The Homecoming football game is the icing on the cake of October’s Auto Show weekend in Midland, and the icing is always a little sweeter when that game is a victory, as it was this year. Northwood’s dramatic, come-from-behind, 29-24 victory over Michigan Technological University left the Timberwolf faithful in great spirits, and topped off a weekend which also saw home victories for the Northwood men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball teams.
Northwood celebrated the accomplishments of five gifted student athletes with their induction into the 12th Athletic Hall of Fame on on Oct. 21 at the Hach Student Life Center.
“Each of the inductees was selected based on their athletic prowess, contributions to the athletic programs, success, and character as well as their positive representation of Northwood University. We are proud to pay tribute to the long, exciting history of Northwood athletics by honoring them.” – Dave Marsh, Northwood Athletic Director
TEDDY MEBOUNOU Men's Tennis 2005-2007, 2011-2012 • Won 40 matches leading the Timberwolves to a pair of GLIAC Championships • Division II Individual title at the ITA Championships, first player in GLIAC history to earn the top ranking • 2007 GLIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Year • Second Northwood player to earn ITA Senior National Player of the Year • GLIAC Athlete of the Year for the second time at Northwood while earning his M.B.A. at the DeVos Graduate School
JIM SOMERS Men's Basketball 1977-1981 • Led Northwood in scoring three times in his career • Ranks eighth in school history in scoring and fourth in rebounding • In 1980 attempted 20 free throws, the record in a single contest • Leading scorer and rebounder for the 1980-81 season and tied for highest win percentage
CINDY BIERWAGEN (CHOBAN) Volleyball 1991-1992 • First Team All-District 23 junior and senior years • Two-time NAIA Mid-East Region CoSIDA All-Academic honoree • Holds four single-season school records • Two-time All-American • NU record for solo blocks in a match (nine) 1992
TANYA DARNELL (HOSPELHORN) Softball 1993-1996 • Holds the Northwood season record for hits and runs batted in • Career standards in hits, runs batted in and total bases • Holds four single-season school records • Her name appears 27 times in the Northwood record book • Ranks second in runs, second in doubles, third in triples, eighth in home runs, second in stolen bases, and fourth in batting average • Three-time All-GLIAC honoree • Named First Team All-Region senior season
AMANDA WATSON Women's Soccer 2009-2012 • Finished career with 132 points • Scored 55 career goals, 10 more than any other player • Second in school history with 22 assists • 2010 GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 • First Team All-GLIAC four times • Three-time All-Region honoree
Thirty-five Northwood University student-athletes with team leaders from each varsity sports program took part in a one-day leadership retreat at Eagle Village Retreat Center in Hersey, Mich., in September.
“We developed this program with three objectives in mind,” said Dave Marsh, Northwood University athletic director. “We wanted to help our team captains and others enhance their leadership skills within their teams, hopefully to see improved performance in our teams. We also wanted to help our student-athletes develop as leaders on campus and in the community as part of their overall education at Northwood. Finally, we wanted to bring all our teams together to encourage them to support each other and build relationships across programs.”
Student-athletes participated in various training exercises, including a classroom session, an outdoor mountain rescue course, and an indoor high ropes course. Sessions allowed the student-athletes to build a better understanding of how to blend different personalities and effectively communicate to achieve goals. The retreat also allowed student-athletes to understand leadership roles on and off the playing field and in their careers beyond Northwood.
Student-Athletes Excel On and Off the Field
Northwood student-athletes demonstrated their dedication to both sports and studies in 2016. On Jan. 25, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced that the Northwood University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics placed a total of 99 student-athletes on the All-Academic and All- Academic Excellence teams in seven sports.
To earn All-Academic or All-Academic excellence honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, an active member on the team roster at the end of the season, and cannot be a first-year transfer student. All-Academic Team students must carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Students named to the Academic Excellence Teams have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0.
FISHER WINS SECOND GLIAC AWARD
For the second time in his career with the Northwood Timberwolves, Michael Fisher is the recipient of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner's Award. The award is presented to athletes who excel in the classroom and on the field.
Fisher finished his career by leading the GLIAC in total tackles for the third straight year, totaling 115 stops. He also had 5.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two interceptions. Fisher finished his career with 430 tackles, 58 more than any other player in school history. He earned All-GLIAC honors three times – First Team (2014, 2016), Second Team (2015) – and finished the year ranked fourth among active players in all of Division II in career tackles. He was twice named Second Team Academic All-American.
