SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 14, 2007 – Springfield College junior football and lacrosse player Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.) headlined a long list of Pride student-athletes honored at the annual year-ending sports banquet at SC’s Blake Arena. Sharpe earned two awards on the night; the Walter “Skip” Daley Outstanding Junior Male Team Sport Athlete award, and the Male Multi-Sport Athlete Award.
Taking home the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete awards were senior Brian Rose (Franklin, Mass.) and Michelle Bongiovanni (West Springfield, Mass.). Rose, a wide receiver on the football team, garners a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), as Bongiovanni, a captain on the women’s soccer team, holds a 3.91 GPA. Both were named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District I teams this past fall.
Junior Stephanie Blackman (Stamford, Conn.) and senior Adam Feit (Chicopee, Mass.) from the softball and football teams, respectively, received the Female and Male Unsung Athlete Awards. Junior BJ Sturdivant (Bear, Del.) from the men’s soccer team won the Vic Ohanesian Male Courageous Athlete Award, and sophomore Erin Doolan (Blauvelt, N.Y.) from the women’s lacrosse team was awarded with the Maureen Curry Rege Female Courageous Athlete Award.
The awards were then broken down by class, with each class honoring male and female outstanding individual and team-sport athletes. The awards were broken down as follows:
Audrey Lastra (New Milford, Conn.) – Women’s Gymnastics: Outstanding Freshman Female Individual Sport Athlete
Steve Headley (Wilbraham, Mass.) – Men’s Track and Field: Charles E. Sylvia Outstanding Freshman Male Individual Sport Athlete
Michelle Wlosek (Nutley, N.J.) – Softball: Jane Duane Outstanding Freshman Female Team Sport Athlete
Adrian Schippers (Ashby, Mass.) – Men’s Soccer: Outstanding Freshman Male Team Sport Athlete
Moira Price (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) – Women’s Swimming and Diving: Outstanding Sophomore Female Individual Sport Athlete
Mike Griffin (Scarborough, Me.) – Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field: Outstanding Sophomore Male Individual Sport Athlete
Jane Kelleher (Chatham, Mass.) – Field Hockey: Outstanding Sophomore Female Team Sport Athlete
Andy Sipe (New Oxford, Pa.) – Men’s Volleyball: James A. Curtin Outstanding Sophomore Male Team Sport Athlete
Alyssa Brigham (Penacook, N.H.) – Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field: Outstanding Junior Female Individual Sport Athlete
Elliot Smith (Richville, N.Y.) – Wrestling: Outstanding Junior Male Individual Sport Athlete
Brittany Veazie (Dexter, Me.) – Field Hockey: Outstanding Junior Female Team Sport Athlete
Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.) – Football/Men’s Lacrosse: Walter “Skip” Daley Outstanding Junior Male Team Sport Athlete
Heather Tuden (Londonderry, N.H.) – Women’s Gymnastics: Outstanding Senior Female Individual Sport Athlete
Mike Gaeta (Manalapan, N.J.) – Wrestling: Outstanding Senior Male Individual Sport Athlete
Leah Hettrick (Meriden, Conn.) – Women’s Volleyball: Sylvia Rymarski Outstanding Senior Female Team Sport Athlete
Chris Stack (Albany, N.Y.) – Baseball: Outstanding Senior Male Team Sport Athlete
Taking home the respective Multi-Sport Athlete Awards on the night were Sharpe and junior women’s soccer/women’s lacrosse player Lindsay Bugbee (Granby, Conn.). Bugbee, who has already been named a captain on next year’s soccer team, scored 10 goals this past spring on the lacrosse squad.
The final award on the night was the Pride Challenge Award, honored to the softball team for the second straight year. The Pride challenge takes aspects such as; community outreach; team enhancement; athletes supporting athletes; PAAC communication; and team goals into account.