The Scotty Awards are Alma College's version of the ESPYs. This year was the ninth Scotty Award show put on by Alma's Student Athlete Advisory Committee. The whole event is run by athletes. This year, Katie Bush from from volleyball and Tait Morrissey from golf and tennis hosted the event and multiple other athletes presented awards.
** indicates winner of the award
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
Eric Frontzak - Baseball at Olivet
Eric pitched 9 innings with zero earned runs and 12 strikeouts.
Cole Kleiver - Men's Basketball vs No. 12 Wisconsin-Whitewater
Cole scored 35 points on 10-of-16 shooting with eight rebounds.
Charley Hengesbach - Women's Basketball vs Spring Arbor
Charley tied the program record with seven blocks.
**Chase Hinkle - Football at Baldwin Wallace
Chase was named the Lee Tressel Shrine Classic Player of the Game. He led all skill position players with 152 yards and two touchdowns on six catches, one being a 56-yard catch and run.
Erin Goggins - Track and Field at the Calvin Invitational
Erin broke the Alma College pole vault record with a jump of 3.44 meters.
Katie Bush - Volleyball vs St. Mary's
Katie had 17 kills with a hitting percentage of .593 and 8 total blocks.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Oretha Humphries - Women's Basketball
Oretha played in 27 games and started in the final 16. She was second on team in points scored with 207.
Rachel Kuczajda - Bowling
Rachel was ranked the 15th best rookie on collegebowling.com. She averaged 181 points over 10 events and bowled seven games over 200, which was second on the team.
Ava Gardiner - Golf
Ava finished the season playing as Alma number 3. She averaged a score of 90 over five MIAA Tournaments with her lowest being an 86.
Meghan Pfile - Soccer
Meghan played in all 16 games and started in 13. She was tied for most goals on the team and second in points.
Jazmine Hamm, Softball
Jazmine played in 13 games and started in 6. She finished with a 3-1 record and had 3 complete games.
**Sara Majerle - Volleyball
Sara was selected as all-MIAA first team. She led the team in kills with 297. She also finished the season second on the team in digs with 317 and third in the MIAA for kills per set with 3.54.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jordan Anstandig - Baseball
Jordan batted .254, had the third most RBIs on team with 32, had a .394 On Base Percentage, and hit 3 home runs.
**Cole Kleiver - Basketball
Cole was the team leader in points with 14.2 per game and was second in minutes per game with 32.2 minutes per game. He also shot 86% from the charity stripe.
Eli Pinter - Golf
Eli earned his season-lowest score of 73 at the second MIAA Jamboree, tying for 9th overall. He led the Scots in four tournaments this season, including the MIAA Championships where he shot a 162.
Sam Luzar - Lacrosse
As a Defenseman, Sam played in 15 games and collected 10 ground balls, including 3 at Kalamazoo College.
Will Brown - Swim and Dive
Will placed 13th in the 100 yard breastroke with a time of 1:01.66, the fourth fastest in school history. He also placed 13th in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.28, which is also tied for fourth in school history.
Jacob Ransom - Wrestling
Jacob received All-MIAA, had a 2-1 MIAA record, and clinched a team win versus Davenport with a win in the heavyweight class.
Chase Krueger and Karrigen Courtney
BEST ALMA WIN
Bowling at Buckeye Baker Classic Champions
The team defeated Huntington University in the championship round and averaged 162.5 per game. Over the 36 games, Alma scored over 200 twice.
Cheer & STUNT at NCA National Championship
The team moved from Intermediate in 2017 to Advanced in 2018 and won the National Championship by beating Bridgewater State by .48 points.
**Football vs Manchester
Mason Ippel scored the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion with 23 seconds left to make the score 39-33 in a down-to-the-wire battle.
Women's Golf at Defiance
The team shot a program-low 324, with four top ten finishers. Kennedy Hilley took first place with a score of 77.
Men's Lacrosse at DePauw
Jared Nycz had a hat trick and Chase Hunyadi scored the golden goal to win the game in double overtime, 9-8.
COACH BROWN MEMORIAL
Alma College has won the NCAA Division III community service award for the second year in a row. The Scots logged over 6,300 hours. Damon Brown, husband of Keisha Brown, former Alma College women's basketball coach, presented a $1,000 award on behalf of the Angel Wings foundation to the team who went above and beyond in contributing the most to Alma winning the award.
ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
Kelly Wilson - Women's Soccer
Jeff King - Bowling
Mark Merlo - Football/Track and Field
Jared Groenveld - Wrestling
**Sami Stormont - Women's Basketball
**Cheer and Stunt
MOST IMPROVED TEAM
Last year's record overall was 5-20. This year they improved their record to 15-12 overall and 9-7 in conference and made it to MIAA tournament Semifinals.
