Shippensburg University once again has claimed the Dixon Trophy! Read more about all of the athletic accomplishments from the winter and spring seasons that made it happen. For the most up-to-date sports, visit shipraiders.com.
SPORTS SHORTS: Winter
SU had its best season in school history, setting a new single-season record for wins (27) en route to its second PSAC Championship and its first NCAA Tournament victory in school history. Head Coach Chris Fite was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and the PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year. He is the first SU head coach to win 20 games in back-to-back seasons and the first with multiple 20-win seasons. The Raiders were voted No. 9 in the last NABC national poll, setting a school record with 18 consecutive victories to open the season. SU reached as high as No. 5 in the poll. Junior Dustin Sleva became the first NABC First-Team All- American in school history and was named the PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Year. He set a new SU record for points in a season with 674, an average of 21.7 per game with a PSAC-best 11.0 rebounds per game.
SU notched its fifth 20-win season under 18th-year head coach Kristy Trn, including its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2002. The Raiders posted a 24-7 record, the team’s highest win total in the last 17 years. SU won its first PSAC Eastern Division title. Trn (right) was named the PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year, the fourth divisional coaching honor of her career, while graduate forward Stephanie Knauer received honorable mention to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II All-America team after being named the PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Year. The Raiders also became the first team in PSAC history to have five career 1,000-point scorers on the floor at the same time (Knauer, seniors Morgan Griffith, Colleen Young, Lauren Gold, and Logan Snyder).
SU finished sixth at the PSAC Championships with a total 222 points. The Raiders finished the weekend with 16 individual scoring performances, including four championship finals appearances. Freshman Jeff Beyer had SU’s highest individual finish (fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle), while junior Kristian Voulopos became the first Raider in seven years to crack SU’s all time Top 10 in the 100-yard freestyle. Senior Shaun Smith was named to the Academic All-District At-Large squad as a public administration major with a 3.76 cumulative GPA at the time of the award.
SU finished third at the PSAC Championships, totaling 796 points and marking the third straight year the Raiders have climbed the league standings. SU had a total of 36 scoring performances over the four-day meet: nine championship finals, 16 consolation finals, and 11 scorers from the new C group finals. Newcomer Stephanie O’Toole (right) completed an outstanding debut PSAC Championships meet as the conference champion in the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM while placing seventh in the 100-yard backstroke and 12th in the 200-yard backstroke. O’Toole set school records individually in the 100 Freestyle (51.21), 100 Backstroke (57.72), 200 Breaststroke (2:17.83), 100 Butterfly (55.74), 200 IM (2:01.61), and 400 IM (4:24.25) and also with one relay (400 Medley – 3:52.17).
SU finished 10th at the 2017 Super Region I Championships and 10th at the PSAC Championships, highlighted by All-American 197-pound wrestler Evan Ramos (27-4 record). Ramos finished fifth at 197 pounds at the NCAA Championships. He also won the 197-pound title at the 2017 NCAA Division II Super Region One Championships to become SU’s first regional champion since 2013. He became SU’s first PSAC wrestling champion since 2007.
MEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
SU won the 2017 PSAC Indoor Championships by a slim 1.5-point margin over rival Slippery Rock to claim its seventh straight league title. SU scored in 17 of the 18 events, winning four: junior Tra-C Davis (high jump), junior Alec Rideout (shot put), senior Caleb Bartlett (weight throw), and the distance medley relay. Rideout was named the PSAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, Glenn Thompson ’85 was named the 2017 US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Men’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year, and Dave Osanitsch ’96 was named the 2017 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year.
WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
SU won the 2017 PSAC Indoor Championships by a four-point margin over Bloomsburg to claim its seventh overall league title. SU scored in 14 of the 18 events, winning four: senior Sarah Hunt (long jump and triple jump), senior Tamara Ovejera (shot put), and senior Casey Norton (5K). Hunt was named the PSAC Indoor Championships Most Valuable Field Athlete for winning both horizontal jumping events and also the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and PSAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after breaking school records in both events (long jump—20 feet, 0 ½ inches (6.11 meters); triple jump—39 feet, 11 ½ inches (12.18 meters)).
SPORTS SHORTS: Spring
SU finished with a 29-23 overall record under first-year head coach Alison Van Scyoc. The Raiders finished fourth at the PSAC Championships, posting a 3-2 record, and were just shy of the NCAA Tournament (No. 9 in the final Atlantic Regional rankings). Three players achieved All-PSAC honors: junior outfielder Tara Bicko, junior utility/pitcher Chloe Collins, and sophomore at-large pitcher Taryn Wilson.
