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Following a third-straight 20-win season which resulted in a third-consecutive postseason appearance, the FGCU men’s basketball program again ranked among the nation’s elite last year in terms of attendance, and the trend is likely to continue in 2015-16 with several marquee opponents set to make their way to Alico Arena.
The Baldwin Wallace University Football Team Will Look To Battle For A Top Spot In The Ohio Athletic Conference In 2015 With Lehigh’s Own Issac Reed III
Veteran Head Coach John Snell welcomes back 22 lettermen and 10 starters, including six on offense and four on defense, to a team that finished 5-5 overall a year ago.
On offense, senior quarterback Tyler Moeglin (Canton/ Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas) will battle with classmate Robbie Plagens (Rocky River), who came to BW last season via Division I Miami of Ohio, and others for the starting job at QB.
Moeglin is a multi-faceted QB who also was a wide receiver two years ago. Last fall, he completed 116 of 206 passes for 56.3 percent for 1,476 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for 438 yards in 112 attempts with a team-high eight TD’s. Plagens, a prototypical QB completed 22 of 30 aerials for 73.3 percent with two scores. He also had three rushing TD’s.
Another trio QB’s who may push Moeglin and Plagens are transfers Tommy Glenn (Avon) and Rob Nash (Concord Twp./ NDCL) and sophomore John Kromalic (Copley).
In the backfield, look for senior four-year contributor Issac Reed III (Lehigh Acres, Fla./ Lehigh) to lead the charge. He led the team with 876 rushing yards in 148 attempts with three TD’s and caught 15 passes for 131 yards and a score. Sophomore RB Austin Smith (Broadview Hts./ North Royalton) had a good freshman season and will push Reed. Smith had 85 yards in 18 attempts and caught two passes.
Derrick Wells will receive his business and marketing degree from the University of Minnesota on Thursday.
By then, he’s hoping to sign a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A former Lehigh Senior star, Wells worked out for the Bucs at safety and took part in defensive and special teams meetings on Friday and Saturday.
“When I was in the locker room, they told me to take a quick shower and get my stuff and they were going to take me upstairs,” Wells said. “The GM (Jason Licht) came in and congratulated us. I’m supposed to sign this week.”
Best week? “With my graduation, I think it is,” he said. “And Tampa Bay is the team I grew up liking. They were my favorite team. My mom said, ‘Isn’t that the team when they’d lose, you used to cry?’”
Because of his upcoming graduation, Wells said he couldn’t practice with the veterans this week. He’ll return to Bucs’ headquarters on Sunday after taking part in graduation ceremonies.
Sixteen NCAA Division I basketball programs will descend upon Southwest Florida this Thanksgiving as the third-annual Gulf Coast Showcase is staged at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. The men’s eight-team tournament, designed to showcase the top mid-major programs from across the country, will be held Nov. 23-25; it will be immediately followed by an eight-team, high-major women’s tournament from Nov. 27-29. bd Global, LLC, a Lexington, Ky.-based sports marketing firm, is managing the weeklong event.
Murray State, which won 25 straight games this past season, headlines the men’s field. The Racers were ranked as high as No. 24 in the nation and finished with a 29-6 record and only the fifth undefeated conference mark in OVC history but were upended in the league championship game and missed the NCAA Tournament in what was a very unpopular decision by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Committee.
In the Gulf Coast Showcase, Murray State will be challenged by Central Michigan (23-9 last year and won the MAC West Division) and Western Kentucky (20-12 and a fourth-place finish in Conference USA).
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By Dick Allen
The much anticipated rematch between the # 7 seeded FGCU Eagles and the 10th seeded Oklahoma State Cowgirls is finally ready to tip off. Ever since last Monday’s announcement of the matchups, expectations have been building. Not only with the team members and the coaching staff but with the fans who traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana last year and had their hearts broken by the same Oklahoma State girls.
Hope springs eternal, and there was not a single fan who doesn’t believe that the FGCU women were the better team that day and should have won the game in regulation. The Eagles lost in overtime and Oklahoma State took on playing Purdue University on their home floor with a trip to the sweet 16 at stake. What hurts even more, was that the Cowgirls beat Purdue and we’re making that trip to the sweet 16 to face Notre Dame. “It should have been us”, said season ticket holder from day one Bill Kuzbyt who has traveled to every Atlantic Sun and NCAA tournament game FGCU has ever played.
On the strength of 26 points from Kaneisha Atwater and a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds from Whitney Knight, the No. 7 FGCU women’s basketball team used a 12-0 run late in the second half to pull away from No. 10 Oklahoma State and earn its first Division-I NCAA Tournament win in program history with a 75-67 victory over the Cowgirls in the First Round Saturday afternoon. With the win at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, the Eagles move on to the Second Round with a record of 31-2, while OSU ends the season at 20-12.
The win avenged a 61-60 overtime loss to Oklahoma State in last year’s NCAA Tournament and extended the Eagles’ winning streak to 26 in a row. The Green and Blue advance to play No. 2 Florida State, who defeated No. 15 Alabama State Saturday afternoon. The Sunshine State matchup is slated for 6 p.m. Monday on ESPNU, with the winner earning a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
“This is a very exciting time for us,” said 13th-year head coach Karl Smesko. “We get our first Division I NCAA Tournament win. We beat a very good team and I’m definitely proud of the way we started the game. Oklahoma State posed a lot of challenges for us, but we had a lot of players step up. Kaneisha and Whitney had huge scoring games, but the whole team had to step up at different points and make plays and it was such a great team effort. I’m proud of our team and look forward to the opportunity to keep playing.”