Baldwin Wallace’s men’s basketball team is on an eight-game win streak.
Leading the charge are three local players that have the Yellow Jackets within two games of first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Junior forward Kyle Payne, a two-time All-OAC selection from Brunswick,has helped BW to an 11-4 start. With his 26-point night Saturday in a win over Muskingum, Payne needs just 19 more points to become the 37th member of the program’s 1,000-point club. Payne currently is averaging 17.0 points and 6.2 rebounds.
Fellow junior and Liverpool Township resident Kevin Krakowiak has been equally impressive. The former Holy Name standout, who already has been named OAC Player of the Week twice and hit a school-record-tying eight 3-pointers earlier this season, has chipped in 15.1 points and is shooting at a 42.9 percent clip from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Tyler Ferrell, a Brunswick product who transferred from Wheeling Jesuit (W,Va.) before last season, is averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 boards, highlighted by a 17-point outing in the Jackets’ eighth win in a row, vs. Muskingum.
BW will be back in action Wednesday at Heidelberg and will host Capital on Saturday. Tipoff is 4 p.m. The game will be televised locally on SportsTime Ohio.
Center Pat Forsythe (Brunswick) netted a career-high 12 points and matched a collegiate-best with eight rebounds as Akron downed Western Michigan 65-43. The redshirt freshman’s previous scoring high was nine, which he had against Princeton last month.
Hiram junior Chris Zurowski (Medina) had eight points and seven rebounds to help the Terriers defeat Kenyon. Teammate Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth), who had 19 in a loss to No. 15 Wooster earlier in the week, added 14.
Guard Tyler Peters (Medina) scored a game-high 26 points and dished out six assists as No. 20 Wheaton College downed Millikin 91-71. Peters shot 9-of-11 from the floor and 8-of 10 from the free throw line, along with pulling down five rebounds.
Georgetown College forward Dev King (Medina) poured in 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting as the Tigers defeated the University of Rio Grande. The sophomore added 13 later in the week, but it wasn’t enough as No. 23 Georgetown fell to No. 13 Shawnee State.
Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth) had 16 points — all in the first half — as Ashland built a 22-point halftime lead and cruised to a 79-53 victory over Walsh. Later in the week, she chipped in eight second-half points as the Eagles crushed Malone 81-57.
Freshman Erin Pacholski (Medina) came off the bench for Heidelberg and netted eight points in a 75-62 loss to Otterbein. The freshman chipped in eight in a loss to No. 9 Ohio Northern earlier in the week.
Old Dominion senior Jackie Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Regina) had nine points and three rebounds as the Monarchs outlasted Towson 65-55.
Michael Griffith (Medina) helped Mercyhurst extend its lead with a win at 149 pounds en route to a win over Shippensburg University. Griffith improved to 13-6 on the season with a 7-1 decision.
Ashland 174-pounder Jake Piatt (Medina) won a pair of matches by major decision as the Arrows swept the second day of the Central Missouri Duals with wins over the host Mules, Fort Hays State and Ouachita Baptist.
Sophomore Nate Ball (Wadsworth) crushed Joshua Ruppert of Millersville 24-5 by technical fall at 149 to help Lake Erie to an easy dual victory.
Notre Dame College’s Louden Gordon (Wadsworth) lost an 8-7 heartbreaker to Central Oklahoma’s Cory Dauphin, but the Falcons still managed to win the semifinal dual over the No. 3 team in the country at the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals. NDC dropped the title bout to No. 4 St. Cloud 17-14.
Ohio freshman Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) dropped a 5-2 decision at 141, but the Bobcats downed Northern Illinois 32-13.
Swimming and diving
Freshman Addy Ferguson (Cloverleaf) helped pace Ohio’s 200 medley relay to a winning time of 1:47.06 as the Bobcats crushed Denison 193-97 for their first dual-meet win of the season.
Indoor track and field
Ohio Dominican’s Malik Tuck (Medina) helped the 4×200- and 4×400-meter relays to wins at the Capital Challenge.
Taylor Burke (Medina) finished sixth in the high jump as Florida opened the season at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener. The sophomore cleared the bar at
5 feet, 8¾ inches.
Kent State’s Russell McCune (Wadsworth) was ninth in the 1,600, clocking a 4:29.87, as the Golden Flashes hosted the Doug Raymond Invitational. McCune also helped the distance medley team to a win in 10:42.97.
Colleen Bednar (Brunswick) was 20th in the long jump for Lake Erie College, clearing 17-4 on her first attempt at the UAB Blazer Invitational.
Ohio Wesleyan first-year coach Tom Watts, a 1994 Cloverleaf graduate, was honored by the American Football Coaches Association at the AFCA Coach of the Year dinner in Nashville. Watts, who was tabbed the Region 2 Coach of the Year in NCAA Division III, was one of five D-III coaches to be honored. The Bishops went 9-1 and earned a share of the North Coast Athletic Conference title, the first league championship for the program since 1989.
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