll be the anchor of our defense and a leader from the backfield.   He and Aaron should easily be All-Conference selections this year.”   The match-up against Memphis will be a rematch of the Gents season opener a year ago where the Tigers held on to a 1-0 victory over Centenary.   Mayo believes that a strong showing is possible, despite fielding a very young squad consisting mostly of underclassmen.   “If we can eliminate bad mistakes, like poor clearances in front of the goal,” Mayo said, “we’ll be able to give Memphis a run for their money.   Our freshmen and sophomores just have to play solid and cut down on bad decisions.”     Although Mayo is focused on the Memphis game, he will also gain a two-fold advantage in scouting the game preceding the Gents match.   Belm
September 2, 2005 | Athletics
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Centenary volleyball team lost a three game decision to in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette in the Southern Spikes Collect Classic hosted by the Ragin’ Cajuns.   The Ladies fell 22-30, 21-30, and 26-30 in their first match of the tournament.   Sophomore setter Lindsay Bekelja led Centenary with 32 assists while freshman Ashlee Freeman nailed a match-high 13 kills.   Senior Tracce Byrd added a match-best 10 digs in the loss.   Centenary will finish play in the tournament tomorrow against Louisiana Tech at 12 p.m. and Jackson State at 5 p.m.
September 2, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bre Fletcher Sam Savage Sarah Balkey HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Centenary women’s soccer team continued their efficient and patient ways, defeating Sam Houston State 1-0 despite being outshot for the third consecutive contest.   The Ladies picked up their first program victory over the Bearkats in the two schools’ first meeting.   Sophomore Bre Fletcher took a long pass from senior Sam Savage , firing a goal from 11 yards out in the 78 th minute for the only goal of the match.   The goal was a team leading second on the year for Fletcher.   Between the pipes, freshman keeper Sarah Balkey made another solid appearance, picking up her first collegiate shutout.   Balkey collected five saves on the evening.   Sam Houston State had 22 shots in the match, compared to the Ladies’ 15.   Centenary has yet to outshoot any opponent this year, but has maintained a 2-1 record, with their only loss on a last minute penalty kick against Alabama A&M.   Centenary has one road match remaining against Louisiana Tech before returning to the friendly confines of Mayo Field for a three game homestand.   The Ladies lost only one match in Shreveport last season, a close 2-1 battle with eventual Mid-Continent Conference champion Oral Roberts.   Centenary faces the Lady Techsters on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Ruston.
September 1, 2005 | Athletics
Chase Wooten Sam Savage Rachel Alexander SHREVEPORT – Coming off a weekend split at the Louisiana-Monroe Waterfront Classic, the Centenary women’s soccer team heads back out on the road this weekend for a pair of matches.   The Ladies travel to Huntsville, Texas, to take on Sam Houston State on Friday at 7 p.m.   They will then return to the Pelican State for an I-20 match-up with Louisiana Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Ruston.   The Ladies are 1-1 this year after a season opening victory over Tennessee-Martin and a last minute loss to Alabama A&M.   The victory ensured the first back-to-back victories in season openers after losing the previous six consecutive.   Ladies head coach Chase Wooten is looking forward to getting his team back on the field this weekend, hoping that the competition will help his young squad continue to develop.   “We saw a lot of good things last week,” Wooten said, “and we got better between games.   The more we play, the more experience our team has together. This weekend’s opponents should give us a great chance to continue to develop before conference play.”     Centenary is undefeated against Louisiana Tech and has never faced Sam Houston State.   The Bearkats (0-1) suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to Texas Tech to start the season while the Lady Techsters (1-1) picked up their first win in program history with a victory over Mississippi Valley State after dropping their season opener to Northwestern State.   Senior Sam Savage , a two-time First Team Mid-Continent Conference selection, is one of five Ladies sharing the team lead in points.   Local product Rachel Alexander (Parkway HS) leads the team with a pair of assists.
