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Jacob Henne accepts UND's Male Individual Community Service Award from Athletics Director Bill Chaves and Associate Marketing Director Alex Kroke.
Henne lands service award at Night of Champions
Courtesy: UNDsports.com
Release: 05/01/2018
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota junior thrower Molli Detloff and junior defenseman Christian Wolanin were named UND’s top athletes of 2017-18 on Tuesday night at the annual UND Athletics Night of Champions awards banquet. The event was held at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

Detloff was named the Grace Rhonemus Female Athlete of the Year for one of the most dominant one-year stretches in UND track and field history. The stretch began at the 2017 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championship, where the Elk River, Minn., native led the conference with 22 points to become the first UND student-athlete to be named Big Sky Conference MVP. She won the conference title in the discus, was the runner-up in the hammer and shot put. She then went on to place 12th nationally in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming UND’s first Division I track and field All-American. In the classroom, she earned 2017 USTFCCCA All-Academic honors and is a multiple academic all-conference honoree.

 

This season, Detloff ranks sixth nationally in the hammer throw and has already qualified for the USATF Outdoor Championships. She twice broke her school record in that event during the month of April and has now broken it a total of seven times. Detloff is also the school-record-holder in the discus.

 

Other finalists for Grace Rhonemus Female Athlete of the Year included: Faith Dooley (basketball/volleyball), Jenna Janu (golf), Lexi Klabo (basketball), Catherine Klein (soccer) and Kaylin VanDomelen (softball.)

Wolanin was named UND’s Glenn “Red” Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year after becoming the first defenseman in 35 years to lead North Dakota in scoring. The Detroit native racked up 35 points in 40 games to tie for fifth nationally in scoring by a defenseman. His 12 goals were one shy of the UND single-season record for defensemen and his eight power-play goals led the nation’s defenders.

Wolanin was named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s All-NCHC Second Team and earned national accolades from both College Hockey News and U.S. College Hockey Online. Following the season, he signed a National Hockey League contract with the Ottawa Senators and made his NHL debut.

Other finalists for Glenn “Red” Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year included Geno Crandall (basketball) and John Santiago (football). 

UND’s other 2017-18 Night of Champions award recipients included:

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (co-recipient): Kyley Foster, Track & Field (Junior | Pole Vault | Detroit Lakes, Minn.)

  • A commercial aviation major with a 3.875 cumulative grade-point average
  • The top-ranked outdoor pole vaulter in the Big Sky Conference earned her third straight all-conference nod during indoor season
  • A 2017 USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, earned her helicopter pilot’s license earlier this year

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (co-recipient): Taylor Nadler, Softball (Senior | Outfielder | New Haven, Mo.)

  • A kinesiology major with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average
  • Leads UND in batting average (.338), doubles (14), runs batted in (30) and on-base percentage (.411)
  • Named to 2017 Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team

Other finalists: Zahra Finningan (tennis), Tamara Merseli (volleyball), Katie Moller (soccer), Hanna Peterson (golf), Bailey Strand (baskeball)

Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jeremy Kirk, Golf (Junior | Thunder Bay, Ontario)

  • A civil engineering major with a 3.908 cumulative grade-point average
  • Coming off season-best performance at 2018 Big Sky Conference Championship, with 54-hole score of 221 (+5)
  • Two-time Big Sky All-Academic Team selection

Other finalists: Conner Avants (basketball), Davide Callegari (tennis), Mat Cox (football), Austin Poganski (hockey)

Female Scholar-Team of the Year: Tennis (Head Coach Tom Wynne)

  • Collective grade-point average of 3.57 during Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters
  • Received 2017 NCAA Public Recognition Award for its academic progress rate (APR)

Other finalists: Cross Country (Head Coach Dick Clay), Golf (Head Coach Natalie Martinson)

Male Scholar-Team of the Year: Golf (Head Coach Matt Stricker)

  • Collective grade-point average of 3.313 during Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters
  • More than one-third of the roster had an individual GPA of 3.4 or higher, four were named academic all-conference

Other finalists: Cross Country (Head Coach Dick Clay), Hockey (Head Coach Brad Berry)

Female Freshman of the Year: Mimi Eiden, Soccer (Forward | Forest Lake, Minn.)

