Tossed: Heidelberg loses coin flip, season ends

WESTERVILLE – Heidelberg’s women’s basketball team experienced some drama Saturday, though it had little to do with what occurred on the court.

Heading into Saturday, the Student Princes needed a win over Otterbein to assure themselves a spot in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. When that didn’t happen – HU lost 73-45 – the Student Princes’ chances of extending their season relied on two things:

1. Muskingum had to lose at Baldwin Wallace

2. Heidelberg had to win a coin toss conducted by OAC Commissioner Tim Gleason.

The first part occurred when the Muskies were buried by the Yellow Jackets 85-47.

The toss occurred at 5:30 via conference call. Alberts and her staff were in Westerville, Muskingum coach Beth Fox was in Berea, and Gleason was at the OAC Swimming Championships in Akron. Ohio Northern Sports Information Director Tim Glon was also in Akron, acting as a witness. Both teams had the option of sending representatives to Akron, but neither were able to.

Fox called tails. Tails it was.

With that, Heidelberg’s season ended. It finished 6-19, 2-16 in the OAC. Muskingum (7-18, 2-16) will play No. 5 seed Capital Monday in the first round of the tournament.

Eight teams advance to play this week. Baldwin-Wallace is not eligible for postseason tournaments because self-imposed sanctions.

As for HU’s game with Otterbein, the Cardinals’ Hannah Day had a big day with 28 points, as Otterbein cruised to a 34-21 lead and never looked back.

The Cardinals (20-5, 16-4) coached by Heidelberg graduate Connie Richardson, capped a brilliant 20-5 regular season that saw them go 14-4 in the OAC. They will go into the tournament as the No. 2 seed, and play in the semifinals Thursday.

Heidelberg’s Jordan Ickes, in her final game, scored a team-high 14 points. Kathleen Phillips had 11.

HU women 3rd, men 5th at Capital

BEXLEY – Heidelberg’s women’s indoor track team three wins to place third Saturday at the Capital Classic in Bexley.

Mary Beth Beth Boyden won the shot put and weight throw for the Student Princes. In the shot, she threw 12 1/4 meters, while she threw the weight 13 1/3 meters.

Also for Heidelberg, Marian Bevington won the triple jump with a distance of 10.28 meters.

The men’s team was led by the 4 x 200 team of Donteea Dye, Larry Massey, Desmond Vaughn and Collin Fischer placed second in 1:33.01