2013 MOC Athletics Awards Ceremony Held
Baseball student-athletes captured the top two male individual awards, while a golf student-athlete and a two-sport student-athlete won the top two female individual awards as the 2012-13 Mount Olive College Athletics Awards Ceremony was held Tuesday at Kornegay Arena. Jermaine Berry and Carly White were named Most Outstanding Male and Female Student-Athletes, and Daniel Oliver and Emelie Andersson were selected as the Male and Female Scholar Athletes.
The annual awards ceremony recognized Trojan student-athletes for outstanding achievement during the 2012-13 academic year. Along with athletics department awards, each team recognized its top student-athletes.
A senior from Suffok, Va., Berry has the top batting average for the nationally top-ranked Trojan baseball team, batting .399 this season. The third baseman also has 15 doubles, 47 runs batted in and 44 runs scored. He set what is believed to be a school record by collecting hits in seven consecutive plate appearances against nationally ranked California (Pa.). Berry is a two-time Conference Carolinas Player of the Week this season. He is also among six Trojans on the "Watch List" for the 2013 Tino Martinez Award for the Division II Baseball National Player of the Year. Mount Olive enters this weekend's Conference Carolinas Tournament as regular season champion and the No. 1 seed.
White, a junior from Ash, N.C., became the first Trojan student-athlete (excluding running sports) in more than a decade to earn All-Conference honors in two different sports in the same year. White was named to the All-Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball third team in the fall, marking her second straight year on the All-Conference Team (first team in 2011). She was also named to this year's All-Conference Carolinas Softball second team just last week. White was 13-4 on the season and was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting a 1-0 record with a save during this past weekend's Conference Carolinas Tournament to help the Trojans win the conference championship.
Oliver, a senior from Plymouth, N.C., was named to this year's Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team. An accounting major, Oliver was selected as the Mount Olive College Male Scholar Athlete of the Month. On the field, the first baseman is batting .331 with six home runs and 18 doubles.
Andersson, a senior from Bromma, Sweden, earned Conference Carolinas All-Academic honors for the second straight year and was last year's Conference Carolinas Women's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year. She received a 2011-12 Division II Athletics Directors Association Achievement Award and is a two-time MOC Female Scholar Athlete of the Month winner. Andersson was also a finalist for the 2012-13 Conference Carolinas Murphy Osborne Award. On the golf course, Andersson was named the All-Conference Carolinas first team for the second straight year and became only the second-ever Trojan women's golf student-athlete to earn All-Conference honors all four years. She won the King College Intercollegiate in a playoff during the fall.
Other awards announced Tuesday included the inaugural Mount Olive College Covenant Award. During the school year, a student-athlete was selected as a winner of one of the eight virtues of the Mount Olive College Covenant and the winner of the Covenant Award was chosen among the eight winners. Men's track and field student-athlete Sebastian Jackson, who won the monthly award for respect, was named the winner of the Covenant Award.
The MOC Athletic Training, Strength and Conditioning, and Sports Information Departments also presented awards. Baseball student-athlete Talton Cherry and softball student-athlete Kalie Smith won the Athletic Training Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year Awards. Baseball student-athlete Matt Petrone and women's volleyball/women's tennis student-athlete Nicole Karas won the Strength and Conditioning Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year Awards.
The Sports Information Male and Female Play of the Year awards went to men's cross country/indoor track and field/outdoor track and field student-athlete Dylan Lafond and softball student-athlete Savannah Becker. Lafond won for becoming the first student-athlete in school history to win Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year awards in three different sports and also the first to compete in NCAA Championships in two different sports in the same year. Becker won for her 13-pitch at bat with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that resulted in a game-tying single in the first championship game of the Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament as Mount Olive went on to win that game and then win the championship.
In addition, special tributes were presented to Trojan Club Executive Director Bill Clingan and Recreation and Leisure Services (RLS) professor Dr. Mac Cassell, both of whom are retiring at the end of the school year. Clingan, who also served as Trojan head men's basketball coach for 18 years, will remain as a professor in the RLS Department. Cassell served as Mount Olive's Director of Athletics before stepping down in 2005 to teach full time.