Central Michigan's Sanborn and Miami's Poisson Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 4/25/2000
CLEVELAND, OH -- Central Michigan's Jacob Sanborn (baseball) and Miami's Sharon Poisson (track & field) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on April 25, 2000.

Sanborn (Sr., 3.52, marketing/logistics, Grand Ledge, Mich.) was 6-for-14 (.429) last week with 10 RBIs. He scored seven runs that included four homers and was 5-for-5 in stolen-base attempts. CMU finished the week 5-1. With his totals on the week, Sanborn has now moved into second place in CMU history for career hits (220), at-bats (613) and total bases (357). He ranks fourth in CMU history in RBIs (132) and extra base hits (70).

Poisson (Sr., 3.88, zoology, Louisville, Ky.) shattered Miami's women's pole vault record for the second time in the last two weeks and the third time this season. In just her second year competing in the event, Poisson cleared 11'3.75" last Saturday to take first place at the Indiana State Invitational. In doing so, she became the first Miami woman to clear 11 feet in the event.

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during that week's competition. The winners are selected by one of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Female Nominees:

Akron: Mary Varga (track & field, So., 3.80, education, Tallmadge, Ohio) set a school record with a mark of 150'1" to place third in the javelin in a dual meet at Kent. Varga has improved her javelin mark by 6'2" since the beginning of the outdoor season. She also finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles (16.74), second in the high jump (5'4.25") and third in the long jump (17'4.75").

Bowling Green: Meghan Rhodes (tennis, Jr., 3.64, international business, Arlington Hts., Ill.) went undefeated at No. 3 singles. She beat Toledo's Sarah Rothenberg and EMU's Manuela Todrove by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores as the Falcons recorded dual-match victories over the Rockets and Eagles. BGSU, picked sixth in the preseason Coaches' Poll, finished in a tie for third place and enter the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. Rhodes teamed with senior Deidee Bissinger for a pair of wins at No. 2 doubles with scores of 8-4 and 8-2.

Central Michigan: Jen Skuta (softball, So., 3.52, sociology/criminal justice, Pinconning, Mich.) was 12-for-18 (.667) at the plate for CMU last week. She helped the Chippewas to a 5-1 record. Skuta had a multiple-hit game in all six games on the week and currently has a seven-game hitting streak. She had four runs scored, two RBIs, a triple, a walk and a sacrifice. Skuta was 2-for-3 (.667) in RBI opportunities. She is hitting a team-best .452 in MAC action and last week alone, she improved her season batting average 103 points from .213 to .316.

Kent: Jan Dowling (golf, So., 3.93, leisure studies, Bradford, Ontario) recorded her third straight top-10 finish at the Buckeye Invitational, tying for eighth place. She was the top MAC finisher and helped Kent to a fifth-place team finish.

Ohio: Tiffany Bolton (softball, So., 3.58, exercise physiology, Fairfax, Va.) was 7-of-11 (.583) on the week with a hit in each of the week's five games. She had three doubles, four RBIs and five walks (one intentional) and zero stikeouts. Against Miami, Bolton was 4-for-7 (.571) with three doubles and four RBIs. She drove in all three of Ohio's runs in the second game. In the field, she was error free in 28 attempts (15 putouts, 13 assists).

Male Nominees:
Akron: Jim Gemler (baseball, So., 3.15, business, Erie, Pa.) went 8-for-16 (.500) in five games last week, with five runs scored, two RBIs, five doubles and one home run. He currently leads the team in home runs (five) and doubles (nine).

Bowling Green: Matt Best (baseball, Sr., 3.18, integrated social studies, Lima, Ohio) batted .538 (7-13) as BG went 4-2 on the week. He had a hit in all four games in which he played to extend his hitting streak to six games. Best played left field, first base and third base during the week. He scored three runs and drove in two more.

Kent: Jason Biniker (baseball, So., 3.60, business management, Perrysburg, Ohio) pitched a complete-game three-hitter in a 4-0 victory over Akron to improve his record to 4-1. He struck out four batters, while walking only one. The win gave Kent a one-game lead in the East Division race.

Ohio: Ryan Kyes (baseball, Jr., 3.30, business, White Lake, Mich.) went 9-for-15 (.600) in four games against Marshall with six runs scored, seven RBIs, three home runs and a double. He also had one stolen base. Two of the home runs were back-to-back at bats (on Sunday, April 23).

