Kearney named a finalist for prestigious Jostens Trophy

WASHINGTON – Senior Chris Kearney has been named a finalist for the 2013 Jostens Trophy, it was announced on Monday. Kearney is one of just 10 Division III men's student-athletes in the pool of finalists. CUA is the only school to have two finalists for this prestigious award, with Jill Woerner from the women's basketball team, also being named a finalist.

The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.

Kearney has had a terrific senior season, becoming the first player in Landmark Conference history to be named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.

Twice this season Kearney has been named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week, as well as the Landmark Conference Player of the Week. A native of Centreville, Va., Kearney leads the Landmark Conference in blocked shots and ranks in the top-10 of four other statistical categories. He is currently averaging 16.7 points, 7 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.8 assists per game.

Kearney, who scored his 1,000th career point on January 26, pumped in a career-high 32 points on January 19 to help CUA snap a 10-game losing streak vs. Scranton. He then dropped another 30 points at Scranton on February 9.

Kearney has registered 24 games of double-digit points and eight double-doubles. He helped lead CUA to its first Landmark Conference championship this season and a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Cardinals defeated Staten Island in the tourney's 1st Round over the weekend.

Off the floor, Kearney maintains a grade point average above 3.5 as a business management major. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team in January, and is a multi-year member of the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll, in addition to the Dean's List.

Kearney is also active with community service, taking part in the Wreaths Across America program at Arlington National Cemetery, and he also serves as a volunteer at the Our Neighbors Child organization and Franklin Middle School.

The Salem Rotary Club Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating to narrow the list of finalists so that the decision can be made on the most objective basis possible.

Voters' ballots are due by March 13 with the winning schools to be notified by March 15. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 21 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the men's Division III quarterfinals and semifinals.

The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service.

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