Posted at: 05/07/2013 2:37 PM
By: Steve Fabiilli
Ashland, Wisc. (northlandcollegesports.com) - Jayna Loy (So., Ontario, Calif.) was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Softball Player of the Year. Sam Bona (Sr., Park Forest, Ill.), Steph Wilkinson(Sr., Rochester Hills, Mich.), and Angelena Koosmann (Sr., Mellen, Wis.) also received UMAC year end awards.
Loy had a dominating season leading the UMAC in batting average (.561), hits (37), doubles (8), home runs (6), RBI (27), and slugging percentage (.985). In addition she pitched 110 innings (out of 126 total) for the LumberJills this season, being the pitcher of record in every game.
Loy is the first LumberJill softball player to be named UMAC Player of the Year (Northland has had two other UMAC Player of the Year winners, Sarah Strobino in soccer, and Lyndsey Hamm in basketball).
“Jayna did so much for us this season.” Said Head Coach Steve Wammer, “Offensively her numbers were incredible, I had one conference coach tell me that they couldn't figure out how to get her out. She also carried a big load in the circle, pitching almost 90% of our innings.”
Bona was named First Team All-Conference. She became Northland College's all time hits leader this year and hit .408 in UMAC play. She played outstanding at second base and 'wildcat' the term for the player that covers the entire right side of the infield in Northland's unique shifted defense.
“Sam is very deserving of all conference.” Commented Wammer, “she's a great hitter and a dynamic fielder.”
Wilkinson was named to the UMAC All-Defensive team as an outfielder. She not only covered a lot of ground and made outstanding catches, she had a cannon for an arm, picking up four assists during UMAC play.
“Steph was a great centerfielder for us.” Noted Wammer, “In addition to the runners she threw out, she stopped many runners from trying to advance because they knew of her great arm.”
Koosmann was named the Northland representative on the UMAC's Individual Sportsmanship list.
“I am so proud of Angelena, she is very deserving of this award.” Said Wammer, “at times I think people think competitiveness and sportsmanship can be mutually exclusive; but Ange shows that this isn't true, she is very competitive while at the same time always displaying sportsmanship.”