Amherst's Wheeler, Bowdoin's Flaherty Named Finalists for 2007 Jostens Trophy

Courtesy Amherst/Bowdoin Sports Information

SALEM, Va. – Amherst senior forward Dan Wheeler (Bloomington, Minn.) and Bowdoin senior forward Eileen Flaherty (Fairfield, Conn.) were named as finalists for the 2007 Jostens Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding men's and women's basketball players of the year in Division III. The top 10 finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy were announced on Wednesday by members of the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The club is responsible for the initial review of annual nominations and narrowed the pool to 10 men and 10 women finalists.

A prolific scorer, Wheeler leads the Lord Jeffs in scoring with 13.8 points per game while shooting a remarkable .508 from the field. He also recently totaled 1,000 points for his illustrious career. Wheeler was named Second Team All-NESCAC and NESCAC All-Academic last season.

A three-time First-Team All-NESCAC selection and the 2004 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Flaherty became the career scoring leader in both men's and women's basketball at Bowdoin on January 30th at Bates College. Flaherty leads the league in scoring with an average 18.0 points per game and recently became the Polar Bears' career scoring leader. Flaherty has also contributed a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game.

The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men's Division III Championship being hosted in Salem, Va., on March 16-17.

The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding men and women's DIII basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary motto of "Service above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete.

Additional information on the award can be found at: http://www.odaconline.com/jostens/jostens.htm

2007 Jostens Trophy Award Finalists

Men
Justin Baker, Univ. Mary Washington
Ryan Cain, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Zach Freeman, Illinois Wesleyan University
Matt Griffin, Johns Hopkins University
Kevin Guyden, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Derek E. Hines, Franklin & Marshall College
Michael Hoyt, Mt. St. Mary College
Joe Werner, UW-LaCrosse
Drew Wessels, Augustana College
Dan Wheeler, Amherst College

Women
Debbie Bruen, U. Mary Washington
Catherine Chappell, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Eileen Flaherty, Bowdoin College
Lindsay Ippel, Millikin University
Lacey Kennedy, Mississippi College
Taryn Mellody, University of Scranton
Brianna Monahan, Gustavus Adolphus
Kelly Peters, Wilmington College (Ohio)
Danielle M. Tinkoff, North Central College
Lisa Winkle, Calvin College