COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican’s athletic department passed out eight awards to deserving student-athletes at Monday’s Student-Athlete Recognition Night in Matesich Theater.
Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, Texas) was named the Female Senior Athlete of the Year. A three-year letterwinner on the softball team, Stanzel’s name litters the school’s single-season record book and she is approaching career records in starts and innings pitched as well. A two-time GLIAC Pitcher of the Week this spring, Stanzel earned All-GLIAC honors last year. She’s won 48 games in her career with a 2.62 ERA and helped lead the Panthers to the GLIAC regular season title and the top seed in this week’s GLIAC Tournament.
Justin Bell (Columbus, Ohio) was named the Male Senior Athlete of the Year. Bell leaves Ohio Dominican as one of the most decorated football players and student-athletes in school history, being named a consensus All-American following his senior season. He set school records with 294 tackles in his career, seven forced fumbles and a 14.4 yards per punt return average. A two-time First Team All-GLIAC selection, Bell was also named the GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year and helped lead the team to a GLIAC title, top-10 ranking and NCAA playoff appearance.
Christina Pentaudi (Dayton, Ohio) was named the Female Pride of the Panther award winner. Pentaudi, a member of the women’s basketball team, missed her entire junior and senior seasons due to injury but was able to make it on to the floor for the final minutes of her Senior Day game against Lake Erie in February. She played in 47 games in her career and remained active in ODU’s community outreach programs while maintaining a terrific GPA.
Tyler Johnston (Wilmington, Ohio) was named the Male Pride of the Panther award winner. Johnston, a member of the men’s tennis team, earned All-GLIAC honors this spring and has been one of the team leaders since setting foot on campus four years ago. He won over 30 matches between singles and doubles play this season and helped lead the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament last spring.
Allie Hinton (Newcomerstown, Ohio) was named the Female Newcomer of the Year after a tremendous freshman season for the softball team. She batted .345 this spring with five home runs and 33 RBI, and was even more remarkable in conference play, hitting .430 against GLIAC pitching. She played a key role in ODU’s GLIAC title and will help the Panthers play for a tournament championship this weekend.
Ritchie Kruunenberg (Nieuw-Vennep, Holland) was named the GLIAC Men’s Tennis Freshman of the Year on Sunday after a stellar rookie campaign. Kruunenberg played No.1 singles and doubles for the Panthers, winning over 40 singles and doubles matches this season. A First Team All-GLIAC selection as well, Kruunenberg was ranked in the top-10 in the region in both singles and doubles and helped the Panthers finish second in the GLIAC this spring.
Mallory Kitts (Springfield, Ohio) of the cross country and track and field teams was named the Female Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year for having the highest cumulative GPA amongst fourth or fifth-year participants in ODU Athletics. Kitts is an Integrated Mathematics major.
Alex Nikias (Cincinnati, Ohio) of the men’s golf team was named the Male Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year as well. Nikias is an Integrated Math Education major.
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