Arkansas Tech University's Mariel Alvarez and Johnie Davis are among the nominees for the inaugural Great American Conference female and male athlete of the year awards.
Alvarez (photographed, left), a senior from La Paz, Mexico, helped lead the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns to a sweep of the 2012 GAC regular season and postseason championships in women's tennis.
Davis (photographed, right), a senior from Canton, Ohio, was the leading scorer for the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys basketball team that won the 2012 GAC regular season crown, captured the 2012 GAC Tournament title and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Division II Tournament.
The GAC will announce its first female and male athlete of the year award winners at the 2012 GAC Night of Champions banquet on Wednesday, June 20, at Embassy Suites in Little Rock. The awards will be decided by a vote of administrators from the nine GAC member institutions.
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Alvarez was 17-5 in singles matches for the Golden Suns this season, including a 6-0 mark in GAC singles play. She teamed with Rachel Stevens to go 17-4 in doubles play.
The GAC women's tennis player of the year, Alvarez was also a first-team All-GAC selection.
Arkansas Tech captured its first women's tennis conference title in 17 years this season. Before this year, the Golden Suns' most recent conference championship in tennis --- and their only previous league title in tennis --- had been the 1995 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championship.
Davis averaged 19.8 points per game while helping the Wonder Boys finish with an overall record of 26-6 during the 2011-12 men's basketball season.
An honorable mention All-America selection by Division II Bulletin, Davis was named 2011-12 GAC player of the year, first team All-GAC and as a member of the All-GAC Tournament team.
Daktronics and the National Association of Basketball Coaches both named Davis to their All-NCAA Division II South Central Region teams, and he was selected to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.
Other nominees for the GAC female athlete of the year award include Kayla Jackson of the University of Arkansas at Monticello (softball), Emily Kennemer of East Central University (softball), Gladys Kimtai of Harding University (cross country), Ashley Ray of Henderson State University (softball), Allison Frizzell of Ouachita Baptist University (volleyball), Lunden Azuara of Southeastern Oklahoma State University (volleyball), Whitley Patterson of Southern Arkansas University (golf) and Darcie Dick of Southwestern Oklahoma State University (basketball).
Other nominees for the GAC male athlete of the year award include L.A. Farmer of the University of Arkansas at Monticello (basketball), Dontae Smith of East Central University (football), Kale Gelles of Harding University (football), Keaton Stigger of Henderson State University (football), Casey Cooper of Ouachita Baptist University (football), Blake Gentry of Southeastern Oklahoma State University (baseball), Travis Chrietzberg of Southern Arkansas University (golf) and Clarence Laster of Southwestern Oklahoma State University (football).
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