TIREY: The Catspy 2005 awards handed out

The Catspy Awards were handed out on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. And KSR was there to report on all the winners.   The Catspys were started in 2003, when UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart brought the idea from Oregon State, the school he left to take over at Kentucky. The concept is an awards program that celebrates every sport within an athletic department, not just the "big sports" like football and basketball.

The Catspys 2005 

The Catspy Awards were handed out on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena.  And KSR was there to report on all the winners.   

The Catspys were started in 2003, when UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart brought the idea from Oregon State, the school he left to take over at Kentucky.  The concept is an awards program that celebrates every sport within an athletic department, not just the “big sports” like football and basketball.  Performances from some of the Olympic sports athletes might go unnoticed if not for the spotlight of the annual Catspy Awards. 

So in Tuesday’s ceremony at Rupp, here are the winners.

 

Female rookie of the year: Taryn Ignacio, Diving

Male rookie of the year: Rajon Rondo, Basketball

Female scholar-athlete of the year: Kara Prestigiacomo, Gymnastics

Male scholar-athlete of the year: Jarret Christie, Soccer

Supporting Role (off the bench): Stephanie Stumbo, Women’s Basketball

Lifetime Achievement: Bill Keightley, Men’s Basketball

Female performance of the year: Taryn Ignacio, Diving

Male performance of the year: Daniel Cruz, Swimming

Community service award: Lindsay Cameron, Gymnastics

Female play of the year: Michelle Gales, Gymnastics (for a 9.95 floor exercise in a meet this season)

Male play of the year: Patrick Sparks, Basketball (for three-pointer hit at end of regulation vs. Mich. St.)

Blue heart award (Comeback of the year): Danielle Slupski, Women’s Soccer

Women’s team coach of the year: Mark Guilbeau, Women’s Tennis

Men’s team coach of the year: Brian Craig, Golf

Courage award (Inspirational player of the year): Sevin Sucurovic, Football

Scratch award (non-scholarship athlete), Female: Amy Sowash, Rifle

Scratch award (non-scholarship athlete), Male: Matt McCutchan, Football

Female athlete of the year: Aibika Kalsarieva, Tennis

Male athlete of the year: Jesse Witten, Tennis, and John Holmes, Golf (dual awards)

Miss Wildcat: Sara Potts, Women’s Basketball

Mr. Wildcat: Chuck Hayes, Basketball

Academic team of the year: Volleyball

Women’s team of the year: Tennis

Men’s team of the year: Basketball and Golf (dual awards)


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