Ursuline College was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Division II Award of Excellence winner for its work with the A.R.R.O.W.S. (Academic Readiness Requires Outstanding Work and Support) Mentoring Program, the NCAA announced.
The A.R.R.O.W.S. Mentoring Program intends to provide Ursuline College students, many of whom are student-athletes, an opportunity to mentor Warrensville Heights High School students while offering them support through the completion of high school and encouragement to pursue postsecondary education. It is the aim of the program to engage both students at Ursuline and Warrensville Heights High School in a partnership that promotes academic success and fosters ambition for further education.
From the spring semester of their freshman year to the completion of their senior year, each high school student participates in one goal setting workshop per month facilitated by the A.R.R.O.W.S. coordinator and student mentors. During each goal setting workshop, students explore career interests, college readiness and study skills.
Ursuline College believes these workshops serve as important resources for the students at Warrensville Heights High School as it provides them with foundational knowledge and sets forth expectations of what a student can expect in college and in their chosen career. The program works to ensure that the students at Warrensville Heights High School are provided with the tools and resources so as to be proficient academic achievers.
The top three finalists for the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence and overall winner will be announced during the business session at the 2014 NCAA Convention.
Division II 2013 Award of Excellence Conference Winners
CACC – Concordia College
CCAA – University of California, San Diego
CIAA – Virginia Union University
ECC – Dowling College
GAC – Arkansas Tech University
GLIAC – Michigan Technological University
G-MAC – Ursuline College
GNAC – University of Mary
GSC – Christian Brothers University
Heartland – Texas A & M International University
Independents – Palm Beach Atlantic University
LSC – Lone Star Conference
MEC – Notre Dame College
MIAA – Lindenwood University
NE-10 – Adelphi University
NSIC – Northern State University
PBC – University of Montevallo
PSAC – Kutztown University
PWC – Chaminade University of Honolulu
RMAC – Adams State University
SAC – Wingate University
SIAC – Benedict College
SSC – Lynn University
Ursuline College junior forward Emma Ricketts has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday (Dec. 16) afternoon.
Ricketts also won the award on Dec. 2 and freshman point guard Erica Huber took home the honor on Nov. 11. Prior to this season, 2013 graduate Laura Campbell was the only Ursuline women’s basketball player to receive the award.
The Arrows lost their only game last week, coming up short to Davis & Elkins College, 76-72, on Saturday (Dec. 14) afternoon but Ricketts scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down a career-high 13 boards.
Her third 20-point effort of the season improved her scoring average to 15.6 points per game and lifted her to the top of the list in the conference. She also moved into the top-20 in rebounding as her 5.3 rebounds per game rank her 17th in the G-MAC.
Ricketts also finds herself slotted third in the conference in shooting (57.3 percent) and 13th in steals (1.5 per game).
Since entering the starting lineup five games ago, Ricketts is averaging team-highs of 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Ricketts and the rest of the Arrows will take a break from conference play when they host Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) on Tuesday (Dec. 17) at 6:00 p.m. at John Carroll University’s Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center.
Max Radigan will call the action live on the Ursuline College Sports Network and the Pizzazz on the Circle Live Stats will be offered free of charge.
As they have done in the past, the Ursuline College basketball team put on a hoops clinic for people with disabilities, an experience that was beneficial to all who were involved.
The Mayfield Community Adaptive Recreation Program brought a group with disabilities (ranging from teenagers to guys in their 40s) to Orange High School on Sunday (Dec. 8). The group did warm-up drills and played a half with the Arrows before concluding the day with shooting contests.
At the end of the day, the group also presented Ursuline with donations to help with the re-building of a new gymnasium after a July 20th tornado destroyed the Matthew J. O’Brien Athletic Center, the site of the clinics in previous years.
“In 2004, we had two programs for people with disabilities,” said Bill Thomas, Mayfield Village’s Recreation Director. “Now we have over 60 programs each year, and one of the most popular things we do is take our group to basketball clinics with teams from John Carroll University, Notre Dame College and Ursuline College.”
“I think it was good for our team to be reminded how much fun it is to play basketball,” head coach Shannon Sword said. “A lot of times we might get caught up in wins and losses, but our coaches and student-athletes are here because they truly love the game. To see the smiles that we were able to bring to those faces through a game we love made it a very rewarding day for our girls.”
Ursuline is the only women’s team to get involved with the organization as the men’s teams from John Carroll and Notre Dame conduct clinics each year.
“We have a wonderful relationship with all the schools,” Thomas said. “We couldn’t do it without the local colleges and universities. The guys in the program really look forward to these clinics and they have so much fun.”
Click here to see a photo gallery from the clinic.
Ursuline College sophomore forward Vanessa Consiglio and junior midfielder Anna Feitl each picked up another honor as both were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Women’s All-Midwest Region teams. Consiglio was a second team selection while Feitl was named to the region’s third team.
Players from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) were eligible, an area that extends through nine states.
Consiglio, who was also named to the Daktronics Inc., Midwest Region Second Team, scored 12 goals and added nine assists to finish with a team-high 33 points. She was second on the club in goals, just one behind junior Paige Rowan, and her nine assists tied Feitl for the team lead.
After finishing the season second in the G-MAC in points, third in goals and tied for third in assists, Consiglio earned first team all-conference honors.
Nationally, she tied for 22nd in the country in assists which helped her rank 32nd in Division II with 1.57 points per game. The 12 goals also put Consiglio in the top-55 in the nation.
Feitl started all 21 matches and was credited with nine assists to tie Consiglio for the team lead and third in the conference along with that spot in the top-25 nationally. Much of what she did in terms of controlling the midfield line went unheralded in the box score but Ursuline often ran the attack through her as she was the team’s most technical player.
The Holy Name High School graduate will enter her final season with 17 career assists, just three shy of tying the school record.
To view the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Midwest Region teams, please click here.
Ursuline College junior forward Emma Ricketts has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week,’ the conference office announced Monday (Dec. 2) afternoon.
Ricketts is the second Arrow to win the award in a four-week span after freshman Erica Huber received the honor on Nov. 11.
The transfer from Owens Community College led the team and the conference with 17.5 points per game over the holiday week as the Arrows went 1-1 with an overtime win over previously unbeaten Lake Erie College.
In Sunday’s victory, Ricketts scored 13 points on 6-10 shooting. She added a team-high five rebounds and had UC’s only blocked shot of the game. She also posted two steals and an assist from her frontcourt spot.
On Wednesday (Nov. 27) against Malone, Ricketts posted a game-high 22 points on 9-10 shooting. She made both of her three-point attempts and both of her free throw tries in an extremely efficient shooting performance. She also added a rebound, an assist and a blocked shot to her stat line.
Ricketts helped the Arrows build a 13 point lead in the second half (52-39), but Malone closed on a 39-18 run to steal the win.
The Arrows will begin Great Midwest Athletic Conference play on Saturday (Dec. 7) against Alderson Broaddus University. The game, which will be held at John Carroll University’s Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center, will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. and will be covered on the Ursuline College Sports Network.
Additionally, the Pizzazz on the Circle Live Stats will be offered free of charge.