Athletic Department Honors Top Student Athletes
Published: 6-7-2012 8:20 am
The Wayne State College athletic department honored its top student athletes for the 2011-12 school year April 30 during the annual athletic honors banquet held at the WSC Student Center and sponsored by Ameritas. Seven major awards were handed out at the banquet, along with Most Valuable Players announced for each sport.
Senior baseball player Mike Bisenius was named Male Athlete of the Year while senior women's basketball standout Ashley Arlen collected Female Athlete of the Year honors. Freshman athlete of the year honors went to football player Abram Walker and women's basketball player Ashton Yossi while senior softball player Stephanie Schmidt received the eighth annual Wildcat Inspiration Award.
In addition, senior baseball player Jake Ritzdorf and senior volleyball player Mindy Moody received the Bob Cunningham Scholar-Athlete Awards. The Cunningham Awards, named after longtime supporter Bob Cunningham, are presented to the department's top male and female scholar athletes.
Bisenius, senior outfielder from Sioux City, Iowa (Sioux City Heelan High School), is a four-year starter for the Wildcat baseball team who will rank as one of the school's top power hitters. Last season, Bisenius earned ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-American honors with a .401 average with eight homers and 48 RBI's. He ranks fourth in career homers at WSC with 31 and also ranks in the top seven in five other categories. Bisenius was also drafted last summer by the Washington Nationals in the 48th round.
Arlen, a 6-2 senior forward from Cascade, Iowa (Cascade High School), helped the Wildcat women’s basketball team to a 32-3 record this season and the school's first-ever trip to the Elite Eight. Arlen earned numerous All-American honors and was named the Women's DII Bulletin National Player of the Year after averaging 18.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, helping WSC to a second straight NSIC regular season title, NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament title and first-ever Central Region crown.
Walker, a 6-3 265 pounder from Omaha, Nebraska (Omaha North High School), started all 11 games at right tackle last season for the Wildcat football team, helping WSC to a 7-4 record and a fifth straight winning season.
Yossi, a 5-8 guard from Grimes, Iowa (Dallas Center-Grimes High School), averaged 8.1 points per game off the bench for the Wildcat women's basketball team, ranking ninth in the NSIC in three point field goals per game for the 32-3 Wildcats. She had 15 games of 10 or more points this year, highlighted by a season-high 20 points vs. Northern State in the first round of the NSIC Tournament, and was named to the NSIC Sanford Health Women's Basketball All-Tournament Team.
Schmidt, a senior softball player from Columbus, Neb. (Lakeview High School), overcame acute myeloid leukemia last season, spending numerous weeks in the hospital while undergoing up to four months of chemotherapy. She returned to the Wildcat softball team this season to post a 3-2 record as a relief pitcher with one save.
Ritzdorf, a senior from Elkhorn, Neb. (Elkhorn High School), maintains a stellar 3.72 grade point average majoring in social science education. On the field, Ritzdorf has a career-best .357 average with three homers and 31 RBI's while ranking second on the team in hits with 50 and has started at third base for the Wildcats for 3 ˝ seasons. Jake is also involved in numerous community service projects for the Wildcat baseball team.
Moody, a senior from Sioux City, Iowa (Sioux City Heelan High School), carries a 3.90 grade point average and has won numerous academic awards, including NSIC Fall All-Academic, DII ADA Academic Achievement and the NSIC Myles Brand Academic with Distinction Award. On the court, Moody was a four year starter for the Wildcats and had over 200 kills all four seasons at WSC, playing in four NCAA Tournament teams.