It was just a year ago that Addy Ferguson was picking up medals and breaking school records while swimming for Cloverleaf.
Now, the Ohio University freshman is winning Mid-American Conference championships and helping the Bobcats to a runner-up finish in the league. Ferguson was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay and won an individual title in the 100 backstroke.
Ferguson teamed with Tori Bagan, Haley Clark, and Lauren Funk on the 200 medley posting a pool and school record time of 1:39.87.
She wasn’t finished with making records as she set the school standard in the 100 back with a time of 54.02.
Thanks to her two trips to the top of the podium, along with helping the 400-free relay to a third-place finish and taking 14th overall in the 200 back, Ferguson earned first team All-MAC honors.
Tyler Peters (Medina) was held to five points, but his ability to share the ball helped Wheaton College advance in the NCAA D-III Tournament with 59-58 win over St. Norbert. The junior guard dished out a team-high four assists, along with ripping down five rebounds to propel the Thunder into the second round.
Saturday the Thunder meet the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
Both Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) and Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth) did it on the defensive end as Ashland ended the regular season with an 80-54 victory over Lake Erie. The former Grizzly tandem combined for nine of the team’s 15 steals as the Eagles gear up for the GLIAC Tournament, which opens tonight against Northern Michigan in Ashland. Woods finished with a team-high 16 points, while Tenyak added 13 — which included four 3-pointers.
Dev King (Medina) had 15 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Georgetown College fell in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament to Campbellsville University 78-71.
Center Brooke Forsythe (Cloverleaf) chipped in 14 points, but The University of the Cumberlands dropped the opening game of the MSC Tournament 67-62 to Campbellsville.
Old Dominion guard Jackie Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Regina) reached double figures in scoring for the 22nd time this season — and sixth game in a row — but the Monarchs lost to Northeaster 79-60. The senior, who had 13 points earlier in the week in a loss to James Madison, finished with 15 points.
Mercyhurst’s Michael Griffith (Medina) heads to Birmingham, Ala., this weekend for the NCAA D-II Championships. The 149-pound sophomore owns a 26-9 record.
Allison Pallija (Wadsworth) was one of a handful of Cleveland State swimmers to place at the Horizon League Championships. Pallija finished eighth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:27.98 as the Vikings were runners-up in the team race.
Despite giving up three hits and a run in the first inning, Notre Dame of Ohio’s Matt Kastelic (Brunswick) settled in to pick up his second win of the season with a 4-2 triumph over West Virginia Wesleyan. The right-hander surrendered just two hits the rest of the way en route to striking out six over seven innings.
Heidelberg’s Andrew Zenczak (Brunswick) punched a two-out, two-run double to pace the Student Princes to a 7-2 win over Thiel.
Chaz McGrain (Liverpool Twp. resident/Olmsted Falls) singled in a run and Jerry Scholle (Highland) scored another as Baldwin Wallace took the first game of a doubleheader with Wabash (Ind.) 11-10. Scholle scored another run in a 6-3 win in the nightcap.
Freshman Rutger Luebke (Medina) helped Lake Erie push across a run in the seventh inning with a sac fly, but the Storm came up short 5-3 against Erskine.
Findlay’s Dylan Cintula (Highland) and Evan Hollar (Highland) each drove in a run as the Oilers outscored Rockhurst 14-13. Cintula singled in a run, while Hollar had a sacrifice fly.
Chad Sedio (Highland) scored a run for Miami of Ohio, but a big inning by Mercer was the difference in an 11-5 loss.
Walsh’s Jake Palidar (Wadsworth) singled, stole a base and then scored as the Cavaliers defeated Southeastern University 3-0.
Thiel’s Molly Jo Everett (Highland) had a hit and scored a run, but the Bobcats opened the season with a 11-3 loss to Elizabethtown at the NTC Spring Games.
Track and field
Four area athletes will be participating at the D-I/D-II indoor nationals this weekend. Florida’s Taylor Burke (Medina) earned a trip to Arkansas after recording a career-best jump of 6-feet, 1¼ inches earlier this season. At the D-II championships in Alabama, Ashland’s Eric Klucar (Highland), Jennifer Foster (Cloverleaf) and Jacob Sussman (Wadsworth) will compete. Klucar is the third seed in the pole vault, clearing 16-8¾, while Foster has the second-best leap in the high jump at 5-11¼. Sussman’s time of 4:09.36 in the mile is 15th overall.
Lake Erie’s Colleen Bednar (Brunswick) opened the outdoor season with a win in the long jump at the Powersox Invitational. The senior cleared 16-7¾ to win by over seven inches. Sammie Smith (Brunswick) was sixth in the mile run (5:42.06).
Erica Ruddock (Wadsworth) placed second in the high jump as Walsh finished fourth overall at the Savannah State Tiger Relays.
Nikki Boltja (Medina) had two goals, but Louisville was plagued by turnovers en route to dropping their first game of the year, losing to Denver 19-13.
Sophomore Sydney Thomas (Medina) had a pair of assists, along with a goal as No. 7 Loyola University Maryland lost to No. 2 Florida 16-7. Earlier in the week, she had a goal in a win over No. 16 Towson.
Belmont Abbey’s Jake Wetzel (Hinckley resident/Padua) fired a 2-over-par 73 to finish in a tie for fifth overall at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate. The final round was canceled due to rain, giving the Crusaders the tournament win by three shots based on the opening round scores.
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