WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Winston-Salem State University Athletics named student-athletes Brittany Lane and Kameron Smith as the top student-athletes for the 2012-13 year.
The WSSU Department of Athletic held its annual Student-Athlete awards Banquet at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem on Wednesday, April 24th,where this award and numerous other were given out.
Softball's Brittney Lane is the recipient of the Mary Garber Female Student-Athlete of the Year. A senior, Lane completed her final season as a Lady Ram, and has been the spark plug of the program since she arrived four years ago. She's a leader both on the field and in the classroom and has been a constant force and team leader, garnering All-Rookie Team and All-CIAA recognition during her tenure. Lane was selected as the 2013 CIAA Player of the Year. She is a right handed pitcher who has over 600 career strike outs, and led the CIAA in strikeouts and ERA (earned run average) for the past 3 years. She is a dedicated member of the English Department Club during her years at WSSU, and is a committed volunteer with her team and church. Lane is a native of Virginia Beach VA, who will receive her degree from Winston-Salem State University this summer.
Kameron Smith was chosen as the Mary Garber Male Student-Athlete of The Year. The catalyst of the "Big Ram Scoring Machine", Kameron Smith led his team to a 14-1 season, and accumulated 7,080 yards of total offense in his career. In 2012, he threw for 3,312 yards and 43 touchdowns, and is now WSSU's career passing leader in only 3 years with the Rams. Smith, a two-time All-CIAA performer, he was also selected the 2013 CIAA Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the following teams: Boxtorow.com All-America & Offensive POY (1st team); Sheridan Broadcasting All-American Team & Offensive Player of the Year (1st team); Don Hansen All-American 2nd Team; AP Little All-America 2nd team; Super Region One 2nd Team; and the 2012 Black College Sports Page "BAAD" Team 1st Team.
Below is the complete listing of awards:
Rookie Award, Matthew Browning
Defensive Coach's Award, Khendra Reid
Offensive Coach's Award, Jahuann Butler
Most Valuable Defensive Player, Barry Tripp
Most Valuable Offensive Player, Markus Lawrence
Team Most Valuable Player, Kameron Smith
Ram Award, WyKevin Bazemore
Defensive Most Valuable Player, Marcus Wells
Co-Most Valuable Player, Justin Glover
Co-Most Valuable Player, Michel-Ofik Nzege
Most Improved, Shantel Haskins
Best Offensive Player, Tanaya Pettus
Best Defensive Player, Latoya Lynch
Coach's Award, Brittany Lane
Most Outstanding Player, Monet Daly
Rookie, Jordan Carlton
Golden Glove, Levi Grassley
Coaches' Award, John Markley
Most Outstanding Hitter, Travis Moore
Most Outstanding Pitcher, Tyler Hickernell
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Brave Heart Award, Denisha Wiggins
Iron Woman Award, Aquila Jones
Most Valuable Runner, Kristi Baptist
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Brave Heart Award, Andrew Chebii
Iron Man Award, Andrew Chebii
Most Valuable Runner, Andrew Chebii
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Sportsmanship Award, Sylvia Settles
Iron Woman Award, Tyrah Winfrey
Courageous Ram, Manuela Riguad
Brave Heart, Raven Covington
Most Valuable Runner, Tajanel McNeil
Leadership Award, Raven Forrest
Most Improved, Tyler Barringer
Most Valuable Bowler, Janae McCaskey
Most Improved, Kayla Brass
Coach's Award, Katelyn Sigala
Most Valuable Defensive Player, Avoni Seymour
Most Valuable Offensive Player, DeAnn Smith
Most Improved, Dionna Scott
Ram Award, McKenzie Weston
Best Defensive Player, Schatavia Gray
Best Offensive Player, Taylar Wells
Most Valuable Player, Keyrra Gillespie
WHITE TEAM CHEERLEADERS
Most Improved, Shakeshia Spencer
Rookie Award, Shantonette Payne
Hustle Award, Louis Williamson
Spirit Award, NiShawnté Taylor
Most Outstanding Cheerleader, Melvin Sutton
RED TEAM CHEERLEADERS
Most Improved, Ajani Parris
Rookie Award, Sheridan Lowery
Hustle Award, Vanity Oakes
Spirit Award, Shana Henderson
Most Outstanding Cheerleader, Charli Conklin
Most Improved, Taylor Harris
Ram Award, Devan Corpening
Most Valuable Player, Bianka Locklear
Coach's Award, Drew Dunzweiler
Ram Award, Josh Aubrey
Most Valuable Player, Corey Bonnette
2012-13 STUDENT-ATHLETE GRADUATES
The mission of the WSSU athletic department is "Graduating Student Athletes, Winning Championships. It's obvious that the Rams produce Championship caliber teams, but the hard work and dedication in the class room is evidenced by the 19 students who will grace the stage with their degree next month. I present to you the student-athlete graduating class of 2013.
