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Nealy to decide?

By admin Published: April 28, 2009

I caught up with Kent State men's basketball recruit DeAndre Nealy today.  He visited KSU over the weekend and will likely make his college decision on Wednesday or Thursday.  Nealy is a 6-6, 235 pound forward from Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan.  He averaged 15.3 points per game to go with 8.4 rebounds per game and 7.6 blocks per game last season.  If he picks Kent State, he will fill the last scholarship for 2009.

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Jason Patton named National Player of the Week

By admin Published: April 27, 2009

Senior Jason Patton was one of six players around the country to be named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, as reported by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.  Patton was on fire last week.  He went 10 for 20 with 4 home runs, 10 RBI and 11 runs scored.  In victories last week Patton had his first career multi home run game vs. Youngstown State then hit his first career grand slam vs. Ohio.  In Kent State's 28-16 victory over Ohio on Saturday, Patton went 5 for 7 and scored 6 runs.  It's the first time a Golden Flash player has scored six runs in one game since April of 1992.

The Golden Flashes continue to be nationally ranked.  They made their first appearance in the Rivals.com rankings coming in at #25.  KSU moved up four sports in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper rankings to #21 while also improving two spots in the latest Baseball America Rankings.  Kent State will return to action on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Duquesne.

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Porter to hit the gridiron with the Patriots

By admin Published: April 27, 2009

Despite never playing organized football, Kent State All-American heavyweight wrestler Jermail Porter will participate in the New England Patriots rookie camp this week.  Jonas Fortune has the interesting story here. 

Also, linebacker Derek Burrell will report to the Buffalo Bills mini-camp for a tryout.

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Free Agent Flashes

By admin Published: April 26, 2009

Steve Hare from the Kent Sports Report is reporting that four Golden Flashes will be signed on the free agent market with NFL teams.  Wide receiver Shawn Bayes to the Oakland Raiders, cornerback Rico Murray to his hometown Cincinnati Bengals, offensive lineman Gus Parrish to the New Orleans Saints and wrestler Jermail Porter to the New England Patriots, joining Julian Edelman.

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Edelman drafted by New England

By admin Published: April 26, 2009

Former Kent State QB Julian Edelman was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 7th round with the 232 overall pick.  Congratulations to Julian, he deserves it.  If you couldn't already tell, Edelman might be my most favorite athlete of all time.

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Second MAC player drafted

By admin Published: April 25, 2009

The Detroit Lions just took the second MAC player taken in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Lions drafted Louis Delmas, a safety from Western Michigan, in the first pick of the second round of the draft (the 33rd pick overall). Delmas was drafted ahead of notables James Laurinaitis, Rey Maualuga, Brian Robiskie, LeSean McCoy, and others.

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Chargers draft first MAC player

By admin Published: April 25, 2009

In one of the more surprising moves of the young NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers just took Northern Illinois outside linebacker Larry English with the 16th overall pick.

ESPN's Mel Kiper listed English as the top available outside linebacker at the time of the pick, but Kiper did not initially have English listed as a first round pick.

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Browns trade draft pick for ex-Flash Elam

By admin Published: April 25, 2009

The Cleveland Browns just traded their first-round NFL Draft pick, the fifth pick overall, to the New York Jets for former Kent State safety Abram Elam, and a host of others.

The Browns will also receive the Jets' first and second round draft picks for this draft, defensive end Kenyon Coleman and quarterback Brett Ratliff.

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Porter going the way of Gates?

By admin Published: April 24, 2009

Kent State Heavyweight wrestler Jermail Porter, who was the first KSU wrestler since 1986 to earn All-American Status, never played a down for the Kent State football team. Heck, he never played a down at Firestone High School either, form what I understand.

He may be getting fitted for a helmet now though.

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Martin: Edelman will be drafted

By admin Published: April 24, 2009

Just got back form this year's spring game and Kent State coach Doug Martin had a few interesting tidbits on former quarterback Julian Edelman.

With so many teams now interested in Edelman, the buzz has put Edelman into a position where Martin believes he will be drafted, as opposed to a post draft free agent signing.

