Sports

9 Feb. 2012
Northwood hand men 2nd GLIAC loss of the season
David Gordon Collegian Freelancer After three wins at home, the Charger men’s basketball team saw their win streak come to an end on the road against the Northwood Timberwolves. The 18th-ranked Chargers fell 73-59 on Saturday, Feb. 4, their second GLIAC loss of the year. The contest stayed even throughout the first half as Hillsdale and Northwood traded small runs. The Chargers went into halftime down by four, despite shooting a high percentage than their opponents. Sophomore forward Tim Dezelski and senior point guard Tyler Gerber led the team with eight points apiece. Hillsdale couldn’t muster up a better second half, as the team shot 34% compared to Northwood’s 57%. The Timberwolves also out rebounded the Chargers 39-31. Most importantly, the Chargers suffered from foul troubles. Sophomore guard and starter Brandon Pritzl fouled out and both starting center Nick Washburn and his backup Dezelski racked up four fouls by the end of the game. This led to 25 free throw attempts for the Timberwolves. “We were trying to get a stop and so we tried to press and foul a bit to get back into the game,” Dezelski said. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late for Hillsdale. “We were lethargic at both ends of the floor in the first half,” Washburn said. The second-half comeback was stymied by the Timberwolve’s great defense. The GLIAC recently named Tyler Gerber Player of the Week, and he continued his fine play by scoring 20 points, including five three-pointers. But his effort wasn’t enough to overcome the foul trouble, poor shooting and rebounding deficiencies. Entering the week, the Chargers were ranked 18th in the country, but their place in the polls is likely to drop after the loss. Hillsdale kept pace in their Southern Division, however, and in the GLIAC, as they maintained the lead on rivals Wayne State and Findlay. At 18-3 on the season and 12-2 in the conference, the Chargers are in great position to lock up the top seed in the GLIAC tournament. Their regional ranking still puts them on track for an NCAA tournament bid. The Chargers will try and get back on track this week with two road games at Ohio Dominican tonight and at Tiffin University on Saturday. Both GLIAC South division teams have had tough seasons.

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Women rebound from loss to Erie, defeat Northwood
Morgan Delp Collegian Freelancer The Hillsdale College women’s basketball team demonstrated their resilience by defeating the Northwood University Timberwolves 59-48. The Chargers suffered a heart-wrenching home loss just three days earlier, but it did not show in their fight against a very tall and aggressive Northwood squad. They put the loss behind them in order to secure a crucial win at Northwood. Senior captain Liz Brannick said that the key to moving on from the loss to Lake Erie College was learning how to handle any situation they were faced with during the game and practicing what to do regardless of the score. With this understanding, the team was confident that they could handle pressure situations, as they did against Northwood. After trailing by four at the half, the Chargers upped their sense of urgency and execution with a solid offensive effort in the second period. The Chargers were not connecting on offense in the first half and converted only 9 percent of their 3-point attempts. That changed in the second half, when the Chargers shot 52 percent from behind the arc. “We had started to get better at the end of the first half. Northwood wasn’t attacking our 2-3 zone and we felt comfortable with that so we stayed with it, which we don’t usually like to do, because it slows down the pace of our defense, but it really worked,” head coach Claudette Charney said. The Chargers played well in their first game without key shooter sophomore Marissa DeMott, as she injured her knee in the first half of the game against Lake Eerie and will be out for the remainder of the season. “Losing [Marissa] definitely hurts our depth, so we will have to try different things depending on our match-ups,” Charney said. “Abbey Lovat and Kadie Lowery, along with other freshmen, will probably see more playing time and will really have to commit to hard work.” DeMott is usually a threatening force from the 3-point line for the Chargers, along with senior captain Chelsea Harrison and junior Lea Jones. In Saturday’s game, however, Harrison and Jones went 1-for-6 and 0-for-4, respectively. This void needed to be filled with another source of scoring in order for Hillsdale to win, and Brannick stepped up to do just that, scoring a career-high 18 points. “We knew they were triple-

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How long have you been involved with swimming? I started doing competitive swimming when I was nine, so a long time. This is the last year of my career. It’s kind of hard to imagine life before swimming.

