Mabel-Canton names Scholar Athletes of the Year
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 9:22 AM
Two $100 scholarships have been awarded to the two student athletes who have combined excellence both in the classroom (must have a minimum B average) and on the playing field throughout their years at Mabel-Canton. Emphasis was placed on maximum participation in athletics, class rank and leadership.
The two seniors named as the scholar athletes are Belle Sand and Sara Lind.
Sand earned 10 varsity letters during her career - five for volleyball, three for track, one for basketball and one for softball. In 2014, she repeated on the all-conference team for both of her sports this year, and repeated on the all-state volleyball list as well.
Sand's volleyball accomplishments are many. She made the All-State team three times and was named Conference Player of the Year on four occasions (and All-SEC as well).
Sand was Most Valuable Player in volleyball in 2011 and 2013. She totaled 1,395 career digs, 1,276 career kills and 82 service aces. Her numbers are third on the all-time career chart for digs, and fourth for kills.
In track, Sand made all-conference on the 4x100-meter relay team in 2014, and finished as sub-section champion this year in high jump.
She will be playing volleyball at Syracuse University this fall, the fourth Cougar girl to become a Division 1 athlete.
Lind earned eight varsity letters at M-C (three for volleyball, three for basketball, and two for softball).
She was all-conference in two sports this year, and honorable mention in another. Lind was also academic all-conference in all three sports.
In volleyball, Lind was not only All-SEC, but Co-Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player as well. She led the Cougars in scoring blocks (77) and hitting efficiency (42 percent), was second in kills (236) and block assists (6).
Basketball was another All-SEC stop for Lind in 2014, where she was the Cougars' leading rebounder (8.7 per game), shot blocker (1.2 per contest) and second-leading scorer (10.5 points per game).
Softball found Lind earning Honorable Mention on the All-SEC list as the Cougar pitcher.
She will play volleyball this fall at St. Mary's University in Winona.