Winona State held its annual WESPY Awards Banquet, honoring the accomplishments of WSU student-athletes throughout the last year.
The Hometown Heroes were Courtney Bergum from golf and Nick Pridgeon from football. The student-athletes combined for over 140 hours over the last year. Warriors collectively also gave back to their community in a huge way, logging a total of 3,344 hours of community engagement during the past academic year.
Each Winona State student-athlete averaged 10.1 hours of community service during the last year. The women's golf team tied for the most community service hours accumulated, with student-athletes volunteering 46.38 hours per team member.
The Warrior volleyball team was honored for having the highest team GPA among WSU teams, putting together a 3.55 cumulative grade point average and receiving the Highest Team GPA Banner to display for the next year. They also took home the Warrior Cup which is presented to the team with the most points in the areas of: teams for teams, scholarly success, community outreach, personal enhancement, professional development and athletic excellence.
On-field success was also highlighted during the banquet, with awards being given out to the Athlete, Student-Athlete and Newcomer of the Year.
Winona State's basketball teams claimed both Student-Athlete of the Year awards, with Seniors Tara Roelofs and Josh Mongan being honored. Both players were also forwarded to the NSIC for consideration for the Britton & Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence.
WSU baseball player Trey Larson was named Male Newcomer of the Year and Katie Taylor earned Female Newcomer of the Year after an impressive indoor season led to a trip to NCAA National Championships.
McKenna Larsen, a two-sport athlete in volleyball & softball and Jack Nelson, from football, were named Winona State's Athletes of the Year in a category that boasted our top athletic achievers.
A special presentation was given to our newest Warrior, Hunter Krusmark. Warrior baseball recently partnered with Team IMPACT and drafted Lake City native Hunter to the team in April. The guys gave Hunter a commemorative picture and autographed frame during the night's festivities.
Special thanks were given to Chartwell's for hosting a fabulous meal and a night of memories for our seniors gradating next week.