ESCANABA, MI – The Bay College Athletic Department hosted their First Annual Norse Awards Banquet on campus on Tuesday evening. The ceremony celebrated the past year in Norse Athletics, including handing out team awards in Men's and Women's Cross Country, as well as Men's and Women's Basketball. The department also handed out awards for the Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, and The Student Athlete of the Year.
The evening was highlighted by a guest speaker. Brian Bosley is the creator of the innovative philosophy "Walking, Talking, and Eating Junior Mints!"; a straightforward, logical method of success coaching based on the philosophy that excellence in life starts with first choosing to think, feel, and behave world-class. As owner of Torch Consulting located in Grand Rapids- Michigan, Brian is an in-demand performance coach with more than 21 years of experience. His coaching expertise ranges from the development of leadership in multi-million dollar companies to helping individual financial professionals expand and grow.
The banquet culminated with the awarding of the Department Awards, which were nominated and selected by the Athletics Staff. Each year Bay College selects the most outstanding individual who has distinguished themselves both in the classroom and in their respective sport(s). The 2018-19 Student-Athlete of the Year was awarded to Women's Cross Country Runner Caitlyn Havelka (SO, Sephenson, MI). Caitlyn currently has a 4.0 GPA as well as being the top finisher for the Norse Cross Country Team in all but one event this season.
The Male and Female Athletes of the Year are selected as the most outstanding male and female individual who has distinguished themselves in their respective sport(s). The Male Athlete of the Year was awarded to Dre Tuominen (FR, Negaunee, MI). Tuominen led the Norse in scoring (16.0 PPG) and assists (3.8 A/G) while playing in every contest for the Men's Basketball Team this season. Dre also led the team in minutes played (853) for the season, and helped his team to a 22-7 record this season.
The Female Athlete of the Year came from the Women's Basketball Team. Jordan Kraemer (FR, Norway, MI) led her team in points (22.1 PPG), rebounds (10.5 REB/G), field goal percentage (46.0%), free throw percentage (75.2%), steals (63), and minutes played (847) this season. She helped lead the Norse to a 14-11 record in their first ever season.
Each team also handed out awards for their Most Outstanding Athlete, Most Improved Player, and The Norse Award.
Most Outstanding Male Runner: Nick LaRose
Most Outstanding Female Runner: Caitlyn Havelka
Most Improved Male Runner: Steven Magnuson
Most Improved Female Runner: Zoie Berg
Norse Award: Rhyan Murtha
Most Outstanding Player: Jordan Kraemer
Most Improved Player: Paige Welch
Norse Award: Caitlin Hewitt
Most Outstanding Player: Dre Tuominen
Most Improved Player: Kobi Barnes
Norse Award: Marcus McKenney & Tyler Willette