Named the winner of the 2008-09 Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, the Robert B. Redman award as the top Male Senior Athlete and the football MVP is Jon Ochs (Wind Gap/Nazareth). A first year graduate student at Bloomsburg studying Business Administration, had a GPA of 3.89 as an undergrad and 4.0 as a graduate student. For his strong academics, Ochs was voted as a first team 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA); and was named to the PSAC Fall Top 10 team honoring the top 10 male and female athletes in the PSAC for the fall sports season.
On the field, Ochs led the entire PSAC in sacks with eight for losses of 67 yards and tied for second in tackles for loss with 17.5 for losses of 88 yards. Overall he made 49 total tackles, 35 of them solo, and forced five fumbles and recovered one other. A 2008 co-captain, Ochs was named PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week for September 13th after his standout performance during Bloomsburg's 24-0 shutout against Mercyhurst College. During the game, Ochs had six solo tackles, four of which were tackles for loss and three of which were sacks. His four tackles for loss totaled 34 yards and his three sacks resulted in 32 yards lost.
For his play he was named first team All-PSAC East; first team 2008 Daktronics Division II All-Super One Regional team; was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year Award and was selected to play in the Cactus Bowl, a Division II senior all-star game.
The winner of the Eleanor Wray Award as the Female Senior Award and MVP of field hockey is Jamie Vanartsdalen (Huntington Valley/Lower Moreland). Vanartsdalen, who was last year named winner of the Joanne McComb Award as the top female underclassman, finished her career by repeating as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year. In 2008 she topped her record-setting 2007 season by scoring a Division II record 40 goals and assisting on 22 others. She became the first player in Division II history to top 100 points in a season finishing with 102. At the NCAA final four Vanartsdalen assisted on one goal in the semifinals, then ended her career with three goals and one assist in the Huskies 6-2 win over UMass-Lowell for the national championship. She is a three-time first team All-American and was the 2008 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division and 2007 PSAC Player of the Year.
During the 2008 season Vanartsdalen scored three goals in a game five times; had only three games where she did not score at all and had at least one point in each game during the year. For her career, Vanartsdalen scored an NCAA Division II record 120 goals, was second all-time in assists with 58 and scored a D-II record 298 total points. Her 120 goals are sixth best all-time in NCAA field hockey history regardless of Division, while her 298 points were fourth best all-time in NCAA history. She is the only Division II player in the top 20 all-time for goals scored and points. Vanartsdalen is also a finalist for the Honda Division II Women's Athlete of the Year.
Winning the Danny Litwhiler Award as the top male underclassman and MVP of wrestling, both for the second consecutive year, is Matt Moley (Phoenixville/Spring-Ford). A junior, Moley capped a tremendous season for the Huskies by earning All-American honors at 157-pounds with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division I national championships. It was the second straight year he earned the coveted All-American honor after he took eighth place as a sophomore.
Moley, who was ranked in the top 10 of his weight class all season long, led the Huskies with a record of 36-8, including a dual meet record of 12-1. Of his 36 wins, 21 (more than 58 percent) came by way of fall, technical fall or major decision. At the Eastern Wrestling League championships Moley captured his first EWL title with a win over his long-time rival from Edinboro who came into the event ranked number one in the country and undefeated. Moley earned an 8-5 win and was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the event. He was also named the EWL wrestler of the week back on Nov 30th. He will enter his senior year just two wins shy of 100 and just 28 wins shy of setting a new school record for career wins.
The winner of the Joanne McComb Award as the top female underclassman and MVP of women's basketball is Kelsey Gallagher (East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg South). The freshman had a remarkable first season of college basketball earning the PSAC Eastern Division Rookie of the Year award. She led the Huskies in scoring with 15.4 points per game, was second in rebounding with 5.0 per game. She also led the Huskies in three-point field goals with 60 (second best single-season mark in school history); in assists with 3.5 per game and in steals with 2.2 per game. Gallagher also topped Bloomsburg and the PSAC in minutes per game with a mark of 37 per game. She was named the PSAC East Freshman of the Week eight times during the course of the year.
During the year Gallagher also had six games with 20 or more points, including a career-high 26 at West Chester. She also had her first career double-double at Kutztown when she scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games during the season. She is one of just two freshmen to ever win the underclassmen of the year award and the first since 1986.
