Horizon League Athletes of the Week

For the week of April 16, 2012

Matt Marzahl UIC Track and Field

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Hometown: Richmond, Ill. Marzahl competed at the DePaul Invitational in the high jump event. The freshman tied for first place with a jump of 6-4 (1.93m). He currently sits in sixth place in the Horizon League.

Durell Busby Milwaukee Track and Field

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Hometown: Canaan, Tobago Busby, a junior for the Panthers, competed in the 110-meter hurdles at the Kansas Relays. He took first place in the event with a time of 13.90. Busby broke his own school record with that time and now stands tied for 24th in the nation and 14th in the region.

Paul Hoenecke Milwaukee Baseball

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Hometown: Kewaskum, Wis. Hoenecke batted .500 last week as UWM went 3-1, including a three-game sweep of Youngstown State to move to 10-8 in League play. Hoenecke had at least one hit in each game and had back-to-back three hit games against YSU. He drove in two runs in UWM's 3-2 win over the Penguins on Saturday in the first game of the team’s doubleheader and had a first-inning home run in the second game of the day to help propel the Panthers to an 8-1 win.

Cale Tassi Milwaukee Baseball

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Hometown: Presque Isle, Wis. Tassi struck out a career-high 10 batters as he went 7.0 innings in Milwaukee’s 8-1 win over Youngstown State. He walked just one batter and allowed six hits and one unearned run. He lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.55 and has now struck out 49 batters this season, second-most in the Horizon League.

Kevin Wild Valparaiso Baseball

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Hometown: Brown Deer, Wis. Wild threw a complete game shutout to lead Valparaiso to a 1-0 win over Butler on Sunday. It was Wild’s first collegiate shutout and second complete game of his career. He allowed four hits, none after the fifth inning, and struck out five, while walking just three batters. Wild ranks second, right behind Milwaukee's Cale Tassi, with a 2.57 ERA and also ranks second in the conference in opponents’ batting average (.227) and innings pitched (70.0).

Gina Valgoi Loyola Track and Field

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Hometown: Detroit, Mich. Valgoi, who has won Athlete of the Week honors three times this season, had another outstanding weekend when she broke the school record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:31.24 at the Musco Twilight. The previous record was set by Kristyne McGuinn back in 2001. The junior currently leads the Horizon League standings and ranks 77th in the nation in the event.

Shelby Schaal Milwaukee Track and Field

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Hometown: Waterford, Wis. Schaal, a senior for the Panthers, competed in the heptathlon at the Kansas Relays. She won the event with 5,063 points and broke the school record during the process. She now stands 40th in the nation and 26th in the region. Schaal set season-best times in both the 200m (26.10) and the 100m hurdles (14.57) during the seven events.

Samantha Snodgrass Youngstown State Softball

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Hometown: South Charleston, W.Va. Recording a .375 batting average, Snodgrass posted a .938 slugging percentage, clubbing two home runs and driving in 11 on the week. The sophomore’s first homer of the week was a three-run shot that helped lead to a 9-0 victory. In a key series win over Wright State, Snodgrass finished with seven RBI, including a three-run homer in the series opener and a four-RBI effort in the rubber game of the series.

Leah Bry Butler Softball

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Hometown: Oak Park, Ill. Appearing in all six games the Bulldogs played, Bry posted a 1.59 ERA in 34 innings, striking out 37. Bry pitched Butler to a sweep of visiting Detroit over the weekend, earning the win in all three games. The righthander allowed just eight hits over 16 innings of work against the Titans, striking out 20. Bry started the week with nine strikeouts in a complete game victory against Wright State.

Catrine Bjerrehus Cleveland State Tennis

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Hometown: Aarhaus, Denmark At No. 1 singles, Bjerrehus lost her first set of the weekend, 3-6, before coming back to win the second, 6-0, and take the super tie-break, 10-5. In her final match in Cleveland, the senior won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. The win was the 60th of her career, making her just one of four Vikings all time to reach the 60-win plateau.

Jamison Clark Wright State Tennis

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Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind. Teaming with Hayden Joblin at No. 1 doubles, Clark led Wright State to the doubles point in both matches, as the tandem collected an 8-1 on Saturday before a key 8-3 victory on Sunday. At No. 5 singles, Clark breezed to a 6-4, 6-4 win against YSU. In Sunday’s victory, Clark dropped the first set, 2-6, before rallying for a 6-2, 6-4 triumph that helped clinch the match for the Raiders and give them the outright League title.