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Tuesday Tidbits: A day late and…

December 15, 2010

EMU juniors Beverly Elcock and Angela Scarber were named the MAC Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week, for the week ending Dec. 11. Elcock won the 1,000-meter Eagle-Rocket Holiday Meet on Friday with a time of 2:58.46, and ran the third leg of the 4×400-meter relay, which the Eagles won with a time of 4:01.68. Scarber posted a personal-best toss of 53-00.25 in the weight throw and a throw of 43-03.25 in the shot put, for a sweep of the throwing events.

Speaking of the Eagle-Rocket Holiday Dual Meet, the EMU women’s track and field team opened their season with an 84-55 win over Toledo. The most impressive performances were probably Asia Rawls’ school record-setting 500 meter time of 1:14.15, and a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,000-meter run as Beverly Elcock, Lauren Quaintance and Natalie Webb crossed the line in that order.

The E-Club has announced the Hall of Fame Class of 2010, who will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, February 19, in the Student Center.

The Class of 2010 consists of Clement Chukwu (track), Dawn (Godfrey) Heck (softball), Laurie (Hubbard) Leonhardt (women’s swimming), JoAnn (LeFevre) McBroom (women’s basketball), Hildred Lewis (football and men’s track), John Martin (baseball), and Barry Stokes (football).

At the same time, the E-Club will present past E-Club president Ed Mizinski, a past E-Club president and former EMU football player, with the Ron Oestrike Distinguished Service Award. The award, named after former EMU baseball-coaching legend Ron Oestrike, was first presented at the 2008 Hall of Fame ceremony to Oestrike. The award is voted on by the E-Club Executive Board and is presented to individuals that have been instrumental in assisting the E-Club.

Later that day, there will be a basketball doubleheader at the Convocation Center, with the women’s team hosting Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. and the men’s team hosting a to-be-named opponent in a Bracketbuster Game set to begin at 4:30 p.m. The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the games.

The EMU gymnastics team will hold the intrasquad Green and White meet this Friday at 7 p.m. The exhibition will be at Bowen Field House, and will be free to the public.

As decisively as the EMU wrestling team defeated Cleveland State the week before, that’s about how bad they lost to Northwestern on Sunday; the Eagles lost to the Wildcats 34-3, with junior heavyweight Wes Schroeder posting the only win for the Eagles.

Several other EMU wrestlers were at the Cleveland State Open, where they had more success. Senior heavyweight David Wade went 3-1, finishing in second place, and freshman Jake  Byers finished 4-2, good for fifth place in the 125-pound weight class.

This Sunday, the wrestling team will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, for the F.I.T.E. Duals, where they will face Missouri and Indiana.

In the past week’s two doubleheaders, the women’s basketball team did better than the men, losing to Detroit (4-5) 62-60 after leading by 12 with about 6 minutes remaining but beating Canisius (2-6) handily, 76-40. The women are now 6-5 and have the week off for finals. Their next action will be next Tuesday, December 21, when they will host the Temple Owls (6-4) at 7 pm.

Speaking of men’s basketball, they’re also taking a break for finals this week, and will resume play Monday, in the Lou Henson Tournament at Oakland University’s O’Rena in Rochester. The Eagles will face Valparaiso at 5 pm Monday, and on Tuesday they’ll play in either the consolation game (5 pm) or the championship game (7:30 pm). But who am I kidding? They’ll be playing in the early game Tuesday against Rochester College (7-5 in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, moving to the NAIA in 2011), and Valpo will face Oakland in the late game. We’ll have the full preview this weekend.

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