Women’s golf off to quick start

Written September 22nd, 2013 by Scott

The women’s golf team opened its season at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing and were just four strokes away from victory.

OSU carded a total of 896, 32 over par. The host Spartans won.

Freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik tied for 7th.

Freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik tied for 7th.

Ileen Domela tied for second in the season-opening event.

Ileen Domela tied for second in the season-opening event.

Four individuals placed in the top 20 led by freshmen Ileen Domela, who tied for second with a 4-over 220.

Classmate Jessica Porvasnik tied for 7th at 223 while senior Allison Harper (225) tied for 12th and freshman Katja Pogacar (228) tied for 17th.

The men’s golf team wasn’t quite as fortunate, finishing 7th of 15 teams at the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill., earlier this month.

Freshman Frederik Hammer carded a 5-over 221 to finish 20th in his first college event.

Soccer update

The OSU teams are heading in opposite directions.

Sophomore Michela Paradiso's goal gave the Lady Buckeyes a tie.

Sophomore Michela Paradiso’s goal gave the Lady Buckeyes a tie.

The Lady Buckeyes are 6-1-2 overall and began Big 10 play with a 1-1 tie against Illinois.

Sophomore Michela Paradiso scored her first goal this season, finding the net in the 84th minute to help OSU earn the tie.

The men’s team is struggling at 2-3-2. Recent play included a pair of 0-0 ties at Bowling Green and at home against Wright State and a 3-1 home loss to Dayton.

Freshman Chance Henry notched his first collegiate goal in the loss.

Volleyball team soaring
The Lady Buckeyes continue to bump off the competition. They sit at 12-0 and are ranked 13th nationally.

In the recent Blue and White Classic OSU left the competition black and blue, bruising its way to a trifecta of 3-0 wins. Victims were Maryland Eastern Shore, Valpo and host Buffalo.

In the title match against Buffalo, Kaitlyn Leary led the way with 17 kills while Kylie Randall added 11. Taylor Sherwin notched 37 assists.

The Week That Were: 9.15.13

Written September 16th, 2013 by Scott

Where to start, where to start.

Alabama got revenge, Michigan almost got upset by Akron, Texas still can’t play defense and Nebraska, well, Bo Pelini better have his resume updated.

But we must start with the odd finish to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The Sun Devils led 32-30 in the waning moments. The Badgers had executed the 2-minute drive to near perfection and were in position to attempt a game-winning field goal.

Yawn, yawn. Sounds like a typical game. OK, here’s where it got weird.

Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave did something that resembled a stumble, kneel down or plopping down of the ball.

Perhaps his knee touched, perhaps there was a whistle. Arizona State players saw a loose ball and hopped on it, and stayed on it.

The officials eventually decided it was still Wisconsin’s ball, but time ran out before the Badgers could get the field goal unit ready.

Game over.

Problem is, according to the rule book, the officials should have been flagged for illegal procedure because they gaffed big time.

Worse than Leon Lett in the Super Bowl. Worse than Ray Finkle and the laces facing the wrong way (thanks Marino). Worse than Marty Mornhinweg electing to kick after winning the OT coin toss.

According to an excerpt from rule 4-1-3-o “A live ball becomes dead and an official shall sound his whistle or declare it dead: When a ball carrier simulates placing his knee on the ground.”

Stave was attempting to take a knee. This much we know. So he was down and either ASU should have been hit with a delay of game or the crew should have stopped the clock to sort it all out.

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Women’s Volleyball On A Roll

Written September 15th, 2013 by Scott

The OSU women’s volleyball team is winding down the tournament portion of the schedule but the Lady Buckeyes are not letting up on the court.
The nation’s 13th-ranked team improved to 9-0 by sweeping it’s way through the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic at venerable St. John Arena.
OSU clinched the title by beating Xavier 3-2 (25-10, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13). It was OSU’s third tournament title this season.

Taylor Sherwin was MOP of the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic.

Taylor Sherwin was MOP of the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic.

Junior setter Taylor Sherwin was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while sophomore Andrea Kacsits joined her on the All-Tournament team.

Andrea Kacsits was on the All-Tournament team

Andrea Kacsits was on the All-Tournament team

Sherwin led the Buckeyes with 46 assists and eight digs, while senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 22 kills in the title match. Junior Erin Sekinger tied a career-best with 15 kills and added five blocks, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe had 11 kills and three blocks.
The Buckeye back row was digging the action once again. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore had a team-best 17 digs, while classmate Julianne Mandolfo had 16 and freshman Valeria León added 13.
The Buckeyes close out their tournament schedule at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo Sept. 20-21. Ohio State will face Maryland Eastern Shore, Valparaiso and host Buffalo in the two-day tournament.

