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Western Carolina Honors Student-Athletes at Annual Awards Banquet

May 1, 2007

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's Athletic Department hosted its annual Athletic Awards Banquet Sunday, April 29, recognizing Catamount student-athletes for accomplishments during the 2006-07 season.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the WCU Male and Female Scholar Athlete Awards. Josh Dees (Men's Basketball) was named Male Scholar Athlete and Kelley Urban (Cheerleading) was named Female Scholar Athlete. To be named Western's Scholar Athlete of the Year, the student-athlete must have attended WCU for at least one year, carry the highest cumulative grade point average and compete in a sport during the 2006-07 season. (The WCU Male and Female Athletes of the Year will be named once all the spring sports' seasons are over).

Western Carolina also recognized the following student-athletes as recipients of their respective endowed scholarships:

The Ronnie Childress Memorial Scholarship Fund (Baseball) - Greg Holland

The Odell Griffith Memorial Fund (Baseball) - Drew Saberhagen

The Johnny Pust Scholarship Fund (Baseball) - Barrett Shaft

The Walter Durr Football Scholarship (Football) - Marcus Thomas

The Wallace Hyde Athletic Endowment Fund (Football) - Felipe Foster

The Bob Waters Leadership Fund (Football) - Daniel Gibson

Albert and Jane Sanborn Scholarship for Women's Golf - Kandy Carland

The Brydon S. Greene Golf Scholarship Fund (Women's Golf) - Elin Mickelsson

The Charles W. Schrader Soccer Scholarship (Soccer) - Heather Dittmer

The Sue and Jack Wakeley Scholar Athlete Award - (M/W Track and Field/Cross Country) - Kerrie Savery and Kevin Johnson

The Betty Peele Leadership Award - Sharhonda Bell and Keevy Harris

The Dee Ann Jagger Memorial Scholarship Fund (Tennis) - Susanna Sjokvist

Community Service Award: WCU Cheerleading

The following were named their respective sports Most Valuable Players during the 2006-07 season:

Men's Basketball: Nick Aldridge (freshman from South Webster, Ohio) was named to the 16-member Freshman Mid-Major All-America team as selected by NCAA Division I men's basketball coaches, NBA scouts and the web site's staff. Aldridge was selected to both the All-Southern Conference and All-Freshman team by the league's head coaches.He averaged six rebounds each game while posting three steals and three assists en route to garnering all-tournament accolades. Aldridge finished the season having scored in double-figures in 27 of the 30 games in which he played, closing the year with 20-consecutive, double-digit outings and twice tallying 30-points in a game. He also recorded six double-doubles in his first year for the Catamounts.

Women's Basketball: Chevon Keith (junior from Ivanhoe, N.C.) was a Southern Conference All-Tournament First Team Selection. She was also voted to the All-Conference Team. In addition to ranking 14th in the league in scoring (10.2 ppg) this season, Keith was third in the conference in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game. She led the SoCon in offensive rebounds (3.48 per game) and was third in defensive boards (4.45 per game). Keith had 11 points and eight rebounds in the Southern Conference title game against Chattanooga.

Cheerleading: Kelly Sikes (senior from Asheville, N.C.) was the team captain for the 2006-07 squad.

Men's Cross Country: Dan Fassinger (senior from Snellville, Ga.) finished sixth overall at the 2006 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships. He was named to the All-Conference team. On October 20, 2006 Fassinger was named Southern Conference Runner of the Week after placing 12th, and 10th among collegians, at the Blue Ridge Open in Boone, N.C.

Women's Cross Country: Kerrie Savery (junior from Palm Harbor, Fla.) finished 23rd at the 2006 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships. She led the Catamounts to a second place team finish at the Clemson Cross Country meet with a second place finish in the meet. Her time of 18:45 was only nine seconds behind the first place finisher. She was named TIAA/Cref Student Athlete of the week on September 13.