Men's Cross Country
Had their best regional finish since 2005, finished sixth out of 22 teams at the Lansing Invite, and swept the season against Olivet, Adrian and Kalamazoo. Two runners, Luke Reed and Justin Jones, also joined the top-10 all time list.
Men's Swim and Dive
Beat Hiram College for their first home win since 2015. Every swimmer qualified for finals at the MIAA championship.
Women's Swim and Dive
Doubled the number of individuals placing at finals with a team score of 236. The 200 medley relay was also the second fastest time in school history.
In 2017 they had a conference record of 5-11 and an overall record of 8-16. This year they had a conference record of 6-2 and an overall record of 19-8 and made it to the MIAA Semifinals.
Won the Waynesburg tournament. They also took second in conference and took second at the Mid State championships. Finished with two All-Americans and four All-MIAA wrestlers.
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR
Baseball vs. Hope
In the MIAA tournament game last year, the team came back from a 6-3 deficit going into the seventh inning and scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to win 10-8.
Men's Basketball vs. Adrian
It was a 74-69 win against the bulldogs after being down nine at the half. The team shot 58% from the field and 54% from three in the second half. With 13:23 left in the game, they took the lead and didnt look back.
Women's Basketball vs. Albion
At Albion, the scots were down 11 points with seven minutes left. They pushed and ended with a 22-9 run, winning 60-58. Four players scored in double figures.
**Mens Lacrosse vs. Kalamazoo
The lacrosse team was down 6-0 at the end of the first half. They climbed back in the third quarter scoring six goals. Buchy score one in the fourth ending the game with a 7-2 run and a final score of 10-8.
Softball vs. Trine
A 11-9 victory over Trine happened in an extra inning game. At the bottom of the seventh, Chelsea Schweiger made a diving catch with two outs and a runner on second to preserve the tie at 7-7 at the bottom of the seventh. Going into the eighth, Alma scored four runs and won the game the next day after a postponement due to darkness.
ATHLETIC TRAINING AWARDS
The Alma College Athletic Training staff chooses one male and one female each year for the Ironman and Ironwoman award. This award goes to the student-athletes who demonstrate an unstoppable effort in furthering their success as an athlete after injury. They exemplify qualities such as perseverance, work ethic. Positivity, dedication, and a mentality set for success.
Ironman - Austin Spratling Ironwoman - Hannah Thelen
BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Alex Szjako - Football
The senior defensive back had over six times as many tackles in the 2018 season than he did in 2017. He did this with an astounding 38 solo tackles and 38 assists.
**Ally Wentworth - Women's soccer
The sophomore started sixteen games and racked up more than 1400 minutes as the Scots' goalkeeper. In addition to that she ended her 2018 season with 99 saves and two shutouts.
Connor Alley - Men's Lacrosse
The junior started 14 games for the Scots in their 2018 season and nearly quadrupled his career goals. To go along with his 17 goals he also earned 16 assists to total 33 points for the season.
Maddie Piche - Softball
The junior played in a total of 35 games and was at bat 114 times. She proved extremely useful to the Scots contributing 28 hits, two of which were home runs. She also had a total of nine stolen bases.
Amy Wood - Tennis
The senior started the season in singles with six straight wins and went on to earn the most amount of singles victories on the team.
Austin Popp - Wrestling
The sophomore ended his 2018 season with a 27-22 record in the 197 pound weight class, winning by pin fall four times and major decision twice. Throughout the season he also represented the Scots by placing high in a total of four out of his five tournaments.
BIGGEST UPSET OF THE YEAR
**Baseball vs Adrian
The bulldogs came to Klenk park as the defending conference champs and the top team in the MIAA. The scots beat the bulldogs 17-1 including scoring five runs in the second and eight runs in the fifth.
#2 Cheer & STUNT vs #1 Davenport
The STUNT team upset Davenport at the Alma College STUNT Tournament. The scots erased a two point deficit in the fourth quarter and outscored the panthers 9-6. The win moved them into a first place ranking for the first time in school history.
Men's Soccer vs Greenville
The soccer team beat Greenville 2-0, a team that ended up winning their conference and made it to the NCAA tournament. Kyle Farmer scored both goals and Garrison Mast had five saves for the Scots.
Softball vs #14 Hope
The softball team swept the No. 14 team in the nation. The scores were 4-1 in the first game and 11-7 in eight innings in the second game. The Scots scored seven runs in the third inning of the second game including a base clearing triple by Riley Terwilliger.
Men's Swim and Dive vs Hiram College
The men's swim and dive team outscored Hiram 162-74 for their first win since January 2015. Eric Ferrara, Max Carey, Lucas Sereno, Lucas Barnes and Will Brown all won their respective events and the team of Brown, Ferrara, Barnes and Matthew Thomas won the 200 freestyle relay.
