Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll (DI sports)

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Previous CollegeSports360 Primetime Performers: Dec. 20 ... Dec. 27

RELEASE: Jan. 3, 2011          CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesports360.com)

CollegeSports360 Honors 22 for Clutch Efforts During Final Week of 2011 ... 

Here's an advance look at the latest edition of the Primetime Performers Weelyk Honor Roll, as presented by CollegeSports360.com. This group of honorees includes 22 total student-athletes from five Division I sports  (men's and women's basketball, football, men's ice hockey and wrestling) that were in action during the final week of 2011.

Note that action photos and info. on each honoree are being added to this page later today (check back for full honors page, as in past weeks).

The Primetime Performer honors pages are a great way for potentially new fans or casual fans to learn about various college sports – while also paying tribute to some athletes who may be more well-known on a national level.

The 22 Primetime honorees break down as follows:

Men's Basketball – Notre Dame so. G Alex Dragicevich (Northbrook, IL) ... Kentucky fr. F MichaelI Kidd-Gilchrist (Somerdale, NJ) ... Cincinnati so. G/F Sean Kilpatrick  (White Plains, NY) ... Georgetown fr. F Otto Porter (Siskeston, MO) ... Youngstown State sr. G Ashen Ward (Cleveland, OH)
... and Missouri State sr. F Kylw Weems (Topeka, KS)

Women's Basketball – Nebraska so. F Jordan Hooper (Alliance, NE) ...
and Middle Tennessee so. F Ebony Rowe (Lexington,  KY)

Football ... Missouri so. QB James Franklin (Corinth, TX) ...
Baylor sr. RB Terrance Ganaway  (DeKalb, TX) ... and Utah jr. QB Jon Hays (Paradise, CA)

Men's Ice Hockey – St. Lawrence jr. F Kyle Flanagan (Canton, NY) ...
Michigan so. F Luke Moffat  (Paradise Valley, AZ) ... Denver fr. G Juho Olkinuora (Helsinki,  Finland) ... Northeastern jr. G Chris Rawlings (North Delta, BC) ... RIT jr. D Chris Saracino (St. Louis, MO) ... 
and Notre Dame so. G Steven Summerhays (Anchorage, AK)

Wrestling ... Virginia Tech so. 133-pounder Devin Carter (Christianburg, VA) ... Oklahoma State jr. heavyweight Alex Gelogaev (Moscow, Russia) ... Edinboro 5th-yr.-sr. 197 lbs Chris Honeycutt  (North Ridgeville, OH) ... Oklahoma jr. 141 pounder Kendric Maple (Wichita, KS) ...
and Northwestern so. 174-pounder Lee Munster (Fox Lake, IL)

These 22 Primetime Performer honoress include one fifth-year senior, three seniors, six juniors, nine sophomores and three freshmen ... two each who hail from hometowns in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Texas; and one each from: Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Finland, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Russia and Virginia.


... Selection for these CollegeSports360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):

• Performed at a high level in a game/event that involves a nationally-ranled team (or, in the case of basketball, involving any team receiving votes in the national polls); or excelled in a game/event that is key to the team's postseason qualification.

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and situational factors involved in the competitor's accomplishments.

• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance, team spirit, etc.

• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).

• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home venue and/or against a traditional rival.

Note that action photos and info. on each honoree are being added to this page later today (check back for full honors page, as in past weeks. ... Thanks to the respective schools for helping provide the various photos on this page.


