ESU's Carlson Among Ken B. Jones Finalists

By: MIAA Sports Information (posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: MIAA Sports Information (posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

Kansas City, Mo. -- The finalists for the 20th annual Ken B. Jones award were announced today by the MIAA. For the men the finalists are Ben Carlson (Emporia State), William Shell (Southwest Baptist) and Brent Vogel (Central Missouri) while the women are Kacie Edwards (Central Oklahoma), Maddie Holub (Fort Hays State) and Kayla Shain (Central Missouri).

The award, which is in its 20th year, is named in honor of the man who served as the MIAA's first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997 and passed away in May 2004. He was inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame in the inaugural Class of 2010.

The three males and females were selected from a field of 19 and will be invited to Kansas City for the MIAA Awards Ceremony which will be held June 6 at the Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch. At the event one male and one female will be announced as the winners of the Ken B. Jones Award.

A 16-member panel of athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors – including a representative from each member institution – select the finalists.

Each nominee was judged in four areas: 2012-13 athletic accomplishments; 2012-13 academic accomplishments; 2012-13 campus/community service; and career athletic, academic and service achievements.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average as of April 1, and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2012-13 academic year.

Men's Finalists

Ben Carlson
Emporia State
Football
6-2, Sr., Topeka, Kan.
Major: Business Administration
GPA: 3.84

2012-13 Athletic Accomplishments (45%):
First-team All-MIAA….honorable mention All-American by Football Gazette…Daktronics and Football Gazette All-Region selection…led Emporia State and ranked sixth in the MIAA in total tackles with 112 on the season…was tied for the league lead with 60 solo tackles…was second in the MIAA with two fumble recoveries…was the first Hornet to crack the century mark in tackles since 2001…led the Hornets to ten wins for the first time since 1989 and first postseason win since 2002 with a 45-38 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the Kanza Bowl…had five games with at least ten tackles including a season high 17 against Truman...had a 41 yard interception return against the Bulldogs as well...had 13 tackles and a fumble recovery against Missouri Western…also had 13 tackles with a 1.5 tackles for loss in regular season finale at Washburn…was Emporia State’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

2012-13 Academic Accomplishments (25%):
First-team Capital One Academic All-American…first-team Academic All-District…had a 4.0 GPA in the fall and graduated in December…will be a member of the MIAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll and will be an MIAA Scholar Athlete…is a D-II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award winner…is a member of the Emporia State Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll.

2012-13 Campus/Community Service (15%):
Assisted with renovations of Harvest House, a multipurpose center associated with Flint Hills Christian Church…did promotional work for Shiloh Family Life Services, a non-denominational Ministry that provides help for women, children and emergency housing for homeless families…participated in the Hanging With A Hornet mentorship program that matches Emporia State student-athletes with Emporia Middle School students…leader of Emporia State’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Chapter…was a speaker at the Northland Christian Church youth group Super Bowl party in Topeka…sang Christmas Hymns at the Congress Residence group home for the mentally and developmentally disabled…spoke at Emporia High School’s Fields of Faith event…led various individual and team Bible studies and led chapel services before football games.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments (15%):
Was a two-time All-MIAA selection earning honorable mention honors in his first year with the Hornets…led Emporia State in tackles both years…became the first Hornet football player to earn Academic All-America and on filed All-America honors since 2003 Ken B. Jones Winner Tyler Paul…has also helped with Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Kansas Kids Fitness Day and Laps for Landon – a fundraising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation named for six year old Landon Doty who has CF…before transferring to Emporia State he was a sixth round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians…played two years in the minors with the Indians organization…was a first-team ABCA All-American designated hitter for Missouri State…was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in baseball for the Bears…during his time in professional baseball he helped with Ohio Special Olympics baseball game, read for students at Topeka Collegiate School, taught Success 101 class for Seaman High School freshmen, was an assistant PE teacher at West Indianola Elementary School.

