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ST. LOUIS Four Illinois State student-athletes were among the 34 who highlighted the 2018 Missouri Valley Football Honor Roll announced by the league office Thursday. Also, 173 student-athletes received the league's Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters (freshmen are not eligible.) COMMISSIONER'S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD - Trey Georgie , Drew Himmelman , Garrett Hirsch , Jake Kolbe , Zackary Mathews , Jared Rients , Zeke Vandenburgh HONOR ROLL - John Ames , Peyton Asche , Tristan Bailey , Ben Baker , Nathan Bax , Matt Biegalski , Luke Bennyhoff , JT Bohlken , Trevor Bond , Drew Bones , Mitchell Brees , Kevin Brown , Peter Bussone , Jacob Carl , Evan Day , Spencer DeForest , Ty DeForest , Josh Dinga , Dylan Draka , Trey Georgie , Taylor Grimes , Ryan Guhl , Jaden Hacha , Stephen Halusan , Trenton Hatfield , Drew Himmelman , Garrett Hirsch , Connor Janes , Jake Kolbe , Jason Lewan , Joseph Lombardi , Joey Malinowski , Giavion Mason , Zackary Mathews , Zach Mueller , Nico Muto, Austin Nagel , Tylor Petkovich , Jared Rients , Eric Rogers , Tristan Smith , Zach Starforth , Matt Swaine , Tanner Taula , Zeke Vandenburgh , Kenton Wilhoit , Charles Woods
andwere awarded the Missouri Valley Football Conference's highest academic achievement Thursday (Feb. 14) as recipients of the President's Council Academic Excellence Award.The two will graduate this May with degrees in engineering technology and sports broadcasting, respectively, and join 32 other student-athletes from around the league as president's council awardees. The MVFC also announced its Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award and Honor Roll where a total of 48 Leathernecks were honored.The President's Council Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (through Fall 2018 semester) and participation in athletics a minimum of two years. The league's Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters (freshmen are not eligible). And to qualify for the Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.0-grade point average for a specified term (Fall 2018), must have been a member of the football team, and must have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall.2016 All-Academic Honorable Mention two-year team captain a three-year starter recorded 32 tackles (1.5 for a loss) lone sack occurred against UNI for a 12-yard loss2018 Second Team All-MVFC 2017 All-Academic Second Team 2017 Second Team All-MVFC team captain two-year starter tied for eighth in the Valley in passes defended tied for team lead with nine pass breakups and added two interceptions career-best 11 tackles vs. UNI this season (9 solo/2 assist)
Junior guard Jake Collagan (Wethersfield) set a program record for points in a half and tied the record for three-pointers in a half as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team moved to within one victory of its sixth straight Little East Conference regular-season title with a 99-60 victory over Castleton University Wednesday night at Glenbrook Gymnasium. Collagan totaled 32 points in the first half, sinking eight of 13 three-point field goals to power Eastern (19-5, 13-2 LEC) to within a game of winning outright its sixth LEC regular-season title in a row, which would tie the conference men's basketball record for consecutive outright titles, set between 1992 and 1997 by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Eastern was 17-of-42 from distance in the game, two makes shy of the program record set two years ago against Western Connecticut. Collagan fell short of the NCAA Division III record for points in a half, set by Jack Taylor of Grinnell College on Nov. 20, 2012.
BOSTON Five players contributed points when the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team outscored the University of Massachusetts Boston 2-to-1 over the first 12 minutes of the second half to stretch a 13-point lead to 27 in a 79-54 Little East Conference victory Wednesday night at Clark Athletic Center. Senior guards Donny Craig (Waterford) and Jaysen Nunez (Hartford) combined for 19 points off bench, all coming in the second half. Eastern broke an early tie by scoring ten straight points senior forward Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich) converting a conventional three-point play to ignite the run and sophomore guard Cory Muckle (Westbrook) contributing the final five in the run with a fastbreak layup and three-pointer en route to a 13-point halftime lead. A lead that would eventually crest at 30 reached 20 nine minutes into the second half when Gonzalez faked a three-point attempt and found Thomas alone for a layup and ensuing free throw, and Nunez converted a rare four-point play by swishing the free throw after draining a corner three-point field goal in transition.
