The Highlights

Lawrence men’s basketball picks up NABC academic honors

Posted on: July 23rd, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University men’s basketball has earned both team and individual academic honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Lawrence won a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award and four players were named to the Honors Court.

The team award goes to squads with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Lawrence’s 16 student-athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.11. Lawrence was one of three Midwest Conference schools to win the Team Academic Excellence Award.

Senior guard Tom Antosz (Norridge, Ill./Ridgewood), senior forward Adam Breseman (Baileys Harbor, Wis./Gibraltar) senior forward Tyler Mazur (Reedsburg, Wis./Reedsburg) and junior forward Andrew Borresen (West Bend, Wis./Living Word Lutheran) were all named to the Honors Court.

For individuals to be eligible for the Honor Court, they must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.

Borresen had the highest GPA among the Lawrence players at 3.90 and is majoring in history. Breseman is at 3.71 and earned a degree in biology. Mazur is at 3.56 and graduated with a degree in biology. Antosz is at 3.49 and earned a degree in history.


Lawrence track teams honored for academic achievement

Posted on: July 23rd, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Both Lawrence University track and field teams have been honored for their academic achievement by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Lawrence women’s and men’s squads were both chosen as All-Academic Teams by the coaches association. To be eligible for selection, a team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.10 or higher.

The Lawrence women had the highest GPA among the five Midwest Conference schools to be honored. The two dozen members of the team compiled a 3.52 GPA and earned the All-Academic Team honor for the fifth consecutive season.

On the men’s side, Lawrence was one of four schools from the Midwest Conference to make the cut. The Lawrence men, which had more than 20 team members, posted a GPA of 3.18. The Lawrence men have won the award four of the past five years.

The teams have enjoyed great success in the classroom during the tenure of Lawrence head coach Jason Fast. In the past five years, Lawrence has earned All-Academic Team honors 19 of a possible 20 times with the men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track squads.

Gordon named to All-America baseball team

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

Jake Gordon

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University baseball standout Jake Gordon has been named to the Jewish Sports Review All-America Team.

Gordon (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day), a junior center fielder, was chosen for the first team. The team was made up of players from NCAA Division II and III and the NAIA.

Gordon led Lawrence with a .400 batting average to go along with nine doubles, one triple, one homer, a team-high 30 runs scored and 14 runs batted in. Gordon is the first Lawrence player to hit .400 since star first baseman Tommy Schmidt hit .439 back in 2006.

Gordon, who was the lone player from a Wisconsin school to be selected, piled up a school-record 54 hits in 33 games this season and had 16 multi-hit games. Gordon broke the record of third baseman/shortstop Andrew Wong, who set the record of 52 hits in 34 games back in 2005. Gordon also tied the school record of five hits in a game in Lawrence’s 24-11 win at Carroll University on April 16.

Gordon, who compiled a .439 on-base percentage and .989 fielding percentage, also swiped a team-best 10 bases.

This is Gordon’s third postseason honor in 2014. Gordon also earned All-Midwest Conference North Division honors and was a All-Central Region selection.

This marks the second consecutive year a Lawrence player has been selected for the Jewish Sports Review All-America Team. Outfielder Davide Harris was selected in 2013 after a stellar senior season.

Inside LU Athletics: Siebert to play with D3 stars in Brazil

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Chris Siebert is taking his substantial hoops game global.

The Lawrence University men’s basketball star is part of a 10-player team of NCAA Division III standouts from around the country that will travel to Brazil to play four games later this month.

Siebert (Baraboo, Wis./Baraboo) was contemplating the end of his college basketball career back in March when he read the email inviting him to be a member of the all-star squad.

“I always had the thought in the back of my mind that I wanted to play in Europe and then this came up,” Siebert said. “I’m excited. I’m really excited.”

A 6-foot-2 guard who graduated with a degree in government last month, Siebert views the trip to Brazil as helping the goal of playing professionally overseas.

“Playing professionally has always been a major dream. My dad (Dr. John Siebert) and I have talked about playing in Europe since middle school,” Siebert said.

“I needed a little kick in the pants. I didn’t know the process of who to talk to, where to play. I needed something to come up.”

And then came the email from USA Sports Tours and Events, which organized the trip.

“I knew if I didn’t play overseas, in a couple of years, I would really regret it,” Siebert said. “The summer after I graduated from college would be the summer to try.”

