Horizon League News

A collection of Horizon League releases and blog entries.

Indoor Track and Field Weekly Release #2

Release  Horizon League · January 24, 2007

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Jan. 24, 2007

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Male Athlete of the Week

 

Aaron Merrill

2007 Horizon League Men's & Women's Tennis Prospectus

Release  Horizon League · January 24, 2007

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Jan. 24, 2007

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Change is in the air as the 2007 Horizon League men's and women's tennis season gets underway this week. Though the familiar faces from (b>Butler University and the University of Illinois at Chicago still reign as defending champions, several key newcomers look to lead their teams to the top of the League standings.

The Butler men, winners of the last five Horizon League titles, head into the spring with a solid core of returning players, including three-time All-League selection James Low and fellow seniors Evan West and Scott Newmark. The Bulldogs also boast a talented freshman class, highlighted by Ben Raynauld and Sandy Berry. The duo combined for seven singles wins this fall plus nine more at doubles, including the Flight A title at the Ball State Invitational for Raynauld and partner Low.

Standing in between Coach Jason Suscha's team and another piece of Horizon League hardware are five teams hungry for their chance at the title.

Softball Titan Rafter Named To Canadian National Team

Release  Horizon League · January 23, 2007

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Jan. 23, 2007

Softball Canada, the governing body for all of Canadian Softball, announced its selections for the 2007 Pan American and World University Games and Detroit junior catcher/infielder Kaleigh Rafter was selected for both squads. Rafter is the third Titan to be selected to a Canadian National Team in the last four years.

Rafter joins Michelle Baggio (2002 Pan-Am Games/2003 World Junior Championship) and Sarah Dickey (2003 World Junior Championship) as current Titans who have donned the Maple Leaf for international competition.

"I was completely shocked when I found out I was selected," said Rafter. "The talent that was there was amazing and to be considered in that group is awesome. It's going to be amazing to represent your country, play on that level and get to experience the Olympics."

The 2006 Horizon League Player of the Year, 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 in addition to being named to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region team. She is also a five-time selection to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and was honored as an Academic All-League selection following last season.

Swimming and Diving Weekly Release #10

Release  Horizon League · January 23, 2007

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Jan. 23, 2007

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Male Swimmer of the Week

 

Dan Hare

UW-Milwaukee's Leibold, Butler's Closser named Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week

Release  Horizon League · January 23, 2007

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Jan. 23, 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee sophomore Robby Leibold (men's swimming) and Butler University senior Jackie Closser (women's basketball) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Tuesday (Jan. 23).

Leibold led the Panthers to the championship of the Bill Ritter Invitational last weekend, taking first place in both the 1,650-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley while finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle. His 16:16.59 clocking in the 1,650 eclipsed the previous school record, and he finished the 400 IM with a time of 4:12.67.

In the classroom, Leibold has compiled a 3.828 grade-point average. He earned Dean's List recognition in each semester last year and will be recognized when the Horizon League announces its Fall Academic Honor Roll later this week. The weekly award is Leibold's second of the year, as he received the same honor on Nov. 21.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #12

Release  Horizon League · January 22, 2007

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Jan. 22, 2007

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Player of the Week

Traci Edwards, UW-Milwaukee
Sophomore * Center * Menasha, Wis.
Edwards led UWM to a pair of wins last week, averaging 27.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game, while adding three assists and two steals in both contests. Against Cleveland State Saturday, she scored a school-record 42 points and tied another school record with six blocked shots. She also set school records for field goals made (17) and attempted (33) and pulled down 14 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Edwards tallied 12 points and nine boards against Youngstown State Thursday.

Other Top Performances from the Week Ending Jan. 21

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #12

Release  Horizon League · January 22, 2007

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Jan. 22, 2007

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Horizon League Player of the Week

Paige Paulsen, UW-Milwaukee
Junior * Forward * Custer, S.D. (Custer / Northern Illinois University)
Paulsen led the Panthers to victories over both of last week's League co-leaders, averaging 17.5 points and nine rebounds in the two games. The junior forward scored 18 points on eight-of-13 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to pace UW-Milwaukee to a 76-65 triumph over UIC on Wednesday. He followed that performance with his second double-double of the year, posting 17 points and ten rebounds in a 73-69 triumph over Wright State on Sunday.

Other Top Performances for the Week Ending January 21

Valpo names Mike Avery as new men's soccer coach

Release  Horizon League · January 18, 2007

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Jan. 18, 2007

Valparaiso, Ind. - Valparaiso University director of athletics MarkLaBarbera has announced that Mike Avery has been named the third head coach in the 24 years of the Crusader men's soccer program.

"Mike Avery has been a successful head coach and has worked with some of the top coaches in the country," LaBarbera said of hiring Avery. "We are excited to be able to bring a person of his caliber to campus to lead our soccer program."

Avery arrives at Valpo from the University of Louisville where he was the top assistant under head coach Ken Lolla in 2006. While with the Cardinals, he helped the program to its first Big East Conference Tournament berth. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator.

"I am disappointed to be losing Mike from our program, yet I am excited for Valpo and for Mike," Lolla said of Avery. "He is more than prepared for this job and will have lots of years of success."

UIC's Skroce drafted by Columbus Crew

Release  Horizon League · January 18, 2007

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Jan. 18, 2007

Chicago, Ill. - UIC senior Tonci Skroce was selected by the Columbus Crew in Thursday's Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.

The Crew completed a trade with the Colorado Rapids to gain the 10th pick of the second round (23rd overall) in order to select Skroce.

The former UIC forward becomes only the second player in UIC history to be selected in a Major League Soccer draft. Eric Lukin was selected by the Colorado Rapids in the third round of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft.

Skroce, the 2006 Horizon League Player of the Year, became the second All-American in the UIC soccer program's 25-year Division I history this past season after receiving second team honors from NSCAA/adidas. He scored seven goals and assisted on seven others during a fantastic senior campaign in which he led the team in assists (seven), points (21) and was second in goals (seven).

UW-Green Bay's Lindstrom, Wright State's Lewis named Scholar-Athletes of the Week

Release  Horizon League · January 17, 2007

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Jan. 17, 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Wisconsin-Green Bay senior Dan Lindstrom (men's swimming) and Wright State University junior Whitney Lewis (women's basketball) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Wednesday (Jan. 17).

Lindstrom helped UW-Green Bay to a pair of dual-meet victories against Butler University and the University of Illinois at Chicago on Sunday (Jan. 14). He won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:12.62 and claimed top honors with his 2:05.92 clocking in the 200-yard backstroke. He was edged out by eight one-hundredths of a second in the 400-yard individual medley.

In the classroom, Lindstrom owns a 3.50 grade-point average as an urban and regional studies major, earning Academic All-League recognition last winter. He was also a member of the League's Academic Honor Roll in each of the last four semesters.

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