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Wingate football beats Pembroke to remain undefeated and advances in AFCA ranking

Sarah Thurman Staff Writer

After a big win at home on Saturday against UNC-Pembroke,  the undefeated Wingate Bulldogs will be on the road for their next two football games.

Wingate, 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference, will travel to Salisbury to play Catawba on Saturday and to Mars Hill on Oct. 21. Both games will kick off at 1:30 p.m.

The next home game will be against Newberry at Irwin Belk Stadium on Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs are one of only two undefeated teams playing NCAA football in North Carolina (the other one is North Carolina A&T) after taking a 31-28 victory over UNC-Pembroke (1-5).

Wingate is ranked No. 24 nationally in this week’s  AFCA/NCAA Division II Coaches’ top 25 poll. It’s the first time we’ve been in the rankings this season

Wide receiver Jay Hood scored the winning touchdown on a 14-yard pass from quarterback James Whitaker with 1:34 left in the game. Senior running back Lawrence Pittman ran for 165 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.

It was the first time the two teams had played each other since the 2014 season. Wingate leads the all-time series 6-3.

The game was the first for the Bulldogs since a 22-14 win at Lenoir-Rhyne on Sept. 23.

In that game, Pittman rushed 37 times for 127 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt senior place kicker Freddy McCollum made a career-high three field goals for Wingate.

By the end of first quarter Wingate led 3-0 with McCollum scoring a 19-yard field goal. At halftime L-R got the lead with a 9-yard touchdown run. But Wingate regained the lead at 10-7 on Whitakers 16-yard touchdown pass to Malik Bledsoe.

In the third quarter, McCollum kicked a 21-yard field goal for a 13-7 lead

During the fourth quarter Pittman got a 3-yard touchdown run and with 3:12 on the clock, McCollum scored a 31-yard field goal, making the score 22-7.

L-Rs Nelson Brown got a 1-yard touchdown run for the final 22-14 score.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Photo Credit: Wingate Athletics Website

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Wingate’s Pep band prepares to bring more excitement to the new athletic season

Ryan McKeel, Staff Writer

Wingate University’s Pep Band gears up for the first home game of the 2017 season on Saturday, September 16 at 6:00 PM at Irwin Belk Stadium.

The Pep Band, Wingate’s premiere athletic performing ensemble, has been under the direction of Dr. Dawn Price, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Wingate University, for ten years.

With performances at select Volleyball games as well as all home Football games, the Pep Band strives to bring Wingate spirit to any game they attend. “My favorite Pep Band activity, besides playing music, is helping engage the crowd in cheering on the sports teams,” said Junior Dariyhn Lee.

A common theme in both rehearsals and games amongst the band members is the excitement for the game. With their music ready to go and instruments in hand, the band members are often the loudest ones in the stands cheering on their fellow bulldogs.

The band hasn’t always dominated a section in the stadiums, says Dr. Price. “The band has grown from 17 members in 2008 to now 47 members. The overall ability of the group has improved as well.”

Dr. Price strives to give every band member an opportunity to gain something from their time in the stadiums. “[Pep Band] gives students, both music majors and non-majors, an opportunity to play their instruments in sports and entertainment events,” she said. “The band also provides a wide variety of music intended to promote spirit at the various athletic events at which we play.”

Other key game day members have noted the, no pun intended, pep that the band brings. Head Football Coach, Joe Reich commented on the “special energy” that the band provides. “That is college football, having the band playing and the crowd cheering. That’s good stuff.”

The Pep Bands partner in crime, The Wingate University Cheerleader’s, have built a bond based on excitement and cheer with the musicians. “I think that the cheerleaders and pep band have been growing a relationship over the past few years,” said head cheer coach Kelly Sheppard. “We love the energy that the band gives us… I literally have to tell the girls to stay calm when the band starts up.”

Several of the Pep Band members have commented on the importance of their halftime shows.“I love performing for the people in the stands and hearing them sing along,” said junior Taylor Eudy. “It is exciting to be out there on that field and give the folks in the stand a chance to hear some tunes that they are familiar with.”

Other students in the stands have also felt the excitement that the band brings when their on the field. “It kind of stops you in your tracks. You can’t help but turn around and watch their show,” said senior Naomi Askew.

