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Summer Recap

Athletes get awards; assistant coach lands top job

Greg Meyer

Issue date: 8/28/09 Section: Sports
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While most students were busy with classes, jobs, or internships over the summer, Spartan athletic teams have been hard at work preparing for this year's seasons. Several athletes received awards, both on and off the field, others were still competing into late may, and the athletic department said good-luck and farewell to an assistant coach.

May was banner month for the Spartans, beginning with three baseball players named to the All-Association team. Senior Clay Hurley and junior Chad Mullins were named to the first team, while junior Steve Bills was named to the second team. The Spartan track teams were also represented, with Case alum Elizabeth Ehrke, senior Obinna Nwanna, and sophomore Erin Hollinger all competing at the National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Nwanna and Hollinger were named All-Americans for their eighth and fifth place finishes in the decathlon and high jump, respectively.

On June 19, eight Spartans were named to the inaugural University Athletic Association Presidents Scholar-Athlete Team. The team is comprised of student- athletes who were named first team all-UAA while carrying a 3.5 GPA. Football players Bobby Bott, Mike Pelyak, Sam Coffey, and Ben Chlebina were named to the team, while track and field was represented by Obinna Nwanna and Dominic Smith. The final award winners were All-Americans and NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipients Drew Gardella (wrestling) and Kevin Bigart (soccer).

The beginning of July brought sad but exciting news to the athletic department as men's basketball assistant coach Todd McGuinness accepted the head coaching position at Hartwick College. McGuinness had been an assistant at Case for three years.

July also marked the second year in a row that the Spartan football team has garnered national recognition in preseason previews.

This year the Spartans were ranked 20th by Sporting News and 16th by Bott was named a preseason All-American by Sporting News and Senior Dan Whalen was featured on the cover of's after being named to their "Great Eight" team which picks the best eight college players in Ohio annually.
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  • Editorial: Student groups deserve credit for programming
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