VOLUME 22 #2

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Top athletes honored at annual awards ceremony

SPORTS | Distance runner Lindsay Prettyman, HS14, and men’s basketball guard Devon Saddler, HS14, were named the UD Alumni Association Outstanding Female and Male Athletes of the Year for 2014.

Also at the annual UD Athletics awards banquet in May, two-time football All American Andrew Pierce, HS14, won the Edgar Johnson Award, while Prettyman received the Mary Ann Hitchens Award. Those two awards, the most prestigious given to UD student-athletes, recognize the qualities of hard work, dedication, leadership, fairness and striving for excellence that were the hallmarks of Johnson’s and Hitchens’ careers.

In addition, 40 student-athletes were recognized as the newest members of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society.

Whether she was racing through the woods on the cross country course, running past the competition on the indoor and outdoor oval or putting in long hours toward her academic endeavors, Prettyman excelled. As a three-sport standout in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field, she earned 12 letters, served as a team captain, set 10 school records and won 29 meet titles as a Blue Hen.

In men’s basketball, UD’s rise to the top of the conference began when Saddler arrived on campus. He earned All-CAA honors each of his four seasons, ranking among the nation’s leading scorers each of the last three campaigns and becoming Delaware’s all-time leading scorer with 2,222 points. A four-year starter and team Most Valuable Player, Saddler played a pivotal role once again in 2013-14.

Pierce enjoyed an exceptional career on the gridiron and also excelled in leadership and in service to the local community. Arriving as a walk-on in 2010, he became one of the finest running backs in school history. A four-year starter who twice served as a team captain, Pierce led the team in rushing four consecutive years and was All-CAA each of those seasons.

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