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12-04-03: Local duo make impact for Falcons


The college basketball and swimming season is just underway and a number of area athletes have been busy in both areas.
One that has been seeing plenty of playing time as the season has started is Bowling Green junior Cory Eyink.
The 6-8 Marion Local product has averaged over 30 minutes per game as the Falcons start the season 2-1 after losing to Missouri Valley Conference power Bradley 69-56 last Saturday night.
Eyink has started two of those games, leading the Falcons in rebounds with 7.3 boards per game and averaging 4.7 points per game.
One of the newest Falcons, 6-11 freshman Matt Lefeld (Coldwater) has been seeing some time off the bench for coach Dan Dakich, averaging 2.7 points and 0.3 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game.
Shellabarger big for 3-0 Rockets
The University of Toledo has started the season 3-0 after beating Mid-American Conference rival Ohio 72-66 on Sunday down in Athens.
Rocket senior center A.J. Shellabarger (Celina) led the team in rebounding in the win over the Bobcats with five. Shellabarger has come off the bench in all three games, averaging 12 minutes per game and 3.7 rebounds per contest.
Killian pacing Bears
Ohio Northern has jumped out to a 2-1 record, losing its Ohio Athletic Conference opener to Muskingum 47-37 last week.
Polar Bear center Mark Killian (New Bremen) has been a force in the middle for the Bears, averaging a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game and averaging four points in 25.7 minutes per contest.
VanderHorst logging key minutes
Defiance has jumped out to a 4-0 start after destroying Case Western 90-48 on Tuesday.
Celina grad Kelly VanderHorst led the way for the Yellow Jackets, scoring 16 points.
VanderHorst has started all four games this season, averaging 19.5 minutes for a team that has eight players averaging 15 minutes or better a game. VanderHorst is averaging 8.8 points and three rebounds per game. VanderHorst also is shooting a strong 52.2 percent from the field.
Heitkamp back to her dominating ways
Capital sophomore Sara Heitkamp (Fort Recovery) has picked up from her successful freshman season for the 2-2 Crusaders, doing just about everything the team needs to win.
Heitkamp is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game, second in rebounding at 5.5 — impressive considering she’s just 5-6 — and averages a team-high five steals and 4.3 assists per game.
Everman paces Eagles to 5-1 opening
Ashland has opened the season at 5-1 after losing the opener to Clarion.
Eagle junior Beth Everman (Marion Local) has come off the bench to spark Ashland. The 6-0 forward averages 18 minutes per game, scoring 8.5 points and pulling down 5.2 rebounds for the Eagles.
Grapner jumps in for Seahawks
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington returns to competition in January after competing in the Patriot Invitational last month at George Mason University.
Seahawk freshman Michael Grapner (Celina) competed in the men’s three-meter diving competition, placing ninth with a score of 322.95. Grapner also finished sixth in the one-meter competition.
UNCW finished fourth overall in the men’s standings and the team won the diving competition as sophomore Dean Berman won with a meet record 512.50 in three-meter and dominated the one-meter.
Locals helping out the Raiders
A group of area swimmers representing Wright State have made the Horizon League honor roll for top times during the first half of the swim season.
Senior Todd Benanzer (Coldwater) is currently 22nd in the HL in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.71 seconds and in the 100 free with a time of 49.92.
Freshman Andrew Tolan (Celina) cracked the top 25 in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.71 and in the 500 free in 5:13.63.
Matt Mangen (Celina) is fourth in the league tables right now in the 200 backstroke while former fellow Waterdog Dan Fleck is standing 14th in the 200 breaststroke. St. Marys grad Amy Cron is currently seventh in the HL in the 200 backstroke.
Buschur heading to tournament
Northwestern received an at-large bid to the 2003 NCAA Division I tournament after finishing the season 18-14.
The Wildcats travel to the University of Washington for its first-round match with the 14th-ranked Huskies on Friday. The match will be played at 10 p.m. Ohio time (7 p.m. Pacific time). Seven Big Ten teams earned an invitation to the 64-team field.
Northwestern junior Jill Buschur (New Bremen) has been a big part of the success of the Wildcats, ranking third on the team in kills with 3.09 per contest.


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