Dores' 'Big Three' earn national honors

April 11, 2012

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WICKLIFFE, Ohio -- Brittni Hamilton was named a first-team All-American while teammates Jessica Earnest and Samantha Hesley were also honored at the annual NCAA Championship Banquet Wednesday night.

Hamilton was chosen to the first unit for the third time in her outstanding four-year career. She averaged 207.04 pins per game, made five all-tournament teams and had six Top 10 finishes.

Earnest was a repeat pick on the second team after averaging 205.43 while Hesley was named to the honorable mention unit after a season's 199.96 average. Hamilton and Hesley are seniors while Earnest is a junior. They led their Commodore team to a fourth place national ranking and coveted spot in the NCAA championship field.

Joining Earnest on the first unit was Fairleigh Dickinson's Danielle McEwan, the NCAA Player of the Year for Division I. Other first-team selections were Jackie Carbonetto of Sacred Heart, Rachel Gittings of Arkansas State and Nebraska's Kayla Johnson. All selections were made after voting by the National Ten Pin Coaches Association, the head coaches of NCAA programs.

2012 NTCA All-America Teams

First Team
Jackie Carbonetto, Sacred Heart, Jr., Blauvelt, N.Y.
Rachel Gittings, Arkansas State, Jr. Glen Allen, Va.
Brittni Hamilton, Vanderbilt, Senior, Webster, N.Y.
Kayla Johnson, Nebraska, Senior, Washington, Ill.
Danielle McEwan, Fairleigh Dickinson, Junior, Stony Point, N.Y.

Second Team
Jessica Earnest, Vanderbilt, Junior, Vandalia, IL
Natalie Jimenez, Central Missouri, Junior, Rowland Heights, Calif.
Kayla Jones, Kutztown, Senior, Johnstown, Pa.
Amanda Lobossiere, Arkansas State, Sophomore, Buzzards Bay, Mass.
Kayla Richard, Central Missouri, Sophomore, Tecumseh, Mich.

Third Team
Joely Carrillo, Fairleigh Dickinson, Senior,Clifton, N.J.
T'nia Falbo, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Junior, Greensburg, Pa.
Sarah Lokker, Arkansas State, Freshman, New Baltimore, Mich.
Kristina Mickelson, Nebraska, Junior, Bellevue, Neb.
Nicole Trudell, Sacred Heart, Sophomore, Coventry, R.I.

Honorable Mention
Valarie Calberry, Nebraska
Natalie Cortese, Valparaiso
Melanie DeCarlo, Alabama A&M
Dayna Galganski, Sam Houston State
Samantha Hesley, Vanderbilt
Christina Leid, St. Francis (Pa.)
Gabriella Mayfield, Central Missouri
Danielle Merino, Adelphi
Nicole Parkhurst, Stephen F. Austin
Michelle Secours, Sam Houston State

Players of the Year
Division I: Danielle McEwan, Fairleigh Dickinson
Division II/III: Kayla Jones, Kutztown

Rookies of the Year
Division I: Sarah Lokker, Arkansas State, Freshman, New Baltimore, Mich.
Division II/III: Gabriella Mayfield, Central Missouri, Fr., Lake Isabella, Calif.

Coach of the Year
Division I: Justin Kostick, Arkansas State
Division II/III: Ron Holmes, Central Missouri



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