Army Holds 2012 Black Knight Awards
(L to R) LTC Kim Kawamoto with women's Yearling of the Year Kim An

(L to R) LTC Kim Kawamoto with women's Yearling of the Year Kim An

May 20, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army Athletic Association held the 2012 Black Knight Awards ceremony on Sunday night at Robinson Auditorium. The department's premiere year-end event honored teams and individuals for an outstanding 2011-12 season. Baseball took home four major awards including Firstie of the Year Kevin McKague and Team of the Year. Rifle All-American Kelly Buck received women's Firstie of the Year as well.

In its fifth year of existence, the Black Knight Awards honor the best that Army's 25 athletic teams had to offer in 2011-12 in an award-show format similar to the ESPY Awards. Rich DeMarco, assistant athletic director for marketing, multimedia and broadcasting, emceed the event and guided an audience of more than 500 people through the evening affair.

Director of Athletics, Boo Corrigan, opened the night by handing out commemorative athletic director's coins to a large group of league major award winners, scholar-athletes, All-Americans, Academic All-Americans and conference champions. Director of the Army A Club Tim Volkmannfollowed with the presentation of the Army A Club Award, which went to long-time athletics supporter Hon. Samuel K. Lessey, Jr. (USMA '45), who made some brief remarks.

Zach Price of the Army baseball team took home the Community Service Award for his outstanding charity work around the globe. In addition, Andrew Avelino of gymnastics received the Maggie Dixon Inspiration Award. Avelino bounced back from a devastating injury to compete as a sophomore on pommel horse and high bar in 2011-12. Finally, Christina Johnson of the track and field team garnered the Gene Uchacz Memorial Award for being the epitome of a "team player."

The remainder of the awards were distributed on athletic performance alone during the 2011-12 season. Each nominee was highlighted through a video presentation leading into each award with the majority including a men's and women's category. The evening followed with awards for Rookie of the Year, Yearling of the Year, Cow of the Year, Firstie of the Year, Performance of the Year and Play of the Year. All of the winners were presented with a glass Black Knight Award for their accomplishments.

As the West Point community prepares for graduation exercises on Saturday, May 26, the Army athletics season continues. The track and field teams are sending individuals to the NCAA First Round next weekend, in addition to the Army baseball team will play for the Patriot League title on Monday, May 21, at noon. The Black Knights take on Holy Cross at Doubleday Field.

2012 Black Knight Award Winners

Army A Club Award
Hon. Samuel K. Lessey, Jr.

Community Service Award
Zach Price (Baseball)

Maggie Dixon Inspiration Award
Andrew Avelino (Gymnastics)

Gene Uchacz Memorial Award
Christina Johnson (Track and Field)

Play of the Year
Garrett Thul (Lacrosse)

Men's Performance of the Year
Logan Lee (Baseball)

Women's Performance of the Year
Paige Brink (Swimming and Diving)

Men's Rookie of the Year
Cole Gracey (Wrestling)

Women's Rookie of the Year
Morgan Lashley (Softball)

Men's Yearling of the Year
Raymond Maples(Football)

Women's Yearling of the Year
Kim An (Soccer)

Men's Cow of the Year
Chris Rowley (Baseball)

Women's Cow of the Year
Ariana Mankus (Volleyball)

Men's Firstie of the Year
Kevin McKague (Baseball)

Women's Firstie of the Year
Kelly Buck (Rifle)

Team of the Year