Sunday, April 12, 2009

Rodriguez notches honorable mention for Panthers

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Southview's Adrienne Rodriguez was named honorable mention All-American Mideast Conference for his play this season at Ohio Dominican University, announced last month.

Rodriguez, a junior, finished his second straight year as the Panthers' starting point guard. He averaged nearly 13 points per game this season on an up-and-down year, adjusting to a new coach Artie Taylor, who completed his second year at the helm.

Rodriguez battled some injuries his sophomore season, and made 11 starts in 26 games played for the Panthers. He still finished fifth on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg) and was third in assists (61). He also recorded 21 steals.

His freshman year, he appeared in all 31 games and averaged 29 minutes and eight points per game, while leading the team in assists with 91.

While at Southview, Rodriguez averaged 22 points and four assists per game and was selected the Lake Erie League Player of the Year, along with first team All-Lorain County and All-Morning Journal. He was also an honorable mention All-Ohio and second team All-District.

Ohio Dominican won three straight to end the regular season and finished .500 at 15-15 overall. The Panthers just missed the conference tournament after finishing in a four-way tie with Notre Dame, Rio Grande, and Daemon - who won the tie-breaker to earn a postseason berth.

Rodriguez will enter his senior season at ODU next year and it should be a promising one.

I had the honor of coaching him in baseball when he was 8 and 9 years old, and he is one of the best overall athletes I've coached in my 14 years of coaching.

No one has still been able to do what he did one summer afternoon - hit for the cycle and pull off an unassisted triple play in the same game. Oh yea, he also had six RBIs.

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