Conference USA Postgraduate Scholarship Winners Announced
Jim Castañeda Scholarships Awarded to 15 Outstanding Student-Athletes
June 17, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky named the 15 recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Awards today and Southern Miss softball player Mackenzie Sher was one of the recipients. This is the sixth year the award has been named for Dr. Castañeda, who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008. The conference annually presents the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarship awards to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.
Earlier this month, Sher was named one of 16 recipients for the Spirit of Service Award 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 Golden Eagle senior participated in volunteer events ranging from the Special Olympics to hosting softball clinics.
In addition, Sher was named to the Academic All-Conference USA team. For Sher, it was the second consecutive year she has earned the honor. Sher joined Leslie LeJune as the only Southern Miss recipient to earn the accolade more than once.
Sher received the Southern Miss Outstanding Female Individual Grade Point Average Award. She is a multi-year recipient of the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal (2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11) and Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11).
On the field, the Bellaire, Texas native was named Conference USA Player of the Week (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 led the team in slugging percentage, RBI, home runs, total bases, games played and games started. She concluded the season ranked in team's top 5 in runs scored (2nd), doubles (2nd), triples (2nd), chances (2nd), putouts (2nd), batting average (3rd), hits (3rd), hit by pitch (3rd), walks (4th), on-base percentage (5th) and assists (5th).
In addition, the senior led the team with eight multiple RBI games and was second on the team with 11 multi-hit games.
Sher finished her Southern Miss career ranked in the school career records in home runs (4th), sacrifice flies (4th), putouts (6th), fielding percentage (6th) and total chances (9th).
2014 JIM CASTAÑEDA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:
Coye Still, Men's Track & Field, Charlotte
Joran Vliegen, Men's Tennis, East Carolina
LaShae White, Women's Track & Field, FIU
Kayla DeSuza, Women's Golf, Florida Atlantic
Travis Wilmore, Men's Golf, Louisiana Tech
Laura Der, Volleyball, Marshall
Laken Leonard, Women's Basketball, Middle Tennessee
Lauren Poole, Softball, North Texas
Chelsea Fong, Women's Swimming, Rice
Mackenzie Sher, Softball, Southern Miss
Kayte Magee, Women's Basketball, Tulane
Loren McDaniel, Women's Basketball, Tulsa
Ryan Prinzing, Baseball, UAB
Victoria "Tori" Martyn, Women's Soccer, UTEP
Brandon Guerrero, Football, UTSA