North Texas Celebrates Year's Best At Inaugural Scrappys

Maria Kononova and Wren Baker at The Scrappys Monday night.
May 1, 2017

DENTON - Mean Green student-athletes, coaches and staff gathered on the green carpet at the Gateway Center on the UNT campus Monday night for the inaugural The Scrappys, an awards ceremony celebrating North Texas athletic and academic achievement and community service.

The event, which the athletic department plans to be an annual affair, was highlighted by a banquet and the recognition of 2016-17's best performances as voted by coaches, administrators and Mean Green fans.

The evening's biggest winner was the tennis team's Maria Kononova, a sophomore from Ufa, Russia, who won Individual Performance of the Year and Female Student-Athlete of the Year, and was also named the team's Most Valuable Player.

The Male Student-Athlete of the Year award went to golf's Cory Churchman, a senior from Abilene. Churchman was also the men's golf team's MVP.

Here is a complete list of the award winners:

Highest Team GPA, Spring 2016 Women's Tennis
Highest Team GPA, Fall 2016 Volleyball
Student Manager of the Year Destiny Thomas
Male Newcomer of the Year Mason Fine
Female Newcomer of the Year Terriell Bradley
Individual Performance of the Year Maria Kononova
Team Performance of the Year Softball vs. Baylor
Inspirational Athlete of the Year Candice Adams
Make a Difference Award Victoria Junious
Female Student-Athlete of the Year Maria Kononova
Male Student-Athlete of the Year Cory Churchman

Team Most Valuable Players
Men's Basketball A.J. Lawson
Women's Basketball Terra Ellison
Men's Cross Country Florian Lussy
Women's Cross Country Susannah Lynch
Football Kishawn McClain
Men's Golf Cory Churchman
Women's Golf Sol Lee
Soccer Marchelle Davis
Softball Kelli Schkade
Swimming and Diving Sarah Vaisse
Men's Track and Field Kevone Kennedy
Women's Track and Field Breanna Eckels
Tennis Maria Kononova
Volleyball Amy Henard



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