Mizzou's Stars Honored At Second-Annual ROARS Event

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The Volleyball team walked away with the 2nd Annual Tiger Cup at last night's ROARS ceremony.

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The Volleyball team walked away with the 2nd Annual Tiger Cup at last night's ROARS ceremony.
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May 3, 2010

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The very best and brightest stars of Mizzou Athletics were on full display Monday night at Mizzou Arena, as numerous standout student-athletes, coaches and teams were honored at the second-annual ROARS Awards Show.

Head Track and Field Coach Rick McGuire was honored with a pair of awards, while senior All-American gymnast Sarah Shire also took home two awards for her outstanding achievements during a record-setting season. McGuire, who will be retiring from coaching following this season, after nearly three decades holding the clipboard at Mizzou, was named the Coach of the Year, and later was honored with the first-ever Mizzou Legacy Award.

Shire, the 2010 Big 12 All-Around Champion, took home the Director of Athletics Leadership Award: which comes with a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship to Mizzou - as well as being named the Female Athlete of the Year. That marked the second straight year that Shire has won the award.

Senior wide receiver Danario Alexander was named the Male Athlete of the Year for his record-setting season which ended with various All-American honors, while several other football student-athletes took home awards. Sophomore PK Grant Ressel won Male Highlight of the Year for his game-winning field goal with no time left against Kansas, while freshman DE Aldon Smith won the Male Rookie of the Year. Other football award winners included freshman WR L'Damian Washington and senior S Del Howard, who were awarded with the Male Courage Award and the Dr. Judith A. Wells Male Academic Achievement Award, respectively.

Crowd favorite Steve Moore took home a nice award representing the men's basketball program, as he was named the Male Unsung Hero for his efforts. Senior golfer Julia Potter was awarded the Female Courage Award for her efforts to overcome debilitating health issues, while still developing into one of the top golfers in the country.

Tiger baseball Head Coach Tim Jamieson was awarded with the Coach's Academic Enhancement Award, to cite his outstanding emphasis on academics with his team, and their efforts in the classroom, while the men's golf program was honored for their efforts in the Columbia community with the Community Service Award.

Volleyball's Paola Ampudia was named the Female Rookie of the Year, and that was followed with the volleyball program wrapping up the evening by being announced as the winners of the Tiger Cup - a competition throughout the year which awards each team points for their achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

All of Monday's awards were voted on by members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, with all academic awards voted on by staff members of the Total Person Program.

Here's a rundown of all the award winners...

Male "We Are Mizzou" Award: Max Askren (Wrestling)

NOTE - Given to the male who best encompasses the MU core values of academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive excellence

Female "We Are Mizzou" Award: Colleen Gordon (Swimming & Diving)

NOTE - Given to the female who best encompasses the MU core values of academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive excellence

Male Athlete of the Year Award: Danario Alexander (Football)

Female Athlete of the Year Award: Sarah Shire (Gymnastics)

Coach of the Year: Rick McGuire (Track & Field)

Team Performance of the Year: Softball (2009 Super Regional Win over UCLA)

NOTE - Votes were compiled by mid-March, meaning team performances from spring of 2009 were part of this year's show. Team performances from spring of 2010 will be considered for the 2011 ROARS Show

Male Highlight of the Year Award: Grant Ressel (Football)

NOTE - For game-winning field goal with no time left in 41-39 win over rival Kansas

Female Highlight of the Year Award: Kristin Andrighetto (Soccer)

Male Rookie of the Year Award: Aldon Smith (Football)

Female Rookie of the Year Award: Paola Ampudia (Volleyball)

Varsity M Male Athlete of the Year Award: Andreas Plackis (Baseball)

NOTE - Chosen by the Varsity M Association, this award honors the male student-athlete who best excels in the categories of both athletics and academics

Varsity M Female Athlete of the Year Award: Kelsey Stokes (Soccer)

NOTE - Chosen by the Varsity M Association, this award honors the female student-athlete who best excels in the categories of both athletics and academics

Male "For the Love of the Game" Award: Tim Opfer (Track & Field)

NOTE - Awarded to a walk-on student-athlete who makes significant contributions to his team

Female "For the Love of the Game" Award: Katie Nelson (Track & Field)

NOTE - Awarded to a walk-on student-athlete who makes significant contributions to her team

Male "Unsung Hero" Award: Steve Moore (Basketball)

NOTE - Awarded to the male student-athlete who displays outstanding leadership to his team in a behind-the-scenes manner

Female "Unsung Hero" Award: Krista Kruse (Soccer)

NOTE - Awarded to the female student-athlete who displays outstanding leadership to her team in a behind-the-scenes manner

Male Courage Award: L'Damian Washington (Football)

NOTE - Given to the male student-athlete who has overcome significant adversity to succeed in all areas

Female Courage Award: Julia Potter (Golf)

NOTE - Given to the female student-athlete who has overcome significant adversity to succeed in all areas

Coach's Academic Enhancement Award: Tim Jamieson (Baseball)

NOTE - Given to the coach who best fosters and supports the mission of the Total Person Program

Male "We Are Mizzou" Award: Max Askren (Wrestling)

NOTE - Given to someone who best encompasses the MU core values of academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive excellence

Team Community Service Award: Men's Golf

Dr. Judith A. Wells Male Academic Achievement Award: Del Howard (Football)

Dr. Judith A. Wells Female Academic Achievement Award: Toy Richbow (Basketball)

Professor of the Year Award: Dr. Barbara McLay (Communications Sciences & Disorders)

Director of Athletics Leadership Award: Sarah Shire (Gymnastics)

NOTE - Award includes a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship to Mizzou

Mizzou Legacy Award: Rick McGuire (Track & Field)

Tiger Cup Team Award: Volleyball

NOTE - Awarded to the team which won the second-annual Tiger Cup Award, a team competition that sports earned for achievement in academics, in athletics and for community involvement

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