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Athletes of the Week
• All-American Christina Manning stated her case for Athlete of the Championships with a conference title in the 60m hurdles and second-place finishes in both the 60m and 200m dashes as the Buckeyes won the first Big Ten title in program history Feb. 27 at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships inside Purdue University’s Lambert Field House.

• Second baseman Ryan Cypret batted .467 (7-for-15) with three doubles and his first career home run as the Buckeyes took three of four from Western Michigan Feb. 25-27 in Port Charlotte, Fla. The junior scored six runs while driving in three.

Baseball (4-3)
Head coach: Greg Beals
• Ohio State true freshman Josh Dezse, from Powell, Ohio and Olentangy Liberty High School, is the Big Ten Conference’s first-ever recipient of its Freshman of the Week award. The designated hitter/relief pitcher for coach Greg Beals hit .583 this weekend (7 for 12) at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge to lead the Buckeyes in hitting plus he made two relief appearances and finished both games he entered.
• Ohio State jumped out to an early lead and hung on to take down Western Michigan, 4-3, behind a strong outing from starter Drew Rucinski and a solid day at the plate from Matt Streng Feb. 25 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.
• Ohio State split a doubleheader with Western Michigan, dropping the first game, 7-4, before bouncing back for a 22-6 win in the second game Feb. 26 in Port Charlotte, Fla. Game two marked the first time the Buckeyes scored 22 runs since a 29-2 win over Penn State on May 8, 2005.
• Ohio State closed its trip to the Snowbird Classic with a 4-2 win over Western Michigan Feb, 27 in Port Charlotte, Fla.

No. 2 Men’s Basketball (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected five outstanding first-year players, including the Buckeyes’ Jared Sullinger, as finalists for the 2011 Wayman Tisdale Award to be presented to the men’s National Freshman of the Year at a gala banquet on Mon., April 11 at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. The announcement of the winner will come at the USBWA Awards Breakfast on Fri., April 1 in Houston in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
• David Lighty scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and William Buford had all 17 of his in the first to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Illinois 89-70 on Feb. 22, an impressive bounce-back game after two recent losses for the Buckeyes.
• Deshaun Thomas, last year’s Indiana Mr. Basketball, came out of a slump with 22 points to lead No. 2 Ohio State past Indiana 82-61 Feb. 27.

Women’s Basketball (19-9, 10-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Jantel Lavender extends her conference-record total of Big Ten Player of the Week honors to 19 after helping Ohio State to two conference wins last week. In a victory over No. 23/25 Penn State Thursday, she posted a double-double with 23 points and 11 boards. Against Purdue Feb. 20, the senior again totaled 23 points, this time hauling in nine rebounds to finish the week averaging 23.0 points, 10.0 rebounds.
• Lavender scored 24 points, and Ohio State spoiled Michigan State’s conference title celebration with a 54-53 win over the Spartans Feb. 24. Michigan State had already clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title, but the Spartans couldn’t celebrate an outright championship until shortly after the game — when Penn State lost to Purdue.
• Ohio State busted out of the gates and never looked back in an 80-47 win over Wisconsin Feb. 27 at Value City Arena, sending a message that the Buckeyes will be a team to be reckoned with this postseason.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Chris Carter, an offensive lineman from John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, Ohio, signed a national letter-of-intent to attend The Ohio State University Feb. 24.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• A pair of stellar rounds from senior Bo Hoag and junior Dan Charen helped move Ohio State into 10th place in the final standings of the Puerto Rico Classic Feb. 22. The Buckeyes closed out the three-day event on the par 72, 6,945-yard Rio Mar-River Course with a team score of 875 (+11) to finish ahead of Big Ten rivals Purdue (880), Michigan (888) and Northwestern (889).

Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Firing its lowest round of the tournament, Ohio State moved up two slots to conclude the Central District Invitational Feb. 22 in seventh with a total of 895. Improving by 12 strokes, the Buckeyes carded a third round score of 290 (+2) at the par 72, 6,099-yard River Wilderness Country Club in Parrish, Fla.

