Movin’ Mavs named All-Americans
Junior David Wilkes, left,
and sophomore Ian Pierson
of the Movin’ Mavs
wheelchair basketball team earned National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-America honors in the Intercollegiate Division. Wilkes averaged 16.2 points on 64 percent shooting and had 12.8 rebounds per game. Pierson averaged 17.7 points, shooting 43 percent from three-point range and 48 percent from the field. The Movin’ Mavs finished 18-6 and placed third at the national tournament.
Tennis has top freshmanMindaugas Celedinas
was named the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year in men’s tennis
. He is the third Maverick men’s player to earn the recognition. Playing in the No. 1 singles position, the Lithuania native recorded an 11-8 overall record and 4-2 mark in league play. Junior Gonzalo Bienzobas
was selected to the All-SLC first team. He finished the regular season with a 10-8 record at both the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions. Celedinas and freshman David Subirats
, UT Arlington’s top option at No. 4 singles, were named to the All-SLC second team.
Choice stars for national team
Center fielder Michael Choice
helped lead the 2009 USA Baseball
National Team (Collegiate) to the World Baseball Challenge championship in July. The standout junior was one of 22 players selected and the first Maverick to earn a spot on the roster. In 23 games he batted .350 as the team finished summer play with a 19-5 record. In his two years at UT Arlington, the Mansfield native has posted a school-record .396 batting average with 167 hits, 18 home runs and 103 runs batted in. This past season Choice was named to the All-Southland Conference first team. The USA Baseball National Team features the top non-draft-eligible collegiate players in the country.
Softball players honored
Juniors Samantha Chumchal
and Heather Fortenberry,
left, were named to the All-Southland Conference first team, and Fortenberry earned recognition as Utility Player of the Year. Sophomore Rebecca Collom
was selected to the third team. Chumchal, a catcher and two-time All-SLC selection, led the Mavericks in home runs with nine and in batting with a .324 average. Fortenberry, who split time at pitcher and outfield, led the team in hits with 44 and tied for the lead in runs batted in with 20.