TACOMA, Washington – Alexis Noren (women's basketball) was named Puget Sound's Most Outstanding Female Student-Athlete, and Hans Fortune earned Most Outstanding Male Student-Athlete during the Loggers' annual All-Sports Celebration in Memorial Fieldhouse Tuesday night. University of Puget Sound President Isiaah Crawford presented the awards to both Noren and Fortune.
More than 400 student-athletes, coaches, friends, and supporters of Puget Sound athletics gathered for the All-Sports Celebration.
Taylor Jones '14 was the emcee for the evening. Jones was a two-sport athlete at Puget Sound. As a senior, she started over 20 games for women's basketball team, and she was named to the All-Northwest Conference Second Team in softball.
President Crawford began the evening with opening remarks. Puget Sound followed by showing their gratitude for distinguished guests who have been exceptionally supportive of all 23 varsity teams through the years: Lori Blake, Mike Segawa, Dr. Patrick Vaughan, Willie Bradley, Paige McFeeley. The Loggers also gave special thanks to the Director of Tennis, Lyle McIntosh, who recently announced his retirement.
The women's basketball team was celebrated for its perfect 2016-17 Northwest Conference season (16-0), and each of the 58 scholar-athletes (3.50 GPA or better) were recognized.
Meghan Bacher (lacrosse) and Hans Fortune (football) were celebrated for earning the highest GPA among graduating women's and men's student-athletes, respectively. Bacher has a 3.94 GPA, and Fortune has a 3.84 GPA. The lacrosse team has the highest team GPA during the 2016-17 year (3.50).
The evening concluded with the presentation of traditional Logger blankets for 67 four-year letter winners.
Tim McDonough Award
The Tim McDonough award is presented to a male and female student-athlete who provide inspiration and leadership through involvement in the community, campus ministries and Social Justice. Logger Club members John and Jackie Wohn presented the award
Lacrosse senior Hailey Shoemaker is an active leader in the Advocates for Institutional Change group on campus. She is also an active member of her sorority, where she helped to create a social justice committee. Shoemaker has worked to help grow and redesign programs to offer community mentoring and tutoring to local at-risk K-12 children. Shoemaker won this award for the second consecutive year.
Jacob Wuesthoff is a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection, including a First Team honor this year – his senior year. He was also named to the D3football.com All-West Region Second team this fall. Outside of football, Wuesthoff was determined to continue the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus, and reached out to his peers who may be interested in campus ministry.
Paul & Helen Perdue Award
The Paul and Helen Perdue Award is given to the male and female student-athletes who embrace the spirit of community service that Paul and Helen displayed through their lives in Tacoma and at the University of Puget Sound. The daughter and son-in-law of Paul and Helen Perdue, Elaine and Jerry Ramsey, presented the award.
Senior linebacker Brett Pilling led several off-field initiatives for the football team. He has been the forefront for Relay For Life, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Tacoma City Marathon, Adopt-a-Family, and the Trick-or-Can food drive.
Volleyball senior Riley Lawrence has been heavily involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where she started as a member two years ago, was the vice president last year, and is the president this year. This year SAAC set the school record by collecting over 6,000 pounds of food during the Trick-or-Can Food Drive. Just a few weeks ago, SAAC received the university's Spirit Programming Award.
John Heinrick Award
The John Heinrick Most Inspirational Athlete Awar is given to the male and female student-athletes who display the same leadership and inspiration as legendary Logger coach John Heinrick. Ken McGill presented this award.
Volleyball senior Kristen Lane played a different position in each of her four years with the volleyball team, and she embraced the challenge. By her senior, she proved to be one of the best all-around players in the Northwest Conference, and she was named to the All-Northwest Conference Second Team. Off the court, Lane has participated in writing conferences from Utah to Poland, and she was recently accepted into the Mayo Clinic Graduate School program.
Men's senior swimmer David Olson is heralded as the hardest-working men's swimming student-athlete through the past 30 years. Whether during practice or during meets, this senior is known for giving it his all in the pool. Olson is a three-time Northwest Conference Scholar-Athlete, and a member of the 800-freestyle relay Northwest Conference Championship team this year.
