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MSU: Vinson Named Regional Player of the Year

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Midwestern State's Katelyn Vinson enjoyed one of the best offensive seasons in Lone Star Conference history.

And she was rewarded for it Monday morning earning Daktronics All-South Central Region Player of the Year honors.

Vinson is the second player in league history to complete the season with better than a .500 batting average while finishing amongst national leaders hitting .503 with 12 doubles, 22 homers and 67 RBIs. The Southlake product slugged .976 and produced a .550 on-base percentage.

Vinson, who posted multiple hits in 29 games this season, had a pair of 11-game hitting streaks while setting single-season school records in batting average, slugging percentage and home runs.

She joins former East Central standout Charene Hiesl as the only players in LSC history to hit .500. Hiesl finished the 1997 season with a .517 average.

Vinson earned LSC Freshman of the Year honors and was a first-team all-league and NFCA All-South Central Region performer.

She was joined on the first team by senior outfielder Courtney Bingham, junior catcher Kim Jerrick and sophomore third baseman Kelley Schaefer.

Bingham was named to the NFCA all-region team for the third straight earning second-team mention in 2012 and was also a first-team performer last season.
 
The Arlington native earned first-team All-Lone Star Conference honors for the second consecutive year hitting .387 with 23 doubles, six triples and four homers with 64 RBIs.
 
Jerrick earned her first all-region honor after hitting .417 with 17 doubles and 19 homers while driving in 54 runs.
 
The Belle Plaine, Kan. native is a two-time All-Lone Star Conference performer earned first-team accolades in 2012 and 2013 and was the league's Freshman of the Year in 2011.
 
Schaefer hit .420 in her first season at the hot corner with six doubles, a triple and 13 homers while driving in a team-high 69 runs.
 
The Waco Midway High product earned All-LSC first-team honors this season after she was named to the third team in 2011.
 
Bingham, Jerrick and Schaefer were all named to the LSC's Golden Glove team. All four players also earned NFCA All-South Central first-team honors. Each advances to the Daktronics All-America ballot.

Midwestern State posted a 43-17 mark this season advancing to the NCAA Division II postseason for the eighth time in the program's 10-year history.

Tennis: Hangstefer Named ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year

Midwestern State graduate assistant coach Daniel Hangstefer was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Division II South Central Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
 
Hangstefer, in his third season at Midwestern State, was honored for his work in helping the Mustangs to a 20-6 record.  The Mustangs won the Lone Star Conference Tournament Championship, an NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championship and advanced to the Elite Eight for the second time in school history this season.
 
"Daniel has been a tremendous asset to the MSU program," said MSU head coach Scott Linn.  "He's a tireless worker and worked with our players in every facet of the game."
 
Hangstefer was humbled by the award.
 
"I had no idea I would be considered for this," said Hangstefer.  "It's an exciting honor.  I was very surprised."
 
The Chattanooga, Tenn., native has worked with the MSU men's and women's tennis teams since the fall of 2010 after competing and graduating from Lipscomb (Tenn.).  He will complete his master's degree in counseling this August.