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May 27, 2004

Bacon named to

All-KCAC team

Special to the Signal

STERLING -- Sterling College sophomore Jodie Bacon received First Team All-KCAC honors following the 2004 softball season.

Bacon, a native of Baldwin City, Kansas, received the honor after hitting .364 as a lead-off hitter and shortstop for the Sterling College Warriors this past season. Bacon stole 21 bases in 22 attempts in 2004 and she also garnered 20 RBIs and eight doubles.

Sterling finished the 2004 season with an overall record of 30-24 and won the KCAC post-season tournament for the first time in school history. By winning the conference tournament, Sterling also qualified for the NAIA Region IV softball tournament for the first time.

"Jodie had a tremendous season for us at shortstop," said Sterling coach Hosea Bell. "She created a lot of offense and opportunities for us to score runs as our lead-off hitter and she was also solid in the field. We look for Jodie to continue to improve and lead our team in her junior and senior seasons at Sterling College."

In addition to her First Team All-KCAC honors, Bacon was named Gleason Award recipient at the annual Sterling College sports banquet. The Gleason Award is a scholarship given to a sophomore student-athlete that has lettered in a sport as both a freshman and sophomore and has the highest GPA of those candidates. Bacon was also named Academic All-Conference. She has also been named to the Dean's List and a Kelsey Scholar.

Bacon is majoring in Exercise Science at Sterling and is the daughter of Dennis and Shelley Bacon of Baldwin City.

(Noonan) Nelson earns

All-MIAA running honors

Special to the Signal

PITTSBURG -- Baldwin City native Megan (Noonan) Nelson garnered conference honors in the 5,000- and 10,000-meters with a fourth- and second-place finish, respectively, at the 2004 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.

Nelson's finishes helped Pittsburg State University gain the MIAA team championship. Nelson, a 2001 graduate of Baldwin High School, ran a time of 18:54.95 in the 5,000 and a time of 40:19.09 in the 10,000.

The junior is now a seven-time all-conference honoree. During the indoor season, she placed second in the 5,000 at the MIAA Indoor Championships. Nelson earned conference honors in the 5,000 and 10,000 last year.

Nelson also placed sixth at the 2003 MIAA Cross Country Championship last fall.

Baldwin youth volleyball

clinic is set for June 5

Special to the Signal

A group of top-flight volleyball coaches and players will conduct clinics June 5 at Baldwin High School for two age groups.

Session one is for those who will be first through fourth graders this fall. It is geared for first-time players. It will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and cost is $10.

Session two is for those who will be fifth through eighth graders this fall. It will involve fundamentals, game situations and games. It is from 3 to 6 p.m. and cost is $15.

Among the staff for the clinics are former BHS volleyball coach Jill Brown and her daughter, Emily Brown, who just graduated from BHS and will play next year for the University of Kansas.

Registration deadline is Friday. For more information or to register, call Jill Brown at 594-2981.

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