BATCHELLER, MILLER HIGHLIGHT ATHLETIC AWARD WINNERS AT W&L
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) and Ansley Miller (Athens, Ga./Athens Academy) headed the list of honorees at the annual Washington and Lee University Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 23 at W&L's Lee Chapel. Batcheller and Miller were named the Pres Brown Outstanding Senior Male and Female athletes, respectively.
Batcheller was a three-year letterwinner in football and baseball for the Generals. As a quarterback on the football team, he was a two-time First Team All-ODAC selection, twice earning All-State honors by the Roanoke Times and Virginia Sports Information Director's Association. All told, Batcheller broke 14 school records and is the ODAC record-holder for career passing attempts (882), career completions (491), and career yards (6,146). In baseball, Batcheller twice earned First Team All-ODAC honors and broke or tied 15 school records. He won the ODAC's triple crown his freshman season. Batcheller was the first W&L player to be selected in the Major League Baseball Draft when he was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates last June.
Miller earned four letters in basketball, three in lacrosse, and one in soccer, serving as team captain for the basketball and lacrosse teams as a senior. On the basketball court, Miller set nine school records including points scored in a career (1,165). In lacrosse, she started 17 of 32 games on defense, and tallied one goal and two assists in her only year of soccer.
In other major awards handed out at the ceremony, senior swimmer James Browne (Ontario, Canada/University of Toronto) received the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award. Browne carries a 4.087 grade-point average and has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta. He will attend Johns Hopkins Medical School in the fall.
Senior Katherine Riddle (St. Clair Shores, Mich./University-Liggett) was named the recipient of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award. Riddle was a captain for the 2000 womenÕs lacrosse team. She earned Second Team All-South Region honors after posting 29 goals and 13 assists for 42 points. For her career, Riddle scored 141 career points, fourth all-time at W&L.
Football and track athlete Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) and tennis player Erika Proko (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) were named the Outstanding Freshman Male and Female Athletes. Sullivan earned Second Team All-ODAC and Freshman All-America honors on the gridiron after rushing for a team-high 722 yards and seven touchdowns. His 1,384 all-purpose yards represents the second-highest single-season total in school history. In track, Sullivan set a new W&L indoor track and field record with a long jump of 22'06.50". He also ran the sprint events for the Generals.
Proko was the Generals' number three player in singles, notching a 19-3 overall record. In doubles, she teamed with senior Erin Eggers to post an 18-9 overall record. They are both currently competing in the Division III doubles competition in St. Peter, Minn. Proko was named a First Team ITA All-American during the fall.
University professor Mike Pleva was honored with the R.E. "Chub" Yeakel Memorial Service Award for his assistance with the women's tennis program over the years. Junior Robert Walker received the Lefty Newell Memorial Award for his contributions to both the football team and training staff, while junior Jeffrey James received the Richard Miller Physical Education Scholarship.