Area Collegiate Athletes 3-11-14


The following is a listing of female athletes from the Defiance six-county area currently competing in collegiate athletics. The report runs every Tuesday during the sports season with the men and women running every other week.

If anyone has been inadvertently left out, call The Crescent-News sports department at (419) 784- 5441 ext. 209 or e-mail at

Trisha King, Trine



BROOKE RUFFER (Stryker, sophomore, guard/forward) led the team in scoring and rebounding with 15.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg. She was named first-team HCAC. Bluffton finished 14-12 overall.


TANNER HOSTETLER (Pettisville, sophomore, guard) starts and buckets 8.3 ppg. Cornerstone will play Maryville State in the NAIA Championships tonight.


ERICA KING (Pettisville, senior, guard) scored her 1,000th point this season and ended the year averaging 9.9 ppg. The Lady Jackets were 11-14 overall and 8-10 in the HCAC.

KIM BINGLEY (Ottawa-Glandorf, junior, guard-forward) bucketed 6.3 ppg and grabbed 6.7 rpg.

MEGAN ZACHRICH (Napoleon, junior, forward) ended the season with a 6.9 ppg average.

ASHLEY BIRCHMEIER (Columbus Grove, senior, forward) averaged 6.2 ppg to finish the season.

KELSEY TIETJE (Patrick Henry, freshman, center) led the Lady Jackets in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.2 rpg). She set a school record with 26 rebounds earlier this season at Hanover and was named first-team HCAC.

ERICA SMAY (Tinora, freshman, guard) started at point guard and netted 3.8 ppg.

ASHLEY WILLIAMS (Pandorda-Gilboa, freshman, guard) started 16 games and averaged 3.6 ppg.

KERI CONINE (Pandorda-Gilboa, freshman, forward) saw action in five games during her rookie campaign.


SARAH FEASBY (Wayne Trace, sophomore, guard) started in 17 games and is averaged 3.6 ppg for the 16-15 Lancers.

JOELLEN FICKEL (Wayne Trace, sophomore, forward) played in 31 games and while starting five and averaged 3.8 ppg.


A.J. STUCK (Antwerp, sophomore, guard) played in 15 games for a Heidelberg squad that finished the regular season 12-13 overall and 5-13 in the OAC.


KACEE HOCKENBERRY (Wayne Trace, junior, guard) the former second-team all-Ohio selection led the 12-14 Lady Panthers with 15.7 ppg. She was named to the All-GLIAC second team.


TAYLOR MILLER (Napoleon, sophomore, guard) appeared in 17 games and scored 17 points for the 23-6 Polar Bears. ONU lost 79-71 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to Transylvania University.


JESSIE ARNOLD (Antwerp, junior, guard) has appeared in all 33 games and averages 4.8 ppg for the 25-8 Saints. No. 16 Siena Heights plays No. 17 Tennessee Wesleyan in the opening round of the NAIA Championships on Wednesday in Sioux City, Iowa.


ALEXIS JONES (Antwerp, freshman, guard) has played in seven games and averaged 15.3 ppg while adding 4.4 rpg.


JESSICA FARR (Paulding, sophomore, center) appeared in all 26 games and started two while averaging 3.8 ppg and 4.1 rpg.


BRITTANY DRUMMELSMITH (Miller City, sophomore, center) averages 14.7 ppg, 11.1 rpg and 5 blocks per game. Career high 32 points against OSU Lima on 1-15-14. She posted a triple-double against Miami Middletown earlier this season with 24 points, 23 rebounds, and 12 blocks. She also set a school-record with 19 blocks against Southern State.



REBECCA OLASHUK (Tinora, freshman, throws) took 14th in the shot put at the OAC Championships with a toss of 34-0 and 15th in the weight throw with a toss of 41-10.5.


ABBY GRINNELL (Fairview, freshman, throws) placed 15th at the Big Ten Championships in the weight throw with a toss of 55-4.75 and 19th in the shot put with a toss of 43-11.75.



OLIVIA VOCKE (Napoleon, junior, breaststroke/IM) is in her junior campaign with the Yellow Jackets.

CHANDLER ASHBAUGH (Napoleon, sophomore, butterfly/IM) was second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.90 seconds. She also swam in the 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle with times of 25.38 and 1:02.45, respectively. At the OAC Championships, she was sixth in the 200 IM with a school-record time of 2:12.97. She also helped 400 medley relay take third in a school-record 4:00.72. Earlier this month, Ashbaugh was named the OAC Female Swimmer of the Week as she won three events and was also part of a winning relay team.


SAMANTHA ZUCH (Napoleon, senior, freestyle) has qualified for the NCAA Championships next week in Minneapolis, Minn. in the 500 and 1650 freestyle events.



JESSE SWORDEN (Napoleon, sophomore, goalie) has played in five games, made 42 saves while adding 17 steals and six assists. She sports a 4-1 record in goal.

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