SALEM, Va. - Hardin-Simmons women's basketball player Alexis Popelar has been named one of 11 finalists for the 2013 Josten's Trophy, which is awarded to an outstanding Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.
The Rotary Club of Salem, Va., has narrowed the list of candidates down to 11 finalists and the winner will be announced March 15 with the winner be presented the award in Salem on Thursday, March 21 as part of the Men's Division III quarterfinals and semifinals. A men's and women's winner will be named.
Popelar is the third Cowgirl to be named a Josten's finalist joining Kendra Anderson (2002, 2003) and Lauren Harris (2004).
Popelar led the Cowgirls in scoring at 18.3 points per game and also led the team in rebounding at 8.2 per contest. She set an HSU record for rebounding by a perimeter player. She was named first-team all-ASC and all-ASC West and was the ASC West player of the week four times.
Sarah Bingea, UW-Eau Claire
Sarah Collins, Babson
Kate Dellinger, Widener
Katelyn Fischer, Marymount
Rosa LaMattina, Mount Union
Allison Long, Thomas More
Kate Nielsen, Simpson
Alexis Popelar, Hardin-Simmons
Connie Urmanski, UW-Superior
Carissa Verkaik, Calvin
Jill Woerner, Catholic
Sean Dart, Willamette
John DiBartolomeo, Rochester
Keven Donohue, Union
Colton Hunt, Randolph
Chris Kearney, Catholic
Taylor Koth, Ripon
Michael Mayer, Williams
Wes Nordquist, Buena Vista
Jason Norsen, St. John Fisher
Nathan Roeder, North Central (Minn.)
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 16th year the award has been presented.
Information provided by HSU athletics department.
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