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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:10:09 pm »
And One, or others....how'd the summer games go?  Any potential impact players discovered?

I would rate the overall "alternate" 2014 summer league experience as adequate. The concept of a "no cost" league was solid, especially given the distance the majority of CCIW kids had to drive plus the mostly incompetent level of officiating that existed at Joy Of The Game in Deerfield, particularly over the last 2-3 years. For $900 a team, the kids weren't really getting either what was advertised or what they were paying for, other than the fact that JOG is a nice facility. This year the majority of games were played at Elmhurst and Benedictine which graciously donated their facilities. I believe North Central also hosted once. I didn't make every session throughout the summer. With the combination of the schools donating the gym space without charging a fee, and the kids calling their own fouls, thus eliminating the need for paid refs, the league became "no cost."   

CCIW teams participating were Elmhurst, North Central, and Wesleyan. Other teams were Benedictine, Aurora, and (NAIA) Judson. EC and NCC usually had 7-10 players there while Wesleyan featured a smaller contingent of 4-5 ( I think most often Nelms, Stempel, Turner, and Amann? , and sometimes Marietti). Wheaton and Millikin had understandably never played in Deerfield. North Park took part about half the time, while Augie and Carthage were Deerfield league regulars along with EC, NCC, and IWU.

IMHO the main problem encountered was games were usually played only once a week. In itself this is on a par with the Deefrield schedule. However, there were at least 3 times that I was aware of where games were scheduled for the week, but then had to be cancelled for an unknown, to me, reason. Additionally, it would have been nice to have had Augie and Carthage included. Both again played in Deerfield. For their sake, I hope the officiating improved over the last 2-3 years. I think Augie dominated there and CC was about .500

As far as impact players, on the cumulative nights I attended, Kyle Wuest of EC was the MOP. I'd be very surprised if he isn't an all-conference player this year. While a doubtful all-conference level performer, EC's Kenny Payonk is clearly improved. For NCC, the return of Charlie Rosenberg with his combination of power and quickness will pay nice dividends. When coupled with the reliable and capable Jack Burchett, NCC could very well have 2 front line A-C players. Kevin Honn has added both strength and range, and should be an important contributor.   

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 17, 2014, 02:01:41 pm »
No problem 70. Just rufflin' your feathers.  :)

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:53:58 pm »
Greetings ODACers.

Looks like Shenandoah will be looking for a new lead assistant coach:

http://www.suhornets.com/sports/mbkb/2014-15/releases/20140815txtgpq

I actually read about this in the (Suburban Chicago) Daily Herald.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 14, 2014, 04:15:27 pm »
Q, any word on a Rossi return?

And, what about the summer work, the newbies or the returnees, bulking up, getting ready to compete for playing time.  I saw a picture the other day on FB of Spencer Seibring, along with Katy and Trevor, and it looks like Spencer has put on about an additional 3+ inches.  Is it so?  He looked even taller than Spencer.  Perhaps he was standing on a pile of Beer Nuts or something. 

In Denver now, last leg of my long western swing of the epic US road trip.  Enjoyed the pre-season game, Broncos vs. Seahawks, which the Broncos won.  Also enjoyed last eve a most amazing concert -- yes, Carlos Santana and his band for two hours, then Rod Stewart and his talented back-ups for two hours, at Fiddler's Green, south of Denver.  Even a Santana-Rod Stewart duet -- totally amazing.  Something you don't see every day.  Santana has to be one of the greats ever on the electric guitar, right up there with Jimmie Hendrix and Charley Byrd.  Sure did enjoy the ambiance, and didn't even have to breathe very deeply to feel even more high in Mile High. 

Heading back to Minneapolis, then on to B/N and IWU by August's end.  Summer drawing to a conclusion, with fall football coming very soon now.  Record numbers of new international students arriving at IWU in the next few days.  Shall we press for the beginnings of ping pong and badminton in the CCIW soon?  :)

Go TITANS!   

IWU'70

Q, any word on a Rossi return?

And, what about the summer work, the newbies or the returnees, bulking up, getting ready to compete for playing time.  I saw a picture the other day on FB of Spencer Seibring, along with Katy and Trevor, and it looks like Spencer has put on about an additional 3+ inches.  Is it so?  He looked even taller than Spencer.  Perhaps he was standing on a pile of Beer Nuts or something. 

