Saints Sidelines - Summer 2014

Saints Sidelines – Summer 2014

lr_baseball_trophyNACDA Ranks TMC 73rd

Thomas More College finished the 2013-14 academic year ranked 73rd in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) NCAA Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and the USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 18 sports – nine women’s and nine men’s. The NCAA has over 410 Division III members.

The Saints finished with 262 points and placed in the top-100 for the fourth time in the past five years. They were the top-ranked Division III school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and also the top-ranked Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) school.

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49 Saints Named to PAC Spring Academic Honor Roll

Thomas More College had 49 spring/winter student-athletes named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll for the spring 2014 semester, the most Saints ever to place on the Fall or Spring Honor Roll in their nine years in the PAC. The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. The College has had 474 student-athletes named to either the Fall or Spring Academic Honor Rolls.

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lr_WBB_Sydney_MossWomen’s Basketball

Sydney Moss Sweeps DIII Player of the Year Honors

Thomas More College sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss (St. Albans, W.Va./Boone County (Ky.)) completed the sweep of NCAA Division III Player of the Year honors as she was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Player of the Year at the fourth annual WBCA Awards in April. This event was part of the WBCA National Convention and was held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.

Moss holds all three Division III National Player of the Year awards as she was named the Player of the Year and the Women’s DIII News Player of the Year in March. She was also named a first team All-American by all three organizations and was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year. Moss led the nation in scoring at 27.8 point per game as she tied the NCAA Division III single-season scoring record with 891 points. She also broke the NCAA Division III single-game scoring record with 63 points against Waynesburg University in the semifinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament.

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lr_WBB_benchLady Saints Set Records, Top DIII Categories

When the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released the final national statistics for Division III women’s basketball and the No. 4/5-ranked Thomas More College women’s basketball team set two records and claimed top-spot in eight statistical categories.

On their way to a school-record 31-1 season, the Saints outscored their opponents by an average of 38.1 points per game. The 38.1 scoring margin is the best at any division in the NCAA, women’s or men’s. Thomas More also cross the 100 plateau for a Division III record 11 times this past season.

Thomas More led all of Division III (431 teams) in six statistical categories. The Saints led the nation in scoring offense (94.4 points per game), scoring margin (38.1), field goal percentage (51.1), assists per game (23.3), assists turnover ratio (1.95) and turnover margin (+14.63). Thomas More also finished in the Top-3 in three other categories as it was second in won-lost percentage (96.9) and steals per game (16.3) and was third in turnovers per game (11.9). Two Saints finished first in two individual statistical categories as Moss led the nation in points per game (27.8) and senior guard Devin Beasley (Burlington, Ky./Conner) led in the Division III in assist turnover ratio (4.76).

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Devin Beasley

TMC Grad Beasley Accepts Position in Missouri

Recent Thomas More College graduate and women’s basketball student-athlete Devin Beasley (Burlington, Ky./Conner) accepted a graduate assistant position at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.

lr_WBB_devin_beasleyBeasley will assist with all facets of the Central Methodist women’s basketball program while studying for a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. The Eagles posted a 22-9 record last season competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) under head coach James Arnold. “I’m excited about joining the staff and student-athletes at CMU,” stated Beasley. “I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of Coach Arnold’s staff and to share my knowledge of the game to help contribute to the ongoing success of the program.”

Beasley helped lead the Saints to a 113-9 (.926) record and two No. 1 national rankings during her four years at Thomas More College. “My goal at Thomas More was to leave the program better than how I found it and I plan to carry on that tradition and mindset to CMU,” said Beasley.

During her senior season, Beasley led the nation in assists-turnover ratio and was second in assists with 238. Beasley also set the new Thomas More single-game, single-season and career assists records during the 2013-14 campaign. For her career, she scored 795 points and had 288 rebounds while also recording 119 steals. Beasley was a three-time All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) selection and a 2014 second team All-Great Lakes Region selection. Beasley graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in communications.

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Ana Walter

Saint Softball Player Named All-American

Thomas More College sophomore shortstop Ana Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) was named to the NCAA Division III All-America Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Walter is the first-ever Thomas More softball student-athlete to be named to the NFCA All-America Team. She led the PAC in hits, runs scored, runs batted-in and total bases to go along with a PAC-best .493 average with runners in scoring position.

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Softball Wins PAC Regular Season, Earns NCAA Tournament Berth

The Lady Saints earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship tournament as they went 31-12 and 16-2 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), while winning the PAC regular season for the fourth time in program history.

Sophomore shortstop Ana Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) was named the PAC Player of the Year and six Saints were named All-PAC by the conference’s head coaches. Ana Walter, senior Alex Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon), sophomore utility player Mamee Salzer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry), senior pitcher Ronni Burns (Dayton, Ohio/Carroll) and sophomore designated player Haley Shuemake (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) were named first team All-PAC and freshman first baseman Jamie Ertel (Mt. Healthy, Ohio/McAuley) was a second team selection. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) named Ana Walter and Salzer All-Central Region after the season.

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Saints Make Magical Springtime Run

The Saints’ baseball team capped a 25-19 season with the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Thomas More was the No. 2 seed in the PAC tournament and went 3-0 in the tournament. In the NCAA Mideast Regional in Marietta College, the Saints went 2-2 as they fell to Case Western Reserve University in the semifinals.

lr_BB_Andy_RoenkerAt the conclusion of the season the PAC head coaches named Jeff Hetzer the PAC Coach of the Year and nine Saints earned All-PAC. Senior first baseman Craig Hyson (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas), senior second baseman/left fielder Jason Handley (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills), senior third baseman Travis Miller (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) and sophomore pitcher Logan Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) were named first team, junior catcher Brad Popham (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights), senior shortstop/second baseman Tyler Graber (Plain City, Ohio/Jonathan Alder), senior right fielder Cody Makin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) and senior pitcher Andy Roenker (Taylor Mill, Ky./Holy Cross) were named second team and sophomore designated hitter Donovan Pogue (Sharonville, Ohio/St. Xavier) was named honorable mention All-PAC.