Behind the wheel with Bill Knauss
Taylor Knopf Collegian Freelancer Bill Knauss is just one of Hillsdale College’s bus drivers, but in a lot of ways, he’s become more than that. “I just hear him in the stands cheering for us,” said senior Ashlee Crowder, outside hitter on the volleyball team. “He’s just this sweet old man, always being supportive.” Knauss’ first driving assignment was the volleyball team. Ever since, Knuass has been a loyal fan. He watches all the local games and travels to away games when the girls take charter buses. Crowder said she was particularly surprised when he drove himself separately to their game in the Upper Peninsula. “I wanted to go to the championship in California so bad, but they flew,” Knauss said. He never watched college volleyball before becoming the Hillsdale bus driver. “I don’t understand all the rules yet, but I like volleyball,” Knauss said. “We’ve got some good girls here that can hit that ball something terrible, and then they will get a girl in the face and knock them right over.” Knauss’ first trip was to northern Alabama in 2004. He did not expect many fans to come, but all the girls’ families were there. He said he enjoys getting to know the parents and coaches as well. He said he also likes watching the swim team and cheers them on best he can. “With the swim team, it is hard to know who’s swimming,” Knauss said. “You cannot tell who is who once they get their bonnets on.” But the junior Sami Ward, a mid-distance swimmer, said the team still appreciates his support. “We all love him,” Ward said. “He always watches our meets and cheers for us.” The bus trips are lively times for Knauss too, as young, spirited college athletes surround him. “The girls sing, laugh, talk to me — they’re great,” he said. “He just loves driving us, and I don’t know why because we are so loud,” said Crowder, jokingly. Knauss always plays the country radio station on the bus unless the girls put in a movie. “He likes the movies we watch,” Ward said. “Sometimes

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Katie Lamb is a senior swimmer and financial management major. Lamb competes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and both the 200-yard freestyle and medley relays. She, along with the rest of the swim team, will be competing at the GLIAC championships on Feb. 8-11. What are the team’s goals going into conference? Our goal is to do better than we did last year, definitely. We came in sixth last year so we’d like to strive for fifth or above that. We want to get as many girls into finals — which is top 16 — as we possibly can. The important thing is to swim fast in the morning to get as many people into finals so we can score as many points as possible.

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How do feel about tying up your swim career? I’m excited to see what I can accomplish, hopefully go all lifetime bests — that would be great. Hopefully get in on some relays in conference because obviously only four people get to make the relays. We don’t really know [the relay teams] until the day of the meet because Coach only takes the four fastest people that day. So I’m excited for conference, and it’ll be a lot of fun. I’ll probably be more excited than I ever have been. It is kind of sad to think this will be my last hurrah, but it will be exciting to start new things after this. What do you plan to do after college? I’m currently looking for jobs so I don’t actually know where I will be yet, but hopefully a job in financing or marketing. What’s your ideal job? Right now it’s just getting my feet wet in some business, really anywhere, because I’d like to move up and be some kind of executive. I’m just not really sure what kind of industry and what — in the end — I’m really good at. Do you feel this has been a successful season? Yes, I would say this has definitely been the best season for me and the team as a whole since I’ve been here. We were 6-1, so definitely the best record we’ve had since I’ve been here. I’ve swam great times, faster at this point than any other season at this point in the past. Do you feel like, with your class graduating, the swim team is in a solid position to continue doing well? Oh, I think so. Coach is really good at recruiting. He picked up a great freshman class this year, and they are all doing phenomenal. Even though we are going to lose five great girls, I think he’s going to do a great job of picking up another great class next year. Do you have any advice to younger athletes as you’re heading out the door? Oh man. Always take up opportunities. Never miss an opportunity to get better. Even now, I’m still working on things that I’d like to improve, and this is the end. Just have fun and remember to enjoy every second of it. — Compiled by Caleb Whitmer

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