April 24, 2003
Seniors Joel Cornette (Cincinnati, Ohio), Brandon Miller (New Castle) and Amy Morrison (Dallas, Texas) captured the top male and female athletic awards at Butler University's annual all-sports banquet held at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday, April 24. The year-ending event was held to pay tribute to Butler's 19 athletic teams and included the presentation of most valuable player and mental attitude awards, plus several special recognition and scholarship awards, to Butler's student-athletes.
Cornette and Miller helped lead Butler's men's basketball team to the most successful four-year period in school history, capped off by this season's run to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. The two were named co-MVP's for the 27-6 Bulldogs and both were named to the All-Horizon League squad and the Horizon League All-Defensive team. Both wound up scoring over 1,000 career points. Cornette, who played in a school record 128 games during his collegiate career, finished fourth on Butler's all-time list for field goal shooting and seventh on the school's all-time rebounding list. Miller, who started all 97 games of his three-year Butler career, ended in second place on the Bulldogs' all-time list for three-point field goals and in fifth place on the Bulldogs' all-time assist chart.
Morrison capped off a stellar, four-year career with the women's soccer team at Butler last fall. She helped lead the Bulldogs to a school-record 15 wins in 2002, while leading the team in nearly every offensive category. The talented forward set Butler all-time records for points and goals scored, and she established single-game and single-season records for goals scored and assists. She was named Horizon League Player of the Year and was picked to the 2002 All-Great Lakes Region team. She also excelled in the classroom and was named to the 2002 Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America team!
Senior Grant Barrie (Cape Town, South Africa) and junior Becky Lyne (Sheffield, England) were named recipients of the Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle Scholarship for outstanding athletic achievement. Barrie earned All-Horizon League honors as a goalkeeper on Butler's men's soccer team. Last fall, he broke Butler's single season record for saves for the second consecutive year. Lyne, who transferred to Butler from Loughborough University in England, emerged as one of the top performers on Butler's women's track and field squad. She's already set school records in both the indoor and outdoor 800 meter run, and she owns the fastest 800 time in the NCAA Division I this season!
Juniors Kevin Gill (Indianapolis) and Laurel Clements (Waverly, Ky.) received Helen Tewksbury Awards for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and athletics. Gill leads the men's tennis team with a 24-7 record at No. 1 singles, while Clements tops the women's tennis team with a 17-5 mark at No. 3 singles. Both have been named to the Butler Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.
Junior Colin Christie (Indianapolis) and sophomore Jesse Levknecht (Grand Rapids, Mich.) were named recipients of a $1,000 Dean Herbert F. Schwomeyer Scholarship, presented for outstanding athletic and academic achievement. Christie is the leading scorer on Butler's men's golf team, while Levknecht is a school record-holder in the 100 backstroke on Butler's women's swimming team. Both athletes are Academic All-Conference performers.
The Frank "Pop" Hedden Award, which honors Butler's outstanding male and female freshman student-athletes was presented to men's basketball player Avery Sheets (Lafayette) and women's soccer player Kate Lord (Brighton, Mich.).
Several Butler teams also picked up awards at the all-sports reception. The Horizon League Community Outreach Award, given to the Butler team that achieves the greatest number of community service hours during the school year, was presented to the women's basketball team. The Horizon League "Raise Your Sights Academic Award," given to the men's and women's teams with the highest cumulative grade point average, went to Butler's men's and women's cross country teams. And the "Shining Star Award," presented by the Division of Student Affairs to the men's and women's athletic teams which have demonstrated a commitment to academics, sportsmanship, school spirit and service to the Butler campus and Indianapolis community, went to the lacrosse team and the women's track and field squad.