No. 10 Men’s Gymnastics
Co-head coaches: Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson
• 10th-ranked Ohio State fell to fourth-ranked Penn State with a score of 353.500-342.500 Feb. 26 despite the Buckeyes posting several team-event season highs and individual career and season highs at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa.

No. 17 Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State gymnast Sarah Miller was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 21. It is the fourth Freshman of the Week award for the Collegeville, Pa., native and the sixth for a Buckeye this season. After tying for first with a 9.800 on vault and second with a 9.750 on beam in a win Feb. 18 against Michigan State, Miller tied her career high with a 9.925 on floor while the Buckeyes set a team season-high 195.825 in a win over Kentucky Feb. 20.
• No. 17 Ohio State scored a season team high but fell to No. 10 Penn State, 196.325-195.900, Feb. 26 in University Park, Pa.

Men’s Hockey (15-15-3, 10-13-3-2 CCHA)
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• Ohio State junior Cal Heeter and senior Corey Toy have been named CCHA Goaltender and Defenseman of the Week, respectively, the conference announced Feb. 21. The duo helped the Buckeyes to a 1-0-1 record against Lake Superior State, allowing just three goals in the series. The Buckeyes and LSSU skated to a 1-1 overtime tie Feb. 18 and Ohio State rallied from an early deficit to win 5-2 Feb. 20.
• Ohio State opened the final regular-season series with a 2-2 overtime tie against Ferris State Feb. 24 in Value City Arena. The Bulldogs won the shootout, 1-0 in three rounds, to take the extra point in the league standings.
• Ohio State was defeated by Ferris State, 3-1, Feb. 25 in Value City Arena in its final regular-season game. The Buckeyes tied the game at 1-all on a goal by senior Sergio Somma at 10:33 of the third but Kyle Bonis put Ferris State back on top with 1:58 remaining in regulation and Mike Fillinger sealed the win with an empty-net tally with 52 seconds left.

Women’s Hockey (14-19-3, 8-19-3-3 WCHA)
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Ohio State opened its WCHA First Round Playoff series with a 4-2 loss to No. 3 Minnesota Feb. 25 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Down 4-0, the No. 6-seed Buckeyes got two goals from Laura McIntosh in 33 seconds, but it was not enough to edge the No. 3-seed Golden Gophers who capitalized on two power play opportunities.
• Ohio State concluded the 2010-11 season with a 3-2 loss to No. 3/5-ranked Minnesota Feb. 26. Competing for a slot in the WCHA Final Faceoff, the No. 6-seed Buckeyes fell to the No. 3-seed Golden Gophers for the second night in the best-of-three series at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Lacrosse (3-0)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Ohio State men’s lacrosse senior captain Jarred Bowman has been named the ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman goalkeeper Greg Dutton was tabbed the league’s rookie of the week, the conference announced Feb. 21. The duo played key roles in the Buckeyes’ 13-8 upset of No. 3-ranked North Carolina Feb. 19.

Women’s Lacrosse (2-2)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
• In its first home contest of the season, Ohio State defeated St. Bonaventure 19-4 Feb, 27 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Rifle
Head coach: Patrick Cherry
• The NCAA announced Feb. 24 Ohio State’s Amanda Furrer is one of five individuals selected to compete with eight teams for the individual smallbore rifle three position (60 shots) championship. The competition on Friday, March 11 will be at the Pool Complex of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit located at Ft. Benning, Ga. Furrer qualified for the championship based on her score (585) submitted from the NCAA qualifier hosted by Ohio State.
• Ohio State won both the smallbore rifle (2,280) and air rifle (1,537) events to capture the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference championship with a 3,817 aggregate at Michigan State Feb. 28. Morehead State finished second at 3,791 taking second in smallbore (2,262) and air rifle (1,529). The Buckeyes also won the Swanson Trophy (high season average in smallbore rifle) with a 2,281 average and the Ranta Trophy (high season average in air rifle) with a 1,547.75 average. Furrer won both individual conference championships shooting a 578 in smallbore and a 386 in air rifle.

