Lady Vols honors & awards continue

Candace Parker’s left shoulder will be treated symptomatically and she will undergo further evaluation before the team leaves for Tampa on Thursday 6:00p from the Women's Soccer Field, according to UT Lady Vols Sports Information.

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Wooden Award Chairman Richard “Duke” Llewellyn announced the 2008 John R. Wooden Award Women’s All-America team at The Los Angeles Athletic Club (See attached list) today. The five Wooden Award All-Americans will be invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award Gala, to be held April 11, 2008, at the Los Angeles Downtown Sheraton Hotel.

More than 300 voters, comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from around the nation, had until yesterday to cast their votes, a long voting period that allowed voters to evaluate players up through games of the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Voters selected 5 players from the 17 athletes listed on the ballot, and ranked them from 1 to 10. Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through games last Sunday, as well as a player’s character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player in the eyes of Coach John Wooden. All players on the Wooden All-America team were certified by their schools as maintaining a 2.0 GPA at their current school.

2007 Wooden Award Winner Candace Parker heads the five-player team that includes, in alphabetical order, Sylvia Fowles of LSU, Connecticut’s Maya Moore, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Candice Wiggins of Stanford.

The All-American team features two seniors, two juniors and one freshman. Moore is the first freshman selected to the team since Paris in 2006. Conferences represented are the SEC, with two players, and the Pac-10, Big 12 and Big East each with one.

Parker was a consensus national Player of the Year in leading the Lady Vols to the 2007 NCAA title, and this season she led the SEC in scoring at 21.1 points per game. She scored 25 points last night in a regional final win, despite a dislocated shoulder, to vault Tennessee back to the Final Four. With guard skills at 6-4, she also is among the SEC leaders in rebounds (8.2), blocked shots, steals, and free throw shooting, and was the U.S. National Team’s top scorer in 2007. Fowles beat out Parker for SEC Player of the Year honors, and holds the SEC record for double-doubles. She leads the Lady Tigers to the Final Four for the fourth time, where her team will face the Lady Vols.

Moore is the nation’s top freshman, and was the first Big East player, male or female, to be named Big East Player of the Year. In her first season with the Huskies, the sharp shooter takes her team to the Final Four, and leads her squad in scoring at 18.1 ppg, while shooting 57.7% from the field and a league-best 48.8% from 3-point range. Paris dominates inside for Oklahoma, where she is a three-time Wooden All-American. This season, the 6-4 center averaged 18.6 points and a nation-leading 15.0 rebounds, shooting 56.1% from the field. Wiggins, the Pac-10’s all-time leading scorer, has two 40-point games in the NCAA Tournament, including a 41-point effort on Monday night to defeat Maryland and advance to the Final Four. She is also the Pac-10’s active career leader in both three-pointers and assists.

The 2008 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award to Pat Summitt of the University of Tennessee, will be hosted by The Los Angeles Athletic Club at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 11th. The final vote tally will be released that night as well. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university’s general scholarship fund.

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Basketball player Nicky Anosike and swimmer Michael Wolfe have been nominated by the University of Tennessee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship.

The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes.

The Southeastern Conference will name the 2008 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.

Anosike, a senior from Staten Island, N.Y., has earned a 3.77 grade point average, with a triple major in Political Science, Legal Studies and Sociology. She is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2007-08 honor roll released later in spring) and has earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors three times and earned second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors this season.

On the court, she became the 33rd all-time 1,000 point scorer in UT history this season. She has started every game for the Lady Vols this season as the squad is making a run at an 8th national championship in the NCAA Tournament. This season, she has scored in double figures 15 times, scoring a career-high 20 points with 12 rebounds against Auburn, and has five double-doubles. Her two free throws in the final seconds against Rutgers gave the Lady Vols the victory.

A member of the SEC Community Service Team, she has assisted the Second Harvest Food Bank by delivering "Blocks for Turkeys" to those less fortunate over the holidays and participated in the Volunteer Athletic Scholarship Fund (VASF) where she signed autographs and talked with fans and donors.

Anosike has also led warm-up for runners and walkers at the Race for the Cure and helped with the FCAIA Team and Toys Project, buying and distributing toys for young boys and girls who would not otherwise receive gifts for Christmas.

Wolfe, a senior from Bartlesville, Okla., has earned a 3.67 grade point average, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2007-08 honor roll released later in spring), was the Ed America Scholar of the Year at UT in 2005-06 and, last season, earned the UT Athletics Board Highest GPA for a Junior.

Athletically, he was voted his squad’s “Best All-Around Swimmer” twice and earned Olympic Trials qualifying times in the 100 and 200 backstroke as well as the 100 and 200 butterfly. Earlier this season, he was named the National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week by collegeswimming.com. He finished as high as second in the SEC Championships as a sophomore in the 800 freestyle relay. As a junior, he finished in the top six at the SEC Championships in four events – 800 freestyle relay, 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly.

Wolfe is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. He is active in community service through the UT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, organizing canned food drives and volunteering time with Habitat for Humanity.

The SEC Office will be releasing each of its institution’s nominees periodically until the April 6 winners are announced. The schedule is as follows:

Alabama – Joseph Sykora, Golf (Male) / Jordan Praytor, Softball (Female)

Arkansas – Tyler Hill, Track & Field (Male) / Stacy Lewis, Golf (Female)

Auburn – Cole Bennett, Football (Male) / Kristen Hastrup, Swimming & Diving (Female)

Florida – Kevin Nead, Swimming & Diving (Male) / Bianca Gibbs, Soccer (Female)

Georgia – Ian Burrell, Track & Field (Male) / Karen Guilkey, Swimming & Diving (Female)

Kentucky – Greg Dombrowski, Baseball (Male) / Ashley Dimkich, Softball (Female)

LSU – Kevin Dessauer, Tennis (Male) / Paige Brown, Swimming & Diving (Female)

Ole Miss – Erling Tveit, Tennis (Male) / Casey Phillips, Rifle (Female)

Miss. State – Dezmond Sherrod, Football (Male) / Annie Falor, Track & Field (Female)

South Carolina – Mark Anderson, Golf (Male) / Whitney Simons, Golf (Female)

Tennessee – Michael Wolfe, Swimming & Diving (Male) / Nicky Anosike, Basketball (Female)

Vanderbilt – April 3

National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and presented by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

National Student-Athlete Day is held each April 6 to celebrate outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics while having made significant contributions to the community. It is also a time to recognize those parents, teachers, coaches and school systems which make it possible for young people to find the balance between academics and athletics.

Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league’s male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship. The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 12 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on May 29.

Last year’s recipients were Alabama baseball player Emeel Salem and Vanderbilt track and field athlete Erika Schneble.

Story's Courtesy: UT Lady Vols Sports Information


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