Athletes of the Week
Corey Elkins, a senior forward on the men’s hockey team, was voted the 2009 Ohio Hockey Classic’s MVP after tallying a tournament-best four points, tying the OHC record for point in a tournament, en route to the Buckeyes’ second tournament title and first since 2006.

In the 6-1 victory over Army Jan. 2, Elkins had a team-best three points with a goal and two assists for his second three-point game in the last three outings. A native of West Bloomfield, Mich., Elkins leads the team with 21 points and is on a five-game point streak (3-6-9).

Star Allen, a senior power forward on the women’s basketball team, recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the 67-49 victory over Michigan State Jan. 4 in Value City Arena. Allen was 5-of-7 from the field and converted all four of her free throw attempts. The Columbus, Ohio, native added two assists, three blocks and one steal in 27 minutes of play.

Athletics Good Stuff

Men’s Basketball (10-2; 1-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
No. 23-ranked Ohio State fell, 68-59, to 21st-ranked Minnesota Jan. 3 in Williams Arena. Evan Turner led the Buckeyes with 21 points while Jon Diebler posted 15.
Up Next: at Michigan State at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in East Lansing, Mich.
vs. Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 in Value City Arena

No. 16 Women’s Basketball (12-2; 3-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State raced to an 18-2 lead over Michigan State and never looked back as the Buckeyes cruised to a 67-49 victory Jan. 4 in Value City Arena. Jantel Lavender led Ohio State with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Star Allen posted her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Lavender has scored in double figures in all 45 career games. She finished with a game-high 20 points and leads the Big Ten with 22.1 points per game.
Lavender now 856 career points in only her sophomore season and is on pace to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in the next seven games.
Freshman Samantha Prahalis, who finished with a game-high seven assists, has dished out four or more in all but one game this season. She leads the Big Ten with 6.28 assists per game.
Up Next: at Wisconsin at 9 p.m. Jan. 8 in Madison, Wis.

No. 10 Football (10-3; 7-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
Three-time All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis, was named the inaugural winner of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for NCAA Division I Football (Bowl Subdivision) Jan. 5. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of coaches, media and fans, is presented annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division I senior student-athlete in nine sports. The award identifies personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete, with criteria including excellence in the classroom, character and community, as well as competition on the field.
No. 10 Ohio State fell, 24-21, to No. 3 Texas in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl Jan. 5 in Glendale, Arizona. Texas leads the all-time series, 2-1. All three games have been in the last four years. The Longhorns won the first meeting, 25-22, on Sept. 10, 2005, in Columbus, while the Buckeyes won the second meeting, Sept. 9, 2006 in Austin, 24-7.
Ohio State ends its 119th season of play with an 808-307-53. The win total ranks fifth all-time in college football. The only other schools to have 800 or more wins are Michigan (872), Texas (832), Notre Dame (831), Nebraska (825), Ohio State (808) and Penn State (800).
Ohio State is 4-3 in BCS bowl games and 18-22 in all bowl games. The Buckeyes hold a 4-2 ledger in Fiesta Bowls.
Terrelle Pryor and Todd Boeckman were each in the starting lineup. Pryor split out wide as a receiver with Boeckman under the center. Boeckman completed a 14-yard pass play to Brian Robiskie to open the game.
Chris Wells added 106 yards to his career rushing total and Ohio State’s fourth-leading rusher of all-time now totals 3,382 yards. Wells recorded his 17th 100-yard game vs. Texas’ No. 2-rated rushing defense (73.5 ypg).
Aaron Pettrey’s 51-yard field goal in the first quarter was his second from 50 or more yards this season and the fourth of his career. His career long is 54 yards, set earlier this season against Youngstown State.

Men’s Hockey (13-6-1; 6-5-1-1 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
Buckeye sophomore Hunter Bishop’s goal early in the first period stood as the gamewinner as Ohio State downed Clarkson, 2-0, Jan. 3 in Value City Arena in the championship game of the Ohio Hockey Classic. Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson stopped all 24 shots he faced in his fourth shutout of the season, as the Buckeyes extended their winning streak to eight. Freshman Zac Dalpe closed the scoring with an empty-netter goal at 19:19, assisted by defensemen Corey Toy and Matt Bartkowski.
The tournament title is the second for the Buckeyes and the first since 2006. Buckeye senior forward Corey Elkins was voted the tournament’s MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Carlson, Bishop and defenseman Shane Sims, along with Army’s Cody Omilusik and Clarkson’s Bryan Rufenach.
Ohio State advanced to the OHC’s championship game after defeating Army, 6-1, Jan. 2. In the game, Elkins had a team-best three points with a goal and two assists for his second three-point game in the last three outings. Buckeye sophomore John Albert and freshman Ian Boots each had a goal and an assist, while sophomores C.J. Severyn and Sims each had two assists. In all, 10 Buckeyes had a point in the game.
Ohio State has won its last eight games overall and 11 of its last 12. The squad is on a nine-game winning streak in Value City Arena. The unbeaten streak is tied for the second-longest in the nation.
Elkins, who leads the team with 21 points, is on a five-game point streak (3-6-9). He had a tournament-best four points, tying the OHC record for points in a tournament.
Bishop is on a seven-game goal-scoring streak and has eight points in his last seven games combined. He is second on the team with nine goals this season.
Carlson and Sims were named CCHA Goalie and Defenseman of the Week, respectively, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Jan. 5.
Carlson, from Forest Lake, Minn., stopped 51-of-52 (.981) shots he faced in the OHC Jan. 3-4 in Value City Arena in Columbus. Against Army in the first round Friday, Carlson allowed just one goal, making 27 saves as the Buckeyes won, 6-1. He posted his fourth shutout of the season in the championship game vs. Clarkson Saturday with 24 saves. Carlson and the Buckeyes were a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill during the tournament. Carlson ranks in the Top 16 in the nation in goals-against average (2.04/16th), save percentage (.932/9th) and winning percentage (.786/8th).
Sims had three assists, including helpers on both game-winning goals, a +3 rating and three blocked shots in the Buckeyes’ two OHC victories. Against Army Friday, Sims had a career-high tying two assists, with helpers on back-to-back goals 2:10 apart in the first period, and was +2. Saturday he had the primary assist on Hunter Bishop’s game-winning tally and was +1. Sims is on a six-game point streak (1-7-8) and has two assists in two of his last three games.
Up Next: at Bowling Green at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 9-10 in Bowling Green, Ohio

