The Kent State women’s football team played the first official game of the 2021-22 sports season on Thursday and shut out host Cleveland State 2-0.
Senior Cameron Shedenhelm and first year student Alisa arthur scored goals for the Golden Flashes, both assisted by a second Lauryn Arruda. Goalkeeper Sarah melen didn’t face a single shot on goal as Kent State outscored the Vikings 6-0.
The Flashs’ home opener is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday against Dayton.
• The Kent State Gymnastics team posted the 11th highest overall team average in the country for the 2020-21 season and was one of only four teams to have 100 percent of its student-athletes above ‘a cumulative average of 3.5.
“The time they devote to their studies and to their sport shows the level of dedication each one has,” said Flashes head coach Brice Biggin. “Doing all of this during a pandemic says a lot more about their dedication. “
The 3.8045 GPA Flashes GPA team placed second in the MAC behind Northern Illinois, which led the nation.
• Kent State’s track and field program placed 35 student-athletes on the All-MAC Academic Team.
MEN’S TEAM: Joshua Allen (Sr., 3.971 GPA, major in mathematics), Quintin Cooks (So., 3.960, Communications Studies), Scott Benco (So., 3.976, Physical Education), Del’Mario Hairston (So., 3.363 , Entrepreneurship), Drew Johnson (Jr., 3.379, Aerospace Engineering), TJ Lawson (GS, 3.925, Master of Business Administration, Stow High School), Jacob Mally (Sr., 3.307, Aeronautical Systems Engineering), Anthony Milliner (Sr ., 3.519, Human Development / Family Studies), Brian Phillips (So. 3.607, Computer Information Systems), Justin Prack (Sr., 3.759, Accounting), Kyle Sommer (So., 3.317, Computer Information Systems), Alex Stamper ( Jr., 3.455, Architecture), Lukas Van Der Watt (Sr., 3.897, Aerospace Engineering), Xavier Williams (Jr., 3.330, Digital Sciences).
WOMEN’S TEAM: Gabby Bailey (Jr., 3,552, Exercise Science), Kalli Barrett (Jr., 3,920, Chemistry), Sarena Choi (Sr., 3,479, Fashion Merchandising), Mi’Angel Daniels (GS, 4,000, Fashion Industry Studies), Nicole DiCicco (So., 3.950, Nutrition), Benja Duff (Sr., 3.208, Exercise Science), Maddie Dunlap (Sr., 3.574, Nursing), Nicole Fleming (Sr., 3.983, Business Management, Woodridge High School), Grace Frye (So., 3.894, Architectural Studies), Ruby Greenwood (Jr., 3.488, Nutrition), Marissa Henley (So., 3.684, Political Science) , Samantha Hyme (Sr., 4.000, Chemistry), Sami Ice (Sr., 3.633, Fashion Merchandising), Leah Lisle (Jr., 3.747, Nutrition), Grace Luther (So., 3.631, Fashion Merchandising), Tianna McCormick ( So., 3.711, Psychology), Jayda Singleton (So., 3.202, Criminology and Justice Studies), Grace Tennant (Sr., 3.814, Physical Education), Desiree Thomas (Sr., 3.660, Biology), Ally Thompson ( Sr., 3.284, Marketing), Vanessa Vodan (GS, 3.957, Audiolo gie), Morgan White (So., 3.735, Spor t Administration), Nina Zraik (Fr., 3.949, Environmental studies).
• Alex bloom was named an assistant coach for the Kent State track and field program. A 2018 All-American in the heptathlon while representing the University of Cincinnati, Bloom will help train Flashes student-athletes in vaults and combined events.
Bloom has been a volunteer assistant in Miami, Florida since January after spending two seasons in the same capacity in Cincinnati.
• Malik mcdonald was appointed assistant coach of the Kent State wrestling team.
McDonald was previously a volunteer assistant with Clarion for two seasons. He was an outstanding wrestler in North Carolina State, winning the 197-pound title of the 2019 ACC tournament. McDonald has been a two-time NCAA qualifier and a three-year starter for the Wolfpack.
• Former Kent State Golf Star Taylor Pendrith officially received their PGA Tour card for the 2021-22 season following the conclusion of the last Korn Ferry Tour regular season event last Sunday. Pendrith finished fifth overall on the Korn Ferry Tour 2020-21 regular season points list after registering eight top 10s and four finalists.
Pendrith was an American Player of the Year and two-time MAC at KSU. He will join former Flash teammates Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes on the PGA Tour next season.