USI’s top student athletes

I’ll just let the news release speak for itself:

In an evening that celebrates the accomplishments of the University of Southern Indiana student athletes during the 2012-13 year, senior Susan Ellsperman (women’s soccer), senior Michael Jordan (men’s cross country and track), senior Ellena Stumpf (women’s tennis), and senior Scott Ernstberger(baseball) were recognized as the top student athletes at the 11th annual USI All-Sports Banquet sponsored by Old National Bank on Tuesday night.

The ONB/USI Female Student Athlete of the Year, Ellsperman earned All-GLVC honors for the third-straight year and All-Region accolades for the fourth-straight season. The biology major, with an emphasis in the pre-medicine program, also became the first two-time first-team Academic All-American in the history of USI women’s athletics. She was the recipient of the Screaming Eagles Pride award last spring.

Ellsperman, who also led her team to the GLVC Tournament four-straight seasons, finished her career ranked among the all-time greats in USI women’s soccer. She concluded her tenure at USI ranked third all-time in points (68); fourth in goals (23); and fourth in assists (22).

Previous winners of the award were Shannon Wells (2003, volleyball), Jenny Farmer (2004; cross country/track), Heather Cooksey (2005; cross country/track), Laura Ellerbusch (2006; volleyball), Allison Shafer (2007; cross country/track), Kristin Eickholt (2008; softball), and Mary Ballinger (2009, 2010; cross country/track), and Danielle LaGrange (2011, 2012; volleyball).

The ONB/USI Male Student Athlete of the Year, Jordan has been nothing short of spectacular throughout his career. This past fall, Jordan helped lead the men’s cross country squad to its eighth-straight GLVC title and won the GLVC individual crown. The nursing major has earned All-GLVC and All-Region honors six times; Academic All-GLVC accolades four times; and is a four-time All-American. He is USI’s all-time record-holder in the 3,000 meters and the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Previous winners of the award were Duncan Bray (2003, 2004; soccer), Matt Keener (2005; baseball), Chris Thompson (2006; men’s basketball), Melvin Hall (2007; men’s basketball), Paul Jellema (2008; men’s cross country/track), Shaun Larsen (2009; baseball), Jamar Smith (2010; men’s basketball), Trevor Leach (2011; baseball), and Dustin Emerick (2012; men’s cross country & track).

Ernstberger and Stumpf were named the male and female recipients the ONB/USI Screaming Eagles Pride Award. The award winners are selected in a vote by the Athletic Department staff.

Ernstberger has been one of the most dedicated students in the USI Department of Athletics. A manager and student athlete, Ernstberger spent hours helping the baseball program and earned his first at-bat this season.

Stumpf is one of the most visible personalities among all of the USI student athletes. She is the women’s tennis representative to the Student Athletic Advisory Council and is pursuing a degree in economics.

On the court, Stumpf finished her career with her best season in 2012-13. She was 10-7 at number four singles and 9-10 as a part of the number three doubles pairing. Stumpf also is a three-time Academic All-GLVC honoree.

Previous winners of the Pride Award were Ginnie Roberts (softball) 2003; Mike Arnold (men’s basketball) 2004; Brian Kendall (men’s cross country/track) 2005; Angie Davis (softball) 2006; Geoff Van Winkle (men’s basketball) 2007; Kathy Wood (softball) 2008; Austin Inge (men’s track) and Brittany Neuman (women’s basketball) 2009; Jeron Lewis (men’s basketball) and Sara Loete (softball) 2010; Lauren Meneghetti (women’s basketball) and Mohamed Ntumba (men’s basketball) 2011; and Susan Ellsperman (women’s soccer) and Brendan Devine (men’s cross country/track) 2012.

Dr. Darrin Sorrels, an instructor and learning specialist in Academic Skills, was presented the Dr. Jane Davis Brezette Faculty Excellence Award. The award is presented to a USI faculty member, who has contributed to the success of USI Athletics by mentoring student athletes and helping them to achieve their goals in the classroom and beyond. Previous winners of award were Dr. Jane Davis-Brezette, the former chair of Kinesiology and Sport and instructor in the Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education; Tim Mahoney, an instructor in the Romain College of Business; Patti Marcum, an instructor in the Pott College of Science Engineering, and Education; and Dr. Lacie Rogers, an instructor in the Romain College of Business.

The USI Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recognized women’s cross country and track and field with the Team GPA Award (3.518) and men’s soccer with the Team Spirit Award.

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