It is the athletic department's version of the Oscars. Hamline held its annual Honors Day ceremony May 3 at Sundin Music Hall. School president Linda Hanson and athletic director Jason Verdugo presided over the event that drew a capacity crowd of students and families.
Here are this year's winners:
Female Co-Rookies Of The Year went to Shawny Kramer (Track and Field) and Jordan Sammons (Soccer/Basketball). Shawny is one of the top freshman in the country in the Hammer Throw (currently 18th). Jordan played a critical role as the soccer team had its best season in history. She then moved to the hardwood and was a stalwart for the hoopsters.
Dior Ford was named the Male Rookie Of The Year. Dior adapted quickly to the rigors of MIAC basketball and played an integral role for the Pipers, who had their third straight winning season -- the first time it has happened around in nearly three decades.
Liz Stock was a double winner. She was named recipient of the Female William Cloon award, given annually to the senior with high scholastic standing who also is a leader on the field. Liz will leave HU with most of the school's goalie records. A four-year regular, she also won the Pat Paterson award as the female student with the top GPA (4.00). Liz also was the school;'s first ever COSIDA Academic All-American, having been named to the 2011 Division III team.
Cory Miller claimed the Kent Bracewell Award on the male side. Cory has a 3.98 GPA and has been a four-year regular in baseball. Last year, he claimed a Gold Glove for his outstanding work in center field.
Andy King and Beau Christian shared the Male William Cloon awards. Andy has been a four-year terror for the Piper baseball team. This year alone, he has six triples and six home runs. His four-year career batting average at HU is a nifty .315. Beau was a four-year stalwart for the Piper hockey team in goal. He finished with over 50 career wins, eight shutouts and a career save mark over .900. While here, he backstopped the Pipers to their first NCAA postseason win ever in men's hockey.
Brenna Coyle won the Misty Bahr Female Athlete Of the Year. Brenna is one of the top D-III field athletes in the country and a definite threat to win at next week's MIAC meet. She is currently 7th in the country in the Hammer. Devin Monson, the Steve Lindgren Male Athlete Of the year winner., has become a regular on the Piper website for his exploits in Cross Country and long distance track races. This spring alone, he set new school standards in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. He has won the league cross country individual crown before and has been a member of an incredible three consecutive MIAC CC titles.