September 1, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team will travel back to South Louisiana on Friday to take part in the Southern Spikes Select Classic tournament hosted by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ladies were 2-2 in their season-opening tournament last weekend at Southeastern Louisiana with wins over Alcorn State and Alabama State before leaving Hammond less than 24 hours ahead of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival. Centenary will face in-state rivals Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana Tech in the weekend event before wrapping up their trip with a match against Jackson State.   “I was really pleased with our performance last weekend,” said head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “The team played very well and we are looking to build on that experience.”   Centenary’s successful weekend was especially rewarding for two Ladies as freshman Danielle Bochat was named to the All-Tournament team and fellow newcomer Liliana Williams reeled in Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Week honors. Bochat led the team with 41 kills and posted her first two career double doubles while Williams compiled a team-best 48 digs over the four matches.   The young Ladies team will receive another test this weekend when they battle ULL (0-2), Louisiana Tech (1-1), and Jackson State. However, Hazelwood has high expectations for her youthful group and expects the team to continue maturing.   “We will be tested early in this tournament, but we have the opportunity to play some very competitive matches. I would like to see us improve with our blocking and our serve receive passing. If we can do that, we should be a tough team to beat,” said Hazelwood.   Louisiana-Lafayette is first up for the Ladies as the two teams will square off on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Centenary will conclude the tournament on Saturday with a 12 p.m. match against the Lady Techsters and a 5 p.m. showdown with Jackson State. The Ladies have not defeated the Ragin
August 30, 2005 | Athletics
Monday brought the first day of the new school year, so we strapped on our backpacks and trekked around campus.   You can always tell who the freshmen are because they carry their schedules around and stick their heads into at least six classrooms before they realize they’re in the wrong building.     Now, I know Centenary has a small campus, so you would think that walking to class would be an easy task.   However, it actually requires a few hard-learned skills and some precise timing techniques.   First of all, the sprinklers always seem to be watering the sidewalks, so you have to stop and wait until they turn away and then sprint to the next dry patch of sidewalk before you get sprayed.   But here’s what usually happens to me:   I watch the sprinkler and then take off as soon as it clears the sidewalk.   But two steps into my sprint, my heel gets stuck in the crack of the sidewalk and I totally eat it.   Luckily, this only happens when a crowd of people walk by, and I get up just in time to catch a stream of water in my face.   Meanwhile, the squirrel population has gathered to throw pinecones and laugh at me before they bounce off to terrorize someone else.   By the time I get to class, my hair has taken on the shape of an afro due to the humidity, my makeup is running, my pants are ripped, and I’ve been mocked by at least three squirrels…And the professors wonder why I’m late to class.   Anyway, after a long day of classes, we head to the caf for dinner and then hurry to the training room to get treatment before practice.   (As a sidenote, I think I get injured more from the impossible to move chairs in the caf than from my sport.)   So, after a hard practice and some light weightlifting, we head back to our dorms to shower off before we get to the highlight of our day…LATE NIGHT!!   Late night is a period of time between 10 and 11 when the cafeter
August 29, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT – Centenary men’s soccer head coach Eric Mayo has announced an additional match against Mid-Continent Conference preseason favorite Oral Roberts on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m.   The match-up will be the Gents second of the season against the Golden Eagles and will count as a non-conference contest.   The Gents will host ORU as part of their conference slate in the Centenary men’s soccer home opener on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.   After consecutive preseason losses, Centenary opens the 2005 season with three straight road tournaments.   The Gents will travel to face nationally ranked Memphis in the seventh annual Memphis Diadora Tournament, opening the season against the #27 Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m.   Centenary will then take on Belmont on Monday, Sept. 5, at 5 p.m.
August 29, 2005 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill.—Centenary volleyball player Liliana Williams has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week by the league office. Williams helped the Ladies to a 2-2 record last weekend at the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament by playing solid defense from her libero position. The accolade is the first for a Centenary volleyball player since the Ladies began Mid-Con play in 2003.   Williams (Heath, Tex.), a freshman, led all Ladies with 48 total digs in her first collegiate action. The 5-8 defensive specialist recorded double-digit digs in three of the four weekend matches. She collected 14 digs against Southeastern Louisiana and also had matches of 13 digs and 12 digs against Alabama State and New Orleans respectively.   Williams and the Ladies will return to action on Friday when they take part in the Louisiana-Lafayette Tournament. Centenary is scheduled to face Louisiana Tech and Jackson State in addition to the host Ragin’ Cajuns in the two-day event.
August 28, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Luiza Pegado Tracy Apgar Sam Savage Rachel Alexander MONROE, La. – The Centenary women’s soccer team dropped their first contest of the year 3-2 against Alabama A&M in the Louisiana-Monroe Waterfront Classic.   The Lady Bulldogs converted a penalty kick with less than two minutes to play to seal the victory.   Alabama A&M (2-0) scored their first goal in the waning minutes of the first half in the 43 rd minute and added another at the 72:45 mark to grab a 2-0 advantage.     The Ladies (1-1) would respond quickly, netting a goal by senior Luiza Pegado moments later with an assist by freshman Tracy Apgar .   Fellow senior Sam Savage ’s goal less than 10 minutes later knotted the match at 2-2 with seven minutes to play.   Rachel Alexander picked up her second assist of the season on the tying goal.   Freshman keeper Sarah Balkey collected three saves in the loss, as Alabama A&M outshot the Ladies 13-7.   Centenary next travels to Huntsville, Texas, to take on Sam Houston State on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m.   The match will be the first in program history against the Bearkats.