Not to be outdone, the men’s cross country had a cakewalk, or shall we say cakerun at the Big 10/11/12/13/14 preview meet.
The Buckeyes placed five runners in the Top 10 on its way to an easy first-place finish at the Purdue Cross Country Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State totaled a team score of 28 to defeat host Purdue by 21 points. No. 26 Michigan was third with a team score of 69, followed by No. 32 Illinois with 76.
Sophomore Jordan Redd was the top Buckeye finisher for the second meet in a row, crossing the finish line in an 8k personal-best time of 24:50.9, which was good for second overall. Redshirt sophomore Brian Hannaford was third in a PR of 24:53.8, followed by sophomore Nick Pupino (fourth, PR of 24:55.2) and redshirt sophomores Curtis Hanle (seventh, 25:10.6) and Blake Taneff (10th, 25:15.4).
The women’s cross country team was second with 58 points.
Junior Michelle Thomas was the top runner for Ohio State in her first competition this season, crossing the line in a seventh-place time of 21:48.6. Junior Katie Borchers also placed in the top 10, taking eighth in 21:50.3. Also scoring for the Buckeyes were sophomore Minori Minagawa (13th, 22:24.7), freshman Jill Kanney (14th, 22:25.7), and junior Nicole Hilton (16th, 22:30.5).
Both Ohio State teams return to action in three weeks at the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., and will be back at Purdue Nov. 3 for the Big Ten championships.

Johnson Going “Nuts” For Field Hockey Team

Written September 8th, 2013 by Scott

Ohio State’s field hockey team is off to a decent start at 2-2.

One of those wins is a 3-2 upset of No. 20 New Hampshire in a shootout. That came during the Conference Cup. OSU opened with a 4-1 loss to Temple.
In the 2013 Buckeye Classic, OSU split games, beating Missouri 5-1 and losing in a shootout, 3-2, to Bucknell.

The Lady Buckeyes are off until Sept. 14-15 when they take on UMass and Syracuse in New York.

Peanut Johnson has sparked the OSU field hockey team.

Peanut Johnson has sparked the OSU field hockey team.

Peanut Johnson, a sophomore from Oakwood just south of Dayton, has ignited the offense with three goals and an assist while senior Nora Murer has added a pair of goals and a pair of assists.

It should come as no suprise that Johnson has soared to the top of the stat sheet. She was a three-time All-Ohio selection for Oakwood High School and also played some ice hockey.

After leading the OSU men’s cross country team to the Flyer 5K Challenge title and winning the race, sophomore Jordan Redd was named Big 10 Runner of the Week.

The victory was the Fairborn native’s first in college. Redd’s honor was the first for Ohio State since 2011, when Jake Edwards ran for OSU.
Both Buckeye teams are in West Lafayette Friday for the Big Ten Preview.

The women’s soccer team was ranked 21st but suffered its first defeat on Thursday, losing to host Boston College, 1-0. The Lady Buckeyes rebounded with a 4-1 win over Northeastern earlier Sunday afternoon. They fell behind 1-0 but scored three in the second half.

Freshman Nichelle Prince scored three goals and added an assist. Freshman Lindsay Agnew scored the other goal for OSU, which is 4-1-1. Prince has been a catalyst for OSU all season.

The men’s soccer team (2-2) split a pair of games at the University of Tulsa Classic, losing 4-1 to the hosts and beating Southern Methodist 1-0.

Freshman Christian Soldat scored his first collegiate goal in the loss while senior Denio Leone notched his first college goal in the win. Leone spent a few years on the OSU club team before joining the varsity team this fall.

Catch All The Buckeye Action

Written September 1st, 2013 by Scott

So you want to know what’s going on outside Ohio Stadium and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center? You’ve come to the right place. Each week tBBC will take a look at the other sports Ohio State sponsors. We’ll bring you scores, highlights and maybe even some player features.

The women’s soccer team is off to a 3-0 start and is riding a 14-match unbeaten streak. Nichelle Prince, a freshman from Ontario, Canada, has three assists and a goal while freshman Lindsay Agnew, a Dublin Jerome product, has a pair of goals. The Lady Buckeyes played Arizona Sunday evening and travel to Boston College later this week.

The men’s soccer team is 1-1 after splitting a pair of games in the Wolstein Classic. Senior Sage Gardner scored the only goal on a PK in a 2-1 double OT loss to UNC-Wilmington. Earlier on Sunday, OSU beat Northern Illinois 2-0.

The cross country teams swept the Flyer 5K Challenge in Dayton and it really wasn’t fair.

The women’s team was simply amazing, placing all five scorers in the top 10 to score 24 points. IUPUI was second with 53 points. Freshman Jill Kanney was second overall at 18:36. Sophomore Lexi Aughenbaugh (18:51.1) was third, junior Katie Borchers (18:58.1) fifth, sophomore Minori Mingawa (19:03.3) sixth and sophomore Helen Willman (19:08.6) eighth.

The men’s team scored 30 points and had four in the top 10 to easily defeat second-place IUPUI by 12 points. Sophomore Jordan Redd was the overall winner in 5:37.9. Redshirt sophomore Brian Hannaford (15:43.5) was third, Sophomore Nick Pupino (15:44.6) fourth and redshirt sophomore Jeff Hannaford (15:59.6) ninth.

