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Huffman and Ansiel named UC Athletes of the Year


CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Women’s basketball player Ashlyn Huffman and men’s track star Tommy Ansiel are the 2020-21 Yellow Jacket Club Athletes of the Year.

The tandem were honored at the annual Golden Jacket Awards at the DeVries Theater on April 21.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee produced the event celebrating Cedarville University’s athletic season with the show aired on Stretch LIVE and the G-MAC digital network.

A total of 58 senior student-athletes, cheerleaders and athletic coaches were honored along with several special award winners during the show.


ASHLYN HUFFMAN (Senior; Columbus, Ind.), Women’s Basketball

  • Four-year starting guard
  • NCCAA Kathy Freese-Peabody Award Recipient
  • NCCAA All-America First Team
  • Midwestern NCCAA Player of the Year; First team All-G-MAC
  • Led the team in points (15.8), rebounds (5.6) and assists (5.3)
  • Led the team to a 19-6 record and the G-MAC regular season title with an 18-4 mark
  • Qualified for NCAA Division II Championship in Atlantic Region
  • Three-time All-G-MAC and two-time All-NCCAA Midwest Region First Team
  • 17th on Cedarville’s career scorers list (1343)
  • Tied for third for career free throw percentage (0.820) and fifth for assists (512)
  • Dean’s Honor List student major in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Twice NCCAA Fellow-athlete and three times the G-MAC Academic Team

TOMMY ANSIEL (senior; Warrenville, Illinois), men’s track and field

  • Four year old pole vault
  • Posted the # 1 mark in the country this winter at 5-5 (5.31m)
  • NCAA Division II Indoor Championship finalist (17-3.50; 5.27 meters)
  • G-MAC Indoor Champion (17-5) setting competition record and all-time conference record
  • Midwestern Division II Indoor Athlete of the Year
  • First All-G-MAC indoor team and won five indoor pole vault competitions in 2021
  • Holds seven of the top 10 indoor grades in school history
  • Holds the seven best outdoor grades in school history
  • Four-time NCAA Division II All-American (twice indoors; twice outdoors)
  • Two-time G-MAC Indoor champion and two-time G-MAC Outdoor champion
  • 2019 NCAA Division II Away Champion
  • Division II All-Academic; G-MAC Academic Team
  • Dean’s List student as a major in corporate finance

The Yellow Jacket Club was established in 1978 to allow friends and alumni of Cedarville University to support the school’s athletic programs. The club has nominated University Athletes of the Year for over 40 years, allowing head coaches to nominate and vote for the recipients.


REESE AWARDS – (left to right) Joyce Reese, Madeline Barnes, Alex Totten and Pete Reese

MADELINE BARNES (Senior; Lewis Center, Ohio), Women’s Athletics

  • Four-year-old pole vault for the Lady Jackets
  • 2020 NCCAA Indoor Champion and two-time All-American
  • Holds four of the top 10 indoor grades in school history
  • 2019 G-MAC Outdoor champion and triple All-G-MAC
  • Owns two of Cedarville’s top 10 exterior brands
  • NCCAA athlete-scholar and G-MAC academic team

ALEX TOTTEN (Senior; Normal, Ill.), Men’s Tennis

  • Played not four, but five years of tennis for the Yellow Jackets
  • Almost three-quarters of all competitions were No.1 in singles, including the last 36 in a row
  • Played in every No.1 doubles match in the past three seasons
  • Accumulated 78 wins in total in singles and doubles
  • NCCAA All-American and two-time All-G-MAC selection
  • National Team All NCCAA Tournaments in Singles and Doubles
  • Played in the prestigious ITA Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Michigan

This award is presented in honor of former athletic director Pete Reese and his wife, Joyce, both members of the UC Athletic Hall of Fame. Recipients must be Cedarville University seniors with the four years of eligibility used as a yellow vest. Athletes are nominated by their coach and selected on the basis of their athletic ability, Christian service, scholarship, Christian character and leadership.


