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1.............................................................................From the Director2.................................................................................. 90 Foundation3........................................................................... Homecoming 20074.......... B2 & Comcast Games / EDS Student-Athletes of the Year5...................................................................... Cross Country Recap6............................................................... Mens Basketball Preview7..........................................................Womens Basketball Preview8......................................................Alumni - Where Are They Now?9................................................................Baseball Stadium Project10.........................................................Swimming & Diving Preview11 .............................................................................Fencing Preview12........................................................................New Staff Members13........................................ Mens and Womens Hockey Previews14........................................................ Department News and Notes15............................................................. Upcoming Special Events16............................................................................................ DonorsIBC ................................................................................ Warrior Club
WARRIOR WITHINCompiled and edited by the WSU Sports Information Office
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Sophomore Joique Bell earned his second straight GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year award, becoming the fourth two-time recipient in GLIAC history. Bell led the conference in rushing attempts (289), rushing yards (1427), yards per game (129.7) and rushing touchdowns (25). He also broke his own WSU record with 28 touchdowns.
More department news on page 14
in this issue...
On the COVeRJunior Rachelle Malette, the 2007 GLIAC Womens Cross Country Athlete of the Year, took first place at both the GLIAC Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. She aided the Wayne State womens squad to a second-place finish, best in program history. Additionally, Rick Cummins earned GLIAC Mens Cross Country Coach of the Year honors after guiding the WSU mens team to its third consecutive second-place finish.
More cross country on page 5
Forward Jason Saddler (left) is one of two seniors, along with Wynn Sarden, leading the 2007-08 mens basketball team which hopes to gain its sixth GLIAC tournament berth in the last seven years. Saddler is WSUs top returning rebounder and was named to the GLIAC South Division All-Defensive squad last season.
More basketball on pages 6-7
Sophomore Ashley St. Andrew earned six All-America accolades a season ago and hopes to lead the swimming and diving squad back to nationals in March, where it recorded its best finish (10th) in school history. However, another challenge awaits the team first - defending its GLIAC championship this February.
More swimming and diving on page 10
Sophomore Slava Zingerman will look to repeat as an NCAA Champion for the 2007-08 season. Last year Zingerman became the first WSU male fencer to be a national champion since Thorstein Becker won the foil in 1996, and the first in the epee (sixth male epeeist ever) since WSU Hall of Famer Harald Bauder in 1992.
More fencing on page 11
From the Director
Has it really been seven years? That was the reaction of a person who came up to me at a football game this season and asked me how long I had been at Wayne State. My casual response led to his incredulity in the form of a question
has it really been that long? (Emphasis on long). Time does pass quickly, seasons change, some teams achieve championshipsothers do not. Student-athletes graduate, pursue careers and put their years to work.
Over time, its only natural to look back to see what has been accomplished. When youre young, the days seem short and the years seem long. But as you get older, the days seem long and the years short. Most people who were part of the athletic history at WSU seem to share that sentiment. Only later do students realize how fast their time on campus went by and appreciate the friendships and lasting associations that they have fostered. Those memories are woven into our lives. That fabric of our life has some long-lasting qualities that envelope what we become and who we are. I can readily admit, these past seven years have gone by quicklyand there has also been more than a few long days.
I have learned in that time that WSU has some loyal supporters. People who truly care about the University. People who are the foundation of the athletic department not necessarily as employees, but the folks who buy tickets, come out in inclement weather to back their favorite team, and ultimately, are more interested in giving back than taking.
It can be seven years or ninety, over time, it all seems to blend together to create a rich history. Some of it we know through retelling memorable games or events while others are more subtle the friendships of teammates, the simple lessons from coaches, and the inner strength that comes from being testedand succeeding. And that may best explain the loyalty. Over time, we have gotten to know the student-athletes of Wayne State. That remarkable character is timeless. More so than what they accomplish in competitive athletics, it is those enduring qualities that make them who they are and what they become after their matriculation. The roller coaster of intercollegiate athletics is unpredictable, but the
men and women who represent the school are a constant and one that the University can take great pride in.
I mention this because when I look back on the 2007 fall season I see some of those same consequences played out this year. Volleyball worked to rebound after the frustration of the 2006 campaign. Football failed to meet its predicated promise. And cross country, despite some real geographic limitations, continues to overcome obvious obstacles and the skeptics of other programs, with great individual efforts that resulted in two teams finishing in the top nineteen (19) in the country. When you consider under the NCAA revised invitational format where only two mens and two womens programs per region qualify for the national championships, it is easy to acknowledge that with both the men and women competing in that group of twenty-four institutions, that Head Coach Rick Cummins has achieved remarkable success. And that success, will motivate others.
Athletics evokes a range of emotions not just in its participants but in its fans. And like most of us, despite the momentary setbacks and obstacles that confront us, are anxious to get back out and do it all over again. Thats the energy of athletics, its unique quality, and its lasting testimony. Its what brings folks back each year to watch and what demands such intense loyalty. A loyalty that a school cannot capture any where else on its campus.
Many have asked if I was frustrated with our performance in football. Sure, like most of you, I expected better. But as I also noted in a television interview in our first game of the season, we need to temper our expectations until we learn how to win. We will get thereI have no doubt about that. One reason for my optimism, I know where we started, so I feel confident about where we are going. Just like successful companies, families confronted with challenges and effective legislators who need to amend policy to effectuate change, we will examine what we do and adjust. As an old coach once told me, winners adjust. We will.
And most importantly, we need to maintain the foundation of what has suvived in athletics for nearly ninety years. That there is no substitute for hard work. That commitment and sacrifice will achieve dividends. And that success has no shortcuts. That is the blueprint for our future in footballand for all our athletic programs. It is evident throughout the history of athletics at WSU and is still an axiom today for the young men and women of our athletic programs. It is not just a principle for how to win contests but a way to approach lifeand it works.
A Quick SevenBy RoB FouRnieR
2WARRIOR WITHIN 90 Foundation
Detroit Junior College hires David L. Holmes as athletic director and the football, basketball, and track coach.
Mens basketball defeats Detroit College of Law, 24-18, in its first game on Jan. 19.
Football plays its first game Oct. 6 at Assumption.
Swimmer Don McClellan becomes WSUs first All-American by placing second in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships in Annapolis, Md.
Ken Doherty competes in the Olympics, finishing third in the decathlon in Amsterdam. Doherty is the 1928 and 1929 NCAA decathlon champion.
Newman Ertells mens basketball team plays in the National Intercollegiate Basketball tournament.
Wayne becomes a charter member of the Mid-American Conference and wins the MAC Championship in mens golf (the first conference title in any sport at Wayne).
Charlie Primas, a First Team All-American, becomes Waynes first 1,000 point scorer and 1,000 rebounder.
Wayne football team defeats Louisville and Johnny Unitas, 13-0, on Sept. 24.
Mens tennis wins its first of six straight Presidents Athletic Conference titles.
A.J. Vaughn compiles 555 yards of total offense Sept. 30 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
On March 15, diver Dacia Schileru becomes the first female competitor in an NCAA Championship event.
The first WSU womens basketball game is played against Eastern Michigan.
Mens fencing team wins its first of seven NCAA titles.
Football sets a school record with eight wins and claims GLIAC title for coach Dick Lowry.
The charter induction ceremony of WSU Athletic Hall of Fame is held.
Volleyball wins its first of three consecutive GLIAC titles.
Baseball wins its first of three consecutive GLIAC titles.
Softball makes its first-ever NCAA Regional appearance.
Randy Holmes rushes for a school-record 314 yards Sept. 17 at Valparaiso.
Joe Gough sets a Division II record with 385 rushing attempts and breaks his own school mark of 1,593 yards.
Mens hockey wins its third straight CHA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the first time.
WSU Stadium is rechristened Adams Field in honor of hall of famer Tom Adams.
Fencer Anna Garina becomes the first female epeeist in NCAA history to win three national titles and only the third female in any weapon with three NCAA titles.
WAYNE STATE ATHLETICSTIMELINE
During the 2007-08 academic year, the Wayne State University Department of Athletics is celebrating its 90th season.
This 90 year celebration is not only an opportunity to reflect and acknowledge a history rich in academic and athletic success, but a means to look forward toward a century of WSU athletics, stated Rob Fournier, WSU Director of Athletics. With the participation of our former student-athletes, coaches, staff and alumni, we can retell part of that impressive history ... and maybe more so, that which should never be forgotten.
