2011-12 Peach Belt Conference Yearbook
Relive the action from an exciting 2011-12 academic year in the Peach Belt Conference. The Yearbook features school and sport recaps, game stories, box score, stats, pictures, news and more from throughout the year.
Peach erence conf 2011-2012 yearbook Belt Armstrong AtlAntic stAte University � AUgUstA stAte University � Clayton State UniverSity ColUmbUS State UniverSity � Flagler College � FranCiS marion UniverSity � georgia College georgia SoUthweStern State UniverSity � lander UniverSity � UniverSity oF montevallo north georgia College & State UniverSity � UnC Pembroke � USC aiken Greetings from Augusta! We have just finished up another amazing year in the Peach Belt Conference and I am proud to present to you the second annual Peach Belt Yearbook. In the following pages you'll find recaps and highlights from the year, news from around the league and much more. We hope you enjoy! Contents 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 [sChool ReCaPs] David R. Brunk PBC Commissioner [featuRes] Young Harris to Join the PBC Armstrong Atlantic State University Augusta State University Clayton State University Columbus State University Flagler College Francis Marion University Georgia College Georgia Southwestern State University Lander University University of Montevallo North Georgia College & State University University of North Carolina Pembroke University of South Carolina Aiken [sPoRt ReCaPs] 31 36 42 52 66 78 96 112 119 123 131 140 159 186 Men's Cross Country Women's Cross Country Men's Soccer Women's Soccer Volleyball Men's Basketball Women's Basketball Men's Golf Women's Golf Men's Tennis Women's Tennis Softball Baseball 187 "Make These Days the Best You Can" 189 192 PBC Banquet Recap [In the news] [ChamPIonshIPs CalenDaR] [yeaR In PICtuRes] 201 203 197 Tripp Warrick: Living a Life in Balance aRmstRong atlantIC state unIveRsIty founded: 1935 enrollment: 7,650 Colors: maroon & gold nickname: Pirates web site: www.aasupirates.com QuICk faCts The Armstrong Atlantic State University athletic department enjoyed an unprecedented 2011-12 campaign, collecting a league-record seven Peach Belt Conference Championships, earning the school's ninth and 10th NCAA Division II National Championships with crowns in men's and women's tennis while also capturing its first Peach Belt Conference Commissioner's Cup. A glimpse into how special of a year it would be for the Pirates came in the fall when the Armstrong volleyball team won a school- and PBC-record 31 straight games to begin the year, finishing the season with a PBC regular season title and an NCAA Championships berth. The Armstrong women's soccer team would not only earn the PBC regular season and tournament titles but also advance to the NCAA DII Final Four. ReCaP President Linda Bleicken Athletics Director Lisa Sweany Success in the spring continued with the Armstrong baseball and softball teams both capturing Peach Belt regular season titles with the baseball team also winning the PBC Tournament crown. Armstrong women's golf notched its first league crown with an 11-stroke victory in the 2012 PBC Championships and sent Jenna Birch to the NCAA National Championships as an individual. Armstrong men's golf also advanced to the NCAA Regionals. The Armstrong tennis teams then put an exclamation point on the outstanding season by completing undefeated seasons en route to the men's third NCAA DII National Championship and the women's seventh, both won at the DII Spring Sports Festival in Louisville. The women upset No. 1-ranked BYU-Hawaii, 5-2, for the title while the top-ranked men blanked No. 2 West Florida, 5-0, in the championship match. Women's Soccer [Regular Season Champions] [tournament Champions] [national semifinalists] * A school-record 18 student-athletes earned AllAmerica honors for the Pirates in 2011-12, led by PBC Players of the Year Kristina Pascutti (women's soccer), Brittany Wolf (volleyball), Georgi Rumenov (men's tennis), April Jowers (softball) and Zach Taylor (baseball). * Armstrong celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Women's Athletics in a February celebration on campus and all former female student-athletes for the Pirates were awarded with an Armstrong "A" letter. * The Pirates featured four Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2011-12 with Kelli Bahr and Kristina Pascutti (women's soccer), Shelby Duff (softball) and Clayton Miller (baseball). * Armstrong collected its most points in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings and finished 24th in the national all-sports competition sponsored by NACDA. 2 hIghlIghts Volleyball [Regular Season Champions] Women's Golf [tournament Champions] School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 41-16, 20-10 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 10-16, 6-12 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 13-13, 7-11 PBC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 9th at PBC Championship MEN'S GOLF 5th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S GOLF 1st at PBC Championship WOMEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 18-3-3, 9-0-1 PBC SOFTBALL Final Record: 45-11, 19-1 PBC MEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 30-0, 9-0 PBC Women's Tennis Softball [Regular Season Champions] [tournament Champions] [national Champions] [Regular Season Champions] WOMEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 29-0, 12-0 PBC Men's Tennis Baseball VOLLEYBALL Final Record: 36-3, 13-1 PBC [Regular Season Champions] [tournament Champions] [national Champions] [Regular Season Champions] [tournament Champions] 3 augusta state unIveRsIty founded: 1925 enrollment: 7,071 Colors: Blue and white nickname: Jaguars web site: www.jaguarsroar.com QuICk faCts Augusta State athletics enjoyed another great year in 2011-2012, including a number of teams that achieved success in the Peach Belt Conference and regionally in Division II. ReCaP President Athletics Director William Bloodworth Clint Bryant first round. In the Spring semester Jags' sports teams continued achieving at a high level, with almost every team