Shield and Diamond Spring 2012 : Page 6
PHOTO COURTESY OF FSU SPORTS INFORMATION PHOTO COURTESY OF ARKANSAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION Florida State linebacker Christian Jones ’10 Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin ’11 PIKE presents the by Jay Langhammer Pi Kappa Alpha’s Athletes Excel On The Playing Field FOOTBALL The Florida State Seminoles, under head coach Jimbo Fisher (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’10) , ﬁ nished PHOTO COURTESY OF FSU SPORTS INFORMATION with a 9-4 record after defeating Notre Dame, 18-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl. Leading the o ense was quar-terback E.J. Manuel ’11 who completed 20 of 31 for 249 yards, two touchdowns against the Irish. His top game was 24 of 35 for 329 yards and four scores versus Charleston Southern. For the season, Manuel hit 203 of 311 for 2,666 yards and 18 TDs while rushing for 151 yards and four TDs. Backing him up was QB Clint Trickett ’10, who had a big game (24 of 38 for 336 yards, three TDs) versus Clemson. For the season, he completed 44 of 72 for 675 yards and seven TDs. Starting at fullback for the Seminoles was Lonnie Pryor ’09, who scored three TDs. Florida State’s Greg Reid ’10 was named to the North-American Inter-fraternity Conference All-Fraternity All-American ﬁ rst team as both defen-sive back and return specialist. He was in on 32 tackles, deﬂ ected seven passes and intercepted two. As a kick returner, he ran back six kicko s for a 24.5 aver-age and 37 punts for an 11.2 average, including an 83-yard TD versus Miami. PHOTO COURTESY OF FSU SPORTS INFORMATION Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel ’11 Florida State cornerback Greg Reid ’10 6 • SPRING 2012 SHIELD & DIAMOND
2012 SPORTS REVIEW
<br /> FOOTBALL<br /> <br /> The Florida State Seminoles, under head coach Jimbo Fisher (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’10), finished with a 9-4 record after defeating Notre Dame, 18-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl. Leading the offense was quarterback E.J. Manuel ’11 who completed 20 of 31 for 249 yards, two touchdowns against the Irish. His top game was 24 of 35 for 329 yards and four scores versus Charleston Southern. For the season, Manuel hit 203 of 311 for 2,666 yards and 18 TDs while rushing for 151 yards and four TDs. Backing him up was QB Clint Trickett ’10, who had a big game (24 of 38 for 336 yards, three TDs) versus Clemson. For the season, he completed 44 of 72 for 675 yards and seven TDs. Starting at fullback for the Seminoles was Lonnie Pryor ’09, who scored three TDs.<br /> <br /> Florida State’s Greg Reid ’10 was named to the North-American Interfraternity Conference All-Fraternity All-American first team as both defensive back and return specialist. He was in on 32 tackles, deflected seven passes and intercepted two. As a kick returner, he ran back six kickoffs for a 24.5 average and 37 punts for an 11.2 average, including an 83-yard TD versus Miami.<br /> <br /> Also chosen for the NIC All-Fraternity All-American team was linebacker Christian Jones ’10, who started every game and was third with 56 tackles. Safety Nick Moody ’10 had 23 stops and split time with Terrence Brooks ’11, who made 17 tackles, an interception and defended six passes. Also contributing to FSU’s season were safety Justin Bright ’09, quarterback Andrew Nowels ’07, punter Dillon Kidd ’11 and deep snapper Phil Doumar ’09, active on campus as chapter rush chairman and 2012 Delta Gamma Anchor Splash Man.<br /> <br /> Quarterback Ryan Aplin ’11 led 10-2 Arkansas State to the GoDaddy.com Bowl, was named Sunbelt Conference Player of the Year and was on the NIC All-Fraternity All-American first team. He ranked 10th in total offense (4,176 yards, 321.2 per game) in NCAA FBS final standings. Aplin’s top games were 37 of 49 for 396 yards versus Western Kentucky, 30 of 58 for 353 yards in the bowl game and rushing for 164 yards on 21 carries against Florida International. For the season, he hit 304 of 476 for 3,588 yards, 19 TDs and ran for 588 yards, 10 scores on 161 attempts. All-Sun Belt honorable mention wide receiver Taylor Stockemer ’11 caught 48 passes for 756 yards, seven TDs, including 11 for 185 yards in the bowl game. Other Arkansas State standouts were kicker Bobby Zalud ’11 who kicked six field goals, including a 56-yarder, and 82 kickoffs for a 56.5 average, starting offensive tackle Zack McKnight ’11, defensive end Tim Starson ’11 (22 tackles); and defensive back Graham Bates ’09.<br /> <br /> Another one of college football’s top quarterbacks was Casey Brockman ’09 of 7-4 Murray State, who earned All-American second team honors and placed 11th in the Walter Payton Award balloting for NCAA FCS Player of the Year. He was also Missouri Valley Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,276 yards (316 of 477) and 25 TDs while rushing for 211 yards, four scores. Brockman was FCS National Player of the Week after hitting 45 of 67 passes for 600 yards and seven TDs against Tennessee State. Other big games were against Jacksonville State (30 of 53 for 421 yards) and Georgia State (35 for 46 for 321 yards, four TDs). Brockman finished fourth in NCAA FCS completions per game (28.73) and seventh in passing yards per game (297.82).