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home : sports : collegiate May 27, 2016

4/11/2013 11:34:00 AM
45th Annual Athletic Awards Banquet
The top award winners at Lander's 2013 Athletic Banquet, from left, were: Samantha Vickers, soccer, Dr. Boyce M. Grier Ward; Patrick Grady, baseball, Male Athlete of the Year; and Teresa Caballer Hernani, golf, Female Athlete of the Year.
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The top award winners at Lander's 2013 Athletic Banquet, from left, were: Samantha Vickers, soccer, Dr. Boyce M. Grier Ward; Patrick Grady, baseball, Male Athlete of the Year; and Teresa Caballer Hernani, golf, Female Athlete of the Year.

GREENWOOD - The Lander University Athletics Department honored its student-athletes in 11 sports and the spirit teams at its 45th Annual Athletics Banquet Wednesday night in Horne Arena.

Samantha Vickers, a senior elementary education major from Columbia, S.C., received the Dr. Boyce M. Grier Award as the Lander student-athlete who best exemplifies sportsmanship, integrity, pride in the university and a positive attitude. Vickers, a four-year member of the women's soccer team, has been Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll student and a member of the Lander Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

She has been deeply involved Bible Centered Ministries (BCM) for several years, which included mission trips to La Vida, a summer long Christian camp, and to Niger, Africa. She is scheduled to depart for yet another mission trip to South Africa this summer.

Teresa Caballer Hernani, a freshman from Alicante, Spain, received the Dr. Samuel C. Hodges Award as the Female Athlete of the Year. Hernani is a member of the No. 19-ranked Lander women's golf team and has already established herself as one of the top players in the history of the Peach Belt Conference.

A two-time PBC Player of the Week, Hernani has won six tournaments this academic year and placed second once and third in another. She has the lowest score per round in the PBC with 73.2 strokes per round. She set the Lander school record for low round with a 6-under-par 66 at the Lander Bearcat Invitational and has recorded seven other sub-par rounds this season.

Patrick Grady, a junior biology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and a member of the baseball team, received the M.V. Wells Award as the Male Athlete of the Year. Grady was named to the 2012 All-Peach Belt Conference team and to the 2013 preseason All-PBC team. Earlier this season he was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Southeast Region Player of the Week and PBC Player of the Week. He holds the PBC record for being hit by pitch in a season with 32. In PBC statistics, he is currently first in hit by pitch (17), walks (33), on-base percentage (.569) and slugging percentage (.695); second in runs scored (50), fourth in doubles (14) and total bases (89); and fifth in home runs (6).

Following are the complete list of individual awards.

(Spring Sports were only giving one award because their seasons aren't complete)


Women's Volleyball

Most Valuable Player - Tarryn Angermeier

Academic Award - Katelyn Kraft

Coach's Award - Kiki Hennessey

Sportsmanship Award - Jessica Register


Men's Soccer

Most Valuable Player - Kevin Duran

Academic Award - Michael Johansson

Coach's Award - Russell Parker

Sportsmanship Award - Brian Riehl


Women's Soccer

Most Valuable Player - Jamie Shaw

Academic Award - Lauren MacDonald

Coach's Award - Lara Middlebrook

Sportsmanship Award - Casey Black


Women's Basketball

Most Valuable Player - Aarika Judge

Academic Award - Precious Elkins

Sportsmanship Award - Ashleigh Zandi

Best Defensive Award - Aarika Judge

Assists Award - Lea Saunders

Rebounding Award - Precious Elkins


Men's Basketball

Finis Horne Most Valuable Player - David Pruett

Academic Award - David Pruett

Assists Award - Jareal Smith

Coach's Award - Darius Carrier

Rebounding Award - Dermaine Smith

Heart & Hustle Award - Scott Elder



Academic Award - Amanda Chastain


Men's Tennis

Academic Award - Adam Jonsson


Women's Tennis

Academic Award - Lori Flick


Men's Golf

Academic Award - Tanner Robb


Women's Golf

Academic Award - Mariana Martins



Academic Award - Ryan McNulty



Most Valuable Player - Corbin Huntley

Academic Award - Kaitlin Stowe

Coach's Award - Hailey Lewis


Dance Team

Most Valuable Player - Torah Speech

Academic Award - Kadelia Pete

Coach's Award - Kristyn Cumbee

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