August 27, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Sarah Balkey Lauren Stanley Bre Fletcher MONROE, La. – The Centenary women’s soccer team kicked off their regular season slate with a 2-1 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Friday at the Louisiana-Monroe Waterfront Classic.   The Ladies have now won back-to-back season openers after dropping the previous six initial contests of the year.   Centenary proved to be the definition of efficiency on offense, collecting their pair of goals on just four shot attempts.   Conversely, the Skyhawks couldn’t find a way to capitalize on their 27 shots as freshman keeper Sarah Balkey provided a solid outing between the pipes.   Balkey grabbed eight saves on the day, allowing just one goal with less than 10 minutes to play in hot and muggy conditions.   Freshman Lauren Stanley scored what would be the game-winner in the 73 rd minute, heading home a corner kick from sophomore Rachel Alexander .   The goal put the Ladies up 2-0 following Bre Fletcher’s lone first half goal with an assist from Katie Dougherty at the 34:34 mark.   UTM would put a goal of their own on the board in the 81 st minute, but the Skyhawks managed just one shot on goal in the final 10 minutes, a save off a corner kick by Balkey with less that 60 ticks on the clock.   The Ladies return to Monroe on Sunday to take on Alabama A&M in their second match of the tournament.   The Bulldogs defeated host ULM in Friday’s nightcap, also by a score of 2-1.   Game time is set for 2 p.m.
August 27, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Ransone Rose Michael Smith SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s soccer team lost their final exhibition match of the season 4-0 to visiting NAIA school William Carey.   The Gents used the opportunity to take a final look at the entire roster in live competition before beginning the season with three consecutive road tournaments.   The Crusaders took a quick two-goal lead in the first 10 minutes, scoring at the 6:08 and 9:04 marks.   William Carey added another tally in the 61 st minute and closed the match at 4-0 in the 82 nd minute.   Centenary, giving all their available players significant playing time and an ample opportunity to make the starting lineup, used a multitude of substitutions and platooned their trio of sophomore goalkeepers.   Donnie Henderson , Ransone Rose , and James Speed each logged 30 minutes, with Rose not allowing a goal and Speed leading group with three saves.   Offensively, sophomore transfers Michael Smith and Joseph Volanksi paced the Gents in outshooting William Carey 18-12, including 11-4 in the first half.   Volanski logged seven shots while Smith added four.   Senior J.J. Meyer and freshman Will Todd both added three.   The Gents open their 2005 campaign on the road at the seventh annual Memphis Diadora Tournament against nationally ranked Memphis.   Centenary will face the #27 Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m., and will face Belmont on Monday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.
August 27, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SLU Boxscore CC-Alabama State Boxscore HAMMOND, La.—The Centenary volleyball team completed the final day of the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament with a split after falling to the host Lions 3-0 (24-30, 24-30, 25-30) in the morning session and regrouping to defeat Alabama State 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-27). The Ladies finished 2-2 for the weekend highlighted by the play of freshman Danielle Bochat. The newcomer notched 41 kills and 29 digs over the first four matches of her collegiate career to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team.   Centenary fought hard in a very competitive battle with Southeastern Louisiana, but could not eliminate unfortunate mistakes. The Ladies surrendered five service aces to the Lions and could not contain Keri Hamblin as she racked up 13 kills without a single hitting error.   “We made a lot of unforced errors and suffered through some poor passing,” said head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “We felt as though we were very evenly matched with SLU, but we will need to play with more consistency to beat a team of that caliber in the future.”   Despite the team loss, several Ladies stepped up offensively. Freshman Ashlee Freeman turned in another solid performance with a team-high 11 kills. Senior Tracee Byrd matched Freeman’s effort with 11 kills of her own to go with 21 digs to earn her first double double of the season. Bochat recorded her first career double double with 10 kills and 10 digs.   Centenary’s tournament finale would see the Ladies dig out of a hole to take their first game in which they needed to come from behind. Down 26-21 in the opening game of their match with Alabama State, the Ladies banded together to outscore their opponent 9-2 the rest of the way to pull out the 30-28 victory.   “I’m really proud of the determination we showed to come back after being down early,” said Hazelwood of the win. “I&rsq
