Welcome to Monday Musings, glad to see you. Grab your coffee and let’ proceed. Let’s tee this up with women’s golf.
The NCAA tournament Regionals were played May 9-11, and Coach Hessian’s Ohio State team traveled to Palo Alto to compete in the Western Region. They didn’t leave their heart in San Francisco, but they did end their season in Palo Alto. Unfortunately, the golf didn’t go as well as planned as the Buckeyes finished 15th in the 24 team field. The top eight (8) team from each region advanced to the next round.
It was another near miss (more below) for the Buckeyes who finished the event at +47 to par, while the cut-off score to advance was +37. It was a ‘near miss’ in the respect that over the course of the three-round tournament, if each of the five players could have shot one stroke lower per round, OSU would have advanced. If one more tee shot would have found the fairway, if one more putt would have dropped…
I thought this was a transition year for the Buckeyes, having lost three key players from last year’s team: Vicky Villanueva (graduation), Rachel Rohanna (left school for LPGA) and Big Ten Freshman of Year Kendall Prince (transfer). That’s a lot of talent to replace. Fortunately, the openings gave underclassmen Claudia Lim, Jan Chanpalangsri and Sheridan Balyeat ample playing time. As I expected, under Coaches Hession and Strom, the Buckeyes gradually improved their play as the season progressed. It was enjoyable to see their improvement.
Welcome to another Monday Musings. I’m glad that you stopped in. Grab a coffee and have a seat. Frankly, I’m a bit light on sports this week, so we’ll start there.
A big week for Orlando Pace, who was elected into the Collegiate Football Hall of Fame. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve seen a lot of quality offensive linemen play at Ohio State, but I think that Pace was one of the most dominant linemen I’ve seen. He obviously institutionalized the ‘pancake’ block, while possessing very good strength and extraordinary agility for a per his size. This was a very well deserved honor bestowed upon Mr. Pace.
The NCAA tournament is upon us with the Regionals being played May 9-11. Coach Hessian’s Ohio State team will be traveling to Palo Alto to compete in the Western Region. I’ll have recap in an upcoming Musing. Good luck Buckeyes.
5/1 – Ohio State swept Northern Kentucky on Wednesday by scores of 9-8 and 6-5. Joe Ciamacco & Aaron Gretz each had three hits for the Buckeyes in game one while pitcher Greg Greve improved his record to 3-0 for the season. In game 2, Greve earned a second win to improve to 4-0 on the season while teammates Ciamacco, Pat Porter, and Jacob Bosiokovic each had two hits.
5/4 – Ohio State dropped its series’ opener at Northwestern on Saturday 8-0. Ryan Cypret & Jacob Bosiokovic each had hits for the Bucks.
4/28 – Ohio State tied for fourth at the Big Ten Championships last weekend with a total of 38-over 1190 after four rounds. Illinois won the team title with an 11-over 1163. Buckeye sophomore Boo Timko finished fourth overall with a 3-over 291. His fourth-place finish earned him a spot on the All-Big Ten Championship team. Read More
4/21 – Ohio State defeated Illinois 7-3 last Sunday to win the series with the Illini at Nick Swisher field at Bill Davis Stadium. Ryan Cypret blasted a home run in the third inning to give the Buckeyes a 6-2 lead. It was his third of the season and the eighth of his career.
4/26-27 – On Friday, Ohio State defeated Penn State in the series opener 3-1. Cypret went 2-4 with another home run while teammate Brad Goldberg threw 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out six to improve to 6-0 this season. On Saturday, the Buckeyes beat Penn State 10-8 and 8-3 to complete the sweep.
In game one, Ryan Cypret notched his 9th straight multi-hit game of the season while teammate Joe Ciamacco had his tenth. In game 2, Brad Hallberg went 2 for 2 with two runs scored for the Bucks.
4/21 – Junior Michael Newburger claimed the 2013 NCAA Pommel Horse title last weekend at Rec Hall at Penn State, becoming the second gymnast to win a national title on the pommel horse in school history. All three competing Buckeyes in Newburger, Danny Steiner (in floor exercises), and Jeff Treleaven (on vault) earned All-America honors.
4/27 – No. 13 Ohio State finished the regular season with a 14-8 win over No. 8 Fairfield. The Buckeyes finished 10-3 in the regular season and scored 10+ goals in each of their last four games.
4/21 – No. 5 Ohio State defeated TSUN 4-0 to claim the Big Ten regular season title, its eighth in a row. Connor Smith, ranked 62nd, clinched the match for the Buckeyes with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Barrett Franks.
4/27 – No. 4 Ohio State defeated Illinois 4-3 to advance to the Big Ten Tournament final on Sunday afternoon at noon. They are seeking their eighth straight tournament title and ninth in school history. Chris Diaz, ranked 95th, defeated Alex Jesse to clinch the match for the Buckeyes with a 7-5, 6-1 victory.
Men’s Track & Field
4/27 – No. 23 Ohio State claimed 4 events at the Arkansas Invitational on Saturday, the long jump, javelin, 3000m steeplechase and 4x400m relay. Highlighting the day for the Buckeyes was Michael Hartfield, who is ranked second in Division I in the long jump and who defeated No. 1 Marquis Dendy of Florida. Hartfield posted a 7.89m while Dendy posted a 7.77m. Billy Stanley kept his undefeated record in the javelin by recording a 64.49m to take home the victory for the Buckeyes. Donny Roys won the steeplechase after posting a 9:06.49, a season best time. Finally, the Ohio State relay team finished with a time of 3:11.65 to win the 4.400m relay.
4/21 – Ohio State defeated high-point 15-10 after an 8 goal second half. Katie Chase & Kelsey Ayers each posted four goals for the Buckeyes, while teammate Tori DeScenza had a season-high tying 13 saves.
4/25 – Ohio State was defeated by Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Indiana in a 4-2 decision. The Buckeyes finished the season with a 10-14 record. Fidan Manashirova led the way for Ohio State this season with 24 singles wins. Teammate Gabby Steele had 23 singles wins.
Women’s Track & Field
4/25-27 – Ohio State posted 19 points to finish second at the 104th Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. In the 100m dash, senior Ashlee Abraham posted a season-best time of 11.62 to finish third. In the 400m hurdles, Alexis Franklin had a personal-best time of 57.86 (the fourth-fastest time in school history) which landed her in second place overall after winning her heat.
4/21 – Freshman Cammi Pranti extended her hitting streak to 10 games, but the Buckeyes were still beat by Wisconsin 4-2 in Madison. Pranti was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
4/24 – Ohio State swept Michigan State in a doubleheader on Wednesday at Buckeye Field defeating the Spartans 4-1 and 6-3. In game one, Shelby Pickett blasted a 3 run home run in the sixth to break the 1-1 tie and eventually, win the game for the Buckeyes. In game two, Caitlin Conrad went 2 for 3 with a stolen base, a run scored, and two RBIs for the Buckeyes.
4/26-27 – Ohio State fell to Minnesota 3-0 at Buckeye Field on Friday night. Maddy McIntyre was 1-for-2 with a single and a walk for the Buckeyes, extending her reached base streak to nine games. On Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field, the Buckeyes fell 7-2 to the Gophers.
Welcome to another Monday Musings episode, glad that you stopped by. We made it past the Spring Game and now enter relative sports doldrums. Nonetheless, we’ll come up with something. First stop is The James, then we’ll wend our way through various sports and wind things up on a lighter note. After the horrendous week the nation has gone through, let’s get settled in for something fairly harmless. So, grab your cuppa joe and let’s go.
Several updates on the medical front this week. Below are lead-ins, please click on titles to view the articles.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lung cancer expert David P. Carbone, M.D., Ph.D., who leads the thoracic oncology center at The James, received the Sixth Annual Landon Foundation – AACR INNOVATOR Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research presented by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, held in Washington, D.C., April 6-10.
The Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research supports an established international cancer research collaboration involving institutes in multiple countries by supplementing existing funding and providing the means to facilitate travel, training in new techniques and disseminating scientific knowledge gained from the collaboration.
