Monday Musings

Written July 15th, 2013 by Ken

thinking golfer

Welcome to Monday Musings, I’m glad that you decided to stop in. Grab a coffee and let’s see what’s going on.

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Monday Musings

Written June 3rd, 2013 by Ken

I think, therefore, I am. Rene Descartes

It’s Monday, so let’s Muse. Grab a coffee and off we go.

As Jason rumbled last Wednesday, we’re in a bit of a dead calm with major sports, football and men’s basketball, but that doesn‘t mean nothing is going on. There were a few goings-on in non-revenue sports, and Janelle did a nice job of cleaning up that news. In case you missed it, or want to read it again, here it is. Frankly, I had a few things going on this week and got a bit distracted, so we may be light on topics this week.


This turned out to be another stellar year for Ohio State student-athletes, as 191 Buckeyes were named to the Spring and At-Large Academic All-Big Ten teams. This is just something else where OSU excels. Well done, and congratulations to all of you.

For the year, Ohio State had a conference-best 327 honorees (61 fall, 75 winter), the only school to top 300 honorees for the second year in a row. The 2012-13 total of 327 passes the 312 recognized in 2011-12 and ranks third for a single academic year in Ohio State history. The Buckeyes set the conference standard with 346 in 2009-10 and had 329 in 2010-11.


Meanwhile, the No. 1 Ohio State women’s rowing team (that’s right, Buckeye rowers are #1) traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend to compete at the 2013 NCAA Championships May 31 – June 2 at Eagle Creek Park.For background, the Buckeyes made their 14th-consecutive appearance and 15th overall in the national championships. The 22-team field includes two other Big Ten Conference teams in Michigan and Wisconsin.

So, how did the team fare in Indy? Nothing short of winning an NCAA National Championship! Congratulations to Coach Andy Teitelbaum and his boats, as the three OSU boats dominated their respective races; Ohio State won the 1st Varsity Four race, won the 2nd Varsity Four race and placed 3rd in the 1st Varsity Eight. Congratulations, well done Buckeyes.

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Buckeye Athletics Update

Written May 28th, 2013 by Janelle

Congratulations to Ohio State’s Blaz Rola, who is the NCAA Men’s Singles Champion after besting Virginia’s  Jarmere Jenkins 7-6(8), 6-4 on Monday!


Troy Kuhn gets set for a play

Troy Kuhn gets set for a play

5/23-25  - On Thursday, the No. 2 seed Buckeyes opened Big Ten Tournament play with a 3-2 win over No. 3 seed Nebraska.  In the ninth inning, with the bases loaded, Troy Kuhn walked to plate Pat Porter to give Ohio State the win.  Zach Ratcliff was 3 for 4 for Ohio State, tallying his second multi-hit game of his collegiate career. On Friday, the Buckeyes lost to 1-seed Indiana 11-3. Kuhn was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Bucks.  On Saturday, Ohio State was eliminated from the tournament by Nebraska with a 5-0 loss.  Jacob Bosiokovic was 2 for 3 for the Buckeyes, tallying his 14th multi-hit game of the season. Ohio State will find out its NCAA fate on Monday.

Men’s Lacrosse

5/18 – Ohio State was defeated by Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinals by a score of 16-6 after winning in the first round with a 16-6 defeat of Towson.  Logan Schuss and Jesse King both posted three points for the Bucks. Ohio State finished the season 13-4, the most for the team since 1978.  It was the second NCAA tournament appearance for the team, the other coming in 2008.

The OSU men's lacrosse team gets set for an NCAA tournament game

The OSU men’s lacrosse team gets set for an NCAA tournament game

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Monday Musings: Happy Memorial Day

Written May 27th, 2013 by Ken

Thank you, all.

Since this is Memorial Day, we’ll go with this stone sculpture. It’s only fitting. Welcome to Monday Musings, glad to see you. Grab your coffee and let’s get to this.


Let’s start with varsity rowing. The No. 3 Ohio State rowing team captured its fourth conference title Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. In a tightly contested championship, the Buckeye first varsity eight clinched the team title for Ohio State after placing first in the final race of the morning to tally 63 points towards the team total and championship record of 160 points and secure a program victory.

Congratulations to Coach Andy Teitelbaum, his staff and your 2013 B1G Conference Champion rowers.

B1G Champions!

B1G Champions!

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Monday Musings: Anniversary Edition

Written May 20th, 2013 by Ken

Galileo Galilei thinks it through

Welcome to Monday Musings, glad to see you. Grab your coffee and let’ proceed. Let’s tee this up with women’s golf.

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.

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Monday Musings

Written May 13th, 2013 by Ken


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.

Women’s Golf

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.

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Buckeye Athletics Update

Written May 5th, 2013 by Janelle


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.

Aaron Gretz prepares to take a swing at a pitch

Aaron Gretz prepares to take a swing at a pitch


Men’s Golf

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

Buckeye Athletics Update

Written April 28th, 2013 by Janelle


Ryan Cypret takes

Ryan Cypret blasts a home run against Penn State

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.

Men’s Gymnastics 

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.


Michael Newburger celebrates his pommel horse national title

Men’s Lacrosse

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.

Men’s Tennis

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 

Michael Hartfield competes in the long jump

Michael Hartfield competes in the long jump

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.

Women’s Lacrosse

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.

Women’s Tennis

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.

Junior Melanie Nichols in action against Michigan State

Junior Melanie Nichols in action against Michigan State

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.