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E. Toledo wrestler gets first collegiate title at Old Dominion
Henderson gets first title
Henderson, a 6-foot-1, 197 pound redshirt sophomore who went to Central Catholic, earned his first career collegiate tournament title. Henderson won all four of his matches on his way to becoming the Knight Point Open champion at 197 pounds.
The Old Dominion team is preseason ranked No. 23 by the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. ODU also has a total of five wrestlers that have been ranked by various polls in their respective weight classes throughout this preseason.
Henderson finished the 2011-12 season, his first, with a record of 5-3 wrestling unattached. He placed third at the National Collegiate Open and recorded one major decision on the year.
In 2010-11, he defeated two NCAA qualifiers, Caylor Williams (UNC Greensboro) and Lee Helbig (Wyoming). He finished the year with a 10-19 record.
At Central, Henderson was a three-time City League champion, two-time district and sectional champ, two-time state runner-up, and earned a fourth place finish at the NHSCA Championships in 2010. He was ranked in the top-20 nationally by USA Wrestling Magazine and set a school record with 146 career wins. He was also a four-year letter winner in football.
Eitniear received the most votes among Region XII coaches, while Burkholder received the fifth most votes.
Eitniear, a sophomore forward, earned Second Team All-Region XII honors last season. She was the team's leading scorer this year as she finished with 11 goals and four assists. For her career, Eitniear had 32 goals and 12 assists, and she leaves as the program's top career scorer.
Burkholder, a freshman midfielder, was a close second in scoring to Eitniear this year. She finished with eight goals and nine assists.
Ramirez, a freshman defender, had only one assist this year but she helped anchor a defense that produced 10 shutouts this year. Plummer, a sophomore forward, was the team's third leading scorer with five goals and seven assists. She was second on the team in assists.
The Express finished 12-3-3 overall this year. After finishing with the best record during the regular season in Region XII play, the Express saw their season end with a 1-0 loss to Muskegon CC in the Region XII semifinals.
“The coaching staff is excited about the upcoming season,” Llanas said. “We return a great group of veterans from a year ago and have added a very talented incoming class of first-year student-athletes. Depth, size and speed will be strengths to this year’s team. However, we have to be focused on getting better each and every day we set foot on the basketball court. If we can do that, a very successful season is good possibility.”
The Express have six players returning from last year’s team, including Emma Ricketts of Waterville (Anthony Wayne H.S.), Uniqua Mitchell of Detroit (Martin Luther King H.S.) and Mackenzie Heacock of Arlington (Arlington H.S.). Last year, Ricketts was an OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention selection. The sophomore forward was second on the team in scoring with a 13.1 points per game average. Ricketts also averaged 6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Mitchell is a sophomore guard and averaged 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game for the Express last season. Her postseason honors included OCCAC All-Conference Second Team. During the 2011-12 season, Heacock averaged 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Also returning to Owens are Danielle Bezeau of Swanton (Swanton H.S.), Karahn Scott of Toledo (Scott H.S.) and Adams . Adams is a sophomore forward and averaged 1.9 points and 2 rebounds last year.
Their league losses were to Eastwood, Elmwood, Otsego and Rossford, along with a loss to Lakota. Their tournament loss came early for the Wildcats, against their rival, Genoa.
With four seniors, who have been role models for the team, leaving the team, there are spots to fill.
“It was nice being a role model and leader on the team because I knew the team had my back throughout the season,” said Nicole Busdeker.
Two returning players for next year will be juniors Maddie Phillips and Courtney Clowers who will have to fill those leader positions. There is always something to cherish about Woodmore volleyball.
“With the team winning more games, it brought more fans and even a small student section,” said Busdeker.
The seniors agreed that beating Genoa at home for the first time in ten years was something that they would always remember about Woodmore volleyball and all the hard work and fun they had with Coach Reynolds.
“It’s hard to believe, but we knew this would be the last time we would play together at Woodmore,” said Busdeker.
Coach Reynolds plans on returning as the head coach of the varsity team next season.
“My favorite thing about being head coach was building good relationships, and I enjoyed everyone who was in the program,” said Reynolds. “I also enjoyed all four seniors because they are all different and unique as individuals and a group. I will surely miss these four seniors next season.”
Phillips and Busdeker continued to lead the team in blocks and kills, while Sandwisch and Phillips lead in serves. Alex Sandwisch led in digs while Clowers led in assists.
Seniors Busdeker and Sandwisch said they plan to play club volleyball in college. They also broke school records. Busdeker scored 11 points in a game; the old record was eight. Sandwisch broke the ace record by three; the old record was eight. ( — contributed and written by Window To Woodmore staff writer Kenny Kruse. Reprinted with permission from the October edition of Window To Woodmore, the school’s student newspaper.)