June 12, 1997

Major Athletic Award Winners Announced at Michigan State

Reid Friedrichs photo
Reid Friedrichs

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Seven Michigan State student-athletes have been recognized for excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom and have earned the school's highest athletic awards for the 1996-97 school year.

The awards presented include the George Alderton Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the Big Ten Conference Medals of Honor, the Chester Brewer Leadership Award and the Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award.

The Alderton Male Athlete of the Year was awarded to soccer standout Reid Friedrichs (Ann Arbor) while the Alderton Female Athlete of the Year award went to track and field's Sevatheda Fynes (Cooper's Town, Bahamas). The Big Ten Conference Medals of Honor were awarded to hockey's Tyler Harlton (Pense, Saskatchewan) and volleyball's Val Sterk (Byron Center). Volleyball's Dana Cooke (Burlington, Ontario) and basketball's Tamika Matlock (Detroit) were the co-recipients of the Chester Brewer Leadership Award, while cross country and track and field standout Stephanie Dueringer (Champaign, Ill.) is the recipient of the Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award.

George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year

WINNER: Reid Friedrichs (Soccer)

Senior Reid Friedrichs was named the 1996 Big Ten Player of the Year after guiding the Spartans to a 12-5-2 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Big Ten Conference, the best in school history.

The Spartan goalie posted a 0.68 goals-against average to lead the Big Ten Conference and the Great Lakes Region and rank fifth nationally. A two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection, he posted a 12 4-1 record in goal.

The Mideast Region Second Team honoree posted an MSU-record 9.5 shutouts in 1997 and finished his career ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 22.5 career shutouts. During one stretch of the season, he recorded six-straight shutouts and earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

A native of Ann Arbor, Friedrichs posted a 0.90 goals-against average in his 59-game career, good for fourth on the Big Ten all-time chart. He is also the Big Ten's all-time leader with 361 career saves.

Following the 1996 campaign, Friedrichs was selected to the 1997 Umbro Select College All-Star Classic and was the starting keeper for the West squad. He later was drafted by the Detroit Rockers of the National Professional Soccer League.

RECENT WINNERS: 1996-David Morgan (wrestling); 1995-Shawn Respert (basketball); 1994-Emilio Collins (wrestling); 1993-Bryan Smolinski (hockey); 1992-Anthony Hamm (cross country/track and field); 1991-Steve Smith (basketball); 1990-Kip Miller (hockey) and Percy Snow (football); 1989-Bobby Reynolds (hockey); 1988-Todd Krumm (football/baseball); 1987-Don McSween (hockey); 1986-Mike Donnelly (hockey), Lorenzo White (football), Scott Skiles (basketball); 1985-Sam Vincent (basketball); 1984-Carl Banks (football); 1983-Ron Scott (hockey); 1982-Ron Scott (hockey).

George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year

Sevatheda Fynes photo
Sevatheda Fynes

WINNER: Sevatheda Fynes (Track & Field)

Junior Sevatheda Fynes won three NCAA titles and four Big Ten championships in 1997. The world-class sprinter captured the 100-meter and 200-meter titles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the first Spartan to win three NCAA titles in a career.

Fynes, who is the ninth woman to win the 100 and the 200 in the same year in the 16 years of NCAA-sponsored championships, ran an 11.04 in the finals of the 100, the fastest time in the world this year. She also clocked the world's fastest time in the 200 with a 22.60. Fynes scored 20 of MSU's 24 points at the NCAA Championships, leading the Spartans to a ninth-place finish, the highest in program history.

A native of Cooper's Town, Bahamas, Fynes captured the 55-meter title at the 1997 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, becoming MSU's first-ever NCAA indoor titlist. Fynes ran a school-record 6.65 en route to the victory. She also finished third in the 200 meters (23.24) at the indoor championships to earn All-America honors.

In Big Ten Championships competition, Fynes won four titles this season, including the 100 and 200 at the outdoor championships. Fynes clocked an 11.09 in the 100 and posted a wind-aided 22.51 in the 200. She also ran a leg on the runner-up 4x100-meter relay team.