August 26, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UNO Boxscore HAMMOND, La.—The Centenary Athletics season officially began on Friday morning as the volleyball Ladies took part in the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament in Hammond, La. The Ladies lost 3-0 in straight games to the University of New Orleans by the scores of 30-14, 30-26, and 30-12. The team will not have to wait long to avenge their opening loss, as Centenary will face Alcorn State Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.   Centenary (0-1), which features only two upperclassmen on its active roster, battled first-game jitters in addition to a tough Privateer front line. The Ladies offense could not break through as UNO compiled 12 total blocks in keeping Centenary to a -.036 hitting percentage for the match. The Ladies managed only one block as Tracee Byrd and Ashlee Freeman combined for the lone tally.      New Orleans (1-0) was led by Lindsey Boler who recorded four block assists for the Privateers while racking up 12 kills. She was the only player on either team to reach double figures in kills. UNO hit at a .229 clip for the match, including a sizzling .395 percentage in game one. Jayne Duncan led all players defensively with 18 digs in the win.   Freshman Danielle Bochat performed well in her debut as her eight kills led the way for Centenary. Fellow newcomer Liliana Williams settled nicely into the flow of the game after a slow start to finish with a team-high 12 digs for the Ladies.   “We were tested from the beginning by a really tough UNO squad,” said Ladies head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “We saw a lot of good things from our team once we settled down and we are looking forward to building on that in our next match with Alcorn State.”   Centenary is 13-5 all-time against the Alcorn State Lady Braves. The two teams last met during the 2003 season when the Ladies downed ASU 3-2 during a tri-match hosted by Grambling State.
August 26, 2005 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Alcorn State Boxscore HAMMOND, La.—After dropping the season opener on Friday morning to the University of New Orleans, the Centenary Ladies volleyball team bounced back in fine fashion to easily discard Alcorn State 3-0 (30-19, 30-14, 30-12) in game four of the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament. Freshmen Ashlee Freeman and Danielle Bochat each pounded out 13 kills to the lead the Ladies while senior Tracee Byrd tallied 11 kills from an unfamiliar position.   Centenary (1-1) came out firing on all cylinders offensively in their second match of the day. The Ladies only got better has the match went on, improving their hitting percentages each game until achieving an exceptional .542 percentage in game three. Overall, the team hit at a .356 clip powered by outstanding performances from Bochat, Byrd, Freeman, and sophomore Shayla Andreas.   Freeman, who struggled from the outside in the opening match, swapped positions with middle blocker Tracee Byrd for the second match in a strategic move by head coach Jenny Hazelwood. The move paid immediate dividends as both Freeman and Byrd put down kill after kill en route to the victory.   “Tracee really showed her senior leadership by adjusting so easily to a position she has never played before,” said Hazelwood. “She played with confidence and was able to continue to be one of our go-to girls even when she was placed outside of her element.”   Bochat and Freeman torched the Lady Braves defense with 13 kills apiece while compiling hitting percentages of .423 and .435 respectively. Byrd notched 11 kills from her new spot on the outside while Andreas committed only one attack error in 17 attempts to go with eight kills.      “I am very pleased with the performance of our team this afternoon. We corrected a lot of things after our first match and maintained a high level of play on a consistent basis,” said Hazelwood
August 25, 2005 | Athletics
Sam Savage Joanna Bunn Heather Kasparek Lauren Mills SHREVEPORT – The Centenary women’s soccer team is set to kick off their 2005 season with a pair of games this weekend at the Louisiana-Monroe Waterfront Classic.   The Ladies will open the four-team competition against Tennessee-Martin on Friday at 5 p.m. and play Alabama A&M in their second game on Sunday at 2 p.m.   Leading the Ladies will be back-to-back First-Team All-Mid-Con defender Sam Savage , one of only two seniors and five upperclassmen on the team.   Also returning are juniors Joanna Bunn , Heather Kasparek , and Lauren Mills to anchor a defensive backfield that second-year head coach Chase Wooten believes could be better than the 2004 squad that helped post seven shutouts.   Centenary is 2-0 all-time against Tennessee-Martin, having last faced the Skyhawks in back-to-back seasons in 1999 and 2000, winning 9-0 and 8-1 respectively.   The Ladies hold a 3-0 advantage over Alabama A&M, downing the Bulldogs by a combined score of 8-0 over the three games.   The Ladies begin the 2005 season with a four game road series before the home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 7, against in-state rival Northwestern State at 7 p.m.
