Crossroads League Announces Athletes of the Week | October 1-7


AVON, Ohio – The Crossroads League Athletes of the Week were announced on Monday, recognizing the top athletes from the week of October 1 through 7. Sports Information Directors from the league nominate student-athletes for the award and vote on each week’s winners.

Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
Chris Maxon, Indiana Wesleyan

Maxon took second-of-178 competitors with a time of 25:58 to help No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan secure the team crown at the Bethel Invite.

Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
Taylor Bluemel, Taylor

Bluemel finished second-of-189 runners at the Bethel Invite and helped No. 2 Taylor win the meet with its fastest team time in program history. Bluemel finished in 18:12 for the sixth-best individual time in TU’s history.


Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Kurt Hamlin, Grace

Hamlin posted two more shutouts between the posts for RV Grace, helping the Lancers to a 2-0 win over Bethel and a scoreless draw with Taylor. Hamlin ended the week with 10 saves and extended his shutout streak to six-straight outings.

Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
Roderic Green, Spring Arbor

Green scored three goals and assisted another in No. 21 SAU’s wins over Indiana Wesleyan and MVNU. Green had two goals and an assist in the Cougars’ 3-2 win over IWU and scored again in a 3-0 victory against Mount Vernon Nazarene.


Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Bethany Blackwood, Grace

Blackwood extended her shutout streak in the net for the Lancers to six-straight matches by logging eight saves for Grace in wins over Bethel and No. 18 Taylor.

Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
Mackenzie Hall, Marian

Hall led No. 17 Marian to a pair of shutout victories by scoring three goals. The junior struck twice in a 4-0 win over Huntington and added another goal in MU’s 3-0 victory against Goshen.


Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
Ian Deiters, Marian

Deiters helped the Knights secure the Crossroads League Tournament Championship by winning at No. 2 doubles and No. 5 singles in MU’s 5-3 championship match victory. Deiters went 2-1 at No. 2 doubles and won his lone singles match in the tournament.


Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Lizzie Bauss, Indiana Wesleyan

Bauss led Indiana Wesleyan to the Crossroads League Tournament Championship by going 3-0 at No. 1 singles without dropping a set and 2-1 at No. 1 doubles throughout the tournament.


Volleyball Attacker of the Week
Caylie Teel, Grace

Teel slammed at least 16 kills and recorded a double-double in all three Lancer matches, averaging 3.5 kills and 2.8 digs per set. Teel posted 18 kills and 15 digs in GC’s five-set upset of No. 18 Saint Francis.

Volleyball Defender of the Week
Ariene Butler, Huntington

Butler set a career-high with 32 digs in Huntington’s five-set win over Goshen and followed with a 25-dig effort in a five-set win over Grace. For the week, Butler had 73 digs and averaged 5.6 digs per set.


Volleyball Setter of the Week
Alexa Hill, Grace

Hill tossed up over 50 assists in all three Grace matches, averaging 11.1 assists and 2.6 digs per outing with a pair of double-double showings. Hill was spectacular in GC’s five-set win over No. 18 USF, turning in 54 assists, 18 digs and three blocks.