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Defiance Announces Male and Female Athlete of the Year

Defiance Announces Male and Female Athlete of the Year

DEFIANCE, OHIO - The Defiance College athletic department announced Saturday afternoon, as part of the Homecoming Weekend festivities, the recipients of the Duane Hocking Female Athlete of the Year and Marvin Hohenberger Male Athlete of the Year award. The Defiance College Duane Hocking Female Athlete of the Year recipient was Kelsey Tietje (women's basektball), while the Marvin Hohenberger Male Athlete of the Year recipient was Zack Reed (baseball). 

Kelsey Tietje (Women's Basketball)

Tietje, the 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, finished her decorative career as the Defiance College all-time leading rebounder (1,257) and scorer (1,919). Tietje also finished third in the nation in double-doubles and total rebounds, as well as ranked fourth in the nation in rebounds per game.

She also holds the Defiance College career record for blocks (218), rebounds per game (12.3), free throws made (566) and ranks second in points per game (18.8), field goals made (674), and field goals attempted (1295). Following her senior campaign, Tietje was named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District, Second Team Academic All-American, Second Team All-Great Lakes Region, HCAC Player of the Week and grabbed her third Tom Bohlsen Academic All-HCAC honor.

The four-year First Team All-HCAC selection led the Yellow Jackets during her senior campaign in points scored (519), points per game (20.0), field goal percentage (56.8), most field goals made (197-of-347), rebounds (359) and blocks (67). She also led the HCAC in rebounds per game, blocks and field goal percentage.

Following her junior season, Tietje earned USBWA Division III National Player of the Week and Team of the Week honors as she eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark. The Deshler, Ohio native appeared in 102 games and made 99 starts for the women's basketball program.

Zack Reed (Baseball)

Reed was a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets earning a varsity letter in each of his four seasons. The two-time All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree, appeared in 139 games for DC making 134 starts in the outfield.

His senior season, Reed led the team in hits (58), at bats (158), batting average (.367), runs scored (40) and total bases (79). The First Team HCAC selection currently holds the single-season record for triples in a season (6) and the single-season stolen base record (32) on 32 attempts. Reed is also the career record holder for triples (13) and ranks second in career stolen bases (66). He finished his career batting .307 at the plate with 146 hits, 19 doubles, 13 triples and two homeruns.