2011-12 Athletics Awards Banquet
The 2011-12 Concordia College Athletics Awards Banquet was held on the evening of Friday, April 27, 2012 in Schoenfeld Hall on the campus of Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. The yearly event is held in honor of the student-athletes to thank them for their commitment and hard work to Concordia College. The athletes are recognized team by team and their accomplishments are highlighted. In addition, seven awards are given to student-athletes who represent the highest standard in several areas. Awards are given to the Male and Female Freshman of the Year, the Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the Director of Athletics Award, the Esther Petzke Rockhill Award in Women's Athletics and the Mickey Byrne Award in Men's Athletics.
Female Freshman of the Year - Amanda Ramirez
This award is given to the female athlete that best exemplifies the characteristics of a student-athlete. This year's recipient is Amanda Ramirez of the softball team. Ramirez, a starting pitcher from Lindenhurst, NY, pitched in 17 games and recorded a record of 3-11. Her first career victory came against Chestnut Hill College as she threw a complete game one-hit shutout in the 12-0 win.
Male Freshman of the Year - Mark Mozer
This award is given to the male athlete that best exemplifies the characteristics of a student-athlete. This year's recipient is Mark Mozer of the men's tennis team. Mozer, a native of Brest, Belarus, was named the CACC Rookie of the Year in tennis and an All-CACC First Team selection. He is currently has a record of 17-2 in singles play and a 5-1 record in doubles while currently the 8th ranked singles player in the East Region according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Female Scholar-Athlete Award - Victoria Pisciotta
This award is given to the senior female student-athlete with the highest overall GPA. This year's recipient is Victoria Pisciotta of the softball team. Pisciotta, a catcher from New Hyde Park, NY, was named to the All-CACC Second Team in softball. She led the team with a .337 average and recorded most hits (35), runs (22) and doubles (7). Victoria's patience at the plate earned her the most walks on team (13) while recording a .938 fielding percentage.
Male Scholar-Athlete Award - Christopher Motta
This award is given to the senior male student-athlete with the highest overall GPA. This year's recipient is Christopher Motta of the baseball team. Motta, a pitcher from The Bronx, NY, appeared in 10 games while pitching 44.0 innings which included a complete game. Motta struck out 27 batters as he was primarily a starting pitcher during the season.
The Director of Athletics Award - Chanessa Blakemore
This award is given to the student-athlete who best embodies the characteristics of hard work, sacrifice, dedication and a fighting Clipper spirit. This year's first recipient is Chanessa Blakemore of the women's basketball team. Blakemore, a center from Albany, NY, was an All-CACC Third Team selection this past season. She led the team in rebounds and has recorded double figures in rebounds for 21 of the possible 26 games she has played in. Her 13.1 rebounds per game were 1st in the CACC and 3rd in Division II. Chanessa also led the team in blocks per game (3.2) which was 2nd in the CACC and 7th in Division II. She has recorded a team-high 14 double-doubles which was 2nd in the CACC and 11th overall in Division II. Blakemore was the only player to record 22+ rebounds twice this season in Division II.
The Director of Athletics Award - Will Deitte
This award is given to the student-athlete who best embodies the characteristics of hard work, sacrifice, dedication and a fighting Clipper spirit. This year's second recipient is Will Deitte of the men's golf team. Deitte, a native of St. Louis, MO, played in 11 rounds of golf during the season with an average score of 89.09. His best finish this season was a top-5 performance at the Purchase Duel last October.
The Esther Petzke Rockhill Award in Women's Athletics - Maria Ortiz
This award is given to the female athlete who best exemplifies the characteristics of hard work, determination, excellence, and sportsmanship. This year's recipient is Maria Ortiz of the women's tennis team. Ortiz, a native of Bogota, Columbia, helped Concordia capture their third straight CACC Championship last fall and qualify for the NCAA Championships. In singles play she was 7-3 and held an 11-2 record in doubles.
The Mickey Byrne Award in Men's Athletics - Richard Heredia
This award is given to the male athlete who best exemplifies the characteristics of hard work, determination, excellence, and sportsmanship. This year's recipient is Richard Heredia of the men's soccer team. Heredia, a midfielder from Patchogue, NY, concluded his senior campaign with six goals and four assists. In his four seasons at Concordia, Richard has scored 15 goals and tallied eight assists.