Charlotte, NC – Johnson & Wales held their annual Athletics Recognition Ceremony on Saturday night for the purpose of honoring the achievements of the varsity and club teams during the 2012-2013 year. The ceremony was highlighted by the naming of Moriah Hughes and Joshua Cohen as the Female and Male Athletes of the Year. They were joined by numerous other athletes and club members in being feted for their accomplishments.
Hughes joined the volleyball team as an incoming freshman in the fall of 2012 and made an instant impact on the team’s performance and competitiveness. She set school records for kills (307) and total points (378.5). She also set single match records for kills (23), blocks (8), and total points (25). She earned USCAA 2nd team All-American honors as she led the Lady Wildcats to their first winning season, and 5th place finish at the USCAA National Championships. Hughes also won the team’s Gold Award as the season’s Most Outstanding Player. The Lady Wildcats also led the nation with six USCAA Academic All-Americans. Other volleyball award winners were Emily Kirchner (Blue Award), and Reanna Bray (Wildcat Award).
Cohen, also a freshman, excelled both on the court and in the classroom. He played both guard spots and some small forward at various times during the season. He had perhaps the two best all-around games of any Wildcat all season. Against Piedmont on 11/28, he scored 22 points on 8-9 shooting, went 4-5 from the line, collected 2 rebounds and handed out 4 assists. He also had a great game against Piedmont International on 2/12, earning his first career double-double. He scored 20 points on 9-14 shooting, made 2 of his three 3 point shots, and grabbed 11 total rebounds, six of which were offensive. He also chipped in with 5 assists, a steal, and a blocked shot during that game. Joshua led the team in 3PT FG% (38.0), and tied for the team lead in 20 point games with 3. Off the court, Cohen carried a GPA above 3.0 and was active in the team’s volunteer and community service efforts. As a team, the Wildcats set new season highs in 6 of the 7 major stat categories, and set single game records in all 7 of them. Two other Wildcats were honored with awards; Omar Nuboer (Wildcat Award), and Adarius Davis (Coaches’ Award).
The six Sports Clubs were also recognized for their season-long achievements at the ceremony. Each club coach selected one club member that was worthy of recognition for their contributions both on and off the field, court, or rink. Those award recipients were as follows:
Ice Hockey: Derek Keegan
Cheerleading: Gabrielle Brewster
Women’s Soccer: Monika DuVarney
Men’s Soccer: Jason Santore
Women’s Basketball: Marketa Smalls
Men’s Volleyball: A.J. Metzger