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Jakaitis, Rehmann earn Senior Athlete of the Year honors

Monica Rehmann

April 19, 2007

SAULT STE. MARIE - Goaltender Jeff Jakaitis and guard Monica Rehmann were named Lake Superior State University's senior athletes of the year during the LSSU Department of Athletics' annual banquet held Thursday at the Cisler Center.

"Voice of the Lakers" Bill Crawford (left) and Jeff Jakaitis

Jakaitis (Rochester, Minn.) received the Clifford Everett Outstanding Male Athlete Award after becoming LSSU's first four-time most-valuable player in hockey. He set school records in career shutouts (10), games played (125), career save percentage (.925), single-season saves (1,059), single-season save percenatage (.933), CCHA career saves (2, 485) and CCHA career save percentage (.926). His highest single-season save percentage ranks 19th in the NCAA record book, while his career save percentage ranks seventh nationally. This year he was awarded all-CCHA second team honors, was named Lowe's All-Senior First-Team All-America and was the top vote-getter with 63,000 votes on As a junior, he was named the Perani Cup points champion and was named All-CCHA First Team. He is a three-time CCHA Scholar-Athlete with a 3.47 GPA in business.

Rehmann (St. Johns, Mich.), a four-year starting guard for the Laker women's basketball team, received the Deb McPherson Outstanding Female Athlete Award. She finished 12th on LSSU's all-time scoring list with 1,272 points, second in three-point field goals with 174 and fourth in career assists with 330. She set a new school record for single-season free-throw percentage, and was ranked first in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and seventh nationally, making 90-of-102 free throws for 88.2 percent. Rehmann stood in the top 10 in the GLIAC in scoring, assists per game, three-point field goals, and assist/turnover ratio. Rehmann is also a member of the LSSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team and was a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection. She maintained a 3.53 GPA in elementary education.

The "Bud" Cooper Coaches Awards went to junior Jamie Groos (Escanaba, Mich.) of the Laker volleyball team, junior Erin Hulett (Canton, Mich.) of the softball team and junior Jason "Iowa" Ferguson (Newton, Iowa) of the cross country/track team.

Groos, a computer networking major, moved up from 10th to sixth in the GLIAC in blocks per game while starting as a middle hitter. She holds a 3.95 GPA and is a two-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection. Hulett, an infielder who was just barely cleared to play this season after shoulder-surgery, is an enthusiastic member of the softball team. She helped lead the Lakers to first-place during the Spirit Week competition and is also member of the SAAC.

Ferguson, who is constantly giving back to Lake State, can be seen line-judging at volleyball games, helping out with Chuck-a-Puck during hockey games going the extra mile during team fund-raising campaigns. He was also a part of this year's record-setting outdoor 4x800 relay team.

The Terry McDermott Freshman of the Year Award went to Katie Scott (Mitchell, Ont.) of the cross country/track team and Garrett Konuszewski (Flushing, Mich.) of the men's basketball team.

Scott, who also received the Bud Cooper Endowment Award, was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year and All-Great Lakes Region in cross country after finishing ninth in the GLIAC Championships. As a rookie, she holds school records in the indoor 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs, and outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase and 3K. She was the only freshman ranked nationally in the indoor 5K, earning a No. 18 ranking with a time of 17:45.95. She is fastest of two freshmen ranked nationally in the steeplechase - currently eighth with a time of 11:14.90. She also placed 22nd in the Canadian National Cross Country Championships at Vancouver, B.C. She is an academic all-American in cross country and track with a 3.81 GPA in exercise science.

Konuszewski, the top-rated freshman in the GLIAC in assists per game, averaged 34.4 minutes, 6.1 points, and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Lakers. He led the team in assists with 124 and steals with 22. He achieved a No. 4 overall GLIAC ranking in assists per game. He was ranked seventh in the league in assist/turnover ratio.

The Marian and Raymond Chelberg Oustanding Science Athlete Scholarship went to junior Sara Fox (China, Mich.) of the softball team. Fox, a second baseman for the Lakers, is a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete and was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team last season. She is a chemistry major with a 3.45 GPA.

The Chris Yanni Memorial Award is given out in memory of the former NCAA All-Region cross country standout who died in a cycling accident. The student who best exemplifies Yanni's character and work ethnic this season is junior Kevin Macomber (Gregory, Mich.) of the cross country team. Macomber moved from the 10th runner last year to the fifth runner this year.

The Kiwanis Award, which goes to the LSSU senior attaining the highest academic competence, was presented to Ross Malatinksy (Holt, Mich.) of the men's track team. Malatinksy is a nine-time GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree and a record holder in the men's indoor 4x800-meter relay.

Junior Shalyn Beauchamp received the Chris Comito Memorial Award which goes to the member of the women's basketball team who most exemplifies the determination, commitment, and competitive nature of former Laker guard Chris Comito. Beauchamp (Rock, Mich.) improved her shooting this year by 21 percent and averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Her assist/turnover ratio was an impressive 1.4.

The Bud Cooper Endowment Award went to Scott, junior Jessi Ordiway (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) of the softball team and junior Megan LaMothe of the women's tennis team (Troy, Mich.). Ordiway, is a pinch hitter and back-up catcher for the softball squad. Although she recently suffered a hand injury, she is among the leaders in batting average at .286. She is an accounting major with a 3.23 GPA. LaMothe was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team and the GLIAC All-Academic Team this fall. She is currently 17-5 at No. 2 singles and 18-5 at No.2 doubles as the Lakers await their second straight NCAA Tournament bid. She is a mathematics/secondary education major with 3.25 GPA and is a member of the SAAC.

Junior Adam Smith (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) was given the Jim Fallis Award. This year, he placed sixth in the men's 400-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston and earned All-America status. He is a two-time academic all-American and holds school records in the indoor 200 and 400-meter dashes, as well as the 4x400 and distance medley relays. He set the outdoor 400-meter dash school record of :47.91 to win the GLIAC title last spring and is a part of the record setting 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays. He has a 3.31 GPA, is majoring in mechanical engineering and is a SAAC member.

The Dr. Harry Pike award is presents to a Michigan resident who participates in a non-fully funded sport. Sophomore Craig Baas (Cadillac, Mich.) of the men's tennis team received the award. Baas improved from playing the No. 7 singles position as a freshman to No. 2 this season. He is a member of the SAAC.

The Ruth Norvell Endowed Scholarship went to junior hockey player Justin Gutwald (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), and the Katherine Jackson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to freshman Pat Aubry (Ottawa, Ont.).

Team MVP awards were presented to Rehmann and Mandi Johnson (women's basketball), Ashley Wyers and Groos (volleyball), Lisa Dahm (softball), Ryan Kuhl (men's basketball), Scott Hosie (men's cross country), Scott (women's cross country and track), Smith (men's track), Jakaitis (hockey), Matt Earley (men's tennis) and Celina Grondin (women's tennis).

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