Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Website!

Exciting news! Cat Chat has moved to a new website! We are still located at but now have our own hosting! The new website includes forums, and a photo gallery to upload pictures from NMU games and events. It also includes a new commenting system making it more interactive.

The old site will remain intact at

Friday, April 16, 2010

Vote for Marquette YMCA

The Marquette YMCA is currently in a competition to attain kayaks for at risk kids in the Marquette area. Members from the YMCA have stopped by on Cat Chat Radio on WUPX to talk about the initiative and have asked for your help. To help follow this link:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Cat Chat Season Finale 3/29/10

Part 1 - Press conference from NMU/St. Cloud State at the NCAA Tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Part 2 - NMU Hockey season recap

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cat Chat CCHA Playoff Recap/NCAA Tournament Preview Edition 3/22/10

Part 1 - Highlights from NMU hockey's semi-final game with Ferris State at the 2010 CCHA Playoffs in Detroit plus the post-game press conference with Walt Kyle, Greger Hanson, and Ray Kaunisto.

Part 2 - Analysis from NMU/Ferris, recap of the CCHA title game versus Michigan plus post-game with Walt Kyle, Andrew Cherniwchan, and Brian Stewart. Also included is a preview of 2010 NCAA Hockey Tournament.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cat Chat Bracket Challenge

Filling out a bracket for the 2010 NCAA Hockey Tournament? Then join Cat Chat's Bracket Challenge for a chance to win a free Cat Chat polo!

- To participate sign up for an account at the NCAA website

- Then click join a group

Group Name: Cat Chat
Password: gocats

- Then fill out a bracket, send us an E-Mail with your name and username for the pickem and you're all set!

*Picks must be submitted before the tournament begins and only one entry is allowed. Arrangements for prize pickup will be made following the tournament. Good luck!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cat Chat with Brian Stewart

Part 1 - Highlights and recap from NMU hockey's CCHA Playoff Quarterfinals sweep over Alaska, and a sit-down interview with NMU goaltender Brian Stewart.

Part 2 - Highlights and recap from the women's basketball team at the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Houghton.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

NMU Hockey Senior Ceremony

NMU honors seniors Billy Smith, Matt Butcher, Ray Kaunisto, Al Dorich, TJ Miller, and Brian Stewart on Senior night versus Lake Superior State.

Monday, March 1, 2010

NMU Hockey Senior Night Highlights

Senior Night Highlights from NMU hockey's 3-0 win over Lake Superior State at the Berry Events Center.

More Senior Day coverage on the way so keep checking back!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

NMU Men's Basketball Senior Day Interviews

Postgame interviews with Marc Renelique, Sebastien Salois, Chris Warner, Mark D'Agostino, and Kyle Hawley of Northern Michigan's Men's basketball team.

Play of the Week - Marc Renelique

More Senior Day coverage on the way in the coming days!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cat Chat with Chris Warner & Mylan Murphy

Part 1 - Pete and Sean recap NMU hockey's series split with Michigan, and look forward to Lake Superior State.

Part 2 - Interview with Chris Warner and Mylan Murphy of the Men's basketball team.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Men's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 2-17-10

