NCAC Athletes of the Week

Monday, April 23, 2018

  Baseball (Click here for a complete list of 2018 NCAC Baseball Players of the Week)


Michael Wielansky, Wooster
(St. Louis, MO/Ladue Horton Watkins) 

Wooster junior shortstop Michael Wielansky led the second-ranked Scots to a 5-1 record last week with a slash line of .655/.688/1.172. He went 19-for-29 at the plate on the week with five doubles, two triples, two homers, 13 RBI and 16 runs scored, highlighted by a 5-for-6 showing with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and three runs scored in a 24-14 non-conference win over Muskingum on April 20th. In league play last week, he hit .611 (11-for-18) with two doubles, two triples, seven RBI and 12 runs scored in four combined wins over Oberlin and Allegheny. He was also perfect in the field with six putouts and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.



Grant Rademacher, DePauw
(Munster, IN/Munster) 

DePauw junior right-hander Grant Rademacher struck out a career-high 15 batters in the Tigers’ 10-3 win over Hiram on Saturday. Rademacher allowed eight hits and three runs (one earned) in the 9.0 inning complete-game performance. The 14 strikeouts were the most by a DePauw hurler since Daniel Mack set 15 down on strikes in the 2000 season.

  Golf (Click here for a complete list of 2017-18 NCAC Golfers of the Week)


Isaac Hartley, Wittenberg
(Bellevue, OH/Bellevue) 

Event: Strimer Memorial Invitational
Course: Oakhaven G.C. (Delaware, OH)
Individual Score: 142 (71-71)
Individual Finish: Medalist
Team Score: 583 (287-296)
Team Finish: First 

Wittenberg junior Isaac Hartley brought home the medalist award in the final event of the regular season last weekend, winning the top prize at OWU’s Strimer Memorial Invitational after carding an even-par score of 142 (71-71) on the par-71, 6,876-yard Oakhaven G.C. in Delaware, Ohio. The Tigers also ran away with the team title at the event with a two-day score of 583 (287-296), which was 16 strokes better than its next closest competitor, Ohio Wesleyan with a 599 (296-303).



Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg
(Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) 

Event: University of Illinois-Springfield Spring Invite
Course: Panther Creek C.C. (Springfield, IL)
Individual Score: 145 (72-73)
Individual Finish: Third
Team Score: 615 (308-307)
Team Finish: Third

Wittenberg senior Jane Hopkinson-Wood cracked the top-five in the individual standings at the primarily Div. II University of Illinois-Springfield Spring Invite last weekend on the 6,113-yard, par-72 Panther Creek C.C. in Springfield, Illinois. She finished third overall in the field of 55 golfers after carding a 36-hole score of 145, which included firing an even-par score of 72 in round one and a one-over 73 in the final round on Sunday. The Tigers finished third out of nine teams in the final standings with a two-day score of 615 (308-307).

  Men's Lacrosse (Click here for a complete list of 2018 NCAC Men's Lacrosse Players of the Week)

John Sutherland, Oberlin
(Wellesley Hills, MA/Belmont Hill) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Goals: 8
Assists: 1
Points: 9
GW-Goals: 1
Shots: 12
Ground Balls: 1
Caused Turnovers: 1

Senior attack John Sutherland capped his Oberlin career by tying a career-high with five goals in the Yeomen’s 14-13 win over DePauw. The Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, native deposited the game-winning goal with 35 seconds left to give Oberlin the win over the Tigers. Sutherland also had three goals and an assist in a commanding win over Hiram to finish the week with nine points. 

  Women's Lacrosse (Click here for a complete list of 2018 NCAC Women's Lacrosse Players of the Week)

Shelby Piper, Allegheny
(Littleton, CO/Chatfield) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Goals: 8
Points: 13
Shots: 16
Shots on Goal: 12
Ground Balls: 8
Caused Turnovers: 1

Allegheny senior midfielder Shelby Piper led the Gators to a pair of big NCAC wins last week against Kenyon and Wittenberg to improve to two games above .500 in conference play. In the win over Kenyon, Piper registered three goals and four assists before following that performance up with a five goal; one assist effort in the win against Kenyon. On the week, Piper scored eight goals and recorded five assists for a team-high 13 points and added eight ground balls and caused one turnover.

