YPSILANTI, Mich. — Just checking the calendar and I cannot believe my eyes!
No Eastern Michigan University football this Saturday, well now Uncle Mel will have to finally look at the honey-do-list and find some last minute work to do around the farm before the snow flies and the wind blows from the old arctic circle.
Before Uncle Mel does all of that work he needs to set down in the official Eastern Michigan Lazy-Boy recliner and catch up on the gossip – oh I am sorry- the news from the Athletic Department from Eastern Michigan University.
Congratulation to the Eastern Michigan University Men’s Cross Country team!
They traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan last weekend and to the home course of Western Michigan University, Pine View Golf Club and for the 15th time the Eagles finished in first place and won the Mid-American Conference title.
“Six of the seven runners are from last year’s team which did not win,” Eastern Michigan University Cross Country Team coach John Goodridge said after Saturday’s event. “We had a four year streak of conference titles and were looking to break an EMU record of five in a row so that last year after our second place finish. It created a lot of pressure on our guys to bring the championship back to Ypsilanti but they overcame and did just that.”
Leading the runners to a first place finish was Eagle sophomore from New Zealand Terefe Eligu covering the 8,000 meter course in 24:08 and helping the Eagles in cumulating 66 points for the victory over the rest of the field.
Eligu is the 18th runner that has won the race while representing Eastern Michigan University and was placed on the All–MAC First team and for the sixth time in his career the Eagles coach Goodridge was named as the MAC Men’s coach of the year.
The 2010 Eastern Michigan University Women’s soccer team season came to a disappointing end at home Holloween Sunday afternoon.
Western Michigan University defeated the Eagles 4-2 in a shoot out, it was an evenly match game between the two squads as they battle to move on to the Mid-American Conference Semi-Finals of the soccer tournament. The Eagles finished the season with a 7-5 overall record.
Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center beginning at 2 p.m. the start of the 2010-11 Eastern Michigan University Men’s basketball season will tip off with an exhibition game against NAIA member Marygrove College from Detroit, Michigan.
Eastern Michigan University Men’s basketball coach Charles Ramsey will be at the helm for his sixth season and the rumor is that he is on the hot seat to lead the Eagles to the promise land of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
The Eagles suffered an embarrassing loss to Central Michigan University at home last season the defeat cost the Eagles the Mid-American Conference West Division crown but they did right the ship in time and made it to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.
Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team is picked to finished third in the very competitive West Division of the Mid-American Conference; there is plenty of pressure for Ramsey and the Eagles to get fans into the Convocation Center because sometimes the place as empty as a tomb.
Leading the charge for the Eagles is senior power forward Brandon Bowdry who has been named to the All MAC Conference Preseason team. Bowdry solid performance last season of averaging 16.3 points per game and 10 rebounds a game was good enough to place him on the conference second-team All-MAC selection last year.
The Eagles game plan will be a simple plan and it will be an exercise on creativity on getting the ball to Bowdry but that being said the defense should collapse around Bowdry opening other options and scoring chances for guard Quintin Dailey and Jay Higgins.
Ramsey says his squad will be solid supporting team and he is excited with the development of his player in the middle Matt Balkema who is 6-10 and is bulky. He will eat up some space under the basket helping the Eagles with strong rebounds.
The Eagles were looking desperately for a point guard and Ramsey believes that he solved that issue with the signing of Junior-College transfer Darrell Lampley, who led the Ohio CCAC in assists last season and was fourth in steals.
Also ready to step into the point guard position is another transfer, Derrick Thompson who is from Detroit but returned home because of personal commitments at home and he is seeking a hardship waiver from the NCAA so he can play right away. He played last season at Southeast Missouri State University.
The schedule will not be as kind as it has been in the past, last season the Eagles played 14 home games. This season the Eagles will open the road portion of their schedule Friday night Nov 12, 2010 against Michigan State University at the home of MSU Breslin Arena the game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.
“We have a schedule that is definitely a very challenging one,” Ramsey said about the difficult schedule. “We had 14 home games last season and now we have to return some of those games with two tournaments on the road and that makes for a lot of time away.”
Well that is about all the campus news from Eastern Michigan so Uncle Mel will throw another log in the fireplace, pour another cup of hot cocoa and check the other games on the television while relaxing in the recliner under a soft quilt and with the remote in hand – the honey-do- list is now under review with conclusive evidence the list will be turned over.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.