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Butler's Graves, Loyola's Krause named U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week

Release  Horizon League · March 20, 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler University junior A.J. Graves (men's basketball) andLoyola University Chicago junior Kat Krause (softball) have been named the U.S.Army Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner JonathanB. LeCrone announced Tuesday (March 20).

Graves scored 37 points in two games at the NCAA Championship, leading thefifth-seeded Bulldogs past 12th-seeded Old Dominion University (57-46) and fourth-seededUniversity of Maryland (62-59) to earn a spot in the Sweet 16. He had 18 pointsagainst ODU on Thursday (March 15) and hit two critical three-pointers to lead BU with19 points versus the Terrapins on Saturday (March 17). Butler advanced to the regionalsemifi nals for the second time, matching the best-ever showing by a Horizon Leagueteam. The victory over Maryland was Butler's 29th of the year, setting a League singleseasonrecord in that category, as well.

In the classroom, Graves owns a 3.394 grade-point average as an actuarial science major. The juniorguard was a First-Team Academic All-America selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America last month, and earned Academic All-League honors in 2005-06. He also gained a spot on the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll in each semester in addition to receiving the Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle Scholarship for outstandingacademic and athletic achievement. The weekly award is the second of the season for Graves, whoalso received the honor on Dec. 27.

Tennis Weekly Release #9

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Horizon League Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Mark Goldin
UW-Green Bay, Jr., Bayside, Wis.
Goldin picked up four wins last week, including two at No. 2 singles and two at No. 1 doubles with Tim Prudlow. Goldin blanked Fairleigh Dickinson's Priit Gross 6-0, 6-0 while also recording a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Dave Bukowski to earn the only Phoenix point in a team loss to Valparaiso.

Horizon League Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Four Horizon League players honored by collegeinsider.com

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- Three members of the All-Horizon League men's basketball first team were honored earlier this week as members of the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major All-America Team. Butler University junior guard A.J. Graves and Loyola University Chicago senior guard Blake Schilb joined League Player of the Year DaShaun Wood of Wright State University on the 21-member squad.

Wright State guard Vaughn Duggins was one of 16 players named to the Mid-Major Freshman All-America Team.

Graves has led the Bulldogs to a League-record 29 victories and a place in the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Championship. The 6-1 junior scored 18 points in an opening-round victory over Old Dominion University last Thursday (March 15) and came back with 19 as Butler ousted fourth-seeded University of Maryland, 62-59, on Sunday (March 17). Graves ranks fourth in the League in scoring at 17.1 points per game and has hit a circuit-high 97 three-pointers this season while also ranking second in the nation with a .953 free-throw percentage. Butler meets defending top seed and national champion University of Florida in a regional semifinal Friday (March 23).

Softball Weekly Release #5

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Player of the Week

Michelle Baggio, Detroit
Senior * OF * Windsor, Ontario
Baggio hit a team leading .533 this week, going 8-for-15 at the Catamount Classic in being named to the All-Tournament Team. Of Baggio's eight hits, four were for extra bases, including a trio of home runs which moved the senior clean up hitter into third place all-time at Detroit for long balls. She extended her season opening hitting streak to 14 games before seeing the streak come to an end in Sunday's tournament finale. Baggio slugged at a 1.200 clip and posted a .650 on-base percentage in five games.

Pitcher of the Week

Butler's Graves, Loyola's Krause named U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler University junior A.J. Graves (men's basketball) and Loyola University Chicago junior Kat Krause (softball) have been named the U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Tuesday (March 20).

Graves scored 37 points in two games at the NCAA Championship, leading the fifth-seeded Bulldogs past 12th-seeded Old Dominion University (57-46) and fourth- seeded University of Maryland (62-59) to earn a spot in the Sweet 16. He had 18 points against ODU on Thursday (March 15) and hit two critical three-pointers to lead BU with 19 points versus the Terrapins on Saturday (March 17). Butler advanced to the regional semifinals for the second time, matching the best-ever showing by a Horizon League team. The victory over Maryland was Butler's 29th of the year, setting a League single-season record in that category, as well.

In the classroom, Graves owns a 3.394 grade-point average as an actuarial science major. The junior guard was a First-Team Academic All-America selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America last month, and earned Academic All-League honors in 2005-06. He also gained a spot on the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll in each semester in addition to receiving the Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle Scholarship for outstanding academic and athletic achievement. The weekly award is the second of the season for Graves, who also received the honor on Dec. 27.

Loyola softball raises money for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

Release  Horizon League · March 20, 2007

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March 20, 2007

CHICAGO - With a weekend free of game competition, the Loyola University Chicago softball team took time to assist individuals in the Chicago area at one of its many community outreach efforts. The Ramblers raised more than $2,000 for the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls Shamrocks for Kids campaign at the St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Chicago on March 17.

Mercy Home For Boys and Girls is a long-term residential home for troubled individuals, ages 11-21. Their 14 homes offer each individual the structure or independence to work through their problems and to achieve success.

Click here for more information about Mercy Home

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #20 - NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Release  Horizon League · March 19, 2007

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NCAA Tournament Second Round Notes

#1 Connecticut Huskies (30-3) vs. #9 UW-Green Bay Phoenix (29-3)

- UWGB is 2-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, picking up the second win on Sunday evening (59-52) over New Mexico. It marks the Horizon League's (formerly the Midwestern Collegiate Conference) second victory in the Big Dance.

Baseball Weekly Release #5

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Horizon League Player of the Week

Ross Oeder, Wright State
Senior 2B * Sandusky, Ohio
Oeder won his second consecutive weekly award, batting .545 (6-for-11) and reaching base nine times in a three-game series versus Butler. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games and scored four runs in the series. Oeder is now batting .510 on the season and leads the League in eight statistical categories, including runs scored (19) stolen bases (nine), and on-base percentage (.597).

Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Butler takes on defending national champion Friday night

Release  Horizon League · March 19, 2007

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Regional Semifinal Preview

Midwest Region:

(#5) Butler vs. (#1) Florida

St. Louis, Mo. -- Edward Jones Dome -- 7:10 p.m. (ET)

Dobies, Dalman Complete NCAA Championships Run for Cleveland State

Release  Horizon League · March 19, 2007

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March 19, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Freshman Jakub Dobies and senior diver Chris Dalman have finished their runs at the NCAA Championships. Dobies placed 28th in the preliminary heat of the 100-yd. breaststroke on Friday afternoon while Dalman placed 20th in three-meter diving.

 

Dobies, a native of Poland who enrolled at Cleveland State in January, registered a time of 54.39 in the 100 breast, posting the second-best time in CSU history in the process. Hecame into the event as the 13th-seed after clocking a Horizon League-record 53.77 at the league championships on Feb. 23 in Chicago. He cited a slow start off the blocks as his reason for slipping .62 seconds.

 

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