Ashleigh Ellenwood brought Arkansas women's soccer to new heights this season.
The Michigan City grad scored two goals in a 4-0 victory over Missouri in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament last Monday.
The Razorbacks, who advanced to the SEC quarterfinals for the first time in 17 years, fell 1-0 to top-seeded Florida.
Ellenwood, a sophomore, leads the team with 13 goals. She has 32 points in 21 games, including six game-winners.
Arkansas (13-8) will play Nov. 15 in the NCAA Tournament.
Ellenwood was also named to the All-SEC Second Team. Her five game-winners during the regular season tied the program’s single-season record.
Ellenwood, who was all-state in tennis at Michigan City, graduated with a 3.937 grade-point average.
* Manchester’s Katelyn Barta (Griffith) finished as the team’s top scoring threat for the past two seasons, following a 2-0 loss to Transylvania in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.
Barta had 35 points in 20 games, including team-highs in goals (13) and assists (nine). She had five game-winning goals for the Spartans (12-7-1), who had the program’s first double-digit win total since the 2006-07 season.
Michigan’s Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton) helped the nation’s top-ranked team knock off both No. 4 Texas and No. 9 Indiana in a meet in Bloomington.
Whitaker won the 200-yard individual medley (1:46.71) and was second in the 100-yard butterfly as the Wolverines won nine of the 16 events.
“It was awesome to see (Kyle) step up,” Michigan coach Mike Bottom told mgoblue.com. “He had great swims for the team in the butterfly and the IM.
“He’s an Indiana boy, and his family (was there). He’s a senior and a strong leader for our team."
University of Illinois standout Anna Dorn (Munster) earned her second straight Capitol One Academic All-District First-Team Selection recently.
Dorn, only the fourth Illini player to earn multiple first-team honors, advances to Academic All-America voting which concludes Nov. 19. The announcement of the teams will be on Dec. 12.
To be eligible, a student-athletic must be in his or her second year at an institution, have a grade-point average of 3.3 or better, and be a starter or a significant contributor to the team.
Despite battling injuries, after missing the entire spring and summer due to offseason knee surgery, Dorn still ranks third on the team in blocks (67) and leads attackers with a .298 hitting percentage. She’s seventh all-time at Illinois in career hitting percentage (.347), 10th in career assists (345) and 15th in total blocks (357), with still a full season of eligibility left.
* Wayne State's Kelsey Bonewits (Griffith) leads the team in blocks (76) and is fourth in kills (112). The sophomore has played in 22 games for the Warriors (10-17).
Wabash committed 12 penalties and Wittenberg (8-1) rushed for 145 yards in sending the Little Giants to their first loss of the season Saturday, 35-17. Denzel Wilkins (Homewood-Flossmoor) had four tackles, Austin Brown (Griffith) had three tackles and Zach Breuckman (Crown Point) had one in the setback for Wabash (8-1), which travels to DePauw for the classic Monon Bell game this Saturday. Nathan Brock (Chesterton) started at center for the Little Giants.
* Jake Dixon (Portage) recorded six tackles Saturday to keep Fordham unbeaten in a 23-21 victory over Bucknell. The junior safety has 47 tackles, one sacks and one interception for the Rams (10-0).
Michigan State freshman Kelly Grassel (Chesterton) carded her best round of the tournament with a 1-over 73 and finished tied for 41st with a 15-over 231 (81-77-73) at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. on Oct. 27. Grassel tallied three birdies in her final round.
Marian University’s Martin Pochop (Valparaiso) finished the fall with a singles record of 12-5 and a doubles record of 11-6.
The freshman biology major helped the squad win the Crossroads League championship and advance to the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, Ala. in May.
Pochop even teamed up with Ryan Heuer (Munster) in some doubles matches. The duo went 2-1.
Heuer, a sophomore, was 9-2 in singles matches.