Lindenwood University's successful men's hockey program received another boost with the recent hiring of Ted Sator as an assistant coach.
Sator, 62, is a familiar name to National Hockey League fans. He was an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues for two seasons (1993-95) and brings more than 30 years of experience behind the bench in the NHL and on the international level.
Sator was with the Blues when current Lindenwood coach Rick Zombo played for the team.
"Lindenwood is great fit for me and where I am with the game of hockey," Sator said. "My relationship with Rick makes this a real easy transition, and I look forward to working with the tremendous student-athletes involved with the already successful Lindenwood hockey program."
Sator's 12 seasons in the NHL also included head coaching stops with the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres, plus serving as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Hartford Whalers and Vancouver Canucks.
Sator also has served as a minor league coach, assisted with Team USA on three occasions. He coached in various European leagues, most recently in Hungary.
"Ted brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge that will be an invaluable asset to our hockey program," Zombo said. "He brings instant respect and attention based on his knowledge of the culture of hockey players and the quality of the game."
Sator's first duty with Lindenwood was over the weekend when the Lions swept Ohio University 5-2 and 4-2, upping their record to 21-4 and 10-0 in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League.
Sporting a 10-game win streak, Lindenwood is No. 4 in the American Collegiate Hockey Association poll. Ohio University was No. 5.
GLVC TO HONOR SIUE'S DESHASIER
Former SIU Edwardsville two-sport standout Alicia DeShasier will be part of the 2012 Great Lakes Valley Conference Hall of Fame induction class. She will be honored May 22 at the Drury Plaza Hotal in St. Louis.
DeShasier excelled at SIUE from 2003-07, first in softball and then track and field.
As a member of the SIUE softball program from 2003-06, DeShasier was a first-team all-American, a three-time all-region choice, a three-time all-conference selection and the GLVC's player of the year in 2006. At one time or another during her career, DeShasier played every position on the diamond. She still ranks among SIUE leaders in numerous categories.
Following a successful softball career that included four NCAA Division II tournament appearances, DeShasier joined the track and field program in 2007. Despite having never competed at the high school or collegiate level previously, she recorded the nation's longest toss of the javelin at 164 feet 9 inches. She eventually won a gold medal in the javelin in the 2011 Pan American Games.
DeShasier is the fifth SIUE athlete to be named to the GLVC Hall of Fame. She follows Michelle (Gilman) Cox and Misi Clark (women's basketball), Mark Bugger (baseball) and Jenny Esker (softball).
NEW CHALLENGE FOR FONTBONNE
The Fontbonne men's volleyball program is part of the new NCAA Division III Continental Volleyball Conference, a 10-school league split into East and West divisions.
Fontbonne is in the West Division with Cal-Santa Cruz, Carthage (Wis.), Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Mount St. Joseph (Ohio). In the East Division are Eastern Menonite (Va.), Thiel (Pa.), Philadelphia Bible, Stevenson (Md.), and Juniata (Pa.).
Anchoring the Griffins' hopes are veteran libero Scott Ginger (CBC) and front-line specialists Michael Visintine (CBC) and Robbie Monroe (Parkway North). All are seniors, with Monroe entering his fourth season as a starter.
Carthage was tabbed the team to beat in a preseason vote of conference coaches. Fontbonne was ninth in the balloting. Fontbonne opens its season at noon Saturday against visiting Quincy.
The McKendree women's bowling team will try and make it two straight tournament championships this weekend when it takes part in the Lions Classic. Competition is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in the event hosted by Lindenwood.
The Bearcats opened the winter portion of their schedule with a title in the Jan. 14-15 Roto Grip Eagles Baker Challenge in Chicago. Nineteen teams competed.
"(The Chicago) tournament used a very challenging pattern, which created a lower scoring pace," McKendree coach Steven Michelfelder said. "This put a premium on shot-making and spare conversions. Our ladies came out and established themselves early ... they were up to the challenge."
McKendree, which finished 356 pins ahead of Davenport (Mich.), is No. 8 in the CollegeBowling.com rankings. Bearcats senior Brandi Branka (Momence, Ill.) has the third-highest average in the nation at 204.71.
