Local high school products Ian Holt and Chase Johnson closed their respective Kent State men’s golf careers by earning All-America honors in 2018.
Holt was named a Second Team PING All-American, while Chase Johnson received Honorable Mention accolades.
Holt, a former Stow High School star, was chosen MAC Golfer of the Year for the second straight season in 2018. He won two tournaments and finished the campaign with a stroke average of 71.23.
Johnson, a Barberton native and former Walsh Jesuit High School standout, earned First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors for the third straight season along with Holt. He cracked the top 10 individually four times as a senior, headed by a sixth-place effort at the NCAA Regional, and wound up with a 72.51 stroke average.
Both players graduated this spring, with Holt earning a degree in business management and Johnson a degree in communications.
Former Kent State center Adonis De La Rosa has agreed to join the University of Illinois program as a graduate transfer. He averaged 11.8 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game last season, his second with the Flashes. De La Rosa tore his ACL in KSU’s final game of the season, so his availability for next season remains a question mark.
De La Rosa is the eighth addition since last season for the Illini, which finished 14-18 in 2017-18.
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Former Kent State standout Deon Edwin is currently playing for the U.S. Virgin Islands team at the FIBA World Cup qualifier. The squad advanced to the second round, set for September, by defeating the Bahamas twice.
Edwin has been playing professionally for KTP Basket in Finland since helping the Golden Flashes capture the MAC Tournament title in 2017.
Kent State totaled 294.25 points to lead all MAC schools and rank 75th among 351 NCAA Division I entries in the final 2017-18 Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, a national all-sports competition. The Flashes finished ahead of several schools from the Autonomy-5 conferences, including Boston College, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Rutgers and Washington State.
Kent State’s national power golf programs combined for 140.25 points following outstanding performances at the 2018 NCAA Championships. The women’s team tied for fifth for the second straight year to match the best finish in program history, while the men’s squad placed 10th in the nation. Wrestling earned 51.5 points with its 22nd-place at the NCAA Championships, while baseball, gymnastics and indoor track and field also contributed to KSU’s Learfield Directors’ Cup point total.
This year’s total is the fourth-most a MAC school has ever posted in the 25-year history of the Directors’ Cup. Kent State set the conference record with 400 points a year ago, and also cracked 300 points in 2000-01.
The Flashes have claimed the MAC’s top spot in 18 of 25 years while posting 10 top-75 finishes and 20 top-100 finishes overall.
Twelve different KSU student-athletes across 11 sports combined for 16 All-America honors in 2017-18. Gabrielle Figueroa (track and field), TJ Lawson (Stow High School, track and field), Craig Stevens, Jr. (track and field) and Rachel Stypinski (gymnastics) led the way with two All-America nods apiece. Holly Speers (softball) and Joey Murray (baseball) were both named as top-25 National Player of the Year finalists.
Kent State junior cornerback Jae’Vante Ray was recently put on scholarship by first-year head coach Sean Lewis. The former Akron Ellet High School standout played in seven games for the Flashes last season after transferring from Eastern Michigan.