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The 2018 Edition of the BRONCOS SPORTS AWARDS Celebrates Fayetteville State Student-Athletes

April 25, 2018

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Fayetteville, N.C. -- The Fayetteville State University Department of Athletics commemorated the 2017-18 athletic and academic year with the annual Broncos Sports Awards (BSA) ceremony held Wednesday, April 25th at the Rudolph R. Jones Student Center. Team award recipients and over 150 student-athletes were recognized for academic excellence across all 10 varsity sports and cheerleading at the awards ceremony.

 

Junior golfer Isaiah Shaw (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) and sophomore bowler Savannah Starling (Fayetteville, N.C.) received the top awards as the Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively.

 

Shaw was also honored as the Golf program's Most Valuable Golfer award and recently captured the CIAA Golf Championship Low Medalist Award with the best two-round performance of the 40-golfer field. He was named a two-time All-CIAA and championship All-Tournament performer. He finished second in last year's championship rounds.

 

During regular-season rounds, Isaiah Shaw played his way onto the Northern & Southern Division All-Tournament Teams.

 

Savannah Starling also has a mantel full of awards. The 2018 CIAA Bowler of the Year was also an All-CIAA and All-Tournament Team performer. The CIAA Bowler of the Month for January shared to program's MVP award with teammate Brittany Worthy.

 

Fayetteville State's Kappa Chapter for the National College Athlete Honor Society -- Chi Alpha Sigma (XA∑) -- had 13 inductees who met the criteria of a 3.4 GPA or higher in their junior year of eligibility. The 2018 Fayetteville State Chi Alpha Sigma inductees were: Chinwendu Maduegbunam {Women's Basketball}; Devondra Bazemore {Bowling}; Ashlee Gaskins {Cheerleading}; Brittany Lee {Softball}; Ayanna Dawson {Cheerleading}; Brandon Harvey {Football}; Devin Knudsen {Football}; Jordan McGrigg {Football}; Tristan Walker {Football}; Sarah Mastin {Women's Cross Country}; Collin Nordan {Men's Cross Country}; Avery Shaw {Volleyball}; and Joshua Smith {Men's Basketball}. 

 

The society's motto is "Excellence in Academics and Athletics." Its watchwords are "Athletics, Academics Achievement, and Attitude."  The mission of the NCAHS is to bring honor and recognition to deserving student-athletes, their families, teams, athletic departments and colleges in much the same way as Phi Beta Kappa honors scholastics. 

The FSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's (SAAC) President Ashlee Gaskins and Vice President Tony Credle, Jr. served as the masters of ceremony. 

Below is a list of the evening's award winners, broken down by sport:

 

Top Awards

Male Student-Athlete of the Year: Isaiah Shaw {Golf}

Female Student-Athlete of the Year: Savannah Starling {Bowling}

 

Sports Medicine

Male Comeback Student-Athlete of the Year: Courtney Best {Women's Basketball}

Female Comeback Student-Athlete of the Year: Javen McNeill

 

Academic Excellence Awards - Highest Indiv. GPA

Cheerleading: Amari Black

Softball: Brittany Lee

Volleyball: Brandye Cropper

Golf: Adam Capps

Tennis: Brittany Doss

Bowling: Savannah Starling

Men's Cross Country: Collin Nordan

Women's Cross Country: Sarah Mastin

FootballDevin Knudsen

Women's Basketball: Chinwendu Maduegbunam

Men's BasketballWilliam Tibbs

 

Cheerleading Individual Awards

Most Spirited: Michael Wilkes

Most Dedicated: Johnetta Godwin

Best All-Around: Ashlee Gaskins

Coach's Award: Amari Black

 

Volleyball Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Arlicia Ortiz

Most ImprovedBojo Jada

Most Outstanding Newcomer: Avery Shaw

Coach's Award: Charli Daniels

 

Golf Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player:  Isaiah Shaw

Most Outstanding Rookie: Joshua Smith

Coach's Award: Adam Capps

Most Improved Player: Corey Bissen

 

Tennis Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Brittany Doss

Most Outstanding Rookie: Kayla Williams

Most Improved Player: Zyaja Mattocks

Coach's Award: Amber Gladden

 

Bowling Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Savannah Starling &Brittany Worthy

Most Outstanding Player: Devondra Bazemore

Coach's Award: Leslie Paige Brayboy & Veronica Santiago-Colon

 

Women's Cross-Country Individual Awards

Most Valuable Female Runner: Aleena Cruz

Most Improved Runner: Destiny Stevons

Coach's Award: Carisha Leonard

 

Cross Country Individual Awards

Most Valuable Male Runner: Richard Prudente-Bernal

Most Improved Player: Jaylaan Poe

Coach's Award: Collin Nordan

 

Football Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player-Special Teams: David Lamb

Most Valuable Player-Offense: Stevie Green

Most Valuable Player-Defense: Seth Johnson

Most Outstanding Rookie: Brandon Smith

 

Women's Basketball Awards

Most Valuable Player: Shantel Bennett

Most Outstanding Rookie:  Michelle Gainey

Most Improved Player:  Yakima Clifton

Coach's Award: Breona Jones

 

Men's Basketball Awards

Most Valuable Player: Willie Gilmore

Most Outstanding Defense:  Joshua Smith

Most Improved Player:  Xavier Williams

Coach's Award: Javen McNeil

 

Softball Awards

Most Valuable Player: Maggie Smith

Most Outstanding Rookie:  Madison Mendoza

Coach's Award: HaLee Knowles

 

SAAC Special Awards

Freshman Athlete of the Year:  Aleena Cruz-Coleman

Newcomer Athlete of the Year:  Elvin De La Rosa

Humanitarian Award:  Women's Basketball

SAAC Outstanding Leadership Award: Ashlee Gaskins

Highest Student GPA Award:  Chinwendu Maduegbunam

Highest Team GPA Award: Women's Tennis

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