NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Three Bethany College student-athletes earned Presidents' Athletic Conference honors Monday, Dec.5, when the league posted its weekly release. Receiving basketball Players of the Week accolades for the men and women, respectively, were senior Matt Drahos (Wheeling, W.Va./John Marshall) and senior Jenny Place (Farmdale, Ohio/Badger), while junior Stephen Zinz (Meadville, Pa.) was named the men's Swimmer of the Week.
Drahos, who claims the fifth PAC award of his career, averaged 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds to lead Bethany to a pair of wins in the Wendy’s Classic. The 6-6 senior center hit two free throws with four seconds left to lift BC past Wheeling Jesuit University 71-70 in the first game. He finished the contest with 18 points and seven rebounds, as the Bison knocked off last year’s WVIAC tournament champions and a squad that earned its first trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Drahos came back the following night to amass 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 93-60 blowout over Ohio-Eastern. It was his second double-double of the season and 31st of his career. He finished the week shooting 56.7 percent (17-30) from the floor in the victories.
A Biology major, Drahos is the son of Michael Drahos of Wheeling, W.Va.
On the women’s side, Place had a remarkable week, which saw her set career-highs in points and steals. In the first game Nov. 30, she tallied 23 points, seven rebounds and six steals in a 71-60 loss to Allegheny (Pa.) College.
Then in Bethany’s annual Holiday Tournament, Place earned her third All-Tournament team recognition of the season. She posted a career-high 35 points on 14-23 shooting and also grabbed nine boards in an 84-73 setback to Alma (Mich.) College in the first round. Then in the consolation game, the 5-8 guard/forward just missed a triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals in a 93-83 overtime win over Methodist (N.C.) College.
In the three games, Place shot 48 percent (30-62) from the floor and 85 percent from the foul line (11-13).
A Physical Education major, Place is the daughter of Mike and Mary Place of Farmdale, Ohio.
In the pool, Zinz led Bethany to a win over Penn State-Altoona Sunday in the team’s opening meet of the season. He touched first in three individual events, including the 200 freestyle (2:05.34), 100 butterfly (55.39) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.5). His win in the 200 free was by more than 27 seconds and he came in first in the 100 fly by nearly 13 seconds.
Led by the efforts of Zinz, who was the 2005 PAC champion in the 100 butterfly, the Bison defeated Altoona for the second consecutive season.
A Religious Studies major, Zinz is the son of Don Zinz of Meadville, Pa.