Fourteen Lawrence University student-athletes were recently honored at the 2012 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. Senior Mallory Koula (Appleton, Wis./Kimberly) completed a record-setting career as a forward on the women’s soccer team. Koula set Lawrence career records for goals and points and set the NCAA Division III record for fastest three consecutive goals in a game. Koula was named the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
The Iden Charles Champion Cup is given for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability, college spirit and loyalty. Junior Sam Stevens (Suamico, Wis./Bay Port) was the Midwest Conference cross country champion and led Lawrence to the team championship. Stevens is a nine-time All-Midwest Conference honoree and won a pair of conference titles this past season. He took the 5,000 indoors and won the 1,500 outdoors.
The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Men is given the freshman man who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Peter Emery (Goleta, Calif./Virtual) won the award after posting a 12-9-3 record for the Vikings with a 2.37 goals against average and .924 save percentage.
The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Women is given to the freshman woman who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Swimmer Taylor Winter (Bayside, Wis./Nicolet) won the first Midwest Conference title of her career by taking the 500-yard freestyle at the league championships. Winter, who was named a Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week, also swam to victory in the 1,650 freestyle at the Wisconsin Private College Championships.
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. Senior hockey players Matt Hughes (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) and Jameson Raymond (Flint, Mich./Kearsley) shared the award. Hughes and Raymond were the the key players in leading Lawrence to its best four-year stretch in the program’s history. Both players were All-Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association selections.
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. Cam Blegen (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay) has lettered in both track and field and soccer during his time at Lawrence. In addition to his performance on the track, Blegen also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was an Academic All-Midwest Conference selection.
The Charles E. Pond Award for Women is given for all-around athletic ability by a senior woman in two or more sports and for sportsmanship, school spirit, and scholarship. Sam Nimmer (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran) won four letters in volleyball and when an injury prevented her from completing her basketball career, she served as a student assistant coach this past season. Nimmer also is a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team.
The Marion Read Award is given for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics. Shannon Murray (Lawrenceville, Ga./Dacula) earned All-Midwest Conference honors in softball and was chosen for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team. Murray also serves as a student athletic trainer for both women’s tennis and basketball.
The Letterwinner Award is presented by the L Club to those outstanding seniors who have earned eight or more letters. The winners are:
Cam Blegen (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay), soccer and track and field;
Tom Coben (St. Paul, Minn./Central), cross country and track and field;
Sam Estrem (Newberg, Ore./Catlin Gabel), cross country and track and field;
Nick Kerkman (Mequon, Wis./Homestead), football and track and field;
Emily Muhs (Janesville, Wis./Craig), cross country and track and field;
Rachel Young (Minneapolis, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall), cross country and track and field.