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2018-19 Keuka College Athletics Awards May 8, 2019

The Keuka College Department of Athletics held their annual Athletics Awards Ceremony on Wednesday night at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

The ceremony honored Team MVPs, community and staff members, as well as the major award winners within the Department of Athletics. They are the Walt Scott Award, the Dana Schillinger Award, and the Nancy Wightman Leadership Award.

The night began as Keuka College Interim President Amy Storey welcomed the student-athletes at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

The seniors on the Keuka College teams were then announced and presented with their Special K Award. The 52 senior student-athletes also received a pin from Laurie Adams, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, in recognition of them shortly joining the Keuka College Alumni Network.

Keuka College inducted its first ever class into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. Joining Chi Alpha Sigma was the vision of Keuka College's Faculty Athletic Represtitative Pat Pulver. The society honors seniors who have displayed outstanding athletic performance, scholarship, and citizenship at Keuka College. 11 senior student-athletes were inducted as a part of the inaugural class

2019 Inductees into Chi Alpha Sigma

Community Support Award

Charlie Boose

Charlie Boose is a 93 yr old WW ll veteran that moved to Keuka Park, NY in 2016. A lifelong Syracuse athletics fan, he quickly jumped on the Keuka College Wolves Fan Bus. A regular at the athletic complex in the late summer through the fall sports seasons. Daily, he visits practice and rarely misses a home game. His support is unwavering as demonstrated by the phone calls checking in while he is in Florida over the winter months.

College Appreciation Award

Keuka College thanked Ann Tuttle (left) and Dr. Pat Pulver (right) for their support to the student-athletes and Athletics

2018-19 Team MVPs

Freshman defender, Renee Vito, was selected as this year’s women’s soccer MVP. The 1st team all-conference defensive powerhouse led the regular season NEAC champions to a 13-4-1 overall record and 10-0-1 conference record. Renee was also selected as NEAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Sophomore forward, Samba Doukhansy, was selected as this year’s men’s soccer MVP. The 1st team all-conference selection had 13 goals and 1 assist, which earned him 4th overall is the NEAC in points and 3rd overall in goals.

Senior Captain, Alyssa Orsino, was selected as this year’s field hockey MVP. Alyssa has been with the program since the beginning, winning 2 NEAC Championships in 2 seasons. This season Alyssa posted 12 goals and 2 assists, and was selected as the NEAC’s Player of the Year.

Sophomore, Lachlan McIntosh, was selected as this year’s men’s cross country MVP. The 3rd team all-conference rookie led the team in 50% of the season’s races, including top finished and a new school record of 28:08 on the NEAC Championship course. Lachlan led the Wolves to their best NEAC Championship finish in 6 years.

Freshman, Kaylie DeSorbo, was selected as this year’s Women’s Cross Country MVP. The 2nd team all-conference rookie led the team in 88% of the season’s races, and finished as the top Wolf at the NEAC Championships. Kaylie led the Wolves to their best NEAC Championship finish in 8 years.

Senior setter, Alyssa Rex, was selected as this year’s women’s volleyball MVP. Named to first team all-conference, Alyssa finished the year with 622 assists, 188 digs, and 42 aces. Alyssa finished 3rd in NEAC in assists per game at 8.14.

Senior guard, Trevor Powell, was selected as this year’s men’s basketball MVP. The 3rd team all-conference selection had the best season of his career, as her averaged 16.7 point per game and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Junior point guard, Samantha Laranjo, was selected as this year’s women’s basketball MVP. The 2nd team all-conference floor general led the regular season NEAC champions to a 19-6 record while averaging 10.2 points per game, 5.2 assists per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. Her 1.8 assist to turnover ratio was the best in the NEAC.

Sophomore, Kamren Record, was selected as this year’s men’s volleyball MVP. Kam led the Keuka offense to their best record in 3 years. He has already broke into multiple career all time lists including 10th in Aces with 27, 4th in all time assists with 806, and 2nd for individual season assists with 696.

For the second consecutive year, sophomore base and flyer, Victoria Aman, was selected as this year’s competitive cheerleading MVP. Victoria’s work ethic, attitude, dedication and strength helped her to lead the team to their season ending victory over Gannon University.

Junior rider, Taylor Lessard, was selected as this year’s equestrian MVP (most valuable rider). As a second year co-captain, she has a reputation as a hard-working leader in and out of the ring. Showing in the IHSA English style, Taylor had her season-best performance at the final show in both show jumping and flatwork.

Freshman, Ryan Murrelle, was selected as this year’s men’s golf MVP. The 3rd team all-conference golfer lead the team with a 79 scoring average. He was also the first Keuka College Golfer to earn the NEAC Rookie of the Year honor.

