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June 27, 2007 | Athletics
ELMHURST , Ill. -The Summit League will head to Sioux Falls , S.D. , and the Sioux Falls Arena for its men’s and women’s basketball championships in 2009 and 2010 Commissioner Tom Douple announced today.   “We are very excited about having our basketball tournament in Sioux Falls ,” Douple said. “It will be great for the city and the region, and we anticipate tremendous support from the community. We are especially looking forward to bringing March Madness to the state of South Dakota .”   The Summit League Presidents Council voted Monday to move the league’s top event to the largest city in South Dakota . “We look forward to having the tournament in Sioux Falls ,” said Dr. Al Goldfarb, president of Western Illinois University and chair of the Presidents Council. “It will provide a very positive experience for our student-athletes.”   Built in 1961, the Sioux Falls Arena is a 7,100-seat facility. It is home to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, an NBA Development League team, the Sioux Falls Storm, an arena football team in the United Indoor Football Association (UIF), and the Sioux Falls Stampede, a United States Hockey League (USHL) team and the 2007 Clark Cup Champions. The arena hosted the 2007 NBA D-League Showcase and also hosts several musical and theatrical productions.   The Summit League Basketball Championships feature the top eight men’s and women’s teams in the conference with the winners receiving automatic bids in the NCAA Tournament. The championship games are televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks. The men’s championship game has appeared on ESPN or ESPN2 each of the last 14 years, while the women’s title game has appeared on ESPNU each of the last two seasons.   The Summit League is comprised of 10 member institutions—Centenary College of Louisiana, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Indiana University-P
June 22, 2007 | Athletics
ELMHURST , Ill. —The Mid-Continent Conference Academic All-Conference Teams for the winter and spring seasons were announced today. A total of 673 student-athletes from the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field were honored for their academic excellence. Centenary landed 72 student-athletes on the academic list, fourth-most in the conference.   Oakland led the way with 128 selections while Valparaiso and Western Illinois added 118 and 96 recipients respectively to grab the second and third slots. Oral Roberts (58), IUPUI (55), UMKC (53), and Southern Utah (42) all placed below the Ladies and Gents.   In order for a student-athlete to be selected to the academic all-conference team, he/she must have a 3.00 or better grade-point average in the semester in which they compete and must be a letterwinner in the sport in which they compete as well.   The complete list of Centenary honorees is listed below.   Women’s Basketball Brittany Barbee Cierra Bush Tracee Byrd Ricquel Crockrom Leslie Forest Samantha Gillespie Bethany Joseph Laura Way   Men’s Basketball Travis Hill Jeff Montague Xabi Zusperreguy   Women’s Swimming Jessica Brown Taryne Cantillo Leslie Clampitt Murphy Crain Caitlin Cunningham Allyson Gann Beth Geis Alana Gregory Natalie Nazzal Kendra Norman Rebecca Simmons Betsy Smith Nicole Turner Leslie Wyatt Melanie Zimmerman   Men’s Swimming Dane Chambers Ross Gilbert Robert Hendricks Quinn Larwood Jeffrey Malinovsky David Moss Bryan Myers Dustin Myers Randy Myers   Women’s Golf Brittany Blackwell Mary Kate Byrne Jessica Garza Leigh Newton   Men’s Golf David Viviano Mark Weeber Matthew Williams   Women’s Tennis Kate Buchanan Christine Majchrowicz Jennifer Majchrowi
June 21, 2007 | Athletics
Rob Flaska and the Gents will host Texas Tech in the CenturyTel Center on Dec. 1. SHREVEPORT —Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska today officially announced the Gents’ 2007-08 hoops schedule. The docket includes the continuation of several series rivalries in addition to several road trips against top-notch competition. Flaska also announced that Centenary will play in the CenturyTel Center twice during the upcoming season, which includes a trip to the Shreveport-Bossier area by legendary coach Bobby Knight and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.   Knight and his troops will be hosted by the Gents in the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City on Dec. 1. Centenary has played in Lubbock , Texas , in two of the last three seasons against the Red Raiders.   Flaska and the Gents will also take on Louisiana Tech in the CenturyTel Center in the second year of a four-year deal between the teams on December 13. Centenary will be the visiting team in the match up as the two squads alternate serving as the home team each season. The Gents took the honor last year in their 82-73 win over the I-20 rivals.   Flaska has prepared another challenging early season schedule for Centenary which starts with a tournament at Iowa State on Nov. 9 & 10. The tournament schedule has not been released at this time, but the Gents will face Iowa State and either Lipscomb or Winston-Salem . In addition, the Maroon and White will travel to SMU (Nov. 17), Baylor (Nov. 24), North Texas (Dec. 20), Georgia Tech (Dec. 22), and Hawaii (Dec. 30).   Flaska’s pledge to schedule games against Centenary’s traditional rivalries rings true throughout the 2007-08 campaign. The Gents will host Northwestern State in the Gold Dome on Nov. 27 in what has become a hotly contested series, after traveling to battle Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 20.   The home schedule kicks off with a highly anticipated exhibition contest against NAIA power LSU-Shreveport on Nov. 6
June 20, 2007 | Athletics
LaLonde becomes the fourth pitcher of the 2007 recruiting class SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team adds another arm of the 2008 season, signing Bellevue Community College’s Chris LaLonde to a National Letter of Intent Wednesday. A 6-foot-6, right-handed pitcher from Sammamish, Wash., LaLonde served as both a reliever and starter for Bellevue this season, helping to lead the Bulldogs to the 2007 Northwest Athletic Association of Community College (NWAACC) Championship. It was this championship experience, along with other strong credentials, that attracted the Centenary coaching staff to Lalonde, who led Bellevue in saves this season with five. "Chris will immediately step into a middle-relief, mid-week starting role for us next season," said Mike Diaz , Centenary associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. "He shows outstanding control of his pitches and is great off-speed, which makes him perfect for middle relief. Add to the fact he’s coming from the NWAACC champions." In 12 appearances and four starts, LaLonde amassed a 2-2 record with a 4.58 ERA, finishing tied for sixth in the NWAACC in saves this season. In 35 1/3 innings pitched, he struck out 29 batters in 2007, holding opponents to a .225 batting average. LaLonde becomes the fourth pitcher to join the 2007 recruiting class for the Gents, joining right-hander Joe Hagen (Renton, Wash.) of Green River Community College, right-hander Justin Kraft (Yakima, Wash.) of Eisenhower High School and right-hander Boone Whiting (Oakdale, Calif.) of Oakdale High School. LaLonde becomes the second player from Bellevue Community College to sign with Centenary in recent years, joining former Gent starting shortstop Nate Santiago . Centenary finished the 2007 season runners-up in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. 2007 Centenary Baseball Recruiting Class Name Pos Ht Wt Hometown Last School Ryan Bernsen IF 6-3 210 Pasco, Wash. Big Bend CC Tim Deering IF 5-10 180 Escondido, Calif. Palomar Col
June 20, 2007 | Athletics
Hale becomes the fifth member of coach Steve Curtis' recruiting class SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary and head women’s basketball coach Steve Curtis announce the addition of Michelle Hale for the 2007-08 season. A high-caliber forward, Hale averaged 17.3 points and 15.5 rebounds per game in her senior season at Rio Grande High School, in Albuquerque, N.M. Showing a knack to grab rebounds around the basket, the 5-foot-10 Hale led the state in rebounding in both her junior and senior seasons with Rio Grande. Her addition will boast a Centenary team that finished near the bottom of the Mid-Continent Conference in rebounding margin in the 2006-07 season, outrebounded by an average of 6.1 rebounds per game. Hale was named second team All-New Mexico, also named to the Albuquerque Tribune All-Metro Team following her senior season. In addition to leading the state in rebounding as a senior, she was amongst the top five scorers in Class 5A, the highest high school level in the state of New Mexico. As Centenary prepares for its first season in the newly formed Summit League, Hale joins four other members of the 2007 recruiting class for the Ladies. Previously signing with Centenary were forwards Anne Farrell (Tulsa, Okla.) and Ashley Jackson (Shreveport) , along with guard Karolina Zaloga (Olsztyn, Poland) and center Sarah Weiler (Yucca Valley, Calif.) . 2007 Centenary Women’s Basketball Recruiting Class Name Pos. Ht. Hometown Previous School Anne Farrell F 6-2 Tulsa, Okla. Bishop Kelley Michelle Hale F 5-10 Albuquerque, N.M. Rio Grande Ashley Jackson F 5-10 Shreveport, La. Loyola College Prep Sarah Weiler C 6-3 Yucca Valley, Calif. Yucca Valley Karolina Zaloga G 5-9 Olsztyn, Poland Mineral Area College
June 18, 2007 | Athletics
Cameron Penney led the Gents with a .312 average this season Brandon Fulenchek led Centenary with 8 wins and 103.1 IP SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary’s junior infielder Cameron Penney and senior pitcher Brandon Fulenchek were both honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, both named to the 2007 LSWA All-Louisiana College Baseball Team. Voted on by panel of LSWA members, Penney was named second team All-LSWA as a utility player, while Fulenchek earned honorable mention All-LSWA. In his first season with the Gents, Penney led Centenary with a .312 batting average and 68 hits. Playing in all 59 games in 2007, Penney started at three positions throughout the year, seeing majority of his time at first base. The Valley Center, Calif., native finished the year amongst the national leaders in strikeout ratio, striking out just 15 times in 218 at-bats (14.5) and standing 35th nationally in strikeout ratio. With 80 total bases and a .388 on-base percentage, Penney registered 34 RBI and 38 runs scored this past season. Penney was named to the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference All-Tournament Team to conclude the season, helping the Gents to the conference championship game for the second time in the past three seasons. He hit .438 in four games in the conference tournament with a team-high seven hits. A first team All-Mid-Con performer in his senior season, Fulenchek had a career year in his final collegiate season. Serving as the No. 1 starter of the Gent staff, Fulenchek had a career high eight wins, leading the Mid-Con with 103.1 innings pitched and 16 starts. A native of McKinney, Texas, Fulenchek had a 3.48 ERA to lead all Centenary starting pitchers, going 8-5 and limiting opponents to a .295 batting average in his 17 appearances. The senior left-hander was amongst the Mid-Con leaders with a team-leading 56 strikeouts. This Spring, Fulenchek graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in finance and business economics. Louisiana-Lafayette and LS
June 18, 2007 | Athletics
The Gents finished last season as runners-up in the conference championships SHREVEPORT, La. -- Head Coach Butch Jordan and the Centenary men’s swimming team announce the addition of five student-athletes for the 2007-08 season. Rourke Barrett , Matthew Blam , Matt Harris , Aaron Otto and Josh Pena will all be a part of the Gents in the upcoming year, joining a Centenary team that finished runners-up in the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Swimming Championships. All five swimmers fill needs for the Gents in the upcoming season. Barrett, from Athens High School in Athens, Texas, will concentrate on freestyle events next season for Centenary. "Rourke has a ton of potential in the 50 to 200 free," Jordan said. "We’re expecting him to become an important part of our sprint program and our freestyle relays. He’s still on the lower end of his learning curve, which will be a big plus for the Gents." Barrett took the 200-yard freestyle in districts this past season and also qualified for the Texas High School State Meet in the 100-yard freestyle. Competing in both swimming and cross country while at Cedar Park High School, in Austin, Texas, Blam will compete in freestyle events with the Gents. Showing a lot of potential and a member of the Cedar Park Aquatics club team, Blam swam competitively in high school for just his junior and senior season. "Matt will prove to be quite a find for our men’s program. With his limited experience in the pool, we expect him to improve rapidly in the next four seasons at Centenary," Jordan said. Harris participates for Metroplex Aquatics, graduating from Grace Community High School, in Tyler, Texas. Looked upon to add depth to the Gents next season, Harris has a best time in the 100 backstroke of 57.5, clocking a career-best time in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:04.1. Jordan believes Harris will blossom in the college-swimming environment. "His event lineup will change quite a bit over the course of the season because
June 15, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary and its women’s swimming team announce the signing of Ruth Litwinowicz to a National Letter of Intent for the 2007-08 season. A native of Houston, Litwinowicz graduated from Kingwood High School, intending to major in biology at Centenary. Litwinowicz specialized in the 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle in high school and with her club team, the Blue Tide. According to Centenary head coach Butch Jordan , she will bring a great attitude to the Ladies’ program. "We expect Ruth to be a contributor in our sprint, freestyle and backstroke events," Jordan said. "She has a solid stroke technique and will continue to improve throughout her first collegiate season." Litwinowicz was a member of the National Honor Society and was named a Scholastic All-American. She joins Natalie Holcomb and Lauren Kloepfer , who both signed with the Ladies in the Fall.
June 13, 2007 | Athletics
Adam Walsh Joe Nagy SHREVEPORT —Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the hiring of assistant coaches Adam Walsh and Joe Nagy. The two coaches have already joined the Gents staff and fill the positions vacated by former assistants Bobby Taylor and Jud Kinne.   Walsh comes to Centenary after successful stints at Paris Junior College ( Texas ), Odessa College ( Texas ), and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant to head coach Ross Hodge at Paris where he was in charge of recruiting, post skill development, and the strength and conditioning program among other duties.     In 2005-06, Walsh was a volunteer assistant at Odessa after concluding a two-year stay as an assistant for the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi from 2003 to 2005. He also served two years at Barton College ( North Carolina ) from 2001 to 2003 under coach Ron Lievense where his teams were a combined 41-15. In addition, Walsh has compiled an impressive list of camps that he has taught at, which include the universities of Florida , Maryland , and Virginia .   “I have really enjoyed getting to know Coach Flaska over the last two years through mutual friends and I am excited about joining the staff,” said Walsh. “I think he has the program here at Centenary on the verge of gaining national attention and it’s the perfect time to be coming to Shreveport .”   Nagy arrives in Shreveport after two years as the Director of Basketball Operations at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to his time with the Gauchos, he spent several seasons as a successful high school coach. He was the first-ever head coach at Hercules High School ( Calif. ) and led Berean Christian High School ( Calif. ) to its first 20-win season in recent years.   He also served as an assistant at both De La Salle and Clayton High School in California . His camp experience includes clinics at Duke and North Carolina . &nbs
June 13, 2007 | Athletics
Interim A.D. Glenn Evans accepts the Mid-Con Sportsmanship award from Commissioner Tom Douple. ELMHURST, Ill.—The Centenary College athletics department and its student-athletes have been honored by its fellow institutions with the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Sportsmanship Award. It is the first time Centenary has been given the prestigious award since it joined the conference in the fall of 2003.   “To be given this award is a tremendous honor for our athletics department,” said Assistant Athletics Director David Pratt. “It speaks volumes about the kind of people we have working at Centenary and validates the family atmosphere we promote to our student-athletes.”   The Sportsmanship Award is given annually to the league institution that is judged by its peers to be the best in the conference in living up to the ideals of sportsmanship. Areas for evaluation include student-athlete conduct, staff/administrator conduct, coaches’ conduct, and event management.   “It is important to us that we provide a quality experience to our visiting teams when they are on our campus,” said Pratt. “However, our student-athletes and coaches deserve their due credit for representing Centenary in a mature and positive light when playing both at home and on the road.”   Past winners of the Mid-Con Sportsmanship Award include UMKC (1998-99), Southern Utah (1999-00, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06), IUPUI (2000-01), and Valparaiso (2001-02).
June 13, 2007 | Athletics
Coach McCann and the Gents welcome Lange and Bernsen from Big Bend SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team proudly announces the signings of Jameson Lange and Ryan Bernsen to National Letters of Intent for the 2008 season. Joining a class of eight players who previously signed with the Gents in the Fall, Lange and Bernsen both played for Big Bend Community College, located in Moses Lake, Wash.. Both players participated in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). Under the recruiting efforts of Centenary associate head baseball coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Diaz , Lange and Bernsen both have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Gents next season, both standing out in the NWAACC. "Both Jamie and Ryan showed the ability to play at a high level with Big Bend," Diaz said. "Both should be able to contribute next season. Both have the ability to start." Lange and Bernsen finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in hitting for Big Bend this past season. In 39 games, Lange led the Vikings with a .344 average and a team-leading .453 on-base percentage. An outfielder from Kent, Wash., Lange was amongst the NWAACC leaders with 37 runs scored from the lead-off position. He finished in the top 20 in the league in hitting in 2007. Finishing this season with a .489 slugging percentage, Lange will immediately contest for a starting spot in the Centenary outfield in 2008. "Jameson was recruited heavily by other Division I schools and we’re really excited to bring his caliber of player to our program," Centenary head coach Ed McCann said of Lange. Bernsen, a first baseman from Pasco, Wash., excelled as a situational hitter this past season with Big Bend. Leading the Vikings with 20 stolen bases, Bernsen finished the year with a .317 average and 26 RBI, registering five home runs. The infielder led Vikings with a .508 slugging percentage in 39 games, ending the year with a .438 on-base percentage. Bernsen scored 27 runs this
June 12, 2007 | Athletics
Mike Diaz has been with the Gents the past three seasons SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary head baseball coach Ed McCann announces the promotion of Mike Diaz to associate head coach for the Gent program. Diaz has served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Gents for the past three seasons. "Mike has truly been an asset to the program the past three years," McCann said. "If you look at what has been accomplished since his arrival here, it really shows what kind of person and what kind of coach he is. He deserves so much credit for the recent success of the program." Coaching alongside McCann and volunteer assistant coach Jeff Poulin , Diaz has helped lead the Gents to the championship game of the Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Tournament two of the last three seasons, including this past season in which Centenary finished with a 28-31 record. As the recruiting coordinator, Diaz has brought in an exceptional recruiting class for next season, which includes eight players who signed with the Gents in the Fall. Prior to coming to Centenary, Diaz served as an assistant coach for four seasons at Western Michigan University of the Mid-American Conference. He also coached at Kalamazoo College of NCAA Division III and was a volunteer assistant at the University of Pacific of the Big West Conference. Diaz played collegiately at Big Bend Community College and Albertson College. Under Diaz, who serves as third-base coach, the Gents finished the year 41st nationally with a conference-leading 1.59 stolen bases per game average.
June 11, 2007 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Allison McClain BATON ROUGE—The Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) announced its 2007 All-Louisiana Softball teams today and Centenary players Micah Rhodes and Allison McClain each received second team honors. The team is voted on by media members of the LSWA from around the state.   Rhodes, a senior outfielder from Grapevine, Texas , is a member of the All-Louisiana team for the second time in her four-year career. She was also a first team All-Mid-Continent Conference selection this year. This season she hit .444 in conference play, the second-highest average in the league. Overall, she hit .326 on the year while leading the Ladies in hits (44), RBI (27), multi-hit (13) and multi-RBI games (8), and enjoyed a team-high nine-game hit streak during the season.   McClain, a sophomore from Diboll , Texas , receives her first All-Louisiana accolade as a utility player after also being an All-Mid-Con selection. She was given the honor after proving very versatile in playing first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and designated player for the Ladies this season. She hit .360 in Mid-Con play with a .515 on-base percentage. She was named Mid-Con Player of the Week on April 2 nd and batted .296 on the season in addition to stealing nine bases.
June 1, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: The Summit League The new site for the Summit League officially launched Friday ELMHURST, Ill. -- The Summit League, formerly the Mid-Continent Conference, today launched a new and improved Web site, www.thesummitleague.org. The launching of the Web site is in conjunction with the renaming of the conference, which is part of the Summit Plan. Announced last month, the Summit Plan is a strategic plan that places a renewed emphasis on improving the academic and athletic performances of the student-athlete of the league’s member institutions. Thesummitleague.org presents news, scores, statistics, history and more for every sports team in The Summit League. The site is designed to give fans access to information and programming about their favorite Summit League sports teams. A key feature of the Web site is Summit TV, a subscription package which allows fans to view live video of all men’s and women’s basketball non-conference home games as well as all Summit League basketball contests. In addition, selected conference championships will be available on Summit TV. Members of The Summit League as of July 1, 2007, will be Centenary College of Louisiana (CC), Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), North Dakota State University (NDSU), Oakland University (OU), Oral Roberts University (ORU), South Dakota State University (SDSU), Southern Utah University (SUU) and Western Illinois University (WIU). The Summit League has partnered with XOS Technologies, the leading sports-technology firm in the country, to bring its fans thesummitleague.org. XOS Technologies has a proven reputation for providing cutting-edge technology to some of the country’s finest sports programs.
May 31, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT -- Centenary head men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced that the Gents will host cross-town NAIA national power LSU-Shreveport in an exhibition to kick off the 2007-08 season. The game will be played on November 6 th in the Gold Dome beginning at 7 p.m.   “This game is great for the city of Shreveport,” said Flaska. “It will build excitement and help us get ready for the season. LSUS is one of the top NAIA teams in the country. It is a big risk for us, but I have a lot of respect for coach Chad McDowell and what he has accomplished over there.”   According to Centenary archives, the last and only time the Pilots and Gents faced each other was in the fall of 1993 in the Gold Dome. Centenary emerged from that contest with a 75-60 win.   Flaska has made it a point of emphasis to renew rivalries in his two years at the helm of the Gents program. In addition to the exhibition with LSUS, he revived a dormant series with Louisiana Tech this last season, added former Trans America Athletic Conference foe Arkansas-Little Rock back on the schedule, and continues to play regional rival Northwestern State annually.
May 30, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Head coach Eric Mayo and the Centenary men’s soccer program announce the addition of 13 student-athletes for the 2007 season. The recruiting class includes 12 high school seniors and one transfer. Mayo’s recruiting class consists of seven players from the strong soccer state of Texas, four student-athletes from the state of Louisiana and one student-athlete from Serbia. Included in the class is Adriel Adibi , who transfers to Centenary from the University of Tulsa. "I am very excited to have these recruits join us at Centenary," Mayo said of the 13. "We needed to address several key areas and I believe we have accomplished that goal." Mayo said that he believes the recruits can contribute to the program immediately, including several members of the class possessing the ability to start or provide quality depth. One of the highly-touted players in this year’s recruiting class is Dragan Hinic . Playing for F.C. Policajac and attending the High School of Sports, Hinic comes to Centenary from Belgrade, Serbia. A 5-foot-9 midfielder, Hinic will be looked upon to create in the Gent midfield, viewed by Mayo as a potential sparkplug of the Centenary offensive attack. "Dragan is a player we’re really excited about," Mayo said. "He has experience with the Serbian Junior National Team at many levels, he should provide the sort of offensive flair we’ve been lacking in the past." Josh Armstrong , a 6-2 forward, plays for the Texas Rush Soccer Club and hails from Huntsville, Texas. A power forward with great speed, according to Mayo, Armstrong will be looked upon to keep a constant presence up top for the Gents. "Josh is a very exciting player for the future of our program," Mayo said. "He will add a new dimension to our program and hopefully find the back of the net regularly next Fall." From The Oakridge School, in Arlington, Texas, Joshua Gomillion currently plays for the DFW Tejanos Soccer Club in Dallas. A 6-foot player who c
May 29, 2007 | Athletics
The Gents open up their first season in the Summit League SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s soccer team releases its schedule for the 2007 season, announced by head coach Eric Mayo Tuesday. The 2007 schedule is highlighted by five games against teams from Conference USA, which includes contests against UAB (Sept. 9), SMU (Sept. 20) and Tulsa (Oct. 25). Finishing No. 11 in the final national poll (NSCAA/Adidas) , the Sept. 20th game against SMU in Dallas may be the toughest test for the Gents in 2007, as the Mustangs rank amongst the national soccer powerhouses annually and ended last season with a 17-2-4 record. SMU took the top spot in the national polls seven times last season. Five home games at Mayo Field are included in the 2007 schedule, which is set to begin with a 7 p.m. exhibition against Northeastern Oklahoma Aug. 18. The Gents play two additional exhibition games, both on the road, against Tyler Junior College (Aug. 22) and LeTourneau (Aug. 25). The 2007 regular season begins in Conway, Ark. against Central Arkansas Aug. 31, followed by a game the following day in Springfield, Mo. against Missouri State at 7 p.m. After a trip to Birmingham, Ala. to face UAB (Sept. 9), the Gents open up the regular season home schedule against Belhaven Sept. 12. The Gents then hit the road for a weekend tournament in Bowling Green, Ky. Sept. 14-16. Hosted by Western Kentucky University, Centenary faces WKU Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., concluding the tournament with a noon game against Marhsall Sept. 16. Following the Sept. 20th game at SMU, the Gents return to Mayo Field to begin Summit League play against IUPUI Sept. 23. Play in September is wrapped up with a game at Memphis Sept. 29. Centenary travels to Fort Wayne, Ind. to face IPFW Oct. 5, hosting Oakland and Oral Roberts in league play Oct. 13 and Oct. 19, respectively. The Oct. 19th contest against Oral Roberts will be the final home game for the Gents in the 2007 season. Road games against Tulsa (Oct. 25), Wester
May 26, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championship Runners-Up                     MACOMB, Ill. -- The magical journey of the Centenary baseball team (28-31) ended Saturday, as the Gents fell 9-1 in the championship game to Oral Roberts (40-15) in the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championships, played at Boyer Stadium, on the campus of Western Illinois University. Falling for the second time in program history to Oral Roberts in the championship game, Centenary became only the second No. 4 seed to advance to the championship game under the current tournament format. The Gents entered the championship game as the underdog, facing the nine-time defending Mid-Con champions in the Golden Eagles. Building off of the team’s two victories over Western Illinois and Valparaiso Friday, Centenary bonded together over the final few weeks of the 2007 season to reach Saturday’s title game. The day started promising for Centenary, as the leadoff hitter in both the first and second innings got on, both advancing into scoring position. Unfortunately for the Gents, junior infielders Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) and Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) were both stranded at second, unable to put Centenary on the board due to multiple pop flies in the first two innings. Leading 1-0 after two, Oral Roberts scored four runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead on Centenary. ORU junior outfielder and first team All-Mid-Con selection Brendan Duffy led off the third drawing a walk on four-straight pitches by Centenary starter Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) , later scoring on a sacrifice fly by Golden Eagles designated hitter Brian Van Kirk. The big hit for ORU came on a Pat Warfle three-run homer to left, extending what was a 1-0 lead heading into the inning to five runs. Noland was strong over his first two innings, inducing fly balls to get out of jams. The jun
May 25, 2007 | Athletics
Shelley Armstrong SHREVEPORT—Centenary head cross country coach Shelley Armstrong has announced the signing of runner Ashley Fallin of Ruston , La. Fallin twice won the Louisiana State Meet in the three-mile run (2005 and 2006) and was the one-mile champion with a time of 5:34.   “Ashley is a naturally gifted runner and competitor,” said Armstrong of her newest team member. “She will make an immediate impact on the team. We are looking forward to having her energy, drive, and leadership on the squad.”   Fallin’s Cedar Creek High School team was the top-ranked Class 1A team in the state last year.
May 25, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Links associated with this release: Live Scoring (Championships) Official Tournament Bracket Watch Live Tournament Action Will Kaage led the Gents to the championship game Saturday MACOMB, Ill. -- Centenary (28-30) advanced to the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Tournament Championship Game, defeating Valparaiso (22-34), 6-1, Friday at Boyer Stadium. The Gents face Oral Roberts in the championship game Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Facing Oral Roberts in the championship game for the second time in program history, Centenary will be making its second appearance in the title game in the last three seasons. Behind the pitching of senior Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) and solid defense by the infield, Centenary built a 3-0 lead against the Crusaders in the second elimination game Friday. Despite carrying a 3-6 record in Friday afternoon’s start against Valparaiso, Kaage dug deep to record one of his best starts of the season. Allowing three hits over the first five innings, Kaage stranded four Valpo runners with an aggressive approach on the mound. "I was pitching with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder because it could possibly be my last start," Kaage said. "The team played awesome behind me." Limiting Valparaiso, which registered 20-plus hits against Western Illinois Thursday, to just five hits, Kaage gave credit to Gent catcher Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) for calling a great game. The senior right-hander said he kept Valpo offbeat the entire game, throwing off-speed and then throwing his fastball more for strikes. Centenary took a 3-0 lead in the fifth, with the scoring started by senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) , who got on by an error by Valpo shortstop Jeff Rickert. With the bases loaded, Huff hit a roller to Rickert, which was eventually fumbled, resulting in Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) scoring from third. The next batter following Huff, senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) responde
May 25, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Links associated with this release: Live Scoring Jeremy Sheehan pitched eight innings to earn the win Friday MACOMB, Ill. -- Junior pitcher Jeremy Sheehan led Centenary (27-30) to a 9-3 win over Western Illinois (31-26) Friday in Game 3 of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championships, played at Boyer Stadium, on the campus of WIU. With the Gents advancing to play the loser of Oral Roberts/Valparaiso in Game 5 of the tournament Friday at 4:30 p.m., Sheehan went eight innings in Friday morning’s win, allowing 10 hits and striking out five. Strong over eight innings, Sheehan, a native of Bonner Springs, Kan., captured his second win this season at Boyer Stadium over Western Illinois, also earning a 5-0 victory against the Leathernecks April 28. "Basically I just wanted to go out there and win," Sheehan said following the win. "We needed a win and that’s all I wanted to do. Help us (Centenary) get further in the tournament." Eight of the nine Centenary starters got hits in Friday’s win, as Centenary scored in six of the eight innings. Eliminating the tournament-hosts Leathernecks from the Mid-Con Baseball Championships, Friday’s game was set for an early morning, 10 a.m. start. Despite the early start, Centenary jumped on Western Illinois early, scoring four runs over the first three innings to take a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the first with two outs on the board, Centenary seniors Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) and Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) extended the inning by drawing walks to put runners at first and second. Fellow-senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) came up big with a two-out hit to center, scoring Darr and giving the Gents the early lead. After junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) hit an RBI-triple to right center to score Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) in the second, the Gents added two more runs in the third to lead 4-1 on the No. 2-seeded Leathernecks. Huff recorde
May 24, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Scoring Official Tournament Bracket Watch Live Tournament Action SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (26-30) faces Western Illinois (31-25) in the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championships Friday, with the loser eliminated from the tournament. The two teams get it on Friday morning at Boyer Stadium at 10 a.m. Centenary, the No. 4 seed, looks for redemption after suffering an embarrassing 20-0 loss to No. 1-seeded Oral Roberts in Thursday’s tournament-opening game at Boyer Stadium. This season, the Gents are 2-2 against the Leathernecks, splitting the four-game series in Macomb, Ill., April 27-29. Western Illinois fell to Valparaiso in dramatic fashion Thursday afternoon. Falling to the Crusaders, 13-10, the Leathernecks allowed seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to drop their first game of the tournament. In the loss, Western Illinois was outhit by a 20-11 margin. In other conference tournament action, Oral Roberts faces Valparaiso at 1:15 p.m. The loser of the Oral Roberts/Valparaiso contest faces the winner of Centenary/Western Illinois, with the winner advancing to the conference tournament championship game.
May 24, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Senior Nate Santiago led Centenary with three hits in Thursday's loss MACOMB, Ill. -- Centenary (26-30) dropped its first game of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championship, falling to No. 1-seeded Oral Roberts (38-15), 20-0, in Thursday’s tournament-opener. The wind seemed to be blowing out of Alfred E. Boyer Stadium Thursday afternoon, at least when Oral Roberts was up to bat as the Golden Eagles belted out four home runs in a blowout second inning. For the game, the Golden Eagles hit six home runs, racking up the largest shutout victory in Mid-Con Tournament history. Taking a 7-0 lead on the Gents in the second, Oral Roberts got home runs from Adam Younger, Brendan Duffy, Jake Kahaulelio and Chad Rothford in the inning to put Centenary behind the eight ball early. After Carter McQuigg and David Genao both reached on two errors by Centenary third baseman Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) in the second, Younger hit a three-run shot over the wall in left-center to give ORU a 3-0 lead. Both McQuigg’s and Genao’s play occurred with one out on the board, resulting in zero of the seven runs scored by the Golden Eagles in the second being earned. The "white flag" was waved by the Gents the following inning, as ORU added seven runs in the third to take a 14-0 lead. Rothford hit his second home run of the game in the third, hitting a grand slam to right. The 6-foot-5, 250-lb. first baseman went 3-for-6 in the game with five RBI. Both Rothford and ORU second baseman Jake Kahaulelio had two home runs in Thursday’s blowout. Pitching behind a 14-run lead early, ORU starting pitcher Chance Chapman, the 2007 Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year, recorded his second combined shutout of the season Thursday. Chapman (8-1) pitched seven innings for his eighth win of the season, allowing six hits and striking out seven. Centenary starting pitcher Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) struggled in the start Thursday
May 23, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Links associated with this release: Live Scoring Watch Games Live Official Championship Site Justin Huff and the Gents open play Thursday at 11:30 a.m. CENTENARY 26-29, 9-11 Mid-Con vs. ORAL ROBERTS 37-15, 19-1 Mid-Con   Friday, May 24, 2007 11:30 a.m.   Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championships May 24-26, 2007 Boyer Stadium Macomb, Ill.   PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHER Brandon Fulenchek, LHP   GENTS FACE GOLDEN EAGLES Centenary (26-29, 9-11) opens the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament against No. 1-seeded Oral Roberts (37-15, 19-1) Thursday at Boyer Stadium, in Macomb, Ill.   In program history, the Gents boast a 2-6 record in Mid-Con Tournament play, going 0-2 last season.   WINNING THREE OF FOUR Centenary won three of four games against Oakland to clinch a berth in this week’s conference tournament.   Leading the Gents at the plate this past weekend was the senior trio of Justin Darr, Justin Huff and Matt Webb.   Webb, a senior outfielder, played a big part in wins Saturday and Sunday.   Batting .309 this season in overall games, Webb hit the game-winning home run in Sunday’s 7-5 comeback victory, also scoring the game-tying run in Saturday’s 2-1 win.   This season, Webb leads the conference in three offensive categories, leading the nation in walks with 63. Webb is currently hitting .309 with 25 RBI, scoring a team-leading 52 runs. Webb leads the conference with a .523 on-base percentage and 24 stolen bases.   Darr leads the Gents with 40 RBI in 55 games this season, batting .259 with a .323 slugging percentage. Darr finished the weekend tied for the team lead in batting.   Huff leads the Gents with 20 RBI in conference games, also leading the team with a .338 average in 20 Mid-Con games. Breaking out at the start of conference play, Huff has a team-high 23 hits, standing with a .426 slugging percentage.   As a team, Cen
May 23, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: All-Mid-Con Team Official Release 2007 Centenary All-Mid-Con Team Members (From L to R) Dakota Robinson, Teddy Saenz, Brandon Fulenchek                     MACOMB, Ill. -- Three Centenary baseball players earned All-Mid-Continent Conference honors Wednesday, announced at the 2007 Mid-Con Awards Banquet held at the conference championships, in Macomb, Ill. Named to all-conference teams from the Gents was senior Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) , junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) and freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City, La.) . Although honored to have three players on the all-conference team, Centenary head coach Ed McCann left the awards banquet disappointed. "I’ll take three, but I think it’s a travesty that (Alex) Maldonado was left off because I felt that Maldonado was the best catcher in the conference," McCann said. "Other coaches and SID’s (sports information directors) apparently didn’t see it the same way I did. Of course, I’m biased." McCann also remarked it’s what the Gents do in the next three days, not about awards. Named first team All-Mid-Con as a starting pitcher, Fulenchek tied for the conference lead for wins in his senior season with eight. Leading the conference in innings pitched (98.1), Fulenchek ended the year with an 8-4 record and a 3.29 ERA. He struck out 55 to stand tied for fourth in strikeouts with the fourth-best ERA. The leader of the Gent pitching staff, Fulenchek gets the start in Thursday’s tournament-opening game against Oral Roberts at Boyer Stadium at 11:30 a.m. Earning all-conference for the first time in his collegiate career, Wednesday’s award gives Fulenchek extra motivation in Thursday’s start. "It does because all the other guys are ORU guys," Fulenchek said. "I’m pretty calm because I pitched against them (ORU) before and pitched in the tournament. I kind of know what to
May 21, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (26-29, 9-11) enters the Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championships as the No. 4 seed, kicking off tournament play Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Playing in the first game of the three-day tournament, which will be played at Boyer Stadium, in Macomb, Ill., the Gents face No. 1 seed and 2007 Mid-Con Regular Season Champions Oral Roberts (37-15, 19-1) Thursday morning. In Thursday’s game, Centenary looks to pull off the upset of the heavily-favored Golden Eagles, who finished the conference schedule with just one loss. Tournament-hosts Western Illinois, which finished second in the Mid-Con, faces Valparaiso in Thursday’s second game, scheduled for a 3 p.m. start. Play resumes at the break of dawn Friday, with the losers of both Game 1 and Game 2 facing off in an elimination game at 10 a.m. The winners of Game 1 and Game 2 meet at 1:15 p.m., with the loser facing the winner of Friday morning’s contest. The Mid-Con Championship Game is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Centenary enters tournament play on a three-game winning streak, winning 3-of-4 against Oakland over the weekend. The Gents were led by the strong performance of the pitching staff over the weekend, finishing the series with a 2.38 team ERA against the No. 1 offense in the Mid-Con. In four games against the Golden Grizzlies, no Oakland hitter reached the "warning track" at Shehee Stadium. At the plate, the Gents boast three players with .300-plus batting averages in overall games, led by junior infielder and All-Mid-Con candidate Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) . Senior outfielder Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) led the Gents in the 20 conference games with a .338 average and 20 RBI. Centenary departs from Shehee Stadium for Macomb, Ill. Monday evening.
May 21, 2007 | Athletics
Dakota Robinson SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary freshman Dakota Robinson has been named Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week, announced by the conference office Monday. A local product from nearby Bossier City, Robinson made three relief appearances against Oakland over the weekend, helping the Gents win 3-of-4 games and earn a berth in the 2007 Mid-Con Baseball Tournament. Robinson was outstanding in his three appearances, earning two saves and tying for the team lead with 7 1/3 innings pitched over the series. He finished the weekend with a 0.00 ERA, allowing just one unearned run and five hits. Robinson faced 28 batters in the three games, allowing just four Oakland hitters to reach second base. He limited the No. 1 offensive team in the conference to a team-low .200 batting average. Robinson finished conference play with a 0.69 ERA over 26 innings pitched, allowing just two earned runs. He struck out 14 batters in Mid-Con play, walking just two. This season, the freshman leads the Mid-Con with 28 appearances, all in relief. He has three saves in his rookie season. Monday marked the fourth time this season a Centenary pitcher has been named Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week, standing second in the conference in weekly pitching honorees. Previously, Centenary senior Will Kaage and junior Jeremy Sheehan have been named conference pitcher of the week, with Sheehan earning the award twice this season. The Gents play in the Mid-Con Baseball Championships this week, beginning tournament play Thursday against Oral Roberts at 11 a.m. All tournament games will be played at Boyer Stadium, on the campus of Western Illinois, in Macomb, Ill.
May 20, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score The 2007 Gent Senior Class Front Row (L to R): Nate Santiago, Justin Darr, Justin Huff Back Row (L to R): Coach Ed McCann, Will Kaage, Matt Webb, Brandon Fulenchek, David McElroy                       SHREVEPORT, La. -- On Senior Day at Shehee Stadium, it was a senior who led the Centenary baseball team (26-29, 9-11) to a 7-5 comeback victory over Oakland (20-24, 5-15) in the regular-season finale for the Gents Sunday. The comeback for Centenary could have been taken out of a storybook or copied from a movie. With one on and trailing by one in the seventh, Centenary senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) stepped up to the plate for one last swing, one final at-bat. As fellow-senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) stepped away from first and the count full, Webb belted a two-run shot over the left-field wall at Shehee Stadium, with Oakland leftfielder Drew Jenison reserved to just watching the ball travel into the stadium parking lot. With Eddie Money’s "Take Me Home Tonight" echoing in the Shehee Stadium air, Webb crossed home plate, arms held high, as he just scored the game-winning run for the Gents. One of the leaders for Centenary in his senior season, Webb registered his career-high seventh home run of the season and first game-winning homer of his Gent career. Following Webb’s home run, freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) locked down Oakland in the eighth and ninth innings for his third save of the season. With Centenary head coach Ed McCann not shy about putting the young left-hander in this weekend, Robinson pitched 7 1/3 innings in three appearances against Oakland, not allowing an earned run and striking out four. The Centenary rally Sunday was started in the bottom of the sixth. After allowing Oakland to score three runs in the top half of the inning, keyed by a Chad DiFranco two-run single to center field, Centenary scored thr
May 19, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Jeremy Sheehan earned his seventh win of the year Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (25-29, 8-11) punched its ticket to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament with its sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader against Oakland (20-33, 5-14) at Shehee Stadium. The Gents earned a 5-1 win in Game 1 Saturday, coming back to win Game 2 by a score of 2-1. By way of its Saturday sweep of Oakland and Valparaiso’s three wins thus far this weekend against Southern Utah, Centenary is locked into the No. 4 seed in the Mid-Con Tournament, played Thursday to Saturday at Boyer Stadium, in Macomb, Ill. The Gents face 2007 Mid-Con Regular Season Champions Oral Roberts to start off play in next week’s conference tournament. Sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader after falling in the series-opener Friday showed what the Gents are truly made of, according to Centenary head coach Ed McCann . "I talked all year long about chemistry. These guys were so loose (prior to Game 1) and it speaks volumes about our kids and our program (earning the Saturday sweep)," McCann said. Leading the way for the Gents in Saturday’s sweep was the hitting of senior outfielder Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) and the pitching of starters Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) and Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) , along with reliever Dakota Robinson (Bossier City, La.) . Huff led the Gents with three hits Saturday, registering four of the team’s seven RBI. Sheehan drew individual praise from McCann for his performance in Game 2. "Sheehan settled down after giving up the one run and he was the man," McCann said. "He dealt and located." Now in the conference tournament, the Gents prepare to celebrate the careers of seven seniors who play the final home game of their collegiate careers Sunday. As Centenary made the tournament for the fourth consecutive season, McCann said his team was playing for the seniors in Saturday
May 18, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cameron Penney had three hits in Friday's game against Oakland SHREVEPORT, La. -- A three-run eighth inning led Oakland (20-31, 5-12) to a 5-2 victory over the Centenary baseball team (23-29, 6-11) Friday at Shehee Stadium. In a must-win weekend for teams in the Mid-Con, the three runs by the Golden Grizzlies in the eighth were a result of an untimely error by Centenary that would’ve gotten the Gents out of the inning unscathed. With two outs and runners on the corners in the eighth, an Andy Sheppherd grounder caromed off of the glove of Centenary second baseman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) and into right field, extending the inning and scoring the game-winning run from third. What could be defined as being snake bitten of late, Friday was the second consecutive game that DeRooy misplayed a ball in the late innings, with both situations having an impact on the final outcome of the contest. The freshman looks to atone for the error with a strong performance in the final three games of the weekend series against Oakland. After Sheppherd got on, Oakland left-fielder Drew Jenison hit a single to right to score two more runs for the Golden Grizzlies and seal the victory. Centenary failed to score over the final two innings of the game, limited to just one hit after the third inning. The Gents came out of the gates Friday swinging, taking a 2-0 lead after two innings. Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) , Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) and Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) all had hits to start the game off, capped by Webb’s single to left to score Saenz from third. In the second, Centenary junior Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) led off the inning with a single to right, later scoring on a Saenz RBI-single. With hits in the last three games, Penney led the Gents with three hits Friday, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Unfortunately for Centenary, the hits stopped following the third, shut down by the pitching of Oa
May 18, 2007 | Athletics
Head Coach Steve Curtis signs another future Ladies' player to a Letter of Intent SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary women’s basketball head coach Steve Curtis is pleased to announce the signing of Sarah Weiler to a National Letter of Intent for the 2007-08 season. A 6-foot-3 center from Yucca Valley High School, in Yucca Valley, Calif., Weiler was named all-conference both of her high school seasons, helping the Trojans to the 2007 De Anza League Championship and an undefeated 12-0 conference record. A big addition to the 2007-08 class, coach Curtis now has four signees for next season. "We are very excited to have Sarah join our program," Curtis said of the center. "It is rare for a person of her size to be able to pass and shoot as well as she does. She has a bright future on-and-off the court." In her senior season, Weiler averaged 12.6 points and a league-leading 10.4 rebounds per game for Yucca Valley. Playing in the California High School Division 3A, she was named first team All-De Anza League this past season, named to the second team in a shortened junior season. What makes Weiler’s situation so unique is her journey to Yucca Valley. Born in Shenzhen, China and previously residing in Guangzhou, Weiler arrived in the United States in 2005. Once with Yucca Valley, Weiler had to adjust to not only a different lifestyle in America, but also playing a different position on the court, specifically adjusting to playing in the post. While playing five seasons at the Guangzhou Sports Academy in China, Weiler played point guard. With little experience playing in the post, she underwent an adjustment period when starting with Yucca Valley in January 2006, according to Trojan head coach Jess Geeson . "Having spent her previous five years of basketball playing at a Chinese Sports Academy, it took her awhile to understand not only the English language but also the nuances of playing a new position on a new team," Geeson said of Weiler. "The start of her senior se
May 18, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary men’s and women’s soccer announce the dates of the 2007 Centenary College soccer camps, with various options for players to develop their skills during the summer months. For beginning to advanced players, the Centenary soccer camp will give players an opportunity to learn from both collegiate coaches and players while having fun in the process. The summer camp schedule begins with an Indoor Camp, held at Shreveport Indoor Soccer Arena June 4-7 and June 18-21. For ages 5-10, the indoor camp offers players a chance to play in the comforts of an indoor setting, focusing on the technique and the skills needed for young players to develop. From July 15-19, Centenary will conduct the Residential, Full Day and Elite Camps at Mayo Field on the Centenary campus. The residential camp is the most popular camp during the summer session. In its 23rd year, the residential session allows players to fully expose themselves to camp experience. While staying on the Centenary campus, the residential camp will consist of morning, afternoon and evening sessions, focusing on both technical and tactical points of the game. Instructed by top-level senior staff coaches from several colleges, high schools and clubs across the region, the Centenary Residential Camp is aimed at players and teams serious about taking their game to the next level. The full day camp allows players to stay at home while benefitting from the same instruction and program as the residential campers. Players will participate in all camp activities, with camp held from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Centenary Elite Camp, for ages 14-18, is tailored for senior-level players who are ready to train at the next level. Players will go through the same preseason workout that Centenary College players do in their preparation for their seasons. The camp is very demanding, highly competitive and is appropriate for the most experienced players. The Centenary Goalkeeper Academy will be held Jul
May 17, 2007 | Athletics
Justin Huff is one of seven seniors who take the field one final time at Shehee Stadium CENTENARY (23-28, 6-10 Mid-Con) vs. OAKLAND (19-31, 4-12 Mid-Con)   May 18-20, 2007 Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHERS Friday: Brandon Fulenchek, LHP Saturday: Will Kaage, RHP and Jeremy Sheehan, RHP Sunday: Johnny Noland, LHP   FINAL STAND Seven Centenary baseball seniors prepare to compete in their final home series of their collegiate careers, as the Gents (23-28, 6-10) host Oakland University (19-31, 4-12) in four-game series at Shehee Stadium.   The series between Centenary and Oakland is set to begin with a 6 p.m. game Friday, continuing with a noon doubleheader Saturday. The four-game set is scheduled to conclude with a single game Sunday at noon.   SEVEN PREPARE FOR FINAL SERIES Seven Gent players take to the Shehee Stadium field for one final series this weekend against Oakland.   Justin Darr, Brandon Fulenchek, Justin Huff, Will Kaage, David McElroy, Nate Santiago and Matt Webb all play their final series at Shehee Stadium.   All have been a part of Centenary teams that qualified for the Mid-Con Tournament, all having an influence on the Gents in the current season.   In past seasons, Darr and McElroy have been named to All-Mid-Con teams, while Fulenchek is a two-time All-Mid-Con Tournament Team member.   GENTS LOOK FOR BOUNCE BACK Centenary struggled in last weekend’s series at Oral Roberts, swept in the four-game series against the Mid-Con leaders.   In last weekend’s series, the Gents were outscored, 37-8, finishing the weekend with a .171 team batting average in the four games.   Junior Teddy Saenz led Centenary at the plate with four hits in the four games at ORU, finishing the weekend with a .250 average.   Saenz currently leads the team with a .316 average in overall games, registering 30 RBI. Leading the Gents with 138 assists, Saenz has 31 runs scored and
May 17, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the fifth signing in his 2007-08 recruiting class as Marcus Martin has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Gents. Flaska expects Martin to contribute right away as he joins the core of a team that improved by seven wins last season.   Martin, a 6’7” wing player out of Austin , Texas , averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and one block per game in the prep ranks. He was tabbed as one of the top five freshmen in the state of Texas at Akins High School .   “Marcus has the ability to be an impact player for us right away,” said Flaska. “He is a tall wing that can score from the three-point line, put it on the floor, or post up. He gives us a person on the perimeter that can score and rebound and he has the upside to develop into an all-league performer.”   Martin joins Anthony Gatlin ( Pearland , Texas ), Justin Glenn ( Tulsa , Okla. ), Jamere King Tulsa, Okla.), and Tim Price (Spring, Texas ) to fill out the class of incoming Gents.   Complete Listing of 2007-08 Gents Signees Anthony Gatlin, 6’8”, 180 lbs, G/F, Pearland HS, Pearland , Texas Justin Glenn, 6’8”, 220 lbs, F, Union HS, Tulsa , Okla. Jamere King, 6’2”, 180 lbs, G, Booker T. Washington HS, Tulsa , Okla. Marcus Martin, 6’7”, 205 lbs, G/F, Akins HS, Austin , Texas Tim Price, 6’11”, 205 lbs, Klein HS, Spring, Texas
May 15, 2007 | Athletics
ELMHURST, Ill.—The Mid-Continent Conference Presidents Council has embraced a strategic plan that places a renewed emphasis on improving the academic and athletic performances of all its student-athletes.   The Summit Plan, which places an emphasis on presidential leadership, seeks to advance the league to one of the premier mid-major conferences in the country. It focuses on student-athlete welfare, academic performance, increased home attendance and improving the league’s rating percentage index (RPI) in all sports.   The league plans to recognize the academic achievements of its student-athletes at every opportunity, while seeking to improve the Academic Progress Report (APR) scores of each team. The marketing efforts will be focused on increasing the home attendance, which helps support the student-athletes and provides additional exposure. In addition, the Summit Plan will include a review of staffing, budgeting and scheduling by each member institution to be conducted with the goal of improving the RPI in all conference sports.   Included in the plan is the creation of a new image with the unveiling of a new name, logo and web site. As of June 1, 2007, the conference will be known as The Summit League ( www.TheSummitLeague.org ).   “The Summit League provides a mental image to reach for the top, both academically and athletically,” Commissioner Tom Douple said. “The new name fits in perfectly with the Presidents Council’s vision for the continued improvement and growth of the league.”   The name was developed over the last eight months by a conference-wide committee. The logo itself was designed by Nina Schmidt, a graphic designer at South Dakota State University .   “We are extremely pleased with our new name and logo,” said Dr. Al Goldfarb, president of Western Illinois University and chair of the Presidents Council. “We look forward with anticipation to continued
May 13, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Matt Webb hit a two-run homer to give Centenary a 2-1 lead TULSA, Okla. -- A two-run home run by junior catcher David Genao in the eighth led Oral Roberts (31-15, 13-1) to a 3-2 win over the Centenary baseball team (23-28, 6-10) in the series finale at Johnson Stadium Sunday. With the win, ORU completed a four-game series sweep of the Gents. Trailing 2-1 with one out in the eighth, Genao took a 1-2 fastball by Centenary freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season. Genao picked the most opportune time to collect his first hit of the game, going 1-for-4 Sunday, with Eric Mattison also scoring on the play. In the ninth, Golden Eagles’ senior closer Eric Crichton made short work of the Centenary batters, inducing a groundout to short by Centenary senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) to end the game and pick up his third win of the season. Crichton, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, registered 1 2/3 innings of no-hit ball. After Oral Roberts took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a Brendan Duffy RBI-single to left, Centenary used a two-run fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead on the Mid-Con leaders. Centenary senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) led off the fifth with a single to center, followed by a two-run homer by Webb to left. On a 1-0 pitch by ORU starter Chris Ashman, Webb drove the ball over the left-field wall for his team-leading sixth home run of the year, giving the Gents the much sought after lead. Webb finished the game going 1-for-4 from the plate with two RBI. Robinson, who relieved Gent starter Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) with two on and two outs in the fourth, was steady in his 4 1/3 innings pitched. With the pressure on and runners at first and second in the fourth, Robinson forced a groundout by ORU infielder Jake Kahaulelio to keep the Gent deficit at one run. Although allowing the game-winning homer to Genao in the eighth, Robi
May 12, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 TULSA, Okla. -- Oral Roberts (32-15, 14-1) scored a combined 22 runs Saturday to earn a sweep of the doubleheader with the Centenary baseball team (23-27, 6-9) at Johnson Stadium. The Golden Eagles won Game 1 Saturday by a score of 9-3, defeating the Gents in Game 2 by a decisive 13-2 margin. The story of the day was the hitting of the Golden Eagles. En route to the 22 combined runs over the two games, Oral Roberts racked up 31 hits, pelting the Centenary pitching staff pitch-after-pitch, inning-after-inning. Three Oral Roberts players had four hits in Saturday’s doubleheader, led by the duo of juniors Brian Van Kirk and Kelly Minissale. Van Kirk and Minissale each hit .571 in Saturday’s two games, combining for four RBI and six runs scored. Minissale had one of ORU’s three home runs on the day. Outhit by a margin of 31-12, Centenary showed a lack of confidence at the plate Saturday, striking out 22 times. Falling in the first three games of the series at Johnson Stadium and allowing 34 runs to ORU, Centenary looks to earn a win in Sunday’s series finale. With junior left-hander Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) taking the mound for the Gents, Centenary looks to stay competitive in the Mid-Continent Conference standings. Now with a 6-9 record in conference, Centenary is fighting for one of the final two spots in the Mid-Con Championships, played May 24-26 at Western Illinois. Game 1 - Oral Roberts 9, Centenary 3 Centenary allowed a season-high 19 hits in the 9-3 loss in Game 1 of the doubleheader at Johnson Stadium. Leading the hit brigade in Game 1 for the Golden Eagles was Van Kirk, who went 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. For the series, Van Kirk has stepped to the forefront as the offensive leader for ORU. Over the three games, the junior outfielder has a .636 average and a .636 on-base percentage, registering four RBI. Van Kirk started off
May 11, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Teddy Saenz had two of the Gent's three hits in the loss TULSA, Okla. -- Centenary (23-25, 6-7) ran into a roadblock in Friday’s game at Oral Roberts (30-15, 12-1). That roadblock was ORU starting pitcher Chance Chapman, who paced the Golden Eagles to a 12-1 victory at Johnson Stadium. Now with a 6-1 record with a Mid-Con leading 110 strikeouts, Chapman was brilliant on the bump for the Golden Eagles Friday, going the distance for his first complete game of the season. Nationally-ranked as a strikeout pitcher, the 6-foot-4 right-hander struck out a career-high 19 batters, allowing just three hits and one run. He struck out the side in two of his nine innings, setting a new school record for strikeouts in a single game. Behind Chapman’s pitching, Oral Roberts used a four-run fourth inning to take control of Friday’s game. Leading off the fourth, ORU junior Brian Van Kirk hit a solo home run to right to tie the game at 1-1. For the game, Van Kirk was one of two ORU batters to finish with three hits, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Following Van Kirk’s homer, junior Adam Younger doubled to left, scoring senior Pat Warfle and giving the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead. Brendan Duffy and Jake Kahaulelio both added RBI-singles later in the fourth to build the ORU lead to 4-1, more than enough runs for Chapman to pick up the victory. Van Kirk and Warfle added RBI-doubles in the seventh, followed by ORU senior Carter McQuigg’s two-run homer to push the Golden Eagles’ lead to 8-1 after seven. Kelly Minissale added a two-run home run in the eighth for the Golden Eagles. Centenary actually took a 1-0 lead in the third Friday when senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) grounded out to first, scoring teammate Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) from third. Saenz led off the inning with a single to right, advancing to second on a wild pitch and stealing third. After the third, Centenary was no-
May 11, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Micah Rhodes started the 7th inning off with a single SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (22-27) was again unable to score in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament and was eliminated from the championships after falling 1-0 to Oakland (20-35) Friday afternoon at the Centenary Softball Complex. Suffering their second loss of the event, the Ladies were only able to muster one hit through the first six innings against Oakland. In the seventh and pivotal inning, senior Micah Rhodes (Grapevine, Texas) singled to right to put the tying run aboard with one out. Freshman infielder Brittany Williams (Antioch, Tenn.) followed Rhodes with a single up the middle, putting the go-ahead run on base. A base-running miscue ensued after the Williams single, resulting in sophomore Leslie Postles (Shreveport) getting tagged out at second on an attempted steal. Postles, who had pinch ran for Rhodes following the single earlier in the inning, was caught between second and third on the attempt, going back to second and getting tagged for the second out of the inning. Still in the seventh, Centenary sophomore Allison McClain (Diboll, Texas) got on base after getting hit by a Jessica Granger pitch to again put runners at first and second for the Ladies. After freshman Haley Bassett (Bossier City) reached on an error by Oakland shortstop Caitlin Lynch to load the bases, the Ladies had one final attempt to either tie the game or earn the victory in dramatic fashion. With the bases loaded and one out remaining in the Ladies’ season, freshman Kelsey Greeson (Temple, Texas) unfortunately lined out to Oakland second baseman Tosha Hodgkinson, ending the game and the hopes for Centenary to continue playing in the tournament. The winning run for the Golden Grizzlies came in the second inning when catcher Angela Righetti lined a single up the middle to score Kate Jones. Granger pitched all seven innings for the win, striking out three and allowing
May 11, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Stacy Whitmer pitched four innings Friday in the loss to WIU SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (22-26) fell to No. 1-seeded Western Illinois (23-21), 1-0, in the first game of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Softball Championships at the Centenary Softball Complex. Playing as the No. 4 seed, Centenary held the Westerwinds at bay for most of the seven-inning game. What decided the game was a Lauren Furgala single in the fifth, scoring Rachel Sinks from third and registering the lone run for Western Illinois. Furgala’s single got past a diving Emerald Doria (San Antonio) at short to score Sinks and the game-winning run. The Ladies had their opportunity to tie the game the following inning when Doria led off the inning with a walk, sacrificed to second by Lauren Flowers (San Antonio). Unfortunately for Centenary, Doria was stranded at second after freshman Allison Shepperd (Marshall, Texas) flied out to left and senior Micah Rhodes (Grapevine, Texas) struck out to end the inning. Western Illinois sophomore Kamren Ferguson pitched seven innings to earn the win, allowing two hits and striking out seven. Ferguson was named 2007 Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year Thursday, moving her record to 15-6 this season with Friday’s 1-0 victory. Centenary faces the loser of Southern Utah/Oakland at 4 p.m. Friday at the Centenary Softball Complex, needing a win to stay alive in the double elimination tournament.
May 10, 2007 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Allison McClain ELMHURST, Ill.—The Mid-Continent Conference announced its 2007 All-Conference Softball teams today and Centenary players Micah Rhodes and Allison McClain each received recognition. Rhodes was named an outfielder on the first team while McClain was given second team honors as a utility player.   Rhodes, a senior from Grapevine, Texas , becomes a first team All-Mid-Con member for the fourth time in her four-year career. The Mid-Con’s Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, she has amassed numerous Player of the Week honors as well. This season she hit .444 in conference play, the second-highest average in the league. Overall, she hit .326 on the year while leading the Ladies in hits (44), RBI (27), multi-hit (13) and multi-RBI games (8), and enjoyed a team-high nine-game hit streak during the season.   McClain, a sophomore from Diboll , Texas , receives her first All-Mid-Con selection. She was named second team utility player after proving very versatile in playing first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and designated player for the Ladies this season. She hit .360 in Mid-Con play with a .515 on-base percentage. She was named Mid-Con Player of the Week on April 2 nd and batted .296 on the season in addition to stealing nine bases.   Rhodes and McClain hope to lead their Centenary team to its third Mid-Con Tournament Championship in four years when it hosts Western Illinois on Friday at 11 a.m.   First Team C - Shannon Robinson, Valpo 1B - Samantha Valentine, WIU 2B - Amy Douglas, WIU 3B - Taylor Callahan, Valpo SS - Marci Pratt, SUU OF - Britt Mason, WIU OF - Sarah Needy, IUPUI OF - Micah Rhodes, CC DP - Nicole Green, WIU UTL - Karli Jenson, SUU P - Kamren Ferguson, WIU P - Jessica Granger, OU   Second Team C - Erin Schlotfeldt, WIU 1B - Bobbi Jo Merrill, SUU 2B - Cayleigh Harvey, IUPUI 3B - Lindi Kennedy, SUU SS - Julie Owen, OU OF - Rodeo Carli, SUU OF - Megan Carroll, Valpo OF - Karen Korb, Val
May 10, 2007 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Emerald Doria SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team is in a familiar setting with an unfamiliar situation heading into Friday’s Moe’s Southwest Grill Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament. The Ladies are participating in their fourth straight postseason league tournament in as many years in the Mid-Con, but after serving as the second seed in each of the three previous events, this time the Maroon and White have an uphill battle as the fourth seed.   Centenary (22-25, 6-6 Mid-Con) will have home field advantage for the first time as well. The Ladies are hosting the Mid-Con Tournament, which sends its winner to the NCAA Tournament via an automatic bid. Coach Mark Montgomery’s team earned that bid after winning the conference tournament in both 2004 and 2005.   Senior Micah Rhodes looks to have a big weekend in what could be her final games in a Centenary uniform. The three-time first team All-Mid-Con selection finished second in the conference with a .444 batting average in 12 games of league play. Overall on the season, her .326 effort ranks tenth in the Mid-Con and her 27 RBI are fifth.   Sophomore Emerald Doria will also play a key role as she enters the weekend hitting .323 with 41 hits and 27 runs. She is third in the Mid-Con with an on-base percentage of .434.   The Ladies will take on regular season champion Western Illinois (22-21, 11-2 Mid-Con) at 11 a.m. on Friday morning at the Centenary Softball Complex. Second seeded Southern Utah (26-29, 12-6 Mid-Con) will square off against third seeded Oakland (19-34, 10-8 Mid-Con) in the other opening round contest at 1 p.m.   Western Illinois is seeking its first Mid-Con tourney title since 2001. Heading the WIU charge is freshman Lauren Frugala, who posted a .417 batting average with 15 hits and nine stolen bases in Mid-Con play. Kamren Ferguson, a strong candidate to be the conference’s Pitcher of the Year, led league play with a 1.07 ER
May 9, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Teddy Saenz leads the Gents with a .323 batting average this year CENTENARY 23-24, 6-6 Mid-Con at ORAL ROBERTS 29-15, 11-1 Mid-Con   May 11-13, 2007 Tulsa, Okla. Johnson Stadium   CENTENARY PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS Friday: Will Kaage, RHP Saturday: Brandon Fulenchek, LHP and Jeremy Sheehan, RHP Sunday: Johnny Noland   FACING THE LEADERS The Centenary baseball team (23-24, 6-6) visits first-place Oral Roberts (29-15, 11-1) in Tulsa, Okla. this weekend. The four-game series at Johnson Stadium is set to begin Friday at 7 p.m.   Now standing in third place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings, the Gents can solidify a berth in the Mid-Con Tournament with a good weekend in Tulsa.   MALDONADO CONTINUES TO LEAD In 12 Mid-Continent Conference games this season, Centenary junior catcher Alex Maldonado continues to lead the Gents with a .429 batting average, a .543 on-base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage. Since entering conference play, Maldonado has been the biggest offensive threat for the Gents, registering 15 hits and a team-high nine walks.   Batting .372 in Mid-Con games and sitting second on the team in hitting in conference games, senior outfielder Justin Huff has registered a team-leading 16 RBI on 16 hits. Huff has three doubles and a .512 slugging percentage in conference games, scoring six runs with 22 total bases.   In overall games, junior infielder Teddy Saenz leads the team with a .323 average in overall games, notching 30 RBI. Saenz is followed by senior outfielder Matt Webb, who is hitting .317 with 20 RBI.   Webb leads the Gents in overall games with a .540 on-base percentage and a .540 slugging percentage.   As a team, Centenary is hitting .289 this season.   FULENCHEK GETS EIGHTH TO LEAD The Centenary pitching staff continues to be led by senior left-hander Brandon Fulenchek, who picked up his league-leading eighth win of the season Friday ag
May 8, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Soccer Buzz Chase Wooten and the Ladies bring in 12 players for next season SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary and its women’s soccer team was recognized as having one of the best recruiting classes in the Mid-Continent Conference, announced by national women’s soccer website SoccerBuzz.com . In the recently released conference rankings of recruiting classes of the nine-team Mid-Continent Conference, SoccerBuzz.com has ranked the Centenary women’s soccer team as having the second-best recruiting class in the conference. Signing 12 players to National Letters of Intent for the upcoming season, Centenary head coach Chase Wooten sees all the incoming players ready to contribute and help the Ladies continue to build towards the future. "It was one of those years where the scholarship situation worked out and we identified the needs of the team and addressed them," Wooten said. "Next season with our recruits and the players we have returning, we should be very strong, but young." Ten players come to the Shreveport campus from high school teams, joined by two players who participated at the junior college level last season. The Ladies, who finished the 2006 season with a 4-11-1 record, begin the 2007 season at Arkansas State Aug. 31.
May 8, 2007 | Athletics
Head Coach Steve Curtis announces the signing of Karolina Zaloga SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary women’s basketball adds another name to its recruiting class for the 2007-08 season, signing Karolina Zaloga to a National Letter of Intent. Zaloga, a 5-foot-9 guard, becomes the third member of Centenary head coach Steve Curtis’ recruiting class for next season. Playing the past season at Mineral Area College, in Park Hills, Mo., Zaloga was named to the NJCAA Region 16 All-Region Team following the 2006-07 season. She also earned first team All-Midwest Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) accolades for the Cardinals this past season. Adding a high-caliber guard to the Ladies for next season, Curtis says Zaloga has a history of success at the junior college level, being named all-conference both of her seasons at the JUCO level. "We are very excited Karolina has decided to join our program," Curtis said. "She is an outstanding passer, who can make plays off the dribble as well as shoot from deep. She is a great addition to our team." En route to earning all-region and all-conference honors this season, Zaloga averaged 13.2 points, 4.50 rebounds, 5.34 assists and 1.9 steals per game for the Cardinals. She shot 30.3 percent from three-point range, hitting 77.6 percent of her free-throw attempts. Mineral Area head coach Gary Koch has nothing to say but good things about Zaloga and her abilities to excel with the Ladies. "You will not find a better person or harder worker than Karolina," Koch said. "She’s a good player and excellent student and we’ll truly miss her." In her freshman season, Zaloga played at Jefferson College, also a member of the MCCAC. With the Vikings, she averaged 9.35 points, 3.55 rebounds, 4.22 assists and 1.26 steals per game. She earned honorable mention All-MCCAC in her freshman year at Jefferson. Zaloga joins Ashley Jackson (5-10/F/Shreveport, La./Loyola College Prep) and Anne Farrell (6-2/F/Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley)
May 7, 2007 | Athletics
Webb stands as the national leader in walks this season SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary senior outfielder Matt Webb can add another record to his baseball resume, breaking the conference mark for walks in a single season Sunday.   With his walk in the fifth inning against Southern Utah Sunday, Webb registered his 59th walk of the 2007 season, breaking the Mid-Continent Conference mark for walks previously set by Danny Boyle of Oral Roberts in the 2002 season.   Webb, a native of Blue Springs, Mo., currently leads the nation in walks, averaging 1.26 walks per game. With one more walk, Webb will move into a tie for 20th in career walks in the Mid-Con, already amassing 89 in two seasons with the Gents.   In addition to leading the conference in walks this season, Webb stands as the Mid-Con leader in on-base percentage (.540) and stolen bases (22). He is batting .317 with 20 RBI in 47 games for Centenary in 2007.   Webb and the Gents travel to Tulsa, Okla. to face conference-leading Oral Roberts in a four-game series starting Friday. Centenary currently stands third in the Mid-Con standings.   MID-CONTINENT CONFERENCE SINGLE-SEASON WALKS RECORD   Name, School Year No. 1. Matt Webb, Centenary 2007 59 2. Danny Boyle, Oral Roberts 2002 58 3. Marc White, Valparaiso 1991 56 4. Matt Vanderbosch, Oral Roberts 2004 53 5. Steve Mefferd, Youngstown State 2001 52   Jak Kraus, UW-Milwaukee 1994 52 7. Tony Zaffaro, Illinois-Chicago 1999 51 8. Kelly Kropp, Illinois-Chicago 1988 50 9. Ryan Welborn, Oral Roberts 2004 46 10. Alex Valdivia, Centenary 2005 45   David Castillo, Oral Roberts 2003 45   Danny Boyle, Oral Roberts 2001 45   Andrew Mosher, Oral Roberts 1998 45
May 6, 2007 | Athletics
Mark Montgomery SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team and head coach Mark Montgomery learned Sunday that they will be competing in their fourth straight Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. The Ladies hope home field advantage will play a factor in the two-day event that begins Friday as Centenary will be hosting the conference tournament on its own field in Shreveport for the first time.   Montgomery continues his streak, having never missed a Mid-Con Tournament since Centenary joined the league in the fall of 2003. The Ladies have twice won the tournament (2004 & 2005) and represented the Mid-Con in the NCAA Tournament. The Maroon and White also qualified for the field last year, but lost its first two games.   The tournament field is comprised of the top four teams in the conference based on win percentage. With Centenary’s season over with a 6-6 conference mark after two whole series were erased due to inclement weather, the Ladies could do nothing but sit and wait with a bye on the final weekend of Mid-Con play. The Ladies only scenario for making the tournament hinged on Valparaiso losing at least four of its six remaining games as the Crusaders hosted first place Western Illinois and then traveled to third place Oakland for a make-up series on Sunday and Monday.   Western Illinois helped Centenary out in a big way by sweeping Valpo and clinching the regular season title and the top seed in the tournament at the same time. That now meant that heading into the series with Oakland, the Crusaders must sweep to stay in the race. However, the Golden Grizzlies handed Valpo a 2-1 loss in extra innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday and that was enough for Centenary to claim the fourth and final seed.   Valparaiso bounced back to win the second game against Oakland, but another win for the Crusaders on Monday would only land them in a tie with the Ladies. The Ladies own the tiebreaker over Valparaiso after winning t
May 6, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Webb went 2-for-3 Sunday with a run scored to lead the Gents SHREVEPORT, La. -- Southern Utah (11-39, 6-10) salvaged a 3-2 victory over the Centenary baseball team (23-24, 6-6) in Sunday’s series finale at Shehee Stadium. A solo home run in the top of the second by Southern Utah first baseman Bucky Aona got the scoring started for the Thunderbirds, as Southern Utah would build as much as a three-run lead in Sunday’s win. Aona, who went 3-for-4 Sunday to lead the Thunderbirds in hits, took the first pitch by Centenary sophomore Derek Bross (St. Joseph, Mich.) over the wall in left-center to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Trailing 3-0 with just six outs remaining, Centenary’s comeback efforts were started by junior infielder Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) in the eighth. The Gent leader in hitting this season, Saenz hit a double to deep center, advancing to third on a wild pitch by Thunderbird starting pitcher Alec Reichle. With Saenz on third and not an out on the board, Centenary senior outfielder Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) hit a sac fly to center, getting the Gents on the board with Saenz tagging from third. Unfortunately for Centenary, the Saenz score was the lone run for the Gents in the eighth, as the team was running out of outs for a comeback. In the ninth and final inning, Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) started the inning off with back-to-back singles to give Gents hope, as the team had the tying runs aboard. After freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) sacrificed the two runners over with a bunt down the first-base line, sophomore Mike Davis (Ruston, La.) hit a long fly to center, scoring Webb from third with the sac fly. The final chance for the Gents to tie the game came to Saenz. With Santiago on second, Saenz struck out at the plate, with Centenary falling a run short to the Thunderbirds. Webb led the team in the loss with two hits. The senior outfielder
May 5, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Alex Maldonado had four hits over the two games Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (23-23, 6-5) moved into third place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings with its sweep of Southern Utah (10-39, 5-10) in a Saturday doubleheader at Shehee Stadium. The Gents captured a come-from-behind win in Game 1 Saturday, defeating the Thunderbirds, 7-6, in extra innings. In another close, tightly-contested game between Centenary and Southern Utah, the Gents won Game 2 Saturday by a 4-2 margin to earn the sweep. Centenary junior pitcher Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) figured in the result in both games Saturday, earning a win and a save over the Thunderbirds. Coming into both games with men in scoring position for Southern Utah, Bronson thrived under pressure, not allowing a run and giving up just one hit over two innings. Asked if he felt the pressure of coming into the game with a tight score and runners in scoring position, Bronson said he has grown into his role as a reliever. "Coming in more and more throughout the year, I’ve kind of gotten used to it," Bronson said. "I felt really relaxed today and felt real good." From an offensive standpoint, Centenary was led by junior catcher Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) , who continues to be one of the most dangerous hitters in the Mid-Con since conference play began in April. Maldonado, hitting a team-leading .469 in conference games, went 4-for-6 Saturday with two RBI and a run scored. He two RBI in Game 1 was vital, as Centenary had to make up four runs over the final three innings. Senior outfielder Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) and junior infielder Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) , both went 3-for-6 Saturday. Saenz led the Gents with three runs scored and a .625 on-base percentage in the two wins. Centenary looks for the series sweep when the team takes the field for Sunday’s series finale. Sophomore right-hander Derek Bross (St. Joseph
May 4, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The game time of tonight’s baseball game at Shehee Stadium has been moved, announced by Centenary head baseball coach Ed McCann Friday. Tonight’s game between Centenary and Southern Utah has been moved from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., pushed back an hour to prepare the field after the steady rains that hit the Shreveport area the past two days. Following Friday’s single game at 7 p.m., the Gents face the Thunderbirds in a Saturday doubleheader at 3 p.m., with a single game scheduled for Sunday at noon.
May 4, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Brandon Fulenchek pitched all nine innings to earn the win SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (21-23, 4-5) drew first blood in the four-game conference series against Southern Utah (10-37, 5-8) at Shehee Stadium. The Gents earned a 7-2 win Friday to keep pace in the tightly-bunched Mid-Continent Conference standings. On the eve of his college graduation, Centenary senior Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) went the full nine innings to pick up his conference-leading eighth win of the season. Continuing his streak of six consecutive starts without taking a loss, Fulenchek notched a career-high seven strikeouts over the nine innings. Fittingly, Fulenchek struck out the final Southern Utah batter to end the game, moving his record to 8-2 this season. "The win is huge for us because we need to win 3 out of 4 this weekend," Fulenchek said. "If we win 3 out of 4, we’ll be in good shape (to make the conference tournament)." Asked if he is raising his game entering his final conference season, Fulenchek says he is just more focused and concentrating more in games. Centenary never trailed in Friday’s game, taking a 7-0 lead after four innings. In the second, freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) scored on a balk and an error by Southern Utah starting pitcher Derek Job, giving the Gents the early 1-0 lead. On a failed pickoff attempt at first, Job threw the ball to the right of Thunderbird first baseman Bucky Aona, called for a balk on the play to allow DeRooy to not only take third but score. DeRooy, along with senior designated hitter Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) , led Centenary with three hits each. DeRooy and Darr combined for five of the team’s six RBI. Darr was pivotal in the third and fourth innings for Centenary, picking up RBI in both. With runners on the corners, Darr sliced a single to right field to score Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) from third and extend the lead to two. Santiago led off the in
May 2, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Scoring Maldonado leads the Gents in hitting in Mid-Con play this season CENTENARY (20-23, 3-5 Mid-Con) vs. SOUTHERN UTAH (10-36, 5-7 Mid-Con)   May 4-6, 2007 Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   GENTS FACE THUNDERBIRDS Centenary (20-23, 3-5) opens the home portion of the Mid-Continent Conference schedule this weekend, hosting Southern Utah (10-36, 5-7) in a four-game series at Shehee Stadium.   The series gets underway with a single game Friday at 6 p.m. The two teams play a Saturday doubleheader, starting at 3 p.m., with the series finale scheduled for noon Sunday.   FLIPPED In last weekend’s series at Western Illinois, Centenary fielded a new batting order, seemingly moving those players who previously were at the bottom of the order to the top.   In the first three spots of the new batting order are Teddy Saenz, Nate Santiago and Alex Maldonado, all of who previously hit in the five spot or below this season.   Saenz, a junior infielder, has picked up his hittng of late, batting .379 in eight conference games this season. He is tied for the team lead in hits in Mid-Con games, leading the Gents with seven runs scored.   Saenz now stands as the overall leader in batting for the Gents with a .329 average.   Maldonado leads the team in batting in conference games this season. Hitting .400 in eight conference games, Maldonado has a team-leading .531 on-base percentage in Mid-Con games. The junior catcher has raised his average in overall games to .284 with his recent surge at the plate.   Senior outfielder Matt Webb and junior Calvin Sanchez continue to bat over .300 with .317 and .313 averages, respectively.   Junior infielder Cameron Penney leads the Gents with 50 hits, batting .303 with 28 RBI in a consistent effort all season.   Since entering conference play, Centenary is hitting .262 as a team.   FULENCHEK, HURLERS GET SET Senior left-hander Brandon Fulenchek
May 2, 2007 | Athletics
Huff had a team-leading 12 RBI and a .538 average this weekend SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary senior outfielder Justin Huff was named Louisiana Sportswriters Association Player of the Week Wednesday after his outstanding performance against Western Illinois this past weekend. Against the Leathernecks, Huff led the Gents with a .538 batting average and 12 RBI. Averaging 3.0 RBI per game this weekend, Huff had his best offensive game thus far this season in Friday’s 14-7 win over Western Illinois. Going 3-for-4 from the plate Friday, Huff registered a career-high eight RBI on two doubles and a grand slam, his first home run of his Centenary career. The senior outfielder followed up his eight-RBI effort with another outstanding showing in Game 2 of the Saturday doubleheader against the Leathernecks. Huff went 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored Saturday afternoon. He finished the weekend with a team-leading on-base percentage of .500 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. The native of Beaumont, Texas has a .290 batting average and 28 RBI in overall games this season. He stands second on the team with 49 hits and leads Centenary with 17 multi-hit games in 2007. Huff and the Gents open up the home portion of their Mid-Continent Conference schedule this weekend, hosting Southern Utah in a four-game series starting Friday.
May 1, 2007 | Athletics
Ryan Thacker ELMHURST , Ill. —Centenary softball pitcher Ryan Thacker was tabbed by the Mid-Continent Conference as its Pitcher of the Week for her efforts in leading the Ladies to a 3-1 record over the previous seven days. It is the second time this year that Thacker has received the accolade.   Thacker (Alto, Texas ) notched two wins and her first collegiate save, playing an important role in Centenary’s wins over Louisiana-Monroe (6-3) and Valparaiso (6-5 and 7-1). Against ULM , the freshman pitched 1.1 innings in relief, allowing only one hit while striking out two. She picked up the win when the Ladies scored two runs in the sixth inning to come-from-behind for the victory.   Thacker earned the first save of her career when she entered a 6-5 game against Valparaiso in the seventh inning. The bases were loaded with two outs and the right-hander picked up the crucial out on one pitch to end the game. She then tossed six innings against Valpo in a start, during which she surrendered only six hits and a single run while striking out five.   For the week, Thacker had an earned run average of 0.84 in 8.1 innings. She struck out eight batters, allowed eight hits, and walked only two.
April 30, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: CollegeSwimming.com McGee was one of several Centenary swimmers to have Top 100 times SHREVEPORT, La. -- Both the Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams completed a successful 2006-07 season, culminating with the Gents making an appearance in the final national mid-major poll and several Centenary swimmers recording top 100 times. In the final NCAA Division I Mid-Major Poll, provided by CollegeSwimming.com , the Centenary men’s swim team received votes, building off of the team’s runner-up finish at the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Championships in February. In addition to all 10 relay teams on both the men’s and women’s sides registering top 100 national times on CollegeSwimming.com , Centenary freshmen Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) stood amongst the top 100 national times in their respective events, joined by numerous other Centenary swimmers. McGee, specializing in distance freestyle events, had the 68th-best time nationally in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:45.69, earning second team All-Mid-Con in his freshman season. Vaughan, the 2007 Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year and first team All-Mid-Con honoree, had a season-best time of 10:16.63 in the 1,000 freestyle to stand 58th nationally. She had both a school and conference record in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16:53.97, standing 86th nationally in the event. Also registering top times in individual events for Centenary was Quinn Larwood (Colleyville, Texas) , Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Texas) , Robert Hendricks (Plano, Texas) and Clayton Carter (Houston) on the men’s side, joined by Kendra Norman (Power Springs, Ga.) , Beth Geis (Dallas) , Betsy Smith (Shreveport) and Kayli LeBlanc (Plano, Texas) on the women’s. All eight swimmers made appearances in the top 100 times in 1,000 freestyle on both the men’s and women’s side. While all 10 relay teams for the Gents and the L
April 30, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: CollegeSwimming.com Vaughan was one of several Centenary swimmers to have Top 100 times SHREVEPORT, La. -- Both the Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams completed a successful 2006-07 season, culminating with the Gents making an appearance in the final national mid-major poll and several Centenary swimmers recording top 100 times. In the final NCAA Division I Mid-Major Poll, provided by CollegeSwimming.com , the Centenary men’s swim team received votes, building off of the team’s runner-up finish at the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Championships in February. In addition to all 10 relay teams on both the men’s and women’s sides registering top 100 national times on CollegeSwimming.com , Centenary freshmen Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) stood amongst the top 100 national times in their respective events, joined by numerous other Centenary swimmers. McGee, specializing in distance freestyle events, had the 68th-best time nationally in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:45.69, earning second team All-Mid-Con in his freshman season. Vaughan, the 2007 Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year and first team All-Mid-Con honoree, had a season-best time of 10:16.63 in the 1,000 freestyle to stand 58th nationally. She had both a school and conference record in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16:53.97, standing 86th nationally in the event. Also registering top times in individual events for Centenary was Quinn Larwood (Colleyville, Texas) , Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Texas) , Robert Hendricks (Plano, Texas) and Clayton Carter (Houston) on the men’s side, joined by Kendra Norman (Power Springs, Ga.) , Beth Geis (Dallas) , Betsy Smith (Shreveport) and Kayli LeBlanc (Plano, Texas) on the women’s. All eight swimmers made appearances in the top 100 times in 1,000 freestyle on both the men’s and women’s side. While all 10 relay teams for the Gents and the
April 30, 2007 | Athletics
Sheehan earned his sixth win to earn Pitcher of the Week honors SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary junior Jeremy Sheehan was named Mid-Continent Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, announced by the conference office Monday.   Sheehan, a right-hander from Bonner Springs, Kan., picked up his sixth win of the season Saturday at Western Illinois, becoming only the second pitcher in the conference to earn multiple honors this season. Previously, the junior had been named pitcher of the week after his victory over Kansas State Feb. 18.   In leading Centenary to a 5-0 shutout win over Western Illinois, Sheehan struck out six while walking two, allowing six hits over seven innings of work. Combining with freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) for the shutout, Sheehan lowered his ERA to 3.95, standing with a 6-4 record in 11 starts.   The Centenary junior shares this week’s honors with Jeremy Hefner of Oral Roberts. He and senior Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) are the two Centenary pitchers who have been honored by the Mid-Con this season.   Centenary, sitting fifth in the conference with a 3-5 record in Mid-Con games, begins a four-game series against Southern Utah at Shehee Stadium Friday. Game 1 of the series is set for 6 p.m. Friday, with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. and a single game Sunday at noon.   MID-CON CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Brendan Duffy      Oral Roberts OF Glendale, Ariz.         Chester Wilson Southern Utah       IF                             Honolulu, Hawaii   MID-CON CO-PITCHERS OF THE WEEK Jeremy Sheehan Centenary RHP Bonner Springs, Kan.   Jeremy Hefner Oral Roberts RHP Perkins, Okla.
