The Lady Eagles basketball team had much to celebrate at the 2017 Eagles Awards Banquet. Not only did the girls make it to Nationals for the fourth year in a row, but they also met many statistical goals and now lead the country in defensive field goal percentage. “The team really came together on and off the court, achieving many of our goals for the season,” Coach Jared Sellars said. “This season, the team really turned a corner on the way we approach games, and I think the next few years are going to be really strong years.”
Lady Eagles seniors Alyssa Loudermilk (SC), Elizabeth Helder (MN), Darby McCosh (GA), and Lydia Hempstead (TN), have taken their game nationally every year since freshman year, and have provided great leadership for the team along the way. Alyssa said, “College wouldn’t have been the same if I hadn’t had the opportunity to play. It allowed me to be a part of something bigger than myself, teaching me that hard work and determination pays off.”
At the NCCAA Division II National Tournament in Iowa, the Lady Eagles placed fifth, finishing the season 19-14 with a record-breaking, 10-game winning streak for the Lady Eagles.
Out of several exciting wins against conference teams this season, most Eagles players agreed that the highlight of the season was the nail-biting win against Bob Jones University. Senior John Hibbeler (VA) reflected on coming out to play weekend home games: “Friday—Saturday game nights when everyone is there has always been memorable to me. It is impossible to describe the rush. The energy around us is always electrifying,” he said.
In the fall, the Eagles Soccer team played an incredible first-year season, finishing their season ranked fourth in their league. Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles Volleyball team played hard and made it to Regionals this year, despite a difficult start to their season.
This year’s Eagles Awards Banquet celebrated the victories of all the Eagles teams. Outstanding players from each team were recognized with Regional and team awards. Eagles’ fans, who were part of the Eagles Rewards program awarding fans for participation in Eagles home games, attended the event to show their support.
- Deont’e Hallums—Defensive Player of the Year*
- Andrew Thomas—Most Improved Player
- Corey Williams—NCCAA DII South Region 2nd team, Offensive Player of the Year
Lady Eagles Basketball
- Lauren Battle—2nd Team All-Region, Most Improved Player
- Jessica Boyd—2nd Team All-Region, Most Valuable Player
- Liz Helder—Defensive Player of the Year
- Alyssa Loudermilk—Region Player of the Year, First Team All-American, NCCAA DII South Region Game Plan for Life Award, and Offensive Player of the Year
- Marlee Moore—2nd Team All-Region
Lady Eagles Volleyball
- Haley Mohler—Most Valuable Player
- Madison Blalock—Coach’s Award
- Jasmine Baldonado—Most Improved
- Eli Jones—Fred Johnson Coach’s Award
- Jake Liwosz—NCCAA 1st Team All-Region, Most Valuable Player
- Paul Stewart—NCCAA 1st Team All-Region, Freshman of the Year
- Adrian Torres—NCCAA DII 1st Team All-Region, NCCAA 1st Team All-American, Most Valuable Player
- Kara Deford—Coach’s Award
- Gabrielle Justus—Most Improved Cheerleader
- Jaymisyn Walker—Most Valuable Cheerleader
*Italics note team awards.