making an NCAA tournament appearance. The men's tennis team made a brilliant run through the NCAA Southeast Regional to make it to the NCAA Championships Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Their The men's cross country team took home their first ever Peach Belt Conference championship with four runners (Dustin Ross, Jaiden Brandt, Robert Blackwelder and Matt Johnson) finishing in the top-12, and finished seventh at the NCAA Southeast Regional. The women's cross country team finished in third at the PBC Championship and in sixth place at the NCAA Southeast Regional. The volleyball team continued to build and finished the regular season in a tie for third in the conference. The team hosted to conference championship tournament at Christenberry Fieldhouse and made it to the semifinal round before succumbing to the regular season champion Armstrong Pirates. Alex Rohfling was named to the All-Tournament squad and also earned Freshman of the Year honors. The Jaguar men's basketball team could not replicate the success of recent years but still managed a solid year in spite of many new faces. Led by Freshman of the Year Devon Wright-Nelson the Jags went 17-11 this season, but improved throughout the year, going 12-6 in the always competitive Peach Belt Conference. The Jaguar women's basketball team continued it's upward trend in year two of head coach Nate Teymer's tenure, earning a berth in the PBC tournament and hanging tough with the defending National Champions from Clayton State before falling in the 4 Men's Tennis [national Semifinalists] [Southeast Regional champs] Men's Cross Country [Conference Champions] School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 13-37, 4-26 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 17-11, 12-6 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 12-15, 7-11 PBC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 1st at PBC Championship WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 3rd at PBC Championship SOFTBALL Final Record: 33-18, 12-8 PBC MEN'S TENNiS Final Record:19-10, 4-5 PBC WOMEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 11-12, 5-6 PBC VOLLEYBALL Final Record: 17-18, 5-9 PBC outstanding form carried them to the National Semifinals where they lost to national runner-up West Florida. The women's tennis squad also made the NCAA Southeast Regional but lost in the first round to the eventual national champions from Armstrong. The softball team continued their quality play in the super-competitive PBC, finishing third behind perennial powers North Georgia and Armstrong. The Jaguars made it all the way to the championship game of the Dahlonega Regional of the NCAA tournament before falling to North Georgia. In addition to all of the news made on the field by ASU, there was a lot of news made off the field as well, highlighted by the Jaguars receiving the prestigious PBC Presidents' Academic Award at the PBC Banquet in May. The award goes to the PBC institution whose student-athletes are performing the best relative the rest of their school's student body. Augusta State also announced it will be starting men's and women's track and field this coming Fall of 2012 under the stewardship of coach Adam Ward. The PBC hopes to sponsor these sports as official conference sports in the near future. Current schools competing are Clayton State, Columbus State and UNC Pembroke, with Montevallo also starting women's track and field soon. 5 Clayton state unIveRsIty founded: 1969 enrollment: 6,600 Colors: Blue and orange nickname: lakers web site: www.claytonstatesports.com QuICk faCts After an historic year in 20102011 Clayton State Laker athletics put together another impressive campaign in 2011-12. The Lakers made known they were once again a program that will continue to be atop the Peach Belt Conference. ReCaP President Thomas Hynes interim AD Mike Mead Southeast region honoree paced the men through out the year and led at regionals with a team best 21st place overall finish. After getting off to a slow start the women's soccer team went a remarkable 9-6-2 for the year marking their first winning season since 2007. The men's soccer team was able to boast two Daktronics all southeast region selections in Chris Klute and Janny Rivera. Men's basketball also made noise throughout the conference and improved to 16-11 from a prior 10 win season, while placing two players on the PBC All-Conference team in Anthony Salter and Teondre Williams. Finally, the women's tennis team had an up and down year as they battled injuries but still pieced together a solid, ranking as high as 7th nationally during the year. In addition, Albert Mong'ony was honored as the Laker Award winner, while Tanisha Woodard was selected as the Lady Laker award winner. Winning the H. Mason Barfield Award as the top male academic student-athlete for a second straight year was track and field athlete Robert Spezzacatena, while cross country/track and field athlete Paige Galvin won the Dotty H. Bumbalough Award for being the top female academic student-athlete. The continued success was marked by a top 3 finish in the Commissioners Cup, second and third place finishes by the women and men's cross country teams (respectively) at the PBC Championships, three teams making NCAA tournament appearances, sixteen AllConference selections and nine individuals earning conference all-Academic honors. Following up their National Championship title from last year the women's basketball program turned in a successful 29-4 season, led by senior standout Tanisha Woodard. Woodard was a first team All-Conference honoree, the PBC Defensive Player of the Year and a WBCA All-American. In her final campaign she passed the 1,000 point threshold and also recorded only the third triple-double in PBC history. Lakers head coach Dennis Cox was also honored this year as the WBCA Southeast region coach of the year. Before falling just short of another Sweet Sixteen appearance they were able to snag a runner up finish in the PBC tournament behind the Pacers of USCA. As for men's and women's cross country, both teams excelled at both the conference and regional