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
Women's Soccer: Westminster Receives 2013 NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Westminster College women's soccer team received the NSCAA's Silver Team Ethics Award, which was given to teams that accumulated no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards during the 2013 season.
In all, 256 teams received either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season.
In 2013, Westminster posted an 11-7-2 overall record and a third-place record of 6-1-2 in the PAC. Westminster's 11 wins were the most since 2009.
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Women's Soccer: Steele Named November PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Westminster College senior Jordan Steele (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer Central) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November 2013.
Each month the SAACs at PAC member institutions are asked to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month consideration based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Nominees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athlete of the Month nominees must also have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved within his or her campus community.
Steele is a four-year letter winner and three-year captain with the Titans' women's soccer program and was an all-conference second team selection in 2012 and 2013. Steele was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Region Second Team after the 2012 season. She was recognized as the SAAC Titan Athlete of the Week on Sept. 11 after her first collegiate goal proved to be the game-winner in the Titans' 1-0 double-overtime victory over Salem International on Sept. 7. She was a starter in each of Westminster's 20 games in 2013, helping lead the Titans to an 11-7-2 overall record and a 6-1-2 mark in the PAC.
Steele, a psychology major carrying a 3.903 cumulative grade-point average, is active with the school's Habitat for Humanity service-learning organization, the Mortar Board Honor Society (national honor society that recognizes seniors for their superior achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service) and the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program, designed to support students with a passion for volunteering who are interested in service and outreach to "at-risk" youth, K-12, through academic assistance, mentoring, and service-learning.
She also volunteers with the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership and the College's Drinko Center for Experiential Learning, where she's participating in a new after-school robotics program in collaboration with the West Middlesex School District, Cray Challenges, and Origins to help encourage and build confidence in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Lutheran Social Services in Jamestown, N.Y. and with the school district and youth soccer programs in Falconer, N.Y.
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Women's Soccer Earns NSCAA Team Academic Award for 2012-13
KANSAS CITY, Ks. --- The Westminster College women's soccer team was among 593 college women's soccer teams recognized with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year.
The Titans posted a team GPA of 3.23 under head coach Girish Thakar.
A total of 862 college soccer teams (269 men, 593 women) posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year. The program runs one school year behind, and this season's (2013-14) honorees will be announced next November. To see a complete listing of this year's NSCAA College Team Academic Award recipients, visit here.
In 2013, Westminster posted an 11-7-2 overall record and a third-place record of 6-1-2 in the PAC. Westminster's 11 wins were the most since 2009. The Titans' victories over Washington & Jefferson and Grove City during the regular season were the first since 2007.
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Recent Women's Soccer Results
||@ Grove City (PAC Semi-Finals)||L, 1-0|
||@ Chatham *||W, 1-0|
||@ Thomas More*||L, 4-0|
||GROVE CITY*||W, 3-1|
||@ Waynesburg *||T, 1-1 (2OT)|
* - Presidents' Athletic Conference games
Home Games in Bold CAPS