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2014-volleyball

Sinclair’s 2014 Women’s Volleyball Team

Sinclair Community College women’s volleyball team Coach K.C. Gan has been known for his amazing coaching skills for our Lady Tartans, Coach Gan has been the head coach for the women’s volleyball team since 1999, this will be his 16 season with the women’s volleyball team. Coach Gan isn’t just a coach, he has also been a player himself. In 1968- 1969 Gan was named captain from Muar High School, in Malaysia. In 1981 -1986 he played for the USA open tournament. 2000- 2005 Gan was part of the USA Senior Olympic tournaments. Coach Gan had many other playing experiences. Unlike most, Coach Gan had never pictured himself coaching for a women’s college team. He soon changed his mind after helping his daughter with a one on one session, which he still does with many other players. “Coaching is my passion, I’ve always wanted to coach. I love coaching” said Coach Gan.

Coach Gan’s objective this season is not only to improve with his record from last year but also to bring this years team to play at a higher level. “Hopefully I see some great improvement by the end of this season, the great part about this new team is that they are all coachable” Said Coach Gan. When asked what his struggles were with last years teams, Coach Gan responded,“ Last year team

wasn’t a struggle for me but my main trouble was coaching a with a two time All American, because it’s hard to coach a team with a superstar,” Gan said. “Not everyone was able to meet up to her potential. This year team is much easier than last year, everyone is at the same level and willing to teach each other without one player being better than the other.

The women’s volleyball team has seven new
freshmen players, Samantha Armantrout, Meslissa Mireles, Stephanie Anderson, Erica Cole, Emily Ostendorf, Krystal Falknor, and Kendra Vanover, along with five returning players Carly Butler, Elizabeth Collins, Rebecca Moyer, Tiffany Jordan and Claire MccGowan. Gan said “All these players are very capable to become leaders.”

“I want to see leadership this year I’m not sure from whom will this leadership will come from but hopefully one of my returning players show out for me this year” said Coach Gan.

The lady Tartans started off their season with their first home game vs. Vincennes University, with a strong start, strong with hits from left to right and great back and forth matches, the ladies were able to end the night with a one game victory. From the looks of it this will be a great season for our girls.

Keep an eye out for the upcoming Sport Section filled with articles written by our newly promoted Sports Editor, Afi Ntontolo

Baseball Season Recap

Head coach of Sinclair Community College s baseball team, Stephen Dintaman who is known around campus as a great coach was also very well-known student athlete in his prime for our Sinclair men’s baseball team back in 2002.

He has now taken his passion for baseball and turned it twoards coaching. Dintman is now in his seventh season as a head coach for Sinclair. Since becoming head coach Dintaman has achieved a total of 35 wins and 5 titles championships.

“Baseball is something that I do as a passion and will continue on doing it,” says Coach Dintaman.

The Sinclair Men’s Baseball team did an outstanding job this season with a record of 46 wins and also went undefeated until April. Even though they did not win the conference title, the Tartans had a great season. Coach Dintaman had no complaints about his talented athletes, when speaking about his team last season. He spoke with high praise of his team, he claims last season was “one of the best seasons we ever had.”

“I was able to coach very talented players, but one struggle was injuries from our top pitchers who weren’t able to perform,” Dintaman said.  “This team made it very exciting for me to coach.”

 

Dintaman said the team was a great group even though they didn’t achieve as much as he had hoped, but it was still a suscessful season.

Sinclair’s Men’s Baseball 2014-2015 team includes returning starters first basemen Eric Hansman, centerfielder Alex Young and two catchers who split time,Andrew Holderman and Keenan Carter. The team will be welcoming 30 new recruits. Although this season did not end as they planned, they are hoping to be a healthy team for next season.

“One expectation is to have leadership from this returning group of boys,” Dintaman said. He said the the new recruits will be young but he wants to have a better record this year.

‘I want to win a confernce title this year and have an even better record.” Dintaman said.

