Sports Update July 2012: Seth Wight nominated for 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Junior Seth Wight has been selected as a nominee for the 2012 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

Wight is one of 117 student-athletes from all levels of college football up for one of the 22 final spots on the team, which will be unveiled in September.

To meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive lineman has been active in the Washington University community throughout his career on the Danforth Campus.

He has served as a volunteer speaker for the Jason Foundation, an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. Wight and his fellow teammates speak to high school football teams on the importance of leadership in their communities, and lead activities aimed at team cohesiveness.

Wight also tutored a fifth-grade student twice a week at Preclarus Mastery Academy, a St. Louis charter school.

In addition, he served as a building supervisor for the WUSTL Athletic Complex and a volunteer for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Wight traveled to the Dzhungar Mountains in Kazakhstan to participate in field school through the Washington University Overseas Program. Wight cataloged and handled artifacts, participated in the archaeological dig and toured the museums in the city of Almaty.

On the playing field, Wight is a two-year letterwinner for the Bears and has appeared in all 20 games in his career. He saw action in all 10 games as a sophomore at defensive line and long snapper, registering 19 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

Wight also was a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA) All-Academic Team.

WUSTL hosts three-time defending NCAA Division III national champion University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the season opener on Friday, Aug. 31. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. at Francis Field.

Dylan Richter hired as Harlem Globetrotters’ digital marketing manager

Two weeks after being selected in the Sixth Annual Harlem Globetrotters player draft, 2012 graduate Dylan Richter has announced he will hang up the basketball shoes and step into the corporate office.

Richter, who recently interned with the Globetrotters’ digital team, has been hired full time as the Harlem Globetrotters’ digital marketing manager. In his role, Richter – who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing – will be responsible for the execution of social media, email and website programs.

Richter, a 2012 honorable-mention All-America selection, started all 27 games for the Bears a season ago and was fifth in the conference averaging 16.4 points per game. The 2012 University Athletic Association (UAA) Player of the Year also led the team and the conference with 75 three-pointers made. Richter appeared in 102 career games and finished sixth in school history in three-pointers made (152) and 19th on the all-time scoring list (1,112).

He also competed in the 2012 NABC Reese’s Division III All-Star Game on March 17 in Salem, Va., and was a member of the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship team.

Hibbert and Lugar named to 2012 NGCA All-American Scholar Team

Junior Andrea Hibbert and sophomore Olivia Lugar of the women’s golf team were named the 2012 National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholar Team for Division III.

A total of 585 women’s collegiate golfers were recognized from NCAA Division I, II & III. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team is a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and adjusted scoring average of 95 or lower.

Hibbert made 11 starts for the Bears in her sophomore season and recorded four top-10 finishes. She was third on the team and 16th in NCAA Division III with a 79.00 scoring average, and recorded 21 of 24 rounds at 85 or lower. Hibbert finished in a tie for 20th place at the NCAA Championship.

She has a 3.51 GPA while majoring in business administration.

Lugar, the 2012 NGCA National Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, led NCAA Division III with a 75.50 average and recorded 22 of 24 rounds at 80 or lower. She won four of the five tournaments she competed in the fall, and had eight top-10 finishes in her rookie campaign.

Lugar finished tied for ninth at the NCAA Division III Championship. She has a 3.83 GPA while majoring in international and area studies. The women’s golf team placed 13th at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship, making its third-straight NCAA appearance.

Washington University was ranked No. 2 in the Golf World/NGCA women’s coaches’ poll and placed in the top-five in nine of 12 tournaments they competed in.

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