<br /> <br /> Pike standouts led 9-2 Drake to the Pioneer Football League title as quarterback Mike Piatkowski ’08 was PFL Offensive Player of the Year. He ranked 11th in NCAA FCS passing efficiency with a 151.40 rating after hitting 231 of 354 for 2,934 yards and 25 touchdowns. Patrick Cashmore ’08 was named to the All-Fraternity All-American team after leading with 841 yards, seven TDs on 195 attempts. He also caught 20 passes for 282 yards. Billy Jansen ’08 scored 70 points (12 field goals, 34 extra points) and was a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award as top FCS kicker. He earned All-PFL first team honors as a punter with a 43.4 average on 50 punts, including an 83-yarder against Jacksonville State. Tight end Kevin Marshall ’10 won All- PFL mention after catching 33 balls for 280 yards, three TDs while Nick Rosa ’10 was third with 34 receptions for 402 yards, two scores. Defensive standouts for Drake included All-PFL honorable mention linebacker Jeff Grovak ’08 (60 tackles), back Nick Chenier ’08 (45 tackles, three interceptions), linebacker Jake Underwood ’10 (36 stops, two interceptions including a 65 yard TD) and back Matt Buckley ’10 (14 tackles).<br /> <br /> Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney (Alabama, Gamma Alpha ’89) took his 10-4 squad to the school’s first Atlantic Coast Conference championship since 1991 and a berth in the Orange Bowl game. He won the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award and was a finalist for the Bear Bryant Award. One of his Clemson players was offensive lineman T.J. Buck ’11. Florida squad teammate Cole Gilliam ’11 played in two games and running back Ben Sams ’11 was also on the squad. Playing in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl were two Florida International Pikes. Jack Griffn ’11 was the All-Sun Belt Conference first team kicker, set a new school record with 22 field goals and scored 102 points. He also had 68 kickoffs for a 60.5 average. Teammate Colt Anderson ’08 caught seven passes for 89 yards and a TD. Virginia Tech, which played in the Sugar Bowl, had Atantic Coast Conference honorable mention kicker Cody Journell ’11 as its top scorer with 85 points on 14 field goals and 43 extra points. Deep snapper Jesse Venzor ’11 was a member of the number three ranked 12-1 Oklahoma State Fiesta Bowl champions.<br /> <br /> A key player for the 9-4 SMU BBVA Compass Bowl-winning team was linebacker Cameron Rogers ’09, who started every game and was fourth with 69 tackles. Wide receiver Jordan Miller ’11 was a teammate on the SMU squad. Linebacker Brenton Hill ’08 was a member of the 8-5 Louisiana Tech squad which played in the Poinsettia Bowl. Spencer Whipple ’10 of Miami, who played in 12 contests, was chosen as the kick holder on the NIC All-Fraternity All-American first team. Defensive end Zack Kusnir ’09 saw action in four games for the 10-2 Southern California Trojans while running back Josh Flores ’08 appeared in five contests for 7-5 Utah State. Kicking again for 7-4 Jacksonville State was James Esco (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’09), who led the team with 66 points on nine field goals and 39 extra points. Offensive tackle Jonathan Landry ’10 of McNeese State gained All-Southland Conference honorable mention and teammate Taylor Johnson ’10 started at the other tackle spot. Linebacker Perry Cooper ’11 of Nevada-Las Vegas played in 11 contests. Alex Chace ’07 was the Louisiana-Monroe deep snapper for the third straight year.<br /> <br /> After 26 seasons as a college head coach at Miami, Louisville, Oklahoma and Florida Atlantic, Howard Schnellenberger (Miami, Gamma Omega ’83) has retired with a 158-152-3 overall record. He started the football program at Florida Atlantic two years before the team took the field for its first game in 2001 and coached his last game in 2011. Seeing action for his final FAU team was defensive lineman Ryan Klopfer ’10. Handling double duty for William & Mary was Drake Kuhn ’10. As a kicker, he scored 50 points (10 field goals, 20 extra points) and kicked off 42 times for a 61.0 average. He also punted 43 times for a 39.8 average with 13 downed inside the 20 and a best of 54 yards. Also on the W&M squad was tight end Robert Asmar ’10. Punter Chris Conley ’10 was a member of the Mississippi squad and defensive end Patrick Ligon ’11 was on the Kentucky squad.<br /> <br /> Seeing action for Presbyterian head coach Harold Nichols (Presbyterian, Mu ’88) were seven Pike players. Offensive tackle Tim Fowler started all 11 games while tackle Evan Merritt ’10 had five starts. Offensive guard James Festa ’10 had six starts and was named to the Big South All-Academic team. Lineman Ryan Hall ’09 saw action in six contests. Seeing action on defense were lineman Kyle Sharman ’11 and linebacker Kyle Allen ’11. Jeremy Tommie ’11 kicked a field goal and eight extra points. Dayton running back Brian Mack ’09 rushed for 296 yards and scored three TDs. Fullback Chaz Hope ’08 saw action for 7-5 Eastern Kentucky and defensive back Dexter Alcala ’11 played in seven games for Sacramento State.