SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Brooke Hofer earns national softball honor
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media March 8, 2013 10:58PM
Brooke Hofer, Washington University softball.
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:38AM
Andrew graduate Brooke Hofer was named the Division III National Player of the Week by Louisville Slugger and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for the period ending Feb. 25.
Over the same period the Washington University freshman pitcher/infielder was honored as the University Athletic Association’s Athlete of the Week in softball.
The Tinley Park native batted .643 (9-for-14) with six RBI and recorded a multihit game in all four wins for the Bears at the Rhodes College Lynx Classic in Memphis, Tenn.
Hofer went 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBI in a 13-7 win Feb. 24 at Rhodes, and followed that by going 3-for-3 and getting on base four times in a 7-2 win over Transylvania.
On the mound, Hofer posted a 1-0 record with a 2.42 ERA over 8‰ innings.
Through the first eight games of the season, Hofer shared the team lead in batting average (.500) while scoring three runs and driving in six more.
As a pitcher, she was 2-0 with a 1.79 ERA in four appearances, three of which were starts.
Homewood-Flossmoor graduate Chantel Turk was named the UICFlames.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Feb. 17.
The Hazel Crest resident was UIC’s top gymnast in three events in a meet against visiting Denver. While the Flames lost to the Pioneers, they did post their highest score of the season (194.625 points).
Turk, a senior, took home first place in the all-around with a career-high score of 39.300. She also earned second place in the vault (9.875), third in the floor exercise (9.850) and fourth on the parallel bars (9.850).
Turk is the first women’s gymnast to receive the UICFlames.com award since its inception at the beginning of the 2012-13 athletic season.
Talking about Tim
Harvey native Tim Johnson was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week in men’s basketball for the period ending Dec. 23.
Johnson, a Crete-Monee, grad, averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 assists per game while hitting 58.8 percent (10-of-17) of his shots from the field in leading Southern Illinois-Edwardsville to two victories.
The 6-foot-4 junior guard came off the bench to score 17 points and pull down five rebounds as the Cougars posted a 77-74 win over visiting Eureka College. He was 8-of-12 from the floor with two blocked shots and two steals.
In an 81-49 win over visiting Robert Morris-Springfield, Johnson totaled five points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.