11th Annual ESPY Awards

by Office of Marketing | May 28, 2015
2015 ESPYs
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) Department of Athletics hosted the 11th Annual ESPY Awards Show on Saturday, May 2nd. This was a special time for the coaches and administration to honor UVF student-athletes for their talents, achievements and dedication to their respective sports. 

The night began with a special recognition for the coaches. They were honored for their year of service and commitment to UVF athletics. Afterwards, all four-year sport athletes were presented with their jersey enclosed in a shadow box, honoring their years of dedication, hard work and commitment to their sport. 

The biggest award of the night, the Obie L. Harrup Award, is given to one male and one female upperclassman that has demonstrated and excelled in the following areas: skill, teamwork, leadership, Christian-character and servanthood. This year's winners were Kelli Noecker '15 (women's cross country) and junior Matt Godfrey (men's golf). Noecker was a two-time All-American for the women's soccer team before she joined the cross country team her senior season, in which she also excelled. Godfrey is a stand-out golfer who served as a resident assistant and the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was also a co-leader for the 2015 Community Service Day. Both students represent the high ideals that UVF student-athletes strive to achieve.

Several athletes received multiple awards throughout the night, recognizing their significant athletic contributions. Sophomore Brian Knorr walked away with four ESPYs. He was recognized as Men's Cross Country's Best-Sport Athlete, Best Individual Sport Athlete and Best Male Newcomer. Knorr broke UVF's 8K record at the National Championship this year when he finished in second place, also earning All-American honors. This accomplishment also earned him the ESPY for Best Individual Performance.

Senior Kevin Mack received three awards. He was honored as Men's Basketball Best-Sport Athlete, Best Male Defensive Athlete and Best Team Sport Athlete. Sophomore Matthew Buckery earned three ESPYs as well.  He won Baseball's Best-Sport Athlete, Best Gold Glove and Best Male Teammate. 

On the women's side, tri-sport athlete Amanda McGinness '15 also received three awards. She won Best Sport Athlete for Women's Basketball and Softball and was also named Best Team Sport Athlete. Sophomore Olivia Wireman won Best Sport Athlete for Women's Volleyball and was also named Best Female Newcomer. Sophomore Mikala Brinson also won two awards, Women's Basketball Best Sport Athlete and Best Individual Performance for her 28-point effort against Penn State Mont-Alto. During that game, she hit a half-court shot before halftime and had the game winning basket with 11 seconds remaining. Sophomore Melanie Brletic , a women's soccer player, won two ESPYs as well. She was named Best Female Teammate and Best Female Intangible Athlete.

At the end of the night, a special award was given to athletic trainer Alyssa Williams. She was presented with the Unsung Hero award for her dedication and commitment to UVF Athletics. It was noted that Alyssa always has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond what is expected of her. 

Congratulations to all of our nominees and award winners! UVF appreciates the commitment of all our student-athletes and coaches.
For a complete list of award winners, go to the 2015 ESPY Results.

May 2, 2015

Posted by UVF - Athletics on Tuesday, May 26, 2015