August 25, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team will open its 2005 season on Friday when the Ladies take on the University of New Orleans in the opening match of the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament. Centenary will battle the Privateers at 10 a.m. before playing their final match of the day against Alcorn State at 4 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Saturday with the Ladies facing the host Southeastern Louisiana Lions at 12 p.m. and Alabama State at 4 p.m.   Fourth-year head coach Jenny Hazelwood is excited about her young team, which features five freshman and four sophomores. The Ladies have performed well in their pre-season practices and several of the newcomers have stepped into their roles nicely.      “We are really looking forward to the tournament this weekend,” said Hazelwood. “Our returners have come into camp playing as well as we expected and the newcomers have worked hard to learn our system. I believe they are in a position to contribute when needed.”   The Ladies roster carries only two seniors and one junior, but senior Kelley Heckman will redshirt after being lost for the season after having surgery to correct an injury from the 2004 campaign. Heckman, a team co-captain, ranks first all-time on the Centenary career digs list with 1,156, places second and third in kill attempts (2,811) and kills (767) respectively, and is also third with 120 career service aces.   Hazelwood and her team received another bad break when it was learned that sophomore outside hitter Emily Longerot could possibly be out for the duration of the 2005 season after having surgery to correct an injury. Longerot finished second on the team as a freshman with 320 digs to go with 287 kills, good enough for third on the squad.   “Losing our two starting outside hitters was a big disappointment coming into the 2005 season. They were both heavily depended on last year and we will have to work hard as a team to fil
August 23, 2005 | Athletics
A little about me:             My name is Tracee Byrd and I’m a senior on Centenary’s volleyball team.   I’m a ZTA and one of the leaders in FCA.   I’m from Long Beach, MS, radish capital of the world (yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen a radish growing anywhere), and I love sports, music and FOOD!!   Well, that’s me!   If you want to know more, you can check me out on myspace or facebook.   This week was much like the last.   We continued to practice a few times a day and take our ice baths as we counted down the last days of preseason.   We finally got over our soreness, and our social lives began to improve as more and more people moved onto campus.   The freshmen met tons of other freshmen that moved into the dorms and attended orientation meetings.   I, of course, did not meet any of them because I was spending every waking moment…asleep.   During preseason, naps are an integral part of your performance at practice.   If I miss my nap, then I’m shot for the whole day.   Therefore, the only social life I had occurred in the training room, where I would meet some new soccer players and catch up with old ones who had summer injuries.   As preseason went on, the training room became the place to be as the number of aches and pains doubled and tripled.   So the week went by rather quickly, but here’s the daily breakdown. Tuesday night we had dinner at coach’s house where she made the infamous chicken casserole while we watched her dog chase his own shadow for three hours.   All of the food was once again amazing, and we ate until we couldn’t walk. Wednesday and Thursday, the Gold dome was set up for a campus lunch, so we had to practice in the fitness center.   Now this might not sound like a big deal, but it requires about an hour of extra work.   First, al
August 17, 2005 | Athletics
While most of Centenary’s students report to campus on the 21 st , we few but dedicated volleyball players arrived early on August 10 th to begin our preseason training.   We’d spent our summers working here and there, attending summer classes and pretty much living at the local gym preparing for the inevitable preseason soreness.   We jumped up and down in the middle of our driveways and sprinted around our streets doing agilities and drills that I’m sure looked ridiculous from our neighbors’ windows.   But our summer workouts were finally through, and it was time to put them to use on the court.   So, we packed up our rooms, said our goodbyes, and drove the long hours to campus. This year, the 10 th happened to fall in the middle of the week, so my parents couldn’t miss work to help me move in.   On top of that, I probably have the smallest car ever invented that fit about three pairs of socks in it before it was full.   So, unfortunately, this meant that for the next two months I’d be sporting a minivan until my parents could make it up to a home game to switch cars with me.   So…Big Bertha and I made the trip together. Move-in day was exciting.   There were lots of big hugs, storytelling, and reminiscing.   There were also lots of smashed fingers and sore backs because the furniture in our dorm is impossible to move without it leading to some form of temporary paralysis.   But, we finally got our rooms set up and then headed off for physicals and a parent/player meeting.   We had pizza, met all the new freshmen and the new assistant coach, and listened as our coach went over all the team rules and expectations.   Then they gave us packages of new shoes and practice jerseys, and it felt like Christmas as we tore open wrappers and tried everything on.   Ever since I became a college athlete, I’ve stopped buying tennis shoes and t-shirts because we get
August 16, 2005 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the signing of Pennsylvania prep star E.J. Kusnyer. Kusnyer will begin his first day at Centenary on August 22 nd , when the rest of the college’s students head to class for the start of the 2005-06 academic year. The latest addition to the Gent’s roster brings the total number of newcomers to nine with three players returning for Flaska’s debut campaign.   A 6-5, 210-pound wing from Wexford, Penn., Kusnyer attended North Allegheny High School before spending a year at The Peddie School, an elite preparatory academy in Highstown, New Jersey. He averaged 12 ppg, 6 apg, and 4 rpg in addition to being named second team All-State Prep by a vote of coaches. He was also named first team All-Prep by the Trenton Times while earning Honor Roll status at The Peddie School.   “E.J. is a big wing that has great size and strength,” said Flaska of his recent signee. “He has benefited from a year of prep school and plays the game with the intelligence that you don’t usually find in a college freshman. He can really shoot the ball, has a quick first step, and can use his body to get to the foul line.”     Kusnyer is no stranger to the college basketball scene. His father, Ernie Kusnyer, played basketball at Kansas State where his roommate was Lon Krueger, former head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and current head coach at UNLV.
