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Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Athletic Banquet

Most valuable, most improved players announced

The Mighty Oaks 2015-16 athletics season came to an unofficial close as the athletic department celebrated another outstanding year at its annual banquet.

Athletic Director and men's and women's soccer Coach Dan Ramin applauded the student-athletes for all their hard work, dedication and superior time management this season.

"It is not easy managing all the practices, travel for games along with the rigorous class schedules at ESF," said Ramin. Ramin also thanked Centennial Hall and the ESF Alumni Association for their generous support throughout the year.

Dr. Robert French, vice president for enrollment and marketing, who was dubbed the "grandfather" of ESF athletics during the banquet, recognized the 2015-16 USCAA Athletic and Academic All-Americans. The USCAA selected 14 Mighty Oaks as Academic All-Americans and 10 as Athletic All-Americans

In keeping with tradition, coaches also named their team's most improved player (MIP) and most valuable player (MVP).

Women's Cross Country
MIP: Courtney Pitman
MVP: Marissa Lathrop

Men's Cross Country
MIP: Dana Carris
MVP: Stephen Slonosky

Women's Soccer
MIP: Sarah Wohlfahrt
MVP: Megan Herbst

Men's Soccer
MIP: Geoff Golick
MVP: Jorge Guarin

Men's Golf
MIP: Kory Whittum
MVP: Alex Brown

Men's Basketball
MIP: Ray George and Tyler Kuhn
MVP: Ryan Caldwell

Woodsmen/Women's Team:
MVP: Sarah Murphy
MIP: Michelle Vasiloff and Sonja Wixom

Woodsmen/Men's Team:
MVP: Ethan Hall
MIP: Adam Wilckens

Highlights from the 2015-16 season included HVIAC conference champions by the men's and women's cross-country teams as well as second- and third-place finishes at the USCAA national cross-country championships. The women's soccer team once again finished in the semifinals of the USCAA national soccer championships, finishing the season with a 11-2-2 overall record. The men's basketball team qualified for its first postseason tournament when it defeated Davis College to end the regular season and qualified to play in the HVIAC conference tournament.

The season isn't over for certain Mighty Oaks teams. The men's and women's outdoor track team will compete in two meets, Nazareth College April 9 and the USCAA Invitational April 30. The Woodsmen's team will participate in competitions at Cobbleskill April 9 and Alfred State April 22.