Dill Howell Award
The Dill Howell Award is awarded to the most improved male and female student-athletes on the court, field, or in the water. Logger Club member Barb Walker to presented the award.
Softball junior Haley Gray is a three-year starter behind the plate. Through her first two seasons with the Loggers, she had just one home run. This spring, Gray launched three home runs and improved her batting average by 50 points. She has also played an instrumental role in the softball team's pitching scheme.
Football's Dylan Cunningham started off his Logger career as a defensive lineman, but halfway through his sophomore season he switched to the offensive line for the good of the team. This year, the senior started every game as Puget Sound's center. He helped facilitate the football team's play calling and improved the Loggers' protection schemes.
Roberta Wilson Award
The Roberta Wilson Award is presented to the female student-athlete who displays the excellence in her sport, excellence in her academics, and an unmatched determination to continue to excel in all aspects of her life. Logger Club member and Puget Sound Hall of Fame swimming coach Don Duncan presented the award
Women's soccer senior Grayson Williams-Krebs finished her collegiate career with regional awards for both her athletic and academic achievements. She was also named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team and ranking second in the conference for goals scored, and she's a three-time conference champion through her four years at Puget Sound. Williams-Krebs achieved all of this while maintaining a 3.90 GPA.
Harry Werbisky Award
The Harry Werbisky Award is given to well-rounded male student-athlete who not only excels in athletics and academics, but also shows the determination to continue to improve in all area of his life. Physics professor Dr. Andy Rex presented the award.
A senior member of the baseball team, Ian Hughes is also a member of the Peer Allies Group, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, a contributor for The Trail, and Yearbook Designer. Hughes double-majors in economics and math, and received the Kriens Fund for Economics Student Research.
Richard Ulrich Award
The Richard Ulrich Award is presented to the male and female student-athletes who show outstanding leadership skills and tireless commitment to their teams and Logger Athletics. Former Puget Sound Athletic Director Richard Ulrich and his wife Pam presented this award.
Women's tennis junior Tressa Bild was actively involved in creating a more positive culture for her team, and when a tragic loss struck the women's tennis program, she stepped up to help build unity and support. Bild is a leader in several activist groups on campus, and she's involved with SAAC, Habitat for Humanity, freshman orientation, Leadership Club, and more.
Layne Croney is a four-year letter winner who has played multiple positions for the baseball team. Despite numerous injuries through the years, he has maintained positive outlook and is consistently one of the loudest supporters on the field and in the dugout. Croney has also had a consistent presence with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The Alice Bond Award is presented to the Most Outstanding Female Student-Athlete. Alice Bond was the pioneer for women's sports at Puget Sound as the Director and Supervisor for women's sports from 1947 to 1976. President Crawford presented the award.
A four-year starter, Alexis Noren made her way into Puget Sound women's basketball all-time record books, ranking top 10 in career assists, rebounds, and steals. She also eclipsed 1,000 career points this year. She was named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team, and earned a D3hoops All-West Region honor.
Ben Cheney Award
The Ben Cheney Award is presented to the Most Outstanding Male Student-Athlete. It is named for Lumber company owner Ben Cheney, an outstanding citizen and a great athletic booster not only for the University of Puget Sound, but the entire City of Tacoma. President Crawford also presented this award.
Hans Fortune broke several Puget Sound football records as a junior last year, and he surpassed his own school records as a senior this year. In the fall of 2016, he was twice named the Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week, and earned Second Team All-Conference by season's end. Fortune is Puget Sound's all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and total offense.
Ron Thomas Team Spirit Award
Newly named named after the university's 13th president, the Ron Thomas team spiritTeam Spirit Award reflects his Ron Thomas attended countless Logger games and events, and his love for Puget Sound athletics both in the stands and behind the scenes – most recently playing a pivotal role in constructing the new Athletics and Aquatics Center. This award is to recognize a Logger Team that embodies the "Logger Up" spirit of support, pride, and positive attitude, and demonstrates the most enthusiastic and constant support for other Logger Teams. Presenting this award is Director of Athletics, Amy Hackett.
This year's team spirit award went to a team that not only improved its win total in each of the past three seasons, but continued to unconditionally encourage and support other Puget Sound teams. Congratulations to the Logger softball team, recipients of the 2017 Ron Thomas Team Spirit Award.