The Don Scalf Award - 2016 Winners

Each year the USA South Athletic Conference presents its most prestigious awards by honoring one male and one female as the Student-Athletes of the Year. These student-athletes are recognized as recipients of the Don Scalf Award. The 2016 winners are Maryville College women's basketball player Mackenzie Puckett and Huntingdon College golfer Addison Lambeth. Each are the first to earn Scalf Awards for their respective institutions.

To be eligible for the Don Scalf Award a student-athlete must be either a junior or senior, have participated in a USA South sport earning at least All-Conference recognition and have a minimum 3.00 GPA. The athletic directors vote for the award winner each spring at the conclusion of all Conference schedules.

This award is named in honor of Don Scalf, whose commitment to the student-athlete, guardianship of the value of academic achievement and devotion to the principles of Division III athletics set a standard that holds steadfast in the Conference today. He taught for 36 years and coached for 18 at N.C. Wesleyan College. He also served as Athletic Director at N.C. Wesleyan for six years. During his coaching career his teams won Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball and golf championships. In addition, he was a founding father of the DIAC in 1963 and served as its Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years.

Mackenzie Puckett - Maryville College

Puckett, a guard on the Scot women's basketball team, concluded her collegiate career this past winter when she was named All-American and All-Region for the third time. She is a four-time USA South All-Conference Team member, a two-time League Player of the Year and the 2013 Conference Rookie of the Year. Puckett led her team to four Conference Regular Season Championships and to the 2016 Tournament title where she was named the event's Most Valuable Player. She is a three-time Maryville College Female Athlete of the Year and received the College's J.D. Davis Award which seeks to honor senior student-athletes who exhibit leadership, athletic ability, Christian values and academic achievement. Academically, Puckett graduated with a degree in Elementary Education sporting a 3.77 GPA and was a four-time USA South All-Academic Team honoree as well as a 2015 Academic All-District award recipient. Off campus, Puckett volunteered for various causes including the Kay Yow Play for Kay Day, the Area 15 Special Olympics and Reading Day at Sam Houston Elementary School.

 


Addison Lambeth - Huntingdon College


Lambeth concluded his junior year this spring as he helped lead the Hawks to a second place performance at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championship, the program's best-ever finish. Individually, Lambeth finished tied for second at the National Championship, tying the best finish by a Hawk at the national tournament in program history. In just his first season on campus, Lambeth earned All-American, All-Region and All-Conference honors. Additionally, Lambeth was named the 2016 Jack Nicklaus National Division III Player of the Year. Academically, Lambeth currently holds a 3.80 GPA while majoring in Business. He was named to the Dean's List and is a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American scholar. Prior to arriving at Huntingdon, Lambeth spent five years in the United States Marine Corps with part of that time serving as a member of the President's security detail. He was honorably discharged in July of 2015.

 



Past Don Scalf Award Winners
(click on date for more information, if available)
Women's Honorees Men's Honorees
2015
Nicole Barringer
Averett - Volleyball
2015
Cory Howard
LaGrange - Golf
2014
Allison Sparks
Averett - Volleyball
2014
Max Reber
Methodist - Football
2013
Sophia Stone
Mary Baldwin - Cross Country
2013
Brian Jaeger
Christopher Newport - Golf
2012
Paige Aaron
Averett - Volleyball
2012
Paul Jaglowski
Ferrum - Baseball
2011
Caitlyn Jansen
Christopher Newport - Volleyball
2011
Greg Van Sickler
Shenandoah - Baseball
2010
Michelle Lemmon
Greensboro - Tennis
2010
Andrew Clark
Greensboro - Soccer
2009
Catherine Beuerle
Shenandoah - Softball
2009
Andrew Clark
Greensboro - Soccer
2008
Carrie Pacifico
Greensboro - Tennis
2008
Daniel Poindexter
Greensboro - Baseball
2007
Ashley Glover
Christopher Newport - Soccer
2007
Wilson Paine
Ferrum - Tennis
2006
Kimberly Cox
Ferrum - Softball
2006
Blake Rice
N.C. Wesleyan - Baseball
2005
Christina Gipson
Methodist - Soccer
2005
Scott Swann
Averett - Football
2004
Aimee Gibbs
Christopher Newport - Cross Country
2004
Jonathan Dudley
Greensboro - Golf
2003
Aimee Gibbs
Christopher Newport - Cross Country
2003
Janne Mommo
Averett - Golf
2002
Misty Cameal
N.C. Wesleyan - Basketball
2002
Kevin O'Connell
Greensboro - Golf
2001
Kelly Gregory
Averett - Soccer, Volleyball & Tennis
2001
Jered Gusso
Methodist - Golf
1998
Deanna Estes
Shenandoah - Basketball & Lacrosse
 
1997
Amy Cross
Averett - Cross Country, Basketball & Tennis
 
1996
Amy Cross
Averett - Cross Country, Basketball & Tennis
1996
Pertti Viskari
Averett - Tennis