The 42nd annual Pacific Lutheran University All-Sports Dessert was held in last Sunday in Olson Auditorium to commemorate the achievements of several PLU athletes and teams during the 2011-12 academic year. Below are a few of the highlighted recipients from the banquet proceedings.
MALE STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR:
Recipient: Spencer Augustin, Men’s Soccer
In his fourth and final season with the team, Spencer Augustin put together the most prolific offensive season in program history. With 19 goals in 19 games, Spencer not only won the Northwest Conference scoring crown, but scored the second most goals in a single season in PLU history. Coupled with eight assists on the year, Spencer earned 46 total points this season, ranking him first in PLU men’s soccer history in single season points scored. Averaging 2.46 points per game, Spencer ranked seventh in the country in that category, and he finished eighth nationally in goals per game. His breakout season in 2011 earned him Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year, first team all-conference and second team all-region honors. A three-time conference student-athlete of the week in 2011, Spencer also earned second team academic All-America honors.
Recipient: James Conti, Men’s Basketball
James Conti earned second team All-Northwest Conference during this, his senior season. If you judge a player’s impact on his team’s success, however, James would rate Most Valuable Player consideration. A four-year starter at point guard, James played the best basketball of his career this season, ranking first in the conference in total assists (118), steals (67) and assist-to-turnover ratio. With James doing most of the work in the backcourt, PLU finished ninth in Division III basketball in fewest turnovers per game and 28th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. PLU also placed 14th in the nation in steals per game, led by its senior backcourt star. Starting all 25 games for PLU this season, James added a team-high 13.7 points per game, ranking 10th in the conference. “James was the conscience and heartbeat of our team and program,” said coach Steve Dickerson. “His leadership and dedication has raised the bar for future basketball team members.”
Other nominees include: Dustin Hegge (Men’s Golf), Jaron Iwakami (Baseball), Chase Mesford (Men’s Swimming), Corey Moore (Baseball), Surafel Wodajo (Men’s Soccer).
FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR:
Recipient: Erin Bremond, Volleyball
After not winning a single individual award in her first three collegiate volleyball seasons, senior Erin Bremond burst onto the national scene during the 2011 campaign. Playing in all 27 matches for the Lutes, Erin averaged 2.68 kills behind a .341 hitting percentage, which ranked first in the Northwest Conference. In addition, Erin’s 1.02 blocks per set ranked fifth in the conference. During the 2011 season, Erin set two volleyball program records. On September 24 in a match on the road against George Fox, Erin recorded 11 blocks in a three-set match which is something no other Lute has ever done. In addition, by way of her .341 hitting percentage, Erin is now the single season record holder in that statistic. A co-captain of this year’s team, Erin earned first team all-conference and all-region honors. In addition, Erin earned third team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Recipient: Kaaren Hatlen, Softball
A two-time nominee for this award, softball player Kaaren Hatlen did it from both the plate and the pitching circle in her junior season for the Lutes. From the plate, Kaaren was one of the most dangerous hitters in the conference, ranking in the top three in five different major statistical categories. Her .449 batting average, .556 on-base percentage, and 51 runs batted in on the season all ranked second in the Northwest Conference. Kaaren belted nine home runs and compiled a .756 slugging percentage, both marks ranking her third in the conference. In 21 pitching appearances, Kaaren posted a 13-4 record with a 2.90 earned run average, which ranked seventh in the conference. Most impressively, Kaaren stymied number No.-1 ranked Linfield College several times this season, picking up two wins while surrendering only three earned runs in those two wins. After she led the Lutes to a regular road season sweep of Linfield, Kaaren earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Player of the Week honors. Northwest Conference coaches recognized her outstanding talent by selecting her as an all-conference utility/designated player for the second consecutive season. An academic all-district honoree and a mathematics major with a 3.95 grade point average, Kaaren is a Regent Scholar.
