GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — No. 10-ranked Ohio Northern swept Aurora (Ill.) 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Thursday night at the Van Noord Arena.
The Polar Bears (27-5 overall) will face the winner of No. 3 ranked Calvin (Michigan) and DePauw (Indiana) at 8 tonight.
The Spartans end their season with a 23-11 record.
Chelsea Huppert had 14 kills, McKenna Jordan had 10 kills, Katie Wade had 34 assists and 14 digs and McKenna Hostetler had 28 digs for ONU.
for UNOH players
Six University of Northwestern Ohio members received Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference recognition.
St. Marys grad Erika Angstmann, New Bremen grad Devon Heitkamp and Kayleigh Hulst were chosen First Team All-WHAC and Kacey Jaeger was tabbed as the conference newcomer of the tear and was named to the second team.
Hulst was also selected to the Champions of Character Team and the All-Academic Team along with Aaliyah Alexis, Angstmann, Heitkamp and Ottawa-Glandorf grad Olivia Hermiller.
Madonna 1, UNOH 0
BRIGHTON, Mich. — UNOH was eliminated in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.
Mark McMillan had two saves for Racers (11-3-8). Madonna moved on to play at Indiana Tech, a 3-2 winner against Lawrence Tech, for the tournament title at noon Saturday.
Girls track and field
Van Wert’s Clay
to compete at UC
VAN WERT — Van Wert senior Kirsten Clay has signed a letter of intent with the University of Cincinnati.
Clay plans to compete in the shot put, discus, hammer and weight. She is the daughter of Robin and Brian Clay, and the sister of Austin Clay, who throws for Central Michigan University’s track and field program.
Clay has participated in track and field since seventh grade, earning three varsity letters and being named captain of the 2019 team. She won the 2019 Division II state championship in the discus throw (145 feet, 8 inches) and also took fifth place at state the same year. She holds a variety of records in the discus, including the school (148-08), stadium (140-10), county (137-05), and Western Buckeye League (136-00) records.
Clay is on the A/B Honor Roll and was recently recognized for earning an Academic Award for her junior year. She participates in the Van Wert High School CEO (Career Education Opportunities) Program with Central Insurance Companies. She is active in student council, Beta club and choir.
Rabbe stepping down
After seven years serving the Northwest Conference, Commissioner Jim Raabe has decided to resign after the 2019-20 school year.
Raabe has been involved with NWC schools and athletics since his high school days at Delphos Jefferson where he graduated in 1971. He began work at Bluffton in 1981 and was there until he retired in 2011. At Bluffton High School, he served as faculty manager, JV girls basketball coach, junior high football coach, head boys basketball coach, and as athletic director the last 17 years of his career.
In 2013, Mr. Raabe was named NWC commissioner. In May 2020, he will have served seven years in that position. The current NWC principals and athletic directors would like to thank Raabe for his leadership and dedication to NWC students and schools.
Administrators in the Northwest Conference will immediately begin searching for the next commissioner to take over in the fall of 2020. Raabe will work with the new commissioner to ensure a smooth transition into next school year. All interested candidates can send an email to Brad Mendenhall, Lincolnview High School principal and the current president of the NWC at email@example.com. Mendenhall will then send interested candidates a job description, along with interviewing timelines, and a more detailed succession plan.