WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sam Spiegel, the only senior on the men's championship tennis team, and Tyler Chisholm, the defensive cornerstone of the men's soccer team, are co-winners of the 2004 Borleske Trophy, which is presented annually to the top male athlete at Whitman College.
The trophy, which is awarded by a vote of the Whitman coaching staff, recognizes athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.
Spiegel and Chisholm are the first co-winners of the Borleske Trophy in nearly a decade. Bryan Brown, a cross country and track & field runner, and Brian Stark, a baseball player, shared the trophy in 1995.
Spiegel, a politics major from Vancouver, British Columbia, capped his senior tennis season by helping the Missionaries win their first Northwest Conference tennis title since 2000. Whitman also earned its first berth in the NCAA Div. III post-season playoffs since the spring of 1987.
Chisholm, a senior biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology major from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, earned All-Northwest Conference First-Team honors last fall as a defender on the men's soccer team. A senior captain, Chisholm was named NWC Player of the Week early in the season after the Missionary defense shut out Cascade College 5-0, preventing the Thunderbirds from taking a single shot on goal.
A team co-captain, Spiegel compiled a 9-0 singles record against NWC opponents this spring as Whitman won its men's tennis title. The Missionaries rose to No. 9 in the West Region rankings and to No. 15 nationally in NCAA Div. III. Despite a loss in the opening round of the NCAA playoffs, Whitman finished its season at 15-7, its best record since the spring of 1988.
A year ago as a junior, Spiegel was 11-1 in singles against NWC foes and was named to All-NWC First Team. He also was named to the Academic All-Region team as a junior, and he has been nominated for that honor again this spring.
Spiegel, a graduate of St. John's-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was elected this spring to Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, and to the Order of Wailatpu, a senior honorary at Whitman. In four years with the Whitman speech and debate team, Spiegel placed first six times in individual events ranging from Communication Analysis to After Dinner Speaking. He also helped the Whitman debate teams achieve a No. 1 national ranking in combined parliamentary and policy debate scoring. His volunteer work in recent years has included mentoring elementary school children and assisting with a hospital's senior citizen program. This summer, Spiegel hopes to work as an intern in South Africa, with either the United Nations Development Program or the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.
At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Chisholm anchored Whitman's defense in each of his last soccer three seasons. He was named to the All-NWC Second Team as a junior, and he received Honorable Mention recognition as a sophomore. As a freshman, his first collegiate goal, coming off a header, gave Whitman a 1-0 victory over Pacific Lutheran.
Last fall, Chisholm and teammate Pat Flanagan, also a senior defender, were named to the NCAA Div. III Academic All-Region Team for men's soccer.
Chisholm, a graduate of Lake City (Idaho) High school, plans to attend medical school after graduating from Whitman. In recent years, he has worked as a summer intern at an Idaho hospital and volunteered at local elementary schools and with the Camp Fire organization.
The Borleske Trophy honors Raymond V. Borleske, who achieved legendary status as an athlete and later as a coach at Whitman during the first half of the 20th century. He starred on Whitman's football and baseball teams, and he was the first football player from the Northwest to be recognized by Walter Camp's Spaulding Football Guide. After graduating from Whitman and earning a law degree, Borleske returned to campus in 1915 to begin a coaching career that continued until 1947.