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A flurry of athletics activity ensued over the weekend on Ohio Christian University's (OCU) campus as OCU hosted a regional training for referees, a local clinic for school-aged children looking to improve their softball skills, and some sporting events as well. In addition to playing host, the conference recognized one OCU athlete as Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the week. Details of this weekend's activities follow: 

Ohio Christian University hosts 2018-19 Referee In-Service 

On Sunday, September 23, OCU had the unique privilege of hosting the 2018 Fall Men's Basketball In-Service for referees at both the NCAA and NAIA levels. 

Mike Eades, who has been a referee at the NCAA level for multiple seasons and has covered a Final Four, ran the event. Eades currently serves as the men's basketball assigner for the River States Conference. 

The day of training consisted of a review of policies and procedures, along with information on new rule changes taking effect in the 2018-19 season. Close to 100 referees from surrounding states attended. 

Softball Skill Clinic Hosts Young Athletes

The OCU Lady Trailblazer Softball program hosted a skills clinic on September 22, 2018, for young athletes eager to improve their skill set. The clinic was run by the 2018-19 Lady Trailblazer roster with the help of the coaching staff.  

Overall, 29 athletes attended. The day consisted of hitting, pitching, and fielding drills each centered around developing basic skills in each athlete. Players received individual attention from a Lady Trailblazer to help make the day special.  

Lady Trailblazers Defend Home Turf and Shut Out Asbury  

Entering Saturday's soccer match with the Eagles from Asbury University, the Lady Trailblazers came prepared to face the team that eliminated them from the post-season tournament last year. The Lady Trailblazers earned a solid win with  Brooke Lezotte  landing two shots and Brooke Wilhite adding a late score to put the game away for good, with a final score of 3-0. 

In the net,  Emily Boyd kept the Eagles off the scoreboard, saving all seven shot attempts by Asbury. With the win, the Lady Trailblazers find themselves sitting at the top of the River States Conference standings with a 2-0 conference record. 

Lezotte Scores RSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week 

OCU forward  Brooke Lezotte  scored 11 points in two games to receive River States Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 17-23. A junior from Waynesville, Ohio, Lezotte's play powered the Trailblazers to a 2-0 start to RSC action. She started out with three goals and an assist in a win over Midway. Her seven points keyed the 5-0 win. 

Articles of Interest

MSOC OCU vs CAR

2020 Men's Soccer Schedule Released

MSOC OCU vs CAR

Published: June 4, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Ohio Christian University Men's Soccer program is set to begin a new era in the Fall of 2020, as newly announced head coach George Arroyo will take over the team for his first season. Coming off a 2019 campaign in which the Trailblazers made the conference tournament, Arroyo is confident the team is ready to improve and move up within the RSC. "I think I speak for everyone in saying we're excited about the upcoming schedule. Except for one, we faced each of these teams last season, so it gives us an opportunity to gauge our improvement in many areas. We play in a
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Ohio Christian University Men's Soccer program is set to begin a new era in the Fall of 2020, as newly announced head coach George Arroyo will take over the team for his first season. Coming off a 2019 campaign in which the Trailblazers made the conference tournament, Arroyo is confident the team is ready to improve and move up within the RSC. "I think I speak for
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Ohio Christian University Men's Soccer program is set to begin a new era in the Fall of 2020, as newly announced head coach George Arroyo will take over the team for his first
Coach Warren

Catching Up With Coach: Jake Warren

Coach Warren

Published: May 26, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Lady Trailblazer soccer program has been the model of consistency over the past five years. Reaching the conference tournament for four consecutive seasons, the Lady Trailblazers have seen success at multiple levels, all under the leadership of Jake Warren, the squad's head coach. Recently, Coach Warren reflected on the 2019 season, saying farewell to a talented senior class, and the expectations for 2020. Q: Looking back at 2019-20, a year in which you made it to the second round of the RSC Tournament, what will you remember most about that team? A: "Last season
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Lady Trailblazer soccer program has been the model of consistency over the past five years. Reaching the conference tournament for four consecutive seasons, the Lady Trailblazers have seen success at multiple levels, all under the leadership of Jake Warren, the squad's head coach. Recently, Coach Warren reflected on the 2019 season, saying farewell to a talented senior
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – The Lady Trailblazer soccer program has been the model of consistency over the past five years. Reaching the conference tournament for four consecutive seasons, the Lady
George Arroyo

