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Schultz to double up at Monmouth

Spring Valley’s Johnna Schultz will continue her athletic career in two sports for Monmouth College.

Schultz will play volleyball and softball for the Fighting Scots after wrapping up her junior college career at Illinois Valley Community College.

A setter on the volleyball court, Schultz will begin her Monmouth career this fall under coach Kari Shimmin, who has 300 career wins in 16 seasons. In 2010 Shimmin guided the Scots to their third Midwest Conference title.

In the spring, the former BCR Player of the Year and pitcher/first baseman will apply her talents on the softball diamond for coach John Goddard, who earned his 100th career victory last spring in the team’s season-opener in Florida. The Fighting Scots slammed a school-record number of home runs last season while coming within one win of tying the program’s single-season win record.

Michael Murray of Princton and Kyle Pissano of Peru were among 79 student-athletes at Rockford University to be recognized as a scholar-athletes for the 2013-14 academy year by the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

Student-athletes competing in the conference must maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or higher for the academic year to be eligible for the honor. Each academic year stands by itself for determination of this award.

Adam Weidner of Wyanet has represented the North Central College track team on the
Academic All-College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) selections for the 2014 spring season.

Each CCIW institution selects one male and one female Jack Swartz Academic All-Conference Award winner each season. To be considered, student-athletes must have maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term in addition to their athletic credentials. The award is named after former CCIW commissioner and Wheaton College coach and administrator Jack Swartz for his support of the CCIW and his commitment to the student-athlete.

In order to earn Academic All-CCIW honors, individuals needed to have earned a varsity letter in their sport and maintained at least a 3.30 GPA.

Weidner, a double major in marketing and management, earned All-America honors for the first time in the shot put this spring, placing sixth at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in May to help the Cardinals claim the third-place trophy in the team competition.

He won the individual championship in the shot put at the CCIW Outdoor Championships with a distance of 54 feet, 9 1/4 inches, which ranks third all-time in the history of North Central’s program.

• Three area student-athletes from Monmouth College received Midwest Conference All-Academic team for the 2013-14 season. The Midwest Conference awarded Academic All-Conference status to student-athletes who achieved a grade point average of at least 3.33 during their academic year.

Area recipients are Ryan Arndt (track) of Princeton, and Lauren Kellen and Lauren Becker (soccer) of Mendota

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