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Butler's Graves, Loyola's Real net Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week awards

Release  Horizon League · December 27, 2006

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Dec. 27, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler University junior A.J. Graves (men's basketball) and Loyola University Chicago senior Jenna Real (women's basketball) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Wednesday (Dec. 27).

Graves scored 22 points to lead the Bulldogs past instate rival University of Evansville, 76-65, last Friday (Dec. 22), extending Butler's early-season run to 12 victories in 13 games. Graves, who leads the League in scoring at 18.2 points per game, made five of ten shots from the field including three three-pointers, along with a perfect nine-for-nine outing at the free throw line. He leads the nation with a .986 free-throw percentage, making 69 of 70 attempts this season including 41 in a row.

In the classroom, Graves owns a 3.37 grade-point average as an actuarial science major. The junior guard was an Academic All-League selection last winter and earned spots on the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll in each semester in addition to receiving the Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle Scholarship for outstanding acaedmic and athletic achievement.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #8

Release  Horizon League · December 26, 2006

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Dec. 26, 2006

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Player of the Week

Rachel Porath, UW-Green Bay
Sophomore * Guard * Luxemburg, Wis.
Porath had a career outing for the Phoenix Friday against Illinois State as the sophomore guard had career bests with 16 points and 12 rebounds for her first-ever double-double in UW-Green Bay's win over the Redbirds. Porath had 13 points in the first half, aided by a three-of-three mark from three-point range. Of Porath's 12 rebounds, five were on the offensive end, including three during the same Phoenix possession. She also added a team-high three steals in the win, UW-Green Bay's fifth-straight.

Other Top Performances from the Week Ending Dec. 24

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #8

Release  Horizon League · December 26, 2006

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Dec. 26, 2006

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Horizon League Player of the Week

DaShaun Wood, Wright State
Senior * Guard * Detroit, Mich. (Crockett H.S.)
Wood hit two free throws with five seconds remaining to push Wright State past Chicago State, 63-62, on Thursday. The charity tosses capped a 25-point performance as he averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two outings last week. The late heroics versus CSU marked the third time this year Wood has won the game on free throws late in the contest and the fourth time he won the game with last shots on the Raiders' final possession. His week also featured 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a victory over Marist on Tuesday.

Other Top Performances for the Week Ending December 24
A.J. Graves, Butler
Jr. * G * Switz City, Ind.
Graves scored a game-high 22 points to lead Butler past Evansville, 76-65. He scored 10 points to help Butler build a 37-30 halftime lead and added 12 more points after intermission. Graves hit five of 10 shots from the field, including three of seven from beyond the three-point arc.

2006-07 Horizon League Track and Field Prospectus

Release  Horizon League · December 21, 2006

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Dec. 21, 2006

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UW-Milwaukee looks to continue its track and field success after taking Horizon League team titles in men's and women's indoor and men's outdoor in 2005-06.  The women's outdoor squad took a second place finish at the League Championship as Youngstown State edged the Panthers for the victory.

  

Horizon League Network FAQ

Release  Horizon League · December 21, 2006

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Dec. 21, 2006

What is the Horizon League Network?


Launched in October 2006, the Horizon League Network is a comprehensive conference-wide broadband initiative designed to provide coverage of the League's member institutions' athletic programs to fans, parents, alumni, boosters, current and prospective student-athletes, the general public and the media with quality live game web casts and other compelling video on-demand (VoD) programming.

Why did the Horizon League launch HLN?


As a continuation of a broadband package that debuted during the 2005-06 basketball season, the Horizon League Network allows the League and its member institutions to video stream more than 200 live events, exponentially increasing the number of men's and women's basketball games available and providing coverage of other sports that have traditionally received little, if any, coverage by traditional media. In addition, games can be played at the time of the host school's choosing, instead of being moved to accommodate a possibly less-than-desirable traditional television "window."

Detroit's Rafter named to Canadian Olympic Softball Pool

Release  Horizon League · December 19, 2006

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Dec. 19, 2006

Defending Horizon League Player of the Year Kaleigh Rafter has been selected by Softball Canada to the nation's Senior Women's National Team athlete pool. Rafter (Guelph, Ontario/St. James Catholic) is one of 40 players in consideration for selection to one of Canada's National Teams, including the squad that will play in the 2008 Olympics in China.

Rafter led Detroit in batting average (.359), doubles (12), runs batted in (35) and home runs (12) during the 2006 season. Her 12 home runs set a new single-season school record and moved her into third place all-time in the Titan record book. For her efforts, Rafter was named First Team All-League and was tabbed as the Conference Player of the Year, in addition to being named to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region team. She is also a four-time selection to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and was honored as an Academic All-League selection following last season.

