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Men's Basketball Weekly Release #7

Release  Horizon League · December 18, 2006

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Dec. 18, 2006

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Horizon League Player of the Week

Mike Schachtner, UW-Green Bay
Sophomore * Forward
Somerset, Wis. (Somerset)

Schachtner averaged 27 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in a pair of Phoenix victories last week to earn his first career player-of-the-week honor. The six-foot-nine sophomore tallied a career-high 36 points Tuesday in a 92-81 victory over Chicago State, hitting 11-of-15 field-goal attempts, including seven-of-eight three-pointers, to go along with a perfect seven-of-seven at the free-throw line and seven rebounds. His 36 points were the most by a UW-Green Bay player in 10 years. He then had a game highs of 18 points and six rebounds in a 80-48 win Saturday over South Dakota State. For the week, Schachtner connected on nine-of-12 three-pointers (.750) and all 13 of his free-throw attempts.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #7

Release  Horizon League · December 18, 2006

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Dec. 18, 2006

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Player of the Week

Krystal Hugelier, UIC
Senior * Guard * Elmhurst, Ill.
Hugelier averaged 17 points per game in two games for the Flames last week. She shot 57.9 percent from the field (11-of-19) and 66.7 percent (eight-of-12) from the three-point land, while adding five assists in the 1-1 week. The senior posted a season- and team-best 24 points against No. 17 DePaul. Hugelier shot 75 percent (six-of-nine) from three-point land and 63.6 percent from the field (seven-of-11). The guard also made four-of-four from the free throw line to improve her overall percentage to .833 on the season.

Other Top Performances from the Week Ending Dec. 17

Graczyk, Morote-Ariza earn All-America honors from <i>Soccer Buzz</i> Magazine

Release  Horizon League · December 14, 2006

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Dec. 14, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS - The awards keep coming for Horizon League women's soccer players as University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee junior defender Ginny Graczyk and Loyola University Chicago freshman forward Cynthia Morote-Ariza were named to Soccer Buzz's 2006 All-American squads on Wednesday (Dec. 13).

Graczyk, a Third-Team All-American honoree by Soccer Buzz, anchored the Panther backline this season by playing every minute of every game for a defense that allowed only 0.44 goals-against average. The club set program records for wins (16), shutouts (16) and goals-against average. As a team, UWM placed third in the nation in shutout percentage (.727), fourth in goals-against average and 12th in winning percentage (.773) with a record of 16-4-2. Advancing in penalty kicks over Michigan in the first round, the Panthers made an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive season. Graczyk adds this award to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic All-America, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes First-Team, Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Region First-Team and NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region First-Team credits she has already earned this off-season.

Morote-Ariza, a Second-Team Freshman All-American selection, led Loyola to arguably its best season in school history with a 14-6-2 record overall and the second loop crown in the program's history. On the way to the record 14 wins, Morote-Ariza led the Ramblers in goals (nine), assists (nine) and points (27), setting new Loyola single-season marks in goals and points. She was named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and the Tournament MVP in addition to earning spots on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Second Team, All-Horizon League First Team and Horizon League All-Newcomer Teams.

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.

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

Release  Horizon League · December 13, 2006

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Dec. 13, 2006

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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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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.

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

Release  Horizon League · December 13, 2006

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Dec. 13, 2006

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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&amp;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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Dec. 12, 2006

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Male Swimmer of the Week

 

Joey Weber

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