Siebert capped a stellar career by earning first-team All-Midwest Conference honors and third-team All-Midwest Region honors this past season.

A three-time all-conference pick, Siebert averaged 17.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for the Vikings. Siebert shot 46.8 percent from the floor, including 46.2 percent from 3-point range, and converted 81.7 percent of his free throws.

Siebert finished his career fourth in scoring at Lawrence with 1,360 points. He trails only All-American Chris Braier, Lawrence Hall of Famer Joel Dillingham and All-American Ryan Kroeger.

“Chris has talked for years about his dream of playing basketball professionally, and this will certainly help him get closer to realizing that dream,” Lawrence coach Joel DePagter said. “I think he realizes what a great opportunity this team is, and hopefully he meets the right people and gets a chance.”

Recent Lawrence graduates Braier and Chris Page both played pro basketball in Europe, and Siebert is keeping alive the tradition of great players for the Vikings, according to DePagter.

“It’s yet another example of the caliber of student-athlete involved in the LU men’s basketball program,” DePagter said. “Being selected on this team is a special honor and will be a great opportunity for Chris to showcase his talents while he represents the entire school and Lawrence basketball.”

The team, which includes all-region selections Ryan Mile of Colorado College¬† and Robert Kitzinger of Trinity (Texas) University, will leave on Monday and return on July 30. The team will play three games in the state of Sao Paulo and another game in Rio de Janeiro all while taking in some of the country’s famous landmarks.

“I kind of said, it’s now or never,” Siebert said. “I want to be in the game somehow, even when I’m working. This will give me a kick me in the right direction, jump start me.”

Siebert just returned from an exposure camp in Las Vegas featuring about 180 players from Division I to Division III.

“It was really competitive, great stuff,” said Siebert, who is working hard on improving his already well-rounded game.

“I’ve been working a lot on defense, actually. This last week in Vegas I tried picking up full-court more. I’m working on lateral quickness and being comfortable trying to pressure someone. That’s one way to make yourself more memorable if you’re in the other guy’s shorts and making them uncomfortable. Offensively, I want to showcase my strengths, and defensively be a different player than I have been.”

Six to be inducted into Lawrence Hall of Fame

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome six new members when two coaches and four athletes are inducted in October.

Current softball coach and Associate Director of Athletics Kim Tatro and former men’s basketball coach John Tharp will be inducted, along with softball and volleyball star Jenny Burris, men’s basketball standout Doug Fyfe, track and field star Don Kersemeier and football standout Zach Michael.

The induction ceremony takes place on Oct. 10, and the inductees will be honored at the Fall Festival football game on Oct. 11. The public is welcome to attend and may call 920-832-7019 to make a reservation.

Jenny Burris Paramski, Class of 2004

Jenny Burris was a two-sport star that rewrote the Lawrence softball record book and collected a bevy of post-season awards.

A four-time All-Midwest Conference North Division selection and four-time All-Great Lakes Region pick, Burris played shortstop and was a career .436 hitter. Burris won North Division Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003, and earned first-team all-region honors in the final three years of her career.

Burris set Lawrence career records in hits (184), runs scored (123), doubles (38), triples (10), total bases (266) and stolen bases (103). She hit a career-best .494 in 2003 and drove in a career-high 27 runs in 2004.

Burris set Lawrence season records with 37 runs scored and 79 total bases in 2001 and 37 stolen bases in 2002. She also set a Lawrence game record with three doubles vs. Thomas College in 2003.

Led by Burris, the Vikings won North Division titles in 2002 and 2003 and earned a berth in the Midwest Conference Tournament for three consecutive years from 2002 through 2004. Lawrence compiled a record of 71-57-1 and had four consecutive winning seasons during Burris’ time with the team.

Burris was nearly as good on the volleyball court as she was on the softball diamond. A three-time All-Midwest Conference selection, Burris was a first-team selection in 2000 and 2003 and was a second-team pick in 2001. Burris finished her career as the Lawrence leader with 1,908 digs and was sixth with 652 kills.

An outside hitter, Burris played more of an offensive role as a freshman in 2000 and piled up a career-best 228 kills, an average of 2.48 per set, and 376 digs. Burris was a defensive specialist during her senior season and set both season and match records for digs in 2003. She piled up 39 digs to set the match record against Carroll University and finished the season with a record 769 digs.