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Edelman gears up for NFL

By admin Published: April 23, 2009

Former Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman’s pro possibilities continue to look promising.  With the growing popularity of the “Wildcat offense” in the NFL, Edelman could give teams an athlete who is experienced playing quarterback, with running back type moves and explosion.  Being able to be a weapon passing, running or receiving, Edelman has the ability to make a team very happy someday.  The California native will try to follow in the footsteps of former Kent State quarterback Josh Cribbs, who is now one of the best overall football players on the Cleveland Browns.  Edelman, like Cribbs, is looking to make the transition from quarterback to wide receiver.

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Kent State extends offers

By admin Published: April 22, 2009

From the ohio.com blog Varsity Letters...

The Kent State football program has recently offered two Dayton-area juniors, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

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Manns officially signs with KSU

By admin Published: April 22, 2009

The Kent State men's basketball program officially announced the signing of big man Justin Manns today.

Also, Mott CC forward DeAndre Nealy is expected to visit Kent State this weekend and wing Chris Evans from Virginia is expected to visit either this weekend or next.

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KSU introduces Centennial Cup with BGSU

By admin Published: April 21, 2009

Kent State and Bowling Green are in talks to start a "Centennial Cup" competition starting next athletic year and going through the 2010-2011 seasons.  Points will be awarded to the programs after every head to head meeting during those two seasons.  During the celebration of KSU's 100 years, all athletic teams will wear a patch on their uniforms to display the centennial logo.

Doug Martin might do something a little different for this Friday's "Blue and Gold" football scrimmage.  In year's past Martin has sat down the starters for fear of injuries and allow younger players to showcase themselves.  That may not be the case this year.  

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Baseball back in National Polls

By admin Published: April 20, 2009

The Kent State baseball team has climbed backed into the Baseball America national poll at #25.  KSU is also #25 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper rankings.  Kent State is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and was "also considered" in the latest Rivals.com rankings.  All this comes after a 4-1 week, including a victory at 26th ranked Ohio State on Wednesday, April 15.  Kent State will play a doubleheader at Youngstown State on Wednesday then will play a key MAC series at Ohio this weekend.  The Bobcats are 12-3 in the league and Kent State is 11-3 and 28-8 overall.

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Basketball scheduling news

By admin Published: April 20, 2009

Dave Carducci from the Record Courier is reporting that Wisconsin-Green Bay has been added to KSU's men's basketball season opening tournament.  The tournament, which will be called the Hispanic College Fund Classic, is expected to kick off the season in November.  Ole Miss has been rumored to also be participating but the tournament organizers could go in a different direction since Green Bay has been added.

Also, Northeastern and Wofford will join Kent State and Santa Clara to make up the field for the Santa Clara Cable Car Classic in December.

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KSU Notes

By admin Published: April 20, 2009

BASEBALL

The Golden Flashes had a wild weekend series vs. Bowling Green.  After losing in Friday's game 9-2, Kent State came back to sweep a doubleheader on Saturday.  Down early 7-3, KSU won in the 10th inning on a walk off three run homer by Anthony Gallas  to complete the victory 12-9.  That momentum propelled KSU to a victory in game two by a score of 9-4.  Kent State is now 28-8 and 11-3 in the MAC.  The Flashes are a half game behind Ohio for first place in the East Division.  KSU will travel to Athens this weekend to open up a weekend series with the Bobcats.

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Football has second scrimmage

By admin Published: April 18, 2009

The Kent State football team held their second scrimmage this afternoon at Dix Stadium in picture perfect weather.  Saturday's scrimmage went much more smooth than last week.  Head coach Doug Martin said, "It was much better than the first scrimmage.  We were hoping to see dramatic progress and we did."  Last week the Golden Flashes committed many penalties but only three today.  The wide receiver play was also much improved.  Sam Kirkland, who was converted from a defensive back to a wide receiver last year, had five catches for 86 yards including a 45 yard touchdown reception from Giorgio Morgan.  Morgan was 6-12 for 70 yards and a TD.  Anthony Magazu was 9-15 for 93 yards.  The offensive line continued to struggle a little bit while giving up five sacks and had issues with pass protection.  The running backs combined for 16 carries for 41 yards.  On defense Cobrani Mixon, Dan Hartman and Zach Williams all posted five tackles.  Martin said, "I think Danny Sadler is playing really well and Josh Pleasant, he had a big interception right by the goal line.  That was a great play.  Cobrani Mixon and Dorian Wood are playing really well inside."  Spring practice will conclude Friday, April 24 with the Blue & Gold scrimmage.  That will begin at 6P.M. and is free and open to the public.