WOULD YOU LIkE TO SHARE YOUR MEMORIES OF WAYNE (STATE) ATHLETICS?----------------------------------------------------------------E-mail Jeff Weiss ([email protected]) your favorite
moments to be posted on our 90 Foundation blog.Athletic Director Rob Fournier gathers with 90 student-athletes at the
Homecoming football game to kick off Wayne States 90 Foundation campaign.
SPECIAL ALUMNI EVENTThurSdAy, JAn. 24 BASkeTBAll vS. GAnnon
recepTion AT 7:00 pm
Skydiver Cindy Arnold makes her way into
Adams Field with the American Flag prior to
the game.The sixth-lar
gest crowd in Adams Field
(4,823) enjoys watching th
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fifth-most points (56)
in school history.
Joseph Pops Ratcliff III and Tiffany Jarois are crowned the 2007 WSU Homecoming King and Queen.
The Pi Kappa Alpha fraterni
ty celebrates with
Dr. Reid after receiving the P
Joique Bell dodges a Gannon
defender to score
one of his four touchdowns
in Wayne States
The WSU cheerleading squad had quite a few
pushups to do at Homecoming - one for every
point the Warriors scored.
4WARRIOR WITHIN B2 & Comcast / EDS Student-Athletes of the Year
Fall 2007 Broadcasts
Football vs. Michigan TechSaturday, September 1
Football vs. Gannon (Homecoming)Saturday, October 6
Mens Basketball vs. TiffinTuesday, November 20
Mens Hockey vs. Bowling GreenFriday, November 30, 2007
upcoming 2008 schedule
Mens Hockey vs. NiagaraSaturday, January 19, 2008 3:30 PM
Palace of Auburn Hills
Mens and Womens Basketball vs. FindlayThursday, January 31, 2008 5:30/7:30 PM
Matthaei Athletic Complex
At least five additional events to be announced at a later date
Wayne State University Director of Athletics Rob Fournier announced earlier this fall the selection of fencer Anna Garina (Kiev, Ukraine) and basketball player Kris Krzyminski (Flint, Mich.) as the 2006-07 Female and Male EDS/Student-Athletes of the Year. After being nominated by their respective coaches with voting by the athletic departments coaches and administrative staff, candidates were judged on academic distinction, athletic accomplishments, individual involvement and University and community service, as well as coaches recommendation.
The EDS student-athlete of the year represents the best of a group of over 400 talented young men and women and Anna and Kris certainly embody the best of our teams. It is rare when a student-athlete is three times a national champion and a runner-up the other year.
It is hard to top that athletic performance and Anna certainly further solidified the national reputation of our fencing team. Kris was a leader both academically and athletically. The title All-American for both Anna and Kris celebrates the best of what we hope for in not just student-athletes but all students at the University. They are truly fine selections in a year in which we had our highest national finish in the NACDA cup standings.
Garina is only the fourth woman in NCAA fencing history to have won back-to-back NCAA titles and the first in womens epe. She is also the first women epeeist in NCAA history to win three national titles (2004, 2005 and
2007), and was the national runner-up in 2006. Garina compiled a 62-7 mark in the NCAA finals round-robin competition in the three years of her individual national titles and a 16-7 mark in her second-place finish of 2006.
She graduated this past May with a degree in accounting and is a candidate for the NCAA Inspiration Award which honors a coach, administrator or current or former varsity
student-athlete from an NCAA member school who showed perseverance, dedication and determination in overcoming a life-altering situation and now serves as a role model to others facing similar circumstances. Garina underwent thyroid cancer surgery in September 2006 but returned to school and the fencing team eventually winning her third national title.
Krzyminski was selected to the 2006-07 Division II Bulletin Honorable Mention All-American team, the Daktronics Great Lakes Region First Team and the NABC Great Lakes Region Second Team after leading WSU in scoring 19 times. A GLIAC South Division Second Team honoree in 2005-06, he moved up to the first team in 2006-07. In his two years in the Green and Gold, Krzyminski scored 973 points while starting all 51 games. He broke the school record for three-pointers made in a season with 83 despite ranking only sixth in three-pointers attempted (164) in a year.
A 2007 GLIAC All-Academic team selection, he made the athletic academic honor roll all four semesters at WSU. Kris was voted to the 2006-07 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team. This past year, his 620 points was the fourth best single-season total in school history, while his 23.8 scoring average ranks third for a season in WSU history.
This is the sixth year EDS has sponsored the WSU Student-Athlete of the Year award. The first year recipients were softball player Kelly Kashmerick and hockey player David Guerrera, while cross country runner Shelly Vickery and hockey player Dustin Kingston were the 2002-03 honorees. The 2003-04 student-athletes of the year were womens hockey player Kim Spaulding and swimmer David Lutz. Lutz became the first two-time winner in 2004-05 along with Anna Vinnikov, a member of the womens fencing squad. The 2005-06 recipients were diver Erika Barczak and swimmer Nick Ingrao.
WSU Athletics Selects EDS Student-Athletes of the Year
Thu., Dec. 20 Womens Basketball vs. Northern Kentucky 5:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 29 Womens Basketball vs. Temple Baptist 1:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 12 Womens & Mens Basketball vs. Lake Superior State 1:00/3:00 PM
Fri., Jan. 18 Womens Hockey vs. Quinnipiac 3:30 PM
Mens Hockey vs. Niagara 7:05 PM
Sat., Jan. 19 Womens Hockey vs. Quinnipiac 2:00 PM
Thu., Jan. 24 Womens & Mens Basketball vs. Gannon 5:30/7:30 PM
Fri., Jan. 25 Mens Hockey vs. Alabama-Huntsville 7:05 PM
Sat., Jan. 26 Womens & Mens Basketball vs. Mercyhurst 1:00/3:00 PM
Mens Hockey vs. Alabama-Huntsville 7:05 PM
Thu., Jan. 31 Womens & Mens Basketball vs. Findlay 5:30/7:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 8 Mens Hockey vs. Robert Morris 7:05 PM
Sat., Feb. 9 Mens Hockey vs. Robert Morris 7:05 PM
Sat., Feb. 16 Womens & Mens Basketball vs. Grand Valley State 1:00/3:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 23 Womens & Mens Basketball vs. Hillsdale 1:00/3:00 PM
Fri., March 7 Mens Hockey vs. Niagara 7:05 PM
Sat., March 8 Mens Hockey vs. Niagara 7:05 PM
Cross Country Recap
Both Wayne State University cross country teams had very successful fall campaigns with the women placing 14th at the NCAA Championship meet and the men finishing 19th. It was the second-best national finish for the womens squad and marked the fifth consecutive year the mens team had qualified for the championship meet. There are 272 womens Division II cross country teams and 241 mens Division II cross country squads and only 24 teams qualify for the national championship meet.
Junior Rachelle Malette (Windsor, Ont.) recorded the highest national finish (fifth) in school history by a female cross country student-athlete to earn her second consecutive All-America honor. She was 14th in 2006, while Shelley Vickery placed 12th in 2002. Malette won five of the seven races in which she participated in 2007 including the GLIAC Championship and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
At the NCAA Championship, freshman Lauren Kessler (Ionia, Mich.) was 96th (77th in team scoring) with a time of 22:52.9, while classmate Allison Wykle (Trenton, Mich.) placed 98th (79th in team scoring) in a time of 22:57.1.
Graduate student Tracy Egnatuk (Albion, Mich.) and senior Kara Kessler (Ionia, Mich.) rounded out the top five for WSU. Egnatuk was 101st (82nd in team scoring) in a time of 23:00.2, while Kessler was 119th (100th in team scoring) with a time of 23:16.8.
Freshman Brittany Colley (Ionia, Mich.) and classmate Annie Magin (Richland, Mich.) also competed in the national championship meet. Colley was 134th in a time of 23:38.7, while Magin placed 162nd in a time of 24:27.8.
The Warriors qualified for the NCAA Championship meet by finishing second out of 22 schools at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet held in Edwardsville, Ill. on Nov. 3. In addition to Malette winning the race by nearly 20 seconds, other top performances were turned in by Lauren Kessler, who placed 22nd in
a time of 22:47.85; Egnatuk, who was 24th (22:48.92); Wykle, who was 33rd (23:03.34); and Kara Kessler, who was 37th (23:06.76).
WSU placed second out of 13 schools at the 2007 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship held on Oct. 21 in Erie, Pa.
