April 24, 2013

Athletics Hosts 48th Annual Awards Ceremony

Rocky Mount, N.C. - The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics hosted its 48th Annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 24th, 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 2012-2013 season. Among those athletes and teams, NCWC boasted 36 USA South All-Conference selections, four Players of the Year, three All-Americans, two USA South Championships, two Coaches 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.

Seniors Samantha Urquhart of women's basketball and Samia Kacher of women's tennis shared Co-Female Student-Athlete of the Year accolades, while junior Wes Thompson of football took home Male Student-Athlete of the Year honors. All three are current members of the President’s Honors List, as well as the USA South All-Academic Team.  Urquhart, an Elementary Education major, and Kacher, a Business Administration major, each earned All-Conference honors in their respective sports. Thompson, who is also majoring in Business Administration, was honored as an Academic All-District selection last fall.

The final awards of the night saw volleyball senior Anna Hart named NCWC Female Athlete of the Year, while men's tennis junior Robert Kjellberg and senior Brandon Givens of men's basketball shared Co-Male Athlete of the Year accolades. Hart was a First Team All-Conference selection and the Most Valuable Player of her squad, while Kjellberg and Givens both earned All-American status this season, with Kjellberg recently being named MVP of the USA South Men’s Tennis Tournament and Givens capturing the nation’s scoring title en route to league Player of the Year honors.

The evening concluded with a viewing of the 2012-2013 Highlight Video, which featured a special gift from the athletics staff to the student-athletes that can be seen here.

Below is a list of all honorees, as well as the recipients of the 6th Annual Wesley Awards.

CO-FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Samantha Urquhart, Women's Basketball
Samia Kacher, Women's Tennis

MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Wes Thompson, Football

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Anna Hart, Volleyball

CO-MALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Brandon Givens, Men's Basketball
Robert Kjellberg, Men's Tennis

FOOTBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Lorenzo Haden
Scholar-Athlete Award: Wes Thompson
Offensive Most Valuable Player: Jacques Alston
Defensive Most Valuable Player: Dwayne Hollis

WOMEN'S SOCCER
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Ashley Marks
Scholar-Athlete Award: Chelsea Laurens
Most Valuable Player: Rebecca Staylor

MEN'S SOCCER
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Mario Andrade
Scholar-Athlete Award: Julian Mingo-Gonzalez
Most Valuable Player: Chris Boakye

VOLLEYBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Heather Hunter
Scholar-Athlete Award: Taylor Johnson
Most Valuable Player: Anna Hart

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Alijah Brown
Scholar-Athlete Award: Samantha Urquhart
Most Valuable Player: Samantha Urquhart

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: David Gurganus
Scholar-Athlete Award: Cornelius Snow
Most Valuable Player: Brandon Givens

BASEBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Alexis Rodriguez
Scholar-Athlete Award: Ricardo Ciuffetelli
Most Valuable Player: Jake Alexander

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

LACROSSE
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Tiffany Ramos
Scholar-Athlete Award: Danyelle Rube

SOFTBALL
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Tamiko Miller
Scholar-Athlete Award: Brittni Jones
Most Valuable Player: Jasmine Edgren

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Katie Beeman
Scholar-Athlete Award: Samia Kacher
Most Valuable Player: Samia Kacher

MEN'S TENNIS
Moe Bauer Sportsmanship Award: Johan Ljungdahl
Scholar-Athlete Award: Panayot Kusidi
Most Valuable Player: Robert Kjellberg

6th Annual Wesley Awards
Most Impressive Career Record: Bristy Parker (Women's Tennis)
Biggest Victory: Women's Basketball vs. Christopher Newport
Best Individual Performance: Robert Kjellberg (Men's Tennis)
Best Finish: Football vs. Ohio Northern
Milestone Award: Men's Basketball Program's 600th Win

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