Football: Darius Fudge (senior from Riverdale, Ga.) was named to the Coaches All-Southern Conference Team. He made the team for the second consecutive season. In 2006, Fudge rushed for 1,001 yards with his 91.00 yards per game ranking third in the SoCon and 37th nationally. He rushed for over 100 yards in five games, including 104 versus Eastern Kentucky, a career-high 151 versus Chattanooga, 129 at The Citadel, 132 at Wofford and 102 at Liberty. With 44 yards in his season finale at Florida - despite having no yards at halftime, Fudge eclipsed the 1,000-yard barrier to become just the sixth Catamount to accomplish the feat and marking just the eighth time it has happened in WCU history. Fudge ends his career with 2,274 career rushing yards to finish seventh on the WCU all-time list. Also for his career, The Riverdale, Ga., native had 456 rushing attempts and finishes his career 10th on the career attempts list and fourth on the career yards per carry list with his average of 4.99.

Men's Golf: Matt Cook (junior from Murphy, N.C.) finished fourth at the 2007 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championships, earning all-tournament honors. The fourth-place showing for Cook marked the third of his WCU career, which includes a fifth-place finish his freshman season and individual medalist honors a year ago. He was also voted All-Southern Conference.

Women's Golf: Malin Fryk (junior from Trollhattan, Sweden) finished tied for third, shooting 148 in the two-day tournament, and was also named Southern All-Conference. She helped lead the women's golf team to a Southern Conference Tournament title. She was named Southern Conference Women's Golfer of the Month for the month of September. Fryk won the Draper Valley Intercollegiate Tournament in September and finished second at the Lady Jaguar Invitational in March.

Soccer: Heather Dittmer (junior from Marietta, Ga.) was named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's (NCCSIA) 2006 University Division All-State Women's Soccer team. Dittmer was a first team All-Southern Conference selection for the Catamounts in 2006. Dittmer led the Catamounts during the regular season with 12 total points, including five goals and a pair of assists. Dittmer twice scored game-winning goals for Western, securing the lone tally in the 1-0 home win over Wofford and scoring the first of three Catamount markers in the 3-0 shutout win over mountain-rival, UNC Asheville. Dittmer also led the team with 49 shots with a team-high tying 21 going on goal.

Women's Tennis: Trish Hanson (junior from Alpharetta, Ga.) was 8-7 overall and posted a record of 6-9 at No. 1 singles. She led the team with nine wins at No. 1 doubles and was 6-4 in her last 10 doubles matches. Hanson and partner Tessie Salame won the consolation doubles championship at the Residence Inn North Wolfpack Invitational in the fall of 2006.

Women's Indoor Track and Field: Raquel Ramseur (junior from Charlotte, N.C.) took the top spot in the 400-meter dash (56.33), edging senior teammate Asia Davis (57.26) by nearly a full second at the Southern Conference Indoor Championships. Ramseur also posted a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash (24.53) and was fourth in the 60-meter dash at the indoor championships. She provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field at the Alex Wilson Invitational placing second overall in the women's 400-meter dash with a WCU school-record time of 54.31.

Women's Outdoor Track and Field: Co-Winners Raquel Ramseur (junior from Charlotte, N.C.) and Asia Davis (junior from Charlotte, N.C.). Ramseur scored 18 individual points for the Catamount women's team at the Southern Conference Outdoor Championships. She won the 400-meters with a qualifying time of 54.41. She also placed second in the 200-meters. Davis won the 400-meter hurdles at the Southern Conference Outdoor Championships with a qualifying time of 1:00.48. Davis recorded five first-place runs individually in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, while also running on the first-place 4x400-meter relay team at the WCU Invitational.

Men's Indoor Track and Field: Mike Malone (senior from Gainesville, Ga.) placed third in the long jump at the Southern Conference Indoor Championships. Notched his second podium finish of the championships with a third place finish this time in the 60-metre hurdles. He finished with two All-Southern Conference awards.

Men's Outdoor Track and Field: Co-Winners Mike Malone (senior from Gainesville, Ga.) and Manteo Mitchell (sophomore form Mooresboro, N.C.). Malone accumulated 21 total points for Western Carolina in the individual events at the Southern Conference Outdoor Championships, running fifth in the 100-meter dash, third in the 110-meter hurdles and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles, while also leaping 7.19 meters (23-7.25) in the long jump to finish on the podium in third. Mitchell placed second in the 200-meters at the Southern Conference Outdoor Championships with a qualifying time of 21.05.

Volleyball: Meredith Harmon (junior from Villa Hills, Ky.) led the team in the middle with 379 kills in 2006 (2.94 kills per game). She also ranked among the team leaders in blocks, averaging 0.75 per game for a combined 446points scored.