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Thomas More's Temple Wins Jostens Trophy

Thomas More University senior guard Madison Temple has been named the women’s recipient of the 2019 Jostens Trophy, which recognize outstanding student-athletes in Division III basketball for excellence in the classroom, on the court, and in their respective communities.

The Jostens Trophy is a joint creation of Jostens, Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn., and the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The purpose of the award is to honor the true Division III student-athlete - the athlete that shows excellence in the classroom, on the playing floor and in the community. In addition to the Trophy, the Wooldridge Scholarship, a $1,000 donation, will be presented in the names of the winners to their institutions. The scholarship is named after Dan Wooldridge, a Salem Rotarian and retired Commissioner of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, as a way of honoring him for his long-time dedication to Division III athletics.

The winners were chosen by a national selection committee that consists of college coaches, former athletes, college administrators and selected members of the media. The members of the national selection committee cast their votes based on three criteria: basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service.

“Madison has achieved at a high level during her time at Thomas More University and has carried herself with tremendous passion ever since stepping foot on campus,” said Head Coach Jeff Hans. “Madison wants to be the best and will put extra time into accomplishing any goal that she sets for herself.”

Temple has established herself as one of the most versatile players in Thomas More history. As she leads the team into the 2019 national semifinals, she has already set program records for career points (2,142), field goals made (799), and assists (575). She is also third all-time in rebounds (802). Temple was named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019, D3hoops.com First Team All-America in 2018, and WBCA Honorable Mention All-America in 2018. During her four years, Temple has led Thomas More to a 122-3 record while advancing to the national semifinals three of her four years and winning a national championship in 2016.

“Madison is the definition of a well-rounded student-athlete,” said Director of Athletics Terry Connor. “Madison Temple is a wonderful example of everything an athletic director would want in a student-athlete… and I could not be more proud having her represent Thomas More University.”

In the classroom, Temple maintains a 3.62 grade point average as a sports and entertainment major and business administration minor. She has been on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester and a member of the Brown Honors Program.

In addition to her academic and athletic exploits, Temple has been very active in the community. She volunteers with Special Olympics, wraps Christmas presents for Catholic Charities, participates in local food drives, and tutors local elementary students.

Temple and the top-ranked Saints will play ninth-ranked University of Scranton on Friday (March 15) at 7:30 p.m. in a national semifinal game at the Cregger Center on the campus of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.

-Staff report

Photo: Madison Temple (provided)