1. Antonio Gates( Football)
2. Khendra Reid( Football)
3. Dominic Alston( Men's Basketball)
4. Tyrah Winfrey ( Women's Track)
5. Charlisha Conklin( Cheer)
6. Eboni Graham( Cheer)
7. Amarisha Adams( Cheer)
8. Sloane Holmes( Women's Tennis)
9. Bianka Locklear( Women's Tennis)
10. Kayla Carter( Women's Tennis)
11. Kalin Jarvis( Women's Tennis)
12. Jazmine Wilson ( Women's Track)
13. Khadija Randall( Women's Track)
14. Mauela Riguad( Women's Track)
15. Schatavia Gray( Women's Basketball)
16. Olivia McDonald ( Women's Softball )
17. Shantell Haskins( Women's Softball)
18. Alexander Brown( Women's Volleyball)
19. Tyler Hickernell ( Men's Baseball)
The CHANCELLOR'S CUP is awarded to the student-athlete who carries the highest cumulative grade point average and a minimum of two years of athletic participation at Winston-Salem State University.
This years' recipient is a junior Biology major who reigns from Durham, NC. She carries a 3.967 cumulative GPA as a Chancellor's Scholar. She currently volunteers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is a MARC U*STAR participant. She completed the Johns Hopkins Diversity Summer Internship Program in 2012.
She is a member of the Women's Track Team and aspires to obtain a M.D. Ph. D degree in Biomedical Sciences, specifically in the field of Neuropsychiatry – Ebone Evans.
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR'S CUP
The ATHLETIC DIRECTOR'S CUP is awarded to the team with the highest cumulative GPA amongst all sports programs in the Department. This team finished with a cumulative 3.13 GPA, edging out Men's Tennis (3.07) and Softball (3.03). Currently the overall departmental GPA stands at 2.73. Although a very close race, this year's ATHLETIC DIRECTOR'S CUP, for the second consecutive year, goes to Women's Tennis.
TEAM COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The community service award is very important to the athletics department, as it is crucial that our student-athletes not only work hard in the classroom and on the playing field, but also out in the community. The Community Service Award is given on behalf of the WSSU athletic department to the team that completes the greatest number of community service hours during the academic year.
As a department, WSSU student-athletes amassed nearly 2000 hours of community service this year. Of that the winning team chipped in 532 hours of time of their own. Whether reading to youth in the classroom, assisting with mini camps with the Boy Scouts, and clinics, attending church services within the community, serving as mentors to young boys, participating in class learning activities, providing daily essentials for the eldery, or helping to feed the hungry through the ESR ORGANIZATION, The Ram Football Team extended themselves beyond the gridiron!!! This year's COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD goes to – WSSU Football.
ULTIMATE RAM AWARD
Many are not aware of what goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the athletics operation is seamless. We thank each of our volunteers for sticking it out game after game...in the heat or the rain ... For showing up with a smile each week to fulfill your assignment as if you were on staff. You are a vital part of the Rams success. Today we present the inaugural ULTIMATE RAM AWARD to the volunteer of the year. This Ram Alumnus is no ordinary volunteer. He's been volunteering for almost 40 years and does so with Ram Pride. He currently is the coordinator of football officials' locker room and manages the security of the lower level of the field house on game day. He keeps the score book for the men's basketball team and is present and accounted for at each game. He takes his assignment seriously and does not take it for granted! He is a member of the C.E. "Big House" Gaines Hall of Fame Committee. You will often time see him throughout the community soliciting support for his Rams. - DeValdean Penn, Class of '74
WESTON SPIRIT AWARD
Named after and sponsored by Claudette Weston, long-time friend and supporter of WSSU Athletics, this award is given to an athletic department staff member with an untiring team spirit. The Weston Spirit Award goes to the Head Football Coach, Connell Maynor.
C. E. GAINES COACH OF THE YEAR
The C.E. "Big House" Gaines Coach of the Year Award is presented to the coach who demonstrates excellence in team development, competitive spirit and maintains academic success as a priority for student-athletes. This year's C.E. Big House Gaines Coach of the Year, goes to Connell Maynor, WSSU Head Football Coach.