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The January AmbroseZine Sports Page

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January 2013

  • The Queen Bees basketball team has won 12 of its past 14 games and risen to No. 18 in the NAIA Division II rankings. After a close loss Wednesday to the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, the Queen Bees are 17-4 overall. Freshman Lauren Cash is No. 2 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference in scoring with a 16-point average. Sophomore Katie Jensen ranks second in the league in rebounding at 7.4 and senior Samantha Saladino is fifth (6.7).
  • The St. Ambrose women's bowling team was ranked 15th and the men's squad was rated 21st in the most recent polls. The Bees keglers are building toward the March 9-10 sectionals for the NAIA Nationals.
  • Senior John Darmody has qualified for the NAIA Indoor Nationals in the mile and is ranked fourth in the NAIA in the early portion of the indoor track and field season. Women's pole vaulter Jaclyn Scavuzzo bested the school record by 5 inches with a recent vault of 10-feet, 11.5 inches. Three men, Raimon Clay, Brandon Belt and Evan Frazier, have all broken the school record in the 60m dash.
  • Coming off successive runner-up national finishes, the men's volleyball squad opened with a pair of tough road matches. They fell to an NCAA squad in Loyola of Chicago to open the season and were swept in a rematch of last April's national title contest vs. top-ranked Park in Parkville, Mo. The fourth-ranked Bees got their first win this past Saturday.
  • The national champion SAU Dance Team will host its winter dance clinic and performance on Feb. 9 at Lee Lohman Arena.

Former Queen Bees coach and current University of Iowa coach Lisa Bluder recently became the 25th coach with at least 10 years at the Division I level to net the 600th overall victory of her career. Bluder talked about her 169 wins at SAU with the Quad-City Times in advance of the occasion.

Receiver Zach Grant has opted to walk-on with BCS bowl representative Northern Illinois after a record-setting freshman season with SAU Fighting Bees. Read the report in The Daily Dispatch.

Former Bees basketball player Marquez Davis has kept his basketball dream alive in Texas. Read this Q-C Times story.

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