The University of Findlay men’s basketball team was picked as the favorite to win the Great Midwest Athletic Conference this year as the league office released its preseason coaches poll Wednesday.
The Oilers, who reached the Sweet 16 last year and ended the 2016-17 campaign with a 25-7 record, received 121 points in the poll and a league-high 11 first place votes. They were followed in the poll by Kentucky Wesleyan, who received 108 points and one first place vote, and Hillsdale, who received 96 points.
Senior guard Martyce Kimbrough and senior forward Taren Sullivan are back to lead the squad. Kimbrough earned honorable mention all-American accolades for the Oilers last season and was also a first team all-conference and first team all-region pick. Sullivan meanwhile earned first team all-conference and second team all-region honors.
Great Midwest Preseason Poll
1. Findlay (11) 121
2. Kentucky Wesleyan (1) 108
3. Hillsdale 96
4. Alderson Broaddus 91
T5. Ohio Dominican 77
T5. Walsh 77
7. Malone 53
8. Davis & Elkins 51
9. Cedarville 41
T10. Lake Erie 33
T10. Trevecca Nazarene 33
12. Ohio Valley 12
Winner leads Oilers
Amanda Winner tallied a match-high 12 kills and four other University of Findlay players added at least six kills as the Oilers rolled past Urbana 25-18, 29-27, 25-17 for a nonleague volleyball win at Croy Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Winner earned her kills in 25 chances with three errors (.360). Shelby Kin (Carey), Molly Hammersmith and Izzy Murphy each had seven kills and Madison Moore put in six for the Oilers (18-4).
Hailee Olson orchestrated 38 assists and New Riegel grad Kara Scherger backed UF with 13 digs.
The Blue Knights fell to 10-12.
Jones-Quartey to Jets
Former University of Findlay football standout Harold Jones-Quartey signed on to the practice squad of the New York Jets on Wednesday.
Jones-Quartey spent the past two full seasons as a safety for the Chicago Bears, making 16 starts in 29 appearances.
He started 12 games last season and finished second on the team with 63 tackles.
He’s recorded an interception in each of his two years in the league, has defended seven passes and recovered one fumble.
Jones-Quartey dealt with an ankle injury all of preseason with Chicago before being cut.
He was an honorable mention All-American in his senior year at UF (2014) and was eventually picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals.