September 12, 2014

Fort Wayne Adds Cantillo, Kaneshiro to Softball Coaching Staff

IPFW head softball coach Germaine Fairchild announced the hiring of Chelsea Cantillo and Kelley Kaneshiro to her staff. Cantillo and Kaneshiro previously worked together at Utah State where Cantillo took her first coaching position while Kaneshiro was a junior on the team.

Cantillo spent the 2014 season on the staff at Army in West Point, New York, where she helped the Black Knights earn the fourth seed in the Patriot League Tournament en route to posting 23 wins. She helped guide two members of the squad to earn All-NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) honors, including a first-team selection. Cantillo worked primarily with the infield during her stints at Army and Utah State.

Kaneshiro comes to IPFW after most recently being employed by the City of Boise (Idaho) working with at-risk youth. During her time in Boise, Kaneshiro also worked for the local YMCA as the lead membership representative.

September 09, 2014

Lindy's Sports College Basketball Forecasts #SummitMBB

The 2014-15 Lindy’s Sports College Basketball Yearbook hit newsstands today. The publication ranks The Summit League No. 21 in its national conference ranking. Its analysis of the league race, written by Lindsey Willhite, forecasts Denver atop the standings. Below is a summary of the picks:

1. Denver
2. Fort Wayne
3. Oral Roberts
4. North Dakota State
5. South Dakota State
6. Omaha
7. South Dakota
8. Western Illinois

Lawrence Alexander (G), North Dakota State
Obi Emegano (G), Oral Roberts
Steve Forbes (F), Fort Wayne
Cody Larson (F), South Dakota State
Brett Olson (G), Denver

Korey Billbury (G/F), Oral Roberts
Brandon Bos (G), South Dakota
CJ Carter (G), Omaha
Garret Covington (G), Western Illinois
Mike Rostampour (C), Omaha

Brett Olson (G), Denver

George Marshall (G), South Dakota State

Best Shooter: Brett Olson, Denver
Best Rebounder: Mike Rostampour, Omaha
Best Playmaker: Trey Norris, South Dakota
Best Defender: Devin Patterson, Omaha
Most Versatile: Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State
Best NBA Prospect: Cody Larson, South Dakota State

To read the full analysis of The Summit League, pick up a copy of Lindy’s College Basketball Yearbook at your local newsstand or order online.

Leatherneck Baseball Lends Helping Hand to Lincoln Elementary School

On Saturday, September 6, Western Illinois baseball student-athletes gathered at Macomb's Lincoln Elementary to give back to the community by weeding the playground and painting new lines in the parking lot. The project was a special one for head baseball coach Ryan Brownlee.

"I come from a family of educators so most of our community service projects are about helping kids," said Brownlee. "My daughter Norah graduated from Lincoln last year and had a great experience there.  Mr. Horrell is a tremendous person who has a lot of school pride for Lincoln."

In just two hours 34 Leatherneck baseball players cleared weeds from the playground and painted fresh lines for stalls in the parking lot. Two projects that eliminated hours of work from the school district's "to-do" list.

September 04, 2014

The Sporting News Previews The #SummitMBB Season

The 2014-15 Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook is the first to hit newsstands this season. In its breakdown of The Summit League, written by John Akers of the Basketball Times, Oral Roberts was tabbed as league favorite. Below is a summary of TSN’s picks:

1. Oral Roberts
2. Fort Wayne
3. Denver
4. South Dakota State
5. North Dakota State
6. Omaha
7. South Dakota
8. Western Illinois

Korey Billbury (G), Oral Roberts
Obi Emegano (G), Oral Roberts
Steve Forbes (F), Fort Wayne
Cody Larson (F), South Dakota State
Brett Olson (G), Denver

Top Player: Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts
Top Newcomer:  Deondre Parks, South Dakota State
Top Coach: Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts

To read the full analysis of The Summit League, pick up a copy of The Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook at your local newsstand or order online.

