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PSU Athletics announces annual award recipients

Panthers recognize 12 with prestigious honors for 2010-11

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A dozen Plymouth State University students have been recognized by the PSU Athletic Department as major awards recipients for the 2010-11 school year, honoring outstanding achievement in athletic competition and performances in the classroom and in the community.

            The awards are presented annually and honor former coaches and educators who were pioneers in the development of physical education and athletics at Plymouth State.

            PSU recognizes the top athletic performances each year with the Paul E. Arold Male Athlete of the Year and the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year Awards.  The top scholar-athlete receives the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award, and the top seniors are selected for the John C. Foley Leadership Awards. Additional awards are presented honoring Peter Cofran, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Diehl and Brad Wilby.

   
   Chris Beadon    Martina Ryberg
       

            A pair of sophomore All-American alpine ski racers are the recipients of the Paul E. Arold and the Janet Nell awards; Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) earned the Male Athlete of the Year honor after winning a national championship in the slalom and leading his team to the national runner-up in the slalom and combined alpine; and Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) was named Female Athlete of the Year honor after sweeping the Eastern Regional Championships, winning a national title in the giant slalom, and leading her team to its first team national championship in the giant slalom. 

   
 Brian Castellucci Amanda Kania   
     

          Senior football player Brian Castellucci (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and senior women’s basketball player Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) are the recipients of the John C. Foley Leadership Awards.  Castellucci was a four-year veteran and two-time all-conference linebacker who was captain of the sixth-ranked defense in the country, and Kania was a four-year standout and the team’s only captain this past season who finished her career second on PSU’s career scoring list.

   
  Lauren Bergeron  Amy Green 
     

            Junior field hockey player Lauren Bergeron (New Hampton, N.H./Newfound) and junior soccer/softball player Amy Green (Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane Regional) are the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award recipients as PSU’s top scholar-athletes.  A Spanish major, Bergeron made the all-conference team in field hockey last fall and spent the spring semester as a volunteer teacher in Costa Rica.  A Physical Education major, Green is a three-year starter in soccer and was a returning starter in softball (until sidelined by an injury) who helped raised funds for a fellow student-athlete in need.

 

      
Joseph Healey   Megan Cooper    Paige Tollner   
           

             Senior skier Joseph Healey (Fitchburg, Mass./Lunenburg) is the men’s recipient of the Brad Wilby Award for character and service.  Healey is a four-year veteran and co-captain of this past year’s ski team that captured a national championship in the slalom. Junior tennis player Megan Cooper (Camarillo, Calif./Rio Mesa) and junior lacrosse player Paige Tollner (Nashua, N.H./North) are the women’s recipients of the Brad Wilby Award. Cooper is a three-year veteran and co-captain of the women’s tennis team who is a biology major and is greatly involved in community service, and Tollner is a three-year veteran of the women’s lacrosse team and a criminal justice major who has contributed to the success of the team both on and off the field.

 
  Kristina Conroy
   

            Senior field hockey player Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, Mass.) is the Dorothy ‘Dot' Diehl Award recipient for exhibiting leadership for the advancement of women's equity in sports and physical education. A co-captain and all-conference forward for the Panthers, Conroy graduated with honors as a Health Education major who, among other activities, served as vice president of the Health and Wellness Club.

       
Peter Foutz   Lindsay Woliver  
       

            Seniors Peter Foutz (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) and Lindsay Woliver (West Haven, Conn.) are the co-recipients of the Peter S. Cofran Award for outstanding service and support for PSU Athletics. Foutz was a four-year veteran in the Sports Information office, with publications and website duties as well as being a leader on the home event management team.  Woliver served in a number of behind-the-scenes roles for the athletic department but is best known as the voice of the Panthers, serving as public address announcer at home events for more than a dozen PSU sports.

            All of the award recipients will be honored in a formal ceremony at PSU this September.  Complete profiles of the student-athletes follow.

 

PSU Athletics – 2010-11 Award Recipient Profiles     

 

   
     

Chris Beadon, Skiing  (So., Ridgefield, Conn.) 

