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DePauw's top 5 male and female athletes of the 2012-2013 athletics season

By Michael Appelgate
On May 7, 2013

Tony Halterman
soccer, senior goalkeeper
Halterman started every game in goal for the Tigers as the team captured its second straight NCAC title. He helped the team to a 14-4-5 record while allowing just 19 goals on the year. The senior from Dyer, Ind., posted a 0.85 goals against average with nine shutouts and 69 saves. In early April, Halterman signed a professional contract with the Kitsap Pumas based out of Bremerton, Wash.

 

Barry Flynn
basketball, senior forward
Flynn started every game for the Tigers this season, and led the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. The Indianapolis product and transfer from Ball State University was named NCAC player of the week this season on two occasions.

 

Noah Droddy
cross country/track, senior distance runner
Droddy's the most decorated distance runner in DePauw history. In the NCAC track and field championships, he won the 5K in 15 minutes, 0.28 seconds. Two weeks ago, Droddy shattered the school's 10,000 meter record with a time of 29:41.42 - bettering the mark by more than 40 seconds. In the fall, the Indianapolis native took second in the NCAC championships, fifth at the NCAA regional and eighth in the NCAA national meet - one spot better than his junior year.

 

Casey Hooker
swimming, sophomore butterfly and freestyle
Hooker continues to break DePauw swimming records at a torrid pace. Among numerous distinctions and swims, Hooker most notably broke the school record in the 100 butterfly in the NCAC conference meet and became the first overall winner for the Tigers in the NCAC with a time of 49.25. The Rensselaer, Ind. product competed in five events in the NCAA Division III national meet and placed 10th in the 100 butterfly in 48.76.

 

Taylor Wagner
football, senior punt / kick returner and wide receiver
Wagner was the team's lone selection to the All-NCAC first team as a return specialist after he returned 16 kickoffs for an average of 24.2 yards including an 86 yard return for a touchdown. From Carmel, Ind., Wagner ranks seventh in kickoff return yards with 870 and fourth in punt return yards at 652. He also competed in the D3Senior Classic Bowl in December where he caught six passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Kate Walker
basketball, senior point guard
Walker started every game for the Tigers in her storied four-year career, and finished with DePauw's second national title. She tallied 8.8 points per game while shooting 66.6 percent from the field, dished out a team-high 125 assists and yanked down 128 rebounds. From Indianapolis, Walker earned a honorable mention to the Women's Basketball Association Division III All-America Team, was tabbed to the NCAC first team and was a selection to the D3hoops.com's All-Great Lakes Region team.

 

Amy Hallett
softball, senior catcher
Hallett, from Phoenix, Ariz., broke the career doubles mark (50) this season and capped her career by launching what some believe to be the first ball to land in the retention pond beyond center field in her final at bat. She became a starter behind the plate in her freshman year, and has held the position ever since. The noted power hitter also holds the career mark in homeruns with 37 and total bases with 352.

 

Heather O'Brien
cross country / track, freshman distance runner
The only freshman to appear on The DePauw's top 10 list, O'Brien has the brightest future of any runner at DePauw. The Indianapolis native also finished 16th in the NCAA Regional - just one spot away from qualifying for the national meet. In the NCAC track and field championship meet, O'Brien placed second in the 5,000 meters (18:01.94) and third in the 1,500 meters (4:42.58).

 

Paige Gooch
golf, junior
Gooch, a junior from Ft. Mitchell, Ky., finished first and second in the two NCAC championship events this season and was voted the conference's player of the year by NCAC coaches. Gooch also took the top spot at the Washington (Mo.) Spring Invitational. The Tigers are now headed to the NCAA Division III Championships for the 12th straight year.

 

Margaret Ellis
field hockey, senior forward
Ellis set career marks for goals (75) and points (172) while helping lead the program to its most successful season ever. The Tigers proceeded to the NCAA Div. III semifinals and lost to eventual champion Tufts University. The senior from St. Louis notched her second straight Great Lakes Region Player of the Year distinction, was the conference offensive player of the year for a third time and was named to the All-America First Team. She finished the season with 27 goals, 10 assists and started every game all while battling plantar fasciitis.


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