PRIMETIME PERFORMERS WEEKLY HONOR ROLL  (Division I sports)
(for week of Dec. 26, 2011 – Jan. 1, 2012 ... courtesy of CollegeSports360.com)
            "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

Men's Basketball ... 
ALEX DRAGICEVICH
 (Basketball ... Notre Dame ... So. ... G ... Northbrook, IL ... #12)
MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST  (Basketball ... Kentucky ... Fr. ... F ... Somerdale, NJ ... #14) 
SEAN KILPATRICK  (Basketball ... Cincinnati ... So. ... G/F ... White Plains, NY ... #23)
OTTO PORTER  (Basketball ... Georgetown ... Fr. ... F ... Siskeston, MO ... #22)
ASHEN WARD  (Basketball ... Youngstown State ... Sr. ... G ... Cleveland, OH ... #20)
KYLE WEEMS  (Basketball ... Missouri State ... Sr. ... F ... Topeka, KS ... #34)

Women's Basketball ...
JORDAN HOOPER  (Basketball .... Nebraska ... So. ... F ... Alliance, NE ... #35)
EBONY ROWE  (Basketball ... Middle Tennessee State ... So. ... F ... Lexington,  KY ... #21)

Football ... 
JAMES FRANKLIN  (Football ... Missouri ... So. ... QB ... Corinth, TX ... #1)
TERRANCE GANAWAY  (Football ... Baylor ... Sr. ... RB ... DeKalb, TX ... #24)
JON HAYS  (Football .... Utah ... Jr. ... QB ... Paradise, CA ... #9)

Men's Ice Hockey ...
KYLE FLANAGAN  (Hockey ... St. Lawrence ... Jr. ... F ... Canton, NY ... #16)
LUKE MOFFATT  (Hockey ... Michigan ... So. ... F ... Paradise Valley, AZ ... #9)
JUHO OLKINUORA  (Hockey ... Denver ... Fr. ... G ... Helsinki,  Finland ... #31)
CHRIS RAWLINGS  (Hockey ... Northeastern ... Jr. ... G ... North Delta, BC ... #37)
CHRIS SARACINO  (Hockey ... RIT ... Jr. ... D ... St. Louis, MO ... #27)
STEVEN SUMMERHAYS  (Hockey ... Notre Dame ... So. ... G ... Anchorage, AK ... #1)

Wrestling ...
DEVIN CARTER  (Wrestling ... Virginia Tech ... So. ... 133 pounds ... Christianburg, VA)
ALEX GELOGAEV  (Wrestling ... Oklahoma State ... Jr. ... Heavyweight ... Moscow, Russia)
CHRIS HONEYCUTT  (Wrestling ... Edinboro ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ... 197 pounds ... North Ridgeville, OH)
KENDRIC MAPLE  (Wrestling ... Oklahoma ... Jr./So. ... 141 pounds ... Wichita, KS)
LEE MUNSTER  (Wrestling ... Northwestern ... So./Fr. ... 174 pounds ... Fox Lake, IL)

Note that action photos and info. on each honoree are being added to this page later today (check back for full honors page, as in past weeks. ... Thanks to the respective schools for helping provide the various photos on this page.


Previous CollegeSports360 Primetime Performers: Dec. 20 ... Dec. 27 


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DEVIN CARTER  
(Wrestling ... Virginia Tech ... So. ... 133 pounds ... Christianburg, Virginia)
..... Won 133-pound title, as #2 seed, at one of the nation's top tournaments, the Midlands Championship (held at Northwestern) ... put his #4 national ranking to the test during the two-day event, highlighted by 6-4 overtime win over #3 Tony Ramos of Iowa in exciting title bout between the top seeds ... his five wins also included a 11-5 quarterfinal vs. #10 Ryan Mango (Stanford; #3 seed) and an impressive 17-7 major decision vs. #8 AJ Schopp of Edinboro in the semifinals ... his other wins came against Northern Iowa's Ryan Jauch (pin at 5:41) and Lehigh's Mason Bechman (17-7 major decision) ... carries 19-1 season record (55-8 career) ... reached round-of-12 at 2011 NCAAs.

Alex Dragicevich A 250



ALEX DRAGICEVICH 
(Basketball ... Notre Dame ... So. ... G ... Northbrook, Illinois)
..... Emerging member of Irish team that utilized small lineup to run past #22 Pittsburgh, 72-59, in BIG EAST opener ... connected on 4-of-7 three pointers en route to career-best 22 points (8-of-13 FGs overall) ... helped ND pull away, scoring 10 of his points (with pair of 3s) over final 11 minutes, as Irish stretched 44-40 lead to 13-point winning cushion ... played sparingly in 2010-11 (when Irish had five senior starters), totaling only 20 points in 16 games played (six pts in six BIG EAST games).


