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Mentz’s Minute: My 2011-12 Blue Streaks athletics awards

May 3rd, 2012

When you look back on recent months, it’s crazy to think just how fast the time has passed here. As the old adage goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” and if that’s the case, I’ve probably had my fair share of fun.

As we inch closer to Finals Week and summer becomes more and more of a reality, let’s take a minute or so to reflect on the great athletic achievements that were accomplished this past season by Blue Streaks athletics before we wipe the slate clean this fall. With that being said, here are my end-of-the-year awards for Blue Streaks athletics:

Male Athlete of the Year: Corey Shontz, basketball. The senior point guard was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-America Third Team after posting an impressive season. Shontz averaged 16 points and 4.7 assists en route to becoming the first Blue Streak basketball player to be named to an All-America team in 29 years. Honorable mention: Devin O’Brien (football), Mike Minjock (track and field), Terner Gott (wrestling).

Female Athlete of the Year: Brittany Danilov, softball. The senior stud finished the regular season with a 19-5 record in the circle and an impressive earned run average of 2.33. Danilov also held opponents to a lowly .233 batting average and led the OAC with 177 strikeouts, 66 more than the next best pitcher. Honorable mention: Colleen Harmon (soccer),  Missy Spahar (basketball), Emily Mapes (track and field).

Male Rookie of the Year: Terner Gott, wrestling. The freshman grappler finished with a 26-5 record on the year and was named to the D3Wrestle.com All-Freshman team as the top rookie in the 157-pound weight class. Gott also went 2-0 while winning the OAC title at 157 pounds, earning him a berth at the NCAA Championships in La Crosse, Wis.

Female Rookie of the Year: Emily Mapes, track and field. Mapes put together an extremely impressive year, competing in all three seasons of cross country and track and field. The freshman set the OAC meet record with a time of 11:00.24 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase – a mark 16 seconds better than the next finisher. She also posted the best mark of any Blue Streak in six different events throughout the outdoor and indoor track and field seasons en route to putting together an impressive year of accomplishments.

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