April 29, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Johnny Noland allowed just two hits in a no decision Sunday in Macomb MACOMB, Ill. -- Centenary (20-23, 3-5) fell in the ninth inning to Western Illinois (27-18, 8-4) Sunday at Boyer Stadium. In the series finale between the two teams, the Gents fell 2-1 Sunday, with the two teams splitting the four-game series. In the ninth and deciding inning, Western Illinois shortstop Kyle Surprenant singled down the left-field line to bring home Travis Check from third and score the game-winning run for the Leathernecks. Check reached on a fielder’s choice, later stealing third and scoring on the Surprenant single to break the 1-1 deadlock. In a close, highly-contested game, Centenary took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, only to relinquish the lead in the bottom half of the inning. In the top of the third, freshman infielder Garret DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) scored on a Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) groundout to give the Gents the early lead. DeRooy led off the inning with a single up the middle, moved over to third on a Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) sacrifice bunt and a Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) single. After drawing a walk to lead off the bottom of the third, Leatherneck catcher Cooper Stewart scored on a Matt Newquist single to tie the game. With the game tied 1-1, Centenary turned towards its pitching, which didn’t allow a hit over the fourth and fifth innings and stranded 14 batters for the game. After junior Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) left the game in the fourth, pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing just two hits while striking out three, fellow-junior Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) took over and pitched three innings of two-hit ball. Bronson struck out two batters in his three innings, handing the game off to freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) . Robinson, who pitched in relief in the final three games of the series, struck out two over the seventh and eighth, allowing just one hit and givin
April 28, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Sheehan earned his second shutout win of the season in Game 1 Saturday MACOMB, Ill. -- Centenary (20-22, 3-4) split its doubleheader with Western Illinois (26-18, 7-4) Saturday at Boyer Stadium. After winning Game 1 Saturday by a 5-0 margin, the Gents fell in extra innings, 14-13, to the Leathernecks. Centenary junior pitcher Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) had a sterling performance in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, striking out six and allowing no runs over seven innings. With Sheehan excelling on the mound, Centenary built up a five-run lead, holding onto the lead for its third shutout of the season. Freshman reliever Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) pitched the final two innings of Game 1, allowing just one hit and preserving the shutout for Centenary. In Game 2, the Gents climbed back from a 12-run early deficit to force extra innings, eventually falling in the eighth. In the comeback, Centenary scored 10 runs in the third inning, setting a new season-high for runs scored in a single inning. Offensively Saturday, junior infielder Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) continued to perform in his new role as the leadoff hitter for the Gents. Saenz went 4-for-9 (.444) Saturday, leading the Gents in hits over the two games. The junior infielder finished Saturday with two runs scored and an RBI. Centenary looks to win three of the four games when it takes the field for a noon series finale at Boyer Stadium Sunday. Taking the mound for the Gents will be seven-game starter Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) , who is 0-1 in conference games this season. In his last start, Noland allowed four hits and three runs to Valparaiso in a 9-2 loss April 22. This season, Centenary is 2-6 in games played on Sunday. GAME 1 - Centenary 5, Western Illinois 0 In leading the Gents to a 5-0 win, Sheehan (6-4) picked up his second shutout of the 2007 season. Over the first six innings of the game, Sheehan
April 28, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo #1 4-28-07 CC-Valpo #2 4-28-07 Senior Dana Davis Senior Micah Rhodes SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team entered its final weekend of regular season play looking for a sweep over Valparaiso for its best chance to earn a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. The Ladies won Friday evening and took the first game Saturday 7-1, but the Crusaders pulled out a 5-1 extra inning victory in the series finale to keep Centenary at bay. Now the Ladies will wait to see how the rest of the conference season plays out next weekend.   Centenary (22-25, 6-6 Mid-Con) exploded for six runs in the second inning of the first game Saturday and put Valpo away early. The Ladies collected five hits in the rally and sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame.   Haley Bassett singled up the middle with the bases loaded to score seniors Micah Rhodes and Dana Davis, both playing in the final regular season game of their four-year careers. Emerald Doria, Lauren Flowers, and Rhodes, batting for the second time in the inning, all singled to combine for four more runs.   With the large lead, Ladies pitcher Ryan Thacker (7-6) sailed to the easy victory, giving up one run on six hits and five strikeouts over six innings. Valparaiso starter Chris Halstead was saddled with only her second loss on the year against nine wins.   Game two was a tight contest throughout. Valparaiso (25-13, 7-5 Mid-Con) struck first in the top of the third inning, scoring after a double from Ashley Wolter, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI groundout by Megan Carroll.   The Ladies quickly responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Singles from Kelsey Greeson and Doria put two runners on and Lin Virdell’s bloop single just inside the first base line tied the game for Centenary.   Neither team could put together a successful offensive attack the rest of the way and the game moved to extra innings.   In the Cr
April 27, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo Box Score 4-27-07 Emerald Doria Kelsey Greeson Micah Rhodes Stacy Whitmer Ryan Thacker SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team received a huge lift in its attempt to fight its way into the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament with a come-from-behind 6-5 win over Valparaiso Friday evening. The Ladies used a grand slam from Emerald Doria to go on top and then fended off a comeback attempt from the Crusaders in the seventh.   Centenary (21-24, 5-5 Mid-Con) scratched out a run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead over the visiting Valparaiso team. Pitcher Kelsey Greeson, rarely used as a hitter, came through with a two out single to put runners on first and third for the Ladies. Greeson and Allison McClain (on third) then pulled off a double steal for the score.   Valparaiso (24-12, 6-4 Mid-Con) roared back by popping back-to-back homeruns off of Centenary starter Stacy Whitmer in the third inning. Ashley Wolter and Taylor Callahan accomplished the feat, taking advantage of a Ladies pitching staff that has been prone to surrendering the long ball.   The Ladies tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth and could have done more damage if not for some stellar defense by the Crusaders. Doria led off by reaching base from an error, but Lauren Flowers was robbed of a hit by a diving Tracy Korth in left field. Allison Shepperd then sent a grounder up the middle that looked as if it might make it through until Shannon Robinson’s diving effort forced Doria out at second.   With two outs, Shepperd stole second base and Centenary finally received a break when Micah Rhodes’ chopper up the middle eased past the outstretched arm of the Valpo second baseman. Shepperd scored on the play and the Ladies were back in the ball game.   Just as quickly as Centenary tied the game, the Crusaders scored another run to take a 3-2 advantage in the sixth. Two hits and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one ou
April 27, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Huff hit a grand slam in the 7th to lead Centenary to the 14-7 win MACOMB, Ill. -- Sporting a pair of "magic shoes", senior Justin Huff recorded eight RBI in Centenary’s (19-21, 2-3) 14-7 drubbing of Western Illinois (25-17, 6-3) at Boyer Stadium Friday. Leaving his regular, size-eight baseball spikes in Shreveport by accident, Huff borrowed the size-12 cleats of Centenary junior pitcher Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) for Friday’s game. After his best offensive output of the 2007 season, Huff may want to hold onto the cleats of Noland. The Beaumont, Texas, native was one off of the Centenary record for RBI in a game with his eight, which included a grand slam in the seventh that blew the game wide open. Huff, who was moved down in the Gent order in Friday’s game, said the grand slam may have been the difference in the game, as Centenary took an 11-2 lead after the seventh. "Coach McCann always talks about stepping on an opponents’ neck when you have a chance," Huff said. "We needed to put them away and prevent them from catching us." In regards to using Noland’s shoes in the game, the senior outfielder had to kick the toes of the boots at each at-bat, just to be able to use the oversized cleats. Huff went 3-for-4 in the game with two runs scored. Falling behind in the first after Travis Check hit a two-run homer to give Western Illinois a 2-0 lead, Centenary used runs in the second and third to tie the game at 2-2. The Gents took the lead in the fifth after junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) and senior Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) got on to start the inning. Saenz scored from second when Santiago reached on a fielding error by Leatherneck pitcher Quinn Leath. After junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) moved Santiago to second with a sacrifice bunt, junior Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) hit an RBI-single to right, scoring Santiago and giving Centenary a 4-2 lead. Two m
April 27, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: 2006-07 Public Recognition Awards Centenary was one of four Mid-Con schools to earn such an achievement SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s tennis team was honored with an NCAA public recognition award, announced by the national office Thursday. Recognizing the women’s tennis team for their latest Academic Progress Report (APR) score, the Ladies join more than 800 NCAA Division I sports teams from 217 member institutions. To achieve such an honor, high-performing teams had to post an APR score ranging from 975 to a perfect 1,000. Earning such a high academic achievement, Centenary head coach Larry Jacobs says his current group of players are very special. "They just work so hard on-and-off the court. They listen and are easy to coach," Jacobs said. "I honestly cannot ask for a better group of players and it’s probably the best group of players I’ve coached in 10 years." Included in the current women’s tennis squad are three members -- Kristina Collins , Christine Majchrowitcz , Versha Sharma -- who were named to the Academic All-Mid-Con team last spring. Of the 839 teams receiving awards for their latest academic performance, 366 are men’s and mixed teams, while 473 are women’s teams. The men’s sports with the highest number of teams receiving public recognition awards were golf (51), cross country (49) and tennis (40). The women’s sports with the highest number of teams receiving awards were tennis (64), volleyball (54) and golf (52). The Centenary women’s tennis team was one of four Mid-Continent Conference member institution to receive public recognition awards. Joining the Ladies were IUPUI, Southern Utah and Valparaiso. Multi-year APR scores for all 6,110 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 2.
April 26, 2007 | Athletics
Maldonado is hitting .467 in the past five games to lead the Gents CENTENARY GENTS 18-21, 1-3 Mid-Con at WESTERN ILLINOIS LEATHERNECKS 25-16, 6-2 Mid-Con   April 27-29, 2007 Boyer Stadium Macomb, Ill.   PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHERS Friday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) Saturday: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP) and Will Kaage (RHP) Sunday: Johnny Noland (LHP)   GENTS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK Centenary (18-21, 1-3) got off to a rough start in Mid-Continent Conference play, looking to bounce back this weekend when the team travels to Macomb, Ill. to face Western Illinois (25-16, 6-2) in a four-game series at Boyer Stadium.   The series begins Friday with a single game scheduled for 3 p.m. A doubleheader between the two teams is set for Saturday at noon, while the final game of the four-game series is scheduled for a noon start Sunday.   CENTENARY STRUGGLES AT VALPO Not getting off to the desired start in Mid-Continent Conference play, Centenary dropped three out of four games at Valparaiso last weekend.   After earning a 6-2 decision to open the series against the Crusaders Friday, Centenary fell in the final three games of the series.   In both games of Saturday’s doubleheader at Bauer Field, Centenary gave up late runs that eventually proved to be the difference.   A LOOK AT THE GENTS For most of the 2007 season, senior outfielder Matt Webb has led the Gents in hitting. Heading into this weekend against the Leathernecks, Webb continues to lead the team with a .339 average, a .568 on-base percentage and a .568 slugging percentage.   Although struggling mightily against Valparaiso last weekend, Webb is poised to get back on track against Western Illinois this weekend. In 39 games, the senior outfielder has a team-high 39 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and 53 walks.   Also looking to get back on track against Western Illinois is junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez, who struggled against Valpo by going 1-for-12 from the plate. Sanche
April 26, 2007 | Athletics
VS. SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team will be battling Valparaiso in a key Mid-Continent Conference series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. in Shreveport . The Ladies need to take the series to have a chance at advancing to the conference tournament to be held on Centenary’s campus May 11 th and 12 th .   Centenary (20-24, 4-5 Mid-Con) took a severe blow to its hopes of qualifying for the Mid-Con Tournament last weekend when it was swept in all three games at Oakland . Now the Ladies are in need of a sweep themselves, but at least need to win the series with the Crusaders to stay afloat in the race. Centenary will also need some help along the way as the Ladies have a bye in the final weekend of the regular season and will be unable to control its own destiny.   The Ladies look to be back on track after ending a seven-game slide with a 6-3 win Wednesday night over Louisiana-Monroe. Centenary recorded only six hits in the victory, but manufactured runs with the help of five stolen bases.   Allison McClain leads the Ladies with a .324 batting average and also has a .419 on-base percentage. Emerald Doria and Lauren Flowers are also adept at reaching base as Doria is hitting .314 with a .421 OBP and Flowers sports a .417 OBP despite hitting just .241. Micah Rhodes and Allison Shepperd are each batting above the .300 mark at .312 and .303 respectively.   Valparaiso (24-11, 6-3 Mid-Con) has won seven of its last eight games and currently sits in second place in the Mid-Con standings. Shannon Robinson and Megan Carroll have been torrid inside the batter’s box as both are hitting above .370 on the season. Taylor Callahan leads the team with four homeruns and 18 runs batted in. Junior right-hander Chris Halstead fronts a pitching staff with a combined earned run average of 2.85. Halstead is 9-1 on the year with an ERA of 2.49.   All three games in the series can be followed via live stats by clicking on the livestats/audio page on
April 25, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ULM Box Score 4-25-07 Ryan Thacker Kelsey Greeson Lauren Flowers Allison Shepperd SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team ended a seven-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday evening. The Ladies stole five bases in jumpstarting an offense that has struggled of late and came up with a big hit when it was needed most.   Centenary (20-24) fell behind early when Heather Williams launched her 12 th homerun of the season for the Warhawks off of starting pitcher Stacy Whitmer in the second inning.   The Ladies offense sputtered out of the gate and was held hitless by Louisiana-Monroe starter Lindsay Rittenhouse, but Rittenhouse was removed from the game after three innings of work.   Centenary wasted no time in scoring off of new ULM pitcher Shanna Swillie (2-5) in the fourth. Allison Shepperd singled up the middle sharply to start the inning and advanced to second on a groundout by Micah Rhodes. She then stole third base on a fake bunt by Brittany Williams. Williams struck out, but Allison McClain kept the rally alive with a walk.   Shepperd and McClain executed a double steal to perfection to make the score 1-1 and Lin Virdell singled to plate McClain and put the Ladies on top for the first time.   Louisiana-Monroe (22-34) used the long ball again in the fifth to chase Whitmer from the game. With two outs, Whitmer issued a free pass to Cary Roussel, the last hitter in the Warhawk lineup. Heather Hanson made Centenary pay for the base on balls with a blast to right field, only her second on the year. With the big swing, Hanson put ULM in the lead at 3-2.   The Ladies did not trail long as they responded with two more runs in the bottom of the frame. Jennifer Martin singled to lead off, Emerald Doria walked, and after a pitching change, Lauren Flowers placed a perfect bunt down the third base line to load the bases. Shepperd came through with a sacrifice fly to pus
April 25, 2007 | Athletics
Coach McCann will have 13 players on various summer league teams around the country SHREVEPORT, La. -- Twelve Centenary baseball players will be participating in various summer baseball leagues around the country, announced by the Gent coaching staff. Continuing to develop their skills in the collegiate offseason, Centenary head coach Ed McCann says the summer league experience is something the Gent players should value. "I’m happy to see our kids get an opportunity to keep playing in the offseason," McCann said. "This is something they should enjoy as they keep building in their careers." Three Centenary players will participate on the Everett Merchants of the Pacific International League (PIL) over the summer, representing the largest contingency of Gent players on any team. Playing for the Merchants, which are located in Everett, Wash., will be Washington natives Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) and Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) , joined by junior pitcher Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) . DeRooy has started 33 games with the Gents this season, while Sheehan is second on the team in wins. Santiago, who finishes his final season with the Gents in 2007, has served as the starting shortstop for Centenary for the past two years. Junior reliever Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) will be playing on the Kitsap BlueJackets of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League (WCCBL), joined by future Gent pitcher Joe Hagen (Renton, Wash.) , who signed with Centenary in the Fall. This season, Bronson leads the Mid-Continent Conference in saves with four. Playing for the Morganton Aggies of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League will be junior catcher Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) and freshman pitcher Rich Snyder (Lodi, Calif.). Maldonado has started 37 of 39 games behind the plate for Centenary, carrying a .279 average with 26 RBI. Snyder, who has missed the start of this season due to injuries, will look to continue to develop with the Aggies, which are located in Mor
April 24, 2007 | Athletics
Head Softball Coach Mark Montgomery SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team looks to get back to its winning ways when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Ladies and the Warhawks will take the field for a 6 p.m. first pitch.   Centenary (19-24) has dropped its last seven games and needs a win to build momentum heading into a big Mid-Continent Conference series with Valparaiso this weekend.   Micah Rhodes has regained the form at the plate that has allowed her to break almost every Centenary offensive record over her career. The senior went 7-for-15 last week, including a 6-for-8 stretch in conference play, and also launched her second homerun of the season. She has her batting average back up to .320 and leads the Ladies with 24 RBI.   Louisiana-Monroe (22-33) broke a stretch where it had lost seven of eight games with a win over Louisiana Tech last week and then took one of three games from Florida Atlantic in Sun Belt Conference play.   The Warhawks are led offensively by Heather Williams and Lindsey Taylor. Williams boasts 11 homers and 42 RBI to go with a .276 batting average while Taylor adds eight more long balls and 35 RBI to a potent lineup. Lindsay Rittenhouse is 14-17 with a 2.59 earned run average in the pitching circle for Louisiana-Monroe.   The Warhawks hold the all-time advantage over the Ladies with a 14-17-1 record.
April 24, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Round Scores - Team Final Round Scores - Individuals Top 10 Finishers Final Tournament Statistics Centenary shot 971 over the two-day tournament at StoneBridge, finishing in third place                     BOSSIER CITY, La. -- The Centenary women’s golf team recorded its best-ever finish at the Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championship, earning a third-place finish, with junior Chloe’ Mims and sophomore Jessica Garza named to the 2007 Mid-Con All-Conference team. Marking the first time in program history two Centenary players earned all-conference accolades, the Ladies shot 333 in Tuesday’s final round to finish in third place, standing with a tournament score of 971. Played on the par-72, 6,019-yard course at StoneBridge, in Bossier City, three rounds of 83 paced the Ladies in Tuesday’s round. The rounds, which were the low rounds for the Ladies in the final round, were shot by the sophomores Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) , Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) and Garza. Garza became the first player in Centenary history to become a two-time member of the Mid-Con All-Conference team. The McKinney, Texas, native finished her tournament in eighth place with a three-round score of 241 (78-80-83), named second team all-conference. Garza shot par over the final three holes to finish with the 83 in Tuesday’s final round. Mims, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, finished just one stroke from standing in a tie for fifth place in the conference tournament. With the top-five finishers in the tournament earning first team all-conference honors, Mims finished just out of becoming the first Centenary women’s golfer to earn first team accolades. The junior shot 84 in Tuesday’s round to join Garza as a second team All-Mid-Con honoree. Mims had a tournament score of 237 (80-73-84), recording the lowest round of any Centenary player with the 73 shot
April 24, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Round Scores - Teams Final Round Scores - Individuals Top 10 Scores Final Statistics Head Coach Martin Stuart with the Gents                     BOSSIER CITY, La. -- Centenary men’s golf struggled in the final round of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, played at the Golf Course at StoneBridge, Tuesday. Over the final 18 holes, the Gents shot 347 to finish with a tournament score of 989 and in seventh place in the conference tournament. Contributing heavily to the team score of 347 in Tuesday’s round is the heartbreaking disqualification of Centenary senior David Viviano’s (Lafayette, La.) round of 72. Playing in his final collegiate tournament and representing Centenary with honor during his four years, Viviano went from one of the greatest highlights of his golf career to a disappointing disqualification. On the 17th hole, the lone senior on the Gents had a hole in one on the par 3, accomplishing one of the greatest feats in all of sports. Turning in a scorecard with a round of even-par 72, a four was mistakenly marked on sixth hole in which there should have been a five. With the card already signed for, this mistake resulted in the disqualification of the senior. With Viviano’s score, the Gents third-round total would’ve been dropped from 347 to 327 and the senior would’ve finished in a tie for 15th with a three-round score of 222. He registered the lone ace of the tournament. Viviano holds the lowest scoring average for Centenary this season. Centenary freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) shot his best round of the tournament in Tuesday’s final round, registering an 81 to finish 31st with a 247. Behind Williams, fellow-freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot an 87 to finish 32nd (251), while freshman Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) finished 33rd with a 257 over three rounds. Gent sophomore John Hogan (Ede
April 23, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Men's Golf Championship Scoring Women's Golf Championship Scoring Above are the links for the live scoring for 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Men's and Women's Golf Championships, played at the Golf Course at StoneBridge, Monday and Tuesday.
April 23, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: First Day Scores - Men's First Day Scores - Women's Final Round Groupings and Starting Times Chloe' Mims is tied for second after 36 holes at StoneBridge BOSSIER CITY, La. -- Centenary represented itself well at the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championships, held at the Golf Course at StoneBridge Monday and Tuesday. On the brink of pulling off the unpredictable, the women’s golf team stands in second place after two rounds, led by the stellar play of junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) and sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas) . Tying her season-low round in the second round of the Mid-Con Championship, Mims shot up the leaderboard with a 1-over 73 Monday afternoon. With 18 holes to play, the Centenary junior sits in a tie for second place in the tournament, playing in the final group of the tournament Tuesday. Joining Mims in the top five of the tournament, Garza shot rounds of 78-80 Monday to stand in a tie for fourth. The steady Centenary sophomore, who leads the Ladies in stroke average this season, led all tournament players on par 3’s, shooting even par on par 3’s over 36 holes. Heavily involved in the Ladies standing in second after the first day, freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) picked the right time of the season to shoot her career-low round. In Monday’s first round, Blackwell shot one of three 80’s on the Centenary team, sitting in a tie for 11th after the first day. Centenary sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) shot 80-89 Monday, while fellow-sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) recorded rounds of 84-85 to stand tied for 18th. As a team, Centenary shot 318-320 (638) to stand four strokes ahead of third place Oakland University. On the men’s side, senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) was well off to ending his collegiate career with a bang, carding a 1-under 71 in Monday’s first round and standing in the top 10 after 18 holes.
April 23, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: First Round Scores - Men's First Round Scores - Women's After the first round of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championships, Southern Utah leads by a stroke over Oral Roberts on the men's side, with the Oral Roberts women holding a six-stroke lead over Oakland University. Led by Pamela Ontiveros and Christy Carter, the No. 1 seeded Golden Eagles shot a 307 in the first round. Southern Utah shot a 288 in the first round, led by individual leader Matt McArthur.
April 23, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: First Day Scores - Men's First Day Scores - Women's David Viviano BOSSIER CITY, La. -- Centenary represented itself well at the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championships, held at the Golf Course at StoneBridge Monday and Tuesday. On the brink of pulling off the unpredictable, the women’s golf team stands in second place after two rounds, led by the stellar play of junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) and sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas) . Tying her season-low round in the second round of the Mid-Con Championship, Mims shot up the leaderboard with a 1-over 73 Monday afternoon. With 18 holes to play, the Centenary junior sits in a tie for second place in the tournament, playing in the final group of the tournament Tuesday. Joining Mims in the top five of the tournament, Garza shot rounds of 78-80 Monday to stand in a tie for fourth. The steady Centenary sophomore, who leads the Ladies in stroke average this season, led all tournament players on par 3’s, shooting even par on par 3’s over 36 holes. Heavily involved in the Ladies standing in second after the first day, freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) picked the right time of the season to shoot her career-low round. In Monday’s first round, Blackwell shot one of three 80’s on the Centenary team, sitting in a tie for 11th after the first day. Centenary sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) shot 80-89 Monday, while fellow-sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) recorded rounds of 84-85 to stand tied for 18th. As a team, Centenary shot 318-320 (638) to stand four strokes ahead of third place Oakland University. On the men’s side, senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) was well off to ending his collegiate career with a bang, carding a 1-under 71 in Monday’s first round and standing in the top 10 after 18 holes. In Monday afternoon’s round, the play of Viviano dropped off a bit, as the senior
April 22, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Teddy Saenz hit a two-run homer in the fifth Sunday VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Centenary (18-21, 1-3) couldn’t find an answer to its road woes for the 2007 season, falling to Valparaiso (14-20, 3-1), 9-2, Sunday at Bauer Field. With the loss, the Gents dropped three of the four conference games in the weekend series. As the Gents now fall to 1-8 on the road this season, Valparaiso used seven runs over the fifth and sixth innings to blow away the Gents in the series finale. Not drastically out-hitting Centenary by any means in Sunday’s game -- a 12-8 margin in favor of Valpo -- the five-run sixth inning for the Crusaders was led by a two-run home run by senior outfielder Jeff Rickert. Now trailing the Crusaders, 8-2, after the sixth, Centenary couldn’t recover after surrendering the five runs in the sixth, perhaps taking a hit both mentally as well as on the scoreboard. The sixth was led by the first two Valpo batters reaching base off of Centenary senior reliever David McElroy (Victoria, B.C.) , who came into the game in relief of starter Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) . With two on, Valpo freshman Josh Wallace singled to right to score Brian Rzepka and make the score 4-2 in favor of the home team. After a Jason Brunelli’s single brought home two more runs for Valpo, Rickert hit the homer to left to make the score 8-2 and taking the wind from Centenary’s sails. The two runs scored by the Gents in Sunday’s loss came off of a home run by junior infielder Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) , who registered his first homer of the season with the two-run shot in the fifth. Valparaiso freshman left-hander Ranko Ivetic pitched seven innings in Sunday’s win, striking out four to pick up his second win of the season. Noland, who struck out five, went five innings in the loss and allowed four hits. Centenary must solve its road problems if it wishes to contend in the Mid-Continent Conference ra
April 22, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: USAG Nationals - Team Final Results Meredith Smith Jessie Angus SEATTLE—The Centenary gymnastics team continued to perform well at the USA Gymnastics National Championships in Seattle and scored a 191.675 to take third place in the event. Top-seeded Towson (195.625) earned the title, while Seattle Pacific (193.150) and Texas Woman’s University (191.650) finished second and fourth respectively.   Jessie Angus was the Ladies top performer as she finished second on the bars during the team finals with a score of 9.775.   In addition to those Centenary gymnasts that earned All-America honors by advancing to the individual finals after Thursday’s team event, two Ladies were named second team All-America by the USAG organization on Friday. Kristina Menne was selected for her efforts on the bars and beam and Beth Bowie also made the team for her showing on the balance beam.   In Saturday’s individual finals, Meredith Smith emerged as Centenary’s highest finisher as she captured second place on the vault with a 9.825. Courtney Hawkins also competed on the vault and finished tenth.   Mandy Bennett took eighth place on the uneven bars with a score of 9.600 and Julia Cornelius’ 9.200 on the apparatus landed her eleventh. Cornelius bounced back to take fourth on the beam with a 9.750 and Menne placed fifth on the floor, also with a 9.750.
April 22, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Pairings and Tee Times Thirteen teams collide at StoneBridge this week SHREVEPORT, La. -- Mid-Continent teams collide in Bossier City this week, as Centenary is set to host the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championships at the Golf Course at StoneBridge Monday and Tuesday. A combined 13 men’s and women’s golf programs hit the course Monday morning at StoneBridge, all vying for the 2007 Mid-Continent crown. The Centenary men’s team heads into this week’s conference championships as the No. 7 seed in the Mid-Con. Led by senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) , the Gents have a 312.6 stroke average per round, shooting a season-best round of 298 on two occasions. What is important about the low score of 298, the round was recorded at StoneBridge, site of this week’s tournament. In a dual match against Southern Utah at StoneBridge March 15, Centenary was led by Viviano’s 70, as the senior was the overall leader of the match. This season in 20 rounds of golf, Viviano is averaging 76.8 per round, with a season-low round of 68, shot Sept. 9 at StoneBridge. The senior looks to go out with a bang in this week’s two-day, 54-hole tournament at StoneBridge (Par 72, 6,954 yards). Playing with Viviano this week, freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) holds the second-best scoring average on the Gents at 78.0. In the Centenary Fall Classic at StoneBridge, Sept. 9-10, Weeber captured his career-best finish, finishing in a tie for 16th. Freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) has a scoring average of 79.4, followed closely by sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn.) at 79.5. Williams shot his low round of the season March 15 against Southern Utah at StoneBridge with a 73, looking for a duplicate effort Monday and Tuesday. Freshman Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) has a scoring average of 81.1, playing in the No. 5 position for the Gents this week. In six rounds at StoneBridge this season, the Gent
April 22, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Pairings and Tee Times Links associated with this release: LIVE STATS - Men's LIVE STATS - Women's Thirteen teams collide this week at StoneBridge SHREVEPORT, La. -- Mid-Continent teams collide in Bossier City this week, as Centenary is set to host the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championships at the Golf Course at StoneBridge Monday and Tuesday. A combined 13 men’s and women’s golf programs hit the course Monday morning at StoneBridge, all vying for the 2007 Mid-Continent crown. The Centenary men’s team heads into this week’s conference championships as the No. 7 seed in the Mid-Con. Led by senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) , the Gents have a 312.6 stroke average per round, shooting a season-best round of 298 on two occasions. What is important about the low score of 298, the round was recorded at StoneBridge, site of this week’s tournament. In a dual match against Southern Utah at StoneBridge March 15, Centenary was led by Viviano’s 70, as the senior was the overall leader of the match. This season in 20 rounds of golf, Viviano is averaging 76.8 per round, with a season-low round of 68, shot Sept. 9 at StoneBridge. The senior looks to go out with a bang in this week’s two-day, 54-hole tournament at StoneBridge (Par 72, 6,954 yards). Playing with Viviano this week, freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) holds the second-best scoring average on the Gents at 78.0. In the Centenary Fall Classic at StoneBridge, Sept. 9-10, Weeber captured his career-best finish, finishing in a tie for 16th. Freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) has a scoring average of 79.4, followed closely by sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn.) at 79.5. Williams shot his low round of the season March 15 against Southern Utah at StoneBridge with a 73, looking for a duplicate effort Monday and Tuesday. Freshman Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) has a scoring average of 81.1, playing in the No. 5 position
April 21, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oakland #1 4-21-07 CC-Oakland #2 4-21-07 Lauren Flowers ROCHESTER , Mich. —The Centenary softball team did not get its desired result in a big Mid-Continent Conference series this weekend against Oakland . The Golden Grizzlies completed a three-game sweep of the Ladies with a pair of wins on Saturday 4-2 and 8-0.   Centenary (19-24, 4-5 Mid-Con) fell behind in game one when Oakland erupted for a three-run second inning on a single swing of the bat. With two outs and a runner on, pitcher Stacy Whitmer (7-8) hit Audrey Sabourin and Julie Owen followed with a three-run homerun. Whitmer would not allow another run in her four innings of work, but the blast by Owen would be enough for the win.   The Ladies scored a single run in the top of the third when Lauren Flowers singled home Allison McClain and then added another run in the sixth on a Micah Rhodes RBI single that plated Allison Shepperd.   Oakland (12-22, 6-3 Mid-Con) used nine hits in a run-rule shortened second game to easily finish off a deflated Centenary team. The Grizzlies scored once in the first inning, three times in the second, and four in the third for pitcher Jessica Granger (11-10), who took the win in all three games this weekend.   For the Ladies on the day, Flowers, Shepperd, and Rhodes each collected multiple hits. Rhodes went 3-for-5 from the plate.
April 21, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Alex Maldonado led Centenary from the plate Saturday VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Centenary (18-20, 1-2) did not get the desired results in Saturday’s doubleheader against Valparaiso (13-20, 2-1) at Bauer Field, falling in both games to the Crusaders by scores of 6-4 and 4-2. What stands out in both losses is the late runs allowed by the Gents. In both Game 1 and Game 2 Saturday, Centenary allowed runs in the late stages of the game, falling to 1-2 in Mid-Continent Conference play this season. Drastically different from the team that took the field Friday and captured a 6-2 win to open up conference play, Centenary was only able to muster six hits in both Game 1 and Game 2 Saturday. The lone bright spot Saturday for Centenary was the hitting of junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) and senior Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) , who combined to go 5-for-12 (.417) from the plate and recorded four of the team’s six RBI. Maldonado had a team-high three hits Saturday, finishing with two RBI and one run scored. Centenary looks to bring its record back up to .500 in conference play Sunday when the team takes the field for a 1 p.m. game at Bauer Field. On the mound, the Gents look to junior Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) to help the team earn a split in the four-game series. Game 1 - Valparaiso 6, Centenary 4 Three Valparaiso runs over the seventh and eighth innings led the Crusaders to a 6-4 win over Centenary and their first win of the season in conference play. In the seventh with junior John Giusti on second, Valparaiso junior Dallas Cawiezell hit his second home run of the season to give the home team a 5-4 lead. Cawiezell took the 1-0 pitch by Centenary junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) over the left-field wall to give the Crusaders the one-run lead. Valpo would only build onto that lead in the following inning. Crusader catcher Joe Lazar, brother of Centenary freshman
April 21, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (0-15, 0-5) fell to regular season champions Oral Roberts (8-7, 5-0), 7-0, at the Cockrell Tennis Center Saturday in the Mid-Continent Conference men’s tennis cluster. Oral Roberts, which clinched the 2006-07 Mid-Con Regular Season Championship with its 5-2 win over Western Illinois Friday, finishes the conference season with an undefeated record. Saturday against the Gents, the Golden Eagles were led by the play of Alex Dargel, who won both his singles and doubles match against Centenary. Earning a straight-set (6-0, 6-1) win over Centenary’s Alejandro Ahuja in a matchup between the two teams’ No. 1, Dargel also won his doubles match by an 8-0 margin. With Dargel teamed with Frank Kaehler for ORU, the two defeated the Centenary team of Ahuja and Mark Rodgman . Clemens Geercken won two matches Saturday by default, earning a doubles win with Patrick Guilliod. The most contested match of the day for the Gents came between Rodgman and Kaehler. Although falling in straight sets (7-5, 6-3), Rodgman fought hard against ORU’s No. 2. Kaehler finished the regular season with a 8-3 record in the No. 2 position for the Golden Eagles. Seva Kostelanetz , Gerry Lozano and Jacob Dawson were also in action Saturday for the Gents. In other action at the conference cluster in Shreveport, Western Illinois defeated IUPUI by a 4-3 margin. Also playing at Cockrell, UMKC earned a 4-3 win over Valparaiso. With both teams cheering on the respective players in doubles play, as Saturday came down to the final doubles match, UMKC’s Dennis Schwarz and Erwin Quintanilla earned a 9-7 win over Nic Kooyers and Joe Venegas of the Crusaders to help the Kangaroos capture the 4-3 win. With the regular season now over, Oral Roberts is set to host the 2007 Mid-Con Men’s Tennis Championships next weekend in Tulsa, Okla. The Golden Eagles head into the tournament as the No. 1 seed, followed by Western Illinois, UMKC and IUPUI. MID-CON MEN'S
April 20, 2007 | Athletics
Seva Kostelanetz and the Gents return to the court Saturday afternoon SHREVEPORT, La. -- Hosting the Mid-Continent Conference men’s tennis cluster at two locations in the Shreveport area, the Centenary men’s tennis team (0-14, 0-4) fell to both UMKC (5-6, 2-2) and Valparaiso (4-14, 1-2) Friday at the Cockrell Tennis Center. With all Mid-Con men’s tennis teams in Shreveport for conference action this weekend, the Gents fell to UMKC by a score of 7-0 in the morning session, dropping the match to Valparaiso, 7-0, in the afternoon. In the morning session at Cockrell (Westside), the UMKC doubles team of Richard Harrison and Patrick Smith defeated the Centenary team of Alejandro Ahuja and Mark Rodgman , 8-1, joining Joe Kane and Darren Chiao as doubles winners for the Kangaroos. The team of Kane and Chiao won by default for UMKC. In singles action, Harrison, playing as UMKC’s No. 1, captured a straight-sets victory over Ahuja 6-0, 6-0. The win brought Harrison’s record on the season to 7-7 overall, 4-5, playing in UMKC’s No. 1 spot. Dennis Schwarz and Kane also earned wins in singles play for the Kangaroos. With Kane earning a default win, Schwarz defeated Gents sophomore Seva Kostelanetz 6-1, 6-0 to complete the 4-0 win for UMKC. Gerry Lozano of Centenary was leading Erwin Quintanilla in the second set 3-2 when his match was suspended. Quintanilla took the first set in the match 6-0. Against Valparaiso, Alex Lau of the Crusaders defeated Kostelanetz 6-0, 6-0, moving his record to 18-12 this season, the most wins of any Valparaiso player in 2006-07. Joining Lau with wins, David Bukowski defeated Jacob Dawson of Centenary 6-0, 6-1, while Nic Kooyers earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Ahuja. Mike Wagner of the Crusaders earned a default win to start things off in singles play for Valparaiso. Lau and Mike Shideler earned a doubles win over Ahuja and Rodgman, 8-0, with Bukowski and Wagner earning a default win. In other conference action in Sh
April 20, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oakland Box Score 4-20-07 Micah Rhodes Brittany Williams ROCHESTER , Mich. —The Oakland softball team handed Centenary its fifth consecutive loss with a 5-3 victory on Friday afternoon in Mid-Continent Conference action. A pair of errors led to two unearned runs for the host Golden Grizzlies, which would be enough to take the series opener.   Centenary (19-22, 4-3 Mid-Con) started the scoring by jumping on top of Oakland 2-0 in the first inning. With two outs, Allison Shepperd reached on an error and quickly stole second base. Micah Rhodes followed with a two-run homerun, her second of the season, and the Ladies were off and running.   Oakland (10-22, 4-3 Mid-Con) responded with a pair of runs to tie the game in the second inning. Centenary pitcher Kelsey Greeson allowed a single to Cheron Guyton into left field and then secured the second out of the inning when Tosha Hodgkinson lined out. But Angela Righetti came through with only her sixth hit on the season in 46 at-bats, a triple to right field, to plate Guyton. Righetti then scored on Centenary’s first error of the afternoon.   The Ladies regained the lead in the fourth inning and moved out in front 3-2. Rhodes singled to start the inning and advanced to third after a throwing error on Oakland , which also allowed Brittany Williams to get to second base with no outs. Rhodes was then erased at the plate and Allison McClain reached on a fielder’s choice. McClain and Lin Virdell, who pinch ran for Williams, then pulled off a double steal for the Centenary run.   Oakland tied the game again in the bottom of the inning and then pulled away for good with two runs in the fifth. The rally started when Samantha Rhein reached on Centenary’s second error of the game. A bunt out and a fly out would have ended the inning, but with an extra out the Golden Grizzlies took advantage. A walk, a stolen base, and a single by Katie Dreyer pushed acro
April 20, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Brandon Fulenchek picked up a complete-game win Friday VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Centenary (18-18, 1-0) started off Mid-Continent Conference play with a bang Friday, defeating Valparaiso (11-20, 0-1), 6-2, at Bauer Field. Senior Brandon Fulenchek earned a complete-game victory over the Crusaders. Picking up his second complete-game conference victory of his collegiate career, Fulenchek was on in the conference-opener for the Gents. The Mid-Con leader in wins this season (6), Fulenchek started his final conference season with a 123-pitch effort, not allowing a run over the first six innings and helping Centenary build a 6-0 lead. Asked what was key in Fulenchek’s performance Friday, Centenary head coach Ed McCann pointed to Fulenchek’s ability to locate. "He’s growing up, he’s mature and he’s a senior," McCann said of Fulenchek. "He located all game and got us out of a lot of jams." For the game, the McKinney, Texas, native struck out five and stranded seven Valparaiso batters over nine innings. At the plate, the damage was done by the bottom of the order for the Gents. With the efforts of infielders Garret DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) , Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) and Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) complemented by McCann, the last three batters of the Centenary lineup combined to go 5-for-11 (.455) in Friday’s game with four RBI. "I’ll be honest with you, the bottom of the lineup won the game for us," McCann said. "They had a lot of two-out hits and just performed for us." Scoreless over the first three innings of Friday’s series-opener, Centenary broke out with five runs in the fourth inning. What made the runs in the fourth special for the Gents was that all were scored with two outs already on the board. In the fourth, Centenary junior infielder Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) hit a two-out double to left, moving a runner into scoring position for fellow-junior Alex Mald
April 19, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: USAG Session I Meet Results Courtney Hawkins Meredith Smith Julia Cornelius Kristina Menne Mandy Bennett SEATTLE—The Centenary gymnastics team pulled out a come-from-behind performance on Wednesday to take second place in their preliminary session and advance to the USA Gymnastics Team Championships. The fifth-seeded Ladies upset a third-seeded Rutgers squad to take second place on the back of a gutsy performance from freshman Courtney Hawkins. In all, five Centenary gymnasts were named All-Americans after finishing in the top five on their respective events.   Several early falls on the bars and beam set Centenary behind after two rotations. But the Ladies responded with strong efforts on their final four beam routines and scored a team score of 48.000 on the floor to close the gap behind Rutgers. Senior Kristina Menne received a 9.850 on the floor exercise to lead the Maroon and White charge.   Down to their final event and still trailing, an injured Hawkins would decide the fate of Centenary. After hyper-extending her elbow earlier in the afternoon, Hawkins received medical attention from the training staff on site. Hawkins was cleared to make her attempt on the vault, but was not sure if she could throw her normal difficult pass.   Four Ladies went ahead of Hawkins on the vault and four Scarlet Knights competed on the beam. With Hawkins’ turn in the line-up being called, it was decided the team needed the higher score, and thus, the freshman would be asked to attempt her big vault.   With the balance of the Ladies hopes on the line, Hawkins tore down the runway and launched into her dynamic vault, flipping through the air and landing squarely on the mat. The Centenary team exploded into congratulations as Hawkins was given a 9.875. Seconds later, defending Vault National Champion Meredith Smith, scored a solid 9.825. The two final vaults catapulted Centenary into the finals by .450 over Rutgers
April 19, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Brandon Fulenchek gets the start in the conference-opening game Friday CENTENARY 17-18, 0-0 Mid-Con at VALPARAISO 11-19, 0-0 Mid-Con   April 20-22, 2007 Bauer Field Valparaiso, Ind.   PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHERS Friday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) Saturday: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP) and Will Kaage (RHP) Sunday: Johnny Noland (LHP)   GENTS BEGIN MID-CON PLAY Winners of four of its last five games, Centenary (17-18, 0-0) begins its fourth season of Mid-Continent Conference play when it travels to Valparaiso (11-19) this weekend.   The Gents and the Crusaders square off in a four-game series at Bauer Field with Friday’s series-opening game at 3 p.m.   The two teams have a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at noon, with a single scheduled for a 1 p.m. start Sunday.   HEADING IN ON HIGH NOTE The Gents, who lead the league in batting heading into the weekend, have averaged 7.6 runs per game in their last five games.   In Tuesday’s 18-2 win over Texas College at Shehee Stadium, Centenary racked up a season-high 17 hits, led by a four-RBI performance by junior Jason Blilie.   Blilie, who came in for senior Justin Darr at the designated hitter position in the fifth inning, went 2-for-2 in the game, hitting his first home run of the 2007 season. In his first at-bat after subbing in for Darr, Blilie complied by hitting a bases-loaded single to left, scoring two runs for the Gents. The junior catcher hit a two-run homer in the sixth to bring home two more runs for Centenary.   Leading the Gents from the plate and going 1-for-2 with three walks Tuesday, senior outfielder Matt Webb continues his breakout senior season. Webb leads the Mid-Con with a .374 batting average, registering 18 RBI and a team-leading 36 runs scored. What makes the senior outfielder so important to the Gents is his ability to get on base. In 35 games, Webb leads the team with a .597 on-base percentage.
April 19, 2007 | Athletics
VS. ROCHESTER , Mich. —The Centenary softball team heads into its weekend Mid-Continent Conference series with Oakland University with a sense of urgency and in need of a pair of wins. The Ladies sit in third place with only two weekends of play left and would like to solidify their place in the conference tournament, to be held in Shreveport May 11 and 12.   The Mid-Con race consists of five teams for four spots. IUPUI and UMKC have not been eliminated from contention, but would have to have a great run and some help to make the tournament as they have records of 1-5 and 0-7 respectively. Should Centenary suffer losses in two of the three games at Oakland this weekend, the Ladies would be sitting on the bubble for a conference tournament berth. However, if Centenary can take two of the three games against the Golden Grizzlies, it would be in fine shape with only one series remaining.   Centenary (19-21, 4-2 Mid-Con) coach Mark Montgomery is hoping his team will respond to the situation in a positive manner. The Ladies have dropped four consecutive games and are dealing with a host of unlucky circumstances including injuries and the loss of six Mid-Con games due to bad weather. With their backs against the wall in a make or break series, the Ladies will have to show the hard-nosed style of play that earned them back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005.   Shortstop Emerald Doria continues to lead Centenary at the plate with a .343 batting average. The sophomore drove in three runs in Wednesday’s doubleheader with Northwestern State , which included a homerun. Fellow sophomore Allison McClain is also hitting .343 and freshman Allison Shepperd is batting .306 while leading the Ladies in homeruns, doubles, and triples.   Oakland (9-22, 3-3 Mid-Con) began conference play with just a 6-19 record, but has come on strong as of late. Playing two of the top contenders for the Mid-Con title to start league play, the Grizzlies
April 18, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-NSU Box Score #1 4-18-07 CC-NSU Box Score #2 4-18-07 Ryan Thacker Emerald Doria SHREVEPORT—The Northwestern State softball team took advantage of some shaky Centenary fielding in sweeping a doubleheader from the Ladies 5-4 and 9-2 on Wednesday night. The Demons pounded out 18 hits in the twinbill as Centenary committed five errors on defense.   Centenary (19-21) fell behind 5-0 in the opening game. Amanda Jameson homered in the first inning for NSU’s first two runs and the Demons added two more in the second inning after a Ladies fielding error. Northwestern State (24-27) scored its final run in the third when Kelly Corliss singled home pitcher Michelle Castellano.   Centenary pitcher Ryan Thacker shut down the Demons after entering the game in the third. She tossed five scoreless innings in relief while allowing five hits and striking out five.   The Ladies battled back with three runs in the third inning to climb back into the game. Jennifer Martin led off with a double which was followed by Emerald Doria’s second homerun on the season. Allison Shepperd drew a walk with two outs and Brittany Williams came through with a double into right center field to plate Shepperd.   In the fourth inning Lauren Flowers singled to center and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dana Davis. After moving to third on a groundout, Flowers scored on a wild pitch from Castellano.   The Ladies placed a runner on third in the sixth inning and another one on second in the seventh in hopes of tying the contest, but could not come up with the clutch hit when it was needed most.   Game two started the same for Northwestern State , getting three runs in the first inning on just one hit thanks to three Centenary errors. The Demons added another run in the fourth on three straight singles after two outs.   Centenary scored twice in the bottom half of the fifth to cut the deficit in half. Doria pl
April 18, 2007 | Athletics
Kristina Menne Jessie Angus SEATTLE—The Centenary gymnastics team will begin competition in the 2007 USA Gymnastics National Championships hosted by Seattle Pacific University on Thursday. The Ladies are appearing in the event for the seventh straight year under Coach Bill Hardy, who has led the program to nationals in every season during his tenure. The Ladies won the USAG crown in 2004 and look for a good showing this time around as well.   Centenary will be seeded fifth in the eight-team event with a regional qualifying score of 190.245. The other participants include No. 1 seed Towson (193.720), No. 2 Texas Woman’s University (192.110), No. 3 Rutgers (191.770), No. 4 Seattle Pacific (191.680), No. 6 Cornell (189.940), No. 7 Temple (189.580), and No. 8 William & Mary (188.490).   The Ladies will take part in the first session of the preliminary round beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday. The team will directly compete against Towson, Temple, and Rutgers with the top two highest team scores advancing to the team finals on Friday at 7 p.m. The top five individuals (plus ties) from events in each session return Saturday afternoon for the event finals.   Seniors Kristina Menne and Jessie Angus will lead the Maroon and White into their final trip to the USAG Nationals. Both gymnasts were members of the 2004 squad that brought back the national championship to Centenary. Menne has also enjoyed individual success in the competition in the past as she has been named an All-American seven times and was the 2004 All-Around National Champion.   In addition, junior Meredith Smith returns to defend her title as the 2006 Vault National Champion for Centenary and sophomore Julia Cornelius earned All-American accolades last year on the beam.   Over the course of the season, Angus has emerged as the Ladies top performer on both the uneven bars and balance beam. She enters the meet ranked ninth (9.720) and 16 th (9.635) respectively in the USAG Di
April 17, 2007 | Athletics
Amy Wiedeman SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team looks to get healthy for its weekend Mid-Continent Conference series at Oakland University after suffering injuries to multiple players last week. However, the Ladies first must tangle with I-49 rival Northwestern State Wednesday at the Centenary Softball Complex in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.   Centenary (19-19) looks to avoid dropping under .500 on the season for the first time since it was 9-10 back on March 10 th , but will have to rely on some key reserves to do so. Second baseman Lin Virdell, utility player Allison McClain, and outfielder Amy Wiedeman all suffered injuries last week.   Wiedeman’s broken foot has ended her fine junior season during which she was hitting .341 at the plate. Virdell will miss the twinbill against the Lady Demons and could miss the weekend series as well. The silver lining for Centenary is that McClain should be go to go tomorrow after being hit in the side with a pitch against Southern Utah . She is hitting .339 for the Ladies.   Jennifer Martin will become the full-time starter in left field after platooning with Wiedeman regularly early in the season. She has been up to the task thus far, hitting .500 in Mid-Con play and driving in the game-winner in a 4-3 win over Southern Utah . Her hot hitting has raised her average on the season to .290.   Senior first baseman Dana Davis will also be pressed into a starting role as McClain will slide over to replace Virdell at second base. Davis is an exceptional defender and is hitting .211 in 38 at-bats.   Northwestern State (22-27) is led by senior Amanda Glenn who is both the top hitter and top pitcher for the Lady Demons. The right-handed pitcher, but left-handed hitter is 13-14 on the season in 20 starts with a 2.77 ERA in the pitcher’s circle and is batting .290 with 11 homeruns and 39 RBI at the plate.   NSU has dropped seven out of its last nine contests. The Lady Demons lost
April 17, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jason Blilie led the Gents with 4 RBI in Tuesday's win over Texas College SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (17-18) allowed its bats to do the talking in Tuesday’s 18-2 win over Texas College (2-41) at Shehee Stadium. In the win, the Gents racked up a season-high 18 runs on a season-high 17 hits. With the 10-run rule in place, Tuesday’s game ended with Centenary leading 18-2 in the seventh inning. Despite the shortened game, the Gents were still able to record their biggest margin of victory in more than two years. Leading the run parade for Centenary was junior Jason Blilie (Roanoke, Texas) , who finished with a team-high four RBI, along with junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) . Blilie was one of two Centenary players to hit home runs in Tuesday’s win. The Gents started the scoring onslaught in the second inning, scoring runs in each of the innings to follow. In the second, freshman infielder Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) hit a bases-loaded single to left to score Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) and Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) . Leading 4-0 in the fourth, Centenary scored four more runs to take a commanding 8-0 lead on the Steers. Senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) hit a two-run triple to right to score DeRooy and Saenz. Showing great speed around the bags for the stand-up triple, Huff would later score on a Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) groundout. Senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) followed Sanchez with a high home run over the left-field wall. The home run was Webb’s fifth of the season. The big inning for Centenary came in an eight-run, seven-hit fifth. Junior Tim Kelleher (Chicago) started the inning off with a triple to right, hustling for his first triple of his Centenary career. Kelleher, who came in for sophomore Mike Davis (Ruston, La.) at first in the top of the fifth, went 2-for-3 from the plate Tuesday with an RBI and two runs scored. With Kelleher on third, Sae
April 17, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Stats Calvin Sanchez has a .358 average and 22 RBI this season SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (16-18) plays its final non-conference game of the 2007 regular season Tuesday, hosting Texas College (2-40) at Shehee Stadium at 7 p.m. Looking to head into this weekend’s Mid-Continent Conference-opening series at Valparaiso on a high note, the Gents start junior Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) on the mound in Tuesday’s game against Texas College. Bronson, 0-2 this season with a Mid-Con leading four saves, gets his first-career start at Centenary Tuesday. This season, Bronson has a 4.91 ERA in 18 1/3 innings pitched, making 13 appearances out of the bullpen for the Gents. In his last appearance, the 6-foot-4 right-hander earned his fourth save of the season, inducing a double play to end the game in a 5-1 win over Chicago State Friday. Offensively for Centenary, senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) leads the Mid-Con in batting this season with a .371 average. The national walks leader, drawing an average of 1.35 walks per game, Webb has a .591 on-base percentage and a .639 slugging percentage to lead the Gents, registering 17 RBI and scoring 33 runs this year. Junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) stands second on the Gents with a .358 average and a .467 on-base percentage. Sanchez has 22 RBI this season, scoring 29 runs with a .440 slugging percentage. Amongst the league-leaders in hits, junior infielder Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) is batting .315 with 22 RBI. Recording a team-leading 40 hits, Penney remains one of the toughest players in the nation to strike out. In 127 at-bats, the junior infielder has struck out just six times, standing in the top 20 nationally in strikeout ratio (21.2). As a team, the Gents lead the Mid-Con with a .285 team batting average. Texas College enters Tuesday’s game on a four-game losing streak. The Steers were swept in this past weekend’s thre
April 16, 2007 | Athletics
Head Coach Steve Curtis signs two future Ladies for 2007-08 SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary women’s basketball is proud to announce the signings of Ashley Jackson and Anne Farrell to National Letters of Intent for the 2007-08 season, announced by Ladies head coach Steve Curtis . The Ladies, who have a strong core of 10 returning letterwinners for next season, bring in two high-level players in Jackson and Farrell, both very versatile and compliments to the current Centenary roster. "We are expecting Anne and Ashley to contribute right away," Curtis said of the two recruits. "Each of them can play multiple positions, which ties in nicely with the way we play. While there’s always an adjustment period for freshmen, they have the skills, athletic ability and attitude to play key roles for us next season." Curtis also commented on how Jackson and Farrell are outstanding young ladies off the court and in the classroom. Jackson, a 5-foor-10 forward, becomes the first player under Curtis to come from the local Shreveport-Bossier City area. With Jackson signing with the Ladies, Curtis is happy with the direction of the program. "One of the things that made Centenary so appealing to me is the caliber of high school basketball in the area," Curtis said. "We want to build our team with local players and getting Ashley is a huge first step in that direction." Coming from a very impressive family lineage, with both her parents in the Centenary College Hall of Fame in men’s and women’s basketball, Jackson earned honorable mention All-Louisiana this past season at Loyola College Prep in Shreveport. Jackson ended her high school career as the fourth all-time scorer in Flyers’ history, amassing 1,632 points in four seasons. Despite missing majority of her junior season, Jackson also ranks as the fourth all-time rebounder at Loyola College Prep, with 840, standing third in Flyers’ history in career blocks (174). A very versatile player, Jackson got t
April 16, 2007 | Athletics
Kaage became the second Gent pitcher to earn weekly honors this season SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary senior Will Kaage was named Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week, announced by the Mid-Con office Monday. The Burlington, Wash., native had one of his best outings of the 2007 season in Saturday’s 9-0 win over Chicago State. Earning a complete-game, shutout victory, Kaage allowed just one hit to Chicago State in the win. The senior right-hander needed just 70 pitches to pick up the win, his second of the season. He struck out four batters, with zero walks, over seven innings Saturday. Kaage’s performance against Chicago State allowed the Gents to salvage a split in Saturday’s doubleheader, as Centenary dropped the first game by a score of 7-0. This season, Kaage has a 2-3 record in eight starts, nine appearances, standing with a 6.25 ERA. He became the second Centenary pitcher to earn Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week honors this season, joining junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) . Kaage and the Gents host Texas College Tuesday at Shehee Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Centenary opens up conference play Friday, traveling to Valparaiso for a four-game series.
April 15, 2007 | Athletics
Bre Fletcher scored the game-winner for Centenary RUSTON, La. -- The Centenary women’s soccer team continued the Spring season in fine fashion, earning a 1-0 shutout win over Louisiana Tech at Aillet Stadium, in Ruston, Thursday. A first-half goal by Centenary senior Bre Fletcher (Schertz, Texas) proved to be the difference-maker in the Spring exhibition game. On a breakaway, Fletcher beat the Lady Techster’s goalkeeper to score the game-winning goal for the Ladies. Noting that several young players stepped up in Thursday’s game against Lousiana Tech, some playing out of their normal positions, Centenary women’s soccer head coach Chase Wooten has been please with the progress of the team in the Spring. "It has been our best Spring in years. This team has come together and has really learned how to win," Wooten said. "They step on the field and know that no team is going to out-work us. It has been truly wonderful to watch this group of players grow." Although attacked heavily by Louisiana Tech in the second half, defensive adjustments by Centenary helped the visitors maintain the one-goal lead. In her first true start in goal, Centenary sophomore Kate Donnelly (Seabrooke, Texas) picked up the shutout win for the Ladies. Aiding Donnelly in the Centenary net, the play of defenders Lauren Cheany (Shreveport ) and Kortney Causey (Wylie, Texas) was complemented by Wooten, in addition to strong play of midfielders Lauren Stanley (Mesquite, Texas) and Michael Anne Wheeler (Abilene, Texas) . Wheeler, who played majority of the game, was playing with a slight case of the flu in Thursday’s shutout victory. Sophomore forward Brittany O’Neal (Nacogdoches, Texas) led the attack up top for the Ladies against Louisiana Tech, continuously putting pressure on the Techster defenders. Centenary next plays Northwestern State next weekend in Spring action.
April 14, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SUU Box Score #1 4-14-07 CC-SUU Box Score #2 4-14-07 Stacy Whitmer Allison Shepperd Micah Rhodes Jennifer Martin Lauren Flowers SHREVEPORT—The Friday evening rains brought unseasonably frigid temperatures to Shreveport on Saturday and unfortunately the Centenary bats were as cold as the weather. Southern Utah used a three-run homerun in both games of the Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader to sweep the Ladies 4-2 and 5-4.   Centenary (19-19, 4-2 Mid-Con) managed only four hits in the opening game Saturday but had multiple chances to score as a result of four walks and three hit batsmen. However, nine strikeouts for the Ladies smothered their chances to brake through on the scoreboard.   Despite the problems offensively for the home team, Southern Utah (18-22, 5-4 Mid-Con) did not pull away until the fifth inning. With one out, Rodeo Carli singled and advanced to second on an error. Marci Pratt was then intentionally walked and Karli Jenson made the Ladies pay with a three-run homer, her third of the season.   After falling behind 4-0, Centenary answered with a pair of runs in its half of the fifth. With the bases loaded and only one out, Thunderbird pitcher Marissa Gonzalez got Haley Bassett to pop out. Allison Shepperd followed with a walk to force in a run and Jennifer Martin scored on a passed ball. That would be it for the Ladies on offense as they fell 4-2.   Kelsey Greeson (7-7) took the loss for Centenary, giving up six hits and four runs in just over four innings while striking out five. Stacy Whitmer also struck out five without surrendering a hit in two and two-thirds innings of relief.   Southern Utah jumped out in front early in game two, scoring four runs in the first and another run in the second to go on top 5-0. The big blast came in the first when Lindi Kennedy launched her 11 th long ball of the season to left field, a three-run shot.   The Ladies did not produce a run de
April 14, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Will Kaage had a one-hitter to pick up the win Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (16-18) split its Saturday doubleheader with Chicago State (2-30) at Shehee Stadium, winning Game 2 by a score of 9-0. Riding the strong pitching of senior right-hander Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) , the Gents shutout Chicago State in the second game of the doubleheader. Needing to bounce back from a disappointing loss in the Saturday’s first game, Kaage had one of his best outings of the season, one-hitting the Cougars with four strikeouts and no walks. "It was really big to come out and show how we’re supposed to do it," Kaage said. "The first game, things just didn’t go our way, but to come out and win that second game was really big." Struggling in his last two starts prior to Saturday, Kaage carried a no-hitter through the first four innings. The senior stated that his confidence level is very high entering next weekend’s conference-opening series at Valparaiso. Over the weekend, Centenary allowed a combined two hits in both the seven-inning games. Junior right-hander Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) picked up the other win in the seven-inning game Friday. For the series, senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the team with a .500 average from the plate, going 4-for-8 with four runs scored and drawing eight walks in four games. Fellow-senior Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) hit .375 (3-of-8) for the series, while junior infielder Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) had four RBI and a .333 average against Chicago State. Centenary looks to get on roll heading into next weekend’s start of Mid-Continent Conference action. The Gents host Texas College Tuesday at Shehee Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. GAME 1 - Chicago State 7, Centenary 0 Earning just its second win of the season, Chicago State got to the Gents early, scoring five runs over the
April 14, 2007 | Athletics
NATCHITOCHES, La.—Four members of the Centenary men’s cross country team participated in the Northwestern State University Track and Field Invitational on Saturday. Michael Haydel and Gerrit Moeller represented the Gents in the 3,000 meter run while Adam Nerio and Adam Walton took part in the 1,500 meter race.   Haydel turned in Centenary’s best placing as he finished fifth in the 3,000 meter contest with a time of 9:18.12. Moeller placed tenth in the same race with a mark of 9:58.01.   Walton’s effort of 4:16.17 in the 1,500 meter was good enough for eleventh place while Nerio claimed the fourteenth spot with a run of 4:33.03.
April 13, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Jeremy Sheehan allowed just one hit to pick up his fifth win of the season SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (15-17) took the first two games of the four-game series with the Chicago State baseball team (1-29) at Shehee Stadium. The Gents earned wins of 5-1 and 6-0 over the Cougars Friday. Behind superb pitching by starting pitchers Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) and Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) , the Gents allowed just one run in the two games against Chicago State. Both Fulenchek, a senior left-hander, and Sheehan, a junior right-hander, went deep into their games for the Gents, both picking up their conference-leading fifth wins of the season. "We played good defense and our pitchers hit spots today," Centenary head coach Ed McCann said following the two wins. "Pitching was the difference today. Instead of winning the game 5-4 or 4-3, we shut them out and gave up one run because we pitched real well." McCann closed by saying it was time for the Centenary pitchers to step up, which he acknowledge they did on Friday. On the year, the Gents have a team ERA of 4.77. From the plate, junior infielder Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) led the team with a .500 average (3-for-6), registering two RBI and two runs scored. Fellow-junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) had a team-high four RBI in Friday’s two games, going 2-for-6 from the plate with a run scored and two stolen bases. Senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) , the nation’s leader in walks in 2007, drew five walks and went 1-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored. He brought his season total to 43 walks in 32 games. Centenary returns to the field to closeout the four-game series Saturday, with a doubleheader scheduled for a noon start at Shehee Stadium. GAME 1 - Centenary 5, Chicago State 1 The day started with a three-run first inning for the Gents, never trailing in the 16 innings on the day. In
April 13, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SUU Box Score 4-13-07 Lin Virdell Ryan Thacker Kelsey Greeson Jennifer Martin SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock off Southern Utah 4-3 in the opening game of a Mid-Continent Conference series on Friday night. The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to rain and the teams will now play two games on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.   Southern Utah ’s Marissa Gonzalez was impressive throughout the game, often throwing her fastball by the Ladies’ hitters. The right handed hurler allowed only two hits to Centenary until the sixth inning. However, the pair of hits along with some perfect strategic execution led to the first two runs of the game for the Ladies.   Centenary (19-17, 4-0 Mid-Con) opened the second inning with a single from Micah Rhodes. After a strikeout and a sacrifice bunt, Lauren Flowers walked to keep the inning alive. Lin Virdell then took the first pitch of her at-bat, which allowed Rhodes and Flowers to pull off a double steal, putting both runners in scoring position. Virdell followed with a sharp single to right field to put the Ladies on top 2-0.   Southern Utah (16-21, 3-4 Mid-Con), known for its heavy hitting lineup, was kept under control by Centenary pitcher Ryan Thacker for most of the game. Thacker allowed a few soft hits here and there and the two hardest balls hit through the first four innings were snagged by Centenary defenders. Virdell made an unbelievable diving play on a pop-up in shallow center field while running away from the infield and Jennifer Martin’s leaping snag of a line drive on the warning track was highlight material as well.   The Thunderbirds seemed to solve Thacker in the fifth as she surrendered a single and a double to open the frame. With McKell Ashton at the plate, the ninth hitter in the Southern Utah batting order, Thacker made a mistake and Ashton deposited
April 12, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Stats Cameron Penney and the Gents take the field for a four-game series CENTENARY GENTS 13-17, 0-0 Mid-Con vs. CHICAGO STATE 1-27   Friday, April 13, 2007 – 2 p.m. (DH) Saturday, April 14, 2007 – Noon (DH) Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS Friday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) and Jeremy Sheehan (RHP) Saturday: Johnny Noland (LHP) and Will Kaage (RHP)   GENTS PREPARE FOR CHICAGO STATE Centenary (13-17) prepares for its final weekend of non-conference play, hosting Chicago State (1-27) in a four-game series at Shehee Stadium Friday and Saturday.   The series is set to begin with a Friday doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader between the two teams will begin at noon.   A LOOK AT CENTENARY The Mid-Continent Conference leaders in team batting take the field against Chicago State at Shehee Stadium. Centenary, averaging 10.8 runs per game in its last five games, leads the conference with a .290 team batting average.   Leading the Gents at the plate is junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez. With the uncanny ability to get on base (.471 OB%), Sanchez is hitting .367 this season, standing tied for the team lead with 36 hits. He has 18 RBI and 26 runs scored, stealing nine bases.   Right behind Sanchez from the plate and leading the Gents in multiple offensive categories, senior outfielder Matt Webb is hitting .360 with 17 RBI. Webb leads the conference in walks (38), stolen bases (15) and on-base percentage (.572). The senior has knocked out a team-high four home runs, leading the Gents with a .640 slugging percentage.   Junior infielders Teddy Saenz and Cameron Penney are hitting .324 and .313, respectively.   Saenz leads Centenary with nine doubles, while leading the team with 80 assists. Penney has 36 hits, tying for the team lead, registering 18 RBI and 21 runs scored.   On the mound, senior Brandon Fulenchek is amongst the Mid-Con leader
April 12, 2007 | Athletics
VS. SHREVEPORT— The Centenary softball team welcomes Southern Utah to Shreveport for a three-game Mid-Continent Conference series this weekend. Originally scheduled for a single game at 6 p.m. on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday, the teams will now play two games on Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m. and the series finale will be a single contest on Saturday at 11 a.m. The changes were made in an effort to get more games in before inclement weather reaches the Ark-La-Tex area Friday evening.   Centenary (18-17, 3-0 Mid-Con) will be playing in only its second Mid-Con series as both of its road trips at Western Illinois and IUPUI were cancelled due to bad weather. The Ladies saw their five-game win streak snapped at the hands of North Louisiana rival Louisiana Tech last week in a 6-4 loss in Ruston before dropping their following contest 8-0 to Texas-Arlington Wednesday night.   The Ladies rank second in the Mid-Con in seven different major offensive categories including hits, runs, RBI, and stolen bases. However, Southern Utah ranks first in the league in all of the same categories except stolen bases.   Centenary’s Emerald Doria is fourth in the conference with a .352 average heading into this week and she also sits among the top five in on base percentage (2 nd - .462), runs scored (5 th – 21), hits (4 th – 31), and walks (2 nd – 18). Teammate Micah Rhodes is fifth in the Mid-Con with 20 RBI and Allison Shepperd ranks second in doubles (9) and fifth in total bases (53).   Southern Utah (16-21, 3-3 Mid-Con) brings its high-powered offense, geared for the thin air of Utah, to Centenary clicking on all cylinders. The Thunderbirds have belted a league best 38 homeruns, 23 more than UMKC, who sits second with 15 dingers.   The Thunderbirds are led by the experienced trio of Marci Pratt, Lindi Kennedy, and Erin Niederhauser. Consisting of two seniors (Pratt and Niederhauser) and a junior (Kennedy), the group collect
April 11, 2007 | Athletics
Head Coach Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—Centenary head men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the signing of Jamere King to a National Letter of Intent. King joins Anthony Gatlin, Justin Glenn, and Tim Price, all signed in the early period, as the 2007-08 recruiting class for the Gents.   King ( Tulsa , Okla. ) signs with Centenary after averaging 18 points, seven rebounds, and six assists during his senior season at Booker T. Washington High School. The 6’2” guard was named first team All-District, second team All-Metro, honorable mention All-State, and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee.   “Jamere is a combo guard who gives us someone with great ball skills and an understanding of the game,” said Flaska. “He can play the point, but also has a deadly shooting touch that allows him to play two guard. In addition, he is an excellent student with a 3.7 grade point average.”   King was selected to participate in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Star Game. He was also recruited by Air Force, Oral Roberts, Louisiana-Monroe, and Tulane.   Complete Listing of 2007-08 Gents Signees Anthony Gatlin, 6’8”, 180 lbs, G/F, Pearland HS, Pearland , Texas Justin Glenn, 6’8”, 220 lbs, F, Union HS, Tulsa , Okla. Jamere King, 6’2”, 180 lbs, G, Booker T. Washington HS, Tulsa , Okla. Tim Price, 6’11”, 205 lbs, Klein HS, Spring, Texas
April 11, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UTA Box Score 4-11-07 Brittany Williams Allison Shepperd Lauren Flowers SHREVEPORT —The Texas-Arlington softball team continued its torrid play by using three two-run homers in defeating Centenary 8-0 on Wednesday evening. The win gave the Mavericks 16 victories in their last 17 games. Originally scheduled as a doubleheader, the second game was cancelled after the first game started an hour and 15 minutes late due to stand still traffic on I-20 causing UTA to arrive late.   Centenary (18-17) hung with UTA early on as starting pitcher Kelsey Greeson struck out four of the first six Maverick batters. However, an errant pitch by Greeson in the third inning would begin a scoring barrage by the visitors.   Texas-Arlington (28-11) placed runners on second and third base with two outs in the third with Dee Jay Nelson at the plate. Nelson, one of the Mavericks top hitters, worked a 3-0 count as it looked as though Greeson was pitching around her with first base open. However, Greeson followed with a 3-1 strike and on the next pitch Nelson lined a single into right center to put UTA on top 2-0.   Greeson would not make it out of the fourth inning after walking a batter and then surrendering the first two-run blast of the night off of the bat of Amanda Brown. With two outs and a runner on second, Stacy Whitmer relieved Greeson, but allowed a two-run shot to Katie Jones on her third pitch.   Trailing 6-0 in the top of the fifth, pitcher Heather Fortenberry helped her own cause with another two-run homerun after Whitmer walked Nelson. Fortenberry would then close the door on the Ladies, picking up the complete game shutout with a scoreless fifth.   Fortenberry improved to 12-1 on the season, giving up just two hits and striking out five. Nelson finished 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI for Texas-Arlington and Brown went 2-for-3 with a run and two runs batted in on her third dinger of the year. Jones long ba
April 10, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team has moved the start time of Friday’s doubleheader with Chicago State at Shehee Stadium. Originally scheduled for a 4 p.m. start, the doubleheader will now start at 2 p.m., announced by Centenary head coach Ed McCann . The start of the four-game series on Friday was pushed up two hours due to possible weather concerns in the Shreveport area. Centenary senior left-hander Brandon Fulenchek takes the mound for the Gents to start the series off in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday, starting at noon at Shehee Stadium. 
April 10, 2007 | Athletics
Centenary will host three sessions of the summer camp in June SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary announces the dates and times for the 2007 Centenary Baseball Summer Camp.   Held at Shehee Stadium, located on the Centenary College campus, all camps are open to boys and girls ages 6-13.   Supervised and instructed by current and former Centenary baseball players, in addition to all members of the Centenary baseball coaching staff, the summer camp will emphasize individual skills, fundamentals and beginning team strategy.   Areas covered during the four-day camps will include outfield play, infield play, pitching, rundowns, base running, sliding, double-plays, along with various other aspects of fundamental baseball. Centenary provides all-weather batting cages and pitching machines to campers, allowing players to be able to hit each day.   The camps will have three sessions throughout the month of June:   Session I: June 4-7, 2007 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Boys & Girls: Ages 6-13   Session II: June 11-14, 2007 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Boys & Girls: Ages 6-13   Session III: June 18-21, 2007 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Boys & Girls: Ages 6-13   All camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Campers are expected to bring a glove, baseball shoes, suitable baseball attire and a great attitude.   The cost per camp session is $175, with lunch and a team t-shirt provided to each camper.   For more information on the summer camps, please call the Centenary baseball office at 318-869-5298 or 318-869-5095.  
April 10, 2007 | Athletics
Dana Davis SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team has seen eight of its last 14 games cancelled due to rain or freezing temperatures, including six of its nine Mid-Continent Conference tilts. The Ladies hope the weather holds out on Wednesday as they host Texas-Arlington in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.   Centenary (18-16) has won five of its last six games with victories over Grambling State , Stephen F. Austin, and a three-game sweep of conference foe UMKC. The Ladies only loss came at the hands of Louisiana Tech 6-4, a game Centenary led 4-1.   The Ladies look to continue riding the hot bats of Emerald Doria, Allison McClain, and Amy Wiedeman. All three are hitting above .350 on the season while newcomer Allison Shepperd is batting .301 and leads the team with nine doubles, two triples, and three homers.   Texas-Arlington (27-11) has been mowing its way through the Southland Conference and currently has a league record of 14-4. The Mavericks have won nine games in a row and 15 of their last 16 overall. The winning stretch began with a 3-1 win in Arlington , Texas , over Centenary in a game in which both teams managed only four hits apiece.   Katie Jones paces the UTA offensive attack with a lofty .475 batting average and 11 homeruns. Dee Jay Nelson provides the Mavs with another big stick as she has nine long balls and 27 RBI in addition to hitting .364 on the year. Heather Fortenberry heads the pitching staff with an 11-1 mark and a 2.52 ERA while Laura Jones is 10-4 in 15 starts.
April 9, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary men’s and women’s soccer announce the dates of the 2007 Centenary College soccer camps, with various options for players to develop their skills during the summer months. For beginning to advanced players, the Centenary soccer camp will give players an opportunity to learn from both collegiate coaches and players while having fun in the process. The summer camp schedule begins with an Indoor Camp, held at Shreveport Indoor Soccer Arena June 4-7 and June 18-21. For ages 5-10, the indoor camp offers players a chance to play in the comforts of an indoor setting, focusing on the technique and the skills needed for young players to develop. From July 15-19, Centenary will conduct the Residential, Full Day and Elite Camps at Mayo Field on the Centenary campus. The residential camp is the most popular camp during the summer session. In its 23rd year, the residential session allows players to fully expose themselves to camp experience. While staying on the Centenary campus, the residential camp will consist of morning, afternoon and evening sessions, focusing on both technical and tactical points of the game. Instructed by top-level senior staff coaches from several colleges, high schools and clubs across the region, the Centenary Residential Camp is aimed at players and teams serious about taking their game to the next level. The full day camp allows players to stay at home while benefitting from the same instruction and program as the residential campers. Players will participate in all camp activities, with camp held from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Centenary Elite Camp, for ages 14-18, is tailored for senior-level players who are ready to train at the next level. Players will go through the same preseason workout that Centenary College players do in their preparation for their seasons. The camp is very demanding, highly competitive and is appropriate for the most experienced players. The Centenary Goalkeeper Academy will be held Jul
April 9, 2007 | Athletics
Alexander Starr MONROE —Centenary basketball player Alexander Starr has been selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) as a member of the All-Louisiana Team. Starr was named as a second team honoree after being chosen as a first team All-Mid-Continent Conference performer as well.   Starr ( Dallas , Texas ) finished the Mid-Con regular season as the league’s second leading scorer at 17.1 ppg and also placed in the top five in rebounding. The 6’5” guard/forward combo stepped up his scoring production in his final year in a Centenary uniform and scored 20 or more points in his final five games. He also led the Gents in three-point field goal percentage, free throws made and attempted, free throw percentage, offensive and defensive rebounds, and total rebounds. In addition, the well-rounded player placed second on the team in assists and steals.
April 9, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The locations and times for the April 20-21 Mid-Continent Conference men’s tennis qualification tournament in Shreveport have been announced by Centenary tennis coach Larry Jacobs Monday.   Matches will be held at the Southern Hills Tennis Center and the Cockrell Tennis Center on April 20-21, with IUPUI, UMKC, Oral Roberts, Valparaiso and Western Illinois visiting the Gents for conference action.   Questions regarding the Mid-Con cluster and directions to the courts can be directed to coach Jacobs at 318-869-5285.   MID-CONTINENT CONFERENCE CLUSTER SCHEDULE   April 20, 2007   Southern Hills 9 a.m. - Oral Roberts vs. Western Illinois 2 p.m. - IUPUI vs. UMKC   Cockrell Tennis Center (Westside) 9 a.m. - UMKC vs. Centenary 2 p.m. - Valparaiso vs. Centenary   April 21, 2007   Southern Hills 9 a.m. - IUPUI vs. Western Illinois   Cockrell Tennis Center (Westside) 9 a.m. - UMKC vs. Valparaiso 1 p.m - Oral Roberts vs. Centenary
April 7, 2007 | Athletics
INDIANAPOLIS--The Mid-Continent Conference softball series between IUPUI and Centenary in Indianapolis this weekend was cancelled due to sub-freezing temperatures. None of the games were played and none will be made up in the future as a result of conference policies. The series cancellation is the second for the Ladies who also had their league-opening series at Western Illinois cancelled. To this point, Centenary has only played three of its originally scheduled nine Mid-Con games. Centenary begins a stretch this week in which the Ladies host 11 of their final 14 games at home, not counting the Mid-Con Tournament which will also be played in Shreveport. The homestand starts with Texas-Arlington on Wednesday at 5 p.m. 
April 6, 2007 | Athletics
VS. INDIANAPOLIS--The Centenary Ladies softball game against IUPUI on Friday has been cancelled due to cold weather temperatures in Indianapolis. The game was called as temperatures dipped into the low 30s with wind chill readings in the mid 20s. A decision on Saturday's scheduled doubleheader will be made in the morning. The twinbill between the Ladies and the Jaguars is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.
April 4, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Round Scores Freshman Mark Weeber BOSSIER CITY, La. -- Centenary shot a final round score of 314 to finish 10th in the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate Tuesday. Played at the Golf Club at StoneBridge, the Gents finished with a team score of 940 in the three-round event. Senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) , playing in his final regular season tournament of his collegiate career, led Centenary in the final round with a 3-over 75 to finish in a tie for 19th. Over the two-day tournament, Viviano finished with a combined score of 226 (78-73-75) to lead the Gents for the third time this season in StoneBridge events. Freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) shot his best round of the tournament in Tuesday’s final round, carding a 78 to stand tied for 44th in the final standings. Williams had a tournament score of 238 (79-81-78). In a tie for 51st in the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate, sophomore John Hogan (Eden Praire, Minn.) struggled in Tuesday’s final round, shooting an 89 for a tournament score of 242 (76-77-89). Freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) finished with a tournament score of 243, shooting an 81 Tuesday, while fellow-freshman Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) had his best round in the tournament in the final round with an 80. Weeber and Faitz finished 55th and 60th, respectively. In the final round, both Williams and Faitz shot their best 18-hole scores for the tournament. Louisiana Tech took the tournament crown over Louisiana-Lafayette in a playoff. Both tied with 879 after 54 holes, Tech won the tournament on the first playoff hole, led in the event by Trey McNeill’s (216) 5th place finish. Finishing third in the tournament was Birmingham-Southern. Individual champion Robert Lindstrom led the Panthers over the two days, finishing the event with a 1-under 71 Tuesday. Over 54 holes, Lindstrom finished with a 7-under 209 (71-67-71) to win the event. As StoneBridge will play host to the 2007 Mid-Continent
April 4, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Tech Box Score 4-4-07 Micah Rhodes RUSTON, La.—The Centenary softball team saw its five-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday night as Louisiana Tech came from behind to take the game 6-4. The loss for the Ladies left the season series in a split as Centenary took the first meeting between the teams this season in Shreveport.   Centenary (18-16) scored in the top of the first inning to take the early lead when Brittany Williams’ single to right field brought home Allison Shepperd. Shepperd had singled to lead off the game and advanced to second on a ground out by Haley Bassett.   The Ladies extended their lead to 2-0 with a run in the third on some shaky fielding on the part of the Lady Techsters. With two outs, Bassett drew a walk and Micah Rhodes followed with a single but advanced to second on an error by pitcher Mandi Bertsch. Bassett advanced to third on the miscue and then scored on another error, this one on right fielder Ashley Cameron.   Louisiana Tech (19-20) cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a double, a single, and a sacrifice fly.   Centenary responded with two more runs to grab a 4-1 lead in the fifth, but missed a chance to add an insurance run. After the first three Ladies reached base to start the inning, Jennifer Mango was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch. Rhodes followed with a single to center to plate both Shepperd and Bassett, but that would be all the scoring for the Ladies.   The Lady Techsters tied the game quickly in the top of the fifth on four consecutive singles and a wild pitch. Centenary reliever Kelsey Greeson looked like she would stop the bleeding after she recorded two outs, but a clutch single by Summer Young drove in two runs, including the eventual game-winner.   The Ladies tried to make a surge in the final inning and had two runners on before a groundout killed the rally and ended
April 3, 2007 | Athletics
Kelsey Greeson Allison McClain BATON ROUGE—The Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) announced on Tuesday that Centenary’s Allison McClain and Kelsey Greeson have been named Louisiana Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively. The award is the second of the week for McClain who was also selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week.   Greeson (Temple, Texas) was 2-0 with wins over Grambling State and UMKC and also picked up a pair of saves in leading the Ladies to a 5-0 week. The freshman shutout Grambling and allowed only one run in seven innings on three hits and seven strikeouts to UMKC. She also tallied saves against Stephen F. Austin and UMKC.   McClain (Diboll, Texas) hit .769 at the plate, recording 10 hits in 13 at-bats with six RBI. The sophomore scored at least one run in all five of Centenary’s wins while stealing four bases, slugging .846 with an on-base percentage of .812. In three of the five games she was perfect at the plate, including a 4-for-4 effort with a double, two RBI, and a run scored in the second game against UMKC.   Greeson and McClain are the first Centenary players to receive LSWA honors this season.
April 3, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cameron Penney went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI in Tuesday's loss SHREVEPORT, La. -- The night didn’t belong to the Centenary baseball team (13-17), as the Gents fell to Northwestern State (13-17), 11-5, at Shehee Stadium Tuesday. Falling to 0-7 this season against teams from the Southland Conference, the Gents fell behind early, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits in the first four innings of Tuesday’s game. After Centenary senior Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) retired the side in the first to start the game, the senior right-hander struggled with his control in the following inning, hitting the first two batters. With runners on first and second, second baseman Chase Lyles laid a bunt down the third-base line to load the bases for designated hitter Matt McGlathery. Although McGlathery grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, Demon outfielder Casey DeRosa scored from third to give Northwestern State an early 1-0 lead. Junior Brett Johnson and sophomore Justin O’Neal had back-to-back RBI hits to score two more runs for the Demons and extend the lead for the visitors to three runs. Already leading 3-0, the first five Northwestern State batters in the fourth inning recorded hits, scoring three runs for the Demons. As Centenary senior David McElroy (Victoria, B.C.) came in relief of Kaage in the fourth, an Anthony Jones double off of McElroy would score two more runs for Northwestern State, allowing the Demons to build a 10-run cushion. Down 10 runs, the bats of the Gents failed the team in their efforts to get back into the game. Centenary had just two hits over the first seven innings in the Tuesday’s loss. The lone bright spot for the Gents in an otherwise unspectacular day came in the seventh inning when Centenary showed its first offensive spark of the contest. Senior shortstop Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) lined a single up the middle to score sophomore Mike Davis (Ruston, La.) from third, breaking up the shutout
April 2, 2007 | Athletics
Jennifer Majchrowicz KANSAS CITY , Mo. —The Centenary women’s tennis team took part in the first Mid-Continent Conference tennis cluster of the season over the weekend. The event was hosted by UMKC in Kansas City , Mo. , and the Ladies went 1-3 overall with losses to Western Illinois, Oral Roberts, and Southern Utah before finishing with a win over the host Kangaroos.   The three-day round robin began with a 4-1 loss to Western Illinois . Courtney Myers scratched out the lone victory for Centenary as she took down Courtney Brooks playing in the fourth singles position 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Kristina Collins was ahead in her match 5-2 over Constanza Camacho in the #2 slot, but the match was not finished after WIU clenched the team win.   Later the same day, Oral Roberts beat the Ladies 4-0 with Christine Majchrowicz and Collins participating in matches that would end unfinished. Neither match on Friday featured doubles action due to weather conditions.   On Saturday, Centenary fell to Southern Utah 6-1. Christine Majchrowicz defeated Lelia Kanuha 6-3, 6-1 in the top singles slot for the Ladies’ point.   The Ladies rebounded on Sunday to earn a victory over UMKC 5-2. Christine Majchrowicz earned her second win in as many days by downing Akshara Reddy 6-1, 6-3. Collins, along with Jennifer Majchrowicz and Kate Buchanan, also picked up wins. Collins out-lasted Caitlin Burke 6-2, 6-7, 10-6 in the #2 position while Jennifer Majchrowicz and Buchanan sailed to easy 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-2 victories in the #5 and #6 slots respectively.   The doubles combination of Christine Majchrowicz and Courtney Myers upended UMKC’s Reddy and Burke 8-6 and Lindsay Ezell and Jennifer Majchrowicz beat Holland Davis and Elaine Suba 8-6 to give Centenary the doubles point.   The Ladies will next compete on the weekend of April 13 th and 14 th when they travel for their final Mid-Con cluster hosted by Oakland University in Rochester , Mich. While in
April 2, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Stats Matt Webb leads the Gents with a .365 average this season SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team (13-16) face Northwestern State (12-17) Tuesday at Shehee Stadium. With first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m., the Gents look to earn redemption for a 5-4 loss suffered to the Demons earlier this season. Coming off of a three-game sweep of IPFW over the weekend, Centenary is in high spirits as it continues its homestand at Shehee Stadium. Senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) leads the Gents from the plate with a .365 batting average. Leading the Mid-Continent Conference in several offensive categories, Webb has an on-base percentage of .579, racking up 37 walks in 29 games. Over the weekend, the senior hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season, while batting .500. Batting .358 with an on-base percentage of .457, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) continues to rank amongst the best batters in the conference this season. Sanchez has been steady all season, tying for the team lead with 34 hits and scoring 25 runs. Junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) had a team-leading six RBI in three games over the weekend. This season, Saenz is batting .323 with 20 RBI. On the mound, Centenary is set to start senior Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) in Tuesday’s game against Northwestern State. Kaage has a 5.97 ERA in six starts -- seven appearances -- this season, holding opponents to a .331 batting average. In his six starts, Kaage has a 1-2 record. In the Feb. 13 game in Natchitoches against Northwestern State, Centenary came out of the gates to lead 2-0, only to allow five-straight runs to fall, 5-4. In the game, Sanchez went 3-for-4 from the plate with one run scored. Following Tuesday’s game, Centenary takes off nine days, prior to hosting Chicago State at Shehee Stadium April 13-14.
April 2, 2007 | Athletics
Allison McClain ELMHURST , Ill. —Centenary softball player Allison McClain has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week for her efforts in leading the Ladies to a perfect 5-0 record last week. The honor is the first for a Centenary position player this season.   McClain ( Diboll , Texas ) hit an amazing .769 for the week, going 10-for-13 at the plate. The sophomore scored at least one run in all five wins (six total) and drove in six runs. She also stole four bases and had an on-base percentage of .812 (includes a walk and a hit-by-pitch). She is currently riding a streak in which she has reached base in eight straight at-bats.   McClain scored the tying run in the Ladies’ come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Stephen F. Austin and drove in the game-winner in the series finale against UMKC.   Centenary (18-15, 3-0 Mid-Con) sits in a first place tie with Western Illinois atop the Mid-Con standings. The Ladies travel to face Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. on Wednesday before returning to league play on Friday and Saturday at IUPUI.
April 2, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: First Day Scores - Team First Day Scores - Individuals David Viviano is tied for 27th after the first day at StoneBridge BOSSIER CITY, La. -- Centenary shot 626 over the first two rounds of the 2007 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate to stand in 10th place Monday. Played locally at the Golf Course at StoneBridge, the Gents shot 315-311 over Monday’s two rounds, led by the shooting of senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) . Sitting in a tie for 27th amongst individual players at the Hal Sutton, Viviano started Monday with a 6-over 78 in the first round, only to come back and shoot a 1-over 73 in the second round. Right behind Viviano and tied for 32nd in the tournament, sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn.) shot 153 Monday, going 76-77 over the two rounds. On the StoneBridge course, which will play host to the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Championships in late April, Hogan tied his season-low score with the 76 in the first round. Centenary freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport, La.) stands 51st with a two-round score of 160 (79-81). Fellow freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot 82-80 (162) to tie for 53rd in the tournament. Freshman Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) is in 61st place with a score of 169 (84-85) after Monday’s two rounds. In the team competition, Louisiana-Lafayette stands as the overall leader with a team score of 584 (297-287). Lafayette stood in third place after the first round, moving into first place with a second round team score of 287. First round team leaders, UMKC, stands in second place with a score of 587 (289-298), three shots behind Lafayette. Louisiana Tech sits in third place with a score of 588. Individually, Robert Lindstrom of Birmingham-Southern holds the overall lead with a score of 138. In Monday’s second round, Lindstrom shot the low round of the day, carding a 5-under 67. The final round of the event is scheduled for a shotgun start Tuesday at 8 a.m.
April 1, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s golf team hosts the 2007 Hal Sutton Intercollegiate this week, played Monday and Tuesday at the Golf Course at StoneBridge, in local Bossier City. Thirteen teams compete in this week’s 54-hole tournament at StoneBridge, with rounds commencing Monday morning. The par-72, 6,954-yard course at StoneBridge is site of this season’s Mid-Continent Conference Championships, played April 23-24. Participating in this week’s tournament from the Mid-Con will be UMKC, Oakland and Oral Roberts. Also competing against the Gents this week will be Jackson State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, New Orleans, Nicholls State and North Dakota State. Birmingham-Southern will field two teams this week to bring the tournament field to 13 teams. Senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) leads all Gent golfers into this week’s tournament. Sitting with a scoring average of 77.1, Viviano has played well at StoneBridge this season. In three rounds at the course, the senior shoots an average round of 71.6. He shot his season-low round of 4-under 68 in the Centenary Fall Classic, played at StoneBridge, Sept. 9-10. Centenary freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) is right behind Viviano with a 77.5 scoring average. In two rounds in the Centenary Fall Classic, Weeber shot 73-79 to finish in a tie for 16th in the tournament. Freshman John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn.) has a stroke average of 79.1, while freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) shot a 1-over 73 at StoneBridge against Southern Utah March 15. He has a scoring average of 79.4. The tournament commences with a shotgun start Monday morning, with the second round to follow in the afternoon. The final round of this week’s tournament is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.