Kyle Flanagan A 250

KYLE FLANAGAN  
(Hockey ... 
St. Lawrence ... Jr. ... F ... Canton, N.Y.)
..... Made the most of his return from injury (after missing five weeks), leading Saints to the Ledyar Bank Classic tournament title (at Dartmouth) ... totaled three goals and three assists in pair of games, spanning wild game vs. #7 Merrimack (6-6; adv. on 9-rd shootout) and 2-2 title game vs. host Big Green (3-2 shootout) ... had 1G-3A as part of offensive fireworks in Merrimack game (Saints trailed 3-0, then led 5-3 before 6-6 final) ... involved in pair of power-play goals during 2nd period, as SLU staged its comeback (had second assist on Chris Martin's 5-on-3 score, then scored tying goal, via assists from Greg Carey and Patrick Doherty) ... his rebounded shot later led directly to Riley Austin's goal for stunning 5-3 lead entering final period ... assisted on go-ahead goal (6-5) when his deflected power-play shot led straight to a George Hughes score (12:25) ... scored both goals, on 2nd-period power plays, vs. Dartmouth: one-timer off a Hughes pass (16:03) and then after scooping up loose puck and scoring inside left post (18:35) ... lead nation with 1.73 points per game (9G-10A; 19 pts in 11 gms).


James Franklin A 250

JAMES FRANKLIN  
(Football ... Missouri ... So. ... QB ... Corinth, Texas)
..... Dynamic signalcaller who combined strong running with timely passing, as Tigers soared well past their 5-point favorite status in 41-24 AdvoCare Independance Bowl win over North Carolina ... averaged nearly eight yards per rush (18 for 142), with pair of short touchdown runs ... also completed 15-of-23 passes – despite cold and rainy conditions in Shreveport, La. – with 8-yd TD pass to Gerrel Jackson that pushed Tigers to 24-7 lead midway through second quarter ... guided Missouri program that ended season with four straight victories for first time since 1965.

Terrance Ganaway A 250

TERRANCE GANAWAY  
(Football ... Baylor ... Sr. ... RB ... DeKalb, Texas)
..... Served as an electrifying counterpart to Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III., scoring five touchdowns while racking up 200 rushing yards – as Baylor outlasted Washington, 67-56, in San Antonio at the Valero Alamo Bowl (the combined 123 points are most ever in any bowl game, as are the 1,377 yds of total offense) ... raced up the middle for 89-yard TD burst midway through the 3rd quarter (cutting UW's lead to 42-39) ... scored on short plunge a couple minutes later (still down 49-46), then added another TD rush from close range late in the 3rd for 53-49 lead ... gave Baylor the lead for good midway through 4th quarter, pushing over from 4-yds (60-56) ... clinched the win with his fifth TD, rushing over left guard and scoring from 43 yards out with 2:28 remaining (67-56).

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ALEX GELOGAEV  
(Wrestling ... Oklahoma State ... Jr. ... Heavyweight ... Moscow, Russia)
..... Delivered when the pressure was on, with #2 Cowboys facing 17-9 deficit at #20 Wyoming and only three weight classes left ... built 6-1 lead on three falls vs. L.J. Helbig, capped by pin at 3:23 – slicing deficit to 17-15 – to spark team's 24-17 victory that also included Jon Morrison's win at 125 (4-1 vs. Kasey Garnhart) and Jordan Oliver's closing pin of Zach Zehner at 133 (5:44) ... leads team with 11 bonus-point victories, eight of them by falls ... ranked #3 in nation while currently owning 15-1 season record ... missed 2010-11 season due to injury, after posting an All-America 7th-place finish at the 2010 NCAAs ... has trained under wrestling legend 
Buvaisar Saitiev in Siberia.

