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NCAC Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 4/8

NCAC Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 4/8

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - 4/8

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week 

Baseball, Player of the Week – Will Krushena, Denison

Denison’s Will Krushena (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day) led No. 18/23 Denison to a 6-0 week in conference play. He was 10-for-25 (.400) with seven RBI, three doubles and one home run. The junior has hit safely in every game this season and is currently riding a 23-game hitting streak. Denison’s longest hitting streak is 27 games (Charlie Apfelbach, 2013). At 21-2, Denison is off to its best start in program history.

Baseball, Pitcher of the Week – Chandler Dippman, Wooster

Wooster senior Chandler Dippman (Waterville, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) went 2-0 on the week for the 10th-ranked Fighting Scots. The utility ace logged a minuscule 0.75 ERA over 12 innings of work. Dippman was lifted after five innings of four-hit shutout baseball during Wooster’s win over Hiram on Wednesday and returned to the mound three days later against Ohio Wesleyan. Dippman went the distance against the Battling Bishops allowing one run on five hits. Dippman, known for being a pitch-to-contact hurler, struck out six on the week.

Softball, Player of the Week – Emmalee Cooke, Wooster

Sophomore Emmalee Cooke (Wakeman, OH/Western Reserve) collected a .550 batting average (11-for-20) to lead Wooster to a 6-0 week. Cooke added her first career home run, three doubles, one triple, two walks and six RBI with an on base percentage of .565 and a slugging percentage of .950.

Softball, Pitcher of the Week – Cami Henry, DePauw

DePauw’s Cami Henry (Mooresville, IN/Mooresville) pitched three complete games in conference play last week, picking up victories in all three games. The freshman tossed 21 innings, allowing just 11 hits and one run (0.33 ERA). She struck out 25 and walked just three batters. 

Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Max Tennant, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) scored three  goals during a game-opening 10-1 run that helped propel Ohio Wesleyan to a conference victory over Wooster. Tennant finished the game with six goals, raising his career total to 225, tying the Ohio Wesleyan and NCAC career goals scored records set by Dave Maguire from 1995-98.

Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Emily Wadds, Wittenberg

Wittenberg's Emily Wadds (Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming) did a bit of everything as Wittenberg took a 15-10 victory over Ohio Wesleyan on the road. The senior tallied five goals while logging three assists, converting on 4-of-5 free position attempts and taking 20 draw control wins for the Red and White. 

Men's Tennis Athletes of the Week – Martin Mora, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Martin Mora (Quito, Ecuador) helped the Tigers defeat Allegheny 5-4 last week. The senior beat the Gators’ Wonjoon Cho, 6-2, 6-1, in No. 1 singles before helping the Tigers to an 8-6 No. 1 doubles victory. 

Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Delaney Black, Oberlin

Oberlin ace Delaney Black (Huron, OH/Huron) turned in a 5-1 weekend, earning wins in the top flight against league foes Wooster and Wittenberg in both singles and doubles. Black and doubles partner Francesca Kern also earned a signature win in doubles play with an 8-4 triumph over Case Western’s top pairing of Madeleine Paolucci and Nicole Cardwell, who rank third in the region.

Men's Golf Athlete of the Week – Marc Mitchell, Denison

Freshman Marc Mitchell (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) led the Big Red with a three-over-par score of 219 at the 2019 Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Championship. In the second round of action, Mitchell helped Denison fire a new 18-hole program record of 271, shattering the previous single-round team score by 14 strokes. In addition to the team record, Mitchell set the new 18-hole individual varsity record with a 6-under-par, 64.

Women's Golf Athlete of the Week – Devon Atchison, Wittenberg

The Wittenberg University Women’s Golf team was led by senior Devon Atchison (Pataskala, OH/Watkins Memorial) earning the medalist award with a three-over par score of 147 (74-73) at Ohio Wesleyan’s Annual Laura Bump Invitational. The Tigers won the event finishing the two-day team score of 616 (305-311), which was 30 strokes better than second-place Wooster. 

