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Women's Basketball Preview - Part 4: Loyola

Release  Horizon League · November 2, 2006

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Nov. 2, 2006

Heading into its second year under the guidance of head coach Shannon Reidy, the Loyola women's basketball program seems primed for a breakout season. With four contributing seniors among a group of six returning letterwinners leading the way and a highly-touted and balanced recruiting class of six freshmen, optimism is abounding in the weeks leading up to the start of the 2006-07 season.

"One of our major goals is to reconnect with the winning tradition of Loyola women's basketball and replicate that success," said Reidy. "Our class of four seniors has taken on such a large leadership role and our underclassmen see that and it makes them want to work just as hard to send them out on a good note."

After injuries limited the Ramblers to eight scholarship players for the majority of their games - they dressed just six due to injuries for one late-season game - a group of six talented and hungry freshmen arrive with high expectations.

"We need to have patience this season with such a large group of newcomers," continued Reidy. "However, we will have a much higher level of competition, especially in practice, which can also make us better."

Women's Basketball Preview - Part 3: Youngstown State

Release  Horizon League · November 1, 2006

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Nov. 1, 2006

No seniors.

It is a rare occurrence in college athletics, but nonetheless, it is the situation the Youngstown State women's basketball program finds itself facing in 2006-07.

Although this scenario may send up some red flags, the Penguins are not without quality veteran leadership, including four juniors and seven returners with at least 17 games played under their belts.

Still, Youngstown State Head Coach Tisha Hill comprehends the circumstances her program faces this season, but always plays the hand she is dealt with the same passion and vigor as when the Penguins were loaded with five seniors in 2004-05.

Horizon League Announces Men's, Women's Basketball TV Schedules

Release  Horizon League · November 1, 2006

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Nov. 1, 2006


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More than 65 Horizon League basketball games -- including 20 women's and nearly 50 men's -- will be broadcast on local, regional and national television during the 2006-07 season, the League office announced Wednesday (Nov. 1).


The Butler University men's team will tip-off the League's television slate Nov. 13 on ESPNU when the Bulldogs face the University of Notre Dame in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. That will be the first of at least nine games involving Horizon League teams on ESPN networks this season.

Men's Basketball Preview - Part 3: UW-Milwaukee

Release  Horizon League · November 1, 2006

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Nov. 1, 2006

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team will have a new look in the 2006-07 season.

In fact, that's a huge understatement. UWM's roster includes 15 players in their first or second years in Milwaukee, with a number of newcomers on the brink of cracking into the starting lineup. Plus, with all five starters from last season having graduated, the Panthers are assured of having an entirely new starting five this year.

All of those facts lead to the conventional wisdom the Panthers are poised for a step back in the Horizon League. But, a closer look at the group assembled in Milwaukee points toward a great opportunity to exceed those expectations. And, don't for a moment think the Panthers aren't setting their own expectations high and doing everything they can to defend their three-straight Horizon League regular season titles.

UWM believes it has assembled an extremely talented group of players, combining four returnees with a high-level collection of newcomers. The returnees include two seniors and two juniors, with Avery Smith and Allan Hanson appearing in every game last season. The impact newcomers are highlighted by Northern Illinois transfer Paige Paulsen, 2005 Milwaukee City Conference Player of the Year Ricky Franklin and junior-college transfer Marcus Skinner.

Horizon League Announces Men's, Women's Basketball Television Schedules

Release  Horizon League · November 1, 2006

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Nov. 1, 2006

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More than 65 Horizon League basketball games -- including 20 women's and nearly 50 men's -- will be broadcast on local, regional and national television during the 2006-07 season, the League office announced Wednesday (Nov. 1).


The Butler University men's team will tip-off the League's television slate Nov. 13 on ESPNU when the Bulldogs face the University of Notre Dame in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. That will be the first of at least nine games involving Horizon League teams on ESPN networks this season.

Women's Basketball Preview - Part 2: Detroit

Release  Horizon League · October 31, 2006

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Oct. 31, 2006

The Detroit Titan Women's basketball team looks to rebuild a team that lost its top six scorers from a year ago. Head Coach Mickey Barrett will count on the improvement of young players, as well the arrival of a number of very talented freshmen and transfers. This year's team does not enter the season with high expectations from others, but hopes that a tough early schedule, combined with the experience gained in the first half of the season, will allow them to be contenders for the Horizon League crown at the end of the season.

Guards

After losing key perimeter players from last year's team, the Titans will count on a group of players, led by Kandace Evans, Zemora Davis, Stephanie Carvin, and Marcella Cavitt. Evans, a 5-7 junior, is the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder from last year with an average of 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Barrett believes that her improvement on the defensive end, along with her ability to push the ball up the floor, is one of the keys to the season.

Sophomores Carvin and Cavitt also figure to be give key contributions on the perimeter. Carvin is a very skilled passer whom Barrett believes will be a very big factor as her shooting and other perimeter skills improve. Cavitt is a very hard worker that can play inside and outside whose toughness will be a big lift. "When it comes to toughness," Barrett said, "there is nobody in the league that will be as tough as she is, with the big heart."

Men's Basketball Preview - Part 2: Youngstown State

Release  Horizon League · October 31, 2006

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Oct. 31, 2006

Quin Humphrey.

One of the most talented players since the YSU program joined the Division I ranks 25 years ago is again the center piece of the team. Though in 2006-07 Humphrey will have help from a group of talented players eager to step forward and be successful.

Humphrey, who scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games last year, was the Penguins' most reliable performer throughout last season en route to leading the Horizon League in scoring and rebounding.

Now, with a coaching staff entering its second year, Youngstown State seems to be a team on the rise.

Swimming and Diving Weekly Release #3

Release  Horizon League · October 31, 2006

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Oct. 31, 2006

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Male Swimmer of the Week

Bjorn Schantz, Cleveland State
Sr..,
Loddekopinge, Sweden
Schantz won the 200 (1:44.03), 500 (4:38.47) and 1,000 free (9:36.35) as
CSU topped UW-Green Bay on Saturday.

Female Swimmer of the Week

Cross Country Weekly Release #9

Release  Horizon League · October 31, 2006

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Oct. 31, 2006

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Butler University swept the team and individual honors at the 2006 Horizon League Cross Country Championships, Saturday, October 28 on the Butler campus.  Following the races, the Horizon League announced the selections to the All-Horizon League First and Second Teams and honored the Horizon League Newcomers and Coach of the Year.  

 

Men's All-Horizon League First Team

Cleveland State's Schantz, Butler's Gardner named Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week

Release  Horizon League · October 31, 2006

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Oct. 31, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland State University senior Bjorn Schantz (swimming and diving) and Butler University junior Genni Gardner (cross country) have been named the Horizon League Scholar- Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Tuesday (Oct. 31).

Schantz won the men's award for the second consecutive week after recording first-place finishes in the 200, 500 and 1000 freestyle events in Cleveland State's victory over the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday (Oct. 28). He also participated on the Vikings' victorious 400 free relay quartet, leading CSU past the Phoenix in an early-season dual meet.

The Viking senior was the League's Athlete of the Year in 2005-06 as well as the Swimmer of the Meet after helping CSU to the 2006 League Championship---the school's first title in any sport since 1999. In the classroom, he carries a 3.83 grade-point average as an international business/marketing major, earning Dean's List honors on several occasions as well as CSU's Athletic Academic Award in 2005. He also was a member of the Academic All-League Team in 2006.

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