March 31, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Teddy Saenz went 3-for-3 Saturday with two RBI SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (13-16) earned a 9-5 win over IPFW (4-22) Saturday at Shehee Stadium, sweeping the Mastodons in the three-game weekend series. Racking up 14 hits in the win, Centenary was led by the bats of senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) and junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) against IPFW Saturday. Saenz, who hit .545 for the series, went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with two RBI and one run scored. Darr went 3-for-5 Saturday with a team-high three RBI. The big inning for the Gents came in the third, keyed by the bat of Saenz. After Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) singled to center field, scoring Darr from third, junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) lined a single up the middle to put runners at the corners. Freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) drew a walk to load the bases for Saenz. With Saenz up, a wild pitch by IPFW starting pitcher Stacy Herrold scored Maldonado from third to give Centenary a 3-2 lead on the Mastodons, advancing the other two runners a base. Still at bat and runners at second and third, Saenz looped a single into right to score two more runs for the Gents and give the home team a 5-2 lead. IPFW scored runs in fourth and fifth to cut the Gent lead to just a run at 6-5 heading into the sixth inning. On target all day, Centenary starting pitcher Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) responded to the pressure of being up by only a run and no hit the Mastodons over the sixth and seventh innings, allowing the Gents to reestablish their control of the game. Noland forced three consecutive groundouts in the sixth, leading to a Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to give Centenary a 7-5 lead. Noland, 1-4 on the season in 11 appearances, ended his day with a strikeout of IPFW second baseman Mark Carden to end the seventh. The junior left-hander allowed just six hits and walked one b
March 31, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC Box Score 3-31-07 Kelsey Greeson Allison Shepperd Haley Bassett Emerald Doria SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team easily won its game on Saturday against UMKC 6-1 and in doing so completed the three-game sweep over the Kangaroos. Kelsey Greeson pitched a stellar game for the Ladies to closeout the series, striking out seven and allowing only one run on three hits.   Centenary (18-15, 3-0 Mid-Con) extended its current win streak to five games with the victory and currently sits in a first place tie with Western Illinois in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Ladies and the Westerwinds are the only two remaining unbeaten teams within league play.   The Ladies scored twice in the bottom of the first to take the early lead over UMKC. With two outs and runners on first and second, a balk was called on pitcher Christie Sotelo to advance the runners up a base each. Hot-hitting Allison McClain took advantage of the extra runner in scoring position and brought both teammates home on a single to center field.   UMKC (2-29, 0-6 Mid-Con) answered with a solo homerun off the bat of Taia Jones in the second on what would turn out to be Greeson’s only mistake on the afternoon. The freshman held the Kangaroos scoreless the rest of the way, surrendering just two harmless singles.   Centenary scored single runs in every remaining inning except the fourth. Emerald Doria’s single in the second brought home Jennifer Martin and Amy Wiedeman’s double scored McClain, who walked and stole second, in the third. McClain then collected her third RBI of the game with a two-out single in the fifth to score pinch runner Leslie Postles. The scoring concluded in the sixth inning when Haley Bassett’s single to left pushed across Dana Davis.   Greeson and McClain capped great weeks for the Maroon and White with solid performances on Saturday. Greeson improved to 6-4 on the year with a pair of wins an
March 31, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2007 MIC Championship Results Meredith Smith Julia Cornelius CHICAGO—The Centenary gymnastics team scored a 190.575 at the Midwest Independent Championships hosted by the University of Illinois-Chicago on Saturday to finish in fifth place. UIC won the meet (193.900) while Illinois State (193.375), Southeast Missouri State (193.300), and Texas Woman’s University (191.250) rounded out the participants.   Several Ladies placed in the top five of their respective events highlighted by Meredith Smith’s second place showing on the vault. The junior scored a 9.775 to tie with Annie Kachman of UIC and Sandra Blake of SEMO. Meaghan Koshman of Illinois State won the event title with a score of 9.800.   Julia Cornelius notched a 9.775 on her beam routine to land in third place for Centenary while Courtney Hawkins’ 9.725 on the floor exercise was good for fourth place. Kristina Menne grabbed fifth place in the all-around with a cumulative effort of 38.475.   As a result of their finishes, Smith and Cornelius were named All-MIC First Team and Hawkins and Menne were second team selections.   Koshman claimed the title in the all-around with a total score of 39.025.   The Ladies will receive over two weeks of rest before traveling to Seattle, Wash., for the USA Gymnastics National Championship beginning on April 18 th .
March 30, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC Box Score #1 CC-UMKC Box Score #2 Allison McClain Allison Shepperd Amy Wiedeman Stacy Whitmer Ryan Thacker SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team jumped out to a 2-0 record in Mid-Continent Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of UMKC at the Centenary Softball Complex on Friday. The Ladies used timely hitting to claim a 7-3 victory in the opening game before exploding for 14 hits in an 8-0 win in the nightcap.   Centenary (17-15, 2-0 Mid-Con) stole 11 bases in the twinbill and used their speed to jump start several rallies. In the first game of the afternoon, the Ladies took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after aggressive baserunning.   With two outs, Allison McClain stole second and was promptly singled home on a clutch two-out hit by Amy Wiedeman to put Centenary on the board. Wiedeman then swiped second base and crossed the pay station when Lauren Flowers doubled.   UMKC (2-28, 0-5 Mid-Con) cut the deficit in half on a towering solo homerun by Jackie Schulyer in the fourth.   The wheels started to come off for the visiting Kangaroos in the fifth inning. Centenary placed its first two batters of the inning on base on singles by Emerald Doria and Allison Shepperd. Haley Bassett executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, but UMKC pitcher Cori Mead recorded a strikeout for the second out of the frame. Again with two outs, Brittany Williams hit a screamer at the UMKC shortstop who could not handle the ball cleanly, allowing a run to score. A double steal resulted in another run for the Ladies and a single by McClain brought home the third run of the rally.   With the game in hand Centenary would go on to easily take the victory behind the pitching of starter Stacy Whitmer. Whitmer (7-6) held the Kangaroos to two runs over five and a third innings, scattering seven hits and striking out four. Kelsey Greeson picked up her fifth save of the season by tossing the final one and
March 30, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Calvin Sanchez went 5-for-7 in Friday's two wins over IPFW SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team (12-16) won both games of a Friday doubleheader against IPFW (4-21) at Shehee Stadium. The Gents defeated the Mastodons, 13-7, in Game 1 of the doubleheader, earning a decisive, 13-1, win in Game 2. The bat of junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) paced Centenary in Friday’s sweep of IPFW, as the junior outfielder led the Gents with five hits and a .714 average in the two games. Sanchez went 5-for-7 from the plate with four RBI and three runs scored against the Mastodons Friday. Asked what was key to his success at the plate in Friday’s doubleheader, Sanchez stated the obvious. "I felt like I just had a lot of balls fall," Sanchez said. "On other days, they might not have been hits." He is batting .356 this season with 18 RBI. With a combined 26 runs scored Friday -- 40 runs over the past three games -- Centenary head coach Ed McCann gave due credit to assistant coach Mike Diaz for his work with the Gent hitters. "One thing that Mike Diaz does is, he makes guys get better throughout the year," McCann said. "Since he’s been here, every year we get better at the end. He’s made some adjustments with some guys and guys are trusting him." As a team, Centenary hit .412 in Friday’s doubleheader, with freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) and senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) also having standout efforts at the plate to join Sanchez. Centenary must avoid a letdown, as the two teams resume the four-game series Saturday with a noon doubleheader at Shehee Stadium. Game 1 - Centenary 13, IPFW 7 Tied 7-7 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Centenary responded with six runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to earn a 13-7 win over IPFW in the series-opening game. In the sixth, in what turned out to be the key inning for the Gents, junior Teddy S
March 29, 2007 | Athletics
VS. SHREVEPORT —Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced that changes have been made to the Ladies series schedule with UMKC for this weekend. Due to the threat of poor weather conditions on Saturday, the two teams will now play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. and a single game on Saturday at 11 a.m. The original schedule called for the doubleheader to be played on Saturday.   Centenary (15-15, 0-0 Mid-Con) heads into its Mid-Continent Conference opener on a two-game win streak after disposing of Grambling State 13-0 and Stephen F. Austin 4-3 earlier this week. Emerald Doria continues to lead the Ladies with a .359 batting average and 21 runs scored. Micah Rhodes is batting .301 on the season while leading the team with 16 RBI.   UMKC (2-26, 0-3 Mid-Con) has lost its last three games to North Texas and Texas-Arlington respectively. The Kangaroos opened Mid-Con play last weekend, dropping all three games to Valparaiso . Ashley Toft leads a struggling UMKC offense that is batting .205 as a team. Toft is hitting .321 with six homeruns and 14 RBI.   The Ladies and the Kangaroos met once already this season in a rare non-conference game. The clubs went head-to-head in the Worth Invitational hosted by the University of Oklahoma and Centenary easily prevailed 12-1 in a mercy rule shortened affair.
March 29, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Stats Justin Darr leads Centenary with 18 RBI this season CENTENARY GENTS 10-16, 0-0 Mid-Con vs. IPFW MASTODONS 4-19   March 30-31, 2007 Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   PROBABLE CENTENARY PITCHERS Game 1: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) Game 2: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP) Game 3: Johnny Noland (LHP) Game 4: Will Kaage (RHP)   The Centenary baseball team (10-16) starts a run of 10 consecutive games at Shehee Stadium when it hosts IPFW (4-19) in a four-game series. The two teams start off the series with a Friday doubleheader, scheduled for a noon start.   After taking nine days off, the Gents return to the field rested and ready to return to their winning ways. This season at Shehee Stadium, Centenary stands with a 10-10 record, looking to build on that record this weekend against the Mastodons.   Saturday’s doubleheader is also set for a noon start.   A LOOK AT THE GENTS Although falling in their last five games, the Gents are coming off their best offensive output of the season when they scored 14 runs against nationally-ranked Arkansas March 21 at Shehee Stadium. Against the Razorbacks, senior outfielder Matt Webb had arguably his best game at the plate this season, belting out two home runs and registering three RBI.   This season, Webb leads the Mid-Continent Conference with an on-base percentage of a .571, while racking up a conference-leading 34 walks and 15 stolen bases. Webb has a team-leading .347 average at the plate, with 15 RBI and 21 runs scored. He leads the Gents with a .613 slugging percentage.   Consistent all season and standing in the Top 10 in the conference in batting, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez has a .325 batting average and a .441 on-base percentage. The junior outfielder has 14 RBI and 21 runs scored, while drawing 15 walks and eight stolen bases. Sanchez sits second on the Gents with a slugging percentage of .422. Fellow-junior Cameron Penney leads the team with
March 28, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SFA Box Score 3-28-07 Amy Wiedeman Lauren Flowers Ryan Thacker NACOGDOCHES, Texas—The Centenary softball team brought its record to .500 at 15-15 on the season with a 4-3 road victory over Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday night. The Ladies have won games at a .682 winning percentage over their last 22 contests, going 15-7 to get to this point after starting the season 0-8.   SFA (12-21) manufactured a run in the bottom of the first inning to take the early lead after a lead-off walk by Centenary starter Stacy Whitmer would come back to haunt her. Benet Higgs drew the walk for the Lady Jacks and moved to second on a groundout. The next batter moved Higgs to third on a fly ball and the speedy runner scored with two outs on a wild pitch.   The next three batters all reached base on two singles and a walk, but Whitmer struck out Magen Butler to end the threat.   The game remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth although Whitmer was replaced by Ryan Thacker after walking the first two SFA hitters of the third inning.   In the sixth, Allison Shepperd ripped a double for the Ladies to begin the inning. Micah Rhodes then reached on a fielder’s choice when the SFA defense tried to get Shepperd at third. However, an error on the third baseman allowed Shepperd to score and Rhodes landed on second base.   Leslie Postles was summoned to pinch run for Rhodes and she remained at second after a fly out and a walk by Allison McClain. Lin Virdell popped out to second base, but Amy Wiedeman came through with a single to right to plate Postles and give Centenary the 2-1 advanatge.   The rally continued when Lauren Flowers laced a double to left center, scoring both McClain and Wiedeman. When the dust had finally settled, the Ladies held control of the game at 4-1 with just two at-bats left for SFA.   The Lady Jacks went quietly in the sixth and the first two batters in the seventh were retired easily by
March 28, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team and head coach Ed McCann announce the change in the start time of Friday’s doubleheader with IPFW at Shehee Stadium. Originally scheduled to start at 4 p.m., the doubleheader has been pushed up four hours due to possible weather in the Shreveport area. Game 1 of the doubleheader will now start at noon Friday, with Game 2 scheduled to follow. Senior Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) and junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) take the mound for the Gents in the doubleheader, as the Gents start a run of 10 consecutive games at Shehee Stadium.
March 27, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-GSU Box Score 3-27-07 Allison Shepperd Allison McClain Kelsey Greeson SHREVEPORT —Having six of its last seven scheduled games rained out, the Centenary softball team was determined to get at least one game in of its scheduled doubleheader with Grambling State on Tuesday evening. That is exactly what happened as the Ladies easily discarded the Lady Tigers 13-0 in five innings after the mercy rule was invoked. The game began an hour and 45 minutes late due to a rain delay and the second game was cancelled.   Centenary (14-15) wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as hits by Lin Virdell, Allison Shepperd, and Allison McClain, along with Haley Bassett being hit by a pitch, led to three runs in the first inning.   The Ladies posted three more runs in the second inning behind a two-out rally. With Jennifer Martin reaching base on a single and moving to second on a ground out, Virdell collected her second hit in as many innings to plate Martin. Shepperd followed with a double to the wall in right center and Micah Rhodes brought her around with a blistering single to center field to make the Centenary advantage 6-0.   The Maroon and White blew open the game in the third with a five-run inning on three hits, two walks, and a Grambling State error. Bassett came through with a single up the middle to score Leslie Postles and Dana Davis and Shepperd tallied her third RBI with her third basehit of the night.   Leading 11-0, Centenary got two runs in the fourth inning to end the scoring barrage and make the final score 13-0.   Kelsey Greeson improved to 5-4 on the season with the win after pitching all five innings for the Ladies. The freshman allowed only two hits and struck out three without issuing a walk.   Shepperd and McClain both went 3-for-3 at the plate to pace the Centenary offense. Virdell finished 2-for-3 and Bassett, Rhodes, Jennifer Mango, Brittany Williams, and Martin all recorded hi
March 26, 2007 | Athletics
Christine Majchrowicz KILGORE, Texas—The Centenary women’s tennis team played its second and third matches in a two-day stretch on Monday when it traveled to Kilgore, Texas, to face LeTourneau University and Lindenwood University. The Ladies lost a tough match to LeTourneau 4-3 before falling to Lindenwood 6-0.   Christine Majchrowicz shined for Centenary in the opening match against LeTourneau, picking up both a singles and a doubles win. The senior defeated Sarah Carroll in the #1 slot 6-0, 6-0 before teaming with Courtney Myers to beat Jessica Tindall and Jackie Simmons 8-1.   Lindsay Ezell and Myers also picked up singles wins in the team loss. Ezell outlasted Briana Olivo 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 while Myers racked up her second win of the day in a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Simmons.   In the second match of the day both Christine and Jennifer Majchrowicz battled through three-set matches only to come up short in the end. Christine looked to notch her third win on the afternoon but fell to Luisa Macias of Lindenwood by the score of 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Jennifer won her first set over Livia Ruas only to see her opponent battle back for the 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 victory.   No doubles matches were played in the final match against Lindenwood.
March 26, 2007 | Athletics
KILGORE, Texas —The Centenary men’s tennis team came up empty in a doubleheader played Monday afternoon in East Texas . The Gents lost to LeTourneau University 5-2 before being upended by Lindenwood University 5-1.   Centenary’s pair of wins against LeTourneau came from Seva Kostelanetz and Gerry Lozano. Kostelanetz defeated Jeremy Martinez 6-3, 6-4 while Lozano bested Paul Haney 6-2, 6-1.   In the late afternoon match with Lindenwood, Jacob Dawson proved victorious after outlasting Iston Benjamin 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Lozano pushed hard against Michael Vargas in pursuit of his second singles win of the day, but came up on the short end of the 6-1, 7-5 score.
March 26, 2007 | Athletics
Matt Webb went 3-for-4 against Arkansas last week SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary senior Matt Webb was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week, announced by the conference office Monday. Webb, an outfielder from Blue Springs, Mo., went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in the Gents lone game last week, a 16-14 loss to then-No. 9 University of Arkansas at Shehee Stadium. Against the Razorbacks, Webb hit two solo home runs, registering his team-leading second and third homers of the season. In the first inning against Arkansas, with one runner on base, Webb hit a double to left to score Centenary’s first run of the contest, helping the Gents to an eight-run opening inning. In Wednesday’s game, Webb led all players with 10 total bases. With Centenary leading the Mid-Con in team batting average (.277), Webb leads the conference in slugging percentage (.613) and on-base percentage (.571). Batting a team-leading .347 this season, he has a conference-leading 15 stolen bases and has drawn a league-high 34 walks. The senior leads the Gents with seven doubles and two triples, registering 15 RBI and 21 runs scored. Webb and the Gents return to action this weekend, hosting IPFW at Shehee Stadium in a four-game series. The series is set to start at 4 p.m. Friday.
March 26, 2007 | Athletics
Beth Krysiak SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team hosts Grambling State in doubleheader action on Tuesday at the Centenary Softball Complex beginning at 4 p.m. The Ladies are excited to get back on the field in a game situation after having six of their last seven games cancelled due to inclement weather.   Centenary (13-15) has only played one game in its last two weeks after being dealt bad weather conditions. The Ladies only game during that span to be played was their home contest with #8 LSU, a game they lost 9-1. This past weekend, Centenary’s entire Mid-Continent Conference opening series at Western Illinois was cancelled as well.   Centenary and Grambling State met earlier in the season and the Ladies swept the doubleheader at Grambling by the scores of 16-1 and 14-0.   The forecast for Tuesday does not look promising as there is an 80% chance of rain in the area.   The Ladies travel to Nacogdoches , Texas , on Wednesday for a single game with Stephen F. Austin of the Southland Conference. The Lady Jacks are 12-20 on the season and recently dropped two of three games in their conference series with Southeastern Louisiana . That game starts at 6 p.m. and can be followed via live stats through the SFA website located at www.sfajacks.com .
March 25, 2007 | Athletics
Courtney Myers SHREVEPORT —The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks defeated the Centenary women’s tennis team 6-0 on Sunday at the Centenary Tennis Complex. The match was the final home contest for the Ladies this season.   In the #1 singles position, ULM ’s Lena Satge defeated Centenary’s Christine Majchrowicz 6-1, 6-4. Giovanna Arrondo and Sharon Makhanya each bounced Kristina Collins and Courtney Myers by the identical 6-0, 6-0 scores. The Ladies’ Jennifer Majchrowicz fell to Elodie Burlet 6-2, 6-2 and ULM ’s Marion Lehman beat Kate Buchanan 6-1, 6-0.   The doubles tandem of Makhanya and Burlet took down Centenary’s Majchrowicz sisters 8-2 before the match ended with Satge and Arrondo besting Collins and Buchanan 8-1.
March 24, 2007 | Athletics
Seva Kostelanetz DALLAS, Texas—The SMU men’s tennis team powered its way to a 6-0 victory over the visiting Centenary Gents on Saturday. The Mustangs allowed only one Gent to win as many as two games in a set.   The Mustangs top player, Alex Skrypko dismissed Centenary’s Mark Rodgman 6-1, 6-0. Federico Murgier and Adolfo Solares of SMU both beat Alejandro Ahuja and Seva Kostelanetz by the same 6-1, 6-0 score. The Gents’ Gerry Lozano fell to Chris Hooshyar 6-0, 6-0 and Jacob Dawson lost 6-1, 6-2 to Ryan Hooker of SMU.   In doubles action, the combo of Oivind Alver and Robin Fahgen defeated Centenary’s Rodgman and Ahuja 8-1. David Kuczer and Solares ended the match with a decisive 8-0 victory over Kostelanetz and Dawson.
March 24, 2007 | Athletics
Lauren Flowers MACOMB, Ill.--This weekend's much-anticipated three-game series between the Centenary and Western Illinois softball teams to open Mid-Continent Conference play has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The top two league preaseason favorites (#1 WIU and #2 CC) will not make up the games this season. The rainout is the sixth for the Ladies in the last seven games. Centenary will play next on Tuesday when it hosts Grambling State in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
March 23, 2007 | Athletics
Courtney Hawkins Meredith Smith Beth Bowie Kristina Menne SHREVEPORT —The sixth-ranked LSU Tigers defeated the Centenary gymnastics team by the score of 196.800 to 191.400 on Friday night in the Gold Dome. The Shreveport crowd of over 800 spectators was treated to a magnificent performance by LSU’s Ashleigh Clare-Kearne who posted an NCAA season-best 39.775 in the all-around.   Clare-Kearne began her record-breaking night with a 9.900 on the bars to finish in a three-way tie for first place on the apparatus with teammates Susan Jackson and Summer Hubbard. She then captured a 9.975 on the vault, which included her first perfect 10 of the evening from one of the judges, to win the title in her second event.   The junior continued her impressive effort with a top score of 9.975 on the floor. That routine also produced a perfect 10 from one of the judges and she later took the beam crown with a 9.925. On the night, Clare-Kearne won all four events and the all-around.   LSU won all four team events. The Tigers bested the Ladies 49.400 to 47.825 on the vault, 49.325 to 47.600 on the bars, 48.600 to 47.625 on the beam, and 49.475 to 48.350 on the floor exercise.   Although the Tigers compiled big scores, Centenary tallied one of its top team scores on the season as well. The Ladies’ scores on both the beam and floor were the second-best outputs this year.   Individually, freshman Courtney Hawkins gave Centenary its highest placing on the night with a third place finish on the floor with a career-high 9.875. Junior Meredith Smith placed fourth on the vault with a season-high tying 9.825 and sophomore Beth Bowie was fourth on the beam with a season-best 9.750. Senior Kristina Menne’s 38.700 took fourth in the all-around while sophomore Mandy Bennett ranked fifth in both the beam (9.675) and the all-around (38.175).   The Ladies will return to action next Saturday when they travel to Chicago to compete in the Midwest Inde
March 23, 2007 | Athletics
Leslie Postles MACOMB, Ill.--Friday's much-anticipated contest between the Centenary and Western Illinois softball teams to open Mid-Continent Conference play has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The top two league preaseason favorites (#1 WIU and #2 CC) will lock-up with each other in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon. The cancelled game will not be made up. The rainout is the fourth for the Ladies in the last five games.
March 22, 2007 | Athletics
Kristina Menne Jessie Angus SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team wraps up the home portion of its 2007 schedule on Friday when the sixth-ranked LSU Tigers come to the Gold Dome for a 7 p.m. meet with the Ladies. The event will mark the third time Centenary has welcomed an LSU team to Shreveport in the last three weeks as the baseball Gents and softball Ladies also locked up with the Tigers recently.   Ranked at No.6 in the most recent national rankings, the LSU gymnastics team will also be the third team inside the top 10 to visit Centenary’s campus in a span of three days. The softball team hosted No.8 LSU and the baseball team battled No.9 Arkansas, both on Wednesday.   Centenary currently sits fifth in the USA Gymnastics (USAG) division with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 189.535 and is primed to take its annual trip to the USAG National Championships in Seattle in late April. The Ladies rank among the top 10 as a team in all four events including sixth place averages on the beam (47.210) and floor exercise (47.855), seventh place on the bars (47.280), and eighth on the vault (47.470).   Individually, seniors Jessie Angus and Kristina Menne also have claimed spots inside the USAG top 10 on the bars and the all-around respectively. Angus’ RQS of 9.720 on the bars and Menne’s total average of 37.940 in the all-around are both good enough to land each of the Ladies in eighth place.   Centenary enters its final home meet with LSU coming off of a season-best team effort of 192.150 in a loss on Saturday to Southeast Missouri State .   LSU climbed up to the sixth spot in the NCAA national rankings after posting a team score of 197.025 in a victory over Nebraska . The Tigers place second nationally on the vault, fourth on the floor, 11 th on the bars, and 15 th on the beam.   Ashleigh Clare-Kearney, Kelly Phelan, Nicki Butler, and Lauren Klein all sit inside the top 15 individually in the NCAA on their resp
March 22, 2007 | Athletics
VS. MACOMB , Ill. —The Centenary softball team begins pursuit of its first Mid-Continent Conference regular season championship with a three-game series at Western Illinois beginning on Friday. The Ladies have finished second twice in their three seasons in the league, but have come up just short of the coveted crown. A championship run for Centenary will have to go through the Westerwinds, who were picked as the preseason favorite in a poll of Mid-Con coaches.   Centenary (13-15) enters the game having lost its last four games, three of which were to top 10 nationally ranked teams Oklahoma and LSU. The Ladies look to get back on track for the conference race this weekend where they have been 40-26 in three years in the Mid-Con.   Last season’s conference Newcomer of the Year Emerald Doria currently leads Centenary in batting average (.364), runs (21), hits (28), on-base percentage (.484), and stolen bases (5). The shortstop has not suffered through a sophomore slump in her second season wearing the Maroon and White.   Senior Micah Rhodes has been on a torrid hitting pace of late after struggling to start the season. The three-time All-Mid-Con selection is hitting .315 with a team-best 15 RBI. Junior Lin Virdell (.273 BA) and freshmen Allison Shepperd (.263 BA, 3 HR’s) and Haley Bassett (.247 BA, 13 RBI) are also contributing significant numbers to the Ladies offensive attack.   In the pitching circle, Centenary’s trio of freshmen hurlers hope they have learned enough from the tough non-conference schedule to provide solid innings for the Ladies down the stretch. Stacy Whitmer leads the staff with six wins (6-6, 5.07 ERA) while Kelsey Greeson (4-4, 3.96 ERA) and Ryan Thacker (3-5, 4.41 ERA) will also see a lot of action over the league schedule.   Western Illinois (7-16) is coming off of back-to-back losses to Iowa State . The Westerwinds are led at the plate by Jennifer Garcia’s .319 batting average and Nicole
March 21, 2007 | Athletics
Jessica Garza SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary sophomore Jessica Garza was named Mid-Continent Conference Female Golfer of the Week Wednesday after her performance at the Samford Women’s Intercollegiate. Named Mid-Con Golfer of the Week for the fourth time this season, more than any other golfer in the conference, Garza tied for 48th in this week’s Samford Women’s Intercollegiate, played at the Timberline Golf Course, in Calera, Ala. The McKinney, Texas, native shot 242 (82-82-78) to stand as the low finisher for the Ladies in the third-straight tournament. She improved four strokes from the second to third rounds of the tournament, carding a 78 in the final round of this week’s tournament. Garza leads the Ladies with a 80.4 stroke average this season. She currently sits in the top 10 in the conference in scoring average. Garza and the Ladies continue to prepare for the Mid-Con Championships, played locally at the Golf Course at StoneBridge April 23-24.
March 21, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Matt Webb had two home runs and three RBI against Arkansas SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (10-16) just couldn’t hold on against No. 9 University of Arkansas (17-6) Wednesday at Shehee Stadium. The Razorbacks scored seven runs late to defeat the Gents 16-14 in the high-scoring affair. Despite scoring a season-high 14 runs in Wednesday’s game, the relief pitching failed Centenary in the late innings and cost the Gents a potential victory over the nationally-ranked Razorbacks. "I’m happy with our offense, but I thought our middle relief was as bad as I’ve ever seen. That’s being honest," said Ed McCann , Centenary head coach, following the loss. "You take away a lot of positives away with our offense, but defensively we need to get better." The offense propelled the Gents to a 10-2 lead over the first two innings of Wednesday’s game. Centenary was not intimidated against the SEC powerhouse, but rather challenged and determined, ready at the first pitch to capture one of the school’s biggest victories. After allowing two runs in the top of the first, the Gents put up eight runs in the bottom half of the inning to explode to a 8-2 lead on the Razorbacks and quiet the predominately Arkansas crowd at Shehee Stadium. Right off the bat in the first, senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) hit a double to left field to bring home fellow-senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) from first. Webb flourished Wednesday in his recent move to the two spot in the order, finishing with three RBI, three runs scored and two home runs against the Razorbacks. Still in the first, Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) hit a single to right to score Webb and tie the game at 2-2 with no outs on the board. After Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) hit a single to left and Mike Davis (Ruston, La.) walked to load the bases, junior infielder Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) singled to right to score Maldonado from
March 21, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT , La — Alcorn State ’s Lady Braves defeated the Ladies at home 6-1.   The Ladies tennis team was only able to get two wins against Alcorn State on their own court. Christina Majchrowicz defeated her singles opponent, Martina Garda (6-1,6-1) and, paired with Courtney Myers, defeated Avernelle Helder and Sweth Devaraj in a doubles match (8-6). That was all she wrote for the Ladies as Alcorn took the rest of the singles matches. Devaraj beat Kristina Collins (6-2,6-2), Stefania Guzman beat Lindsay Ezell (6-0,6-0), Sarah Peters beat Jennifer Majchrowicz (6-2,6-1), and Helder beat Kate Buchanan (6-3,6-1).   Alcorn’s doubles teams, though losing to C. Majchrowicz/Myers, won the remaining two matches. Peters/Guzman defeated Ezell/J. Majchrowicz defeated (8-0), and Martina Garda/Felicia Chen defeated Collins/Buchanan (8-1).
March 21, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT , La —The Alcorn State Braves defeated all their Centenary opponents on the day to claim a 7-0 victory over the Gents.   The Gents tennis team lost all of their matches to the Braves of Alcorn State University. Abhasa Prakash defeated Mark Rodgam (6-1,6-2), Aziz Adbdurazzokov defeated Alejandro Ahuja (6-2,6-3), Shoshanic Kulkarni defeated Seva Kostalanetz (6-0,6-0), Michael Okada defeated Gerry Lozano (6-2,7-5), and Freddy Khruscher defeated Jacob Dawson (6-3,6-2).   Alcorn’s doubles teams left no room for a Gents victory as Prakash/Kulkarni defeated Rodgam/Kostelanetz (8-0), and Khruscher/Okada defeated Lozano Dawson (8-5).
March 21, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-LSU Box Score 3-21-07 Lin Virdell collected a hit and made a diving play at second base. SHREVEPORT—The eighth-ranked LSU Tigers used three homeruns and capitalized on three Centenary fielding errors in claiming a 9-1 victory over the Ladies Wednesday evening in front of a large crowd. The Tigers collected 12 hits on the night while pitcher Cody Trahan allowed only the single run on three hits to the host Centenary club.   Centenary (13-15) fell behind early when Rachel Mitchell homered as the second batter in the first inning. Her fly ball to right-center held up in the wind and looked for a moment like it would be caught by center fielder Lauren Flowers who got to the wall in plenty of time. However, Mitchell had just enough power to clear the out-stretched arm of Flowers and put the Tigers on top 1-0.   LSU (29-4) added two more runs in the first inning on a dropped fly ball that would have ended the inning. With two outs, Vanessa Soto’s lazy pop-up to center glanced off the glove of Flowers who easily tracked the ball. Both runs were unearned and pitcher Stacy Whitmer struck out Tayl’r Hollis to end the rally.   The game remained 3-0 until the fifth when Killian Roessner blasted the first of her two long balls in the game. Several batters later after an infield single and a walk, Hollis’ grounder to shortstop was misplayed by Centenary’s Emerald Doria, allowing the fifth run of the contest to score for the Tigers.   LSU tacked on three more runs in the sixth powered by Roessner’s second round-tripper, a three-run shot to left field, and added a single run in the seventh.   Centenary avoided the shutout by producing a run in the bottom of the sixth. Doria walked to lead off the frame and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Haley Bassett. With Allison Shepperd at the plate, the Ladies got aggressive and took a chance on the basepaths. Shepperd squared to bunt, dr
March 20, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Round Scores - Teams Final Round Scores - Individuals Chloe' Mims shot the low round for the Ladies in the tournament CALERA, Ala. -- The Centenary women’s golf team shot a 330 in the final round of the Samford University Women’s Intercollegiate, finishing 14th with an overall score of 1,002 over the two-day, three-round event. Played at the par-71, 5,823-yard Timberline Golf Course, in Calera, Ala., the Ladies were led by junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) in Tuesday’s final round. Mims shot a 77 Tuesday to finish in a tie for 54th with a tournament score of 243. She showed the most improvement amongst Centenary golfers from the second to third rounds, shaving eight strokes and shooting the low round for the Ladies in the tournament. Sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas) finished in a tie for 48th in the tournament, shooting a 78 in Tuesday’s round. Garza shot 242 (82-82-78) over the three-round event to stand as the low finisher for the Ladies. Finishing in 73rd place, freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) had a round of 88 in Tuesday’s final round. The freshman finished with a tournament score of 259, shooting an 81 in the second round Monday. For a three-round event, Blackwell set a new career low with the 259. Fellow-freshman Mary Kate Byrne (Natchez, Miss.) also set a new career low for score in a three-round tournament, finishing in a tie for 77th with a score of 262. She shot a round of 87 Tuesday. In a tie of 79th, sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) finished with a score of 263. She finished with a round of 88 in the final round. The University of South Alabama held onto the first day lead, winning the tournament with a score of 915. The Jaguars shot 302 in Tuesday’s round, led by Sara Marti’s 6-over 77. Marti finished tied for fourth to stand as the high finisher for South Alabama. Eastern Kentucky finished second in the tournament, just one
March 20, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Stats Matt Webb and the Gents face the No. 9 Razorbacks Wednesday   CENTENARY GENTS 10-15, 0-0 Mid-Con vs. ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS 16-6, 2-1 SEC   Wednesday, March 21 - 2 p.m. Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHER Brandon Fulenchek (LHP)         Centenary (10-15) faces one of its biggest tests of the 2007 season when it hosts nationally-ranked and SEC powerhouse University of Arkansas (16-6) Wednesday afternoon at Shehee Stadium. First pitch between the Gents and the Razorbacks is scheduled for 2 p.m.   In Wednesday’s game, the Gents look to reverse their fortunes in recent games and put an end to its current four-game losing streak with a win against the Razorbacks.   Centenary stands this season with a 10-9 record at Shehee Stadium, while Arkansas comes into Wednesday’s game 7-4 on the road.   A LOOK AT CENTENARY Falling in their last four games by a deafening margin, Centenary holds a 10-15 record this season. This past weekend against Arkansas-Little Rock, the Gents were shutout in two of the three games, outscored 31-10 in the series with the Trojans.   Sophomore Mike Davis led the team in the weekend series with a .500 batting average and four hits from the plate. Starting at first base, Davis also led the Gents with a .750 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage. He went 4-for-4 from the plate in Saturday’s loss to the Trojans, scoring three runs and racking up two RBI. This season, Davis is hitting .345 in 13 games.   Leading the Gents in overall games, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez is batting .329 with 14 RBI and 20 runs scored. He is second on the team with a .430 slugging percentage and .449 on-base percentage, amongst the Mid-Continent Conference leaders with eight stolen bases.   The leader in the Mid-Con in multiple offensive statistical categories, senior outfielder Matt Webb has a .324 batt
March 20, 2007 | Athletics
Emerald Doria SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team welcomes the tenth-ranked LSU Tigers to Shreveport on Wednesday for a single game beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Centenary Softball Complex. The meeting between the Ladies and the Lady Tigers is the second of the season between the clubs as LSU took the first battle 9-0 in Baton Rouge .   Centenary (13-14) will be playing its fifth top 25 team this season when the Tigers come to town and its fourth opponent inside the top 10. All four of the Ladies games last week were cancelled due to inclement weather. Centenary had won five of six games over a recent stretch before losing three games in the Worth Invitational, including a pair of contests to #5 Oklahoma .   The Ladies are led by the hitting duo of Emerald Doria and Micah Rhodes, both former Mid-Continent Conference Newcomers of the Year. Doria currently leads the team with a .373 batting average, 28 hits, and 20 runs while Rhodes has recovered from a slow start to raise her average to .315 with a team-best 15 RBI.   LSU (28-4) enters Wednesday’s match-up fresh off of a three-game sweep of Florida in SEC play. Leslie Klein was tabbed the conference Player of the Week as she carries a lofty .443 batting average through 32 games. The Tigers are hitting an impressive .338 as a team and have launched 27 homeruns compared to just 10 for their opponents.   Dani Hofer and Emily Turner have combined for a 21-4 mark in the pitcher’s circle for LSU while sporting miniscule ERA’s of 1.20 and 1.23 respectively. Tiffany Garcia (5-0, 0.64 ERA) earned the win over the Ladies in the first meeting between the two squads, tossing five shutout innings.   LSU holds the 12-0 advantage in the all-time series against Centenary. The last time the two clubs met in Shreveport , the Tigers won 4-0 on March 17, 2004.
March 19, 2007 | Athletics
Cori Dullnig scored in the semifinals to tie the game SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s soccer team advanced to the semifinals in this past weekend’s Centenary Indoor Tournament, played at the Sport Port Indoor Soccer Facility, in Shreveport. Continuing to build both as a team and individually in the Spring season, Ladies head coach Chase Wooten praised the development of the team. "We worked hard and the girls had some hard-fought wins. We certainly don’t train to be an indoor team and, since it’s such a different game than outdoor, we’re just glad we got to play and work together," Wooten said. After winning their group in bracket play, the Ladies advanced to play the University of Central Arkansas in the tournament semifinals. Already defeating Central Arkansas in group play, Centenary faced the Sugar Bears again in the semis. Falling behind to UCA early in the game, the Ladies were forced to play from behind for most of the game. Showing tremendous effort, Centenary battled back to tie the game against the Sugar Bears when defender Cori Dullnig (San Antonio) scored to make the score 5-5 and send the game into overtime. With the game going to penalties, the Ladies fell to Central Arkansas, 4-2, in the shootout, with goals scored by Brittany O’Neal (Nacogdoches) and Stefani Robbs (Dallas) . Central Arkansas eventually won the tournament title, defeating the University of Louisiana-Monroe in the finals by a score of 3-2. Even though not winning the tournament, Wooten says his team took another step in the right direction this past weekend. The Ladies continue the Spring season against Louisiana Tech, taking a three weeks off before facing the Lady Techsters April 12 in Ruston.
March 19, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: First Day Scores - Teams First Day Scores - Individuals Jessica Garza led the Ladies on the first day of the tournament CALERA, Ala. -- Centenary stands 14th after the first day of the Samford University Women’s Intercollegiate, played at the Timberline Golf Course, in Calera, Ala. Monday. After the first two rounds, Jessica Garza leads the Ladies with a score of 164. The Ladies shot 672 (341-331) over the first and second rounds of the Samford Women’s Intercollegiate. On the par-71, 5,823-yard course, Garza shot back-to-back rounds of 82 to stand 55th overall in the event. In Monday’s first round, the McKinney, Texas, native recovered with a 37 on the back nine, shooting eight strokes better than her front nine score of 45. Junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) stands second on the Ladies with a two-round score of 166, sitting in a tie for 58th place. Mims opened the day with an 81 in Monday’s first round, shooting 85 in the second round. In a tie for 68th, freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) shot one off of her career high in Monday’s second round. Blackwell went 90-81 in the two rounds Monday for a total score of 171. Tying Blackwell for the most improvement from the first to the second round, Centenary sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) stands in a tie for 75th in the tournament with a score of 175 (92-83). Both Newton and Blackwell improved nine strokes from the first to the second rounds. Freshman Mary Kate Byrne (Natchez, Miss.) shot rounds of 88-87 (175) to sit in a tie for 75th, standing tied with Newton. The University of South Alabama holds the overall team lead with a score of 613 (309-304). The Jaguars are followed closely by Eastern Kentucky, which stand in second place with a 616 (303-313). Belmont is 10 strokes off of the lead with a two-round score of 623 (314-309), standing in third place. In the individual competition, Sarah Nicholson holds the overall le
March 18, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —In their second meeting with Grambling State this year, the Gents won a singles match but still lost overall 5-1.     The Tigers of Grambling State won four out of five singles matches on the Gents home court. Nicolas Rufyikin defeated Mark Rodgman (6-1,6-0), Janen Clayton defeated Seva Kostelanetz (6-0,6-3), Ryan Lormier defeated Gerry Lozano (6-3,6-2), and Herue Hiaintuka defeated Alejandro Ahuja (7-5,6-2). The only Gent to win was Jacob Dawson against Jared Evans (6-1,6-1).   The Gents doubles teams lost their matches also with Rodgam/Ahuja falling to Rufyikin/Lormier (8-4), and Kostelanetz/Lozano losing to Clayton/Hiaintuka (8-3).
March 18, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT , La— The Ladies redeemed an earlier loss to Grambling State by coming out on top in their second meeting, 4-3.   After losing to Grambling State University on March 4, the Ladies tennis team defeated Grambling at home. The Ladies singles tied Grambling with three wins, captured by Christina Majchrowicz against Omosofe Amen (6-3,6-0), Kristina Collins against Ashley Williams (6-0,6-0), and Jennifer Majchrowicz against Airiea Davis (6-4,6-0). Grambling’s LaKeysha Beck defeated Lindsay Ezell (6-2,6-1), and her teammates Faith Williams and Patricia Gallegos defeated their opponents Courtney Myers and Kate Buchanan (6-4,7-5; 6-1,6-1) to tie it up.   The Ladies double teams solidified Centenary’s victory, with the teams of C. Majchrowicz/Myers defeating Beck/F. Williams (8-1), and Ezell/J. Majchrowicz defeating A. Williams/Davis (8-3).
March 18, 2007 | Athletics
Leigh Newton and the Ladies compete in their final event of the 2006-07 regular season SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s golf team head into their final tournament of the 2006-07 regular season, traveling to Calera, Ala. for the Samford University Women’s Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday. Played at the par-72 Timberline Golf Club, in Calera, the Ladies will be led in this week’s tournament by sophomore J essica Garza (McKinney, Texas) , who ranks amongst the top 10 golfers in the Mid-Continent Conference this season. Leading the Ladies with a 80.4 season average, Garza is coming off shooting 77-78 at the South Alabama Lady Jaguar Invitational to stand as the high finisher for Centenary. Standing second on Centenary in stroke average, sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) carries a 81.1 average into this week’s Samford Intercollegiate. Right behind Williams, junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) has a scoring average of 81.2 this season. Mims has the low round this season for the Ladies shot in Centenary’s last tournament, carding a 1-over 73 in the first round of the USA Lady Jaguar Invitational, March 5. Sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) and freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) are averaging 86.2 and 86.5, respectively, this season per round. In this week’s tournament, Centenary looks to build upon shooting its best score for a two-round event, shooting a 641 in its last tournament in Mobile, Ala. March 5-6. Competitors take to the course Monday morning for this week’s event.
March 18, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Johnny Noland went 4 1/3 innings in the loss Sunday to Little Rock LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The bats just didn’t show up for the Centenary baseball team (10-15) Sunday, as the Gents fell to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (10-11), 15-0, at Hogan Field. With the win, the Trojans completed a three-game sweep of Centenary. Registering just three hits over nine innings, the Gents were shutout for the third time this season and second time in the weekend series against the Trojans. The three hits set a new season low for hits in a game this season for Centenary. The Trojans took a 3-0 lead early in Sunday’s game, scoring three runs in the second inning. Started by Osvaldo Torres and Brian Asbill getting on to start the inning, senior infielder Matt King hit a single up the middle to score two runs and give Arkansas-Little Rock the early advantage. Later in the inning, freshman outfielder Brad Swiderski doubled to left to score junior Tommy Mousel from first, giving the Trojans the three-run lead. In the fourth with runners at second and third, a high popup by Trojan senior Ryan Gotcher eluded the Centenary infield, bouncing to the right of the pitchers mound and scoring two runs for Arkansas-Little Rock. Not fielded by Centenary pitcher Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) , who lost the ball in the sun, Gotcher’s popup was just out of the reach of a diving Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) to score the two-runs for the Trojans and give the home team a 5-0 lead. Centenary was just unable to come back after giving up five runs and garnering only one hit over the first four innings. Little Rock junior Robert Taylor and King both had RBI’s in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-0 for the Trojans. Allowing two hits over seven innings and picking up his third win of the 2007 season, Trojan freshman left-hander Ashur Tolliver pitched a gem of a game for Little Rock. Walking just one batter and striking
March 17, 2007 | Athletics
JACKSON , Miss. — The Centenary Ladies tennis team lost on the road to the Jackson State Tigers 6-1.   The Ladies struggled against the Tigers of Jackson State University in their singles and doubles competitions. Christina Majchrowicz lost to Fungisai Chambwe (6-2,6-3), Kristina Collins lost to Valentia Prado (6-1,6-1), Lindsay Ezell was defeated by Paulina Vargas (6-0,6-0), and Courtney Myers and Kate Buchanan lost to their opponents, Teegra Cross and Angela Rose (6-1,6-0; 6-1,6-0). Jennifer Majchrowicz was the only Ladies player to pull out a win against her opponent Geneva Warren (6-2,6-1).   In their doubles matches, the Lady Tigers continued to dominate the Ladies. Chambwe/Rose defeated C. Majchrowicz/Myers (8-6), Vargas/Cross defeated Ezell/Majchrowicz (8-0), and Prado/Warren defeated Collins/Buchanan (8-6).
March 17, 2007 | Athletics
JACKSON , Miss. —The Gents tennis team dropped all but two singles matches to the Tigers of Jackson State.   The Centenary Gents managed to pull out two will against Jackson State, with Mark Rodgam defeating Arturo Jimenez (7-6,6-0) and Jacob Dawson defeating Brandon Nelson (6-1,6-2). However, the rest of the Gents fell to their opponents. Tendai Kuwaza defeated Seva Kostelanetz (7-6,6-2), and Alejandro Martinez defeated Gerry Lozano (6-2,6-3).   Jackson State ’s doubles teams won both their matches. Kuwaza/Jimenez beat Rodgam/Kostelanetz (8-4) and Martinez/Salina beat Dawson/Lozano (8-0).  
March 17, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Mike Davis went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI in Saturday's game LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Seventeen hits led the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (9-11) to a 15-10 win over the Centenary baseball team (10-14) Saturday at Hogan Field. Two separate six-run innings helped the Trojans build an insurmountable lead in Saturday’s game, as the Gents allowed a season-high 17 hits. As Centenary took a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning, thanks to RBI’s by Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash) and Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) in the third, Arkansas-Little Rock went on to score six runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a five-run lead on the Gents. Little Rock shortstop Brian Asbill got beaned to lead off the fourth, later scoring on a Matt King single to left to tie the game at 2-2. After outfielder Sean Joyce drew a walk to put runners at first and second, catcher Tyler Mason hit a double to right to score the go-ahead run for the Trojans. Little Rock would lead for the remainder of the contest. Still in the fourth with two outs on the board, a fielding error by Centenary shortstop Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.), that would’ve resulted in the final out at first, extended the inning for the Trojans and brought home another run. Off of the bat of Brett Lawler, the ball caromed off of the glove of Saenz and into the outfield to extend the inning. Lawler and Brian Smiley both scored to give UALR a 7-2 lead. After another six-run inning by Little Rock in the bottom of the sixth, the Trojans held a 15-5 lead on Centenary, all but clinching Game 2 of the three-game series. The Gents did score five runs in the top of the seventh inning cut the deficit to five, but failed to get any closer over the final two innings. In the seventh, Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) and Webb led off the inning with back-to-back singles to put two on for the Gents. Junior Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) hit a double to left center to score both Huff
March 17, 2007 | Athletics
Mandy Bennett SHREVEPORT —The Centenary gymnastics team honored seniors Jessie Angus and Kristina Menne in an emotional post-meet ceremony on Saturday in the Gold Dome. Although the Ladies performed well, scoring a season-best team score of 192.150, the Redhawks were too strong in posting a 194.150 for the win.   Southeast Missouri State took all four events over Centenary with the Ladies coming very close to winning the bars. The Redhawks won the event with a 48.600 as every gymnast recorded a 9.625 or higher paced by Maureen Grimaldi’s 9.750 routine.   The Ladies score of 48.450 was just less than two tenths than enough behind Julia Cornelius’ 9.775. Cornelius won the bars individually with that score while teammate Mandy Bennett placed in a second place tie with Grimaldi with a 9.750.   SEMO’s Rikara Turner was last week’s Midwest Independent Conference Gymnast of the Week and she showed the crowd of 684 spectators why on Saturday afternoon. The freshman won the balance beam with a score of 9.850 and placed first in the all-around with a total effort of 38.925.   Centenary’s Courtney Hawkins tallied the Ladies highest score of the day when she was given a 9.825 on the floor exercise to win the final event. Other top performers for the Maroon and White included Meredith Smith’s 9.750 second place vault and Bennett’s second place finish in the all-around with a career-best 38.325.   The Ladies return to action for their final home meet of the season on Friday when they host the LSU Tigers in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m.
March 16, 2007 | Athletics
Jessie Angus Kristina Menne SHREVEPORT —The Centenary gymnastics team welcomes Southeast Missouri State to the Gold Dome for a 4 p.m. meet on Saturday. The event is also Senior Day as the Ladies will recognize seniors Jessie Angus and Kristina Menne for four years of hard work and dedication.   Southeast Missouri State is led by freshman Rikara Turner, who received her second Midwest Independent Gymnast of the Week award of the season this week after posting a career-high all-around score of 38.850 against Kentucky , Bowling Green , and Texas Woman’s University.   The Ladies are paced by Angus and Menne. Angus is a three-time NCAA Academic All-American and was a member of Centenary’s 2004 USA Gymnastics National Championship team. Menne was also a big part of the championship squad as the National Champion in the all-around. In addition, she was an NCAA Regional Qualifier in both 2004 and 2005.   These two teams have already met three times this season and the Redhawks have bested the Ladies on all three occasions.
March 16, 2007 | Athletics
Fulenchek went seven innings in Friday's loss to Little Rock LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Junior David Klumpp threw a complete-game four-hitter to lead Arkansas-Little Rock (8-11) to a 1-0 win over the Centenary baseball game (10-13) Friday at Hogan Field. Behind five strikeouts over nine innings, Klumpp allowed just one hit over the final three innings to earn his second win of the season. Throwing 109 pitches, Klumpp helped the Trojans end a eight-game losing streak with Friday’s win over the Gents. In a fast-paced pitchers dual, the winning run for Arkansas-Little Rock came in the seventh inning. With two outs on the board for the Gents, Trojan first baseman Brent Lawler hit a bloop single to left to extend the inning for Little Rock. Originally breaking back when the ball came off of Lawler’s bat, the single wrong-footed Centenary leftfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) to drop in left. The following batter, Brian Smiley, lined a single through the left side of the infield, moving Lawler to second and putting the go-ahead run in scoring position. UALR junior outfielder Osvaldo Torres brought home the lone and game-winning run for the Trojans, driving a single up the middle to bring home Lawler from second. Klumpp sealed the win for the home team with a 1-2-3 ninth, inducing two fly balls and a groundout to close the game. In the top of the ninth inning for the Gents, Sanchez appeared to catch all of a Klumpp 3-2 pitch, driving the ball to right. The ball, at first looking like a game-tying home run, hung up in the night air and died at the warning track for a harmless fly ball. Not to be overlooked, the effort of Centenary pitcher Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) should be complemented. Going seven strong innings, Fulenchek struck out three and allowed 10 hits. Mostly allowing singles to the Trojans, Fulenchek kept UALR at bay for the first six innings of the game. The game registered as the fastest game thus far in the 2007 season for the Gents,
March 15, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Team Scores Individual Scores David Viviano led all players with a 2-under 70 Thursday BOSSIER CITY, La. -- Senior David Viviano shot a 2-under 70 to finish first overall in the dual match between the Centenary men’s golf team and Southern Utah Thursday at the Golf Club at StoneBridge. The Thunderbirds defeated the Gents, 291-298, in the team competition. Excelling at the site of this season’s Mid-Continent Conference Championships, played April 23-24 on the par-72 StoneBridge course, Viviano birdied five holes in Thursday’s round. The Lafayette, La., native shot a 34 on the back nine Thursday to win the individual competition by a stroke over Nate Page and Matt McArthur, both of Southern Utah. Over the final nine holes, Viviano made three birdies. Shooting a 1-over 73 in Thursday’s round and tying his low round of the season, freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) shot par on the back nine to finish fourth amongst the 10 players competing. With scores of 38-38 Thursday for a 4-over 76, freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) finished seventh, while sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) shot 79 and 82, respectively. Page and McArthur of the Thunderbirds both shot 1-under 71 Thursday, with Page shooting 35 on the back nine at StoneBridge. The round of 298 Thursday tied the low round for the season for the Gents. Centenary next competes April 2, returning to StoneBridge for the start of the Hal Sutton Classic. In the final tune-up for the Gents prior to the conference tournament, Centenary looks to adapt and adjust to the StoneBridge course and continue to prepare for the Mid-Con Championships later in April. Centenary vs. Southern Utah (March 15) Par 72 6,954 Golf Club at Stonebridge Pl. School Rd.1 Total 1. Southern Utah 291 291 2. Centenary 298 298         Individuals Pl. Name, School Rd.1 Total 1. David Viviano, Centenary 70 7
March 15, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Stats Jeremy Sheehan gets the Saturday start for the Gents this weekend SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team (10-12) travels to Gary Hogan Field, in Little Rock, Ark., to face the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (7-11) in a three-game series this weekend. Game 1 between the Gents and the Trojans is set for a 6 p.m. start Friday. Looking to put Tuesday’s 20-4 loss to Stephen F. Austin in their rearview mirror, Centenary gets set for its first road series of the 2007 season. Leading the Gents from the plate with a .373 batting average, junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) picked up two hits and an RBI in Tuesday’s game against Stephen F. Austin. The outfielder stands second on the team in both on-base percentage (.500) and slugging percentage (.493), tied for the team lead with 20 runs scored. Sanchez has registered 14 RBI and a team-high five doubles this season. Senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) stands head-and-shoulders above all players in the Mid-Continent Conference in walks and stolen bases this season. Batting .344 with 11 RBI and 17 runs scored, Webb leads the conference with 31 walks and 15 stolen bases. He leads the Gents with a .584 on-base percentage and a .541 slugging percentage. Juniors Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) and Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) are batting .326 and .320, respectively. Penney leads the team with 29 hits this season, scoring 14 runs. In the last 10 games, Saenz leads the team with a .367 batting average and an on-base percentage of .537. Centenary starts senior Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) , along with juniors Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) and Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) in this weekend’s series against the Trojans. Fulenchek gets the nod in Game 1 against UALR. Winning his last two starts, Fulenchek leads all Centenary starters with a 2.19 ERA and a 4-1 record. He has allowed just two hits in his last two starts, not a
March 14, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT--The Centenary versus Northwestern State softball game originally scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 14) has been rained out. Instead, the teams will play a doubleheader in Shreveport at the Centenary Softball Complex on April 18th beginning at 4 p.m. The Ladies are off this weekend and will return to the field of play on March 21st when they host LSU at 5:30 p.m.
March 14, 2007 | Athletics
David Viviano shot a season-best 4-under 68 at StoneBridge in the Fall SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s golf team hosts Southern Utah in a match at the Golf Club at StoneBridge Thursday. Replacing the cancelled Sam Houston State Bearkat Classic, the Gents and the Thunderbirds tackle the par 72 course in Bossier City Thursday morning. Already playing a tournament at StoneBridge this season, the Gents will be led in this week’s match by senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) . At the Centenary Fall Classic, played Sept. 9-10 in Bossier City, Viviano shot his season-best round of 4-under 68 to earn seventh place. This season, the senior is leading the Gents with a 77.5 scoring average. Freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) is right behind Viviano with a 77.6 stroke average. In last week’s Grover Page Classic, the freshman shot his season-best round of 71, registered in the final round of the tournament. He shot 73-79 at StoneBridge in the Fall. Sophomore John Hogan (Eden Praire, Minn.) and freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) are averaging 79.2 and 79.8 strokes per round, respectively, while freshman Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) is averaging 80.7 stokes per round. Williams is coming off the best finish of his collegiate career, finishing tied for 15th at last week’s Grover Page Classic, shooting a season-best 73 in the final round. As a team, Centenary shot its season-best team round in the final round last week with a 298. This week, both teams will get a preview of the StoneBridge course that will host the Mid-Continent Conference Championships in April.
March 13, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cameron Penney had two hits and an RBI in Tuesday's game SHREVEPORT, La. -- A record-setting night ended with Stephen F. Austin (11-10) defeating the Centenary baseball team (10-12) by a 20-4 margin Tuesday at Shehee Stadium. On a night where nothing seemed to go right for the Gents, Stephen F. Austin hit a record five home runs in the 16-run route of Centenary. Two of the Lumberjack home runs were hit by junior second baseman Noel Trevino, who finished with four RBI and five runs scored in the SFA win Tuesday. With looming storm clouds and threatening weather never arriving over Shehee Stadium, the Lumberjack bats brought the thunder in Tuesday’s route, scoring eight runs over the first three innings to take an 8-0 lead over the Gents. Leading 2-0 following the top of the first inning, Trevino hit his first of two homers in the second inning, hitting a powerful shot over wall in left to score Kevin Crabtree and build the lead to four runs. The SFA onslaught continued the following inning when junior shortstop Jeff Brewer hit his first home run of the season, clearing the left field wall to score two more runs for the Lumberjacks and ending the night for Centenary starter Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) . Kaage, who entered Tuesday’s game unbeaten in his last two starts, never seemed to get it going on the mound for the Gents. In 2 2/3 innings, the senior right-hander allowed eight runs on six hits. Trailing 9-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Centenary showed its first signs of life. After Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) drew a walk, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) hit a two-out double off of the center field wall to score the first run of the contest for the Gents. Junior Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) followed Sanchez with a double down the right field line to score the second Gent run and cut the deficit to seven runs with four innings left. The momentum for Centenary was short-liv
March 13, 2007 | Athletics
Mark Montgomery SHREVEPORT—Centenary head softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced that today’s scheduled doubleheader with Grambling State at the Centenary Softball Complex has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. Instead, the Ladies and Lady Tigers have rescheduled and will reconvene in Shreveport on March 27 for a pair of games beginning at 4 p.m. Centenary (13-14) travels down I-49 to face Northwestern State (12-16) tomorrow at 6 p.m.
March 13, 2007 | Athletics
Bre Fletcher scored in the finals to tie the game for Centenary RUSTON, La. -- The Centenary women’s soccer team earned runner-up honors at the Spring tournament, played at Louisiana Tech University, over the weekend. Playing seven players a side (7 v 7) in the modified tournament, the Ladies finished the weekend with a 4-2 record en route to earning second place. Playing well thus far in the Spring season, the 4-2 record pleased head coach Chase Wooten . "The team has worked very hard this Spring," Wooten said. "They are coming together as a team and finding ways to win." Outscoring their opponents 24-6 on the weekend, Centenary started the tournament with a 2-1 record in bracket play. In the quarterfinals, the Ladies faced Arkansas State, defeating the Lady Indians 6-0 and moving onto the semifinals of the 7-v-7 tournament. Facing Louisiana-Monroe’s alumni team in the semifinals, Centenary continued its shutout streak by defeating the Warhawks by a 7-0 margin. Monroe’s alumni team had upset tournament hosts Louisiana Tech in the quarters prior to falling to the Ladies. The stage was set to face the current team from Louisiana-Monroe in the finals and, after falling behind a goal to the Warhawks, Centenary tied the game off of a goal by senior Bre Fletcher (Schertz, Texas) . Off of a free kick, Fletcher scored the equalizing goal to tie the game at 1-1. Continuing the momentum for Centenary, sophomore defender Lauren Cheaney (Shreveport) made a run out of the back to tally the go-ahead goal for the Ladies. The Ladies took a 2-1 lead into half. In the second half, two late goals by Monroe, scored about a minute apart, led the Warhawks to a 3-2 win, taking the tournament title. Allowing just six goals over the six games, the play of goalkeepers Ali Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla.) and Kate Donnelly (Seabrooke, Texas) was compliment by Wooten. In addition to the goalkeepers, Wooten was pleased with the all-around play of Brittany O’Neal (Nacogdoches, Te
March 12, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Stats Will Kaage gets the start Tuesday for the Gents CENTENARY GENTS 10-11, 0-0 Mid-Con vs STEPHEN F. AUSTIN LUMBERJACKS 10-10, 0-0 Southland March 13, 2007 Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHER Will Kaage (RHP)   Centenary (10-11) looks to close out a nine-game homestand on a high note when the Gents host Stephen F. Austin (10-10) Tuesday at Shehee Stadium. First pitch between the Gents and the Lumberjacks is scheduled for 6 p.m.   In Tuesday’s game, Centenary is poised to avenge a 11-1 loss suffered to Stephen F. Austin Feb. 20 in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Gents enter Tuesday’s game on a two-game winning streak after the weekend sweep of Trinity University, in which Centenary scored 12 runs in two games.   KAAGE TAKES MOUND Senior righthander Will Kaage takes the mound for the Gents in Tuesday’s game against the Lumberjacks. Kaage gets his sixth start of the season, standing with a 1-1 record and a 5.22 ERA.   In his five previous starts, Kaage has held opponents to a .308 batting average in 29 1/3 innings pitched.   Kaage is undefeated in his last two starts, earning a 12-8 win over Northern Iowa (Feb. 24) and a no decision in last weekend’s game with Toledo (Mar. 3). The senior righthander gets his first weekday start of the 2007 season Tuesday.   GENTS GET WEEKEND SWEEP For the first time since the weekend series with Jackson State, Centenary captured a weekend sweep.   Taking two games off of Trinity, the Gents outscored the Tigers, 12-5, in the weekend series at Shehee Stadium, led by the hitting of junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez.   In the two games, Sanchez hit .600 (3-for-5) with a team-leading four RBI. The junior outfielder led the Gents with an on-base percentage of .714, finishing with a slugging percentage of .600. In Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Tigers, Sanchez went 1-for-1 from the plate, drawing two walks
March 12, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team has scheduled a game with Texas College for Tuesday, April 17 at Shehee Stadium. The April 17 game between the Gents and the Steers was scheduled in part to make up for the cancelled game with the University of Arkansas, previously scheduled for March 20 at Shehee Stadium. In turn, Centenary and Arkansas will now play just a single game on March 21 at 3 p.m. Game time with Texas College on April 17 is set for 7 p.m.
March 11, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Calvin Sanchez had a team-leading 4 RBI in the two-game series SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (10-11) completed a two-game weekend sweep of Trinity (5-9) with a 5-3 win Sunday at Shehee Stadium. Calvin Sanchez led the Gents in batting over the weekend with a .600 average in the two-game set. Trailing early to the Tigers in Sunday’s game, two runs in the third inning led the Gents to the 5-3 win. In the third, freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) led off the inning with a ripped single to center, followed by a Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) double to right. Robinson, normally coming out of the bullpen as a reliever for the Gents, got his first-career start in the field, filling-in at first base after an unexpected injury to Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) in the pregame. With Robinson and Huff at second and third, respectively, Sanchez laid down a sacrifice bunt down the first-base line to score Robinson and give the Gents a 2-1 lead. Senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) brought home Huff with a single up the middle, registering his third RBI of the series. Up 3-1 after the third, Huff and Sanchez would both score runs to extend Centenary’s lead to 5-1, handing the game off to the pitching staff of the Gents. Starter Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) went six innings, allowing six hits and striking out four to pick up his third win of the season. Up four runs in his final inning, Sheehan stranded a runner at third when he forced Tigers DH Jordan Pennington to groundout to Centenary shortstop Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) to end the inning. For the game, Sheehan stranded four Trinity runners on base. Freshman Peter Stark (Dallas) and junior Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) combined for three scoreless innings of relief in Sunday’s win. Bronson, who pitched the eighth and the ninth innings, picked up his third save of the season Sunday. In the 5-3 win over the Tigers, Saenz notched a career-high for assis
March 10, 2007 | Athletics
Vaughan was named first team all-conference this season SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary freshman swimmer Maggie Vaughan was named Mid-Continent Conference Female Athlete of the Month for February, announced by the conference office Friday. This marks the second time this year Vaughan has earned such distinction by the conference. Becoming the female student-athlete in the conference to earn athlete of the month on two occasions this year, Vaughan excelled at this season’s conference meet in Indianapolis Feb. 15-17. At the Mid-Con Championships, the freshman set conference records in both the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle, winning both events en route to being named Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year. In the 500 free at the conference championships, Vaughan broke the Centenary and conference record with a time of 4:58.75. In the event win, Vaughan completed her freshman season losing just once in the 500 free. She broke the record of Angela Simetkosky of Oakland in the 500 free, which was set almost five years ago. Just off the NCAA B qualifying time, Vaughan won the 1,650 free with a time of 16:53.97 to break the conference and Centenary mark in the event. With her two event wins, Vaughan was named first team All-Mid-Con, helping the Ladies to a fifth-place finish at the conference championships. This season, Vaughan was named Mid-Con Swimmer of the Week two times. She holds the Centenary record in four events, also breaking the school’s mark in the 200 free and 1,000 free. At the conference championships, Vaughan accounted for 117 points in her respective events. On the men's side, Marcin Unold of Oakland University earned Male Athlete of the Month in the Mid-Con.
March 10, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Evansville Box Score 3-10-07 CC-Oklahoma Box Score 3-10-07 Dana Davis Emerald Doria Amy Wiedeman NORMAN, Okla.—The Centenary softball team dropped both of its games on the final day of action in the Worth Invitational hosted by the University of Oklahoma on Saturday. The Ladies fell 11-3 in their morning game with Evansville before losing 11-1 to the fifth-ranked Sooners in the afternoon.   Centenary (13-14) could not contain the powerful offenses of either team as the Ladies pitching staff surrendered 17 hits to Evansville in seven innings and 14 hits to Oklahoma in six innings.   Evansville (14-3) posted a single run in the second inning on a single and a double, but Centenary tied the score with a run in the bottom of the third. Emerald Doria got on board with an infield single and Allison Shepperd doubled her home to tie the game at 1-1 for the Ladies.   The Aces responded with five runs in the fourth on four straight singles, a walk, and a homerun. Evansville then added five more runs in the seventh inning on seven hits and two Centenary errors to put the game out of reach.   The Ladies did add two runs in their final at-bat when Dana Davis blasted her first homerun of the season and Doria singled home Amy Wiedeman.   In the nightcap, #5 Oklahoma (27-1) wasted no time in jumping out on top with four runs in the first inning. The game started with back-to-back walks to the first two Sooner batters and the third batter launched a three-run homerun.   A single followed by another homerun gave Oklahoma two runs in the third frame and the Sooners tacked on five runs in the sixth behind a grand slam.   Centenary’s only run came in the fifth when Davis lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Lin Virdell, who had reached base on an error by the Oklahoma third baseman.   Doria collected three hits in the doubleheader to lead Centenary offensively while Wiedeman was 2-for-
March 10, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Fulenchek had a no-hitter through five innings Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Brandon Fulenchek allowed just two hits in the Centenary baseball team’s (9-11) 7-2 win over Trinity University Saturday at Shehee Stadium. Carrying a no-hitter through five innings, Fulenchek picked up his second consecutive two-hit victory with Saturday’s win over the Tigers. The McKinney, Texas, native did not allow a run in his six innings of work, showing superior command of his pitches while striking out four batters. Behind Fulenchek’s prowess on the mound, Centenary was able to build a 6-0 run on Trinity. In the third, the Gents were able to take the lead when Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) hit an RBI-single to left, scoring Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) from third. Huff, who finished with two hits and two runs scored in the Gents’ win, led off the third with a lined single to left, taking the first pitch of Drew Bignall over the head of shortstop Jeff Claydon. Gents junior infielder Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) would add a second run for Centenary in the third when Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to right. Centenary could have taken the lead earlier in the contest, however the Gents failed to score with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first inning. Despite the early struggles at the plate, the Gents never trailed in Friday’s game thanks to the pitching of Fulenchek and steady defense by the Gent infielders. The big inning for the Gents came in the sixth when Centenary was able to score four runs with two outs on the board. With Darr on second, freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) lined a shot down the third-base line that rolled into the Centenary bullpen, scoring the third Gents run and putting DeRooy on second with a double. After Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) walked to put runners at first and second, Huff reached on a fielding error by Trinity second
March 9, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s golf team has scheduled a match at Stonebridge Golf Club, in Bossier City, Thursday, March 15. Teeing off in the morning of the 15th, the Gents will play 18 holes against Southern Utah at Stonebridge, with McNeese State possibly joining the two teams in the match. The scheduling change is due to the cancellation of the Bearkat Classic at Sam Houston State that was previously scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Huntsville, Texas. Stonebridge will serve as the site of this season’s Mid-Continent Conference Championships, held April 23-24 in Bossier City.
March 9, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC Box Score 3-9-07 CC-Oklahoma 3-9-07 Kelsey Greeson Haley Bassett Micah Rhodes Jennifer Mango NORMAN, Okla.—The Centenary softball team won its opening game against UMKC 12-1 in the Worth Invitational hosted by the Oklahoma Sooners on Friday. However, the fifth-ranked Sooners downed the Ladies 6-1 in their second contest of the day.   Centenary (13-12) faced off against Mid-Continent Conference foe UMKC in a rare non-conference game Friday afternoon and wasted no time in putting the game away. The Maroon and White exploded with four runs in the first inning to quickly gain the momentum and never looked back.   The four runs in the first inning were highlighted by a run-scoring double from Haley Bassett, singles from Allison Shepperd and Jennifer Mango, and an RBI single by Micah Rhodes. Bassett and Rhodes both scored on passed balls.   UMKC (1-13) did manage seven hits off of Centenary starter Kelsey Greeson in the run-rule shortened game, but could not string the hits together to make the Ladies pay. The Kangaroos lone run came in the fourth when three straight singles with two outs resulted in a run.   The Ladies continued to swing their sticks throughout the win and collected 10 hits in only four innings. After an RBI double by Rhodes in the second and a single by Lin Virdell that plated Mango in the third, Centenary erupted for six more runs in the fourth on only two base hits. The Ladies cashed in on five walks, an error, and several more wild pitches and passed balls in their final at-bat.   Greeson (4-4) picked up her fourth win on the season after pitching all five innings while giving up just one run and a walk and striking out five.   Facing the #5 Oklahoma Sooners (26-1) on their home field was a good test for a very hot Centenary team and it looked good for the Ladies in the early going.   The score remained 0-0 until the top of the third inning. Virdell led off for the
March 8, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The game between the University of Arkansas and the Centenary baseball team, scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, has been cancelled. Due to a scheduling conflict with Arkansas, the two teams will now just play one game rather than the two-game series that was previously scheduled at Shehee Stadium. The lone game between the Gents and the Razorbacks will take place at Shehee Stadium on Wednesday, March 21 at 2 p.m.
March 8, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Stats Teddy Saenz leads the Gents in batting in the last 10 games CENTENARY 8-11, 0-0 Mid-Con vs. TRINITY 5-7, 0-0 SCAC March 10-11, 2007 Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   Sat., March 10, 7 p.m. Sun., March 11, 1 p.m.   PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHERS Game 1: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) Game 2: Will Kaage (RHP) or Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)   Centenary (8-11) looks to get back to its winning ways when it hosts Trinity (5-7) in a two-game series at Shehee Stadium this weekend. The Gents throw out the first pitch in the weekend series Saturday at 7 p.m.   The Gents are coming off a hard-fought, highly-contested game against LSU Tuesday at Fair Grounds Field. In Tuesday’s game, Centenary fell to the Tigers, 2-1, although just giving up five hits to the SEC opponent.   This season at Shehee Stadium, Centenary holds an 8-8 record, winning 2-of-3 against Toledo last weekend.   Live stats will be available for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s game against the Tigers.   ABOUT CENTENARY Centenary heads into this weekend hitting .284 as a team, led by the bat of senior outfielder Matt Webb. In his final season with the Gents, Webb is emerging as one of the premier offensive threats in the Mid-Continent Conference.   The senior leads the conference in multiple offensive categories, leading the Gents with a .353 batting average. Thus far this season, Webb has walked a conference-leading 29 times and has stolen a league-high 13 bases. In 19 games, he has an on-base percentage of .607 to lead the Mid-Con.   Also getting off to a good start in his first year with the Gents, junior Calvin Sanchez is batting .345 this season with a team-leading 18 runs scored. The outfielder has garnered Mid-Con Player of the Week honors already this season, registering nine RBI and eight stolen bases. Sanchez is second on the team with an on-base percentage of .480 and a slugging percentage of .466.
March 7, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UTA Box Score 3-7-07 Micah Rhodes Amy Wiedeman Emerald Doria ARLINGTON, Texas—The University of Texas-Arlington softball team cooled off a very hot Centenary squad with a 3-1 win on Wednesday evening. The Mavs used timely hitting to hand the Ladies only their second loss in their last 13 games.   Combined on the day, only five hitters recorded hits in the game, three for Centenary and two for UTA. There were only four hits by each team, but the Mavs used a pair of walks and two clutch two-out base hits to make the most of their opportunities in the victory.   Centenary (12-11) scored first in the top of the opening inning. Emerald Doria led off the game with a single to left-center field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Haley Bassett followed with a strikeout, but forced the catcher to throw the ball to first to complete the out after the pitch was not caught cleanly. Doria advanced to third on the play. Allison Shepperd was then hit by a pitch and promptly stole second. Doria scored on the throw to second.   The Ladies had a chance to take a big lead early, but could not take advantage. Still in the first, Micah Rhodes singled and advanced to second on an error by the UTA left fielder and Shepperd moved up to third with just one out. But starting pitcher Cara Hulme settled down and struck out both Allison McClain and Jennifer Mango to get out of danger with just the one run.   For Texas-Arlington (13-10) in the bottom of the first inning, Katie Jones led off with a double and was still on third two outs later. Centenary pitcher Stacy Whitmer issued a walk to Brittany Washington and Samantha Chumchal made the freshman pay with a two-run single to put UTA on top.   The Ladies would have runners on second with only one out in both the fourth and fifth innings, but did not score.   The Mavs’ Dee Jay Nelson worked another walk in the bottom half of the fifth and scored on another tw
March 6, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Day Scores - Teams Final Day Scores - Individuals Mark Weeber shot a 71 in the final round Tuesday JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Centenary men’s golf team, led by the play of Tyler Williams , finished in 10th place at the Grover Page Classic, played in Jackson, Tenn. at the Jackson Country Club. Shooting a season-best round of 298 in the third round of this week’s tournament, the Gents finished with a tournament total score of 921 to finish in 10th place. Williams, a freshman from Shreveport, shot a career-best 73 in the final round of this week’s tournament to finish in a tie for 15th at the Grover Page. With a tournament total score of 225, Williams captured his first top 20 finish of his collegiate career, going 74-78-73 over the two-day event. Carding the best round of any Centenary player in the final round and recording his best round as a collegian, freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) had a three-round score of 231 to stand in tie for 35th in the tournament. Weeber shot a 1-under 71 in Tuesday’s final round to lead all Gent players, shooting back-to-back 80’s in the first two rounds. Tuesday marked the first time this season that two freshmen stood as the top two finishers for the Gents this season. Struggling in the second round of the Grover Page, senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) finished in tie for 54th in the tournament. Viviano stood as the first round leader with a 2-under 70 Monday. In the second round, the senior went through his worst round this season, carding a 90 and falling out of contention for the tournament crown. Viviano shot a 4-over 76 to close the tournament with a three-round total of 236. John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn.) finished tied for 59th with a 237, while Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) shot a 78 in the third round to finish in a tie for 69th with a 242. Holding the team lead following Monday’s first round, North Alabama shot 291-289 over the secon
March 6, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Louisiana Tech Box Score 3-6-07 Allison Shepperd Jennifer Martin Stacy Whitmer SHREVEPORT—Playing its first home game in its last nine games the Centenary softball team took care of its in-state I-20 rival Louisiana Tech with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night at the Centenary Softball Complex. The win is the eleventh for the Ladies in their last 12 games.   Centenary (12-10) allowed Louisiana Tech to get on the board first with a single run in the top of the third inning. Pitcher Stacy Whitmer committed an error on a come-backer off the bat of Emma Barnes with two outs. Moments later, Barnes was given second base when the umpire called an illegal pitch as a result of Whitmer blowing on her hands and then delivering the pitch before wiping off her hands. Two pitches later, Amberly Waits singled to center field to plate Barnes.   The Ladies answered in the bottom half of the inning with three runs to move back on top. Lin Virdell and Jennifer Martin each singled to start the rally and Lauren Flowers moved them to second and third with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt.   Emerald Doria’s grounder to short scored Virdell and allowed Doria to reach when the fielder came home with the throw. Doria stole second and Haley Bassett drove in Martin on an RBI groundout to second base. Allison Shepperd followed with a single up the middle to push Doria across to provide Centenary with the 3-1 lead.   Louisiana Tech (13-12) posted another run in the fourth when Ashley Cameron homered to left field. However, the relief pitching of Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week Ryan Thacker and Kelsey Greeson shut down the Lady Techsters the rest of the way. Thacker tossed two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out two while Greeson notched her third save of the season by striking out the side in the seventh.   Centenary received an insurance run in the sixth when Shepperd connected for her t
March 6, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Live Stats Darr and Centenary will be tested Tuesday against the Tigers The stage is set for the annual game between the Centenary baseball team (8-10) and LSU (8-6), played Tuesday at Fair Grounds Field.   The Gents look to repeat the bit of magic they had in their last game with the Tigers at Fair Grounds Field, a game Centenary won by a 6-1 margin.   In the game, J.C. Biagi pitched a complete game, two-hitter for the Gents. In a true magical performance for Biagi, the Centenary pitcher struck out six and allowed just one run to help lead the Gents to the win.   The Gents look for a strong team effort against the Tigers Tuesday, who represent the Southeastern Conference (SEC).   NOLAND GETS NOD Centenary junior pitcher Johnny Noland starts on the mound against LSU Tuesday. This season, Noland has a 0-2 record with a 5.21 ERA.   Noland got his two starts this season against Northwestern State (Feb. 13) and Penn State (Feb. 18), combining for nine strikeouts in the two games.   In his last appearance, Noland pitched two innings of relief against Toledo Saturday, helping the Gents capture a 3-2 win. Noland allowed two hits and struck out three against the Rockets over the weekend.   A LOOK AT CENTENARY The Gents enter Tuesday’s game winning three of the last five games.   Leading the team in this past weekend’s three games against Toledo, junior Teddy Saenz hit .500 with a team-leading on-base percentage of .600 and a slugging percentage of .750.   In overall games, Saenz is batting .328 with 10 RBI and nine runs scored.   The leader in three offensive categories in the Mid-Continent Conference, senior Matt Webb is batting .347 this season with eight RBI. The senior leads the conference in walks with 29 in 18 games this season, registering a conference-leading 12 stolen bases and a .600 on-base percentage.   Junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez leads the team with a .3
March 6, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Round Scores - Team Final Round Scores - Individual Jessica Garza shot the low round for the Ladies Tuesday MOBILE, Ala. -- The Centenary women’s golf team matched its season-low tournament score in this week’s 2007 USA Lady Jaguar Invitational, played at the Azalea City Golf Club, in Mobile, Ala. The Ladies were led by sophomore Jessica Garza in this week’s tournament. Finishing with a team score of 641 in the Lady Jaguar Invitational, hosted by South Alabama, the Ladies registered its season-best score for a two-round tournament. In Tuesday’s final round, Centenary shot a 325 to finish tied for 19th in this week’s tournament. Garza, the reigning Mid-Continent Conference Female Golfer of the Week, led the Ladies with a 78 in Tuesday’s final round to place in a tie for 41st in the event. The Mckinney, Texas, native shot 77-78 for a 155 in the tournament, her best two-round score this season. Junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) finished tied for 44th in the tournament with a two-round score of 156. Mims, who was tied for fourth after Monday’s first round, shot an 83 in the final round. She shot her best round of the season in Monday’s first round with a 1-over 73, notching a new season low for score in a two-round tournament. Going 79-82 in the tournament for a 161, sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) finished in a tie for 76th in the tournament. Sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) finished with a tournament score of 170, carding an 82 in Tuesday’s final round. Newton was followed by freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) , who went 87-86 (173) in the two-day tournament. Middle Tennessee State won the overall team title by 14 strokes over second-place Jacksonville State. Behind the play of individual tournament champion Taryn Durham and Mallory Bishop, Middle Tennessee State finished with a tournament score of 592 (299-292). Durham won t
March 6, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Johnny Noland allowed just three hits over 5 2/3 innings against LSU Tuesday SHREVEPORT, La. -- The battle of Louisiana fell to LSU (9-6) Tuesday at Fair Grounds Field, as the Tigers defeated the Centenary baseball team (8-11) by a score of 2-1. Johnny Noland of the Gents pitched a gem of a game to keep Centenary within striking distance. In what could be classified as a pitcher’s dual, a crowd of 3,876 witnessed one of the lowest scoring affairs between Centenary and LSU in recent memory. Both pitching staffs, led by Noland and LSU starter T.J. Forrest, had their game in Tuesday’s matchup. Although suffering the loss to the Tigers of the SEC, Centenary head coach Ed McCann was very proud of his group. "This group is growing up. There’s no quitting in them and things just get better and better," McCann said. "They understand it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and as long as we stay where we’re at and continue to get better, we’ll have a chance." The Gents got off to a rocky start, allowing two runs, both unearned, in the first and second innings. In the end, the two runs was all LSU needed to capture the win in Tuesday’s contest. With Jared Mitchell on first after drawing a walk, Noland missed first baseman Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) on a pickoff attempt, throwing the ball against the wall of the stands. As the ball rolled away in foul territory, Mitchell took advantage of the misplay to score from first to give LSU a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Tigers added to the lead in the second when Jordan Mayer scored from third on a Centenary error, taking a 2-0 lead. Regardless of the two early runs, Noland, who may have been showing signs of jitters early, calmed down and began to go to work on the Tiger batters. In his best start to date in the 2007 season, Noland did not allow a hit over the first three innings of the start, giving up just three hits in his 5
March 5, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: First Round Scores - Team First Round Scores - Individual David Viviano shot a 2-under 70 in the first round to hold the lead JACKSON, Tenn. -- Centenary senior David Viviano stands tied for the overall individual lead after the first round of the Grover Page Classic Monday. The Gents are in a tie for sixth place in the overall team competition. Viviano, a native of Lafayette, La., shot a 2-under par 70 in the opening round of the Grover Page, played at the Jackson Country Club, in Jackson, Tenn. Monday marked the first time this season the senior golfer has held the lead following the first round, standing tied with John Slayton of Tennessee-Martin. In Monday’s round, Viviano was just one of six golfers to shoot rounds under par. Freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) shot the second-best round of any Centenary player, shooting a season-best score of 74. Williams, who bettered his season-best round by two strokes, stands tied for 17th after Monday’s round. Freshmen Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) and Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot 79 and 80, respectively. Faitz stands tied for 52nd in the tournament, while Weeber is tied for 80th. Shooting an 81 in the first round, sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn.) stands tied for 65th in the tournament. For the first round, Centenary shot 303 as a team, standing tied with Murray State. The 303 (+15) shot by the Gents matched the season-low round for the team. Holding the overall team lead following the opening 18 holes, the University of North Alabama shot 288 to lead the tournament by seven strokes. Tournament hosts Tennessee-Martin stands in second place with a team score of 295, followed by Tennessee State, which shot 301 to stand in third. The second round of the tournament resumes Tuesday morning at the Jackson Country Club.
March 5, 2007 | Athletics
GRAMBLING, La - Grambling State ’s tennis team sent the Gents home with a 7-0 loss.   Centenary Gents tennis team lost their match against the Grambling State Tigers. The Gents doubles teams of Rodgam/Kostelanetz and Lozano/Dawson lost to the Tigers’ Rufyikin/Lorimer and Clayton/Evans 8-2, 8-4. GSU’s McNeal and Evans won their doubles match by default.   Both Evans and McNeal also took their singles matches by default, Evans’ was against Alejandro Ahuja and McNeal was without an opponent. The rest of the Tigers won their singles matches against the Gents tennis team. Nicolas Rufyikin defeated Mark Rodgam 6-2, 6-4; Janen Clayton defeated Seva Kastelanetz 6-0, 6-1; Ryan Lormier defeated Gerry Lozano 6-3, 6-3; and Herue Hiaintuka defeated Jacob Dawson 6-2, 6-3.   
March 5, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: First Round Scores - Team First Round Scores - Individual Mims shot 73 in Monday's round to stand tied for fourth MOBILE, Ala. -- Behind junior Chloe’ Mims , the Centenary women’s golf team shot its best first round score of the season Monday at the 2007 South Alabama Lady Jaguar Invitational. Played at the par-72 Azalea City Golf Course, in Mobile, Ala., Centenary shot a team score of 316 to stand in 17th place after Monday’s first round. The 316 shot in the first round set a new season low for Centenary for a team score in the first round. The story of the day for the Ladies was the play of Mims. The Texarkana, Texas, native shot a season-best round of 1-over 73 Monday to stand tied for fourth in the 20-team tournament. Mims shot par on the back nine in Monday’s round to stand in a four-way tie for fourth place heading into Tuesday’s final round. Mims shot two strokes better than her previous season-low round of 75. Centenary sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas) stands tied for 31st in the tournament with a round of 77 Monday. Fellow-sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) shot a 79 in Monday’s round to stand in a tie for 58th. Williams started the round with a score of par 36 on the front nine. Also competing for the Ladies, freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) shot an 87 Monday, followed by sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) , who shot an 88. Middle Tennessee State leads the team competition with a team score of 299, followed by Jacksonville State’s 301. Winthrop and Lamar stand tied for third, both shooting 303 in the first round. In the individual competition, Katelyn Stanier of Samford leads the tournament with a first-round score of 69. Stanier was the lone player Monday to shoot a round under 70. She leads the tournament by two strokes over Mallory Bishop of Middle Tennessee State. The tournament resumes Tuesday morning.
March 5, 2007 | Athletics
Ryan Thacker Elmhurst, Ill.—Centenary freshman pitcher Ryan Thacker has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week by the league office. Thacker helped the Ladies win the Bronze Division Championship at the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic last weekend and the Maroon and White have won 10 of their last 11 games overall.   Thacker, from Alto, Texas, went 2-0 on the week with a 1.78 ERA while allowing only one walk and striking out 10 batters. Centenary went 4-1 in her five appearances and did not lose any of the four games she started. The Ladies were 7-1 over the entire week, losing only to #21 Georgia Tech on its home field.   Thacker and the rest of the Centenary squad returns to action on Tuesday when the Ladies host rival Louisiana Tech at the Centenary Softball Complex at 6 p.m.
March 5, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT - The Centenary Ladies tennis team hosted Stephen F. Austin, who proved to be too much. SFA swept the Ladies, winning all singles and doubles matches for a team win of 7-0.   Seniors Laura Harrison and Laura Nowicki defeated their opponents, Christina Majchrowicz and Lindsay Ezell 6-2, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0. SFA other singles wins were earned by Gabriela Gadeva against Kristina Collins (6-0, 6-0), Rijalda Zejnic against Courtney Myers (6-3, 6-1), Mary Harrison against Jennifer Majchrowicz (6-2, 6-0), and by Nicole Schoenoeaur against Kate Buchanan (6-0, 6-0).     The doubles teams also contributed to the team win. The team of L. Harrison and Enica defeated C. Majchrowicz and Myers 8-2. Nowicki and M. Harrison defeated Ezell and J. Majchrowicz 8-2. Gadeva and Zejnic finalized the win by defeating Collins and Buchanan 8-3.
March 4, 2007 | Athletics
GRAMBLING, La ­- Centenary’s Ladies tennis team traveled to Grambling State University where they gave the Lady Tigers a run for their money. Unfortunately, it was not enough for the Ladies to win the match as they lost to Grambling 4-3.   In the match, Christina Majchrowicz defeated Grambling’s Omosofe Amen 6-0, 6-2, while her teammates, Kristina Collins and Jennifer Majchrowicz, defeated their opponents, Airiea Davis and Ashley Williams 6-2, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-2. Jennifer Majchrowicz, teamed with Lindsay Ezell, won a doubles match as well, beating Ashley Williams and Airiea Davis 8-2.
March 4, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Georgia Tech Box Score 3-3-07 CC-New Mexico Box Score 3-3-07 Allison McClain Haley Bassett Emerald Doria ATLANTA , Ga. —The Centenary softball team split its second day action in the Buzz Classic hosted by Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Ladies fell to the No. 21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 8-1 before defeating New Mexico 3-2 in the nightcap. With a 3-1 record in pool play, Centenary advances to championship round action on Sunday.   The Ladies will participate as the top seed in the Bronze Division of the bracket style play after losing the tiebreakers to Georgia Tech and Indiana State who also finished 3-1. Indiana State will play in the Gold Division while Georgia Tech enters the Silver Division. The rest of the Bronze Division consists of #2 Georgia State , #3 Furman, #4 Gardner-Webb, and #5 Wright State .   Centenary (9-10) will receive a bye and take on the winner of the Gardner-Webb/Wright State game at 11 a.m. (EST). Should the Ladies win that contest, the Maroon and White would then face the winner of the Georgia State/Furman game.   On Saturday, Georgia Tech (18-3) put together nine hits on the afternoon and used a five-run fourth inning to blow open what was a 1-0 game. Aileen Morales delivered the big blow with a bases loaded double that drove in three.   The Ladies scored their run in the bottom of the fifth. Dana Davis singled to start the rally and then moved to second after Emerald Doria walked. Haley Bassett then provided a two-out single to left field to plate Davis .   Stacy Whitmer (3-2) took the loss for Centenary after allowing six runs on five hits over four innings.   In their second game of the day, the Ladies jumped out to a 2-0 lead with runs in each of the first two innings. Micah Rhodes came through with a two-out single in the first to plate Doria, who had also singled, and Allison McClain stole third and home in the second frame to give Centenary the two-run lead
March 4, 2007 | Athletics
Chloe' Mims and the Ladies travel to Mobile for this week's Lady Jaguar Classic SHREVEPORT, La. -- Coming off of their first tournament win of the season, the Centenary women’s golf team travels to Mobile, Ala. to compete in the 2007 University of South Alabama Lady Jaguar Classic. With rounds commencing Monday morning at the par-72 Azalea City Golf Course, in Mobile, Ala., the Ladies head into this week’s tournament in high spirits after capturing last week’s Ladies Spring Classic, played locally at the Shreveport Country Club. Sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas) won her second collegiate tournament in last week’s event, shooting a final round score of 76 to win the event by three strokes. Named Mid-Continent Conference Female Golfer of the Week for the third time this year following the tournament win, Garza leads the Ladies with an 80.8 stroke average in 15 rounds. Currently, the sophomore is rated amongst the top 10 golfers in the Mid-Con, with the 76 shot in the final round last week matching her season-best round. Junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) and sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) are both coming off of their first top 10 finishes this season. Mims, who finished fourth last week, is averaging 81.7 stokes per round in 14 rounds this season. In 2006-07, Mims has the lowest round shot by any Centenary golfer, shooting a 75 on two occasions this year. Williams is second on the team with an 81.2 scoring average. As a team, the Ladies look to improve upon their 331.3 team average per round. In all tournaments played, Centenary has a season-low average of 320, shot at the Troy Women’s Intercollegiate Oct. 30-31. Twenty teams join the Ladies in this week’s tournament.