One of the best student-athletes in the GLIAC over his four-year career, Fisher earned GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honors four times. He was also named the male recipient of the David & Daniel Goetz Scholar- Athlete Award, given annually to a student-athlete who combines outstanding athletic and academic achievements.
One of the greatest players in Northwood women’s basketball history closed out her career with another big honor. Jordyn Nurenberg was named to the First Team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) team. The award marks the second straight season Nurenberg has earned the honor.
One of the finest players in Northwood history, Nurenberg finished ranked fifth in school history with 1,419 points and second with 801 rebounds. This season, Nurenberg ranked fourth in the GLIAC in both scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg), while standing fifth in the league in field goal percentage (55.8 percent). She also finished her career ranking among the best in Northwood history in field goals made (fifth with 489), blocked shots (sixth with 84), free throw attempts (first with 605) and free throws made (second with 437). Over the final two seasons of her career, Nurenberg had 947 points and 523 rebounds.
She accomplished all of this despite having to overcome injuries in her career, which included a medical redshirt one season.
Nurenberg also is an excellent student – she will earn GLIAC All-Academic Excellence four times in her career, which signifies having a grade point average above 3.5. She currently is earning a master’s degree from the DeVos Graduate School of Management.
With Nurenberg’s help, Northwood finished the season 16-11 overall and reached the GLIAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
COLESTOCK EARNS HISTORIC 900 CAREER VICTORIES Zane Colestock, head coach of the men’s tennis team at Northwood University, added another incredible milestone to his already remarkable résumé earlier this spring. With a 7-2 win over Lake Superior State, Colestock reached the 900-win mark for his career, which has now spanned 42 years.
This list of accomplishments for Colestock is impressive and continuing to grow. His career record now stands at 905-229, combined between the men’s and women’s programs. Colestock’s win total is among the highest all-time in NCAA tennis history. Under his leadership, Northwood has won 34 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, 13 NAIA District 23 Championships and has posted an .801 winning percentage. Colestock has coached two teams to the NCAA Final Four as well as 12 teams to the NCAA Elite Eight.
“Reaching the milestone of 900 career wins is an amazing achievement,” Northwood Athletic Director Dave Marsh told the Midland Daily News. “When you couple that with his incredible string of championships, I don’t think there is any question that Zane is one of the greatest college tennis coaches ever.”
TRIO OF NEW COACHES JOINS TIMBERWOLF STAFF The coaching staff for the Northwood University Timberwolves will have three new faces for the 2016-2017 season. Conor Holt will take over as the head coach of track & field/cross country teams. Leading the way for the softball program will be Gregg Sauve, while David Shumaker will guide the NU volleyball team. The dynamic trio brings a wealth of experience and success to Northwood.
Holt arrives in Midland after a tremendous five years as the head coach at Oklahoma City University. Since 2013, he has led the Stars to three NAIA Men's Cross Country team championships (2013, 2014, 2015), 69 All-Americans and four individual national championships. A three-time NAIA Cross Country Coach of the Year, Holt had led Oklahoma City to 31 school records and 28 Academic All-Americans. Holt also spent time as an assistant coach at Oregon State and Purdue.
Shumaker has been a head coach for over 15 years at two different institutions (Bryan College, Summit University), coming to Northwood with a .644 career win percentage and 346 victories. While at Bryan, Shumaker went 137-55 while winning four straight Appalachian Athletic Conference championships. A two-time AAC Coach of the Year (2012, 2013), Shumaker led Bryan to at least 20 wins in all five seasons. The 2013 team posted a program-best record of 33-4, which earned Shumaker the AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year award.
Sauve brings over 40 years of experience in fast-pitch softball to the program in both the men's and women's game. Over the past three seasons, he has been an assistant coach at Northwood, working with all aspects of the program. During his time coaching, he has been a part of four state championships and over 40 World and National Tournament appearances. Sauve was a part of the 2013 Midland Emerson Aces staff, taking home the ISC II World Championship. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Midland High School.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CAMPS CONTINUE TO THRIVE Over the past few years, the Northwood University women’s basketball team has hosted some of the finest high school team camps in Michigan. Northwood held four different camps this season. Over the course of the four events, the Midland, Mich. campus saw 115 teams and over 1,100 high school student-athletes in attendance. The sum of teams and athletes has continued to grow steadily each year.
