Silver Bullet Points Celebrates Excellence

Written February 19th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

This week we lost a musical legend and great Ohioan… so, this morning’s soundtrack should help you get through the middle of your workweek.

Silver Is Pretty Freaking Awesome

Buckeye 411

  • Net Success- Congrats to the Tennis-Bucks, who won this year’s NCAA Indoor Championship earlier this week. In doing so, Ohio State defeated top ranked Virginia (who hadn’t lost in 30+ matches) and perennial power Southern Cal. When you’re led by the B1G Athlete Of The Week, good things happen.
  • Decorated And Bona-fied- Tonight as the Buckeye hoopsters face off against Nerdwestern, Braxton Miller will be awarded his second straight silver football as the B1G’s top player. This brings Braxton up to 7 conference year end awards, most for any player according to OSU’s SID.
  • Mat Excellence- After falling to Minnesota in the National Duals, Ohio State rebounded with a solid beating of Oklahoma to pick up third in the tourney… although, I’d love to have seen them square off against second ranked Cornell.
  • Even More Awarding- The Aaron Craft Tour De Elegance continues, with Swoony C being a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.
  • Proud Moment- Ignore the misspelling on this thing… I’d be totally down with an annual “Marcus Hall” award as an addition to the Gold Pants, for the MVP of The Game.  Thoughts??
  • Next- And this weekend in Indianapolis, six Buckeyes look to continue that legacy: Read More

Men’s soccer upsets No. 9 Penn State

Written November 4th, 2013 by Scott

Danny Jansen made sure seniors on the Ohio State men’s soccer team will remember their final home game for a long time.

Danny Jensen scored the game-winner in an upset of No. 9 Penn State

Danny Jensen scored the game-winner in an upset of No. 9 Penn State

The freshman forward scored a goal from the far post late in the second overtime to lead the Buckeyes to a 1-0 win over No. 9 Penn State at Wolstein Field this past Saturday.

The win snapped the Nittany Lions unbeaten run through the Big Ten and provided a bright spot in what has been an otherwise pedestrian season for OSU.

With the victory, the Buckeyes improve to 5-6-5 overall and 1-2-2 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions fall to 11-4-1 and 5-1-0. Ohio State extends its unbeaten streak to five matches heading into the final week of the regular season.

Jensen, a native of Weston, Fla., collected a cross by junior midfielder Max Moller on the far side and beat the PSU center back to the far post, blasting his third goal of the year into the top right of the net.

Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, the Big Ten defensive player of the week, recorded his eighth shutout in 15 games and has not allowed a goal in 423:47 minutes of play, dating back to Oct. 13 at Michigan State. With his five saves, Ivanov passed former Buckeye Casey Latchem for seventh on the OSU single-season saves list.

The Buckeyes will conclude the regular season at Wisconsin Nov. 8 before hosting the 2013 Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13-17.

Pistol team wins again

The Ohio State pistol team tallied an aggregate score of 6,301 to defeat The Citadel (5,930) and VMI (5,674) last Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va.

The Buckeyes claimed the top two individual finishes in every event, and swept competition in open air pistol, open free pistol and women’s sport pistol.

Senior Jason Reineck led the way for the Buckeyes in free pistol, posting a score of 504 to claim first place ahead of classmate Joe Totts (501) and freshman Quentin Cauffman (501). Senior A.J. Tourigny scored a 489 to help OSU to a score of 1,995.

Totts and senior Kim Hullings led Ohio State in open standard pistol, each tallying a score of 543 to tie for first. Cauffman placed fourth with a 526, while junior Greyson McCaig placed fifth with a 519 for the Buckeyes who notched a 2,131 score.

Ohio State earned the top six finishes in open air pistol (60 rounds), with freshman Seth Bearjar claiming his first individual win after shooting a 555. Totts placed second with a 548 and Tourigny third with a 545 to round out the top three. Cauffman and Reineck both shot a 541 to contribute to the overall score of 2,175.

In women’s competition, the Buckeyes claimed the top two spots in air pistol (40 rounds) as freshman Elizabeth Szalajko scored a 364 to finish in first place and Hullings a 357 to place second. Senior Mariah Skiles fired a 345 to round out team scoring (1,045) for the Buckeyes.

