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    Detroit Free PressNovember 19, 2003 Wednesday 0 EDITION

    Great Lakes scouting reportsThe Great Lakes Conferencepreseason poll:

    NORTH PTS

    1. Northern Michigan 352. Michigan Tech 323. Northwood 264. Ferris State 175. Grand Valley State 166. Saginaw Valley State 127. Lake Superior State 9

    SOUTH PTS

    1. Findlay 252. Gannon 183. Wayne State 154. Mercyhurst 145. Hillsdale 126. Ashland 6

    NORTH SCOUTING REPORT

    Northern Michigan: Sevenletter-winners return, includ-ing all four double-figurescorers from last season -- 6-foot-7 forward Billy Hill (14.3points), 6-3 sophomore guardAntwuan Holt (10.5), 6-10senior center Milan Azanjac(10.1) and 6-7 sophomoreforward Marco Volcy (10.0).Marco's brother, Ricky, shouldcontribute immediately. He's a6-5, 215-pound freshmanforward.

    Michigan Tech: Tech startsanew without six players whomade a combined 430 startsin the last four years. Juniorforward Josh Buettner (14.2points, 5.0 rebounds) andjunior guard Jason Marcotte(11.0 points, 3.9 assists) will

    pick up the offense. Theycontributed in every game ofthe last two seasons, whenthe team went 56-6. Sopho-more guard Bob Evans, whoredshirted last season, is ex-pected to be a factor.

    Northwood: Senior guardDallas Logan, a two-time all-league selection, is expectedto have a big season after av-eraging 19.1 points last sea-son. He's joined by sopho-more guard Nemanja Kreck-ovic (13.4 points). Junior for-ward Derek Fillmore (9.2) alsoreturns. He ranked second inNCAA Division II in three-pointshooting (48.9).

    Ferris State: The backcourtshould be strong with seniorWillie Thomas (14.3 points,4.0 rebounds), sophomoreDennis Springs (11.3 points,6.0 assists) and junior CarltonEpps (11.6 points, 4.3 re-bounds). Eight newcomerswill fight for playing time. For-ward Willie Burrel, a 6-6 junior,averaged 21.5 points and 12rebounds last season atMuskegon Community Col-lege.

    Grand Valley State: Sopho-more guard Courtney Jamesshould improve on his 11.5points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6assists from last season. Hehit the winning shot in theLakers' opener Saturday.Junior 6-4 forward MarcusWallace is one of two keynewcomers. He sat out lastseason after transferring from

    Ferris State. Another newface is 6-8 junior forward EricChess, who averaged 16.3points for Grand Rapids CC in2000-2001.

    Saginaw Valley State: An-thony Parker, a 6-5 juniorguard-forward, ranked fourthin the conference in scoringlast season at 18.3. He'sjoined by 6-8 senior forwardMaurice Brown, who averaged10.3 points and led theleague in rebounding (9.7).The Cardinals need to im-prove on last season's 3-10away record.

    Lake Superior State: Formerassistant Mike Fitzner takesover for Marty McDermott. JimClement, a 6-7, 202-poundforward, transferred after twoseasons at Toledo and aver-aged 16.5 points in theLakers' 1-1 start. Junior for-ward Scott Jamison averaged13.8 points last season; sen-ior guard Paul Kurtz averaged9.3.

    SOUTH SCOUTING REPORT

    Findlay: Four starters return,led by senior forward BradRethman (14.1 points) andsophomore guard DustinPfeifer (10.0 points, 3.9steals, 2.3 steals), the confer-ence freshman of the year.Adam Sommer, a 6-6 juniorforward, transferred fromEastern Michigan.

    Gannon: Two starters returnto a team that has gone to the

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    NCAA tournament fourstraight years. They are seniorguard/forward Brandon An-drews (12.8 points, 4.2 re-bounds) and 6-11 junior cen-ter Geoff Husted (14.1 points,7.1 rebounds).

    Wayne State: Five of the topsix scorers return. Five trans-fers and four freshmen will jointhe mix. Senior forward Ken-don Edwards (12.6 points,6.4 rebounds) and seniorguard Kendall LeSure (11.7points) are the top returningplayers. Senior guard OscarSanders (7.4 points, 3.7 as-sists) is the only returning

    player to start all 27 games lastseason.

    Mercyhurst: New coach GaryManchel inherits seven re-turning players and four start-ers, including the team's topthree scorers -- senior forwardJosh Helm (18.0 points, 8.3rebounds), senior guardJustin Shouse (14.4 points)and sophomore guard TorryMitchell (14.1).

    Hillsdale: Sophomore guardCory Coe (8.6 points) is thetop returning scorer, and hehad a career-high 30 in theChargers' season-opening

    victory Saturday. Sophomoreguard Rodney Whaley returnsafter redshirting last season.He averaged 9.9 points as afreshman in 2001-2002.

    Ashland: Not a single playerreturns from last season.Eleventh-year coach RogerLyons will try to meld 16 newfaces into a team. The loneMichigander is 6-7 junior for-ward Kevin Shorter (ClintonTownship Chippewa Valley).He was a center at Owens CClast season.

