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Senior catcher will be presented national award in New York in April

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sam Marder, Ohio State’s two-time All-American catcher, was selected the female “Marty Glickman Outstanding Jewish Scholastic Athlete of the Year” for 2010 by The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Committee last Tuesday. Jon Scheyer, a senior guard on the Duke men’s basketball team, was named the male honoree.

“Both Sam and Jon were recipients of our Mazor Awards for Outstanding Jewish High School Scholar Athletes of the Year in 2006 and this is the first time we have had our high school scholar-athletes win the award as college scholar-athletes,” Lynne Kramer, Chairman of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, said.

Marder and Scheyer will be honored April 18, 2010 at the hall of fame induction ceremony in Commack, N.Y.

Marder, who was recently named tri-captain of the Buckeyes for a second year in a row, started 57 games a season ago, powering Ohio State at the plate with a .821 slugging average. The native of Calabasas, Calif., helped the Buckeyes record one of the best seasons in program history in 2009, finishing with a 47-11 record, the second-most wins in program history, after making its first trip to an NCAA Super Regional.

For a second-consecutive year, Marder led the country in bases on balls, as she was walked 67 times while also recording a team-high 19 homers, 39 runs and 48 hits on the year. Marder broke the Ohio State all-time homerun record with her 42nd overall and 18th of the season May 5 as the Buckeyes swept Penn State in a doubleheader.