levels. Each of the teams had a strong showing at the NCAA Southeast Regional race, where the men improved from the previous year with a 9th place finish and the women held steady with another 7th place finish. Albert Mong'ony, a first team All-Conference and All6 School Recaps MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 16-11, 8-9 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 29-4, 16-1 PBC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 3rd at PBC Championship WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 2nd at PBC Championship MEN'S GOLF 8th at PBC Championship MEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 10-8, 4-4 PBC mCaloose nameD athletIC DIReCtoR For only the second time in school history, Clayton State WOMEN'S SOCCER University has a new athletic Final Record: 9-7-2, 4-4-2 PBC WOMEN'S TENNiS director. Carl McAloose will Final Record: 7-13, 6-6 PBC be the Lakers new athletic director, overseeing the institution's 12-sport NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program that competes in the Peach Belt Conference. McAloose officially begins his new position at Clayton State on June 4. "I would like to thank Dr. (Tim) Hynes for the great opportunity he has given me because I think Clayton State has the potential to be one of the top NCAA II athletic programs in the country," said McAloose. "Mason Barfield has done a great job assembling a fantastic group of coaches, and I hope to continue to build upon his dream." He added, "I believe with the university leadership and the location of the University, we can do something extremely special. My goal will be to create an outstanding environment for our student-athletes that enable them to be successful in the classroom and in the playing arena." McAloose most recently served as president and CEO of Athletics Staffing & Consulting, a consulting company that supports college and university athletic programs with feasibility studies, strategic planning, compliance reviews, NCAA membership initiatives and conference realignment proposals. Prior to his role with Athletics Staffing & Consulting, he served as the director of athletics at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL from 2000 to 2008. Like Barfield at Clayton State, McAloose built the FGCU program from scratch in 2000, overseeing a program with 14 sports and an annual operating budget of $8 million. Along with his experience as an athletic director, McAloose also brings a wealth of experience in athletic conference administration. He served as the commissioner of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference from 1996 to 2000 after serving as the associate commissioner in the Big South Conference from 1992 to 1996. He also served in associate athletic director roles at both Coastal Carolina University and at West Chester University. 7 ColumBus state unIveRsIty founded: 1958 enrollment: 8,200 Colors: Red, white and Blue nickname: Cougars web site: www.csucougars.com QuICk faCts Columbus State University once again excelled in athletics in the 2011-2012 season. After winning its fourth Peach Belt Conference Commissioner's Cup last season, the Cougars finished in second place in this year's standings marking the seventh straight season that CSU has finished first or second in the final Commissioner's Cup standings. ReCaP President Timothy Mescon Athletics Director Jay Sparks On the national level, Columbus State sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament as well as a couple of female track runners to the national meet. The women's tennis team reached the national quarterfinals for just the second time in school history led by PBC player of the Year, Paola Cigui. [Paola Cigui] The Cougars placed seven teams in the top-four of their respectively league standings including both the men's and women's tennis teams who finished the year as runners-up. Columbus State hosted an unprecedented six PBC Championships this past year and captured its lone title on the softball diamond. The Lady Cougars captured its first conference tournament title since 2007 and became the first PBC team to win every contest in the tournament despite being the lower seed in all of their games. The men's basketball team had a resurgent run in the 2012 PBC Tournament winning two overtime thrillers to reach the championship game for the first time since 2005. [Player of the year] * 12 All-American student-athletes * 21 All-Conference student-athletes * Two Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year award winners * Paola Cigui finished the season with a perfect 23-0 record and was the first CSU female to win PBC Tennis Player of the Year * Assistant tennis coach Eva Huning named National Assistant Coach of the Year for men's tennis, the first female to receive this honor for a men's team * Three Academic All-Americans * 23 All-Southeast Region student-athletes 8 hIghlIghts School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 30-23, 15-15 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 18-12, 11-6 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 16-11, 11-6 PBC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 4th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 6th at PBC Championship MEN'S GOLF 4th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S GOLF 6th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 16-4-3, 7-2-1 PBC SOFTBALL Final Record: 40-20, 11-9 PBC Women's Tennis MEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 23-4, 8-1 PBC [national quarterfinalists] WOMEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 28-3, 11-1 PBC 9 flagleR College founded: 1968 enrollment: 2,537 Colors: Crimson and gold nickname: saints web site: www.flaglerathletics.com QuICk faCts The Flagler College Saints had another excellent season with three teams advancing all the way to the elite eight (men's soccer, volleyball and softball) and the women's tennis and men's and women's cross country teams advancing to regional play. ReCaP President Charles Abare Athletics Director Jud Damon Men's Soccer Flagler was awarded the Peach Belt Conference's "Institution