Heading the list of award winners were Alexa Baird and Marty Tuohy, who were awarded the Lomax and Kirkland Awards for the top female and male senior athletes, and Lainey Edwards and Patrick Dennis, who were given the Wurster Awards for team leadership.
Baird, a women's soccer player Plainfield, NJ, was named the Lomax Award winner. She was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference and all-region performer. A three-year standout on defense, she helped the team to 26 shutouts. As a freshman midfielder, Baird tallied six goals with four assists.
Tuohy, of Weymouth, MA, who plays lacrosse, earned the Kirkland Award. He was a three-time All-Deep South Conference selection and helped the team to its first-ever national ranking and the DSC Tournament title in 2011. Tuohy was an honorable mention USILA All-American as a junior and finished his career ranked among the top five at Catawba in goals, assists and points.
Edwards, a volleyball player from Asheboro, MC, and Dennis, a football player from Durham, NC, were the recipients of the Wurster Awards for leadership. Edwards was a team captain and described as an essential team player. She excelled in leadership, communication and heart. Dennis worked his way up the depth chart and was always committed to the team. He was an outstanding student-athlete that set a great example on and off the field.
Baird and Wil Huneycutt, of Locust, NC, were the recipients of the SAAC Award for the highest cumulative GPA’s for seniors. Baird, an elementary eduction major, posted a 3.82 grade point. Huneycutt, a baseball player, had a 3.97 GPA while majoring in business. The women’s tennis team took the team award with a 3.50 GPA.
The awards for team MVPs went to: Josh Hohn (Baseball), Dominick Reid (Men's Basketball), Dana Hicks (Women's Basketball), Olivia Myers and Christian Crifasi (Cross Country), Brandon Bunn (Football), Brad Cline (Men’s Golf), Eileen Purpur (Women’s Golf), Braden Artem (Lacrosse), Carson Smith (Men's Soccer), Alexa Baird (Women's Soccer), Carly Sabat (Softball), Ashley Owens (Women’s Swimming), Mikael Karlsson (Men’s Swimming), Matthew Nicholson (Men's Tennis), Kasia Zielinski (Women's Tennis), Kaitlyn Whitmer (Volleyball), Megan Reed (Cheerleading) and Kelsey Divers and Kasia Zielinski (Athletic Training).