Forester Athletes of the Week are Bortner, Hamilton

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2002-09-23

Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College athletic department announced its Athletes of the Week for the week of Sept. 16 - 22, 2002. Women’s volleyball senior Melissa Bortner and men’s soccer freshman Courtney Hamilton earned the honors for their excellent efforts during the week’s competitions.

Bortner, an English education major from Huntington, Ind. (East Noble High School), led the Forester volleyball team to a 4-1 record over the week. In HC’s win over Tri-State on Sept. 18, she tallied 10 kills, eight blocks and six digs for the Lady Foresters’ first win of the season. Bortner continued to roll throughout the weekend as the team went 3-1 at the Olivet Nazarene Tournament. In their only loss, Bortner had six kills, four digs and two aces against Cornerstone. The team bounced back against the University of Illinois-Springfield with Bortner tallying 18 kills and six blocks. In the win over Judson she downed 11 kills, three blocks and 18 digs, and against Lindsey Wilson, she had nine kills and three blocks. For her efforts over the weekend, Bortner was named to the All-Tournament team along with teammate Bethany Strom. Bortner currently leads the team in kills per game with 2.7, solo blocks with 23, and digs per game with 2.6. She is also a member of the Forester track and field team.

Hamilton, a business economics major from Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago, was a key member to the men’s soccer 1-0 victory over Taylor on Sept. 17. Hamilton blocked three shots on goal to lead the Forester defense and stop the 13-year losing drought to Taylor. The victory gave the Foresters their first MCC win of the season, as they are 1-2 in conference action, 3-4 overall.

The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past six years, Huntington has produced 38 All-America honors and 60 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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