Whitman Athletics Hands Out Annual Awards

News Release Date:
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

From left: Men's basketball coach Eric Bridgeland, Justin Artis, Etienne Moshevich, men's tennis coach Jeff Northam, Elise Otto, women's tennis coach John Hein.

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — It was a time to celebrate as Whitman College Athletics held its annual Awards Recognition program last week at Reid Center.

Three seniors had their names added to the coveted Borleske Trophies — an honor given each spring to the top senior athletes, male and female.

The 2011 Borleske Trophy recipients, as decided by an earlier vote of the coaching staff, are tennis ace Elise Otto on the women's side and two athletes who split the vote on the men's side — Justin Artis (basketball) and Etienne Moshevich (tennis).

A sportsmanship trophy, named for Dr. George Ball (second from left), was presented by athletic director Dean Snider to the baseball team, represented by co-captains Jay Richards and Erik Korsmo (far right).


The Borleske trophies recognize athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.

The trophies are given in honor of Raymond Vincent Borleske, who achieved legendary status as a Whitman athlete and coach during the first half of the 20th century, and his wife Mignon Borleske, who taught dance and women's physical education classes for nearly four decades.

Outstanding Performer awards, given annually to the top athletes in each class, also were presented during the awards program.

Winners in the senior class are Kristen Ballinger (cross country) and Cooper Crosby (soccer).

The senior awards are given in honor of the late Max Seachris, a former baseball coach and athletic director, and Lee Coleman, a retired swim coach and an early champion of women's intercollegiate athletics.

Top five varsity grade point averages (from left): Helen Jenne, Nate Wells, Kevin Dyer, Conor Holton-Burke. Brian Wakefield not present for photo.


Junior class recipients are Jenele Peterson (basketball) and Conor Holton-Burke (tennis).

The junior awards are given in honor of retired women's tennis coach Jayne McCarthy, a four-time conference coach of the year, and the late Bob Burgess, a long-time Whitman tennis and basketball coach .

Swimmers Katie Chapman and Paul Chang took home the sophomore class awards while Jillian Davis (volleyball), Josh Duckworth (basketball) and Andrew La Cava (tennis) were winners for the first-year class.

A number of other awards, including those recognizing academics and sportsmanship, were also presented during the recognition program.

SAAC representatives (l-r) Jenn Keyes, Jenele Peterson and Alyssa Bader presented game manager Sean Kinney with a special award for his support of all varsity athletic teams.

Holton-Burke, with a cumulative grade point average above 3.9 (4.0 scale), was recognized for being the varsity athlete with the highest GPA.

Filling out the top five GPA list were four swimmers: sophomore Helen Jenne, senior Brian Wakefield, senior Nate Wells and sophomore Kevin Dyer.

About 80 varsity athletes also were recognized for having grade point averages above 3.5.

The George Ball Sportsmanship Award, given annually to one of the varsity teams, was presented to the men's baseball with senior co-captains Jay Richards and Erik Korsmo accepting on behalf of their teammates.

Whitman's Student Athlete Advisory Committee also gave a special recognition award to Sean Kinney, an assistant baseball coach and the Athletic Department's game manager, for the countless hours he spends behind the scenes in support of all the teams.

Please check back later for information about the award winners.


CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College
Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902