of the Year Award" for the second consecutive season. Four teams earned team sportsmanship awards: men's cross country, men's basketball, women's basketball and softball. The men's soccer team had a banner year as they won the Peach Belt Conference regular and post-season titles and finished with a 17-3-3 overall record. The Saints advanced to the NCAA Division II quarterfinal, a match Flagler hosted. Johan Bergfeld was named the Peach Belt's Male ScholarAthlete of the Year and was a first-team Capital One Academic All-America� and a second-team NSCAA Scholar All-American. He was the PBC's Men's Soccer Player of the Year. John Lynch was tabbed as the conference's Coach of the Year and was named the NSCAA/Mondo Southeast Region Coach of the Year. The volleyball team continued to dominate the Peach Belt as they shared the regular season title, but won the tournament crown for the third consecutive season. The Saints marched through the Southeast Region Tournament before falling in the quarterfinals of the national championships in California. Taylor Mott shared PBC Coach of the Year honors, the third year in a row she has received the award. Olivia Snipes took home Setter of the Year honors while Casey Gnann was named the Libero/Defensive Specialist of the Year. Flagler finished the season 31-7, its 11th consecutive season with 20 or more victories. The softball team advanced to their first-ever national 10 [Regular Season Champions] [tournament Champions] [national quarterfinalists] Volleyball [Regular Season co-Champions] [tournament Champions] [national quarterfinalists] Softball [National quarterfinalists] School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 27-22, 13-17 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 9-17, 2-16 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 4-22, 2-16 PBC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 6th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 6th at PBC Championship MEN'S GOLF 7th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S GOLF t-2nd at PBC Championship MEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 17-3-3, 6-1-1 PBC WOMEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 9-8-1, 5-4-1 PBC SOFTBALL Final Record: 39-20, 11-9 PBC MEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 5-13, 2-7 PBC WOMEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 10-10, 8-4 PBC championships after winning the Savannah Regional and Dahlonega Super Regional. The Saints finished 39-20 and were led by first-team all-conference pitcher Donna Munafo. Joining Munafo on the NFCA All-Southeast Region firstteam was Breezy Collings. Alona Personius and Lauren Bessent were selected to the second-team. Earning the NFCA Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year were head coach Kristen Overton and assistant coach Sam Boatner. * Flagler had a record 112 student-athletes on the PBC Presidential Honor Roll * Alex Bonus (cross country) was selected Capital One Academic All-American * Kristen Overton won her 100th game on Feb. 25, 2012 vs. Saint Leo * Joel Dahlenburg (men's golf) won PBC Tournament medalist honors for the second consecutive season 11 hIghlIghts VOLLEYBALL Final Record: 31-7, 13-1 PBC fRanCIs maRIon unIveRsIty founded: 1970 enrollment: 4,019 Colors: Red, white and Blue nickname: Patriots web site: www.fmupatriots.com chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society: baseball players Five Francis Marion University Addison Dunn and Dalton Gress, golfers Sebastian Backlund athletic teams participated in NCAA post-season competition: baseball, men's and women's cross country, and men's and and Travis Gantt, volleyball players Liz Drewry and Hallie women's tennis. Of the 10 teams that keep win-loss records, Legg, women's tennis players Mona Blauen and Kerry Hall, women's soccer players Megan Ogiltree and Lauren Vetock, six registered winning records this past year, and three appeared in national poll rankings. Nineteen FMU student-ath- softball players Tristan Faile and Olivia Ferguson, women's letes earned PBC All-Academic honors, while twelve received cross country runner Samantha Smith and men's cross country runner Ryan Woloszyn. All-Conference honors for the efforts on the playing field. Six Patriot student-athletes, representing five sports, were named to their respective Capital One Academic All-District III The Patriot men's soccer program has a new head coach, John Campbell. He comes to FMU from Dominican College Teams. (NY), where he posted an 86-27-20 record in seven seasons and earned four invitations to the Division II Tournament. Francis Marion's baseball team ended the 2012 campaign with a 40-18 record, a national Top-10 ranking, and a fourth Six members of the 2011 softball team received NFCA straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament � All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition: Tristan Faile, Carson where the Patriots reached the regional title game for the third consecutive season. The squad received the PBC Team Summersett, Chelle Phillips, Olivia Zielinski, Olivia Ferguson, Sportsmanship Award for 2012. Senior OF Buddy Sosnoskie and Cea Knox........Senior middle blocker Danielle Parker, a member of the Patriot volleyball team and owner of a perfect picked up All-Region accolades and was named a Capital 4.00 grade point average, was awarded the 2012 Debra Lee One Academic All-American. The baseball program entered Orander Swamp Fox Academic Award.......The volleyball team the 2012 season ranked first in two NCAA Division II preearned an AVCA Team Academic Award for 2010-11......Longseason national polls and second in another. time athletic trainer (and Francis Marion graduate) Spyder Webb retired.......Women's Basketball Hall of Fame members The women's tennis squad finished with an 18-4 record, a Pearl Moore and Sylvia Hatchell both spoke to FMU studentTop 10 national ranking, and the program's sixth NCAA national tournament bid in the past seven seasons. Senior Jitka athletes as part of the Champs Life Skills program.......Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. D. Allen Clabo attended the Gavdunova (71-8 career singles record) and junior Mona inaugural Division II FAR Advanced Leadership Institute, Oct. Blauen both garnered ITA All-American honors. The men's tennis team ended with a 10-7 record, a Top 25 ranking, and 14-16, in Indianapolis, Ind. the program's 16th appearance in the NCAA tournament over the past 18 years. Junior Alex Caspari and freshman Gavin Davison both picked up ITA All-America recognition. The Patriot softball squad finished 2012 with a 31-20 mark, the program's twelfth 30-win campaign in the past 15 seasons, while also opening up the new FMU Softball Stadium in April. The men's basketball team posted a 16-12 mark, the program's fourth straight winning season � a first since 19891993. Twelve of its 18 PBC games were decided by a combined total of 47 points, with four going to overtime. Fourteen student-athletes were inducted into the university's 12 QuICk faCts ReCaP President Fred Carter Athletics Director Murray Hartzler FRANCiS MARiON OPENED UP CORMELL FiELD AT SPARROW STADiUM WiTH A BANG (SEE STORY ON NExT PAGE) School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 40-18, 19-10 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 16-12, 9-9 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 9-17, 4-14 PBC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 8th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 9th at PBC Championship MEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 4-13-1, 2-5-1 PBC SOFTBALL Final Record: 31-20, 8-12 PBC MEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 10-7, 6-3 PBC WOMEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 18-4, 10-2 PBC Twentieth-ranked Francis Marion plated all its runs with two outs and the Patriots held on for a 5-4 win over ninth-ranked and two-time defending NCAA Division I champion South Carolina, Wednesday evening (April 11) at the opening of the new Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium. fRanCIs maRIon stuns gameCoCks 5-4 In staDIum oPeneR Francis Marion improves to 27-13, while USC drops to 24-10. FMU sophomore righthander Jeffrey Stoner induced a sharp line-out to right field by USC pinch-hitter Sean Sullivan for the final out with the tying run on second base to send the capacity crowd of 1,755 into a frenzy. VOLLEYBALL Final Record: 12-18, 4-10 PBC FMU junior first baseman Stephen Tarkenton was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in, while sophomore third baseman Michael Wilson and junior right fielder Jarrod Reed both collected a pair of hits. FMU senior southpaw Matt Broderick (6-1) limited the Gamecocks to two runs on four hits in five frames, while striking out three and walking one. Junior first baseman Christian Walker led South Carolina with a 3-for-4 night that included an RBI single and a mammoth 392foot solo homer to left field. Francis Marion broke up the scoreless contest with three runs in the bottom of the third. Walker got one run back with his solo shot in the top of the fourth. An RBI single drew South Carolina to within 3-2 in the fifth. FMU added a pair of two-out runs in the seventh to go up 5-2, both coming home on Tarkenton's single up the middle. Single tallies in the eighth and ninth got the Gamecocks to within 5-4, but Stoner got the final out to earn the save. 13 geoRgIa College founded: 1889 enrollment: 5,500 Colors: hunter green and Blue nickname: Bobcats web site: www.gcsubobcats.com QuICk faCts The Georgia College athletic department finished up another outstanding season in 2011-12. The Bobcats had 19 student-athletes selected All-Peach Belt Conference this season, and added a pair of PBC Freshmen of the Year in Shanteona Keys from women's basketball and golf's Ryan Trocchio. GC had nine All-Region performers as well. Softball centerfielder Whitney Okvist stole a schoolrecord 52 bases in as many tries en route to National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team AllAmerica honors. GC has just two First Team All-Americans in school history, the other coming for pitcher Mandy Chandler in 2009. Senior Jerome Leborgne and junior Johan Wadstein teamed for All-American honors in doubles through the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Bobcat duo finished No. 7 in the nation thanks to their 13-8 overall mark, adding a 6-3 record in conference play. Leborgne and Wadstein are also just the second pairing to win All-America in doubles, with Erick Siqueira and Justin Pickham earning the spot in 2009. ReCaP interim President Stas Preczewski Athletics Director Wendell Staton chosen for that national all-star game. GC cross country had its first All-Region selections on both the men's and women's side this year. Sophomore Allison Lones took 19th at the NCAA Southeast Region Championship. Senior Tyler Mattix was the first all-region runner in men's history, blistering the course for a 17th place finish. Bobcat cheerleading also won the 2012 PBC Championship, unseating perennial champion Columbus State University. Men's Golf [South/Southeast Region Champs] [National quarterfinalists] Cheerleading Bobcat golf capped an amazing season with three golfers taking Ping Division II All-America Honors. Junior Patrick Garrett rode his 72.6 stroke average to a thirdteam selection, adding honorable mention positions for junior Taylor Smith and Trocchio. All-time, Bobcat golf has earned 24 All-America honors, all coming under head coach Jimmy Wilson. More special honors came for basketball's Ryan Aquino, as he was chosen to the Reese's Division II AllStar Game, played at the NCAA Finals site in Highland Heights, Ky. He was just the third Bobcat all-time to be 14 [Conference Champions] School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 29-21, 19-10 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 17-10, 10-7 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 4-22, 2-15 PBC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 5th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 7th at PBC Championship MEN'S GOLF 3rd at PBC Championship WOMEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 5-14, 4-6 PBC SOFTBALL Final Record: 25-24, 9-11 