Award winners announced at NIC Booster Club auction/banquet
The North Idaho College Booster Club announced the winners of this year’s athletics awards at its annual Spring Auction and Athletic Awards Banquet May 6 at the Eagles Lodge.
The award recipients are nominated and selected by the NIC coaching staff.
The Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award was presented to two recipients, women’s basketball player Sara Dennehy from Lake Washington High School in Redmond, Wash., and volleyball player Collese Dornan from Fife High School in Fife, Wash.
Dennehy earned National Junior College Athletic Association all-America second team honors this season and is a two-time first team all-Scenic West Athletic Conference selection. As a freshman, she led the league in rebounding and was in the top five in scoring both seasons, helping the Cardinals win their first regular season championship since 1989. She plans to continue her education at the University of Idaho next year.
Dornan is the first player at NIC to earn first team NJCAA all-America honors for the NIC volleyball program. She was a first team SWAC all-conference selection while leading the Cardinals to a regular season co-championship and a final ranking of fourth in the nation with a record of 32-5. As a freshman she was selected to the Region 18 all-tournament team after helping lead the NIC volleyball team to its first appearance in the NJCAA national tournament. She was also selected as the College Female Athlete of the Year by the North Idaho Hall of Fame Committee this spring. She plans to attend Tennessee State University this fall.
The Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award went to co-winners, NIC wrestler Josh Edmonson of Medical Lake High School in Medical Lake, Wash., and men’s soccer player Garga Caserta of Araqatuba, Brazil.
Edmondson is a two-time NJCAA all-American, finishing first this season and third last season at 184 pounds. He won the Region 18 championships for his weight class as a freshman and was the runner up this season. Edmonson plans to attend the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga next fall.
Caserta led NIC in scoring with 18 goals and 7 assists, which ranked him 23rd in the NJCAA national statistics. He earned all-American honorable mention and the Region 18 MVP award this season. Caserta attended Idaho Falls High School as an exchange student before coming to NIC. He plans to assist the NIC men’s soccer program next season while completing his degree requirements.
The Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award was presented to men’s soccer player Lamar Kumangai-McGee of Spokane, Wash. Kumangai-McGee is a sophomore from North Central High School in Spokane. He maintained a 3.2 cumulative GPA while earning awards for first team all-region, NIC most valuable defensive player and an NJCAA all-America nomination. A men’s soccer team captain, Kumangai-McGee plans to continue his education and soccer career at Seattle University.
The Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award was presented to two recipients. Dennehy was also a recipient of the academic award by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.64 as a business major. Softball player Stephanie James is the co-winner. She is a starting catcher and former valedictorian from Coeur d’Alene High School. She maintains a 3.77 cumulative GPA as a physical therapy major. She has signed to play softball at Boise State University next year.
The women’s basketball team and softball team were selected as co-winners of the Team of the Year Award.
The NIC Booster Club Member of the Year Award was presented to John Beutler of Century 21 Beutler and Associates and Jack and Jackie McNeel. For More Information
NIC Booster Club/Athletics Activities Coordinator Patty Stewart, (208) 769-3348, or NIC Athletics Director Al Williams, (208) 665-5458Posted: Friday, May 12, 2006