Softball pitcher Katie McHenry (Sweet Home) and soccer midfielder Melissa LaVere (Williamsville East) were honored as co-Female Athletes of the Year at D’Youville College’s sports award banquet Wednesday night.
McHenry has won nine games with an 1.11 earned-run average and 90 strikeouts over 94.2 innings for the Spartans. LaVere stood out for a defense which set D’Youville records for goals against (0.76) and shutouts (10) in a season when the Spartans went 7-1-1 to finish second in the Allegany Mountain Collegiate Conference, their best finish ever.
Golfer Joe Bellavia (Canisius), a sophomore from Tonawanda, received the Male Student Athlete of the Year award. He finished sixth in the AMCC championship, the best showing by a D’Youville golfer ever in the conference championship.