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One of the top pitching recruits in the country Courtney Auger has signed to play at the University of Texas-El Paso next season for coaches James and Kathleen Rodriguez and the Miners. Auger was a two year standout for the Lady Saints while at Seward County shattering the schools All-Time strikeout record with 558 and taking over the top spot on the All-Time wins list with 46 and ERA list with a 1.51 in her career at Seward. She was the Jayhawk West Conference MVP in both seasons with the Lady Saints and also garnered Freshman of the Year honors in 2008. The Edmonton native was recently named 1st Team All-American by the NFCA and 3rd Team All-American by the NJCAA after leading the Lady Saints to their first ever NJCAA National Tournament and pitching them to a 7th place finish. She was also strongly considering Troy University but said she picked UTEP because of the professionalism of the program and the coaches. “They did things the right way down there. The coaches were upfront with me about everything and I feel like they will be very good coaches to play for” she said. Another main selling point for the Miners was the schedule that they play. “I have looked forward to playing against Pac 10 and Big 12 teams all my life” Auger said. She will now have the opportunity to do that as UTEP had perennial powers such as Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Texas, San Diego State, and Tennessee on their slate this season among others.
Seward County Sophomore Bobby Doran has been selected in the 36th Round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Saints ace this season was taken with the 4th pick in the 36th Round and 1,075th overall in the draft. Doran who last week committed to Texas Tech University will now have the option of signing with the Pirates or choosing to stay in school and play for the Red Raiders next season. The signing deadline is August 15th, so the Bucs will have just over 2 months to get a deal done or the right-hander will head off to Lubbock and play for Tech. Doran was 10-3 for Seward this season posting a 2.59 ERA in 93 1/3 innings of work and led the Saints to a 2nd place finish at the Region VI Tournament, just one game from the 2009 NJCAA World Series.
After dancing for the SCCC Saintsations last season, Liberal native Erika Lamas will head to Southwestern College in Winfield as she made the Jinx Dance Team there and will join the team for the fall 2009 semester. Lamas danced one year for Head Coach Scarlette Diseker and the Saintsations after being named a UCA All-Star cheerleader and team captain while at Liberal High School.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Athletic Director Galen McSpadden has announced that six different Saints/Lady Saints athletic teams have qualified for the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year award. Women’s Basketball, Softball, Women’s Tennis, Volleyball, Men’s Tennis, and Baseball have all met the requirements to be in the running for this national award. To be nominated for this award teams must include all student-athletes who were on the eligibility list and completed the season with their respective team and include all classes with the exception of remedial classes, and must have above a 3.00 gpa as a team.
As well as the team awards that the SCCC/ATS teams qualified for, 10 different student-athletes have been nominated for Academic All-American awards. Volleyball player Ami Wang, Baseball players Bobby Doran and Corey Collins, and Women’s Basketball player Raegan Broadie will all be named NJCAA Academic All-American’s which they qualified for by accumulating between a 3.60 and 3.79 gpa throughout the academic year. Tennis players Ivan Michelli, Fabiola Wisnesky , and Juliana Boas, Women’s Basketball players Bailey Crandall and Karen Brown, and Baseball player Tanner Woods all earned themselves NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American Honors as they compiled a gpa of 3.80 or above for this academic year.
Athletic Director Galen McSpadden said of the nominations, “I am extremely proud that six of our seven teams achieved NJCAA Academic Team of the Year recognition and happy for the 10 student-athletes that worked hard and find themselves as Academic All-Americans. As successful as our teams are on the court or field, awards like this show how dedicated the student-athletes and coaches are to maintaining the same level of excellence in the classroom.”
Results of the 2009 Spring Athletic Director’s Honor Roll will be out shortly.
Less than a month removed from narrowly missing the NJCAA World Series, four Seward County Saints Baseball players have signed on the dotted line to continue their baseball careers at four year universities.
Bobby Doran will head to Lubbock and join the Red Raiders of Texas Tech next season where he will play for coach Dan Spencer and a Tech team that finished 7th in the always tough Big 12 Conference last season. Doran finished the season 10-3 on the mound for the Saints and posted a 2.58 ERA in 92 1/3 innings of work. The big right hander from Flower Mound, Texas sparked interest from many division 1 schools and pro scouts near the end of the season when he pitched into the 9th inning of two Region VI playoff games, picking up wins in both contests. Doran chose Texas Tech over Clemson, New Mexico, and Louisiana-Lafayette among many others.
Doran’s partner in crime on the mound this season Corey Collins also made his college choice recently as the lanky righty from Littleton, Colorado will head to Mississippi State University next season where he will join a tradition rich Bulldogs team who has made 8 trips to the College World Series, most recently in 2007. Collins was ace 1b for the Saints in 2009 as he chalked up a 9-3 record and a 2.59 ERA in 75 2/3 innings on the mound this season. In two playoff starts and a relief appearance for the Saints in 2009 Collins threw 20 innings allowing just 3 runs and posting a 2-0 record. Collins picked the Diamond Dogs over Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Southeast Missouri State, and many other division 1 schools. Travis Parker will remain in the Midwest as he will pack his bags for the Gateway City and join the Billikens of St. Louis University for next season. SLU plays in the Atlantic-10 Conference and posted their 3rd straight 30 win season in 2009 under 2nd year Head Coach Darin Hendrickson. Parker was everything the Saints could have wanted and more in his only season in Liberal as he batted .371 with 16 doubles, 9 home runs, and 54 RBI’s at the plate as well as setting an all-time school record on the mound with 12 saves and a team best 1.85 ERA. Parker’s two way performance brought him attention from Creighton, Southeast Missouri, and New Mexico among others before deciding on SLU.
