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Eason Named Capital One Academic All-American

Posted on 26 June 2014 by admin

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AUSTIN, Texas – Eastern Kentucky University junior Ann Eason has been voted a 2013-14 Capital One second team Academic All-American for women’s track and field / cross country by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Eason was one of the top distance runners in the country this past year. The native of Lexington, Ky. was ranked No. 13 in the NCAA East Region in the 5,000 meters this spring with a school-record time of 16:03.87. She was also named the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Female Track Athlete of the Year and won both the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters at this year’s conference outdoor championships.

During the cross country season, Eason was named the OVC Female Runner of the Year for the second straight fall and helped lead the EKU women’s team to its seventh conference title in the last eight years.

In the classroom, the elementary education teaching major carries a 3.95 GPA and was recently inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a national honor society recognizing student-athletes with 60 hours or more, who have a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA, have earned a varsity letter and are of high moral character.

Eason is one of only two OVC student-athletes to be named a women’s CoSIDA Academic All-American for track and field / cross country, joining third-team selection Molly Basch of Austin Peay.

To be nominated for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution (thus, true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and ineligible transfers are not eligible). In the cases of transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates, the athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible.

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EKU to Face West Virginia in First Round of Preseason WNIT

Posted on 25 June 2014 by admin

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will travel to Morgantown to face West Virginia in the first round of the Preseason WNIT, tournament officials announced on Tuesday.

The Lady Colonels will face the Mountaineers on Saturday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.

The winner of the game will advance to play the winner of Seton Hall/Rider.

If a team loses in the first two rounds, they will finish the tournament in the consolation bracket. The consolation bracket will be re-drawn to form new matchups based on the geography of teams involved, who can/cannot host, and recent history of teams. The consolation bracket will be released Nov. 16 after all of the first round games are complete.

EKU is 2-1 all-time versus WVU, although both of the Lady Colonels’ wins in the series came in the 1980s. WVU defeated Eastern, 60-40, in Morgantown on December 8, 2009.

This past season, EKU reached the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since 2005. The Lady Colonels are expected to return three starters from a squad that finished 17-13, including junior Shelly Harper, who led the team in rebounding (6.2 rebounds-per-game) and was second in scoring (10.4 points-per-game).

The WNIT Bracket can be found here.

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Lewis drafted by the Globetrotters

Posted on 24 June 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Former Colonel Marcus Lewis was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday. Lewis capped his EKU career by winning the 2014 Denny’s College Slam Dunk Championship in April.

The Globetrotters drafted six athletes in their eighth annual player drafter. While Lewis was the first player chosen, other draftees included Landon Donovan, Johnny Manziel and Sim Bhullar. Donovan is one of the most highly-decorated soccer players in U.S. history. Manziel, the former quarterback at Texas A&M, has now been drafted by the NFL, Major League Baseball and the Harlem Globetrotters. The 7-foot-5 Bhullar won two conference tournament MVP awards while playing at New Mexico State.

Lewis, a 6-foot-4 guard, will have the opportunity to attend a mini-camp/tryout in August where he can earn an invitation to the team’s training camp in late September. The Globetrotters’ domestic tour begins Dec. 26 and runs through April.

The Streamwood, Illinois native left Colonel fans in awe with his spectacular dunks during his two seasons in maroon and white. Lewis earned a spot in the Slam Dunk Championship by winning the 2014 “State Farm Dark Horse Dunker” Facebook competition, a 16-player bracket-style elimination competition. His alley-oop dunk during the 2012-13 season at Southeast Missouri climbed to No. 3 on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top-10 Plays, was a finalist for GEICO Play of the Year and advanced to the finals of the HoopsManefesto.com Dunk of the Year Tournament.

Lewis averaged 9.8 points and 1.6 steals per game his senior season. He shot 51 percent from the field and 32 percent from behind the arc. He earned a degree in general studies/health sciences in May.

The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment, showcasing some of the finest athletes on the planet and some of the greatest basketball ever seen. The Globetrotters represent 88 years of breaking down barriers, acts of goodwill, and a commitment to fans that goes beyond the game. The team searches the four corners of the world to find superb athletes with a flair for entertainment who are also able spread joy and goodwill outside of the athletic arena, via the Globetrotters’ numerous ambassadorial efforts.

EKU nearly upset No. 2 seed Kansas in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, leading the Jayhawks with 8:55 left in the game and trailing by only three with 3:39 to go. Eastern finished the season with a 24-10 record, the second most wins in program history.

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Jude Earns A Spot on 2014 CFPA Running Back Watch List

Posted on 24 June 2014 by admin

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Eastern Kentucky University football player JJ Jude has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Quarterback Award Watch List, as announced yesterday by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

Jude, a native of Hagerhill, Kentucky, led Eastern with 637 yards on the ground last season. The sophomore twice reached the 100-yard plateau in 2013 including a career-best 195 rushing yards against Morehead State. Jude equaled a program record with four rushing touchdowns against the Eagles. He also piled up 114 yards and a score in the win over Southeast Missouri.

The running back position should be one of the stronger units for the Colonels this year. Jude joins newcomer Dy’Shawn Mobley and redshirt freshman Kentayvus Hopkins in the preseason backfield rotation. EKU averaged 198.7 yards per game rushing in 2013.

The initial CFPA watch list includes 38 returning performers, vying for the top running back award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

Former EKU star Jeremy Caldwell earned the 2011 CFPA Elite Kickoff Returner Award.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015. For more information on the CFPA, please visit collegefootballperformance.com.