William Shell
Track and Field
Southwest Baptist
Jr., Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Major: Athletic Training
GPA: 4.0

2012-13 Athletic Accomplishments (45%):
Indoor Track & Field All-American in 400 meter dash (4th place finish at Nationals)
Indoor Track & Field MIAA Champion in 400 meter dash
Outdoor Track & Field MIAA Champion in 400 meter dash
Indoor Track & Field All-Region (400 meter dash & Distance Medley Relay)
Outdoor Track & Field All-Region (400 meter dash)
Will qualify for NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 400 meter dash (currently ranked 8th in the NCAA, meet will occur on May 23-25)
Broke school records in 5 events (Indoor: 400 & 4x400 meter relay; Outdoor: 200, 400, & 4x100)

2012-13 Academic Accomplishments (25%):
Elite 89 Winner for NCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship
Will earn MIAA Academic Excellence Award when released this summer
Will earn MIAA Scholar-Athlete Award when released this summer
Will earn MIAA Academic Honor Roll when released this summer
Will be named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field team when released this summer
Carries a 4.0 GPA in Athletic Training

2012-13 Campus/Community Service (15%):
Active member of SAC
Participated in fundraising for Make-A-Wish Foundation through selling bracelets and t-shirts
Volunteered at former high school for a cleanup project and helped run a yard sale fundraiser
Volunteered first aid abilities during high school basketball games over Christmas break
Donated to help fund a mission trip to Kenya

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments (15%):
Holds 7 SBU school records (Indoor: 400, 4x400; Outdoor: 200, 400, 4x100, 4x400, Sprint Medley Relay)
4x All-MIAA performer (Outdoor: 400; Indoor: 400(2x), Distance Medley Relay)
Ranked 36th on the NCAA performance list in the outdoor 400 meter dash in 2012
2x USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team
3x MIAA Academic Excellence Award winner, MIAA Scholar-Athlete Award winner, and MIAA Academic Honor Roll
Helped clean and organize storage rooms and package gifts for underprivileged at St. Johns Hospital in 2012 and 2011
Volunteered first aid abilities during high school basketball games over Christmas break in 2011
Worked at sports camp teaching basketball skills and drills in summer 2011
Assisted in construction and cleanup of new church building in summer 2011
Volunteered at a food bank in fall 2010
3 Year member of SAC

Brent Vogel
Central Missouri
Track and Field
6-2, Sr., Jefferson City, Mo.
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.77

2012-13 Athletic Accomplishments (45%):
Vernon Kennedy Award winner as Central Missouri’s Top Male Senior Student-Athlete…National Champion in the heptathlon setting a new MIAA and national record with 5,760 points…MIAA Champion in the heptathlon and decathlon…had two other All-MIAA performances during the indoor season…named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Central Region Field Athlete of the Year and the National Field Athlete of the Year, the first Mule to win the men’s national field athlete of the year award.

2012-13 Academic Accomplishments (25%):
A USTFCCCA All-Academic Award winner…MIAA Scholar-Athlete with at least a 3.5 GPA and earned All-MIAA honors…MIAA Academic Honor Roll…Red & Black Scholarship winner…member of the Honors College at UCM…member of the Dean’s List at UCM

2012-13 Campus/Community Service (15%):
Co-President of the UCM Student-Athlete Advisory Committee…active member of the Mules and Jennies Literacy Team that travels to local elementary schools and reads to students…volunteer for Angel Tree and Missouri Veterans Home Christmas decoration program…Spoke at Olympic Read-a-thon assembly at Sterling Elementary School in Warrensburg on the importance of reading and how it helps us achieve our goals in life…volunteered his time at multiple middle school track meets in Warrensburg.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments (15%):
Vernon Kennedy Award winner as Central Missouri’s Top Male Senior Student-Athlete…National Champion in the heptathlon setting a new MIAA and national record with 5,760 points…2011 National Champion in the decathlon…seven-time All-American and eight-time MIAA Champion…MIAA Champion in the heptathlon and decathlon…had three All-MIAA performances this season…named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Central Region Field Athlete of the Year and the National Field Athlete of the Year, the first Mule to win the men’s national field athlete of the year award…a four-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Award winner…three-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll member and a three-time MIAA Scholar-Athlete with at least a 3.5 GPA and having earned All-MIAA honors…received a four-year Red & Black Scholarship at UCM…member of the Dean’s List at UCM for six semesters…member of the Honors College at UCM and will graduate with honors…active member of the Mules and Jennies Literacy Team that travels to local elementary schools and reads to students…volunteer for Angel Tree and Missouri Veterans Home Christmas decoration program…Spoke at Olympic Read-a-thon assembly at Sterling Elementary School in Warrensburg on the importance of reading and how it helps us achieve our goals in life…volunteered his time at multiple middle school track meets in Warrensburg…volunteered at multiple middle school track and field summer camps at UCM.

