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Lady Beavers readying for volleyball campaign
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:20 PM

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BLUFFTON — The Bluffton University Lady Beavers volleyball crew is excited to be back in the gym for another season after an exciting ending in 2013.

With a 4-5 record in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Bluffton entered the conference tournament as the 6th seed with an overall record of 13-18. The young players put it together for the next several matches and made history as the first 6-seed to come out of the tournament as champions. The victory clinched the automatic qualification bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Beavers bowed out to nationally-ranked Wittenberg in the first round, ending their season with an overall record of 16-19.

When reflecting on last year and looking at the upcoming season, Coach Yarnell said, “We were able to play some quality opponents and grow as a team in 2013. With a large portion of the team returning, we are optimistic and excited about the task and gauntlet that awaits us in the coming months.”

After such an exciting end to the 2013 season, the Beavers were ready to work hard during the off-season. Lifting and working on leadership and team chemistry were mixed in with open gyms following the season. Bluffton travelled to Owens Community College to conclude their spring campaign, competing in a tournament there.

 
BU women hope for better results on pitch
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:19 PM

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BLUFFTON — A Bluffton University women’s soccer team that dropped no fewer than six 1-goal decisions a season ago, including three in overtime, returns an athletic squad that looks to turn the tables on a 5-10 campaign thanks to a wealth of experience, including the top goal-scorer from 2013.

The midfield and defense have the skills and experience to help Bluffton return to its 2011 form when the Beavers earned a spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, advancing to the championship game where Hanover squeaked out with a 1-0 victory after 80 scoreless minutes.

Bluffton will miss the strength and athleticism that 4-time All-HCAC honoree Aimee Whitmer brought to the pitch but the cupboard is not bare as leading scorer Kristen Tropf (Findlay/Van Buren) found the back of the net nine times as a freshman in 2013. With experience returning throughout the lineup, the one position that is still looking for a suitor is keeper. Junior Ashley Knippen (Wapakoneta) who allowed just 1.51 goals per contest in 2013, is spending the semester in Ireland. Her departure has opened the door for incoming freshman Katie Neeley, who will have to adjust to the speed of the game quickly as she transitions to the collegiate level.

 
Beaver gridders earn pre-season nods
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:19 PM

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BLUFFTON — A trio of Bluffton University football players were recently named pre-season All-Ohio by OhioCollegeFootball.com.

Senior Donovan Brown (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) and juniors Ryan Aelker (Holgate/New Bavaria) and Austin Speice (Paulding/Wayne Trace) all garnered Second-Team All-Ohio honors when the pre-season selections were announced. All three were Second-Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honorees following the 2013 campaign.

Brown had a breakout junior campaign at wide receiver, establishing a new single-season mark with 10 touchdown grabs (2nd in the HCAC). His 676 receiving yards are seventh all-time at Bluffton and his 44 catches are sixth for a season. Brown finished fourth in the HCAC with 15.4 yards per catch and he was fifth in the HCAC with 60 points. His game-winning touchdown catch against ninth-ranked Franklin College was selected as the D3Football.com National Play of the Week and it also was one of three Heartland Conference plays of the week. Brown hauled in three touchdowns of at least 49 yards in Bluffton’s narrow loss to Rose-Hulman.

 
Ward crafted reputation as wheelman before death
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Monday, August 11, 2014 8:00 PM

By DAN GELSTON and DAVID KLEPPER

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PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. — Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.

He'd sit up on his seat, floor it and zip his way through a maze of cars straight toward the front of the pack.

For points. For fun. Often for little money.

 
For all his talent, McIlroy wins a major with grit
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Monday, August 11, 2014 8:00 PM

By DOUG FERGUSON

Associated Press

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anyone could see Rory McIlroy had the gifts to be the next big thing in golf.

His victory in the PGA Championship was more about grit.

That might be more impressive than some of the numbers associated with his latest major. McIlroy has won his four majors at a combined 62-under par. The only other players in the last century to win four majors 25 or younger were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones. It had been six years since anyone won two straight majors (Padraig Harrington) or three straight tournaments (Woods).

 
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