Athletes at games always find a way to show their support to the band members. Whether it’s a salute or shouted “Thanks!” from the football players celebrating a victory on the field, or a line of volleyball players after their win inside Cuddy Arena, most come together in some way to thank the band either at the stadium or in passing on campus.

When asked about their favorite tune, 12 of the 15 respondents listed Mark Ronson’s & Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Photo credit: Wingate University Athletics

What’s Your Story?: Kimmi Moore faces trials that make her stronger

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer

Wingate University’s total enrollment is approximately 3,150. Out of those 3,150 people, each one has their own story. Students walk past one another everyday unaware of each other’s stories.

Some stories need to be heard so others fighting the same battles know they’re not alone, but sometimes people are afraid of sharing their story. Sophomore, Kimmi Moore has her own story and is willing to share it with others.

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Photo Source: Wingate Athletics

For many students freshman year is challenging as it is a big transition from high school to college. For Moore however, the transition was an easy one. Moore started Wingate University in August of 2015.

Moore went to Wingate on a soccer scholarship. “Because I came in on a sports team with people I already knew, the transition was fairly easy. I already had friends here and they were able to help me transition into the college life and help me with classes which showed me time management” said Moore.

Although Moore got off to a good start and liked Wingate, life threw her a curve. “My freshman year during spring break I went home for a few days and before coming back to school my boyfriend committed suicide” said Moore.

“When you lose someone to depression you automatically feel like it’s your fault,” said Moore, “It took me a very long time to realize it wasn’t my fault.” Moore also said “depression is an inner battle with yourself and the best thing you can do is find little things to look forward to.”

Moore said she took time off to cope and better her mental health after battling depression. “I didn’t return to school for awhile because my parents were worried and I wanted to remain home and stay close to them time.”

Moore eventually decided to come back and continue playing soccer. “I came back because I knew it was the best thing for me and I had so many opportunities ahead of me,” said Moore, “I’m glad I came back because I focused on soccer, bettered my play, made new friends, and I was beginning to be myself again.”

Moore credits her teammates and her coach for helping her on her “tough days.”

Moore also said her teachers were very understanding and helped with the work she missed. Moore said she was even able to finish the semester with a gpa over 3.0.

One of her teammates and best friends, Erica Pacello said Kimmi’s strength is something she’s never seen before. “Her situation from the outside looking in seems unbearable and somehow she managed to channel her weaknesses into strengths on and off the soccer field,” said Pacello, “she’s an amazing friend to me, she asks me if I’m okay when I know sometimes she’s barely getting through the day.” Pacello also said that she knows the battle Kimmi is fighting is internal but she roots for her every day.

Kimmi has found love again and is in a relationship. Her boyfriend Nick Sprinkle said she shows her strength everyday. “She doesn’t let little mishaps and setbacks deter her from being one of the most kind and caring people I have ever met,” said Sprinkle, “Every single day she gets up, goes to class, practice, rotations, and even has time for herself, when many people can barely balance school and homework she is balancing ten things at once and it puts into perspective how much she can bare.”

Sprinkle also said, “You would never know that she was struggling unless she told you. She always puts others before herself, even if it costs her something. She does not think twice about helping someone else.” Nick said Kimmi is one of the strongest people he’s ever met.

“Wingate has impacted my life because without all the support I was offered I would not have been able to come back. This school puts each other first, offers you with options to expand your knowledge and try new things, and is just the home feel,” said Moore, “this school has changed my life, made me a better individual and opened up new horizons.”

Moore advises others who are dealing with depression to keep busy and to lean on your friends. “Your friends are here to help you, call them…you think you’re burdening them with your problems so you bottle them up which makes it worse.” Moore said she has a tattoo on her spine that says, The pain you feel today is the strength you’ll feel tomorrow. Keep going. “If you tell yourself that everyday, it’ll start to get better and you will achieve what you want, so just keep fighting” said Moore.

Edited by: Brea Childs

What’s Your Story: Sherwood reflects on his time at Wingate

Jackson Kaplan, Staff Writer

Since 1985, David Sherwood has served as the Sports Information Director at Wingate University. Sherwood resides in the same town where he has lived for his entire life and never had plans of going anywhere else. A graduate of nearby Forest Hills High School, Sherwood was granted the opportunity to go to another college besides Wingate, but chose to stay here after earning a full scholarship. The rest was history for the WU athletic department.

