Appalachian State Holds Annual All-Sports Banquet

Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:35 am
App State softball's Pepper Butler (middle) took home the Mountaineer Courage Award as well as the Softball MVP Award during Monday's APPSPY Awards Ceremony. Courtesy: Will Phillips (Appalachian State Football Video)

App State softball’s Pepper Butler (middle) took home the Mountaineer Courage Award as well as the Softball MVP Award during Monday’s APPSPY Awards Ceremony. Courtesy: Will Phillips (Appalachian State Football Video)

Appalachian State University held the 2015-16 Appspy’s all-sports banquet on Monday evening at the Schaefer Center by giving out dozens of awards to its student-athletes and support staff.

The end of-year awards ceremony is organized by Appalachian State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s board members, in conjunction with the Former Athletes Association, to recognize the accomplishments of Appalachian’s coaches, student-athletes, teams, and support staff. This year’s banquet was hosted by men’s soccer’s Jordan Melia (Bolton, England/Rivington & Blackrod) and Women’s tennis’ Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville, N.C./Asheville).

App State men’s soccer goalkeeper Paul West earned the prestigious Brakefield Award, given to the graduating student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average for the December graduating class. The award was established by legendary Appalachian football coach Jim Brakefield and his wife, Eloise. A scholarship fund continues in their names through the former student-athletes who played for Coach Brakefield along with the friends of the Brakefield family.

Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) of men’s soccer was awarded the Rick Edmundson Memorial Scholarship which is awarded annually to a native of North Carolina who is not on athletic scholarship, but one who has made uncommon contributions to the athletic program and to the University. A 1981 graduate of Appalachian State University, Edmundson was devoted to the institution and especially to athletic programs. At the time of his death, Edmundson was enrolled in Campbell University’s Law School. The Rick Edmundson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1984 by his family and friends.

App State Athletics SWA Debbie Richardson received the Jackson A. Branch Award, created to honor Branch’s many years of unselfish service and support to Mountaineer student-athletes and teams.

Women’s soccer’s Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) was awarded the Goodyear Family Athletic Scholarship. Established in 1994 by George and Anne Goodyear, the scholarship is awarded to a rising junior with a minimum 2.0 GPA who demonstrates strength of character in all that he or she does.

Softball’s Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) took home the Mountaineer Courage Award for overcoming adversity for continuing to be a key component of the App State softball team despite losing both her parents to cancer in 2016. Butler was also awarded the Softball MVP award.

2016 APPSPYS Award List

Best Team Performance: Women’s Indoor Track and Field winning the Sun Belt Championship

Best Individual Performance: Ronald Blair, Football

Best Moment: Football winning 2015 Raycom Camellia Bowl

Best Seasons: Football, Wrestling, Volleyball, Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Best Coach: JohnMark Bentley, Wrestling

Best Athletic Trainer: Claire Davis, Women’s Basketball/Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Breakthrough Athlete: Jess Keller, Ian Bennett, Ryan Hastings, Ronshod Shabazz, Darlene Girardeau, and Oliver Casey

App Fan of the Year: Mieszko Kwiatkowski

All for App: Michael Obacha, Men’s Basketball

Strength Coach of the Year: Yolanda Berryhill

Female Student-Athlete of the Year: Tristan Van Ord, Women’s Track and Field

Male Student-Athlete of the Year: Denzel Dejournette, Wrestling

Ironeers Top Female Team: Women’s Soccer

Ironeers Top Male Team: Baseball

King of the Rock: Henry Davis, Baseball

Queen of the Rock: Bria Carter, Women’s Basketball


Special Award Winners

Brakefield Award: Paul West, Men’s Soccer

Goodyear Family Athletic Scholarship: Sarah Peatross, Women’s Soccer

Jack Branch Award: Debbie Richardson

Laps for Apps Award: Thomas Hodges, men’s golf

Rick Edmunson Memorial Scholarship: Jake Chasteen, Men’s Soccer

Ron “Doc” Kanoy Award: Anna Bishop, athletic trainer

Team Academic Excellent: Volleyball

Mountaineer Moves Community Service Award: Softball

Mountaineer Courage Award: Pepper Butler

Team MVPs

Baseball- Brian Bauk

Women’s Basketball- Madi Story 

Men’s basketball- Frank Eaves

Cheerleading- Leah Clayton 

Women’s Cross Country- Tristin Van Ord

Men’s Cross Country- Michael Ellis

Football- Ronald Blair

Field Hockey- Caroline Phillips 

Women’s Soccer- Lindsey Tully 

Men’s Soccer- Mason McCarter

Softball- Pepper Butler

Women’s Tennis- Melissa Machado 

Men’s Tennis- Oliver Casey 

Women’s Indoor Track and Field- Tristin Van Ord 

Men’s Indoor Track and Field- Ryan Hastings 

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field- Darlene Girardeau 

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field- Stanley Broaden 

Wrestling- Denzel Dejournette 

Volleyball- Paige Brown 

Men’s and Women’s Golf will be announced at a later date**

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