|Nate Axelrod is one of 10 men's finalists for the Jostens Trophy.
File photo by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
The Salem (Va.) Rotary Club announced the 20 finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy. The Trophy is awarded annually to one men's and one women's Division III basketball player based on their athletic performance, academic achievements and community service.
The following finalists were selected based on the Salem Rotary Club's review of nominations.
|Men's finalists||Women's finalists|
Nate Axelrod, Ohio Wesleyan
Samm Chandler, Averett
Last year's winners were Lisa Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University and Harrison Blackledge of Hope College.
According to the Club's release, the Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating to narrow the list of finalists so that the decision can be made on the most objective basis possible. The 20 finalists continue through the review process, with a national selection committee charged with determining the two winners of the 2018 Jostens Trophy honors.
The trophies will be presented March 15, a day before the men's basketball national semifinals are played in Salem, Virginia.
All-time Jostens Trophy winners
|1998||Michael Nogelo, Williams||Alicia Moore, Emory|
|1999||Michael Shantz, Hamilton||Kristen Venne, Susquehanna|
|2000||Korey Coon, Illinois Wesleyan||Alia Fischer, Washington U.|
|2001||David Jannuzzi, Wilkes||Alison Grubbs, Lake Forest|
|2002||Adam Jones, Buena Vista||Heather Kile, Swarthmore|
|2003||Derek Reich, Chicago||Whitney Bull, Wilkes|
|2004||Justin Call, Emory and Henry||Kay Mikolajczak, UW-Oshkosh|
|2005||Jon-David Byers, Lebanon Valley||Tara Rohde, Trinity (Texas)|
|2006||Chris Braier, Lawrence||Megan Silva, Randolph-Macon|
|2007||Ryan Cain, WPI||Lisa Winkle, Calvin|
|2008||Troy Ruths, Washington U.||Tarra Richardson, McMurry|
|2009||Jimmy Bartolotta, MIT||Melanie Auguste, Colorado College|
|2010||Blake Schultz, Williams||Julia Hirssig, UW-Stout|
|2011||Steve Djurickovic, Carthage||Elizabeth Sunderhaus, Cedar Crest|
|2012||Aris Wurtz, Ripon||Taylor Simpson, Chicago|
|2013||Colton Hunt, Randolph||Carissa Verkaik, Calvin|
|2014||Richie Bonney, Hobart||Katelyn Fischer, Marymount|
|2015||George Bugarinovic, Johns Hopkins||Jess Rheinheimer, Eastern Mennonite|
|2016||Trey Bardsley, Nebraska Wesleyan||Holly Denfield, Milwaukee Engineering|
|2017||Harrison Blackledge, Hope||Lisa Murphy, Carnegie Mellon|
|Winners by conference|
|CC 1, CCIW 2, IIAC 1, IND 1, LL 1,
MACC 1, MACF 1, MIAA 1 MWC 2, NESCAC 3, NEWMAC 2, ODAC 2, UAA 2
ASC 1, CAC 1, CC 1, CSAC 1,