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Loughton Named Male Athlete of The Year

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 26, 2005
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April 26, 2005

NORFOLK, VA--Men's Basketball junior Alex Loughton (Perth, Australia), and senior sailor Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, OH) were named Athletes of the Year by the Old Dominion University Alumni Association. Baseball's James Burok (Archbald, PA.) and women's soccer Ashley Kramer (Jefferson Hills, PA.) were named 2005 Jack Wilkins/ James Howard Scholar Athletes of the Year at the annual Old Dominion University Athletic honors Banquet and Hall of Fame induction held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center Tuesday night.

Alex Loughton helped lead the Monarchs to the school's first CAA championship and NCAA appearance since 1997, and a school record 28 wins. Loughton averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per, and was the CAA Player of the Year and tournament Most Valuable Player. He earned honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press and Basketball Times. He also earned All-Region honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was named Player of the Year in the State of Virginia by the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Virginia Sports Information Director's Association. Loughton was selected CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year for men's basketball, earned regional and national academic honors from CoSIDA and NACDA. Loughton went over the 1,000 career point mark against Towson and now has 1,188 career points.

Anna Tunnicliffe made collegiate history by claiming her third straight Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women's single-handed national championship, taking the title in October in Minnesota. No individual has ever won three consecutive sailing championships. Tunnicliffe also claimed the MAISA Women's single-handed championship, and took first at the Atlantic Coach and Navy Women's Open with teammate Jen Adams. As a member of the USA National team, Anna took the silver medal in February at the annual Rolex Miami Olympic Class Regatta. She has also earned All-Academic honors and is a two-time collegiate sailing All-American. Tunnicliffe has also been named recipient of the Norfolk Sports Club Tom Scott Award as the top senior athlete at ODU, and is a two-time Portsmouth Sports Club Collegiate Athlete of the Year recipient. Tunnicliffe and the Lady Monarch sailing squad will be competing for the Women's National Championships, June 1-3 in Austin, TX.

The Jack Wilkins/James Howard Scholar Athletes of the Year are presented to the male and female senior athletes with the highest cumulative grade point averages. Both Howard and Wilkins were instrumental in the formation of the Intercollegiate Foundation in 1965.

Ashley Kramer did not play this year due to an injury, but last season she tied for second on the team in goals scored and as a sophomore led the team with six. Last summer Kramer was the project manager for Cave Automatic Virtual Environment. Upon graduation she will work for Corner Corporation in Kansas City, MO., as a software delivery consultant. Kramer is graduating with a 3.78 grade point average in computer science.

James Burok has been a four-year starter for the Monarchs baseball squad. This year he currently leads the CAA with five saves. He has a 3-4 record with a 3.07 earned run average and 49 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched. The righthander will graduate with a 3.95 grade point average in finance.

Old Dominion University also inducted four former athletes into the school's Sports Hall of Fame. They included: Odell Hodge (basketball), Kevin Gibbs (baseball), Charlie Ogletree (sailing), and Ronnie Drumwright (track and field).

In addition to the above, the Most Valuable Players from each sport were recognized. They are as follows:

Baseball: 		TBA (after completion of season)
Men's Basketball:	Alex Loughton (Perth Australia)
Women's Basketball:	Shareese Grant (Virginia Beach, VA.)
Field Hockey:		Lynn Farquhar (Alexandria, VA.)
Men's Golf:		Adam Condello (Fairport, NY)
Women's Golf:	Ashley Davis (Toronto, Ontario Canada)
Women's Lacrosse:	Caroline Jacobs (Gaithersburg, MD.)
Men's Sailing:		Bill Berg (Longwood, FL)
Women's Sailing:	Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, OH.)
Men's Soccer:		Kevon Harris (Kingston, Jamaica)
Women's Soccer:	Melissa Futrell (Virginia Beach, VA.)
Men's Swimming:	Nathan Tschohl (Chesapeake, VA.)
Women's Swimming:	Lauren Timby (Rochester, NY.)
Men's Tennis:		Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa)
Women's Tennis:	Kerstin Endlich (Neustadt, Germany)
Wrestling:		Adam Wright  (Dayton, VA.)

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