Alderton Award | Conference Medal of Honor | Brewer Award | Feurig Award

GEORGE ALDERTON ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

The George Alderton Athlete of the Year Award is given annually to one male and one female student-athlete. The award is named for George Alderton, a former sports editor of the Lansing State Journal, who is credited with bestowing Michigan State's athletic teams with the "Spartan" nickname in 1926.

2016 Winners


2016
Denzel Valentine
Basketball
MALE WINNER: Denzel Valentine, Basketball

Denzel Valentine's 2015-16 season was the most decorated individual campaign in Michigan State basketball history as the senior guard collected six National Player of the Year awards.

A native of Lansing, Michigan, Valentine averaged 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists in becoming the only player in NCAA history to average 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists since the assist became an official statistic in 1983-84. He is the first player to lead the Big Ten in overall scoring and assists since Iowa's Andre Woolridge in 1997. He ranked fourth in the nation in assists (7.8 apg), eighth in 3-point field goals per game (3.35) and 11th in 3-point field-goal percentage (.444).

A consensus First-Team All-American, Valentine was named National Player of the Year by the Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Basketball Times, Sports Illustrated, USA TODAY Sports and NBC Sports. He was the recipient of both the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award as presented by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and the Senior CLASS Award. Valentine became the eighth Spartan to be named Big Ten Player of the Year, and was a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection. He led the Spartans to the 2016 Big Ten Tournament Championship and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament after averaging 17.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists in the three games.

 

2016
Aerial Powers
Basketball
FEMALE WINNER: Aerial Powers, Basketball

During her three seasons at Michigan State, junior Aerial Powers rewrote Spartan women's basketball record book.

Powers became the first Spartan women's basketball player to earn third-team Associated Press All-America honors during the 2015-16 campaign, along with garnering honorable mention WBCA All-America honors. She also earned honorable mention All-America accolades following her sophomore season. She was also the first Spartan to be named First-Team All-Big Ten three times. The Detroit, Michigan, native had another record-setting season in 2015-16, becoming the MSU career scoring leader with 1,817 career points, passing Shimek's 1,780 points from 2002-06. Powers also passed her own single-season scoring record with 697 points this season, topping her 678 points last year. Additionally, Powers is the current MSU record holder for career points per game at 18.9. She also ended her career with 937 rebounds, passing Kris Emerson (933 rebounds; 1983-87) for No. 4 on the Spartans' career rebounds list.