In Denver now, last leg of my long western swing of the epic US road trip.  Enjoyed the pre-season game, Broncos vs. Seahawks, which the Broncos won.  Also enjoyed last eve a most amazing concert -- yes, Carlos Santana and his band for two hours, then Rod Stewart and his talented back-ups for two hours, at Fiddler's Green, south of Denver.  Even a Santana-Rod Stewart duet -- totally amazing.  Something you don't see every day.  Santana has to be one of the greats ever on the electric guitar, right up there with Jimmie Hendrix and Charley Byrd.  Sure did enjoy the ambiance, and didn't even have to breathe very deeply to feel even more high in Mile High. 

Heading back to Minneapolis, then on to B/N and IWU by August's end.  Summer drawing to a conclusion, with fall football coming very soon now.  Record numbers of new international students arriving at IWU in the next few days.  Shall we press for the beginnings of ping pong and badminton in the CCIW soon?  :)

Go TITANS!   

IWU'70

IWU70,

While we're all fascinated by your insightful analysis across a wide variety of sports, your incessant extolment of all  things Wesleyan, your vivid descriptions of scenic panoramas across the country and throughout the world, and, especially, your periodic explanations of the 12 year cycle of animal signs relative to the Chinese Zodiac, we would appreciate some brevity by means of non-duplication of your postings. ONCE was/is enough. :D   ;)

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:52:30 pm »
The currently posted NCC roster (http://northcentralcardinals.com/roster.aspx?path=football) is certainly a preliminary list as its inconceivable that at least a few of this year's freshmen won't earn varsity jerseys.  :-X  ;)

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:38:11 pm »
Since 2005, North Central is 58-5 in conference (90-18 overall). Their in-conference record over the last 5 years is 33-2. In the last 3 years, its 20-1. 

CHART SHOWING THE CONFERENCE RECORDS OF ALL CCIW TEAMS OVER THE LAST 9 YEARS:

http://northcentralcardinals.com/sports/2013/6/20/FB_0620132812.aspx?path=football&tab=additionallinks-clickfordrop-down

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:11:39 pm »
2014 CCIW Football Poll

 Rank    Team               Pts.    1st Place Votes
 1.     North Central        49            7
 2.      Wheaton              43            1
 3.      Illinois Wesleyan  36   
 4.      Augustana           27   
 5.      North Park           26   
 6.      Elmhurst              21   
 7.     Millikin                 12   
 8.      Carthage             10   

* As Mr. Sager pointed out, there is a 7 point gap between WC and IWU which, IMHO, is a bit surprising. With apologies to USee, I see them as basically neck and neck, with IWU possibly even having a very slight edge.

Here is why---I think the 3 top points of differentiation between closely rated teams are quarterback play, defense, and special teams play. On paper, without being thoroughly knowledgeable about either team, it would seem the the leading candidates for the starting QB positions at IWU and Wheaton are, respectively, Tyler Hook, and Reece Butler.
In his career, junior-to-be Hook is 29 for 72 (40.3%) for 251 yards with 1 TD and 6 INTs. Senior-to-be Butler is 19 for 32 (59.4%) for 281 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. Basically a tossup with Hook having a little more game experience due to playing for the injured IWU starter 2 years ago.
As far as returning all-conference players IWU has 3 on defense, 2 on offense, and 3 on special teams for  total of 8. Wheaton has 2 on defense, and 1 on offense for a total of only 3. IWU is especially dominate in the area of special teams stars. 
According, I give IWU a slight edge for 2nd.

* As far as NCC goes, the starting QB position battle may merit watching. Others may have a more in depth perception than myself, but I believe at the conclusion of last season it was widely assumed that this season's starting QB would be Tyler Dicken who made 8 starts 2 years ago. However, I've heard soph-to-be Dylan Warden's stock has risen to the point where Dicken's ownership of the starting position is not a foregone conclusion at this point. One thing is for certain, and that is whoever emerges as the Cardinals' leader will have to go some to approach the excellence provided by Spencer Stanek last year.

NCC definitely lost some high quality pieces of its championship puzzle. However, Coach Thorne and his staff certainly have a track record of being able to find and further develop the quality players to plug the holes on a consistent basis.
 


