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114 EKU Student-Athletes Earn OVC Honor Roll Honors

114 EKU Student-Athletes Earn OVC Honor Roll Honors

Posted on 15 August 2017 by admin

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University placed 114 student-athletes on the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2016-17 academic year, the league office announced on Friday.

Sixteen EKU student-athletes appeared on the Honor Roll for two sports, bringing the total number of selections to 130.

The men’s golf team (8) and the women’s track and field team (21) had more Honor Roll selections than any other OVC team in those sports.  The total women’s track and field team selections exceeded that of any other team from any other sport.

To earn Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition, recipients must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade-point-average and have been eligible and on the team throughout the competitive season in their chosen NCAA-sponsored sport(s) and used a season of competition.

Baseball (16)
Jacob Abbott
Jaxson Blair
Casey Collins
Nicholas Cumpston
Ben Fisher
Max Ford
Alex Holderbach
Nick Howie
Caleb Johnson
Miles Jones
Ryland Kerr
Nick Laster
Brian Mroz
Aaron Ochsenbein
Logan Starnes
Cole Warrenfeltz

Men’s Basketball (2)
Dillon Avare
Isaac McGlone

Women’s Basketball (8)
Amadi Brooks
Alexus Cooper
Mariah Massengill
Katie Pippen
Tae’Lour Richardson
Marcella Rocha
Zee Willix
Abby Wright

Men’s Cross-Country (7)
Samuel Abascal*
Jakob Abrahamsen*
Jamaine Coleman*
Henry Earl*
Amos Kosgey*
Jaime Perales*
Greyson Winiger*

Women’s Cross-Country (9)
Luisa Boschan*
Meggan Grams*
Katherine Grasberger*
Lauren Ossege*
Leah Polycarpou*
Ciara Scott*
Ann Tum*
Haley Yost*
Madison Zeitz*

Football (8)
Tim Boyle
Jeffery Canady
Henry Enyenihi
Cameron Fogle
Ben Hoff man
Avery Pitt
Lucas Williams
Keith Wrzuszczak

Men’s Golf (8)
Austin Bagshaw
Jared Brown
Kyle Jury
Edvin Lindgren
Erik Lindwall
Tyler Lippert
Travis Rose
Will Sallee

Women’s Golf (4)
Mikayla Hauck
Amanda Lindahl
Hannabeth Owens
Emilie Simmons

Women’s Soccer (16)
Mikayla Brillon
Emmi Carroll
Samantha Eastes
Kacy Eckley
Sutton Edwards
Jordan Foster
Larissa Heslop
Haley Kemper
Kirsten LaPlante
Lorah Pund
Idalys Rea
Cassie Smith
Makenna Sullivan
Erin Torrence
Allison Werner
Marian Wolski

Softball (7)
Brooke Harrison
Murphy McRoberts
Paige Murphy
Amber Murray
Mollie Paulick
Alex Sallberg
Kelly Wood

Men’s Tennis (3)
Sebastian Mueller
Romain Stoffels
Ramon Van Flymen

Women’s Tennis (4)
Sagung Putri Dwinta
Margaux Lacroix
Marina Marti Hernanz
Raquel Adriana Montalvo Perez

Men’s Track and Field (9)
Samuel Abascal*
Jakob Abrahamsen*
Jamaine Coleman*
Henry Earl*
Toby Howard
Amos Kosgey*
Jaime Perales*
Derayvon Thomas-Randle
Greyson Winiger*

Women’s Track and Field (21)
Luisa Boschan*
Darrian Botts
Nicole Goderwis
Meggan Grams*
Katherine Grasberger*
Ke’Asia Johnson-Bell
Megan Kiely
Heather Klusman
Hailey Lacy
Anna-Elizabeth Marcinek
Lauren Ossege*
Leah Polycarpou*
Rachel Rehkamp
Katelyn Richard
Chynna Savoy
Ciara Scott*
Maryssa Stewart
Samantha Tamplin
Ann Tum*
Haley Yost*
Madison Zeitz*

Volleyball (8)
Katelynn Caserma-Kloeble
Maria Ferragonio
Clairissa Hankinson
Ciera Koons
Mallory Maxwell
Chloe Rojas
Celina Sanks
Rachel Woody

* Student-athlete was a winner in multiple sports.

