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NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 3/25

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 3/25

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - 3/25

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week 

Baseball, Player of the Week – Tommy Cannon, Allegheny

Allegheny senior Tommy Cannon (Hermitage, PA/Hickory) recorded a .727 batting average with a 1.751 OPS in four games last week. He hit safely in all four games, with three multi-hit games, going 8-for-11 with two doubles, six walks, nine runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases. In extending his reached base safely streak to 13 games, Cannon went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, three runs and an RBI versus Hamline before going 4-for-4 with four walks, a double, six runs, three RBI and a stolen base in a doubleheader split against Grinnell. In the Tucson finale against Augsburg, Cannon finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base.

Baseball, Pitcher of the Week – Taylor Perrett, Denison

Denison sophomore Taylor Perrett (Battle Creek, MI/Lakeview) posted a season-high nine strikeouts in a 5-0 shutout of Williams College on Saturday. This marked the second-most strikeouts for his career and helped the Big Red post their hottest start in program history at 13-2. On the week, Perrett threw 11 innings of scoreless ball, striking out 12 and only walking one batter.

Softball, Player of the Week – Emily Tucci, Oberlin

Oberlin sophomore Emily Tucci (Bloomingdale, IL/Lake Park) led the Yeowomen to a 4-2 record last week as she batted .556 (10-for-18) with three home runs, two doubles, 10 RBI and six runs scored. Tucci went a perfect 3-for-3 in a 16-1 victory over Capital, hitting a homer and driving in five runs. In addition, the Bloomingdale, Illinois, native picked up a pair of wins in the circle for Oberlin.

Softball, Pitcher of the Week – Olivia Johnson, Wooster

Sophomore Olivia Johnson (Thornville, OH/Sheridan) put together two consecutive quality starts, including a complete game, one-hit shutout last week. Johnson totaled 15 innings, striking out 14 and compiling a 0.93 ERA. Johnson held Springfield College scoreless in a 1-0 win as the sophomore pitched seven innings of one-hit softball, while striking out four. Johnson also started in the team’s 2-1 loss to Baldwin Wallace University where she went another complete game, pitching seven innings allowing two runs on five hits and striking out eight. She also pitched a scoreless inning of relief to conclude the week against Baldwin-Wallace, striking out two in the process.

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

Ohio Wesleyan senior Max Tennant (Englewood, CO./Cherry Creek) scored three goals during the opening 10-0 Bishops’ run in a 21-9 non-conference win against John Carroll. The senior shared the team lead with four goals and an assist. He also tallied five goals as the Bishops built a 10-1 halftime lead in a 17-7 NCAC win at Kenyon. Tennant led the team with seven goals and an assist. 

Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Megan Healy, Wooster

Wooster senior Megan Healy (Ottawa Hills, OH/Ottawa Hills) broke a trio of career school records, while the Fighting Scots improved to 8-0 on the year for the first time since the 1975 team went undefeated (9-0). Healy broke the programs career records for draw controls and groundballs with seven and eight, respectively, during Wooster’s 15-14 overtime win against Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday. She then broke the caused turnovers record during Saturday’s 20-10 win at Wittenberg. She now has 205 career draw controls, 200 groundballs, and 122 caused turnovers.

Men's Tennis Athletes of the Week – Pako Alevizopoulos, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Pako Alevizopoulos (Athens, Greece/Athens College) was a double winner in an NCAC-West match at Wittenberg where he won at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-4, and No. 3 doubles, 8-1. The senior also won at No. 2 singles against Transylvania (6-1, 3-6, 6-2) and won at No. 2 doubles against John Carroll, 8-4.

Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Sarah Wilke, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Sarah Wilke (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) produced a 4-0 week for the Tigers. The freshman won at No. 5 singles over Ohio Wesleyan’s Sydeny Simmons, 7-5, 6-4, while also helping the Wittenberg to a No. 3 doubles victory, 8-2. Against Trine, Wilke won at No. 4 singles over Delaney Keirn, 6-4, 6-1, and helped the Tigers to a 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles.

Men's Golf Athletes of the Week – Christian Early, Denison

The Big Red were led by Christian Early (Hinsdale, IL/Fenwick) who tallied a two-under-par score of 70 through 18 holes at the Calvin College Celebration Classic in Orlando, FL. He finished in second place among 36 athletes competing, while Denison tied for the team championship with a 292.

Women's Golf Athlete of the Week – Emily Balding, DePauw

Playing as an individual, DePauw freshman Emily Balding (Brookfield, WI/Brookfield Central) shot a 143 to win Thomas More’s Saints Invite by four strokes. Balding shot a two-under 70 in the opening round and a 73 in the second. DePauw also won the team title with a two-round score of 616, 15 strokes better than second-place Pikeville.

Men's Outdoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Ethan Pine, Wabash

Wabash’s Ethan Pine (Greenwood, IN/Greenwood) won the 1500-meter run in a time of 4:02.04 at Saturday’s Indiana Wesleyan University Polar Bear Invitational in the freshman’s outdoor collegiate track and field debut. Pine’s time is the fastest reported by a North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) runner at this early point in the season by over two seconds.

Men's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Preston Whaley, Wabash

Wabash freshman Preston Whaley (Ft. Worth, TX/Chisholm) posted two second-place finishes in running events in addition to winning the long jump at Saturday’s Indiana Wesleyan University Polar Bear Invitational. Whaley finished second to teammate Josh Wiggins in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 22.66. Whaley raced to second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.27 trailing only an unattached runner finishing in 49.65 and won the long jump with a leap of 6.66 meters.

Women's Outdoor Track, Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Emily Forner, Allegheny

Allegheny senior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) kicked off the 2019 outdoor season by winning the 1500-meter run and placing fifth in the 800-meter run at the VCU Ram Invite. In the 29-runner, largely Division I, field of the 1500, Forner ran to a time of 4:38.82, the fourth fastest time in Division III and tops in the NCAC this season. Her 800-meter time of 2:19.83 was the 20th fastest in the country and second-best in the NCAC thus far.

Women's Outdoor Track, Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Marteana Newton, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Marteana Newton (N/A) took home fifth in the 400-meter dash at the Emory Invitational. The sophomore clocked in at 59.05, which is the fastest time among conference athletes so far this season. 

Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Hannah Eley, Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s Hannah Eley (N/A) posted a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw at the Emory Invitational. The sophomore recorded a 43.78-meter heave, the best among conference athletes so far this season.


NCAC Milestones & Records (Mar. 17 - Mar. 24)

Wooster, Women’s Lacrosse - Wooster senior Megan Healy (Ottawa Hills, OH/Ottawa Hills) broke three career school records last week. She now has 205 career draw controls, 200 groundballs, and 122 caused turnovers.