At Lebanon Valley, they're going to Byers often

Guard from Westminster scoring 25.5 points a game



December 15, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

When J.D. Byers heads home to Westminster in a few days from Lebanon Valley College, the high-scoring guard could be forgiven for taking a break during the holidays from his relentless basketball training schedule.

The do-it-all senior has been a dominating force in the Dutchmen's 7-1 start.

"You can never be satisfied with where you are," Byers said. "When you're satisfied, that's when everything goes downhill. I want to go back to work a little and try to make sure I'm ready for the second half of the year. There are still a lot things I need to work on."

Scoring certainly isn't one of those things.

Byers leads the Commonwealth Conference in scoring with a 25.5-point average, and he is coming off a major breakthrough game Saturday night against No. 5 Franklin & Marshall, a perennial NCAA Division III tournament team.

In a major victory for the program, the Dutchmen defeated the host Diplomats, 80-76, in overtime, as the 5-foot-11 Byers had game highs of 27 points and seven assists, plus seven rebounds. With the game tied at 76, Byers made four straight free throws in the final 14 seconds of overtime, making him 7-for-7 from the line.

The former Westminster standout also hit six of 12 three-point shots in the upset, running his school career record for three-pointers to 245.

Byers is third in the Commonwealth in assists (4.38) and third in free-throw shooting percentage (.855). He also has been chosen the league's Player of the Week three of the four times the award has been given, and he was an honor roll recipient the fourth week.

Bengel leads Bullets

Junior forward Jen Bengel (Roland Park) leads the Gettysburg women's basketball team in scoring (19.6) and is second in rebounding (8.8).

Freshman guard Sam Pyzik (Mercy) is a reserve for the Bullets (4-4).

Moss has fast start

St. Francis (Pa.) freshman Tavon Moss (St. Frances) grabbed three top-four finishes at Bucknell's Bison Opener indoor track meet.

Moss was second in the long jump (22 feet, 9 1/4 inches), third in the 60-meter dash (7.14) and fourth in the high jump (6-3). All three marks reached the top seven all-time indoor records at St. Francis.

Et cetera

Senior center Lauren Dodrill (Roland Park) carried Franklin & Marshall to a 59-36 victory over Bryn Mawr College on Friday night, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds. Dodrill is second on F&M (2-6) in scoring average (13.4), first in rebounding (12.6) and second in total steals (11).

Another Baltimorean, senior guard Maura Lentz (Catonsville), is third on the Diplomats in scoring (9.9) and second in rebounds (4.6).

Senior Lynchburg College soccer goalkeeper Erin Johnson (South River) was a Division III first-team All-America selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and sophomore midfielder Kim Vaughn (Parkville) was a second-team choice. Lynchburg advanced to the sweet 16 in the Division III playoffs.

Freshman midfielder C.J. Twombly (Northeast) and junior midfielder Neal Conlon (Mount St. Joseph) each scored one goal this season for Wesley College (14-7-2), which captured the Division III ECAC Southern Region soccer tournament.

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