Tiffin’s Graessle ends season with scoring record
COLUMBUS – Tiffin University ended its season on a high note, winning its season finale against Ohio Dominican, 90-78 while TU junior Joe Graessle set the season scoring record.
Tiffin held a 44-29 advantage going into the half before Ohio Dominican attempted to rally back. It didn’t work as Tiffin opened up a lead by as much as 29 points when it led 81-52 with 8:06 left in the game.
Graessle led the Dragons (11-17, 8-14 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) with 23 points. It was his 13th straight game in which he scored 20 or more points this year.
He ended the season with 691 points, eclipsing Jeff Ward’s previous mark by 10 points (681).
Mike Boan, Jonathan Sutherlin and Khaleal McCormick each chipped in 10.
John Trew’s 21 points paced Ohio Dominican (5-23, 1-21).
Harris reaches major milestone in loss
COLUMBUS – Jessica Harris ended her collegiate career with a big milestone, but Tiffin University finished its season with a loss.
Harris finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Dragons’ 63-51 loss at Ohio Dominican. Harris needed four rebounds coming in to become the first player in program history to have 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career.
“I told her (earlier in her career) it would be a huge thing and a goal for her to set,” Tiffin coach Pam Oswald said. “One thing she’s always given me is a ton of effort.”
Fellow senior Stephanie Kelly capped her career with a 13-point effort. The team’s other senior, Melissa Gilliland, scored six points to go with four boards.
Ohio Dominican (11-15, 7-15 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) got 14 points each from Katelyn Stuckey and Kacee Hockenberry.
Macy Byrd scored eight off the bench for the Dragons, who finished 11-15, 8-14 GLIAC.
“We just really struggled, missed a lot of layups,” Oswald said.
Heidelberg sends three to nationals
ADA – Heidelberg’s wrestling team competed for the first time in the NCAA Mideast Regional, hosted by Ohio Northern University. The outcome was three national berths.
Andy Lovins captured the 197-pound title for the Student Princes, beating Phillip Landis of Elizabethtown College’s Phillip Landis 9-4.
Columbian graduate Delian Schneider punched his ticket to nationals at 125 pounds after claiming third against Josh Hall of Case Western Reserve. Hall had to call it quits halfway through the match, due to injury.
Heidelberg 184 pounder Richard Dowdley also took third, defeating Cody Catalina of Waynesburg.