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Sophomore Tennis player Nathan Katz earned his first OAC Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week award.

Tony Blankenship, Jacket Sports Editor

Women’s Basketball
The Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament champion Baldwin Wallace University women’s basketball team will play regional host Calvin (Mich.) College in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division III National Tournament on Friday, March 6 at a time yet to be determined.
The Yellow Jackets (22-6), who earned the OAC’s automatic bid, will play the Knights (27-0),who earned the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association automatic bid.   BW defeated Calvin last season in the BW Invitational championship game by a score of 80-62.
Three BW women’s basketball standouts, senior forward Audrey Smolik (Strongsville), sophomore guard Sydney Clark (Parma/ Lake Ridge Academy) and sophomore forward Clara Lemmon (Canton/Louisville), have been named to the 2015 All-Ohio Athletic Conference team.
Smolik was a first-team selection, Clark was tabbed to the second-team and Lemmon was an honorable mention pick.

Women’s Lacrosse
BW Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kim Russell was inducted to the North Coast Ohio Chapter of  United State Lacrosse Association Hall of Fame.
At her hall of fame induction, Russell was recognized as being a pioneer of women’s lacrosse in Northern Ohio and for her dedication to coaching girls lacrosse, and for starting teams, programs, classes and clinics at every level from youth through college.
Russell started the first girl’s high school lacrosse team on the westside of Cleveland at Magnificat High School (1996-2003). She started the first youth and middle school teams for girls on the westside of Cleveland through Rocky River Recreation (2003-2011). In 2012, Russell became the first-ever women’s lacrosse coach at BW.

Men’s Track and Field  
Senior All-American multi-event athlete Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) and junior sprinter Ben Beidleman (Washington, D.C./ St. Anselm’s Abbey) each were a runner-up as the BW men’s indoor track and field team finished sixth at the 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Meet hosted by Capital University in the Capital Center. The Yellow Jackets were sixth of 10 teams with 60 points.
Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) was the runner-up and earned All-OAC honors in the high jump with a leap of 6’7”.  Eddy now has two All-OAC indoor honors both coming in the high jump.
Beidleman was second in the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.18 and third in the 60-meter dash in a career-best tying 7.05. Beidleman earns his first two career All-OAC indoor individual honors.

Women’s Track
Junior All-American multi-event athlete Melanie Winters (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) won three individual titles and had two runner-up finishes. Junior All-American thrower Kim Gallavan (Auburn Township/ Chagrin Falls Kenston) won both throwing events to lead the BW women’s track team to a fourth place finish at the 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Meet hosted by Capital University in the Capital Center.
The Yellow Jackets were fourth of 10 teams with 92 points.
Winters successfully defended her title in the high jump, long jump and 60-meter hurdles.   She won the high jump with a leap of five-feet and 5.75 inches (5’5.75”), the long jump with a leap of 18’6” and the 60-meter hurdles in 8.98 seconds.  Winters was second in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.82 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 25.54 seconds.  She is ranked in the top-nine nationally in Division III in the long jump (first), pentathlon (first), 200-meter dash (fourth), 60-meter dash (tied for fourth), 60-meter hurdles (tied fior fifth) and high jump.

Three Baldwin Wallace University wrestlers, junior All-American 125-pounder Jesse Gunter (Akron/ Coventry), sophomore 141-pounder Josh Decatur (Akron/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and junior 174-pounder Garrett Chase (Erie, Pa./ Cathedral Prep), led the Yellow Jackets to a sixth place finish at the 2015 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Tournament at Messiah (Pa.) College.  The trio also qualified for the NCAA Division III National Tournament on March 13-14 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylavnia.
Gunter and Chase each placed second and Decatur was third as the top three in each of the 10 weight classes qualify for the national tourney. It is Gunter’s second straight trip and the first for both Chase and Decatur. This marks the second straight seasons that BW qualified three grapplers to the national tourney.  In addition, junior 184-pounder Ben LeBrun (Strongsville) and sophomore 197-pounder-turned-285-pounder Andrew Shackelford (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) each placed sixth, and freshman 197-pounder Tyler Maclellan (Medina/ CVCA) also wrestled well and nearly had a chance to battle for a national berth.

Men’s Tennis
Baldwin Wallace University sophomore men’s tennis player Nathan Katz (Upper Arlington/Bexley) has garnered his first career Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week accolade.
Katz went 2-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles action as the Yellow Jackets won a pair of 9-0 shut out non-conference dual matches against Penn State Behrend and Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College last Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets open their season on Sunday, March 8 in the first of eight games at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida against Hampden-Syndey (Va.) College at 4 p.m.  BW opens OAC play on Saturday, March 21 with a doubleheader at Heidelberg University at 1 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets open the 2015 season in Tucson, Arizona at the annual Tucson Invitational Games with two games versus NAIA opponents as well as 10 games against Division III opponents.   BW also plays non-conference doubleheaders against Case Western Reserve, Geneva (Pa.), Hiram, Pitt-Greensburg (Pa.) and Wooster.   The Yellow Jackets open OAC play on March at home against Capital University.