<br /> <br /> Seeing action for the 9-4 Central Arkansas FCS playoff team were four Pike players. Running back Anthony Blackmon ’10 ran the ball 71 times for 302 yards and caught 14 passes. Joe Lehocky ’08 started six games at offensive tackle and tackle Cole Carruthers ’11 was a backup in 11 contests. Handling deep snaps all season for Central Arkansas was Kirby O’Meara ’11. Playing in the defensive line for Lamar were Adren Dorsey ’11 (seven starts, 23 tackles), and Patrick Carlton ’11 (nine tackles). Fullback Christopher Mattei ’11 was a member of the Connecticut squad and linebacker Brian Fercho ’09 saw action for Southeast Missouri State.<br /> <br /> Named to the NIC All-Fraternity All-American first team for NCAA Divisions II/III & NAIA was Missouri S&T defensive lineman Freddy Dugard ’10 who had eight sacks among his 37 tackles. Teammates on the S&T squad were tight ends John Bilyeau ’09 and Jacob Nutt ’11. Running back Marcus Graham ’09 led Texas A&M-Commerce in rushing (98 carries for 429 yards, five TDs) and scoring (42 points. He also caught 29 passes for 210 yards and two scores. Graham had a career high 152 yards, two TDs on 16 carries in a win over Eastern New Mexico.<br /> <br /> Seeing starting duty at tight end for North Carolina-Pembroke was Cody Harrington ’10, who caught 18 passes for 179 yards. Also on the squad was offensive lineman Brandon Huckaby ’10. Seeing action in seven games for Central Oklahoma was defensive lineman Isaia Blackshear ’10 and offensive lineman Devin Crawford ’10 was a member of the 9-3 North Alabama NCAA Division II playoffs squad. Nine Pike standout players helped lead Trinity University to a 10-1 season and berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Linebacker Ben Robinson ’09 was named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was on the NIC All-Fraternity All-American first team for Divisions II/III & NAIA and played in the DIII Bowl of the Stars in Mexico following the season. He led with 93 tackles, including 15 for losses, and ran back two interceptions for 77 yards. Another All-Fraternity All-American and All-SCAC first teamer was defensive back Tyler Barrett ’09, who led with seven interceptions for 123 yards and 12 deflected passes while making 59 stops. The third Trinity Pike on the NIC All-Fraternity and All-SCAC first teams was defensive end Greg Kerr ’09, who had 38 tackles, six QB hurries and four sacks.<br /> <br /> Also earning All-SCAC first team selection for Trinity was defensive back Anthony Debouse ’11, who had 51 tackles and two fumble recoveries (one of which was run back for a TD). The All-SCAC second team featured two Pikes. Quarterback Nykolas McKissic ’11, who hit 128 of 222 passes for 1,703 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also gained 186 rushing yards and scored three TDs. Linebacker Thomas Puskarich ’11, was second on the squad with 82 tackles. Center Robert Parker ’10 earned All-SCAC honorable mention and Riley Walker ’10 was a big play receiver, catching nine passes for 184 yards (20.4 average) and four scores. Playing well on the Trinity defensive line was Joshua Cavazos ’10, who was in on 39 tackles. Quarterback Carlos Gonzales (Florida International, Kappa Gamma ’09) had a big year for Division III Bridgewater, completing 140 of 269 attempts for 1,788 yards and 15 touchdowns. Tight end Tony Bellan ’09 of Millsaps was named to the NIC All-Fraternity first team and caught 20 passes for 253 yards. Teammate Brent Jerrell ’09 was in on 20 stops as a defensive back.<br /> <br /> The 12-1 Georgetown squad went to the NAIA playoff semi-finals and featured six Pike standouts. Center Kyle Pettit ’10 was named to the NIC All-Fraternity first team, the All-Mid South Conference East Division first team and the Academic All-MSC team. Also on the NIC All-Fraternity team was deep snapper Nick Farler ’10. Defensive end Grant Keller ’11 made 59 tackles and was on the All-MSC East team while end Patrick Dougherty ’11 had 26 stops and won on the Academic All-MSC team. Offensive tackle Kevin Connaughton ’11 was an All-MSC East first teamer. Running back Zach Sowder ’11 rushed for 455 yards caught 13 passes and ran back 16 punts for a 10.5 average. Key offensive guards were Sam Schulte ’11 and Gabe Patten ’10. Kicker Matt Angel ’11 was a member of the Rose-Hulman squad. In June of 2011, former Rose-Hulman head coach Steve Englehart (Indiana State, Theta Omicron ’98) was selected to be the first head football coach for Florida Tech. Following four years at Rose Hulman (2006-09), he was offensive coordinator at his alma mater in 2010. The Tech squad will begin play in the Gulf South Conference in the 2013 season.