1. Kentucky Wesleyan 26-3 +1 Kentucky will end its very successful season with a game against Bellarmine. The Panthers have to be feeling good after defeating former No. 1 Southern Indiana
2. Southern Indiana 23-1 -1 The Eagles will look to bounce back on the road after a devastating loss against Kentucky Wesleyan. They face off against Northern Kentucky on Thursday.
3. Drury 21-5 +1 Drury has its last scheduled game against Rockhurst on Thursday. With the success that the Panthers have found, they can look forward to cap the season with a winning streak.
4. Quincy 20-5 -1 Quincy will end the 2 game series against Lewis on Saturday, and since the Hawks have snapped their undefeated streak, they have gone 4-5. Lewis will prove tough for Quincy.
5. Findlay 17-6 +2 Findlay should have an easy week. They play Michigan Tech followed by Northern Michigan.
6. Grand Valley 17-6 -1 Grand Valley had two losses against the teams that should be easy wins for Findlay this week. The Lakers face off against Saginaw Valley and Lake Superior State, and need to turn their game around for wins.
7. Bellarmine 18-7 -1 Bellarmine finishes its season with the two toughest games back to back. They have to make it through Kentucky Wesleyan, then face South Indy on Saturday, which is the Knights’ Homecoming.
8. Rockhurst 16-9 NC Rockhurst finishes the season with a tough game against Drury, followed by some slack against Missouri S&T on Saturday, which is the Hawk’s Senior Day.
9. St. Joseph’s 16-9 +3 St. Joseph’s comes off of big wins against Quincy and Lewis, and looks to keep the streak alive with its last two opponents: UW-Parkside and Central State
10. Lewis 15-10 -1 Lewis has two games remaining. The game on Thursday against Illinois-Springfield should be a guaranteed win for the Flyers, and the real challenge will come on Saturday against Quincy, but based on Quincy’s decline in performance, Lewis could take that one too.
11. Saginaw Valley 14-9 -1 The Cardinals had an unfortunate loss against Ashland last week, but if they come out with wins against Ferris State and Grand Valley this week, they can get some high rankings next week.
12. Ferris State 14-9 -1 Ferris State has a tough week against them as they face off against Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley this week. The win from Northern Michigan will need to carry over into this week.
13. Northern Kentucky 13-12 NC Northern Kentucky could split the last two games of the season against South Indy, which is almost promised to be a loss, and Indianapolis. However, if we see the intensity that the Norse had against Drury in the upset, Northern Kentucky could take both games.
14. Ashland 12-11 +5 Ashland will face Wayne State after two big wins against Saginaw Valley and Lake Superior State.
15. Hillsdale 10-12 +6 The Chargers play Northern Michigan on Thursday, but the interesting game will be on Saturday, as Hillsdale looks to take a win against Michigan Tech, who won the last contest.
16. Lake Superior State 12-11 -2 The Lakers come off two losses that should have never happened against last ranked Tiffin and Ashland. If they continue to play like they have, they can expect losses against Grand Valley and Ferris State this week.
17. Indianapolis 12-14 -2 Indianapolis has one game left against Northern Kentucky on Saturday. They will try to end the four game losing streak and the season with a win.
18. Northwood 11-11 NC Northwood’s last 3 wins are against Findlay, Lake Superior, and Saginaw Valley. This week they look to add more wins against Tiffin and Ashland, which will be a game of revenge.
19. Wayne State 10-12 -3 After three tough losses, the Warriors look to have an easier schedule this week against Ashland and Tiffin. Although Ashland is ranked higher, Wayne State won the last meeting between the two.
20. Central State 18-5 -4 Central State will begin a 2 game series against the University of DC on Saturday, then come home for a game against the tough St. Joseph’s on Monday.
21. Northern Michigan 10-12 +2 The Wildcats have an extremely difficult week ahead of them. They will compete against Hillsdale, followed by Findlay. They will need to play like they did against Grand Valley to come out with wins.
22. Missouri- St. Louis 10-15 -2 Missouri-St. Louis will face off again against Missouri S&T, followed by the season closer against Maryville. The last time these two teams met, the scoreboard really went to high numbers. Scoring 152 points again would be a great way to end the season.
23. Illinois-Springfield 10-12 -1 The Prairie Stars have two teams left in the season, both of which lost to Illinois-Springfield in the last matchups. UIS will hope to beat Lewis and cap the season with a victory against UW-Parkside.
24. Lake Erie College 10-15 NC Lake Erie will try to end their season with two wins against Ohio Dominican and Indiana this Saturday and Monday.
25. Michigan Tech 8-15 +2 The Huskies have the same schedule as Northern Michigan, but in reverse order. Since Tech has been undefeated in the month of February, this week will be an interesting one to watch.
26. UW-Parkside 8-17 -1 UW-Parkside finishes with tough St. Joseph followed by Illinois-Springfield. The last two games look to prove tough for the Rangers.
27. Missouri S&T 7-18 -1 The Miners have an unfortunate end to their season, looking at potential losses against Missouri St. Louis and Rockhurst.
28. Maryville 3-23 NC The Saints are marching into Missouri-St. Louis’s court on Saturday, and will most likely leave the court and the season with yet another loss.
29. Tiffin 2-21 NC Tiffin came out of last week with its first conference win against Lake Superior State. The Dragons will try to do the same thing against Northwood and Wayne State this week.

Women's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 2-17-10

1. Michigan Tech 22-1 +1 The Huskies regain the top spot, maybe for good, and have clinched a home playoff game in the lopsided GLIAC.
2. Indianapolis 24-2 -1 UIndy lost both their games, one on the road, one on a last second shot, against teams that could face the Greyhounds come tournament time.
3. Drury 22-6 NC Drury has coasted into the tournament with a pretty easy schedule, including their final game against Rockhurst
4. Northern Kentucky 19-6 +3 The Norse have won ten straight behind Casse Mogan putting up 17 points per game.
5. Wisconsin-Parkside 19-6 -1 The Rangers are only 2-2 in their last four games.
6. Northern Michigan 17-6 -1 The Wildcats can solidify their playoff bid with a big road win against the Oilers.
7. Southern Indiana 19-7 +2 The Screaming Eagles climbed back into the top 8 by handing the Greyhounds their first loss.
8. Grand Valley 16-5 NC At this point in the season, a split in the UP isn’t good enough to move the Lakers up.
9. Findlay 17-6 -3 The Oilers are starting out slower than they have all year, setting up an interesting matchup against NMU who’s having similar problems.
10. Quincy 19-6 +2 The Hawks grabbed the win against UWP, but playoff seeding is on the line tomorrow against Lewis.
11. Lake Erie 17-9 -1 A school record winning streak was snapped by a 89-87 loss to Ohio Dominican.
12. Bellarmine 15-10 +1 The Knights are now at .500 in GLVC play after the thrilling win over UIndy, but the Knights have to pull off at least one road win to end the season at that mark.
13. Lewis 14-11 -2 The Flyers will have to turn around their low rebounding streak and attack the boards against Southern Indiana and Quincy to go into the tournament strong.
14. Hillsdale 11-11 +1 The Chargers are a tough team to beat when their 3 point shooting is strong, and will need that in their final home games of the year against NMU and Tech.
15. Lake Superior State 12-10 +1 The Lakers have been biding their time as the forgotten team of the GLIAC North, but need to start peaking to have a chance in the conference tournament.
16. Ashland 12-11 +1 The Eagles will need some help to get back into the higher seeds, but with their schedule ending at Hillsdale and Findlay, they can still shake up the GLIAC South.
17. Missouri S&T 13-12 +1 The Miners are playing the perfect trap game against St. Louis before ending their season at Rockhurst.
18. Kentucky Wesleyan 12-14 -4 The Panthers are a measly 5-12 in conference play, including the 2-7 streak they’re on now.
19. Northwood 11-11 NC The T’wolves will play some middle of the road teams before ending the season at Grand Valley.
20. Central State 9-13 +1 The Marauders defeated Kentucky State for the second time this season behind Brooklyn Morrow, the team’s leading scorer with 13.2 ppg.
21. Missouri St. Louis 10-15 -1
Cat Chat’s one-time pick to be a GLVC Cinderella has fizzled lately with a four game losing streak.
22. Rockhurst 8-17 +3 The Hawks first conference winning streak will be demolished by #3 Drury
23. Wayne State 7-16 +1 The Warriors are the ninth ranked team in the GLIAC, but can move up with some help and winning at least three of their last four.
24. Ferris State 6-17 -3 The Bulldogs have shown some spunk in their last four games against quality opponents, but it is just too little too late.
25. Tiffin 6-17 -2 The Dragons are on a five game losing streak and have a real possibility to go the rest of the season without a win.
26. St. Joseph 8-18 +1 The Pumas scored a huge win against Lewis and an expected win against the lowly Prairie Stars, but will need a miracle for their season finale against UWP.
27. Saginaw Valley 5-18 -1 The Cardinals have one more winnable game (home vs. Ferris State) before a road trip to the UP to end the season.
28. *Maryville 5-17 NC At least the Saints have a fighting chance to end their season on a win at UMSL.
29. *Illinois Springfield 2-19 NC We wish you the best of luck in a safe season finale and off season.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cat Chat with Andrew Cherniwchan and Tyler Gron