Lauren Kessler earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors with a time of 23:23.19 for 14th place (eight through 14 are Second Team All-League).
The future looks bright as four of WSUs seven female runners were freshmen.
The mens team made its fifth consecutive appearance in the national championship meet and sixth in the last seven years after placing second, out of 22 schools, at the Great Lakes Regional championship meet.
At the NCAA championship meet, the Warriors were led by junior Abdullah Saleh (Dearborn, Mich) who placed 66th (55th in team scoring) in a time of 32:17.5.
Sophomore Sam Breen (Brownstown, Mich.), who did not run in last years national championship meet, was 79th (66th in team scoring) with a time of 32:36.5, while senior Kevin Christensen (Battle Creek, Mich.) placed 118th (99th in team scoring) in a time of 33:16.1 in his fourth NCAA Championship meet appearance.
Sophomore Dan Kapadia (Canton, Mich.) and freshman Chris Tassen (Troy, Mich.) rounded out the top five for WSU. Kapadia was 122nd (102nd in team scoring) in a time of 33:20.5, while Tassen was 140th (120th in team scoring) with a time of 33:59.0.
Saleh and Christensen both earned All-Region honors by finishing in the top 15 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet in Edwardsville.
Saleh was sixth in a time of 31:53.43 for the 10k race, while Christensen was 11th in a time of 32:04.63.
Also contributing to WSUs runner-up team finish were Kapadia, senior Dave Lucas (Dearborn, Mich.) and Breen.
Kapadia was 22nd (32:33.48), Lucas was 25th (32:36.40) while Breen was 26th (32:37.28).
WSU finished second out of 12 schools at the 2007 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. Grand Valley won the team championship with 19 points, while the Warriors edged Ashland, 81-85, for second place.
Saleh earned First Team All-GLIAC honors after finishing third in a time of 25:42.79 (top seven earn First Team All-League accolades). Saleh was a First Team recipient in 2005 (5th) and a Second Team honoree in 2006 (10th).
Christensen earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors for the second time in his career (was 8th in 2005) with a time of 26:07.79 for 11th place (eight through 14 are Second Team All-League).
The Warriors only graduate two of their top 13 runners in hopes of 2008 being the sixth consecutive year that WSU qualifies for the national championship meet.
Cross Country Teams Finish Among Nations Best
2007 CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
Date Meet Men Women Top Finishers Sept. 1 Bob Timmons Invitational 7th/13 5th/12 Saleh (4th)
L. Kessler (16th)
Sept. 8 Tommy Titan Invitational 2nd/12 1st/11 Saleh (2nd)
Sept. 15 Wis.-Parkside Invitational 6th/20 4th/21 Saleh (4th)
Sept. 29 Greater Louisville Classic 15th/36 10th/28 Saleh (43rd)
Oct. 5 Michigan Intercollegiate 3rd/10 2nd/12 Saleh (2nd)
Oct. 20 GLIAC Championship 2nd/12 2nd/13 Saleh (3rd)
Nov. 3 NCAA Regional 2nd/22 2nd/22 Saleh (6th)
Nov. 17 NCAA Championship 19th/24 14th/24 Saleh (66th)
6WARRIOR WITHIN Mens Basketball Preview
WSU MENS BASkETBALL2008 SCHEDULE
Jan. 3 at Findlay 7:30 PMJan. 9 at Ferris State 8:00 PMJan. 12 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE 3:00 PMJan. 17 at Michigan Tech 7:30 PMJan. 19 at Northern Michigan 3:00 PMJan. 24 GANNON 7:30 PMJan. 26 MERCYHURST 3:00 PMJan. 31 FINDLAY 7:30 PMFeb. 2 at Hillsdale 3:00 PMFeb. 7 at Mercyhurst 8:00 PMFeb. 9 at Gannon 3:00 PMFeb. 13 at California (Pa.)^ 7:00 PMFeb. 16 GRAND VALLEY STATE 3:00 PMFeb. 21 at Ashland 7:30 PMFeb. 23 HILLSDALE 3:00 PMMar. 1 GLIAC Quarterfinals TBAMar. 7 GLIAC Semifinals TBAMar. 8 GLIAC Finals TBAMar. 15-18 NCAA Regionals TBAMar. 26-29 NCAA Elite Eight TBA Springfield, Mass.
^Non-conference game Home games in CAPS
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The 2007-08 Wayne State University mens basketball program, under the direction of seventh-year head coach David Greer, looks to challenge for a home playoff game in the 2008 GLIAC tournament after narrowly missing a home post-season berth in 2007.
Last years squad won three of its final four regular-season contests and finished in a tie-for-second in the leagues South Division but had to travel to Mercyhurst for the first round of the conference tournament after losing the tie-breaker to the Lakers.
Wayne State graduated its top three scorers from last year including All-American Kris Krzyminski.
Replacing Kris, Joe (Carr) and William (Pierce) will be tough. All three were very good players, said Greer. We should be much more balanced offensively and a very good passing team this year.
WSU will be led offensively by senior Wynn Sarden (Sterling Heights, Mich.), who averaged 8.0 points per game and grabbed 148 rebounds in 2006-07. Sarden is slated to play the three slot but is versatile enough to play No. 2.
The point guard position is one of concern for the Warriors following the graduation of Carr. In his lone season for the Green and Gold, Carr averaged over 13 points per contest while dishing out 95 assists.
Sophomore Larry Edwards (Benton Harbor, Mich.), who averaged nearly 10 minutes a game
last season, will share playing time with junior college transfer Jeremy Lathan (Portland, Ore.) and freshman Bryan Smothers (Pontiac, Mich.).
Lathan played the last two years at College of Eastern Utah and finished sixth in the nation (NJCAA) in free throw percentage (88.6) in 2006-07, while Smothers was a key member of the Huskies squad as a three-year starter.
Larry did an excellent job defensively on the ball for us last year, commented Greer. Jeremy had a fine junior college career and is an excellent three-point and free throw shooter. Smothers comes from a school rich in basketball tradition and is very good defensively. All three should get quality playing time.
Transfer Lorenzo McClelland (Oak Park, Mich.) helped the Mott Community College Bears to an 18-0 Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) mark and the NJCAA Division II National title with a 35-3 overall record a year ago. Lorenzo is really good offensively and is a very versatile player. He is also an excellent rebounder from the two-guard slot.
Sophomore Lendyn Davis (Lansing, Mich.) scored 15 points in 61 minutes last season. He shoots the ball very well and we are expecting good things from Lendyn, added Greer.
Senior Jason Saddler (Detroit, Mich.) will be joined at the three spot by walk-on Marcus Jackson (Hammond, La.). Marcus is a strong, athletic player who provides depth.
Saddler led last years squad in rebounds with 172 and finished second in the conference in offensive rebounds despite standing just 6-2. He was also named to the GLIAC South Division All-Defensive squad. Jason is an excellent passer and plays with great energy. He will again guard the opponents toughest forwards.
Macomb Community College transfer Emanuel Carter (Detroit, Mich.) had 610 rebounds in 45 games in junior college. He is a great competitor and an outstanding rebounder. Emanuel has a great nose for the ball and will give us depth at the four position.
Junior Brian Morris (Portland, Ore.) joins WSU after playing at Southern Methodist and North Idaho Junior College the last two years.
Morris, a 6-8 center, gives WSU a presence in the post. Brian is really talented and is very good offensively as well as being an outstanding rebounder. He can step out and shoot the ball.
Rounding out the 2007-08 roster are redshirt freshman Tim Giles (Southfield, Mich.) and true freshmen Josh Jones (Farmington Hills, Mich.) and James Topping (Troy, Mich.). All three bring something to the table, said Greer. They are all physically ready to play.
We always try to play a demanding schedule, continued Greer. We have six games this season against NCAA teams from a year ago plus SIU-Edwardsville is going Division I after this season.
Wayne State will play eight of its 17 conference games at the Matthaei. The lone non-league affair in 2008 will be a trip to California (Pa.) on Feb. 13. Senior Day will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 against Hillsdale along with the Hall of Fame ceremonies.