Maddie Holub
Fort Hays State
Softball
5-7, Sr., Hays, Kan.
Major: Health and Human Performance
GPA: 3.68

2012-13 Athletic Accomplishments (45%):
-Daktronics Central Region Pitcher of the Year
-Daktronics All-Central Region First Team Pitcher
-NFCA All-Central Region First Team Pitcher
-MIAA Pitcher and Player of the Year
-Unanimous All-MIAA First Team selection at pitcher and also received a second-team nod as a utility.
-Currently on the Daktronics and NFCA All-American ballots, along with the Daktronics National Pitcher of the Year ballot.
-As a first team all-region selection for Daktronics and NFCA, she will be on the All-American ballot for both.
-At the completion of the regular season, Holub led the MIAA in 14 categories (8 pitching, 6 offensive). Led pitching in ERA, lowest opponent batting average, strikeouts, strikeouts looking, fewest hits allowed, fewest runs allowed, fewest earned runs allowed, and fewest home runs allowed. As a hitter, she led in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits, home runs and total bases.
-Nationally, as of May 5, Holub ranked second in ERA, wins, hits allowed per 7 innings (2.71), shutouts, total strikeouts, and sixth in strikeouts per 7 innings (11.0) as a pitcher. She ranked seventh in total home runs, 17th in home runs per game, 12th in slugging percentage, and 28th in on-base percentage.
-Threw 6 no-hitters in 2013, including 2 perfect games. She became the first player in NCAA Division II history to throw perfect games in back-to-back starts (April 6 vs. NWMSU and April 12 vs. MSSU). Two of the no-hitters were in the MIAA Tournament against PSU and UCO, helping the Tigers to their first MIAA Tournament Championship in Softball.
- Set a new single-game FHSU record for strikeouts in 2013, reaching 17 twice. Those occurred in back-to-back starts with 17 in a 12-inning win over Missouri Western, then 17 in her perfect game against Northwest Missouri State. That broke her old mark of 16 that she reached four times.
-For the season, as a pitcher she finished with a 29-4 record (had only 1 loss in the regular season), 1.03 ERA, 26 complete games, 13 shutouts, three saves, and 345 strikeouts in 224 innings pitched with a .129 opponent batting average. As a hitter, she finished with a .426 batting average, 19 home runs, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 56 RBI, 62 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, an .841 slugging percentage, and a .516 on-base percentage.
-Holub set 12 single-season records at FHSU in 2013, which included runs scored, home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, walks, appearances as a pitcher, wins, winning percentage, fewest hits allowed per innings pitched, strikeouts, and lowest ERA.
-MIAA Pitcher of the Week seven times and Hitter of the Week once.

2012-13 Academic Accomplishments (25%):
-CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team Selection, now placed on the Academic All-American ballot for softball.
-Dean’s Honor Roll
-Hays City Silver Academic Scholarship
-FHSU Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award
-Will earn MIAA Academic Honor Roll and MIAA Scholar Athlete Award for 2013.
-2013 FHSU Torch Award Nominee for outstanding student academics and leadership.

2012-13 Campus/Community Service (15%):
-Member of the Fort Hays State Student Athletic Advisory Committee
-Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army
-Donated time for food collections in partnership with OPTIONS of Hays
-Worked as an umpire for children’s softball games and a referee for volleyball and basketball games

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments (15%):
Athletic
-Three-time All-Region selection, including Daktronics and NFCA All-Central Region First Team selection this year at pitcher.
-2013 Daktronics Central Region Pitcher of the Year.
-Currently on the NFCA and Daktronics All-American ballots to be voted on soon.
-Four-time All-MIAA selection, including first team honors at pitcher the last two years. She was a second-team selection at utility as a freshman and honorable mention selection at utility as a sophomore.
-MIAA Pitcher and Player of the Year in 2013, the first to ever earn both honors for the MIAA in the same season.
-Seven career complete game no-hitters (6 as a senior and 1 as a junior) and had a combined no-hitter with a teammate in 2010 as a freshman.
-Two perfect games (both in 2013 as a senior)
-First player ever in NCAA Division II history to throw perfect games in back-to-back starts
-Holds 13 career records at FHSU, which includes runs scored (183), hits (255), home runs (46), RBI (160), total bases (449), slugging percentage (.655), walks (73), sacrifice flies (6), wins (77), saves (7), winning percentage (77-31, .712), strikeouts (974), strikeouts per innings pitched (1.34). Together with single season records, she owns 25 total records at FHSU.
-Nine-time MIAA Pitcher of the Week (7 this year) and Two-time MIAA Hitter of the Week.

Academic
-Two-time CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Selection (could be selected as Academic All-American this year)
-FHSU Dean’s Honor Roll Six Times
-Four-time recipient of the Hays City Silver Academic Scholarship
-Four-time recipient of the FHSU Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award
-Four-time member of MIAA Academic Honor Roll and two-time recipient of MIAA Scholar Athlete Award.
-Three-time recipient of NFCA Scholar Athlete Award
-2013 FHSU Torch Award Nominee for outstanding student academics and leadership.

Campus/Community Service
-Member of the Fort Hays State Student Athletic Advisory Committee
-Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army for four academic years (2009-13)
-Donated time for food collections in partnership with OPTIONS of Hays for two years
-Volunteered in the Hays Paint-A-Thon in 2011.
-Volunteered for the Thin Mint Sprint in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of America in 2011.
-Volunteered for Kansas Kids’ Fitness Day in 2011.
-Served as an umpire for children’s softball games and referee for youth volleyball and basketball.
-Volunteer for youth softball camps at Fort Hays State.

Kacie Edwards
Central Oklahoma
Softball
5-7, Sr., Yukon, Okla.
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.62

2012-13 Athletic Accomplishments (45%):
Despite having off-season knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, Kacie has enjoyed an outstanding season in 2013. She’s currently hitting .411 with 18 home runs, 13 doubles, 57 RBI and a .778 slugging percentage in having led UCO to a 45-11 record, the regular season MIAA championship and a berth in the Central Regional Finals May 17-18. Edwards was a first-team All-MIAA selection at designated player as well as earning first-team All-Central Region honors from the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) and Daktronics. She ranks among the NCAA Division II leaders in homers, RBI and slugging percentage.

2012-13 Academic Accomplishments (25%):
Kacie earned membership to the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society this year and recently was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII softball team, which makes her eligible for Academic All-America honors. She was also named the UCO Female Student-Athlete of the Year during the school’s annual academic awards banquet in April.

2012-13 Campus/Community Service (15%):
A regular blood donor, Kacie also worked on a couple of projects in her hometown of Yukon, OK for the Yukon Public Schools Community Service and the Yukon Parks Department-Spooksville Event. She also helped with the UCO female student-athlete alumni banquet in the fall of 2012.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments (15%):
Athletic - Edwards is the most decorated softball player in school history and owns nine school records, including career marks for at bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and average. She ranks among the all-time NCAA Division II leaders in homers (52) and RBI (212). Kacie was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference North Division selection in 2010 and ’11, earning Freshman of the Year honors in 2010. As a junior in 2012, she was named the Daktronics Division II Player of the Year and a first-team All-American after hitting .453 with 19 home runs and a Division II-leading 79 RBI in leading the Bronchos to a 46-9 record and third-place national finish.

