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Student-athletes Honored at Annual Awards Banquet


More than 150 student-athletes and coaches attended the annual ESF athletics banquet April 11.

The banquet was also attended by President Quentin Wheeler and Dean of Student Affairs Anne Lombard. Each team named its most valuable and most improved players. Receiving special recognition for his contributions to the athletics program was John View, who recently retired as head coach of the men's and women's cross country and track teams.

There was much to celebrate this past year in ESF athletics. The women's soccer team made it to the national championship game. The men's soccer team qualified for the national tournament for the first time in four years. he men's basketball team finished its best season in program history. The bass fishing team qualified for a national tournament. Several individual records were set by members of the cross-country and track teams. In addition, more than 30 student-athletes were named academic and athletic All-Americans.

The following honors were bestowed upon ESF student-atheles:

Men's soccer
Most valuable player (MVP): Eitan Kiin
Most improved player (MIP): Joe Marino

Women's soccer
MVP: Heather Carl
MIP: Natelee Wrege

Men's cross country
MVP: Michael Persson
MIP: Ryan Shaw

Women's cross country
MVP: Marissa Lathrop
MIP: Erin Cuddihy

Men's track
MVP: Nick Giordano
MIP: Devin Murphy

Women's track
MVP: Shannon Gordinier
MIP: Erin Cuddihy

Men's basketball
MVP: Ryan Caldwell
MIP: Justin VanDuLuitgaarden

Men's timber sports
MVP: Adam Wilckens
MIP: Zach Davis

Women's timber sports
MVP: Michelle Vasiloff
MIP: Eliza Phillips

Men's golf
MVP: Sean Barron
MIP: Brian Walsh