"The 2007 Canadian Senior Women's athlete pool has been identified," stated Lori Sippel, head coach of the National Team Program. "It has been my intention to identify those athletes that have shown an ability to play at the elite international level or may be capable of doing so in the near future. A true player pool consists of athletes who set the bar high, who challenge for position and who offer depth at positions. With 20 months standing between now and the Olympic Games, I am confident in the pool of athletes Canada has to select from."

"This is a huge accomplishment for Kaleigh and our program," said Detroit head coach Bob Wilkerson. "For one of our student-athletes to be selected to this list is an honor for both Kaleigh and the University. She has worked extremely hard for the awards she has gotten and put herself into the position she is in now."

Schachtner, Comisar named Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week

Release  Horizon League · December 19, 2006

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Dec. 19, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Wisconsin-Green Bay sophomore forward Mike Schachtner (men's basketball) and Wright State University senior guard Steph Comisar (women's basketball) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Tuesday (Dec. 19).

Schachtner adds this award to the Player of the Week accolades he picked up earlier in the week for his outstanding performance in two Phoenix victories this week. In a 92-81 victory over Chicago State University last Tuesday, the six-foot-nine sophomore poured in a career-high 36 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including seven-of-eight from three-point range. The 36 points were the most by a Green Bay player since Jeff Nordgaard had 37 against UIC on Feb. 22, 1996. Schachtner was back at it again on Saturday with a game-high 18 points in an 80-48 win over South Dakota State University.

Academically, the Somerset, Wis., native owns a 3.90 grade-point average as a general studies major.

Three Horizon League soccer players honored on NSCAA Scholar All-America teams

Release  Horizon League · December 19, 2006

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Dec. 19, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS -- In a soccer season that saw the Horizon League soccer teams compete with the nation's elite on the field, three League players also earned recognition for their effort in the classroom as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Scholar All-America Teams were announced on Monday (Dec. 18). University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee junior defender Ginny Graczyk (Second-Team) and University of Detroit Mercy senior Mary Parker (Third-Team) were honored on the women's side, while UWM senior backliner Billy Meier (Second-Team) was honored on the men's list.

Graczyk, who owns a 3.87 grade-point average as a health sciences/psychology major, played every minute of every game for a UWM defense that posted a school-standard 16 shutouts and ranked fourth in the nation with a program-best 0.44 goals-against average. The two-time First-Team Academic All-District V selection earned First-Team All-League honors for the third time in 2006 after helping the Panthers to the regular-season League title with an unblemished 7-0-0 loop ledger.

Graczyk adds this award to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic All-America, NSCAA All-Great Lakes First-Team, NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region First-Team, Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Region First-Team and Soccer Buzz All-America Second-Team credits she has already earned this off-season.

Three Horizon League soccer players honored on NSCAA Scholar All-America teams

Release  Horizon League · December 19, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS -- In a soccer season that saw the Horizon League soccer teams compete with the nation's elite on the field, three League players also earned recognition for their effort in the classroom as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Scholar All-America Teams were announced on Monday (Dec. 18). University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee junior defender Ginny Graczyk (Second-Team) and University of Detroit Mercy senior Mary Parker (Third-Team) were honored on the women's side, while UWM senior backliner Billy Meier (Second-Team) was honored on the men's list.

Graczyk, who owns a 3.87 grade-point average as a health sciences/psychology major, played every minute of every game for a UWM defense that posted a school-standard 16 shutouts and ranked fourth in the nation with a program-best 0.44 goals-against average. The two-time First-Team Academic All-District V selection earned First-Team All-League honors for the third time in 2006 after helping the Panthers to the regular-season League title with an unblemished 7-0-0 loop ledger.

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #7

Release  Horizon League · December 18, 2006

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Dec. 18, 2006

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Horizon League Player of the Week

Mike Schachtner, UW-Green Bay
Sophomore * Forward
Somerset, Wis. (Somerset)

Schachtner averaged 27 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in a pair of Phoenix victories last week to earn his first career player-of-the-week honor. The six-foot-nine sophomore tallied a career-high 36 points Tuesday in a 92-81 victory over Chicago State, hitting 11-of-15 field-goal attempts, including seven-of-eight three-pointers, to go along with a perfect seven-of-seven at the free-throw line and seven rebounds. His 36 points were the most by a UW-Green Bay player in 10 years. He then had a game highs of 18 points and six rebounds in a 80-48 win Saturday over South Dakota State. For the week, Schachtner connected on nine-of-12 three-pointers (.750) and all 13 of his free-throw attempts.

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