Bohner and Ricketts Named Lions of Valor

Bryan College recently announced two Lion of Valor recipients, Stephen Ricketts & Hannah Bohner (not pictured)(Photo:BryanCollege)

Bryan Athletes Well Represented at Honors Chapel

April 2018

DAYTON, Tenn. – Bryan College Women’s Soccer member Hannah Bohner and Men’s Soccer player Stephen Ricketts were recognized Wednesday morning during Honors Chapel as the 2018 Lion of Valor award winners.

This award is given to the top male and female athlete at Bryan College. The recipients are chosen by the Department of Athletics staff. Consideration is given to those student-athletes who not only excel in their respective sport, but more importantly, model the character qualities of Christ on and off the field of play; who remain steadfast and loyal to the success of the team—an encourager of others, selfless, dedicated to the task of building-up people and strengthening relationships; and who possess an unwavering commitment to “fight the good fight” of faith with the tenacity, might, and valor of the Lion of Judah.

Bohner, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., was a December graduate after studying Psychology at Bryan. Along with excelling in the classroom and earning her second consecutive Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors, as well as, being named to the All-Academic Team, Bohner helped her teammates make their mark in the history books with the winningest season in program history. The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete programs recognize excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer. The awards are given annually to outstanding student-athletes in the various sports in which the program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition. All-Academic awards are presented to all student-athletes who excel in the classroom. Nominees must have completed two terms of attendance and attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Bohner was also the Lion’s representative to the Champion’s of Character Team this year. To be voted to the AAC Champion’s of Character Team, the individual must represent the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

Bryan fought their way to an overall record of 12-7 and conference record of 9-2 en route to the Lion’s first-ever conference regular-season crown. Bryan ended the year in style during the 2017 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round when they forced the No. 1 team in the nation, Martin Methodist College (Tenn.), into overtime before the RedHawks escaped the near upset with a win via golden goal in overtime 1-0.

Ricketts, a standout defender for Lions Men’s Soccer and a local hailing from Dayton, Tenn., has been one of the most decorated Bryan athletes in 2017-18, having garnered accolades for his efforts both on and off the pitch. Perhaps the most difficult recognition that Ricketts received this year, marking the second straight season it’s been given to him, is CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team honors. This season, only one other collegiate athlete besides Ricketts was a repeat honoree of the second team. Last year, Ricketts was recognized by CoSIDA by making the All-District® First Team and continued to be noticed as he was named to the Second Team of the CoSIDA All-America® Men’s Soccer College Division Team. Once again, in mid-November Ricketts earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District® Team in District 2 (AR, IL, IN, KY, LA, TN) of the College Division, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. As a member of the First-team Academic All-District®, Ricketts advanced to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot and was selected to the second team.

In addition to CoSIDA, Ricketts was recognized by the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Along with being named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year this season, Ricketts helped anchor the Lion’s back line that allowed a 1.45 goal per game average, which is a top-5 average in the conference. His efforts led to him receiving AAC Defensive Player of the Week, NAIA National Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, and All-Conference First Team honors following last year’s All-Conference Second Team designation.

Ricketts played a major role in the Lion’s phenomenal season, which includes wins over three ranked opponents and one receiving votes, an impressive 14-6 overall record and 8-1 conference record, a No. 2 finish in the AAC regular-season, an appearance in the semifinal round of the conference tournament, and a 25th-place ranking in the final NAIA Coaches’ top-25 poll.

In addition to his All-Conference First Team honors and Defensive Player of the Year crown, Ricketts made the All-Academic Team and was voted to the AAC Champion’s of Character Team. Ricketts was one of eight Lions soccer players recognized as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, which reflects excellence in the classroom. It was the second straight year that Ricketts earned the title of Scholar Athlete.

Other Bryan athletes recognized in Honors Chapel include:

• Polly Holt, W. Soccer – Elementary Education: Mrs. E.B. Arnold Student Teacher Award
• Danielle Thompson, W. Soccer – Outstanding Senior in Spanish
• Katelin Scoggins, Volleyball – Outstanding Senior in Exercise and Health Science
• Jonathan Montoya, M. Soccer – Chorale Member of the Year, D.B. Rice Scholarship
• Mariah Dunlop, Volleyball – Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice, Catherine McDonald Communications Scholarship
• Caleb Perez, Baseball – Outstanding Senior in Politics and Government: Law Option
• Keneisha Love, W. Basketball – Outstanding Underclassman in Biology, Outstanding Underclassman in Spanish
• Jeremy Montoya, M. Soccer – Al Page Memorial Scholarship
• Megan Martinez, Volleyball – Business Scholarship
• Emily Hutson, W. Golf – Triangle Service Award
• Martin Livingston, Cheer – R. Kent and Margie B. Mann Scholarship
• Matthew Dupee, M. Soccer – Haynes Hilltop Player Leadership Award
• Joshua Robe, M. Soccer – History Award to an Outstanding Underclassman
• Jake Poulakis, M. Soccer – Outstanding Underclassman in Politics and Government
• Brady Smith, M. T&F/XC – Outstanding Underclassman in Politics and Government: Law Option
• Justin Warner, M. Basketball – Frank J. Schmickl Mathematics Scholarship
• Joe Hobbs, M. Soccer – Physical Plant Awards: Grounds Recipient
• Charlie Clarke, M. Soccer – Physical Plant Awards: Housekeeping Recipient


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