(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - 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 as these athletes receive the Don
Scalf Award. The 2007 winners are Christopher Newport University
women's soccer player Ashley Glover and Ferrum
College men's tennis player Wilson Paine. 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.
Throughout her four years at Christopher Newport, Glover has succeeded on the soccer field and in the classroom. While earning a 3.99 cumulative grade point average, Glover was recently named to the USA South Academic All-Conference Team for the fourth time. She has appeared on CNU's Dean's List in each semester and was named 2007 Valedictorian. During her time at CNU, Glover received the Gregory P. Klich Award, given to the student with the highest GPA, four times. She was actively involved in the President's Leadership Program, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. As a senior defender on the Lady Captains soccer squad, Glover was named First Team All-Conference this past fall. This was Glover's third career All-Conference honor as she was named First Team in 2005 and Second Team in 2004. Glover also received 2007 USA South Woman of the Year honors, which is an award given to a student-athlete who excels on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community. Glover's community service included tutoring local elementary children, volunteering at local hospitals and coaching both youth and high school soccer.
Ferrum, Paine has excelled both on and off the tennis court. In the
classroom, the senior graduated Summa Cum Laude this spring with
a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He received his fourth
consecutive USA South All-Academic Team honor this season and was
named a 2007 ESPN The
Magazine Academic All-American. This year, Paine served as Ferrum's
Student Government Association President and received the Ferrum
College Senior Leadership Award. During his four years at Ferrum,
Paine has appeared on the Dean’s List every semester,
received several scholarships and served on many campus academic
boards. Athletically, Paine received USA South Honorable
honors this past year. He was honored as the team's Most Valuable
Player and served as their team captain for the second consecutive
season. Paine was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)
National Scholar-Athlete for the third consecutive season, the
first Ferrum men's tennis player to achieve this accomplishment.
With his collegiate career behind him, Paine has chosen to continue
his education at Harvard University Divinity School where he will
be enrolled this fall.