|Jared Holmquist, left, and KC McConnell, right, are among the 10 men's and 10 women's finalists for the 2016 Jostens Trophy.|
The 2016 Jostens Trophy timeline reached a benchmark in its annual process with the announcement of the finalists by the members of the Salem (Va.) Rotary Club on Tuesday. Twenty student-athletes -- 10 men and 10 women -- remain in the running for this season's honors from a record number of candidates in the original pool. The Salem Rotary Club is responsible for the initial review of nominations and narrowed the collection of candidates over the past two weeks.
The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball player who excels on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. This season marks the 19th presentation of the awards, with the inaugural trophies bestowed in 1998.
The Salem Rotary Club's 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 20 finalists continue thru the review process, with a national selection committee of 32 individuals charged with determining the two winners of the 2016 Josten Trophy honors.
Last year, George Bugarinovic of Johns Hopkins and Eastern Mennonite's Jess Rheinheimer took home the trophies.
Listed below are the finalists for the 2016 Jostens Trophy:
|Men's finalists||Women's finalists|
|Trey Bardsley, Nebraska Wesleyan||Eireann Anastasi, Delaware Valley|
|DJ Beckman, Alma||Cassidy Burkholder, Bridgewater (Va.)|
|Dillon Bender, Mount Aloysius||Malory Christenson, Carroll|
|Jordan Bolger, Concordia-Moorhead||Holly Denfeld, Milwaukee School of Engineering|
|Tim Daniel, Greenville||Kathryn Erbelding, Grove City|
|Ben Gardner, Hope||Lexi Fisher, Buena Vista|
|Lucas Hausman, Bowdoin||KC McConnell, Whitworth|
|Jared Holmquist, Trine||Katie McDaniels, Wheaton (Ill.)|
|Jamie Nikitas, Lawrence||Jess Rheinheimer, Eastern Mennonite|
|George Valle, Whitworth||Katelyn Smith, Transylvania|
Ballots from the national selection committee are due by March 9 with the winning schools expected to be notified by March 11. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the NCAA Division III men's basketball semifinals and championship in Salem, Va., on March 18-19.
The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Salem Rotary Club to honor the most outstanding men's and women's NCAA 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 NCAA Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 19th year the award has been presented.
All-time Jostens Trophy winners
|1998||Michael Nogelo, Williams||Alicia Moore, Emory|
|1999||Michael Shantz, Hamilton||Kristen Venne, Susquehanna|
|2000||Korey Coon, Illinois Wesleyan||Alia Fischer, Washington U.|
|2001||David Jannuzzi, Wilkes||Alison Grubbs, Lake Forest|
|2002||Adam Jones, Buena Vista||Heather Kile, Swarthmore|
|2003||Derek Reich, Chicago||Whitney Bull, Wilkes|
|2004||Justin Call, Emory and Henry||Kay Mikolajczak, UW-Oshkosh|
|2005||Jon-David Byers, Lebanon Valley||Tara Rohde, Trinity (Texas)|
|2006||Chris Braier, Lawrence||Megan Silva, Randolph-Macon|
|2007||Ryan Cain, WPI||Lisa Winkle, Calvin|
|2008||Troy Ruths, Washington U.||Tarra Richardson, McMurry|
|2009||Jimmy Bartolotta, MIT||Melanie Auguste, Colorado College|
|2010||Blake Schultz, Williams||Julia Hirssig, UW-Stout|
|2011||Steve Djurickovic, Carthage||Elizabeth Sunderhaus, Cedar Crest|
|2012||Aris Wurtz, Ripon||Taylor Simpson, Chicago
|2013||Colton Hunt, Randolph||Carissa Verkaik, Calvin|
|2014||Richie Bonney, Hobart||Katelyn Fischer, Marymount
|2015||George Bugarinovic, Johns Hopkins||Jess Rheinheimer, Eastern Mennonite|
|Winners by conference|
|CC 1, CCIW 2, IIAC 1, LL 1, MACC 1,
MACF 1, MWC 2, NESCAC 3,
NEWMAC 2, ODAC 2, UAA 2
|ASC 1, CAC 1, CC 1, CSAC 1,
MACC 1, MACF 1, MIAA 2, MWC 1,
ODAC 2, SCAC 2, UAA 3, WIAC 2