Ferguson, Johnson named Pitt-Bradford Athletes of the Year

2012-13 Award Winners
2012-13 Individual Award Winners

The Pitt-Bradford athletics department held its annual awards banquet Friday evening in the Mukaiyama University Room.

Men's basketball player Tyler Ferguson and volleyball player Maggie Johnson were named the 2012-13 Athletes of the Year. Baseball player Kirby Craft and women's tennis player Kayla Branch were tabbed as the Scholar Athletes of the Year. Men's swimmer Jeff Cattoni and two-sport standout Lauren Hogue were tabbed Rookies of the Year, and women's soccer player Alisa Cornell received the Triangle of Success Award.

Ferguson, a senior, became the 21st player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He finished his career with 1,171 points, the 12-most all-time. He totaled four double-doubles this season to give him 10 for his career.

The Phillipsburg, Pa., native ranked second on the team in scoring and was among the AMCC leaders in rebounding.

Johnson, a senior middle hitter, earned first-team all-AMCC honors last fall, becoming the sixth player in program history to be named all-conference all four years of her career.

The Hilton, N.Y., native led the team in kills per games and hitting percentage for the second straight season. She ranked in the top 10 in the AMCC in both categories and was fifth overall in blocks per set.

Johnson finishes her career ranked third all-time in blocks and sixth in kills.

Branch, a senior, is a three-time all-AMCC pick in women's tennis. This past fall, she teamed with Sarah Fowkes to go 7-2 in doubles play, including 6-1 against AMCC opponents, to earn second-team all-conference honors. She finishes her career as the program's all-time leader in wins in both singles (26) and doubles (32).

Craft, a senior, is a three-year starter at catcher for the Panthers. He has hit .214 in 13 games this season while throwing out four runners. A native of Goodyear, Ariz., Craft has scored six runs and ranks among the team leaders in walks and on base percentage.

Cattoni, a freshman from Bradford, was a second-team all-AMCC selection in four different relays: the 200, 400 and 800 free and the 200 medley. Individually, he finished third in the 100 breast at the AMCC Championships and fifth in the 200 breast.

Hogue, a freshman, is one of three student-athletes at Pitt-Bradford who participated in two sports this year, volleyball and softball. On the volleyball court, she led the AMCC in total blocks with 95 and ranked second in blocks per set.

Through 18 games with the softball team, the Cranberry, Pa., native is hitting a team-leading .393 with one home run and nine RBIs. Her 14 runs scored and four stolen bases are also tops on the team.

Cornell, a senior, was the 2012 AMCC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time first-team all-conference selection. She led the league in goals against average, save percentage, and was tied for first with eight shutouts.

The Philadelphia, Pa., native is a three-year captain and helped the Panthers advance to the AMCC Championship for the first time in program history. She is actively involved in CARE for Children, Habitat for Humanity and the SPCA.

In addition to those receiving individual honors, 40 student-athletes were recognized for making the Dean's list and 62 received all-AMCC academic honors. Five individuals were inducted in to Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Collegiate Athletic honor society, and the nine seniors of Chi Alpha Sigma received medallions to be worn during commencement later this month.

The women's soccer team was honored for having the top G.P.A. among all varsity sports teams.