Burris was a star on the 2001 team that set a school record with a 19-12 mark and posted the school’s highest finish ever, third place, in the Midwest Conference.

Burris works as an accounting officer and the facilities and purchasing manager at Libertyville Bank and Trust. She and her husband, Eric, live in Beach Park, Ill., with their two dogs, Onnie and Rosie.

Doug Fyfe, Class of 1976

Doug Fyfe was a dominant post player for the Lawrence University basketball squad and set a career scoring standard that would stand for nearly two decades.

The 6-foot-5 center from Palatine, Ill., scored 1,342 points to set the school’s career scoring record. He broke the record of fellow Hall of Famer Joel Ungrodt, who set the mark of 1,247 from 1961-64.

A two-time All-Midwest Conference selection, Fyfe averaged 15.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor for his career. The 15.7 scoring average ranked fifth in school history when he graduated and is still good for seventh on the list. Fyfe grabbed 710 rebounds, which trails only All-American Chris Braier and Brad Childs on the career list.

Fyfe also set Lawrence records for field goals made (500), free throws made (342) and free throws attempted (532).

A team captain, Fyfe enjoyed his best scoring season in 1974-75 when he averaged a career-best 18.1 points and had a career-best 8.6 rebounds per contest. He wasn’t far off that mark during his senior season in 1975-76 when he averaged 17.1 points per game while shooting 54.4 percent from the floor. In both of those seasons, Fyfe earned second-team all-conference honors.

Led by Fyfe, the Vikings started to turn the basketball program around. During his final season of 1975-76, Lawrence hit double digits with 10 victories. It marked the first time Lawrence had won at least 10 games in a season since 1953-54.

Fyfe, who received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1982, is a partner at Bollenbeck Fyfe, S.C., in Appleton. He and his wife, Linda, have four children, Geoff and Ross Fyfe and Patrick and Andrew Rock, and one grandchild.

Don Kersemeier, Class of 1963

Don Kersemeier is one of the fastest men in Lawrence University history. Kersemeier set a trio of Lawrence dash records and won multiple Midwest Conference track and field titles.

A native of Wausau, Wis., Kersemeier was a four-time Midwest Conference champion, winning two titles outdoors and two more indoors. Kersemeier competed for only two varsity seasons, missing one season while studying for a year in India on a Carnegie Foundation grant and freshmen weren’t eligible for varsity competition back then.

Kersemeier was a star on the freshmen team and came out blazing as a sophomore in 1961. He won the 60-yard dash at the Midwest Conference indoor championships. Kersemeier became the man to beat during the outdoor season as he ran the 100 and 220 and was a member of the 880 and mile relay teams.

Kersemeier broke a pair of school records while competing in dual meets against Ripon College in 1961. In April 1961, Kersemeier won the 100 in 9.6 seconds, breaking the 22-year-old record of 9.7 set by Joe Graf at the Beloit College Relays in 1939. Prior to Graf’s record-setting time, the previous mark had stood for 41 years after Jay Merrill set the mark of 9.8 in 1898.

Competing against Ripon in May 1961, Kersemeier broke the record in the 220 as he blazed to victory in 21.0 seconds. That broke the mark of 21.3 set by Bob Whitelaw in 1948. Kersemeier also teamed with Bob Buchanan, Joel Blahnik and Mike Ulwelling to set the school record of 1:35.2 in the 880 relay indoors.

Also highlighting the 1961 outdoor season was a victory in the 100 at the prestigious Beloit Relays and top-three finishes in both the 100 and 220 at the Midwest Conference Championships.

After studying in India in 1961-62, Kersemeier returned to Lawrence in the fall of 1962 and was unbeatable the following spring. Kersemeier started during the indoor season by breaking the school record in the 60-yard dash with a winning time of 6.4 seconds at the Midwest Conference indoor meet.

Kersemeier then piled up 14 event victories during the course of the outdoor season. He was unbeaten in the 100 and 220 during the season and ran on the mile relay team, which picked up multiple victories. Kersemeier capped his career by winning both the 100 in 10.1 seconds and the 220 in 21.5 seconds at the Midwest Conference Championships at Carleton College.

Kersemeier was a two-time winner of the DeGoy Ellis Trophy, which goes to the track man scoring the most points during the season. He captured the award in 1961 and again in 1963.