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WSU WOMENS BASkETBALL2008 SCHEDULE
Jan. 3 at Findlay 5:30 PMJan. 9 at Ferris State 6:00 PMJan. 12 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE 1:00 PMJan. 17 at Michigan Tech 5:30 PMJan. 19 at Northern Michigan 1:00 PMJan. 24 GANNON 5:30 PMJan. 26 MERCYHURST 1:00 PMJan. 31 FINDLAY 5:30 PMFeb. 2 at Hillsdale 1:00 PMFeb. 7 at Mercyhurst 6:00 PMFeb. 9 at Gannon 1:00 PMFeb. 14 at Tiffin^ 5:30 PMFeb. 16 GRAND VALLEY STATE 1:00 PMFeb. 21 at Ashland 5:30 PMFeb. 23 HILLSDALE 1:00 PMMar. 1 GLIAC Quarterfinals TBAMar. 7 GLIAC Semifinals TBAMar. 8 GLIAC Finals TBAMar. 14-17 NCAA Regionals TBAMar. 26-29 NCAA Elite Eight TBA Kearney, Neb.
^Non-conference game Home games in CAPS
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The 2007-08 Wayne State University womens basketball program features something old (seven returning letterwinners including three starters) and something new (an incoming freshman plus three transfers).
Head coach Gloria Bradley is in her eighth season as the Warrior bench boss full of optimism that this years squad could contend for a home playoff game, something that has happened just once in the last five years.
WSU returns its top four scorers from last year with only one being a senior in 2007-08.
WSU will be led offensively by junior Chastidy Miller (White Lake, Mich.) who averaged a team-high 12.3 points per game a year ago. Miller went to the foul line 165 times last season, which ranked second in the GLIAC, and grabbed 106 rebounds. She recorded a team-best 57 steals. Chass physical and mental strength is her biggest asset. She plays with a sense of determination. Her improved shooting and ball handling will make her very difficult to match-up with.
Point guard Joy Nash (Muskegon, Mich.) also returns for her junior season after being the only Warrior to start all 28 games in 2006-07. She contributed 9.7 points per game while leading the GLIAC by averaging nearly five assists per contest. Joy is a true point guard who sees the floor very well. She did a great job of running the floor for us last year and played both ends of the floor well. As an experienced player in the backcourt, she is more confident than ever. I am looking to see Joy set the tempo in offense and defense.
Brooke Bowers (Delphos, Ohio) made 51 three-pointers in her rookie campaign and averaged over 10 points per league game. As a freshman, Brooke was a little hesitant to be aggressive offensively. As the year progressed, she found her niche. Her defense has improved and she will add intensity to the backcourt.
Senior Daijon Jefferson (Riverdale, Ill.) played in 10 games last year off the bench. Daijon is coming into her final season and has spent most of her time as a role player. With hard work, DJ could really have an impact on this season. When she works hard, she is very productive and shows flashes of being an excellent guard.
Newcomer Chelsea Kouri (Clarkston, Mich.) adds depth to the Warrior backcourt. She was selected honorable mention All-State her last two seasons. Chelsea is a shooter with point guard experience. Her speed is deceptive. She is a smart player with good court awareness.
Junior Jasmine McCall (Detroit, Mich.) played the last two years at Bowling Green recording 85
assists and 193 points for the Falcons. Jasmine adds a new level of quickness and athleticism to the backcourt. She is capable of playing the 1 or 2 guard position. She is a hard worker and is showing a great attitude. I look for her to make an immediate impact.
Two veterans return at forward in senior Nicole Rogers (Lansing, Mich.) and junior Monique George (Detroit, Mich.).
Rogers led last years squad in rebounds (166) while ranking second in steals with 47. She also added over eight points per game at the offensive end of the floor. Nicole can be the most pivotal player on the team. She has the ability to play inside and out. She was one of our best shooters from the perimeter and our best rebounder on the inside. When she is confident and focused, she is one of the best players in the league at the forward position.
George had over 100 rebounds while averaging 15 minutes per contest a year ago. Monique has been hampered throughout her career with an injury. When healthy, she has shown that she is very effective on both ends of the floor. Her length and agility gives her an advantage at the forward position.
Three players including two transfers will battle for playing time at center.
Senior Bethany Jury (Plymouth, Mich.) started three games while seeing action in all but two contests last season. She was second on the team with 117 rebounds and also added 23 assists. I expect a big season from BJ. She has the ability to dominate on both ends of the floor. She knows
the game and has the personality and ability to work with anyone. Whatever BJ wants to accomplish this year, she is more than capable. If she believes in her skills as much as we do, it could be a long season for anyone who has to guard her.
Sophomore Lindsey West (Royal Oak, Mich.) played last year at Akron University. She was a three-time Detroit Free Press All-Metro North selection. It is nice to have Lindsey back home. She is very quick for her 65 frame. From playing goalie in soccer, she has developed great hands. She is working hard and her size can present an obvious match-up problem. She expects great things from herself and doesnt give up.
Junior Kim Gear (Watervliet, Mich.) played the last two years at Kalamazoo Valley Community College where she scored 528 points and grabbed 512 rebounds. Kim rounds out our post players. She has uncanny timing on the boards with quick feet. She enjoys the physicality of the post position. She is definitely the type of player we need to battle on the boards.
As usual, the schedule continues to be a tough one. Our pre-conference schedule has remained tough to prepare us for the highly competitive GLIAC teams.
Core Group Of Veterans Leads WSU Womens Basketball Squad
8WARRIOR WITHIN Alumni - Where Are They Now?
By Angela Ruth
Attorney George G. Kemsley graduated from Cooley High
School in Detroit, in 1965 and began school at Wayne State
in the fall. He received his bachelors degree in mechanical
engineering in 1970 and his law degree in 1973.
Kemsley was on the varsity crew team from 1965-69. The
crew team practiced every morning at 5:00 a.m. year-round.
Its a sport of strength and conditioning. In the months when
the river was blocked by ice, we would work out in the lower-
level of MacKenzie Hall and then run from MacKenzie Hall
up around the GM and New Center area and then go to
class. Then in the afternoon wed lift weights again. After the
Matthaei Building was finished, off-season training moved
there, he said.
The crew team rowed eights, so named because each
boat or shell had eight rowers plus a coxswain, who steers
the boat. Each rower uses a single blade or oar, four on
the port side and four on the starboard side. The rower in
the eight seat is called the stroke and he sets the length
and rate of the stroke throughout a race. The varsity was a
heavyweight team, where the rowers averaged about 63
and 220 pounds. There was also a lightweight team, where
all the oarsmen were under 155 pounds. Races were over
a 2000-meter course (approximately 1.25 miles) and times
were usually just over five minutes. Amazingly a good eight
could move through water at about the pace a good miler
could run on land.
The crew team competed against well-known colleges
such as Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and Marietta (Ohio), and
each year traveled to Philadelphia for the Dad Vail Regatta
where it would compete against schools like Georgetown
Kemsley has very fond memories of his former coach,
the late Judson Ross. Ross was nationally known for having
some of the most successful championship teams. Ross
established the Wayne State crew program and its first shell
was the eight used by the University of Washington when
it represented the United States in the 1956 Olympics. The
original Wayne State crew house was in a large building
on Belle Isle across from the canoe shelter, and the team
moved to the Detroit Boat Club after the original crew house
was demolished to make way for an enlarged Detroit Police
Harbormaster facility after the 1967 Detroit riots.
Today Kemsley is practicing law at Bodman, LLP where
he has been for the last 30 years specializing in corporate
litigation. Kemsley represents banks, financial institutions,
mortgage lenders and servicers, and other corporations
in complex business and corporate litigation, including the
defense of class actions. He was listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 2007, Business Litigation.
He and his wife, Sandy, have two sons; Stephen, who
is finishing his MBA at Indiana University, and David, who
is graduating from Western Michigan University with a
degree in business. Sandy is the founder and owner of a
Web site called www.abcteach.com, which provides quality
downloadable supplementary educational materials for use
by teachers, education majors, and parents.
As we celebrate and reflect on 90 years of Wayne State
Athletics, we ask that fans and former athletes submit their
memories to Jeff Weiss at [email protected] These
reflections are posted on the Wayne State Athletics Web site
Back When - Crew and Wayne State
Baseball Stadium Project
As we enter Phase 3 of the Baseball Stadium project we are unlimited
in the amount of stages we can go but we are limited only by what we
fundraise to support this project.
Our main goal is to raise over $1 million to support the stadium
project. But moving forward
the immediate goal is $500,000
to complete Phase 3 which
consist of stands that seat over
500 fans, a press box (which
will allow us to have games
on television) and in-ground
dugouts that will allow us space
Phase 1 was the Green Monster Fenway Park wall replica and Phase
2 was the scoreboard bullpens as well as renovation of the infield
surfaces. This was done by the Athletic Department. Rob Fournier
(Athletic Director) is committed to all of the athletic programs in making
their appearance top notch in the conference.
