The best Ferris athletes

The best athletes for each team for the season

Here is a list of the best athletes in their respective sports for each Ferris team.


Men’s teams

Paige Kortz set Ferris’ home run record with 11 this season. Photo courtesy of Feris Athletics.

Football – Jared Bernhardt 

Bernhardt was incredible for the Bulldogs this year, and he played a big part in the National Championship game. He was named the GLIAC player of the year, and he was placed on the Division II Elite 100 list. In 10 games played, he threw for 1322 yards and 11 touchdowns on a 70.7% completion rate. He also added 1421 yards rushing on 159 attempts and 26 touchdowns on the season.


Basketball – Walt Kelser

Kelser had a great year with the Bulldogs, leading them to a GLIAC regular-season championship and an NCAA tournament appearance in which the Bulldogs advanced to the regional semifinals. Kelser was named to the All-GLIAC first team and was named to the NABC All-District First Team. In 31 games played, he averaged 18.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while shooting 45.4% from field goal range, 35.4% from three-point range and 78.8% from the free-throw line.


Hockey – Justin Michaelian

Michaelian was a bright spot for the Bulldogs as they struggled this season. In 35 games played, he had 23 points, eight goals, 15 assists and only 12 penalty minutes. Of those eight goals, two were game-winning goals for the Bulldogs.


Tennis – Mathis Guerre 

Guerre has been excellent this season for the Bulldogs, as they hold a 15-4 record and a 6-1 record in GLIAC play. He was selected as a first-team All-GLIAC player on the season. This season, Guerre won 10 single competition matches for the Bulldogs.


Walt Kelser led men’s basketball with 18.9 points. Noah Kolenda | Demo 64

Golf – Thomas Hursey 

It has been a great season for Hursey so far, as he has placed 12th in the Findlay Spring Invite and then went on to place first in the Cav Classic for the Bulldogs this season. We can expect him to continue his strong start to the 2022 season.


Track and Field – Jason Keena

Keena has had a great 2022 season so far with the javelin throw, and he boasts five top 10 finishes so far. His best performances have been in the Jim Vargo Invitational, where he placed first, and, most recently, in the Davenport Invitational, where he placed second.


Cross Country – Donis Harris 

Harris had a good season for Ferris cross country, as he placed 45th in the 8k GLIAC Cross Country Championships and 57th in the 10k for the NCAA Division ll Midwest Region Cross Country Championships. His best performance of the season came in the Ferris Ray Helsig Bulldog Invite, where he finished first in the 12.875k race.


Women’s teams 

Basketball – Adrienne Anderson

What a season it was for Anderson as she helped the Bulldogs to a GLIAC North Division title and their first GLIAC tournament title in the 2021-22 season. Anderson was an all-around star for the Bulldogs, receiving All-GLIAC First Team and All-Defensive Team honors on the season for the Bulldogs. Anderson played in 30 games this season and averaged 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and four assists while shooting 38.5% from field goal range, 37.6% three-point range and 69.3% from the free-throw line. Anderson also had 72 steals and 18 blocks for the Bulldogs on the season.


Nina Gorgijevska earned GLIAC Defensive Player of the year. Photo courtesy of Ferris Athletics.

Volleyball – Nina Gorgijevska 

Gorgijevska had a fantastic season for the Bulldogs. With her help, the Bulldogs had a 27-5 overall record and went 12-2 in GLIAC play. Ferris also won the GLIAC Tournament Championship and had a deep run in the NCAA Division ll Volleyball Tournament, reaching the Midwest Regional Final. Gorgijevska was the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team ALL-GLIAC libero. In 33 matches she had a total of 591 digs, 32 service aces and 111 assists.


Soccer – Pia Nagel 

Nagel was a major player for the Bulldogs this season. She helped them win the GLIAC championship and appear in the NCAA Dll Soccer National tournament. She earned All-GLIAC First Team honors as a forward. In 22 games for the Bulldogs, she started 15 games and had 10 goals, seven assists and 27 points. She also provided the Bulldogs with two game-winning goals.


Tennis – Sophie Daavettila 

Daavettila had a strong season for the Bulldogs, as she was able to showcase all her skills in both singles and doubles matches. She was an ALL-GLIAC first-team selection this season. She has a total of 11 singles wins for the season.


Softball – Paige Kortz 

Kortz has been on fire for the Bulldogs this season. This season Paige has broken the school record for home runs in a season with 11. With 47 games played, she has a batting average of .381 with a total of 11 home runs, 33 runs batted in, 40 runs and eight stolen bases.


Golf – Alayna Eldred

Eldred has had a good start to the season for the Bulldogs, placing 30th in the Findlay Spring Invite. As the season progresses, we can expect to see her continue gaining success.


Track and Field – Bri Copley

Copley has had a great season for the Bulldogs in the shot put and discus throw. She has placed within the top 10 a total of nine times already and has come in first a total of three times—twice in the shot put and once in the discus throw.


Kubiak had a very good season for the Bulldogs in cross country. In the GLIAC Cross Country Championships she placed 32nd in the 6K, and in the NCAA Division ll Midwest Region Cross Country Championships she placed 75th in the 6K. Her best performance was at the Ferris Ray Helsig Bulldog Invite, where she placed 1st in the 8.047K.