News Release

Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Wilmington University Holds its Third Annual Athletics Academic All-Star Banquet

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - New Castle, DE

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Liz Case (women's soccer/lacrosse), Ashley Kroll (women's soccer/lacrosse), and Rebecca Guethler (women's lacrosse)

Men's basketball head coach Mike Gallagher, Ed Freeman, Matt King, Mike Sammons, Brett Foskey and head athletic trainer Chris Stella

In only the third year since its inception, the Wilmington University athletic department introduced a record 52 student-athletes as Academic All-Stars on Monday night at the annual Wilmington University Athletics Academic All-Star Banquet in the Audrey K. Doberstein Admissions Center Auditorium.

Senior golfer Sam Sachs kicked off the event with an inspirational and motivational speech that focused on the student half of being a student-athlete at Wilmington.

“There is truly a special group of students here tonight,” Sachs said in front of over 200 members in the audience. “Each student here has shown that they are not just an athlete; each student here has pushed themselves to the limits not only on the field, but off the field. Vince Lombardi once said ‘The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence.’ I believe that we should strive for excellence in everything we do; not only will we improve our quality of life, but also the people around us.”

Assistant Vice President Dr. Jack Cunningham, Director of Athletics Linda Van Drie-Andrzjewski, and Associate Director of Athletics Brian August followed with announcing this year’s 52 Academic All-Stars and handing out certificates.

In order to qualify as a Wilmington University Academic All-Star a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.5 GPA for the academic year. Monday was the largest class to date that earned All-Star status.

Wilmington, the second university in the state of Delaware to hold Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society status, also recognized six individuals that became second year honorees of the academic honor society, and inducted eight more outstanding individuals into the 2012 class.

Liz Case, Stacey Hamilton, Sheri Hunley, Paige Norvell, Michael Sammons, and Amanda Walters held the honor for a second straight year while Brett Foskey, Rebecca Guethler, Jessica Hassman, Matthew King, Kresimir Nurnberger, Shannon Rumple, Katie Warrington and Nicole Wiechecki were inducted into the Society as first-year members.

In order to be inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society, a student-athlete must carry a 3.4 or greater cumulative GPA and be of junior academic status.

Chi Alpha Sigma’s purpose is to: encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities; to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners; to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics, to recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university; and to mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes.

“This is the kind of event that makes me most proud to be a student-athlete,” Sachs continued in his speech. “I believe the most important part of the word student-athlete is student. Each one of the student-athletes here tonight has proven that they value education. Over the years we will all slowly lose our athletic abilities, but we will never lose our education.  The day will come when we won't be known primarily as volleyball players, golfers, or baseball players. Instead, we are going to be known as a coach, a lawyer, a teacher, a businessperson, a mom or a dad. And I'm confident that we will all excel.”

2012 Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society Inductees:

Brett Foskey, Men’s Basketball; Rebecca Guethler, Women’s Lacrosse; Jessica Hassman, Softball; Matthew King, Men’s basketball; Kresimir Nurnberger, Men’s Soccer; Shannon Rumple, Volleyball; Katie Warrington, Softball; Nicole Wiechecki, Volleyball

Chi Alpha Sigma College Athlete Honor Society Second Year Honorees:

Liz Case, Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse; Stacey Hamilton, Women’s Cross Country; Sheri Hunley, Volleyball; Paige Norvell, Volleyball; Michael Sammons, Men’s Basketball; Amanda Walters, Women’s Soccer/Basketball

2012 Academic All-Stars:

Baseball – Michael Edwards, Joe El-Bisi, James Fallers, Robert Gore, David Hatt, Nicholas Marics, Brandon Payne, Ryan Richards, Justin Risko, Frank Samluk, Jamie Treml, and Vincent Zanfordino

Men’s Basketball – Brett Foskey, Edward Freeman, Matthew King, and Michael Sammons

Women’s Basketball – Megan Fox, Tianna Wagner and Amanda Walters

Men’s Cross Country – Richard Mitten, Daniel Segars and Michael Wright

Women’s Cross Country – Brittany Anthony, Althea Davidson, Brianna Glen, Stacey Hamilton, Whitney Hora, and Sarabeth Opperman

Golf – Samuel Sachs and Cameron Sprowls

Women’s Lacrosse – Rachel Burley, Elizabeth Case, Rebecca Guethler, Ashley Kroll and Rebakah McCurry

Men’s Soccer – Matko Novak and Todd Woll

Women’s Soccer – Rachel Burley, Elizabeth Case, Brooke Eveler, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Ashley Kroll and Amanda Walters

Softball – Brooker Berger, Chelsea Botsch, Jessica Hassman, Shelby Thompson, Erin Tingle and Katie Warrington

Volleyball – Brittany Biddle, Sheri Hunley, Paige Norvell, Mia Padilla, Shannon Rumple, Ann Marie Scarfo, Kaitlin Shorter and Nicole Wiechecki