BLOOMSBURG- Bloomsburg University has announced its top male and female student-athletes for the 2006-07 sports season as well as its most valuable players of its sports teams.
Named the winner of the 2006-07 Senior Scholar-Athlete Award is Ashley Yelinek (Youngwood /Southmoreland) from women's swimming. Yelinek is majoring in biology and has a 3.99 GPA. As a swimmer, Yelinek is a two-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion in the 1650-free and has also finished second and fifth in her career in the 1000-free. In winning this year's 1650-free event, Yelinek swam nearly six seconds faster than her seed time and also beat the runner-up in the event by more than six seconds.
Winning the 2006-07 Robert B. Redman Award as the top Senior Male Athlete and football MVP is Tyler Trettin (Hummelstown/Hershey). The senior free safety, finished the season ranked third on the team with 70 tackles including 39 solo stops. He also had five interceptions on the year, his last coming in the closing seconds of the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship against Shepherd that sealed the win for Bloomsburg. Trettin also had six pass breakups and one blocked kick.
During the season, Trettin was named the PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the regular season match-up with West Chester on Oct. 7 when he led the Bloomsburg defense with seven tackles, including five solos and an interception. He was also a first team All-PSAC East selection this season.
Trettin has also been recently selected to the 2006 CoSIDA/ ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II second team for his work in the classroom.
The winner of the Eleanor Wray Award as the Female Senior Award and MVP of field hockey is Tracey Hudak (Sweet Valley/Lake-Lehman). The senior goalkeeper, named MVP for the second straight year, helped the Huskies to a perfect record of 24-0 and the NCAA Division II national championship. She ended the season with 115 saves and a goals against average of 0.84. She notched six shutouts during the year, including 1-0 wins in both the PSAC championship and the NCAA championship games.
Hudak was named first team All-American and first team All-PSAC for the third time in her career and was also MVP of the PSAC championships. She finished her career with 21 shutouts and a 0.94 goals against average. Hudak is also Bloomsburg's all-time leader in career saves with 365.
Named the winner of the Joanne McComb Award as the top female underclassman and softball MVP is Tara Reed (Williamsport/Williamsport). The sophomore shortstop and pitcher is second on the team in batting with a mark o .387 with two homers and 16 RBI. Reed also leads the Huskies in hits with 48, doubles with 11 and in runs scored with 27. Earlier this season Reed had a 16-game hitting streak. Her best hitting game of the year came in a win over Millersville where she went 3-4 with two home runs and three runs scored. As a pitcher, Reed is 4-4 with a 2.42 ERA with four complete games, one shutout and 39 strikeouts. For the year, opponents are hitting .207 off Reed.
Winning the Danny Litwhiler Award as the top male underclassman and MVP of wrestling is Mike Spaid (Perkiomenville/Boyertown). During his junior season, Spaid posted a team-best record of 35-8 for the year and won both the Eastern Wrestling League and PSAC titles. Spaid then capped off the season by earning All-American honors with an eighth place finish at the NCAA Division I championships. He became Bloomsburg's first All-American in wrestling in 13 years and is the first heavyweight in school history to achieve the honor.
During the season Spaid recorded 14 wins by fall with 13 of those coming in the first period, including three in under a minute. He also had a streak of 19 straight wins and beat eight NCAA-qualifiers during the year.
The MVP from men's soccer was senior mid-fielder Josh Prall (Clarks Summit/ Abington Heights). Prall, who was a first team All-PSAC selection this year, ranked second on the Huskies with eight points on three goals and two assists this season. His season highlight came in a 3-3 tie against California when he scored two goals including one with just 26 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Prall finished his Bloomsburg career playing in 62 games, while scoring eight goals and picking up six assists.
Earning the MVP honors from women's soccer is Alex Totino (Port Jefferson Station, NY/Sachem). The senior started all 18 games for the Huskies and was a key player for the Huskies on both sides of the ball. She picked up three assists on the season including one in a 3-2 win over C.W. Post, and another in 2-0 win against Mansfield. Totino, who also plays lacrosse, finished her career at Bloomsburg with six goals and seven assists.
Named the MVP for men's basketball is Billy Bryan (Denver/Holy Name). The senior forward was second on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg), rebounding (5.5 rbg), assists (1.7 apg) and blocked shots (17). His .562 field goal percentage (113-201) led the team and ranked seventh in the PSAC. Bryan was named second team All-PSAC East for the second time in his career and was also named PSAC East Player of the Week for the period ending February 11. During that week, Bryan averaged 15 points and six boards, while leading the Huskies to a come-from-behind 82-80 win over Kutztown. He finished his career with 901 points and 401 rebounds.
In women's basketball, Colleen Kegerreis (Schuylkill Haven/Schuylkill Haven) was named MVP. The sophomore center led the Huskies in several categories including points per game (14.1), rebounds per game (8.6), field goal percentage (.506) and blocked shots (44). She ranked fourth in the PSAC in blocks, seventh in rebounding average and ninth in scoring average. She scored in double figures in 22 of 26 games and recorded 11 double-doubles this season. In just two years, Kegerreis already ranks ninth all-time in blocked shots at Bloomsburg with 67. Her best game of the season came in the season opener, when she scored 25 points on 7-11 shooting and grabbed 11 boards to lead Bloomsburg to a 97-49 win over Penn State-Hazleton.
