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Tuesday Tidbits aren’t late yet

October 4, 2011

EMU picked up a football commitment Saturday (maybe he was at the game and liked what he saw?), in offensive tackle Andrew Wylie from Midland (MI) High School. Scout has the 6’5″ 270 pound Wylie as a two-star recruit, ranked as the #135 offensive tackle in the class of 2012, while Rivals has no ranking or rating on him. With prior commitments from Jake Hurcomb and Matthew Thornton, the class of 2012 is looking like a good one for EMU’s offensive line. The Eagles have also reportedly made an offer to offensive guard Colin Goebel, of Napierville North (Illinois) High School’s class of 2013. Wylie plans to study business, and had the following to say about his decision:

Grand Valley was the big one. I knew I had to pick between Eastern Michigan and Grand Valley … I felt really comfortable [at EMU]. Once I went down there, I knew I was going back. My last time was pretty much the icing on the cake.

I really love the coaches. They’re up-tempo, they know what they’re talking about, and I really like the school academically. This team is up-and-coming. Coach English is doing some good things there. I just hope I can be a part of it.

In further football recruiting news, Bill Kurelic reports that Michael Brown, a 6’3″ 290 pound o-line/d-line player from Sandusky, Ohio, is leaning toward EMU, where he would play on the d-line (defensive tackle, I assume). “If I had to commit right now it would be Eastern Michigan. I love the coaches. If you are going to play somewhere for four years, you need to get along with the coaches.”

Tavelyn James will play for the USA women’s basketball team in the Pan-American Games in Mexico at the end of this month. James is, of course, EMU’s #3 all-time scorer (men & women), behind Laurie Byrd and Ryan Coleman, and she’s on pace to take the top spot by mid-season and become the first EMU player to top 2000 career points in early February. James is not only the first EMU athlete to participate, she’s the first from any MAC school.

The men’s cross country team ran in the wind and rain (and cold) Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational, where the Eagles finished 20th of the 26-team field, of which seven are nationally ranked. Austin Hendrix was the first Eagle to finish, in 58th place, with Terefe Ejigu 8 seconds behind him. The men will run next on October 15 in the Guelph Invitational in Guelph, Ontario.

On Monday, the women’s cross country team ran in the Greater Louisville Classic, finishing 12th of 30 teams. Victoria Voronko was the first Eagle to finish, and at #13, the only Eagle in the top 20. Friday, October 14, the women will run in the Ball State Invitational in Muncie, Indiana.

The EMU women’s soccer team found a little offense this week. After five consecutive shutouts, freshman Bianca Rossi scored a late tying goal against Kent State on Friday, but the Golden Flashes answered with the go-ahead score a minute later, giving the Eagles a 2-1 loss. On Sunday, Biana Rossi was again the sole Eagle to score, but a Buffalo own-goal put the final score at 2-2. The tie broke a nine-game losing streak for the Eagles, who are now 0-9-2 for the season and 0-3-1 in the MAC. This Friday, the Eagles travel to Bowling Green, and Sunday they’ll be home against Miami. Also last week, the Eastern Echo ran profiles on sisters Julie and Allison Kaim, Jessica Thomas, and Stephanie Clarke.

The EMU tennis team was in competition over the weekend, though they weren’t scored as a team. At the MAC Fall Invitational in Kalamazoo, Marcela Rivero won Flight D, while Mariya Toncheva finished as the runner-up in Flight A. Meanwhile the doubles team of  Miriam Westerink and Nino Mebuke competed in the ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying Tournament in Los Angeles, where they went 1-1. The tennis team will compete next at the Midwest Regional in Columbus, Ohio, October 20-23.

The men’s golf team finished tied for 7th place (of 12 teams) in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic last week. It wasn’t an impressive showing, but better than the Miami University RedHawks, who appeared in the official results as “Miami of Ohio” — you have to know that drives them nuts! There was also a bright spot for the Eagles, as sophomore Jared Dalga finished in third place. The men will tee up next for the Firestone Intercollegiate in Akron, Ohio, Monday and Tuesday.

The women's golf team won the Nittany Lion Invitational.

The EMU women’s golfers won the 15-team Nittany Lion Invitational in two rounds, with Sunday’s scheduled third round canceled due to unplayable course conditions. (Look at the photo to the right. Look at the white stuff on the ground.) In addition to the team title, senior Shannon Warner and junior Sarah Johnson finished tied for third place. Their next competition will be the Hoosier Fall Preview, in Carmel, Indiana.

The volleyball team, which was one of the bright spots of the fall sports season last year, is off to a rocky start in MAC play. After starting the season with a 12-2 record in non-conference play, the Eagles are now 1-3 in the MAC, with a 3-2 loss at Central Michigan last Thursday, a 3-0 home loss to Ohio University Saturday, and a 3-2 loss tonight to Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Friday night the volleyball team will host Toledo, and they’ll stay home Saturday night to face Ball State.

Former college All-American and NBA Hall-of-Famer and current Detroit mayor Dave Bing recently dropped in on the EMU men’s basketball team last Tuesday. I guess he’s got plenty of time on his hands now that he’s fixed all of Detroit’s problems. Oh, wait…

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