HUNTINGDON, Pa. – On May 8, the Juniata Athletic Department held the fourth annual Alfie Awards honoring and recognizing the academic and athletic achievements of student-athletes.
Highlighting the night was the announcement of the Big Five Awards. A tradition dating back to 1947 when the Stanford Mickle Award was first introduced, the Big Five Awards recognize the top senior athletes for their outstanding contributions to Juniata Athletics.
John E. Blood Award
This award was presented to Shannon Kriz (Breinigsville, Pa./Parkland) of the women's soccer team. The John E. Blood award is presented to the senior athlete who has earned at least four varsity letters and who has earned the highest GPA with significant athletic achievement. The award was established by friends and family of John E. Blood, Food Service Manager at Juniata from 1963-1965. Mr. Blood resigned from his position in 1965 and died of cancer in 1966. He was an ardent supporter of Juniata Athletics and served for a season as an assistant baseball coach under Fred Prender.
William R. Smaltz Award
This award was presented to Seth Brewer (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) of the men's basketball team. The William R. Smaltzawardis presented to the senior athlete who has exemplified hard work and perseverance in his or her endeavors. William R. Smaltz was a coach at Juniata.
Carolyn Stambaugh Award
This award was presented to Allie Baney (State College, Pa./State College Area) of the softball team. The Carolyn Stambaugh Award is presented to the senior female athlete and student leader who best exemplifies Carolyn's qualities of winning attitude, self-confidence, concern for others, high sense of values, and enthusiasm for life. The award was endowed by family and friends of Carolyn L. Stambaugh, an outstanding volleyball player and popular student leader who was killed in a tragic automobile accident just after beginning her senior year at Juniata in 1986.
Stanford Mickle Award
This award was presented to Marcus Lee (Carrolltown, Pa./Bishop Carroll) of the men's basketball team. The Stanford Mickleawardis presented to the senior male athlete who has made the greatest contribution to Juniata Athletics. The award is in recognition of Stanford Mickle (Juniata student from 1940-42). The award is presented to the college by Stanford's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Mickle of New Paris.
Charles Bargerstock Award
This award was presented to Dani Atkinson (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic). The Charles Bargerstock award is presented to the senior female athlete who has made the greatest contribution to Juniata Athletics. The award is a memorial to Charles Bargerstock, '47, Juniata's Director of Development from 1957-1962.
Ben Martin (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) of the men's cross-country team received the Alfie for the Athlete who Exemplifies Leadership.
The Alfie for Best Comeback Performance was received by the women's basketball team for their overtime win at Catholic.
Katie Alexander (Mifflinburg, Pa./Mifflinburg) of the field hockey team was honored with the Alfie for the Athlete Who Plays with Extreme Passion and Heart.
Andrew Knapp (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks South) of the men's volleyball team was the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award.
The field hockey team was received the Alfie for The Best Performance for their overtime Landmark Championship win at #11 Catholic.
The Juniata Athletic Department also recognized each year of letter-winners, postseason participants, honor roll selections, All-Conference selections, All-Region selections and All-American selections.