College Insider: Badin’s Valentino earns first-team honor as CCU frosh

Freshman Dominic Valentino was among the top players this season for the Cincinnati Christian University football team.

The 6-foot-3, 281-pound defensive end and Badin High School graduate earned a spot on the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division first team, ranking third for the Eagles with 48 total tackles (27 solos, 21 assists).

Valentino also had 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery for CCU, which finished 0-11 overall and 0-6 in the MSC Bluegrass.

• Ohio Dominican redshirt junior running back E.J. Colson (Middletown) was picked for the second team in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Colson was the top runner for the Panthers, gaining 781 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns on 156 carries. He also caught 17 passes for 130 yards and a score.

ODU finished 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the G-MAC.

Volleyball: Findlay sophomore middle blocker Madison Moore (Fairfield) was a second-team selection in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Moore was second in total blocks (47) and fourth in kills (177) for the Oilers, who were 24-7 overall and 16-3 in the G-MAC West Division.

Findlay advanced to the conference tournament final before losing to Hillsdale 3-0.

Women's soccer: Sophomore defender/midfielder Sydney Pinder (Lakota East) helped Illinois Wesleyan win the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Pinder started every game and notched an assist for the Titans (14-5-2). They defeated Mount St. Joseph 4-3 before losing to Washington (Mo.) 3-0 in the NCAA tourney.

Men's cross country: Freshman Dustin Horter (Lakota East) was the No. 2 runner for Indiana last weekend as the Hoosiers placed 18th at the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wis.

Horter finished 129th with a time of 30:55.26 on the 10K Zimmer Championship Course.

Northern Arizona took the team title with 83 points. Indiana had 469.

Men's soccer: Brown senior defender Gabe Welp (Lakota West) has been named to the Ivy League second team.

Welp started every game and had an assist for the Bears, who finished 8-8-1 overall and 2-5 in the league.

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