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WHAC - Fri, Jul. 7, 2017

The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) nominated Jordan Ewald of UM-Dearborn and Kyle Steigenga of Cornerstone for the prestigious A.O. Duer Award sponsored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The award, named after former NAIA executive director Al Duer, recognizes a junior female and male student-athlete who excels in character, playing ability, and scholarship.

Steigenga is also the league's Emil S. Liston Award nominee. Named in honor of the NAIA's first executive secretary and the prime mover behind the men's basketball tournament, this award has been presented annually since 1950 to one junior men's and women's basketball player who has shown high athletic and scholastic achievement.

Both will now be forwarded for consideration for the respective national awards.

Ewald, a journalism and communications double major with a 3.97 GPA, was selected based on her character, maturity, and passion on and off the softball field. Last summer, she was one of two student-athletes from the United States who attended the Federation for International University Sports (FISU) education forum in France. She was also a member of UM-Dearborn's Athletics & Recreation Emerging Leaders Council her sophomore year. At the University and in the community, she has demostrated great leadership and a desire to help those around her through sports.

"Jordan stands out as a leader and role model in the classroom, the department, and the community," said Erik Stark, UM-Dearborn life skills coordinator and head volleyball coach.

She emerged as a leader for the Wolverine softball team and currently holds the school's career records for doubles and RBIs. In her spare time, Ewald is a volunteer softball and swimming coach to youth in the area. Ewald demonstrates great leadership and a desire to help others in the community. She embraces it as an opportunity to share her passion of sports to better those around her. 

Cornerstone head men's basketball coach knew what he had in Kyle Steigenga when the young man was a freshman and it didn't take long for everyone else to realize it as well. The three-time All-American reached the 2,000-point scoring mark during his junior season while maintaining a 3.97 GPA. He also is a member of the Golden Eagles outdoor track team.

Cornerstone's motto of "Build a life that matters" fits Steigenga perfectly. His unselfishness and commitment to character is on display both on the court and off. He played a key role in the Grand Rapids Dream Center - Hoop Dreams Basketball Camp three-day free event for underserved kids in the area and traveled to the Philippines on a mission trip. 

"Kyle is a positive influence in the lives of others and consistently displays a spirit of servanthood and others-centered leadership through his example and hard work," noted Cornerstone athletics director Chip Huber.

WHAC A.O. Duer Scholarship Award Winners
2012 - Sam Cole, Davenport
2015 -  Jamie Kilps, Indiana Tech
          - Ryan Bjellquist-Ledger, Concordia
2016 - Wiebke Schlender, Indiana Tech
2017 - Jordan Ewald, UM-Dearborn
         - Kyle Steigenga, Cornerstone

WHAC Liston Award Winners
2015 - Joe Remstad, Concordia
          - Rayana Villalpando, Indiana Tech
2016 - Connor Phee, Concordia
         - Sarah White, Indiana Tech
2017 - Kyle Steigenga, Cornerstone

 
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