“Our team camps are really a win-win for everyone involved,” said Northwood Basketball Coach Jeff Curtis. “We do our very best to make sure everyone has a great experience on our campus. It’s also a great fundraiser for our program and our university. Plus, we get a chance to show off Northwood University to a large number of high school students.”
ELAINA MEADOWS EARNS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS. Junior Elaina Meadows from the women’s track and field team became the newest All-American at Northwood University at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.
Meadows, a native of Schoolcraft, Mich., placed tenth nationally in the long jump with a jump of 5.69 meters (18.67 feet). In addition to winning the event at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships this season, Meadows set a school record with a jump of 5.84 meters (19.17 feet).
She is the first Northwood women’s track and field athlete to become an All-American since 2014 when Danielle Miller and Madison Pines each earned the honor.
MAURICE JONES NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-GLIAC. Maurice Jones, a senior on the Northwood University men’s basketball team, was named First Team All-GLIAC.
The Saginaw, Mich., native turned in one of the best individual seasons in Northwood history, finishing the season ranked in the top four in the GLIAC in seven different categories: assists (ranked second with 160), steals (ranked second with 53), points (ranked third with 587), points per game (ranked third with 21.0), field goals (ranked third with 204), free throws (ranked fourth with 126), and minutes (ranked third with 943). He also matched and then broke the record for points by a Northwood player in the Bennett Center/Riepma Arena.
Earlier this season, after scoring 39 points against Saginaw Valley State University, Jones broke his own record with a 41-point effort against Lake Superior State University (LSSU). The old record was set by Alan Rainge, who scored 39 points against LSSU in 1995. With 587 points this season, Jones becomes the tenth-highest scorer at Northwood, tying him with Dallas Logan ('03-'04). Jones is also the first player since Logan to reach the top 10 on the single-season scoring list.
Northwood ended the season with a 15-13 record.
HONORS ROLL IN FOR JORDYN NURENBERG, LAUREN ROBAK. Junior Jordyn Nurenberg from the Northwood University women’s basketball team turned in one of the finest seasons in program history. And for her efforts, she has earned numerous honors.
A native of St. Johns, Mich., Nurenberg was named First Team All-GLIAC. In addition, she was named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-Midwest Region Second Team.
Averaging 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, Nurenberg set school records for points (501) and rebounds (309) in one season. She was the national leader in Division II double-doubles, (scoring double-digits in two categories during one game), ending the year with double-doubles in 22 of 29 games. She also moved into the top 10 on the NU single season list in field goal percentage (ranked fifth with 57.0), ree throws (ranked fifth with 124) and blocked shots (ranked seventh with 35).
Nurenberg ended the season ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. She also attempted and made more free throws than anyone in the GLIAC.
Lauren Robak earned First Team All-GLIAC honors after averaging 15.3 points per game for the season. It was the third time in her career that the Clarkston, Mich., native earned All-GLIAC honors. Finishing her career with 1,456 points, she ties for second in women’s basketball career points for Northwood.
Northwood ended the season with a 17-12 record, making it to the GLIAC Tournament for the third straight season.
The fall of 2015 was a highly successful one for Northwood University Athletics, as two teams claimed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
The women’s tennis team earned both the regular season and the tournament titles, which marked the twelfth time in the last fifteen years the team earned those honors. Northwood finished the regular season with a 10-1 record losing only to Grand Valley State. GVSU and NU shared the GLIAC title, but the Timberwolves downed the Lakers 5-2 in the championship match.
At the conclusion of the event, four Northwood players earned All-GLIAC honors: Alisa Reshetnikova and Carol Arnez-Mercado were named to the First Team, while Olesia Riabchuk and Tetyana Pavych claimed Second Team and Honorable Mention honors, respectively.
Then the men’s soccer team earned the first GLIAC Championship in school history in dramatic fashion, earning the title with a 1-0 road win at rival Saginaw Valley State. The Timberwolves, who won the GLIAC Tournament Championship a year ago, finished the regular season with an impressive 14-1-1 record (12-1-1 GLIAC). Northwood spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 25 nationally, getting as high as No. 8.
