(Posted April 28, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Athletic Department celebrated a year of success, recognized its most valuable players, and presented its "big five" awards at the annual Athletic Awards Night, held Sunday, April 27, 2008 in Ellis Hall.

Senior pitcher Jason Enoch (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) from the baseball team was presented the Stanford Mickle Award as Juniata's top senior male athlete of 2007-08. Heading into next weekend's Landmark Conference Baseball Tournament, Enoch has an 8-2 record as a senior with a school record 90 strikeouts this season. He also holds the Juniata career strikeouts record with 253, and set a new Juniata career wins record for a pitcher with his 24th career victory in Saturday's 4-0 win over Moravian College.

Senior Kim Wagner (Middletown, Pa./Middletown) from the Juniata field hockey team was awarded the Charles Bargerstock Award as Juniata's top senior female athlete. A two-time All-American, she completed her career with 81 goals and 184 points, both Juniata records that more than doubled the previous records. Wagner also holds the school single-season goals (31, 2006) and points (68, 2006) records, and was the 2007 Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Teammate Amanda Wimer (Quarryville, Pa./Solanco) from the field hockey squad was presented with the Carolyn Stambaugh Award, which is presented to a senior female athlete who best demonstrates a commitment to academics, athletics, and community and campus involvement. A Second team All-Landmark Conference selection this past season as an outside back, Wimer was also named to the Landmark's All-Academic Team this past fall. She has been heavily involved in mission work, with trips to Mexico; the Mississippi gulf coast for Hurricane Katrina relief; and to Norfolk, Va., to work with Habitat for Humanity.

Men's basketball senior Brian Cannon (Fallston, Md./Fallston) was named the 2008 recipient of the William R. Smaltz Award, which goes to a graduating senior who has demonstrated exemplary effort in athletics and academics. Cannon earned First team All-Landmark Conference honors this past season, and was named to the D3hoops.com All-Region team. He averaged 18.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season; with 1,391 career points and 579 career rebounds, he ranks fifth among all-time scorers at Juniata, and is just the fifth player in school history to record both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.

The John E. Blood Memorial Award, which goes to the student-athlete who has demonstrated both athletic and academic excellence and has the highest grade points average with four-or-more varsity letters, was presented to senior track and cross country runner Shawn Rumery (Dayton, Maine/Thornton Academy). Rumery earned All-Landmark Conference honors earlier this season as a member of Juniata's 4x800m relay team that won first place at the 2008 Landmark Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, and he was a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference performer during 2006-07 as a member of Juniata relay teams. Rumery served as Juniata's Student Government president during the 2007-08 academic year.

All Juniata College teams announced their Most Valuable Players or Outstanding Performers for 2007-08 during Sunday's Athletic Awards Night; the list of MVPs is as follows:

Football Most Valuable Lineman, donated by Mr. George Weber '40 - Zach Shatto, Sr. (Shermans Dale, Pa./South Western)
Football Most Valuable Back, donated by Dr. J. Harold Engle '23 - Lance Tippett, Sr., (Altoona, Pa./Altoona)
Field Hockey MVP, donated by Dr. Thomas Robinson - Heather Hassinger, Sr. (Middleburg, Pa./Middleburg)
Women's Volleyball MVP, donated in memory of Arthur Evans - Amber Thomas, Jr. (Ephrata, Pa./Conestoga Valley)
Men's Soccer MVP, donated by Fran Zimmerman '54 - Bryan Hess, Jr. (Hanover, Pa./South Western)
Women's Soccer MVP - Heather McMinn, Sr. (Reedsville, Pa./Indian Valley)
Women's Cross Country MVP, donated by William F. Ferrier '60 - Laura Rupprecht, So. (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick)
Men's Cross Country MVP, donated by Mr. C. Clifford Brown - Matt Bailey, So. (East Petersburg, Pa./Hempfield)
Women's Basketball MVP, donated by Gale Wampler Pollock - Jill Walsh, Sr. (Johnstown, Pa./Ferndale)
Men's Basketball MVP, donated by Mr. Jack Oller - Brian Cannon, Sr. (Fallston, Md./Fallston)
Men's Track and Field MVP, donated by Mr. J. Foster Gehrett '16 - Matt Booth, Sr. (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Cent. Cath.)
Women's Track and Field MVP - Caitlin Hinson, Sr. (Florence, S.C./Danville)
Women's Swimming MVP - Lindsay Cooper, Fr. (Altoona, Pa./Altoona)
Women's Tennis MVP, donated by J.M.Haskell '65 - Maggie Wolenter, So. (Audubon, N.J./Audubon)
Men's Tennis MVP - Aaron Rhodes, Jr. (Huntingdon, Pa./Huntingdon)
Baseball MVP, donated by Mr. Charles Goodale '39 - Daniel Kauffman, Sr. (Conestoga, Pa./Penn Manor)
Softball MVP, donated by Judith Rodgers Pheasant '65 - Stacy Nagy, So. (Millerton, Pa./Troy)
Men's Volleyball MVP, donated by Mike Wojcik '87 - Matt Werle, Jr. (Meadville, Pa./Meadville)
Outstanding Cheerleader - Kristen Murray, Jr. (Cresson, Pa./Penn Cambria)
Male Weightlifter of the Year - Sean Vanderlin, Football, Jr. (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport)
Female Weightlifter of the Year - Jessica Ritchey, Women's Volleyball, Jr. (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim)


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