Other nominees include: Toni Castillo (Women’s Swimming)
TEAM OF THE YEAR:
The Pacific Lutheran softball team, which won the Northwest Conference tournament championship by twice beating No. 1-ranked Linfield, earns the 2011-12 Team of the Year Award. This years team, 37-11 overall and ranked No. 5 in the national coaches poll, will represent the school at the NCAA Division III national tournament for the first time since the 2003 season. Only three other Pacific Lutheran softball teams have won as many games in a season, and this year’s squad is within three victories of tying the single-season record of 40 set in 1990. Team members are Glenelle Nitta, Melissa Harrelson, Amanda Goings, Stacey Hagensen, Lauren Watson, Haley Harshaw, Spencer Sherwin, Ami Gran, Samantha Pryor, Montessa Califano, Kaaren Hatlen, Amanda Hall, Katie Lowery, Leah Butters, Kylee Oshiro, McKenna Welch, Shelby Hasse, Katie Bologna, Tori Hamura, and Lindsey Matsunaga. Erin Van Nostrand the head coach and she is assisted by Greg Seeley, Tiffany McVay, Dena Harkovitch, and Dena Slye.
LUTE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Recipient: Brock Gates, Baseball
After transferring to PLU after his freshman year, Brock Gates has put together one of the most prolific three-year careers in PLU baseball history. A career .377 hitter, Brock set the single-season hit record in 2010 and is on pace to break his own record this season. Brock is also approaching several all-time career marks. With 122 career runs batted in, Brock is three RBI shy of tying Ryan Aratani for most all-time. In addition, Brock is three home runs away from tying the career mark in that category. This season, the first baseman is putting together the best season of his career. Currently hitting a team-best .406, Brock also leads the team with seven home runs and 46 runs batted in. He is a two-time all-conference honoree (earning unanimous first team recognition in 2011) and this season is a candidate for Northwest Conference Player of the Year. Off the field, Brock has been an asset to the PLU community. As the Student Athlete Advisory Committee president, Brock has provided strong leadership and hands-on direction in SAAC initiatives including Breast Cancer Awareness and the R Word campaign. A communications major, Brock has a 3.55 grade point average.
Recipient: Stacey Hagensen, Softball
Since she first stepped foot on campus in the fall of 2008, Stacey Hagensen has been the cornerstone of Pacific Lutheran softball. During those four years, the program has gone from two consecutive fourth-place finishes to the 2012 Northwest Conference tournament championship and the No. 5 ranking in all of Division III softball. In her four-year career, Stacey has yet to miss a single game, appearing in 170 and starting 168 of those. In both of the last two seasons Stacey has earned Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. Three times she has been named to the all-conference first team after receiving second team recognition in her first season at PLU. Last year, she earned first team all-region and third team All-America honors, and this year figures to at least match those accolades. Stacey has a .382 career batting average, has belted 28 home runs and has driven in 143 runs. Stacey is the PLU softball career record holder in the following categories – at bats, runs scored and complete games pitched. She will likely break the career records for hits and innings pitched. She is the only player in PLU softball history with more than 500 career at bats. Although her career numbers from the plate are impressive, Stacey may have made her biggest contributions to the program from the pitching circle. Starting 80 games in her career, Stacey has compiled 58 wins and more than 250 strikeouts. What may be more impressive is what Stacey has done off the field. Stacey is double majoring in math and economics and with a 3.91 grade point average, she is an academic all-district and All-America candidate. She is also a member of SAAC, a math tutor, and has led a Bible study group for the past two years.
Other nominees include: Barrett Bollen (Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Track & Field), Chad Kearns (Men’s Soccer), Kelsie Moore (Volleyball),
TEAM GPA AWARD:
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Women’s Cross Country wins the 2012 Team GPA Award with a 3.65 grade point average compiled through the fall semester. Team members were Jennifer Arbaugh, Maggie De La Vergne, Michelle Domini, Rebecca Ford, Katie Gebert, Erica Johnson, Erinn Kuest, Suzy Olsen, Alyssa Rowland and Allison Young. The head coach is Heather Kreier and the assistant coach is Dan Haakenson.
SAAC LEADERSHIP AWARD:
Recipient: Sean Andrascik, Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field
Relay for Life event committee (2008-12)…Relay for Life team development chairman (2009-12)…Sustainability Department student lead…Student-Athlete mentor (201-12)…Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member (2009-12)…Emerging Leaders mentor (2011-12)…KCCR’s The Sean and Boo Show (2008-09)…Hebrew Idol emcee (2012).
