Beloit, WI – The Beloit College Student-Athletic Activities Committee and the Department of Athletics presented their annual awards for the 2012-13 year on Tuesday night at a banquet in Flood Arena.
In addition to the long-standing departmental awards, SAAC developed several additional awards that were given out.
Joe Davis’10, a former Buccaneer Football player and now a play-by-play announcer for ESPN, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.
Following are the awards presented Tuesday night:
Highest Individual GPA
Women’s Tennis – Emma Beck
Women’s Soccer – Kelsi Brooks
Women’s Swimming & Diving – Nora Harty-Holte
Women’s Basketball and Volleyball – Leah Kruckman
Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field – Camilla Jackson
Softball – Tara Grode
Women’s Lacrosse – Dora Maslinski
Football – Raymond Thomas
Men’s Soccer – Duncan Gillis
Men’s Swimming & Diving – Richard Cotter
Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field – Jason Busack
Men’s Basketball – James Lazarcik
Baseball – Ethan Blumenthal
(Note: The Men's Lacrosse team was made up entirely of freshmen, who do not qualify for the Academic Award because they only have one cumulative semester of grades.)
Female Freshman of the Year: Lana Wieseman, Women’s Basketball
Male Freshman of the Year: Steve McAfee, Jr., Men’s Basketball
Female Sophomore of the Year: Caitlin Paterson, Women’s Soccer/Women’s Lacrosse
Male Sophomore of the Year: Will McAneney, Men’s Swimming & Diving
Inspirational Athlete of the Year: Kandace Fox, Women’s Basketball/Softball
Record-Breaking Performance of the Year: James Lazarcik, Men’s Basketball
Best Upset of the Year: Men’s Soccer
Team of the Year: Men’s Soccer
The Joe Kobylka Award is given each year to one female and one male senior athlete who have best exemplified the qualities of sportsmanship and team spirit throughout their careers.
Joe Kobylka Award-Female: Rachel Skoza, Volleyball
Joe Kobylka Award-Male: Jason Busack, Cross Country/Track & Field
The Ed DeGeorge Award recognizes outstanding academic and athletic performances along with a commitment to service. The recipients will have attended Beloit at the least three academic years, have a GPA of at least 3.25 for all courses, and have participated at least three years in varsity athletics. In addition, recipients must have demonstrated a commitment to service as a student and be preparing to enter a service profession such as education, coaching, ministry or medicine.
Ed DeGeorge Award-Male: Matt McKay, Cross Country/Track & Field
The Ruth Peterson Award was named for a former administrator at Beloit College and an organizer and the first commissioner of the WCAC, the women's conference in place prior to merging with the current MWC. The honor goes each year to the senior female athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an athlete, scholar and leader.
Peterson Award: Erika Moen, Track & Field
The Pat Dawson Award has been given out since 1968 in honor of 1925 Beloit graduate Pat Dawson and goes to the senior male athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of an athlete, scholar and leader.
Dawson Award: Marc Robinson, Men’s Soccer
The Blanket Award is the highest honor an active Beloit College senior athlete can receive and is one of the criteria for election to the Beloit College Athletic Hall of Honor.
Blanket Winners: Erika Moen, Track & Field; Marc Robinson, Men’s Soccer; Jackson Wilkins, Men’s Soccer