PLAID POSSE PEOPLE AWARDS
The Plaid Posse People of the Year awards are awarded to two special people at Alma College who make it a priority to attend as many athletic events as they can to cheer on the teams.
Akiela Carlton - Akiela is a great contributor around campus whether it is working in the laundry room in Hogan, attending every sporting event she can, volunteering with Alternative Breaks, or shedding a positive impact on those she meets. She truly embodies what it is to be an active student and member of the Alma community. Akiela is a servant to others behind the scenes and it is a pleasure to finally bring to light how truly grateful we are for her and her support of the athletic department.
Chaplain Andrew Pomerville - Although this is only Andrew Pomerville's first year as Chaplain, he has made an overwhelming impact on the students and faculty at Alma College. He serves as a spiritual facilitator for people of all faith backgrounds and provides support to the whole Alma College community, including athletics. He has made it his priority to meet with each sports team individually to promote spiritual growth and act as a confidential ear to all.
WEIGHT ROOM AWARDS
Queen of the Sherman:
**Erin Goggins- Track and Field
Shanna Pitre - Cheer and STUNT
Allie Wentworth - Women's Soccer
Karrigen Courtney - Cheer and STUNT
Georgia Miller- Volleyball
King of the Sherman:
Payton Hirschenberger - Track and Field
**Hunter Hoffman - Football
Brendan Ladd - Wrestling
Connor Alley - Lacrosse
Logan Huff - Baseball
Team of the Sherman:
The Scotty Cup award recognizes the team that made it out to the most games, did their best to encourage every other team on campus, and played a role in bringing Alma College athletics together.
CHI ALPHA SIGMA ACADEMIC AWARDS
Qualification for award - Senior athlete with 90+ credits earned and above a 3.4 GPA
Madeline Barnauskas - Women's Basketball
Viktoria Basso - Women's Golf/Lacrosse
Douglas Bradfield - Men's Basketball
Annette Burns - Women's Soccer
McKenzie Creed - Softball
Emily Esser - Women's Soccer
Eric Ferrara - Men's Swimming/Track and Field
Melissa Gal - Women's Soccer
Jake Geary - Men's Soccer
Erin Goggins - Women's Track and Field
Michael Hallada - Football
Jilian Jegla - Cheer and STUNT
Justin Johnson - Men's Soccer
Hannah Joslin - Women's Golf
Cheyenne Kalfsbeek - Women's Track and Field
Laura Kastler - Cheer and STUNT
Anissa Keeler - Women's Cross Country/Track and Field
Lauren Kucharczyk - Women's Cross Country/Track and Field
Marcus Malling - Men's Basketball
Frahade Martinez - Men's Soccer
Brooke Mason - Women's Volleyball
Katherine Merlo - Women's Track and Field
Julia Mocere - Cheer and STUNT
Alexis Moyer - Women's Soccer
Mallory Munderloh - Women's Cross Country/Track and Field
Jared Nycz - Men's Lacrosse
Bailey O'Keefe - Men's Baseball
Nikolette Palmer - Women's Golf
Abbie Richardson - Dance
Matthew Scanzano - Baseball
Chelsea Schweiger - Softball
Abigail Sniecinski - Cheer and STUNT
Samuel Swem - Men's Soccer
Riley Terwilliger - Softball
Morgan Trout - Softball
Brooke VandePolder - Women's Cross Country/Track and Field
John Visich - Men's Indoor Track
Brianna Zimmer - Women's Volleyball
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Logan Huff - Baseball
Logan was All-MIAA Second Team and started in 42 games at third base for the Scots. He had the second most hits in a single season in program history with 54. Logan also led the Scots with a .344 batting average.
Eric Ferrara - Swimming
Eric set school record times in the 500 freestyle, 1000 freestyle, and 1650 freestyle. He also won two events against Olivet and three events against Hiram.
Zeke Ramirez - Football
Zeke was All-MIAA first team and played in all 10 games for the Scots this year. He recorded 74 total tackles. Zeke also posted one interception and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown.
Jared Nycz - Men's Lacrosse
Jared led his team in assists with 28, was second on the team in points with 53, and third on the team in goals with 25. Jared scored his 100th career goal in the final regular season game against Trine, and is the only Scot in the history of the program to have 100 goals and 100 assists in a career.
**Brendan Ladd - Wrestling
Brenden became an All-American for the second year straight by placing seventh at Nationals in the 141 pound weight class, finishing the year with a record of 32-3. During that time, he earned 14 pins and won by major decision seven times. He also placed first at four tournaments including Central Regionals.
Zachary Cooper - Wrestling
Zach finished his first season as a Scot with a 36-3 record in the 149 pound weight class, tying the program record for most wins in a season. He was undefeated for his first 22 bouts of the season, earned 12 pins, and became an All-American, placing fifth at Nationals.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Emma Davis - Bowling
Emma was a part of the Heartland All-Conference team. She led the team with a 190 average over 54 games. She set an Alma college bowling high-game score with a 278. Emma made the all-tournament team at the kegel midwest classic, a tier one tournament.
