The Washburn Athletic Department enshrined one of the best classes maybe of all time with their 50th induction class of the Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 5th.
The induction class of Monica (Miesner) Scott, Jennifer Harris, Jessica Mainz and Matt Ewald will join the 145 former student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honored for their contributions to Washburn athletics. The quartet was recognized at halftime of the football game against Missouri Western.
Jennifer Harris // Women’s Basketball // 2004-06
Jennifer Harris played two seasons for the Lady Blues and became the first Washburn basketball player to be national player of the year as three different organizations named her MVP and a first team all-American in 2005-06, her senior year. Harris scored 1,314 points in her career to rank ninth at Washburn and first among two-year players at Washburn. Not only an explosive scorer, Harris also wrapped up her career as Washburn’s career leader in assist average with 4.5 per game. On the defensive side, her 2.4 steals per game for a career is also a Washburn record. She helped the Lady Blues to the 2005 NCAA national championship and to two straight MIAA regular season and postseason championships. Harris was named the MIAA’s most valuable player as a senior and was named the conference tournament MVP as well. She set an MIAA record with 797 points in a single season and her 24.2 points per game as a senior led the nation. Harris became the first MIAA women’s basketball player to be drafted as she was picked No. 20 by the Chicago Sky.
Monica (Miesner) Scott // Volleyball // 2004-08
Monica Miesner became the second player in school history to receive three AVCA All-American awards. Miesner was a second team selection in 2005 and again in 2007 prior to earning first team All-America honors in 2008. The Florissant, Mo., native finished her career third all-time in digs with 1,857, third in kills with 1,575, and third in points with 1,823. Miesner was also a three-time first team AVCA All-Region selection and was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Sept. 16, 2008. She also was a three-time CoSIDA All-Region selection earning a first team and two second team selections. Miesner was a three-time first team all-MIAA selection as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Jessica Mainz // Soccer (2005-08) // Women’s Basketball (2005-09)
Jessica Mainz is the first women’s soccer player to be enshrined in the Athletic Hall of Fame. Mainz holds 14 career records and 15 single season records for the soccer program including 47 career goals, 118 points and 16 match-winning goals. Mainz was a second team All-American as a sophomore and a combined six-time all-region selection including five first-team awards. Mainz was a two-time MIAA Most Valuable Player on the pitch and a four-time first team all-MIAA selection. On the basketball court, she was the MIAA’s two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time selection to the all-defensive squad earning second team all-MIAA honors as a senior. Overall, she appeared in 120 games starting 61 scoring 631 points and her 368 assists is fifth all-time at Washburn and her 170 steals is seventh. Mainz was a two-time academic all-district selection as well in soccer and a combined seven-time MIAA Scholar Athlete award.
Matt Ewald // Golf // 2005-09
Matt Ewald is Washburn’s all-time leader in career scoring average at 73.06 while his 131 rounds ranks first all-time as well. His head-to-head winning percentage of .857 (3199-532) is also first. Ewald has the three best single-season scoring averages in school history including a best of 72.1 as a senior in 34 rounds played and a single-season winning percentage of .952 (1058-53). In 51 events as an Ichabod he had 25 top-five finishes and 32 top-10 finishes. Ewald was a four-time all-MIAA selection winning MVP honors as a sophomore in 2007. He was a three-time All-American earning second team honors as a sophomore, third team honors as a junior and first team accolades as a senior. He was a four-time all-region selection and a second team CoSIDA Academic All-American as a junior earning four MIAA Scholar Athlete awards.