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2000-01 Winter/Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of February 19 to February 25
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
FOUR TO WRESTLING NATIONALS
NCAA WrestlingFor the first time in school history, Muhlenberg will have four representatives at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, which are to be held March 2-3 at Wartburg College in Waterloo, Iowa. The four qualified by winning their respective weight classes at the Centennial Conference Championships. The quartet includes two wrestlers making their first NCAA appearance (sophomore Nate Yeasted at 133 and senior Jason McLean at 141), a two-time qualifier (junior Bill Holsinger at 149) and a three-time NCAA participant (junior Tyler Cathey at heavyweight). Wrestlers need to finish in the top eight to earn All-America status. Cathey, currently ranked eighth in Division III, missed by one bout last year. For complete tournament information, click here.


Wednesday, February 21
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Johns Hopkins 62, Muhlenberg 56. The Mules dug themselves too big a hole and saw their season end in the semifinal round of the Centennial Conference playoffs. Trailing by 15 points five minutes into the second half, Muhlenberg went on a 13-2 run to close to within 50-46, but Hopkins was able to pull away. Junior Lindsay St. Lawrence led the Mules with 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals, while junior Jenn Risley scored 13 points and senior Jennifer O’Neill, playing the final game of her career, added 12. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 76, Franklin & Marshall 58. Junior Michael Barletta scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in a 25-3 second-half run that propelled Muhlenberg into the Centennial Conference championship game. The loss snapped Franklin & Marshall’s 21-game home winning streak. The Mules, who had climbed back from a 14-point first-half deficit by scoring the final 11 points of the first half, found themselves trailing by double digits again, 48-37, eight minutes into the second half. Muhlenberg then held the Diplomats to one field goal over a span of nearly nine minutes to take control of the game. Joining Barletta in double figures were sophomore John Ström, who tied a career-high with 18 points, junior Mark Lesko, who recorded his 11th double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore Anthony Strachan, who had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Click here for box score.

Friday, February 23
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD men in fourth place and women in ninth after one day of the Centennial Conference Championships. Freshman Trisha Yordy had an outstanding day, breaking her own school record in the 55 meters (with an ECAC-qualifying time of 7.69), finishing fourth in the triple jump and running on the 4x200-meter relay team that set a school record. For the men, the 4x200 and distance medley relay teams set school records, with the DMR finishing second. Freshman Joshua Boyer scored the highest individual finish, placing third in the triple jump.

Saturday, February 24
MEN’S BASKETBALL Gettysburg 68, Muhlenberg 59. Gettysburg opened up a double-digit lead midway through the first half and held on the rest of the way to win its first Centennial Conference championship. After a furious opening that featured nine lead changes in the first 10 minutes, the Bullets went on a 12-0 run to take a 29-19 lead. Muhlenberg got to within four, 56-52, with five minutes remaining, but the Bullets ran off the next six points to seal the win. Junior Mark Lesko ended his spectacular season with his 12th double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds), but he was the only Mule in double figures. Lesko became only the fourth Muhlenberg player — the first in 30 years — to average 20 points a game for an entire season. Click here for box score.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD men finished third and women seventh at Centennial Conference Championships. The Muhlenberg men’s team set school records in all four relays, placing second in three of them, en route to its highest finish ever at the CC Championships. Senior Chris Catalano and freshman Richard Kipp each ran on three of the record-setting relay teams. Freshman Josh Cohen (400 meters), senior David Jones (shot put) and freshman Joshua Boyer (triple jump) all finished third in their respective events. The lone Muhlenberg gold-medal performance was a historic one, as senior Katrina Beck became the first female athlete in CC history to win the same event four straight years. She won the high jump and also ran on two record-setting relay teams. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.
BASEBALL Washington & Lee 8, Muhlenberg 0; Washington & Lee 1, Muhlenberg 0. The baseball team opened the spring season with a doubleheader, but its bats remained in hibernation. The Mules managed only four hits in the two games, two by sophomore Justin Graf. Senior Seth Weinstein was the hard-luck loser in the nightcap, tossing a complete-game three-hitter. Click here for line scores.

Sunday, February 25
BASEBALL Washington & Lee 9, Muhlenberg 5. After getting shut out in each of their first two games, the Mules broke out for five runs and 11 hits. Junior Mike Morris had two hits, including his first career home run, a two-run shot in the fourth that followed an RBI triple by sophomore Ben Carr. Senior Marcus Mattielli and junior Steve Rohn also had a pair of hits apiece. Muhlenberg fell into an early 8-0 hole but battled back to send the tying run to the plate in the sixth. Click here for box score.


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Last updated February 25, 2001