Athletes of the Week

Women’s basketball player Jessica Davenport was named the mostvaluable player of the 2004 Wonder/Hostess Buckeye Classic.Davenport was 16-of-27 from the field and tallied a total of 37points, 12 rebounds, six assists, four steals, five blocked shotsand only two turnovers. Davenport also was named to 2004 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team. Men’sbasketball junior guard J.J. Sullinger led the Buckeyes in scoringwith 21 points against Chattanooga last Saturday. He helped theteam to a school-record 17 3-pointers against the Mocs and tied hiscareer high with 4 threes in the game, all in the first half.Sullinger was named to the Guardians Classic All-Tournament teamearlier in the week, and led the Buckeyes with 16 points in thechampionship game against Creighton. For the year, Sullinger hasconverted over 70 percent of both his field goals and 3-pointshots.

Athletics Good Stuff

Women’s volleyball ended the regular season with 3-0 roadvictories at Michigan and Michigan State. OSU is 27-3 overall and17-3 in the Big Ten finishing tied for second in the conference.OSU received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship and will hostfirst and second round matches Friday and Saturday in St. JohnArena. First round matches have Ohio State hosting Dayton (23-8) at7 p.m. with Ohio (28-2) facing Pittsburgh (21-10) at 5 p.m.. Thewinners return Saturday at 7 p.m. to play for a spot in theMinneapolis regional. The Buckeyes were seeded fifth in the 64-teambracket.

OSU’s Stacey Gordon was named the Big Ten Player of the Year for the second time in her career. Gordon and Marisa Main were named to the All-Big Ten Team. Gordon is a four-time selection, a first for Ohio State volleyball. Ami Stevens was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.

The No. 9/10 men’s hockey team returns to action with atwo-game series at home against Alaska Fairbanks this weekend. TheBuckeyes and Nanooks will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday inValue City Arena. Ohio State enters the weekend in first place inthe Central Collegiate Hockey Association with a 7-2-1 leaguerecord and is 9-4-1 overall. Friday, the Ohio State band willperform Script Ohio on Ice, while Saturday there will be a Toys ForTots collection; fans that bring a new toy to donate can purchase agame ticket for $4. The series marks OSU’s last games in Value CityArena until Jan. 7-8, 2005, when they play host to Ferris State.

The women’s soccer team (19-4-3) was bounced from the 2004 NCAA Tournament with a 1-0, quarterfinal loss to UCLA (17-6, PAC-10) Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After a scoreless first period, UCLA netted the game-winner off a free kick in the 64th minute to earn their second straight appearance in the College Cup.

The defeat, which snapped a program-best, nine-game win streak, ended a record-setting season for the Buckeyes, who finished the year with all-time marks in victories (19), goals (62), assists (63) and shutouts with 13. The loss served as Ohio State’s first at home this season, ending the campaign with a 15-1-1 mark at JOMS.

The 2004 senior class of Emily Haynam, Kathy Fulk, Jen Heaney, Heather Miller, Emily Gilbert, Paige Harrison, Liz Mumley, Tara Latella and Erica Nollen all competed in their final match for the Scarlet and Gray Saturday. The group finished their careers with 52 wins, three straight appearances in NCAA postseason action and a pair of Big Ten tournament titles.

The men’s soccer team was knocked out of the NCAA tournament inthe third round with a 3-0 loss at Duke Sunday. After beating11th-ranked Memphis in the first round and upsetting ninth-rankedNotre Dame in the second round, Ohio State sees its season come toan end with a 12-7-2 overall record, which ties the school recordfor wins in a season. In the match against Duke, senior Justin Cookbecause OSU’s single-season and career shots leader with 71 shotsthis season and 191 for his career. Named the Big Ten Player of theYear earlier this month, Cook led the Buckeyes in scoring this yearwith 12 goals and six assists for 30 points. His 17 career assiststied the OSU all-time record, while sophomore Taylor Korpieski’seight assists this season tied for the second-best single-seasontotal. The No. 10/11 women’s basketball team (5-1; 0-0 Big Ten) wonthe 2004 Buckeye Classic by beating Yale, 80-43, Nov. 27 androlling past Bradley, 86-52, Nov. 28. In the consolation game,Detroit beat Yale, 69-56. The Ohio State vs. Bradley game was the12th time Ohio State has made it to the title game in 13 years ofthe Buckeye Classic. The Buckeyes have won the Buckeye Classicseven times, including the previous four events in a row. JessicaDavenport and Caity Matter were named to the 2004 Buckeye ClassicAll-Tournament Team. Davenport was the MVP.

The Buckeyes travel to take on the Bobcats of Ohio (2-1; 0-0 MAC) at 9 p.m. Wednesday at The Convo in Athens, Ohio. The game will be televised on FSN Ohio with Hub Burton and Amy Prichard and will be broadcast on WOSU 820-AM with Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch. Ohio State also plays at Dayton (3-0; 0-0 Atlantic 10) at 8 p.m. Saturday at UD Arena. The Buckeye-Flyer matchup will be broadcast on WOSU with Bannister and Roesch.

The men’s basketball team travels to South Carolina Tuesday toface Clemson (2-1) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at 7:35 p.m.Wednesday. The game will be televised by ESPN2. The Buckeyes are5-1 on the season. Their only loss was in overtime to Creighton inthe Guardians Classic Championship game in Kansas City, Mo., Nov.24. Ohio State is 1-2 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The win was athome against N.C. State in 2001. The Buckeyes fell to Duke in 2002in Greensboro, N.C., and to Georgia Tech a year ago in Columbus.The game at Clemson will be Ohio State’s first road game in theevent. The Duke contest was at a neutral site. Ohio State will takea break for finals next week before a home game against PortlandState Dec. 11 (8 p.m.) at Value City Arena. The wrestling teamtravels to the Las Vegas Invitational Friday and Saturday. Freshman133 T.J. Enright seeks his third tournament crown in as manyevents, while sophomore, returning All-American J.D. Bergman willchase his second straight tournament title at 197 pounds. TheBuckeyes have placed within the Top 6 in each of the last three LasVegas Invites, including third-place standings in 2001 and 2002.