March 4, 2007 | Athletics
Jessie Angus won two events over the weekend against Illinois-Chicago SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary gymnastics team fell in both meets this weekend against the University of Illinois at Chicago, held Friday and Sunday at the Gold Dome. In Sunday’s meet, the Ladies lost by a score of 191.950 to 190.475, with all four exercises going to the Flames. Annie Kachman of Illinois-Chicago captured the all-around competition Sunday with a composite score of 39.025. In Sunday’s meet, Kachman tied for first on vault, tying teammate Beth Kliver with a score of 9.850. Kachman also took second on beam (9.750) and third on both bars (9.725) and on floor (9.700) against the Ladies Sunday. Centenary senior Kristina Menne (Pearland, Texas) finished second in the all-around competition with a score of 38.750. Menne scored a 9.725 on floor, finishing in second place, just 0.025 behind first place finisher Rachel Zelinski of the Flames (9.750). The Centenary senior also finished tied for third on bars with a score of 9.725, in a tie with teammate Mandy Bennett (Boyce, La.) and Kachman. Bennett, the other Centenary gymnast competing in the all-around, finished with a score of 36.725 Sunday. Senior Jessie Angus (Snellville, Ga.) took second on bars Sunday with a score of 9.775, while junior Meredith Smith (College Station, Texas) finished in a tie for third on vault with a score of 9.825. In Friday’s meet, the Ladies fell to Illinois-Chicago by just 0.075 in the team competition, with the score in favor of the Flames at 192.125-192.050. Jessie Jaworowicz of the Flames took first in the all-around, scoring 38.550. She was followed by Kachman (38.525) and Menne of Centenary (38.200). Angus took two individual events Friday against Illinois-Chicago. On bars, Angus scored a 9.825 to finish in front of Ashley Thurston (9.800) of the Flames and Kachman (9.775). The Centenary senior also won the beam competition with a score of 9.675. Excelling in Friday’s meet against
March 4, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Matt Webb picked up an RBI in the sixth for the Gents SHREVEPORT, La. -- A three-run seventh inning led the University of Toledo (3-2) to a 5-2 win over the Centenary baseball team (8-10) Sunday at Shehee Stadium. Tied 2-2 heading into the seventh, the Rockets led off the inning with two-straight singles by catcher Sean Boley and shortstop Jake Oester. After Tim Krofcheck hit into a fielders choice, resulting in Boley being tagged out at third, the runners advanced to second and third on a throwing error by Centenary pitcher Jeremy Sheehan (Bonners Springs, Kan.) . Sheehan attempted to pickoff Oester at second, throwing the ball into center field to allow the runners to advance. A Drew Hoisington double off of the centerfield wall in the seventh brought home the go-ahead runs for the Rockets. Hoisington later scored on a Jake Swint groundout to first to give Toledo the 5-2 lead. Centenary failed to tie the game over the final three innings, registering just one hit over the final nine outs of the contest. Todd Thomas picked up the win for the Rockets, going eight innings and allowing 10 hits. Joe Roberts picked up the save with a one-hit ninth inning. The Gents, who won two out of three games against the Rockets, battled back to tie the game in the sixth inning off of RBI’s by Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) . Trailing 2-0 to enter the inning, Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) led off the sixth with two consecutive singles. With Sanchez on third, Webb hit a fly to right, scoring the Gents first run of the contest. Maldonado drove a single to third, scoring Penney from third and tying the game at 2-2. In what was the fastest game of the season thus far for Centenary (2 hours, 9 minutes), the Gents got out 17 times on either the first or second pitch of the at bat. Sheehan went 6 1/3 innings in the loss, allowing eight hits and striking
March 4, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Wright State Box Score 3-4-07 CC-Georgia State Box Score 3-4-07 Lauren Flowers Micah Rhodes Allison Shepperd Lin Virdell Stacy Whitmer ATLANTA, Ga.—The Centenary softball team continued its torrid play over the last week by discarding Wright State 8-3 and Georgia State 10-4 en route to taking the Bronze Division title at the Buzz Classic hosted by Georgia Tech on Sunday. The victories give the Ladies 10 wins in their last 11 games and a 5-1 record for the tournament.   Centenary (11-10) used an offensive attack that could not be contained in sweeping through the single elimination bracket play of the Bronze Division. The Ladies compiled 24 hits and 18 runs in the two games and the pitching from Stacy Whitmer, Ryan Thacker, and Kelsey Greeson would be more than enough to seal the wins.   Against Wright State (2-9), Centenary set the tone with two runs in the second inning. Lauren Flowers double to left field plated Lin Virdell and Jennifer Martin, who walked and singled respectively to reach base. In the fourth, Flowers drove in Allison McClain to stake the Ladies to a 3-1 lead.   The Maroon and White blew the game open in the fifth with five runs in the frame. The Ladies collected six hits in the rally, three of which were of the extra-base variety.   Allison Shepperd’s triple scored Amy Wiedeman, who was pinch running for Haley Bassett, and Micah Rhodes double pushed Shepperd across. Three batters later, Virdell’s double drove in Dana Davis. Wright State collected two outs at home plate and when it looked like they might escape without any further damage, Flowers produced a two-out single to score Virdell and Martin.   Whitmer notched her fourth win on the season by pitching three innings and allowing only a single run on two hits. Greeson supplied excellent relief, giving up two runs, one earned, while striking out four.   Shepperd finished with a 3-for-4 effort at the dish for
March 3, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s golf team travels to Jackson, Tenn. for the 2007 Grover Page Classic, hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin. The two day, three-round tournament is set to begin Monday, with a practice round scheduled Sunday. Played at the Jackson Country Club (par 72), the Gents will be joined by 16 teams, all vying for the tournament crown. The teams competing in and joining Centenary in this week’s event include: Central Arkansas, Chicago State, Cincinnati, Kentucky Wesleyan, Lewis University, Lipscomb, Loyola (IL), Morehead State, Murray State, North Alabama, Southern Illinois, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Union University, along with the tournament hosts Tennessee-Martin. All competitors are set to play 36 holes Monday, wrapping up with 18 holes in the final round Tuesday. Leading the Gents into this week’s tournament is reigning Mid-Continent Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) . Finishing in a tie for 21st place at last week’s BSC Spring Shootout, Viviano leads the Gents with a 77.3 stroke average this season. In 13 rounds this year, the senior has two rounds under par, with a season-best round of 68. Right on the heels of Viviano, freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) is averaging 77.7 strokes per round, with a career-best round of 73. Weeber led Centenary through two rounds last week, finishing in a tie for 29th at the BSC Spring Shootout. In a comparable field size to this week’s Grover Page Classic, Centenary has a season-best finish of eighth, accomplished last week in Birmingham, Ala. Rounds are set to begin Monday morning.
March 3, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ORU Box Score 3-3-07 Alexander Starr Tyrone Hamilton Chase Adams TULSA , Okla. —The Centenary Gents gave the Mid-Continent Conference regular season champion Oral Roberts Golden Eagles a scare in the John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC Saturday night. In the end though, the top-seeded Golden Eagles defeated the eighth-seeded Gents 79-59 to end the Centenary season.   Centenary (10-21) caught a near capacity Oral Roberts crowd off guard in the opening minutes of the first quarterfinal game in the Mid-Con Tournament as the Gents jumped out to an 8-2 lead behind four straight buckets from first team All-Mid-Con selection Alexander Starr. The senior kept his hot shooting going, scoring Centenary’s first 11 points of the game and 16 points in all in the first half.   Three-time Mid-Con Player of the Year Caleb Green began to lead Oral Roberts back as he scored seven consecutive points. The Golden Eagles continued to take hold of the first half play at the free throw line. By far the team that has attempted the most free throws in the Mid-Con, ORU was in the one and one just 7:16 into the contest while being whistled for only one foul themselves.   The rest of the half the game would remain close. Oral Roberts biggest lead before the end of the half was six points at 25-19. Starr continued to pace the Gents, scoring 16 points in the opening period. The Golden Eagles took a 35-29 advantage into the break on the strength of 14 free throw attempts compared to just two for the Gents.   Oral Roberts (21-10) began the second half on a 7-0 run, which also included a technical foul called by official Bo Boroski on Centenary head coach Rob Flaska, his first of the season.   The run by ORU made the score 42-29 and the 13-point differential would remain for most of the entire second half. The Golden Eagles pushed the deficit to 20 with under a minute left as the intensity wound down.   Starr was containe
March 3, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oakland Box Score 3-3-07 Cierra Bush Holli Wilkins Jelena Aleksic TULSA , Okla. —The Centenary women’s basketball team did not fare well in its Mid-Continent Conference Tournament debut on Saturday at the John Q. Hammons arena at the UMAC. The eighth-seeded Ladies dropped their opening round contest to the top-seeded Oakland Golden Grizzlies 82-51.   Playing in its first-ever Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, the Centenary Ladies (4-26) looked timid in the first several minutes of the contest with the regular season champion Oakland Golden Grizzlies (18-11). Oakland scored the first six points of the game quickly and Centenary coach Steve Curtis promptly called a timeout to regroup his team.   The Ladies got on the board following the timeout on a pair of free throws by Cierra Bush. However, the Golden Grizzlies forced several turnovers and converted them into easy transition buckets en route to a 14-0 run and a 20-2 advantage. After a three-pointer from Bush, Oakland sprinted out to an 11-0 run that left Centenary trailing 31-5 with nine minutes left to play in the half.   The Golden Grizzlies led 48-21 at the half behind 53.8 percent shooting compared to 26.1 percent for the Ladies. Oakland turned 13 Centenary turnovers into 17 points and dominated in the paint 18-2.   Bush, a second team All-Mid-Con selection as a sophomore, was the lone bright spot for the Ladies as she had 10 points at the break. The 48 points by Oakland was the most Centenary had allowed in a half this season.   “I was a little worried that we would come out tentative,” said Curtis. “We were in a daze a little bit in the first half because it was our first time here. I just felt like our nerves really got to us.”   Bush continued her strong play to begin the second half, scoring seven quick points. Two free throws by Jasmine Bothwell brought the score to 68-42 with eight minutes to play
March 3, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Indiana State Box Score 3-2-07 CC-Lipscomb Box Score 3-2-07 Stacy Whitmer Ryan Thacker Brittany Williams ATLANTA, Ga.—The Centenary softball team opened play in the Buzz Classic hosted by Georgia Tech on Saturday with a pair of wins. The Ladies defeated Indiana State 5-3 before outlasting Lipscomb 2-1 in extra innings to extend their current win streak to seven games. Centenary has now won eight of its last nine games overall.   Centenary (8-9) took control of its game with Indiana State in the fourth inning. Already ahead 2-1, the Ladies scored three times in the inning on two hits and two Indiana State errors to blow the game open.   With Lauren Flowers on third base via an error on the shortstop and Dana Davis on second after a single, Jennifer Martin singled to center field to score Flowers. Moments later, Davis scored on an error by the third baseman and Martin advanced all the way to third on the play. Martin then scored on a wild pitch, the second of the inning.   The Ladies’ five runs would be plenty as Centenary pitcher Stacy Whitmer tossed six innings and surrendered just three runs. Kelsey Greeson pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the win.   Emerald Doria and Micah Rhodes each collected two hits in the game. Rhodes added two RBI while Doria and Haley Bassett also scored runs. Centenary had nine hits on the afternoon and did not commit an error in the field.   In the nightcap the Ladies pounded out eight more hits, only this time the runs would be harder to come by.   Lipscomb struck first with a run in the opening inning after two singles, a stolen base, and a sacrifice fly. However, the Centenary pitching staff would buckle down and not allow a run the rest of the game.   Ryan Thacker scattered six hits and struck out two without issuing a walk over five innings for the Ladies. Whitmer (3-1) entered the game in relief and allowed only one hit over the final thre
March 3, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Alex Maldonado hit a fly to right to bring home the winning run SHREVEPORT, La. -- The third time was the charm for the Centenary baseball team (8-9) in Saturday’s game against the University of Toledo (2-2), as the Gents earned a 3-2 win on a sacrifice fly by Alex Maldonado in the ninth inning. Wasting two previous opportunities to score with the bases loaded earlier in the game, Centenary was not about to blow its third-and-final chance in the final inning. In the ninth inning, Toledo pitcher Steve Wenning hit junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) with a pitch to lead off the inning and put the winning run for the Gents aboard. After Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) pushed a sacrifice bunt down the first-base line to move Sanchez to second, senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) was intentionally walked to put two on for Centenary. With runners at first and second, senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) lined a shot off the glove of Wenning for a single, moving the runners over and loading the bases for the Gents. On a 2-1 pitch, Maldonado hit a high flyball to right, deep enough for Sanchez to tag up from third and score the game-winning run. Taking advantage of their third opportunity with the bases juiced, the Gents scored three runs over the final two innings to take Saturday’s game in the three-game series against the Rockets. Combined over the first two games, Centenary has outscored Toledo by a 12-3 margin. After falling behind 2-0 after a two-run fifth inning by the Rockets, in which Toledo got RBI-hits by Jake Swint and Joel Visser, the Gents turned it on over the final two innings to earn their eighth win of the season. Just six outs left in the game and trailing by two runs, Darr and junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) both walked to put the tying runs aboard. Senior Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) stepped to the plate to face Wenning with two aboard. On the first pitch by Wenning,
March 2, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Centenary-ORU Gamenotes Head Coach Rob Flaska TULSA , Okla. —The Centenary men’s basketball team will open the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Basketball Championship in Tulsa on Saturday against Oral Roberts at 6 p.m. The eighth-seeded Gents will battle the top-seeded Golden Eagles at the John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC in the team’s first trip to the league’s postseason tournament since 2004.   Centenary (10-20, 3-11 Mid-Con) last visited the Mid-Con Tournament after finishing second in the 2003-04 regular season. After losing a tiebreaker, the Gents entered the event as the third seed and took on sixth-seeded Chicago State . However, Centenary struggled on the neutral court and fell to the Cougars 70-54.   Two seasons have passed since then and the 2006-07 Gents enter this year’s tournament as the eighth and final seed after finishing in a tie for seventh during the regular season and losing the tiebreaker. Centenary has lost three of its last four games overall, including an 85-80 loss to Oral Roberts in Tulsa just two weeks ago.   In that game, the Gents held the lead late in a back and forth contest and the game was still tied at 80 apiece with 48 seconds to play. The Golden Eagles made five of six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory despite the scare from Centenary.   The Gents are led by senior Alexander Starr and sophomore Tyrone Hamilton. The duo finished second and third in the Mid-Con in scoring at 17.1 ppg and 16.4 ppg respectively. Starr was recently named first team All-Mid-Con for his efforts on the court while Hamilton got the nod on the second team.   Oral Roberts (20-10, 12-2 Mid-Con), the Mid-Con regular season champ, will be playing in its home city of Tulsa for the third consecutive postseason. The Golden Eagles are paced by three-time Mid-Con Player of the Year Caleb Green and his sidekick Ken Tutt. Green leads the league in scoring at 20.2
March 2, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Fulenchek allowed just two hits in the 9-1 win Friday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (7-9) allowed just three hits in Friday’s 9-1 win over the University of Toledo (2-1) at Shehee Stadium. Setting a new season-low for hits allowed in a single game, sound pitching and defense led the Gents to the eight-run win over the Rockets Friday. The pitching combination of seniors Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) and David McElroy (Victoria, B.C.) induced a number of ground balls and flyouts by the Toledo hitters throughout the evening. Fulenchek, getting the start for the Gents, went six innings for the win. Striking out two, the senior lefty routinely worked his way out of jams against the Rockets, allowing just a run. McElroy came into the game in the seventh, allowing one hit and striking out four for his first save of the season. Building off the quality defense and pitching, Centenary built a 2-0 lead in the first when senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) led off the game with a triple to right field. Showing speed around the bases, Huff ripped the ball to the right-corner of the field for the stand-up triple. After Huff scored on an error by Toledo second baseman Tim Krofcheck, junior Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif) scored when Rockets first baseman Josh Colliver dropped a ball thrown to first, allowing the Gents to take the two-run lead. With the early lead, Centenary would add three more runs in the fourth inning. Juniors Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) both reached base to lead off the inning, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) to move the runners to second and third. The following batter, freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) , blooped a single into left, scoring Sanchez from third and give the Gents a two-run cushion at 3-1. DeRooy’s hit was misread by Rockets third baseman Scott Boley, dropping into left and allowing Sanchez to
March 2, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Bush leads Centenary in scoring in two games against Oakland DATE: March 3, 2007 OPPONENT: Oakland University (17-11, 12-2) SITE: Hammons Arena (5,000) TIP-OFF: 12 p.m. (CST) RADIO: KSCL 91.3-FM TALENT: Doug Greenwald (play-by-play) SERIES: Oakland leads 8-0 STREAK: Oakland +8   Centenary makes its first appearance in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in program history Saturday, traveling to Tulsa, Okla. for the 2007 Mid-Con Championships.   The Ladies face Mid-Con Regular Season Champions and tournament No. 1 seed Oakland University at Hammons Arena Saturday at noon, looking for the upset of the tournament favorites.   Saturday will be the ninth-ever meeting between the Ladies and the Grizzlies, with Centenary searching for their first-ever win over Oakland at the most opportune time. In the two previous meetings with Oakland this season, Centenary has fell to the Grizzlies by an average of 16 points.   The two teams play back-to-back games for the first time in series history, as Centenary traveled to Rochester, Mich. to face the Grizzlies Monday.   In Monday’s game, Centenary fell 73-53 to Oakland, with the Grizzlies led by 24 points by all-conference first teamer Nicole Piggott.   Oakland took full advantage of 27 Centenary turnovers in Monday’s win, outscoring the Ladies, 40-6, in the paint.   Oakland finished with 20 steals in Monday’s 20-point win.   BUSH, WILKINS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS Sophomore guard Cierra Bush and senior guard Holli Wilkins made history Wednesday, both named to the 2007 All-Mid-Con team.   For the first time in program history, two Centenary players earned all-conference honors, headlined by Bush being named second team all-conference. This season, Bush finished in the top 10 in the conference in scoring, rebounding and blocks, breaking out in her sophomore season. She led the Ladies in rebounding in 13 games this seas
March 2, 2007 | Athletics
Alexander Starr Tyrone Hamilton ELMHURST, Ill.—The Mid-Continent Conference has announced that Centenary’s Alexander Starr and Tyrone Hamilton have been named to the All-Conference men’s basketball teams. Starr was named to the first team after a stellar senior season while Hamilton made the second team as a sophomore.   Starr ( Dallas , Texas ) finished the Mid-Con regular season as the league’s second leading scorer at 17.1 ppg and also placed in the top five in rebounding. The 6’5” guard/forward combo stepped up his scoring production in his final year in a Centenary uniform and scored 20 or more points in his final five games. He also leads the Gents in three-point field goal percentage, free throws made and attempted, free throw percentage, offensive and defensive rebounds, and total rebounds. In addition, the well-rounded player placed second on the team in assists and steals.   Hamilton ( Shreveport , La. ) earned a spot on the All-Mid-Con second team after also being named to the preseason conference second team. Only a sophomore, Hamilton finished third in the Mid-Con in scoring at 16.4 ppg. Running the Gents offense from the point guard position, the southpaw led the team in assists, field goals made and attempted, three-pointers made, and ranked second in free throw percentage.   Both Starr and Hamilton look to lead the Gents to their first-ever Mid-Con Tournament victory when eighth-seeded Centenary opens tournament play against the top-seeded Oral Roberts Golden Eagles on Saturday at 6 p.m.     
March 1, 2007 | Athletics
Kristina Collins faced NSU's No. 1 singles player Thursday SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s tennis team (0-3) fell 7-0 to Northwestern State (3-3) Thursday afternoon. Led by No. 1 and No. 2 singles players in sophomore Bogusia Patzer and senior Catalina Villegas, the Lady Demons dropped just one set in Thursday’s dual match. In total, Northwestern State won all three doubles matches, also winning the six singles matches. Patzer defeated Centenary No. 1 Kristina Collins (Cypress, Texas) in singles play, 6-1, 6-0 to lead Northwestern State. In her doubles match, paired with freshman Cheyna Talley, Patzer defeated sophomores Courtney Myers (Baton Rouge, La.) and Kate Buchanan (Austin, Texas) of the Ladies, 8-1. In her singles match, Villegas earned a straight-set win (6-2, 6-1) over Christine Majchrowicz (Friendswood, Texas) , winning in her doubles match, 8-3. Villegas was teamed with Daniela Posada in doubles play, defeating Kristina Collins (Cypress, Texas) and Christine Majchrowicz of the Ladies. Winning the lone set for the Ladies Thursday was sophomore Kate Buchanan (Austin, Texas) , who fell to Talley by a score of 6-2, 4-6, 10-6. Centenary returns to action March 8, hosting Stephen F. Austin in a dual match. Northwestern State vs. Centenary March 1, 2007 at Shreveport, La. Northwestern State 7, Centenary 0 Singles Competition 1. Bogusia Patzer (NSU) def. Kristina Collins (CC) 6-1, 6-0 2. Catalina Villegas (NSU) def. Christine Majchrowicz (CC) 6-2, 6-1 3. Marine Neveu (NSU) def. Lindsay Ezell (CC) 6-0, 6-1 4. Magali Van den Bergh (NSU) def. Courtney Myers (CC) 6-1, 6-1 5. Daniela Posada (NSU) def. Jennifer Majchrowicz (CC) 6-0, 6-0 6. Cheyna Talley (NSU) def. Kate Buchanan (CC) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 Doubles Competition 1. Catalina Villegas/Daniela Posada (NSU) def. Kristina Collins/Christine Majchrowicz (CC) 8-3 2. Magali Van den Bergh/Marine Neveu (NSU) def. Lindsay Ezell/Jennifer Majchrowicz (CC) 8-0 3. Bogusia Patzer/Cheyna Talley (NSU) def. Cou
March 1, 2007 | Athletics
Nate Santiago hit .455 last weekend to lead the Gents   CENTENARY GENTS 6-9, 0-0 Mid-Con vs. TOLEDO ROCKETS 2-0, 0-0 Mid-American   Friday, March 2, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Noon   March 2-4, 2007 Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   CENTENARY PROBABLE ROTATION Friday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) Saturday: Will Kaage (RHP) Sunday: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)   Centenary (6-9) welcomes the University of Toledo (2-0) for a three-game series at Shehee Stadium this weekend. The Gents and the Rockets commence the series Friday at 6 p.m.   The Gents look to start the month of March anew, looking to regroup following last week’s series with Northern Iowa in which Centenary lost 2-of-3 games. This season at Shehee Stadium, Centenary has a 6-7 record.   PREPARING FOR LSU This weekend’s series is the final series for the Gents prior to next Tuesday’s annual game with LSU, held this season at Fair Grounds Field in Shreveport.   Tickets remain available for the 7 p.m. game Tuesday and can be purchased at the Fair Grounds Field box office or by calling 318-636-5555.   General admission tickets can also be purchased at area ticket outlets at $15 per ticket.   In next week’s game with LSU, the Gents look to duplicate some of the magic they had in the team’s 6-1 upset of the Tigers at Fair Grounds Field in the 2005 season. In the game, the Gents limited LSU to just two hits, keyed by the pitching of J.C. Biagi, who struck out six in the Centenary win.   A LOOK AT THE GENTS Centenary enters Friday’s series-opener with Toledo falling in three of their last four games, looking for a fresh start in the month of March.   In their last game, the Gents fell 13-12 in extra innings to Northern Iowa, allowing three runs in the top of the 11th inning.   Centenary held a 10-7 lead entering the seventh inning, allowing the Panthers to score three runs in the top of the seventh to tie
February 28, 2007 | Athletics
Jessica Garza David Viviano SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary pulled off a rare feat Wednesday, sweeping both the men’s and women’s Golfer of the Week honors in the Mid-Continent Conference. Sophomore Jessica Garza was named on the women’s side, with senior David Viviano on the men’s side. Leading the Centenary women’s golf team to its first tournament win of the 2006-07 season, Garza finished in first place at this week’s Ladies Spring Classic at the Shreveport Country Club. En route to earning her third Mid-Con Golf of the Week honors this year, Garza shot 157 (81-76) to win the tournament by three strokes. Shooting a 76 in the final round Tuesday, the best round of any player at the tournament, Garza birdied the final two holes to play the final five holes of the tournament at 5-under. The McKinney, Texas, native excelled at "crunch time", leading all players in scoring on par 5 holes and par 4 holes at the tournament. The 76 in the final round matched her season-best score this year. The tournament win was Garza’s second of her collegiate career. She leads all Centenary players with a scoring average of 80.8. In addition to Garza’s success on the course, she helped the Ladies, serving as tournament hosts, win the Spring Classic by 19 strokes Tuesday. In a tournament field that featured more than 80 players, Viviano finished tied for 21st in helping the Gents to an eighth-place finish. From Lafayette, La., Viviano shot a 1-under 71 in the final round to jump from 49th position to 21st on the final day. The senior finished with a tournament score of 228 (79-78-71), finishing tied for third amongst all players in pars (38) in the tournament. With his individual play, the senior helped the Gents move up two spots from 10th place after two rounds of the BSC Spring Shootout, finishing with a team score of 924 (306-307-311). This season, Viviano leads the Gents with a scoring average of 77.3. Viviano and the Gents return to a
February 28, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Tickets remain available for next week’s annual game between the Centenary baseball team and LSU, played Tuesday at Fair Grounds Field. With less than a week before the matchup between the two Louisiana schools, both Gent and Tiger fans can easily purchase tickets by visiting the Fair Grounds Field box office or by calling 318-636-5555. Reserved seating behind home plate can also be purchased in person at the Centenary baseball office, located at Shehee Stadium, or by calling 318-869-5298. Reserved tickets are priced at $25/$20/$15 per ticket, with Skybox tickets priced at $25 per ticket. Reserved seating on the lower level is priced at $20 per ticket, while the upper level is priced at $15 per ticket. General admission tickets, priced at $15 per ticket, are available at various ticket outlets throughout the Shreveport/Bossier City area. The outlets include: • Sports World, 8809 Jewella Avenue, #102, Shreveport • Sports World, 2337 Airline Drive, Bossier City • Sports Spectrum, 7607 Youree Drive, Shreveport • Steadman’s Sports Center, 601 Benton Road, Bossier City • Shreveport Gymnastics, 4727 Line, Shreveport With the 2007 season already underway for both teams, Centenary (6-9) has already captured wins over teams from the Big 12 and the Big Ten this season. The Gents stand tied for the conference lead for wins, while falling by just a run in four games. Juniors Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Cameron Penny (San Diego) lead the Gents in batting early into the season. In the Tigers last visit to Shreveport and Fair Grounds Field, Centenary pulled off a miraculous upset of the SEC foe, defeating the Tigers, 6-1, May 2, 2005. All questions regarding tickets can be directed to the Centenary baseball office at 318-869-5298.
February 28, 2007 | Athletics
David Viviano Jessica Garza SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary pulled off a rare feat Wednesday, sweeping both the men’s and women’s Golfer of the Week honors in the Mid-Continent Conference. Sophomore Jessica Garza was named on the women’s side, with senior David Viviano on the men’s side. Leading the Centenary women’s golf team to its first tournament win of the 2006-07 season, Garza finished in first place at this week’s Ladies Spring Classic at the Shreveport Country Club. En route to earning her third Mid-Con Golf of the Week honors this year, Garza shot 157 (81-76) to win the tournament by three strokes. Shooting a 76 in the final round Tuesday, the best round of any player at the tournament, Garza birdied the final two holes to play the final five holes of the tournament at 5-under. The McKinney, Texas, native excelled at "crunch time", leading all players in scoring on par 5 holes and par 4 holes at the tournament. The 76 in the final round matched her season-best score this year. The tournament win was Garza’s second of her collegiate career. She leads all Centenary players with a scoring average of 80.8. In addition to Garza’s success on the course, she helped the Ladies, serving as tournament hosts, win the Spring Classic by 19 strokes Tuesday. In a tournament field that featured more than 80 players, Viviano finished tied for 21st in helping the Gents to an eighth-place finish. From Lafayette, La., Viviano shot a 1-under 71 in the final round to jump from 49th position to 21st on the final day. The senior finished with a tournament score of 228 (79-78-71), finishing tied for third amongst all players in pars (38) in the tournament. With his individual play, the senior helped the Gents move up two spots from 10th place after two rounds of the BSC Spring Shootout, finishing with a team score of 924 (306-307-311). This season, Viviano leads the Gents with a scoring average of 77.3. Viviano and the Gents return to a
February 28, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: 2007 All-Mid-Continent Conference Teams Cierra Bush Holli Wilkins SHREVEPORT, La. -- Sophomore Cierra Bush and senior Holli Wilkins both earned All-Mid-Continent Conference honors for the 2006-07 season, announced by the conference office Wednesday. For the first time since joining the Mid-Con, Centenary placed two players on the all-conference team, headlined by Bush earning second team All-Mid-Con honors. In a breakout season, Bush led all Centenary players in scoring in conference games this season. In 14 Mid-Con games, the Campti, La., native averaged 11.1 points per game to stand eighth in the conference in scoring. Also leading the Ladies in rebounds in conference games, Bush averaged 6.4 rebounds per game to sit ninth in the conference in boards. Excelling around the basket on defense, Bush was fourth in the Mid-Con in blocks (0.93) and stood 10th in the conference in free-throw percentage (.776). She was third in the conference in 20-plus point games with six, leading the Ladies in scoring in seven conference games this season. Wilkins, a guard from Evadale, Texas, earned honorable mention All-Mid-Con for the second consecutive season. Providing leadership to a young Centenary team, Wilkins averaged 9.5 ppg. and 3.8 apg. in conference games this season. Wilkins, who led the conference in steals last season and became the all-time leader in career assists at Centenary, finished fifth in the conference in steals per game (1.83) and also averaged 0.75 blocks per game to stand fifth amongst all players in the conference. She hit 88.6 percent of her free throw attempts in conference games, leading the league in free throw percentage in overall games (.800). Tied for fifth in assists (3.0 apg.), Wilkins was one of just six players to have a positive assists-to-turnover ratio (0.86). Wilkins led the Ladies in scoring in 10 games this season, scoring a career-high 31 points against Texas-Pan American in the season-opener (Nov. 11
February 27, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Round Scores - Teams Final Round Scores - Individuals David Viviano shot a round of 1-under 71 Tuesday BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Senior David Viviano led the Centenary men’s golf team to an eighth-place finish at the 2007 BSC Spring Shootout, played at the Oxmoor Valley Golf Course, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Monday and Tuesday. The Gents shot 924 over the three rounds of the tournament. Viviano, a native of Lafayette, La., finished tied for 29th in the tournament, which featured a field of over 80 players. The senior shot the lone round under par for the Gents in the tournament, carding a 1-under 71 in Tuesday’s final round. For the tournament, Viviano had a three-round total of (79-78-71), standing second amongst all players in pars in the tournament (38). Standing tied for 18th following Monday’s two rounds, freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot a final round score of 79 to slip back 11 spots to finish in 29th place. Weeber finished with a tournament score of 230 (74-77-79). Also shooting a 79 in the final round, freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) finished tied for 44th in the tournament. Williams excelled on par 5 holes over the two days, shooting 3-under over 54 hole to stand third in par-5 scoring in the tournament. Freshman Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) improved by two strokes over his second-round score, shooting an 82 in the final round for a three-round score of 240, good for 56th place. Sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn.) shot 88 in the final round for a tournament score of 247. The team competition was won by Tennessee Tech with a team score of 871 (292-291-288). Standing in second place following Monday’s first and second rounds, Tennessee Tech defeated tournament hosts Birmingham-Southern by four strokes (875). Birmingham-Southern had led the team competition with a two-round score of 580. In total, four of the five Tennessee Tech golfers finished in the top
February 27, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Round Scores - Teams Final Round Scores - Individuals                     SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Spring season started with a win for the Centenary women’s golf team, as the team captured the Ladies Spring Classic, held Monday and Tuesday at the Shreveport Country Club. Sophomore Jessica Garza took the individual tournament championship Tuesday to lead the Ladies. Keyed by Garza’s round of 76 Tuesday, the Ladies captured the tournament crown by 19 strokes, shooting a two-round team score of 664 (334-330). Centenary, serving as tournament hosts on the par-71 course at the Shreveport Country Club, finished with three players in the top 10, winning their first tournament of the 2006-07 season. Starting the day in third place and trailing by four strokes, Garza shot 1-over on the back nine to capture her second collegiate tournament. The McKinney, Texas, native picked up her game on the final five holes of Tuesday’s round, recording two birdies on the final two holes. In total, Garza played the final five holes at 2-under. On the final hole of the tournament, the sophomore holed out a chip shot from the back edge of the green for a birdie-3. With her approach shot going over the pin, Garza had 20 feet with little green to work with for the chip-in. Asked what she was trying to do on the chip shot, Garza replied she was just trying to get the ball close to the hole. Shasta Averyhardt of Jackson State, the overall leader heading into final round, shot an 83 Tuesday to finish in second place, three strokes behind Garza. In an up-and-down round Tuesday, Centenary junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) finished in fourth place with a two-round total of 162 (80-82). Standing in second place entering the final round, Mims had to recover from back-to-back sevens on holes six and seven in Tuesday’s round. After hitting the ball into a water hazard on her appr
February 27, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Grambling State-#1 2-27-07 CC-Grambling State-#2 2-27-07 Emerald Doria Lin Virdell Allison Shepperd GRAMBLING, La. —The Centenary softball team easily swept a doubleheader against Grambling State on Tuesday by the scores of 16-1 and 14-0. Both games were five-inning run-rule affairs. The wins give the Ladies a five-game win streak and the team has now won six of their last seven contests.   Centenary (6-9) pounded out 23 hits in the pair of games, including nine of the extra-base variety. Freshman Allison Shepperd tallied two doubles and belted her second homerun of the season to lead the charge.   In game one, the Ladies were only held scoreless in one inning. The big offensive bursts came in the second and third frames when Centenary posted six runs and five runs respectively. Sophomore Emerald Doria went 3-for-3 at the plate in the game with two runs and two RBI while freshman Haley Bassett scored three times. Senior Micah Rhodes took over the team lead in RBI (9) with five alone in the first game of the twinbill. Lin Virdell went 3-for-4 in the win.   Freshman Kelsey Greeson brought her record to 3-4 on the season by tossing four solid innings in the pitcher’s circle for Centenary. She struck out five while allowing only two hits and no runs.      The Ladies struck for two big innings again in the nightcap, pushing across five runs in the second and seven in the fourth. Doria was 2-for-2 with three runs, Bassett drove in three more, and Jennifer Mango had four RBI on the strength of a two-run double.   Freshman pitcher Ryan Thacker (2-4) picked up the victory in the final game, striking out six and scattering three hits without giving up a run in four innings of work. Freshman Stacy Whitmer closed out both games for the Ladies.   On the day, the Ladies posted some big numbers individually. Doria was a perfect 5-for-5 with five runs and three RBI. She was also on base afte
February 26, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: First Round Team Scores First Round Individual Scores Chloe' Mims stands second overall with a round of 80 SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s golf team shot 334 to stand as the tournament leaders following the first round of the Ladies Spring Classic. Played at the Shreveport Country Club on a near-pristine day, Centenary stands with three players standing in the top five individually after the opening 18 holes. With the Ladies starting off the Spring season with a bang, junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) and sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas) stand second and third, respectively, after the first round. Mims shot 40 on both the front and back nine to card an 80 in the first round, trailing tournament leader Shasta Averyhardt of Jackson State by three strokes. Averyhardt shot a 6-over 77 in the first round to stand as the overall leader. Garza, who led the Ladies with an 80.6 scoring average in the Fall, finished with a round of 81 Monday. After shooting 42 on the front nine, Garza shot 39 on the final nine holes to stand third. Sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) shot 40 on the back nine, standing fifth overall with a score of 83 in the first round. Both shooting rounds of 90 in the first round, sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) and freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) stand tied for 16th in the tournament. Competing as individuals, sophomore Bethany Cox (Ruston, La.) stands tied for 22nd with a round of 92. Freshman Mary Kate Byrne (Natchez, Miss.) had a round of 103 to complete the Centenary competitors in the tournament. Behind the Ladies, Jackson State stands second with a team score of 340, trailing Centenary by six strokes. UMKC rounds out the top three with a team score of 347. The final round of the tournament commences at 8 a.m. Tuesday, with the Ladies looking to capture their first tournament crown of the 2006-07 season. Ladies Spring Classic (Feb. 26-27) Par-7
February 26, 2007 | Athletics
Leslie Forest leads Centenary in blocks this season Looking to end the regular season on high note, the Centenary women’s basketball team (5-23, 1-12) visits Oakland (16-11, 11-2) Monday for a game at the O’Rena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CST.   Monday’s regular-season finale can be heard live on KSCL 91.3 and www.SportsJuice.com, with Doug Greenwald handling play-by-play announcing duties.   WILKINS SURPASSES 1,000 POINTS Senior guard Holli Wilkins scored seven points in Saturday’s loss to IUPUI, reaching the 1,000-point mark for her collegiate career.   Now standing with 1,002 points, Wilkins leads the Ladies in scoring this season with a 11.6 ppg. scoring average.   She has hit a team-high 45 three-pointers this season, hitting a team-leading 80 percent of her free-throw attempts.   LAST GAME: BOOYER LEADS IUPUI Alicia Booyer scored a team-leading 21 points to lead IUPUI to a 73-55 win over Centenary Saturday. Booyer hit 7-of-15 shots from the field to lead all players in scoring.   Never trailing Saturday, four players scored in double figures for the Jaguars.   With Booyer, forward Jernisha Cann recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Cann added six steals and four assists in the Jaguar win.   As Centenary trailed 29-22 at the half, IUPUI went on a 9-0 run to open the second half, taking a 16-point lead on the Ladies.   Centenary could not cut into the large deficit, trailing by at least 11 points for the remainder of the game.   Sophomore Cierra Bush led the Ladies with 11 points in the loss.   BUSH TALLIES 15TH With her 11 points on Saturday, sophomore Cierra Bush tallied her 15th game this season scoring in double figures.   Bush, averaging 10.9 ppg. to standing second on the team in scoring, stands tied for the team lead in games scoring in double figures.   She has led Centenary in scoring eight games this season, tallying a career-high 27 points again
February 26, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had 12 points and 9 rebounds Monday ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Twenty-seven turnovers doomed the Centenary women’s basketball team (5-24, 1-13) against Oakland University (17-11, 12-2) Monday at the O’Rena, in Rochester, Mich. The Ladies fell to the Grizzlies, 73-53, in the regular season finale Monday. Clinching the Mid-Continent Conference regular season crown on their senior night, Oakland scored 28 points off of Centenary turnovers Monday. The Grizzlies led the whole way in Monday’s lopsided victory, playing a physical style of basketball that resulted in a huge advantage in rebounding for the home squad. Oakland grabbed 49 rebounds in Monday’s game, including a 23-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. In the paint, Oakland outscored the Ladies by a 40-6 margin, with much of the inside scoring coming as a result of the offensive rebounds. Centenary closed the margin to just eight points at the half, trailing 42-34 with 20 minutes remaining in the game. A Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) three to open the second half cut the deficit to five for the Ladies, showing promise after the intermission. Trading baskets in the opening five minutes of the second half, another Judice three cut the Oakland lead to four with 17:06 remaining. After Judice made a layup with 13:22 left in the game, making it an eight-point lead for the Grizzlies, Centenary went on almost a seven-minute scoring drought, outscored 13-0 by Oakland during the span. With the drought proving to be one of the keys to the Oakland win, the Grizzlies led by over 20 points with less than seven minutes remaining in the game, sealing the victory and the regular season conference championship. Sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) led the Ladies with 12 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes. Bush hit 4-of-7 shots from the floor Monday, including hitting 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Judice added 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Leading all scorer
February 26, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: First Day Scores - Teams First Day Scores - Individuals Mark Weeber is tied for 18th at the BSC Spring Shootout BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Played on the Oxmoor Valley Golf Course, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the Centenary men’s golf team stands 10th in the BSC Spring Shootout after 36 holes. Led by the play of freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe) , the Gents shot a team score of 613 (306-307) over the first two rounds of the tournament. Weeber carded rounds of 3-over par 74 and 4-over 77 in the first two rounds to stand tied for 18th in the tournament. Following Weeber, freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport) stands tied for 38th with a two-round total of 155 (79-76). Senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La.) is tied for 49th with rounds of 79-78 (157), while freshman Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark.) is tied for 51st, shooting 158 (74-84) over two rounds. Sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn.) rounds out the Gent competitors with rounds of 83-76 (159) Monday. Standing with the overall lead, tournament hosts Birmingham-Southern shot a two-round total of 580, standing three strokes clear of second place Tennessee Tech. J.T. Clendenin of Birmingham-Southern holds the overall individual lead with rounds of 6-under 66 and 1-under 71. Clendenin has a two-round total of 137 to hold the individual lead by five strokes. The final round of the tournament is slated for a 9 a.m. start Tuesday.
February 25, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Calvin Sanchez had three hits and scored four runs Sunday SHREVEPORT, La. -- A never-quitting Centenary baseball team (6-9) lost a heartbreaker to Northern Iowa (3-4) in extra innings Sunday at Shehee Stadium. With Sunday’s 13-12 win, the Panthers took 2-of-3 games in the weekend series. Heart cannot be measured by a box score. In Sunday’s loss to Northern Iowa, the Gents showed tremendous heart, almost completing a miraculous comeback in the bottom of the 11th inning. With two outs and down by three runs, Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) hit an RBI-double down the rightfield line, scoring senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) from second. Stepping up to the plate with Sanchez on second, junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) continued the Gent rally, hitting a loop single into centerfield, scoring Sanchez and cutting the deficit to just a run. At the plate with a full count and two outs, Panther reliever Jason Barry induced Centenary junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) into a fly ball to center, ending the game for the Gents, falling by just a run in the 11th. Although not getting the desired result, the effort of the Gents should be compliment. Early in Sunday’s game, Centenary had to dig itself out of a large hole, trailing 7-1 after the top of the third. The Panthers put up seven runs in the top of the third, batting around the order and recording six hits. Entering the bottom of the third, a determined Gent squad was led off by a triple by Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) to start the inning. After Darr drew a walk on four-straight pitches, Sanchez laced a single through the right side of the infield to score Webb. Following Sanchez’s single, Panther reliever Chad Epperson hit Maldonado to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Epperson threw two-straight walks to score two more runs for the Gents, cutting the lead to 7-4. Still no outs in the third, senior Nate Santiago (Multikeo, W
February 25, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Team and Individual Scores Tracy Williams shot an 83 against UMKC Sunday SHREVEPORT, La. -- In preparation for the start of Monday’s Ladies Spring Classic, the Centenary women’s golf team defeated UMKC in a dual match at the Shreveport Country Club Sunday. Defeating the Kangaroos, 342-350, the Ladies were led by the play of sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) in the dual match Sunday. While getting a gage of the course, with the same pin placements as Monday’s and Tuesday’s rounds, Williams shot an 83 to lead Centenary in Sunday’s round. Freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) had the second-best score of any Centenary player against UMKC, shooting an 85 in Sunday’s round. Junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) and sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas) both shot 87 Sunday in their first rounds of competition in the Spring season. Sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) rounded out the five Ladies competing on the team side, shooting a 94 Sunday. Competing as individuals, sophomore Bethany Cox (Ruston, La.) shot a 92 against the Kangaroos, while freshman Mary Kate Byrne (Natchez, Miss.) shot a round of 104. Leading UMKC in the dual match was Brittany Hofer, who shot 82 in Sunday’s round. The two teams commence the Ladies Spring Classic Monday morning at 8 a.m. at the Shreveport Country Club.
February 24, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Saturday’s game between the Centenary baseball team (5-8) and Northern Iowa (2-3) has been changed from a 4 p.m. start time to a 7 p.m. start time. Due to rain in the Shreveport area, the game has been pushed back three hours to 7 p.m. Senior Will Kaage takes the mound for the Gents, facing off against Taylor Sinclair of Northern Iowa. The Gents and the Panthers conclude the three-game series Sunday, with a single game scheduled for noon.
February 24, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush led the Ladies with 11 points Saturday INDIANAPOLIS -- Alicia Booyer scored 21 points to lead IUPUI (12-15, 6-7) to a 73-55 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (5-23, 1-12) Saturday at IUPUI Gymnasium. Booyer went 7-for-15 from the field in Saturday’s win, hitting all six of her free-throw attempts in the Jaguars 18-point win over the Ladies. Never trailing in Saturday’s game, IUPUI led 29-22 at the half, with Centenary outshooting the Jags for the first half, hitting 39.1 percent of their shots (9-23). Following the intermission, IUPUI came out of the locker room on a 9-0 run, including two consecutive layups by Booyer to open the half. Leading by 16, the Jaguars never trailed by less than 11 for the rest of the game, as Booyer and company shot 54.5 percent for the second half. In contrast, Centenary was limited to 33.3 percent from the floor, unable to get much production from beyond the arc. For the game, the Ladies shot 15.8 percent from three-point range, hitting three three-pointers in the loss. Down 20 to IUPUI with 10:36 left in the second half, Centenary did fight hard to cut the lead to 11 following a jumper by Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) with 5:31 left on the clock. Unfortunately for the Ladies, late baskets by Booyer and Jernisha Cann helped the Jaguars maintain a double-figure lead and capture their sixth conference win. Cann had a double-double in Saturday’s IUPUI win, scoring 10 pionts and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. She had six steals in 33 minutes of play. Sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) led Centenary with 11 points in the loss, hitting 4-of-7 shots. Passing the 1,000-point mark for her collegiate career, senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) had seven points. Wilkins now stnads with 1,002 points for her collegiate career, becoming only the third Centenary player to score 1,000 points for their careers. Centenary travels to Oakland
February 24, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Justin Darr led Centenary with four RBI in Saturday's 12-8 win SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (6-8) had a season-high 16 hits to defeat Northern Iowa (2-4), 12-8, Saturday at Shehee Stadium. Originally scheduled for a 2 p.m. start, Mother Nature pushed the game back to 7:30 p.m. with a downpour hitting the Shreveport area. Once the game had commenced, it was Centenary doing the hitting, lighting up the scoreboard with eight runs over the middle three innings. Led by the bats of juniors Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) and Cameron Penny (San Diego) , eight out of nine Gent batters had a hit in Saturday’s win over the Panthers. After falling behind 1-0 following a solo home run by Panther first baseman Brett Featherston, who hit a home run to lead off the second for the second consecutive day, Centenary reeled off nine runs over the next four innings. In the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) from third and tying the game at 1-1. Huff led off the inning with a lined single up the middle, scoring two runs in Saturday’s win. The following inning, freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) helped the Gents take their first lead of the contest, hitting a looped single to left, just out of the reach of retrieving shortstop Brandon Douglas. On the hit, both Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) and Saenz scored to give the Gents a 3-1 lead. Centenary pulled away from Northern Iowa in the sixth, scoring five runs to take a 9-3 lead. After the Panthers scored two runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to just a run, Centenary dug deep and was very selective at the plate. The big inning was started by a Nate Santiago (Multikeo, Wash.) single up the middle, followed by a Huff walk to give the Gents two runners on base. After a Penny sacrifice bunt down the first base line, senior Matt Webb (Blu
February 24, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-IUPUI Box Score 2-24-07 Alexander Starr Nick Stallings Tyrone Hamilton INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Centenary men’s basketball team was out-scored 29-7 over the final 9:42 of the first half against IUPUI on Saturday and never recovered in losing to the Jaguars 87-62. With the loss, the Gents are handed the eighth seed in the upcoming Mid-Continent Conference Tournament to be played in Tulsa beginning next Saturday.   Entering the final day of the regular season in seventh place in the Mid-Con standings, there were four possible scenarios involving the Gents in regards to seeding in next week’s conference tournament. Three of those scenarios had Centenary claiming the seventh seed and avoiding league champ Oral Roberts in the first round.   However, the fourth scenario, which involved a Gents loss and a Western Illinois win, would deal the Maroon and White the eighth seed and that is exactly what happened Saturday night.   Western Illinois upset Southern Utah 51-48 to finish in a seventh place tie with Centenary. The Leathernecks grabbed the seventh seed by virtue of the tiebreaker system. The two teams split the season series head-to-head, so the team with a win over the highest seeded team in the tournament field wins the second tiebreaker. One of WIU’s three wins came against second-seeded Oakland, while Centenary’s best win came over fifth-seeded Southern Utah.   Centenary (10-20, 3-11 Mid-Con) will now open the Mid-Con Tournament with a 6 p.m. game Saturday against regular season champion Oral Roberts (20-10, 12-2 Mid-Con).   Against IUPUI (14-14, 7-7 Mid-Con), the Gents trailed only 17-15 in a back and forth contest until the Jaguars reeled off 15 consecutive points over a three-minute span. Even when Centenary finally scored on a lay-up by Chase Adams, IUPUI did not slow down and finished the half on top 46-22.   The Gents played the home team almost even in the secon
February 23, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Jelena Aleksic stands 10th in the Mid-Con in scoring this season Date: Feb. 24, 2007 Opponent: IUPUI (11-15, 5-7) Site: IUPUI Gymnasium Game Time: 4:30 p.m. CST Radio: KSCL 91.3-FM and www.SportsJuice.com Series History: IUPUI leads 7-0   Traveling to Indianapolis, the Centenary women’s basketball team (5-22, 1-11) faces IUPUI (11-15, 5-7) Saturday at IUPUI Gymnasium. Tipoff between the Ladies and Jaguars is set for 4:30 p.m.   The Ladies look to head into next weekend’s conference tournament on a high note, looking to earn two wins on the road this weekend.   Saturday’s game can be heard live on KSCL 91.3 and www.SportsJuice.com, with Doug Greenwald handling play-by-play announcing duties. The Ladies game will be followed by the Centenary men’s basketball team’s tangle with the IUPUI men’s basketball team, scheduled for a 7 p.m. start Saturday.   LAST GAME: ORAL ROBERTS ON MARK TO DEFEAT LADIES Oral Roberts shot 50.7 percent to earn a 29-point win over Centenary Monday.   In the win, the Golden Eagles were led by a combined 42 points by forwards Elisha Turek and Jenny Hardin.   Turek led all players with her conference-leading 11th double-double of the season, adding 10 rebounds and hitting 10-of-15 shots from the floor.   Hardin hit 9-of-15 shots and scored 20 points with seven rebounds and three assists.   Centenary trailed by 18 points at the half and was unable to make up the large deficit early in the second half.   Leading scorer Holli Wilkins was hindered by foul trouble the entire evening, finishing with just two points in the loss.   Centenary was led in scoring by freshman Bethany Joseph and sophomore Cierra Bush, both finishing with 16 points.   WILKINS NEARING MARK Senior guard Holli Wilkins is edging ever closer to the 1,000-point mark for her collegiate career.   With 995 points in her four seasons, Wilkins is
February 23, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Fulenchek went seven innings and struck out five in the loss SHREVEPORT, La. -- Northern Iowa (2-3) scored four runs over the final three innings to earn a 5-2 win over the Centenary baseball team (5-8) Friday at Shehee Stadium. The Panthers took the series-opener behind superb pitching by junior lefthander Aaron Jenkins. Notching a career-high 12 strikeouts, Jenkins pitched seven innings and allowed just four Centenary hits. Tied 2-2 heading into the top of the eighth and junior Curt Bradley on third for the Panthers, sophomore Deric Manrique’s single up the middle brought home the winning run for Northern Iowa, taking a 3-2 lead into the ninth. In the final inning, junior Travis Hendrix knocked a single to left, scoring two runs to insulate the Panther lead and extending the deficit to three runs for the Gents with just three outs remaining. In the bottom half of the inning, Centenary couldn’t get a hit off of Panther reliever Jason Barry, ending the game with a flyout by senior outfielder Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) . Barry pitched two innings, not allowing a hit and striking out two for his first save of the season. Northern Iowa took an early lead off of a solo homerun by junior Brett Featherston, taking a 1-0 lead with the junior first baseman’s first home run of the season to right. Centenary tied the score in the bottom half of the inning off of a Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) groundout to third, scoring junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) from third. Maldonado led off the inning drawing a walk off of Jenkins. The score remained tied until the seventh, in which Hendrix hit a two-out single to centerfield to score Featherston. In the bottom of the seventh, Huff hit a two-out double down the rightfield line, scoring Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) from third and tying the game at 2-2. For the game, Huff was the only Gent to finish with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with one RBI. Riding
February 22, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ASU Box Score#1 2-22-07 CC-ASU Box Score#2 2-22-07 Lauren Flowers Micah Rhodes Haley Bassett SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team remained patient as they waited for Alcorn State to arrive at the Centenary Softball Complex and then showed the same patience at the plate in winning both ends of the doubleheader 11-1 and 3-2. The double dip was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., but did not get under way until 6 p.m. after the Lady Braves showed up an hour late.   Centenary (4-9) jumped on Alcorn State early, striking for one run in the first inning after Allison Shepperd tripled with two-outs and scored on a wild pitch. The Ladies then erupted for nine runs in the second inning on seven hits, including two homeruns.   Lauren Flowers started the scoring barrage with a two-run homer to right-center field that plated Brittany Williams. Two batters later and two outs later, Centenary strung together six hits with a walk and an Alcorn fielding error for seven more runs. Micah Rhodes belted a two-run blast over the scoreboard in right field to highlight the action. Flowers also collected a double in the inning as the Ladies sent 14 batters to the plate during the rally.   Pitcher Ryan Thacker (1-4) cruised from that point with more than enough run support. The freshman collected the first win of her career in tossing five innings and striking out eight while giving up just two hits and one run on a homerun.     Game two did not work out as easy for the Ladies even though they got on the board with two runs in the first inning. With two outs and no runners on base, Allison Shepperd and Rhodes drew back-to-back walks. Amy Wiedeman, getting only her second start of the season through the first 13 games, then singled to right field to score Shepperd. Rhodes later scored on a wild pitch to put Centenary up 2-0.   Alcorn State (2-9) got one run back in the top of the second. Tonya Nelms led off with a triple
February 22, 2007 | Athletics
Alex Maldonado leads the Gents with 11 RBI this season CENTENARY (5-7, 0-0 Mid-Con) vs. NORTHERN IOWA (1-3, 0-0 Missouri Valley)   Feb. 23-25, 2007 Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   PROBABLE CENTENARY PITCHERS Game 1: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) Game 2: Will Kaage (RHP) Game 3: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)   The Centenary baseball team (5-7) looks to get back on track this weekend, hosting Northern Iowa (1-3) in a three-game series at Shehee Stadium. The weekend series between the Gents and the Panthers is set to begin Friday at 6:30 p.m.   Coming off of a 11-1 loss to Stephen F. Austin Tuesday, the Gents look to find their bats in this weekend’s series with the Panthers.   GENTS SPLIT IN BASEBALL CLASSIC Centenary earned a split in its four games at the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic, played at Shehee Stadium Feb. 16-18.   In the four games, Centenary earned a 7-6 win over Penn State and a 4-1 win over Kansas State. In their two losses, the Gents fell by just a run, having a chance to comeback over the final few innings.   Over the four games, senior outfielder Matt Webb led the Gents with a .571 batting average, .857 slugging percentage and .842 on-base percentage. Although only getting seven at-bats over the four games, Webb knocked in two runs, while scoring a team-leading four runs. He was walked nine times over the four games.   Junior catcher Alex Maldonado led the Gents with four RBI in the four games, finishing with a .385 batting average.   On the mound, senior Brandon Fulenchek and junior Jeremy Sheehan earned wins for the Gents, with Sheehan pitching seven innings to earn a 4-1 decision over Kansas State Sunday. In the win, the junior righty allowed just six hits, not allowing a runner past second in the first six innings. He struck out three in the win.   Fulenchek defeated Penn State Friday, pitching five innings and allowing eight hits for his second win of the season.   Freshman reliever Dakota Robinson p
February 22, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oakland 2-22-07 Alexander Starr ROCHESTER, Mich.—The Centenary Gents and Oakland Golden Grizzlies both struggled shooting the ball on Thursday evening in Rochester, Mich., but the home team won the rebounding war and held on down the stretch to take the game 70-63. Oakland out-rebounded the Gents 43-34, which included 20 offensive rebounds.   Centenary (10-19, 3-10 Mid-Con) shot only 36.4 percent from the field, including just 13.3 percent from the three-point line in the loss. Yet, the Gents still only trailed by four with 1:20 to play in the game thanks to an Oakland (16-13, 9-4 Mid-Con) shooting effort of 39 percent from the floor and 11.8 percent from long distance.   The contest featured seven ties and 11 lead changes as both teams continued to grind through their poor shooting. Tied at 29-29 at the break, the game remained close into the second half.   The Gents led most of the opening 10 minutes of the second half by a small margin and were still up three at 42-39 with 11:39 to go after a lay-up by Tyrone Hamilton. However, a turnover and four straight possessions without a score put Centenary behind Oakland by 10 after a 22-9 run.   Centenary answered with an 8-2 run behind six points from the hot hand of Alexander Starr to pull within four at 63-59 with just over a minute left, but Oakland answered back with four straight points to put the game away.   Starr notched his fourth consecutive game with 20 or more points as the senior finished with 29 on the night. He was 11-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line in addition to pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. Hamilton added 17 points for Centenary in the loss.     Four players scored in double figures for Oakland paced by Shawn Hopes’ 19 points. Derick Nelson, Vova Severovas, and Jonathon Jones each added 12 points for the Golden Grizzlies.   Centenary will travel to Indianapolis to take on IUPU
February 21, 2007 | Athletics
HAMMOND, La.--The Centenary softball team was scheduled to play a doubleheader on Wednesday against Southeastern Louisiana, but both games were cancelled due to inclement weather. The games will be played at a later date to be determined by the respective head coaches. In addition, the Ladies' doubleheader with Alcorn State originally scheduled for Friday will now take place at the Centenary Softball Complex on Thursday starting at 5 p.m.
February 21, 2007 | Athletics
VS. ROCHESTER , Mich. —The Centenary men’s basketball team currently holds a one-game lead over Western Illinois for the seventh seed in the upcoming Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Tulsa . The Gents look to secure the seventh spot with a victory over either Oakland or IUPUI on the road in the final week of the regular season.   Centenary (10-18, 3-9 Mid-Con) will take on Oakland (15-13, 8-4 Mid-Con) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Rochester , Mich. The Golden Grizzlies are 8-2 at home this season and currently own second place in the league standings. The Gents lost to Oakland 82-74 in the Gold Dome on January 27 th .   The Gents are playing well right now and have won three of their last four games. Their only loss came at league-leading Oral Roberts, where Centenary owned the lead late, but fell 85-80.   Through 12 Mid-Con games, sophomore Tyrone Hamilton is second in the conference in scoring average at 16.4 ppg. Senior Alexander Starr is third while pumping in 16.1 ppg in Mid-Con play in addition to ranking third in rebounding against the league at 6.6 rpg. Sophomore Nick Stallings has also upped his game of late, averaging 15.8 ppg over his last four games.   Oakland is the top offensive rebounding team in the Mid-Con at 12.79 boards per game. Vova Severovas leads the Golden Grizzlies offensive attack by scoring 14.1 ppg. Oakland has dropped three of its last four games, two in overtime and the third by one point to Western Illinois .   Centenary will wrap up its regular season at IUPUI (13-13, 6-6 Mid-Con) with a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday in Indianapolis . The Jaguars currently occupy fifth place in the conference standings. IUPUI defeated the Gents 70-68 in the Gold Dome on January 25 th .   Both games this week can be heard on the radio in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
February 20, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Feb. 20 - College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll Jeremy Sheehan SHREVEPORT, La. -- Junior pitcher Jeremy Sheehan was named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll Tuesday, marking the second consecutive week a Centenary player has earned such an honor. Sheehan, a righthander from Bonner Springs, Kan., pitched seven innings in a 4-1 win over Kansas State Sunday, walking one and striking out three. Sheehan didn’t allow a run over the first six innings of the game, not allowing a runner past second base. For the game, the junior allowed six hits to pick up his second win of the season (2-1). This year, Sheehan has a 3.93 ERA in 18 1/3 innings. Centenary junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) was named to the CBF National Honor Roll last week, marking the first time this season a Mid-Con team has had players in back-to-back weeks on the national honor roll. The Gents face Stephen F. Austin in a midweek game in Nacogdoches, Texas Tuesday at 2 p.m.
February 20, 2007 | Athletics
Derek Bross gets the start Tuesday for the Gents SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (5-6) travels to Nacogdoches, Texas to visit Stephen F. Austin (2-6) Tuesday, facing the Lumberjacks in their 2007 home opener at Jaycees Field. Game time Tuesday is set for 2 p.m. The Gents are coming off a four-game split against Penn State and Kansas State this past weekend at the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic at Shehee Stadium. In the four games, Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) and Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) picked up wins for the Gents, defeating Penn State and Kansas State, respectively. For the four games over the weekend, senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Gents with a .571 batting average, although only registering seven at-bats. Webb drew a team-high nine walks and had an on-base percentage of .842, recording two RBI. Leading Centenary in RBI over the past four games was junior catcher Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) , who knocked in four in four games against Penn State and Kansas State. Maldonado went 5-for-13 from the plate for a .385 batting average. In overall games, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) is among the Mid-Continent Conference leaders in batting with a .424 average this season. Sanchez is second behind Webb with an on-base percentage of .513 and a slugging percentage of .515. The junior has eight stolen bases this season. On the mound, sophomore righthander Derek Bross (St. Joseph, Mich.) gets his first start for Centenary this season. Bross, making two relief appearances this year, has not allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings, allowing three hits. Stephen F. Austin is coming off of getting swept by national-power Baylor over the weekend. The Lumberjacks are led in batting by Jeremy Arterburn, batting .400 in five games this season. Arterburn has a team-leading .600 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage. In the RBI department, Jared Pitts and Chris Smith are both tied with six RBI this season. Tuesday&rs
February 20, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Nicholls State Box Score 2-20-07 Kelsey Greeson Emerald Doria SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team did not get off to a pretty start in their game with Nicholls State on Tuesday afternoon. However, the Ladies pulled it together and capitalized on some fielding miscues by the Colonels to scratch out the 4-3 victory for their second win in the last three games.   Centenary (2-9) fell behind early as freshman pitcher Stacy Whitmer gave up a single and a double in the first inning with one out. After hitting the next batter to load the bases, Whitmer struck out Danielle Clayton for the second out. Just when it was looking like the right-hander would get out of the jam unscathed, she lost control of another pitch in the wet conditions and hit Ashley Martin to force in a run. She then struck out Jennifer Campbell to end the scoring threat.   The Ladies went down quietly in their half of the first inning and the Nicholls State top of the second inning began with a walk to Gabby LeMaire. Head Coach Mark Montgomery then called to his bullpen for freshman Kelsey Greeson, who walked her first batter. Both runners advanced a base on a groundout and LeMaire then scored on a single by Kodi Butler. The Colonels pushed their third run of the game across on a groundball to first base.   Trailing 3-0 after two innings, Greeson settled down and scattered six hits over the course of her six innings in relief, never allowing Nicholls State to sustain a rally. She and the rest of the team continued to wait patiently for the Centenary offense to get back on track in order to start chipping away at the Colonels lead..   Still without a basehit in the game entering the fourth inning, the Ladies received a positive when sophomore Emerald Doria led off with a single up the middle. Doria stole second and then scored when Allison Shepperd’s hard-hit grounball to shortstop went through Kat Harrell’s legs and rolled
February 20, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Justin Darr had the lone RBI for the Gents Tuesday NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin (3-7) pounded out 16 hits and scored 11 runs to defeat the Centenary baseball team (5-7), 11-1, Tuesday at Jaycees Field. On an overcast and dreary day, the Gents faced the Lumberjacks in their 2007 home-opener at Jaycees Field. After SFA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, the Lumberjacks blew the game open in the third, scoring three runs to take a 4-0 advantage on the Gents. In the third, the first three SFA batters reached off of Centenary starting pitcher Derek Bross (St. Joseph, Mich.) , all scoring in the inning. Centerfielder Vince Wade drew a walk to lead off the inning, followed by consecutive singles by Jeff Brewer and Noel Trevino. The final run of the third was scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Steven Hill. Centenary got a run back in the top of the fifth off of a double by senior Justin Dar r (The Woodlands, Texas) to center, scoring junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) from first. Unfortunately for the Gents, the team just couldn’t make up any of the deficit over the final four innings of the game, combining for just four hits in the loss. The Lumberjacks added a run in the fifth off of a Hill single to center, scoring Brewer, and a run in the seventh off of a Kevin Crabtree homer to left. In the bottom of the eighth, the Lumberjacks added five runs to take an 11-1 lead on the Gents. SFA starting pitcher Erich Lehmann went seven innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four. Bross (0-1) went four innings in the start for the Gents, striking out three. Senior David McElroy (Victoria, B.C.) , along with freshmen Peter Stark (Dallas) and Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) all made relief appearances for Centenary. Centenary returns to Shehee Stadium Friday for a weekend, three-game series against Northern Iowa. At home this season, the Gents boast a 5-5 record.
February 19, 2007 | Athletics
Sheehan earned a 4-1 win over Kansas State Sunday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary junior Jeremy Sheehan was named Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week, announced by the conference office Monday. Sheehan, a native of Bonner Springs, Kan., pitched seven innings to lead Centenary to a 4-1 win over Kansas State Sunday in the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic. In his seven innings of work, Sheehan walked just one batter, striking out three and allowing one run. The junior righty didn’t allow a run over the first six innings of the game, not allowing a runner past second in the first six innings. This season, Sheehan has a 3.93 ERA, tied for the team lead with 10 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings. He has limited opponents to a .333 batting average. With the win over the Wildcats, Sheehan brought his record to 2-1 on the season. Centenary went 2-2 in the Gents Baseball Classic, with wins over Penn State and Kansas State. Monday’s announcement of Sheehan earning Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week honors marked the second consecutive week a Centenary player has earned conference weekly accolades. Gents junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) earned Mid-Con Player of the Week last week after helping Centenary capture a three-game sweep of Jackson State. Sheehan and the Gents (5-6) travel to Nacogdoches, Texas Tuesday afternoon to face Stephen F. Austin. First pitch between Centenary and the Lumberjacks is scheduled for 2 p.m.
February 19, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bethany Joseph had 16 points in Monday's loss to Oral Roberts TULSA, Okla. -- A combined 42 points by Elisha Turek and Jenny Hardin led Oral Roberts (18-9, 7-5) to an 87-58 win over Centenary women’s basketball team (5-22, 1-11) Monday at the Mabee Center. Turek, a senior forward who leads the Mid-Continent Conference in both scoring and rebounding, had a game-high 22 points in Monday’s win for the Golden Eagles, hitting 10-of-15 shots from the floor. The 6-foot-1 forward recorded her conference-leading 14th double-double Monday, adding 10 rebounds and helping Oral Roberts to its fourth consecutive conference win. The Golden Eagles never trailed in Monday’s game, leading by as many as 38 points midway through the second half. Taking a 10-point lead following a pair of free throws by Hardin with 12:10 remaining in the first half, Oral Roberts would lead by double figures for the remainder of the game. Centenary’s comeback efforts were hindered due to foul trouble for leading-scorer Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) and lights-out shooting by the Golden Eagles. For the game, Oral Roberts shot 50.7 percent from the floor, scoring 20 more points in the paint than Centenary with high-percentage shots. Picking up her third foul of the contest with 6:01 remaining in the opening half, Wilkins had to sit out the remainder of the first half, playing only 21 minutes in Monday’s loss and finishing with just two points. Trailing 49-27 at the intermission, Centenary could not cut into the Oral Roberts lead early in the second half, instead trading baskets with the Golden Eagles. With 16:58 remaining, two free throws by Mariana Camargo gave the Golden Eagles their first 30-point lead of the game, not trailing by less than 30 until late in the game. Hardin, who played her second game after returning from injury, added 20 points and seven rebounds in the win. Leading Centenary in scoring was sophomore Cierra B
February 19, 2007 | Athletics
Holli Wilkins is just seven points shy of 1,000 for her collegiate career The Centenary women’s basketball team (5-21, 1-10) travels to Tulsa, Okla. to face Oral Roberts (17-9, 6-5) at the Mabee Center Monday at 7 p.m.   In Monday’s game, the Ladies look to earn their first victory in the lifetime series with the Golden Eagles, standing with an 0-7 all-time record against Oral Roberts. Monday’s game can be heard live on KSCL 91.3 and www.SportsJuice.com, with Doug Greenwald handling play-by-play announcing duties.   SENIORS GO OUT ON TOP Playing their final game at the Gold Dome, seniors Jelena Aleksic, Tracee Byrd and Holli Wilkins went out with a win, defeating Southern Utah, 72-67, Feb. 12.   Wilkins, leading the Ladies in scoring with a 12.2 ppg. average, scored 16 points in her final home game to lead the team in scoring. Playing all but one minute against the Thunderbirds, Wilkins added six rebounds, five assists and four steals.   In addition to Wilkins play, fellow-senior Jelena Aleksic had 12 points in her final home game, grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore Cierra Bush had 12 points for the Ladies.   Fittingly, the first and last basket made by Centenary was made by a senior, with Aleksic making the first basket of the game for the Ladies and Wilkins cleaning up with the final Centenary basket.   The win ended an 11-game losing streak for the Ladies.   SEVEN TO 1,000 More than likely, senior guard Holli Wilkins will reach the 1,000-point mark in Monday’s game against the Golden Eagles.   Wilkins stands with 993 points in her four seasons, ranking third in Centenary history in career points. She is on the brink of becoming only the third player in Ladies history to score 1,000 points in their collegiate careers.   This season, Wilkins is leads Centenary in scoring (12.2 ppg.), steals (56) and three-pointers (44). The senior guard is the all-time leader in career steals with the Ladies (213).
February 18, 2007 | Athletics
Stacy Whitmer Jennifer Mango Emerald Doria HOUSTON—The Centenary softball team wrapped up play in the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston on Sunday. The Ladies split their final action of the event with a 2-1 win over Missouri State and a 9-1 loss to the Houston Cougars.   With a tournament field consisting of five NCAA Tournament teams from last season, the Ladies 1-4 record on the weekend isn’t anything for the team to hang their head about.   “This was a very tough field and despite the losses, we made strides this weekend towards being where we want to be as a team,” said head coach Mark Montgomery. “Not only did five of the seven teams make the NCAA Tournament last year, but at least five of them will be there again at the end of this season.”   One of those teams to qualify for the tournament in 2006 was Missouri State, whom the Ladies defeated today. Missouri State won both the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and the conference tournament last year, showing the potential of what this year’s Centenary team has to offer.   The Ladies scored in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead over the Bears. Emerald Doria led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Haley Bassett laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Doria to third and she scored shortly after on a sacrifice fly from Allison Shepperd.   Stacy Whitmer shut down the Missouri State bats and did not allow the Bears to get on the board until the sixth inning. Whitmer made just one mistake and Jessie Smith drove the pitch over the left field fence to tie the game at 1-1.   Centenary responded in the bottom half of the frame to move back on top 2-1. Bassett singled with one out and Micah Rhodes drew a walk. Jennifer Mango then delivered a double to plate Bassett with the winning run.   Mango went 3-for-3 on the game to lead the Ladies offensively. Whitmer earned the win after tossing the
February 18, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Penn State Box Score - Kansas State Matt Webb had an .842 on-base percentage over the weekend SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary split its doubleheader Sunday in the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic, played at Shehee Stadium. The Gents defeated Kansas State (3-1),4-1, while falling 7-6 to Penn State (1-3).   Going 2-2 in the four games this weekend, Centenary earned wins over both Penn State and Kansas State during the three-day event at Shehee Stadium. In both of the Gent losses, Centenary fell by just a run, showing a “never die” attitude and continuing to fight until the final out of the contest.   Having a standout performance for the Gents over the four games, senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) hit .571 (4-7) with a team-leading four runs scored and two RBI. Drawing a remarkable nine walks over the four games, Webb had an on-base percentage of .842 to lead the Gents. He finished the weekend with three stolen bases and a slugging percentage of .857 to lead Centenary.   Centenary travels to Stephen F. Austin Tuesday for non-conference action in Nacogdoches, Texas. Game time against the Lumberjacks is scheduled for 2 p.m.   Game 1 - Penn State 7, Centenary 6 Trailing 7-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Centenary scored three runs in the bottom half to cut the deficit to just a run with two innings remaining in the contest.   Centenary broke out with two-straight hits to start out the seventh. After Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.) both reached to start the inning, Webb drew a walk to load the bases for the Gents.   Junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) laced a double down the rightfield line to score all three runs   in the seventh, cutting the lead to 7-6. Maldonado led Centenary with four RBI in this weekend’s four games.   Following a scoreless eighth, the Gents had a golden opportunity to either
February 17, 2007 | Athletics
The Gents earned runner-up honors at this season's championships INDIANAPOLIS -- Centenary freshman Maggie Vaughan and Centenary head coach Butch Jordan were both honored at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships Saturday, capping off a successful meet for both the men’s and women’s programs. Vaughan, a native of Clinton, Miss., earned 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Newcomer of the Year Saturday after a sterling performance at the conference meet. In the three-day meet, held Thursday to Saturday at IUPUI Natatorium, Vaughan broke two conference records en route to becoming the first Ladies swimmer to earn Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year. Drawing praise from both her teammates and coaches, Jordan described Vaughan as somewhat a coach’s dream. "We knew Maggie had potential heading into this season," Jordan said. "She did everything we asked of her and it paid off in the end." Vaughan captured both the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle events at this season’s conference championships, marking her place both in Centenary and Mid-Con history. Vaughan started the conference meet out in fine fashion, shattering a five-year record in the 500 free with a time of 4:48.75. The previous Mid-Con record in the event was 4:59.29, set during the 2002 season. The freshman sensation capped off the conference championships with a record-setting performance in the 1,650 free, setting a new Mid-Con record with a time of 16:53.97 and barely missing the NCAA B qualifying time (16:53.04). This season, Vaughan has earned Mid-Con Swimmer of the Week on two occasions, winning Mid-Con Athlete of the Month for December. In leading the men’s swimming program to their best-ever finish at the conference championships, Jordan earned 2006-07 Mid-Con Men’s Coach of the Year honors. Giving all credit to the student-athletes, assistant coach Joe Ferguson and parents of the Centenary swimmers, Jordan said that the Coach of the Year Award is in actuality a "team" a
February 17, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Mid-Con Final Results Mid-Con Results - Day Three Cole McGee took second in the 1,650 free Saturday INDIANAPOLIS -- Centenary men’s swimming racked up 603.5 points to finish as runners-up in the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, held at IUPUI Natatorium, in Indianapolis. Concluding with Saturday’s meet finale, the Gents earned their best-ever finish at the conference championships, just in their third season in the Mid-Con. Seven Centenary swimmers advanced to the championship finals in their respective events in Saturday’s meet, led by freshman Cole McGee’s (Albuquerque, N.M.) second-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle. In the first event in the men’s competition, McGee set a new Centenary record with his runner-up finish in the 1,650 free, finishing with a time of 16:13.80. Also finishing strong in the event, junior Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Texas) registered a time of 16:37.90 to take fifth in the 1,650 free, with Quinn Larwood (Colleyville, Texas) finishing ninth (16:56.68) and Clayton Carter (Houston) taking 13th (17:25.46). Freshman Alex Opland (Marietta, Ga.) advanced to the championship finals in the 200 backstroke, finishing with a personal-best time of 1:56.25 to earn fifth place. Opland was followed by Clay Malinovsky (Frisco, Texas) and Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La.) in the event, who finished ninth and 12th, respectively. In the 100 free, Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La.) broke the Gent record with his fifth-place finish, touching the wall with a time of 46.14. Still in the 100 free, brothers Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Texas) and Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas) both set personal records, finishing ninth and 12th, respectively. Dustin broke out with a time of 47.23 in the finals, while Bryan went 48.06 in the finals, setting his personal-best with a time of 47.97 in the event preliminaries. Kyle McKee (Louisville, Ky.) , Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas) and Ryan Duplantis (Chau
February 17, 2007 | Athletics
Maggie Vaughan INDIANAPOLIS -- Centenary freshman Maggie Vaughan and Centenary head coach Butch Jordan were both honored at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships Saturday, capping off a successful meet for both the men’s and women’s programs. Vaughan, a native of Clinton, Miss., earned 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Newcomer of the Year Saturday after a sterling performance at the conference meet. In the three-day meet, held Thursday to Saturday at IUPUI Natatorium, Vaughan broke two conference records en route to becoming the first Ladies swimmer to earn Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year. Drawing praise from both her teammates and coaches, Jordan described Vaughan as somewhat a coach’s dream. "We knew Maggie had potential heading into this season," Jordan said. "She did everything we asked of her and it paid off in the end." Vaughan captured both the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle events at this season’s conference championships, marking her place both in Centenary and Mid-Con history. Vaughan started the conference meet out in fine fashion, shattering a five-year record in the 500 free with a time of 4:48.75. The previous Mid-Con record in the event was 4:59.29, set during the 2002 season. The freshman sensation capped off the conference championships with a record-setting performance in the 1,650 free, setting a new Mid-Con record with a time of 16:53.97 and barely missing the NCAA B qualifying time (16:53.04). This season, Vaughan has earned Mid-Con Swimmer of the Week on two occasions, winning Mid-Con Athlete of the Month for December. In leading the men’s swimming program to their best-ever finish at the conference championships, Jordan earned 2006-07 Mid-Con Men’s Coach of the Year honors. Giving all credit to the student-athletes, assistant coach Joe Ferguson and parents of the Centenary swimmers, Jordan said that the Coach of the Year Award is in actuality a "team" award, not just accreditation to one individual. Th
February 17, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-CSU Box Score 2-17-07 Nick Stallings Alexander Starr Tyrone Hamilton Chase Adams Bryan Baumann —The Centenary men’s basketball team ended its home season with a thrilling 83-80 come-from-behind victory over Chicago State Saturday evening in the Gold Dome. Seniors Larry Logan and Alexander Starr were honored in a pre-game ceremony and then Starr finished the game with several big plays for a fitting send-off.   Centenary (10-18) started the game looking lethargic and quickly fell behind 14-6 just five minutes into the contest. Despite being out of rhythm and always being a step behind Chicago State ’s smaller and quicker guards, the Gents managed to creep back slowly behind 17 first-half points by Nick Stallings. As a result, Centenary trailed by only four at 36-32 at the half.   Chicago State (9-20) led the entire game from the 17:38 mark of the first period and lengthened its lead out to as many as 13 points. Still down eight with 2:36 to play, freshman Jeff Montague dished the ball out from the middle of the lane to an open Tyrone Hamilton, who drained a three-pointer.   That shot breathed life into the previously deflated Gents squad and the rest of the game would be very exciting, especially down the stretch.   Hamilton made both free throw attempts after a Chicago State missed jumper and seconds later a steal by Chase Adams led to an Alexander Starr lay-up that brought the Centenary deficit to just one at 75-74 with 1:43 to go. CSU made only one of two free tosses after being fouled and Starr answered with a floater from the lane to knot the game at 76.   Kourtney Clavin sank a pair of free throws for CSU and no foul was whistled when Hamilton drove the lane on the other end for the Gents. Having to foul to regain possession, David Holston made two free throws for the Cougars to move back on top by four with 31 ticks left.   Hamilton then dribbled straight down court and pul
February 17, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SIU Box Score 2-17-07 Allison Shepperd Haley Bassett HOUSTON—The Centenary softball pitching staff continued its two-out woes against Southern Illinois on day two of the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston. The Ladies allowed all five runs in a 5-1 loss to the Salukis to score on two-out rallies.   Centenary (0-8) was only out-hit 8-6 on the day but spread its six hits out over four innings. Southern Illinois (7-2) tallied seven of its eight hits in the first two innings, with six of those coming with two outs.   In the first inning, Southern Illinois’ Amanda Clifton singled home Tiffanie Dismore from third base with two outs. After a walk, Katie Wagner singled to load the bases and Jayme Wamsley laced a double into right-center field to plate two more and put the Salukis on top 3-0 off of Centenary starter Ryan Thacker.   In the SIU second, Thacker retired the first two hitters on a fly out and a strike out. However, Alicia Garza singled to keep the inning alive and Lauren Haas followed with a two-run homer to left field to spot Southern Illinois to the early 5-0 advantage.   Despite having several opportunities to score, the Ladies could not come up with the big hit when it was needed. Centenary finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when freshman Allison Shepperd homered to center field for her first collegiate blast.   Centenary relievers Stacy Whitmer and Kelsey Greeson combined to pitch 5.1 scoreless innings the rest of the way, but the Ladies could not make up the difference. Thacker was saddled with her fourth loss of the season after allowing all five runs in 1.2 innings of work.   Offensively, freshman Haley Bassett continues to lead Centenary has she went 2-for-3 with a double in the loss. Shepperd collected an RBI and a run scored on her round-tripper while Jennifer Mango, Lauren Flowers, and Allison McClain also tallied hits on the evening
February 17, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Results Mid-Con Day Three Results Maggie Vaughan broke the 1,650 freestyle record in the Mid-Con Saturday INDIANAPOLIS -- Centenary women’s swimming finished fifth at the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, finishing the three-day meet, held at IUPUI Natatorium, with 387 points. Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) capped off a strong performance at the conference championships, winning the 1,650 freestyle in record-setting time. Breaking both the Mid-Con and Centenary records in the event, Vaughan finished with a time of 16:53.97, just off the NCAA B qualifying time of 16:53.04. Also competing in the 1,650, sophomore Betsy Smith (Shreveport) finished in 17th position with a time of 19:27.98, while sophomore Caitlin Cunningham (Alvin, Texas) finished 21st (20:16.12). Four other Centenary swimmers advanced to the finals of their events in Saturday’s meet. In the 200 fly, sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) took fourth with a time of 2:09.87. In the preliminaries, Cantillo set a new school record in the 200 fly with a time of 2:09.76. Sophomore Beth Geis (Dallas) finished 11th with a time of 2:18.30 and freshman Jessica Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) took 12th (2:19.25). Freshmen Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas) and Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo.) both advanced to the finals of the 200 breaststroke, with Loy leading the way with a sixth-place finish with a time of 2:28.79. In Saturday’s prelims, Loy set a new school record with a personal-best time of 2:27.28. Wyatt finished eighth Saturday with a time of 2:29.35. Advancing to the consolation finals, Smith finished 16th with a time of 2:41.22, while freshman Kendra Norman (Power Springs, Ga.) finished 13th in the 200 breaststroke (2:35.23). Freshman Leslie Clampitt (Dallas) advanced to the event finals in the 100 free, finishing eighth with a time of 53.47. Her time in the 100 free set both a new personal record and Centenary
February 17, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Will Kaage went seven innings in Saturday's loss to Kansas State SHREVEPORT, La. -- Kansas State (2-0) scored three runs in the eighth inning to capture a 6-5 comeback win over the Centenary baseball team (4-5) Saturday at the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic, held at Shehee Stadium. Leading the Wildcats for majority of Saturday’s game, the Gents just couldn’t close out the contest Saturday, allowing three runs in the eighth. In the deciding inning, the first six Kansas State batters reached recorded hits, leading to three runs to take a 6-5 lead over the Gents. With two on in the eighth, pinch-hitter Derek Bunker roped a double to center field, scoring the first of the three runs. Kansas State shortstop Eli Rumler followed Bunker with a single to center field, scoring Jordan Cruz from third and tying the game at 5-5. Catcher Rob Vaughn had the final RBI hit of the inning, hitting a single to right field to score Bunker. Over the final two innings, Centenary was unable to duplicate the magic that it possessed earlier in the game. Daniel Edwards closed out the one-run victory for the Wildcats, pitching two no-hit innings to record his first save of the season, ending any chances of a Gent comeback. All five Centenary runs came in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) led off the inning with a single to right field, later scoring on a wild pitch by Kansas State pitcher Ben Hornbeck. Still in the third with runners at second and third, senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) hit a single to center field, scoring Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.) and Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) to give Centenary a 3-1 lead. Junior Alex Maldonado (Whitter, Calif.) added an RBI-single down the first-base line, scoring Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) , while Darr would score the fifth and final run on a Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) fielder’s choice. Keeping the Wildcats at bay early, senior Will
February 16, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Missouri Meet Results 2-16-07 Julia Cornelius Meredith Smith COLUMBIA, Mo.—The Centenary gymnastics team took on the 20 th ranked Missouri Tigers one-on-one Friday and earned its second-best team score of the season in falling 195.325 to 188.925. Julia Cornelius placed fourth on the bars and fifth on the beam to lead the Ladies.   Cornelius posted Centenary’s highest score of the evening with a 9.775 on the uneven bars. She then followed that up with a 9.650 on the beam. Meredith Smith’s 9.725 on the vault was the only other Ladies score to finish in the top five at fifth.   Julie Abaray of Missouri enjoyed an outstanding evening. She took part in three events and won all three with scores of 9.850 on bars, 9.850 on the beam, and a 9.875 on the floor exercise. Missouri’s Adrianne Perry took the vault title with a 9.925. Perry also captured the all-around title with a combined total of 39.325.   The Ladies will return home for the first of four consecutive home meets when they host Illinois-Chicago on March 2 nd at 7 p.m.
