By Richard Pryor III
With the fall sports season over, many of Sewanee’s student-athletes have received honors from the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), the conference Sewanee participates in, as well as from other bodies.
From the men’s soccer team, Kyle Johnston (C’19), a forward/defender, and Alpo Sipillӓ (C’20), a midfielder, were named to the All-SAA Honorable Mention Team. Noah Day (C’18) was on the SAA All-Sportsmanship Team. The women’s soccer team saw five players get honored. Defender Elizabeth Eidson (C’17) and midfielder Mary “Sissy” Frank (C’18) made the First Team, while defender/forward Erin Gill (C’19) made the Second Team and goalkeeper Samantha Bourgeois (C’20) and forward Savannah Williams (C’19) made Honorable Mention. Frank also made the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Team. Baker Walls (C’17) earned a spot on the All-Sportsmanship Team.
The volleyball team had three players make the All-SAA teams: outside hitter Diamond Stewart (C’17) made Second Team and libero Sara Jayne Sutton (C’17) and middle blocker Macy Gardella (C’20) made Honorable Mention. Constance Connolly (C’20) earned a spot on the All-Sportsmanship Team.
From the football team, John Cleveland (C’18) led with SAA First Team honors as a punter, and SAA Second Team honors as a defensive back. Offensive lineman John Gaither (C’19), wide reciever Steven Hearn (C’18), tight end Divine Maloney (C’17), kicker Michael Jacobs (C’19), defensive lineman Elijah Brooks-Davis (C’18), and linebacker Tony Dykes (C’17) all earned SAA Honorable Mention honors. Maloney also earned a spot on the SAA All-Sportsmanship Team.
For Cross Country, Mark McAlister (C’17) and Cynthia Spratley (C’19) earned spots on the SAA All-Sportsmanship Team. Jackson Goodwin (C’19) made the All-SAA First Team, Logan Stockton (C’17) and Katie Janotta (C’17) made the All-SAA Second Team. Owen Legrone (C’18), Chris Hornsby (C’19), and McAlister made the All-SAA Honorable Mention Team. Goodwin also competed at the NCAA Championships where he finished 225th, being 2:41 behind the winner, Ian LaMere from the University of Wisconsin-Plattsville.
The Field Hockey team, one of the most successful teams this fall, saw four players honored by the SAA as well as three honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Katie Wilson (C’18), a midfielder, was named to the SAA First Team, the SAA All-Tournament Team, and the NFHCA Great Lakes Region First Team. Nikki Ereli (C’19), a defender, was a SAA Second Team member and a member of the NFHCA Great Lakes Region Second Team. Carrie Anderson (C’17), a midfielder, was named to the SAA Second Team and the All-Sportsmanship Team, and her fellow midfielder JoJo Young (C’20) was as well, along with earning the title of SAA Newcomer of the Year. Young also earned NFHCA Great Lakes Region Second Team honors. With athletes like these, it is clear that Sewanee fall sports will be in a good place to succeed for the next few years.