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1999-2000 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of November 15 to November 21
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics

The Muhlenberg College women’s basketball team has been selected to win its fifth consecutive Centennial Conference East Division title in preseason balloting of the league’ coaches and sports information directors. The Mules got 9 of 17 first-place votes and a total of 66 points, 10 more than Washington. Johns Hopkins was a unanimous choice to win the West and was also predicted to repeat as the CC champion. In a close vote, the Muhlenberg men were picked to finish second. The Mules were one point behind Washington, even though they received one more first-place vote. Franklin & Marshall was tabbed to win the West and the CC title. The complete polls, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:
MUHLENBERG (9)...........66
Washington (3)...........56
Swarthmore (3)...........51
Haverford (2)............37
Johns Hopkins (15).......75
Gettysburg (2)...........51
Western Maryland.........48
Franklin & Marshall......44
Washington (8)...........75
MUHLENBERG (9)...........74
Ursinus (2)..............64

Franklin & Marshall (15).83
Johns Hopkins (4)........72
Western Maryland.........29

Friday, November 19
BASKETBALL Scotty Wood Tournament
1:00 Moravian 69, Oswego State 49 (women)
3:00 Muhlenberg 67, Wentworth Institute of Technology 42 (women)
6:00 Moravian 83, Dallas 62 (men)
8:00 Muhlenberg 95, Old Westbury 67 (men)
Just like the doctor ordered, the Muhlenberg and Moravian women's and men's teams all advanced to the championship round of the Scotty Wood Tournament with 20-plus-point wins. The Muhlenberg women held Wentworth to 31-percent shooting and forced 32 turnovers to advance to the final for the seventh straight year. Sophomore Jenn Risley scored a career-high 16 points, and junior Jessica Drennan came off the bench to provide 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Senior Scott Nielsen scored 14 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting in his first career start to spark the men's team to the championship game for the 17th year in a row. Seniors Matt Schneider and Chris Kenny added 18 and 17 points, resepectively, and sophomore Mark Lesko had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Freshman John Ström had a memorable first career game, scoring 8 points in the final two minutes. Click here for
women's and men's box scores.

Saturday, November 20
BASKETBALL Scotty Wood Tournament
1:00 Oswego State 68, Wentworth 52 (women’s consolation)
3:00 Dallas 64, Old Westbury 39 (men’s consolation)
6:00 Muhlenberg 66, Moravian 57 (women’s championship)
8:00 Muhlenberg 78, Moravian 73 (men’s championship)
The Muhlenberg basketball teams won a pair of thrillers against Moravian to sweep the Scotty Wood Tournament for the second time in the last three years. The women got the ball rolling by defeating the Greyhounds for the first time since 1995. The Mules scored the final four points of the first half to take a 23-19 lead and stayed on top the rest of the way. The lead was 42-40 midway through the second half before Muhlenberg opened the game up with a 15-7 run that consisted of five three-point plays: two conventional three-point plays by junior Jessica Drennan, two treys by sophomore Amanda Spengler and a triple by senior Caressa Lynch. Drennan finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors. Junior P.J. Schwartz made the All-Tournament team after giving the Mules a big lift off the bench with a career-high 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Sophomore Lindsay St. Lawrence tied a career high with 14 points and Lynch added 10. The men grabbed the lead for good five minutes into the second half, but held only a 63-62 advantage before a crucial five-point possession. Senior Chris Kenny made a three-pointer and Moravian was called for a foul away from the shot. Muhlenberg retained possession, and Kenny added a baseline jumper to up the lead to six. Baskets in the final two minutes by seniors Eric Nothstein and Scott Nielsen enabled the Mules to hold on. Senior Matt Schneider had 16 points and 7 rebounds and was named tournament MVP. Nothstein (16 points) and Kenny (14) joined him on the All-Tournament Team. Nielsen and sophomore Michael Barletta scored 10 points apiece, and sophomore Mark Lesko pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds in only 14 minutes of action. Click here for
women’s and men’s box scores.
WRESTLING competed in Red Dragon Invitational at Oneonta State. Five Muhlenberg wrestlers earned places at the Mules’ second meet of the season. Sophomore Adam Horner made it to the 184-pound final, and sophomore Bill Holsinger placed third at 149. Other placewinners were freshmen Burton Bates (fifth at 197), Jed Wulfekotte (fifth at 125) and Joseph Salerno (sixth at 141). No team scores were kept. Click here for complete results.

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Last updated November 21, 1999