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KSU Notes

By admin Published: April 17, 2009

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Elton Alexander has a brief story on new KSU recruit Justin Manns. Manns is from Winston Salem, North Carolina and played at Owens Community College in Toledo.  Manns only played one year of high school basketball after growing three to four inches prior to his senior season.

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Edelman on the move

By admin Published: April 16, 2009

Former Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman has been a busy man lately.  Interest in the do-it-all athlete has been increasing as the NFL Draft creeps closer.  This story talks about how Edelman visited with the Chicago Bears on Monday.  Edelman visited the Miami Dolphins yesterday and will return close to home tomorrow when he works out for the San Francisco 49ers.  Edelman projects as a wide receiver who can make a big impact on special teams in the NFL.  Also, with the new "wildcat" offense coming into style in the league, Edelman could also find a nice niche there with a team.

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Flashes defeat Ohio State

By admin Published: April 16, 2009

Kent State was able to outlast Ohio State on Wednesday night, coming up with a 8-7 win in Columbus at Bill Davis Stadium.  Redshirt junior catcher Cory Hindel (Tallmadge) led Kent State, going 3 for 4 in the game, including the game winning RBI in the top of the seventh inning.  Hindel began the scoring with a two run RBI triple in the top of the second inning.  Freshman Andrew Chafin picked up his fifth save of the season.  Chris Tremblay, playing second base on Wednesday, was outstanding defensively and had four hits and two runs scored.  Anthony Gallas had three hits and 3 RBI.  "I expected a tight ballgame," Ohio State head coach and former KSU head coach Bob Todd said.  "I didn't think either team was going to walk away with this game.  I think both teams were thinking about their conference weekends ahead with regard to their pitching, but each was also trying to win this ball game."  Kent State will return home Friday and open a three game series with Bowling Green.  Friday's game is at 3P.M.

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KSU Notes

By admin Published: April 15, 2009

The Kent State baseball team will take on Ohio State tonight in Columbus.  The Golden Flashes are ranked 24th in the nation according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll while the Buckeyes are ranked 26th according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association poll.  The Flashes defeated Youngstown State yesterday 5-3.  Fans can listen to the action tonight on the Kent State sports website with Ty Linder bringing you the action at around 6:20P.M.

According to Steve Hare at the Kent Sports Report, the men's basketball team is targeting Martino Brock, a wing from Maine Central Institute, a prep school in Maine.  Brock attended the same high school as Jordan Mincy.  Brock is visiting Kent State on April 25 then will visit Missouri on May 1.  It has been reported that Mizzouri is his first choice, and if they should offer him while on his visit he will accept while in Columbia.

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Stillings picks up another award

By admin Published: April 14, 2009

Junior pitcher Brad Stillings was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association Pitcher of the Week for his no hit performance on April 10 at Toledo.

Also, from the softball team Jess Carmichael was named MAC East Player of the Week for last week's games.  Helping Kent State to a 4-0 record, the sophomore shortstop hit .455 with 2 HR, a double and 5 RBI.

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James Harrison signs record contract with Steelers

By admin Published: April 14, 2009

Kent State alum James Harrison signed a six-year, $51.75 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

This is a success story on several levels. First, Harrison is a former Kent State stand-out. Second, Harrison is a local guy, having played for Coventry High School. Third, Harrison got to where he is the old fashioned way. If you're not already familiar with his story, Harrison was undrafted out of Kent State, and was cut by the Steelers three times and the Baltimore Ravens once. He kept at it, eventually got an opportunity to play, took over as a starter two years ago following the departure of Joey Porter, and the rest is history.