Part 1 - Highlights, postgame with Walt Kyle, recap, and analysis of NMU hockey's series sweep over Western Michigan. Then Andrew Cherniwchan and Tyler Gron join Pete for a sit-down interview.

Part 2 - Highlights and recap from the last week of games for NMU basketball plus highlights from Team Cat Chat's Intramural Basketball victory.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Men's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 2-3-10

1. *Southern Indiana 19-0 NC Southern Indiana continues to be unstoppable on the court. Win number 20 will no doubt come Missouri- St. Louis on Thursday.
2. Kentucky Wesleyan 21-3 NC Kentucky Wesleyan proved that it deserves a rank this high with its win against former number one ranked Quincy. With Maryville next on the list, it looks to be nothing but positive outcomes for KWC.
3. Drury 17-3 +1 Drury ranks number two in scoring offense in the GLVC, and will prove how powerful they are against a lower ranked Northern Kentucky.
4. Quincy 17-3 -1 Quincy, the former number one rank, has gone 2-3 in its last five games. Although some of the previous opponents have proven very tough, a win certainly looks in Quincy’s favor against Illinois-Springfield.
5. Findlay 16-3 NC After taking the highest rank of any of the GLIAC teams, Findlay will look to prove its spot with a win against Grand Valley on Thursday.
6. Grand Valley 15-4 NC Grand Valley was shut down over the weekend with a loss against Northern Michigan. The next game on the schedule is against Findlay, and a win would put Grand Valley back on top in the GLIAC.
7. Bellarmine 14-7 NC Bellarmine comes home after a win in Illinois, and only a five point loss against a tough Quincy team. Playing against a team with a record opposite their own, Bellarmine should pull out a win on Thursday over Missouri- S&T.
8. Rockhurst 14-7 +1 Rockhurst has its next contest on the road against Indianapolis. With the second highest rank in 3 pt defense, Rockhurst can look for another win on the road.
9. St. Joseph’s 13-7 +3 St. Joseph takes a trip to compete against Lewis. St. Joseph is on a 5 game winning streak, and looks to make it win number six on Thursday
10. Saginaw Valley 12-7 -2 Saginaw Valley comes home after two devastating losses, one of which was against a surprising underdog called Hillsdale. If the team can get back into a winning behavior, they can take the victory over Wayne State.
11. Ferris State 12-7 +2 Ferris State faces off against Hillsdale, and both teams have a five game winning streak going into the game. Ferris has what it takes to shut down this unusual funk that Hillsdale has found, but with the surprising wins that Hillsdale has come up with, the result of this game is up in the air.
12. Central State 16-4 NC Central State only lost its last game by one point. With a very good record, a win looks very possible against local rival Wilberforce University.
13. Lewis 12-9 -2 Lewis is on a 3 game losing streak, but the losses come from ranks 1, 2, and 3 on this list. The last week has been tough, and a win against St. Joseph’s can put that week behind Lewis.
14. Lake Superior State 11-8 -2 Lake Superior State is up against Northwood next, and looks to have a win from the game, which will turn around the loss that made Lake State another victim to the Hillsdale winning streak.
15. Wayne State 10-8 +3 Wayne State takes its two game winning streak to Saginaw Valley. Although the wins were from lower ranked teams, Wayne State could keep in the groove and pull out a win against Saginaw.
16. Indianapolis 11-10 -1 With a last ten games record of 4-6, as opposed to Rockhurst’s 7-3 record, it looks as though Indianapolis will make their season a .500 season through Thursday.
17. Northern Kentucky 11-10 NC Northern Kentucky may have the second best scoring defense in the GLVC, but it will take much more to beat Drury in the contest on Thursday.
18. Missouri- St. Louis 10-11 -2 Missouri will have an unfortunate game on Thursday. It will be a safe bet that Southern Indiana isn’t about to give up its first loss to a team ranked much lower, especially if the team is on a six game losing streak. This should be a devastating game for Missouri.
19. Ashland 9-10 +1 Ashland faces off against Northern Michigan next. Both teams have a pretty similar record, and a win from either team will definitely result in advances in the rankings.
20. *Illinois-Springfield 8-10 -1 Illinois-Springfield’s next opponent may have made a significant fall in the rankings, but Quincy still looks to pull the win against a team with record of 1-5 in its last five games.
21. Northern Michigan 8-10 +1 Northern Michigan will compete against Ashland in its next contest in a huge conference bubble game. NMU is also coming off a win at GLIAC North leading GVSU.
22. Northwood 8-10 -1 Northwood faces off against Lake Superior State. In their last match-up, Lake State won 88-72. Northwood will have some vengeance out, but it may not prove to be enough for a victory.
23. Hillsdale 7-11 +1 Hillsdale would never have thought to be a tough opponent to a much higher ranked Ferris State. However, 4 of the past 5 victories have come from higher ranked teams. Hillsdale could actually pull off a win.
24. UW-Parkside 8-14 -1 UW has a bye on Thursday, and then takes the court against Lewis, who holds the spot that is 11 above UW. It will prove challenging to try to get a win out of the game on Saturday
25. Missouri S&T 7-13 NC The last 10 games for Missouri S&T ended with a low 3-7 record. Facing off against No. 7 Bellarmine does not look to improve any record for Missouri S&T.
26. Lake Erie College 7-15 NC After a win against Ohio Dominican, Lake Erie will face off its next game against Central State on Saturday after a bye on Thursday. Lake Erie looks to come out of the contest unsuccessful.
27. Michigan Tech 4-15 NC Michigan Tech faces off against Tiffin in the next game. Tech was the last team to beat Hillsdale, so they deserve some credit, and will most likely seal the win.
28. *Maryville 2-19 NC Kentucky Wesleyan is the next opponent for Maryville. The two teams have completely opposite season records. It is no question that Maryville will got loss number 20 in the game on Thursday.
29. Tiffin 1-18 NC Tiffin will compete next against Michigan Tech. the team has been winless since November. A win against a low ranked Tech could happen, but it doesn’t look probable.

