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V-Hawks - Mon, May 8, 2017

2016-17 Athletics Honors Banquet Program

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Viterbo University Athletics Department held its annual year-end banquet on Friday, recognizing the accomplishments of their student-athletes. This year, 39 seniors were recognized and the department also awarded its Male and Female Athletes of the Year along with the Male and Female Senior Scholar-Athlete awards.

Jake Bamke of the men's basketball team and Amelia Grahn of the volleyball team were named Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. Bamke had an impressive senior season as he was named Second Team All-NSAA after starting all 30 games and averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The Hortonville, Wisconsin, native moved into ninth on the Viterbo all-time scoring list (1,460) and is now second all-time with 388 career free throws made.

Grahn quarterbacked the volleyball team to another 40-win season, tying a school record with 42 victories. The Madison, Wisconsin, native was named NSAA Setter of the Year and First Team All-NSAA after being only player in the NAIA to total at least 1,500 assists, 450 digs, and 150 kills. This season, Grahn ranked second nationally with 1,965 assists and 10th with 10.8 assists per game. Grahn was named NAIA National Setter of the Week twice (September 20 and October 18).

The Senior Scholar-Athlete Award is given to a graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA. Bamke also was awarded this after recording a 3.88 GPA in his marketing major. Bamke earned his fourth straight conference academic award this year and was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Payton Klaas was named the Female Senior Scholar-Athlete after finishing her eligibility with a 4.0 GPA in Elementary Education. Klaas earned both NSAA and NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors thanks to her impressive work in the classroom.

In addition to these four prestigious awards, many others were recognized. The V-Hawks honored 33 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, four NCBCA Academic All-Americans, and 39 seniors. Viterbo also honored an impressive list of 57 All-Conference athletes and seven NAIA All-Americans. 

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