Kersemeier, who earned his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, spent his professional career as an educator. He was a teacher at Glenbrook North High School and the assistant principal for instruction at Glenbard East High School before becoming the principal at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. He retired in 1997.

Kersemeier and his wife, Mary, have three children, Carolyn, Susan and Craig, and 11 grandchildren. The Kersemeiers split their time between Arlington Heights, Ill., and Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Zach Michael, Class of 2004

Zach Michael is the most prolific pass catcher in the storied history of Lawrence University football. The Appleton native is Lawrence’s career leader in catches, receiving yards and touchdown catches.

Playing wide receiver, Michael was a four-time All-Midwest Conference selection and earned freshman All-America honors in 2000. Michael caught 248 passes for 3,842 yards and 40 touchdowns.

Michael, who played his prep football at Appleton East High School for Lawrence All-American Pat Schwanke, also stands as one of the greatest receivers in Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III history. He set the conference career record for both catches and receiving yards and was fourth in touchdown catches. In Division III, Michael was 12th in receiving yards, 14th in catches and 18th in touchdown catches when he graduated.

Michael set Lawrence game records for catches and yards vs. Monmouth College when he grabbed 15 passes for 279 yards in 2001. Michael also set the Lawrence game record for touchdown catches, grabbing four TD passes against St. Norbert College in 2003. Michael also set the Lawrence record for the longest pass play when he caught a 96-yard touchdown pass from R.J. Rosenthal vs. Monmouth in 2001.

Michael, who caught a pass in all 40 of his games at Lawrence, set the season record when he made 77 catches in 2001. His 1,207 receiving yards in 2001 is the second-highest total in school history.

Michael, who also played baseball as a freshman, works as a senior premier banker at BMO Harris Bank in Appleton. He and his wife, Kayla, live in De Pere and have two children, Hailey and Shawn, and a third child is due in December.

Kim Tatro

Kim Tatro has put together a record that is unmatched in Lawrence history. In 29 seasons (21 in softball, eight in volleyball), Tatro has compiled 430 victories to date, 127 more wins than any coach in Lawrence history.

In 21 seasons as the softball coach, the native of Naperville, Ill., has a record of 339-309-1, and her Vikings won Midwest Conference championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999. A seven-time Midwest Conference North Division Coach of the Year (2013, 2011, 2006, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1997), Tatro’s Vikings qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1998 and 1999, and Lawrence had a 4-4 mark in those two tournament appearances.

Under Tatro’s guidance, the Vikings have won six North Division championships (1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005) and qualified for the MWC Tournament 10 times since 1997. Lawrence has been to the MWC Tournament in each of the last two seasons, earning a second-place finish in 2013.

The 1999 squad set the school season record with 31 victories, and Tatro’s teams have the top 12 season win totals in school history. Lawrence has compiled a record of 113-105 in conference play during Tatro’s tenure. The Vikings have fared very well against the North Division during Tatro’s career with a record of 104-82. Tatro’s Vikings have winning records against Beloit College (29-18), Carroll University (28-15) and Ripon College (27-22) and won 12 of 14 games against St. Norbert College during one stretch.

Tatro’s first softball season was 1994, and she took over a program that was rebuilding. Just four seasons later, Lawrence had claimed its first MWC championship and piled up 28 victories.

Over the past 21 seasons, Lawrence has had 60 All-MWC selections and 11 players win North Division Pitcher of the Year or Player of the Year. Lawrence has had 35 All-Great Lakes Region selections since 1997. Lawrence also has had more than 50 Academic All-MWC softball selections since 1994, and 47 Vikings have earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete awards.

Tatro guided the Lawrence volleyball team from 1993-2000, and she holds the school record with 91 victories. Her best season as the volleyball coach was 1998 when the Vikings finished 17-12. The 17 victories is the third-highest season win total in Lawrence history. Tatro had 11 All-MWC selections in eight seasons and nearly 20 academic all-conference picks.

This is not the first Hall of Fame selection for Tatro, who has twice been selected for the St. Norbert College Hall of Fame. She was selected individually in 1999 and as a member of the 1984-85 basketball team in 2005. Tatro also was chosen for the Waubonsie Valley High School Hall of Fame in 1993.

Tatro also currently serves as Lawrence’s associate director of athletics and has served in athletics administration at Lawrence for 13 years.

