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WSU defeats NKU

FAIRBORN — The Wright State University men’s soccer team defeated Northern Kentucky, 1-0, Oct. 21 at WSU’s Alumni Field. Stefan Rokvic scored in the 39th minute for WSU.

Wright State goalie Alex Williams made four saves in earning a shutout. He came up with a big save as he dove to his left to stop a kick by NKU’s Tom Suchecki. The Raiders finished with 10 shots overall as Rokvic had three shots in the game.

The Raiders travel to Cleveland State for a 7 p.m. Oct. 28 match before ending the regular season at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 with a home match against Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Raiders secure victory

CHICAGO — The Wright State women’s soccer team (10-7, 5-3) moved up the Horizon League standings with a 1-0 victory Oct. 21 at the University of Illinois Chicago.

In an even half, the Flames outshot the Raiders 5-3, but only one of the Flames’ shots ended up on goal compared to two by the Raiders.

In the 55th minute, the Raiders solved the Flames’ defense when junior midfielder Mattie Cutts found the back of the net with a goal on a header off a rebound. The Flames held a 15-6 shot differential, but only two of those shots were on goal. The Raiders were more efficient, hitting six shots with four of them on goal.

The women head to Detroit for a 4 p.m. Oct. 27 season finale.

WSU Volleyball falls to IUPUI

FAIRBORN — The Wright State women’s volleyball team lost 16-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, and 12-15 to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Oct. 21 inside WSU’s McLin Gymnasium.

Teddie Sauer had 18 kills, four blocks, and two aces, while Megan Hopkins added 17 kills and three blocks. Natalie Santana had 11 kills and one block, while Celia Powers had six kills.

“I am very proud of everyone’s effort today,” Coach Susan Clements said. “We had a lot of people step up and contribute. Our middles were tremendous today and really lead the way to put us in a position to win. You can see the competitiveness of the Horizon League, and we are right there with everyone. We just need to keep meeting the challenge and have a strong finish at the end.”

The volleyball team is hosting Cleveland State at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Oakland at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

WUS men’s tennis competes in ITA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Wright State men’s tennis team competed in the second day at the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals in Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 20.

The Raiders received a victory from senior Michal Kianicka, who won 6-2, 6-2 in B consolation singles against Butler’s Sam Sullivan.

Michalski leads the pack

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Daniel Michalski ran to victory in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference’s Men’s Cross Country Championship in leading the Cedarville University Yellow Jackets to a third-place performance as a team.

Michalski, a senior from Xenia, covered the 8,000 meters at the Vaughn’s Gap Course at Percy Warner Park in 25:08 to win by six seconds. He became the fourth CU runner to claim the individual title in the six-year history of the event joining Matt Brooker (2012, 2013) and Benjamin Tuttle (2015) as G-MAC Runners of the Year.

The remainder of the Yellow Jackets’ top seven were within 13 seconds of one another.

“I wanted to establish myself with the lead group and go on with how that felt to not get ahead of myself,” Michalski said. “I have confidence in the latter half of my race to pull away if I have to and that’s essentially what happened today.”

The team will host the NCAA Div. II Midwest Regional at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

Spears, Jesson All-G-MAC; Jackets fourth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alaina Spears and Christy Jesson both had top-10 finishes and Cedarville placed fourth in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference’s Women’s Cross Country Championship on Oct. 21.

Spears was fifth in 21:41 for the 6,000 meters and landed on the seven-member G-MAC First Team. Jesson picked up second team recognition for the Lady Jackets by placing 10th in 22:07.

Kayla Casaletto finished 15th in 22:36. Also scoring for CU were Rachel Sweeney (24th; 23:15), Jordan Penrod (28th; 23:26), Carly Rose (29th; 23:27), and Grace Norman (39th; 23:54).

CU Soccer honors seniors with win

CEDARVILLE — Derek Braak returned to the lineup with a pair of goals and the Yellow Jackets downed Lake Erie, 3-0, in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference contest played on Senior Night, Oct. 21.

Cedarville got back to the .500 mark overall at 8-8 and is 7-6 in the G-MAC with the regular season finale looming Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 11th-ranked Ohio Valley.

