April 24, 2013

FMU Holds 43rd-Annual Athletic Banquet

Francis Marion University recently held its 43rd-annual Athletic Banquet in the university's Edward S. Ervin III Dining Hall.  Most Valuable Player awards were given in 14 sports. An outstanding cheerleader award and a student-athlete award were also presented. 

  • Gail Summersett Outlaw Outstanding Cheerleader Award – senior Holly Scott (Aiken, SC)
  • Clifford Cormell Jr. Most Valuable Player Award for men's golf – freshman Tobias Pettersen (Sarpsborg, Norway)  
  • Joe and Elease Webb Most Valuable Player Award for men's soccer – junior Simon Nett (Grimstad, Norway)
  • Folly Carter Most Valuable Player Award for women's soccer – senior Rebeccah Hoekstra (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada)      
  • Ashley Lynn Most Valuable Player Award for women's softball – junior Taylor Luff (Bonneau, SC)
  • Men's Tennis Most Valuable Player Award – senior Alex Caspari (Hurth, Germany)
  • Gladys Hite Most Valuable Player Award for women's tennis – senior Mona Blauen (Cologne, Germany)
  • Jerry and Jean Lee Most Valuable Player Award for men's track and field – senior Tyler Waters (Clover, SC) 
  • Women's Track & Field Most Valuable Player Award – freshman Hannah Muzzillo (Florence, SC) 
  • Joseph B. Durant Most Valuable Player Award for women's volleyball – senior Liz Drewry (Richmond, VA)
  • Conyers O'Bryan Most Valuable Player Award for baseball – senior Stephen Tarkenton (Newnan, GA)
  • Howard Stokes Most Valuable Player Award for men's basketball – junior Evrik Gary (Camden, SC)
  • Women's Basketball Most Valuable Player Award – senior Kristen Dickerson (Columbia, SC) 
  • Men's Cross Country Most Valuable Player Award – senior Ian Wallace (Fort Mill, SC)
  • Carolyn Bishop Frate Most Valuable Player Award for women's cross country – junior Whitney Wagner (Forest, VA)  
  • Debra Lee Orander Swamp Fox Academic Award – junior Dalton Gress (Aiken, SC)

 

Five of the recipients were repeat honorees: Wallace (2011, 2013), Wagner (2011, 2012, 2013), Caspari (2012, 2013), Waters (2010, 2011, 2013), and Gary (2012, 2013).

Four of the FMU spring sports teams appeared in national poll rankings. Three teams have an opportunity to earn NCAA post-season bids in the coming weeks.

              Dalton Gress (left) and Francis Marion University Provost Dr. Richard Chapman (right)