MIDLAND, MICH. – Northwood University had a pair of student-athletes earn Commissioner's Awards from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Wednesday afternoon (June 24).
The awards are presented after the Fall, Winter, and Spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes that excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play. All grade-point averages are based on a 4.0 scale.
Senior golfer Cameron Lippoldt and senior baseball player Kyle Ziegler each were honored.
Lippoldt led the Northwood golf team to a record-breaking season. He finished the year with a 72.3 scoring average, the lowest in school history. He had four top-five finishes in five events, highlighted by winning the Motor City Invitational. For his efforts, Lippoldt was named First Team All-GLIAC. As a team Northwood set a school-record for team scoring average (297.6) and was ranked 10th in the Midwest Region. Over their final three events of the year, the Timberwolves had a trio of top-three finishes and had a scoring average of 294.1. A three-time All-GLIAC Academic Excellence honoree, Lippoldt graduated from Northwood with a degree in Finance with a 3.753 GPA.
Ziegler has now claimed two GLIAC Commissioners Awards in his career. He was a four-year starter for the baseball program at shortstop and second base. For his career, Ziegler batted .274 with nine home runs and 86 RBIs. He ranks seventh in NU history with 32 doubles. A finance major from South Lyon, Mich., Ziegler currently sports a 3.96 grade point average. He recently was awarded the Goetz Family Men's Academic Athlete of the Year at Northwood in 2020, given to the senior student-athlete who excelled in their career both on the field and in the classroom In his career, Northwood went gone 122-60 (.670), won two GLIAC Championships and GLIAC Tournament Championships while reaching the NCAA Tournament three times.