<br /> <br /> BASKETBALL<br /> <br /> Named as a pre-season All-American candidate by Collegiateinsider.com is forward Kent Bazemore ’11 of Old Dominion. In 2011, he was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year and Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year. He ranked 2nd nationally in steals (76, 2.2 per game), scored 417 points (12.3), grabbed 172 rebounds (5.1) and had 98 assists. His top early season game this winter was 20 points, eight rebounds versus South Florida. In addition, Bazemore coached PIKE’s team in the Greek League final at ODU. His team fell down by 10 in the early going, but rallied to go up 11 over sigma Pi in the second half.<br /> <br /> Forward Kirk Van Slyke ’10 is playing again for Houston head coach James Dickey (Central Arkansas, Epsilon Phi ’74). Last season, he started 16 games, scored 185 points (6.5 average), pulled down 88 rebounds (3.0) and blocked 20 shots.<br /> <br /> Presbyterian guard Josh Johnson ’09 is back for his final season after figures of 199 points (7.7), 75 rebounds and 46 assists during the 2011 season. Other Pikes seeing action on the court so far this winter include forward Jed Borovic ’11 of New York University, guard Jaraad Rogers ’11 of Johns Hopkins, forward Cooper Beckett ’11 of Rockhurst, guard Zachery Christian ’10 of Florida Gulf Coast and forward Daniel Mataya ’11 of Southwestern.<br /> <br /> Additional head coaches this winter (besides Jim Dickey of Houston) are Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State, Alpha Phi ’90) in his second season at his alma mater; Kevin Stallings (Purdue, Beta Phi ’80), 23-11 last year and now in his 13th season at Vanderbilt; and Matt Doherty (SMU, Beta Zeta ’06), in his sixth season at SMU following a 20-15 record in 2011. Last March, Towson head coach Pat Kennedy (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’88) resigned after his 31st year as a head coach and a career record of 472-430.<br /> <br /> BASEBALL<br /> <br /> Back in the dugout again in 2012 are two of college baseball’s all-time greatest head coaches. Mike Martin, (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’06) is now in his 33rd year at Florida State and had a 46-19 record in 2011. His career record, prior to the start of the 2012 season, is 1,673-577-4 for a winning percentage of 74.3%. Returning to his Seminoles squad this spring is lefthanded pitcher Evan Geist ’11. Gene Stephenson (Missouri, Alpha Nu ’64) had a 2011 record of 39-26 and continues to oversee the Wichita State program with a career mark now at 1,673-622-3. (73.9%) as the 2012 season gets underway.<br /> <br /> The Trinity squad still has eight Pike players who made big contributions to the team’s 34-13 team which went to the NCAA Division III playoffs again in 2011. Outfielder Kevin Calbick ’09 led with a .407 average (55 of 135) and was named to the 2011 NIC All-Fraternity All-American Team for Divisions II/III & NAIA. He scored 41 runs, had 11 doubles and five home runs while driving in 28 runs. Catcher Kyle Felix ’09 also was on the All-Fraternity All-American first team after batting .365 (66 of 181) with 51 runs scored and team highs of 24 doubles, 14 home runs and 61 RBI. The third All-Fraternity All-American first teamer from Trinity was pitcher Ben Klimesh ’09, the SCAC Co-Pitcher of the Year. He had a 10-2 record, 3.42 earned run average and 103 strikeouts in 81.2 innings.<br /> <br /> Trinity also had two players named to the NIC All-Fraternity All-American second team last year. Designated Hitter Nick Pappas ’09 batted .351 (61 of 174) with 46 runs scored, 12 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 50 RBI. Pitcher Nick Solomon ’09 posted a 3.53 ERA with a 5-2 record and 52 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. Splitting time between first base and the outfield was Will Donnan ’09, who batted .295 (13 of 44) with 16 RBI. Josh Fink ’09 pitched in 16 contests and pitcher Franklin Bay ’11 had a 2.70 ERA in seven contests. Two key returnees to the Virginia Commonwealth team are outfielder Taylor Buran ’10, a .286 hitter in 17 starts, and pitcher Kyle Pelchy ’10, who pitched in 18 games in 2011. Lefty Kenny O’Brien ’11 of George Washington led his staffin games pitched (24) and relief innings (47.2) last season.<br /> <br /> Outfielder Kyle LaVigne ’09 is back as a leading hitter on the R.P.I. club, which had a 24-15 record last year. He was named to the All-Liberty League and All-Region second team after hitting .390 (57 of 146) with 31 stolen bases and a teamhigh 47 runs scored. Teammate Al Kalish ’11 returns to the infield after batting .265 (26 of 98) with 23 runs scored. Back for his final season at South Dakota is infielder Daniel Ross ’08, who started 13 games last season. Pitcher Mike Czenszak ’11, who saw action in nine games last year for the 32-15 Florida Southern staff, is joined on the staff by pitcher Branden Weber ’11. Infielder Justin Lois ’10 is on the Missouri-St. Louis squad after playing 11 games last year. Jason Standing ’11 is pitching again for Southwestern after posting a 2-1 record and 2.80 ERA last season. Teammate Zachary Lynch ’11 returns after hitting .321 in a reserve role.