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Lawler and Malone Earn Top Honors at Regents Awards Night

Monday, May 09, 2011  
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ROCKFORD, Ill. – As the 2010-11 academic year draws to a close, the Rockford College Athletic Department held its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony last night.  This celebration not only recognizes student-athletes’ performances on the fields of competition but also in the classroom.

A large number of student-athletes received academic awards on Sunday evening, including the Athletic Directors Honor Roll which recognized eighty-six student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages over 3.0.  This was an increase of nineteen student-athletes to receive this honor this year compared to last year. Nineteen juniors and seniors were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Athletics Honor Society. These student-athletes maintained at least a 3.4 GPA while participating in at least one sport. 

Also recognized were individual MVP’s for each sport, along with winners of the Margaret and Jack O’Shita award presented for team spirit and the highest standards of sportsmanship.  The 2011 O’Shita awards’ winners were Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City), a junior basketball, softball, and volleyball player, and senior baseball player Nathan Riley (Rockford, Ill./ Jefferson).

The highest athletic awards of the night were the 2010-11 Female and Male Athletes of the Year.  Candidates for each award consist of the MVP’s from each individual sport. 

The 2010-11 Female Athlete of the Year was Megan Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City), a physical education major.  This was the second consecutive year that Lawler has received this award.  Lawler, a senior captain on the women's basketball team, led the Regents to a bid into the Northern Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.  She was named to the All-Northern Athletic Conference 1st Team and garnered CoSIDA Academic All-Region 2nd Team Honors.  She led the nation in field goal percentage shooting 63.8 percent from the floor.  She was among the top 10 in the NAC in points with 13.8, rebounds with 10.3 and minutes with 31.8 per game.  Lawler also recorded the fifth 20 point, 20 rebound game in school history.

The 2010-11 Male Athlete of the Year was men's basketball player Robert Malone (Stephens, Ark./ Stephens), a physical education major.  Malone, a senior captain, led his team to the Northern Athletics Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.  He was named to the All-Northern Athletics Conference 1st Team and the All-Midwest Region 2nd Team.  He was twice named to the National Team of the Week. Malone finished top 5 in the NAC with 25.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 1.0 blocked shot, and 37.0 minutes per game.  Malone finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in scoring, averaging 25.0 points per game.   

Also announced was the formation of the Regents of the Year Awards.  The awards, which will be given out for the first time in 2012, will consider more of the overall Division III student-athlete. The honor will be loosely mirrored to reflect the NCAA Man and Woman of the Year Awards which encompass academic prowess, athletic accomplishments, and overall citizenship.

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