Captured USCSA individual national championship in the slalom (among 100 racers)… placed seventh nationally in the giant slalom, and earned third place at Nationals in the combined alpine…placed third in giant slalom at Eastern Regionals… had outstanding regular season (9 races), winning the MacConnell Division title after placing first once (among 70+ skiers), runner-up five times and third place twice…. Led PSU to MacConnell Division title (eight team wins in nine races), Eastern Regional title (13 teams), and runner-up finish at Nationals in both the slalom and combined alpine.

 

 
   

Martina Ryberg, Skiing   (So., Alpine, Stockholm, Sweden)

 

Captured the USCSA individual national championship in the giant slalom (among 100 racers), leading PSU to its first women’s team national championship (giant slalom) in school history…won the Eastern Regional individual combined alpine championship, sweeping the slalom and giant slalom at regionals (70+ racers)… sensational regular season (9 races), winning the MacConnell Division title after finishing first (among 75+ racers) seven times and runner-up once…Led PSU to its first Eastern Regional combined title since 2001.

 

 
   

Brian Castellucci, Football   (Sr., Linebacker, Derry, N.H./Pinkerton)

Named All-New England Football Conference Boyd Division First Team … led the Panthers to the sixth-ranked defense in country … topped PSU and ranked 12th in the NEFC (16 teams) in tackles (82 total)…  also had nine tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, one pass break up… NEFC Weekly Roll four times… co-captain… Physical Education major… From Coach Castonia:  “Brian is a tremendous kid and a great leader.  He is a two-time All-Conference player, and also played a major role on the team as a sophomore.  He is a tremendously hard worker who set an outstanding example for others on and off the field.”

 

 
   

Amanda Kania, Basketball (Sr., Manchester, N.H./West)  

Four-year standout, the team’s only senior and only captain this past season… started every game and averaged 12.5 points and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds… went over the 1,000-point barrier in the season opener and finished her career as the second leading scorer in the program’s history with 1,302 points….named Second Team All-New Hampshire…received team’s Panther Award in 2011 and Brad Wilby Award in 2010… Communication Studies major… From Coach Lavigne:  “Amanda is a tremendous and positive young woman. She had a great career as a dominant member of our team.  As our only senior this year, her teammates respected her and she made a great impact on a very young team.  As someone once said, she wants what’s best for each of her teammates and leads by example because she knows actions speak louder than words.”

 

 
   

Lauren Bergeron, Field Hockey (Jr., New Hampton, N.H./Newfound) 

Three-year starter at midfield for the Panthers …started every game in 2010, and ranked second on the team with seven assists and fourth with 17 points…. selected Second Team All-Little East Conference… led the Panthers to a 14-7 overall record and the ECAC New England Championship…. Co-captain… Spanish major… NFHCA National Academic Squad… Capital One Academic All-District 1 Second Team (College Division) … PSU President’s List five of her semesters…. has been a Spanish tutor and spent the spring 2011 semester volunteering as an English teacher in Costa Rica. From Coach Lord:  “Lauren is the epitome of the student-athlete at Plymouth State University! A motivated, energetic, compassionate leader and an outstanding student."

 

 
   

Amy Green, Soccer/Softball   (Jr., Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane Regional) 

Three-year veteran of both sports….started 17 of the 18 PSU soccer games on defense in 2010…one of the top defenders on the team… was the  returning starting shortstop for PSU Softball, but got injured in the first game of the spring trip and missed the rest of the season… Physical Education major…From Coach Bennett:  “Amy was a vital player for us. She played alongside Sarah in the back (which was also a new position for Amy) and the two of them did quite well together. Amy is a rising senior and was one of the two athletes that we had in the fall with a 4.0. She also did quite a lot to raise money for a fellow softball player in need. I also talked with her several times in the fall and she would tell me about the various activities that she was volunteering for. Amy is quiet in nature but her actions speak loudly of the person that she is and the character that she exudes.”

 

 
   

Joseph Healey, Skiing (Sr., Fitchburg, Mass.)