A great example of the staff at OSUCCC-James driving research on an international scale. Cancer knows no borders, nor does The James research collaborations.
Welcome to the Ides of April episode, also known as ‘Tax Day’ Musings. If you’re reading this, you must have already filed your taxes. If you haven’t, you’d better get busy. Grab your coffee and either hit the calculator or let’s plunge forward.
Men’s Ice Hockey
Let’s get started with some really good news. On Friday, it was announced that goalie Brady Hjelle was named 1st Team All-American. In all, 25 players were named to the All-America squads as selected by members of the American Hockey Coaches association on Friday. Hjelle was named the first-team goalie on the west squad and was one of five CCHA players selected in the conference’s final season.
Hjelle, a native of International Falls, Minn., is the first Buckeye to earn a spot on the first team since 1998 and the third first-team selection in program history. His award marks the eighth time an Ohio State player has been named a first or second team All-American by the AHCA.
This is a pretty big deal. Obviously we want to recognize Ohio State All-Americans. But how about Brady’s performance this season? Just for perspective, his goals-against-average (GAA) of 2.00 would rank him 4th best goalie in the NHL. His save percentage of .935 would be 2nd best in the NHL in. By the way, the Sabres goalie has a GAA of 2.84, so Brady, give us a call. OK?
Ohio State Football
The 2013 Buckeyes had their Spring Game this past Saturday, and believe me, it was good to see (or listen to in my case) the game, even under scrimmage conditions.
It came down to some form of logic relationship: 1st O : 1stD : 2nd O : 2nd D; since the rosters were pretty much aligned Scarlet Offense and Gray Defense. As expected, if Urban Meyer was to be believed, the 1st half was Air Buckeye; both teams combined for 279 total yards, of which 259 were passing yards. The game ended with close to 440 yards combined passing for the teams.
All three QB’s got some significant reps, and actually didn’t look too bad.
Braxton’s offensive numbers were skewed a good bit by being “sacked” 9 times for a loss of39 yards. These were of the black-jersey variety, so take it with many grains. Smooth Kenny G did his this in a schizophrenic way, making plays running and passing for both squads. Good to have him on our team come September.
Cardale “”.. we ain’t come to play SCHOOL..” Jones got off to a rocky start in his 2nd half action (2 turnovers 3rd period, 3 for the game) but settled down a bit and seemed to get a much better handle on running the offense. Later today, we will talk more about the spring game with the ‘Birm on tBBC Radio Hour’.
Welcome to another episode of Musings. A few odds & ends this week. Have your coffee? Good, let’s get to this.
More good news from the medical front this week. It’s a two-fer this week.
OHIO STATE CANCER LEADER DR. CALIGIURI ELECTED TO AACR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Michael A. Caligiuri, who leads the The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James), is one of five distinguished scientists elected by members of the American Association for Cancer Research to serve on the AACR Board of Directors for the 2013 to 2016 term.
OHIO STATE CANCER RESEARCHER SELECTED FOR FIRST CLASS OF FELLOWS OF AACR ACADEMY
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Carlo Croce, chair of the department of molecular virology, immunology, and medical genetics; and director of Human Cancer Genetics at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James), is among 106 scientists selected by the American Association for Cancer Research to be in the first class of the Fellows of the AACR Academy.
4/6 – No. Ohio State finished with a team score of 196. 50 to finish fourth at the NCAA Regional at St. John Arena. Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer qualified for the NCAA Championships after Miller tied for first on balance beam and Shaffer finished fourth in the all-around.
4/3 – Ohio State defeated San Diego State 19-11 as eight Buckeyes scored points. Kaila Gottlick and Katie Chase paced the Buckeyes with four goals a piece.
4/5-6 – Ohio State fell to No. 12 TSUN on Friday 5-1 despite outhitting the Wolverines over the last five innings. The Buckeyes finished with six hits, one of which belonged to junior Melissa Rennie, who claimed her 10th multi-hit game. On Saturday, the Buckeyes again fell to the Wolverines 11-0 in five innings. Read More