At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, Fynes won the 55 meters and the 200 meters, running 6.74 and 23.65, respectively.

Fynes was a silver medalist in the 4x100-meter relay for the Bahamas at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

RECENT WINNERS: 1996-Val Sterk (volleyball); 1995-Karen Winslow (soccer); 1994-Susan Francis (track & field); 1993-Jodi Blotcher (gymnastics); 1992-Misty Allison (cross country/track & field); 1991-Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse (swimming & diving); 1990-Julie Farrell (swimming & diving); 1989-Julie Farrell (swimming & diving); 1988-Michelle Ingalls (gymnastics); 1987-Odessa Smalls (track & field); 1986-Mary Schoenle (swimming & diving); 1985-Kelly Becker (volleyball); 1984-Deanne Moore (softball); 1983-Judi Brown (track & field); 1982-Molly Brennan (track & field).

Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor

Tyler Harlton photo
Tyler Harlton

MALE WINNER: Tyler Harlton (Hockey)

Junior Tyler Harlton helped guide the Spartans to a 23-13-4 record in 1996-97 and their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Voted the CCHA's Best Defensive Defenseman by the league coaches, he helped the Spartans lead the nation in penalty killing.

An Honorable Mention All-CCHA selection, Harlton served as team captain, the first non-senior to captain the Spartans since former Conference Medal of Honor recipient Don McSween in 1985-86. Offensively, Harlton contributed career highs in goals (2), assists (9) and points (11) in 1996-97.

Harlton is enrolled in the James Madison College, majoring in political theory and constitutional democracy. He has a 3.69 grade-point average and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All CCHA selection. Harlton was also named to the GTE Second-Team Academic All-District IV team.

RECENT WINNERS: 1996-Brian Picklo (wrestling); 1995-Emilio Collins (wrestling); 1994-Steve Wasylk (football); 1993-Dave Smith (cross country/track & field); 1992-Stuart Hirschman (baseball); 1991 Walt Bartels (hockey); 1990-Walt Bartels (hockey); 1989-Danton Cole (hockey); 1988-Michael Davidson (baseball); 1987-Dean Altobelli (football); 1986-Don McSween (hockey); 1985-Carlton Evans (lacrosse); 1984-Kelly Miller (hockey); 1983-Michael Brown (swimming & diving); 1982-Morten Andersen (football).

FEMALE WINNER: Val Sterk (Volleyball)

Val Sterk photo
Val Sterk

Senior Val Sterk closed out her stellar volleyball career by becoming MSU's first female team sport athlete to earn First-Team All-America honors twice. In 1996, she led the Spartans to their second-straight Big Ten Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Regional finals.

The Spartan middle led the Big Ten and the nation in hitting percentage with a .449 average. She is the only player in MSU history to hit .400 or better in two seasons and ended her career with a .379 hitting percentage. She is MSU's all-time leader with 128 block solos and ranks second all-time with 1,518 kills and 447 block assists.

The Spartan co-captain is the first volleyball player to earn First-Team All-Big Ten honors three times. She was also named to the 1996 Central Regional All-Tournament team and is currently training for the World University Games.

A native of Byron Center, Sterk is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She has a 3.19 grade-point average in elementary education. Sterk was named to the 1996 GTE Third-Team Academic All-America squad.

RECENT WINNERS: 1996-Patti Raduenz (softball); 1995-Laura Bell (cross country/track & field); 1994-Laura Bell (cross country/track & field); 1993-Ruth Aguayo (gymnastics); 1992-Misty Allison (cross country/track & field); 1991-Emily Coatney (soccer); 1990-Eileen Shea (basketball); 1989-Mary Schoenle (swimming & diving); 1988-Kim Hartwick (gymnastics); 1987-Lisa Marino (golf); 1986-Julie Polakowski (basketball); 1985-Kelly Belanger (basketball); 1984-Anne Pewe (cross country/track & field); 1983-Karen Wells (basketball); 1982-Lisa Speaker (golf).