<br /> <br /> Other Pike players on 2012 rosters include pitcher Zander Romano ’11 of Millsaps (who relieved in seven games last season), pitcher Nick Vocks ’10 of William Woods, pitcher Justin Huckins ’10 of Linfield, lefthander Brett Stansberry ’10 of Northern Kentucky, pitcher Drew Lytle ’08 of Embry- Riddle and the following five players from Rockhurst: outfielder Tyler Gans ’10, who hit .261 (30 of 115) with three triples last season, pitcher Joey Greco ’11, outfielder Elliott Wityk ’11, outfielder Fred Markey ’11 and infielder/ pitcher Chris Spink ’11.<br /> <br /> GOLF<br /> <br /> Two Pike players are among the returnees at Florida State. Wesley Graham ’11 played 33 rounds last year and averaged 74.69 (low of 69). He tied for 26th (220) at the Atlantic Coast Conference meet then tied for 47th (226) at the NCAA regional. Teammate Joaquin Lolas ’11 played 27 rounds in 2011 and averaged 74.15 with a low round of 68. He also tied for 26th (220) at the ACC meet and 47th (226) at the NCAA regional. Nick Wilson ’08 of Louisiana-Monroe is a regular for the fourth year this spring. Last season, he was runner-up (138, including a 68) at the Sun Belt Conference meet and had the team’s third best stroke average of 74.81. In fall play, Wilson averaged 73.55 over 11 rounds.<br /> <br /> Cincinnati co-captain David Tepe ’11 was second in 2011 with a 75.2 average over 29 rounds, including a ninth-place finish (221) at the Big East tournament. At the 2011 fall Cabo Collegiate, he finished second with a 210 total, including a career low 68. In fall 2011 play, Bryce Chalkley ’11 of Virginia Tech averaged 75.0 over 14 rounds, with a low of 69. In 2011, Jonathan Chen ’11 of Emory was named to the Division III All-American third team after placing 22nd at the NCAA meet. He had the best average (74.21) in school history for an Emory freshman and was also selected to the Ping All-Southeast Region Team. Teammate Nick Szem ’11 earned All- UAA first team honors after placing second at the University Athletic Association meet with a 143 total, including a 66 that tied the school record. Also playing for Emory was Michael Mullarkey ’11, who averaged 81.2 and won All-UAA second team honors with a sixth place finish.<br /> <br /> Joe Brandt ’11 of Southwestern played in eight 2011 tourneys, tied for 11th (out of 66 golfers) at the UMHB Fall Invitational and was 37th at the SCAC meet.<br /> <br /> The William Woods squad won the 2011 American Midwest title as J.D. Nash ’08 and Andrew Davis ’10 won All-AMC honors. Pikes also led the school to the fall NAIA Midwest Invitational title behind the play of Nash (second place tie) and Chris Reinert ’09 (T12th). At the Woods Fall Invitational, Reinert tied for medalist (141) while Nash and Bobby Mayer ’08 tied for third. Julian Taylor ’11 won the Fall Missouri Inter-Collegiate with 215 (including a 69 and 70) while Davis tied for seventh and Reinert tied for ninth. Also on the Woods squad are Warren Crow ’10, Ryan Ellis ’08, Chris Martin ’09 and Joe Parenteau ’10. Other players who might see action on the golf course include Justin Glenn ’11 of Delta State and Scott Wallace ’08 of Rhodes.<br /> <br /> SOCCER<br /> <br /> Leading 17-2-3 Rockhurst to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals was goalie Ryan Bass ’10, who was named to the Daktronics All-American first team and the NSCAA second team.<br /> <br /> Over 21 starts and 1,920 minutes of action, he allowed just seven goals, a goals against average of 0.33, with 54 saves and 14 shutouts. Also on the Rockhurst squad was defenseman Nick Holmes ’11. The 9-5-3 Northeastern State featured goalie Jordan Ladbrooke ’09, who played 1,284 minutes. He gave up 16 goals (1.12 GAA) with 31 saves and three shutouts. Also starting 12 contests was Henry Wildenborg ’10, who scored four goals while teammate Maxime Blanc ’11 added three points in 10 starts. Leading players for 10-9-1 William & Mary were midfielder John Chiampi ’11, who scored six points, and defenseman Andrew Hinnant ’11.<br /> <br /> The 10-6-2 Missouri S&T squad featured All-Great Lakes Valley Conference second team goalie Pat McNamee ’08, who started 15 contests and played 1,425 minutes. He allowed just 16 goals (1.01 GAA) with 57 saves and six shutouts. Leading the squad in goals (five) and points (10) was midfielder Kyle Schraier ’10. Four teammates were named to the Capitol One Academic All-District Team: Peter Vacaro ’08 (nine points), Peter Haw ’10 (eight points), Ryan Muich ’09 (seven points) and Caleb Collier ’10. Other key Missouri S&T players were Brian Seawright ’10 (11 starts), goalie Matt Jackson ’11 (10 saves, three shutouts), Jon Goecker ’09, Kyle Sneed ’09 and Evan Fox ’11. Midfielder Kian Malek ’11 scored four points for the 10-8 California- San Diego team.<br /> <br /> Six Pikes saw action for the 10-9-1 William Woods squad. Kyle Konigsberg ’10 had 17 starts and scored seven points. Ruben Ramirez ’09 started 15 contests and scored three points. Seeing action in goal were Tyler Subke ’11 (14 saves) and Sean Geoghegen ’10 (two starts). Also playing for William Woods were Kyle Matthews ’10 (five starts) and Zach Hurst ’08 (15 games).