The 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Class (L to R): Ross Aitchison, Jill Carr, Safiyyah Abdul-Malik, Sherri Riepma, Mike Urbanus, Chris Wilson
Northwood University inducted its 10th Athletic Hall of Fame class on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Ross Aitchison - Men’s Soccer, Jill (Kotelnicki) Carr - Volleyball, Safiyyah Abdul-Malik (Cicilie Murdock) - Women’s Track & Field, Mike Urbanus - Men’s Basketball, Chris Wilson - Football and Pat Riepma - Football Coach/Athletic Director joined 47 other inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Ross Aitchison Men’s Soccer - 2006-09
Ross Aitchison is the first men’s soccer player to earn Hall of Fame status at Northwood. A three-time All-GLIAC honoree, Aitchison is the all-time leader in school history in goals (30) and points (68). During the 2007 season, he finished with 17 goals and 36 points, both of which are second in Northwood history. A standout in the classroom as well, Aitchison earned Second Team Scholar All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) in 2008. That marked the first time in Northwood history a soccer player at Northwood had earned All-America honors. Aitchison earned All-GLIAC Academic honors three times as well as NSCAA honors in his career.
Jill (Kotelnicki) Carr Volleyball - 1985-88
Jill Kotelnicki was one of the top players on the Northwood Volleyball team during one of the best four-year periods in school history. She earned NAIA District 23 Player of the Year honors in both 1987 and 1988. Kotelnicki is the only player in Northwood history to earn the District Player of the Year honor twice in a career. An All-American in 1988, Kotelnicki also earned First Team All-District 23 honors three times (1986, 1987, 1988). She still ranks among the all-time leaders in NU history in assists (3,509 – sixth), digs (1,214 – fifth) and aces (252 – sixth). Northwood won the District 23 title all four years of her career and placed fifth nationally in 1988.
Safiyyah Abdul-Malik (Cicilie Murdock) Women’s Track & Field1984-87
Over 25 years after her collegiate running career ended, Cicilie Murdock remains one of the greatest runners in Northwood track history. As of 2015, Murdock still holds six Northwood school records. She ran the best times in school history in the outdoor 200 (24.30), the outdoor 400 (55.44), the indoor 55 (6.95), the indoor 60 (7.48) and the indoor 400 (57.57). Murdock was also a part of the record-holding 4X400 meter relay team (3:48.03). Her time of 55.44 in the outdoor 400 meter dash is still the school record by nearly three seconds (58.31). Murdock also was a standout in the jumps as well – her outdoor long jump mark of 18”1’ from 1987 was a school record until 2015. Murdock claimed All-American honors in both 1986 & 1987.
Mike Urbanus Men’s Basketball - 1986-90
Mike Urbanus finished his career as one of the best players in over 50 years of Northwood Basketball history. He finished his career with 1,960 points, good for second in school history. He averaged more than 20 points per game over his final two seasons, during which he was a District 23 All-District performer. His name is found throughout the Northwood record book, particularly from the free throw line. He holds the school records for free throws made in a game (16), in a season (207) and in a career (646). Urbanus also is the Northwood record holder for 3-point field goal percentage in a season, connecting on 50.0 percent of his attempts in his freshman season. Urbanus ranks third and fifth on the single-season scoring list in school history with 707 points as a senior and 668 points as a junior. His 657 career rebounds are also good for 10th in Northwood history.
Chris Wilson Football - 2001-04
Chris Wilson turned his standout Northwood football career into a lengthy professional stint in the National Football League. Wilson was a key player for the Timberwolves for four seasons, registering 174 tackles and 47 tackles for loss. He earned First Team All-American honors in 2004 from AFCA, leading Northwood to a GLIAC Championship. A three-time All-GLIAC honoree, Wilson then joined the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football league and helped the team win the Grey Cup in 2006. He then spent five seasons in the National Football League with the Washington Redskins, finishing with 77 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Wilson played in the NFL longer than anyone in Northwood history.
Pat Riepma Head Football Coach/Athletic Director - 1993-2015
Pat Riepma impacted thousands of people in many different ways in over 21 years of service at Northwood University. Taking over a football program that had won just two games the previous two seasons, Riepma guided Northwood to three GLIAC Championships and four appearances in the NCAA Playoffs. A four-time GLIAC Coach of the Year, he finished his coaching career as the all-time winningest coach in Northwood history with 95 victories. Riepma also served as the athletic director at Northwood for 14 years and was a vital part of the dramatic improvements to the athletic facilities. Above all of that, Riepma was an inspirational figure and someone who truly “Made a Difference” at Northwood.
