BEXLEY — Andrew Bolka, a Xenia native and member of the Capital University men’s basketball team, has been selected All-Ohio Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 season, the league announced Friday, Feb. 28.
Junior forward Bolka was tabbed second team, while sophomore guard AJ Dixon of Hilliard, was selected honorable mention. Neither player had garnered All-OAC honors prior to this season.
Bolka and Dixon were integral in the Crusaders securing their 14th consecutive season of a .500 or better record in league play. Capital finished 12-14 overall with a 9-9 OAC mark, reaching the OAC Tournament first round.
A stalwart in the low post and in the paint, Bolka averaged 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Crusaders. He ranks second in the conference in rebounding and third in the league with a shooting percentage of 59.6.
Bolka racked up five double-doubles during the season, leading the team in rebounding 15 times and in scoring on nine occasions. He registered a career-high 22 points in the team’s regular season finale at Ohio Northern last Saturday, and posted the highest rebounding total of his career (12) in Capital’s 88-70 victory over OAC champion Mount Union on Jan. 20.
Dixon led the team and ranks 10th in the OAC in scoring with 13.8 points per game. He shot 39.7 percent from the floor, 35.1 percent from 3-point range and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. Dixon ranked second on the team in assists (58) and steals (20) and grabbed 3.5 rebounds per contest.
Dixon led the team in scoring six times during the year and scored in double figures in 14 of his 20 games played. He recorded a career-high 37 points in the Crusaders’ 109-102 double-overtime loss against Maryville (Tenn.) on Dec. 17 at Transylvania (Ky.). Dixon posted one of his finest all-around efforts at cross-town rival Otterbein on Jan. 11, totaling 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to help the Crusaders to a 78-60 triumph.
Mike Fuline, the head coach of OAC regular season champion Mount Union, was named OAC Coach of the Year. Wilmington’s Malcolm Heard II picked up the Dick Reynolds Award as the league’s most outstanding player. Jake Phillis of Otterbein was picked as OAC Freshman of the Year.