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A Night In Hollywood Dazzles

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 04/16/2013
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Senior women's basketball player JaQuayla Berry won Female Senior Athlete and Female Athlete of the Year Monday night at the annual A&T All-Sports Banquet held at the Alumni Foundation Center. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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GREENSBORO—The North Carolina A&T Athletics Department had plenty to celebrate on Monday evening at their annual All-Sports Awards Banquet.

The North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team made national headlines as they won the MEAC Championship for the 16th time in program history and picked up their first-ever NCAA tournament win. The women’s basketball team also earned a berth in a national postseason tournament, competing in the 2013 WNIT. 

The A&T football team ranked second in the nation in total defense, and posted their first winning season in nine years in the second season under head coach Rod Broadway.  The A&T volleyball team posted their most wins in a season since 2008 this fall.  The Aggies saw new program records set in cross country, swimming and indoor track and field this season.  The A&T bowling team finished second in the Southern Division and came in fifth in the MEAC tournament this year.   The A&T tennis, baseball, softball and outdoor track and field teams have also made some great strides in competition this year.   

On Monday evening at the Alumni Foundation Center, A&T student-athletes, coaches and department staff members and special guests came together to honor and celebrate the academic and athletic successes of their student-athletes this year. The show was hosted by women’s basketball public address announcer, Joseph Level.

Each team gave out their team awards, and the athletics department unveiled their top award winners in the festive gala themed “A Black and White Affair: A Night in Hollywood.” 

The postseason successes of the bowling , men’s and women’s basketball teams were reflected in the top honors given on the night. 

The Female Rookie Athlete of the Year award went to freshman bowler Emily Strombeck, who earned MEAC Rookie of the Year, second-team All-MEAC and MEAC All-Tournament honors.  She led the Aggies in average and total pinfall this season.  Strombeck earning female rookie honors added to what was a big night for bowling.

Strombeck’s teammate, senior Amber Brown, received the prestigious Aggie Athletic Foundation Award for excellence as a student, an athlete and as a person who overcame obstacles. Despite grieving for a mother who recently died of breast cancer, Brown has been able to maintain a 3.31 grade point average, while posting the second highest bowling average on the team.  

The bowling team also earned the much sought after Athletics Director’s Academic Team Award for the A&T varsity sport with the highest GPA. A&T bowlers combined to post an impressive 3.15 team GPA.

Freshman Bruce Beckford and senior Adrian Powell of the men’s basketball team earned Male Rookie Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year, respectively.  Beckford was named to the conference’s All-Rookie team averaging 8.2 points and 4.5 rebounds, with a team-best .550 field goal percentage.  Powell became the 28th player in program history to total 1,000 career points, and was named the Most Outstanding Performer for the MEAC tournament.  

Senior JaQuayla Berry, who was named first-team All-MEAC after averaging a team-best 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this season, picked up the Female Senior Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year Awards. 

Senior Mike Mayhew was named the Senior Male Athlete of the Year, and earned the coveted North Carolina A&T Sports Hall of Fame Award. He leaves the program as the all-time leading rusher with 3,521 career yards.  He earned second-team All-MEAC honors this fall and was the 2011 MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

In addition to recognizing outstanding athletic performances, A&T also recognized the academic successes of their student-athletes, including those who have earned a 3.0 GPA for the year, and the six student-athletes who have earned a cumulative 4.0 GPA. Baseball player Kirby Whicker, Football player Jahkeem Forrester and tennis player April Burrage were named Academic Athletes of the Year for posting 4.0 grade point averages.   

Female Rookie  Athlete of the Year:                                        Emily Strombeck, Bowling
Male Rookie  Athlete of the Year:                                             Bruce Beckford, Men’s Basketball
2012-13 Female Athlete of the Year:                                       JaQuayla Berry, Women’s Basketball
2012-13 Male Athlete of the Year:                                            Adrian Powell, Men’s Basketball
Senior Female Athlete of the Year:                                          JaQuayla Berry, Women’s Basketball
Senior Male Athlete of the Year:                                                Michael Mayhew, Football
Aggie Athletic Foundation Award:                                            Amber Brown, Bowling
Highest Team GPA:                                                                    Bowling
Academic Athletes (4.0 Cumulative GPA)                               April Burrage, Women’s Tennis
                                                                                                         Kirby Whicker, Baseball
                                                                                                         Jahkeem Forrester, Football

Football
MVP                                                                                                      D’Vonte Graham
Defensive Player of the Year                                                           Christopher Neal
Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year                           D’Vonte Graham
Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year                            Michael Mayhew
Football Aggie Award                                                                        Travis Crosby
Lineman of the Year                                                                       William Robinson III

Volleyball
Most Valuable Player                                                                     Ashley Johnson
Most Improved Player                                                                   Ian Thompson
Aggie Pride Award                                                                           Jasmine Jones

Women’s Cross Country
Top Performer Award                                                                    Kristin Rush

Men’s Cross Country
Top Performer Award                                                                    Saeed Jones

 Women’s Basketball
Most Improved Player                                                                   Eboni Ross
Defensive Player                                                                              Ariel Bursey
Spirit Award                                                                                       Nikia Gorham
Coach Award                                                                                     Adriana Nazario
All Around Award                                                                            JaQuayla Berry

Men’s Basketball
Hustle Award                                                                                     DaMetrius Upchurch
Defensive MVP                                                                                  Austin Witter
MVP                                                                                                     Adrian Powell
Top Free Throw Shooter                                                                Jeremy Underwood
Top Rebounder                                                                                Austin Witter

Swimming
MVP                                                                                                      Lauren Bowling
Rookie of the Year                                                                           Miranda Jacobs
Wright Swimmer Award                                                                  Victoria Orr

Bowling
Model of Consistency Award                                                        Courtney Crook
Rookie of the Year                                                                          Emily Strombeck
Coach’s Choice                                                                              Amber Brown

Women’s Tennis
Top Performer Award                                                                    Kimberly Stalling
Unsung Performer Award                                                            Victorea Austin

Women’s Track & Field
Track Rookie of the Year                                                               Nakita Gray
Top Field Event of the Year                                                          Sydni Cobb

Men’s Track & Field
Top Performer of the Year                                                           Darryl Williams
Comeback Performer of the Year                                             Christian Harrison
Top Field Event of the Year                                                          Keenan Smith

Cheerleading
Spirit Squad MVP                                                                             Quatnera Repass
Rookie Spirit Squad Member of the Year                                    Cierra West
Most Improved                                                                                  Gloria Smith

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