Wake Forest Hosts Inaugural Black and Golden Globes
April 29, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest's Student-Athlete Advisory Council held its year-end awards banquet on Sunday evening in the Snead Room at Bridger Field House. SAAC members nominated their fellow student-athletes for year-end awards in 14 categories.
The Black and Golden Globes, styled after the many national entertainment awards shows, featured a red carpet entrance for the student-athletes, and a multimedia presentation of all the nominees and award winners.
C.J. Harris was named the Male Athlete of the Year and Katie Stengel was named the Female Athlete of the Year. Harris was a third team All-ACC selection after ranking sixth in the league in scoring and leading the conference in free throw percentage. Stengel was a second team All-American and first team All-ACC selection, totaled nine goals and four assists to break the Wake Forest career scoring records in her junior season and was also a member of the U.S. team that won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Freshman Devin Thomas earned a pair of awards including Male Rookie of the Year and Male Performance of the Year. Thomas averaged just short of a double-double in ACC play and ranked sixth in the ACC in both rebounding and blocks, leading all conference freshmen. Thomas was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team after leading the Deacons in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage. Thomas was also honored for the best single game performance of the year for his efforts in an upset of No. 18 NC State. Thomas turned in 25 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and three steals. Thomas became just the fourth player to post such a stat line in Division I college basketball over the last 15 seasons.
Stengel also received a second award when she was honored with the Female Performance of the Year honor. Stengel scored two goals to lead Wake Forest to a win over No. 4 Boston College and set the school record for all-time goals and points scored.
Jessie Merckle of women's track and field won the Female Rookie of the Year award. Merckle won the ACC Championship in the javelin and also set the school record in the javelin during her first collegiate track meet.
Aaron Rountree III of men's basketball received the Best Supporting Male Athlete of the Year award. Rountree became a fan favorite in his first season with the Deacons, supplying an energetic presence off the bench. Rountree was a bona fide stat stuffer and served as one of the team's top defenders.
Kristen Meier was named the Best Supporting Female Athlete. Meier led Wake Forest with seven assists and also scored a career-high five goals. She finished her career with 18 assists, which are the fifth-most in program history. Meier is currently playing for Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL.
Men's tennis coach Tony Bresky received the Coach of the Year award. Bresky, in his second season, has led a team that finished in 10th place in the ACC last year to a 20-8 record, a top 25 national ranking and the finals of the ACC Championship.
The women's soccer team was named the Team of the Year. The Deacons posted a 14-6-3 (7-3-1 ACC) record to tie for second place in the ACC, equaling the program's best ever finish. Wake Forest reached the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the 16th straight year, ending the season at No. 15 in the national rankings.
The Mr. and Mrs. Deacon Awards were given to student-athletes that displayed overall excellence and achievements in athletics, academics, and community involvement. Andrea Beck of volleyball was named Mrs. Deacon while Amogh Prabhakar of men's tennis was named Mr. Deacon.
The Deac Moment award was presented for the one moment during the year that showed Deacon excellence and inspired the entire campus. That award went to men's basketball for its 80-65 win over No. 2 Miami on Feb. 23. The Hurricanes were 22-3 on the season before losing to the Deacons in the Joel Coliseum.
Erin Brooks of women's track and field received the Deacon Spirit Stick Award, given to a student-athlete who has shown exemplary efforts in community service and who has made a difference in both the Wake Forest community and the Winston-Salem community. Brooks has served as the president of the SAAC while also organizing the track team to participate in DESK and Habitat for Humanity projects and also playing a vital role in the Faces of Courage project which celebrated the 50th anniversary of integration on the WFU campus.
The Deacon Spirit Stick Award was also given to Julie Griffin, Wake Forest's long-time coordinator of the CHAMPS/Life Skills program. The award will be re-named the Julie Griffin Award when it is awarded in future years. Griffin will retire from Wake Forest at the end of the current school year, ending a more than 40 year association with her alma mater.
Perhaps the most touching moment of the evening came late in the program when the men's tennis team, late in arriving from Durham after playing the finals of Sunday's ACC Tennis Championship, received a standing ovation from the 300 guests.
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