With all of the help that Rob and his staff have given us I am asking
the alumni to help out and give back. As head coach and an alumnus,
I have seen the disappointment in regards to the Athletic Department
support and now I am very fortunate to see that things are changing for
the best. It gives me great pleasure and honor to be affiliated with this
Currently with the efforts of two alumni, Bill Avery and Dave Croskey,
a grant from Major League
baseball, our partnership with
Think Detroit-PAL, and Rob
Fournier we have raised over
$150,000. We are in need
of $300,000 to start Phase 3
which will be the stands and
press box. I am asking you to
use your resources to help keep
our momentum moving forward to the get the stadium project complete.
With the help of many we can achieve great things.
Jay Alexander Head Baseball Coach
Wayne State University(313) 577-2749
Alumni Support Needed For Phase 3
Its exciting to see a grass roots effort gain momentum; Im looking forward to getting to work on Phase 3. I hope that my fellow alums and friends of the program can appreciate the progress and help us meet our goals. - William Avery 92, Co-Chair
WARRIOR WITHIN Swimming & Diving Preview
Swimming & Diving Squads Seek Three-Peat As GLIAC ChampsSean Peters believes, and deservedly so, that last seasons swimming and diving
teams were the most successful hes coached in his 11-year tenure at Wayne State. However, it seems as though the eight-time GLIAC Coach of the Year six times for the men (2002-07) and twice for the women (2006-07) has been able to provide a similar assessment of his squads for several seasons running.
After all, both the mens and womens teams won their respective GLIAC Championships the last two years, as WSU joined Oakland University - which did it seven times between 1989-97 - as the only schools in conference history to win both titles in consecutive seasons. It marked the fourth GLIAC title in the last five years for the mens team, which has not finished lower than fourth since Peters arrival, while the womens team has been in the top five in the conference each of the last six seasons.
Every year, you try and outdo what you did last year, says Peters, and I expect both teams to be competitive for the GLIAC crown again.
But why stop there? Both squads also achieved their best Division II national finishes in school history in 2007, with the men taking third place and the women finishing 10th.
A goal I always strive for is to have both the mens and womens teams in the top 10 in the country, says Peters.
Even with lofty goals such as those set by Peters and his staff, the swimmers and divers in place to execute those objectives remain strong as a level-headed group of student-athletes.
The confidence we built last year has very much carried over into this years program, states Peters. I think they feel more excitement than pressure. Its not like were defending anything this year from a national standpoint.
Were still the hunters.
Among those hunters is senior A.J. Erard (Troy, Mich.), school-record holder in the 200 and 400 individual medleys and one of nine returning All-Americans on the mens team. Erard will look to add to his impressive resume 2005 GLIAC Freshman
of the Year, three-time conference champion, nine-time All-American as he winds up his Wayne State career this spring.
Other veterans joining Erard in the effort to defend the Warriors GLIAC title and maintain a national presence include senior Matt Leix (Flint, Mich.) and juniors Per Bergstrom (Fagersta, Sweden), Tim Giblin (Midland, Mich.), Tiago Oliveira (Raul Soares, Brazil), and Sebastian Rzepa (Clinton Twp., Mich.). All of these men have earned All-America status and contributed to a yearly rewriting of the WSU record book.
Sophomores Cauli Bedran (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Cayce Bolt (Sterling Hts., Mich.), and Christer Tour (Farsta, Sweden) will look to build upon impressive rookie campaigns in which they combined for 11 All-America accolades. Bedran earned five of those, helping set multiple school relay records in addition to individual marks in the 50 and 100 freestyles, both of which came in relay leadoff swims. Bolt is the defending GLIAC champion in three-meter diving, and Tour won conference titles in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, setting school records in both events.
On the mens side, we really shook things up and put the country on notice that Wayne State has arrived, says Peters. Theres a good core returning. We did lose a few senior All-Americans, but I think there are people waiting in the wings to step up and take advantage of some opportunities.
Sean Smith (Auburn, Mich.), a junior transfer from the University of Kentucky, may be one of those people. Smith earned all-conference and all-state honors at Bay City Western High School and had a pair of moderately successful seasons at Kentucky, including a 19th-place finish in the 100 backstroke at the SEC Championship in 2005.
Eight other returnees and seven freshmen round out a roster clearly loaded with talent for the 2007-08 campaign.
The womens squad boasts six returning All-Americans including two sophomores who had sensational rookie seasons in Ashley St. Andrew (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Elaina Hogle (Kentwood, Mich.).
Ashley and Elaina really took the conference by storm last year, says Peters.Hogle led the team with seven All-America accolades and set school records in
the 200 butterfly and the 200 and 400 individual medleys in addition to her role on several record-setting relays. She won the 200 IM and 200 fly events at the GLIAC Championship, setting a conference mark in the latter, and finished second in the 400 IM.
St. Andrew, conference champion in the 500 and 1000 freestyles and runner-up in the 200 free, earned four All-America honors including runner-up finishes in three events (500, 1000, 1650 free).
Ashleys performance at nationals for not winning a single event, you couldnt do much more than she did, remarked Peters. Three second-place finishes is pretty remarkable, but of course she doesnt want to hear that.
Senior diver Erika Barczak (Williamston, Mich.) will complete her collegiate career this season having already cemented her place as one of the elite divers in WSU and GLIAC history. She is a former three-time conference champion and was named Wayne States Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2006.
Junior Melissa Duff (Howell, Mich.), conference champion in the 1650 freestyle the last two seasons, junior Julie Danaher (Allen Park, Mich.) and sophomore Laura Leix (Flint, Mich.) have combined to earn 12 All-America awards in their careers. Seniors Whitney Baker (Trenton, Mich.) and Jodi Scott (Windsor, Ont.) as well as junior Haintso Rakouth (Saginaw, Mich.) provide added depth to the squad.
With those athletes returning, the foundation of the team is strong and will be for years to come, says Peters.
The class of newcomers on the womens side is highlighted by junior transfer Natalia Buso (Sao Paulo, Brazil), a five-time All-American in two years at Indian River Community College and a member of both the 2006 and 2007 NJCAA National Championship teams. She won the 500 and 1650 freestyle events both years as well as the 200 fly at the 2007 meet and was named the 2007 NJCAA co-Female Swimmer of the Year. Buso was an inductee into the Whos Who Among American Junior Colleges and named the co-Florida Community Colleges Athletic Association Female Scholar Athlete of the Year after graduating from IRCC with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average.
A third member of the Leix family, freshman Catherine, joins the team this year as well. She set Flint Southwestern High School varsity records in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.47), 200 free (1:58.16), and 500 free (5:22.07) in 2006, and was part of a record-setting 200 free relay along with sister Laura in 2005 (1:45.27). She also graduated with a 4.00 GPA as valedictorian of her class.
A supporting cast of four veterans and nine newcomers give the WSU womens team plenty of weapons in its arsenal.
Peters and the Warriors look forward to retaining their respective GLIAC titles this season and getting back to nationals, but realize that its no easy task as contenders Grand Valley State and Indianapolis visit the Matthaei Aquatic Center for dual meets in January. The Lakers were runners-up for the womens championship last year while the Greyhounds finished third, and vice versa on the mens side.
The meets will give the teams and fans alike a glimpse of whats in store at the GLIAC Championships, hosted by Indianapolis, in February. From there, the Warriors will hope to make another splash on the national stage when they head to the NCAA Championships in March, hosted by the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Fencing Preview / Basketball Top 10
Coming off its fourth consecutive top 10 national finish and having
two of the six individual national champions in 2007, WSU head fencing
coach Jerzy Radz enters his 17th season looking to rebuild his squads
after graduating 10 seniors (four on the mens
team and six on the womens team). The
eighth-place finish in 2007 was the best since
the 1992 squad placed seventh.
Despite the loss of three-time individual
national champion Anna Garina in the womens
epee, the cupboard is not bare for the Warriors.
Senior Justyna Konczalska (Innsbruck Austria),
after earning her second consecutive All-America honor in the epee in
2007, returns to anchor the womens squad.
Also returning is sophomore Ann Bartoszewicz (Macomb, Mich.),
who qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman last spring
in the sabre.
Newcomer Sarah Ellefson, a foilist, is a highly-touted recruit while
the rest of the squad is very inexperienced as only Konczalska and
Bartoszewicz have earned collegiate letters.
