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Basketball programs enjoy an evening of awards at annual dinner
Monday, March 26, 2007

March 26, 2007

The weather may feel more like spring or summer, but basketball was still front and center at Lipscomb as the both the Bisons and Lady Bisons looked back on the 2006-2007 season.

Families, friends, fans and boosters were on hand Monday night for the annual basketball banquet at Allen Arena.

"Our teams competed with great character," said Dr. Steve Potts, athletic director. "They often triumphed over adversity."

Dr. Potts emphasized that athletes are willing to put themselves in the public arena, earning praise and sometimes criticism. He also praised the coaching staffs for both the men's and women's basketball teams.

"Our coaches take a Christ-like approach," Dr. Potts said. "There is not a better group of coaches anywhere."

Also honored at the banquet were cheerleaders and the pep band.

Lady Bisons coach Frank Bennett presented a number of awards. Penny Jones, Keirstin Head and Julie Martin were presented special senior awards designed by Bev Daly, the mother of former Lady Bisons player Lindsay Daly and of Bisons student coach Ryan Daly.

Bennett praised his players for overcoming the loss of Kaleigh Gossman, Miriam McAlister and Tiffany Arnold early in the season.

"We had a good attitude as a team and we held together," Bennett said. "We were very competitive in our conference games."

Players voted on a number of awards.

Sophomore Jilian Partin received the "Nails" award for her physical toughness.

Julie Martin was presented the "Glue" award for helping to hold the team together during the season.

Junior guard Katie Foster was presented the "Best Teammate" award.

Bennett also singled out Jones for setting a school all-time record with an 88 percent free throw shooting rate and point guard Catie Woods for setting a school NCAA-era record with 75 3-point field goals.

The Lady Bisons also led the Atlantic Sun Conference in home attendance.

Coach Scott Sanderson presented seniors Trey Williams, Brian Fisk and JanAndre Williams with framed game jerseys.

"It is very hard to get to the top, but even harder to stay there," Sanderson said. "Every seasons takes on a life of its own. We worked harder than ever this season and we will work even harder next season.

"Our goal is always to win the conference title and to go to the NCAA Tournament. But success is not just wins and losses. It is how the players present themselves on and off the court."

Trey Williams was voted by his teammates as the "Most Improved" player on the team.

Blake Giles and Will Mantlo were presented the Michael Mays Award in a tie for the "best teammate" honor.

The Bisons enter next season only six wins away from 1,200 overall.

Sanderson also pointed out that in the last two years the Bisons are 25-2 on their home court at Allen Arena and have been on national or regional television 17 times (ESPN2, ESPNU and CSS).

Craig Hartline, the radio voice of the Lady Bisons, was host for their part of the program. Jonathan Seamon, the radio voice of the Bisons, hosted the men's part of the program. Jonathan is assisted on the radio by his son, Justin, who serves as color analyst.

Video highlights for both seasons were shown. Lady Bisons assistant coach Billy Snell produced the women's video. Bisons student assistant Ryan Daly produced the men's video.

Sherie Eubanks, administrative assistant for both men's and women's basketball, was presented a gift certificate from both teams in recognition of her work.

Brent High, assistant athletic director for development, offered the opening prayer. Long-time Lipscomb athletics booster Barry Brewer gave the closing prayer.