February 16, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Matt Webb went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI against Penn State SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (4-4) used timely hitting to earn a 7-6 win over Penn State (0-2) Friday at the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic at Shehee Stadium. Leading throughout the entire nine-inning game, Centenary showed its fight in the late innings, battling to hold onto a one-run win over the Nittany Lions. Getting a win over Penn State of the Big Ten, Centenary head coach Ed McCann credited his team’s grittiness and defense in the late innings. "We pitched real well and played pretty good defense. Most importantly, we’re beginning to gel a little bit," McCann said. "No one really cares who gets the credit as long as the job gets done. Although its great to beat a big-time name, we expect it." Centenary got on the board early in Friday’s game, as senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) hit an RBI-single to left, scoring fellow-senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) from second. Webb, who stole three bases against Penn State Friday, ended the game going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, while Huff had two RBI and two runs scored. In the second inning, Huff and Webb continued their timely hitting, both hitting RBI-singles to score three runs. With two outs and junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) and Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) on, Huff laced a sharp single to left field to score two runs. After Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.) walked to put two on for the Gents, Webb singled up the gut to give Centenary a commanding 4-0 lead. The Gents were able to build the lead due to the early pitching of senior Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) , who earned his second win of the season Friday. In the top of the second inning, with one out and the bases loaded, Fulenchek concentrated on the plate. The senior lefty was able to force Penn State second baseman Matt Cavagnaro to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning, keeping the Nittany Lions
February 16, 2007 | Athletics
Larry Logan and Alexander Starr SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will welcome former Mid-Continent Conference member Chicago State to the Gold Dome on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the final home contest of the season. It will be the final home game in a Gents uniform for seniors Larry Logan and Alexander Starr. The duo will be recognized by their teammates and coaches for their hard work and dedication in a pre-game ceremony.   Centenary (9-18, 3-9 Mid-Con) enters the game after a tough loss to Oral Roberts 85-80 on the road Thursday night. The Gents erased a 15-point second half deficit to take the lead with eight minutes to play and eventually fell in the final seconds.   The Gents have played well of late despite missing Logan for three games following an injury. Starr has picked up the slack for his fallen classmate, averaging 21.3 ppg over the three-game span, which resulted in two Centenary wins. Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton leads the team at 16.1 ppg on the season.   Chicago State (9-19) is coming off of a blowout win last Saturday against East-West University 112-77. The Cougars are paced by David Holston’s 15.6 ppg and Royce Parran’s 14.7 ppg. Altogether, six Chicago State players are averaging in double figures on the year.   Chicago State holds the all-time series advantage 5-2 and won the last meeting between the two clubs on February 11, 2006, 77-69 in overtime in Chicago .   The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
February 16, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Indiana Box Score 2-16-07 CC-Texas State Box Score 2-16-07 Haley Bassett Allison Shepperd Lindsey Virdell HOUSTON—The Centenary softball team dropped its first two games of the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston on Friday. The Ladies began the morning with a 3-0 loss to Indiana before losing 5-3 to Texas State in the afternoon.   Centenary (0-7) struggled to find offense in the morning match-up and did not break through with a hit until Allison Shepperd singled to begin the sixth inning. A walk and another single by Lin Virdell loaded the bases with two outs, but the Ladies would not score. The two hits in the inning would be all Centenary would manage in the game.   Indiana (1-0) got on the board in the fourth frame when Jennilee Huddleston and Tory Yamaguchi belted back-to-back homers off of Centenary pitcher Ryan Thacker (0-3). The Hoosiers would add another run in the sixth to seal the game.     In the afternoon contest, the Ladies led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but could not hold on. Centenary took the lead in the fourth on two runs behind singles from Emerald Doria, Haley Bassett, and Micah Rhodes. The Maroon and White scored again in the top of the sixth when Bassett connected for her first long ball on the season.   Texas State (3-5) struck in the bottom half of the inning on only two hits thanks to three consecutive walks. Centenary hurler Stacy Whitmer (0-1) was cruising along in the game and quickly recorded two outs in the sixth. With one runner on, Whitmer issued free passes to three straight Bobcat batters to force in a run and leave the bases still loaded.   Kelsey Greeson relieved Whitmer and allowed a single that scored two. Texas State then added another run and the Ladies would not recover.   Thacker allowed three runs in five innings in the tournament opener on five hits. Whitmer was charged for five runs in 5.2 innings while Gree
February 16, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results - Mid-Con Day Two Taryne Cantillo took second in the 100 fly Friday INDIANAPOLIS -- The Centenary women’s swimming team stands in fourth place with 263 points at the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, held at IUPUI Natatorium Friday. Falling one spot from Thursday, the Ladies had four team records broken in Friday’s meet. Setting a new record in the 100 fly and earning the low finish for the Ladies team Friday, sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) finished second in the 100 fly with a time of 58.61. In earning the silver in the event, Cantillo broke her own Centenary record, recording a time of 58.48 in Friday’s preliminaries. Also in the 100 fly, freshman Jessica Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) finished eighth with a time of 1:01.21. Brown swam a 1:00.50 in the preliminaries to set a new personal record in the event. Sophomore Beth Geis (Dallas) finished 13th in the event with a time of 1:00.83. In the 400 individual medley, freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) earned fourth place, recording a time of 4:37.97 to set a new Centenary record in the event. Sophomore Nicole Turner (Rockwall, Texas) finished 14th in the event with a personal record 4:57.67. Freshman Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas) and junior Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas) both earned 14th place in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively. Freshman Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas) finished 11th in teh 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.29, while sophomore Betsy Smith (Shreveport) had a personal best time of 1:10.80 to finish 15th. In the relays, the 800 free relay team of Vaughan, freshman Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo) , Nazzal and Cantillo broke the school record with a time of 7:51.02 to finish third. The team broke the old school record by more than 15 seconds (8:06.13) to close out Friday’s session. The 200 medley relay team of Cantillo, Wyatt, Brown and Leslie Clampitt (D
February 16, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results - Mid-Con Day Two Jamie Stults set a new school record in the 400 IM INDIANAPOLIS -- The Gents swimming team continue to stand in second place at the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Championships after the second day, ending Friday with 404.50 points. Held at IUPUI Natatorium, Centenary was led by four second place finishes in Friday’s meet. Sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark.) and freshman Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas) both earned second place in their respective events, while both Gent relay teams took home second place behind meet leaders Oakland University. Lambert broke the Centenary record in the 200 free with a time of 1:41.33 Friday, breaking his own school record (1:43.34). Behind Lambert in the event and also scoring top eight times, junior Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Texas) finished seventh in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.20. Myers set a new personal record in Friday’s preliminaries with a time of 1:44.78. Junior Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Texas) finished eighth in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.37. Stults took home silver in the 400 individual medley with a new Centenary record time of 4:05.80. The Gents had a very strong showing in the 400 IM, ending with three swimmers in the top five. Behind Stults, freshman Quinn Larwood (Colleyville, Texas) had a time of 4:14.05 to take fourth, while junior Robert Hendricks (Plano, Texas) finished fifth with a time of 4:14.79. Both Larwood and Hendricks set personal best times in Friday’s meet. Freshman Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La.) finished fourth in the 100 backstroke, breaking the school record for the event with a time of 52.07. Junior Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La.) finished seventh in the event with a time of 54.26. In the 100 fly, Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas) and Wladimir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas) finished sixth (51.20) and eighth (51.69), respectively. To start the night, the team of Bryan Myers, Stults, Montoya and Hayes took
February 16, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Head coach Chase Wooten and the Centenary women’s soccer team announce the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, adding Devan Bell and Mitzi Perkins for the 2007 season. The two junior college transfers join 10 high school players that signed with the Ladies previously, bringing the recruiting class signed by Wooten to 12 highly-capable players who can contribute to the Ladies program. Bell, an outside midfielder from Arlington, Texas, captained Bossier Parish Community College in the 2006 season. Most likely contributing to Centenary as an outside mid or forward this first year. Wooten says Bell is very composed with the ball, bringing an invaluable college experience to the Ladies. Perkins comes to Centenary after having played for Shelton State Community College. A defender, Perkins has been an impact player with Shelton State for the past two seasons. Wooten describes Perkins as a very athletic back that brings good leadership to the defense and a hard-nosed style of play. Both Bell and Perkins come to Centenary filling need positions for the Ladies.
February 15, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results - Mid- Con First Day Chase Lambert finished fourth in the 500 free Thursday Jamie Stults took fourth in the 200 IM with a school record 1:54.57 INDIANAPOLIS -- The Centenary men’s swimming team stands in second place in the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, held at IUPUI Natatorium, in Indianapolis. The Gents finished Thursday with 164 points. Centenary broke school records in all five events Thursday, looking for its best finish at the conference championships in program history. Starting the evening off, the relay team of Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La.) , Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas) , Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Texas) and Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La.) finished third in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:24.56. The mark set by the four swimmers broke the previous school record of 1:26.63, set earlier this season. In the next event on the men’s side, sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark.) took fourth in the 500 free with a career-best time of 4:39.30, breaking his own school record in the event (4:42.48). Also finishing in the top eight in the 500 free, junior Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Texas) finished with a career-best time of 4:44.04, while freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) also set a personal best with a time of 4:50.65. Gilbert and McGee finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Setting personal bests and finishing in the top 16 in the 500 free, freshman Wladimir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas) finished 13th with a time of 4:44.80, while fellow-freshman Clayton Carter (Houston) touched the wall with a time of 4:53.77. Freshman Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas) joined Lambert with a top five finish in his respective event. Stults took fourth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:54.57, breaking his own school record by close to four seconds (1:58.30). Sophomore Ryan Duplantis (Chauvin, La.) finished seventh in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.25. With the time, Duplantis
February 15, 2007 | Athletics
Brandon Fulenchek gets things started for the Gents agianst Penn State Friday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (3-4) hosts the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic at Shehee Stadium Friday to Sunday. Visiting Shreveport this weekend are Penn State (0-0) of the Big Ten and Kansas State (0-0) of the Big 12, with the Wildcats and Nittany Lions kicking the games off Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.   Game Schedule (Home Team in Neutral Games Listed First) Friday, Feb. 16 Game 1: Kansas State vs. Penn State, 4 p.m. Game 2: Penn State at Centenary, 7 p.m.   Saturday, Feb. 17 Game 3: Kansas State at Centenary, 1 p.m. Game 4: Penn State vs. Kansas State, 4 p.m.   Sunday, Feb. 18 Game 5: Penn State at Centenary, 10 a.m. Game 6: Kansas State at Centenary, 1 p.m.   GENTS RETURN TO SHEHEE Coming off a 5-4 loss at Northwestern State Tuesday, Centenary returns to Shehee Stadium for this weekend’s Gents Baseball Classic.   In Tuesday’s game, the Gents almost made up a three-run deficit over the final two innings. In the final inning, Centenary failed to score the game-tying run with two aboard and no outs.   The Gents broke out against Northwestern State, taking a 2-0 lead after the top of the third inning. Senior Matt Webb tripled to centerfield in the third, later scoring when fellow-senior Justin Darr grounded out to first.   Junior lefty Johnny Noland went six innings for the Gents, allowing seven hits, five runs and striking out seven.   SLATED TO START FOR GENTS Seniors Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) and Will Kaage (RHP) will be joined by juniors Jeremy Sheehan (RHP) and Johnny Noland (LHP) in starts against Penn State and Kansas State this weekend.   Fulenchek gets the start in Friday’s game against Penn State, followed by Kaage Saturday against Kansas State. Sheehan and Noland take on the two teams in Sunday’s doubleheader.   Of the four starters, Fulenchek leads the group with a 2.77 ERA in two starts. The lefty h
February 15, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ORU Box Score 2-15-07 Alexander Starr Tyrone Hamilton Lance Hill Chase Adams TULSA, Okla.—The Centenary men’s basketball team pushed the Mid-Continent Conference leading Oral Roberts Golden Eagles to the brink on Thursday evening, but came up on the short end of the 85-80 score. The Gents overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to take the lead, only to fall in the end.   Oral Roberts (19-8, 11-1 Mid-Con) led 48-33 at the half after shooting a sensational 70.4 percent from the field (19-of-27). However, the Gents responded with a 30-14 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to grab its first lead at 63-62 with 9:28 to play.   Centenary (9-18, 3-9 Mid-Con), playing its third game without starting forward Larry Logan, took the lead on a three-pointer by freshman Chase Adams. The lead then changed hands several times over the final minutes and the game was still tied at 80 apiece with 48 seconds to play.   ORU’s Caleb Green was sent to the free throw line on a foul that was called before the ball was in-bounded after a stoppage of play. Green sank both free throws to put the Golden Eagles up by two. Centenary’s attempt to tie the game on a drive by Alexander Starr was no good when the senior’s shot was blocked and no foul was whistled despite contact. Ken Tutt corralled the loose ball and was fouled immediately.   Tutt made one of two free throws to give the Gents a chance to tie with a three-pointer, but sophomore Tyrone Hamilton lost control of the ball at mid-court and two more ORU free throws sealed the game.   On the night, Centenary shot 52.7 percent from the field, 53.8 percent from long distance and 75 percent from the charity stripe. Oral Roberts shot for very similar percentages of 56.5 percent from the floor, 50 percent from downtown, and 73.5 percent from the free throw line.   Both teams collected 27 rebounds in the game and Centenary committed one le
February 15, 2007 | Athletics
ARLINGTON , TX - The Centenary Gents tennis team dropped its road match against the University of Texas-Arlington 6-0.   The Gents tennis team lost all of their singles and doubles matches against the UTA Mavericks.   The double teams of Daniel Omana/Gonzalo Bienzabos, and Diego Matta/ Javier Herrera defeated Centenary’s Mark Rodgam/Seva Kostelanetz and Gerry Lizano/Jacob Dawson 8-2, 8-2. Playing solo, UTA’s tennis team won every match, with Oman beating Rodgam (6-0, 6-1); Agis beating Kostelanetz (6-0, 6-0), Herrera beating Lizano (6-1, 6-0), and Bienzabos beat Dawson (6-1, 6-0). Grambling took the game 6-0.
February 15, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results - Mid-Con First Day Vaughan set a new Mid-Con record in the 500 Free Thursday INDIANAPOLIS -- Freshman Maggie Vaughan set a new Mid-Continent Conference record at the conference championships Thursday, as the Centenary women’s swimming team stands third with 122 points after the first day. With the championships held at IUPUI Natatorium, in Indianapolis, Vaughan continues to excel in her freshman season with the Ladies, winning the women’s 500 freestyle Thursday with a time of 4:58.75. The Clinton, Miss. native broke both the Centenary program record and conference record with her time Thursday, breaking the Mid-Con record held the last five years by Angela Simetkosky of Oakland (4:59.29). Vaughan, who lowered her career-best time in the event by more than eight seconds, started the day in fine fashion, winning the preliminaries in the 500 free with a time of 5:05.51. She became the first Centenary women’s swimmer to win an individual event in program history. Peaking at the most opportune time, the Ladies set new program records in all five events Thursday, led by Vaughan’s win in the 500 free. The Ladies finished fifth in both relays Thursday, breaking the program record in the 200 free relay to start the evening session. The team of Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas) , Alana Gregory (Flower Mound, Texas) , Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas) and Leslie Clampitt (Dallas), set a new program record in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:40.10 Thursday. In the 400 medley relay, Centenary registered a new program record time of 4:04.55, as the team of Zimmerman, Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo.) , Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) and Nazzal took fifth in the event. Wyatt took silver in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:10.45. In Thursday morning’s preliminary round, Wyatt broke the Centenary record with a time of 2:10.15, breaking the school record of Cantillo (2:11.79).
February 15, 2007 | Athletics
VS. TULSA , Okla. —The Centenary men’s basketball team has won two straight and looks to extend its streak when it faces Oral Roberts in Tulsa tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Gents currently sit in seventh place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings while the Golden Eagles own the top spot with a sparkling 10-1 league record.   Centenary (9-17, 3-8 Mid-Con) enjoyed hard-fought victories over Southern Utah and UMKC in the Gold Dome last week. Playing without senior Larry Logan due to injury, senior Alexander Starr and sophomore Nick Stallings stepped up their games. Starr was named Mid-Con Player of the Week after scoring 31 points against UMKC while Stallings poured in 20 points in the victory over Southern Utah .   Starr is now averaging 13 ppg and an even better 15.4 ppg in conference play. Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton continues to lead Centenary in scoring at 15.9 ppg   Oral Roberts (18-8, 10-1 Mid-Con) is paced by Mid-Con Preseason Player of the Year Caleb Green who is averaging 19.9 ppg. Fellow senior Ken Tutt is tossing in 15.7 ppg for the league’s top team. The Golden Eagles are coming off of a 22-point win over Southern Utah last Saturday and have now won every Mid-Con game except an overtime loss on the road at Valparaiso .   ORU holds a 6-1 lead in the all-time series and won the last meeting between the two teams on January 20 th in Shreveport 89-66.   The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
February 14, 2007 | Athletics
The Ladies are poised for a program-best finish this weekend in Indianapolis Traveling to Indianapolis, the Centenary women’s swimming team competes in this week’s Mid-Continent Conference, held Thursday to Saturday at IU Natatorium. The preliminary sessions on each day will begin at 11 a.m. (CST), with finals starting at 6:30 p.m.   SPECTATOR TICKET INFORMATION AND PARKING Single-session spectator admissions are sold at $9 for adults and $4 for children age 5-12. All-sessions passes will be sold for $40.   Parking is available on the campus of IUPUI on a first come, first serve basis. Visitor parking is available in the Natatorium Garage for a fee of $4 per vehicle. Buses can park in the lot located north of New York Street across from the Carroll Soccer Stadium.   MID-CON CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY Centenary finished last season’s conference championships in fifth place with 316.0 points. The Ladies best finish in the conference championships came with last season’s fifth-place finish, also finishing fifth in the 2004 season.   In this season’s conference championships, the Ladies look to capture their best finish as a program, with multiple Centenary swimmers registering top times in the conference this season.   LADIES AGAINST MID-CON Centenary holds a 7-7 record in dual meets this season.   Against Mid-Con teams, the Ladies are 4-0 in the 2006-07 season, sweeping IUPUI and Valparaiso at St. Louis University Dec. 19-20.   During the two-day meet, Centenary outscored Valparaiso, 265-155, to earn the sweep. The Ladies swept IUPUI, 268-143, to remain undefeated this season against Mid-Con teams.   Maggie Vaughan won three events during the weekend to lead the Ladies, setting two new school records in the process. In the two meets, Vaughan swept the 500 free for the weekend, finishing with a season-best time of 5:06.51. She also took the 1,000 free with a new school record time of 10:24.62.   Winn
February 14, 2007 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll Sanchez was the lone player from the Mid-Con to be honored SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary junior Calvin Sanchez was named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll for the week of Feb. 13, announced by the national organization Tuesday. The lone player from the Mid-Continent Conference to earn the honor, Sanchez helped the Gents earn a three-game sweep over Jackson State this past weekend, outscoring the Tigers, 27-14, over the series. Tied for the team-lead with a .500 batting average for the three-game series, the Santa Cruz, Calif., native finished the weekend with three RBI and four runs scored. The junior outfielder led the Gents with an on-base percentage of .615 and a slugging percentage of .700. In Saturday’s 7-6 extra innings win over Jackson State, Sanchez scored the game-winning run for Centenary, ending the game with a game-high three stolen bases. This season, Sanchez is hitting .529 in seven games with an on-base percentage of .600 and a slugging percentage of .706. Sanchez and the Gents welcome Penn State of the Big Ten and Kansas State of the Big 12 to Shehee Stadium for this weekend’s Gents Baseball Classic Friday through Sunday.
February 14, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UTT Box Score 2-14-07 Haley Bassett Emerald Doria Stacy Whitmer SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team opened the home portion of its 2007 schedule with a 6-4 loss to the University of Texas-Tyler on a bitter cold Wednesday evening. The loss is the fifth straight for the Ladies as the team continued to struggle at the plate until late in the contest.   Centenary (0-5) looked out of sync in the early going after a single to open the game by UT-Tyler. The next batter attempted a sacrifice bunt, but the Ladies misplayed the easy out. The following hitter also bunted and the Ladies saved another error by picking up the dropped ball at first base just in time for the out. Freshman pitcher Kelsey Greeson then buckled down and induced a grounder and a fly out to get out of the inning.   Texas-Tyler (1-0) held the Centenary bats silent behind solid defense and the strong pitching of Sam Darr. Haley Bassett singled in the first inning for the Ladies and the Maroon and White did not pick up another hit until the fifth inning.   The game remained scoreless until the Patriots exploded for five runs in the fourth frame. A lead-off walk, a Centenary throwing error, and a bloop single set up a three-run homer off the bat of Nicole Willhoite. With two outs and nobody on, back-to-back singles and a double into right-centerfield gave UT-Tyler two more runs.   The visitors made their lead six runs by posting a single run in the top of the fifth inning. Again with the bases empty and two outs, a single, an error, and another single from Kristen Akin plated Willhoite for her second run on the night.   Centenary finally responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Lyn Virdell led off with a double off the centerfield wall and scored on an RBI groundball by Emerald Doria. Doria later scored after a single from Haley Bassett and an RBI single by Allison Shepperd.   Trailing 6-2 in its last at-bat, Centenary
February 14, 2007 | Athletics
The Gents look to better their fifth-place finish in last season's championships   The Centenary men’s swim team travels to Indianapolis for the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Championships, held Thursday to Saturday at IU Natatorium. Preliminary sessions will begin at 11 a.m. on each day, while finals follow at 6:30 p.m.   SPECTATOR TICKET INFORMATION AND PARKING Single-session spectator admissions are sold at $9 for adults and $4 for children age 5-12. All-sessions passes will be sold for $40.   Parking is available on the campus of IUPUI on a first come, first serve basis. Visitor parking is available in the Natatorium Garage for a fee of $4 per vehicle. Buses can park in the lot located north of New York Street across from the Carroll Soccer Stadium.   MID-CON CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY The Gents finished fifth in last season’s conference championships, finishing with a team score of 344.0. Centenary’s best finish came in the 2003-04 season, finishing third with 598.0 points.   In two previous conference championship meets at IU Natatorium, the Gents have scored an average of 471.0 points per meet.   OAKLAND STANDS AS TEAM TO BEAT Centenary will be tested against the nationally-ranked and seven-time defending conference champions Oakland University in this weekend’s meet.   Oakland, standing sixth in the CollegeSwimming.com National Mid-Major Poll, holds the top times in the conference in 17 of 21 events this season.   In winning last season’s conference championships, the Golden Grizzlies racked up 970.0 points, 386.5 more points than runner-up Eastern Illinois.   GENTS RECORD IN DUELS In duel meets this season, the Gents hold a 6-6 record. The Gents have faced two Mid-Continent Conference teams in meets this season, defeating both Valparaiso and conference-championship hosts IUPUI.   Facing the two teams at St. Louis University, Dec. 19-20, the Gents swept both IUPUI and Valparaiso in
February 13, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Noland struck out seven in the start Tuesday against the Demons NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Centenary (3-4) fell 5-4 to Northwestern State (1-3) Tuesday at Brown-Stroud Field, ending a three-game winning streak for the Gents. In a game that featured several questionable calls by the umpiring crew, the Demons used a three-run third inning to earn their first victory of the season. With one out in the bottom of the third, third baseman Chase Lyles reached on an error by Centenary centerfielder Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) , later scoring on a single to right by Bernard Williams. Hitting a high fly ball to shallow center, a charging Huff initially had the ball for the out, falling out of his glove for the error. The first of numerous questionable calls came when Williams singled to right, trying to leg out a double. As Williams slid into second, he appeared to be tagged by Centenary shortstop Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) , but called safe by the first base umpire. This questionable call brought Gents head coach Ed McCann onto the field for the first of four face-to-face conversations with the umpiring crew. With Williams at second, Jacob Rhodes tripled to right-center, bringing home Williams for the game-tying score. Still in the third, Northwestern State benefitted from a bases-loaded walk by Centenary pitcher Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) for their third score of the inning, taking a 3-2 lead over the Gents. The Demons would hold onto the lead for the remainder of the contest, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by first baseman Mike Jaworski to build its lead to three runs. Centenary got off to a strong start in Tuesday’s game against the Demons, leading 2-0 after the top of the third inning. In the top of the second, junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Saenz hit back-to-back doubles to get the first Centenary run on the board. Sanchez laced a liner to left field, getting o
February 12, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score                     SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (5-21, 1-10) sent its seniors out on a high note, earning a 72-67 win over Southern Utah (9-15, 5-5) in the home finale at the Gold Dome Monday. Seniors Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) , Tracee Byrd (Long Beach, Miss.) and Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) all took to the Gold Dome court for one final time, one last chance to earn a victory in the twilight of their collegiate careers. Paying homage to the departing seniors, the rest of the Centenary team raised its level of play, eager to end the home portion of its schedule on a winning note. "We talked about before the game, you need to play for somebody else tonight. You don’t need to play for yourself," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said following the win. "Just think about your teammates. Think about your seniors and let’s get them out of her the right way, because they deserve that." An emotional, yet charged Ladies team took control of the game early, determined to win in the home finale. Fitting, the first basket of the game was made by a departing senior, a jumper from Aleksic from just inside the key. Down by a basket to the Thunderbirds, two-straight three-pointers by Wilkins gave the Ladies a two-point lead at 12-10, a lead that would not be relinquished for the remainder of the contest. In games past, Centenary would allow its opponents to forge a run at some point during the game to either retake the lead or build upon a lead. But a determined Ladies squad would yield no run to the visiting Thunderbirds, never trailing again after the 15:54 mark of the first half. With Southern Utah leading scorer and rebounder Anne Westwood in foul trouble throughout the game, the inside presence of the Thunderbirds was absent for much of the game. Asked what was the key to the five-point victory, Curtis pointed to the Ladies execution on the offensive end aga
February 12, 2007 | Athletics
Alexander Starr ELMHURST , Ill. —Centenary men’s basketball player Alexander Starr has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week by the league office. He earns the honor after leading the Gents to back-to-back wins over Southern Utah and UMKC.   Starr ( Dallas , Texas /Kimball HS) opened the week with 13 points, four assists, and three rebounds in Centenary’s 70-63 win over Southern Utah . On Saturday, he tallied a career-high 31 points, a career-high-tying 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 69-68 victory over UMKC. It was his second double-double of the season.   For the week, Starr averaged 22 points on 55 percent shooting, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.5 steals. The Gents now sit alone in seventh place in the Mid-Con standings and are tied with UMKC in the win column, which has played one less game than Centenary.
February 12, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Junior Calvin Sanchez was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week, becoming the first Gents baseball player to earn the weekly honor this season. Sanchez, an outfielder from Santa Cruz, Calif., tied for the team lead in batting in this past weekend’s three-game sweep of Jackson State at Shehee Stadium, hitting .500 for the series. Going 5-for-10 from the plate, Sanchez had a team-leading .700 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage. He tied for the Gents lead with two doubles in the three games, ending the series with three RBI and four stolen bases. Pivotal in Centenary’s 7-6 extra innings win over the Tigers, Sanchez scored the game-winning run for the Gents. After drawing a walk to get the winning run aboard in the bottom of the ninth, Sanchez stole second and scored on a Tim Kelleher single to left. For the game, he had three stolen bases. This season, Sanchez is hitting .462 with a .615 slugging percentage and .562 on-base percentage. Sanchez and the Gents travel to Northwestern State Tuesday for non-conference action in Natchitoches.
February 12, 2007 | Athletics
Matt Webb leads the Mid-Con with 7 stolen bases this year SHREVEPORT, La. -- Coming off a three-game sweep of Jackson State this past weekend, the Centenary baseball team (3-3) travels up Interstate 49 to face Northwestern State Tuesday in Natchitoches. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Brown-Stroud Field. Facing the Demons in their first midweek game of the season, the Gents are poised and in good spirits following their weekend sweep of Jackson State. In the sweep, Centenary racked 27 runs, including a season-high 13 runs in its 13-6 win Saturday. Three players enter Tuesday’s game hitting over .400 this season, led by juniors Cameron Penny (San Diego) and Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) . Senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) joins the two juniors, batting over .400 in six games. Penny, an infielder, has hits in all six games this season, batting .458 with five RBI. The junior has an on-base percentage of .519 and a slugging percentage of .500. Sanchez, the reigning Mid-Con Player of the Week, has an on-base percentage of .562 and a slugging percentage of .615, while batting .462 in six games. Coming off a breakout weekend against Jackson State, Sanchez has three RBI and five runs scored this season. Webb leads the Gents with eight runs scored and is hitting .412 this season from the plate. His on-base percentage of .607 leads the Gents, in addition to his team-leading .706 slugging percentage. This season, Webb leads the Mid-Con with seven stolen bases in six games. Junior lefty Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) draws his first start of the season in Tuesday’s contest against the Demons. Noland has made two relief appearances this season with a 0-0 record. Winless on the season after last weekend’s series against Dallas Baptist, Northwestern State starts newcomer Jason Grace in Tuesday’s game. Grace has made one relief appearance this season for the Demons, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings of work. The lefty has str
February 11, 2007 | Athletics
Holli Wilkins had 27 points against Southern Utah at the Gold Dome last season CENTENARY (4-21, 0-10 Mid-Con) vs. SOUTHERN UTAH (9-14, 5-4 Mid-Con)   Monday, Feb. 12 7 p.m. Gold Dome Shreveport, La.   SERIES INFORMATION Southern Utah leads 5-2   LADIES TAKE TO GOLD DOME COURT FOR FINAL TIME The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-21, 0-10) faces Southern Utah (9-14, 5-4) Monday at 7 p.m., taking the Gold Dome floor for the final time in the 2006-07 season.   The Ladies look to earn redemption from a 10-point loss suffered at the hands of the Thunderbirds earlier this season in Monday’s game.   ONE LAST TIME Three seniors play their final game at the Gold Dome in Monday’s contest against Southern Utah. Taking the floor for one final time, guard Holli Wilkins will be joined by forwards Jelena Aleksic and Tracee Byrd.   Together, the three seniors helped usher in the first season under first-year Ladies head coach Steve Curtis and look to go out on winning note against the Thunderbirds Monday.   WILKINS RETURNS TO ACTION After missing two games due to injury, senior guard Holli Wilkins returned to action Saturday against UMKC.   The guard logged 24 minutes in Saturday’s game, scoring four points and grabbing three boards. Wilkins leads the Ladies in scoring this season, averaging 12.0 ppg.   SOUTHERN UTAH IN TOP THREE IN MID-CON The Thunderbirds enter Monday’s game standing third in the Mid-Continent Conference standings with a 5-4 record in conference games this season.   This season, the Thunderbirds have had their struggles on the road, heading into Monday’s game with the Ladies with an 0-11 record on the road. In their last game, Southern Utah fell to Oral Roberts by a score of 60-52, with the game played in Tulsa, Okla. Saturday.   On both offensive and defensive end, Southern Utah is led by sophomore forward Anne Westwood, who led the Thunderbirds with 19 points and 14 re
February 10, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic led the Ladies with 16 points in the loss SHREVEPORT, La. -- Led by a double-double by junior center Alysa Klein, UMKC (8-16, 4-5) defeated the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-21, 0-10), 63-47, Saturday at the Gold Dome. Poor shooting doomed the Ladies in the second half, as Centenary shot just 20.8 percent from the floor following the intermission. Heading into the second half down just three points, UMKC used a 12-1 run early to pull away from the Ladies. With the early run culminating with a three by junior guard Brittny Picconi, the Kangaroos never trailed by less than 12 points for the remainder of the game. Klein was pivotal in the Kangaroos victory over the Ladies, scoring 18 points and adding 11 rebounds. The 6-foot-3 center, seventh in the Mid-Continent Conference in both scoring and rebounding, hit 9-of-16 shots Saturday, helping UMKC build a 34-16 edge in points in the paint. Centenary efficiently came out of the gates in Saturday’s game holding the lead for the first 10 minutes of the game. After a three by freshman guard Bethany Joseph (New Iberia, La.) with 9:44 left in the first half, UMKC retook the lead from the Ladies with baskets by Heather Wimberly and Jowan Ortega. The two teams went cold for a period of four minutes to follow Ortega’s jumper, as UMKC closed the half outscoring Centenary, 13-8, and taking a 31-28 lead at the intermission. Guard Chazny Morris compliment Klein’s efforts, adding 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor. Senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) led Centenary with 16 points, playing all but two minutes of the contest. Suffering through the poor second half from the floor, the Ladies shot 34 percent from the floor for the game. Centenary returns to action Monday, hosting Southern Utah at the Gold Dome in their final home game of the season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
February 10, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-MTSU Box Score 2-10-07 CC-LSU Box Score 2-10-07 Allison McClain BATON ROUGE—The Centenary softball team struggled offensively on the second day of the Easton Tiger Classic. The Ladies totaled seven hits and did not score a run in a pair of losses to Middle Tennessee State (6-0) and #8 LSU (9-0).   In the first game of the day, Middle Tennessee State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer and the lead held until the seventh inning. The Blue Raiders posted four runs in the last inning to close out the game on four hits and an error.   Ryan Thacker (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Ladies after allowing five earned runs in seven innings while striking out four batters. Allison McClain went 2-for-3 at the plate for Centenary as Emerald Doria, Haley Bassett, Allison Shepperd, Micah Rhodes, and Dana Davis all collected hits in the loss.   LSU used 10 hits over four innings to score two in the first, one in the third, and six in the fourth inning en route to the 9-0 win. Pitcher Tiffany Garcia tossed a no-hitter in the run-rule shortened five-inning game against the Ladies, striking out five while walking three.   Kelsey Greeson (0-2) surrendered seven earned runs in four innings for Centenary.   The Ladies finished the Easton Tiger Classic with an 0-4 mark, and as a result were eliminated from playing in the championship rounds on Sunday. Centenary will next take to the field in its home-opener on Wednesday against the University of Texas-Tyler at 5:30 p.m.  
February 10, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC Box Score 2-10-07 Alexander Starr Nick Stallings Lance Hill Tyrone Hamilton SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team won its second consecutive Mid-Continent Conference game for the first time since the Gents beat Southern Utah and UMKC in the Gold Dome at the end of the 2003-04 season. History has repeated itself this week as Centenary accomplished the feat again with victories over Southern Utah on Thursday and UMKC 69-68 on Saturday evening.   Centenary (9-17, 3-8 Mid-Con) owned the lead throughout the entire contest, by as much as 20 points at times, but narrowly escaped a 30-13 UMKC run over the final eight minutes.   The Gents sparkled in the early minutes as the Centenary fans went wild in response to four consecutive dunks, three by Alexander Starr, to start the game. The high-flying dunk show, which consisted of three alley-oops, spotted the home team a 10-0 advantage. A free throw by the Kangaroos’ Dee Ayuba finally got the visitors on the board at the 14:40 mark.   With the score 27-16 in favor of the Gents, Starr drilled his third three-pointer of the first half to begin a 9-0 Centenary run that ended with the Gents sitting on a 20-point cushion with 3:30 remaining in the half. At that point, eight of Centenary’s 15 made field goals were dunks and Starr already had 21 points.   UMKC (8-18, 3-7 Mid-Con) guard Quinton Day entered the game as the Mid-Con’s second highest scorer with an average of 18.4 ppg. The dynamic playmaker was held to only one point in the first half, which came on a free throw with 34.7 seconds until the break. He finally knocked down his first field goal almost five minutes into the second half and finished with only 12 points on the night.     The Gents were up 36-24 at the intermission and tightened their hold on the game with an 18-point lead at 56-38 with 8:39 remaining after a jumper by Nick Stallings. However, the Kang
February 10, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Justin Huff finished the series hitting .500 over the three games SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team (3-3) found their bats in Saturday’s doubleheader with Jackson State (0-3), scoring a combined 20 runs Saturday to sweep the three-game series with the Tigers at Shehee Stadium. Winning Game 1 Saturday by a score of 13-6, the Gents dug deep into their emotional pocket to edge out Jackson State, 7-6, in Game 2. No one Gents hitter led the offensive onslaught Saturday, but rather a combined team effort, registering 24 runs over the two games. Senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) , along with juniors Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) , Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.) and Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) all finished the series hitting over .400. Junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) led the Gents with five RBI in three games. Following Saturday’s doubleheader, Centenary travels up the road to Natchitoches, facing Northwestern State Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Brown Stroud Field. Game 1 - Centenary 13, Jackson State 6 Centenary jumped on the Jackson State pitching early, scoring eight runs over the first three innings of the contest. After scoring two runs in the first to open the game, a four-run second inning gave the Gents an early 6-2 lead on the Tigers. In the second, the first three Centenary batters reached base, leading to a bases-loaded RBI double to right by Huff, scoring Sanchez and Saenz. The scoring in the inning was capped by a sacrifice fly by senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) , who went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases in Game 1. Ahead 10-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning and the bases loaded, junior Jason Blilie (Roanoke, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Penny and building onto the six-run lead. The following batter, Sanchez, would rope a double to right, scoring Webb and Justin Darr (The Woodlands, T
February 9, 2007 | Athletics
Jenny Hazelwood SHREVEPORT—Centenary head volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced her resignation in order to take the head coaching position at Austin Peay State University. Hazelwood led the Ladies program for five years, longer than any other head coach in the 22-year history of the Centenary volleyball program.   Hazelwood’s final day at Centenary will be on Friday, February 16 th , as she begins her new position at APSU the following Monday. She takes control of a Lady Govs team that finished 4-24 in 2006 and 2-16 in the Ohio Valley Conference. This season marked the first time in 21 years that the APSU volleyball team did not qualify for the OVC Tournament.   “I’m looking forward to going to APSU,” said Hazelwood. “I believe it is a great fit for me and my family and I’m excited about the potential and the tradition of the Lady Gov program.”   Hazelwood compiled a record of 48-138 at Centenary as her teams’ winning percentages climbed each season she was at the helm. She recruited two All-Mid-Continent Conference and All-Louisiana performers and her Ladies were given multiple All-Independent honors. Hazelwood herself was named the 2002 Independent Coach of the Year.   “I am very thankful to Centenary for the opportunity to coach such a great group of girls over the last five years,” said Hazelwood. “I am really going to miss the people I’ve worked with and I am grateful for their understanding and support in my choice to advance in my career.”   “We wish Jenny all the best and thank her for the fine job she did in advancing our volleyball program,” said Centenary Assistant Athletic Director David Pratt. “She will be missed, but Austin Peay State University will benefit from choosing such a hard-working and committed individual.”
February 9, 2007 | Athletics
Jelena Aleksic is averaging 12.1 ppg. at the Gold Dome this sesaon Date: Feb. 10, 2007 Opponent:  UMKC (7-16, 3-5 Mid-Con) Site: Gold Dome, Shreveport, La. Time:  4:30 p.m. Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3/www.SportsJuice.com Series:  UMKC leads series: 7-0 Last Meeting: L, 64-57 (Jan. 15, 2007)   TIPPING OFF Returning home following a two-game roadtrip, the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-20, 0-9) take to the Gold Dome floor to host UMKC (7-16, 3-5) Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.   In Saturday’s game, part of a doubleheader with the Centenary men’s basketball team, the Ladies look to earn their first victory in the all-time series against the Kangaroos.   Previously, Centenary has dropped all seven encounters with UMKC, falling this season by seven points to the Kangaroos when traveling to Kansas City.   LAST TIME AGAINST UMKC Combined, this week’s two opponents, UMKC and Southern Utah, have a road record of 3-19 this season, with the Kangaroos coming into Saturday’s contest with a 3-9 road record. This weekend, the Ladies look to end a 10-game losing streak and capture their first win in conference play when they host UMKC.   In this season’s previous contest with the Kangaroos, Centenary played a very close game with UMKC, falling, 64-57, in the final moments.   Leading the way for the Ladies was sophomore guard Cierra Bush, who finished with a game-high 22 points and added five rebounds. Bush was part of a Centenary effort that erased a three-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 41-41 with 11:44 left in the second half.   Following the early Ladies’ run following the intermission, UMKC went on a 11-0 run midway through the second half to take the lead on Centenary, never to trail again for the remainder of the contest.   Guard Brittny Picconi led the Kangaroos with 22 points, with five rebounds and five assists.   WILKINS MISSES TWO, APPROACHES
February 9, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Fulenchek went seven innings for the win Friday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (1-3) rode the pitching of senior Brandon Fulenchek to capture its first win of the season Friday, defeating Jackson State (0-1), 7-2, at Shehee Stadium. Having to brave 30-degree temperatures to start the game, Centenary got up early on the Tigers, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. After senior outfielder Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) led off the game for the Gents with a single, fellow-senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) reached on a fielding error by Tigers shortstop LaDerek Camper. Huff scored on the misplayed ball, helping the Gents to the early lead. In the top of the following inning, what could have been a turning point for Jackson State was thwarted by the determined effort of Fulenchek and the Centenary players. With the bases loaded and just one out on the board, Fulenchek bared down and focused on the players at the plate. Striking out infielder Kevin Patterson for the second out in the inning, Fulenchek induced a fly ball by Camper to get out of the inning without allowing a run. The efforts of the senior lefty from McKinney, Texas helped preserve the early lead for the Gents. Falling behind by a run after Jackson State scored two in the top of the fifth, Centenary would retake the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) , who led the Gents with three RBI in Friday’s win, keyed the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single to centerfield, scoring senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) from third. The game was put away with a four-run Centenary eighth, led off by back-to-back hits by Huff and junior Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.). After Darr drew a bases-loaded walk from pitcher Steven Collins, scoring Huff, Maldonado roped a single to left to score two runs for the Gents and clinch the team’s first win of the season. Junior Aaron Bronson (Kent,
February 9, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Memphis Box Score 2-9-07 CC-Missouri Box Score 2-9-07 Haley Bassett Kelsey Greeson Ryan Thacker Jennifer Martin BATON ROUGE—The Centenary softball team got off to a tough start to their 2007 season as the Ladies dropped back-to-back games in the Easton Tiger Classic on Friday. The Maroon and White fell to the Memphis Tigers 4-2 in the opener before losing out to the Missouri Tigers 8-1.   Centenary (0-2) grabbed an early 1-0 lead against Memphis in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Emerald Doria led off with a walk and was retired at second base when Haley Bassett’s bunt attempt resulted in a fielder’s choice. Allison Shepperd followed with another walk and Micah Rhodes grounder to shortstop forced Shepperd at second base. With Bassett on third and Rhodes on first, the duo executed the double steal to put Centenary on the board.   Memphis (1-0) countered with a single run in the second and then used two doubles and a pair of singles off of Centenary hurler Kelsey Greeson in the third to plate three more runs. The Ladies added a run in the sixth on an RBI groundout with the bases loaded by Jennifer Mango, but it would not be enough.   Greeson (0-1) tossed the complete game for Centenary, allowing 10 hits in her collegiate debut while striking out five.   In the second game of the day, the Ladies again struck first. Tied at 0-0 in the top of the fourth against Missouri, Bassett led off with a double to left field. A groundout off the bat of Shepperd advanced Bassett to third and she scored two batters later on a wild pitch.   Freshman pitcher Ryan Thacker held the Mizzou offense to just three hits through the first four innings, but the Tigers broke through in the fourth for a single run. Consecutive doubles in the fifth gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead, but Missouri exploded for six runs in the sixth to blow the game open.   With two outs and a runner on second, Thacker was
February 8, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SUU Box Score 2-8-07 Tyrone Hamilton Nick Stallings Lance Hill Alexander Starr SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team played almost the entire game with only two subs available, but got key contributions from sophomores Nick Stallings and Lance Hill to end its seven-game slide in a 70-63 win over Southern Utah. Stallings enjoyed a banner evening, scoring a career-high 20 points and pulling down eight rebounds.   Centenary (8-17, 2-8 Mid-Con) found itself behind by eight points in the first 10 minutes of the game when Steve Barnes’ jumper put Southern Utah on top 20-12. The Gents responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game for the first time on back-to-back three-pointers from Tyrone Hamilton and a jumper from Stallings.   The game turned into a scrappy fight from that point on as neither team led by more than four points over the next 23 minutes of action. In all, the contest would feature 11 ties and six lead changes.   Centenary suffered a set-back when senior starter Larry Logan was injured due to a hard fall after an intentional foul on a breakaway opportunity. Logan left the game and did not return after only 11 minutes on the court.   Despite playing without one of its floor leaders, Centenary hung close and the teams ended the first half in a 35-35 tie. The Thunderbirds were carried by 11 first-half points by Barnes while Hamilton and Stallings alternated scoring opportunities for the Gents in ending the period with 13 and 10 points respectively.   Southern Utah (15-9, 5-4 Mid-Con) looked like a one-man show as Barnes continued to be the focus of the T-Bird offense in the second half. His jumper at the 12:13 mark put SUU on top for the last time at 49-48. Just seconds later, Hamilton sank another jumper to give the Gents the advantage and Centenary never trailed again.   With the game still undecided and the Maroon and White clinging to only a three-point lead at 64-
February 8, 2007 | Athletics
The Ladies add 10 players for the upcoming season SHREVEPORT, La. -- Head coach Chase Wooten and the Centenary women’s soccer team reloaded the roster with the signing of 10 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2007 season. The diverse and athletic class has representatives from the states of Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee, with multiple players capable of contributing immediately in their first year with the Ladies. Wooten is very complimentary of what this class of 10 players can add to his returnees for next season. "One of our biggest recruiting achievements was retaining almost all of our 2006 team after an injury-riddled season," Wooten said. "We knew that if we could mix the returning team of 2006 with the verbal commitments of 2007, then we would be in a great place. Today we have done that." Centenary adds four players coming off of state championship seasons, three of which are teammates with Lafayette High School in Lafayette, La. Defenders Caroline Klara and Emily McManus , along with midfielder Jennifer Hopkins all starred with Lafayette, helping the team to the Louisiana High School State Championship a season ago. Currently, Lafayette ranks among the top regional high school teams in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Region II Poll. Additionally, Hopkins, Klara and McManus all are members of the Cajun Soccer Club Rage, which has won two state championships. Klara, the first of the three Lafayette players to commit, earned all-district accolades as a junior in leading Lafayette to the state championship. Identified by the Ladies coaching staff several years ago as a player to watch, Klara has developed into a very steady defender with great presence in the air. According to Wooten, Klara should be looked upon to solidify the backline in her freshman season. McManus is described by Wooten as a very fast outside defender who is also a steady defender. Looking to earn minutes immediately at out
February 8, 2007 | Athletics
Alex Maldonado had 4 RBI against Jackson State last season CENTENARY GENTS 0-3, 0-0 Mid-Con vs. JACKSON STATE TIGERS 0-0, 0-0 SWAC   Feb. 9-10, 2007 Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   Friday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 (DH), 12 p.m.   PROBABLE STARTING CENTENARY PITCHERS Friday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) Saturday: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP) and Will Kaage (RHP)   Looking to get back on track, the Centenary baseball team (0-3) hosts Jackson State (0-0) Friday and Saturday at Shehee Stadium. Friday’s single game is set for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for a noon start.   The Gents, who were swept in last weekend’s season-opening series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, are poised to get back to .500 in this weekend’s three-game set against the Tigers. One of three Mid-Continent Conference teams to get their season underway, Centenary looks to find its bats this weekend versus Jackson State.   In last season’s series against the Tigers, Centenary earned a two-game sweep, played Feb. 17, 2006 at Shehee Stadium. In the two games against the Tigers last season, the Gents outscored Jackson State by a 21-7 margin, keyed by a 15-2 win in Game 1 of the three-game set.   CENTENARY STRUGGLES IN OPENING WEEKEND In last weekend’s series against Corpus Christi, the Gents struggled from the plate, ending the series with the Islanders with a .215 team batting average.   Leading Centenary from the plate after last weekend is senior outfielder Matt Webb and freshman infielder Cameron Penny. Webb leads the Gents with a .571 batting average, registering a team-high three RBI and an on-base percentage of .769. The senior outfielder drew five walks in the opening series against Corpus Christi, while stealing two bases.   Penny, in his first season with the Gents, led the team with six hits in three games, standing with a .500 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage.   O
February 8, 2007 | Athletics
Head Coach Mark Montgomery BATON ROUGE—The Centenary softball team gets a jump start to its season this weekend when it competes in the Easton Tiger Classic hosted by LSU in Baton Rouge . The Ladies will tackle a tough field of opponents that include Memphis , Missouri , Middle Tennessee State , and #9 LSU.   Centenary opens its 2007 campaign with an 11 a.m. meeting with Memphis on Friday. The game will mark the first meeting between the Ladies and the Tigers, who are in their second year of existence under coach Windy Thees. Centenary has been picked second in the Mid-Continent Conference while Memphis was selected to finish fifth in the Conference USA preseason poll.   At 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Centenary plays the Missouri Tigers of the Big 12. Missouri finished seventh in the conference last season with an overall record of 26-27 and is slated to place eighth in the league this year.   Middle Tennessee State draws the Ladies at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The Blue Raiders collected a record of 19-42-1 in 2006 and finished fourth in the Sun Belt Conference with a league mark of 6-9. MTSU is slotted to place sixth in the conference this season.   The LSU Tigers will serve as Centenary’s final round robin opponent on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. The Tigers, ranked eighth in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll, will have the benefit of playing all weekend long on their home field. LSU finished 55-14 last year and missed a trip to the Women’s College World Series by one game. This season the Tigers are picked to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division.   Championship play based on won-loss records will take place on Sunday.   Centenary fans can follow the tournament all weekend long via the Easton Tiger Classic official website located below. The website provides live stats of all games and will be the place to find the all-tournament team selections following the event.   http://www.lsusports.net/ViewA
February 7, 2007 | Athletics
VS. SHREVEPORT —The high-flying Southern Utah Thunderbirds look to extend their current four-game win streak when they arrive at the Gold Dome on Thursday to take on the Centenary Gents. The Gents look to avenge an earlier loss in Cedar City , Utah , to the T-Birds while getting back on track after a disappointing road trip at Western Illinois and Valparaiso last week.   Centenary (7-17, 1-8 Mid-Con) struggled offensively in its two losses last week, posting 16-point efforts in back-to-back quarters of play. As a result, the Gents have fallen as the top scoring team in the Mid-Continent Conference to fourth in the rankings.   Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton continues to sit third in the Mid-Con in scoring at 16 ppg. Senior Alexander Starr rates in the top 10 in eight different categories including rebounding, assists, and steals, while freshman Chase Adams leads the conference in steals per game.   Southern Utah (15-8, 5-3 Mid-Con) held the league’s best non-conference record entering league play, but hit a bump in the road after getting off to a 1-3 start in the Mid-Con. However, the Thunderbirds have hit their stride again and have run off four consecutive wins over IUPUI, Western Illinois, Valparaiso , and UMKC.   Steve Barnes leads the SUU offensive attack at 13.5 ppg while Justin Allen and Nurudeen Adepoju are tossing in 11.3 and 10.3 ppg respectively. The Thunderbirds have proven to be one of the Mid-Con’s top shooting teams as they enter Thursday’s contest shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from the three-point line.   Southern Utah leads the all-time series over the Gents 4-3.   The game will begin at 7 p.m. and can be heard on the radio in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
February 7, 2007 | Athletics
On the three losses last weekend having any effect on the mindset of the players... The baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. Although I would have rather been 3-0, the game is tough enough without putting any other stress on my team.   They can be very good, but the only ones that can make that decision is them. The mindset is to win with this group. Losing can affect some teams just as winning can affect teams. This weekend will tell the story, can we bounce back? Only time will tell. On what area needs the most improvement… The area for improvement is the offense. We need to take better approaches at each at-bat, pitch by pitch. On his feelings on the pitching after the season-opening series… I felt that our pitching was good enough to keep us in games and win the majority of them, as always we have room for improvements. But all in all, the staff was good enough to win two games this last weekend. On what Jackson State will bring to the table… Jackson State will be a very good hitting team. They can rake. Can we respond and do a better job will be the only question that I have. They can run a little too, so we must be able to play outstanding defense for us to win the series. That's our goal.
February 5, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bethany Jospeh had eight points and seven rebounds Monday MACOMB, Ill. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-20, 0-9) struggled from the floor Monday, falling to Western Illinois (9-14, 5-4), 60-32, at Western Hall. Scoring a season-low 32 points, the Ladies shot just 25 percent from the floor in Monday’s game against the Westerwinds. With only five players scoring for Centenary, the 25 percent set a new season-low for shooting percentage by the Ladies, who continue to search for their first win in conference play. After trailing by six to start Monday’s game, Centenary battled back to take a four-point lead on the Westerwinds following a Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) layup with 11:23 left in the first half. Following Aleksic’s layup, Western Illinois went on a 22-0 run, holding Centenary scoreless for almost nine minutes. Pinpoint shooting aided the Westerwinds during the first-half run, hitting 61.5 percent (8-13) of their three-point shots and taking a 37-18 lead at the half. Playing their second game without injured guard and leading scorer Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) , the Ladies’ shooting woes continued in the second half, hitting just 16.7 percent (4-24) of their shots following the intermission. Centenary, trailing by close to 20 points for most of the second half, couldn’t take advantage of poor shooting by the Westerwinds, who failed to make a three-pointer following halftime. A layup by Ladies freshman Samantha Gillespie (Glenmora, La.) made the score 44-29 with nine minutes remaining, but eight-straight points by Western Illinois again pushed the deficit to more than 20 points with time running out in the contest. Centenary would manage only three more points in the final five minutes against the Westerwinds. Three Westerwind players ended the game with double-digit scoring, led by forward Stephanie Lovingood’s 12 points. Lovingood ended the game with a
February 5, 2007 | Athletics
Ryan Thacker Kelsey Greeson Stacy Whitmer SHREVEPORT —The Centenary softball team swept all three of its scrimmages against Bossier Parish Community College on Sunday by the scores of 4-1, 3-0, and 8-3. On the day, Centenary hitters collected 28 hits compared to 11 for BPCC and the Ladies pitchers struck out 27 hitters to just eight for the Cavaliers hurlers. The Centenary pitching staff only issued one walk in 15 innings of work.   Game one was won 4-1 by Centenary and featured strong pitching from Ryan Thacker. The freshman tossed all five innings while allowing only an unearned run on two hits and striking out 12 batters. Offensively, eight different players pounded out hits led by Jennifer Mango who also finished with a run scored and an RBI.   The second game ended 3-0 in favor of the Ladies as once again the pitching staff looked impressive. Freshman Kelsey Greeson notched the complete game shutout, giving up just one hit and striking out six. Lindsey Virdell and Jennifer Martin each went 2-for-2 at the plate while Allison McClain was 1-for-2 with a run and a RBI.   The final game saw the Ladies score five runs in the second inning while batting around to easily take the victory 8-3. Freshman Stacy Whitmer went the distance, scattering eight hits in addition to striking out nine batters. Lauren Flowers went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Amy Wiedeman was 2-for-3. McClain scored three runs in the contest while Brittany Williams and Lindsey Jones each scored twice.   Centenary opens its regular season this weekend at the Easton Tiger Classic hosted by LSU. The Ladies take on Memphis and Missouri on Friday at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. respectively. Saturday’s action pits the Maroon and White against Middle Tennessee State at 9 a.m. and #8 LSU at 3:45 p.m. Championship play will take place on Sunday.
February 5, 2007 | Athletics
Jelena Aleksic had a game-high 18 points against Western Illinois earlier this season Date: Feb. 5, 2007 Opponent: Western Illinois (8-14, 4-4 Mid-Con) Site: Western Hall, Macomb, Ill. Time:  7 p.m. Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3/www.SportsJuice.com Series:  Western Illinois leads series: 7-0 Last Meeting at Western Hall: L, 83-37 (Dec. 31, 2005)   TIPPING OFF Centenary (4-19, 0-8 Mid-Con) ends a two-game roadtrip when it travels to Western Illinois Monday. Tipoff at Western Hall is set for 7 p.m.   In Monday’s game, the Ladies look to capture their first victory in the series against Western Illinois, trailing in the lifetime series with an 0-7 record.   LAST GAME: VALPARAISO EXPLODES FOR SEASON-HIGH Valparaiso set a new season-high for points in a game Saturday against the Ladies, exploding for 84 points in an 84-44 win over Centenary at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the campus of Valparaiso.   Shooting 53.8 percent from the field, the Crusaders were led by Sanna Helenius and Betsy Rietema in the 40-point victory.   Helenius, playing just 13 minutes, scored 13 points on 2-of-3 shooting from the floor. Rietema had 11 points and three rebounds.   For the game, Valparaiso converted 12 shots from three-point range, hitting 46.2 percent from beyond the arc.   Centenary was led by freshman guard Jasmine Bothwell, who had a career-high 10 points.   WILKINS TO MISS WEEKEND Due to an undisclosed leg injury, senior guard Holli Wilkins will miss this weekend’s two games against Valparaiso and Western Illinois.   Wilkins leads the Ladies with a 12.4 points per game average, starting every game this season for Centenary prior to this weekend.   STREAK SNAPPED FOR BUSH Heating up in recent games, a streak of five-straight games of double-digit scoring was snapped Saturday for Centenary sophomore guard Cierra Bush.   In the five previous games, Bush had averaged a team-high 19.0 ppg., scoring in double
February 4, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score David McElroy did not allow a run in his relief appearance Sunday. SHREVEPORT, La. -- Senior Emerson Trager pitched eight scoreless innings to lead Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-0) to a 5-0 win over Centenary (0-3) Sunday at Shehee Stadium. Sweeping the three-game season-opening series against the Gents, Trager dominated the Centenary batters throughout Sunday’s game, allowing just four hits and striking out five in eight innings of work. The lefty walked just two batters in his eight innings, not allowing a run for his first win of the season. After a Brian Gerondale RBI-single in the first, scoring Trae Williams from second, Corpus Christi used a three-run third inning to pull away from the Gents. In the third with two outs, four-straight hits, started by a single to right by first baseman Jason Graham, allowed the Islanders to score the three runs. The inning was capped off by a two-run RBI single to left by outfielder David Williams. For the second consecutive day, Centenary struggled getting the final out of an inning, allowing the three runs with two outs on the board. Although a good performance by Trager, the Gents just couldn’t get a hit in Sunday’s game, outhit, 17-5, for the contest. Leading Centenary from the plate in Sunday’s game, senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) went 2-for-2, drawing two walks. Gents starting pitcher Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs and 13 hits. Relievers David McElroy (Victoria, B.C.) , Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) and Peter Stark (Dallas) combined to allow four hits and no runs over the final 4 2/3 innings of the game. Centenary continues its homestand Friday, hosting Jackson State at Shehee Stadium at 6:30 p.m. as part of three-game series.
February 3, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-McNeese Results 2-3-07 Christine Majchrowicz LAKE CHARLES—The Centenary women's tennis team opened its 2007 season with a 7-0 loss to McNeese State on Saturday afternoon. The Cowgirls began the match by picking up the doubles point with victories in all three spots. Inga Efimenko and Romana Hueller won the first match of the day by defeating Centenary’s Kate Buchanan and Courtney Myers 8-1 at the no. 3 doubles. McNeese's no. 1 doubles team made up of Urska Dobersek and Victoria Martinez defeated Kristina Collins and Christine Majchrowicz of the Ladies 8-0 to secure the doubles points. McNeese’s Natascha Jongeneel teamed with Petra Gudelj at the no. 2 doubles to defeat Lindsay Ezell and Jennifer Majchrowicz 8-2. McNeese dominated the singles competition by winning all six matches. Gudelj's 6-2, 6-1 victory over Myers at the no. 4 singles secured the overall match victory for the Cowgirls. Dobersek defeated Collins in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 at the top singles position. Martinez defeated Christine Majchrowicz 7-5, 6-3 at no. 2, Jongeneel defeated Ezell 6-2, 6-4 at no. 3, Efimenko defeated Jennifer Majchrowicz 6-1, 6-1 at no. 5 and Hueller defeated Buchanan in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 at no. 6.   Story by Pam LaFosse, McNeese State
February 3, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo Box Score 2-3-07 Alexander Starr Chase Adams Tyrone Hamilton VALPARAISO, Ind.—The Centenary men’s basketball team struggled to hit its shots on Saturday while Valparaiso couldn’t miss. The combination of the two led to a 68-50 win for Valparaiso while the Gents suffered their seventh consecutive loss. The Crusaders are playing well of late and sit at 6-3 in Mid-Continent Conference action after also defeating previously unbeaten Oral Roberts on Thursday.   Centenary (7-17, 1-8 Mid-Con) shot just 14.3 percent in the first half while making only three baskets over the entire opening 20 minutes. After Alexander Starr drained his second three-pointer of the game at the 11:08 mark, the Gents did not convert another shot attempt until 45 seconds into the second half.   Meanwhile, Valparaiso (12-11, 6-3 Mid-Con) shot over 50 percent in both halves and used three trifectas from Samuel Haanpaa in the first period to claim a 43-16 lead at the break.   The Gents did step up their game in the second half as they turned up the defensive pressure. Valpo had only one turnover in the first stanza, but Centenary steered the home team into committing 16 miscues in the second half. The extra possessions allowed the Gents to outscore the Crusaders 34-25 over the final 20 minutes.   No Centenary player reached double figures in scoring, but Starr contributed eight points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Chase Adams and Tyrone Hamilton also had eight points while Adams tied his career-high with six rebounds.   Haanpaa led Valparaiso with 20 points while Urule Igbavboa added 15 in the win. Shawn Huff collected 11 points and eight boards and Jarryd Loyd netted 10 points and dished out five assists.   Centenary returns home for a pair of games next week in the Gold Dome. The Gents welcome Southern Utah (15-8, 5-3 Mid-Con) and UMKC (8-16, 3-5 Mid-Con) to Shreveport on Thursday and Saturday res
February 3, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jasmine Bothwell had a career-high 10 points against Valpo Saturday VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Valparaiso (13-9, 6-2) shot 53.8 percent from the floor in handing the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-19, 0-8) their worst loss of the season Saturday, defeating the Ladies 84-44 at the Valparaiso Athletics-Recreation Center. In almost matching their season-high for field-goal percentage for a game (.553), the Crusaders never trailed in Saturday’s lopsided win, led in scoring by junior forward Sanna Helenius with 13 points. All-around, balanced scoring propelled Valpo to their sixth win in conference play, as no player logged more than 24 minutes in the contest and only two players finished in double-figured scoring. Scoring a season-high 84 points, Valpo hit 12 three-pointers in Saturday’s contest, tying the most three-pointers allowed by Centenary this season. Centenary trailed by 10 with less than six minutes remaining in the first half, still within striking distance of a comeback. Unfortunately for the Ladies, the baskets did not fall after the six minute mark, as Centenary allowed Valparaiso to go on a 10-0 run for the next five minutes and take a 20-point lead at the half. The Ladies just couldn’t cut into such a large deficit following the intermission, allowing Valparaiso to extend to the 40-point lead late in the game. Following junior Sara Judice’s (Lafayette, La.) jumper within the first two minutes of the second half, Centenary allowed three-straight baskets to the Crusaders, unable to string any sort of run to fight back into the game. For the game, Centenary shot 27.8 percent from the floor, led in scoring by freshman Jasmine Bothwell (Birmingham, Ala.) , who had a career-high 10 points in the loss. Helenius, playing just 13 minutes in Saturday’s game, went 2-for-3 from the floor and converted all eight of her free-throw attempts. Valpo leading scorer Betsy Rietema finished wit
February 3, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score - Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Matt Webb's two-run homer opened the day for Centenary SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team (0-2) took the field for the first time in the 2007 season Saturday, falling in both games against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a doubleheader at Shehee Stadium. Getting a fresh start to a new season, Centenary battled back in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, falling, 8-5, in extra innings in Game 1 and dropping a close contest, 8-6, in Game 2. Starting the season with a bang for the Gents, senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) and junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) each chipped-in with three RBI in Saturday’s doubleheader, with Webb hitting the lone home run for Centenary Saturday. The Gents play the final game of the three-game series against the Islanders Sunday at Shehee Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for noon. In Sunday’s game, junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) takes the hill for Centenary, with Emerson Trager set to start for Corpus Christi. Game 1 - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8, Centenary 5 (11 innings) Centenary blazed out to a 2-0 first inning lead following a two-run shot over the left-center wall by Webb, who went 2-for-3 in Game 1. Sitting with a 3-1 count, Webb took Islander starting pitcher Will Norman deep for his first homer of the season, scoring junior Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.) from first. After Corpus Christi got one back in the top of the second, the Islanders scored runs in the fourth and the sixth to take a 3-2 lead on the Gents. With two outs in the sixth and the scored tied at 2-2, catcher Josh Plumaj doubled to left to extend the inning, allowing sophomore Martin Parra to double to left for the go-ahead run. Although trailing by one at 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Gents rallied to force extra innings when freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) stole third base and scored on throwing error by P
February 2, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-TWU-ISU Tri-Meet Results 2-2-07 Kristina Menne Jessie Angus Meredith Smith Courtney Hawkins SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Ladies emerged successful from their first home meet of the 2007 season by taking second place in the tri-meet with a season-high score of 189.300. Texas Woman’s University earned first place honors with a team score of 189.900 while Illinois State placed third with a total of 189.100.   Centenary got off to an auspicious start when Whitney Daugherty began the meet by opting at the last second to veer off of her vault run just before making contact with the springboard. The judges did not let Daugherty have another run, per NCAA rules, and the freshman was given a 0.000 for the attempt. However, the Ladies focused their efforts on hitting the rest of their vaults and were able to throw out the unfortunate low score to record a team score of 47.400. Junior Meredith Smith led the charge with a vault of 9.700 that won her third place individually on the event.   On the bars, Centenary competed with only five Ladies in the line-up, meaning they would not be able to throw out any scores. Bothered by a hamstring injury that was re-aggravated on her vault minutes earlier, senior Kristina Menne could not put weight on her leg and was forced to land her routine on her knees, dropping her score to 8.775. But again, the Ladies rose to the challenge and the rest of the bar routines scored a 9.525 or higher to give Centenary the team title with a 47.200 and Jessie Angus (9.725), Courtney Hawkins (9.600), Mandy Bennett (9.575), and Julia Cornelius (9.525) second, fourth, fifth, and sixth places respectively.   The Ladies took third on the beam despite giving some of the top individual performances on the night. After receiving treatment from the Centenary Sports Medicine staff between rotations, Menne bounced back to score a 9.750 on the beam to claim first place individually. Angus also scored well
February 2, 2007 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —The Centenary Ladies softball scrimmage scheduled to take place on Saturday at noon has been changed due to extenuating circumstances. As a result, the Ladies will now take on Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) at noon on Sunday at the Centenary Softball Complex. The two teams will play three five-inning contests.
February 2, 2007 | Athletics
Brandon Fulenchek takes the mound for the Season Opener Saturday CENTENARY (0-0, 0-0 Mid-Con) vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-0, 0-0 Southland) Feb. 3-4, 2007 Shehee Stadium Shreveport, La.   PROBABLE STARTING CENTENARY PITCHERS Saturday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) and Will Kaage (RHP) Sunday: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)   The slates anew as the Centenary baseball team takes the field for the first time in the 2007 season Saturday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Shehee Stadium.   The Gents take the field in a doubleheader against the Islanders Saturday, followed by a single game Sunday. Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games are scheduled for a noon start.   SENIORS LEADING CHARGE Seniors Brandon Fulencheck and Will Kaage are set to take the mound for the Gents in Saturday’s doubleheader against the Islanders. Both experienced arms, Fulenchek and Kaage combined to make 25 starts for Centenary last season, combining for seven wins.   Fulenchek led the Gents in innings pitched in 2006, logging 70.0 innings and ending the year with a 3-6 record, striking out 37.   At the plate, seniors Justin Darr, Justin Huff, Nate Santiago and Matt Webb combined for 114 of 286 RBI (39.9 percent) for Centenary last year, with Darr finishing second on the team in RBI with 37.   Webb registered 45 runs and finished the season with a team-high 17 stolen bases.   DARR RETURNS AS ALL-CONFERENCE Senior Justin Darr returns as the lone all-conference player for the Gents heading into this weekend’s series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.   Named first team All-Mid-Con in 2006, Darr finished the year ninth in the conference in individual batting with a .368 batting average and 37 RBI. He was one of three Gent players to earn all-conference honors.   SCOUTING CENTENARY’S INFIELD Juniors Cameron Penny, Teddy Saenz, along with senior Nate Santiago and freshman Garrett DeRooy are penciled in as opening day starters
February 2, 2007 | Athletics
Alexander Starr MACOMB, Ill.—The Centenary men’s basketball team saw its current losing streak reach six games after a 45-42 loss to Western Illinois on Thursday night. The Gents led for three-quarters of the game by as many as nine points, but saw the Leathernecks take advantage of Centenary’s inability to put the game away.   Centenary (7-16, 1-7 Mid-Con) took control of the game early and used a 7-1 run capped by an Alexander Starr three-pointer to grab a nine-point lead at 20-11 with 9:27 remaining in the first half.   Over the next three minutes, the Gents would own an eight –point lead while squandering four possessions in a row on two turnovers, a missed dunk, and a missed jumper that could have dealt the Leathernecks a fatal blow. Instead, WIU answered with five straight points from David Jackson to cut the deficit to three points and the Leathernecks trailed by only four at 26-22 at the half.   Western Illinois (5-18, 1-7 Mid-Con) shot only 32.6 percent for the game and a meager 29.2 percent in the second half, but made up ground late in the contest due to the lack of ball control by the Gents. Centenary committed a season-high 23 turnovers including 14 in the final period, a trait uncharacteristic of the Gents who are averaging just 15 turnovers per game.   Nick Stallings extended the Centenary lead back to eight points at 32-24 five minutes into the last stanza, but again the Gents misused three straight possessions with chances to pull away. The Leathernecks seized the opportunity and reeled off seven straight points powered by a trifecta from Xavier Price to pull within one point with 11:15 to play.   The lead changed hands nine times over the final 10 minutes with the two teams matching blows down the stretch. David Jackson sank a pair of free throws to move Western on top for the final time at 43-42 with 1:40 on the clock and two more Centenary turnovers left the game in the same state with 26 ticks le
February 1, 2007 | Athletics
On what the team looks to accomplish against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi… This weekend will give us an opportunity to look at a different number of individuals. We want to develop as a team and show each other that hard work and trust pays off in many different aspects of the game.   On the preseason conditioning and the condition of the players arms and bats heading into the weekend… The offseason program that Coach D (Mike Diaz) has established and implemented has paid dividends for us in the past. I believe you will see that as the season progresses on.   On any advantage for collegiate teams in the South in comparison to other regions… The weather is indeed a plus. It allows us to practice nearly year round focusing on the small elements and aspects of the game. Practicing indoors is not the same as outdoors. For many reasons, it simply is not the same (wind conditions, sun conditions, etc.).   On any specific goals for individual players that the coaching staff has in place for this weekend… We have individual goals for each individual on the team. The best goal however is team chemistry. The same goal for all is not to just get to the tourney (Mid-Con), but win it. On any specific players development surprising the coaching staff… The surprising players are the onest hat came in at the break, Cameron Penny and Dakota Robinson. Both are good chemistry fits for us, both are team players and both are great athletes, as well as outstanding students.
February 1, 2007 | Athletics
Senior Holli Wilkins is averaging 12.4 ppg. this season Date: Feb. 3, 2007 Opponent: Valparaiso (12-9, 5-2 Mid-Con) Site: Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso, Ind. Time:  1:35 p.m. Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3/www.SportsJuice.com Series:  Valparaiso leads series: 7-0 Last Meeting at ARC: Valpariaso, 91-44   TIPPING OFF Centenary (4-18, 0-7 Mid-Con) hits the road for a pair of Mid-Continent Conference games, traveling to the Athletics-Recreation Center to face Valparaiso (12-9, 5-2 Mid-Con) Saturday, starting a two-game roadtrip. The Ladies and Crusaders tip off at 1:35 p.m. Saturday.   In Saturday’s game, the Ladies look to avenge an earlier loss to Valparaiso this season, falling, 69-43, to the Crusaders Jan. 8 at the Gold Dome.   WILKINS CLOSING ON MARK Senior guard Holli Wilkins is closing in on the 1,000-point plateau, standing with 973 points in her collegiate career.   Needing just 27 points to amass 1,000 points, Wilkins is leading Centenary in scoring this season with a 12.4 ppg. average. The 5-foot-11 guard is sixth in the Mid-Con in scoring this season.   Wilkins has led the Ladies in scoring in the past two games.   THREE LADIES IN TOP 10 Centenary stands as the only team in the Mid-Con to have three players in the top 10 in points per game.   Led by senior guard Holli Wilkins (12.4 ppg.), the Ladies are averaging 58.3 ppg., fifth in the conference.   Wilkins is joined by sophomore Cierra Bush (11.3 ppg.) and senior Jelena Aleksic (11.0 ppg.) in the top 10 conference scorers.   BUSH MAKES FIVE IN A ROW Cierra Bush continues to develop in conference play, extending her streak of scoring in double figures to five games with 14 points against IUPUI Monday.   Bush, a sophomore guard, became the first Ladies player to scoring in double figures in five-straight games this season, raising her season scoring average to 11.3 ppg. In addition to her offensive surge, Bush leads   Centenary in r
February 1, 2007 | Athletics
Kristina Menne SHREVEPORT—The Centenary gymnastics team will host its first home meet of the 2007 season on Friday in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. The Ladies welcome Texas Woman’s University and Illinois State to their home arena after beginning the year with three consecutive road meets.   Centenary (1-7) is led by seniors Kristina Menne and Jessie Angus. Menne finished fourth in the all-around at last weekend’s meet with Texas Woman’s, Oklahoma , and George Washington with a score of 37.725. Angus has been one of the Ladies most consistent performers on the bars. She posted a 9.750 on the apparatus in her last meet.   Texas Woman’s University (3-3) scored a 191.275 to defeat Centenary last week and Illinois State is 3-2 on the season with wins over the Ladies, Illinois-Chicago, and Alaska .   Centenary will take to the road again for a meet at Missouri in two weeks before returning home for four straight meets in March.
January 31, 2007 | Athletics
VS. MACOMB , Ill. —The Centenary men’s basketball team begins a weekend Mid-Continent Conference road trip with a Thursday match-up at Western Illinois at 7 p.m. The Gents are looking for the season sweep of the Leathernecks after defeating Western Illinois in the Gold Dome in early January 64-58.   Centenary (7-15, 1-6 Mid-Con) has lost five consecutive conference games, but four of their six league defeats have been by less than 10 points and three more have been by less than five points. The Gents are second in the Mid-Con in scoring per game (70.3 ppg) and first in assists (13.68 apg) and steals (8.23 spg). Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton is third in the league in scoring at 16.5 ppg while freshman Chase Adams has moved into the top spot in assist to turnover ratio at 1.63.   Western Illinois (4-18, 0-7 Mid-Con) is winless in seven tries within conference play and has lost 12 games in row overall. The Leathernecks have shown signs of life lately, losing to Southern Utah by just three (68-65) and UMKC in double overtime (95-89), both on the road. David Jackson leads Western Illinois in scoring at 13.1 ppg while Sammy Hunter is also posting double figures at 12.3 ppg.   Thursday’s game marks the ninth meeting all-time between the Gents and Leathernecks, with the series tied at 4-4. Centenary completes its road swing at Valparaiso for a 7:05 p.m. contest on Saturday.   Both weekend games can be heard on the radio in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
January 29, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had a double-double in the loss to IUPUI Monday SHREVEPORT, La. -- The shots just did not fall for the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-18, 0-7) in Monday night’s matchup against IUPUI (8-12, 3-4), as the Ladies fell 67-55 to the visiting Jaguars. Shooting a disappointing 27.6 percent for the game, Centenary struggled mightily at the start of the second half, not hitting a basket for the first five-and-half minutes of the half. IUPUI turned what was a two-point halftime lead to 11 points early, going on a 9-0 run to open the second half and not conceding the lead for the remainder of the game. "This is easily the most disappointing loss of the year for me," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said following the loss. "That’s a game we should win. It’s a time of the year we should be getting better and we just don’t play like we’re supposed to." Curtis remarked at his team’s failure to compete at stretches during the contest. The effort was just not there for the Ladies in the second half, evident by Centenary’s lack of team defense and the Ladies allowing IUPUI to shoot 50 percent from the floor. For a stretch, much of the Jaguars’ offensive conversions came from fastbreak layups due to careless turnovers by the Ladies or uncontested drives to the hoop due to breakdowns on defense for Centenary. The 9-0 run to start the second half can be viewed as the breaking point for the Ladies, as Centenary did not have the drive or fight to get back into the game down 11. Shoulders shrugged, emotions flared and from body language alone, Centenary appeared as though it was a defeated team. "At that point, the game is far from over, but we just didn’t fight like I thought we would," Curtis said of the early second-half run by IUPUI. "We got to get more competitive. We got to get more aggressive and we got to be able to play through things." The Jaguars hit 47.
January 28, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-TWU Quad Meet Results 1-27-07 Kristina Menne Jessie Angus DENTON, Texas—The Centenary gymnastics team placed fourth behind Oklahoma (195.600), Texas Woman’s University (191.275), and George Washington (189.500) at the TWU Quadrangular Meet with a team score of 187.950 on Saturday. Individually, six Ladies scores were good enough to place in the top 10.   Centenary (1-7) accumulated event scores of 47.025 on the vault, 48.050 on the bars, 45.125 on the beam, and 47.750 on the floor exercise.   The individual event winners all came from Oklahoma. Kiara Redmond won the vault with a perfect 10 and also grabbed the top spot on the floor and the all-around with scores of 9.875 and 39.350 respectively. Brittany Koncak tallied a 9.900 on the bars to claim first while Lori Winn’s 9.875 on the beam was tops on the night.   Centenary’s top 10 finishes included a ninth place effort by Meredith Smith on the vault with a 9.625. Kristina Menne was fifth on the bars (9.775), ninth on the floor (9.700), and fourth in the all-around (37.725). Jessie Angus nabbed sixth place on the bars with a 9.750 and Bethannie Bowie’s 9.625 on the beam placed her fifth.   The Ladies will gear up for their first home meet of the 2007 season on Friday when they host Illinois State and TWU at 7 p.m. in the Gold Dome.
January 28, 2007 | Athletics
Holli Wilkins had a double-double against IUPUI last season at the Gold Dome Date: Jan. 29, 2007 Opponent: IUPUI (7-12, 2-4) Site: Gold Dome (3,000) Time: 7 p.m. Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3/www.SportsJuice.com Series: IUPUI leads series: 6-0 Last Meeting at Gold Dome: IUPUI, 70-62   TIPPING OFF Centenary (4-17, 0-6) continues a four-game homestand, hosting IUPUI (7-12, 2-4) Monday at the Gold Dome. Tipoff against the Jaguars is set for 7 p.m.   In Monday’s game, the Ladies look to capture their first conference win of the season and their first win over IUPUI in program history.   LAST GAME: LADIES FALL TO OAKLAND Oakland came into the Gold Dome and defeated Centenary, 73-61, Saturday, moving into sole possession of first place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings.   The Golden Grizzlies won their fifth-straight game to move their record to 5-1 in conference play, defeating Centenary in the interior, outscoring the Ladies, 40-16, in the paint.   Behind 16 points by Hanna Reising, Oakland shot 42.9 percent from the floor, registering 12 steals as a team. Bonnie Baker, who chipped in with six points and four rebounds, led all players with six steals in 27 minutes of play.   Centenary cut the Oakland lead to six points on three occasions in the second half, however the Ladies were unable to get over the hump, allowing the Golden Grizzlies to push the lead to as many as 20 points late in the second half.   Senior guard Holli Wilkins scored 18 points to lead the Ladies, hitting four three-pointers and grabbing five rebounds.   With the loss, Centenary brought its home record this season to 3-8.   COMING CLOSER Scoring a team-leading 18 points against Oakland Saturday, senior guard Holli Wilkins moved closer to the 1,000-point plateau for her collegiate career.   With 954 career points, Wilkins is in line to become just the third player in Centenary history to score 1,000 points in their collegiate career, leadin
January 27, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush 13 points and 6 rebounds Saturday against Oakland SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (4-17, 0-6) fell 73-61 to Oakland (9-10, 5-1) Saturday at the Gold Dome, unable to capture its first conference win of the season. Lack of focus and poor interior defense may have been the culprit in the 12-point loss to the Golden Grizzlies Saturday. Centenary turned the ball over 25 times, to 16 turnovers for Oakland resulting in 27 points. In the paint, Oakland scored 40 points to just 16 for the Ladies, something Centenary head coach Steve Curtis says his team must improve upon. Curtis praised his team’s effort, however remarked how his team must remain focused for the full 40 minutes of the game. "We’re playing hard enough, we’re just not playing smart enough," Curtis said. "They’re (Oakland) a good enough team that every time we made a mistake, they’d get a basket out of it." Giving his full compliments to the Oakland team, which was tied for the conference lead heading into Saturday’s game, Curtis said his team lost due to their mistakes. Down by nine to start the second half, Centenary had an early run on the Golden Grizzlies, cutting the lead to six following a three-pointer by senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) , who led the Ladies with 18 points. On the ensuing possession following Wilkins’ three, Centenary sophomore guard Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) showed tremendous effort to recover underneath the basket and block a shot attempt by Hanna Reising of Oakland, bringing the crowd to its feet in appreciation. After the Golden Grizzlies reestablished a nine-point lead with under 15 minutes left in the contest, freshman guard Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) nailed a three right in front of the Centenary bench, again brining the Ladies to within six points of tying the game. Unable to get over the hump after Jefferson’s three, Centenary endured a six-minute span wit
January 27, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Oakland Box Score 1-27-07 Tyrone Hamilton Alexander Starr Nick Stallings Larry Logan Chase Adams SHREVEPORT —The Centenary men’s basketball team continued its struggles from the free throw line and it cost the Gents in a 82-74 loss to Oakland on Saturday in front of a large Homecoming crowd. Centenary shot just 64 percent on free throws and missed several in the midst of a run that would have landed the home team in the lead in the second half.   Oakland (13-10, 6-1 Mid-Con) shot a sizzling 54.2 percent from the field in the first half, including 54.5 percent on 6-of-11 from the three-point line. Despite the hot shooting, Centenary trailed by only seven at 38-31 at the half.   Erik Kangas sank his second trifecta in three minutes to put the Golden Grizzlies on top at 15-6 eight minutes into the contest before three points from Larry Logan and a dunk from Nick Stallings brought the deficit to just four.   Kangas and Derick Nelson drilled two more three-pointers to extend the Oakland lead to 12 with five minutes left in the half, but Centenary’s Tyrone Hamilton sank back-to-back treys to bring the game back to four points. The opening period came to a close on a basket and a free throw for the old fashioned three-point play by Vova Severovas to provide the Grizzlies with the halftime margin.   Centenary (7-16, 1-6 Mid-Con) opened the second half on a 9-2 run to tie the score for the first time since 4-4 early in the game. At the 11:32 mark Oakland held only a two-point advantage at 51-49, but the Gents missed five straight free throws as their free throw percentage sank to just 46 percent.   In the meantime, the Golden Grizzlies’ Brandon Cassise made all three of his free throws after being fouled attempting a three-point shot and Rick Billings drilled the team’s only long distance shot of the second half to move Oakland back out to a comfortable seven-point lead at 57-50 an
January 26, 2007 | Athletics
VS. SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team hosts one of the Mid-Continent Conference’s top teams amidst Homecoming festivities on the Centenary campus Saturday. The Oakland Golden Grizzlies sit in second place within the league with a lofty 5-1 record while the Gents look to bounce back from a tough loss to IUPUI.   Centenary (7-14, 1-5 Mid-Con) dropped a heartbreaking decision on Thursday to IUPUI 70-68. The Gents came from 12 points down to tie the game with 34 seconds to play, only to lose on a put-back after a missed shot at the buzzer.   The Gents are led by sophomore Tyrone Hamilton’s 16.3 ppg, but seniors Alexander Starr and Larry Logan are also scoring in double figures at 12.2 ppg and 11.6 ppg. Starr led Centenary with 17 points against IUPUI while Hamilton added 15 points and Logan 12 points.   Oakland (12-10, 5-1 Mid-Con) lost its first conference game of the season on Thursday where the battle of the unbeatens took place in Tulsa between the Golden Grizzlies and Oral Roberts. ORU emerged with the 73-63 victory to remain the only undefeated team in the Mid-Con.      Vova Severovas leads the Oakland offensive charge with a scoring average of 13.9 ppg. Shawn Hopes is adding 12.2 ppg and Erik Kangas is posting 12.1 ppg for the Black and Gold. Derick Nelson led the Golden Grizzlies in their Thursday loss with 19 points.   In the all-time series, Oakland holds the upper hand with a 4-2 mark over the Gents. The two teams split the season series last season with each team winning on the other’s home court.   The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
January 26, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results Sam Hayes won the 100 free in Friday's meet with TCU SHREVEPORT, La. -- Competing in their final meet of the 2006-07 regular season, the Centenary men’s swimming team fell to TCU, 112-87, at the Centenary Fitness Center Friday. Facing the Horned Frogs in Friday’s meet, the Gents looked to even the season series with TCU, which competes in the Mountain West Conference. Earlier this season, TCU defeated Centenary, 68-34, in a meet held in Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 18. TCU started the meet winning the first five events, seemingly taking a commanding lead over the Gents, a lead that Centenary could not overcome over the final six events of the meet. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was juniors Cameron Allred and Jonathon Berrettini, along with sophomore Jason Hauck and freshman Josh Bagby. All four swimmers captured two wins a piece, spread out between individual events and relays. With Allred, Berrettini and Hauck on TCU’s 200 medley relay, the trio was joined by junior Scott McCracken, taking the first event for the Horned Frogs men’s team en route to five-straight event wins for TCU. Following Stuart Silver capturing the 200 freestyle and Allred and Bagby winning the 200 IM and 50 free, respectively, Centenary freshman Wladamir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas) had a strong showing in the 100 fly. Heading down the wire, Montoya was neck-and-neck with TCU senior Yousif Del Valle, just edged out at the wall by Del Valle with a time of 51.60. In the following event, Gent freshman Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La.) captured the first event for the men’s team in the 100 free, setting a new pool record at the Fitness Center. Hayes, program record holder in the 100 free at Centenary, finished with a time of 47.30 to take the win for the Gents. Although TCU took three out of the final five events, Centenary put forth a strong showing in the final two relays of the meet, taking both the 200 free relay and 800
January 26, 2007 | Athletics
Holli Wilkins leads the Mid-Con in steals this season Date: Jan. 27, 2007 Opponent: Oakland (8-10, 4-1 Mid-Con) Site: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time:  2 p.m. CST Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.SportsJuice.com Series Record: Oakland leads series: 6-0   TIPPING OFF The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-16, 0-5) continues Mid-Continent Conference play when it hosts Oakland (8-10, 4-1) Saturday at the Gold Dome. Game time for Saturday’s Homecoming Game is set for 2 p.m., part of a doubleheader with the Centenary men’s basketball team.   Although struggling of late, the Ladies look to capture their first win against the Golden Grizzlies in program history Saturday. This season, Centenary has a 3-7 record at the Gold Dome.   LADIES FALL TO ORAL ROBERTS Led by a career-high 32 points by senior forward Elisha Turek, Oral Roberts defeated Centenary, 86-61, Monday at the Gold Dome.   Turek, who registered her conference-leading ninth 20-plus point performance, added 15 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season, hitting 13-of-17 shots in the game. As the Golden Eagles outscored the Ladies 26-9 in second-chance points in Monday’s game, Turek grabbed nine offensive rebounds, equalling the total number of offensive rebounds by Centenary.   Centenary cut the deficit to six points midway through the first half, but allowed seven-straight points to fall behind by 13, unable to recover for the remainder of the game.   The 86 points scored by Oral Roberts represents the greatest number of points Centenary has allowed this season.   Sophomore Cierra Bush led Centenary with 22 points, her third consecutive game with 20-plus points.   BUSH RIGHT BEHIND TUREK With her third-straight game with over 20 points, sophomore Cierra Bush surged to second in the Mid-Con in 20-plus point games. Standing right behind conference-leading scorer Elisha Turek of Oral Roberts, Bush has five 20-plus point games this season, si
January 26, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results Taryne Cantillo was a part of two relay wins Friday SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s swimming team lost a dual meet to TCU Friday, falling to the Horned Frogs, 111-80, at the Centenary Fitness Center. The Ladies got off to a roaring start in Friday’s meet against TCU, winning the first two events and taking a 38-36 lead over the Horned Frogs after four events. In the first event of the evening, the relay team of junior Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas) , freshman Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo.) , and sophomores Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) and Leslie Clampitt (Dallas) took the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:53.62. Continuing the promising start, freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) captured first in the following event on the Ladies side, winning the 200 free with a time of 1:57.71. In the 200 individual medley, Cantillo and Wyatt took second and third, respectively, with times of 2:12.89 and 2:13.60. Freshman Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas) , with sophomores Alana Gregory (Flower Mound, Texas) and Murphy Crain (Dallas) took second through fourth in the 50 free, scoring nine points and giving the Ladies the two-point lead through four events. Starting the comeback for TCU, Horned Frogs freshman Natalie Melenric set a new pool record in the 100 fly, winning the event with a time of 58.05. TCU would go on to capture the next three events. Senior Karen Sandifer won the 100 free for TCU, just edging out Clampitt of Centenary, followed by Horned Frogs sophomore Cheryl Townsend taking the 500 free with a time of 5:03.69. Centenary continued to compete following the consecutive event wins for TCU, winning the 200 free relay. The team of Gregory, Zimmerman, Clampitt and Nazzal finished with a time of 1:40.90 to take the full 11 points for the relay win. TCU shut the door on Centenary after the next two events, taking the first three spots in both the 100 backstroke and 100 breas
January 26, 2007 | Athletics
Freshman Courtney Hawkins DENTON, Texas—The Centenary gymnastics team looks to get back on track Saturday when they battle Texas Woman’s University, Oklahoma, and George Washington in a quadrangular meet at 7 p.m. in Denton.   Texas Woman’s University enters the meet with a 1-2 record after falling to BYU and Central Michigan while defeating Brown. The Pioneers are averaging a score of 187.70 over their first two meets.   Oklahoma is the eighth-ranked team in the NCAA coming into Saturday’s contest and is 2-1 on the year with wins over Missouri and Central Michigan . The Sooners’ loss came at the hands of Alabama . Oklahoma is averaging a score of 195.31 through their first two meets.   George Washington is also 2-1 after just one meet. The Colonials defeated Cornell and William & Mary while losing to North Carolina with a score of 190.00.   Centenary is averaging 187.26 through its first two meets which has produced a 1-4 record. The young Ladies roster continues to build experience each weekend with hopes of coming together as a unit in time for the postseason. Freshman Courtney Hawkins has showed well with top 10 finishes on the vault and bars.