SIUE PICKED FOURTH IN OVC SOFTBALL
SIU Edwardsville was picked fourth in the 11-school Ohio Valley Conference softball coaches preseason poll. SIUE was selected behind preseason favorite Jacksonville (Ala.) State, Eastern Illinois and Tennessee-Martin.
The Cougars finished 19-11 and in fourth place in the OVC a year ago, their first season of eligibility after making the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. SIUE was 28-30 overall and returns the heart of a strong offense, led by junior infielder Taylor Tooley (Joliet, Ill.), who batted .331, and sophomore catcher Rachel Coonrod (Edwardsville), who hit .308. The team's No. 2 pitcher, Lindsey Coleman (Crestwood, Ill.), who was 5-3, also returns.
SIUE begins its season Feb. 10 at the Mardi Gras Classic. The Cougars will play five games in Monroe, La., beginning with host Louisiana-Monroe.
Southeast Missouri is picked fifth. SEMO's top returnee is senior infielder Renee Kertz (Notre Dame), who is coming off a .328 season that saw her hit seven home runs. Kertz, who was a second-team all-OVC pick as a junior, has started 159 consecutive games for the Redhawks, the last 109 at shortstop. She played 50 games her freshman season at third base.
• Iowa State setter Alison Landwehr (Parkway West) closed out her junior season with a pair of all-America honors. She was a first-team choice by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and a second-team selection by Volleyball magazine. Landwehr led the Big 12 in assists with 11.46 per set, ranking 15th in the nation. A second-year starter, she was one of two Big 12 players to reach 60 assists in a match twice this season and will enter her senior season sixth in career assists at ISU.
• Missouri State safety Mike Crutcher (Timberland) is part of the College Sports Journal Freshman all-America team. The 40-man listing includes players selected for "making significant national-scale contributions in their first year of playing college football." A redshirt freshman, Crutcher started all 11 games for Missouri State (2-9) and finished 14th in balloting for the Jerry Rice Award, presented to the Football Championship Subdivision freshman of the year. Crutcher finished his rookie season with 83 tackles, including a team-high 45 solo stops.
• Washington University soccer players Lee Ann Felder (Tucson, Ariz.) and Clara Jaques (Los Angeles) have been named to the Jewish Sports Review all-America team. Felder is a senior midfielder, Jaques a junior goalkeeper. Felder was a first-team selection for a second straight season. Jaques was honorable mention after being a first-team pick in 2009 and 2010.
Felder led the University Athletic Association with nine assists and also scored two goals. Jaques started all 23 games in goal for the Bears (18-5), posting an 0.85 goals-against average.
• Another Washington athlete also is in the all-American news. Senior outfielder Brandon Rogalski (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) is a D3Baseball.com preseason first-team all-American. Rogalski is coming off a 2011 season that saw him earn first-team all-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3Baseball.com. Rogalski broke school records for hits (74) and RBIs (60) while batting .438. He was ninth among Division III hitters in RBIs, 21st in batting and 26th in stolen bases (28).
Washington, 29-17 a year ago, opens its season Feb. 25 when it hosts DePauw (Ind.) University.
• Brown freshman Lauren Waterbury (MICDS) is off to a fast start for the Bears track team. Waterbury won her first collegiate race last month, taking the 300-meter run in 40.75 seconds at the Alden Invitational at Brown. She also anchored the winning 1,600 relay.
• Washington football coach Larry Kindbom has promoted Jim Ryan to defensive coordinator. Ryan replaces Brian Allen, who will remain on staff as a defensive coach. Ryan was special teams coordinator in 2011. The Bears were 6-4 last season.
• The Harris-Stowe men's basketball team is 11-8, including 2-1 in the American Midwest Conference. That's a stark improvement over the past four seasons, when the Hornets won a combined 49 games. Junior guard Terry Hollins (Milwaukee) leads Harris-Stowe with a 13.7 scoring average.