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Photo Source: Wingate Athletics

Over the last 32 years, Sherwood has enjoyed watching the campus grow including the school’s transition from a junior college to a four-year university. The Bulldog athletic department continues to provide its student-athletes, coaches, administration and fans with new facilities.

The new building that first came to mind for Sherwood is Cuddy Arena, which was established after the retirement of Sanders-Sykes Gymnasium where the WU basketball teams used to play their home games. The brand-new, state-of-the-art McGee Center is another new addition that has impressed Sherwood as another sign of Wingate’s rapid growth.

Being an NCAA Division II school, Wingate University is significantly smaller than many major Division I institutions with its small, yet growing student body. Sherwood sees many benefits of working at a smaller school rather than a larger one including “there is more opportunity to learn about people’s stories.” Building strong relationships with fellow colleagues and student-athletes are more great benefits of working at a small university, which Sherwood cherishes greatly.

For the last three decades, Wingate University athletics has seen tremendous success in many sports, but the memory that has stood the most was the opportunity to see the Bulldog men’s soccer team win its first National Championship in the athletic department’s illustrious history.

Going back further in time, another great memory for Sherwood was following the 1987-88 women’s basketball team when they won 33 straight games and advanced to the NAIA Final Four. Sherwood also covered the 2010 WU football team when they went to the NCAA Playoffs for the first time in 2010. He also remembers being at the game where Wingate defeated Morehouse in the first round and recalls the memory of how excited the school was when it happened.

In his illustrious tenure at Wingate, Sherwood has received multiple awards of recognition including winning the 2016 Lester Jordan Award last summer from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Lester Jordan Award is presented annually to an individual for exemplary service to the Academic All-America® program and for promotion of the ideals of being a student-athlete.

He was also the recipient of the CoSIDA 25-year Award. Sherwood was also awarded the AVCA Grant Burger Media Award for the NCAA Division II Southeast Region in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The AVCA Grant Burger Media Award is an honor intended to recognize members of the media who have been involved in the advancement of the sport of volleyball.

In 2007, he received the Wingate University Faith Award and the Wingate University Service Award from his peers. In 2003, Sherwood received the Bob Kenworthy Award from CoSIDA. The Kenworthy Award is given annually to a CoSIDA member for community involvement and accomplishments outside the sports information office.

The Bulldogs lead the state of North Carolina across all divisions of athletics in producing Academic All-Americans. He has spent 20-plus years on the Academic All-America® committee and a one-year stint on the Membership Services Committee. He has also been part of the Daktronics All-American and the NCCSIA All-State committees.

There have been many changes to Wingate University over the last three decades, but one thing has remained constant, David Sherwood. The dedication to his craft, the treatment of his student-athletes, love for Wingate and production of exemplary work is unmatched in collegiate athletics. Sherwood is the gold standard of Sports Information Directors regardless of any level and is loved by everyone in the community. Sherwood’s legacy still continues to this day as the WU athletic department continues to produce champions on and off the field of competition.

 

Edited by Brea Childs

Wingate Baseball helps to fight cancer one swing at a time

Brandon Bowles, Staff Writer

On Wednesday May 3rd Wingate University Baseball was able to give back to the community by partnering with the Levine’s Children’s Hospital. As of 2014, 15,780 children and adolescence from ages one to nineteen suffer from cancer. Those that lose their battle with cancer are a little less than 2,000 in the United States.

To do their part, the baseball team decided to host a Homerun Derby that anyone willing to donate to the Levine’s Children’s Hospital could participate in. $20 was the entry price for athletes and $10 for non-athletes.

To make things fair, portable fences were brought in one for the guys and one for the girls. Each participant was given five outs to hit as many homeruns as possible. Baseball players had to hit the ball over the normal outfield fence for it to count as a homerun, whereas the guys had to hit it over the second closest fence from home plate and the girls the closest fence from home.

