April 26, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - After a year of athletic achievements across the board, Fayetteville State University honored all of its student-athlete on Monday with the 2012 Broncos Athletic Awards Ceremony. And to close the event, bowler Kiara Reid and men's basketball player Tyrrel Tate were named as the Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively.
In a dazzling evening at Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University, more than 40 student-athletes from 10 varsity sports were honored by Athletics Department administrators and their peers for an athletics year in which Fayetteville State captured two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships.
Following their respective awards presentations, the Broncos' title teams in bowling and golf were recognized on stage to a loud ovation. In March, Fayetteville State won its second straight bowling championship and third in the last five years, and the golf team captured its astounding 26th CIAA championship and 11th in the last 15 years at the CIAA Spring Championships last week.
The biggest individual winners, though, were Reid and Tate, as well as rising football star Joshua Scales.
Named the bowling team's Most Valuable Player by legendary head coach Bobby Henderson, Reid (Jr., Rocky Mount, N.C.) enjoyed one of the best individual seasons of any student-athlete on the FSU campus. But she also rose to great heights in the CIAA, leading her team to a league championship and finishing second in the league in scoring average. One of the elite players in the conference, Reid performed her best at the CIAA Tournament, anchoring the dominating Broncos' team.
Tate (So. Raleigh, N.C.), also named the MVP by head basketball coach Alphonza Kee, was named to the All-Tournament team at the CIAA Tournament in March, but his impact was felt beyond just excellence on the hardwood. Tate was a team leader in and out of competition and a standout in the classroom, setting a high standard for not only his teammates, but for all student-athletes at Fayetteville State University. A tenacious worker, he dramatically improved his game in the offseason and emerged as the team's go-to player down the stretch in tight games.
Scales (So., Pinehurst, N.C.)was honored at the end of the ceremony for leading all NCAA Division-II football players in interceptions per game this season. After suffering a knee injury his freshman season, Scales returned and performed brilliantly and among the best in the nation. He was named Defensive MVP by head football coach Kenny Phillips and was also awarded the Comeback Player of the Year award by Interim Head Athletic Trainer Mita Patel.
Ervin Brinkley (So., Enfield, N.C.) also garnered several honors, aside from opening and closing the ceremony as its host. Brinkley earned the Coach's Award in men's cross country and was also honored with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's (SAAC) distinguished Outstanding Leadership and Citizenship award.
Fayetteville State's cheerleading team, Cheer Phi Smoov, was honored with the SAAC's Humanitarian Award for excellence in community service and outreach.
2012 BRONCOS ATHLETIC-AWARDS CEREMONY WINNERS
For Tennis: Varice Love
For Softball: Ashley Wlezen
For Cheerleading: Carla Peguese
For Women's Basketball: She'Quitia Manning
For Men's Basketball: Tyrrel Tate
For Women's Cross Country: Keisha Edwards
For Men's Cross Country: Joshua Morales
For Volleyball: Joi Emanuel
For Football: Larry McDonald
For Bowling: Kelly Wakerhauser
For Golf: Michael Wallace
SAAC Humanitarian Award - Cheer Phi Smoov
SAAC Most Involved - Dasnii Curtis
SAAC Outstanding Leadership and Citizenship - Ervin Brinkley
Sports Medicine Comeback Player of the Year - Joshua Scales
Most Outstanding Rookie - Samantha Ledbetter
Most Improved - Jasmin White
Coach's Award - Brittney Williams
MVP - Varice Love
Coach's Award - Sierra Henderson-Holmes
Most Improved - Lashanda Washington
Newcomer of the Year - Clarissa Pitts
MVP - Maya Washington
Most Spirited - Emerald Jones
Most Dedicated - Bianca Malloy
Coach's Award - Rachael Hayes
Best All-Around - Leah Gordone
Most Improved - Britney Whitehead
Most Outstanding Defense - Bria Robinson
Coach's Award - Tashama Banner
MVP - Akysia Resper
Most Outstanding Defense - Tim Plummer
Leadership Award - Jarmel Baxter
Hustle Award - John Herrington
MVP - Tyrrel Tate
Women's Cross Country
Coach's Award - Samantha Meeks
MVP - Keisha Edwards
Men's Cross Country
Coach's Award - Ervin Bronkley
MVP - Ernest Hawkins
Most Outstanding Rookie - Nikita Cheadle
Coach's Award - JaMisha Jordan
Leadership Award - Ifeyinwa Nwokolo
MVP - Joi Emanuel
Most Outstanding Newcomer - Chauncey Concepcion
Coach's Award - John Brown
Special Teams MVP - Desmond Roberts
Defensive MVP - Joshua Scales
Offensive MVP - Larry McDonald
Larry "Jackhammer" McLain Award - John Brown
Most Outstanding Rookie - Crystal Mujica
Coach's Award - De'Andrea Bethea
Leadership - Kelly Wakerhauser
MVP - Kiara Reid
Most improved - David Howell Byrd
Sportsmanship - Brandon Jobe
Leadership - Lincoln Jackson
MVP - Jacob Barge
Female Student-Athlete of the Year - Kiara Reid
Male Student-Athlete of the Year - Tyrrel Tate