Braak, who had missed the previous three contests with an injury, immediately made his presence felt in the fifth minute when he finished off a pass from Cole Butaud from 10 yards away. After withstanding pressure from the Storm to begin the second half, Braak netted his team-leading 10th goal in the 64th minute during a scramble in the box. Mason Hecklinger was credited with an assist. Brian Wolverton completed the scoring in the 74th with an assist from Nick Marculo. The Jackets used three keepers who combined to get the shutout.

The Yellow Jackets next play at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 in New Concord against Ohio Valley University.

Van Dyck scores in win

CEDARVILLE — Creslyn Van Dyck’s first goal of the season was enough as Cedarville blanked Lake Erie, 1-0, in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer contest on Oct. 21.

The Yellow Jackets, 11-5-1 overall and 9-3-1 G-MAC, extended their winning streak to seven. They’ll wrap up the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 24 in New Concord at No. 24 Ohio Valley. Van Dyck scored the game’s only goal in the 54th minute on assists from Grace Miorelli and Hannah Atkinson. Allison Garlock was called upon to make just one save in goal while registering her seventh shutout of the season.

Jackets complete perfect road trip

VIENNA, W.Va. — Cedarville picked up its third Great Midwest Athletic Conference women’s volleyball victory in three days in West Virginia with a sweep Oct. 21 at Ohio Valley University.

The Yellow Jackets, 14-11 overall and 10-2 G-MAC, defeated the Fighting Scots 28-26, 26-24, 25-18. Gabby Olson the leader at the net with 11 kills and five blocks. Krissy Pratt contributed nine kills, nine digs, and three blocks while Taylor Wilkerson added eight kills. Sierra Schuitema was good for 21 assists. Brooke Blattner and Lauren Willow turned aside three blocks apiece. Autumn Foust totaled a team-high 13 digs. She also handled 24 serve receptions without committing an error.

CSU basketball teams to be introduced

WILBERFORCE — Central State Univeristy fans are encouraged to attend Marauder Madness at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 in the Beacom/Lewis Gymnasium. Doors for the free event open at 6 p.m.

Fans will be introduced to the 2017-2018 Central State University men’s and women’s basketball teams. Those in attendance will get a chance to see the teams play and show off their skills in a high-energy environment. The Invincible Marching Marauders will also be in attendance to add to the excitement of the evening.

Coming off a 2016-17 campaign which included winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s West Division title, the Lady Marauders will open the night with team introductions and an inter-squad scrimmage. The Marauder men will follow as head coach Joseph Price will address the crowd and welcome his team to the floor. One of the SIAC’s top scorers from last season, Dwight Richards, Jr. returns to the Beacom/Lewis floor after recording five games of 30 points last season.

Jump Start basketball offered

BEAVERCREEK — City of Beavercreek Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Jump Start Sports is offering a basketball program for children. Jump Start Basketball is an instructional and recreational basketball program designed for children in Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten, and grades 1-2. The goal of this program is to pique each child’s curiosity, to get kids excited about playing basketball and to teach good basic fundamentals at the same time.

The workshop will be held, Nov. 6 through Dec. 11. Times for Little Hoops Stars – pre-kindergarten (minimum age 4), from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Hoop Stars – Grades 1-2 are 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Shaw Elementary, 3560 Kemp Road. Cost is $70, $80 for non-residents. For more information call 937-427-5514 or email parks@beavercreekohio.gov.

Norman up for Athlete of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Grace Norman, of Jamestown, has been named a national finalist for Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year, by the United States Olympic Committee, it was announced Oct. 17.

Norman is one of five national finalists for Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year. She hasn’t lost an international paratriathlon competition since March, 2016. Recently, the Cedarville University student-athlete successfully defended her paratriathlon world title at the International Triathlon Union-sanctioned world paratriathlon championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Fans are invited to vote for their favorite athletes and teams at TeamUSA.org/Awards through midnight Monday, Oct. 30.

The six award winners will be announced during the 2017 Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year, to be held Nov. 29 at Royce Hall in Los Angeles. NBC will provide coverage of the awards show from 3-4 p.m. ET on Dec. 23.

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