Once everyone got their chance to swing the top eight were selected to move on to the next round. Those participants were Rebekah Woods with eight homeruns, Naomi Sapp with six, Reece Daniel with five, Bub DeLuca, Tyler Napierala, Bradly Brown, Kemper Patton, and Brandon Donahue with four. There would be four head to head matchups to see who would make it to the semifinals and the winners of the semifinal match would make it to the finals.

In the quarter finals Woods would oust Sapp with 11 homeruns, Daniel would hit one to oust Donahue, Brown would oust DeLuca with four homeruns and Patton would oust Napierala with four. In the semifinal round, Woods and Daniel went ont to the finals after beating Brown and Patton respectively.

By this time both players were tired and did everything they could to muster the energy for one more round. When Daniel went first, you could see the fatigue in his eyes. He went through his batting routine and prepared himself for the first pitch.

Knowing that he is setting the bar he hits the second pitch out of the park followed by another one. He then proceeded to make two consecutive outs followed by another homerun followed by another out. On his second to last swing, he kept the ball fair giving him four total for the round.

Woods, on ther hand, knew what she had to hit four to tie five to win. As she stepped to the plate, she took the first pitch like Daniel. She swung at a pitch that didn’t quite make it out, giving her one out.

Then on the third pitch she hit the ball over the fence and followed it with another,, giving her two for the round. She made another out on the next pitch following it with back-to-back homeruns. At the end of the round both players were tied meaning that they would go to a swing off.

In a swing off both batters got a chance to take one swing and if both players fail to hit a homerun the process is repeated. The swing off happened twice with Woods taking the title of Homerun Derby Champion.

In the end, it was not about who hit the most homeruns it was about giving back and helping those that are fighting for their lives.   

Photo Source: Wingate Baseball Twitter

Edited by: Brea Childs

Wingate Senior Athletes are preparing to hang up their collegiate sports careers

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer

Some people’s first words are ball. Some people start playing a sport not long after they even learn to walk. People grow up around sports, and sports become apart of people’s life. For some, it is their life. So what’s it like when it’s all over?

For some people sports becomes a way a life. It requires commitment, hard work, and dedication. It can be rewarding and disappointing all in one. Sports is an emotional journey and the emotion of your last game is indescribable.

The saying goes, “All great things must come to an end.” This saying only helps a little. Like anything in life, you don’t realize how much you love something until it’s gone and you never know when it’s going to be taken away.

Through sports you gain your best friends. You see each other every day at practice and you bond because of the mutual passion you share for the sport. You bond through competing against each other. You bond over wins and over losses. You build each other up and you have each others back.

In high school, your last game is sad because you know you’re about to go separate ways with your teammates and most of them you’ll never see again. It’s sad to know you’ll never be apart of that same team with those same players again; it’s sad to know you’ll never play for that same coach again.

But for those who get to play again in college it makes it a little easier because you know it’s not completely over. You’re excited to move on to bigger and better things and to play at the next level.

For Wingate Senior Lacrosse player, Kendall Sienon, who’s Lacrosse career just ended, she said that playing a sport in collegian level versus a high school level is “virtually incomparable.”

Leaving high school behind and your high school teammates behind can feel like the end of the world. You’ve known most of your teammates and friends since elementary school, and you honestly believe nothing’s going to compare to it and the goodbyes are the hardest.

What you don’t realize is, playing a college sport is completely different. Sure you may only know your college teammates for four years whereas you knew some of your high school teammates for 12, but the goodbyes feel completely different and maybe even worse.

In college, you start all over. You have a new coach to impress and new teammates to become friends with. You have to adapt and gel with your new teammates. Playing on a collegiate team, you play with teammates from all over, not people you’ve known since elementary school, and not people who were raised like you. You start over and you think you have a whole four years to develop your role on the team and to become best friends with your teammates.

What you don’t realize is you only have four years and how fast they’ll fly. You don’t realize it’ll fly even faster than high school. You don’t realize that you’ll make lifelong friends that you develop even closer relationships with than the ones you had in high school.

You leave high school and never talk to some of those teammates again, and knowing that, you’re aware that it’s most likely going to happen with some of your college teammates, and that hits home. Especially because you and your teammates are all about to go separate ways all over the country and join the real world.

Sienon said she cried after her last game. “The emotions got to me and not because we lost but because of the sinking realization that this was the last lacrosse game I will be playing in,” said Sienon, “It is a little sad to be done but it hasn’t sunk in quite yet that I will not be stepping on the field again.”

