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Athlete Weiss ’12 Featured in The Day

Kyle Weiss '12

Wesleyan football player Kyle Weiss ’12 was featured in a Nov. 2 article titled “Weiss Carries on Family Tradition,” published in The Day of New London, Conn.

The story mentions that Weiss’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather also played sports.

According to the article, Weiss is making his own mark, adding to the family legacy. A junior, he’s the starting punter and is ranked first in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in yards per kick at 37.4 per game. He also has a team-leading 20 receptions for the improved Cardinals (4-2 overall and in the conference).

On the baseball diamond, he’s the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, earning the most improved award last spring after batting .341 with 16 RBI and a team-best 37 walks while starting 35 of 36 games.

“From the get-go, I could never see myself stopping one (sport) or the other,” Kyle says in the article. “As long as I had the opportunity, I was going to do that.”

Football Players Serve as Role Models to Cromwell Students

Wesleyan football players pose for a photo at Woodside Intermediate School. Pictured, standing, from left are: #68 Bobby Rosenthal '10, #77 Ryan Coffey '11, #37 Tim Morley '11, #60 Nick Seara '11 and #5 Shea Dwyer '10. Seated, from left, are: #18 Steve Hauser '11, #23 Prince Emenalo '13, #3 Kyle Weiss '12, #14 Joe Giaimo '11 and #87 Ernest Wingate '14.

Ten members of the Wesleyan University football squad visited the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell, Conn., Oct. 1 to join in some of the activities enjoyed by the students in grades 3-5.

Arrangements for the visit, which is one of four the Cardinals will make during the season, began during the summer through a connection between Wesleyan assistant coach Jeff McDonald and Woodside principal Bo Ryan, a former quarterback at Western Connecticut State University.  Plans formalized after McDonald spoke with the Wesleyan team captains and each Friday before Wesleyan’s home games, a contingent of players will travel to the school at midday to recreate with the students and serve as role models.

The student-athlete attendees included Bobby Rosenthal ’10,  Ryan Coffey ’11, Tim Morley ’11, Nick Seara ’11, Shea Dwyer ’10, Steve Hauser ’11, Prince Emenalo ’13, Kyle Weiss ’12, Joe Giaimo ’11 and Ernest Wingate ’14.

The squad members visited several classes but spent most of their time around the area of physical education.

“It was great to have football players from Wesleyan visiting us today,” says Bo Ryan.  “We look forward to having them come back on Oct. 22 during the recess and lunch hours.  All of the players are exceptional students and great role models for our kids.”

Chan ’11 Teaching Athletes, Helping Teens Through Mind, Body Training

Business partner and trainer Adrian “A.J.” Chan ’11, at right, guides a student-athlete through sit-ups at Ant's Mind and Body in Oakland, Calif., where athletes go to refine their skills. Chan’s gym was recently featured in The San Francisco Chronicle. (Photo by Lance Iversen/ The San Francisco Chronicle)

When Wesleyan student-athlete Adrian “A.J.” Chan ’11 isn’t studying for an economics exam or making a tackle on the football field, he’s busy training Olympic athletes, college and high school students, NFL Superbowl Champions and NBA and NCAA team members.

He’s also working with underprivileged youth who use sports as a vehicle for life lessons.

Chan, who co-manages the Oakland, Calif.-based gym, Ant’s Mind and Body, prepares athletes by training the body, mind and soul as one. His business, which celebrates its 1-year-anniversary this month, was recently featured in The San Francisco Chronicle.

“The training system is a combination of the most efficient, effective, and progressive systems in the world,” Chan explains. “It takes from some programs like the Soviet Black Training Model of building strength and speed and martial arts to increase free range of movements,

Sonnenfeld ’11 Joins National Academic All-America Squad

Julian Sonnenfeld '11 had 25 doubles during the 2009-10 baseball season, setting a Wesleyan school record.

Junior left-fielder Julian Sonnenfeld ’11 became the second Wesleyan athlete during the 2009-10 academic year to receive national recognition from the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) as a member of a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine national academic All-America squad.

Sonnenfeld, who led the baseball team to a 22-14 record and its second straight appearance in the NESCAC tournament, was named a third-team academic All-American. He was a first-team all-NESCAC choice, a third-team all-New England selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as well as a first-team District I academic All-American. During the 2010 season,

Colton ’12, Kenworthy ’10 Part of World Cup Kick-Off

Clare Colton '12

Beth Kenworthy '09

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited Wesleyan Soccer players Clare Colton ’12 and Beth Kenworthy ’10, both playing this summer for the New York Athletic Club, to a reception at the Mayor’s Gracie Mansion June 9 as part of the World Cup Kick-off.

Neville ’10 Named Track and Field All-America

Ravenna Neville '10. (photo by Michael Donnella '76)

One of 19 participants in the 5k race during the 2010 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College May 27-29, Ravenna Neville ’10 placed eighth to earn All-America laurels in her first trip to track Nationals.

Her time was 17:18.59, exactly five seconds over her qualifying time, and :24.54 out of first place. During the fall, Neville placed 22nd in the NCAA Division III Cross-Country Championship for her first All-America accolade.