August 16, 2005 | Athletics
Joey Tolis SHREVEPORT—Former Centenary men’s assistant basketball coach Joey Tolis has rejoined the Gents staff in a part-time role. Head Coach Rob Flaska has announced that Tolis will serve as the third assistant for the 2005-06 season. Tolis will be involved in all phases of the men’s basketball program inlcuding off-campus recruiting and on-floor coaching duties.   “We are really happy to have Joey as part of the staff,” said Flaska. “He brings a wealth of experience in college coaching, numerous connections in the Shreveport-Bossier community, and is a graduate of Centenary that is familiar with the program.”     Tolis spent two seasons as the third assistant coach under former Centenary basketball coach Kevin Johnson from 1999 through 2001. Since then he has spent time as an assistant coach to Chad McDowell at both Southwood High School and LSU-Shreveport. Other coaching stints include Angelina Junior College and Tarleton State University where he was a student assistant coach.   “I am extremely excited to be back at Centenary as a part of Coach Flaska’s staff,” said Tolis. “I am looking forward to working hard for a program that I can already tell has been rejuvenated by Coach Flaska’s arrival.”
August 15, 2005 | Athletics
Head Coach Chase Wooten ELMHURST, Ill – The Centenary women’s soccer team has been picked to finish third in the Mid-Continent Conference in 2005, as voted by the head coaches of participating schools.    The Ladies have qualified for the four-team conference tournament each year since joining the Mid-Con in the 2003 season.   Defending champion Oral Roberts (35 points) was tabbed to repeat, garnering five first-place votes, while 2003 champion Oakland (32 points) came in second, collecting the remaining two first-place votes.   Centenary (21 points) was selected third for the second consecutive season while IUPUI (19 points) and Valparaiso (19 points) tied for fourth as Southern Utah (12 points) and Western Illinois (11 points) rounded out the voting.   The Ladies will look to continue their string of Mid-Con tournament appearances after posting records 10-7-3 and 14-5-1 the past two seasons.   Centenary will be without their four top scorers from a year ago, but do return two-time First-Team All-Mid-Con D/MF Sam Savage .   Opening the regular season against Tennessee-Martin on Friday, August 26 in Monroe, La., the Ladies’ begin conference play as they travel to face preseason favorite Oral Roberts on Friday, September 23 in Tulsa, Okla.   Centenary College is the smallest Division I school in the nation with an enrollment of 880. Founded in 1825 and located in Shreveport, La., Centenary is the oldest college west of the Mississippi River.
