MAC Announces Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Updated 5/7/2007

CLEVELAND, OH? Eastern Michigan’s Graham Hill (golf) was named the MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week on May 3, 2007.
Hill (Jr., 3.52, finance, Brights Grove, Ontario) tied for medalist honors at the prestigious FirstEnergy Intercollegiate Golf Tournament held at Firestone North Country Club, April 27-30, 2007 in Akron, Ohio. Hill went on to lose in a four-round playoff. Hill’s three-round total of 70-71-74 was one under and helped his EMU team finish fourth overall with an 877 in the 17-team field. Hill tied for medalist honors with Charlotte’s Stefan Wiedergruen and Miami’s Ren Wood.

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 a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Male Nominees:
Akron: Scott Gunn (baseball, outfielder, Jr., 3.216, biology, Toledo, Ohio) led the Zips with a .385 batting average (5-for-13), including a home run, four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in four games last week.  The junior team co-captain reached base in all four contests and was at his best when the pressure was on, hitting .500 (3-for-6) with runners in scoring position.  Akron went 2-2 on the week with victories against Kent State and Buffalo.

Bowling Green: Brian Hangbers (baseball, first base, So., 3.11, physical education/teacher education, Hamilton, Ohio) hit .500 on the week, going 4-for-8. He had a slugging percentage of 1.125 and a fielding percentage of a perfect 1.000 in 25 chances. Hangbers was 1-for-3 at the plate, with a first-inning single, in Friday's game at Miami. On Saturday, he accounted for all three of BGSU's runs in a 5-3 loss to the RedHawks. Hangbers was 3-for-4 with a second-inning single, a three-run homer and an eighth-inning triple. He also had 15 putouts in that game. He flied out to center in a pinch-hitting appearance on Sunday. On the season, Hangbers is now hitting .284 with a team-leading six homers and a .557 slugging percentage. The Falcons are 17-25 overall and 4-14 in MAC play.

Buffalo: Todd Joki (track & field, multi-events, Sr. 3.078, geology, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) won the decathlon at the Hillsdale Gina Relays. Joki scored 6,504 points in the 10-event competition to finish more than 500 points ahead of teammate and second-place finisher Russell Cameron. Joki won all five of the events on the first day of competition; the 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, long jump, shot put and 400 meters.

Central Michigan: Tyler Stovall (baseball, outfielder, Jr., 3.84, personal financial planning, Cincinnati, Ohio) batted .500 last week (10-for-20) with two doubles, two homers, seven runs and 14 runs batted in as CMU went 4-0. He also stole four bases in four attempts. Stovall has hit safely in 17 straight games, tied for the sixth-longest streak in CMU history, and is the MAC's leading hitter at .457 for the season.

Kent State: Chris Carpenter (baseball, RHP, So., 3.312, sport management, Bryan, Ohio) allowed just one run and two hits on his way to a victory against Ohio Sunday (April 29).  He logged five full innings in just his second start of the year and struck out four.  Carpenter improved to 2-0 on the season with 16 strikeouts in 19.1 innings pitched.  Opponents are hitting just .172 against him this season.

Miami: Evan Armitage (baseball, second base, Jr., 3.68, mechanical engineering, Milford, Ohio) spurred the RedHawks to a 4-1 week, including a 10-1 win against Indiana and a three-game series sweep of Bowling Green, and helped the team to a four-game winning streak. Armitage went 6-for-16 on the week (.375) with four runs and one RBI. He also recorded a stellar .813 slugging percentage. Armitage belted three of the RedHawks’ four triples last week, upping his single-season total to five which catapulted him into a tie for sixth on Miami’s single-season list. He also helped the RedHawks improve their season total to 17. Entering last week, the RedHawks were ranked 32nd nationally in triples with 13 and looked to make a jump in this week’s rankings racking up four as a team last week. In a 12-2 win against the Falcons, Armitage was a home run shy of the cycle, amassing a single, a double and two triples against Bowling Green. He went 4-for-5 with two runs in the 12-2 win. Defensively, Armitage was flawless from the middle infield in all five games, amassing eight putouts and 11 assists on the week while committing no errors. Armitage helps anchor a Miami defense which leads the MAC in fielding percentage and ranks 18th nationally.

Northern Illinois: Matt Behren (baseball, catcher, So., 3.33, business, Elmwood Park, Ill.) batted .545 with six hits, four RBI and four runs scored while slugging .636 during the week. He hit safely in all three games (all starts), including a pair of multi-hit performances. Behren equaled career-highs with four RBI, three hits and three runs scored in the victory over Eastern Michigan Saturday. He went 2-for-3 with a run in Friday’s game. Behren singled in Sunday’s contest and increased his batting average by 39 points during the weekend series against EMU.

Ohio: Ryan Siekmann (golf, Sr., 3.30, marketing/pre-law, Dublin, Ohio) led the Ohio contingent with a three-over 219 this past weekend at Akron's FirstEnergy Intercollegiate.  He placed in a tie for 12th among the field of 96 competitors and his first round score of 70 was the lowest for an Ohio golfer in the tournament.  He was one of just 10 golfers to record an eagle in the event, and he finished second among the field with 12 birdies.

Previous  Winners       Male
Week 1 (Sept. 7)            Jesse Imes, UB (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 14)          Austen Everson, OU (football)
Week 3 (Sept. 21)          Anthony Gebhart, WMU (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 28)          Brian Brunner, CMU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)             Alex Birchmeier, WMU (tennis)
Week 6 (Oct. 12)            Daniel Bazuin, CMU (football)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)            Doug Kress, CMU (football)
                                    Austin Steele, BSU (golf)
Week 8 (Oct. 26)            Dan Bell, UB (soccer)
Week 9 (Nov. 2)             Corey Nowitzke, EMU (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)           Joe Zimka, NIU (soccer)
Week 11 (Nov. 16)         Luke Getsy, UA (football)
Week 12 (Nov. 22)         Nate Meyer, WMU (football)
Week 13 (Nov. 30)         Joe Reitz, WMU (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 7)           Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 15 (Dec. 14)         Chris Caine, KSU (track & field)
Week 16 (Jan. 4)            Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 17 (Jan. 11)          Joe Reitz, WMU (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 18)          Matt Lefeld, BGSU (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 25)          Joe Reitz, WMU (basketball)
Week 20 (Feb. 1)           Alex Birchmeier, WMU (tennis)
Week 21 (Feb. 8)           Wynn Michalak, CMU (wrestling)
Week 22 (Feb. 15)         Randall Hafner, UA (track & field)
Week 23 (Feb. 22)         Cory Manusco, EMU (wrestling)
Week 24 (Mar. 1)           Scott Boley, UT (baseball)
Week 25 (Mar. 8)           Ryan DeGeeter, BSU (baseball)
Week 26 (Mar. 15)         Tyler Stovall, CMU (baseball)
Week 27 (Mar. 22)         Brady Crosby, WMU (tennis)
Week 28 (Mar. 29)         Ryan DeGeeter, BSU (baseball)
Week 29 (Apr. 5)           Scott Boley, UT (baseball)
Week 30 (Apr. 12)          Josh Collmenter, CMU (baseball)
Week 31 (Apr. 19)          Jeff Helps, CMU (baseball)
Week 32 (Apr. 26)          Sean Hoorelbeke, CMU (baseball)
Week 33 (May 3)            Graham Hill, EMU (golf)