OGDEN -- The Weber State University athletic department recently honored the best individual and team performances of the past year at its annual year-end athletic awards banquet. Highlighting the banquet was the presentation of the Athlete of the Year awards and the Career Achievement Awards.
In conjunction with the Crystal Crest Awards for the WSU campus, men's basketball junior Davion Berry was selected as the 2012-13 male athlete of the year, and track and field/cross country junior Amber Henry was named the female athlete of the ear.
In addition to the athletes of the year, Weber State honored two student-athletes who finished their careers and were awarded with the career achievement award. Scott Bamforth from the men's basketball team was the male recipient and Kelsey Chugg from the women's golf team received the female honor.
Berry earned first team All-District and first team All-Big Sky honors and was named the Big Sky newcomer of the year in his first season at Weber State. The junior from Oakland, Calif., led the Wildcat men's basketball team in scoring, assists, steals and assist to turnover ratio.
Henry earned All-America honors twice during the 2012-13 season and captured three Big Sky championships for the Weber State women's track and field and cross country teams. During the 2012 outdoor season she earned second team All-America honors in the steeplechase at the NCAA championships despite battling injuries. She captured the Big Sky title in the steeplechase and the 1500 meters at the Big Sky outdoor championships and was named the outstanding performer of the meet. She also posted the second best time in school history in the steeplechase.
During the 2012 cross country season she led Weber State to a 17th place finish at the NCAA Championships and she earned All-America honors by finishing 32nd at the national meet. She also won individual titles at the Big Sky Championships and the Mountain Region Championships, leading Weber State to team titles in both meets. She was Weber State's top runner in each meet during the season.
Already in the 2013 outdoor track season she has set a new school record in the 1500 meters and ranks in the top 10 in the nation in the 1500 meters and steeplechase.
Bamforth finished his three-year career this season, helping lead the Weber State men's basketball team to a record-setting 30 win season. Bamforth earned first team All-Big Sky honors this season and earned all-conference honors in each of his three seasons. He finished his career playing in 99 games for the Wildcats and became WSU's career leader in three-pointers with 259, which also ranks as the fifth most in Big Sky history.
Earlier this year Bamforth was named to the WSU 50th Anniversary Team as one of the best players in school history.
Chugg was a two-year letter winner with the Wildcat women's golf team. She played in 50 rounds in 21 events and has a career stroke average of 77.1. She has earned 14 top-25 finishers, which includes nine top-10 finishers. Chugg has been a tournament medalist three times in her career. In July 2012 she won the Utah State Women's Amateur Championship, losing only four holes during the match play portion of the event.
During the banquet, Weber State also honored the outstanding performances, all-conference honors, and team MVP's for each of the 16 NCAA sponsored sports at Weber State. During the past year Weber State captured one conference title and one region championship. WSU also had 57 student-athletes earn all-conference honors and 12 were conference champions or conference MVP's.
Weber State earned three All-American honors during the season.
The MVP's for each sport for the 2012-13 season are:
* Women's Outdoor Track and Field - Amber Henry
* Men's Outdoor Track and Field - Mike Hardy
* Volleyball - Caitlin Penrod
* Soccer - Chansi Crompton and Mackenzie Harrison
* Football - Offensive MVP - Mike Hoke, Defensive MVP - Anthony Morales, Special Teams MVP - Tony Epperson
* Men's Cross Country - John Coyle
* Women's Cross Country - Amber Henry
* Women's Basketball - Jalen Carpenter
* Men's Basketball - Davion Berry
* Women's Indoor Track and Field - Sarah Callister
* Men's Indoor Track and Field - Cylor Morgan and Matt White
* Men's Golf - Jordan Herzog
* Women's Golf - Kelsey Chugg
* Women's Tennis - Thais Kurer
* Men's Tennis - MVP will be announced after the conclusion of the season
* Softball - MVP will be announced after the conclusion of the season.