Athletics News
UK's Finest Honored at Catspy Awards



The Kentucky athletics department presented more than 25 awards to 26 individuals and five teams at the fourth annual Catspy Awards, held Tuesday at Rupp Arena. Women's tennis and men's golf earned Team of the Year honors, while Danielle Wallace (volleyball) and Antoine Huffman (football) were named Mr. and Miss Wildcat, respectively.

Gymnast Heather Hite and women's basketball standout Carly Ormerod were named Co-Female Rookies of the Year, while rifle's Jason Dardas won Male Rookie of the Year. Softball's Brooke Marnitz won Female Performance of the Year after hitting for the cycle against Indiana State on Feb. 25. Rafael Little won Male Performance of the Year after collecting 372 all-purpose yards against Vanderbilt - the second most in school history.

Taryn Ignacio and J.B. Holmes won the K-Association Athlete of the Year Awards. Ignacio recently claimed UK's first-ever NCAA Championship in platform diving and was named the SEC Woman Diver of the Year. Holmes closed out his senior season in 2005 by taking the men's golf team to the NCAA Championships where they posted a seventh-place finish - the best in school history. Holmes, a four-time All-America honoree and the 2005 SEC Golfer of the Year, has already made a name for himself on the PGA tour, capturing the FBR Open title in February.

Associate Athletics Director Sandy Bell was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary accomplishment s during her 17 years working in UK's compliance department. A native of Lexington, Bell has worked her way through the ranks. After joining UK in 1989, she was promoted to Director of Compliance in 1993. In 1996, Bell was named Assistant Athletic Director and was later promoted to her current title.


Listed in order of presentation.
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Heather Hite
Co-Female Rookie of the Year
Gymnastics

Carly Ormerod
Co-Female Rookie of the Year
Basketball

Jason Dardas
Male Rookie of the Year
Rifle

Meghan Cooper
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year
Softball

Taylor Begley
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Football

Brannan Sapp
Supporting Role
Soccer

Brooke Marnitz
Female Performance of the Year
Softball

Rafael Little
Male Performance of the Year
Football

Nicole Allyn
Female Community Service Award
Track & Field

Antoine Huffman
Male Community Service Award
Football

Jenny Pfeiffer
Female Play of the Year
Basketball

Antoine Huffman
Co-Male Play of the Year
Not pictured:
Bo Smith, Ray Fontaine

Football

Vicki Goss
Character Award
Rifle

Sandy Bell
Lifetime Achievement
Compliance

Elizabeth Dotson
Blue Heart Award (Comeback)
Golf

Mickie DeMoss
Women's Team Coach of the Year
Basketball

Brian Craig
Men's Team Coach of the Year
Golf

Mike Lyden
Courage Award (Inspirational Player of the Year)
Diving

Crissy Cannon
Female Scratch Award (Non-Scholarship)
Gymnastics

Ravi Moss
Male Scratch Award (Non-Scholarship)
Basketball

Taryn Ignacio
Female Athlete of the Year
Diving

Danielle Wallace
Miss Wildcat
Volleyball

Antoine Huffman
Mr. Wildcat
Football


Softball
Female Academic Team of the Year


Soccer
Male Academic Team of the Year


Women's Basketball
Honorary CATSPY


Tennis
Women's Team of the Year


Golf
Men's Team of the Year

Not Pictured:
K-Association Male Athlete of the Year: J.B. Holmes