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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:58:52 pm »
WHEATON IS RANKED #2  ;D

According to the Princeton Review, WHEATON is #2 in the country in the category of.............................. Stone-Cold Sober Schools.
The Crusaders Thunder are exceeded only by BYU.  :D   :)   

http://www.princetonreview.com/SchoolList.aspx?id=746

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:53:49 pm »
WHEATON IS RANKED #2 ;D

According to the Princeton Review, WHEATON is #2 in the country in the category of.............................. Stone-Cold Sober Schools.
The CrusadersThunder are exceeded only by BYU.  :D  :)

http://www.princetonreview.com/SchoolList.aspx?id=746

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Central Region / Re: MBB: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 04, 2014, 08:52:36 pm »
Shockingly, Pointer men's schedule released already!

http://athletics.uwsp.edu/news/2014/8/2/MBB_0802143457.aspx?path=mbball

It would also be shocking if this year's UWSP opponents aren't glad Tillema and Hass are no longer playing.  :o   ;)

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Decided or not our staff is definitely under the impression that we'll be playing NCC.  Why I don't know.  I just know that they are. 

Personally I wonder if we would even participate if we were going to play Bluffton and Trinity.

1. Isn't that a bit disrespectful to Bluffton and Trinity??
2. One possible reason the schedule still shows "TBA" is that a decision has been made, but hasn't been communicated as yet. It shouldn't be that difficult to guess what the only other possible reason could be.
3. I can guarantee that if UWW was promised that they would play NCC on Sat, then they'll be playing NCC!  :)
Otherwise any impression is only an assumption at this time.
4. If you must shoot me, remember, I'm only the reporter. And, as it currently stands, I have things straight.
I'm not sure how you can expect more than that.

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WHITEWATER'S schedule has us playing Bluffton the first game and North Central for the second game.   

And that may well come to pass Badger.
But the big dog doesn't always get the bone and, at this moment, the UWW schedule is an assumption as opposed to an actual fact.   ;)

Just because it's not on the NCC site doesn't mean it hasn't been decided. Unless you yourself are the decider, in which case, hey, more power to you.

Very true that just because its not on the web doesn't mean that it hasn't been decided.

However, did you consider that the person who put it up on the site got it from the "decider," and if the decider had already definitely decided, it probably wouldn't have been left blank? :-\

That doesn't mean it wasn't decided in the time in between the SIDs posting the schedule and today. In July, no SID is hounding a coach for daily updates on tournament pairings for a winter sport, sorry.

1. The schedule was only posted yesterday or Mon so the window of opportunity for a final decision to have been made is pretty darn small.
2. The NCC SID is very much on top of things, and I'm highly confident that he would post/modify info on the web site within a very short length of tine after receiving confirmation of anything.   

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WHITEWATER'S schedule has us playing Bluffton the first game and North Central for the second game.   

And that may well come to pass Badger.
But the big dog doesn't always get the bone and, at this moment, the UWW schedule is an assumption as opposed to an actual fact.   ;)

Just because it's not on the NCC site doesn't mean it hasn't been decided. Unless you yourself are the decider, in which case, hey, more power to you.

Very true that just because its not on the web doesn't mean that it hasn't been decided.

However, did you consider that the person who put it up on the site got it from the "decider," and if the decider had already definitely decided, it probably wouldn't have been left blank? :-\

If I had to bet, my bet would be that UWW will indeed play NCC on Sat. night.  :)

Lastly, Pat, no I'm not the decider, but I do speak with him on a regular basis.  :o

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WHITEWATER'S schedule has us playing Bluffton the first game and North Central for the second game.   

And that may well come to pass Badger.
But the big dog doesn't always get the bone and, at this moment, the UWW schedule is an assumption as opposed to an actual fact.   ;)
If the schedule was already definite, it would be logical that such would be reflected in the schedule shown on the NCC web site, especially when you consider said schedule was just added in the last day or two.  :-\

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2014-15 NCC NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Nov 21-22  NCC Tip Off Tourney--with UW-Whitewater, Bluffton, & Trinity. No matchups yet.
       25 Aurora
       29 @ UW-Stevens Point

Dec 4 @ Pamona Pitzer College (CA)
      6 @ Redlands College (CA
      12-13 @ Juniata College (PA) Tourney---NCC, Dickinson, Penn St-York, & Juniata. Matchups not set yet.
      17 @ Benedictine
      27 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Olivet
      28 @ Mt. Union (OH) Tourney Vs. Adrian

Spanning the globe in December.  :-\

Complete North Central 2014-15 schedule. As I indicated previously the matchups for the NCC Tip-Off Tournament and the Juniata (PA) tournament have not been determined as yet.

http://northcentralcardinals.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball

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