FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011
JU student-athletes honored at All-Sports Banquet
The Jacksonville University athletic department celebrated the culmination of a successful year in both academics and athletics at the Dolphins’ 19th Annual All-Sports Banquet Monday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Each team awarded its MVP Award to its respective winner, while special recognition was given to Josh McGregor for leading the nation in quarterback efficiency in 2010. Other recognitions were made to track and field squad for winning its sixth straight A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Championship, football for its Pioneer Football League title and men’s rowing for winning its fifth consecutive state title.
Individual honors went to men’s basketball’s Ayron Hardy (1,000 point club, career record –games played) and Travis Cohn (career record – games played), women’s basketball’s Lynsey Paschal (career record – games played), football’s Elliot Finkley (career record – punt return touchdowns), Leonard Peyton (career record – games played) and Rudell Small (career records – yards, touchdowns, carries) and volleyball’s Aidan Yeager (1,000 kills) were honored for career achievements.
The Promo Depot Team GPA Award, which is given annually to the JU athletic program which has recorded the highest cumulative grade point average during the prior academic year, was presented to the volleyball team for the second straight year.
The John Sessions Spirit Award, which is given annually to a student-athlete or program which has been an inspiration to teammates and the athletic department as a whole, was awarded to Reba Stott (women’s soccer).
The Department of Athletics Academic Excellence Award, which is presented annually to the senior male and female student-athlete who has recorded the highest cumulative grade point average, while participating in his or her respective sport for at least two years, was awarded to Kevin Lehane (baseball) and Reba Stott (women’s soccer).
The Douglas B. Milne Sportsmanship Award, which is given annually to the top student-athlete who has represented the highest standard of sportsmanship and has demonstrated excellence in athletics, academics and leadership, was presented to Katie Kelly (softball).
The Dr. James Brady Senior Award, which is given annually to the top senior student-athlete who has finished with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, ranked “outstanding” by their coach while serving to benefit the community, was awarded to Devon Dowell (women’s soccer).
The Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete Award, which is presented annually to a senior with a GPA of 3.2 or higher, ranked “outstanding” by their coach while serving to benefit the community, was awarded to Hilary Crook (track & field).
With student-athletes, coaches and staff in attendance, the banquet featured a dinner catered by Savor of Jacksonville. Other special guests included several members of the JUAA and JU Board of Trustees while Fox 30/CBS 47’s Brent Martineau served as the MC for the event.
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