Tuesday, May 6, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 11th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) Tuesday night at Orr Auditorium. The WESPYs honored team MVPs for all 18 varsity sports teams, as well as several annual awards and recognition of top athletic achievements throughout the 2013-14 academic year.
Highlighting the event was the awarding of the David B. Fawcett and Marjorie A. Walker Awards, given annually to honor and acknowledge those individuals who best exemplify the qualities of fairness, sportsmanship, leadership, determination and competitiveness. The Fawcett Award was given to senior men's track & field and basketball Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and the Walker Award was presented to senior women's track & field Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City).
Thomas, a four-year letterman in basketball and track & field, was a four-year starter and three-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Honorable Mention in basketball where he scored his 1,326 career point (14th all-time) this past season. Thomas, a member of four PAC Track & Field championship teams, earned All-PAC First Team in 2013 and 2014, was the PAC Championship Field Event MVP in 2013, and holds two school records. Thomas, a communication major, has volunteered with the Special Olympics bowling and has helped with his Alma Mater, Union High School, at youth basketball camps.
Gabor, a four-year letterwinner in track & field, was the PAC Track Athlete Co-MVP, All-PAC First Team, and PAC Champion in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Outdoor Championship. Gabor was also the gold medalist in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Indoor Championship. Gabor, an All-PAC First Team honoree in Outdoor T&F in 2012 and 2013, was named the PAC T&F Championship MVP in 2012. Gabor holds five school records and was the high point scorer on two PAC Championship T&F teams. Gabor, a chemistry major, was a three-year SAAC representative and also represented Westminster at the PAC SAAC banquet. Gabor volunteered for Special Olympics bowling and was a recipient for an exceptional leadership scholarship.
The WESPY award, given for the top single-event athletic performance by a Titan male and female student-athlete, was voted on by the entire campus community via e-mail ballot.
The men's WESPY went to junior swimmer Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman). At the PAC championship meet, Brooks was the overall high point scorer to win the Meet MVP, the PAC Swimmer of the Year award, and was All-PAC 1st Team. He won seven gold medals (four individual and three relay) at the meet and set new school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events. He also qualified in two events for the NCAA D-III National Championship Meet.
For the second-straight year, the women's WESPY went to track and field sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg). Kalsey finished in second place at the NCAA D-III Indoor Track & Field Championships to earn her third track & field All-American citation. She cleared 3.95 meters (12' 11 ½"), just .05 meters off her school record and personal best. Her second place performance is the highest finish in Westminster history by any track & field athlete, male or female, in national competition.
The Senior Scholar Athlete awards are given annually to the graduating senior male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. The men's award went to baseball senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) and the women's award went to volleyball senior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon).
The following is a list of all other awards presented at Tuesday's ceremony:
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Westminster Prepares for NCAA's Third Division III Week
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster will be joining nearly 450 other NCAA Division III institutions to celebrate Division III Week this week, April 7-13. This is the third year that a week has been set aside by the NCAA to recognize those member institutions whose intercollegiate athletic programs compete in D-III.
Division III Week provides each school and conference with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the well-rounded collegiate experience enjoyed by the Division III student-athlete. The event is part of Division III's Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen the division's identity and to enable schools and conferences to more effectively explain why they prefer to compete in Division III. The initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform, describing Division III as a place where student-athletes can "follow your passions and develop your potential," within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.
Here is a list of DIII Week activities on Westminster's campus:
Soccer: Five Titans Named Scholar All-Region
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced the Westminster College women's soccer players seniors Haley Casuccio (Coraopolis, PA / West Allegheny), Jordan Steele (Falconer, NY / Falconer Central), Maggie Nikituk (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), and Amanda Turi (Monroeville, PA / Gateway) were named honorable mention members of the 2013 NSCAA College Division Women's Scholar All-East Region team, while Titan men's soccer player junior Ryan Francis (Harwick, PA / Springdale) was named honorable mention of the Men's Scholar All-East Region team.
