Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CRONS Achiever Award Nominees for March 2102

Crons sponsors the monthly "Achiever Award," which is presented to the school recognized by a fan vote for the most notable achievement from the month prior. Below are the descriptions of each submission, along with the poll in the right-hand sidebar.

Alex Buelow, Stetson Women’s Golf
Buelow tied and then broke the school record for low round during the month of March. She tied the mark with a final round score of 68 at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational and then bested it in the first round of the MSU Ocala Spring Invitational with a 67. She went on to take top individual honors in that event for her eighth career tournament victory.

Mick Hedgepeth, Belmont Men’s Basketball
Hedgepeth represented Belmont at the NCAA Final Four as a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. He was also named to the DI-AAA ADA Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team and was the recipient of the postgraduate scholarship.

Langston Hall, Mercer Men’s Basketball
Hall led Mercer men’s basketball to a 5-1 record over the month, including five straight wins in the CIT postseason tournament. Named MVP of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, averaging 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. Scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished four assists in Mercer’s CIT Championship victory at Utah State.

Gabriella Wahl, ETSU Women’s Golf
The freshman enjoyed an outstanding March, capturing her first collegiate individual title with a victory at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate. In that tournament, Wahl set a new Buccaneer program record for three-round score, carding a 7-under-par 209 (70-70-69). Her final round score of 3-under-par 69 also matched her career best for single round score. In addition to her victory at the John Kirk/Panther, Intercollegiate, Wahl’s month also included a 12th place finish at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate and a tie for 21st at the JMU Eagle Landing. She was the top ETSU performer at the Insperity event. For the month, she finished with a team best stroke average of 73.0.

FGCU Women’s Basketball 
Playing in its first-ever NCAA Tournament in its first-year of Division I postseason eligibility, FGCU broke the NCAA single-season record for three-pointers when it made its sixth of the game against St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles broke the mark in 2010-11, but were in the four-year process of reclassifying to Division I so the total didn’t qualify. FGCU responded by hitting a record 342 three-pointers this past season, making double-digit trifectas in 19 of 32 games.
Leonardo Nahar, UNF Men’s Tennis
Leo went 9-1 in singles play and 4-2 in doubles in March. He was instrumental in both of UNF’s 4-3 wins over then-No. 42 South Alabama and then-No. 33 UNC Wilmington. Against No. 42 South Alabama on Mar. 12, UNF was leading 3-2 with two singles matches still playing. Leo fought his way to a 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win at No. 6 singles in order to secure the final team point UNF needed. The following day with UNF and UNC Wilmington tied 3-3, Leo battled to a 7-6 (4), 0-6, 7-6 (4) No. 5 singles win, giving UNF the match-winning point. As a result of beating back-to-back ranked opponents, UNF appeared in the Mar. 20 Campbell’s/ITA National Rankings at No. 50 – the highest ranking for the Ospreys in their Division I tenure. Leo’s back-to-back match clinchers allowed resulted in him being named the Atlantic Sun’s Player of the Week on Mar. 14.

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