Other nominees include: Allie Hamilton (Women’s Basketball), Kaaren Hatlen (Softball), Rob Marlow (Football), Stephen Strom (Men’s Rowing)
GEORGE FISHER SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD:
Recipient: Aaron Grossberg, Men’s Soccer
Aaron Grossberg, an a honorable mention all-conference defender, played an important role in helping the Pacific Lutheran men’s soccer team winning the Northwest Conference championship. A four-year letter winner and three-year starter, Grossberg also excelled in the classroom, earning several top academic awards during the 2011-12 school year. Grossberg, who maintains a 3.95 grade point average while majoring in biology, earned 2011 Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division III first team status after earlier being selected to the all-district first team. Additionally, Grossberg is a NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship recipient. The $7,500 grant will be applied toward a university or professional school of his choice upon graduation from PLU. Grossberg intends to enroll in a physician's assistant graduate school program. Grossberg is only the sixth Lute in school history to earn the prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship award. He volunteers at Trinity Lutheran Church, at the Rotacare Clinic, and is a peer tutor.
Recipient: Rockey Rosser, Football
A three-year letter winner on the football team, Rockey Rosser has a 3.95 grade point average while majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. Rockey, a running back, provided senior leadership to the PLU football team that finished 6-3 overall and in a second-place tie in the conference standings. He participated in the football team’s Lister-First Creek mentoring program, and following his graduation from PLU intends to go to dental school. “Rockey has been a true student-athlete, giving everything he has toward both academics and football,” PLU head coach Scott Westering said.
Recipient: Stacey Hagensen, Softball
Stacey Hagensen will finish her Pacific Lutheran softball career as not only of the greatest players in the program’s history, but also as one of its brightest students. With a double major in mathematics and economics and membership in the economics honor society, Stacey has a 3.91 grade point average. She will graduate summa cum laude and will present her economics capstone at an undergraduate research symposium. She is a two-time Capital One Academic All-District honoree and is a strong candidate to win academic All-America honors. To view her athletic achievements, see the Lute Career Achievement Award section.
ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR IN SPORTS AWARD:
One of the top men’s tennis players in the Northwest Conference all four years at Pacific Lutheran University and the 1995 PLU Man of the Year in Sports, Chris Egan is the 2012 Alumnus of the Year in Sports. Coming to PLU out of Puyallup High School, Chris helped lead the Lutes to four consecutive Northwest Conference titles from 1992-95. During those three years he played No. 1 or No. 2 singles and represented the school at the 1994 and 1995 NAIA national tournaments. After starting his career in the mid 1990s in several small Pacific Northwest media markets, Chris came back to the Seattle area to work for NorthWest Cable News as a sports anchor and producer on NorthWest Sports Tonight. He joined the KING 5 sports department as a reporter and anchor in June 2007. Over the past few years Egan has been nominated for several Emmy awards, including three recent nominations. In 2009 he won the Emmy for Sports Anchoring and in 2010 he earned the Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Story of the Year. He is one of the region’s top sports media personalities and still finds time to remain active with his family, including helping coach several of his three children’s sports teams.
LUTE SERVICE AWARD:
Dr. Jerrold Lerum, Professor of Biology, former Faculty Athletics Representative
A long-time professor of biology at Pacific Lutheran University, Dr. Jerrold Lerum admirably served the school and its student-athletes as the Faculty Athletics Representative for more than three decades. He initially took the role for a year in the fall of 1978, and after one year off came back to the position that he held into the current school year. He represented Pacific Lutheran as Faculty Athletics Representative at the school, conference and national levels. His entire tenure at PLU is approaching four decades since first coming to teach here in 1973.
FROSTY WESTERING LUTE INSPIRATION AWARD:
Recipient: Zachary Klein, Men’s Basketball
A four-year letter winner in men’s basketball, Zach Klein has overcome numerous challenges during his college years. Prior to enrolling at PLU, Zach had to deal with the death of his father, himself a former PLU student-athlete, in a drowning accident. After sitting out a season because of academic deficiencies, Zach regained his eligibility to become an important role player for the Lutes. While Zach has been a student and athlete during the past year, he has taken care of his brother Peter, who has Down Syndrome, while also helping his mother through a health crisis. “Zach made major contributions to our program on the court with his toughness, rebounding, and ability to score,” PLU coach Steve Dickerson said, “but what we learned from Zach off the court is what inspired us and made us better human beings. Adversity reveals a person’s true character. No one has more character than Zach.”
Other nominees include: Sammy Davis (Baseball)
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