  Softball (Click here for a complete list of 2018 NCAC Softball Players of the Week)


Jessica Zavolta, Allegheny
(Level Green, PA/Penn-Trafford) 

Allegheny senior catcher Jessica Zavolta led the Gators to a perfect 6-0 record last week, including two NCAC series sweeps against Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan. Against OWU, Zavolta ripped a three-run home run and produced the walk-off hit in the 8-7 victory in game one. In game two, Zavolta had the game-winning RBI in a 7-6 victory. On the week, Zavolta hit .529 (9-for-17) with nine RBI and a .765 slugging percentage. 



Chelsea Zang, Wittenberg
(Cincinnati, OH/Seton) 

Wittenberg senior Chelsea Zang helped the Tigers to a conference sweep of DePauw and Oberlin last week, extending Wittenberg’s win streak to seven. In two appearances, Zang posted a 2-0 record in the circle for the Tigers. In 14 innings pitched, Zang recorded a 1.29 ERA with five strikeouts, allowing 12 hits and two earned runs.

  Men's Tennis (Click here for a complete list of 2018 NCAC Men's Tennis Players of the Week)

Patrick McAuley, Wabash
(Indianapolis, IN/North Central)

Wabash junior Patrick McAuley combined for a 2-0 record in the Little Giants’ season-ending 8-1 win over Wooster on Saturday. McAuley opened the match by teaming with senior partner William Reifeis (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) for a hard-fought 9-7 win over the Scots’ top doubles team of Titas Bera and Jesse DeWitt. With the win, McAuley and Reifeis finished the regular season a perfect 23-0 in the top doubles flight. In singles action, McAuley scored a straight-set win at second singles over Joaquin Abos Amo by a scoreline of 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2). 

  Women's Tennis (Click here for a complete list of 2018 NCAC Women's Tennis Players of the Week)

Erika Oku, Kenyon
(Hinsdale, IL/Central) 

Kenyon freshman Erika Oku upper her spring singles record to 19-0 last week in leading the Ladies in a pair of 9-0 NCAC East wins over Wooster and Allegheny. Playing in the top singles spot last week, she picked up a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins over Wooster’s Joy Li and Allegheny’s Amanda Ress Liere. In doubles play, she joined with freshman Ilana Blackwood (Saint James, Barbados/Queens) for an 8-2 win in the second flight against Wooster, before teaming with junior Maggie Sweeney (Grosse Pointe, MI/South) for an 8-1 victory in the top flight against Allegheny.

  Men's Outdoor Track & Field (Click here for a complete list of 2018 NCAC Men's Outdoor T&F Athletes of the Week)

Distance/Middle Distance 

Polo Burguete, DePauw
(El Paso, TX/Culver Academies) 

DePauw senior Polo Burguete won the steeplechase in 9:20.55 which set a Rose-Hulman stadium record and currently ranks 12th in Division III this season. 



Tyler Gittins, Wittenberg
(Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) 

Wittenberg senior Tyler Gittins turned in an outstanding performance at the Ohio State Jesse Owens classic in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing third with a time of 52.26. The time is currently the third fastest time in all of Division III.

Field Events

Cade Richeson, Ohio Wesleyan
(Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) 

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Cade Richeson won the shot put with a throw of 16.68m and added a third-place finish in the discus throw (45.66m) and a ninth-place finish in the hammer throw (40.48m) to lead the Bishops to a first-place finish at the Baldwin-Wallace Sparky Adams invite.

  Women's Outdoor Track & Field (Click here for a complete list of 2018 NCAC Women's Outdoor T&F Athletes of the Week)

Distance/Middle Distance

Grace Moses, Kenyon
(Great Falls, VA/Potomac School) 

Kenyon sophomore Grace Moses earned one of the Ladies’ five event victories with her performance in the 1,500 meter run at the Kenyon Spring Invite. Moses crossed the line in 4:47.46.



Lilah Drafts-Johnson, Oberlin
(Melrose, MA/Melrose) 

Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson became the only female in Division III this season to run a sub-60 in the 400-meters as she finished second in the event at the Ohio State University Jesse Owens Track Classic with a nation-leading time of 59.84. 


Field Events

Jasmine Keegan, Oberlin
(Maplewood, NJ/Columbia) 

Oberlin sophomore Jasmine Keegan turned in an impressive performance at the Kenyon Spring Invite last weekend with three victories accounting for 30 points. Keegan won the shot put (12.22m), the discus throw (40.53m) and the hammer throw with a toss of 44.46 meters.