Chester Brewer Leadership Award

Dana Cooke photo
Dana Cooke

CO-WINNERS: Dana Cooke (Volleyball); Tamika Matlock (Basketball)

For just the third time in the 45-year history of the Chester Brewer Award, co-winners were recognized. In 1991, Becky Belanger (volleyball) and Eileen Shea (basketball) shared the award, while Payton Fuller (soccer) and James Curzi (gymnastics) were co-recipients in 1966.

Senior Dana Cooke was a brilliant leader on and off the court during her four-year career at Michigan State. Her leadership, dedication and perseverance helped lead MSU to two Big Ten titles, three NCAA Tournament appearances and a Final Four berth in 1995.

One of the best all-around players to ever wear a Spartan uniform, she was an Honorable Mention All-America selection by Volleyball Magazine in 1996. A two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection, she turned in her greatest performances in MSU's biggest matches. In 1995, she was named the NCAA Mountain Regional MVP after leading MSU to a dramatic five game win over Hawaii and into the NCAA Final Four. In 1996, she overcame a severely sprained ankle to lead the Spartans to a first round victory over Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament. She went on to earn NCAA Central Regional All-Tournament team honors.

A native of Burlington, Ont., she is MSU's all-time leader and second on the Big Ten chart with 494 block assists. One of five players in MSU history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, she ranks fifth all-time with 1,226 kills and is third with 1,245 digs.

Academically, Cooke carries a 3.69 grade-point average with a dual major in advertising and studio art. She was a GTE First-Team Academic All-American in 1996 and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection during her career. Cooke has been named to the Dean's List three times and earned a perfect 4.0 during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Tamika Matlock photo
Tamika Matlock

Senior Tamika Matlock had a remarkable impact on the Spartan basketball program in her two seasons at MSU. After transferring from Arizona State, she joined the Spartans and became an instant leader, gaining the respect of her peers and the coaching staff.

A two-time captain, she guided MSU to a record of 40-19 in her two seasons, back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the program's first-ever Big Ten title in 1996-97.

A Second-Team All-Big Ten selection, she scored a career-high 7.8 points per game and led the Big Ten and the nation with a 7.63 assists per game average. A native of Detroit, she dished out a total of 229 assists in 1996-97, becoming the first Spartan to top the 200-assist mark in a season. She ranks third on the MSU all-time chart with 403 assists.

She posted double-figure assists 11 times in her 59-game career, including an MSU-record 15 assists against California on Dec. 21, 1996.

Matlock is the first person in her family to earn a college degree, graduating from Michigan State in May with a degree in criminal justice.

RECENT WINNERS: 1996-Courtney DeBolt (volleyball); 1995-Eric Snow (basketball); 1994-Rob Fredrickson (football); 1993-Steve Johnson (baseball); 1992-Mike Gilmore (hockey); 1991-Becky Belanger (volleyball) and Eileen Shea (basketball); 1990-Chris Willertz (football); 1989-Sheila Ovenhouse (softball); 1988-Pat Shurmur (football); 1987-Shane Bullough (football); 1986-Anthony Bell (football); 1985-Kelly Miller (hockey); 1984-Michael Brown (swimming & diving); 1983-Eliot Tabron (track & field); 1982-Shawn White (wrestling).

Dr. James Feurig Achievement & Service Award

Stephanie Dueringer photo
Stephanie Dueringer

WINNER: Stephanie Dueringer (Cross Country/Track & Field)

Senior Stephanie Dueringer has been a standout in two sports throughout her Spartan career. In cross country, Dueringer was MSU's No. 1 runner, finishing fifth at the Big Ten Championship to earn All Big Ten honors for the second-straight season. She went on to finish second at the NCAA District IV Championship and 23rd at the NCAA Championship, earning All-America honors for the first time in her career.

In track and field, Dueringer had an outstanding campaign, finishing eighth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-America honors. During the outdoor season, she was named the Outstanding Female Athlete at the prestigious SeaRay Relays after winning the 5,000 meters and running a leg on the winning distance medley relay team. Dueringer went on to finish fifth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-America honors.

