Porter, Tummel are winners of 2003 J.D. Davis Award

May 7, 2003

Maryville College student-athletes Marquita Porter and Josh Tummel were named recipients of the 2003 J.D. Davis Award at the College’s annual Athletic Awards Ceremony held May 5 at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa.

Established in 1979, the J.D. Davis Award is given in memory of a long-time coach and physical education director at Maryville College. The highest honor given a senior student-athlete at the College, the award seeks to honor those who exhibit leadership, athletic ability, Christian values and academic achievement.

Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, president of Maryville College, presented the awards.

Asking Porter to join him at the podium, Gibson described the two-sport team member as athletically gifted, dedicated and competitive.

“ Marquita didn’t have to travel far to wear the orange and garnet. She graduated from Maryville High School in May of 1999, and just a few months later, she joined the Lady Scots soccer team for pre-season practice,” Gibson said in his remarks. “She started right away as goalkeeper. And right away, her performance on the field made people sit up and take notice.”

In her time with the soccer program, Porter set two school records: One for career shutouts (33) and another for single season shutouts (10). She was a two-time defensive MVP and two-time All-Conference player. During the 2001 season, Porter helped take the team to the program’s first NCAA tournament, and in 2002, to an 11-5-2 season that included a conference championship.

On the basketball court, the 5-foot-7 guard scored more than 1,000 points for the Lady Scots and was a major contributor to teams that consistently ended their seasons with conference championships and invitations to the NCAA tournament. She was a two-year captain for the Lady Scots and a two-year member of the All-Conference team. At the banquet, she was named team MVP, as well. For the 2002-2003 season, Porter led the team in assists and steals and was the Lady Scots’ second-highest scorer, averaging more than 10 points per game.

A biology major, Porter, the daughter of Dwight and Carrie Porter of Maryville, has been a Bonner Scholar (the only two-sport Bonner scholarship recipient in the history of the program), volunteering at Foothills Elementary School, the Good Samaritan Clinic and MC Families. She has also coached an AYSO soccer team.

Quoting from Maryville College Women’s Soccer Coach Pepe Fernandez, Gibson read: “When I think of the qualities that the J.D. Davis Award represents, Marquita possesses all of them. She is best known on the athletic field for her fierce competitiveness, and off the field, for her radiant personality. In the recruiting process, if you listed the qualities you would like a student-athlete to have, you could use Marquita as an example.”

Tummel’s hard work pays off

Josh Tummel, a 1999 graduate of Halls High School in Knoxville, Tenn., and the son of Larry and Vicki Tummel, was also recognized with the J.D. Davis Award.

In presenting the award, President Gibson commented on the basketball player’s work ethic.

“ In that first season with the Fighting Scots, Josh was listed dead last in the team’s media guide. It wasn’t anything personal against the 6-foot-4 post player – just alphabetical,” the president said. “But still I think it’s symbolic, given that he was the last one mentioned in that 1999 publication and the first one mentioned in the preview Coach Randy Lambert wrote for the 2002 media guide.

“ … Josh Tummel is proof that hard work and dedication pay off.”

As a sophomore, Tummel began to see playing time on the college team when an upperclassman dropped out of the starting lineup because of an injury. Because of Tummel’s performance as a sophomore, head basketball coach Randy Lambert predicted that the Halls High graduate would be a “major factor” in the team’s success for the following 2001-2002 season. He was, averaging 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

“But his senior season was his best,” Gibson said in his award presentation, listing Tummel’s accomplishments from 2002-2002: An average 17 points and 10 rebounds per game, a Great South Athletic Conference “Player of the Year” honor, a team MVP honor and a first-team All-South selection.

In total, Tummel scored 944 points for the Scots over his career and helped take the Fighting Scots to the NCAA tournament four times.

“ Unfortunately, the stats aren’t very reliable for dunks, but Scots’ fans probably counted,” Gibson added at the banquet, commenting on the student-athlete’s 38-inch vertical leap. “Coach Lambert said this: ‘[Josh’s] dunking ability and competitive spirit gave our fans numerous rim-rocking highlights throughout the season.’”

Tummel, a biology major, has been involved with the Halls Little League and AAU while enrolled at Maryville College. He attends Salem Baptist Church and East Maryville Baptist churches.

