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Tuesday Tidbits: PotW trifecta

November 23, 2010

As expected, Dwayne Priest was chosen as the MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week, his second such honor. Ron English had this to say about Priest’s performance Saturday:

It’s about time…Priest has had a rough senior year; he’s had some injuries in the beginning of the season. He might be one of the better running backs in the MAC… I thought our effort and our emotion was consistent throughout the night. I think we didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes, and so I’m proud of our guys.

Priest was also named the Rivals.Com MAC Player of the Week for last week.

Speaking of players of the week, there was at least one that got missed in last week’s Google Reader debacle. For the first week of the 2010-2011 season, Brandon Bowdry was named the Mid-American Conference men’s basketball West Division Player of the Week. If the lackadaisical performances since then might have caused you to forget, Bowdry opened the season by posting a double-double, with 32 points and 15 rebounds against #2 Michigan State.

Speaking again of players of the week (gosh, there were a lot this time around!), sophomore Jacob Hanson was named the Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Week, for his performance in the Eagles’ dual meet against Purdue. Hanson recorded the top time in the MAC with his 1:48.58 first place performance in the 200 backstroke, and recorded the top conference finish time for the season in the 200 Individual Medley, finishing in 1:52.49.

The EMU volleyball team wrapped up their season with the MAC tournament last week. They had little trouble in the first round, defeating Bowling Green on Tuesday, 3-0. In the quarterfinal match Friday afternoon, the Eagles lost a hard-fought match 3-2 to eventual runners-up Northern Illinois. EMU coach Kim Berrington called it “the greatest match I’ve coached.”

At the MAC Volleyball Banquet, EMU junior Haley Stein and sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello were named to the All-MAC first team, junior Ashley Mason was named to the All-MAC second team, and Erin Short was named to the All-Freshman team. The four honorees are the most from EMU since the MAC added volleyball in 1981.

With all that returning talent, Berrington is already setting the bar high for next year:

Next year, I want to put our players into focusing all their energy in competing for a MAC championship…We know how to win right now; we’ve held leads, won tied games, and even had our share of comebacks.

Over the weekend, the women’s basketball team were in Hawai’i for the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic. Friday they lost 59-44 to Oregon State, but they regrouped to defeat Hawai’i 83-67 on Saturday and Cal State Northridge 79-68 Sunday. The Eagles are now 3-2, and their next game will be Friday evening at the Convocation Center, against Cornell (1-3).

The women’s basketball team also announced a signing for the incoming class of 2011. Amber Bogard, a 6-0 senior forward a Lutheran East (Cleveland) High School, averaged 16 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game in her junior year.

The New York Mets have named former Huron Terry Collins as their manager. Collins has had a couple previous go-rounds as an MLB manager. From 1994-1996 he managed the Houston Astros, and from 1997-1999 the Anaheim Angels. Collins was the starting shortstop on the 1970 EMU team that won an NAIA national championship and he was voted the tournament’s most outstanding defensive player. He also led the Hurons in stolen bases for four straight seasons, and was inducted into the Eastern Michigan athletic hall of fame in 1994.

The EMU wrestling team went 2-1 in dual meets at the Sprawl & Brawl in New York. They fell 29-6 to the host, Binghamton, edged out Harvard 24-22, and crushed Sacred Heart in a 42-0 sweep.

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