In women’s sport pistol, Hullings recorded a 551, followed by Skiles who shot a 526 and freshman Elizabeth Buerling who earned a 522. Ohio State tallied a team score of 1,599. Ohio State took first place overall in women’s competition with an aggregate of 2,644.

Women’s soccer falls in season finale

The Ohio State women’s soccer team wrapped up the regular season with a 2-0 loss at No. 8 Michigan last Saturday. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 10-6-3, 4-5-2 in Big Ten play.

The Buckeyes failed to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament next weekend in Champaign, Ill., and will wait to see if they will make it to the post season tournament. That will be announced on at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

Thinclads run at conference meet 

Katie Borchers

Katie Borchers

Fueled by top-10 finishes from juniors Michelle Thomas and Katie Borchers, the Ohio State women’s cross country team placed fifth overall at the Big 10 conference meet at Purdue, the squad’s best finish at the conference meet in 29 years.

Ohio State finished with a score of 157, edging Indiana and  Wisconsin by one point. The team finish is the highest for the Buckeyes since a fourth-place finish in 1984, while its 157 cumulative point total is the best since 1986. No. 6 Michigan State won the team title with 43 points.

Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas

The men’s cross country team finished eighth for the second-consecutive season, with a score of 182. No. 24 Indiana took home the championship with a score of 51.

Thomas and Borchers finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in times of 21:04.1 and 21:07.2, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors in the process. The duo joins Maureen Cogan (1984) and Kathryn Monard (1986) as the only first-team selections in school history.

Sophomore Nick Pupino was the top male Buckeye runner on the day, finishing 28th overall with a time of 25:05.2. Also scoring for Ohio State were sophomores Brian Hannaford (30th, 25:09.3), Curtis Hanle (40, 25:19.8), Jordan Redd (43, 25:23.0) and redshirt sophomore Michael Brajdic (49, 25:27.4).

Golf update

The Ohio State men’s golf team concluded its time at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas last week in ninth, carding an 8-over 1073 overall score at the 6-count-5 tournament. Freshman Frederik Hammer recorded the lowest total for the Buckeyes with a 4-under 209 for 15th-place on the par 71, 7,068-yard course at the Royal Oaks Country Club.

In the third round of play, Hammer carded a 2-under 69 with four birdies. A native of Rungsted, Denmark, Hammer finished two of the three rounds under par and even drained in an eagle during the second.

Sophomore Tee-k Kelly and junior Boo Timko followed in a tie for 41st and 49th, respectively.

The No. 28 women’s team closed out its fall campaign at the Landfall Tradition Sunday, carding a 19-over 307 on the final day. The Buckeyes finished the three-day tournament tied for 11th with a 60-over 924 on the par 72, 6,997-yard Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.

Ohio State freshman Jessica Porvasnik tied for 27th overall with a score of 12-over 228.

Women’s tennis wins 21 matches at Tennessee

The OSU women’s tennis team was at the Tennessee Fall Invite Sunday and combined for 13 singles and eight doubles wins.

Sandy Niehaus, Miho Kowase and Noelle Malley went 3-0 against opponents in singles competition, while the Buckeye duo of Ferny Angeles Paz and Malley and the pair of Grainne O’Neill and Niehaus posted a 3-0 record in doubles.

Freshman Gabriella De Santis collected her first singles victory againast a ranked opponent, defeating No. 45 Joelle Kissel of NC State , 6-3, 6-1,

Women’s Soccer Ends Winless Streak

Written October 13th, 2013 by Scott

The Ohio State women’s soccer team picked up a 3-1 win over Michigan State Saturday and ended a 3-match winless streak at the same time.

With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 8-3-3 overall, 2-2-2 in the Big Ten, while the Spartans drop to 7-5-2, 1-5-0 in conference play.

Neither team scored early in a physical first half but Ohio State broke through when Ellyn Gruber headed home a Nichelle Prince cross from eight yards to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 in the 38th minute.

Ohio State had another opportunity in the 52nd minute when Gruber controlled a through ball from Paradiso, dribbled between two Spartan defenders and flicked a shot from 10 yards out on the left wing, but Michigan State goalkeeper Courtney Clem was able to get a hand on it and deflect the shot wide.

The Buckeyes extended the lead to 2-0 in the 72nd minute when Taylor Schissler found Kayla Varner down the left wing and the junior played a nice through ball to Prince who flicked a shot underneath a diving Clem.

