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Lisa Winkle wins Division III basketball’s Jostens Trophy
By Jeff Febus

Calvin College senior Lisa Winkle has won the prestigious Jostens Trophy, the highest honor in Division III basketball. A national selection committee — that consists of college coaches, former athletes, college administrators and selected media members — chose Winkle. Committee members cast their votes based on basketball ability, academic prowess and community service.

Lisa WinkleThe Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding student athletes in Division III basketball. The trophy models the Rotary motto of “Service above Self” by recognizing those who fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student athlete.

“This is a tremendous honor for Lisa and for Calvin College,” said Calvin women’s basketball Coach John Ross. “She has been such a big part of our women’s basketball program over the last four years, and I am thrilled to see her recognized like this. She is well-respected by her teammates and fellow Calvin classmates so I know that this is a thrill for them as well.”

A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., and a graduate of Grand Rapids South Christian High School, Winkle has been a stalwart for the Calvin women’s basketball team over the past four years, averaging 14.8 points and 8.9 rebounds a game over the course of her career. Winkle finished her career as Calvin’s all-time leader in points (1,721) and rebounds (1,034). This year she averaged 14.4 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. She was also ranked eighth nationally in field-goal percentage (.574). In addition, Winkle has notched double digits in scoring in 100 of a possible 114 games in her Calvin career and has 46 double-double efforts, including 16 double-doubles this year.

A four-time first team All-MIAA selection, Winkle was named the MIAA’s MVP for the second straight year this past month. Winkle is the only four-time first team all-conference selection in MIAA women’s basketball history. She was later named NCAA III player of the year and a Kodak Division III All-American. She also received postseason All-American honors from and Women’s Division III News. In the classroom, Winkle carries a 3.96 grade point average while majoring in mathematics and secondary education. She has been a three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team last year and to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team this year. She has accepted a position as a math teacher at South Christian High School (Grand Rapids, Mich.) for next fall.

Winkle has been heavily involved in community service work while at Calvin. She served as a volunteer tutor in the Wyoming Godfrey Lee and Grand Rapids Public school systems. She has also served as a volunteer boys basketball coach on Saturday mornings in the Ada Christian Elementary School Pure Play program and as a Sunday school teacher at Hillside Community Church in Grand Rapids.