Athletic stories of note from Winter Study:

  • Check out this interesting on-campus event tonight addressing sustainability and athletics.
  • Women’s basketball continues to play well, and their record now stands at 13-4, 2-0 in conference … just a remarkable turnaround from last year’s 8-17 record.  On Friday night, they upset 11th-ranked Tufts with a dramatic last second give-and-go assist from Chessie Jackson ’11, finished by one of several stellar frosh on the squad, Claire Baecher ’13.  Not content with the winning pass, Jackson also assisted Baecher off the court:

  • Mike Bajakian ’96 was one of two finalists for the Central Michigan head coaching job, but got beat out at the 11th hour.  But he will still be moving up in the coaching hierarchy, as he follows former CMU coach Butch Jones to the University of Cincinnati, where Bajakian will be the offensive coordinator and QB coach for what is likely to be one of the most prolific offenses in D-I football next year, and where he will work with rising star Zach Collaros for the next two years.
  • NESCAC men’s soccer player of the year and all-American Conor Smith ’10 had an impressive season in leading the Ephs to the Final Four.  Even more impressive: he played the last portion of the year with a broken face.  Tough hombre.
  • Men’s wrestling has really amped up its competition level this year, matching up against many nationally ranked out-of-region opponents.  A few star wrestlers have even had success against Division-I opponents.  Ryan Malo ’11, Corey Paulish ’11, Carl Breitenstein ’10, currently-injured Nate Shippee ’10, and Dylan Rittenburg ’10 are all legitimate contenders to make nationals, and several, Malo in particular, may even contend for a national title.  Speaking of wrestling, congratulations to Tom Prairie ’05 on his induction into the New England Wrestling Hall of Fame.
  • Men’s basketball continues to have a very strong year, currently ranked fifth in the country.  Check out this great feature on the team and coach Mike Maker on d3hoops.com.  You can also hear Sunday night’s interview with Maker (fast forward to the one hour mark when the interview begins — Maker could teach a seminar on coach-speak) on d3hoops.com’s Hoopsville.  This weekend, the Ephs dominated their first two conference games, winning by a total of 66 points.  Senior Blake Schultz starred on both ends, averaging 25 points on 67 percent shooting and 4.5 steals per game in those contests en route to being named NESCAC player of the week for the second time this year (James Wang ’12 has also been so-awarded twice).  The Ephs are now 15-1, 2-0 in conference, but the schedule becomes far more difficult: seven of their last nine are on the road, including road tilts with fellow Top 25 squads Middlebury and Amherst.
  • Future Eph soccer player Lauren Smits ’14 was recently named a scholar-athlete of the week.
  • Another impressive high schooler, three-sport star Kristian LaPointe, plans on playing football for Williams.
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