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Falcon baseball faces key series (04-24-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:06
Bowling Green's baseball team is overcoming a slow start.
The Falcons have won 11 of their last 14 games entering this weekend's Mid-American Conference series with Kent State at Steller Field.
The teams play single games Friday at 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
"We're been very consistent in all three phases (pitching, defense and hitting) and that's huge," said Falcon coach Danny Schmitz, whose team began the season 6-16.
"Our guys are playing with confidence and they're finding ways to win."
BG has a chance to improve its standing in the MAC East Division against Kent, which leads the East with an 11-4 record and is 26-13 overall.
Akron is second in the East at 9-6, followed by Buffalo 8-6, and BG and Miami at 8-7.
The top eight teams in the MAC, regardless of the division, qualify for the conference tournament. BG and Miami are tied for sixth overall.
Chiricosta, Silva earn top award at BGSU athletics night (4-22-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 07:57
The student part of the student-athlete experience was on display Monday evening at the Stroh Center.
The Bowling Green State University athletics department recognized its top student-athletes at its annual athletics honor night. A total of 252 Falcon athletes have a grade-point-average of 3.0 or better, with 31 having a 4.0.
‘‘We are not only athletes, we are good students as well,’’ said Nikki Chiricosta, a senior tennis player, who will graduate next month with a degree in communications.
Chiricosta and fifth-year senior men’s soccer player Brandon Silva earned the top award — the Falcon Medal of Honor which embodies athletic success, academic success, leadership and service to the community.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:45
BG's Chiricosta handles challenges, on and off the court (4-18-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:17
Nikki Chiricosta
Nikki Chiricosta has been able to handle and excel at every challenge thrown at her.
Currently a senior on the Bowling Green State University tennis team, Chiricosta comes from a tennis-oriented family. She has had a racket in her hands since age 5.
Her parents both played tennis at the University of Toledo, and her mother, Shelia, was the head coach at BGSU for three seasons before current head coach Penny Dean took over in 1990.
Nikki’s two siblings, Matt and Christine, were both standout players in college, earning recognition for their play and for academics.
Christine preceded Nikki at BGSU and was the career leader in singles victories and combined victories before Nikki broke both records this season.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 15:53
Downey officially joins BGSU men's basketball staff (4-21-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Monday, 21 April 2014 09:55
Mark Downey has officially joined the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball coaching staff.
“I have known Mark Downey for 15 years and have observed first hand his talent, work ethic, and loyalty,” BG head coach Chris Jans. “Coach Downey will prove to be a vital cog in building our program.  Mark has led multiple programs to their respective national tournament while graduating student-athletes and running first class programs. Coach Downey is a winner!”
The winner of two Gulf South Conference championships while at Arkansas Tech and a six-time coach of the year winner in 10 seasons as a head coach, Downey comes to Bowling Green after serving one season at the helm of the University of West Alabama men’s basketball squad in 2013-14. Last season the Tigers went 17-11 overall and advanced to the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division II South Region Tournament.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work for Chris Jans again. Chris introduced me to college basketball over 15 years ago and has become a great friend and mentor,” Downey said. “His energy and passion is contagious and I am excited to be a part of his first staff at BGSU. I can already tell that Bowling Green is a special place. We have great leadership with Chris Kingston and his staff, the facilities are first class and the pride within the Falcon Family is infectious.  I am thrilled to be a part of it all.”
BG men add another assistant coach (4-16-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:10
Mark Downey has accepted an assistant men’s basketball coaching position at Bowling Green State University according to a published report in the Charleston (W. Va.) Daily Mail.
Downey worked with new BG head coach Chris Jans for one year at Independence College.
“He’s like a mentor to me,” Downey told the newspaper about Jans. “We kept in contact and became really good friends. It was an honor when he called and offered me the job. He’s seen a lot of places, met a lot of people and has an extensive Rolodex. I really trust him, he’s a good coach and he’s going to do really well.”
This will mark Downey’s third time in Division I. He served as an assistant coach at New Orleans for five seasons and was the director of operations at Marshall for two seasons.
Most recently he was the head coach at West Alabama.
“I always thought that if I’d get the chance I’d go back to the Division I level and said I would go back with someone I knew and someone I trusted,” Downey told the newspaper.
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