Crossroads League Announces Athletes of the Week | April 23-29


AVON, Ohio – The Crossroads League announced its athletes of the week on Monday, recognizing the top performers from the week of April 23 through April 29. In order to be considered for the award, a student-athlete must be nominated by their institution’s Sports Information Director.

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Josh Tew, Grace

Tew tossed 10 scoreless innings for Grace, including a four-hit shutout against MVNU. The senior racked up 18 strikeouts, while walking one and allowing only four hits over two outings, going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP and 16.2 strikeouts per nine innings.


Baseball Player of the Week
Steven Busby, Indiana Wesleyan

Busby helped Indiana Wesleyan secure its first regular season Crossroads League Championship in 33 years by hitting .706 with a 2.244 OPS in IWU’s 5-0 week. Busby went 12-of-17 with eight runs, three doubles, two triples, two homers and nine RBI.


Softball Pitcher of the Week
Mckenzey Ridge, Indiana Wesleyan

Ridge tossed her second no-hitter of the season for No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan, retiring the final 20 batters in a 3-0 win over MVNU, after hitting the second batter of the contest. Ridge closed the week with three complete games, 14 strikeouts and two earned runs allowed in 21 innings.


Softball Player of the Week
Davis Carter, Taylor

Carter hit .528 with an .885 slugging percentage over eight games for Taylor, going 14-for-26 at the plate with six runs, three doubles, two home runs and 14 runs batted in. Carter had five multi-hit games and collected an RBI in five of TU’s six victories.


Men’s Golf Player of the Week
Alec Dutkowski, Taylor

Dutkowski won the 2018 Crossroads League Championship and led No. 12 TU to its third-straight team crown by shooting three-under par over the 54-hole event. Dutkowski’s performance helped the Trojans win the title by 30 strokes.


Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Taylor Freedline, Bethel

Freedline helped Bethel to a 9-0 win over Indiana Tech with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles and an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles for the Pilots.


Men’s Outdoor TF Field Athlete of the Week
Sabastian Behme, Spring Arbor

Behme hit the NAIA B standard with a height of 4.65 meters in the pole vault, taking fourth-of-15 at the Hillsdale Gina Relays. The mark was the third-best in Spring Arbor’s program history.


Men’s Outdoor TF Track Athlete of the Week
Caleb Anthony, Taylor

Anthony hit NAIA A standards in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles, ranking top-15 in the NAIA in each event with times of 14.62 and 53.62. Anthony won the 400-meter hurdles and helped TU take second in the 4×400-meter relay at the Hillsdale Gina Relays.


Women’s Outdoor TF Field Athlete of the Week
Emily Weber, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Weber topped a field of 28 individuals at the Ashland Open, taking the long jump title with a mark of 5.38 meters.


Women’s Outdoor TF Track Athlete of the Week
Plenseh-Tay Sakeuh, Taylor

Sakeuh turned in the ninth-best time in the NAIA this season with a finish of 14.53 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to hit the A standard, while also competing in the 4×100-meter relay and winning the long jump with the fifth-best mark in the nation.