ST. LOUIS, Mo.—On Saturday night, the Fontbonne University Athletic Department hosted its annual Awards Ceremony.
Flying Griffin Award
This award is given to honor and recognize an individual who has provided significant contributions to the Fontbonne University Athletic Department. This individual has succeeded in lifting the hearts of Griffin student-athlete and their fans.
Marilyn Ahearn took home the award. She has sent three kids through Fontbonne, two of which were graduate assistants. She provides unwavering support on both the women's and men's basketball sides, along with provides food throughout the year, including one meal on the road.
Team Valedictorian Award
The Team Valedictorian Award is given to the team with the highest cumulative grade point average.
The women's cross country squad consisting of Colleen Gooser, Katie Gosser, Desiree Brooks, Tara Weiskopf-Kuehn, Sarah Rhoads, and Emily Bay won after combining for a 3.60 grade point average.
Lee McKinney Scholar Athlete Award
This award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Taking home this award went to cross country student-athlete Sarah Rhoads after she ended the year with a 3.99 gpa.
Berlin Cole Award
Berlin tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident in the fall of his sophomore year. This award is to represent and honor Berlin's legacy by acknowledging the Fontbonne University student who lives with these same morals of inclusion, acceptance, and true caring for their neighbors.
Matt Rech, a junior, was presented this award after being nominated by head coach, Brandon Singleton.
"Matt is perfect for this award for many reasons. As a student ambassador he shows his passion for Fontbonne and others on a daily basis. As a teammate, he's always there for his friends when they need him and has been an encouraging force on the field. Off the field, he's always staying on top of his coursework and sets an example of how to balance studies and sports," head coach Brandon Singleton.
The Bryan Kennedy Award
This award is presented to the student-athlete who demonstrates the attributes of a true team player and consistently places the team's success ahead of his/her own.
This year award went to three sport athlete, Emily Bay. The junior currently is a member of the cross country, women's tennis, and track and field teams. She earned SLIAC All-Conference in both the 4x100-meter relay and the javelin.
She also set personal-record marks in the high jump, 100-meter dash, hammer throw, weight throw, 60-meter dash, 5K, and 4K. At the conclusion of women's tennis, she was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Angelo Simaku Award
This award is presented to the men's soccer player that best demonstrates all of the characteristics of a team and campus leader.
This year, the award went to men's soccer senior, Jared Edler. Head coach Donnie Alberty couldn't think of anyone else more deserving for this honor.
"Jared is exactly the type of student-athlete that we want representing our men's soccer program and is very deserving of his award. He always works hard in both the classroom and on the field. He obviously has a high GPA and worked his way into playing some significant minutes on the pitch, but he's also involved in the campus life by serving as a Student Ambassador."
He continued, "Jared is the type of player that coaches love to have because he elevates the whole mood within the program, shows up early to every training session, works tremendously hard, and is always willing to help out. All of this is paid off this year when he started the final two matches of the year and scored two big goals for us. Jared Edler is a perfect recipient of what the Angelo Simaku award represents."
Meneve Dunham Award
This award is presented to the student-athlete who has made the most significant contributions to athletics at Fontbonne during this year. Criteria include individual talent, facilitation of team play, contribution to the university outside of their role as a student-athlete and classroom performance.
This year winner was cross country and track and field student-athlete, Katie Gosser. The St. Louis, Mo., native, majors in social work, volunteers with the community women against hardship, named to Dean's List every year, SLIAC All-Academic Team, USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.
The Mary Schoendienst Award
This award is presented to a female student-athlete who has demonstrated the strongest athletic performance based on statistical evidence, talent, and performance.
This year winner was women's soccer and women's basketball student-athlete, Rylee Stafford. During the soccer season, Stafford was named to the SLIAC All-Conference Third Team after setting new career-high marks in games started (18), goals (one), assists (three), and points (eight).
On the hardwood, she was named to the SLIAC All-Conference Second Team. She set plenty of new career-highs as well in points per game (15.4), field goal percentage (39.5), free throw percentage (78.6), rebounds (115), assists (51), and steals (51).
Red Schoendienst Award
This award is presented to the male student-athlete who has demonstrated the strongest athletic performance based on statistical evidence, talent, and performance.
This year winner was baseball pitcher Luke Summers, who earns the honor for the second straight season. On the mound, Summers became just the first pitcher in SLIAC history to be named SLIAC Pitcher of the Year in consecutive seasons.
He was also named to the SLIAC First Team All-Conference after setting new single-season records in wins (11), strikeouts (127), innings pitched (94.0), and ERA (0.67). He also became the all-time leader in wins (22) and strikeouts (250) at Fontbonne.
Congrats to all the winners on Saturday!