High Point, N.C. – Following the completion of the spring championships, eleven more student-athletes have been named the 2017-18 Scholar Athlete of the Year in their respective sports, Conference Carolinas announced today. This prestigious award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each sponsored sport for recognition of their outstanding performance both on the field and in the classroom, as voted on by the Student-Athlete Affairs Committee.
Candidates are submitted by member institutions for each of the conference's twenty sponsored sports. To be considered for the honor, the student-athlete must have been named Academic All-Conference, which entails having attended their member institution for at least one full year and having reached junior or senior standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4-point scale. Scholar Athletes of the Year must also be represented on their sport's First, Second, or Third All-Conference Team, the rosters of which are chosen by coaches at the end of each playing season.
Claire Page left her name in the Warriors' record books after an impressive senior campaign in which she recorded the lowest scoring average in Southern Wesleyan history (78.55). The senior from Easley, SC went on to become the first Warrior in Women's Golf history to take first in a tournament, the Cherokee Valley Invitational hosted by North Greenville. She show a 77 in the first round and a 76 in the second round for a total round score of 153. A team captain, Page finished in the top-ten four times during the season. Following the regular season, Page was named to the All-Conference Carolinas Third Team as well as being awarded a spot on the All-Championship team after finishing 8th overall at the Conference Carolinas Women's Golf Championship.
A complete list of the award winners is seen below:
Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Shekinah Wilder - North Greenville University
After an impressive indoor track & field season culminating in a trip to the Division II National Championships, Shekinah Wilder kept her momentum on the track rolling through the outdoor season. In her premier event, the triple jump, she marked six separate attempts over the Division II national provisional qualifying mark. Wilder earned All-Conference Carolinas honors in two events at the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track & Field Championships, finishing first in the triple jump and third in the long jump.
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Jonathan Dahlke - University of Mount Olive
Jonathan Dahlke capped off his career with the Trojans with an impressive senior season - and he's not done quite yet. Dahlke earned NCAA Division II qualifying marks in three different events this spring: the steeplechase (automatic), 1500 meter run (provisional), and 5000 meter run (provision). He will be participating in two of those events, the 5000 and the 1500, at the NCAA Division II Outdor Track & Field Championships at the end of the month. In addition, Dahlke earned First Team All-Conference honors in the 800 meter run at the 2018 Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Robert Poole - University of Mount Olive
Robert Poole went out on top this season - on top of the nation, that is. The senior right side hitter ended his final campaign as the national leader in both aces (73) and aces per set (0.745). Poole also led the Trojans in multiple categories both this season and overall. He was this year's leader in kills (321), kills per set (3.28), service aces (73), service aces per set (0.74), and total points scored (417). Additionally, he wrapped up his senior season as the Trojan's all-time leader in kills (1,000) and sevice aces (180). He is the first Trojan in program history to reach the 1,000-kill barrier. For his impressive season both on and off the court, Poole was named to the All-Conference Carolinas First Team and was also selected as the Conference Carolinas Murphy Osborne Award Winner.
Teagan McNamara - Belmont Abbey College
Teagan McNamara may be just a junior, but she showed composure reminiscent of a senior this year as she helped lead Belmont Abbey to the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Women's Tennis Championship for the first time in the modern era of the team. Playing at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, McNamara posted records of 6-5 and 8-3 in conference play, respectively, and overall records of 8-11 and 13-10. For her efforts during the season, McNamara was named to the All-Conference Carolinas Second Team.
Martin Moser - University of Mount Olive
A junior for the Trojans, Martin Moser helped position his team as the number-two seed going into the Conference Carolinas Men's Tennis Championship after they posted an 8-2 record on the season in conference play (13-6 overall). Playing at both No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles, Moser notched 8-1 and 6-3 records in conference play at those positions, respectively, and 14-2 and 11-7 records overall. Following the regular season, Moser was named to the All-Conference Carolinas Second Team.
Amanda Coffrin - North Greenville University
Amanda Coffrin finished her senior season for the Crusaders in style with one of the lowest earned run averages in Division II. Coffrin's ERA of 0.90 was the lowest in the conference and the fifth-best nationally among starting pitchers. On the season, she pitched 147 total strike outs for 21 wins. For her efforts, she was named to the All-Conference Carolinas First Team, as well as being named to the All-Championship Team.
Justin Carroll - University of Mount Olive
Justin Carroll wrapped up his senior season for the Trojans with a handful of impressive stats to his name. The outfielder hit an impressive 17 home runs this season, the second-most in the conference and 17th-most nationally at the time of this release. He also checked in at 23rd nationally in home runs per game (0.33) and 27th nationally in total bases (128). Carroll was named to the All-Conference Carolinas First Team following the regular season.
Shannon Sisk - Limestone College
Shannon Sisk finished up her career with the Saints as one of their most-decorated players. In 2018 alone she was named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason Women's Division II Player of the Year Watch List, the All-Conference Carolinas First Team, the All-Championship Team, and was named the Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year. She is the now the program record-holder in both career assists and points, and at the time of her nomination was second nationally in total assists (79) and assists per game (4.16), third in total points (120), and fifth in points per game (6.32).
Alec Molander - Lees-McRae College
Alec Molander was a critical part of Lees-McRae's successes on the field this spring. He scored at least one goal in all nine of the team's games. Overall, he led the Bobcats in goals (30), assists (13), points (43), and shots on goal (46) in 2018. Additionally, Molander etched his name in the program's record book by becoming the all-time leading scorer after a 10-point outing in early April, racking up 192 total points throughout his collegiate career. For his efforts, Molander was named to the All-Conference Carolinas Second Team following the conclusion of the regular season.
Claire Page - Southern Wesleyan University
Claire Page left her name in the Warriors' record books after an impressive senior campaign in which she recorded the lowest scoring average in Southern Wesleyan history (78.55). A team captain, Page finished in the top-ten four times during the season and captured one individual win at the Cherokee Valley Invitational hosted by North Greenville University, where she shot 77 in the first round and 76 in the second round for a total round score of 153. Following the regular season, Page was named to the All-Conference Carolinas Third Team as well as being awarded a spot on the All-Championship team after finishing 8th overall at the Conference Carolinas Women's Golf Championship.
Justin Plane - Barton College
Justin Plane wrapped up a stellar junior season for the Bulldogs with three top-3 finishes and five top-10 finishes to his name after leading his team with a 73.90 stroke average. He helped Barton to a runner-up finish after completing play at the Conference Carolinas Golf Championships in a tie for sixth place, for which he was named to the All-Championship team. Additionally, Plane was named to the All-Conference Carolinas Second Team for his performance during the regular season.