1982
Ron Scott
Hockey

1982
Molly Brennan
Track

1983
Ron Scott
Hockey

*1983
Judy Brown
Track

1984
Carl Banks
Football

1984
Deanne Moore
Softball

1985
Sam Vincent
Basketball

1985
Kelly Becker
Volleyball

1986
Mike Donnelly
Hockey

1986
Lorenzo White
Football

1986
Scott Skiles
Basketball

1986
Mary Schoenle
Swimming

1987
Don McSween
Hockey

1987
Odessa Smalls
Track

1988
Todd Krumm
Football/Baseball

1988
Michelle Ingalls
Gymnastics

1989
Bobby Reynolds
Hockey

1989
Julie
Farrell-Ovenhouse
Diving

1990
Kip Miller
Hockey

1990
Percy Snow
Football

1990
Julie
Farrell-Ovenhouse
Diving

1991
Steve Smith
Basketball

1991
Julie
Farrell-Ovenhouse
Diving

1992
Anthony Hamm
Cross Country/Track

1992
Misty Allison
Cross Country/Track

1993
Brian Smolinski
Hockey

1993
Jodi Blotcher
Gymnastics

1994
Emilio Collins
Wresting

1994
Susan Francis
Track

1995
Shawn Respert
Basketball

1995
Karen Winslow
Soccer

1996
David Morgan
Wrestling

1996
Val Sterk
Volleyball

1997
Reid Friedrichs
Soccer

1997
Sevatheda Fynes
Track & Field

1998
Chad Alban
Hockey

1998
Jill Lusher
Field Hockey

1999
Mateen Cleaves
Basketball

1999
Mike York
Hockey

1999
Carrie Carpenter
Softball

2000
Mateen Cleaves
Basketball

2000
Emily Bastel
Golf

2001
Ryan Miller
Hockey

2001
Summer Mitchell
Swimming & Diving

2002
Paul Terek
Track/Field

2002
Emily Bastel
Golf

2003
Charles Rogers
Football

2003
Michelle Carson
Cross Country

2003
Jamie Krzyminski
Cross Country/
Track & Field

2004
Jeff Smoker
Football

2004
Jamie Krzyminski
Cross Country/
Track & Field

2005
Nick Simmons
Wrestling

2005
Kristin Haynie
Basketball

2006
Brad Gebauer
Track & Field

2006
Liz Shimek
Basketball

2007
Sara Brown
Golf

2007
Jeff Lerg
Hockey

2008
Jeff Lerg
Hockey

2008
Sara Brown
Golf

2009
Franklin Gomez
Wrestling

2009
Nicole Bush
Cross Country/
Track & Field

2010
Greg Jones
Football

2010
Floor Rijpma
Field Hockey

2011
Greg Jones
Football

2011
Emily MacLeod
Track
Cross Country

2011
Caroline Powers
Golf

2012
Draymond Green
Basketball

2012
Laura Heyboer
Soccer

2012
Caroline Powers
Golf

2013
Le'Veon Bell
Football

2013
Caroline Power
Golf

2013
Beth Rohl
Track & Field

2014
Darqueze Dennard
Football

2014
Allyssa Ferrell
Golf

2015
Jake Hildebrand
Hockey

2015
Leah O'Connor
Cross Country/Track and Field

CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR

The Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor is awarded annually to a male and female athlete at each of the Big Ten institutions to the students demonstrating the greatest proficiency in scholarship and athletics. The Conference Medal of Honor was awarded solely to male athletes from 1951-1981; beginning in 1982, a male and female recipient were named at each Big Ten institution.

2016 Winners


2016
Jack Allen
Football
MALE WINNER: Jack Allen, Football

One of the most decorated players in school history, center Jack Allen became just the third Spartan offensive lineman to earn first-team All-America honors twice and only the 15th player overall in school history following a stellar senior season in which the team captain helped lead Michigan State to a Big Ten Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff. Allen was just as productive off the field, landing on the Academic All-Big Ten team for the fourth year in a row, becoming just the 21st player in the history of the program to be recognized on the team four times. Allen, who graduated in December 2015 with a 3.31 GPA in hospitality business, also was named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society and was a semifinalist for the 2015 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy (nation's top scholar-athlete). A year after picking up USA TODAY First-Team All-America accolades as a junior in 2014, Allen made the first team as a senior in 2015, according to The Associated Press, CBSSports.com and SI.com. He also was named a finalist for Rimington Trophy (nation's top center) for the second consecutive season.

 

2016
Lisa Burt
Gymnastics
FEMALE WINNER: Lisa Burt, Gymnastics

Voted team MVP in both 2015 and 2016, senior Lisa Burt graduated with the highest accumulated point total in Spartan gymnastics history. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection concluded her collegiate career as a two-time All-Big Ten performer, participating in the postseason three times in her career. She made the regional field as an individual in 2013 (freshman) and 2014 (sophomore). In 2015, the Spartans qualified as a team, but Burt missed the competition with injury. She was seventh in the All-Around with a 39.200 in 2014 at the Baton Rouge regional, and was fourth at the Athens regional this season (39.275) and finished 34th overall at the NCAA meet.


Past Winners

 

1951
Everett Grandelius
Football

1952
Orris Bender
Wrestling

1953
John Wilson
Football

1954
Robert Hoke
Wrestling

1955
Kevan Gosper
Track

1956
Carl Nystrom
Football

1957
Selwyn Jones
Track

1958
Robert Jasson
Hockey

1959
Robert Anderegg
Basketball

1960
Stan Tarshis
Gymnastics

1961
William Reynolds
Track/Cross Country

1962
Edward Ryan
Football

1963
Richard Schloemer
Fencing

1964
George (Pete) Gent
Basketball

1965
David Price
Gymnastics

1966
Steve Juday
Football

1967
Eugene Washington
Football/Track

1968
Dale Anderson
Wrestling

1969
Allen Brenner
Football

1970
Richard Saul
Football

1971
Thomas Muir
Wrestling

1972
Herb Washington
Track

1973
Kenneth Popejoy
Track

1974
Robert Cassleman
Track

1975
Dennis Olmstead
Hockey

1976
Pat Milkovich
Wrestling

1977
Tyrone Willingham
Football/Baseball

1978
Larry Bethea
Football

1979
Gregory Kelser
Basketball

1980
Mark Brammer
Football

1981
Jay Vincent
Basketball
 
 

