Friday, March 25, 2022

Schoonveld, Davidson Win Jostens Awards


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Schoonveld, Davidson Win Jostens Awards

Kenedy Schoonveld  Jack Davidson

Kenedy Schoonveld of Hope and Jack Davidson of Wabash were named the recipients of the 2021-2022 Jostens Trophy awards. 

The Jostens Trophy honors are national awards created by the Rotary Club of Salem and sponsored by Jostens, Inc., to recognize the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. The awards focus on three major criteria: basketball ability, academic prowess, and service to one's surrounding communities.

In addition to the Trophy, the Wooldridge Scholarship, a $1,000 donation, will be presented in the names of the winners to their institutions. The scholarship is named after Dan Wooldridge, a Salem Rotarian and the retired commissioner that founded the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), for his long-time dedication to Division III athletics.

Schoonveld, a senior from Zeeland, Mich., has earned enough awards through five seasons at Hope to fill a large room. Recently named both the WBCA and Division III Player of the Year, Schoonveld is a six-time All-American with three laurels each from the WBCA and She averaged 11.1 points while shooting 49.1-percent from the field, 41.8-percent from three-point range, and 83.0-percent from the foul line. 

Davidson, a senior from Fishers, Ind., features a full trophy case of athletic and academic honors that began in 2017-18 with the Newcomer of the Year award from the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and was the only first-year athlete to earn all-league status that season. He is a four-time All-NCAC honoree and twice honored as the NCAC Player of the Year. He is a three-time All-American, earning high recognition twice from the NABC and once from This season, Davidson finished third in the country in scoring at 25.5 points per game and led Division III with 817 total points scored. As prolific a scorer as he is, Davidson surprises with his efficiency as a "50/40/90" shooter.

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2. Bates Honored as Best Player

Peter Bates, St. Norbert / photo by Patrick Ferron

The 2022 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced its 2022 NCAA Division III men's ice hockey All-America team.

Peter Bates, a senior forward from St. Norbert, is the recipient of the 2022 Sid Watson Award. The award, voted on by the nation’s Division III head coaches, is presented to the best player at the men’s NCAA Division III level by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Bates enjoyed a banner senior season for St. Norbert in 2021-22, registering 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points in 31 games. 

First Team East
G-Conor O'Brien, Sr., Endicott
D-Justin Allen, Sr., Utica
D-Ryan Romeo, Grad, Brockport
F-Ryan Black, Sr., Babson
F-Regen Cavanagh, Sr., Urica
F-Dante Zapata, Jr., Utica

First Team West
G-Cameron Gray, Sr., Adrian
D-Matt Eller, Sr., Adrian
D-Brayden Sampson, Sr., Aurora
F-Peter Bates, Sr., St. Norbert
F-Alessio Luciani, Jr., Adrian
F-Austin Martinsen, Sr., Augsburg

>> Complete Team

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3.  Locked Up: RIT Files Appeal

Nathan Lackman Wins the 157 lbs. National Championship
by Pat McDonald, Sayre Morning Times

"One of the major advancements in the sports world over the last two decades has been video replay and how it can help right a wrong in terms of an official’s call.

Well at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships this year, it looks like video replay was used not to correct a call on the mat but to overturn the right call and send a match to overtime.

The match was for the 157-pound Division III national championship and featured Kaidon Winters who was competing for Rochester Institute of Technology and facing Rhode Island College’s Nathan Lackman."

>> Mat Awareness: "In the final seconds, Lackman (leading 3-2) was called for locking hands which would have given Winters (who had the riding point) the match-and-national-title-winning point. After a long review, the referees reversed the call and the wrestlers went to sudden victory. Lackman was able to score a takedown in the overtime period to secure the win and the 157-pound national title. The only problem is that, according to RIT head coach Jason Bovenzi, there was never any video evidence to overturn the locked hands call — and Winters should have been celebrating a national championship."

>> Quotable: “It should have never been overturned. They are limited to what they can overturn and they need to have indisputable video evidence to overturn something. They did not have indisputable video evidence because we have the video evidence that obviously shows that they were clearly locked,” Bovenzi told the Morning Times.

>> What They're Seeing: “Immediately after the match I went up to the head table and spent the next hour there lobbying for Kaidon. I said I want to see the indisputable evidence that overturned this, and I showed him the pictures that I had. He said ‘I can’t look at your pictures, but what I can do is go look at the video tape that they looked at.’ He did that and came back down to me and said they didn’t have it. He said ‘they don’t even have a view that shows the lock at all,’” Bovenzi said."

>> The Final Word: "The RIT coach has asked that the NCAA not take away Lackman’s national championship but name he and Winters co-national champions. According to Bovenzi, the appeal has gone through the first two levels and they are now “waiting to hear back from the third and final level.”

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4.  NCGA Championship Preview

Olivia Keyes, Rhode Island College

The 2022 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championship will be held this weekend at Ithaca (N.Y.) College.

Six teams will be competing for the team championship - Brockport, Ithaca, Springfield, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater.

Fifteen other DIII athletes were selected to compete in individual events, including Olivia Keyes and Kelsey Gates from Rhode Island College, Alyssa DeLorme of Ursinus and Brooke Merila of Gustavus Adolphus in the all-around.

>> Championship website
>> Live Stream


5.  Lightning Round 

  Former MIT three-sport athlete Jasmin Moghbeli has been selected to launch and serve as spacecraft commander on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station. She participated in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse for the Engineers.

  Pomona-Pitzer is the top-ranked women's water polo team in the country according to this week's CWPA poll.

  Cake and candles to Justin McIlwee, sports information director at Eastern Mennonite.


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6.  Weekend Watchlist  

Ice Hockey (M)


Lacrosse (W)
  • No. 1 Salisbury vs. No. 9 Colby
  • No. 5 Washington and Lee vs. No. 11 York
  • No. 10 Tufts vs. No. 18 Trinity
  • Complete Schedule
Lacrosse (M)
  • No. 5 St. John Fisher vs. No. 11 Amherst
  • No. 10 Union vs. No. 12 St. Lawrence
  • Complete Schedule
  • No. 4 Belhaven vs. No. 25 Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • No. 11 Randolph-Macon vs. No. 13 Roanoke
  • Complete Schedule
Tennis (M)
  • No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 5 Trinity (Texas)
  • No. 3 Claremont-M-S vs. No. 9 Middlebury
  • No. 7 Williams vs. No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer
  • Complete Schedule
Tennis (W)
  • No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer vs. No. 18 Williams
  • No. 4 Emory vs. No. 7 Sewanee
  • No. 5 Wesleyan vs. No. 9 Amherst
  • Complete Schedule

Volleyball (M)

  • No. 3 Carthage vs. No. 4 North Central (Ill.)
  • No. 8 Vassar vs. No. 11 New Paltz
  • Complete Schedule


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