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Basketball recruiting news

By admin Published: April 13, 2009

Dwain Williams coming to Kent State doesn't look like it will be a reality.  Steve Hare, recruiting expert  from the Kent Sports Report is saying that Kent State will look forward to other options at this point.  He is also reporting that Justin Manns, a 6-10 center from Owens Community College is in at Kent State.  Manns, who visited Kent State a couple weeks ago won't turn 20 until July.  He is young with plenty of upside, and will hopefully give the Golden Flashes more athleticism on their front line.  Kent State grew a little tired of waiting and worrying on the well traveled Williams to make up his mind.  Apparently, according to this report, Williams now has come out and said he will play for Hawaii next season and never publicy said he would play for the Golden Flashes.  Rodriguez Sherman is a player who red shirted this past season while recovering from off season knee surgery.  He is the player I would expect to step in next year and start at point guard.  This would also accelerate the learning curve of incoming freshman guard Randal Holt from Glenville High School in Cleveland.  Stay tuned as recruiting news continues to happen with the Golden Flashes basketball program.

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Brad Stillings named National Player of the Week, Baseball returns to national rankings

By admin Published: April 13, 2009

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper named Kent State junior pitcher Brad Stillings one of five national players of the week on Monday.  On Friday Stillings became the 9th pitcher (10th time overall) in school history to throw a no hitter in a victory at Toledo.  Stillings was also named MAC East Pitcher of the Week and Kent State Athlete of the Week.  Kent State also got back into the national ranking picture according to the newspaper, with 441 points, ranking 24th in the nation. 

Kent State will host Youngstown State at 3P.M. on Tuesday afternoon.  Then they will travel to Ohio State to play the Buckeyes on Wednesday evening at 6:30P.M.  The Golden Flashes will return home this weekend to host Bowling Green.

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Baseball & Softball win on Sunday

By admin Published: April 12, 2009

BASEBALL

The Kent State baseball team defeated Toledo on Sunday afternoon 9-2.  After only scoring 5 runs in the first two games of the series, KSU's offense exploded in the victory over the West Division leading Rockets.  Sophomore Kyle Hallock improved to 2-1 on the season allowing 0 runs and 4 hits while striking out 4 in 6 innings of work.  Sophomore Ben Klafczynski was 3-5 at the plate with 2 RBI for Kent State.  The Golden Flashes improved to 24-7 and 9-2 in the MAC.

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Al Fisher update at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

By admin Published: April 11, 2009

Al Fisher's Norfolk Naval Shipyard won the championship game on Saturday night, defeating Sales System LTD 72-69.  Fisher came off the bench and went 2-7 from the field, 0-3 from the three point line, 2-2 from the free throw line, and finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers and 1 block in 15 minutes of work.  The game featured the last two MAC Player's of the Year.  Michael Bramos, the 2009 MAC POY from Miami was 5-13 from the field, 1-7 from the three point line and 0-1 from the free throw line.  Bramos finished with 11 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 25 minutes of action.  Fisher's totals for the tournament are 10-22 from the field for 45%, 4-9 from the three point line for 44%, 10 total assists and 3 total turnovers in 20 minutes per game.  Fisher averaged 9.6 points per game in the three games.  Bramos' totals were 12-28 from the field for 43%, 5-15 from the three point line for 33% and 2 rebounds per game in 25.3 minutes per game.  Bramos also averaged 9.6 points per game during the event.

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Flashes defeat Akron

By admin Published: April 11, 2009

SOFTBALL

The Kent State softball team defeated arch rival Akron on Saturday afternoon when Ashlee Hein hit a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 7th inning to lead the Flashes to a 3-2 victory in front of a large, spirited crowd at the Diamond at Dix.  Tom Gaffney from the ABJ has the story here. 

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News & Notes

By admin Published: April 11, 2009

Miami University hockey

Miami University is currently in a 1-1 tie with Boston University at the end of two periods in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey National Championship game.

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Kent State softball beats Akron, extends MAC East lead

By admin Published: April 11, 2009

In a battle of the top two MAC East teams, it was Kent State who bettered cross-town rival Akron 3-2 today.

The Golden Flashes softball team improved to 7-1 in conference play, while the Zips fell to 6-4, and 23-14 overall. Junior starting pitcher Kylie Reynolds improved to 5-1 against MAC teams, and 13-10 overall.

