Twenty-One Athletes Honored At Awards Ceremony
(Posted April 30, 2007)
HUNTINGDON, Pa. - A total of Juniata College 21 student-athletes were honored at the 11th Athletics Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening held in Ellis Hall. Each team's most valuable player award winners were announced, while the recipients of the \"Big Five\" senior awards (Stanford Mickle, Charles Bargerstock, Carolyn Stambaugh, William R. Smaltz and John E. Blood) were also recognized. Senior Stephanie Kines (Towson/Towson, Md.) was the recipient of the Charles Bagerstock '47 Award for the Most Outstanding female athlete, while she was also the recipient of the women\'s volleyball most valuable player award which is named for Arthur Evans. Kimes was a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-American and was selected as the Division III Player of the Year. She helped Juniata to its second Division III National Championship, and was named to the All-Tournament Team. She also was selected as the Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year as a junior and a senior. It was the second time she received the Juniata women\'s volleyball most valuable player award. On the men's side, senior track athlete Randy Anderson (DuBois/DuBois) received the Stanford Mickle Award for the Most Outstanding Male Athlete. Anderson earned All-America honors this winter when he placed sixth in the 55-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. The senior holds the conference record in the 55-meter dash, and also holds the Juniata record in the 100 and 200 in outdoor track. Anderson also won the conference championship in the long jump at the indoor meet and has won six individual conference championships during his four-year career. Anderson was also the recipient of the J. Foster Gehrett Most Valuable Player award for track and field for the second-consecutive season. Senior field hockey standout Corinne Hamblett (South Carroll/Westminster, Md.) claimed the John E. Blood Award which is given to a senior athlete who has made an outstanding contribution to athletics while maintaining a superior grade point average. Hamblett was a four-year starter on defense for the Eagles and was a two-time selection as an All-Conference player. She also claimed All-Region honors in her final season as she helped Juniata\'s defense record 10 shutouts and limit opponents to 21 goals in 28 games while also contributing five defensive saves. She played in 82 games during her career and made 80 starts for Juniata. The senior also has a 3.82 cumulative GPA in her final semester. The William R. Smaltz Award, presented to a senior athlete who has demonstrated hard work and perseverance throughout his career was awarded to senior men's basketball player Neil Holloway (Tussey Mountain/Saxton). Holloway was a four-year player for Juniata and battled back from a serious knee injury his sophomore year to be a big part of Juniata\'s success in his senior year. He scored 523 points and grabbed 251 rebounds during his career including 134 points and 66 rebounds in his final season. Holloway was a key interior player, particularly defensively as Juniata earned the first postseason win in team history and established a new program record for wins in a season. Senior women\'s soccer player Kelly Howard (Bishop McCort/Johnstown) was the recipient of the Carolyn Stambaugh Memorial Award which is presented to a female senior athlete who has demonstrated Carolyn's values of winning attitude, self-confidence, concern for others, high sense of values and enthusiasm for life. Howard helped Juniata establish new program records in overall victories and conference victories in 2006. She was a team captain as a senior, and was an All-Conference selection as a freshman for the Blue and Gold. Howard appeared in 74 matches over four seasons, and her play as a defender helped the Blue and Gold earn 24 shutouts over those four years. Senior running back Duane J. Ehredt Jr., (Bellwood-Antis/Altona) was selected Dr. J. Harold Engle '23 Most Valuable Back for the Juniata football team. The senior was a first-team All-Conference choice in his final year despite missing the final three games with injury. He ranks third in Juniata history with 2,792 career rushing yards and led the conference in rushing yards per game as a senior while scoring a team-high 10 touchdowns. Defensive lineman T.J. Hardesty (Penns Manor/Clymer) was selected as the George L. Weber \'40 Most Valuable Lineman for football. Hardesty was fourth on Juniata in tackles his senior season with 51, and his three tackles for a loss ranked him tied for fourth on the team. He closed his career with five tackles for a loss and one sack. Junior men\'s soccer player Brandon Grim (Dallastown/Dallastown) was awarded with the Fran Zimmerman '54 Most Valuable Men's Soccer Player honor. Grim played in nine games on the season, but was an inspiration to his teammates as he fought through recovery for cancer during the offseason to once again compete for Juniata. The Dr. Thomas