Ten athletes, representing eight teams from Hendrix, have been honored by the Southern Athletic Association for sportsmanship.
Those recognized are: junior Matt Simmons (baseball), freshman Greg Lanese (men’s golf), junior Kelsi McClure (women’s golf), junior Branden Harbaugh (men’s lacrosse), junior Landri Wenzel (women’s lacrosse), junior Morgan Fires (softball), freshman Udai Garimella (men’s tennis), freshman Pratheepa Ravikumar (women’s tennis), sophomore Jeffrey Scott (men’s track & field) and junior Cassie Taucher (women’s track & field). Each was named to their respective sports’ team.
Formed in 2011, the SAA places a special emphasis on good sportsmanship and fair play amongst all competitors.
Simmons, a right fielder from Bedford, Texas, hit .304 with 48 hits, 30 runs, six doubles, two triples, one home run and 22 RBIs. He was named All-SAA honorable mention this season and was selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team last season.
Lanese, from Shaker Heights, Ohio, competed in 15 rounds with a 91.1 stroke average.
McClure, of Huntsville, completed 13 rounds with a 99.5 stroke average.
Harbaugh, from Littleton, Colorado, was a co-captain and starting defenseman with 22 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. He helped the Warriors to a school-record seven wins and an 8.65 goals-against average.
Wenzel, of North Richland Hills, Texas, was second on the team with 20 goals and tied for the team lead with five assists. She also had 22 ground balls, 38 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers.
Fires, a right fielder from Bremerton, Washington, hit .322 with 28 hits, eight runs scored, four doubles, one home run and 17 RBIs. She also has a perfect fielding percentage with two assists from right field. Fires was an All-SAA honorable mention and named to the SAA All-Tournament Team.
Garimella, of Conway, went 4-10 in singles play, mainly at the No. 4 spot, including a win in the SAA Tournament. He was named to the all-tournament team.
Ravikumar, from Rogers, went 6-12 at No. 1 singles and 4-12 in No. 1 doubles.
Scott, of Glenwood, ran a season-best time of 16:28.80 in the 5,000 meters at the UCA Open in April. He was also named to the cross country All-Sportsmanship Team.
Taucher, from Texarkana, earned All-SAA honorable mention for being part of the 4x400 relay team that placed third at the SAA Championships. She also broke the school record in the 4x100 meter relay.