By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Senior libero Courtney Herschberger capped off her Taylor University volleyball career with NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors.
The Fairfield High School graduate rewrote the libero records for Taylor this season as she set a new career high with 2,891 digs. This number is not only number one at Taylor, but ranks fourth all-time in NAIA history.
The exercise science major averaged 5.19 digs per game this year to lead the Crossroads League and rank 13th in the NAIA. She was selected as the Crossroads Libero of the Year and as a member of the First Team All-Crossroads League.
“I remember the day Courtney came to Taylor and started in our program as our libero,” said Trojan head coach Brittany Smith in an article on the school’s Web Site. “She had been an outside hitter, and I knew it would be a challenge for her to obtain an All-American honor in that spot. She would have to be one of the best of the best. And yet, four years later, she reached that goal. Not only did she lead our team and break several defensive records, but her numbers placed her as one of the top five libero’s in the country, an absolutely outstanding accomplishment. It was her hard work, discipline and complete trust in her team and coaches that allowed her to reach his milestone. I am incredibly proud of her, and know she won’t be easily replaced.”
Men’s Track and Field
Goshen College junior Kyle Mishler (Westview) finished second in high jump (6-4), sophomore Daniel Zelaya (Concord) fourth in the 800 meters (2:03.19), sophomore Jordan Smeltzer (Fairfield) third in the 3,000 (9:17.23) and fourth in the mile (3:36.35) and sophomore Alejandro Rodriguez (Concord) fifth in the 3,000 (9:29.59) and sixth in the mile (4:43.30) at the Defiance College Winter. Zelaya, senior Brock GunderKline, freshmen Luke Harnish and Tim Lehman finished third in the 4 x 400 relay (3:32.25).
Bethel College sophomore Tanner Foust (Fairfield) won high jump (2.0 meters) at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational.
Saint Francis freshman Ryan Taylor (Fairfield) posted a personal best time of 10:08.46 in the 3,000 meters in an indoor meet at the IPFW Hilliard Gates Athletic Center Fieldhouse.
Huntington freshman Daniel DeBoni (Goshen) finished sixth in the 60 meters (7.21) and junior Jacob Stone (Westview) placed eighth in pole vault (12-5 1/2) at the Joe Banks Invitational at Ohio Northern.
Women’s Track and Field
Bethel College freshman Melissa DuBois finished second in long jump with an NAIA national qualifying mark of 5.52 meters and sophomore Cinnamon Green (Jimtown) won both the shot put (13.13 meters) and weight throw (16.75) at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational.
Goshen College sophomore Ali Hochstetler (Bethany Christian) dominated her mile heat, was one of three runners to break the George M. Smart Athletic Center Fieldhouse record, and raced to second place in 5:33.89 at the Defiance College Winter Open. Junior Dana Christner (Northridge), Hochstetler, freshmen Irene Schmid and Hannah Barg finished fifth in the 4 x 400-meter relay (4:35.32). Christner placed fifth in the 600 meters (1:49.30) but was one of five runners to break the fieldhouse record. Senior Alita Yoder (Bethany) took third in the 3,000 meters (11:58.57).
Huntington junior Miranda Boyts (Fairfield) placed ninth in the 5,000 meters (21.)9.76) at the Joe Banks Invitational at Ohio Northern.
Senior Karla Madrigal (Elkhart Central) was second in the 3,000 meters (10:46.27) at the Raven Indoor Invitational at Anderson University. Freshman Janell Bender (Westview) won the mile run (5:41.34) for the Ravens.
Ethan Hussey (Goshen) had a ‘senior moment’ for the Saint Francis Cougars as the senior drilled a 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left to play in a 78-75 Crossroads League victory at Bethel College in Mishawaka. Hussey was 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line as he scored 17 points to go with two rebounds and three assists.
Manchester senior David House (Concord) scored 12 points to go with two rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots as the Spartans dropped a 65-52 decision to Bluffton.
Junior Josh Riikonen (Elkhart Central) had two points, eight rebounds, five assists and a steal for the Taylor Trojans in a 63-59 Crossroads League loss to the Huntington Foresters.
Junior Michael Kibiloski (Elkhart Memorial) totaled six points, four rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot for the IPFW Mastodons in a 58-54 loss to North Dakota State.
Senior Ashlee Ort (Wawasee) netted 16 points as she made 6-of-11 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws for the Bethel College Pilots in a 65-56 Crossroads League win over Huntington. She also had five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Twelve of her points came during a nine-minute stretch in the first half as Ort was the only Pilot to score.
“We had great effort tonight on both ends,” said Bethel coach Jody Martinez on the school’s Web site. “Ort got us going on the offensive end scoring our first 12 points. She also did a great job of rebounding.”
Indiana Wesleyan junior Taylor Goshert (Wawasee) scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds, but the No. 1 ranked Wildcats dropped a 50-48 decision to the Bethel Pilots. Ashlee Ort had four points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal for the Pilots.
Sophomore Matt LeMasters (Elkhart Central) finished 10th in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:52.46) and 16th in the 500 free (5:14.30) and freshman Ben Weingart (Elkhart Memorial) seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.18) and 11th in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.54) for the IUPUI Jaguars in the Butler Invitational that was held at Fishers High School.
Freshman Sarah Rozow (Wawasee) placed 10th in the 200-yard backstroke (2:15.69) and 11th in the 400 individual medley (4:59.63) for the IUPUI Jaguars in the Butler Invitational that was held at Fishers High School.