Tornado Trio Named to Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Year List

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Three King College student-athletes were named 2012 Conference Carolinas Scholar-Athletes of the Year as recently voted on by the student-athlete affairs committee.  This prestigious award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each sport for recognition of their outstanding academic and athletic achievements. Jose Avila (men’s tennis), Hannah Witt (women’s track and field), and Josh Bamberger (men’s golf) were a part of the list that include 11 total student-athletes around the league.

Jose Avila (Cuernavaca, Mexico) led the Tornado to a 13-5 overall, and 7-3 league record as its top flight member all season long. Avila finished the year with an 11-5 individual record and went 8-2 in Conference Carolinas play and was named to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team. The sophomore is a double major in physics and mathematics and sports a 3.98 grade point average while a member of the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team. Avila is also an avid student of piano composition and has performed at local venues, including the King College Chapel and Medical School.

Jose Avila Hannah Witt Josh Bamberger

Hannah Witt (Mountain City, Tenn.) had a remarkable junior year for the Tornado both on and off of the track. At the Conference Carolinas Track and Field Championships, the Mountain City, Tenn., native won the 10,000-meter run by more than two minutes with a time of 39:03.22 and finished second in the 5,000 meters, crossing the line at 18:37.69. She also won the 5k at the Liberty Open (18:32.99) while setting a new personal record in the same event at the 49er Classic with an 18:01.70 finish. She was an all-region honoree following the conclusion of the Indoor Track and Field season in the 5k run and was recently named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team. Witt is a biology major and minors in English while possessing a 3.9 GPA. She also volunteers with Bristol-area children in local cross country events in her spare time.  

Josh Bamberger (Waterloo, Ontario) concluded his senior season with three top-5 finishes in eight tournaments played in this season. The Waterloo, Ontario native averaged a 73.46 prior to the Conference Carolinas Tournament, had a low 18 score of 68, and a low 36 score of 141. He helped the Tornado to a third place finish at the Conference Carolinas Men’s Golf Tournament while shooting a three-round score of 232 (74-76-82). He was named to the All-Conference Third Team prior to the start of the tournament and was named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team. Bamberger is a business major and graduated with a 3.826 cumulative grade point average.

Each member school submits candidates that are the best of the best for the conference from their sport while meeting certain qualifications for nomination.  The qualifications include being a junior or senior student-athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all work completed at their member institution that have played in a conference sponsored sport. The GPA is calculated based on the student-athletes cumulative average through the previous semester and each student-athlete must have attended their member institution for at least one academic year. Additionally, in order to qualify for the award the student-athlete must be a current member of the All-Conference Carolinas First, Second, or Third Teams that were recently selected by head coaches from conference member institutions that nominate and then vote upon award winners.

A comprehensive list of all the Conference Carolinas Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year is below.

Sport

Name/School

Baseball

Antonio Callaway (Mount Olive)

Softball

Kirstyn Burleson (Limestone)

Women’s Tennis

Patricia Guedes (Mount Olive)

Men’s Tennis

Jose Avila (King)

Women’s Golf

Emelie Andersson (Mount Olive)

Men’s Golf

Josh Bamberger (King)

Women’s Lacrosse

Sylvia Queener (Limestone)

Men’s Lacrosse

Riley Loewen (Limestone)

Women’s Track and Field

Hannah Witt (King)

Men’s Track and Field

Kevin Dever (Lees-McRae)

Men’s Volleyball

Scott Warren (Limestone)