May 4, 2008
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina athletics hosted its annual athletics award banquet Sunday in the Ramsey Center; the ceremony, sponsored by SunTrust Bank, recognized Catamount teams and individuals for the 2007-08 season.
Head Coaches from each sport announced the team's MVP and each team had highlights from their season presented. Baseball, softball, and men's and women's outdoor track did not announce their respective team's MVPs as they are still competing.
The following student-athletes were named their team's MVP: Meredith Harmon (volleyball), Eddie Cohen (football), Arlan Whittle (soccer), Kerrie Savery (women's cross country/indoor track and field), Stephen Hammond (men's cross country), Desiree Karlsson (women's golf), Matt Cook (men's golf), Amanda Massey (women's tennis), Kelly Sikes (cheerleading), Raquel Ramseur (indoor track and field), Manteo Mitchell (indoor track and field), Brandon Giles (men's basketball), Chevon Keith (women's basketball) and Ashley Pellom (women's basketball).
Other specialty awards included the Male and Female Scholar Athlete Awards and the team community service award. Tyler Sexton, a senior left-handed pitcher, was the Male Scholar Athlete, boasting a grade point average of 3.986 in Sport Management. Women's basketball sophomore Kristen Feemster was named Female Scholar Athlete with a GPA of 3.982. With over 30 hours of community service per team member, Softball was given the Team Community Service Award.
Individual Team MVP Accolades:
Brandon Giles - Led the men's basketball team in scoring this season, ranking fourth in the Southern Conference ... Named second team All-SoCon by the SoCon Sports Media Association Second Team All-Conference and All-Southern Conference by league coaches
Matt Cook - Led the Catamounts in eight of the 11 tournaments this year, including capturing the 2008 Southern Conference Men's Golf individual championship ... Rallied from 21st place after the opening round to shoot eight-under over the final two rounds at the SoCon Championship to win the conference title ... Named All-Southern Conference for the fourth-time during his career becoming the first-ever Catamount to garner the honors each year ... Was twice tabbed SoCon Men's Golfer of the Month in both September and April.
Eddie Cohen - Set a WCU record for receiving yards in a single-season using six-straight 100-yard plus receiving games to break the 29-year old receiving yardage benchmark held by former Catamount standout, Gerald Harp (1977-80) ... He became just the ninth WCU receiver all-time to breach the 1,000-yard mark by finishing with 1,208 receiving yards and nine touchdowns to surpass Harp's previous benchmark of 1,145 by 63 yards ... His season also ranked as the sixth-best season in SoCon history as he finished ranked second in the conference and fifth in the nation in receiving yards per game (109.82) and fourth in the conference and 17th overall in receptions per game after averaging 6.09 catches per game ... Along the way during his record-setting season, Cohen became just the fourth different Catamount to ever eclipse the 200-yard receiving barrier, posting the third-best single-game performance in the purple and gold with 212 yards at Georgia Southern to set a Paulson Stadium record. He also tied for the second-most catches in a game with 12 against Elon Dubbed first-team All-Southern Conference by both the league's head coaches and the voting media ... Named second team All-American by both the Associated Press and The Sports Network.
Manteo Mitchell - Named SoCon Runner of the Week twice this year including once during the Indoor season and once during outdoor ... Was a three-time individual champion during the indoor championship, taking top honors in the 200m, 400m and as a part of the 4x400m ... Was WCU's only four-time champion during the 2008 outdoor championships, again claiming the 200m and 400m as well as the 4x100m and 4x400m relay ... Was additionally named All-SoCon in the 100m, finishing second.
Chevon Keith - Named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... SCSMA All-Conference First Team ... Southern All-Conference ... NCCSIA First Team All-State ... Ended career with 1,035 points and 947 rebounds becoming just the second Lady Cat to score over 1,000 points and pull down over 900 rebounds.
Ashley Pellom - Southern Conference All-Tournament Second Team ... Twice named Southern Conference Player of the Week ... Minnesota Subway Classic All-Tournament Team ... Named to the NIKE/WBCA So You Want to Be a Coach Program.
Kerrie Savery - First team All-Southern Conference by virtue of her top 10 finish at the 2007 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships in Cullowhee ... Helped WCU `s women sweep both the Indoor and Outdoor track & field championships ... Was a four-time SoCon Champion during the 2008 Indoor Championship in the Mile run, 800m, Distance Medley Relay and 4x400m relay, garnering All-SoCon accolades ... Won the 800m and 1,500m runs at the SoCon Outdoor championships.
Desiree Karlsson - Led Western Carolina in eight of the 10 seasonal events this season ... Named to the Women's Golf All-Southern Confernce Team ... Moved to first-place on WCU's all-time career stroke average this season, posting the fourth-lowest seasonal scoring average all-time (75.69).
Meredith Harmon - Went over 1,000 kills in her career ... Named to the UNC Asheville Bulldog Classic All-tournament team as Western claimed the title ... Also named to the Catamount Clash IV All-tournament team.
Amanda Massey - Went 8-12 on the season and 6-9 at No. 3 singles ... Also competed in women's track & field.
Raquel Ramseur - Helped WCU's women sweep both the indoor and outdoor SoCon Track & Field Championships ... Won the 200m and 400m dash events during the SoCon Indoor Track & Field Championships, while also running on the first-place 4x400m relay team ... Earned SoCon Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week on April 10 ... Won the 200m and 400m dash events at the SoCon outdoor championship, while also running on both of the first-place 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads ... Named Women's Track Most Outstanding Performer for the meet ... Earned All-Southern Conference accolades in each of the above events.