SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: MAC honor for Ball State’s Ollie
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media September 20, 2013 9:58PM
Nathan Ollie, of Ball State. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:25AM
Ball State University defensive tackle Nathan Ollie was chosen the Mid-American Conference West Division’s Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 9.
In the Cardinals’ 40-14 victory over visiting Army, Ollie, who prepped at Mount Carmel, tallied eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack. The 6-foot-1, 295-pound senior enabled Ball State to limit Army to 7-of-20 passing for 76 yards.
For Ollie, this is the second time in his career he has been honored by the MAC with the Player of the Week award, also earning the plaudit in 2012.
On the season, Ollie, who has made 28 straight career starts, is tied for sixth on the Cardinals’ roster with 14 tackles. He has four tackles for 15 yards in losses to go along with one sack and two quarterback hurries.
Glad for Maddie
St. Ambrose University women’s volleyball player Maddie McElroy (Mother McAuley) was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference’s Hitter of the Week for the period ending Aug. 26.
The Evergreen Park resident finished with 12 kills over two matches and had just two hitting errors for a .385 hitting percentage. She had seven kills in a 3-0 win over Dakota Wesleyan and five kills in a 3-0 win over Graceland.
The 5-foot-10 junior middle hitter also chipped in 14 blocks (two solos, 12 assists), two digs and one assist.
Freshman goalkeeper Andrew Putna, a graduate of Lemont, was one of four University of Illinois at Chicago men’s soccer players named to the All-Tournament Team at the Belmont Invitational.
The Flames blanked Lipscomb 2-0 on Sept. 13 in Nashville as Putna made one save in recording the shutout. Two days later, UIC shut out the host Bruins by the same score as Putna made one save.
Six Moraine Valley student-athletes were named National Junior College Athletic Association Academic Student-Athletes for having a 3.6 grade-point average after 45 course credit hours and participating in sports for a least one season.
Honored were women’s tennis player Nicole Selvaggio (Marist); women’s soccer player Natalia Patrzyk (Oak Lawn); baseball player Dominick Paolella (Lincoln-Way North); men’s golfer Dan Dermody (St. Laurence); and softball players Samantha Staisiunas (Andrew) and Courtney Wheaton (Illiana Christian).
Selvaggio also received the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for attaining a 4.0 GPA.
Moraine Valley student-athletes also were named to the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference’s All-Academic Team.
To qualify for the ISCC distinction, students had to earn a 3.0 or higher GPA after completing at least 48 course credit hours while participating in one of the college’s 12 sports.
Recognized were baseball players Mike Habas (Homewood-Flossmoor), Martin Joyce (Lockport), Dan Kenealy (Richards), Paolella, Kevin Siergiej (Shepard), and Jeremy Vandergriff (Argo); men’s basketball player Zoran Arsenovic (Lincoln-Way East); golfer Dermody; men’s soccer player Deya Elayyan (Stagg); men’s tennis players Kevin Davenport (Lincoln-Way Central) and David Smith (Lincoln-Way North); softball players Kristin Renken (Richards), Staisiunas, Jenny Vanek (Mother McAuley), and Wheaton; volleyball player Bridget Williams (Mount Assisi); women’s basketball players Stephanie Karl (Lockport), Kayla McKinney (Shepard) and Bridget Niemiec (Oak Lawn); women’s soccer players Stephanie Navarrete (Shepard), Patrzyk, and Ashley Solus (Richards); and women’s tennis players Kayla Annerino (Oak Lawn) and Selvaggio.
Selvaggio also was awarded the Dick Durrant Award for the highest GPA in the conference. She was one of four athletes in the ISCC to receive the honor.