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1999-2000 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of January 10 to January 16
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FOOTBALL WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (STATISTICAL)
The Muhlenberg College football team won the Division III statistical championship for kickoff returns, according to statistics released recently by the NCAA. The Mules averaged 28.7 yards on 39 returns to lead not only Division III, but also all divisions. Greenville (Ill.) was second in Division III with a 27.5 average, and Northeastern (Okla.) State had the second-best average in all divisions, leading Division II with a 28.4 average. The statistical championship is the fifth all-time for Muhlenberg, and the first for a team category since the 1983 Mules led Division III in pass defense. Sophomore Joshua Carter just missed out on the individual kickoff return title, his 35.0 average placing second to David Ziegler of John Carroll (35.7).


FOUR NAMED TO FOOTBALL ALL-LUTHERAN TEAM
Four Muhlenberg players have been named to the Lutheran Brotherhood All-America Football Team. Senior wide receiver Kenyamo James BarskiMcFarlane was on the first team, junior cornerback Mike Burke and junior punter James Barski (left) made the second team, and junior quarterback Michael McCabe received honorable mention. The team was selected from players representing 41 Lutheran colleges and universities in Divisions I-AA, II and III and the NAIA — a pool that includes Division III national champion Pacific Lutheran. For more information on Lutheran Brotherhood, a member-owned fraternal benefit society of 1.1 million Lutherans, click here.


Wednesday, January 12
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 68, Gettysburg 63 (2OT). Sophomore Amanda Spengler scored 7 of her career-high 12 points in the second overtime as the Mules picked up their first Centennial Conference win of the season. Gettysburg made a three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Each team scored only 4 points in the first overtime, setting up only the third double-overtime game in Muhlenberg women's basketball history. Spengler's three-pointer with 2:40 to play put the Mules up for good, 58-56, and junior Jessica Drennan made a layup 45 seconds later to extend the lead to 4. The Bullets closed to within a point, but Spengler and sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence each hit a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds. Drennan finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds, while St. Lawrence scored 13 to go along with a career-high 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Sophomore Jenn Risley also scored 13 points. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 81, Gettysburg 68. Sophomore Bill Cwieka scored all of his career-high 15 points in the second half to lead the Mules to a come-from-behind win against Gettysburg. It was the Bullets' worst loss of the season to a Division III team. Muhlenberg led by 9 early in the second half, but Gettysburg came back to open up a 50-45 lead with 13:20 to play. The Bullets would not make another field goal until 1:57 remained, and by then the Mules had a 21-point advantage. Cwieka made four three-pointers during the 34-8 run. Senior Eric Nothstein hit 20 points for the second straight game, scoring 21, and freshman Anthony Strachan scored a career-high 16. Muhlenberg shot 53 percent for the game, 65 percent in the second half. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Wilkes 43, Muhlenberg 6. Sophomores Andy Faust and Tyler Cathey both improved to 8-1 on the season, but they were the only Muhlenberg winners at Wilkes. Click here for box score.

Thursday, January 13
WRESTLING Oneonta State 37, Muhlenberg 9; Muhlenberg 35, Baptist Bible 12. Sophomores Andy Faust and Tyler Cathey and freshman Joseph Salerno all were double winners as Muhlenberg split in its first home matches of the season. That trio accounted for all the points against Oneonta State. Cathey (7-0 in dual matches this season) recorded a pin and Faust (6-0) a technical fall in the Baptist Bible match. Click here for box scores.

Saturday, January 15
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 53, Haverford 49. Junior Jennifer O'Neill scored 10 of her career-high 16 points in the second half as Muhlenberg picked up its first road win of the season and tied a school record by defeating Haverford for the 16th straight time. The Mules led by seven points at halftime, but the Fords rallied to tie the score at 29 midway through the second half. A three-point play by O'Neill with 10:43 to play put Muhlenberg up for good, and her basket at the 7-minute mark brought the lead back to seven. Junior Val Uras tied a career high with 11 points and junior Jessica Drennan had 8 points and 10 rebounds for the Mules, who defeated Swarthmore 16 consecutive times between 1984 and 1992. Muhlenberg leads the all-time series against Haverford, 28-1. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 74, Haverford 60. Senior Eric Nothstein scored seven of his game-high 16 points in a 10-0 second-half run to lead Muhlenberg to its second straight Centennial Conference win. The Mules trailed, 37-36, early in the second half before Nothstein scored seven consecutive points. Freshman Anthony Strachan's three-point play completed the 10-0 surge. Muhlenberg was in control the rest of the way, shooting 67 percent from the field in the second half and leading by as many as 20 points late in the game. Sophomore Mark Lesko recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season, and Bill Cwieka added 11 points. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Western Maryland 33, Muhlenberg 18. Muhlenberg won four of seven contested bouts against the three-time defending Centennial Conference dual-meet champions, but had to forfeit three classes. Junior heavyweight Tyler Cathey remained undefeated in dual meets (8-0) by pinning his opponent, and sophomore Bill Holsinger (149) recorded his team-leading eighth pin of the season. Junior Dan Ochoa (174) and freshman Joseph Salerno (141) won decisions. Sophomore Andy Faust suffered his first dual-meet loss to a Division I transfer. Click here for box score.


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Last updated January 15, 2000