The University of Louisville Athletic Department took time out to recognize its own at the 2005 Cardinal Sports Banquet, Monday, April 12 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.
Rower Karen Bramer and golfer Meghan Little were named the Academic Award winners for having the highest cumulative grade point averages of all the student athletes. Swimmer Mandy Lynn and football player Matt Sanders were named as the CardsCARE Award winner for logging the most hours of community service. The women's swim team won the team award for the most collective community hours.
There was a tie for the men's Freshman of the Year between basketball player Juan Palacios and football player Brian Brohm. Palacios produced six double-doubles, including a critical 12 points and 11 rebounds against Georgia Tech in the second round of NCAA's. He earned all-Freshman honors and was Conference USA's runner-up freshman of the year. Brohm was one of the most sought after recruits in the history of the state of Kentucky. During his rookie season for the Cardinals, he threw 819 yards , 6 touchdowns completing 67.3 percent of his throws and a remarkable 153.51 efficiency rating while playing in 11 games.
The women's Freshman of the Year Award went to field hockey player Janelle Avila. She started 15 games and despite sitting out four games with an injury, scored six goals this season including the game winner to clinch a share of the conference title. Two games later, she notched the winning goal against Miami to help close out the regular season with U of L's best conference record in history. She also garnered all-tournament honors.
The Sherrill Brakmeier/Clark Wood Awards are presented to underclassmen student-athletes who have at least a 3.0 gpa and exemplify outstanding qualities of leadership, dedication to the community, service and scholarship as well as commitment and loyalty to the University of Louisville.
There was a tie for the Sherrill Brakmeier Award between field hockey's Jessica Javelet and soccer's Gina Lower. The Clark Wood Award went to swimmer Paul Augustus.
The Ed Kallay Senior Athlete Awards went to basketball's Larry O'Bannon and golfer Meghan Little. The award is the highest honor presented to U of L seniors and is awarded to the student-athlete who has at least a 2.5 gpa, exemplifies the characteristics of leadership, demonstrates commitment to the community and dedication to excellence and exuberance in their sport.
Little is the only player in school history to win three tournament titles. Recently Golf Week's "Player of the Week", she set a new collegiate low round with a score of 68 in the fall and spring of her senior season. Setting new personal best she scored a 209 to win the Mountain View Collegiate on March 27th. A four time Confrence USA Academic Medal winner, she has been a Dean's list Scholar athlete the last three years while serving on the SAAC all four years and as vice-president this year.
O'Bannon finished fifth in career three-point goals at U of L with 163, including a 33-point career high in his final home game in Freedom Hall. He was a member of the Billy Minardi All-Tournament team, twice honored as the Conference USA Player of the Week and honored as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. He finished as a double figure scorer in 33 of 38 games this season which is more than any other Cardinal.
Jim Patterson Stadium Opens Friday
The University of Louisville will unveil Jim Patterson Stadium, a state-of-the-art multimillion dollar baseball facility located at the corner of Central Avenue and Third Street, on Friday, April 15th when the Cardinal baseball team plays host to East Carolina at 6:00 p.m. ET.
There will be a pregame ceremony to officially dedicate the stadium, featuring U of L graduate, former baseball team walk-on and local entrepreneur Jim Patterson, whose seven-figure donation spearheaded the drive to construct the ballpark. Dignitaries representing the University of Louisville, the athletic department and Commonwealth of Kentucky will also be featured in the ceremony. First pitch will be approximately at 6:30 p.m.
The University of Louisville Women's tennis team gained its 20th win With 6-1 romp of Cincinnati Wednesday evening at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center. the Cardinals set a school record with third consecutive 20-win season.
"I am so proud of this team," said U of L coach Greg Davis. "To deal with adversity like they have and make this season something special speaks volumes about their character."
Pitcher of the Week
The University of Louisville softball's Aja Sherman has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 10. This marks the third consecutive week and fourth time this season Sherman has earned the league's weekly honor.
Sherman, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev., did not allow an earned run in three appearances to extend her scoreless inning streak to 33 overall. Sherman tossed two shutouts in a series sweep of Charlotte and added eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 nine-inning victory over Indiana. She fanned 14 Hoosiers, just one off her career high, and finished the week with 29 strikeouts.
The Cardinals (26-12, 11-1 C-USA) stand tied for first in league standings with DePaul (21-11, 11-1). U of L will travel to Eastern Kentucky for a single game on April 13 at 4:00 p.m. The Cardinals will then play Kentucky in Lexington on April 14 in a 4:00 p.m. single game.
Baseball Continues Strong C-USA Play
The Cardinals won the final two games of a series at Houston over the weekend and are now tied for fourth place in C-USA with a 7-4 record in league play. Senior J.T. LaFountain made his first career start at catcher on Sunday and went 3-for-4 with two RBI. He also moved into 10th place on the school's all-time RBI list with 198. LaFountain leads the team in hits (36), average (.356), home runs (7) and RBI (25). Senior RHP Brian Halford picked up his fourth save of the season on Saturday. In 15 appearances, he is 1-1 with a 2.15 ERA. The Cards will open the brand-new Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday night vs. East Carolina.