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Knox College Prairie Fire Sports Awards Announced

GALESBURG, Illinois – The Knox College athletic department capped off the 2021-22 Prairie Fire sports season with the annual awards celebration to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievement, both on and off the field – or court.

Kresge Recital Hall hosted a large gathering Wednesday night as members of the coaching staff and support staff announced the award recipients.

Director of Athletics Daniella Irle said, “It is always a privilege to honor our most outstanding student-athletes as well as our seniors. They represent the college in such a powerful way and are deserving of the honors they received tonight. It was wonderful to celebrate in person again after two years of doing this virtually.”

Dean S. Trevor Award for Men
Given to the senior student-athlete participating on a men’s team who exemplifies the traits of Dean Trevor.  Those include competitive excellence, integrity, honesty and commitment to scholarship.
Charlie Gibbons, football/baseball
 

Dean S. Trevor Award for Women
Given to the senior student-athlete participating on a women’s team who exemplifies the traits of Dean Trevor. Those include competitive excellence, integrity, honesty and commitment to scholarship.
Michaela Thawley, women’s soccer
 

Jeff Sandburg Mental Toughness Award
Given to the senior student-athlete who is judged to have dealt most effectively with adversity during their Knox career.
Alyx Farris, women’s soccer
 

Arvid Pierre Zetterberg, Jr. Prize for Men 
Given to student-athlete participating on a women’s team who, during their first year, exemplified the highest quality of character, scholarship and interest in sports.
Sean Gallery, men’s basketball
 

Arvid Pierre Zetterberg, Jr. Prize for Women 
Given to student-athlete participating on a women’s team who, during their first year, exemplified the highest quality of character, scholarship and interest in sports.
Emme Patton, volleyball and Franny Hilliard, women’s basketball/softball
 

David Robinson Fan of the Year Award
Given to the person or persons deemed to have given Knox teams the most sincere and comprehensive support during any given year.
Michael Martinez
 

K-Club Award for Men
Conferred on the student-athlete athlete who maintained an outstanding academic record during their sophomore year, lettered in two sports and is selected by the athletics department staff as contributing most significantly to the athletics program.
Tyrell Pierce, football/track and field
 

K-Club Award for Women
Conferred on the student-athlete participating on a women’s team who maintained an outstanding academic record during their sophomore year, lettered in two sports and is selected by the athletics department staff as contributing most significantly to the athletics program.
Autumn Crow, women’s soccer/track and field
 

Hunter Trophy  
Awarded to the student-athlete participating on a men’s team who, during their junior year, achieved the highest scholastic average while earning letters in two sports.
Charles Broomfield, track and field
 

Moller Cup
Awarded to the student-athlete participating on a women’s team who, during their junior year, achieved the highest scholastic average while earning letters in two sports.
Olivia Palepoi, women’s basketball/track and field
 

David Agar Athletic Service Award
Awarded to the person or persons with the most outstanding contributions to athletics in a non-competitive capacity.
Annie Gerdes, assistant women’s soccer coach/assistant men’s soccer coach/associate SID
 

Cleave Bridgman Trophy
Awarded to the student-athlete participating on a men’s team selected as the “outstanding performer in an individual sport” in a given year.
Derrick Jackson, track and field
 

Michel Loomis Award
Awarded to the student-athlete participating on a women’s team selected as the “outstanding performer in an individual sport” in a given year.
Peyton Balfour, track and field
 

Harley Knosher Male Athlete of the Year Award
Given to the outstanding men’s athlete of the year.
Derrick Jackson, track and field/football
 

Harley Knosher Female Athlete of the Year Award 
Given to the outstanding women’s athlete of the year.
Lydia Mitchell, women’s soccer
 

John W. Hilding Prize
Given to the senior student-athlete participating on a men’s team with the most outstanding career in intercollegiate athletics.
Charles Broomfield, track and field
 

Evelyn Bielefeldt Award
Given to the senior student-athlete participating on a women’s team with the most outstanding career in intercollegiate athletics.
Lydia Mitchell, women’s soccer

***Story courtesy of Knox College***

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