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The Zips rejoiced upon winning the NCAA Mideast Regional on their home floor. Left to right: Brian Westover, Ron Owens, Larry Quarles, Randy Anderson and Marty Hines.

The 1971-72 men's basketball squad entered The University of Akron Athletics Hall of Fame as a "Team of Distinction" Oct. 6. The Zips finished as NCAA College Division national runner-up. Front, left to right: Wil Schwarzinger, George McClain, Larry Quarles, Larry Jenkins, Karl Schwarzinger, Jim Kusnyer, Pete Mier. Back: Leonard Paul, Ron Owens, Randy Anderson, Tony Werner, Harvey Glover, Paul Mesko, Mark Maloney and John Karipides. Missing is Marty Hines. Deceased: Brian Westover and coaches Wyatt Webb, Joe Ungvary, Alex Adams.

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     Anagram time.
     Scramble the letters in Monkey Alarm and you'll get my name: Mark Maloney!
     A Monkey who spent 42 years as a sportswriter before retiring in 2015. I covered everything from T-ball to (12) Olympics, basketball and football to bobsled and judo. World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA, NAIA and high school games.
     Early in my career, I wrote for the Painesville (Ohio) Telegraph and Anderson (S.C.) Independent. Then, I spent 38 years with the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.
     Now, I freelance on occasion. Since retiring, I have written about 150 stories for, athletics website of Morehead State University, and also wrote for the now-defunct Big Red Review, a publication that focused on Western Kentucky University athletics.
     Over the years, I also have written about musicians (Temptations, Coasters, Oak Ridge Boys), the Prince of Jordan and James Earl Jones. My favorite is a story about being a kidney donor (see the Monkey Biz page).
      Happy reading!  

Mark, a.k.a. Monkey


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The Monkey's writing career enabled him to meet some legends over the years, as noted here by a one-on-one interview with "The Big O" -- basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.

Team of Distinction