PBC MEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 12-9, 4-5 PBC CONOVER, N.C. � The No. 21 Georgia College golf team punched their ticket to the NCAA Finals May 9, winning the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship by a single stroke. GC put up a 289 on the final day, added to rounds of 291 and 289 for five-over par on the par-72, 7,064-yard Rock Barn Golf & Spa Jones Course. No. 2 Barry University was just one stroke behind in second. RegIon ChamPs! #21 gC golf takes south/southeast RegIon tItle WOMEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 13-11, 7-5 PBC Junior Taylor Smith shot a team-best 70 today, and finished a team-best second at five-under par after previous rounds of 69 and 72. Smith missed a playoff for individual medalist honors by one stroke, carding five birdies in final round action. Classmate Patrick Garrett was one stroke later in seventh place at three-under par. Garrett shot 71-70-72, birdying four straight from the seventh to the 10th hole. Freshman Ryan Trocchio saved his best round for last, firing par after a 74 and 75 for plus-five in 28th place. Trocchio birdied the 13th and 15th, both were holes he bogeyed yesterday. Classmate David Sullivan came next at plus-10 on rounds of 77, 74 and 75. Sullivan finally figured out the 18th, as after a triple and double-bogey the first two days, he recorded a birdie, one of his two on the final round. Sophomore Victor Monte was 12-over par with rounds of 80-73-75. He was one-over on the back nine in the final round. The Bobcats had won the Regional title just once before, in 2008. GC Golf finished fifth during stroke play at the NCAA Finals in Simpsonville, Ky., advancing to medal-match play, where they would fall in the NCAA Quarterfinal round. 15 geoRgIa southwesteRn state unIveRsIty founded: 1906 enrollment: 3,037 Colors: navy Blue and old gold nickname: hurricanes web site: www.gswcanes.com QuICk faCts A pair of upward-trending Hurricane teams experienced breakthrough years in 201112. The spring sports season in Americus belonged to the GSW men's golf team as the program saw another year of success culminate in representation at the NCAA Championships and a pair of All-American selections. Coming off a 2010-11 season where they received votes in the national coaches' poll, the Hurricane golf team kept that momentum rolling right into the 2011 fall season. Coach Danna & Co. recorded team victories at the season-opening Kiawah Island Invitational, the RTJ Grand National Challenge and the AFLAC / Cougar Invitational. Craig Gibson won the individual title at the AFLAC / Cougar Invitational for the second time in three seasons. ReCaP President Kendall Blanchard Athletics Director Jaclyn Donovan 11 to 18-9 this past season en route to capturing the program's second Peach Belt Tournament appearance. Junior forward Adrian Randall became the first Lady `Cane to receive Peach Belt Player of the Week honors in program history. She and Terra Branch would also receive the program's first PBC All-Conference accolades. Branch, a senior guard, would also join the exclusive 1,000 career-point club. The Lady Hurricanes tennis team had their best spring season in the PBC and set the program record with the most conference wins in a season. [J.p. Griffin] The Blue & Gold was also represented at the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history thanks to a second-place finish from J.P. Griffin at the South/Southeast Super Regional. Post-season awards were bountiful for the Hurricanes as Craig Gibson (First Team All-PBC), J.P. Griffin (Second Team All-PBC) and Head Coach Andrew Danna (PBC Coach of the Year) were all honored at the conference level. Gibson and Griffin earned All-Southeast honors and were named to the PING All-America Third Team. Perhaps no turnaround has been more prevalent and methodical over the past five years in GSW athletics than the accomplishments of the Southwestern women's basketball program. The Lady Hurricanes, 1-26 overall in 2007-08, went from 12-14 in 201016 [t-9th at National Championship] School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 13-34, 9-20 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 12-14, 3-14 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 18-9, 10-7 PBC WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 10th at PBC Championship MEN'S GOLF 6th at PBC Championship MEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 3-11-2, 0-7-1 PBC WOMEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 3-15, 0-10 PBC SOFTBALL Final Record: 22-30, 4-16 PBC MEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 5-14, 0-9 PBC A pair of GSW teams cracked the national polls during the year, as the men's golf team was recognized throughout most of the academic year and topped at No. 5, while the men's basketball team appeared for the second-consecutive season and earned a No. 12 ranking during a threeweek stay to open the 2011-12 campaign. All-in-all, the Hurricane athletic program captured four Peach Belt weekly honors, seven All-Conference selections and 20 All-Academic awards. WOMEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 8-13, 3-9 PBC * Men's golf climbed to as high as No. 5 in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll for its highest ranking in school history * J.P. Griffin and Craig Gibson named to the PING All-America Third Team * Men's basketball reached No. 12 in the NABC Coaches' Poll for its highest ranking in school history * Phillip Brown named to the 2011-12 Division II Bulletin Super 16 All-American Preseason Men's Basketball Team * Phillip Brown signed a professional contract in June to play for Pays des Olonnes Basket of the French National 2 League * Mollie McGowan named CoSIDA Academic All-District in women's tennis * Ethan Vick named CoSIDA Academic All-District in men's soccer 17 hIghlIghts lanDeR unIveRsIty founded: 1872 enrollment: 3,000 Colors: Royal Blue and gold nickname: Bearcats web site: www.landerbearcats.com QuICk faCts The Lander women's basketball and baseball teams reached their highest heights during 2011-12, while two Bearcats earned first-team All-American