Whiteford High School product Trevor Matuszak recently earned All-American status in the throwing events for the Defiance College track and field team.
Matuszak, who is a senior at Defiance, was named an All-American in the weight throw after finishing second with a school-record toss of 62 feet, 2 1/4 inches at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14.
Matuszak bested his personal-best throw by four feet to finish second in the men's weight throw at the NCAA championships. Matuszak became Defiance's seventh track and field All-American.
"I knew I needed to make a big throw to be competitive, but I knew I had it in me. All my work this season has been setting me up for this moment," Matuszak said. "It's been a humbling experience. I'm just glad I had the opportunity to be a part of such an event. It has been a great experience."
Then on March 29, Matuszak won the hammer throw at the Beaver Invitational and was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week.
Matuszak remained undefeated this season in the hammer throw, claiming the title with a season-best toss of 167 feet, 10 inches. The senior already owns Defiance's hammer record, breaking it last season with a toss of 173 feet, 8 inches at the HCAC Outdoor Championships.
At the NCAA meet, Matuszak threw 62 feet, 2 1/4 inches on his second throw of the day, giving him the lead after the first two throws and breaking his own record of 58 feet, 11 1/4 inches. He settled for second behind Noah Gauthier of Bates College (63 feet, 1 1/4 inches).
TRACK: Darryl Elston, a 2005 graduate of Rogers High School, helped lead Arizona State University to a title at the NCAA Indoor Championship on March 15.
Elston, who is a junior, ran the second leg on the Sun Devils' 1,600 relay team that finished third. The team's time was 3:06.34.
BASKETBALL: Former St. John's Jesuit basketball standout Matt Croci became the first person ever to win both the player of the year and coach of the year awards in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Croci, who recently completed his fifth year as head coach at Kenyon College, was named coach of the year for the first time. Croci guided the Lords to an 11-5 mark in NCAC play this season and they finished fourth in the conference, which was the school's best finish since the 1994-95 season. Kenyon was 13-13 overall.
Croci graduated from Wittenberg College in 1994, which was the same year he was named player of the year in the NCAC. He was Wittenberg's team captain and led the Tigers to the NCAA Division III Final Four. Croci still owns the school record for three-point field goals made in a season with 90 and is 10th on Wittenberg's all-time scoring list (1,289 points). He is ninth in assists with 291. During his four seasons at Wittenberg, the Tigers posted a 98-18 combined record.
Croci also coached at Capital University, where he directed the Crusaders to a five-year record of 94-41, including one Ohio Athletic Conference championship.
SOFTBALL: Two players from area high schools sparked the University of Findlay to its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win of the season on March 30.
The Oilers beat Hillsdale College 6-5 in eight innings. Freshman Lauren Orban (Start High) picked up the win by allowing five runs, including only three earned, in eight innings of work. Orban struck out six and walked three in the victory.
With the game tied 5-5 and two outs in the eighth inning, Katie Ammons (Findlay High) singled to get the Oilers' rally going. Ammons eventually scored for the winning run.
TRACK: Danielle Noe (Woodmore), a junior at Ohio Northern University, won the 400-meter hurdles and helped the 1,600-meter relay team take first place at the University of Cincinnati Invitational on March 29.
Noe's time of 1:05.11 was quick enough to take first in the 400 hurdles. Noe also joined freshman Lauren Rupp (Archbold) on the four-member relay unit that won in 4:09.96.
ONU freshman Jessica Naderer (Lakota) placed second in the pole vault at the invitational. Naderer leap was 9-6 1/4.
HOCKEY: Five hockey players from the area led the University of Cincinnati to an eighth-place finish in the American Collegiate Hockey Association North Division this season.
Junior Aaron Conn (Ottawa Hills), junior Ben Mutchler (Findlay), and junior Zac Nelson (Bowling Green) helped lead the Bearcats to a 11-8-1 record. Two freshmen from Perrysburg High, Tony Sarni and Scott Scheider, also played for the ACHA Division IIII club.
Cincinnati went 7-3-1 at home.
SOFTBALL: Whitmer product Mandi Fought, who is a sophomore at Ohio Northern University, is hitting .426 with a team-high 25 runs scored.
Fought also leads the Polar Bears with 19 stolen bases. Overall, Fought ranks fourth all-time at ONU with 41 stolen bases in just 58 games.
TRACK: Baldwin-Wallace College junior sprinter Rebekah Paul (Gibsonburg) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Runner of the Week on March 31.
Paul earned the honor, the third of her career, for her efforts in leading the Yellow Jackets to the team title at the five-team OAC East Gold Meet on March 29 at Marietta College. Paul won the 200-meter dash in 26.14 seconds and won the 400 with a time of 57.68 seconds. Paul narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Championship meet.
TRACK: Former Eastwood runner Jack Schemenauer led the Ohio Wesleyan University to the team title at the Muskingum Invitational on March 22.
Schemenauer, who is from Luckey, won two hurdle events. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.74 seconds and the 400 in 57 seconds.The Bishops beat six teams at the invitational.
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