By Gary R. Rasberry
The Beavers are 12-1 and broke into the top 25 of the d3hoops.com national poll, thanks in large part to a win over Carnegie Mellon, which beat Division I Ivy League power Princeton, and a win over 24th-ranked Han-over. Bluffton is also 2-0 in the Heartland Conference.
One of the big keys to the Beavers' run is junior guard Eric Schwieterman. The St. Henry graduate has started every game this season for BU, averaging nearly 25 minutes per game.
Schwieterman is averaging 6.0 points per game to go with 3.2 assists per game and 18 steals on the season.
Post helping out Jackets
The St. Henry tradition also abounds at HCAC rival Defiance, where the Yellow Jackets are 7-5 while getting into the brunt of the conference schedule. Redskin grad and DC sophomore forward Bryan Post has started in all 12 games for the Yellow Jackets, averaging 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while also dishing out 24 assists and coming up with 19 steals.
Defiance and Bluffton have two meetings this season in HCAC play, the first being Jan. 25 at Bluffton with the return meeting at Defiance on Feb. 15.
Stahl continues hot hand for Crusaders
Capital freshman Nate Stahl (St. Henry) continues to make an immediate impact on the Crusaders men's team.
St. Marys native Damon Goodwin's squad has struggled at times this season, standing at 5-7 and 2-4 in the OAC after Sautrday's loss to Ohio Northern.
Stahl leads the team in minutes played with 29.8 per game and is second on the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game. Stahl leads the team in three-pointers with 25.
Lefeld working hard at BGSU
Bowling Green junior Matt Lefeld (Coldwater) has been a solid producer for the Falcons, who have struggled a bit out the gate, going 5-7 with a 1-1 mark in the Mid-American Conference.
Lefeld has started 10 of the 11 games he has played in, averaging 8.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
The Falcons are at home for the next two games, hosting Northern Illinois on Wednesday before rival Toledo comes to Anderson Arena on Saturday.
Gehle super-sub for Polar Bears
Ohio Northern has started out strong, going 9-3 overall and 4-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Versailles grad Kyle Gehle has been superb in his role as the sixth man off the bench for the Polar Bears. Gehle averages 18.3 minutes per game and is third on the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game.
ONU is at Otterbein on Wednesday before coming back to the ONU Sports Center on Saturday to host the Student Princes of Heidelberg.
Homan still solid for Chargers
Hillsdale sophomore Tim Homan (Celina) has kept up his solid pace for the Chargers this season.
In 14 games, 13 being starting nods, Homan is third on the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg. and is second on the team in three-pointers with 30, shooting a stellar 42.9 percent from behind the arc. Homan earned All-Tournament honors after helping Hillsdale to the runner-up trophy at the Tangerine Tournament at Rollins College in Florida. Homan had 41 points
The Chargers are currently 8-6, but are 4-1 in the GLIAC.
Heitkamp all over OAC Top 10
When her career ends at Capital, Sara Heitkamp will have her named written all over the school and Ohio Athletic Conference record book, if the current stat leaderboard is an indicator.
The Fort Recovery grad and Crusader senior guard is ranked in the top 10 in six categories in games through this past Sunday.
Heitkamp leads one catagory, averaging 4.31 steals per game for the Crusadaers. Heitkamp is third in assists (3.85), fourth in both scoring (17.2) and free throw percentage (80.6), fifth in field goal percentegage (55.8) and is seventh in rebounding (6.6), a feat considering that she stands just 5-6.
The Crusaders are 12-1 on the season, 5-1 in the OAC with the lone loss to Baldwin-Wallace. Captial is ranked 11th by d3hoops.com
Fans not wanting to travel to the Capital Center in Bexley to watch Heitkamp can make the trip to Ada on Jan. 21 as the Crusaders face Ohio Northern for a 3 p.m. game.
Haines paces Panthers
Ohio Dominican has been solid this season, starting out 12-5 with a 4-2 mark in the American Mideast Conference.
Panther junior Krissy Haines has been solid for the squad, leading the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game and ranking third in rebounds with 5.2 per game.