Jon Hays A 250

JON HAYS  
(Football .... Utah ... Jr. ... QB ... Paradise, California)
..... Directed comeback vs. favored Georgia Tech in Hyundai Sun Bowl, delivering pair of clutch 4th-down touchdown passes as Utes went on to 30-27 overtime win ... his day included 15 pass completions for 193 yards and three TDs, the first opening the scoring on short throw to Shawn Asiata ... sparked comeback from 24-10 deficit, with 10-play, 71-yard TD drive midway through 4th quarter ... that key drive included 18-yd screen play to Asiata and a 3rd-and-goal, 8-yd sideline pass to De Christopher – before 4th-down crossing pass to Kendrick Moeal that cut the deficit to 24-17 ... made game-saving TD pass on 4th-and-14 with 1:32 left in regulation, connecting with Christopher on 28-yd score that ultimately forced OT ... his 3rd-and-3, 9-yd screen-pass play to Asiata preceded John White's wnning 8-yd TD run.

Chris Honeycutt A 259


CHRIS HONEYCUTT  
(Wrestling ... Edinboro ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ...
197 pounds ... North Ridgeville, OH)

..... Won all four of his matches at the prestigious Midlands Championships (held at Northwesern), winning the 197-pound title while pushing his season record to 23-0 ... nation's #3-ranked wrestler in his weight class ... topped nationally #9-ranked Micah Burke of Penn in 4-0 title bout, after topping #5 seed and two-time Division III national champion Byron Tate in 17-9 semifinal (Tate was the 2010 Midlands runner-up) ... earlier beat #8 seed Mario Gonzalez in 14-9 quarterfinal ... three-time NCAA entrant who earned All-America honors with 5th-place finish at the 2011 NCAAs.

Jordan Hooper A 250


JORDAN HOOPER  
(Basketball ...
Nebraska ... So. ... F ... Alliance, NE)

..... Climbed atop the Big Ten scoring charts after her third 30-point effort in the past four games, as her 31 points led Huskers to 71-63 win at #16 Penn State ... shot 11-of-21 from the floor (4-of-11 on thres) and 5-of-6 at the line, adding 12 rebounds for double-double in big-game situation ... her 19 second-half points helped overcome a nine-point halftime deficit and included a 3-pointer for a 69-63 lead in the final 20 seconds (she added a late defensive rebound and pair of free throws that capped the upset) ... led Nebraska to program's third road win over a top-20 opponent in the past 12 seasons ... second Huskers player ever to post 30-plus points three times in a four-game stretch ... leads Big Ten with 21.2 points per game (2nd with 9.2 rbs/gm).

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist A 250




MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST  
(Basketball ... Kentucky ... Fr. ... F ... Somerdale, NJ)
..... Delivered in a big way during rivalry game vs. #4 Louisville, leading #3 Wildcats to 69-62 while nearly posting a rare 20-20 game (24 points and 19 rebounds, both season highs) ... the 19 rebounds are the most ever in the Kentucky-Louisville series ... delieverd several highlight-reel plays all over the floor (six of his rebounds came on the offensive end, while his seven field goals included a pair of 3-pointers) ... earlier in the week, contributed 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal in 86-64 win over Lamar.

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SEAN KILPATRICK  
(Basketball ... Cincinnati ... So. ... G/F ... White Plains, NY ... #23)
..... Averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds during pair of key games, as Bearcats rallied for 56-55 win over Oklahoma before winning 66-63 at #22 Pittsburgh (Cincinnati's first win at Pitt since 1979) ... scored 14 of his 19 points vs. Panthers n second half, including four of his five 3-pointers ... added six rebounds, three assists and pair of steals vs. Pitt ... posted first career double-double (17 pts, 10 rbs) in earlier win over Sooners ... made four 3s vs. the Sooners ... ranks third in BIG EAST with 41.2 pct. shooting from 3-pt range ... member of BIG EAST all-rookie team in 2010-11.