Four-year veteran and co-captain as a senior… was in PSU’s regular season line-up all four years… placed 10th in the  slalom and 14th in the giant slalom in 2011 in his first appearance at the Eastern Regionals… also represented PSU in the giant slalom at the USCSA National Championships, placing 50th…The team’s Panther Award recipient… Business Administration major… From Coach Gannon:  “Joseph is the quintessential team captain…. He does anything and everything that anyone could expect from a captain.  He does things that he knows are better for the team.  He puts the team before himself, any day of the week.”

 

 
   

Megan Cooper, Tennis (Jr., Camarillo, Calif./Rio Mesa)

Three-year veteran for the Panthers …a reserve player at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles… Biology major… Charter Vice-President, PSU Rotaract Club (college extension of the Rotary Club-helped to found this club on campus)… Helps organize PSU students for the Rotary Duck Race, Meals For Many, Penny Sale, and other community service events…Vice-President of the Pre-Medical Profession Society 2009-2010, Interim President 08-09…co-captain…received Panther Award in 2010… From Coach Rawlsky-Willett:  “On top of being a Biology major, Megan always finds time to help any teammate with their school work or any community service event. She is a great role model!

 

 
   

Paige Tollner, Lacrosse (Jr., Nashua, N.H./North) 

Three-year veteran on defense for the Panthers…first-year starter in 2011…Criminal Justice major….From Coach Blanchette“Paige is one of the most positive, motivated and proudest student-athletes I have ever coached. She truly bleeds green and wants to succeed in all areas of her life. She is enormously proud and honored to be a PSU Panther and it shows in how she applies herself to all areas of her life. She worked in the athletic department for OC, was apart of our leadership council and is an exceptional student. Paige was able to graduate as a junior this year and will be returning to play as a graduate student. She played a crucial role on our team whether it was organizing fund-raising events, team functions or community service activities. She was the point person in all of our off the field activities and always took the initiative to get things done.

 

 
   

Kristina Conroy, Field Hockey   (Sr., Wakefield, Mass.)

Health Education Major... Co-captain …finished second on the team in scoring with 10 goals, 12 assists and 32 points…2010-11 Vice President of Health and Wellness Club…Eta Sigma Gamma (Health Education Honor Society)…Speare Memorial Hospital Scholarship 2010 (Eta Sigma Gamma Award)…Dean’s List 2009, 2010….President’s List 2010….NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad 2011…Eta Sigma Gamma Senior Award 2011…. From Coach Lord:  "Kristina was our captain and lone senior for the 2010 season. A strong and fair competitor she is one of the hardest working student-athletes I have coached. Kristina will be an outstanding teacher and role model for young women and men in the field of health & wellness."

 

 
   

Peter Foutz, Sports Information  (Sr., Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union)

Four-year student worker in the SID Office….worked in the office in all seasons, producing game programs, writing and sending out press releases, providing maintenance on the PSU Athletics website, and other office responsibilities…. Also worked home events in football, M&W soccer, M&W ice hockey, and M&W lacrosse.  From SID Kent Cherrington:  “Peter worked extremely hard on behalf of all 19 of our teams, either at their home events or in the office.  He was extremely reliable and a key student worker as he could train the younger members of the staff and led the entire home event crew when I couldn’t be there.  He was very professional, working with coaches, administrators, officials and student-athletes.”

 

 
   

Lindsay Wolliver, Sports Information  (West Haven, Conn./West Haven)

Worked several jobs for the P.E. Center and home athletic events, but is best-known as the P.A. Announcer for PSU’s home games….did PA for 14 PSU sports (field hockey, M&W soccer, volleyball, M&W basketball, M&W ice hockey, Women’s Swimming/Diving, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, and M&W lacrosse.).. also filled in for the events staff when she wasn’t doing the announcing…  From SID Kent Cherrington:  “Lindsay became known and popular as the Voice of the Panthers, working every game she could.  She was extremely reliable and a key factor in making our home events a success and enjoyable for our fans.  She was very professional, working with coaches, administrators, officials and student-athletes.”

 

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