|College Scene: Powers earns Shore Award (05-31-13)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 31 May 2013 09:23|
(Editor's Note: The College Scene updates the activities of athletes from Wood County high schools and county residents who are playing sports at the college level. It is published once a month and includes sports currently in season as well as any recent college signings, and honors or awards.
Today's College Scene is for last names N through Z. Last names A-M were published Wednesday.
Caroline Powers, from Bowling Green High School, was a senior on the Michigan State University women's golf team this year.
Powers was recently selected as the recipient of the 2013 Dinah Shore Trophy Award.
The award, which is administered by the LPGA Foundation, recognizes a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics. The nominees must also demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.
During her term as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at MSU, Powers participated in numerous events throughout the Greater Lansing Area and was recently awarded the Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award, which is awarded to the student-athlete at Michigan State University who exemplifies the goals of the PACT (Putting Athletes and Community Together) program.
Powers, who graduated in May with a 3.86 grade-point-average in elementary education, is a three-time NGCA Scholar All-America honoree and was named to the Academic All-District Team last week.
In addition to her academic and community outreach accolades, Powers has excelled on the golf course and was named the 2013 Big Ten player of the year. Powers is a three-time All-Big Ten first-team selection. She is also a two-time recipient of the George Alderton Award (Michigan State's Female Athlete of the Year). Powers finished her career with the lowest scoring average in school history at 74.26.
At the NCAA championships, Powers was 50th overall with a 13-over par 301 total, including an even-par 72, which included four birdies, in the final round.
"Today was the toughest day and Caroline still played her best round of the tournament, which was great to see," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, as Powers tied for the sixth-lowest round of the day.
The Spartans tied for ninth, their best-ever finish at the nationals.
At the NCAA regionals, Powers tied for 26th with a 4-over-par 220.
Powers has qualified for the U.S. Women's Open by winning a sectional qualifying tournament earlier this month at Cantigny Golf Course in Wheaton, Ill. with a 1-under par 143.
The 2013 U.S. Women's Open is June 27-30 at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Travis Podolak, from Otsego High School, was a sophomore on the Siena Heights University baseball team, which finished 13-28.
He has played in 16 games with six starts and hit .241 in 29 at-bats.
Katie Reiser, from Elmwood High School, was a junior sprinter on Kent State University women's track and field team.
She helped Kent State win its fourth straight Mid-American Conference championship, running the anchor leg on the 400 relay team which was sixth.
At the Campbell Wright Invitational, she was first in the 100 (12.07).
Emily Reynolds, from Elmwood High School, was a junior on the University of Findlay softball team this spring. The Oilers were 27-15.
Reynolds earned honorable mention All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors this season.
Reynolds hit .328 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, a team-high 35 RBI, 28 runs scores and 74 total bases. She led the team with 285 putouts.
Lindsey Rich, from Perrysburg High School, was a sophomore pitcher on the Eastern Michigan University softball team. The Eagles finished 17-33-1 overall.
Rich was 5-6 with a 5.07 earned run average, pitching 88 1/1 innings.
Rich appeared in 34 games, making 12 starts, striking out 48 and walking 38.
Nick Rodesky, from Bowling Green High School, earned honorable mention honors on the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team in baseball.
A senior pitcher at Tiffin University, Rodesky was 4-2 with three complete games and struck out 49 batters for a 2.75 ERA over 52 1/3 innings.
He led the team in wins, ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts. Rodesky's ERA ranks among the top 10 in single-season TU history.
Reid Rothenbuhler, from Elmwood High School, was a junior on the University of Findlay baseball team this spring. The Oilers were 19-26.
Rothenbuhle, an All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention pick, hit .333 and led the team with 15 doubles. Rothenbuhler also drove in 33 runs and scored 24 runs.
Clayton Ruch, from Eastwood High School, earned second-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors in baseball. A junior, Ruch is a pitcher for Wayne State.
He made 17 appearances for the 29-13 Warriors, going 2-0 with nine saves. He pitched 20 innings, striking out 13 and walking 11 with a 1.80 earned run average.
Alec Schmenk, from Perrysburg High School, was a sophomore on the University of Toledo baseball team. The Rockets finished 25-32.
He has made 14 appearances, with three starts.. He was 2-0 with a 7.09 ERA. In 26 2/3 innings, Schmenk struck out 13 and walked 16.
Blake Schmenk, was a senior on the University of Findlay baseball team this spring.
