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November 8, 2011

The EMU Marching Band's feature twirlers

Two feature twirlers with the EMU Marching Band were competing in their own right on Saturday (I’m assuming this was later in the afternoon, after the football game). According to the Eastern Michigan University Bands Facebook page,

Congratulations to EMU Feature Twirlers Conner Potter and Mariah Austin! This past Saturday Conner placed 3rd in her division and qualified for the Nationals. Mariah Austin placed 1st and is the STATE CHAMPION in her division! Go Green!

Stadium Journey, a website devoted to reviews of college and pro stadia, has updated their review of Rynearson Stadium. (“I did like the mural above the tunnel in the south endzone, which displayed former EMU players to make it to the NFL.” FYI, I like it too, but it would be nicer if you could read the names from the stands!) Hopefully winning will bring crowds and next year’s review will sing a different song. They also have a review of the Convo (“The experience is rather empty, but can be an affordable trip to see some mid-level Division I basketball should the opportunity arise…There isn’t a lot to write home about, but sitting under the retired number of George “The Iceman” Gervin is worth an extra point in my book.”) which strikes me as fairly generous, though again, winning -> crowds -> atmosphere.

The volleyball team split their games over the weekend. They won their Senior Night match against Central Michigan, but lost 2-3 at Kent State Saturday. The Eagles are now 20-9 overall and 8-6 in the MAC, good for fifth place. The regular season will conclude this weekend with a match at Ball State Thursday night and at Toledo Saturday evening. EMU can do no better than fifth place, but could drop to sixth if they lose both and Central Michigan wins twice.

The women’s soccer season ended for EMU with no post-season play, but several athletes received post-season recognition. Emily Dzik, Bianca Rossi, and Angela Vultaggio were named to the MAC All-Freshman Team, with Vultaggio named the MAC Freshman of the Year.

The EMU tennis team competed in the Green and White Invitational at the other green and white school in Michigan. Ankita Bhatia won the C Draw Singles title, while Nino Mebuki and Marcela Rivero took third in the A Draw and the D Draw, respectively. The tennis team is done competing for the year, and will resume competition in mid-January.

29 schools from all over the country sent more than 500 wrestlers to kick off their wrestling seasons at the EMU Open on Saturday. Participating schools included Michigan State, Michigan, Kent State, Purdue, Navy, Ohio State, Indiana, Arizona State, and Cleveland State. No team scores were kept. For EMU, Lester France and Vincent Pizzuto won their classes, France in the 165 pound open class and Pizzuto in the 125 pound freshmen and sophomores class. This Saturday EMU’s wrestlers will be at the Michigan State Open.

The Eastern Echo has a preview of the track and field squads and also discussed flag football.

There are some questions about this item, but Mike Brown has been reported — in some places — as giving his verbal commitment to Ron English and EMU. Depending on who you believe he may be expected to play at center, or at offensive guard, or at defensive tackle. Elsewhere, Bill Kurelic reports that wide receiver/cornerback Tristen Jeffries, from Sandusky, Ohio, favors EMU, though he hasn’t made his decision yet.

When asked to name the schools he is most interested in, Jeffries said, “I like Eastern Michigan a lot. I just like the coaches there. They make you feel comfortable.”

Want to relive EMU’s heartbreaking loss to Ball State? Kenneth Bailey has the pre-game, in-game, and post-game photosets up. Speaking of the Ball State game, the sports editor at the Eastern Echo apparently thinks the refs “manipulated” the score. There are questionable calls in almost every game, but I thought the refereeing in the Western Michigan game was much worse.

The women’s swimming and diving team bounced back from a narrow loss to Ohio, comfortably beating Bowling Green, 171-123. This Saturday afternoon, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host Oakland. Also, the Eastern Echo has a profile on Tyler Capen.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2011 10:34 am

    Now that I’ve had a little more time to think about things, I don’t think the refs cost Eastern the game. Yes, there were some questionable calls and some questionable non-calls but in the end EMU could not punch the ball in from the 1 yard line. Had that happened, EMU would have had enough of a lead that Ball State would have needed a touchdown. And in terms of penalties, it seems like EMU has been taking stupid penalties all season. How many drives have we seen EMU make a good gain only to have it called back because of holding or whatever? Or how many times have seen a good defensive play get wiped out because of roughing or something similar? I would somewhat blame that on the coaches but this group of coaches has brought EMU to a place they haven’t been in a long time. And given that most of the key players on the offense are sophomores and juniors, I expect that EMU will be in that place next year. A coaching change at this point would be stupid. But then again, I’m never a fan of sacking the coach unless the coach is godawfully bad (Morningwheg comes to mind).

    Despite EMU’s loss on Saturday, I think they still have a shot at things if they can suck it up and win their last three games.

  2. Kenneth Barna permalink
    November 9, 2011 10:54 am

    Dear Ken,
    After taking to some people who watched the game on television, the last Ball State drive that gave them the winning field goal, had two major penalties. The first call was the roughing the passer call, and those watching said it was legit. The second call was for pass interference, which according to my sources said was questionable at best. That’s why I have always said, unless a penalty is quite obvious in a close game, referees should not be flag happy, and help determine the outcome. Let the players play it out. Now, I cannot say with certainty that if the pass interference call was not made, that Eastern would have won the game, but as things played out, their kicker would have been fifteen yards further from the goal posts.

  3. November 9, 2011 12:26 pm

    I’m still surprised we didn’t get a roughing the passer call on the one where I have the picture of the Ball STate quarterback bent backwards.

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