TUESDAY, MAY 01, 2012
JU student-athletes honored at All-Sports banquet
Twenty athletes and one team received special recognition Tuesday night as Jacksonville University celebrated the end of another successful year in both academics and athletics at the 20th All-Sports Banquet held on campus.

Thirteen players were honored as Most Valuable Players of their teams headed by football’s Josh McGregor, who holds virtually all JU passing records and is scheduled to attend the Jacksonville Jaguars’ mini-camp this weekend.

Other individual honors went to Liz Fink and Tobias Hottner who were MVP’s in women’s and men’s soccer and Crystal Bell in women’s basketball. Bell led her team in points, blocks and steals this year.

Other honorees were: Katie Keyes, cheerleading; Kathryn Kane, volleyball; Courtney Walker, indoor track and field; Joane Pierre, women’s cross country; Aline Staudt, women’s tennis; Jose Fantova, men’s tennis; Natalie Schmett, womens’ golf; Jamey Salmon, men’s golf, Rachel Hannon, women’s lacrosse, Esteban Mendez, men’s cross country and Adam Brett Walker, baseball.

The Team GPA Award, 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 women’s track and field team which had a 3.411 gpa.

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 Sarah Sigrest (softball).

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 Matthew Hansen (men’s tennis) who has a 4.0 gpa and Ellyn Spangenberg (women’s lacrosse), 3.974 gpa.

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 Andrew Soloway (men’s rowing).

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 Amanda Schmidt (softball).

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 Jessica Hotchkiss (women’s lacrosse) and Chris Ottie (men’s rowing).

With student-athletes, coaches and staff in attendance, the banquet featured Fox 30/CBS 47’s Brent Martineau as emcee for the event. Other special guests included several members of the JUAA and JU Board of Trustees.

MVPs in men’s basketball, softball, outdoor track and field, men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s rowing will be determined later.