On April 30, 2015 the Michigan Campus Athletic Department held the first “Timby” Awards. The event is will be a new tradition honoring the best of the athletic calendar year at Northwood.
Here are the people and teams that took home the major awards that night:
Top Team GPA – Volleyball
Team has a cumulative GPA above 3.6, the best in the Athletic Department
Team of the Year – Men’s Soccer
Team won its first ever conference championship of any kind, taking home the GLIAC Tournament Title.
Team finished the year ranked in the top 25 nationally for the first time in school history.
Women’s Pack Pride Award
Brianna Blumenherst, Women’s Golf
Chairwoman of the 2015 NU Style Show
President of NU Student Ambassadors
Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council
Claimed the Fashion Marketing and Management Award
Men’s Pack Pride Award
Jake Riepma, Football
Play-by-Play Announcer for Men’s/Women’s Basketball
NU Student Ambassador
Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Women’s Newcomer of the Year
Maddy Seeley, Women’s Basketball
Third on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg)
Averaged nearly 22 minutes per game
Scored a career-high 27 points on the road against national-ranked Michigan Tech
Ranked among top scorers in the GLIAC among Freshman
Women’s Athlete of the Year
Gabrielle Rivette, Women’s Basketball
Named First Team All-GLIAC in her final two seasons
Led GLIAC in three-point percentage and assists
Holds Northwood records for three-point percentage in a career (43.2) and a season (46.8)
Ranks second in NU History in free throws made (361) and fourth in free throw attempts (431)
Men’s Athlete of the Year
Mike Ankoviak, Men’s Soccer/Men’s
Track & Field
2014 Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention (Soccer)
First Team All-Midwest Region
First Team All-GLIAC
Team allowed just 13 goals in 18 matches
Earned All-GLIAC honors in Track & Field as well
Moment of the Year
Football win at Northern Michigan to open season in honor of Coach Riepma
Northwood opened the year with a 23-13 road win at Northern Michigan
Coach Riepma was unable to attend the game, after which the team honored him during the fight song
Men’s Newcomer of the Year
Maurice Jones, Men’s Basketball
Named Second Team All-GLIAC
Led the GLIAC in steals
Ranked second in assists in the GLIAC
Second leading rebounder on team
Was third on team in scoring
The Northwood University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the members of the ninth class of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dallas Logan (Men’s Basketball), Andrea (Raby) Pitts (Women’s Basketball), Lisa (Shepard) Mayes (Softball), Josh Weber (Men’s Track and Field) and Gary Williams (Contributor) join 42 other inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
The inductees were selected based on their athletic prowess, contributions to the athletic programs, success and character as well as their positive representation of Northwood University.
“We are excited to be able to honor these outstanding individuals and to pay tribute to the legacy they left on long history of Northwood University Athletics, said Dave Marsh, Northwood Athletic Director. “Each of the inductees was instrumental in the success of their program and our entire athletic department is indebted to them.”
DALLAS LOGAN • Men’s Basketball • 2000-04
Dallas Logan is one of the finest all-around players in the history of the Northwood men’s basketball program. He finished fourth on the career scoring list with 1,801 points and ranks first among players since 1990. In Logan’s senior season, he became the only player in school history to lead the team in scoring (20.2 ppg), rebounding (4.6 rpg) and assists (3.8 apg) in the same season. He earned First Team All-GLIAC honors in each of his final three seasons as a Timberwolf, during which he averaged 19.1 points per games while shooting 52 percent from the floor. A First Team All-Region honoree in his senior season, Logan played in all 109 games in his career. He led Northwood to the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament twice and one appearance in the GLIAC Finals in his sophomore season.
ANDREA (RABY) PITTS • Women’s Basketball • 1980-84
Andrea Raby was one of Northwood’s first and best women’s basketball players, playing on the first four women’s basketball teams in school history. She still stands as the leading rebounder in school history, finishing her four-year career with 800 rebounds. Raby also ranks 12th in school history with 1,083 points, making her one of just three players at Northwood to have over 1,000 points and 700 rebounds. Thirty years after her career ended, Raby still ranks in the top 10 in Northwood history in field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made and free throws attempted. Raby averaged 14.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in the 1981-82 season, making her one of two players in school history to average a double-double in a season. Her 10.7 rebounding average that season is the highest in school history. Raby led Northwood in scoring twice and in rebounding three times during her career.
