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NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 3/4

NCAC Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week - 3/4

NCAC Weekly Newsletter - Mar. 4

North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week 

Baseball, Player of the Week – Will Krushena, Denison

Denison junior Will Krushena (Bloomfield Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day) clubbed an extra-base hit in each of the Big Red’s three victories last week. The infielder knocked in six runners and scored two of his own. He also was perfect in the field, recording 20 putouts, 2 assists and helped turn two double plays.

Baseball, Pitcher of the Week – Grant Rademacher, DePauw

DePauw’s Grant Rademacher (Munster, IN/Munster) threw seven innings of one-run baseball, picking up the pitching victory in a 10-1 win over Mt. St. Jospeh. The senior allowed just four hits, struck out seven and walked none while on the hill.

Softball, Player of the Week – Grace Pilz, Kenyon

Kenyon’s Grace Pilz (Fox River Grove, IL/Cary Grove) helped lead Kenyon to two wins to start the year. She batted a team-high .750 with three hits, including a triple and a team-high five RBI. Pilz also had a 1.250 slugging percentage, an .800 on-base percentage and was 14-for-14 in chances/putouts.

Softball, Pitcher of the Week – Austen Whibley, Kenyon

In Kenyon’s 7-2 win against Clark, Austen Whibley (Silver Springs, MD/Albert Einstein) picked up the pitching victory after she tossed five scoreless innings, struck out five batters and induced five groundouts along with three flyouts. 

Men's Tennis Athletes of the Week – Jack Hibbard, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan’s Jack Hibbard (Valparaiso, IN/Wheeler) was 4-0 against Earlham and Thomas More on Saturday. He defeated Earlham’s Aitor Zerdilas-Herrera 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in No. 1 singles action while also helping claim an 8-4 doubles victory. His singles victory against Thomas More’s Derrick Kwok, 6-1, 6-0, was the 100th of his career, including 54 singles wins and 46 doubles victories. He also helped pull out an 8-1 doubles victory.

Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week – Lauren Hawley, Denison

Denison’s Lauren Hawley (Dayton, OH/Archbishop Alter) went undefeated in Denison’s victories over No. 39-ranked Hope and Kalamazoo last week. She produced a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Kalamazoo’s Laura Hanselman at the No. 1-singles position, coupled with a pair of 8-1, 8-3 doubles victories.

Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Tucker Dixon, Wabash

Tucker Dixon (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) tied the Wabash record for goals in a game by scoring seven in the Little Giants’ 18-7 win at Wilmington on Wednesday evening. Dixon found the back of the net seven times on nine shots on goal and 11 shots overall. He also added two assists and picked up two ground balls.

Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Alex Zielinski, Allegheny

In Saturday’s 19-9 win at Washington & Jefferson, Alex Zielinski (Erie, PA/McDowell) tied the Allegheny single-game record with 12 points as she posted career highs with seven goals and five assists. She also snagged four ground balls, eight draw controls and three caused turnovers in the win. In Wednesday’s opener at Thiel, the senior recorded a hat trick and an assist for four points,  to go along with four groundballs and three caused turnovers.


NCAC Milestones & Records (Feb. 27 - Mar. 4)

Wooster, Men’s Basketball - Wooster junior Danyon Hempy (Waldo, OH/River Valley) is the second player under Steve Moore, and the second since Tom Dinger ‘71, to average over 20 points per game for the season. Hempy’s 618 points are the fifth-most in program history.

Wooster, Indoor Track & Field - Wooster’s third-place finish on the men’s side marked the program’s highest at the NCAC Indoor Championships since 2001, while the women’s third-place showing marked the first top-three placement since 1997.