Primetime Performers of the Week (1/10/12; D-I Sports)

CLICK HERE for Primetime Performers from sister site CollegeSoccer360.com

Previous CollegeSports360 Primetime Performers: Dec. 20 ... Dec. 27 ... Jan. 3

RELEASE: Jan. 10, 2011          CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesports360.com)

Oklahoma State wrestler Chris Perry, Notre Dame women's basketball player Skylar Diggins earn top honors as National Primetime Pacesetters of the Week

7320170

Oklahoma State sophomore wrestler Chris Perry (Stillwater, Okla.) and Notre Dame women's basketball junior guard Skylar Diggins (South Bend, Ind.) are the top honorees in the current edition of the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, presented by CollegeSports360.com. Perry and Diggins – two of the 10 Primetime Performers of the Week, from a sampling of Division I sports that were in action during the first week of 2012 – have been tabbed for the top national award, as the inaugural Primetime Pacesetters of the Week for Division I. athletics. 

Chris Perry A 220

Diggins rose to the occasion against #2 Connecticut, scoring 16 of her team-high 22 points in the second half as the #3 Irish ended UConn's 57-game BIG EAST regular-season conference winning streak, 74-67 in OT. The Huskies owned an 8-point lead in the second half, before Diggins fueled a 12-2 run over a three-minute span (with 8 points, 2 steals and a rebound) as the Irish ultimately forced overtime. Her timely steal with 25 seconds left in regulation led to Kayla McBridge's layup that pushed the game to the extra session. Diggins totaled four steals, as ND forced the Huskies into 27 turnovers (its most in four seasons, twice its 2011-12 avg., and the third-most turnovers in UConn history). Earlier in the week, she led the team with 14 points and three assists in a 74-36 win at Segon Hall, one of the largest margins ever at SHU's Walsh Gymnasium.
 

Bispo A 220

Perry also played a lead role in snapping a noteworthy streak – as the #2 Cowboys edged #1 Iowa, 17-16, halting the homestanding Hawkeyes regular-season win streak at 84 dual meets (tied for the NCAA record with, ironically, the run fashioned by Oklahoma State's 1959-66 teams). Perry – officially listed as a 184-pound wrestler – dropped down a weight class to compete at 174 for the first time in his college career ... the result was a clutch 3-2, overtime/tiebreaker win over the nation's #5-ranked 174-lb wrestler, Ethen Lofthouse. Perry's winning escape re-tied the score (13-13) heading into the final two matches (tie meet ended 16-16, but OK State earned the win thanks to a 54-51 edge in total match points).

Justin Blackmon A 250

In addition to Diggins and Perry, the other seven Primetime Performers of the Week for their respective sports (all nine listed below) include: Texas senior freestyle swimmer Karlee Bispo (Modesto, Calif.) ... Oklahoma State football junior receiver Juston Blackson (Ardmore, Okla.) ... UC Irvine volleyball sophomore outside hitter Jeremy Dejno (New Berlin, Wis.) ... Arkansas women's sophomore gymnast Katherina Grable (Oshkosh, Wis.) ... Colorado senior skier Katie Hartman (Breckenridge, Colo.) ... Miami, Ohio, men's hockey senior goaltender Connor Knapp (York, N.Y.) ... St. Lawrence women's hockey freshman goaltender Carmen MacDonald ... and Seton Hall men's basketball senior guard Jordan Theodore (Englewood, N.J.).

Jeremy Dejno A 250

CollegeSports360's overall honorees on the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll include a total of 40 student-athletes (full list below) from the 10 sports referenced above. 

Headshots of all honorees currently are included in the right-sidebar. Action photos and indvidual info./highlights are in the process of being added to this release (time permitting, this page will be broken down into smaller, multiple honors pages for the week, for specific sports, etc.).

Grable A 250

... 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.

Katie Hartman A 250

• 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.

6700496

Be sure to check back later for the complete honors page, as provided in past weeks.

Previous CollegeSports360 Primetime Performers:  
Dec. 20 ... Dec. 27 ... Jan. 3

PRIMETIME PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK  (Division I sports)
(top honors, for week of Jan. 2-8, 2012 ...
courtesy of CollegeSports360.com)
            "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

Carmen MacDonald A 250

Karlee Bispo  (Texas women's swimming 
... Sr. ... Freestyle ... Modesto, CA)

Justin Blackmon  (Oklahoma State football
... Jr. ... WR ... Ardmore, OK ... #81)

Jeremy Dejno  (UC Irvine volleyball
... So. ... OH ... New Berlin, WI ... #14)

*Skylar Diggins  (Notre Dame women's basketball
... Jr. ... G ... South Bend, IN ... #4)

Katherine Grable  (Arkansas women's gymnastics
... So. ... Oshkosh, WI)

Katie Hartman  (Colorado skiing
... Sr. ... Alpine Events ... Breckenridge, CO)

Theodore A 250

Connor Knapp  (Miami, Ohio, men's hockey
... Sr. ... G ... York, NY ... #31)