Women’s Hockey (6-12-2; 4-9-1-1 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Ohio State battled No. 9 Boston University to a 2-2 tie Jan. 3 at the OSU Ice Rink after falling to the Terriers, 5-3, in the series opener Jan. 2. The series with the Terriers concluded OSU’s nonconference games for the 2008-09 season with a 2-3-1 mark. In the second game, Rachael Davis tallied her second goal of the series to put the Buckeyes up by one in the first stanza. Assists went to Laura McIntosh and Shannon Reilly, both of whom extended their point streaks to five and four games, respectively. The assist increased McIntosh’s team lead in points to 25 and assists to 19.
Senior co-captain Morgan Marziali returned the lead to Ohio State before the second intermission and Ohio State held its lead throughout the third period until Boston University scored with 1:31 remaining in regulation.
Up Next: vs. Minnesota, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 9 in OSU Ice Rink
vs. Minnesota, 4:07 p.m. Jan. 10 in OSU Ice Rink

Men’s Volleyball
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State completed a two-match sweep of Waterloo (Canada) with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-25, 30-22) exhibition victory Jan. 3 in St. John Arena. Buckeye Ben Spurlock had a team-high 13 points for Ohio State with 11 kills, an ace serve and an assist block. OSU’s Ted Schoenfeldt added 11.5 points for the Buckeyes with 11 kills and an assist block.
In the first match, the Buckeyes won, 3-0 (30-20, 30-23, 30-21), Jan. 2. Buckeye Shawn Sangrey posted a team-high 12.5 points with a team-high 10 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and an assist block. OSU’s Kevin Heine added 11 points and Robbie Klein contributed 10.5 in the victory. Heine had seven kill, an ace serve and a team-high four total blocks with two solos and two assists. Klein had eight kill, two ace serves and an assist block.
Up Next: at Hawaii at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii
vs. Penn State at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii
vs. Southern California at 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii

No. 6 Wrestling (4-0; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
Sixth-ranked Ohio State won its fourth dual of the 2009 season, downing Kent State, 20-15, Jan. 4 in St. John Arena. Fourth-ranked Lance Palmer and Colt Sponseller recorded, 9-0, and, 12-4, major decisions in the Buckeye victory.
No. 15 Jason Johnstone and Kent State’s Ross Tice battled at 157 for the outright team victory. Tice opened the match with a take down, but Johnstone took the lead after an escape and a take down to give him a 2-1 lead to end the first period. The second period ended with a 6-2 score in Ohio State’s favor. The match ended with a total of three take downs for Johnstone in a 9-3 victory and sealed the win for the Buckeyes.
No. 1 Mike Pucillo, No. 8 Reece Humphrey and Dave Rella also earned victories in front of a crowd of 1,080 fans.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Jan. 6-11

Jan. 6
MBKB at Michigan State, 7 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Jan. 8
MVB at Hawaii at 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational, 7 p.m.
Honolulu, Hawaii

WBKB at Wisconsin, 9 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Jan. 9
MVB vs. Penn State at 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational, 4 p.m.
Honolulu, Hawaii

WSWM vs. Wright State, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

MSWM vs. Wright State, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

MBKB vs. Houston Baptist, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Value City Arena

MHKY at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio

WHKY vs. Minnesota, 7:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

WGYM at Arkansas, 8 p.m.
Fayetteville, Ark.

Jan. 9 -11
MTEN hosting Ohio State Invitational, 9 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State University Indoor Tennis Center

Jan. 10 -11
WR at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals, All Day
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Jan. 10
WTRK at Capital University in Mike Hout Meet, All Day
Columbus, Ohio

MTRK at Capital University Opener, All Day
Columbus, Ohio

FEN at Detroit Duals
Detroit, Mich.

MGYM hosting Varsity Exhibition, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Steelwood Athletic Training Facility

MVB vs. Southern California at 15th Outrigger Hotels Invitational, 4 p.m.
Honolulu, Hawaii

WHKY vs. Minnesota, 4:07 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
OSU Ice Rink

MHKY at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio