The Journal’s 2011-2012 Webster Athletic Awards


Numerous Webster University athletes, teams and coaches stood out during the 2011-2012 sports seasons. So far, 38 Webster athletes were named All-Conference in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and 31 athletes were named SLIAC All-Academic.

Six teams have won their conference regular-season championships. Three teams have won SLIAC tournament titles and earned NCAA Division III tournament bids as a result. Four coaches were named the SLIAC Coach of the Year for their respective sports. And with postseason awards yet to be announced for several SLIAC spring sports, plenty more accolades are on the way.

It wasn’t easy, but Journal sports editor Josh Sellmeyer and staff writer Andy Arb compiled a list of the best of the best in Webster sports for the 2011-2012 academic year. The rules were simple: pick the winners and runners-up for 16 categories. Duplicate winners were not allowed.

So, which picks did we get right? What did we whiff on? We want to hear your thoughts. Comment on the stories or send us an email at

Best Female Athlete — Jenny Howard

Best Male Athlete — David Mueller

Male Newcomer of the Year — Alex Kazmierski

Female Newcomer of the Year — Ally Nikolaus

Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete — Cody Bradfisch

Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete — Allison Tungate

Best Coach — Merry Graf

Best Moment — Volleyball beats Greenville in SLIAC championship

Best Streak — goalkeeper Jessica Davis shuts down opponents

Best Performance — Trisha Thompson tosses two no-hitters

Breakout Male Star — Stefan Whittingham

Breakout Female Star — Marissa Lewis

Best Upset — Men’s tennis beats Principia College

Best Game — Men’s basketball vs. Bluffton University

Best Men’s Team — Golf

Best Women’s Team — Tennis

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