May 5, 2003
Providence, RI- - Brown University held its 13th annual All-Sports Banquet on Monday May 5 in the Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center, where eight different student athletes earned awards for their accomplishments this year. Brown Biology professor Ken Miller served as Master of Ceremonies for the event
Senior Earl Hunt (Rockville, MD) was awarded the Fritz Pollard Award, which recognizes the male varsity athlete of the year. Hunt, the most prolific scorer in Brown basketball history, finished his Brown career as only the second player in Brown basketball history and 23rd Ivy League player to be named a three-time First Team All-Ivy selection. Hunt established a new Brown scoring record with 2,030 career points, fourth best in Ivy League basketball history. He is the first Ivy player since 1989 to score 2,000 or more career points.
Hunt led the Ivy League in scoring for the third straight season, averaging 19.4 points per game. He was named a Second Team Regional All-American for the second straight year, and was named the collegeinsider.com Ivy League MVP. A three-time Ivy League Player of the Week, Hunt completed his career by scoring 30 or more points 11 times. His 18.9 points per game career scoring average is second in the Brown record book, and he finished second in Brown history with 499 career free throws. He also set a new Brown record with 687 career field goals.
Junior swimmer Elizabeth Daniels, is the recipient of the Marjorie Brown Smith Award, which goes to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year. Daniels was the 2003 Ivy League Champion in three events, the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 back. She holds the Brown varsity record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.11. Daniels was also a member of two winning relays at the Ivy League Championships, the 200 free, which was an Ivy League and a Brown University record, posting a time of 1:32.27, and the 400 free. She earned an automatic NCAA qualification in the 50 free, recording the 11th fastest time in the nation at 22.75. Daniels placed 17th in the 50 free and 14th in the 100 free at NCAAs. earning her Honorable Mention All-American status. Elizabeth was the only female Ivy League swimmer to score at NCAAs.
Senior Tye Korbl (Goffstown, NH) of the men's hockey team received the Dave Zucconi Award '55, as the male varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. Korbl was recently awarded the Patrick S. Jones Memorial Award (Coaches' Award), which is given to the member of the men's hockey team who generates the most spark and enthusiasm in building team spirit. A natural leader, the center finished the season with 13 points (3g, 10a), while helping to lead Brown to their first trip to the ECAC Championship Tournament since 1994. Korbl missed just two games during his career, and broke the Brown record for games played in a career with 121.
Junior Sarah Gervais (Harrisville, RI) is this year's recipient of the Arlene Gorton Award, which is given annually to the female varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. Gervais was named a Third Team Northeast Regional All-American while also earning First Team All-Ivy honors. She led all Ivy League goalies with 129 saves, while posting a 1.35 GAA and a .854 save percentage with three shutouts. In the final weekend of the season, she became the first goaltender since October, 2001 to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors with a nine-save performance in a 2-0 shutout over Yale.
The Bessie H. Rudd Award is given to the female varsity athlete who has done the most to promote women's sports during the year based on enthusiasm, spirit and leadership. This year's recipient is senior Jessie Cooper. Cooper is a four-year letter winner in volleyball, she earned First Team All-Ivy honors in 2002 and Second Team All-Ivy honors in 2001. Cooper has 1,151 career kills, second all-time at Brown, and recorded 101 blocks throughout the 2002 season, fifth best in Brown history. Cooper's 363 career blocks, ranks her second all-time at Brown. Cooper is one of only fifteen all-time Brown athletes to be recognized for three consecutive years as an Academic All-Ivy (2000, 2001, and 2002). Outside of the playing court, Cooper is the President of the Student Athletic Advisory Board, and has been the volleyball representative for three years. She has also represented Brown on the Ivy Athletic Advisory Board since 2001, and at the NCAA Leadership Conference in 2002. Jessie coordinated the Meiklejohn Peer Academic Advising Program, a nationally recognized academic advising program of 300+ student advisors, 150 + faculty, and 1000+ freshman. She is also a volunteer at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point and was on the senior class gift fundraising committee and the special events committee.
Junior Brent Grinna is the recipient of the Cliff Stevenson Award, which is given to the male varsity athlete who best exemplifies boundless enthusiasm, indomitable spirit and devotion to the quality of life at Brown and the surrounding community. Grinna, fullback on the football team, is involved in numerous activities at Brown and in the city of Providence. He is a volunteer at a South Providence Library where he is an instructor of English as a Second Language. A volunteer at the Woonsocket Community Outreach Day, Grinna was awarded the Earnest T. Savignano '42 Memorial Scholar Award, given annually to a Brown athlete who excels not only on his or her athletic team but also in the classroom. In 2002, Grinna had 29 carries for 120 yards, and made 15 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown. Grinna is involved in numerous service activities in his home town of Postville, Iowa. He is a Volunteer Director of a community soccer league as well as a volunteer student helper for the Kindergarten, a volunteer translator for Spanish-Speaking parents of elementary school students and he is a Character Education Teacher in the local Elementary School.
Receiving the Joseph Paterno Award as Brown's outstanding first-year male varsity athlete was men's soccer's Ibrahim Diane (Potomac, MD). Diane finished his rookie campaign as the Bears' second leading scorer with four goals and two assists for ten points, earning Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors. He was the only freshman on the team that played in all 17 games, earning 16 starts. He finished second in Ivy League Rookie of the Year voting.
Diane, a crowd favorite because of his speed and clever foot work, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in the Bears first Ivy League win of the season against Cornell. He scored his first collegiate goal in Brown's season opener against Michigan at the adidas/Brown Classic. The 5'11" forward/midfielder was named to the Classic's All-Tournament Team. Diane continued his excellent play the following weekend at the Yale Classic, picking up four points on a goal and two assists in the team's 5-1 victory over Vanderbilt, once again getting an All-Tournament nod.
Freshman Kim Singer, a member of the women's tennis team, was named the Kate Silver Award winner, given to the outstanding first-year varsity female athlete. In the spring semester Singer was 18-1 overall and 6-1 in Ivy competition, and posted a 22-3 overall record in singles throughout the 2002-2003 academic year. Singer played at the number four or number five position in singles, and helped put the Bears in the Division I National Rankings, out of 316 teams. Singer also helped Brown in the doubles line-up, playing at the number three position.