August 20, 2014

Women's Soccer Exhibition Scoreboard (Aug. 19)

NDSU's Lauren Miller
North Dakota State 2, Bemidji State 1
The North Dakota State University Bison women's soccer team claimed a 2-1 victory over the Bemidji State University Beavers Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Dacotah Field in their final exhibition match before beginning regular season play.

Anisha Kinnarath gave the Bison a 1-0 advantage in the 22nd-minute after she scored a goal off a Jaclyn Scanlan assist. Scanlan charged down the left side of the field and directed the ball towards Kinnarath, who hammered it into the lower right corner of the net.

August 18, 2014

Omaha Adds Bennett to Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

Tim Bennett, the Executive Director of Omaha FC, has joined the UNO women's soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2014 season.

Bennett has been the OFC Executive Director since July 2013 and will continue in that role while assisting the Maverick program through the 2014 season. Bennett replaces Ted Anderson, who resigned in the offseason to pursue other professional opportunities.

August 16, 2014

Women's Soccer Exhibition Scoreboard (Aug. 16)

SIU Edwardsville 2, Western Illinois 1
Western Illinois women's soccer dropped its final preseason match 2-1 to SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday (Aug. 16).

The Fighting Leathernecks fell behind early in the second minute when an Edwardsville forward won the ball at the top of the box and finished her left-footed shot far-post past a diving Victoria Kappel. Western Illinois fought back, leveling the match in the 17th minute.

IUPUI 1, Ball State 1
The IUPUI women's soccer team earned a 1-1 draw in its lone exhibition match to start the 2014 season on Saturday (Aug. 16), playing Ball State even at Briner Sports Complex. Sophomore Alyssa Fox had the Jaguars' lone goal, scoring in the game's 33rd minute. 

Being preseason, the two teams opted to play three 30-minute periods and no overtime.

South Dakota 5, Viterbo 0
South Dakota scored three times in the first half and twice late in the second to score a 5-0 win against Viterbo Saturday in an exhibition contest at USD Soccer Complex. The Coyotes open their 2014 season at 4 p.m. Friday at home against Northern State.
USD outshot Viterbo 22-3 and allowed the V-Hawks one shot on goal. The Coyotes had five different goal scorers including sophomore Corey Strang and freshman Lara Boman, who each added an assist.

Oral Roberts 4, Central Arkansas 0
Kayla Nsien netted two goals for the Oral Roberts University women’s soccer team on Saturday as the Golden Eagles blew out Central Arkansas 4-0 in exhibition action in Conway, Ark.
Nsien started the scoring for the Golden Eagles in the 17th minute as she took a cross from Megan Giles, hitting the ball off the cross bar into the net from 10 yards out.

North Dakota State 4, Jamestown 0
The North Dakota State University women's soccer team started the 2014 season with a convincing 4-0 shutout win over the University of Jamestown Jimmies in a weather-shortened exhibition match Saturday, Aug. 16, under the lights of Dacotah Field. The match was called due to inclement weather with 12:30 remaining in the second-half. 

Lizzie Lukas paced the Bison with a goal and an assist while Olivia Norman, Tiana Khamvongsa and Genna Joyce also found the back of the net for NDSU.

Fort Wayne 2, UIC 0
In a final tune-up before the regular season begins next Friday, the IPFW women's soccer team used two late-game goals to take down UIC 2-0 in an exhibition match on Saturday night. The 'Dons were part of a historic evening for the Flames, who hosted the first game in program history at Flames Field as the team kicks off their inaugural year at the university.

After a closely contested first half, the score remained knotted at zero with UIC narrowly edging out IPFW 4-2 in total shots over the first 45 minutes. Of the six shots, the 'Dons were responsible for the only shot on goal.

No. 17 Texas Tech 2, No. 25 Denver 1
The No. 25 University of Denver women's soccer team concluded its preseason with a 2-1 loss to No. 17 Texas Tech on Saturday night at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. 

Sophomore Brooke Boothe opened the scoring in the fourth minute on a set-piece header off a service from senior centerback Sam Harder. Freshman midfielder Jocelyn Loomis drew the foul to set up the 35 yard free kick on the left side. Harder played her free kick in the middle of the area eight yards out to set up Boothe’s flick into the lower right corner.