The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Since the loss to Rose-Hulman at home, the men’s basketball Pioneers have had two double-digit wins, including a 91-47 win at Manchester College, with freshman Parker Stansberry scoring a career-high twenty-six points. The majority of Stansberry’s points came from beyond the arc, where he shot over fifty percent. The win came at a significant time for the Pioneers, as they maintained a tie for second place in HCAC standings.

Matchup of the Week: Men’s and Women’s swimming and diving enters its first Ohio Athletic Conference championship this Thursday. After joining the OAC in June of 2012, the Pioneers will travel to the University of Akron for their inaugural postseason competition.

Player(s) to Watch: The men’s basketball Pioneers are currently tied for second in HCAC standings with Hanover, the team they play the Wednesday at home at 7:30pm. Being the second to last game of the regular season, this is arguably the most important game of the year for the Pioneers and it will take a total team effort to come away with a win. The team has relied throughout the season on the leadership of a core group of seniors along with major contributions from freshman Parker Stansberry, and will need it all on Wednesday.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: This week’s honors belong to senior swimmer Amanda Skinner for her success Saturday against Bellarmine. At the Saturday meet, which was also Senior Day, Skinner took first place in all four of the events she competed in individually and contributed to the 200 Medley Relay win for the Pioneers. This was part of an overall women’s swimming victory over the visiting Bellarmine with a score of 114-72.

Matchup of the Week: After a home loss this past weekend to Rose-Hulman, the Transy women’s basketball Pioneers maintain a one game lead over Franklin in HCAC standings. With the last place Mt. St. Joseph coming to Transy this Wednesday at 7:30pm, a Pioneer win is essential to keeping the lead in Heartland standings. Look for continued contribution from the team’s scoring leader Nicole Coffman and from the leading freshmen, Katelyn Smith and Alex Botkin.

Player to Watch: The Transy men’s basketball team faces off against the Mount St. Joseph Lions away from home this Wednesday. After a tough loss against Rose-Hulman (the leader in HCAC standings) at home Saturday, the team will need a bounce-back win. Look for the leading scorer from Saturday, as well as for the season, Senior Ethan Spurlin to continue to lead the team on Wednesday and in the final remaining games.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The men and women’s Track and Field Pioneers had a record-breaking Saturday at the Defiance Invitational this past weekend. Despite both teams finishing eighth in their respective point totals, a total of five Transy track records were broken by Pioneer competitors. For the women, new bests came from Shelby Auxier in the 200 Meter Dash and Laura Clark in the 3000 Meter. New records for the men came from Ben Lyvers in the 200 Meter Dash, Mason Williams in the 400 Meter Dash, and another 3000 Meter best from Chris Saldana.

Matchup of the Week: The men’s basketball team squares off against the Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineers at home this Saturday at 3pm. The Pioneers are currently one game behind Rose-Hulman in the HCAC standings and will have the one-on-one advantage if a tie occurs (due to a win over the Fightin’ Engineers earlier in the season). The game could be essential to determining which school hosts the HCAC tournament this postseason and the Pioneers will continue to rely on heavy senior leadership to claim a win.

Player(s) to Watch: The Transy Equestrian team has its second competition of the team’s inaugural season this Saturday at Midway College. After placing well in their premier competition in November of last semester at in Murray, the Equestrian Pioneers will look to repeat their good performance throughout the weekend’s Hunt Seat Show (the category in which the Pioneers participate).

The PioSphere Weekly Sports Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: This week’s honor is a bit unusual, as it goes to both the men and women’s basketball teams and their strong second half play on Saturday that led to victories by both teams. After trailing by ten to Rose-Hulman at the half, the men’s team outscored the Engineers 43-24 in the second half, led by Ethan Spurlin’s 19, and finished with a 69-60 win. The women’s team held Rose-Hulman to seven points in the last 15 minutes of the game, improving to a 7-1 record and remaining atop the HCAC standings.

Matchup of the Week: Men and Women’s Track and Field travel to Otterbein University this Saturday to open the season at the Otterbein Invitational. With only two seniors coming into this season (Kelsey Meade and Laura Clark) and eight freshmen, a relatively young group of Pioneers will look for a strong showing in the first of ten events this season.

Player to Watch: The women’s basketball team faces off against Mount St. Joseph at home this Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Freshman Alex Botkin leads the team in both rebounds (8.8 per game) and blocked shots and holds a key part to the Pioneers’ attempt to remain atop the HCAC standings for the rest of the season.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast: 12/3/12

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Despite having one of the strongest senior classes in recent years, this week’s performance comes from first-year Parker Stansberry during the men’s basketball victory over Anderson University on Saturday. Stansberry finished with twelve points total, ten of which came during a 14-0 Pioneer run during the second half that sealed the 75-45 victory over the Ravens.

Matchups of the Week: Both the men and women’s basketball Pioneers face off against Earlham College at 7:30pm on Wednesday. The women, travelling to Earlham, will face their first conference road test against the Quakers and look to rely on their young core group of scorers (the top four being sophomores or younger) for the win. Returning home after a 2-1 road trip, the men continue to be led by the strong group of seniors (with solid contributions made by younger players) and seek a strong start in conference play.

Player to Watch: The men’s basketball Pioneers have been led in both scoring and rebounds so far this season by senior Ethan Spurlin, who contributed a double-double in the tough overtime loss to Centre last Wednesday. Look for Spurlin to continue this performance at home against the Earlham Quakers.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast: 11-26-12

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Women’s basketball grabbed its first win of the season over Adrian on Saturday led by a career-high 28 points from sophomore guard Nicole Coffman. Coffman not only topped all scoring but also dished out 3 assists and grabbed 5 steals.

Matchup of the Week: This Wednesday at 7pm men’s basketball heads to Danville to take on the rival Centre Colonels. Both teams will enter the contest with a 2-2 record, but the Pioneers are coming off two straight wins and will look to build their streak. With a veteran team (including seven seniors) Transy has a strong chance to take the first of the two matchups between the interstate rivals.

Player to Watch: Senior Barrett Meyer leads the men’s basketball team in points so far this season mainly through the strength of his three-point shooting. That range will be essential Wednesday night at Centre if the team hopes to be successful on this tough road challenge.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: In Wilmington, Ohio on Saturday, women’s swimming and diving senior Chelsea Diamond won the 200 backstroke, and placed second in both the 100 backstroke and the 50 freestyle. Diamond was also part of the second-place Medley 200 Relay Team as the Pioneer women split a double dual meet, defeating Wilmington, but falling to Wittenburg.

Matchup of the Week: This weekend marks the inaugural show of the Equestrian team, making it the 21st varsity sport here at Transylvania University, and will head to Morehead State University for its first show on Saturday and Sunday. The team has joined the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, one of the 370 collegiate teams in the conference, and will compete in “hunt seat” competitions.

Player to Watch: The women’s basketball team opens its season this Thursday night at 8 pm against the Wittenburg Tigers in the Hanover Classic. After leading the team in points last season, look for sophomore guard Nicole Coffman to lead an all-around more experienced Pioneer squad on Thursday.

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