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.