Local sports notebook: Senne again earns Big 12 honors
For the second time this season, Missouri senior Aaron Senneof Rochester has been selected as the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week in baseball.
In five games last week, Senne hit .a lofty 609 (14-for-23), including a series mark of .583 against Oklahoma. He had two home runs, three doubles and seven RBIs in the three games with the Sooners.
Senne, who is currently on a 16-game hitting streak, had multiple hits in each contest last week. The outfielder was 3-for-4 in both of the Tigers' midweek games against SIU-Edwardsville and Illinois. He again recorded a three-hit game in the opener of the Oklahoma series. In the second game, Senne homered in his first at-bat and added a single in the fourth inning. He closed the week by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs. In the final game of the series, he had a double, single and then hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to break an 11-11 tie and carry Missouri to a 12-11 victory.
On the year, Senne is hitting .460, which leads the Big 12. His 10 home runs and 15 doubles rank second in the conference, while his 38 RBIs are fourth best. Earlier this season, he set Missouri's all-time record for doubles in a career.
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The Rochester Honkers have hired Liz Smit, of Sheldon, Iowa, as a member of the front office staff as the team's assistant director of community relations.
Smit was the public relations/media intern with the Waterloo Bucks in 2008, the same summer the stadium was covered in seven feet of water.
"Working with the Waterloo Bucks and being the Northwoods League was a very enriching experience for me," Smit said. "Iit was when I learned that I wanted to work in baseball."
Smit graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009 with a degree in public relations and minors in marketing and journalism. She spent the following summer as the promotions intern for the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
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The Honkers also announced the signing of Mike Giovenco, a right-handed pitcher from North Park University in Chicago, for the upcoming summer season.
Giovenco is a 6-foot-6, 235-pound junior, who is currently 4-4 with a 3.28 ERA. He has pitched 46 2/3 innings, striking out 51 and holding opponents to a .202 batting average against.
As a sophomore, Giovenco finished the season 7-3 and broke the team's single season strikeout record with 87. He was first-team all-conference and then was drafted in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball first year player draft by the Minnesota Twins., but decided to return to school.
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Lourdes girls basketball coach Myron Glasswas given the Citizen of the Year award from the National Elks Association last Saturday in ceremonies at the Elks Club in Rochester. The award is the highest honor the Elks organization gives to citizens.
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RCTC sophomore Brad Kohnof St. Charles has been named the MCAC Southern Division Pitcher of the Week. The left-hander pitched a six inning no-hitter against Western Technical College on April 9. He struck out nine and walked two in RCTC's 10-0 win.
For the same week, RCTC freshman Angel Talamantes,of Byron was named as the MCAC Southern Division Player of Week. The outfielder batted .429 with a home run and 11 RBIs in RCTC's seven wins last week.
"These two young men have been really consistant all year," Yellowjackets coach Steve Huckesaid. "They both have worked very hard and it is nice to see them recognized for their outstanding play last week."
RCTC is currently 21-8 and ranked in the Top 20 in the nation among junior college baseball teams. The Yellowjackets are on the road Sunday before hosting Anoka-Ramsey on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader.
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Rochester's Erica Wilsonhas been named the MIAC Player of the Week in softball for the St. Thomas squad. Wilson batted a lusty .700 for the week (7-for-10) and scored five runs as the Tommies 4-0 start at the Sun West Tournament.
Wilson, a junior outfielder, is currently batting .419 for St. Thomas.
Guy N. Limbeck's Local Sports Notebook regularly runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org