High Point, NC, – Conference Carolinas announces the Spring Scholar Athletes of the Year as recently voted on by the student-athlete affairs committee. This prestigious award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each sport for recognition of their outstanding academic and athletic achievements.
Each member school submits candidates that are the best of the best for the conference from their sport while meeting certain qualifications for nomination. The qualifications include being a junior or senior student-athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all work completed at their member institution that have played in a conference sponsored sport. The GPA is calculated based on the student-athletes cumulative average through the previous semester and each student-athlete must have attended their member institution for at least one academic year. Additionally, in order to qualify for the award the student-athlete must be a current member of the All-Conference Carolinas First, Second, or Third Teams that were recently selected by head coaches from conference member institutions that nominate and then vote upon award winners.
Andrew Goot of Coker College concludes a spectacular junior season as a Two-time Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the week, as well as claiming a NCBWA Southeast Region Pitcher of the Week Award en route to being selected First Team All-Conference. As a relief pitcher, Goot was 8-0, with 1 save, a 62.1 IP, a 4.33 ERA, and 58 K. He was 2013 Academic All-Conference & is a three-time Presidential Honor Roll selection. Goot is a History major with a 3.613 GPA.
Kelsey Spurrier of Erskine College capped off an impressive career by finishing as a 1st Team All-Conference Pitcher for the second time in her career (previously in 2011). Spurrier was Erskine’s nominee for the Murphy Osborne Award in 2013, and she finishes her career as Erskine’s all-time strikeout leader. Spurrier is a biology major with a 3.87 GPA.
Corin Hallman of Erskine College concluded her junior year in superb fashion by going 10-0 in No. 1 singles play, and earning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors twice during the 2013 season. Furthermore, Hallman was named 1st Team All-Conference for the 3rd year in a row, along with being named the 2013 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year. Hallman is a Business major with a 3.7 GPA.
Carlos Yanes of Limestone College finished an amazing senior season for the Saints as the back-to-back Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and first ever Tournament Most Outstanding Player for the Limestone Tennis Program. Yanes went 25-2 at No. 1 Doubles, winning 21 in a row to start the season and finished 19-4 at No.1 Singles. Yanes helped lead Limestone to their first Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship, first ever NCAA Tournament berth and victory, while helping the team post the best record (19-7) in at least 13 years. Yanes is a Sports Management major with a 3.42 GPA.
Emelie Andersson of Mount Olive College earned All-Conference Carolinas honors for the fourth year in a row. She was selected to the First Team for the 2013 season. The junior from Bromma, Sweden holds a 3.883 grade point average majoring in biology. Andersson won the King College Invitational and is the 2012 Conference Carolinas Women’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Adam Hedges of Belmont Abbey College ended a highly decorated career this season by winning three tournaments and collecting numerous honors. During the 2013 season, Hedges ranked number one in the region in stroke play and was named the Conference Carolinas Men’s Golf Player of Year. In addition, he qualified for the NCAA National Championships as an individual finishing in a tie for 31st. Off the course, Hedges, a Sports Management major, made the Dean’s List, earning his selection on the Conference Carolinas Academic All-Conference Team.
Ashleigh Kassab of Pfeiffer University had a tremendous season on and off the field for the Falcons. The Walkersville, Maryland native was selected to the All-Conference First Team and was the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week twice this season. Kassab was 2nd in the league with 56 goals this season and 6th in points (69). The Falcons finished the season 14-3, earning themselves a bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament. Kassab was on the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll in Fall 2012, in addition to being an Academic All-Conference selection. Kassab, a junior, is an Exercise Science Major with a 3.9 GPA.
Riley Loewen of Limestone College finishes his career as one of the most accomplished and decorated players in the history of the program. Loewen led Limestone to another 16-win season and a record 14th straight berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Loewen is the program's all-time leading goal scorer, finishing his career with 184 and was just five points shy of accomplishing the same in points (269). The junior attack from Burnably, British Columbia, Canada tallied 54 goals, 36 assists and 90 points while picking up 44 groundballs. An All-Conference Carolinas First-Team selection and Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, Loewen has a 3.5 GPA in Business Management.
Women’s Track & Field
Hannah Witt of King College had a remarkable senior year for the Tornado both on and off of the track. At the Conference Carolinas Track and Field Championships, the Mountain City, Tenn., native won the 5,000 meters. She also set personal and school records in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters with 17:26 and 36:19 respectively. Witt led King University to the capturing the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Witt is Human Biology major with a 3.96 GPA.
Men’s Track & Field
Luke Beasley of Limestone College had an impressive senior year for the Saints in his first season of collegiate track & field. Beasley finished on the All-Conference Carolinas First Team in the 100-meter dash and made the Second Team on the 4x100 relay. Beasley helped lead Limestone to the Conference Carolinas Track & Field Championship. The Gaston, South Carolina native is a Strength & Conditioning major with a 4.0 GPA.
Tim Ebbecke of Mount Olive College led his team on and off the volleyball court during his senior year. The Commack, New York native was ranked 1st in blocks per set in Conference Carolinas league play and was ranked 14th nationally. Ebbecke was selected to the 2013 Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Carolinas Second Team. Mount Olive set a school record with 22 wins en route to winning the Conference Carolinas regular season conference title. Ebbecke is a Criminology and Psychology major with a 3.302 GPA.
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletic conference currently made up of 12 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Coker College, Converse College, Erskine College, King College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Mount Olive College, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Queens University of Charlotte.