Annual Athletics Awards Ceremony Ends 2017-18 Year

Left to Right: Dakota Skinner, Katelyn Warren, Dillon Springer
Left to Right: Dakota Skinner, Katelyn Warren, Dillon Springer

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 dual sport athlete Katelyn Warren. The senior was a standout women's volleyball and softball player for the Wolves. On the volleyball court, Warren appeared in 108 career matches, recording 484 kills and 183 blocks. Her stellar performance was recognized by the conference coaches by being named Second-Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference this past season. On the softball diamond, Warren's career started with a bang, being named NEAC Rookie of the Year in her freshman season. Throughout her four years at Keuka College, Warren earned all-conference honors each year for softball. In her 126 career games, Warren has 130 hits, 10 home runs, and driven in 93 runs. She will leave her mark on the Keuka College Softball record book, ranking in the top ten in most offensive categories. She has majored in occupational therapy at Keuka College and will remain on campus next year to complete her Master's degree.

Senior Men's Lacrosse player Dillon Springer was named the Dana Schillinger Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Springer has displayed success both on the field and in the classroom. His academic performance has earned him Dean's List and NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors. While majoring in Political Science and History, he has served as a peer tutor helping facilitate academic success for the team's freshmen and sophomores. He also is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. On the field, Springer has been a leader as well. A team captain this past season, he has earned all-conference honors as a short-stick defensive midfielder for each of his three seasons at Keuka College.

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 Dakota Skinner of the Keuka College Baseball team was honored as the award winner on Thursday night. He is a three-time, and soon to be four-time, North Eastern Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete. Skinner has earned First Team Academic All-District from CoSIDA for three straight seasons and been on the Keuka College Dean's List every semester on campus. Last year, he became the third Keuka College student-athlete in school history to be named an Academic All-American. On campus, Skinner is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, Sigma Beta Delta, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He served as the NEAC representative at the 2018 NCAA Convention. On the baseball field, he is a two-time team captain, earning all-conference honors in each of the last two seasons and Third Team All-Region in 2017. He will leave Keuka College with the school record for hits in a single season and tied for third on the career hits list. Dakota Skinner will graduate from Keuka College with a degree in management and a concentration in sports management.

Announced during the awards ceremony, Konrad York from the Baseball team and Tyler Andrews from the Men's Lacrosse team were named this year's recipients of the Rob Smets Heart of a Champion Award. The duo will receive their award during the Hall of Fame Dinner at Green and Gold Celebration Weekend next September.

Kenny Owen was recognized by the Department of Athletics with the Community Award for his support of Keuka College Athletics. Owen has logged time both as an assistant and head coach for numerous programs at Keuka College throughout his career. This past year, Kenny Owen served as the assistant coach for the Keuka College Women's Baseball team and the Keuka College Women's Lacrosse team.

Each year, the Keuka College Department of Athletics recognizes a member of the Keuka College community for their support of the athletics program and the student-athletes. This year, two individuals were selected. Keuka College's Director of Community Relations Kathy Waye is an active member of the Booster Club. She represents our student-athletes in the community and spends significant time encouraging the community to attend home games.

Laurie Adams, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Keuka College, was also recognized on Thursday night. She not only attends numerous events, but she also takes the initiative to rally other college employees to attend. Adams also started the initiative for "Athletic Alum Pins", which was given to the senior student-athletes on Thursday night.

As an athletic department, Keuka College logged over 1800 hours of community service. The Keuka College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee raised $1,324 for the Yates County Habitat for Humanity during the 2017-18 school year. Being awarded the Community Service Award this year was the Keuka College Women's Lacrosse team. The Wolves organized a fundraiser for scleroderma awareness. They raised money and sported special shirts before a game in April. Overall, the Women's Lacrosse team donated $1,440 for the cause.