The USA South Athletic Conference honored the congeniality, fairness, and respectfulness of Mary Baldwin athletes at the Fighting Squirrels’ volleyball match versus Averett University last Thursday. Rita Wiggs, conference commissioner, presented the USA South Sportsmanship Award for 2011–12 to student-athlete representatives Sara Valdivieso (volleyball), Madeline Ogden (tennis), Jessica Hogle (softball), and Shamanda Washington (basketball).
For every sport in the conference, each athlete votes for the teams he or she thinks has demonstrated the best overall sportsmanship throughout the season. The team that earns the most votes will receive that sports’ sportsmanship award and the college with the most individual sport awards will win the overall USA South Sportsmanship Award.
Three of the six varsity sports at Mary Baldwin received the sportsmanship award for an individual sport — basketball for the first time, softball for the fifth time, and volleyball for the third time — to bring home the trophy for Mary Baldwin.
“Fairness, self-control, courage, and persistence are qualities of sportsmanship and leadership. As athletic director, I am so very proud of our volleyball, basketball, and softball programs for being recognized by other conference schools for their sportsmanship,” said Sharon Spalding, athletic director and head cross country coach. “The court and field are classrooms that teach our student-athletes many things, but sportsmanship is one [quality] that we hope to see in all of our teams.”
Mary Baldwin University previously received the award during the 2008–09 and 2009–10 academic years.
Following the award presentation, 19 of Mary Baldwin’s student-athletes were named to the USA South Academic All-Conference Team, having earned a 3.0 or higher grade point average in both semesters of the academic year. Receiving the honor were: Meagan Barron (volleyball, basketball, and tennis), Lucy Bruno (cross country), Carolyn Denny (cross country), Kimberly Denny (cross country), Amanda Fadden (cross country), Amanda Harrison (cross country), Kallie Johnson (soccer), Amanda Johnson (softball), Michelle Jones (soccer), Amanda Miller (volleyball and softball), Anabel Montano (soccer), Caitlin Novak (soccer), Madeline Ogden (tennis), Skyler Owens (softball), Rebecca Parramore (softball), Candace Proffitt (volleyball), Dalila Smith (tennis), Kelsey Still (basketball and softball), and Sophia Stone (cross country).
All-American Stone was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
“Mary Baldwin Athletics always strives to have our athletes shine in the classroom,” Spalding said.