Former Luther men's basketball player Tyler Wedemeier and former Luther softball player Shari Huber are finalists for the Iowa Intercollegiate Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards.
Receiving finalist nods for this year's Duane Schroeder IIAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award are former Buena Vista University wrestler Brian Broll, former University of Dubuque football player Wyatt Hanus and Wedemeier.
The finalists for the newly-christened Johanna Olson IIAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award are former University of Dubuque soccer, basketball and track and field athlete Ashley Barwick, former Simpson College basketball player Kate Nielsen and Huber.
The field for the Olson Award was pared to three finalists by a subcommittee of three faculty athletic representatives and three sports information directors. Also nominated for the Olson Award were former Central College cross country and track and field athlete Melony McDermott, former Coe College volleyball player Emily Ryan and former Loras College basketball player Brittany Cato.
Each Iowa Conference institution may nominate one male and one female student-athlete for consideration. The Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year are selected from among the finalists by a vote of the IIAC faculty athletic representatives. This year's winners will be released Wednesday, Jan. 15 at iowaconference.com.
Wedemeier was a two-time all-Iowa Conference selection for the Norse, earning second-team honors as a sophomore and league MVP honors as a senior. As a junior, he was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year - an honor that does not carry with it all-conference honors. In addition to his league MVP honor in 2013, he was named All-West Region by both the NABC (first team) and D3hoops.com (third team) and became the first IIAC player selected to play in the Reece's Division III All-Star Game. Wedemeier concluded his career with 1,161 points, 769 rebounds and schools records with 247 blocks and a 57.3 shooting percentage. He was just the sixth Norse player to reach 1,000 points and 700 rebounds.
An elementary education major, Wedemeier was a CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District selection and the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A three-year member of the Iowa Conference All-Academic Team, he also made the dean's list on five occasions. Wedemeier was a three-year captain for the Norse and served on the Luther Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for four years, serving as vice-president as a junior and president as a senior.
Huber was a two-time all-Iowa Conference selection who played on Luther softball teams that won two Iowa Conference titles (2011-2012), three IIAC Tournament titles (2010, 2011, 2013) and four NCAA Regionals to advance to the NCAA Division III Championship finals. She was also a two-time first-team all-region selection (2012, 2013) and a 2012 NFCA Division III Third Team All-American and was named to two regional all-tournament teams (2012 Pella, 2013 Whitewater) and the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship Finals All-Tournament Team. Huber, an outfielder, graduated as Luther's career leader in batting average (.399), hits (206) and runs scored (167) and ranked third in doubles (35) and walks (79) and sixth in triples (10) and stolen bases (27).
An exercise science major with a biology minor who earned induction into Phi Beta Kappa and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Huber was a third-team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America® as a junior and an academic all-district selection as a junior and senior. She was also a member of the Beta Beta Beta (biology) honor society and a four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete. She was also the Iowa Conference's nominee for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.