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Softball Inks Six for the 2017 class

Softball Inks Six for the 2017 class

Posted on 14 August 2017 by admin

Richmond, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University softball team and Head Coach Jane Worthington has announced the final six additions to the 2017 signing class. The class displays two true freshman and four transfers.

Samantha Reynoso is a 5’7″ pitcher that hails from Palmdale, California. She comes from William J. Pete Knight High School where she collected Player of the Year and First Team All-League accolades as a freshman, junior and senior and was a member of teams that went 14-0 in regular season her junior and senior seasons, that went on to make it to the state quarterfinals.

Mattira Morales is a 5’9″ catcher/infielder from Broomfield, Colorado and another true freshman addition to the roster. She comes to EKU from Broomfield High School where she was a four-year member of the Regional Championship Teams. Her freshman and sophomore year the squad made it to the Final Four in the state, her senior year the team captured the state title and went undefeated in conference play.

Melissa Jacobsen is a middle infield/outfielder from Liberty Township, Ohio. She comes to EKU as a sophomore from Cleveland State University. During her freshman campaign, she batted .319 overall, .333 in conference play, tallied 23 runs, 51 hits and stole safely nine times. She finished the season being named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.

Emily Corbitt is a middle infielder transferring in from Pensacola State Junior College where she played for two years. During her freshman season the Thomasville, Georgia native batted .333 and knocked in 24 runs batted in. She finished the season being named Second Team All-Conference. During her sophomore campaign, Corbitt again batted .333, collected 18 RBIs and had a .410 on-base percentage.

Jacqueline Mercado is a utility player/infielder that is also a junior college transfer from Howard College. During both seasons the squad was the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Champions and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region Five West Champions. The Rosamond, California native had a breakout season in 2017 where she was named to the WJCAC All-Conference Team, NFCA NJCAA Division I West Region First Team, NFCA NJCAA Division I Third Team All-American, collected accolades as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the National Tournament and was nominated the WJCAC Player of the Week for March 12-18.

Destinee Lizzmore rounds out the signing class, coming to EKU from the College of Central Florida. She is a second baseman/outfielder native to Jacksonville, Florida. During her freshman campaign, Lizzmore was named Mid-Florida Conference Second Team All-Conference and garnered a spot on the MFC/FCSAA All-Academic Team. Her second year she was named Mid-Florida Conference First Team All-Conference, NFCA NJCAA Division I All-Region, NFCA NJCAA All-American, MFC/FCSAA All-Academic Team and led the state in homeruns (17) and RBIs (74). In the two seasons combined Lizzmore notched a .363 batting average, collected 111 RBIs, tallied 88 runs scored, 32 stolen bases and 25 round-trippers.

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EKU To Unveil Roy Kidd Statue On Sept. 23

EKU To Unveil Roy Kidd Statue On Sept. 23

Posted on 11 August 2017 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University will unveil a statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels will be located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Public viewing of the statue will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23. The 2017 EKU football team will host Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m.

The statue was completed using private funds that have been donated specifically for the project over the last two years.

Kidd retired from his coaching duties at EKU, his alma mater, after the 2002 football season. At the time he was the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history (FBS and FCS). He coached the Colonels for 39 years, compiling a 314-124-8 (.705) overall record.

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame inducted Kidd into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

During his tenure at Eastern from 1964-2002, he led the Colonels to 16 Ohio Valley Conference titles and made what was then a record 17 NCAA Division I playoff appearances. EKU appeared in four consecutive NCAA national championship contests, winning the 1979 and 1982 national titles.

A two-time Football Championship Subdivision National Coach of the Year and 10-time OVC Coach of the Year, Kidd has the third most victories at a single school among all divisions in NCAA history. In 39 seasons, his teams recorded 37 non-losing seasons, including a streak of 25 consecutive seasons with a winning record.

20942Kidd, who coached 41 players who signed with National Football League teams, 55 All-Americans and 202 first team All-OVC selections, is a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

A past president of the American Football Coaches Association, Kidd was a two-time Lexington Herald Sportsman of the Year.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s highest football award each season, given to the best high school football player in the state of Kentucky, is named the Roy Kidd Award. Beginning with the 2003 season, the OVC Coach of the Year award was named the Roy Kidd OVC Coach of the Year Award.
Kidd was inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame on May 30, 2003.