Callan Prize 2020-21
CALLAN SPORTS DEPARTMENTAL AWARD (left to right) Isaac Wood, Dr Don Callan and Lauren Willow

LAUREN WILLOW (senior; Arlington, Ohio), women’s volleyball, track and field

  • Member of the volleyball team and athletics programs for four years
  • Dean’s List student major in Special Education / Early Childhood Education
  • NCCAA scholar and nominated to the G-MAC academic team
  • Four times All-G-MAC in VB, All-G-MAC Indoor T&F and an NCCAA Indoor All-American
  • Extensive ministry experience from first year locally, in Xenia and downtown Dayton
  • Among his countless ministries …
  • Helped start a mentorship program between the Lady Jacket volleyball program and the Cedarville HS VB team
  • Bible study leader and active member of Dayton Avenue Baptist Church

ISAAC WOOD (senior; Hollidaysburg, PA), men’s golf

  • Member of the golf program for four years
  • Dean’s List student as a major in Biblical Studies
  • NCCAA athlete-scholar and G-MAC academic team
  • He played a total of 73 career rounds spanning 32 tournaments
  • Average of 78.6 this year and graduates with a career average of 78.2
  • Recognized as the spiritual leader of the golf team and an RA on campus
  • Involved in several ministries, a Bible study leader and a witness to his fellow competitors
  • He will begin ministry work this summer at a church in Indiana

The awards are presented on behalf of Dr. Don Callan and the late Nedra Callan. Dr Callan has been associated with the University since 1960 and has been involved in global sports evangelism for over 60 years. He is a member of five Halls of Fame and is a founding member of the CU Athletic Hall of Fame. Recipients are nominated by their coach and selected for their evangelism in and through athletic activities at Cedarville University.


Timber prices 2020-21
WOOD FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS – (left to right) Aleah Martone, Sherrie Wood and Caleb Pendleton

ALEAH MARTONE (Junior; Spencerport, NY), Women’s Soccer

  • Student on the Dean’s Honor List as a Major in Civil Engineering
  • Three-year-old, two-year-old, team captain
  • Played 49 career games with 8 goals, 6 assists
  • Goals scored in each of the team’s last three games this spring
  • Scored the goal in Cedarville’s 1-0 win in the 2019 NCCAA Championship game

CALEB PENDLETON (senior; Buxton, Maine), men’s cross country, track and field

  • Major in mechanical engineering, team captain, and sits on the SAAC committee
  • Four-year-old long-distance runner for the Yellow Jackets
  • Second-team All-G-MAC in cross country last fall, helping Cedarville to finish third
  • NCCAA Cross Country All-American in the 2019 National Championship Team
  • Finisher # 4 on the 2018 team that placed 24th in the NCAA Division II Championship
  • 2019 NCCAA Indoor Champion in the Mile and All-G-MAC

The late Dr. Duane Wood and his wife, Sherrie, established this scholarship in 1988 to help students who have demonstrated Christian character, campus leadership, academic achievement, and college athletic performance. Dr Wood previously served as the University’s Vice President Academic for 18 years from 1987 to 2005, at a time when the Vice President Academic oversaw the sports department. Winners are nominated by their coach and must be full-time senior students next year with a minimum GPA of 3.30 and are selected by the Wood family.

(Nominated and voted by the student-athletes)

GOLDEN JACKET TEAM AWARD – Women’s basketball
Recognize the team that best exemplifies Cedarville Athletics’ core values: Christ Centered, Excellence, Community, Integrity and Humility.

TEAM OF THE YEAR – Lydia Sweeney (women’s basketball)

RETURNING PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Tommy Ansiel (men’s athletics), who in turn presented the award to Sara Olivarez (women’s soccer)

FEES OF THE YEAR – Lyssi Snouffer (Women’s volleyball, athletics)

STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEARErin ackerson (Assistant athletic trainer)

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