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Catamount Athletics Held A-CAT-EMY Awards on Monday Night

April 26, 2011

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Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina held its annual year-end awards celebration on Monday night in the Fine & Performing Arts Center on-campus. Featuring a velvet rope entrance, "red carpet" walkway and the over 300 Catamount student-athletes were on-hand for the aptly named "A-Cat-Emy Awards," a play on the Academy Awards.

Among the awards and superlatives honored on Monday night, WCU played special recognition to the late Dr. John Halbert "Jack" Wakeley, dedicating this year's ceremony to his memory with his widow, Esther Sue Wakeley, in attendance.

WCU also honored the contributions to athletics of both retiring Chancellor Dr. John W. Bardo and Director of Athletic Bands Mr. Bob Buckner.

In addition to the awards listed below, Monday night's program also included light-hearted superlative awards such as the "Best Headshot," "Biggest Clown," "Best Sleeper," and the "Can't Get Right" awards. Western Carolina student-athletes on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) were the presenters with men's basketball freshman Ishmael Hollis and women's soccer junior Samantha Hodge serving as the event's emcees.


Best Comeback - Awarded to the student-athlete that overcomes adversity to persevere
Diamond Hunnicutt, Women's Basketball: Diamond overcame and conquered a possible life threatening and career-ending condition last season before returning to the court and earning a spot in the starting lineup in 2010-11

Mr. Western Carolina - Awarded to the male student-athlete that best exemplifies the spirit of the Catamounts, based upon academics, athletics, team leadership and service to the community
Chris Everett, Football: For the second-straight season, Everett garnered the award for his contributions both to the Catamount Football team, but also to the department in representing his fellow student-athletes. He has served as both the president of the WCU Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) while also representing the Southern Conference on the NCAA SAAC.

Ms. Western Carolina - Awarded to the male student-athlete that best exemplifies the spirit of the Catamounts, based upon academics, athletics, team leadership and service to the community
Felicia Paulding, Women's Track & Field: Not only is Paulding an accomplished athlete on the track, but she is also a great student, maintaining a cumulative GPA over 3.0 while continuing her involvement with the WCU SAAC. She is also the president of her sorority and is a part of FCA.

Top Play - Awarded for an awe-inspiring play by either an individual student-athlete or a team
Mike Williams, Men's Basketball: Garnered the award for his buzzer-beating jump shot from the wing that propelled Western Carolina to home victory over arch-rival Appalachian State.

Male Rookie of the Year - Awarded to the male student-athlete with the best seasonal performance recorded by a freshman or transfer student throughout the course of a season. This individual has shown outstanding work ethic and performance, as well as having played a significant role on his respective team
Trey Sumler, Men's Basketball: Sumler was selected as the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, while also garnering All-Freshman team honors. He played with great energy and enthusiasm all season, earning the starting nod at point guard as a freshman.

Female Rookie of the Year - Awarded to the female student-athlete with the best seasonal performance recorded by a freshman or transfer student throughout the course of a season. This individual has shown outstanding work ethic and performance, as well as having played a significant role on her respective team
Brittany Gendron, Women's Soccer: Started all 19 matches as a true freshman, playing nearly every minute of the season as a center back en route to earning All-Freshman team honors from the Southern Conference. Gendron scored WCU's first goal of the season - and her first collegiate goal - in her first career match, heading in a marker as a part of a season-opening, 2-1, road victory over Campbell.

Male Scholar Athlete of the Year - Awarded to the male student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average while competing in his respective sport
Luke Burton, Men's Track & Field

Female Scholar Athlete of the Year - Awarded to the female student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average while competing in her respective sport
Morgan Turner, Women's Track & Field

Catamount Coach of the Year - Awarded to the WCU head coach of the men's team with the best year-end results
Bobby Moranda, Baseball: Guided the Catamounts to the 2010 Southern Conference Baseball Championship game a season ago in Charleston, S.C.

Lady Catamount Coach of the Year - Awarded to the WCU head coach of the women's team with the best year-end results
Danny Williamson, Women's Track & Field: Led the Catamount women's track & field team to a runner-up finish in the 2011 Southern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship after winning the 2010 SoCon Outdoor title.

Catamount Team of the Year - Awarded to the men's team that demonstrated the highest level of athletic achievement during the past year (Spring, 2010 through Winter, 2011)
Men's Basketball: The Catamounts posted their third-straight winning season, capturing a share of the Southern Conference's North Division title for the second time in the past three years. WCU carried a No. 1 seed into the post-season tournament for just the second time since joining the league. WCU battled through a very difficult nonconference schedule early in the season and won nine of its final 11 games to finish with 18 victories and a school-record 12 wins in SoCon play.

Lady Catamount Team of the Year - Awarded to the women's team that demonstrated the highest level of athletic achievement during the past year (Spring, 2010 through Winter, 2011)
Women's Track & Field: The women's track & field team won the 2010 SoCon Outdoor Championship and recorded a runner-up finish in the 2011 SoCon Indoor Championship.

Male A-CAT-EMY Award - Awarded to the male student-athlete who is deemed the most valuable and highest impact player on his team. He has also achieved all-conference status within the sport
Mike Williams, Men's Basketball: Led the Catamounts to a share of the Southern Conference North Division title, pacing the squad in scoring which ranked eighth in the league. He also paced the SoCon in steals per game, ranking 32nd nationally. Earned All-Southern Conference honors from the league head coaches and voting media, while also earning NAB All-District 22 and All-State honors from the NC Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Female A-CAT-EMY Award - Awarded to the female student-athlete who is deemed the most valuable and highest impact player on her team. She has also achieved all-conference status within the sport
Jane't Carothers, Women's Track & Field: Earned Southern Conference track & field athlete of the week honors multiple times, while also garnering the Most Outstanding Performer award during the 2011 SoCon Indoor Championship.

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