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1998-99 Winter/Spring Sports Update

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For the Week of February 22 to February 28
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Jim Doumato Seniors Jim Doumato and Jill Roth were named to the All-Centennial Conference first teams for basketball. Doumato became the sixth player in CC history to earn first-team honors twice and extended Muhlenberg's string to seven straight years with a player on the first team. Junior forward Matt Schneider was named to the second team.Jill Roth Roth flip-flopped positions in the backcourt of the All-CC team with classmate Sarah Clarke. Last year, Clarke was first team and Roth second team; this year the other way around. Clarke earned All-CC honors all four years: first team once, second team twice and honorable mention once. She joins Anne Searles '88, Glenn Salo '76 and Bob McClure '71 as the only hoopsters in school history to be on the all-conference team four years.

Katrina Beck For the second straight year, Muhlenberg sophomore Katrina Beck won the high jump at the Centennial Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. Beck cleared the bar at 5 feet, 1-3/4 inches, the same height as Anne Schenck of Gettysburg, but was awarded the gold medal on the basis of fewer misses. She is the first athlete in Muhlenberg history, male or female, to win a conference track championship in the same event two years in a row.

Wednesday, February 24
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 57, Western Maryland 44. Muhlenberg held Western Maryland scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the second half to pull away and advance to the Centennial Conference championship game for the fourth consecutive season. Just like the last three seasons, the Mules will face Johns Hopkins, a 74-49 winner over Washington, in the title game. Muhlenberg jumped out to an 11-2 after seven minutes, but the Green Terror rebounded (literally) to take a 26-25 lead at halftime. The Mules were up, 39-36, with 12:10 remaining in the game, then went on an 11-0 run over the next 7:55 to break the game open. Sophomore JESSICA DRENNAN scored seven of her 13 points in that run, but the big star of the game for Muhlenberg was senior SARAH CLARKE, who had 17 points and nine assists. The nine assists gave Clarke 107 for the season, breaking the record she set two years ago and tied last year. Senior AMANDA WATERBURY scored 14 points and made a career-high five steals. In her first career start, freshman JENNIFER RISLEY played all 40 minutes and had five points and five rebounds. One bit of bad news for the Mules: senior JILL ROTH severely sprained her ankle three minutes into the game and did not return. Junior CARESSA LYNCH played in her stead and had six points, three assists and four steals with no turnovers in 34 minutes. Click here for box score.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Johns Hopkins 57, Muhlenberg 56. Centennial Conference player of the year Joel Wertman sank two free throws with 1:17 left for the winning points to end Muhlenberg's season in heartbreaking fashion. Johns Hopkins travels to Washington, an upset winner at Franklin & Marshall, for the CC championship game. The Blue Jays came out on fire, shooting 61.5 percent in the first half, and led 30-13 with five minutes left in the first half. The Mules got within 10 at halftime, only to have Hopkins score a four-point play early in the second half. It was 45-34 before Muhlenberg went on an 11-0 run, finally tying the score on a layup by junior CHRIS KENNY with 9:19 left. Kenny hit a three-pointer with 3:01 remaining to give the Mules their biggest lead, 56-53, but Hopkins scored the final four points of the game. A shot to win the game in the final seconds bounced off the rim. Kenny and junior MATT SCHNEIDER scored 17 points apiece, while senior JIM DOUMATO, playing in his final career game, had six points and seven rebounds. Click here for box score.

Saturday, February 27
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Johns Hopkins 59, Muhlenberg 39. Johns Hopkins' suffocating defense foiled Muhlenberg's hopes for a third consecutive Centennial Conference championship. The Mules shot just over 20 percent in the first half and 23 percent for the game. Muhlenberg played strong defense and trailed only 18-15 with 2:30 to go in the first half, but the Blue Jays scored 10 straight points to open up a double-digit lead at the break. The Mules could get to within only seven in the second half. Senior AMANDA WATERBURY, playing her final career game, had nine points and nine rebounds and ended the season with a school-record free-throw percentage of .883. Sophomore JESSICA DRENNAN also collected nine rebounds. Click here for box score.
INDOOR TRACK Women finished seventh and men ninth at Centennial Conference Championships. Sophomore KATRINA BECK's high-jump championship (see left) was the highlight of the CC Championships for the Mules. Senior STEPHANIE KALINER placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, 7.5 inches, breaking the record she set three years ago. Senior JEFF THIEL accounted for the men's scoring with a sixth-place finish in the shot put. Click here for highlights.
BASEBALL Washington & Lee 2, Muhlenberg 1; Washington & Lee 4, Muhlenberg 1. The Mules got strong pitching performances from senior MARC LEZINSKI and freshman GREG FREIN, but dropped their first two games of the season. In the opener, Lezinski took a one-hit shutout into the bottom of the seventh, but allowed two unearned runs. He struck out six in his complete-game effort. Junior CHUCK DRAPER drove in Muhlenberg's run with a fourth-inning single. In his first career start, Frein allowed only one earned run in five innings in the nightcap. Junior CHRIS MORAITIS had two doubles and an RBI. Click here for line scores.

Sunday, February 28
BASEBALL Randolph-Macon 2, Muhlenberg 1. The pitching staff gave the Mules another solid game, but the offense managed only one hit after a first-inning home run by junior CHUCK DRAPER. Junior CHRIS OWEN allowed four hits while pitching into the fifth inning, when the first game of a scheduled doubleheader was stopped due to rain. Muhlenberg pitchers had a 2.12 ERA in the three games of the mini-Southern swing, but the team batting average was only .194. Click here for line score.

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Last updated February 28, 1999