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Kent State softball rides six homers in double-header sweep of Ohio

By admin Published: April 11, 2009

Kent State's softball team hit six homeruns in yesterday's double-header sweep of Ohio University.

The Golden Flashes improved to 15-16, and a MAC East-leading 6-1 in conference play. The Record Courier's David Carducci has a great story on Kent State head softball coach Karen Linder's 617th and 618th career wins, which pushed her past her father's 617 wins as head baseball coach at Otterbein.

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Fisher update in Portsmouth

By admin Published: April 10, 2009

Al Fisher's Norfolk Naval Shipyard squad defeated Cherry, Bekaert & Holland on Friday night at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament by a score of 89-73.  Fisher, who was bothered by a minor ankle injury in last night's game, started and played 27 minutes Friday night.  Fisher went 4-8 from the field, 2-3 from the three point line and finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and just 2 turnovers.  That brings Fisher's two game total to 8-15 from the field, 4-6 from the three, 7 assists, 3 turnovers while averaging 22.5 minutes in two games.  Fisher is averaging 11.5 points per game.  Ironically, Fisher's squad will face Miami Redhawk star Michael Bramos' squad in the championship game tomorrow night at 8P.M.  Bramos' two game totals thus far include 7-15 from the field, 4-8 from three, 4 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game while averaging 9 points per game.  Bramos' teammates in the event include Diamon Simpson from St. Mary's and Kyle McAlarney from Notre Dame.

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Brad Stillings pitches no-hitter in KSU 1-0 win

By admin Published: April 10, 2009

Brad Stillings became the 9th pitcher in Kent State history as the Golden Flashes defeated Toledo 1-0 on Friday afternoon.  Stillings struck out 8 and did not walk a batter.  Ben Klafczynski produced the only run for KSU with a two out RBI double in the 6th inning.  Log on to www.kentstatesports.com for more information on the historic day in Kent State baseball.  KSU improved to 23-6 and 8-1 in the MAC.

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Curtis posts second round 71, should make cut

By admin Published: April 10, 2009

At this point, Ben Curtis has all but secured making the Masters cut.

Curtis finished today with a one-under 71, bringing his overall score to even par. He's currently in a 10-way tie for 32nd place, nine strokes behind leaders Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry. Tiger Woods is two strokes ahead at -2.

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Curtis birdies 15, moves to even

By admin Published: April 10, 2009

Ben Curtis just birdied hole 15, moving him into a 10-way tie for 31st, and in good position to make the Masters cut.

Curtis stands -1 for the day and even overall with three holes to play. It would likely take two bogeys or a double to send him home after two days. Anything better, and we should be watching Curtis play Augusta National on Easter Sunday.

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Curtis just inside projected Masters cut

By admin Published: April 10, 2009

Ben Curtis sits just inside the projected cut at the Masters. He's even through the first eight holes on day two of the tournament, bringing his total to +1.

The Augusta National course seems to be tougher on the field today, as no one has shot better than -3 yet. Chad Campbell still leads at nine under. He shot -2 today, following a field-leading -7 yesterday.

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Miami University to play for men's ice hockey national championship

By admin Published: April 9, 2009

The Miami University men's ice hockey team defeated Bemidji State 4-1 tonight to earn a spot in the national championship game, and a spotlight on another Mid American Conference university.

Miami will face either Boston University or Vermont Saturday at 7pm Eastern in Washington, D.C. The Redhawks (23-12-5), who were unseeded, defeated third-seeded Denver in the first round and Minnesota Duluth in the second. Bemidji State upset second-seeded Notre Dame, the defending national champions, in the first round of the 16-team tournament.

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Fisher update in Portsmouth

By admin Published: April 9, 2009

Kent State senior guard Al Fisher's Norfolk Naval Shipyard team defeated Portsmouth Sports Club 89-65 at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia on Thursday night.  Coming off the bench in 16 minutes of work, Fisher was 4-7 from the floor, 2-3 from distance and finished with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.  Xavier's B.J. Raymond led the squad with 19 points.  Fisher and crew will play Friday night at 9P.M.  Kent State associate head coach Rob Senderoff accompanied Fisher on the trip.

