April 23, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN — Blanche Alverson played like she left the room. Jonathon Mincy put on his head phones. It was not easy being the talent scouts for this year's AUSPY Awards, at least when the cameras were rolling and you had to play it for fun.
"What are we doing here?" Alverson asked after another tough-to-listen-to, though thoroughly-tongue-in-cheek singing performance.
Alyse Scott came to their rescue. The Auburn soccer player impressed Alverson and Mincy enough in the reenactment of the TV series "The Voice" to win a spot on the big stage.
Scott was part of the entertainment for the fourth AUSPYs, a Monday night when Auburn honored the top athletic and academic achievements of the year. Scott wasn't alone on stage. Current and former athletes displayed their talents for their fellow athletes.
Alverson, from basketball, and Mincy, from football, were the hosts.
There were all sorts of entertainment, like defensive end Dee Ford on the keyboard for Cinco Suave. There was applause for the equestrian team, which made it back from its national championship event, just in time to be recognized as the No. 1 team n the country. There were the top athletes, the top teams and the top academic performances.
Alverson was so honored with one of the school's first Passion Award, which "embodies every aspect of being a student-athlete." And, for good measure in Alverson's case, her resume' included being Miss Homecoming, being a two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and starting her own community service program… all while graduating this May in biomedical sciences.
There were plenty of praise on the academic side, including a record 304 "Top Tigers," up from 249 a year ago, and so designated for having at least a 3.0 grade point average. Nineteen of this year's Top Tigers were a perfect 4.0.
The Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award went to football's Ashton Richardson, who was a finalist for a Rhoads Scholarship; and 12-time SEC Champion swimmer Kyle Owens. The Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year were equestrian All-American Indy Roper and soccer's Amy Howard, a president's award recipient in the College of Education.
The Female Athlete of the Year was Olivia Scott, who won a national title in the 100-yard butterfly at the NCAA Championships. The Male Athlete of the Year was SEC Swimmer of the Year Marcelo Chierighini.
The Cliff Hare Award, which goes to Auburn's top male student-athlete, was won by baseball's Cory Luckie. He graduated in 2012 and is in medical school at UAB.
The Leah Rawls Atkins Award, which goes to Auburn's top female student-athlete, was won by soccer's Katy Frierson. She graduated in 2011 and is playing professional soccer.
Joining Alverson as a Passion Award winner were 2010 and 2011 SEC high jump champion Maya Pressley and basketball player Josh Wallace.
Shon Coleman won the Inspiration Award for beating cancer and resuming his football career.
Four athletes were recognized as nominees for SEC awards. The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athletes Post-Graduate nominees were Alverson and football's Ashton Richardson. The Brad C. Davis Community Award nominees were Amy Howard from soccer and Kyle Owens from swimming and diving.
Spencer Ferguson was honored with the Academic Achievement Award, which is awarded by the staff of counselors and learning specialists. Ferguson lost his athletic eligibility in 2010 while dealing with the loss of his mother. He returned to pass 17 hours in electrical engineering to regain his eligibility.
The Male Team of the Year was track and field. The Female Team of the Year was golf.
The Spirit Award, which goes to the team that attended the most sporting events, was the equestrian team.
The female rookie of the year was Bri Guy, who was the gymnastics team's high scorer in beam, floor and all-around. The male rookie of the year was All-SEC Freshman golfer Michael Johnson.
The best comeback of the year went to the men's golf team, which rallied at the NCAA regionals to win a spot in the NCAA Championships.
The highest female team GPA was tennis and the best male team GPA was cross country.
The Life Skills Community Service Award was won by football, gymnastics and equestrian.
The Top Tigers
Baseball (14): Bobby Andrews, Zach Blatt, Cameron Blinka, Trey Cochran-Gill, Jordan Ebert, Samuel Gilikin, Paul Leara, Cole Lipscomb, Dillon Ortman, Kody Ortman, Patrick Savage, Mitchell Self, Logan Traylor, Trey Wingenter
Men's Basketball (2): CJ Holmes, Dylan Spencer
Women's Basketball (5): Blanche Alverson, Cabriana Capers, Chadarryl Clay, Julie King, Courtney Strain
