Men’s basketball holds tryouts Thursday

The 2017 Miami University Men’s Basketball season is the 118th for the RedHawks and marks the beginning of a new era. Previous Purdue Boilermakers associate head coach for the past five years, Jack Owens was hired last March. In addition to Owens, the RedHawks hired former standout guard Damon Frierson. Along with Wally Szczerbiak, Frierson was a critical part of the Hawks’ 1998-1999 Sweet Sixteen run. “I look forward to not only rebuilding this championship program, but also making this program one that all Miami alumni can be proud of,” Owens said in his introductory press conference. During Owen’s tenure at Purdue, he was integral on the recruiting trail where he landed 6’ 8,’’ 250-lb power forward Caleb Swanigan. Swanigan was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2015 and was a McDonald’s All-American. At Purdue, he broke the school single season record for rebounds and averaged 18.5 points per game during his final season. Miami University can only hope that Coach Owens recruits similarly. Owens replaced John Cooper who coached the ‘Hawks for the past five years — compiling an overall 59-100 record. After last season, it was time for a coaching change for the ’Hawks. Not only were they 11-21, but defense allowed an average of 74.5 points per game — the highest for the school since 1990. Over this past offseason, two of the ‘Hawks’ top-three scorers, now...

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Field hockey falls to non-conference Wake Forest and Michigan State

The RedHawks lost their second game of the weekend after falling to No. 11 Wake Forest 4-1. Miami falls to 4-6 overall (2-0 Mid-American Conference) and Wake Forest improves to 5-4. After quickly falling behind 3-0 in the first half, MU fought back and played evenly for the remainder of the game. “A well-executed counter attack from Wake Forest with just a few minutes gone on the clock sentenced the game,” head coach Iñako Puzo said. “However, we kept trying to cut the gap up to the end of the game. As a coach this is what you are...

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Do it for The Bell: The Miami-UC rivalry

Thousands of fans flocked to Oxford Saturday night for the 122th iteration of the Battle of the Bell, between Miami University and the University of Cincinnati. With a rambunctious, almost-capacity crowd at Yager Stadium, there was no love lost between the opposing teams and fan bases. In what was a wildly contested game, the Bearcats prevailed for the twelfth straight time, scoring 15 unanswered points in the last three minutes to stun the RedHawks. MU head coach Chuck Martin called the game “the most difficult defeat I’ve had in 25 years, probably by a wide-margin.” Evenly matched competition seems...

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RedHawks well-tuned at the Commodore Classic

Miami’s cross country teams took another step forward Saturday at the Commodore Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  In races featuring nationally-ranked competition, the men’s and women’s teams would finish fourth and seventh respectively. The men’s fourth place finish came nine points behind Lipscomb University and ahead of Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Missouri. Sophomore Sean Torpy led the men by finishing fourth overall, dropping his personal best by five seconds to 25 minutes and eight seconds. Torpy said that he owes his improvement from this year to last year to consistency and confidence. “I have fully committed myself to the training plan and operate in and out of practice with a purpose,” he said. “These guys give me a reason to be better.” The remaining scorers maintained a small gap, as the time between second finisher senior Ben Metzger and fifth finisher sophomore Christopher Torpy was a mere 11 seconds. Metzger’s time was 25 minutes and 45 seconds and was the 22nd finisher. Sophomore David Coffey placed third for the Red and White with a time of 25 minutes and 49 seconds, a new personal best by two seconds. Senior Jake Brumfield followed, finishing 27th overall with a time of 25 minutes and 52 seconds. No. 19 Middle Tennessee State just snuck by Butler University to win the meet, led by sophomores’ Jacob...

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Field Hockey starts MAC play with two wins

Miami field hockey came up big this weekend with two much-needed conference wins against Appalachian State University 6-2 and cross-state rival Ohio University 3-0. MU is now 4-4 overall (2-0 Mid-American Conference) after the successful weekend. The RedHawks traveled to Athens, OH to dominate the Bobcats 3-0. MU out shot OU overall 14-3, shots on goal 7-1 and 6-5 penalty corners. “It is always difficult to come to Athens and leave with a victory,” head coach Iñako Puzo said. “I am proud for the hard work of our players. They played with intensity and discipline.” Miami’s first goal came in the 23rd minute by junior midfielder/forward Paula Portugal. This was Portugal’s fifth goal of the season, and she would go on to assist on the RedHawks other two goals as well. As time wound down in the first half, freshman forward/midfielder Lexie Nugent scored her third goal of the season, putting MU up 2-0 entering halftime. Freshman midfielder Neely Lochmoeller notched her first goal at the collegiate level in the 55th minute, giving the RedHawks a commanding 3-0 lead with fifteen minutes remaining. They would go on to maintain their lead the rest of the game, securing Miami’s first win in MAC play (1-0). “Today was a typical MAC contest between two teams that were going to fight for a win,” junior back/midfielder Avery Sturm said. “We were focused...

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