2007-08 Athletes of the Year

Monday, June 23, 2008

"Hartings, Weems Selected Walsh University's Female and Male Athletes of the Year"

Walsh University has selected Dana Hartings (Sr., Chickasaw, OH/Marion Local/Softball) as Female Athlete of the Year, and Brandon Weems (Sr., Akron, OH/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary/Basketball) as Male Athlete of the Year. The pair will be honored at halftime of Walsh's first home football game, on Saturday, September 6, against West Liberty State University at Fawcett Stadium.Game time is 12 pm.

Hartings led Walsh to 33 wins and their first NAIA National Championship appearance since 2003. The Cavs finished 33-13 overall and won the American Mideast Conference North Division with an 18-2 mark. Hartings won all three games in the NAIA Region IX Tournament to catapult the Cavs into the NAIA National championships. Hartings was selected AMC North Pitcher of the Year, first team All-AMC North and AMC Pitcher of the Week three times. The right-hander led the AMC with 21 wins and 198 strikeouts and finished the season 21-8, with a 1.55 ERA in 33 games and 203.1 innings. Dana completed 26 of her 27 starts.Hartings closed her Walsh career with 38 career wins. While also playing first base when not pitching, Hartings hit .373 with 10 homeruns and 43 RBI.

Weems led Walsh to its fourth straight NAIA National Championship appearance and fourth straight American Mideast Conference championship this past winter. Weems earned second team NAIA All-American honors and was also named American Mideast Conference South Division Player of the Year and first team All-AMC South. Walsh finished the season 26-5 and 12-2 in the AMC South. They reached the Sweet 16 at the National Tournament for the second straight season, and won the national championship in 2004-05 (Weems freshman season). Weems led the AMC in assists (6.1) for the second straight season and finished second all-time at Walsh with 649 career assists. He led the NAIA in assists (7.4) as a junior, when he also set Walsh's single season assist mark (237). Weems started every game (31) for the second straight season, and posted a career best 11.2 point per game average and 4.3 rebound average. He led the Cavs with 45 steals, while shooting .766 from the foul line and .406 from three-point range. He also scored his 1,000th career point and totaled 1,160 career points. His 3.45 assist to turnover ratio led all AMC starting point guards.In his four years at Walsh, the Cavs finished 108-26, for a .806 winning percentage.