WSU Fencing Squads Are Young But Hungry On the mens side, sophomore Slava Zingerman (Ashkelon, Israel)
returns after winning the mens epee at the NCAA Championships as a
Other returning letterwinners include Michal Brichacek (Windsor,
Ont.), Brandon Isaac (Taylor, Mich.) and Patrick Tomlinson (Marysville,
Mich.). Both Brichacek and Isaac compete in foil, while Tomlinson
participates in the sabre. Newcomer Jakub Gibczynski (Lodz, Poland)
hopes to continue the recent success of WSU
fencers from Poland.
Former WSU fencer Wojciech Dudek, an
All-American in 2004, returns to Detroit and
will serve as an assistant coach, while Marek
Petraszek, a three-time All-American who
finished third at the 2007 NCAA Championship,
will be a volunteer assistant coach this season.
With only six returning letterwinners combined from the two teams,
the 2007-08 campaign will be one of gaining experience and growth for
the young Warriors.
The Wayne State Athletic Department has compiled a list of the top mens and womens basketball players in school history. The players are listed below along with the years they participated. Credentials on each player can be found on the WSU Athletics Web page at www.wsuathletics.com.
In order to narrow the field to the 10 best players of all time, WSU Athletics is looking for feedback from fans and alumni. All ballots must list 10 different individuals in order to be valid. The 10 best players will be honored on Jan. 24, 2008. Write-in candidates are allowed.
Ballots are available online or at WSU home basketball games and can be e-mailed to [email protected]
All-Time WSU Basketball Team Voting Underway
WOMEN Mary Carney Pearly Cunningham Julie Filpus (1974-77) (1982-86) (1990-94)
Lisa Gentry Lori Januszkiewicz Monique Johnson (1981-85) (1982-84) (1988-93)
Jessica king Shalawn Shay Lewis Delonda Little (2000-03) (1995-98) (1991-95)
Pam Mahoney LaTisha Martin keneisha Moss (1987-89) (2000-02) (2001-03)
Liz OBrien Lisa Palazzola kristen Rogers (1980-84) (1985-89) (2002-06)
Mary Rogers Trena Sanders Stephanie Stone (1988-92) (1989-90) (1977-81)
Monice Thomas Ebony Vincent Jodi Young (1979-81) (2000-04) (2002-04)
MEN Michael Aaron Albert Ament Scott Armstrong Frederick P. Bens (1993-94) (1985-89) (1990-94) (2001-03)
George R. Brown Justin Chapman George Duncan Darrell Evans (1953-57) (2001-03) (1954-60) (2003-05)
Otis Evans Tony Goins Robert Gunn Morris Hall (1988-92) (1995-98) (1925-28) (2002-05)
Derek Hardy Gary Hawthorne Mark Herron Art Johnson (1990-93) (1978-80) (1992-94) (1988-92)
John L. kline kris krzyminski Charles LeSure Marty Letzmann (1950-53) (2005-07) (1996-2000) (1963-67)
Danny Lewis Russell Lightbody Grady Lowry Fred Martus (1991-93) (1921-24) (1983-87) (1967-70)
Raheem Muhammad Charles Primas Fred L. Prime, Jr. Therone Ty Richardson (1982-86) (1951-54) (1960-62) (1974-78)
Myron Susie Schecter Robert Solomon Ernie Wagner Terrance Walker (1926-28) (1970-73) (1951-53) (1965-66)
Frederick L. Wolcott (1962-1965)
WARRIOR WITHIN New Staff Members
anthony Delli-pizzi joined the Wayne State University strength and conditioning staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2007.He began his professional career at Equinox Fitness in New York City as a personal trainer, where he trained clients ranging from marathon runners to
celebrities. During this time, Delli-Pizzi also worked at Velocity Sports Performance and volunteered at Fordham University. He worked with a large range
of athletes anywhere from children to professionals teaching proper acceleration, maximum velocity and multi-direction drills.
While at Fordham, he assisted in teaching the Olympic lifts to football, womens basketball, baseball and track and field. At Michigan State University,
Delli-Pizzi assisted with football, mens and womens basketball, hockey and coached womens golf in proper strength and conditioning. The Spartans
womens golf team claimed the 2007 Big Ten championship.
He is a certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach as well as certified in first aid and C.P.R. by the American Red Cross. Delli-Pizzi earned
his Bachelors of Science degree in information technology from The City University of New York in 2001 and is completing his Master of Science degree
in exercise science and cardiac rehabilitation from Brooklyn College.
terry heffernan was hired as the Wayne State football teams offensive line coach in February 2007 after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant offensive line coach at Michigan.
During his two years in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines compiled an 18-7 mark and appeared in the Rose Bowl and Alamo Bowl.
Prior to joining the Michigan staff, Heffernan spent the 2004 season as a graduate assistant working with the defensive line at the University of
Louisville. The Cardinals finished sixth in the final AP poll after winning the Conference USA title and beating Boise State in the Liberty Bowl. He spent the
2003 season as the offensive line coach at Cumberland University.
Heffernan was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at center for the University of Dayton. He earned All-Pioneer Football League academic honors
twice. He was a member of four consecutive conference championship teams, winning a pair of title games, and finished his career with a 15-1 league
record over four years (35-9 overall record). Heffernan graduated from Dayton in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in communications.
A member of the American Football Coaches Association, Heffernan is single and resides in Royal Oak.
steve neal joined the WSU football staff this past season as wide receivers coach after serving in similar roles at Savannah State University, Saint Josephs (IN) and Albion College over the last two years.
He was a four-year starter at wide receiver for Western Michigan (1996-2000), earning First Team All-Mid-American Conference accolades three times. Neal was also named to the Bronco All-Century Team. His 235 career receptions, including 74 in 1999, were WMU records when he graduated. His 3,599 career receiving yards is still a school record. He held three of the top four single-season receiving yards marks at WMU upon the completion of his collegiate career. He played in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game in Hawaii after his senior season, and was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Neal signed a rookie free agent contract in 2001 with the Tennessee Titans and attended camps and workouts in 2001 and 2002 with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers.
He received his bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from WMU in 2000, and is completing his masters degree in Sports Management.A native of Benton Harbor, Neal was an All-Conference and All-State performer on the football field as a junior and senior at BHHS. He resides in
Detroit and has a four-year old daughter, Teylyn Neal.
allison Rutledge, a former standout goaltender at Niagara University, was named assistant coach of the Wayne State womens hockey team in the fall of 2007.
Rutledge finished her four-year career as Niagaras all-time leader in saves with 3,405, second in NCAA history. She also earned College Hockey America All-Academic honors three times. As a senior, she was named Second Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). She also was a CHA First Team selection and named CHA Student-Athlete of the Year. During her junior campaign in 2005-06, Rutledge set the single-season Niagara saves record with 1,103 and was also named to the CHA First Team and All-Tournament Team. Rutledge also made the CHA All-Rookie team as a freshman in 2003-04.
Rutledge trained with the Canadian National Team development and selection camp in 2006 and coached at several hockey camps including Future Pro, Be A Pro and Netminders goaltending schools. She has also been a tutor as part of the 21st Century After-School Program at LaSalle Middle School and worked towards completing her New York state certification in Social Studies (grades 7-12) as a student-teacher in the fall of 2006.
A native of London, Ont., Rutledge earned a bachelors degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies from Niagara in 2007.
Former Yale University goaltender nicolette Franck joined the WSU womens hockey staff in the fall of 2007 as an assistant coach.Franck has coached at various levels over the past decade, including three years with the Etobicoke Dolphins in Ontario. Beginning as a goaltenders
coach for the Midget A squad in 2004, Franck moved all the way up to the head coach position of the Intermediate AA team in 2007. Prior to her time with Etobicoke, Franck worked as a goalie instructor for seven years with Jon Elkins Goalie School as well as various other boys AAA teams.
In her four years at Yale, Franck amassed a career total of 1120 saves, which ranks eighth all-time in Yale history. She was awarded the Bulldog Award for grit, courage and dedication in 2004 and was named a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American.
After graduating from Yale with a bachelors degree in psychology, Franck spent two years in the National Womens Hockey League, playing for the Brampton Thunder and Toronto Aeros. She also played goalie for the 2006 Womens National Inline Hockey Team, winning a silver medal at the FIRS In-line World Championship and gold at the North American Roller Hockey Championships (NARCh) Tournament, where she was named Top Goaltender.
