Child, Gillespie and Hash Named Top Athletes at Honors NightApril 22, 2014
ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson University junior volleyball standout Shannon Gillespie, senior softball shortstop Abby Child and senior men’s basketball guard Chandler Hash were honored as the Female and Male Athletes of the Year, respectively, at the annual Athletics Honors Night Tuesday evening at the Abney Athletic Center.
Gillespie, an outside hitter, helped lead the Trojans to their first-ever appearance in the South Atlantic Conference championship match and first NCAA Tournament victory in AU’s second Southeast Region tourney appearance. She was named First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and garnered First-Team Daktronics All-Region accolades while also being named to the 2013 NCAA Southeast Region All-Tournament Team.
A native of Fishers, Ind., Gillespie set a new school record for kills in a single season and is currently seventh in AU’s record books with 1,193 career kills. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter led the SAC and ranked 15th in the nation with her 4.05 kills per set average and also paced the league in total kills, points and points per set. Gillespie ranked eighth in the SAC in digs (449) and 12th in digs per set (3.45). Off the court Gillespie earned Capital One First-Team Academic All-District honors.
Child holds numerous school records and has helped lead the Trojans to school-record win totals each of the last three seasons, while starting every game during her stellar four-year career. The veteran shortstop holds the school record with 195 consecutive starts, 43 home runs, 126 walks, 184 RBI, and a .651 career slugging percentage. Child also ranks fifth all-time with a .363 batting average.
This season, Child leads the South Atlantic Conference in walks, is second with 11 home runs and is third in runs scored, fourth in runs batted in and fifth in slugging percentage. She currently ranks 28th nationally in total walks, 34th in home runs and 63rd nationally in home runs per game. As a sophomore, the LaGrange, Ga. native was named the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year.
Hash capped his stellar career with Division II Bulletin Honorable Mention All-America accolades and an appearance in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Star Game. The sharpshooter from Greer, S.C. also earned NABC First-Team All-District accolades and Daktronics First-Team All-Region honors after being named First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference for the second consecutive year. Hash, the South Atlantic Conference Tournament MVP, helped lead Anderson to its fourth NCAA Southeast Region Tournament appearance in five seasons, while leading the conference and ranking fifth in the nation in scoring.
His 778 total points was tops in NCAA Division II this season and marks the second-highest single-season total in league history. Hash concluded his career in third place on Anderson’s all-time scoring list with 1,537 career points and his career-high 44 points in the Trojans’ SAC Tournament semifinal appearance ranks seventh in the league all-time for points scored in a single game.
In addition to the SAC Players of the Week, All-Tournament and All-Conference honorees, SAC Freshmen of the Year and Track and Field Athletes of the Year, the softball team was recognized for earning a share of the league championship title.
Hash was also honored for being selected as the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year, after becoming the fourth consecutive honoree for the award from AU’s men’s basketball team. He followed back-to-back awards earned by former standout Nick Trull. Hash carries a 3.51 GPA majoring in nursing and is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honorary Society, the AU Dean’s List and the Capital One Academic All-District and All-America Teams.
Kelly Wragg, Assistant Food Service Director, took home the “Trojan Pride” award for her demonstrated pride and unselfish dedication in helping staff AU’s athletic events and helping ensure that the events were top-notch. She received multiple nominations for the award, which is presented annually to a team or an individual that exhibits and represents the highest level of pride in the program. It was common for Wragg to make appearances at nearly all home events.
Athletic Honors Night – Team Awards
Most Valuable Pitcher – Landon Beck
Most Valuable Player – Steven Cooper
Most Valuable Player – Nathaniel Galliford
Most Improved Player – Nick Jackson
Most Valuable Player – Chandler Hash
Tough Trojan Award – Lesley Woods
Most Valuable Player – Sierra Simpson
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Coach’s Award – Ned Kennedy
Most Valuable Player – Parks Edwards
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Coach’s Award – Grace Gerlock
Most Valuable Player – Olivia Gardner
Coach’s Award – Eric Hoover
Most Valuable Player – Philip DeGraaf
Coach’s Award – Savanna Keese
Most Valuable Player – Brooklyn Watt
Leadership Award – Rob Warren
Most Valuable Player – Sean Shelton
Leadership Award – Katie Eskew
Most Valuable Player – Katie Eskew
Coach’s Award – Alex Delpy
Most Valuable Player – Lars Zimmerman
Coach’s Award – Tera Dolan
Most Valuable Player – Olivia Scalzitti
Legacy Award – Laura Jansky
Legacy Award – Danielle Swygert
Legacy Award – Abby Child
Legacy Award – Charlotte Sieber
Coach’s Award – Carly Hudson
Frank Eskridge Sr. Coach’s Award – Paul Michael Calhoun
Most Valuable Player – Juan Carracedo
Frank Eskridge Sr. Coach’s Award – Avery Owens
Most Valuable Player – Rebecca Bruning
Most Dedicated Award – Sarah Eckert
Most Valuable Player – Alix Hooker
Nancy Simpson/Bobby Beville Most Outstanding Wrestler Award – Zak Hale
Thom Hoppler Memorial Award – Cory Monteforte
Iron Horse Award – CJ Gleaton
Most Spirited Award – Madison Ellenburg
Coach’s Award – DeDe Morris
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