Neville qualified for the NCAAs with her effort in the New England Open Championships at Northeastern May 6-8. While Wesleyan finished in a tie for 33rd of 39 scoring teams, Neville was the top Division III runner in the 5k race and fifth overall among 28 entrants. Her time of 17:13.59 was her fastest of the season and improved her position dramatically on the provisional qualifying list for

Softball Gives Wesleyan its Third-Ever NESCAC Tourney Title

Wesleyan softball joins the 2005 men's soccer team and 2009 men's lacrosse team as NESCAC titlists. The Cardinals take on Kean University in the NCAA first-round game May 14. (Photo by Brian Katten)

The softball team claimed a NESCAC tournament title and automatic bid to the NCAA championship May 14. Recovering from a disappointing 5-2 loss to Bowdoin in a potential title game, the Cardinals came back to trounce Bowdoin 10-1.

Wesleyan softball, coached by Jen Lane, adjunct associate professor of physical education, joins the 2005 men’s soccer team and 2009 men’s lacrosse team as NESCAC titlists. The Cardinals will play Kean University of New Jersey in the NCAA first-round game May 14 at Rhode Island College (R.I.C.).

Student-Athletes Honored at All-Sports Banquet

Dan Bloom '10 received the Ahrens Memorial Award, which is presented to the male athlete who has best combined the qualities of Carl R. Ahrens '60.

Wesleyan held its annual all-sports banquet for seniors, captains and award winners May 5 in Beckham Hall. During the festivities, teams which had concluded their seasons announced their award winners. In addition, the recipients of major departmental awards were honored.

Announced for the first time were the winners of the 2009-10 Suki Hoagland Award for outstanding contributions to women’s athletics and the Carl Aherns Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to men’s athletics.

Student Athletes Receive Wesleyan’s Scholar-Athlete Award

From left, Keisuke Yamashita '10, Jory Kahan '10, Clare Smith '10 and Beth Kenworthy '10 were honored during a luncheon April 9 as being recipients of 2009-10 Wesleyan’s Roger Maynard '37 Memorial Award.

Keisuke Yamashita ’10 of Yokahama, Japan; Jory Kahan ’10 of Norwich Vt.; Clare Smith ’10 of Lexington, Mass.; and Beth Kenworthy ’10 from New York, N.Y., were named the recipients of Wesleyan University’s Roger Maynard ’37 Memorial Award for the 2009-10 academic year.

The award is presented annually to the outstanding male and female scholar-athletes in their last year of eligibility. Yamashita, Kahan, Smith and Kenworthy represent the finest combination of athletic accomplishment and academic achievement at Wesleyan.

Kahan and Yamashita were starters on the 2009 men’s soccer team that posted the first undefeated regular-season since 1940 and set a school record for longest unbeaten streak (15 games), going 11-0-4 before dropping its NESCAC semi-final game to Middlebury. Receiving an at-large bid to NCAA Division III tournament, the team’s third

Crazy Eights: 3 Wesleyan Spring Sport Teams get off to 8-0 Starts

Casey Simchik '10. (Photo by Brian Katten)

Casey Simchik '10. (Photo by Brian Katten)

Wesleyan women’s tennis posted a 4-0 mark during its fall dual-match schedule, then added four victories in Orlando, Fla. during its spring training trip in March to head into the meat of its schedule with an 8-0 record. The rest of the season features matches against nine consecutive NESCAC rivals. The outcomes of this part of the schedule will dictate qualification for the NESCAC tournament.

Women’s tennis is one of three Cardinal squads to inaugurate the season with an 8-0 start. Both the baseball and softball teams also have started 8-0.

The 8-0 record is the best ever season opening records for both softball and tennis. Each, however, is shy of the all-time program record for consecutive victories: women’s tennis won nine matches in a row during a 15-4 season in 2000-01; softball won 12 straight during its 21-15 season just three years ago in 2007. Baseball, which extended its streak to 10 games this year before dropping a game in California, began the 1988 season 13-0 and had a string of 15 consecutive victories in 1983.

Genevieve Aniello ’13

Drennan ’09 to Play Professional Volleyball in Denmark

Lisa Drennan ’09 will play for a team in Brondby, Denmark for the 2009 season.

Lisa Drennan '09 will play for a team in Brondby, Denmark for the 2009 season.

Lisa Drennan ’09 signed a professional volleyball contract in Europe and will play for a team in Brondby, Denmark for the 2009 season.

Drennan closed out her Wesleyan volleyball career in 2008 with her second NESCAC Player of the Year honor as well as second-team AVCA Division III All-America laurels.

Also named a second-team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in 2008, Drennan ranked among the top five players in Division III for average kills per set for three straight seasons (2006, 2007 and 2008) while leading the NESCAC each of those years as well.  She ended her Wesleyan career ranked second all-time at the college for kills with 1,865 while holding down the top spot for average kills at 4.92.  She averaged 4.70 in 2008 to rank third nationally.  She had a .298 career hitting percentage and averaged 2.73 digs, 0.68 blocks and 0.46 aces per set over her four years.

Drennan is one of three Americans on the Brondby Elite roster, joined by 6-5 middle hitter Jolene Baptiste out of the U. of Arizona, and outside hitter Crystal Ames from Central Washington U. In total, 12 players are listed on the Brondby roster and the average height is 6-2.  Drennan is one of the smallest players, standing 5-11.  She was selected, as noted on the Brondby team web site, not just for her hitting ability but also for her receiving talent.

Brondby is scheduled to play a 21-match season this fall, all against other Danish teams, with the first match slated for Sunday, Sept. 13.  Many players for the Danish National Team are on the rosters of teams in the Elite Division.

(By Brian Katten, sports information director)