FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University held its 31st-annual Athletic Banquet, Monday, April 23, in the university’s Edward S. Ervin III Dining Hall. Most Valuable Player awards were given in 14 sports. An outstanding cheerleader award and a student-athlete award were also presented.
Freshman Allyson Bigby (Easley, S.C.) was presented the Gail Summersett Outlaw Outstanding Cheerleader Award. A business management major, she also lettered on the nationally ranked FMU women’s tennis team.
Senior Nat Stoner (Scottsbluff, Neb.) was presented the Conyers O’Bryan M.V.P. Award for baseball. Stoner, a 6-0 left-handed pitcher, posted a 3-6 record with a 3.86 earned run average this past season. He led the Patriot staff in innings pitched (70) and complete games (5), and his strikeout total (80) equaled the fourth-highest season total in team history. He walked only 26 batters and held opponents to a .240 average. He recorded three double-figure strikeout games, including a pair of 13-strikeout efforts. The Patriots ended the season with a 24-27 record.
Senior Will Tucker (Pinehurst, N.C.) was presented the Howard Stokes M.V.P. Award for men’s basketball for the second consecutive year. Tucker, a 6-5 guard-forward, led FMU in scoring (13.5 points per game), minutes played, and free throw (85.2%) and three-point field goal percentage (40.7%). He was second on the team in steals (26) and third in rebounding (4.1 per game) as the Patriots posted a 7-19 record. In his final game, he moved into seventh place on the Patriot career scoring list with 1,464 points.
Senior Christy Wright (Durham, N.C.) was presented the Carroll Player Jr. M.V.P. Award for women’s basketball. Wright, a 5-7 guard, averaged 14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, and 3.9 assists per game, while helping lead the Patriot women to a 24-7 record, a No.10 national ranking, and the program’s fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s round of Sweet Sixteen. She also led the squad in steals (54), while shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the three-point line and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. She earned All-Peach Belt Conference honors for the third time, and ended her career in an elite group of Division II players with more than 1,500 career points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists.
Senior Matt Biviano (Little Mountain, S.C.) was presented the Alice Baker M.V.P. Award for men’s cross country for the second consecutive year. Biviano led FMU to an eighth-place finish at the Peach Belt Conference Championship Meet last fall with his 19th-place showing. He also placed 32nd out of 132 runners at the NCAA Division II South Regional Meet. He was the top FMU finisher in all nine events during the 2000 season. During the regular season, he finished no lower than fifth, and posted two individual wins. At The Citadel Invitational Meet, he recorded his 8,000-meter personal-best time of 27:10. Following the season, the mathematics major (3.65 grade point average) was named to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team.
Junior Emily Reid (Reno, Nev.) was presented the Most Valuable Player Award for women’s cross country. Reid was FMU’s top runner in all nine events last fall, and she recorded five individual titles. In winning The Citadel meet, she posted a 5,000-meter personal-best time of 19:23. She placed seventh at the PBC Championship Meet, leading FMU to a seventh-place team finish, and she earned All-Conference honors for a third time. She went on to finish 12th in a field of 132 runners at the South Regional Championships. Following the season, she was also named to the CCCA All-Academic Team. She graduated cum laude last December with a B.S. degree in psychology.
Sophomore Dylan Keylock (Johannesburg, South Africa) was presented the Clifford Cormell M.V.P. Award for golf. He leads the Patriot squad with a 74.68 stroke average, and has played in all 25 rounds this season. He has posted five top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place tie at last weekend’s PBC Championship Tournament that earned him All-Tournament Team honors. FMU won the tournament title for the second time in three years. He also recently earned All-Conference honors, and has led the ninth-ranked FMU squad to a 128-31-4 record. The Patriots will compete in the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament, May 8-10, in Charlotte, N.C.
Junior Mike Frazee (Knoxville, Tenn.) was presented the Jerry W. Wilson M.V.P. Award for men’s soccer. Frazee, a 6-1 goalkeeper, helped lead the Patriots to their most successful season ever: a 17-3-1 record, the PBC regular season crown, a final No. 6 national ranking, and an appearance in the national quarterfinals of the Division II tournament. Frazee ranked ninth nationally and second in the Peach Belt with a 0.74 goals against average. He recorded a school-record eight complete-match shutouts, while playing all but 64 minutes this past season. He faced only 201 shots, allowed only 16 goals, and posted 82 saves. Frazee earned first-team All-Southeast Region honors as well as being named to the All-Peach Belt Conference squad. He also earned PBC “Player of the Week” recognition once during the 2000 season.
