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Volleyball named recipient of AVCA Team Academic Award


By Andrew Korba

|The Ohio Northern volleyball team has been named as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.
To be eligible, a team must have a team cumulative grade point average of 3.30.

The Polar Bears were one of 93 Division III teams to receive this honor.

This this consecutive season and ninth time that the Polar Bears have gotten this award under head coach Kate Witte.

Ohio Northern posted a 24-7 record in 2012 and went 7-2 in the OAC. Northern also qualified for the NCAA III Tournament for the 28th time in its 32 year history.

Ben Neville wins soccer shoot-out

Ada High School boys had their soccer annual alumni game and shoot-out recently  The three winners for the boys team for the shoot-out, which is their fundraiser, were, Ben Neville, (center) first  place, Devin Waugh, (left) second place, and Luis Olvera, (right) third place. This year the high school team won the alumni game 5-3. (Vicki Garmon photo)

Polar Bears predicted to finished sixth in OAC football play

By Andrew Korba

Ohio Northern was selected to finish sixth in both the coaches and media polls at the 2013 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day on Tuesday afternoon at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Polar Bears received 192 votes from 36 media members in attendance to finish sixth in the media poll and received 44 points in the coaches poll.

Coaches could not vote for their own team in their poll.

Mount Union was voted atop each poll, receiving 80 points and eight first place votes in the coaches poll and 353 points and 31 first place votes in the media poll.

Chad Bucci named head coach men's and women's golf programs at Ohio Northern

By Tim Glon

Chad Bucci has been named the head men's and women's golf coach at Ohio Northern University.

Bucci is the first full-time golf coach in ONU history and brings a great deal of success and experience with him.

"We are very excited to have Chad Bucci as the head coach of our golf programs," ONU director of athletics Tom Simmons said. "Having a full-time head coach for our men's and women's programs is new ground for us. We are looking forward to the benefits both on and off the course for our men's and women's student-athletes."

Women's tennis named ITA All-Academic team; five named scholar-athletes

By Andrew Korba

For the 11th time in the past 12 seasons, the Ohio Northern women's tennis team has been named a ITA All-Academic Team.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above.

The Polar Bears posted a team GPA of 3.44.

In addition, junior Lauren Rife, junior Kelsi Wurm, sophomore Kristin Cellentani, sophomore Brittany Miller and freshman Taryn Stromback all earned Scholar-Athlete honors.

In order to be eligible to be a Scholar-Athlete, a player must be a varsity letter winner and have a GPA of at least 3.50.

Women's Basketball ranked No. 13 in WBCA Academic Top 25


By Andrew Korba

The Ohio Northern women's basketball team is ranked No. 13 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25.

Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) posted the best team GPA, Emerson (Mass.) was second and Greenville (Ill.) was third.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes women's basketball teams across the nation in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, the NAIA, and junior/community colleges that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.

In order to be eligible, a team must have a team cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.