Athletics Good Stuff

Dec. 13, 2011

Athlete of the Week

  • Junior Heath Nickles was named co-Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week Dec. 12 by the conference office after his record-setting performance Dec. 10 at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala. Nickles put on a spectacular show at the two-day event in Kent, Ohio, capturing first place in the heptathlon with a school and Kent State Field House record-score of 5602. He posted PRs in five of seven events: pole vault (5.30m/17-4.50), shot put (13.76m/45-1.75), 60m hurdles (8.41), high jump (1.93m/6-4) and 60m dash (7.32). The first place showing in the pole vault was the second-best indoor mark in school history and would have been the second-best mark in the Big Ten for the entire 2011 season.


  • Sixty-six Ohio State student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten, the conference office announced Dec. 7. In all, 786 conference student-athletes from seven sports were honored.
  • At fall commencement ceremonies in the Schottenstein Center Dec. 11, 26 current and former Ohio State student-athletes will be awarded degrees. The group has representatives from 16 sports, including All-Americans and all-conference honorees.

    No. 2 Men's Basketball (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Thad Matta

  • Thomas Robinson scored 21 points, Elijah Johnson added 15 and No. 13 Kansas never trailed in a 78-67 victory Dec. 9 over second-ranked Ohio State, which had to play without star forward Jared Sullinger due to an injury. William Buford had 17 of his 21 points in the second half for Ohio State, which was playing on the road for the first time this season. Deshaun Thomas added 19 points.

    No. 13 Women's Basketball (8-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Jim Foster

  • Ohio State junior guard Tayler Hill claimed her first career Big Ten player of the week honor Dec. 5 in recognition of her performance last week in wins over Florida State and on the road at No. 18 Oklahoma.
  • Hill and Samantha Prahalis combined for 41 points as No. 13 Ohio State dominated from the start in an 84-41 win over Canisius Dec. 9 at Value City Arena.

    Football (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Luke Fickell

  • Tom Herman, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Iowa State University the past three years, and before that an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for record-setting offenses at Rice University, has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at The Ohio State University.

    No. 4 Men's Ice Hockey (13-4-1, 10-3-1-1 CCHA)
    Head coach: Mark Osiecki

  • Senior Cal Heeter has been named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week after backstopping Ohio State to a weekend sweep of Lake Superior State, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Dec. 5. Heeter had 58 saves in the series with the Lakers, allowing just three goals.
  • No. 4-ranked Ohio State lost for the first time in 12 games, falling to Miami, 5-3, Dec. 9 in Value City Arena.
  • Freshman Chad Niddery's overtime goal gave No. 4-ranked Ohio State a 3-2 road victory over Miami Dec. 10 at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford.

    Women's Ice Hockey (9-7-2, 6-7-1-1 WCHA)
    Head coach: Nate Handrahan

  • Unable to close the gap after three quick Minnesota goals in the first stanza, Ohio State fell, 4-1, to the No. 2 Golden Gophers Dec. 10 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Ohio State closed out the first half of the season with a 3-1 loss to No. 2 Minnesota at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 11 in the second game of the WCHA series.

    Men's Lacrosse
    Head coach: Nick Myers

  • Turner Evans, Reegan Comeault and Jesse King - all freshmen on the Ohio State men's lacrosse team - have been named to the squad that will represent Canada at the 2012 FIL Under 19 Men's Field World Championship. They will be joined by Buckeye classmate Luke Howard, who will play for Team USA at the tournament, which will be held July 12-21 in Turku, Finland.
  • Defensemen Matt Kawamoto and Joe Bonanni and attackman Logan Schuss all earned preseason honors in the 2012 Face-Off Yearbook released by Inside Lacrosse. Kawamoto, a USILA honorable mention All-American last year, is a third team preseason All-American by IL, while Schuss is a preseason honorable mention choice. The duo is joined by Bonanni on IL's preseason All-ECAC team.

    Women's Lacrosse
    Head coach: Alexis Venechanos

  • Ohio State was selected No. 16 in the preseason Top 20, released this week in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook.

    Men's Track and Field
    Head coach: Robert Gary

  • Junior Heath Nickles put on a spectacular show at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala Dec. 10 in Kent, Ohio, capturing first place in the heptathlon with a school and Kent State Field House record-score of 5602.

    Men's Volleyball
    Head coach: Pete Hanson

  • Coming off a national championship, Ohio State has signed Driss Guessous to a National Letter of Intent for the 2013 season, head coach Pete Hanson announced Dec. 5.
  • Ohio State senior opposite Shawn Sangrey has been named to the inaugural Off the Block Preseason All-America First Team, the website announced Dec. 5.

    Women's Volleyball (21-15, 9-11 Big Ten)
    Head coach: Geoff Carlston

  • Ohio State's Mari Hole was named to the 2011 AVCA All-Mideast Region team while Emily Danks garnered honorable mention honors, the AVCA announced Dec. 6.
  • Ohio State concluded the 2011 campaign Dec. 9 in Gainesville, Fla., with a 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 23-25, 19-25) loss to third-seed Illinois in the regional semifinal of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championships.

    No. 6 Wrestling (6-0)
    Head coach: Tom Ryan

  • Logan Stieber, a member of the No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team, was named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week the conference announced Dec. 6. Stieber shares the honor with Iowa's Tony Ramos.
  • Four consecutive Buckeye wins at 133, 141, 149 and 157 pounds to end the match propelled No. 6 Ohio State to a 22-9 win over No. 9 Pittsburgh Dec. 9 at Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh, Pa. With the match tied, 9-9, a quartet of freshmen in Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari and Josh Demas lifted the Buckeyes to their fifth dual win of the season, while also maintaining a perfect record.
  • Bonus points scored by No. 6 Ohio State proved to be the difference maker in the Buckeyes' 22-15 win over No. 20 Kent State Dec. 10 in the M.A.C. Center in Kent, Ohio. Despite Ohio State and Kent State winning five matches each, pins by Logan Stieber and C.J. Magrum, as well as a major decision by Hunter Stieber lifted the Scarlet and Gray to its sixth dual win of the season.

    Ohio State Athletics Schedule
    Dec. 12-25

    Dec. 13
    Women's Basketball vs. Southern, 7:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Dec. 14
    Men's Basketball vs. South Carolina-Upstate, 7:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Dec. 17
    Men's Basketball at South Carolina, 12 p.m.
    Columbia, S.C.

    Women's Basketball at California, 5 p.m.
    Berkeley, Calif.

    Dec. 18
    Wrestling vs. Indiana, 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

    Dec. 19
    Women's Basketball vs. Charlotte, 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Dec. 20
    Women's Basketball vs. Southern Utah, 2 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Men's Basketball vs. Lamar, 8:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Dec. 22
    Women's Basketball vs. Washington State, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

    Men's Basketball vs. Miami (OH), 8:30 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena