Bloomsburg Cross Country
April 30, 2008

Bloomsburg University Names MVPs and Year End Award Winners

BLOOMSBURG- Bloomsburg University has announced its top male and female student-athletes for the 2007-08 sports season as well as its most valuable players of its sports teams.

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2007-08 BU MVPs and Award Winners

Named the winner of the 2007-08 Senior Scholar-Athlete Award is Amber Hackenberg (Middleburg/Middleburg) from women's cross country and track. Hackenberg owns a near perfect GPA of 3.98 in business administration. Four times she has been named to the PSAC Top 10 Team which is a group of student-athletes selected by the PSAC's sports information directors and recognizes them for their work in the classroom, as well as in the arena of competition. Hackenberg has also been named a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-District first team in the spring of 2007 and is a three-time recipient of the Bloomsburg Scholar-Athlete award. She was also named to the All-Academic team by the US Track and Field Coaches Association and was Bloomsburg's Female Underclassmen Athlete of the Year in 2005-06 and is a four-time women's cross country MVP and also the 2005 women's track team MVP.

Winning the 2007-08 Robert B. Redman Award as the top Senior Male Athlete is Mike Sees (Northumberland/Shikellamy) from wrestling. Sees posted a mark of 35-5 this season for the Huskies and was ranked in the top-10 of his weight class most of the year. He led the Huskies in wins by major decision with 13 and in technical falls with eight. Sees won the second Eastern Wrestling League title of his career in March to go along with his three PSAC championships. He also made his fourth trip to the NCAA Division National Championships and finished his career with a mark of 113-21, seventh best all-time in history.

The winner of the Eleanor Wray Award as the Female Senior Award and MVP of women's cross country is Amber Hackenberg. As a member of the cross country team Hackenberg earned All-PSAC honors after a fifth-place finish at the conference championships to help the Huskies to their first PSAC women's cross country championship in school history. She also earned All-Region honors with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Regional championships and the first-ever regional title in school history which qualified the Huskies for the NCAA championships. At the NCAA national championships Hackenberg became the school's first All-American in women's cross country with a 34th place finish, the best ever placement for a BU runner.

As a track athlete, Hackenberg qualified for the PSAC Indoor championships in three events and won the 5,000 meter event by more than 27 seconds over the second place finisher and took second at 3,000 meters to earn All-PSAC honors.

In the outdoor season, Hackenberg has already qualified for the PSAC Outdoor championships in three events and recently shattered the school record at 5,000 meters by more than 25 seconds taking the mark from 17:43 to 17:16.

Overall in her career Hackenberg has qualified for three NCAA track championships and two NCAA cross country championships.

Winning the Danny Litwhiler Award as the top male underclassman and MVP of wrestling is Matt Moley (Phoenixville/Spring-Ford). A sophomore, Moley capped a tremendous season for the Huskies by earning All-American honors at 157-pounds with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division I national championships. Moley, who was making his second trip to NCAA's, earned the award the hard way after losing his first match, but then fought back with four straight victories to reach the All-American level. During the season Moley finished second at the PSAC and EWL championships and was named both the PSAC and EWL Wrestler of the Week back in November after winning the Navy Classic title. For the year, Moley was 34-11 and was ranked nationally in the top 20 of his weight most of the season.

The winner of the Joanne McComb Award as the top female underclassman and MVP of field hockey is Jamie Vanartsdalen (Huntingdon Valley/Lower Moreland). A junior, Vanartsdalen led the Huskies to the NCAA Division II national championship with what can be called the best season ever for a Division II field hockey player. On the year, she set school, conference and Division II records for points in a season with 89; goals with 35 and established a school and conference record with 19 assists. All three of her totals led Division II along with her 3.56 points per game.

For her play this season, Vanartsdalen was named the PSAC Player of the Year and first-team All-PSAC. She was also named first team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and was named the Player of the Year. She capped the year by being nominated by the Board of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards as a candidate for the 2007-08 Division II Athlete of the Year representing field hockey.

Vanartsdalen, a three-time All-American, will enter her senior season in 2008 with 196 points, a Bloomsburg and PSAC career record and 11 points of setting a new Division II record. Her 80 career goals are just two shy of the Bloomsburg career mark and just 13 shy of the Division II all-time record. Her 36 career assists ranks seventh best all-time in Division II history.

The MVP from men's soccer is senior Dan Beshore (Mt. Wolf/Northeastern). Beshore, who was named second team All-PSAC this season as a defender, was a stalwart on defense for the Huskies. He started every game this season and was the leader of a defense that yielded only 33 goals this season. He also netted one goal during the season.

Earning the MVP honors from women's soccer is Lauren Hess. A mid-fielder, Hess scored three goals and had one assist and was third on the team in points with seven. She helped the Huskies to a berth in the PSAC playoffs for the first time in three years.

Named the MVP for men's basketball is Buddy Rose (Philadelphia/Mastbaum Tech). A senior, Rose was second on the team in both scoring and rebounding this season with marks of 10.1 and 5.3 respectively. He scored a career-high 23 points against Cheyney and had his first career double-double against Edinboro. He finished his career with over 900 career points was sixth in career steals with 133.

