KEENE, N.H., 5/3/09 - Tyler Kathan (Ludlow, Vt.) and Crystal Blamy (Walpole, N.H.) were named Keene State College's male and female Athletes of the Year, respectively, at the College's 2008-09 Athletic Awards Dinner held Sunday night at Spaulding Gym.
Sarah McDougle (Walpole, N.H.) was the recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award, and the Keene State women's soccer team and men's track squad were presented with the Don Carle Award for having the highest cumulative GPA among Owl teams. Because the athletic season is not completed, players from the previous spring are eligible for awards.
The KSC Athletic Department also presented special Life Challenge award to Erin Dallas (Marlow, N.H.) of the field hockey team. Dallas, a two-time All-American, suffered a knee injury during the season and developed a post-surgical infection following her ACL operation in December. She spent over three months in the hospital and had 37 operations.
Making the presentation to Dallas, KSC athletic director John Ratliff announced that in the future the honor will be known as the Erin Dallas Life Challenge award.
In addition, 44 seniors and the 126-member KSC All-Academic team were also recognized.
Kathan wrapped up his four-year Owl career with a standout senior season, leading the LEC in scoring (18.4 ppg.) and rebounding (10.2 rpg.) The co-LEC player of the year was a double-figure scorer in 24 of KSC's 25 games, posted 14-double-doubles, and set career highs with 36 points against Western Conn. (1/13/08) and 19 rebounds vs. UMass-Dartmouth (1/10/08) this season. Kathan, who was also named to the D3Hoops All-American , NABC All-Northeast District and All-ECAC teams, concludes his career third on Keene State's all-time scoring (1,805) and rebounding (939) lists.
"I t feels good to go out with an award and be recognized for my contribution to the team and program." said Kathan. "I had a great career and I'll never forget the guys I played with the past four years."
Blamy won the high jump event at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Champions at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh last spring with a leap of 5'-7".
She became the third athlete to win both indoor and outdoor national championships in the same year since 1997. The high-flying Blamy concludes her collegiate career with four All-Americas and two national titles in the high jump.
Presently residing in Australia, Blamy acknowledged the award with a note read by her parents. "Winning the national championship was always a goal of mine and to be able to accomplish that amazing feat in my final year of competition will be something I will never forget," Blamy said.
Joining the Keene State women's soccer team this season after playing at Simmons College in Boston, McDougle brought experience to the Owls backfield. She also got the job done in the classroom, posting a 4.0 GPA as a health science major.
McDougle said her athletic and academic pursuits went hand-in-hand with each other. "They each helped me to be successful," she said. "Being in sports, I had to be disciplined and get my work done in a timely manner and they both kept me in line."