honors. The Lady Bearcat women's basketball team, which has reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen the previous two seasons, finally made it to the Elite Eight in 2012 when they downed Wingate University, 72-67, in double overtime in the NCAA Southeast Regional and advanced to San Antonio, Texas. ReCaP President Daniel Ball Athletics Director Jeff May a senior, was also crowned the NABC Southeast Region Player of the Year and the PBC Player of the Year after averaging 21.5 points per game. Junior tennis player Paul-Henri Arrigoni was named a first-team All-American for the third time after leading the No. 8 Bearcats to an 18-5 overall record and a spot in the Southeast Regional Tournament. The first-year Lander women's golf team had an exceptional season as it placed Ashley Shinn and Mariana Martins on the All-PBC team and finished fourth of seven teams in the PBC Championship Tournament. Lander said farewell to Carla Decker, who led the Lander volleyball program for six years. Decker was replaced by Lander alumnus Ashley Stathas. Stathas coached the previous year at Belhaven (Miss.) College. LU also hired a new head coach for the softball program after Lander Athletics Hall of Famer Doug Lander, which was led by All-PBC seniors Ciara Lyons, Brittni Johnson, Jasmine Judge, posted a 24-8 season and capped their careers by winning 100 games. The Bearcats finished No. 8 in the final national rankings after falling to Rollins in the first round of the Elite Eight. The Lander baseball team, under the direction of third-year coach Kermit Smith, qualified for its second straight Peach Belt Conference Tournament, then advanced all the way to the tournament's championship game. The Bearcats set a school record for wins in a season as they recorded a 38-20 year. After falling to Armstrong Atlantic in the PBC championship game, Lander earned its first-ever berth into the NCAA Southeast Regional. As the No. 6 seed, Lander upset top-seeded Mount Olive in the first round, then suffered back-toback defeats to Armstrong and Francis Marion. The Lander men's basketball team, led by first-team All-American Dwight Tolbert, streaked to an 18-9 overall record, its best season since 2006-07. Tolbert, Women's Basketball [Southeast Region Champs] [National quarterfinalists] 18 School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 38-20, 18-12 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 18-9, 11-7 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 24-8, 15-3 PBC MEN'S GOLF 11th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S GOLF 4th at PBC Championship MEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 8-7-2, 5-2-1 PBC WOMEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 13-5-1, 5-4-1 PBC SOFTBALL Final Record: 26-26, 4-16 PBC MEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 18-5, 7-2 PBC Spears returned from a seven-year retirement to coach for one season. After the team posted a 26-26 record � its best season since 2003 � it was announced that former University South Carolina All-American Christina Plew-Whitlock would take over the program. Whitlock coached the previous four years at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. The Bearcats were led by four-time All-PBC pitcher Hayley Leissner and two-time All-PBC second baseman Brittney Sheriff. The women's soccer team, led by All-Southeast Region and All-PBC players Christina Barbour, Jamie Shaw and Daniel Shaw, tied a school record for wins in a season when the Lady Bearcats went 13-5-1 overall. The Lady Bearcats posted a school-record 11 shutouts during the year. * Lander women's basketball team reaches Elite Eight for first time * Lander baseball team has best season ever * Men's basketball's Dwight Tolbert and men's tennis player Paul-Henri Arrigoni earn All-American Honors WOMEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 9-11, 4-8 PBC hIghlIghts VOLLEYBALL Final Record: 13-19, 3-11 PBC 19 unIveRsIty of montevallo founded: 1896 enrollment: 3,200 Colors: Purple and gold nickname: falcons web site: www.montevallofalcons.com QuICk faCts The University of Montevallo Athletics Department's 2011-12 year was one of firsts. ReCaP President John Stewart iii Athletics Director Jim Herlihy The men's basketball team captured its first Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship, first NCAA Southeast Region Championship and made its first appearance in the NCAA Championship game. The women's cross country team captured its first Peach Belt Conference Championship, made its first appearance in the NCAA Championship race and had its first individual conference champion, Haley Evans. The women's volleyball team produced the first female First Team Academic All-American in school history, Anna Garrison, and also captured the school's first PBC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, also Garrison. The baseball team made its first trip to the PBC Tournament while women's basketball head coach Cindy Hilbrich made her first appearance as a head coach. As a group the Falcons had 24 PBC All-Academic performers and 14 All-Conference honorees. Nine of UM's 11 teams made it to postseason play with four of the teams going on to NCAA competition. On the academic side the student-athletes finished with a GPA above 3.00 for the entire school year including 10 athletes who posted a perfect 4.0 GPA on the year. Volleyball led the department with the highest GPA for the year while four teams posted at least a 3.3 GPA or higher. The Falcons had an impressive fall with the women's cross country team capturing the Department's first Peach Belt Conference Championship for a female squad. The women's cross country team also made the first trip to an NCAA Championship race in pro- gram history. The Falcons were led by junior Haley Evans who won the PBC Individual Championship by over 30 seconds. The men's soccer team competed in their second-straight PBC Tournament Championship game and received an atlarge bid into the NCAA Tournament. The men's basketball team shined in the winter as the Falcons won the PBC Tournament and the NCAA Southeast Region Tournament