Barton Athletics celebrates the 2018-19 campaign with annual awards ceremony

Barton seniors Troy Maslowski and Samantha Santmyers both received this year’s Gary W. Hall Excellence in Athletics award at the Bulldogs annual athletics ceremony.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
Barton seniors Troy Maslowski and Samantha Santmyers both received this year’s Gary W. Hall Excellence in Athletics award at the Bulldogs annual athletics ceremony. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – Barton College recognized its two Conference Carolinas Champions – men's swimming and men's volleyball – and honored its top student-athletes on Wednesday during the annual Athletic Awards Banquet and Ceremony at Wilson Gymnasium.  Nearly 450 were in attendance as the Bulldogs' celebrated the success of the 2018-19 school year.

The top male and female athletes of the year were Kianna Wynn (women's basketball) and Angelos Mandilaris (men's volleyball).  Wynn, a senior from Knightdale, N.C., led the Bulldogs to a 24-6 record, a 16-4 mark in league play and a share of the Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship.  Barton also advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament for the second straight year.

Wynn led the team in scoring (22.0 ppg) this year while pulling down 9.5 rebounds per contest on her way to First-Team All-Conference Carolinas and All-Southeast Region honors.  Wynn was also an honorable mention All-American, a four-time league player of the week and a one-time national player of the week.  Wynn leaves Barton as the school's all-time leader in rebounds (1,078) and ranks third on the school's all-time scoring list with 2,080 points.

Mandilaris, a junior from Chalkida, GREECE, was named the Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year in men's volleyball for the second straight season after leading the Bulldogs to their best season in school history.  Barton went 25-4 on the year and won both the league's regular season and conference championships.  The Bulldogs also hosted an Opening Round match of the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship for the first time ever.  Mandilaris, meanwhile, led the conference in kills (466) and earned conference player-of-the-week honors five times.

Vanessa Sanoja, a senior from Bolivar, VENEZUELA, and a member of the women's tennis, was the recipient of the Edward L. Cloyd award and the Murphy Osborne Award.  The Cloyd honor is given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average over the course of their first seven semesters at Barton.  Sanoja has a 3.92 grade point average while majoring in mass communications and a double minor in honors research and business administration. 

With regards to the team honors, the Presidential Award was given to the women's basketball team while the Lee Socrates Gliarmis Excellence in Community Service Award was bestowed upon the baseball team.

The Gary W. Hall Excellence in Athletics awards were given to seniors Troy Maslowski (baseball) and Samantha Santmyers (softball).  The award is presented annually to the Barton student-athletes that demonstrate a strong work ethic, a passion for their sport and a dedication for excellence towards the classroom, campus and community.

Maslowski has a 3.72 grade point average and holds an undergraduate degree in business administration with a study in economics and sports analysis.  Maslowski started all 51 games for the Bulldogs and finished with a pair of home runs and 34 RBI while leading Barton to a 31-18 record (17-9 in conference play).

Santmyers is a biology and mathematics major with a 3.78 grade point average who was accepted into medical school at Liberty University.   Santmyers is active off the field as she is one of the highest earners at benefit games, is a Peer Tutor and has presented two years at the Day of Scholarship.

2018-19 Barton College Annual Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, May 1 – Wilson Gymnasium


Blooper Award –
McCrae Knapp
Straight Face – Rebecca Fraser
Upset of the Year – Men's Volleyball (victory over USC)
Ultimate Celebration – Men's Volleyball (league tournament championship win over King)

MURPHY OSBORNE – Vanessa Sanoja

Top Offensive Play - Gatlin Pate (baseball)
Top Defensive Play - Shanika Peterkin (women's basketball)
Outstanding Performance - Micah Clemons (men's track and field)

FEMALE AND MALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR – Kianna Wynn (women's basketball) and Angelos Mandilaris (men's volleyball)

COMEBACK AWARD – Isaiah Buck-Lowman

FEMALE AND MALE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Takeitha Glaspie (women's basketball) and Adrian Iglesias (men's volleyball)

Team MVP
– Micah Clemons and Carson Molaro
Coaches Award – Ever Amaya and Alayna Moore

PRESIDENTIAL AWARD – Women's Basketball

GARY W. HALL AWARD – Samantha Santmyers (softball) and Troy Maslowski (baseball)
ED CLOYD AWARD – Vanessa Sanoja (women's tennis)