When it comes to knocking down shots from the perimeter, Alan Sheppard is one of the best around.
The All-Gazette selection from Wadsworth has developed into a standout at Hiram College, and the North Coast Athletic Conference is taking notice.
Last week, the league named him player of the week after the senior guard led the Terriers to a 4-1 mark over the holiday break.
In that stretch, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Sheppard averaged 21.0 points while draining shots at a .457 clip. Included was a career-high 28 points in a win over Westminster.
Local fans can catch Sheppard in action Wednesday when the Terriers travel to the College of Wooster to take on the 15th-ranked Fighting Scots.
Kyle Payne (Brunswick) had 17 points and Kevin Krakowiak (Liverpool Twp./Holy Name) chipped in 15 as Baldwin Wallace upended Ohio Athletic Conference-leading Marietta 94-71. Payne also grabbed four rebounds and Krakowiak was 6-for-10 shooting. Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) added six points and six boards to the winning effort.
Guard Tyler Peters (Medina) had a game-high 26 points to go with six assists and five rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as No. 8 Wheaton was upset by No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan. The junior followed with a 14-point, five-assist night in a loss to top-ranked North Central.
Hiram’s Chris Zurowski (Medina) recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards as the Terriers upended Wabash 69-61 in NCAC play.
Redshirt freshman Pat Forsythe (Brunswick) had three rebounds and a block as Akron crushed Coppin State 91-63.
Ashland guard Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) made a triumphant return after a concussion sidelined her for three games. The sophomore guard scored seven points in 13 minutes in a win at Northern Michigan and followed with a career-high 21 — 15 in the second half — in a victory over Michigan Tech. After being held scoreless against Northern Michigan, Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth) had six points, five rebounds and three assists against Michigan Tech.
Jackie Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Regina) had five points as Old Dominion defeated Georgia State 72-66. The senior had six points and seven rebounds in a 55-54 loss to Pittsburgh.
Louden Gordon (Wadsworth) won the 157-pound weight class for Notre Dame College as he and 17 teammates competed in the Storm Open at Lake Erie College. The sophomore’s run to the title included a pin and a technical fall. Christian Baughman (Wadsworth) finished fourth at 157. He went 3-2 with wins by decision, technical fall and pin.
Sophomore 149-pounder Michael Griffith (Medina) lost 5-1 to Nick Nichols as Mercyhurst beat Seton Hill 32-15.
Swimming and diving
Elaina Lanson (Wadsworth) opened 2013 in style, helping the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams to fourth- and fifth-place showings, respectively, as Georgia Southern competed in a dual at Florida Gulf Coast. Lanson also was third in the 50 free (24.27) and seventh in the 100 free (54.11).
Harvard senior tight end Kyle Juszczyk (Cloverleaf) has accepted an invitational to play in the Senior Bowl, to be held Jan. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game, which will be televised on the NFL Network, will start at 4 p.m. Juszczyk has been invited to three games this offseason, declining invitations to the CDS All-Star Game and the East-West Shrine Game.
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