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April 30, 2014

Metro roundup: Christopher honored by conference

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State senior McCall Christopher was named one of 10 recipients of the Missouri Valley Conference Leadership and Service Award for the spring season. She is the third Sycamore women’s golfer to receive the award in the six years the award has been presented.

In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes, the MVC has created the MVC Leadership & Service Award. MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin announced the honorees for the 2013-14 spring season this week.

This year’s spring honorees include Kendall Duffy, Bradley, softball; Jeffrey Foreman, Drake, men’s outdoor track and field; Quinn Vilneff, Evansville, men’s golf; Kelly McShea, Illinois State, women’s outdoor track and field; McCall Christopher, Indiana State, women’s golf; Mary Whitmore, Loyola, women’s outdoor track and field; Eric Straub, Missouri State, men’s golf; Jamie Fisher, Northern Iowa, softball; Anita Lee, Southern Illinois, women’s tennis; and Montse Blasco Fernandez, Wichita State, women’s tennis.

Christopher earned All-Conference honors by tying for fourth at the 2014 MVC women’s golf championship, one of three Sycamores who earned the honor of being among the Valley’s elite golfers this season. She established the school record for career wins (1,846) and is fifth in career scoring average (80.02) and fifth in winning percentage (.640). Her 76.77 average during the 2013-14 season is third best in school history as was her season winning percentage of .812.

Among her other athletic accomplishments this season was a round of 69 in the first round of the MVC championships (fourth best round in school history), a 36-hole tournament score of 148 at the Bradley Spring Invitational where she finished second (fourth best in school history) and a 54-hole tournament score of 220 at the MVC championships where she tied for fourth (third best in school history).

In the classroom, the athletic training major (3.70 grade-point average) was named Women’s Golf Association Academic All-American for three straight years. She also has been on the Dean’s List for seven consecutive semesters, the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll seven semesters and the MVC Commissioner Academic Excellence Award recipient for three years.

She also has reached out into the community by volunteering at the St. Ann Physical Therapy Clinic (a free health care provider), the Lighthouse Mission soup kitchen and the Special Olympics. She also was a Helping Hands volunteer for disaster clean up in Joplin, Mo. (summer 2012), a volunteer at the ISU Junior Golf Summer Camp and a Lifeline Sponsor Child Support from 2011 to the present.

Breanne Smith received the award in 2009 with Mackenzie Mack receiving the award in 2010.

In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees. Institutions select their MVC Leadership & Service Award nominees.

Softball

• Engineers to be in action
— Rose-Hulman is set to make its return to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament for the first time since 2008 with Friday’s opening round contest against Bluffton University.

The No. 3 seed Engineers (18-14) will take on the No. 2 Beavers (24-14) at 10 a.m. at Anderson University’s Raven Field.

The winner of the opening-round game will move on to face the winner of No. 1 seed Anderson and No. 4 Transylvania, who will play at noon Friday. The winner’s bracket game is slated for 4 p.m. Friday, while the two loser’s bracket game is set for 2 p.m.

Saturday’s title game is set for 1 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament, with the final game slated for 3 p.m., if necessary.

Admission to Friday and Saturday’s games is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and children under 11 are free. Rose students with valid identifications also are free.

 

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