Monday Musings

Written March 25th, 2013 by Ken

I was on sabbatical last week because of the focus on this, this and this. A win-win, except for Nebraska, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Another week, grab your coffee and let’s get right to it.

OSU Wexner Medical Center

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While several teams were wrapping up conference championships and NCAA bids, this was being wrapped up in Steubenville. The suspects were convicted and sentenced. At this point, one would think that this tawdry event would be over. One would be wrong, since two teenage girls have now been charged with threatening the victim and Attorney General Mike DeWine is also going to convene a Grand Jury related to the case. It ain’t over till it’s over, I’m afraid.

Men’s Basketball

Before I get started, I want to recognize Eric & Joe for their time and energies to ride herd on the post OSU-ISU chat for the evening games. And a thank you to the commentators who stuck around for some lively discussion. It was fun.

The past week and a half were pretty eventful, in a good way, with the Buckeyes rolling through the field and winning the BTT. Speaking of B1G, the Conference had a pretty good opening round on Thursday/Friday, winning 6 of 7 games.  Only the ‘Bo Ball of Wisconsin came up short.

For the local guys, OSU dusted off  Iona and had ISU all the way to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The Saturday/Sunday games went pretty much to form with Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State and Michigan winning and Minnesota and Illinois barely losing. So, the B1G has 4 teams in the Sweet 16.

Women’s Basketball

A quiet week, other than the announcement that Jim Foster will not return as coach after 11 seasons. I don’t follow the sport that closely, but I know that Coach Foster is a class person and will be missed. For true insight to this, please go here.

Women’s Golf

When we left our intrepid golfers, the Buckeyes were heading to The Islands to spend spring break participating in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational Mar. 12-13 in Honolulu, Hawaii. As you’ll see below, it went pretty well.

The Ohio State women’s golf team earned a second-place finish with a three-round total of 900 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. Arizona captured the team title with an 11-over 875, while Wildcat Manon Gidali took the individual title with a 3-under 213.

Senior Amy Meier led the Buckeyes with a second-place finish following rounds of 71-72-72. Her 54-hole score of 1-under 215 set a new career-low score. Overall, Meier tied for a tournament-best with 12 birdies over three rounds.

Senior Susana Benavides and junior Allison Harper finished tied for 20th with a 13-over 229. Harper’s 54-hole score of 229 was a season-low for her. Sophomore Jan Chanpalangsri came in tied for 24th with a 15-over 231 and classmate Claudia Lim carded a 16-over 232 to tie for 28th.

Up next, the Buckeyes will compete in the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational April 5-6 in Dallas.

That’s the press release. Now for the comments. Shooting low scores in Hawaii is not easy due to the windy conditions; for Amy and Allison to shoot career low scores is just some outstanding golf. Meier’s 1 under score is truly impressive. In fact, Amy was named Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week, in recognition of her accomplishment.

I’ve included the list of the top ten finishers to make two points. First, Arizona just absolutely ran away with the title. The 2nd point is that we beat Gonzaga. Just sayin’.

2013 Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational
Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course  |   Par 72, 6,099 yards
Team Standings

  1.  Arizona – 289-293-293 – 875 (+11)
  2.  Ohio State – 296-300-304 – 900 (+36)
  3.  Gonzaga – 300-300-302–902 (+38)
  4.  Mississippi – 306-300-307–913 (+49)
  5.  Washington State – 306-307-301–914 (+48)
  6.  Louisville – 296-302-317–915 (+51)
  7.  New Mexico – 298-308-315–921 (+57)
  8. (T) Hawai’i – 309-302-315–926 (+62)
  9.  (T8) Idaho – 308-311-307–926 (+62)
  10. San Francisco – 308-307-321–936 (+72)

Monday Melody

Today we have a smooth version of Gimme Shelter,  performed by Playing for Change. Enjoy.

So, what do you have in store for the week?


  1. WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    March 25th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    thats a lot of THIS’ good stuff Ken!!


    KenNo Gravatar
    March 25th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks, WVa. There did seem to be a good bit going on recently.


  2. BobNo Gravatar
    March 25th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Great writings!


  3. BobNo Gravatar
    March 25th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Tell us more.


  4. BobNo Gravatar
    March 25th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Let us know more about Wexner Center.


    KenNo Gravatar
    March 26th, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Bob, when I get updates on ‘stuff going on’ at Wexner Center and The James, I put them here; those are flagship facilities, IMO. Thanks for your suggestions.


  5. wrestlingbuckeyefanNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2013 at 1:52 am

    No love for Logan Stieber??? He did just win his 2nd NCAA wrestling title.


    KenNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Well, that is an impressive achievement by Logan, and I do apologize for the omission. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.


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