LIMA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ben Westrick has signed to play basketball for the University of Northwestern Ohio beginning next season.
The 6-foot-7 forward comes to UNOH after being select first team All-Western Buckeye League and Team District 8 and second team All-Ohio. He was also named an OHSBCA North-South All Star. As a junior, Westrick was named second team All-WBL.
O-G, coached by Tyson McGlaughlin, were 25-1 and preparing for the Division III regional final when the 2019-20 season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is what Coach McGlaughlin had to say about Westrick, “Ben is an elite athlete with a great work ethic,” McGlaughlin said in a news release. “His attitude and will to win are key facets of his game that will translate so well to the next chapter of his career.’
“We are ecstatic that Ben has decided to stay in Northwest Ohio and join the UNOH basketball program,” Racer head coach Caleb Williams said. “Ben was the guy we identified early on in the recruiting process and now to have him signed is a huge boost to our basketball program. He comes from a winning program and played for a great high school coach.”
The Racers return their top seven scorers and top seven in minutes played from this past season’s team.
“Adding Ben to our already strong returning cast of experienced players, we cannot be more excited for the future of the program,” Williams said. “Ben adds much needed depth at the forward position. Racer basketball fans will love Ben’s athleticism and activity at the rim and how hard he plays. We cannot wait to get him on the floor.”
Top Bluffton athletes
BLUFFTON — Bluffton University has recognized senior athletes in basketball and track/cross top honors.
Bath graduate Andrew Renner of Cairo received the 2020 A.C. Burcky Award as outstanding senior male athlete of the year.
Renner, a four-year member of the men’s basketball team, finished his career 15th on Bluffton’s all-time scoring list with 1,232 points. Renner made an immediate impact on the team, starting in his freshman year until a shoulder injury cut his first season short. He was named second team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in his junior year and moved up to first team for his senior year. His name appears on several top-record lists at Bluffton including ninth for 3-point field goals and ninth for steals. He served as a team captain in his junior and senior seasons and was named to the HCAC All-Academic team as well as to the National Basketball Coaches Association Honors Court.
“Andrew is a perfect example of the total student-athlete who makes the program and team better in a number of different ways,” head men’s basketball coach Guy Neal said in a news release. “His teammates recognize and respect his commitment and work ethic, and he is a good example for many of our players to follow on and off the court.”
The Burcky Award is named for the late professor of physical education and coach who served Bluffton from 1922-68. A.C. Burcky was inducted into the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1970, the A.C. Burcky addition to Founders Hall was dedicated in his honor.
Alexis Cash of Gaines, Michigan, received the 2020 Kathryn E. Little Award as outstanding senior female athlete of the year.
Cash, a four-year member of both the cross country and track and field teams, is a two-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s cross country champion and an HCAC women’s track champion in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs. She holds the school record for the 6-kilometer run and sits 4th all-time in the 5-kilometer run. During the 2018 cross country season, Cash became the first female cross country athlete in school history to earn All-Region honors by placing in the top-35 at the NCAA D-III Great Lakes Regional Championship. For her efforts, she was named to the Academic All-American team. On the track, Cash holds the school records in the indoor and outdoor 3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run. She helped lead the Beavers to a runner-up finish at the 2018 HCAC Cross Country Championship and 2018 HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship. In every semester she was eligible, Cash was named to the HCAC All-Academic team.
Cash’s award is named for Kathryn Little, who served in Bluffton’s health, physical education and recreation department and in athletics from 1958-74. Little was a member of the first class inducted into the Bluffton Athletics Hall of Fame.
to coach LCC
LIMA — Lima Central Catholic has announced that Bill Taflinger is return to coach the varsity team. A 1983 LCC graduate, Taflinger served as coach from 1989-2002 where he compiled a 305-212 record.
He was most recently the girls head coach at Ada from 2015-18. He was inducted into the LCC Hall of Fame in 2011 in recognition of his playing and coaching careers at the school. Taflinger replaces Ron Williams who resigned last month after three seasons.
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