Newark Catholic graduate Lane Hartfield helped the Denison football team finish on a high note Saturday.
Hartfield, a senior defensive lineman, was a part of a defensive effort that held Kenyon to 217 total yards in a 22-13 victory. The Big Red rebounded from a four-game losing streak to win their final two games to finish at 4-6. Denison's final victory denied Kenyon a share of the North Coast Athletic Conference title and a possible shot at the playoffs.
Hartfield finished sixth on the team with 37 tackles, including 111/2 for loss. He also had 51/2 sacks and one blocked kick. He had a season-high eight tackles and 31/2 for loss in a 30-6 loss to Oberlin on Oct. 13.
Kenyon finished at 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the NCAC. It was the Lords' first winning season since 2005 and came on the heels of back-to-back winless seasons.
Johnstown graduate Reed Franklin, a junior linebacker, was second on the team with 97 tackles. He also had four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble. He tied a season high with 11 tackles against Denison. He had three games of 11 tackles and three games of 10.
Fellow Johnstown graduate Brad Couts, a junior linebacker, had 70 tackles, including 12 for loss. He had a season high of 11 tackles in the season opener against Bluffton.
Barber contributing at Ohio
Newark graduate Nic Barber, a junior defensive end for Ohio, entered Wednesday's game at Ball State with nine tackles in eight games. He has two for loss, including one sack. He assisted on a tackle behind the line in the Bobcats' 26-14 loss to Bowling Green on Nov. 7.
The Bobcats wrap up the regular season at Mid-American Conference East Division leader Kent State on Nov. 23.
Harrison helps Ashland to unbeaten season
Granville graduate Austen Harrison, a junior linebacker, made three tackles, including a sack, and had a pass breakup in Ashland's 65-0 rout of Notre Dame (Ohio) on Saturday. The victory wrapped up Ashland's first unbeaten regular season since 1972 and the first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in school history.
Harrison has 20 tackles in 10 games, including two games of four apiece. The Eagles, ranked No. 4 in Division II, have a first-round bye in the NCAA playoffs. They will host a second-round game at 11 a.m. Nov. 24.
Simmers returning to lead Army
Anna Simmers, a senior guard for the Army women's basketball team, led the Patriot League in scoring at 14.8 per game a year ago, and she was named to the Patriot League first team. Simmers, whose father Jef and aunt Shani Simmers-Hotchkiss, are Licking Valley graduates, was a two-time state player of the year in Alaska and helped Anchorage Christian School to back-to-back state titles.