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Date Posted: 12:05:06 06/08/05 Wed
Author: Mole54
Subject: Western wins Cup again!

Western Illinois used two first-place finishes and seven second-place finishes to claim its third-straight Mid-Continent Conference Commissionerís Cup and sixth title overall. The Westerwinds also took home the Dr. Helen Smiley Womenís All Sports Award for the fourth time in school history. Oral Roberts used first-place finishes in baseball and menís tennis to take home the Dr. William Steinbrecher Menís All Sports Award.

WIU totaled 128 points in the 2004-05 Commissionerís Cup race to edge the Golden Eagles (123) by five points for top honors. Valparaiso came in a solid third-place with 105.5 points, while Southern Utah (90) finished the year in the fourth spot. Rounding out the Commissionerís Cup standings were IUPUI (83), Oakland (78.5), UMKC (73), Centenary (53) and Chicago State (50).

With 68.5 points on the womenís side during the 2004-05 academic year, the Westerwinds topped Valparaiso (62.5) and Oral Roberts (61) in a tight race for the Dr. Helen Smiley All Sports Award. Southern Utah finished fourth with 47 points, coming in just ahead of Oakland (43.5) and IUPUI (43). UMKC (32.5), Centenary (28) and Chicago State (25) complete the standings.

In the menís race, Oral Roberts accumulated 62 points to finish 2.5 tallies ahead of Western Illinois (59.5). Southern Utah and Valparaiso tied for third in the standings with 43 points apiece, while UMKC (40.5) edged IUPUI (40) for the fifth spot. Oakland gained 35 points to finish seventh in the menís standings, while Centenary and Chicago State tied for eighth with 25 points each.

For the year, WIU earned the regular-season title in womenís basketball and added a first-place finish at the Womenís Outdoor Track & Field Championship, its first Mid-Con outdoor title since 1996, to give the school a solid starting point. Western Illinois also added second-place finishes in womenís cross country, menís and womenís swimming & diving, womenís indoor track & field, softball, menís outdoor track & field and baseball. WIUís squads also garnered third-place honors in six Mid-Con sports.

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[> Re: Western wins Cup again! -- wiutsuoru, 13:59:40 06/09/05 Thu

Congrats to Western. Shows a total athletic program is being offered for the student athletes. I'm glad Western does this instead of concentrating on only a couple of sports, while allowing the others to flounder with little insitutional support.

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[> [> Re: Western wins Cup again! -- Leatherhead, 19:23:02 06/09/05 Thu

I like how the ORU fans are whining.

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[> [> [> Re: Western wins Cup again! -- wiutsuoru, 04:15:19 06/10/05 Fri

Yes, it is. As someone who has had a relationship with ORU in the past, it is made up of good folks. However, all schools have a group of fans who look through a different set of glasses when it comes to sports.The fact is, ORU is either unwilling- or unable- to field teams in all conference sports. These whiners need to realize this. You want the trophy, field a team!

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[> [> [> [> Re: Western wins Cup again! -- Neckfansince71, 06:26:07 06/10/05 Fri

Ever since we took a trip to Denver last year to a softball recruiting camp I have been interested in the number of scholarships per sport at each level. The full boat for D1 softball is 12 full rides. Of course these are divided up like grandmas cherry pie in large and small chunks depending on how good you are. A quick look at the compiance section in the WIU athletic website will show you that Westerwind softball gets the max 12. I am not really sure what the other max's are but as you go through the list you will notice that most of the women's sports have more scholarships then the men's programs basically because of football which out does them all. WIU has 23.9 scholarships in swimming and 12 in softball. ORU does not participate in these sports. Guess they think swimming and softball is something done at a Sunday picnic! (Just a small joke!) So lets just say we pass out those rides to the other sports and forget about football. Do they honestly think they could compete with us even in that situation???


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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Western wins Cup again! -- wiutsuoru, 16:23:46 06/10/05 Fri

Some ORU folks are still upset they didn't win the Cup. Some are saying there should be "adjustments" made for lower sports- especially if they don't offer them! Who will decide what sport is less? I feel swimming is as high as mens baseball. You want the all sports trophy- offer the sports and compete! They live in the shadow of OU,OSU and Tulsa, and want more respect. But, you can't have it both ways.

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