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2016-17 WWU Athletics Student-Athlete Awards

2016-17 WWU Award Winners with Director of Athletics Steve Card
(Left-Right): Gordie Kordas, Karisa Stapp, Garrett Strawn, Steve Card, Bethany Drake, Sierra Shugarts, Taylor Stafford, Taylor Peacocke
May 31, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University Director of Athletics Steve Card announced the Athletic Award Winners for the 2016-17 season Tuesday evening at the annual Dub-Dub-Blue Awards Ceremony held on the WWU campus.

Seven student-athletes were presented with awards recognizing their outstanding athletic and academic achievements from the 2016-17 seasons. The large gathering of student-athletes at WWU's Performing Arts Center helped celebrate a banner athletic and academic season that featured 13 of 15 teams competing at the national-tournament level, national championships won by women's soccer and women's rowing, 73 All-GNAC Academic awards and 11 All-Americans.

"We are extremely proud of all of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff for what has been one of the best years in WWU Athletics history," said Card. "This group of student-athletes not only excelled in competition, but also in the classroom, and did an amazing job representing our university at the national championship level."

Here are the 2016-17 WWU Athletics award winners:

2016-17 WWU ATHLETICS AWARDS

Male Athlete of the Year

Taylor Stafford (Basketball)

Female Athletes of the Year

Sierra Shugarts (Soccer), Bethany Drake (Track & Field), Taylor Peacocke (Basketball)

Female Scholar Athletes of the Year

Karisa Stapp (Rowing), Bethany Drake (Track & Field)

Male Scholar Athletes of the Year

Gordie Kordas (Track & Field), Garrett Strawn (Soccer)

The Male and Female Athletes of the Year will have their names added to the G Robert Ross Memorial Trophy honoring the top athletes that have participated for WWU.

TAYLOR STAFFORD Male Athlete of the Year
Stafford (Chicago, IL/Eastern Arizona/Evansville) recorded one of the best seasons in the illustrious history of WWU Men's Basketball. The senior was named the GNAC Player and Newcomer of the Year, First Team All-GNAC, GNAC Tournament MVP and was a First Team Division II All-America selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). In 31 games for the GNAC champion Vikings, Stafford averaged 22.8 points per game, setting the program record for points in a season with 706. He scored 20 or more points in 20 of 31 games, with eight 30-point contests.

Taylor Stafford

TAYLOR PEACOCKE Female Athlete of the Year
Peacocke (Kenmore, WA/Inglemoor) etched her name in the WWU and GNAC record books with a historical senior season. She won the NCAA Division II scoring title averaging 23.3 points per game and was named the GNAC Player of the Year. She became the fourth player in program history to earn First Team All-America honors from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association of America (WBCA) and was also a first-team All-America pick by Division II Bulletin. Peacocke ended her career ranked second in both WWU and GNAC history with 1,940 points, including a record 745 points in 2016-17.

Taylor Peacocke

BETHANY DRAKE Female Athlete of the Year
Drake (Sandy, OR) became a three-time winner of the WWU Female Athlete of the Year award, also taking home honors in 2014 and 2016. The graduate senior won the NCAA Division II national championship in the javelin competition, bringing home the second title during her collegiate career. She also won her first GNAC title in the javelin. She ends her career as a three-time USTFCCCA First Team All-American.

Bethany Drake

SIERRA SHUGARTS Female Athlete of the Year
Shugarts (Federal Way, WA/Decatur) was the captain and team leader of WWU's national championship team that finished 24-0-1 and beat three-time defending champion Grand Valley State 3-2. Shugarts anchored one of the top defenses in the nation that netted 17 shutouts and a 0.40 goals against average. The center back was named the GNAC Player of the Year and was a First Team All-American on both the coaches and media voted teams. She was also named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II Player of the Year, becoming the second defender to win the award in the 21-year history of the award. Additional accolades included being a finalist for the Seattle Sports Female Star of the Year award and the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year.

