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Genesee Athletics Announces 2013-2014 Award Winners

Genesee Athletics Announces 2013-2014 Award Winners

The Genesee Community College Athletics department recently celebrated the success of its student-athletes both in his or her sport and in the classroom, announcing the award winners for the 2013-14 year at the first annual GCC Athletics Banquet.

"It is very important to congratulate our student-athletes that have accomplished great things throughout the year," said GCC Athletics Director Kristen Schuth. "It's also important to honor those students that are moving on and graduating from our program."

The Athletics Director Award was presented to sophomores Adam Baumeister (golf) and Michelle Nagle (volleyball). The award is given to a male and female student-athlete who are in good academic standing, have made a significant contribution to GCC Athletics and have achieved significant athletic recognition during their career, such as being recognized by local, regional and/or national organizations as an individual of exceptional athletic ability (All-Conference, All-Region, All-American, etc.).

Baumeister, a two-year member of the GCC golf team, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III All-Region Team last year as a freshman. He has medaled three times so far this spring as a sophomore and has not finished lower than eighth in any tournament in 2014. The Cougars will compete in the Region III Championships May 12-13 and the NJCAA National Championships will be held on June 1-6 at the Chautauqua golf club.

Nagle, a captain and two-year starter for the GCC volleyball team, was named the Division II Region III and Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) Player of the Year for the 2013 season. She tallied 472 kills and accounted for and average of over four points per sets, appearing in all 43 matches for GCC last fall. She was also named to the WNYAC tournament and Region III tournament All-Tournament teams.

Receiving the Scholar Athlete Award were sophomores Chelsea Gerace (volleyball) and Dave and Doug Ellsworth (men's lacrosse). The award is given to a male and female athlete who has achieved athletic recognition and has an outstanding academic record with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Gerace, a Physical Therapy major, achieved a 4.0 GPA this past season and holds an overall GPA of 3.96 with 87 credit hours. She was a pivotal member of the GCC volleyball team last fall as the starting libero. Gerace currently maintains a fulltime job, volunteers at Batavia High School as a track coach and works fund raisers for her local church.

Dave and Doug Ellsworth were both two-year members of the men's lacrosse team as two-way midfielders. Dave achieved a 3.88 GPA with 51 credits earned and Doug achieved a 3.85 GPA with 51 credits earned. Both were named to the WNYAC All-Conference First Team this spring.

Michelle Peck, Health and Physical Education and Athletics secretary, was awarded the Athletic Service Award. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution in support of the athletics department during the course of the year.

"Michelle Peck has been the glue that keeps us all together for the past seven years," Schuth said. "In my first year as the Athletics Director, I could not have asked for a better secretary."


Full list of awards winners:


Men's Soccer

All Conference:

1st Team: Ben PolkAaron DunksNathan Rose

2nd Team: Jamie MaskellBrad RoddaSean Allen, Austin Richardson

All Region:   

1st Team: Ben Polk, Nathan Rose, Aaron Dunks

2nd Team: Jamie Maskell

All American:   Ben Polk
Most Improved Player Jamie Maskell
Best Teammate:   Aaron Dunks
Cougar Player Award: Ben Polk
Coaches Award:   Ben Polk


Women's Soccer

All Conference

1st Team: Dana HansenAshley MakowskiKate SpringsteenDenae McGrathMariah NiemiecMaddie Potter

2nd Team: Sarah Loranty

All Region:   

1st Team: Dana Hansen, Ashley Makowski, Maddie Potter

2nd Team: Sarah Loranty

All American Maddie Potter
Most Improved Player Maddie Potter
Best Teammate:   Denae McGrath
Cougar Player Award Dana Hansen
Coaches Award Ashley Makowski




All Conference

1st Team & Player of the year – Michelle Nagle

2nd Team: Leyinska Quiles-TorresStephanie Maddox

 All Region: 

Region III DII Player of the Year – Michelle Nagle

1st team: Leyinska Quiles-Torres, Nohema Garcia-Torres, Stephanie Maddox

Most Improved Player:      

Leah Staley
Best Teammate:    Chelsea Gerace
Cougar Player Award: Michelle Nagle
Coaches Award:   Stephanie Maddox

Coach of the Year:  REGION - JIM MERCER



Men's Basketball

All Region: Ervin MitchellNaquil JonesAlastair Cole
Most Improved Player Jason Perry-Murray
Best Teammate Alex Morris
Cougar Player Award: Naquil Jones
Coaches Award: Ervin Mitchell



Women's Basketball

All Region: DaShawna JenniferBreana Gleaton
Most Improved Player Hillary Rivera
Best Teammate Macey Mculley
Cougar Player Award: DaShawna Jennifer
Coaches Award: Breana Gleaton


Men's Swimming

Most Improved Player Dakota Spink
Best Teammate: Jason Williams
Cougar Player Award: Justin Popp
Coaches Award: Justin Popp


Women's Swimming

Most Improved Player Nikkia Frongetta
Best Teammate: Melanie Kinbaum
Cougar Player Award: Miah Stevens
Coaches Award: Miah Stevens



Most Improved Player Yuki Abe
Best Teammate: Jenna Wozniak
Cougar Player Award: Taylor Doty
Coaches Award: Kaitlyn Matteson



All Conference/All Region/All American: TBA
Most Improved Player: Max Sallade
Best Teammate: Trevor Leach
Cougar Player Award Adam Baumeister
Coaches Award: Alec Engel



All Conference/All Region/All American: TBA
Most Improved Player: Josh Maier
Best Teammate: Dave Clark
Cougar Player Award Phillie Guzman
Coaches Award: Alex Lyons



All Conference/All Region/All American: TBA
Most Improved Player: Rachel Van Duser
Best Teammate: Karissa Schuster
Cougar Player Award Ashley Covel
Coaches Award: Chelsey Ruzeuski


Men's Lacrosse

All Conference:   

  1st Team: Craig SenecaTyler SkowronskiDave EllsworthDoug Ellsworth

2nd Team: Dana RayPete DiLauraJohnny Astrologo,Jesse Jimerson

All Region:    

1st Team: Pete DiLaura, Johnny Astrologo

2nd Team: Josh Wester, Dana Ray, Tyler Skowronski, Jesse Jimerson, Craig Seneca

All American:    TBA
Most Improved Player Ben Madaferri
Best Teammate:    Tyler Skowronski
Cougar Player Award: Pete DiLaura
Coaches Award:   Johnny Astrologo


Women's Lacrosse

All Conference:

1st team: Ashley Makowski, Kaleigh MurrayKatya Oakes

2nd team: Denae McGrathRachel BallHannah Dominesey

All Region/All American TBA
Most Improved Player:   Denae McGrath
Best Teammate Rachel Ball
Cougar Player Award: Ashley Makowski
Coaches Award Kaleigh Murray


Quantum Leap Award:

Women's Lacrosse


Cougar Cup:

 Men's Lacrosse – Fall 2013