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Locally: Frost, Whitmer earn Bluffton’s top awards

BLUFFTON — Football player Shawn Frost and soccer player Aimee Whitmer were honored as Bluffton University’s top senior athletes as the school’s annual athletics awards forum on Tuesday.

Frost earned the A.C. Burcky Award as senior male athlete of the year, while Whitmer won the Kathryn E. Little Award as outstanding senior female athlete.

Frost, a sport management, exercise science, and strength and conditioning major who also has a minor in coaching, earned two consecutive all-academic awards from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. He was also a first-team all-HCAC honors as a football wide receiver his junior and senior seasons.

Whitmer, a psychology and social work major, started all 67 games of her college soccer career. She was an all-HCAC selection all four years and, as a senior, was named first-team all-conference and second-team all-Ohio by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association.

NCAA Division I basketball official Terry Wymer from North Baltimore was the event’s featured speaker.

Curtis to sign

BLOOMDALE — Elmwood senior Kristen Curtis will sign a letter of intent Tuesday to play basketball at NCAA Division II Ursuline College near Cleveland.

Curtis, a key cog in an Elmwood team that won back-to-back Northern Buckeye Conference championships, was an all-district selection and was named the Northern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year.

Curtis, a 5-foot-10 senior wing, averaged 16 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Royals.

UF’s Schambs honored

University of Findlay junior Michele Schambs was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week on for her performance at the Walsh Invitational.

Schambs, who shot a 153, led the Oilers to a second-place finish by winning the tournament in a playoff. She carded an 80 in the opening round on Sunday and then came back with a one-over par score of 73 in the second round on Monday to put her in a three-way tie for first place when the tournament came to a conclusion. She then fired a par during the first playoff hole to claim the victory as Walsh’s Jenny Tsangeos and Ferris State’s Ashley Swanson both bogeyed.

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