Women's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 2-3-10

1. Indianapolis 21-0 NC With an impressive showing against Wisconsin-Parkside, the Greyhounds are the dominant team of the Midwest.
2. Michigan Tech 18-1 NC The Huskies barely made it out of Allendale with a win, but had a solid showing at struggling Ferris.
3. Wisconsin-Parkside 18-4 NC The showdown of the division leaders saw UWP on the losing side, but the Rangers don’t play a top 10 team for the rest of the regular season.
4. Drury 18-4 +1 The Panthers are the only team shooting over 50% in the region.
5. Northern Michigan 14-5 +1 The Wildcats are #1 in defensive rebounding percentage, a stat which was a problem for Northern in the past.
6. Findlay 15-4 +2 The second ranked shooting defense team in the GLIAC will have a great showdown Thursday night at Grand Valley against their second ranked shooting offense.
7. Southern Indiana 15-6 -3 The perfect cure for a three game losing streak and a 2-4 road trip is two home games against teams with losing records.
8. Northern Kentucky 15-6 +2 The Norse are on a six game win streak, but only Wisconsin-Parkside and Bellarmine have winning records.
9. Lake Erie 16-8 NC With only three games left in their season, the Storm can win out pretty easily.
10. Grand Valley 14-5 -3 A missed free throw was all it took for the Lakers to go 0-2 this weekend as they lost two on the road to GLIAC North foes.
11. Quincy 15-5 NC The Hawks have their next four games against two of the three worst teams in the GLVC before hosting GLVC North leading UWP.
12. Lewis 12-9 NC The Flyers have stepped up big this past weekend with a 13 point win over Kentucky Wesleyan and a nine point win over the Screaming Eagles. Lewis has to be very careful to not be trapped on Thursday against St. Joe’s as they prepare for a home and home against UWP.
13. Bellarmine 12-9 NC The Knights have a three game home stand before heading to Indianapolis.
14. Ashland 11-8 NC The Eagles will try to get the season sweep of NMU on Thursday through their defense, which held the Wildcats scoreless for a stretch of over nine minutes the last time these two teams played.
15. Hillsdale 9-9 NC The Chargers have won their last three games, bringing them up to .500 for the second time this season. Hillsdale will try to get over that hump of mediocrity as they play FSU on Thursday.
16. Missouri S&T 11-9 +2 Despite being just over .500, the Miners are sitting in second place of the GLVC West.
17. Lake Superior State 9-9 -1 The Lakers four game losing streak could end with a home Thursday game against Northwood.
18. Kentucky Wesleyan 10-11 -1 Last week’s loss to Lewis pretty much ended any shot for the Panthers.
19. Missouri-St. Louis 10-11 NC
The Tritons can really get people believing in them with a win on the road at Southern Indiana.
20. Northwood 10-8 NC The T’Wolves are now seventh in the GLIAC, setting up for an epic bubble battle at LSSU.
21. Rockhurst 6-14 +2 Rockhurst is the worst 3-pt shooting team in the region and that number will not improve with a road trip to Indianapolis.
22. Central State 7-12 NC The Marauders will face a tough local rival in Wilberforce on Thursday.
23. Tiffin 6-13 +4 The Dragons got their sixth win of the season against Wayne State. A trip to the UP however will prevent them from getting #7.
24. Saginaw Valley 4-15 -1 The Cardinals have been on an abysmal nine game losing streak, however that may end against the Warriors of Wayne State.
25. Ferris State 5-14 NC The Bulldogs have nothing to look forward to this week besides getting pounded by the top two GLIAC South teams.
26. *Maryville 5-15 NC The Hawks will have a lot of work to do as 5 of their last 6 are on the road.
27. Wayne State 4-15 -5 Just when you think the Warriors start to step up, they play like they did in week 1. The game at SVSU though should be a high scoring affair that will be fun for the fans to watch.
28. St. Joseph 5-16 NC The Pumas get an automatic bid to the GLVC championship tournament, as the only team worse than St. Joe’s is in their division. The Pumas might as well start preparing for their opening round foe of Missouri S&T or UMSL.
29. *Illinois Springfield 2-19 NC Oakland City. At home. 19-4 run for the Mighty Oaks to open up the second half. There just isn’t anything you can say after that.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cat Chat with Guests, Brian Nugent & Kory Kaunisto

