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Basketball season tips off
Columbus State’s basketball teams aiming high as season begins.
Coming off a successful 25-5 record, the Cougars want to make it back to the national tournament after missing a bid last season. A significant high point last season was Glenn Cosey’s phenomenal year. The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference named him as its Player of the Year for 2012. The sophomore point guard also broke a 17-year school record by scoring 1,046 points over two seasons and was recruited by an NCAA Div. I university.
With Cosey’s departure, Coach Pat Carlisle is working his magic with a large number of new players. “This is my youngest team in 7 years at Columbus State,” says Carlisle. “After a rough 1-1 start, the team has grown over the last four weeks – having won five in row until this past weekend. This will be the second most difficult schedule in 7 years.”
The team is now 7-2 for the season. The recent victory over Cedarville’s JV team marked Carlisle’s 150th career win at Columbus State vs. 48 Loses. That’s the most wins for a junior college coach in Ohio over the past six years.
That winning record – which included taking the team to the Div. II national runner-up position in 2008 – has not gone unnoticed. This fall, a coaching website ranked Carlisle at No. 14 in the nation for all junior college coaches, divisions I, II and III.
Link to men’s schedule: http://www.cscc.edu/campus-life/athletics/mens_basketball/schedule.shtml
Joel Renner returns for his second season as head coach of the Lady Cougars and he’s not wasting any time. Following last year’s modest 18-10 record he’s got the team off to its strongest start in recent memory. With an impressive 9 – 1 start to the season, they’re currently ranked No. 19 in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II poll.
Returning player Bailey Pierron led the nation last season in three-point field goal percentage.
“When I took over as head coach last year, the coaches and current sophomores began a commitment to excellence both in and out of the classroom,” says Renner. “They continuously strive to improve every aspect of the program. Coach Andrew Hargus' tremendous job with strength and conditioning, the coaching staff's implementation of more complex plays and the teams' continuous hard work have all played a role in placing us in this successful position early in the season.”
Link to women’s schedule: http://www.cscc.edu/campus-life/athletics/womens_basketball/schedule.shtml