<br /> <br /> Four players at Southwestern were led by midfielder Charlie Schreck ’10, who started 16 games. Other teammates were Kyle Allen ’11 (six starts), Juan-Pablo Pimienta ’11 (five starts) and Dane Bayer ’11 (seven games). Zach Farrington ’08 gained All-Northwest Conference honorable mention for Linfield and was joined by teammates Harper Taylor ’10 (14 starts), Brian Dupea ’09 (11 starts), Michael Swan ’10 (seven starts) and Cameron Morris ’10. Other players included goalie Michael Barbosa ’10 of the 14-2-2 Trinity University squad and defenseman Dean Judson ’09 of High Point.<br /> <br /> CROSS COUNTRY<br /> <br /> Nicholas Knudson ’10 of Nebraska- Kearney had a best time of the season (26.27.7) in a 46th place finish at the Woody Green 8K Invitational. Drew Landgren ’11 of Roanoke completed in seven meets and had a season best 8K time of 28:26 in finishing 38th at the Old Dominion Conference meet. Several members of the Rhodes team completed at the 8K Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference fall championship. Noah Brown ’11 placed fifth with a clocking of 26:30.82. Matt Grisham ’09 finished 20th with a time of 27:27.49 and Tyler Catterton ’10 was 46th with a 28:46.57 time. Lance Myers ’11 was 49th with a 29:06.06 time. Warren Condra ’09 was again a leading runner for the Rose-Hulman squad and was joined on the squad by Ken Shimomoto ’11.<br /> <br /> SWIMMING<br /> <br /> Clemson diver Pat Chamberlain ’10 is back this winter after setting personal bests in both one meter (266.33) and three meter (276.82) events. Three Pikes are key swimmers at Florida State. In 2011, Paul Murray ’11 placed 19th in the ACC 100 freestyle and, at the Georgia Tech Invitational, placed fifth in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the 50 freestyle. At the Senior Championship meet, teammate Robert Swanbeck ’11 was sixth in the 200 freestyle, 15th in the 500 freestyle and 16th in the 100 butterfly. FSU’s Nicholas Thomson ’11 also competed in the 50 freestyle at the Georgia Tech meet. Brock Slavens ’11 is a member of the Cincinnati squad.<br /> <br /> Six Pikes dominate the swim squad at Northwestern, led by Charlie Rimkus ’10 who was the team’s top swimmer in the fall 2011 events. He competed in three events at the 2011 NCAA championships. Among other key performers for the Wildcats are Dominic Cubelic ’11, Jim Frutiger ’09, Tony Mattan ’10, diver Tanner Nemkov ’11 and Alex Ratajzyk ’11. Competing again for Linfield is Lee Rivers ’10, who was third in the 200 IM, eighth in the 100 butterfly and eighth in the 100 freestyle at the 2011 Northwest Conference meet. Also on the Linfield squad are Chris Mapp ’10 and Miles Phillips ’10. Other swimmers include the Washington & Lee duo of Giovanni Marciano ’11 and Forrest Behne ’11 plus the Rose- Hulman trio of Greg Laudick ’09, Matt Ross ’11 and Andrew Welsh ’10.<br /> <br /> TRACK & FIELD<br /> <br /> In the opening meet of the winter indoor season, high jumper Collin Taylor ’11 of Wisconsin cleared 7'¼" to become the 10th jumper in school history to clear the 7' mark. He missed the entire 2010-11 season due to a knee injury so has made a big comeback. Former All-American David Ambler ’10 is back on the Florida State squad after qualifying for the NCAA meet last spring. He was on the school’s first place 400 meter relay at both the Atlantic Coast Conference outdoor meet and the Seminole Relays. Key performers on the Southern California squad are Tyler Ruiz ’09 and Blake Shaw ’08. In 2011, Ruiz had a personal best 6'11" high jump in a 13th place finish at the Pac-12 meet and reached 23'2¾" in the long jump. Shaw ran USC’s best outdoor 800 meter run (1:48.81) and 1500 meter run (3:43.08). In 2010, he was the first Trojan to run an indoor sub-four minute mile (3:59.85).<br /> <br /> A key runner for Tulsa is Dave Fitter ’08 who earned All-Conference USA second team honors with the second place 1600 meter indoor relay in 2011. He ran a best indoor 400 (49.04) at the Tyson Invitational and was on the C-USA outdoor 400 and 1600 relays which placed sixth. Steve Crouse ’11 is back on the Kentucky squad after reaching a best indoor triple jump distance of 51'4½". His best long jump of 22'6¾" indoors came at the USF Bulls Invitational. Running for the Fresno State team are James Nichols ’11 (best 400 time of 51.44), jumps specialist Akin Abode ’11 and sprinters Remington Blair ’11 and Brennan Davis ’11. At California Poly-SLO, Dominic Byrne ’10 reached a best decathlon score of 7,182 points at the 2011 Big West Conference meet.<br /> <br /> Back for his senior year this spring is Chad Pinkelman ’08 of South Dakota. At the 2011 outdoor Great West Conference meet, he was second in the high jump (6'4½"), third in the triple jump (45'1/4") and fourth in the long jump (21'8¾"). Brent Austgen ’10 of Rose-Hulman is back after being on the 1600 meter relay that went to the NCAA Division III outdoor meet in 2011. He and teammate Michael Johnson ’10 were on the winning 400 meter relay at the HCAC outdoor meet and the winning 800 meter relay at the HCAC indoor meet. Warren Condra ’09 was on the HCAC third place indoor distance medley relay and teammate Collin Crowson ’10 took second place in the indoor HCAC pole vault (14'11"). Other Rose-Hulman competitors are Josh Selig ’10, Rob Andrews 11, Keenan Bergstrom ’11, Jason Betocci ’11, Brian Kodalen ’11 and Ken Shimomoto ’11.