sports briefs – November 16

North graduate named Division III All-American

Wittenberg setter Karen Wildemann has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association first-team All-America for Division III.

The junior from Columbus North was named MVP of last weekend’s Great Lakes Regional in leading the Tigers to an Elite 8 appearance. Top-seeded Wittenberg opens Elite 8 play at 5:30 p.m. today against No. 8-seeded Swarthmore at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Wildemann has recorded 899 assists (9.8 per set), 215 digs and 121 kills this season. She was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference and the All-Great Lakes Region first teams.

“Karen has worked very hard to achieve this honor,” Wittenberg coach Paco Labrador said in a news release. “She is a very driven competitor and natural leader. As a 4.0 student, she has found a way to strike the perfect balance of commitment to her team, and excellence in the classroom. I couldn’t be prouder of Karen.”

East graduate named Crossroads League Player of Week

St. Francis forward Bryce Lienhoop has been named Crossroads League Player of the Week.

The senior from Columbus East averaged 26.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocked shots in wins against three ranked opponents last week. He shot 75.6 percent from the field and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line.

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5628.