HUNTINGDON, Pa.– On May 7, 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 Joel Reighard (Altoona, Pa. / Altoona Area HS) of the football 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 Meredith Shephard (Cazenovia, N.Y. / Cazenovia) of the field hockey team. The William R. Smaltz award is 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 Kaitlyn Young (Mount Ephraim, N.J. / Audubon) of the women's basketball 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 Quinn Peterson (Las Vegas, Nev. / Shadow Ridge) of the men's volleyball team. The Stanford Mickle award is 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 Marybeth Weihbrecht (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Cumberland Valley) of the women's volleyball team. 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.
The SAAC Awards
Meredith Shephard (Cazenovia, N.Y. / Cazenovia) of the field hockey team received the Alfie for the Athlete who Exemplifies Leadership.
The Alfie for Best Comeback Performance was awarded to the women's basketball team for their comeback win over Catholic.
Maggie Peck (Philipsburg, Pa. / Philipsburg Osceola) of the softball team was honored with the Alfie for the Athlete Who Plays with Extreme Passion and Heart.
Kaitlyn Young (Mount Ephraim, N.J. / Audubon)of the women's basketball team was the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award.
Brandon Martinazzi (Cresson, Pa. / Bishop Carroll) of the men's basketball team received the Alfie for The Best Performance for his strong season.
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.
There were also two new awards introduced, the Community Service Award and the Team GPA Award.
The women's tennis team was awarded the Team GPA Award for having the highest team GPA over the 2017-18 academic year.
The softball team was award the Community Service Award, for doing the most service as a team.