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Horizon League steps to head of the class with nine NSCAA Team Academic Award recipients

Release  Horizon League · December 13, 2006

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Mission, Kan. -- For the Horizon League, the 2006 soccer season featured several pairs. Two schools---the University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University Chicago---represented theLeague in the 2006 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. Two institutions---Loyola and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee---carried the League banner into the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.

Loyola and UW-Milwaukee provided another pair of honors for the circuit this week as two of 11 NCAA Division I schools to have both teams receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. A total of 38 other institutions at the Division II, DIvision III and NAIA levels also gained dual distinction from the NSCAA, with the awards honoring achievements during the 2005 season and the 2005-06 academic calendar.

A total of 82 men's collegiate teams and 231 women's teams garnered recognition through the program, maintaining composite grade-point averages of 3.00 or higher for the academic year, with all players on the roster figuring into the final tabulations. Because the spring semester is included, teams receive the award at the following year's convention, with the latest accolades to be presented at the College Coaches Luncheon during the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis in January.

Three Horizon League volleyball players earn AVCA All-America honorable mention status

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2006 Division I All-America teams, Wednesday, Dec. 13, as three Horizon League players earned Honorable Mention status.  The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee saw Leanne Felsing and Cheryl Hegemann gain recognition, along with University of Illinois at Chicago standout Ambria Springer. 

Senior middle blocker Hegemann was named the League's Player of the Year after propelling the Panthers to a regular-season League title, and subsequently helped UW-Milwaukee claim the Horizon League Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.  She led UW-Milwaukee in kills and blocks during the regular season and was also named the League's Offensive Player of the Week twice.  Hegemann ranked in the top 10 in five Horizon League statistical categories for the season and is now UW-Milwaukee's all-time blocks leader. Hegemann finished at second in the League in points per game with an average of 4.58 and was ranked third in the circuit in kills with 3.61 per game, while also averaging 1.10 blocks per game.

Junior setter Felsing earned honorable mention recognition thanks to her strong overall play. An all-Horizon League honoree, she ranks among UWM's all-time top 10 in digs, assists and aces and in the top 15 in kills.  Felsing notched the seventh triple-double of her career on Oct. 20 at Cleveland State University when she collected 12 kills, 20 digs and 24 assists to earn the College Volleyball Update's National Player of the Week award.  Earlier in the season, Felsing was named the Most Valuable Player of the Bama Bash and was a two-time Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honoree.  In addition to her triple-double, she had 18 double-doubles this season.

Horizon League steps to head of the class with nine NSCAA Team Academic Award recipients

Release  Horizon League · December 13, 2006

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Mission, Kan. -- For the Horizon League, the 2006 soccer season featured several pairs. Two schools---the University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University Chicago---represented theLeague in the 2006 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. Two institutions---Loyola and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee---carried the League banner into the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.

Loyola and UW-Milwaukee provided another pair of honors for the circuit this week as two of 11 NCAA Division I schools to have both teams receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. A total of 38 other institutions at the Division II, DIvision III and NAIA levels also gained dual distinction from the NSCAA, with the awards honoring achievements during the 2005 season and the 2005-06 academic calendar.

A total of 82 men's collegiate teams and 231 women's teams garnered recognition through the program, maintaining composite grade-point averages of 3.00 or higher for the academic year, with all players on the roster figuring into the final tabulations. Because the spring semester is included, teams receive the award at the following year's convention, with the latest accolades to be presented at the College Coaches Luncheon during the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis in January.

Horizon League steps to head of the class with nine NSCAA Team Academic Award recipients

Release  Horizon League · December 13, 2006

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Dec. 13, 2006

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Mission, Kan. -- For the Horizon League, the 2006 soccer season featured several pairs. Two schools---the University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University Chicago---represented theLeague in the 2006 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. Two institutions---Loyola and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee---carried the League banner into the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship.

Loyola and UW-Milwaukee provided another pair of honors for the circuit this week as two of 11 NCAA Division I schools to have both teams receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. A total of 38 other institutions at the Division II, DIvision III and NAIA levels also gained dual distinction from the NSCAA, with the awards honoring achievements during the 2005 season and the 2005-06 academic calendar.

