BU soccer grabs 5th MVC title | Weller scores the ultimate World Series gig | Fall sports wrap-up | Women's basketball comes home to the Hilltop
BU soccer grabs 5th MVC title
After winning against Drake (1-0) and #11-ranked Creighton (3-2), Jim DeRose's Braves advanced to the final day of the Missouri Valley Conference championship and defeated SIU-Edwardsville (4-3) for the Valley title. The 110-minute scoreless game on November 14 ended in a postgame shootout with CHRISTIAN MEZA '11 leading off for Bradley while keeper BRIAN BILLINGS '14 had two saves in the best-of-five phase. KEEGAN BALLE '14 delivered the winning penalty kick that gave the Braves the shootout victory. Bradley ended its fifth NCAA appearance with a 2-0 first-round loss to the University of Tulsa.
Weller scores the ultimate World Series gig
From his perch high above the turf at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, STEVE WELLER '77 kept watch as official scorer during the 2010 American League champions' debut in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.
"It was always a dream to end up in Major League Baseball," Weller said from his office at Parker College in Dallas, where he serves as director of athletics and recreation.
As official scorer, Weller determines if a batter receives a hit or if an error is charged to a position player. He also records what time the first pitch was thrown, the duration of the game, and the game-time weather.
Weller's road to the Fall Classic parallels that of the Texas Rangers franchise. It took the Rangers 38 seasons to reach the World Series. When his own baseball career ended after high school, Weller's road took him to the Coast Guard and then on a two-month "find me" journey — a journey that led him from his hometown of Arlington Heights to the Hilltop.
"My relatives owned a clothing store in Peoria and encouraged me to visit Bradley," he said. "The people I met on campus were so friendly, and I went into Swords Hall for more information on the school."
After visiting colleges in St. Louis, Tulsa, San Antonio, and New Orleans, Weller chose Bradley.
"I wanted to stay involved in sports, and as a senior, JOE DALFONSO '76, the sports information director (SID), gave me the opportunity to travel with the teams and be a part of the basketball program."
Weller's post-graduate career took him to Central Missouri State University, where he became the first SID in the school's history, then on to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. His next step was the international headquarters of Little League Baseball, and then on to University of Texas-Arlington, before joining Parker College. He also served as press officer for the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic teams and was president of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Fall sports wrap-up
The men's golf team concluded its fall schedule, finishing 10th at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate. The Braves had a season-best 54-hole total of 911, while TRAVIS KREITER '14 had the lowest round of the season with a two-under-par 70.
The women's team turned in its second-best final-round score to finish second at the Spider Invitational. BREANNE NEUFELD '11 took third, while teammate KELLY AMUNDRUD '12 finished seventh.
The women's team finished fifth at the conference meet, led by MARY GOLDKAMP '11 who finished sixth with a career-best time of 17.47:08 and earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive year. LAUREN FOG '11 and WHITNEY SCHUMACHER '14 also turned in career-best times.
JOHN RICHARDS '13 led the men, edging out ANDREW WIESER '11 by two seconds. Bradley's top five finishers crossed the line within 30 seconds of each other for an eighth-place finish.
The volleyball team started out its season strong, only losing one game at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Tournament. MEGAN SCHMIDT '12 helped propel the team to win against rival Illinois State with a team-best 11 kills and four blocks. The Braves also beat Indiana State at the final home game and ended the season 8-23, tied for ninth with a 3-15 MVC record.
Women's tennis battled hard at the conference championships with NICOLE MILLER '11 finishing eighth in the Flight-1 singles. The regional meet concluded the fall season, and the Braves are set to open their spring season on February 4.
On the men's side, ERIC NGUYEN '13 posted a 2-1 record in the singles qualifying bracket at the
Women's basketball comes home to the Hilltop
LATASHA HOLLINGSHED '12 (shown) scored 14 points off the bench and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line during the women's basketball season opener on November 13 against Butler. More than 1,300 fans attended the first game in the Renaissance Coliseum, which the Braves won 77-63. The team's record at press time was 1-2 after a 73-51 loss to the University of Illinois on November 19.