Kyle Payne wasted no time making an impact for Baldwin- Wallace College’s men’s basketball team.
In just four games for the Yellow Jackets, the Brunswick native hasn’t lost of beat from being an All-Gazette selection last season for the Blue Devils. The 6-foot-6, 188-pounder is averaging 17.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26.8 minutes as B-W’s starting forward. He averaged 14.3 points as a senior for Brunswick.
This weekend, Payne poured in a career-high 25 points against Hiram — his third straight double-digit scoring night and second consecutive 20-point game — on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor, which included a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
After opening the season with a seven-point, nine-rebound performance against Case Western Reserve, Payne followed with outputs of 19 and 20 points in games against Geneva and Hiram.
Payne has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
The Yellow Jackets are back in action Wednesday when they host Heidelberg in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener.
Kyle Juszczyk (Cloverleaf) was named honorable mention All-Ivy League as Harvard finished 7-3.
The sophomore tight end finished the season with 25 catches for 234 yards and a team-leading four touchdowns. Juszczyk also had six tackles defensively.
• Another former Colt, Kalvin Harrington (Cloverleaf), capped his season at Morehead State after starting 10 games at left guard.
• The brother duo of Brett and Luke Currens (Wadsworth) saw starting time collegiately at Taylor University in Upland, Ind. Brett, a sophomore, started at safety and earned All-MSFA Mideast League honorable mention accolades, while Luke started at cornerback.
• A 37-yard kickoff return by Chaz Jordan (Buckeye) led to the second of Mount Union’s four touchdowns en route to a 31-3 win over Delaware Valley (Pa.) in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Jordan also had six tackles and an interception in the second-ranked Raiders’ victory.
• Senior Branko Rogovic (Brunswick) kicked a 39-yard field goal to help Akron beat Buffalo 22-14 in the season finale. It was the Zips’ only win of the year in 12 games.
Forward Paige Maxwell (Medina) earned the secondary assist on Ohio State’s second goal as the Buckeye’s defeated Georgetown 2-0 to advance to the College Cup. The Buckeyes, who earned a spot in the Final Four for the first time in school history, will take on the winner of the Notre Dame/Oklahoma State matchup Friday in Cary, N.C.
In just his fourth collegiate game for Wheaton College (Ill.), Tyler Peters (Medina) scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting. The reigning Gazette MVP is averaging 5.8 points a night in 16.5 minutes of play.
• Junior swingman Joe Puch (Brunswick) had eight points for Marietta in 96-70 rout of Carnegie Mellon. The Pioneers are off to a 4-0 start.
Senior Jen Uhl (Wadsworth) recorded her first double-double of the season as Bowling Green defeated host Seattle 71-51 to win the Seattle Thanksgiving Tournament. The former Grizzly had game-highs in both points (17) and rebounds (10).
• Chelsey Calhoun (Black River) chipped in a career-high 12 points for Heidelberg College in a heartbreaking 77-76 loss to Ohio Wesleyan. The junior also was second on the team with six boards.
• Hiram’s Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) had 12 points and dished out a game-high six assists as the Terriers rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Penn State-Behrend 72-66. The game came on the heels of a nine rebound, five-assist performance by the starting point guard in an overtime victory over Westminster (Pa.).
• A six-point effort by Sam Pecnik (Wadsworth) paced Wheeling Jesuit in a 66-55 loss to West Virginia Wesleyan. The starting guard also pulled down four rebounds.
• Katie Crider (Brunswick) had four points and a pair of blocks in 14 minutes off the bench for No. 11 Mount Union in a 68-56 win over St. John Fisher in the title game of the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Invitational in New York.
Norte Dame (Ohio) senior 197pounder Derek Foore (Wadsworth) earned the top ranking in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Poll released this past week. The reigning national champion Falcons also earned top billing in the team rankings.
Swimming and diving
Cleveland State’s Josh Gonzalez (Brunswick) was selected Horizon League Diver of the week after the junior placed second in the 3-meter and platform diving events, along with taking fourth in the 1-meter dive at the Northwestern TYR Invitational. The honor is the second of the season for the junior and third of his career.
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