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Dercks and Curry named Rockford College Male and Female Athletes of the Year

Monday, May 07, 2012  
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
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ROCKFORD, Ill. – With the 2011-12 athletic and academic years drawing to a close, the Rockford College Athletic Department honored its student-athletes at its annual awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon.  The ceremony recognizes both the accomplishments of the student-athletes in competition as well as in the classroom.  

The academic awards range from the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll to student-athletes being inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Athletics Honor Society.  This year there were 78 student-athletes named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll with each one maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher while at Rockford College.  Out of those 78 student-athletes, a combination of thirteen juniors and seniors maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher and were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma.

Also recognized were the most valuable players from each team, along with the Margaret and Jack Oshita award winners.  The Oshita award is presented to the male and female student-athlete who exhibits the highest standards of team sportsmanship and spirit.  The 2011-12 Oshita award winners were Alen McVeigh (Rockford, Ill./Jefferson), a senior basketball player, and Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./Pearl City) a junior volleyball, basketball and softball player.  

The highest athletic awards presented on Sunday were the 2011-12 Male and Female Athlete of the Year.  Candidates for the award consist of the most valuable players from each of the seventeen individual sports.  

The 2011-12 Male Athlete of the Year was Jimmy Dercks (Kaukauna, Wis./Kaukauna).  Dercks, a 4-year starting shortstop for the Regents, has been a vital part of the Regents baseball team throughout his career.  He has received postseason recognition from the Northern Athletics Conference multiple times during his career.  His freshman year he was selected to the All-Freshman Team and was named NAC Freshman of the Year.  Just this past season, he was named 1st Team All-Northern Athletics Conference for his performance as a shortstop.  This year Dercks, a senior captain, is having one of the best seasons of his career.  The senior currently ranks in the top five in the Northern Athletics Conference in six different categories.  The Kaukauna native is second in on-base percentage (.503), third in batting average (.424) and runs scored (47), and fifth in hits (64), doubles (16) and slugging percentage (.597).  This year Dercks was named Northern Athletes Conference Position Player of the Week and Named to the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week for the Week ending April 15.  During that week Dercks had 17 hits for a .586 batting average, including 8 doubles, a home run and 13 runs batted in and a .966 slugging percentage.  This season he also broke the career hits record and career assists record at Rockford College.  He currently has 450 assists and 224 hits which places him just 6 hits shy of tying the career hits record in the Northern Athletics Conference.

The 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year was Britney Curry (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville).  Curry has been a 4-year starter for the Regents and an excellent player for the women’s basketball team.  During her sophomore and junior seasons, she received 2nd Team All-Northern Athletics Conference honors.  Her freshman year she was Honorable Mention All-NAC along with being name to the All-Freshman Team.  This season Curry, a team captain, was one of the best players in the Northern Athletics Conference.  She led the NAC in points per game (18.9) and minutes per game (38.6).  Curry also finished the season fourth in the NAC in rebounds per game (8.6).  The Merrillville native was named 1st Team All-Northern Athletics Conference this year the first time in her illustrious career.  She was also named the Northern Athletics Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for women’s basketball twice during the season.  The first time she received the award she averaged 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocked shots during the week ending November 20.  The second time she was honored by the NAC she averaged 26 points, 5 rebounds and 1.5 assists during the week ending December 18.  Curry ranks statistically among the top women’s basketball players to ever play at Rockford College as she is third in points (1,584), fifth in rebounds (670), tenth in assists (221), fourth in blocks (73) and third in steals (227).  She is also the only women’s basketball player in the program’s history to ever have 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in a career.  


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