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Athletics News

Athletics Hall of Fame seeks nominations

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Willamette's Athletic Hall of Fame, and organizers are currently seeking nominations for the next induction class.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Grand Hotel in Salem in October; nominations should be submitted for consideration no later than March 18.

Criteria for selection includes achievements while at the university, plus accomplishments in sports later in life. For more information or to make a nomination, visit the Hall of Fame website.

Skip Kenitzer retires from duties as associate athletic director

Skip Kenitzer has spent 18 years at Willamette, starting in 1993, and he has worn quite a few hats over that time. He was WU’s head swimming coach from 1993 through 1998 and was a co-head coach of swimming from 1999 through 2001. He also taught as a professor in the Department of Exercise Science and published research in the areas of sport psychology and exercise physiology.

Kenitzer began taking on administrative duties in 1998. Most recently, he served as associate athletic director, focusing his efforts primarily on maintaining, improving and scheduling events in the venues used by the Bearcats for athletic competition. He also contributed to Phi Delta Theta and the WU Men Against Violence program.

Of course, students and administrators will also recall frequent visits with Odin, the Kenitzers' canine friend, around campus.

NWC student-athletes of the week start on high

Three students occupy the Northwest Conference (NWC) Student-Athlete of the Week spot this week.

Max Stepan (C/DH, Pueblo, CO/Pueblo County HS) has been named Northwest Conference (NWC) Baseball Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts in games played during the week ending Sunday, Feb. 27. Stepan achieved a .533 batting average with four home runs and three doubles in Willamette's four games in California over the weekend.

Additionally, women's tennis player Natalia Agarycheva (Sr., Vancouver, WA/Prairie HS/U. of Northern Colorado), is spending her second week in a row as the NWC Student-Athlete of the Week. She recently grabbed four wins, in both singles and doubles, and is currently ranked #9 in the west region of NCAA Division III.

Back on a diamond, Alex Watilo (Jr., P, Newcastle, CA/Del Oro HS) put up a 0.58 ERA and collected two wins in softball action against Pacific University.