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Junior All-American Melanie Winters, pictured competing in high jump, long jump and hurdles, finished first at the All-Ohio Division III Combined Events Championships.

Tony Blankenship, Jacket Sports Editor

Women’s Basketball
Sophomore forward Clara Lemmon (Canton/Louisville) hit the game-winner with 11 seconds left in regulation and scored a career-high 25 points as the Baldwin Wallace University women’s basketball team defeated Otterbein University, 70-68, in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center.
BW (17-4, 12-2 OAC), which remains in a first place tie in the OAC standings with both John Carroll University and Ohio Northern University, won its fifth straight and 10th game in its last 11 outings.
Baldwin Wallace University senior women’s basketball student-athlete Audrey Smolik (Strongsville) has been selected to the 2014-2015 CAPITAL ONE Division III Academic All-District 7 first-team and now qualifies for the national CAPITAL ONE Division III Academic All-America ballot.

Men’s Basketball
Senior guard Justin Roth (Parma) scored a game-high 25 points as the Baldwin Wallace University men’s basketball team outlasted Heidelberg University, 74-71, in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center.
Also scoring in double figures for BW (14-6, 8-5 OAC), who snapped a two-game losing streak, sophomore forward Jake Fetherolf (Norwalk) tallied 14 points and freshman guard Cameron Kuhn (Vermilion) contributed 13. Senior forward Matt Dennis (Spring Hill, Fla./Nature Coast Technical) grabbed a game-high tying nine rebounds and had a game-high three blocks.
The Yellow Jackets opened the second half on an 18-5 run to take a 53-39 lead on a three-pointer by Roth at the 14:19 mark. The Student Princes responded with a 10-4 run to cut the lead down to 57-49 on a jumper by Blue at 9:40. Heidelberg used an 11-6 run to cut the lead down to 63-60 on a triple by Bennett at the 4:41 mark.

The 13th-ranked Baldwin Wallace University wrestling team won its first-ever team title at the 29th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament in the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse.
Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets were junior Division III All-American 125-pounder Jesse Gunter (Akron/ Coventry) and junior 174-pounder Garrett Chase (Erie, Pa./ Cathedral Prep), who each won an individual title.
Gunter, who is currently ranked third in Division III at 125 pounds, was named as the tournament’s John Summa Most Valuable Wrestler. It also marked the second time in his career that he was tabbed as a tournament MVP. He received a bye in the first two rounds. In the third round, he pinned Kyle Drick of Lycoming in 4:47, won by major decision in the semifinals against Gordan Bieber of Waynesburg, 14-5, and won the title with a 3-2 decision in the second period of a tie-breaker against Asher Kramer of Brockport.

Men’s Track and Field
The Baldwin Wallace University men’s indoor track and field teams finished fourth at the annual Denison University Bob Shannon Invitational Meet inside the Mitchell Fieldhouse.
The Yellow Jacket men scored 68 points to finish fourth of 10 teams.

Women’s Track and Field
Junior All-American pentathlete Melanie Winters (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) finished first and sophomore Rachel Holowecky (Amherst/Firelands) placed eighth at the All-Ohio Division III Combined Events Championships hosted by Denison University in the Mitchell Fieldhouse.
Winters won three of the five events and scored a career-high, school-record and Mitchell Fieldhouse-record 3,589 points.  She took first in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.99 seconds, the high jump with a career-best and leap of 5 feet 6 inches, and the long jump  with a Mitchell Fieldhouse-record leap of 18’ 5.25”. Winters took third in the shot put with a toss of 31’ 7.25”. She was sixth in the final event of the day in a time of 2:37.08 in the 800-meter run.