GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College honored its top student-athletes Wednesday night in its annual athletics awards ceremony in Dana Auditorium. The fourth annual Quakies' Awards were produced and hosted by members of Guilford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The program included a mix of performance-based honors, the Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership awards, and an assortment of school spirit and fun trophies known as the Quakies.
Junior Miracle Walters of the Quakers' women's basketball team collected two top departmental honors, the Jack Jensen Ideal Student-Athlete Award and one of the six English Athletic Leadership prizes. The other major award winners nominated and selected by Guilford athletics staff included:
- De'Eric Bell (football) – Best Male Athlete
- Makayla Crawford (softball) – Best Female Athlete
- Jaylen Gore (basketball) – George Wynne Most Improved Athlete
- James Mishoe (golf) – Best Male Athlete
- Morgan Tompkins (volleyball) – Richard Joyce Sportsmanship
In addition to Walters, five students took home the college's top athletics honor, the English Athletic Leadership Award, named for the late Guilford benefactor. The other recipients were seniors Zach Berkowitz (lacrosse), Marcus Curry (basketball), Tina Eucker (volleyball), Holly Kozak (lacrosse), and Mitchell Stumpo (baseball).
Bell, who also won the top male athlete prize in 2017, set the standard for Guilford running backs by shattering all of the Quakers' rushing records. The four-year starter received First Team All-America recognition from the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com as an all-purpose back, giving him five different All-America commendations in his career.
Last fall Bell enjoyed the finest season by a running back in Guilford history. The three-time First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honoree set school standards for rushing yards (1,334), rushing touchdowns (21), 100-yard rushing games (7), and 200-yard rushing games (2) in a season. He led NCAA Division III in all-purpose yards per game (239.89) for the second year in a row and was fourth with 21 rushing touchdowns. Bell also boasted top-seven national rankings in rushing yards per game (148.2), points per game (14.2), total points (126), and total touchdowns (21).
Bell broke Guilford's career records for rushing yards (4,213), scoring (384 points), touchdowns (63), kickoff return yardage (2,342), and all-purpose yardage (8,396). His 4,213 career rushing yards broke Reggie Kenan's '76 former mark (3,486) that stood since 1976. Bell set the ODAC's career kickoff-return yards record and concluded his career ranked second among the ODAC's all-time rushing, scoring and touchdowns leaders. His league-best 8,396 career all-purpose yards stand fifth in NCAA Division III history.
Crawford is nearing the end of her brilliant career with Guilford's softball team. The senior catcher is hitting .406 this year and leads Division III with 57 runs batted in (RBI) and six sacrifice flies, both school records. Crawford has a team-high 10 home runs among her 54 hits, which also include career-high 13 doubles. She enters this weekend's ODAC Tournament with a .432 career batting average, third-best in school history, and owns Guilford's career marks for homers (31), RBI (139), and slugging percentage (.758). Crawford was an all-region and All-ODAC selection in 2018 after swatting a school-record 12 home runs. She and the rest of coach Dennis Shores' Quakers play the University of Lynchburg tonight at 8:00 p.m. in their ODAC Tournament opener.
Gore completed his second full season on coach Tom Palombi's men's basketball team. The point guard missed all but four games in 2017-18 due to a serious hip injury. After surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, Gore bounced back this past season and started all 32 games. He averaged 10.1 points per game ranked third in the ODAC with a team-high 4.2 assists per outing. Gore also ranked second in the league in free-throw percentage (.877). His best performance came in the ODAC Tournament final where he tallied a career-high 22 points and four assists in Guilford's upset of fifth-ranked and top-seeded Randolph-Macon College. The win sent the Quakers into the Division III playoffs where Guilford reached the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2010. Gore and his teammates were ranked 13th in the final D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll.
Mishoe joined the Quakers from the Division I University of North Carolina at Greensboro in January 2018 and has been one of Division III's top-ranked golfers since. Mishoe has spent most of this season atop the Golfstat.com Division III Player Rankings and leads Guilford with a 70.89 stroke average in 19 rounds has placed finished in the top-six of all eight tournaments in 2018-19. Mishoe has four second-place results, including last weekend's Discover DeKalb e Emory Invitational. He has won four ODAC Player of the Week awards this year and helped the Quakers to a number-six national ranking according to both Golfstat.com and the Golf Coaches Association of America. Mishoe was a 2018 Second Team PING Division III All-America and First Team PING All-South honoree. He set the school record for season stroke average (72.43) and finished the year ranked third by Golfstat.com.
Tompkins, the winner of the Joyce Sportsmanship Award, finished second on coach Emily Gann's volleyball team with 244 kills and 2.42 kills per set. The three-year letter winner had a career-high 20 kills against Pfeiffer University with only had one hitting error, which led to the seventh-best single-match hitting percentage in school history (.679). The history and secondary education double major is a five-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll and dean's list. Tompkins active with Guilford Christian Ministry and was twice named to the Academic All-ODAC Team. A member of Guilford's Honors College, she earned the school's 2019 Newlin Senior History Prize. Tompkins serves as the SAAC secretary and works in the Quakers' Sports Information Office.