John Tharp

John Tharp changed Lawrence University basketball and put the Vikings on the national stage. In 13 seasons as the Lawrence coach, Tharp compiled a record of 204-108 for a cool .654 winning percentage.

Tharp’s Vikings won four Midwest Conference championships, reached the Elite Eight of the 2004 NCAA Division III Tournament and achieved a No. 1 national ranking. During the three-season stretch from 2003-04 through 2005-06, Lawrence put together the best record among all NCAA Division III schools at 69-12.

Tharp collected seven different Coach of the Year awards, including Midwest Conference Coach of the Year four times (1997, 2004, 2005, 2006). Tharp also earned National Association of Basketball Coaches Midwest Region Coach of the Year accolades in 2004 and 2006 and was named Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2006.

When Tharp came to Lawrence in 1994, the Vikings had never won more than 13 games in a season and hadn’t won a league championship since 1943. In just his third season as head coach, 1996-97, Lawrence went 22-3, won the Midwest Conference championship and played in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time.

Tharp’s teams then put together a remarkable run from 2003-04 through 2005-06 by winning three consecutive conference championships. The 2003-04 team reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Tournament, a first for a Midwest Conference team. The 2005-06 team was the last unbeaten team in the nation and was ranked No. 1 for the final weeks of the season by That team went on to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Tharp’s postseason record was 10-3 in Midwest Conference Tournament play and 5-4 in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Vikings won four Midwest Conference Tournaments under Tharp and appeared in the tournament seven times.

Tharp also served as Lawrence’s golf coach for 10 seasons from 1995-2004, and the Vikings had a top finish of second place in 2003. Tharp, who was the associate director of athletics during the latter years of his career at Lawrence, also coached MWC champions Jeff Henderson in 2002 and Joe Loehnis in 2003.

A native of Sheboygan, Wis., Tharp has served as the head men’s basketball coach at Hillsdale College since 2007. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Hillsdale, Mich., and have three children, McKayla, Logan and Lukas.

Lawrence tennis teams earn ITA All-Academic honors

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s and women’s tennis teams were both chosen as All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Seven women’s tennis players and four of the men also earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status because of their academic achievement.

To be eligible for the team award, a squad must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20. The Lawrence women posted a superb 3.61 grade point average, and the Lawrence men were at 3.23.

Lawrence was the only women’s team from the Midwest Conference to pick up the award. The Lawrence men were joined by one other conference school, Cornell College.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete award, a student-athlete must have a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the current academic year.

Earning the Scholar-Athlete award for the women were: senior Brenna Decker (Johnsburg, Ill./Johnsburg), freshman Katy Frankel (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield), junior Melissa Heeren (Wausau, Wis./East), sophomore Ali Heiring (Wayzata, Minn./Wayzata), junior Allison Juda (Maple Grove, Minn./Maple Grove), senior Gayatri Malhotra (Litchfield Park, Ariz./Verrado) and junior Elena Watson (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut).

In that group, Watson had a perfect 4.0 GPA for the year, and both Juda (3.98) and Heeren (3.96) were close behind.

On the men’s side, senior Jeremy Andereck (Hartford, Wis./Hartford Union), sophomore Adam Busch (Hales Corners, Wis./Greendale Martin Luther), sophomore Brian DeCorte (Southampton, Pa./William Tennett) and freshman David Jumes (Appleton, Wis./Xavier) all received the Scholar-Athlete award.

DeCorte had the highest GPA for the year at 3.84 and Jumes was next at 3.75.

In addition to the ITA awards, nine Lawrence women’s tennis players and five men’s players were named to the Academic All-Midwest Conference team.

Lawrence swimmers named Scholar All-America team

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University women’s swimming and diving team has been named a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

To be eligible for the award, the team must have a grade point average of at least 3.0. Lawrence posted a team grade point average of 3.38 among its 24 student-athletes. Sixteen team members also earned Academic All-Midwest Conference honors to lead all teams on campus.

Lawrence was one of four Midwest Conference schools to earn the award. Beloit College, Grinnell College and Knox College also made the cut.

Lawrence student-athletes honored on academic all-conference team

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University had 165 student-athletes earn Academic All-Midwest Conference honors for 2013-14.

To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 during the academic year.

The women’s swimming and diving team led Lawrence with 16 student-athletes honored. Lawrence had five other teams that had double-digit selections — women’s outdoor track and field, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and field, women’s soccer and men’s soccer.

