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Athletic Award Winners for 2007-08 Have Been Announced

The winners of Reinhardt College’s 2007-08 Golden and Silver Eagle Awards were announced recently by athletic director Bill Popp. The award recipients include two former male and two past female Reinhardt student-athletes.

Earning Golden Eagle Awards were senior baseball player Daniel Jape and senior softball/volleyball player Shastin Rader. Chosen for the Silver Eagle Awards were senior baseball player Greg Ihlenburg and senior women’s soccer player Kimmie O’Connor. Golden Eagle Awards are given annually to Reinhardt’s top male and female student-athletes while the Silver Eagle Awards are presented to a male and female student-athlete for his/her team spirit and loyalty to the College.

Jape Earns Golden Eagle Award
Jape was Reinhardt’s only NAIA First Team All-America selection last year, earning the honor as a designated hitter. In 2008, he hit .346 while setting single season school records for home runs with 18 and RBIs with 83. Jape led the Southern States Athletic Conference in RBIs (1.60 per game) and homers (0.35 per game) while finishing fourth and 14th, respectively, in the nation in each category. A two-time member of the SSAC All-Academic Team, he was also a first team all-conference and NAIA All-Region XIII pick last spring. Jape, from Woodstock, Ga., obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration with cum laude honors from Reinhardt in May.

Rader Earns Golden Eagle Award
Rader was a two-sport student-athlete for the Lady Eagles, competing in both softball and volleyball. In softball, she was a First Team All-SSAC performer last season who was also chosen as the conference’s Gold Glove outfielder. Rader was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s 2008 NAIA All-East Region Second Team after batting .337 with a team-high 58 hits, 34 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples and 23 RBIs. In volleyball, she was a four-year letterwinner as an outside hitter and helped the team to its best record in school history last fall. Rader, from Palmetto, Fla., is expected to receive her bachelor’s degree in sport studies from Reinhardt in 2009.

Ihlenburg Earns Silver Eagle Award for the Second Time
A repeat winner of the Silver Eagle Award, Ihlenburg served as a captain of the Reinhardt baseball team from 2005-08, leaving as the Eagles’ all-time leader in several statistical categories. A four-time all-conference honoree, the first baseman/outfielder also excelled in the classroom by never missing the Dean’s List, along with being named as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete three times and to the SSAC All-Academic Team all four years. During his time at Reinhardt, Ihlenburg was involved with the Student Government Association and other campus organizations. Ihlenburg, from Canton, Ga., earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with magna cum laude honors last May.

O'Connor Earns Silver Eagle Award
O’Connor was a standout member and starter for the Lady Eagles soccer team from 2004-07. Last year, she was chosen to the NAIA All-Region XIII Second Team while also garnering NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades for the second straight season as a defender. A three-time selection to the SSAC All-Academic Team, she was a first team all-conference performer in 2007 and a Second Team All-SSAC pick as a junior. O’Connor made the Dean’s List every semester at Reinhardt and was involved in many other campus activities, including RAMS (Reinhardt Association of Multicultural Students), the history club, and the history honors organization Phi Alpha Beta. O’Connor, from Marietta, Ga., got her bachelor’s degree in history with cum laude honors from Reinhardt in May.

All four honorees will be recognized during homecoming on Feb. 7, 2009. 

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