• Southeast Missouri senior forward Leon Powell (Vashon) was a recent College Sports Madness player of the week for the Ohio Valley Conference. College Sports Madness identifies "the highest impact players nationally" and selects one from each NCAA Division I conference each week. Powell is averaging 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. He's had a team-best four double-doubles.
• The Missouri-St. Louis men's basketball team saw its 10-game win streak snapped earlier this month, but the Tritons remain on top in the West Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. UMSL is 13-4 overall and 8-1 in the GLVC. The Tritons, 8-0 at home, are off to their best start since the 1990-91 season.
• Missouri S&T freshman swimmer Alex Griffin (Marquette), who specializes in the breaststroke and freestyle, is part of the Miners' 200-yard medley relay that was victorious in its most recent outing, posting a time of 1:37.42 in a 114-71 victory over Truman State. Missouri S&T, 3-1 in duals, swims next at Drury on Feb. 3.
• Freshman outside hitter Kelly Ashmore (Whitfield) was a major contributor to the Providence volleyball team. Ashmore, the first Whitfield product to play Division I volleyball, played in 93 of 111 sets for Providence, which finished 8-22 overall and 2-10 in the Big East.
• Defender Brooke Barczewski (Ursuline) played in all 19 games -- starting seven -- as a freshman for the IUPUI soccer team. A Division I program, IUPUI was 3-12-4 overall, 2-6-1 in the Summit League.
• Washington's men's and women's indoor track teams finished first Saturday in the Illinois Wesleyan triangular. Senior Erica Jackey (Newark, Del.) established a school record in the 800 with a time of 2:14:14.
• The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's basketball team used a recent four-game victory streak -- topping the 100-point mark twice in that period -- to improve to 11-9. The Lynx have rebounded from a 1-6 stretch in December to push their record back above .500. Matt Sturdivant (Chicago) averaged 20.8 points per game and Todd Starks (Memphis, Tenn.) 19.0 during the win streak. Sturdivant (16.8) is the team's leading scorer.
• The McKendree men's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of the Harry M. Statham Sports Center for a 7 p.m. game today against Lindenwood. It will be the first home game in more than a month for the Bearcats (13-9), who have won three of their last four.
Senior forward Sean Rakers (Wesclin) scored a season-high 25 points in the Bearcats' most recent game, an 83-67 victory Thursday over Robert Morris-Springfield. Rakers now has 1,416 points in 126 games at McKendree. The Bearcats are 91-35 since Rakers' freshman season.
• SIUE junior William Lindsey (Lansing, Mich.) is the first Cougars hurdler to break the 8-second mark in the 60-meter hurdles. Lindsay turned in a 7.98 in the preliminaries of the Illini Classic on Saturday in Champaign. He finished third in the finals in 8.06.
• Junior Sydney Shelton (Piasa Southwestern) is in the mix to start at catcher for the SIU Carbondale softball team, which figures to be one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Salukis were 36-17 a year ago, including a 16-7 conference record, and return a strong nucleus of players. Shelton batted .147 last season but was used primarily as a pinch-runner, stealing seven bases. At Southwestern, Shelton led the South Central West in home runs, RBIs and stolen bases at different times.
• Eastern Illinois sophomore Jordyne Crunk (Althoff) scored a season-high 19 points Saturday in an 80-46 win over Austin Peay. EIU is 14-4 overall and 5-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
• Right-handed freshman pitcher Cody Spanberger (Granite City) is vying for time with Southeast Missouri. Spanberger was one of the top arms a year ago in the Southwestern Conference. He finished with a misleading 5-6 record that included a 2.70 earned-run average and league-leading 75 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.
• SIUE junior Colleen McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) was recently selected Ohio Valley Conference co-female field athlete of the week after a strong showing at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. McDonough's weight throw of 51 feet 10.5 inches was the best indoor mark to date in the OVC indoor season.
• SIUE junior forward Mark Yelovich (Mount Zion) topped the 1,000-point for his career during an 80-67 loss to Austin Peay, The 6-foot-6 Yelovich, who missed all but one game last season with a knee injury, leads the Cougars with a 13.5 scoring average. Yelovich also led SIUE in scoring as a sophomore (16.7) and freshman (13.7).