Tigerville – The stars of North Greenville athletics came out last Thursday night as NGU’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes celebrated the accomplishments of North Greenville student-athletes with the third annual Cruzie Awards.
Award winners are nominated and voted on by North Greenville athletic staff including head coaches, assistant coaches, administration and athletic trainers. Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Male and Female Rookie of the Year, Fan of the year, and Lifetime Crusader are just a few of the 12 – categories in which athletes are able to take home some hardware.
Kenzie Pierce and Tucker Burgess brought home the Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards. Pierce wrapped up her volleyball career at North Greenville with over 1,000 – kills and 96 service aces and helped lead the women’s volleyball team to its first Conference Carolinas regular season title in her senior campaign.
Tucker Burgess, North Greenville baseball’s Friday night ace earned Male Athlete of The Year. Burgess missed the ceremony as he was with the team in Barton, North Carolina winning baseball’s first regular-season title for the league. In his time at NGU, Burgess has just a 2.72 earned run average and has held opponents to just a .246 average. He has a record of 36 – 10 as a starter and has recorded 178 – strikeouts.
Male and Female Rookie of the year went to Millie Klefsaas of track & field and Gareth Greene from the men’s soccer team. Klefsaas has spearheaded a surging women’s track & field team, claiming the 14th highest pole vault in NCAA Division II this year while breaking a pair of school records in the vault as well as the 100 – meter hurdles.
The Male Rookie of the Year went to true freshman Gareth Greene of men’s soccer who led the team in scoring as a freshman. Green scored six goals during the 2017 season as well as points, with 12. He helped lead the Crusaders to their first postseason appearance since the 2012 – season.
North Greenville also takes time each year to honor its alumni. This year, the Lifetime Crusader Award was given to Lamont Sullivan, a former North Greenville athlete and coach. Sullivan played football at North Greenville and also coached at NGU following his graduation. Today, Sullivan is the CEO of Greenville’s chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization in which he first volunteered for over a decade ago. You can read more about Lamont Sullivan’s story by CLICKING HERE!
Other Award Winners Include:
|Female Iron Athlete||Rachel Kellogg|
|Male Iron Athlete||Seth Laughter|
|Service Award||Megan Miller|
|International Athlete of the Year||Deon Vidal|
|Breakout Athlete of the Year||Jeff Chandler|
|Hit of the Year||Courtney Williamson|
|Fan of the Year||Dom Richardson|
|Comeback Player of the Year||Kyle Brandt|
|Comeback Player of the Year||Ethan Garner|
|Coach of the Year||Robbie Edwards|
CLICK HERE to watch the full Cruzies High Video Playlist.
Check out the full awards show!