“So Josh is an outstanding basketball player,” Gibson added. “Coach Lambert said his post player is a coach’s dream, but also a fantastic young man … All are proud of you tonight, Josh. The hard work has, indeed, paid off.”

Others recognized

More than 40 other student-athletes and student-trainers of Maryville College’s 12 varsity sports were recognized with individual awards on May 5.

Ninety-two student-athletes were named to the College’s All-Academic Team, which requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 for inclusion.

AWARDS IN BASEBALL

Jesse Cragwall, senior outfielder for the Fighting Scots, was named Top Offensive Player for the 2002-2003 season. Receiving the Most Improved Player award was Justin Kidd, a junior center fielder. The Top Pitcher Award went to junior Josh Ringley. A senior right-handed pitcher, first baseman and outfielder, Daryl Randles, received the Ken Stinnett Award.

The Coaches Award went to junior right-handed pitcher Brad Wicks. A senior outfielder, Dustin Bowen, received the Team Most Valuable Player award.

BASKETBALL AWARDS

Senior point guard Josh Tummel was awarded Most Valuable Player for the Fighting Scots. Paul Reed, a junior point guard, was named Most Improved Player. The Kenyon Lacy Team Player Award went to senior guards Ben Jackson and Nick Lollar.

The Most Valuable Player Award for the Lady Scots was given to Marquita Porter, a senior guard. Corrie Thomas, a senior forward, was presented the Coaches Award, and post player Charise Bain was named Freshman of the Year.

AWARDS IN CHEERLEADING

For the Lady Scots, Ashley Exum, a sophomore side base, was named Most Improved Player. Julie Scarbrough, a freshman side base, was named the squad’s Most Valuable Player.

CROSS COUNTRY AWARDS

Sophomores Kate Bravard and Ben Peacock were named Most Improved Players. Zak Weaver, a freshman, was given the Coaches Award.

FOOTBALL HONORS

For the Fighting Scots, Zach Mendence, a freshman wide receiver, was named Team Most Valuable Player. Nick Derry, a junior quarterback, was named Offensive Most Valuable Player. The Defensive Most Valuable Player title was given to sophomore cornerback Clayton Hightower.

Sophomore defensive back Bray Maxwell was named Defensive Most Improved Player. Kyle Harris, a sophomore wide receiver, was named Offensive Most Improved Player.

“ Rookie of the Year” Awards went to freshman defensive end Mark Hunter and Greg Barnet, a freshman wide receiver.

Freshman defensive back Jason Collins was named Defensive Special Teams best player award. Ronnie Fox, a freshman linebacker, was named Offensive Special Teams best player award.

Senior linebacker Morgan Shinlever was given the Coaches Award.

SOCCER AWARDS

David Norman, a senior goalkeeper, was given the Team Award for the Fighting Scots. Defensive Most Valuable Player award went to freshman defender John Sowell. A freshman forward, Quint Webster, was named Offensive Most Valuable Player. T.J. McCallum, a sophomore defender, was named Team Most Valuable Player.

For the Lady Scots, the Team Award was given to senior midfielder Ashley Gottschang. Senior goalkeeper Marquita Porter was named Defensive Most Valuable Player, while the Offensive Most Valuable Player award went to sophomore midfielder Meghan Shegrud.

Senior defender Jen LeBar was named the Team Most Valuable Player.

AWARDS IN SOFTBALL

Alicia Parks, a junior infielder for the Lady Scots, was named Most Valuable Player for the 2002-2003 season. The Coaches Award was given to senior pitcher, Jamie Edwards. Melissa Cavender, a junior outfielder, was named Most Improved Player.

AWARDS IN TENNIS

Junior Darren Dachelet was named the Team Most Valuable Player, while junior Mikey Rickman was presented the Most Improved Player Award.

VOLLEYBALL AWARDS

The Most Valuable Player for the Lady Scots was awarded to junior outside hitter, Jenna Jones and junior setter, Sarah Arlinghaus. The Freshman of the Year award was given to outside hitter/middle blocker, Kate Poeppelman.

STUDENT TRAINER AWARD

Junior Holly Hutchens was selected to receive the Carl H. Black Student Trainer of the Year Award.