HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas is proud to announce the Spring Scholar Athletes of the Year, as 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 performance on the field and in the classroom.
Candidates are submitted by each member institution from each of the conference’s twenty sponsored sports. To be considered for the honor, the student-athlete must have attended their member institution for at least one year and have reached junior or senior standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher on the four-point scale. Scholar Athletes of the Year must also be represented on their sport’s first, second, or third all-conference team, the rosters of which are chosen by coaches at the end of each playing season.
Calvin Hawke from Barton College
Calvin Hawke was named First-Team All-Conference utility player after ranking third in the conference in batting average (.391) and stolen bases (28). He produced a school-record five triples and eight home runs this year while driving in 38 RBI and scoring 44 runs. He ranked fourth in conference for on base percentage (.478). Hawke was the 2017 Murphy Osborne Award recipient. Academically, he boasts a 3.97 GPA as a business administration and mathematics double-major. Hawke was named First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District and a candidate for Academic All-American. He was one of two Conference Carolinas student-atheltes able to attend tbe NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum and participate in the NCAA's 360 Leadership Academy.
Cabrick Waters from Limestone College
Marley Felthousen from Converse College
Tyler Gaulton from Limestone College
Katelin Glass from Belmont Abbey
Katelin Glass was named First-Team All-Conference in 2017, after posting 36 goals and 15 assists on the season. Seven of those goals came during a home performance vs. Lees-McRae. Academically, Glass holds a 3.79 GPA in Sports Management and Educational Studies and was named Academic All-Conference.
Rachel Crowder from Pfeiffer University
Rachel Crowder was a First-Team All-Conference Selection in 2017. She helped the Falcons to the most wins in program history (44) and their highest ever national ranking (#2). She started and caught all 50 games. Crowder hit .300 this season, driving in 31 runs. She drew 25 walks and scored 33 times. Acadmeically, Crowder earned Academic All-Conference honors with a 3.8 GPA in Pre-Med.
Moritz Poswiat from King University
Moritz Poswiat finished the season 10-10 overall singles and 14-9 overall doubles. In Conference he finished 5-5 singles and 7-3 doubles. He played at No. 1 singles and doubles all season and for his career. Academically, Poswiat has a 3.99 GPA, earning him Academic All-Conference honors. He was recognized by Chi Alpha Sigma for academics and speaks three languages. Poswiat was a 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Julie Gonzalez from University of Mount Olive
Julie Gonzalez was a First-Team All-Conference and a Doubles All-Conference Team selection in 2017. She finsihed the season with 10-1 singles and 10-1 doubles records in Conference play. She was named UMO Female Breakout Athlete of the Year. She is part of the No. 10 ranked doubles team in the Southeast Region. Academically, Gonzalez earned Academic All-Conference honors with a 3.92 GPA in Exercise Science.
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Tanner Cook from King University
Tanner Cook finsihed third at the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a 10,000 meter time of 33:44.79. He set a personal record earlier in the year with a time of 32:03.71. Cook placed 4th at the Conference Championship with a 5,000 meter time of 15:54.38. Acadmeically, Cook holds a 3.54 GPA in Sports Management. He earned Academic All-Conference honors and is editor of the student newspaper.
Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Liz Thierfelder from Belmont Abbey
Liz Thierfelder was the Conference Champion in the 800 meter run, winning both the final and her heat. She set the school record in the final with a time of 2:15.80. She anchored the 4x400m relay team to a fourth place finish at the Conference meet. Academically, Thierfelder holds a 3.65 GPA in English and Theology. She earned Academic All-Conference honors in 2017.
Robert Poole from University of Mount Olive
Robert Poole earned First-Team All-Conference honors after leading Mount Olive in kills (317), kills per set (3.48), and service aces (54). He led Conference Carolinas in service aces per set (.59). He was second in the Conference in kills, kills per set, points, and service aces. Poole was 4th in NCAA DII in service aces per set and 15th in kills per set. Academically, Poole earned a 3.92 GPA in Biology/Chemistry. He was a UMO Scholar-Athlete of the month and was named Academic All-Conference.