March, 2011 Archives

The Colorado Rapids were eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night in a play-in match at Shea Stadium at Bradley University. The Fire advance to play the winner of the San Jose versus Portland match for the right to enter the 98-year old tournament in June. Chicago took the lead just before the half when they picked off a pass near midfield. Fire forward Diego Chaves took the first pass and advanced the ball to the top left side of the box for Gaston Puerari, who took two touches before shooting past goalkeeper Ian Joyce. Colorado equalized just as quickly at the start of the second half. Quincy Amarikwa played a ball to the right side of the box where Andre Akpan beat goalkeeper Sean Johnson to the far side net. The Fire took the lead with an almost improbable shot at the hour mark. Defender Jalil Anibaba moved the ball forward on the right from midfield and fired a shot from 40 yards that zipped into the top near post.

-Bob

Geno Ford, the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year the last two seasons at Kent State University, will become the 13th head coach in Bradley Basketball history when he is formally introduced to the public during a noon press conference Monday in the Renaissance Coliseum arena. “I am ecstatic to work at such a great institution with such a rich basketball history,” said Ford.  “The passionate Bradley fan base, academic excellence and exceptional facilities will give us an opportunity to compete at the highest levels of the Missouri Valley Conference. Ford produced a 68-37 (.648) record in his three seasons at Kent State, including a 35-13 (.729) ledger in the Mid-American Conference.  In addition to his two MAC Coach-of-the-Year Awards, Ford was the 2009 NABC District 14 Coach of the Year.  Including previous head coaching stints at NAIA Shawnee State (22-10 in 2001-02) and NCAA Division III Muskingum (29-22 from 2005-07), Ford comes to Bradley with a six-year career record of 119-69 (.633).

One of the most prolific scorers in Ohio High School history, Ford was tabbed “Mr. Basketball” in 1993 by the Ohio Associated Press following his senior season at Cambridge High School in which he averaged 35.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.  Playing for his father, Gene, the 5-foot-8 guard poured in 2,680 career points, ranking him third all-time in the state, 34 points better than current NBA superstar LeBron James (2,646). Ford and his wife, Traci, are the parents of two sons:  Darin (15) and David (7).

-Bob

The Hamilton Bulldogs scored three times in a 5:54 stretch of the second period to pave their way to a 3-1 win over the Peoria Rivermen on Sunday afternoon at Carver ArenaGraham Mink notched his team-leading 24th goal of the season before 6,682 fans. The loss came despite the arrival overnight of AHL All-Star center T.J. Hensick, right winger Adam Cracknell and defenseman Ian Cole from the parent club St. Louis Blues.

-Bob


Illinois State advanced to the second round of the WNIT for the third-consecutive year Thursday night as the Redbirds beat Central Michigan, 72-59, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. ISU (21-10) remained undefeated at home in 2011, extending its home-court win streak to a program-best 15 consecutive games. ISU’s defense held Central Michigan to its second-lowest point total of the season, forcing the Chippewas to commit 23 turnovers. Illinois State also teamed up to block eight shots, which tied for the second-most blocks by the Redbirds in a WNIT game. ISU shot 48 percent from the field, while Central Michigan shot 29 percent.

Kenyatta Shelton led Illinois State with a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double. Shelton has now grabbed 12 or more rebounds in three of the four WNIT games she has played in. Additionally, Shelton blocked four shots, which tied for the second-most blocks in a Redbird WNIT game. Shelton was also credited with four blocks against Rice in 2007Shala Jackson was ISU’s top scorer, netting 19 points, while Katie Broadway scored 18.

-Bob

Rock Island held on to defeat Peoria High 54-52 in Friday’s IHSA Class 3A Peoria Sectional final at Renaissance Coliseum. No. 5 Central was not in the game for nearly 30 minutes. Down 12 with 3:24 to play, the Lions forged a late rally. They tied the game with 25 seconds left, had a shot in the air to win at the buzzer. Rock Island senior Chasson Randle finished with 34 points, one short of his career high.

-Bob

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