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1998-99 Winter Sports Update

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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
The Muhlenberg men's and women's basketball teams were both picked to repeat as East Division champions in the annual Centennial Conference preseason poll of coaches and sports information directors. The men were a unanimous choice to earn their fifth title (shared or outright) in the six-year history of the CC. The Franklin & Marshall men and the Johns Hopkins women were tabbed to win the overall CC titles. WOMEN'S POLL

Muhlenberg --- 88 points
Ursinus --- 75
Washington --- 66
Swarthmore --- 51
Haverford --- 44
Bryn Mawr --- 24
Johns Hopkins --- 74
Gettysburg --- 58
Western Maryland --- 47
Franklin & Marshall --- 35
Dickinson --- 33

Muhlenberg --- 75
Ursinus --- 60
Washington --- 54
Haverford --- 33
Swarthmore --- 23
Franklin & Marshall --- 69
Johns Hopkins --- 68
Gettysburg --- 45
Dickinson --- 35
Western Maryland --- 29

Women's Basketball
Jill Roth Muhlenberg is looking for a "three-peat" after winning Centennial Conference championships in 1997 and 1998. Leading the Mules in their quest will be a trio of captains who have combined for a record of 55-25 and three CC East Division titles in their three years at Muhlenberg. Point guard Sarah Clarke was a first-team All-CC selection last season and needs just three assists to become the school's all-time leader. Forward/guard Jill Roth (right) was named to the All-CC second team after leading the Mules in scoring (11.6 ppg), rebounding (6.0 rpg), steals (49) and three-pointers made (32). Forward Amanda Waterbury had her best season as a junior, averaging 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Men's Basketball
Jim Doumato The Muhlenberg men's basketball team is thinking big for 1998-99, and that's not just because it won the Centennial Conference championship last year. The Mules have one of their tallest (five players 6-6 or taller) and strongest teams ever. Senior center Jim Doumato (left) had a giant season in 1997-98, averaging a double-double (15.3 points, 10.2 rebounds) and earning first-team All-CC honors. The team's other captain, junior forward Matt Schneider, averaged 9.9 points in an injury-plagued season. The guard spots were depleted by graduation, but Muhlenberg does return its leading three-point shooter in junior Chris Kenny.

Jason McLean Two important changes have the Muhlenberg wrestling team looking forward to the 1998-99 season with optimism. The first was the Centennial Conference acquiring an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Mules have had more CC champions (15) than any other school and will be hosting the 1999 championship meet. The second change is the increased squad size, with several high school state champions among the large freshman class that gives the team greater depth. Among the top returning wrestlers are co-captains Craig Farris, the 1997 CC champion at 150 pounds, and Jason McLean (right), who tied a school record with 28 wins last year, as well as 1998 CC heavyweight champion Chuck Richard.

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Last updated November 11, 1998