SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Eastern Illinois’ Pat Wertz earns Ohio Valley Conference honor
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media August 30, 2013 8:18PM
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:27AM
Andrew graduate Pat Wertz was one of 10 Eastern Illinois football players named to the 2013 All-Ohio Valley Conference preseason team by the college football publication Phil Steele.com.
Wertz, a senior defensive end, was one of four Panthers chosen to the preseason All-OVC Second Team.
In 2012, the Orland Hills native was eighth on EIU’s roster with 53 tackles. The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder added 8½ tackles for 40 yards in losses, three sacks and two pass breakups.
Wertz, who garnered Second-Team All-OVC accolades in making 12 starts last season, also contributed four quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
What about Wesleyan?
Illinois Wesleyan University had two Southland residents from its football team named to the USA College Football Division III Preseason All-American Team. In all, there were four Titans recognized and 20 from the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
The USA Football Network chose a total of 518 players as preseason All-Americans from the 244 Division III schools in the nation.
Senior defensive back Stephen McGinnis (Brother Rice) was named to the second team. In 2012, the Oak Lawn resident made 55 tackles (35 solos), broke up two passes and had two fumble recoveries.
Earning a place on the third team was senior quarterback Rob Gallik (St. Rita). The Chicagoan missed the final three games of the 2012 season, but still completed 134-of-197 passes for a completion rate of 68 percent, an IWU single-season record.
Gallik enters his final season as IWU’s career leader in completion percentage (.639). His 340 completions are good enough for No. 6 all-time at the school. Gallik is No. 7 in passing yards (4,273), 10th in passing TDs (34) and No. 8 in total offense (4,422 yards).
Gallik is No. 8 in passing attempts (532) and third in both passing yards per game (203.5) and total offense per game (210.6).
Both McGinnis and Gallik were chosen to the 2012 All-CCIW second team.
Three Southland residents were among 35 Indiana State University football players chosen to the 2012-13 Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll.
To qualify, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.0 grade-point average for a specified term (fall 2012), must have been a member of an athletics team, and must have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall.
Honored were offensive lineman Nick Dachota (St. Rita), tight end Joel Magrum (Lincoln-Way East) and linebacker Gerrick Ratliff (De La Salle). Ratliff is a sophomore, while Dachota and Magrum are redshirt freshmen.
Illinois women’s track and field athlete Marissa Goliday (Richards) was one of 13 Big Ten student-athletes named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field/Cross Country Team.
Goliday, who graduated with a 3.49 GPA, was a two-time Big Ten All-Academic honoree during her career as an Illini. Academic All-Big Ten honors are bestowed upon student-athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, earned an athletic letter and are in at least their second year at their institution.
Golliday had a successful senior season. Indoors, she earned first All-America honors after setting the school record in the pentathlon at the NCAA Championships with a score of 4,167 points, good for seventh. She also was a contributor to helping the Illini win the Big Ten title, running in the first-place 1,600-meter relay that set a Big Ten and school record time of 3:33.30 and finishing runner-up in the pentathlon.
Outdoors, Golliday earned First-Team All-America honors after running the first leg of the 1,600 relay squad that finished fifth at the NCAA Championships. The relay set a school-record time of 3:29.28. She also earned second-team All-America honors in the high jump, finishing with a lifetime-best mark of 5-103/4, which is fifth all-time in the Illinois record book.