He was first team all-region by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was also a first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pick. Findlay was 19-26.
Schmenk is the first Oilers baseball player to earn first team all-region honors by the ABCA since 2004.
This season, Schmenk set a school record with 54 runs scored and tied the school record for walks in a season with 34. He also hit a team-high .377 on the year and stole 20 bases.
Schmenk also racked up 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 21 RBI.
Cody Seifert, from Eastwood High School, was a junior on the Kent State University track and field team.
He helped Kent State finish second in the Mid-American Conference meet, running the first leg on the 400 meter relay team which finished second.
In the Campbell Wright Invitational, Seifert ran a 10.90 in the 100.
Erin Seiler, a Bowling Green resident, was named to the All-Mid-American Conference freshman team for softball.
She was 17-19 with a 2.63 earned run average, appearing in 43 of Akron's 51 games. Seiler threw 24 complete games and led the MAC with 250 innings pitched.
She struck out 219 and walked just 39.
She was also Akron's defensive player of the year.
Jeffrey Senecal, from North Baltimore High School, was a senior on the Detroit Mercy men's track and field team.
In the Horizon League championships, Senecal was seventh in the decathlon, including a third in the high jump (1.86 meters).
Hannah Shank, a North Baltimore resident, was a freshman on the Owens Community College softball team. She attended Van Buren High School. Shank started her college career at Trine University and transferred to Owens.
She played in 29 of Owens' 41 games and hit .382 with two doubles, one triple, 10 RBI, 12 runs scored and six stolen bases. Owens was 24-17.
Joe Sickler, from Bowling Green High School, was a junior on the University of Findlay baseball team this season. The Oilers were 19-26.
Sickler played in 44 games, hitting .252 with 21 RBI, 22 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and six stolen bases.
Sickler had a team-high 97 assists.
Hunter Smith, from Perrysburg High School, was a freshman on the Michigan State baseball team. MSU was 33-17 overall.
He has appeared in five games for the Spartans and had one hit in three at-bats.
Kyle Smithey, from Elmwood High School, was a freshman on the University of Findlay men's track and field team.
Emily Stewart, from North Baltimore High School, was a sophomore on the University of Findlay softball team this spring. The Oilers were 27-15.
She appeared in 25 games this season making 21 starts. She hit .200 with seven RBI and three doubles.
Adam Tyson, from Elmwood High School, was a sophomore pitcher on the University of Toledo baseball team. UT was 25-32 overall.
In 17 appearances this spring, Tyson was 3-2 with two saves and a 3.19 ERA. In 31 innings, Tyson struck out 26 and walked 16.
Hillary West, from Lake High School, was a redshirt freshman on the Lourdes University softball team this spring. Lourdes finished 11-24.
She made 33 starts for Lourdes and hit .273 with four doubles, a home run and 12 RBI.
April Weaver, from Perrysburg High School, has been named the Centennial Conference rookie of the year for women's tennis in a vote conducted by the conference's 11 head coaches. Weaver was also named an All-Centennial second-team selection in singles and an honorable mention in doubles.
She is attending Washington College.
Weaver was 11-6 at No. 1 singles, including an 8-2 mark in conference play, and was 13-8 overall in singles for the Shorewomen. Weaver and classmate Gyeyeon Kang went 15-3 at No. 2 doubles, including a 9-1 record in conference play. and Weaver was 18-3 overall in doubles.
Rebekah Will, from Lake High School, was a senior on the Capital University basketball team this season. Capital finished 14-12.
Will played in 25 games, making 18 starts. She averaged 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game with 53 assists and 28 steals.
Alex Williams, from Perrysburg High School, was a sophomore on the University of Findlay baseball team this spring. Findlay was 19-26.
Williams pitched in a team-high 18 games, going 4-3 with three saves. He had a 1.59 ERA with 11 strikeouts and five walks while pitching 17 innings.
Tyniesha Wilson, from Perrysburg High School, was a freshman on the Owens Community College softball team. Owens was 24-17.
She played in 32 of Owens' 42 games and hit .394 with two doubles, two triples, a home run, seven stolen bases, 16 runs scored and 14 RBI.
Jared Wolff, from Eastwood High School, was a senior on the Tiffin University men's track and field team.
He finished second in the javelin (187-9) in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships.
Stephen Yant, from Perrysburg High School, was a sophomore on the Defiance College baseball team. Defiance was 20-16 this season.
He appeared in five games this spring.
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