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Drake Gridders Honored At Annual Drake Appreciation Luncheon
Moorehead and Hunt awarded
Drake honored the success of its student-athletes on Sunday (May 9) during the second annual Bulldog student-athlete appreciation luncheon at the Knapp Center.
Twenty-three student-athletes were presented with awards, including the Howlett Award, Newcomer of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Strength and Conditioning and Top of the Class accolades.
Tabbed as Newcomers of the Year, were freshman football defensive back Tyler Moorehead (Mason City, Iowa) and redshirt freshman volleyball player Emily Heffernen (Manchester, Iowa).
Moorehead, was named Pioneer Football League Newcomer of the Year after logging 55.5 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks last season. He forced four fumbles, including recovering one, while appearing in 11 games.
Senior linebacker Cale Hunt (Littleton, Colo.), a two-time co-captain on the football team, was named the Comeback Player of the Year for overcoming personal adversity to contribute to the team’s success. Hunt led Drake with 86 tackles, including 55 solo stops, last fall while earning first team All-Pioneer Football League honors. He had played in only three games in 2007 and four contests in 2008 after suffering season-ending elbow injuries.
Senior men’s soccer standout Garrett Webb (Prairie Village, Kan.) and senior women’s golfer Olivia Lansing (Dellwood, Minn.) have been named co-recipients of the Tim and Jerry Howlett Award as Drake’s top athletes for 2009-10.
Webb joined former Drake and Major League Soccer standout Ezra Hendrickson, who collected third team accolades in 1993, as the only Bulldogs to garner All-America playing honors in program history. Starting all 24 games in which he appeared, Webb, the 2009 MVC Player of the Year, paced the Bulldogs in goals (13), points (31), shots on goal (26) and game-winners (3), while ranking second in shots (50) and fourth in assists (5). His 13 goals tied a single-season schoolmark for goals, while he also rated second in single-season points with 31.
Lansing was one of nine individuals selected nationally by the NCAA Women’s Golf Committee to participate in the NCAA Central Regional this past weekend. She became just the fifth player in Missouri Valley Conference history to capture multiple medalist honors winning the league’s individual title this season as well as a sophomore in 2008, while finishing as runner-up in 2009. By winning, Lansing earned a third-straight MVC all-conference award. Lansing has been named the MVC Golfer of the Week 11 times during her career at Drake.
Turning in a strong rookie campaign, Heffernen led Drake in hitting percentage (.296), including a .303 attack mark in league-only matches, a number that ranked fifth in the MVC and was tops among freshmen. She recorded at least one block in 33 of 34 matches this season, including the last 33 tilts. Twice last fall she was honored with MVC Freshman of the Week accolades en route to being named to the MVC All-Freshman team.
The Directors’ Award went to the Drake men’s soccer team which advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, coming within one win of reaching the 2009 College Cup, the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. The Buldogs posted a school-record 16-7-2 mark, including Drake’s first-ever Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title en route to collecting the highest ranking in school history (No. 8) by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The Directors’ Award is given to the team which best reflects the values of Drake athletics covering academic and athletic achievement, as well as supporting family, integrity and fun.
Senior shortstop Elena Leon (West Des Moines, Iowa) from the softball team and senior defensive tackle Dain Taylor (Highland Ranch, Colo.)from the football team were named co-recipients of the strength and conditioning awards for maximizing their efforts to perform at the highest level. The strength and conditioning award is based on work ethic, annual improvement during the school year and career achievement.
Fifteen student-athletes received Top of the Class honors for owning the highest grade-point averages in their respective classes.
Reece Uhlenhopp (Urbandale, Iowa) from the men’s basketball team along with Cammy Dole (Anamosa, Iowa) and London James (Adair, Iowa)of the women’s track team and Lindsey Vande Wall (Prairie City, Iowa) of the softball team were recipients for first-year students.
The sophomore class was represented by five student-athletes who owned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages: Thayne Griffin (Hays, Kan.) men’s soccer, Megan Bannister (LaGrange, Ill.) crew; Heffernen, volleyball; Andrea Piekarczyk (Downers Grove, Ill.), crew; and Sunrita Sen (Kolkata, India), crew.
Matt Kuhn (Raytown, Mo.) from the men’s soccer team along with Paige Steffen (Bloomington, Ill.) from the women’s track team and Brynne Dordel (Chanhassen, Minn.) of the softball team led the junior class with perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Bridget Shields (Iowa City, Iowa) from the softball team and men’s soccer players Ted Schleisman (Verona, Wis.) and Brian Wurst (Kansas City, Mo.) were the top of the class seniors.
By Drake University Sports Information