A.I.I. News
01.23.2012 - [NAIA Independents]
Amber Salaz
Amber Salaz

Johnson & Wales University's Amber Salaz and La Sierra (Calif.) University's Kenneth Penn have earned top honors in the Association of Independent Institutions this week as Salaz has been named Female Athlete of the Week, while Penn has been named the Male Athlete of the Week.

Salaz, a 5-foot-5 senior forward from Thornton, Colo., paced the Wildcats in wins over Arizona Christian and Northern New Mexico. Salaz averaged 23.5 points and seven rebounds a game in the two wins for JWU. She shot 56 percent from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and hit 11 of 12 free throws.

Penn, a 6-6 senior forward, averaged 23.5 points and 17 rebounds for the Golden Eagles in a 1-1 week. Penn knocked down 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a win over Portland Bible College and then came back with a 27-point, 18-rebound performance in a loss to California State University-San Marcos. He shot 51 percent from the field and was 11 for 18 at the free throw line, while also recording four assists and a steal in the two games.

A.I.I. Male Athletes of the Week

Sept. 23, 2011

Winner: Lance Johansen, Jamestown College - Football

Oct. 2, 2011

Winner: Nathan Kenyon, University of Houston-Victoria - Soccer

Oct. 9, 2011

Winner: Letheo Proctor, Valley City State - Football

Oct. 16, 2011

Winner: Brandon Large, Dakota State - Football

Oct. 23, 2011

Winner: Andy Coy, Dakota State - Cross Country

Oct. 30, 2011

Winner: Ken Eliacin, Valley City State University, Football

Nov. 6, 2011

Winner: A.J. Pfeifer, Valley City State University, Football

Nov. 13, 2011

Winner: Scott Rice, California State University-San Marcos, Soccer

Nov. 20, 2011

Winner: Sekani Milligen, Valley City State University, Basketball

Nov. 27, 2011

Winner: Eric Gardzina, Johnson & Wales University, Basketball

Dec. 4, 2011

Winner: Luke Lamb, Dakota State University, Basketball

Dec. 11, 2011

No winner

Dec. 18, 2011

Winner: Sekani Milligen, Valley City State University, Basketball

Dec. 25, 2011

No award

Jan. 1, 2012

Winner: Sekalligen, Valley City State University, Basketball

Jan. 8, 2012

Winner: Davon Thomas, Jamestown College, Basketball

Jan. 15, 2012

Winner: Matt Fideler, Dakota State University, Track and Field

Jan. 22, 2012

Winner: Kenneth Penn, La Sierra University, Basketball

A.I.I. Female Athletes of the Week

Sept 23, 2011

Winner: Kristen DiPaola, Dakota State - Volleyball

Oct. 2, 2011

Winner: Bethany Beckman, Arizona Christian - Volleyball

Oct. 9, 2011

Winner: Chelsea Page, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (AZ) - Soccer

Oct. 16, 2011

Winner: Aleona Reyes, Arizona Christian - Cross Country

Oct. 23, 2011

Winner: Stephanie Kruggel, Dakota State - Volleyball.

Oct. 30, 2011

Winner: Nicole Beeler, Arizona Christian University, Volleyball

Nov. 6, 2011

Winner: Steffani Liscum, Arizona Christian University, Basketball

Nov. 13, 2011

Winner: Samantha Arriaran, La Sierra University, Soccer

Nov. 20, 2011

Winner: Suzanne Cornwell, California State University-San Marcos, Cross Country

Nov. 27, 2011

Steffani Liscum, Arizona Christian University, Basketball

Dec. 4, 2011

Winner: Sarah Beth Hock, Arizona Christian University, Basketball

Dec. 11, 2011

No Winner

Dec. 18, 2011

Winner: Sarah Beth Hock, Arizona Christian University, Basketball

Dec. 25, 2011

No award

Jan. 1, 2012

Winner: Bridgett Schunemann, Jamestown College, Basketball

Jan. 8, 2012

Winner: Steffani Liscum, Arizona Christian University, Basketball

Jan. 15, 2012

Winner: Sarah Beth Hock, Arizona Christian, Basketball

Jan. 22, 2012

Winner: Amber Salaz, Johnson & Wales University, Basketball