Student Athletes and Booster honored
With Cowley College athletics continuing to enjoy tremendous success, a crowd of more than 330 people attended the college’s 2014 Athletic Awards Banquet Tuesday, April 22 in the Arkansas City Agri Business Building.
Cowley College athletic director Shane Larson, along with Tiger Booster Club President James Schaefer, provided a rundown of the Tiger athletic programs. Those in attendance were then treated to a dinner and slide show prior to the awards ceremony.
Larson thanked Robert Rogers of Great Western Dining and Jim Miller for preparing the dinner for the evening.
With 19 Athletes of the Month recognized at the banquet, it was not easy to pick a Male and Female Athlete of the Year. However, this year’s winners were, Seth Holman of the Tiger baseball team and Jamesia Milton, who is a member of the Lady Tiger track and field team.
Holman put together a dominating freshman campaign during the 2013 baseball season, allowing only three runs in 36 2/3innings pitched, while striking out 32 and walking just five. His performance helped Cowley finish the 2013 season as the Jayhawk East champions and with a record of 45-11.
After serving as the team’s closer a year ago, he opened the 2014 season in the starting rotation and did not allow a run over his first 212/3 innings pitched. Holman led the team in wins (8) as he finished the season with a record of 8-2 and an ERA of 2.33. The right-hander struck out 58 and walked only 16 in a team-high 68 2/3 innings pitched.
Anchoring this season’s pitching staff, the Tiger baseball team placed second place in the Jayhawk Student Athletes and Booster honored Conference Eastern Division and finished the year with a record of38-17.
The Business major has a 3.56 grade point average.
Milton has developed into one of the top throwers to ever compete at Cowley. She was the indoor national champion in the weight throw and holds the school record in nearly every throws event. She has been named an indoor and outdoor NJCAA All-American and was crowned as the school’s Homecoming Queen.
Along with being a member of the Tiger track and field team, she is a student ambassador, and is a resident assistant in the dorms. She was named the December Student Athlete of the Month and was one of five finalists for Queen Alalah.
She signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Wichita State University.
As a freshman, she broke the indoor school-record in the weight throw and the outdoor school record in the hammer throw. She was named an indoor NJCAA All-American in the shot put and a Coaches Association All-American in the weight throw. While, also being named an outdoor NJCAA All-American in the hammer throw and a Coaches Association All-American in the shot put.
Having come so close to a national title as a freshman, she nabbed that elusive title by being named the national champion in the weight throw at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships held in March in New York City, N.Y.
She helped last year’s outdoor track and field team place 8th at nationals, while leading this year’s indoor and outdoor squads to top-25 national finishes. Milton also finished as the national runnerup in the hammer throw at the outdoor national championships. The pre-nursing major has a GPA of 3.21.
It was then time to announce the winners of the Conrad and Janet Jimison Tiger Booster of the Year. Conrad spent 37 years working at Cowley College prior to retiring in 2005.This year’s recipient of the award was Deb Nittler, who has spent more than 40 years at the school.
Nittler played basketball, volleyball, and tennis at Cowley College from 1973-1975. She is currently an instructor in the college’s Social Science Department and has been employed at Cowley College since 1984. She was head volleyball coach from 1986 through2000, was an assistant softball coach in 1985, an assistant women’s basketball coach from 1984-1989, assistant athletic director from2001-2007, and headwomen’s tennis coach in1995. Nittler also served as the Social Science Department Chair from 1999-2001, CEA negotiator from 1996-2001 and has been an academic advisor since 1986.
She received the NISOD award in 1993 and is in Who’s Who Among America’s College Teachers.
2013-2014 Athletes of the Month that were recognized at the banquet:
• September — B.J. Specht, volleyball; Tucker Davis, track and field
• October — McKenzie Hartzog, volleyball; Tyler Day, baseball
• November — Jessica McDougald, volleyball; Anthony Buchanan, soccer
• December — Jamesia Milton, track and field; Ryan McBroom, baseball
• January — Emilie Gronas, basketball; Alexander Garvin, basketball
• February — Chelsea Boslaugh, Danceline; Seth Holman, baseball
• March — Katelynn Slade, volleyball; Rafael Rivera, soccer
• April — Ana Ruzir, volleyball; Harry Busby, tennis
• May — Jessica Seay, softball; Danielle St. Clair, cross country; Matt Elliott, baseball