Tulsa's Top Student-Athletes Recognized at Golden `Cane Awards Gala
April 29, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa recognized its athletic teams and student-athletes on Tuesday night at the school's 19th Annual Golden `Cane Awards Gala at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. The top awards were given to TU's "Ultimate Team" members, while the Wilson Holloway Ultimate Service Award, Outstanding Team Community Service Award, Faculty Member of the Year Award, Dr. Barry Kinsey Faculty Athletics Representative Team Award, Dan Bitson Courage Award and Warren Garrison Academic Excellence Awards were also announced.
The "Ultimate Team" honors those athletes who, during the current academic year, have exemplified those qualities and characteristics that are consistent with the missions and values of The University of Tulsa. The qualities and characteristics considered include academic success, campus involvement, community outreach, athletic participation and other areas of student involvement.
The "Ultimate Team" members for the 2013-14 academic year are Carly Boatwright (Volleyball), Hayley Harryman (Soccer), Brandi Krieg (Cross Country/Track & Field), Abe Matamoros (Soccer), Tim Peete (Basketball), rowers Brooke Helmberger and Carly Schmidt and softball student-athletes Jill Barrett, Aimee Creger and Cierra Hughes.
The Wilson Holloway "Ultimate Service" award was established in order to recognize the efforts of student support staff for service to the teams and student-athletes. The selection of this individual is based on academic success, campus involvement, community outreach, service-oriented participation in athletics or other areas of student involvement. This year, the honoree was three-year football student manager Semone Wilson.
Two Tulsa seniors were recognized as Dan Bitson Courage Award winners - golfer Kayla Riede and football offensive lineman Jake Alexander. The award was established in 1992 in the name of former TU football standout Dan Bitson (1986-91), and now a current TU assistant football coach, who fought back from severe injuries suffered in an automobile accident to play football again. The award is presented annually to the TU student-athlete who exemplifies courage, perseverance and tenacity for overcoming adversity.
2013-14 Team Awards Men's Basketball James Woodard, Offensive Player of the Year Shaquille Harrison, Defensive Player of the Year
2013-14 Special Individual/Team Awards
Ultimate Team Members (awarded to student-athletes based on academic success, campus involvement, community outreach, athletic participation and other areas of student involvement)
Jill Barrett, Softball Carly Boatwright, Volleyball Aimee Creger, Softball Hayley Harryman, Women's Soccer Brooke Helmberger, Rowing Cierra Hughes, Softball Brandi Krieg, Cross Country/Track & Field Abe' Matamoros, Men's Soccer Tim Peete, Men's Basketball Carly Schmidt, Women's RowingWilson Holloway Ultimate Service Award (recognize the efforts of student support staff for service to the teams and student-athletes)
Semone Wilson, FootballDan Bitson Courage Award (presented to the TU student-athlete who exemplifies courage, perseverance and tenacity for overcoming adversity)
Kayla Riede, Women's Golf Jake Alexander, FootballStudent-Athlete Advisory Committee Faculty Member of the Year Award (selected by the TU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee)
Ron Walker, Clinical Assistant Professor of Athletic TrainingWarren Garrison Academic Excellence Award (presented to student-athletes who have maintained 4.0 cumulative GPA)
Bradi Hinch, Women's Soccer Hayley Harryman, Women's Soccer Casey Fitzgerald, Men's Cros Country Quinn Starker, Men's Soccer Abe' Matamoros, Men's SoccerDr. Barry Kinsey Faculty Athletics Representative Award (presented to the team that has won a conference championship and has the highest team grade point average)
Men's Cross Country
Outstanding Team Community Service (awarded to the team with the most number of community service hours)
Ultimate Team Members
Senior Jill Barrett is a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Hurricane softball team. Jill will graduate next month with a cumulative 3.65 GPA in exercise and sports science, and will leave The University of Tulsa as the program's all-time hits leader. In addition to her many accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom, Jill serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and regularly volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
Junior volleyball player Carly Boatwright maintains a 3.89 GPA while majoring in Communication. During her time at TU, she has been a three-time Conference USA Academic Medalist and three-time member of the Commissioner's Honor Roll. On the court, last year she led TU with 21 solo blocks, 74 total blocks and 0.84 blocks per set. In addition to her athletic and academic success, Carly volunteers at United Way, St. Francis Hospital and the Laura Dester Shelter.
Senior softball student-athlete Aimee Creger will leave The University of Tulsa as one of the program's most accomplished student-athletes, having represented TU as a member of the U.S. National team last summer and earning multiple All-America honors. Aimee holds the career mark for wins, strikeouts and shutouts...and there's still a lot of softball left to be played. In the classroom she holds a 3.05 GPA and will graduate with a degree in exercise and sports science in May. Aimee spends time volunteering with Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, The Children's Center and Lift Up America.
Senior women's soccer student-athlete Hayley Harryman is a three-year letterwinner having started in goal in 34 of 37 games. Her goals-against-average of 0.783 ranks first in school history. Earlier this season she was recognized as a Capital One Academic All-American, and in May will graduate from TU with a degree in psychology. Off the pitch, Hayley volunteers at Hillcrest Hospital and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
Senior Brooke Helmberger epitomizes what hard work and dedication are all about. Four years ago Brooke began her rowing career as a walk on, and this year she has led the Varsity 8 to wins over Texas and Kansas State, earning the program's first ever Varsity 8 Conference USA Boat of the Week. Following her graduation from TU next month, Brooke will pursue her career aspirations as a physician's assistant while attending the University of Nebraska. She regularly volunteers for Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Day Spring Villa, Good Samaritan Health Services and Read Across America. Brooke will graduate in May with a degree in psychology.
Softball student-athlete, senior Cierra Hughes maintains a 3.657 GPA in energy management and has earned numerous academic honors including recognition as a NFCA All-America scholar-athlete for the last three years. On the diamond, Cierra is a three-year starter in the outfield and a lifetime.323 hitter. She is a University Ambassador and part of the FCA Leadership Team, along with serving as a volunteer softball coach for high school girls.
Cross Country and Track & Field junior Brandi Krieg holds a 3.875 GPA in exercise and sports science, and was honored last year as a member of the NCAA Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team. In addition to her academic accomplishments, she helped guide the women's cross-country team to a share of the Conference USA championship in the fall, while garnering Second-Team All-Conference Honors. She volunteers with the YMCA's Girls on the Run running program.
Men's soccer junior Abe Matamoros is a three-year letterwinner, having started in 41 of 58 games. Abé is a SAAC representative and is heavily involved with TU's Newman Center. In addition, he owns his own company called InspireVive that rewards community service volunteers for their efforts. This spring he is competing as a finalist in the Oklahoma Governor's Cup, and in the Graduate School Rice Business Plan Competition, where he is one of the only undergraduate students represented.
During his four-year career at Tulsa, men's basketball senior Tim Peete played in 129 games, including starting in 33 games as a senior. This past season he was the "glue guy" in leading the Golden Hurricane to regular season and postseason Conference USA championships, and a subsequent appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Among his community service projects, Tim helped children shop for school clothes and supplies with Operation School Bell, participated in Read Across America Day, and assisted at various schools in speaking engagements. For his efforts, he was named as a Conference USA Spirit of Service award winner.
Women's rowing senior Carly Schmidt has a 3.52 GPA and will graduate in May with a degree in Political Science. On the water, she was part of the program's first boat to ever medal at the Conference USA Championships. Carly is a team co-captain and currently serves as a SAAC representative. In addition, she regularly volunteers with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.