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Moore and Cox Take Home "Athlete of the Year" Honors During Annual Pfeiffer Athletics Award Ceremony on Wednesday Night

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University Athletics put the finishing touches on an incredible 2011-2012 season with the annual Athletic Awards Ceremony on Wednesday night. Quentin Moore (men’s volleyball) and Brittany Cox (women’s basketball) clearly ran away with overall and indoor “Athlete of the Year” awards to cap off the night celebrating the year that was in Pfeiffer Athletics.

Garrett Dranichak of men’s golf racked up a pair of awards on Wednesday night being a Murphy Osborne Finalist for Conference Carolinas as well as the Dr. Fred West Academic Award as the top grade point average among all student-athletes.

In addition to Moore, men’s volleyball picked up the year’s “Best Moment” award after winning the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament championships behind a 21-win season. Setter David Specian was tabbed as the school’s “Rookie of the Year” after a record-breaking first season with the Falcons.

Named as the Conference Carolinas Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, it came as no surprise when senior Alena Krutkina picked up hardware as the “Outdoor Female Athlete of the Year” while James Shepherd of men’s lacrosse did the same on the men’s side.

Baseball checked in during 2012 as having the “Best Upset” when Keith Little took a no-hitter into the ninth inning back on February 28th. Little lost his no-hit bid with one out in the final frame settling for a one-hitter as the Falcons knocked off previously unbeaten and nationally12th-ranked Tusculum 1-0.

Another unanimous selection was in the “Coach of the Year” category as former softball coach Ray Harrington took home the honor. The Pfeiffer community was shocked at the all too sudden loss of Coach Ray a little more than two months ago on March 22nd.

The loudest roar and standing ovation came when Troy Bulmer take home the “Comeback” award for leading men’s golf. Bulmer nearly lost his life in August of 2012 traveling to Pfeiffer for his freshman year while the car he was traveling in with his father was swept off the highway by tornadoes in North Dakota.

Women’s Basketball took home the “Community Impact” award while Luis Villalta of men’s tennis and Brinkley Johnson of softball snagged the male and female “N.E. Lefko Sportsmanship” awards.

2011-2012 Pfeiffer Athletic Award Winners
Male Athlete of the Year – Quentin Moore (MVB)
Female Athlete of the Year – Brittany Cox (WBB)
Murphy Osborne Finalist Award – Garrett Dranichak (MG)
Dr. Fred West Academic Award – Garrett Dranichak (MG)
Indoor Male Athlete of the Year – Quentin Moore (MVB)
Indoor Female Athlete of the Year – Brittany Cox (WBB)
Outdoor Male Athlete of the Year – James Shepherd (MLAX)
Outdoor Female Athlete of the Year – Alena Krutkina (WTEN)
Rookie of the Year – David Specian (MVB)
Coach of the Year – Ray Harrington (SB)
Best Moment – Men’s Volleyball Winning Regular Season and Tournament Titles
Best Upset – Baseball Beating #12 Tusculum 1-0
Comeback Award – Troy Bulmer (MG)
Community Impact Award – Women’s Basketball
Male N.E. Lefko Sportsmanship Award – Luis Villalta (MTEN)
Female N.E. Lefko Sportsmanship Award – Brinkley Johnson (SB)

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