Kline Receives Weikert Award

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Muhlenberg junior Kelly Kline received the Sidney G. Weikert Sophomore Athlete of the Year Award for her performance during the 2011-12 academic year at halftime of Saturday’s Homecoming football game.

Kelly Kline The annual award recognizes athletic achievement with accompanying campus contribution and strong academic record. It was established in 1973 by the Muhlenberg College Alumni Association in memory of the late Sidney G. Weikert, a loyal alumnus and former associate director of admissions at Muhlenberg.

At right, Kline receives the award from Muhlenberg President Randy Helm. Clapping at left is Nancy Weikert Tibbetts, widow of Sidney Weikert.

Kelly Kline Kline had one of the best years ever by a Muhlenberg softball player in 2012. She was named Centennial Conference player of the year and All-East Region first team, becoming the first Mule sophomore named to the all-region first team since 1992.

Kline broke the CC mark for home runs in a season (12) and posted the second-best totals for RBI, total bases and slugging percentage, all while winning the conference batting crown (.478).

She also shattered the school records for single-season home runs, extra-base hits (26, old record 20), total bases (105, old record 93), hitting streak (26, old record 18) and slugging percentage (.929, old record .882) and tied the mark for RBI (51). Kline’s .478 batting average was the best by a Mule in 18 years.

Her 12 home runs on the season were one short of the school’s previous career record, which she also broke after just two seasons. In all, she finished the year in the top 10 in school history in 10 different single-season categories.

Kline finished in the top 10 in Division III in three statistical categories (third in slugging percentage, fifth in RBI per game and seventh in home runs per game) and also ranked 12th in on-base percentage (.551).

In addition to her tremendous athletic accomplishments, Kline also was a standout in the classroom, making the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.