Gabby Walker, Lindenwood University - Women’s Basketball
The sophomore forward from St. Charles was named the Most Valuable Player of the MIAA Tournament after leading the Lions to the championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Walker averaged 16 points in the Lions’ four victories, including 17 points in a 58-51 victory over Fort Hays State in the championship game. She had 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 59-41 victory over Missouri Western in the semifinals and 20 points and nine rebounds in a 79-67 upset over No. 1 seed Central Missouri State in the quarterfinals.
For the season, Walker is averaging 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field.
Darren Wynn, McKendree University - Wrestling
The senior standout from Champaign, Illinois was selected the Great Lakes Valley Conference Wrestler of the Year.
Wynn was also selected to the All-GLVC First Team while compiling an undefeated record at 140 pounds. He won all four of his matches at last weekend’s NCAA Super Regional in St. Cloud, Minnesota to improve his individual record to 28-0.
Wynn will be headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa this weekend to participate in the NCAA Division II Championships, where he will be one of the favorites in the 140-pound division.