May 1, 2018
Frost and Kitchens Earn Catawba's Top Senior Athletic Awards
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College has announced its 2017-18 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 Becky Frost and Kyle Kitchens, who were awarded the Lomax and Kirkland Awards for the top female and male senior athletes who have been in attendance for at least three years. Frost and Josh Beaman, who were given the Wurster Awards for highlighting a team-before-self attitude and leadership.
Frost, of Crofton, Md., was an all-conference performer in both soccer and lacrosse at Catawba. She was a second-team All-South Atlantic Conference soccer pick in 2017, while taking home second team All-SAC lacrosse honors this season. Frost scored 15 goals in soccer and tallied 21 goals in lacrosse.
Kitchens, of Decatur, Ga., was a three-time All-American in football for the Indians. He set the school’s all-time sack record with 38 in his career. Kitchens was twice named the SAC Defensive Player of the Year and was the Region Player of the Year in 2015 in helping Catawba to a conference title and the NCAA II playoffs.
The Wurster Awards were established to honor a male and a female that demonstrate strong character, able leadership and an outstanding team-before-self attitude. Frost, and Beaman, a football player from Troy, N.C., earned this year's awards.
Breki Bjarnason, of Reykjavik, Iceland, and Ashley Wagoner, of Roaring River, N.C., were the recipients of the SAAC Award for the highest cumulative GPA’s for seniors. Bjarnason, a psychology major that plays men's soccer, posted a 3.962 grade point average. Wagoner, a softball player, had a 3.888 GPA while majoring in biochemistry.
The awards for team MVPs went to: Chance Bowden (Baseball), Jerrin Morrison (Men's Basketball), Serena Brown (Women's Basketball), Hannah Mercer (Women's Cross Country), Kyle Rhodes (Men's Cross Country), Kyle Kitchens (Football), Trey Burton (Men’s Golf), Kaley Barts (Women’s Golf), Chase Scott (Men’s Lacrosse), Gianna Pezzulo (Women’s Lacrosse), Philipp Hollenhorst (Men's Soccer), Erin Feldman (Women's Soccer), Deland Smith and Monica Taylor (Softball), Regan Nolan (Women’s Swimming), Gatlin Saylors (Men’s Swimming), Luca Picci (Men's Tennis), Sophie Hirsch (Women's Tennis), Samiyah Rasheed (Women’s Track & Field), Tom Joyce (Men’s Track & Field), Rachel Stanford (Volleyball), Evan Wimbish (Cheerleading), Roslyn Perkins (Dance), Elisabeth Farmer (Athletic Training) and Haley Morgan (Sports Information).