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Men's Basketball Weekly Release #15

Release  Horizon League · February 12, 2007

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Horizon League Player of the Week

DaShaun Wood, Wright State
Senior * Guard * Detroit, Mich. (Crockett)
Wood averaged 24.7 points in three Raider victories, including a 30-point performance to lift Wright State past Butler in Saturday's showdown between the League's top two teams. He was 8-for-15 from the field and 12-of-12 at the line in that game, also grabbing seven rebounds and handing out six assists. He has scored 20 or more points in five consecutive games, including 24 (with nine rebounds) at UIC on Wednesday and 20 versus UW-Milwaukee on Monday.

Other Top Performances for the Week Ending February 11

Pete Campbell, Butler
Jr. * F * Muncie, Ind.
Campbell matched his collegiate-best with 28 points including eight treys at Cleveland State on Thursday. He was 10-of-13 for the field in that game, and came back with 13 points and four rebounds at Wright State on Saturday.

Baseball Preview, Part 3: Butler

Release  Horizon League · February 12, 2007

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Feb. 12, 2007

Since head coach Steve Farley arrived at Butler in 1992, every player he has recruited who has remained in the program for four years has either won a conference championship or played in the conference tournament title game. That's a record that few Division I baseball coaches in the Midwest can match.

"We've been fortunate to bring in quality student-athletes who shared our vision of where we wanted this program to go," Farley said. "When pro scouts tell me that they see our players develop and get better, it gives me great pride."

Former Bulldog pitcher and current Minnesota Twin Pat Neshek helped pitch his team to the American League playoffs in 2006. Neshek still owns several pitching records from his days in a Bulldog uniform.

"Everything that Coach Farley told me would happen during my college career came true," Neshek said. "To this day I haven't met a greater bunch of guys than my Butler teammates. I put my faith in coach Farley, and he helped me take my game to a higher level."

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #15

Release  Horizon League · February 12, 2007

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Feb. 12, 2007

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Player of the Week

Jessie Miller, UIC
Freshman * Guard * Richfield, Minn.
Miller guided UIC to a 2-0 record at home with 19 points per game. She shot 57.1 percent from the field (12-for-21), 66.7 percent from three-point land (six-for-nine) and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line (eight-for-11). The guard averaged 5.5 rebounds per game, while totaling eight assists and four steals on the weekend.

Other Top Performances from the Week Ending Feb. 11

Baseball Preview, Part 2: Youngstown State

Release  Horizon League · February 12, 2007

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Feb. 12, 2007

With 17 newcomers and three redshirt freshmen taking the place of nine seniors, it might be easy for one to dismiss Youngstown State's upcoming baseball season as a year to rebuild and gain experience for the future. Considering many of those seniors were four-year starters gives the idea even more weight.

But after witnessing an impressive fall season from the younger players and the development of the team's chemistry, the thought of rebuilding hasn't even come close to crossing ninth-year head coach Mike Florak's mind.

"I feel very strongly that this is the best core of leadership that we've had since I've been here, but I also feel like this is the best group of followers we've had, too."

"As long as the scoreboard is on there is no such thing as playing for next year. You have to play for that game whatever that game is."

Softball Preview, Part 2: Wright State

Release  Horizon League · February 9, 2007

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Feb. 9, 2007

It will be a mixture of the old and the new for the Wright State softball team in 2007 under head coach Mike Larabee, who enters his third season at the helm.

While the Raiders do have nine players returning from last season's squad, WSU will also have 10 newcomers, including two transfers to the program.

Leading the list of returnees is sophomore catcher/first baseman Melanie McInally, who was selected to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team in 2006. McInally hit seven home runs and drove in 30 overall, which ranked seventh in the league. Her numbers were even more impressive in conference play as she smacked five home runs and knocked in 20 along with a .300 batting average.

Also back is senior outfielder Mary Jane D'Arcy, whose season was cut short due to a knee injury suffered at Eastern Kentucky last April 4. D'Arcy was named both Second Team All-Horizon League and to the All-Newcomer Team in 2006 as she was seventh in the League in overall on-base percentage (.402) and 14th in the League in batting average (.316). She also ranked fifth in on-base percentage during League play at .479 as she hit .390 in such games.

UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee meet on the Horizon League Network

Release  Horizon League · February 9, 2007

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Feb. 9, 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Horizon League Network will be the only way fans can catch this Saturday's (Feb. 10) women's basketball match-up when first-place University of Wisconsin-Green Bay visits second-place University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Scott Warras will call the play-by-play action for the scheduled 3 p.m. EST tip-off. To access the webcast of Saturday's game, log on to the Horizon League web site (www.horizonleague.org) and click on the "HLN" logo on the right side, then register an e-mail address and password. Registration is free, but viewers will need Windows Media Player (available for free download).

