December 3, 2009 Volume CXXVI Issue 11

Volleyball seeded sixth in the NAIA Tournament

The Tigers begin pool play this week against tough competition and are looking for a title
By CIERA LOWERY
Staff Writer

The volleyball team accepted their awards at the MSC awards banquet in early November.

The Georgetown College volleyball team has finished the regular season in style and found out that they are the sixth seed in the NAIA National Tournament. They are seeded in the same pool as unseeded Lee and Lubbock Christian and seventh-ranked Columbia. The team won their match on Dec. 1 against Lubbock Christian. Defending champion Fresno Pacific claimed the number one seed with a record of 32-0 and is looking for their fifth title in program history.

The Tigers are coming in strong with an MSC Conference Championship and are looking to put a damper on Fresno Pacific’s title hopes. If you’re curious as to how the tournament works, here is the format: 24 teams are placed into six different pools and play a round robin format Dec. 1-3. The top two teams from each pool advance to the single elimination stage after that. The championship match will be on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

All of the tournament games will be played in the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The Tigers are coming into the tournament as one of the favorites to win the title, but they still have some work to do. They will be prepared for what the teams have to throw at them and will hopefully come out on top. If you have interest in watching the games or listening to them, you can go to watchnaia.com and sign up for a package so you can do so. As we look back on this season, we see a lot of success from this team.

Here are some pictures from this season and the final regular sesason NAIA Coaches Poll:

1. Fresno Pacific (CA)

2. California Baptist Univ. (CA)

3. Northwestern (IA)

4. Concordia (CA)

5. Azusa Pacific (CA)

6. Georgetown College (KY)

7. Columbia College (MO)

8. College of Idaho

9. Univ. of Texas at Brownsville

10. Vanguard University (CA)

Erika Janszen, center, celebrates with teammates Amanda Philpot,right, and Kristy Hock, left, after a hard-earned point.

Erica Janszen, All-American Outside Hitter, makes a play on theball.


GC men’s basketball starts season at 6-1

By ANDY RUSSELL
Sports Editor

Coach Happy Osborne giving Johonne Hamilton some coaching advice.

The Georgetown College men’s basketball team is off to a swift start this season with a 6-1 record and is looking to run that record up even more with some wins at the Jim Reid Classic this weekend here at Georgetown. Their first opponent will be Life University tomorrow at 8 p.m. and then, depending on the outcome of that one, they will either play in the consolation or championship game on Saturday.

The team started the season on a high note with big wins over Evangel and St. Catharine in the Andrew Elswick Memorial Tournament and went on to play a tough team at St. Xavier University. They suffered their first loss of the season, falling 82-70 in a hard battle. They were able to bounce back with two good wins in the Mid- South Classic in Frankfort. Their first opponent was Talladega, who came into the game with a record of 4-4 on the season. Georgetown was up 41-30 at the half, but Talladega came storming back in the second half to tie the game with no time left on the clock. There wasn’t a lot of action in the overtime period, but Georgetown was able to get a great win with tough defense in overtime, 88-85.

GC had four players in double figure scoring and shot the ball very well. Vic Moses led the pack with 22 points and seven rebounds. Vincent Crutcher and Johonne Hamilton both had 13 points and Kyle Saxton chipped in 11 as well. Their next opponent in the tournament was Mid-Continent. They were coming into the tournament much like Talladega was, a record at .500 (5-5) and looking for a big win to jump-start their season. GC was looking to dash their hopes early on, shooting 46 percent in the first half and being up big at halftime, 44-30. After the break, GC continued to shot the ball consistently, but Mid- Continent caught fire and knocked down several big shots on their way to shooting 52 percent for the half. However it wasn’t enough. The defense for GC came through big, shots continued to fall at the right time and when the buzzer sounded, GC came out on top, 89-79.

Eddie Gray led the team in scoring with 21 points and also had three assists. Vic Moses had an allaround great game with 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Vincent Crutcher and Matt Walls chipped in 11 and 10 respectively. Shawn Outen was a huge lift off the bench for the Tigers as well. He had 10 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes of action. The Tigers are finishing up the beginning of the season tournaments this weekend and are almost ready to start conference play, which begins in mid-January.

If you don’t have anything to do over the Christmas break and want to watch the Tigers play, they have games on Dec. 30 and 31 against UVA-Wise and Temple Baptist at home. They then have two more home games against Shorter College (Jan. 2) and University of St. Francis (Jan. 7). All game times over the break are set for 2 p.m. If you are around town for some reason, drop in and show some Tiger Pride over the winter holiday.


Tourney Time

By ANDY RUSSELL
Sports Editor

With the season winding down and conference championship games (in the ACC, SEC and Big 12 at least) on the rise, I have to note one thing: life isn’t fair. How come teams like Ohio State and USC (not like it matters for them this year) don’t have to play in conference title games? They automatically get a free-ticket ride to a Bowl Championship Series game. On the other hand, you have the top two teams in the country in Florida (1) and Alabama (2) that have to play each other for the SEC crown. They have been the top two teams all year and now one of them is going to have to play in the Sugar Bowl against either TCU or Cincinnati (two toughies there) and the other gets to play Texas (pending they beat the rough-and-tumble Nebraska cornhuskers, sarcasm intended) in the BCS Title game. Don’t even get me started with Boise State (I’m sure Nevada and the Idaho Vandals were tough opponents in the Western Athletic Conference). Here we go:

SEC Championship

No.1 Florida vs. No.2 Alabama Two things: Mark Ingram against the Florida front seven and the Tebow factor. Enough has been said. It’s time for these two teams to finish it on the field. Florida by a touchdown.

Big Sky Championship

Montana vs. Stephen F. Austin Division 1-AA Montana is 49-5 since the start of the 2006 season. Can they keep this run up against a hard hitting team in Stephen F. Ausin? I think they can. Montana big here.

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