GOSHEN — Isaac Zickafoose received the 2019 A.C. Burcky Award as the outstanding senior male athlete of the year and Erin Weisgarber received the 2019 Kathryn E. Little Award as the outstanding senior female athlete of the year at Bluffton University.

Zickafoose (Northridge High School graduate) earned his award as a member for the Beavers football team and Weisgarber (Bolivar, Ohio) as a member of the school’s volleyball squad.

Zickafoose was the first Bluffton athlete to earn American Football Coaches Association All-American status, garnering 2nd Team honors in 2018. He was a four-time First Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection and a three-time All-North Region Selection. The defensive lineman was also twice named HCAC Defensive Most Valuable Player. He finished as the school’s all-time leader in sacks with 35 1/2, sack yards with 228, tackles for loss with 60 1/2, tackle for loss yards with 308, quarterback hurries with 15 and fumble return yards with 80.

“Isaac is arguably the best defensive player to ever play for Bluffton University,” said head football coach Aaron Krepps in a statement on the school’s web site. “His God-given ability is easy to see but what you appreciate most about him is his willingness to be coached. He showed up daily ready to work, and he put the extra time in to hone his craft. His success was born out of persistence and determination.”

Zickafoose was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award that goes to the nation’s top small college defensive players. He was one of 35 NCAA DIII representatives and the only HCAC player.

Isaac is son of Kevin and Karolyn Zickafoose, he is a sport and recreation leadership major. In the classroom, Zickafoose was honored as the distinguished scholar in sport leadership and recreation and has served as a mentor in the Discovery Program.

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.


Senior Sydney Fuller (Northridge) scored the game-winning goal for the Concordia University Chicago Cougars in a 14-10 win over Cornell College. She had one other goal and an assist in the contest, earning her the school’s female athlete of the week honor.


Sophomore pitcher Houston Hamey (Westview) struck out nine and walked one for the Grace College Lancers in a 3-1 Crossroads League win over the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats. Haney allowed a solo home run to start the third inning, but fanned the next three hitters to end the threat. He hurled a complete game, allowing six hits and an earned run. Indiana Wesleyan was an 11-1 winner in the second game of the twin bill.


Alec Dutkowski (NorthWood) notched his ninth career medalist honors with a 74-71—143 total for the Taylor University Trojans in the Bethel College Pilots Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club near South Bend. Taylor took the team title with a 312-286—598 total.


The Indiana University South Bend Titans upset the No. 22 ranked Olivet Nazarene Tigers, 5-3, when senior Brooke Boss belted a grand slam home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Titans (21-9 overall, 13-5 in the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference. Brittany (Hire) Lightfoot, former, standout pitcher at Concord High School and Bethel College, is the head coach for the Titans. Natalie Newell, former star pitcher at Goshen High School and Bethel College, is her assistant. Both are in their third season.


Indiana Wesleyan sophomore Landon Miller (Fairfield) place 15th out of 61 runners in a time of 9:24.29 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic. His time was an NAIA B Standard, missing the A mark by :29.

Greg Keim can be reached at greg.keim@goshennews.com or 574-533-2151, ext. 326. Follow Greg on Twitter @gkeim_TGN

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