<br /> <br /> Two William Woods athletes are back after competing at the 2011 NAIA championships. Matt Brumit ’09 was American Midwest Conference champion in the high jump (6'7") and triple jump (43'1¾"). Terrell Shannon ’09 was the outdoor AMC 800 meter champion (154.16) and indoor AMC 600 champion. He placed ninth in the 600 at the indoor NAIA meet. Teammate Tyler Grier ’09 is a key long jumper for the William Woods squad. Back at Southwestern are Brady Kent ’10 (sixth on the 400 meter relay at the SCAC outdoor meet) and Alex Sheppard ’10 (also on the 400 relay and sixth in the 110 hurdles). Teammate Zach Anglin ’10 is also a sprinter for Southwestern.<br /> <br /> Several key returnees are back on the Trinity squad this spring. In 2011, James Fletcher ’10 was on the SCAC winning 1600 meter relay and second in the SCAC 400 hurdles. Will Paulus ’11 was on the SCAC fourth place 400 relay and sixth in the 400 meter dash. Riley Walker ’10 placed fifth in the 110 hurdles, sixth in the 400 hurdles and seventh in the triple jump. Drew Landgren ’11 of Roanoke ran his top 800 time at the 2011 ODAC indoor meet. Nicholas Gerner ’10 is back at Johns Hopkins after being the team’s top javelin thrower in 2011. Competing in discus and shot events are Sam Cook ’11 and Jon Hickman ’11.<br /> <br /> Michael Swain ’10 is back on the Linfield squad after competing in the 100 and 200 dash events at the 2011 NWC meet. Joining him on the squad is Alex Larez ’10. The Rhodes team features the return of Tyler Catterton ’10, who was on the SCAC outdoor 1600 meter relay (with Josh Blount ’10) and fourth in the 800. Noah Brown ’11 is back after placing fifth in the SCAC 10,000 meter run. Other Pikes on their school’s track & field rosters include high jumper Charl Stander ’09 of Arkansas State, Nate Farler ’10 of Georgetown and the Millsaps duo of Nate Davis ’11 and Will Napier.<br /> <br /> TENNIS<br /> <br /> The Trinity squad features five Pike standouts. Julio Benavides ’11 won the 2011 SCAC title and went to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Max Frey ’09, who had a 20-5 doubles record, won ITA All-American honors and was on the SCAC All-Tournament team. Also earning All-SCAC honors were Ben Carrroll ’09 (10-3 in singles), Eric De La Fuentes ’10 (13-13 in singles, 22-5 in doubles) and Greg Haugen ’11 (17-6 in singles play). In October, the doubles team of De La Fuentes and Frey placed fifth at the USTA/ITA small college championship. Matt Savran ’11 of Lehigh was on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and had a 13-8 record in both singles and doubles. Sean Mathison ’11 is back as a regular for Creighton.<br /> <br /> In 2011, Jeremy Becht ’09 of Washington & Lee was an All-ODAC selection for the third straight year after records of 16-6 in singles and 14-5 in doubles. He was also on the Virginia All-State first team. Jon Roy ’09 of Roanoke was also named to the All-ODAC team for the third year and was on the College Division All-State second team. He was 8-2 in doubles and 7-5 in singles. Playing again for California-Davis are Josh Albert ’09 and Nick Hallchurch ’10. Misa Pjevac ’11 of Millsaps was named to the 2011 SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Alexander Reinsch ’09 is back at Southwestern after playing #1 singles and doubles last season. Brandon Sloan ’09 of North Georgia posted records of 10-10 in doubles and 8-11 in singles. Also playing this spring are Walker Heffron ’11 of Wofford, Riley Lorenz ’11 of Florida Tech and Ewen Munro ’11 of Rockhurst.<br /> <br /> LACROSSE<br /> <br /> Florida State continues to be a solid team in the MCLA’s South Eastern Lacrosse Conference. Pikes on the 2012 Seminole squad include Joey Byrne ’11, Michael Dedio ’11, Michael Gennuso ’11 and Alex Pardieu ’11. Another leading team in the SELC is the Florida Gators, led by co-captain Joey Bellando ’10, who scored 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 2011. Other key returnees from last season are Tucker Ammerman ’10, Jack Beauchamp ’10, Peter D’Amore ’10 (31 ground balls), William Erickson ’10, Zach Ryan ’10 and Drew Slater ’11. Playing on the 2012 Southern California squad is Erik Trelenberg ’10<br /> <br /> The R.P.I. team, which finished with an 11-6 record, has several of its leading players back this spring. Andrew Miller ’09 scored 37 points on 21 goals and 10 assists and Tyler Hutchinson ’09 was among ground ball leaders with 47. Scott Stotzebberg ’09 had 15 starts and 31 ground balls. Others who should see action for R.P.I. this spring are Brian Linger ’11 and goalies Jon Yen ’10 and Alex Castronovo ’11. Six returnees from last year are on the Southwestern roster. Carter Cowan ’11 scored 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) while Daniel Ayala ’11 had 15 starts and 49 ground balls. Cameron Metzger ’11 picked up 33 ground balls and Jeremy Tufnel ’11 scored eight points. Other Southwestern players are Michael Villa ’11 (seven points) and Elliot Kelly ’11. Brandon Allison ’11 will see action for the Millsaps squad. The Florida Tech roster this spring includes goalie T.J. Vellinga ’11 and Ryan Bragan ’10.