SU earned a 31-24-1 record, finishing second in the PSAC Eastern Division with a 19-9 mark in conference play that is the best divisional mark under 11th-year head coach Matt Jones. The Raiders finished as PSAC Championships semifinalists and NCAA Atlantic Region semifinalists. Senior Jake Kennedy graduates as the PSAC all-time home run king with 45 career homers. His 22 home runs and 71 RBIs as a senior are single-season school records that resulted in All-Atlantic Region First Team and All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team honors. Seven Raiders were named to the All- PSAC Eastern Division Teams: Kennedy (first base), sophomore Cash Gladfelter (shortstop), senior Ryan McMillen (third base), and junior Gabe Mosser (starting pitcher) are First Team honorees, while junior Grant Hoover (utility), junior Dalton Hoiles (outfield), and sophomore Michael Hope (relief pitcher) are Second Team honorees. Sophomore designated hitter Jack Goertzen was named to CoSIDA Academic All District 2 Team for holding a 3.9 GPA as a double major in biology and management at the time of the award.
SU posted steady improvement under first-year head coach Emily Maerz, posting a 4-9 overall record that included conference wins over Kutztown and East Stroudsburg. Senior Emilie Luttman (right) was named the PSAC East Tennis Athlete of the Week in early April, marking SU’s first winner of the award in more than 10 years. Luttman finished her SU career with 20 singles and 16 doubles victories.
SU finished with a 7-9 overall record and a 3-9 mark in conference play, tying for 10th place in the PSAC. The Raiders got off to a 4-0 start under first-year head coach Nicole Miller, marking the best beginning to a season since 2004. SU had three players named to the All-PSAC Teams: sophomore defender Valerie Hertz (First Team) (left), senior defender Annemarie Cericola (Third Team) and senior midfielder Max Barkley (Third Team). Cericola graduates as the school record holder for career groundballs (230), while Barkley graduates as the school record holder for career draw controls (265).
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Shippensburg won the 2017 PSAC Outdoor Championships held at Bloomsburg by 56.5 points, marking a PSAC-record ninth straight year the Raiders have finished at the top of the conference. SU has now surpassed West Chester for the most PSAC outdoor track and field championships in league history with 25. SU had six PSAC event champions: sophomore Chris Craig (100 and 200 meters), junior Bryan Pearson (shot put and discus), senior Jalen Ramsey (high jump) and graduate Derek Nothstein (javelin). SU swept the PSAC Championships major awards: Craig was named the Most Valuable Track Athlete, Pearson was named the Mostaluable Field Athlete for the second consecutive year, and redshirt-sophomore Austin Shupp was named the PSAC Championships Most Valuable Athlete.
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
SU won the 2017 PSAC Outdoor Championships held at Bloomsburg by 57 points, marking the eighth straight year the Raiders have won a conference championship. Shippensburg captured a PSAC cross country/track and field Women’s Triple Crown for the first time since 2012 and its fourth time in history. SU had three athletes win PSAC titles: senior Sarah Hunt (triple jump), junior Bryanna Dissinger (3,000-meter steeplechase), and sophomore Morgan DeFloria (javelin). Hunt was named the PSAC Championships Most Valuable Athlete and the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year. She contributed 32 points toward SU’s team score (first in the triple jump, second in the long jump, third in the 100-meter dash, second with the 4x100-meter relay).
STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Caleb Bartlett (men’s track and field) and Casey Norton (women’s track and field/cross country) were named the SU 2016-17 Student-Athletes of the Year. Bartlett, a Greencastle native, is a criminal justice major and coaching minor with a 3.8 cumulative quality-point average (QPA). He is the 2017 indoor conference champion in the weight throw and earned All-America Second Team honors in the 2016 outdoor season for a Top 10 finish in the hammer throw. Bartlett also earned Academic All-America Second Team honors. Norton, a Troy native, is a human communication studies major and business minor with a 3.84 cumulative QPA. She is a cross country All-American (28th place) who won the 2016 conference and regional championships. In indoor track, Norton is the 2017 indoor conference champion at 5,000 meters. Diana Worden, office manager for APSCUF-SU, was unanimously selected as the 2016-17 Raider of the Year, earning commendation for her commitment and support of SU Athletics.