The women’s outdoor track and field team was next with 15 student-athletes honored. Women’s cross country had 13 of its 16 team members chosen, and women’s indoor track and field had 13 selections. Women’s soccer had 10 selections, and women’s tennis saw nine of its 11 student-athletes chosen.

Lawrence’s top men’s team was soccer, which had 10 selections. Men’s golf had seven of its 11 student-athletes chosen.

Lawrence had 64 student-athletes chosen from the fall season, 57 from the winter season and 44 from the spring season.

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Ten new faces to join Lawrence volleyball team

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University volleyball team gets a major makeover this fall with 10 new faces on the court, Vikings coach Matt Schoultz announced today.

Cyra Bammer of Zionsville, Ind., Arianna Cohen of Bayside, Wis., Noelle Hele of Apple Valley, Calif., Paige Pohlad of Chicago, Ill., Sydney Nelson of Crystal Lake, Ill., Colleen Nowlan of Arlington Heights, Ill., Lauren Ray of Hales Corners, Wis., Sara Schliesman of Juneau, Wis., Kendra Thomas of Bellingham, Wash., and Rachael Wuensch of Reedsburg, Wis., will join the team for the 2014 season.

‚ÄúThe 2014 class has talent and numbers,‚ÄĚ Schoultz said. ‚ÄúThis class will help us with all phases of the game. I am extremely excited about this group and how they will fit into our team for the 2014 season.‚ÄĚ

Cyra Bammer (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), 5-8, Defensive Specialist/Libero

Bammer was a two-year varsity player and two-year letter winner for Zionsville High School. A team captain as a senior, Bammer led her team in digs and aces. Bammer was a two-time All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference selection. She earned first-team honors as a senior and received honorable mention as a junior. Bammer earned the serving, passing and mental attitude team awards as a senior.  Bammer also competed in four years of basketball and earned two varsity letters. Bammer earned the Eagle Scholar Award for having a grade point average of 4.0-plus in her junior and senior years. Bammer has played club volleyball for Indy Juniors Volleyball Club. The daughter of Scott and D’Lee Bammer, Bammer plans to major in biology (pre-veterinary).

Arianna Cohen (Bayside, Wis./Nicolet), 6-3, Middle/Outside Hitter

Cohen was a two-year varsity player and two-year letter winner for Nicolet High School.¬† A team captain as a senior, Cohen led her team in blocks and hitting percentage. Her team also won a North Shore Conference championship and WIAA regional championship in 2013. Cohen was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior and earned honorable mention as a junior. Cohen is a Merit Award recipient and a member of the Dean’s List. Cohen has played club volleyball for North Shore Milwaukee Volleyball Club and Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club.¬† The daughter of Lawrence alumni Robert and Karen Cohen, she plans to major in psychology.

Noelle Hele (Apple Valley, Calif./Granite Hills), 5-9, Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist

Hele was a four-year varsity player and two-year letter winner for Granite Hills High School, where she served as team captain as a senior. Noelle earned All-Grossmont-Hills Conference honors and the team in 2013. Hele also competed in cross country, soccer and track and field. She earned all-conference honors in cross country and track and was a state meet qualifier in cross country and track. Hele, who plans on competing in track at Lawrence, received the Distinguished Scholar Award, Top 20, Principal’s Award and AP Scholar Award. Hele has played club volleyball for Horizon Volleyball Club. The daughter of Christopher and Lisa Hele, she plans on majoring in art history.

Paige Pohlad (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), 5-11, Middle/Rightside Hitter

Pohlad was a three-year varsity player and three-year letter winner for Whitney Young  High School. Pohlad helped her volleyball team earn City League Championships in all three years of her competing at the varsity.  Academically, Pohlad was named a Illinois State Scholar. Pohlad has played club volleyball for Powerhouse Volleyball Club.  The daughter of Mark and Teresa Pohlad, Paige is undecided for her major.

Sydney Nelson (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central), 5-8, Setter

Nelson was a three-year varsity player and three-year letter winner for Crystal Lake Central High School.  Nelson, a team captain, helped her team earn three Fox Valley Conference championships. Nelson received the Best Attitude team award in her junior year and the Hardest Worker award as a senior.  Academically, Nelson is an Illinois State Scholar, in the top 5 percent of her high school class and received High Honors.  Nelson has played club volleyball for Sky High Volleyball Club and Fusion Volleyball Club.  The daughter of Scott and Jackie Nelson, she plans on majoring in biology.

