Centenary Student-Athletes Excel in Both Athletics and Academics.
Student-Athletes Earn Honors
for Athletics and Academics
Centenaryís student-athletes continue to earn honors for both athletic and academic performance. Among them in recent months:
- The Womenís Tennis Team was recognized by the NCAA for its exceptional Academic Progress Report, scoring between 975 and a perfect 1,000.
- The Menís Swimming Team placed second at the Mid-Con Championships
- The Lady Gymnasts finished third at the USA National Championships
- Alexander Starr, menís basketball, was named to First Team All-Conference
- The Baseball Team was runner-up at the Mid-Con Championship Tournament
- Butch Jordan, swim coach, earned Mid-Con Coach of the Year
Mid-Con Institutions Choose
Centenary for Sportsmanship Award
Centenary College has been honored by its fellow institutions with the 2006-07 Mid-Continent Conference Sportsmanship Award. It is the first time the school has been given the prestigious award.
The Sportsmanship Award is given annually to the league institution that is judged by its peers to be the best in the conference in living up to the ideals of sportsmanship. Areas for evaluation include student-athlete conduct, staff/administrator conduct, coachesí conduct and event management.
Past winners of the Mid-Con Sportsmanship Award include UMKC (1998-99), Southern Utah (1999-00, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06), IUPUI (2000-01) and Valparaiso (2001-02).
The Mid-Continent Conference this spring became the Summit League. It is comprised of eight member institutions, including, in addition to Centenary, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Oakland University, Oral Roberts University, Southern Utah University, Valparaiso University and Western Illinois University.
The conference also has two associate members in swimming and diving. The league offers championships in 19 sports.
Menís Basketball Shows Six-win Improvement
From Last Season
The Centenary menís basketball team concluded coach Rob Flaskaís second year with a 10-21 mark, a six-win improvement over the previous season. The rebuilding project continues to gain momentum, which is also evidenced in many close losses. Flaskaís team lost 12 games by 10 points or fewer, and six of those by less than five points this season.
Senior Alexander Starr was named first team All-Mid-Con after finishing second in the conference in scoring during league play at 17.1 ppg. Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton was elected to the second team, finishing third in the conference in scoring at 16.4 ppg.
The season was capped with a trip to the Mid-Con Tournament where the Gents lost in the opening round to eventual champion Oral Roberts. However, just participating was a step forward for the program as it was the first appearance in the tournament for the Gents in three years.
Ladies Basketball Earns First Spot in Mid-Con Tournament; Builds Foundation for Future
Under first-year head coach Steve Curtis, the Centenary womenís basketball team made strides in the 2006-07 season. Building a foundation for the future, the Ladies ended the year with a 5-25 record. With a team dominated by first-year players, Centenary struggled early in the season as it adjusted to a new system under a new head coach.
Competing under Curtis, the Ladies earned a spot in this seasonís Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, their first in program history. As the season ended with an 82-51 loss to No. 1-seeded Oakland University, Centenary left the court with a strong future.
Becoming the all-time steals leader in Centenary history, senior guard Holli Wilkins earned honorable mention All-Mid-Con this season for a second-straight year. Wilkins led the conference in multiple offensive categories and made a strong impact on the young Ladiesí roster.
Sophomore guard Cierra Bush was named second team all-conference. Leading the Ladies in scoring in 10 games this season, Bush ended the year with a team-high 11.1 ppg. scoring average.
This season marked the first time in program history that two players earned All-Mid-Con recognition.
Volleyball Team Increases Win Percentage
The Centenary volleyball team continued its year-by-year improvement by finishing with a higher win percentage than the previous season for the fourth consecutive year. The Ladies collected a record of 12-24, which included a pair of wins over Mid-Con foe Oakland and two victories over former Mid-Con member Chicago State.
Newcomer Lauren Fielding was named to the Mid-Con All-Freshman Team after turning in a sensational debut campaign. The libero (defensive specialist) tallied 627 digs to set a new school record and became the first player to surpass 600 digs in a season in program history. She also had 37 digs against Oakland to set a new single-match record for Centenary.
