Winthrop middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann has been voted the Big South Conference volleyball player of the year.
Sitzmann, a 6-foot-3 junior from LeMars, Iowa, concluded the regular season ranked first in kills per game (4.22) and blocks per game (1.17). She recorded seven 20-kill matches, including a season-high 24 against Liberty. She was chosen BSC player of the week four times this year.
Sitzmann received the honor at the conference's annual awards banquet in Lynchburg, Va., where the BSC tournament begins today.
Winthrop's Pohai Nu'uhiwa was named scholar athlete of the year by the conference's sports information directors. Nu'uhiwa, a junior from Honolulu, was also named to the BSC All-Academic team.
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Liberty's Shane Pinder was chosen coach of the year and Liberty right side hitter Nicki Scripko was honored as freshman of the year.
Sitzmann, Nu'uhiwa and Scripko were chosen first-team all-conference along with Megan Bickford (Coastal Carolina), Kristina Taylor (High Point) and Kallie Corbin (Liberty),
• EASTERN KENTUCKY: Freshman David Willis, a former Fort Mill High School athlete, helped the Colonels defend their Ohio Valley Conference cross country championship in Hoover, Ala.
Willis finished 29th with a time of 26:46.90 as coach Rick Erdmann's program won its 16th conference title.
Willis' best times this year were 26:34 in the 8K and 32:52 in the 10K.
n ERSKINE: Jean Marie Harris, who helped lead Indian Land High School to the Class A state championship game last season, is a member of the women's basketball team.
Harris averaged 18.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Lady Warriors last season and finished her prep career with more than 1,600 points.
Harris is one of three freshmen on coach Maggie Peeler's squad, which tips off its season Friday at Mars Hill.
• ST. FRANCIS: Freshman defensive back Wayne Johnson turned in a good season.
The 5-7, 145-pound Johnson, who played at York Comprehensive High School, was second on the Fighting Saints in kickoff returns, averaging 21.4 yards on 13 returns.
Johnson has played in eight games for the NAIA school in Joliet, Ill., and had 26 tackles, one interception and five pass break-ups.
The Fighting Saints, members of the Mid-States Football Association, finished 3-8, winning their final two games, including a 30-26 season-ending win over Olivet Nazarene last week.
• WINGATE: It will be hard for former Northwestern High School basketball standout Sean Barnette to top last season.
Barnette, a 6-4, 215-pound guard-forward for the Bulldogs, was the South Atlantic Conference player of the year and a third team Daktronics Division II All-American. Barnette surpassed the 1,000-point mark, with 333, and could become the first player in SAC history to score more than 2,000 career points.
Barnette averaged 21.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists a year ago. He helped the Bulldogs to a 25-9 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II's Elite Eight.
The Bulldogs open the 2007-08 season in the 42nd Pickle Classic in Mt. Olive, N.C. on Friday.
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 5 in the 2007 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 and No. 8 in the NABC/Division II preseason Top 25 coaches poll.