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Updated: 04/24/2014 03:14:00PM

Lake Wales grad a finalist for national award

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Polk State College's Rose Stevens batting.

By BARBARA BOXLEITNER

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University of Florida senior pitcher Hannah Rogers is in elite company for a national award.

The Lake Wales High School graduate is among 10 NCAA Division I softball finalists for the Senior Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School (CLASS) Award. The award recognizes senior athletes for their achievement in “community, classroom, character and competition,” according to the Senior CLASS Award online site.

National media selected the finalists from 30 candidates announced in February. The winner will be determined by the votes of fans, media and Division I head coaches.

As of Friday, Rogers ranked among the top pitchers in the Southeastern Conference. She was third with 19 victories and fifth with a 1.77 earned run average. The right-hander, who also had a save, was sixth in innings pitched and 14th in strikeouts.

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Rose Stevens helped Polk State College earn its second consecutive Suncoast Conference championship. The Bartow resident hit .455 through 49 games and had a team-high 59 stolen bases in 61 attempts.

University of Central Florida sophomore outfielder Taylor Wagner hit .167 in 30 games. The Bartow High School graduate stole four bases in five attempts.

Another from Bartow High, outfielder Gwen Jones led University of South Alabama with 20 stolen bases in 23 attempts.

Through 30 games, Warner University outfielder Tiffany Porter was the only player to start every game. The Fort Meade High School product batted .239 with seven runs batted in. She had a .986 fielding average in 71 chances.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at BKLE3@aol.com.


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