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WILDCATS WALK THE PURPLE CARPET

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WILDCATS WALK THE PURPLE CARPET

By Mark Janssen
 
The purple carpet was rolled out and the Wildcats walked it in elegant pastels to shocking colors for the ladies, while spiffy shirts and ties were the rule for the men, as Kansas State's student-athletes gathered in Bramlage Coliseum Monday night for the 2nd Annual Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards.
 
"It's a great time to have an evening to see what everyone looks like all dressed up," said Victoria Ayers of the equestrian team.

It was a night where Nikes, boots the cleats were exchanged for high-high heels and dress shoes.  At least for one night baseball player Jason King said, "It really is fun to see people in something other than sweatpants and t-shirts.  It's definitely a change."
 
Carmen Borau Ramos of the women's tennis team said, "I think that it's great that we all get dressed up and looking sharp, "or, as Kelsey Hill from the women's basketball team said, "We really can look like girls.  We had girls go dress-shopping together, so it really is a fun occasion."
 
It was a night to honor the top Wildcat student-athletes for the 2010-11 academic year (spring sports from 2010, and, fall and winter sports from 2010-11), for their excellence in the classroom, in competition and within the community.
 
"This is a night where we honor out top student-athletes, but we also want to have fun," said Jason Schulte, president of the Student Advisory Athletic Committee and one of the founders of the event last year.  "The student-athlete awards banquets of the past were always nice, but we wanted to make it more interactive and have some fun with it."
 
New to the ceremony this year was the announcement of the Wildcat Cup Champion, whose criteria includes campus and community service projects, academic excellence and support for other programs within the department with their attendance.

"This was something we started to help build camaraderie within the teams in the department," said Schulte, who is a member of the K-State men's golf team.  "Each team supports itself, but we wanted basketball players at baseball games, and golfers at equestrian events in an effort to support one another."
 
While the award went to the women's basketball team, King said, "I think that was a great idea to get the teams to interact more.  You usually just spend time with your own team, so the best thing about it was learning something about some of the other teams."
 
Included among the top awards were baseball and women's basketball recognized as the Teams of the Year; women's basketball coach Deb Patterson as the Coach of the Year; while the Players of the Year went to basketball talents Jacob Pullen and Brittany Chambers.
 
Moritz Cleve and Nina Kokot from the track and field program were recognized as the Scholar Athletes of the Year, and the Purple Pride Award went to Alex Hrebec of the football team.

2010-11 POWERCAT CHOICE HONOREES
• Men's Team of the Year: Baseball
• Women's Team of the Year: Women's Basketball
• Male Athlete of the Year: Jacob Pullen, men's basketball
• Female Athlete of the Year: Brittany Chambers, women's basketball
• Best Supporting Male Athlete: Corey Adams, football
• Best Supporting Female Athlete: Mariah White, women's basketball
• Male Newcomer of the Year: Ty Zimmerman, football
• Female Newcomer of the Year: Sara Stoakes, track and field
• Purple Pride Award: Alex Hrebec, football
• Most Inspirational, Nicole Burdiek, rowing
• Coach of the Year: Deb Patterson, women's basketball
• Show-stopping Moment of the Year: Women's Basketball Win over #5 Texas A&M

• Scholastic Achievement Award: Alyssa Bellinder, track and field
• Bob & Lila Snell Academic Award for Excellence and Effort: Ali Peters, rowing
• Bob & Lila Snell Academic Award for Excellence and Effort: Ami Storey, women's golf
• Bob & Lila Snell Academic Award for Excellence and Effort: Prizell Brown, football
• Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions - Fall: Sierra Cuda, rowing
• Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions - Winter: Ali Pistora, track and field
• Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions - Spring: Jason Schulte, men's golf
• Gina Sylvester Memorial Award: Terrance Sweeney, football
• Veryl & Fern Switzer Campus Leadership Award: Lauren Garrott, track and field
• Male Scholar Athlete of the Year : Moritz Cleve, track and field
• Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Nina Kokot, track and field

• CoSIDA Academic, All-District 1st Team: Moritz Cleve, track and field
• CoSIDA Academic, All-District 1st Team: Beverly Ramos, track and field
• CoSIDA Academic, All-District 3rd Team: Lauren Mathewson, volleyball
• CoSIDA Academic, All-District 3rd Team: Brittany Chambers, women's basketball
• CoSIDA Academic All-American 2nd Team: JuliAnne Chisholm, volleyball, women's basketball
• CoSIDA Academic All-American 3rd Team: Jack Sachse, track and field

Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Awards
• Alyssa Bellinder, track and field
• Chelsie Bonds, track and field
• JuliAnne Chisholm, volleyball and women's basketball
• Whitley Jackson, rowing
• Jason King, baseball
• Nina Kokot, track and field
• Victor Ojeleye, men's basketball
• Ali Pistora, rowing
• Jack Sachse, men's track and field
• Alecia Zimbelman, equestrian

SAAC SENIOR RECOGNITION AWARDS
• Shalin Spani - basketball
• Kelsey Hill - basketball
• Ross Geubelle - golf
• Jason Schulte - golf
• Elise Houtz -  golf
• Jack Sachse -track and field
• Ali Pistora - track and field
• Lauren Mathewson - volleyball

WILDCAT CUP - Women's Basketball


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