  • Appeared in all 10 games and led UND in with three assists
  • Ranked second on team in points (7), goals (2), shots (24) and shots on goal (12)

Other finalists: Ashlyn Guggisberg (golf), Madison Overby (track and field), Carmen Palumbo (tennis), Mikayla Reinke (basketball) 

Male Freshman of the Year: Grant Mismash, Hockey (Forward | Edina, Minn.)

  • Named to All-NCHC Rookie Team and was a four-time NCHC Rookie of the Week
  • Collected nine goal and 22 points in 38 games and led all NCHC freshmen in shots on goal (94)

Other finalists: Josh Pillath (track and field), Jaxson Turner (football)

Female Unsung Hero: Jill Morton, Basketball (Junior | Guard | Edina, Minn.)

  • Defensive stalwart emerged as an offensive contributor with 14 games of 10 or more points
  • Averaged 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steal in her 30 games (all starts)

Other finalists: Hannah Bergh (softball), Meghan Janssen (track and field/cross country), Julia Kaczorowska (volleyball), Kennedy Kidd (soccer), Ally Rogers (golf)

Male Unsung Hero: Jacob Holmen, Football (Senior | Long Snapper | Minot, N.D.)

  • Four-year starter at long snapper did not have a single punt blocked due to a bad snap in his entire career
  • Was a perfect 103-for-103 in snap efficiency during his senior season

Other finalists: Conner Avants (basketball), Ian Collins (track and field), Nick Jones (hockey)

Female Individual Community Service Award: Veronica Kessler, Soccer (Junior | Forward | Balmoral, Manitoba)

  • Led all UND student-athletes with just over 125 total hours of community service
  • Volunteered for several organizations, including Valley Elder Care, Greater Grand Forks Youth Soccer, Altru and more

Other finalists: Hannah Bergh (softball), Michaela Zins (softball)

Male Individual Community Service Award (co-recipient): Jacob Henne, Track & Field/Cross Country (Sophomore | Distance | Fargo, N.D.)

  • Had 40 hours of community service to tie for the most among UND’s male student-athletes
  • Volunteered for several organizations, including St. Joseph’s Social Care, the SAAC Food Drive, the Wild Hog Marathon and more

Male Individual Community Service Award (co-recipient): Adam Stiner, Football (Junior | Offensive Line | Verona, Wis.)

  • Had 40 hours of community service to tie for the most among UND’s male student-athletes
  • Volunteered for several organizations, including St. Joseph’s Social Care, the SAAC Food Drive, Grand Forks Youth Football and more

Other finalists: Geno Crandall (basketball), Kyle Sweeney (track & field/cross country)

Female Team Community Service Award: Softball (Head Coach Jordan Stevens)

  • Totaled nearly 850 total hours of community service (more than 35 hours per student-athlete)
  • Volunteered for several organizations, including Salvation Army, Northlands Rescue Mission, Discovery Elementary School and more

Other finalists: Basketball (Head Coach Travis Brewster), Golf (Head Coach Natalie Martinson)

Male Team Community Service Award: Men’s Basketball (Head Coach Brian Jones)

  • Repeat winner totaled more than 450 total hours of community service (more than 30 hours per student-athlete)
  • Volunteered for several organizations, including YMCA, Samaritan’s Feet, Northlands Rescue Mission and more

Other finalists: Hockey (Head Coach Brad Berry), Track & Field (Head Coach Kevin Galbraith)

SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) Cup: Softball (Head Coach Jordan Stevens)

  • Awarded to the team that earns the most points in: attendance at home sporting events, team GPA, team community service hours

Other finalists: Golf (Head Coach Natalie Martinson), Tennis (Head Coach Tom Wynne)

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