Jillian Jegla - Cheer and Stunt
Jillian became an NCA All-American for the second consecutive year and a STUNT All-American for the third consecutive year. She competed at the NCA National Championship, helping the team earn two consecutive national championship titles.
Tori Basso - Golf
Tori was All-MIAA first team with the fifth best average for MIAA players. She was top 10 at all four MIAA Jamborees, including two second place finishes. Last season, Tori was named a Women's Golf Coaches Association Academic All-American.
Allie Ray - Women's Lacrosse
Allie was named to the All-MIAA second team. She collected 193 saves and posted a league-best 52.9 percent save percentage. She also averaged 14.84 saves per game this season, including 25 in the season-opener against Carroll University.
**Mary Brooks - Softball
Mary was named All-MIAA First Team. She was third in the MIAA in RBI with 52, fourth in home runs with nine, fifth in slugging percentage with .738, and sixth in both doubles (11) and batting average (.437). She also had the second-most RBIs and home runs in a single season in program history.
Haley Novak - Volleyball
Haley was named First Team All-MIAA. She had the second most assists in the conference with 902, had 10 matches with at least 40 assists, and was fourth on team in digs (278). She also had over 100 kills.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Kyle Woodcock - Bowling
Michelle Sabourin - Cheer and STUNT
Tracy Buron - Dance
Ashley Johnson - Women's Lacrosse
**Jeremiah Tobias - Men's Wrestling
The True Scot Award is given to a senior student-athlete that represents Alma College in all aspects of life. This award isn't just given to the smartest athlete, the strongest athlete, or the best athlete. It is bestowed upon a student-athlete who serves as a role model and has high character, someone that is a leader in action and in speech.
Madeline Barnauskas - Women's Basketball
Teammate Madison Hill says, "Madeline aka Maddawg is one of the most genuine people she has ever met. Her work ethic in the classroom and on the court is remarkable. She leads by example and is always exemplifying guidance in leadership to her teammates. She may seem quiet and innocent but once you really get to know her, she truly lights up the room."
**Jared Fleming - Men's Track and Field
Teammate Payton Hirschenberger says, "Jared is a leader based on keeping people accountable and leads by example. He puts all his effort into what he's involved with and this shows through the growth of FCA, practice, and in person."
Erin Goggins - Women's Track and Field
"Erin is a great teammate in regards to building a community within a large and diverse team," says teammate Payton Hirschenberger, "She is very involved in volunteering, and leads the Alternative Breaks Program At Alma College. She makes sure everyone is heard and involved in whatever she's involved in."
Kennedy Hilley - Women's Golf/Lacrosse
Tori, a teammate of Kennedy's on both the golf and lacrosse teams, says that "Kennedy is a natural born leader who leads by example on the lacrosse and golf teams. She has a great attitude and is always easygoing, no matter what obstacles she is facing. Kennedy always keeps the atmosphere light and fun. She is involved and a leader in many organizations, volunteers across the community, participates in alternate breaks, and studies abroad. She is a part of so many aspects of life at Alma, and has on many occasions volunteered and shared that great attitude with others."
Laura Kastler - Cheer/STUNT
"Laura is a great leader in her actions and words," says teammate Gabby Saum. "She is involved in many things and represents them all proudly. She is very vocal and outgoing, and represents the Cheer and Stunt program well. Laura is very active in the community in projects that she cares about and is a leader in title and actions for what she participates in."
Riley Terwilliger - Softball
Teammate Maddie Piche says, "Riley is the perfect example of a student athlete and spiritual role model. She leads by example on and off the field and makes those around her want to be better. Her kindness and optimism are contagious as she finds the best in every situation. Riley is one of those individuals who cares more about others then herself."
TEAM OF THE YEAR
The team finished the season with a 24-19 overall record, which is the second-most wins in school history. They also had their second-ever MIAA tournament appearance and was one win away from the MIAA championship.
The ladies finished their season with a 15-12 overall record, the most wins since the 2003-04 season. This year was their first playoff win since 2006 and multiple individuals made their way into the record books.
They finished first out of 12 teams at Buckeye Baker Classic and then they finished in the top five in eigth of their 14 tournaments. The team also finished sixth out of 66 teams at the Kegel Classic.
**Cheer & STUNT
The ladies won the 2018 NCA All-Girls Division National Championship, then was the Runner-up at STUNT Nationals, had a Gold paid bid at NCA camp, and was the top seeded Division II STUNT team for first time in program history.
The team finished their season with a 19-8 overall record, which was the best win percentage since 2008. This season they also had their first playoff win since 2010 and had three athletes named to MIAA All-Conference team.