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01-20-04: Local athletes big help for Falcons


After suffering through a streak of five straight losses, the Bowling Green Falcons have rebounded, winning five of their last six to improve to 8-8 on the season and carry a 4-2 record in the Mid-American Conference West Division. The Falcons picked up an 86-61 win over Central Michigan on Sunday.
BGSU has been getting key contributions from a pair of local athletes. Falcon junior Cory Eyink gives coach Dan Dakich 18.6 minutes per game. The Marion Local grad averages 3.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Making a solid impact in his freshman season is Matt Lefeld. The 6-11 Coldwater alum has appeared in all 16 games, making seven starts at center for the Falcons. Lefeld has made 13 of his 21 field goal attempts and is averaging 1.7 points and 0.9 rebounds per game.
Bowling Green faces off with Toledo on Thursday at Savage Hall.
Shellabarger, Rockets flying high
The Rockets enter Thursday’s game carrying an 11-3 record and 5-1 mark in the MAC West.
Rocket junior A.J. Shellabarger (Celina) has been a strong sub off the bench for Toledo. The 6-9 Shellabarger averages 13.2 minutes, scoring six points and pulling down 3.4 rebounds per game. Shellabarger has led the Rockets in rebounding in three games this season, including a season-high 10 in the win over Marshall.
Killian physical for Polar Bears
Ohio Northern has been playing dominating basketball this season, holding an 11-4 record overall and 5-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Junior Mark Killian (New Bremen) has teamed with center Sam Mikolajewski to form a strong inside wall. Killian is third on the team in scoring at 7.3 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 8.5 points per game.
Heitkamp keeping Crusaders cruising
Capital sophomore Sara Heitkamp (Fort Recovery) came up with another big game to help the Crusaders to a seventh-straight win after beating Heidelberg 77-66 on Saturday. The Crusaders are 11-4 on the season and share the Ohio Athletic Conference lead at 7-1 with Wil-mington and Baldwin-Wallace.
Heitkamp had a season-high 26 points, the second straight game with 26, in the win over the ’Berg.
Heitkamp leads the Crusaders in scoring at 15.3 points per game and is second in rebounding at 6.6 per game. Heitkamp also leads the team in assists and steals at 3.8 per game each.
Capital plays Wil-mington on Wednesday in a battle for first place.
Yellow Jackets tied for first
Defiance moved into a tie for first place in the Heartland Conference after beating Mount St. Joe 70-63 on Saturday.
Yellow Jacket junior Kelly VanderHorst has started 12 of the 15 games this season and has been a big part of the success.
VanderHorst averages 6.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game this season.
Everman key off the bench for Eagles
Ashland has been on top of its game this season, roaring out to a 13-3 record and a 4-2 record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Eagle junior Beth Everman (Marion Local) has been the first off the bench this season, seeing 19.1 minutes per game this season.
Everman averages 8.3 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Everman came up big in her last game, scoring a game-high 19 points to lead Ashland to a 91-80 win over Saginaw Valley State.
Crusaders host first indoor meet
In its third year of existence, the Capital track and field team hosted its first indoor meet on Saturday with the Crusader Invitational. The women’s team placed second out of five teams at the meet with the men placing fifth.
Among the highlights was a win by former Minster trackster Julie Dahlinghaus in the 400-meter dash with a time of 64.36 seconds. Dahlinghaus also ran a leg of the winning 1,600-meter relay.
Crusader sophomore Dena Thobe (Marion Local) placed ninth in the 200 dash, seventh in the long jump and 10th in the high jump. Thobe and Dahlinghaus also finished seventh as part of the B relay in the 800 relay.
Pohlman gets silver at Purdue
University of Dayton thrower Kelly Pohlman (Versailles) earned a silver medal in the shot put during Saturday’s Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette.
Pohlman’s top effort was 13.75 meters, or 45 feet, 11/2 inches, a big boost after fouling in the previous meet at Kent State.
Pohlman also placed eighth in the weight throw, getting a top effort of 14.12 meters (46-4).


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