April 17, 2012

Athletics Hosts 47th Annual Awards Ceremony

Rocky Mount, N.C. - The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics hosted its 47th Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 16th, in the Garner Lobby of the Dunn Center. Coaches, staff and student-athletes came together to celebrate the accomplishments of both individuals and teams from the 2011-2012 season. Among those athletes and teams, NCWC boasted 50 USA South All-Conference selections, three USA South Championships, two Players of the Year, one Coach of the Year and one NCAA tournament berth. Highlighting the night’s winners were the honors given for the Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year, along with the Male and Female Athlete of the Year.

Junior Samantha Urquhart of women's basketball and senior Matt Dougherty of men's basketball took home Student-Athlete of the Years honors. Both are current members of the President’s Honors List, as well as the USA South All-Academic Team.  Urquhart, a junior Education major, was a Third Team selection on the hardwood, while Dougherty, a senior double-majoring in Mathematics and Business, was honored as an Academic All-District selection earlier in the spring.

The final awards of the night saw volleyball senior Mackenzie Tingle and men's tennis sophomore Robert Kjellberg honored as the Department's Athletes of the Year. Tingle was a First Team All-Conference selection and the Most Valuable Player of her squad, finishing her career ranked second all-time in assists and as only one of two players to garner All-Conference accolades on four occasions in her sport.

Kjellberg recently led his Bishops to their fourth straight USA South regular season title and tournament championship. A member of the 3rd-ranked doubles tandem in the nation and individually ranked #23, he was tabbed a First Team All-Conference selection and member of the USA South All-Tournament team.

Below is a list of all honorees, as well as the recipients of the 5th Annual Wesley Awards. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO CLIPS OF WESLEY PRESENTATIONS!

FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Samantha Urquhart, women's basketball

MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Matt Dougherty, men's basketball

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Mackenzie Tingle, volleyball

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Robert Kjellberg, men's tennis

FOOTBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Josh Meeks
Scholar-Athlete Award: Wes Thompson
Co-Most Valuable Players: Jacques Alston & Kevin Quicker

WOMEN'S SOCCER
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Sarah Sallenger
Scholar-Athlete Award: Kasie Edwards
Co-Most Valuable Players: Kasie Edwards & Rebecca Staylor

MEN'S SOCCER
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Julian Mingo-Gonzalez
Scholar-Athlete Award: Owen White
Co-Most Valuable Players: Owen White & Justin Wolf

VOLLEYBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Heather Hunter
Scholar-Athlete Award: Kristi Lucas
Most Valuable Player: Mackenzie Tingle

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Melony Walker
Scholar-Athlete Award: Samantha Urquhart
Most Valuable Players: The Entire Team

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: John Kostet
Scholar-Athlete Award: Matt Dougherty
Most Valuable Player: Domarius Thomas

BASEBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Brad Guengerich
Scholar-Athlete Award: Pat Laffin
Most Valuable Player: Pat Laffin

GOLF
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Allen-Michael Wilson
Scholar-Athlete Award: Darren Lau
Most Valuable Player: Lucas Norman

LACROSSE
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Casey Burd
Scholar-Athlete Award: Courtney Jamieson
Most Valuable Player: Casey Burd

SOFTBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Brittni Jones
Scholar-Athlete Award: Dani Abbey
Most Valuable Player: Meredith Mills

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Bibhuti Baral
Scholar-Athlete Award: Kristin Seidel
Most Valuable Player: Yvonne Kamegne

MEN'S TENNIS
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Dominic Forsdike
Scholar-Athlete Award: Clayton Sonn
Co-Most Valuable Players: Robert Kjellberg & Alexey Rumyantsev

5th Annual Wesley Awards
Biggest Victory: Women's Tennis vs. Methodist
Best Come-from-Behind Win: Women's Basketball vs. Shenandoah
Most Exciting Finish: Men's Soccer vs. Averett in USA South Semifinals
Best Individual Performance (Male): Robert Kjellberg & Alexey Rumyantev (men's tennis)
Best Individual Performance (Female): Yvonne Kamegne (women's tennis)

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