Robinson Field Hockey Most Valuable Payer Award went to senior Bobbi Rickenbaugh (East Juniata/McAlisterville). She was Juniata\'s lone captain and was recognized as an All-American, an All-Region and an All-Conference performer in her final season. As a starting defender she helped Juniata record 10 shutouts on the year. Junior goalkeeper Lisa Russo (Lakeland/Haskell, N.J.) picked up the Women\'s Soccer MVP Award. She returned from a serious leg injury to post six shutouts and record a goals against average of 1.50 on the year. She finished her junior season with 74 saves and helped Juniata record a program-best 10 victories. Junior Shawn Rumery (Thornton Academy/Dayton, Maine) claimed the C. Clifford Brown Men's Cross Country MVP. Rumery finished as Juniata\'s first or second runner in nearly every race, and led the team with an 18th-place finish at the MAC Cross Country Championships. That 18th-place effort earned him All-Conference honors for the first time in his career. Elena Amato (Notre Dame Prep./Baltimore, Md.) was tabbed as the Women\'s Cross Country MVP. She earned All-Region honors for the first time in her career by placing 23rd at the NCAA Mid-East Regional, and was also an All-Conference recipient when she crossed the line in 11th place at the conference championships. Rounding out the most valuable player awards for the fall was senior Molly Coursey (Westminster/Hanover) who received the J. M. Haskell '65 Women's Tennis Most Valuable Player Award. The lone upperclassman on the Juniata roster she posted a career high and led the team with nine singles victories in her senior campaign, and added five doubles wins to give her 14 overall wins. She helped Juniata finish with a 7-5 record and she finished her career with 19 singles victories. The junior class dominated the winter sports most valuable player awards. The Jack Oller award to the men\'s basketball MVP went to junior Brian Cannon (Fallston/Fallston, Md.) who led Juniata in scoring and rebounding. Cannon received first-team All-Conference recognition as he averaged 14.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and helped Juniata reach the conference postseason for the first time in more than a decade. Junior Jess Winemiller (Dallastown/York) captured the Gale Wampler Pollock Women\'s Basketball MVP Award as she paced Juniata in scoring. She claimed All-Conference recognition for the second time in her career as Juniata finished with 15 wins for the second time in two seasons. Winemiller scored 11.4 points and grabbed 5.7 rebounds on the year, while ranking third on the team with 55 assists. Carlie Zoubek (Paul IV/Burke, Va.), another junior, was named the Women\'s Swimming Most Valuable Player. Zoubek was a first-team All-Conference performer as she helped Juniata place fifth at the MAC Championships. She had two sixth-place individual finishes at the championships and was also a member of several relay teams that enjoyed strong finishes. Senior men\'s tennis player Brandon Long (Lebanon/Lebanon) was selected as the Men\'s Tennis Most Valuable Player. Long picked up All-Conference recognition for the second-consecutive season. He tied for the Juniata lead with seven singles victories, including an impressive 5-1 record in Commonwealth Conference matches. He closed his career with 23 singles victories. The Charlie Goodale '39 Most Valuable Baseball Player Award was given to junior first baseman Dan Kauffman (Penn Manor/Conestoga). Kauffman established a new Juniata career record for home runs in his junior year as he knocked out seven homers, giving him 29 over three seasons to break the previous record of 27. He led the Eagles with a .343 batting average on the year and also drove in a team-high 36 runs. Sophomore infielder Tara Carl (Otto-Eldred/Duke Center) claimed the softball MVP honor which was donated by Judith Rogers Pheasant '65. The second-year player showed outstanding improvement as she ranked among the top-three on the team in hits (32), runs (18), RBI (10) and stolen bases (6). Carl also committed just three errors at second base on the year. Sophomore Kelsey Buffenmyer (Donegal/Mount Joy) was the MVP pick on the women's side for the Juniata track and field team for the second-consecutive year. She won the high jump MAC Indoor Championships and placed third in the long jump. In the outdoor season she has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships and matched her own school record in the event. Sophomore Matt Werle (Meadville/Meadville) captured the Mike Wojcik '87 Most Valuable Player Award for the men's volleyball team. In only his second season Werle was selected as the AVCA Division III Player of the Year and was also the Most Valuable Player as Juniata claimed its fourth-consecutive Molten Division III Championship. He led the Eagles in assists and aces and was second on the team in blocks and digs. Sophomore Natlie Boyce (Abington Heights/Clarks Summit) was picked as the outstanding cheerleader award winner. ###
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