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RU Athletics Honors Student-Athletes at Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony

Left to Right: Bryce Hinkelman, Kaylynne Terry and Tony Diemer
Left to Right: Bryce Hinkelman, Kaylynne Terry and Tony Diemer

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University athletic department held its annual athletics awards ceremony recently to honor the outstanding accomplishments of its student-athletes over the past year. During the ceremony, student-athletes were recognized for their achievements both academically and athletically. The entire list of all the awards can be seen below. 


Academic Awards:

President's Cup (Awarded to the team with the highest GPA for the 2017-18 academic year)

  • Women's Cross Country

Dr. Hans Wolpe Awards (Awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA)

  • Female Second-Year Letterwinner - Katrina Kopfhamer
  • Female Third-Year Letterwinner - Maddison Hiland
  • Female Fourth-Year Letterwinner - Lexie Collins
  • Male Second-Year Letterwinner - Nathan Alldritt
  • Male Third-Year Letterwinner - Kyle Waugh
  • Male Fourth-Year Letterwinner - Jonathan Hernandez

Athletic Director's Honor Roll (96 total student-athletes)

Chi Alpha Sigma National Athletics Honor Society (Awarded to juniors and seniors with a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA)

Kevin Alberts Maddison Hiland Taylor Pilarczyk
Jamie Buechner Cody Kupsik Jacob Siewert
Lexie Collins Spencer Lentz Nicole Silvers
Brett Down Giovana Ortega Austin Smith
Jonathan Hernandez Casey Pettit Kyle Waugh


Athletic Awards:

Male Athlete of the Year

  • Bryce Hinkelman - Baseball
  • Tony Diemer - Men's Basketball

Female Athlete of the Year

  • Kaylynne Terry - Women's Track and Field

Male Freshman of the Year 

  • Kevin Diemer - Men's Basketball
  • Jallen Bashford - Football

Female Freshman of the Year

  • Kaylynne Terry

Team MVPs

  • Bryce Hinkelman - Baseball
  • Tony Diemer - Men's Basketball
  • Tajanae Key - Women's Basketball
  • Joe Werkheiser - Men's Cross Country
  • Lexie Collins - Women's Cross Country
  • Chance Manning - Football
  • Erik Manriquez - Men's Soccer
  • Erin DiSanti - Women's Soccer
  • Brittany Bihun - Softball
  • Christian Devant - Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • Jared Johnson - Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • Kaylynne Terry - Women's Track & Field
  • Jennifer Quintas - Volleyball

Moment of the Year

  • Kaylynne Terry winning the shot put at the NACC Indoor Track & Field Championship

Play of the Year

  • Trae Blumhort's alley-oop dunk in Rockford's 85-77 win over MSOE

Game of the Year

  • Baseball's 5-4 walk-off, comeback win over CUW


Other Awards:

Margaret and Jack Oshita Awards (Presented to a senior student-athlete with the highest standard of team sportsmanship and spirit)

  • Ajibola Oke-Diran - Men's Basketball
  • Nicole Melson - Women's Track & Field

Fan of the Year

  • Sal Evola

Best Dressed Team (Awarded at the Reggies for the team with the most creative attire)

  • Women's Soccer