Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference officials announced its Jayhawk West and Jayhawk East softball All-Conference selections on Thursday morning. Seward County Community College freshman Courtney Auger was named the Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year. Auger and Melissa St. Clair were both selected First Team All-Conference, and Jennifer Collins, Katelyn Glenn and Jamie Gilbert were selected to the second team. A total of seven SCCC players received recognition as Lindsay Garchinski and Alicia Gonzales were named honorable mention. It is the second straight season that Seward County has claimed the M.V.P. and Freshman of the Year awards. In 2007, sophomore Meisha Patterson was named M.V.P. and Jena Rue was the freshman of the year.

Joining Auger with top honors was Butler Community College head coach Doug Chance who was named the Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year.

Auger, a right-handed pitcher from Edmonton, Alberta, has re-wrote the Seward County pitching record books in her first season as a Lady Saint. Auger dominated her competition this season posting a 21-7 record with a 1.14 earned run average in 177.2 innings in the circle.

She currently leads the nation with 280 strikeouts, setting a new single-season and career record for strikeouts at Seward County. Auger has tallied 27 consecutive complete games, 10 shutouts, and opponents are hitting just .166 against her this season. She has 14 double-figure strikeout games this season, and she set a new school-record with 18 strikeouts against Colby on March 28.

St. Clair, a sophomore catcher from Garden City, has batted .359 with 11 doubles, two triples and five home runs this season. She is second on the team with 50 RBIs and has thrown out 30 percent of would-be-base stealers. St. Clair is a two-time All-Conference selection, after receiving Honorable Mention as a freshman. In addition, she has been the starting catcher in every game this season.

Collins, a sophomore first baseman from British Columbia, has been named the NJCAA Player of the Week twice this season. Yesterday she was honored as the top player in the nation after batting .577 with six home runs and 19 RBI last week. Collins is currently 24th in the NJCAA in batting average (.491), tied for sixth in doubles (23), tied for 21st in RBIs (61) and tied for 20th in base hits (83). She was an All-Conference and All-Region VI selection as a freshman and she was named a Pre-Season NJCAA All-American in February.

Seward County’s all-freshman outfield secured three spots on the all-conference list, including Gilbert and Glenn on the second team.

Gilbert, a right fielder from Liberal, is batting .383 with 69 base hits, 21 RBI and is 18-of-19 in stolen bases. Glenn, a center fielder from Maple Ridge, B.C., is also among team leaders batting .382 with 15-of-17 stolen bases and 12 RBI.

Garchinski, a sophomore third baseman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is third on the team batting .400 (68-for-170) with 17 doubles, six home runs and 45 RBIs. Gonzales, a 5-foot-4 left fielder from Thornton, Colo., is second on the team batting .420 with eight doubles, two triples and 31 RBIs.

The Seward County softball program has now had 51 All-Conference selections in the program’s 10-year history, including 15 first team picks. Auger becomes the third SCCC player to be named Conference Most Valuable Player (Kati Jo Gabalson – 2005, Patterson – 2007) and the second Freshman of the Year (Rue – 2007).