A native of Burlington, Ontario, Franck is currently a member of Team Ontario Womens Baseball squad, which took silver at the 2005 Baseball Canada National Championship and gold in 2007.
The Wayne State University womens hockey team entered the 2007-08 season looking to improve on a solid campaign from a year ago in which the team finished second in the College Hockey America (CHA) standings with a 6-6-0 record (15-18-1 overall) and advanced to the CHA tournament championship game for the first time in school history.
We have a wealth of talented players coming back to make this season a special one, said head coach Jim Fetter, the 2007-CHA Co-Coach of the Year returning for his fifth season at the helm of the Warriors. With some fine tuning, I expect us to compete on a very high level in the CHA this year.
The Warriors return 18 letterwinners, including three of the top 10 conference-leading scorers from last season, along with three newcomers.
Leading the attack up front is junior Melissa Boal (Pakenham, Ont.), top scorer each of the last two years and the reigning all-time leading scorer in WSU history. Boal was a First Team All-CHA selection for the second time in her career.
Senior Ashley King (Winnipeg, Man.), who has missed just one game in her collegiate career, is serving as team captain for the second consecutive year after being an assistant captain her sophomore year.
Kings assistant captains are junior forwards Lindsay DiPietro (Manotick, Ont.) and Amanda Hungle (Regina, Sask.) as well as sophomore defenseman Christine Jefferson (Nepean, Ont.). DiPietro led the 2006-07 team and set a WSU single-season record with 30 assists, and needs just one more helper to eclipse the all-time record of 55, which she currently shares with former Warrior Kelly Zamora.
Hungle, a two-year assistant captain, has appeared in 65 career games for the Green and Gold, and scored a career-high three goals last season. Jefferson earned WSUs Most Improved Player award following her freshman campaign in which she contributed nine points offensively and was selected to the CHA All-Tournament team.
Junior Sam Poyton (Hamilton, Ont.) also returns after a successful sophomore campaign in which she ranked second on the team in goals (17) and assists (20) and sixth in the CHA in points. Sophomore Brandi Frankie (St. Louis Park, Minn.) looks to build on a solid freshman season in which she raked third on the team in points (15).
Redshirt junior Becky Sonn (Waupaca, Wisc.), junior Emily Berzins (Fort McMurray, Alb.) and sophomore Katrina Protopapas (Chatham, Ont.) provide front line support while two of WSUs three incoming freshmen, Janet Babchishin (Sturgis, Sask.) and Adrianna Pfeffer (Farmington Hills, Mich.), will look to compete for ice time and add scoring potential.
The WSU blueline has a wealth of experience as all seven players return from a year ago, including Jefferson and classmates Chelsea Burnett (Ridgeway, Ont.) and Tegan Schroeder (Lumsdan, Sask.).
We return a solid group of defensemen who are up to the challenge of stopping some high-powered scoring teams in our league, said Fetter. You cant succeed on any level unless you can slow down your opponents offense and we will make this our top priority entering the season.
Burnett led all Warrior defensemen with 15 points (7 G, 8 A) which also ranked fourth among CHA blueliners. Schroeder, a Second Team All-CHA and CHA All-Rookie Team honoree, had a very eventful summer in which she participated in Hockey Canadas U-22 Conditioning/Skating Camp for the second straight year. She was also selected as one of 38 players who competed for a spot on Hockey Canadas National Under-22 Team at its selection camp held at York University in Toronto.
Danielle Wilson (Gravenhurst, Ont.) and Jenny Cameron (Cooper City, Fla.) provide additional leadership as two of Wayne States five seniors, while junior Tina Vanderhoeven (London, Ont.) and sophomore Amanda Blanc (Redwood Valley, Calif.) give the Warriors defensive depth. Vanderhoeven (3-9--12) and Wilson (2-9--11) ranked second and third, respectively, among WSU blueliners in scoring last season.
Seniors Valery Turcotte (Jonquiere, Que.) and Tiffany Thompson (Dryden, Ont.) give the Warriors a veteran presence in goal. Last season Turcotte compiled an 11-15-1 record with a 3.49 goals-against average (gaa) and an .884 save percentage. Thompson saw action in 11 games with a 4-3-0 record and 3.06 gaa. Freshman Paige Keranen (Livonia, Mich.) will also add support and compete for a starting role.
Wayne State will play 18 home games in 2007-08, 12 of which are scheduled after the New Year. The Warriors will close out the season with three consecutive CHA home series against Robert Morris, Mercyhurst, and Niagara.
The Wayne State mens hockey team has 11 letterwinners returning from a squad which doubled its win total from the 2005-06 campaign, posting a record of 12-21-2 with an 8-10-2 conference mark. The Warriors closed the regular season on a seven-game unbeaten streak before falling in overtime, 4-3, in the CHA Tournament to eventual champion Alabama-Huntsville.
The team has many new faces this year, however, after graduating 10 seniors including five of its top seven scorers from a season ago.
We lost a lot of seniors last year, so I dont think there are a lot of expectations out there for us, which is fine by me, said head coach Bill Wilkinson, entering his ninth year at the helm of the Warriors.
Wayne State will look for leadership and direction from returning upperclassmen such as senior forward and two-year captain Mike Forgie (Scarborough, Ont.), who has 39 points in 78 games over his injury-plagued four-year career.
Forgies had a lot of adversity to overcome, but hes a good leader and he works, practices, and plays hard, said Wilkinson. Hell be one of the key components of our team
not necessarily by putting up big numbers, but by being the guy everyone can rally around.
Other veterans returning up front include seniors Tylor Michel (Sudbury, Ont.), who matched his career-high with eight goals last season, and Stavros Paskaris (Dearborn, Mich.), Wayne States active leader in career points (59), goals (21), and assists (38).
Wilkinson is also counting on contributions from junior forwards Jon Grabarek (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and assistant captain Derek Punches (Manchester, Mich.). Both players set career-highs in assists last season, while Grabarek also set a new career mark with 15 points.
Junior Matt Krug (Livonia, Mich.), the most experienced defenseman on the team, was one of eight Warriors to play in all 35 games last season and totaled nine points including three goals.
A trio of sophomores, all of whom were named to the CHA All-Rookie Team last season, will hope to repeat their freshman year productivity and give the Warriors a boost. Jared Katz (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) is WSUs top returning scorer, as he finished third on the squad with 23 points. Katz led all CHA rookies with 11 goals and was second in points. Defenseman Jeff Caister (Mississauga, Ont.), an assistant captain for 2007-08, totaled 14 assists and 16 points last year. Goaltender Brett Bothwell (Red Deer, Alb.) went 8-9-1 in 18 games with a 3.57 GAA and a .889 save percentage.
Caister and blueline partner, fellow sophomore Ryan Bernardi (Etobicoke, Ont.), set the school record last season for most league points (8) and assists (7) by a rookie defenseman. Bernardi chipped in 11 points including eight assists overall in 35 games.
The veterans coming back understand how hard they have to work, and that success can only come from that effort, said Wilkinson. They have to be good leaders for this group of freshmen coming in.
Among those freshmen are forwards Tyler Ruel (Port Alberni, Alb.), who led the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League in points (84), goals (30), assists (54), and power-play goals (13) in 2006-07; Jeremy Tejchma (Muskegon, Mich.), who finished 10th in the Eastern Junior Hockey League scoring last season while playing for the Bridgewater Bandits; Jordan Inglis (108 Mile Ranch, B.C.), second-leading scorer on the BCHLs Prince George Spruce Kings a year ago (21-26--47); and Brock Meadows (Mission, B.C.) who had 99 points in three seasons in the BCHL.
Other rookies looking to make an impact include forwards Chris Kushneriuk (Ottawa, Mich.), third on the Central Junior Hockey Leagues Orleans Blues with 62 points in 2006-07 and a CHJL all-star selection; and Dylan Exton (Calgary, Alb.), who scored 12 goals in 58 games for the Spruce Kings last season.
Freshman goaltender Kyle Funkenhauser (Windsor, Ont.), a former BCHL all-star, will battle Bothwell for the starting job between the pipes.
There will be a lot of opportunities for these young players to get ice time and show what they are capable of doing, said Wilkinson.
While much of that time on the ice initially has been away from Detroit - 17 of the first 22 games, including two difficult January series at Minnesota and Northern Michigan - the Warriors will enter the crux of their conference schedule in 2008 beginning with back-to-back home series against Niagara and Alabama-Huntsville. Among those games will be a showdown with the Purple Eagles at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Jan. 19.