both firsts for the program. UM then advanced to the Elite Eight where they won a pair of games to advance to the NCAA Women's Cross Country [Conference Champions] [National Qualifier] Men's Basketball [tournament Champions] [Southeast Region Champs] [National Finalist] 20 School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 25-28, 16-14 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 29-8, 12-5 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 11-16, 6-11 PBC MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 7th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 1st at PBC Championship MEN'S GOLF 10th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S GOLF 6th at PBC Championship MEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 12-5-4, 5-1-2 PBC WOMEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 6-11-1, 3-6-1 PBC Championship. The Falcons were led by senior All-American D.J. Rivera and senior Antoine Davis who were both named to the Elite Eight All-Tournament Team. The spring was highlighted by the baseball team making their first trip to the PBC Tournament. * Men's basketball competed in front of an estimated television audience of 3.1 million viewers for the NCAA Championship * 100 Montevallo student-athletes named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll * Men's soccer head coach Ken Hassler has led the Falcons to the PBC Championship game in his first two seasons at the helm * Men's basketball head coach Danny Young has led the Falcons to the NCAA Tournament seven of the last nine seasons and has advanced to the Elite Eight three out of the last seven seasons * Men's soccer led the department with five athletes on the All-Conference Teams including one first team selection * Women's cross country led the department with three first team All-Conference selections hIghlIghts WOMEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 6-17, 0-12 PBC VOLLEYBALL Final Record: 13-18, 4-10 PBC 21 noRth geoRgIa College & state unIveRsIty founded: 1873 enrollment: 5,227 Colors: Royal Blue and white nickname: saints web site: www.saintssports.com QuICk faCts North Georgia placed three teams in the NCAA postseason this past year, as the men's tennis team, women's soccer team and softball team all finished very strong seasons. Individually, the Saints saw three players receive All-American honors, including the Division II National Player of the Year in women's basketball standout Jaymee Carnes. The women's soccer team had their best season in school history at 16-3-1, including a second-place finish in the PBC and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance. Senior forward Emily Dover received the Golden Ball Award for the most goals scored in conference and also earned All-American honors as well. Three players were named All-Region as Dover, Natalie Douglass and Kelly Penston all earned the honor. Earning the No. 4-seed in the PBC Tournament after a 9-7-1 season, the men's soccer team had a quality year, but came up just short against Clayton State in the quarterfinals. Jesy Phelps and Rade Tanaskovic received All-Conference honors for their banner seasons. It was a young team on the pitch in 2011-12 for head coach Pat Parris and it looks to be a promising future with that. Despite not reaching the conference tournament, the women's basketball team still boasted the best player in all of NCAA Division II. Jaymee Carnes was named Player of the Year for her sensational 2011-12 season, after leading the nation in scoring at 25.0 points per game. She set multiple school records in just her sophomore campaign. The team struggled to gain momentum but also showed many bright spots. The 2011-12 men's basketball season was one of many ups and downs. They finished at 10-18 overall and just ReCaP President Bonita Jacobs Athletics Director Lindsay Reeves * Jaymee Carnes earned Division II National Player of the Year honors, along with Region Player of the Year and PBC Player of the Year. Carnes is the third consecutive student-athlete to receive National Player of the Year recognition. * The men's tennis program made their first-ever appearance in an NCAA Regional, along with winning a team-record three conference games. * The women's soccer team earned their first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. They also won their first game and made a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Emily Dover received All-American honors. * The softball team was a win short of their fourth straight trip to the NCAA College World Series, losing in game three of the Super Regionals. Jessica Coan was named All-American and Melissa Dickie was PBC Freshman of the Year. * For the first time in school history, a North Georgia athletic team was broadcast nationally on ESPN3. The softball team was put on the big stage when they took part in the Citrus Classic at Disney. 5-12 in conference as the team struggled for much of the season. There will be plenty of new faces on the roster this next season to join PBC All-Conference player Scott Windom, as North Georgia will replace three starters. The men's tennis program had the best season in school history this past year, as they earned a berth in the NCAA Regionals. With a record of 3-6 in the loaded PBC, the team saw a three-win turnaround from a year ago. The lineup is also very young for Kent Norsworthy and looks to be built for the near future. They were ranked in the top 25 at several times throughout the season and Felipe Friedrich received national recognition as well. 22 hIghlIghts School Recaps BASEBALL Final Record: 24-28, 13-17 PBC MEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 10-18, 5-12 PBC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Final Record: 12-14, 6-11 PBC MEN'S GOLF 9th at PBC Championship WOMEN'S GOLF 7th at PBC Championship MEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 9-7-1, 5-3 PBC WOMEN'S SOCCER Final Record: 16-3-1, 8-1-1 PBC SOFTBALL Final Record: 49-10, 17-3 PBC MEN'S TENNiS Final Record: 14-9, 3-6 PBC The women's tennis team went 7-16 but only won one game in the PBC going 1-10 in conference. They started off 4-0