North Coast Athletic Conference: Weekly Newsletter & Athletes of the Week – 4/18


Baseball – Player of the Week – Dean Brown, Wooster
Wooster junior Dean Brown (Kensington, MD/St. Andrew’s Episcopal School) logged multiple hits in each of the Fighting Scots’ three wins last week. The third baseman began the week going 2-for-3 at the plate with a two-run home run against Case Western Reserve, followed by 2-for-3 and 3-for-5 performances with an RBI in each game of a doubleheader with Wabash. On the week, Brown produced a .636 average (7-for-11) and .714 on-base percentage.

Baseball – Pitcher of the Week – Kenny Lippman, Denison
Denison senior Kenny Lippman (McLean, VA/Langly) struck out 10 Hiram batters during his six innings of work, while allowing only three hits en route to a combined shutout victory for the Big Red. Lippman has now pitched six innings allowing three hits and no walks with at least seven strikeouts in each of his last two games.

Softball – Player of the Week – Grace Smith, DePauw
DePauw senior Grace Smith (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) was the Tigers’ leading hitter across six victories last week. Smith collected nine hits across 18 at-bats for a .500 batting average, including three doubles and two home runs. The senior also scored seven runs and collected five RBI while swiping two stolen bases.

Softball – Pitcher of the Week – Darian Kanno, Hiram
Hiram freshman Darian Kanno (Mililani, HI/Mid-Pacific Institute) picked up two conference wins against Denison and Wooster last week. The first-year pitched two complete games, while allowing just five earned runs across 14 innings, while striking out 17 batters.

Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Armand Ouellette, Kenyon
Kenyon freshman Armand Ouellette (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy) led the Lords to a team victory at the Division III Showcase hosted by Hanover. The first-year tied for second place at the tournament with rounds of 69 and 70 (139), finishing one-under par. As a team, Kenyon registered a 291 in the first round and a 283 in the second round. The Lords’ score from the second round and their overall team score were new program records.

Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Ellen Frame, Wittenberg
Wittenberg sophomore Ellen Frame (Mason, OH/Mason) tallied back-to-back rounds of 82 (164) at the IU-East Spring Invitational for a fifth-place finish. The top-five finish was Frame’s fourth in eight tournaments this season for the Tigers.

Men’s Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Davis Cronin, Denison
Denison sophomore Davis Cronin (South Boston, MA/Hebron Academy) was a combined 31-for-40 on faceoffs (77.5%) while adding 19 ground balls during a 2-0 week for the Big Red who gave Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan their first losses in NCAC play this season.

Women’s Lacrosse Athlete of the Week – Casey McTague, Denison
Denison senior Casey McTague (Arlington, VA/Stone Ridge) started the week by tying the Big Red’s single-game goals record with nine goals at Wittenberg, matching the record originally set by Lauren Peace on April 12, 2000. McTague then added a hat trick against Oberlin to finish her week with 12 total goals. She also had eight draw controls, seven groundballs and two caused turnovers on the week.

Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week – Thomas Kallarakal, Kenyon
Playing at the third singles spot, Kenyon junior Thomas Kallarakal (Boyds, MD/Our Lady of Good Counsel) came back after a first set defeat to win against Denison, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4. In doubles play at the No. 3 flight, Kallarakal teamed up with Rishil Kondapaneni (Cumming, GA/South Forsyth) to notch the lone doubles win against the Big Red, 8-6. Against Allegheny, the junior capped off a perfect 4-0 week with wins at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-4, and at No. 2 doubles, 8-6, with Kondeapaneni.

Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week – Daria Beshentseva, Kenyon
Kenyon senior Daria Beshentseva (Moscow, Russia/Lyceum 1535) led the Ladies to a 3-0 week. In singles play, Beshentseva dropped just one game against Wooster and Allegheny, before defeating Otterbein, 6-4, 7-5. Pairing up with Eleni Dakos (Towaco, NJ/Newark Academy), the tandem notched three wins at No. 1 doubles with 8-2, 8-4, and 8-1 victories on the week.

Men’s Sprints & Hurdles Athlete of the Week  – Leo Warbington, Wabash
Wabash senior Leo Warbington (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) captured his first career victory in the 400-meter hurdles by winning the event at Saturday’s Indiana Division III Championships held at DePauw. Warbington won the event with a time of 58.07 and added a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles by crossing the line in 15.56.

