FC players earn national honor — again

This is getting monotonous.

In a good way, though.

For the third time this season, Franklin College softball players Katie Struewing and Olivia Paszek have received honorable mention honors for the Louisville Slugger National Player of Week award.

Both players also have been singled out for Heartland Collegiate Athlete Conference Player of the Week recognition.

A junior outfielder, Struewing received the weekly nods for a torrid performance at the plate. The former Greenwood Community High School standout batted .500 (7 for 14) in four games last week, including a pair of doubles.

Struewing also scored four runs, drove in five more and stole two bases during the four-game stretch. The Grizzlies won all four, and she was named the HCAC Hitter of the Week.

Paszek, a freshman pitcher from Franklin Community High School, earned two wins and a save during the same four-game slate. She gave up only one earned run all week and was named the HCAC Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

Franklin is 11-5 heading into Sunday’s doubleheader against visiting Olivet.

Murdock earns HCAC honor

Franklin College senior Anna Murdock has been named the HCAC Female Track Athlete of the Week after a record-setting performance at the March 21 outdoor season-opening Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Early Bird Invitational.

An Indian Creek graduate, she won the 400-meter dash in a school-record time of 58.10; was part of the Grizzlies’ first-place 1,600 relay; and ran a leg of the runner-up 400 relay.

Franklin won the meet, in no small part to Murdock’s contributions.

Scholar athletes recognized

Scholastically, a host of Franklin College athletes enjoyed success during the winter season.

Academically, so did a wealth of others.

A total of 18 Franklin winter athletes have been named to the HCAC Tom Bohlsen All-Academic Team.

To be eligible, athletes have to a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5; have completed the equivalent of a full academic year; and be enrolled full time.

Franklin’s representatives, by sport, are:

  • Men’s basketball: Trey Boles and Brandon Scruggs.
  • Women’s basketball: Katie Brewer, Lauren DeSutter and Nichole Thompson.
  • Men’s indoor track and field: Isaac Beasley, Richard Conway and Deron Molen
  • Women’s indoor track and field: Kasey King, Rachel Lucas, Ally Marlow and Ashley Myers.
  • Men’s swimming and diving: Artur Schneider, Matt Western and Mitch Western.
  • Women’s swimming and diving: Tori Klimczak, Regina Solik and Taylor Tichenor.
Rick Morwick is sports editor of the Daily Journal. He can be reached at rmorwick@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2715.