Kendric Maple A 250

KENDRIC MAPLE  
(Wrestling ... Oklahoma ... Jr./So. ... 141 pounds ... Wichita, KS)
..... Won 141-pound title as #3 seed at the annual Midlands Championships (held at Northwestern), capped by 5-3 final vs. nation's top-ranked wrestler, Iowa's Montell Marion ... coasted to east win over upstart Luke Goetti of Iowa State, in 13-1 semifinal ... earlier rolled to four wins on the first day, with three major decisions and a technical fall ... entered week ranked #7 and has remained unbeaten (13-0), with team-best totals in major decisions (7) and technicl falls (3) ... has earned bonus points in 11 of his 13 matches ... competed in 2010 NCAAs.

Luke Moffat A 250




LUKE MOFFATT  
(Hockey ... Michigan ... So. ... F ... Paradise Valley, AZ ... #9)
..... Part of balanced offensive effort that sparked the #20 Wolverines to winning the annual Great Lakes Invitational (at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena), with 4-2 game vs. #3 Boston College and then 3-2 overtime battle vs. rival Mighigan State (#14) ... buried power-play goal off scramble for early 2-0 lead on BC ... had primary assist on Kevin Lynch's tying goal vs. MSU, with 50 seconds left in regulation ... picked up another assist on the tournament-winning goal by Kevin Clare (with 8:16 left in the 20-minute OT) ... turned in strong all-around play throughout the tournament, with hard-nosed competitiveness and consistent playmaking that created numerous scoring chances for his teammates.

Lee Munster A 250LEE MUNSTER  
(Wrestling ... Northwestern ... So./Fr. ...
174 pounds ... Fox Lake, IL)
..... Lowest-seeded wrestler (#5) to win one of the 10 weight-class titles at the annual Midland Championships (hosted by Northwestern), with most of the champs being #1 or #2 seeds ... capped his 5-0 showing with 7-3 win over top seed and #5 nationally-ranked Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa ... started aggressive in title match, with pair of early takedowns for 4-2 lead after first period, adding a 2nd-period escape and takedown (plus 3rd-period escape, en route to win) ... earlier beat upstart #9 seed Luke Rynish of Wisconsin-Parkside, in 9-0 semifinal (Rynish had knocked off top-seeded Chris Spangler of Iowa State, in quarterfinals) ... outscored his first two opponents 18-2, before tight quarterfinal vs. unattached entrant Tanner Weatherman (3-1).

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JUHO OLKINUORA  
(Hockey ... Denver ... Fr. ... G ... Helsinki,  Finland ... #31)
..... Racked up 56 saves during the weekend, with his only two goals allowed (one even-strenght) coming late with the wins in hand – as Pioneers beat #10 Union (3-1) and Air Force (7-1; Falcons were coming off upset win at Colorado College) ... also helped turn away 9-of-10 opponent power plays ... his strong play helped stake DU to 3-0 lead on Union, with lone Dutchmen goal coming on the power play with six minutes to play (finished with season-high 38 saves) ... helped lead Pioneers to 4-0 lead vs. Air Force, with similar late goal coming from the opposition.

Otto Porter A 250

OTTO PORTER  
(Basketball ... Georgetown ... Fr. ... F ... Siskeston, MO ... #22)
..... Strong presence off the bench whose strong play sparked #12 Hoyas to 71-68 win in BIG EAST showdown at #4 Louisville ...  contributed 14 points (5-of-6 FGs) and 14 rebounds in that big win, adding pair of steals in 32 minutes of action ... pushed team to victory, after checking back into tie game (63-63) with two minutes to play ... tipped in a Henry Sims miss for 65-63, later adding defensive rebound and pair of free throws for 69-63 margin with 40 seconds remaining (sank two more FTs and grabbed rebound in closing seconds) ... grabbed 12 more rebounds and scored six points in 49-40 win at Providene (block, steal, 33 min. off bench).

