DOVER, Del. - Sosthene Kapepula of the football team was named the Wesley College Male Athlete of the Year while field hockey/golf's Madison Leone and five-sport athlete Tristin Burris shared Female Athlete of the Year honors, it was announced at the Annual Senior Honors Banquet held at the Outdoor Amphitheater on campus Wednesday night.
Wesley College also honored Kaitlin Evans of the field hockey team and football's Vinny Martino as recipients of the Shirley Wentworth Award. The Wentworth Award is named in honor of Shirley Wentworth, the late wife of the legendary former Wolverine men's basketball coach, Jim Wentworth. Shirley's spirit lives on through this award representing outstanding sportsmanship, work ethic, character, courage and commitment.
Geoff Kimmel, Sr., the father of former Wolverine baseball player and current assistant coach Geoff Kimmel, was awarded the Pat Knight Award. The Pat Knight Award is named in honor of local sports legend, Pat Knight, who for years served as Wesley College's Sports Information Director. The non-annual award honors an individual who gives their time to support and enhance the Wesley College Athletic experience.
A sophomore linebacker, Kapepula was arguably the best defensive player in the Nation in 2012 and helped the Wolverines to their eighth-straight NCAA Playoff where they advanced to the Quarterfinals. A native of Olney, Md., Kapepula led the team in tackles (120), tackles for loss (13.0), forced fumbles (4), fumble recoveries (4) and pass breakups (9). Following the season, Kapepula was named a Second Team All-American and the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Leone helped lead the field hockey team to their third-straight CAC Championship Game and the top seed in the ECAC Tournament. A junior from Dover, Del., Leone led the Wolverines in goals (20), assists (7) and points (47) and was later named the Capital Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year, as well as a Second Team All-American. This spring, Leone also became the first female in league history to play in a CAC Men's Championship as she competed on the golf team at the Conference Tournament.
Burris has accumulated a whopping 20 varsity letters in her four seasons at Wesley while competing in both field hockey and cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter and both women's lacrosse and outdoor track in the spring. Playing in five different sports in her career, six when including two years of softball as a freshman and sophomore, Burris has maintained a 3.97 grade-point-average in Media Arts. A native of Camden, Del., Burris had career years in both field hockey and lacrosse while being named the Team MVP in cross country.
In addition to the major awards, all senior student-athletes and Most Valuable Players were honored.
Male Athlete of the Year: Sosthene Kapepula (football)
Female Athletes of the Year:
Madison Leone (field hockey/golf)
Tristin Burris (cross country, field hockey, indoor track & field, women's lacrosse, outdoor track & field)
Shirley Wentworth Award: Vinny Martino (football) & Kaitlin Evans (field hockey)
Pat Knight Award: Geoff Kimmel, Sr.
Most Valuable Players
Baseball: Jordan Lozzi
Men's Cross Country: Mike Mango
Women's Cross Country: Tristin Burris
Men's Basketball: Paul Reynolds
Women's Basketball: Jazmine Miller
Field Hockey: Madison Leone
Football: Sosthene Kapepula
Golf: Robert Ehrhardt
Men's Lacrosse: Dan Tryon
Women's Lacrosse: Jorden Lutz
Men's Soccer: Pat Slinka
Women's Soccer: Sydney Kahan
Softball: Kayla Fromal
Men's Tennis: Anthony Celenza
Women's Tennis: Caitlin Grinstead
Men's Track & Field: Matt Bundy (indoor), Robert Wiggs (outdoor)
Women's Track & Field: Stevi Carpenter (indoor), Twila McCrea (outdoor)
Volleyball: Meghan Marshall