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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Women’s basketball captain Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) was named Pine Manor College Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year at the annual Athletic Awards luncheon held on Friday afternoon.

The junior guard continued her stellar career as a Gator this year which included a couple of historic achievements. First on Feb. 1 against Vermont Tech, Lee became just the tenth player in Pine Manor history to register 1000 career points. Later that month, she hit the game-winning three-pointer in the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament Semifinal to lead the Gators over Salem and into the GSAC Championship game. She added 10 points in the final and was named GSAC Tournament MVP as Pine Manor claimed its first-ever women’s basketball conference championship and punched its ticket into the NCAA tournament. The Ohio-native led her team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and three-point percentage (34.7 percent) as she was named to the GSAC All-Conference team for the second-straight year.

Four first-year student athletes were recognized for their athletic accomplishments this year by being named Rookies of the Year. Ashley Whiteshield (Seward, Alaska) was named Female Rookie of the Year for her contributions to the women’s volleyball team. The freshman setter was named to both the GSAC All-Freshman and All-Conference teams in volleyball. She ranked fourth among all DIII players in service aces per set (.093) and ranked fourth in the conference in assists per set (5.31). Whiteshield was also a valuable member of the softball team as she played both infield, outfield, and pitched 10 innings in the circle.

Men’s soccer player Jahvar Gayle (Bloomfield, Conn.) and basketball players Tank Roberson (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Chancie Williams were all honored as the Male Rookies of the Year. Gayle led the men’s soccer team in scoring with 12 points, including five goals. Roberson and Williams were both big contributors as they were both nationally ranked in a number of categories. Roberson averaged 5.2 apg ranking 29th in the category. Williams was the nation’s top-scoring freshman with 19.7 ppg.

The Coaches’ Awards were presented to the student-athletes who showed unparalleled dedication to Pine Manor Athletics. This year’s winners were women’s basketball player Erica Jones (Atlanta, Ga.) and men’s soccer goalkeeper Oscar Estrada (North Port, Fla.).

The PMC Pride Awards went to freshman basketball player Jonathan Higgenbotham (Oakland, Calif.) and Samantha Jones (Springfield, Mass.). Men’s soccer and basketball player Isaac Bapeli (Fort Worth, Texas) and softball player Jekenda Williams (Melno Park, Calif.) were named Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectfully for their exemplary sportsmanship.

Two student-athletes, Maria Vaughan (Okinawa, Japan) and Delvis Sanchez (Yuma, Ariz.), were recognized for their academic achievements as they were named the Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Associate Dean for Student Services Melissa Yoffe was also honored when she was named the recipient of the Henry Baker Appreciation Award. The Henry Baker Award is given annually to the member of the Pine Manor community who give strong and gracious support to Pine Manor athletics throughout the year.

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Doug Chin
Sports Information Director

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