Four Ohio University athletic teams challenged for either conference or national championships this winter, but each came up short.
The Bobcat club hockey team lost its bid for a fourth consecutive nation al title when it was defeated in the championship game of the American Club Hockey Association's national tournament, 5-1, by Penn State in Ames, Iowa, March 7.
The Bobcats were ranked No. 2 nationally heading into the tourney. Led by goalie Brody Danner, they shut out Delaware, 5-0, and Illinois, 1-0, and defeated Michigan-Dearborn, 5-2, before losing to the Nittany Lions.
After a slow start in October and November, the 'Cats strung together a 20 game unbeaten streak (19-0-1), and finished the season 29-7-2.
The Bobcat wrestling team dominated the Mid-American Conference during the regular season but faltered at the conference tourney March 7-8 at Kent State, finishing second to Central Michigan, 116-65. Ohio was the defending MAC champion.
Bobcat senior Dwight Gardner won at 158 pounds and was named the tourney's outstanding wrestler. Shawn Enright, at 134 pounds, was the Bobcats' other MAC meet individual champion.
In other Bobcat winter sports news:
|Marlene Stollings, the Bobcats' standout guard, searches for an open teammate and looks to avoid Miami's Shawn Manns in an 84-69 victory over the RedHawks on Jan. 24. Stollings finished as the Mid-American Conference's leading scorer at 22.9 points a game. The 'Cats set a women's school record with nine consecutive victories en route to a 17-11 finish this year. They were eliminated by Kent, 80-65, in the semifina
ls of the MAC Tournament March 1.|
Photo: Bruce Bennett
Ohio senior guard Marlene Stollings finished in the top 10 in the nation in scoring at 22.9 points a game, topped the league in scoring, and earned first-team All-MAC honors. She hit a school-record 10 three-pointers and 41 points against Robert Morris Dec. 30.
Because of injuries and two key transfers sitting out the season, the Bobcats played most of the season with only eight players. But better days may be ahead, with Ohio State transfer Shaun Stonerook and Wyoming transfer LaDrell Whitehead expected to join the team next season.