OXFORD, Miss. – Following the opening day of the 2013 Great America Rifle Conference Championships (GARC), the conference held a banquet Friday night at the Oxford Convention Center to recognize athletes from the conference for their accomplishments during the 2012-13 regular season.
The banquet witnessed Ole Miss shooters and coaches earn conference honors and team recognition.
Junior Melissa Quartarone earned Honorable Mention honors in combined, which includes both smallbore and air rifle.
“She’s a hard worker and we are very proud that she earned this honor,” head coach Valerie Boothe said.
This marks the second year in a row for Quartarone to earn GARC recognition. In 2012, she was named to the second team in smallbore and air rifle as well as in combined.
Natasha Dinsmore, who is in her second year as a full-time assistant coach with the Rebels, was named the inaugural GARC Assistant Coach of the Year.
“I am so excited for Natasha. She’s very deserving of this award,” Boothe said. “She’s a hard worker who gets things done. She’s a big reason why we keep moving forward as a program. She keeps everything going, and I am proud to have her as our staff.”
The Rebels earned the Sportsmanship Award, given to the team who displays outstanding character and sportsmanship throughout the season.
“We don’t set out the year trying to earn it, but we do try to approach each match the way that we would want it to be,” Boothe said. “We try to run our matches the way that we would want them to be run and treat everyone the way that we would want our team to be treated.”
For the second year in a row, senior Kim Coffey represented Ole Miss as the Rebel Scholar Athlete of the Year. She is also a two-time Collegiate Rifle Coaches’ Association (CRCA) Academic All-American and a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
The GARC Championships continue at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center Saturday morning beginning at 7 a.m. with team smallbore competition. The smallbore finals will be at 5:30 p.m.
The complete list of GARC awards follows.
2013 GARC AWARDS
1st Team Petra Zublasing – West Virginia Henri Junghanel – Kentucky Emily Holsopple – Kentucky Garret Spurgeon – West Virginia Michael Matthews – Army
2nd Team Meelis Kiisk – West Virginia Dan Hermsmeier – Memphis Taylor Ciotola – West Virginia Thomas Kyanko – West Virginia Daniel Sojka – West Virginia
Honorable Mention Connor Davis – Kentucky Heather Greathouse –Kentucky Patrick Sunderman –West Virginia Joseph Todaro – Army Katelyn Woltersdorf – Nebraska
Air Rifle – All-Conference
1st Team Petra Zublasing – West Virginia Henri Junghanel – Kentucky Dan Hermsmeier – Memphis Maren Prediger – West Virginia Connor Davis – Kentucky
2nd Team Heather Greathouse –Kentucky Meelis Kiisk – West Virginia Richard Calvin –Army Taylor Ciotola – West Virginia Janine Dutton – Nebraska
Honorable Mention Emily Holsopple – Kentucky Garret Spurgeon – West Virginia Michael Matthews –Army Daniel Sojka – West Virginia Stacy Wheatley – Kentucky
1st Team Petra Zublasing – West Virginia Henri Junghanel – Kentucky Emily Holsopple – Kentucky Garret Spurgeon – West Virginia Dan Hermsmeier – Memphis
2nd Team Michael Matthews – Army Meelis Kiisk – West Virginia Heather Greathouse – Kentucky Taylor Ciotola – West Virginia Connor Davis – Kentucky
Honorable Mention Daniel Sojka – West Virginia Patrick Sunderman – West Virginia Janine Dutton – Nebraska Melissa Quartarone – Ole Miss Thomas Kyanko – West Virginia
Shooter of the Year – Petra Zublasing, West Virginia Rookie of the Year – Garrett Spurgeon, West Virginia Senior of the Year – Petra Zublasing, West Virginia Coach of the Year – Stacy Underwood, Nebraska Assistant Coach of the Year – Natasha Dinsmore, Ole Miss Sportsmanship Award – Ole Miss
Scholar-Athletes of the Year Nebraska – Joyce Kim Army – Christopher Malachosky Kentucky – Henri Junghanel West Virginia – Thomas Kyanko Memphis – Kelly Audet Ole Miss – Kim Coffey NC State – Bryan Cross
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