Throughout the 2014-15 academic year, there were a multitude of big moments and milestones that were achieved by Heidelberg University student-athletes and teams. Here is a look at a few numbers that help define the successful year for the Student Princes.
193' 4'' / 175' 10''
Both Gage Falcone and Madison Haasz earned All-American honors with their performances at the NCAA Division III Championships in the hammer throw. On the final throw as a collegiate athlete, Falcone threw a distance of 193 feet, four inches to earn 7th place. Later, Haasz recorded a throw of 175 feet, 10 inches to place 6th on the women's side.
Sophomore Derek Hendrixson earned ABCA All-American honors for his tremendous year on the mound for the Student Princes. His strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year was 12.29, recording 86 strikeouts compared to just seven walks.
Paige Atterholt fired a perfect game against Capital during the regular season as the Student Princes routed the host Crusaders 14-0 in 5 innings. The junior needed just 49 pitches in the game to complete the gem, 37 of which were for strikes.
The men's soccer team faced a 3-0 deficit at halftime of the OAC Tournament semifinals at Baldwin Wallace, but it did not take long for them to get right back in it. Just 33 seconds elapsed between a pair of goals by Tyler Eoff as the Berg came all the way back and won 4-3 in overtime over the Yellow Jackets
The men's basketball team displayed their controlled chaos style of play throughout the season, wreaking havoc on the opposition. In just their second game of the season, the Student Princes recorded a school-record 22 steals in a 103-89 victory over Westminster.
22:15.8 / 22:17.6
Dani Blum and Rachel House both qualified for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, marking the first time in school history that the women had multiple individual qualifiers. Blum ran a time of 22:15.8 at regionals to take 12th place while House finished in 22:17.6, which earned her 14th place.
Richard Dowdley ended the year with 40 wins, which is the second-most in Heidelberg wrestling history, just one behind current Berg volleyball coach Jason Miller, who won 41 bouts back in the 1996-97 season. Dowdley wrapped up his career as a Student Prince in a big way, earning All-American honors in the 184 pound weight class.
The women's soccer team looked to be headed to overtime in a match with Anderson, but Christina Neal scored a goal with just 38 seconds remaining to give the Student Princes a 1-0 victory.
Theresa Jackson scored 20 second-half points as the women's basketball team roared back from a 20-points first half deficit to knock off Mount Union in the first round of the OAC Tournament. Jackson scored 15 of the team's final 18 points as the Berg won 84-80.
The Heidelberg volleyball team made a statement on October 18th when they swept Mount Union, who entered that match ranked 6th in the nation. The Student Princes were unstoppable, winning 25-21, 25-12, 25-20.
Running back Cartel Brooks, who already holds the all-divisions record for rushing yards in a game, set a new record at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Brooks finished his career with an average of 7.71 yards per carry, which set the NCAA Division III career record.
Sophomore Carli Patrick recorded 13 double-doubles on the year on her way to second team All-OAC honors. Patrick finished the season with a conference-leading 10.3 rebounds per game.
Men's soccer head coach Dr. Brian Haley, who retired after the 2014 season, ended his career with 241 victories. He went out in style, leading the Student Princes to their first OAC Tournament Championship in school history in his final year.
Quarterback Michael Mees rewrote many of the passing records at Heidelberg in his senior season. Mees ended his career with 8,767 passing yards, which broke the previous record of 7,373 held by Shane Fulton.
The softball team shattered numerous records during their championship season, including their 297 runs scored on the year. That mark broke the previous record of 236 runs set in 2011.