Sierra Shugarts

KARISA STAPP Female Scholar Athlete of the Year
Stapp (Bellingham, WA/Mount Baker) was a repeat winner as one of WWU's Scholar Athletes of the Year, maintaining a 3.85 GPA as an accounting major. The junior rower was named to the District 8 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large team and is a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete selection. Stapp helped lead the Vikings to the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship as a key member of the Eights in the No. 7 seat. In addition to countless early-morning rowing practices on Lake Samish and balancing the normal workload of a student-athlete, she has also served as an intern at the Bellingham Police Department.

Karisa Stapp

BETHANY DRAKE Female Scholar Athlete of the Year
Drake added the Female Scholar Athlete award in her final season in the college ranks. The graduate student has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while pursuing her Master in Teaching with an emphasis in art education. Her collegiate career included three GNAC Academic All-Star awards and she will be a four-time USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete selection.

Bethany Drake

GARRETT STRAWN Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Strawn (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) was named the co-Scholar Athlete of the Year while carrying a 3.88 GPA as a biochemistry major. In his sophomore season for the Vikings, Strawn played in 16 of WWU's 19 games as a defender, playing a key role in WWU's first trip to the NCAA Division II Championships. He was a GNAC All-Academic selection in his first year of eligibility.

Garrett Strawn

GORDIE KORDAS Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Kordas (Blaine, WA) shared the WWU Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award with a 3.76 cumulative GPA as a chemistry major. Kordas was a three-time GNAC All-Academic selection and was a member of the 2017 CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic team. The pole vaulter holds the 6th-best marks in WWU history in both the indoor and outdoor record books.

Gordie Kordas

WWU ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

1954

Ken Swalwell - Football, Men's Track & Field, Baseball

1955

Bruce Randall - Football, Men's Basketball

1956

Ted Whan - Men's Track & Field

1957

Bruce Randall - Football, Baseball

1958

Fred Emerson - Football, Baseball

1959

Sam Martin - Football

1960

Jerry Joyce - Men's Track & Field

1961

Don Trethewey - Men's Track & Field

1962

Mike Kirk - Men's Basketball

1963

Jim Adams - Men's Basketball

1964

Bob Thomas - Men's Basketball

1965

Keith Shugarts - Football, Men's Basketball

1966

Jack Nighbert - Men's Basketball, Baseball

1967

Steve Richardson - Football, Baseball

1968

Dave Weedman - Football

1969

Gary Reiersgard - Men's Basketball

1970

Mike Clayton - Men's Basketball

1971

Gary White - Men's Basketball

1972

Lee Andersen - Wrestling

1973

Mike Franza - Men's Basketball

1974

Mike Vorce - Men's Track & Field

1975

Chuck Price - Men's Basketball

1976

Charmon Odle - Women's Basketball

1977

Pat Locker - Football

1978

Bruce Manclark - Men's Track & Field and Cross Country

1979

Rohn McCoy - Men's Basketball

1981

Jo Metzger - Women's Basketball

1982

Marilyn Thibodeau - Women's Cross Country and Women's Track & Field

1983

Wendy Malich - Women's Track & Field

1984

Joan Williamson - Women's Track & Field

1985

Dave Peterson - Football

    

Genevie Pfueller - Women's Cross Country and Track & Field

1986

Carmen Dolfo - Women's Basketball

    

Allen James - Men's Track & Field

1987

Kim Nix - Men's Track & Field and Football

    

Hollie Watson - Women's Track & Field

1988

James Johnson - Men's Basketball

    

Shelly Borovich - Women's Volleyball and Track & Field

1989

Peter LaBarge - Football

    

Anna Rabel - Women's Basketball

1990

Peter LaBarge - Men's Soccer

    

Lorrie Post - Women's Volleyball

1991

Peter LaBarge - Men's Soccer

    

Scott Lohr - Football

    

Lorrie Post - Women's Volleyball

1992

Jeff Van Kleeck - Men's Cross Country & Track

    

Joanie Armstrong - Women's Crew

1993

Shane Volkmann - Football

    

Lynton Hyde - Football

    

Kris Maraveller - Women's Cross Country & Track

1994

Dwayne Kirkley - Men's Basketball

    

Brandi Stevenson - Women's Track

1995

Bill Christensen - Football

   

Gina Sampson - Women's Basketball

1996

Orlondo Steinauer - Football

    

