Tuesday Tidbits are twisting and twirling
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.
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.