Over 400 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff members gathered for the first annual Catspys.
June 4, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Student-Athlete Advisory committee held the First Annual Catspy Awards Sunday evening inside Baker Center. Over 400 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff members attended the ceremony, which celebrated the 2011-12 Ohio Athletic season.
Ohio student-athletes voted for each of the specialty awards prior to Sunday's event online. Once the votes were tabulated, the awards for Breakthrough Athlete, Best Game, Best Play, Rookie of the Year, Leader of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year were announced.
The Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year were voted on by members from the athletic administration. In addition, the Skip Vosler Athlete of the Year was awarded to an athlete who has demonstrated the ability to return from a significant injury during the season in a vote conducted by the Ohio training staff.
Each of the award winners received a glass trophy in honor of their respective accomplishment.
Leah Petrovich (women's volleyball) and Sean Kelley (men's cross country) served as the Emcee's for the evening.
The night also saw appearances from Laura Mastro (field hockey), Jordan Thompson (football), Brent Choban (baseball), Jenna Giusti (softball), Lauren McCullough (track and field), Tyler Blair (men's cross country), Alex Stec (women's soccer), Gerald Moore (football), Rachel Fryan (women's soccer), Walter Offutt (men's basketball), Alexa Macri (track and field), Drew Mlynarski (men's golf), Elizabeth Eyrise (softball), Kyle Dean (baseball), Andrea Biegalski (field hockey), Eric Herman (football) Rachel Morris (swimming and diving), Ryan Garringer (wrestling), Tenishia Benson (women's basketball) and Ridge Robinson (men's cross country).
Joe Carbone was also honored on the night for his 24-year career as the Ohio baseball head coach. Carbone finished his career with a 689-611-2 record, had 42 of his players sign Major League Baseball contracts, coached eight All-Americans and won two Mid-American Conference titles.
Specialty Award Winners - Voted By Ohio University Student-Athletes
Breakthrough Athlete - Tyler Tettleton, Football
Best Game - Men's Basketball's win over Michigan
Skip Vosler Athlete of the Year - Jeff King, Football
Best Play - Field hockey's Taylor Brown sends the Bobcats into the NCAA Tournament
Rookie of the Year - Kelly Lamberti, Volleyball
Leader of the Year - Jordan Thompson, Football
Female Athlete of the Year - Julie Accurso, Women's Cross Country
Male Athlete of the Year - D.J. Cooper, Men's Basketball
*Female Scholar Athlete of the Year - Louzeth Schutte, Field Hockey
*Male Scholar Athlete of the Year - Noah Keller, Football
* - Voted on by Ohio University Athletics Administration