Walters, the Jack Jensen Ideal Student-Athlete and one of six English Award winners, started all 26 games for the women's basketball team. She received First Team All-ODAC honors and became Guilford's 15th two-time All-ODAC pick after collecting second-team laurels as a sophomore. She was the Quakers' top scorer, a two-time ODAC Player of the Week and one-time D3hoops.com Team of the Week honoree. Walters had two double-doubles and led the Quakers in scoring nine times. The forward shot 56.2% from the field, second-best in the ODAC. Walters earned Guilford's 2019 Boyd Math Scholarship and is a two-time member of the Academic All-ODAC Team. She is a five-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll and dean's list student. Walters serves on Guilford's SAAC and was named to the 2019 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) NCAA Division III Google Cloud Academic All-District® V Team.
Berkowitz earned an English Award for his demonstrated excellence with Guilford's lacrosse team over the past four years. He has started in 63 of his 65 career games and ranks eighth in school history with 96 career goals, which stands eighth in school history. His 147 points stand 12th in Guilford's record books. Berkowitz has 52 career assists in his career, 13th-most in Quakers' history. He is a two-time Academic All-ODAC Team member, a seven-time Guilford Student-Athlete Honor Roll selection, and a six-time dean's list student. Berkowitz graduated from the United States Marines Officer's Candidate School last summer and will join the Marines as a second lieutenant after graduation. The two-time team captain will graduate with a major in criminal justice and a minor in political science.
Another basketball captain, Marcus Curry also collected an English Award. The senior forward played on two ODAC champions and in two NCAA Division III Tournaments, including the 2019 run to the national quarterfinals. Curry was named a Second-Team D3hoops.com All-South Region selection and a Second-Team All-District pick by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The two-time First Team All-ODAC performer led the Quakers in scoring as a senior and finished his college career with 1,101 points and 483 rebounds. Curry will graduate with a major in sport management and a minor in business.
English Award winner Tina Eucker is a junior setter for the volleyball team and has played in 71 matches over her three years. She holds the second spot in Guilford's record books with 2,373 assists and needs less than 500 to set the school standard. The team captain received Second Team All-ODAC honors in 2018 after gleaning third-team recognition as a sophomore. Eucker is also a standout student who has made Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll each semester. The dean's list student participates in Guilford's Honors Program and served as an orientation leader. The team captain looks to graduate next year with a major in elementary education and a minor in psychology.
Holly Kozak earned the English Award for her accomplishments on and off the lacrosse field. The senior captain has started in 63 of the Quakers' 65 games in her tenure and scored 99 career goals, the 16th-highest total in school history. Kozak's 115 points stand 18th on Guilford's career list. She has had an outstanding academic career with three Academic All-ODAC Team honors and dean's list recognition in each of her seven college semesters. Kozak was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association 2018 Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll. She served as the Vice President of Guilford's Pre-Law Club and worked as a Spanish tutor in the school's Learning Commons. Kozak is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. She will graduate with a degree in political science and has been accepted to Wake Forest University Law School.
Mitchell Stumpo earned an English Award for his role with the Quakers' baseball team. The outfielder and pitcher has played in 131 career games and has a .302 batting average with two home runs and has 71 runs batted in. In 39 career mound appearances, he has a 10-7 career record with 136 strikeouts in 143.2 innings. His five saves rank sixth in school history. Stumpo was a 2017 Second Team All-ODAC outfielder and pitched in the Coastal Plain League's 2018 All-Star Game for the Gastonia Grizzlies. He is a five-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll and a dean's list student. The team captain will graduate with a major in business administration.
A native of Thomasville, N.C., Nereus C. English graduated from Guilford in 1926 but maintained close contact with the college after graduation. His loyalty and genuine interest in its students led to the creation of the English Endowment Fund and the Nereus C. and Mae Martin English Scholarship Fund in 1965. With his brother, the late T.R. English, he provided funding for Guilford's English Hall dormitory in 1957. In 1962, Nereus English received the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Guilford College Alumni Association. Since Guilford first presented the honor in 1977, 230 students have received the English Award.
2018-19 Quakies Awards
Presented by Guilford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Gravity Award – Madison Iandoli (Jr., Women's Lacrosse)
Referees' Best Friend Award (student) – Rhett Miller (Sr., Baseball)
Referees' Best Friend Award (coach) – Cory Speed (Men's Soccer)
Best Bench – Volleyball
Fan of the Year Award –Sue Bower (Athletic Director)
Hype Man Award – James Mishoe (Jr., Golf)
Comeback of the Year – Volleyball vs. Shenandoah (October 27, 2018)
Extra Mile Award – Carolyn O'Halloran (Jr., Swimming)
Best Guilford Win – Men's Basketball vs. University of St. Thomas (Minn.) (March 8, 2019)