By RICK PETERSON
TopSports.news will honor All-America football player Grant Bruner and All-America softball player Jaycee Ginter as Washburn University's outstanding male and female athletes for 2022-2023 at the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Awards and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on June 28 at Washburn's Memorial Union.
Bruner, a native of Gretna, Neb., capped his Ichabod career with a monster season for 7-4 WU last fall, leading the nation in tackles and earning Associated Press Division II and Conference Commissioners Association first-team All-America honors.
Shawnee Heights product Ginter, a junior, was a first-team Division II All-American and the MIAA Player of the Year in 2022 and ended the 2023 regular season on Saturday with a 23-8 pitching record and 1.69 earned run average for the 36-14 Ichabods.
TopSports.news will honor outstanding Washburn athletes for the third time in conjunction with the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Awards and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
In 2022 Faith Rottinghaus and James Letcher Jr. were named Washburn outstanding female and male athletes of the year.
Washburn Athlete of the Year capsules:
Bruner, a linebacker who began his Washburn career as a walk-on, picked up a pair of first-team All-America awards following his senior season, earning Associated Press D-II and Division II Conference Commissioners Association honors.
Bruner earned first-team All-MIAA and first-team D2CCA all-region honors in 2022 as he led the nation with 137 tackles, including a nation-best 80 solo tackles, while averaging 12.5 tackles per game.
His tackle total in '22 of 137 ranks third on the Ichabod all-time single-season list and his assisted tackle total of 80 is third on the single-season chart.
Bruner was a six-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and a two-time all-MIAA player.
Ginter was the first Ichabod to receive first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American honors in 2022 while also earning first-team D2CCA All-American honors.
Ginter became the third Ichabod to be named the MIAA Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection as an All-MIAA first-team pitcher/utility selection.
Ginter finished the 2022 season with a 30-7 record in the pitcher's circle, breaking the Washburn single-season win record while striking out 290 batters in 2341/3 innings to set a school record. Ginter led the Ichabods with 57 RBI and was second with 10 home runs, batting .385.
The former Shawnee Heights state champ was also a first-team All-MIAA pick as a freshman.
Entering the MIAA tournament Ginter has a 23-8 pitching record and 1.69 ERA with 236 strikeouts in 198.2 innings pitched while batting .301 with team-highs of six homers and 40 RBI.