Academic - Kacie has been a multiple member of the UCO Dean’s Honor roll and carries a 3.62 cumulative GPA. She won a UCO Freshman Achievement Scholarship in 2009 and has earned an Academic Excellence Award from the UCO Athletic Department four straight years. Edwards was named an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete in both 2011 and ’12. She was also a Capital One first-team Academic All-America selection in 2012.

Campus/Community Service – Donates blood every year. Worked the President’s Christmas Party three years. Been a part of the Yukon Public Schools Community Service and Yukon Parks Department-Spooksville Event four straight years.

Kayla Shain
Central Missouri
Soccer
5-5, Sr., Olathe, Kan.
Major: Speech Pathology
GPA: 4.0

2012-13 Athletic Accomplishments (45%):
Dr. Peggy Martin Award winner as Central Missouri’s Top Female Senior Student-Athlete…MIAA Player of the Year and First Team All-MIAA selection for MIAA champion Jennies Soccer team…First Team All-Region selection as a midfielder…team captain led Jennies to third straight MIAA regular season championship…UCM went a combined 34-0-2 in MIAA play during her final three seasons…made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the Sweet 16…became UCM’s career leader in games played (83), assists (25) and now ranks 8th all-time at UCM in points (49).

2012-13 Academic Accomplishments (25%):
CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American, just the second Jennie to ever earn first team honors…MIAA Academic Excellence Award winner with a perfect 4.0 GPA…MIAA Scholar-Athlete with at least a 3.5 GPA and All-MIAA honors…MIAA Academic Honor Roll member…Central Missouri Dean’s List and a member of the Honors College at UCM…named outstanding Spanish minor at UCM…named outstanding undergraduate clinician…member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars….Psi Chapter of Lambda Sigma National Honor Society…member of Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society…presented project on Childhood Apraxia of Speech at the poster session of the Missouri Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference…Red & Black Scholarship winner…Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship winner.

2012-13 Campus/Community Service (15%):
Shain was an Honorary First Grader at Maple Grove Elementary School in Warrensburg where she visited the classroom regularly to read and meet with students…took part in the Polar Bear Plunge at Lake of the Ozarks to raise money for Special Olympics…participated through Psi Chapter of Lambda Sigma in Peanut Butter Jelly Drive to collect peanut butter and jelly to make sandwiches for underprivileged and homeless members of the community…her Psi Chapter of Lambda Sigma also held a Trash Clean Up day to clean up trash around the Warrensburg community and specifically the Lion’s Lake area…participated in Thrive Game Night, a night of games for UCM students with special needs.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments (15%):
2012 MIAA Player of the Year and First Team All-MIAA selection for MIAA champion Jennies Soccer team…First Team All-Region selection as a midfielder in 2012 and a four-time All-MIAA player, including two first-team all-conference honors…a four-time MIAA Academic Excellence Award winner with a 4.0 GPA, four-time MIAA Scholar-Athlete with at least a 3.5 GPA and all-MIAA honors and a four-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll…a 2012 First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American…two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree… team captain led Jennies to third straight MIAA regular season championship…UCM went a combined 34-0-2 in MIAA play during her final three seasons…made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the Sweet 16…became UCM’s career leader in games played (83), assists (25) and now ranks 8th all-time at UCM in points (49).

Others nominee's
Men
Trevor Adams, Northwest Missouri (Football)
Alex Hendee, Fort Hays State (Cross Country/Track and Field)
Bobby Chipman, Washburn (Basketball)
Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma (Wrestling)
Alex Bazzell, Lindenwood (Basketball)
Grant Fink, Missouri Western (Baseball)

Women
Karley Schmelzer, Emporia State (Softball)
Jenna Creger, Northwest Missouri (Softball)
Emma Shell, Southwest Baptist (Track and Field)
Larissa Richards, Pittsburg State (Track and Field)
Tia Stovall, Washburn (Soccer)
Megan Sharpe, Truman (Volleyball/Basketball)
Natalie Bird, Missouri Western (Golf)


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