Horizon League Athletes of the Week

For the week of January 30, 2012

Kendrick Perry Youngstown State Men's Basketball

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Hometown: Ocoee, Fla. Perry averaged 25.7 ppg while shooting 60 percent from the field. Perry’s 30 points in YSU’s 73-65 victory at Milwaukee set a new career high for the sophomore, the most by a Penguin sophomore since Feb. 24, 1992. On Thursday, Perry tallied a team-best 19 points in a four-point loss at UIC, but rebounded with 28 points in Saturday’s 80-63 win at Loyola. Perry went 11-for-14 from the floor, adding six assists and a career-best seven steals, setting a new Penguin single-game record.

Jenna Cobb Butler Women's Basketball

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Hometown: New Holland, Ohio Cobb averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last week as the Bulldogs won two road games to move to over .500 in League play. She had a career-high 21 points and also pulled down seven rebounds at Cleveland State and followed that performance up two days later with nine points and seven assists against just one turnover at Youngstown State

Bobby Grace Youngstown State Track and Field

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Hometown: Middleburg Heights, Ohio Grace competed in the shot put at the YSU Invitational over the weekend and finished in first place out of 15 competitors. His heave of 60-11.50 (18.58m) shot him up to 11th place in the nation. He broke the school record for the second time this season and beat his previous personal best by almost three feet. Grace also won Field Athlete of the Week after the first weekend of competition back in December.

Samantha Hamilton Youngstown State Track and Field

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Hometown: North Jackson, Ohio Hamilton competed in the 3000-meter race for the Penguins and finished first out of 14 competitors at the YSU National Invite. Her time of 9:40.25 set a new facility record and Hamilton broke the school record in the event for the second time this season. She beat her previous personal best by 13 seconds with the victory. It is the second time this season that the junior has been named the Female Runner of the Week.

Kaitlyn Griffith Youngstown State Track and Field

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Hometown: Orrville, Ohio Griffith, a junior thrower for the Penguins, competed in the weight throw and shot put events. In the weight throw, she finished first out of 12 with a toss of 59-1.00 (18.01m) to move to second place in YSU’s all-time record book. Griffith’s shot put mark of 44-4.25 (13.52m) landed her in second place in the competition. She currently leads the Horizon League in both events.

Tom Curr Butler Track and Field

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Hometown: Stroud, England Curr competed in the mile run at the esteemed Meyo Invitational over the weekend. He finished second in the competition with a time of 4:00.73. Curr was competing in his first collegiate mile race and currently sits as the 14th fastest runner in the nation, according to Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFFRS). This is the second time this season that he has won Male Runner of the Week.

Berry Thompson Cleveland State Swimming and Diving

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Hometown: Woodmere, Ohio Thompson had a hand in 24 Cleveland State points as the Vikings defeated UIC, 138-105. Cleveland State improved to 4-0 on the season against Horizon League opponents and finish undefeated at home. Thompson won the 100-freestyle event (44.82) and finished second in the 50-freestyle (20.70). He also was part of the victorious 400-freestyle relay team, swimming a team-best 44.85 split.

Heidi Niespodzany Milwaukee Swimming and Diving

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Hometown: Pulaski, Wis. Niespodzany won two individual events and was also part of a first place relay team as Milwaukee’s women’s swimming team defeated Green Bay for the first time since 2008 in front of a packed Klotsche Natatorium. Niespodzany set a pool record with her 1:52.66 time in the 200-freestyle. She also won the 100-freestyle in 52.19 for the Panthers. She swam the opening leg on the 4x400 freestyle relay team that finished just shy of a pool record in 3:31.41.

Daniel Pogue Green Bay Swimming and Diving

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Hometown: Chisholm, Minn. Pogue earned diver of the week for the fourth time this season after sweeping the diving events in Green Bay’s dual-meet against Milwaukee. Pogue won the 1-meter event with a score of 376.12 and the 3-meter event with a score of 381.97. Both scores were personal bests.

Aubrey Griffiths Milwaukee Swimming and Diving

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Hometown: Racine, Wis. Griffiths swept the diving events on the women’s side in the Milwaukee vs. Green Bay dual-meet. Griffiths won the 1-meter dive with a score of 252.00 and the 3-meter event with a score of 266.62. Both scores were season-high scores.

Chris Baum Valparaiso Tennis

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Hometown: Charlotte, N.C. At Dayton, Baum led Valparaiso (1-1) to a 4-3 victory over the host Flyers. The junior helped put the Crusaders out front after doubles play, teaming with Adam Whitmer for an 8-5 win at No. 1, the first of three Valpo victories in doubles. In singles competition, Baum put Valparaiso ahead, 2-0, breezing to a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1. Including the fall season, Baum is now 7-3 in singles play.

Jana Knoppe UIC Tennis

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Hometown: Ihringen, Germany Against Toledo, Knoppe battled back after dropping the first set, 5-7, to win 6-3, forcing a super tie-break. In the tie-break, Knoppe prevailed, 10-6 to give UIC a key point. The following day, Knoppe coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 4, helping the Flames collect one of their four wins in singles competition. In doubles play, Knoppe went 1-1 at No. 3, partnering with Linda Hricistova. The duo was part of an effort that went 3-0 for the Flames on Saturday, winning 8-6.