August 10, 2005 | Athletics
Head Coach Elizabeth Wamsley SHREVEPORT – Centenary head women’s basketball coach Elizabeth Wamsley has announced the additions of Jason Keene and Rebecca Montz as assistants to the Ladies program.   They replace former assistant Jay Butler, who is currently the women’s tennis coach at Louisiana Tech.   Keene brings over ten years of successful coaching experience from the high school and junior college level to Centenary. He began his coaching career at Chipola Junior College with the men’s program in 1993 under current Middle Tennessee State head coach Kermit Davis, Jr. He helped the Indians to a 27-5 record, a Panhandle Conference Championship, and a State Final Four appearance.   His 1994-95 squad entered the season ranked #1 in the preseason national polls and finished with a 22-8 record.   After a stint in the prep ranks, Keene returned to his roots at Chipola as the head coach of the Lady Indians in 2000, taking a team picked to finish last in conference to a 15-15, 4 th place finish.   His 2001-02 team broke the .500 mark with a 16-14 record and another 4 th place finish.   In 2002-03, his squad earned their first top 25 national ranking as they fought through a tough Panhandle Conference to earn a State Tournament berth. Their 20 wins were good enough to earn the Lady Indians to the women’s program’s first State Final Four.   Keene left Chipola before the start of the 2003-04 season, but saw a team of his recruits ranked as high as #8 in the NJCAA polls repeat with over 20 victories and an appearance in the State Quarterfinals.   “I am very excited to have Coach Keene on staff,” Wamsley said.   “He brings a wealth of coaching experience from various aspects of the game of basketball to our team.   I have no doubt that his knowledge of the game coupled with his enthusiasm and drive will make him a valued asset in our program.”   A two-year lett
August 1, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —Centenary volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has named Teri Fry as the Ladies new assistant coach. Fry comes to Centenary after an outstanding playing career at Texas-San Antonio where she also served as a coach. She will assume all coaching responsibilities including recruiting, strength and conditioning, film exchange, and all other practice and game-day duties.     “I am really excited that Centenary College and Coach Hazelwood have given me the opportunity to further my coaching career,” said Fry. “I am looking forward to helping bring the Centenary volleyball program to the next level.”   Fry played middle blocker for four years at Texas-San Antonio in the Southland Conference where she ranks in the top ten of three career lists including solo blocks, block assists, and total blocks. In 2000, she was a member of the Roadrunner’s NCAA Tournament team and was named all-Southland Conference as a senior. Last year Fry was a student coach for her alma mater.   “We are very fortunate to be able to add Teri to our staff,” said Hazelwood. “Her experiences as both a player and a coach at UTSA allow her to bring a wealth of ideas to our program.”   Fry takes the position vacated by Brianne Smedley, who left to become the head coach at Berry College in July of this year.
July 22, 2005 | Athletics
Anja Schmidt —Centenary senior tennis player Anja Schmidt has been selected along with Oral Roberts’ Candice Satow and Oakland ’s Ryan Rzepka as the recipients of the 2004-05 Mid-Continent Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Schmidt also received the honor for the 2003-04 academic year, making her just the third student-athlete in conference history to win the league’s top academic award twice in her career. The accolade is the most prestigious individual honor given by the league.   In her two seasons competing in the Mid-Con women’s tennis ranks, Schmidt compiled 48 singles wins, 26 doubles victories and two Mid-Con Player of the Year awards. In 2004-05, she posted a 25-2 record in first singles, including a perfect 8-0 mark in conference play. Schmidt’s performance last season earned her first team All-Conference honors, as well as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Louisiana Women’s Tennis Player of the Year award. She was also a four-time Player of the Week recipient in 2004-05.   The native of Gifhorn , Germany , excelled in the classroom, registering a 3.94 cumulative grade point average as an economics and business administration dual major. Schmidt was a six-time Dean’s List honoree and a two-time Mid-Con Academic All-Conference selection. She was also the recipient of the 2005 Top Economics Major award and graduated with honors in just three years. Schmidt was also active in the honor societies at Centenary as a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, Sigma Beta Delta, and Alpha Chi.
July 20, 2005 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT —First-year head Centenary basketball coach Rob Flaska released his 2005-06 schedule today which is highlighted by a home game against ACC powerhouse Georgia Tech. The Gents will host the Yellow Jackets on January 10, 2006 in the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City , La. The University of Houston and coach Tom Penders will also make a trip to Shreveport to play the Gents in the Gold Dome on January 3 rd .   The Centenary-Georgia Tech contest in January will be the first of a three-game series between the two teams as the Gents will travel to Atlanta in each of the next two seasons. Houston and Centenary will be concluding their three-game agreement with their meeting this season. The teams split the first two games played in Houston over the last two years with the Gents pulling off the 63-57 win on January 19, 2004 .   “We wanted to upgrade our home schedule and getting Georgia Tech and Houston, along with a Northwestern State team that probably will be picked to win the Southland, does that,” said Flaska. “This is going to be a tough schedule, and I like to win. But being the only D-I school in Shreveport , I felt that we needed to give the community a quality schedule.”   Centenary will open the 2005-06 campaign with home action against the University of Texas-Tyler on November 18 th . Northwestern State (Nov. 29) and Birmingham-Southern (Dec. 17) will also take their shot at the Gents on their home court inside the Gold Dome.   Notable road games slated for the upcoming season include trips to SMU, Ole Miss, and Alabama-Birmingham. The Gents will also travel to face Birmingham-Southern, Stephen F. Austin, and Nicholls State as part of their non-conference schedule.   The Mid-Continent Conference portion of the schedule opens with a December 29 th home game against Valparaiso . 2004-05 regular season champs Oral Roberts will visit the Gents on the final day of the regular season on Februa
