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Trio of Wabash golfers start season in top-30
A trio of Wabash golfers finished with three strokes of one another at the 2014 Anderson Fall Invitational, placing in the top-30 overall.

Jackson Stevens, Scotty Johansen Jr., and Logan Burdick tied for 23rd, 25th, and 27th place respectively. Stevens posted a 36-hole score of 156 (81-75) for the top individual finish for the Little Giants. Johansen shot a 157 (78-79), while Burdick carded a 158 (78-80).

Nick Sommer tied for 35th place with a score of 163 (82-81). Mason Asher finished in a tie for 39th place (84-81=165) while teammate Tyler Cole finished one stroke behind Asher in a tie for 41st place (82-84=166).

Wabash will compete in the Franklin Invitational next Sunday and Monday at The Legends Golf Course.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wabash defender adds honor from
Sophomore Ethan Buresh was named to the Team of the Week for his performance in the 34-21 victory by Wabash over Hampden-Sydney in the Gentlemen's Classic Saturday.

Video of Buresh's 41-yard interception return for a touchdown also earned a place as a finalist for Play of the Week from the college football web site. The outside linebacker also earned North Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Buresh's 41-yard interception return in the second quarter tied the game at 14-14 and sparked a 27-0 scoring run by the Little Giants. He finished the game with 7 tackles, 3 tackles for losses, and 1-1/2 sacks.

"Ethan had a tremendous game," Wabash head coach Erik Raeburn said. "The interception return for a touchdown was a huge momentum boost for us. That wasn't his only great play in that game."

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ethan Buresh named top defender
Wabash sophomore Ethan Buresh has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the football team's 34-21 win over Hampden-Sydney in the Gentlemen's Classic Saturday.

Buresh sparked a 27-0 scoring run for Wabash with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second period to tie the game at 14-14. The outside linebacker tallied 7 tackles, including 3 tackles for losses totaling 25 yards. He added 1-1/2 sacks to the Wabash total of 6 in the game.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Wabash linksters open year in Ohio
Wabash finished ninth overall at the season-opening Rosencrans-Maurer Invitational Golf Tournament in Springfield, Ohio Monday.

The Little Giants played two rounds on the same course that will host the final event of the 2015 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Wabash finished Monday's competition with a 36-hole score of 690.

Nick Sommer paced the team with a 169 (91-78) to finish 61st overall.Scotty Johansen Jr. shot a 174 (84-90) for 68th place. Logan Burdick tied with teammate Mason Asher for 69th place. Budick scored rounds of 82 and 94 for a total of 176. Asher carded an 87 and an 89 for his score of 176. Nicholas Schenkel shot 179 (89-90) for 72nd place. Tyler Colefinished 74th (95-86=181). AJ Hamilton shot a 188 (87-101) playing as an individual.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Little Giants start with 3 shutouts
Wabash got another shutout - the third in as many games - in a 2-0 win at Monmouth Saturday afternoon.

Chase Francoeur earned the start in goal but the result was the same as the previous two outings behind Dayton Jennings. Francoeur faced one shot in the match.

Adam Antalis picked up his second goal of the year, scoring on an unassisted attempt in the 10th minute. Freshman Spase Dorsuleski added an insurance goal with his first of the year in the 39th minute.

The Little Giants outshot Monmouth (1-2) 10-1 overall. Nine of the Wabash shots finished on goal.

Wabash head coach Chris Keller continued the praise of his defense.

Monday, September 8, 2014
Wabash XC top small school
The Wabash cross country team took second place overall out of 24 teams, capturing the collegiate division title at Friday's Queen City Invitational.

Wabash finished behind Eastern Kentucky University, the winner of the University Division of the 5,000-meter race.

The Little Giants scored 93 points to take second by placing four runners in the top-50 spots in a field of 240 runners. Fabian House crossed the finish line in 10th place with a time of 15:43.99. Jared Burris took 11th place by finishing in 15:44.09. Billy McManus finished 14th overall (15:49.09), followed closely by teammate Mason McKinney in 15th place (15:49.40). Adam Togami completed the team scoring for Wabash with his 43rd-place finish (16:15.53).

Monday, September 8, 2014
Wabash wins opener over No. 21 HSC
Wabash's defense dominated the historic matchup of two all-male D3 schools in the initial Gentlemen's Classic. The Little Giants contained the touted Hampden-Sydney offense en route to a 34-21 season-opening win.

"I felt like we were in good shape offensively," Wabash Coach Erik Raeburn said. "I thought we wore them out; they had to sub out a lot of their linemen."

