Oliver Walther Named Male Scholar Athlete of the Week

Updated 1/25/2010

Oliver Walther (Sr., 3.92, finance, Erfurt, Germany) won the men's long jump and triple jump during a quad meet this past Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Bob Parks Track in Ypsilanti, Mich. With a long leap of 23-03.25 and a triple jump of 46-04.25, Walther out-jumped competitors from Oakland University, Detroit and Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan University. The 2009 Men's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Academic All-MAC Team selection also had the best season-opening jump of his career, and he also met or tied season bests in each 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 the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Other Male Nominees:
Bowling Green: Joe Jakubowski (basketball, Jr., 3.32, undecided, Rossford, Ohio) averaged 6.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game as Bowling Green split two men's basketball games this week. In a 68-65 loss to Buffalo, Jakubowski had nine points and four assists in 33 minutes and followed that up with one of the best performances of his career in helping the Falcons beat Kent State 76-70 on the road Sunday. He had a season-high 11 assists in directing an offense that overcame a 10-point second half deficit to get the win. He added four points and five rebounds while playing 37 minutes.

Buffalo: Sean Smiley (basketball, Sr., 3.41, communication, Erie, Pa.) averaged 17.5 points off the bench in UB's two victories on the week. He made the game-winning three-pointer in UB's 68-65 win at Bowling Green as he finished with 14 points. Against Akron on Sunday, he scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from three-point range. He also added five steals against the Zips.

Central Michigan: Tony D'Alie (wrestling, Sr., 3.06, sport studies, Rochester, Wis.) posted a 10-2 major decision over Tyler Parker in the Chippewas' 33-6 win over Stanford on Sunday. D'Alie scored four takedowns, while allowing just two escape points, to improve his record to 10-2 overall this season.

Kent State: Brendan Barlow (wrestling, R-So., 3.13, nursing, Westerville, Ohio) went 3-0 with a pin at the Wendy's Duals Sunday (Jan. 17) at Ashland University's Kates Gymnasium. Barlow pinned Purdue's Adam Walls in the second period. He defeated 25th ranked Pat Gilmore of Maryland 5-2 and downed Ashland's Tyler Houska 8-5. Ranked 16th by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine, Barlow is to 26-6 on the year with three pins and eight major decisions.

Northern Illinois: Mike DiNunno (basketball, So., 3.08, business, Chicago, Ill.) averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in Northern Illinois' two home wins over Mid-American Conference West Division foes Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan last week. The Huskies are off to a 3-0 start in MAC play, matching the best start in school history, and are alone atop the MAC-West standings.

Against the Broncos, DiNunno tallied his first-career double-double with a season-high 21 points and a career-best 10 assists, helping the Huskies overcome a 14-point deficit to post their fourth-consecutive win. DiNunno's scoring output came on a career-high six three-pointers, including five in the first half.

In the Huskies' 77-69 win over Eastern Michigan, DiNunno scored nine points, dished out seven assists, swiped four steals and had three rebounds. The victory gave NIU its first five-game winning streak since the 2002-03 campaign.

Western Michigan: Brad Noel (tennis, Jr., 3.94, management, Westlake, Ohio) compiled a 4-0 record for the Broncos at the Boilermaker Invitational against Purdue, Valparaiso and Eastern Kentucky. He won 6-4, 6-0 against Billy Heuer of Purdue to open the tournament and then knocked off Siddarth Mehta 6-0, 1-6, 1-0 (4) from Valparaiso. Noel wrapped up his singles wins with a victory over Carlos Pons Escanilla of defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Kentucky 6-0, 6-2. Noel won his only doubles match, 8-4, teaming with sophomore Pablo Olivarez over Valparaiso.

Previous Male Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 11) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 18) Tim Hiller, WMU (football)
Week 3 (Sept. 25) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 4 (Oct. 2) Jacquise Terry, KSU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 9) Teal Bunbury, Akron (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 16) Brandon Bice, NIU (football)
Week 7 (Oct. 23) Jacob Lawrence, BGSU (soccer)
Week 8 (Oct. 30) Josh Violanti, Buffalo (football)
Week 9 (Nov. 6) Tony Jordanek, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 13) Tommy Davis, NIU (football)
Week 11 (Nov. 20) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 13 (Dec. 4) Bryan Anderson, CMU (football) /Chris Jenkins, EMU (wrestling)
Week 14 (Dec. 11) Kofi Sarkodie, Akron (soccer)
Week 15 (Dec. 18) David Kool, WMU (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 23) David Kool, WMU (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 8) Xavier Silas, NIU (basketball)/Alex Wolf, WMU (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 8) David Kool, WMU (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 15) Oliver Walther, EMU (track and field)
Week 20 (Jan 22.) Oliver Walther, EMU (track and field)