Victors Awards Show Set for April 28

GO HUSKIES The 2014 Victors Awards will be held on April 28
GO HUSKIES
The 2014 Victors Awards will be held on April 28
GO HUSKIES

April 9, 2014

DEKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois Athletics’ fifth annual awards banquet “The Victors” is set for Monday, April 28 at 8 p.m. CT at the historic Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb. Huskie fans are invited to join in celebrating the accomplishments of NIU student-athletes at the red-carpet event; tickets are available now by calling 815-753-1923 or visiting EgyptianTheatre.org, the cost is $20.

Tickets will also be available at the door the night of The Victors, doors will open at 6:45 p.m. The Egyptian Theatre is located at 135 North Second Street in DeKalb.

An all-sports, ESPY-style awards show, “The Victors” will feature live performances, musical numbers and awards presentations by several NIU student-athletes and staff. A total of 26 awards will be handed out, including male and female athlete of the year, newcomer of the year and coach of the year, along with Mr. and Ms. Victor E. Huskie, an award given to student-athletes who represent a commitment to developing as a champion in the classroom, in competition and in life. Results for the 2013 spring, 2013 fall and 2013-14 winter sports were considered in the nominations.

NIU coaches nominated student-athletes for the awards and that list is narrowed down to the finalists in each category by members of the Huskie Athletics Student Services Committee. Winners for the awards will be selected by a vote from each team and each office within the athletic department. Once again this year, fans will be able to participate in selecting the play of the year award by voting at NIUHuskies.com. The play of the year nominees will be announced next week.

The following is a list of 2014 award finalists:

Newcomer of the Year (Male)    
Aaric Armstead, Men’s Basketball
Simon Formont, Men’s Tennis
Tommy Hook, Baseball
Shaun'Qae McMurtry, Wrestling
Jamaal Payton, Football

Newcomer of the Year (Female)    
Alex Elias, Women’s Soccer
Ally Lehman, Women’s Basketball
Megan Gilliam, Gymnastics
Mary Grace Kelly, Volleyball
Jenna Radtke, Volleyball

Community Service (Male)
Shawn Foley, Men’s Golf
Michael Gegner, Football
Connor Schomig, Baseball
Joe Windsor, Football

Community Service (Female)
Arantza De La Torre, Women’s Tennis
Taylor Ellett, Women’s Golf
Peyton Gunnison, Women’s Golf
Lauren Noonan, Women’s Soccer

Huskie Heart    
Antone Christian, Men’s Basketball
Tyler Loos, Football
Danny Pulliam, Women’s Basketball
Lauren Zielinski, Volleyball

Huskie Pride    
Paige Dacanay, Volleyball
Morgan Johnson, Gymnastics
Alex Morrow, Football
Connor Schomig, Baseball

Team of the Year (Male)    
Baseball     
Men's Basketball    
Football     
Men's Tennis    

Team of the Year (Female)    
Gymnastics    
Softball     
Volleyball     

Athlete of the Year (Male)    
Axel Lagerlof, Men’s Tennis
Jordan Lynch, Football
Alex Klonowski, Baseball
Jordan Threloff, Men’s Basketball

Athlete of the Year (Female)    
Sarah Angelos, Volleyball
Amanda Corral, Women’s Basketball
Kim Gotlund, Gymnastics
Mackenzie Roddy, Volleyball
Amanda Sheppard, Softball
Nelle Youel, Women’s Tennis

Academic Excellence (Male)    
Eli Anderson, Baseball
Dor Amir, Men’s Tennis
Shawn Foley, Men’s Golf
Dominique Ware, Football

Academic Excellence (Female)    
Kim Gotlund, Gymnastics
Shelby Miller, Softball
Justine Schepler, Volleyball
Juliane Totzke, Cross Country

Huskie Vision    
Natecia Augusta, Women’s Basketball
Derek Elmore, Wrestling
Isaac Kannah, Men’s Soccer
Jessica Sturm, Softball

Staff Excellence    
Sam Baker    
Ken Gasser    
Kim Gatz    
Judy Santacaterina    

Coach of the Year (Male)    
Rod Carey, Football
Patrick Fisher, Men’s Tennis
Ed Mathey, Baseball
Mark Montgomery, Men’s Basketball

Coach of the Year (Female)    
Ray Gooden, Volleyball
Sam Morreale, Gymnastics
Christina Sutcliffe, Softball

Unsung Hero    
Jamie Burr, Cross Country
Peyton Gunnison, Women’s Golf
Shane Rosenberry, Wrestling
Jenna Thorp, Women’s Basketball

Mr. Victor E. Huskie    
Eli Anderson, Baseball
Dusty Page, Men’s Soccer
Jared Torrence, Wrestling
Jared Volk, Football

Ms. Victor E. Huskie    
Kim Gotlund, Gymnastics
Courtney Ksiazek, Women’s Soccer
Shelby Miller, Softball
Justine Schepler, Volleyball