Hampden-Sydney (0-1) came out firing as it did in a second round NCAA playoff loss at Linfield last fall. All-American quarterback Nash Nance found his All-American receiver Holton Walker for a 60-yard scoring strike. The Little Giants (1-0) countered with an 11-play, 69-yard drive on the next possession. Tyler Holmes, back after missing eight games last year with an injury, capped the drive with a four-yard run to tie the game at 7-7.

After a Nance sneak, 14-7, the Tigers looked poised to take control. The HSC defense held Wabash to a three-and-out. But then sophomore Ethan Buresh stepped in front of a screen pass for an interception and returned the ball 41 yards for his first-career touchdown. The Little Giants never trailed the rest of the way.

Monday, September 8, 2014
Gentlemen: Start the season
The Wabash College football team has never had as highly anticipated of a season opener as Saturday's game against Hampden-Sydney College. The contest will feature the 21st-ranked Tigers' high-powered offense against the 16th-ranked Little Giants and their playmaking defense.

"Obviously our guys aren't going to overlook Hampden-Sydney; they're not going to think they can come out here and give anything but their best and expect to win," coach Erik Raeburn said. "But I don't think being excited to play is ever an issue in the first game. What can get you is being too excited and making mental errors."

The first-ever meeting between Wabash and Hampden-Sydney has been dubbed "The Gentlemen's Classic" because they are two of the four remaining all-male institutions in the country. The historic gridiron matchup has generated so much interest that NCAA President Mark Emmert will assist in the coin flip.

Despite the pregame hype, quarterback Michael Putko doesn't feel added pressure.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Wabash wrestling honored for community work
The Wabash College wrestling team and staff was recently honored at the National Wrestling Coaches Association annual convention. The Little Giants received the organization's "Solid Service" award as part of the Best of Brand Awards program created by Elite Level Sports Marketing.

The "Solid Service" award recognizes programs that best captured on video its involvement in a community service project. The award is designed to prize programs that recognize the importance of giving back to its local community and go above and beyond when doing so. Wabash has participated in JDRF walks the past two seasons, working as "Team Kelsey" in honor of head coach Brian Anderson's daughter who was diagnosed with diabetes over two years ago. Wabash wrestler Conner Lefever, a 2014 Midwest Regional champion and NCAA Division III national qualifier at 174 pounds, is also diabetic.

The wrestling team provided additional support for JDRF by creating an Outdoor Takedown Tournament in the fall of 2013, moving wrestling mats to the Mud Hollow Stadium soccer and lacrosse field and raising money through donations throughout the tournament held prior to a home Wabash football game. The combined efforts collected a total of $8,000 for JDRF, more than double the original goal.

Criteria for determining the "Solid Service" Award recipient included a panel of judges who assessed video performance in addition to an online voting competition.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Senior has eyes on future
Wabash senior Grant Klembara knows how to find an opening on the football field. He knows how to keep a receiver from touching the ball. What he doesn't know is his future career path.

As many Wabash men do, Klembara spent eight-weeks of his summer as a marketing-business development intern with Allegient, an Indianapolis IT consulting firm. He was able to experience marketing, sales, social media, and even blogging with a top Indianapolis company.

Klembara relished the opportunity.

"It was phenomenal," he said. "The people there were great and I really enjoyed the stuff I was doing. Hopefully I'll cross paths with them sometime soon."

Those paths could cross very soon. Klembara left a strong impression on his boss, Lindsey LaBerge, a marketing manager who wanted an intern to help foster new ideas within the company. He was a perfect match.

"I literally thought the world of him," LaBerge said. "Grant's level of commitment stood out to me. I don't know if that has anything to do with him being an athlete or just having a lot going on at once, but he was extremely committed to Allegient and getting the job done and just being an all-around amazing employee."

Thursday, August 14, 2014
A clash of gentlemen
Like the duels of old, this September two proud programs with rich traditions will meet for bragging rights and to defend the honor of their school. The first of two football games between Wabash College and Hampden-Sydney College - labeled The Gentlemen's Classic - will take place Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. at Hollett Little Giant Stadium.

Wabash and Hampden-Sydney (Virginia) are both nationally recognized liberal arts colleges and are two of the remaining four all-male schools in the country, along with St. Johns in Minnesota and Morehouse in Georgia.

Both schools are mission driven and develop young men as responsible leaders. Wabash, founded in 1832, "educates men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely." Hampden-Sydney, founded in 1775, "forms good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning."

The game has drawn the attention of the NCAA. President Mark Emmert will be in attendance and will assist with the coin flip prior to the kickoff.

Despite the success for the Little Giants and Tigers throughout the years, this will be the first meeting between the two schools on the football field. And what a matchup it will be.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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