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1999-2000 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of January 24 to January 30
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
Both Muhlenberg basketball teams are in first place as the Centennial Conference season heads for the homestretch. The men, shooting for their sixth title (won or shared) in the last seven years, moved into sole possession of first by defeating Ursinus on Jan. 27. They extended their lead to two games on Jan. 29 by defeating Western Maryland while Ursinus and Washington both lost. Current standings:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   6-1   12-5
Ursinus      4-3   12-6
Washington   4-3    8-9
Swarthmore   2-5    3-14
Haverford    1-6    3-15
F & M        5-2   13-5
J. Hopkins   4-3   12-6
Gettysburg   4-3   11-7
Dickinson    4-3    8-9
Western Md.  1-6    3-14
The Muhlenberg women, the four-time defending division champions, jumped into a first-place tie by toppling previously undefeated Swarthmore, 61-34, on Jan. 22. Both teams won on Jan. 26 and Jan. 29 to remain tied. Current standings:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   6-1   11-6
Swarthmore   6-1   10-7
Haverford    3-5    5-12
Washington   1-6    6-10
Ursinus      0-8    3-14
J. Hopkins   7-0   15-3
F & M        5-2    9-8
Gettysburg   5-4   10-6
Western Md.  3-4    7-9
Dickinson    1-6    5-12

Jenn RisleySophomore forward Jenn Risley and sophomore center Mark Lesko have received player of the week honors from the Centennial Conference. Risley was named co-player of the week after recording her first two career double-doubles in leading Muhlenberg to a tie for first place in the CC East. She averaged 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds for the week, which she capped with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds against Swarthmore. Ironically, the player with whom Risley shared the award was the one she guarded for most of the Swarthmore game. CC scoring leader Heather Kile had games of 32 and 35 points to start the week, but was held to 10 on 4-of-14 shooting with Risley on her.Mark
Lesko Lesko, also named ECAC South player of the week, helped bump the men’s team into a tie for first by averaging 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks and shooting 77.8 percent from the field in two games. Lesko recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds against Washington, then scored 14 points and tied a school record with 6 blocked shots despite playing only 10 minutes against Swarthmore.

Through contests of Jan. 23, Muhlenberg athletes in three sports ranked among the national Division III leaders. In wrestling, sophomore Tyler Cathey had the second-best winning percentage (.938 with a 15-1 record) and sophomore Bill Holsinger was tied for fourth in pins (11) and eighth in near-falls (.81 per match). The women’s basketball team ranked 10th in free-throw percentage (.727) and 13th in field-goal percentage defense (.333). Junior Jennifer O’Neill was tied for fourth with a free-throw percentage of .882. Sophomore Mark Lesko represented the men’s team by ranking 14th in blocked shots (2.4 per game) and 26th in rebounding (9.7 per game).

Tuesday, January 25
MEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Stevens Tech, snowed out

Wednesday, January 26
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 68, Ursinus 63. Junior Jennifer O'Neill scored a career-high 18 points and sophomore Jenn Risley added 17 to lead the Mules to their third straight win. The game was tied at 61 with 2:30 to play when O'Neill made the second of two free throws to put the Mules up by one. Risley made two free throws 17 seconds later to extend the lead to three. It was still a three-point game, 66-63, when junior Val Uras blocked a potential game-tying shot with 20 seconds to go. Sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence, who finished with 16 points, added two free throws with 15 ticks left to ice the win. Muhlenberg gave up 40 points in the first half but held the Bears to 23 points on 24-percent shooting in the second. Click here for box score.

Thursday, January 27
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 63, Ursinus 60. Muhlenberg did it with offense at the beginning and defense at the end, outlasting Ursinus in a battle for first place in the Centennial Conference East Division. The Mules made their first six three-pointers and opened up a nine-point lead at halftime. The lead was 17, 50-33, five minutes into the second half, before the offense went dry. Muhlenberg made only three field goals the rest of the way, but held the Bears to 23.5-percent shooting in the second half to stay in the game. The home team got to within one, 61-60, when senior Kenyamo McFarlane stole an inbounds pass with five seconds left, then converted two free throws. Freshman Anthony Strachan stole the ensuing inbounds pass, and the Mules had their sixth straight win. Strachan finished with 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Sophomore Michael Barletta (13 points) was the only Muhlenberg player to score in double figures. Sophomore Mark Lesko pulled down 10 rebounds (9 in the second half) and blocked 3 shots. The Mules tied a school record for the second straight game with 8 blocked shots. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING King’s 36, Muhlenberg 9. Muhlenberg won only three bouts and fell to 25th-ranked King’s in a non-conference road match. Sophomore Tyler Cathey extended his winning streak to 13 and remained undefeated in dual meets, while sophomore Andy Faust improved to 15-3. Freshman Nathan Yeasted also won on a decision. Click here for box score.

Saturday, January 29
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 61, Western Maryland 58. Sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence scored 12 of her career-high 20 points down the stretch to lead Muhlenberg to its fourth straight win and its sixth straight Centennial Conference win. The game was tied at 44 midway through the second half before St. Lawrence hit a three-pointer and a two-pointer back-to-back, then blocked a shot, corraled the rebound and threw a long pass to junior Val Uras for a layup. The 7-0 spurt gave the Mules a lead they would not lose. St. Lawrence also had a career-high 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Uras finished with 10 points and a game-high 8 boards, while sophomore Jenn Risley added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Click here for box score.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 74, Western Maryland 59. Sophomore Mark Lesko scored a career-high 31 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked 4 shots as Muhlenberg won its seventh in a row. Lesko scored seven of his points in a 14-0 second-half run that turned a one-point deficit into a commanding lead. He is the first Mule to score 30 points in a game in four years, and the first sophomore to do it in a regulation game in 18 years. Freshman John Ström had the best game of his career, with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Click here for box score.
TRACK & FIELD at Dickinson’s duCharme Relays. A school record and postseason qualifier was among the many highlights at this non-scoring meet. Junior Katrina Beck won the high jump with a leap of 5-foot-4, a mark that tied the school record, qualified her for the ECAC championships, and missed qualifying her (provisionally) for the NCAA Division III championships by one inch. The 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Katie Garrett, juniors Laura Roth and Lynn Garzella and senior Cindy Bredefeld came in fifth, missing the school record by a half-second. For the men, senior William McElroy, freshman Christian Sharphouse, sophomore Will Elson and freshman Brendan Gallagher teamed up to place third in the distance medley relay, 4.57 seconds off the school record. Senior Kurt Kunsch's pole vault of 13 feet missed the school record by six inches. Click here for Muhlenberg highlights.
WRESTLING Delaware Valley 33, Muhlenberg 15. Muhlenberg battled sixth-ranked Delaware Valley to a respectable 21-15 score in contested bouts. Sophomore 157-pounder Bill Holsinger was trailing 5-3 in the third period before pinning his opponent for his school record-tying 12th fall of the season. Freshman Joseph Salerno (141) also came from behind to record a pin, and junior Dan Ochoa won a decision. Sophomore Tyler Cathey lost an 11-9 decision at heavyweight, snapping his winning streak at 13. Click here for box score.

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Last updated January 29, 2000