ROCKFORD, Ill. - As the 2012-13 year draws to a close, the Rockford College Athletic Department held its annual awards ceremony to honor the accomplishments of its student-athletes. The awards ceremony honors the successes of student-athletes both in the classroom as well as during competition.
The academic awards include the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Chi Alpha Sigma National Honors Society. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average above a 3.0 while at Rockford College in order to be placed on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. This year Rockford had 80 student-athletes receive this honor. Of those 80 student-athletes, 12 of them maintained a cumulative grade point average above a 3.4 and were junior or senior standing. Those individuals were inducted or maintained their place in Rockord's Chi Alpha Sigma Chapter.
The Dr. Hans Wolpe Memorial Award is the final academic award and is given to the second, third and fourth-year male and female letterwinners with the highest grade point average. Laina Scheri (Cortland, Ill./DeKalb) and Bill Fell (Lake Villa, Ill./Lakes Community) won as second-year letterwinners. Erin Ryczek (South Beloit, Ill./Hononegah) and Chris Holke (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) were the third-year letterwinners to receive the award. Finally, Jennifer Zulkanycz (Norco, Calif./Norco) and Zac Wolf (LaSalle, Ill./LaSalle-Peru) won the award as fourth-year letterwinners.
Also recognized were the individual MVPs from each sport along with the Margaret and Jack Oshita Award winners. The Oshita Award is presented to the male and female student-athlete who exhibits the highest standards of team sportsmanship and spirit. The 2012-13 Oshita Award recipients were Alexis Ford (Cortland, Ill./DeKalb) and Eric Woelbling (St. Louis, Mo./McCleur North).
Each year the awards ceremony is concluded with the presentation of the Rockford College Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Candidates for the award consisted of the most valuable players from each of the sports.
The 2012-13 Male Athlete of the Year was senior Daryn Streed (Belvidere, Ill./North). Streed put together a very impressive senior season as both a pitcher and a position player on the baseball team. He earned First Team All-Northern Athletics Conference honors and was named both NAC Pitcher of the Week and NAC Position Player of the Week this season. Streed became the only baseball player in the history of the Northern Athletics Conference to win both Pitcher and Position Player of the Week in a career much less in the same season. The senior received multiple honors from national media outlets as well. For the second consecutive season Streed was named to the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week as the designated hitter. He was also selected Honorable Mention National Hitter of the Week and National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. On the mound Streed threw one of the best games in the program's history when he defeated second-ranked Trinity University Texas on the road. Streed threw 8 shutout innings surrendering just 3 hits, striking out 7 and walking none. The senior retired the final 15 batters he faced in the game. The Belvidere native wrapped up his collegiate career finishing in the top ten this season in the Northern Athletics Conference in hits (57), at bats (162), doubles (13), home runs (2), games started as a pitcher (9), innings pitched (53.2) and pitching strikeouts (51).
The 2012-13 Female Athlete of the Year was senior Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./Pearl City). Lawler was a three-sport athlete who played a critical role on all three teams. She was the volleyball team MVP and was selected Northern Athletics Conference Honorable Mention. She finished her volleyball career amassing 878 kills, 1,000 digs, 115 aces and 113 blocks. In basketball Lawler became only the 11th player in the women's basketball program's history to join the 500 Rebound Club. During her four-year basketball career Lawler finished with 731 points, 501 rebounds and 105 assists. Finally, the Pearl City native was also a key member of the Regents softball team as well over the past four seasons. This year she was named Northern Athletics Conference Position Player of the Week during the team's first week of competition. During that week Lawler hit an impressive .625 with a 1.000 slugging percentage, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 runs scored and 2 RBI. At the conclusion of her softball career Lawler totaled 86 hits, 8 home runs and 52 runs batted in.