K-State Hosts Second Annual Powercat Choice Awards

Jason Schulte

May 2, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State celebrated another outstanding athletics year on Monday night as student-athletes from each of the school’s 16 varsity sports converged on Bramlage Coliseum for the second annual Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards.

The ceremony resembles the ESPY Awards and includes all team and individual highlights from the past year both on the field and in the classroom.  All the performance-related awards were voted on by members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  The voting was based on the accomplishments of sporting teams from Spring 2010 to Winter 2011.

Top team honors on the night went to the 2010 baseball and 2010-11 women’s basketball squads, while the women’s win over No. 5 and eventual national champion Texas A&M, the program’s biggest win at home in school history, was the Show-stopping Moment of the Year.

The baseball team recorded its highest-ever finish in the Big 12 Conference with a third-place finish en route to its second straight NCAA berth in 2010. The women’s basketball team finished in third place in the league race and also became just the 13th program in NCAA history to record 800 career wins. Women’s basketball also captured the Wildcat Cup on the night for its excellence in the five core areas of student-athlete well-being: academics, athletics, career, personal and service.

Basketball standouts Jacob Pullen (men’s basketball) and Brittany Chambers (women’s basketball) took Athlete of the Year honors Monday. Pullen was an All-Big 12 and All-America pick this past season while also earning the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award; he also became K-State’s all-time leading scorer with 2,132 points. Chambers was a first team All-Big 12 pick this past season and was one of just two players in the Big 12 to record 500-plus points, 180-plus rebounds and 80-plus assists.

Deb Patterson (women’s basketball) was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and a third-place finish in the league standings after being picked ninth in the preseason coaches poll.

Mariah White (women’s basketball) was named Best Female Athlete in a Supporting Role after leading the team in assists and steals. She was named Big 12 Player of the Week after leading the Cats to an upset win over St. John’s. Football’s Corey Adams took honors as the Top Male Athlete in a Supporting Role after earning All-America honors at long snapper in 2010, one of the most under-appreciated positions in football.

In addition, Ty Zimmerman (football) and Sara Stoakes (track and field) were named the male and female Newcomers of the Year.  Zimmerman was the first true freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors from the league’s coaches and also earned Freshman All-America honors as a defensive back.  Stoakes was the Big 12 Champion at 800m leading from start to finish and posted five straight PR’s during the season.

The recipient of the Most Inspirational Award was Nicole Burdiek of the women’s rowing team, while Alex Hrebec of the football team earned the Purple Pride Award, which is given to the student-athlete who demonstrates the most school spirit. 

Several individuals were honored for their academic excellence during the evening, highlighted by Moritz Cleve (track and field) and Nina Kokot (track and field) earning the Kansas State Male and Female Scholar-Athlete Awards.  The honor recognizes the outstanding senior male and female student-athletes for the 2010-11 season.

Ali Peters (rowing), Ami Storey (women’s golf) and Prizell Brown (football) were this year’s recipients of the Bob and Lila Snell Award of Excellence and Effort, recognizing the outstanding male and female student-athletes who improved their academic standing through sustained effort and commitment to learning.

Terrance Sweeney (football) was honored with the Gina Sylvester Memorial Award.  The award recognizes an arts and sciences student who has progressed toward graduation and used the advising system to overcome challenges.

Lauren Garrott (track and field) was the recipient of the Veryl and Fern Switzer Campus Leadership Award.  The award recognizes a student-athlete who is involved in student organizations and multicultural affairs, demonstrates leadership on a team and on campus, and is active in community service.

Alyssa Bellinder (cross country) was awarded the Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes a senior letterwinner with the highest cumulative grade-point average in undergraduate work.  She has a 4.0 GPA in math and education and was the recipient of the Elite 88 award at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

The athletics department, which has led the Big 12 Conference in overall graduation rate in each of the past four seasons, had another outstanding academic year in 2010-11.  Two players were named Academic All-Americans, while four others were selected to the Academic All-District VII team.  In all, 91 student-athletes were named to Academic All-Big 12 firt and second team squads, while a combined 426 student-athletes were named to the Spring 2010 and Fall 2011 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

K-State also was one of just two Big 12 schools in the Big 12 and 14 across the nation this season to have its football team in a bowl game and both basketball teams in the NCAA Tournment.

2010-11 Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards

Male Newcomer of the Year
Ty Zimmerman

Female Newcomer of the Year
Sara Stoakes

Best Supporting Male Athlete
Corey Adams

Best Supporting Female Athlete
Mariah White

Purple Pride Award
Alex Hrebec

Most Inspirational
Nicole Burdiek

Men’s Team of the Year
Baseball

Women’s Team of the Year
Women’s Basketball

Coach of the Year
Deb Patterson

Show-stopping Moment of the Year
Women’s Basketball Win over #5 Texas A&M

Male Athlete of the Year
Jacob Pullen

Female Athlete of the Year
Brittany Chambers

Scholastic Achievement Award
Alyssa Bellinder

Bob & Lila Snell Academic Award for Excellence and Effort
Ali Peters

Bob & Lila Snell Academic Award for Excellence and Effort
Ami Storey

Bob & Lila Snell Academic Award for Excellence and Effort
Prizell Brown

Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions – Fall
Sierra Cuda

Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions – Winter
Ali Pistora

Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions – Spring
Jason Schulte

Gina Sylvester Memorial Award
Terrance Sweeney

Veryl & Fern Switzer Campus Leadership Award
Lauren Garrott

Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Moritz Cleve

Female Scholar Athlete of the Year
Nina Kokot

CoSIDA Academic, All-District
1st Team
Moritz Cleve

CoSIDA Academic, All-District
1st Team
Beverly Ramos

CoSIDA Academic, All-District
3rd Team
Lauren Mathewson

CoSIDA Academic, All-District
3rd Team
Brittany Chambers

CoSIDA Academic All-American
2nd Team
JuliAnne Chisholm

CoSIDA Academic All-American
3rd Team
Jack Sachse

Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Awards
Alyssa Bellinder
Chelsie Bonds
JuliAnne Chisholm
Whitley Jackson
Jason King
Nina Kokot
Victor Ojeleye
Ali Pistora
Jack Sachse
Alecia Zimbelman

SAAC SENIOR RECOGNITION AWARDS
Shalin Spani – Women’s Basketball
Kelsey Hill – Women’s Basketball
Ross Geubelle – Men’s Golf
Jason Schulte – Men’s Golf
Elise Houtz – Women’s Golf
Jack Sachse – Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country
Ali Pistora – Women’s Track & Field
Lauren Mathewson – Volleyball

WILDCAT CUP
Women’s Basketball