June 11, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced the 16 student-athletes that will receive the C-USA Spring Spirit of Service Award. The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.
The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout the season, with these honorees representing Conference USA's spring sports: baseball, golf, women's rowing, softball, tennis, and outdoor track and field.
Golden Eagle senior softball player Mackenzie Sher participated in volunteer events ranging from the Special Olympics to hosting softball clinics. A psychology major from Bellaire, Texas, she held the highest GPA by a female student-athlete at USM, earning a spot on the President's List five times and was a four-time recipient of the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal. On the field, Sher was named Conference USA Player of the Week on March 31, 2014. She finished the season batting .284 with 42 hits in 148 at-bats with a career-high 11 doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 27 RBI and 20 runs scored. Sher finished her Southern Miss career ranked in the school career records in home runs (fourth), sacrifice flies (fourth), putouts (sixth), fielding percentage (sixth) and total chances (ninth).
2014 SPRING C-USA SPIRIT OF SERVICE HONOREES:
Patric King, Charlotte, Baseball
Devan Murphy, East Carolina, Women's Golf
Aramis Garcia, FIU, Baseball
Danielle Aromashodu, Florida Atlantic, Women's Track & Field
Janine Godwin, Louisiana Tech, Softball
Karli Timko, Marshall, Women's Tennis
Laura Dukes, Middle Tennessee, Softball
Franziska Sprinkmeyer, North Texas, Women's Tennis
Lauren Wright, Old Dominion, Women's Rowing
Andrew Murphy, Rice, Baseball
Mackenzie Sher, Southern Miss, Softball
Emily Dvorak, Tulane, Women's Tennis
Brooke Helmberger, Tulsa, Women's Rowing
Rachel Daniell, UAB, Women's Tennis
Janice Jackson, UTEP, Women's Track & Field
Megan Low, UTSA, Softball