SAAC honors own at WESPY's

April 29, 2013

Danielle Monnier and Christian Patterson were named Female Player and Male Player of the Year, respectively, via a Twitter vote Sunday at the second annual WESPY's

Danielle Monnier and Christian Patterson were named Female Player and Male Player of the Year, respectively, via a Twitter vote Sunday at the second annual WESPY's

The Wilmington College Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) recognized its own Sunday in the second annual WESPY’s at the Hugh Heiland Theater. The awards were voted on my SAAC members.

In addition to the awards, football head coach Stacy Hairston delivered a message during his keynote speech that concluded the evening. He spoke about his tough upbringing and how athletics shaped his overall views on life.

“My competitive nature in the hood carried out into everything I did,” said Hairston. “You don’t know how athletics molds your character in life. It teaches you continue to work hard, no matter where you at. I’ve seen competition in athletics transition into business and in other field. Athletes refuse to settle for less. There is a path that’s been laid out for every one of us. Trust you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing in your life. Don’t be concerned about someone else’s grass being greener.”

In a Twitter vote that decided the Players of the Year, junior pitcher Danielle Monnier and junior high jumper Christian Patterson earned the nod for female and male, respectively.

Monnier turned in the greatest single-season performance in school history. She finished with 12 wins, an ERA of 1.45 and 122 strikeouts, all single-season records. Monnier was one of the key reasons the softball teams posted the first winning season in school history, along with recording a school record 20 wins.

Patterson is currently third nationally for the high jump with a season-best 6’ 11” jump at the Bellarmine Invitational. He finished second in the Ohio Athletic Conference meet to earn all-conference honors.

Other highlights of the events were Galen Carrington earning the Comeback of the Year and women’s basketball coach Jerry Scheve being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

On April 16, 2012, Carrington had liver transplant surgery, and spent six weeks hospitalized in a controlled environment to protect him from infection.

The surgery required severing his abdominal muscles — a key strength area for a swimmer whose specialty is the butterfly and individual medley relay, the latter of which features four swimming strokes. He was unsure whether he could swim competitively his senior year, but he knew he would give training toward that goal his best shot.

That began in his backyard pool in June, and when the swim team opened the season on October 27th, Carrington was in the pool competing with his teammates.

Scheve has been on the Lady Quakers basketball sidelines for 23 years, has won over 400 games and led the 2004 team to a National Championships. He has become a WC stalwart, and has made an impact on the lives of his players on and off the court.

Prior to the beginning of the event and during a five-minute intermission, the crowd was delighted by the tunes of Wilmington College student and security officer, Steve Gregory. The event was hosted by men's basketball player Miles Bankston and sophomore track athlete Tricia Steffen.

The other award winners were:
Martin Holmquist, soccer (Fall Male Athlete of the Year)
Jenna Parlette, cross country (Fall Female Athlete of the Year)
Mikey Spraul, swimming (Winter Male Athlete of the Year)
Julie Creech, swimming (Winter Female Athlete of the Year)
Christian Patterson, track & field (Spring Male Athlete of the Year)
Danielle Monnier, softball (Spring Female Athlete of the Year)
Max Gabbard’s game-winning kick vs Marietta (Play of the Year)
Football's victory over Marietta (Game of the Year)
LeAnn Topp's 15 rebounds vs UC-Clermont (Performance of the Year)
Jalen Jackson, lacrosse (Male Newcomer of the Year)
Rachelle Bowen, soccer (Female Newcomer of the Year)
Katie Milbower (Fan of the Year)
Terry Inlow (Faculty Member of the Year)
Women’s Swimming (Highest Team GPA)
Beth Floyd, Trip Breen, Ron Combs (Coaches of the Year)
Brandon Candella (Senior Male Athlete of the Year)
Julie Creech (Senior Female Athlete of the Year)
Galen Carrington (Comeback of the Year)
Men’s swimming’s win over JCU (Upset of the Year)
Softball (Team of the Year)