(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Men's and women's basketball opened both its season this week, and Wrestling showed their dominance coming away with three wins.
The Thomas More College men's basketball team opened its season on Wednesday, Nov. 15, against Wilmington. The Saints fell to the Quakers in double overtime 88-84. Thomas More had four players finish double-figures led by junior guard/forward Brandon Horne with 16 points. Stone and junior guard Ryne Callahan each finished with 14 points, senior forward/center Simon Clifford added 12 points and junior guard Damion King finished with 11 points. Horne and Stone finished with double-doubles as they had 13 and 10 rebounds respectively. The Saints also competed in the Jim Connor Classic, hosted at Thomas More, defeating Otterbein and Kent St. Tuscarawas. Thomas More defeated the Cardinals 80-69 on Friday and won over the Golden Eagles 96-44 on Saturday. In the Otterbein game, King recorded a double-double with game high 19 points and game high 10 assists. He also had five rebounds and went a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line. Clifford was second on the team with 17 points and five rebounds. Horne was a close third in points, tied with Junior Stockwell, for 12 points. Stockwell also was perfect form the free-throw line. Horn also recorded five assists, four rebounds and one steal. In the Kent St. Tuscarawas game, Callahan had the team high with 17 points. He also recorded two rebounds, on assist, and went five-for-six form the three-point line. Davis went four-for-four from the field, also recording a team high seven rebounds, and nine points. McKinney went six-for-nine from the field, along with three rebounds, and 15 points. Kinnaird went two-for two from the three-point range, also went four-for-five from the field, along with 11 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Damion King put up nine points, three assists, and two rebounds. King also was a perfect four-for-four from the field and one-for one from the foul line. The Saints are now 2-1 heading into their first PAC matchup against Grove City on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
The Thomas More College women's basketball opened its season in the Rochester Chuck Resler Tip-off Tournament in Rochester, New York this weekend. The Saints went 1-1 in the tournament, defeating Calvin, 70-52, and falling to Rochester, 61-58. In the Calvin game, Junior guard Madison Temple recorded a double-double as she scored 14 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Joining her in double-figure scoring was Kiernan and Schultz with 12 points each. Temple also led the team in assists with five and steals with three. Junior forward Shelby Rupp led the team in blocks with three. In the Rochester game, Thomas More was led in scoring by Owings with 19 points, while junior guard Madison Temple added 14 points and Schultz finished with nine points. Temple led the team on the boards with eight rebounds and in assists with five. Schultz added seven rebounds for the Saints. At the conclusion of the tournament, Owings and Temple were named to the All-Tournament Team. The Saints travel to Grove City to take on the Wolverines on Nov. 21.
The Thomas More College wrestling team competed at Trine this weekend, going 3-0 defeating Trine, 20-16, Ancilla college, 31-15, and MacMurray College, 34-10. In the meet against Trine, the Saints had six win. First-year Tanner Yenter had a 7-5 decision win at 133, at 141 sophomore Parker Buschelman earned a 9-6 decision, first-year Jimmy Traub had a 22-5 technical fall win at 157, at 174 Andrew Taylor had a 13-5 major decision win, sophomore Avery Jones registered a 10-8 decision at 184 and sophomore James Caniglia had a 6-5 decision win at 197. In the second meet of the day, Thomas More also had six wins against Ancilla. First-year Gavin Foushee had a 6-5 decision win at 141, at 149 first-year Andrew Tevis earned a pin in 6:29, Traub had a pin in 4:40 at 157, Taylor had a pin in 57-seconds at 174, at 184 Jones had pin in 1:22 and Caniglia earned a 14-5 major decision win at 197. The Saints continued their dominance in the third match at they won six matches against MacMurray. First-year Kenny Byers had a forfeit win at 133, first-year Cody Roland had a forfeit win at 157, at 165 first-year Gunnar Dawson had a forfeit win, Taylor had a 17-0 technical fall win at 174, Jones had a pin in 1:59 at 184 and Caniglia earned a 16-1 technical fall win at 197. The Saints return to action on December 2 when they travel to Washington, Pennsylvania to take on Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Washington & Jefferson College and West Liberty University.