For women's swimming Dianna Smith (West Grove /Avon Grove) was named Most Valuable Swimmer for the second straight year. Smith capped a tremendous season by earning honorable mention All-American honors in two events at the NCAA championships. She took ninth place in the 200-freestyle in a time of 1:53.12 and placed 12th in 52.30 in the 100-free breaking her own school record in the process. In addition, Smith also qualified for the NCAA championships in the 50-free and set a new school record with a time of 24.41 in the prelims.
Smith was also part of the 400- and 800-free relay teams that earned All-American honors at the NCAA championships. In the 800-free relay, the team was seeded 12th and finished eighth in a time of 7:46.55 while in the 400-free they were seeded ninth and swam a 3:33.19 to finish in eighth place. The team also set a new school record in the 200-free relay, swimming a 1:37.81 to finish ninth in an event where they were seeded 18th. At the PSAC championships, Smith defended her title in the 200-free and finished second in the 100-free.
In men's swimming, Steve Withers (Doylestown /Central Bucks West) was named the Most Valuable Swimmer. Withers, a sophomore, qualified for the PSAC championships in two events, the 200- and 500-free. He also posted the team's best times this season in the 200- and 500-free and also the 200-backstroke and was a member of the school's 200 free, 400 free, 800 free and 400 Medley Relay teams that qualified for the PSAC championships. A year ago Withers was part of the 400- and 800-free relay teams that set school records in both events.
Earning MVP honors in both men's cross country and track for the third straight year and fourth time in cross country is Justin Shepherd (Cranberry Twp. /Seneca Valley). At the PSAC cross country championships Shepherd finished fifth out of 107 runners to earn All-PSAC honors. He followed that performance up with a fourth place finish at the NCAA regional championships to earn All-Regional honors, then capped the season by earning All-American status with a 34th place at the NCAA national championships.
In track, Shepherd qualified for the PSAC indoor track championships in both the 3000 and 5000 meter events where he finished sixth at 5000 meters.
During the outdoor season, Shepherd recently won the 3000 meter race at the East Stroudsburg Invitational and has also qualified for the PSAC championships at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
Named the MVP for women's cross country for the third straight year is Amber Hackenberg (Middleberg /Middleberg). The junior finished 12th at this year's PSAC Championships and captured eighth place in the NCAA East Regionals, earning All-PSAC and All-Region honors for her efforts. She also placed third in the Husky Invitational, fifth in the Slippery Rock Invitational and seventh in the Bucknell Bison Open. Hackenberg was also named the 2005 MVP of the cross country team after placing 48th out of 180 runners at the NCAA II cross country championships and placing fourth in the PSAC Championships.
For her work in the classroom, Hackenberg was named to the PSAC Fall Top 10 team honoring the top 10 student-athletes from the fall sports season.
Named the MVP for baseball is Vinnie James (Bristol/Bristol). With a few games left in the season, James is hitting a team-high .420 and leads the team in home runs with five, RBI with 33, hits with 55, doubles with 11 and triples with two. He has a slugging percentage of .649 and has stolen five bases in eight attempts.
He was named the PSAC East Player of the Week when he hit .500 in a 3-3 week for Bloomsburg, getting 11 hits in 22 at-bats. His top performance came in a 13-2 win over Mansfield when he went 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. For the week he totaled three home runs, eight runs and eight RBI.
Named the MVP for lacrosse is Brittany Wilkins (Barto/Boyertown). The senior defender leads the team in ground balls with 36 and is tied for third in caused turnovers with 25. In addition, she has scored once and added three goals for the Huskies. Her play has helped the Huskies to a berth in the upcoming PSAC playoffs.
Named the MVP for women's track for the second straight year is Beth Schwing (Hershey /Lower Dauphin). The junior has had a great season which has included winning her first-ever 10,000 meter race in both an NCAA and PSAC qualifying time of 37:20. The time is also the sixth best in the nation to date. Schwing also qualified for the PSAC championships at 3000 and 5000 meters. Her 5000-meter qualifying time came on a 90-degree day at a Division I dominated meet where she was the first Division II finisher. During the indoor track season, Schwing qualified for the PSAC championships in both the 3000 and 5000 meters and took fourth in the 5000 event and eighth in the 3000.
The MVPs for men's and women's tennis will be determined following the completion of their seasons.
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|Front Row- (L to R) Amber Hackenberg (Cross Country MVP); Colleen Kegerreis (Wom. Basketball MVP), Tara Reed (Joanne McComb and Softball MVP); Brittany Wilkins (Lacrosse MVP); Alex Totino (Wom. Soccer MVP); Tracey Hudak (Eleanor Wray Senior Female and Field Hockey MVP); Ashley Yelinek (Senior Scholar-Athlete).
Back Row- (L to R) Vinnie James (Baseball MVP); Steve Withers (Baseball MVP); Mike Spaid (Danny Litwhiler Award and Wrestling MVP); Billy Bryan (Men's Basketball MVP); Josh Prall (Men's Soccer MVP): Justin Shepherd (Cross Country and Men's Track MVP).
Missing at time of photo: Tyler Trettin (Robert B. Redman Senior Male and Football MVP); Dianna Smith (Women's Swimming MVP); Beth Schwing (Women's Track MVP)