Several area seniors cap college careers

Several area seniors cap college careers

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Several area seniors cap college careers

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After four years of hard work, several area players saw their collegiate careers come to an end this past weekend.

* Ohio Northern University senior Carter Paul capped his career with 77 yards on 18 carries in a 24-13 loss to Otterbein Saturday. The Philo product led the Polar Bears in rushing with 658 yards on 154 attempts and five touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 142 yards and a score in 10 games.

Senior Tyler Mautz, of Tri-Valley, collected two tackles and senior Jon Busby started at left guard in the Cardinals’ win. Busby, from Sheridan, started all 10 games on the offensive line, and Mautz finished with 27 tackles and an interception in 10 games for Otterbein.

* Senior linebacker Gage Lotozo recorded a sack, and senior Cody Eyerman assisted on three tackles as Bethany College topped St. Vincent College 54-27 Saturday. Both are Sheridan graduates as Lotozo collected 35 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 10 games, and Eyerman had 15 tackles in five games this season.

Lotozo, who missed his freshman season with an injury, started all 30 games during his final three seasons at Bethany. He finished with 125 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, three fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks and scored two touchdowns as a fullback.

Eyerman played in 19 games during his career with 15 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks.

* Senior Justin Gidcumb, from John Glenn, started in his final collegiate game, and freshman Zach Hill, of Rosecrans, contributed for Walsh University in a 26-7 loss to the University of Findlay Saturday. Gidcumb caught two passes for 18 yards, and Hill played in several games for the Cavaliers.

Football

* University of Akron senior Adam Bice started his 11th game at right tackle as the Zips lost 22-14 to Massachusetts Saturday. The Tri-Valley graduate will play in his final game Tuesday at Toledo.

* Junior Kody Fulkerson totaled 315 yards on five kickoffs as Eastern Michigan University lost 34-31 to Central Michigan Saturday. The Maysville alum has kicked off 43 times for 2,491 yards, a 57.9-yard average, this season.

* MIT sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Masterson was named to the second team in the New England Football Conference. The Zanesville product started all nine games at right guard as the Engineers went 5-4 this season and averaged 193 rushing yards per game.

* Redshirt freshman Anthony Smith made one tackle, and sophomore Casey Williams also played as Ohio Dominican University topped Malone University 56-7 Saturday to finish the season 8-3. Smith, from Zanesville, totaled eight tackles, two for a loss, and one sack in 11 games on the defensive line, and Williams, of Tri-Valley, saw time in seven games with four catches for 146 yards and a touchdown.

* Junior Ethan Bennington contributed in Capital University’s 40-21 win over Wilmington College Saturday. The John Glenn alum returned two kickoffs for 19 yards and played in four games.

* Junior Avery Allender played in all 10 games with four tackles and one for a loss, and sophomore Jordan Parker also saw some time for Muskingum University. Both graduated from John Glenn.

Cross Country

* Muskingum senior Tyler Smith became the first Muskie to earn all-region honors since 2004 after placing 32nd in a time of 26:05 during Saturday’s NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional meet. The Maysville product led the Muskies to a 10th-place team finish, which was the highest in school history.

Basketball

* Freshman Kailee Howe, of Zanesville, scored six points in 25 minutes as Morehead State University lost 62-45 to Illinois State this past week.

* Walsh University sophomore Rian Burrell, a Zanesville graduate, tallied 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting — 3 of 6 on 3s — as the Cavaliers routed Allegheny College 95-61 Monday.

* West Liberty University junior Cedric Harris made 9-of-13 field goals en route to 22 points in a 105-92 victory over Cedarville University this past week. The Zanesville product also had seven assists and five rebounds in the game.

* Mount Vernon Nazarene University freshman Stephanie Imes totaled nine points and six assists in 15 minutes as the Cougars won 112-31 against Akron-Wayne Monday. The West Muskingum alum had two points in 19 minutes in a 69-43 defeat to Bluefield State Saturday.

* Junior Alyssa Miller, from Tri-Valley, had 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting with five assists and five rebounds, and sophomore Melanie Poorman, of Maysville, had one rebound in six minutes in Ashland University’s 83-55 victory over Grand Canyon College Sunday.

* Junior Hanna Luburgh scored seven points with three rebounds and junior Carly Young added three rebounds, two assists and a block in 18 minutes off the bench as Akron topped Tennessee Tech 78-67 Tuesday. Luburgh and Young are Tri-Valley grads.

Volleyball

* Salve Regina University junior captain and outside hitter Clare Adams ended the season with the second highest number of points on her team, despite being out a couple of weeks for emergency surgery on her appendix. The John Glenn alum totaled 250 kills, 337 digs, 22 assists, 24 total blocks and 30 service aces in 27 matches.

She helped Salve go 6-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference as the team advanced to the conference championship finals for the first time in school history. Salve was also invited to the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships this past week, where the Seahawks lost to top-seeded Brandeis University in three sets in the second round to finish the season 18-15.

* Senior Blair Browning passed out 52 assists and made 14 digs as Newberry College won in four sets over Anderson College this past week. The New Lexington native and Fisher Catholic grad has 982 assists, 249 digs, 40 kills and 20 aces in 30 matches for the Wolves, who start conference tournament play this weekend.

* Clearwater Christian College junior Dana Medich, of Zanesville Christian, logged a team-high 17 digs in a three-set win over Lincoln Christian University last week in the semifinals. The Cougars went on to win the National Christian College Athletic Association title with a four-set victory over Maranatha Baptist Bible College and finished the season 41-6.

Medich, who was also honored as a NCCAA Scholar Athlete, played in 157 sets this season with 328 kills and team-highs in aces (60) and digs (622).

* West Virginia Wesleyan College sophomore Courtney Browning, a Crooksville grad, played in 28 matches with 124 digs, 18 assists, seven aces and four kills.

* West Liberty University freshman Peyton Miller, a Tri-Valley alum, saw time in 11 matches and totaled 14 digs, seven aces, six assist and six kills.

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