22 USM Spires Players Named KCAC Scholar-Athletes

7/6/2012 12:00:00 AM

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) has named 22 University of Saint Mary Spires student-athletes as Spring 2012 KCAC Scholar Athletes.

To earn the distinction, student-athletes must have sophomore standing at the start of their respective sport’s season, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.33 on a 4.0 scale, and letter in their sport.

The honored Spires are:


From the USM Baseball Team


  • Jesse Castro, a junior outfielder, from Kansas City, Kan.

  • Michael Ferracuti, a junior utility player from Etobicoke, Ontario

  • Christopher Haney, freshman pitcher from Leavenworth, Kan.

  • Winston Hines, a senior outfielder from Dodge City, Kan.

  • Chase Hottman, a junior pitcher from Topeka, Kan.

  • Devin Hupp, a senior shortstop and pitcher from Leavenworth, Kan.

  • Kevin Joyce, a junior second baseman from Denver

  • Trevor Matifes, a junior first baseman from Alton, Ill.

  • Travis Quick, a sophomore catcher from Kansas City, Kan.


From the USM Softball Team 


  • Chelsea Cooper, a freshman infielder from Rock Port, Mo.

  • Keasla Hundley, a junior infielder/outfielder from Lansing, Kan.

  • Jacquelynn Kerr, a senior outfielder from Colmesneil, Texas

  • Lani Masoner, a junior utility player from Weston, Mo.

  • Chalice Schmollinger, a senior catcher from Louisburg, Kan.

  • Victoria Toplikar, a sophomore pitcher from Olathe, Kan.

  • Kristina Hoffman, a junior utility player from Pocatello, Idaho


From the USM Men’s Track & Field Team 


  • Cameron Avilez, a junior from Escondido, Calif.

  • Josh Bohr, a sophomore from Wichita, Kan.

  • Ricardo Cortez, a freshman from Hidalgo, Texas


From the USM Women’s Track & Field Team 


  • Karoline Banasik, a junior from Elk Grove Village, Ill.

  • Kathleen Hermesch, a senior from Lawrence, Kan.

  • Leslie Rangel, a junior from SeaSide, Calif.

“I can’t say enough about the effort our student-athletes put forth, both in their sports and in the classroom,” said Rob Miller, USM’s athletic director and head baseball coach. “Their hard work speaks to their commitment to excellence. We love to see that level of dedication and high character in our student-athletes.”

Saint Mary has 12 varsity sports programs—football, volleyball, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, cross country, and track & field—along with co-ed cheerleading and dance. Visit www.gospires.com to learn more about USM athletics.