1982
Morten Anderson
Football

1982
Lisa Speaker
Golf

1983
Michael Brown
Swimming/Diving

1983
Karen Wells
Basketball

1984
Kelly Miller
Hockey

1984
Anne Pewe
CC/Track

1985
Carlton Evans
Lacrosse

1985
Kelly Belanger
Basketball

1986
Don McSween
Hockey

1986
Julie Polakowski
Basketball

1987
Dean Altobelli
Football

1987
Lisa Marino
Golf

1988
Michael Davidson
Baseball

1988
Kimberly Hartwick
Gymnastics

1989
Danton Cole
Hockey

1989
Mary Schoenle
Swimming/Diving

1990
Walt Bartels
Hockey

1990
Eileen Shea
Basketball

1991
Walt Bartels
Hockey

1991
Emily Coatney
Soccer

1992
Stuart Hirschman
Baseball

1992
Misty Allison
Cross Country/Track

1993
Dave Smith
Track & Field

1993
Ruth Aguayo
Gymnastics

1994
Steve Wasylk
Football

1994
Laura Bell
Cross Country/Track

1995
Emilio Collins
Wrestling

1995
Laura Bell
Cross Country/Track

1996
Brian Picklo
Wrestling

1996
Patti Raduenz
Softball

1997
Tyler Harlton
Hockey

1997
Val Sterk
Volleyball

1998
Tyler Harlton
Hockey

1998
Melissa Pryor
Field Hockey

1999
Steve Schell
Cross Country/
Track & Field

1999
Carrie Carpenter
Softball

2000
Shawn Horcoff
Hockey

2000
Carly Weiden
Swimming/Diving

2001
Shawn Mason
Football

2001
Carly Weiden
Swimming/Diving

2002
Josh Thornhill
Football

2002
Carly Weiden
Swimming/Diving

2002
Krista Buzzell
Crew

2003
Tyler Robinson
Soccer

2003
Stephanie Anisko
Swimming/Diving

2004
Steve Manz
Track & Field

2004
Michelle Carson
Cross Country/Track

2005
Chris Hill
Basketball

2005
Veerle Goudswaard
Field Hockey

2006
Drew Stanton
Football

2006
Liz Shimek
Basketball

2007
Drew Stanton
Football

2007
Kristen Coleman
Gymnastics

2008
Drew Neitzel
Basketball

2008
Kate Burdick
Rowing

2009
Doug DeMartin
Soccer

2009
Sarah Schmidt
Rowing

2010
Blair White
Football

2010
Allyssa DeHaan
Women's Basketball

2011
Brandon Eckerle
Baseball

2011
Aimee Neff
Golf

2012
Kirk Cousins
Football

2012
Jenilee Rathje
Volleyball

2013
Jacob Jarzen
Swimming and Diving

2013
Caroline Powers
Women's Golf

2014
Greg Wolfe
Men's Hockey

2014
Kristen Henn
Field Hockey

2015
Mike Sadler
Football

2015
Abby Barker
Field Hockey

THE CHESTER L. BREWER AWARD

Awarded annually to a graduating senior for distinguished performance in athletics and scholarship, and for possessing a high degree of character, personality, competitive spirit and other leadership qualities which forecast a successful future. The award is named for Chester Brewer, Michigan Agricultural College's first full-time athletics director and one of the Spartans' most successful coaches, compiling impressive records in football, baseball and basketball. He is a member of the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame.

2016 Winner


2016
Jack Allen
Football
WINNER: Jack Allen, Football

One of the most decorated players in school history, center Jack Allen became just the third Spartan offensive lineman to earn first-team All-America honors twice and only the 15th player overall in school history following a stellar senior season in which the team captain helped lead Michigan State to a Big Ten Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff. Allen was just as productive off the field, landing on the Academic All-Big Ten team for the fourth year in a row, becoming just the 21st player in the history of the program to be recognized on the team four times. Allen, who graduated in December 2015 with a 3.31 GPA in hospitality business, also was named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society and was a semifinalist for the 2015 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy (nation's top scholar-athlete). A year after picking up USA TODAY First-Team All-America accolades as a junior in 2014, Allen made the first team as a senior in 2015, according to The Associated Press, CBSSports.com and SI.com. He also was named a finalist for Rimington Trophy (nation's top center) for the second consecutive season.