Part 1 - Recap from NMU hockey's weekend series with Alaska and the latest on NMU basketball.

Part 2 - Pete sits down with NMU freshman, Brian Nugent and Kory Kaunisto to discuss the season. Then we recap the Fall semester with top plays.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Men's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 1-27-10

1. *Southern Indiana 17-0 +1 Despite the loss of a beloved teammate, Southern Indiana remains undefeated, no doubt to honor his memory. They now have the best scoring offense and defense in the GLVC, and look to keep the winning streak going against UW-Parkside.
2. Kentucky Wesleyan 19-3 +1 Kentucky Wesleyan leads the GLVC in offensive rebounds, and ranks second in a number of categories. The team looks to take the win against Lewis.
3. Quincy 16-2 -2 Quincy leads the GLVC in 3 pt percentage, and in the game against Bellarmine, these shots will help to snap the 2-game losing streak that Quincy has found itself in.
4. Drury 15-3 NC Drury tops the GLVC at the free throw line. If their opponent, Missouri-St Louis keeps them at the line, Drury can count on the win even more.
5. Findlay 14-3 NC Findlay tops the GLIAC in field goal and 3 pt field goal percentage. Easy point scoring will guarantee the win against Lake Superior State.
6. Grand Valley 14-3 NC Grand Valley Leads the GLIAC in scoring defense. The next game against Michigan Tech looks to be a sure win.
7. Bellarmine 13-6 NC Bellarmine’s 3 pt defense is ranked much higher than their next opponent’s, but that is not all that they have over Quincy. Bellarmine is also on a 4 game winning streak, which could put momentum in their favor on this away court.
8. Saginaw Valley 12-5 +1 Saginaw Valley’s offensive rebounds make them number one in the GLIAC. Offensive rebounds will help secure a victory against Hillsdale
9. Rockhurst 13-7 +1 Rockhurst takes the third spot in the GLVC steals rankings. Steals will be a good way to steal the win from Missouri-St. Louis.
10. Lewis 12-7 -2 In the upcoming game against Kentucky Wesleyan, Lewis has better statistics in defensive rebounds and blocked shots. The defense will have to be strong if Lewis hopes to win the contest.
11. Lake Superior State 11-6 +2 Lake Superior State ranks number one in the GLIAC in assists. Moving the ball around could make the Findlay defense tired, and help get the win.
12. St. Joseph’s 11-7 +2 St. Joseph is in the second place spot in the turnover margin stats. Keeping turnovers to a minimum will be a great way to win against Indianapolis.
13. Ferris State 10-7 +4 Ferris State’s scoring offense and assists are ranked 2nd in the GLIAC. These two aspects of the game will be great tools to defeat Northern Michigan
14. Indianapolis 10-9 -3 Indianapolis could take the win over St. Joseph if they play up to their rank in 3 pt defense, which tops the GLVC.
15. Missouri- St. Louis 10-9 -3 Missouri-St Louis ranks higher in blocked shots than Drury, whom they play next. Blocked shots are going to be essential if the team hopes to get a win.
16. Northern Kentucky 10-9 NC Northern Kentucky is third in the GLVC in blocked shots. Blocking Illinois-Springfield from scoring will help the team be victorious.
17. Wayne State 8-8 -2 Wayne State ranks second in the GLIAC with its turnover margin. Turnovers will a great tool to create the win over Tiffin.
18. *Illinois-Springfield 8-8 +1 Illinois-Springfield has high ranks in a number of rebounding categories, which could help earn the win against Northern Kentucky.
19. Ashland 8-9 -1 Ashland’s offensive rebound percentage, which is third in the GLIAC, could be the deciding factor in the upcoming game against Northwood.
20. Northwood 7-9 +1 Northwood holds the spot of second place in defensive rebounds in the GLIAC. If the team can make good offensive plays off of these rebounds, they can pull off the win over Ashland.
21. Northern Michigan 7-9 -1 Northern Michigan’s field goal percentage is ranked number two in the GLIAC. Making shots will help Northern to grasp a win over Ferris State.
22. UW-Parkside 8-12 NC UW-Parkside does not have statistics on its side for the next game against Southern Indiana. A win here would definitely be against the odds, but could boost the team’s rankings in a number of stats’ categories.
23. Hillsdale 5-11 +2 Hillsdale leads the GLIAC at the free throw line. Sinking these uncontested shots could help the team continue this three game winning streak.
24. Missouri S&T 6-13 +2 Missouri S&T out ranks opposing Maryville in a number of different stats. A win could be in their future if they continue to have the upper hand over Maryville.
25. Lake Erie College 6-14 -1 Lake Erie College does a good job of rallying in the second half. A rally against Ohio Dominican could be all it takes for a win for Lake Erie.
26. Michigan Tech 4-13 -3 Michigan Tech has the highest defensive rebound percentage in the GLIAC. Capitalizing on every rebound could help Tech pull a win out of the game against Grand Valley
27. *Maryville 2-17 NC Maryville currently rests in the number three spot of rebounding offense in the GLVC. Making the best of this kind of offense will be important to win against Missouri S&T.
28. Tiffin 1-16 NC Tiffin’s 3 pt percentage ranks considerably higher than Wayne State, their next opponent. Sinking those shots will be absolutely necessary if Tiffin plans to get another win in their season.

