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**For Immediate Release**
13 Outstanding Student Athletes Honored at OPSU
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 05-04-07

Goodwell, Okla. - Each year at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, one performer is named Student Athlete of the Year in each athletic activity. The award is much more that a “Most Valuable Player” honor in the fact that it is based upon a combination of academics, leadership, and academic performance.
This year’s honorees are:

Football: NICK CURRY
Curry (Tolono, Illinois) is a senior majoring in HPER. He was a two year starter at center, joining the Aggies after an honored junior college career. He was one of the hardest workers on the team and demonstrated senior leadership throughout the season, both on and off the field.

Men’s Cross Country: ERIC KAISER
Kaiser (Tulsa, OK) is a sophomore General Studies major. He is a dedicated runner who performs with excellence in the classroom as well as on the track. A tough competitor, he is also well liked by fellow students and faculty, and a fine citizen and student who works hard in anything he does.

Men’s Basketball: CHUCK SALISBURY
Salisbury (Beaver, Oklahoma) is a freshman General Studies major. He is a superior all-around athlete, and though small in size, played basketball with a very big heart and provided on and off court leadership through his work ethic. He also is a very dedicated student.

Men’s Golf: CAMERON SPECK
Speck (Guymon, Oklahoma) is a senior majoring in Business Administration. He proved to be one of the hardest working golfers on the team, OPSU’s lowest scorer in the Heartland Conference Tournament, and he conducts himself very well in class and on the golf course.

Baseball: MIKE ROCHE
Roche (Sterling, CO) is a junior majoring in Business Administration and is one of the hardest working players who has ever been on the OPSU baseball team. The talented center fielder batted over .300 for most of the season and conducts himself in a manner in which Student-Athletes are expected to.

Men’s Rodeo: TRELL ETBAUER
Etbauer (Goodwell, OK) is a junior majoring in Industrial Technology and is the consistent scoring leader for the team; has a habit of bringing home saddles and trophies for his performances, and is one of the best college rodeo riders in the country. He is also an outstanding student, fine citizen, and leader.

Cheer Team: JOSH SETZER
Setzer (McPherson, Kansas) a senior Art major is arguably one of the finest athletes on the OPSU campus and his acrobatic skills were instrumental in the Cheer Team’s strong national showing. One of the most well liked students on campus; he is also an exceptional artist.

Volleyball: VALERIE ARMSTRONG
Armstrong (Brule, Nebraska) is a senior majoring in Ag Business. She is one of the hardest working student athletes on the OPSU campus, as well as one of the nicest. She provided senior leadership for the volleyball team with her fine work ethic and is an exceptionally bright and hardworking student.

Women’s Cross Country: DANAE FIESER
Fieser (Kismet, Kansas) finished her studies in December as an Ag Business major and was last year’s OPSU overall Female Student Athlete of the Year. An exceptional distance runner with an unselfish attitude, she was hired into the OPSU Recruiting Department after she finished her degree requirements.

Women’s Basketball: MEGAN HAMILTON
Hamilton (Harrah, OK) is a junior HPER major who was an All-Conference guard for the Lady Aggies. She was known for her “never quit” attitude, leadership, toughness, and her unselfish play on the court. She is also a very popular student athlete and a fine citizen and leader.

Softball: CATHY DAZA
Daza (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada), a sophomore General Studies major, has been the sparkplug of her team for the last two years, is always at or near the top in most offensive statistics, and is an exceptional infielder. Well liked and known for her sense of humor, she also excels in the classroom.

Women’s Golf: MARCIE LANGLEY
Langley (Wellington, Texas), a sophomore General Studies major, consistently worked hard to improve her golf game and is the team leader. A well liked student athlete on campus, Langley is a fine school citizen and has an excellent work ethic.

Women’s Rodeo: KENDAL FAWCETT
Fawcett (Craig, Colorado) is a sophomore Ag Business major. She has been a solid point scorer for the rodeo team all season and leads by virtue of her strong work ethic along with mental and physical toughness. She is also well liked around campus and a dedicated and exceptionally fine student.

 

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