Men's Outdoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Adam Cromwell, Denison

Denison sophomore Adam Cromwell (Fort Loudon, PA/Mercersburg Academy) set a new personal best time in the 5,000-meter run on Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan with a second-place finish at 15:41.12. The time was the fourth fastest among conference athletes this season.

Men's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Justin Friday, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Justin Friday (Fort Washington, MD/Georgetown Day) won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in respective times of 11.00 and 22.42 seconds at the Marv Frye Invitational. Friday’s 100-meter time ranks as the best among conference athletes so far this season while his 200-meter mark ranks second.

Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Zack Casagrande, Allegheny

At the Mount Union John Homon Open, Allegheny’s Zack Casagrande (Sutersville, PA/Yough) won the javelin throw for the second-straight week. He improved on last week’s mark at Wooster by more than seven meters by tossing 54.5 meters (178” 10’). His mark is tops in the NCAC this year by nearly four meters.

Women's Outdoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Sophy Cunningham, Oberlin

Oberlin’s Sophy Cunningham (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer) had a strong day for Oberlin at the Bob Kahn Invite Saturday. The first-year runner won the 800-meter event with a collegiate best time of 2:18.31, which is the fastest time by an NCAC athlete this outdoor season. Cunningham was also part of the 4x400-meter team that finished second with a finish of 4:06.91 in the team’s home meet.

Women's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Tori Valachovic, Allegheny

Allegheny’s Tori Valachovic (McDonald, PA/South Fayette) had a strong day in the hurdles at Mount Union’s John Homon Open, claiming a pair of fifth place finishes. In the 16-runner field of the 100-meter hurdles, she ran an NCAC-leading time of 15.56 and then timed in at 1:06.50 in the 400-meter hurdles, which places her second in the league this season. The junior was also a part of the 4x400 relay team that finished fifth in 4:14.36.

Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Sarah Voit, Oberlin

Oberlin’s Sarah Voit (Cincinnati, OH/Mcauley) broke the school record in the pole vault to highlight the Bob Kahn Invite for Oberlin on Saturday. The first-year vaulter cleared the bar at the 3.70-meter mark (12” 1.5’) to break Grace Finney’s career-best mark of 3.66 meters. Voit’s vault is the 10th best in the country and tops the NCAC outdoor performance list.

NCAC Milestones & Records (Apr. 1 - Apr. 7)

Wooster, Women’s Golf - Wooster’s women’s golf set a pair of school records on Saturday during the Laura Bump Invitational. The Scots’ 318 marked the lowest round in program history, while junior Hannah Appleman (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) did likewise with a 75.

Wooster, Women’s Lacrosse - Wooster topped Oberlin on Saturday to improve to 10-0 for the first time in program history. The Scots’ 10-straight wins are the most since the program won a school-record 12 straight games during the 2015 season.

Ohio Wesleyan, Softball - Freshman catcher Cami Fisk (Pickerington, OH/Central) tied a school record by crushing two home runs in the nightcap at Bluffton. She is the fifth Ohio Wesleyan player to hit two home runs in a game since softball returned to varsity status in 2000. The last Bishop to do so was Erin Ferguson against Mount Union on April 27, 2017.

Ohio Wesleyan, Women’s Golf- Junior Alexis Reichardt (Waldo, OH/River Valley) set a pair of school records for Ohio Wesleyan during the Laura Bump Invitational. She fired a 74 on Sunday to finish with a 152, good for a second-place tie among individuals. Her 74 broke the school record of 75 set by Sarah McQuade at the Oberlin Golf Club in 2012, and her 36-hole total of 152 broke the school record of 156 set by Courtney Tincher at Mill Creek in 2015.

Ohio Wesleyan, Men’s Lacrosse - In a win over Wooster, Ohio Wesleyan’s Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) scored six  goals, raising his career total to 225, tying the Ohio Wesleyan and NCAC career goals scored records set by Dave Maguire from 1995-98.

Ohio Wesleyan, Women’s Lacrosse - Senior goalkeeper Kelly Coffyn (Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge) was credited with a career-high 25 saves against Wittenberg, tying for fifth place on the Ohio Wesleyan single-game list. The last Ohio Wesleyan keeper to record 25 saves in a game was Renee Hauer at Earlham on April 21, 1994.