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Dan O'Shea '07
With 1,329 career points (and counting), Schiel is the college’s eighth all-time leading scorer.

Schiel One of Ten National Finalists for Jostens Trophy Player of the Year

February 25, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior co-captain forward Andrew Schiel (Wayne, PA/Conestoga) was named one of ten national finalists for the Jostens Trophy, awarded annually to the outstanding men’s and women’s basketball players in NCAA Division III. The award will be presented on Thursday, Mar. 17, in conjunction with the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Final Four in Salem, Va.

Joining Schiel on the list of national nominees are J.D. Byers (Lebanon Valley), Russ Churchwell (Oglethorpe), Seth Hauben (Rochester), Jason Kalsow (UW-Stevens Point), Adam McCoy (Aurora), Jon Nielson (Wheaton-Ill), Tyler Rhoten (Trinity-Conn.), Tommy Stolhandske (Texas Lutheran) and Eric Wiebers (Buena Vista). Last year’s recipient was Justin Call from Emory & Henry College.

The Jostens Trophy seeks to honor the true Division III student-athlete, emphasizing excellence in the classroom, on the court and in the community. Finalists are selected by a national committee of college coaches, administrators, former student-athletes and select members of the media.

“It’s fitting that with the year Andrew’s had, he would be a finalist for such a prestigious award,” says Amherst head coach Dave Hixon ’75. “With (fellow senior co-captain) Ray Corrigan out for the season with an injury, Andrew’s become the sole captain of our team, and the team has surpassed most people’s expectations. He’s done a great job, not just as a player but as a leader.”

Schiel is only the second Jostens Trophy national finalist in school history, the first being current Amherst assistant coach Steve Zieja ’03.

With 1,329 career points (and counting), Schiel, an Honorable Mention All-America last season and a Preseason All-America this year, is the college’s eighth all-time leading scorer. Along with fellow seniors Corrigan and Russell Lee, he’s helped lead the Jeffs to a school-record 96 wins over four seasons, advancing to the NCAA round of 16 as first-years, the national quarterfinals as sophomores and the program’s first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance last season. Schiel currently stands among the conference and/or national leaders in a variety of statistical categories, including field goal percentage (58.1%), blocked shots (1.75/gm), scoring (16.7/gm) and free throw percentage (74.4%).

Second-ranked Amherst improved to 23-1 and extended its school-record winning streak to 16 games with last Saturday’s NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal win over Bowdoin College, in which Schiel tallied 14 points and seven rebounds. As the top seed, Amherst will host the NESCAC semifinals and championship game this weekend. Saturday’s semifinals will pit Amherst against fourth-seeded Trinity College at 2 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. matchup between second-seeded Tufts University and third-seeded Bates College. The winners will square off for the conference championship Sunday at noon with an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament at stake. Amherst’s games will be webcast live on the Internet by campus radio station WAMH. Visit the Amherst Athletics Website for details.