OXFORD, Miss. – Following the opening day of the 2014 Great America Rifle Conference Championships (GARC), the conference held a banquet Friday night at the Oxford Convention Center to hand out the regular season GARC awards.
Freshman Alison Weisz earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors in air rifle with a 586.4 average. She is the first freshman to earn All-Conference honors in the history of Ole Miss rifle. On Thursday, the Montana native became the first freshman in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships, earning a bid in air rifle.
Weisz, who leads the Rebels in air rifle, currently owns a career-best 594, which she posted at Memphis in leading the Rebels to the win. She has steadily improved during the season, posting a 590.5 average in the last six matches.
Senior Abbey Stanec represented Ole Miss as the Rebel Scholar Athlete of the Year. She is a three-time Collegiate Rifle Coaches’ Association (CRCA) Academic All-American and a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. This year, Stanec was inducted into Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities.
Memphis head coach Butch Woolbright was named the GARC Coach of the Year, while Kentucky’s Emily Holsopple was named the Shooter of the Year and Senior of the Year. The Wildcats’ Sonya May, earned Rookie of the Year honors.
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.
2014 GARC AWARDS
1st Team Emily Holsopple – Kentucky Garret Spurgeon – West Virginia Dan Hermsmeier – Memphis Rachel Martin – Nebraska Joseph Todaro – Army
2nd Team Meelis Kiisk – West Virginia Sonya May – Kentucky Michael Mathews – Army Thomas Kyanko – West Virginia Daniel Sojka – West Virginia Lauren Phillips - Nebraska
Honorable Mention Connor Davis – Kentucky Patrick Sunderman –West Virginia Denise Martin – Nebraska Aaron Holsopple – Kentucky Amy Fister – Memphis
Air Rifle – All-Conference
1st Team Maren Prediger – West Virginia Connor Davis – Kentucky Emily Holsopple – Kentucky Garret Spurgeon – West Virginia Dan Hermsmeier – Memphis
2nd Team Sonya May – Kentucky Meelis Kiisk – West Virginia Patrick Sunderman –West Virginia Richard Calvin – Army Elijah Ellis – Kentucky
Honorable Mention Heather Kirby – Kentucky Jonathan Pinkle – Kentucky Elizabeth Lee – Memphis Lauren Phillips – Nebraska Alison Weisz – Ole Miss
1st Team Emily Holsopple – Kentucky Garret Spurgeon – West Virginia Dan Hermsmeier – Memphis Connor Davis – Kentucky Sonya May – Kentucky
2nd Team Meelis Kiisk – West Virginia Joseph Todaro – Army Patrick Sunderman – West Virginia Rachel Martin – Nebraska Maren Prediger – West Virginia
Honorable Mention Lauren Phillips – Nebraska Thomas Kyanko – West Virginia Denise Martin – Nebraska Jonathan Pinkle – Kentucky Michael Mathews - Army
Shooter of the Year – Emily Holsopple, Kentucky Rookie of the Year – Sonya May, Kentucky Senior of the Year – Emily Holsopple, Kentucky Coach of the Year – Butch Woolbright, Memphis Assistant Coach of the Year – Rick Johnson, Army Sportsmanship Award – Nebraska
Scholar-Athletes of the Year Nebraska – Sunny Russell Army – Olivia Nardone Kentucky – Emily Holsopple West Virginia – Maren Prediger Memphis – Elizabeth Lee Ole Miss – Abbey Stanec NC State – Maddy Pike Navy - Jodi Cull-Host
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