ODAC Announces Fall and Winter Sportsmanship Teams
FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2013-14 ODAC/StellarOne Fall and Winter Sportsmanship teams on Thursday, and Washington and Lee had several athletes honored among the 12 sports.
On the fall team, sophomore Levi Warring (Williamsburg, Va./Lafayette) and senior Brandie Huffman (Warrenton,Va./Fauquier) were recognized from the men’s and women’s cross country teams, while seniors Kingsley Schroeder (Dayton, Ohio/Westminster School/Miami Valley) and Parker Wolfinger (Greer, S.C./Riverside) were honored from the women’s and men’s soccer teams. Additionally, senior Mitchell Thompson (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) earned the sportsmanship award for football, and seniors Lauren Boone (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) and Allison Rouse (Troy, Mich./Troy) were honored for field hockey and volleyball.
For the winter season, senior Kevin Gill (Richmond, Va./Benedictine) and junior Katie Wildes (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) were recognized on the men’s and women’s basketball teams, junior Hannah Melkun (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) earned the award for women’s swimming, and senior Katie Driest (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) and first-year Jack Jones (Lookout Mountain, Ga./McCallie School) were honored for women’s and men’s indoor track and field.
Warring helped lead the men’s cross country team to third place at the ODAC Championship, crossing the finish line in 21st place. It marked the team’s best finish since taking third in 2009. Warring would go on to garner all-region recognition by taking 31st at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship.
Huffman, a captain in 2013, missed the women’s cross country season due to injury, but attended every practice and competition, providing senior leadership for the Generals. The team claimed fourth at the ODAC Championship.
A goalkeeper, Schroeder played in six games for the women’s soccer team, including four starts. The team finished 17-3-1, and Schroeder only allowed one goal in 420:32 minutes. She also registered a 5-0-0 record, six saves, an .857 save percentage, a 0.21 goals-against average and two shutouts.
Wolfinger started all 18 contests in the midfield on the men’s soccer team. He totaled three goals and two assists, as the team registered a 10-3-5 overall record.
Thompson garnered Third Team All-ODAC accolades as a cornerback for football team, which ended the season 5-5. He finished with 46 tackles, including five tackles for a loss (-12). He also posted two interceptions with five pass breakups and one fumble recovery.
Boone played in all 20 games for the Generals with 13 starts. She led the field hockey team with five goals and notched one assist, as W&L finished with a 5-15 overall record.
An outside hitter, Rouse saw action in 95 sets during the 2013 season, as the volleyball team went 28-7 and claimed the program’s 14th ODAC title. She ended the year with 156 kills, 158 digs and 42 service aces.
Gill played in all 28 games at guard for the men’s basketball team with 15 starts. He averaged 6.9 points per game and tied for the team lead with 34 made three-pointers. The Generals went 8-20 overall, losing in the semifinals of the ODAC Tournament. Gill finished his four seasons tied for fourth on the W&L career made three-pointers list with 129.
A forward, Wildes appeared in all 25 games for the women’s basketball team, which finished 6-19 overall. She started eight contests, averaging 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Wildes recorded a career-high 15 points in a 68-56 win over Averett.
Melkun provided depth for the women’s swimming team, which won its seventh consecutive ODAC Championship and its 24th overall. She competed in the 200 breast, the 100 breast and the 400 IM at the conference championship.
Driest helped the women’s track and field team tie for third at the ODAC indoor championship. A distance runner for the Generals, she competed in the mile, 3,000m and the DMR at the conference meet.
In his first season, Jones scored in two events and earned Second Team All-ODAC accolades at the ODAC indoor championship, as the men’s track and field team placed third overall. Jones was part of the 4x400m relay that took second in 3:23.98, and individually, he claimed fourth in the 800m with a time of 1:59.37.
Through the fall and winter seasons, W&L’s teams combined to post a 98-87-6 (.529) overall record, while claiming two conference championships.
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