Nash, a 2016 Norwalk graduate, placed fourth in the 133-pound weight class to earn his All-America acclaim. He won his first two matches to advance to the semifinals after beating Ian Tolotti of Springfield (Mass.), 2-0, in his first match — then he pinned Josh Stenger of Wisconsin LaCrosse in 6:16 in the quarterfinals.
The No. 6 seed in the weight, Nash moved to the consolation bracket following a hard-fought, 7-6 loss to No. 7-seed Ben Vosters of Wisconsin Stevens Point in the semifinals. He then defeated No. 8-seed Jake Giordano of The College of New Jersey, 7-3, in the consolation semifinals.
Nash ended his junior season when he lost a hard-fought, 5-3 sudden-victory decision to No. 4-seed Bobby Jones of Johnson & Wales (R.I.). He had a 29-11 record this winter and will carry an 82-37 mark into his senior season next winter. His 82 victories rank 22nd all-time in school history.
At Norwalk, Nash was a two-time state placer (fourth and eighth) at the Div. II OHSAA state championships.
Haraway named GLIAC first team
ASHLAND — Ashland University senior guard Ben Haraway, a 2014 Norwalk graduate, was named to the All-GLIAC first team, the league office announced on Friday.
Haraway was joined by junior center Drew Noble, marking the first time in program history the Eagles (23-6) have had two players selected to the first team in the same season.
Haraway is also a two-time All-GLIAC selection after earning second team honors last season. He was also the GLIAC Freshman of the Year in 2015 while playing at Malone University.
He is tied for second on the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game, while also averaging 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He is shooting 43.1 percent from the floor, 36.4 percent from 3-point range and 73.4 percent from the free throw line.
Haraway also has 1.2 steals per game and has a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio – one of the best marks in the GLIAC. He scored the 1,000th point in his Ashland career as one of 28 players in program history to do so on Feb. 9 at Lake Superior State.
The Eagles will play in the NCAA Div. II tournament for the 12th time in program history and just the second time since 1991 on Saturday.
AU, ranked No. 21 in the nation, earned an al-large bid as the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region on Sunday. The Eagles will play No. 4 seed Southern Indiana at Neil Carey Arena in Roeoville, Ill. at a time to be announced.
Hintz is Great Midwest Player of the Year
FINDLAY — Former South Central standout Anna Hintz was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) Player of the Year for her efforts this season, the league announced last Thursday.
Hintz, a 2015 South Central graduate, is the Oilers’ first women’s basketball player to receive a Player of the Year honor during their time in NCAA Div. II.
Hintz, who was also named first team all-conference, led the Oilers to a 20-8 record this past season. She led the league in scoring at 18.8 points per game and rebounding at 8.5 per contest. She also led the league in free throw shooting percentage (87.7 percent) and was second in field goal shooting percentage (50.3 percent).
Hintz scored 525 points for Findlay in 2018-19, the fourth-highest total in school history. Her 239 rebounds is also the ninth-best mark in program history.
Hints finished her Findlay ranked third all-time with 1,493 points and second all-time in rebounding with 854.
At South Central, Hintz was Division IV All-Ohio first team to go with Associated Press Northwest District and District 6 Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season. She was also a two-time Firelands Conference Player of the Year after scoring 1,703 points and 960 rebounds for the Trojans.
Lodermeier helps Gardner-Webb to NCAAs
RADFORD, Va. — The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs knocked off the top two seeds in the Big South Conference tournament, and are headed to the Div. I NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time in school history.
Gardner-Webb (23-11) defeated Radford, 76-65, in the conference title game on Sunday. The program transitioned to Div. I in 2000 and reached the NCAAs by winning 11 of its last 13 games.
Kyle Lodermeier, a former Norwalk basketball player and 2009 NHS graduate, was hired as the Assistant Director of Athletic Performance at Gardner-Webb last June. He oversees the physical development of the men's basketball team.
After turning himself into an All-Northern Ohio League second team selection in 2008-09, Lodermeier went on to play four years at Div. II Malone University — after making the team following an open gym tryout.
He was previously the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Michigan for men’s and women’s basketball.
Thomas, GSU win Sun Belt
STATESBORO, Ga. — Georgia State University won its third Sun Belt Conference regular season title on Saturday, beating in-state rival Georgia Southern 90-85 in Hanner Fieldhouse. It marked the Panthers first win in Statesboro since 1996, snapping a six-game losing streak to their in-state rival.
Georgia State (22-9, 13-5 Sun Belt) earned its third league title in the last six years and the sixth regular season title in program history.
The Panthers have earned the No. 1-seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and will play next Saturday at 4 p.m.
Jeff Thomas, a 2014 Norwalk graduate, scored 10 points and had three rebounds and two steals in the win for the Panthers. The 1,000-point scorer at the school enters the league tournament averaging 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 31 games this season.