Keuka College Holds 2016-17 Athletics Awards

Award Winners (L to R) - Tally McDonald, Paulin Kolodja, and Katie Stuart
Award Winners (L to R) - Tally McDonald, Paulin Kolodja, and Katie Stuart

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Department of Athletics held their annual Athletics Awards Ceremony on Thursday night at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

The ceremony honored Team MVPs, community and staff members, as well as the major award winners within the Department of Athletics. They are the Walt Scott Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year, the Dana Schillinger Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year, and the Nancy Wightman Leadership Award.

Earning the Walt Scott Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year award was Keuka College Women's Basketball player Katie Stuart. Stuart has been a four-year player for Keuka College, playing in 94 career games and making 81 career starts. She became the 13th player in program history to amass 1,000 career points and finished her career with 1,063 career points, 8th most in school history. She knocked down 80 three pointers in her career which ranks as fifth most at Keuka. A North Eastern Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete, she was named Second Team All-Conference this season by the league's coaches. She will also leave Keuka College among the career leaders in blocks, field goal percentage, free throws made, and free throw percentage. She will graduate with a degree in Organizational Communication.

Senior Men's Soccer player Paulin Kolodja was named the Dana Schillinger Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Kolodja had a standout career for the Green and Gold. He played in all 63 games of his career and started all but one of those. He was a four-time all-conference performer, including being named First Team All-Conference twice and North Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year this season. This year he led the NEAC in assists, was tied for third in goals, and ranked second in total points. He will leave Keuka College with the second most assists in school history. His 12 assists this season tied for the single season school record and his 40 overall points tied for fifth most in a season at Keuka College. He will graduate from Keuka College with a degree in Management.

The Nancy Wightman Leadership Award is awarded to a senior student-athlete that displays the same leadership capabilities of the Keuka College Hall of Fame Synchronized Swimming coach. Senior Tally McDonald of the Women's Volleyball and Softball teams was honored as the award winner on Thursday night. Over her career at Keuka College, McDonald has been a member of the Women's Volleyball, Women's Basketball, and Softball teams. Overall, she has appeared in 221 games and matches for the Wolves. While on campus at Keuka, she has served as an Admissions Ambassador and a supervisor for intramurals. An Organizational Communications major, she will remain at Keuka College to pursue her Masters Degree.

Mark and Colleen Crane from the Crane Family Foundation won the Community Award for their support of Keuka College Athletics. On campus, the Department of Athletics honored the Enrollment Management team for their help and support throughout the academic year.

The Keuka College Baseball team was honored for their community service efforts. The team logged nearly 300 hours of service during the academic year. They hosted a pair of clinics and raised money for the Ronald McDonald House through their annual Polar Plunge into Keuka Lake. This year, they exceeded their goal, raising $1,100 for the cause.