Kidd received four varsity letters in football and baseball as a student-athlete at Eastern. While establishing a dozen records as quarterback, he was an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and “Little All-American” choice in 1953.

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10 Colonels Recognized By College Sports Madness

10 Colonels Recognized By College Sports Madness

Posted on 07 August 2017 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Ten football players were given preseason recognition by College Sports Madness, the organization announced last week.

Defensive lineman Aaron Patrick and punter Keith Wrzuszczak were chosen to the Madness 2017 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference first team. Wide receiver Ryan Markush and offensive lineman Cameron Kowalewski earned second team honors. The third team included offensive lineman Chance Edwards, kicker Lucas Williams, linebacker Corey Glass, and defensive backs Ben Bascom and Cornelius Floyd.

Quarterback Austin Scott was chosen as the Madness Preseason Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year.

Last season, Patrick was a first team All-OVC honoree. He was also selected to the 2016 Hero Sports Sophomore All-America first team. The 6-foot-4, 227-pound Dayton, Ohio native was second in the OVC, and 42nd in the nation, with an average of 0.64 sacks per game. He led the team with seven sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. Patrick finished eighth in the OVC with an average of 0.91 tackles for a loss per game.

Wrzuszczak was a second team All-OVC selection after last season. The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Geelong, Victoria, Australia native ranked third in the conference and 17th in the nation in punt average. He averaged 42.1 yards on 59 punts while placing 28 punts inside the 20 yard line. The senior had seven punts of 50 or more yards. Wrzuszczak’s directional skill helped EKU lead the OVC in net punting (41.19 ypp) and punt return defense (2.50 ypp). The Colonels ranked third and fourth in the nation, respectively, in those two categories.

Markush made an immediate impact in his first season, starting all 11 games. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound senior from Germantown, Maryland finished second on the team with 41 receptions and second with 556 receiving yards. He averaged 13.6 yards per reception, which was 14th best in the OVC. The 6-foot-5, 272-pound Kowalewski started all 11 games at right tackle. The redshirt junior from Dallas, Georgia helped EKU average 247.6 passing yards per game, third in the OVC and 32nd in the nation.

Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound, redshirt senior from Webster, Florida, played in all 11 games and made six starts on the offensive line. In addition to helping EKU average 247.6 passing yards per game, Eastern totaled 500 or more yards of offense four times, including three of his six starts. Williams finished the season 10-for-16 on field goals and 29-for-29 on extra-point attempts. The redshirt senior from Russell Springs, Kentucky went 6-for-7 on field goals of 29 or fewer yards.

Glass played in all 11 games and started the final nine games of the season at linebacker. The 5-foot-10, 216-pound junior from Jacksonville, Florida, was third on the team with 73 tackles and had 5.0 tackles for a loss of 10 yards. He intercepted two passes and totaled 92 return yards. Glass tied for 16th in the OVC with an average of 6.6 tackles per game. Bascom, a 5-foot-9, 178-pound redshirt sophomore from Apopka, Florida, started seven times at nickel back and appeared in all 11 games. He was sixth on the team with 43 tackles and second on the team with eight pass break-ups. He registered two sacks for a loss of 14 yards. Floyd, a 5-foot-11, 176-pound senior, played in all 11 games despite joining the program a week before the season-opener. The Miami, Florida native made six starts, five at cornerback and one at nickel back. He led the team with nine pass break-ups and totaled 21 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss.

Scott, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Moore, South Carolina, redshirted last season. He was a first team Parade All-American, Max Preps first team All-American, Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina, High School Sports Report South Carolina Mr. Football, finalist for Parade All-American Player of the Year, finalist for Max Preps All-American Player of the Year, USA Today South Carolina Offensive Player of the Year, first team USA Today All-USA Team, Spartanburg Herald Journal Offensive Player of the Year and Max Preps Regional Player of the Year as a senior at Spartanburg High School in 2015.

The Colonels will open their 2017 season at Western Kentucky on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. ET. Eastern’s first home game is slated for Sept. 23 against Tennessee Tech. For season ticket information, contact the EKU Athletics Ticket Office at 844-3-GOBIGE.

The Eastern Kentucky University football program has won two national championships, 21 conference titles and has made 21 playoff appearances. No other Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team has won at least two FCS national titles and 20 or more conference championships.

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