Bobcat Athletics Holds Annual Awards Banquet, Danna and Johansson Take Top Honors

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University athletic department and director Wendell Staton hosted its Annual Bobcat Athletics Awards Banquet Sunday night, honoring a 2009-10 season of success for the program. Tennis’ Diane Danna (Paris) and golf’s Niclas Johansson (Skanor, Sweden) took home Senior Female and Male Student Athlete of the Year honors, respectively.

Brown “Kool” Marshall won the Bill Childers Award for community member who gives the most to Bobcat Athletics. Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) was announced as the John Kurtz Award for top baseball player both on and off the field, and Johansson made it a double-dip by taking the Dr. Michael Peeler honor for top golfer on and off the course. Soccer’s Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) earned the Comeback Player of the Year Award from the Athletic Training Department.

Danna picked up All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) honors in singles and doubles this season, going 16-4 in singles with a 9-3 mark in conference play. She owns a 3.39 GPA in rhetoric.

A three-time All-American, Johansson owns the PBC’s top stroke average at 72.5, taking seven top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments. A two-time All-PBC and All-Southeast Region honoree, Johansson has a 3.42 GPA in management.

Marshall has been a fan of Georgia College athletics for 30-plus years, working on the custodial staff in the Centennial Center.

Harrell has made a strong bid for PBC Player of the Year honors in baseball, hitting .486 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI. He’s also stolen 19 bases and scored 69 runs.

Plunkett rebounded from off-season mononucleosis to bring home the first fall semester sport All-American trophy in school history. A goalkeeper, she posted a paltry 0.59 GAA and a .896 saves percentage while piling up five shutouts.

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