The team had last week off, but Bergman competed in the 2004 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic in Edwardsville, Ill. and claimed an 8-3 decision over Scott Barker of Oregon.

The women’s ice hockey team fell to No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth in atwo-game road series last weekend. OSU lost 5-2 Friday (Nov. 26)and suffered a 6-1 loss Saturday (Nov. 27). Sophomore TessaBonhomme led the Buckeyes Friday as she recorded a goal and anassist. Junior Jana Harrigan also tallied two helpers Friday andcontinues to lead the Buckeyes with six multiple-point games thisseason. Freshman forward Erin Keys scored her first collegiate goaland the Buckeyes’ lone goal vs. UMD Saturday. The Buckeyes recorded43 shots Saturday, topping OSU’s previous season high 38 shots setNov. 14 vs. Northeastern. Ohio State has a weekend off beforeclosing out the first half of the season vs. North Dakota at 1:05p.m. EST Dec. 11-12 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio. ChuckMerzbacher, women’s tennis head coach, announced the signing of twostudent athletes, Julie Blackmore, a senior at Cardinal GibbonsHigh School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Julie Voss, a senior fromSan Angelo, Texas, who attends St. Stephen’s Episcopal School inAustin, to NCAA National Letters of Intent to attend Ohio State andjoin the Buckeyes tennis team beginning in Fall 2005

Blackmore currently is ranked No. 47 in the nation and No. 11 in Florida in the Girls’ Under-18 USTA rankings. She is a three-time state champion in singles and doubles in Division 2A and reached the Round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles at the National Clay Courts meet in Memphis, Tenn., earlier this year. Blackmore, whose father, Bob, is an Ohio State alumnus, also is on the honor roll.

Voss, who plays for St. Stephen’s Tennis Academy, has been ranked in the Top 10 in Texas since age 10 and currently is ranked No. 9 in the state in the Girls’ Under-18 age group. She has been ranked as high as No. 14 nationally and recently advanced to the round of 16 of the International Tennis Federation tournament in El Paso, Texas. Voss also is a top student and a talented musician.

The Buckeyes begin the spring schedule Jan. 21 with a pair of home matches against Notre Dame and Xavier at the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The track and field coaching staff announced the addition ofWendy’s High School Heisman Finalist Brandon Cathcart and four-timeAll-Ohio runner Jeff See Monday. Cathcart of Salisbury, N.C., andSee, of Middletown, Ohio, are the first additions to the 2005-06freshman class that will attend Ohio State in the fall.

Cathcart, who will compete in the long jump and triple jump, boasts an impressive resume, which includes a North Carolina state title in the long jump as a junior. His career best leap in the long jump of 24-feet-2-1/2-inches ranks eighth in the country among returning high school long jumpers. In the triple jump, Cathcart’s marks are just as impressive as he posted a jump of 50-feet-5-inches to claim the 2004 National Junior Olympic crown. His mark in the triple jump ranks third in the country among returning high school long jumpers.

See like Cathcart also boasts an impressive high school resume, which includes four trips to the Ohio High School Athletic Association state cross country meet. In his four trips, See has won the event twice posting times of 15:40 in his junior season and 15:25 in his senior season. Most recently, See won the 2004 Regional Midwest Footlocker Cross Country Championships in a time of 15:22, Saturday and will compete in the 2004 National Footlocker Cross Country Championships on Dec. 11.

On the track, See has posted personal best times of 1:54 in the 800-meter run, 4:06 in the 1,600-meter run and 9:14 in the 3,200-meter run. See’s time of 4:06 in the 1,600-meter run came during his sophomore season at the Adidas outdoor track and field championships and set a national sophomore record, which broke the previous sophomore record held by Alan Webb.

Tommy’s Boys, an intramural flag football team comprised of”has been” semi-athletes employed in the athletics department,claimed their second straight IM title Sunday with a 14-12 win inthe championship game. The Tommy’s Boys used four interceptions anda pair of touchdown passes from team captain Mike Penner to defendtheir 2003 title. Penner, who had two of the four interceptions,fired a 50-yard scoring strike to Doug Sutherland for the decidingscore. Tom McGinnis added a pair of sacks, while Jeff Brown and JoeBeyer each recorded an interception. The Tommy’s Boys won the gamedespite having to overcome 30 yards in penalties committed by aplayer who decided to remain anonymous.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 5
All Times Eastern

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Men’s Basketball at Clemson, 7:30 p.m.
Clemson, S.C.

Women’s Basketball at Ohio, 9 p.m.
Athens, Ohio

Friday, Dec. 3
Women’s Volleyball NCAA First Round
Ohio State vs. Dayton – 7 p.m.
Ohio vs. Pittsburgh – 5 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Wrestling at Las Vegas Invitational
Las Vegas, Nev.

Women’s Swimming at Miami Invite
Oxford, Ohio

Saturday, Dec. 4
Women’s Volleyball NCAA Second Round, 7 pm.
Ohio State/Dayton winner vs. Ohio/Pittsburgh winner
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Hockey vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Basketball at Dayton, 8 p.m.
Dayton, Ohio

Wrestling at Las Vegas Invitational
Las Vegas, Nev.

Women’s Swimming at Miami Invite
Oxford, Ohio

Sunday, Dec. 5
Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics Mixed Pairs, 2 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Swimming at Miami Invite
Oxford, Ohio