In women's basketball, the MVP for the third straight year is Colleen Kegerreis (Schuylkill Haven/Schuylkill Haven). A junior, Kegerreis led the Huskies in scoring (13.6), rebounding (9.5) and blocked shot (2.1) average this past season and was named first team All-PSAC East for her efforts. During the year she had 14 double-doubles and on three occasions scored a season-high 22 points. She also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and blocked a career-high seven shots in a game against Lock Haven in December. She finished the season shooting 47.7 percent from the floor (142-298) and 77.6 percent from the free throw line (83-107).

For women's swimming Jessica Gribbin (Richboro/Council Rock North) was named the MVP. A senior, Gribbin was part of the 800-free relay team that finished second at the PSAC championships, and the 400-free relay team that took third. She also qualified for three individual events; the 200-,1000- and 1650-free at the PSAC championships.

In men's swimming, Joe Bentz (York/York Suburban)was named MVP. A sophomore, Bentz qualified for three individual events at the PSAC championships and finished in both the 200-fly and the 400-IM. He was also a 10th place finisher in the 1000-free.

In women's tennis Katie Hasyn (Lansdale/North Penn) has been named the MVP. Hasyn, a sophomore, was 8-7 at number one singles this season and was 11-6 playing at number one doubles. She was recently named the PSAC East Women's Player of the Week after going 5-1over a three-match stretch.

Named the MVP of men's cross country is Mike Dalton (Lake Hopatcong, NJ/Pope John XXIII). A junior, Dalton was the first Bloomsburg University finisher in a majority of races throughout the season and won the Husky Invitational home meet. At the NCAA regional championships, Dalton was the Huskies top finisher and was second on the team at the PSAC championships.

Named the MVP in men's tennis is Dan Gal (South Park/South Park). The senior led the Huskies to the PSAC championship this past weekend and has compiled a mark of 16-3 at number one singles this year, including an 11-match winning streak earlier in the season. In doubles competition, also playing at number one, Gal has combined with his partners for a mark of 12-6. Twice this season he has earned the PSAC Player of the Week award.

Named the MVP for women's track was Andrea Kellock (Lansdale/North Penn). The sophomore set new school records for the mile (5:03.63) and 3000 (10:14.87) meters during the indoor season and was a member of the Distance Medley Relay team that set new school record (12:18.21) during the indoor season. At the PSAC championships Kellock won the 3,000 meter event; was a member of the third place Distance Medley Relay team and was fourth in the mile. During the outdoor season to date, Kellock has set a new school record at 5000 meters with national performance time of 17:27.67 and has qualified for the PSAC Championships in three events: the 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meter races.

In football, Jamar Brittingham (Levittown/Neshaminy) was named the MVP. Brittingham, one of nine national finalists for the Harlon Hill Award as the nation's top Division II player, was the 2007 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Player of the Year for the second time in his career. He also was named All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and was selected to 2007 Daktronics Division II Football All-Northeast Region first team, and earned first team All-PSAC East honors after finishing the season with 1,435 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. He led the PSAC in rushing yards; rushing yards per game; touchdowns with 23; points with 142, and in all-purpose yards with 1,853 yards. He ranked in the top 10 nationally in Division II in three categories; scoring-4th; all-purpose-8th; and rushing yards-10th. He also ranked 11th in Division II in rushing yards per game.

During the season Brittingham became Bloomsburg's all-time career leader in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yard with 5,689 yards rushing yards, 516 points scored and 6,867 all-purpose yards. He also became the all-time leading rusher and scorer in PSAC history and overall holds 28 school and conference records.

Named the MVP for baseball was Chris Tressler (Lewistown/Lewistown). The sophomore led the Huskies this season in batting with a mark of .333 and in slugging percentage at .486 and was tied for the team lead in doubles with 12. He finished second in runs scored with 29 and was third in hits with 48. Overall, he had two homers and 19 RBI. As a pitcher he was a 3-7 with two complete games, including a six-hit shutout of Lock Haven. He also pitched six innings and did not allow any runs in earning a win over Kutztown.

Named the MVP for lacrosse is Angie Picciotti (Chalfont/Central Bucks West). The senior has scored 23 goals and assisted on seven others and led the team in ground balls with 43 and was second in draw controls with 24. Among starters, she had the second fewest turnovers with just 16 in 18 games played.

Named the MVP in men's track is Misha Litvinov (Drums/Hazleton). The junior qualified for the PSAC Indoor Track championships at 5,000 meters and placed eighth. To date outdoors, Litvinov has qualified in two events, the 5,000 and the 10,000 with his 10K time of 31.54 the fifth fastest in school history.

Earning the MVP honors from women's soccer is Lauren Hess (East Greenville/Upper Perkiomen). A mid-fielder, Hess scored three goals and one assist and was third on the team in points with seven. She helped the Huskies to a berth in the PSAC playoffs for the first time in three years.