Colleen Nowlan (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove), 6-0, Middle Hitter

Nowlan was a two-year varsity player and two-year letter winner for Buffalo Grove High School and played one season of softball. Academically, Nowlan was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and received high honors in high school. Nowlan has played club volleyball for Top Flight Volleyball Club and has been named Top Flight player of the week. The daughter of Regina Nowlan, she plans on majoring in psychology.

Lauren Ray (Hales Corners, Wis./Whitnall), 5-8, Setter/Rightside Hitter

Ray was a three-year varsity player and three-year letter winner for Whitnall High School, where she served as team captain in both her junior and senior seasons. Ray was an All-Woodland Conference second-team pick in 2013.  Academically, Ray was a member of the National Honor Society and received academic all-conference honors. Ray has played club volleyball for Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club and Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club. The daughter of Collin and Nadine Ray, she plans on majoring in biology.

Sara Schliesman (Juneau, Wis./Dodgeland), 5-4, Defensive Specialist/Libero

Schliesman was a three-year varsity player and three-year letter winner for Dodgeland High School. Schliesman, who led her prep team in digs in 2013, received Academic All-Trailways Conference honors, High Honors, was a forensics state bronze medalist, State Visual Arts Classic gold and silver medalist and is a part of the Honors Choir. Schliesman has played club volleyball for Wisconsin Power Dodge County Volleyball Club. The daughter of Troy and Michelle Schliesman, she plans on majoring in mathematics.

Kendra Thomas (Bellingham, Wash./Sehome), 5-6, Defensive Specialist/Libero

Thomas was a four-year varsity player and four-year letter winner for Sehome High School, where she served as team captain in both her junior and senior seasons. Thomas was a second-team all-conference selection as both a junior and senior. Thomas helped her high school team to three Washington state tournament appearances in the last three years, and Sehome finished fourth in 2013. Also a four-year letter winner in track and field, Thomas is a Washington state champion. Thomas ran a leg on Sehome’s winning 800-meter relay team. She also ran on the 400 relay team that finished second at the state meet. Academically, Thomas has received the Citizenship Award and the Good Samaritan Award. Thomas has played club volleyball for Whatcom Volleyball Club. The daughter of Karl and Karen Thomas, Thomas plans to major in biology.

Rachael Wuensch (Reedsburg, Wis./Reedsburg), 5-10, Outside/Rightside Hitter

Wuensch was a four-year varsity player and four-year letter winner for Reedsburg High School, where she served as team captain as a junior and senior. Wuensch earned All-Badger Conference second-team honors as a sophomore and junior. Wuensch earned the MVP and Offensive MVP team awards as a junior and the Coaches Award (missed most of her senior season due to a knee injury) as a senior. Wuensch, who led her team in digs as a junior, also competed in three years of softball and earned two letters. Academically, Wuensch was a member of the National Honor Society, received High Honors and was on the Principal’s List. Wuensch has played club volleyball for Wisconsin Power Sauk County Volleyball Club, Just A Game Volleyball Club and Wisconsin Select Volleyball Club. The daughter of John and Cindy Wuensch, she plans to major in psychology.

Lawrence open its season Aug. 29 when the Vikings travel to compete in the University of Mount Union Invitational in Alliance, Ohio.

Lawrence student-athletes receive awards at Honors Celebration

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Sixteen Lawrence¬†University student-athletes were recently honored at the 2014 Honors Celebration.

The awards and winners are as follows.

The Ruth Bateman Award is given for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability and leadership by a female athlete. Junior Taylor Winter (Bayside, Wis./Nicolet) won the award after completing another stellar season. Winter won the 1,650-yard freestyle and 500 freestyle at the 2014 Midwest Conference Championships and also took the 1,650 title in the Wisconsin Private College Championships. A three-time MWC champion, Winter also holds the school records in both the 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle.

The Iden Charles Champion Cup is given for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability, college spirit and loyalty. Junior Andrew Borresen (West Bend, Wis./Living Word Lutheran) is a reserve on the men’s basketball team and deeply involved in campus life. A member of the Dean’s List and Mortar Board, Borresen has a 3.89 grade point average and is majoring in history. Borresen is set to capture his third consecutive Academic All-Midwest Conference selection. The co-chairman of Lawrence’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Borresen also works in the Lawrence’s sports information office and for the Lawrentian, the student newspaper.

