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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Josh Renel leads locals earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors

It was a good week in the Renel household.

Josh Renel, a graduate of Rochester Adams and a junior running back for Wayne State, had a career day in the Warriors' 41-27 win over Indianapolis, earning himself Offensive Player of the Week honors in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. His 177 rushing yards — part of a day on which he totaled 319 all-purpose yards, fifth-best in WSU history — helped Wayne State match its school record for wins. Led by Renel, who ranks second in NCAA Division II in all-purpose yards, the Warriors (8-2, 7-2 GLIAC) are tied with Hillsdale atop the GLIAC South Division.

That was the second honor conferred upon Renel in the last week, though.

The business administration/marketing major was one of several local players who earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams last week, when they were announced for football, men's soccer and women's soccer. One of just six D-II players named to the first team in District 4, Renel will be eligible to earn ESPN The Magazine All-American honors. WSU linebacker Nick Thomas earned second-team honors.

Renel's high-school teammate and friend, Cody Wilson, was one of three members of the Central Michigan University football team to earn first-team honors in District 4, along with seniors LB Matt Berning and DT Sean Murnane. It's the first time Wilson, a sophomore wide receiver with an undeclared major and a 3.91 GPA, has been honored. All three are eligible for the same All-American honors as Renel. Eastern Michigan TE Ben Thayer was the only other player from the state to earn first-team honors in the district.

Penn State University senior linebacker Chris Colasanti, a native of Leonard and a graduate of Birmingham Brother Rice, was a first-team all-District 2 honoree, sporting a 3.61 GPA in kinesiology/pre-med. Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest grad Matt Rolf, a sophomore defensive back at Concordia (Chicago), was a second-team honoree in District 5.

In women's soccer, Davidson College senior midfielder Allison Drutchas (Bloomfield Hills Lahser) sports a 3.98 GPA, earning her first-team honors in District 3. Rochester grad Jackie Carron, a senior defender and two-time captain for the University of Michigan, earned second-team honors in District 4, while Troy Athens grad Tiffany Bell, a sophomore midfielder for Saginaw Valley State, earned third-team honors in district 4 with a 3.93 GPA in chemistry.



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