Senior, Holly Reynolds, was selected as this year’s women’s golf MVP. Holly received first team all-Empire 8 for her play in the fall. She led the team with an 84.6 scoring average and graduates with a career scoring average of 86.9, the best is program history.

Senior, Kendall Neuberger, has been selected as this year’s women’s lacrosse MVP. Kendall finished her 4 year career with 168 goals, 71 assists, 171 ground balls, and 199 draw controls. She sits in the top 10 for career goals, career assists, and career points.

Senior, Cody Nitzke, was selected as this year’s men’s lacrosse Ed Purcell Most Valuable Player. Cody is well respected and his work ethic, fearless attitude, and compassion exemplifies what collegiate athletics should be about. In addition, he is a 3 year captain, 4 time all-conference defensemen, only the second player to earn all NEAC honors all 4 years. He also finished in the top five for career ground balls and caused turnovers.

Junior shortstop, Jessie Hammers, was selected as this year’s softball MVP. The NEAC player of the year and first team selection led the conference in both hits with 55 and a batting average of .466, and was 2nd in stolen bases with 25. She also set a new school record, breaking her own record for hits in a single season.

Junior shortstop, Brooks Vertoske, was selected as this year’s baseball MVP. Brooks led the team in 42 runs scores, 49 hits, 13 doubles, 8 triples, 6 homeruns, and 38 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .696. He has played a consistent shortstop all year, making outstanding plays look easy.

SAAC PRESENTATION

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee raised money throughout the year and presented Andy Swarthout with a $1,000 donation for the American Legion Honor Guard

Community Service Award

The Men's Basketball team won this year's Community Service Award for putting on benefit game that pitted alumni basketball players against this year's intramural champions. Proceeds benefitted former Keuka basketball player Casey Williams and his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Overall, over $5,000 was raised for Casey

Rob Smets Award

This award recognizes a student-athlete who has overcome adversity through injury, illness, or personal struggles during their time at Keuka College. The award is sponsored by retired rodeo bullfighter, Rob Smets. Smets earned five world championships during his Hall of Fame career in the arena. On March 13, 2004, Smets was presented with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from then-Keuka president Dr. Joseph Burke. Smets, who suffered three serious neck injuries during his extraordinary bullfighting career retired in 2006 and was then inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in the same year.

Danielle Chidsey

Not only did she decide to play a sport, but she was major contributor and became a team captain. I have had the privilege of knowing the recipient for many years and understand firsthand the difficulties, trials and tribulations she has worked her way through to reach this point of her life and education.

~ Jeff Bray

Walt Scott Award

This annual award is given to a senior with distinct achievements in her sport. The recipient is to have displayed a high level of character and a satisfactory academic record. The award honors Walt Scott, former member of the Keuka College Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2007. A longtime Wolves fan, Scott is beloved for his enthusiasm, dedication to Keuka College students, and love of all sports.

Alyssa Orsino

Alyssa is one of the most dedicated, hardworking individuals I have ever met. She has always had a clear vision of what she'd like to achieve and gives 110% in order to achieve those things. She was well like and respected by her teammates who often went to her for any issues, both on and off of the field.

~ Head Coach Erika Profenno

Dana Schillinger Award

This annual award is given to a senior with distinct achievements in his sport. The recipient is to have displayed a high level of character and a satisfactory academic record. The award honors Dana Schillinger, former member of the Keuka College Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2011. A longtime Wolves fan, Schillinger is beloved for his enthusiasm, dedication to Keuka College students, and love of all sports.

Tom Reynolds

Tom Reynolds has been a true student-athlete while at Keuka College. He is a two-sport athlete with Men's Soccer and Golf. Reynolds was named Team MVP and twice named First Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference on the pitch. He was a NEAC Scholar-Athlete each year at Keuka College and graduated early last December

Nancy Wightman Award

This award recognizes a student-athlete who best represents the Keuka traditions of leadership, character, athleticism, scholarship, service, sportsmanship, a cooperative attitude and enjoyment of sports. The award honors Nancy Wightman, former synchronized swimming coach for Keuka College. Wightman coached her teams to top-7 finishes at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships from 1999-2002. She served as the Senior Women’s Administrator for the Department of Athletics and started the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) on campus. Wightman was inducted into Keuka College’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

Alyssa Rex

Alyssa Rex was a four-year setter for the Wolves Women's Volleyball team. She was named All-North Eastern Athletic Conference all four seasons, but her achievements extended far beyond the volleyball court. Rex graduated from Keuka College in 3.5 years while maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average. On campus, she served as a student justice, as a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, and was the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

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