2010 Jostens Trophy Finalists Announced

2010 Jostens Trophy Finalists Announced

Ariail Among Women's Finalists

SALEM, Va. --- 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 12 women finalists.

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.  This year on the Women's side there was a three-way tie for 10th place.  After considerable discussions, the Committee felt the fairest method was to forward all 12 nominees to the National Selection Committee as finalists.  Listed below alphabetically are the 10 finalists for the 2010 Men's and 12 finalists for the 2010 Women's Player of the Year award:

2010 Men's Finalists

Brandon Altmann, Univeristy of Mary Washington
Zach Ashworth, University of Scranton
John Hoch, Carroll University
Corey McAdam, Nazareth College
Daniel McKeehan, Thomas More College
Cameron Mitchell, Willamette University
Danny Noll, Centre College
Ben Panner, Wheaton College (Ill.)
Blake Schultz, Williams College
Aaron Trigg, Gordon College

2010 Women's Finalists

Molly Ariail, Randolph-Macon College
Stephanie Boardman, Wittenberg University
Colleen Clarke, Cazenovia College
Chelsea Edwards, University of Texas at Dallas
Claire Ely, University of Puget Sound
Julia Hirssig, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Jessica Laing, SUNY Cortland
Lyndsie Long, Elmhurst College
Margo Muhlbauer, Buena Vista University
Christina Solari, Illinois Wesleyan University
Kym Wenz, College of Wooster
Mary Wilkowski, Hamline University

Final ballots are due no later than March 8 with the winning schools notified by March 10. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 18 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men's Division III Championship being hosted in Salem, Va., on March 19-20.

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 13th year the award has been presented.

Additional information on the award can be found at: http://www.odaconline.com/jostens/jostens.htm