Category: Sports - Original Written by Amber Bogins
University of Detroit Mercy women's basketball head coach Autumn Rademacher has inked her second recruit out of the Buckeye State with the signing of Reyna Montgomery (New Albany, Ohio/Lincoln). Montgomery is the sixth signee for the Titans in a class that includes prospects from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada.
"We are very excited to add Reyna Montgomery to our roster for the fall of 2013," said Coach Rademacher. "She comes from a winning program and will add depth to the perimeter position immediately."
A 5-7 athletic guard, Montgomery received three stars and a 90 scouts' grade by ESPN as a rising junior, before missing the last three games of her junior year with an injury and then the first 19 games of her senior year with a separate injury. She came back to average 5.2 points per game in eight games on the court and also took home first and second team All-OCC (Ohio Capital Conference) accolades as well as special mention All-State in track and field.
"She has fallen off the recruiting radar due to a few injuries over the course of her career, but she is back and in phenomenal shape," said Coach Rademacher. "She has the ability to score, but her biggest strength is to create and distribute. She is a hawk on defense and she will fit in perfectly with our up-tempo style of play."'
A four-year letterwinner on the hardwood and a two-year letterwinner in track, Montgomery helped Lincoln High School to a 74-26 record during her time as a prep, which included three district championships and a regional semifinals appearance in 2013. She played AAU for All-Ohio and Team Supreme and was a captain for All-Ohio.
She joins a talented rookie pool for the Titans in the upcoming season that will also have Minisha Frederick-Childress (North Mankato, Minn./Mankato East), Lizzy Connors (Waukesha, Wis./ Waukesha West), Tayla Gibb (Toronto, Ont./Eastern Commerce C.I.), Megan Galloway (Greenville, Ohio/Greenville) and Haleigh Ristovski (Sterling Heights Mich./University Liggett) suit up as freshmen in 2013-14.
Detroit clinched its second straight winning season last year with a 21-13 record, the first time it has had back-to-back winning seasons since 2001 and 2002. It also marked the first time the Titans have posted two straight years of 20 wins since four straight from 1978-82. UDM also won the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) in 2013, its first postseason championship since 1981.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 16:53
Category: Sports - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Returning to Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Twp. for a 2-Woman Scramble on Monday, July 8, is one of the highlights of the 2013 MWGA golf season. Play begins with a 9:00am shotgun from the women's front tees at 5374 yards. The course is a favorite of MWGA golfers. World renowned golf architect, Arthur Hills undertook renovation of the golf course in 1989. He rebuilt and reshaped greens, added bunkers and resurfaced cart paths.
The member fee for 18 holes, cart, range balls and prizes is $63; non-member $83; plus an optional $10 to participate in contests such as chip-ins and closest to the flagstick. Women playing as non-members will receive a $20 certificate that may be used during 2013 toward membership or other MWGA events. Registration is available at www.mwgolf.org. Entry deadline is 10 days prior to the competition, or June 28.
A new membership in MWGA costs $35/year and offers the opportunity to meet and golf with a variety of women golfers plus many other benefits:
• Rules and skills clinics
• Discounted entry fee into 10-12 golf competitions
• Member discounts with Bob Krause Golf Instructor, Chris Darakdjian Club Builder/Fitter and Dave Davis Golf Fitness Instructor at Pure Impact Golf Studio, Commerce Twp.
• Match Play League
• The NEWSLINX, the MWGA newsletter
• Golf Association of Michigan membership, including the GAM gold discount card
and Michigan Links Course Directory
• USGA handicap index
• USGA Rules of Golf book
To learn more about the Michigan Women's Golf Association, visit them on Facebook and their website at www.mwgolf.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:53
Category: Sports - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The University of Detroit Mercy men's tennis coach Grant Asher will add three individuals for the 2013-14 season after coaching the Titans to the Horizon League Semifinals in 2012-13.
Asher has announced the signings of Archie Nikitin (Omsk, Russia/Lycee #92), Bobby Cawood (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing (Hope College), and Ismail Kadyrov (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills), all of whom will all join the Titans in the fall of 2013.
"We have some big shoes to fill with the seniors that left who laid the foundation for us in this new program and these individuals have that capability," said Asher. "We had the best year we ever had last year in terms of the Horizon League Cand the incoming class has a lot of expectations and pressure on them to uphold what these guys have left behind."
Nikitin joins the Titans with one year of eligibility as a transfer from South Carolina State. Born in Omsk, Russia, Nikitin garnered accolades immediately for the Bulldogs taking home the Best Newcomer award in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Nikitin was also ranked #121 in the NCAA in singles his first year and #96 as a sophomore. He was a combined 45-0 at No. 3 singles and 38-7 at No. 1 doubles in his first two years and entered his junior year at #86 in the singles rankings. Last season, he went 19-1 at the No. 3 spot helping South Carolina State to a MEAC Championship and a NCAA Tournament appearance against #6 Tennessee and was named the Outstanding Player in the conference championship.
