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A pair of performers who were accorded All-America honorable mention have been named Barton College’s top male and female athletes of 2018-19.
Honored during the recent athletic awards banquet and ceremony were senior Kianna Wynn (women’s basketball) as the Kiwanis Female Athlete of the Year and junior Angelos Mandilaris (men’s volleyball) as the Kiwanis Male Athlete of the Year.
Before a turnout of some 450, the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas championship men’s swimming and men’s volleyball teams were saluted. Numerous other individual awards were presented.
Not only was Wynn tabbed Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II All-America honorable mention but she was proclaimed first-team All-Conference Carolinas, All-Southeast Region and All-State. From Knightdale, Wynn was the league player of the week on four occasions and saluted as national player of the week once.
Wynn leaves Barton as the program’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,078) and ranks third in scoring with 2,080 points. Her senior season, Wynn averaged 22 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest as the Lady Bulldogs compiled a 24-6 record, earned a share of the conference regular-season title at 16-4 and advanced into the Div. II Southeast Regional tournament.
Mandilaris, from Chalkida, Greece, capped his junior year by being accorded American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I-II All-America honorable mention. The right-side hitter reigned as the conference’s offensive player of the year for the second straight season as Barton posted a precedent-setting 25-4 record, seized the conference’s regular-season and tourney crowns and lost to Div. I Princeton in National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship tournament. Barton hosted a national tournament match for the first time.
Mandilaris led the conference with 466 kills and earned conference player-of-the-week honors on five occasions.
Vanessa Sanoja, a senior from Bolivar, Venezuela and a standout on the women’s tennis team, was selected as the recipient of the Edward L. Cloyd Award and is Barton’s nominee for the conference’s prestigious Murphy Osborne Award.
Landing the Cloyd Award is the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average over the course of their first seven semesters. Sanoja possesses a 3.92 GPA while majoring in mass communications and obtaining a double minor in honors research and business administration.
Chosen for the Gary W. Hall Excellence in Athletics distinctions were seniors Troy Maslowski (baseball) and Samantha Santmyers (softball). The award is presented annually to the Barton student-athletes that demonstrate a strong work ethic, a passion for their sport and a dedication for excellence towards the classroom, campus and community.
Maslowski compiled a 3.72 GPA and holds an undergraduate degree in business administration with a study in economics and sports analysis. He started 51 games, driving in 34 runs and slugging two home runs.
Santmyers is a biology and mathematics major with a 3.78 GPA. She has been accepted into the medical school at Liberty University. She is active off the field as one of the highest earners at benefit games, is a Peer Tutor and has presented two years at the Day of Scholarship.
Hailed as the female and male freshmen of the year were Takeitha Glaspie (women’s basketball) and Adrian Iglesias (men’s volleyball).
Isaiah Buck-Lowman, a senior on the men’s basketball team, landed the Comeback Award after missing much of his final season in recuperating from knee surgery.
In the Sports Performance Award category, Micah Clemons and Carson Molaro were named team MVPs, and Ever Amaya and Alayna Moore received the Coaches Award.
With regards to team honors, the women’s basketball team claimed the Presidential Award, while the Lee Socrates Gliarmis Excellence in Community Service Award was bestowed upon the baseball team.
Sophomore Bryson Boyette, a product of Wilson and Fike High, is poised for his debut in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional men’s golf tournament at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida on Thursday through Saturday.
Boyette’s threesome was scheduled to tee off at 8:20 a.m. Thursday.
The field of 100-plus golfers is comprised of 20 teams and eight individuals. Boyette, the Conference Carolinas Men’s Golfer of the Year, is among the eight individuals. Two teams and two individuals not members of the top two teams qualify for the national tournament.
Boyette, accompanied by head coach Ashley Leonard, was encouraged with Wednesday’s practice round over the 7,000-yard layout. He cited elevation changes, bunkers guarding the greens and water frequently coming into play.
“We got some good notes,” he commented in a cell phone interview Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a placement golf course for sure. The course is tight, but we’ve got a good plan. It’s a matter of getting in position to execute the plan the next three days. I had a good practice round; I hit the ball really well.”
Boyette, the 2017 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A individual champion as a senior at Fike and the 2018 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, is the first Barton regional participant since Austin Doerr in 2015.
“(The regional) is another goal I got to check off,” Boyette noted, “and I am looking forward to getting after it the next three days.
“I’m here to win. I’m not here to play well or place high.”