Godsey, Velazquez Named Top Senior Athletes


 SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College has announced its 2006-07 athletic award winners for its student-athletes.  The awards were presented at the annual athletic ceremony held at the Keppel Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1.  Heading the list of award winners were Rori Godsey and Jose Velazquez, who were awarded the Lomax and Kirkland Awards for the top female and male senior athletes, and Kelley Stephens and Will Reedy, who were given the Wurster Awards for team leadership.

 Godsey, a cross country runner from Bladensburg, MD, was named the Lomax Award winner.  She ran to All-South Atlantic Conference honors four times and earned All-Southeast Region honors on three occasions.  Godsey holds three of the top four times in school history with a 5k record of 19:39.

 Velazquez, who is from Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, and plays tennis, earned the Kirkland Award.  He played the #1 position all four years for the Tribe and earned All-SAC honors each year.  This year he was named the league Player of the Year.  His 65 career singles wins is just a victory shy of the school record and he has added 51 doubles wins.

 Stephens, a soccer player from Boca Raton, FL, and Reedy, a football player from Oviedo, FL, were the recipients of the Wurster Awards for leadership.  Stephens was a supportive player whether starting or coming off the bench.  She overcame two surgeries to continue her playing career and was competitive until the final second of practice or a game.  Reedy played through an injury plagued senior season and still played nearly every down.  He was the team leader on the offensive line and joined the lacrosse team in a back-up roll after finishing football season.

 Other top awards went to Hayley Bollinger, of Simpsonville, SC, and Lester Sconyers, of New Bern, NC, who was the recipients of the SAAC Award for the highest cumulative GPA’s for seniors.  Bollinger, who played soccer, posted a 3.98 GPA as a business administration major, while Sconyers, a football player, had a 3.43 GPA while majoring in information systems.  The women’s tennis team took the team award with a 3.14 GPA.   Reedy was named the Darris Morris “Ironhorse” Comeback Player of the Year after he battled back from several injuries during his career.  Betsy Graham earned the C.A. Suther Coaches Award as she guided both the men’s and women’s swim teams to fifth place league finishes.

 The awards for team MVPs went to: David Thomas (Baseball), Brian Graves (Men's Basketball), Gia Colombo (Women's Basketball), Rori Godsey and Ryan Willis (Cross Country), Susan Hearn (Field Hockey), Ron Ellington (Football), Derek Paschal (Men’s Golf), Jaynelle Harmon (Women’s Golf), Ben Huber (Lacrosse), Nathan Zuzga (Men's Soccer), Leigh Telzrow (Women's Soccer), Lindsay Ettinger (Softball), Leigh Spada (Women’s Swimming), Patrik Drakes and Grant Gibson (Men’s Swimming), Jose Velazquez (Men's Tennis), KT Rebadow (Women's Tennis), Andi Henderson (Volleyball), Leigh Marcischak (Cheerleading), Lindsay Ettinger (Athletic Training), and David McDowell (Sports Information).

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