Senior Jackie Hoerath (Galena, Ohio) was presented the Jerry W. Wilson M.V.P. Award for women’s soccer. A 5-6 midfielder, Hoerath recovered from injuries suffered in a serious traffic accident last summer to helped lead FMU to a 17-3 record (most wins in school history), a final No.12 national ranking, and the program’s second NCAA national tournament appearance. After missing the opening two matches due to the injuries, Hoerath played in 18 matches, and took eight shots. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the inaugural Peach Belt Conference Tournament, and she ended her career as a member of the winningest group of seniors in the program’s history (58 wins).
Senior Mandy Harris (Richardson, Texas) was presented the Bobbie Davis M.V.P. Award for women’s softball. A 5-3 shortstop, Harris led the 34-21 Patriots in hitting with a .384 average. She scored 40 runs and recorded 10 doubles, two triples, one home run, and 33 runs batted in. As late as two weeks ago, she was flirting with becoming the first Patriot regular to hit .400 since the 1989 season. Her 68 hits were only four short of the team’s single-season record. She was named to the PBC All-Conference Team, and during the season pieced together an 11-game hitting streak. The team’s 34 victories is the fifth-highest win total in the program’s history.
Sophomore Lewellyn King (Tarkastad, South Africa) was presented the Lorin Mason M.V.P. Award for men’s tennis. Playing most of the season at the No. 5 singles position, he registered a 12-4 mark, and helped lead the 10th-ranked Patriots to the championship match of last weekend’s Peach Belt Tournament. He also played No. 2 doubles with senior Glynn Hulley. The 11-9 Patriots must now await word to see if they will receive a seventh consecutive invitation to the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Senior Annamaria Atamanuik (Budapest, Hungary) was presented the Gladys Hite M.V.P. Award for women’s tennis for the second time. She also earned the award as a freshman. Currently ranked 11th in singles among NCAA Division II players, she posted a 17-5 record this season. She also played No. 3 doubles and was the only senior on the 4-13 FMU squad. Despite the overall record, FMU was ranked 28th in the most recent Top 30 poll.
Junior Charles Carter (Ninety Six, S.C.) was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for men’s track and field for the second consecutive year. Carter won the high jump and placed second in the long jump at this past weekend’s Carolinas Track and Field Championships in Boiling Springs, N.C. He currently shares the school record in the high jump (6’9”) and owns the record in the long jump (23’4¾”), both marks set during the 2000 season. He led the FMU squad in points this past spring.
Senior Rebecca Coffman (Spartanburg, S.C.) was presented the Most Valuable Player award for women’s track and field for the second consecutive year. She finished fifth in the 1,500-meters and sixth in the 800-meters at last weekend’s Carolinas Track and Field Championships. She led the Patriot women in points during the 2001 season. She is the current school record holder in the 1,500 meters. She also ran cross country for Francis Marion in the fall.
Junior Jen Michael (Canal Fulton, Ohio) was presented the Most Valuable Player Award for women’s volleyball. A 5-7 setter and hitter, Michael led the Patriots in digs (3.17 per game) and was second in assists. She recorded 26 service aces, 18 total blocks, and registered a .124 kill percentage. Francis Marion recorded a 13-21 mark last fall. Michael also earned a letter in cross country.
Senior golfer Andrew Ross (Pietermartizburg, South Africa) was presented the Swamp Fox Academic Award. He owns a 78.6 stroke average for the nationally ranked (9th) Patriot golf squad that won the PBC championship last weekend. In the classroom, he is an FMU Scholar ands owns a 4.00 grade point average. A business administration management major, he is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies, and was recently named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. At the school’s recent Academic Awards Day, he received the Management Award and the Scholastic Achievement Award. He has twice been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll, and has been named to the FMU Athletic-Academic Honor Roll three times. He is also a member of FMU’s International Student Organization. Last year, he was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America Team (third-team).
Of the 10 FMU athletic teams that keep won-loss records (excluding the cross country and track and field squads that compete in multi-team events), six registered winning records this past year, and six have appeared in national poll rankings.