Casuccio, an international business and French major, has a GPA of 3.74. Steele, a psychology major, has a GPA of 3.91. Nikituk, a biology major, has a GPA of 3.41. Turi, an elementary and special education major, has a GPA of 3.42.
Francis, an economics major, has a GPA of 3.38.
To be named to a regional team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout her career, start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team, and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member.
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PAC Recognizes 60 Titan Student-Athletes on 2013 Fall Academic Honor Roll
GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recognized 60 Westminster College student-athletes who were named to the PAC Fall 2013 Academic Honor Roll on Friday.
The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. The 436 student-athletes honored on the Fall 2013 PAC Academic Honor Roll is the highest total ever recognized by the league on its fall honor roll and represents an increase of five from last fall's honor roll (431).
Click here for the complete PAC Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2013 semester.
The following is a listing of the 60 Westminster student-athletes recognized on the PAC Fall 2013 Academic Honor Roll:
Please note the following designations: (1) = First Team All-PAC; (2) = Second Team All-PAC; (H) = Honorable Mention All-PAC; (S) = Sportsmanship Team
Men's Soccer: McCarthy Paces Titan All-PAC Honorees
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) men's soccer coaches voted one Westminster College player to the 2013 All-PAC Soccer Teams and one additional Titan earned honorable mention.
Sophomore midfielder Ethan McCarthy (New Castle, Pa./Neshannock) earned Second-Team All-PAC honors, while junior defender Ryan Francis (Harwick, Pa./Springdale) was tabbed honorable mention.
McCarthy led the Titans and placed second in the PAC with a career-high 10 goals. His 20 points paced the team and ranked fifth in the conference. This was McCarthy's second all-conference honor as he was tabbed honorable mention last season.
Francis earned his first PAC honor of his career. Francis, the anchor of the Titan defense, started in 19 games and helped Westminster total two shutouts and a goals against average of 1.74.
Westminster posted a 7-9-3 overall record and was 2-3-3 in the PAC.
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Men's Soccer: Titans Fall, 2-1, in OT at Thomas More
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Westminster College men's soccer team finished its regular season on Wednesday with a 2-1 overtime loss at Thomas More. The Titans dropped to 7-9-3 overall and 2-3-3 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Saints improved to 14-2 overall and remained undefeated in the PAC with a 7-0 record.
The Saints scored first in the 8th minute of the first half off the foot of Austin Juniet.
Westminster scored the equalizer in the 35th minute when sophomore Austin Ewers (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington Area) scored off a penalty kick for his sixth goal of the season.
Thomas More scored the game-winner five minutes into the first overtime when Kyle Troutman found Juniet for his second goal of the game.
Men's Soccer: Titans Tie Grove City, 1-1, on Senior Day
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's soccer team tied Grove City, 1-1, on Senior Day at Harold Burry Stadium. The Titans went to 7-8-3 overall and 2-2-3 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Wolverines moved to 7-5-4 overall and 3-1-2 in the conference.
The Wolverines scored first at the 26th minute in the first half with a goal from Seth Loew. Grove City held the lead at halftime.
The Titans scored the equalizer when sophomore Richard Beaudoin (Adamstown, MD / Tuscarora) found classmate Austin Ewers (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington Area) for a goal with 46:59 on the clock. Ewers has five goals on the season.
Westminster senior goalie Joe Bonish (Newport News, VA / Woodside) played solid between the pipes as he had a season-high nine saves on the day in 110 minutes.
The Titans will travel to Thomas More next Wednesday with a starting time of 1:30 p.m.
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Recent Men's Soccer Results
||@ Thomas More*||L, 2-1 (OT)|
||GROVE CITY*||T, 1-1 (2OT)|
||@ Waynesburg *||T, 1-1 (2OT)|
||@ Thiel*||W, 5-1|
||SAINT VINCENT* (HOMECOMING)||W, 1-0|
* - Presidents' Athletic Conference games
Home Games in Bold CAPS