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May 26, 2020

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Alison Steinbrunner named Capital One Academic All-District

By Andrew Korba

Senior Alison Steinbrunner has been named Capital One Academic All-District 7 for Women's Track & Field/Cross Country, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

This is the third consecutive year the pharmacy major has received this honor.

She will now move on to the national ballot, with first, second and third team All-Americans being selected in June.

Steinbrunner concluded her career with another brilliant season.

In cross country, she won her fourth straight OAC championship and second straight regional title.

Michael Simmons qualifies for finals of 3,000-meter steeplechase at NCAA III Championships

By Andrew Korba

Senior Michael Simmons finished fifth in his heat to qualify for the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday night at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The top five from each heat, plus the next four best times advanced to the finals, which will be run on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. (EST).

"Michael handled his first experience at the championships extremely well," said head coach Jason Maus. "He ran a very clean and smart race and made his moves when he needed to put himself in a comfortable position."

Simmons crossed the finish line in 9:06.96.

Meet the 1978 Ada High School girls Class A state basketball champions

By Don Traxler

Note: Don introduced the 1978 Ada HS girls basketball team on May 18 at the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame induction program. His introduction follows:

It is my honor to introduce to you Ada’s first girls’ basketball coach Sharon Pitts and her 1978 Ada girls basketball Class A state champions and Hardin County's first state championship team. This was the third girls’ state basketball team and there were three divisions!

Five members of baseball named academic all-OAC

By Andrew Korba

Five members of the Ohio Northern baseball team were named Academic All-OAC in voting done by the league's 10 faculty advisors.

Seniors Patrick Collins, Kevin Obarski and Austin Price, junior Brian Thomas and sophomore Derek Lenardos all earned the honor.

This is the first honor for all five players.

Collins, a finance major, made four appearances this season on the mound.

He pitched 2.2 innings, striking out one batter and not walking anybody.

Obarski posted his best season at the plate, finishing with a .316 batting average.

Cellentani, Rife and Wurm named academic all-OAC in women's tennis

By Andrew Korba

Junior Lauren Rife, junior Kelsi Wurm and sophomore Kristin Cellentani have been named Academic All-OAC in women's tennis in voting done by the league's 10 faculty advisors.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be sophomore standing, maintain varsity status and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50.

Rife, a biology/pre-med major, earns her second Academic All-OAC honor.

This season, she posted a 26-10 record and picked up her 100th career win on Apr. 27 against Muskingum.

Wurm went 13-2 in singles play on the season and was 4-3 in doubles, for an overall record of 17-5.

Allison Fye named Academic All-OAC for Women's Golf


By Andrew Korba

Sophomore women's golfer Allison Fye has been named Academic All-OAC in voting done by the league's 10 faculty advisors.

This is the first time she has received this honor.

Fye, a pharmacy major, averaged a 94.7 on the season, which was second on the team.

She fired a season best 87 in the first round of the Ohio Wesleyan Laura Bump Invitational on Apr. 13.

A student-athlete must be sophomore standing, be a varsity member and maintain a cumulative 3.50 GPA to be eligible for this honor.

The Polar Bears finished the season 18-26 and were fourth in the OAC.