When your high school sports career ends and you leave those teammates behind, it almost feels like your world is coming to an end, and in a way it is…that part of your world, that chapter, does end…but a new one begins.

When your college career ends, it’s a whole different story. When it ends your whole sports career is over, and it’s an even harder goodbye. You only had four years with those college teammates who also became your best friends, and those long four years spent everyday together and those long hours of practice, still aren’t enough.

When you play a college sport your best friends automatically are your teammates because those are the first people you meet on campus and they’re the people you spend the most time with. Moving on to the real world is already scary but leaving behind your best friends is even scarier.

I have gained some of my closest friends through lacrosse. Lacrosse brings us together as a mutual interest but I feel as if being apart of a sport and experiencing those things as teammates and friends brings you so much closer together. Some of them will definitely be in my wedding and a part of my life for many years to come,” said Sienon.

College is the best years of your life and a huge part of that for a collegiate athlete is because of the sport they played. In college you find yourself and a huge part of that is because of your best friends, you find yourselves together.

Playing a college sport plays a big role in finding yourself. You learn to lead, to work with others, how to communicate with others, etc. There is a lot you can learn about life from a sport.

When your college career ends it’s hard to accept that you’re about to leave this place that has been your home for four years. You’re about to leave a place where you find yourself.

You’re leaving a place where a thousand memories were made. It’s hard to leave that and all your friends behind and it’s extremely hard to leave behind the sport you’ve been passionate about since you were young.

The sport that has brought you so much happiness. When you play on your home field for the last time you realize you’ll never get that feeling back. The feeling of your friends and family in the crowd cheering for you.

Playing the sport you love with your best friends. Laughing on the field and leaving everything you have on that field. A sport can even be a stress reliever during college. For those few hours your on that field your head is in the game and all the stress of school is temporarily gone.
The question then becomes. what happens when you enter the real world? What’s your stress reliever? Sure you can play in rec-leagues, intramural leagues, adult leagues, etc. but will it ever really be the same?

Edited by: Brea Childs

WUSPYS annual Sports Award Banquet set for Monday

Tariah Harrell, Staff Writer

The Wingate Bulldogs fifth annual WUSPYS sports awards banquet will take place on Monday, May 8 at the Union County Agricultural Center in Wingate. There are 18 categories in this year’s WUSPYS. Voting has currently started. All the awards will be voted on by Wingate coaches, along with the athletic administrative staff and members of Wingate’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. There were more that 90 people who received a WUSPYS ballot on Monday.  Next Monday, the doors of the Union County Agricultural Center will be open at 4:45 p.m. where the red carpet will be set for the athletes. Team awards will be handed out at 5:30 p.m. and the first WUSPYS award will be handed out following the team awards at 6 p.m.

Here are the categories and nominees of each of the following categories:

Female Breakthrough Athlete

Katie Bludau, Volleyball

Cristina Casanella, Women’s Golf

Marta Miscenko, Women’s Basketball

Gianna Thompson, Women’s Track & Field

Taylor Wells, Softball

Male Breakthrough Athlete

Dalton Cox, Men’s Cross Country

Josh Dominguez, Men’s Basketball

Blake Hayes, Football

Nicholas Oliveira, Men’s Tennis

Will Sheridan, Men’s Lacrosse

Freshman Female Athlete of the Year

Diana McDonald, Women’s Golf

Treslyn Ortiz, Volleyball

Elena Pellegrini, Women’s Tennis

Ebba Stillman, Women’s Swimming

Tarah Young, Women’s Track & Field

Freshman Male Athlete of the Year

Daniel Belsito, Men’s Tennis

Ben Evans, Men’s Swimming

Joseph Mason, Baseball

BJ Muckelvene, Football

Elliot Zirwas, Men’s Track & Field

Newcomer of the Year (Non-Freshman)

Ty Andrus, Baseball

Theo Dessacs, Men’s Tennis

Alex Divelbiss, Women’s Swimming

Elma N’For, Men’s Soccer

Best Championship Performance

Jon Ander, Men’s Soccer (National Championship Game)