Softball (4-11)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Melissa Rennie, a freshman catcher on the Ohio State softball team, was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 21. The native of Wellington, Ohio, native claims the weekly laurel along with freshman pitcher Cassee Layne of Michigan State.
• In its opening game at the 2011 Cathedral City Classic Feb. 25, Ohio State fell, 10-1, against No. 21 Texas A&M in Cathedral City, Calif. The Aggies (11-4) scored four runs in the third and five runs in the fourth to claim the victory over the Buckeyes (4-7, 0-0 Big Ten) in five innings of play.
• On a cool day in Southern California, Ohio State fell, 5-1, against No. 25 BYU and, 11-3 (five innings), against UC Santa Barbara during the third day at the 2011 Cathedral City Classic Feb. 26 at the Big League Dreams Sports Park.
• On the final day of competition at the 2011 Cathedral City Classic, the Ohio State softball team fell, 10-0 (five innings), against No. 18 Nebraska and, 12-5, against No. 2 UCLA Feb. 27 at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City, Calif.

Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head Coach: Bill Wadley and Vince Panzano
• Ohio State wasn’t ready to let go of its 2010 Big Ten championship without at least making the 2011 champion earn it. Feb. 26 on the final day of the 2011 Big Ten championships at the University of Minnesota’s University Aquatics Center, the Buckeyes outscored every team on the day and roared into second place for a time, but finished in third with a final total of 593 points. The third-place finish marked the third consecutive year that Ohio State has finished either first, second or third, and it marked the sixth consecutive Top 5 finish for swimming coach Bill Wadley and diving coach Vince Panzano’s team. Andrew Elliott, perhaps fueled by taking second in the 100 backstroke Feb. 25 after winning the event in 2010, captured the Big Ten championship in the 200 backstroke Feb. 26 with a school record swim of 1:41.69.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (14-1)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• For the second time this season, junior Chase Buchanan of the fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week the conference announced Feb. 22. Buchanan (15-4) won four matches last week in wins against No. 24 North Carolina and No. 5 Texas.
• No. 3 Ohio State concluded its historic day defeating Wright State, 6-1, to complete its second doubleheader sweep of the season Feb. 24. The Buckeyes picked up their 1,000th program victory earlier in the day, shutting out Cleveland State, 7-0. The win extends Ohio State’s home win streak to an impressive 120-consecutive matches.
• Third-ranked Ohio State defeated No. 15 Louisville, 6-1, Feb. 27 at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center in front of 247 fans. The victory extends the Buckeyes’ home win streak to 121-consecutive matches.

Women’s Tennis (6-4, 1-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State, ranked 43rd nationally, defeated No. 64 Auburn, 4-0, Feb. 25 in the opening round of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala.
• No. 43 Ohio State fell to No. 9 Virginia (10-1), 4-1, in the semifinals of the 2011 Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Feb. 26 in Montgomery, Ala.
• No. 43 Ohio State fell to No. 22 Oklahoma, 4-0, Feb. 27 in the squad’s final match at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Junior All-American Thomas Murdaugh won the sixth Big Ten title of his career Feb. 27 at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships, leading 22nd-ranked Ohio State to a fifth-place finish in Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State put on a show for the ages in winning the first Big Ten title in program history Feb. 27 at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships inside Purdue University’s Lambert Field House. With a total of 122.50 points, the Buckeyes crushed their conference rivals on the second day of the competition, compiling 97.5 points Sunday to create a 36.50 point gap between themselves and three-time defending champion Penn State, the second-place finisher with 86 points. Third-place went to Minnesota (73).