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2014 fall season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28.

Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

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Lady Colonels Add Arkansas State Transfer Jalen O’Bannon

Posted on 23 June 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Chrissy Roberts announced the signing of Arkansas State transfer Jalen O’Bannon on Monday.

O’Bannon – a 6-1 forward from Memphis, Tenn. – will have to sit out the 2014-15 season due to transfer rules. She will be a junior in 2015-16.

“We are very excited to add a talented player like Jalen,” Roberts said. “She has played two years of high-level, Division I basketball and that experience will make her an instant-impact forward for us beginning in 2015-16.”

O’Bannon was a force inside for Arkansas State last season, averaging 10.4 points-per-game and grabbing a team-best 6.6 rebounds-per-game. She led the team with six double-doubles, including the first of her career in a 20-point, 12-rebound performance versus Illinois on Nov. 23. She pulled down a career-high 17 boards in a game against conference foe Troy on Jan. 8.

Her performance as a sophomore earned O’Bannon fourth-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors from CollegeSportsMadness.com and helped lead the Red Wolves to a 22-12 record and a berth in the WNIT.

As a freshman, O’Bannon averaged 9.1 points-per-game and 3.9 rebounds-per-game for A-State. She poured in a career-high 23 points in a game at Troy that season.

O’Bannon played her prep hoops at Memphis Central High School, where she helped the Lady Warriors go 49-1 during her four years there.

O’Bannon joins an EKU team that reached the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament last season for the first time since 2005. The Lady Colonels are expected to return three starters from a squad that finished 17-13, including junior Shelly Harper who led the team in rebounding (6.2 rebounds-per-game) and was second in scoring (10.4 points-per-game).

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Two Colonels Compete in Track and Field National Championship Events

Posted on 14 June 2014 by Bret Shroats

Soufiane Bouchiki on the left and Ole Hesselbjerg on the right.

Soufiane Bouchiki on the left and Ole Hesselbjerg on the right.

 

Two Colonels earned spots in their respected National Championship events in the NCAA Track and Field tournament.

Soufiane Bouchiki ended his Eastern Kentucky career with a 15th place finish in the 5,000 meters even. Bouchiki finished the race with a time of 14:04.48.

Bouchiki defeated runners from Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech.

Bouchiki was named second team All-American after the race, his sixth All-American award as a Colonel.

Junior Ole Hesselbjerg finished third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase national championship.  After the spectacular finish Hesselbjerg was named first team All-American for a second straight year.

Hesselbjerg finished the race with a time of 8:38.75.

Anthony Rotich of UTEP won the race with a time of 8:32.21.

Ole Hesselbjerg is the first Colonel NCAA track medalist since Jacob Korir finished second in the indoor 5,000 meters in 2008!

Hesselbjerg beat runners from schools such as Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Louisville and Virginia.

 

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Ben Fisher Named Freshman All-American by the NCBWA

Posted on 10 June 2014 by admin

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Colonel Baseball player Ben Fisher was one of two Ohio Valley Conference baseball players have been named to the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-American team.  Austin Peay’s  utility player Alex Robles was the other.

Both Fisher and Robles were first-team selections; the two first-team selections for the OVC was second among all Conferences.

The 2014 NCBWA Freshman All-America team features players from 17 leagues and six conference championship teams. The two All-American squads also are made up of 12 conference “Rookie of the Year” winners. In addition, 22 all-conference honorees were named to the team.

Fisher started all of the team’s 55 games. He made only eight errors in his first season of college baseball and posted a 98.5 fielding percentage. Offensively he hit .286 with three home runs, 36 RBIs and 26 runs scored. As a freshman he was second on the team with 30 walks. He had a 16-game hitting streak from Feb. 28 to March 22. He was selected to the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference All-Freshman team at the end of the season.

Robles was the OVC’s Rookie of the Year, a second-team All-OVC pick as a pitcher, a member of the league’s All-Freshman team and was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team last week by Collegiate Baseball. He appeared in 55 games, including 35 infield starts and 14 starts as a pitcher. Robles led the Govs with a .349 batting average and his 39 RBI were second-most on the team. On the mound, Robles was equally dominant with a 6-2 record and 3.63 earned-run average while striking out 56 batters in 84.1 innings. In OVC play, Robles batted .328 with 10 doubles and 24 RBI. However, as the Govs No. 1 weekend pitcher each week of league play, he went 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA and struck out 48 in 63 innings.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association’s official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.

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McClain Earns a Spot on 2014 CFPA Quarterback Watch List

Posted on 10 June 2014 by admin

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Eastern Kentucky University football player Jared McClain has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Quarterback Award Watch List, as announced today by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

McClain, a native of Hiram, Georgia, started 11 of 12 games at the quarterback position for the Colonels in 2013. The senior finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference in both passing (1,535 yards) and total offense (1,949) last fall. McClain’s best game as a junior came in a win over Morehead State where he completed 17-of-26 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 73 yards and tossed three scoring passes in the 44-0 victory over No. 23 Tennessee State.

The initial CFPA watch list includes 36 returning performers, vying for the top quarterback award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

Last season, Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams earned the CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.

Former EKU star Jeremy Caldwell earned the 2011 CFPA Elite Kickoff Returner Award.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015. For more information on the CFPA, please visit collegefootballperformance.com.

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2014 fall season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28.

Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

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