Volleyball sweeps fifth annual Mountie Awards
Eastern Oregon University volleyball swept the final awards of the evening at the fifth annual Mountie Awards Wednesday.
Volleyball was named the 2011-12 Team of the Year.
After a tragic offseason where the program lost its coach, the Mountaineers finished with one of the best seasons in school history. Eastern Oregon opened the season 0-6, but reeled off nine straight wins, including an 8-0 conference start. EOU finished third in the conference with a 15-3 record. Eastern finished one spot shy of making the national tournament.
Kaki Morehead was named the Coach of the Year after guiding the Mountaineer volleyball this season. She was named interim coach after the passing of Hailey Pearce, but took the job full-time at the end of the season. Morehead was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference and AVCA Northwest Region Coach of the Year.
Kimmy Moore and Robbie Haynie each took a pair of awards home at the end of the evening. Both were named the track and field athletes of the year for their respective gender, and the female and male athletes of the year. Haynie, a seven-time NAIA National Champion, ends his EOU career with six Mountie Awards to his name, the most of any athlete in the history of the awards.
Korrie Bourn grabbed the women’s basketball player of the year title and the breakout player of the year. In her first year as a Mountaineer, the Spokane Falls Community College transfer was an All-Conference performer, averaging 9.42 points per game, shooting 42 percent from the field. The junior was fifth in the conference in rebounds per game, averaging 7.5. She was also fifth in the CCC with 2.33 steals per game. The Winthrop, Wash., native became the first Mountaineer to ever be named to an All-Tournament Team at the National Championships.
Bourn’s teammate at Spokane Falls and EOU, Brooke Randall, received the award for play of the year. Down two points, Randall made two free throws with no time left in regulation in the second round of the national tournament against No. 6 Concordia( Mich.), sending the game into overtime and eventually an upset win by the Mountaineers.
Football’s monumental upset over top-ranked Carroll College on the road received the Game of the Year award. It gave Eastern its first ever win over a No. 1-ranked team in any sport. The win snapped several streaks, including the Saints’ 44-game conference win streak. Earlier in the evening, Chris Ware was named football player of the year.
For the second straight year, volleyball’s Lindsey Bohard was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year. Bohard played in 164 sets for the Mountaineers in 2011.
She was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete in both years at EOU, along with Academic All-Conference. She currently holds a 3.98 cumulative GPA.
Grady and Shay White were named the Fans of the Year again. The brothers have been at almost every Mountaineer home event during their four years at Eastern Oregon University.
They were surprised when they opened the envelope to see their own names as winners, as the Whites’ assumed they were just presenting the award.
Other repeat winners were Karlee Coffey and Emily Anderson. Coffey received women’s cross country runner of the year for the third straight year, while Anderson was softball player of the year for the second straight year.
After 25 years of voluntary service, the chain crew at EOU football games was honored with the Meritorious Service Award.
Mel Frederick, KC Harris, Steve Harris, Mike Lowe, Albert Orton, and Greg Orton have given up Saturdays in the fall for the last 25 years for Mountaineer Athletics. Dr. Mike Dannells was also recognized for his volunteer service with the live video streaming during the football season. Dannells was presented the Gibb Pollard Award.
Other winners from the night include Rebecca Haight (Volleyball), Brian Bragg (Men’s Cross Country), Mauriana Gonzalez (Soccer), and Jamar Johnson (Men’s Basketball).