Lisa (Shepard) Mayes • Softball • 2003-06
Lisa Shepard was one of the most dominant players in Northwood softball history. She finished her career with a 68-38 record in the circle with a 1.22 ERA. Shepard registered the second most wins and the highest winning percentage (.638) in school history. She struck out a remarkable 792 batters in her career, 184 more than any other pitcher in Northwood history. Shepard guided Northwood to the NCAA Tournament for the only time in school history in 2005, leading the team to the Regional final. Shepard was the key player for the team as the Timberwolves won GLIAC Championships in 2004 and 2005. In those seasons, Shepard went 47-12 with a 0.86 ERA while striking out 473 batters in 390.2 innings of work. She owns the two highest single-season marks in wins (24, 23) and strikeouts (274, 199) as well as the two lowest season ERAs (0.95, 0.78) at Northwood. A two-time First Team All-GLIAC honoree, Shepard has 10 more career shutouts than anyone in school history (24).
JOSH WEBER • Men’s Track and Field • 2001-04
Josh Weber was the premier men’s track and field competitor at Northwood during the early 2000’s. He was a six-time All-American in three different events, earning the honors in the 4X400 meter relay, the 400 meter dash and the 800 meter run. During his career, Weber claimed three top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. His best finish came at the 2004 Indoor Championships, where Weber finished second with a time of 1:50.48. He also placed third in the 400 at the 2003 Indoor Championships (48.06) and a fifth in the 800 at the 2004 Outdoor Championships (1:51.97). Weber saved some of his best performances for the GLIAC Championships, where he won four individual titles. He was named the GLIAC Male Athlete of the Meet at the 2003 Outdoor GLIAC Championships, where he claimed the 200 and the 400 meter dashes. At the 2004 Outdoor GLIAC Championships, he set a meet and Northwood record with a time of 1:49.27.
GARY WILLIAMS • Contributor • 1996-2013
Prior to the start of the 1996 football season, Northwood signed a deal with WMPX in Midland to carry all of the Timberwolves football games live on the radio. The person who became the voice of Northwood football was Gary Williams, who served in the role as play-by-play man for 18 years. During that time, Williams announced nearly all of the 193 games played with partner and fellow Northwood Hall of Famer Larry Lindsey. Williams was on the mic for three GLIAC Championship teams and three NCAA Playoff games. He was also a contributor to Northwood Football Weekly and was a key part in the growth of the program. Williams’ hard work, dedication and commitment to Northwood Football will always be fondly remembered by everyone associated with the program.
(L-R) Madison Pines and Jean Menard
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) recognized two Timberwolves with Meijer Commissioner’s Awards in mid-July. The awards, sponsored by Meijer, Incorporated, are presented after the fall, winter, and spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and in competition.
Joining ten other student-athletes from schools around the GLIAC are Madison Pines (Track & Field) and Jean Menard (Men’s Tennis).
“It is with great pleasure that I offer congratulations on behalf of the GLIAC to our 12 award winners,” stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. “The accomplishments of the 12 student-athletes are a shining example of the future leaders and individuals who serve as change agents on our campuses.” - Travis McCurdy
Members of the Northwood University men’s and women’s tennis teams were named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete teams. Honorees must be varsity letter winners, possess a minimum grade point average of 3.50 (4.00 scale), and be enrolled for at least two semesters.
Representing the Women’s Team are senior Darina Berkova, freshman Anna Aniskina, and freshman Anastasia Kazub.
On the men’s side are senior Jean Menard, sophomore Lorenzo Montegiorgi , sophomore Samuel Walendowsky , sophomore Konstantin Zhukov and freshman Salikh Gilmutdinov.
Both teams excelled on the court. The men’s team won their 20th straight conference championship, while the women’s team won their 10th title in the last 11 years.
Jordan Bischel became the seventh head baseball coach in the 49 year history of the program earlier this summer. Bischel replaces Joe DiBenedetto, who accepted another position within the athletic department.
[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"][/symple_column]“We are very excited to have Jordan on board as our new baseball coach,” said Dave Marsh, Northwood Athletic Director. “He has a track record of baseball success that we are confident will continue here at Northwood. Besides being an outstanding coach he has a proven great rapport with his players. He is a very high caliber person who will quickly fit in with the Northwood family and in our community.”
