PEORIA, Ill. - The 2014 Charles Orsborn Award winner will be selected from a quartet of finalists during the Bradley athletic department's annual All About The B Awards event Monday night at Renaissance Coliseum.
Previously known as the Senior Send Off and Athletic Awards Banquet, the All About
The B Awards will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception. The 7 o'clock awards program
will honor all of the Bradley Athletics graduating seniors, as well as the top performing student-athletes in athletics, academics and community service. In addition to the Orsborn Award, other presentations will include the Orville Nothdurft Lifetime Achievement Award, the Carl Grose Service Award, the Megan C. Fong Inspiration Award and the men's and women's versions of the Coach Joe Stowell Award, as well as the recognition of candidates for the Alumni B-Club Most Outstanding Athlete Awards.
The Charles Orsborn Award is the highest honor Bradley University bestows upon a
graduating senior student-athlete and recognizes the ability of the winner to combine athletic and academic success with community service. The four finalists for the 2014 Charles Orsborn Award are softball players Bailiegh Basham (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon H.S.) and Mariah Cole (Springfield, Ill./Chatham Glenwood), men's soccer player Wojciech Wojcik (Elmwood Park, Ill./Elmwood Park H.S.) and men's golfer Daniel Young (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.).
Bailiegh Basham, Softball, Mattoon, Ill., Mattoon H.S., 4.0, Advertising
Basham is Bradley Softball's career leader in on-base percentage, walks and hit by pitch and she set the single-season school record with a .480 on-base percentage as a sophomore in 2012 before smashing the mark at .532 last season. She was a second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in 2013 after finishing second in The Valley with a .381 batting average. Boasting a perfect, 4.0 cumulative grade point average as an advertising major, Basham also was a first-team Valley Scholar-Athlete and second-team Capital One Academic All-District V selection in 2013.
Mariah Cole, Softball, Springfield, Ill., Chatham Glenwood H.S., 4.0, Health
A speedy hitter at the top of the Bradley Softball order, Cole is enjoying her best all-around offensive season for the Braves in 2014. She is batting .277 with 17 walks for a .368 on-base percentage this spring. Boasting a 4.0 cumulative grade point average as a health science major, Cole was a first-team Valley Scholar-Athlete and a second-team Capital One Academic All-District V selection in 2013. The winner of the 2012 Carl Grose Service Award and the Spring 2012 MVC Good Neighbor Award, Cole is one of the department's most active volunteers.
Wojciech Wojcik, Soccer, Elmwood Park, Ill., Elmwood Park H.S., 3.28, History
Wojcik was the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and became the first-ever Bradley Soccer player to lead the nation in a statistical category by sharing the nation's lead with a school-record 14 assists this past season. A member of the first-ever Bradley Soccer class to earn three NCAA Tournament berths, Wojcik helped the Braves to MVC Tournament titles in 2010 and 2013 and the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2013. Sporting a 3.28 cumulative grade point average as a history majory, Wojcik was a first-team NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2013.
Wojcik currently is playing professional soccer in Finland.
Daniel Young, Men's Golf, Metamora, Ill., Metamora H.S., 3.92, History (Secondary Education)
Young is a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete, earning first-team notice in 2013 and honorable mention in 2012. He is tied for ninth in school history with 74 career rounds in the 70's or better and he is the seventh individual in program history with 20 or more sub-80 rounds in three different seasons. Boasting a 78.10 career stroke average, Young tied for fifth at the 2013 Butler Fall Invitational, helping the Braves to their first team title since 1996, and he matched his career-best round of 69 at the Dayton Invitational. Carrying a 3.92 cumulative grade point average as a history (secondary education) major, he has earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director's Honor Roll in each of his
first seven semesters.