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Curtis sits 51st, tees off at 12:24pm

By admin Published: April 9, 2009

Ben Curtis is not siting in too bad of shape at the Masters.

At +1, Curtis is near the middle of the field, in an 18-way tie for 51st place out of 96 golfers. Curtis tees off at 12:24pm tomorrow in the 23rd group. He currently sits one stroke away from making the cut (the low 44 scores and ties make the cut). Other notables at +1 include Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Rory Sabbatini.

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Ben Curtis finishes +1, John Daly hawks gear

By admin Published: April 9, 2009

Ben Curtis fell back a bit at the Masters, finishing the course +1. Shingo Katayama and Chad Campbell are the current leaders at -5. Curtis bogeyed holes 10, 11 and 12 to move to +2 before birdieing 17.

In other news, John Daly is at the Masters today! He's just down the road from Augusta National, where he is reportedly selling shirts and hats. I couldn't make that up...

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Morgan impressing at QB

By admin Published: April 9, 2009

Dave Carducci from the Record Courier writes today how Giorgio Morgan has taken the lead in the battle for quarterback, and has looked impressive doing so.  The Flashes will have their first full scrimmage on Saturday morning at 10A.M.

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Ben Curtis -1 after nine at Masters

By admin Published: April 9, 2009

Kent State alum Ben Curtis just finished one under on the front nine of Augusta National at the Masters. He currently stands tied for eighth place out of the 54 golfers that have teed off.

Ohio.com has a live scoreboard of the field, and you can follow the action at Masters.com.

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Baseball routs Marshall 13-2

By admin Published: April 8, 2009

The Kent State baseball team continued their winning ways on Wednesday afternoon, defeating Marshall 13-2. 

Freshman Ryan Mace improved to 2-1 this season, giving up only two solo home runs in five innings of work with two strikeouts. “Ryan was outstanding," said Stricklin. "He was ahead in the count and he threw a lot of pitches for strikes. He threw only 63 pitches in five innings of work. He was really efficient: he keeps the game moving and the guys were playing defense behind him." 

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News & Notes

By admin Published: April 8, 2009

Dwain Williams reaction

Dave Carducci's article today in the Record Courier confirmed everything I had been hearing from KSU sources since the report came out that he also gave a commitment to play at Hawaii.  I can't imagine Kent State is too confident that Williams will be in  the blue and gold of Kent State next season, and are doing their work to fill his spot.  I'm not trying to knock Williams too much because certainly I don't know the circumstances of why he has kept committing to schools and then backing out.  But as a Kent State fan it would be harder for me to trust Williams knowing how well traveled he is.  Who's to say he would even last at Kent State, as he might jump to another school.

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Now, Dwain Williams may NOT be headed to Hawaii

By admin Published: April 8, 2009

The "Where will Dwain Williams play next season?" plot continues to thicken, as David Carducci reports in today's Record Courier.

Reports surfaced last week that Williams, a prized men's basketball transfer who previously committed to play for Kent State next season, had recently changed his mind and committed to play for the University of Hawaii.

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Fisher invited to The Portsmouth Invitational

By admin Published: April 7, 2009

Kent State senior guard Al Fisher has been chosen to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week in Portsmouth, Virginia.  Fisher is one of just 64 players around the nation invited to participate in the four day, twelve game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team and several international leagues.

This is the second straight year a Kent State player has taken part in the event.  Last season Haminn Quaintance played in the tournament.  "Q" is now playing professionally in Israeli.

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Kent State offers Gulley

By admin Published: April 7, 2009

The blog Varsity Letters is reporting that Kent State has offered a scholarship to Akron Garfield junior RB Tyson Gulley (5-9, 175). 

Gulley also has offers from Toledo, Akron, Ohio, Miami, Central Michigan and Kansas.

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Chafin Named MAC East Pitcher of the Week

By admin Published: April 6, 2009

BASEBALL

Freshman Andrew Chafin was named the MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week for games played last week.  The Golden Flashes went 5-0 during the week.  Chafin went 1-0 with a save in six innings of work.  In 22.1 innings this year, Chafin leads the team with a 1.21 ERA and is second in strikeouts with 34. 

