Schwartz earns coveted scholarship

Megan Schwartz, senior defensive specialist for Lamar volleyball

Megan Schwartz, senior defensive specialist for Lamar volleyball, was one of three Southland Conference student-athletes to be selected to receive the league’s prestigious 2015 F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship.

Schwartz, who maintained a 4.0 grade point average, was honored at the Southland Honors Ceremony on May 19 at the Frisco Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco, Texas.

The McDonald scholarship is the league’s top academic honor for its top graduates. It is presented annually to graduating male and female letterwinners with the highest cumulative grade point averages during their enrollment at league universities.

The two-time Capital One Academic All-District VII team member joined the 1,000-dig club in her senior season, one of only 15 players in LU’s history to do so. By the end of the season, the Tomball native climbed all the way to sixth on Lamar’s all-time digs list with 1,392.

“Megan is a consummate example of a student-athlete. She’s had a great four-year career, and is a member of the 1,000-dig club,” said head coach Alan Edwards.

In her time at Lamar, Schwartz tallied 405 sets played and a career 3.43 digs per set average.

Baseball

Stijn van der Meer led six All-Southland Conference selections from the Lamar baseball team when he was named as the shortstop on the second team. Mason Salazar and Brandon Provost were voted as the second baseman and catcher, respectively, on the third team, and Chase Angelle (pitcher), Jake Nash (first base) and Reed Seeley (third baseman) were tabbed as honorable mention.

“We are in a great league,” said head coach Jim Gilligan. “To be named to one of the teams is big, but to even get honorable mention in the Southland means they were a heck of a player. I’ve never seen the league as good as it is right now.”

Van der Meer was the conference’s leader in hits (78) and was third in batting average at (.351). He finished the season 7-of-8 in a two-game series at Sam Houston State. He was one of two players (Reed Seeley) to start every game for Lamar.

The Rosmalen, Netherlands, native began the season as Lamar’s leadoff hitter, and stayed there until the 38th game of the season when he was moved to the third spot in the lineup. He was LU’s leader in games played, at-bats, runs, hits, total bases, slugging, on-base percentage and was second in doubles.

“Stijn did a great job, and had a great year for us,” said Gilligan. “I’d hate to think about what our year would’ve been without him as our shortstop.”

He had the team’s most multiple-hit games (25) and accounted for three four-hit contests, and had Lamar’s third-longest hit streak (10). Salazar finished the season with a .310 batting average, a vast 56-point improvement from his average a season ago. The Flower Mound native was second on the team with 25 runs batted in and a .421 slugging percentage.

Provost, of Port Neches, hit .305 this season in 43 games played, mostly at catcher, which allowed him to take the catcher’s spot on the third team. He knocked in 21 runs for the Cardinals, third on the team. He had four multi-RBI and 13 multi-hit games in 2015.

Angelle, of Orangefield, moved in to seventh place on Lamar’s career earned run average list, at 2.86. He finished the season with a 2.01 ERA, which claimed fifth in the Southland Conference. He tossed a league-leading five complete games and was a part of two Lamar shutouts.

His 98.2 innings of work this season ranked third in the league, and had the lowest ERA of the top three pitchers. He finished his career with a 13-15 record in 30 career starts. He’s worked 233.0 innings at Lamar and opponents hit .258 against him.

“I just can’t say enough about Chase, and how good he did for us this year throwing in that Friday night spot against everybody’s good guy,” said Gilligan. “What a fabulous job he did this year. I really became a fan of his coming down the stretch.”

Angelle was also selected on the Capital One Academic All-District VII team, recognized as one of the nation’s top student-athletes for his combined performance athletically and in the classroom.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and have reached athletic and academic standings at their current institution.

Nash finished his first campaign at Lamar with the second-highest batting average on the team at .324 in 49 games played. From Palestine, Nash played first base, third base, left field and right field this season. He scored 21 runs this season and knocked in another 19.

Seeley scored 33 runs in 2015 and accounted for 73 in his two-year career at Lamar. He hit .284 this season and had 18 RBI. He topped out with a 25-game reached base streak in 2015, which was a career high.

Golf

Sophomore golfer Louis Bemberg has been named to the 2015 CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-District team. Bemberg is one of just two golfers to be named to the 10-person District VII team.

CoSIDA District VII consists of schools from Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Although the Southland Conference is split across different districts, Bemberg is one of only two Southland athletes named to a men’s at-large team.

A native of Lausanne, Switzerland, Bemberg has been able to combine success on the golf course, with academic achievement. One of team’s more consistent players, Bemberg holds a 4.0 grade-point average in industrial engineering. A Dean’s and President’s list student, Bemberg is one of only two undergrad athletes in the district to hold a 4.0 GPA.

On the course, Bemberg posted a 74.5 stroke average in eight tournaments this season. He finished the year ranked among the Southland’s top 25, while helping guide the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish at the Southland Conference Championships.

To be nominated for the Academic All-District teams, student-athletes must be a sophomore at their current institution, have competed at that school for at least a year, maintain at least a 3.3 grade-point average, be a starter or significant reserve and compete in at least 50 percent of all competitions.

— Compiled by Chad Cooper

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