In the classroom, the Champaign, Ill., native is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection in cross country and track and field with a 3.38 grade-point average in physical education and exercise science. Dueringer is a teaching assistant for gross anatomy and was on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

She also served on the drug and alcohol committee for MSU student-athletes, is a member of the Varsity Club and has been involved in Special Olympics and senior citizen activities. Dueringer has coordinated speeches and skits for local elementary schools about drug and alcohol prevention and is volunteering at the C. Weaver Physical Therapy clinic.

RECENT WINNERS: 1996-Susan Gibson (soccer); 1995-Angela Howard (gymnastics); 1994-Mill Coleman (football); 1993-Molly West (tennis) and Chris Brown (track & field); 1992-Matt Steigenga (basketball); 1991-Jason Muzzatti (hockey); 1990-Dawna Wilson (gymnastics) and Todd Mercer (swimming & diving); 1989-Kelly Collister (volleyball); 1988-Keiko Timmerman (gymnastics); 1987-Kristen Nelson (swimming & diving) and Barry Fordham (basketball); 1986-John Wojciehowski (football); 1985 Bob Fossum (golf) and Riney Wilke (lacrosse); 1984-Michael Brown (swimming & diving); 1983-Syd Wells (golf); 1982-Molly Brennan (track & field).

Athletes of the Year

REID FRIEDRICHS
Michigan State University
Soccer
Sr., Ann Arbor, MI
1996-97 Male Athlete of the Year

Senior Reid Friedrichs was named the 1996 Big Ten Player of the Year after guiding the Spartans to a 12-5-2 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Big Ten Conference, the best in school history.

The Spartan goalie posted a 0.68 goals-against average to lead the Big Ten Conference and the Great Lakes Region and rank fifth nationally. A two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection, he posted a 12-4-1 record in goal.

The Mideast Region Second Team honoree posted an MSU-record 9.5 shutouts in 1997 and finished his career ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 22.5 career shutouts. During one stretch of the season, he recorded six-straight shutouts and earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

A native of Ann Arbor, Friedrichs posted a 0.90 goals-against average in his 59 game career, good for fourth on the Big Ten all-time chart. He is also the Big Ten's all time leader with 361 career saves.

Following the 1996 campaign, Friedrichs was selected to the 1997 Umbro Select College All-Star Classic and was the starting keeper for the West squad. He later was drafted by the Detroit Rockers of the National Professional Soccer League.

SEVATHEDA FYNES
Michigan State University
Track & Field
Jr., Cooper's Town, Bahamas
1996-97 Female Athlete of the Year

Junior Sevatheda Fynes won three NCAA titles and four Big Ten championships in 1997. The world-class sprinter captured the 100 meter and 200 meter titles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the first Spartan to win three NCAA titles in a career.

Fynes, who is the ninth woman to win the 100 and the 200 in the same year in the 16 years of NCAA-sponsored championships, ran an 11.04 in the finals of the 100, the fastest time in the world this year. She also clocked the fastest time in the world in the 200 with a time of 22.60. Fynes scored 20 of MSU's 24 points at the NCAA Championships, leading the Spartans to a ninth-place finish, the highest in program history.

A native of Cooper's Town, Bahamas, Fynes captured the 55 meters title at the 1997 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, becoming MSU's first-ever NCAA indoor titlist. Fynes ran a school-record 6.65 en route to the victory. She also finished third in the 200 meters (23.24) at the indoor championships, to earn All-America honors.

In Big Ten Championships competition, Fynes won four titles this season, including the 100 and 200 at the outdoor championships. Fynes clocked an 11.09 in the 100 and posted a wind-aided 22.51 in the 200. She also ran a leg on the runner up 4x100-meter relay team.

At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, Fynes won the 55 meters and the 200 meters, running 6.74 and 23.65, respectively.

Fynes was a silver medalist in the 4x100-meter relay for the Bahamas at the 1996 Summer Olympics.