 

Sinclair athletics on the move

The Sinclair Community College Baseball team was ranked top 20 in the nation for the 2013/2014 season despite setbacks because of the weather.

“Four of the five teams were ranked in the 20 in the nation,” Athletic Director Jeff Price said.

Due to the uncooperative spring weather, the April 17 softball game had to be rescheduled because the opponents field was under water, according to Price. As a result, he had to find a replacement game.

Softball Player Sierra Breeze, a second-year student from Kettering who is majoring in Early Childhood Education, said they were headed to Indiana Tech to play the replacement.

“We have won more games than we have lost and we also got to travel to Myrtle Beach for a tournament, which was a great team building experience.”

Price said that Sinclair’s Baseball team recorded this season’s second no-hit decision and their bats are hot. In a recent four game series, Pride batsmen plated 34 runs against conference with Cuyahoga. In addition, they beat a strong Ohio State club team.

HVAC student Noey Graham said he was unaware the team was good enough to beat Ohio State.

Both the Softball and Baseball teams play their home games at Athletes in Action Field, which is located in Xenia at 1197 South Detroit St.

The Softball teams last home games are scheduled for May 1 and 2, while the Baseball teams are April 25 through the 30.

“I see Sinclair as part of a student athlete’s journey and I enjoy helping young men and women enrich their lives,” Price said.

He added that the majority of Sinclair’s Student-Athletes go on to four year schools, and often come back to thank the department for the investment in their future.

In addition, the department will have a new website in the upcoming month similar to that of Penn State and Yale which can be found at sinclairathletics.com.

“The website should be live in about a month,” Price said.

For more information on the Athletic Department, call 512-3000.

Sinclair Community College baseball recap

As the school year draws to a close and thoughts of the daily grind slip away for most students, the Tartan Pride baseball program has only strengthened its resolve and continues its quest for a national championship.

Armed with a roster rich in talent and experience, the Pride have amassed a 26-9 record overall, going 10-2 in conference play. In past seasons, the baseball program has won 15 OCCAC conference championships, but ultimately that is not the end goal the team had set going into the season.

“We’ve put a lot of work in as a group and so far it’s going really well,” sophomore outfielder Quentin Urban said. “As a team we are executing on a daily basis and finding ways to win — we definitely had high expectations for this year, only losing one game all fall. We all understand that we have a lot of weapons and knew we had a chance to make a run this year.”

With 19 games remaining in the regular season and riding a two-game win streak, the Pride are close to their goal.

“We are the hardest-working JUCO in the country,” Head Coach Steve Dintaman said. “We’ve been waking up before six [in the morning] since August and we’re not stopping now.”

Sophomore third baseman Taylor Huebner leads the squad in home runs with five, while freshman Mitch Roman leads the team in hits, runs batted in (RBIs), stolen bases and at-bats:  50, 40, and 17 and 120, respectively.

Sophomore lefty Pat Boyle ranks first among the pitching core in strikeouts with 44, good for a 9.43 per game average. In the field, freshman Eric Hansman has recorded 174 put-outs, ranking first in the conference.

As the numbers and awards pile up, the home stretch for the top-10 nationally ranked Tartan Pride baseball team is one that promises to be eventful.

Sinclair volleyball player named All-American

Jessica

This past season, the Sinclair Community College volleyball team amassed a 35 – 6 record overall, winning 10 of 12 in conference play. Built upon a deep reservoir of talent and experienced coaching, the 2013 team was a huge success; it was the first time Sinclair had been the number one seed in the Regional Tournament in school history, and at the end of the season the team ranked fifth in the nation in kills per set, digs per set and sixth in assists per set.

One of the principal reasons for such success was the continued dominance of two time NJCAA All-American Jessica Thobe. The sophomore led the nation in kills as a freshman, and this past season returned as the key piece in Coach KC Gan’s offense. Thobe was third in the nation in hitting percentage (.423) as well as third in kills with 590. She finished fourth in kills per set (4.61), despite many times playing in pain.

