Hillsdale College junior Drew Berube (Hillsdale High School) earned all-region recognition this fall.
Berube, a defensive lineman, was one of three Hillsdale College football players to earn Daktronics All-Region distinction.
Berube emerged as a playmaker along the line for Hillsdale, leading the conference with 19 tackles-for-loss. He also had 10.5 sacks, which was second best in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
He also earned a spot on the All-GLIAC first team.
VOLLEYBALL: Springfield High School graduate Hillary Fountain, who is a sophomore setter for the Samford University volleyball team, earned all-league honors this fall.
Fountain was named to the All-Southern Conference first team on Nov. 20. Fountain was recognized as the Southern Conference Player of the Week twice this season.
Samford finished with a 28-5 overall record and 16-2 mark in conference play. The team captured the most wins in a season in school history for Samford, which is located in Birmingham, Ala.
Fountain led the team in assists with 11.64 per set. At one point in the season, Fountain was ranked second in the country in assists per set.
She also had 0.88 kills per set on 233 total attacks. The sophomore finished with 58 total blocks (0.51 per set). She also tallied 1.61 points and 1.36 digs per set.
Samford clinched the Southern Conference North Division title with a 3-2 victory over Appalachian State on Nov. 9. Fountain dished out 55 assists and had five kills, five digs and one ace in the win.
SWIMMING: University of Tennessee freshman Jake Epperson, a graduate of St. John's Jesuit high school, made an impact at the Volunteers' invitational meet Nov. 20-22.
Epperson finished second in the 400-yard individual medley on the final day of the Tennessee Invitational on Nov. 22. His time was 3:51.85, just six seconds out of first place.
Epperson also took third in the finals of the 200 breaststroke (1:59.54) and was third in the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.24.
He helped the Vols win the team title as they won all 18 events in the meet. Tennessee was ranked No. 7 in the country in the latest national poll.
SOCCER: Three former local prep players were key members of the Winthrop University team this fall.
Senior Chelsea White (Swanton High School), freshman Courtney Durbin (St. Ursula Academy), and junior Jessica Hausfeld (Southview) competed for Winthrop, which is in Rock Hill, S.C.
White earned second team all-Big South Conference honors. She finished her collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer in Winthrop history.
The forward scored 26 goals and was selected to the all-conference second team for the third time in her career.
White led the Eagles (8-10-2) in shots with 33 this season. She finished with a total of three points with one goal and one assist.
Durbin, a Perrysburg native, scored two goals as a freshman forward. Durbin ranked fifth on the team in points with four and had 25 shots.
Hausfeld finished with three assists and the midfielder tallied 14 shots.
BASKETBALL: Ohio Northern University sophomore Sam Bastian, a graduate of Central Catholic High School, was named to the all-tournament team at the DePauw (Ind.) invitational that was held on Nov. 29-30.
Bastian led the Polar Bears in scoring in both games. He scored 16 points in a 70-67 victory over Defiance and tallied 11 in a 73-64 loss to DePauw in the championship game.
The forward then scored 16 points in Ohio Northern's 78-62 win over Wittenberg on Dec. 3. He helped ONU open the season with a 4-1 record.
FOOTBALL: Northview high school graduate Brian Hehl received a redshirt year as a freshman at Illinois State University.
Hehl, a linebacker/defensive lineman, led Northview in tackles as a three-year starter. Hehl, who is 6-4 and 250 pounds, is the Wildcats' all-time leader in tackles with 414. Hehl was named first team all-Ohio as a senior last fall.
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