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One hoops scholarship left

By admin Published: April 30, 2008

-- Alex Grimsley and Frank Henry-Ala are signed, filling the the two scholarships that were vacated by the departure of Mike Scott and Haminn Quaintance. Yet Geno Ford isn't done signing kids just yet.

A third scholarship has become available by the departure of Gabe Garcia and Ford plans on using it wisely, possibly on another Brazillian. Rodrigo Peggau, a 6-foot-8, 230 pound forward from the Patterson School in North Carolina is one player that has been offered a scholarship by the Flashes. Ole Miss, the College of Charleston, Marshall and St. Louis have also offered.

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Van Benschoten back with Pirates

By admin Published: April 30, 2008

it has been a long and winding road for former Kent State standout baseball player John Van Benschoten. The No. 8 pick in the 2001 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates saw a quick ascension to the major league roster in 2004. Injuries have crippled him ever since.

Van Benschoten missed the entire 2005 season with surgery to both shoulders. It wasn't until last season when he rejoined the Pirates, to less than stellar numbers.

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Williams to Denver, Ferrell to Indy.

By admin Published: April 28, 2008

Cornerback Jack Williams was drafted were the prognosticators were expecting Sunday. Williams, who struggled much of last season with injury, was selected in the fourth round (119) by the Denver Broncos.

This couldn't be a better situation for him. Although the Broncos have a plethra of defensive backs on the roster, Williams will get an oportunity to learn from some of the greats. Future Hall of Famers John Lynch and Champ Bailey will be able to teach him a thing or two about the NFL.

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Women's golf guns for another MAC title

By admin Published: April 24, 2008

The Kent State women's golf team should be fairly comfortable heading into this weekend's Mid-American Conference Tournament at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis. Since the inception of the program 10 years ago, the Flashes have won the title every year.

The Flashes haven't just won nine consecutive titles, they have destroyed the competiton winning by nearly 38 strokes on average.

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Ford on two new recruits

By Ron Published: April 24, 2008

Kent State men's basketball coach Geno Ford signed two players to the program for next season: Frank Henry-Ala and Alex Grimsley.

Henry-Ala is a 6-foot-7 forward originally from Pasadena, Calif. He comes to Kent State after averaging 10 points and 10.4 rebounds per game last season at Motlow State Community College (Tenn.).

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Kylie Reynolds keeps awards coming

By admin Published: April 23, 2008

Sophomore softball pitcher Kylie Reynolds knows a thing or two about winning awards. As a freshman, the Georgia Native picked up Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. She is already fourth on the Kent State all-time strikeout list with 449 strikeouts. IN JUST UNDER TWO SEASONS.

So what did she do this week? How about won her fourth MAC Pitcher of the Week honor of the season. Reynolds is now 8-0 with a .50 ERA in eight MAC starts. She is 14-2 overall with a 1.14 ERA.

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Burriss makes debut

By admin Published: April 21, 2008

Former Kent State shortstop Emmanuel Burriss, currently of the San Francisco Giants, didn't take much time at all reaching the Major Leagues. The 33rd pick in the 2006 draft took just two years to make his major league debut in Sunday's 8-2 win at St. Louis. He was a late inning replacement for starting shortstop Brian Bocock.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Burriss could get the start Monday night. MLB.com has a really nice story on Burriss debut and call up, which you can read here.

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Ford inks first recruit

By admin Published: April 20, 2008

The Kentsportsreport.com is reporting that Geno Ford has inked his first recruit.

Six-foot-five 210 pound Alex Grimsley, a senior at Batesville (Ind.) High School, will be joining the Flashes for next season. He averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists as a senior helping lead his team to the Indiana Final Four.

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Former Flash Sonnanstine shuts out White Sox

By admin Published: April 19, 2008

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine, a Wadsworth High School and Kent State graduate, shut down the Chicago White Sox Saturday night earning his first career complete game and shut out. Sonnanstine allowed just three hits in the win andis 2-1 on the season.

Sonnanstine has seen mixed results in his short pro career. In four years of minor league baseball Sonnanstine struck out 463 hitters, walking only 75. His minor league ERA sat at 2.58. Yet in his major league debut last year his ERA jumped to 5.85 in 22 starts.

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Carmichael, Reynolds powers softball to win

By admin Published: April 19, 2008

All the Kent State softball team needed Sunday was three runs to beat rival Miami. They all came on just one fourth-inning swing of the bat. Freshman designated hitter Jess Carmichael, a Dalton graduate, hit her fifth home run of the season Sunday.

The three-run shot to left field gave the Flashes a 3-2 win and its 30th victory of the season. It is now the third straight year the Flashes have won 30 games or more.

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Jack Williams works out for Falcons

By admin Published: April 11, 2008

The Atlanta Falcons were at Dix Stadium friday morning working out former Kent State cornerback Jack Williams. The Falcons General Manager, Thomas Dimitroff, head coach Mike Smith and an area scout were reportedly there for the workout.

Does the high representation really mean anything as far Jack's draft status?

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Former Huskie Novak visits Flashes

By admin Published: April 11, 2008

Former Northern Illinois football coach Joe Novak, has made his presence felt lately on the sidelines of Dix Stadium.

The recently retired coach, who has become good friends with Kent State coach Doug Martin, has been here all week with a watchful eye over Martin's program. Novak will not be joining him on the sidelines any time soon, but is here to offer advice and insight into how to run a MAC football program. Martin called Novak one of the most humble men he has ever met.

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Ford's staff rounding into form

By admin Published: April 9, 2008

Geno Ford's new basketball coaching staff is coming about quite well. Armon Gates is already in and from everything I have heard, Rob Senderoff isn't far behind. Senderoff is really a key for me. Sure, many people know him as the fall guy at Indiana. If you don't know about that you can read some about it here.

Anyways, Senderoff was at Kent State before hand. I do not know the man personally. I do not know if he is a dirty recruiter. I do not know if he is clean recruiter. All I know is Senderoff was responsible for bringing Mike Scott, Rodriquez Sherman and Chris Singletary to Kent State. Arguably three of the most important players on Kent State's roster last year.

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Ford adds Gates to staff

By Ron Published: April 8, 2008

Kent State basketball coach Geno Ford announced Tuesday the return of former Golden Flashes player Armon Gates as an assistant coach. Gates comes back to KSU after spending last season on the coaching staff at Western Kentucky.

"This is exciting for me to have a former player in the program, someone who understands what the tradition is all about," Ford said in a statement. "Armon was a very good player and is a guy who did everything right when he was here, on and off the floor. We want kids just like Armon. Our players will relate to him very well."

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Football faces healthy problem

By admin Published: April 6, 2008

Last year didn't quite end the way Kent State football coach Doug Martin would have liked. After coming up just shy of winning a MAC title for the first time since 1972, The Flashes started last season with promise by upsetting Iowa State.

Yet they ended the year battered and flawed. Kent State dropped the last seven games of the season and cycled through four different quarterbacks as the injury bug kept biting.

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Ford to be named coach

By admin Published: April 1, 2008

It sounds like Kent State athletic director Laing Kennedy didn't waste much time getting the coaching search up and running. Just got word that a press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow to name a new head coach.

The Associated Press is reporting that top assistant Geno Ford will be named head coach.

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