Cross Country Teams Enjoy Successes
The Ladies and Gents cross country teams each enjoyed successes during their fall campaign. The Gents picked up three wins over Northwestern State and also notched victories over Louisiana College, Mississippi College, Arkansas-Monticello, and McNeese State. Michael Haydel, who finished third at the Pine Hills Invitational hosted by Louisiana-Monroe, turned in the Gentsí best individual performance.
The Ladies also enjoyed dual meet wins over Arkansas-Monticello, Louisiana College, Mississippi College and Louisiana Tech. Three Ladies placed in the top 10 at Louisiana Tech, led by Lori Von Pingelís third-place effort. Sunny LaGrone and Ashley Voorhies finished in seventh and eighth place respectively.
Womenís Soccer Team has Promising Lineup for Ď07
The Centenary womenís soccer team had a promising start to the 2006 season, beginning the year with two-straight wins. The season commenced with a 3-2 overtime win over Sam Houston State, capped off by a goal by freshman striker Stefani Robbs.
Robbs, the leading scorer for the Ladies, was named to the Mid-Con All-Newcomer Team to end her freshman season. Missing part of the season due to injury, Robbs was among the leading scorers in the conference with five goals and 11 points.
At times the Ladies struggled to put the ball in the net, not scoring in nine of the 15 games, but head coach Chase Wooten returns a promising lineup for 2007.
In addition to Robbs, midfielders Bre Fletcher and Lauren Stanley and forward Brittany OíNeal will come back as the Ladies look to bounce back next season.
Menís Soccer Team Just Misses Mid-Con Tournament
A promising year with a roster without one senior player ended with the Centenary menís soccer team just missing the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
Finishing the year with a 5-11-0 record, the Gents were led by second-team All-Mid-Con member Aaron Volanski in the 2006 season. Volanski led the Gents in both goals and points in his junior season. The leader on the field for Centenary, Volanski tallied a career high seven goals and added two assists for 16 points in 2006.
Joining Volanski on all-conference teams and both returning next season, freshmen Todd Faulkinberry and Sam Robinson earned All-Newcomer Team recognition in the Mid-Con.
Menís Swimming Team Has Best Season
Getting better as a team year-after-year, the Centenary menís swimming team had arguably its best season in program history. The Gents finished the year in second place at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships, with a team score of 603.5.
Three Gent swimmers placed in the top three in their respective events at the conference championships, adding to the very successful five relay teams that earned top-three finishes.
Sophomore Chase Lambert took second at the Mid-Con Championships in the 200 freestyle with a program record time of 1:41.33, joined by 1,650 freestyle runner-up Cole McGee, who also set a program record with a time of 16:13.80. Freshman Jamie Stults took second in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:05.80.
Following the season-ending meet, a program-high eight Centenary swimmers earned all-conference honors. Joining Lambert, McGee and Stults on the second team was Ross Gilbert, Sam Hayes, Wladimir Montoya, Bryan Myers and Dustin Myers.
Centenary head swimming coach Butch Jordan earned Mid-Con Coach of the Year on the menís side, marking the second time he has been honored by the conference.
With program records broken in all events at the conference championships, Jordan and his staff have ushered in a very promising future for the Gent swimming program, as all swimmers return for next season.
Ladies Have First Swimmer to Stand as Conference
Champion in Multiple Events
Losing just one swimmer on a very young roster, Centenary head coach Butch Jordan and assistant coach Joe Ferguson have made tremendous strides with the Ladies program in the past few years.
The hard work paid off with this seasonís strong group of swimmers led by freshman Maggie Vaughan.
Vaughan ended the year earning Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Mid-Con honors. In a sterling rookie season, Vaughan took first at the Mid-Continent Conference Championships in two events, becoming the first Centenary swimmer to stand as conference champion in multiple events. In record-breaking time, the freshman from Clinton, Miss. won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:58.75, also winning the 1,650 freestyle in 16:53.97. Both her times in the events were Centenary and Mid-Con records. On the year, the dynamic Centenary freshman earned Athlete of the Month honors in the conference on two occasions, ending the year undefeated in the 500 free.
With Vaughan, sophomore Taryne Cantillo took runners-up honors in the 100 butterfly at the conference championship with a time of 58.61.
In both the 200 individual medley and the 400 individual medley, freshman Leslie Wyatt finished in second place at the Mid-Con Championships and was named second team all-conference.
Returning a very solid nucleus, Centenary will be very competitive in the conference next season and beyond.