Athletics Celebrates 2018-19 Season with Annual Awards Show

Athletics Celebrates 2018-19 Season with Annual Awards Show

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MILWAUKEE – The Alverno Athletics Department held its annual Athletics Awards Show on Friday evening inside the Wehr Hall on the Alverno College campus, as the department celebrated the achievements of all its student-athletes and recognized outstanding student-athlete and key contributors to the success of athletics at Maritime.

Each of Alverno's seven programs announced their winners for Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and Inferno Award Winner, while additional major awards were handed out to those that played a major role in making Alverno College Athletics successful throughout their careers at the College.

Individual awards were bestowed upon the winners for Athlete of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, the Sister Margaret Mary Martin Award, the Virginia Wagner Award, Most Supportive Faculty/Staff Award, the Leadership Award, and the Faculty-Scholar Athlete.

Also being recognized were Alverno's pair of Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference All-Conference honorees in addition to the 2017-18 NACC Scholar-Athletes as this year's selections have yet to be announced.

This year's award winners were as followed:

Athlete of the Year: Mackenzie Mathies, Basketball, Golf, Softball

A three-sport athletes, Mathies was a top-performer on each of her three teams during the 2018-19 season. During the fall, Mathies shot the team's low round score with a 102 in helping the team set a new program-best score of 442 on September 21. On the court during the winter season, Mathies joined elite company as she became just the fourth player in program history to reach 1,000 career points while continuing her success from beyond the arc. During the spring, she put together her best softball performance since donning the red, black and white with a career-best 38 hits and .373 batting average.

Newcomer of the Year: Shaye Wolfe, Soccer

Wolfe put together a dominant freshman campaign with the Inferno as she scored nearly half of the team's goals during the 2018 season as she tallied 15 of the team's 31 goals in 19 matches. Wolfe led the team with 37 points and added a team-best three game-winning goals to help the Inferno to non-conference wins over Iowa Wesleyan, Mount Mary and Rockford.

Sister Margaret Mary Martin Award: Sam Korn, Softball, Volleyball

The Sister Margaret Mary Martin Award is presented to a person that contributes to the advancement of Alverno Athletics and given at the discretion of the Director of Athletics, this year's award was presented by Alverno's most recent Director of Athletics, Heather Parkinson.

Receiving the award was senior Sam Korn, a two-sport athlete and student employee within the athletics department.

Virginia Wagner Award: Leah Badke, Cross Country & Dani Hood, Basketball, Softball, Tennis

The Virginia Wagner Award is presented to a student-athlete whose commitment, leadership, and community service made an impact on the Alverno College campus.

Senior student-athletes Leah Badke and Dani Hood shared this year's award. Badke was a multi-year runner for the cross country team following an initial stint on the softball team as a freshman, she also holds a position in the Alverno College Business Office. Hood was a multi-year multi-sport athlete, who also has a job in the Student Affairs Office at Alverno College.

Most Supportive Faculty/Staff Award: Marlene Neises, Associate VP for Student Success

A relatively new award to the Alverno Athletics Awards Show array of awards, the Most Supportive Faculty/Staff Award was given to Vice President of Student Success Marlene Neises for all of her support to the Athletics Department.

An avid supporter of the department, Neises is a fixture at Inferno home games while also involved in the registration process for all of Alverno's student-athletes for their academic courses.

Leadership Award: Allison Weick, Soccer

Earning this year's Leadership Award was senior Allison Weick of the soccer team. She served as a captain for the soccer team this year, while taking a very young Inferno Soccer squad under her wing. In addition to her involvement with the current team, Weick was also a constant host to recruits and potential student-athletes for the soccer team.

Faculty-Scholar Athlete: Dani Hood, Basketball, Softball, Tennis

In addition to her athletic success as a three-sport athlete for the Inferno, Hood was also a top-tier student in the classroom. Hood intends to graduate in May of 2019 with a degree in Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy and plans to work as a Sports Physical Therapist upon graduation.

Team-by-Team Awards

The team-by-team awards as each has an Inferno Award Winner, Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player selected for the 2018-19 athletic season. Below is a list of those earning awards for their respective teams.


Most Valuable Player

Most Improved Player

Inferno Award


Mackenzie Mathies

Karli Selear

Dani Hood

Cross Country

Laura Sierra

Elizabeth Gamillo

Isabel Ovalle


Mackenzie Mathies

Samantha Chapnick

Mary Kate Sulikowski


Shaye Wolfe

Grace Caster

Allison Weick


Carina Jimenez

Mackenzie Mathies

Andie Vandertie


Michelle Alexander

Ashley Boston

Lia Hutchins


Cailey Jeske

Ari Rehberg

Melanie Coffey