January 25, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-IUPUI Box Score 1-25-07 Alexander Starr Tyrone Hamilton Nick Stallings Larry Logan Chase Adams SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team came roaring back from a 12-point deficit with just 3:09 to play to tie the game, but a last-second put-back by IUPUI lifted the Jaguars to the 70-68 win Thursday in the Gold Dome. The loss handed the Gents their fourth straight Mid-Continent Conference defeat while IUPUI climbed back into the race with a 3-3 league record.   Centenary (7-14, 1-5 Mid-Con) opened the game slowly and found themselves down by eight points at 12-4 just five minutes in. A three-pointer by 6’7” post player Lance Hill cut the IUPUI lead to five just ahead of a Jaguar push that staked the visitors to a 15-point advantage with 5:18 remaining in the half.   The Gents countered with a 10-1 run over the remainder of the period to go into the break trailing 29-23 and extended the rally to 17-1 over the first two minutes of the second half to take their first lead at 30-29.   From that point on the game remained close as IUPUI climbed back on top, but always still within striking distance by the Gents. Centenary struggled from the free throw line on the evening and it seemed every time the home team drew near of its opponent, a missed free throw, especially on the front end of a one and one, would end the momentum. The Gents were 15-of-24 from the charity stripe in the game for only 62.5 percent.   A jumper by Austin Montgomery put IUPUI up 66-54 with three minutes left on the clock. With a sense of desperation in the air for the Gents, Tyrone Hamilton drilled a three-pointer and Alexander Starr scored four consecutive points on a lay-up and a pair of free tosses. Down by five points with one minute to go, Nick Stallings stole a pass at half court and sailed in for the easy dunk as the Centenary crowd rose to their feet in excitement.   Gary Patterson drilled two pressu
January 25, 2007 | Athletics
Micah Rhodes Jennifer Mango Emerald Doria ELMHURST, Ill. —The Mid-Continent Conference released its preseason softball poll today and the Centenary Ladies are picked to finish second behind Western Illinois . The Westerwinds grabbed the top spot with 32 points and three first place votes while the Ladies totaled 30 points and two first place votes. The voting panel is comprised of the league’s seven head coaches, who cannot vote for their own team.   The rest of the poll shaped up with Southern Utah ranked third with 29 points and two first place votes, while Valparaiso (18), IUPUI (17), Oakland (13), and UMKC (8) rounded out the final four spots.   Centenary returns seven starters from last year’s squad that went 31-25 and 13-9 in Mid-Con play, good for second place. The Ladies lost their first-ever games in a Mid-Con Championship last season after going unbeaten in winning the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament the previous two years in a row.   Leading the returnees is senior outfielder Micah Rhodes (.416, 9 HR, 43 RBI), a first team All-Mid-Con selection in 2006 and a first team All-Louisiana and second team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region honoree.   Junior utility infielder Jennifer Mango (.314, 32 RBI), a second team all-conference pick, and sophomore shortstop Emerald Doria (.339, 10 HR, 26 RBI), last year’s Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year and All-Louisiana Freshman of the Year, are also back in the middle part of Centenary’s dangerous batting order.   The Ladies kick-off their 2007 schedule with a scrimmage against Bossier Parish Community College on February 3 rd at noon at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Maroon and White will get their first taste of regular season action on February 9-11 as they face Memphis , Missouri , Middle Tennessee State , and #9 LSU at the Easton Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge .
January 24, 2007 | Athletics
The Gents and Ladies head into their season finale against TCU SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams head into their final meet of the 2006-07 season, hosting TCU at the Centenary Fitness Center Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Gents head into Friday’s meet coming off a win over Delta State at the Fitness Center Jan. 13. Eight Centenary men’s swimmers stand amongst the top 10 times in the Mid-Continent Conference in their respective events, with four of the eight logging top five times in the conference. Sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark.) stands in the Mid-Con top 10 in five events, sitting with the fifth-best time in the conference in the 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:44.51. Lambert also has a season-low time of 4:49.39 in the 500 free, standing sixth in the Mid-Con. Freshman Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas) has a season-low time of 1:58.30 in the 200 individual medley, sitting with the fifth-best time in the Mid-Con. Stults is also amongst the conference elite in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 400 IM. Freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) has the fourth-best time in the conference in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:54.74. This season, the Gents are 1-1 in dual meets at the Fitness Center. Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) leads the women’s team into Friday’s season finale, standing in the top three in the Mid-Con in the 500 and 1,000 free. Vaughan stands second in the 1,000 free with a season-best time of 10:24.62, standing third in the conference in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.76. Vaughan also has a top 10 Mid-Con time in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.76. Six swimmers join Vaughan with top 10 times in the Mid-Con, with two swimmers recording top five times. Sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) has three top 10 times in the Mid-Con, standing fourth in the conference in the 100 fly with a season-best time of 59.56. Recording the fourth-best time in the conference in the
January 24, 2007 | Athletics
The Gents and Ladies head into their season finale against TCU SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams head into their final meet of the 2006-07 season, hosting TCU at the Centenary Fitness Center Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Gents head into Friday’s meet coming off a win over Delta State at the Fitness Center Jan. 13. Eight Centenary men’s swimmers stand amongst the top 10 times in the Mid-Continent Conference in their respective events, with four of the eight logging top five times in the conference. Sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark.) stands in the Mid-Con top 10 in five events, sitting with the fifth-best time in the conference in the 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:44.51. Lambert also has a season-low time of 4:49.39 in the 500 free, standing sixth in the Mid-Con. Freshman Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas) has a season-low time of 1:58.30 in the 200 individual medley, sitting with the fifth-best time in the Mid-Con. Stults is also amongst the conference elite in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 400 IM. Freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) has the fourth-best time in the conference in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:54.74. This season, the Gents are 1-1 in dual meets at the Fitness Center. Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) leads the women’s team into Friday’s season finale, standing in the top three in the Mid-Con in the 500 and 1,000 free. Vaughan stands second in the 1,000 free with a season-best time of 10:24.62, standing third in the conference in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.76. Vaughan also has a top 10 Mid-Con time in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.76. Six swimmers join Vaughan with top 10 times in the Mid-Con, with two swimmers recording top five times. Sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) has three top 10 times in the Mid-Con, standing fourth in the conference in the 100 fly with a season-best time of 59.56. Recording the fourth-best time in the conference in the
January 24, 2007 | Athletics
VS. SHREVEPORT —The Centenary men’s basketball team will face-off against IUPUI on Thursday in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. The Gents have dropped three consecutive Mid-Continent Conference games and look to end their slide while the Jaguars hope to rebound after losing their last conference game. The two teams are separated by just one game in the league standings.   Centenary (7-13, 1-4 Mid-Con) currently sits in seventh place, but is just one game out of fourth where IUPUI, UMKC, and Southern Utah all sit with a 2-3 conference mark. The Gents enter Thursday’s contest ranked second in the Mid-Con in scoring at 70.2 ppg. Centenary also places second in field goal percentage (45.2%), assists (13.55 apg), and turnover margin (+1.70) in addition to holding down the top spot in steals per game at 8.05.   Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton continues to lead the Gents in scoring at 16.4 ppg while seniors Alexander Starr (12.0 ppg) and Larry Logan (11.6 ppg) are also posting double figures. Freshman Chase Adams has enjoyed a solid debut season wearing the maroon and white as he tallied 12 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in his last outing, an 89-66 loss to Oral Roberts.   IUPUI (8-10, 2-3 Mid-Con) was picked to finish second in the preseason Mid-Con poll but has struggled as a result of injuries. The Jaguars play strong defense and place emphasis on controlling the boards. They rank second in the league in steals per game (7.44 spg) and offensive rebounds (12.39 rpg) while placing third in blocked shots (2.78 bpg) and rebounding margin (+1.6).   David Barlow is leading the way offensively for IUPUI at 13.9 ppg and Austin Montgomery is adding 12.1 ppg to the cause. Angelo Smith leads the team with a rebounding average of 5.8 rpg.   Fans can tune in this evening to hear The Rob Flaska Show live from Buffalo Wild Wings from 6 to 7 p.m. on KSCL 91.3 FM in the Shreveport-Bossier area or on the internet at www.SportsJuice.com . The game on
January 22, 2007 | Athletics
GAME: LSU, March 6, 2007 – 7 p.m.   COST: $25 – Skybox $20/$15 – Reserved Seating $15 – General Admission   SHREVEPORT, La. -- Tickets are now available for the annual encounter between the Centenary baseball team and LSU, played at Fair Grounds Field, in Shreveport, March 6. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Tickets for the contest between the Gents and the Tigers are priced at $25/$20/$15 per ticket. Skybox tickets, priced at $25 per ticket, and all reserved seating tickets, priced at $20 for lower level and $15 for upper level, can be purchased in person at the Fair Grounds Field box office or by calling 318-636-5555. Reserved seating behind home plate can also be purchased in person at the Centenary baseball office, located at Shehee Stadium, on the campus of Centenary College, or by calling 318-869-5298. General admission tickets, priced at $15 per ticket, are available now at the following ticket outlets throughout the Shreveport/Bossier City area:   •        Sports World, 8809 Jewella Avenue, #102, Shreveport •        Sports World, 2337 Airline Drive, Bossier City •        Sports Spectrum, 7607 Youree Drive, Shreveport •         Steadman’s Sports Center, 601 Benton Road, Bossier City •         Shreveport Gymnastics, 4727 Line, Shreveport   All questions regarding tickets can be directed to the Centenary baseball office at 318-869-5298.   Centenary Baseball Office 100 Atkins Drive Shreveport, LA 71104 Hours: M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (318) 869-5298
January 22, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush scored over 20 points for the third-straight game SHREVEPORT, La. -- Elisha Turek scored a season-high 32 points and had 15 rebounds to lead Oral Roberts (12-7, 2-3) over the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-16, 0-5) Monday at the Gold Dome. Turek, a senior forward, helped the high-powered Golden Eagles offense score over eighty points for the seventh time this season, with Oral Roberts leading the Mid-Con in team scoring this season (70.3 ppg.). The 6-foot-2 Turek hit 13-of-17 shots in Monday’s win, pounding the glass for nine offensive rebounds against the Ladies. Leading the conference in rebounding (10.3 rpg.) and second in scoring (16.9 ppg.), Turek proved to be a force in the paint Monday. With her aggressiveness on the offensive end, Turek helped the Golden Eagles create multiple second-chance scoring opportunities, outscoring Centenary in second-chance points, 26-9. "We knew that she (Turek) was going to be a big part on whether they win or lose," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said. "Without looking at the film, I would imagine she scored eight or 10 times when they threw her the ball. Probably 20 of her 32 were just second shots, where she just rebounded, manhandled us and scored." Turek was instrumental for the Golden Eagles early in the first half, scoring 9-of-18 points on an 18-2 run by Oral Roberts. Illustrating Curtis’ words of the forward, two of Turek’s four baskets during the run were a result of an offensive rebound, helping Oral Roberts take a 15-point lead at 21-6. True to form, the Ladies would not fold and stormed back after trailing by 15 and being held scoreless for almost five minutes early in the first half. Leading the charge, freshman Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) scored five points in a Centenary 10-1 run, cutting the lead to six points. Unfortunately for the Ladies, the momentum was short-lived, as Oral Roberts would score three-straight b
January 21, 2007 | Athletics
Monique Jefferson and Centenary are challenged by Oral Roberts Monday Date: Jan. 22, 2007 Opponent: Oral Roberts (11-7, 1-3 Mid-Con) Site: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time: 7 p.m. CST Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.SportsJuice.com Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald Series Record: Oral Roberts leads 6-0     TIPPING OFF Centenary (4-15, 0-4) returns to Mid-Continent Conference play, hosting Oral Roberts University (11-7, 1-3) at the Gold Dome Monday at 7 p.m.   The Ladies look for their first win in the series with Oral Roberts, in search of their first conference win of the season.   IN CONFERENCE GAMES Centenary looks to break an 11-game losing streak in Mid-Con games in Monday’s game against the Golden Eagles.   In conference games this season, Centenary is scoring 52.8 ppg., below its season-average of 58.2 ppg. From the field, the Ladies are shooting 33.9 percent, hitting 32.4 percent of their shots from three-point range. Centenary is averaging 37.8 rpg. in Mid-Con games.   Senior Jelena Aleksic leads the Ladies in scoring in conference games, scoring 13.0 ppg. and hitting a team-leading 50 percent of her shots. Sophomore Cierra Bush is averaging 10 ppg. and leads the Ladies with an average of 6.8 rebounds per game.   CHANGING GEARS Against Chicago State Saturday, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis and his staff went with a different starting lineup, breaking a trend of eight consecutive games of using seniors Jelena Aleksic and Holli Wilkins, with junior Sara Judice, sophomore Cierra Bush and freshman Monique Jefferson.   For Saturday’s game against the Cougars, the Ladies started Bush, Judice and Wilkins with freshmen center Leslie Forest and guard Bethany Joseph.   This season, only Wilkins has started every game for Centenary, leading the Ladies with an 11.7 scoring average.   BUSH GOES FOR 20 IN BACK-TO-BACK Sophomore Cierra Bush has consecutive 20-point games for the second time this season, scoring a ga
January 20, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had 24 points against Chicago State Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-15) fell, 75-61, to Chicago State Saturday at the Gold Dome. Chicago State was led by 20 points by senior forward Ayesha Neasley. After a promising 10-0 run to start the game, the Ladies were outscored 16-2 by the Cougars to fall behind by four points, never to lead again for the remainder of the contest. Outscoring Centenary by 22 points in the paint (44-22), Chicago State utilized its speed and aggressiveness in Saturday’s contest against the Ladies, driving to the hoop for several cutting layups. Attacking the rim following missed shots, the Cougars grabbed 19 offensive rebounds in the game, scoring 13 second chance points to just two for the Ladies. Trailing 38-27 at the start of the second half, Centenary was able to put together a 6-0 run midway through the second half, cutting the deficit to six points following a layup by senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) . With momentum on their side, the Ladies were unable to capitalize on the almost three-minute scoreless drought by Chicago State, allowing the Cougars to penetrate the paint for slashing layups and extend the lead back up to 14 points. Chicago State would hold a double-digit lead for the final nine minutes of the contest, breaking a two-game losing streak and evening its record against Mid-Con teams at 2-2. A predominately guard-laden lineup, four players scored in double figures for the Cougars, taking most of their shots from inside the arc and failing to make a three-pointer for the entire contest Saturday (0-5). Joining Neasley in double figures, sophomore Jasmin Dixon scored 15 points, grabbing seven rebounds and registering two steals. Seniors Chandra Timberlake and Faith Buchanan had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Over the last few minutes of the game, Centenary was unable to string together a prolonged scoring
January 20, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ORU Box Score 1-20-07 Larry Logan Tyrone Hamilton Chase Adams Lance Hill SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team received a test on Saturday against Oral Roberts, the preseason favorite to win the Mid-Continent Conference. The Gents earned a passing grade for more than three-quarters of the contest, always hanging within 10 points until the Golden Eagles ended the game on a 17-4 run over the final four minutes to provide the lopsided score of 89-66.   Centenary (7-13, 1-4 Mid-Con) also faced another preseason favorite on the court in the Gold Dome in ORU’s Caleb Green. Green is the reigning Mid-Con Player of the Year and was chosen as the frontrunner to capture the accolade again this season. The senior forward finished the game with lofty numbers of 22 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. Although he only shot 3-of-7 from the floor, he was awarded 17 trips to the free throw line, sinking 16 of those.   Free throws played a big part in the game as Oral Roberts made good on 32-of-37 attempts while the Gents struggled mightily, making only 12-of-24 for a sub par 50 percent.   Oral Roberts (13-7, 5-0 Mid-Con) began the game trailing for the first nine minutes as Centenary still held a 13-12 lead at the 11:12 mark after a layup by Chase Adams. The Golden Eagles countered with an 8-0 run to jump on top at 20-13 behind two three-pointers from Moses Ehambe, but the Gents would only trail by an average of six points the rest of the half until entering the intermission down 39-31.   The Gents continued to hang within striking distance in the second half but could not make the big shot or timely free throw when needed to sustain a rally against ORU. Centenary trimmed the deficit to six points at 47-41 with 14 minutes to play and pulled within seven points at 53-46 on a Tyrone Hamilton three-pointer with 11 minutes left.   A driving layup by Adams made the Oral Roberts lead 10 points w
January 19, 2007 | Athletics
VS. SHREVEPORT —The Centenary men’s basketball team welcomes Mid-Con frontrunner and preseason favorite Oral Roberts to the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Golden Eagles are led by the reigning Player of the Year in forward Caleb Green, who was also the preseason favorite to win the award again this season.   Centenary (7-12, 1-3 Mid-Con) has slowed in conference play after suffering through some injuries. Sophomore guard Bryan Baumann (9.3 ppg) will miss his sixth consecutive game on Saturday as a result of an illness and it is likely senior guard/forward Alexander Starr (12.2 ppg) will miss the match-up with the Golden Eagles after a bout of food poisoning.   Starting with Oral Roberts, the Gents begin a three-game homestand through perhaps the toughest part of their Mid-Con schedule. ORU (12-7) is 4-0 in league play and Centenary will battle IUPUI (8-9, 2-2 Mid-Con) on Thursday, the preseason pick to finish second. Oakland , who is also undefeated at 4-0, closes out the stretch of games in the Gold Dome next Saturday.   Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton has scored 24 points in each of Centenary’s last two games and now leads the Mid-Con in scoring average within conference play at 19.8 ppg. Senior Larry Logan is second in the conference with 7.5 rpg.   Oral Roberts has won six games in row behind Caleb Green’s 19.7 ppg and 9.5 rebounds per contest. Ken Tutt is also scoring in double figures at 16.7 ppg.     The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
January 19, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ISU Meet Results 1-19-07 Courtney Hawkins Kristina Menne Bethannie Bowie NORMAL, Ill.—The Centenary gymnastics team faltered Friday night in its quad meet hosted by Illinois State in finishing fourth with a score of 186.250. The Ladies were forced to count five scores below 9.000 on the evening and were issued penalty deductions three times. Southeast Missouri State (191.700) won the competition while Illinois State (191.100) and Illinois-Chicago (189.550) rounded out the top three.   Centenary (1-4) came into the meet without much practice time this week after dangerous weather conditions in Shreveport forced the cancellation of school and practice. The Ladies notched their highest team score in the meet with a 47.000 on the balance beam. Bethannie Bowie led the charge on the apparatus with a 9.675, good enough for fourth place individually. Kristina Menne also performed well on the beam with a 9.575 to rank inside the top 10.   Courtney Hawkins and Meredith Smith turned in scores of 9.550 (5 th place) and 9.525 (9 th place) to pace Centenary on the vault. Menne and Jessie Angus posted identical 9.650 scores to provide team-highs on the bars and Hawkins’ 9.600 was tops for the Ladies on the floor exercise. Menne placed third in the all-around with a combined total effort of 38.050.     Rikara Thurner of SEMO took the all-around title with her score of 38.575. A trio of Illinois State competitors nabbed the top spots on the vault (Meaghan Koshman, 9.725), bars (Amanda Candler, 9.800), and beam (Anne Fjordholm, 9.800) while Rachael Zelinski of UIC scored a 9.800 to take the floor event.   Centenary will compete again next Saturday in Denton, Texas, when the Ladies take on Texas Woman’s University at 7 p.m.
January 19, 2007 | Athletics
Jelena Aleksic and the Ladies begin a four-game homestand Saturday Date: Jan. 20, 2007 Opponent: Chicago State (5-13) Site: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time: 3 p.m. CST Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.SportsJuice.com Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald Series Record: 1-5 lifetime against Chicago State   TIPPING OFF The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-14) takes to the Gold Dome court Saturday, hosting Chicago State (5-13) in a non-conference game at 4:30 p.m.   Part of a doubleheader with the Centenary men’s basketball team, the Ladies start a four-game homestand with Saturday’s contest against the Cougars, looking to break a four-game losing streak.   LAST FOUR GAMES The Ladies have struggled in their most recent four-game losing streak, outscored by an average margin of 13.0 ppg. in the last four games and starting off Mid-Continent Conference play with an 0-4 record.   In the four games, Centenary has shot 33.9 percent from the field, while allowing its opponent to shoot 38.3 percent from the floor and 43.1 percent from three-point range. In the turnover department, the Ladies have committed almost 20 more turnovers than its opponents in the last four games, an average of 4.25 more turnovers per game.   While hitting 50 percent of her shots from the floor, senior forward Jelena Aleksic is leading Centenary in scoring in its last four games, averaging 13.0 ppg. Also averaging double-digit scoring in conference games this season, sophomore Cierra Bush is averaging 10.0 ppg., while leading Centenary in assists (2.0 apg.).   Both the Ladies’ field goal percentage and scoring average (52.8) in its last four games are below the season averages.   ONE FOR 200 Senior guard Holli Wilkins needs one steal to amass 200 steals in her collegiate career.   Already the all-time leader in steals in Centenary history, Wilkins is averaging 2.3 steals per game this season, standing second in the Mid-Con. She also has the Ladi
January 18, 2007 | Athletics
Senior Krisitina Menne NORMAL , Ill. —The Centenary gymnastics team will compete in its second meet of the 2007 season on Friday at Illinois State . In addition to facing the host Redbirds, the Ladies will also battle Southeast Missouri State and Illinois-Chicago, two teams Centenary competed against last weekend at SEMO. The meet will begin at 7 p.m.   Centenary (1-1) finished second last week behind SEMO but ahead of UIC with a team score of 188.275 in Cape Girardeau , Mo. SEMO (2-0) took all the individual titles except the floor exercise which was won by Annie Kachman of UIC (0-2).   The Ladies placed two participants in the top three of their respective events as Kristina Menne took third with a score of 37.675 in the all-around and Jessie Angus recorded a third place finish on the bars with a 9.650.   Illinois State is 0-1 on the season after dropping its opening competition to Central Michigan 191.075 to 180.400. In that meet, 2006 NCAA Regional Meet qualifier Meaghan Koshman was injured in warm-ups causing the Redbirds to have holes in their line-up for two events. It is uncertain if Koshman will take part in the meet on Friday.
January 17, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results Leslie Clampitt won the 50 free and 100 free against Delta State SHREVEPORT, La. -- Delta State defeated the Centenary women’s swimming team, 146-116, in a dual meet at the Centenary Fitness Center Saturday. Freshman Maggie Vaughan and sophomore Leslie Clampitt were both part of three event wins against Delta State. Clampitt, holding the Ladies record in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, accounted the 33 points in Saturday’s meet for Centenary. Competing in two individual events and two relays against Delta State, Clampitt won the 50 free with a time of 25.19, touching the wall in the 100 free with a time of 56.05 for the win. She also was part of first-place finishing 400 free relay team, which set a new pool record at the Fitness Center with a time of 3:42.70. Clampitt swam an opening-leg time of 55.66, joined by sophomore Alana Gregory (Flower Mound, Texas) , Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas) and Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas). Vaughan captured three individual event wins against the Lady Statesmen, winning the 200 free, 500 free and 1,000 free for her first three-win meet of her collegiate career. Vaughan started her meet off with a win in the 1,000 free, registering a time of 10:38.68 for the win. In the 200 free, she won the event with a time of 1:58.37, finishing her meet with a time of 5:11.37 in the 500 free for the win. Nazzal registered two second-place finishes in the 50 free (25.38) and 100 free (56.22), while freshman Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo.) took second in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.39. Wyatt also had a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.00). After not competing for over three weeks, the Ladies looked strong in their first meet of 2007, continuing to build towards the conference championships next month. Centenary next competes against TCU at the Fitness Center Jan. 26. The meet against the Horned Frogs is the final meet for the Ladies prior to
January 17, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results Sam Hayes was part of three event wins for the Gents SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s swim team captured a win over Delta State University, defeating the Statesmen, 134-128, at the Centenary Fitness Center. Needing a win in the 400 freestyle relay, final event of the meet, to earn the victory over the Statesmen, the team of Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La.) , Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas) , Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark.) and Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Texas) came through, winning the event with a time of 3:11.78. With the meet on the line, Dustin Myers registered an anchor leg split of 48.46 to win the event for the Gents and capture the 11 points needed to surpass Delta State for the meet win. Centenary won six events in Saturday’s meet against the Statesmen, led by three event wins by Hayes. In addition to his part in helping the Gents win the 400 freestyle relay, Hayes captured individual event wins in both the 50 free and the 100 free. Competing in back-to-back events, Hayes won the 50 free with a time of 22.07, his best time of the 2006-07 season. In the following event, the freshman took the 100 free, registering a time of 48.47. For the meet, Hayes accounted for 33 points for the Gents. Setting a new team record in the 200 individual medley, freshman Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas) touched the wall with a career-best time of 1:58.30, breaking the former Gents record of 1:58.46, set by Robert Trempski in the 2004-05 season. Also registering wins for Centenary Saturday was freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) and junior Kyle McKee (Louisville, Ky.) . McGee, Gents record holder in the 1,000 free, took the 1,000 free with a time of 10:01.01. McKee won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:15.44, setting a new pool record at the Fitness Center. Centenary next competes against TCU at the Fitness Center Jan. 26. In the lone meeting with TCU this season, the Gents fell to the Horned Frogs, 68-34, Nov. 18. Th
January 16, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SEMO-UIC Meet Results Kristina Menne Jessie Angus CAPE GIRARDEAU , Mo. —The Centenary Ladies gymnastics team opened its 2007 season on the road by earning a split at Southeast Missouri State University on Saturday evening. The Ladies team score of 188.275 was enough to defeat Illinois-Chicago (187.900), but came up short of the host SEMO team that won the event with a score of 193.700.   While SEMO took all of the team event titles, Centenary (1-1) took second on the vault (47.175), bars (46.400), and floor exercise (47.625) finishing in third only on the balance beam (47.075).   Individually, Kristina Menne placed third in the all-around with a combined score of 37.675 with her best effort being a 9.625 on the floor for ninth place. Jessie Angus recorded a 9.650 on the bars to take home third place in the event while Courtney Hawkins’ 9.600 was good enough for sixth place on the vault.   Other Ladies to finish in the top 10 in their respective events were Meredith Smith (9 th – vault, 9.500), Hawkins (8 th – bars, 9.500), Menne (10 th – bars, 9.425), Angus (6 th – beam, 9.650), and Julia Cornelius (6 th – beam, 9.650).     SEMO’s Rikara Turner took home the all-around honors with a score of 38.525. Sandra Blake from SEMO won the vault with a 9.700 and the beam with a 9.850 while Maureen Grimaldi, also from SEMO, won the bars at 9.725. Annie Kachman broke up the sweep attempt by Southeast Missouri State by winning the floor exercise with a 9.850 on behalf of Illinois-Chicago.   The Ladies return to action on Friday when they travel to Normal , Ill. , for a date with Illinois State at 7 p.m.
January 15, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had 22 points in Monday's game against UMKC KANSAS CITY -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-14, 0-4) fell to UMKC (6-12, 2-1), 64-57, Monday at Swinney Recreation Center, on the campus of UMKC. With the loss, Centenary continues to search for its first win in Mid-Continent Conference play. Behind an 11-0 run midway through the second half, UMKC took a 52-41 lead and never looked back for the remainder of the game. Tied at 41-41 at the 10:26 mark of the second half, a layup by UMKC junior Marta Waalen started the run for the Kangaroos, finished off by a running jumper by senior Jowan Ortega with less than seven minutes remaining in the contest. Continuing to fight to tie the game after the close to five-minute scoreless drought, Centenary cut the UMKC lead to six with 2:21 remaining in the contest. On the next possession for the Kangaroos, junior Brittny Picconi nailed a three from the top of the key with less than two minutes remaining, reestablishing a nine-point lead for UMKC. With less than 30 seconds remaining, Centenary sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La./Lakeview) hit a three to make it a five-point game, however the Ladies were forced to foul to conserve time and fell by seven to the Kangaroos, who captured their second win in conference play this season. Picconi led UMKC with 22 points Monday, hitting 7-of-16 shots from the floor and utilizing her inside-outside game to move the Kangaroo offense. Scoring for Centenary was spread out between three players in Monday’s game, led by Bush’s 22 points. Bush was joined by senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia/Universal) and junior forward Sara Judice (Lafayette, La./East Central CC) in double figures with 18 and 11 points, respectively. Judice matched a career high, leading all players with 10 rebounds in Monday’s loss. Centenary performed well early in the second half after trailing 27-24 at the intermission. On fiv
January 14, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Larry Logan finished with 12 points in the loss to Southern Utah CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Nurudeen Adepoju and Justin Allen led Southern Utah University (11-7, 1-2) to a 78-57 victory over the Centenary men’s basketball team (7-12, 1-3) Saturday at Centrum Arena, on the campus of Southern Utah. Adepoju and Allen combined to score 49 of the Thunderbirds’ 78 points Saturday. The story of the night was Adepoju. Averaging 9.2 ppg. heading into Saturday’s contest, the 6-foot-5 junior forward notched 24 points in single-handily extending a nine-point Thunderbird lead at the intermission into a 17-point Gents’ deficit with his deft shooting from the outside. After hitting a three-pointer from the corner less than two minutes into the second half, making it a 14-point Southern Utah lead, Adepoju would follow that with two more three’s and a running jumper to give the Thunderbirds almost a 20-point lead. Adepoju scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half, hitting 5-of-6 three-pointers and 8-of-12 shots from the floor. The junior forward’s shooting in the second half is just a general illustration of the marksmanship of the Thunderbirds early. Southern Utah was perfect from the floor for the first eight minutes of the second half, taking a 56-40 lead after a jumper by senior guard Steve Barnes. In the second half, the Thunderbirds shot an amazing 70 percent from the floor, hitting 71.4 percent of its three-point shots. When not going with the outside shot of Adepoju, the Thunderbirds went with the drive of Allen. Leading all players with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Allen found success releasing on Centenary turnovers, finishing the game with numerous fastbreak conversion dunks. To their credit, the Gents turned what could have been an early blowout into a one-point lead midway through the first half. Down 17-5 and struggling on the offensive end in the first 10 minutes of the game, Centenary w
January 14, 2007 | Athletics
Leslie Forest is averaging a block a game this season TIPPING OFF The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-13, 0-3) travels to Kansas City to visit UMKC (5-12, 1-1) Monday at Swinney Recreation Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m. In Monday’s game, the Ladies search for their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the season, falling to Southern Utah by 10 points Saturday. LAST TIME OUT: SOUTHERN UTAH PULLS AWAY LATE TO DEFEAT LADIES Trailing by one-to-two possessions for most of the game and putting forth a consorted team effort, Centenary just couldn’t escape with a victory at Centrum Arena Saturday, falling to Southern Utah by a score of 63-53. The deciding factor for the Ladies was in the final five minutes when the Thunderbirds scored six consecutive points to take an eight-point lead on Centenary with under three minutes remaining in the contest. In the final five minutes, the Ladies were held to just two points, outscored 10-2 to close the game. Senior Holli Wilkins led the team with 11 points, followed by 10 points by junior Sara Judice. Sophomore Cierra Bush grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in the loss. SERIES AGAINST UMKC Centenary holds a 1-5 lifetime record against UMKC in the six games against the Kangaroos. The lone win over UMKC came last season at the Gold Dome, as the Ladies defeated the Kangaroos, 52-44, on Jan. 28, 2006. The Ladies have yet to capture a win on the road against the Kangaroos, falling by an average of 16.3 points per game at the Swinney Recreation Center. RARE OCCURRENCE Against Southern Utah Saturday, senior guard Holli Wilkins did not register a steal. Not garnering a steal for just the third time this season, Wilkins is among the Mid-Con leaders with 38 steals. She is the current all-time steals leader at Centenary both for career and single season. OFF THE MARK Centenary looks to bounce back from its second-worst shooting night of the season. Against the Thunderbirds, in the Ladies first road test of the Mid-Co
January 13, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins led the Ladies with 11 points Saturday CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Centenary’s (4-13, 0-3) road woes continue, as the Ladies fell 63-53 to Southern Utah (4-11, 1-1) Saturday at Centrum Arena. Anne Westwood led the Thunderbirds with 19 points in Saturday’s game. The effort was there for Centenary, however the result was not what the Ladies would have hoped for. A back-and-forth first half between two evenly-matched teams ended with Southern Utah leading by a point at 26-25. Scoring was spread out between the Ladies in the opening half, with seven players registering a point. Neither team was able to pull away following the intermission, with the two teams playing within one-to-two possessions of each other for majority of the second half. A three by Southern Utah would be answered by a three by Centenary. A basket inside by Centenary would be followed by a jumper by Southern Utah, and this would continue throughout the final half. The difference came with less than five minutes remaining in the contest when Southern Utah would scored six unanswered points to take a 59-51 lead. Second shots by the Thunderbirds was the thorn in the side of the Ladies in the game, according to head coach Steve Curtis . "They got a lot of loose balls and they got a lot of second shots," Curtis said. "They’d get the ball, they’d pick it up and they’d make another shot from there. Where we’d get the ball, we’d have a chance to go down and make a play for ourselves." Converting open looks at the basket, something Centenary unfortunately could not do in the final five minutes to the game, the Thunderbirds would not look back after the consecutive baskets. After a three-pointer by Centenary junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La./East Central CC) cut the lead to just two points at the 5:35 mark, baskets by Julie Stradling, Heather Hillock and Charmaine Piula gave the Thunderbirds what turned out to be an
January 12, 2007 | Athletics
Nine men's swimmers stand with top 10 times in the Mid-Con SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams host their first meet of 2007 when Delta State visits the Fitness Center Saturday. After a long layoff, the Gents and the Ladies squads enter Saturday’s meet against Delta State well-rested and ready to commence the second half of the 2006-07 season. In their last meet, the Gents defeated St. Louis University, ranked in the latest CollegeSwimming.com national mid-major poll, along with earning a sweep over Mid-Con foes IUPUI and Valparaiso. Nine Gent swimmers rank among the top 10 times this season in the Mid-Con, with three swimmers registering top five times in the conference. Standing with a top 10 time in five events, Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) continues to strive in his sophomore season. Lambert stands fifth in the Mid-Con in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:44.51, also standing sixth in the 100 free (48.02) and 500 free (4:49.39). In just his freshman season, Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M./LaCueva) stands third in the Mid-Con with a season-best time of 9:54.74, looking to better that mark in this weekend’s meet against Delta State. Also standing in the top 10 in the Mid-Con in three events is fellow-freshman Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas/Allen) . Stults has the fifth-best time in the conference in the 200 individual medley at 1:58.89, also excelling in the 100 breaststroke and 400 individual medley. The Ladies squad enters Saturday’s meet having swept both IUPUI and Valparaiso in their last meet, held Dec. 19-20 at St. Louis University. Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) heads into Saturday’s meet in high regarding, having been named the Mid-Con Female Athlete of the Month for December. This season, Vaughan has broken three school records, standing in the top five in the conference in three events. Vaughan has the second-best time in the conference in the 1,000 free with a time
January 12, 2007 | Athletics
The Ladies continue to build towards the Mid-Con Championships SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams host their first meet of 2007 when Delta State visits the Fitness Center Saturday. After a long layoff, the Gents and the Ladies squads enter Saturday’s meet against Delta State well-rested and ready to commence the second half of the 2006-07 season. In their last meet, the Gents defeated St. Louis University, ranked in the latest CollegeSwimming.com national mid-major poll, along with earning a sweep over Mid-Con foes IUPUI and Valparaiso. Nine Gent swimmers rank among the top 10 times this season in the Mid-Con, with three swimmers registering top five times in the conference. Standing with a top 10 time in five events, Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) continues to strive in his sophomore season. Lambert stands fifth in the Mid-Con in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:44.51, also standing sixth in the 100 free (48.02) and 500 free (4:49.39). In just his freshman season, Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M./LaCueva) stands third in the Mid-Con with a season-best time of 9:54.74, looking to better that mark in this weekend’s meet against Delta State. Also standing in the top 10 in the Mid-Con in three events is fellow-freshman Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas/Allen) . Stults has the fifth-best time in the conference in the 200 individual medley at 1:58.89, also excelling in the 100 breaststroke and 400 individual medley. The Ladies squad enters Saturday’s meet having swept both IUPUI and Valparaiso in their last meet, held Dec. 19-20 at St. Louis University. Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) heads into Saturday’s meet in high regarding, having been named the Mid-Con Female Athlete of the Month for December. This season, Vaughan has broken three school records, standing in the top five in the conference in three events. Vaughan has the second-best time in the conference in the 1,000 free with a
January 12, 2007 | Athletics
Monique Jefferson and the Ladies look to capture their first Mid-Con win of the season Date: Jan. 13, 2007 Opponent: Southern Utah (3-11, 0-1 Mid-Con) Site: Centrum Arena Game Time:  5 p.m. MST Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.SportsJuice.com Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald Series Record:  Southern Utah leads 4-2 TIPPING OFF Looking for their first conference win of the season, Centenary (4-12, 0-2) travels to Cedar City, Utah to face Southern Utah (3-11, 0-1) at Centrum Arena Saturday at 5 p.m. MST. In Saturday’s game against the Lady Thunderbirds, Centenary looks to break a nine-game losing streak in Mid-Continent Conference games. AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH Centenary holds a 2-4 lifetime record against Southern Utah in Mid-Continent Conference games. In their last visit to Centrum Arena, played Feb. 13, 2006, the Ladies fell to the Lady Thunderbirds, 73-61, unable to capture their first win on the road against Southern Utah. Through three road games against the Lady Thunderbirds, Centenary is averaging 59.3 ppg. while allowing 72 ppg. ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON In seven games on the road this season, Centenary holds a 1-6 record, getting its lone win over Sam Houston State Dec. 17. Senior guard Holli Wilkins leads the team with a 11.9 points per game average, hitting 34.2 percent of her shots from the floor and 32.5 percent of her shots from three-point range. Sophomore Cierra Bush is right behind Wilkins, averaging 11.1 ppg. and leading the team with a 5.4 rebounds per game average. Bush is hitting 45.3 percent of her shots, while hitting 36.8 percent of her three-point shots. As a team, Centenary is averaging 58.3 ppg. in its seven road games, allowing an average of 76 ppg. The team is hitting 35.1 percent of its shots from the floor, committing an average of 23.7 turnovers per game. SCOUTING SOUTHERN UTAH The Lady Thunderbirds enter Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak, falling to San Diego (Jan. 2) and at UMKC (Jan. 6). In the lone conferen
January 12, 2007 | Athletics
Jessie Angus Kristina Menne Meredith Smith CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.—The Centenary gymnastics team begins its pursuit for its annual spot in the USA Gymnastics Championships on Saturday when the Ladies open their 2007 schedule at Southeast Missouri at 7 p.m. The Ladies will also go up against perennial Midwest Independent Conference frontrunner Illinois-Chicago, who will also be participating at the meet on Saturday.   “This opening meet should be a good test to see how we stack up against other Midwest Independent Conference members and will provide us with a starting point in order to address areas that we need to improve upon,” said head coach Bill Hardy.   The Ladies will rely on seniors Jessie Angus and Kristina Menne to help mold a very young team into a championship contender by the end of the season. Junior Meredith Smith also returns to provide consistency and sophomores Mandy Bennett and Julia Cornelius will be expected to step up and compete on three events this year.   Menne is a three-time USAG All-America honoree and Cornelius earned the distinction last season on the balance beam. Smith is the defending National Champion on the vault to go along with her All-America status.   In addition, sophomore Bethannie Bowie has continued to improve and should contribute while freshman Courtney Hawkins is expected to make an immediate impact with her power, level of difficulty, and presentation.   The Ladies will be on the road for their first three meets of the season before hosting Illinois State and Texas Woman’s University in their home opener on Friday, February 2 nd at 7 p.m. Centenary will be at home in the Gold Dome for a total of five meets this season against teams such as Illinois-Chicago (twice), Southeast Missouri, and LSU.
January 12, 2007 | Athletics
VS. CEDAR CITY, Utah—The Centenary men’s basketball team looks to keep Southern Utah out of the Mid-Con win column when the Gents take on the Thunderbirds in Cedar City, Utah, on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. (MST). Centenary is 3-3 all-time against Southern Utah as each team is 2-1 on its home court against the other.   Centenary (7-11, 1-2) is coming off of its second heartbreaking conference loss in its last three games. The Gents used a solid second half effort to come from 19 points down to lose 80-75 at UMKC on Thursday after having a shot to take the lead with 1:48 remaining. Centenary won its previous game 64-58 over Western Illinois and dropped a close one before that 66-62 to Valparaiso in the final seconds.   The Gents top-rated offense at 71.2 ppg is led by Tyrone Hamilton’s scoring average of 16 ppg, which is fourth-best in the Mid-Con. The sophomore guard dropped in 24 points in the loss to UMKC. Senior Alexander Starr is also posting double figures at 12.3 ppg while senior Larry Logan is adding 11.4 ppg.   Southern Utah (10-7, 0-2 Mid-Con) entered the Mid-Con portion of its schedule with the best record in the league at 10-5, but since has lost its first two league tilts to UMKC and Oral Roberts. The Thunderbirds are the sharpest shooting team in the conference as they lead all members in both field goal percentage (48.5%) and three-point field goal percentage (40.7 percent).   Southern Utah is driven by guard Steve Barnes who is scoring 14.5 ppg, fifth best in the Mid-Con, and Justin Allen’s 11.3 ppg.   The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
January 11, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Quotes Tyrone Hamilton had 24 points in Thursday's loss KANSAS CITY -- Centenary (7-11, 1-2) fell 80-75 to UMKC (7-11, 2-0) Thursday at Municipal Auditorium in Mid-Continent Conference action. Falling late, the Gents staged a 19-point comeback in the second half, having a chance to win the game with just over a minute remaining. Trailing by three after two UMKC free throws, Gents sophomore guard Tyrone Hamilton (Shreveport, La./B.T. Washington) had a chance to tie the game with less than 30 seconds remaining in the contest. Hamilton, who led the Gents with 24 points in the game, broke to the corner in front of the Centenary bench and spotted up for the game-tying three with 16 seconds left on the clock. With all dramatics lying with the Gents, after making up almost a 20-point deficit, the shot just didn’t fall for Hamilton. Following Hamilton’s three-point attempt, senior Alexander Starr (Dallas/Paris JC) grabbed the offensive rebound, but couldn’t convert the layup to make it a one-point game with under 10 seconds remaining. The Gents were forced to foul following the two missed opportunities and fell by five with time expiring on the clock. Frustrated with his team’s play in the first half, which ended with the Gents trailing by 16, Centenary head coach Rob Flaska made a simple statement that summed up the night for his team. "Bottom line is, we couldn’t make shots and we couldn’t get stops," Flaska said. Centenary trailed by 16 at the half due to the tremendous shooting of UMKC guard Quinton Day. At times appearing as if he couldn’t miss in the first half, Day found his groove behind the three-point line, hitting 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc and finishing the opening half with 18 points. Through Day, who led all players with 26 points in the UMKC win, the Kangaroos hit 53.1 percent of its shots in the opening half, compared to 34.4 percent for the Gents. Trailing by 16 a
January 10, 2007 | Athletics
VS. KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The Centenary men’s basketball team looks to start a Mid-Continent Conference win streak when it plays at UMKC on Thursday. The Gents rebounded from a close 66-62 loss to Valparaiso last Thursday with a 64-58 win over Western Illinois on Saturday. Centenary has not enjoyed consecutive wins over Mid-Con opponents since the end of the 2003-04 season against UMKC and Southern Utah, the same two teams the Gents will play on the current road trip.   Centenary (7-10, 1-1 Mid-Con) received a great effort in their win over Western Illinois from Alexander Starr. The senior guard/forward combo scored 18 points to go with six rebounds and six assists. He continues to rank in the top 10 of eight different categories within the league including field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assists, steals, offensive rebounding and minutes played.   Tyrone Hamilton is fourth in the Mid-Con with a scoring average of 15.5 ppg to lead a Centenary offense that ranks first. However, UMKC ranks second in scoring and has shown it can take care of the ball, averaging just 11.8 turnovers per contest.   UMKC (6-11, 1-0 Mid-Con) is coming off of a win over Southern Utah, who had 10 wins entering conference play last week. The Kangaroos are led by Quinton Day’s 18.6 ppg, which is second-best in the Mid-Con.   UMKC holds a 5-2 record over the Gents all-time, but each of the contests have been very competitive. Last season the Kangaroos swept Centenary by the scores of 69-63 and 70-67.   The game will be broadcast on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com . Tip time is set for 7 p.m.
January 10, 2007 | Athletics
Maggie Vaughan set three school records in December SHREVEPORT, La. -- Freshman swimmer Maggie Vaughan continues a remarkable start to her collegiate career, earning yet another accolade Wednesday. Vaughan was named the Mid-Continent Conference Women’s Athlete of the Month for December, announced by the conference office Wednesday. A native of Clinton, Miss., Vaughan set three Centenary women’s swimming records in the month of December, standing amongst the Mid-Con elite in her respective events. Registering an NCAA Division I top 100 time in the 1,000 free, Vaughan broke her own school record in the event with a time of 10:24.62 at St. Louis University Dec. 19. She continued her outstanding effort the following afternoon, breaking her Centenary record in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.51 and setting a new school record in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.76. This season, Vaughan has a top three time in the Mid-Con in both the 500 free and 1,000 free. Vaughan and the Ladies continue to prepare for the conference tournament next month, hosting Delta State at the Centenary Fitness Center Saturday.
January 9, 2007 | Athletics
McCann returns 12 letterwinners from last season's team   SHREVEPORT, La. -- With the start of the Spring semester at Centenary underway, the Gents baseball team reported to Shehee Stadium Tuesday in preparation of the start of the 2007 season. Preparing for its ninth season under the direction of head coach Ed McCann , Centenary took the field for the team’s first practice of the Spring season, gearing up for next month’s season-opening series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Feb. 3-4. "We’re trying to try to get everyone back to the high level of expectations prior to Christmas break," McCann said. "Hopefully we can hone our skills and our fundamentals." The Gents have made the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the past three seasons, returning 12 letterwinners from last season’s team that finished with a 13-11 conference record. Centenary brings back a team which finished second in the conference with a team batting average of .303, standing third in team pitching with a team ERA of 5.47. Among the returnees for Centenary is all-conference selection Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) , who hit .339 last season with 37 RBI and 25 runs scored. Darr earned first team All-Mid Con last season, finishing ninth in the conference in hitting. In the first month of the season, the Gents play 13-of-15 games at Shehee Stadium.
January 8, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic had 10 points to lead the Ladies SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (4-12, 0-2) faces the crossroads of their season following a disappointing 69-43 loss to Valparaiso (8-7, 2-0) Monday at the Gold Dome. With the loss, the Ladies continue to search for their first victory in conference play. Now 0-2 in Mid-Continent Conference games and with an upcoming two-game roadtrip to Southern Utah and UMKC, Centenary must regroup following Monday’s lopsided, 26-point loss to the Crusaders. "This hurts. This is not what we want to do to represent Centenary, the Shreveport-Bossier area or each other," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said following the game. "This is not the way we want to play, but we have a choice. We can sit around and cry about it or go on and beat Southern Utah." Curtis and the Ladies faced a hot team in the Crusaders, winners of their past three games heading into Monday’s contest. Leading the Mid-Con in three-point shooting percentage, hitting 39.1 percent as a team, Valparaiso relied on its outside shooting to extend its lead on Centenary Monday. Hitting 11 three-pointers as a team, the Crusaders were led by the outside shooting of sophomore guard Launa Hochstetler, who hit 4-of-5 three-point shots Monday. Held scoreless in the first half, Hochstetler led all players with 16 points, all coming following the intermission as the Crusaders would 42 points in the second half. After a three by senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) cut the lead to 13 points early in the second half, Centenary went into a four-minute scoreless drought, outscored 14-0 by Valparaiso and trailing by 27 points following a layup by Betsy Rietema. Down by such a large margin, Centenary just could not recover for the remainder of the game. Of the offensive breakdown by the Ladies that led to such a large deficit, Curtis commented on his team’s dealing with pressure. Throughout the season, Curtis has said
January 8, 2007 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—The Rob Flaska show featuring Centenary head men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska will begin its second season on the air beginning Tuesday, January 9 th . The show will air from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Student Union Building on the Centenary campus. The show will feature guests from the Centenary community, offer questions and interaction from Centenary students, and provide the usual discussion about the Gents basketball team and season. The Rob Flaska show can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area over the radio on KSCL 91.3 FM and on the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
January 7, 2007 | Athletics
Bethany Joseph and Centenary face a tough test Monday against Valpo Date: Jan. 8, 2007 Opponent: Valparaiso (7-7, 1-0 Mid-Con) Site: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time:  7 p.m. CST Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.SportsJuice.com Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald Series Record:  Valparaiso leads 6-0 TIPPING OFF The Centenary women’s basketball team (4-11, 0-1 Mid-Con) looks to even its conference record when it faces Valparaiso (7-7, 1-0 Mid-Con) at the Gold Dome Monday. In Monday’s game, the Ladies look to remain competitive in the Mid-Con standings early into the season. LAST GAME: LADIES FALL BY NINE TO WESTERN ILLINOIS An even game by many aspects fell in favor of the visiting Westerwinds as the Ladies fell 67-58 to Western Illinois Saturday at the Gold Dome. The Westerwinds outscored Centenary both inside the paint and beyond the arc in Saturday’s game, led by 16 points by sophomore Nicole Myers. As the Ladies would tie the game at 38-38 early in the second half after trailing by six, Western Illinois would hit timely three-point shots to extend the lead to double-digits, extending Centenary’s conference losing streak to eight games. Jelana Aleksic led Centenary in scoring with a game-high 18 points, adding six rebounds in 37 minutes of play. With Myers’ 16 points, sophomore Amanda Walker hit 3-of-6 three-pointers and scored 12 points. As a team, the Ladies shot 44 percent from the field, hitting 38.5 percent of their three-point chances. A telling statistic, Western Illinois outscored Centenary, 20-5, in bench scoring. WILKINS MOVES INTO THIRD PLACE Scoring 13 points in the loss to Western Illinois Saturday, senior guard Holli Wilkins moved into third place in career points at Centenary. Passing Van’esha Brabson (888) on the all-time list, Wilkins has 899 career points. She leads Centenary in scoring this season, averaging 13.2 ppg. ALEKSIC EXTENDS STREAK Senior forward Jelena Aleksic extended her scoring streak to 29 games w
January 6, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-WIU Box Score 1-6-07 Jerrald Bonham SHREVEPORT —The Centenary men’s basketball team defeated Western Illinois 64-58 in the Gold Dome on Saturday to earn its first Mid-Continent Conference victory of the 2006-07 season. The Gents trailed for the first 34 minutes of the game, but stepped it up in the final minutes and hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.   Centenary (7-10, 1-1 Mid-Con) fell behind 7-0 straight out of the gate and tied the game only once in the entire first half. The opening period ended badly for the Gents when, down by four, they turned the ball over and Western Illinois capitalized with a pair of free throws. Another Centenary turnover with 12 seconds remaining led to a three-pointer at the buzzer by Troy Okeson to extend the Leatherneck’s advantage to nine at 32-23 at the break.   Western Illinois (4-11, 0-2 Mid-Con) controlled play to open the second half until Centenary finally put together a 12-2 run over a six minute span behind six points from Larry Logan. The Gents used the rally to pull into a tie at 37-37 and then took their first lead another six minutes later at 46-45 on a jumper from Tyrone Hamilton.   Centenary would lose that lead only one time and stayed on top the rest of the way by hitting eight of 10 free throws over the final five minutes. Hamilton drained a big three-pointer with the game tied at 54 apiece with just under two minutes to play, but perhaps the biggest bucket of the night came from freshman Jerrald Bonham.   With the Gents leading by three, Western Illinois turned up the defensive pressure in hopes of forcing a turnover. The shot clock crept down to five seconds and guard Chase Adams found Bonham open with two seconds left. Bonham turned and shot a 15-footer from the baseline as the buzzer sounded with the ball in the air. The ball dropped through the net with one minute left to the enjoyment of the Centenary crowd, gi
January 6, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic led all players with 18 points SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (4-11, 0-1 Mid-Con) played tough throughout Saturday’s game against Western Illinois (4-10, 1-0 Mid-Con), but missed opportunities led to a 67-58 loss to the Westerwinds in the Mid-Continent Conference opener for both teams at the Gold Dome. Facing the defending conference regular season champion Westerwinds, Centenary entered Saturday’s game with a new outlook on the season, a new beginning and an opportunity to start afresh with the start of conference play. Vital to any success in the conference, a team must hold serve and win its home games during the Mid-Con schedule. Saturday, the Ladies started slow out of the box and fell behind by six points at the intermission, having to play catch-up for majority of the contest. "It probably took us 15-20 minutes to get going," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said. "This was a game we could’ve won and we let it get away from us. "They’re (Western Illinois) very difficult. They were very strong, but we just didn’t react." Western Illinois’ strength was illustrated by the inside attack of 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Nicole Myers, who finished with 16 points Saturday. Playing with her back to the basket and stationing herself in the paint, Myers used her strength and height to go 8-for-9 from the floor and help Western Illinois build a 30-22 advantage in points in the paint. When not going inside to Myers, the Westerwinds used an array of screens to get their shooters open looks from beyond the arc, hitting seven three-pointers in the win and shooting 50 percent from three-point range. As Centenary would come within 1-to-2 possession of tying the game, Western Illinois would step back and hit timely three-point shots, building as much as a 12-point lead late in the game. "Everytime we made a mistake, they capitalized on it," Curtis said. "Down the stretch we just got i
January 5, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Jelena Aleksic is shooting 51.7 percent at home this season   Date: Jan. 6, 2007 Opponent: Western Illinois (3-10, 0-0 Mid-Con) Site: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time:  4:30 p.m. CST Radio/Internet: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.SportsJuice.com Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald Series Record: Western Illinois leads 6-0 TIPPING OFF Centenary (4-10, 0-0 Mid-Con) heads into Mid-Continent Conference play, hosting Western Illinois (3-10, 0-0 Mid-Con) Saturday in the conference opener at the Gold Dome. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. Part of doubleheader with the Centenary men’s basketball team, the Ladies head into Saturday’s game coming off their best month as a team since the 2001-02 season. In the month of December, Centenary captured three wins, going 3-3 (.500) for the month and building towards conference play. LADIES OPEN FOURTH SEASON OF MID-CON PLAY Under new head coach Steve Curtis, Centenary looks for renewed success when it enters conference play this weekend against Western Illinois. Struggling in its first three seasons of conference play, the Ladies have a 3-39 record against current Mid-Con teams, something Centenary looks to improve upon under Curtis. When opening the conference schedule at the Gold Dome, Centenary has a 1-1 record, capturing a 70-63 win over Chicago State Jan. 3, 2004 in Shreveport. As a team, the Ladies have a 1-2 record in conference openers. CENTENARY VS. MID-CON IUPUI 0 6 Oakland 0 6 Oral Roberts 0 6 Southern Utah 2 4 UMKC 1 5 Valparaiso 0 6 Western Illinois 0 6 Totals 3 39 FOUR GO FOR DOUBLE FIGURES, LADIES DEFEAT MCNEESE STATE Balanced-scoring and a ferocious close helped Centenary capture a 75-59 win over McNeese State at the Gold Dome Dec. 30. Over the final 10 minutes of the game, the Ladies limited McNeese State to just four points, outscoring the Cowgirls 23-4 to close the game and earn a 16-point victory. Sophomore Cierra Bush led Centenary with 18 points, adding seven rebounds a
January 5, 2007 | Athletics
vs. SHREVEPORT —The Centenary men’s basketball team will look to even its Mid-Con record Saturday against Western Illinois after dropping a heartbreaker to Valparaiso 66-62 in the league opener. The Gents are 3-4 all-time against the Leathernecks, including a 1-2 mark inside the Gold Dome since joining the conference in the 2003-04 season.   Centenary (6-10, 0-1 Mid-Con) suffered a tough loss to Valpo on Thursday, a game the Gents had a chance to win despite missing starters Chase Adams and Bryan Baumann. The Gents clung within striking distance of the Crusaders and had a chance to tie the game with two seconds left, but a pair of missed free throws by Centenary sealed the game for Valparaiso .   Adams and Baumann will be gametime decisions for the contest with Western Illinois .   Tyrone Hamilton continues to lead the Gents on offense with a scoring average of 15.3 ppg (fourth in the Mid-Con). Larry Logan had an impressive Mid-Con start to his senior campaign by pumping in 16 points to go with 15 rebounds to raise his season average to 11.8 ppg and Alexander Starr is posting 11.5 ppg for Centenary.   The Gents are still leading the conference in scoring offense at 71.4 ppg and also rank at the top in steals and assists.   Western Illinois (4-10, 0-1 Mid-Con) arrives in Shreveport after a 65-46 loss at Oral Roberts on Thursday. The Leathernecks have lost four straight to Eastern Illinois , Brown, and Howard before falling to the Golden Eagles in their Mid-Con opener.   David Jackson leads a WIU offense that is averaging 65 ppg with 13.5 ppg and a team-high 33 assists. Sammy Hunter is the only other Leatherneck scoring in double figures at 12.9 ppg. Western Illinois is shooting just 29.5 percent from the three-point line and 65.1 percent from the free throw line, numbers that rank last in the Mid-Con. However, WIU is the top rebounding team in the conference.   The game can be heard over the radio in the Shreveport-Boss
January 4, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Valpo Box Score 1-4-07 Larry Logan Alexander Starr Tyrone Hamilton Nick Stallings SHREVEPORT —The Centenary men’s basketball team made a valiant last-minute run but came up short 66-62 to Valparaiso in their Mid-Continent Conference opener on Thursday evening. Playing without two starters, the Gents were forced to log extra minutes on the court, which took its toll on the shooting game.   Centenary (6-10, 0-1 Mid-Con) took to the Gold Dome court without starters Chase Adams (6.3 ppg.) and Bryan Baumann (9.3 ppg.) due to injury and illness. As a result, Nick Stallings and Tyrone Hamilton each played the full 40 minutes and Alexander Starr and Larry Logan chalked up 35 and 33 minutes respectively.   With tired legs and a short bench after playing four games in eight days, Centenary shot just 34.4 percent from the field and missed several key free throws down the stretch. However, the Gents did pull down 39 rebounds while committing only nine turnovers on the night.   Valparaiso (6-8, 1-0 Mid-Con) also suffered from the field in shooting just 39.2 percent but made good on 84 percent of its free throw attempts. Coming into the contest Valpo was the top three-point shooting team in the Mid-Con, but the Gents held the Crusaders to just 29.4 percent from behind the arc on 5-of-17 long distance shots.   The Gents raced out to an early 12-3 lead on six points by Stallings and four from Hamilton while holding Valpo to just three points for the first 6:37 of the contest. The Crusaders finally awoke and quickly pulled to within two at 14-12 and then grabbed their first lead of the contest at 20-18 with 3:41 left in the opening half. Still on top at 22-20, Jake Diebler hit the first of his four three-pointers on the evening with 22 seconds left to raise the Valpo advantage to five at the break.   Valparaiso closed the first half on a 10-2 run and pushed that same run out to 17-2 over the first three min
January 3, 2007 | Athletics
Alexander Starr ranks in the Mid- Con top 10 in six categories. SHREVEPORT —The Centenary men’s basketball team will open the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference schedule with a home contest on Thursday in the Gold Dome against Valparaiso at 7 p.m. It could be the final time the Crusaders travel to Shreveport as Valpo leaves the Mid-Con at the end of the season for a spot in the Horizon League.   Centenary (6-9) will be playing its first home game inside the Gold Dome in almost three weeks after four tough road games against Georgia Tech, Texas , Texas State, and Baylor and a neutral site game against Louisiana Tech. The Gents survived the road trek with a 2-3 record and showed well against both Texas and Baylor.   Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton leads Centenary’s top-ranked offense in the Mid-Con (72.1 ppg) with a scoring average of 15.5 ppg, which ranks fourth in the league individually. Seniors Larry Logan and Alexander Starr are also averaging in double figures at 11.5 ppg and 11.3 ppg respectively. Starr has proven to be an all-around threat and places in the top 10 in the Mid-Con in rebounds, shooting percentage, free throw percentage, assists, and steals and is 16 th in scoring.   Valparaiso (5-8) lost eight straight games against a very hard schedule which featured Marquette, Butler, Ohio State, and Creighton before bouncing back to win their last two games over San Francisco and Chicago State. The Crusaders rank first in the Mid-Con in defensive field goal percentage and second in three-point shooting.   Brandon McPherson paces Valpo while scoring 12 ppg and Shawn Huff and Samuel Haanpaa are each contributing just over 10 ppg. Urule Igbavboa is pulling down 7.3 rpg, the second-best average in the conference.   Valparaiso is 6-4 all-time against the Gents and is 5-1 against Centenary since the Maroon and White joined the Mid-Con.   The game can be heard locally on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and on the internet at SportsJui
January 2, 2007 | Athletics
Bush is averaging 21.7 points in the past three games SHREVEPORT, La. -- Sophomore guard Cierra Bush was named Mid-Continent Conference Co-Player of the Week Tuesday, becoming the first Centenary women’s basketball player to earn weekly honors this season. Bush, a native of Campti, La., has led Centenary in scoring in the past two games, helping the Ladies capture a 75-59 win over McNeese State Saturday at the Gold Dome. Against the Cowgirls, she had a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds with five assists, going 7-for-12 (.583) from the field. Saturday’s game was the third-straight game Bush has scored in double figures, averaging 21.7 points in the last three games for Centenary. This season, Bush is averaging 9.7 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 2.3 apg. and 1.6 spg., shooting 43.3 percent from the floor. She stands 10th in the Mid-Con in rebounds and eighth in steals. Bush shared weekly honors with Elisha Turek of Oral Roberts. Centenary (4-10, 0-0 Mid-Con) opens up conference play Saturday when it hosts Western Illinois at the Gold Dome at 4:30 p.m. The Ladies also host Valparaiso Monday at 7 p.m. This season, Centenary has a 3-3 (.500) record at home and look to start off the conference schedule on a good note. 
January 2, 2007 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Baylor Box Score 1-2-07 Tyrone Hamilton Nick Stallings Larry Logan Alexander Starr WACO, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team went up against a much bigger Baylor team from the Big 12 Conference Tuesday evening in Waco, Texas. The Bears used their size advantage to haul in 17 more rebounds than the Gents, which resulted in 11 more second chance points in defeating Centenary 76-63. The loss was the second against a Big 12 opponent in six days for the Gents, who lost to Texas by 10 points last Thursday.   Centenary (6-9) never trailed by more than 13 points in the contest and held the lead on several occasions. The first lead for the Gents came five minutes into the game when Nick Stallings’ jumper in the paint gave the Maroon and White an 8-6 advantage. Centenary held the lead for six minutes until Baylor’s Aaron Bruce netted a three-pointer to knot the game at 14-14 with 9:10 left in the half.   Baylor (10-3) used a 6-0 run to go on top by eight points at 28-20 but Centenary responded with a free throw by Jeff Montague, a jumper from Alexander Starr, and a steal and layup from Tyrone Hamilton to pull within three just before the half. The Bears benefited from a tip-in with one second left to go into the intermission ahead 30-25.   The second half opened with the game being tied twice before Centenary moved ahead on a jumper by Hamilton at the 15:22 mark. Again the Gents held the lead for several minutes and then stayed within two points until Baylor posted a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Curtis Jerrells to turn a one-point lead at 46-45 into a 10-point margin at 55-45.   The Gents would cut the deficit to six points twice, the last time at 62-56 with 5:48 remaining after back-to-back three-pointers from Hamilton and Bryan Baumann. However, the Bears answered with a trifecta of their own by Patrick Fields and the game would be out of reach for Centenary over the final fi
December 30, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush had her third-straight game in double figures Bethany Joseph had 11 of the Ladies 23 points to close the game SHREVEPORT, La. -- Sparked by a strong finish, the Centenary women’s basketball team (4-10) earned a 75-59 win over McNeese State (2-10) Saturday at the Gold Dome. For the first time this season, four players scored in double figures for the Ladies, led by 18 points by sophomore Cierra Bush . After Centenary led by 12 at the start of the second half, careless and conservative play by the Ladies allowed McNeese State back into the game, with the Cowgirls taking a 55-52 lead midway through the second half. Gathering their bearings after trailing for the first time since McNeese State took a 2-0 lead 36 seconds into the game, Centenary would go on a 23-4 run to close the game and earn the 16-point win. As far as holding the Cowgirls to just four points over the final 10 minutes, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said his team just executed better. Curtis alluded to his team controlling its own destiny with its play. "We just did what we do better and we talk about that a lot," Curtis said. "McNeese came at us hard at the start of the second half and we didn’t really respond. They had all the momentum. I was really pleased Jasmine (Bothwell), Bethany (Joseph) and Leslie (Forest). The three freshman came off the bench and did a great job for us." Curtis pointed out a single play by Bothwell that really ignited the Ladies after falling behind. Leading 58-55 after a Joseph free throw, Bothwell swarmed McNeese State guard Brittany Boone near the sideline. Not allowing Boone to penetrate, Bothwell forced a turnover by Boone, diving on a loose ball and bringing the crowd to its feet in congratulatory cheer for the freshman guard’s all-out effort. Centenary would score nine-straight points following Bothwell’s steal, taking a 12-point lead over McNeese State with less than six minutes re
December 30, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Texas State Box Score 12-30-06 Chase Adams Larry Logan SAN MARCOS , TEXAS —Centenary basketball player Chase Adams hit a shot in the waning seconds of overtime to push the Gents past Texas State 82-81 on Saturday in San Marcos , Texas . The Gents squandered a 10-point lead late in the contest before Adams drained the winning shot, providing the freshman with the perfect gift on his 18 th birthday.   Centenary (6-8) controlled the contest throughout and took the lead in the early going after a 9-0 run that landed the Gents on top at 11-6. Alexander Starr started the spurt with a jumper. Tyrone Hamilton and Jerrald Bonham contributed baskets during the stretch and Larry Logan converted a three-point play on a drive and a free throw.   The Gents were never in jeopardy of losing their lead in the first half and owned as much as a 12-point advantage with 1:40 remaining. The Maroon and White took a 40-31 lead into the break, but Hamilton, Centenary’s leading scorer on the season, would be forced to sit out several minutes from the end of the first half as a result of foul trouble.   Texas State (5-8) would only get as close as six points in the final period and Centenary still held a 10-point lead at 75-65 with 1:14 remaining in the game. With Hamilton already fouled out of the game long ago, it looked as though the Gents would still pull off a somewhat easy victory. However, the Bobcats would capitalize on several Centenary mental mistakes to make a final surge.   The Texas State comeback began when the Gents failed to call a timeout to avoid a 10-second backcourt violation, which resulted in a turnover. Seconds later, Bryan Baumann was whistled for an intentional foul, giving the Bobcats a pair of free throws and possession of the ball as well as fouling out Baumann. Antwoine Blanchard made both free tosses and drained a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to immediately cut the deficit to five
December 29, 2006 | Athletics
Tyrone Hamilton SAN MARCOS, TEXAS —The Centenary men’s basketball team continues its three-game road trip through the state of Texas on Saturday when the Gents lock up with Texas State in San Marcos . The Gents have already defeated the Bobcats once this season in the Gold Dome 91-85 and look to make it a season sweep over the Southland Conference foes.   Centenary (5-8) is coming off of a 76-66 loss to the University of Texas on Thursday. The Gents are led by Shreveport native Tyrone Hamilton who is fifth in the Mid-Continent Conference in scoring with a 15.6 ppg average. The sophomore has scored an average of 24.5 points over his last two contests.   The Gents rank first in the Mid-Con in scoring offense at 72 ppg and are also tops in steals per game at 8.31. Centenary is second in the league in field goal percentage (46.7%) and assists (13.38 apg).   Texas State (5-7) boasts a 5-1 record at home. The Bobcats defeated Texas A&M-International on Thursday 97-78 in Strahan Coliseum but did not fare as well in their previous two games on the road against Texas (lost 96-70) and UTEP (lost 108-60).   Brandon Bush leads Texas State in scoring at 13.5 ppg and in rebounding at 5.2 rpg. Charles Dotson is also averaging double figures for the Bobcats at 12.2 ppg.   The game tips off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, a change from the original scheduled start time, and can be heard in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM or over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com .
December 29, 2006 | Athletics
Jasmine Bothwell and the Ladies look to even its record at home Saturday     Date: Dec. 30, 2006 Opponent: McNeese State (2-9) Site: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time: 2 p.m. CST Series Record: McNeese State leads the all-time series (3-2) TIPPING OFF Centenary (3-10) returns to the court and to the Gold Dome when it hosts McNeese State University (2-9) Saturday at 2 p.m. In Saturday’s game, the Ladies look to improve its home record to 3-3 this season with a win over the Cowgirls. LADIES HURT BY FIRST HALF, FALLS TO SOUTHERN MISS Centenary could not overcome a poor first half in its loss to Southern Miss Dec. 20, trailing the Lady Eagles by 17 at the intermission. The Ladies committed 15 turnovers in the first half resulting in 14 Southern Miss points. In addition to Centenary’s turnover problems, the Lady Eagles shot 43.2 percent from the floor, compared to 30.8 percent for the Ladies. Centenary improved its play in the second half, outscoring Southern Miss 34-29 after the intermission. Despite the improved play, the Ladies could only cut the deficit to 12 points, falling 73-61 to the Lady Eagles. Leading all scorers with 27 points, Centenary sophomore Cierra Bush notched a career high for points in the loss to Southern Miss. Registering her second-straight game with 20 points, Bush has raised her scoring average to 9.1 ppg. For the game, Bush finished 12-for-16 from the free-throw line, showing a knack for getting to the basket throughout the contest. WILKINS MOVES INTO TIE FOR STEALS LEAD With her steal against Southern Miss, senior guard Holli Wilkins moved into a tie for the all-time steals lead in Centenary women’s basketball history. Hindered by early foul trouble, limiting her minutes against the Lady Eagles, Wilkins moved into a tie with former Centenary guard Julie Danieles with 186 career steals. With just one more steal, Wilkins will become the all-time steals leader in Ladies' history. Wilkins already owns the Ladies’ recor
December 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Texas Box Score 12-28-06 Tyrone Hamilton Chase Adams Larry Logan AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Centenary men’s basketball team opened some eyes on Thursday night in Austin as they battled the Texas Longhorns of the Big 12 conference to a 10-point game in losing 76-66. The Gents forced the defending Big 12 Champions into committing 16 turnovers and turned those miscues into 20 points.   Centenary (5-8) surprised the Longhorns on their home court when the visitors from Shreveport held a 13-12 advantage almost halfway through the opening period after a layup from Jerrald Bonham.   Texas (9-3) responded with a 6-0 run to reclaim the lead for good, but was unable to put away the hard-fighting Gents. Centenary climbed back within two points at 20-18 on a pair of free throws by Lance Hill with 7:35 to go until the Longhorns used three three-pointers to push their lead to 42-29 at the half.   A 9-3 run over the first four minutes of the second half resulted in the largest lead of the night for Texas at 21 points. Centenary, refusing to go away, whittled the deficit down to just 10 points at 61-51 with nine minutes left on a three-pointer from Tyrone Hamilton and free throws by Chase Adams.   The Gents would not manage to gain any more ground on Texas, but did win the second half 37-34.   The Longhorns used their size advantage to out-rebound Centenary 45-30, which included 20 offensive boards. That total translated into 12 more shot attempts for Texas, who shot just 37.7% from the field on the night.   Centenary outshot Texas from the field at a 42.9% clip and also faired better from the free throw line at 75% (18-of-24) to 67.7% (21-of-31). The Gents 6-of-21 (28.6%) effort from long distance was a problem area as Hamilton (4-of-12) and Bryan Baumann (1-of-7) accounted for 14 of Centenary’s 15 misses from downtown.   “I thought we put up a good effort tonight,” said Centenary head c
December 27, 2006 | Athletics
Tyrone Hamilton AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Centenary Gents embark on a three-game road trip Thursday beginning with the University of Texas. The Gents will tackle the Longhorns at 7:05 p.m. and the game will be televised in the state of Texas on Fox Sports Net Southwest. Centenary will also face Texas State and Baylor on the road swing.   Centenary (5-7) surpassed its win total of all last season with its second consecutive win over I-20 rival Louisiana Tech in the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La., last week 82-73. The Gents committed a season-low 10 turnovers to overcome a 37-23 rebounding deficit in large part because of the play of guard Tyrone Hamilton. Hamilton finished the contest with 27 points and six assists with only two turnovers.   Bryan Baumann pumped in a career-high 18 points on the strength of five three-pointers to help lift the Gents to victory while Alexander Starr added 14 points.   On the season, Hamilton is averaging a team-best 15.1 ppg followed by the 12.4 average of Alexander Starr. Larry Logan is also contributing 10.8 ppg for the Gents.   Centenary is leading the Mid-Continent Conference in scoring at 72.5 ppg. However, Texas (8-3) is averaging 86.2 ppg and scored 105 points in its recent loss at Tennessee in overtime.       The Longhorns had won six of their last seven games until the Tennessee loss, which included a 76-75 win over LSU. Kevin Durant was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week after tossing in 26 points against the Volunteers.   Durant is leading Texas with a 21.6 ppg average while three other players are also producing in the double figures (A.J. Abrams: 16.6 ppg, D.J. Augustin: 13.6 ppg, Justin Mason: 10.2 ppg).   Texas leads the all-time series 8-6 and took the last game between the two clubs in Austin back in 2004 by the score of 97-52.   In addition to watching the game on Fox Sports Net Southwest, fans can also follow the action between the Gents and Longhorns
December 22, 2006 | Athletics
Maggie Vaughan SHREVEPORT, La. -- Freshman Maggie Vaughan continues a breakout rookie campaign with the Centenary women’s swim team as she was named Mid-Continent Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season. Vaughan, a native of Clinton, Miss., set three new school records en route to four event wins in the Ladies’ two meets at St. Louis University Tuesday and Wednesday. In this week’s two meets against IUPUI, Valparaiso and host St. Louis, she broke her own school records in the 500 free and 1,000 free with times of 5:06.51 and 10:24.62, respectively. Vaughan also broke the Centenary record in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.76, standing amongst the top five times in the Mid-Con in the 200, 500 and 1,000 free. With her four event wins, she helped the Ladies capture a sweep over IUPUI and Valparaiso in this week’s two meets. Her nomination marks the third time this season a Centenary men’s and women’s swimmer has been named Mid-Con Swimmer of the Week. Vaughan and Centenary take a break from competition to celebrate the holiday season, next facing Delta State Jan. 13 at the Centenary Fitness Center.
December 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-LaTech Box Score 12-21-06 Tyrone Hamilton Bryan Baumann Alexander Starr BOSSIER CITY, La.—The Centenary men’s basketball team took care of the ball on offense and committed a season-low 10 turnovers to offset a 37-23 rebounding disadvantage in winning the 124 th meeting between the Gents and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 82-73 on Thursday evening at the CenturyTel Center. The victory gives Centenary a two-game winning streak over its I-20 rivals and snaps a three-game slide on the season.   Centenary (5-7) won its first game in the CenturyTel Center after dropping its first two tries to LSU in 2004 and Georgia Tech in 2006. Louisiana Tech fell to 2-8 on the year with the loss.   The Gents and Bulldogs are located relatively close to each other in Northern Louisiana , as the campuses are just an hour apart from each other. That closeness was translated to the basketball court Thursday as neither team held a lead larger than 10 points on the entire night.   Centenary, the designated home team for the neutral site game, raced out to a 9-2 lead in the first two minutes of the contest. Sophomore Bryan Baumann drilled a three-pointer to start the game and fellow sophomore Tyrone Hamilton hit back-to-back jumpers to make the score 7-2. Senior Alexander Starr then made good on a pair of free throw attempts to steak the Gents to the early seven-point advantage.   Louisiana Tech held close over the following minutes and Centenary could not break away although holding at least a five-point lead until a layup by Chad Mckenzie broke that barrier at 22-18 with 8:45 to play in the first half. Tech then tied the game for the first time at 22 apiece on two free throws from Kyle Gibson. That would be the only tie of the game as the Gents always seemed to come up with the big shot as the Bulldogs drew near.   A steal and a thunderous dunk by sophomore Nick Stallings brought the opening half to a close with Centenar
December 20, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results Jamie Stults set two new school records Wednesday ST. LOUIS -- A standout performance by freshman Jamie Stults led the Centenary men’s swim team to two wins in Wednesday’s meet at St. Louis University. The Gents earned wins over Mid-Continent Conference foes IUPUI and Valparaiso Wednesday. Centenary defeated IUPUI by a scored of 136-81, earning a 142-58 win over Valparaiso. The Gents fell to host St. Louis by a score of 107.5-96.5. Stults, a freshman from Allen, Texas, broke the Centenary record for the 400 individual medley, also breaking the school record in the 100 breaststroke. In the 400 IM, Stults set a new bar in the event with a time of 4:17.53, breaking the mark of Centenary junior Kyle McKee (Louisville, Ky.) . Stults recorded a time of 1:00.75 in the 100 breaststroke to set a new school record. Stults also took third in the 200 free with a time of 1:46.95, finishing behind sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark.) , who finished first with a time of 1:44.64. In addition to his win in the 200 free, Lambert won the 500 free with a time of 4:49.00, finishing ahead of freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) , who recorded a time of 4:54.71 in the event. Also having a standout meet, freshman Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La.) took second in the 50 free with a time of 22.17 and finished third in the 100 free with a time of 48.13. Both relays performed well for the Gents in Wednesday’s meet, as the 200 free relay team of sophomore Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas) , freshman Vladamir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas) , Lambert and freshman Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Texas) finished first with a time of 1:27.29. The team of junior Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La.) , McKee, freshman Rustin Green (Campbell, Texas) and freshman David Berude (Kingwood, Texas) finished second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:38.03. Centenary takes a break from action until the month of January, hosting Delta State at the Cen
December 20, 2006 | Athletics
Head Coach Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Gents and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will meet for the 124 th time on Thursday at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La., at 7 p.m. The two rivals are less than an hour’s drive apart, yet this will be the first time the schools have met on a basketball court in four years. The Gents lead the all-time series 67-56. Tickets ranging in price from $8 to $15 will be available for purchase at the gates.   Centenary (4-7) has faced a tough schedule of late and has lost its last three games as a result. Over the past two weeks, the Gents have fallen to Texas Tech, SMU, and Georgia Tech. The Maroon and White look to get back on track against Louisiana Tech before traveling to face the University of Texas, Texas State, and Baylor over the holiday break.   The Gents’ highest offensive production over the three losses has been a 64-point effort at Texas Tech. Centenary was averaging 79 ppg going into the three-game span to lead the Mid-Continent Conference.   Tyrone Hamilton continues to lead the team with a scoring average of 14 ppg while Alexander Starr (12.3 ppg) and Larry Logan (11.3) are also scoring in double figures for the Gents. Starr, Centenary’s versatile utility player, also paces the Gents in rebounds (5.1 rpg), shooting percentage (.615), offensive rebounds (22), steals (22), and is second in assists (37).   Louisiana Tech (2-7) is led by Chad Mckensie’s 11.1 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game averages. Marcus Elliott is also posting 11 ppg for a Bulldog offense that is scoring 58.6 ppg. Tech’s pair of wins have come against in-state foes McNeese State and Southern while its most recent contest was a 62-47 loss at the hands of the same Southern team it defeated earlier in the season.   Centenary won the last meeting between the two teams back in 2002 by the score of 84-71. In the last four meetings, each team has won easily on their respective home
December 20, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Cierra Bush led all scorers with 27 points Wednesday HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Amber Eugene’s 21-point effort led Southern Mississippi (6-7) to a 73-61 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (3-10) Wednesday at Reed Green Coliseum. Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Eagles in Wednesday’s game. What could be viewed as a tale of two halves, Centenary fell behind early and could not overcome a 17-point halftime deficit. Southern Miss held a double-digit lead for majority of the opening half, taking advantage of its size-advantage on the interior and miscues on the offensive end by Centenary. With the score 15-10 in favor of the home Lady Eagles, Centenary proceeded to allow five-straight points, helping Southern Miss take a 10-point advantage. The Lady Eagles would build upon this lead throughout the remainder of the half, holding a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the contest. Turnovers and poor execution, both offensively and defensively, in the first half may have been the culprit in Wednesday’s 12-point loss to the Lady Eagles. Turning the ball over 24 times in the game, Centenary racked up 15 turnovers in the first half, resulting in 14 Southern Miss points. "It just poise. It’s hard to work on poise," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said of the early turnovers. "It’s hard to work on decision making under pressure. A lot of times we caught the ball and would have someone open right where we wanted them open, yet we wouldn’t throw her the ball." The turnovers, coupled with poor shooting from the field, caused the Ladies to have to play catch up in the second half. For the half, Centenary shot 30.8 percent from the floor, converting just 1-of-8 three-point shots. A different Centenary team took the court for the start of the second half. Down 44-27, the Ladies showed a greater focus and patience on the offensive end in the second half, scoring po
December 20, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results Leslie Wyatt broke the Ladies' record in the 400 IM ST. LOUIS -- Four school records were set as the Centenary women’s swim team defeated two of three teams at St. Louis University Wednesday. Centenary defeated IUPUI and Valparaiso, both from the Mid-Con, by the scores of 131-73 and 132-76, respectively. The Ladies fell to host St. Louis, 139-79, in Wednesday’s meet. Somewhat a measuring stick for how the Ladies are progressing thus far this season, Centenary defeated conference foes IUPUI and Valparaiso in both Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s meet. In Wednesday’s meet, freshmen Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) and Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo.) were part of four new school records, signaling a bright future for the Ladies’ program. Vaughan, among the premier swimmers in the Mid-Continent Conference, set a new Centenary record for the 200 free with a time of 1:56.76, also breaking her own school record in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.51. Just in her freshman season, Vaughan owns school record in three events. Wyatt broke the school record in the 400 individual medley, breaking her school record in the event with a time of 4:43.00. Wyatt was also part of the first-place finishing 200 free relay team, which set a new Centenary mark with a time of 1:40.74. Wyatt, who swam the opening leg of the event, was joined by sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) , freshman Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas) and sophomore Leslie Clampitt (Dallas) . Coupled with her win in the 200 free relay, Clampitt also took first in the 100 free with a time of 54.75, finishing second in the 50 free with a time of 24.85. In the 100 fly, Cantillo finished second, recording a time of 1:00.08, while Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas) finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.64. To open the meet, the team of junior Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas) , freshman Kendra Norman (Power
December 19, 2006 | Athletics
Monique Jefferson and the Ladies face a tough Conference USA opponent Wednesday Date: Dec. 20, 2006 Opponent: Southern Miss (5-7, 0-0 Conference USA) Location: Reed Green Coliseum Game Time:  7 p.m. CST Radio: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.SportsJuice.com Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald Television: None Series: Southern Miss leads all-time series (2-0) TIPPING OFF Centenary (3-9, 0-0 Mid-Con) looks to build off the momentum of its first road win in five seasons when it faces Southern Mississippi (5-7, 0-0 Conference USA) at Reed Green Coliseum Wednesday. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. LADIES SNAP STREAK Exploding to its largest point output of the season, Centenary snapped a 55-game road losing streak in its 84-70 win over Sam Houston State Sunday. Led by a combined 43 points by Holli Wilkins and Cierra Bush, the Ladies shot a season-high 52 percent from the floor in Sunday’s win. Centenary took control of the game from the opening tip, not surrendering the lead from the 14 minute mark of the first half. The Ladies showed a hustle and execution on the offensive end in the 14-point win that was absent in earlier road losses this season. Bush, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward, added 10 rebounds to her career-high 20 points, registering the first double-double by a Centenary player this season. Following the win, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis praised his team’s execution on the offensive end and its reading of the opposition’s defense. THE LONG ROAD ENDS Last capturing a road victory during the 2002-03 season, Centenary snapped its 55-game road losing streak with its 14-point win over Sam Houston State Sunday. A dubious streak, the Ladies last captured a road victory against St. Francis (NY) College, Dec. 7, 2002, with the streak spanning five seasons. Under the new direction of first-year head coach Steve Curtis, Centenary takes a new attitude and direction into the 2006-07 season and for the future. After Sunday’s win, Centenary has already equaled the
December 19, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Team Results Meet Results Leslie Clampitt was part of two event wins Tuesday . ST. LOUIS -- Competing in its first meet in more than a month, the Centenary women’s swim team defeated IUPUI and Valparaiso, falling to host St. Louis in Tuesday’s quad meet. Paced by five event wins, the Ladies defeated IUPUI, 137-70, while also defeating Valparaiso, 133-79. Against host St. Louis, Centenary fell, 125-90, although the overall performance of the Ladies should be complimented. Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss.) took home event wins in both the 500 free and 1,000 free, remaining undefeated in both events this season. Vaughan captured the 500 free with a time of 5:08.66, while winning the 1,000 free with a time of 10:24.62. She is proving to be one of the elite swimmers in the Mid-Con, continuing to improve throughout the season. Part of two event wins, sophomore Leslie Clampitt (Dallas) won the 50 free with a time of 24.99, helping the Ladies capture first place in the 400 free relay. Clampitt was joined by sophomore Alana Gregory (Flower Mound, Texas) , freshman Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas) and junior Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas) in the 400 free relay, recording a time of 3:40.22. In the 100 free, the Ladies took home the top two spots, with Nazzal capturing first with a time of 55.52. Gregory finished in second behind Nazzal, touching the wall with a time of 55.55. Capturing two top-three finishes, sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas) finished second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:14.71, also finishing third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:17.01. Centenary returns to action Wednesday at St. Louis.
December 19, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Team Results Meet Results Chase Lambert had three event wins in Tuesday's meet at St. Louis ST. LOUIS -- The Centenary men’s swim team performed brilliantly in Tuesday’s quad meet at St. Louis University. The Gents defeated Mid-Con foes IUPUI and Valparaiso, along with host St. Louis in Tuesday’s meet. Centenary earned a 146-69 win over IUPUI, while defeating Valparaiso 157-50. The Gents also defeated St. Louis 107.50-100.50, completing a sweep of the three opponents in Tuesday’s meet. Showing overall team balance and depth in all events throughout this season, Centenary captured seven event wins in Tuesday’s meet, led by the strong performance of sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton,Ark.) . Lambert, emerging as one of the premier swimmers in the Mid-Continent Conference, took wins in the 200 free (1:44.51) and 500 free (4:49.39), helping the Gents capture first place in the 400 free relay (3:10.15). The Gents depth was fully illustrated in the 500 free, as Centenary swept the first three spots headlined by Lambert’s win. Behind Lambert, freshman Quinn Larwood (Colleyville, Texas) and junior Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Texas) finished second and third, respectively, completing the Gent sweep. In addition to finishing second in the 500 free, Larwood took first place in the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.45. The day started with Centenary taking the 400 medley relay, with the team of Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas) , Ryan Duplantis (Chauvin, La.) , Wladimir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas) and Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La.) finishing with a time of 3:34.66. In the following event on the men’s side, freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) took first in the 1,000 free, finishing with a time of 10:02.85. Also finishing first for the Gents, freshman Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas) recorded a time of 1:58.59 to take first in the 200 individual medley. Centenary returns to action Wednesday at St. Louis, looking to b
December 18, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Alexander Starr led the Gents with 17 points against Georgia Tech ATLANTA -- The No. 2 offense in the Atlantic Coast Conference proved its worth Monday, as Georgia Tech (7-3) earned a 92-52 win over the Centenary men’s basketball team (4-7) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Four players scored in double figures for the Yellow Jackets Monday. Averaging 84.3 points per game, Georgia Tech exploded to its largest margin of victory thus far this season. Led by freshman phenom Thaddeus Young, who led all players with 21 points, Georgia Tech took a 28-point lead into the locker room at the half, shooting 58.3 percent in the first half and owning a seven-to-zero advantage over the Gents from the three-point line in the first half. Centenary could not recover from such a large deficit in the second half, losing its third-straight game. In handing Centenary its largest loss of the season, the Yellow Jackets held a superior advantage both on the boards and in the paint, outrebounding the Gents 40-25 and shooting almost 50 percent from the three-point line for the game. The Yellow Jackets commanded the run of play from the opening tip, taking an 11-point lead after a three by junior guard Anthony Morrow with 13:36 left in the first half. Tech would not surrender the double-digit lead following Morrow’s three, showing balanced scoring and hitting timely shots. Following the half, the Gents could not make up any ground early, still trailing by 28 points following the first media timeout. The Yellow Jackets would have an answer to every Centenary basket early in the second half, snapping a two-game losing streak with Monday’s win. Hitting 9-of-16 shots, Young also added six assists to his 21 points, standing as the fourth-leading freshman scorer in the highly-respected ACC. Joining Young in double figures, Lewis Clinch, Javaris Crittenton, along with Morrow all had 14 points with Crittenton and Morrow each hitting four
December 18, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT —Tickets are still available for the Centenary vs. Louisiana Tech men’s basketball game at the CenturyTel Center to be played Thursday at 7 p.m. The contest pits two long-time rivals against each other for the first time in four years. Over the decades, the teams have met 123 times with the Gents holding a 67-56 lead in the all-time series.   Tickets to the game range from $8 to $15 and can be purchased at the CenturyTel Center box office in person or can be charged over the phone at (318) 741-9700. Other outlets where tickets can be found include FYE in Pierre Bossier Mall or over the internet at www.CenturyTelCenter.com and www.TicketMaster.com .
