The Don Scalf Award - 2019 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 2019 winners are Methodist University women's cross country/track & field student-athlete Lindsey Pritchard and LaGrange College men's tennis student-athlete John Mitchell Benton.

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.

Lindsey Pritchard - Methodist University

Pritchard, a dual-sport athlete for the Monarchs, competing in cross country as well as track & field, concluded her collegiate athletic career this past spring. After battling injuries her first two years, she rebounded to become a two-time First Team All-Conference and an All-South/Southeast Region honoree in cross country, which included an individual title at the 2017 Conference Championship. On the track, she set one meet and two program records. Academically, Pritchard accumulated a 4.00 GPA while majoring in Environmental and Occupational Management as well as Spanish with a minor in Military Science. She was a three-time Methodist Scholar-Athlete of the Year, two-time USA South Academic All-Conference honoree, earned Academic All-American status in 2018 and was named the 2019 Methodist University Lucius Stacy Weaver Award, given to a student who shows service, academic and spiritual excellence. Pritchard was heavily involved in Methodist's Army ROTC program and this spring was given the Pallas Athene Award which is presented to the top-two female Army ROTC Cadets in the country. She also earned the Army ROTC MOAA Scholarship and Award in 2018 and received Methodist's President's ROTC Award in 2019. Additional campus activities involved serving as President of Methodist's Environmental Club, being a member of the Global Ambassadors Organization, being active in Methodist's Hispanic Club, volunteering with parking and security detail at MU events, painting faces at a St. Andrews Academy Festival and organizing a booth at MU Service Day.

John Mitchell Benton - LaGrange College

Benton concluded his senior year this spring as he was named LaGrange College's Eagle Award winner which is given to the top male student-athlete on campus. He was a four-year performer on the Panther men's tennis team and was named USA South First Team All-Conference this past season. Academically, Benton graduated with a 3.73 GPA while majoring in History with a minor in Coaching and Political Science. He was a three-time member of the USA South Academic All-Conference team, a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and collected the 2019 Phi Alpha Theta Sue Kafrouni Student of Year Award for highest graduating GPA in the History department. Benton's campus activities included a three-year term as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President, three years as a Residential Advisor and three years as Delta Tau Delta Recruitment Chair. He was the LaGrange Campus Circle Sponsorship Coordinator, a LC Circle K Member and was on the LC Healthy Campus Task Force. Additionally, Benton was a Sponsorship Coordinator for LC Campus Circle, working with young adults with disabilities who are out of high school, attempting to provide them with a collegiate experience. Finally, Benton occasionally spent time with children with disabilities at the LaGrange, Georgia Discovery Cottage and read to elementary school students.


Past Don Scalf Award Winners
(click on date for more information, if available)
Women's Honorees Men's Honorees
2018
Carlee Joseph, Meredith - Lacrosse
2018
Larkin Gross, Methodist - Golf
2017
Jessica Long, Averett - Softball
2017
Logan Lanier, LaGrange - Golf
2016
Mackenzie Puckett, Maryville - Basketball
2016
Addison Lambeth, Huntingdon - Golf
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