Numerous Mercer County high school products competed in winter season sports at Grove City College.
Following is a look at their accomplishments:
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Abby Biddle, Freshman, Grove City – Biddle earned 11th in the 400 meters at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships, recording a season-best time of 1:05.54. Biddle also competed on Grove City’s 800-meter, 1600-meter and distance medley relays throughout the indoor season.
Allison Hollenbaugh, Senior, Lakeview – Hollenbaugh concluded the 2020 indoors season February 27 by recording a 10th-place finish in the 5000 at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships, held at Youngstown State. She recorded a time of 21:24.36.
Hollenbaugh posted a season-best time of 21:08.01 February 8 at Mount Union’s Jim Wuske Invitational in Alliance, Ohio. She earned ninth at that prestigious event. A four-year letterwinner in cross country, Hollenbaugh earned Honorable Mention All-PAC by taking 18th at the conference championships November 2.
Olivia Lowe, Sophomore, Grove City – Lowe recorded a career-best time of 2:27.78 in the 800 meters at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships, earning seventh place overall at the February 27 meet. She lowered her season-best time by nearly eight seconds in finishing among the point-scorers in the 800.
Lowe also took 22nd last November for Grove City at the conference cross country championships.
Bryce Lowe, Sophomore, Grove City – Lowe competed in the 800 meters throughout the indoor season for Grove City. He closed the season February 27 by taking 17th at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships with a time of 2 minutes, 10.02 seconds.
Lowe posted a season-best time of 2:09.36 at the Youngstown State Icebreaker December 6.
Gretchen Elsey, Junior, West Middlesex – Elsey won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference title in the high jump by clearing 5-1. That set the conference and school record. It also represented a collegiate best for Elsey in either indoor or outdoor competition.
Gretchen Elsey, Junior, West Middlesex – Elsey played in all 28 games for Grove City, helping the Wolverines capture their first Presidents’ Athletic Conference title since 1987. The Wolverines set a program record with 25 victories and also qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the first time in 37 years.
Elsey ranked third on the team with 28 three-point goals this season. She shot a team-best 37.3 percent from behind the three-point line. Elsey also tied for fourth on the team with 10 blocked shots.
She averaged 3.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Elsey scored a season-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the three-point line in a 75-54 win November 20 over visiting Pitt-Greensburg.
Lauren Frederick, Junior, Wilmington – Frederick played in 22 games this season for the Wolverines, helping them to the conference title. She ranked fourth on the team with 15 three-pointers and averaged 2.2 points per game.
She fired in a season-high nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from behind the three-point line February 5 in a key 86-61 conference win at Chatham. Frederick also scored nine points January 8 against Geneva.
Nina Cano, Freshman, Greenville – Cano played in 27 games this winter for Grove City, helping the Wolverines to the conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 43 percent from the field.
Cano scored a season-high 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the November 12 season opener at Mount Aloysius. She also scored eight points in each of Grove City’s victories over conference rival Thiel.
Sedona Campbell, Junior, Slippery Rock – Campbell made 11 starts for the Wolverines this season as Grove City captured the conference title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament. A midseason knee injury sidelined Campbell for approximately six weeks but she returned to play four games in the season’s final month.
She averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 16 total appearances. She posted a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double November 23 against Houghton. Campbell also had 11 points and seven rebounds December 4 as Grove City opened conference play with a 77-56 win over Waynesburg.
Isaac Thrasher, Sophomore, Grove City – Thrasher played in 17 games this season for Grove City, helping the Wolverines capture their first Presidents’ Athletic Conference title in 10 years. A 6-foot shooting guard, Thrasher averaged 1.4 points per game this season.
Thrasher played four minutes February 29 in Grove City’s 86-70 win over Geneva in the conference tournament title game. He scored a season-high seven points in 11 minutes January 4 against Chatham.
He hit two critical free throws in overtime of Grove City’s 91-80 home OT win over archrival Westminster January 18. Thrasher also went 2 for 2 at the foul line March 7 in the Wolverines’ 84-66 setback to No. 10 Elmhurst in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in Wooster, Ohio.The Wolverines finished 21-9 overall, tying the program record for wins in a season. Grove City also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Will Hannon, Sophomore, Grove City – Hannon helped Grove City earn its second straight Presidents’ Athletic Conference title by scoring in three events at the four-day meet, held February 12-15 at Grove City’s James E. Longnecker Pool. Hannon took fourth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 2.59 seconds. He also earned seventh in the 100 fly (53.29) and 10th in the 100 freestyle (49.09).
Devin Reynolds, Junior, Grove City – Reynolds helped Grove City to a second consecutive conference title by scoring in three events at the four-day meet, held February 12-15 at Grove City’s James E. Longnecker Pool. He earned fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.02 seconds, then earned sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:01.30). Reynolds also earned 10th in the 50 free, posting a time of 21.99 seconds.
Reynolds’s performance at the conference championships earned him Second Team All-PAC honors. He also earned Second Team All-PAC as a freshman in 2018 and All-PAC Honorable Mention as a sophomore.
Jenny Baglia, Sophomore, Grove City – Baglia helped Grove City reclaim the Presidents’ Athletic Conference title by scoring in three events at the four-day meet, held February 12-15 at Grove City’s James E. Longnecker Pool.
She earned fifth place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.04 seconds. She also earned sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:15.66) and seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.38). Baglia also anchored Grove City’s 400 free relay squad, which placed second with a time of 3:37.64. She earned Second Team All-PAC this season after being a First Team All-PAC selection as a rookie in 2018-19.
Kimmi Wendelschaefer, Senior, Grove City – A senior co-captain for Grove City this winter, Wendelschaefer helped the Wolverines reclaim the Presidents’ Athletic Conference title by scoring in three events at the four-day meet, held February 12-15 at Grove City’s James E. Longnecker Pool.
She took second in the 1650 with a time of 18 minutes, 23.04 seconds and placed runner-up in the 500 free (5:19.46). She also earned third in the 200 breaststroke (2:29.46).
Wendelschaefer also contributed the breaststroke leg to Grove City’s victorious 200 medley relay (1:46.33). She earned First Team All-PAC honors for the third consecutive season. She earned Second Team All-PAC as a freshman in 2017.
Wendelschaefer concluded her career No. 6 all-time at Grove City in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.93) and 200 breaststroke (2:26.68).
Other local athletes were on spring sports teams that were canceled because of the pandemic:
Carly Brest, Sophomore, Hickory – Brest is in her second season as a member of the Grove City softball program. She went 1 for 5 with a run scored and a run batted in during the Wolverines’ season-opening trip in Fort Myers, Fla., earlier this month. Brest made two appearances, including a start at third base.
Ashley Watts, Sophomore, Lakeview – Watts pitched in four games for Grove City during the Wolverines’ season-opening trip earlier this month in Fort Myers, Fla. She went 1-1 with one complete game in three starts. Watts struck out six batters in 15 2/3 innings. Offensively, Watts went 1 for 6 with a double and two runs batted in.
Kaz Hoffman, Freshman, West Middlesex – Hoffman started nine games in the outfield for Grove City during the Wolverines’ season-opening 11-game trip to central Florida earlier this month. Hoffman posted a .406 on-base percentage in his nine appearances. He also scored three runs and knocked in a pair of runs.