July 12, 2005 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT— Centenary assistant coach Brianne Smedley has been named head volleyball coach at Berry College. The NAIA school located in Mount Berry, Ga., announced the hiring of Smedley earlier today in a press release. The former Mississippi State standout becomes the third head coach in as many years for the Lady Vikings since the program returned to varsity status in 2003.     “What really struck me about Brianne is that she has so much enthusiasm for the job,” said Berry Athletic Director Todd Brooks. “She’s been an assistant for two years and is on the threshhold of starting her career as a head coach, and is very excited about this opportunity. The combination of her playing experience at Mississippi State and coaching experience over the past few years have put her in a position to become an excellent head coach and really continue to build our program.”   The head post at Berry was first filled by Brooks during the program’s inaugural season. Last year, the Lady Vikings accomplished a 22-17 overall mark and an 8-4 record in the Southern States Athletic Conference under first year coach Nicole McCray. McCray resigned in May to take a position as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia.   “I’m so excited that Berry chose me and feels that I’m the right person to lead the program,” said Smedley. “I’ve always wanted to be a head coach. As an assistant, I’ve had all these ideas and concepts in my head that I’ve been wanting to use, so it’s exciting to have the opportunity to be a head coach and finally get to initiate all those ideas.”   Smedley served as the assistant coach for one year at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla., before spending the 2004 season with former MSU teammate and Ladies head coach Jenny Hazelwood at Centenary.   “I am very excited for Bri, and I know that she will be a great head coach,&rdqu
July 5, 2005 | Athletics
  BALTIMORE, Md – Former Centenary baseball player and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher BJ Ryan has been selected to his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game appearance. Ryan becomes the first former Gent to be selected as an All-Star in program history.   Serving as Baltimore’s primary closer for the first time in 2005, Ryan helped pace the O’s to a 44-38 record and second place in the American League East standings.   He has a 1-2 record with a 2.58 ERA and 58 strikeouts, while his 18 saves are tied for sixth best in the AL and tied for 11 th best in the majors.   One of four Orioles to make the All-Star squad, Ryan is the only pitcher on the team to do so.   Ryan wore the Maroon and White for the Gents for two seasons in 1995 and ’96.   The local product and Airline HS graduate compiled a 12-9 record for Centenary with a 5.11 career ERA.   His 15 games started and seven complete games in 1996 are tied for third and seventh in a season all-time.   Ryan is also only one of five Gents to have tossed more than 100 innings in a season, recording 100.2 in ’96.   After attending Centenary, Ryan played two years at Southwest Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette) before being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 17 th round of the 1998 draft.   He was traded to the Orioles on July 31, 1999 with P Jacobo Sequea in exchange for P Juan Guzman and cash.   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 Mississippi River.
July 5, 2005 | Athletics
Flaska with campers. Free Throw Contest Former Gent Jarmorrow Moragne shows how to play proper defense. SHREVEPORT—New Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska conducted his first basketball camp as the Gents head coach from June 27th through July 1 st on the Centenary campus. The camp was a hit with local children from the ages of third grade through 12 th grade with coaches, players, and former players all doing their part in providing a positive learning atmosphere for all involved.   Flaska is excited about the opportunity to provide camps for area youth and is planning to conduct another camp from July 10 th through July 13 th .   “Our camp went very well in its first year here at Centenary,” said Flaska. “I am looking forward to developing our camps into being a big part of the college and its summer activities.”   For more information about the upcoming Rob Flaska Overnight Basketball Camp, contact assistant coach Jason Stanley at 318-869-5090.
July 4, 2005 | Athletics
Bobby Gilliam SHREVEPORT – Two former Centenary baseball players are continuing their playing careers as they advance through the minor league ranks.   Blake Adkison was promoted to the Idaho Falls Chukers (R-Adv.) in the Kansas City Royals farm system while Bobby Gilliam signed with the Ohio Valley Redcoats of the Independent Frontier League.   Adkison was previously with the Arizona League Royals (R) and Gilliam played locally with the Shreveport Sports.   Since joining the Chukers, Adkison has posted a .302 batting average with four home runs and 11 RBI is 12 games.   Gilliam joined the Redcoats after the Independence Day holiday and is expected to make his debut this week.   Both Adkison and Gilliam are record holders at Centenary.   Gilliam hold the record for career at-bats (747), runs scored (184), stolen bases (79), and walks (136).   He is tied for second all-time in games played in a season (60), career hits (226), and is fifth all time in career total bases (283).   Adkison became just the sixth player in Gents history to hit three home runs in the same game, and is the most recent of six players to have walked four times in one game.   He also holds the single season record for putouts at 478, holds the seventh best season batting average at .395, and the third best slugging percentage in a season at .757.   Adkison’s 16 homers in 2004 rank him fourth best in a season.   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 Mississippi River.