Bischel comes to Northwood after a pair of highly successful seasons at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska where the Warriors registered 74 victories and a pair of appearances in the NAIA National Tournament.
Prior to Midland, Bischel had a great deal of success in a variety of coaching roles including head coach of the Green Bay Bullfrogs, pitching coach at Northwest Missouri State and assistant coach at John Carroll and Saint Norbert College.
“I am thrilled to join such a tremendous institution,” said Bischel. “Northwood and the Midland community will be an amazing spot for my wife, Katie, and I to settle. We are incredibly excited to join the Northwood family and I cannot wait to bring tremendous passion to building a championship baseball program.”
For the third straight season and the 10th time in the last 11 years, the Northwood women’s tennis team claimed the GLIAC Championship. Northwood finished the fall season with a perfect 17-0 record. The Timberwolves also won the GLIAC Tournament title as well.
The accomplishments of the team also lead to several individual honors following the season. Senior Darina Berkova claimed the GLIAC Player of the Year award for the second time in her career. She went undefeated in singles, posting a 13-0 record at the No. 1 positions. Berkova was named First Team All-GLIAC for the fourth time in her career and also earned a GLIAC Commissioner’s Award. She was joined on the All-GLIAC teams by Nastya Puchkina (Second Team) and Anastasiia Kazub (Second Team).
By winning the GLIAC Championship, Northwood has earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament this spring.
The Northwood University athletic department placed a total of 95 student-athletes on the GLIAC All-Academic and All-Academic Excellence teams. The student-athlete must be an active member on the roster at the end of the season, not a freshman or a first year transfer student. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Academic Excellence Teams are comprised of student athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0.
Northwood placed 47 student-athletes on the All-Academic Team and 48 on the All-Academic Excellence teams.
Juliia Pakhomenko, a senior outside hitter for the Northwood University volleyball team, has been named a First Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). It marks the second consecutive year that Pakhomenko has earned the honor. She is the lone representative of the Midwest Region on the First Team.
Pakhomenko turned in another dominant season for Northwood, finishing the year ranked third nationally in kills (4.95 per set) and in points (5.6). She averaged over a kill more per set than any other player in the GLIAC and had 148 more kills than any other player in the GLIAC (599). Despite playing just two seasons at Northwood, Pakhomenko registered 1,075 kills, placing her 13th in school history. Since the NCAA changed the winning score in a set from 30 to 25 in 2008, Pakhomenko has over 200 more kills than any other Northwood player. She earned GLIAC Player of the Week honors eight times in two seasons and was the only player in Division II to reach the 30 kill mark in two separate matches during the regular season.
Thanks in large part to Pakhomenko’s efforts, Northwood had a pair of tremendous seasons over the last two years. The team posted 47 victories, a GLIAC Championship, a GLIAC Tournament title and two top-three finishes in the Midwest region in the regular season.
The eighth annual Hall of Fame ceremony took place October 19. The inductees were selected based on their athletic prowess, contributions to the athletic programs, success and character, as well as their positive representation of Northwood University. [symple_column size="one-fifth" position="first"][/symple_column] BILL CHANDLER - Football - 1971-74
Bill Chandler was one of the first great football players at Northwood. In 1973, he joined Bill Smithingell as the first two football All-Americans in school history. One year later, Chandler became the first football player to earn the honor twice as he was named to the NAIA Division II First Team All-America team. A stout defensive tackle and four year letterwinner, Chandler’s efforts were a key part of Northwood claiming the first team Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship ever awarded. Only one of their opponents in those two seasons scored more than 20 points in a game.
Jennifer Hetherington finished her career at Northwood as the all-time leading scorer in program history and still ranks third in school history with 1,436 points. She also ranks fourth in school history in assists (390), fifth in field goals made (489), third in steals (210), second in free throws made (407), third in three-point field goals made (147) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.365). Her 446 points from the 1989-90 season are the fourth most in Northwood history. A three-time NAIA All-District honoree, Hetherington was the leading scorer on the 1990-91 team that claimed the District 23 championship. She was named the Northwood valedictorian of both the 1990 associate’s degree and the 1992 bachelor’s degree class as well as earning Academic All-American honors following the 1991-92 season. Hetherington joins former teammate Jennifer Foster (Class of 2009) in the Northwood Hall of Fame.
