GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Junior basketball player Troy Huff has been named the University of North Dakota’s Glenn “Red” Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year and senior hockey player Monique Lamoureux has been named UND’s Grace Rhonemus Female Athlete of the Year. The awards were announced tonight at the UND Athletics Department Spring Awards Program at the Memorial Union, and were determined by a vote of the athletics department’s head coaches and media relations staff.
Lamoureux was an American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) first-team All-American after leading the nation’s defensemen in scoring with 65 points in 39 games and guiding UND to its second straight NCAA postseason appearance. A team captain and a Grand Forks native, Lamoureux ranked eighth nationally in scoring among all players and earned All-USCHO and All-WCHA First Team honors. Following the season, she helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championship.
In the classroom, Lamoureux is a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in kinesiology, having already earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education, exercise science and wellness. She was a 2012-13 WCHA Scholar-Athlete and was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team. Her twin sister, Jocelyne, was UND’s Grace Rhonemus Female Athlete of the Year in 2011-12.
Huff won the Big Sky Conference scoring title, averaging a career-high 19.2 points per game, and was one of two unanimous All-Big Sky First Team selections despite missing eight games with a broken jaw. He also led the Big Sky in steals and moved into second place on UND’s career steals list. Just the second player in school history to score 400-plus points in each of his first three seasons, Huff led UND to 12 Big Sky victories, the most ever by a first-year league member. The Milwaukee, Wis., native was named to the Lou Henson Division I Mid-Major All-America Team, making him UND’s first Division I basketball All-American. Huff was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Team.
A general studies major, Huff was named to the 2012 Fall Athletics Director’s Honor Roll.
UND’s other 2012-13 award winners included:
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Ronni Munkeby, Volleyball (Junior || Lisbon, N.D.)
- Physical education, exercise science & wellness major with a 4.0 grade point average
- All-Big Sky Conference Second Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, Academic All-Big Sky Conference Team
- Ranked eighth in Big Sky in hitting percentage (.284) and led UND to Big Sky Conference Tournament in its first year
- Finalists: Cami Bennett (softball), Kirsten Haas (track), Jocelyne Lamoureux (hockey), Veronica Medon (swimming), Shantel Montgomery (golf), Nicole Smart (basketball)
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Brett Cameron, Football (Senior || Winnipeg, Manitoba)
- Biology major with a 3.952 GPA
- NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, Big Sky All-Academic Team, Fall 2012 Athletics Director’s Honor Roll
- Averaged career-high 42.1 yards per punt in 2012, the fourth-best single-season average in program history
- Signed professional contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League
- Finalists: Jordan Fisk (track), Ryan McGuigan (tennis), George Philbin (swimming), Dillon Simpson (hockey)
Female Rookie of the Year: Stephanie Clarke, Track & Field (Freshman || Edmonton, Alberta)
- Has already broken four school records this season: indoor 200M, indoor 400M, outdoor 200M, outdoor 400M
- Two of those school records had stood for more than 20 years
- Placed third in the 400-meters at the Big Sky Indoor Championship, UND’s first DI all-conference performance in track
- Finalists: Shelby Amsley-Benzie (hockey), Lauren Clarke (volleyball), Mia Loyd (basketball), Hanna Tometich (softball), Casie Walth (swimming)
Male Rookie of the Year: Jameer Jackson, Football (Redshirt Freshman || Brooklyn Park, Minn.)
- 2012 College Sports Journal Freshman All-America Team, 2012 Jerry Rice Award (FCS Freshman of the Year) finalist
- Caught 56 passes for 709 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games
- Ranked second nationally among freshman wide receivers in touchdowns, third in receptions and receiving yardage
- Finalists: D’Monte Farley (track), Rocco Grimaldi (hockey)
Female Unsung Hero: Erin Grabanski, Swimming (Sophomore || Grand Forks, N.D.)
- Performed to a high standard despite swimming in unfamiliar events in 2012-13
- Swam second-fastest 200 IM and 100 Back times in school history, behind only teammate Veronica Medon
- Placed 9th in the 100 Back, 11th in the 200 IM and 17th in the 200 Back at the WAC Championship
- Finalists: Naomi Dahl (volleyball), Amanda Johnson (softball), Michelle Karvinen (hockey), Megan Lauck (basketball)
Male Unsung Hero: Mitch Wilmer, Basketball (Senior || Warroad, Minn.)
- Fifth-year senior battled through injury plagued career to appear in all 33 games, starting the final 30
- Led UND to 12 Big Sky victories, the most by a first-year league member, and a berth in the Big Sky Tournament
- Averaged career highs in points, rebounds and blocks, ranking fifth in the Big Sky in the latter with the 9-most in UND history (47)
- Finalists: Marcus Hendrickson (football), Andrew MacWilliam (hockey), Clayton Metcalf (diving), Alex Twenge (baseball)
Individual Female Community Service Award: Caitlyn Haring, Soccer (Senior || Fargo, N.D.)
- Led UND’s female student-athletes with more than 165 hours of community service
- Volunteered for several organizations, including Special Olympics, Christus Rex Lutheran Church, City Serve, and more
- A senior midfielder, she started all 16 games for UND in 2012
- Finalists: Emma Gronseth (softball), Kenna Olsen (softball)
Individual Male Community Service Award: Joe Lee, Tennis (Sophomore || Grand Forks, N.D.)
- Led UND’s male student-athletes with nearly 100 hours of community service
- Volunteer extensively at Altru Health Systems, assisting doctors and nurses, changing bedding and delivering food to patients
- Key member of UND’s first varsity men’s tennis team in more than 20 years
- Finalists: Connor Oberle (tennis), Jared Vigen (tennis)
Team Female Community Service Award: Softball
- Worked 33 community service events, equating to just under 1,000 hours, or 47 hours per student-athlete
- Volunteered time to Special Olympics, Salvation Army, Relay for Life, Red River Valley Community Action and more
- Finalists: Basketball, Soccer
Team Male Community Service Award: Tennis
- Led UND’s male teams with 21 hours of community service per student-athlete
- Volunteered time to Altru Health Systems, the Choice Health and Wellness Coat Drive, Red River High School and more
- Finalists: Baseball, Basketball
Notes: UND Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) officers Ronni Munkeby (President, Volleyball), Katie Houdek (Vice-President, Basketball), Anna Jung (Secretary, Soccer), Kara Fisher (Treasurer, Swimming), Rhaya Ballon (Social Media Fall Coordinator, Soccer), and Courtney Beckwith (Social Media Spring Coordinator, Soccer) were recognized for their service.
Additionally, the women’s softball team received UND’s first annual SAAC Cup, given to the team that accumulates the most points in three areas: 1) Attendance at other teams’ home events 2) Team semester grade point averages during Spring 2013 and Fall 2012 and 3) Team community service hours.