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Lee's Achten named Athlete of the Year by TN Sports HOF

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Her college career may be over, but Lee University soccer star Jaime Achten is still adding new hardware to her already crowded trophy case.

The first-ever two-time NAIA National Player of the Year has been named the Female Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. She will share the honor with University of Tennessee all-american swimmer Jenny Connelly.

Achten, a senior from Franklin, Tenn., owns the Lee and NAIA records with 91 career assists and was named a first-team NAIA All-American in each of the last four years.

Achten's Lady Flames were also honored by the TSHOF as the Amateur Team of the Year after capturing their unprecedented fourth straight NAIA national championship. Lee women's soccer will share the honor with the Vanderbilt baseball team, which made its first trip to the College World Series in 2011.

All of the TSHOF award-winners will be honored during the group's annual banquet in Nashville on May 19.

Other award winner's include Braves' infielder and Columbia, Tenn. native Dan Uggla (Male Professional Athlete of the Year), former Lady Vol and current WNBA star Tamika Catchings (Female Professional Athlete of the Year) and Vanderbilt shooting guard John Jenkins (Male Amateur Athlete of the Year).

The Nashville Predators and Memphis Grizzlies shared Professional Team of the Year honors.

The Hall of Fame's 2012 induction class also includes a pair of locals in tennis great Zan Guerry and golf pro Gibby Gilbert.

Legendary Lady Vols' head coach Pat Summitt will also be honored as Tennessean of the Year.

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