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NEWBERRY — The Newberry College athletic department has announced the nominees for the Inaugural Newberry Athletic Awards, headlined by the nominees for Male and Female Athlete of the Year.


The Newberry Athletic Awards, scheduled for 7 p.m. April 22 at Wiles Chapel, will feature 16 awards, presented in eight male and eight female categories.


Comeback Player of the Year was nominated by the Newberry training staff, while other categories were nominated by head coaches of Newberry’s 19 teams.


The Billy Douglas Community Player of the Year will go to a male and female student-athlete who exemplifies excellence on the fields and courts of play, as well as in the Newberry community and beyond.


The Jimmy Villeponteaux Senior Award and the W.L. Laval Senior Award will be presented to a male and female senior student-athlete who best exemplifies the characteristics of integrity, honesty and sportsmanship in athletics, scholarship and in the community. The Jimmy Villeponteaux Senior Award and W.L. Laval Senior Award will serve as a reflection of the recipients four years at Newberry College.


Three-time All-American wrestler B.J. Young is the leader in nominees with three. Baseball’s Albert Baur is joined by men’s tennis’ Vinicius Botelho, basketball’s Brunes Charles and football player Corey Washington with two nominations each.


The women’s side features five student-athletes with two nominations in women’s basketball player Haylee Lepaio, women’s soccer’s Brayden Miller, women’s golfer Marianna Monaco, volleyball’s Samantha Parrish and field hockey player Caitlyn Warren.


A fan vote is included in Newcomer of the Year, Individual Performance of the Year, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and Athlete of the Year awards. Individual Performance of the Year will highlight impact moments in a game, a season or career for Newberry student-athletes. Fan voting is open until 9 a.m. April 18. Fans can vote on Newberry College’s athletics website.


The 2014 award nominees include the following:


Male Newcomer of the Year


Football: Romelo Doctor


Wrestling: Trung Duong


Basketball: Gerald Evans


Golf: Richard Mansell


Baseball: Jake Nidiffer


Female Newcomer of the Year


Softball: Brittany Middleton


Golf: Marianna Monaco


Tennis: Vanessa Ortiz


Lacrosse: Katie Thompson


Field hockey: Caitlyn Warren


Male Individual Performance of the Year


Tenn: Vinicius Botelho for earning more than 100 victories in his collegiate career.


Wrestling: Jared Holliday for school record for pins in a season.


Soccer: Patrick Sweatt for holding Catawba scoreless through double overtime.


Football: Corey Washington for 267 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in NCAA playoffs.


Wrestling: B.J. Young for eighth most wins in a season, on way to third All-American honor.


Female Individual Performance of the Year


Softball: Gabby Bedard for 12-game hitting streak.


Soccer: Rebecca Darley for three straight shutout victories in goal.


Basketball: Haylee Lepaio for 40 points and 14 rebounds against Queens.


Golf: Marianna Monaco for individual champion of the Patsy Rendleman Invite.


Field hockey: Caitlyn Warren for back-to-back Rookie of the Week (3 goals, 3 assists, 3 games).


Male Billy Douglas Community Player of the Year


Basketball: Brunes Charles


Golf: John Paul Ferguson


Baseball: Alex Kirby


Football: Jason Livingston


Soccer: Keegan Petersen


Female Billy Douglas Community Player of the Year


Volleyball: Wendy Davis


Cross country: Rebecca Eddy


Softball: Mallory Gerndt


Lacrosse: Carly Marksberry


Soccer: Brayden Miller


Male Comeback Player of the Year


Baseball: Albert Baur


Wrestling: Joe Grisko


Football: W.T. Murden


Football: Letavious Williams


Female Comeback Player of the Year


Cheer: Ashtin Bellamy


Soccer: Ashley Reetz


Volleyball: Lisa Ross


Volleyball: Elayni Stokes


Jimmy Villeponteaux Senior Award


Tennis: Vinicius Botelho


Basketball: Brunes Charles


Baseball: Chas Goodwin


Golf: Dixon Walker


Wrestling: B.J. Young


W.L. Laval Senior Award


Cheer: Miranda Mistoler


Volleyball: Samantha Parrish


Cross country: Hannah Rohrer


Softball: Casey Stevens


Tennis: Marina Ziehe


Male Athlete of the Year


Baseball: Albert Baur


Golf: Tommy Hurst


Basketball: Dondray Walker


Football: Corey Washington


Wrestling: B.J. Young


Female Athlete of the Year


Lacrosse: KerriAnn Barlage


Cheer: Caroline Elliott


Basketball: Haylee Lepaio


Soccer: Brayden Miller


Volleyball: Samantha Parrish

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