Taylor Sherwin was MVP at the Northern Illinois University invitational tournament.

Taylor Sherwin was MVP at the Northern Illinois University invitational tournament.

Junior Taylor Sherwin was named MVP as the volleyball team (3-0) won the Northern Illinois invite, beating the hosts 3-2 on Saturday night to clinch the title.

Seniors Kaitlyn Leary and Davionna DiSalvatore joined Sherwin on the All-Tournament team.

Leary recorded the first double-double in her career with a career-high 26 kills and 22 digs. Freshman Kylie Randall made her first appearance and finished with 18 kills in the win. Sherwin set-up the Buckeye offense with 50 assists overall.

DiSalvatore sparked the defense with a season-best 29 digs, while senior Julianne Mandolfo added a 15 digs in the victory. Junior Anna Faul, Sandbothe and Randall each had three blocks.

The Lady Buckeyes also beat Liberty and Green Bay in the tourney.

tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 3

Written August 28th, 2013 by Scott
OSU fans storm the field after the Buckeyes beat Michigan and earn a trip to the National Championship Game.

OSU fans storm the field after the Buckeyes beat Michigan and earn a trip to the National Championship Game.

We’re getting close to kickoff time and with the start of the regular season comes anticipation of The Game.
So with that in mind, let’s celebrate the No. 3, the margin of victory in The Game of the Century: OSU 42, Michigan 39 on Nov. 18, 2006.

OSU came in No. 1 in every poll. Michigan came in at No. 2. The winner would be assured of a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

Like the game needed more hype, right?

Well, former Michigan head coach (and former OSU assistant) Bo Schembechler unexpectedly died the day before the game.

It was the first time The Game featured two undefeated teams ranked 1-2 in the country.

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tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 7

Written August 24th, 2013 by Scott
Dayton native Keith Byars scores a touchdown against Illinois despite losing a shoe.

Dayton native Keith Byars scores a touchdown against Illinois despite losing a shoe.

Hey there Buckeye fans.
Today we celebrate the No. 7 and there’s no better way to do it than to set the Way Back Machine to Oct. 13, 1984, when OSU beat Illinois by a touchdown, 45-38.
That’s right: The Keith Byars Game.
Early on, it looked like it would be an Orange Crush as the Illini took a 24-0 lead in the second quarter. It was so bad that my brother left the game early.
Oops!
OSU came roaring back as Byars scored three touchdowns and Cris Carter hauled in a touchdown pass from Mike Tomczak to give OSU a 28-24 lead early in the third quarter.
But Byars’ best was yet to come.
Following an Illinois field goal, Byars took a handoff from Tomczak, changed direction and scampered 67-yards for a touchdown. He ran the last 40 yards or so with only one shoe as his left sneaker decided to abandon ship.
Illinois tied it as the teams headed into the fourth quarter and after trading field goals, Byars was set up for more heroics as he scored the winning TD with just 36 seconds left.
On the day, Byars ran 39 times for what was then a single-game record of 274 yards. Carter hauled in seven passes for 134 yards.
OSU went on to win the Big 10 but lost the Rose Bowl, 20-17 to USC.
Byars was a serious Heisman Trophy candidate but for some reason it was given to Boston College’s Doug Flutie.
One theory is that Byars was only a junior and voters figured he would be a shoe-in (pun intended) the next season and they didn’t want anyone else other than OSU’s Archie Griffin to be a 2-time winner.
A couple of interesting notes: Future OSU head coach Jim Tressel was the QB/RB/WR coach for the Buckeyes in 1984. Future Minnesota head coach Glen Mason was the offensive coordinator.

tBBC Kickoff Countdown Celebrates 13

Written August 18th, 2013 by Scott

Hello again Buckeye fans and converts from TTUN. Today we celebrate the number 13, the number of points OSU scored against UCLA on October 7, 1961.

Super soph Matt Snell scored one of the Buckeyes' touchdowns against UCLA in 1961.

Super soph Matt Snell scored one of the Buckeyes’ touchdowns against UCLA in 1961.

Heisman runner-up Bob Ferguson was held in check, and OSU trailed 3-0 into the second half. But the Bruins forgot about super sophs Paul Warfield and Matt Snell, who each scored touchdowns to give the Buckeyes their first win, on the way to the Football Writers Assciation of America national championship.

OSU was in line to play for the Associated Press national title, but the OSU faculty decided to turn down a Rose Bowl bid, fearing football was becoming too big in Columbus. So OSU stayed home and Alabama won the Sugar Bowl and the AP title.
That actually hurt recruiting for a couple years as opposing coaches tended to use that against the Buckeyes in trying to sway high school players away from Columbus.

A couple of interesting notes about that season, since the game was pretty boring:

  • Former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler was an assistant to Woody Hayes.
  • Gary Moeller, the man who succeded Schembechler at TTUN, was a linebacker on the OSU team.
  • John “Hondo” Havlicek was an end on the OSU team and was drafted in the seventh round by the Cleveland Browns. He chose the NBA instead.

Uh, good choice.