Gina Sampson - Women's Basketball

1997

Chris Nicholl - Football

    

Amy Cameron - Women's Track

1998

Mark Spencer - Football

    

Cathy Johnson - Fastpitch

1999

Joel Skarbo - Men's Golf

    

Devin Kemper - Men's Track

    

Celeste Hill - Women's Basketball

2000

Ben Clampitt - Football

   

Celeste Hill, Women's Basketball

    

Craig Welty - Men's Golf

2001

Erik Totten - Football

   

Michelle Parker - Volleyball

2002

Scott Mitchell - Football

    

Shannon Rowland - Volleyball

2003

Mike Palm - Men's Basketball

    

Liz Bishop - Volleyball

    

Ashlee Vincent - Women's Cross Country and Track

2004

Nicola Parker - Volleyball

    

Kurt Hartmaier - Men's Cross Country and Track

    

Josh Griesse - Men's Crew

2005

Michael Koenen - Football

    

Tim Feenstra - Men's Golf

    

Julia Gamache - Women's Rowing

2006

Grant Dykstra - Men's Basketball

    

Katja Trygg - Women's Golf

2007

Anthony Tomsich - Men's Track and Cross Country

    

Courtney Schneider - Volleyball

    

Lindsay Mann-King - Women's Rowing

2008

Courtney Schneider - Volleyball

    

Sean Packer - Men's Golf

2009

Ira Graham - Men's Basketball

    

Jake Koppenberg - Men's Golf

    

Sarah Porter - Women's Cross Country and Track

    

Audrey Coon - Women's Rowing

2010

Sarah Porter - Women's Cross Country and Track

    

Ryan Brown - Men's Track

2011

Sarah Porter - Women's Cross Country and Track

   

Ryan Brown - Men's Track

2012

Rory Blanche - Men's Basketball

    

Emily Warman - Women's Track & Field and Soccer

2013

John Allen - Men's Basketball

    

Jake Webb - Men's Golf

    

Marlayna Geary - Volleyball

    

Jamie Arthurs - Women's Soccer

2014

Frank Catelli - Men's Track & Field

    

Bethany Drake - Women's Track & Field

2015

Alex Donigian - Men's Track & Field

    

Katelyn Steen - Women's Track & Field

2016

Alex Donigian - Men's Track & Field

 

Delanee Nilles - Women's Soccer

 

Bethany Drake - Women's Track & Field

 

Katie Reichert - Women's Track & Field

2017

Taylor Stafford - Men's Basketball

 

Sierra Shugarts - Women's Soccer

 

Taylor Peacocke - Women's Basketball

 

Bethany Drake - Women's Track & Field

 

WWU SCHOLAR ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

MALE

1999

Erik Meyer, Track & Field

2000

Marty Juergens, Football

2001

Erik Totten, Football

2002

Erik Totten, Football

2003

Greg Dykstra, Football

2004

Rob White, Football

2005

Rob White, Football

2006

Scott Romney, Track & Field

2007

Keith Lemay, Track & Field

2008

Keith Lemay, Track & Field and Cross Country

2009

Anthony Zackery, Football

2010

Alex Harrison, Track & Field

2011

Xavier Dailly, Golf

2012

Alex Harrison, Track & Field

2013

Chris Mitchell, Basketball

2014

Andrew Weishaar, Soccer

2015

Nathan Richards, Track & Field and Cross Country

2016

Mark Seely, Track & Field

2017

Garrett Strawn, Soccer

 

Gordie Kordas, Track & Field

FEMALE

1999

Sarah Hiss, Track & Field

2000

Sarah Hiss, Track & Field

2001

Kelsi Griswald, Rowing

2002

Liz Bishop, Volleyball

2003

Liz Bishop, Volleyball

2004

Liz Bishop, Volleyball

2005

Jodi Gerald, Basketball

   

Meghan Evoy, Volleyball

2006

Jessica Telleria, Track & Field

2007

Audrey Coon, Rowing

2008

Audrey Coon, Rowing

2009

Audrey Coon, Rowing

2010

Casey Mapes, Rowing

2011

Katie Sharpe, Golf

2012

Megan Northey, Rowing

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