"We have never had a player in our history ranked in the NCAA and he has played at the highest level you can play," stated Asher. "The leadership he is going to bring to our team will be instrumental after his team faced Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Championship last year. We're fortunate to have a guy of his caliber join the Titans."
Cawood will also have just one year of eligibility left after earning three varsity letters for tennis but graduated from Hope College (Holland, Mich.) this past May. The team MVP as a senior, he helped the Flying Dutchmen to a MIAA Co-Championship last season posting a 21-4 dual-match record in singles and a 17-9 mark at doubles. A three-time member of the All-MIAA First Team and the 2012 winner of the MIAA Stowe Memorial Award - awarded by MIAA coaches on the basis of outstanding sportsmanship - he ranks third in Hope's history in total wins (104), fourth in singles victories (56-12) and sixth in doubles (48-28). As a prep, he captured a state championship attending the same East Lansing High School that produced Coach Asher.
"He is a great athlete who is tall and he is a real good doubles player with his height," commented Asher. "I have known his family for a long time and I am thrilled to bring him aboard. He is a great student-athlete and a great model of what a student-athlete can be and I think he is going to add a lot to the Titan program. I think it says a lot about our program that he wants to come here after a great career at Hope."
Kadyrov was born in Moscow, Russia, but attended Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills, Illinois, earning four varsity letters for the Cougars. A three-year captain, Kadyrov was a member of the All-State First Team as a junior in 2012 after recording a top-20 finish in singles in the state of Illinois. He became the first player in school history to make the state championship in 2011 and was also the first player to make both the singles and doubles bracket in the state championship as a senior. Overall, he holds the school record for most wins with 90 in singles play and was a three-time state qualifier. He was also tabbed the team's Tennis Player of the Year in each of his four years.
"He is a big, athletic individual with a huge serve and he is going to make an instant impact on the doubles side. His accolades show he has a tremendous amount of experience and I'm looking forward to spending four years with him. He is very passionate and he has been calling me asking what he can do to help get stronger on the court. He will add great depth to our program and open up the recruiting doors in Chicago," said Asher.
Detroit entered the 2013 Horizon League Championship as the No. 6 seed and upset No. 3 seed Youngstown State by a 4-2 score in the first round. The Titans went on to play the eventual league champion and No. 2 seed in Cleveland State in the semifinals. The Youngstown State win was the first in the postseason for UDM since the men's tennis program was reinstated for the 2008-09 season. The 2013 campaign also marked the second conference semifinal appearance for the Titans with the last coming in 1991 when Detroit fell to Notre Dame.
The three additions join Chance Conley (Portland, Mich./Portland), who was announced in November, as new signees for the program that has Detroit's roster at seven for the upcoming 2013-14 slate as six seniors graduated this past May.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 09:44
Category: Sports - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The Michigan Women's Golf Association State Championship will be held at The Medalist, 15701 N Dr. North, Marshall, MI 49068 (269-789-4653, www.themedalist.com), Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21. It is open to all amateur female golfers. The entry deadline is Wednesday, July 10, 2013 and the fee for members is $126 for two rounds of golf, cart, range and buffet lunch both days. Non-members will pay $146, but receive a $20 certificate good toward membership or entry into another 2013 MWGA competition. Full-time students under the age of 22 will pay $98. For an additional $20 interested golfers may enter closest-to-the-flagstick, chip-in and skins contests. Enter online at www.mwgolf.org.
Two Divisions are anticipated with 4 flights (2 flights in each Division). Pairings will be in threesomes and are done by index on Saturday and by gross score on Sunday within each division. Div 1 (Championship): CR-74.2; SR-136; Yds-5763; Div 2: CR-70.4; SR-128; Yds-5169. There will be a 10:00am shotgun start on Saturday, July 20, and a 9:00am shotgun on Sunday, July 21. Without a current USGA Index, golfers will play at scratch.
Darci Stocker of Flint, MI was the 2012 MWGA State/Division 1 Champion and Ruth Wilson of Chandler, AZ, the Senior/Division 2 winner.
GAM Women's, Senior Women's and Junior Girl's Honor Roll Points will be awarded to the 2013 Champion (150), Runner-up (90) and other top 15 scorers, including ties from the Championship flights.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 16:08
Category: Sports - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
When the Pistons picked Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over hometown hero, Trey Burke, as the 8th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Minnesota was waiting in the wing to swoop Burke right out of Michigan. Although insiders are saying that Burke will be traded to the Utah Jazz.
Apparently, most Piston fans are not happy about Joe Dumars recent decision. The move has made fan revisit the distaste of Dumars decision to pick Darko Miličić over Carmello Anthony, and we all know how that turned out. We will have to wait until October to see if Dumars decision will get a pass or fail.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 15:13
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