Saints shortstop David Cruz has signed to play at NAIA national power Lubbock Christian University next season. Cruz will compete for a spot in the Chaps starting lineup as they look to defend their 2009 National Championship they captured just over a week ago. LCU finished this season 52-8 while winning their 2nd National Championship in school history. Cruz was a fixture up the middle for the Saints this season as the sophomore from Venezuela started 51 games at shortstop and recorded a team high 110 assists. The soft handed shortstop hit .321 for Seward County in 09’ blasting 2 home runs and driving in 23 runs.
Courtney Auger’s list of accolades at Seward County were capped off this week as she was named 1st Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and 3rd Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. After a solid freshman campaign and being named both Jayhawk West Conference Freshman of the Year and Most Valuable Player in 2008, Auger backed that up with yet another NJCAA Most Valuable Player sophomore season by helping the Lady Saints to a regular season conference title, a Region VI Tournament title, and a 7th place finish at the 2009 National Tournament. Auger led the Lady Saints to a 40-16 overall record this season while posting a 25-6 record in the circle for the gals in green and chalking up a 1.52 ERA and sending 265 batters back to the dugout via strikeout. Auger leaves Seward County as the All-Time leader in wins (46), strikeouts (558), and ERA (1.51), as well as finishing 2nd in winning percentage (.754, 46-15), games pitched (67), and innings pitched (380). Auger is currently in the process of deciding where she will attend and play next season.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced that two Seward County Lady Saint Softball players have been named to the All-West Region team for their performance on the diamond this season. Courtney Auger was named 1st Team All-West Region by the coaches while Marisa Coats was named 2nd Team All-West Region. Auger was named Jayhawk West Conference Player of the Year for the 2nd straight time this season while leading the Lady Saints to a 40-16 overall record and a 7th place finish at the 2009 National Tournament. She was 25-6 in the circle for the gals in green while posting a 1.52 ERA and sending 265 batters back to the dugout via strikeout. Auger leaves Seward County as the All-Time leader in wins (46), strikeouts (558), and ERA (1.51), as well as finishing 2nd in winning percentage (.754, 46-15), games pitched (67), and innings pitched (380). Auger’s battery mate Marisa Coats had a sensational freshman season for the Lady Saints and was chosen 2nd Team All-West Region for her play. Coats almost exclusively caught Auger this season and chalked up a .975 fielding percentage while leading the team in hitting (.432), hits (82), 2B (19), HR (6), and RBI (62). The freshman from Riverside posted an unheard of 1.095 OPS by combining a .637 slugging percentage with a .459 on base percentage throughout the season.
CLICK HERE for a complete listing of the 2009 NFCA All-Region Teams
For the third consecutive year, the Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team has qualified for the AVCA team academic award. Although the final lists have yet to be announced, the Lady Saints have met the requirements of the award by achieving better than a 3.30 team GPA for the academic year. Last year the Lady Saints were one of just 354 of 3,000 eligible schools to win this prestigious award and one of just 15 NJCAA schools to capture the honor. In 2009 the Lady Saints placed four players on the President’s Honor Roll (4.0), nine to the Dean’s Honor Roll (3.5+), and 21 to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (3.0+). “We stress to our girls to work just as hard in the classroom as they do on the court” Head Coach Bert Luallen said. “We are thankful to have the people and resources that we do here at SCCC/ATS to help make our student-athletes as successful as they can be academically and athletically. I am very proud of our players for their dedication and hard work in achieving this award. We will continue to strive towards our goal of a team academic national title for the upcoming year” he continued.
Chelsea Myers has decided to continue her volleyball and academic career at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore next season after a stellar two year career at Seward County. Myers has signed her National Letter of Intent and will play for coach Don Metil and the Lady Hawks next season at UMES as they come off of back to back trips to the MEAC championship game in the past two seasons. Myers was the backbone of the Lady Saints 2nd place finish in the Jayhawk West this season as she played in every game of every match through the entire season. She led the team in assists with 1,200, while finishing 3rd in blocks with 68 and 3rd in digs with 424. Her 1,200 assists in 2008 places her 7th on the all-time single season list while her 2,102 career assists place her 3rd all-time and her 759 digs put her 4th. “ I’m excited about this opportunity to play at UMES next season” Myers said. “I really liked the campus and all of the coaches and people around the school were very nice when I went on my visit there” she continued. Myers won’t have an abundance of time to think about the move as her and her Lady Hawk teammates will open up their 2009 season in under three months.
NJCAA Men’s Region VI Director Randy Stange has announced that three Seward County Saints Baseball players have been named to the All-Region VI Baseball team this week. No team in the region had more selections than the Saints who placed third baseman Travis Parker and outfielder Mikel Huston on the first team list and pitcher Bobby Doran on the second team. Parker hit .371 with 9 home runs and 54 RBI’s for the Saints in 2009 while setting an all-time school record with 12 saves on the mound. Huston led the Saints in hitting at a .417 clip while lacing a team high 85 hits on the year including 13 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, and 40 RBI’s. Doran, Seward’s workhorse in 09’ was named to the 2nd team after compiling a 10-3 record and sporting a 2.58 ERA in 92 1/3 innings pitched this season.
CLICK HERE for a complete list of the 2009 NJCAA All-Region VI team.