Arroyo Named Head Coach Of Men's Soccer Program

George Arroyo

Published: May 15, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Following a comprehensive search, Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce George Arroyo as the new head coach for the men's soccer program. Arroyo will begin immediately in preparation for the 2020 Fall schedule set to start in August.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Following a comprehensive search, Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce George Arroyo as the new head coach for the men's soccer program. Arroyo will begin immediately in preparation for the 2020 Fall schedule set to start in August.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Following a comprehensive search, Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce George Arroyo as the new head coach for the men's soccer program. Arroyo will begin immediately
RSC SCholars SPring

Trailblazers Boast 24 RSC Spring Scholar Athletes

RSC SCholars SPring

Published: May 11, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The 2020 River States Conference Spring Sports Scholar Athlete list released last week boasted 24 Trailblazer student-athletes.  To be named, student-athletes must have a 3.25 grade-point average or higher, have at least two semesters of attendance prior to the current term, participate in an RSC sport and be nominated by their institution.  The NAIA sponsors a similar award program of the NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete, which is awarded to juniors and seniors with a 3.50 GPA or higher. 
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The 2020 River States Conference Spring Sports Scholar Athlete list released last week boasted 24 Trailblazer student-athletes.  To be named, student-athletes must have a 3.25 grade-point average or higher, have at least two semesters of attendance prior to the current term, participate in an RSC sport and be nominated by their institution.  The NAIA sponsors a similar
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The 2020 River States Conference Spring Sports Scholar Athlete list released last week boasted 24 Trailblazer student-athletes.  To be named, student-athletes must have a 3.25
Champions of Character

2020 RSC Champions of Character List Revealed

Champions of Character

Published: May 9, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The River States Conference is proud to announce the 2020 RSC Champions of Character Team for all Spring Sports
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The River States Conference is proud to announce the 2020 RSC Champions of Character Team for all Spring Sports
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The River States Conference is proud to announce the 2020 RSC Champions of Character Team for all Spring Sports

Archived Articles of Interest

OCU Student Govt. President Samuel Church

Samuel Church Testimonial

OCU Student Govt. President Samuel Church

Published: September 17, 2018

Samuel Church came to Ohio Christian University (OCU) looking to make a difference. Growing up in Toledo, OH in a struggling economy, Samuel experienced his family digging deep to overcome the challenge. “There weren’t expectations of rising and doing anything big, but I decided not to settle for that,” he recalls.  Samuel focused his energy and effort on athletics where he excelled, and OCU recruited him to join the track team. When he visited the campus in Circleville, OH, he was unsure what the future held. But, he remembers, “Everyone knew my name in about ten minutes, and they
Samuel Church came to Ohio Christian University (OCU) looking to make a difference. Growing up in Toledo, OH in a struggling economy, Samuel experienced his family digging deep to overcome the challenge. “There weren’t expectations of rising and doing anything big, but I decided not to settle for that,” he recalls.  Samuel focused his energy and effort on athletics where he excelled, and OCU
Samuel Church came to Ohio Christian University (OCU) looking to make a difference. Growing up in Toledo, OH in a struggling economy, Samuel experienced his family digging deep to overcome the
Ohio Christian Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution image

Ohio Christian Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Ohio Christian Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution image

Published: September 5, 2018

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. Schools scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award.  The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of earning 100 points.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. Schools scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Champions of Character Five-Star
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA