Sunday, December 09, 2001

NCC's Eviston seeks NAIA repeat

Local collegians update

By Shannon Russell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Eddie Eviston will approach his last game with Georgetown College the same as any other: He'll wear his red Alabama hat into the stadium, tuck under his pads until kickoff the cross necklace his mother gave him, and go onto the field expecting to win.

        The rituals won't change, but emotions will be a different story as Eviston prepares for the biggest game of his life.

        Georgetown will defend its NAIA championship when it faces No.5 Sioux Falls Dec.15. Riding on 27 straight wins, Georgetown's 16 seniors could top their fourth consecutive Mid-South Conference title with a second championship in three straight finals appearances.

        For Eviston, the game caps a dream college career.

        “In high school, I always wanted to play college ball,” the Newport Central Catholic graduate said. “I was planning on going anywhere that gave me the opportunity. All I wanted to do was get on the field.”

        Four years later, he has more plaques, certificates, trophies and honors than he can store. But the first thing he'll talk about is his team.

        The Tigers haven't lost a regular-season game in three years with Eviston at the helm of the option offense. This year the 6-foot-2, 212-pound senior averaged 242 yards passing and 33 yards rushing, en route to career stats of 10,697 yards passing and 1,793 yards rushing.

        Georgetown coach Bill Cronin is already wringing his hands, plotting to replace a quarterback who has posted a 40-1 record during his undergraduate career.

        “It scares me to death to think about what we're going to do next year,” the fifth-year coach said. “He's quite a player. One of those who rarely makes a mistake twice.”

        His biggest regret is the 34-26 defeat by Northwestern Oklahoma State in the NAIA final in 1999. He was a sophomore then, after a redshirt season.

        “It wasn't just that we lost that game. I couldn't change the fact that the seniors that year were going out with a loss,” Eviston said. “This senior class deserves to win. That's what's motivating me now.”

        Cronin's also rooting for Eviston, whom he recruited for defense but who turned out to be one of the best offensive surprises in school history.

        “We wanted him as a defensive back because we liked his frame and his speed. We thought he had a nose for the ball,” Cronin said.

        Eviston's arm was discovered after a practice his freshman season when he was throwing extra catches to receivers. It didn't take long for the assistant coaches to let Cronin in on the secret.

        Eviston now stands within 417 yards of breaking the NAIA career record of most yards gained. The record is owned by former Central Washington player and current Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna.

        Record or not, Eviston plans to relish the Georgetown atmosphere one last time when he suits up at 1:05 p.m. Saturday in Savannah, Tenn. COLLEGE UPDATES UC

        Ann Thomas (Northwest) and Christy Hoffman (McAuley) were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association/adidas Great Lakes All-Regional first team. Heather Herweh (Ursuline) earned second-team honors.

        Senior swimmer Maria Olberg was named the Conference-USA Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season after setting meet and pool records in the 500 freestyle (4:46.66) and 1,650 freestyle (16:31.26) at the Miami Invitational.

        Bonita Wise was named to the All-Midwest Region team for the second time, and Becky Stahl was named the Midwest Region Freshman of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

        Freshman swimmer Matt Young (Louisville St.Xavier) was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after placing first in the 400IM (4:09.82), second in the 200IM (1:56.94) and third in the 200Backstroke (1:57.02) at the University of Akron Zippy Invite.

        Freshman defender Tiest Sondall was named to the All-Ohio and All-Great Lakes Region men's soccer team.

        Sara Bachus and Molly Martin were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Northeast All-Region team.

        Soccer player Andrea Cunningham (McAuley) earned first-team honors on the NSCAA Great Lakes Region team. Danielle Berkemeier (Fairfield) and Katie Karlander were named to the second team; Danielle Altiero was selected for the third team.

        Volleyball player Bethany Gastright (Holy Cross) was named to the Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region.

        Boone County graduate Michelle Cottrell was named the GLVC Co-Player of the week with an 18.3 point, 9.3 rebound average.

        Along with All-Americans Betsy Moore (McAuley) and Tricia Ruark (Seton), soccer players Lori Kevill (NCC) and Bessie Black (Scott) were named first-team All-Region. Eva Broeg (Dixie Heights), Amanda Trout (Northwest) and Jeanna Martin (Seton) earned second-team honors.

        Farzad Mazloomi (Winton Woods) received his third letter and Tom Bachey (Anderson) received his first letter on the Case Western Reserve University football team.

        Wilmington College freshman Siobhan Zerilla (Mercy) was named the OCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week. She scored 19 points and tied a school record of 22 rebounds in the Lady Quakers' 81-70 win over John Carroll.

        Sarah Bolten (Glen Este) tied a school record with 37 points in Butler University's 78-75 overtime win over Bowling Green. She set a school record with seven 3-pointers and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds in that game.

        Ohio Wesleyan senior back Katie Buchert (Middletown) was first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference. Sophomore forward Erika Howland (Mariemont) was honorable mention. On the men's team, junior forward Brett Dunlap (Lakota West) was a first-teamer.

        Christina Gross (Ross) was named Most Valuable Defensive Player on the Tri-State University soccer team.

        Dayton senior running back Jermaine Bailey (Moeller) was named the Pioneer League Offensive Player of the Year. He rushed for 887 yards and seven touchdowns this season.


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