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Norwalk grad Jeff Thomas heating up for Division I Georgia State

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Jan 14, 2018 at 4:50 PM

ATLANTA — Jeff Thomas, a Norwalk 2014 graduate, registered his eighth-consecutive double-digit scoring performances of the season at guard to start a big week for the redshirt junior for the Division I Georgia State University men's basketball team.

In a 79-75 victory at home against Arkansas State University (6-11) on Jan. 6 in Atlanta, Thomas finished with 10 points and five rebounds — including a huge 3-pointer with 30.5 seconds to play to put the Panthers (13-6, 4-2 Sun Belt) up three points.

On Jan. 11, Thomas broke out for a career-high 22 points while pulling down eight rebounds in GSU’s 71-58 win at Appalachian State. He added 11 points and five rebounds on Saturday in the Panthers’ 72-58 win at Coastal Carolina.

For the season, Thomas is averaging 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Ben Haraway (Norwalk 2014) also put together a big week for the streaking Div. II Ashland University men’s basketball team.

In an 89-80 win over Grand Valley State on Jan. 11, Haraway scored 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting and added six rebounds. On Saturday, he finished with 11 points and five assists in a 78-66 win over Purdue Northwest.

For the season, the redshirt junior averages 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

The Eagles (14-3, 7-2) have won nine straight games entering Thursday’s game at Saginaw Valley St.

John Brady (New London 2015) adds eight appearances for the season at forward for Ashland University.


Jiselle Thomas (Norwalk 2017) has scored in double figures in three of the last six games for Div. I High Point University.

In a Dec. 22 game vs. Western Carolina, Thomas scored 14 points. She added 12 points on Jan. 2 vs. Gardner-Webb, and 15 points at UNC-Asheville on Jan. 6.

Overall, Thomas was 10-of-14 shooting in High Point wins vs. Gardner-Webb and UNC-Asheville.

For her efforts, she was named the Big South Freshman of the Week, the league office announced on Jan. 8.

The true freshman averages 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and one steal per game for the Panthers (10-5, 4-0).

Maddy Crawford (Willard 2016) has strung together three straight impressive games over the last week for the Div. III Heidelberg University women’s basketball team.

In a 72-68 win at Muskingum on Jan. 6, Crawford had 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Student Princes.
The sophomore followed up with 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-53 loss to Capital on Jan. 1o in Tiffin. On Saturday, she closed out the week with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 83-52 loss to No. 22-ranked Marietta in Tiffin.

For the season, Crawford averages 10.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

Danielle Carruthers (New London 2016) contributed her first two double-digit scoring effort of the season at forward for the Defiance College women's basketball team (5-10) last week.

In a 65-52 loss at Transylvania University on Jan. 6 in Lexington, Ky, the sophomore had 12 points and three rebounds. Starting at center in a 77-62 loss at Bluffton University on Jan. 10, Carruthers scored 18 points and had six rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting.

For the season, she averages 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Bri Pittenger (Edison 2015) had her second double-digit scoring performance of the season at forward for the John Carroll University women's basketball team (3-11) in a 64-50 loss at Capital on Jan. 6 in Columbus.

In the game, the junior scored 12 points with two rebounds and one block.
For the season, Pittenger averages 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Ciara Reed (Edison 2014) scored six points at guard for Notre Dame College (12-5) in a 78-70 win vs. Fairmont State on Jan. 13 in South Euclid.

For the season, the senior's totaled 2.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Carly Santoro (Bellevue 2015) posted her fourth-consecutive double-double at guard for the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team in an 84-73 loss at home to Ball State University on Jan. 6 in Bowling Green.

In the game, the junior scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, five steals and four assists. In a 66-64 win at Akron on Saturday, Santoro finished with 19 points and eight rebounds for the Falcons (9-7, 1-4).

For the season, Santoro is averaging 14.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and two steals per game.

Whitney Schalk (Bellevue 2014) scored seven points and had 11 assists as a guard for Defiance College in a 61-51 win over Mt. St. Joseph on Saturday.

Schalk also added eight points and four assists in a 77-62 loss at Bluffton University on Jan. 10.

For the season, the senior averages 7.1 points, 5.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and a 1.9 steals per game.

Shelby Stamm (Bellevue 2016) scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double effort for Defiance College in a 61-51 win over Mt. St. Joseph on Saturday.

Stamm had scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in a 77-62 loss at Bluffton University on Jan. 10.

For the season, the sophomore averages 9.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.


Nick Dials (Willard 2003) is in his first season as the head coach of the Div. II Urbana University men's basketball program, which suffered a 61-58 loss in overtime on Saturday.

The Blue Knights are 3-12 overall and 2-8 in the Mountain East Conference entering Wednesday’s game at West Liberty.

Jimmy Langhurst (Willard 2006) is an assistant coach for the Div. II Le Moyne College men's basketball program, which improved to 12-5 overall after a 68-61 win over Merrimack College on Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Dolphins are 9-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference.


Jon Suter (Norwalk 2014) is No. 25 in the heptathlon among the Div. III with a season-best score of 3,396 for Heidelberg University, which returns to action at the Ohio Athletic Conference North Split Meet on Jan. 19 in Berea.

Among the OAC, Suter seeds No. 3 in the 1,000-meter run (2:56.97) and No. 4 in the heptathlon.

