Local Athletes Well Represented in Weekly Awards

Wilson®/MIAA Baseball Players of the Week

For action from the start of the season through March 11

Kevin Deao, OF
Pittsburg State University

Deao, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior from Omaha, Neb., opened the 2007 season by hitting .477 (21-of-44) in his first 15 games, with three home runs, 17 runs batted in and 11 runs scored.

He's posted four three-hit games this season, including a 3-for-4 effort March 4 vs. Southwest Minnesota State. He smacked two home runs and a double to drive in six runs and scored three against the Mustangs.

In a 10-9 win over Findlay (Ohio) on March 8, Deao was 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the third and a two-run triple as part of a seven-run fourth inning.

Deao also has seven stolen bases in 10 attempts and has an .864 slugging percentage in 44 at bats this season. He's only failed to get a base hit in three of his first 15 outings, and has reached base in 14 games.

He is a graduate of Skutt Catholic High School, and transferred to PSU from Independence (Kan.) Community College.

Others Nominated: Chris Benham, OF, NWMSU; Neil Bleish, SS, TSU; Keith Hernandez, C, ESU; Gered Mochizuki, SS, UCM; Brad Mountjoy, OF, SBU; Jason Pfeifer, OF, FHSU .


Kris Webber, RHP
University of Central Missouri

Webber, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior from Langley, B.C., Canada, has a 4-0 record in five appearances (four starts) with a 0.00 ERA to open the season.

He earned the decision in a 2-1 win vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville on Feb 4 with five innings of two-hit relief with three strikeouts and one hit batsman.

That was followed by a pair of three-hit performances in five-inning starting efforts at Christian Brothers (Tenn.) on Feb. 17 and at home vs. Mary (N.D.) on Feb. 26. Webber fanned four in each game.

He scattered five hits in seven innings, allowing an unearned run with five strikeouts against Upper Iowa on March 4 in a no decision eventually won by the Mules, 5-4.

Webber wrapped up UCM's trip to Florida Sunday (March 12) by pitching eight scoreless innings against No. 9 Ashland (Ohio) in a 4-0 Mules win. He fanned five and allowed six hits to the Eagles.

He is a graduate of Walnut Grove Secondary School, and transferred to UCM from Bossier Parish (La.) Community College.

Others Nominated: Bryson Clark, LHP, PSU; Ray Kelly, RHP, SBU; Trent Lare, LHP, ESU; Danny Malone, RHP, NWMSU; Tyler Nuss, LHP, FHSU.

Worth®/MIAA Softball Players of the Week

For action from the start of the season through March 11

Tish Williams, 3B
Washburn University

Williams, a 5-foot-7 freshman from Edmond, Okla., batted .500 (34-of-68) with six home runs, 27 runs batted in and 19 runs scored in the Lady Blues' first 20 games this season.

She reached base safely in each of her first 11 games with Washburn, and had a nine-game hitting streak during which she logged a .517 average (15-of-29).

Williams has recorded eight multi-hit games -- getting three or more hits in seven of them.

She was 7-of-7 in a doubleheader sweep of Ottawa (Kan.) March 7 with a home run, two doubles and seven RBI.

In a 14-2 WU win over Southwestern Oklahoma State at the Central Oklahoma Classic March 3, Williams was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored.

She gave the Lady Blues a 4-3 lead in the third inning with a three-run homer against St. Edward's (Texas) Saturday (March 10) in what was eventually a 14-10, eight-inning loss to the hosts of the Hilltopper Classic.

Williams is a graduate of Edmond Memorial High School.

Others Nominated: Rachel Adams, SS, UCM; Jessika Anastos, C, FHSU; Christen Belcher, RF, TSU; Megan Davison, 3B, ESU; Melody Griffin, C/3B, SBU; Erin Leslie, 2B, NWMSU.


Courtney Reed, RHP
Emporia State University

Reed, a 5-foot-10 senior from Bonner Springs, Kan., is 8-3 with a 2.18 earned-run average in 12 appearances (10 starts) with 88 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched this season for the sixth-ranked Lady Hornets.

She has struck out at least 10 batters in each of her seven-inning complete games through March 11. She fanned a season-high 16 against the current No. 19 team in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II poll, Texas A&M-Kingsville, on Feb. 16 while earning a 3-1 win.

Reed walked one and struck out 10 in getting her first no-hitter of the season, a 2-0 win over St. Mary's (Texas) at the St. Edward's (Texas) Hilltopper Classic Friday (March 9).

The next day, she teamed with Jenn Potter to no-hit New Mexico Highlands. Reed fanned three while tossing three perfect innings before giving way to Potter in ESU's eventual 10-2 win.

Reed, who has surrendered just four walks in her last 26 1/3 innings pitched, is a graduate of Basehor (Kan.)-Linwood High School.

Others Nominated: DeAnna McQueen, RHP, UCM; Stephanie Moore, LHP, PSU; Nicole Perkuhn, RHP, WU.

MIAA Tennis Players of the Week

For action from the start of the Spring season through March 11

Rutger Vliegenberg
Washburn University

Vliegenburg, a 6-foot-2 junior from Mierlo, The Netherlands, opened the spring with seven straight wins at No. 1 singles as he helped the 36th-ranked Ichabods to a 9-0 start to the season.

Vliegenburg, No. 27 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association/Fila Division II singles ranking, won his first seven singles matches in straight sets before falling to No. 14 Brett Emerson of 18th-ranked Midwestern (Texas) State Sunday (March 11). He lost 7-6, 7-5, but WU held on for a 5-3 win.

During his win streak, Vliegenburg was forced to tie-breaker in two sets and had three 6-0 set victories.

He and doubles partner Andrew Plum were a perfect 8-0 to open spring action, including an 8-3 win over Emerson and Zac Dilliard of MSU -- the No. 2 doubles team in Division II.

Vliegenburg is a graduate of Strabrecht College.

Others Nominated: Lucas Ariboni, NWMSU; Kevin Arnhold, ESU; Alex Kacamakis, SBU; Cody Pusateri, TSU.


Diana Goldsmith
Washburn University

Goldsmith, a 5-foot-11 junior from St. Ann, Jamaica, started the spring portion of the schedule with a 7-0 record at No. 1 singles and 7-0 in No. 1 doubles using two different partners.

In her seven-match singles streak, Goldsmith has not dropped a set and only lost more than four games in a match once -- during a 7-5, 6-4 win over Michelle Bailey of Winona (Minn.) State Sunday (March 11).

She has blanked her opponent in a set seven times in seven matches -- posting a 6-0, 6-0 win Friday (March 9) over Regina Huet of Graceland (Iowa).

In doubles, Goldsmith was paired with Amber Raindl on Feb. 23 in Tulsa, Okla., as the pair picked up an 8-2 win over Candis Minor and Brittany McCleary of Dallas Baptist (Texas) and an 8-4 victory against Eastern New Mexico's Alex Taylor and Millie Weeks.

She was later teamed with Julie Huyberechts, and duo has won five in a row -- losing only four games to their foes once.

Goldsmith is a graduate of Ocho Rios High School, and transferred to WU from Johnson County (Kan.) Community College.

Others Nominated: Lindsy Blair, TSU; Veronica Castilla, NWMSU; Chelsey Janzen, SBU; Natalie Villaflor, ESU.

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