Golden Eagles win over Aviators
VANDALIA — With both teams struggling to make shots, the Bellbrook girls — thanks to the play of sophomore point guard Cassidy Hofacker — had just enough fire power to hold off Vandalia, Monday night, defeating the host Aviators 38-34. The Aviators led the entire game until Hofacker scored eight points in the final two minutes to preserve the Eagles’ undefeated season.
Down 34-32 with two minutes to play, Hofacker connected on two straight field goal attempts, and then converted two free throws with under one minute to play, to seal the victory. The win boosts Bellbrook’s record to 11-0 on the year. The only other double figure scorer was Vandalia’s Shelby Moses who made three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.
The Golden Eagles reserves bumped their record to 10 wins and 1 loss with a 35-11 victory in the opener.
Bellbrook’s next game is at home Thursday night against Eaton, with the reserve game starting at 6 p.m.
Fairborn loses on the road
SPRINGBORO — Fairborn’s eighth grade girls basketball team fell to host Springboro, 30-10, Monday night. Springboro held a 21-3 lead at halftime.
CSU’s Woods-West earns third All-America honor
WILBERFORCE — The postseason recognition continued for Central State’s Justin Woods-West as the 6-foot-2 defensive end was named to the 2015 HEROSports.com Division II All-America Team on Monday.
Woods-West, a senior from Detroit, Mich., set a school record for most sacks in a season (13.5) since CSU achieved NCAA Div. II status in 2005. He finished as the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) leader in sacks and tackles for loss (22).
Woods-West helped restore CSU back to respectability as the team finished with a 5-5 ledger in 2015, the best record the program has had since 1995. Defensively, CSU put together an impressive resume′. The team was nationally ranked in the following categories:
· No. 9 in total team defense
· No. 1 in sacks (37)
· No. 2 in tackles for loss (107)
· No. 4 in takeaways (34)
· No. 7 in rushing defense (89.2 ypg)
· No. 9 in interceptions (21)
· No. 16 in scoring defense
This is the third All-America honor for Woods-West. Last month, Woods-West was named to the AFCA All-America Team and was an Honorable Mention on BoxToRow’s All-American Team. He was also selected to the D2CCA Super-Region Team and to the SIAC All-Defensive 1st Team.
Woods-West continues to train in the offseason and will be participating in the Gridiron Football Showcase on Monday, Jan. 11 in Bedford, Texas.
Cedarville earns NCAA Presidents’ Award
CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University is one of just 27 NCAA Division II schools in the country to be honored with the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher.
Great Midwest Athletic Conference member Davis & Elkins College is the other league school to earn the honor. The G-MAC is one of only six conferences in the country to have at least two of its members recognized.
It’s the third consecutive year for both schools to achieve the honor.
The Academic Success Rate (ASR) calculates how student-athletes are making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Cedarville remained at 91 percent which is tied for 23rd out of 322 Division II schools in the country.
The Federal Graduation Rate computes the percentage of student-athletes, who earned their degree in the six-year window from the 2008-09 academic year through 2013-14. CU is 18th nationally in FGR at 74 percent.
Raiders fall at Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wisc. — The Wright State men’s basketball team rallied from an early 11-point deficit to lead by 10 at halftime, but managed just 23 points in the second half as Green Bay posted a 76-68 win Monday night at the Resch Center.
The Phoenix led 14-3 just 3:42 into the contest, only to see WSU answer with a 9-2 burst over the next 1:30, four of those coming from Joe Thomasson. Mark Alstork later gave the Raiders their first lead of the game at 28-26 with a fast-break three-pointer at the 8:58 mark.
Wright State’s advantage was just 32-31 before the Raiders closed out the half with a 13-4 run over the final four minutes of the half, seven by Michael Karena, to make it 45-35 at the break.
WSU shot 53 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and hit all four foul shot attempts, while Green Bay shot 37 percent and made 10 of 19 at the line.
A 15-5 run by the Phoenix to start the second half tied the game at 50 and Green Bay took the lead for good at 58-56 on a Tevin Findlay three with 10:36 remaining. The margin was just four until GB made it 74-64 with two minutes to play with a 7-1 burst.
Wright State shot 47 percent for the game, but just 39 percent in the second half, while the Phoenix shot 46 percent after halftime to end up at 41 percent. The bigger difference, though, came at the foul line as Green Bay was 23 of 37, 13 of 18 in the second half, while the Raiders were six of 10, two of six in the second half.
JT Yoho came off the bench to post a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds to pace WSU while Alstork also had 17 points, Karena 13 and Thomasson 11.
Khalil Small led Green Bay (9-5, 2-0 Horizon) with 20 points while Carrington Love had 15, Jordan Fouse 11 and Charles Cooper 10.
Wright State (7-8, 1-1 Horizon) wraps up the three-game road swing at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, with a game at league newcomer Northern Kentucky.