North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week
Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Danyon Hempy, Wooster
Wooster junior Danyon Hempy (Waldo, Ohio/River Valley) tied his career-high with 31 points during the 18th-ranked Fighting Scots’ 91-84 win over the 11th-ranked Wabash on Saturday. The 31-point outing marked the third 30-point game for Hempy this season, and he’s scored at least 20 points in four straight games. The junior dropped in a team-high 25 points during Wednesday’s 81-72 win at Allegheny, in what marked legendary head coach Steve Moore’s 750th win at Wooster.
Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week – Claire Sterling, Ohio Wesleyan
Claire Sterling (West Jefferson, Ohio/West Jefferson) led the Bishops with 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against Hiram. She was 9-for-12 from the field, also hitting a pair of free throws during the final minute to help Ohio Wesleyan close out a 68-59 victory. It was Sterling’s second consecutive double-double and third of the season.
Men’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – David Fitch, Kenyon
Kenyon sophomore David Fitch (Conway, Mass./Williston Northampton) recorded three victories against the University of Cincinnati on Saturday. Fitch posted a winning 50-freestyle time of 21.11, and also helped the Lords to two relay victories in the 200 medley relay (1:31.01) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:23.69).
Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week – Hannah Orbach-Mandel, Kenyon
Kenyon senior Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills) swam to victory in the 200 freestyle event (1:52.07) against the University of Cincinnati on Senior Day Saturday. She also recorded runner-up finishes in the 100 freestyle (52.29) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.23).
Men's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Matt Svetz, Allegheny
Allegheny’s Matt Svetz (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) placed eighth out of 18 runners in the 5,000-meter run at the Penn State National Open, competing as the only Division III athlete. His time of 14:55.80 is the best in the conference this season and 23rd in Division III through Jan. 26.
Men's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Jose Franco, Wabash
Jose Franco (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) posted one individual victory and was part of two winning relays at Rose-Hulman’s Engineer Invitational. The freshman won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.75, the fastest time reported in the conference this season. Franco was also part of the Little Giants’ winning 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay teams. The 4x200 team combined for a time of 1:31.70, quickest in the conference this year by a full second. The winning 4x400-meter squad completed the race in 3:26.24, four seconds faster than any other team in the NCAC this season.
Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kurtis Williams, Allegheny
Allegheny’s Kurtis Williams (New Brighton, Pa./New Brighton) won both the shot put and weight throw at the Wooster Fighting Scots Invitational on Saturday, both with season-long distances. In the shot put, he tossed 14.05m (46’ 01.25”) and in the weight throw he recorded a distance of 17.44m (57’ 02.75”).
Women's Indoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Emily Forner, Allegheny
As the only Division III competitor in the women’s 5000-meter run at the Penn State National Open, Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) finished fourth with a time of 17:19.78. Her time was the quickest in the conference and 10th fastest thus far across Division III this season.
Women's Indoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Tori Valachovic, Allegheny
Allegheny’s Tori Valachovic (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette) earned an individual victory in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.71 seconds and finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.83, at the Wooster Fighting Scots Invitational. Her 200-meter dash was the second-fastest time in the conference this season.
Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Cirrus Robinson, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan junior Cirrus Robinson (Columbus, Ohio/Ashland) won the high jump by clearing 1.75 meters (5’ 8.75”), tying the school record she set in 2017. The mark is tied for the best in NCAA Division III this season. She also led off for OWU’s 1600-meter relay team, which won in 4:16.94, and anchored the 800-meter relay team, which finished third in 1:47.97.
NCAC Milestones & Records (Jan. 21 - Jan. 27)
Wooster, Men’s Basketball - Wooster’s 81-72 win over Allegheny on Wednesday marked legendary head coach Steve Moore’s 750th with the Fighting Scots. Of the 11 NCAA men’s basketball coaches with more wins than Moore, only six - Mike Krzyzewski, Herb Magee, Glenn Robinson, Jim Boeheim, Dean Smith & Adolph Rupp - have won at least 750 games with a single program.
Kenyon, Women’s Basketball - The Ladies hit a team-record 17 three-pointers against Wittenberg on Jan. 26. That bested the previous mark of 16 set on Jan. 5, 2008 against Oberlin. Additionally, senior Jessica Gerber (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) tied the Kenyon single-game record with 12 assists during the team’s 80-59 victory over the Tigers. The only other time a Lady registered 12 dimes was by Chris Fahey versus Denison on Feb. 4, 1987.
Wooster, Women’s Swimming & Diving - Wooster Women’s Swimming & Diving finished the dual meet portion of the season with a perfect 9-0 record. It’s the first undefeated season for the Scots since 2004-05.