HUNTSVILLE — Sixteen student-athletes were recognized as “Most Valuable Players” for their respective sports for competition in 2005 and 2006 at the annual Sam Houston State University All-Sports Banquet Monday night in the Lowman Student Center.
Fourteen of the athletes received their awards for the current season. Three sports which have not yet completed their 2006 schedules recognized their team’s MVPs from the 2005 season.
Fall sports “Most Valuable Player” award winners included Stevie Smith in football; Chrissy Engle and Alisha Fowler in volleyball; Melissa Sauceda for women’s soccer; Josh Hawkins for men’s cross country; and Erika Wright for women’s cross country.
Winter and spring sports “MVPs” included Chris Jordan for men’s basketball; Stephanie Trachier for women’s basketball; Chris Edison for men’s indoor track and field; Quantinette Fields for women’s indoor track and field; Irina Sotnikova for women’s tennis; Tanya Hooser for softball; Jennifer Heinz for women’s golf and Robert Gwin for men’s golf.
“Most Valuable Players” from the spring of 2005 who received awards were Roshunda Betts for women’s outdoor track and field and Adam Wooten for men’s outdoor track and field.
In addition, Coy Van Valkenburgh was named as Sam Houston State’s “Most Valuable” student trainer and Brandon Filla and Dan Wilkinson were honored as “Most Valuable” team managers.
Sauceda, a junior goalkeeper from Dickinson, started 50 matches in goal for the Bearkats and earned All-Southland Conference tournament honors this year as a junior after helping lead Sam Houston State to the SLC tournament finals.
Wright, a junior from Flower Mound, finished 10th individually while leading the Sam Houston women to a fourth place finish in the league’s cross country meet. She also placed among the top 20 of three other meets and was 61st at the NCAA Regional meet.
Hawkins, a junior from Wollfforth, led Sam Houston to a second place Southland finish, placing fifth individually at the league meet. He was 19th at the NCAA regionals to earn All-Region honors.
Engle and Fowler, seniors from Tarkington and Diboll, respectively, became only the third and fourth athletes in Bearkat volleyball history to earn All-Southland Conference honors three years in a row. Both played major rolls in leading Sam Houston State to a runner-up finish this fall, the
Bearkats’ highest since 1996.
Smith, a senior from Sweeny, was an All-Southland Conference selection both as a running back and a kick returner. He completed his career ranked second in all-time SHSU all-purpose yards with 4,036.
Edison, a junior from Santa Fe, won the Southland Conference 400 meters with a school record time of 47.80 seconds and anchored the Bearkats league champion 4×100 relay that also set a school record with a 3:17.24 clocking.
Fields, a senior from Bedford, SC, won the Southland 200 meters with a school record time of 24.89 seconds and ran on the indoor runner-up 4×100 relay
that also set a school record with a 3:48.87 mark.
Trachier, a senior from Colleyville, started in 19 women’s basketball games, averaging 3.6 points while maintaining a 3.88 overall grade point average majoring in Management Information Systems.
Jordan, a senior from Hitchcock, was a first team All-Southland Conference selection and a two-time SLC “Player of the Week.” He ranks 15th in SHSU career scoring with 1.139 points, the eighth highest career total by a Bearkat at the NCAA Division I level.
Sotnikova, a freshman from Riga, Latvia, has played a major roll in Sam Houston State rolling up a 6-4 Southland Conference record to tie for third in the league, the Bearkats’ best SLC record ever.