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Rockford University Celebrates its Student-Athletes at the Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony

Rockford University Celebrates its Student-Athletes at the Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University athletic department held its annual athletics awards ceremony on Tuesday evening 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 2018-19 academic year)

  • Softball - 3.46 Team GPA

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

  • Female Second-Year Letterwinner - Emily Johannes
  • Female Third-Year Letterwinner - Katrina Kopfhamer
  • Female Fourth-Year Letterwinner - Nicole Silvers
  • Male Second-Year Letterwinner - Eric Mackey
  • Male Third-Year Letterwinner - Fernando Mercado
  • Male Fourth-Year Letterwinner - Brett Down

Athletic Director's Honor Roll (103 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 Cody Kupsik Christian Pearcy Jacob Toepfer
Adam Ambrogio Zack Jones Richard Lauterbach Maddy Pearson Alondra Torres
Annaka Bartz Linzy Keller Cruz Marquez Jacob Rillamas Joseph Valdez
Cristian Bermeo Dylan King Fernando Mercado Nicole Silvers Bryson Wallace
Brett Down Katrina Kopfhamer Ryan Munch Brice Spence Kyle Waugh


Athletic Awards:

Male Athlete of the Year

  • Tony Diemer - Basketball

Female Athlete of the Year

  • Kaylynne Terry - Track and Field
  • Emily Cox - Softball

Male Freshman of the Year 

  • Carlos Montes - Soccer

Female Freshman of the Year

  • Rylee Klema - Softball

Team MVPs

  • Zack Jones - Baseball
  • Hunter Fiorito - Baseball
  • Tony Diemer - Men's Basketball
  • Nicole Silvers - Women's Basketball
  • Linzy Keller - Women's Basketball
  • Joe Werkheiser - Men's Cross Country
  • Elizabeth Lisenby - Women's Cross Country
  • Jared Johnson - Football
  • Carlos Montes - Men's Soccer
  • Simeon Adesina - Men's Soccer
  • Erin DiSanti - Women's Soccer
  • Emily Cox - Softball
  • Annaka Bartz - Softball
  • Joe Werkheiser - Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • Jared Johnson - Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • Kaylynne Terry - Women's Track & Field
  • Maddison Hiland - Volleyball

Moment of the Year

  • Kaylynne Terry winning back-to-back shot put championships at both the NACC Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Play of the Year

  • Carlos Montes scored the game-winning goal in 87th minute of Rockford's 2-1 win over Beloit to help Rockford win the inaugural Stateline Cup.

Game of the Year

  • Softball's 6-5 walk-off, comeback win over Aurora University. 


Other Awards:

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

  • Bryson Wallace - Baseball
  • Mackenzi Hesselbart - Women's Soccer

Fan of the Year

  • Sal Evola

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

  • Softball