The Spartans scored four minutes later, however, Ohio State answered right back in the 80th minute when Paradiso possessed on the right wing, beat a Spartan defender and finished far post from 12 yards.

Volleyball teams drops a pair Read More

News from the WHAC

Written February 17th, 2013 by Janelle


2/15 – Ohio State fell in its opener to Mercer 6-5 in 1o innings. Pat Porter was 3 for 3 for the Buckeyes with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

2/16 – The Buckeyes fell 13-3 to Notre Dame on Saturday. Tim Wetzel and Mike Carroll each had two hits for Ohio State.

Men’s Gymnastics

2/16 – Despite posting its best score of the season, No. 5 Ohio State fell to No. 3 Michigan by a score of 446.150 – 435.650 on Saturday at St. John Arena.  Michael Newburger won the pommel horse event title for the Buckeyes with a score of 15.40 while Larry Mayer won the vault title with a score of 15.35. Read More

Tennis and Volleyball Teams Receive High Honors

Written June 21st, 2012 by Gary Russell II

To most people, including myself, the term APR is a banking term used to confuse people what their actual rate is. To college sports fans, the term APR stands for Academic Progress Rate. The NCAA uses this formula to measure Universities’ eligibility and retention for Division student athletes. It is used as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates. The actual APR is calculated on a term by term basis and spreads over the most recent four year span. Recently the NCAA revealed their most recent findings and the Ohio State Tennis and Volleyball teams received high marks.

Winning, On And Off The Court.

The Men and Women squads in both Tennis and Volleyball placed in the top 10% in the nation in their respective sports. Of the 954 teams that were on the NCAA’s award list, only five of those teams had won the National Championship of their sport. One of those teams was the Ohio State Men’s Volleyball team.

This does not take away from the other Buckeye teams receiving honors. The Women’s Volleyball team finished in the top 25 in the nation, while the Men’s Tennis team finished 4th in the nation.

Ohio State Professor, and faculty athletics representative, John P. Bruno said in a released statement, “Each of Ohio State’s 36 teams continued to improve it Academic Performance Rates over the most recent four year average (2010-2011). This indicates our student-athletes are successfully completing the academic benchmarks associated with eligibility to compete.” He continued by saying “This strong performance speaks to the commitment of our student-athletes to their academic progress and to the support they receive from coaches and our terrific academic support staff.”

These four teams, in addition to the high profile football team, have brought some needed good news from the NCAA who has beat up the University lately with bad news. What it has also done is proven that not only can you perform at a high level on the field, court, or whatever playing surface you choose, but you can do it the classroom as well where it matters most. Congrats to the Ohio State teams as well as all the other teams in the nation that was named to APR award list.

Silver Bullet Points Goes Mobile

Written May 25th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Too soon for a car reference?

Quick announcement and some short news updates this morning…

Introducing: tBBC Mobile platform. If you’ve been reading us on your iPhone or Android Device, hopefully you’ve noticed that we’re a lot more user friendly these days.  Thanks to the great work of Chad at digital:construct, we’ve launched a version of this that you can take with you- especially helpful in solving bar arguments with fans from other programs.

Over the next couple of months, we hope to roll out a couple of other ideas and initiatives to help our goal of getting you the news, commentary, and shenanigans that you’ve come to expect whenever and wherever you want it. Now, there’s no excuse to not get involved… in your tweets, on your book of face, or on your phone. In spite of what they say, we think it’s awesome.

Buckeye News

  • Making The Grades- Although it certainly didn’t make SportsCenter, the NCAA released APR rates today, and the Buckeye football program came in at 971, with a 4 year average of 985. That 4 year average is second in the conference only to Northwestern over the same time period, and is the highest in the program’s history. Bringing up the rear during that same time period? The Harvard of the West, the Leaders and the Best.
  • Great Linkage- The gang at the OZone has a round table with Jim Cordle about the Media Coverage of the current Ohio State scandal, and Ramzy reminds us why 24-7 media sucks.
  • Whispers- Yup, we’ve heard them too. We’ll let you know what we know as soon as we know it. For now, though, we stay the course.
  • TENNIS! Congrats to the Buckeyes, who finished their season 34-3 with a loss to Virginia, and now begin play for singles and doubles honors.
  • BASEBALL!! Tomorrow the Bucks open up against the Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament… head out to the game if you get a chance.

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