When fall sports come to a close and the winter season gets under way, Oglethorpe’s Stormy Petrels often have more to boast about than just wins under their belts. In 2010, two of OU’s own have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in their respective sports.
Clara St. Urbain ’14 was named Newcomer of the Year in Women’s Soccer by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and Todd Ward ’11, a forward on the Men’s Basketball team, was recently named to D3hoops.com’s Pre-Season All-American list.
Clara’s award came at the close of the soccer season, with her posting 17 points toward the team’s first eight-win season in 10 years. She is the first player of the OU Women’s Soccer program to receive one of only three individual postseason awards from the SCAC. The Marietta, Ga. native was also honored by the conference with All-SCAC Third team status. This year, she is the only freshman to finish in the top 10 among conference scoring leaders. Despite battling an injury for most of the season, she is the highest scorer at Oglethorpe in five years.
Todd has been selected as a D3hoops.com 2010-2011 All-American Honorable Mention Team member, but the online sports information center has had him on their radar for some time. Last year, he was named to their Preseason All-American Second Team. Only 25 players in the nation receive the Preseason All-American designation from D3hoops.com. Todd is the only member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) to be selected as a Preseason All-American.
Last season Todd averaged 13.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game (2nd best in the SCAC). He also held the league’s fourth best shooting percentage (.476) and blocked the fifth most number of shots (28). Just last week, in the Petrels 67-50 win over Lagrange, Todd became only the 13th men’s basketball player in SCAC history to score more than 1,000 career points and 600 rebounds.