Student athletes' academic, athletic achievements honored

Posted on: April 2, 2014

Tennessee Wesleyan College held its Annual Athletic Banquet Monday evening to honor the college's exceptional Bulldog athletes.

Tennessee Wesleyan College held its Annual Athletic Banquet Monday evening to honor the college’s exceptional Bulldog athletes. TWC junior and senior student athletes, coaches, and local community members celebrated this past year’s Bulldog athletic achievements.

The banquet began with a year in pictures and recognition of post-season honors from last spring up until this spring. The posts-eason honors included TWC athletes who had been named to All-Conference teams, All-Academic teams, or were awarded any other conference awards.

TWC Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Grant Willhite presented the Academic Achievement Awards to:

Brad Carpenter for Baseball

Arden Beeler for Men's Basketball

Courtney Gobble for Women's Basketball

Lindsay Arndts for Softball

Serra Kerley for Women’s Lacrosse

Tyler Caviness for Men’s Lacrosse

Kaylan Powers for Volleyball

Rachel Hull for Women’s Track

McKeehan Rue for Men’s Golf

Stephanie Carr for Women’s Golf

Bret Wade for Men’s Tennis

Jayden Morrison for Women’s Tennis

Ashlie Reagan for Women’s Soccer

Talley Burke for Dance

Kimberly Layman for Cheerleading

The James W. Thompson Academic Achievement Award is given to a male and female senior athlete with the highest GPA. Tyler Caviness and Lindsay Arndts were the recipients of this award.

The Champions of Characters Awards were given to a member of each team that exemplified the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. Those awarded were:

Ryan Phillips for Baseball

Jon Tucker for Men’s Basketball

Courtney Gobble for Women’s Basketball

Brandi Lasley for Softball

Sarah Stoffle for Volleyball

Anna Headen for Women’s Lacrosse

Parker Thomas for Men’s Lacrosse

Robbiccaa Williams for Women’s Cross Country

Roderick Bowman for Men’s Cross Country

Stephanie Carr for Women’s Golf

Josh Wheeler for Men’s Golf

Bret Wade for Men’s Tennis

Beatriz Signori for Women’s Tennis

Rachel Hull for Women’s Soccer

Garrett Koon for Men’s Soccer

Cameron Knox for Men’s Track

Beth Sexton for Women’s Track

Elizabeth Box for Cheerleading

Samantha Carroll for Dance

The Overall Champions of Character awards were given to Josh Williams and Bailey Lyness.

Following the Academic Achievement and Champions of Character Awards, TWC senior male and female athletes were presented with awards. The Floyd "Jack" Bowling Award was given to Jon Tucker and Kimberly Key. The Stan Harrison Award was given to Will Munley and Courtney Gobble. The M.C. "Tip" Smith Award was awarded to Bret Wade and Ashlie Reagan. Brooke Ward and Daelyn Swafford were awarded the Athletic Director's Award. The final award to the athletes was the Dwain Farmer Award which was given to David Escobosa and Cody Houck.

The Jack Prince Award was the final award of the night. Awarded to a community member who devotes extra time and service to the Athletic Department, this year’s honoree was State Farm Insurance Agent Sharon Brown, who was recognized as going above and beyond for the TWC Athletic Department and the college overall.

For more information on Tennessee Wesleyan College Athletics, contact TWC Director of Athletics Donny Mayfield by phone at 423-746-5253 or by email at dmayfield@twcnet.edu.