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RCTC wrestler wins national award

Rochester Community and Technical College wrestler Nathan Clements has won a

prestigious national award for junior college athletes.

Clements was selected the male scholarship winner of the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrator Scholar Athlete Award. This is a national award given to only one male and one female athlete each year for all sports. The criteria for this award is based on academic and athletic excellence. The NATYCAA Scholar Athlete award will be awarded in Dallas on June 9 at the national convention in Dallas

To qualify a student-athlete must have a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher, be an outstanding athlete and leader. Clements has a GPA of 3.92 with a grade of "A" in 16 of his 17 courses at RCTC. He is majoring in computer-aided drafting, and will graduate in 2009.

"I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than Nathan," RCTC wrestling coach Roger Rager said.

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Clements, of West Salem, Wis., has received All-American honors twice at RCTC, placing seventh in 2007 and second in 2008 at the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament. He is a two time NJCAA Academic All-American, North Central Region champ and MCCC state champ.

He was also a wide receiver on the RCTC football team as a freshman in the fall of 2006.

"Nathan is the perfect example of what we strive a student athlete to be," Rager said. "He works hard both on the mat and in the classroom. Every day he tries to better himself and puts forth his best efforts."

Clements will return to RCTC next fall to help coach the RCTC Yellowjackets.

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Major League Baseball will hold its annual amateur baseball draft beginning on Thursday and a pair of Rochester players could be selected. Both Erik Knutson and Spencer Brady of John Marshall have hopes of being picked.

Knutson is a 2007 JM grad. He played junior college baseball this year at Yavapai College in Arizona, a Division I program that plays in a highly competitive wooden bat league which always has a number of players drafted. Knutson is a center fielder who is playing with the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League this summer.

Brady is a senior at JM and has helped guide the Rockets into the Class AAA state tournament. He is a left-handed pitcher and right-handed hitting center fielder. If he doesn’t get drafted, look for him to end up at Iowa Western, a Division I junior college power, to play baseball.

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There will be no trip to the college World Series for Rochester’s Aaron Senne and the Missouri baseball team. Missouri was eliminated in the NCAA Regional, falling

9-6 to Mississippi in Coral Gables, Fla. The Tigers end the season 39-21. This was their sixth straight NCAA Tournament. Senne, a sophomore outfielder, had a stellar season. He led the Tigers in hitting (.347) and RBIs (67) and was second in home runs (16) and runs scored (51). He also hit 14 doubles.

Senne was a 13th-round draft choice by the Twins out of high school and is not eligible for this year’s amateur draft. He was slated to play for the Rochester Honkers this summer, but is now trying to make a U.S. National Team.

Guy N. Limbeck’s local sports notebooks regularly run on Tuesdays and Saturdays. He can be reached at glimbeck@postbulletin.com

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