*-Not eligible for postseason tournaments
Southern Indiana, Drury, Kentucky Wesleyan, Quincy and Findlay are all ranked in the NABC Top 25 Coaches Poll. The full listing can be found here:

Women's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 1-27-10

1. Indianapolis 19-0 NC The Greyhounds are still undefeated and is the first team to clinch a GLVC conference tournament berth.
2. Michigan Tech 16-1 NC Husky star Katie Wysocky was named GLIAC North player of the week for the fifth time this season. No other player in the North has been named POTW multiple times.
3. Wisconsin-Parkside 17-3 +1 UWP’s “upset” of overrated Quincy shows that there’s reasons to pay attention in the GLVC North.
4. Southern Indiana 15-4 -1 The 10 point loss to UIndy set them back a spot in the rankings, but sets up the biggest showdown of the region on Thursday in Kenosha, Wisc.
5. Drury 16-4 +1 Have an easier weekend coming up after having to deal with Quincy and Lewis, but could get trapped by UM-St. Louis on Thursday.
6. Northern Michigan 12-5 +1 Had a good run on the Thursday game at LSSU, but need to fix the turnover problems they had at Saginaw Valley.
7. Grand Valley 14-3 +2 Will face their top two opponents in the GLIAC North at home this week: Michigan Tech on Thursday and NMU on Saturday, finally giving us a true view at if they can play a whole weekend against tough opponents.
8. Findlay 13-4 -3 Findlay’s speed can open up a lot of opportunity for the Oilers, but you can’t shoot 37.7% and expect to beat a surging Ashland.
9. Lake Erie 14-8 +3 The Storm is on a six game winning streak going back to the December 30 win against Grand Valley.
10. Northern Kentucky 13-6 +4 NKU is on a four game winning streak of their own as they try to keep pace in the stacked GLVC East.
11. Quincy 13-5 -3 The Eagles have fallen out of the WBCA top 25 for good reasons. Quincy is 4-5 in the GLVC and 0-2 in their conference.
12. Lewis 10-9 -1 The Flyers season will hinge on the Thursday home match up against Kentucky Wesleyan: winner’s season matters, the losers are pretty much out of it.
13. Bellarmine 11-8 -3 What happens when you lose your weekend’s games by an average of 20 points? You plummet in the power rankings.
14. Ashland 10-7 +4 The Eagles have reentered the GLIAC South conversation with a four game winning streak highlighted by last weekend’s defeat of Findlay and Hillsdale.
15. Hillsdale 7-9 NC Put up triple digits against Tiffin, but only after losing ground to Ashland in the division rankings.
16. Lake Superior State 9-7 -3 Has very little chance of becoming a factor in the GLIAC until the conference tournament.
17. Kentucky Wesleyan 10-9 -3 In all reality this is a solid team that could do some damage if they weren’t the cellar dweller of the hardest division East of the Mississippi River.
18. Missouri S&T 10-9 -1 The Miners are on a 4 game losing streak but it was all against opponents in the top 10 of the power rankings.

19. Missouri-St. Louis 9-10 +3 The Tritons are still below .500 for the season, but are 5-5 in the GLVC and could be the Cinderella of the conference this year.
20. Northwood 8-8 -1 The T’Wolves split last weekend and now are trying to increase their lead, as they are the bubble team for the GLIAC tournament.
21. Wayne State 4-13 +3 The Warriors may be the most improved team this season, improving in nearly all stat areas, but won’t be able to beat Ashland this weekend.
22. Saginaw Valley 4-13 +5 The Cardinals had to deal with two contenders this past weekend and stayed strong enough to push the Saturday game into OT.
23. Rockhurst 6-12 -1 A visit from the Prairie Stars are the only thing keeping the Hawks from being on a six game losing streak.
24. Ferris State 5-12 -3 The Bulldogs dead last ranking in the turnover ratio manifested itself in the blown lead against Northwood.
25. *Maryville 5-13 -5 Maryville was dominated by St. Joe’s this week but a game against Missouri S&T might be enough to overcome a rough schedule ahead.
26. Tiffin 5-12 -2 Tiffin let Hillsdale put in 101 points in a game that showed little defense. The lack of Dragon D isn’t going to be good against a Wayne State team that has built up confidence in the last two weeks.
27. St. Joseph 5-14 -2 Is going to have a tough game against UIndy on Thursday, but would be favored in a shootout with Northern Kentucky at home.
28. *Illinois Springfield 2-16 NC Has no real shot at a win until the Mighty Oaks of Oakland City comes into town on February 1.