The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Men is given the freshman man who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Blake Roubos (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Michael’s) won the award after lettering in two sports during his rookie year at Lawrence. A hockey and tennis standout, Roubos was named to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association all-freshmen team and was named a NCHA Player of the Week during the season. Roubos led the team in scoring with 26 points on a team-best 16 assists and 10 goals. Roubos recorded his first career hat trick and the first hat trick for a Lawrence player since the 2009-10 season when he scored three times in a 4-2 win over Finlandia University that clinched a berth in the NCHA playoffs. Roubos had a season-best five points and a season-high three assists to go with two goals in Lawrence‚Äôs 6-6 nonconference tie with Gustavus Adolphus College early in the season. Roubos was a starter at No. 3 doubles and played matches at No. 6 singles for tennis team. Roubos and Sam Wiener won the consolation title at No. 3 doubles at the Midwest Conference Championships.

The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Women is given to the freshman woman who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Amy Hutchings (Ripon, Wis./Ripon) earned the award after earning letters in both cross country and track and field. During the cross country season, Hutchings finished ninth at the Midwest Conference Championships to earn all-conference honors. Hutchings, who is one of just three women in Lawrence history to finish in the conference’s top 10 as a freshman, led Lawrence to a third-place finish at the league meet. Hutchings also competed in multiple distance events in both indoor and outdoor track.

The Ralph V. Landis Award was established by the Lettermen of Lawrence in honor of Dr. Landis, physician to Lawrence students from 1926-78, and is awarded for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics by a senior male athlete. Luke Barthelmess (Appleton, Wis./Principia) completed a record-setting career at quarterback for the Lawrence football team. A 2013 All-Midwest Conference selection, Barthelmess completed 193 of 346 passes for 2,133 yards and 14 touchdowns. He finished second in the league at 213.3 passing yards per game. Barthelmess also ran 177 times for 889 yards and two touchdowns. Barthelmess, who averaged 5.0 yards per carry, finished eighth in the conference at 88.9 yards per game. Barthelmess also finished first in the league in total offense at 302.2 yards per game. Barthelmess, who is Lawrence’s career leader in a number of passing categories, completed 648 of 1,181 passes in his career. He threw for a record 8,190 yards and a record 62 touchdown passes. Barthelmess, who was named the MVP at the Bowl of the Stars in Mexico, is the starting quarterback for the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League.

The Charles E. Pond Award for Men is given for all-around athletic ability by a senior man in two or more sports and for sportsmanship, school spirit and scholarship. Dan Thoresen (Verona, Wis./Verona) earned the award after completing a stellar career in cross country and track and field. Thoresen earned All-Midwest Conference honors four times in track and field and was a member of Lawrence’s 2011 conference championship cross country squad. A biology major, Thoresen has a 3.935 grade point average in biology.

The Marion Read Award is given for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics. The award had two winners this year as seniors Mary Diduch (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) and Hannah Gabriel (Elmhurst, Ill./York) shared the award. Diduch won four letters in softball and was part of the 2014 and 2014 squads that reached the Midwest Conference Tournament. Diduch also worked as a student manager for the football team and served in a leadership position with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Gabriel was a two-time Midwest Conference champion, taking the title twice in the 200-yard freestyle and setting a meet record in the event. Gabriel also holds the school record in the 200 freestyle and is part of record-holding teams in the 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay.

The Letterwinner Award is presented by the L Club to those outstanding seniors who have earned eight or more letters. The winners are:

Brielle Bartes (Waukesha, Wis./Mukwonago), volleyball, softball and track and field

Jamie Brisbois (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville), cross country and track and field

Katherine Dannecker (Milwaukee, Wis./Arts), cross country and track and field

Kevin Fitzgerald (Naperville, Ill./North), cross country and track and field

Alyssa Herman (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township), cross country and track and field

Sam Luebke (Greendale, Wis./Greendale), indoor and outdoor track and field

Mike Mangian (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South), cross country and track and field

Charlie Mann (Denver, Colo./Littleton), men’s soccer and swimming

Andy Paider (Denmark, Wis./Denmark), football and track and field

Dan Thoresen (Verona, Wis./Verona), cross country and track and field