Alex Divelbiss, Women’s Swimming (BMC Championship Meet)

Isaiah Kyle, Men’s Track & Field (NCAA Indoor Championships)

Abby Saehler, Volleyball (SAC Tournament)

Will Sheridan, Men’s Lacrosse (SAC Tournament)

Vanisha Wilshire, Women’s Track & Field ( NCAA Indoor Championships)

Danasia Witherspoon, Women’s Basketball (SAC Tournament)

Play of the Year

Shannon O’Neal OT game-winner at Tusculum

Women’s Track & Field 4×1 Relay

Moryah Johnson interception at Limestone

Amber Neely game-winner at #4 Lincoln Memorial

Aksel Juul goal in NCAA Regional Title Match

Women’s Swimming NCAA Champion 800 Free Relay

Alex Llerandi OT game-winner in SAC title game

Best Upset

Women’s Soccer vs. #25 Carson-Newman

Men’s Basketball at #3 Queens

Women’s Basketball at #5 Lincoln Memorial

Baseball at #9 Mount Olive

Women’s Tennis at #18 Francis Marion

Men’s Lacrosse vs. #5 Belmont Abbey

Softball DH sweep at #15 Lenoir-Rhyne

Best Comeback

Men’s Basketball vs. Catawba (SAC Tournament)

Women’s Basketball vs. Catawba (SAC Tournament)

Women’s Tennis at Anderson

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Coker (SAC Semifinals)

Men’s Lacrosse at Tusculum

Game of the Year

Football beats Mars Hill 42-39

Volleyball vs. LMU in SAC Championship Match

Women’s Basketball vs. LMU in SAC Championship Game

Women’s Track & Field wins SAC Championship

Men’s Lacrosse beats Queens 11-10 in SAC Title Game

Geddings Award– Best Overall Student-Athlete

Kaitlyn Brunworth, Women’s Soccer

Keith Griffin, Men’s Basketball

Mikaela Hadaway, Women’s Golf

Alyssa Johnson, Women’s Cross Country

Female Athlete of the Year

Brittany Andrews, Women’s Lacrosse

Alex Divebiss, Women’s Swimming

Abby Saehler, Volleyball

Layla Tanik, Women’s Tennis

Vanisha Wilshire, Women’s Track & Field

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Male Athlete of the Year

Ray Edward, Football

Leif-Henning Klüver, Men’s Swimming

Isaiah Kyle, Men’s Track & Field

Austin Murphy, Men’s Lacrosse

Alex Nelson, Men’s Soccer

Women’s Team of the Year

Women’s Cross Country

Volleyball

Women’s Swimming

Women’s Basketball

Women’s Tennis

Women’s Track & Field

Men’s Team of the Year

Men’s Soccer

Men’s Swimming

Men’s Basketball

Men’s Track & Field

Men’s Lacrosse

Bulldog Club Spirit Award*

Cornel Cheron, Football

Mike Conner, Men’s Lacrosse

Lucas Cuadros, Men’s Swimming

Macy Franklin, Women’s Soccer

Olivia Smith, Softball

Shelby Tricoli, Women’s Basketball;

*This Award goes to the student-athlete that best personifies the Bulldog spirit, both on and off the field, that always shows great pride in being a Bulldog.

The Wingate Bulldogs fifth annual WUSPYS sports awards banquet will take place on Monday, May 8 at the Union County Agricultural Center in Wingate. There are 18 categories in this year’s WUSPYS. Voting has currently started. All the awards will be voted on by Wingate coaches, along with the athletic administrative staff and members of Wingate’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. There were more that 90 people who received a WUSPYS ballot on Monday.  Next Monday, the doors of the Union County Agricultural Center will be open at 4:45 p.m. where the red carpet will be set for the athletes. Team awards will be handed out at 5:30 p.m. and the first WUSPYS award will be handed out following the team awards at 6 p.m.

