Toledo's Stempin and Eastern Michigan's Charles Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 12/5/2000
CLEVELAND, OH (Dec. 5) -- Toledo's Greg Stempin (men's basketball) and Eastern Michigan's Shani Charles (women's basketball) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on December 5, 2000.

Stempin (Sr., 3.05, pre-business, Macomb, Mich.) led Rockets to pair of wins to improve their record to a perfect 5-0. He scored 21 points and had eight rebounds against Detroit. Against George Mason, Stempin had 20 points, four rebounds and three assists to average 20.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for the week. He has scored 20 points or more in four straight games for first time in his career. Stempin leads Rockets in points (20.0) and rebounds (7.4) per game. He is shooting 51.3 percent from field and 43.5 percent from three-point range.

Charles (Sr., 3.27, exercise science, Pickering, Ontario) started all three games and averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.7 steals per contest while shooting 78.9 percent from the free throw line. Charles posted a season-high 18 points at Colorado State, and followed it up with 12 points and a career-high five steals in the win against Valparaiso. Her most impressive effort came on Sunday against Michigan State at the Women's Basketball Showcase in Grand Rapids. Charles was 4-of-6 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line for 15 points and grabbed six rebounds and two steals to lead the Eagles to the program's first-ever win over Michigan State in twelve tries.

Charles was also a key part of the defense that limited the Spartans to just 35.5 percent from the field in the contest. Charles, returning from a season-ending knee injury prior to last season, has been a major spark in the Eagles' early solid start.

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: Kathleen Christian (swimming, So., 3.80, exercise science, Tallmadge, Ohio) won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events at the 10-team Akron Invitational last weekend. She scored 402.35 points to win the one-meter and 474.85 points to win the three-meter. Christian scored 40 team points with her wins, helping Akron to the team title.

Bowling Green: Jen Jarjosa (swimming, Sr., 4.00, biology, West Chester, Ohio) won the 200 back (2:10.15), placed fifth in the 200 free (1:56.49), fourth in the 100 back (1:01.79) and fourth in the 50 free (24.45) at the EMU Invitational. The team finished second behind host EMU at the event. Jarjosa was also a member of the winning 800-free relay (7:50.76), the 200-free relay (2nd place, 1:38.87), the 400-medley relay (2nd place, 4:02.25) and the 400-free relay (3rd place, 3:36.27).

Buffalo: Jenelle Callender (track & field, So., 3.51, international releations, Brooklyn, N.Y.) was a double winner at the Katie Almeter Memorial Colgate Invitational taking the 55 meters in 7.41 seconds and the 200 meters in 25.85. The Bulls won the meet with 163 points to finish ahead of Colgate and Canisius.

Miami: Suzy Riley (swimming, Sr., 3.09, physical education, Westwood, Mass.) helped Miami to a third-place finish at the competitive Miami Invitational. In the two individual events that she competed in, Riley finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:23.87 behind Indianas Megan Geers, and fifth in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:33.71.

Ohio: Kim van Selm (swimming, Jr., 3.23, pre-physical therapy, Durban, South Africa) once again dominated the pool. The South Africa native captured first place in the 200 (1:52.49) and 500 freestyle (4:58.44) and second in the 100 free (52.77). The second-place finish marked the first time van Selm has been defeated this season.

Toledo: Teresa Kahle (basketball, So., 3.77, multi-aged education, Lima, Ohio) scored team-high 14 points (6-of-7 from field) and collected eight rebounds in the Rockets' only game of week, an 87-53 win over Duquesne. She also had two assists in 25 minutes of action.

Western Michigan: Zakiya Pope (volleyball, Jr., 3.25, textile and apparel studies, East Lansing, Mich.) had 15 kills and two blocks in the NCAA tournament match versus Northern Iowa. She was named the MAC Volleyball Player of the Year earlier in the week after finishing the season with a team-high .353 hitting percentage. She led the Broncos in kills (379) and finished second in blocks (127) and blocks per game (1.18).

Male Nominees:

Akron: Nate Schindewolf (basketball, Sr., 3.56, special education, Akron, Ohio) was named to the all-tournament team at the Carrier Classic. He averaged eight points, 1.5 rebounds and two assists during the tournament. He scored nine points against No. 20 Syracuse.

Buffalo: Pete Otovic (track & field, Sr., 3.40, biology, DeWitt, N.Y.) won the 400 meters in 51.19 seconds at the Katie Almeter Memorial Colgate Invitational. The Bulls won the meet with 144 points to finish ahead of Colgate and Canisius.

Kent State: Jared Opfer (wrestling, R-Fr., 3.11, undecided, Sandusky, Ohio) went 2-0 on the weekend. He defeated Campbell's Adam Doherty 9-1 Dec. 1 on the way to a 37-3 win over the Camels. He followed that by pinning The Citadel's Andrew Norris in 13 seconds to help the Golden Flashes to a 31-10 win over the Bulldogs. Opfer is now 5-2 on the season.

Miami: Jason Grunkemeyer (basketball, Sr., 3.34, physical education, Mason, Ohio) led Miami to its biggest win of the season, scoring a game-high 20 points in the RedHawks' 66-58 win over No. 15 Temple. He also added three assists and a steal in the win. Grunkemeyer nailed a season-high five treys (seven attempts) and shot 6-of-9 overall. In Miami's 56-42 win over UW-Green Bay, Grunkemeyer cooled down from the field (3-of-15), but still finished with nine points, a career-high seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. The two victories extended Miami's non-conference home winning streak to 20 games. The RedHawks' win over Temple was their fourth over a top-25 team since the 1997-98 season.

Western Michigan: Jon Powell (basketball, Sr., 3.19, organizational communication, Dayton, Ohio) averaged 14.5 points per game in two games for the Broncos. He scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds against Youngstown State, both of which were team highs. Powell scored 11 points in the second half of that game. He had 11 points and four rebounds at Marist. Powell is the team's second-leading scorerd and third-leading rebounder this season with 12.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Previous Winners Female
Week 1 (9/5) Ashlie Case, UA (volleyball)
Week 2 (9/11) Julie Zylka, BSU (volleyball)
Week 3 (9/19) Sara Schaub, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (9/26) Erika Flanders, BGSU (soccer)
Week 5 (10/3) Amber Vorst, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 6 (10/10) Jacki Waller, Ohio (cross country)
Week 7 (10/17) Kristin Gamby, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 8 (10/24) Colleen Conway, BSU (field hockey)
Week 9 (10/31) Beth Young, MIA (field hockey)
Week 10 (11/7) Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming)
Week 11 (11/14) Cassie Eakins, MIA (diving)
Week 12 (11/21) Mari McClure, UB (basketball)
Week 13 (11/28) Heather Cusick, MIA (basketball)
Week 14 (12/5) Shani Charles, EMU (basketball)

Previous Winners Male
Week 1 (9/5) Jim Harding, UT (football)
Week 2 (9/11) Eddie Tillitz, MIA (football)
Week 3 (9/19) Todd France, UT (football)
Week 4 (9/26) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Week 5 (10/3) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Zac Derr, UA (football)
Week 6 (10/10) Kevin Kornowa, UT (golf)
Week 7 (10/17) Kevin Kornowa, UT (golf)
Week 8 (10/24) rjan Bjnes, UA (soccer)
Week 9 (10/31) Karoly Bozan, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (11/7) Brian Potter, MIA (football)
Week 11 (11/14) Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country)
Week 12 (11/21) Rich Allendorf, MIA (basketball)
Week 13 (11/28) Jon Sanderson, OH (basketball)
Week 14 (12/5) Greg Stempin, UT (basketball)