*-not eligible for postseason tournaments
UIndy and Michigan Tech are ranked #2 and #4 respectively and UW-Parkside recieved votes in the WBCA Coaches Poll. Full top 25 is listed here:

Monday, January 25, 2010

First Episode Out Next Monday

Due to technical difficulties this week we could not bring you a new episode of Cat Chat. We've been experiencing some problems with the equipment at the studio.

The show will be back next week with highlights from the upcoming series with Alaska. Stay tuned for a great show next week!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Women's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 1-21-10

1. University of Indianapolis- The Greyhounds have been perfect so far and winning big with a +25 scoring margin. UIndy should have no big problems until on the road at Wisconsin-Parkside.
2. Michigan Tech- Former #1 is still on top of the GLIAC by squeaking out in OT against Hillsdale and handling the speed of Findlay with ease.
3. Southern Indiana- Screaming Eagles haven’t scored less than 71 points in a win this year, but it’s going to be tough to put up points on the Greyhounds D.
4. Wisconsin-Parkside- The Rangers are very underrated as they have flown under the radar so far this year, but the win against #22 Quincy should expose them as a contender in the region.
5. Findlay- Found out first hand that the Yooper trip to NMU and MTU was a tough challenge from the poor performance of the GLIAC South.
6. Drury- Has done well with out of conference games, including the trip to Hawaii, but haven’t shown anything too spectacular in the GLVC yet.
7. Northern Michigan – The OT lost to Findlay was huge, but a win at dark horse LSSU could help solidify a placement and in the hunt for the competitive GLIAC North title.
8. Quincy- The Hawks are playing big D as they lead the GLVC in blocks, but need to make their shots on the first attempt, as Quincy is only +0.5 rebounds per game.
9. Grand Valley- The Lakers have had only one tough road game all year and that was at Findlay. They haven’t played MTU or NMU, their two biggest GLIAC North opponents.
10. Bellarmine- Scores a lot, but still gives up a lot of points. If they improve their defense, this team can cause some big problems.
11. Lewis- Is very similar to last year’s Wake Forest, except the Flyers have Jenny Turpel instead of Jeff Teague. If you let her do her own thing, but take away the other scorers like Currin, Lewis can be in trouble.
12. Lake Erie- Putting together a good final year as an independent to move up into the GLIAC ranks.
13. Lake Superior State- Has the most potential to move up in the rankings, due to a lot of tough games against GLIAC North opponents.
14. Northern Kentucky- They have some big wins but, those big losses to sub-par GLIAC teams will be almost impossible to overcome.
15. Hillsdale- Is only one game behind the GLIAC South lead, but going 0-4 in non-conference play hurts their postseason chances.
16. Kentucky Wesleyan- Has played pretty good defense overall, but to compete in the league, the scoring has to improve.
17. Missouri S&T- Last week’s losses make the Miners quest for GLVC West title harder.
18. Ashland- With the exception of the upset at home over NMU, the Eagles have beaten who they should beat, and lost to those they should lose to.
19. Northwood- Have solidly improved every week of the season.
20. Ferris State- A lot of picks had the Bulldogs fighting for a home court advantage in the opening round of the GLIAC tournament, but FSU is fighting to hold onto the eighth spot from the increasing threat of Northwood.
21. *Maryville- The Saints are the leaders of that bottom pack of the GLVC as they wait for postseason eligibility.
22. UM- St. Louis- UMSL fights hard every game, as most of their losses are by 7 points or less.
23. Rockhurst- Rockhurst is dead last for the conference in scoring, mainly due to their poor free throw shooting (65%)
24. Tiffin- The Dragons have already shown much improvement since their rookie GLIAC season.
25. St. Joseph’s –All their wins have been against sub-par teams, but have not been close to good teams all season.
26. Wayne State- Finally has been showing the composure necessary to win consistently at this level
27. Saginaw Valley- Are on a 5 game losing streak and 2-9 since starting GLIAC play.
28. *Illinois- Springfield- The Prairie Stars are in the bottom 4 for all stats except offensive rebounding

