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A collection of Horizon League releases and blog entries.

Baseball Preview, Part 3: Butler

Release  Horizon League · February 13, 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.

Softball Preview, Part 4: Cleveland State

Release  Horizon League · February 13, 2007

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Feb. 13, 2007

First-year head coach Angie Nicholson thinks if Cleveland State's young pitching staff can round into form during the first couple months of the season, the rest of the pieces are there for her alma mater to be right in the middle of the title race the first week of May.

"Obviously, replacing what we lost in the circle last year is going to be tough, but I firmly believe that our offense and defense will be on par with anyone in the League."In 2006, CSU became just the third team to lead the League in all three team categories and this year's incoming freshmen have made the team better defensively and more dangerous on the basepaths.

"We're really going to challenge the other team's defense on every pitch," Nicholson said. "We want to take them out of their comfort zone and make them react to what we're doing.

"Defensively, as long as our pitchers keep the ball out of the middle of the plate, we're going to make a lot of plays behind them. We're solid everywhere but second base, and I feel that by the time the season rolls around that won't even be an issue any more."

Detroit catcher/infielder Kaleigh Rafter takes time out for a Q&A with the Horizon League

Release  Horizon League · February 12, 2007

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Feb. 12, 2007

What is the best aspect of being a part of UDM's softball team?

The best part about being on the softball team is the friendships you instantly make.  You have fifteen best friends every year that will do anything for you.  There is always someone there to pick you up and keep you going.

 

What is your most memorable moment as a UDM Titan?

Softball Preview, Part 3: UW-Green Bay

Release  Horizon League · February 12, 2007

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Feb. 12, 2007

Any time that a team must replace three All-League performers from the previous season, there's bound to be a certain level of uncertainty. Throw in the fact that 15 of the 21 players on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay softball team's 2007 roster are either freshmen or sophomores and the squad is bound to be a work in progress.

The Phoenix returns five position starters and one pitcher from last season's squad that posted a 14-21 overall record and a 10-10 Horizon League mark, good for fourth place. Among the key departed individuals UW-Green Bay needs to replace are first-team all-Horizon League picks Kate Sullivan, the league batting champion from a year ago, and pitcher Lisa Meissner, the school's career leader in strikeouts.

Despite some of the questions that surround this year's team, third-year head coach Jean Rivett likes what she saw from the group in the fall and the potential it has.

"We're trying to create our identity," Rivett said. "We ended on a great note in the fall. Despite being young, defensively I think we're solid. The questions are with our offense and with almost an entirely new pitching staff.

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).

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