NHL athlete represents Ferris with pride
Pittsburg Penguins’ left wing and Ferris alum Chris Kunitz sits in the top 10 of every major offensive statistical category in the NHL this season.
With the shortened NHL season at a midway point, Kunitz currently leads the league with a plus/minus of positive 23 and is second among all players in points (39) and goals (18).
Kunitz is also ranked sixth in assists, with his all-star teammate Sidney Crosby leading the way in the category.
As the alternate captain for Pittsburg, Kunitz has two hat-tricks this year, one of which he scored four goals while playing against Washington.
Kunitz has teamed up with Crosby to become the NHL’s best scoring tandem this season, as the Penguins sit atop the Atlantic division with a 21-8 record.
Kunitz has won two Stanley Cups in his 10 year professional career, one with the Penguins in 2009 and one with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
Sutherlin and Brown pick up league honors
Ferris men’s basketball had two athletes receive All-GLIAC laurels in seniors Kenny Brown and Daniel Sutherlin.
Brown, guard, was picked for the first team All-GLIAC for the second time in his career with the Bulldogs, as he led Ferris in scoring with 15.8 points per game. Brown also led the team in minutes played, steals and shots made this season.
Sutherlin, forward, found a spot on the 12 man GLIAC All-defensive team, despite missing the last six games of the 2012-13 season. He averaged the most rebounds per game on the squad with 5.9 and shot a .394 shooting percentage against conference foes.
Sutherlin and Brown played integral roles for the Bulldogs not only throughout this season, but throughout their careers. Ferris finished out the year 14-13 while holding an imposing 10-1 home court record.
DeShone notches first team All-GLIAC accolades
Ferris junior guard Sarah DeShone was named to the All-GLIAC first team following the 2012-13 season. This season marks the second year in a row that DeShone has received the honor.
DeShone scored an average of 17.7 points per game, which ranked second among all GLIAC players. DeShone also led Ferris in assists (81), made three-pointers (46), and made 20 or more points in 11 games this season.
DeShone started all 26 games this year while helping lead the Bulldogs to a 13-13 overall record and a fourth consecutive GLIAC tournament appearance.
Anna Rudd makes Bulldogs history
Junior long distance runner Anna Rudd made history as she became Ferris State’s first ever female distance runner to win an individual national championship.
Rudd took gold in the 5,000 meter on March 8 to become only the second female to win a national championship in track and field for the Bulldogs; the other being long jumper Amy Woodman in 2008.
With a personal best time of 16:28.18, Rudd grabbed the top spot in the five kilometer race with the second place runner coming in over seven seconds behind.
Rudd followed up her championship run with another great achievement, as she was the runner-up in the 3,000 meter with a time of 9:42.87, which was four seconds behind first.
Motte and Bonis All-CCHA honorable mentions
Senior forward Kyle Bonis and sophomore goaltender CJ Motte both received All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association honorable mention honors.
Bonis finished out the regular season with 26 points scored on 19 goals and seven assists while playing in all 36 games this season. He held a plus/minus of +7 on the year, which is second only to senior Travis Ouellette.
Motte received his honors after starting all 34 games he played in at goaltender and compiled 965 saves for a .927 save percentage. The young goaltender finished the season 15-15-5 while racking up 2,022:03 minutes in goal.
The Bulldogs ended regular season play with a 16-16-5 overall.