Beacon Journal staff report
The Dapper Dan Club of Akron will hold its annual banquet honoring local athletes and teams Feb. 16 at Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road in Akron.
This year’s keynote speaker will be 11-time national champion football coach Larry Kehres from the University of Mount Union. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. and the program at 6 p.m.
Those being honored include Otto Orf (Sportsperson of the Year), UA women’s basketball coach Jodi Kest (William Falor Career Achievement Award), Bobby Smith (William Schlemmer Meritorious Service Award), and UA basketball forward Rachel Tecca (Alumni Award).
High school student athletes being honored include Aaron Adkins (St. Vincent-St. Mary), John Beavers (Manchester), Parris Campbell Jr., (St. V-M), Kyra Coundourides (Walsh Jesuit), Brian Groves (Stow), Jake Hanzel (Manchester), Anna Haverchak (Copley), Travonte Junius (St. V-M), Jordan Korinek (St. V-M), Emily Rogers (Walsh Jesuit), Quartni Whited (Springfield), Newman Williams (St. V-M) and Alex Woicehovich (Nordonia).
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Bill Alford at 330-697-0579 or Paul Gahres at 330-714-6097.
University of Akron senior forward Rachel Tecca was named Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week on Monday.
Tecca posted 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists in consecutive games against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan as the Zips extended their winning streak to seven games.
This marks the fourth time this season and the 10th time in her career that Tecca earned the conference’s weekly honors.
The Tallmadge native and Archbishop Hoban alumnus became the first UA woman to reach 1,000 career rebounds and is only the second player in MAC history to surpass 2,000 points in a career, joining Caroline Mast (Ohio, 1983-86).
The University of Akron men’s soccer team had its five-game spring exhibition schedule announced by coach Jake Embick last week.
The Zips will face two NCAA Tournament qualifiers in a home match against Louisville on Apr. 19 and a road match against Virginia Commonwealth University on April 5.
Louisville is coached by Ken Lolla, who compiled a record of 160-68-25 during 13 seasons as the Zips head coach from 1993-2005.
Other spring exhibition games for the Zips include March 7 at Cleveland State, April 12 versus Dayton and April 26 at Xavier.
The Cuyahoga Community College women’s cross country team topped the nation in academic performance during the 2013 season, according to the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association.
Four members of the Tri-C team earned Academic All-American honors, including Allison Hainer (Cuyahoga Falls).
The Challengers also won Academic Team of the Year in 2005.