Kent's Dowling and Ohio's Kyes Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 5/2/2000
CLEVELAND, OH -- Kent's Jan Dowling (golf) and Ohio's Ryan Kyes (baseball) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on May 2, 2000.

Dowling (So., 3.93, leisure studies, Bradford, Ontario) was the medallist at the 2000 MAC Women's Golf Championship with rounds of 73-74-73-220. She set a new tournament record with her score of 220. She was also named Golfer of the Year after leading the Golden Flashes to the team title. Dowling was named to the All-MAC First Team.

Kyes (Jr., 3.30, business, White Lake, Mich.) went 10-for-19 (.526) this past week with 11 runs and five RBIs, including two home runs, one double and one triple. He had three hits, three runs and one RBI, including a triple against Cincinnati last Tuesday. Kyes hit two home runs on Saturday, April 29 against Akron, one in the first game in which he was 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI and one in game two where he was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. On Sunday, April 30, he was 3-for-4 with three runs, one RBI and a double.

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: Karen Beasley (track & field, Sr., 3.31, health/physical education, Blakeslee, Ohio) finished second in the high jump at the 106th Penn Relays with a season-best jump of 5'9.25". The mark ranks number one on the team as well. Beasley competed again on Saturday at the Baldwin Wallace Invitational where she cleared 11'5.75" in the pole vault, tying her season best.

Bowling Green: Erin Zwinck (softball, Sr., 3.55, sport management, White Lake, Mich.) hit a team-best .375 last week as the Falcons assumed control of the MAC's East Division. BGSU now has a two-game lead over Marshall with three games left to play. She is hitting a Falcon-high .325 this year, including a blistering .442 (23-for-52) in MAC games. In league play, she has both an on-base percentage and slugging percentage of .500. Zwinck leads BGSU with 12 multiple-hit games this year and ranks second with multi-RBI outings.

Central Michigan: Nicole Weston (softball, Sr., 3.84, health fitness, Grand Ledge, Mich.) hit .438 (7-for-16) last week with five doubles, three RBIs and six runs scored. She helped CMU to a 4-1 record on the week. In one game, versus Western Michigan, Weston was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, three runs, two doubles and a walk. She had two two-double games on the week.

Ohio: Kelli Bankert (softball, R-Fr., 3.96, early childhood education, Clifton, Va.) batted .533 (8-for-15) on the week, extending her hitting streak to 14 her hitting streak to 14 games, to lead the Bobcats to a 4-1 week. She recorded three doubles, one home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. Bankert was hit by a pitch and used a sacrifice fly to score a run. She hit the game-winning solo home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth in a 3-2 win over Marshall. The Bobcats swept the Herd and won two-of-three against Kent. She has 14 doubles on the season, ranking among the nation's leaders, and is just seven shy of Ohio's season record. Bankert has recorded hits in 19 of the last 20 games.

Male Nominees:
Bowling Green: Aric Christman (baseball, Jr., 3.06, sport management, Leipsic, Ohio.) batted .435 (10-for-23) with five runs scored, four RBIs and three doubles. He had a hit in all six games to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Christman had 13 total bases for a .565 slugging percentage. Central Michigan: Tim Bullinger (baseball, So., 3.07, marketing, Jackson, Mich.) hit .500 on the week going 7-for-14 with four RBIs and one run scored. He hit two doubles, notching a hit in all four games versus Eastern Michigan.

Kent: Ben Curtis (golf, Sr., 3.12, leisure studies management, Ostrander, Ohio) placed third at the Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich., with rounds of 71-73-71-215. He was the top MAC finisher at the event.

Marshall: Marty Rini (baseball, So., 3.25, sport management and marketing, Bethel Park, Pa.) posted a .500 average with two home runs and 10 runs batted in over the week. The MAC leader in home runs, Rini had been stuck on 11 until his grand slam in a 13-12 win over VMI. Rini also picked up the game-winning hit in that game with an RBI double. He led the team for the week in slugging percentage at 1.056 and on-base percentage at .565. He was also perfect in the field, going errorless in 11 chances. Rini's bat helped the Herd snap a 12-game overall losing streak versus VMI, and a 14-game MAC losing skid against Miami. The Thundering Herd was 3-3 on the week, and has now won three of its last five, topping its overall win total from 1999 (12) and matching its MAC win total form last season (3).

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)
Week 32 (May 2) Jan Dowling, Kent (golf)

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) Week 32 (May 2) Ryan Kyes, Ohio (baseball)