While cross country and track has helped Baldwin-Wallace College’s Jeff Bonezzi make a name for himself, soccer has always had a place in his heart.
Despite being an All-Ohio Athletic Conference cross country selection, along with running on the Yellow Jackets cross country squad, the former Medina standout decided to give soccer a try a year ago – a sport that he played for two years in high school.
The move paid off as Bonezzi started 11 games at midfield for Division III B-W, along with scoring three goals and dishing out two assists in 22 games.
Along with his play on the pitch, the former Bee was named to the ESPN Academic All-District IV third team.
The health and physical education major has a 3.7 grade-point-average and is a dean’s list student, member of Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society and received the Dave & June Demmerle Scholarship.
B-W wrapped up its season this past week with a 2-1 loss in the OAC Tournament to Ohio Northern.
The 5-foot-8 senior still has a lot of work left to do athletically for B-W with the indoor track season just around the corner.
Chaz Jordan (Buckeye) had his second interception of the season as No. 2 Mount Union clinched a share of the OAC title with a 41-13 win at B-W.
• Wideout Steve Kuzyk (Cloverleaf) of Otterbein had just one catch against Marietta, but the 25-yard pickup sparked the game-winning drive after a blocked field goal attempt. Otterbein beat Marietta 21-14 in the closing seconds.
Ashland University made history Saturday when it won the program’s first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship 6-5 on penalty kicks over Ohio Dominican. Goalkeeper Justin Nolan (Highland) made the game-winning save in the seventh round to secure the title. The sophomore finished the night with eight saves.
• A week after dropping a key OAC regular season game to Heidelberg, Ohio Northern got some revenge, beating The Berg 3-2 in double overtime for the OAC tournament title. The win also clinched a spot in the NCAA D-III tournament for the Polar Bears, who feature locals Dustin Connor (Cloverleaf), Dan Otanicar (Wadsworth), Logan Zuk (Cloverleaf) and Chris Sumner (Brunswick resident/Padua).
• Defender Andrew Miller (Medina) helped nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan to a 3-1 victory over Denison, giving the program its eighth league crown in the last 11 seasons.
Thanks to an early goal by forward Paige Maxwell (Medina), No. 23 Ohio State defeated Michigan State 1-0 to claim at least a share of the school’s first Big Ten title in program history. The junior scored in the 14th minute for her team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Behind 11 kills from Jackie Podrasky (Medina resident/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Pitt-Bradford rallied to beat Penn State-Altoona for the school’s first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title. The senior outside hitter also recorded 22 digs in the historic win.
• Hiram setter Alyssa Coundourides (Brunswick resident/Padua) was named to All-North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament team after the Terriers lost in four games to Wittenberg in the league championship match. The senior dished out 19 assists in the loss to the Tigers and 21 in a semifinal win over Wooster.
Jeremy Arthur (Medina) earned second-team All-American Mideast Conference honors and helped Malone extended its conference unbeaten streak.
The junior harrier placed 11th in the 8K race at the league meet with a time of 25:51.78.
• Catherine Wiemers (Medina) and Stephanie Charnigo (Buckeye) finished 75th and 76th, respectively for Findlay at the GLIAC championships. Wiemers finished the course in 24:24.4, while Charnigo was steps behind in 24:28.2. Fellow local Samantha Smith (Brunswick) of Lake Erie was 107th in 26:13.5.
Cassie Schrock (Wadsworth) will look to get her senior season off in style when Eastern Michigan entertains Loyola-Chicago Friday. The former Gazette MVP in the sport is just 23 points shy of the 1,000point plateau for her career. If she doesn’t get the mark in the opener, she will get another chance closer to home as the Eagles travel to nationally ranked Ohio State Sunday.
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