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Crossroads League Honors Harden as Track Athlete of the Week


AVON, Ohio – The Crossroads League announced its Athlete-of-the-Week honors on Monday morning, with Taylor’s Sarah Harden earning the Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week recognition.


Harden won the 3,000-meters at the Mastodon Invitational on Saturday, logging an NAIA A-standard time of 10:12.91. The junior finished 19-seconds ahead of the pack and automatically qualified for NAIA Indoor Nationals.


This is the first weekly Crossroads League honor for Harden this season.


The TU Track and Field squad will return to action on January 24 and 25 at the IU Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana.


Crossroads League Announces Athletes of the Week | January 13-19


AVON, Ohio – The Crossroads League Athletes of the Week were announced on Monday, recognizing the top athletes from January 13 through 19. Sports Information Directors from the league nominate student-athletes for the award and vote on each week’s winners.

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Cameron Wolter, Marian

Wolter was busy in No. 8 Marian’s road wins at No. 9 Bethel and Huntington, averaging 24.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the victories. The junior center had 32 points and 12 boards in a 25-point win at BU, before adding 16 points, eight caroms and two steals at HU.


Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Katie Giller, Marian

Giller registered a pair of double-doubles for No. 4 Marian, leading the Knights past Bethel and No. 21 Huntington. The sophomore finished the week averaging 19.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two wins, while shooting 10-of-19 from the floor and 18-of-19 from the charity stripe.


Men’s Indoor TF Field Athlete of the Week
Kyler Dickey, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Dickey opened his 2020 indoor campaign with wins in the shot put and weight throw at the Ron Althoff Relays. The sophomore posted marks of 14.31 meters in the shot and 13.93 meters in the weight throw.


Men’s Indoor TF Track Athlete of the Week
Isaac Beatty, Grace

Beatty scored wins for the Lancers in the 1,000-meters with a time of 2:38.85 and the 4x800-meter relay at 7:57.37. The 4x800 time was good for an NAIA A-standard.


Women’s Indoor TF Field Athlete of the Week
Erin Oleksak, Marian

Oleksak switched gears from her NAIA All-American soccer performance to debut in the high jump for Marian. The freshman claimed victory with an NAIA A-standard leap of 1.68 meters in the high jump at the IWU Invite. Oleksak also won the 60-meter hurdles with an A-mark and finished third in the 200-meters.


Women’s Indoor TF Track Athlete of the Week
Sarah Harden, Taylor

Harden raced to victory in the 3,000-meters with an NAIA A-standard time of 10:12.91 to finish 19 seconds ahead of the pack at the PFW Invite and automatically qualified for NAIA Nationals.


Northridge High School senior Alex Stauffer committed IWU to continue his education and athletics career.


Stauffer will attend Indiana Wesleyan University and will join the Wildcats' men's basketball program.

MARION, Ind. – Small College Basketball has once again released it’s Bevo Francis Top 100 Watch List, and for the third straight season, Kyle Mangas has earned a spot. Last season Mangas made the Top 25 list, the first time a Wildcat name appeared since 2016 when Jonny Marlin made the list. The committee chose these elite players from over 1,100 colleges and universities and took into consideration individual statistics, awards, milestones, and team success.


“To be named to this impressive list of players for the third consecutive time is quite the accomplishment for Kyle,” said head coach Greg Tonagel. “We obviously see the crazy numbers he puts up, but it’s his play in the clutch and his winning that makes him one of the nation’s elite.”


Collecting his 2,000 point against No. 9 Bethel University on January 4th, 2020, Mangas is averaging a season-best 27.1 points-per-game, four points better than last season. In addition to scoring the ball, Mangas is averaging 6.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, both career-best.


Mangas currently ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in total points scored (461), No. 3 in points-per-game (27.1) and No. 19 in total assists (76). In relation to NCAA basketball, Mangas has scored more points thus far than everybody but one person, who has also scored 461 points this season.


The Wildcats hit the court this Saturday in a clash with Grant County foe, Taylor University. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Wildcats are looking for their 17th straight win over the Trojans, who have two Top 25 wins in their last four games.




2015-16 – Top 100 – Jonny Marlin – SR.

2015-16 – Top 50 – Jonny Marlin – SR.

2015-16 – Top 25 – Jonny Marlin – SR.

2015-16 – Finalists– Jonny Marlin – SR.

2016-17 – Top 100 – Lane Mahurin – SR.

2017-18 – Top 100 – Kyle Mangas – FR.

2018-19 – Top 100 – Kyle Mangas – SO.

2018-19 – Top 50 – Kyle Mangas – SO.

2018-19 – Top 25 – Kyle Mangas – SO.

2019-2020 – Top 100 – Kyle Mangas – JR.



Maddy Payne on signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her collegiate volleyball career at Bethel University in the Fall of 2020. Maddy is the daughter of John and Dawn Payne of Wakarusa. Maddy has been a four-year Scholar Athlete earning a 3.90 GPA in her academic career at NorthWood. Maddy has been a three-year starter and during that time the Panthers have a record of 77-23. During those three years Maddy has accumulated 910 Kills – 266 Blocks – 79 Aces – 165 Digs as well as being named a Captain for all three teams.


Maddy has been voted All – Northern Lakes Conference all three years and was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star team last year.

NorthWood Girls Golf Senior Kirsten Schrock for signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her golf career at Taylor University for the Fall of 2020. The head women’s golf coach at Taylor Cameron Andy. Kirsten is the daughter of Rodney and Michelle Schrock of Goshen. Kirsten has earned a 3.95 GPA and is a 4-year NorthWood Scholar Athlete.


Kirsten’s career at NorthWood:

•4 year letter-winner

•3 year co-caption

•2018 All NLC Honorable Mention

•2019 All NLC 1st Team

•2019 NLC Runner-Up Medalist

•2019 IHSAA Warsaw Sectional Runner-Up Medalist


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West Noble senior Alex Ramirez will continue his baseball career at Goshen College.

Ramirez held a signing ceremony on January 23, making his commitment official. Goshen is an NAIA program northwest of Ligonier.