The winter sports season reaped North Coast Athletic Conference postseason awards for 15 student-athletes. Men’s basketball post Daniel Russ ’06 was named Player of the Year, and men’s track standout Joe Rumschlag ’05 was named Indoor Field Events Athlete of the Year for the second time in his career.
Russ was the Tigers’ lone selection on the men’s basketball first-team all-conference list after leading Wittenberg to a 25-4 overall record and a mark of 14-2 in the NCAC regular season, good for second place.
Wing Andy Bucheit ’05, the team’s top three-point shooter and third-leading scorer, and post Dane Borchers ’06, who led the Tigers in scoring and rebounding, earned second-team All-NCAC nods for the first collegiate postseason honors of their respective careers.
The Tiger women’s basketball team finished with a record of 17-10, including a mark of 12-4 in the NCAC regular season, good for a second-place tie. Post Kathy Hittle ’07, the team leader in scoring and rebounding, claimed second-team All-NCAC honors, and guard Emilie Schmid ’05, second in both categories, was placed on the honorable mention list.
In track and field, Rumschlag took All-NCAC honors with second-place finishes in the 200 meters and the triple jump and a first-place finish in the long jump for the third straight year.
With a remarkable 23 All-NCAC honors between indoor and outdoor championships, Rumschlag was the only member of the Tiger men’s team to earn an individual all-conference designation in the indoor meet. He was joined on All-NCAC relay events by Gregg Carter ’06, Sean Gouch ’08 and Lamarr Lewis ’05 in the 800-meter relay and Mike Echols ’08, Gouch and Lewis in the 1600-meter relay.
On the women’s side, Nicole Bailey ’08 was outstanding in her first conference championship event, taking first place in two events and second in another. Michelle Kyle ’08 also reached All-NCAC status with a third-place finish in the high jump.
In swimming and diving, the men were represented on the All-NCAC rolls by Cody Nicely ’07, who placed third in the 3-meter diving event. For the women, Becca Searcy ’06 and Betany Yeakley ’06 both took top three finishes for All-NCAC honors. Searcy went on to earn honorable mention All-America honors in the 1650-yard freestyle.