Scott Bergman named league’s Athlete of the Decade
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognized 18 athletes at its “Athletes of the Decade” event in Indianapolis, and one of them is former Woodmore basketball player Scott Bergman. Bergman went on to star at Bluffton University in the HCAC.
As a first team all-conference selection in 2005-06, Bergman led the HCAC with 607 points, including 335 in conference play which gave him two of the top three scoring seasons in HCAC history.
He averaged 23.9 points in conference contests, which was nearly six points higher than anyone else in the HCAC. Bergman put up 22.5 points per game as a senior and finished his career as the third-most prolific scorer in Bluffton University history, behind only Pete DuMonte (2,416) and Clair Recker (1,667) with 1,660 points.
Bergman scorched the nets for 30 or more points on seven occasions during his senior campaign after dropping a Bluffton record 50 points on HCAC rival Anderson as a junior.
Following a superb junior season that saw Bergman named HCAC Player of the Year, he was honored as first team All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and third team All-Region by D3hoops.com. Bergman capped off his 2004-05 honors by being selected third team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Bergman ended his career as a Division III second team selection on the 2006 Midwest All-District Team as voted on by the NABC.
“He is the most complete player in the HCAC. Great scorer, passer and rebounder. Scott is the type of player who makes everyone else on the team better,” said longtime Hanover College coach Mike Beitzel.
Bergman is the son of John and Julie Bergman of Elmore.
The conference held the luncheon to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of becoming the HCAC. The HCAC formed before the 1998-99 season since the former Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference saw some significant changes in membership. Current members Bluffton and Mount St. Joseph joined original ICAC members Anderson, Franklin, Hanover, and Manchester to form the HCAC.
Defiance, Transylvania, and Rose-Hulman have since been added, giving the HCAC nine member schools. Each member institution had one male and one female honored at the celebration.
Nineteen Owens Community College student-athletes have received Academic All-Conference honors by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) in recognition of their scholarly achievements for the 2008-09 academic year, including four local athletes.
Local student-athletes receiving OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors include:
• Brittney Bradner (journalism), a Cardinal Stritch graduate (volleyball) with a 3.53 grade point average.
• Mallory Imbery (adolescence education), Genoa (volleyball), 3.73.
• Casey Winckowski (associate of arts, general concentration), Clay, (baseball) 3.68. Winckowski has just announced he will continue his college baseball career at a school in South Carolina.
• Jolynn Brossia (pre-physical therapist assistant), Genoa (softball), 3.62.
“Their success as scholars is a positive reflection on each athletic program and the dedication shown toward educational values,” said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics.
Selection criterion for the honored recipients is based upon achieving a minimum 3.3 grade point average.
Owens has been a member of the OCCAC since 1987. The other member schools comprising the OCCAC are Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Edison State Community College, Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College and Sinclair Community College.
The Genoa Schools Athletic Department will be conducting their mandatory pre-season parent meeting for all parents with students involved in a fall sport, grades 7-12, on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Volunteers are needed for the Ohio Special Olympics State Softball Tournament being held in Oregon on Sept. 19. Softball teams from throughout Ohio will battle for first place in the state tournament as more than 500 softball players are expected to attend. Volunteers are needed to work shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch. Duties may include keeping official score, making announcements, spotter/time keeper, awards, and food distribution. Children 10-13 yrs old are welcome to help but must have their parent present to provide supervision. Contact Linda Baranek, Lucas County Special Olympics, by email, at email@example.com or at 419-729-3212.
Bat boys and bat girls are still needed for The LineDrive Sportz National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series presented by Buckeye Cable Sports Network. Games are at Ned Skeldon Stadium, Scott Park (University of Toledo), Rich Arbinger Field at Bowman Park, and Owens Community College Aug. 6-9. Call and leave a message at 419-936-3884 or e-mail NABFWorldSeries@toledo.oh.gov.