APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University student-athletes from 10 teams were given awards at the 2019 Honors Celebration.
The Ruth Bateman Award is given for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability and leadership by a female athlete. Ceara Larson, a sophomore catcher for the softball team from Bettendorf, Iowa, was chosen as the Midwest Conference Player of the Year for her second consecutive all-conference honor. A two-time Midwest Conference Player of the Week this season, Larson also was a first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region selection. Larson is a biology major and a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team.
The Iden Charles Champion Cup is given for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability, college spirit and loyalty. Cade Francour, a junior from Oshkosh, Wis., is a standout for the Lawrence men's tennis team. Francour put together a 15-7 record while playing Nos. 2 and 3 singles and a 13-11 mark at No. 1 doubles as the team finished second in the Midwest Conference. Francour is a double major in chemistry and biochemistry with a 3.87 grade point average. He also works as a tutor, research assistant and sports information assistant.
The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Men is given the freshman man who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Vincent Dekumbis, a forward on thehockey team from Fribourg, Switzerland, finished third on the team with 15 points on seven goals and eight assists.
The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Women is given to the freshman woman who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Maddy Smith, a diver from Oshkosh, Wis., broke all four of Lawrence's diving records during her rookie season. A Midwest Conference Performer of the Week, Smith went on to finish second on the 3-meter board and fourth on the 1-meter board at the Midwest Conference Championships. Smith went on to become Lawrence's first participant at the NCAA Division III Diving Regional.
The Ralph V. Landis Award was established by the Lettermen of Lawrence in honor of Dr. Landis, physician to Lawrence students from 1926-78, and is awarded for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics by a senior male athlete. Josh Koepplinger, a forward on the hockey team from Saginaw, Mich., was chosen for the All-Northern Collegiate Hockey Association team after he led the team with 10 goals, 14 assists and 24 points. Koepplinger, who led the team in goals in all four of his seasons, was also chosen as the team MVP. He went on to play with the Macon Mayhem of the Southern Professional Hockey League, where he was chosen as the league Player of the Week.
The Letterwinner Award is given to seniors who have earned eight or more varsity letters. The award winners were: Josh Janusiak, South Milwaukee, Wis., cross country and track and field; Ben Schaefer, Madison, Wis., cross country and track and field; Molly Doruska, Ankeny, Iowa, cross country and track and field; and Alec Timpe, Lafayette, Colo., cross country and track and field.
The Charles E. Pond Award for Men is given for all-around athletic ability by a senior male in two or more sports and for sportsmanship, school spirit and scholarship. Josh Janusiak of South Milwaukee, Wis., has earned All-America honors in both cross country and track and also is a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Janusiak won nine conference championships, three in cross country and six in track and field, and is a five-time NCAA Division III Championships qualifier, twice in cross country and three times in track. A 2018 All-American in cross country and in the 10,000 meters in track, Janusiak has a 3.95 grade point average as a double major in philosophy and Spanish.
The Charles E. Pond Award for Women is given for all-around athletic ability by a senior woman in two or more sports and for sportsmanship, school spirit and scholarship. Arianna Neumeyer, a native of Manitowoc, Wis., competed in both volleyball and basketball for the Vikings. A four-time All-Midwest Conference selection in volleyball, Neumeyer finished her career among the school's statistical leaders in multiple categories and was a key contributor to the basketball team as a senior. A biology major, Neumeyer was conducted extensive research in her field and is a member of the Little Vikes program.
The Marion Read Award is given for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics. This award was given to two athletes, Kenya Earl, a sophomore from Iowa City, Iowa, and Ceara Larson, a sophomore from Bettendorf, Iowa. Earl was a first-team All-Midwest Conference selection after averaging 16.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. A Midwest Conference Player of the Week, Earl already ranks 13th in Lawrence history in career scoring with two seasons left to play. Larson was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Year and earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. Larson, who hit .467 with nine doubles, 11 home runs and 34 runs batted in, also was a first-team All-Great Lakes Region selection.