The Lees-McRae College athletic department held the first CATSPYS award ceremony Sunday evening in Evans Auditorium. The event was a celebration of the 2016-17 academic year for all the programs within the athletic department.
“I thought it was a great night to celebrate the achievements of our student-athletes,” said LMC Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail. “Seeing their energy was reassuring we are providing them with a great experience and wonderful memories. What a great night!”
Headlining the award winners were Erin Bingham, Thomas Deeley and Phil Kmetz and the cycling teams. Bingham, who is a member of the women’s track & field team, was named Female Athlete of the Year, while Deeley (Men’s Soccer/Tennis) and Kmetz (Cycling) were honored as Co-Male Athletes of the Year. The cycling teams, meanwhile, were named Team of the Year for their work with the Ride for Reading program.
The department also awarded a Female Freshman of the Year and Male Freshman of the Year, which went to Jennifer Johnson (Women’s Track & Field) and Reto Pfund (Men’s Volleyball), respectively.
In addition to those awards, the department also handed out individual team CATSPYS, which were given to the student-athlete who best embodied this statement: A Lees-McRae College student-athlete who possesses the dedicated commitment to their sport and team, who adds value daily in and out of the classroom, with great academic success, while viewed as a leader amongst their peers, ultimately embodying the Lees-McRae spirit is the true definition of a CATSPY.
A complete list of all the award winners are listed below.
Conference Carolinas All-Support Team: Dylan Adams
Conference Carolinas Murphy Osborne Award: Rudy Klaas (Men’s Volleyball)
Austin Thompson – Men’s Cross Country
Jordyn Halvorsen – Women’s Cross Country
Nathan Watt – Men’s Soccer
Natalie Shuman – Women’s Soccer
Jonathan Honore – Men’s Basketball
Brea Forbes – Women’s Basketball
Rudy Klaas – Men’s Volleyball
Haylee Leonard – Women’s Volleyball
Men’s Tennis – Garrett Lakey
Women’s Tennis – Amanda Chapman
Men’s Track & Field – Cody McNeely
Women’s Track & Field – Erin Bingham
Men’s Lacrosse – Blaine Stottlar
Women’s Lacrosse – Callie Gregg
Men’s Cycling – Silas Moorefield
Women’s Cycling – Veronica Laughton
Softball – Noel Cassidy
Cheerleading – Katie Masters
Athletic Training – Jessica McBee
Skiing/Snowboarding – Carson Bazemore
Female Freshman of the Year – Jennifer Johnson (Women’s Track & Field)
Male Freshman of the Year – Reto Pfund (Men’s Volleyball)
Female Athlete of the Year – Erin Bingham (Women’s Track & Field)
Male Athlete of the Year – Thomas Deeley (Men’s Soccer/Tennis) and Phil Kmetz (Men’s Cycling)
Team of the Year Award – Cycling – Ride for Reading program