1951
Everett Grandelius
Football

1952
Robert Carey
Football/Track/Basketball

1953
Bert McLachlan
Swimming

1954
Tom Yewcic
Football/Baseball

1955
John Matsock
Football/Baseball

1956
Earl Morrall
Football/Baseball

1957
Pat Wilson
Football/Basketball

1958
Dave Lean
Track/Cross Country

1959
Sam Williams
Football

1960
Crawford "Forddy" Kennedy
Cross Country/Track

1961
William Steuart
Swimming

1962
Stephen Johnson
Gymnastics

1963
George Azar
Football/Baseball

1964
Sherman Lewis
Track/Football

1965
Douglas Roberts
Hockey/Football

1966
Payton Fuller
Soccer

1966
James Curzi
Gymnastics

1967
Gary Dilley
Swimming

1968
John Bailey
Basketball/Golf

1969
Toby Towson
Gymnastics

1970
Ronald Saul
Football

1971
Kim Hartman
Cross Country/Track

1972
Greg Johnson
Wrestling

1973
Jerry Sackmann
Baseball

1974
Val Washington
Lacrosse

1975
No Award Presented

1976
Thomas Ross
Hockey

1977
Gary Domagalski
Golf

1978
Jeff Rudolph
Gymnastics

1979
Rodger Bastien
Baseball

1980
Terry Donnelly
Basketball

1981
Ray Stachowicz
Football

1982
Shawn White
Wrestling

1983
Eliot Tabron
Track

1984
Michael Brown
Swimming

1985
Kelly Miller
Hockey

1986
Anthony Bell
Football

1987
Shane Bullough
Football

1988
Patrick Shumur
Football

1989
Sheila Ovenhouse
Softball

1990
Chris Willertz
Football

1991
Becky Belanger
Volleyball

1991
Eileen Shea
Basketball

1992
Michael Gilmore
Hockey

1993
Steve Johnson
Baseball

1994
Rob Fredrickson
Football

1995
Eric Snow
Basketball

1996
Courtney DeBolt
Volleyball

1997
Dana Cooke
Volleyball

1997
Tamika Matlock
Basketball

1998
Kyle Baker
Cross Country

1999
Melissa Pryor
Field Hockey

2000
Leah Nilsson
Cross Country/Track

2001
Ann Cieszkowski
Soccer

2002
Adam Hall
Ice Hockey

2003
Sandy Lewis
Softball

2004
Allison Fouch
Golf

2005
Kristin Haynie
Basketball

2006
R. J. Boudro
Wrestling

2007
Taren James
Track

2008
Ryan Brehm
Golf

2009
Jeff Lerg
Hockey

2010
Kelly Moffit
Gymnastics

2011
Brandon Eckerle
Baseball

2012
Kirk Cousins
Football

2013
Caroline Powers
Golf

2014
Kristen Kelsay
Volleyball

2015
Kori Moster
Volleyball

DR. JAMES S. FEURIG ACHIEVEMENT & SERVICE AWARD

The James S. Feurig Achievement & Service Award is presented annually to a male or female graduating senior involved in athletics as a competitor or in a supporting role. The recipient should carry a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or better, and in addition to athletic and academic success, demonstrate involvement in school/campus and community activities. The selected individual should best exemplify the qualities and lofty ideals representative of the late Dr. Feurig, who served as MSU team physician and director of the MSU Health Center from 1953-1975.

2016 Winner


2016
Sarah Kovan
Soccer
WINNER: Sarah Kovan, Soccer

Sarah Kovan made a substantial impact on the Spartan women's soccer program, both on and off the field, during her four years, but her greater contributions to the global community are just beginning. A member of the Honors College who graduated last month with degrees in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and human biology in the College of Natural Science, Kovan was selected as a Rhodes Scholar in November 2015. She is MSU's 17th Rhodes Scholar.



1977
Herb Lindsay
Track/Cross Country

1978
Joan Garety
Golf

1979
Kevin Willitts
Lacrosse

1980
Michael Longaker
Basketball

1981
Ivan Merritt
Gymnastics

1982
Molly Brennan
Track

1983
Syd Wells
Golf

1984
Michael Brown
Swimming/Diving

1985
Bob Fossum
Golf

1985
Riney Wilke
Lacrosse

1986
John Wojciechowski
Football

1987
Kristin Nelson
Swimming

1987
Barry Fordham
Basketball

1988
Keiko Timmerman
Gymnastics

1989
Kelly Colliester
Volleyball

1990
Dawna Wilson
Gymnastics

1991
Jason Muzzatti
Hockey

1992
Matt Steigenga
Basketball

1993
Molly West
Tennis

1993
Chris Brown
Track & Field

1994
Mill Coleman
Football

1995
Angela Howard
Gymnastics

1996
Susan Gibson
Soccer

1997
Stephanie Dueringer
Cross Country/Track & Field

1998
Dave Mudge
Football

1999
Melissa Pryor
Field Hockey

2000
Jennifer Hanink
Soccer

2001
Deb White
Field Hockey

2002
Adam Hall
Ice Hockey

2003
Brad Fast
ice Hockey

2004
Joe Tate
Football

2005
Erin Carlson
Soccer

2006
Taren James
Track and Field

2007
John Masters
Football

2008
Matthew McNichols
Swimming/Diving

2009
Katlyn Roggensack
Gymnastics

2010
Ross Weaver
Football

2011
Jenilee Rathje
Volleyball

2012
Jenilee Rathje
Volleyball

2013
Kevin Jackson
Track & Field

2014
Kristen Kelsay
Volleyball

2015
Ryan Keener
Men's Soccer