Asbury Athletics Announces Annual Awards
Asbury athletics wrapped up their yearly awards night on Thursday, inviting the finalists for department-wide awards to a luncheon on Thursday afternoon. This marks a change from recent years where every team handed out their season awards along with the department awards.
Among the awards handed out were scholarships; Ted Harper Award, Stuart Smith Award, Frank and Lucille Fryam Award, Zweifel Award and Pritchett Award. The department also awarded the Gamble Walker Award to the most outstanding senior athlete, male and female.
This year’s winner of the Ted Harper Award, given to a tennis player who best exemplifies hard work and Christian leadership, was sophomore Kara Kaneko. Similarly, the Stuart Smith Award is given to any athlete that best demonstrates hard work and Christian leadership, and this year’s winner was junior Chad Warner(baseball).
The Frank and Lucille Fryman Award is given to one male and one female that signify strong Christian witness and dedication to service, along with excellence as a student-athlete and potential leadership. This year’s winners were Julie Jarboe (women’s basketball and softball) and Caleb Griffin (men’s soccer). The Fryman award is given in honor of Frank and Lucille, Frank was a worker for the physical plant on campus and Lucielle worked in the campus bookstore.
The Zweifel Award is given to one male and one female student-athlete that maintains a 3.0 GPA as well as makes significant contributions to their team. This year’s winners were Jessie Bartlow (volleyball) and Scott Layton (men’s tennis). This award is given to honor the legacy of service and the commitment to Asbury athletics made by Coach Cecil Zweifel. Coach Zweifel developed the Health, Physical Education and Recreation program and was the catalyst for the beginning of the intercollegiate athletic program, and was a leader in raising funds for the Luce Center. He served as Athletic Director, baseball coach, soccer coach and men’s tennis coach.
The Pritchett Award is given to one male and one female student-athlete and is awarded to the senior with the highest GPA. This year’s winners were Laura Carroll (women’s basketball) and Tyler Decker (men’s swimming). This award honors the legacy of Coach Rita Pritchett who served Asbury as volleyball coach, softball coach, tennis coach and track and field coach. Pritchett was the first female athletic director in the state of Kentucky when she took over in 1989. She also served Asbury as an instructor in the HPER department.
The Gamble Walker Award is given annually to the most outstanding senior athlete, male and female. This year’s winners were Laura Carroll (women’s basketball) and Adam Delph (men’s basketball). Carroll set the school record for points scored (1,654) and second in assists. She helped lead the Eagles to their first conference title in 2012. Delph leaves the school in the top-10 in points, blocks, assists and steals. He led the KIAC in scoring as a senior in 2013 at 18.7 points per game. Delph missed the 2011-12 season after tearing his ACL but recovered in time to lead the Eagles to the 2013 KIAC Tournament Championship Game. He was a vital member of the 2011 KIAC regular season tri-champions.