Men’s Distance/Middle Distance Athlete of the Week – Levi Killan, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan junior Levi Kilian (Ault, CO/Heritage Christian Academy) won pair of titles at the 2022 All-Ohio championship meet. The junior won the 1500-meter run in 3:56.17 which is currently the best mark in the NCAC this season. Kilian also broke the tape in the 800-meter run in 1:55.31, a time that time ranks second among conference athletes this season.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Chris Slater, Denison
Denison freshman Chris Slater (Hudson, OH/Hudson) won the hammer throw with a program-record mark of 54.66 meters and was fourth in the shot put (12.27m) to help the Big Red win in a dual meet against Wooster on Wednesday. The first-year then recorded a fourth-place effort in the discus (39.30m) and an eighth-place finish in the shot put (12.52m) as Denison captured the All-Ohio Outdoor Track & Field Championship team title for the first time in program history on Saturday.

Women’s Sprints/Hurdles Athlete of the Week – Daysia Hargrave, Wooster
Wooster first-year Daysia Hargrave (Orrville, OH/Orrville) swept the hurdle events at Saturday’s All-Ohio Championships. Hargrave timed in at 14.89 seconds in the 100 hurdles and 1:06.47 in the 400 hurdles. The first-year earned four All-Ohio honors in total, also taking part in the Scots’ third-place 4×100 relay (50.28) effort and finishing runner-up in the long jump (5.10 meters).

Women’s Distance/Middle Distance of the Week – Sydney Khosla, Wittenberg
Wittenberg sophomore Sydney Khosla (Centerville, OH/Centerville) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the All-Ohio Championships. Khosla broke the tape in 11:35.90, edging out 10 other competitors and setting a new school record in the process.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week – Ari McPheters, Ohio Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan senior Ari McPheters (Reynoldsburg, OH/Bishop Hartley) won the women’s shot put at the All-Ohio Championships with a throw of 12.87 meters. The senior also notched a mark of 40.73 meters in the women’s hammer throw. McPheters mark in the shot put was tops in the conference so far this season and 33rd in Division III.

NCAC Milestones & Records (Apr. 11 – Apr. 17)

Denison, Men’s Tennis – Denison men’s tennis improved to 19-3 overall on the season, its most wins in a single season since 1998 and tying the third-most wins in a season in program history … Following his two singles wins on Sunday, junior Marc-Lennart Harms (Jever, Germany/Mariengymnasium Jever) now holds the Denison men’s tennis single-season record for singles victories with a record of 22-7, breaking the previous record of 21 reached in both 2007 and 2010 … Now with a combined doubles record of 23-2 on the season, senior Tim Cianciola (Canfield, OH/Canfield) has tied the Big Red’s single-season record for doubles wins set in 2006. Additionally, with a career singles record of 60-14, Cianciola is tied for third on Denison’s career singles wins list, and is only three away from the record of 63 set from 1996-99.

Denison, Women’s Lacrosse – Senior Casey McTague (Arlington, VA/Stone Ridge) tied Denison’s single-game goals record with nine goals at Wittenberg University on Wednesday, matching the record originally set by Lauren Peace on April 12, 2000, also against Wittenberg.

Denison, Men’s Track & Field – Freshman Chris Slater (Hudson, OH/Hudson) won the hammer with a new Denison school-record throw of 54.66 meters to help the Big Red men’s track & field team win the Wooster Dual Meet.

Denison, Women’s Track & Field – Senior Leah Ackerman (Crozet, VA/Western Albemarle) won the hammer throw with a program-record mark of 47.80 meters at the Dual Meet with Wooster on Wednesday.

Kenyon, Baseball – With a doubleheader sweep of DePauw on Saturday, the Kenyon baseball team has extended its program-best winning streak to 14 games.

Ohio Wesleyan, Baseball – Freshman outfielder Avery Panozzo (Denver, CO/Mullen) tied the school single-game record for hits by going 4-for-4 in the opener of the doubleheader against Oberlin

Ohio Wesleyan, Softball – Freshman outfielder Alyssa Perkins (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) tied the school single-game record for hits by going 4-for-5 in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Kenyon.

Wooster, Track & Field – Wooster sophomore Dylan Garretson (Newcomerstown, OH/Newcomerstown) vaulted into the top-15 nationally in the pole vault by winning the event at Saturday’s All-Ohio Championships. Garretson’s mark of 4.75 meters broke a 23-year-old school record.


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