Field Hockey Squad Takes Top Honor at Annual Event, Presented by The Bank of Missouri
SPRINGFIELD — The Missouri State field hockey team took home the night’s top honor, and a number of individual student-athletes were recognized as part of ceremonies on Monday (May 6) at the fourth annual Bears All-Sports Showcase, presented by The Bank of Missouri.
Coach Gabby Gomez Sosa’s women’s field hockey squad was the top point collector in the Bear Cup team competition for student development, academic achievement, athletic excellence, career development, and community outreach.
Members of MSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) served as the presenters for the evening and also took the lead in the nomination and selection process for the event and the awards presented.
Soccer standout Nia Williams (Sr., Roeland Park, Kan.) was awarded the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award, while football senior Matt Thayer (Bellevue, Neb.) was selected as the recipient of the Bill Rowe Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Both awards were voted on by student-athlete peers among Missouri State’s 16 intercollegiate athletic programs.
The Senior Student-Athletes of the Year were presented to Williams and men’s basketball standout Anthony Downing (Atchison, Kan.).
Junior Student-Athlete of the Year awards went to pitcher Nick Petree (Clinton, Mo.) and swimmer Renata Sander (Belo Horizonte, Brazil). Petree also won the award for Male Sophomore of the Year in 2012.
The 2013 Sophomore Student-Athlete of the Year awards went to football All-American Caleb Schaffitzel (Fair Grove, Mo.) and sprinter Pernell Joseph (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia) of women’s track. The recipients of the Freshman Student-Athlete of the Year awards were NCAA track qualifier Althia Maximilien (Bridgetown, Barbados) and Missouri Valley Freshman of the Year in basketball Marcus Marshall (St. Paul, Minn.).
The individual team most valuable players were also named, as voted on by head coaches. The men’s team MVPs were awarded to: Anthony Downing (basketball, Sr., Atchison, Kan.), Ben Griffiths (soccer, Sr., Chelmsford, Essex, England), Paul Le (swimming, So., Moore, Okla.), Nick Petree (baseball, Jr., Clinton, Mo.), Caleb Schaffitzel (football, So., Fair Grove, Mo.) and Daily Young (golf, Sr., Springfield, Mo.). Petree, Young and Le were all repeat winners for their individual sports.
Women’s team MVPs were awarded to: Anna Ahlin (swimming, Jr., Stockholm, Sweden), Andrea Beaty (volleyball, Jr., Pacific, Mo.), Emily Beaver (cross country, Sr., Diamond, Mo.), Emma Clegg (golf, Sr., Blackburn, Lancashire, England), Grace Cross (soccer, Sr., Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kirstin Cutter (softball, Sr., Oklahoma City, Okla.), Whitney Edie (basketball, Sr., Exeter, Mo.), Kimsue Grant (track and field, Sr., Arlington, Va.) and Reiann Stoute (field hockey, Sr., Bridgetown, Barbados). Both Beaver and Grant were repeat team MVP recipients with Grant earning her third straight track and field MVP honor. Stoute also earned the field hockey team MVP honor in 2011.
The 2012-13 MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award recipients were also recognized at the event. They were Chelsea Voet (women’s soccer, Sr., Omaha, Neb.), Jared Roberts (swimming, Jr., Wichita, Kan.) and Kimsue Grant (track and field, Sr., Arlington, Va.).
Both Missouri State golf teams took home awards for the highest grade point averages. The MSU women’s golf team, coached by Kevin Kane, handled the Highest Female Team GPA Award, while Neal Stafford’s squad earned the Highest Male Team GPA honor.
Additional team awards went to field hockey (Community Outreach Award), women’s soccer (Athletic Excellence Award), men’s soccer (Student Development Award) and men’s swimming and diving (Career Development Award).
The event also included a highlight reel of the program’s nearly 1,800 hours of volunteer and community service efforts during the 2012-13 year. The total economic impact of MSU’s volunteer efforts is in excess of $33,000 to the Springfield community.
Approximately 300 student-athletes, coaches, staff and athletics personnel attended the fourth annual event, held at JQH Arena.