Dec. 8, 2011
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) today announced its monthly award winners for competitions held during the month of November. Catamount football redshirt sophomore George Richardson and women's basketball senior Kaila'Shea Menendez were recognized as the Male and Female Players of the Month, while two-term SAAC President Chris Everettwas selected as the November Student-Athlete Spotlight.
Richardson averaged 25.5 yards per kickoff return during the final month of the 2011 football season helping him finish ranked third in the Southern Conference in kick return average (27.3 yards per return). A native of Kernersville, N.C., Richardson posted the most return yardage in the league this season, amassing 1,037 yards with one return for a touchdown. He additionally ranked fourth in the SoCon in all-purpose yards, averaging 128.2 per game, while his 1,410 all-purpose yards ranked fifth overall.
Menendez ended the month of November as the leading scorer for the Catamount women's basketball team. She came through with a clutch bucket inside the final minute in the road win over Tennessee Tech, finishing with a game-high tying 12 points. A senior leader from Raleigh, N.C., Menendez currently leads WCU in scoring right at 10 points per game and she additionally ranks fourth in the nation in free throw percentage at a SoCon-leading 95.8-percent.
Both Richardson and Menendez are now eligible for the SAAC Player of the Year honor as monthly award winners.
November's SAAC Student-Athlete Spotlight shines on Christopher Everett Jr., a redshirt senior nickel linebacker on the Catamount football team. The SAAC Spotlight Athlete is presented to the male or female student-athlete that has excelled in athletics, academics, leadership and service in their community. It is awarded to the athlete that does more than what they are asked on a daily basis and does all they can do to improve the image of their respective team and Catamount Athletics as a whole.
Everett finished his final season on the gridiron with 24 tackles including eight solo stops and one pass break-up.
A two-term SAAC President, Everett juggles a very busy and involved schedule at WCU. In addition to his responsibilities as a football student-athlete, the Greensboro, N.C., native serves on various NCAA legislation voting committees for the Southern Conference, oversees activities of Western Carolina's SAAC, while also serving as the SoCon's rep to the NCAA SAAC. He is additionally a NCAA Joint SAAC Division I Representative and the chair for the NCAA Student-Athlete Voice Committee.
Alongside vice president Samantha Hodgeof the WCU women's soccer team, Everett has spearheaded several initiatives at WCU centering around student-athlete involvement on-campus and in the community, as well as the "Think Pink" and "Pink Zone" programs.