McKinzie and Thomas Claim Top Senior Athletic Awards for 2007-08


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College has announced its 2007-08 athletic award winners for its student-athletes. The awards were presented at the annual athletic ceremony held at the Keppel Auditorium on Tuesday, April 29. Heading the list of award winners were Julia McKinzie and David Thomas, who were awarded the Lomax and Kirkland Awards for the top female and male senior athletes, and Hillary Hampton and Thomas Presley, who were given the Wurster Awards for team leadership.

McKinzie, a tennis player from Austin, TX, was named the Lomax Award winner. She was a four-time All-South Atlantic Conference performer and was selected as the SAC Scholar Athlete in 2008. Over her career, McKinzie won 47 singles matches, which ranks sixth all-time, and set the school record with 66 wins in doubles.

Thomas, of Winston-Salem, NC, who played centerfield on the baseball team, earned the Kirkland Award. He was the 2008 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and a three-time all-league performer. Thomas has set school career records for hits, runs and stolen bases. This year he is batting .425 with a team-leading 88 hits in helping Catawba to its third league title in four years.

Hampton, a basketball player from Salisbury, NC, and Presley, a football player from Goldsboro, NC, were the recipients of the Wurster Awards for leadership. Hampton played through injuries the final weeks of the basketball season and was always supportive to teammates. She also joined the softball team in 2006, which were in need of players, and earned all-conference honors. Presley demonstrated an eagerness to do whatever to help teammates most and played several different positions over his career to fill the needs of the team. He was also a leader in FCA and was an example for his teammates through his volunteer activities.

Other top awards went to Meagan Kittle, of Winchester, Ontario, Canada, and Jared Temple, of Durham, NC, who were the recipients of the SAAC Award for the highest cumulative GPA’s for seniors. Kittle, who played golf, posted a 3.91 GPA as an English major, while Temple, a football player, had a 3.46 GPA while majoring in business. The volleyball team took the team award with a 3.18 GPA.

The awards for team MVPs went to: David Thomas (Baseball), Dominick Reid (Men's Basketball), NeKeithia Howard (Women's Basketball), Maleah Cole and Chris Haney (Cross Country), Emily Morgan (Field Hockey), Brad Roach (Football), Allen Autry (Men’s Golf), Kelsey Babos (Women’s Golf), Kurt Green (Lacrosse), Ryan Villiard (Men's Soccer), Alyssa Schoenberg (Women's Soccer), Kathryn Geouge and Allie Marshall (Softball), Leigh Spada (Women’s Swimming), Patrik Drakes (Men’s Swimming), Sean Soltan (Men's Tennis), Julia McKinzie (Women's Tennis), Andi Henderson (Volleyball), Laura Jollay (Cheerleading), Nicole Lach (Athletic Training), and David McDowell (Sports Information).


PhotosPHOTOS: Athletic Awards Banquet

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