North Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week Presented by Athliance

Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Keanan Ginell, Denison

Denison senior Keanan Ginell (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley) won his second straight race to open the 2021 season, helping lead the Big Red to a second-place team finish at Wittenberg’s NCAC Preview Meet. Ginell won the men’s 8k race with a time of 26:17.3, 11 seconds quicker than the second-place runner. 

Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Athena Tharenos, Wooster

Wooster sophomore Athena Tharenos (St. Louis, MO/Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School) logged a time of 23:39.6 in her championship-length cross country debut at Wittenberg’s NCAC Preview. Tharenos was the top conference finisher and was second overall out of 118 competitors.

Field Hockey Athlete of the Week – Astrid Koek, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan senior Astrid Koek (Maastricht, the Netherlands/Erasmus) helped the Battling Bishops to a conference victory over Oberlin and a non-conference win against Concordia Wisconsin last week. Koek notched both of the game-winning goals for the Bishops, including the go-ahead goal with just 5:55 remaining in the game against CUW, a game which OWU won, 3-1. On the week, Koek tallied three goals and one assist.

Offensive Football Athlete of the Week – Carter Warstler, Wooster

Wooster sophomore Carter Warstler (New Albany, OH/Columbus Academy) turned three receptions into 148 yards and two scores during Saturday’s win over Kenyon. Warstler burst through the Lords’ defense for a 77-yard touchdown on a screen pass on his first collegiate reception and added a 54-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Defensive Football Athlete of the Week – Jeff Moore, Denison

Denison sophomore Jeff Moore (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher’s) made 13 tackles, seven of which were solo tackles, and added two tackles for a loss in the Big Red’s shutout of Allegheny on Saturday. Moore, the conference’s tackle leader, helped hold the Gators to 160 yards of offense, including just 25 on the ground.

Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Ben Scherman, Denison

Denison senior Ben Scherman (Naples, FL/Loyola Academy) shot rounds of 75 and 71 (146) to finish tied for 12th among 108 golfers at the Carthage Fall Invitational. His second-round 71 was one-under-par and tied for the best round by a Big Red golfer at the invitational. 

Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week – Sydney Weiner, DePauw

DePauw sophomore Sydney Weiner (Crown Point, IN/Crown Point) won the Kyle Campbell Invitational at The Medalist Golf Club after shooting rounds of 74 and 79 (153) over the weekend. Weiner’s round of 74 was tied for the best round at the tournament.

Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Jaggar Brooker, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Jaggar Brooker (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) tallied three goals, including two game-winners last week for the Battling Bishops. On Friday, Brooker scored two goals as OWU wiped out a 1-0 deficit and went on to defeat Muskingum, 3-1, in the first round of the Fred Myers-Adidas Invitational. He also tallied the only goal of the game against Grove City on Saturday, earning the Dick Gauthier Award as the Fred Myers-Adidas Invitational co-MVP.

Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Callie Davis, Denison

Denison sophomore Callie Davis (Hampton, PA/Shady Side Academy) scored in both of Denison’s matches last week while helping the Big Red improve to 4-0 as a team. Davis tallied the game-winning goal in the 81st minute in a 1-0 victory over Transylvania on Friday. The sophomore then scored the first goal of the game in the 22nd minute of a 3-2 victory against Calvin on Saturday. 

Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week – Katie Billetdeaux, Wooster

Wooster senior Katie Billetdeaux (Lindenhurst, IL/Lakes Community) was unstoppable during a 4-0 week for the Fighting Scots. The Scots’ top middle hit .537 with 49 kills on 80 swings with just six errors. Billetdeaux tied her career-high with 18 kills during a 3-1 win over Adrian at the Battle at the Point. With Billetdeaux helping lead the charge up front, Wooster has won seven straight matches.

NCAC Milestones & Records (Sept. 6 – Sept. 12)

Wooster, Women’s Golf – Wooster’s women’s golf team shot a 356 at Saturday’s Grove City Fall Invite, earning its ninth tournament title in program history.

Hiram, Women’s Volleyball – Kayla Cole (Louisville, OH/Louisville) tallied both her 1,000th kill (vs. Trine) and her 1,000th dig (vs. John Carroll) this week, becoming just the fourth student-athlete in Hiram women’s volleyball program history to tally 1,000 kills and digs. Emily Chrustic (Sagamore Hills, OH/Nordonia) recorded her 1,000th assist against Trine on Saturday, becoming the eighth student-athlete in Hiram women’s volleyball program history to record 1,000 assists.