    By George Sipple

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    The Canadian PressNovember 18, 2003 Tuesday

    NCAA hockey notebookBY THE CANADIAN PRESS

    A look at last week's Canadian star performers in NCAA hockey:

    Atlantic Hockey Association

    Forward Pierre Napert-Frenette of Bathurst, N.B., led Holy Cross to a weekend sweep ofMercyhurst after scoring two goals and adding four assists.

    Forward Mike Reagan of Flin Flon, Man., fired a hat trick in Sacred Heart's 4-1 roadwin at Army on Friday and scored the game's first goal Saturday in a 5-1 home-ice v i c -tory.

    Forward Justin Carre of Azilda, Ont., lifted Canisius College to a 3-3 tie at Bentley wi tha pair of third-period goals.

    Central Collegiate Hockey Association

    Goalie Jordan Sigalet of Surrey, B.C., a starter for Bowling Green State University, r e -corded his second career shutout in the fifth scoreless tie in CCHA history Saturday nightat Lake Superior State University. He stopped 36 shots.

    Defenceman Nathan Oystrick of Regina enjoyed a three-point weekend in NorthernMichigan's series split with University of Nebraska-Omaha.

    Goalie Kris Tebbs of Calgary led the University of Nebraska-Omaha to a 2-1 win in hisfirst collegiate start Friday night against Northern Michigan, making 23 saves.

    "It was a lot of fun and the guys played well in front of me,'' Tebbs said. "It's a lot easierwhen the guys are playing well for you. I've been trying to focus more in practice andwe're all trying to push each other.''

    Forward Scott May of Surrey had a goal and an assist as Ohio State University beatMichigan 5-2 on Saturday.

    College Hockey America

    Forward Barret Ehgoetz of Kincardine, Ont., had two assists in Saturday's 3-2 win byNiagara over Western Michigan. He now has points in seven of nine games this season andleads Niagara with 12 points on the season.

    Forward Kris Wiebe of Lloydminster, Alta., recorded his first collegiate hat trick Sun-day as Findlay overcame a three-goal deficit in a 6-5 win at Wayne State.

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    Defenceman Kenny Macaulay of Baddeck, N.S., had his first collegiate goal in Friday's 3 -2 loss b Findlay to Wayne State and got his first collegiate assist in Sunday's 6-5 win atWayne State.

    Wayne State forward Jason Baclig of Leamington, Ont., assisted on Friday's overtime goalin a 3-2 win at Findlay and scored in the third period Sunday to tie the game at five in a6-5 loss.

    Goalie Grady Hunt of Vernon, B.C., stopped 20 shots in Bemidji State's 3-1 upset of No.13 Minnesota-Duluth on Friday.

    Eastern College Athletic Conference

    Brown forward Brian Ihnacak of Toronto had three goals and three assists in a pair ofweekend wins. He leads the team with three goals and four assists.

    Colgate forward Jon Smyth of Markham, Ont., scored four goals in the 6-1 win overClarkson on Saturday night and was named ECAC player of the week.

    Goalie Eric Leroux of London, Ont., backstopped Princeton to its first win of the season,making 28 saves in a 4-2 triumph over 12th-ranked Harvard on Friday night.

    Cornell forward Cam Abbott of Sarnia, Ont., had three points in two weekend games.

    Goalie Dan Yacey of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., made 49 saves in a pair of 1-1 ties f o rDartmouth against Union and RPI.

    Hockey East Association

    Maine forward Luciano Aquino of Mississauga, Ont., was named Hockey East's rookie ofthe week following a four-point weekend in wins over league rivals Northeastern andUMass Lowell.

    Maine defenceman Prestin Ryan of Arcola, Sask., was plus-5 and scored a goal in thepair of weekend wins.

    Goalie Stephan Siwiec of Calgary was the defensive player of the week for Hockey Eastafter stoppig 30 shots in Boston University's 6-1 win over Merrimack.

    Western Collegiate Hockey Association

    Defenceman Brett Skinner of Brandon had his first two-goal game as a collegian Satur-day, in the University of Denver's 4-0 win over Alaska Anchorage.

    Goalie Bryce Luker of Rigaud, Que., made 28 saves to record his first college shutout i nMichigan Tech University's 0-0 tie with Minnesota State.

    Minnesota State forward Jeff Marler of Fort Saskatchewan recorded his first two-goalgame Saturday night in a 6-3 home-ice victory over WCHA rival Michigan Tech.

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    The Detroit NewsNovember 18, 2003 Tuesday Two dot Edition SPORTS; Pg. 5D

    Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: Preview

    Don VanderVeen

    Ferris State

    The 11 victories posted by FerrisState (11-15) last season underCoach Bill Sall were the Bulldogs'most since the 1997-98 season(21-12). Four starters -- WillieThomas, Carlton Epps, DennisSprings and Nathan Wruble --return. Thomas averaged 14.3points per game last season,while Epps (11.6) and Springs(11.3) both scored better than 11a game.

    Grand Valley State

    Sophomore point gua