“Last season I had a few injuries that would flame up occasionally, but once you get playing you can kind of put it in the back of your mind,” Thobe said. “I never wanted to let my team down.”

Despite a loss to Muskegon Community College in postseason tournament play, the consensus stands as such: consummate teammate, leader and winner.

“Jess always gave 100 percent, whether leading us in games or mediating with coach … she played on a bad shin most of the last game and never gave up,” teammate Sara Brierly said.

Thobe’s plan for next year is still a work-in-progress. Thobe intends to finish her coursework at Sinclair this spring, and then enroll at Wheeling Jesuit as a full-scholarship athlete this summer.

“The coaching staff there is a nice fit and it allows me to stay close to home, so I am definitely grateful for the belief and support from both Wheeling and Sinclair,” she said.

Coming off two historical seasons already, the third chapter promises to be one to watch.

Women’s basketball update

The following sports editorial was written by Amy Brown, assistant to the athletic director, and submitted by Jeff Price, athletic director.

 

The Sinclair women’s basketball team (11-10, 3-1) hosted Lakeland (3-16, 0-4) on Saturday, Jan. 25. Sinclair’s pressure proved to be too much for Lakeland and they beat the Lakers 71 – 59.

Sinclair struck first as Ashley Morrow hit a shot to give Sinclair a 2 – 0 lead. Lakeland then took control, leading 6 – 4 with less than 16 minutes. O’Sha Owens gave Sinclair the jump-start they needed to regain the lead when she hit a jumper to put Sinclair up 7 – 6 and then hit a three to give Sinclair the 11 – 8 advantage with 14 minutes and 30 seconds left to play.

Sakia Prude snatched the steal, followed by the put pack rebound to tie the game 21 – 21 with less than six minutes to play. Jenae Curtiss got the layup and Sinclair regained the lead 23 – 21. Lakeland and Sinclair exchanged one-point leads back and forth for the rest of the half with 13 lead changes.

It was a very close first half, which led to a tie ball game going into halftime 30 – 30.  O’Sha Owens led Sinclair with 10 points and three rebounds in the first half.

Jenae Curtiss hit a jumper to start off the second half 32 -30. Ashley Morrow got a lay-up after a Sinclair steal and put Sinclair up 40 – 32.  Lakeland’s Emily Elkins hit a three, cutting their deficit to 42 – 35. O’Sha Owens hit a three to give Sinclair a 10 point lead over Lakeland with 11 minutes remaining.

After gaining a 10-point lead Sinclair began to pull away and capitalized on Lakeland’s 28 turnovers. Breanna Ball was fouled with seven minutes, 3 seconds to play, went 2 – 2 from the free throw line and gave Sinclair the lead 58 – 43. Sinclair scored 24 points off of Lakeland turnovers.

Sinclair proved to be too much for Lakeland and beat them for the second time this season. Sinclair shot 51.5 percent in the second half and shot 75 percent from the free throw line.

Sinclair was led by O’Sha Owens (5-4/FR – Elida H.S., Elida, OH) who tallied 21 points, brought down six rebounds and got four steals. Other leading scorers included Jenae Curtiss (5-9/FR – Thurgood Marshall H.S., Dayton, OH) who recorded 12 points.  Breanna Ball (5-6/FR – Belmont H.S., Dayton, OH) tallied 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists, and had three steals. Ashley Morrow (5-6/FR – Springboro H.S., Springboro, OH) added 10 points, three steals and led the team with five assists. Darnesha Wesley (5-7/FR – Meadowdale H.S., Dayton, OH) was a co-leader on the team for rebounds with seven, and also recorded six points.  Sakia Prude (5-3/FR – Thurgood Marshall H.S., Dayton, OH) had a career-high seven rebounds and eight points.

Sinclair will be on the road for the next three games and then will finish the season off at home with five home battles in a row. The next home game will be on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 when they face Edison at 5:30 p.m.  The men’s game will follow at 7:30 p.m.  All home games are held at Sinclair Community College in the gymnasium in Building 8.