WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 2, 2017) – Rollins Athletics once again honored the best of the best from the sports season that was at the 2017 Tommy Awards.
Annually one of the highlights of the season, the Tommy Awards honor student-athletes in 10 different categories who have excelled during the year.
A complete replay of the show can be found HERE.
2017 TOMMY AWARDS FINALISTS:
Florida Hospital Community Service Award
The Tars softball team was once again very active in the community, participating in a variety of projects. The team welcomed Shannon from TEAM IMPACT and she quickly became a big part of the squad – learning softball, enjoying a pool party and Easter Egg Hunt and assisting with the first annual “Autism Awareness Game” with Seminole State. The team also sponsored a family for Christmas and spent time with Greyhound Pets of America, helping rehab retired racing and abused greyhounds find new homes.
• Men's Lacrosse
• Men's and Women's Swimming
Phil Roach Sportsmanship Award
• Haley Brock (w.lacrosse)
• Chris Corbett (baseball)
The senior team captain, Chris's leadership and sportsmanship is apparent to anyone who has attended a baseball game over the past four years. He is the calming influence on the pitcher and infielders, but can also get the team fired up when need be. Chris ends every game with a prayer on the mound with the Tars opponents, regardless of the outcome – and keeps the team on track to achieve their goals.
• Benjamin Gebauer (cross country/swimming)
• Jeremy Slocumb (m.lacrosse)
Newcomer of the Year
• Hannah Ashton (w.lacrosse)
• Seher Atwal (w.golf)
• Dorien Llewellyn (waterski)
• Connor Mckim (m.basketball)
The starting point guard for the Tars basketball team, Connor was named to the SSC all-tournament team and was second in the league in minutes played. He averaged 10.1 points and nearly four assists a game. He had two game winning, buzzer beaters in postseason, including a three in the SSC title game as the buzzer sounded.
SAAC Coach of the Year
• Marc Bedsole (waterski)
• Kyle Berg (swimming)
• Tom Klusman (m.basketball)
The Tars basketball season was off to a hot start, before senior Deion Clark broke his wrist in the fifth game of the year. The Tars then found themselves 8-8 in mid January and in what looked like a lost season. Coach Klusman then rallyed the team, leading the Tars two wins in 16 of the next 18 games. The Tars won the SSC Tournament title and for the second time in school history won the NCAA South Region championship and advanced to the Elite Eight.
• Dennis Short (w.lacrosse)
Team of the Year
• Men's Basketball
The Tars men's hoops team was picked to finish third in the conference and struggled at the beginning of the year after losing season leader Deion Clark to injury. In the second half of the year, the Tars went on a historic run, winning the SSC Tournament title to earn a spot in the South Region Tournament. As the No. 7 seed Rollins beat the top-three teams in the Gulf South Conference, including Alabama-Huntsville on its home floor – to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.
• Women's Golf
Alumni Association Scholar Athlete of the Year
• Meg Block (w.soccer)
• Samantha Collin (w.soccer)
• Kylie Klotzbach (w.swimming)
A senior captain for Tars swimming, Kylie led the Tars to new heights this past season. Her leadership was a big reason Rollins set a record number of program bests – including setting a team record herself. Kylie has also found time work many hours in the Athleitc Communications office. She is a business major and will graduate with honors in a few weeks.
Find Your Anchor Award
• Joe Beguiristain (m.soccer)
• Tee Jones (w.basketball)
Tee is a Fiax Lux award winner and very active throughout the campus. She has worked in student affairs for the past three years and is instrumental to the success of the Dean of Student's office as well as participating in Res Life. Tee is the starting point guard for the Tars basketball team and just led the Tars to a runner-up finish at the NCAA South Region Tournament.
• Trey LaPorta (m.lacrosse)
• Mary Bethany Vincent (volleyball)
Moment of the Year
• Women's basketball game winner vs. Florida Southern
• Final minutes of women's soccer NCAA Tournament win over Lee
• Women's rowing edging out UCF at the Metro Cup
• Final seconds of men's basketball SSC Tournament Championship
Needing a win to keep its hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid alive, Rollins found themselves down by six late in the SSC Title game with Palm Beach Atlantic. Freshman Connor McKim then took over, hitting two clutch free throws to get the Tars close and then, with just three seconds left, picking up a loose ball and draining a deep three-pointer, giving Rollins the Sunshine State Conference title and setting up their eventual Elite Eight run.
• Baseball walkoffs vs. Nova Southeastern and Barry
Male Athlete of the Year
• Marc Bremmer (m.rowing)
• Dorien Llewellyn (waterski)
• Jeff Merton (m.basketball)
• Peter Nicoletto (baseball)
The senior leader for the Tars, Peter has one of the top batting averages in the Sunshine State Conference and leads the team in doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases to go along with his defensive prowess in the outfield. Heading into last weekend, Peter is tied for the all-time Sunshine State Conference record with 25 career triples.
Female Athlete of the Year
• Hailee Keisling (softball)
• Paxton Sickler (w.soccer)
Paxton racked up a treasure trove of honors this past season, earning NSCAA Scholar All-American honors, NSCAA First Team All-South Region and became one of just six players ever to be named First Team All-SSC Four times. She was second in the conference with 22 points and fourth in the league with nine goals this year.
• Lexie Toth (w.golf)
• Taylor Wilks (w.swimming)
*winners highlighted in bold