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Howell, King, Moriarty, Beard top winners at annual Athletics Awards Ceremony

Norfolk State seniors Kiara Howell and Deon King were named the University's Female Athlete and Male Athlete of the Year, respectively, as the athletics department's annual all-sports awards ceremony on Monday evening at the NSU Student Center. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

Norfolk State seniors Kiara Howell and Deon King were named the University’s Female Athlete and Male Athlete of the Year, respectively, as the athletics department’s annual all-sports awards ceremony on Monday evening at the NSU Student Center. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

 

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State seniors Kiara Howell and Deon King were named the University’s Female Athlete and Male Athlete of the Year, respectively, as the athletics department’s annual all-sports awards ceremony on Monday evening at the NSU Student Center.

Howell, a senior from Chesapeake, Va., is in her fourth year on the Spartan women’s track and field team. Howell was named the MEAC Co-Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the MEAC Indoor Championships in February after placing second in both the shot put and weight throw events, earning NSU 16 points at the championship. She has also won the Most Outstanding Field Athlete award at all three of the MEAC Outdoor Championship meets in which she has competed. Howell is currently ranked among the top six in the MEAC in the four outdoor throwing events: the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin.

King, a senior linebacker from Reston, Va., became NSU’s first-ever Division I FCS consensus first-team All-American in 2015 after leading all of Division I in tackles, with 163. The three-time All-MEAC linebacker was also named the winner of the 2015 Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player in the FCS. King also had 11 tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 2015. King was a three-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Week award winner in 2015 and played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game in January.

Sophomore softball second baseman Seana Moriarty and junior baseball first baseman Brian Beard (both of Chesapeake, Va.) were named the NSU Female and Male Scholar Athletes of the Year, respectively, on Monday night for having the highest cumulative GPAs among their respective genders in the NSU athletics program. Moriarty has a 3.99 GPA and is majoring in applied mathematics. Beard carries a 3.90 GPA and is a business management major.

Following is a list of other team and special awards distributed on Monday night:

Marvin Prince Track Awards
Women: Taejah Robertson
Men: Willard Ward

Joseph Echols Award
Brian Beard

Men’s Cross Country
Rookie of the Year: Tomas Fantaye
MVP: Haileyesus Demsie

Women’s Cross Country
Coaches Award: Courtney Kearse
Most Improve: Charity Wilson
MVP: Rachel Webb

Men’s Track & Field
Most Improved: Chris Lee
MVP: Steve Coles

Women’s Track & Field
Coaches Award: Taejah Robertson
Most Improved: Brianna Hayes
MVP: Kiara Howell

Football
Special Teams MVP: Mike Pierson
Offensive MVP: Greg Hankerson Jr.
Defensive MVP: Deon King

Volleyball
Most Improved: Alex Irizarry
MVP: Angie Darcus

Men’s Basketball
Rookie of the Year: Alex Long
Co-MVP: Jeff Short / D’Shon Taylor

Women’s Basketball
Rookie of the Year: Yazmen Hannah
Coaches Award: Kayla Roberts
MVP: Siobhan Beslow

Bowling
Rookie of the Year: Alexa Rodriguez
Most Improved: Briana Gardner
MVP: Carrie Hickey

Men’s Tennis
Coaches Award: Antonio Pejic
Most Improved: Fatehdeep Singh
MVP: Benedikt Henning

Women’s Tennis
Coaches Award: Dajana Cvjetkovic
Most Improved: Ana Popovic
MVP: Andrea Macchiavello

Baseball
Coaches Award: Devin Hemmerich
(Other awards TBA at a later date)

Softball
Coaches Award: Hannah Haustein
(Other awards TBA at a later date)

Male All-Scholar Team (men’s team with highest team GPA)
Men’s tennis

Female All-Scholar Team (women’s team with highest team GPA)
Women’s tennis

Men’s Spartan Cup (men’s team with most community service)
Football

Women’s Spartan Cup (women’s team with most community service)
Bowling

12th Player Award (non-athletics staff member)
James Church Sr.

Female Scholar Athlete of the Year
Seana Moriarty, softball

Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Brian Beard, baseball

Female Athlete of the Year
Kiara Howell, women’s track

Male Athlete of the Year
Deon King, football

Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.

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