Carmen MacDonald  (St. Lawrence women's hockey
... Fr. ... G ... Pictou, Nova Scotia)

*Chris Perry  (Oklahoma State wrestling
... So. ... 174 pounds ... Stillwater, OK)

Jordan Theodore  (Seton Hall men's basketball
... Sr. ... G ... Englewood, NJ ... #11)

* – National Primetime Pacesetters of the Week (top honor for all D-I sports active Jan. 2-8, 2011) ... note: due to a limited schedule, men's and women's swimming/diving were grouped together this week


PRIMETIME PERFORMERS WEEKLY HONOR ROLL  (Division I sports)
(for week of Jan. 2-8, 2012 ... courtesy of CollegeSports360.com)
            "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Chris Johnson  
(Dayton ... Sr. ... F ... Columbus, OH ... #4)
Kevin Jones  (West Virginia ... Sr. ... F ... Mt. Vernon, NY ... #5)
Wyatt Khalif  (Temple ... Jr. ... G ... Norristown, PA ... #1)
Julysses Nobles  (Arkansas ... Jr. ... G ... Jackson, MS ... #23)
*Jordan Theodore  (Seton Hall ... Sr. ... G ... Englewood, NJ ... #11)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
*Skylar Diggins  (Notre Dame ... Jr. ... G ... South Bend, IN ... #4)
Shenneika Smith  (St. Johns ... Jr. ... G ... Brooklyn, NY ... #35)
Alton Taylor  (Michigan State ... Sr. ... G ... Highlands Ranch, CO ... #33)
Aleigsha Welch  (South Carolina ... Fr. ... F ... Goose Creek, SC ... #24)
Mariah White  (Kansas State ... Jr. ... G ... Midwest City, OK ... #22)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week


FOOTBALL
Travis Beck  (North Dakota State ... So./Fr. ... LB ... Munich, ND ... #52)
*Justin Blackmon  (Oklahoma State ... Jr. ... WR ... Ardmore, OK .. #81)
Case Keenum  (Houston ... 6th-Yr.-Sr. ... QB ... Abilene, TX ... #7)
Geno Smith  (West Virginia ... Jr. ... QB ... Miami, FL ... #12)
Lavasier Tuinei  (Oregon ... Sr. ... WR ... Arcadia, IN ... #80)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week


WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS
*Katherine Grable  (Arkansas ... So. ... Oshkosh, WI)
Samantha Peszek  (UCLA ... So. ... Indianapolis, IN)
Rachel Updike  (Missouri ... Fr. ... Olathe, KS)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week


MEN’S ICE HOCKEY
*Connor Knapp  (Miami, Ohio ... Sr. ... G ... York, NY ... #31)
John McCarron  (Cornell ... Fr. ... W ... Macomb, MI ... #14)
Marc Rodriguez  (Bowling Green ... Jr. ... F ... Aurora, IL ... #10)
Mac Roy  (Alabama-Huntsville ... So. ... F ... Chilliwack, BC ... #12)
Riley Sheahan  (Notre Dame ... Jr. ... C ... St. Catharine’s. ONT ... #4)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week


WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY
*Carmen MacDonald  (St. Lawrence ... Fr. ... G ... Pictou, Nova Scotia ... #30)
Anna Schleper  (Minnesota ... Sr. ... D ... St. Cloud, MN ... #22)
Rachel Weber  (Princeton ... Sr. ... G ... Hudson, WI ... #29)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week


SKIING (men and women)
Nick Cohee  (Utah ... Sr. ... Alpine Events ... Gardenville, NV)
*Katie Hartman  (Colorado ... Sr. ... Alpine Events ... Breckenridge, CO)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week


SWIMMING & DIVING (men and women)
*Karlee Bispo  (Texas women ... Sr. ... Freestyle ... Modesto, CA)
Vennie Dantin  (Auburn women ... Sr. ... Diving ... Conroe, TX)
Ryan Helms  (Tennessee men ... Jr. ... Diving ... Moultrie, GA)
Amanda Lohman  (Michigan women ... Sr. ... Pittsburgh, PA)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
*Jeremy Dejno  (UC Irvine ... So. ... OH ... New Berlin, WI ... #14)
Carl Eberts  (UC San Diego ... Jr. ... OH ... Huntington Beach, CA ... #7)
Jay Petty  (Lewis ... Sr./Jr. ... OH ... Downers Grove, IL ... #19)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

WRESTLING
Chris Dardanes
  (Minnesota ... So./Fr. ... 133 pounds ... Chicago, IL)
Michael Martinez  (Wyoming ... Sr. ... 125 pounds ... Pagosa Springs, CO)
*Chris Perry  (Oklahoma State ... So. ... 174 pounds ... Stillwater, OK)
Jake Sueflohn  (Nebraska ... Fr. ... 141 pounds ... Watertown, WI)
Quentin Wright  (Penn State ... Jr. ... 184 pounds ... Wingate, PA)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week


Be sure to check back later for the complete honors page, as provided in past weeks.