Christian, Dunn take home top awards at MCLA athletics banquet

From Left: MCLA Director of Athletics Scott Nichols, Sue Getchell winner Julia Christian (Volleyball), MCLA President Dr. Mary K. Grant, and Louis Parisien winner Taylor Dunn (Golf)
From Left: MCLA Director of Athletics Scott Nichols, Sue Getchell winner Julia Christian (Volleyball), MCLA President Dr. Mary K. Grant, and Louis Parisien winner Taylor Dunn (Golf)

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North Adams, MA- The MCLA Athletics department held their annual banquet Tuesday evening in the Amsler Campus Center.  The annual event brings the entire athletics department together to celebrate the accomplishments from the past academic year.

While many awards were handed out, the top awards are the Sue Getchell and Louis Parisien honors.  The Getchell and Parisien Awards are given out to the top female and male scholar athlete.  Volleyball player Julia Christian was awarded the Getchell award after a solid career on the court.  Golf's Taylor Dunn took home the Parisien award as he has been the top golfer for the past two seasons.

Other awards handed out included the SAAC awards (Presidential, Fan of the Year, and Blazing Trails), the Steve Green Service award, the Student Service award, Team MVP's, Faculty Athletics Representative awards, Director awards, and honoring of all the seniors within the department.

Here is a complete breakdown of the award winners:

SAAC Awards-

Presidential Award- Jared Gersch (Baseball)
Fan of the Year Award- Dr. Ann Billetz (Biology)
Blazing Trails Award- Volleyball

Steve Green Service Award- Peter Gentile (English/Communications)

Outstanding Student Service Award- Webcasting Crew: Kaleigh Anderson, Jake McCall, Sam Boyden, Alyson Stolz, and Jeff Vecellio

Team MVP's-

Volleyball- Julia Christian
Men's Soccer- Robert Dalby
Women's Soccer- Sarah Lieneck
Women's Tennis- Rebecca Waterhouse
Men's Tennis- Taylor Krowitz
Men's Basketball- John Jones
Women's Basketball- Kaitlyn Chenevert
Women's Cross Country- Martha Pratt
Men's Cross Country- Anthony Cancilla
Golf- Taylor Dunn
Softball- Rachel Quackenbush
Baseball- Chase Preite

Faculty Athletics Representative Awards-

Academic Scholars- Drew Webster (Men's Soccer) and Kathryn Johnson (Women's Cross Country)
Top Male Team- Men's Cross Country
Top Female Team- Women's Cross Country

Director's Awards- Ramon Viches (Men's Basketball) and Sarah Lieneck (Women's Soccer)

Sue Getchell (Top Female Scholar Athlete)- Julia Christian (Volleyball)

Louis Parisien (Top Male Scholar Athlete)- Taylor Dunn (Golf)