Previous Winners Female Week 1 (Sept. 7) Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball) Week 2 (Sept. 13) Jennifer Mitchell, CMU (volleyball) Kerri Schoultz, BSU (field hockey) Week 3 (Sept. 20) Kim Branam, Akron (volleyball) Week 4 (Sept. 27) Jocelyn Teall, BSU (field hockey) Week 5 (Oct. 5) Alissia Thompson, Miami (volleyball) Week 6 (Oct. 11) Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey) Week 7 (Oct. 19) Heather Fueger, Ohio (women's golf) Week 8 (Oct. 25) Courtney Seyferth, Miami (field hockey) Week 9 (Nov. 2) Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey) Week 10 (Nov. 9) Carrie Patterson, Kent (volleyball) Week 11 (Nov. 15) Katie Mullen, Ohio (volleyball) Week 12 (Nov. 23) Tennille Hileski, CMU (volleyball) Week 13 (Nov. 29) Emily Sallee, BSU (volleyball) Week 14 (Dec. 6) Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming) Week 15 (Dec. 13) Erinn Hitch, BSU (swimming) Week 16 (Jan. 10) Tara Perrier, Buffalo (basketball) Week 17 (Jan. 19) Laura Szczepanski, BSU (gymnastics) Week 18 (Jan. 24) Jamie Stewart, Miami (basketball) Week 19 (Jan. 31) Angie Farmer, BGSU (basketball) Week 20 (Feb. 8) Laura Szczepanksi, BSU (gymnastics) Week 21 (Feb. 15) Erica Glover, Akron (basketball) Week 22 (Feb. 21) Tara Overaitis, Toledo (basketball) Week 23 (Feb. 29) Kim van Selm, Ohio (swimming & diving) Week 24 (Mar. 7) Julie Studer, Kent (basketball) Week 25 (Mar. 14) Nikki Liphardt, CMU (gymnastics) Week 26 (Mar. 21) Marny Oestreng, BGSU (gymnastics) Week 27 (Mar. 28) Katie Geib, Ohio (track & field) Week 28 (Apr. 5) Nikki Liphardt, CMU (gymnastics) Week 29 (Apr. 11) Christy Smith, Akron (track & field) Week 30 (Apr. 18) Wendy Stephens, CMU (softball) Week 31 (Apr. 25) Sharon Poisson, Miami (track & field) Previous Winners Male Week 1 (Sept. 7) Chad Pennington, Marshall (football) Week 2 (Sept. 13) Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country) Week 3 (Sept. 20) Jason Strasser, BGSU (football) Week 4 (Sept. 27) Tim Lester, WMU (football) Week 5 (Oct. 5) Tim Rice, Toledo (men's golf) Week 6 (Oct. 11) Ty Fowler, BGSU (men's soccer) Week 7 (Oct. 19) Scott Niles, WMU (football) Week 8 (Oct. 25) Zac Derr, Akron (football) Week 9 (Nov. 2) Jon Eaton, Akron (football) Week 10 (Nov. 9) Brian Billips, Ohio (swimming & diving) Week 11 (Nov. 15) Karoly Bozan, Kent (cross country) Week 12 (Nov. 23) Andy Brumbergs, Miami (football) Week 13 (Nov. 29) Mike Ensminger, Miami (basketball) Week 14 (Dec. 6) Demetric Shaw, Kent (basketball) Week 15 (Dec. 13) Dan Hickey, Buffalo (swimming) Week 16 (Jan. 10) Brian Baughman, Kent (wrestling) Week 17 (Jan. 19) Jason Grunkemeyer, Miami (basketball) Week 18 (Jan. 24) T.J. Lux, NIU (basketball) Week 19 (Jan. 31) Dale Cowper, WMU (track & field) Week 20 (Feb. 8) Brian Billips, Ohio (swimming & diving) Week 21 (Feb. 15) David Webber, CMU (basketball) Week 22 (Feb. 21) Chad Kamstra, Toledo (basketball) Week 23 (Feb. 29) David Webber, CMU (basketball) Week 24 (Mar. 7) Dan Bednar, Ohio (wrestling) Week 25 (Mar. 14) Jason Stewart, Miami (basketball) Week 26 (Mar. 21) Nate Tekavec, Miami (baseball) Week 27 (Mar. 28) Demetric Shaw, Kent (basketball) Week 28 (Apr. 5) Sam O'Dell, Marshall (golf) Week 29 (Apr. 11) Andrew Seni, BSU (tennis) Week 30 (Apr. 18) Nick Iagulli, Miami (track & field) Week 31 (Apr. 25) Jacob Sanborn, CMU (baseball)