|Tim McCrary is the first
known player in Division III history with at least 1,700 career
points, with 800 rebounds and 400 assists, while Alexandra Chili is
the Centennial Conference's all-time leader in
McCrary by Michael Hudson Photography
Chili by Lisa Youngentob
The finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy were announced today by members of the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The club is responsible for the initial review of annual nominations and narrowed the pool to 10 men and 10 women finalists.
The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding Division III
men’s and women’s basketball player who excels on the
floor, in the classroom and in the community.
The Salem Rotary Club Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating to narrow the list of finalists so that the decision can be made on the most objective basis possible. The committee was pleased with a group of nominees totaling over 50 combined nominations for the 2012 awards.
Last year, Steve Djurickovic of Carthage and Elizabeth Sunderhaus of Cedar Crest took home the trophy.
Listed below are the 10 finalists for the 2012 Jostens Trophy:
|Men's finalists||Women's finalists|
|Seth Anderson, Gustavus Adolphus||Sharwil Bell, Rhodes|
|Matt Carr, WPI||Carol Cayo, Milwaukee Engineering|
|Felix Friedt, Whitworth||Alexandra Chili, Muhlenberg|
|Matt Johnson, Chicago||Sarah Condra, Franklin|
|Spencer Liddic, Muhlenberg||Erin Hollinger, Case Western Reserve|
|Tim McCrary, Wheaton (Ill.)
||Christine Marks, Misericordia|
|Ryan Sharry, Middlebury||Brittany Sedlock, St. Vincent|
|Aaron Van Klaveren, Cal Lutheran||Taylor Simpson, Chicago|
|Aris Wurtz, Ripon||Caroline Stedman, Amherst|
|Jordan Zimmer, Illinois Wesleyan||Carissa Verkaik, Calvin|
Voters’ ballots are due by March 6 with the winning schools notified by March 8. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men's Division III Championship being hosted in Salem, Va., on March 16-17.
The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 15th year the award has been presented.