Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the annual Lyndon Hornets Athletic Banquet on Sunday evening. The event celebrated the athletic and academic achievements of the 2017-2018 year. Lyndon SAAC President Lexie Walker (Groton, CT) served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
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Northern Vermont University and Lyndon State College President Dr. Elaine Collins congratulated the student athletes on their accomplishments. President Collins also announced the President's Cup Challenge. Launching with the unification of Lyndon and Johnson State College into Northern Vermont University, the Cup will be awarded annually to Lyndon or Johnson, based on which campus outperformes the other across all athletic competitions.
The Keynote Speaker for the evening was 2007 Lyndon alumnus Adrian Guyer. Guyer's message to Hornet athletes focused on three key points. First, master the little things to build a foundation for success. Second, commit to excellence and don't accept average. Ask for more and become better, no excuses. Adopt a growth mindset. And third, Be present in the moment and listen to others. The more that you give to your teammates the more you get.
Lyndon Athletic Director Chris Ummer, who will be retiring later this month after 32 years of service, was recognized and honored for his many contributions to Hornet student athletes and Hornet athletics.
Several major department awards were presented:
Champions of Character Award: senior women's cross country runner Sierra Hargrave (St. Johnsbury, VT)
Green and Gold Awards (female and male athletes with the highest GPA): senior track and field and women's basketball athlete Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH), junior baseball player Zak Johnson (East Hampton, CT), and sophomore men's basketball and men's tennis player Neal Mulligan (Marshfield, VT)
Top Three Team GPA's: 1. Women's Cross Country (3.5), 2. Women's Lacrosse (3.45), 3 (tie). Women's Tennis & Women's Basketball (3.27)
SAAC Coach of the Year: men's lacrosse coach Kevin Pezanowski
SAAC Fan of the Year: senior baseball player Andrew Whalen (Cumberland, RI)
Coaches for each of Lyndon's 15 varsity athletic teams presented team awards. The list of athletes receiving team awards is as follows:
Women's Cross Country
Coaches Award - Elizabeth Start
Most Valuable Player - Sierra Hargrave
Men's Cross Country
Coaches Award - Darren Williams Jr.
Most Valuable Player - Benjamin Cornell
Most Valuable Player - Savannah Jackson
Coaches Award - Faibe Achinda
Most Improved Player - Melissa Calabro
Most Valuable Player - Jake LaCerda
Coaches Award - Mukhtar Abdullahi
Most Improved Player - Neal Mulligan
Most Valuable Player - Faith Richard
Coaches Award - Lexie Walker
Michael Tessier Award - Neal Mulligan
Hornet Core Values Award - Zach Knowlton
Most Outstanding Teammate - Darren Williams Jr.
Most Improved Player - Victoria Carlson
Most Valuable Player - Mikayla Hodge
Most Improved Player - Bayla Stewart
Most Valuable Player - Elizabeth Start
Coaches Award - Shea Jones
Most Valuable Player - Marcus Bessette
Awards to be announced at a later date, as the team was still competing in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament
Men's Track & Field
Coaches Award - Robert Denton III
Most Valuable Player - Benjamin Cornell
Women's Track & Field
Coaches Award - Jessica Hillman
Most Valuable Player - Abby Salvadore
Most Improved Player - Cassie Black
Coaches Award - Kiya DeWitt
Most Valuable Player - Hannah Choiniere
Frank Spears Award - Joshua Thibault
Most Valuable Player - Liam Kelleher
Autumn Fahey Award - Rose Wilson
Most Valuable Player - Johanna Sargent
In addition, several awards were voted on in real time by the student athletes in attendance:
Most Swagger: women's soccer player Johanna Sargent
Most Sideline Energy: women's soccer and women's lacrosse player Tori McCormack
Most Likely to Make Teammates Laugh: men's tennis player Raymond Monroe
Best Play or Performance in a Single Contest: men's soccer player Joshua Thibault (two consecutive throw-in goals)
Most Likely to Miss the Bus: women's lacrosse coach Emily Stearns