The Phoenix currently stand atop the League's standings with a 9-0 mark and is riding a 15-game winning streak into the contest. The Panthers stand two games back at 7-2 and have only lost twice at the Klotsche Center this season (7-2).

Butler-Wright State showdown available worldwide through Horizon League Network

Release  Horizon League · February 9, 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Horizon League men's basketball fans around the world will be following Saturday's (Feb. 10) showdown between League leader Butler University and second-place Wright State University at the Ervin J. Nutter Center. Supporters can see the action even half the world away from Dayton, Ohio, through the webcast services of the Horizon League Network (HLN).

Chris Collins calls the play-by-play action, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. (EST) prior to the scheduled 7 p.m. tip-off. To access the webcast of Saturday's game, log on to the Horizon League web site (www.horizonleague.org) and click on the "HLN" logo on the right side, then register an e-mail address and password. Registration is free, but viewers will need Windows Media Player (available for free download).

Butler carries a 23-2 record and nine-game winning streak into the contest. The Bulldogs' 92-50 victory at Cleveland State University on Thursday (Feb. 8) lifted BU to 11-1 in League play, with a 73-67 overtime loss at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Jan. 10 providing the only blemish on Butler's loop ledger. Junior guards A.J. Graves and Mike Green lead the Bulldogs, with Graves fourth in the League at 17.7 points per game including a loop-leading 75 three-pointers. Green ranks second in the circuit with a norm of 4.12 assists per game, and leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per contest.

Butler became the first team in League history to gain a top-ten ranking in the national polls, starting this week at No. 10 in the Associated Press media canvass and the No. 9 spot in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. Coach Todd Lickliter's Bulldogs have won 13 of their last 14 games and can match their season-opening ten-game run with a victory Saturday.

Baseball Preview, Part 1: Cleveland State

Release  Horizon League · February 9, 2007

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Feb. 9, 2007

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Although head coach Kevin Kocks is in his first year at CSU, he will be working with an experienced group that has a lot of collegiate baseball experience. The Vikings return 24 letterwinners, including eight of nine starters and a plethora of pitchers, from last year's squad. With another year of experience, Cleveland State will under Kocks attempt to improve in every phase of the game.

"We have some players that realize that being mediocre is not acceptable." Kocks said. "We have found some of our core guys that can help win some ballgames."

Infield
The infield may be the team's strongest all-around unit. Four starters return in addition to one junior college transfer. CSU also has plenty of depth, with several viable options coming off the bench.

Seven Horizon League student-athletes named to CoSIDA basketball Academic All-District teams

Release  Horizon League · February 8, 2007

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Feb. 8, 2007

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- The Horizon League was well-represented when the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its Academic All-District teams in men's and women's basketball Thursday (Feb. 8). Seven League competitors earned recognition for their efforts on the floor and in the classroom, with four gaining First-Team recognition and drawing consideration for Academic All-America status. The awards are sponsored by ESPN the Magazine.

Butler University and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay each had three players cited, with Wright State University providing the seventh player on the academic honor rolls.

On the men's side, the Horizon League features three of the five players honored on the First-Team quintet in District 5, as Butler junior teammates A.J. Graves and Drew Streicher join UW-Green Bay sophomore Mike Schachtner. District 5 encompasses the states of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Softball Preview, Part 1: Butler

Release  Horizon League · February 8, 2007

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Feb. 8, 2007

Jeanne Rayman was named Butler's third head softball coach in as many seasons in September, leaving her with a lot of work to and not a lot of time to do it. Fortunately, the new Butler coach inherited a team that returned most of the key players from the 2006 season including nine players who saw action in at least 25 games.

Rayman, who had a successful softball career as a player at Butler, 1987-90, will look to her veteran cast to improve on last season's 17-30-1 campaign. The Bulldogs won just four of 20 games in the Horizon League in 2006, but Rayman isn't dwelling on the past.

"We've put in a lot of hard work, and we have the building blocks in place to have a successful season," noted the new Butler coach, who was a four-year all-conference performer as a player for the Bulldogs. "This team has some very talented players. Our challenge right now is getting the players settled into a position where they're comfortable and where they can perform at a consistent and steady level."

Two players who should lead Butler's bid this spring are juniors Amy Hyerczyk and Jenny Jacobs. Hyerczyk earned first team All-Horizon League recognition as a first baseman last season, when she led the Bulldogs with a .333 batting average. She started all 48 Butler games and recorded team-highs of 14 doubles and four triples, while sharing the team lead in home runs with five. Jacobs was a second team All-League performer as an outfielder. She batted .289 with five home runs, while starting 46 games for the Bulldogs.

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