December 17, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins had 23 points in Sunday's win, leading all scorers Cierra Bush had a double-double with 20 poitns and 10 rebounds HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A dubious streak was halted Sunday as the Centenary women’s basketball team (3-9) defeated Sam Houston State (3-7), 84-70, at Johnson Coliseum. The Ladies were led by a combined 43 points by Holli Wilkins and Cierra Bush . Exploding for its largest point output of the season, Centenary snapped its streak of 55 consecutive losses on the road, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Last earning a road win Dec. 7, 2002 against St. Francis College, an energized Ladies side showed focus and determination from the opening tip, executing on the offensive end throughout the game. "I feel good because we did a really good job of reading the defense and executing our offense," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said following the win. Of the 84-point output by Centenary, Curtis said that if his team is executing offensively, they should be able to score 70 to 80 points. From the get-go, it was noticeable that this was a changed Centenary team, showing an abundance of hustle and hitting its open looks. With Sam Houston State leading by a point a little over five minutes into the game, senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) hit a three just beyond the left arc to give the Ladies a 15-13 lead. Moving the ball to open shooters, Centenary would only build to the advantage following Aleksic’s bucket, not surrendering the lead for the remainder of the contest. Six-straight points would follow Aleksic’s three, five points by junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) alone. The Ladies would take a three-point lead into the half thanks to 52 percent shooting from the floor, shooting a season high for the first half from three-point range (55.6 percent). More of the same greeted the Ladies at the start of the second half, as Centenary scored six-straight points following the in
December 16, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Holli Wilkins needs four steals to move into a tie for first all-time at Centenary TIPPING OFF Centenary (2-9, 0-0 Mid-Con) embarks on a two-game road trip this week, traveling to Sam Houston State (3-6, 0-0 Southland) Sunday at Johnson Coliseum. Game time is set for 5 p.m. After taking a week off for final exams, the Ladies are set to return to action in Sunday’s non-conference game against the Bearkats. LAST GAME: SE LOUISIANA STOPS CC Centenary was unable to recover from a double-digit halftime deficit, falling to Southeastern Louisiana, 56-39, at the Gold Dome. The Ladies struggled offensively the entire afternoon, limited to 15 field goals for the game. Hitting seven of the 15 field goals was senior forward Jelena Aleksic, who paced Centenary with 14 points in the loss. Starting the second half with a 12 point deficit, Centenary was unable to cut into the SELU lead, trailing by as many as 21 points at one point. A lack of execution may have been the catalyst to the Ladies’ woes in the 17-point loss, as on numerous occasions down the court, Centenary would turn the ball over, resulting in points for SELU. WILKINS CLOSES IN With three more three pointers, senior guard Holli Wilkins moves into a tie for second place on Centenary’s career three-point field goal list. Standing at 134 career three-pointers, Wilkins is within striking distance of Van’esha Brabson, who stands in second with 137 career three’s. Wilkins needs four steals to move into a tie with Julie Danieles as the all-time steals leader for Centenary. She already holds the single-season record for the Ladies with 82 steals last season. SENIORS LEAD Seniors Holli Wilkins and Jelena Aleksic continue to lead the Ladies in scoring. Both averaging double-digits and among the Mid-Continent Conference leaders in scoring, the two seniors account for 41 percent of Centenary’s scoring this season. Wilkins leads the Ladies with a
December 16, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SMU Box Score 12-16-06 Tyrone Hamilton Bryan Baumann SHREVEPORT —The Centenary Gents shot just 29.6 percent from the field Saturday in losing 68-40 to the red hot SMU Mustangs in the Gold Dome. The loss snapped the Gents three-game, season-starting home win streak and pushed SMU’s current victory run to six straight.     Centenary (4-6) struggled all game to find its shooting touch and ended the contest just 1-of-18 from behind the three-point line. As a result, the Mid-Continent Conference’s highest scoring offense at 79 points per game, managed only 40 points on the entire afternoon.   SMU (8-1) exploded out to an early 11-2 lead to begin the game on consecutive three-pointers from Devon Pearson, Brian Epps, and Derrick Roberts. The Gents would cut the deficit to eight points at 19-11 on a layup by Jeff Montague, but the Mustangs would dominate the rebounds in pushing out to a 24-point lead (43-19) at the break.   The visitors from Dallas lengthened its hold to 26 points before Centenary responded with a 12-4 run. Bryan Baumann began the spurt with a layup and Tyrone Hamilton added six points over the three-minute span to bring the Gents within 16 at 49-33. However, SMU responded with a 14-1 run that gave the mustangs their biggest lead of the day at 29.   Overall, SMU outrebounded Centenary 45-17 and used a 54.5 percent effort to outshoot the Gents as well. The Maroon and White did take care of the ball though, committing just 13 turnovers compared to 22 for the Mustangs in the loss.   Hamilton led all Centenary players with 16 points despite converting on just 5-of-19 shot attempts. The sophomore did make all six of his free throws to push his consecutive made total to 26. Baumann added seven points for the Gents, which included the lone made three-pointer.   Roberts paced SMU with 19 points on the strength of five trifectas. Epps finished with 14 points off the bench an
December 15, 2006 | Athletics
Tyrone Hamilton SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will put its three-game home unbeaten streak on the line Saturday when it hosts the SMU Mustangs of Conference USA at 3 p.m. The Gents will also be sponsoring a food drive at the gates which will allow any student of eighth grade or younger to gain free admittance to the game with a donation of a canned good or other non-perishable item.   Centenary (4-5) has seen sophomore guard Tyrone Hamilton flourish of late as he is averaging 20.2 points over his last four games. In the Gents 98-64 loss to Texas Tech last Saturday, the floor leader poured in 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field.   SMU (7-1) has won five consecutive home games to race out to its best start in recent history. The Mustangs defeated Dayton , Louisiana - Monroe , Paul Quinn, Texas College , and Prairie View A&M during the streak, but lost its only road contest this season at Florida State . Ike Ofoegbu leads SMU with a scoring average of 15.4 ppg.   The Gents have won all three of their home games this season by an average margin of almost 10 points. Texas State , UALR, and Nicholls State have all tried their hand at Centenary in the Gold Dome this year and have come up short.   SMU holds the all-time series advantage over Centenary by the count of 10-2. The two teams last met during the 2005-06 season where the Mustangs upended the Gents 85-67 in Dallas .   The game can be heard locally over the radio on KSCL 91.3 FM with the pre-game show hosted by Doug Greenwald beginning at 2:45 p.m. (CST). Fans outside of the Shreveport-Bossier area can follow the action on the internet at SportsJuice.com.   In addition, the Centenary Alumni Association will be sponsoring a pre-game party at Pieworks across from the Gold Dome at 1 p.m. All alumni are invited to attend as well as their families for food and fun before heading inside to see the Gents take on the Mustangs.
December 14, 2006 | Athletics
Butch Jordan and Joe Ferguson adds Natalie Holcomb and Lauren Kloepfer for the 2007-08 season SHREVEPORT, La. -- Head coach Butch Jordan and the Centenary women’s swimming team announce the signing of two student-athletes for the 2007-08 season. Natalie Holcomb and Lauren Kloepfer both signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. A native of Whitehouse, Texas, Holcomb will compete in both swimming and cross country while at Centenary. A multi-sport athlete at Whitehouse High School, Holcomb specializes in both the 500 and 200 freestyle events. A six-time qualifier for the Texas High School State Meet, Holcomb has been the district and regional champion in the 500 and 200 free for the past three seasons. The Texas High School 4A State Champion in the 200 free in her sophomore season, Holcomb earned state runner-up in the 200 and 500 free last season. She has been a first-team all-state selection all three years of high school. "Natalie will add depth to our distance freestyle events. She and Maggie Vaughan will be a hard duo for any of our competitors to match and I am looking forward to training Natalie next year," Jordan said of Holcomb. "She will have the Mid-Con taking notice from the start next year. Her running workouts will be a great compliment to her water training." Kloepfer will join the Ladies from Mandeville, La. Specializing in the fly, individual medley, freestyle and backstroke, Kloepfer is a member of the Hurricane Swim Club and is coached by Ed Kelly. She earned runner up honors in the 200 backstroke at the Louisiana State Championships in the summer of 2006. "Lauren has a wide range of abilities. She is the kind of athlete that we will be able to move around into different events over the course of the season," Jordan said. "She will definitely have an impact in her freshman season. We are very excited to have her in our lineup for next year." Both student-athletes join a very young, yet very talented Ladies squad, domi
December 9, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Texas Tech Box Score 12-9-06 Tyrone Hamilton LUBBOCK , Texas —Texas Tech shot 62.5 percent from the field and forced Centenary into committing 25 turnovers in a 98-64 victory on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Bobby Knight picked up his 877 th career victory to claim sole possession of second place on the all-time NCAA wins list ahead of Adolph Rupp.   Centenary (4-5) struggled offensively to open the game and Texas Tech took full advantage racing out to a 23-4 lead over the first eight minutes. The deficit was lengthened to 27 points with 28 seconds remaining in the half at 51-24 before the Gents scored six unanswered points capped by a three-pointer from Tyrone Hamilton to move back within 21 points at the break.   Texas Tech (8-3) shot an astounding 72.4 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes making good on 21-of-29 attempts. Both teams shot 54 percent in the second half, but Centenary turned the ball over 11 more times than the Red Raiders (25-14) and was outrebounded 32-22 on the game.   Hamilton led the Gents with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-3 from long distance and a 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line. He has now made 20 consecutive free throws and is averaging 20.2 points over his last four games.   Alexander Starr was the only other Centenary player to reach double figures as he finished with 13 points. Larry Logan, the Gents leading scorer on the season coming into the contest, played only five minutes after suffering an injury on Friday.   Jarrius Jackson pumped in 25 points in 24 minutes of action to lead Texas Tech. Charlie Burgess added 20 points, Martin Zeno contributed 11 points and seven assists, and Alan Voskuil tossed in 10 points off the bench for the Red Raiders.   The Gents will take a week off for final exams before hosting the SMU Mustangs in the Gold Dome on Saturday at 3 p.m. Centenary will look to keep its undefeated record at home
December 9, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic scored 7 of the Ladies' 15 field goals in Saturday's game SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (2-9) fell 56-39 to Southeastern Louisiana (6-3) Saturday at the Gold Dome. Senior Brenita Williams led SELU with 18 points in Saturday’s win for the Lady Lions. Winning its fifth consecutive game, Southeastern Louisiana took advantage of its height in the interior and outrebounded Centenary, 56-39, scoring double the number of points in the paint as the Ladies (24-12). It was the inside game of Southeastern Louisiana and rebounding that Centenary head coach Steve Curtis emphasized to his team as it prepared for the Lady Lions. "Pregame, the biggest thing we wrote on the board was rebound," Curtis said. "It has been a problem, because when we don’t play well, we give up too many second shots, and it hurt us again today." Southeastern Louisiana scored 14 second-chance points in Saturday’s 17-point win. Although starting slow in Saturday’s game, Centenary only trailed by a point at the 11:45 mark of the first half, despite suffering a scoreless drought of over five minutes at the start of the game. Down 12-11 midway through the opening half, the Ladies endured a series of turnover-plagued possessions to close the first half, trailing 30-18 at the intermission. These turnovers by Centenary, 12 in the first half and 22 for the game, seemingly made a one-point game into a double-digit deficit. On multiple possessions, the Ladies would drive down the court and either fumble a pass or throw a pass out of bounds, frustrating Curtis and his staff. "We open up the game and we’re missing layups. The balls going through our hands, we can’t even catch the ball all of a sudden. We’re throwing it out of bounds. We’re just not taking care of the ball," Curtis said. Southeastern Louisiana opened the second half on a 10-2 run, extending the lead to 20
December 8, 2006 | Athletics
Cierra Bush and the Ladies are 2-2 at home this season Date: Dec. 9, 2006 Opponent: Southeastern Louisiana (5-3) Location: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time:  2 p.m. CST Radio/Television: None Series: Southeastern Louisiana leads all-time series (3-0) TIPPING OFF The Centenary women’s basketball team (2-8, 0-0 Mid-Con) faces a heavy test when it hosts Southeastern Louisiana (5-3, 0-0 Southland) Saturday at the Gold Dome. Game time is set for 2 p.m. Playing in their final game prior to final exam week, the Ladies look to capture the first win in program history over SELU in Saturday’s game. LADIES DEFEAT LAMAR AT GOLD DOME Centenary held as a much as a 16-point lead in its 80-68 win over Lamar Tuesday. Led by 30 points by senior guard Holli Wilkins, one off of her career-high, the Ladies took the lead midway through the first half and never trailed for the remainder of the game, shooting 44.3 percent from the floor. In the win, the Ladies were without the services of senior forward Jelena Aleksic, however freshmen center Leslie Forest and sophomore center Julia Bowie filled in admirably, combining for eight points and nine rebounds in the middle. A telling statistic in the win, Centenary made nine three-point field goals, compared to just four for the Lady Cardinals. Centenary shot 9-for-25 from beyond the arc, while Lamar shot just eight three-pointers in the game. WILKINS ONE OFF OF CAREER HIGH Emerging as one of the premier players in the Mid-Continent Conference, senior Holli Wilkins scored 30 points in the Ladies’ 12-point victory over Lamar Tuesday. Wilkins went 6-for-13 (.462) from the floor, 5-for-10 from beyond the arc, in Tuesday’s game, recording seven assists. This season, the 5-foot-11 guard is averaging 14.0 points per game, shooting 36.5 percent from the floor. FORTY AND ABOVE In just three games this season, Centenary has shot over 40 percent for the game, winning two of the three games. For the season, Centenary is shooting 35
December 8, 2006 | Athletics
Tyrone Hamilton LUBBOCK, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team looks to keep its current winning streak alive Saturday when the Gents take on Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, at 1 p.m. Centenary has won two games in a row with victories over UALR and Nicholls State in the Gold Dome.   Centenary (4-4) is at .500 in a season against Division I opponents for the first time since the conclusion of the 2003-04 campaign when the Gents finished 16-12. The Maroon and White are leading the Mid-Continent Conference in scoring at 79 points per game while also boasting the best field goal percentage (.492), free throw percentage (.758), and have dished out the most assists per game (14.88).   Alexander Starr is leading the Mid-Con in steals per game (2.50) and Chase Adams is tops in three-point field goal percentage (.600). Larry Logan continues to pace the Gents on offense at 13.9 ppg while Starr’s 6.0 rpg is a team best. Tyrone Hamilton is averaging 18.7 ppg and 4.0 assists over his last three games.   Texas Tech (7-3) is coming off of a 66-59 win over Louisiana Tech in Ruston on Wednesday. Jarrius Jackson is pouring in 21.9 ppg for the Red Raiders and Martin Zeno is adding 16.2 ppg. Head coach Bobby Knight will be looking for his 877 th career win to move him into second place all alone on the all-time NCAA list. He is currently tied with legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp.   The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at SportsJuice.com. Interested fans can also catch the game on television at Buffalo Wild Wings via ESPN Full Court .
December 8, 2006 | Athletics
                      SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team spent Friday morning putting some holiday cheer into the hearts of the children of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport. Bringing gifts to liven up the holiday spirit of the children, Centenary head coach Ed McCann and the Gents visited the Shriners Hospital located at 3100 Samford Avenue in Shreveport. Spending the morning interacting with the children and handing out gifts, McCann acknowledged that the team is grateful for its opportunity to visit the area hospital. "The visit to the Shriners Hospital is truly a blessing to all of the Centenary baseball team," McCann said. "It gives us an opportunity to give back to the youth and reflect back on our own childhood and those individuals who had a large influence on our lives." As they left the hospital, the Gents were treated with smiles and a heart-felt goodbye from the various children who had visited with the team earlier in the morning. Together through the years, both the hospital and the Gents have built a relationship, as the team visits the Shriners Hospital at various times during the year. Part of a network of 22 nationwide pediatric hospitals, the Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialized care for orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided at no charge.
December 6, 2006 | Athletics
Head Coach Bill Hardy SHREVEPORT—Centenary gymnastics coach Bill Hardy has announced the signings of Makensie Lant, Laura Loy, and Tara Sandoval to National Letters of Intent. The trio is expected to contribute immediately and will help add depth to a team that will lose only two seniors after this season.   Lant attends high school at North Gwinnett in Suwanee , Ga. , and competes for the Gwinnett Gymnastics club team. She placed sixth on the uneven bars and 13 th in the all-around at the 2006 Region III Level 10 Regionals.   “I am excited to be adding Makensie to our team,” said Hardy. “She should be one of our best bar workers and contribute to our lineup on every event during the season.”   Loy comes to Centenary from Top Flight Gymnastics and Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas . She finished sixth on the vault and on the balance beam at the 2006 Region III Level 10 Regionals.   “Laura is a powerful gymnast. She is expected to fit in with our team well and should compete for a spot in each rotation as a possible all-around performer,” said Hardy.   Sandoval competes in the all-around and was a 2006 Region III Level 10 Regional Qualifier as well as a 2005 Western National Qualifier. She hails from Waller , Texas , where she attends Waller High School and competes for Neimand’s Gymnastics.   “ Tara is a very talented athlete,” said Hardy. “She should be very exciting to watch next season. She performs some unusual skills with high difficulty. We expect her to make a big impact.”   The Centenary Ladies kick off their 2007 slate on January 13 th at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau , Mo.
December 5, 2006 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: College Swimming.com Poll SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s swim team made an appearance in the current CollegeSwimming.com NCAA Division I Mid-Major Poll. The Gents check in 23rd nationally amongst mid-major schools, accumulating 128.32 points in the current poll. As a team, the Gents have notched top three times in the Mid-Continent Conference in eight events on the men’s side, led by freshmen Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M.) and sophomores Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark.) and Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas) . All three swimmers rank among the top three in the conference in their respective events. The Gents are one of three Mid-Con schools appearing in the mid-major poll. Joining Centenary is Oakland at No. 4 and Valparaiso at No. 25. Centenary, last competing Nov. 18, returns to action Dec. 19, traveling to St. Louis University.
December 5, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins hit five three-pointers to lead the Ladies Tuesday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Led by 30 points by senior guard Holli Wilkins , the Centenary women’s basketball team (2-8) defeated Lamar (3-5), 80-68, Tuesday at the Gold Dome. Scoring one off of her career-high in points (31), Wilkins had one of her best all-around games of her Centenary career, dishing out seven assists and hitting five threes in the 12-point Ladies’ win. "The 30 points was great for Holli and the team, but I was really please with her seven assists," Centenary head coach Steve Curtis said. "She’s really learning to pass it off when her shot is challenged." As the two teams traded the lead in the opening moments of Tuesday’s game, a three by freshman guard Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) gave the Ladies a 16-14 lead with 13:41 left in the first half, holding the lead for the remainder of the game. Jefferson’s three was foreshadowing a big night from beyond the arc for Centenary, as the Ladies made a season-high nine three-pointers in the win over the Lady Cardinals, led by Wilkins’ five. A total team effort in the win, with three players scoring in double figures, Curtis gave credit to Wilkins’ teammates for getting the senior guard open shots all evening. "Everybody’s going to talk about Holli and her points," Curtis said. "But I felt that Sara (Judice) and Cierra (Bush), Mo (Jefferson) and Leslie (Forest) did a great job screening for her. As we learn to take better angles to screen and read defenses, we’re going to get better and better." Taking a nine-point lead into the intermission, its largest halftime lead thus far in the season, Centenary scored seven-straight points to open the second half, extending the lead to 16 and forcing Lamar to take a timeout to regroup. The Lady Cardinals were able to cut the Centenary lead to seven with under two minutes remaining in the second half, bu
December 4, 2006 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Click Here For Live Broadcast Jelena Aleksic is averaging 15.3 points per game at the Gold Dome Date: Dec. 5, 2006 Opponent: Lamar (3-4) Location: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time:  7 p.m. CST Radio: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.SportsJuice.com Play-by-Play: Doug Greenwald Television: None Series: Lamar leads all-time series (3-0) TIPPING OFF The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-8, 0-0 Mid-Con) begin a two-game homestand Tuesday, hosting Lamar (3-4, 0-0 Southland) at the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. In Tuesday’s game, the Ladies look to end a six-game losing streak, facing the Southland Conference for the fourth time this season. LAST GAME: STEPHEN F. AUSTIN A turnover-filled first half doomed the Ladies in a 85-48 loss to Stephen F. Austin Saturday. Fifteen Centenary turnovers resulted in 19 points in the first half for the Ladyjacks, as the Ladies trailed 48-30 at the intermission. In comparison, Stephen F. Austin did not turn the ball over in the first half, making 17 field goals to Centenary’s 10. Three players scored in double figures for the Ladyjacks in the 37-point win, the largest margin of defeat this season for the Ladies. For the game, Stephen F. Austin shot 36.6 percent from the floor, while Centenary shot 29.3 percent. WILKINS LEADS LADIES Senior guard Holli Wilkins stands in the top 10 in the Mid-Continent Conference in scoring this season, leading the Ladies in scoring the past three games. Averaging 17.3 points per game in Centenary’s last three contests, Wilkins has been hampered by early foul trouble in the past two games. Despite the hinderance of limited minutes due to foul trouble, Wilkins has been the game’s leading scorer against both Louisiana-Monroe and Stephen F. Austin. This season, Wilkins is ninth in the Mid-Con with a 12.2 scoring average. FIRST HALF STARTS Centenary has held the lead after the first half in just one game this season, its54rt 13-point win over Nicholls State Nov. 1
December 4, 2006 | Athletics
Amanda Christoffersen Stephanie Hobaugh SHREVEPORT—Centenary volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced the signings of Amanda Christoffersen and Stephanie Hobaugh to National Letters of Intent. The duo will join the Ladies roster in the fall and will help bolster a team that lost only one senior.   Christoffersen is a 5’8” setter from Rosenberg , Texas , and Lamar Consolidated High School . She was named the District 24-4A Setter of the Year in both 2005 and 2006 and was also selected to the All-Area First Team both seasons. Recently she was named to the 2006 All-State Team. Christoffersen led her teams to the playoffs on multiple occasions which included two District Championships and a Bi-District Championship. In addition, she has been among the Houston Chronicle Greater Houston Area Volleyball Leaders in assists, digs, and aces since her sophomore year.   “Amanda is an outstanding setter that comes to us from one of the top club teams in the Houston area,” said Hazelwood. “Her experience and training will be a strong asset to the program.”   Hobaugh, a 5’10” outside hitter from League City , Texas , is currently attending Clear Creek High School . She has accumulated 175 kills, 165 digs, and 56 blocks while being named first team All-District 24-5A. She also earned the Team Spirit Award twice, was selected to the Kingwood All-Tournament Team and is also a member of the All-District and All-State All-Academic Teams.   “I am really excited to have Stephanie joining our team. She is a very consistent player and looks to make a big contribution right away,” said Hazelwood.   The signings of Christoffersen and Hobaugh are the first early signees for the Centenary volleyball program since Hazelwood took over in 2002. Three of Hazelwood’s teams in her five years at the helm qualify for the third and fourth-most wins in a single season since the program began in 1
December 3, 2006 | Athletics
The seven players represent the largest class signed during the early period SHREVEPORT, La. -- The largest and perhaps the most successful early recruiting class has signed with the Centenary baseball team during the early signing period, signaling a bright future for the Gents. Seven players -- five junior college transfers and two high school seniors -- will play their collegiate ball with Centenary starting in the 2008 season, all having a chance to make an immediate impact on the field for the Gents. "We feel collectively that these seven players can help our program achieve our ultimate goal of winning a Mid-Con championship," Centenary head coach Ed McCann said of the early signees. Together with Mike Diaz , recruiting coordinator and assistant coach, McCann had a gameplan of bringing in quality student-athletes that will add depth and athleticism to the club. Baseball players on the exterior, but all together pure athletes, all with the strong desire to win. Three of the seven players coming to Shreveport for the 2008 season are from JUCO powerhouse Palomar College of the Pacific Coast Conference. In leading the Comets to a 31-16 record in the 2006 season, Tim Deering (San Marcos, Calif.) , Joey Fandel (Oceanside, Calif.) and Ricky Imperiali (Oceanside, Calif.) come to Centenary with high expectations, all highly-touted players from the JUCO ranks. "All three of the Palomar guys saw limited action last season due to playing behind guys who were awarded D-I scholarships," McCann said of Deering, Fandel and Imperiali. "Palomar has been among the elite California JUCO’s and is rated as one of the top junior colleges in the nation. We have three of the nine guys that signed D-I scholarships from the school this Fall." Reliever Joe Hagen (Renton, Wash.) comes to Centenary rated as one of the top closers in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League, one of the premier collegiate summer leagues in the country. Already hitting in the low 90’s on the gun
December 2, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary College Winter Baseball Camp will be conducted Wednesday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 29 at Shehee Stadium. Applications will be processed on a first come basis. Open to ages 6-17, all baseball players will have the preseason opportunity to improve both their hitting and fielding skills for the upcoming season at this year’s camp. Working with both current and former Centenary players and coaches, players will be grouped by age, ability and prior experience. Areas covered during the three-day camp will include outfield play, infield play, pitching, rundowns, base running, sliding, double-plays and much more. All sessions during the three-day camp will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., costing $175 per participant. Centenary offers all-weather batting cages and pitching machines. All campers will be able to hit each day, learning important fundamentals for successful pitching and catching in each session. Any questions concerning the camp can be directed to head baseball coach Ed McCann at 318-869-5298 or assistant coach Mike Diaz at 318-869-5095.
December 2, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Nicholls State Box Score 12-2-06 Alexander Starr Tyrone Hamilton Lance Hill Larry Logan SHREVEPORT —The Centenary men’s basketball team wore down Nicholls State 84-71 in the Gold Dome on Saturday to accomplish a pair of things that the Gents have not done in two years. The Maroon and White have been in a rebuilding phase of late and look to be on the right track after pulling its record to .500 (4-4) against Division I opponents for the first time since the conclusion of the 2003-04 season (16-12). The Gents also won back-to-back games against Division I opponents for the first time since downing Southern Utah and UMKC late in the 2003-04 campaign after dismissing UALR on Thursday.   Centenary hung in the game in the first half despite an exceptional shooting effort from Nicholls State . The Colonels frustrated the Gents shooting 65 percent from the field as almost everything the visitors put in the air seemed to go in the basket. Nicholls State made seven of their first 10 three-point attempts and was shooting over 75 percent from the floor for three-quarters of the opening half.   Despite shooting just 34.3 percent throughout the first 20 minutes of play, Centenary stayed close by forcing 11 turnovers and by wining the rebounding battle. Of the Gents 19 rebounds in the half, 10 came off the offensive glass.   Centenary played from behind the entire first half and trailed by as many as 10 points after Stefan Blaszczynski drained his fourth three-pointer of the period with 4:40 remaining. Trailing 37-27, the Gents finished the half on a 10-1 run backed by four points each from Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings to go into the break down just one at 38-37.   Nicholls State (0-9) cooled off a tad in the second half, but the Gents caught the hot hand. Centenary forced the ball inside and worked for better shots on the outside in shooting 62.5 percent from the floor over the final period. The Maroon
December 2, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Julia Bowie had eight points and four rebounds in the loss NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Centenary struggled mightily in a lopsided, 37-point loss to Stephen F. Austin (4-3) Saturday at Johnson Coliseum, falling, 85-48, to the Ladyjacks. Starting the month of December off on the wrong foot, Centenary (1-8) fell behind late in the first half and was unable to make up a double-digit deficit, falling behind by 18 points at halftime. Trailing by 12 with 12:28 remaining in the first half, Centenary waged a momentary comeback attempt, cutting the Ladyjack lead to four points after three-straight baskets. After a layup by junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) cut the margin to 10 , senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) hit two consecutive three-pointers to make it a four-point game, the closest Centenary got to the Ladyjacks since the 19:01 mark of the first half. Unfortunately for the Ladies, turnovers plagued the team after Wilkins’ momentum-changing baskets, allowing Stephen F. Austin to enter the locker room with a 48-30 lead. In what could be determined as the deciding factor in the loss, Centenary turned the ball over 15 times in the first half, compared to zero turnovers for Stephen F. Austin in the opening 20 minutes. Opportunistic, the Ladyjacks converted the 15 turnovers into 19 points, taking almost a 20-point lead into the second half. For the game, Centenary turned the ball over 28 times, with Stephen F. Austin committing 13 turnovers. Sending a message to his team, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis sent out five new starters for the start of the second half. Continuing to try to get back into the game, the lead was just too much for the Ladies to overcome and Stephen F. Austin held a lead of no less than 20 points for all but 17 seconds of the second half. Wilkins, limited to 15 minutes due to foul trouble, had a game-high 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, going 3-for-5 from three-point range. Sophomore Julia Bowie
December 1, 2006 | Athletics
Coach Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team is becoming known around the Mid-Continent Conference as a scoring team after leading the league in scoring through the first several weeks of the season. However, the Gents used defense to take a 69-59 win over UALR Thursday and the team has a chance to even its record at 4-4 against Nicholls State on Saturday.   Centenary (3-4) is playing well right now having lost a three-point game to Northwestern State in Natchitoches on Tuesday and defeating the Trojans of UALR. NSU is picked to win the Southland Conference and the Gents showing on the road opened the eyes of area basketball fans.   Tyrone Hamilton is emerging as the offensive catalyst for the Gents and poured in 39 points over the last two games. Larry Logan has been steady with his team-leading 13.9 points per contest average and 6.3 rebounds a game for Centenary.   Stefan Blaszczynski just returned from injury for Nicholls State (0-8) and is averaging 24 points in his two games with the team. Adonis Gray is providing 17.9 ppg for the Colonels who also boast two other players with double-digit scoring averages (Aaron Scott, 11.9 ppg and Ryan Bathie, 10.5 ppg).   Centenary leads the all-time series 5-2, but it was Nicholls State who took last year’s meeting 89-80. The Colonels simply outshot the Gents from the floor 56 percent to 42 percent as nearly every other statistical measurement was even between the two teams.   Tip time is set for 2 p.m. in the Gold Dome on Saturday. The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier Area on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com.
December 1, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Laura Way had 21 points against the Ladyjacks last season Date: Dec. 2, 2006 Opponent: Stephen F. Austin (3-3) Location: Williams R. Johnson Coliseum (7,203) Game Time:  6 p.m. CST Radio: None Television: None Series: Stephen F. Austin leads series (2-0)   TIPPING OFF Looking to start a successful month of December, the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-7, 0-0 Mid-Con) travels to Nacogdoches, Texas for a non-conference game against Stephen F. Austin (3-3, 0-0 Southland) Saturday at Williams R. Johnson Coliseum. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. IMPROVEMENT SHOWN Despite not getting the desired result, Centenary may have played its best game thus far in the 2006-07 season in the three-point loss to Louisiana-Monroe Thursday. The Ladies shot a season-high 51 percent in the loss to the Warhawks, credited to taking good shots, according to head coach Steve Curtis. Down 11 with less than six minutes remaining in the contest, Centenary had two opportunities to take the lead away from the Warhawks late in Thursday’s game, missing free-throw attempts and having to settle for a last-second three to send the game into overtime. Thursday’s game was the second-straight game in which Centenary showed a greater understanding of Curtis’ offensive system, taking higher percentage shots and getting better looks at the basket. In both Thursday’s loss to Monroe and Tuesday’s 10-point loss to Northwestern State, Centenary shot above its season average for field goal percentage. In two games, the Ladies have raised its season field goal percentage to 35.3 percent, a drastic change from earlier in the season and, hopefully, something Centenary can build upon as it enters the month of December. WILKINS STARTS HEATING UP Held to under four points for two games last weekend, senior guard Holli Wilkins has upped her level of play in the Ladies’ last two games. Averaging 20.0 points per game in Cent
November 30, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UALR Box Score 11-30-06 Tyrone Hamilton SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team allowed UALR to shoot an astounding 66.7 percent from the field in the first half, but turned up the defense and tired out its opponent in the second half to claim a 69-59 victory. The Gents held the Trojans to just 29.6 percent from the field in the final period and used a 12-2 run over a six-minute span to pull away Thursday in the Gold Dome.   Centenary (3-4) fell behind 10-3 early as UALR went on a 10-0 run after Tyrone Hamilton opened the game with a three-point play for the Gents. The Maroon and White answered back with a 15-0 surge on a pair of buckets by Larry Logan and back-to-back treys from Hamilton to go on top 18-10 halfway through the first stanza.   UALR (4-4) came storming back again behind its sizzling shooting performance and the lead see-sawed back and forth over the final six minutes before the break. A steal by Byron Ray and a jumper from Rashad Moss allowed the Trojans to grab the halftime lead at 34-32.   The exceptional shooting performance would not continue over the final 20 minutes of play for the visiting Trojans. UALR converted on just 8-of-27 field goal attempts, including 2-of-14 from long distance in the second half while the Gents improved their shooting from 46.2 percent to 55 percent when it counted most.   A dunk by UALR’s Rashad Jones-Jennings 3:28 into the final half staked the Trojan’s to a four-point advantage at 40-36. It would be the last time the visitors in the black and grey uniforms would hold the lead as Centenary went on top at 42-41 on a bank shot by Jerrald Bonham and never looked back.   Four different Gents scored over a 10-2 run that blew open the game for good. The scoring flurry was capped by a bucket in the paint by Bryan Baumann. The guard was fouled on the play and made good on the free throw to push the score to 59-48 with 4:16 remaini
November 30, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Post Game Quotes Holli Wilkins had a game-high 21 points Monique Jefferson scored five points late in the second half SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-7) fell late to one-loss Louisiana-Monroe (7-1) Thursday, suffering a 74-71 loss to the Warhawks at the Gold Dome. With the ball and 4.6 seconds left on the clock, Centenary had one last shot to send the game into overtime, looking for a desperation three with time running out on the game clock. As senior Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas) hastily drove down the court with the ball, she unleashed a shot from just outside the top of the arc, as time expired with the ball in the air. Falling away as the shot was released, Wilkins’ shot fell short of the rim, resulting in the heartbreaking three-point loss to the Warhawks. "We were just trying to get a shot," said Centenary head coach Steve Curtis of Wilkins’ last-second attempt. "Obviously, we would have liked to get her open, but with five seconds there really isn’t too much time to read too many things." Arguably putting together their best all-around game of the season thus far, Centenary made up a double-digit deficit late to come within one possession of tying the Warhawks with Wilkins’ shot at the end of regulation. "That was the first time that we played like we know we can play," Wilkins said. "Everyone bought into coach’s game plan and we all played well." Trailing by 11 with 5:36 remaining in the contest, the Ladies could’ve folded. Instead, Centenary united and almost pulled off a miraculous comeback. Finally getting better shots as a team, according to Curtis, freshman Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) started the comeback with a pull-up jumper with 5:24 remaining. Down by nine, five-straight points by Wilkins ensued, including a long three off a screen with 4:12 left in the contest. Wilkins led all players with 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from
November 29, 2006 | Athletics
Links associated with this release: Click Here For Live Broadcast Leslie Forest and the Ladies return home to host Monroe Date: Nov. 30, 2006 Opponent: Louisiana-Monroe (6-1) Location: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time: 5 p.m. CST Radio: KSCL 91.3-FM/www.sportsjuice.com Radio Talent: Doug Greenwald (Play-by-Play) TIPPING OFF The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-6) faces a tough test as it returns to the Gold Dome Thursday, hosting the University of Louisiana-Monroe (6-1) at 5 p.m. Thursday’s game against the Warhawks will be part of a doubleheader at the Gold Dome, with the Centenary men’s basketball team facing the University of Arkansas-Little Rock later in the evening. AT HOME THIS SEASON The Ladies hold a 1-1 record at the Gold Dome this season. In its last home game, Centenary defeated Nicholls State, 79-66, led by 22 points by senior forward Jelena Aleksic. At home, Centenary is shooting 35.8 percent from the floor, standing above its season average for the season (33.3). The Ladies are tied with its two opponents at home in rebounds, averaging 62.5 points per game at home. Senior Holli Wilkins leads the Ladies in scoring in home games, averaging 17.5 points per game at the Gold Dome this season. LAST TIME OUT Despite having three players score in double figures, Centenary could not escape with a win in Tuesday’s encounter with Northwestern State. Playing at Prather Coliseum, in Natchitoches, La., Centenary fell to the Lady Demons, 71-61, shooting 37.7 percent from the floor. Junior forward Ashli Barnum led Northwestern State with 19 points in the Lady Demon win, scoring majority of her points in the paint. The 6-foot-2 forward went 8-for-12 (.667) from the floor in Tuesday’s win, grabbing eight rebounds and three steals. Holli Wilkins, Monique Jefferson and Cierra Bush all scored in double figures in the 10-point loss to the Lady Demons, with Wilkins scoring a game-high 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor. SENIORS CONTINU
November 29, 2006 | Athletics
Nick Stallings SHREVEPORT —Centenary and UALR (University of Arkansas-Little Rock) will meet again on the basketball court for the first time since 2000. The Gents and Trojans enjoyed a fierce rivalry as members of the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) throughout the 1980’s and will rekindle the series on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Gold Dome.   Centenary (2-4) is coming off of a heart-breaking 89-86 loss at the hands of Northwestern State on Tuesday. The Gents led for the majority of the first half and had their chances late, but the Demons outlasted the Maroon and White by hitting several clutch free throws down the final stretch.   Larry Logan scored 18 points in the loss for Centenary and is leading the team with an average of 13.5 ppg on the season. Alexander Starr is pumping in 12.8 ppg while shooting a sizzling 68.4 percent from the field and Tyrone Hamilton is adding 11.5 ppg to the mix for the Gents.   UALR (4-3) collected back-to-back wins over Texas State and Tennessee-Martin before getting handled by Texas A&M 75-35 on Monday evening. In that contest, the Trojans shot a meager 26 percent from the field and did not convert on a single three-point attempt in going 0-for-20 in the loss.   Rashad Jones-Jennings is one of two scorers averaging double figures for UALR. The senior is posting 12.7 ppg while Terrance Akins is averaging 11.1 ppg.   The matchup features two teams with different strengths as the Trojans are defensive minded, holding opponents to 71.4 points per contest and scoring just 65.6 ppg. Meanwhile, Centenary is leading the Mid-Continent Conference with its 79.8 ppg clip, but is allowing 77.7 ppg.   The meeting is the 34 th between the two schools with UALR holding the 23-10 advanatge in the series. The two clubs last met in the 1999-2000 season which saw the Gents sweep both games of the home-and-home series.   The game will be broadcast locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 9
November 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-NSU Box Score 11-28-06 Tyrone Hamilton Larry Logan Bryan Baumann Alexander Starr Nick Stallings NATCHITOCHES, La.—The 150 th meeting between Centenary and Northwestern State lived up to its billing as the Gents and Demons battled to an exciting finish which saw NSU pull out the 89-86 victory on its home court Tuesday evening. A last second game-tying three-point attempt from Centenary sailed just long off the far part of the rim to end the drama as time expired.   Centenary (2-4) came from 11 points down with just under four minutes to play when Tyrone Hamilton posted six straight points on a three-point play the old fashioned way and a long distance three-point shot. After two Northwestern State free throws, Alexander Starr made good on a drive and the ensuing free throw and added a layup just seconds later to narrow the deficit to just two points at 83-81.   Three more Northwestern State (4-2) free tosses and a dunk by Starr made the game a three-point contest and Centenary missed an opportunity to tie on a Bryan Baumann missed trey with 15 seconds to play. The Gents were then forced to commit another foul and Trey Gilder made good on one of two free throws, but Hamilton responded with another three to make the game 87-86 with 5.2 seconds remaining. Another pair of free throws from Gilder put the NSU lead back at three and Hamilton ’s falling out-of-bounds three-point heave bounced off the rim to the chagrin of 2,303 fans.   The Maroon and White held the lead for the last time at 63-62 with 8:30 to play after leading the majority of the first half. Down by one, a Demon player grabbed the rim while a shot from Centenary’s Larry Logan was still bouncing around on top. However, no call was made by the officiating crew and NSU responded with an 8-0 run to grab the advantage for good.      The Gents came out of the gates with an intensity that caught Northwestern State off guard. A
November 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins had 19 points in the loss Tuesday NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Led by junior Ashlee Barnum, the Northwestern State women’s basketball team (2-3) defeated the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-6), 71-61, Tuesday at Prather Coliseum. Barnum, a 6-foot-2 forward, had her way in the low block against the Ladies, leading Northwestern State with 19 points in the Lady Demon win. As Northwestern State led by five opening the second half, Barnum and company continued to pound the ball inside, backing-up the Ladies and extending the lead to 11 after the first media timeout of the second half. Centenary continued to battle despite trailing by double-digits midway through the second half, a tribute to the heart and overall effort of the Ladies. With under four minutes remaining in the contest, a three by sophomore forward Cierra Bush (Campti, La.) cut the Northwestern State lead to five, however the Ladies failed to get any closer for the remainder of the game. Trailing by 11 with less than two minutes remaining in the game, a jumper from the right wing by junior Sara Judice (Lafayette, La.) made the deficit nine for Centenary, but missed shots forced the Ladies to foul, allowing the Lady Demons to get to the line and extend the lead back to double-digits. Along with Barnum, Tena Matthews scored in double figures for the Lady Demons, notching 12 points. In sharp contrast to its three road games of last week, Centenary came out of the gates shooting in Tuesday’s game against the Lady Demons. Led by 10 first-half points by senior guard Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas), Centenary trailed, 39-34, at the half, shooting 41.9 percent from the floor. The Ladies capitalized on open looks and patience on the offensive end to stay in the game early. Wilkins, struggling from the floor in the Ladies last game against Samford, led Centenary with 19 points, going 7-of-17 from the floor. Joining Wilkins in double figur
November 27, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Links associated with this release: Click Here for Live Broadcast Monique Jefferson and the Ladies look to get back on track Tuesday TIPPING OFF The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-5) travels to Natchitoches and Prather Coliseum Tuesday, facing Northwestern State (1-3) for a non-conference game at 5:30 p.m. The Ladies look to break a three-game losing streak Tuesday against the Lady Demons, playing their fourth consecutive game away from the Gold Dome. LAST TIME OUT Playing in the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic at Bill Battle Coliseum, in Birmingham, Ala., Centenary fell to both Birmingham-Southern and Samford this past weekend. Against Birmingham-Southern Friday, the Ladies turned the ball over a season-high 30 times, including 17 turnovers in the first half alone. As Birmingham-Southern took a 77-43 decision in the game, the Lady Panthers capitalized heavily on Centenary’s turnover problems, scoring 30 points off of turnovers by the Ladies. In addition to not being able to take care of the ball while on offense, Centenary had its trouble making open shots, shooting 34.5 percent from the floor for the game. Senior Jelena Aleksic led all players with 14 points in the loss Friday, going 7-for-12 from the floor. Centenary’s shooting woes continued the following evening, losing to Samford, 60-36, at Bill Battle Coliseum. Shooting 27.5 percent (11-40) from the floor, the Ladies were within 10 points of Samford for the majority of the first half, going cold from the floor for the final four minutes of the opening half. In Tuesday’s game, Centenary looks to improve on its recent shooting woes, shooting 32.5 percent from the floor after six games. Aleksic was named to the Sheraton Roundball Classic All-Tournament Team following Saturday’s loss. ALEKSIC LEADS LADIES Scoring in double figures in four of Centenary’s six games this season, senior forward Jelena Aleksic leads the Ladies wi
November 27, 2006 | Athletics
Mark Montgomery SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced the signings of Caitlin Cavarra and Bonnie Matak to National Letters of Intent to play for the Ladies in the 2007-08 school year. Both players are All-District performers at their respective high schools and look to repeat their success during their upcoming senior seasons.   Cavarra is a right-handed 5’5” utility player from Brentwood , Tenn. She will play mostly second base and outfield for the Ladies after starring at Brentwood High School where she was named first team All-District. She batted .349 and posted an on-base percentage of .392 for the Tennessee Edge, a travel team coached by Rone Phelps.       “Caitlin is a tremendous contact hitter and can play a variety of defensive positions,” said Montgomery of his early signee. “She will provide depth in a number of areas as she continues to develop as a player.”   Matak, a 5’3” outfielder from Richmond , Texas , throws right and bats left. She was a first team All-District and an All-Area selection in both her sophomore and junior seasons at Lamar Consolidated High School . The speedy slap hitter plays her travel ball for the Missouri City Magic.   “Bonnie has exceptional speed and is a great outfielder,” said Montgomery . “Her ability to both slap and hit with power make her a valuable asset to any lineup.”   Cavarra and Matak will join a Centenary team that has battled for the Mid-Continent Conference Championship each season since joining the league in 2003. The Ladies have been Mid-Con Tournament Champions twice and have advanced to the NCAA College World Series Tournament on both occasions.
November 27, 2006 | Athletics
Larry Logan Alexander Starr NATCHITOCHES —The Centenary men’s basketball team will renew its long time rivalry with its 150 th meeting against Northwestern State in a 7:45 p.m. contest on Tuesday at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches , La. The series dates back to 1921 and has become a hard-fought yearly battle as of late with NSU taking the last two contests and the Gents winning the three prior games.   Centenary (2-3) comes off an easy 82-52 exhibition win over Wiley College on Saturday. The Gents last official game came at the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks , Alaska . During the four-day event, the Maroon and White fell to the eventual tourney champion Utah State Aggies 77-71, defeated Southeast Missouri State 83-51, and lost to Rhode Island 92-82.   Senior Larry Logan was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 12 points and seven rebounds for the Gents. He currently leads the team with a 12.6 ppg. average to go along with 6.2 boards per contest. Senior Alexander Starr has also emerged as an offensive threat posting 12.2 ppg., which does not include a 24-point effort in the victory over Wiley.   Northwestern State (3-2) has put together back-to-back wins over Henderson State and New Orleans . The Demons dropped the Privateers 71-67 on the road on Saturday while being led by Kennan Jones’ 17 points off the bench. Colby Bargeman leads the scoring charge on the season for NSU at a 14.8 ppg. clip and Luke Rogers is tossing in 13.8 ppg.   Centenary holds the all-time series advantage at 82-67. Last year’s meeting featured a Northwestern State comeback in the final minutes to win 76-74. Chris Watson led all scorers for the Gents with a spectacular 32-point effort while Clifton Lee paced the Demons with 19 points. Centenary led by as much as 12 points in the game, but a three-pointer by Jermaine Wallace with 17 seconds remaining gave Northwestern State the victory.   The Demons went on to win the South
November 25, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic was named to the All-Tournament Team Saturday BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Senior Veronica Pike led Samford (5-1) to a 60-36 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-5) Saturday at the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic, played at Bill Battle Coliseum on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College. Pike, a 6-foot-1 forward, ended the game with a game-high 18 points, scoring majority of her points in the interior and using her large frame to her advantage. A strong change in attitude from the previous evening enabled the Ladies to stay within striking distance for majority of the first half, evidence by an increase in aggression on the defensive end and Centenary staying within 10 points until the waning moments of the opening half. As the Ladies trailed 17-10 late in the first half, a three from the left corner by Bulldog junior Alex Munday gave Samford its first double-digit lead in the contest, building upon the 10-point lead with timely three-point shots. Overall poor shooting from the floor by Centenary, coupled with Samford shooting 52.2 percent from the floor, led to a halftime deficit of 24 points for the Ladies. Centenary shot 4-for-21 (19 percent) from the floor Saturday, its season low shooting percentage for a half this season. As the second half began, Samford continued to pound the ball inside, sealing off the interior for close-range shots by Munday and Pike. Although playing from behind following the half, the Ladies continued to battle for the remainder of the contest, chipping away at the large Samford lead, however Centenary could not overcome the large deficit. Senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) led the Ladies in scoring with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor. For the game, the Ladies shot 27.5 percent from the floor, going 3-for-15 from beyond the arc. Following the contest, Aleksic was named to the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic All-Tournament Team, leading C
November 25, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Wiley Box Score 11-25-06 Alexander Starr Jerrald Bonham Larry Logan Tyrone Hamilton SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team easily discarded Wiley College Saturday in the Gold Dome 82-52 in exhibition action. Alexander Starr led the way with 24 points while Jerrald Bonham collected a double double in the win for the Gents.   Wiley College never led on the day as the Gents scored the first two points of the game on a layup from Larry Logan and quickly ran out to a 15-3 advantage. The Wildcats went almost five full minutes into the contest before connecting on their first made field goal, a three-pointer by Hector Garza at the 15:07 mark.   Centenary forced Wiley into committing 11 turnovers in the first half. The Gents solid defense kept the visitors from setting up their offense and caused the Wildcats to take low percentage shots. As a result, Wiley shot just 30 percent (9-of-30) from the field in the opening period while the Maroon and White made good on 51.7 percent (15-of-29) of its attempts.   The Gents pushed their lead to 20 points on the last of four first-half three-pointers from Tyrone Hamilton with one minute remaining. Alonzo Butler then sank both of his free throws just ahead of the intermission to make the deficit 18 points for Wiley at 47-29 at the break.   Centenary continued with its defensive intensity in the second half as four of the Gents six steals in the period directly led to four dunks by Starr.   The Maroon and White ran the court with ease over the final 20 minutes and led by as many as 31 points. Wiley never got closer than 21 points over the last 14 minutes of the game and ended with a meager 25.4 shooting percentage (18-of-71).   Starr went 9-of-12 from the floor for his 24 points and added five rebounds in the game. Bonham notched his double double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in only 22 minutes of work and also had three blocked shots. Logan and H
November 24, 2006 | Athletics
Larry Logan SHREVEPORT —The Centenary men’s basketball team will be offering free admission as a show of appreciation to all its fans at Saturday’s game against Wiley College in the Gold Dome. The Gents will host the Wildcats in an exhibition contest beginning at 2 p.m.   Centenary (2-3) looks to get back in the flow after a long trip to the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks , Alaska . The Gents finished in sixth place in the tournament, beating Southeast Missouri 83-51 and losing to the eventual event champion Utah State 77-71 in addition to Rhode Island 92-82.   Centenary is 6-0 all-time against Wiley and last defeated the Wildcats 82-71 in the early part of the 1999-2000 season.   The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier are on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at SportsJuice.com.      
November 24, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic led all players with 14 points in the loss BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A poor first half doomed the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-4) Friday at Bill Battle Coliseum, as the Ladies fell to tournament-hosts Birmingham-Southern (2-3), 77-43, in the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic. In the opening half, Centenary committed a season-high 17 turnovers, scoring a season-low 17 points in the first half and trailing at the intermission, 44-17. Aiding to the 27-point deficit at the half was the Ladies poor shooting, unable to convert open looks at the basket on numerous occasions down the court. Centenary shot 25.9 percent from the floor in the first half, a season-low shooting percentage for a half. In the first half, Birmingham-Southern scored 17 points off of turnovers by the Ladies. For a six-minute period in the opening half, both teams went cold from the floor. With the Lady Panthers leading 20-8 at the 13:36 mark of the first half, neither team was able to score a basket until the 7:03 mark when Centenary freshman guard Monique Jefferson (Birmingham, Ala.) hit a running layup to make the score 20-11. Following Jefferson’s layup, the Ladies were outscored, 24-6, to close the half, having to play from behind for the remainder of the contest. Having to overcome such a large deficit in the second half, the largest lead any opponent has held over Centenary thus far into the season after the first half, the Ladies could not come within 20 points of the host Lady Panthers, with Birmingham-Southern extending the lead to as much as 38 points in the second half. With three Lady Panther players scoring in double figures, the Birmingham-Southern scoring onslaught was led by junior Keanna Vicks and senior Pam Thornborrow, both with 12 points in the game. Thornborrow, a 5-7 guard, went 5-for-8 from the floor in Friday’s win, dishing out five assists. For the game, Birmingham-Southern scored 30 points off of
November 23, 2006 | Athletics
Samantha Gillespie stands fifth on the Ladies in scoring Date: Nov. 24, 2006 Opponent: Birmingham-Southern (1-3) Site: Bill Battle Coliseum Game Time: 7 p.m. CST Television: None Radio: None   SHREVEPORT, La. -- Competing in the 2006 Sheraton Roundball Classic, the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-3) faces Birmingham-Southern (1-3) Friday. The Ladies tip-off against the tournament-hosts at Bill Battle Coliseum at 7 p.m. Following Friday’s game, the Ladies continue play in the two-day invitational, facing Samford (2-1) Saturday at 5 p.m. LADIES STRUGGLE AGAINST UNO Struggling against the inside game of the University of New Orleans, Centenary dropped a 83-63 encounter to the Lady Privateers Tuesday at the Human Performance Center, on the campus of UNO. Outrebounded by New Orleans, 48-34, the Ladies were outscored on the inside, 46-18, turning the ball over 21 times. Centenary kept the game close until the 4:20 mark of the first half, in which the Ladies were held scoreless for the remainder of the half. New Orleans extended its lead to 14 points at the half and continued to build on the lead in the second half. JOSEPH CONTINUES TO BUILD Scoring in double digits for the second-straight game, freshman guard Bethany Joseph continues to become adjusted to the collegiate game. Joseph led the Ladies with 12 points in their last game, scoring 17 points in the Centenary’s first win Nov. 18. She is joined by four other freshmen players for Centenary who have seen significant playing time this season. LOOKING TO IMPROVE FROM THE FLOOR In the lone win for Centenary this season, the Ladies shot over 40 percent, defeating Nicholls State, 79-66, Nov. 18. A telling stat in the three losses suffered by the Ladies this season, Centenary have combined to shoot under 30 percent, getting opportunities to score but not converting. JUDICE SEES FIRST ACTION Having to sit out the first three games of the season due to injury, junior Sara Judice saw her first acti
November 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Bethany Joseph led the Ladies in scoring in Tuesday's loss NEW ORLEANS -- A combined 41 points by Le’Della English and Talishia Young led the University of New Orleans (3-1) to a 83-63 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-3) Tuesday at the Human Performance Center, on the campus of UNO. The Lady Privateers put forth a dominating performance inside against Centenary, outrebouding the Ladies, 48-34, and outscoring Centenary, 46-18, in the paint. Capitalizing on numerous turnovers by the Ladies, in addition to poor shooting throughout the contest, New Orleans built off a 14-point halftime lead, extending the lead to as much as 25 points in the second half. Following the loss, Centenary head coach Steve Curtis says his team must improve on taking care of the basketball and capitalize on its opportunities. "They scored 83 points and probably 40 of them were on transitions, points that we gave them," Curtis said. "When we can cut down on some of those mistakes and make them earn every point they score, we’ll be a pretty good ball club. And we’re moving in the right direction." Young, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward, was a menace inside the paint for the Ladies. Picking up a double-double in the win, Young routinely would snatch up offensive rebounds and use her height for easy putbacks. Young finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Young and the Lady Privateers blew the game wide open at the end of the first half. Nearing the intermission, Centenary was plagued by turnovers and had trouble converting open looks, held scoreless for the final 4:20 of the first half as New Orleans went on an 8-0 run to close the half. Reinforcing Curtis’ comments on the turnover margin, Centenary turned the ball over 10 times in the opening half, compared to just two turnovers for the Lady Privateers, leading to the double-digit halftime lead for New Orleans, a lead which Centenary could not reco
November 21, 2006 | Athletics
Maggie Vaughan broke both of her program records last week. SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary freshman Maggie Vaughan was named Mid-Continent Conference Female Swimmer of the Week, announced by the conference office Tuesday. Vaughan, a native of Clinton, Miss., had one of her most productive weeks of her young collegiate career in the Ladies two meets Friday and Saturday. Capturing four event wins in the two meets, Vaughan broke the program record for both the 500 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle, remaining undefeated in both events this season. Among the conference elite in distance freestyle events, Vaughan lowered her own record in the 500 free to 5:07.60, also breaking her own school record in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:26.90. Vaughan becomes the first Ladies swimmer to earn Mid-Con weekly honors this season. She and the Centenary women’s swimming program are in the midst of a month-long break from competitive action, facing St. Louis Dec. 19-20 in their next meet.
November 20, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Links associated with this release: Listen Live - Sports Juice Jelena Aleksic has led Centenary in scoring the past two games Date: Nov. 21, 2006 Opponent: New Orleans (2-1) Site: Human Performance Center Game Time: 7 p.m. CST Television: None Radio: KSCL 91.3 FM; www.SportsJuice.com Radio Talent: Doug Greenwald SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (1-2) looks to build off its first win of the season, facing the University of New Orleans (2-1) Tuesday at the Human Performance Center, on the campus of UNO. CURTIS PICKS UP FIRST WIN In his first year with the Ladies program, Centenary and first-year head coach Steve Curtis picked up their first win of the season Saturday. Playing Nicholls State, the Ladies took advantage of a 48-30 rebounding edge to earn the 79-66 win over the Lady Colonels. Bringing in six freshmen players and one junior college transfer, Curtis and his coaching staff have the program heading in the right direction, looking to build off Saturday’s win. BUILDING FROM THE INSIDE With both an inside and outside game, according to head coach Steve Curtis, senior forward Jelena Aleksic has led the Ladies in scoring the past two games, scoring 22 points in the win over Nicholls State Saturday. Aleksic is averaging 13.7 points, shooting 39.5 percent from the floor. Her 32.0 minutes per game average leads the Ladies. BREAKOUT FOR JOSEPH Playing sparingly in Centenary’s first two games, freshman guard Bethany Joseph responded with a career-high 17 points in Saturday’s game against Nicholls State. Inserted into the contest due to her hard work and perseverance in the practice, Joseph played 23 minutes off the bench in Saturday’s win, going 4-for-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. She had previously played seven minutes in the loss to Jackson State Nov. 14. In addition to her 17 points, Joseph filled out her scoresheet with five boards and three stea
November 19, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Rhode Island Box Score 11-19-06 Iman Shokouhizadeh Lance Hill Alexander Starr FAIRBANKS, Ak.—The Centenary men’s basketball team earned a lot of respect from the teams and coaches involved in the BP Top of the World Classic this weekend despite falling to Rhode Island 92-82 to finish in sixth place. The Gents narrowly lost to 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Utah State 77-71, dominated Southeast Missouri State 83-51, and hung with Rhode Island from the Atlantic-10 Conference until the very end on Sunday.   Centenary (2-3) fell behind early as Rhode Island drained its first three three-point attempts to claim a 13-5 lead. Less than a minute later Kahiem Seawright netted a jumper and shortly after that Jimmy Baron sank another trifecta to stake the Rams to an 18-5 advantage.   The Gents slowly began to work their way back into the contest on a pair of three-pointers by Iman Shokouhizadeh and pulled within four at 26-22 on a free throw by Lance Hill with 7:45 remaining in the first half. The Maroon and White then embarked on an 8-1 run which culminated with Centenary taking the lead for the first time at 30-28 on a long-distance three from Bryan Baumann .   A three-pointer from Chase Adams put the Gents on top 37-33, but Rhode Island answered with a trey at the end of the half to go into the lockerroom down by just one at the break.   Rhode Island (3-2) seemed confused on defense in the opening minutes of the second half as Jerrald Bonham scored five rather easy points to extend the Centenary lead to six at 44-38. The Rams finally responded with four consecutive free throws and a three-point play to move back on top at 47-46 at the 15:47 mark. Although the Gents would stay close and pull within one point several times, they would never regain the lead the rest of the way. Rhode Island controlled the final three minutes of play and only then pushed Centenary’s deficit to 10 points.   The
November 18, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Utah State Box Score 11-17-06 Centenary vs. SEMO Gamenotes 11-18-06 Chase Adams Bryan Baumann Larry Logan FAIRBANKS, Ak.—The Centenary men’s basketball team got off to a sluggish start in the opening round game of the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Friday evening. The Gents trailed by 20 points at the half, but won over many of the locals with a hard fought second half effort in falling 77-71 to Utah State .   Centenary (1-2) fell behind early as Durrall Peterson drained back-to-back three-pointers to open the contest for Utah State. The Gents got on the board 1:50 into the game when Tyrone Hamilton netted a trifecta of his own to make the score 7-3, but the Aggies defensive pressure caused problems for Centenary and the Maroon and White found themselves down 21-7 after only six minutes of play.   The Gents made a small run on two free throws from Alexander Starr and consecutive buckets in the paint from Larry Logan to bring the score within eight points at 23-15. However, 11 turnovers which led to 22 points, a rebounding disadvantage (17-8), and 17 first half points from the Aggies’ Jaycee Carroll allowed Utah State to acquire a commanding 46-26 lead the at the break.   A totally different team emerged from the lockerroom for Centenary in the second half as the intensity level picked up resulting in an entertaining game for the fans. The Gents went on a 9-1 run fueled by five points from freshman Jerrald Bonham and extended the streak to 16-4 after five points from Bryan Baumann to pull within eight at 50-42. Another Baumann jumper made the deficit just six points for the Gents and after a Utah State basket Centenary again brought the score within six at 52-46 on a layup by Logan .   Utah State (1-1) finally responded with some life with less than seven minutes remaining and pushed its lead back to 13 points on another basket by Carroll. Two long-distance three-point
November 18, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results and Times Montoya set a new team record in the 100 fly Saturday FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Centenary men’s swim team fell 68-34 to TCU Saturday at the TCU Student Recreation Center. In Saturday’s meet, the Gents captured four event wins, highlighted by a sweep of three events and one new program record. In the 100 fly, freshman Wladamir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) set a new Gents record with a time of 52.00, finishing third in the event. Montoya broke the former mark of Jonathan Harrop, who previously held the team record in the 100 fly with a time of 52.14. Sweeping the 100 free Saturday, sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) won the event with a time of 48.02. Behind Lambert was freshman Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas/Allen) and sophomore Randy Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) with times of 49.79 and 52.82 for second and third place, respectively. The win in the 100 free was the second on the day for Lambert, who took the 200 free with a time of 1:44.79. In the event sweep of the 100 backstroke, freshman Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La./Alexandria Senior) had a time of 55.98 for the win, followed by junior Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La./Catholic) and freshman Alex Opland (Marietta, Ga./Mount Paran Christian) . Stults, junior Kyle McKee (Louisville, Ky./Tara) and freshman David Moss (Chelsea, Okla./Chelsea) completed a sweep in the 100 breaststroke, with Stults winning the event with a time of 1:02.09. Facing the Horned Frogs from the Mountain West Conference, Centenary showed valiant effort in the four wins. Centenary next travels to St. Louis University Dec. 19-20, not competing for close to a month.
November 18, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic led Centenary with 22 points Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Three players in double figures led the Centenary women’s basketball team (1-2) to its first win of the season, defeating Nicholls State University (0-3), 79-66, Saturday at the Gold Dome. Helping first-year head coach Steve Curtis pick up his first win with the Ladies program, Centenary held a 48-30 edge in rebounds in Saturday’s game against the Lady Colonels, using its height advantage to push the ball inside the paint. "We felt like they would really have trouble guarding us inside, Curtis said following the win. "They’ve given up some points inside (in their earlier games). In the post, Ladies senior forward Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) led Centenary with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. With both an inside and outside game, according to Curtis, Aleksic helped contribute to Centenary’s 36-26 advantage in points in the paint, using her height in the low block for the Ladies. As Nicholls State traveled only seven players to Saturday’s contest, ending the game with four players due to foul trouble, Centenary looked to use its depth and capture their first win of the season. As the two teams traded leads to start the game, Centenary used a 10-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room. At the start of the second half, Aleksic started to catch fire, scoring six points in the first three minutes of the second half to help extend the Ladies’ lead to nine after the first media timeout. Ahead for majority of the second half, the Ladies continued to get second-chance opportunities with offensive rebounds, spearheaded by 10 total rebounds by junior Laura Way (Mt. Pleasant, Pa.) . Way added seven points in 22 minutes. Left open for jump shots after Centenary continued to reversed the ball, freshman Bethany Joseph (New Iberia, La.) scored a career-high 17 points, with 11
November 18, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results and Times Maggie Vaughan set a Ladies record in the 1,000 free Saturday FORT WORTH, Texas -- Facing stiff competition in Saturday’s tri-meet, the Centenary women’s swim team fell to both San Diego State (72-39) and hosts TCU (77-32) at the TCU Student Recreation Center. Against the two teams from the Mountain West Conference, Centenary put forth a competitive effort in Saturday’s meet, led by two event victories by freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) . Vaughan had a strong weekend in both the 500 free and 1,000 free, winning both events at TCU Saturday. In the 500 free, Vaughan came within three-tenths of a second of breaking her own program record, winning the event in Saturday’s meet with a time of 5:07.99. In the 1,000 free, Vaughan won the event with a time of 10:26.90, lowering her own Centenary record. For the weekend, Vaughan captured four wins, sweeping both the 500 free and 1,000 free Friday and Saturday, setting program records in both events. Fellow-freshman Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) , Centenary record holder in the 100 breast, captured second place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.15. Also competitive in Saturday’s meet, sophomore Leslie Clampitt (Dallas/Highland Park) finished third in the 50 free with a time of 25.44, one of her best times of the season. Freshman Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) took third in the 56.02 in the 100 free. To close the meet, competing in the 13th and final event on the women’s side, Centenary finished second in the 200 free relay, as the team of Clampitt, Nazzal, along with sophomore Alana Gregory (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) and junior Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) finished with a time of 1:41.65. Hosts TCU defeated both the Ladies and San Diego State (71-40) Saturday, led by senior Tara Sullivan’s two event wins. Centenary takes a break from competition
November 18, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-SEMO Box Score 11-18-06 Larry Logan Tyrone Hamilton FAIRBANKS, Ak.—The Centenary Gents built upon the positives from their second half run against Utah State on Friday evening in the BP Top of the World Classic to easily run away with an 83-51 win over Southeast Missouri State in the tournament on Saturday. The Gents will face Rhode Island on Sunday in the fourth place/sixth place game at 10 a.m. ( 1 p.m. CST ).   Centenary (2-2) enjoyed a fantastic game all the way around as the Gents won the rebounding war 41-31, committed less turnovers 17-19, made good on 86.7 percent of their free throws (13-of-15), shot 51.7 percent from the field (30-of-58), and held Southeast Missouri State to just 30.8 percent shooting from the floor (16-of-52). The 32-point victory is the largest margin of victory for Centenary since the 2003 season when the Maroon and White defeated Southern Utah by 42 points (86-44).   The game was close in the first half as the lead changed hands five times. Trailing 23-20 with a little more than nine minutes remaining in the half, Centenary’s Iman Shokouhizadeh drained a three-pointer from the left corner to tie the game for the seventh time. The Gents then went on a 7-0 run to move in front 32-25 and lengthened the lead to 43-32 by scoring the final nine points of the half. The period ended with a trifecta at the buzzer off the hand of Tyrone Hamilton to stake Centenary to the 11-point advantage.   The hot Gents continued to impress the hometown fans in the second half by scoring 12 of the first 13 points of the stanza, which amounted to a 21-1 run when combined with the final nine points of the first half. At that point the Maroon and White sat comfortably on a 55-33 lead and would never look back.   Southeast Missouri State (0-3) had only managed four points in the second half until the 8:38 mark when Dionte Perry made good on a shot from inside the paint. Altogether, the Redhaw
November 17, 2006 | Athletics
Jasmine Bothwell leads the Ladies in rebounding after the first two games Date: Nov. 18, 2006 Opponent: Nicholls State Site: Gold Dome (3,000) Game Time: 2 p.m. CST Television: None Radio: None Series against Nicholls State: 1-3 SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (0-2, 0-0 Mid-Con) returns to the Gold Dome for a 2 p.m. game against Nicholls State (0-2, 0-0 Southland) Saturday. Following this weekend’s game against the Lady Colonels, the Ladies prepare to play four-straight road games. PROTECTING THE HOUSE Centenary looks to even its record at home with a win against Nicholls State Saturday. In the season-opener, the Ladies fell to Texas-Pan American, 65-46, played Nov. 11 at the Gold Dome. The Ladies will look to put forth a strong performance against the Lady Colonels, as Centenary must travel for its next four games, starting with a 7 p.m. game against New Orleans Tuesday. LAST OUTING In Tuesday’s contest against Jackson State, Centenary struggled from the field, shooting 6-for-35 in the second half. Falling to the Lady Tigers, 73-48, the Ladies shot a season-low 27.9 percent from the floor, turning the ball over 17 times. Senior forward Jelena Aleksic led the team with 12 points, registering four boards in 24 minutes of play. Also contributing for Centenary in its last game was sophomore Cierra Bush, who chipped in with six points, a team-leading six rebounds and four steals. One telling stat in the loss, Jackson State had 20 points off of turnovers, doubling the 10 points for the Ladies. SERIES AGAINST NICHOLLS STATE Centenary is 1-3 in its lifetime series against Nicholls State, not having faced the Lady Colonels since the 2000-01 season. In the last meeting between the two teams, Nicholls State captured a 87-59 victory, played Jan. 9, 2001 at the Gold Dome. The lone win against Nicholls State in the series came in the 1982-83 season, as Centenary participated in the NAIA. The Ladies captured a 86-67 win over the Lady Colonels. Saturday’s cont
November 17, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Meet Results/Times Maggie Vaughan Taryne Cantillo DENTON, Texas -- The Centenary women’s swim team had a very competitive meet Friday’s against the University of North Texas and San Diego State, held at the Pohl Recreation Center. Against San Diego State of the Mountain West Conference and host North Texas of the Sun Belt Conference, the Ladies performed strongly against good competition Friday, winning four events. With Centenary and San Diego State not scored against, due to the two teams meeting at TCU Saturday, the Ladies faced a strong side from North Texas, eventually falling to the Mean Green. North Texas won nine of the 14 events Friday en route to its third victory of the season. The Ladies were led in Friday’s meet by the duo of sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown) and freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) . Combined, the two swimmers captured four events, setting Centenary school records in two of those event wins. Cantillo continues to perform strong in her respective events, winning both the 100 and 200 fly and narrowly breaking her own school record in the 100 fly. Coming within three-tenths of a second of breaking her record time in the 100 fly for the Ladies, Cantillo touched the wall with a time of 59.87 for the win. In the 200 fly, she held off two charging North Texas swimmers for the win, recording a time of 2:11.31, her best time of the 2006-07 season. Vaughan took home the 500 free and 1,000 free in Friday’s meet, remaining undefeated and among the Mid-Continent Conference’s best in the two events. Breaking her own school record in the 1,000 free, Vaughan won the event with a time of 10:29.45, recording the best time of her young career. In the 500 free, Vaughan capped off a successful meet with a new school record of 5:07.60, winning the event and shattering her former mark of 5:10.38. Setting season-best times for the 2006-07 season Friday were N
November 16, 2006 | Athletics
Lauren Fielding TULSA , Okla. —The Mid-Continent Conference released its all-conference volleyball team awards on Thursday and Centenary libero Lauren Fielding was honored with a selection to the All-Freshman team. The freshman from Plano , Texas , led the Mid-Con in digs per game and set several Centenary single-season and match records in her debut season with the Ladies.   Fielding collected 627 digs for Centenary to take hold of the single-season record in the category, while becoming the first player in program history to tally 600 digs in any one year. She also set a new record with 37 digs in a single-match in a 3-2 win over Oakland and has recorded at least 10 digs in 33 straight matches. In addition, Fielding was named the Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Week twice throughout the season.   Oral Roberts’ Ori Zuzic and Western Illinois ’ Ashley Baker were named co-Players of the Year. Cris Alves and Thais Parada of ORU were honored as Defensive Player and Setter of the Year respectively while Sheera Sirola of ORU was voted Coach of the Year. Angie Porche of Valparaiso was honored as Freshman of the Year.   The complete 2006 Mid-Continent Conference All-Conference Teams are listed below.   FIRST TEAM Jennifer Alexander, Sr., L, Western Illinois Cris Alves, Sr., L, Oral Roberts Ashley Baker, Jr., RS, Western Illinois Devika Bellamy Jr., RS/S, IUPUI Angie Porch?, Fr., OH, Valparaiso Kim Snow, Sr., MB, Oral Roberts Ori Zuzic, Sr., OH, Oral Roberts   SECOND TEAM Jessie Fox, Sr., MH, Valparaiso Brittany Marks, So., L, Valparaiso Patty Melinauskas, Sr., MH, Western Illinois Carol Newell, Jr., OH, IUPUI Jackie Oliveira, So., RS, Oral Roberts Thais Parada, So., S, Oral Roberts Nicole Schulz, Jr., RS, Valparaiso   ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM Val Bollenbacher, OH, Valparaiso Lauren Fielding, L, Centenary Erin Frick, MH, Western Illinois Danielle Goodnight, S, IUPUI Caitlin Koenig, S, UMKC Angie Porch?, OH, Valparaiso Monica Suding,
November 16, 2006 | Athletics
FAIRBANKS, Ak.—The Centenary men’s basketball team experienced travel issues on their day-long trek to Fairbanks, Alaska, for the BP Top of the World Classic on Wednesday. Delayed flights due to weather issues in Shreveport resulted in missed connections and ultimately led to a sleepless night in the Seattle airport. The Gents managed to finish the rest of their trip on Thursday and arrived to the host city in time for their scheduled practice session in order to prepare for their first opponent in 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Utah State .   Centenary (1-1) is coming off a fine home performance in which the Maroon and White easily defeated Texas State 91-85. The final score did not accurately reflect the flow of the game as the Gents led by as many as 21 points and held a double-digit advantage throughout most of the contest.     The Gents shot a sizzling 60 percent from the field in the win over the Bobcats on Tuesday, going 33-of-55 from the floor. Despite being out-rebounded 42-27, Centenary used its defensive pressure to force 26 turnovers and converted the Texas State miscues into a plethora of easy layups and dunks.   Senior Larry Logan led the offensive surge for the Gents with 20 points on a 7-of-8 shooting effort from the field. Senior Alexander Starr added 17 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds and sophomore-transfer Nick Stallings tossed in 16 points. Also a sophomore-transfer, Lance Hill scored 13 points off the bench for Centenary while sophomore Tyrone Hamilton contributed 12 points and six assists in the victory.   Utah State (0-1) dropped its season-opener to Northwestern State in Natchitoches , La. , on November 10 th by the score of 88-71. The game was the guaranteed return game from when the two teams met last season as part of the ESPN BracketBuster series. NSU used a 36-28 rebounding advantage to sink eight more baskets than the Aggies on the contest in earning the win.   Jaycee Carroll pum
November 16, 2006 | Athletics
Centenary will be heavily-tested against TCU Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s swimming team visits TCU Saturday in a dual-meet at the TCU Student Recreation Center, in Fort Worth, Texas. The meet is scheduled for a noon start. Competing against the Horned Frogs of the Mountain West Conference, the Gents will be heavily-tested in Saturday’s meet, looking to continue to build in their fifth meet of the 2006-07 season. Centenary enters this weekend’s meet capturing first in both the Hendrix Classic and Hendrix Relays, held Nov. 3-4 in Conway, Ark. In the two meets, the Gents impressively captured 20-of-22 events, with all Centenary swimmers performing strong in their respective events. Twelve Centenary swimmers have recorded Top 10 Times in the Mid-Continent Conference this season, led by sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) . Lambert, the Centenary record holder in three events, is among the top five in the conference in the 200 free (4th, 1:45.19), 200 fly (4th, 1:58.03) and 500 free (5th, 4:50.35), ranked among the top 10 in the 100 fly (6th, 53.44). This weekend against TCU, Lambert looks to continue to progress in his sophomore season, as he and the Gents work towards the end of the year conference championships. Also recording Top 10 Times in four events and just in his freshman season, Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas/Allen) set the Gents record for the 100 breaststroke (1:01.22) earlier this season. Among the Mid-Con top performers in his respective events, Stults has the sixth-best time in the conference in the 200 individual medley (2:01.09) and the 400 individual medley (4:23.79), also in the top 10 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:02.93 and 2:18.62, respectively. Freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M./LaCueva) has the third-best time in the 1,000 free (9:54.74), while sophomore Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) has the third-best time in the 50 free (21.99). Also among the Mid-Con elite in their r
November 16, 2006 | Athletics
The Ladies face strong competition in this weekend's two meets SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s swimming team returns to action Friday, traveling to Denton, Texas for a tri-meet against the University of North Texas at the Pohl Recreation Center. The Ladies also compete Saturday against TCU in a tri-meet at the TCU Student Recreation Center, in Forth Worth, Texas. Centenary will be heavily tested in this weekend’s two meets, competing in meets against teams from both the Mountain West Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. Competing in Friday’s tri-meet against the Ladies will be San Diego State and host North Texas, with the meet scheduled for a 5 p.m. start. Saturday’s meet at TCU will see the Ladies competing against the Horned Frogs and San Diego State. The tri-meet is set for a noon start. Centenary enters this weekend after strong efforts in its last four meets, all wins for the Ladies program. The last time out, the Ladies swept both the Hendrix Classic and Hendrix Relays, held Nov. 3-4 at Hendrix College. In the two meets, Centenary captured 20 of a possible 22 events, with multiple Ladies’ swimmers picking up event wins. Standing among the top 10 in the Mid-Continent Conference in four events, Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown) continues to excel in her sophomore season. Already holding program records in five events, Cantillo has the third-best time in the conference in the 100 fly (59.56), setting the Centenary record in the event against New Orleans Oct. 28. Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) remains undefeated this season in the 500 free and 1,000 free, looking to build upon a sterling performance in her first five collegiate meets. Facing a stern test against strong competition this weekend, Vaughan stands second in the conference in the 1,000 free (10:30.86) and third in the Mid-Con in the 500 free (5:10.38). She set the Ladies’ program record in both events earlier this season. A
November 14, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Jelena Aleksic JACKSON, Miss. -- A combined 31 points by Shante Stanford and Shelita Burns led Jackson State University (2-0) to a 73-48 win over the Centenary women’s basketball team (0-2) at the Williams Athletics and Assembly Center Tuesday. Picked to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference and led by SWAC Preseason Player of the Year in Burns, Jackson State capitalized on poor shooting by the Ladies and timely baskets to earn their second win of the season Tuesday. For the second consecutive game, Centenary was plagued by poor shooting from the field, going 17-for-61 from floor for 27.9 percent. Tuesday’s performance comes on the heels of Saturday’s loss to Texas-Pan American at the Gold Dome, in which the Ladies shot 29.8 percent from the floor. Despite holding the lead just once against the Lady Tigers Tuesday, Centenary kept the Jackson State lead under 10 points through the first 11 minutes of the game, trailing 21-12 at the 9:40 mark of the first half. Down by 15 after three-straight baskets by Jackson State, freshman guard Jasmine Bothwell (Birmingham, Ala.) helped the Ladies get back into the contest with back-to-back jumpers, cutting the lead to 11. The two teams continued to trade baskets, with the Ladies inevitably trailing at the half, 40-26. Having to play catch-up following the intermission, Centenary was unable to cut into the 14-point halftime lead, shooting 6-for-35 (.171) in the second half and trailing by as many as 27 points. Stanford led all players with 16 points, going 6-for-11 from the floor and 2-for-7 from the three-point line. Burns had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Leading Centenary, senior Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia) had 12 points on 5 of 15 shooting. The Ladies return to the Gold Dome Saturday to host Nicholls State at 2 p.m.
November 14, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Postgame Quotes Larry Logan Alexander Starr SHREVEPORT, La. -- Led by five players scoring in double figures, the Centenary men’s basketball team (1-1) captured its first win of the 2006-07 season, defeating Texas State University (1-1), 91-85, Tuesday at the Gold Dome. Playing in its home-opener, Centenary never trailed throughout the entire 40-minute contest, extending to a 21-point lead midway through the first half. Relentless defense in the paint and missed shots by the Bobcats paved the way for the large lead for Centenary, going on a 11-0 run early in the first half to build a 15-2 lead on Texas State. Although Centenary held a double-digit advantage throughout the majority the first half, successive baskets by the Bobcats just before intermission cut into the Gents' lead, foreshadowing a close second half, according to Centenary head coach Rob Flaska . "They’re (Texas State) a team that’s not going to quit. I knew that the outcome could be like that because I could see that our effort wasn’t there at the end of the first half like at the beginning of the game," Flaska said. Minutes into the second half, Gents senior forward Larry Logan (Kalamazoo, Mich./Owens CC) got Centenary off to an empathic start with a dunk off a lob by sophomore Tyrone Hamilton (Shreveport/Booker T. Washington) . Logan led the Gents with 20 points, getting the majority of his points in the paint, going 7-for-8 from the floor. The two teams traded baskets through the first seven minutes of the second half, with Texas State unable to come within 12 points of the Gents. After two missed free throws by Centenary forward Jerrald Bonham (Plano, Texas/Plano West) , Texas State junior Brent Holder spotted up from the three-point line, drilling the shot to cut the deficit to less than 10 points for the first time since the 15:09 mark of the first half. Holder followed his three-pointer with a layup off a turnover
November 13, 2006 | Athletics
Bryan Baumann SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will host Texas State in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. The game will be the home opener for the Gents, who are coming off a tough 72-66 loss at the hands of TCU Saturday on the road.   Centenary (0-1) received strong efforts from Alexander Starr and Tyrone Hamilton in the loss to TCU. Starr collected a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Hamilton tossed in 11 points in his first game back with the team since the 2004-05 season. Larry Logan scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and Nick Stallings and Bryan Baumann each contributed eight points apiece.   Texas State (1-0) defeated Dallas Baptist 106-93 in its season opener on Friday. The Bobcats shot a sizzling 55 percent from the field and received 27 points from Brandon Bush. Charles Dotson added 18 points in the win and two more players reached double figures for Texas State .   The Gents are 3-1 all-time against Texas State and won the last meeting of the series 70-63 in the Gold Dome in the early part of the 2000-01 season.
November 13, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Game Notes Monique Jefferson and the Ladies look for their first win Tuesday Date: Nov. 14, 2006 Opponent: Jackson State (1-0) Site: Williams Athletics and Assembly Center (8,000) Game Time: 7 p.m. CST Television: None Radio: None Series against Jackson State: 0-3 SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team (0-1) returns to action Tuesday, traveling to Jackson, Miss. for a non-conference game against Jackson State (1-0) at the Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. After suffering a loss in their season-opening contest Saturday, the Ladies look to capture a victory in Tuesday’s contest, with tip off set for 7 p.m. WILKINS HAS CAREER GAME IN LADIES LOSS Despite the spectacular efforts of senior guard Holli Wilkins, Centenary fell 65-46 in the season-opening game against Texas-Pan American, played Saturday at the Gold Dome. Wilkins scored a career-high 31 points in the loss to the Lady Broncs, the Ladies failed to overcome an 18-point halftime deficit, falling for the first time in the last three games against UTPA. Scoring 21 of Centenary’s 23 points in the second half, Wilkins went 11-for-19 from the floor in the loss for the Ladies, going 5-for-11 from beyond the arc. Tamara Vaughn of UTPA led the Lady Broncs with 22 points in the win. SCOUTING JACKSON STATE Favorites in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll, the Lady Tigers are led by senior forward/center Shelita Burns. Helping Jackson State capture the conference championship last season, Burns is coming off a career year in which she averaged 16.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game, shooting 47.4 percent from the floor. Joining Burns on the Preseason All-SWAC team was teammate Shante Stanford. Last season, Stanford averaged 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. In Friday’s season-opening 65-60 win over Northwestern State, the Lady Tigers were led by 15 points and seven rebounds by Burns, who went 5-of
November 12, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-TCU Box Score 11-11-06 Alexander Starr Tyrone Hamilton Larry Logan FORT WORTH, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team nearly walked into Daniel Meyer Coliseum on the campus of TCU and pulled off a season opening upset on Saturday night. Despite leading several times and trailing only by one point with 3:20 to play, the Gents were unable to pull off the feat as the Horned Frogs squeaked out the 72-66 victory.   Centenary (0-1) led by six in the early minutes of the game at 10-4 when senior Larry Logan (Kalamazoo, Mich./Owens CC) made one of two free throws and then followed with a dunk after a TCU missed shot. The Horned Frogs did not take their first lead until only 7:29 remained in the first half at 21-20 on a layup by Neiman Owens.   The game seesawed over the final seven minutes and TCU held a slight advantage at 32-31 going into the break. The Gents shot only 37.9 percent in the half compared to 47.8 for the Horned Frogs, but Centenary stayed close in large part to nine offensive rebounds while out-rebounding the home team 24-17 in the first 20 minutes.   TCU (1-0) found itself down 35-32 to start the second half on buckets by Logan and sophomore Nick Stallings (New Orleans, La./SW Mississippi JC) , but responded with an 8-0 run to go on top at 40-35. The deficit would only get as high as seven points at any one time for Centenary. However, the Maroon and White would not be able to break through the rest of the way.   The Gents made a final run on a steal and layup by senior Alexander Starr (Dallas, Texas/Paris JC) and two free throws by the forward that brought the score to 63-62 with just under three and a half minutes in the contest. TCU’s Brent Hackett made good on a jumper and two free throws from Blake Adams after a Centenary missed field goal attempt sealed the deal for the Horned Frogs.   For the game, the Gents shot 37.3 percent while TCU converted 46 percent of its sh
November 11, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins scored a career-high 31 points in the loss to UTPA SHREVEPORT, La. -- Despite a career-high 31 points by senior Holli Wilkins , the Centenary women’s basketball team (0-1) fell to the University of Texas-Pan American (1-0), 65-46, Saturday at the Gold Dome. Scoring 31 of the Ladies 46 points in the contest, Wilkins, a native of Evadale, Texas, broke her previous career mark of 27 points in the loss, scoring 21 of Centenary’s 23 points in the second half. Although having a career night, going 11-for-19 from the floor and 5-for-11 from beyond the arc, Wilkins said the points come secondary to winning, disappointed with the loss in the season-opener of her final collegiate season. "A career-high in points doesn’t really matter, I’d rather of won the game," Wilkins said following the opening loss. Asked what the teams needs to improve on in future games, Wilkins said the Ladies must play a complete game. "We got to have faith in this offense and, across the board, everyone needs to play the entire game," Wilkins said. Playing the Lady Broncs even through the first 10 minutes of the game, Centenary followed with almost a six-minute scoreless drought, allowing UTPA to build an 11-point lead. Shooting high-percentage shots, UTPA built an 18-point lead following the first half, hitting majority of their shots from inside the paint. The Lady Broncs, who shot 60.7 percent from the floor in the opening half, had 26 points from inside the paint, compared to just eight in the first half for the Ladies. Attempting to rebound from a poor shooting effort in the first half, going 8-for-28 from the floor, Wilkins led Centenary’s comeback effort in the second half. Down by 49-30 with less than 14 minutes remaining in the contest, Wilkins single-handedly brought the Ladies back within 11 points of UTPA. From the 13:16 mark of the second half, 10-straight points by Wilkins made the score 51-40, cu
November 11, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-WIU Box Score 11-11-06 Ashlee Freeman Sarah Chambers MACOMB, Ill.—The Centenary volleyball team wrapped up its season with a 3-0 (23-30, 20-30, 21-30) loss at the hands of Western Illinois on Saturday evening. The Ladies out-blocked the Westerwinds 10-9, but it would not be enough as WIU pushed by the Maroon and White for the victory.   Centenary (12-24, 2-10 Mid-Con) received solid efforts from sophomore Ashlee Freeman (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) and freshman Lauren Fielding (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) . Freeman was one of three Ladies to record a team-high seven kills while Fielding successfully collected 18 digs. Sophomore Danielle Bochat (Boerne, Texas/Boerne) and freshman Sarah Chambers (Plano, Texas/Plano West) also tallied seven kills in the loss for Centenary.   Western Illinois (14-14, 9-3 Mid-Con) held on to third place in the Mid-Continent Conference with the win and will serve as the third seed in the conference tournament next weekend at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. Ashley Baker and Monique Houston each contributed 11 kills on the night and Jennifer Alexander added 19 digs.   With the Ladies season now at its end, the team will wait to see if any of its players are rewarded with All-Mid-Con accolades. The all-conference teams will be released during the upcoming week.
