DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Athletic Department announces winners of the Female and Male Athlete of the Year Awards and the recipients of the Shirley Wentworth Awards.
Each year the Athletic Department selects 4 student-athletes to be recognized for their notable achievements during the academic year. As the world battled the pandemic and Wesley College worked to have in-person classes and shortened sports schedules, these four student-athletes stood out.
Through their efforts this year, both on and off the field, the first two award winners are the Wesley College Female and Male Athletes of the Year.
Leading her team to the Atlantic East Championship, Dori Loukopoulos was the anchor of the softball team. In conference she led in ERA (2.18), Wins (13) and strike outs (105.) At the plate she led the conference is Batting percentage (.519), doubles (11), RBI's (29), walks (13) and on base percentage (.644.) Accumulating the statistics mentioned cemented her recognition as the conference Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Conference, and Player of the Championship Tournament. Off the field Dori has been inducted into the National Honor Society, the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society for athletes, served as the S.A.A.C. (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) President and Secretary, as well as served as a tutor and ambassador for the college. For all of her work on and off the softball field, Dori was named the Wesley College Female Athlete of the Year.
The Male Athlete of the Year was awarded to Dante Daniel. Daniel was named NJAC Football South Division Defensive Players of the Year this Spring, and is a two-time NJAC All-Conference First Team honoree. Throughout the fall and spring, Dante was considered the heart and soul of the Wesley defense. The four-year starter and three-time team captain entered this spring season as a D3football.com Preseason All-American. On the field, he tackled 18 times in three games including nine solo stops and two tackles for loss. He also broke up a pass. He wraps up his career with 201 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups, and four sacks.
Our next two award winners received the award named in honor of long-time Wesley fan, Mrs. Shirley Wentworth. Mrs. Wentworth assisted her husband and son with the men's basketball team for over 40 years. She demonstrated remarkable integrity, character and morals, as she battled her own health concerns. She was an amazing woman and this award goes to athletes that demonstrate these same characteristics.
Our first award recipient is Abbey Mayse. Abbey is a pitcher that is primarily used in relief or close the game. She has embraced this role and developed into one of the best pitchers in the conference. Abbey is much like the "team mom", she always supported her teammates, volunteers to help anyone she can and leads by example. This spring she was named Atlantic East Pitcher of the Week (for the first time), and earned selection onto the All-Conference team at the end of the season. Outside of softball Abbey worked as the Lead Student Ambassador in Admissions, served as a tutor in the
Writing Center and was awarded the English Department Senior Award. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society for Student-athletes.
Our second recipient is Alexis Howerin. Alexis is a 4-year member of the field hockey team. As a defender, Lex did not receive recognition because she did not have statistics. In her role as a left back, she defended the fastest player on the opponent's team. For defensive corners she was the person that ran out to block the shot or force a bad shot, often being hit by balls (if they got a shot off) or stealing the ball to start our offense. This season she served as Captain and spent the year helping the new people on the defensive end. Leading up to this year Lex battled breast cancer and the effects of breast cancer in order to work her way back onto the field. Her persistence to work out and get herself in shape, as well as her fight to win the battle of her life, was an inspiration to all.
Outside of hockey, Lex has helped anyone that needed it (SID, other coaches, whatever was needed.) She supported the other teams by attending the games she was allowed to, and worked the games if needed so that she could support her peers. She ended her academic career with 2 semesters on the President's list, and succeeding in her student-teaching. Her perseverance through the last year makes her the epitome of Shirley Wentworth.