Roenker was a first team All-Mideast region relief pitcher by the internet website and Miller was named third team All-Mideast Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

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Makin Named to Capital One Academic All-District II Team

Thomas More College senior right fielder Cody Makin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District II Baseball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Makin, a team captain, graduated in May 2014 with a 3.49 grade point average in business marketing. To be selected Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve with at least a 3.30 GPA.

Makin made 35 starts for the Saints in 2014 and batted .285. He was 43-for-151 with nine doubles, four home runs, 27 runs batted-in and 32 runs scored. He had a .358 on-base percentage this season and a .424 slugging percentage.

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Track & Field

Nare Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Thomas More College junior Lucas Nare (Guilford, Ind./Oldenburg Academy) became the first-ever Saint track & field student-athlete to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the program’s three-year history when he qualified to complete in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the NCAA Division III Championship in May in Delaware, Ohio.

In 2014, Nare was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) champion in the 100-meter, 200-meter and in the 4×100 relay. He was the PAC Champion in the 200-meter during the 2013 season and All-PAC in the 100-meter and the 4×100 relay. Nare, who carries a 3.6 grade point average in biology, is a two-time team captain and three-time team Most Valuable Player.

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lr_WTF_shayla_hendersonMen’s and Women’s Teams Both Finish Seventh at PAC Championship

The Thomas More College men’s and women’s track & field teams both placed seventh at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships held in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

The men’s team had four PAC champions as senior Matt Wurtzler (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) won the 10,000-meter run, junior Lucas Nare (Guilford, Ind./Oldenburg Academy) won the 200-meter dash with a PAC Championship record time of 21.48-seconds and won the 100-meter dash, and Nare teamed with sophomore Scootie Middleton (New Albany, Ind./New Albany), junior Galen Curry (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne) and freshman Colin Trammel (Owenton, Ky./Owen County) to win the 4×100-meter relay.

The women’s team had two athletes that had multiple top-five finishes as freshman Shayla Henderson (Maysville, Ky./East Carter) was All-PAC in the long jump as and fourth in the high jump, while junior Felicity Britt (Alexandria, Ky./Bishop Brossart) was fourth in the shot put and in the discus.


lr_MBB_drew_mumfordMen’s Basketball

Saints Cap Season With PAC Championship Game Appearance

The men’s basketball team capped the 2013-14 campaign with their third straight and fourth Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament championship game appearance in the last six seasons. The Saints were 15-12 overall and 12-4 during the PAC regular season as they finished runner-up in the conference’s regular season.

The Saints were named the NCAA Division III men’s basketball free-throw statistical champion with a 79.8 percentage as they made 454-of-569 free-throws. Three Saints finished the season average double-digit scoring as junior guard/forward Drew Mumford (Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy) averaged 17.4 points per game, senior guard D’Carlo Hayes (Louisville, Ky./Male) averaged 13.2 ppg and freshman guard/forward Nate McGovney (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) averaged 10.1 ppg. Senior forward Brandon Housley (Covington, Ky./Holmes) led the team on the boards with 4.6 rebounds per game, while senior guard Spencer Berlekamp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) led the team in assists with 92.

At the conclusion of the season Mumford and Hayes were named All-PAC by the conference’s head coaches.

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lr_MT_sergio_pasualMen’s Tennis

Sixth Place Finish at PAC Championship

The men’s tennis team finished the season at 4-7 overall and 4-3 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC). The Saints placed sixth at the PAC Championship tournament held at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Men’s Golf

Fourth-Place Finish at PAC Championship; Marcagi Earns MVP Honors

lr_MG_Michael-MarcagiThe Thomas More College men’s golf team shot a final round 321 at the Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania for a 72-hole total of 1,266 to finish fourth at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship. The PAC Championship counts towards one half of the 72-hole total used to determine the 2013-14 PAC champion, which earns the conference’s automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship.

The individual conference standings are calculated on only the 36 holes in the spring. Senior Michael Marcagi (Anderson, Ohio/Anderson) earned PAC Most Valuable Player honors as he shot a tournament low 150. Along with MVP honors, Marcagi earned first team All-PAC honors. Freshman Darron Hampton (Maysville, Ky./Mason County) was second team All-PAC as he tied for ninth. Sophomore Erik Gregory (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown Christian) was honorable mention All-PAC.

The Saints had a 318.8 stroke average as they competed in 13 tournaments during the 2013-14 season. Thomas More was led by Marcagi and sophomore Jesse Terbrueggen (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hills).

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Women’s Golf

Team Places Seventh at PAC Championship

The Thomas More College women’s golf team shot a final round 467 at the Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania for a 72-hole total of 2,056, finishing seventh at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship. The PAC Championship counts towards one half of the 72-hole total used to determine the 2013-14 PAC champion, which earns the conference’s automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship.

The individual conference standings are calculated on only the 36 holes in the spring. Freshman Emilie Mattei (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) finished 16th, freshman Katelyn Beatrice (Florence, Ky./St. Henry) paced 21st, sophomore Kelsey Hood (Carlisle, Ohio/Carlisle) finished and freshman Kelly McDonald (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) placed 33rd.

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