<br /> <br /> OTHER SPORTS<br /> <br /> The Arkansas State rugby program continues to improve each season in the College Premier Division. In 2011, Shaun Potgieter ’10 won All-American honorable mention as The Red Wolves took third place in the championship matches. Also contributing were Stefyn Benade ’10 and Martin Vander Westhuizen ’10. Wrestling standout Joel Bauman ’10 of Minnesota is competing again this winter after posting an 11-4 record at 197 pounds and winning the North County Open. Brad Castronovo ’08 of Boston competes at 285 pounds and went to the Nittany Lion Open. Also wrestling is 125-pounder Dylan Bernier ’10 of North Carolina- Pembroke.<br /> <br /> Fencing standout Vidur Kapur ’09 of Pennsylvania won All-American honorable mention at the NCAA meet after finishing with 10 wins. He was 19-13 overall in foil and was named to the Academic All-Ivy League squad. Andrew Ark ’11 of New York also completes in the foil event and was 10-7 last season. Squash competitor Player Haynes of George Washington finished with a 2011 record of 18-6 at the #7, 8 and 9 positions. Playing for the Florida hockey club were Jake Lewis ’10, Ryan Sehr ’10, Zach Roesch ’10, Dominic Dijamco ’11 and Michael Jugan ’11. Also playing hockey is David Reeve ’08 of Utah State. Placing fourth at the fall Head of the Charles Regatta for George Washington were rowing regulars Taylor Lindman ’08, Anthony Paladino ’09, Trofym Anderson ’11 and Kasey Colander ’11.<br /> <br /> PIKES IN THE PROS<br /> <br /> The Fraternity’s top pro football star of 2011 was Montreal Alouettes running back Brandon Whitaker (Baylor, Theta Nu ’04), who was named to the Canadian Football League All-Pro first team. He led the CFL in rushing with 1,381 yards on 226 carries, caught 72 passes for 638 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Chad Clifton (Tennessee- Martin, Epsilon Sigma ’01), in his 12th NFL season, was limited to six games due to injuries. Quarterback Kyle Orton (Purdue University, Beta Phi ’02) split his seventh season between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. He completed 150 of 252 passes for 1,758 yards and nine TDs. Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, (Tennessee, Zeta ’01), also in his seventh season, boomed 89 punts for a 45.9 average with a best of 68 yards.<br /> <br /> Former college teammates Chris Myers (Miami, Gamma Omega ’03) and Eric Winston (Miami, Gamma Omega ’03) started all 16 games on the offensive line of the Houston Texans, who went to the NFL playoffs for the first time. Offensive tackle Michael Otto (Purdue, Beta Phi ’04) got into 15 contests for the Tennessee Titans and defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (Washington State, Gamma Xi ’05) played in 14 games for the New York Jets and made 19 tackles. Rookie linebacker Colin McCarthy (Miami, Gamma Omega ’07) started seven games out of 13 played for the Tennessee Titans and posted 68 tackles. Missing the entire season with an injury was offensive tackle Jason Fox (Miami, Gamma Omega ’07) of the Detroit Lions. Dominique Zeigler (Baylor, Theta Nu ’04) was cut by the San Francisco 49ers at the end of training camp and rookie fullback Joe Tronzo (Louisville, Kappa Zeta ’06) was cut by the Tennessee Titans.<br /> <br /> For the second straight year, Todd Pletcher (Arizona, Gamma Delta ’86) is the nation’s leading horse trainer in North American earnings and the winner of his sixth Eclipse Award. He saddled 254 winners from 1,016 starts for earnings of nearly $17.2 million. Pletcher also was the leading trainer from 2004-2007.<br /> <br /> In professional baseball, there were only two players seeing action in 2011. Veteran pitcher Seth Greisinger (Virginia, Alpha ’95) continued to have arm problems for the third straight year while playing overseas in Japan. He pitched just 18 games and 104 innings for two teams and had a 4-6 record. In early January, the Chiba Lotte Mariners signed him to a one-year contract. Outfielder D’Vontrey Richardson (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’07) played his second season in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system. He was in 97 games for Brevard County of the Florida State League and batted .284 (102 of 392) with three home runs and 41 runs batted in.<br /> <br /> Professional golfer Lonnie Nielsen (Iowa, Gamma Nu ’72) played in 16 tournaments on the Champions Tour and earned $193,480. Playing just one event on the Champions Tour was Hubert Green (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’65), who won $10,500. After finishing his collegiate eligibility last spring, Drew Kittleson (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’08) played in two events on the Nationwide Tour and won $6,964. Former National Basketball Association center Jake Voskuhl (Connecticut, Iota Chi ’96), who played his last NBA game in the fall of 2009, signed with the Detroit Pistons in early December after the strike ended but was cut before the start of the current season.