Claremore Daily Progress


April 30, 2014

RSU athletes recognized at annual banquet

Hocutt, Marquette receive Hillcat Awards

CLAREMORE — 350 coaches, student-athletes and community supporters gathered at the Rogers State University Centennial Center Ballroom Wednesday, April 23 to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2013-2014 Hillcat athletic programs.

Current Southern Illinois University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Barry Hinson was the keynote speaker at the sixth-annual athletic banquet.

“It’s always great to come together and celebrate the achievements of our student-athletes at the end of the school year,” said Ryan Erwin, director of athletics. “Thank you to all of the community members, faculty, staff and student-athletes who came out to celebrate another successful year.”

The Fan of the Year and Corporate Sponsor of the Year are awarded annually to the fan and corporate sponsor that best represent the spirit of the Hillcats at sporting events and in the community. The Fan of the Year award was given to Leonard and Kathy Szopinski, who go above and beyond to support the Hillcats. The corporate sponsor award went to Pelco Structural, LLC., who continuously support RSU and the athletic department.

The Hillcat Award is a career achievement award given to a male and female student-athlete who exemplifies what it means to be a Hillcat on and off the field. The Athlete of the Year award is given to the top male and female performer and the Academic Excellence Award is given to the two male and female student-athletes who have reached junior academic standing and have the highest grade point average.

2013-2014 Awards


Alex Cochran - Gold Glove

Mason Marquette - Outstanding Pitcher

Caleb Kohlmeyer - Outstanding Hitter

Men's Basketball

Robinson Odoch Opong - Co-Offensive Player of the Year

Damion Hooks - Co-Offensive Player of the Year

Jerry Dixon - Defensive Player of the Year

Women's Basketball

Katy Harsen - Offensive MVP

Clarissa Cannon - Defensive MVP

Ally Warren - Academic MVP


Michael Hazer - Outstanding Rookie

Kelsey Kellum - Heart of the Hillcat

John Brito - Hillcat Leader

Men's Cross Country

Baylor Harvey - Runner of the Year

Marchez Coriz - Newcomer of the Year

Brandon Payne - Standard Bearer

Women's Cross Country

Haley Taylor - Runner of the Year

Andi Gourd - Newcomer of the Year

Maria Apolinar - Standard Bearer

Men's Golf

Tanner Alder - MVP

Henning Hogmoen -  Academic Excellence

Will Lecky - Academic Excellence

Women's Golf

Whitney Hocutt - MVP

Chelsea Burney - Academic Excellence

Kelsey Stuever - Academic Excellence

Men's Soccer

Niall Masterson - Offensive Player of the Year

Mitch Sowerby - Defense Player of the Year

Necas Collins - Hillcat Award-Soccer

Women's Soccer

Tara Garrett - Offensive Player of the Year

Haley Wenlock - Defense Player of the Year

Loren LeForce - Hillcat Award-Soccer


Candace Monigold - Offensive Player of the Year

Cailin Simpson - Defense Player of the Year

Taran Threet - Hillcat Award-Softball

Fan of the Year

Leonard and Kathy Szopinski

Corporate Sponsor of the Year

Pelco Structural, LLC

Hillcat Awards

Whitney Hocutt

Mason Marquette

Male Athlete of the Year

Damion Hooks

Female Athlete of the Year

Candace Monigold

Academic Excellence Awards

Loren LeForce

Cierra Lohaus

JC Hartzler

Brandon Payne

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