College Insider: Lakota West’s Whitaker earns defensive honor at Chattanooga

Arianne Whitaker has earned a place on the Southern Conference All-Defensive team for women’s basketball.

She just completed her redshirt junior season for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a Lakota West High School graduate. The Mocs finished 14-17.

Whitaker made 15 starts and tops the conference with 64 blocked shots. She averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this year, shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe.

• Redshirt senior guard Abby Wolford (Cincinnati Christian) was Cedarville’s leading scorer this season with a 12.7 average and finished her career with 968 points.

Wolford, who missed the last two seasons with knee injuries, was named to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference second team and All-Defense squad.

She averaged 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals per game this year while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor, 38.4 percent from 3-point range and 81.6 percent from the foul line.

The Yellow Jackets were G-MAC regular-season co-champions and finished 23-7.

Men's basketball: Hillsdale (Mich.) junior guard Dylan Lowry (Lakota East) was named to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference second team after leading the Chargers in scoring (13.2) and assists (2.6) this season.

Lowry started every game and averaged 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 steals per contest. He shot 47.6 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 83.8 percent from the foul line.

Hillsdale finished 19-10.

Wrestling: Baldwin Wallace senior James Ritchie (Carlisle) went 3-2 and took fourth place at 285 pounds in the NCAA Division III Central Region Championship on Feb. 23 in Crawfordsville, Ind.

Ritchie finished the season with a 28-13 record and ended his career with a 59-36 mark. He earned a spot on the Ohio Athletic Conference second team and was also selected for his third Academic All-OAC honor.

Ritchie is a graduate student in business management who carries a 3.92 grade point average. He is also a National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American.

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