Student-athletes honored for skill, academics, leadership
Basketball stars Joey Verax and Jackie Distler were named male and female Pioneer Athletes of the Year during the annual awards ceremony in April. Academic and leadership awards were also presented.
Verax, a senior from Falmouth, Ky., played on three NCAA tournament teams and was a three-time All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference pick before earning conference Player of the Year accolades as a senior. He was also an All-Region and second team All-American selection. He finished as Transy’s 23rd all-time leading scorer with 1,301 points.
Distler, a senior from Louisville, played on two NCAA tournament teams. She was the HCAC Player of the Year her senior season, when she led the Pioneers in scoring 14 times and was in double figures in 25 of 29 games.
Shane McGuire, a senior from Lexington and a four-year member of the men’s golf team, received the George H. Stopp Award for the Transylvania student-athlete with the highest grade point average. He was a Dean’s List student with a 3.97 GPA.
Two students shared the Senior Leadership Award, presented annually by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Phil Blakely, a senior from Louisville, was an All-HCAC player on the baseball team, and Ryan Wood, a senior from Versailles, Ky., was an All-HCAC performer for the men’s soccer team.