North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week – Oct. 15
Football - Offensive Athlete of the Week – Randy Tucker, Hiram
Senior quarterback Randy Tucker (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) lifted the Terriers to a 28-24 victory over Kenyon College on Saturday afternoon, orchestrating two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to erase a 10-point deficit. Hiram had the ball just twice in the final frame, as Tucker led the team to a score with drives, capping the first with a three-yard pass. He then put together a 17-play drive that chewed over eight minutes of game time before finishing it off with a two-yard run to win the game. Tucker finished the day 20-of-33 for 231 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
Football - Defensive Athlete of the Week – D’Andre Brown, Wooster
Wooster junior D’Andre Brown (Atlanta, Ga./Benjamin E. Mays) had a career day during Wooster’s 27-21 win over Oberlin. Brown logged a career-high 10 tackles and recorded his second-career two-sack game. Brown logged a seven-yard strip sack in the first quarter in the red zone and added a second strip sack in the fourth quarter inside Wooster’s 30-yard line. The junior had three other tackles for loss and batted down a pass in the second quarter.
Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Austin Bodner, DePauw
DePauw’s Austin Bodner (Carmel, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) pitched a pair of shutouts against NCAC foes Ohio Wesleyan and Allegheny last week. Bodner made seven saves in a double-overtime tie against the Bishops before collecting three saves against the Gators in a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Patil Tcholakian, Denison
Freshman goalkeeper Patil Tcholakian (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) recorded her fifth and sixth shutouts on the season with 1-0 victories over Oberlin and Wittenberg last week. Tcholakian’s diving save in the 89th minute against Wittenberg kept the Tigers off the board as Denison closed out the victory.
Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Kennedey Schmidt, Wittenberg
Senior middle hitter Kennedey Schmidt (Englewood, OH/Northmont) had a dynamic week at the net to lead No. 4 Wittenberg to a pair of NCAC road wins at Denison, 3-1, and Ohio Wesleyan, 3-0. In Tuesday’s win at Denison, Schmidt posted a career-high 18 kills and committed no hitting errors in 24 total attempts for a .750 hitting percentage. She than added seven more kills in Saturday’s straight-set win at OWU. In the two matches combined, Schmidt tallied 25 kills and committed just four hitting errors in 38 total attempts for a .553 hitting percentage. She also added five total blocks (2 solo, 3 asst.) on the week, highlighted by a pair of solo blocks in the win over Denison.
Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Suzy Deems, Kenyon
Last week’s two shutout victories over Earlham and DePauw extended Kenyon freshman goalkeeper, Suzy Deems (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids), shutout streak to three games. The Ladies defeated both the Quakers and Tigers by a 1-0 mark in NCAC play. The wins improve Kenyon’s record to 8-5 (7-3 NCAC) this season.
Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Cameron Willis, Wittenberg
Junior Cameron Willis (Eaton, OH/Eaton) sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole of the single-player, sudden-death playoff, giving No. 4 Wittenberg the win over No. 1 Emory University at the first annual Tartan Invitational, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University at Laurel Valley Golf Club. Wittenberg combined to shoot 288, 291 and 294 for a 54-hole total of 873. The Tigers faced off against seven Top-25 teams, including No. 1 Emory, No. 2 Methodist, No. 11 Carnegie Mellon, No. 15 Greensboro, No. 18 Oglethorpe and No. 22 Berry. Willis lead the way for the Tigers with a second-place finish, shooting 215 over three rounds. The Eaton, Ohio native logged rounds of 70, 73 and 72 to finish at one-under par for the the 54-hole event.
Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Emmy Timberlake, Denison
Denison women’s golf rounded out their fall season on Sunday afternoon with a 6-1 match play victory over Otterbein University at the Denison Golf Club in Granville. Competing in seven individual matches as a team, the Big Red were led by junior Emmy Timberlake (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) who defeated Otterbein’s No. 1 competitor, Abby Grospitch, collecting eight wins with six holes remaining.
Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week - Grant Sheely, Oberlin
Oberlin’s Grant Sheely (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry) placed sixth out of 308 runners at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday morning. In his final home cross country race, the senior clocked in with a season-best time of 25:46.4. He led the Yeomen pack who finished 12th of 27 teams with 319 points.
Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week - Emily Forner, Allegheny
Allegheny senior Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Are) placed first among 368 runners at the Inter-Regional Border Battle hosted by Rowan University in Logan Township, New Jersey. In a field that included eight teams ranked in the most-recent USTFCCCA Top-35, Forner covered the 6-kilometer course in a time of 21:05. It was a new personal record at the 6K distance for Forner, as she won by a comfortable 10 seconds. Forner has now placed first in three of the Gators’ four events this season, while she’s finished fifth or better in all four.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week - Matt Hedman, Denison
Matt Hedman (Anoka, Minn./Anoka) kicked off the year with three NCAA “B” cuts at the Akron Zips Classic. Denison was the only non-Division I invitee to the event and Hedman was stellar, posting event wins in the 400 IM and the 1,650 free. On Friday night, he touched second in the 500 free and was a part of the fifth-place 800 Free Relay. Hedman was the runner-up in the 500 free and the 1,650 free at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. He also placed fourth in the 400 IM.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week - KT Kustritz, Denison
KT Kustritz (St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul College) posted two NCAA B cuts in her season debut at the Akron Zips Classic. The defending national champion in the 100 breaststroke placed second in 1:02.80, also posting a sixth place performance in the 200 breast. In addition, the 200 medley relay with Casey Kirby, Maddie Hopkins and Mia Chiappe were just .01 away from posting a B cut to open the season. That foursome did log a B-cut in the 400 medley relay on Friday night in 3:50.61. Denison finished fourth out of six teams at Akron as the Big Red were only non-Division I invitee.
NCAC Milestones & Records (Oct. 8 – Oct. 14)
Denison, Football - Senior quarterback Canaan Gebele (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) became the Big Red career leader in touchdown passes with 55. He also eclipsed 9,000 yards of total offense in his career.
DePauw, Football - Senior Jake Tanner (Zionsville, Ind./University) tied the school record for field goals in a single game as he booted four in the first half. His field goals were of distances of 27, 25, 39 and 29 yards. The previous record was held by Jason Gardner at Franklin on October 12, 1996.
Kenyon, Football - Junior receiver Ian Robertson (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel) caught a Kenyon single-game record 19 passes for 192 yards and a third-quarter touchdown. His reception total eclipsed the previous Kenyon single-game mark of 18 catches set by Brian Hunca in a 2016 game at DePauw University.