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.

2013 Winners


2013
Le'Veon Bell
Football
MALE WINNER: Le'Veon Bell, Football

A first-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) and Doak Walker Award semifinalist, junior running back Le'Veon Bell delivered one of the most productive offensive seasons in school history in 2012. Bell won the Big Ten overall rushing title by averaging 137.9 yards per game, which also ranked third in the NCAA FBS, to become the first Spartan to win the Big Ten overall rushing title since Tico Duckett in 1990. In addition, Bell's 1,793 rushing yards ranked fifth in the NCAA FBS and marked the second-highest single-season total in MSU history. He also led the NCAA FBS with 382 carries - the third-best single-season total in school history and fourth highest in the Big Ten record book. Bell accounted for 92 percent of Michigan State's rushing yards (1,793 of 1,942) and 78 percent of its rushing attempts (382 of 492) in 2012. An All-America selection by CollegeFootballNews.com (first team), Phil Steele (fourth team) and SI.com (honorable mention), Bell was named recipient of the 2012 Elite Running Back Trophy (National Running Back of the Year) by the College Football Performance Awards.

 

2013
Caroline Powers
Golf
FEMALE CO-WINNER: Caroline Powers, Golf

The most decorated women's golfer in Michigan State history, senior Caroline Powers is only the second women's athlete in Michigan State history to earn the Alderton Award three times, joining diver Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse (1989-91). Named the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year, Powers completed her career as the school's all-time record holder in scoring average (74.26) and owns the top three single-season scoring averages in program history, including her record 73.53 she set as a sophomore. A three-time honorable mention All-American and All-Big Ten First Team selection, Powers helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place. In her senior season, Powers posted six top-10 finishes in MSU's 11 tournaments and compiled a 73.81 average, the third lowest in school history. Powers finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-over 219 and was named to the All-Championships Team for the third straight year. She closed the season ranked No. 30 in the nation by Golfweek and had the highest Golfweek/Sagarin rating in Big Ten competition with a 72.11.

 

2013
Beth Rohl
Track & Field
FEMALE CO-WINNER: Beth Rohl, Track & Field

Senior Beth Rohl left Michigan State as the best female thrower in school history. Kicking off her senior season, Rohl earned the honor of 2013 Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning a gold medal in the weight throw competition with a then-school record. She ended her indoor career with a bang, winning a silver medal at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw. For the third time in the 2013 season, Rohl broke her own school record and the 73-feet mark with a throw of 22.31m/73-2½. Building on the stellar indoor season, Rohl won her fifth career Big Ten title in the discus among a highly competitive field at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. As the Big Ten discus record holder, she earned her fifth Big Ten outdoor medal of her career. Her career concluded by finishing a career-best third in the women’s discus competition. Rohl leaves MSU as the most decorated Spartan thrower of all time with seven All-America honors.



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
     

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.

2013 Winners


2013
Jacob Jarzen
Swimming and Diving
MALE WINNER: Jacob Jarzen, Swimming and Diving

Among the elite collegiate swimmers in the nation, Jacob Jarzen is one of the most accomplished swimmers in Michigan State history, holding six individual school records. A three-time Michigan State Swimmer of the Year, Jarzen was one of only 30 NCAA invitees who competed in the maximum of three events at the 2013 NCAA Championships (100 butterfly, 100 and 200 backstroke). Jarzen broke his own school record in the 100 butterfly at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, turning in a time of 46.08 in the finals. The two-time CSCAA honorable mention All-American also owns school records in the 100 freestyle (43.70), 200 freestyle (1:35.73), 100 backstroke (46.68), 200 backstroke (1:42.19) and 200 individual medley (1:46.60). In addition, he was a member of the school-record 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. Jarzen, who was named to the 2012 Scholar All-America Team by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

 

2013
Caroline Powers
Women's Golf
FEMALE WINNER: Caroline Powers, Women's Golf

Named the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year, Caroline Powers completed her career as the school's all-time record holder in scoring average (74.26) and owns the top three single-season scoring averages in program history, including her record 73.53 she set as a sophomore. A three-time honorable mention All-American and All-Big Ten First Team selection, Powers helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place. In her senior season, Powers posted six top-10 finishes in MSU's 11 tournaments and compiled a 73.81 average, the third lowest in school history. Powers finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-over 219 and was named to the All-Championships Team for the third straight year. She closed the season ranked No. 30 in the nation by Golfweek and had the highest Golfweek/Sagarin rating in Big Ten competition with a 72.11. In the classroom, Powers graduated in May with a 3.87 GPA in elementary education and earned All-America Scholar honors from the NGCA three times and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar twice. She was named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dinah Shore Trophy Award by the LPGA Foundation, which is awarded to a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service.


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

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.

2013 Winner


2013
Caroline Powers
Women's Golf
WINNER: Caroline Powers, Women's Golf

Named the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year, Caroline Powers completed her career as the school's all-time record holder in scoring average (74.26) and owns the top three single-season scoring averages in program history, including her record 73.53 she set as a sophomore. A three-time honorable mention All-American and All-Big Ten First Team selection, Powers helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place. In her senior season, Powers posted six top-10 finishes in MSU's 11 tournaments and compiled a 73.81 average, the third lowest in school history. Powers finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-over 219 and was named to the All-Championships Team for the third straight year. She closed the season ranked No. 30 in the nation by Golfweek and had the highest Golfweek/Sagarin rating in Big Ten competition with a 72.11. In the classroom, Powers graduated in May with a 3.87 GPA in elementary education and earned All-America Scholar honors from the NGCA three times and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar twice. She was named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dinah Shore Trophy Award by the LPGA Foundation, which is awarded to a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service. In addition, Powers was the recipient of Michigan State's Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award. The award is presented to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the goals of the PACT (Putting Athletes and Community Together) program, excelling in the field of community service and outreach. As the President of the 2012-13 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Powers actively participated in numerous events throughout the Greater Lansing area, including March is Reading Month, Chuck A Puck, Teddy Bear Toss, and the Student-Athlete Food Drive.



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

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.

2013 Winner


2013
Kevin Jackson
Track & Field
WINNER: Kevin Jackson, Track & Field

Twice named an Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, senior Kevin Jackson excelled not only on the field, but made a significant impact in the classroom and the community. As a three-year Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative, Jackson has shown an outstanding commitment to the overall mission of Student-Athlete Support Services at Michigan State. A two-time NCAA East preliminary-round qualifier in the high jump, Jackson was the recipient of the 2013 MSU Multicultural Award, presented to the student-athlete who promotes inclusion as well as exhibits strong leadership in the areas of community service and diversity programming. Jackson also served as the MSU representative to the Big Ten SAAC and was a 2011 NCAA Leadership Forum participant. He involves himself in a variety of outreach activities while also serving as a leader and role model to other student-athletes. As a public administration and public policy major, the three-time letterwinner graduated in May and is planning to attend law school in the fall.



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