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Spring Football Update

By admin Published: April 4, 2009

The Kent State football team has two days of spring practice under their belt.  Here are some of the early stories and sidebars that are emerging.

Dave Carducci of the Record Courier is writing about the battle at quarterback between Giorgio Morgan and Anthony Magazu.  Dave also touches on the wide receiver position. 

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Dwain Williams to play at Hawaii

By admin Published: April 3, 2009

Apparently Dwain Williams will not be the point guard of the Kent State men's basketball team next season.  The thought by many was that Williams was on campus and enrolled in classes for the Spring Semester.  The Providence transfer and well traveled guard now looks to be playing at Hawaii next season.  Stay tuned...

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Gymnastics team competes for Central Regional Championship Saturday

By admin Published: April 3, 2009

The nationally ranked and MAC Champion Gymnastics team will compete to win the Division I Central Regional Championship at Ohio State tomorrow.

No.22 Kent State will take on No. 5 Louisiana State, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 17 Ohio State, No. 24 Kentucky and No. 26 Michigan State at the St. John Arena.

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2009-10 Men's Basketball schedule coming together

By admin Published: April 3, 2009

The Kent State Men's Basketball schedule for the 2009-2010 season is starting to take shape more and more.  Kent State will open the season by hosting a three day, four team round-robin tournament.  It looks like one of the Golden Flashes opponents in that event will be the Ole Miss Rebels from the SEC.  Louisiana Lafayette is another school rumored to be participating in the event.

The Golden Flashes are set to host Norfolk State and another BracketBuster game next year.

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Spring Football Notes

By admin Published: April 3, 2009

The Kent State football team will begin spring practice this morning and conclude with the Blue and Gold game on April 24, which is open to the public.  Here are some of the news and notes that have happened since the season ending victory over MAC Champion Buffalo and now.

Doug Martin and his staff welcomed 22 student athletes into the program at the signing day press conference on February 4.

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Flash Back for Vanderink

By admin Published: April 2, 2009

Dave Carducci of the Record Courier reports that former Crestwood star Alan Vanderink is embracing his role as he returns to his high school position of running back.  Ideally, Vanderink could be a change of pace third down back that can catch the ball out of the backfield.  He is also eager to make his mark on a special teams unit that cost the Golden Flashes in past seasons.

The Kent Sports Report is talking about the Golden Flashes' depth at the running back position here.

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Kent State baseball rallies past Penn State

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

It was sweet revenge for Kent State baseball, as the Flashes defeated Penn State 4-3 today.

The Nittany Lions (15-11) beat Kent State 9-2 last week at Schoonover Stadium, and led 3-0 heading into the fourth inning today, before the Flashes rallied for three runs. Sophomore Ben Klafczynski hit the winning RBI, as Kent State's bullpen held the Lions scoreless for the final six innings.

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Hahn is MAC Golfer of the Week

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

Kent State sophomore John Hahn from Hudson was named MAC  Men's Golfer of the Week for the second time this season and fourth time in his career on Wednesday.  The second straight KSU golfer to win the award, Hahn takes home the honor this week after capturing individual medalist accolades at the Towson Invitational.

Kent State returns to action this weekend at the Administaff ASU Invitational in Augusta, Georgia.

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Greg Rohan interview/International article

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

The Daily Kent Stater had a feature with MAC Baseball 2008 Player of the Year Greg Rohan today. 

The Golden Flashes baseball team plays at Penn State this evening at 5:30P.M.  In last Tuesday's game against Penn State, Kent State jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but a seven run fourth by Penn State led the Nittany Lions to a 9-2 victory.  Rohan was 2 for 4 at the plate with a solo home run.

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Kent State baseball defeats Malone in extra innings

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

Kent State baseball improved to 17-6 yesterday by edging out Malone 3-2 in 10 innings.

Freshman reliever Andrew Chafin pitched "like a seasoned Division I college veteran," the Record Courier's David Carducci reports.

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Burriss pushes for starting job

By admin Published: April 1, 2009

Jonas Fortune has posted this bit of information at the Indians blog, Tribe Matters.

Former Kent State shortstop Emmanuel Burriss may be playing his way into the starting second basemen job for the San Francisco Giants, according to MLB.com’s Chris Haft.

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