Ohio State basketball senior guard William Buford, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger and sophomore guard Aaron Craft were named to the preseason John Wooden Award watch list, according to a Monday athletic department release.Student-athletes’ eligibility for the Wooden Award is also dependent on their academic performance as players must maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.In an email to The Lantern, athletic department spokesman Dan Wallenberg said, “Having our student athletes nominated for the premier award in college basketball is certainly an honor. William, Jared and Aaron have demonstrated the characteristics Wooden exemplified.”Sullinger is familiar with the Wooden Award proceedings and was a finalist for the award last year. Sullinger averaged 17.2 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game to help lead the Buckeyes on their most recent NCAA tournament run.Buford, the lone senior on the Buckeyes’ roster, averaged 14.4 points during the 2010-11 campaign while Craft scored 6.9 points per game and 4.8 assists per game.Last season, OSU finished with a 34-3 record and claimed both the Big Ten’s regular season and tournament championships. The Buckeyes’ NCAA tournament run came to an end with a 62-60 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16.OSU, which lost its incoming freshman No. 1 recruit LaQuinton Ross after he was ruled academically ineligible on Sept. 26, will tip-off its regular season on Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. against Wright State at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State men’s golf sophomore Grant Weaver is no stranger to recognition from the Big Ten Conference, and he received another honor after earning the Big Ten Golfer of the Week. Weaver, last season’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was named the conference’s Golfer of the Week after his performance in this week’s Marshall Invitational. Weaver said he is happy to be recognized. “It’s a nice honor to have,” Weaver said. “I am pretty sure that’s the first time I have gotten that kind of honor.” Weaver had a career-best outing at the Marshall Invitational, posting a 54-hole score of 209. Weaver started his first round Monday with a career-low round of 68, which he followed up with a 69 in the second round. Weaver posted a 72 in the final round and his team-best score in the tournament helped OSU finish the tournament tied for second. “I putted pretty well and I managed my game well,” Weaver said. “I tried to keep from having bogeys and dig holes.” The sophomore was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season , but he said he worked on improving his game during the off-season. “What I have been working on most over the past year has been my swing, and especially my tee shots because that’s what has hurt me when I have been out of play,” Weaver said. “I have been working on trying to hit more fairways and greens and get myself in a good position.” Coach Donnie Darr said Weaver worked hard on improving over the off-season and is seeing improvement. “The big thing for Grant is that he has really worked hard over the last year,” Darr said. “Especially on the fundamentals of his golf swing, he is a much better ball striker and has always had the ability to shoot good scores, and he is now hitting so many more quality shots that his game has taken the next step.” Fellow teammate, sophomore Boo Timko, also commented on Weaver’s individual strengths. “He finished pretty well in the tournament and he was our highest finisher,” Timko said. “I think just his biggest strength is his ability to be able to make putters from anywhere.” With one tournament played this season, Weaver said this season he wants to improve and hopes the team advances far. “I just want to improve on last year, last year was all right for me, I got to play most of the year, which is good for a freshman,” Weaver said. “I hope we make it to nationals this year.” read more
Then redshirt-sophomore Michael Bernard rolls a putt during an event in the 2014-15 season. Bernard took part in the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois from Aug. 17-23. Photo Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThree Ohio State golfers obtained extra preparation for the upcoming collegiate season after they competed in their respective U.S. Amateur Championships this month. Redshirt junior Michael Bernard and freshman Will Grimmer both participated in the 115th playing of the U.S. Amateur, which lasted from Aug. 17 to 23, at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois, after qualifying at regional tournaments this summer. Junior Jessica Porvasnik joined her fellow Buckeyes as she teed it up at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Oregon, from Aug. 10 to 16. For both tournaments, players competed in a two-day stroke play tournament to begin the event. The 64 players with the lowest two-round score advanced to a match play tournament that eventually crowned a champion. Bernard, who was playing in his first U.S. Amateur, did not advance past the two stroke play rounds after tallying a 9-over-par 149. During his first round on Olympia Fields’ South Course, the Huber Heights, Ohio, native did not play up to his expectations. He struggled getting off the tee en route to carding a 9-over-par 79. “I got off to a really bad start,” Bernard said. “I just didn’t hit the ball very good and played mediocre.” However that all changed for Bernard on the second day. On the North Course — traditionally regarded as the tougher of the courses at Olympia Fields — he bounced back, shooting an even-par 70. Although he did not advance to the match play, Bernard said the improvement from day one to day two is a confidence booster for him as the collegiate season approaches. Overall, Bernard said he is “fairly happy” with his performance at his first U.S. Amateur — which is the oldest golf championship in America. For Grimmer, the other Buckeye in the men’s field, this was his second appearance at the tournament after competing in 2014 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia.The Cincinnati native, who also played in the 2014 U.S. Open, completed the two rounds of stroke play with a 1-over-par 141. His score tied him for 27th place, allowing him to advance to the match play tournament. Grimmer credited playing in two major tournaments last summer as a reason why he was able to perform well at Olympia Fields. “Those two experiences were huge for me,” he said. “It