CHRIS RAWLINGS  
(Hockey  ... Northeastern ... Jr. ... G ... North Delta, BC ... #37)

Chris Rawlings A 250

..... Continued his stellar season by leading Huskies to championship at the prestigious Mariucci Classic, stopping 54-of-59 shots (.915 save pct.) and allowing only two even-strength goals – in weekend that included 3-3 battle with Princeton and 3-2 win over the hosts, #2 Minnesota ... made 23 saves vs. Princeton (all Tigers goals came on the power play) and then did not allow a score in marathon 8-round shootout, matching his counterpart Mike Condon before Huskies scored in final round to earn spot in the tournament title game ... totaled 31 saves and backstopped improved penalty-kill unit (denied all five Gophers PPs), as Northeastern held potent Minnesota offense well below its season avg. of 4.2 goals per game ... owns a 2.27 season goals-against avg. and .931 save pct.

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EBONY ROWE  
(Basketball ... Middle Tennessee State ... So. ... F ... Lexington,  KY ... #21)
..... Rose to the challenge in her hometown vs. #6 Kentucky, missing only a handful of shots (7-of-10 FG; 7-of-8 FT) while totaling 21 points and 12 rebounds in 70-58 win over the Wildcats ... followed with another double-double (her 9th this sdason and 25th of her career), posting 12 points and 11 boards in 60-39 Sunbelt Conference opening win over South Alabama.

Chris Sacacino A 250

CHRIS SARACINO  
(Hockey ... RIT ... Jr. ... D ... 
St. Louis, MO ... #27)
..... Played key role on both ends of the ice, as Tigers won the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup at Vermont – with pair of wins over CCHA ranked teams (3-0 vs. #11 Ferris State; 3-1 vs. #16 Lake Superior State) ... factored into three RIT goals during the week while leading defense that yielded only one goal and went 11-for-11 on the penatly kill ... helped limit Ferris State to 23 total shots while scoring game's first goal on early power-play wrister through traffic and over Taylor Nelson's shoulder (his PP shot early in the 2nd period was redirected by Adam Hartley, for 2-0 lead) ... also assisted on Adam Pitchell goal for 2-0 lead on LSSU early in 2nd period of tournament title game.

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STEVEN SUMMERHAYS  
(Hockey ... Notre Dame ... So. ... G ... Anchorage, AK ... #1)
..... Saved 30-of-32 shots he faced (.938), giving the Irish offense plenty of cushion as #9 ND beat #5 Boston University, 5-2, in a top-10 battle ... helped his team stretch to 5-1 lead, with BU's second goal coming late in the 3ed period ... part of ND penalty-kill unit that thwarted all six of the Terriers' power-play chances.

Ashen Ward A 250

ASHEN WARD  
(Basketball ... Youngstown State ... Sr. ... G ... Cleveland, OH ... #20)
..... Shook off the pressure of playing in his hometown, drainging 3-of-5 three-pointers en route to 15 points – nine of them in the final three minutes – as Penguins knocked off the Horizon Leage's top team, Cleveland State, 73-67 (CSU had been receiving votes in the national polls) ... added four rebounds and pair of assists in the upset win ... sank 3-pointer for 64-59 lead with 3:01 remaining, added layup 69 seconds later (66-59) and helped clinch victory by making 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute.

Kyle Weems A 250

KYLE WEEMS
(Basketball ... Missouri State ... Sr. ... F ... Topeka, KS ... #34)
..... Led Bears to 2-0 start in Missouri Valley Conference play, highlighted by career-best 31 points in 77-65 win at #19  Creighton (followed by a 22-pt game in 72-61 win over Drake) ... made 3-of-4 three-pointers (11-22 overall field goals) and 6-of-7 free throws in upset vs. the Jays (also had seven rebounds, two assists and a pair of blocks) ... drained 6-of-6 free throws in final minute to secure that win ... made 62% of his shots during the week (21-of-34; 5-of-6 on 3s) and 16-of-19 free throws.