A men's basketball team captain with a 3.5 grade point average and passion for producing music along with a volleyball team two-year captain with a 3.74 grade point average and aspiring dietician were recently named Kalamazoo Valley Community College Dale B. Lake Award winners.
Gabe Stokes, a 6'3 captain and point guard on the 2016-2017 Men's Basketball Team and Jamie Lioy, a 5'8 six-rotation hitter for the 2016 Volleyball Team received the annual award in honor of the college's founding president, Dale B. Lake.
"Gabe has been part of the men's basketball program for two years and has represented our team and Kalamazoo Valley Community College well on and off the court," said Men's Basketball Head Coach Jim Horn. "In the classroom he is a high achiever. He has direction in life as he plans to attend a four-year school to obtain a bachelor's degree in finance with an emphasis in accounting. On the court he was a captain and was voted by his teammates as the most valuable player for the 2016/17 season. He has a bright future ahead of him and is very deserving of the Dale B. Lake award."
Head Volleyball Coach Jennifer Buikema nominated Lioy to receive the 47-year-old award given annually to one outstanding male and one outstanding female student-athlete.
"Jamie has been the best example of what I expect out of my athletes both on and off the court so far in my career at Kalamazoo Valley Community College," Buikema said. "Her dedication to the program both during and out of season cannot be compared. She has so much pride being a Cougar that she emulates the behaviors and values we expect our athletes to possess. Overall, she is just a very positive person, doing everything she is asked, with a smile. She is very deserving of this award."
Both players received additional post season accolades in the respective sports. Stokes, of Niles, was voted by the conference coaches as an Honorable Mention All-Conference player. Lioy of Sturgis, was named 1st Team All-Conference along with All-MCCAA and All-Region XII.
The Dale B. Lake Award began in 1970 in honor of Kalamazoo Valley Community College's founding president. It is an effort to give annual recognition to one outstanding male and one outstanding female student-athlete. Special consideration is given to exceptional academic achievement as well as outstanding athletic contribution. Qualities such as leadership, loyalty, enthusiasm, reliability, and initiative are also evaluated. Each coach may nominate one individual to the Athletic Director for consideration for the Dale B. Lake Award. The coaches select one male and one female award winner. Winners receive plaques and their names are added to the Dale B. Lake plaque displayed within the Athletic Office at Kalamazoo Valley.