Equestrian (34): Margaret Barlow, Anna Becker, Elizabeth Benson, Coryn Bergenty, Megan Bifano, Morgan Burns, Claire Connaghan, Julianna Cook, Cheyenne Cracraft, Jennifer Delman, Piper Donnelly, Allison Dusha, Landrie Folsom, Casey Fowler, Quincy Hayes, Lucy Igoe, Bailey Kleis, Griffin Knight, Rachel Lin, Danielle Long, Hannah Loseke, Hannah Marco, Morgan McQuay, Caitlin Moran, Hailey Munger, Christine Orrison, Lindsay Portela, Jessica Remy, Indy Roper, Stephanie Rucci, Kasey Saucer, Kaitlin Sluck, Melena Smith, Jennifer Waxman
Football (26): Will Adams, Gage Batten, Joel Bonomolo, Reid Brooks, Ryan Carter, Steven Clark, Michael Clifton, Christopher Davis, Thurston Davis, Jordan Diamond, Adam Dyas, Tunde Fariyike, Trent Fisher, Joshua Holsey, Alexander Kozan, Robert Leff, Jacob Lembke, Alexander Locker, Philip Lutzenkirchen, Duncan McKinney, Tyler Nero, Gimel President, Ashton Richardson, Taylor Yancey, Avery Young, Patrick Young
Men's Golf (15): Rosson Anderson, Blayne Barber, Jackson Beindorf, Timothy Benton, Dominic Bozzelli, Niclas Carlsson, Cory Gilmer, Michael Hebert, Kyle Kopsick, Mark McCurdy, Jacob Mondy, Blake Soni, John Stembridge, Daniel Stringfellow, David Zickler
Women's Golf (7): Lakin Eddy, Diana Fernandez, Alexandria Harrell, Marta Sanz Barrio, Victoria Trapani, Megan Wilshire, Jamie Yun
Gymnastics (16): Caitlin Atkinson, Lindsay Disalvatore, Justine Foster, Brianna Guy, Abigail Habicht, Caryn Kadous, Kareen Kaveh, Kathryn Kluz, Kelsey Kopec, Kara Koster, Allyson Sandusky, Kylie Shields, Kendall Swartz, Megan Walker, Brittany Webster, Petrina Yokay
Men's Swimming and Diving (23): Kevin Behrens, Michael Beran, Joel Bierwert, James Disney-May, Stuart Ferguson, Adam Godzinski, Zane Grothe, Peter Haas, Alex Hancock, Antton Haramboure, Jordan Jones, Spencer Kerns, Christopher Kramer, Andrew Laing, TJ Leon, Christopher Manning, Fraser McKean, Thomas McKee, Kyle Owens, Samuel Parker, Cameron Rattray, John Santeiu, Justin Youtsey
Women's Swimming and Diving (29): Anna Aguero, Emily Bos, Cinzia Calabretta, Tryshia Centeno Rosa, Katherine Daniels, Vennie Dantin, Abigail Duncan, Caitlyn Forman, Laura Johnson, Rebecca Jones, Haley Krakoski, Micah Lawrence, Aimee Middleton, Morgan Mullins, Lauren Norberg, Lindsey Norberg, Aubrey Peacock, Erin Reisinger, Sarah Reynolds, Hannah Riordan, Ashley Roberson, Carly Scheper, Shanna Schuelein, Morgan Smith, Hallie Stupp, Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace, Jillian Vitarius, Sterling Wine, Kelsey Winters
Men's Tennis (5): Daniel Cochrane, Dennis Lengsfeld, Andreas Mies, Lukas Ollert, Michael Wardell
Women's Tennis (12): Maria Arechavaleta, Olivia Bennett, Maria Cardenas-Conti, Emily Flickinger, Jacqueline Kasler, Ashley Kitchen, Michala Kucharova, Plamena Kurteva, Lauren Levant, Jennifer Pfeifler, Paulina Schippers-Estrada, Taylor Schreimann
Men's Track and Field (31): Niklas Buhner, Carson Chambliss, Matthew Cooper, Patrick Kelley Cutrell, Neil Danville, Michael DeHaven, Milan Dekich, Chason Farnell, Enrique Gaitan, Lucanus Grady, Kane Grimster, Jonathan Hardin, Hunter Hayes, Griffin Jaworski, Tyler Kennedy, Trey Lee, Alexander Main, Jason Miller, Brad Money, Samuel Mueller, Gehrig Nelson, Jace Owens, Joby Peake, Marcus Popenfoose, Clayton Porter, Marcus Rowland, Stephen Saenz, Jeffery Sanders, Seth Sillmon, Samuel Snell, James Swasey
Women's Track and Field (32): Catherine Allen, Lauren Barr, Victoria Bernardo, Ameenah Bey Shaw, Krystal Bodie, Elizabeth Briasco, Kathryn Campbell, Nicole Charley, Mary Craig, Gabriela Cumberbatch, Taylor Duncan, Alissa Fisher, Erin Fondren, Siobhan Ford-Holland, Melanie Harris, Sally Kirklewski, Erika Kolakowski, Daina Levy, Danielle Lusk, Anna McCloskey, Daly Miller, Valentina Muzaric, Rebecca Nylen, Maya Pressley, Catherine Reaves, Samantha Scarlett, Kai Selvon, Madeline Sharp, Kristin Sheehan, Amber Sudzius, Olivia Tofani, Rachel Wiggins
Soccer (23): Tori Ball, Maddie Barnes, Logan Beal, Antoinette Bennett, Ana Cate, Mary Coffed, Tatiana Coleman, Natalie Donaldson, Alexandrea Elliott, Kala Faulkner, Chelsea Gandy-Cromer, Haley Gerken, Bryana Gold, Alicia Hereford, Amy Howard, Jordan Miller, Mary Nicholson, Jessica Rightmer, Alyse Scott, Sophie Simantel, Kimberly Spence, Caitlin Torie, Jessica Wolfe
Softball (17): Kelsey Bogaards, Emily Carosone, Elizabeth Eisterhold, Morgan Estell, Anna Gibbs, Marcy Harper, Amber Harrison, Tiffany Howard, Caitlin Jordan, Jenee Loree, Hilary Mavromat, Maris Medina, Morgan Murphy, Jordan Rocker, Caitlin Schultze, Baylee Stephens, Liana Wuchte
Volleyball (13): Mary Arrington, Sarah Bullock, Katherine Culwell, Kelly Fidero, Mackenzy Harper, Camilla Jersonsky, Halle Kearney, Courtney McDonald, Brittney Rhude, Ciara Richards, Kathia Rud, Chelsea Wintzinger, Sarah Wroblicky
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