Wes Fritz (St. Paul 2015) is No. 3 in the high jump (6-feet-4.25) and No. 4 in the long jump (20-3.75) among the OAC for Heidleberg University.

Bryce Ostheimer (Edison 2017) seeds No. 5 with the 4x400-meter relay (3:27.27) and No. 6 in the 60-meter hurdles (8.82 seconds) among the Great Midwest Athletic Conference for Walsh University, which returns to action at the Youngst0wn State University Invitational on Jan. 19 in Youngstown.

In the 400-meter dash, the freshman is No. 10 with a time of 51.98 seconds.

Daren Gies (Plymouth 2015) holds a top performance in the 1,000-meter run of 2:50.1 for Defiance College.


Sydnie Fetherolf (Norwalk 2014) owns the No. 1 performance in the mile among the Horizon League with a time of 5:05.41 for Detroit Mercy University.

On Friday, Fetherolf placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run at the Central Michigan University Jack Skoog Invitational in Mount Pleasant, Mich. She finished with a time of 10:42.51.

Lydia Ott (St. Paul 2014) provides season-best performances with the 4x400-meter relay and 200-meter dash of 4:03.56 and 27.27 seconds, respectively, for Ashland University.

Oliva Hipp (St. Paul 2014) holds the No. 3 performance in the high jump among the OAC with a season-best leap of 4-11.75 for Heidelberg University, which returns to action at the Baldwin Wallace University OAC North Split Meet on Jan. 19 in Berea.

Marie Thornton (Willard 2014) is No. 3 in the shot put among the OAC with a season-best launch of 37-4.50 for Otterbein University.

Sarah Bedell (Bellevue 2015) is No. 1 in the 800-meter run among the OAC with a season-best time of 2:23.99 for Div. III No. 10 Otterbein University.


Charlie Nash (Norwalk 2016) finished in third place on Saturday at the Spartan Mat Classic at Manchester University.

Nash won by pin in 4:07, won a 7-5 decision, fell in his third match, won a 4-0 decision and won a 2-1 decision to place third at 133 pounds.

The two-time defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion and No. 6-ranked Yellow Jackets finished in second at the event.

For the season, the sophomore has compiled a 16-7 overall record.

Jesse Gross (St. Paul 2014) is 20-2 overall this season at 165 pounds for the Div. III No. 10-ranked Mount Union University wrestling team.

Gross is ranked No. 10 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association in his weight class. It will be Senior Night for Gross on Tuesday vs. Muskingum.

Gage Griffith (Western Reserve 2017) has seen action in nine matches at 125 pounds for Div. II No. 3 Ashland University.

For the season, the freshman holds a 3-6 overall record.

Cam Tessari (Monroeville 2011) is the No. 1 contender for a national title at 157 for NAIA No. 10 Lindsey Wilson College.

The senior All-American holds an 8-0 record for the season and is outranked on only by Brandon Weber, the reigning national champion at 157 for NAIA No. 13 Montana State University Northern.

Tessari, a former four-time state champion, has been named Mid-South Conference Wrestler of the Week once this season, was the national runners-up a year ago while earning All-American honors for the Blue Raiders.

Nate Tommas (Monroeville 2014) has compiled a 3-6 overall record for the season at 184 pounds for Case Western Reserve University wrestling team. Meanwhile, Nick Tommas (Monroeville 2014) is 2-5 at 174 for the Spartans, who host Adrian College on Wednesday.

Evan Cheek (Edison 2015) has a 3-2 overall record for the season at 133 pounds and a 6-5 mark at 141 pounds for Cleveland State University, which returns to action by hosting hosting Rider University on Friday in Cleveland.

Joe Kasper (Edison 2017) holds a 1-4 overall record for the season at 197 pounds for Heidelberg University, which returns to action on Tuesday at Otterbein.

Collin Adkins (Bellevue 2017) has a 9-6 mark at 143 pounds for the season for Tiffin University.


Austin Strayer (Willard 2016) recently competed in three events for the Ohio Wesleyan men’s swim team.

Competing at the long-course Bob Mowerson Invitational in Stuart, Fla. on Jan. 8, Strayer was 16th in the 50-meter breaststroke (39.13), 26th in the 50 freestyle (28.27) and was the anchor on the 200 medley relay (2:09.16) that placed seventh for the Bishops.

Ohio Wesleyan is scheduled to host Alderson Broaddus on Friday.

Geena Freriks picked up three event wins for the No. 15 University of Kentucky women's swimming program in triangular meet at home against No. 13 Ohio State University and the University of Toledo from Jan. 5-6 in Lexington, Ky.

Freriks, a 2015 Sandusky graduate and lifelong Norwalk resident, won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.56, followed by victories in the 400 medley relay (3:02.07) and the 800 free (7:20.31).
The junior All-American followed by ending runners-up with the 200 medley relay (1:41.07) and sixth in the 100 free (50.83 seconds).

For the season, she's automatically qualified to compete with the 400-medley relay at the NCAA championships with a time of 3:32.39.

She seeded No. 9 in the event, while she adds provisional-qualifying status with seeds of No. 11 with the 800 free relay (7:06.1), No. 15 in the 500 free (4:38.91) and No. 28 in the 200 free (1:45.39).


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