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)
Most Valuable Player - Tarryn Angermeier
Academic Award - Katelyn Kraft
Coach's Award - Kiki Hennessey
Sportsmanship Award - Jessica Register
Most Valuable Player - Kevin Duran
Academic Award - Michael Johansson
Coach's Award - Russell Parker
Sportsmanship Award - Brian Riehl
Most Valuable Player - Jamie Shaw
Academic Award - Lauren MacDonald
Coach's Award - Lara Middlebrook
Sportsmanship Award - Casey Black
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
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
Academic Award - Adam Jonsson
Academic Award - Lori Flick
Academic Award - Tanner Robb
Academic Award - Mariana Martins
Academic Award - Ryan McNulty
Most Valuable Player - Corbin Huntley
Academic Award - Kaitlin Stowe
Coach's Award - Hailey Lewis
Most Valuable Player - Torah Speech
Academic Award - Kadelia Pete
Coach's Award - Kristyn Cumbee