by Cory Guinn
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Barton College senior Calvin Hawke has been named the Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year for baseball, the league announced Wednesday. He also won the award following the 2016 season.
The award is voted on by the league's student-athlete affairs committee, and is presented annually to a student-athlete in each sport in recognition of his or her outstanding performance both on the field and in the classroom.
Candidates for the award must be a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, and must have also earned a spot on his or her sport's all-conference team.
"Calvin is a special person," said Barton's head baseball coach Josh Simmons. "Not only is he a upper tier athlete but he puts the same dedication to his academics as well. Calvin will succeed in whatever endeavor he decides to pursue."
Hawke, who was honored earlier this month as member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, ranked second on the Bulldogs with a .391 batting average and has twice been named as an all-region award winner during the postseason, as well as an honorable mention NCBWA all-american.
He totaled 68 hits during the season, including nine doubles, a school-record five triples and eight home runs, while driving in 38 RBI and scoring 45 runs. Hawke led the team with 28 stolen bases and recorded a .950 fielding percentage over 48 games and also earned a spot on the Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team.
The 2017 Murphy Osborne Award winner compiled a 3.97 GPA as a business administration and mathematics double major, and was a member of Barton's Sigma Beta Delta chapter (Business Honors Society) and Alpha Chi society (Academic Honors Society). He was also selected as Chief Marshal and was chosen to represent Conference Carolinas as one of two athletes able to attend the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum and participate in the NCAA's 360 Leadership Academy last summer.
Hawke is the third Barton athlete to be named Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2016-17 year, joining Heather Cudding of the women's cross country team and Mariana Kedzia of the women's volleyball who were both winners in the fall.
Other winners of Scholar Athlete of the Year awards in this year's spring sports were: Liz Thierfielder, Belmont Abbey College, in women's track and field; Tanner Cook, King University, in men's track and field; Marley Felthousen, Converse College, in women's golf; Cabrick Waters, Limestone College, in men's golf; Katlein Glass, Belmont Abbey College, in women's lacrosse; Tyler Gaulton, Limestone College, in men's lacrosse; Julie Gonzalez, University of Mount Olive, in women's tennis; Moritz Poswiat, King University, in men's tennis; Rachel Crowder, Pfeiffer University, in softball; and Robert Poole, University of Mount Olive, in men's volleyball.