November 10, 2006 | Athletics
Larry Logan FORT WORTH , Texas —The Centenary men’s basketball team opens its season on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against TCU in Fort Worth , Texas . A young team with only four upperclassmen, the Gents will get their first chance to see how they stack up with another squad after not having the benefit of an exhibition game in the preseason.   Centenary returns seniors Larry Logan and Alexander Starr from last year’s roster and will look to lean on the two lettermen in the early part of the schedule. Logan averaged 7.3 points per game to go with a team-best 4.9 rebounds per contest in 2005-06. Starr, the team’s MVP, added 9.5 points per game while leading the Gents in field goal percentage (.533), assists (85), and steals (37). He finished second in scoring and rebounding (4.7 rpg.).   Sophomores Tyrone Hamilton (12.5 ppg. in 2004-05) and Bryan Baumann (7.1 ppg.) also return to add stability to the line-up, but newcomers Chase Adams (Baltimore, Md.), Jerrald Bonham (Plano, Texas), Nick Stallings (New Orleans, La.), and Lance Hill (Houston, Texas) will be expected to contribute immediately.   TCU finished its 2005-06 slate with a 6-25 record, including 2-14 (9 th place) in the Mountain West Conference. The Horned Frogs are 10-8 all-time against Centenary and won the last meeting with the Gents in 2003 by the score of 102-89. TCU defeated the Lithuania National Team in its only exhibition 103-75. Five players scored in double figures for TCU, led by Kevin Langford’s 18 points.   Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on the campus of TCU is familiar grounds to Centenary head coach Rob Flaska as he served as an assistant on the Horned Frogs staff under Billy Tubbs from 1999 to 2002.     The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport area on KSCL 91.3 FM with the pre-game show beginning at 6:45 p.m. The broadcast can also be found over the internet at SportsJuice.com.
November 10, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: UTPA Game Notes Jelena Aleksic Holli Wilkins LADIES OPEN 2006-07 SEASON Centenary opens its eighth season of NCAA Division I basketball Saturday, hosting the University of Texas Pan American at the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $7 for adults, $5 for non-Centenary students, at the box office. Centenary students, faculty and staff are admitted for free with valid school ID. CENTENARY IN OPENERS In its 11th season of basketball, seventh at the NCAA Division I level, the Centenary women’s basketball team has a 4-6 (.400) record in season-openers. At the Division I level, the Ladies are 2-5 (.286) in season-opening games. Centenary is 4-3 in home openers while in Division I. In last season’s opener, the Ladies fell to the University of New Orleans, 77-70, played Nov. 19, 2005 at the Gold Dome. CURTIS AT THE HELM Steve Curtis begins his first season as head coach of the Ladies, launching the 2006-07 season with Saturday’s game against Texas-Pan American. Bringing renewed hope and direction to the Ladies’ program, Curtis spent the last three seasons as the top assistant at Mississippi State University. ENTERING THEIR FINAL YEAR Seniors Jelena Aleksic, Holli Wilkins and Tracee Byrd enter their final season in the Ladies program. Both three-year letterwinners and three-year starters, Aleksic and Wilkins will be depended on in their senior season. Combined, the two accounted for one-third (505 points) of Centenary’s scoring last season. CENTENARY AGAINST UTPA Centenary has a 2-6 lifetime record against Texas-Pan American. The Ladies have won the last two encounters against the Lady Broncs, defeating UTPA, 60-58, Feb. 1, 2003 at the Gold Dome in the last meeting between the two teams. PRESEASON ACCOLADES Senior Holli Wilkins was named to the 2006-07 Mid-Continent preseason all-conference second team. Entering her senior season, Wilkins is building off last season in which she earned honorable me
November 10, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UMKC Box Score 11-10-06 Lauren Fielding KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary volleyball team lost its road match against UMKC 3-0 (23-30, 17-30, 20-30) on Friday evening. Freshman Lauren Fielding   collected 21 digs in the defeat, making her the first Ladies player to reach 600 digs in a season. The libero from Plano, Texas, has added to her school record single-season total and now has 609 on the year.   “I am really proud of the way Lauren has performed all season long,” said head coach Jenny Hazelwood.   “She has been very consistent and is one of the best defensive players in the conference. She has earned this honor.”   In the match, Centenary (12-23, 2-9 Mid-Con) was unable to mount a consistent offensive threat, committing 21 errors and hitting for a .073 hitting percentage. Danielle Bochat   (Boerne, Texas/Boerne) led the way with eight kills while Rebekah Hill   (Carthage, Texas/Carthage) added seven kills on 14 attempts. Hill also contributed five block assists and Rebecca Lunceford   (Baton Rouge, La./The Dunham School) had three more as part of the Ladies’ six blocks in the contest.   UMKC (7-22, 4-7 Mid-Con) put down 47 kills on the night for a .267 hitting percentage led by Sarah Johnson’s 12 strikes. Caitlin Koenig tossed in 37 assists in the win for the Kangaroos and Kylee Stephenson had 15 digs.   Centenary will conclude its season with a 5 p.m. match on Saturday at Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill.
November 9, 2006 | Athletics
KANSAS CITY , Mo. —The Centenary volleyball team will conclude its 2006 campaign with a pair of Mid-Continent Conference matches on the road this weekend. The Ladies will square off against UMKC on Friday in Kansas City , Mo. , before finishing the year at Western Illinois in Macomb , Ill. , on Saturday.   Centenary (12-22, 2-8 Mid-Con) split both of its matches last week in the Gold Dome with a 3-0 win over Texas Southern and 3-0 loss to Mid-Con leading Oral Roberts. The Ladies looked impressive against ORU, losing the second game 30-28.   Sophomore Danielle Bochat ( Boerne , Texas /Boerne) tallied 27 kills in six games on the week and junior Lindsay Bekleja ( League City , Texas ) dished out 71 assists to give her 1,095 on the season. Freshman Lauren Fielding ( Plano , Texas / Plano Senior) collected 39 digs and is now just 12 digs away from becoming the first Centenary player to reach 600 digs in a season.   UMKC (6-22, 3-7 Mid-Con) split their league matches last week in falling to Valparaiso 3-0 before rebounding to defeat Oakland 3-2. The Kangaroos also played a mid-week contest against Drake on Wednesday where they lost 3-1. Lauren Starks leads the offense with 223 kills while Sarah Johnson is close behind at 222. UMKC defeated Centenary 3-0 in the first meeting between the two teams in mid-October in Shreveport .   Western Illinois (12-13, 7-3 Mid-Con) also bested Oakland last week (3-1) and lost to Valparaiso (3-1). The Westerwinds’ offense is set around Ashley Baker who has 281 kills on the season. Amy Sauerwein and Patty Melinauskas have 225 kills and 211 kills respectively to help lead the charge. Western Illinois knocked off Centenary in the Gold Dome 3-1 on October 13 th in a very competitive match (33-31, 15-30, 26-30, 29-31).   The Ladies match with UMKC will be at 7 p.m. on Friday while the final match of the year against Western Illinois on Saturday will begin at 5 p.m.  
November 9, 2006 | Athletics
Rob Flaska SHREVEPORT —Centenary head men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska has announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent. Anthony Gatlin, Justin Glenn, and Tim Price have all committed to join the Gents roster for the 2007-08 season and will join a squad that loses only two players after this year’s schedule.   Gatlin, a 6’8” 180-pound guard/forward combo from Pearland , Texas , will come to Centenary from Pearland High School outside of Houston . He averaged 8.5 ppg., 5.0 rpg., and 2.5 bpg. during his junior season at Pearland.   “Anthony has unlimited potential and will end up being an all-conference performer at Centenary. He is long, athletic, and has the ability to score inside or out, even to the three-point line. He is also a 4.0 student,” said Flaska.   Glenn, a 6’8” 220-pound forward, preps at Union High School in Tulsa , Okla.   “Justin brings great skills with a deadly left-handed shooting touch,” said Flaska. “His offensive skills and athleticism will provide our team with immediate production as a freshman. Justin is also a 4.0 student and he plays for one of the top-ranked high schools in the 6A class in Oklahoma .”   A 6’11” 205-pound center, Price will call Centenary home after finishing his career at Klein High School in Spring, Texas , on the outskirts of Houston . He averaged 8.0 ppg., 6.7 rpg., and 3.5 bpg. last season for Klein.   “Tim brings us an inside defensive presence with his great shot-blocking ability. He will be an impact player for our program on the defensive side his soft shooting touch will benefit us as well. He has a tremendous upside and he is still growing,” said Flaska.   Flaska is very pleased with what will be his third recruiting class since taking over at Centenary stating, “This recruiting class brings extraordinary student-athletes to Centenary and this is
November 8, 2006 | Athletics
John Hogan shot a season-low in Sunday's first round SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary men’s golf sophomore John Hogan was named Mid-Continent Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week, announced by the Mid-Con Wednesday. Hogan, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., finished in a tie for 24th in this week’s rain-shortened Louisiana-Lafayette Battle on the Bend, played at Cypress Bend, in Many, La. The sophomore shot a season-low score for 18 holes in Sunday’s first round, carding a 2-over 74 in the first round, standing in a tie for seventh place after Sunday’s round. Hogan finished the tournament with a score of 151, shooting a 77 in Tuesday’s final round. Playing in two tournaments this season, Hogan lowered his scoring average to a team-leading 77.0. He had his best finish of the 2006-07 season thus far in this week’s tournament, finishing in the top 25. The sophomore became the first student-athlete from the Centenary men’s golf team to earn Mid-Con weekly golf honors. With this week’s tournament in the books, the Gents concluded the Fall portion of the 2006-07 season.
November 7, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Battle on the Bend - Final Round Scores John Hogan finished tied for 24th Tuesday MANY, La. -- The Centenary men’s golf team concluded the Fall portion of the 2006-07 season, finishing 12th in the Louisiana-Lafayette Battle on the Bend. Played at Cypress Bend, in Many, La., the Gents shot a final round Tuesday of 319. After rain forced the cancellation of Monday’s second round at the Battle on the Bend, teams resumed action Tuesday morning, playing the par 72, 6,707-yard course at Cypress Bend. Leading the way for the Gents in this week’s 36-hole tournament was sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) , who finished in a tie for 24th. Hogan shot a final round of 77 for a total of 151 (74-77), registering the low round for Centenary in the tournament with his 74 in Sunday’s first round. Senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La./Thomas More) shot back-to-back rounds of 77 (154) in the tournament, finishing tied for 37th. Behind Viviano, freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe/Prince Edward) shot 84 Tuesday, finishing in 59th place with a two-round total of 165 (81-84). Freshman Tyler Williams (Shreveport/C.E. Byrd) shot 87-81 (168) for 61st place, while sophomore Zach Bruhnke (Keithville, La./Huntington) finished 63rd with rounds of 88-85 (173). Sam Houston State took the tournament team title with a score 585 (302-283). With the tournament limited to two rounds, the Bearkats moved from fourth place to first with a final round of 283, led by medalist Fergal Rafferty. Shooting a 3-under 69 in Tuesday’s final round, Rafferty finished with a tournament score of 2-under 142, two strokes ahead of Jeremey Jeansonne (144) of McNeese State. TEAM Pl. School Rd.1 Rd.2 Total 1. Sam Houston State 302 283 585 2. Texas-San Antonio 298 289 587 3. Baylor 299 295 594 4. Louisiana-Lafayette 302 293 595 5. New Orleans 302 295 597 6. McNeese State 299 302 601 7. North Texas 303 307 610 8. Texas State 309 303 612
November 7, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: 2007 Softball Winter Camp Brochure Liability Release Form Mark Montgomery Lyndsey Angus SHREVEPORT—Centenary head softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced that he and the Ladies softball team will be holding a Winter Camp for all players interested on January 6, 2007. The camp is open to anyone ages 8-18 and will feature three sessions.   Montgomery along with assistant coach Lyndsey Angus will host the camp at the Centenary Softball Complex from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on January 6 th . The day-long event will be divided into three sessions, each with its own specific emphasis. Session I will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will focus on pitchers and catchers. Session II will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will cover hitting while Session III will be for position players from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.   Sessions are $40 each or $100 for all three sessions. For more information call Coach Angus at (318) 841-7230. Interested campers can fill out the 2007 Winter Camp Brochure attached to this story as well as the Liability Release Form and mail to:   Centenary College Softball 2911 Centenary Blvd. Shreveport , LA   71134
November 6, 2006 | Athletics
MANY, La. -- The second round of the Louisiana-Lafayette Battle on the Bend has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Centenary men’s golf team resumes tournament play Tuesday morning. Heavy rain in the Many, La. area was to blame for the cancellation of Monday’s second round. Teams will play 18 holes Tuesday to conclude the tournament. The Gents stand 12th after Sunday’s first round, shooting a team score of 319. Leading Centenary in the first round was sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) . Hogan, shooting a 2-over 74, stands tied for seventh in the tournament heading into Tuesday’s final round. Texas-San Antonio holds the overall team lead, shooting 298 in Sunday’s first round.
November 6, 2006 | Athletics
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Due to inclement weather in the Shreveport-Bossier City area, Monday’s 14th Annual Curtis H. Stout Invitational Golf Outing at Olde Oaks Golf Club has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 17. With steady rain throughout the area Monday morning, the 18-hole scramble is rescheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Olde Oaks, in Haughton, La., with portions of the registration fees benefitting the Centenary baseball team. Preceeding the scramble, Olde Oaks will host lunch for the participants in the golf outing at 11:30 a.m. Registration for the golf outing has been extended due to the rescheduling of Monday’s event, extended through the morning of the 17th. Registration fees, which include cart fees, beverages, lunch, prizes and awards for select individuals, are set at $125 for individuals and $500 per four-player groups. All questions or concerns regarding the event can be directed to the Centenary baseball office at 318-869-5298.
November 6, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Holli Wilkins had 17 points to lead the Ladies in the win Jelena Aleksic's basket gave the Ladies the lead for good SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s basketball team overcame a double-digit halftime deficit to earn a 79-77 comeback victory over Harding University in an exhibition contest at the Gold Dome Monday. Trailing by 17 points at halftime, the Ladies rode a 14-2 run at the start the second half to get back into the game against the Lady Bison. The comeback run was capped by a three-pointer by senior forward Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas/Evadale) with 13:58 remaining in the second half, giving Centenary a 56-55 lead. Harding regained the lead following three-pointers by freshman Kelsea Lyda and freshman Kaitlin May, building as much as a six-point lead following Wilkins’ momentum-changing three-pointer. The Lady Bison relied heavily on the three throughout the contest, hitting 16 of 44 attempts (36.4 percent) from beyond the arc. With Harding leading, 69-65, with eight minutes remaining in the second half, a basket by senior Jelena Aleksic (Belgrade, Serbia/Universal) and two free throws by sophomore Cierra Bush (Campti, La./Lakeview) tied the game at 69-69 with 4:17 left. Never trailing again following the Bush made free throws, Aleksic gave the Ladies the lead for good with a jumper from the left wing. Down by two with time running out, a driving layup attempt by May rang off of the rim, sealing the victory for Centenary. In the second half, the Ladies outscored Harding, 45-26, something Centenary head coach Steve Curtis and the Ladies can build on entering this weekend’s season-opener against Texas-Pan American. "So much of winning is believing we could win," Curtis said of the Ladies comeback victory. Curtis expounded that Centenary went with a scripted first half, treating the game as an exhibition and taking a look at different combinations. Plagued by turnovers (11) and superb perim
November 5, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Battle on the Bend - Round 1 Scores John Hogan led the Gents with a 2-over 74 Sunday MANY, La. -- The Centenary men’s golf team stands 12th after the first round of the Battle on the Bend, hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette, Sunday. The Gents shot a team score of 319 in the first round. Played at Cypress Bend (par 72, 6707 yards), in Many, La., the Gents were led by the strong play of sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) in Centenary’s final tournament of the 2006 Fall season. Hogan stands tied for seventh following the first 18 holes of play, shooting 2-over 74 in the opening round. Paring the back nine Sunday, Hogan set a new season-low score for 18 holes with his 74, looking to stay low through the next two days of play. Tied for 31st in the tournament, senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More) shot 5-over 77 in the first round, shooting par on the opening nine holes. Freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe/Prince Edward) shot 81 in the first round to stand tied for 52nd. Texas-San Antonio shot 298 to lead the overall team competition, leading Baylor and McNeese State by one stroke. Jeremey Jeansonne of McNeese State and Dustin Thompson of North Texas stand tied for the individual lead, both carding a 1-under 71 in the opening round. Teams resume tournament play Monday morning, playing the final 18 holes Tuesday morning. TEAM Pl. Team Score 1. Texas-San Antonio 298 T2. Baylor 299 T2. McNeese State 299 T4. Louisiana-Lafayette 302 T4. Sam Houston State 302 T4. New Orleans 302 7. North Texas 303 8. Texas State 309 9. Texas-Pan American 310 10. Stephen F. Austin 314 11. Nicholls State 315 12. Centenary 319 INDIVIDUAL Pl. Player Score T1. Jeremey Jeansonne, MSU 71 (37-34) T1. Dustin Thompson, NT 71 (36-35) 3. Kyle Tudi, UTPA 72 (38-34) CENTENARY Pl. Player Score T7. John Hogan 74 (38-36) T31. David Viviano 77 (36-41) T52. Mark Weeber 81 (43-38) 61. Tyler Williams 87 (46-41) T62. Zach Bruhnke 88
November 4, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Hendrix Relays Results Bryan Myers was one of two Gents who had four relay wins Jessica Brown had four relay wins at the Hendrix Relays CONWAY, Ark. -- Sweeping both weekend events held at Grove Pool, the both the Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams captured victories in the 44th Annual Hendrix Relays, held at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Both the Gents and Ladies squads picked up 346 points in the win. After winning Friday’s Hendrix Classic, the Gents dominated the competition Saturday, winning 10 of 11 relay events. Three Gent swimmers were part of four relay event victories in Saturday’s Hendrix Relays, with five other Centenary swimmers winning multiple relays. Sophomores Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) and Ryan Duplantis (Chauvin, La./South Terrebonne) , along with freshman Wladamir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) were all part of four winning relay teams, helping the Gents to the victory. Opening the meet for the Gents, Bryan Myers, Montoya, Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas/Allen) and Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La./Alexandria Senior) captured the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:40.05, over five second in front of the relay team from the University of Texas Permian Basin. The Gents went on to win the next seven events, capped off by a win in the 300 fly relay by the team of freshman David Berude (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) , sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) and Montoya. The trio recorded a time of 2:44.47 in the 300 fly relay. After a win in the 200 medley relay, Centenary ended a very successful weekend with a victory in the meet’s final event, the 400 free relay. Freshmen Alex Opland (Marietta, Ga./Mt. Paran Christian) and Clay Malinovsky (Frisco, Texas/Hebron) , joined by junior Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La./Catholic) and Lambert won the event with a time of 3:22.61. On the women’s side, Centenary won 10 events for the second consecutive day en route t
November 4, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Hendrix Relays Results Jessica Brown was part of four relay wins Saturday Leslie Wyatt and her teammates won 10 relay events CONWAY, Ark. -- Sweeping both weekend events held at Grove Pool, the both the Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams captured victories in the 44th Annual Hendrix Relays, held at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Both the Gents and Ladies squads picked up 346 points in the win. After winning Friday’s Hendrix Classic, the Gents dominated the competition Saturday, winning 10 of 11 relay events. Three Gent swimmers were part of four relay event victories in Saturday’s Hendrix Relays, with five other Centenary swimmers winning multiple relays. Sophomores Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) and Ryan Duplantis (Chauvin, La./South Terrebonne) , along with freshman Wladamir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) were all part of four winning relay teams, helping the Gents to the victory. Opening the meet for the Gents, Bryan Myers, Montoya, Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas/Allen) and Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La./Alexandria Senior) captured the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:40.05, over five second in front of the relay team from the University of Texas Permian Basin. The Gents went on to win the next seven events, capped off by a win in the 300 fly relay by the team of freshman David Berude (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) , sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) and Montoya. The trio recorded a time of 2:44.47 in the 300 fly relay. After a win in the 200 medley relay, Centenary ended a very successful weekend with a victory in the meet’s final event, the 400 free relay. Freshmen Alex Opland (Marietta, Ga./Mt. Paran Christian) and Clay Malinovsky (Frisco, Texas/Hebron) , joined by junior Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La./Catholic) and Lambert won the event with a time of 3:22.61. On the women’s side, Centenary won 10 events for the second consecutive day en route to the lopsi
November 3, 2006 | Athletics
The Gents host the Alumni Game and Golf Outing this weekend SHREVEPORT, La. -- As the start of the 2006 Alumni Weekend begins for the Centenary baseball program, the Gents host the annual Alumni Game at Shehee Stadium. Held Sunday at 2 p.m., the Alumni Game pits current Gent baseball players against Centenary players from the past. With free admission, the Alumni Game will feature such past players as: Dan Bria, Kris Calhoun, Tony Cardone, John Marshall and Tim Ryan, with many other Centenary alum suiting up for one more game in the sun. In addition to Sunday’s nine-inning alumni game, fans and supporters are invited to join the Gents in the 14th Annual Curtis H. Stout Invitational Golf Outing Monday. Held at Olde Oaks Golf Club, in Haughton, La., the Stout Invitational is an 18-hole scramble, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Prizes and awards will be handed out following the scramble, with a portion of the registration fees benefitting the Centenary baseball team. All fans and supporters can register prior to the event at Olde Oaks, with fees set at $125 for individuals and $500 per four-player group. All fees include cart fees, beverages and lunch. All questions regarding events during the Alumni Weekend can be directed to Centenary head coach Ed McCann at 318-869-5298.
November 3, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-ORU Box Score 11-3-06 Stephanie Scanlan Danielle Bochat Lauren Fielding SHREVEPORT—The Centenary volleyball team honored its lone senior before its final home match of the season and then pushed Mid-Continent Conference leader Oral Roberts despite losing 3-0 (12-30, 28-30, 25-30). The Ladies got off to a tough start, but turned up the heat in the final two games.   Senior Stephanie Scanlan ( Rockwall , Texas /Rockwall) suited up for her final match in the Gold Dome against ORU on Friday night. Injured for almost the entire season, Scanlan got the start from head coach Jenny Hazelwood and finished with two block assists.   Oral Roberts (23-7, 10-0 Mid-Con) showed why it still holds an undefeated mark after 10 league matches as the Golden Eagles held the Ladies to just two kills in the opening game. Mid-Con Preseason Player of the Year Ori Zuzic tallied three kills in the 30-12 game one win, but would be held in check by the Ladies the rest of the way.   Centenary (12-22, 2-8 Mid-Con) looked determined to give Scanlan a going-out party that she could be proud of as the Maroon and White took a 12-10 lead after two straight kills by freshman Sarah Chambers (Plano, Texas/Plano West) in game two. ORU responded with four points to regain the lead and held a comfortable advantage at 26-20 before the Ladies made a final push behind several kills from Danielle Bochat ( Boerne , Texas /Boerne) . The sophomore outside hitter brought Centenary within one at 29-28 with three of her eight kills in the game but the Golden Eagles ended the run on a kill by Maja Devic.   Game three was just as competitive as a frustrated ORU head coach Sheera Sirola was forced to use both her timeouts to stop Centenary runs. A pair of kills from freshman Rebekah Hill ( Carthage , Texas / Carthage ) brought the score to 23-22 in favor of the Golden Eagles before another kill by Devic and a service ace from Thais Parada gave the visitors
November 3, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Hendrix Classic Results Lambert won three events at Friday's Hendrix Classic Stults was part of three event wins CONWAY, Ark. -- Scoring a season-high 315 points, the Centenary men’s swim team won the 39th Annual Hendrix Classic Friday at Grove Pool, in Conway, Ark. Both Chase Lambert and Jamie Stults won multiple events for the Gents. Exploding to a season-high 10 event wins, Lambert and Stults combined to win six events, helping the Gents capture the seven-team event Friday. Lambert, a sophomore from Benton, Ark., won both the 200 free and 500 free, also taking the 200 fly. In the 200 free, Lambert won the event with a time of 1:47.29, winning the 500 free with a time of 4:50.35, finishing just ahead of Centenary freshman Cole McGee (4:52.75). In Lambert’s win in the 200 fly, in which the sophomore captured the event with a time of 1:58.03, the Gents took the top two spots, one of five events Centenary went 1-2. Finishing second in the 200 fly, freshman Wladamir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) had a time of 1:59.26, setting a new career-low time. A freshman from Allen, Texas, Stults won the 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke, part of the Gents relay team which won the 400 yard medley relay. Winning the 200 IM, Stults had a time of 2:01.88, winning the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:18.66. In the 200 breaststroke, Stults finished ahead of teammate Clay Malinovsky (Frisco, Texas/Hebron) , who took second with a time of 2:19.30. Swimming the second leg of the relay, Stults was joined by sophomore Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) , Montoya and Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La./Alexandria) . The team won the relay with a time of 3:36.91. Joining Lambert and Stults with event wins, McGee captured the 1,000 free, with Bryan Myers and Malinovsky winning the 100 free and 200 backstroke, respectively. Breaking the Gents program record in the 1,000 free in last weekend’s meet against SMU, McGee won t
November 3, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Hendrix Classic Results Taryne Cantillo was part of three event wins Maggie Vaughan won both the 500 free and 1,000 free CONWAY, Ark. -- The Centenary women’s swim team won the seven-team, 39th Annual Hendrix Classic Friday at Grove Pool, on the campus of Hendrix College, in Conway, Ark. The Ladies impressively won the meet by a margin of 107 points. Winning 10 of 11 events, Centenary was led by sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown) and freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) in Friday’s meet, in which the Ladies compiled 309 points. For the second-straight meet, Cantillo was part of three event wins, winning the 200 free with a time of 1:59.25, recording a time of 2:11.80 to win the 200 fly. In addition to the individual wins, Cantillo was part of 400 medley relay, which won the event with a time of 4:10.15. Joining Cantillo on the 400 medley relay team was freshmen Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) and Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) , along with junior Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) . Vaughan captured wins in the 1,000 free and 500 free, remaining undefeated in both events this season. Holding the Centenary record in both events, Vaughan won the 1,000 free with a time of 10:34.42, winning the 500 free with a time of 5:12.21. Also winning individual events for the Ladies was sophomore Leslie Clampitt (Dallas/Highland Park) and freshman Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) , along with Loy and Wyatt. Clampitt took the 50 free, touching the wall with a time of 25.14. In the next event following Clampitt’s win, Wyatt won the 200 individual medley, recording a time of 2:15.31. Finishing right behind Wyatt in the 200 IM and taking second place, sophomore Nicole Turner (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall) set a new career-low in the event with a time of 2:20.49. Nazzal and Zimmerman took the top two spots in the 100 free, with Nazzal edging o
November 2, 2006 | Athletics
Jamie Stults and the Gents compete in the Hendrix Classic and Relays SHREVEPORT, La. -- Traveling to Conway, Ark., the Centenary men’s and women’s compete in the 39th Annual Hendrix Classic Friday and 44th Annual Hendrix Relays Saturday, both held at Grove Pool, on the campus of Hendrix College. Defeating three of four teams its competed against this season, the Ladies won its dual meet against the University of New Orleans last weekend, setting program records in five events. Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) won both the 500 free and 1,000 free against New Orleans, remaining undefeated in the two events this season. Vaughan holds the Ladies’ record in the 500 free with a time of 5:10.38, setting the record in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:30.86. Also excelling in the Ladies first three meets, freshman Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) won both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke in Centenary’s last meet, setting the program record in both events. Against New Orleans, Loy touched the wall with a time of 1:08.77 in the 100 breaststroke, setting the record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:27.68. Junior Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown) also set the record for the Ladies record in the 100 fly with a time of 59.56 in Centenary’s last meet. The Ladies hope that Cantillo can continue her outstanding achievements of last weekend, in which the sophomore won three events and set one program record. The Gents showed a strong effort in last weekend’s dual meet against SMU. Breaking the program record in the 1,000 free against SMU, freshman Cole McGee (Frisco, Texas/Hebron) has continued to progress in his rookie season. McGee holds the Gents record for the 1,000 free with a time of 9:54.74. Also progressing in his freshman season, Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas/Allen) finished in the top three in three events last weekend, winning the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.09. Stults hold
November 2, 2006 | Athletics
Rebecca Loy and the Ladies compete in the Hendrix Classic and Relays SHREVEPORT, La. -- Traveling to Conway, Ark., the Centenary men’s and women’s compete in the 39th Annual Hendrix Classic Friday and 44th Annual Hendrix Relays Saturday, both held at Grove Pool, on the campus of Hendrix College. Defeating three of four teams its competed against this season, the Ladies won its dual meet against the University of New Orleans last weekend, setting program records in five events. Freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) won both the 500 free and 1,000 free against New Orleans, remaining undefeated in the two events this season. Vaughan holds the Ladies’ record in the 500 free with a time of 5:10.38, setting the record in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:30.86. Also excelling in the Ladies first three meets, freshman Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) won both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke in Centenary’s last meet, setting the program record in both events. Against New Orleans, Loy touched the wall with a time of 1:08.77 in the 100 breaststroke, setting the record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:27.68. Junior Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown) also set the record for the Ladies record in the 100 fly with a time of 59.56 in Centenary’s last meet. The Ladies hope that Cantillo can continue her outstanding achievements of last weekend, in which the sophomore won three events and set one program record. The Gents showed a strong effort in last weekend’s dual meet against SMU. Breaking the program record in the 1,000 free against SMU, freshman Cole McGee (Frisco, Texas/Hebron) has continued to progress in his rookie season. McGee holds the Gents record for the 1,000 free with a time of 9:54.74. Also progressing in his freshman season, Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas/Allen) finished in the top three in three events last weekend, winning the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.09. Stults hold
November 2, 2006 | Athletics
Aaron Volanski Todd Faulkinberry Sam Robinson SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centerary men’s soccer junior Aaron Volanski was named to the 2006 All-Mid-Continent Conference Second Team, announced by the Mid-Con Thursday. Joining Volanski as an all-conference team member, Gents defender Todd Faulkinberry and midfielder Sam Robinson were named to the Mid-Con All-Newcomer Team. Volanski, a midfielder from Magnolia, Texas, led Centenary in scoring for the second-straight season. Registering seven goals and 16 points, with three game-winners, Volanski finished seventh in the Mid-Con in points, tied for fifth in the conference in goals. Serving as team captain in his junior season, he ranked among the conference leaders in shots (40), points per game (1.00) and goals per game (0.44). Robinson finished third on the Gents in scoring this season, scoring three goals for six points from his outside midfielder position. A native of Houston, Robinson appeared in 15 contests this season, starting 14 games. He tallied one game-winning goal against Valparaiso Sept. 23. The Lafayette, La.-native Faulkinberry played in all 16 games in his rookie season, starting six contests. One of two Centenary freshmen to appear in all 16 games this season, Faulkinberry rotated between playing midfielder and defender throughout the season, taking six shots. Capturing the 2006 Mid-Con Regular Season Championship, Western Illinois swept all four conference individual awards, led by Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Year Matt Wieclaw and Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year Martin Browne. Leading the Leathernecks to the most potent offense in the conference, scoring 47 goals in 20 games, Browne and Wieclaw ranked first and second, respectively, in scoring in the Mid-Con. Browne, a freshman forward, led Western Illinois with 11 goals and 30 points. In six conference games, Browne led the Mid-Con with 14 points, scoring four goals and adding six assists. Browne notched three game-winning goals in his rookie season,
November 2, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-TSU Box Score 11-2-06 Rebecca Lunceford SHREVEPORT —The Centenary volleyball team cruised past Texas Southern 3-0 (30-27, 30-26, 30-23) on Thursday evening in the Gold Dome. Sophomore Rebecca Lunceford (Baton Rouge, La./The Dunham School) pounded down a season-high 18 kills and sophomore Ashlee Freeman (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) set a new school record for block assists in a season with 81.   Centenary (12-21) began the match slowly, but took a commanding lead in game one at 21-15 after back-to-back attack errors by Texas Southern, an ace by freshman Christina Nichols (Katy, Texas/Katy) , and a kill from Lunceford. The Lady Tigers pushed for several points and tied the score at 26-26 before consecutive kills by freshmen Rebekah Hill (Carthage, Texas/Carthage) and Sarah Chambers (Plano, Texas/Plano West) gave the Ladies the 30-27 win.   Texas Southern (5-17) fell behind 7-2 to Centenary in the opening moments of game two but grabbed the lead at 19-15 on seven straight points thanks to six Ladies attack errors. The Maroon and White regrouped and rode the arm of Lunceford, who spiked four of the next five points, to carry the home team to the 30-26 victory.   The final game was all Centenary as the Ladies fired out to a 13-4 advantage on three Freeman aces and three more thunderous kills from Lunceford. Texas Southern would not recover in falling 30-23.   Sophomore Danielle Bochat ( Boerne , Texas /Boerne) notched her ninth double double of the season with 12 kills and a match-high 20 digs for the Ladies. Lunceford’s 18 kills came on 41 attempts and seven errors for a .268 hitting percentage.   Freeman used six block assists to claim the new record, surpassing her own mark of 78 during her freshman campaign and added nine kills on the night. Junior Lindsay Bekelja ( League City , Texas /Clear Creek) passed out 41 assists and freshman Lauren Fielding ( Plano , Texas / Plano Senior) defensed 16 d
November 1, 2006 | Athletics
Jessica Garza SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary women’s golf sophomore Jessica Garza was named Mid-Continent Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week for the second-straight week, becoming the first student-athlete in the conference to earn golfer of the week honors in consecutive weeks. Garza, a native of McKinney, Texas, shot 79-78 (157) in this week’s Troy Women’s Intercollegiate, played at the Arrowhead Country Club, in Montgomery, Ala., finishing tied for 37th in the tournament. The low finisher for the Ladies in this week’s tournament, Garza lowered her season scoring average to 80.6, tied for the low average on Centenary. Concluding the Fall season with this week’s tournament, Garza and the Ladies return to action Feb. 26-27, hosting the Centenary Ladies Spring Invitational.
November 1, 2006 | Athletics
Stephanie Scanlan Lauren Fielding Ashlee Freeman SHREVEPORT —The Centenary volleyball team welcomes Texas Southern University and Oral Roberts University to the Gold Dome for the final two home matches of the season. The Ladies will take on TSU on Thursday at 6 p.m. before wrapping up the home slate on Friday with a 7 p.m. match with Mid-Continent Conference leader ORU.   Centenary (11-21, 2-7 Mid-Con) has won three of its last six matches and has seen Lauren Fielding set two new school records in the last two matches. The freshman recorded 37 digs in a 3-2 win over Oakland last Saturday before collecting 20 digs in a loss to Central Arkansas that gave her the single-season mark of 547. She currently sits at 549 and with four matches remaining she could become the first Centenary volleyball player to reach 600 digs in a season.   Digs are not the only records on the verge of falling as sophomore Ashlee Freeman is three block assists shy of tying her own single-season mark set last season with 78. Right behind Freeman is freshman Rebekah Hill with 69 block assists and sophomore Rebecca Lunceford with 68. Currently the trio holds down second, third, and fourth places on the single-season block assists list. Freshman Christina Nichols (5 th ) and Fielding (8 th ) have also moved into the top 10 in service aces with 48 and 44 respectively.   Texas Southern (5-16) is coming off of a 3-2 win over Prairie View A&M in which the Lady Tigers rallied from an 0-2 deficit for the SWAC victory. Oral Roberts (22-7, 9-0 Mid-Con) has won five straight matches and 20 of their last 21 contests. Most recently the Golden Eagles defeated Wichita State 3-1 on Halloween.   The Ladies will also honor senior Stephanie Scanlan before Friday’s match with their annual senior day celebration.
November 1, 2006 | Athletics
Stefani Robbs led the Ladies in scoring this season SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary women’s soccer freshman Stefani Robbs was named to the 2006 Mid-Continent Conference All-Newcomer Team, announced by the Mid-Con Wednesday. Leading the Ladies in scoring this season, Robbs, a forward from Dallas, had five goals and 11 points in 13 games, scoring two game-winning goals. Finishing tied for seventh in the Mid-Con in goals, Robbs ranked in the top 10 in the conference in both points per game (0.85) and goals per game (0.38). Her two game-winners tied her for fourth in the conference. Two Oakland players earned player of the year honors, led by junior forward Kristi Tomczyk. Named Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Year, Tomczyk led the conference in scoring this season. In 16 games, Tomczyk was credited with a conference-leading 12 goals and 26 points, registering 19 of her 26 points in Mid-Con games. Tomczyk led the Mid-Con with nine goals in six conference games, leading the Golden Grizzlies to this weekend’s conference championships. A teammate of Tomczyk, Oakland senior defender Cat Panabaker earned 2006 Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Year honors. Panabaker, one assist for one point in 14 games, helped lead the Oakland defense to a team goals-against average of 1.17 in six Mid-Con games, surrendering seven goals in conference games this season. In leading Valparaiso to the 2006 Mid-Con regular season crown, Crusaders freshman forward Sarah Jewell was named Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year, registering 10 goals and 22 points in 18 games this season. In addition to earning All-Newcomer accolades, Jewell was named first team All-Mid-Con, one of four Crusader players who earned all-conference honors. Valparaiso head coach Stephen Anthony was named Mid-Con Coach of the Year, leading the Crusaders to an undefeated record in conference games this season (4-0-2). Centenary concluded the 2006 season with a 4-11-1 overall record.
October 31, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-UCA Box Score 10-31-06 Lauren Fielding Ashlee Freeman CONWAY, Ark.—The Centenary volleyball team lost to the University of Central Arkansas 3-0 (18-30, 22-30, 19-30) on Tuesday night on the road. It was the second loss to the Sugar Bears this season, but there was good news as well as freshman Lauren Fielding broke the Centenary record for digs in a season.   Centenary (11-21) struggled offensively in the contest, only hitting for a positive hitting percentage in game two. The Ladies hit .068 for the match while Central Arkansas (16-15) swung at a .243 clip. Amicha Williams led UCA with 14 kills while Rachel Copley added nine kills in the win.   Ashlee Freeman paced the Ladies with seven kills and only three errors. Fielding collected a match-high 20 digs to extend her double-digit digs streak to 29 matches. She now has 549 for the season, surpassing the former Centenary record of 546 set in 2002 by Kelley Heckman . With four matches still to play, Fielding has the opportunity to be the first Ladies player to reach 600 digs in a season.   Fielding will get the next chance to add to her record on Thursday when the Ladies host Texas Southern at 6 p.m. Centenary will then conclude the home portion of its schedule with a Mid-Continent Conference match on Friday at 7 p.m. against Oral Roberts.
October 31, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Troy Women's Intercollegiate - Final Round Scores Jessica Garza led the Ladies in Tuesday's final round MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Centenary women’s golf team shot a team score of 641 to finished 13th in the Troy University Women’s Intercollegiate, played at the Arrowhead Country Club, in Montgomery, Ala. In Tuesday’s final round, the Ladies shot 320, improving on Monday’s first-round score by one stroke and setting a new season-low score in the second round. Sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas/McKinney North) shot 78 Tuesday, for a total of 157 (79-78) to tie for 37th place. Garza was followed by fellow-sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona Composite) , who shot 81 in Tuesday’s final round. Newton finished tied for 48th in the tournament, carding a 78 in Monday’s round. Freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas/Grapevine) shot a new season-low Tuesday, shooting a final-round score of 80. With a tournament score of 162, Blackwell finished in a tie for 55th. With rounds of 82-81 (163), sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas/Van Alstyne) finished tied for 61st, while freshman Mary Kate Byrne (Natchez, Miss./Natchez Cathedral) finished tied for 71st, shooting rounds of 87-84 (171). South Alabama took the tournament title with a score of 587 (292-295), maintaining its lead following Monday’s first round. Elin Andersson of South Alabama took the medalist honor with rounds of 69-73 to finish with a tournament score of 2-under 142. After holding the lead after 18 holes, Andersson was the only player in the tournament to finish with a score under par. With Tuesday’s round concluding the Fall season, the Ladies return to action Feb. 25-27, hosting the Centenary Ladies Spring Invitational. Teams Pl Team Rd.1 Rd.2 Total 1. South Alabama 292 295 587 2. Louisiana-Monroe 297 295 592 3. Jacksonville State 305 291 596 4. Murray State 302 304 606 T5. Belmont 302 307 609
October 30, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Troy Women's Intercollegiate - First Round Leigh Newton shot a season-low 78 in the first round. MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Centenary women’s golf team stands in 11th place after Monday’s first round of the Troy University Women’s Intercollegiate, played at the Arrowhead Country Club, in Montgomery, Ala. The Ladies shot a team score of 321 in the first round. Sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona Composite) leads Centenary following the opening 18 holes of play. Standing tied for 34th in the tournament, Newton shot a season-low 78 in Monday’s first round. Right behind Newton, fellow-sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas/McKinney North) shot 79 in the first round, tied for 39th in the tournament. Elin Andersson of South Alabama stands as the overall leader after the first round, carding a 3-under 69 after 18 holes. Enter Tuesday’s final round, Andersson holds a three-stroke advantage over Staci Lynch of Austin Peay, who shot a 72 Monday. South Alabama, led by Andersson, holds the team lead with 18 holes to play, leading Louisiana-Monroe by five strokes. Teams resume play Tuesday morning.
October 30, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Stats Donnie Henderson made seven saves for the shutout Aaron Volanski had three points in Monday's season finale SHREVEPORT, La. -- In his final game at Mayo Field, redshirt junior  Donnie Henderson helped lead the Centenary men’s soccer team (5-11-0) to a 2-0 shutout victory over Texas A&M International (7-8-0) in Monday’s season finale for the Gents. Henderson, a native of Houston, made seven saves for his second shutout of the season, leading a makeshift -- yet determined -- backline to its third blank sheet of the season. "Getting a shutout was the main thing tonight," Henderson said. "The defensive played well tonight, especially since we have a depleted backline and are missing a couple of starters." Honored at halftime for his contributions to the Gents program throughout his collegiate career, Henderson stopped shots by Joe Lawler and Abdiel Amador of the Dustdevils with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation to preserve the shutout. On Amador’s attempt, the freshman midfielder was left unmarked on the right flank, given enough room to hit a high shot, which was blocked by Henderson. Centenary took the lead midway through the first half when Gents leading-scorer Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) scored his seventh goal of the season, finding the back of the net with a shot into the lower-right corner in the 22nd minute. After sophomore Will Todd (Lafayette, La./Lafayette) beat his man driving down the left wing, Volanski checked towards the low cross by Todd, driving a shot with his left foot into the lower corner. The goal was the seventh of the season for Volanski. Protecting the lead following the intermission, Volanski contributed to Centenary’s second goal of the contest, scored by freshman Sam Robinson (Houston/Cy-Fair) in the 79th minute. Off a Volanski pass near the top of the TAMIU box, Robinson found enough of an opening to thread a shot into the lower-right c
October 30, 2006 | Athletics
Lauren Fielding ELMHURST, Ill.—Centenary volleyball player Lauren Fielding was named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week by the league office on Monday. It is the second time the freshman from Plano , Texas , has earned the honor in her debut season.   Fielding earns Defensive Player of the Week honors after a record-setting performance last week in leading the Ladies to a 1-1 record. She opened the week with a match-high 19 digs in a four-game loss to Valparaiso . It was the first time Centenary had taken a game from the Crusaders since joining the league in 2003. The following night, she set a new Centenary single-match record with 37 digs in a five-game win over Oakland . For the week, she averaged 6.22 digs per game. Fielding has now reached double-digit digs in 28 straight matches, and is 17 digs short of the school single-season mark of 546.   Fielding and the rest of the Ladies have a busy week with three matches. Centenary will travel to Central Arkansas for a 7 p.m. match on Halloween (Tuesday) before hosting Texas Southern on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Ladies then host Oral Roberts in the home finale of the 2006 season on Friday at 7 p.m.
October 29, 2006 | Athletics
Sam Robinson has two goals in the last three games at Mayo Field SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s soccer team (4-11-0, 2-4-0) prepares for its final game of the 2006 season, hosting Texas A&M International University (7-7-0) Monday at Mayo Field. The two teams kick off at 6 p.m. Leading into Monday’s season finale, the Gents have a 2-1-0 record in their last three home games. In the last three games, Centenary has been led by junior Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) and freshman Stephen Rifai (Spring, Texas/Klein) , who have combined for five of six goals scored and a total of 12 points. Volanski leads the Gents with six goals and 13 points, standing seventh in the Mid-Continent Conference in points and sixth in goals scored. This season, Volanski has two game-winning goals, taking a team-leading 36 shots. Rifai, a freshman forward, has two goals and five of his nine points this season in the last three home games. Taking 20 shots in 15 games this season, Rifai stands tied for eighth in the conference with four goals. Also scoring multiple goals, freshman Sam Robinson (Houston/Cy-Fair) has two goals and four points to stand tied for third on the Gents in scoring this season. In goal, junior James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) has a 2.62 goals-against average in 14 appearances this season, making 10 starts. Speed, 3-8-0, stands fifth in the Mid-Con with a 4.36 saves per game average and 61 saves this season. Monday’s game celebrates the career of redshirt junior goalkeeper Donnie Henderson (Houston/Westfield), who will play his final game at Mayo Field. Redshirting his freshman season, started 15 games in 2005, making 115 saves with a 3.35 goals-against average. This season, Henderson has a 2.85 goals-against average in five starts, picking up one shutout and making 19 saves. Texas A&M International is coming off a 2-1 victory over Montana State-Billings Thursday. Playing in the Heartland Conference of NCAA Division II, th
October 29, 2006 | Athletics
Tracy Williams leads Centenary with an 80.4 scoring average SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s golf team returns to action Monday, traveling to Montgomery, Ala. to compete in the Troy University Women’s Intercollegiate, played at the Arrowhead Country Club Monday and Tuesday. This week’s Troy Women’s Intercollegiate will be a two-day, 36-hole tournament, with single rounds Monday and Tuesday. Sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas/Van Alstyne) leads the Ladies into this week’s tournament. In nine rounds this season, Williams leads Centenary with a scoring average of 80.4, finishing 19th in last week’s Nicholls State Lady Colonel Invitational. Just behind Williams is sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas/McKinney North) and junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas/Pleasant Grove) . Garza, the reigning Mid-Continent Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week, has a stroke average of 81.1, finishing tied for 13th in last week’s tournament. Last season at the Troy Women’s Intercollegiate, Garza led Centenary, shooting 163 in two rounds to finish in a tie for 26th place. With a stroke average of 81.4, Mims has the low round for the Ladies this season, shooting a 3-over 75 two times this season. Sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona Composite) and freshman Mary Kate Byrne (Natchez, Miss./Natchez Cathedral) have played in every tournament this season for the Ladies. Newton, tied for 42nd in last season’s Troy Intercollegiate, shooting 84-84 in the two rounds. In this week’s tournament, Centenary looks to improve on its 10th-place finish in the 2005 Troy Women’s Intercollegiate, shooting 671 in the two rounds. A Cam Hardigree design, the course at Arrowhead Country Club has a par of 72.
October 29, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Results Cole McGee set a new Gents record for the 1,000 Free SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s swimming team fell to Southern Methodist University, 134-122, Saturday at the Centenary Fitness Center. The Mustangs won 13 of 16 events in Saturday’s meet, led by senior Justin Smith and freshman Pontus Renholm. Combined, Smith and Renholm won four events, with Renholm setting Fitness Center records in the 100-yard backstroke (50.98) and 200-yard backstroke (1:52.97). Smith won the 100 free with a time of 48.88, capturing 200 free with a time of 1:46.03. Winning events for the Gents in Saturday’s meet were freshmen Wladimir Montoya (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park) and Jamie Stults (Allen, Texas/Allen) . Montoya won the 100 fly with a time of 53.05, lowering his career-low time of 53.24, while Stults won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.09. Stults’ time set a new pool record at the Fitness Center, setting the mark in his first collegiate season. In the final event of the meet, the team of sophomores Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) and Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) , along with juniors Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La./Catholic) and Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) took the 200 free relay, recording a time of 1:28.32. Breaking the Gents record for the 1,000 free, freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M./LaCueva) finished second in the event with a time of 9:54.74, breaking the mark of teammate Ross Gilbert (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) set last season. Centenary travels to the Hendrix Classic and Relays next weekend, hosted by Central Arkansas, in Conway, Ark.
October 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Results Kayli LeBlanc participated in her final collegiate home meet Saturday SHREVEPORT, La. -- Five Centenary women’s swimming records fell in the Ladies 141-121 win over the University of New Orleans Saturday at the Centenary Fitness Center. Continuing to build as a program, freshmen Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) and Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) , along with sophomore Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown) all broke program records Saturday, all lowering their season-low times in their respective events. Cantillo highlighted her outstanding day with three event wins, including setting a new school record in the 100 fly. The sophomore started the day with a win in the 200 free, touching the wall just ahead of teammate Leslie Wyatt (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) with a time of 2:00.18. Cantillo followed her win in the 200 free with a win in the 200 fly, recording a time of 2:12.80. In her record-breaking performance in the 100 fly, Cantillo swam a 59.56, just edging her own record of 59.69 registered during her freshman season. Just freshmen and already registering school records, Vaughan and Loy won a combined four events in Saturday’s win over New Orleans. Vaughan captured the 1,000 free and 500 free, remaining undefeated in the event this season with six wins. In the 1,000 free, Vaughan touched the wall with a time of 10:30.86, lowering her program record of 10:34.58 recorded last weekend. Later in the meet, Vaughan won the 500 free with a time of 5:10.38, coming in three seconds under her program record time of 5:13.18. Loy shattered her own records in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.77) and 200 breaststroke (2:27.68), winning both events against New Orleans. In the 200 breaststroke, Loy set a new pool record at the Fitness Center, one of many pool records to fall in Saturday’s meet. Also contributing in the win, freshman Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) and
October 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Statistics Lauren Fielding set a new single-game record for digs SHREVEPORT, La. -- Led by a record-breaking performance by Lauren Fielding , the Centenary volleyball team (11-20, 2-7) defeated Oakland University (1-21, 0-9), 3-2, Saturday at the Gold Dome. After falling in the third and fourth games, the Ladies came back to win the fifth and deciding game to capture the Mid-Continent Conference victory. Playing a key role in the fifth game, Fielding broke the Centenary single-game record for digs in a game in Saturday’s win over the Golden Grizzlies. The Plano, Texas, native, recorded 37 digs Saturday, including five in the fifth game. With Oakland leading 12-7, three points away from victory, Centenary started its comeback run led by a kill by Danielle Bochat (Boerne, Texas/Boerne) to cut the deficit to four. After Bochat’s kill, the Ladies miraculously scored seven-straight points to capture the fifth game and win the match. Bochat picked up four kills during the decisive final run, leading all players in the fifth game with six kills. On the final play, with Centenary leading 14-12, Oakland sophomore Leah Dupuie’s attempt for a kill was blocked by Ashlee Freeman (Houston/Bellaire) and Lindsay Bekelja (League City, Texas/Clear Creek) , sealing the game for the Ladies. Capturing the first game, 30-24, Centenary used a 4-0 run at the end of the second game, led by three kills by freshman Sarah Chambers (Plano, Texas/Plano West Senior) , to go up two games on the Golden Grizzlies. Leading by two games, Centenary fell in the third game, 30-24, as the two teams played even. In the fourth game, the Ladies led 14-13, but surrendered five consecutive points on two occasions, losing the game, 30-24, and forcing a fifth game. During the two runs for the Golden Grizzlies, Centenary was plagued by several attacking errors, hitting .000 for the game. Oakland hit .124 for the match to .118 for Centenary. The Golden G
October 28, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Stats Ali Hilsher made two saves in Saturday's season finale MACOMB, Ill. -- Five first-half goals led Western Illinois (10-7-0, 3-3-0) to a 6-0 victory over the Centenary women’s soccer team (4-11-1, 0-5-1) Saturday at MacKenzie Alumni Field, on the campus of Western Illinois. In a span of six minutes in the opening half, the Westerwinds exploded for four goals, led by a goal and two assists by sophomore Ashley Hoch. With two assists in Saturday’s win, Hoch broke the Western Illinois career record for assists, registering 14 assists in two seasons with the Westerwinds. In the 18th minute, junior Bess Rapp started the scoring for Western Illinois, scoring her first of two goals in the contest. Goals by Kim Schuneman and Misako Inaba followed Rapps opening goal, with Hoch scoring the final goal in the four-goal barrage. Off of a pass from Caitlin Barrett, Hoch scored her third goal of the season in the 24th minute. After Robyn Ruypers was taken down in the Centenary penalty area, senior defender Meghan Schlenker converted a penalty kick in the 33rd minute to extend the Western Illinois lead to five before halftime. Maintaining the lead throughout the second half, Rapp added her second goal of the game in the 86th minute. Samantha Clark and Julie Remes combined for the shutout for the Westerwinds, making two saves. With the win, Western Illinois captured the fourth and final spot for next weekend’s Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
October 27, 2006 | Athletics
Sam Hayes SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams return to action Saturday, opening up the home portion of the 2006-07 season at the Centenary Fitness Center at 1 p.m. Looking to capture their first victory of the season, the Gents host SMU in Saturday’s meet. Centenary is led into Saturday’s meet by sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) , who was named the Mid-Continent Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week after his performance last weekend. Against Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State, Lambert captured four first place finishes, sweeping the 200 free against OBU and Henderson State. Lambert currently holds the low time in the Mid-Con in both the 200- (1:45.19) and 500-yard free (4:50.74), along with the season-low time in the 200-yard fly (1:58.65). Winning the 1,000 free against Henderson State, freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M./LaCueva) has the season-low time in the conference in the 1000-yard free (10:07.61), looking for continued success this weekend against SMU. Freshman Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) and Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La./Alexandria) also won events for the Gents last weekend, winning the 50 free and 100 free, respectively. Entering this weekend defeating two of three teams faced this season, the Ladies host Arkansas-Little Rock and New Orleans in this Saturday’s meet. This weekend, Centenary looks to build on its early wins, in which five school records fell in meets against Ouachita Baptist, Arkansas-Little Rock and Henderson State. Breaking two school records in her first collegiate meet, freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) swept both the 500-yard and 1000-yard free last weekend. Vaughan set new Centenary records in the 1000 free with a time of 10:34.58, breaking the Ladies mark in the 500 free with a time of 5:13.18. In the 200 breaststroke, freshman Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) set a new school mark with a time of 2:29.94, while
October 27, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Box Score Lauren Fielding led all players with 19 digs Friday SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary volleyball team (10-20, 1-7) fought hard against Valparaiso (16-9, 6-2) Friday, however fell 3-1 to the Crusaders at the Gold Dome. Down 29-28 and facing match point in the third game, the Ladies pulled together and forced a fourth game, scoring three-straight points to capture the game from the second place team in the Mid-Con, highlighted by a block by  Ashlee Freeman (Houston/Bellaire) and Rebekah Hill (Carthage, Texas/Carthage) . In the fourth game, the Crusaders stormed out to a 10-4 lead, led by five kills by freshman Angie Porche. Porche finished the game with a game-high 20 kills, leading Valpo in kills this season. The Crusaders continued to build on the momentum and closed out the match. Dropping the opening game, 30-25, Centenary had its opportunity to pull even with the Crusaders late in the second game. With the score 25-20 in favor of Valparaiso, a kill by Lindsay Bekelja (League City, Texas/Clear Creek) pulled the Ladies within four points of tying the game and evening the match at one game apiece. Valparaiso maintained its lead following the Bekelja kill, scoring three-straight points to take a 28-21 lead. Porche and sophomore Allison Sears had kills for the Crusaders to extend the lead to seven. Valparaiso clinched the second game, 30-24, with a kill by Sears, who finished with 16 kills in the match. Freshman Lauren Fielding (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) led all players with 19 digs in the contest. At the net, Centenary had a 8-5 advantage in team blocks. Kim Bukowski of the Crusaders had a match-high 54 assists, while Bekelja had 31 for the Ladies. Centenary returns to action Saturday, hosting Oakland in a Mid-Continent Conference game at the Gold Dome at 6 p.m.
October 27, 2006 | Athletics
Leslie Wyatt SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s and women’s swim teams return to action Saturday, opening up the home portion of the 2006-07 season at the Centenary Fitness Center at 1 p.m. Looking to capture their first victory of the season, the Gents host SMU in Saturday’s meet. Centenary is led into Saturday’s meet by sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) , who was named the Mid-Continent Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week after his performance last weekend. Against Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State, Lambert captured four first place finishes, sweeping the 200 free against OBU and Henderson State. Lambert currently holds the low time in the Mid-Con in both the 200- (1:45.19) and 500-yard free (4:50.74), along with the season-low time in the 200-yard fly (1:58.65). Winning the 1,000 free against Henderson State, freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M./LaCueva) has the season-low time in the conference in the 1000-yard free (10:07.61), looking for continued success this weekend against SMU. Freshman Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) and Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La./Alexandria) also won events for the Gents last weekend, winning the 50 free and 100 free, respectively. Entering this weekend defeating two of three teams faced this season, the Ladies host Arkansas-Little Rock and New Orleans in this Saturday’s meet. This weekend, Centenary looks to build on its early wins, in which five school records fell in meets against Ouachita Baptist, Arkansas-Little Rock and Henderson State. Breaking two school records in her first collegiate meet, freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) swept both the 500-yard and 1000-yard free last weekend. Vaughan set new Centenary records in the 1000 free with a time of 10:34.58, breaking the Ladies mark in the 500 free with a time of 5:13.18. In the 200 breaststroke, freshman Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) set a new school mark with a time of 2:29.94, whi
October 26, 2006 | Athletics
C Gents Tennis Logo FORT WORTH , Texas —The Centenary men’s and women’s tennis teams participated in the ITA Tournament hosted by TCU over the weekend. The Ladies and Gents made head coach Larry Jacobs proud by advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in recent history.   The ITA Tournament is an event that boasts of having 25 major colleges and universities taking part. There are three qualification rounds that must be navigated through successfully in order for a player to make the main draw.   Lindsay Ezell, Kristina Collins, Courtney Myers, and Jennifer Majchrowicz all had very difficult opponents in the qualifying rounds. However, all four Ladies fought hard to the end and gained valuable experience.   Christine Majchrowicz advanced to the main draw where she ran into a bit of bad luck as she played the top seed in the tournament, Zuzana Cerna of Baylor who is ranked third nationally. After playing a competitive match Zuzana proved too much, but Majchrowicz rolled through two more consolation rounds before losing both her singles and doubles matches on the third day.   “It was great to make it this deep into the tournament when a lot of other schools had already packed their bags and were heading home,” said Jacobs. Christine showed no fear during the tournament and will be a great leader this spring for the Ladies team.”   Majchrowicz’s trip deep into the ITA Tournament marks the first time in three years a Centenary player has advanced that far.   On the men’s side, Dylan Dyer, Seva Kostelanetz, Mark Rodgman, Jacob Dawson, and Alejandro Ahuja all saw action on the court.   With the conclusion of the tournament, the Ladies and Gents fall seasons are now over. Both teams will begin play in the spring as the Gents kick-off the season with the nationally-ranked LSU Tigers.
October 26, 2006 | Athletics
FORT WORTH, Texas—The Centenary men’s and women’s tennis teams participated in the ITA Tournament hosted by TCU over the weekend. The Ladies and Gents made head coach Larry Jacobs proud by advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in recent history.   The ITA Tournament is an event that boasts of having 25 major colleges and universities taking part. There are three qualification rounds that must be navigated through successfully in order for a player to make the main draw.   Lindsay Ezell, Kristina Collins, Courtney Myers, and Jennifer Majchrowicz all had very difficult opponents in the qualifying rounds. However, all four Ladies fought hard to the end and gained valuable experience.   Christine Majchrowicz advanced to the main draw where she ran into a bit of bad luck as she played the top seed in the tournament, Zuzana Cerna of Baylor who is ranked third nationally. After playing a competitive match Zuzana proved too much, but Majchrowicz rolled through two more consolation rounds before losing both her singles and doubles matches on the third day.   “It was great to make it this deep into the tournament when a lot of other schools had already packed their bags and were heading home,” said Jacobs. Christine showed no fear during the tournament and will be a great leader this spring for the Ladies team.”   Majchrowicz’s trip deep into the ITA Tournament marks the first time in three years a Centenary player has advanced that far.   On the men’s side, Dylan Dyer, Seva Kostelanetz, Mark Rodgman, Jacob Dawson, and Alejandro Ahuja all saw action on the court.   With the conclusion of the tournament, the Ladies and Gents fall seasons are now over. Both teams will begin play in the spring as the Gents kick-off the season with the nationally-ranked LSU Tigers.
October 26, 2006 | Athletics
Stefani Robbs SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s soccer team (4-10-1, 0-4-1) travels to Macomb, Ill. and MacKenzie Alumni Field Saturday, facing Western Illinois (9-7-0, 2-3-0) in the season finale of the 2006 season. Game time at MacKenzie Field is set for noon. In this weekend’s game, the Ladies look to end the regular season on a good note. Leading Centenary in scoring and among the Mid-Continent Conference leaders in goals and goals per game (0.42), freshman Stefani Robbs (Dallas/R.L. Turner) has five goals and 11 points this season. Robbs, a forward, has two game-winning goals this season, standing tied for fourth in the conference. Behind Robbs on the Ladies in scoring, junior Bre Fletcher (Schertz, Texas/Samuel Clemens) and sophomore Lauren Stanley (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) have six and four points, respectively. Leading the Mid-Con with 89 saves this season, junior Ali Hilsher (Tulsa, Okla./Washington) has a 1.83 goals-against average in 15 starts. Hilsher has a .774 save percentage this season. Western Illinois enters Saturday’s game winning two of its last three contests, with the Westerwinds shutting out their opponents in the two victories. Leading the Westerwinds in scoring, junior Robyn Ruypers has five goals and 12 points, scoring two game-winning goals. A defender, Ruypers is second on the team with 34 shots in 16 games this season. Junior Misako Inaba stands second on Western Illinois with 10 points on three goals and four assists. Inaba has scored two goals in two of the last three games for the Westerwinds. In goal, senior Samantha Clark has a 1.07 goals-against average in 15 games this season. With a conference-leading five shutouts this season, Clark has a 9-5-0 record. Last season, Western Illinois captured a 5-1 win over the Ladies, with sophomore midfielder Ashley Hoch scoring two goals and adding an assist to lead the Westerwinds.
October 26, 2006 | Athletics
Head Coach Jenny Hazelwood SHREVEPORT —The Centenary volleyball team looks to stay in the hunt for a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament when it hosts Valparaiso and Oakland in the Gold Dome this weekend. The Ladies take on Valpo on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing Oakland on Saturday at 6 p.m.   Centenary (10-19, 1-6 Mid-Con) went 2-2 last week with wins over Alcorn State (3-0) and Chicago State (3-0), both on the road. The Ladies were unable to hold a 2-0 lead against Air Force, narrowly missing their third win (2-3) within a five-day stretch. IUPUI defeated the Maroon and White (3-0) on Friday in the only conference match-up last week.   Danielle Bochat ( Boerne , Texas /Boerne) leads the Ladies with 268 kills and Ashlee Freeman ( Houston , Texas /Bellaire) is second with 223. Freeman also places second on the team with 70 total blocks, just two back of Rebecca Lunceford ’s (Baton Rouge, La./The Dunham School) 72 blocks.   Lindsay Bekelja ( League City , Texas /Clear Creek) has passed out 934 assists as Centenary’s setter and now sits comfortably on top the school’s career list (3,352) by almost 2,000 assists with a year of eligibility remaining. The record-setting continues as Lauren Fielding ( Plano , Texas / Plano Senior) has collected 473 digs already with seven matches left in her freshman campaign. That total already places her second for most digs in a single-season and the libero needs just 73 more (an average of 10.4 per match) to claim the mark (546, Kelley Heckman, 2002). To this point, Fielding has been averaging 16.3 digs per match.   Valparaiso (15-9, 5-2 Mid-Con) sits in third place in the league standings behind the play of Angie Porche. Porche has 298 kills on the year for an average of 3.59 per game. Brittany Marks has been the defensive anchor for the Crusaders with 466 digs while Sara Hughes drives the offense with 957 assists. Valpo defeated the Ladies 3-0 in Indiana earlier this season.
October 25, 2006 | Athletics
Jessica Garza SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary sophomore Jessica Garza was named the Mid-Continent Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week, announced by the conference office Wednesday. Shooting her season-low round in the second round of this week’s Lady Colonel Invitational, Garza finished tied for 13th Tuesday, her highest finish thus far in the 2006-07 season. The McKinney, Texas native shot 80-76 in this week’s tournament, lowering her scoring average to 81.1 in 10 rounds. Garza helped the Ladies finish sixth at the Lady Colonel Invitational, moving up two positions in the final round with a team score of 322. Centenary returns to action Oct. 30, traveling to Montgomery, Ala for the Troy University Women’s Intercollegiate.
October 24, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: ORU Shootout - Final Day Scores Mark Weeber BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- On the final day of play, the Centenary men’s golf team finished 12th in the Oral Roberts University Shootout, played at the Indian Springs Country Club, in Broken Arrow, Okla., Tuesday. Led in the final round by freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe/Prince Edward) , the Gents shot 321 over the final 18 holes, finishing with a team score of 953. Weeber, who finished 29th in the tournament to lead Centenary, shot a 2-over 74 in the final round, completing the tournament with a three-round total of 227 (80-73-74). Behind Weeber, freshman Nick Faitz (North Little Rock, Ark./Catholic) shot 79 in the final round, finishing in a tie for 59th in the tournament with a score of 243 (81-83-79). Senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More) finished in a tie for 55th with a three-round score of 240 (80-76-84). Winning the tournament by just one stroke, Oklahoma City University shot 285 in the final round to take the team title in the ORU Shootout. The Stars shot a three-round score of 874 (299-290-285), one stroke better than UMKC (291-298-286--875). Alex Hogben of UMKC took the individual title, carding a 3-under 69 in the final round. Hogben recorded a 211 (71-71-69) in the tournament, three shots better than John Sutko of Creighton (214). Centenary returns to action Nov. 7, competing in the Louisiana-Lafayette Battle of the Bend. TEAM Team - Score 1. Oklahoma City University - 874 (299-290-285) 2. UMKC - 875 (291-298-286) 3. Missouri State - 882 (295-293-294) 4. Southern Illinois - 884 (297-294-293) 5. Oral Roberts - 892 (291-293-308) 6. Illinois State - 896 (302-297-297) 7. Midland CC - 897 (301-304-292) 8. Central Oklahoma - 899 (300-289-310) 9. Creighton - 919 (305-305-309) T10. North Dakota State - 927 (309-307-311) T10. McNeese State - 927 (304-309-314) 12. Centenary - 953 (322-310-321)   INDIVIDUAL          
October 24, 2006 | Athletics
Chase Lambert SHREVEPORT, La. -- Sophomore Chase Lambert was named Mid-Continent Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week, announced by the conference office Tuesday. Lambert, a native of Benton, Ark., won four events in the Gents first two meets of the 2006-07 season last weekend. Sweeping the 200-yard freestyle against Ouachita Baptist Friday and Henderson State Saturday, Lambert owns the top time this season in the Mid-Con in the 200 free (1:45.19), 500 free (4:50.74) and 200 fly (1:58.65), winning all three events over the weekend. Lambert also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly against Henderson State and was part of the 400-yard medley relay which finished second against Ouachita Baptist. Lambert and the Gents return to action Saturday, hosting SMU at the Fitness Center in the first home meet of the season.
October 24, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Lady Colonel Invitational - Final Round Scores Jessica Garza HOUMA, La. -- The Centenary women’s golf team shot 322 in the final round of the Nicholls State Lady Colonel Invitational, played at the Ellendale Country Club, in Houma, La., Monday. Moving up two spots following Monday’s first round, the Ladies shot a rounds of 332-322 (654) over the two-round tournament Centenary was paced by the play of sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas/McKinney North) , who finished in a tie for 13th. Garza shot a season-low 4-over 76 in Tuesday’s final round, finishing with a two-round score of 156 (80-76). Sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas/Van Alstyne) shot back-to-back rounds of 80 in the tournament, finishing 19th. South Alabama, which held the lead following Monday’s first round, shot 303 in Tuesday’s final round to win the team title. Elin Andersson of South Alabama was the individual medalist, shooting 74-72 (146) over the two rounds. Centenary returns to action at the Troy Women’s Intercollegiate, played in Montgomery, Ala, Oct. 30-31. TEAM Team - Score 1. South Alabama - 598 (295-303) 2. McNeese State - 621 (316-305) 3. Central Arkansas - 624 (312-312) 4. Louisiana-Monroe - 626 (315-311) 5. Nicholls State - 648 (331-317) 6. Centenary - 654 (332-322) 7. Jackson State - 658 (322-336) 8. Troy - 675 (329-346)   INDIVIDUAL                                        Player, School - Score                      1. Elin Andersson - 146 (74-72)           T2. Christina Lecuyer - 147 (76-71)               
October 23, 2006 | Athletics
Jelena Aleksic SHREVEPORT, La. -- First-year head women’s basketball coach Steve Curtis and the Centenary women’s basketball team will hold a public Maroon and White Scrimmage Wednesday at the Gold Dome. The Ladies take the court at 7:30 p.m. Fans are invited to attend Wednesday’s full intrasquad scimmage, with admission free to the public. Picked eighth in the Mid-Continent Conference preseason poll, the Ladies open the season with an exhibition game against Harding University Nov. 6 at the Gold Dome. The 2006-07 regular season begins Nov. 11, with Centenary hosting Texas-Pan American at the Gold Dome. The Ladies face the Lady Broncs in the season-opener at 7 p.m. Centenary returns eight letterwinners from last season’s team, led by senior guard/forward Holli Wilkins (Evadale, Texas/Evadale) . Wilkins enters the season as the reigning steals leader in the conference, named to the Mid-Continent Preseason All-Conference team last week. Three starters from last season’s team, including Wilkins, return for Centenary entering the upcoming season.
October 23, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Lady Colonel Invitational - First Day Scores Tracy Williams Jessica Garza HOUMA, La. -- The Centenary women’s golf team stands eighth after Monday’s first round in the Nicholls State Lady Colonel Invitational, played at the Ellendale Country Club, in Houma, La. Shooting a team score of 332, the Ladies were led by sophomores Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas/Van Alystne) and Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) in Monday’s first round. The duo both shot 8-over 80 Monday, both standing tied for 19th entering Tuesday’s final 18 holes. Leading the team standings, South Alabama shot 7-over 295 as a team, led by Michelle Toth and Darah Newell, both shooting 1-over 73 in Monday’s first round. South Alabama holds a 17 stroke lead over Central Arkansas (312) entering Tuesday’s final round. Shasta Averyhardt of Jackson State leads the individual standings by one stroke, shooting par 72 Monday, one stroke ahead of Toth and Newell. Tuesday’s final round begins with Troy, Jackson State and McNeese State teeing off at 8 a.m. TEAM SCORES Team - Score 1. South Alabama - 295 2. Central Arkansas - 312 3. Louisiana-Monroe - 315 4. McNeese State - 316 5. Jackson State - 322 6. Troy - 329 7. Nicholls State - 331 8. Centenary - 332   INDIVIDUAL Player, School - Score 1. Shasta Averyhardt, JSU - 72 (38-34) T2. Michelle Toth, USA - 73 (37-36) T2. Darah Newell, USA - 73 (36-37)   CENTENARY Player - Score T19. Tracy Williams - 80 (40-40) T19. Jessica Garza - 80 (38-42) T31. Brittany Blackwell - 85 (40-45) T35. Leigh Newton - 87 (42-45) 41. Mary Kate Bryne - 93 (50-43)
October 23, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: ORU Shootout - First Day Scores Mark Weeber BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- The Centenary men’s golf team stands in 12th place after 36 holes in the ORU Shootout, played at the Indian Springs Country Club, in Broken Arrow, Okla. The Gents finished two rounds with a team score of 632. With Monday’s first round was delayed more than 90 minutes due to frost, Centenary shot 322-310 in the first two rounds of the ORU Shootout. Carding a 1-over 73 in Monday’s second round, tying his season-low score for one round, freshman Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe/Prince Edward) stands tied for 32nd for the Gents. Weeber shot 80-73 for a two-round total of 153 with one round left in the tournament. Senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More) stands tied for 45th after 36 holes, shooting 80-76 (153) in Monday’s two rounds. Tournament hosts Oral Roberts leads the tournament after two rounds, with a team score of 584 (291-293). The Golden Eagles lead second place Missouri State by four strokes (295-293--588) entering Tuesday’s final round. Leading the individual competition, Colby Shrum of Central Oklahoma and Alex Hogben of UMKC are tied for the lead after 36 holes, both with a two-round total of 2-under 142. Play continues in Tuesday’s final round at 9 a.m. TEAM Team - Score 1. Oral Roberts - 584 (291-293) 2. Missouri State - 588 (295-293) T3. Central Oklahoma - 589 (300-289) T3. UMKC - 589 (291-298) T3. Oklahoma City University - 589 (299-290) 6. Southern Illinois - 591 (297-294) 7. Illinois State - 599 (302-297) 8. Midland CC - 605 (301-304) 9. Creighton - 610 (305-305) 10. McNeese State - 613 (304-309) 11. North Dakota State - 616 (309-307) 12. Centenary - 632 (322-310)   INDIVIDUAL Player, School - Score T1. Colby Shrum, UCO - 142 (74-68) T1. Alex Hogben, UMKC - 142 (71-71) T3. Austin Hannah, ORU - 143 (71-72) T3. Scott Stiles, ORU - 143 (72-71)     CENTENARY T32. Mark Weeber - 153 (80-73) T45
October 22, 2006 | Athletics
David Viviano finished tied for fifth in last year's ORU Shootout SHREVEPORT, La. -- Participating in its first tournament in almost a month, the Centenary men’s golf team competes in the Oral Roberts University Shootout, played at the Indian Springs Country Club, Monday and Tuesday. Traveling to Broken Arrow, Okla., the three-round, 54-hole tournament begins Monday monring with a shotgun start, with teams playing two rounds on the tournament’s first day. Joining the Gents in this week’s 12-team tournament are host Oral Roberts, Southern Illinois and UMKC from the Mid-Continent Conference. Through two tournaments, senior David Viviano (Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More) leads the Gents with a scoring average of 76.6. In five rounds this season, Viviano has the low round for Centenary, shooting a 4-under 68 in the Centenary Fall Classic Sept. 9. In his freshman season, Mark Weeber (Harare, Zimbabwe/Prince Edward) was the low finisher for the Gents in their last tournament, finishing 30th in the Moe O’Brien Memorial Sept. 25-26. This season, Weeber has a 77.8 stroke average in five rounds. Sophomore John Hogan (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) is third on the team with a stroke average of 78.5 in two rounds this season. Last season, Centenary finished ninth in the ORU Shootout, with Viviano leading the Gents with a fifth-place finish.
October 22, 2006 | Athletics
Tracy Williams leads Centenary with an 80.6 stroke average SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s golf team travels to Houma, La. this week, set to compete in the 2006 Lady Colonel Invitational at the Ellendale Country Club. The three-round, 54-hole tournament, hosted by Nicholls State University, will be held on the par 72, 7000-yard Joe Finger-designed course Monday and Tuesday. Leading the Ladies into this week’s tournament is sophomore Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas/Van Alstyne) . In seven rounds this season, Williams leads Centenary with a 80.6 stroke average, with a low round of 76. Behind Williams, junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas/Pleasant Grove) has played in every tournament for the Ladies this season, with a stroke average of 81.4 in 11 rounds. In Centenary’s last tournament, Mims was the low finisher for the Ladies, finishing in a tie for 58th. Sophomore Jessica Garza (McKinney, Texas/McKinney North) has a stroke average of 81.9 in eight rounds this season. First round play in the Lady Colonel Invitational begins Monday morning.
October 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-Chicago State Box Score 10-21-06 Ashlee Freeman CHICAGO, Ill.—The Centenary volleyball team swept Chicago State 3-0 (31-29, 30-27, 30-28) on Saturday evening on the road. With the win, the Ladies also swept the season series between the two schools 2-0. Sophomore Ashlee Freeman ( Houston , TX /Bellaire) led the Maroon and White with an outstanding performance that ignited the Ladies on both sides of the net.   Centenary (10-19) got on the board immediately in game one when Freeman collected the first of her 14 kills in the match and Danielle Bochat ( Boerne , TX /Boerne) served up an ace for a 2-0 lead. Chicago State responded by moving ahead at 5-4 on a kill from Shamara Clark and held the advantage throughout the majority of the contest.   With the Ladies down 24-20, Centenary began to make its move and scored four consecutive points to knot the game at 24-24 behind a kill and another ace from Bochat. Neither team would hold a lead greater than a single point the rest of the way until a CSU attack error and one last kill from Freeman gave the Ladies the 31-29 victory.   Chicago State (0-26) owned a 6-2 lead in game two but was unable to suppress the Ladies attack for long as Centenary put together a 7-1 run to move on top at 9-7. The Maroon and White would not relinquish their hold on the game, leading by as much as nine points before CSU gave one last push. The Lady Cougars came up short though as Freeman pounded down five more kills in the game and Rebecca Lunceford ( Baton Rouge , LA /The Dunham School ) added four spikes including the final point of the 30-27 game.   The third game began the same as the second as Chicago State clung to a 6-3 lead in the early going. Centenary answered with a pair of Bochat kills, another by Chevy White ( Carthage , TX / Carthage ) and multiple blocks by Freeman to claim a 9-8 advantage. The Ladies would pull away from there by riding the arms of Bochat and White
October 21, 2006 | Athletics
Maggie Vaughan set two school records over the weekend Rebecca Loy set records in the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes SHREVEPORT, La. -- Five individual records were broken as the Centenary women’s swimming team opened the 2006-07 season defeating Arkansas-Little Rock Friday and Henderson State Saturday. In a tri-meet against Ouachita Baptist and Arkansas-Little Rock Friday, Centenary defeated Little Rock by a score of 85-8, falling to Ouachita Baptist, 53-42. In the season-opening meet, freshman Maggie Vaughan (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) set a new school record in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 1000-yard freestyle, winning both events against OBU and UALR. Early in the meet, Vaughan broke the Centenary record for the 1000-yard freestyle by more than 30 seconds, finishing with a time of 10:34.58. Vaughan would follow that by setting a new record in the 500-yard freestyle, with a time of 5:13.18, breaking the mark of teammate Taryne Cantillo (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown) . Fellow-freshman Rebecca Loy (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) also set a new school mark in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall with a time of 2:29.94 and breaking the record of teammate Lori Von Pingle (Jackson, Miss./Jackson Prep) . Also excelling in Friday’s meet was junior Melanie Zimmerman (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) , who won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.47. Freshman Natalie Nazzal (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) finished second in the 100-yard free with a time of 56.59, helping the Ladies capture the top two positions in the event. Both Zimmerman and Nazzal were part of the 400-yard relay team, which captured the event with a time of 3:45.84. Joining the two on the relay team were sophomores Leslie Clampitt (Dallas/Highland Park) and Alana Gregory (Dallas/Hillcrest) . In Saturday’s meet against Henderson State, the Ladies captured five events en route to a 103-100 win over the Lady Reddies. Setting new school records for the Ladies was Loy and freshma
October 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Stats Aaron Volanski scored his sixth goal of the season against ORU TULSA, Okla. -- Behind two second-half goals, Oral Roberts (5-7-3, 2-3-0) defeated the Centenary men’s soccer team (4-11-0, 2-4-0), 3-1, Saturday at the ORU Soccer Complex, on the campus of the Golden Eagles. Concluding the Mid-Continent Conference portion of the 2006 schedule for the Gents, goals by Jacob Schmoker and Juan Chang in the second half led Oral Roberts to the two-goal victory, its second conference win of the season. With the game tied 1-1 following the intermission, Schmoker took a pass from junior Jesse Roque and beat Centenary goalkeeper James Speed (Corpus Christi, Texas/King) for the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute. Chang added an insurance goal with less than four minutes remaining in regulation, putting the game out of reach for the Gents. In the 87th minute, Chang followed up his own rebound to score his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Centenary broke the game open in the 31st minute, taking a 1-0 lead after junior Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season. On a free kick, Volanski beat Golden Eagles goalkeeper Carlos Veron to get the Gents on the board. Just nine minutes following Volanski’s opening goal, Oral Roberts freshman midfielder Jorge Davila scored the game-tying goal, leading to three unanswered goals for the Golden Eagles. Davila took a pass from Carlos Pinto and Eric Mattison for his third goal of the season in the 40th minute. Speed made nine saves in the loss for the Gents. Volanski and fellow-junior Brody Sager (Arlington, Texas/James W. Martin) led Centenary with three shots each. Oral Roberts outshot the Gents, 21-9, in the contest. Centenary plays its final game of the 2006 season Oct. 30, hosting Texas A&M-International at Mayo Field at 7 p.m.
October 21, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: CC-IUPUI Box Score 10-20-06 Lindsay Bekelja INDIANAPOLIS , Ind. —The Centenary volleyball team lost its match at IUPUI in Indianapolis on Friday evening 3-0 (16-30, 15-30, 23-30). With the win, IUPUI moved to 4-3 in Mid-Continent Conference play, keeping its hold on fourth place in the league standings. The Ladies fell to 1-6 in the Mid-Con with the loss and look for a season sweep of the Lady Cougars when they travel to Chicago State on Saturday.   Centenary (9-19) got off to a rough start in game one as the team committed 10 attack errors to just six kills for a -.108 hitting percentage. After the Ladies took the first two points of the match, IUPUI responded with eight consecutive points and used that momentum to easily nab the victory 30-16.   IUPUI (8-16) sizzled on offense in game two as the Jaguars collected 19 kills on 39 attempts (.333 hitting percentage) en route to the 30-15 win. Centenary struggled on defense, but began to show signs of life on offense, setting up a more competitive game three to follow.   The final contest began with seven kills, four by IUPUI and three by Centenary, and a Jaguar service error knotted the game at 4-4. IUPUI pushed ahead to 10-5 behind back-to-back aces, but the Ladies tied the game at 15-15 on a pair of kills from Ashlee Freeman (Houston, TX/Bellaire) and two blocks, each involving Rebecca Lunceford (Baton Rouge, LA/The Dunham School) .   The Jaguars held a narrow lead at 18-17 when another ace and two passing errors gave IUPUI the lead it would need to close out the game. Centenary did find a rhythm offensively, collecting 12 kills paced by three each from Freeman, Lunceford, and Chevy White ( Carthage , TX / Carthage ) .   Freeman totaled six kills in the match to lead the Ladies and Lindsay Bekelja ( League City , TX /Clear Creek) added 24 assists. Despite having just four digs heading into the final game, Lauren Fielding (Plano, TX/Plano Senior) fin
October 21, 2006 | Athletics
Cole McGee won the 1000 Free in Saturday's meet SHREVEPORT, La. -- Opening the 2006-07 season, the Centenary men’s swimming team dropped meets to Ouachita Baptist Friday and Henderson State Saturday. In the season-opening meet against Ouachita Baptist, held at Waggoner Pool, in Arkadelphia, Ark., the Gents fell by three points to the Tigers, dropping the meet, 104-101. Winning individual events for Centenary in the season-opener was sophomore Chase Lambert (Benton, Ark./Bryant) , along with freshmen Bryan Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) and Sam Hayes (Alexandria, La./Alexandria) . Lambert, who won three events in total over the weekend, started his sophomore season on a high note in Friday’s meet, winning both the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard butterfly. Lambert recorded a time of 1:45.68 in the 200-yard IM, while finishing with a time of 1:58.65 in the 200-yard butterfly. Myers won the 50-yard freestyle Friday, touching the wall with a time of 22.22, while Hayes won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48:97. Myers took second in the 100-yard free in Friday’s meet behind Hayes, recording a time of 49.62. In the final event of the evening, the team of Hayes, junior Adam D’Aquin (Baton Rouge, La./Catholic) , junior Dustin Myers (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) and Bryan Myers won the 400-yard freestyle relay, recording a time of 3:16.94. In Saturday’s meet against Henderson State, at the Duke Wells Center on the campus of Henderson State, the Reddies defeated Centenary by a score of 118-86. Freshman Cole McGee (Albuquerque, N.M./LaCueva) and Lambert won events for the Gents. McGee took home the 1000-yard freestyle, recording a time of 10:07.61. Fellow-freshman Quinn Larwood (Colleyville, Texas/Colleyville) finished second in the 1000-free behind McGee with a time of 10:13.68. Lambert captured the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:45.19. In its next meet, Centenary returns home to the Fitness Center to host SMU Oct. 2
October 20, 2006 | Athletics
Files associated with this release: Final Stats Ali Hilsher made six saves against Oral Roberts Joanna Bunn played all 90 minutes in her final game at Mayo Field SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary women’s soccer team (4-10-1, 0-4-1) dropped its home finale Friday, suffering a heartbreaking 3-0 defeat at the hands of Oral Roberts (4-8-3, 1-3-2) on Senior Night at Mayo Field. Friday’s game served as the final home game for three Centenary players, with seniors Joanna Bunn (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) , Tracee Byrd (Long Beach, Miss./Long Beach) and Heather Kasparek (Broken Arrow, Okla./Union) taking the field one final time. After a scoreless first half, Oral Roberts scored three unanswered goals in the second half to capture its first conference win of the season, led by two goals and five points by junior Emily Gagnon. In the 52nd minute, Gagnon received the ball at the top of the Centenary box and aggressively turned towards the Ladies net. Shielding a defender with her back, Gagnon tucked the ball into the lower-left corner of the net for her fourth goal of the season, cutting through a series of Centenary players en route to the goal. Gagnon played a part in Oral Roberts second goal, splitting a pair of Centenary players to find senior Tamara Walker near the left side of the Ladies penalty area. Alone inside the box, Walker placed a shot into the top-right corner of the net, scoring her fourth goal of the season in the 69th minute. With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Gagnon scored the third and final goal for the Golden Eagles, hitting a high shot into the top-right corner from 30 yards away from the Centenary net. The Ladies opened the game controlling the run of play, with freshman forwards Stefani Robbs (Dallas/R.L. Turner) and Brittany O’Neal (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches) creating scoring opportunities on the Oral Roberts net. The Golden Eagles had a chance to take a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when junior Corre
October 19, 2006 | Athletics
Stephen Rifai stands second on the Gents in scoring SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary men’s soccer team (4-10-0, 2-3-0) plays its final conference game of the season, visiting the ORU Soccer Complex, in Tulsa, Okla., for a game against Oral Roberts (4-7-3, 1-3-0) Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Entering Saturday’s game against the Golden Grizzlies, Centenary stands in a five-team tie for the final three spots for the 2006 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, played Nov. 3-5 in Rochester, Mich. All five teams stand tied with six points in conference games this season. Coming off a 3-0 loss to Western Illinois in their last contest, the Gents look to get back on track in their final Mid-Con game of the season. Junior Aaron Volanski (Magnolia, Texas/Memphis) and freshman Stephen Rifai (Spring, Texas/Klein) conti