helped me to be able to deal with the pressure of all the media being there, the crowds and cameras on every hole. The nerves didn’t seem to bother me this year.” In his first match against Arizona State’s Broc Johnson, he trailed for most of the front nine. Grimmer was playing well but Johnson was better, having tallied three birdies through six holes. “He was just going off,” Grimmer said. “Michael, my caddie, was just telling me to stay patient because (Johnson) was going to come back to Earth a little.” Grimmer won the par-3 seventh hole and the par-4 ninth to even the match at the turn. “I saw him get a little flustered,” Grimmer said. “Once you see your opponent show a little emotion, it’s easy to kind of pick your feet up a little and say, ‘I got this guy.’” A strong back nine, featuring three birdies in the final four holes, allowed Grimmer to complete his comeback and defeat Johnson. The following day in the round of 32, Grimmer faced Robby Shelton, a junior at the University of Alabama. Shelton — who is a member of the 2015 U.S. Walker Cup Team — led most of the match, eventually closing out Grimmer on the 16th hole. “Once you get to the top 32 in the U.S. Am, you’re playing against the best players in the world. You can’t make stupid mistakes. You can’t hand him holes, you’ve got to make him win the holes,” he said. “I just made a couple of mistakes that earlier in the week I wasn’t making.” Although he fell short of hoisting the Havemeyer Trophy, Grimmer said he believes that his performance at the U.S. Amateur will be crucial as he enters his first season of collegiate golf. “The experience here is going to be huge in terms of what it takes to go out and try to help win tournaments for the team,” he said. Grimmer, Bernard and the rest of the OSU men’s golf team are slated to open their 2015-16 season on Sept. 4 in the Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach, California, at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. For Porvasnik — who also played in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open — this was her second career appearance in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Last year in the U.S. Amateur, the former Big Ten Player of the Year won two matches, advancing all the way to the round of 16 before her pursuit of the Robert Cox Trophy was cut short by Andrea Lee. She began her first round in 2015 steadily, putting well on the front side that lead to an even par-35. Junior Jessica Porvasnik completes a swing for the OSU women’s golf team. Porvasnik was one of three OSU golfers to compete in the U.S. Amateur Championship on August 10-16 in Portland, Oregon.On the back side, things began to head south. Porvasnik made bogey on the par-4 11th, then dropped three more shots on the closing nine en route to carding a 4-over-par 76 for the day. She again shot a 4-over-par 76 on the second day, bringing her total stroke play score to an 8-over-par 152. Although she did not qualify for the match play for a second consecutive year, Porvasnik gained a clear picture of what she needs to work on for the upcoming season. “My putting and chipping was really good,” she said. “I learned I need to work on my ball striking and stay patient.” Porvasnik said she has “big goals” for the Buckeyes this season. She hopes they can improve upon their seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2013-14 and make it a third consecutive campaign with at least a share of the Big Ten title. Porvasnik and the rest of OSU women’s golf team are scheduled to begin their pursuit of these goals when they open their 2015-16 season on Sept. 14 at the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico. read more
Urban Meyer watches from the sideline in the third quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State said on Aug. 5 that it would wrap up its investigation into head football coach Urban Meyer’s response to domestic abuse allegations against a former coach in 14 days.On Thursday, University President Michael Drake said in an interview with WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher that the investigation will “be finished when it’s finished.”“What we’re thinking of is doing a good investigation,” Drake said. “There’s a great deal of interest in this investigation, so we wanted to make sure we had really good information. And there’s time pressure, we wanted to make sure we have that information as quickly as possible … about two weeks. That’s our projected goal.” Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1 shortly after announcing it was going to look into whether the head coach knew about and properly handled reports of domestic abuse from former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015. Smith was fired on July 23 after his ex-wife, Courtney, filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him.The independent group hired by the university to oversee the investigation is chaired by former Ohio House speaker Jo Ann Davidson. It is responsible for directing the work of the investigative team, which is led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White, who is also the senior chair for the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton.If the investigation finishes on time, it would conclude by the end of Sunday. read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Mar 2016 – There may be an appeal by the Deputy Premier to the decision of the Claims and Objections hearing not to hear, what she contends is a valid claim which impacts the voter list in the next General Elections. The Member of Parliament for Leeward, Akierra Missick said while the law does say she cannot make a claim or objection unless she is resident in the area for which the challenge is being brought, she believes her issue is valid and that it is the duty of the Election supervisor to ensure, fair and free elections in the TCI. It seems the new boundaries, according to the claim, caused voters to be placed in the incorrect electoral district in a few instances. Chairman of the PDM Doug Parnell said the claim or objection is very easily brought by someone of the constituency; it is what the PNP could have done, he said. Nonetheless, DP Missick said if the Elections Supervisor ultimately places those voters who are in the wrong constituency in the right one, then there will be no need for an appeal. Related Items:akeirra missick, claims and obligations, dough parnell, leeward, Pdm, voter list Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA read more