*- Not eligible for post season tournaments

Men's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 1-21-10

1. Quincy 16-0 Quincy is the only undefeated team eligible for the NCAA tournament, and the team’s defense is the best eligible defense in its conference. They look to continue their winning streak against Drury.
2. *Southern Indiana 16-0 Despite all the challenges in Evansville, the Screaming Eagles will continue to show their power after their tragic loss.
3. Kentucky Wesleyan 18-2 Kentucky Wesleyan is knocking of the door of the conference leader board, and the game against Northern Kentucky should look to improve their statistics.
4. Drury 13-3 Drury’s offense is rank number one in terms of NCAA tournament eligible teams. The team could has the potential to bring Quincy its first loss.
5. Findlay 12-3 Findlay leads the GLIAC in offense and defense. The team looks to seal the victory in the next three games on its schedule.
6. Grand Valley 12-3 Grand Valley’s defense in the GLIAC has proved successful, and its next two games should be guaranteed wins, but Wayne State, although ranked 15th, has a close defense and slightly better offense, and may prove problematic for GVSU in the future
7. Bellarmine 12-6 Bellarmine faces a team next with a slightly better defense in the GLVC, but since Northern Kentucky’s offense is ranked near the bottom, Bellarmine looks to take the easy win in this matchup.
8. Lewis 11-6 Lewis has a top 5 conference defense, and it should look to improve both its defensive and offensive stats with its next matchup against Missouri S&T
9. Saginaw Valley 10-5 Saginaw Valley’s rebounding offense, which is ranked first in the GLIAC, should guarantee the win in its next contest against Michigan Tech.
10. Rockhurst 11-7 Rockhurst ranks 3rd in the GLVC in steals, which will help the team defeat Illinois-Springfield in the Thursday night game.
11. Indianapolis 10-7 Indianapolis will need its high free throw percentage, as well as its number one conference 3-pt defense if it plans to beat undefeated USI.
12. Missouri- St. Louis 10-7 Missouri-St. Louis’s best stat is their rebounding defense, which is 5th in their conference. The next contest against St. Joseph will be a pretty evenly matched game.
13. Lake Superior State 9-6 Lake Superior State leads the GLIAC in assists. This kind of teamwork should secure the victory against Northern Michigan.
14. St. Joseph’s 9-7 St. Joseph is ranked 2nd in its conference in steals, which could help steal the win against Missouri-St. Louis.
15. Wayne State 8-6 Wayne State leads the conference in turnovers. As long as they can keep possession of the ball, they can look forward to a win against Ferris State.
16. Northern Kentucky 9-8 Northern Kentucky ranks third in its conference in blocked shots, which will definitely be needed in its next game against Kentucky Wesleyan.
17. Ferris State 8-7 Ferris State is ranked second in the GLIAC in blocked shots and tied for second in assists. The strong defense and teamwork may turn the game around, and put the win in their favor over Wayne State.
18. Ashland 8-7 Ashland holds the other 2nd place spot in assists in the GLIAC, and is also 2nd in offensive rebounds, which will help generate a win against Hillsdale.
19. *Illinois-Springfield 7-7 Illinois-Springfield leads the GLVC in offensive rebounds. They will need to make the best of every rebound in order to scrape up a win against Rockhurst.
20. Northern Michigan 7-7 Northern Michigan is ranked 3rd in defensive rebounds. Turning those rebounds into points will be essential to try to get the win against Lake Superior State.
21. Northwood 7-7 Northwood’s rebounding offense is 2nd on the GLIAC stat list. Taking advantage of every rebound will be key if the team hopes to come out on top of the matchup against Grand Valley.
22. UW-Parkside 7-11 UW-Parkside is ranked fourth in its conference in blocked shots. Their contest against Maryville looks to be in their favor.
23. Michigan Tech 4-11 Michigan Tech holds the 2nd place spot in 3-pt field goals in the GLIAC. Draining those shots will be absolutely necessary in order to win against Saginaw Valley.
24. Lake Erie College 6-13 Lake Erie narrowly lost a game against Kentucky Wesleyan earlier in the season, 73-75. If they can rally a game like this again, they can look to beat Urbana in Saturday’s game.
25. Hillsdale 3-11 Hillsdale ranks 2nd in the GLIAC in 3-pt field goals made. It will be a question of whether or not this will be enough to win over Ashland.
26. Missouri S&T 5-12 Missouri S&T ranks higher than its next opponent, Lewis, in steals. The team will need to steal the ball often to hope for the win against Lewis.
27. *Maryville 2-15 Maryville is ranked 3rd in rebounding offense in the GLVC. Rebounding, followed by scored baskets, will need to be frequent to hope for a victory against UW-Parkside.
28. Tiffin 1-14 Tiffin outranks Findlay in blocked shots, but will have to pull out a lot more if they plan to beat Findlay in the next contest between the two.

*-Not eligible for postseason tournaments

Monday, January 11, 2010

Become a Part of Cat Chat!

Cat Chat, NMU's television sports show will be holding a meeting on Sunday, January 17 at 7 P.M. in the TV Studio of the McClintock Building. (Head through 125G and the studio is straight ahead.)

Cat Chat is in its second year on the air, and is open to all NMU students. The show airs on WNMU channel 20 in Marquette, Tuesday through Thursday at 9 P.M. as well as on YouTube, and has already built a following of a couple hundred viewers a week online alone.

Students will get a chance to take part in the filming of the show as well as opportunities covering NMU sporting events. Positions include directing, audio mixing, on-air analyst, camera, floor directing, field reporting, interviewing, blogging, live twitter updates from NMU sporting events, creating video packages/feature stories and more.

We are also looking for Sales Management Interns to handle sponsorship deals. Interns will have a chance to get "real world" experience with commercial and web advertising sales. The internships would pay a 25% commission per sponsorship deal.

Cat Chat is also seeking local bands/musicians who would be interested in creating original scores and music for the show. This includes music for highlights, promos, and end credits. It's a great way to be heard.

Cat Chat is a fantastic way to get experience for a resume.

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