Henks earns All-American honors

SIOUX CITY – Morningside College’s Rachel Henks, a senior pitcher from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is a second-team selection on the 2017 NAIA All-America Softball Team.

Henks, the 2017 Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, posted a 34-10 record with a 1.58 earned run average with eight shutouts and one save. Henks had 71 walks and 272 strikeouts and allowed only 175 hits in 265.2 innings pitched while limiting the opposition to a paltry .181 batting average. She completed 30 of her 37 starts.

Henks set a school record with her 34 victories to break the Mustangs’ former single season standard of 33 wins by Whitney McElrath, who went 33-12 in the 2006 campaign. Henks ranked second nationally in the NAIA with her 34 victories and third with her 272 strikeouts and 265.2 innings pitched. The 272 strikeouts was the second highest single-season total in Morningside history.

Ingram finishes seventh at state

IOWA CITY | Denison-Schleswig's Jacqueline Ingram downed Clear Lake's Gretchen Jones 6-3, 7-6 to take seventh place at the Class 1A singles girls state tennis tournament on Friday.

Ingram began her day with a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier's Sarah Abu-Nameh.

USD wins sportsmanship award

ELMHURST, Ill. — The University of South Dakota has been honored by its fellow institutions with the 2016-17 Summit League Sportsmanship Award announced this week. It marks the second consecutive year the Coyotes have earned the prestigious award.

The Summit League Sportsmanship Award is given annually to the institution that is judged by its peers to be the best in the league in living up to the ideals of sportsmanship. Areas for evaluation include student-athlete conduct, staff/administrator conduct, coaches’ conduct and event management.

South Dakota joins Fort Wayne, Omaha and South Dakota State as two-time winners of the award. Southern Utah owns the league record with five Sportsmanship Awards.

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