MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University’s Chris Woods (Thomasville, NC) and Melanie Conklin (Wellington, OH) were named male and female athletes of the year at the 2010-2011 athletic awards banquet on Wednesday night in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. Woods receives the male athlete of the year award for the second-straight season after finishing as the nation’s runner-up for player of the year. Conklin, a junior who starred on the softball diamond, garners the award for the first time Awards were also handed out in numerous athletic categories including a “comeback of the year” honor with a “best moment” and “best upset” award.
Woods capped his collegiate career being named division two’s National Player of the Year runner-up crossing the 2,000-point plateau for his career. Woods was named Conference Carolinas and Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year in addition to numerous other national accolades. Woods was also named the East’s Most Outstanding Player in the NABC’s 2011 Reese’s Division II All-Star Game as the only player to post a double-double.
Conklin was named female athlete of the year after leading the Lady Falcon softball program to a 20-win season anchoring the pitching staff with a 2.39 ERA that included a perfect game against St. Andrews. Conklin was named the league’s pitcher of the week for three-straight weeks early in the season while taking both player and pitcher of the week honors in week four. The Wellington, Ohio native also led the team with six homers at the plate, 13 stolen bases, 28 runs and struck-out just five times all season, also a team best.
The Fred West Academic Award is given to a graduating senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average. Matt Money, specializing in the backstroke and sprint freestyle on the men’s swimming team, was this year’s recipient. Balancing his in the pool duties with those off, Money put tons of time into a rigorous course load each year. Putting in the time and effort for each assignment, test and project, Money has been successful in the athletic and academic worlds.
The N.E. Lefko Sportsmanship Award is given annually to a student-athlete who shows strong sportsmanship character as well as a positive role model for other students to follow on and off the field. David Barham (Baseball) and Sarah Hebberd (Women’s Lacrosse) were this year’s recipients. The N.E. Lefko sportsmanship award is given in memory of former Pfeiffer University teacher and soccer coach N.E. Lefko.
Other winners on the night were:
Indoor Male Athlete of the Year: Chris Woods, Men’s Basketball
Indoor Female Athlete of the Year: Brittany Cox, Women’s Basketball
Outdoor Male Athlete of the Year: Alex Moreno, Men’s Soccer
Outdoor Female Athlete of the Year: Amanda Smith, Women’s Lacrosse
Rookie of the Year: Kim Amerell, Women’s Volleyball
Coach of the Year: Elijah Denton, Women’s Soccer
Perseverance Award: Lexie Makris, Women’s Soccer
Community Impact Award: Women’s Basketball
Comeback of the Year: Scott Nolt, Men and Women’s Cross Country Head Coach
Best Moment: Women’s Soccer defeating Belmont Abbey with penalty kicks in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Finals
Best Upset: Women’s Soccer defeating Belmont Abbey with penalty kicks in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Finals.
Top Athletic Team: Women’s Lacrosse
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