Here are the categories and nominees of each of the following categories:

Female Breakthrough Athlete

Katie Bludau, Volleyball

Cristina Casanella, Women’s Golf

Marta Miscenko, Women’s Basketball

Gianna Thompson, Women’s Track & Field

Taylor Wells, Softball

Male Breakthrough Athlete

Dalton Cox, Men’s Cross Country

Josh Dominguez, Men’s Basketball

Blake Hayes, Football

Nicholas Oliveira, Men’s Tennis

Will Sheridan, Men’s Lacrosse

Freshman Female Athlete of the Year

Diana McDonald, Women’s Golf

Treslyn Ortiz, Volleyball

Elena Pellegrini, Women’s Tennis

Ebba Stillman, Women’s Swimming

Tarah Young, Women’s Track & Field

Freshman Male Athlete of the Year

Daniel Belsito, Men’s Tennis

Ben Evans, Men’s Swimming

Joseph Mason, Baseball

BJ Muckelvene, Football

Elliot Zirwas, Men’s Track & Field

Newcomer of the Year (Non-Freshman)

Ty Andrus, Baseball

Theo Dessacs, Men’s Tennis

Alex Divelbiss, Women’s Swimming

Elma N’For, Men’s Soccer

Best Championship Performance

Jon Ander, Men’s Soccer (National Championship Game)

Alex Divelbiss, Women’s Swimming (BMC Championship Meet)

Isaiah Kyle, Men’s Track & Field (NCAA Indoor Championships)

Abby Saehler, Volleyball (SAC Tournament)

Will Sheridan, Men’s Lacrosse (SAC Tournament)

Vanisha Wilshire, Women’s Track & Field ( NCAA Indoor Championships)

Danasia Witherspoon, Women’s Basketball (SAC Tournament)

Play of the Year

Shannon O’Neal OT game-winner at Tusculum

Women’s Track & Field 4×1 Relay

Moryah Johnson interception at Limestone

Amber Neely game-winner at #4 Lincoln Memorial

Aksel Juul goal in NCAA Regional Title Match

Women’s Swimming NCAA Champion 800 Free Relay

Alex Llerandi OT game-winner in SAC title game

Best Upset

Women’s Soccer vs. #25 Carson-Newman

Men’s Basketball at #3 Queens

Women’s Basketball at #5 Lincoln Memorial

Baseball at #9 Mount Olive

Women’s Tennis at #18 Francis Marion

Men’s Lacrosse vs. #5 Belmont Abbey

Softball DH sweep at #15 Lenoir-Rhyne

Best Comeback

Men’s Basketball vs. Catawba (SAC Tournament)

Women’s Basketball vs. Catawba (SAC Tournament)

Women’s Tennis at Anderson

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Coker (SAC Semifinals)

Men’s Lacrosse at Tusculum

Game of the Year

Football beats Mars Hill 42-39

Volleyball vs. LMU in SAC Championship Match

Women’s Basketball vs. LMU in SAC Championship Game

Women’s Track & Field wins SAC Championship

Men’s Lacrosse beats Queens 11-10 in SAC Title Game

Geddings Award– Best Overall Student-Athlete

Kaitlyn Brunworth, Women’s Soccer

Keith Griffin, Men’s Basketball

Mikaela Hadaway, Women’s Golf

Alyssa Johnson, Women’s Cross Country

Female Athlete of the Year

Brittany Andrews, Women’s Lacrosse

Alex Divebiss, Women’s Swimming

Abby Saehler, Volleyball

Layla Tanik, Women’s Tennis

Vanisha Wilshire, Women’s Track & Field

Male Athlete of the Year

Ray Edward, Football

Leif-Henning Klüver, Men’s Swimming

Isaiah Kyle, Men’s Track & Field

Austin Murphy, Men’s Lacrosse

Alex Nelson, Men’s Soccer

Women’s Team of the Year

Women’s Cross Country

Volleyball

Women’s Swimming

Women’s Basketball

Women’s Tennis

Women’s Track & Field

Men’s Team of the Year

Men’s Soccer

Men’s Swimming

Men’s Basketball

Men’s Track & Field

Men’s Lacrosse

Bulldog Club Spirit Award*

Cornel Cheron, Football

Mike Conner, Men’s Lacrosse

Lucas Cuadros, Men’s Swimming

Macy Franklin, Women’s Soccer

Olivia Smith, Softball

Shelby Tricoli, Women’s Basketball;

*This Award goes to the student-athlete that best personifies the Bulldog spirit, both on and off the field, that always shows great pride in being a Bulldog.

Edited by: Brea Childs