No. 5 Men’s Volleyball (12-2, 5-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State’s opposite Shawn Sangrey has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week Feb. 22. He helped Ohio State extend their winning streak to 10 matches with a match-high 20 points in the 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 28-26) win at Ball State. Sangrey recorded a match-high 15 kills, two assist blocks and tied his career-high of four ace serves. He added a match-high nine digs in the contest. In the match, Sangrey averaged 6.67 points, 5.00 kills, 1.33 aces, 3.0 digs and .67 blocks per set while hitting .211. This is the second time this season he has been named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week.
• Fifth-ranked Ohio State defeated IPFW, 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-23) Feb. 25 in St. John Arena. John Klanac and Sangrey shared match-high honors with 13.5 points each for the Buckeyes. Klanac recorded 11 kills (.227), two ace serves and one assist block. Sangrey posted 12 kills (.276), one ace serve and one assist block.
• Fifth-ranked Ohio State defeated No. 5 (Div. III) Juniata, 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-15) Feb. 27 in St. John Arena. OSU’s Sangrey recorded a match-high 21.5 points with 19 kill (.500), one ace serve and three assist blocks.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 28-March 13

March 1
Men’s Basketball vs. Penn State, 9 p.m.
State College, Pa.

March 4
Pistol NRA Open Air Sectionals, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Men’s Track Alex Wilson Invitational, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Baseball vs. Army, 11 a.m.
Forest City, N.C.

Softball vs. North Dakota, 11 a.m.
Tulsa, Okla.

Softball vs. Iowa State, 1:15 p.m.
Tulsa, Okla.

Men’s Tennis vs. Penn State, 1:30 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Women’s Tennis vs. Louisville, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s Volleyball vs. Lewis, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Oklahoma, Illinois, TWU, 8 p.m.
Norman, Okla.

March 5
Fencing Midwest Conference Championships, All Day
Notre Dame, Ind.

Synchronized Swimming North Regional Championships, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s Track Alex Wilson Invitational, TBA
South Bend, Ind.

Pistol NRA Open Air Sectionals, 10 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Stanford, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium or Woody Hayes Athletic Center

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Penn State, 1:30 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Baseball vs. Western Carolina, 3 p.m.
Forest City, N.C.

Softball vs. Drake, 5:45 p.m.
Tulsa, Okla.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

March 6
Fencing Midwest Conference Championships, All Day
Notre Dame, Ind.

Women’s Golf Rounds 1 & 2 SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational, All Day
Gainesville, Fla.

Synchronized Swimming North Regional Championships, 9 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

Men’s Swimming Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Softball vs. Tulsa, 1:15 p.m.
Tulsa, Okla.

Men’s Gymnastics vs. UIC, Air Force, Temple, 2 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

Baseball vs. Akron, 3 p.m.
Forest City, N.C.

March 7
Women’s Golf at SunTrust Gator Golf Invite, All Day
Gainesville, Fla.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Canisius, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

March 8
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Lehigh, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

March 10-12
Men’s and Women’s Swimming at NCAA Diving Zones, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Rifle at NCAA Championship, TBA
Columbus, Ga.

March 10-13
Men’s Basketball at Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Indianapolis, Ind.

March 10
Men’s Tennis at Texas A&M, TBA
College Station, Texas

Women’s Lacrosse at Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

March 11
Women’s and Men’s Track at NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA
College Station, Texas

Baseball vs. Illinois State at RussMatt Invite, 12 p.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Women’s Tennis at Nebraska, 6:30 p.m.
Lincoln, Neb.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Ball State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

March 12
Fencing at NCAA Regional Qualifier, All Day
Detroit, Mich.

Women’s and Men’s Track at NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA
College Station, Texas

Baseball vs. Yale at RussMatt Invite, 9 a.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Albany, 12 p.m.
Albany, N.Y.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. Missouri/Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Men’s Gymnastics vs. Illinois/Nebraska, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

March 13
Baseball vs. Army at RussMatt Invite, 1:30 p.m.
Winter Haven, Fla.