[symple_column size="one-fifth" position="first"][/symple_column] DAVID LAMKY - Baseball - 2001-04
David Lamky was one of the best and most consistent baseball players in Northwood history. He batted at least .345 all four years of his career and ended with a .368 batting average. Lamky finished his career with 225 hits, 30 more than any other player in school history. He also stands as the all-time Northwood leader in doubles (51), runs batted in (140) and at-bats (611). Lamky also ranks in the top six in school history in home runs (16), runs (131) and batting average. He registered three of the top seven single-season double marks in Northwood history. In all, Lamky’s name appears 24 times in the Northwood single season and career top-ten lists. He was named All-GLIAC all four years of his career, including First Team honors his final three seasons. Lamky also claimed First Team All-Region honors following his senior season and was a three-time Academic All-GLIAC honoree.
[symple_column size="one-fifth" position="first"][/symple_column] ROMANA MORAVKOVA - Volleyball - 1997-2000
Romana Moravkova was a key part of one of the most successful runs in Northwood volleyball history. Moravkova ended her career with 1,902 kills, which ranks her second in school history. She trails only Pavla Melicharova in kills, who is the all-time leader in NCAA Division II history. Moravkova also ranks among the career leaders at Northwood with 1,231 digs (fourth) and a .345 attack percentage (fifth). She claimed First Team All-America honors following the 1997 and the 1999 season, leading Northwood to the GLIAC Championship both times. Moravkova also was named the GLIAC Player of the Year twice (1999, 2000) and First Team All-GLIAC three times (1997, 1998, 2000).
[symple_column size="one-fifth" position="first"][/symple_column] TYRONE NELSON - Football - 1995-98
Tyrone Nelson will go down as one of the greatest offensive linemen in school history. A four-year starter for the Timberwolves, Nelson was a tackle when the “Woodbone” offense took off. He claimed First Team All-GLIAC honors in both his junior and senior season. Following the 1998 campaign, Nelson was honored as the GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. That same season, he was also honored as an AFCA First Team All-American as well as an AP Little All-America Second Team. Thanks in part to Nelson’s efforts, the 1998 team set 24 team and individual records and scored at least 28 points in nine of their 10 games. He was the starting tackle for fellow Hall of Famer Sleepie Tollie.
[symple_column size="one-fifth" position="first"][/symple_column] FRITZ REZNOR - Contributor - 1978-98
There is no one with more knowledge about Northwood Athletics than Fritz Reznor, one of the longest tenured staff members in school history. He became Northwood’s first Sports Information Director (SID) in 1978 and held that job until 1998. As the publicist, historian, and statistician for Northwood Athletics, his work was vital for the tremendous growth of the department. One of four SID’s in school history, he also served as the NAIA District 23 Information Director for nine years as well as the GLIAC SID for two years. Reznor’s hard work, dedication, and loyalty to Northwood University are well-known among those that know him.
A pair of Timberwolf student-athletes recently earned Academic All-America honors for the accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom. Juniors Stacey Klonowski (softball) and Madison Pines (multi sports) each earned Second Team honors. Pines turned in a remarkable all-around athletic year for Northwood. This spring, she claimed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship in the 1,500 meter run. Pines qualified for both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships this season in track and holds a total of four school records. She also was a key defender for the Northwood University women’s soccer team, earning Honorable Mention All-GLIAC honors. At the conclusion of the soccer season, she joined the cross country team. With just one week to prepare for the regional championship, Pines placed 26th of 158 runners to help Northwood to a seventh place finish overall, the highest in school history. She graduated in three years from the undergraduate program with a perfect 4.0 GPA in Accounting. She will be attending the DeVos Graduate School of Management next year in her final year of eligibility.
Klonowski turned in one of the finest individual seasons in Northwood history. She ranked in the top seven in the GLIAC in 12 different categories. Klonowski ended the season batting .415 with nine home runs and 34 RBI’s, all of which rank her in the top-five in the conference. All of those marks also rank her in the top-10 leaders in a season in Northwood history. Despite being a junior, Klonowski ranks second in Northwood history with 22 home runs and a .377 career average while ranking third with 37 career doubles. A Finance major, Klonowski currently maintains a 3.9 overall GPA.
- Travis McCurdy