ROCK HILL, S.C.– Twenty-five Winthrop University student-athletes received special awards on behalf of the athletic scholarship endowment program, 52 seniors were honored for their contributions to the program, and 48 athletes were recognized for earning Big South awards during the annual athletic awards banquet held Sunday night, April 28, in McBryde Hall.
The names of the special endowed scholarship awards and each recipient are as follows:
The Roman Gabriel, Sr. Endowment Award- Allie VandeWater, women’s soccer
The Roman Gabriel, Sr., endowed scholarship is made possible by Roman Gabriel in honor of his late father. This award is presented to a student-athlete whose demonstrated commitment to athletics and academics best exemplifies the concept of “student-athlete”.
The Rocky Morris Award– Reggie King, basketball
This award is provided by Jack Lindsay in honor of the grandmother of Rocky, Mrs. Pauline Lindsay and goes to the basketball or baseball player who displayed loyalty, character and an appreciative attitude.
The John T. Roddy Award- Yasmine Alkema, women’s tennis
This award is provided in honor of John T. Roddy, who served as a trustee for 36 years in South Carolina.
The Robert H. Breakfield Award- Jeanne Stroud, women’s track and cross country, and Gabe Holguin, track and cross country
This award is provided by Winthrop School of Business professor Robert Breakfield and his wife Gay Randolph and goes to two cross country/ track athletes who demonstrate leadership, sportsmanship, and academic integrity.
The William Gordon Clarkson Award- Cameron Bell, men’s golf
This award was endowed by Matt Hires and is presented to an outstanding member of the golf team.
Griffin-Guettler Award- Chase Altieri, men’s tennis, and Hannah Hadaway, track and field
This award endowed by Larry and Cathy Bigham on behalf of the late Dr. Mary Roland Griffin and Dr. Ed Guettler, two of Winthrop’s most distinguished retired faculty members, is presented to the male and female athletes with the highest grade point averages.
Rock Hill Coca-Cola Award- Enrique Miranda, men’s soccer, and Allison Lee, women’s golf
This award is made possible by Fred Faircloth and goes to the male and female athlete who demonstrate talent, integrity, and spirit.
Dr. Robert M. Scoville and Dr. William E. Gregory, Jr. Award- Alex Isern, men’s soccer, and Taylor Calvert, women’s basketball
This award is given by Drs. Robert Scoville and William Gregory to two athletes who are supportive, positive, and consistent team leaders.
The Patrick Endowment- Jeanne Stroud, women’s track and cross country
This award is given by the late Wayne Patrick and Lib Patrick to a senior male or female student-athlete who has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities.
The Ann Scott Terry Award- Dequesha McClanahan, women’s basketball
This award is made possible by an endowment from Ann and Vernon Terry and is presented to a women’s basketball player with at least a 2.75 grade point average.
The Wiley Blanton Award- Victoria Davis, women’s soccer
This award is given to a business major with at least a 3.5 grade point average.
The Bob Hyman Memorial Scholarship Award- McKenzi Corn, softball
This award is given in memory of Bob Hyman, a loyal Eagle fan and supporter, to a Winthrop student-athlete from South Carolina who has achieved a 3.0 grade point average or above.
The Ken Staton Endowment Award-Nicole Mooberry, women’s golf
This award is given to a student-athlete who goes above and beyond the call of duty on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community.
The De’Andre Adams Memorial Award-Diana Choibekova, women’s basketball
This award goes to a student-athlete who best exemplifies athletic passion and pride.
The Kenzie Flood Baseball Award-Matt Pierpont, baseball
This award is designated for a baseball upperclassman with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The Vernon Wade Terry Award- Shola Diop, men’s basketball
This award is presented to a men’s basketball player with at least a 2.75 grade point average.
The John Newcomb Endowment Award-Yuta Hirokawa, men’s tennis
This award is given in memory of John Newcomb, a four-year scholarship student-athlete on the men’s tennis team, and is presented to a member of the tennis team with a least a 2.5 grade point average.
The Vernon and Ann Terry Award- Chelsey Schoenfeldt, softball
This award is designated for a softball student-athlete who displays leadership on the softball team and within the Winthrop community.
The Susan Anfin and Jim Doyle Award-Derrick Henry, men’s basketball
This award is designated for a men’s basketball student-athlete who has demonstrated exemplary grade point average improvement.
Also presented was the Senior Academic Award that goes to the male and female athlete with the highest grade point average among all senior athletes. This year’s recipients were Max Vogel, baseball, and Giovanna Portiolli, women’s tennis.
The seniors who were recognized included:
Baseball-Austen Barber, Tyler Donovan, Jason Driver, Drew Hardee, Stephen Howell, Tyler Klitsch, Mitchell Knox, Matt Lobacz, Matt Pierpont, Eric Ruth, Max Vogel
Men’s Basketball–Shola Diop, Gideon Gamble, Reggie King, Torrell Priest
Women’s Basketball- Diana Choibekova
Women’s Track and Field- Stephanye McCarroll
Men’s Track and Field- Ted Nisbett
Men’s Golf-Cameron Bell, Kyle Bearden, Kamito Hirai
Women’s Tennis- Yasmine Alkema, Giovanna Portiolli
Men’s Soccer-Thomas Banfield, Tomas Brennan, Daniel DiBiagio, Alex Isern, Nick Kowalski, Enrique Miranda, Josh Mort, Marc Segarra, Matthew Sluga, Patrick Walsh
Women’s Soccer-Kylene Babauta, Daria Borowski, Gabrielle Corn, Lia Gorden, Ariel Kunde, Kylie Long, Sarah Schippers, Allie VandeWater
Softball- Teja Durante, Kathryn Eberlin, Jenna Harbin, Chelsey Schoenfeldt
Volleyball-Kristin Cruse, Carolyn Weed
Spirit Squad-Brittany Forrest, Diadra Lewis, Charlie Snipes