Junior guard Carlos Gonzalez sinks this floater with 1:01 left in the game that made him the 34th player to reach 1,000 career points in an Eastern uniform. Freshman forward Seth Thomas (Norwich) got it going with five straight points on two free throws and a conventional three-point play on an assist from Gonzalez that cut the gap to two, 62-60. Gonzalez' floater in the lane off a handoff from senior forward Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich) gave him his 1000th career points and tied the game for the final time, 74-74, with 64 seconds left. Ranked second nationally in steals (he is the program's all-time leader in that category), Gonzalez swiped five balls, handed out four assists and pulled down four rebounds in 40 minutes to go along with his 35 points five more than his previous high set in the conference tournament championship game during his freshman season in a win over Keene State College at Geissler Gym.
Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, and Mike Mussina played the vast majority of their careers in the American League, with three longtime Red Sox rivals in the AL East. Halladays final game in a Blue Jays uniform was a three-hit shutout at Fenway Park in the waning stages of the 2009 regular season, though the Red Sox lineup he dominated included Joey Gathright, Casey Kotchman, George Kottaras, and Chris Woodward Boston had clinched a postseason berth in the wee hours that morning. Already down 3-0 entering the fourth inning, an ineffective Roger Clemens gave up a leadoff homer to Kevin Millar, then walked Trot Nixon, who got to third on Bill Muellers ensuing single. In his first career relief appearance, Mussina whod lost all three his postseason starts that year, including Games 1 and 4 to the Red Sox threw six straight strikes to get out of the fourth-inning jam, then followed with a scoreless fifth and sixth.
The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team watched a 17-point dwindle to three before embarking upon a 22-3 scoring onslaught over seven minutes in the second half as the Warriors pulled away for their 43rd straight Little East Conference regular-season home win, a 93-77 verdict over Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. In that seven-minute stretch, Muckle and junior guard Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, MA) each tossed in eight points as the Warriors nailed 8-of-11 shots and turned the ball over only once. Senior guard Donny Craig (Waterford) came off the bench in that 22-3 by contributing a pair of inside hoops and three defensive rebounds as the Warriors completed the two-game season series sweep for the third straight year. Rhode Island (10-8, 3-6 LEC), 1-5 in its last six games, misfired on ten of 11 shots and turned the ball over three times in 15 possessions as it was unable to counter the Warriors' offensive surge during the 22-3 run.
The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team responded to its only deficit late in the game by scoring eight straight points and took over sole possession of first place in the Little East Conference with a 74-68 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Wednesday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center. With the Corsairs pressing, senior guard Jaysen Nunez (Hartford) and sophomore guard Cory Muckle (Westbrook) drilled consecutive three-point field goals to allow the Warriors to regain a 63-60 lead and after both teams missed the front end of one-and-one free throws, Nunez beat the UMD defense with a left-side drive that pushed the lead to five, 65-60, with three minutes left. Junior point guard Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, MA) iced the win by converting five of six free throws over the final 28.2 seconds. With Muckle and junior guard Jake Collagan (Wethersfield) each pouring in four three-pointers, Eastern outscored UMD by 27 points from three-point range, where the Corsairs were 1-of-15.
The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team converted nine of ten free throws after Keene State College had whittled a 24-point deficit to eight with three minutes left as the Warriors posted their 42nd straight Little East Conference regular-season home win with a 79-66 decision Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. With its fourth straight victory, Eastern (12-3, 6-1 LEC) maintains a share of first place in the conference with UMass Dartmouth, which downed homestanding Castleton University, 75-63, Saturday. Junior guard Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, MA) and freshman forward Seth Thomas (Norwich) combined to hit 13 free throws in 14 attempts in the second half as the Warriors were able to hold off a furious Keene rally. Junior guard Jake Collagan (Wethersfield) who played his freshman season at Keene -- contributed 18 points and Hyatt grabbed nine rebounds in addition to connecting on both of his field goal attempts after going 7-of-7 from the floor in Thursday's LEC home win over the University of Southern Maine.
Junior guard Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, MA) had ten points, four steals and four assists in the team's 26-5 run over the first nine minutes and the five-time defending Little East Conference regular-season champion Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team rolled to a 78-49 victory over Castleton University Tuesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium. Gonzalez and sophomore guard Cory Muckle (Westbrook) combined for five three-point field goals in that opening 26-5 run as the Warriors raced to a 17-point, 42-25 lead. The Warriors turned the ball over only four times while forcing ten miscue with six steals, outscoring the visitors 20-6 off turnovers over the first 20 minutes Eastern freshman guards Nick Casiano (Rocky Hill) and Thomas Close (East Hampton) recorded their first collegiate points for the Warriors.