Delaware News


Piper’s honor an OAC first

Big Walnut High School graduate Tabatha Piper has become the first athlete in Ohio Athletic Conference history to earn Freshman of the Year honors in two sports.

On Feb. 29, Piper was named the top freshman women’s basketball player in the OAC after averaging 7.6 points and 5.9 rebounds this season for Otterbein. She helped the Cardinals to a 20-7 record, their first 20-win season since 2005-06.

In the fall, Piper was named the league’s top freshman in women’s volleyball after leading the OAC in assists and ranking third in hitting percentage. Otterbein had its best season in program history, going 26-6 while making the NCAA Division III tournament.

“It has been a great first year,” Piper said. “I am so blessed and it is an amazing feeling to be recognized for doing something I love. Behind every successful player are those special coaches and teammates that get them to where they are.”