Freshman Katie Jaseckas made such an immediate impact on the Bulldog women’s basketball team that she was voted the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. Jaseckas led the team in scoring and rebounding and was second among league freshman in scoring. Her 18 rebounds against Drury, Jan. 15, tied for third-highest in a conference game this season and 10th best in a Bulldog single game. She had seven double-doubles, which was fourth among all GLVC players.
Redshirt-senior forward Zach Fischer went from walk-on in 2013 to an All-American in 2018. Fischer is the men’s basketball program’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American since 2011 and first on the first team since 2000. For the single-season school record book Fischer’s 2018 effort was first in field goal percentage, tied for sixth in total points and eighth in total rebounds.
Senior Will Shanel’s four-year run as a Truman swimmer was a memorable one to say the least. Shanel won five GLVC titles in two events, earned All-American honors seven times in three events and owns five different school records. He became the first male in 41 years of program history to be named an All-American four times in the same individual event.
After a first-team all-conference performance on the gridiron for the Bulldog football team, Sam Reeves transitioned to the mats and came up one match short of the elusive All-America honor. Reeves joined the team at semester for his third season and posted a 17-10 overall record. He earned his trip to the Division II nationals by placing fourth in the 197-pound weight class at the super regional, Feb. 24. Reeves lost his opening match but won his next by a score of 3-2 to set up a bout for All-America honors. He would lose that match by a 5-2 score. He was the first Truman wrestler since 2013 to qualify for nationals. In addition, Reeves earned academic honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Junior outfielder Christa Reisinger just continues to fill up her trophy case. The 2018 portion of that case includes two GLVC Player of the Week honors (four in career), a top-25 finalist for National Player of the Year (second time), GLVC Player of the Year (second time), first-team All-GLVC (third time) and NFCA first-team All-Midwest Region (third time).
Junior infielder Charlie Kreh had one of the best finishes to a season by a Bulldog baseball player. Kreh hit .449 in the month of April, including a 17-game hitting streak, and reached base in the final 23 games to earn first-team All-GLVC honors. Kreh finished the season with a .379 batting mark with 42 RBIs and 14 doubles. He was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. Also of note for baseball, seniors Kent Frantz, Peter Young and Brendan Trimble left their mark on the Truman record book. Frantz became the all-time leader in pitching wins with 19, Young shattered the all-time saves record with 25 and Trimble finished in the Bulldog top 10 in many offensive categories.
Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Seniors Paul Province and Lindsey Schlichting were the leaders of the Bulldog tennis squads this season. Both played in the top singles and doubles spots for their respective teams and were their team’s nominees for the GLVC Sportsmanship Award.
Track & Field
Truman had two conference champions crowed at the GLVC Outdoor meet this past May. Freshman Cassie Jennings captured the pole vault and junior Elle Renault set a new conference meet record in the javelin. Jennings kept rising to new heights each week in the pole vault as she also set a Stokes Stadium record of 12-04.00 when the teams broke in the new facility in April. Renault got an NCAA provisional mark when she won the javelin at conference. Other Bulldogs to hit NCAA provisional marks this year were junior Cassidy Smestad in the shot put and freshman Bobby Campbell in the discus.
Senior Nicolle Barmettler wrapped up arguably the most illustrious career in the history of Truman women’s golf this spring. Barmettler became the program’s first player to be named All-GLVC once, let alone twice, and made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA East Super Regional, the first to do that as an individual.