BISMARCK, N.D. - The Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association had to come up with quite a handful of year-end sports awards. For the college awards, there are six categories.
The Male Athlete of the Year award went to Quinton Hooker and Tyler Rudolph. Hooker was a mid-major All-American at UND and played for the Men’s Basketball team, while Rudolph was a DII All-Central Region Pick while playing basketball at Minot State.
The Male Team Coach of the Year went to UND Men’s Basketball Coach Brian Jones. Jones coached his 11th season at North Dakota and was the Big Sky Coach of the Year. Dickinson State’s Track and Field Coach Nick Walker was one of the finalists for this award.
The Male Team of the Year went to the North Dakota Men’s Basketball team. Not only were the men able to win their first Big Sky Conference regular season title, but the conference post-season title, along with making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The Female Athlete of the Year award was given to Minot State’s Ninfa Ramirez. Ramirez was the Northern Sun’s Offensive Player of the Year for women’s soccer as she currently leads the University in eight offensive categories. University of Mary’s Alexis Zeis was one of the finalists for this recognition.
The Female Team Coach of the Year award was given to Minot State’s Soccer Coach Jason Spain and University of Jamestown Women’s Basketball Coach Greg Ulland. Spain led his team to their first NSIC regular season title, as Ulland led the women to the NAIA National Tournament. U-Mary’s Cross Country Coach Dennis Newell is one of the finalists for this award.
And the Female Team of the Year was awarded to the University of North Dakota volleyball team, as the women were able to go to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.