The Loras College Department of Athletics once again celebrated their achievements and successes with the annual Dewey Awards on Sunday. A total of 23 awards were handed out in a variety of categories. Additionally, the members of the senior class who participated for four full seasons were presented with their purple letterman's "L" blankets.
Female Underclassman of the Year
Kara Grant: Volleyball – Kara played a major role in the volleyball team's success this year. She earned 1st team All-Conference honors and was selected to two weekend All-Tournament teams. She also ranked 2nd on the team in kills, aces and blocks, and was 3rd on the team in digs.
Male Underclassman of the Year
James Buss: Wrestling – Freshman NCAA All-American placing 4th at the NCAA Championships. IIAC Wrestler of the Week. DIII Wrestler of the Week (DIIIwrestler.com). IIAC Freshman of the Year. Central Region 285 Champion. Champion at Loras Open, Luther Open, and Dick Walker Invitational. 37-6 with 12 falls. 2nd highest placing freshman at DIII National Wrestling Championships.
Student Athletic Trainer of the Year
Coaching Staff of the Year
Contribution to Loras Athletics
Travis Misner – President of Loras SAAC, National SAAC member and named President this January at NCAA Convention.
Male Career Achievement of the Year (athletic achievement over 4 years)
Austin Steil:Cross Country – 3 time All-Conference, 3 time All-Region, 1 time National Qualifier, team Captain, Academic All-American.Track – IIAC Champion, team Captain, Academic All-American.
Female Career Achievement of the Year (athletic achievement over 4 years)
Regan Riley: Volleyball – Regan has been a four year starter on the volleyball team and has led the team in kills during the past two seasons while tallying 1,280 kills in her career. She recorded 1,500 digs, ranking her 2nd all time, and she recorded 119 ace serves, ranking her 3rd. Regan has earned All-Conference recognition during three of her four seasons for the Duhawks and has provided instrumental leadership throughout her career, which included four berths to the IIAC tournament and one conference championship.
Rachel Weglarz: Tennis – She was the Captain of the women's tennis team and has kept the team on track for the last two seasons. Regardless of not being highly recruited, Rachel has developed into one of the best Captains that Coach Stubben has ever had. Always positive despite all odds, Rachel epitomizes the spirit of a champion.
Male Team Player of the Year
Pat Langan: Soccer – Pat tore his ACL during the season but continued to lead the team and even gave a speech representing Loras College and the soccer program in San Antonio at the Final Four banquet.
James Buss: Wrestling – finished 4th in the NCAA Tournament
Best Upset of the Year
Softball – Beating #6 ranked Central College 3-2 at Central. This was Loras' first win versus the softball powerhouse, Central, since 2008. Splitting with Central that day qualified the Duhawks for the IIAC Tournament for the third consecutive season.
Record Breaking Performance of the Year
Men's Soccer – Going through the IIAC regular season undefeated and untied without giving up a goal.
Inspirational Athlete of the Year
Emily Roth: Women's Track & Field – Emily's mother passed away this indoor season and she went on to finish 4th in conference in the pole vault and set a new PR of 10'5", the 5th best vault in Loras history, just a few weeks after her mother's passing.
Female Athlete of the Year
Kinsey Campbell: Women's Soccer – 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-Region, IIAC MVP
Male Athlete of the Year
Sam Herrmann: Men's Golf – 2012 IIAC Conference Player of the Year (4th golfer in Loras history to do so). IIAC All Conference selection in 2011. Team Captain for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons.
Team of the Year
Below is the list of the 70 recipients of our second annual "L" Blanket.