Sykes, Wolf, Men's Tennis Get Top Billing at Inaugural Golden Phlashes
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The inaugural Golden Phlashes awards show took place on Sunday evening at the Kress Center in front of nearly 300 Phoenix student-athletes and staff members. The awards show, hosted by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, celebrated a banner year for Green Bay Athletics.
The awards show concluded with the Golden Phlashes voting awards, which were voted on from a list of nominees by Phoenix student-athletes. Each of the 16 Phoenix programs submitted a ballot and cast two votes per award. Teams were allowed to split their votes for two different nominees or cast both votes for the same nominee.
The men’s tennis team, heading into this week’s NCAA Tournament against Notre Dame, was named the Team of the Year after claiming the Horizon League regular season and tournament championships. Senior Parker Wolf (Kohler, Wis.) was voted the Female Athlete of the Year and took home two Golden Phlashes while also winning Women’s Swimming & Diving Team MVP.
Men’s basketball junior Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) claimed four Golden Phlash awards, including Male Athlete of the Year. He was also named Team MVP, was selected for the Strength & Conditioning Award by head strength and conditioning coach Mike DeLong, and took home the award for Play of the Year for this now famous alley-oop dunk at UIC.
Freshman Jorge Gonzalez Soler (Madrid, Spain) from men’s tennis was voted the Breakthrough Male Athlete of the Year. Head coach Mark Thomas’ men’s tennis squad also won the Team GPA Award and Best Moment/Accomplishment.
Tesha Buck (Red Wing, Minn.) and Shannon Hurley (Connellsville, Pa.) were named the co-Female Breakthrough Athletes of the Year. Hurley’s teammate Monica Anderson (Cottage Grove, Wis.) was chosen by Dr. Donna Ritch for the Faculty Athletics Representative Award.
The women’s basketball team also won the Community Service Award and was also represented by sophomore Kaili Lukan (Barrie, Ontario), who was voted Comeback Athlete of the Year, and redshirt freshman Mehryn Kraker (West Allis, Wis.), who was chosen for the Athletic Training Award.
Junior Ryan Korslin (Rudolph, Wis.) was a two-time winner on Sunday night, claiming men’s swimming and diving Team MVP and being voted Standout Performance of the Year for breaking four school records at the Horizon League Championships. Men’s swimming and diving was also represented by junior Evan Hill (Jefferson, Wis.), who earned the Phoenix Spirit Award, and junior Evan Miller (Wausau, Wis.), who claimed the Best Video Bio award.
During the night, a special recognition was handed out by Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie to outgoing UW-Green Bay Chancellor Dr. Thomas K Harden. Gillespie noted the 16 Horizon League Championships, 11 team postseason appearances and 3 Academic All-Americans during Harden's tenure as Chancellor, but said more impressive was the student-athletes cumulative grade point average of 3.2.
Each of Green Bay’s 16 sport programs handed out Golden Phlashes for Team MVP, Most Improved and the Coaches Award. Specialty Golden Phlashes will also be given out for the Strength and Conditioning Award, the Athletic Training Award, the Faculty Athletes Representative Award, Team GPA and the Community Service Award. A full list of award winners can be found below.
Matt Menzl, the play-by-play voice of the men’s basketball team, served as the emcee for the night. Men’s tennis junior Howard Scott (Exeter, England) and volleyball junior Taylor Kasal (Westmont, Ill.) hosted the Green Carpet Preshow.
2013-14 Golden Phlashes Award Winners
Voting Awards (voted by student-athletes)
Male Breakthrough Athlete of the Year: Jorge Gonzalez Soler, Men’s Tennis
Female Breakthrough Athlete of the Year: Tesha Buck, Women’s Basketball & Shannon Hurley, Volleyball
Comeback of the Year: Kaili Lukan, Women’s Basketball
Best Game or Upset of the Year: Men’s Basketball: Win vs. ACC Champions Virginia
Standout Performance of the Year: Ryan Korslin, Men’s Swimming & Diving: 4 school records at HL Meet
Best Moment/Accomplishment of the Year: Men’s Tennis: Horizon League regular season &
Coach of the Year: Brian Wardle, Men’s Basketball
Best Video Bio of the Year: Evan Miller, Men’s Swimming & Diving
Phoenix Spirit Award: Evan Hill, Men’s Swimming & Diving
Male Athlete of the Year: Keifer Sykes, Basketball
Female Athlete of the Year: Parker Wolf, Swimming & Diving
Play of the Year: Keifer Sykes, Men’s Basketball: SportsCenter Top Play dunk at UIC
Team of the Year: Men’s Tennis
Strength & Conditioning Award: Keifer Sykes, Men’s Basketball
Athletic Training Award: Mehryn Kraker, Women’s Basketball
Faculty Athletics Rep Award: Monica Anderson, Volleyball
Team GPA: Men’s Tennis
Team Community Service Award: Women’s Basketball
Men’s Basketball: Keifer Sykes (MVP), Greg Mays (Most Improved), Josh Humphrey (Coaches Award)
Women’s Basketball: Bre Ranger (MVP), Sam Zastrow (Most Improved), Megan Lukan (Coaches Award)
Men’s Cross Country: Alexander Kimble (MVP), Paul Malcore (Most Improved), Andrew Sorenson (Coaches Award)
Women’s Cross Country: Sarah Mauel (MVP), Kayla Hucke (Most Improved), Nicole Will (Coaches Award)
Men’s Golf: Gene Kiela (MVP), Joseph Collard (Most Improved), Dan Ozga (Coaches Award)
Women’s Golf: Sammi Grunder (MVP), Avery Steen (Most Improved), Jacki Johnson (Coaches Award)
Men’s Nordic Ski: Matt Nichols (MVP), Jake Bauer (Most Improved), Paul Choudoir (Coaches Award)
Women’s Nordic Ski: Kailey Mucha (MVP), Kayla Billett (Most Improved), Hanne Guthrie (Coaches Award)
Men’s Soccer: Sam Krenzien (MVP), Lawrence Talery (Most Improved), AJ Patterson (Coaches Award)
Women’s Soccer: Ahna Logan (MVP), Justy Linton (Most Improved), Hannah Kernen (Coaches Award)
Men’s Swimming & Diving: Ryan Korslin (MVP), Colin Morgan (Most Improved), Connor Huff (Coaches Award)
Women’s Swimming & Diving: Parker Wolf (MVP), Anna Gomez (Most Improved), Janna Check (Coaches Award)
Men’s Tennis: Michael Tenzer (MVP), Howard Scott (Most Improved), Leopold Gomez Islinger (Coaches Award)
Women’s Tennis: Stephanie Londre (MVP), Lauren Miketinac (Most Improved), Carly Van Nuland (Coaches Award)
Softball: Hailey Mohrfeld (MVP), Ashley Nannemann (Most Improved), Marissa Michalkiewicz (Coaches Award)
Volleyball: Leah Van Zeeland (MVP), Sophie Jakulske (Most Improved), Taylor Kasal (Coaches Award)
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