CSU Athletes honored at year-end banquetApril 23, 2006
By CSU Sports Information
|Katie Crona was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year|
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Men's track star Nate Breland and women's soccer performer Katie Crona were named the Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively, at the 2005-06 Charleston Southern University athletic banquet, held Sunday night in the school's cafeteria.
Breland, a native of Walterboro, South Carolina, has established several school records over the last two years and is recognized as one of the top sprinters in the Big South Conference. Breland recently set a Big South Conference championship meet record in the 200 meters and is the school record holder in that event as well as the 60 meter sprint. Breland was named Most Outstanding Track performer at the Big South meet, completed on Sunday afternoon.
Crona, of Littleton, Colorado, was a two-time Big South All-Conference selection and was twice named the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year as the top student-athlete in the league. Crona also received national recognition this winter after being selected to the Adidas All-South region team for academic excellence.
Jewel Larson of the women's basketball team received the school's R.L. Wynn Christian Leadership Award while baseball player Ryan Sowers received the Michael Frost Christian Leadership Award.
Special recognition went to graduating football player Adam DeGraffenreid, who recently was awarded a post-graduate scholarship by the national association of Division I-AA athletic directors. DeGraffenreid will be honored during the national convention this summer in New Orleans.
LaCoya Jones was named Student Athletic Trainer of the Year and Leanna Goeckeritz was named the Rookie of the Year for athletic training. Women's golfer Sara McFadden and football player C.J. Hirchsman received Captain's Resolve awards.
Most Valuable Player and Sportsmanship awards in each sport were also presented by the CSU coaching staff. Following is a list of award winners in each sport.
Most Valuable Players: Football - Collin Drafts; Volleyball - Katie O'Riordan; Women's Basketball - Erica McCoy; Men's Cross Country - Allen Batiste; Women's Cross Country - Chidi Walsh; Indoor track - Alonzo Spurley; Women's Soccer - Miki Wilson; Men's Basketball - Chris Moore; Men's Tennis - Steven Dean; Women's Tennis - Meryam Tazi.
Sportsmanship Awards: Football - Adam DeGraffenreid; Volleyball - Erin Wicker; Women's Basketball - Danielle Baskin; Men's Cross Country - Nicholas Small; Women's Cross Country - Ebony George; Indoor track - Michael Rhue; Women's Soccer - Brittany Bolick; Men's tennis - Quinten Guichard; Women's tennis - Natalie Stopelli; Men's Basketball - Donnell Covington.