Youthful Mens Hockey Squad Looking For Success
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Womens Hockey Eyes Return To CHA Finals
WARRIOR WITHIN Department News and Notes
WSU Skipper Joins National CommitteeHead baseball coach Jay Alexander has been named to the American Baseball
Coaches Association All-America Committee, representing the North Central Region.This committee is responsible for executing the selection process for the ABCA All-
Region and All-America teams and for determining the regional coaches of the year, National High School Coach of the Year, National Player of the Year and Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.
I am honored to be selected as a member of the All-America committee, said Alexander. I consider it a privilege to be chosen and I intend to work hard as a member of this committee.
Established in 1945, the ABCA is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its
over 6,200 members represent all 50 states and 22 countries, and includes seven divisions - NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, High School and Youth.
Snyder Earns 150th Career WinHead womens tennis coach Sheila Snyder earned her 150th career victory as the
Warriors defeated Saginaw Valley State, 8-1, in their season opener Sept. 21.Snyder entered her 19th season at the helm of the WSU womens tennis program
this past fall. She has led the team to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including Wayne States first-ever trip in 2004-05.
The 1994 GLIAC Coach of the Year, Snyder began her career at WSU first as a graduate assistant in the Physical Education department in 1987, then becoming an instructor in 1988. Snyder, who was hired as the womens tennis coach in 1989, also serves as WSUs director of intramural sports.
Snyder played basketball and tennis at WSU from 1983-87, earning four letters in each while being named team captain on the womens basketball team in 1986-87 and earning All-GLIAC honors in tennis in 1986.
The Warriors posted a 6-7 overall record this fall, putting Snyders career record at 155-120 (.564), and finished fourth in the GLIAC Tournament. The spring portion of their schedule will begin in early March.
Guy Rewarded For Good WorksSenior linebacker Alan Guy (Rochester Hills, Mich.) was selected to the 2007
American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, marking the first time a WSU football player has earned such distinction.
Two 11-man teams (an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team and a combined team from NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II and III, and the NAIA) are chosen to honor players for their dedication and commitment to community service. The AFCA has selected the Good Works Team since 1997, while from 1992-96 it was chosen by the now-defunct College Football Association.
Guys contributions to the community include: participation in the Wayne State Walk for Womens Health and Expo the past three years; joining in the American Cancer Societys Relay for Life since 2004; helping clean streets and neighborhoods in Detroit for two years; volunteering for Habitat for Humanity; helping serve meals at St. Leos and St. Aloysius soup kitchens; volunteering during Super Bowl XL in Detroit; and serving as a member of the leadership committee for the WSU football team.
Bazzi Featured In sports illustratedJunior libero Mayssa Bazzi (Dearborn, Mich.) was highlighted in the Nov. 12 issue
of Sports Illustrated in its Faces in the Crowd feature. She is the second Wayne State student-athlete to receive such attention from SI in the last year, as Joique Bell was also recognized in the magazines Faces section in October 2006.
Bazzi was selected to the All-GLIAC Second Team in her first season at Wayne State. One of two Warriors to play in all 88 games, she set a WSU single-season record with 656 digs, eclipsing the previous mark of 602 set in 2004. Bazzi led the GLIAC and finished second in the nation with a 7.45 digs/game average, totaling 30 or more digs eight times and 20 or more in 20 matches. She also posted a team-best 38 service aces and finished second on the squad in reception percentage (.951).
king Named As Finalist For Wooden CupSenior Ashley King (Winnipeg, Man.) is a finalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship
Cup, presented by Athletes for a Better World (ABW).The Wooden Cup is presented to two athletes one intercollegiate and one
professional that best display character, teamwork, and citizenship. The award establishes the recipients as role models and athletes of excellence both on and off the field.
A three-year captain of the WSU womens hockey team, King has been named to the Athletic Directors Honor Roll every semester and is a three-time College Hockey America All-Academic Team honoree. She was attended an NCAA Leadership Conference in Orlando last spring and currently serves as the community relations officer of WSUs Student-
Athlete Advisory Committee.On the ice, King has cracked Wayne States top 10 list for career goals scored (17)
and is third all-time in game-winning goals (7).The Wooden Cup will be presented Jan. 24 at the Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta.
Fetter Prepares Team For IIHF ChampionshipHead womens hockey coach Jim Fetter, who was selected as an assistant coach
for Hockey Canadas Under-18 team this past August, will head to Calgary, Alb., to coach the squad in the inaugural IIHF World Womens Under-18 Championship to be held Jan. 7-12.
The event will feature 20 games over six days, capped off with the gold medal game on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena. Eight teams Canada, the United States, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic are set to participate.
Fetter assisted at Hockey Canadas National Womens Under-19 Program evaluation camp in July and coached at Canadas National Womens Under-22 camp at York University
in early August. He made his international coaching debut with the Under-18 team in a three-game series Aug. 23-26 in Ottawa, Ont., against the United States.
The 2007-08 season marks the first for the Under-18 Team, which is made up of the top Canadian female hockey players born in 1990 or later. Both the Under-18 and Under-22 programs aid Hockey Canada in identifying, evaluating and developing players for its National Womens Team.
Upcoming Special Events
WSU Announces 2008 Hall Of Fame ClassThe Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome six new members,
WSU Director of Athletics Rob Fournier has announced. The 2008 class will be inducted during a luncheon at Historic St. Andrews on the WSU campus in Detroit.
The class of 2008 includes football player Pierre Brown (left), baseball players Dave Croskey and John Miele, fencer Neil Hick, womens basketball standout Monique Johnson and softball player Courtney Noble.
The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Feb. 23 in St. Andrews. The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon and the program starting shortly thereafter.
In addition, the class will be introduced at halftime of the Feb. 23 mens basketball game against Hillsdale.
Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased at the Matthaei Complex for $35 and advance reservations are required. The public is invited to attend.
Womens Hockey Wants 1,000 At MercyhurstThe Wayne State University womens hockey team is looking to draw 1,000 fans
to its Friday, Feb. 22 showdown with College Hockey America rival Mercyhurst at City Sports Center Arena in Detroit.
Mercyhurst dominated the early years of the series until 2006, when the Warriors tied the nationally-ranked Lakers twice including once at home.
On Jan. 13 last season, a year to the day of the first tie with MC, Wayne State scored five goals, its highest total in the history of the series, against a Mercyhurst team that topped the national poll.
This year may be Wayne States chance to get over the Mercyhurst jinx, as the Warriors boast the nations top two scorers in juniors Melissa Boal and Sam Poyton. Goals could be plentiful for both sides, however, as MC and WSU rank in the top 10 in scoring offense.
Tickets for the 1,000 At Mercyhurst event can be purchased at the box office on game day or by calling the WSU ticket department at 1-866-WSU-TIKS.
Athletics Sets Date For Academic LuncheonThe eighth annual WSU Athletic Department Academic Recognition Luncheon will
be held Thursday, April 17, at Historic St. Andrews on the WSU campus.Wayne State Athletics will honor student-athletes and cheerleaders who recorded
at least a 3.50 grade-point average for the fall of 2007 and recognize the Deans Award winners for having the highest cumulative grade-point average among all student-athletes in a particular college.
Also receiving recognition will be those student-athletes who graduated in the fall of 2007 or will graduate next spring.
Tigers Caravan To Stop At Wayne StateOn Monday, Jan. 14, the 2008 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will make its way
through the Matthaei Complex on the Wayne State athletic campus.Detroit Tigers players, coaches, and personnel will be on
hand as well as representatives of Wayne State University, city and state officials, invited guests, and WSU baseball and softball student-athletes.
The WSU cheerleaders, pep band, and pom pon squads will perform, and fans will have opportunities to win tickets and prizes courtesy of the Detroit Tigers and Wayne State Athletics.
This general admission event is open to the public and will begin at 2:45 p.m. in Gym 111 of the Matthaei.
WARRIOR WITHIN Donors
The Wayne State University Department of Athletics would like to thank the following donors for their generous support of Warrior Athletics. These gifts help to provide scholarships, upgrade equipment and facilities. This list includes donations of $100 and more made to the Department of Athletics from June 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.
There are numerous financial opportunities to make a difference in the exciting and promising futures of Wayne States student-athletes and athletic programs. Please see the inside back cover of this magazine for gift-giving clubs and the benefits associated with supporting athletics. For more information, please call the Athletic Department at 313-577-4280.
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