GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford College recognized its top student-athletes at a year-end ceremony in Dana Auditorium Sunday night. The event included presentation of the first Quakie Awards, a collection of honors presented by the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and remarks on sportsmanship by Guilford President Jane Fernandes.
The football team's Adam Smith was a double winner Sunday night. He earned one of nine the Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership Awards given Sunday, as well as the Jack Jensen Ideal Student-Athlete Award. The Richard Joyce Sportsmanship Award went to sophomore Kelly Martin of the women's lacrosse team and women's basketball standout Heaven Walters won the George T. Wynne Most Improved Athlete Award. Walters' teammate, junior Anais Weatherly, won Female Athlete of the Year, while the football team's Matt Pawlowski was selected Guilford's Male Athlete of the Year.
Senior Laura Hall earned one of the English Awards and also received a plaque commemorating her receipt of the Haier Achievement Award Honorable Mention earlier this spring. The four-year starting outfielder on the softball team made 38 appearances this season and set career highs in batting average (.365), stolen bases (20), runs batted in (15), hits (38) and runs scored (28). Hall played in 148 games, seventh-most in school history, was a .315 career hitter and ranks third in school history with 101 runs scored. She broke Guilford's career stolen bases standard this spring with 57 thefts in 63 attempts. To compliment her athletic accomplishments, Hall is also a standout performer in the classroom. She was named a 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar-Athlete and garnered the Old Dominion Athleticc Conference (ODAC)/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016. A three-time Academic All-ODAC honoree and dean's list selection, she is a member of Guilford's Honors Program, a peer educator and a SAAC representative. She served in a volunteer capacity with AmeriCorps and as a student-teacher at nearby Guilford Elementary School. Hall maintains a 3.9 grade point average and will graduate this spring with a double major in English and elementary education.
Kelly Martin is wrapping up her second season as a starter for Guilford's women's lacrosse team. An active member of the community, Martin has displayed her leadership qualities organizing team events and activities, including those involving Brooke Austin, the team's honorary eight-year-old member that signed with Guilford this year through Team IMPACT, which serves to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Martin, also a SAAC member, is heavily involved on campus, serving as a resident advisor for first-year students. She is a member of the Guilford's honors program, Guilford Christian Ministry and is a three-time dean's list selection. Martin is an exercise and sport sciences and health sciences double major.
Heaven Walters completed her third season with the women's basketball program. She started in each of the Quakers' 28 contests after serving the previous two years as a reserve guard. Walters set career highs in points (8.1 ppg.), rebounds (6.2 rpg.), assists (1.3 apg.) and steals (1.1 spg.). She recorded three double-doubles this season and scored in double digits 12 times, including a career-high 18 points against ODAC-rival Eastern Mennonite University. The 5-8 forward led Guilford with 63 free throws and shot 74.1% from the line. She received All-ODAC Tournament honors and helped the Quakers' to a first-round victory in the NCAA Tournament. Walters serves as a resident advisor, SAAC representative and is a two-time Academic All-ODAC selection. She is a double major in exercise and sport sciences and health sciences.
Anais Weatherly capped her third basketball season with the Quakers this year and earned numerous honors along the way. The forward was named honorable mention All-America by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, joining only three other Guilford athletes so honored. The 5-11 junior led the league in offensive rebounds (3.4 rpg.) and her 87 steals this season stand second in school history. A two-time ODAC Player of the Week, Weatherly led Guilford to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with stellar numbers across the board. She scored 15 points per game and averaged 9.5 boards and 3.1 steals per contest. She recorded 13 double-doubles en route to First Team All-ODAC recognition.
Matt Pawlowski finished his fourth and final football season at Guilford by leading the Quakers to a historic 9-1 season. The senior quarterback threw a school-record 39 touchdown passes this year, which ranked third in NCAA Division III. A Third Team All-American according to D3football.com, he completed nearly 64 percent of his passes with just two interceptions. Pawlowski set the school record for pass completion percentage (63.7) and ranked 10th in Division III history in career passing yardage (11,625). The four-year starter stood fifth among national per-game leaders in passing yards (333.3) and sixth in total offense (344.1). He shattered school and league records with a 611-yard, seven-touchdown performance at Catholic University of America last fall. A two-year captain, Pawlowski was a three-time ODAC Offensive Player of the Week in 2015 and one of three finalists for the prestigious Gagliardi Trophy, which honors Division III's most outstanding football player. Pawlowski was an Academic All-ODAC selection and received Guilford's English Award as a junior.
Adam Smith completed a historic career for the Quakers' football program by collecting his third straight First Team All-ODAC award. He joined just four other Quakers so honored in school history. The senior receiver set a number of league and school standards in the finest of his four seasons, which ended with Third Team All-America recognition from D3football.com. He ranked second in the league with 89 catches for 1,262 yards and 18 touchdowns, both conference highs. His 18 touchdown receptions set a Guilford record and rank second in ODAC history. Smith posted the second-highest season receiving yards total in Guilford history with a figure that stood eighth nationally. He ranked sixth in Division III in receiving yards (126.2) and receptions (8.9) per game. Smith will leave with Guilford's career standards for receiving yards (3,988) and touchdowns (46), overall touchdowns (46), games with at least 100 receiving yards (19) and scoring (280). He ranks 14th among NCAA Division III's career leaders in touchdowns and 22nd in receiving yards. Smith is a two-time Academic All-ODAC selection, a dean's list student, and a seven-time member of the Student-Athlete Honor Roll. He was named to CoSIDA's 2015 NCAA Division III Academic All-District V Team and plans to graduate this spring with a degree in sport management.
Winners of the 2015-16 Quakies Awards
(as determined by Guilford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee)
- Golden Loop Award (neatest locker and facility care) – Karl Roberts (football), Morgan Henderson (women's soccer)
- Comeback of the Year Award – Women's Soccer over Emory & Henry, October , 2015
- Best Guilford Win Award – Women's Basketball over Mount Union (NCAA 1st Round Game), March 2016
- Gravity Award (propensity to fall) – Kyle Bias (soccer), Brooks Bray (softball)
- Referees Best Friend Award (most conversation with officials) – Demming Carlow (women's lacrosse), coach Jeff Bateson (men's soccer)
- Quaker Man Award (best student fan) – Trent Wells (basketball)
- Fan of the Year Award – Jane Fernandes