MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University held its annual athletic awards banquet on Monday night with Chris Woods and Patty Dominguez taking home the honor of top male and female athletes of the year, capping off a night of recognizing 325 student-athletes. Awards were handed out to the top indoor and outdoor male and female athletes along with a selected coach of the year. The night concluded with a few “ESPY” type awards such as the “comeback of the year” honor with a “best moment” and “best upset” award.
Woods, hailing from High Point, had another stellar year on the hardwood for the Falcons. He was named All-America by the division two bulletin, first-team all-region, all-state, first-team all-conference and the league’s runner-up for player of the year honors.
Dominguez, coming to Pfeiffer from Caracas, Venezuela, had a perfect 9-0 record in Conference Carolinas play this season at #2 singles for women’s tennis. Dominguez put together an 18-2 overall mark as a great leader for the Lady Falcons.
The Fred West Academic Award is given to a graduating senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average. Suzie Hinman, goalkeeper for women’s soccer, was this year’s recipient. Balancing her on field duties with those off the field, Hinman put tons of time into a rigorous course load each year. Putting in the time and effort for each assignment, test and project, Hinman has also planned many successful events on campus serving on several committees.
Josh Strickland (Baseball) and Molly Punk (Women’s Lacrosse) were each given the N.E. Lefko Sportsmanship Award. This award is given 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. The N.E. Lefko sportsmanship award is given in memory of former Pfeiffer University teach and coach N.E. Lefko.
Other winners on the night were:
Indoor Male Athlete of the Year: James Crowder, Men’s Basketball
Indoor Female Athlete of the Year: Julianna Prim, Women’s Swimming
Outdoor Male Athlete of the Year: Kash Knight, Men’s Soccer
Outdoor Female Athlete of the Year: Jessica Kennedy, Women’s Lacrosse
Coach of the Year: Jill Thomas, Women’s Basketball
Perseverance Award: Suzie Hinman, Women’s Soccer
Community Impact Award: Women’s Basketball
Comeback of the Year: Women’s Basketball
Best Moment: Jeff Cannon’s header goal against #1 Lees-McRae
Best Upset: Men’s Soccer beating #1 Lees-McRae 1-0
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