Put on a funny costume. Make people laugh. Fire up the crowd to cheer on the team. Sounds easy, right? Try doing it beneath a blanket of fake fur. That’s what those who volunteer to be the Wheaton mascot, the Lyon, have to do. Paul Fineman ’11 tried it for one event, and Jacob LeBlanc ’06 was the Lyon his freshman, sophomore and senior years at more than 75 athletic games and 100 other events. So, what’s it like be the Lyon?
Pelkey’s need for speed makes sense. She’s a producer for NASCAR at ESPN. After working her way up from production assistant to producer at ESPN (and earning an Emmy Award along the way for her work), her career path took a major turn in 2007 when the network landed the rights to telecast several of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races, and subsequently “NASCAR Now.”
Ten named academic all conference
Ten Wheaton student-athletes were named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference team for fall 2010. Student-athletes earning the award must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better upon completion of the 2010 spring semester, attain at least a sophomore year standing and be a competing member of a varsity team for the entire season.
The students are: Nicholas Kacher ’11 and Michael Richard ’13 (cross country); Taylor Wills ’12 and Lindsay Petrenchik ’13 (cross country); Pablo Mena ’12, Max Swanson ’12 and Jessica Stuart ’12 (soccer); Emily Davisson ’12 and Christina Cannon ’13 (volleyball); and Julia Atwood ’11 (field hockey).
NSCAA All-New England players
Men’s soccer team players David Ferriero ’11 and Yuri Moreira ’11 were named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru All-New England players for the second consecutive season.
Moreira was selected to the NSCAA All-New England East first team for the second straight year, while Ferriero was voted to the second squad. Moreira paced this year’s forwards with nine goals and four game-winners, while sharing the team lead with 20 points. He is the Wheaton program’s second all-time leading scorer with 44 goals and 96 points, and he has earned all-league honors for the third straight season.
Ferriero anchored a defense that finished first in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in shutouts per game (.40) and tied for first in overall shutouts (8). He played an integral part on a unit that allowed one goal or less 14 times. He also is one of three Lyons in program history to garner all-conference first-team accolades three times.
Geocaris honored with Lindsay Morehouse Award
The award acknowledges a senior player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship, friendliness, character, fair play and hard work that Lindsay Morehouse represented. A Class of 2000 Williams College graduate and standout women’s tennis player, Morehouse passed away during the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
In nominating Geocaris for the award, Wheaton head coach Lynn Miller noted the player’s outstanding leadership and her graciousness and humility in victory or defeat. Believed to be the winningest player in program history, the tri-captain has a combined 132 victories between singles and doubles matches.
Compiled from news stories by Scott Dietz.
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