OWU to add marching band in 2018


Ohio Wesleyan University will strike up the band in fall 2018 when it adds new a marching band to support Battling Bishop athletes and perform at other OWU spirit activities and community events.

The university is in the process of hiring a full-time director to lead the band and oversee its performances.

“We’re excited to bring marching band back to Ohio Wesleyan,” said Dwayne K. Todd, Ph.D., vice president for student engagement and success. “This is a great opportunity for students who want to continue their high school marching band experiences and a fun way to add even more energy and excitement to the campus and community.”

According to university records and the Henry Clyde Hubbart book, “Ohio Wesleyan’s First Hundred Years,” OWU’s band program dates back to 1899 with an all-men’s military band, which performed at campus and community events.

A dedicated marching band emerged in the early 1920s and was active through the early 1960s.

For students also interested in studying music, Ohio Wesleyan offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and Bachelor of Music degrees in three areas: music composition, music education, and performance.

Baseball: Otterbein beats OWU 9-4

Freshman catcher Tim Robinson (Washington Court House/Washington) and junior outfielder Michael Blatchford (Shaker Heights) plated runs for the Ohio Wesleyan baseball team, but Otterbein held off the Bishop rally to take a 9-4 non-conference win on Thursday (March 9) in Westerville.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Ben Beachy reached on an error by freshman shortstop Carter Franklin (Wooster/Canton Central Catholic) and Bryan Stopar followed with a home run to left.

Christian Chiero led off the Cardinal fourth with a homer to increase the Otterbein lead to 3-0, and the Cardinals pushed across 5 runs in the fifth, stringing together 4 hits, 2 walks, and a wild pitch.

Ohio Wesleyan got on the scoreboard in the seventh when freshman third baseman John Rings (Centerburg) drew a one-out walk and junior outfielder Mitchell Johnson (Columbus/Hamilton Township) followed with a single. After the runners stole second and third, sophomore catcher Dalton Henderson (Bethel/New Richmond) reached on an error by Cardinal third baseman Connor Brett, with Rings scoring on the play.

The Bishops made it 8-2 in the eighth as senior outfielder Aaron Strausbaugh (Dublin/Scioto) and junior second baseman Colin Stolly (Lima/Central Catholic) lined one-out singles. Senior first baseman Devin Van Winkle (Plain City/Jonathan Alder) struck out for the second out, but the ball got loose and Strausbaugh was able to score all the way from second on the play.

In the ninth, Johnson reached on an error by Otterbein pitcher Caleb Norton and scored on a double by Robinson, with Robinson taking third on the throw to the plate. Blatchford followed with a single to left center, scoring Robinson, and Strausbaugh followed with a double to put 2 runners in scoring position, but Norton came back to get Stolly on strikes to end the game.

Blatchford, Strausbaugh, and Stolly had 2 hits apiece for Ohio Wesleyan.

Freshman righthander Keaton Lahmers (Dover) was the starting and losing pitcher for the Bishops.

Stevie Yuran pitched the first 7.0 innings to record the win for Otterbein.

WOMEN’S TRACK

Freshman Cirrus Robinson (Ashland) won the national championship in the high jump during the second day of the NCAA Division III women’s indoor championship meet, hosted by North Central College on Saturday in Naperville, Ill.

Robinson cleared 5-7¾ to take the national title. She cleared her first 5 jumps to move to the top of the standings, and when the bar went to 5-8¾, only Robinson and Emma Egan of Williams were left. Both competitors missed all 3 attempts at 5-8¾, and Robinson won the national championship with a lower number of missed attempts.

Robinson is the second Ohio Wesleyan woman to win an individual national championship. In 1982, Julie Bredenbeck won the national championship in the discus. Robinson is the Bishops’ fifth All-American in the indoor high jump, following Paula Ehrle, who tied for third place in 1985; Juli Althoff, who finished third in 1990; Jen Musbach, who tied for fifth in 2005; and Emily Amburgey, who tied for sixth in 2013.

Robinson was seeded second in the event with a height of 5-8¾, which she achieved during the North Coast Athletic Conference championship meet last Saturday. She won the NCAC championship in the event, breaking both the conference record of 5-7 set in 1995 and the school record of 5-7¾ she set earlier this season, and was named NCAC Field Event Athlete of the Year.

Robinson’s national championship and the fourth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run by senior Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon/Fredericktown) on Friday gave Ohio Wesleyan 15 points in the team standings, good for an 11th-place tie among the 121 teams that were represented in the meet. The 15 points marked the highest point total that Ohio Wesleyan has compiled in an NCAA Division III indoor championship meet.

7 named to regional team

The Ohio Wesleyan women’s track and field team garnered 7 spots on the Division III All-Great Lakes Region women’s track & field teams, it was announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Junior Emily Brown (New Concord/John Glenn), junior Amanda Clay (Van Wert), senior Sarah Fowler (Mount Vernon/Fredericktown), freshman Cirrus Robinson (Ashland), and freshman Morgan Smith (Tiffin/Calvert) received all-region laurels.

Brown was recognized in the pentathlon, Clay was honored in the 60-meter dash and the long jump, Fowler was recognized in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs, Robinson was honored in the high jump, and Smith was honored in the 800-meter run.

All-region honors went to those who recorded one of the region’s top 5 performances in a particular event, or were a member of a top-3 relay team on the regional list.

MEN’S TRACK

Junior Nate Newman (Chillicothe/Zane Trace) won All-America honors in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III indoor championship meet, hosted by North Central College on Friday and Saturday in Naperville, Ill.

Newman finished fifth with a total of 4,921 points.

Newman clocked an :08.62 in the 60-meter hurdles to kick off Saturday’s competition, placing fourth overall and recording 832 points, his highest single-event point total of the meet. He cleared 13-1½ in the pole vault, good for ninth overall and 617 points, and finished the 1,000-meter run in 2:55.64, placing 11th overall and scoring 708 points.

On Friday, Newman opened the day with a time of :07.34 in the 60-meter dash, finishing sixth overall and scoring 765 points. He followed with an effort of 21-6¾ in the long jump, good for fifth overall and 733 points. Newman had his best finish with a third-place showing in the shot put, with his throw of 40-4¼ racking up 625 points, and he concluded Friday’s action by clearing 6-½ in the high jump, good for an eighth-place tie and 661 points.

Newman is Ohio Wesleyan’s second All-American in the heptathlon, following Matt Hunter, who finished sixth in 2014.

Newman was seeded fourth in the heptathlon with a score of 4,899 points. This is his third consecutive NCAA Division III indoor championship appearance in the event. He finished 11th at last year’s meet in Grinnell, Iowa, and was 13th at the 2015 meet in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The fifth-place finish gave Ohio Wesleyan 4 points in the team standings, good for a 50th-place tie among the 100 teams that were represented in the meet.

3 named to regional team

A total of 3 Ohio Wesleyan student-athletes were named to the Division III All-Great Lakes Region men’s track & field teams, it was announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Freshman Jayson Blankenship (Medina), sophomore Tommy Davis (Clyde), and junior Nate Newman (Chillicothe/Zane Trace) received all-region honors.

Blankenship and Newman were recognized in the heptathlon, and Davis was recognized in the 200-meter dash.

All-region honors went to those who recorded one of the region’s top 5 performances in a particular event, or were a member of a top-3 relay team on the regional list.

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Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Music at www.owu.edu/music.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Music at www.owu.edu/music.

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