Named the MVP of baseball is Kevin Ward (Clifton Heights/Monsignor Bonner). The senior first baseman is having a tremendous season hitting .441 with five homers and 42 RBI. His hits in a season (60), RBI (42) in season and doubles (14) in a season are all tied for the ninth best marks in school history. During the season he has had 17 games with more than one hit, 14 games with more than one RBI and also hit safely in 14 straight games at one point in the year.
For his career, Ward, with a few games left to play, is fourth in career hits with 198 (and could become just the fourth player in school history to reach 200 hits); is tied for seventh in home runs with 16; is fourth in runs batted with 137; is eighth in runs scored with 106; tied for eighth in doubles with 36 and is 10th all-time in career batting with a mark of .351.
Named the MVP of lacrosse is Kelsey Quigley (Lansdale/Methacton). The senior leads the Huskies this season in both points with 93 and in goals with 40. She also has a team-high 59 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers as well as being second in draw controls with 30. Twice this season she has earned the PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Week award.
Quigley, who is a member of the Dean's List, a Bloomsburg and PSAC Scholar-Athlete; Pi Omega Pi International Honor Society member, a part of Athletes in Action. She has twice been named second team All-PSAC and has scored 110 goals, assisted on 41 and has scored 199 points in her career.
The MVP of men's soccer is Justin McClennan (Wyndmoor/Springfield Twp). A second team PSAC selection, McClennan, a four-year starter, is considered by coach Paul Payne to be the best marking back he has ever had at Bloomsburg. A two-time PSAC and Bloomsburg University scholar-athlete, McClennan finished 2008 season tied for the team lead in points and was second in goals scored. In his career he has battled his way back from a broken tibia-fibula suffered in 2005 causing him to miss all of 2006. Upon his return in 2007 he started all 20 games played.
For women's swimming the MVP is Sarah Grawe (Stafford, VA/North Stafford). The freshman was the top scorer for the Huskies at the PSAC championships and earned all-PSAC honors with a sixth place finish in the 200-back. During the season she achieved NCAA "B" cut times in both the 50-free and 200-back and posted times that rank in the top 10 all-time in school history. She has the second best time in the 50-free; second best in the 200-back and third best in the 100-back. During the year she also lost just twice in the 200-backstroke in dual meet competition.
For men's swimming the MVP is Juan Castaneda (Shamokin/Shamokin). The sophomore qualified for the NCAA championships in the 100-butterfly after breaking the school record in the event with a swim of 50.21 seconds. His time broke his own school record which he set last December. He was the first male swimmer at Bloomsburg since 2005 and just the third since 1992 to qualify for the NCAA championships. At the PSAC championships, Castaneda was the top scorer for the Huskies and earned All-PSAC honors with a fifth place finish in the 100-fly and a sixth place finish in the 200-fly. During the 2008-09 season, along with his school record in the 100-fly, he helped the Huskies set a team record in the 400-medley relay and posted the second fastest time in school history in the 200-fly. He also lost just twice in the 100-fly in dual meet competition.
The MVP of men's basketball is Larry Webster (Elkton, MD/Elkton). The freshman finished second on the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game and led the Huskies in rebounding with 9.1 per game, in field goal percentage with a mark of 58.9 percent and in blocked shots with 34. During the season he had five double-doubles and scored a career-high 23 points against Wilmington and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds against Millersville and had two other games with 14 rebounds each.
In women's soccer the MVP is Ashley Brucker (Blairstown, NJ/North Warren). The senior captain had a brilliant year for the Huskies earning All-PSAC second team honors and second team All-Region honors and helping the team reach the NCAA playoffs. She was the leading scorer for the Huskies with nine goals for 18 points and was 12th in the conference in goals per game. For her career, she scored 17 goals and had five assists for 39 career points.
In men's cross country the team MVP for the second consecutive year is Mike Dalton (Lake Hopatcong, NJ/Pope John XXIII). The senior was a consistent top five finisher for the Huskies during the season. At the Bison Open at Bucknell he finished fourth, was sixth at the Husky Invitational; placed 29th at the PSAC championships and was 22nd at the NCAA regional championships.
In women's cross country Ashley Shuck (Milton/Milton) is the MVP. The senior earned both All-PSAC and All-Region honors this year for the Huskies. At the PSAC championships she was 13th, while at the NCAA regional championships she took 12th place. Her two top-10 performances came at the Bucknell Open where she was ninth and at the Husky Invitational where she finished fourth.
MVPs will be named after the season for softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's track.