Wake Forest Announces Palmer, Crisp and Wilson Award winners
July 10, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Golfer Lee Bedford has been named as the 2011-12 Arnold Palmer Award winner and women's soccer forward Katie Stengel will receive the Marge Crisp Award given annually to the top student-athletes at Wake Forest University.
Bedford repeated as the winner of the Arnold Palmer award, which is presented annually to the best male student-athlete at Wake Forest, after first earning the honor for the 2010-11 season. Bedford led the Demon Deacons with a 72.5 scoring average and had 23 of his 39 rounds at par or better. He was named All-ACC for the third consecutive year while posting six top 10 finishes in 13 events this year including a victory at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. Bedford is a Cary, N.C. native and a graduate of Cary Christian High School. He also won the award last year.
Stengel, who took home the Marge Crisp award as the top female student-athlete at Wake Forest, was a first team All-America pick last fall and became the first Demon Deacon to be named the ACC's Offensive Player of the Year. She led the ACC with 19 goals and 46 points, both school records. Stengel became the first player since North Carolina's Mia Hamm in 1992 and 1993 to lead the ACC in goal-scoring in consecutive seasons. A Capital One Academic All-District selection, Stengel was a unanimous selection to the 2011 ACC All-Tournament team. She is a graduate of Viera High School in Melbourne, Fla.
The Edwin G. Wilson Awards are presented annually to the most outstanding Wake Forest junior or senior student-athlete based on academic excellence.
Loeser graduated Summa Cum Laude in May with degrees in biology and Spanish. He was an All-ACC selection by finishing third in the steeplechase at the 2012 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Loeser won the steeplechase at the Raleigh Relays and was one of three Deacons to earn a spot in the NCAA Regionals. He was an Academic All-District selection for the second consecutive year and was a three-time All-ACC Academic selection.
Beck, a rising senior, was an Academic All-District selection with a 3.955 grade point average in biology. An All-ACC selection last fall, Beck was third on the team in kills, second in kills per set and third on the club with 54 total blocks.
Loeser and Beck are both Winston-Salem natives and graduates of Mount Tabor High School.