A total of 82 men's collegiate teams and 231 women's teams garnered recognition through the program, maintaining composite grade-point averages of 3.00 or higher for the academic year, with all players on the roster figuring into the final tabulations. Because the spring semester is included, teams receive the award at the following year's convention, with the latest accolades to be presented at the College Coaches Luncheon during the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis in January.

Five Horizon League women's soccer players earn spots on NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region teams

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INDIANAPOLIS - A successful 2006 Horizon League women's soccer season has also proven to be a success in the classroom for the student-athletes as five players were honored on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Scholar All-Central Region teams Tuesday (Dec. 12).

Junior defender Ginny Graczyk from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Detroit Mercy senior forward Mary Parker both picked up First-Team accolades to go along with their College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American awards they already earned for their efforts in the classroom.

Graczyk, who owns a 3.87 grade-point average as a health sciences/psychology major, played every minute of every game for a UW-Milwaukee defense that posted a school-record 16 shutouts and ranked fourth in the nation with a school-standard 0.44 goals-against average.

Butler runner Ava Hutchinson takes time out for a Q&A with the Horizon League

Release  Horizon League · December 12, 2006

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Dec. 12, 2006

Why did you decide to attend Butler University? 

Joe our coach got in touch with me by e-mail back home and offered me to come out for a year.  I got a chance to run and travel at the same time so it was a brilliant opportunity.

 

What is the best aspect of being a part of Butler's cross country and track and field teams?

Swimming and Diving Weekly Release #8

Release  Horizon League · December 12, 2006

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Male Swimmer of the Week

 

Joey Weber

Levin, Real lead the way as Loyola sweeps Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week awards

Release  Horizon League · December 12, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Loyola University Chicago junior Tom Levin (men's basketball) and Rambler senior Jenna Real (women's basketball) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Tuesday (Dec. 12).

Levin turned in his best effort of the season in Loyola's 76-42 victory over Loyola University New Orleans last Saturday (Dec. 9), posting yearly-high totals of eight points, five rebounds and two steals. The junior forward hit all three of his shots from the field including a pair of three-pointers. He has been a key contributor off the bench throughout the season, helping the Ramblers to a 7-3 record.

In the classroom, Levin carries a 3.58 grade-point average as an economics major. He was a member of the Academic All-League team last winter and also earned a spot on the circuit's Academic Honor Roll in each semester during the 2005-06 season.

Nine women's soccer players honored on<i> Soccer Buzz </i>Magazine's All-Region Teams

Release  Horizon League · December 12, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS - Nine Horizon League women's soccer players were recognized by Soccer Buzz Magazine as the Internet publication announced its All-Great Lakes Region teams on Monday (Dec. 11).

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had the most honorees with sophomore Sarah Teegarden and junior Ginny Graczyk placing on the top squad, while sophomore keeper Erin Kane (Second-Team) and freshman Louise Vraney (All-Freshman) also earned accolades.

Graczyk and Kane anchored the Panther defense this season. Graczyk played every minute of every game at a central defender post and Kane finished eighth in the country in goals against average (0.49) in helping UW-Milwaukee to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. UWM set school records for wins (16), shutouts (16) and goals-against average (0.44).

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #6

Release  Horizon League · December 11, 2006

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Horizon League Player of the Week

Keston Roberts, Youngstown State
Senior * Guard * Brooklyn, N.Y. (Erasmus Hall/(Connors [Okla.] State J.C.)
Roberts averaged 21.5 points in two victories last week. He scored a game-high 21 points Sunday as the Penguins defeated defending League champion UW-Milwaukee, 68-65, for YSU's first win in Milwaukee since 1991. He hit nine of 17 shots from the field including a pair of three-pointers. Roberts opened the week with 22 points, eight rebounds and two assists in Youngstown State's victory over Lock Haven on Tuesday. For the week, he shot 50 percent (18-of-36) from the field and collected 11 rebounds in the two games.

Other Top Performances for the Week Ending December 10

Mike Green, Butler
Jr. * G * Philadelphia, Pa.
Green led the Bulldogs in scoring in both games last week, recording a season-high 21 poinst versus Ball State on Wednesday and adding 18 in a loss at Indiana State on Saturday. Green shot 50 percent from the field (11-of-22) for the week.

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